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Nail painting for toddlers

Since Christmas, when E had her nails painted by her cool cousin, she has been OBSESSED with getting her nails done. Her nails had looked awesome (she had a spider painted on one – of course), but I was a little worried about what the paint was doing to her nails when a splash of varnish took off the top layer of my mum’s tablecloth…

Back in the day when I started my new job, after having Elizabeth, I had visions of painting my nails and looking like a ‘proper grown up’ in the office. I think I managed this twice (sleep always won as a priority)… But because I was breastfeeding and sticking my fingers in her mouth a lot to break her latch I wanted to wear some non (or low) toxic nail varnish. There’s lots of guidance out there about the gunky stuff in nail varnish and how it’s bad for you, so after some wider reading I decided to try the Zoya brand. Most of these brands are US based and they are hard to track down in the UK, in the end I bought some off Amazon.

When E wanted her nails done again (good to save this for a rainy afternoon) I dug out the three varnishes I have:

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She was thrilled to have three to choose from, but disappointed no black to draw spiders.

I very carefully painted her nails, which was much easier once I put her hand on a surface (especially after I nearly dropped some on the carpet). Then it was my turn, she chose pink.

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You’ll see the coverage on the matt colours is much better than the shiny pink. I think I’ll go for a matt when we do this again.

With nursery the next day I thought it best to clean her nails, but hadn’t quite thought things through about nail varnish remover that’s gentle. For next time, I’m going to get some gentle nail varnish remover, Boots stock an acetone free one.

An added bonus to this is she has to sit still for 15 minutes for the varnish to dry!

If she really gets into nail varnish, I’ll order some more – which I’ll just have to try out too.

It was fun painting nails with little E, but gosh she’s growing up fast.

Here’s to our next indoor adventure!

Mx

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Beltane (review)

Beltane is a small bar / cafe in Buxton I’d wandered past a few times and had always wanted to pop in. Last week we had our chance – we’d been out for an afternoon meeting and E needed a feed.

Beltane bar sign
Beltane bar sign

Beltane had always intrigued me because through the window I could spot comfy seats and (you know the way to my heart) there was free wifi.

The most annoying part was getting our bloody awkward really useful 3 wheeler pushchair through an angled step, negotiating the steep hill. Once in it was all good, I settled E next to a comfy sofa and ordered a decaf black coffee and some nuts to nibble on.

You know those decaf coffees that taste sooooo good you forget there’s no caffeine? Yep, it was one of those 🙂 It was a really chilled atmosphere, partly due to it being mid afternoon so after the lunchtime rush and before the evening drinkers arrived.

Hubby came to meet us and had a beer while I topped up on fruit juice liquids (boobing mama mantra DRINK <<< said in Father Jack style). It was then a quick change for baby E before heading off on more adventures.

Beltane interior
Beltane interior

Baby friendliness overview:

Pros

  • Chilled atmosphere, relaxed setting
  • Comfortable boobing sitting in the squishy sofa and didn’t feel too exposed
  • Felt baby friendly with baby changing facilities
  • Decaf drinks – goooooood coffee
  • Lunch time menu looked good
  • Plenty of space for pushchairs
  • Free wifi

Cons

  • Bit of a bugger getting a pushchair up the step into the bar!
  • Bar rather than cafe so limited snack options (i.e. no cake)

In summary – lovely relaxed setting, will be back to check out the lunch menu.

Simply Thai

Simply Thai (review)

After our photo session Saturday morning we were looking for somewhere to get some grub. Baby E was due a sleep (having your photo taken is far too much work for a little girl!) and after all the posing we were starving.

We headed into Buxton town and with it being a lovely day, everywhere seemed heaving. Also, with having a dairy free diet at the moment I wasn’t sure where would be a good place to eat. Luckily hubby knows his restaurants and suggested Simply Thai as Thai cooking doesn’t use a lot of dairy.

Simply Thai
Simply Thai

I was a bit nervous about going to a restaurant, compared to a cafe, with baby E, as I was worried about boobing in public and what to do if she cried. But I needn’t have worried as they were very welcoming.

We had to leave the pushchair in reception which stressed me out a little as E needed a sleep and I had planned to rock her, so when we sat down I used plan B and the good old boob to get her to doze off. It helped that the restaurant, though busy, had a lovely relaxed atmosphere; subdued lighting, relaxing music and quiet chitter chatter of the clientele. The environment meant I relaxed and so did E, she totally zonked out on my boob and slept on my lap for the rest of the meal.

Moo Pad Khing
Moo Pad Khing

We perused the menu and chose the lunchtime deal of two courses for less than a tenner. I don’t know if other couples do this, but we like to order dishes we’d both like to try and then swap half way through. Two dishes for the price of one! Even better, they were easy to eat with one hand and there was plenty of no dairy choice on the menu. Oh and I shouldn’t forget the delicious pots of Jasmine tea.

The food was scrummy; quickly served, fresh and full of flavours. For the main course we chose a pork and a chicken dish. I can see why they are endorsed by the Thailand Ministry of Commerce – a guarantee that you are dining on authentic Thai ingredients, professionally prepared and cooked using authentic methods.

Pad Thai Gai
Pad Thai Gai

Baby E woke rather grumpy just as we finished our meal so we quickly paid and left, not wanting to disturb other dinners. Though some would have definitely understood the situation as there were two other families with babies there whilst we were eating.

Baby friendly summary:

Pros:

  • Relaxing, chilled environment.
  • Felt comfortable boobing – sat at the back so not too exposed.
  • Yummy restaurant food, not much more expensive than cafe prices!
  • Popular with other parents and young families.
  • Great range of dairy free choices.

Cons:

  • Can’t have pushchair at the table.
  • As a restaurant, I wouldn’t feel comfortable just hanging out there for a few hours like you would in a cafe.

Note: we didn’t hang around to change E so don’t know about baby changing facilities. An excuse to go back and find out!

In summary, a relaxing first restaurant trip with Baby E. As a family, we’ll be back.

Thanks for reading. Here’s to our next adventure!