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!

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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

Stay home & stay safe with ten top tips for safety at home with Fairy Non Bio.

 

Our favourites for George, Fairy Non Bio have worked with ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), to create some top tips to help keep all of our children safe at home. With more of us spending more time at home, these tips are more important than ever, to prevent accidents and help relieve the pressures on the NHS.

Fairy Non Bio is also partnering and working alongside, presenter, model and mum Vogue Williams, who took to Instagram to share a sneak peek of how she cares for gorgeous baby Theo.

Vogue: “Spending more time at home means it’s more important than ever to make our homes safer for our little ones. I’m excited to continue working with Fairy Non Bio to raise awareness of the unexpected hazards in the home – including during the laundry, cooking and even just getting ready in the morning.

Taking little actions can make a real difference. For example, when doing laundry, it’s important to always close the pack with a ‘click clack’ sound and keep out of reach of children.”

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Top Tips Include:

THE LAUNDRY POD – Laundry pods are made to be used by adults. Treat them how you would all household items. Keep them out of reach of children and close the pack securely with a click clack after use.

THE HAIR STRAIGHTNER – Unplug and put them away and out of reach of children straight after use, to avoid burns.

THE HOT DRINK – Keep out of reach of children, so they don’t accidently spill hot liquid on themselves.

THE CURTAIN CORD – Keep curtain cords wrapped up high and tight so children cannot play with them.

THE POT AND PAN – When cooking, turn pot and pan handles inwards.

THE GRAPE – Cut grapes into small pieces so that children can easily eat them.

THE HANDBAG – Keep handbags up high to avoid toddlers putting small items in their mouth.

THE BUTTON & COIN BATTERY – Coin batteries are more common in household items, but are very dangerous if left loose. Dispose of straight away, as they are a common choking risk for children.

THE PENCIL – Pencils count as sharp items so it’s important to keep them out of reach of little hands, and supervise very young children when they are using them.

THE DISHWASHER POD – Keep dishwasher pods out of reach of children and use the child lock feature to keep the door closed whilst the cycle is on.

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Go green and reduce your carbon footprint with Dantoy Toys!

Check out this brand-new “I’m Green” line of bioplastic toys from Dantoy. Made of at least 90% sugarcane, a sustainable raw material, Dantoy’s bioplastic is 100% recyclable.

Dantoy’s range of bio toys includes this popular 22-piece, pretend play dinner set which can be used for garden picnics. Ideal for playing it is safe, durable and toxin free. It encourages social skills, interaction and helps children to learn whilst having fun. We were kindly #gifted a set for George to try out and he loves them. They are made well, and can sustain any banging and crashing around (just like any other plastic) that little ones absolutely love doing! They’re also a lovely muted green colour too, rather than the common rainbow brights you get in most children’s toys.

Dantoy leads the way with their bioplastics. The manufacture of bioplastics reduces carbon emissions. The sugarcane is cultivated on controlled, pesticide-free plantations in central and southern Brazil and is harvested every 6 – 12 months. Bioplastic made of sugarcane is a 100% sustainable raw material. Making the sets a green planet friendly option which essentially makes way for a healthier planet for our little ones to live on in their futures!

Sugarcane can be harvested several times a year and new plants are planted every five to seven years. The fields are harvested every six to twelve months enabling them to be classified as a sustainable raw material too. Another great bonus is that Sugarcane absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, thereby minimising the greenhouse effect. For the manufacture of bioplastic, the carbon emissions accounts are positive from the budding of the plant until it is manufactured into bioplastic. For each kilo of manufactured bioplastic, 3.09 kg of carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere.

An added bonus is that Dantoy’s packaging is all made from recycled cardboard. Their toys are made to last and are approved for contact with foods, microwave safe, dishwasher safe, frost-proof and contains no toxins. – More green and eco credentials which we believe is great, creating an all round eco green product!

Dantoy believe that people should buy less & buy well. That is why their toys are only made with sustainable products. We can all be eco-friendly and by choosing brands who care will make a little difference.

Get your Dantoy play sets online and reduce your footprint on the world… The Dantoy Bio-Toy Pretend Play Dinner Set 22-Piece set costs £18.73 from Amazon

Look after babies’ skin whilst supporting conservation with Petit Jovial

Introducing the new capsule collection for bumps babies and beyond from @petitjovial … Handmade in England this set is 100% vegan, and has been a gorgeous gift for little George!

Our fave from the set at the moment is the nourishing balm, made with Shea, rosehip oil, lavender and chamomile… it works wonders on sore teething bums (George had this so badly during a few days of teething, his poor bum went dry and patchy red – so I thought we’d give the balm a go and overnight the thinnest little slither cleated up his soreness and made for a super happy baby!), and is the perfect moisturiser for baby and mum!

The Petit Jovial Collection:

Body & Scalp Massage Oil, £22

This gentle blend of 100% natural oils is formulated with Safflower, Sesame, Jojoba and Wheatgerm Oils. The pure blend helps to soothe your baby when massaged gently unto their skin, which can benefit their digestion, ease wind, and strengthen the bonding process between you. 

It is equally as effective as a scalp oil to help ease cradle cap, and as a moisturising body oil for all ages. It also works wonders on stretchmarks, to keep the skin elastic during pregnancy.

Nourishing Bath Oil, £23

This lightly moisturising 100% natural bath oil is made with skin-loving Sunflower oil, relaxing lavender, Geranium and Clary Sage to help soothe and relax your baby, as well as the rest of the family. The Bath Oil nourishes delicate skin as it gently cleanses, leaving skin feeling soft and loved. You can also apply the oil post-soak directly onto the skin, to lock in moisture.

Nourishing Multi-Purpose Balm for Face & Body, £25

A luxurious multi-purpose, rich balm made with 100% natural butters – Shea Butter, Rosehip Oil, soothing Lavender and Calming Chamomile. The balm is the perfect barrier for sensitive bottoms, to soothe nappy rash and to moisturise and dry areas. 

It also works wonders for breastfeeding Mothers, as a nipple balm to soothe cracked and painful nipples, and to nourish dry cuticles and lips. It can also be used as a cleaning balm. This nappy, and beauty bag essential is a true versatile essential for any new, or experienced parent.

Expertly created by Certified Skincare Formulator Tania Veignat, using only the finest natural ingredients and no nasties, Petit Jovial skincare is gentle enough for babies, yet so effective their parents love to use it. They use organic ingredients wherever possible, with minimal impact on the environment. Each small batch of Petit Jovial is produced by hand, to guarantee purity and freshness and is registered by the Vegan Society. 

Discover the signature products now at www.petitjovial.com, priced from £22.

More about Petit Jovial…

After the birth of her son, Petit Jovial’s founder, Tania Veignat was inspired to create a pure and natural skincare line for babies. She couldn’t find anything gentle enough for his sensitive skin where she lives in Paris, and decided to make her own, and so Petit Jovial was born. 

Founder Tania Veignat says: “When my son was born, I scrutinised every label to check the ingredients, a habit I have since I am a chemist. I found that some products had secret ingredients that I wouldn’t want to put on my own skin, let alone my son’s precious skin. So, I founded Petit Jovial, with a focus on natural ingredients. As a certified natural skincare formulator, and with a degree in Chemistry, I want Petit Jovial to become the trusted natural skincare destination for your family. Our products care for you baby, children and yourself in a kind, gently way.”

Committed to environmental issues, Petit Jovial have chosen to bottle their skincare in MIRON violet glass jars and bottles. This specially designed dark purple glass helps to keep products fresher for longer, by shielding the contents from UV light. It’s the perfect packaging for natural skincare, as it preserves the freshness, without needing to use chemical additives. They are recyclable too, and to help minimise the impact on the planet.

As part of their commitment to people and planet, Petit Jovial donate to charities working on orang-utan conservation projects in Indonesia. Deforestation is devastating Indonesia, removing the orangutans’ natural habitat, putting them on the ‘Critically Endangered’ list, with only around 14,000 Sumatran orang-utans, and 104,000 Bornean orang-utans left in the wild*. This is a cause close to founder Tania’s heart, as her late dad was Indonesian, and she spent much of her childhood there. 

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The solution to little ones sleeping soundly under the stars…

What do you get new parents for Christmas? We highly recommend the @johnsonsbabyuk #sleeptightset packed full of their amazing #bedtimebath range which is clically proven for help baby get to sleep and to stay asleep for longer; plus a waterproof book and sleep socks for baby!

We love it, it ends a night smoothly and adding the sleep powder as well as a bath means our little man is super relaxed and ready for bed at a reasonable time! The book adds in a way that we can tie in a story too for quick web bedtime too!

Available to buy at Asda for just £12

Ginger Talks returns with some gorgeous bubba fashion from Fred & Noah.

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We are bacckkk!!! And heading in the direction of Christmas FAST! What better thing to gift a little one or yourself than some Fred & Noah leggings or dresses? Here baby George wears ‘Arrows’!

To celebrate our love for these amazing leggings, dresses, mama matching legs and more here is 10% off Fred & Noah with code Catherinejohnson 💕 (Now Expired)

Treat your baby’s skin to super soft and gentle Infacare baby bath range…

InfaCare’s bubbly bath time treats are formulated especially for baby’s skin; both the
original ‘Infacare Baby Bath’ and the ‘Infacare Night Time Baby Bath’ are ultra-mild and pH balanced with masses of long-lasting bubbles, making them very popular with parents and little ones!  A baby’s skin is ten times more delicate than adult skin so InfaCare is formulated to be as natural and gentle as possible.  Recommended by hospital midwives and healthcare professionals, the Infacare bubble baths have been clinically tested and developed to promote natural levels of acidity and alkalinity in skin and hair. Reassuringly, each is designed to prevent irritation, and mums say it helps with allergies.

Recently launched, Night Time Baby Bath is fast becoming a favourite with mums across the country; with up to 70% describing it as ‘ideal’ for their bedtime routine.  You don’t need to use much of either of the & Infacare Baby Bath’ or the ‘Infacare Night Time Baby Bath’ to produce masses of long-lasting bubbles, perfect for  little ones to have fun with and the gentle, powdery fragrance helps to relax, easing tots first into bed and then off to sleep.

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We simply can’t wait to use these on our impending arrival as Infacare have #gifted us a set … if you’d like to win a set of  Infacare Baby Bath, & Infacare Night Time Baby Bath, head to our Pinterest, and any of our social channels (@ginger_talks – Instagram & Twitter) (facebook.com/gingertalksblog) and follow us and comment to be in with a chance of winning! 

Infacare is available from all major supermarkets, as well as Lloyd’s
Pharmacy and Boots. For more information: www.infacare.co.uk

 

*Competition NOW CLOSED is not endorsed by any of the social channels. Infacare will send the winner their prize directly. Enter on social channels between 16th July & 30th July!. Open across all of our social platforms. The prize has been gifted by Infacare to us to try too, with no obligation attached.

Keep lunch boxes and water bottles clean and fresh with Milton… plus WIN! One of two bottles!

Summer is starting to show it’s face and it’s the perfect time to head out with the family for a picnic! Keep everything clean and sterilise lunch boxes, water bottles, re-usable coffee cups, plastic tableware and cutlery by following these simple steps using Milton Sterilising Fluid.

  1. Prepare a solution using just 6ml (1/4 cap) of Milton Sterilising Fluid per litre of water and immerse items in solution for 15 minutes

2. Rinse with cold water

You can also clean lunch boxes, water bottles and any other plastic items using the new and improved Milton Antibacterial Wipes with ‘no rinse’ & food safe formula. Parents can use them to wipe clean soothers, teats, teething rings plates and cutlery without worrying about the need to rinse afterwards. The formula is bleach free, preservative free and fragrance free, they kill germs quickly and leave no residue or odour so they are perfect for disinfecting babies’ small accessories as well as their general environment including high chairs, potties, changing mats, car seats, and buggy chairs/handles.

Milton Sterilising Fluid (500ml) – £2.35, Milton Anti-bacterial Surface Wipes – £2.19 All products are available at Boots, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, John Lewis, Mothercare, Ocado and Superdrug.

 

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To enter to win one of two prizes which include a bottle of Milton sterilising fluid and a pack of the new Milton antibacterial wipes head online to our Pinterest, Follow us & comment on the post, additionally visit all of our social media channels @asofreckles on Facebook / Twitter & Instagram to enter there too by following us, and commenting on the post! (Retweeting of on Twitter) Simple!

*Milton will then send you the prize directly. Competition open for one week only from 30th June – 7th July 2019. Not endorsed by Facebook Instagram Pinterest or Twitter. The prize was also gifted to us too! Teddy not included!

Get your glow with celeb fave brand Mama Mio…

✨Maintain your mamalicious glow with @mamamioskincare #waytoglow #facial mist. It cools hot skin but can also be used to set or prep for your makeup too!

Now, its not just simply a light mist packed in a bottle! The gentle formula is enriched with Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, which is the perfect remedy for hot, fatigued and hormonal skin it delivers a delightful cooling sensation that relieves feelings of irritation and leaves skin thoroughly revitalised.

The facial spray is also infused with Hyaluronic Acid (My fave ingredient in EVERYTHING) and Hibiscus Flower Extract, which hydrates the complexion, whilst calming and visibly smoothing skin for a plumped effect.

Finally fermented Bamboo Leaf Extract and Silk Proteins combine to shield skin from external agressors, providing a protective barrier to ensure the face is radiant and enviably glowy. Complete with Gravida, a blend of ten, pregnancy-safe natural oils, the spray is delicately scented, for even the most delicate of pregnant noses.

Leaving skin radiant and dewy, the Way to Glow spray is perfect as an energising pick-me-up throughout the day which is Free from parabens, petrolatum, colourants, xenoestrogens, PEGs and phthalates.

Tip: Pack this in your case when you’re heading off on a sunny holiday, it’ll keep you cool, and your skin hydrated!

Grab your Way to Glow facial mist, 100ml, just £23 online here

Take a look at the rest of the range too because Mama Mio has a hoarde of celebrity fans, check them out below and shop online here

Tummy Rub Butter, £23 – Kim Kardashian

Pregnancy Boob Tube, £29.50 – Khloe Kardashian

Tummy Rub Oil, £27.00 – Behati Prinsloo

Mio Skincare Boob Tube +, £22.00 – Helena Christensen

Mio Skincare Body Brush, £14.50 – Elle Macpherson

Beat the itch with New Aveeno Dermexa range…

This time of year can bring on skin irritation as it dries out in the heat, and it can also aggravate conditions such as Excema…

Leave suffering in the heat with dry itchy skin behind and ditch that itch with Aveeno UK brand new DERMEXA range. It’s perfect for the whole family, and soothes irritated skin, including Excema prone skin, as it contains Colloidal Oatmeal along with Avenanthramides known for their soothing properties, these ingredients help to soothe, restore and protect very dry itchy skin. Colloidal Oatmeal has been shown from in vitro testing to support the growth of naturally occurring micro-organisms in your skin’s microbiome – an ecosystem of micro-organisms unique to every individual that contributes to healthy skin!

Grab yours now for just £9.99 at Boots stores nationwide! Shop here now!

Look after baby’s skin with Aveeno Baby!

👶🏼 @aveenouk baby range is one of our go to must haves… it’s super gentle on their skin and perfect for sensitive skin! My nephew and I particularly love the cleansing milk! 👶🏼

Shop the Aveeno Baby Range nationwide at all good drugstores & supermarkets!