Thursday, 28 May 2015

Pip and Pear Review

A new Irish product was just launched Aldi stores throughout Ireland and I was given a gorgeous hamper of samples to try. Pip and Pear Chilled Baby Food is the brain-child of Irene Queally who, as working mother found it difficult to juggle all that life with young children can throw at you and manage to feed them healthy home-cooking everyday too. She became frustrated with the long shelf-life pouches and jars and wanted something better for her babies. Late at night, in her family restaurant, No.9 Barron Strand in Waterford, Irene began making small batches of her own baby food and eventually started selling it in the restaurant. It was a huge success locally, won a couple of national awards and so she was inspired her to take the brand further.

The gorgeous guinea pig - baby Tommy.
Because I have no babies in my house anymore (sniff), I asked my sister to allow my darling nephew Tommy and his big sister Elsie to be my guinea pigs for this review. Tommy is five months old and has just started eating solid food so he was the perfect choice to try the Stage 1 pots while his sister Elsie, almost three, tried out the stage three pots which are suitable from age 10 months on.

Tommy tried the 'Squashy Potato' for his dinner yesterday and had a little sample of the 'Banana Blue' for dessert.

He made some funny faces at first because these were all new flavours to him (in fairness, food in general is all new to him!) but he made short work of the Squashy Potato, had a couple of spoonfuls of the Banana Blue - and I think that smile says it all about how much he enjoyed them!

Elsie also tried a little of her brother's Banana Blue but she had the Stage 3, Baby Beef Ragu for her dinner, served with a pile of fluffy mashed potato. My sister said, served like that, there was more than enough for her in the pot and that that Elsie really enjoyed it.

My sister and I were both very impressed with the lists of ingredients in all the products as there are absolutely no nasties in them at all. Pip and Pear Chilled Baby Food is the closest thing to homemade baby food I've ever seen on a supermarket (chiller) shelf. Each pot contains up to two of a child's 5-a-day fruit and veg portion. The meat, and fish are all food board approved and the fruit and veg are all organic. The whole range is also gluten free.

Even the packaging is 100% recyclable, BPA free and can be re-used when making and storing your own baby food. (Pip and Pear helpfully provide a range of suitable recipes here). 

I'd probably use the pots to keep all those teeny, tiny toys that end up scattered around the bottom of my handbag in one place...

The price range is spot on too - Stage 1 pots are €1.49 each, Stage 2 pots are €1.79 each and Stage 3 pots are €1.99 each. They are currently available in Aldi - in the chiller - NOT the baby aisle and from June will be available in 78 SuperValu stores nationwide. 

For more information about Pip and Pear please check out their WEBSITE or follow them on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

Disclosure: I was given a hamper of Pip and Pear Fresh Baby Foods for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own, and those of my beautiful family members and we were not paid to give them.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

I've Joined the Netflix Stream Team!

I was recently invited to be a member of the Netflix Stream Team (which I gratefully accepted because I'm a big fan of Netflix anyway!) so from time to time, from now on, I'll be sharing what we, as a family, are watching and what we think of it.

I don't get a lot of time to watch TV, and the reason I love Netflix so much is that when I have some rare down-time or am feeling under the weather I have instant access to a huge range of fantastic TV series', documentaries and movies. Devo and I sometimes even use Netflix as a date-night option, (because babysitters are rare too) and a take-away and a movie or a few episodes of our favourite show is just as good as a night at the cinema. Well, almost.

Needless to say, Lile and Sábha are the ones that use Netflix the most in our home and are spoiled for choice when it comes to viewing that is both entertaining and suitable for their age.

I hope you'll enjoy my posts about what we're watching and feel free to give me recommendations below, in the comments, too!

Here are a few things the grownups been enjoying lately:

I'm kind of obsessed with a show called Once Upon A Time. It satisfies my life-long love of fairy tales nicely. The show takes place in the fictional town of Storybrooke whose residents are characters from various fairy tales, transported to the 'real world' town and robbed of their memories by a powerful curse. Each episode features a plot line that happens in Storybrooke and a parallel storyline from the time before the curse so there's a nice mix of 'magic' and 'reality'. It is light watching and is a perfect antidote to a busy day when you just want to switch off and be entertained. 

Devo and I have just finished watching the first season of Better Call Saul. We were both huge fans of Breaking Bad (which is also available on Netflix) and had high-hopes for this spin-off. We were not disappointed. Great writing, great acting and some wonderful characters and storylines - we're already impatient for season two!

I've also got my eye on a new Netflix Original series called Grace and Frankie, starring Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, which I'm looking forward to watching. I think the storyline sounds really funny and perfectly in tune with recent events around these parts!

When Grace and Frankie’s husbands leave them after 20 years of marriage—to be with each other— the women find themselves facing a change that they never expected but they shift their perspective to get through it together with the support of their new blended family and, of course, a sense of humour.

Here's what the little ones have been enjoying lately:

I decided to let the girls have their own say about their current Netflix favourites... even though they were in a very giddy mood....

To recap, that's Mother Goose Club (which is mostly nursery rhymes and songs), Peppa Pig, Brave and Wreck-It Ralph.

Lile has been drawing Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope Von Scheetwz constantly since they watched it, so even though she can't remember the name she obviously likes it too!

P.S. My middle name is not even Christina. My children are crazy.

Disclosure: As a member of the Netflix Stream Team I received a Netflix subscription and an Apple TV in return for posting Netflix updates and reviews. All opinions are my own, and those of my children and I am not being paid to give them. I already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.


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