After Christmas, we resolved that we would eat more fruit and vegetables this coming year.
Anyone with small children will know that this can be a bit of a challenge, so we were really excited when VitaJuicer asked us to try their latest juicing machine.
Aside from being extremely stylish and solidly built, the VitaJuicer very sensibly offers different options for juicing different kinds of fruit and vegetables including hard fruit function, another for puréeing and a juicing option for citrus fruit.
Elio really likes juice although he struggles a bit with the pulp, but happily here the fruit is crushed so finely that the resulting juice is wonderfully smooth which even he could enjoy! Plus it means that you get every last drop of goodness out of the fruit. Great eh?
It’s been interesting for us to see the change in the children’s attitudes towards fruit and vegetables and for them to actively enjoy choosing and preparing their juice.
We love trying out different combinations and the attachments for hard fruit is great for things like apples and carrots - it’s so efficient there is very little pulp left, and that which remains is quite dry and easy to remove.
Alba’s favourite juice is “pink juice” so we’ve been using up lots of different berries recently using the blender set-up on the VitaJuicer. This function is designed to make short work of softer fruits such as berries, stewed fruits and tomatoes so we’ve been putting it through it’s paces the last few weeks for smoothie-consistency drinks.
I was a bit worried about using berries as I thought at the end I would have a lot of cleaning up to do, with the various parts dripping messy juice all over the kitchen but I was wrong! The inner container was almost dry so it was easy to remove the pieces and put them straight into the dishwasher with no mess.
A really great juicer; easy to use, easy to clean and easier for the children to consume more of their 5 a day.
Amiami is a wonderful company which showcases great Swiss brands. They very kindly asked us if we would like to try one of the special bamboo aeroplane spoons designed by Sibylle Stoeckli for children and we thought this might be the perfect way to get Elio more involved in feeding himself.
I often try the “aeroplane” technique to get him to open his mouth - you know when you swirl the spoon through the air making engine noises before a “beep beep” when you reach the mouth. Well, this makes the whole thing much more realistic and it worked a treat!
Alba and I decided to try it on Elio one lunchtime recently and he loved it!!! We have tried many spoons for Elio and they usually end up on the floor when he loses grip but this one is a great size and weight for his little hands and the shape of it makes it really easy for him to hold! It was a real joy to see our boy feeding himself and has encouraged us to hand over the spoon to him more often.
Another thing we love about this company is that they reinvest their profits into the production of new products.
As a mother of three, it’s easy to take for granted the fact that we live in a country where we have ready access to all the medical assistance we need, with short waiting times to see a doctor and the medicines we require at our fingertips.
Hard to imagine then that in parts of the world there are mothers and children who succumb to tetanus which is something we are fortunate enough not to have to think about. I remember during my pregnancies, checking my vaccinations were up to date was just part of a routine medical check up.
Since 2006, Pampers has supported Unicef in providing life-saving tetanus vaccine doses to mothers and newborns. Since the initiative began, a life-saving vaccine dose for women of fertile age has been produced every second. This corresponds to more than 300 million life-saving vaccine doses and over 100 million women and their newborns were protected against the infectious disease. Tetanus, the cause of death in newborns, has been reduced by over 60% annually and the lives of 885,000 newborns have been saved. But that is not all. A baby still dies every 17 minutes as a result of the infectious disease. That is why we support the campaign Pampers for Unicef.
To draw attention to this campaign, we had a fun afternoon in the kitchen to bake a special biscuit and it was a nice chance to explain to the children why we were doing it and for them to understand that not all children are as fortunate as they are.
So that the initiative can remain further successful, you can still take the opportunity to participate this year! Buying a pack of Pampers diapers during the campaign from October 1 to December 31 will trigger the equivalent of a dose of tetanus vaccine for mothers and newborns*.
*Procter & Gamble supports UNICEF in the fight against tetanus in mothers and newborns with € 0.078 [or CHF 0.084] with every purchase of a pack of Pampers diapers during the campaign period (01.10.19-31.12.19). This amount corresponds, for example, to the cost of a tetanus vaccine dose or supports its distribution.
UNICEF does not favour companies, brands, products or services.
I remember my mother leafing through her recipe cards when I was a child. I used to love looking at the neatly written instructions and picking out the cake related ones in an attempt to cajole her into doing some baking - she never took much persuasion.
I do a lot of cooking and was looking through my own recipe folder recently and saw that its a pile of printouts which have become jumbled up and disorganized and i thought what a shame it was that I hadn’t adopted her more elegant way of doing things and how sad it is that we have much less reason to practice our handwriting these days...even my shopping list is in note format on my telephone.
I came across a recipe I thought my Mum might like as we had recently been talking about simple seasonal recipes to try with the children and I decided to to try and revive this tradition by writing out the recipe myself and posting it to her along with a card so that she can add it to her collection. I added one of Swiss Post's beautiful stamps from their « handwriting » collection to the envelope which adds a nice extra touch and a nice hint at what’s inside.