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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The low-down on Vivesoy

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Soy drinks provide an important alternative for those trying to avoid dairy for dietary or health reasons, but Vivesoy’s aim is to ensure that ‘soy milk’ is not only known for its health benefits, but also for its taste, making it a viable option for everyone.

Vivesoy launched a range of soy drinks in the UK last year and has quickly become one the leading brands with six exciting flavours for all the family, including Chocolate, Vanilla, Cappuccino, Original, Unsweetened and Light. They have already gained numerous accolades for the taste of their products and, more recently, been praised for producing their drinks in a nut free environment.

For more information on Vivesoy and their range please visit www.vivesoy.co.uk.

Quick facts on Vive Soy
 Packaged in a nut free environment
 Cholesterol free
Low in calories: from only 88Kcal in a 200ml glass
 High quality soy protein
Rich in anti-oxidants and isoflavones
Contains Omegas 3 and 6 and Vitamins A & D
Source of fibre
Can be drunk cold or hot and used in tea, coffee, over cereals in when making desserts
Prices start at £1.25 a litre
Tastes great!
   
     What we think at Mummy Fever:
     We had never really considered soy before - I have to say I was firmly in the camp of thinking it was for those with a dairy intolerance and seeing as that is not an issue in house I had never considered buying soy products before.
     
      I also had a suspicion that the taste of soy was far from ideal... how wrong I was. Having sampled the vanilla and chocolate there has been a request from the little people in the house to "get some more of the yummy milkshake" - we have poured it on cereal, used it as milkshake and even sloshed some over some fresh strawberries!

    Available in Tesco, Waitrose and health stores and online from Ocado
    Please note: soy is a common allergen 

Bars go back to basics

The Primal Kitchen

As a parent it can be incredibly frustrating trying to keep up with nutritional advice. Should you be feeding your children five portions of fruit and veg a day or seven; is dairy good or bad, is fruit juice a great source of vitamins or will it rot their teeth!!?

One message always stays consistent however, the less processed a food the better. This is the message that was the driving force behind Suzie Walker’s, a qualified nutritionist and mum, creation of Primal Kitchen Bars…

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There are three bars in The Primal Kitchen range; Coconut & Macadamia, Almond & Cashew and Brazil Nut & Cherry - nuts, unsweetened fruit and almond oil, that’s it!

Handmade in the UK, each cold-pressed bar contains no more than 5 ingredients. The bars are free of grains, gluten, refined sugar, soy, vegetable oil and of course any kind of additive, preservative, flavouring or colouring. Just simple and tasty high quality ingredients jam packed into a bar.

The ingredients have been carefully selected to provide important nutrients to help support an active lifestyle and are an incredible source of natural energy and protein, making them the ideal after school snack to keep hunger at bay until dinner..

Brazil Nut & Cherry 18x45g - £27
What we think at Mummy Fever:
These have gone down a storm with the little people and big people alike - the brazil nut and cherry is a firm favourite in our house! We love the fact that these are gluten free and full of natural energy sources. 

At £1.49 per bar we think the price is a little high and worry some mums will still reach for cheaper snack alternatives, especially if there are lots of hungry little people to keep going.

You cannot question the quality of these bars though and they are absolutely delicious as well! 

The bars are available for just £1.49 each from Ocado, leading health stores and www.theprimalkitchen.co.uk.

Watch this space for the new Apple and Pecan and Hazelnut and Chocolate bars.


Introducing Choice Discount: Affordable fashion for the whole family PLUS homeware and gifts too!


Ever heard of Choice Discount? We hadn't until recently but they are so worth you checking out.

It is hard to know where to start as the 'choice' on the website is vast. With a huge selection of clothing available for all the family plus a range of homeware and gifts you would be hard pressed not to find something you needed. 

When you look beyond the range of products on offer and start to look at items in more detail you then notice the prices of these items...some are simply too good to miss out on! Here are just a few items at bargain prices...

These girls lilac shorts are now only £5.00

This three pack of baby/toddler t-shirts are only £5.00
These women's black jeggins are now only £8.00


The quality of the products is very good, you might be paying bargain prices but don't expect rubbish quality in return because you won't get it. The products are simply good value for money. You should be able to kit the whole family out without spending a fortune. They have quite a lot of sale items at the moment so if you are still looking for a few things for your holiday packing then check them out.

Here are just a selection of the items available but you really need to check them out for yourself!
I Love.... Strawberries and Milkshake Shower SmoothieKid's Mermaid Cooking Apron SetBlock Stripe Swim ShortsCranberry Bling SunglassesNavy Nautical Stripe TunicBoys Black Varsity Jacket
I will be sticking this website in my favourites for easy future access and will certainly be looking here for Christmas gifts this year!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Lumi Potti - helping parents toilet train little ones during the day and night



About Lumi Potti:

Created by two mums for parents everywhere, LumiPotti is the day to night potty for complete toilet training.
What the creators say....
Having both been through the process of toilet training with our little ones, we were surprised at the volume of advice, but lack of products that really helped children progress through toileting from day training. And we meant all the way through, from naps, onto night and crucially independent waking.
The idea behind LumiPotti was simple, to give parents a single potty their children could use from the first day, all the way through to a bladder confident child.
We did our research. We asked opinions from mums and dads, grandparents and pre-schools, nannies and medical professionals. What we created is LumiPotti.
Small Ideas Ltd was founded to produce and promote innovations which adhere to the company principles of practical, well designed solutions for everyday challenges, Small Ideas Ltd is run by Rachael Forder and Kerry Marriott.
LumiPotti aims to become a global brand that is based and built here in England. LumiPotti is the first brand established by Small Ideas Ltd. It is a registered trademark with its own patent held for the LumiPotti invention.
What we think at Mummy Fever:
Lumi Potti is certainly one of those products designed to facilitate family life. It is common to concentrate on getting little ones to stay dry either at night or during the day one at a time at first and normally tackling both is just too much for some parents to cope with, particularly if you have other children with competing demands. 
All I can say really is I wish this had been around 8 years ago at the start of my parenting journey! 
The removable night light is pure genius, one of those very simple but hugely effective ideas that really works. The fact that the light is also movement activated is, quite frankly a revelation! You can tell this has been designed by parents for parents because so much consideration has gone into the design and function of the product. 
Not only is the product itself a winner - there are also some really useful potty training tips on the website.
You can purchase a Lumi Potti here
Watch the video below to learn more...

Home-grown talent recognised with Northern Ballet award nominations



Northern Ballet is honoured to have received a nomination for Best Company at the Taglioni European Ballet Awards with additional recognition for one of its Premier Dancers, Kenneth Tindall, who has been nominated for Best Young Choreographer. The winners of the awards, which recognises the work of the top ballet companies, choreographers, dancers, designers and conductors from across Europe, will be chosen by an expert jury of specialist journalists on 27 September 2014.

The Taglioni European Ballet Awards are organised by the Malakhov Foundation which was established in 2014 by international ballet star Vladimir Malakhov, founder and former Director of the State Ballet Berlin. The non-profit organisation aims to support ballet dancers in areas of need such as grants for education, further training, medical needs and maintenance grants. The awards are one of the first major projects of the foundation to recognise extraordinary achievements within ballet.

Northern Ballet has been nominated for Best Company along with leading European companies Paris Opera Ballet and Hamburg Ballet. The Leeds-based Company specialises in creating and touring full-length narrative ballets which in recent years has included CinderellaThe Great Gatsby and Beauty & the Beast. As the widest touring ballet Company in the UK Northern Ballet reaches more people than any other and also recently enjoyed its first visit to Covent Garden with sell-out performances of a Mixed Programme at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio Theatre. In addition, Northern Ballet pioneers the creation and touring of ballets especially for young children including Ugly DucklingThree Little Pigs and the latest instalment, Elves & the Shoemaker, which will première in September.

British Premier Dancer Kenneth Tindall has been nominated alongside Jean Philippe Dury and Natalia Horecna for Best Young Choreographer. Tindall, who has been dancing with Northern Ballet since 2003, has had his work performed internationally and also created three short pieces for Northern Ballet including: Project #1Luminous Junc·ture and The Architect, which premièred in June 2014 and can next be seen during Northern Ballet’s Mixed Programme at the Linbury Studio Theatre in 2015.

In addition, Kenneth Tindall has also been nominated as one of Dance UK’s twenty future leaders to take part in their Dancers’ Mentoring Scheme which provides each dancer with a paid mentor to discuss and develop their future in addition to and beyond their performing careers.

Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE said: “I’m delighted that both Northern Ballet and Kenneth have been recognised with these nominations. Northern Ballet works tirelessly to create and tour innovative productions throughout the UK and reach as many people as possible with world-class ballet.
In addition, for Kenneth Tindall to both receive a nomination for Best Young Choreographer and be nominated for the Dance UK scheme is an incredible validation for him and we look forward to continuing to nurturing this talent within our ranks.”

Kenneth Tindall said: “It is an honour to be nominated for such a prestigious award and I am thrilled to have been selected as one of this year’s twenty participants on Dance UK’s 2014/15 Dancers’ Mentoring Scheme. I look forward to working with Dance UK and my mentor.”
The ceremony for the Taglioni European Ballet Awards, named after one of history’s most famous ballerinas, Marie Taglioni, will be held in Berlin on 27 September 2014. 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Introducing... Tanya Burr Nail Polishes


She’s taken YouTube by storm with her accessible and aspirational make-up and style tutorials, reaching over 6 million people a month (combined viewing figure of 70+ million) and is one of the hottest bloggers on the internet.

Regularly appearing in top end magazines, beauty expert and trained make-up artist,
Tanya Burr is about to work her magic again; with the launch of her long awaited, exclusive collection of Lip Glosses and Nail Polishes by eye CANDY.

Set to be the hottest launch of 2014 and with a pre order waiting list, Tanya has been involved in every step of the process of creating her new collection with eye CANDY. With her
impeccable taste and insider beauty knowledge, she set out to create a range that contained all her favourite shades and delivered professional, high performance cosmetics, with state of the art textures at affordable prices.

Housed in chic packaging, with a Tanya Burr signature logo, the range takes its cues from catwalk trends and favourite shades. Containing 12 crème and shimmer Lip Glosses and 10 classic and on trend Nail Polishes the range has something for everyone to turn up the shine and sparkle.

Tanya Burr by eye CANDY Nail Polishes £5.99 - Dip nails in this season’s hottest hues and classic shades and update your nail wardrobe with this range of professional, long lasting, chip resistant, non fade Nail Polishes from Tanya Burr. Offering state of the art technology there’s 10 finishes for every outfit, mood and occasion.

Choose from:-
 Peaches & Cream
 Be Bright, Be Happy, Be You
 Little Duck
 Mini Marshmllows
 Bright and Early
 Mischief Managed
 Riding Hood
 Midnight Sparkles
 New York Night
 Penguin Chic

Tanya Burr says “I’m a huge fan of beauty products and since I was young, I’ve always wanted to develop my own range. The opportunity came up with eye CANDY and I jumped at the chance to work with them on my own exclusive collection. I’ve been involved from the start and all of the shades are favourite choices of mine. The result is, in my opinion is a stunning collection that’s special to me and I know people will love.”

Mark Taylor, eye CANDY says “Tanya is a trained makeup artist as well as being one of the most successful bloggers. She’s got a fantastic understanding of what looks good and what you need for maximum effect.

Her new range combines professional quality with affordability and we’re looking forward to working with her on the launch.”

What are you waiting for? The new Tanya Burr exclusive collection with eye CANDY is now available from Superdrug, www.superdrug.com and Feel Unique.

What we thought at Mummy Fever:
These nail polishes are an utter dream to use. The polish glides on and with two coats you get a long-lasting, chip resistant, super glossy finish that even work, children and jobs around the house will struggle to damage! I was very impressed with these and love the colour range. Peaches and Cream is a gorgeous shade for this summer but the Penguin Chic is my absolute favourite right now - lush! These are affordable and yet give the finish of a much more expensive polish...just want mums need!

Can't wait to see what else Tanya comes up with!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Helping baby discover shape, texture, taste - building confidence and enjoyment with food

When it’s time to wean your baby it’s not just about introducing solid foods, it’s also about having an adventure and helping your little one discover shape, texture and taste -  together they help build your baby’s confidence and enjoyment with food.

Weaning is an important milestone in your baby’s development, and to help mums and dads Organix has introduced a new discover campaign with the launch of an online hub at:  www.organix.com/discover.  The site is packed with advice and creative resources about feeding your baby, lots of top tips and activities on shape, texture and taste to inspire you, food ideas to help you take your little one on a food adventure, as well as food planners and videos – there’s even a quiz.

The weaning window, from around six to 12 months, provides the perfect opportunity for your baby to discover a variety of tastes, textures and shapes as it’s when your baby becomes naturally open to trying new foods.

Shape
Shapes make mealtimes interesting and fun and help little ones develop the skills they need to feed themselves.

Finger foods come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, just perfect for getting little fingers moving, gripping, grasping, picking up and discovering a range of foods. Offering baby such a wide variety of foods to play with not only helps improve hand eye co-ordination and motor skills, and helps them learn how to bite and chew, it also develops an awareness of their actions.  It’s a chance to discover a full sensory experience – to squeeze foods, change their shape and break down foods.
 

Did you know?
·         Your little one can start discovering shape through finger foods when they can lift and support their head without help, sit supported, and reach out for foods.
·         Feeding themselves gives your baby control, independence and the chance to recognise when they’re full.
·         Your baby can still enjoy finger foods if they haven’t got teeth yet as they can ‘gum’ foods into small pieces.
·         You can offer finger foods from all of the major food groups – protein, carbohydrate, dairy, fruit and vegetables.
·         However, there are also some finger foods to avoid, such as hard and sticky foods that can cause choking, eg nuts, popcorn, marshmallows; and round foods whole, eg grapes or cherry tomatoes - of course you can cut them up into smaller pieces so they’re manageable and easier for baby to swallow.

Top Tips:
·         Use food as an opportunity to interact with your baby – it’s a great way to introduce them to new words for shapes and foods.
·         Cut family foods, such as pasta and meat, into small pieces, so baby can take part in the meal too.
·         In the Organix mum and baby tasting session, mums said:
o   The way I present food is definitely something I’ll be thinking about now, making it into a picture and something a bit more fun”
o    “He really impressed me with how he was able to grasp things and put them into his mouth when they were so small ”



Texture

Discovering texture is important as we love food not just because it tastes great but because we like how it feels too.  

 

Texture is more exciting than just lumps, and to prove the point Organix got a group of mums and dads to try a selection of foods whilst blindfolded.  One of the dads said: “You’ve had one of your senses taken away, it gets you to focus on the detail of food and makes it more intriguing, it’s like our little ones when it’s the first time they’ve tried anything – they’ve got it all going on!”

 

Frankie Phillips, Nutrition Advisor to Organix, recommends helping your baby discover as many textures as you can – juicy and fleshy, squishy, bouncy, melt in the mouth, grainy and bitty, crispy and crunchy, smooth and creamy, dry and crumbly.  For example, pieces of banana will let them safely experience different textures and foods breaking down in their mouths – banana pieces can be offered as early as six months. 


Did you know?
·         Your baby needs to learn to get to grips with new textures and this can take practice, so he may spit out a new texture.
·         Your baby may move quickly from one texture to the next, or may take a little time to master it – everyone goes at their own pace so don’t worry.
·         Even if your baby’s teeth aren’t through yet, foods can still be chewed by their strong gums.
·         After starting with smooth purées, you can offer soft lumps and mashed foods as early as six months.
·         Introducing lumpy foods takes more effort for your baby as they need to learn to use their tongue muscles and their jaw to chew and then swallow.
·         When your baby no longer spits out soft lumps and seems confident eating lumpy food you can introduce chopped and minced foods.

Taste
Tasting new foods for the very first time is an incredible experience.  By adding interesting flavours to your baby’s diet you are encouraging them to become more familiar and open to trying new tastes as they grow older, which in turn will help inspire a lifelong love of good food. 

In the Organix mum and baby tasting session, one mum said:Little ones are more adventurous than you think.  We tried celeriac and kale and my little girl loved the grapefruit, I would try that at home now, yet before I would never have introduced it.”

Did you know?
·         It’s important to offer a wide range of sweet and savoury dishes.
·         Babies naturally prefer sweet flavours and all other tastes are learned.
·         Frankie Phillips, Nutrition Advisor to Organix, says it can take up to 14 attempts before a baby learns to like a new food, especially more challenging foods – so don’t worry if your little one refuses a food during their first few attempts.

Top Tips:
·         Don’t wait too long to start getting adventurous with taste – vary the menu.
·         Offering two courses is a great way to offer your baby a wide range of tastes.
·         Be brave and offer more challenging tastes, such as bitter and sour, eg. kiwi, oranges, pepper, spinach.
·         Try not to mask challenging tastes with easier ones, so allow your baby to enjoy the real taste of broccoli rather than perhaps mixing it with apple purée.
·         Rotating new foods with ones your baby already likes will give lots of chances to discover and enjoy more foods.
 

What we think at Mummy Fever:
We love all these new products from Organix. The fruit moos and stars have been a big hit with my youngest and these types of snacks really help to develop the pincer grip in little people. These really are yummy, you will have to stop yourself from eating these! They are bursting with a fruity flavour.The read pepper hearts have also gone down very well but have a pack of wipes to hand with these ones as they are quite messy. These are great to give to little ones as a snack or have a couple out at meal times so they can feed themselves whilst you spoon in whatever else is being served up - it keeps them busy and involved.


For more advice on weaning and great tips on how to discover shape, texture and taste visit www.organix.com/discover