Foodie Penpals – September reveal

This month my foodie penpals parcel came from Tracey over at It’s not easy being greedy (how great is that blog name?!). Month after month I continue to be excited at what might be in my parcel, as although I give pretty much the same ‘requests’ every time, everybody has different ideas and come from different places so I always get something I haven’t tried yet – and often I get something I really want too!

Anyway, on with the contents for this month. Up first, the more sweet items:

  • hazelnut & raisin dark chocolate square. I’m usually a milk chocolate person but this was yummy with the addition of hazelnuts & raisins and I ate it all in one sitting…
  • some really yummy fudge! (But fudge is always yummy…)
  • a Dairy Milk LU bar. I’ve been looking at these for ages but was yet to try one. This is just the right balance of biscuit and chocolate though.
  • Tunnock’s snowballs. I was so pleased to see these as I haven’t had them for ages!
Next up, the more savoury items (and a drink):

  • some coffee all the way from Sri Lanka! (I haven’t tried this yet though).
  • a couple of Asian jars for accompaniments/cooking. I haven’t tried these yet either but they look really interesting and tasty. 
  • a sachet of Rendang sauce mix. This looks really yummy and I can’t wait to try this one.
  • two sachets of popping corn. Corn for popping at home is much better than ready bagged popcorn, in my opinion. We’ve tried the salted one so far and it was lovely, considering I’m not usually keen on salted popcorn. 

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Review – Equazen eye q chews (for children)

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fish oils are an important part of a healthy diet for both children & adults alike. Hubby & I love fish and regularly have ‘Fish Friday’ as part of our meals so I’m confident that we get a substantial amount. J on the other hand, the only type of fish he will eat is that of the finger variety, covered in bread crumbs. I know it’s not ideal, but it’s better than nothing! (I do keep trying). Due to this, when I was recently invited to try Equazen eye q chews for children I thought it would be a good opportunity to get more Omega-3 and -6 oils into him.

The eye q chews for age 3+ years are capsules with no additives – the only ingredients are Omega-3 oils, Omega-6 oils, strawberry flavour, and basic ingredients to make the capsule shell chewy. The recommended intake is two chews per day, with food; though if your child is starting them for the first time or after a long break then six chews per day are recommended for the first twelve weeks. The capsules can be swallowed whole or they can be chewed – the strawberry flavour helps to minimise any fishy smell or taste.

The capsules come in a plastic tub with a tamper seal as with most vitamin/oil capsules; the graphic on the tub is eye catching with important information on there as well as on the box. The capsules themselves look just like a sweet, nice & shiny so attractive to young eyes! J did in fact believe that they were sweets. As he thought they were sweets, when I gave him them he of course went for the chewing option. His response when asked if he liked them was “Mmm nice” with a nod – so I think they get his approval. Which is good to know that I can get the Omega-3 and -6 oils into him without him having to eat fish. As part of the review I thought I should also try them – I hate taking tablets or the like as I panic that they’re going to get stuck but they weren’t so bad to go down. I did the chewing test too, as did hubby, and we really weren’t keen – we thought they tasted a bit too fishy, even with the strawberry flavour; they taste a bit like strawberry fish…

I think the capsules are great for getting the Omega acids into little ones who won’t eat fish, and although they help with a healthy diet for J and I understand that fish in itself is expensive, I don’t think I will be purchasing them again at the price that they are as it is a little more expensive than I would be prepared to pay.
Age – 3+
RRP – £9.18 for a 1 month supply 

Our rating – 3/5

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I was sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

Project 365 – Week 39 (days 264 – 270)

Day 264 / September 21st
J has started doing ‘This little piggy’ to everybody, and tonight he was doing it to me before bed time.

Day 265 / September 22nd
We’re all full of cold and J just wanted snuggles today, but he still manages to smile for a selfie when he’s feeling under the weather!

Day 266 / September 23rd
I tucked into this date & apple slice from a local farm shop with a glass of wine this evening – yummy.

Day 267 / September 24th
There was a chill in the air this morning so it was time for a hat & gloves for the nursery run. I just love N’s smile!

Day 268 / September 25th
J took a liking to Mummy’s slippers today. He has a habit of wearing adult shoes…

Day 269 / September 26th
We’ve been tucking into this delicious ice cream recently as part of the Tesco Orchard programme. #GotItFree

Day 270 / September 27th
N tucking into naan bread pizza for his dinner – he’s really loving his food!
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Living a healthy lifestyle

Living a healthy lifestyle is of great importance in this day & age due to the rise & rise of obesity. I’m ashamed to say that I fit within this category, but if you have been reading the blog recently you will have noticed that I am trying to live a healthy lifestyle in order to lose weight. I managed to do it pre-children and I felt absolutely great for it. I am determined to reach my goal weight and stay there this time and I don’t want to let anything get in my way. The two very obvious ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle are by exercising, and eating healthily.

I do admit, I have not done any strenuous exercise since a few months after J was born, so in around two years. I used to do a lot of exercise, nearly every day, before he arrived. But I didn’t have children and wasn’t so tired and busy all of the time back then! I used to partake in a whole variety of exercise – going to the gym, running (well, the Couch to 5k programme), cardio boxing, aerobics, step aerobics, good old walking, and yoga/Pilates. The thing is, I really did enjoy it and used to look forward to doing it; I know that when I start doing more exercise again then I will feel the same, it’s just finding the energy for it (maybe when the children leave home?!). The only activity I really do nowadays is walking. Some days I just can’t be bothered but when I do get out, I feel great for it as I know I am helping my body to become healthy again. 
I’m also trying to eat a lot healthier – the weekly fruit & veg box I get delivered is helping with this as I can meal plan around my boxes and instead of snacking on unhealthy food I can just quickly pick up a piece of fruit. One thing I have changed recently regarding my eating habits is instead of sandwiches (so bad carbohydrates) for lunch, I’ve been eating a lot more salads. Florette have a whole host of healthy salad recipes to browse through and find inspiration from with a large variety of different flavours and combinations for both lunches and dinners. The pesto pasta one especially tickled my fancy when I was browsing as we had all of the ingredients in the house, and very yummy it was too; eating healthily doesn’t have to mean boring – even J and the husband ate it!
Living a healthy lifestyle is something I really wish to pass on to my boys as hubby & I have lived unhealthily for far too long, and we want to be around for them for a long time to come. We don’t want them to end up the way we are at the moment, and we want to set them both a good example. Saying that, they both love their food, but even though J has a treat every now & again they do eat a lot of fruit & vegetables – I’m working on the salad! Though for me, nowadays I would much rather have a lovely salad for lunch than a carbohydrate loaded sandwich or sausage roll, especially when there is so much variety to choose from.
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Review – Myyfeed baby formula mixer

As my regular readers will most likely know, we formula feed N now. When formula feeding, if you follow most recent guidelines then you will know that you are supposed to make bottles up as you go. This can be difficult when out & about as if you take a bottle with water in to add formula to later, then the bottle may just be cold when it comes to feeding time. And during night feeds you have to wait for the kettle, then cool the bottle down to the correct temperature, all whilst you have a hungry screaming baby. With the Myyfeed, this needn’t be the case any more.

The Myyfeed is basically a bottle warmer (note that it can only be used with Tommee Tippee bottles), but you can also keep your formula in the attached compartment so it’s ready when you need it and you can make your bottle at the click of a button. As it has its own formula compartment you don’t need to carry around a separate powder container, you have all you need in one product. This bottle warmer keeps water warmer for a lot longer as rather than being insulated, it’s actually a flask.

As N now sleeps through the night and no longer has a night feed, we have only used the Myyfeed when out & about but I’m almost certain that it would be exactly the same experience. Upon using the Myyfeed for the first time it does look a little complicated but once you have read the instructions and done it once, it is pretty straightforward.

To use the Myyfeed:

  1. Fill the container of the formula powder compartment with as much as you need – it holds up to 9 scoops.
  2. Place the compartment lid on the container.
  3. Place the compartment onto your bottle filled with the correct amount of boiling water.
  4. Place your bottle in the Myyfeed flask.
  5. Place the top of your bottle (teat/lid) in the lid of the Myyfeed flask.
  6. Place the Myyfeed lid onto the flask and screw tight.

When you’re ready to use the bottle, simply remove it from the flask, push the button which releases the formula and shake to mix as normal, finally replacing the Myyfeed formula compartment with the bottle teat.
The only thing I found difficult with the flask is that the lid takes a little coaxing to fit on properly. It feels a little like you are cross threading and you just have to get the knack of it. I would also say that this flask does keep the water warm for rather a long time straight from boiling, so if you know your baby is going to want a bottle sooner than the time recommended on the box then let it cool a little before putting in the flask otherwise you are waiting for it to cool down when you take it out, which counteracts one of the reasons for using it in the first place. Obviously it is also rather large as it has to fit a bottle inside, which is worth bearing in mind when wanting to transport it. That aside, this is a really innovative item for use during days out and night feeds and we will be using it again and again. Even if you are only using it for a year when baby is having formula during night feeds or regularly out & about then it is worth the investment. 
The Myyfeed can be purchased from Amazon or Argos for £19.99.

My rating – 4/5

Disclosure
I was sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.
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