Weaning the Mediterranean way with My Little Piccolo!

I am so excited to share this post with you – and I may have gone a little picture heavy but Isla was just too hilarious in these shots not to include them all so grab a cup of tea & get ready to dive in!

If you follow us on Instagram (go on, you know you want to!) you will know that we got a very special delivery this week, from Piccolo – a new organic baby food brand, inspired by the Mediterranean approach to health and wellbeing.

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Isla has always been very independent, especially when it comes to her food. We have mostly been trying Baby Led Weaning but with teething, it being so hot and travelling, I’ve been incorporating pouches to make sure Isla is getting what she needs!

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Piccolo’s founder, Cat Gazzoli, has spent her career campaigning for good, honest and natural food. As the CEO of the Slow Food Movement (in the UK) for 6 years, she certainly is an expert when it comes to food! Cat’s aim with Piccolo is to encourage healthy eating from 6 months and to introduce Mediterranean goodness in a delicious range of baby food. The range has been influenced by Cat’s Italian roots, her background in food education and passion for good, honest and natural food. The Mediterranean approach to nutrition and lifestyle is one that champions fresh ingredients and great flavours, lovingly prepared, shared with friends and family.

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They make six stage one blends (completely smooth, no lumps!), made with 100 percent natural, organic ingredients. With a range of adventurous and delicious flavours, each suitable for children from six months, little ones can discover new taste experiences such as Apple & Apricot with a pinch of cinnamon, Cherry & Yoghurt with wholegrain oats, and Spring Greens with a hint of mint.

The Cherry & Yoghurt is Isla’s favourite for breakfast & we usually have the spring greens to go along with her BLW lunch of cucumber, ham, tomatoes, & any cooked veg we can get our hands on!

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(Any excuse to get the light box out!)

This photo kills me… I think I might get it framed!

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She is just so thrilled that I finally let her play with the pouches! (If I let her play with them during meal times we both end up absolutely covered!!)

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‘Wanna share?’…

But the second you go to take it, she snatches it away and laughs in your face… I don’t know where she gets it from! Haha!

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Our combination of Piccolo pouches & chopped up… well… whatever I can find in the fridge… is working really well so Isla can explore textures, tastes and I know she’s eating well! I often mix it all together in a bowl and just let her grab what she wants which works perfectly but it does get seriously messy!

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Trying her very best to put it on the spoon herself… No help from Mummy please…

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Ok… maybe Mummy can help a little…

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The pouch was nearly empty so I thought she could handle holding it… 5 seconds later she squirted most of it up the wall… Rookie…

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All the flavours have been a huge success in our house, and will remain firmly on our shopping list! They are available from Waitrose, Ocado, Whole Foods & a range of other places that you can find here

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Oh and if you are feeling like Super Mum & have a spare second (apparently that happens once every few years…) you should check out their blog for some awesome recipes! I’m going to try the Courgette & feta fritters when I get a chance…

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A big thumbs up from us, good food with no added nasties & Isla absolutely loves them!

Have you tried Piccolo yet? Whats your LO’s favourite flavour? Send me your pictures of them enjoying on Instagram or Facebook and make sure you tag @MyLittlePiccolo too!

 

**This was a sponsored post but all the opinions are my own!

And… She’s off!

Isla has been thinking about crawling for a few weeks now… mostly going backwards into the corner of the room until she gets stuck! But this morning she finally figured out that her hands actually need to move too!

I was bursting with pride watching her put it all together! But now we are in trouble & need to do some serious speedy baby proofing! 🙂

Have your little ones taken the leap into being mobile? What do you recommend for keeping them safe around the home? Tweet me @Poppy_Carter or join in the conversation on Facebook!

90th Birthday Celebrations at Taplow House

There’s nothing better than a weekend filled with family; catching up, laughing, enjoying a few glasses of Prosecco and most importantly celebrating a very special lady! Barney’s grandmother, nicknamed ‘Mutt’, turned 90 on Tuesday so we all headed over to Taplow House for afternoon tea. We were given a beautiful private room with views over the garden & plenty of space, which was perfect for a family with 4 children under 5!

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As of September the family got a whole lot bigger as two new gorgeous babies arrived! Isla’s lovely little cousin, arrived just 5 days after her.

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Adventures With Isla Blog - Taplow House

He’s not so impressed with Isla hogging the blanket…

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But Isla didn’t seem to care… she was so comfy, she slept through the whole party!

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Which left me free to enjoy my tea, and actually eat with two hands for once!

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Cheers, to Mutt!

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Adventures With Isla Blog - Taplow House

Adventures With Isla Blog - Taplow House

Cuddles with Grandma!

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Adventures With Isla Blog - Taplow House

Adventures With Isla Blog - Taplow House

Adventures With Isla Blog - Taplow House

Adventures With Isla Blog - Taplow House

Isla’s big cousin looking after her beautifully!

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Adventures With Isla Blog - Taplow House

Adventures With Isla Blog - Taplow House

Adventures With Isla Blog - Taplow House

The first picture with all four cousins together! I know I’m biased, but aren’t they all so beautiful!?

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We had a wonderful family day & would highly recommend Taplow House. The staff were wonderful and attentive & the house was beautiful.

Family Friendly – 10/10
Baby Change 8/10 – Very clean, but difficult to use as it is small & pulls out over the toilet.
Food – 9/10

For more information just head to their website here.