16 Jan 2017

Review // Nurture Fruity Water +

Sometimes things pop up for us to review and you are excited for them to arrive. These drinks I was really looking forward to trying. My kids are busy kids always on the go and I have to try (sometimes that means stopping at a supermarket and picking up supplies) and be prepared when heading out.

Now the clever thing about these drinks is they doing more than just offering hydration or that much needed peace and quiet while they are wailing (or that just my kids). The Nurture Fruity Water+ offers to help support the kids immunity and lower naturally occurring sugars.

They are available in two flavours : Cherry & Starwberry and Pineapple & Orange. Each pouch contains 45% natural juice and 55% water. Plus packed with extra nutrients and vitimans for little ones.

Theres is no added sugar and per 100ml of drink there is less than 1 teaspoon of naturally occurring sugars. These make him exempt from the sugar tax planned and are school approved due to the low sugar levels (still check though our school is a water only one!) And they taste pretty good too. My little man loved the cherry one and quite happily sat there slurping away with his lunch. I polished my halo knowing that in a flash I was being super mum and giving him all those extra bits to help him grow big and strong.

These are a great size and resealable - in the now very familiar pouch style. They are suitable from 1 years and you can pick up yours in more places in the high street. I know I will keep an eye out for them for them especially when out about on the high street as these will make a better alternative.

Nurture is the story of parents Lucie and Derek Sanders. With three children of their own, they were on a mission to create a children’s drink that not only tastes delicious but is healthy, thanks to its natural goodness. Driven by a firm belief that if children consume less sugar from an early age, they will be less inclined to develop a ‘sweet tooth’ and more inclined to make healthy consumption choices later on, Lucie and Derek have focused on flavours that kids love. Nurture Fruity Water+ is all about nurturing our little ones’ healthy habits for life. Out with sugar, and in with flavour!

NURTURE Fruity Water+ is available in 200ml pouches with a RRP of 99p to £1.49. Retailers include: Boots, Ocado, Whole Foods Market and Holland & Barrett.

School Mornings

See that pretty photo posted there. That smiling boy. The great back drop. The good lighting.

Yes thats at instahappy photo showing your darling child off to school in a suitably happy mood.

This photo does not show the true reality. I'm a fake. That photo makes it look like I have it all under control. That I'm smashing it as a mother. That I've got it all sorted.

The true reality is something more like this.

Alarm goes off. I snooze. Try and work up energy to get up. Sneak out of bed to boil water to make tea, then make lunches and pack bags for everyone. Usually I turn round and youngest ninja child has appeared at the door and scared the life out of me. Now I'm awake.

Make tea, shower. Then spend the next 20-30 minutes repeating these words on a loop.

  • Get up we have to go to school
  • have you brushed your teeth
  • put your clothes on 
  • hurry up
  • move quicker. 
  • We will be late 
  • you will go to school in your pyjamas if you don't get dressed
  • im leaving
  • shoes. Bookbag. Lunchbox. 
  • Please do up your coat. 

All why getting myself dressed. Wrangling littlest into some sort of clothes or coat (two days a week my mother in law looks after him and he leaves the house in pjs! Hallelujah!) On top of this I'm doing my hair and make up ready for a day in the office. Plus making the bed, picking up disguarded pjs left in a trail from bathroom to bedroom. Like a snake shedding their skin (this is repeated in the evening after school except it's their clothes!) Then if I have time I may also wash up, put a load of washing on or tidy.

By this point everyone should be dressed. With coats on. And all the items they could possibly need for the day.

Then ensues the descent to the car park to load all of this into the car. The sentences said on repeat are then changed slightly to

  • Get in the car 
  • put that down 
  • seat belt 
  • hurry up
  • no just leave it. 
  • Seat belt. 

The short journey down down the road is then filled with nonsensical conversations about whatever thought is filling the 6yo head. This ranges from if I was a scientist I would make a time travelling machine or today I am going to be batman or if Pokemon were real or remember that time you said. My response to these sparkling items on conversations is nod, yes darling, oh really, maybe.

By the the time I have dispatched them to their childcare providers and my car is silent. I start the drive to work, drink my tea and relish the quiet.

That is until I start to miss them and can't wait to pick them up and hear about their day. That conversation is usually me asking questions and he saying yes, I'm hungry.

The joys of school mornings.

11 Jan 2017

Bake The Year 2017 // Banana & Chocolate Bundt Cake

Welcome to my first Bake The Year post - in a effort the bake (and blog) more me and the lovely Sally over at Cutting and Sticking will be getting our bake on throughout the year and tackling those cookbooks, magazine and inspiration and getting busy in the kitchen.

To kick off our year both our husbands celebrate their birthdays in January then what better way to start the new year off than with cake.

However as you can see from the picture above this cake was not the prettiest. I had run into various problems while making it - but mainly the cardinal sin of baking. Trying to take a cake that was not fully baked all the way through, that was hot and soft and should of stayed in the tin. Instead when tipping it out it fell apart. sigh.

My whole family know about my cook book obsession - its a bit crazy. Its one of my favourite things to do. I love browsing them. I make notes in the margin and stick post it notes all around them. For Christmas my Nan got me the most awesome gift - a year long subscription to Good Food Magazine. Now I get to top up my foodie reading monthly when the magazine pops through the door.

This cake was featured in the January edition - a Salted Caramel drizzle on top of a chocolate and banana connotation. It was a banana cake mixture which you halve and add cocoa and chocolate chips to one bowl before swirling them together in a bundt tin (making sure its properly greased). The caramel drizzle was simple using the carnation caramel tins and decorated with a sprinkle of salted peanuts.

As much as my cake looked a bit of a disaster!! It tasted pretty epic. It was dense in texture, more like a brownie. The salty caramel topping complemented the sticky banana cake. It was a great recipe to use up those black bananas in the fruit bowl. Which seem to make an appearance every week - even though the boys devour them!!

I want to try it again - and cross my fingers for a better outcome. It was a change to the traditional birthday cake, but stick a few candles on and have it was a cuppa tea it was rather yummy. Good Food online has loads of other recipes for using up bananas and hundreds of ideas for birthday ideas in the kitchen.