June 3, 2016

GETTING REAL ABOUT PARENTHOOD, POOP AND LAUNDRY WHILE TESTING SAMSUNG ADDWASH MACHINE

Parenthood is never quite what we expected. I was ready for a lot of aspects of it as I have done my fair share of babysitting (fair share meaning babysitting has basically gotten me through university!) so I knew how to change diapers, make baby food or prepare a bottle. I knew that it involved a lot of sleepless nights (although I must say I WAY underestimated that) and I knew I would dedicate every moment of my day to this new little person and I was ready to do that. The reason I waited with having kids is because I’m way too ambitious and I want to do way too much for one lifetime. I decided that when I have a baby, I want to enjoy staying at home, changing poop diapers, having showers at 5 pm if at all instead of dying of jealousy looking at my instagram feed of people doing fabulous things I am not able to do (ok, I did manage to write another book but you will see that it took away the little sleep I had on my ageing face haha).

OBVIOUSLY I was not prepared for many other aspects of parenthood. Like breastfeeding, which did not turn out to be ‘boob calms baby down’ kind of situation but rather ‘baby can’t latch on and when baby learns he starts hating the boob and mom ends up being stuck at the pump for months as mom does not give up easily’ kind of a scenario. Anywhow, what I was also not prepared for was the freaking huge amount of laundry that I suddenly had to do. I KID YOU NOT. Nobody told me that laundry was gonna be my middle name. Nobody told me that when I finally did get the baby to sleep (oh yes, that’s another one I was not prepared for, a baby that does not like to sleep), I would spend the ‘free time’ on collecting laundry from EVERYWHERE, getting rid of poop stains, drying laundry, folding laundry, laundry laundry laundry.

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If someone asked me if I wanted to try out a new washing machine a year ago, I would yawn and refused them very nicely. Laundry was not on my list of interests and I put very little attention to do except that it had to be done at some point. If you told me I would get overexcited reading words like 12 KG OF LAUNDRY, EXTRA DOOR TO ADD WASH ANYTIME, SUPERSPEED FUNCTION, BETTER STAIN PENETRATION…. I would seriously laugh in your face. Like, bitch please, laugh in your face. Well, when I got an email asking if I want to test a new Samsung AddWash machine, I was ready to admit I am not that same person anymore.

DEALING WITH STAINS

Let’s get real here. Baby diapers EXPLODE. Not literally, this is not a safety warning, but oh boy you will see your share of what I call poop volcanos and these are not fun to deal with especially when caked into clothing. And then there is food. Babies are dirty eaters and if you do Rapley method as we do, you will see food everywhere, baby clothing, your clothing, anything that has been in the vicinity of baby while he was eating.

Before AddWash, I spent lots of my time trying to pre-treat the stains before washing the clothes because hey, baby clothes are not cheap, but also because my sister had a baby on the way and I knew these clothes were gonna have a second life.

This is where AddWash has saved me SO MUCH time – the machine has this ecobubble technology that mixes air, water and detergent to create bubbles that penetrate clothes faster and helps you get rid of stains as well as wash at cooler temperatures (no shrinking baby clothes thank you very much). I stopped pre-treating stains pretty much 95% of the time. The only type of stains you might want to still pre-treat is the nasty yellow breastfeeding poop (you know what I’m talking about). For that I used Dr. Beckmann stain soap stick which I swear by. addwash ADDWASH FUNCTION: THE EXTRA DOOR TO ADD LAUNDRY

Okay, so we 3D print shizzle, clone shizzle so how did no one think of this before? I absolutely hate stopping the laundry cycle to add something I forgot. And there is always something, a dirty tshirt in the kitchen, peed on onesie in the bed, 5 baby washcloths in the bathroom (doesn’t my life sound just absolutely FABULOUS!). It took forever till it would let me open the door again and most of the time baby would cry or would need a new diaper and I would forget about the laundry all in all. I never ever want a life without the extra door in the washing machine THANK YOU!

12 KG OF CAPACITY 

Where do I find 12 kg of laundry? HAHA easy peasy, take one walk around my house. DONE. Less time doing laundry, more time to do something for me, like taking a shower. Or writing another book haha – priorities right? addwash SMART CONTROL 

Ok, so as much as the geek in me is excited about the SmartControl app on my phone that allows me to manage the laundry from any place in the house, do you know what the best part of this whole thing is? It lets me know when my laundry is done! I know, it sounds ridiculous but I have this horrible habit of doing laundry the whole day and then forgetting the last one, till the next day, or the day after… when that happens, I can just start the whole thing again because those clothes are everything but fresh. You know how many laundries I have forgotten in the last 3 weeks? NONE. NONE!

So yes, this is pretty much what my life is about now haha. But I love it. I really do. I would not change it for any other type of fabulous (the one without poop, and heaps of laundry and stuff).

April 9, 2016

Homemade baby food: Oatmeal with Prune & Apple + Avocado, Potato, Egg & Dill Puree

Hi friends! Sorry for being MIA on the blog lately but turns out that what I have heard the entire pregnancy: “being a mommy is a full time job” to which I usually said “yeah yeah of course, I know that” (but thought – naah I can do it all), oh well, it is true. Being a  mom is a full time job and especially the first 6 months when you’re a full time milking machine has been extremely demanding. Next to that I have been working on a new big project (:-o more soon!) so blogging was not my number one priority. However since little Fer turned 5,5 months, we started solid foods and I have been cooking for him every day since! So for those moms who look for some inspiration for homemade baby food, I will start sharing some of Fer’s favorite meals!

All ingredients I use for Fer’s food are organic and he only drinks water (except for milk of course).

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OATMEAL WITH PRUNE & APPLE

Needed for one portion:
15 g oats
150 ml water
1 small apple
1-2 prunes

Ground the oats in a blender till they turn into fine powder.
Peel, core and grate the apples. Chop prunes into small pieces.

Put all ingredients in a small pan and bring the mixture to a slow boil. Simmer covered, mixing frequently, for about 10 minutes until apples are soft and oatmeal is cooked.

Cool off till it’s the right temperature. You can serve it warm or room temperature, little Fer likes it both ways. If your baby doesn’t like texture in his foods, you can mix it together in a blender until smooth.

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AVOCADO, POTATO, EGG & DILL PUREE 

Needed for one portion:
1 small potato
1/2 egg, hard boiled
1 small avocado
1 teaspoon of fresh, chopped dill

Steam the potato till they are cooked. Slice the avocado in half lengthwise, de-stone it and scoop the flesh into a blender. Add potato, egg and dill and blend until smooth mixture. Serve warm.

*** TIP: I usually steam more potatoes and make myself a salad from the remaining egg, an extra avocado, steamed potatoes + a dill, lemon salad dressing :)

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November 3, 2015

STOKKE ON THE GO: This new momma shares her favourite food hotspots

 

STS_0594I’ve been crusin’ with my Stokke Crusi stroller for a few weeks now and I’ve been the biggest fan of it since pretty much the first walk we took on day 9 of Fer’s life. It’s just so comfortable and so easy to maneuver, I can pretty much ride it with one hand! Even on the tougher roads here in the countryside. I was so happy when I was asked to participate in a new project from the brand called “Stokke On The Go”. The idea behind it is that influencers share their favorite hotspots related to mommy/kid time. As Fer is still tiny and we can’t do much other than eat together haha and yes, because momma is a foodie who is constantly hungry (now even more, thank you breastfeeding), I naturally wanted to share my favorite food hotspots with you. One is my all times favourite since forever and ever, and one I recently discovered and was immediately obsessed with.

LOMBARDIA

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I’ve been coming to Lombardia pretty much since I moved to Belgium. If I lived in Antwerp, I would probably never start a food blog as I would eat there every day. I’m not even kidding you. I swear I would. Eating well is one of my secrets to living a happy life and I’ve been eating healthy ever since I remember but when I got pregnant and was suddenly responsible for a tiny human being, I was even more picky of the quality of the foods I was eating. That has not change since I gave birth – I am breastfeeding so consuming products of great quality is a must and there is just no better place to get my boost of vitamins and nutritious foods than Lombardia!
Little Fer is only a few weeks old so it’s not easy to go out and definitely not easy to eat out as I’m breastfeeding and Fer is one hungry munchkin (must be my genes). I don’t know whether it’s because I feel at home there or because the atmosphere in Lombardia is so relaxed or because the owner Alain just loves kids and welcomes the breastfeeding moms (and trust me not every restaurant is open to this!), our afternoon in Antwerp was one of my favorite get-away’s since I gave birth!

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My picks:
- Juice of the day (always amazingly delicious and because I like the element of surprise)
- Ginger love (so good when the days get colder and you need a boost)
- Mexican Vegan Burger (THE best guacamole, THE best falafel, THE best vegan burger in the world – that’s what I always eat + take one home for the next day)

Address: Lombardenvest 78, 2000 Antwerp

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SISTER BEAN

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Next to a gorgeous interior store Simple and organic ice cream shop Tromelhoeve, the reason to go for a walk to the Vismarkt in Mechelen is a new place called Sister Bean. Opened last June, it has already made my favorite breakfast/brunch/afternoon coffee spots list. In the weekend, I like to go there and spend a few hours chilling with other momma’s (I feel so lucky that many of my friends have given birth pretty much the same time as I did!) while munching on pancakes, homemade granola, homemade jams on a delicious bread and of course, amazing coffee (because beans hehe).

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My picks:
- Do the brunch in the weekend!
- Brownie (OMG it’s to die for and it’s sooo big)
- Coffee (even decaf is amazing)

Address: Vismarkt 26, 2800 Mechelen

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