New Disney range from Munchkin

This week we’ve been trying out the new Disney range of plates, cups and cutlery from Munchkin. I’ve used Munchkin stuff before and always been impressed with the design, and practicality – the cliplock bottle remains my favourite and believe me we’ve tried, lost and broken most of the makes on the market.

The new Disney range has several themes and Arthur was very excited when his new Winnie the Pooh bowl, plate and bottle arrived. Firstly it’s just good quality stuff. Great colours which are BPA free and seem to last really well with a good level of toddler-proofing!

We both loved it and I was particularly taken with the cute cutlery – the little rounded fork is so easy to use for little hands and I think a little less daunting than being faced with a normal fork and all it’s forky stabby bits!

Winnie-themed lunchtime with Munchkin

Winnie-themed lunchtime with Munchkin

Arthur liked the fact he could finish his lunch and see Winnie at the bottom of his bowl or plate and this was also a very handy technique for getting him to eat some more. I also like the separate areas on the plate and I used that to talk to Arthur about what he was eating and where we were going to put things. It’s these little things that help make meal times a little easier or a little more interactive and fun.

They washed really well in the dishwasher and like the other Munchkin stuff we have I’m sure they’ll last and last.

 

Munchkin is available in Tesco, Asda, Wilkinsons, Morrisons, Argos, Amazon, Boots, Mothercare and other good quality retailers. Prices start from £4.50.

Reaching new heights with tights

Despite my outwardly liberal persona I love nothing more than a grubby little wallow on the Daily Mail online site – I’m always particularly taken with the ‘celeb’ stories in the right hand column.
Anyway the secret’s out so I can joyously share with you the most brilliant ‘celeb’ story on there for a while. It appears the lovely, down to earth, just like the rest of us, mother, Gwyneth Paltrow has taken up ariel yoga. Yes, that’s right, basically all the fun of yoga while being hoisted a few feet of the ground.
Now sometimes I can be accused of adding histrionics to my daily mummy/work balance, of, perhaps, embellishing my daily struggles with comedy (of sorts) and a little drama. BUT, never have I thought to myself: “Ok, let’s hang upside down in what can only be described as a large pair of tights.”
It’s the perfect example of celeb mummys having too much time on their hands. According the report hanging in these silk hammocks increases blood flow and stretches the spine. According to me it’s yet more proof that no matter what we do, how hard we work and however many life-enhancing seminars we attend there is always someone somewhere taking it to another level.
On a more serious note it’s frightening to think there is a whole money-making machine playing on our desires to find the answer, the solution. Whether that’s hanging upside down in some tights or spending hundreds of pounds on bespoke party bags for your children’s birthday party.
While they are clearly two very different transactions, they are both born out of a world where, women in particular, face an ever-increasing battle to have it all. We’re reaching new depths (or heights), and part of me can’t help but hope there will be some kind of implosion leaving us…wait for it… happy with our lot. When yoga is just yoga and parties end with some cake and a few stickers.
Anyway, I’m off for another surreptitious read -apparently there’s a new craze in karaoke zumba.

Me and my boy We made the move this week from high chair to booster seat – it was rather seamless. We’ve been using the Munchkin travel booster seat and it’s been fantastic.

Loving my new chair!

Loving my new chair!

It folds away into a bag which means you can take it out and about with enough room for nappies, a drink and wipes so no need to lug another bag around with you.
Arthur can be a bit picky when it comes to where he sits but he sat in his new seat with no problems and it’s genuinely so easy to unfold and attach to the seat. Just a simple strap underneath and another around the chair so not too fiddly when you’re out and about. We used it while out for lunch and it fitted fine in two restaurants, including Pizza Express and another local pub. It also has legs you can use which fold up into the bag so it has two heights. Although there were three of us, it was so easy I feel confident I’d be able to use it on my own when we’re out for lunch.
For such a compact chair it was very sturdy and I feel happy Arthur was safe and not going to wriggle out. All in all a really good buy, great value for money with the added bonus of being a travel version so making life out and about a little easier.

On the road and blitzing the post-Christmas padding

Over the last few weeks me and the boy have been in the car quite a lot.
I’d like to point out we have been going places, not just sitting there hoping someone will drive us, but it’s thrown a spotlight on the problem of feeding and watering him on a long, or to be honest, short journey.

Normally I place a drink and a snack on his lap turn round, start the engine and pray that he manages to get some in his mouth before covering himself in a pasty mixture of juice and corn crisp. I fear one day I’ll turn round and he’ll have turned into a corn paste statue, unable to move after flinging drinks and food into a heady mix and covering himself. Giving it just enough time to dry before we arrive.

Thankfully this never happens and we’ve arrived unscathed. The same can’t be said for the car which often leaves Jonathan in a weeping heap when we roll-up home and I open the door and out falls the entire contents of Arthur’s lunchbox.

This week we road tested, the new Munchkin 10oz Clip Lock cup for toddlers and their Snack-a-bowls. The new cup was fantastic, with an easy to hold design which meant Arthur didn’t struggle with it and throw it out of frustration. Also it says it’s leak-proof and it means it!

Munchkin Clip Lock 10oz cup

Munchkin Clip Lock 10oz cup

I tested it by shaking it and dropping it and the hardy cup didn’t give up one dribble of juice.

Arthur loves the straw and I really recommend it for a long journey as it doesn’t require tipping which can be difficult for little people strapped into car seats. munchkin has also managed to design a cup with a straw that lets you get all the liquid out – it’s a little bit of magic in a cup!

The snack pots were also a winner. I‘ve tried the snack pots with the lid that lets children pull out food before and found the lids quite hard. This means Arthur has stuck his little hand in but either got it stuck or only pulled out a tiny piece of food.

The Munchkin pot has a much softer top which means it’s a lot easier to use and I really noticed his frustration levels were not as high during the journey as he could pop his little hands in and munch happily on raisons and other goodies without losing a finger!

Arthur kicking back with his new snack-a-bowl

Arthur kicking back with his new snack-a-bowl

These were two great products I would definitely recommend. They look great too and I love the colours of the snack pots, which also stack really easily in the cupboard.

Day one of operation lard ar*se is up and running. I joined a well known slimming club and questioned my intentions straight away when I was drawn to the beef pie on the front cover of the famous slimming club’s cook book and bought it. Now I know you shouldn’t deprive yourself but pies and diets are not happy bedfellows! To ease my conscience I bought the entire contents of the fruit and veg section on my way home from work. At home I was met with Jonathan’s encouraging words: “ But what real food am I going to eat?” – I directed him to the pie on the cover of the cookbook and left to make celery flowers and carrot batons – you eat with your eyes apparently.