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Gaia Skincare - Pure, Natural & Organic

Beautiful, fresh smelling baby skincare that you want to steal for yourself? Gaia.

I come across so many baby skincare brands- most of which make MY skin red and itchy. If my adult skin has such a terrible reaction, imagine how a tiny baby’s skin is reacting.
I would dread giving the kids a bath and loathe changing nappies.

Everything changed when one of my families discovered Gaia. As always, I was cautious to try this new ‘miracle cure’. So many brands prior had claimed to be free and natural, but turned out to be chemical filled, foul smelling potions.
As soon as I smelt Gaia, I knew they weren’t lying. Their products smell and feel ‘real’, my hands felt soothed instantly and I knew I was in love. I couldn’t wait for the kids bath time. Once again, Gaia didn’t disappoint, the products made the little ones skin even softer (is that even possible!?) and there was no redness to be seen.

Side note: Gaia also have products for men and woman, so there’s no need to steal baby’s shampoo!

At $11.50 for a 250ml bottle of body wash/shampoo/bath wash Gaia isn’t the cheapest skincare brand on the market, but it’s by far the best.

(For more info, head over to http://www.gaiaskinnaturals.com/)

- NannyHannah

(PS. I am currently in the process of arranging some Gaia samples for a little giveaway, so please spread the word about NannyHannah & I’ll let you know how you can enter very soon!)

Ice-cream style babychino!

A quick, simple & yummy fruit flower.

What you need:
-Any fruit that your munchkin enjoys (apple, banana, blueberries, grapes, strawberries/raspberries)
-Yoghurt

How to make it:
-Place a big blob of yoghurt in the centre of the plate
-Arrange the fruit around the yoghurt to create a flower pattern (think petals)

Enjoy!

Tips:
- You can use apple sauce or fruit purée instead of the yogurt
- Why not try a savory version? Try veggies and dip/ Greek yoghurt instead :)

A new song for you all :)

(Sang to the tune of ‘I’m a little teapot’)

DINOSAUR EGGS!

Only got eggs left in the panty? Kids begging you for something special for lunch? Why not give these a crack (pun totally intended)

What you need-
Fresh eggs
Saucepan
Water
Food colour
Multiple bowls

Method-
Bring water to the boil in the saucepan
Place eggs gently into the water & cook until hard boiled

While eggs are cooking place 3-4 drops of colour into your little bowls, top with water (enough to cover 1 egg)

Once eggs are cooked, immediately tap with a knife/spoon so that cracks appear in the shell (don’t crack too much, you want the shell to stay intact)
Place cracked eggs into the food colouring, allow to sit for 15-20 minutes
Run eggs under cold water to get rid of any excess dye.
Peels eggs & enjoy!

Tips-
For an exciting breaky, prepare eggs the night before and leave in the dye mix over night.

Experiment with multicoloured eggs, dip the top in red and the bottom in blue!

The more cracks you make, the more coloured the egg will be. Remember to leave some shell uncracked so you can see the pattern!

Carrot & Zucchini SliceThis is a delicious, easy recipe that will get even the fussiest children to eat their veggies! I often add more veggies, but this is the basic recipe.Short of time? Why not make a double batch & freeze individual portions?Ingredients-3 Large zucchini (grated)2 carrots (grated)1 tin of corn (drained)1/2 cup of peas (frozen are fine!)1/2 red onion (grated or blended, you don’t want chunky pieces)1 - 1.5 cups self raising flour (depends on how wet your veggies are)6 eggs (lightly beaten)1 cup grated cheese (add more or less to taste)2 tsps veggie stock powder (for a bit of added flavour)Salt & Pepper to taste (you can omit this)Method- Preheat oven to 180 degrees CelsiusAdd all the ingredients in a big bowlMix well (you want the flour to be mixed through!)Tip into a well greased (I often line with baking paper) lamington/slice trayBake for 35-40 minutes or until firm & goldenLeave slice in tray to cool, it will fall apart if you try to cut it too quickly.Serve hot or cold, with a nice tomato chutney or relish. ENJOY! 

Carrot & Zucchini Slice

This is a delicious, easy recipe that will get even the fussiest children to eat their veggies! I often add more veggies, but this is the basic recipe.
Short of time? Why not make a double batch & freeze individual portions?

Ingredients-
3 Large zucchini (grated)
2 carrots (grated)
1 tin of corn (drained)
1/2 cup of peas (frozen are fine!)
1/2 red onion (grated or blended, you don’t want chunky pieces)
1 - 1.5 cups self raising flour (depends on how wet your veggies are)
6 eggs (lightly beaten)
1 cup grated cheese (add more or less to taste)
2 tsps veggie stock powder (for a bit of added flavour)
Salt & Pepper to taste (you can omit this)

Method- 
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
Add all the ingredients in a big bowl
Mix well (you want the flour to be mixed through!)
Tip into a well greased (I often line with baking paper) lamington/slice tray
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until firm & golden
Leave slice in tray to cool, it will fall apart if you try to cut it too quickly.

Serve hot or cold, with a nice tomato chutney or relish. 

ENJOY! 

I am in the process of adding some posts to my queue and was wondering, what do you guys want to read more about on my blog?

Recipes? (Sweet/Savoury/Snacks/for bubbas/for toddlers/for kids/for adults?!?!?!)
Craft?
Product reviews?
Activities?

Let me know, send me an ask or an email- nannyhannah@live.com

Enough reblogging & moving posts for now.

Thanks for putting up with me!! 

Watermelon & Grape Homemade Icypoles!

Ingredients-
Big chunk of watermelon 
Any other fruit you want to add (grapes, strawberries, blueberries, peach etc)  

Method-
Roughly chop up the watermelon
Place in a bowl & use a fork/masher to smash it
Mash until it’s really watery
Slice up your other fruit (making sure that it’s not too thick) 
Mix the fruit together
Place in a icypole mould or icecube tray
Pop into the freezer until they’re frozen

ENJOY!

Simple Veggie Risotto
(Super kid-friendly version)

I make this without a recipe, so all the measurements are guesstimates- sorry!

Ingredients:
2tbs Olive Oil
2-3cups Aborio Rice
1-1.5lt Veggie Stock
1/3 medium Pumpkin (diced small)
3 sticks Celery (diced small)
1 cup Peas (frozen are fine)
1/2 cup Parmesan / Tasty Cheese (for the top)

Method:
Heat veggie stock in a saucepan & leave to simmer

In a separate pan/pot heat oil
Add the celery and cook for a few minutes without letting it brown
Add the rice & stir, allowing rice to get covered with oil & turn transparent
Add the pumpkin & cook for 3-4 minutes (remember to stir as it will stick very quickly)
Add the peas
Add a ladle full of stock & allow the rice to soak it up. If the liquid disappears really fast, turn your heat down (you want it to absorb not evaporate)
Keep adding ladles of stock until the rice is tender & the veggies are cooked

Sprinkle with cheese & enjoy!!!

Tips:
-Use any veggies you have handy. This is a very basic version, so have fun with different concoctions.
-When I’m cooking this for adults I tend to use onion instead of the celery & I also add garlic
-You can add diced chicken for a ‘meat eater’ version
-You may need more stock/liquid, it all depends on your veggies & the pot you’re using

Fun Snack

-Vanilla & honey yoghurt topped with dried cherries
-Mandarins, strawberries & banana for dipping

Galaxy Pizza

Store bought pizza base
Tomato & Basil Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese
Ham (Cut into ‘shooting’ stars with a cookie cutter)
Pineapple pieces (these make the star tails)

So simple & the kids LOVE it!

Who doesn’t love a cute & functional product?!

Perfect for babychinos, hot milk or even as a sippy cup for water!

 KeepCups‘  are lightweight, dishwasher safe, microwaveable, splashproof and BPA free! They come in a HUGE range of different colours and you’re able to 

I actually have one of the larger KeepCups myself & I’m in love. It keeps my coffee warm for ages and it makes me feel good for not adding to landfill. 

“The Belkiz Feedaway High Chair”

The Belkiz Feedaway is an eco friendly high chair made entirely from recycled cardboard. The Feedaway is even covered in a non toxic food grade coating to make cleaning up easy. It’s even 100% recyleable when you’re done with it!

They say it’s suitable for children up to 20 months or around 20kgs.

It’s also really cheap compared to regular high chairs- only $39.95

Check it out at-

www.ecotoys.com.au

Would any of you mama’s out there consider it? Would you use it as your main highchair or perhaps just for travel?

(via thoughts-and-ponderings)

Bobble

After throwing away my ‘Pump’ water bottle, I opted to buy something a little bit kinder (for me & the environment)

I did some research and I decided I would purchase a “Water Bobble”.
They are BPA free, recycled and filter your water as you drink!

They come in 3 sizes-
Large (1L)
Medium (550mls)
Small (385mls)

There is also a kids Bobble, which is the same size as the small but has a multicoloured filter! So cute!

I love my Bobble and recommend them to everyone!