Has anyone else got a toddler that is a little bit feral? Little knows how to use a spoon and fork, but most of the time prefers to just pick food up and shovel it in to her mouth. This means meal times in our house can get a bit messy!

So when I had the opportunity to try out some of the fantastic products from Messy Me , I jumped at the chance.

 

The Messy Tunic (Dusty Pink Dots £9.50)

The tunic bib is fantastic. The first thing that hit me when I opened up the packet was how well made it was. You can see the seams and edging have been sewn brilliantly and I have no doubt that it is a product made to last. The fabric is so pretty and the soft dusty pink colour is girly, without being too over the top.

I decided to put it to the test at tea time and it managed to keep my little messy one clean. It’s long enough to collect food dropped in her lap, which is where most of her food ends up some days.

Recently, we decided to do some sensory play and it was easy for her to wear and protected her clothes well. I usually use long sleeved bibs, but I found that, as long as Little’s sleeves were rolled up, the lack of arms wasn’t an issue.

The Messy Mat (Soft Grey Stars £24.00)

I never realised quite how handy a floor mat was until I tried this. Food being dropped all over the floor is a regular occurance these days. Cleaning it up isn’t so straight forward when it’s beans or something else mushy, but I just tend to get on with it and get the wipes out.

Being able to just lift up the mat and tip everything in to the bin was a revelation. I could then just wipe it clean and fold it up ready for the next meal time. No having to get down on my hands and knees and scrub the floor! Little is also a bit of a monkey for throwing her cup on the floor. We’ve tried the no spill cups and she still manages to throw them with enough force to create a splash. I love the way the mat caught all the water – a quick wipe with a towel and it was gone.

It also came in really handy for some sensory play too. I could spread out the inside of a pumpkin, without worrying that the floor would become a sticky, gungy mess. And again, I could just wipe it clean afterwards.

The mat is made from the same great wipe clean material as the tunic bib, but doesn’t have any edging sewn along the edges like the bib does. However, with the mat being laid on the floor and not strapped to a wriggly little one, this isn’t really an issue.

 

 

Overall, I’m really pleased with the products and would definitely recommend them.

Do you have a messy little one? What do you use to make sure the clean up is as easy as possible? 

 

Little Big Love

Becky xx

 

Disclaimer: Although I was sent these items in exchange for a review, my opinions are honest and based on what I have experienced.

Anyone else have this problem? You can’t put Ewan the Dream Sheep in the washing machine, so how do you keep the sodding thing clean?

After Little’s got very grubby, we have finally found 3 ways that we can rid a well used Ewan of his smell and germs!

Bicarbonate of Soda

I swear by cleaning with bicarbonate of soda at the moment. Any stubborn grease and a bit of bicarbonate and vinegar gets rid of it in no time.

When trying to figure out how to clean Ewan, the hubby googled how we could get the smell out of something that couldn’t be washed and, unsurprisingly, bicarbonate came up top of the list!

Put Ewan in a large zip lock bag, with a good sprinkling of bicarbonate. Shake it up to get all of him covered and then leave for an hour or two.

We found that it really helps neutralise the smell. Once you have given it a good shake and brush down, it is totally safe for little hands and mouths.

 

Laundry Detergent and Hot Water

The body of Ewan can’t be washed due to the wires for the lights being sewn in to each leg, meaning the battery pack can’t be removed. Little absolutely loves to chew and suck on the ears so the head is the most disgusting part of her Ewan. Luckily there are no wires in that part so the head can get a good dunking!

Put the head into hot, soapy water and give it a good scrub. Once finished give it a rinse with clean, warm water until it runs clear.

 

Milton Anti-Bacterial Surface Spray

The body can’t be washed due to the electrical components inside. Although the bicarbonate gets rid of the smell, I couldn’t help but think it needed a good scrub down.

Milton say their anti-bacterial spray provides fast and effective germ-killing action, and is clinically proven to kill a wide range of bacteria and fungi. It also leaves no surface residue and therefore is safe for use around a baby. So this meant we could get rid of the germs on the body, without completely soaking it through and ruining the electrical bits inside.

Just spray it on and give it a good scrub with a damp cloth.

Once it’s all fresh, leave Ewan to dry. Preferably in the sun, but by a radiator will do. And there you have it – a fresh and clean Ewan that is ready to be chewed and snuggled again!

 

I don’t know about anyone else but there is something really satisfying about making fudge! I usually use the slow cooker recipes but then I found this Nutella fudge recipe at Jane’s Patisserie and had to try it!

Big is obsessed with Nutella and Kinder Buenos, so it is the perfect combo for him. I stuck to the recipe from Jane, but I think I’ll try some different toppings on the next batch and a little less chocolate or Nutella as it’s very sweet.

A little word of warning – it is not for the health conscious!

What you’ll need

1x 397g can of Condensed Milk
300g Milk Chocolate, chopped
300g Nutella
25g Butter
125g Icing Sugar, sifted
Chopped up Kinder Bueno

What to do

1) Line a tin with greaseproof paper. I just picked a random casserole dish but Jane is more specific in her recipe.

2) Put the chopped chocolate, condensed milk, Nutella, and butter into a pan. Melt on a low heat, ensuring you stir often so that the chocolate doesn’t get stuck on the bottom and burn!

Tip: Don’t forget to put in the Nutella and have to add it afterwards like I did! The butter split so had to re-melt it – things never seem to run smoothly when I bake!

3) Once melted, pour into a large bowl. Sieve in the icing sugar and stir well. This bit will be a workout for your arms but it’s totally worth it! Pour into the tin and smooth over the mixture. Then take a minute to scrape the leftovers out of the pan and enjoy them!

4) Sprinkle the Kinder Bueno on top, and gently push the pieces into the fudge. Store in the fridge over night to set, or 4-5 hours if you can’t wait that long!

And there you have it. A moreish, chocolatey fudge that won’t last very long in our house!

If you can resist it, it would make a great present wrapped in cellophane and tied with ribbon. You could even save some money by making homemade gifts for the family by gifting it for Christmas (dare I use the c-word in September?!)

Confession time!

I have a confession to make. The first time I made this it was a total disaster! It had nothing at all to do with the recipe. No, it was due to the fact that Big bought me evaporated milk instead of condensed milk! I stupidly poured it in without realising until it was too late.

A little tip for you – evaporated milk will not set fudge!

Luckily the second time was a charm and it set perfectly. Little even enjoyed a nibble on some too!

Have you got an sweet treat recipes you love? Let me know your favourite in a comment below – I’m always on the look out to try making new things. 

Little Big Love

Rebecca xx

Weaning! 

When Ivy was born I felt like she would be tiny forever. But here we are, nearly six months down the line, starting to wean her! 

After a disastrous first attempt…


She is now living trying different bits of food. 

She loves sweet potato, peas and carrots. All puréed of course! 

She’s not so sure on butternut squash and sweet potato cooked by her Grandma! 


I’m really enjoying cooking but I’ve also bought some Ella’s Kitchen pouches for if we are out and about at tea time as they are so much easier. 

What did/do you little ones like to eat? What are your tips for successful weaning? Let me know below as I’d love to hear others’ experiences. 

Becky xx

Part 1 was an IVF post – have a read here if you’re interested in the process. This time I’m cooking actual eggs 😂

While Ivy sleeps in the day I have two modes. 

Mode 1) Run around like an absolute mad woman getting jobs done. 

Mode 2) Sit on the sofa too knackered to do anything except scroll through Instagram and half watch crappy day time TV. 

I’m not going to lie, usually mode 2 wins out but today I decided mode 1 was for me! So, while she had a nap, I cooked up some egg muffins to snack on during the day. 


I used: 

{ 7 eggs / 3 large spoons of cottage cheese / baby plum tomatoes / ham / salt and pepper }

These are so easy to make as you just chuck everything in a bowl and mix them up. You then pour the mixture in silicone muffin trays (I used two trays of 6) and put in an oven at 180• for 15-20 minutes. Job done! 

They are so moorish I don’t know how long they’ll last 🙈

Let me know what you would add in them and how yours turned out if you give them a go.

Becky xx