Innocent Alphabet challenge Letter F

Innocent Alphabet challenge Letter F

Preparing Healthy Lunchboxes

In celebration of return of the Innocent alphabet magnets that will soon be found in every single box of innocent kid’s drinks, Innocent Smoothies have asked bloggers to champion a letter in the Innocent Alphabet challenge. We were given letter F. We decided to celebrate our letter, which is of course vital to Innocent smoothies. They wouldn’t exist without our first photo!

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Yes, you guessed it FRUIT! We also thought about FAMILY….

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and FUN…

 

Innocent Alphabet Challenge

You can get your own Innocent Alphabet Magnets by collecting special packs (which have 3 random magnets inside) but also by collecting the barcodes and sending 6 into Innocent in return for 3 names of your choice! Plus submit your Innocent Alphabet challenge letter photos via Twitter or Instagram using #alphabetchampions and #innocent and you could win your name in magnets plus a whole alphabet set! Easy little comp for you there!

 

We were sent some Innocent Smoothies and some of the fridge magnets for the purposes of the Innocent Alphabet Challenge.

Preparing Healthy Lunchboxes

Preparing Healthy Lunchboxes

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Preparing Healthy Lunchboxes

LissyLou starts school nursery next week and a new pre-school. She will be a very busy little girl! At school she will have school dinners but at pre-school she needs to take a packed lunch. This is new territory for her. She will take everything in her stride but the packed lunch thing is going to be a sticking point. She has very strict ideas about packed lunches and what they should include (only her favourite things – cake and fruit) but then again so do I and I’ve been thinking about preparing healthy lunchboxes!

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Capri-Sun have released a new product, the Capri-Sun Fruit Crush which is 75% fruit juice and 25% Spring Water, they also count as 1 of your 5 a day. The kids like them because they are in kid friendly flavours like Apple and Blackcurrant, Apple and Pear and Tropical, they also taste great. I like that they are made with real fruit juice but more that they are diluted down with spring water which makes them healthier and makes the flavour milder because my two don’t like whole fruit juice. I picked mine up at Tesco, C enjoyed choosing a pack but he did laugh at me for not knowing which flavour to buy first! Tesco have some back to school offers on which make them great value too

Thinking about preparing healthy lunchboxes for me involves thinking about balancing the lunchbox. I try to include protein, dairy, carbs and fruit and veg. So a typical lunch box might include a sandwich (cheese, ham or jam). If it’s on sliced bread it has to be cut into a cute shape! This covers the carbs and hopefully either the dairy or protein!

Preparing Healthy Lunchboxes

 

Then it has to have veg. My kids like sweetcorn, cucumber or carrot sticks in their healthy lunchboxes!

Fruit is a must, I like to mix it up by offering different fruits each day, that can be blueberries, strawberries, apple. grapes or orange segments. I don’t put bananas in because apparently they go ‘yucky’!

Preparing Healthy Lunchboxes

If either dairy or protein haven’t been covered already I’ll include cheese, a yoghurt or little sausages etc.

Then I include a small treat. It doesn’t have to be all about good stuff, a balanced diet can stretch to a small treat. I normally opt for a small cake bar or a bag of mini biscuits. A big fave in our house are mini anything so I know they always go down well!

So there you have it my take on the packed lunch. Do you have any tips on preparing healthy lunchboxes? Can you share any ideas or recipes (feel free to include a blog link in your comment!)

How I Protected Sensitive Skin When Washing Baby Clothes

How I Protected Sensitive Skin When Washing Baby Clothes

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How I Protected Sensitive Skin When Washing Baby Clothes

When you are pregnant or a new mum you have lots to think about. Nappies, creams, dummies, bottles, it can all get a bit confusing. When I was pregnant and longing for my baby to arrive I remember washing all the new clothes and folding them neatly, arranging them in the wardrobe and getting excited for the impending arrival. It’s important that these precious new things are washed carefully to protect delicate baby skin. Here’s how I protected sensitive skin when washing baby clothes.

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Firstly, you need a good non-bio, like Persil, and a very gentle fabric conditioner, like Comfort Pure. These products are specially designed to be gentle and Persil non-bio contains no enzymes which protects skin while the Comfort Pure softens fibres in fabrics so that they are soft and gentle against your baby, they also have the British Skin Foundation Stamp of approval which shows they have been independently reviewed to ensure they meet the needs of sensitive skin. I bought my products from Asda, who are currently selling special packs of Persil (25wash) and Comfort Pure (42wash). Persil non-bio and Comfort Pure work with the Baby Charity Tommy’s to support the important work they do in research into pregnancy, miscarriage, still birth and prematurity. They aim to raise £100,000 to support Tommy’s #Mums4Tommys. This is so important, especially for that newborn skin, the softest, delicate skin.

Tommy’s is a charity that personally I have supported since I had C. I think becoming a parent makes you more aware of anything related to pregnancy and children. I count myself as exceedingly blessed to have two healthy children. I had two healthy pregnancies.

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I know that this isn’t the case for so many women. One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage, around 60,000 babies are born prematurely every year and there are over 4000 still births. They are truly devastating statistics. Such loss changes lives. Tommy’s works tirelessly to find out why these things happen, what can be done to stop them and in developing new tests to help identify at-risk women and pregnancies.

In the past few years, very sadly, I know many people who’ve experienced miscarriage, prematurity and still birth. It is truly sobering to know just how many lives are affected by these events. It’s not just the parents, but wider families and friends who mourn the loss. I will say that the feeling of utter helplessness you experience as a friend is palpable. I don’t think I’ve ever felt as useless. What is so surprising about this subject is that most people you speak to have some experience of baby loss. It’s sad to know that in this day and age there is still so much loss. I hope that Tommy’s continue to research and learn about why they happen so that they can help stop it in the future.

I’m really pleased to see Persil and Comfort Pure supporting this amazing cause, I think it’s a great pairing!

If you want to buy the special packs of Persil (25wash) and Comfort Pure (42wash) they are in stores now, you can also donate directly to Tommy’s by visiting their website. Please show your support in any way you can to help Tommy’s in their amazing work.

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