Friday, January 31, 2014

Recipe: Apricot Satay Beef

I'll admit right away that I REALLY love satay. There are two downsides however - it is not the healthiest dish normally, and its not something my husband is too fussed on. So its not something I cook very often because the rest of the family turns their noses up at it, boohoo.

So I have been experimenting a bit, and I have come up with a dish that, while its not very pretty to look at, it satisfies the whole family... in fact everyone's plates are usually clean when I serve this.... yay!

It's also a favourite type of cooking of mine... throw everything in the slow cooker at once in the morning and then, tah-da! Serve it up at dinner time. So easy.


1kg diced gravy beef (my butcher has Wagyu gravy beef which is worth every cent, I recommend you try it if you can)
1/2 cup beef stock
1 can satay sauce
1 405g can apricot nectar
1 T red curry paste
1 packet French Onion Soup
Tin of diced tomatoes
1 onion, diced
1 red capsicum, diced
4-6 potatoes, peeled and diced (depending on size)

Put all ingredients in the slow cooker, give a quick stir, and cook on low in your slow cooker for at least 8 hours.

Serve on brown rice.

For a toddler - chop everything up small and serve.
For a baby - Blend a small amount of stew and rice with a little milk to desired consistency.

Some other posts and articles you might enjoy: 

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
BubbaLog makes those first few weeks easy
5 Common Herbs to avoid during Pregnancy
5 Top Tips for using a Baby Comforter 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Back to School with LeapReader

I really do have to admit that getting my sons to read books can be fighting an uphill battle sometimes. For me, reading is an absolute pleasure and I want all my children to feel the same way about books and reading. As my sons are going into Years 2 and 3, they are past the beginner reader age, and my daughter who is 22 months is not yet up to learn to read age.

On the other hand, the boys are completely obsessed with technology and there is no fight to ever get them to play with computers and video games! In fact it really is a constant effort to compromise about playing time.

So when a product comes along that combines technology and games with reading and learning, I am very interested to learn more. The LeapReader from LeapFrog ticks all these boxes for us... and I'm going to tell you why!

Before your child even opens the box, they are chomping at the bit to get inside and start using it. It really does look colourful and fun! I love the Interactive World Map that comes separately to the LeapReader... so much fun for kids to play with and learn at the same time.

Once set up and working you can use LeapReader to trace letters and numbers and write words stroke-by-stroke with interactive guidance as magic ink appears on special mess-free paper. On the special books, touch the LeapReader pen to any page to sound out words letter by letter, read sentences in lively character voices and play fun games that build comprehension. You can also certainly select books and activities to suit your own particular child's personality as well. For example, select a dinosaur book for your little boy, or a writing activity for your little girl who loves to trace around letters!

The only downside for me as a parent was that you can't just take it out of the box and use it.  You have to connect the Leap Reader to your computer to install the software and do any updates. For me, as a person who is not very computer savvy, this was definitely a bit of a mission and took me ages to figure it all out! But if I can do it anyone can, just keep in mind you need to do this before your child can use it so it might be a good idea to take it out and do all this before you give them the box.

Conclusion: We love LeapReader because it is easy to use for children, it combines learning with fun, and there are so many books and applications you can use it with... so you can work on an area they need help with such as writing their letters or learning cities around the world or learning to read words. Suitable for ages 4 to 8, they are also a fabulous learning aid to complement school work. I also love that while my boys are using it now, I know it will also be well-used in a couple of years by my daughter as well (and with LeapFrog you know their products are great quality and will survive being passed from child to child). You won't be disappointed with this incredible learning product for your child.

Disclaimer: I received a LeapReader to review. No payment was received for this post and any opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Mussi Cuski: The hottest new baby comforter in town!

As I'm sitting here writing it is one of the hottest days on record where I live... it's going to hit 40 deg C (it's 10am and already 36 deg). This hot humid weather has got me thinking about the amazing benefits of products for babies made of bamboo. Bamboo is a natural fibre that is breathable, wickable, anti-bacterial, it is the most eco-friendly fabric on the planet, and it is soft and gentle on the skin. And the top of the list for me is the brand new bamboo baby comforter from Cuski.

With the very cute name of Mussi Cuski, this new comforter is already gathering a lot of interest in the media for being one of the most practical yet gorgeous products out this Summer for babies.

Mussi Cuski is currently featured in Little ONE baby Magazine (Issue 11 Summer 13/14) in their opening article "I Love New Things" as well as My Child Magazine (Issue 31 Summer 13/14) in their "Eco" products section (see images below). What great recognition of a wonderful new product.

So why is Mussi Cuski proving to be so popular with both Mums and Dads and the media??

  • Funky patterns - set your baby apart from others with the original designs of the Mussi Cuski. No more daggy ratty blankies needed!
  • Made from 100% bamboo muslin - there is no other fabric around that is so soft and so breathable.
  • Perfect for cuddling in the Summer weather - many comforters available (including those from chain stores and licensed comforters) are made from synthetics such as polyester. Do your baby a favour and steer well clear of these products that don't breathe and are definitely not recommended for those children with eczema or other skin conditions.
  • They are the perfect gift for a new baby! Did you know Cuski is the only comforter with its own NICU protocol?
  • Mussi Cuski is the only bamboo muslin comforter in the world!
  • They are even machine washable to make life extra easy for Mum when it needs to be washed and dried.