A Good Old Healthy Morning – ‘dads advice …. food for babies’

A quick question before I get into this next blog post. Do you like eating the same thing every single morning for breakfast? If yes ..fair enough,however for your child, who is experiencing every food type for the first time, do you want them to be doing the same?

Is this really the way forward, especially with the range of foods we now have on our doorstep? Will they get the right nutrients during the most important meal of the day?

The thing is, children need variety. You should always mix up and change what they eat. How food is presented to children is important and home cooking – well.. This needs to be learned and practiced. The human body is like a machine.. It needs quality fuel to allow it to function well and grow well. Children are growing daily and the fuel we give to them will feed them the proper nutrients to help their bodies develop.

A few things that I have picked up … Well to be honest I did this myself because I love to cook….

Make meals yourself don’t buy packets when you don’t know where the ingredients come from.

I’m not saying that I’ve never bought a jar of food from the supermarket because I have but for that emergency moment when time is not on your side.

Fresh Melon Chunks

Fresh Melon chunks

 

This is what I tend to do of a morning.. Do any of you mums and dads do the same?

  • Split the breakfast into mini courses
Chopped grapes

Chopped grapes

Chopped Bananas

Chopped Bananas

 

  • Create little sections of food like mini tapas
  • Always have a carbohydrate serving such as porridge, weetabix etc.
  • Talk to your child during breakfast. I had to really push myself to do this part because it didn’t come naturally. Build in the family time here.

I want to hear from you guys.. Is there a right or wrong way here? What do think is the best food source for your children in the morning and do they want to eat it?

I’m not a nutritionist either ..I just love food.

Tips for cutting up a Banana (Remember my child was 13 months when I started this if not a little younger)

Cut the Banana in Half

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Then in Half Again but length ways

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Slice along the centre line of each half

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Make deep cuts across the banana so that the knife also scores the skin at the bottom

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All you need to do now is turn the banana upside down and squeeze gently so the segments pop out.

Tips for cutting up your melon (My child was 15 months when I started this with the melon – I aired on the side of caution because of the risk of choking)

Again cut your melon in half

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Then in half again

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Then Cut along the melon and across the melon with deep cuts through to the skin but not completely through, so as to make another section.2014-08-30 14.48.32 2014-08-30 14.48.54

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Use a Sharp knife and slide it along the bottom of the melon and you will see the little segments fall off. I tend to stick to the darker line just before the Skin area. It’s like cutting up a piece of fish.

HOW CAN YOU MAKE BREAKFAST A FUN LEARNING TIME FOR YOUR CHILD…..?

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You can also check out this website for tips and guidance on feeding your young ones..But ….you will need to spend 5 minutes reading and I would suggest making one change to your preparation at a time.. http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_center/healthy_eating/breakfast.html

And more ‘dads advice food for babies’….

Here are some more of the basics taken from http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/eating_breakfast.html

  • Make breakfast a time to sit and eat with your kids. Being a good example is a powerful way to change their habits.
  • If your child says he’s not hungry in the morning, try making a healthy smoothie, with milk, yoghurt and a piece of fruit such as a banana, instead of a more traditional breakfast ‘meal’.
  • Another option is for your child to eat a small meal at home, such as a small bowl of oats or a piece of fruit. You can then give your child a healthy snack to eat before school starts – for example, a sandwich or some natural yoghurt with fruit.
  • If a hectic morning schedule gets in the way of breakfast, try setting your child’s alarm 10 minutes earlier, or packing your child’s bag and laying out her clothes the night before. You could even get the next day’s breakfast ready the night before – try putting dry oats in a covered bowl, or placing toppings like sliced fruit, nuts or raisins in a muffin tray.
  • Fussy eaters often respond better at mealtimes if the food is more interesting than usual. Young children love toast or fruit, and older kids can occasionally prefer ‘non-breakfast’ foods, like leftover pasta.
  • Older children and teenagers might refuse to eat breakfast as a way of showing their independence. Try not to make a big deal about this. You could suggest your child takes a piece of fruit or a healthy smoothie made with milk, yoghurt and fruit to have on the trip to school instead. Your child might also like to choose his own healthy breakfast options when out shopping.

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Please get involved

I would love to hear about your stories and experiences – both business and family. Write in, contact me, https://madeat94.com/contact-us/ or comment on the blogs that are to follow if you find them interesting.

If you have any questions or want to know more just comment below:)

Look out for my next blog and please share with your friends on Your social media streams. Plus one final thing. Like our Facebook page and you can see loads of gift ideas related to our crafts business Little Miss Scrabbled.

Speak soon

Kevin

Space saver plaques for your home

We thought about writing this blog after talking to some of our customers who mentioned that ‘it would be worth looking into decorative plaques that could be put up onto the fridge’. Our first thought was – what a great Space Saver idea! So we made 1 – launched it and people love them.

Countdown plaques for the fridge

What makes these Fridge Magnet Plaques a nice addition to the kitchen is you can update the chalkboard as you are making breakfast, making dinner or making a cup of tea. Everybody passes the fridge and goes Into the kitchen throughout the day so it’s a perfect place to put a countdown plaque. Think up and coming weddings, a pregnancy gift, a holiday that you have been looking forward to because it’s the kids first time on an aeroplane. There are loads of things you can countdown to which will add more excitement and fun for the whole family. AND which make a fantastic original and personal gift!

Preparation of the plaques

At LittleMissScrabbled.co.uk we make each and every plaque from scratch. And we have a wee system or production line for want of a better word…

We use a local tradesman to cut the MDF sheets into 6” by 3“ plaque pieces

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I paint each plaque with the base colour

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Sam adds the all the embellishments

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Next up is the writing on each plaque and Sam is the talented one here. She customises each and every plaque to the meet the needs of our customers.

 

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Here are some examples of the Plaques on the Fridge

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You have to use your imagination and if there is something that you want I bet you we can make it for you. Just ask…

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The ideal personalised gift

So if you’re thinking of that one gift that you’ve been meaning to get your friend, husband, partner? Here’s more Plaque themes that could make ideal Fridge Magnets:

  • Days until our Family Holiday
  • Weeks till our baby arrives
  • Weeks and days ‘till our wedding day
  • Countdown to Christmas Day
  • Thank you gift plaque
  • Save the date plaque

Get in contact and ask any questions you need to to find out more..

Please get involved

I would love to hear about your stories and experiences – both business and family. Write in, contact me, https://madeat94.com/contact-us/ or comment on the blogs that are to follow if you find them interesting.

If you have any questions or want to give in your experiences please comment below :)

Look out for my next blog and please share with your friends on your social media streams. Plus one final thing, Like our Facebook page – you can see loads of gift ideas related to our crafts business Little Miss Scrabbled.

Speak soon

Kevin

Gift Plaque UK

Look who’s Talking now

How do you….

continuously,

without stopping,

every morning,

afternoon and evening,

talk to someone who does not talk back to you?…

They don’t answer your questions, give opinions or even just say yes or no.

Babies… Look who's talking blog post

That’s who I am talking about and who ironically, we really need to talk to as much as possible. However, a number of mums and dads find this uncomfortable and difficult to do so don’t do it often enough in the early stages.

I myself found it so so hard to open a conversation with my baby boy, and moreover… finish it (myself) with the response I thought he might have said. If it wasn’t for Sam (mummy) who naturally talked away in a calm voice morning, noon and night as if Eddison was having a conversation back,  I would not be here writing this blog…. I wouldn’t have had a clue that this ‘talking to your baby’ was such a BIG DEAL!

But,there are reasons why us mums and dads need to converse with our young ones.

Talking to your child:

“helps him learn to talk, as it is from listening to your voice that he will learn to use language.” 

Taken from Wordsforlife.org

Your child learns to talk because you talk and they begin to understand that this is how to communicate to get things that they want quicker :)

This blog sets out to give you readers some helpful tips to opening conversations and giving your child the best possible start in their educational journey through language and learning. It’s what I taught myself to do when Eddison was born and the bond we now have is unimaginable. Hopefully the information will allow you to go away and practice ‘how to talk to your baby daddy’. Have a wee read on…..

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Imagine they can talk back – think about what you would be talking about if they were able to discuss things with you

Understand from the start that everything they are experiencing is for the FIRST TIME. This helped me because I found myself giving a running commentary of the event that was happening. Here’s an example:

“Eddison , let’s go and water the plants. Right, first we need to fill the bucket (point to the bucket) up with water. So let’s walk in the bathroom and turn on the tap………… Can you help me? Watch me, put your watering can into to he bucket. Fill it up… Let them try.. Get them to copy you.. Pour the water onto the plants.. Let him copy or help him do it.. “

I repeat this every day! Which leads on to my next point…

Repeat repeat repeat everything you talk to them about, show them, do with them. Remember ‘this is the FIRST TIME they are experiencing these aspects of life’. And, just like a footballer must practice his or her shooting skills, so to does your wee one….next..

This might be obvious but think about what they need to know . They have not done this before they need to learn don’t they? You did didn’t you… So who taught you? Adults via Verbal Communication.

Listen to them and copy the noises that they make ..  Watch this YouTube clip  … Had me laughing out loud.

Read to them.. When I first started, it felt as though they weren’t paying attention but that’s not the point. Over time they subconsiously learn to listen, they learn the words and moreover they want to know more.

Finally,

“Focus on interactions between you and your baby, don’t always make it about the toys.” When your baby “talks” to you, answer back. Imitate and repeat the sounds she makes, pause so she can respond–and you’ll be having a “conversation” in no time.”

(Taken from Just the Facts Baby Blog  See article here

 

Practice practice practice ‘how to talk to your baby daddy’. It’s too important!

Please get involved

I would love to hear about your stories and experiences – both business and family. Write in, contact me, https://madeat94.com/contact-us/ or comment on the blogs that are to follow if you find them interesting.

If you have any questions or want to give in your experiences please comment below :)

Look out for my next blog and please share with your friends on your social media streams. Plus one final thing, Like our Facebook page – you can see loads of gift ideas related to our crafts business Little Miss Scrabbled.

Speak soon

Kevin

A walking and a talking

Do you walk and talk… Are you a walker and a talker?? Big questions don’t you think.. Take a glance at this wee story!

I was out walking Eddison who is currently going through another round of teething. Anyway, we went for a walk down a country style road towards the canal. I began doing the thing that I always do when out and about with Eddison….

walk and talk pic

 

TALK…

We first watched the train go by on the train tracks, we then walked past the blackberry bush where we had previously picked berries for mummy to make lovely jam with. Eddison spotted birds in the trees and a car drive past, which he quickly pointed out to me.

What happens when you take your son or daughter out for a walk in the buggy? Are you on your phone? Is there communication between the two of you?

The simple reason I ask is because it’s so important that you communicate in everything that you do with your child. They learn from you! So if you’re silent or busy doing other things when with them – it’s just not going to happen! Learning I mean to say.

TRY THIS TO START…

  1. Point out important things that you can see and make sure they can see them too. Sometimes when you do this your child can’t see the ‘cow’ for example because they are sitting too low down.. So go to their level and make sure the vision is the same.

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  • Repeat the words that you say and do this a few times.
  • Pronounce the words clearly when you repeat them so that they can hear properly
  • Speak in front of your child. This is a great way for them to watch your lips and facial expressions, which they can copy. And especially important when they are starting to form words themselves.2014-09-07 15.37.38
  • Wherever you take them…. Take them back. Can they remember what they saw last time when they pass it? We have a small stables on one of our walk and before we turn the corner walking towards it, Eddison is making his clicking sounds to tell me that there are horses there.

Here’s more information from Rebecca Mugridge at http://www.authorrebeccamugridge.com/2011/03/pram-walking-tips.html below – for me these are some of the best ways to bond with your baby:

Communicate. Try not to take your mp3 player, instead talk or sing to your baby as you walk. Even if they are really little you can still point out things and noises along the way, they do love to hear your voice.

Relax! Babies are so intuitive. They really pick up on your mood. If you are stressed, anxious, worrying, angry, frustrated they will not only feel this but will become unsettled even ‘clingy’ ( I use this term loosely), irritable and anxious themselves making eveybody unhappy!

Remind yourself, there is nothing that you have to think about on your walk other than your baby and the beautiful experience of the walk. Everything else can wait an hour! Put your mind and worries on pause.

So…Next time you’re out for a walk think …. Am I being the best teacher I can be.. Am I communicating in a way my child understands and is there anything else I could do. 

Nobody’s perfect! And the reason I ask is because I am interested to know what other dads do… I wrote a previous blog on the importance of communication and this was not one of the examples I pushed across so I hope it helped.

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Please get involved

I would love to hear about your stories and experiences – both business and family. Write in, contact me, https://madeat94.com/contact-us/ or comment on the blogs that are to follow if you find them interesting.

If you have any questions or want to give in your experiences please comment below :)

Look out for my next blog and please share with your friends on your social media streams. Plus one final thing, Like our Facebook page – you can see loads of gift ideas related to our crafts business Little Miss Scrabbled.

Speak soon

Kevin

1st Crafts Blog Post! 1st time blogging! 1st time running a family business!

Hi Everyone

Welcome to my crafts blog.  Well I say that, but this will be much more than that if i’m honest. We will have blogs on Daddy Advice when bringing up children / Food for the Family and more.. However, I must say 4 words from the very off… “I am very nervous!”. Not sure why, but writing and me does not always go – However talking does, so this blog will be me ‘talking’ about the days in the life of littlemissscrabbled.co.uk.Crafts Blog post imageWe are Kevin and Sam who started the ‘now’ company back in February 2014 by complete chance. I’ll get to the what happened in a wee bit, but first..

I am a former PE teacher who still does a few days a month ‘Supply Teaching’ in Primary and Secondary Schools to keep my hand in and earn some extra money.  Also worth noting, a wee sideline I have done for years is teaching fitness classes –  like boot camp, body combat and body pump. I do love it and it will always be a passion of mine.

In fact, I recently started a buggy club for mums at a local Children’s Centre. This gives me time with Eddison (my 16month old son) and involves music exercise and the kids running around daft.

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Sam my other half (the better half) has worked in the health business as well, in Administration for years and stopped just over a year ago when she had Eddison. Sam is the logical one out of the two of us. I am the scatty one who thinks and thinks and thinks of new ideas, then gets frustrated because I have started none of them. Sam helps me channel this and so far this has made the business a big success in the early days..This brings me on to the beginning of the life of littlemissscrabbled.co.uk and why I am starting this blog.

Why am I blogging?

Having a 16year old and a 1year old takes it’s toll, but working from home at the same time is another story. When things were bad, financially bad I mean, we seriously did not have a clue how to get back on the  road and start breaking even again. We were in debt and my other business was not working and had not taken off the way I thought it would have. On top of that there was the breaded onset of worry and stress.

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A wee story…

What changed was this….Mum came to stay (she still lives in Scotland with the rest of my family) and we got talking about her business. She and her partner have been extremely successful in the card making industry on Ebay and Amazon, selling up to 50 cards daily. Here’s an example of the type of thing she does – HANDMADE CARDS BY VEE. We looked at their model and thought why not.. Let’s give it a go. So we started. Designed a few plaques. Sourced materials (on Ebay) and bought 10 of everything we needed. [one of the lessons I learned through mistakes, is start really small.. Test the water, as they say]. I hate doing this because it’s not in my nature but I didn’t have a choice.. We had no money!

We put them on Ebay and Amazon and they sold.. We added more.. . And they sold. 6 months in and we are still selling and more importantly growing.. Which is also the perfect time to start blogging and take everyone on our journey.

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What I’ll be blogging about..

This blog will talk about 2 areas for the moment:

  1. Working from home  and the pros and cons of having a young family when trying to grow your home based business
  2. Food for the family- what we eat and what we feed Eddison as he grows up.

Please get involved

I would love to hear about your stories and experiences – both business and family. Write in, contact me, https://madeat94.com/contact-us/ or comment on the blogs that are to follow if you find them interesting.

I hope this gives you a taster of the family business and the lead up to current days events. If you have any questions or want to know more just comment below :)

Look out for my next blog and please share with your friends on Your social media streams. Plus one final thing. Like our Facebook page and you can see loads of gift ideas related to our crafts business Little Miss Scrabbled.

Are you in the same position? Work from home with 2 kids?..

Speak soon

Kevin

 

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