Homemade Duck Food

July 23rd, 2020, Posted in Children’s activities, Family, Recipes by Alexandra | No Comments

Imogen had been watching a programme about ducks and homemade duck feed so thought we’d have a try making our own using ingredients we already had in the house.

Ingredients

-rice

-oats

-peas

-grated carrot

-grated apple

-egg

Method

  1. Heat the over to fan 180c and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Cook the rice according to package, allow to cool
  3. Whilst the rice is cooking, out the egg in a bowl and smash up, making sure the shell is in small pieces
  4. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  5. Mould the ingredients into small bowls and place on to the baking tray
  6. Place in the oven for 10-12 Minutes until cooked

The duck feed balls should be soft still, not too hard and a little crumbly which is the perfect consistency for the ducks.

and most of all the ducks loved them!

Baby’s First Birthday

July 25th, 2017, Posted in Life by Alexandra | No Comments

So Imogen is 1 in under 2 weeks! How has this happened and where has the time flown! Anyway we are busy in the process of planning her first birthday party and we have decided for a picnic in the park in the theme of Peter Rabbit (love to plan on a theme).

Although Peter Rabbit is a traditional English story and absolutely everyone has heard of it we haven’t had much luck in finding anything Peter Rabbit themed unless you want to pay an absolute fortune however we have been very lucky as Gavin has made Imogen’s invitations this year which i think makes it that extra little bit special.

We have however found some adorable little shoes and outfit (Peter Rabbit themed of course) in Mothercare

What to do for entertainment?

Entertainment wise I thought what can we do for a baby’s first birthday, so we have decided to buy her a bouncy castle as her main present as Imogen is bouncy mad and does not sit still for a second. We are going to be getting this pink palace bouncy castle from Mothercare

As well as the bouncy castle I thought children are bubble mad so will be having a bubble machine like this one from The Entertainer

Another idea for a first birthday party are tents and tunnels, children love to climb and crawl in and out of these.  As well as having a ball pit it should keep the children very active (and quiet) for a few hours. We have found an excellent tent and tunnel from  quickdraw supplies and at a bargain price too.

I’m sure we will give you an update on how her party went as well as the pictures of a little surprise we have planned!

(keep your fingers crossed for us that the weather is glorious!)

Leave us a comment what you recommend doing for a perfect first birthday party!

Activities for 3-6 month old babies

March 14th, 2017, Posted in Life by Alexandra | No Comments

We’ve been trying out lots of new activities recently with Imogen which have been helping to develop a range of new skills and build up her muscles which will help further her development. Here are our top five activities we like do:

  1. Tummy time- We use tummy time to help develop them all important muscles helping her to lift her head, neck and shoulders and develop her motor skills. We put toys around her allowing her to reach out to grab hold of anything she likes to play with and will help to encourage her to move.
  2. Painting- Imogen loves to explore the texture of the paint, make sure you use child friendly poster paints as babies do tend to put it in their mouths. Also dress your child in an apron or clothes you don’t mind getting messy and stained. Painting will help to make them aware of different textures and develop fine motor skills.
  3. Balloon play- This is one of Imogen’s favourite activities. Tie helium filled balloons gently to your babies ankles. This will help them become aware of their feet and to help build neck and shoulder muscles when looking at their feet. Make sure you keep this activity supervised at all times.
  4. Going for walks- We love to get outside even if cold. We take Imogen for long walks and talk to her about the environment and what she can see and different noises whether its dogs barking or the sound of passing cars. This always tires her out so she has nice long naps afterwards.
  5. Jumperoo- The jumperoo helps to build core muscles, keeping her head up and building her leg muscles bouncing away. With the electronic toys attached to the jumperoo is helps to develop an awareness of action and response as well as hand eye co-ordination.