Breastfeeding & Identifying Posterior Tongue-Tie

Both of my boys had and have a posterior tongue tie. Both were difficult to breastfeed.  When I say difficult, I mean painful.  I suffered from painful shredded nippes, blocked ducts and vasospasms during our feeding journey. “Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a problem affecting some babies with a tight piece of skin between the underside of their tongue and the floor of…

‘Av’ an avocado

There are hundreds of varieties of avocados, four common varieties sold  are Hass  (dark purple/ black knobbly skin), Ettinger and Fuerte (both pear-shaped, smooth & green skinned when ripe) and Nabal (more spherical). Depending on your preferences, these varieties range from nutty to light and buttery to watery.  All varieties are full of nutrients, each…

Frigiliana

Yesterday we visited Frigiliana in Andalusia.  A beautiful whitewashed village nestled in the hills, twenty minutes from the coast, one hour from Malaga.  Voted the most picturesque village in Andalusia by the Spanish Tourist Authority, the gem of Axarquía. If your feet get tired you can always hop onto the three cultures train for some great views!…

Five ways with Figs

Fig varieties are either classified as black or white, but they are notoriously difficult to identify the exact type as there are over 700 delicious edible varieties. Figs which are green when ripe are classified as white. e.g. the green muscatel variety is low in acid, excellent for drying, eating  straight from the tree or…

Torrox Fountains

The nearest town to our Spanish campo house is Torrox in Andalusia. The pueblo has a wonderful plaza with the best entertainment for kids…a water fountain they can play in!

The Ultimate Veggie Sausages

We used to keep a few packs of the very versatile veggie sausage (Quorn or similar) in the freezer.  As they are not readily available abroad, we make our own.  This is a nutritious, tasty recipe which can be frozen and importantly withstand the heat of the BBQ without crumbling.  To use this adaptable recipe you will…

Lessons learned from Travelling with Toddlers

Travelling with toddlers is hard work, some would say, not us, we love it!  When we thought about travelling with our toddlers family and friends told us to wait until they were older, when they could remember the places we were travelling to; so that they too could benefit from all of the amazing experiences that…

Bubbles

Chaos and Mayhem love playing with bubbles. Chaos blows them and tries to catch them on the bubble stick, then gives them as a gift to pop on your arm. Mayhem chases the bubbles screaming and giggling, to catch and pop them. If Mayhem gets hold of the bubbles bottle he pours the mixture away…

Food & Drink – Grow & Eat Your Own Produce

Food & Drink: Tea: Before we set off we cleared the shelves of all of the boxes of Decaf Ty-phoo from our local pound land, at £1 for 80 bags this is a bargain only 1.25 pence per bag.  We are using a Bodum teapot which gives us 4 cups of tea from one tea-bag, that’s…

Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela

Unusually in March there had been a sprinkling of snow in our Portuguese garden, the neighbours thought it was seven years since it had snowed there, and maybe twenty years before that. Yay snow day!! Chaos was excited, we made snowballs and drew a smily face in the van windscreen. We had the Parque Natural…