Swizzels sweets: The taste of childhood

Sponsored Post¦ What’s the first sweet you think of when you hear “Swizzels”? For me it’s Drumsticks, but I love all their other sweets too. It evokes childhood memories whenever I spot them in the shop. I used to feel like I’d won the lottery when I left with a Double Dip – the pack of strawberry and orange sherberts with the iconic Swizzelstick for dipping. In the 90s, it wasn’t a kid’s birthday at school if you didn’t come home with a pack of fizzers or a fruit pop lolly. I might have just turned 30, but I felt like a big kid when it came to trying Swizzels sweets again! Yet, there were a couple of things I was worried about…

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Review: Oliver’s Cupboard Organic Baby Food

Review – Gifted¦ Bored of bland baby food? Read on! Things get messy and fun when you’re starting to wean your baby. Reuben, who has just turned 1, was a bit later to the game than his sister. I’m not sure whether it’s because he is breastfed or if it’s just a coincidence, but he just wasn’t as interested in food as Autumn. He only really started eating things properly when he was about 10 and a half months old. Even now, he’s quite fussy and if he’s too tired or teething he won’t really eat anything that’s not smooth. That said, I’m keen to give him as much of a variety of flavours as I can. Autumn is very hesitant about any sort of spice. I wonder if it’s because I kept what she ate quite bland and not especially diverse for the first 3 or so years of her life. That’s why I was delighted to find Oliver’s Cupboard organic baby weaning food. Nutritiously balanced, these pouches contain flavourful meals which take inspiration from all over the world!

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Rock ‘n’ roll and cupcakes: My 30th Birthday in London

Happy New Year! I think you can still get away with saying that if it’s still within the first couple of weeks of the year? I’ve had an extended break from the blog since just before Christmas which has been quite reinvigorating! However, I’ve been keeping busy as I returned from maternity leave to my day job, celebrated Christmas and celebrated several relative’s and friend’s birthdays. This included my own birthday at the beginning of January, when I turned 30 (eek!) I celebrated with a trip to London, doing some things I’ve wanted to do for years!

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Bean to Cup Coffee Machines: Which Ones Are the Easiest to Use?

Collaborative Post¦ Have you ever bought a coffee machine or other kitchen appliance only to find out that it feels like you need a degree in electronics just to understand it?

Combine that with the fact that most of us are looking to use a coffee machine first thing in the morning when we’re truly feeling like zombies, and you’ll find some coffee machines tough to get to grips with.

On top of that, a lot of different coffee machines are put in communal spaces like a break room at work. You won’t want to spend time teaching every member of staff how to use it in detail, so a machine that is intuitive can make all the difference.

Fortunately, in this guide, we’ve put together some of the easiest fully automatic coffee machines to use.

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Is vegan pregnancy a healthy option?

Guest Post By Louise Palmer Masterton, Stem & Glory¦ Having experienced first-hand advice from family and so-called ‘experts’ on the subject of veganism, I found that throw vegan pregnancy into the mix, and suddenly it becomes about moral choices. Veganism is ok it seems when it’s our own choice, but can be questioned when we’re dealing with an unborn child. The idea that we’re omnivorous and therefore a vegan diet cannot be safe in pregnancy is a fairly widely held view.

Personally, my experience with being vegan during pregnancy is that it was completely normal. I had no morning sickness, no cravings, no complications, no deficiencies and delivered both my children safely at home. For both pregnancies, I did take a pregnancy multivitamin, and the recommended folic acid. I said to myself when I first became pregnant that if I craved something in pregnancy, then I would eat it. Fortunately, I didn’t have any cravings.

Writing this article got me wondering if my experience was an isolated one, or if in fact many vegan women experience completely problem free pregnancies like I did.

I spoke to seven women who had been vegan through pregnancy (sometimes multiple pregnancies), and here is what they told me:

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