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Leapfrog Toy Review + Giveaway

I have to admit, poor Noah has second child syndrome.  I’m just putting it out there that I may have never bought Noah a new toy….oops!

With there being four years age difference between the kids we have a lot of toys already which we have looked after and that Noah has been enjoying.

So you could say that I’m a little out of the loop on what toys are new to the market for a child his age!

I was recently sent two LeapFrog toys for Noah to have a play and review.  If you read on you can learn all about them and be in the running to win them for yourselves!

My First Scout and Violet Books RRP $24.95My First Scout Book

This toy is suitable for babies from 3 months.

Each page of this touch-and-feel book is so cute!  There’s a shiny pond, crinkly flower, peek-a-boo flap and baby-safe mirror.  If you press the music note button you will hear a sweet welcome song and four sing-along songs that introduce your child to numbers, letters, colours and shapes.

You can then explore further learning on each page by pressing the 123, Shapes, ABC and Colour tabs to hear songs, sounds and learning phrases.  Little hands can also grasp the handle to take with them!

Scout’s and Violet’s Learning Lights Remote RRP $16.95

This toy is suitable for infants from 6 months old.

scouts learning remote

Noah loves our remote control and I’m sure you can relate that most kids seem to make a beeline for the remote!  Well now he has his own one that’s super cool!

It has a light-up screen, a ton of different buttons a French language channel and two modes of play.  The remote assists children with early learning concepts as they pretend play.

The remote has more than 65 songs, tunes and learning responses. You can toggle up, down, left or right to play a shapes game or count along.  You child can also learn simple French words to help shapes in the garden.

For more information about these toys and others check:

I’ve teamed up with Leapfrog so that TWO lucky people can win both of these toys.  To be in the running head over to my instagram and read how to enter, but make sure you leave a comment below as to why you’d like to win as a bonus entry!!


Noah’s Food Journey so far

Baby Bellies Organic snacks

I’ve touched on it before, but I’m afraid to admit that Gracie is a seriously fussy eater.  Due to the journey we have been through with her gut health issues and food intolerances, it meant that we had to restrict certain foods for a couple of years and I’m convinced that this has played a huge factor in how hesitant she can be.  I was also too nervous to go down the Baby Led weaning avenue the first time around.

I had in my mind that when Noah was ready for solids that I would do things slightly differently and that I wanted to try and take a more Baby Led weaning approach to his eating.  He’s now ten months old and apart from when he’s teething (he has had periods of time when he isn’t as keen to eat food) he is actually a really good eater and is pretty adventurous.  I’m planning on keeping it this way and I’m hoping over time that he will actually encourage Gracie to be open to eating new foods.

I’m no expert, just a Mum doing her thing but this is what I’ve found has worked successfully for me so far with Noah and introducing solids.

My tips:

– Every time I feed Noah I sit and eat with him.  Not only does this mean this Mamma gets some time to eat, it also helps encourage him to eat.

– If it’s food that needs to be given on a spoon, I try not to spoon feed him, I pass him the spoon to feed himself. He now doesn’t like me helping and will happily grab the spoon off me and feed himself.

– With meals that require a spoon, I also try and give him a finger food to eat alongside this meal so he can play, explore and practise his pincer grasp

– I try and give him different textures each meal to keep exposing him to different types of foods

– As the months have progressed on our journey so has the shapes of food I have given him.

– I don’t worry when some meals he eats a lot and some meals he hardly eats much at all.  Even if he doesn’t eat much he’s still being exposed to different foods, playing and learning.

Baby Bellies Organic Snacks

Baby Bellies have a large range of organic snack options from 6 months onwards

I’ve been buying Little Bellies, which are a range of organic baby and toddler snacks since I got a packet in a subscription box a few months ago and Noah absolutely loves them! I’ve been using them to encourage him to play and explore with his food, especially during meals that require a spoon and of course they’re great for baby snack times!   I love that the range is organic and I don’t have to worry about the ingredients, but what I find unique about the products is the sheer variety between the ages. There’s different shapes for different stages of development – so perfect for little fingers, as well as an array of flavours. Another bonus is the fact that they dissolve in the mouth, which has put my mind at ease that he if he was to struggle it’s very unlikely he would choke.

What are your top tips for encouraging your babies to eat solids?

Please note this is a sponsored post, but all opinions are of my own.


Meal Preparation tips

Sarina of Fit Family Sydney, is mum to two beautiful children, her family own JAI Martial Arts in Maroubra, Sydney and at the weekend’s Sarina runs their Kinder Kicks classes.  She is also a fantastic cook and a ninja at meal preparation!

Recently I was chatting to Sarina about my concerns of being able to feed everyone once the baby is born, I’ve never been into meal preparation but I feel like this might need to change very soon!!

Sarina has kindly offered to share her amazing meal preparation tips:

One of the things that new mum’s worry about with the arrival of a new baby is the overwhelming feeling of meal times! I have to say that because of my experience with my son who was a very unsettled newborn for the first few months, I remember thinking during my second pregnancy “What am I going to do if my daughter is like that too?” How am I going to manage to prepare meals for my family if I have a rather unsettled newborn again?!?!”

My 1st born would cry non stop from around 1pm- 9pm every single day. My second didn’t cry as much however still wanted to be carried constantly. You can guess how I was cooking most days! She was in the baby bjorn carrier! I learn’t after that first week, something has to give and so I became quite proficient in meal preparation and years on, it has become second nature to me.

If you are reading this thinking how do I get started? My first advice is this: Now is not the time to create new recipes, to experiment or get pulled into this whole “healthy diet” strategies because you want to loose weight. There is one word I want you to focus on: “Wholesome” keep it BASIC and SIMPLE. I am going to share with you my top 10 tips that will hopefully help you to feed the family in the least amount of time and also help to inspire you, just remember you totally GOT THIS!



Sarina’s famous lasagne

  1. Before the baby is born get food into your freezer. My top ideas would be sauces, broths, crumbed meats and meatballs/veggie balls. If you can fit some ready made meals like pies, cooked lentils and bean soups that will be useful. As you batch cook, replenish your freezer stock.
  2. Work out a weekly schedule with your partner and practice tag teaming. I remember my husband cutting back on training and some private classes initially to help me re-group both times round.  Don’t feel guilty asking your partner for assistance, home life is a full time 15 hour a day job in itself and stay at home Mum’s need some help. When he was home on a Sunday, he would look after the kid’s whilst I batch cooked 2-3 dishes. We would always order takeaway on a Sunday night too, that way I didn’t have to worry about dinner on that day.  It actually became a bit of a ritual, as I was nearly finished with all the cooking he would go out and get me coffee and a cup cake and I knew he would organise dinner for us. It was my silver lining every Sunday and I urge you all to do something similar! Least you know the food you prepare will take you all the way to Thursday!
  3. Avoid meals that involve having to prepare different elements or where you need to chop up so many different vegetables. As nice as taco nights and poke bowls are give them a miss for now. When I had to baby wear, cutting up a lot of vegetables with a crying baby attached to me was not much fun.  Remember, you are looking for simplicity in the beginning, dishes like, roast meat with roughly cut up veg, one pot pasta, cottage pie with either meat or legumes are all big winners and leave a lot of left overs for future meals! But best of all is one pot/pan meals!
  4. Cook today for tomorrow! Get in the habit of whenever you roast meat, to roast double the amount! So don’t roast only 1 whole chicken, get 2 into the oven! So many things can be done with the left overs. Think a quick chicken soup with that handy broth you have in the freezer, chicken wraps or chicken stir-fry.
  5. Invest in a slow cooker.  What I love about slow cookers is all the beautiful soups and stews you can prepare and just leave it be!  If you can get into the habit of cooking soup you have to blend, you don’t have to worry about how you chop the veggies! WINNING! Think tomato, pumpkin, potato, parsnip and spinach and lentil soup!Veggies
  6. Use aluminium roasting trays, now before anyone says “It is not environmentally friendly” I totally agree BUT hear me out, I am 100% into reusable cookware however reducing your workload is a priority at the moment. New mum’s would agree if you have a newborn that needs to be cuddled a lot, that cluster feeds etc, washing up and scrubbing roasting trays is so tedious. I remember leaving them to soak and then dealing with all that grease in the morning. Second time around I used  aluminium trays for all those tedious dishes like pork shoulder, pasta and rice bakes, lasagna – basically food you know that will stick to the tray! Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for cutting corners initially, this is short term only so don’t beat yourself up.
  7. Online shop! Gosh I have said this to so many people it isn’t funny! With some stores, you have to kind of get over the whole delivery in plastic bags for the sake of your sanity. Ladies who have had a caesarian that care for their child with no unassisted help would benefit from home delivery services. I always say that mental health is the most important thing and at the end of the day this is all temporary. Some stores like Harris Farm do place all your items in a box for you which is great, but if they don’t, they don’t. Ease your stress levels and just do it!
  8. Ok so we know the advice “Eat the Rainbow” when it comes to fruit and veg consumption. Sometimes I feel it actually puts pressure on families that they need to eat this huge variety of veggies every day, so this advice might challenge that a little. When you have a newborn, you are stripping everything back to basics! For example lets not worry about filling your fridge with: Kale, English Spinach, Silverbeet, Chard, Mustard Greens etc etc etc,  you know where I am going with this. Every week decide on a few veg of each colour you are going to have in the kitchen. One week you may focus on some Asian Greens, the next week you may select some mediterranean ones.  Just keep them rotating so you are consuming a nice variety throughout the week, but don’t feel like every single day you need new vegetables.
  9. Canned veggies and frozen veggies are ok to use! Don’t feel guilty if you make a pasta bake with canned peas and corn, it still has nutrients, it is still good to use. If you are worried about BPA, there are actually a few brands on the market that are BPA free too. Again, do your research and stock up before bubs arrives.
  10. It is ok to eat takeaway! Pick up a roast chicken and have it with a simple salad, there are so many great options for takeaway nowadays. Even stores like Harris Farm have such great ready made meals. You are no less of a Mum for buying pre crumbed chicken, good quality fish fingers or ready made lasagna. My biggest advice is to make the best decision based on the nutritional panel of WHAT there is AVAILABLE.  Take note of any non ‘whole food’ ingredients, salt and sugar content and again make the best decision of what there is.

Bringing your baby home is such a life changing moment. It is especially more dauting when you bring a 2nd or 3rd baby home as unlike a 1st baby, you do have to feed and care for your older children too.  Honestly if you just want to make cheese and tomato toasted sandwiches with some avocado and spinach inside for everyone DO IT. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you are cutting corners or not doing the best you can. The important things is getting full tummies! especially your’s Mum!




Sarina Kinder Kicks

Miss Sarina in action at her Kinder Kicks class



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