Thursday, 26 February 2015

Bird Food: English Muffin Pizzas

This was a really quick tea for us tonight so I thought I'd share it with you! Can't remember where the idea originally came from, but I've been making it for years!

It's so easy to make and all you really need is English muffins, tomato puree and cheese, the rest is up to you! It's a good way to use up leftover odds and ends and would be great to make with kids.

You'll need:
Any amount of English muffins
Tomato puree
A sprinkling of any kind of cheese (grated)
Any type of topping you fancy!

The recipe:

Slice the muffins in half through the middle and stick them in the toaster until they start to get crispy but are still white.

Spread the tomato puree onto the white side.

Top with whatever you have available, I used mushroom, onion and sweetcorn for ours.

Top with cheese and stick under a medium grill until the cheese has melted and started to brown.

Easy eh?! Obviously if you are using meat or fish I'd recommend that it is cooked first as the muffins only spend 5-10 mins in the grill.

Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Big And Bold Wallpaper Inspiration

Last week I went wallpaper shopping with my sister and completely fell for one range way above any other.

PiP Studio are based in the Netherlands and do lots of other things from homeware to gifts, but the colour combinations and patterns really caught my eye.  I love a big bright pattern and definitely want some of these in our new home when we eventually move into a bigger space!

Here are some pics I took from their books for my own inspiration but I chose not to be selfish and share my favourites!

 What do you think? Are you a fan of the big and bold or more muted shades?

Thursday, 12 February 2015

The Jack & Jill Market - Where Smart Parents Sell And Save!

Last Sunday Allan and I headed to The Jack & Jill Market, regular events where people can sell their good quality used or unwanted baby and children's items.

They are held at various destinations across Scotland including Aberdeen, Stirling, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Ayr and I first found out about them through friends on Facebook.

You can book a stall, sell your items and keep 100% of the profits, or just head along and grab some bargains! Entry is £1.50 per adult and kids are free.

As well as the stalls there is a large items gallery for items like travel systems, cots, high chairs and car seats. They also have an online market if you can't attend or are looking to buy and sell items between fairs.

Now, I've been trying very hard not to buy too much apart from essentials but it was very difficult here and I failed!

We'd been discussing whether it's best to get an electric or microwave bottle steriliser, especially as I plan to breast feed the majority of the time and we'd only really be using it if Allan was taking baby out and about on his own. We had settled on getting a microwave one and found the perfect one for £5!

Here are our other bargains:

The lion blanket is super soft and snuggly and was only £3, the same price as the cot blanket on the left which was from The White Company.

The tigger robe was only £1.50 and the tiny rabbit booties had never been worn but were £1!

We did very well for ourselves! There were so many things for sale and most of it was gender specific so we could have spent a lot more!

Have you been to The Jack & Jill Market? What did you think?

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Pregnancy Update: Baby Bird At 29 Weeks

Third trimester here we go! And don't I know it!

We had a midwife appointment this week and I was given a combination injection which covers whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus and polio. I haven't had an injection since school and I forgot how sore it is! I'm booked in for my flu jab next week too, so with those and blood tests I feel like a pincushion!

This time the blood tests were to check my blood sugar levels for diabetes and my iron levels for anaemia and I'll get the results in a week's time.

I saw a different midwife this time my usual one is on holiday. She was very thorough and on checking my file, found out I'm a carrier of Strep B, which is a bacteria that lays dormant in 1 in 5 mums-to-be but can have serious repercussions for newborns.

As a precaution I'll be given antibiotics during labour and will have to remain in hospital for 24 hours to make sure the baby isn't showing any adverse effects.

After reading up online it's surprising how many expectant parents aren't made aware of the dangers or even the fact they carry Strep B. There is only a 1 in 2,000 chance anything will go wrong, but if the parents aren't informed how are they to make sure their new family is receiving  the best possible care?

I must admit I find the prospect of passing it on to my baby really scary, but I'm glad I know so I can ensure it's dealt with properly. You can find out more from Group B Strep Support or through the NHS.

How I'm Feeling

I visited the doctor a few days ago about issues with my breathing, which is a part of pregnancy I hadn't really considered. As your body makes room for the baby everything inside gets moved about and squished up and it has left me pretty breathless at times. I've been given an inhaler just in case it's my asthma flaring up but it's quite likely that it's just limited lung capacity.

Other than that I'm definitely starting to get more achy and tired, noticeably more so this past week. My shifts have been a bit better at work, allowing me to sleep more in the mornings, and I've changed into more comfortable shoes and rested my feet and legs more.

What I'm Wearing

As I mentioned last time, I've bought some new clothes to fit the ever expanding bump! It was becoming impossible to get my skinny jeans off now that bending is a chore, so after a bit of a search I chose these boyfriend jeans and a striped t-shirt from H&M:

I also bought a few tops from Tesco as they had £5 off when you spend £25 in store:

Yeah, so there's a bit of a stripe theme going on! The top on the left has a split back so is great for a maternity top at a fraction of the price! The middle top and the top on the right are just long sleeved t-shirts, but I bought them all a size or two bigger to make sure they are comfy and long enough. I also bagged some longer white vests and baby clothes in the sale!

What I'm Eating

Less ice poles, but more ice cubes! Crunch, crunch, crunch! I'm still eating lots of fruit and veg and luckily my work provides us with freebies so I get a good mix.

Lunch mostly consists of soup and a roll with yogurt, fruit and a bit of chocolate these days, which is enough to fill me up. Apparently you are allowed 200 more calories in the third trimester but I just stick to what I feel is the right amount.

How does this compare to you at 29 weeks? Are there any products that you would recommend I buy? I'd love to hear your experiences too!

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