Discover Etta Loves… spellbound by science

Babies eyesight is ever so important… and that’s what led me to @ettaloves with my first born George nearly two years ago!

Etta loves 3 piece drawing pack … from ettaloves.com | Alphabet blocks from LittleStories.co.uk

Etta Loves use science to support the development of our little ones vision, through scientifically scaled patterns printed on beautiful muslins, playmats and blankets. They have recently formed a partnership with the world renowned Sussex Baby Lab at the University of Sussex who specialise in understanding how children and babies see colour and pattern; studying to understand the cognitive development of little ones.

This meaning that we will be seeing more amazing products made scientifically with love coming from mum Jen who wanted to gift all parents with a moment of calm when she realised four week old baby Etta was mesmerised by her patterned top, actively trying to focus on the detail! Turning everyday essentials into sensory sensations…

Working with the University of Sussex will help us further advance our research and ideas, so that we are able to expand and evolve our collections and how these amassed, scientific benefits will improve the lives of babies and their parents.”

ETTA LOVES

Buy this 3 piece drawing print set of muslins online now for just £27 online at Etta Loves

Discover how to use your muslin sets with these helpful hacks from Etta Loves (here)…


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✨ Mama love yourself!✨

L-R: The Natural Birthing Co. – Cool it Mama, Bottoms Up, Relax & Breathe and Sleepy Mama Spray

Say hello to Mamas moments birthing essentials kit! Packed with the @naturalbirthingco bestselling midwife developed formulas that we cannot wait to make the most of in a matter of weeks!

Spritz yourself from head to toe with the 5* rated ‘cool it mama’ for a quick cool down and pick me up. With a combination of Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Menthol, and Grapefruit it cools hot flushes, calms mood swings, eases headaches, and soothes sore and swollen aches and pains. Perfect for the incoming warmer weather! The scent is magical and just helps you take a minute and relax.

Or try the rest of the set – ‘Sleepy mama’ for a good nights sleep – when you need to catch up, or simply get yourself off to sleep after a busy day…

‘Bottoms Up’ To soothe post birth soreness and ‘Relax & Breathe’ for a moment of massage for those load bearing body parts – get your partner to put some work in, and give you even just a few minutes of relaxation and rest!

Buy yours kit or individual bottles with @Bootsuk @feelunique @hollandandbarrett or thenaturalbirthingco.com from just £8.99
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🦁🦒🐘 We are going on safari 🐘🦒🦁


Isn’t this set beautiful? We love it! Perfect for the upcoming weather – this set is only £11.99 from rubywears.co.uk and fits so well!

Get yours using code George10 for an extra discount too!
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🌳 🍃 Play for the world 🍃 🌳

Do you ever say to yourself you want less plastic toys yet you prefer the durability of them? Then dantoy #bioplastic toys are for you. Made from sugarcane these are ‘green’ toys that are 100% recyclable and packed in recyclable cardboard too.

This is their amazing 11 piece baking set, which is approved for contact with foods, microwave safe, dishwasher safe, frost-proof and contains no toxins – amazing! It includes a mixing bowl, pasta cutter, cookie cutters, a whisk and rolling pin too!

Buy online at Amazon.com – £23.99

Check out other Dantoy products and find out more here!

Shop our top picks from Bonds Baby UK

Spring is in full swing over at BondsBaby with brand new floral prints, new rompers in Bonds famous prints, and trait word prints too!

Bonds Newest romper collection is perfect for crawlers and movers alike!

Your little one will stand out in the crowd in their BondsBaby wondersuit, romper or leggings… with bright bold prints, along with their renowned comfort and double ended zip on the wonder suits, these are our go to sleepsuit, day in day out!

Bonds spring legging collection are just gorgeous!

Shop your favourite Bonds Baby wear nationwide at John Lewis & NEXT

One way to help little ones want to brush their teeth…

🦷 Brush like a superhero 🦷

The tooth brushing routine is a struggle for many in particular with little ones as they simply don’t understand why we are doing it!
Let your little one feel like a superhero whilst brushing with the new Colgate Batman battery brush for 3+. It’s a great way to make the routine fun without having to use a phone or video each morning and evening.

The brush has a small oscillating head, is slim and lightweight – perfect for little hands, and comes in Minion, Barbie and Trolls design too!

Available from Boots for just £7! In either Batman, Minion, Barbie or Trolls styles.

(Shop this week for half price here)

Alternatively for older children, why not try The Colgate Magik brush (5+ years) – the first manual toothbrush (you pop the device over your little ones normal manual brush) with Augmented Reality and will help teach children how to brush their teeth properly.

Connect the brush to an app on your phone and, as your child brushes, they will be able to travel through augmented reality games, fighting cavity monsters. Afterwards the app will provide you with a personalised mouth map to show you where your child has brushed and where they have missed, so they can improve their technique over time. – It will give them a challenge and a reason to want to brush their teeth too! Available from Amazon for £15.00

But yours online and in-store now!

Our love for Bonds Baby clothing

When you’re expecting – even before in some cases, walking through clothing stores, supermarkets or even shopping online; I’m sure that every single person has a browse, or maybe a glance over at the children’s section. In some cases out of envy – children seem to have so much more on offer these days, and they’re always so stylish with so many options too!

Now we love a lot of brands, and generally found there is a LOT of plain items for boys… or they’re joggers, not leggings and generally blue. Then BONDS Baby Australia (Sold here via Next, John Lewis, & Smooch Suits to name a few) lands in my inbox. Colourful, bright and beautiful kidswear, with prints that are wild and in most cases, equally unisex – and we must admit, we fell instantly in love!

Take a look at some of our favourites below – aren’t they amazing? We cannot wait to see what they have in store for us throughout 2021!

All wrapped up for cosy days in

With the chillier weather upon us, we’ve been wrapping up and playing inside in the warm, with our @little_stories_uk (little-stories.co.uk) wooden blocks and pastel car collection!

These toys are such great quality, and are great for little ones ranging from baby to primary age! – They even stock baby gyms and storage playmats too! What’s not to love?

Finish up your Christmas shopping at (little-stories.co.uk) using code GEORGE15 for a huge 15% discount!

Loungewear from Ruby Wears – Use CODE GEORGE10 for a discount here too!
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Healthy you, healthy planet with ION8 Reusable bottles

The Ion8 Cafestor is new for 2020.

New to ION8 – perfect for the chillier days that are now upon us, the Ion8 Cafestor is a stainless steel 100% leak proof travel flask. It provides vacuum insulation for a variety of hot drinks on those cold, frosty mornings. The two stage OneTouch release mechanism is designed purely for hot drinks to safely relieve pressure before opening to provide a vented, smooth liquid flow for safe, direct, effortless hydration.

For the ultimate multitasker, you no longer have to precariously balance a paper coffee cup on your way to work, as the Cafestor flips open with one finger, and can be just as easily locked closed, keeping the chance of any spillages at bay. These insulated travel mugs are light, compact, and fit most cup holders. Made from food safe, Pro grade stainless steel, the Flavour Shield helps lock in those original flavours and freshness. Highly odour resistant, corrosion free, BPA Free and easy to clean (hand wash only). The Cafestor is available in a selection of colors and finishes; Red, Pink, Gold or Black.

The ION8 Cafestor Leakproof Thermal Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, (360ml) – £19.99, (480ml) – £21.99 from Leakproof.

Make me blush with Lord&Berry

This Lord and Berry cheek blush in amazing shade in dusty rose (Shop Here) just £22, looks scary but is a subtle buildable and blendable colour! Even better, it’s easy to blend and not greasy. With colour staying put all day!  (it’s filtered here to hide my mid healing brows 🙈try out the cream bronzer too  (We’re wearing shade amber medium!)  Shop online here for £25. This is just as buildable and they both smell AMMMAZING too!

Find it online at multiple make-up outlets such as LookFantastic, Boots and more! 

Bring the sunshine home with LSA International

Bask in the sunshine at home with this glorious sunny yellow bud vase from LSA International

Find these dinky little vases (14cm high) in a variety of colours to suit each individual room decor, coming in opaque white, purple, yellow, blue, smokey brown, pink, green and aqua! This means you can have consistency throughout your home without even thinking about it!

But yours online at lsa-international.com or online and in-store at John Lewis

Get your kids to eat everything with this amazing new book from the Author of A Mummy too (Recipe inside)…

Getting kids to eat everything you’d like to is a huge challenge for every parent. One minute they love something, the next – detest something with no reason behind that change of mindset. Introducing Get Your Kids to Eat Anything: The 5-phase programme to change the way your family thinks about food by Emily Leary. 

This book may just be the U-turn for those parents stuck in the limbo of the same five recipes every week on rotation, or those with fussy little eaters that you can’t get head nor tail of their likes and dislikes from week-to-week. It helps you to promote discovery, change the norm and to educate children in new tastes and textures, with work sheets inside to track likes and dislikes from the recipes you try. It even includes some unusual strawberries and cream pasta – which is high on our list to try, along with so many of the recipes. (The recipes are great for the entire family and perfect for me to prep with the impending arrival this summer!)

Plus keep your eyes peeled as we plan to bring you our try at some of Emily’s amazing recipes too!

CURRIED FISH FINGERS (websize), Emily Leary, Get Your Kids To Eat Anything

Curried Fish Fingers with sweet potato chips

This recipe is great when you start to introduce your family to more exciting foods because it looks familiar but has great new flavours to explore. Sweet potato fries are a great colour and naturally sweet, so will win over younger palates with ease.

SERVES 4 | PREP TIME: 30 MINS • COOK TIME: 25 MINS

For the chips

  • 500g (1lb 2oz) sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of pepper

For the fish fingers

  • 240g (8½oz) skinless cod fillets
  • 50g (1¾oz) plain flour
  • 1 medium free-range egg, lightly beaten
  • 50g (1¾oz) dried breadcrumbs
  • pinch of pepper
  • ½ tablespoon garlic granules
  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • ½ tablespoon ground coriander
  • oil spray

1. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F), 180C fan, Gas Mark 6.

2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into chips about 1cm (½in) thick. Put them in a bowl and mix in the cornflour with your hands. Add the garlic granules, paprika and olive oil and mix again, then tip onto a nonstick baking tray in a single layer and sprinkle with pepper.

3. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn and bake for a further 10–15 minutes until crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.

4. Meanwhile, slice the cod into 2cm- (¾in-) thick fingers.

5. Set up 3 bowls: the first containing the flour, the second the egg and the third the breadcrumbs. In a small dish, mix the pepper, garlic granules and spices together, then stir half into the flour and half into the breadcrumbs.

6. Dip a fish piece into the flour to lightly cover. Shake off the excess, then dip into the egg to coat, then into the breadcrumbs to cover. Repeat with every piece of fish, placing on an oiled baking tray as you go. Spritz all over with oil spray.

7. Bake for 12–14 minutes until just golden (break one open to check the fish is cooked through). Serve with the chips.

TIPS

  • If your family are keen on spice, try upping the cumin level and adding a little chilli powder for a more pronounced kick.
  • Once you’ve got the hang of the crumbing method, you can flavour the crumbs to your liking. How about a lemon and herb crumb for breaded chicken goujons?

Get Your Kids to Eat Anything: The 5-phase programme to change the way your family thinks about food by Emily Leary, is published by Mitchell Beazley in March 2019, £16.99 – Buy it on Amazon