TOY REVIEW TUESDAY - ZURI AND JANE CARS


Packing: 0
DIY Difficulty: 0
Love At First Site: 10
Play Time: 9
Home Styling: 10
Breakability: lifetime of fun
Worth It?: 10 

Okay yes... this is yet another beige wooden toy review. Do you know why it's another? because i like to spend that extra £4 so that it will last for years of play, put in the attic until India can pass it down with all of her memories to her children. Wait how wild is it I could be a grandmother in the future. STOP THAT.

This is a very simple review. India loves the cars... I love the cars ... the shelves look good with the cars. We've had these for over a month now and they honestly have been played with every day so even though the price point is higher there is no doubt in my mind the cost got paid off weeks ago. With wooden toys you are paying for craftsmanship, to last forever and have beautiful details. These retail at £21 which I actually think is super reasonable for the size and quality, they drive so smooth and have a nice weight to them. What a dream.
Obviously, this is a pretty glowing report so lemme just run through my normal checkpoints - Packaging, Zuri and Jane are super into sustainability so of course the most minimal amount of packaging you could find which of course went straight into our green bin. Diy difficultly, its already built and sturdy. Love at first site? of course, they're bloomin' beautiful. Playtime is incredible, she actually spends a lot longer than i thought she would and they're involved in every invitation to play we set up. Home styling... they're wood so of course imma love them wherever they go. They're not gonna break ... they just don't have it in them therefore they are 100% worth it!!
Look, i just think you should buy them. That's all there is to it.

I feel like i need to review something from the unwanted basket of fantastic plastic next week as i understand beige isn't everyone's cuppa but seriously the difference in the imaginative play India has with her wooden toys is crazy!

I actually have a 10% off code for you guys in case you did want to use it - INDIAROSE

www.zuriandjane.com

Youtube.

I'm back on youtube after being away for many months. I find it hard sometimes as it's like being on bigbrother constantly, apart from you have to watch yourself 10 million times over until you edit yourself 'cool' enough for someone else to watch - just to go and leave a negative comment or thumbs down. Social medias kinda brutal when you think about it right? Anyway, I'm not my biggest fan however I've decided to put that aside as pictures just aren't doing it for me at the moment. I love them, photography truley is my passion. However, you then miss the quirks, funny, cute or even insane moments. That's what i want to document... along with the crying and sad. I don't want to create clickbait titles or crazy thumbnails. My channel is going to be what it is. Our life. Like it or lump it but I do hope you enjoy it haha.

Here is the first vlog back, i have uploaded more since then so you have a few to catch up on!

Smallable Store

In all honesty, you're all probably bored of me blabbering on about how much I love Smallable, but for you all that don't follow me over on Instagram... I LOVE SMALLABLE.
Smallable is somewhere you can find beautiful things that have been perfectly curated for your home, nursery to even skincare or fashion.
I personally have loved the company since finding them when i was pregnant. This however made me spend far too much, that's what your first ones all about though right? I love to shop with a whole range of brands and they seem to always stock the ones i adore which is perfect for Indias modern bohemian style and myself, the shopping addict.
I think that in general, the clothes are a little bit pricier as they're a lot more special/better quality and some brands sustainable. However they have the best outlet which i'm constantly refreshing, defo one to check out if you can't afford the full price items.

I pulled this from their site -
''We love brands and designers that tell a story and that are committed to making goods with the utmost respect for human beings and the environment. We like being selective, without being elitist. Well-being, beauty and goodness are the very essence of our DNA.

We support designers who are committed to:

- environmental protection and human respect.
- ethical production by supporting communities of women and men and by adhering to employee protection schemes.
- a local limited production.
This is what Smallable guarantees; products made with care by passionate designers, very often in small quantities and sometimes by hand.''

Doesn't that just make you love them more?!

My Favourite brands to shop on there include- Rylee and cru , BuhoLouise Misha and louis louise
They currently have a private sale going on so i sifted through the pages and found these... Alas, i have no money this month so please shop so i can live through you all. So many gorgeous pieces ... goes and cries in a locked toilet.





Its also the best place to find your matching outfits with your babe.
My Favourite brand to twin in.


Sidenote* I was talking to my friend the other day and discussing the prices of Mamas and Papas and how when you're in the shop although you wince, you would easily pay £22 - 34 for a dress, so how come we find it harder to support smaller businesses when presented with that price? Is it because it's a in the moment rather than see the numbers on the screen? 
Another sidenote* I spent more than i EVER have on a Millk knitted set for India and she wears it 2/3 days of the week for the past 8 months.  i, of course, bought it in the bigger size. whereas things i have bought from lets say Asda or Next have been worn once or twice and forgotten about. So i think that if you truly love something and you will enjoy seeing your little one being in it. Go for it. Just make sure you buy some Vanish! Never be afraid of ruining clothes, there's always a solution to fix it plus life is for living! 

My Coconut Milk Float

I came up with this very deconstructed version of a cream soda float, as I was making my coconut milk I suddenly thought how nice 'nice cream' would be with it ... and here we are. My life changing morning, lunch or dinner bowl was made. Okay not so life changing but it is scrummmm.
 Everything in this bowl is using my coconut milk I make with my almond cow machine. 
( Get $15 off with my discount code: GEORGIE  you can take a look at it HERE)
It honestly saves you a bomb with the amount you pay out for nut-based milk and also gives you the base to a lot of insane recipes with the leftovers it creates! Zero waste, Zero plastic.
So here we go let's start with the coconut milk recipe :
    1 cup fresh coconut shreds or flakes
   a pinch of sea salt 
  3 pitted dates 
   1 tsp vanilla extract 
Soak the coconut shreds/flakes in hot water for 1-2 hours.
Rinse the coconut shreds or flakes in water briefly. 
Place the coconut shreds in the Almond Cow filter basket with the dates, this adds sweetness to your milk. 
Fill the base of the machine with water up to the fill line, add the vanilla extract, and attach the top of the Almond Cow. 
Press the blend button on the top of the machine, and allow to blend for about 45 seconds. 
Keep the coconut remains as you can make energy balls, biscuits, brownies, granola... whatever your heart desires with it! Or you could just totally eat it then and there. Yumm.Once I made my milk I added some to my chia seeds so that they could sit and drink up the goodness ready to serve at the end. I prefer these white chia seeds . 


There's so many different ways to use them, I'm sure you've seen all the recipes on Pinterest. When added to milk the best way i can describe them, is similar to rice pudding texture wise. You can sprinkle on muesli, fruit or even use in baking.
*Chia Seeds are high in Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Antioxidant-rich, they contain complete protein, more calcium than milk and are an excellent source of dietary fiber. 

Next up was to make up a batch of nice cream. It is so simple and so much healthier than icecream.
As soon as you see your bananas go brown, slice them up thinly and chuck them in your freezer, once frozen add a splash of milk, vanilla essence and honey to your blender along with your bananas. 
Viola, super creamy 'ice cream'. It will keep in your freezer for about 2 months. 

That's it! just spoon some of your nice cream, coconut milk and chia seeds in your bowl and for the finishing touch coconut caramel sauce - which is honestly pure heaven.
It's so satisfying to make a meal completely from scratch with something you've made, even my biscuits were made from the coconut meal left by the Almond Cow machine.



Chai Almond Milk Recipe



Soak those almonds of yours about a cup full overnight so they're all juicy and plump.

So first of all lets get the kettle on and stew some chai tea bags, you could totally make your own flavour and not cheat with a tea bag by stewing honey, cinnamon , ginger, vanilla, cardamom , cloves and cinnamon with a bit of water. Who has time for that though? You'll have to strain it etc etc etc i'm lazy so lets get back to the tea bag deal. 
You'll only want a little bit of water in with the chai tea just enough to get the flavour running through your milk.
While thatsaaaa brewing lets make the almond milk, now i have a Almond Cow machine and i know that not everyone has that luxury so i'm going to give you the recipe on how i made it before hand.
Usually people say to peel the skin off the almonds but honestly i don't notice the difference enough to feel the need to do so.. but if you would like? then do so. Stick them in the blender with some water ( the ratio i use is 1 cup almonds 3 cup water  ) and blitz until smooth...pour the liquid out in a secure muslin cloth over a bowl ( or you can get a straining bag )  and pour the almond mixture in to it. Then bunch up the cloth or bag and squeeze the milk out SO DAMN SATISFYING. You'll be left with pulp which you can make in to almond flour, just dry it out and store in to a jar until needed.
Last step combine your brewed chai tea and milk together, thats it.
The milk lasts up to 3 - 4 days in the fridge :)

It's so much easier than you think and cheaper than buying it already bottled. 
I love experimenting with vanilla and agave nectar.

Use my discount code : GEORGIE for $15 dollars off
www.almondcow.com

Kids Bits

The only thing I feel like doing when India falls asleep on me is of course online shopping ...FOR HER. I can't help it, I'm obsessed. Anyways I pulled together my favourite finds, just click the image to shop!
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Toy Review Tuesday - Explore Nook Bamboo Construct And Roll

Packing: 1
DIY Difficulty: 0
Love At First Site: 9
Play Time: 8
Home Styling: 9
Breakability: Sturdy AFFFFF
Worth It?: 10 
Hands up if you buy toys more for you than your kids?
This is no exception, although you may have to play a bit of rough and tumble to get the marbles first.
 I've grabbed this information from their website as there's no point me trying to reword something that's already said perfectly.
''This amazing natural resource is OPEN-ENDED so a child can truly use their imagination to explore and play!  It’s used differently each time children play with it, allowing for multiple purposes in play. Children use this resource in a variety of ways fostering children’s creativity, allowing them freedom and choice. One day it’s being used for exploring and investigating how things roll and another day it’s being used in pretend play. Limitless play opportunities. The best learning resources have no boundaries!It is so important every child gets the opportunity to play with concrete resources that deepen their understanding for future learning concepts they will need, to succeed. This resource will give your child the opportunity to build a solid understanding of foundational maths and science concepts (STEM).As they construct their own bamboo tracks they learn about how things move, known in scientific terminology as ‘force and motion’. It has a lot more scope than traditional marble runs with more opportunities for children to practise problem solving, experiment with angles and weight as they investigate rolling a variety of objects. If you’re serious about children learning through play then this is one natural learning resource that you must have in your block corner or child’s play room.''
I don't really know what more to say as I have absolutely no bad points about this toy, it feeds every beige bamboo desire I have for my home on top of being a toy India will sit and play with for 40 minutes straight. She will keep going back to it laughing and giggling away.
They've marked this at 3yrs + but at 18 months India loves it, so don't let that put you off. You can get a few extra years of play out of it that's for sure!
The only thing I could possibly say if I'm really trying to nitpick is that I'd love there to be more stands and pegs just because I always have something bigger and larger than life mapped out in my mind. I had the same issue with the Way to Play roads too but that's down to my greediness as you certainly get what you pay for with these!!



The design is quite compact I even took it to the New Forest for our Easter party where the older kids took over and made easter egg ramps. It's just the perfect addition to any toy collection for outside and indoor play.

Here is the link below - 

DIY Bunny Mask

 All you will need is:
This template
Card
Scissors
Ribbon / Sring or elastic
Glue
 Here is the basic template you will need to create the mask : Bunny Mask
Make sure to print it to the size that you need! 
 Step 1 -
Carefully cut out the mask, ears and eye holes.
Step 2 -
Glue the middle panels together and secure with a peg or in my case a heavy weight
 like a glass whilst it dries ( this came in handy as i could glue one ear on at the same time, while I waited for the side to dry)
 Step 3 -
Next, stick the two side panels together 
Step 4 -
Glue ears to the reverse of the mask, once dry fold upwards to make the ears stand up
 Step 5 -
Attach a length of ribbon to either side of your mask, glue it in to place




Please tag me if you recreate this mask as i'd love to see :) @dear.indiarose
 It also helps me know that you enjoy this kinda post! 
Georgie 
xo

My Banana Bread Recipe That I Stole From Pinterest.



I can't lie to you guys, I didn't make this recipe up.
However, I think banana bread is a pretty universal thing so there's no shame here.
I thought I'd share it as it's damn tasty.


-INGREDIENTS-
1/3 cup melted butter
3-4 Ripe bananas, peeled. ( i usually use whatever I have left, the riper the better )1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup sugar 
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour


 Preheat the oven to 175°C  and butter up a 4x8-inch loaf pan.
In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas. I like to keep one banana till the end so there are tasty lumps throughout the bread - but each to their own.
 Mix in the baking soda, sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.
Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 175°C, or until a tester inserted into the centre comes out clean.
( I actually pour my batter into two separate cases just so Tom can take one to work and I have one all to myself )






 

Toy Review Tuesday - My Shiny Shop Playon Crayons


Packing: 1
DIY Difficulty: 0
Love At First Site: 10
Play Time: 8
Home Styling: 8
Breakability: 2
Worth It?: 9

Something a little smaller today! India loves being creative and it makes me so happy seeing that little spark in her eyes when she's in her own world of imagination, it would be nice if that world didn't spill on to my beautiful wallpaper, however that's just me being a grumbly mum. 

So what is the review on? Playon crayons by Studio Skinky, you can get them in pastels and primary colourways 
( Pictured: we have both and are from My Shiny Shop ) 






Question is, is a crayon really worth a review? When is a crayon more than a crayon?! 
At £11 these are a little more on the pricier side from the cheap little packets you can pick up however they are strong and it would take some real effort to snap or break when they're pressed down, even Indias teeth failed, I know right. No one wants to get in between those jaws! There are no leads to break, or wear down, so no need for sharpeners - those things are like bobby pins?! Where the hell do they go?!

Playon Crayons really do make a great first crayon for little babes as they are a perfect size and shape for small chubby hands to easily grip and hold or even wear as a finger puppet if were getting creative.  
The way that they are shaped encourages a better ‘pencil grip’ getting those fine motor skills going. 
They have a beautiful pigment and go on the paper smoothly without leaving any residue or a slimy/oily feeling on the hands.
They are non-toxic and the packaging is 100% recyclable. Wahoo!


Did I mention they're stackable?! Endless play. The fact that you can actually turn them into a game or part of a sensory activity set up makes that extra money worth it. We currently have them sitting pretty in rainbow order on her shelves. Yup that's right! They made the shelves!


I love these and would highly recommend them to anyone. 

Fun Breakfast For The Easter Holiday!


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Reusable Nappies

So here's the thing, I want to write a crazy good blog post on how you should switch to reusable nappies because they are the bomb and maybe you're a little like me making some ridiculous narrative like you're gonna be covered in poop all the time and your washing triples. Guess what... I'm shit at writing blog posts however I can pop that disgusting bubble you're imagining because it isn't half as bad as you think!
When it comes to babes it's easier to stick with what you know. Everyone has a million opinions, there are also so many options ... why would you go with the rogue one? The one that's saving the planet? Duh just that, let me through this figure at you - 8 million nappies are sent to landfill every day in the UK alone, which are estimated to take 500 years to decompose PER NAPPY.

I want to start this off by saying i'm not perfect and i don't 100% use them all the time. That's okay, we have to remember that you have to be real with your situations and do the best you can do. Making small changes are better than making none!

I think the main thing you think of is having to deal with poop, which yes isn't very glam but you've probably done at least one rodeo with an explosive poop nappy which can only desensitise you to everything else in life, right?! I don't think anything can phase you after that. 

We actually use liners inside the reusables, due to her pooing solids now its nice and easy just to plop that in the toilet. I have read reviews about parents having poo knives or spatulas which i find hilarious but honestly scrape or shake that poo down the toilet and give it a rinse off. It's really not a big deal. 

Fun fact - technically, you’re supposed to put the poo down the toilet with disposable nappies too, so that faecal matter doesn’t go into landfill, and spread diseases. I found that out over on mamalina's blog so if you're interested in this post you should defo go over and check her out! She's much better at all this than me.

So now we've moved on from poo, what next? *I've only used Bambino Mio ones so my experience has only been with them. Which by the way are absolutely awesome. I make sure the inside lining is pulled out and the velcro tabs are folded together, I then simply put them in a lined laundry bag then when I'm ready just shake them out into the washing machine, It's really no hassle. I don't tumble dry them as this would ruin the velcro tabs, just simply lay them out on a rack overnight ready to be used the next day. 



India loves them. The painstaking task of putting of her in a nappy stops! She picks out whatever print she fancies and will stand there, like the queen that she is waiting for me to put in on! So they must be comfy for her versus the 'normal' pull-ups.

What happens if you're out? Just get a watertight small bag! Pop the nappy in that until you get home. 

Theres no soacking poo stained clothes in the sink as they're much better at keeping that poop in or even those midnight runs to the shop because you've run out of nappies. 
Just buy 3 and use them every couple of days, you will be shocked. The worst thing that happens is that you'll hate them ( totally won't happen ) and you can resell them! Plenty people buy second-hand ones online as they actually get more absorbent the more they're washed!

I would highly suggest the Bambino Mio ones. 
''The award-winning miosolo is a simple, stylish and super soft all-in-one reusable nappy which is as easy to use as a disposable! The nappy is onesize* meaning it will grow with your baby from birth to potty training.''

Hope this has helped a little and if you have any questions feel free to ask me :)