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Saturday, June 8, 2013

REVIEW - My Lil Pouches

I have found these pouches to be really quite useful in my house. I originally heard about them through word-of-mouth and didn't know a product like this existed on the market, “What a great idea” I thought. So when we were asked to review them I jumped at the opportunity!

What I have loved about these pouches is being able to take Mister 7 months lunch or dinner out and about with us. I pop 2/3 cubes of frozen food in a pouch and by the time it’s his meal time the food has defrosted enough for him to enjoy. Easy As! Then when I get home I rinse it out and pop the pouch in the dishwasher with the days load.
Mister 7 months is now eating 3 solid (mushy) meals a day so I have to be prepared and these pouches are very handy for that. My usual meals consist of some sort of steamed veggie mix with meat and carbs. So I always slightly over steam some veggies, mash them and freeze it for Mister 7months for lunch the next day.

When Miss 2 doesn't eat all her Weetabix in the morning I simply pop the left overs in a pouch with a little honey or Milo and extra milk and she thinks it’s a special milk drink and finishes it off in minutes! If I can, I will make her a banana smoothie to have after breakfast or lunch. She loves it and is a big fan of the pouches.

So my review is as follows:

I like this product because;
  • They take up hardly any space in our overcrowded cupboard.
  • The press lock seal makes it easy to fill and close.
  • It can be used for babies (all foods), toddlers & children (yogurts, jellies, smoothies, juices)
  • They are really tough and feel like they will last forever.
  • The bright colour packaging make it fascinating for babies and toddlers & it’s easy to find them when digging through the Tupperware cupboard.
  • They’re recyclable!
  • It’s simple to purchase them online and you can by more lids if you lose them (this is a big plus for me, if something it too hard, I don’t bother with it)
  • They are lightweight so easy to carry around on out and about days
  •  I can pop them in the dishwasher and that is always a big positive for me!

     The negatives;
  • They can be a bit of a struggle to wash and dry if you’re doing it by hand. When you have a young baby you need anything to be super clean and hygienic so you really have to get into the corners of the inside of the pouch. They take a while to drip dry completely. I had to shake the water out of them to help speed it along.
  • They aren't for everyone. If your kids like to suck or drink from those types of squeezy yogurts/pre-made fruit mixes/jelly mixes then they will like these but if not they might not be a fan.
  • They don’t fit a whole heap in there (200ml). Bigger kids might not be as satisfied with the one pouch.

Overall, I LOVE this design and product and I will recommend them to others. 

Favourite recipe for Miss 2: banana, honey and Greek yogurt OR Weetabix, honey and milk.

Favourite recipe for Mister 7 months: Plain old steamed pumpkin or carrot (he seems to likes the orange stuff!)

We've found lots of other great other uses for them: 
Storing dry baby formula and protein powder for outings.
Storing leftover cake icing for later use. Can be squeezed out like a piping bag onto cupcakes.
Carrying Milk when going on a picnic for coffees.
Storing and Freezing Pestos and Curd's.
Making and mixing salad dressing.

You can visit and contact My Lil Pouch below
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Email: iwant@mylilpouch.com.au

We did receive some "My Lil Pouches" to review these products.  
All opinions and words are our own (or our kids) 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Kaleidoscope - Easy Craft for Toddlers (and Parents)

Easy Craft for Toddlers (and Parents!)

Craft is something that children just love doing. It’s fun, challenging, and very rewarding for them. They get to see how something is made from start to finish and be proud knowing that they did it. I have found it a little hard to find activities where Miss 2 can do and make things without any help from me – so she can be 100% the artist who creates the master piece. She does do drawings and paintings but she does them almost every day and they are great but it’s good to have something new and different for her too.

One thing that I do well is hanging on to recyclable items with the hope of using them for some awesome craft project later on. My hubby might call it hoarding but I swear it’s not, I only keep the good stuff!

So this quick, easy and awesome project with Miss 2 was decorating her ‘magic’ kaleidoscope.

I had the inside cardboard roll from an old cling wrap, some clear contact, my little bag of bits (left over sequins and glitter that I shoved in a sandwich bag). Using a shallow baking tray I got Miss 2 to scatter the bits on the tray, she also placed some of them herself.

While she did that I wrapped the cardboard roll in clear contact (you can use coloured for this part if you have it) with the sticky side on the outside and trim off any overlapping the roll.

Secure the contact by folding it back on itself about (5cm) or if easier you could secure with sticky tape. As long as the sticky side of the contact is then  on the outside


When she was done with the bits I gave her the roll and told her to roll it back and forth in the tray so all the bit stick to it.

When she was finished rolling I wrapped the clear contact around it to seal it in. Then trimmed off the excess contact and there you go! They have their own personalised magic kaleidoscope to peek through.


Kaleidoscope - Easy Craft for Toddlers (and Parents)