*Disclosure : This post is an entry for BritMums #MamiaDaysOut Linky Challenge, sponsored by Aldi Mamia*

We were recently invited to take part in the #MamiaDaysOut challenge with Aldi, for the challenge we simply had to enjoy a day out using Mamia products, which was super easy for us as we swear by Aldi Mamia, we have always used their nappies & wipes and we always have a stock of their baby food and snacks in the cupboard.

teddy bear's picnic with Aldi - my entry to the Aldi #mamiadaysout challenge with Britmums - showcasing how Aldi Mamia products can be used on a family day out

Armed with a blanket, fairy lights, chairs, a picnic basket full of food and, of course, teddy bears, Aria and I decided to build a blanket fort to sit underneath to enjoy our Teddy Bear’s picnic. Aria and I have never built a blanket fort before (I know, bad mother) and to say she was excited is a massive understatement. And then she saw the food, she almost spontaniously combusted with excitement. 

aldi picnic hamper containing everything you need for a teddy bear's picnic with a toddler - snacks from the Mamia range, mamia wet wipes and a drink

The Mamia snack range is fab, the products are made using 100% organic ingredients, they have no hidden nasties, not even sugar, and they are very purse friendly. Buying the best for your children isn’t always easy when you are struggling to pay the bills, but with Aldi it is.

aldi mamia picnic hamper, baby gazing into hamper full of food and teddy bear's for teddy bear's picnic

Aria is a lot like her mother, in that she loves food. Her eyes lit up when I placed this hamper full of food in front of her. She quickly forgot about the magical blanket fort and thought only of her stomach. 

Aldi mamia fruit pouches

Of course the first items that little madam grabbed were the fruit pouches, these are a firm favourite of both mine and Aria’s. I love them because they are easy to pop into my bag for a snack while out and about, they are easy for Aria to eat, require no preparation and they are super healthy. Aria loves them because, well, they taste nice! 
Has your little one tried the Mamia range? If not, why not? With prices starting from just 59p it would be silly not to! 

We started Aria’s weaning journey a couple of weeks ago now, in this time I have picked up a few essential items that I will be sharing with you today. All weaning journeys are different so what is essential to us may not be essential to you, but there are similarities in every journey so hopefully you will pick up a tip or two if nothing else.

 

baby weaning essentials

IKEA antilop high chair with supporting cushion and tray

IKEA Antilop high chair with tray & supporting cushion

First things first, you may want to buy a highchair. I took to Twitter for highchair recommendations and was very pleased that this seemed to be the winner, why was I pleased? Because the whole thing came to just £19! There really is no need to splash out on an expensive high chair, this one does the job, it wipes clean easily and the supporting cushion is great for keeping teeny, tiny Aria in place.

oraganix baby rice baby puree and o biscuits

Organix Baby Food*

Baby rice is a must have, this is great for mixing in with fruit purees or simply mixing with milk. It is also handy to have some pre-made food in, even if you are planning on making everything yourself from scratch, these are so handy to have for the days when you haven’t had time or are rushing out somewhere and need some food to take with you. The Organix range is as good as home made and made with organic ingredients.
vanish stain remover

Stain Remover

This speaks for itself really, weaning is messy, especially when they are eating carrot and sweet potato.

mini blender for baby food from Aldi

Mini Blender

We have a big KitchenAid food processor, we could puree Aria’s food in there but there are so many different bits to wash it is a lot of hassle for a tiny bit of food. It really is ideal to have a mini blender especially for your baby’s food. We picked this one up very cheaply in the Aldi baby event.
baby puree in silicone ice cube trays

Silicone Ice Cube Trays

These are great for freezing your baby purees. Aria currently eats two ice cubes per meal, they easily pop out of these trays ready to be defrosted and eaten.

Totseat

Totseat*

The Totseat is great, it can be attached to practically any chair to convert it into a highchair. This is so handy to have for feeding when out and about visiting friends, or if you are going away.

 

Milton antibacterial surface wipes pack of 30

Antibacterial Surface Wipes*

These are great to give the highchair a quick wipe over when baby has finished creating their mess/eating.

 

Available at Boots, John Lewis, Mothercare, Ocado, Superdrug and Tesco as well as independent pharmacies and nursery retailers.

 

tum tum easy scoop dining set

Tum Tum Easy Scoop Dining Set*

These do just what it says on the tin! You can easily scoop all of the last bits of food out of these, ideal for runny purees. They are also heavy and gripped on the bottom making it very difficult for baby to grab and tip over. The design is bright and colourful making it super attractive to baby.

Available here.

vital baby suction bowl and warm-a-bowl

Vital Baby Suction Bowl & Warm-a-Bowl*

You can never have too many baby bowls! Again, these are bright and colourful making them attractive to baby. The suction bowl is amazing, I have actually tested how strong it is by lifting it up when it is in place on the highchair, it brings the highchair with it! *Please note, Aria wasn’t sitting in the highchair when I performed this test*

The warm-a-bowl is another great product, you fill the base with warm water and it keeps the food warm. Perfect for slow eating babies.

Available here.

Annabel Karmel's new complete baby & toddler meal planner book

Annabel Karmel’s Baby & Toddler Meal Planner

Obviously the type of weaning book that you want will depend on how you plan on weaning your baby, for example, there are other books available specifically for baby led weaning. We are absolutely loving the Annabel Karmel book, I am currently on week two of the meal planner and following it step by step. I had no idea where to begin with weaning so this book has fast become my bible.

pink tommee tippee plastic bib with upturned edge

Plastic Bib

When feeding Aria I tend to strip her down to her nappy and a bib. Instead of ruining her pretty bibs I bought this plastic one that catches the majority of the food and wipes down easily after use. The only downside to it is that Aria likes to chew on this instead of her food.

What are your weaning essentials? Did you/will you use any of these products?

Shop weaning essentials at Amazon :

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Family Fever


Here it is, another instalment of What My Baby Wore, these weeks go by so quickly! This week’s post includes not one, but two party outfits! The first party outfit is the tutu, Elsa visited that party so I made sure Aria was wearing her Olaf bib. The second party was a Mad Hatter’s one so Aria wore her gingham dress with teacups on the bottom.

As usual I have linked to the items where available and would love for you to leave your links in the linky at the end. 


#WhatMyBabyWore linky header image baby clothes on washing line with header text




baby wearing pink tutu, pink top with bunny wearing glasses, pink bow headband and pink star converse style daps


Tutu from Angel’s Face*
Top from Next
Trainers from Pep & Co
Pink Crochet Bow Baby Headband from eBay
Olaf bib part of set from Asda

baby wearing pink Olaf Frozen bib

baby wearing next pink cat purse t-shirt and dark blue jeggings

Pink cat purse t-shirt from Next
Jeggings from Asda

baby wearing denim dress and polka dot long sleeve vest with red bib

Dress & Vest set from Sainsbury’s
Tights from Next
Bib part of set from Bluezoo at Debenhams

baby wearing floral dress from next with pink cardigan and floral headband

Cardigan & Dress from Next
Bib from Asda
Headband from eBay

baby wearing coolest kid in town tshirt from next

#Coolest Kid in town t-shirt from Next
Leggings from Aldi

baby wearing pink gingham dress with teacups and floral cardigan & headband

Headband from eBay
Cardigan & Tights from Next
Dress from Bluezoo at Debenhams (sale)
Trainers from Pep & Co

A Slice of My Life Wales



This year I celebrated turning 30 and Aldi celebrated turning 25. I was a happy accident back in 1985, Aldi UK on the other hand was a well thought out venture in 1990. The firm is growing from strength to strength and is the UK’s fastest growing retailer. They have won many awards including Supermarket of the Year at the Loved By Parent’s Awards last year, and I can see why parent’s voted Aldi, we love their nappies and wipes.

Picnic hamper containing alcoholic cocktail ingredients
To celebrate turning 25 Aldi have created five Spring cocktails, read on for their Shooting Star cocktail* recipe.

To make the Shooting Star you will need : 

  • 25ml Tamova Vodka
  • 25ml of raspberry juice from frozen raspberries
  • 2.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Valdobbiadene Processo Spumante DOCG, as desired

raspberries apple vodka and prosecco shooting star cocktail ingredients
Defrost half a pack of raspberries and sprinkle with sugar.
prosecco and vodka shot for cocktail
Squeeze the juice from the raspberries and collect in the bottom of a glass, add the vodka and stir, pour the prosecco over a spoon into the glass, add three frozen raspberries and apple slices to garnish.
Shooting star cocktail with vodka in background
Enjoy.
Aldi shooting star raspberry cocktail garnished with apple champagne cork
30th birthday cocktail