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My Laundry Room: The Vortex of Doom

Mummy Confession: This is my Laundry Room. The never ending vortex of doom.

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It just keeps piling up. The job that’s never done. And it’s funny. All of the kids are sick now, plus one teething (ie “don’t you dare put me down or leave me alone, and you can forget about an easy sleep.”) and one toilet training (ie. “I’m big and I won’t thoroughly soak my bed linens every night…”). This means the laundry is constantly piling up and never-ending.

As a matter of fact, just after waking this morning, my baby coughed quite a bit and then threw up all over my face and chest. He did the same yesterday. What does that mean? More laundry.

Rather than look at this insane pile and be completely overwhelmed (which I am every time I open that door), I’ve decided to try to think positively about what this room means.

Here are three reasons why  when my laundry room is overflowing, it’s a good thing:

1. It means I can take care of my family. My kids. My husband. I am so thankful for them all. And doing their laundry means they are (other than the minor cold) healthy and home. Safe and secure.

2. We have.  We have clothes. We have towels. We have blankets. We have a roof over our head. We have a sanitary place with clean water to wash clothes. We have what we need.

3. My kids are learning, reaching milestones, and growing. Yes, there will be some set backs and wet bets, but soon enough she will be accomplishing far more than I can imagine.

So regardless of the laundry that just keeps growing, I can be thankful, grateful for the things we have. And hopefully this thankfulness will stay with me until the sickness passes, and I conquer the vortex of doom.

How can you look at seemingly negative events or things in your life right now and be thankful?

Great Apps for Baby Development

Mummy Confession: When I was a new mum especially, I was always curious to keep up with what skills my baby was developing. I often felt the need to see their progress and keep track of their milestones.

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored by any of the following companies or apps and is purely my honest opinion. This post contains affiliate links.

Now, hear me out, not every baby develops the same skills at the same time. Just like every child isn’t the same height, weight, or build, development varies from baby to baby. But, I like the reassurance of seeing how my child was coming along with milestones, as any mum would. I also like seeing what sort of activities help in their age group as well.

There are three great Apps that help mum to keep up with skills and developmental milestones that coincide with the age of their baby, toddler, and child. Below, I have outlined a few that have come in handy for me as a mother.

Many baby websites offer newsletters as well to help keep track of baby’s development and various things to expect as they grow. Some of these are  listed here with my Pregnancy and Parenting Communities  post.

The Wonder Weeks

The Wonder Weeks app has some great information on development and fussy periods

Each baby has times where they seem to be more sleepless, fussy, and all around grouchy, and I have found a lot of the time, it is because they are going through developmental leaps. The Wonder Weeks app is based on a book written about this. It allows you to enter your baby’s due date and it predicts when these “leaps” occur. So much is happening in their little world that you can’t see, and this helps me to be aware of what my baby could possibly be working on, or trying to figure out. As stated in the app, though, every baby isn’t doing everything listed by those time frames, but it is a great guide as you look out for things they are achieving!

You can also set up an alert to let you know when baby is entering a fussy stage, so maybe you will be that one step ahead, being prepared.

Download Wonder Weeks here:
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Kidfolio

So many places to keep track of various baby things!

Do you like writing down what your bubs is up to?  Keep track of medications, immunisations, feedings, diaper changes, sleep, teeth, and more. Digitally store tons of developmental and growth information as well as photos and videos. Keep track of one child or more, and a daily bit of information on their age group.

If you want to have is information saved for a hard copy scrapbook later, get this app. It is so helpful when you feel like there is no time to write anything down. Plus, there are great communities online to ask your parenting and baby questions (and Baby Bump, their sister app, has one as well).

Download Kidfolio here:

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Kinedu

Kinedu is a great resource for developmental activities!

I just got this one, but I’m already impressed! This one offers an evaluation of baby’s skills and development and helps with some activities to develop their skills.

It has videos that show how to do certain activities with your baby to aid development, and has in-app purchases for further things. It also offers articles on baby’s development. You can opt in for various categories to receive information and activities for children through the age of two. There is so much I haven’t seen yet, so I will need to check it out more before I can write about it, but I was impressed already in the short time I’ve had it!

Download Kinedu here:
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I hope these come in handy like they have with me!

What apps have you found to be useful as a parent, or helpful for baby’s first years or after?

My Little Love Heart: Review

Mummy Review: I’ve always loved boutique styles, and having something that is a unique style! I also love supporting local businesses and mums, so this is a win, win!

Disclosure: Some of these products were given to me in exchange for my honest opinion. I liked them so much, I bought more .

My Little Love Hearts is a boutique style shop for a range of accessories for babies, handmade in Australia. Their line of products includes bibs, hair bows, and teething rings. I have reviewed the products below which I have received and also purchased a couple more, in addition to the lovely presentation of how it arrived in the parcel!
Firstly, though, I just wanted to give some insight into the maker of these great products and what inspired her to create this brand, as well as her aspirations and personal favourite items. 🙂
(I will also be editing this post and putting better photos in once my little model will stand still)

What inspired you to start My Little Love Heart?

My interest in baby apparel and accessories, specifically bandana bibs, began after my daughter Natalia was born. As she was prone to reflux we started to go through a large amount of baby bibs. I found it very difficult to find products of the highest quality with modern and stylish patterns so I started making them myself.

What is your favourite product?

I would have to say I have three favourite products, firstly the Love Heart Teething ring as this is my own idea and design, it also represents what my brand is all about ! The second would have to be the bandana bib, this would be my most popular item and I love the feedback I get from customers. The third favourite would be the burp cloths, as they use the most fabric I really get to enjoy the detail on the wonderful patterns.

Are you working on anything that you’re excited about (new product, new styles, new designs, etc)?

Last month we just finished our first collaboration with Perth designer Megan Isabella Designs. She has developed the Succulents and Cactus print exclusively for My Little Love Heart. We love that it is a print that boys can wear as there are very few options for the little guys these days. We will also be adding 2 more fabrics in the coming months, once again something for the boys !

What is a goal you have for the future of your business?

I enjoy making these products and would love to increase the export side of the business through retail outlets around the world, especially my birth country of Colombia. It would be an amazing feeling walking into a shop in another country and seeing my products sold there.

This is the beautiful parcel I received from My Little Love Heart. I must say, the care that went into this presentation is lovely!

Need a nice gift? Your order comes nicely wrapped and ready to go (See photo at the top of the post)! this attention to detail is such a great touch!
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Regular Bib
The Bibs made by My Little Love Heart are made in two sizes and has two plastic buttons to adjust to a proper size as well. Backed with towelling, it’s not thin and soaking through easily. I would say my baby is a medium level drooler, and I haven’t had an issue with it soaking through too quickly. Obviously, I take it off during naps, and let it dry.

I recommend the cactus and succulent pattern for its pure awesome look. I was overjoyed to receive this bib, and it sure is helping us have less wardrobe changes during the day, while still maintaining a fashionable look. I have gotten a ton of compliments on this bib, and just adore the pattern!

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Baby boy’s outfit of the day, paired up with his super cute bib!



Bandana Bib
I love the style of the bandana bibs! For my boy especially, it makes him look even more handsome, and covers him under and around the neck. It is also backed with towelling and  keeps his neck dry. This is good, because my bub’s neck is particularly sensitive as he is prone to eczema. The bandana bib also comes in two sizes and has two buttons for adjustment within the size. My little one was lucky enough to try one out in the lovely feathered pattern. I have washed it a few times, as the drool is strong with my baby, and I have no complaints. It’s still just as cute and great for bubs to wear!

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My model wasn’t being cooperative, but this bib matches nearly everything!


Bandummy
This particular style I have never seen before, and I think it is quite innovative in its design! After finding this style online, I had to order one! Bub is always losing his dummy (pacifier to those not fluent in Aussie) and this design allows me to keep it close. The best part is not needing an extra dangly bit to clip on, hoping my baby won’t rip it off minutes later. You can also attach teething toys!
It works best with dummies or teething toys that have a bit of space, and just fits one of my bubs preferred pacifiers. Bubby was putting his own dummy back in easily, and I didn’t have to search the whole house for it!

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Snaps for different neck adjustments and the snaps to clip a pacifier or toy

Only one issue I would have with it is that, obviously, I cannot attach any other pacifiers that my babe prefers to it, as they would need a string attached to lace through the hole (which is a simple fix, anyways). Otherwise, this is a totally brilliant idea, and I’m stoked to have this in his wardrobe!
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Bunny Teething ring
These eco-friendly Beech Hardwood teething rings are particularly lovely to look at, and I think the patterned moustache pattern makes it so cute! It comes in this handy little bag, so a beautiful little touch I appreciated! I’ve always loved this style of bunny ear-ed teething rings! I had to order one for my little man, as he is experiencing the dreaded teething, and everything is in his mouth. This ensures that he’s not crawling around and shoving things the other kids have left out in for amusement, but playing and chewing on this instead. Even better, his bandummy easily clips on to this, so it’s not getting lost! Little man is still getting used to it, but so far seems to be enjoying this one!
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Feel free to check out My Little Love Heart online here, or follow them on social media!
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I Don’t Get Out Much

Mummy Confession: I don’t get out of the house much. With or without kids.

School holidays have rolled around again, and that brings my stubborn side out. The side that hates leaving home. We have only left the area a handful of times, because the thought of it alone exhausts me. It’s gotten worse with the number of children. Though, I love socialising and getting out of the everyday routine, it’s so daunting just to get out of the house!

Take for instance this typical before, during and after a trip outside of our neighbourhood: I corral all the children together as I tell them we are going somewhere. Next, they all dart in opposite directions excitedly as I yell for them to put on various articles of clothing. I answer questions of, “where’s that?” I’m serious that it takes about fifteen minutes for shoes alone.

After about an hour, everyone is dressed. Now, I have to convince the oldest and middle children to use the toilet before we leave, because I’m not managing three children in a McDonald’s restroom on the way there.  Twenty minutes later, they have finally finished.

Then I wrangle the kids into the car, buckling them in, and drive to my destination, answering various questions (the same one over and over again usually) about where we are going and who we are meeting. Following that, I get them unbuckled, unload and set up the pram, filling it with several bags of “just in case.”

We roll up in the pram, and I chase them around for hours (as again, they all take off in multiple directions at once) with trips to the toilet every twenty minutes and snacks every ten, while trying to simultaneously prevent the youngest now from putting everything in his mouth and crawling away.

Finally, I find myself debating with them about getting back into the car. Several threats and bribes later I accomplish the feat. Strolling back, I lure them back into the car, changing the littlest, feeding the littlest, buckling seatbelts, wrestling the pram back in the car, and then taking a deep breath before getting home and unloading all the “not tired” passengers. And that’s just a typical venture out for a short while. (Minus the pram for Grandma’s house.) Can you imagine if we actually got out?

I know, I know, it’s good for kids to have experiences, spend time exploring and learning. But, when the holidays roll around and I am not scheduled to get somewhere twenty minutes later than what I set out to arrive, it takes a while to work up the energy and, dare I say, courage to take all of them out on my own.

It’s not that they aren’t behaved. They behave like any child, and I love them to bits. I just don’t feel like spending half an hour negotiating with a toddler on why it’s time to go home. It’s a lose, lose situation and someone always winds up crying. Generally, it’s the children in the car on the way home. And let’s not talk about how the baby now realises when we’re leaving and breaks down in hysterics as I try to strap him into his car seat.

How does it go for you? Do you brave the outside neighbourhood when it’s holiday time? How much time does it take “psyching yourself up” to leave?

Mealplan Monday: Week #1

Hello everyone! This week starts up a new series in my Blog, Meal Plan Monday!
Every week, on an ongoing basis, I will be posting 5-7 recipes from myself and others for the week ahead. I know I could use some ideas for the repetitive rotation of meals in our household, and maybe some of you are the same? I hope to provide some delicious recipes for you to try and share! If you wish to share a recipe, feel free to use the contact forms to send a message, or use the contact information on the “About The Blogger” page, with your favourites!

Meals here suit 2-4 people, possibly more if indicated.

Feel free to tag me in your photos of you cooking with these recipes using #cookingwithMPM and by tagging my social media.

So, onward to planning! Click on the links below to find the recipes and enjoy planning your dinners this week! Subscribe for email updates to get the links to these recipes straight in your inbox.

Monday: Simple Schnitzel in Mushroom Sauce

Tuesday: Pasta Bolognese with Roasted Capsicum

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Wednesday:Crunchy Panko Polenta Fish Fingers from Kidgredients

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Thursday: Slow Cooker Veggies and Beef

Friday: French Toast Sandwiches

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Saturday: Chicken Drumsticks/Wings and Polenta

Sunday: Lasagna from Kidgredients

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If you want to have some more ideas, check out Week #2

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Recipes from above by Mummy Confessions:

Simple Schnitzel in Mushroom Sauce
Ingredients: 1 chicken breast per person (give or take)
Breadcrumbs
1-2eggs (depending on number of chicken breasts)
Optional Vegeta Gourmet Stock or salt

1. Cut chicken into fillets
2. Mix eggs in bowl nicely and place breadcrumbs into another bowl.
3. If using Vegeta or salt, mix in with breadcrumbs if desired.
4. Dip fillets in egg, then dip in breadcrumbs until all of the chicken is covered.
5. Pan fry until golden brown.

If you don’t want to do the following, you don’t have to…but I prepare this Mushroom Sauce and serve over top, or with rice and the mushroom sauce over top.
Leftovers: You can refrigerate and use the schnitzel for sandwiches the next day, or in a salad!

Baby Meal:
Pureed Cooked Chicken & Pureed corn
from Momtastic Wholesome Baby Food

Toddler/Preschooler meal: Chicken Schnitzel pieces with rice (and Mushroom sauce)
Cut Schnitzel into pieces for easier eating or fry up smaller pieces of schnitzel for the younger ones (sort of like chicken nuggets)

French Toast Sandwiches
Ingredients: Sliced Bread
Eggs
Milk
Fillings for Sandwiches (we use ham &cheese)
Tomato Soup (optional)

  1. Whisk eggs and milk together to make dip.
  2. Dip pieces of sliced bread on either side, coating bread.
  3. Lightly Toast the bread on either side in a pan.
  4. Add fillings (Ham & Cheese for us) into the sandwich and finish toasting until nicely browned on either side and cheese is nicely melted.
    Serve with veggies or tomato soup.Baby Meal: Scrambled Eggs
    from Momtastic Wholesome Baby Food

Toddler/Preschooler Meal: Like above, just cut into squares, triangles, or use a cookie cutter and make fun shapes.

Chicken Drumsticks/Wings and Polenta
Ingredients: Chicken Drumsticks or Wings (we usually have 6-8 drumsticks and 10-15 wings depending on the size)
Favourite Marinade or Seasoning (mine is Masterfoods Honey, Soy & Garlic or McCormick’s Season All)
Polenta

1. Marinate chicken (if you can do this for a few hours or overnight, it tastes even better, but I usually don’t have too much forethought and just mix it at the time before)
2. If desired, pan fry chicken to get golden brown on the outside.
3. Place chicken and pan contents into oven-appropriate dish and cover.
4. Cook at 200 Celcius for 40 minutes or more, until chicken is cooked nicely.
5. Boil water while chicken is cooking.
6. Add polenta according to instructions on pack, stirring or whisking continuously until polenta thickens. (We do about 1 Cup Polenta and 4-5 Cups of water as a ratio.)
7. Continue to stir or whisk occasionally, cooking polenta for about 30 minutes or so. Polenta is not crunchy when cooked.
8. When polenta is finished cooking, pour into a bowl or onto a large,flat plat for serving.

Leftovers: Chicken Drumsticks/Wings can be refridgerated and reheated properly again the next day, and so can the polenta, but in my opinion, it does lose some flavour (and I prefer eating the wings cold the next day rather than heating them up).

Baby Meal: Pureed Cooked Chicken & Pureed Peas
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rom Momtastic Wholesome Baby Food

Toddler/Preschooler Meal: Unseasoned/Lightly Seasoned Drumsticks and for the younger ones, I pull the meat off the bone. Polenta served on the side separately.

Slow Cooker What-Veggies-I-Have-And-Beef Meal
Ingredients: Whatever vegetables you want to mix
I used (2-3) potatoes, 2 carrots, 1 red capsicum, 1/2 Cup peas, 1/2 Cup corn, and 1/2 an onion
250-500g beef (depending on how meaty you like it)
2 beef stock cubes
1 pack French onion soup mix (only if no onion available)
Vegeta Gourmet Stock or salt to taste (at end for adults)
1/2 Cup Red Wine if desired

1. Peel potatoes & carrots and chop to desired size (I usually cut all vegetables pretty small, so my toddlers have no issues eating them).
2. Chop up capsicum and onion as well to desired size.
3. Dissolve the two beef stock cubes into two cups of boiling water.
4. Cut up beef as small as you want (I like mine cubed) .
5. If desired, pan fry beef until nicely brown.
6. Add everything into the slow cooker, add more water if necessary (food should be half covered with water) and stir. Add wine if desired.
7. Cook on high for 5-7 hours or until veggies are to your liking.
8. Remove portions of food for younger kids without seasoning. Add Vegeta or salt to taste for adults.
9. Serve with/over rice, with bread, pasta, or mashed potato.

Leftovers: Can be refrigerated and eaten next day. Or use leftovers in Puff Pastry Delight

Baby Meal: Beef purée and puréed carrot
from Momtastic Wholesome Baby Food

Toddler/Preschooler meal: Unsalted/unseasoned Slow Cooker meal with rice/pasta/mashed potatoes.

Pasta Bolognese with Roasted Capsicum
Ingredients: Pasta (we love spirals)
500g Beef Mince (Ground Beef)
1-2 Capsicums (Red Bell Pepper)
1-2 Carrots, grated
1/2-1 Onion, finely chopped
1-2 Cans Diced Tomatoes (or you can boil tomatoes and do it yourself as well)
Bay leaves, Basil and/or Oregano (optional)
Vegeta Gourmet Stock or salt to taste
Olive Oil
Cheese on top if desired.

  1. Cut capsicums in half, and remove seeds & place cut portion down facing aluminium foil and bake in oven at 150-175 Celsius until nicely roasted for approximately 30-45 minutes.
  2. Grate carrots and chop onion, and pan fry or cook in pot until onion is nicely browned.
  3. Cook beef mince until nicely browned (I tend to even over-brown it just to be sure).
  4. Once Capsicum is nicely roasted, peel skin off and chop up into smaller pieces and add to bolognese mix
  5. Put all of the cooked ingredients into a big pot.
  6. Boil water for pasta. Put in pasta. Drain when nicely cooked.
  7. Add the diced tomato and mix everything together, putting put to simmer. Add spices if desired.
  8. Portion out for toddler/preschoolers without adding salt or Vegeta. Add salt or Vegeta to taste.
  9. Serve either with bolognese on top of pasta (keeping separate), or mix entire bolognese sauce through the pasta.
  10. Serve with cheese on top if desired.
    Leftovers: Can be refrigerated and stored for eating the next day, or you can use the Bolognese later in a Lasagna or in a Puff Pastry Delight Dish.

Baby Meal: Pureed Pasta or Pureed Cooked Chicken from Momtastic Wholesome Baby Food

Toddler/Preschooler Meal: As made for adults, just no salt or seasoning added. Possibly need to cut up pasta, depending on the size.