Author: Charlotte Cook

MamaMakesDo.com was founded in 2016 by Charlotte Cook, a Mother and qualified Mechanical Engineer with a passion for money saving and cooking. When not running her blog, Charlotte can be found engaging in photography, baking something tasty in the kitchen and learning a new crafty hobby (current challenge: learning to knit). She is also an avid gamer, spending her (fleeting) free time catching up with the latest releases and building up her retro collection.Charlotte also runs www.gamermum.com, a site focused on video games run by parents, for parents.
Review; 10-pack Dribble Bibs

Review; 10-pack Dribble Bibs

Little Mister is teething and has been teething for what (already) feels like forever. We had major progress last weekend with the first 2 gnashers popping into the world, and this week I’ve learned that they are bloody sharp indeed… (both through wrestling him still to clean them and from foolishly leaving my arm exposed long enough to get a good chomp in). Continue reading “Review; 10-pack Dribble Bibs”

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5 Guarenteed Ways to Make Baby Poop Explosively

5 Guarenteed Ways to Make Baby Poop Explosively

Let’s face it, we’ve all had that moment where we’ve desperately panicked in the baby changing room, not knowing what to do with our poop covered little ones. Can I salvage the situation with baby wipes? Do I do a rush job and dash straight home? Is it an OK thing to hose down your baby in the KFC sink? Without a doubt, there are factors that increase the “Sod’s Law” chances of being faced with a code brown; read more below (and let us know your own guaranteed ways in the comments below).

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A Baby Einstein Jumperoo Review

When buying bigger pieces of baby equipment, the reviews and price are always the most important aspects for me. I’d rather play more for something that is going to last for years to come, than something cheap that will only last a few months. That said, unless I have to, I refuse to pay full price for pretty much anything. This is why, at 8 months pregnant, I had reserved this toy in the ASDA baby event; The Little Einstein Neighbourhood Friends Jumperoo.

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Bye-Bye Mum-Tum! – A week on Lean in 15

Bye-Bye Mum-Tum! – A week on Lean in 15

It’s been over 4 months since little mister has arrived (somehow!). This leads me to something I’ve been dreading, something that I’ve been putting off for a few months now… the post-pregnancy diet. I’ve never been one to stick to a diet; the initial enthusiasm quickly wanes once my wine and chocolate have been taken away and end in a mega-binge that usually leaves me bigger and less athletic than before. Past exercise regimes have suffered a similar fate, with couch to 5k ending after 4 weeks because “it looked a bit rainy out”, badminton ending as “we’d be better off investing in equipment to work out from home” and the exercise bike at home ending as it had too many coats hanging off it. My weight has always yo-yo’d, but in recent years has been much harder to lose. Having hit my pre-pregnancy weight months ago to then gain even more weight since, I felt compelled to make the change. This time I have a very good incentive to get fitter (my little mister, and my future wedding), and maternity leave is a great time to form these new habits, away from the allure of office cakes and vending machines.

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Recipe – BBQ Burger Fondue

Recipe – BBQ Burger Fondue

It’s been a busy weekend this one, and since Little Mister’s arrival it just feels like we’ve been going non-stop. Early on Saturday we viewed a wedding venue that we both loved (not sure if bubba liked it, he waited an hour before crying to leave), then in the afternoon we went to a lovely birthday party. Sunday we popped to Mothercare to spend our voucher, and was very fortuitous with the sales (next year’s summer clothes are sorted! 3 pairs of shorts for £6, £2 t-shirts. So many bargains!). We also picked up a reduced Lamaze highchair toy; as Lamaze have recently unveiled a new logo I had a hunch all of their toys would be coming down in price. Afterwards, we went to the most magical place on earth… Toys R Us! In these times of Amazon Prime next day delivery, I just couldn’t justify picking anything up there and then. The only toy related thing on my radar to still get is a Vtech baby walker, but they were a full £6 cheaper online. I did come away with a Mario Lunchbox for myself, and a new found appreciation of how many toys there are in the Toot Toot range.

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5 Tips to Better Baby Pics on Your Phone

5 Tips to Better Baby Pics on Your Phone

They’ve always said that a picture speaks a thousand words. With the photos I’ve been taking since the arrival of Little Mister I could probably out-do a library. I’ve always dabbled in photography in my spare time, and often on outings out I’ll slowly peel away from a group because I’ve spotted a butterfly on a leaf, or because the way the light filters through the trees looks interesting.

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Bigger than Mama expected! (A MCC Playpen Review)

Bigger than Mama expected! (A MCC Playpen Review)

Little Mister and I have been stuck in the house for 3 days now. Apparently an expected delivery date of Wednesday-Thursday means early afternoon on Friday, silly me. I’d had had the bright idea to get a playpen before we really needed one (before Lhe discovers he can co-ordinate arms and legs into some sort of transportation method and start chewing on the cables). As well as being a safe and secure baby jail during the waking hours (Little Mister is only 3 months, but is frequently shuffling off his play-mat whilst the adults pop to make delicious black coffee), it would be a great holding cell at night for the rest of the baby toys that seem to scatter wildly around the house. We decided upon the MCC playpen, as featured on Amazon and eBay.

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Quick, Easy Cooking – Peanut Butter Cookies

Quick, Easy Cooking – Peanut Butter Cookies

We’ve all been there; you’re having people around in a few hours, the house is a tip… and you have no snacks in at all! Or, even worse, you’re not having people around, the baby has just stopped crying after an epic 2 hour meltdown and you’ve already eat all of the emergency biscuits to have with your pick me up coffee! You need a recipe that’s easy to execute, and fast. Have no fear, one bowl peanut butter cookies are here for you! No Mixers involved; just bang it all into a bowl, stir it together, and fling it in the oven. I can’t remember my source for this recipe, so I can only apologise. This is one of those that I had written down years ago in my notebook and paraphrased in shorthand. If you do recognise the recipe please let me know so I can give full credit!!

 

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