Out of Date Mates Review

Weaning. It only feels like five minutes ago we were here with Little V and we’ve recently started the weaning journey all over again with our second baby B. I’ve heard a lot of parents say they hate the weaning stage, mostly because of the mess and constant battle of attempting to actually get some of the weird smelling, bright orange mush into baby’s mouth and not all over the floor or up the walls! I have to admit though, I love it. Experimenting with different tastes and textures and watching how baby reacts to each one. The hilarious faces they pull and sheer excitement at the feel of the mushy substance between their fingers- and sometimes toes!

The thing that does bug me about weaning though  is the amount of opened jars, tubs and pots that end up in my fridge! That and the fact that I can never remember which one I opened when and end up throwing away probably perfectly fine puree’s, because I have no idea what’s in date and what’s not. That’s where Out of Date Mates come in…


One of my fellow bloggers had mentioned last week that Out of Date Mates had posted a tweet saying that they were looking for parents, who were looking to start or had recently started weaning their little one’s, to review their product. I’ll be honest, I tweeted them straight away offering to help out before I’d even looked into what the product was- anything to help with weaning is a must- right?! Well in this case- definitely!

Out of Date Mates are very handy magnets which help you keep track of which baby food you opened when, so then you know whether it can still be given to baby or if it needs throwing away. You get seven magnets, each labelled with a day of the week, and a dry wipe pen so you can write the exact time of day you opened the jar. You can then pop the magnet to the top of the jar and chuck it in the fridge- how brilliant is that?! I’ve been using mine a few days and I love them! The guys also sent me some stickers which you can use on your own pots or pouches.


They come in 3 colour choices, baby blue, baby pink or multi coloured and each set comes with a dry wipe pen which can be easily rubbed off with a damp cloth- or your finger! They cost just £9.99 for the set which I think is a bargain for the amount of times they’re going to be used and how much they’ll help me to stop wasting baby food!

You can find Out of Date Mates on their website here. They’re also on Twitter and Facebook.

Enjoy your weaning journey!

Mother Hermit xx

The guys at Out of Date Mates kindly sent me a magnet set with stickers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

 

Bobadeg Personalised Book Review

I came across Bobadeg one day on Twitter when I spotted a photo of a beautiful book with a child’s photo on the cover and thought I’d find out more. Little V is all things book these days so when the guys offered to send me a book to review there’s no way I could refuse!

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Image taken from Bobadeg Twitter page

Bobadeg books are personalised stories for little ones aged 5 and under and to order there are a few things you need to provide. These are the steps I took to create Little V’s book;

STEP 1: Pick a Book. Sounds easy right? Wrong! They’re all so fantastic it took me ages to just choose one!

You can choose from;

  • I Can Fight Dragons (Boy or Girl version)
  • The Fairy Garden
  • The Funny Fish
  • The Jiggly Juggly Journey
  • The Swirly Twirly Kite
  • That’s Poo!

STEP 2: Pick a Size. There are two different sizes to choose from.

STEP 3: Complete your Personalisation Details. This is where you complete the personalisation boxes to give them the child’s first name, the message you would like to appear inside the cover of the book and upload a photo of the child facing the camera.

So easy!

I chose to have Little V’s book personalised with a message from her baby brother so I thought the best book to get from him would be ‘That’s Poo!’. When the book arrived I have to admit, I hid it from her! It’s just so perfect and I was terrified she’d ruin it with an outrageous toddler tantrum or the usual juice spillage, but I was totally surprised to see how careful she was with it when I eventually handed it over.

Her face lit up and we had a squeal of ‘that’s me!’ as she noticed her photo on the cover of the book. I sat her down and read the book to her, pointing out every little detail. Little V was absolutely amazed seeing her name and photo throughout the book and thought the story was absolutely hilarious! She’s in the faze of watching cartoons like Spongebob Squarepants, so anything silly or anyway linked with burps or poop is absolutely hilarious!

When I explained to her that the book was from her baby brother she gave him a little kiss and after reading the story about ten million times, she asked me to keep it safe for her. How amazing that a two year old realises how special something is.

As you can probably tell, we absolutely love this book. Every detail is perfect and the personalisation of it makes the story come to life even more for the little one’s.

I think this will be Little V’s special bedtime story from now on.

Prices for the Bobadeg books start from just £9.99 and you can create your own at their website here. You can also find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Mother Hermit xx

 

The guys at Bobadeg kindly sent me this personalised book for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are that of my own.

Campfire Stew- Slow Cooker Style!

I made this for tea last night and thought I’d share my recipe as it’s so easy to make and a massive favourite in my house. You can alter the vegetables and spices in the recipe as much as you want and again, like my Macaroni & Leek Cheese recipe, this one is Slimming World friendly- in fact this one is totally syn free- massive bonus!

 

Ingredients;

  • 1 Small Gammon Joint (All visible fat removed)
  • 1 chopped Red Onion
  • 2 chopped Peppers
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (Crushed or finely chopped- whichever you prefer)
  • 1.5 Tablespoons of Smoked Paprika
  • 1-2 Teaspoons of Chilli Powder (Add more if you like it spicy!)
  • 6 Tablespoons of Tomato Puree
  • 2 Tins of Baked Beans
  • 200ml water

 

Method;

Absolutely simple. Shove everything into the slow cooker, mix it all together and place the gammon joint on top of the other ingredients. Leave it to cook on high for 6 hours then turn it to low until you’re ready to serve it. Just before you’re ready to serve, use two forks to pull the gammon joint literally to shreds and mix it all up. That’s it- dish up and enjoy!

Mother Hermit xx

Mummy in a Tutu

KidloLand App: Review & Giveaway

I received a tweet last week from the guys at KidloLand asking if I’d like to try out and review their app. Now I’d never heard of it before so I had a look at their Twitter account and headed straight to the Appstore on my Iphone. Here I found that KidloLand is an app aimed at children from 0-5 years old, full of nursery rhymes and educational songs. My daughter is absolutely obsessed with songs and nursery rhymes at the moment so obviously I went straight back to the guys and said I’d love to review!

I chose to download the Android version of the app onto my daughter’s Kindle Fire (Was actually mine until the day I went into labour with her brother but that’s another story!) The whole thing is very easy to use and you don’t need to be online to play it once downloaded. Little V is a pro when it comes to playing apps and once I’d shown her quickly what to do my assistance was no longer required. That was until she wanted me to sing along to the songs of course!

There’s loads and loads and LOADS of songs within the app, much more than what I was expecting. V has been learning a few in nursery so her little face lit up when she recognised some of them and each song is interactive so she’s been enjoying pressing random objects during each song, to see what they do. Along with the songs there are also over 100 games and activities, from jigsaw puzzles to dot-to-dot, it’s impossible for the kids to get bored- I can’t get V off it!

Having a sing-song!

The brilliant thing about the app is that you don’t have to feel too guilty about letting them play on it, even for slightly longer periods of time (to get that load of washing in and sneak in a hot cuppa!), because they’re learning so much without realising it! Although you might want to make your little one wear earphones as if they’re anything like my V they tend to pick a favourite song and have it on constant repeat!

Image from Kidloland website

The app is free to download and comes with a few songs and activities on there already so you can try it out but it’s best to purchase a subscription to access everything within. You can find Kidloland in your app store Google Play or iOS, on Twitter, Facebook and on the website.

If you would like to WIN a 3 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION to the KIDLOLAND APP, you can enter below! Good luck!

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The guys at KidloLand kindly gifted me a subscription for the app in return for this review. All views and opinions are that of my own.

Mother Hermit xx

Cuddle Fairy

Guest Post; WILF Books- Sharing is Caring

How can we help our children to learn about sharing? 

This post was carefully selected by me, and is delivered to you via WILF Books , a sharing-­based,  children’s book delivery service.    ­­

Sharing is a super vital life skill, isn’t it? It teaches us how to co-operate with one another in our  everyday lives. It teaches us about compromise, that if we give just a little to others, we can also get  a little of what what we’d like too. It teaches us about negotiation, and how to cope with  disappointment. It’s a fundamental human value that makes us who we are.    We all recognise its importance, but how can we help our children to learn about sharing?

WILF Books
WILF

 

Well, first and foremost, we think it starts with you. Monkey see, monkey do. Children learn so much  just from watching what their parents do.  You’re their role model, and when you model good sharing  and *taking turns* in your family, it gives children a really great example to follow. You, as a parent,  can always facilitate and encourage sharing in everyday life, and here are five simple ways through  which to do that:

● Allow them to see it in others: Recognise it when your child sees another child sharing.  There’s nothing more beautiful (and cute!) than watching children share and play nicely  together, a little bit like grown­ups do. You can say things like: ‘Woah, wasn’t your friend  sharing her toys really well, that was really lovely of her.”

● Nurture it through play: It’s really fun to play little exercises with your child that involve  turn­taking, sharing and inclusive participation. Talk your child step by step through the  process of sharing, saying things like, ‘It’s your turn, then it’s my turn; you share the brown  bricks with me, and I’ll share the pink bricks with you, I’ll play with Buzz whilst you play with  Woody”.

● Pile on the praise: When the proud moment comes, and you see your child attempting to  take turns and share, be sure to lay on the praise, attention and all round good­will. This is  super important, and with consistent practice and positive reinforcement, will become second  nature in the minds of your little ones. For example, you could say things like “that was really  lovely the way that you let Charlie play with your helicopter, great sharing!”

●Have ‘the talk’ (not that talk!): Talk to your child about sharing before she goes on playdates  or trips with other friends. Reinforcing before, during and after playdates can really help build  their mental map for sharing. For example, you could say, ‘Rahul is almost here and you’ll  need to share some of your toys when he gets here. Let’s have a think about what he’d like  to play with, shall we?’ You can also talk to your child about sharing before all possible  interactions with other children, like nursery, pre­school or big school.

●Allow them to ‘own’ their sharing: Create an environment and culture that encourages your  child to want to share.  WILF Books  is develop on the value of sharing, delivering tailored and  personalised children’s books addressed specifically to your child, along with the opportunity  to share their own books with other children across the country. Take the time to sit with your  child to discuss which books they’d like to share each month, in return for new books that  they will love.

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There’s sharing in everyday life, and then there’s developing a sense of sharing amongst the wider  society and community. In the globalised world within which we live, it’s more important than ever to  be able to share beyond our own personal boundaries and connect with those from other cultures  and backgrounds. By nurturing this connection, when a child reaches pre­school or school age  where community, creativity and play are championed and they begin to interact with people of new  cultures, they’ll be able to build more complex relationships with other children with the fundamental  foundation of fairness at the heart. Imperative in today’s world.

I Created A Monster?! 

Holy crap, what the hell happened to my daughter?! Just five minutes ago she was a teeny tiny baby depending on me to feed her orange mush and wipe her bum fifteen million times per day- but now? She’s turned into some sort of bloody monster!

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Don’t let the cuteness fool you!

Violet goes to nursery two mornings per week, simply because we wanted her to have those mornings to herself without her having to watch me with her baby brother. It gives me 6 hours to get some things done around the house and 6 hours for her to play, socialise and run riot without me having to be the one to chase her. If we could afford more mornings she’d be in there. No doubt.

So this morning I dropped her off and received the usual “Bye Mammy, pick me up later!” With a swift wave of her hand and abrupt back turn, she was off. Honestly, she may aswell just stick her fingers up at me. ‘That’s right woman, you go spend your morning tidying up so when I get home I can trash the place all over again…’ Seriously, I’m sure that’s how toddlers think!

I headed back over (literally over the road from our house) to pick her up for her finishing and walked in to see this sweet little angel sat singing a song about a bumble bee and she was concentrating on copying the actions with the words. She looked so cute and perfect, I could have cried! Once she spotted me I got a finger point and a “not yet Mammy, I’m busy singing a song” Fair enough. Once she’d finished she jumped up and ran into my arms for a cuddle. Awww I hear you say, I know lovely right? Wrong.

We headed out the door whilst she told me how much fun she’d had but as soon as we stepped off the school grounds all hell broke loose! First it was the screams for a dodie (dummy) which I didn’t bring, it’s literally a minute walk home. Next it was an attempt to run onto the road! Then she decided to throw herself onto the ground because I couldn’t carry her the twenty steps home because I was pushing her brother in the pushchair. When I finally got her home the tears started with the high pitched screams for juice. I gave her juice- more high pitched screams because I put the juice in the wrong cup. How dare I?! She only has one flaming juice cup! So that was thrown across the room and the screams continued as she threw herself to the ground. This bout woke her brother up who then started to scream because of the fright he’d just had! Violet continued her tantrum because now her brother was upset and of course it was all my fault and then I lost my cool and sent her to bed! With no argument she ran up the stairs, jumped into bed and within 5 minutes was knocking out some serious Z’s.

Wowza’s. In all of ten minutes she went from angel toddler to midget of mass destruction. The ‘terrible two’s’ are ending and the mighty ‘threenager’ mode is kicking in fast!

She’s waking up and I’ shitting my pants for the rest of the afternoon. The Malibu’s on ice for later…

…tell me it gets better?!

Mother Hermit xx

 

Midwife and Life

Happy Father’s Day

Massive Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s, Step-Dad’s and single Mother’s who are both the Mam and Dad- you all rock and I hope you’ve all been spoilt rotten! We’ve had a lovely family day as usual today, pretty much the ‘Our Typical Sunday’ one, with the added bonus of cards and presents for my Dad and G.

We all had a nice lazy morning curled up whilst G opened all of his cards and presents with the kids. I loved seeing the look on his face when he was opening the cards and small gifts because this year is the first year where they’ve all been handmade from nursery, playgroup or one’s weve made at home and obviously it’s his first Father’s Day as a Daddy to two kids.


As you can probably guess, the bulk of his presents were picked by our daughter Violet- she seems to have a theme going on of ‘Daddy Pig’ and chocolate 😂 She picked a chocolate fudge cake too but he hid that as soon as he opened it because he’s hoping to scoff the lot when she’s in bed! I love the Peppa Pig books she picked though because they’re perfect for them to sit and do together. And the underpants? Well she declared in the middle of Asda earlier this week that Daddy had to have ‘Daddy Pig Knickers!!’. Purchase made.


G got to spend the rest of the morning on his video games whilst the kids napped and I sorted some chores and prepared the dinner. Obviously a Lamb roast today as that’s Dad and G’s favourite.

When Dad arrived he got his cards and presents- The Revenant DVD, some new hankies and a Coffee and Walnut cake. He’d already had his present from the kids during the week because I was far too impatient to wait until today- a new record player! He was absolutely over the moon with it because we’ve recently come across all of his old records and he was sure they wouldn’t work anymore, so I bought the record player and tested them all out. He’s been listening to Black Sabbath, Lindisfarne and The Who (to name a few!) every day and night since! Once he’d opened everything we all sat down to the Lamb dinner which was pretty special if I do say so myself.


We ended the afternoon with the last suprise present I got for the Dad’s- tickets to see Kynren- a massive historical re-enactment event in Durham. It’s a joint gift for their birthdays too as they’re both in August when we’ll be going to see it. That’s right, I got myself a ticket too!

How did you celebrate Father’s Day?

Mother Hermit xx

The Kingslodge Inn- Menu Review

Okay I’m guessing by now you get how much I LOVE food?! So imagine how excited I was to be invited to The Kingslodge Inn in Durham to try their new menu! Very excited. Another perfect excuse for a date night for me and G too so we headed over there with rumbling tummies on Wednesday evening.

The Kingslodge Inn is in Durham City Centre but you honestly wouldn’t think so as it’s hidden away in beautiful quiet woodland, yet it’s only a few minutes walk from the train station and shops. The building itself is so pretty, with outdoor seating and gardens all around the property and it also has quite a good size car park.

As soon as we walked through the entrance to the restaurant we were greeted by a lovely lady who took our names and then showed us to our table. Whilst we were settling in she gave us a menu, told us the specials for the day and explained that food and drink orders were to be ordered and paid for at the bar. The inside matches the outside perfectly. The decor is that of a traditional inn, with photographs of local landmarks making you feel very comfortable. I can only imagine how gorgeous the 23 rooms upstairs are.


The menu had me stumped. I couldn’t decide what I wanted because there was so much to choose from and everything sounded gorgeous. G went for the Black Pudding topped with Poached Egg, Bacon pieces and Peppercorn sauce to start and I chose the Portobello Mushrooms (stuffed with Blue cheese and bacon lardons). I have to say that the presentation of these starters was beautiful and not what we were expecting at all. The Portobello Mushrooms were cooked perfectly, smothered in melted blue cheese but not too much to overpower the flavour of the other elements and the bacon lardons added a crunch to the dish. With G’s starter, the Black pudding was delicious and he too loved the crunch of the crisp bacon pieces. The perfectly cooked, runny yolked poached egg and peppercorn sauce worked so well with the dish and the portions of both starters were very reasonable- they’d be perfect for a light lunch!

When it came to picking the mains it was an easy decision for G- The Kingslodge Burger. As I mentioned previously in my NinjaBurger post, he has to try the burgers wherever we go. I have to admit though that I was being a bit nosy whilst we were browsing the menu to choose (because I couldn’t decide!) and noticed that a gentleman at the table across from us had ordered The Kingslodge Curry of the day which was Thai Red and it looked incredible! It didn’t disappoint. The portion size was absolutely huge, my photo doesn’t do it justice, that bowl of curry was very deep! I’m not complaining at all because it was amazing, packed full of flavour, creamy and coconutty with just the right amount of kick. The chicken was succulent and the mixture of green vegetables were very fresh and crunchy and complimented the curry perfectly. The hand cut chips, rice and naan breads were all gorgeous too and were the perfect accompaniment to the dish. I couldn’t eat it all but I gave it a good go- to be fair there wasn’t much left, I’m not one for wasting food. G’s burger was inhaled rather quickly with nothing but good comments to follow. He said that the Aberdeen Angus steak mince was so tasty, the bun was really fresh and that the coleslaw was amazing. High praise indeed from the burger connoisseur himself.

Notice the size of the curry bowl in the background!

Now by this point we were both ready to burst but the way the desserts were flying out of the kitchen we just had to try one. G opted for the Sticky Toffee Sundae- layers of Sticky Toffee Pudding, ice cream and topped off with Chantilly cream and a wafer. It looked incredible and didn’t last very long so that’s more praise from him. I opted for the Double Chocolate Brownie with vanilla ice cream, which we were later told had just been made fresh that morning and oh you could tell. It was to die for. The brownie was served warm which made it even more gooey and the extra drizzle of chocolate sauce on top didn’t hurt. I took my time with it simply because it was so beautiful, it’s not something you can rush. Alongside the chocolatey goodness was the creamiest vanilla ice cream. It’s fair to say that there was nothing left of dessert!

This was a lovely date night for us in a beautiful place with incredible food and I’m not ashamed to admit that I had to unbutton my jeans in the car on the way home because I was so full! We’re already planning to go back with our daughter as it’s a family friendly place and she needs to sample the children’s menu. It’s also dog friendly but there’s no way our Lola would sit quietly whilst we enjoyed a pint- she’s far too lively for that!

I honestly cannot fault The Kingslodge Inn at all, everything was perfect from the friendliness of the staff, the relaxing atmosphere and the perfect food. We can’t wait to go back and try some more dishes from the menu.

If you fancy a look too you can find their special offers on the website here.

Mother Hermit xx

We were invited along to The Kingslodge Inn for a complimentary three-course meal in return for this review. All views, opinions and photographs are that of my own.

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The Mummy Tag

Well it appears that the lovely Squirmy Popple has nominated me to answer The Mummy Tag questions. I’ve been enjoying reading my fellow Mummy Bloggers answers over the last week, so here goes with mine;

1. Are you a Stay at Home Mum or a Working Mum?

Stay at home Mam (Geordie Girl)

2. Would you have it any other way?

Nope. I decided not to return to work whilst on Maternity Leave with my daughter after we worked out that after paying for travel and childcare I’d be left with about £50 per month. No way was I going back to work just to pay someone else to look after my child. Fortunately G has a good job and was more than happy for me to be a stay-at-home Mam, especially when we found out we were expecting another. So I’m skint, permanently knackered, always covered in baby food, baby dribble or baby sick (probably some baby sh*t in there too) and gaining new wrinkles by the day (at 27!!) but I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂

3. Do you co-sleep?

Not with my daughter, I was too scared when she was a baby and as she got older she just didn’t like sleeping in our bed with us and couldn’t settle. My son is much more cuddly (clingy!) than his sister but is an amazing sleeper. He sleeps in his cot all night but will come into bed with us for an hour or two each morning. Anything for a bit more sleep eh?!

4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?

I’m a formula feeder so it has to be my Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine. That white box is a lifesaver. Bottles made at the right temperature in under 2 minutes- yes please!

5. How many kids do you plan on having?

I always said four, G always said two, but now we have two- even though our boy is only four months old- I think he’s coming round to three, possibly four. (I ALWAYS win)

6. Date nights? How often do you have them?

Our date nights are usually spent at home with a take-away, some booze or a film once the kids have gone to bed but since we bought a new home our in-laws visit from Wales quite a lot. This means that every now and again we get a few hours to go have a quiet meal or a few drinks along the local club with my Dad. Whatever we do I love our date nights- you definitely appreciate those few hours a lot more after having kids!

7. Your child’s favourite show?

This changes all of he time but once she gets hooked on something it’s on repeat for weeks! She keeps watching something called ‘The Lava’s’ or something (no idea) on Netflix at the moment but the one she never, ever, EVER tires of is Peppa flaming Pig!

8. Name one thing you bought before you had the baby and never ended up using.

With my daughter- Swaddlepods. I had my eye on them for ages but couldn’t bring myself to pay the thirty odd quid they were at the time. I ended up finding a pack on the sale shelf in our local supermarket a few weeks before she was born for £3.50- absolute bargain and the cutest patterns ever! My daughter absolutely HATED them and wouldn’t be swaddled at all!

9. Your child’s favourite food?

Absolutely anything. No kidding. She absolutely loves food and isn’t picky at all. Major thing is crisps which she gets from me- I could live on them- but she eats loads of fruit and veg too so I don’t mind too much. And I’m good at making homemade fruit crisps these days! 

My son is going the exact same way as his sister. At nearly 17 weeks he demolishes porridge every morning, two bowls of savoury puree and a fruit pot each day! I’m over the moon because I really don’t think I could handle picky eating kids!

10. How many cars does your family have?

Just the one, nice blue Ford Focus, G’s though, I can’t drive yet.

11. Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now?

Pah! Constant! I love food and booze too much to be anything less than a size 16. I lost 3.5 stone after having my daughter by quitting smoking, joining Slimming World and starting exercise classes but then found out I was pregnant with our boy so went back to eating what I wanted- best way to enjoy pregnancy! I’m back to booze and food alongside exercise classes and healthy eating plans now- it all balances itself out I guess.

12. Dream holiday with your kids?

As cheesy as it is, any holiday is a dream holiday with my kids! We haven’t had many, and none with our baby boy yet but I guess it would be DisneyLand Orlando because that’s what kids dream of. G’s parents took him when he was young and he remembers every part of it and always says he can’t wait to take our kids when they’re older.

13. Dream holiday without your kids?

Bora Bora! One of those apartments out in the sea which you see on the brochures!

14. How has your life changed since having kids?

Well I used to work full time, Monday to Friday, then drink booze and watch sport part time from Friday evening to Sunday evening. Now I spend my days with a toddler and a baby, occasionally at toddler groups, doing three loads of washing per day, cleaning urine and baby sick out of the carpets. Bliss.

15. Finish the sentence “It makes my heart melt when…”

…I see my daughter singing to her brother to comfort him when he’s upset and hear her whispered words of “It’s alright Billy my little brother, your sister is here and I love you”

16. Where do you shop for your kids?

Nutmeg, George, Matalan, Primark, H&M. Anywhere cheap and cheerful because I cannot face spending a fortune on their clothes when I know that within a minute of wearing a new top there’ll be a spag bol stain down it, even if they’re not eating spag bol! Absolutely love Nutmeg stuff because they put up with all toddler damage and still come out the washer looking brand new!

17. Favourite make-up and skincare products?

Not really something I’ve ever been big on- I don’t really wear makeup just the occasional CC cream and mascara. I have mild rosacea so don’t really know where to go with makeup- any suggestions are welcome!

18. Huggies or Pampers?

Neither. Has to be Asda’s own Little Angels for me.

19. Have you always wanted kids?

Always. I had a few babysitting jobs through my teens and could never say no. They took the p*ss a bit if I’m honest, every weekend and some nights through the week, but I could never say no cause I just loved being around kids.

20. Best part of being a mum?

Which part isn’t amazing? I love every single aspect, good and bad. Having a small person you created learning from you and telling you ten million times a day how much they love you has to be the best part though.

So there you have it! I’m not nominating anyone directly as I think most of my fellow Mummy Bloggers have done this already- but if you haven’t and you fancy a go- feel free!

Mother Hermit xx

The Pramshed

Las Iguanas- Newcastle Grey Street

Last night my sister and I took my Mother-in-Law over to Newcastle as we had bought tickets to the theatre as a surprise for her 60th Birthday. The past couple of weeks I had been looking online to find somewhere to go for pre-theatre food and cocktails but couldn’t decide on anywhere, so after a quick tweet to CannyFood and the recommendation of Las Iguanas, the table was booked.

I’d booked the table for 5.30pm as the show was due to start at 7.30pm and I wanted to make sure we had plenty of time and didn’t feel we had to rush our food and drinks. When we arrived I was a bit worried because it looked rammed! The bar was absolutely packed and because the sun was out everyone was making the most of it at the outside tables. We went in through the restaurant entrance and was quickly greeted and shown straight to our table. The friendly staff member then brought us a few different menus and went through each one with us, explaining that it was buy one get one free on a wide selection of cocktails all day-every day and told us that we could order from the main menu but our best option was to order from the lunch and pre evening menu as this was available until 6.30pm. We ordered some drinks, cocktails for me and my sister and Brahma for the MiL, and were left for a few minutes to make our dinner selections.


We decided to share a breadboard and some extra Pao De Queijo (cheese dough balls) to start and ordered our mains from the lunch and pre evening menu as recommended. Myself and the MiL chose the Cuban Sandwich and my sister went for the Blazing Bird. Within about five minutes our starters and drinks arrived- very quick service considering how busy the restaurant was. The bar had quietened right down by this point too. The breadboard consisted of ciabatta, jalapeno cornbread and cheese dough balls which were gorgeous, every item was so fresh and soft but we weren’t too sure on the jalapeno cornbread as it was quite sweet and the texture was quite like a cake. Everything else was cleared up quite quickly with the chipotle butter which was a lovely smokey and slightly spicy accompaniment.


Once we had finished our plates were cleared and again within minutes our mains were served. My sister’s choice looked amazing. Half a chicken in a Honey Peri-Peri glaze with curly fries. But there’s no way I would have chosen it over the Cuban sandwich. Oh my days it was amazing! I was a bit worried about ordering it because I usually find that pork is very dry and tough, especially when it’s served in a sandwich, but I noticed this was belly pork so I had to give it a go. It was beautiful, the meat was so juicy and tender it just fell apart and the mustard and gherkin relish worked with the pork so well. That along with a generous side of curly seasoned fries, it’s safe to say I was pretty full and satisfied when I’d finished. The MiL definitely agreed which was backed up with her empty plate! My sister said that her chicken was gorgeous with plenty of meat and the right amount of glaze but the portion was too big for her to finish. Again once we had finished eating, our plates were cleared very swiftly and we were offered a dessert menu or coffee’s but we were feeling a bit full so just opted to have another drink sayings as we still had an hour before the show started!


I was really impressed with every aspect of our visit to Las Iguanas. The whole meal, 2 starters, 3 mains, 8 cocktails and 2 pints of lager came to just under £70. Even the decor was lovely and the atmosphere of the whole place was very relaxing. And the cocktails? Well I could have happily sat and sampled them all night if we hadn’t booked the theatre! We’ve decided to book up for another show later in the year and I’ll be booking us a table here again- no doubt about it!


Mother Hermit xx

 

 

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