27.11.2017

Christmas Gift Ideas for New Mums

Can you believe it's almost December which also means CHRISTMAS IS COMING? And with less than one month to go it is definitely a time to start thinking about Christmas presents. As a new mum, I thought I might share with you a few ideas for presents that I believe would make most new mums happy!

1. A PERFECT CHANGING BAG. A type of a bag that doesn't necessarily look like an OBVIOUS nappy bag, maybe even one that a partner wouldn't mind carrying. A simple yet stylish and versatile one that you would use before pregnancy and could also many years after. 

My favourite choice is Babymel Robyn Convertible Backpack which you on a model in the picture. It is unisex, lightweight, made from durable canvas and has plenty of pockets to organise all baby's essentials. It also has a pocket which has a dispenser slot for pulling wipes through, so you can easily grab a wipe without having to undo zips or dig through your bag. 



2. Whisbear The Humming Bear with CRYsensor. We received the bear as a present back when I was pregnant with Filip and it was our secret weapon from the very first days after his arrival. It doesn't only look adorable but what is much more important really works. After squeezing its head, the bear starts emitting white noise for forty minutes, helping a baby to fall asleep. Then it goes silent whilst in monitoring mode. Thanks to CRYsensor (and that's the part I truly love about the bear and makes Whisbear so special and unique on the market) it automatically goes off  when Filip begins to stir during sleep, helping him to settle back. Also, CRYsensor is sometimes the first indicator for us that Filip is about to wake up. It especially helps us with all the naps during a day and gives me some extra time I can use for myself and isn't that what all mamas need?



3. A THERMOS/A THERMAL MUG. If you are on a hunt to buy something for a friend that you feel like has EVERYTHING then buying her a thermos or a thermal mug might be the thing. Before giving birth to Filip I didn't have any at home and one year later they seem to be one of the most essential items in our household. Once you have a little one and you start spending countless hours walking in the park, on the playgroups or simply at home looking after your little one, they help you to wallow in luxury of drinking a warm beverage.

I really like Cath Kidston ones. They keep all my food and drinks warm. They don't leak and look very pretty.


4. THIS WORKS. I have been a big fan of THISWORKS products for many years and have gone through multiple bottles of SLEEP PILLOW SPRAY. Even now, despite sleepless nights and permanent tiredness or maybe BECAUSE OF THEM I sometimes struggle to unwind in the evening and a bit of the product sprayed on the bedding works soothingly. It helps me to relax after a very long day.



5. BABY CLASSES. This one is my personal favourite. I really believe it is good for a new mum to leave a house as soon as she feels ready to socialize with other mums. It isn't discussed enough how lonely it is raising a newborn and how much new mums can long for adult interaction. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be that way. I was overwhelmed by the number of classes, workshops, meet-ups and events London offers. Maybe your fellow mum would love to join baby yoga classes, swimming lessons or a local baby music group? The options are endless but sometimes paying for them with an already strained budget might be stressful. How about chipping in to that?

22.11.2017

Winter Brussel Sprout Salad


This year most of my family and friends are staying in the UK for Christmas which I am super excited about but it also makes me realize that it's about time to start testing this year Christmas menu. I love this vegan warm winter salad - it's so filling yet easy and quick to prepare and I am sure that even meat eaters will enjoy it.  

You just need:

350g Brussels sprouts 
1 red onion, sliced
1 green apple
1 orange 
30g hazelnuts 
Olive oil 
1tbs tahini 
1tbsp red wine vinegar 
1tsp agave syrup 
2 Quorn Five Grain Fillets
Salt and pepper

To make the dressing, squeeze the juice of one orange into a small bowl. Mix in the tahini, red wine vinegar, agave syrup and two table spoons of olive oil, then season to taste and set aside.

Trim bottom of brussel sprouts. Cut them in quarters and wash them to remove any dirt. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil, add the brussel sprouts and cook for two minutes.

Add olive oil to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until soft. Next, add the brussel sprouts and the apple and cook everything for a few minutes stirring or tossing occasionally.

Add the hazelnuts, salt and pepper to taste.

We served it with Quorn Five Grain fillets cut in stripes.

03.10.2017

Growing Up in London #1 - Discover Children's Story Centre


I LOVE exploring London and having a little one opens up a new spectrum of possibilities and unlocks so many new places in the city. I don't have to borrow other people's children anymore to enjoy and visit places I always wanted to. 

And since I have always been and still am a big fan of children's literature we decided to visit Discover Children's Story Centre in Stradford. It took us over one hour to get there from West London so it's fair to say the expectations were pretty high. 

We booked the tickets a day before and we paid £13 for all of us as children under two can enter the place for free. I found the cost very reasonable as everything was already included in its price. The place looks mesmerizing and magical. There are lots of books, art and crafts, dressing up costumes and puppets to feed children's imagination. We booked the story telling sessions and we both loved it! The storyteller was great and very engaging. I was a bit in doubt whether an eight month baby will find it attractive enough to sit still for 15 minutes but the show was perfect for his short attention span. We finished our trip in the cafe and drank one of the best coffees I have recently had! We will be definitely back soon!

More information about the place you can find on their website: Discover Children's Story Centre




17.09.2017

V&A CAFE


I feel like I've been repeating myself over and over again, but just in case someone hasn't heard that yet, The V&A is my favourite museum in London, to which I have been hundreds of time, so imagine my amazement when, while surfing on the internet, I accidentally discovered that it's also a home to the world's oldest museum restaurant with beautiful and majestic period rooms. 

Located just behind the main courtyard, the place welcomes museum goers with three different tea rooms, Morris, Gamble and Poynter. Apparently, they look almost the same as in the mid-nineteenth century when they were first opened. High vaulted ceilings, tiled walls, stained glass and ceramic pillars reflect the taste of Victorian era.

The cafe offers a nice selection of hot and cold dishes, salads, sandwiches and pastries. The choice for vegans is unfortunately pretty limited (didn't find any sweet vegan options) but the stuffed sweet potato that you can see below was delish!



photos of me and Filip were taken by Agata Kozak