Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Product Review: five:am yogurt

Here at YCM headquarters, we are all very big eaters of yogurt.  We eat it every day in fact.  So I was really happy to try out the range of five:am organic yogurts when offered a chance to do so.  I had never tried this range of yogurt, probably because I usually shop at Coles and five:am is stocked at Woolworths and other small health food shops.

A bit of background about the brand - The milk used is sourced from Australian family run farms (one of the farms is run by fourth generation family farmers), is made in their Australian factory and is delivered to healthy Australians with as low food miles as possible. The yogurt is free from all the usual unpronounceable nastiness – and that means absolutely no chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or antibiotics. Five:am yogurt is suitable for everyone - even babies and young children, and pregnant and breastfeeding Mums.

So, what's the verdict?  The whole five:am range received a big tick of approval from all of us.  The boys loved the fruit styles ('Mango' and 'Strawberry'), and while I thought I would like the fruit ones best, I actually liked 'Vanilla Bean' and 'Honey and Cinnamon' flavors the most.  The yogurt has a lovely texture, is beautifully thick and rich, and has a tendency to only last in the fridge for a few hours.  And you can even wash and re-use the handy plastic tubs with lids!

As a final note, be sure to pop on over and have a look at the five:am website - there is lots more information about the brand, and quite a few very yummy recipes to try out :-)

I received a Woolworths gift card to purchase the range of five:am organic yogurts try out and review if I so wished.  I have not been paid for this review and any opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

10 Things to do in the Third Trimester

Not long to go now!  The count down is on, and before you know it you will be holding your gorgeous new baby in your arms.  As I write this post, I am 36 weeks pregnant myself, and not only getting excited about our new arrival, but also getting nervous about going through all the sleepless nights, and Bub crying for no reason, and changing nappies (and weaning and toilet training and starting school....).  But at the end of the day, all that stuff pales in comparison to the miracle of new life, doesn't it?

So, without further ado, here is my list of 10 things to do in the third trimester:
  1. Get some pampering done.  Do you notice this is first on my list??  Well, Bub arrives in a very short time, and believe me, you will not find time for yourself for quite a while.  Book in for your waxing, haircut, pedicure, pregnancy massage, facial, and anything else you love doing (and that the budget allows).
  2. Start packing your hospital bag.  Find a hospital bag checklist and begin putting things aside.  I actually do this over a period of a few weeks, working through my list and leaving the things I use everyday until last (mobile phone, hairbrush etc).  Don't forget you can always ask your partner or Mum or friends to bring you anything you might have forgotten.
  3. Plan how you will send baby announcements/thank you cards.  My favorites are the ones you design yourself - pick the template you like, insert your own words and photo/s, then all you have to do is send off to your friends and relatives.  
  4. If you have older children now is the time to start organising who will look after them while you are having your baby.  Go through school/kindy runs and other routines with your planned care-giver, and make up lists if needed of your children's routines and any other important information.
  5. Take some photos of your big belly!  I know I personally feel so big and uncomfortable in the last trimester I hate my picture being taken, but believe me its really sad if you don't have any photos to look back on of this special time.  They don't have to be professional ones, just get your husband or partner (or even older kids) to snap a few.  You can even snap one yourself... that's me in the image below trying to record the size of my belly, as I didn't take any photos in my first 2 pregnancies and really, really regret it now.
  6. Get ready to block your ears.  Unfortunately when some women see you are nearing birth, they love to share their horror birth stories with you.  Get ready with a response like "I'm so sorry to hear your birth was such a bad experience" and leave it at that, or perhaps you can mentally say "lalalalalala" while they are talking.  At the end of the day, its really not acceptable for them to share their negative experiences with you like this.  Oh, and family members can be the worst out of everyone for doing this.
  7. Don't stress if you get to the end of the third trimester and you haven't got the nursery ready for your baby (or if you have baby early for any reason and things aren't ready).  Newborn babies really aren't upset if they are not placed in a perfect nursery from Day 1!  As an example, my second son loved being in the hired car capsule, so he spent the first few months of his life sleeping there or in the sling rather than his beautiful cot. 
  8. If you are crafty, make something special for your new baby in your final few months.  Knit some booties, make a blanket, paint a picture.  Not only will you enjoy using it, but I can guarantee it will be put carefully away down the track as an heirloom for future generations.
  9. When shopping each week, keep an eye out for specials on all those household items you use everyday - toilet paper, toothpaste, tinned food, etc etc.  Then buy in bulk and stock the cupboards up.  If you do this over a period of time, it is easy to budget for, and it will take the pressure off at least for the first few weeks after baby is born knowing you are not going to run out of grocery essentials.  
  10. In the last couple of weeks leading up to the birth, pre-pay all your bills so you don't have to worry about overdue accounts while you are in hospital or forget about them in the excitement of your new baby.
Wow!  The final trimester is certainly a busy one, you will also have doctors appointments galore, be in nesting mode, and possibly be finishing up work.  Good luck with your upcoming birth, I send you every good wish for an amazing and magical experience!  Monique xx

Other blog posts you might like:
10 Things to do in the First Trimester
10 Things to do in the Second Trimester
What products do you really need for your newborn baby?
My top bathtime tips for a new baby

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bringing back memories of losing my own baby teeth

My oldest son (aged 6 1/2) currently has 2 very wobbly front top teeth, so is finding it hard to bite into food at the moment.

The other day I found myself cutting up his toast into bite size pieces (that's jam and cheese on it if you were wondering), and I had the strongest memories come flooding back of my own Mum cutting up my toast for me like this when I was little.

Isn't it funny how the smallest things can bring back things you haven't thought of in many many years!!