Month: March 2017

Family Snacks with Organix #ad





As you can imagine two kids under three have LOTS of energy. This means that we try to get them out in the air as much as possible so that they sleep lights out at night (or at least we live in hope!) We love farms, beaches and nature walks which we are lucky to have plenty of nearby. We pack a picnic, load up the car and head out. Especially in the nice weather we have been having lately!

As you probably know Aidan is on a gluten and dairy free diet which means that if we don’t pack food for him his choices can be extremely limited or non-existent depending on where we go. And as you can imagine with both boys so young they always want what the other one has – which can be a problem where snacks are concerned. I used to have Organix when Aidan was younger but as he grew and his diet went a bit crazy* all snacks were ignored. Since Finn was coming up for 12 months I began to introduce snacks back and guess what?! Organix not only have a no junk promise but they also have many gluten and dairy free snacks! Now to some people, this might not be a huge deal but in our house it’s massive! It not only gives us a new avenue of snacks for Aidan but it also means that the boys can have the same snacks on our days out. Win-win.

organix snacks

Here are a few of the things we have been packing lately….

  1. Cocoa & Orange Crispies
    Aidan was never a fan of chocolate luckily but he did enjoy dark chocolate from time to time so he did like the crispy bars. Took him a while to come around the texture of them but not too long 😉 They now need to be rationed!
  2. Banana & Date Fruit Bars
    Without a doubt, these were Finn’s favourite. The soft texture is somewhat moldable meaning that he was able to fit it right into his fingers (before ramming it into his face!) He found the empty wrapper off one in my bag yesterday and cried for about 20 minutes because we had none left. 5* from Finn!
    Aidan wasn’t too keen on these possible because of their softness. I am going to pick up the Apple & Date flavour because he is an apple lover.
  3. Gingerbread men
    Unfortunately, Aidan couldn’t have these ones because they contain gluten but fear not Dad was on site to help Finn polish them off. He told my Mam she needs to buy then for her house ”for Finn”. The gingerbread shape was ideal for Finn because not only could he grip them easily it also stopped him from shoving it all in his mouth at once (Which he does – a lot!). I think the size of them is perfect because one or two were plenty for Finn meaning you get 7 or 8 lots of snacks from one pack.
  4. Carrot Stix/ Noughts and Crosses
    I have stashes of these in our house, my parent’s house, my Nans house and basically anywhere the boys may visit. These were the first Organix product I found that was gluten and dairy free and was something both the boys loved, and still do. I think Finn may slightly prefer the carrot stix but Aidan loves them both equally. This is my 5* pick!

organix snacks

It is great to find something you kids enjoy that contains no unnecessary ingredients, is organic and has so many different products to choose from! This is something even more important for Aidan because when you eliminate dairy and gluten many brands substitute with a high sugar content which is not good for children. Overall, I could not be happier to have found a convenient but healthy brand that both my boys can enjoy on our days out.

 

*This post is in collaboration with Organix but all opinions are my own.

St. Patrick’s Day Netflix Picks

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Our day will be spent hopefully going into the parade (or watching the Dublin one on TV – weather determining), a little stroll around town, grab some dinner and home to chill. Since having the boys our nights out are a thing of the past. We much rather relaxing on the sofa and getting sleep while we can. Crazy, I know! Anyway, I thought I would share some of the Irish gems on Netflix at the moment in case your night is as exciting as ours!

The Young Offenders

(We will 100% be watching this tonight! We went to see it in the cinema when it was out and honestly it was hilarious. Seriously – watch it!)
Never ones to think things through, two Irish teens steal bicycles and set off to the coast to find a bale of cocaine from a smugglers capsized ship.  

The Siege of Jadotville

Nominated for seven IFTAs, The Siege of Jadotville tells the true story of Irish Soldiers who were besieged by overwhelming enemy forces while on a UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo.  The heroes led by Commandant Pat Quinlan fought for five days and heroically defended their outpost.   A Netflix Original film, based on the book Siege at Jadotville: The Irish Army’s Forgotten Battle by Declan Power.  Stars Jamie Dornan, Jason O’Mara, Mark Strong and Sam Keeley.  https://youtu.be/9_JHsiQTTmg

Sing Street

In 1980s Dublin, a teen whose family is falling apart transfers to a tough school, where he forms a rock band to fit in and win a girl’s attention.

Standby

A luckless tourist at Dublin airport reconnects with this love of eight years earlier, who is on standby for a flight back to the US

Brooklyn

The life of young Irish immigrant forever changes when she visits 1950s New York.  But when summoned home, she finds herself torn between two worlds.

The Guarantee

On 29 September 2008, the Irish government decides to bail out Ireland’s six largest banks, plunging the nation into financial crisis.

Haywire

A last minute mission in Dublin turns deadly for stunning secret operative Mallory Kane when she realises she has been betrayed.

 

*Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and received a Netflix subscription in return for posting updates and reviews. However, all opinions are my own. I also already had a personal subscription before joining the Stream Team.

Sharing my ‘talking tips’ for Speech Delay

Hey guys!
So as you will have noticed I have been a bit absent on here since around Christmas. This is partially due to me just losing my blogging mojo, having no spare time because my children never slept at the same time and moving house. Mostly though it is because Aidan has really begun to find his voice. Since Christmas, his speech has come on so much!

No lie, Christmas week Aidan had one word. Apple. That one word brought us all so much joy because it gave us hope. It showed us that he could learn words and understand what things were. That being said he still had a very little grasp that objects had names. So he had no idea a cat was called a cat or what a ball was. He couldn’t point one out in a book or any other object for that matter.



In the 3 months since then, he has come on so much! If you follow me on Instagram you will know that he now knows about 30 animals, their sounds, the whole alphabet (to say and by sight), numbers 1-12 (We are aiming for 20), some shapes, foods and is starting to take turns in nursery rhymes. Even in the 4/5 weeks between appointments the speech therapists they were shocked at how much he has come on. Including the improvement of his attention span.

I should probably point out now that around the beginning of January we were 6 months gluten and dairy free. From everything I read online before starting the diet, it takes 6 months from your body to be completely free of gluten. Now it could be completely coincidental that Aidan’s speech burst onto the scene around the same time but it seems to me that this diet has been nothing but beneficial to Aidan. We can tell straight away if Aidan is after having dairy because he takes a massive step backwards. I will do a post more about the diet soon.

Anyway, I have decided to share my all the things I do with Aidan to help his speech. This will include everything we learned at the Hanen ‘More Than Words’ course which is more focused on helping your child’s social skills and teaching them to communicate whichever way suits them -verbally, gestures or using visuals. I will also talk more about Aidan’s diet, things that have worked for us and things that didn’t work for us personally.



I will try and do a blog post and video for each one if I can but some things are had to explain without a visual. My first video about our learning folder can be found on my Youtube channel,. It is a folder that I try to do everyday with Aidan to help him to learn words.

If you have any questions or any videos/blogs you would like me to do then just leave a comment or pop me an email.