I’ve made these Carrot Cake Flapjacks so many times after discovering them in @mrstessakelly Wean Eat Grow e-book, they’re definitely one of Sienna’s favourites and are so easy to make!
150g porridge oats
2 bananas (1 for mashing and 1 for topping)
80ml of milk (I use oat milk)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of turmeric
Nut butter for drizzle
You’ll also need a non-stick or a lined baking tin.
Preheat your oven to 180 degree.
Grate the carrot and apple into a large mixing bowl (I left the apple skin on for extra goodness).
Mash 1 banana with a fork and add into the bowl along with the oats and oat milk.
Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and another of turmeric, and mix all ingredients together.
Line a baking tin and pour in the mixture. Spread evenly and make sure you get into all the corners.
Pop in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Once your flapjacks are golden brown take them out of the oven and leave to cool on the side.
In the meantime slice your banana. Once flapjacks have cooled add the sliced banana and a drizzle of nut butter.
Remove flapjacks from tin and cut into bitesized squares.
Best eaten with a cup of tea in the afternoon for me or as a post nap snack for Sienna!
We love nights in on the sofa watching a good series or weekend mornings with Sienna watching a movie, so we decided it was time to give our tv room a little furniture update with the help of @loveyourhomeuk and their bespoke service.
I’ve wanted a velvet sofa for ages, but it needed to have a stain resistant finish so it’s Sienna friendly! As soon as I saw the fabric swatch my heart was set on the Squid Ink blue, it’s dark enough to work as a neutral but is instantly inviting and warm. Plus the Byron sofa that we choose is deep and extremely comfortable so perfect for snuggling on.
We also wanted a couple of armchairs, I instantly loved the Elsa style and we decided on the textured Artisan Weave in a neutral but soft Sourdough colour. They look really lovely paired with with our new sofa, but after living with the furniture for a few days we decided that the space really only needs one chair, so we’re moving the other to our bedroom, where you’ll find me stealing a few minutes of peace and quiet with a good book!
I also picked out a storage ottoman to hide all of Sienna’s toys, we chose the Winston and customised the size and materials. To contrast the dark sofa we thought it would be fun to have something and colourful. We chose a printed fabric from Linwood that we were immediately drawn to, the colours reminds me of a sunset and it makes me smile every time I walk into the room.
It’s still a work in progress as I want to add a couple more scatter cushions and some new lampshades. We’re also having a new rug made and now I’m thinking about artwork for the walls, but I’m super happy with the space so far and can’t wait for it to all come together with these last few finishing touches!
#Ad We spend so much time creating memories together as a family, I wanted to capture Sienna’s first years and these special moments together in a @popsa photobook. These books are so special and it's lovely to be able to share these memories with Grandparents, as Sienna is growing and changing so quickly I wanted to make sure they didn’t miss anything. There is something so special about a printed photo and I know we will treasure these @popsa photobooks forever. I used the @popsa app for the first time at Christmas, and it is so simple and quick to use. I actually spend more time choosing which photos to include! You can drag and drop all of your favourite photos, easily re-arrange them and change the colour themes so it’s really personal. @popsa have kindly given me a discount code for you to use to create your own special photobook use code MILLIEM for 30% off photobooks. #popsa #photobook #babysfirst
#ad We love a fakeaway in our house especially if we are trying to be a little healthier (after an indulgent weekend). Whether we’re craving a burrito, tacos, pizza or even pancakes @lodough.co is my go to. It’s super quick and easy with so many delicious sweet and savoury recipes’ available. It’s full of protein and fibre so you’re getting all the goodness but still giving yourself what your body desires. It’s also a life saver after a busy day or a baby bedtime routine that’s gone array (I seem to have those quite a lot lately), meaning mummy (and Daddy) don’t always have the energy for a full cook up so I keep a very healthy stock of Lo Dough in the cupboard for those days where you just need to simplify and give yourself a break. On the menu for lunch today – one of my favourites! PIZZA……..! Head to stories for some video inspo
I mentioned last week how challenging I found taking Sienna away on holiday, she was very unsettled, cried a lot, was fussy at mealtimes and was really clingy. We went away with her Grandparents and I’d hoped that I would be able to enjoy a lie in or two, but it wasn’t to be! I thought maybe she was teething (no new teeth have appeared) or because since Sienna was born we’ve pretty much been in some form of lockdown and I think by taking her away from the only place she really knows, it unnerved her.
I use the @thewonderweeks app which I find really interesting and it helps me to understand the developmental stages she is going through. Whilst we were away Sienna was in Leap 8, where she starts to put actions together into a sequence, which is obviously a big milestone, but with this comes tears, tantrums and being extra clingy, which also explains her behaviour.
It wasn’t exactly how I imagined our first holiday as a family to start and whilst I don’t want to complain, I want to be honest with you and share the highs and the lows because parenting is bloody hard sometimes! I’m starting to realise that as much as I love to be in control, with our children things rarely go to plan and a holiday once you’ve had kids is basically parenting just somewhere else! I actually felt like I needed a holiday when we got home ????
After my post I had so many messages from other Mums telling me how normal her behaviour was. It was lovely to hear from so many of you with little ones a similar age to Sienna and going through the same things as she is so thank you for taking the time to message me. It’s nice to not feel alone and to have other Mums say ‘it’s totally normal’ because we all need a bit of reassurance and support every now and then! Please share any tips and if this has happened to you, we are going away on another staycation with Sienna in July so I’m hoping I can handle it better and be more prepared next time ????????
After spending so much time at home over the past year I decided it was time to make a few changes, so Hugo and I popped to the @Loveyourhomeuk showroom a few months ago to pick out some new furniture for our house. They have a huge selection of pieces and also make bespoke items so I knew we’d find something we loved. We had so much fun test driving the sofas and choosing fabrics (Hugo enjoyed playing with the dog the most!) The new pieces arrive later this week, we're so excited and I can’t wait to show you what we picked!
*PR gift. Hugo & I visited the showroom for a private appointment before they opened which is why we’re not wearing masks.
Happy birthday to you my darling @hugotaylorlondon! Wherever we are and no matter what we’re doing, you’re my favourite person to spend time with. Seeing you become a father and your bond with Sienna has only increased my love for you, which I didn’t think was possible! I’m so proud of you and will always be your biggest supporter (and I can’t thank you enough for being mine), I feel so lucky to live my life with you by my side ???? My moon and stars ⭐️ ????????✨⚡️
#ad Let's talk about eye contact! With more focus than ever on our eyes, I wanted to up my game when it came to my eye routine. As you know I'm a huge fan of @lancomeofficial so naturally gravitated to their Advanced Génifique Eye Cream for a little help and I am loving the results! Since incorporating the Eye Cream into my morning and evening routines, my under-eyes feel more hydrated, softer and most importantly my dark circles look brighter. I sweep a small amount under and above the eye contour, I like to repeat this 3 times and finish off by tapping my fingertips around the area to help stimulate the skin (and sometimes my mind from a sleepless baby teething night). With 7 prebiotic and probiotic derived extracts and hyaluronic acid, this eye cream targets visible signs of ageing, leaving my eyes looking healthy and smooth. What more could you possibly want from an eye cream?! #AdvancedGenifiqueEye
What a wonderful few days! I found this gorgeous cottage to rent on @uniquehomestays months ago and it was the perfect place for our first post lockdown holiday! We arrived to freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam and didn’t let the typically British weather dampen our spirits!
Sat in rural north Devon and tucked down a country lane, Novella was the perfect blend of cute country cottage and French chateau where we instantly felt at home. I loved all the little details and antique furnishings which has given me all sorts of interiors inspo!
Although it was challenging at times with Sienna (I will post more on this next week) it was so lovely to spend quality time together as a family, enjoy lots of walks surrounded by nature, trips to the beach and delicious meals! Overall it was a relaxing break spent making lots of special memories that I will treasure ????