Our April | Trains, crafts, and pre-school

Our April - trains, crafts, pre school

It’s a miracle – I’m actually writing our April favourites at the beginning of the following month, instead of the end! Now Noah has started pre-school, I have three mornings a week to get more work done – not that it’s actually happened, mind…

The first week of April was pretty jam packed. Half term had started and The Husband had a week off, so we had a few days out. He was back to work for the second week of half term so it was just me and the boys. We didn’t really go out anywhere (hello anxiety, and disliking taking them out on my own the majority of the time) but we had some fun outside and did some crafts. Then it was back to school for Jacob, and N’s first day of pre-school!

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Kiddyum frozen ready meals | Review

Kiddyum frozen meals

Recently we were asked if the boys would like to try some Kiddyum frozen ready meals. Both boys eat quite a varied diet, but Jacob has previously been a very fussy eater so I have found it incredibly difficult to cook for him. It has got better now and he eats more and tries more, but he is still fussy in some areas. Noah has always been a really good eater and tries anything you put in front of him (he’s such a little piglet) but he is just starting to go through that toddler refusing food stage.

I will almost always cook meals from scratch for us and the boys, but on the days we are rushing around and hubby & I don’t eat until later in the evening (like on weigh in days) a quick & easy but healthy meal is a great help. Usually it will end up being scrambled egg & beans on toast (Jacob’s favourite!) but I do prefer to give them a ‘proper’ meal with plenty of goodness. Read more

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Review – Organix Goodies carrot snacks (celebrating International Carrot Day!)

Did you have any idea that there was such a thing as International Carrot Day? No, me neither! It was recently celebrated on the 4th April and the lovely people at Organix sent the boys some Goodies Carrot Stix and Goodies Carrot Cake Oaty Bars to celebrate with. But before we bring you our review, here are some fun facts about carrots:

  • Carrots were one of the first vegetables ever grown by man
  • Carrots aren’t always orange, they can be purple, red, white or yellow too!
  • The carrot that Bugs Bunny eats is called the Danvers carrot
  • The carrot is a member of the parsley family


N eats carrots, but J doesn’t at the moment so I thought these would be a great way to get the goodness into him. The Carrot Stix are just what they say, baked carrot flavour sticks with a sprinkling of coriander, and much healthier than an average packet of snack crisps. The Oaty Bars are baked using juicy fruit and wholegrain oats. 


The boys shared the Carrot Stix at snack time and both gobbled them up so they were a winner. I had a try too and they were quite nice, with the coriander it gave them more flavour than just carrot. They have been eating the Oaty Bars as snacks too and are really handy to keep in their bag when going out. They’re just the right size for a small child and lovely & soft with a definite carrot flavour. J asks for another one when he is finished so he definitely likes them! And N gobbled his down too, like with most things…


Organix Goodies Carrot Stix (RRP £2.49 x 4 packs) and Carrot Cake Oaty Bars (RRP £2.49 x 6 bars) can be purchased from the Organix website or selected supermarkets. 

Our rating – 4.5/5

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Review – Organix Goodies chunky fruit bars

My boys definitely take after their Mummy & Daddy – they love food and barely ever stop eating. Despite them snacking through the day – usually on fruit – we have a set snack time falling between 10am & 10.30am where they will sit down together and share a small plate of various snacks; it also gives me a chance to get a few jobs done as they rarely fight when they are eating!

J often asks for treats (sweets or chocolate!) but I prefer to give them something such as fruit, rice cakes, crackers, bread sticks or small cubes of cheese. The Organix Goodies chunky fruit bars they were recently sent to review are perfect for J thinking that he is getting a treat when in actual fact it is just 100% fruity goodness (N doesn’t mind as long as it’s food!).
The two flavours they were sent were banana & date and apple & date, and they come in trademark Organix colourful boxes of six bars – each bar has five chunky pieces so perfect for them to have one each or share one of each flavour for a snack, though the bars were a little smaller than I expected them to be (I was probably thinking adult size to be honest!). 

They both devoured the bars down; I couldn’t tell you which was their favourite flavour as they seemed to love them both! A bonus is that each bar is one of their five a day, so if they didn’t love their fruit ‘as is’, at least I could get it into them via these. They are good value at just over 40p each but not something I would give them every day – great for a ‘pretend’ treat I think.

Organix Goodies chunky fruit bars have an RRP of £2.49 for a pack of six and can be purchased from the online shop or most major supermarkets. 
Our rating – 4.5/5

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Review – Organix Goodies Christmas selection box

Regular readers will know that we have reviewed Organix products a few times before and that we always think highly of them. Organix are dedicated to the “no junk” initiative and Christmas is no different. This year they have this Goodies Selection Box available to purchase as an alternative to one full of chocolate.

Included in the selection box are:
  • blackcurrant & apple fruit stars
  • raspberry & apple fruit moos
  • raspberry & apple soft oaty bar
  • mini gingerbread men
  • alphabet bicuits

So there is a good variety in there with a similar amount to what you would find in a chocolate one, but a lot healthier for them! It is more aimed towards toddlers but I think it would be okay for older babies too, with supervision of course (I will be buying another one for N).
They are full size products of each of the items and they are just inside the box with no excess packaging (which is also a bonus).
There is also a little activity for children, with Christmas pictures to pop out and then stick on a Christmas scene on the box – so really you have 2-in-1 with this selection box. For the price I think it’s a worthwhile purchase if you don’t want them to have chocolate but still want to keep with this tradition as it is a pretty similar price to a chocolate one.

The Organix Goodies Christmas Selection Box has an RRP of £2.99 and can be purchased from Asda, Boots or online at Ocado.


My rating – 5/5


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Review – Organix baby & toddler products

With a greedy toddler & baby in this house, who never stop eating (well obviously they do at some point, but it doesn’t feel like it!), I have to make sure that I’ve got plenty of snacks and the like for them as one of them will be wanting food at practically every point in the day. The lovelies at Organix recently sent us a box of goodies for J & N to try out.

In the goody box, we received:

  • multigrain mini cereal puffs (RRP £2.49)
  • apple rice cakes (RRP £1.19)
  • vanilla multigrain hearts (RRP £1.99)
  • banana, peach & apple muesli (RRP £2.69)
  • banana soft oaty bars (RRP £2.49)
  • red pepper hearts (RRP £0.75)
  • baby biscuits (RRP £1.19)
  • apple & raspberry puree pots (RRP £.199)

As you can see, there was a good selection for both boys and they were both hankering over all of it, a bit like vultures!

The actual food looked like the photo on the packets so there is no misleading and you know exactly what to expect. All of them were high quality and organic too, as you would expect from Organix.

N loved the cereals – his favourite though was the muesli (it did smell yummy!). If you are baby led weaning, I found a great little tip with the mini cereal puffs – if you leave them to soak in milk for a few minutes then you can roll them up into balls making them easier for baby to eat with fingers.

Both boys loved the rice cakes, but then they are always munching on them for snacks anyway. They also both loved the oaty bars, though they are very messy as they are so soft & crumbly! The biscuits went down a treat too with both boys, also good for snacking on.

N loved the red pepper hearts (J spat them out, but he is very fussy at the minute!), they are very messy though and leave a red coating all over the place so I recommend not wearing white whilst eating, or use a brilliant stain remover! N wasn’t too keen on the fruit pots at first – up until trying these he had only had fruit as it comes (as we started off BLW) so he wasn’t used to the puree texture. After he pulled a face at it I tried it myself, and I must admit it was a bit tangy.

All in all, this is a great selection of products and the majority went down rather well with both boys. I have bought Organix ever since J started eating and will continue to do so as they are always consistent (though I do usually only buy them when they are on offer).

Our rating – 4/5


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Little man J at 2 years 4 months old

It seems forever ago that I wrote J’s last update – maybe because I’ve only been doing it 2 monthly, and N’s updates monthly. Since then he has developed a lot – he is learning so much at the minute.

His independence is growing more & more. He now asks to wash his hands when he has been playing outside, and before he eats. He asks to brush his teeth – he used to hate it – though sometimes he does just suck the toothpaste off rather than actually brushing!

He is still being a great big brother and he is becoming closer to N every day. He has started showing him his toys, and reading to him. When we are playing and N is asleep in the bedroom, when N wakes he will hear him over the monitor and say “Oh, N wake!” and go running to the door to be the first person he sees. He cleans him up when he has been sick. (Even writing this is making my eyes leak, realising how much he has come to love his brother).

He is coming out with new words every day, some that I’ve never even said to him! One thing though; I may despise a certain cartoon pig, but he learns a lot of his words from there, unbelievably! (As well as a certain elf & fairy…). My favourite of his new words are “love you” – I’ve been trying to get him to say it to me for ages now, but he finally said it a few weeks ago! My heart melts. He’s not one to express his love for me vocally, he would much rather shower me with kisses (aww).

He has become a bit of a fussy eater – the only meat he will eat is ham, chicken if it has a coating on it (!), or sausages. Vegetables, he will only really eat peas or sweetcorn. Most other things he will gladly eat, but he used to eat such a variety of these things. He has become more adventurous with fruit though, so he does get his 5 a day still, even if it is from sweet things! His favourite fruits at the minute are grapes and oranges.

His favourite words at the minute are “No thankyou cancoo” – ask him to do something, no cancoo; ask him if he loves you, no cancoo; ask him if he wants to go somewhere, no cancoo. Though ask him if he wants food – “Yes please pease”! He also likes to tell people they have a big bum – Daddy has the biggest, apparently (yay, not me!). He has learned lots of new animals and can now count to 5 – he is behind some of his peers with numbers, but his other vocabulary really does astound me every day. He loves pointing at the pictures in his books and telling me what everything is.

He recently moved into a full size single bed. He kept falling out of his cot bed with the sides off – mainly because he likes to stretch out and it wasn’t wide enough for him! He hasn’t fallen out of this one yet, but we have found him hanging off the edge a couple of times! The bonus with this bed is that if he wakes in the night, one of us can actually go and sleep in his bed with him as we fit – and it’s actually comfier than ours!

Potty training has progressed a little since the last update. He will now sit on the potty for 10 minutes at a time, though he still hasn’t done anything on it. He can tell me when he has done a poo and a wee in his nappy though. We have been taking part in Potty Training Live! so I will be writing a post on that soon.

I mentioned a couple of months ago that we had been to his first parents evening and his key worker was a little concerned about his behaviour, so they were going to introduce a reward chart & stickers. I’m pleased to report that it seems to be going well and he is getting at least one sticker a week. He does tend to lash out when he is tired though – not that I am excusing his behaviour at all, but pinpointing it helps a great deal. He also no longer gives me a second glance when I drop him off, he just heads straight in and doesn’t even say goodbye!

Would you like to read J’s updates monthly like N’s, or every two months as they are at the moment?



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Review – Plum Little Yums teething wafers

Even though he’s now 2 years old, little man J is still teething. His first tooth came through at 9 months old, and he still only has 12 full teeth – 13 & 14 are currently on their way through! I use teething powders for him which seem to help, but when he’s really bad he won’t eat much; so when the lovely people at Plum Baby got in touch to try out some of their new Little Yums teething wafers I gladly obliged. 

Little Yums are light, delicious wafers made with the nutritious ancient grain buckwheat, plus fruit and veggies. They’re the perfect first snack for little teethers: the wafer dissolves easily in your baby’s mouth and is easy to hold, which encourages self-feeding. The unique fruit and vegetable combinations we’ve created are designed to delight tiny taste buds with the natural flavours of our delicious and nutritious ingredients.

The wafers are stage 1 so can be eaten even from 6 months old. Though of course they should be supervised, and given to babies who are already used to chewing solid foods. They come in two flavour varieties – pumpkin & banana, and spinach, apple & kale. The packaging they arrived in was very eye catching due to the bright colours, so even the box would appeal to little ones! In each box are 6 packs of 3 wafers, the foil packets match the box so are eye catching too. As usual with Plum products, all ingredients in the wafers are organic which is appealing. 



J loves his food so as soon as I took a packet out of the box he was running to see what it was. I told him they were biscuits so he would eat them (naughty Mummy I know, feeding him biscuits! Not very often though…). I opened the packet for him and he did his normal inspection of a new food before tucking in. After his first bite he didn’t spit it out so he must have liked them. He chomped his way through the whole packet, though after the first couple he did take a while to eat the last one, so I’m not sure if younger children would eat them all in one go. He ate the pumpkin & banana ones quickest so I’m guessing they were his preferred flavour (though banana is one of his favourite fruits anyway!).



The RRP of each box of Little Yums is £2.49 which works out at just over 40p a packet so I think they are well worth the money for little teethers to snack on and I will probably buy them for little man N when he starts teething too. 

Our rating – 4/5



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Review – Organix Winter Warmers range

Since we started weaning little man we have used the Organix brand – even now he especially loves the cheese & herb puffs; well he loves anything that tastes of cheese really! We have also used the fruit pots and breakfast cereals, but not the meals which we sent to try some of – from the Winter Warmers range (priced at £1.99 RRP, recommended for 1-3 years old). 


On their website Organix state:

Our Unique No Junk Promise guarantees our foods are made with nothing but the best-quality organic ingredients.

When buying ready made meals from brands, I think that this is at the top of most parents’ list as we want to feed our child with top quality healthy foods. Being a stay at home Mum, the majority of the time I cook most meals from scratch, but these Organix meals come in very handy when I just can’t be bothered to cook and hubby & I have a takeaway or a ready made off the shelf meal! They are made from ingredients that would normally be found in a home kitchen, and they only take a couple of minutes in the microwave, or you can even cook them on the hob but they obviously take a little longer.

We were sent three soups (Mighty Soups) – Hearty Root Veg & Beans, Tangy Tomato & Pasta, and Tasty Sweetcorn & Noodles:


And three meals (Mighty Meals) – Pasta Shells & Vegetables in a Tomatoey Sauce, Spaghetti with Pork & Bean Meatballs, and Hearty Veg, Bean & Lamb Hotpot.


The Mighty in the name stays true to form, as the meals are packed with chunky ingredients so there is plenty of texture and goodness in there. The same goes for the soups, they are not just standard ‘liquid’ soups so they are a bit more interesting for little mouths.

Hearty Veg, Bean & Lamb Hotpot


I own up to even having a little taste as they smell yummy, and I would actually eat it myself! The portion sizes are just right and pretty much equivalent to what I would serve up, though little man is a real gannet and I think he would actually eat more if there was more in it! 


Little man is a pasta fan so he especially enjoyed the pasta shells and the spaghetti. He was a bit wary of the soups at first, but I think that’s because he has rarely had soup before so it was a new way of eating for him, but he soon became accustomed to it. 

Overall I think these meals are good value, tasty, and I would use them again if we were in a rush or I was not in a cooking mood. There are also other delicious sounding flavours which we will probably try. 

Our rating – 4/5

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