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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

We finally hit the beach again last week on Friday. Hubby was finished work early so we headed to the beach just after 3 for a few hours. Although it had been a hot day, there was a nice breeze at the beach.

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Can I just get to the beach now!

We all had fun jumping waves, making sandcastles, pouring water and even shared some ice creams. We’re off on holiday next week but are hoping to enjoy a lot more beach time in the cooler days of September.

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Living Arrows 33/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

We’ve had another quiet week as I’ve been beavering away at getting posts scheduled for when we’re on holiday. Meanwhile, BattleKid has played in the garden, which I’m hoping will be transformed while we’re away. He’s flown his plane in the shopping centre. And enjoyed cake, kindly made for us by our new neighbours. How has your week been?

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Living Arrows 32/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

Last week was another quiet one in the Battle House as we sheltered from the hot sun during the day before our routine afternoon swims before dinner. However, on Saturday morning we ventured into Tavira market with my parents to get spices, for a homemade curry mix, and some meat supplies for our first barbecue of the summer.

BattleKid spotted something, while munching on a sweet given to him by the spice lady, and shouted “oh look mummy, pumpkins”. Thanks Cindarella. He also found himself a nice seat that was just the right size for him outside, as we wandered through the car boot stalls outside.

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Munching a sweet beside the pumpkins
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Found himself a seat that was just the right size for him

On Sunday morning he decided to tell both BattleDad and I a story and regaled us with a tale of witches and dragons, while a car was involved. This is him doing a “Rawr” and driving the car!

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Driving the car in his “story”

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Living Arrows 31/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

This week we haven’t really be out and about much. We dropped my nephew to the airport on Tuesday after having him visit for a week. Apart from that I have to admit we’ve been mostly staying indoors with the air con on, to escape the 30º plus heat we’ve had here in Portugal. I can see why so many of the retirees return to the UK for July and August.

We’ve been chilling as I’ve said, not doing much, and I’ve been doing some research for our forthcoming USA road trip. BattleKid did discover “wind” this week in the form of my fan! I ended up buying him one of his own on Saturday for fear he might break mine!

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He also got a surprise in the form of a magnetic blackboard/whiteboard which I’d bought ages ago in the UK and had shipped down with all our stuff. He’s been enjoying a small blackboard his Nanna bought him so I thought it was time to bring it out. However, I discovered it was missing all the magnetic numbers and letters, the main reason I had bought it. Cue me desperately trying to find some on Amazon that would ship to Portugal so we can continue with his learning. They’re hopefully arriving later this week.living arrows

And of course, after our usual afternoon swim, dinner one evening this week was much-loved spag bol and it went down a treat as you can see. Not a very exciting week but I still managed one or two pictures of BattleKid.living arrows

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Piccolo Pouches Review – Handy on-the-go Snacks

When the people behind Piccolo Pouches got in touch recently to let me know that the fastest growing baby brand in the UK would be launching in Asda in the UK AND SuperValu stores in Ireland, it was exciting news. Not only that, they wanted to send us some, all the way to Portugal, to test for ourselves. We were thrilled at the prospect of some blogger mail finding its way to us in Portugal and we couldn’t wait to try out some Piccolo pouches.piccolo pouches

Piccolo is a brand that I’ve come across before. Although BattleKid is beyond the weaning stage, their fruit pouches were still something I would buy on occasion in the UK for things like long car journeys or for forthcoming plane trips as a quick and healthy snack for him.

Piccolo are passionate about ensuring children get the healthiest and most nutritious food from the very start of their weaning journey. And we’ve shown that this can continue after weaning is complete by using Piccolo pouches and healthy snacks on the go. They are super handy for popping into your bag!piccolo pouches

One of the things that drew me to Piccolo was the fact that they are 100% organic with nothing artificial added. The range of flavours are inspired by the Mediterranean approach to health and wellbeing, centred around fresh ingredients.

Their fruit pouches contain nothing but 100% fruit. Their combined fruit and oat pouches contain nothing but fruit and wholemeal oats. Vegetable Piccolo pouches contain nothing but vegetables, olive oil and herbs, and Piccolo pouches with meat have a balanced recipe of vegetables, meat and herbs to introduce a good source of protein to children who are ready for it.

If there are any potential allergens, they are clearly indicated on the back in bold. Each Piccolo pouch can be eaten hot or cold and once opened can be stored in the fridge for 24 hours. However, Piccolo pouches taste so good that I somehow doubt they will make their way as far as the fridge. I have tasted several of the pouches and they really do taste great.

During our road test, they first came in handy one evening when we went to a Fado, a Portuguese concert with traditional music and singing. It was held at 6pm so we decided to wait and have dinner with my parents afterwards. BattleKid fell asleep on the way there and woke up halfway through. Towards the end he asked for something to eat and, clever me, I had put a Piccolo pouch in my bag, just in case. I tasted it before I gave it to him and I felt like eating it myself, it tasted that good. BattleDad also had a taste and commented on how good it was. It filled a gap until we had dinner and BattleKid thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Enjoying a Piccolo pouch after the Fado

Piccolo pouches taste so good that I’ve even used them to prepare quick and easy lunches for us. Piccolo pouches make a great sauce to add to pasta and you can add more veggies to the mix too. Our particular favourite is the Sun-Ripened Tomato and Red Pepper pouch, which when combined with pasta and a few extra vegetables, makes for a really quick, easy and tasty lunch for the whole family. Even BattleDad commented on the flavour.

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Pasta, ham and a Piccolo pouch
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Piccolo pouches make a great sauce base for a quick and easy lunch for the whole family

BattleKid has been thoroughly enjoying the Piccolo pouches we were sent and calls them “yoggies” as they resemble the pouch yogurts I used to buy him. He ensures we get every last bit out by saying “mammy, you do more”, which means I need to roll them up to squeeze every last bit out.

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Squeezing every last bit out of a Piccolo pouch
What we love about Piccolo pouches:
  • 100% organic ingredients with no added artificial ingredients.
  • Taste really great.
  • A great selection of flavours to choose from.
  • Extremely handy as a snack while on the go.
  • Handy for popping into your change or handbag.
  • Not just for the weaning stage, they can be enjoyed long after.
  • Can be enjoyed by the whole family as they make a great base for a pasta sauce.
  • Allergens are clearly marked in the ingredients list.
  • Can be eaten hot or cold.
  • No added sugars or salt.
  • There are vegetarian and gluten-free option within the range too.
What we don’t like about Piccolo Pouches:
  • Absolutely nothing!

Piccolo pouches are not only great for the weaning journey, but also beyond. For older children, they make great, healthy, on-the-go snacks and for the whole family they make great sauce bases too. Piccolo pouches are healthy, nutritious, tasty options for baby and beyond and are a food brand I would highly recommend.

What’s more, Piccolo are committed to food education and 10% of all profits go towards helping to fund food education in partnership with the NCT. That’s brilliant.

Piccolo pouches are available from most supermarkets both in the UK and Ireland, including SuperValu. You can trust in Piccolo, knowing your baby and children are getting nothing but 100% organic goodness. Piccolo pouches get a big thumbs up from the Battle Family.

Cath x

*We were kindly sent a variety of Piccolo pouches for the purpose of this review. However, as always these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the product.

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