09.11.17: Attempting to prepare breakfast in advance

So I’m really trying to become better at life in general. I work from home and have Max most of the time so sometimes the days just get away from me. I keep having this feeling of overwhelming guilt and I know that I shouldn’t. I always feel like I should be doing better and I’m always making excuses for myself – does anyone else feel that way? Is it just a feeling that every mom has?

Either way, I want to do better. I want to be more organised, tidy, debt free & happy. I went through a stage of looking at what other people had and being upset that I didn’t have it myself – that is a terrible way of looking at life! I have finally got over that and have decided to be grateful for every single thing I have. I started with my house; it didn’t feel big enough and I had started looking for new places to live. Looking back I am so so so glad that I didn’t move as there are so many things I love about this house! It feels like my first proper home and it’s where Max has had the first stage of his life – it is an important place filled with so many amazing memories.

I work as a dressmaker and my business had basically taken over the whole of downstairs. I felt as though I couldn’t breathe some days because of all of the clutter & I felt as though I could never get away from work. I have a little two bedroom house, Max has his own room as he has never slept well sharing with me and the other room was mine. I decided to make a crazy decision and move my office into my bedroom and turn my long living room into a kind of studio flat using a room divider. Let me tell you now that this is the best thing I could have done. It sounds a little weird and some of you reading this might think what the hell? But honestly I have never felt happier. My house feels massive and clear – Max can use the whole of the downstairs area now. It feels like more of a family home and the best thing is that I can lock the clutter of work away every night when I’m finished. Also, the bed is a cool little area for me and Max to chill and watch films. Super cute!

Anyway, after the house was sorted I knew that the next thing I needed to do was sort out our food situation. Do you know how hard it is to eat healthily without wasting food when it’s just you and a one year old? I kept wasting so much food and it was so frustrating. There aren’t many things made for just one/two people so I decided to try to start prepping all of our meals in one go and freezing them. Now this is something I have only just started so I haven’t got too far yet! But today I made all of our breakfast pancakes and thought I’d share how I got on.

 

I’m meal prepping so used a large mixture – I made about 20 medium pancakes, so you can make them larger or smaller if you wish! Or half/double the mixture if you want more or less.

The recipe I used was:

4 eggs, 100g caster sugar, 400g self raising flour, 500ml whole milk.

Basically I just threw it all in a bowl and used my electric hand whisk to blend it all together until it was smooth. I heated up a large frying pan on a medium heat and used some kitchen towel to rub some oil round the pan. Then I used a ladle to measure out how much mixture I would use to make each pancake even.

The top of the pancake will start to bubble when it’s ready to flip – like this:

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Then the second side doesn’t take long, only about 10 seconds. But you can flip it to check and always cook it longer if you need to.

I cooked them one at a time as I haven’t got an amazing selection of frying pans right now haha! But it didn’t take me long. I left them to cool and then froze them in threes (Max has one and I have two for breakfast). Once you’re ready to have them, defrost them in the microwave for about 20 seconds to separate them and then put them in the oven for about 5 minutes at gas mark 6, flipping them halfway through.

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I have to say, these were actually the nicest pancakes that I’ve ever made. Max likes to have his with blueberries but you can use loads of different toppings.

I’ll be doing this every couple of weeks! It’s super easy and is going to save me so much time in the mornings – you should totally give it a try too!

xo Daisy

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Mama & Baby Breakfast Pancakes ðŸ’œ

This morning I made fluffy pancakes for me and my little man. He seemed to really enjoy them! Max struggles with choking a bit on finger foods so it was horrible for me but he is getting so much better each day!

These pancakes were really easy to make. You could probably do with adding a teaspoon of baking powder but I didn’t have any and they still turned out fine!


Pancake recipe: 150g self raising flour, 30g caster sugar, 200ml milk and 1 egg. 

You can adjust this as you need to, it’s just me and Max so I didn’t want to go crazy! This was still more than enough for us both. 

Method: heat up a little oil in a frying pan and add as much mixture needed to make what size pancake you’d like (I used a tablespoon of mixture for each of Max’s mini pancakes). Wait until the top of the pancake starts to look bubbly then flip over and cook for a similar amount of time as the first side. 

These honestly didn’t take much time at all and Max ate his in the kicthen with me whilst I was cooking mine. You can change the toppings to what you’d like, I had mine with sugar and lemon juice, topped with strawberries and blueberries. Max just had a bit of butter on his and some chopped strawberries and blueberries! 💜

Matching mama & baby smoothie bowls ðŸ’œ

So I’m really trying to get healthy. I’ve been feeling horrendous the last few months and I know it’s because my diet is awful and I’m hardly exercising. Since I’ve had Max I’ve really found it hard to look after myself but it’s got to the point where I’ve had enough of feeling crap. Max is quite fussy with food so I really want to try to get him to eat proper fresh and healthy food, not just the jars of stuff! 

This morning was the start of it all! I decided to make us matching smoothie bowls for breakfast. I’ll be honest I didn’t have much hope of them being filling at all but I was so so wrong! I couldn’t even finish mine because I was so full, totally yummy, I’ll definitely be making these a lot. 


Our smoothie bowls consisted of: yoghurt (baby yoghurt for Max’s), oats, banana, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, red currants and blueberries. I topped them both with extra chunks of banana, strawberries and blueberries, and added a few pumpkin seeds to mine. Basically, just chuck it all in and blend until you’re happy with the consistency!

If you haven’t tried making one of these, seriously give it a go. I feel really good after having this for breakfast and look how pretty they are! Max loved his too, he ate pretty much all of it the little beast 👶🏻

xo Daisy 

I finally had my baby! Meet Max!

Hi everyone!

Just thought I’d let you all know that I have had my little bundle of joy! He was born on the 17th January (which was his due date!) at 12:46pm. 

The labour wasn’t the best but I’ll write a whole post on that soon, when I have a free moment haha! 

Being a mom is literally amazing. Don’t get me wrong, I have been SO tired and I’ve only just started to feel slightly more alive these last couple of days since the birth but my little boy is such a sweetie – I can’t even imagine life without him now. What did I even do with my time before?! Who knows. 

Anyway, here he is being all beautiful as per. His name is Max Griffiths – I’m still not sure about his middle name so any suggestions are welcome!

   
One of the first pictures we took at the hospital. 

 
After his first bath. 

xxx Daisy 

 

Baby Bump Update – 38 Weeks!

So you know that you’re growing up when you go and buy a carpet in the January sales, instead of going clothes and make up shopping! The sales guy at Carpetright tried to guess when my baby was due.

Guess what he said?

April!

What?!

I am due in 2 weeks exactly! I’ve been told by lots of people my bump is tiny but I was only a size 6 when I got pregnant – I thought that this might have made me look bigger but clearly it doesn’t work that way haha ☺️

It feels like I’ve only just got used to being and looking pregnant and it’s going to be over anytime now! I’m kind of sad. Don’t get me wrong, I am uncomfortable a good chunk of the time, I have had terrible pains in my chest recently, as well as heartburn and it killsssss me. Not being able to put my shoes on properly sucks and I miss being able to eat and drink what I want but I love lots of things about it too. I love being able to feel him moving – his little wiggles and kicks (no matter how sharp they are and that they wake me up at 3am!) are amazing and are a constant reminder that he is real and is mine! I love being able to rub my belly and feel him kick back. It’s a bond that no one else has with him – we already know each other but we have never met. Even though instead of being in my tummy he’ll be here with me, I still feel kind of sad that this experience is almost over, especially as I think he may be the only little one me and my boyfriend have. 

Anyway, here’s an updated picture of me and my little bump. Also his 20 week scan picture as I haven’t uploaded one yet!

 
 

Today in a few pictures

I’ve had quite a busy day today so I thought I’d try to take a few photos! Quite tiring for a lady who’s 30 weeks pregnant but I like to be out and about rather than sitting in all day. 

I had college today. All of my deadlines are a month and a half before my classmates because my due date is the same week as normal deadlines! It’s quite stressful trying to get everything handed in on time and to stay organised but I think I’m doing okay! 

   

      

I live in Birmingham. I really like it here, I know so many people don’t. I think it’s got a lot to offer that’s often overlooked and I think if you know the right places then it’s a pretty cool place to live. I love living in the city too! There’s always something to do. 

   

  

  

We went for cocktails after college! I had a mocktail obv 😉 it was called a Peach Melba and was bloody amazing. Who needs alcohol?! 

 

  

  

  

 And here’s our cute city by night time. I had a really good day today and I’ve spent it with good people!

Now I’m cooking a steak and I’m going to chill out and stuff my face hahahaha!

Hope you all had a lovely day

xo Daisy

 

 

Update: I’m Pregnant, College, New House, OMG

Hey!

It’s literally been like, a thousand years since I’ve posted. That’s because this year has been totally crazy and so many things have changed – I just haven’t had time to blog and I’ve missed it way too much. I’m going to try to get back into it and post nearly every day like before.

So there might be a slight change in how I blog as I am due to have a tiny baby boy in January! He is going to be the most loved ever – there are so many people who are waiting to meet him, it’s so exciting to think I’m going to be a mom in 10 weeks time!

I’ve also moved into a new house, so I’m feeling pretty grown up right now!

Also, as if that wasn’t enough, I started college in September studying fashion again. So my life is pretty full at the moment! I can’t believe how many things have changed in such a short amount of time.

I just wanted to let you guys know where I’d been… If you’re still there?! I think my last post was February what the hell.

Here’s me being all chubby and pregnant haha!

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xo Daisy