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Autumn Leaf Viewer!

I’ve no idea if this has got a proper name… so this will do for now!

What you need:

A selection of autumn leaves

A laminating pouch

An iron

A towel/tea towel.

What we did:

During an autumn walk we collected lots of beautiful autumn leaves.

I really love red leaves… as you can probably tell!

Pop them in a laminating pouch. I used an A3 one today. But any size will do.

I used an iron to seal the pouch as I didn’t think it would be a good idea to put it through a laminator!

Put a tea towel on top (a must or it will melt onto your iron!).

Then iron.  This takes a couple of minutes as you’ll want to make sure it’s properly sealed.

Once done you know you can give it to your baby without the fear of them eating the leaves!

I’ve displayed ours in piglets bedroom window now.

Which I think looks fabulous!  For older children you could cut out the leaves and you them for sorting. 

You could draw on them using permanent markers.

Put magnets on the back and make a picture on your fridge.

Make a mobile out of them and you could add some conkers to this.

Lots and lots of ideas.

Have a go

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Maes Y Pant

We’ve been walking around this quarry on and off for a few years now. My husband grew up on its edges and therefore spent many days… and evening of his childhood down there.

We now get to share this place with our daughter. 

Maes y Pant used to be an old quarry and has now been developed into a really wonderful area. It is suitable for all ages, and especially enjoyed by fellow dog walkers. It is also known as the Gresford/Marford Quarry. 

Ted loves it down here and just goes wild. Sometimes I wonder if he thinks he’s a squirrel as he has a good go at climbing the trees after them!

There are lots of different routes to take and lots of wild life to see.

Here are just a few of the things I pointed out to piglet…

These beetles had such a bright blue shell on them!

Lots of mushrooms…not sure if they’re edible though so we left them where they stood!

Then brightness of this green tree really stood out in the woods.

Overall we had a lovely family walk.

Even Granny Ange joined us!

So if you’re near the area, pop over. It’s definitely worth a visit.

http://www.maes-y-pant.com/about-us.html

Autumn sensory bottle

I like the idea of sensory bottles. They are inexpensive, homemade and it stops the little darlings from eating things they shouldn’t! 

Plus they get to look at things, possibly smell and shake things safely!

I had planned to make a bottle with conkers in it… but could I find any when we went out?… no! 

Never mind!

Instead I collected lots of lovely things that I wanted to show piglet but that I couldn’t let her touch.

We picked…

Hawthorn berries

Slough berries

Elderberry berries!

Plus a couple of other things I dont know the name of!

Holly would be a good one to put in there too. 

I used a water bottle that was given to me at exercise with baby  (bit of recycling! ). Popped everything in and made sure the lid was on tight. You could super glue it on just to make sure.

At the moment piglet has been putting it in her mouth and giving it a good shake. But that’s just what babies are mean to do!

Love this little piglet!

Have a go at making one!

Enjoy

Jo

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Baby nature detective!

We went out for a beautiful autumn walk this week by the River Alyn. It was a little chilly but we just wrapped up.

When we go for walks I try and talk to piglet about what we can see. I don’t know the names of all the trees etc… but that doesn’t matter. Just pointing to something and say leaf, berry, tree etc… is helping her to hear a wide range of vocabulary .

Today we were looking at Autumn leaves and I just talked to her about the colours we could see.

If I knew the names of anything we saw I pointed them out too. It’s not going to harm!

We found some beautiful leaves and we collected some on the way to make an autumn leaf viewer (pic to follow!). This would then give piglet the chance to look really closely at the leaves without being able to eat them!😂🙈

I also picked some seeds and berries etc… to make an autumn sensory bottle. I obviously didn’t let piglet touch these but she’ll be able to have a good look at them later!

As you can see we’re very lucky to have this walk on our doorstep. The dog thinks it’s amazing!  Fields, river and rabbits to chase… does life get any better for a springer!

We also like a bit of a sing song and any opportunity for me to sing to my daughter then I’ll take it. I thought this song was quite apt for our wall today.

(To the tune of London’s bridge is falling down)

Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves are falling down,

Falling down, falling down.

Autumn leaves are falling down,

Autumns here.

Red and orange, yellow and brown

Yellow and brown, yellow and brown.

Red and orange, yellow and brown,

Leaves are falling.
Enjoy your autumn walk

Jo

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Porridge sticks!

These are the absolute best thing I have been ever told about!

Thank you Chloe from Attachment Parenting Chester for this idea! https://www.facebook.com/APUKChester/

Ingredients

Porridge… I usually do a large bowl full.

Water/breastmilk

Fruit or your choice. I’ve used chopped up pear, chopped up nectarine, bananas, banana and raisins, mixed fruit, blackberries, blackberries and bananas, strawberries and dates, bananas and dates. The options are endless! Basically use whatever you have got in your cupboard!

Optional- flax seeds.

I plan to try one with chia seeds…I’ll let you know how I get on with that one first.

Method

Mix it altogether!

I used the blackberries we picked on our walk for this batch.

Make sure it’s quite thick and firm enough to shape into fingers.

The ones in the picture are a bit wet… but still tasted fabulous! 😉

Put them on some greaseproof paper.

Pop in oven 200c for about 30ish minutes!

Once they are crispy on the outside. Take them out and leave to cool.


These can be also frozen.

They are a fabulous healthy snack and I’ve also started to give piglet one before her last boob feed to fill her up and try and make her sleep longer… and at the moment it’s working… not all night yet but an improvement!


This is also great if you’ve got let over porridge from breakfast. Instead of throwing it away keep hold until the next time you put the oven on. We can be frugal as well!😂

Give it a go and let me know how you get on.

Enjoy

Jo xx

Blackberry Mousse

I’ve made this mousse before but substituted the blackberries for strawberries.  I suppose you can just use whatever is in season.  

Ingredients:

1 avacado 

1 banana 

1 carton of cocunut cream (look for a one with as much coconut and little added rubbish!)

1 pint of blackberries.  (I forgot to weigh them sorry but they did fill a pint jug!☺)
Method:

Throw it all in a food processor  (simples!)

Blitz it until nice and smooth

Look at the colour on that!  Stunning! How often do we get to give our children food that colour that is not filled with crap! Winner!

I then put them into little pots like these.  I got these ones from homebargains. They’re about £1.70ish… for about 8 tubs. So I  bought 3 lots.

I then just chuck them in the freezer and take them out when needed. If organised in the morning… ha as if! Just put them in the microwave for 20 ish seconds.

In the summer they’re nice to leave a little bit frozen so they’re like ice cream.

I really like them as if piglet has been a bit fussy with dinner she’ll always eat one of these and they’re full of good calories. 

Plus fab if your little one can’t have dairy. 

Have a go and let me know how you get on. 

Enjoy

Jo

September- Blackberry Picking

I love Autumn. Fishing out my knitted jumpers and getting the chimney cleaned for colder weather. Another excuse for 1 more hot chocolate and not shaving you legs!🙈😁

This year I have a little piglet to share this with too. At 8 months old she is wide awake and taking more and more in.

So I decided to take her blackberry picking! I’m lucky that at my mum and dad’s house there are lots of fields with blackberries in the hedges. So I don’t have to worry about car fumes etc…

Excuse the green cardi… but it’s so warm!

And of course we tried a few on the way. When your little one is saying “Yum!” You know that you’re on to a winner.

The dogs of course joined us too! Misbehaving as usual and fighting over a stick or too. Plus of course aggravating my mother!

Even the chucks came out to see what we were doing.

I talked to Piglet about the colour and how they tasted sweet.

I didn’t let Piglet pick them because of all the bramble… but I don’t think she minded having the job of chief taster!

We used the blackberries for our pudding.

I also made some yummy but very messy Blackberry Mousse and blackberry porrige sticks. (Recipes to follow).

Very messy but also very good fun for baby led weaning.

So get outside. There are still some blackberries out there foryou and your little one to enjoy.

Jo

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