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Sophia Brown

Babies/ Baby Food/ Breakfast/ Healthy/ Thermomix

Baby Pear Porridge

This is a variation of my Pear Porridge which is very baby friendly! I have been making this for the girls for their breakfast from when they turned 6 months old. It freezes and reheats really well and has an amazing smooth and creamy texture for a ‘baby puree’! This has been the girls all time favourite meal and is also my go to meal for them when they are sick as it’s delicious and nutricious!

For the rest of the family, I recommend trying my Pear Porridge (if you haven’t already!) It is a regular breakfast for myself, my husband and the boys in the cooler months!

 

Baby Pear Porridge

Print Recipe
Cooking Time: 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 x pears (quartered and cored)
  • 40 grams oats
  • 10 grams desiccated coconut
  • 300 grams milk

Instructions

1

Add the pears to the bowl.

2

Blitz - 2 seconds/Speed 5.

3

Add the rest of the ingredients.

4

Cook - 13 minutes/90 degrees/Speed 2.

Notes

*For a smoother texture for younger babies, blitz an extra 3 seconds/Speed 5 after cooking. **For variations - add a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste/extract, or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. ***Freezes/refrigerates and reheats well.

Babies/ Parenting/ Toddlers/ Twins

Twin Milestones

The first year of a baby’s life is full of milestones – first smile, sleeping through the night, rolling, solids & trying different foods, teeth, crawling, words, standing, walking etc.

When it comes to twins, there are a few special twin milestones:

  • Levels of interaction 🤝 such as the first time touching, holding hands, laughing together, biting & chatting with each other; and
  • Game changers 👊 such as their first bath together in the big bath, sitting in the trolley together, and sleeping in their own cot. 

These 9 month old sleeping beauties have been sharing a cot up until the weekend where they finally moved into their own cots! The boys moved into separate cots at 6 months as they were big babies and started their wrestling early 🤼‍♂️. The girls were happy sharing cots with each other & enjoyed each others warmth until last week where one would climb on top of the other in the middle of the night trying to wake up them up to play!

With the boys, and now the girls we put their cots side by side so their twin is closeby and just a reach away! The boys loved playing with each other through the railings and the girls are already standing facing each other to chat & touch each other through the railings when they wake up 😍

What other ‘twin milestones’ can you think of??

Babies/ Parenting/ Twins

Dad, daddy, dada

When I was pregnant with the boys, Mr Twins and A Blog was like whatever we do, we’re not going to be ‘that’ couple with kids that calls each other Dad and Mum… that’s just weird… I’m not your dad and you’re not my mum. 🙄😂
Today looking at his birthday cake with his cake topper ‘Paule’ on it, it looks damn weird to me! He’s ‘dad’, ‘daddy’, ‘dada’, or ‘darling’ (which I yell out if I can’t think quick enough which of the 5 names in the family I want/need to say!). It’s also ‘babe’ on date nights or in that short space of time at night between the kids bedtime and our bedtime! I once yelled out ‘Paule’ when I was trying to find him in the shops, and the boys yelled it out and kept repeating ‘Paule’ soooo loudly in public it was so weird to hear them refer to him by his name, not ‘daddy’, I have since tried to avoid all ‘Paule’ talk in front of the kids😂 Oh, and if I ever hear ‘Sophia’ come out of his mouth, something’s wrong or I know I’m in trouble 😅

PS. This photo is playing tricks with my mind, it looks like I’m wearing black bike shorts but it’s @mrtwinsandablog’s arm 😂 Anyone else think it looks weird?

Babies/ Fashion

Louboutin Made Me Do It

I used to be that cool trendy chick with a huge high heel collection! I lived and breathed in my 12cm high stilettos and saved up to buy my first (and only) pair of Jimmy Choos when I was 21!! Now I live in thongs and sneakers, and my friends don’t recognise me if I wear anything higher than 2 inches!! I have zero tolerance for foot discomfort now 😂

These were one of my favourite pairs of heels – my red suede boots from my former life 😢👢👠 and Camilla & Madison will be the next ones to be wearing these ‘vintage’ boots (if they aren’t too uncool in 15 years!)!!

These Diddima rompers remind me of my former glamorous life! 😍👠💄

Anyone else hang up their hot sexy heels for thongs and sneakers?

Babies/ Craft/ Parenting/ Twins

Slime Putty and Bath Time!

Slime Putty Day!!

Today I made the boys my 2 Ingredient Slime Putty! Best thing about getting gross and sticky from the slime putty is that I chuck the boys into the bath with their trays full of slime putty and bits & pieces to wash themselves (as it’s made with kids shampoo!)! So that’s craft time, clean up and bathtime all-in-1!!

I made 2 batches and added a tablespoon of glitter in each batch. I added pink/blue food colouring in 1 batch to make purple putty (Harley’s fave colour) and an extra squirt of kids shampoo to make it slimier (so they had 2 diff textures to play with). The girls joined in with the excitement and got to watch the boys get their slime on!

Very quick & easy 2 ingredient recipe *Thermomix & Regular Methods* CLICK HERE for the recipe!

Toddlers

Quiz for your toddlers or preschoolers

Harley | Ethan
I asked the boys these questions separately without the other being able to hear. They may have identical DNA but they are totally different and gave completely different answers. It was however interesting that their favourite animal was also the thing that they are scared of! Harley responded straight away and was very confident of his answers. Ethan was pretty disinterested or unsure of his answers, and I had to ask him some questions a few times before I got a response.

Quiz your toddlers (or preschoolers)
E T H A N
•What’s your name? Ethan
•How old are you? *holds up 3 fingers*
•When is your birthday? I don’t know
•How old is mummy? I don’t know….1!
•What’s your favorite colour? Red
•What’s your favorite food? Mummy! *laughs*
•Who’s your best friend? Ummm Charlotte! (Naww Charlotte Unwrapz )
•What’s your favorite song? I don’t know
•What’s your favorite animal? Lion
•What are you scared of? Lion
•What makes you happy? I don’t know
•Where is your favorite place to go? McDonalds
•What do you want to be when you grow up? Batman!
•What is mummy’s favorite thing to do? Playing piano (they have only seen my play the piano once at my brothers house and it was just Chopsticks lol)

H A R L E Y
Quiz your toddlers (or preschoolers)
•What’s your name? H for Harley
•How old are you? 3
•When is your birthday? Old
•How old is mummy? I don’t know…40 kilos
•What’s your favorite colour? Purple
•What’s your favorite food? Watermelon and icecream
•Who’s your best friend? I don’t know…mummy…Harley loves mummy (nawwww )
•What’s your favorite song? Na na na na na batman
•What’s your favorite animal? Lizard, no crocodile and alligator!
•What are you scared of? Crocodiles
•What makes you happy? New scooter!!
•Where is your favorite place to go? Rouse Hill!!! Got so many toys!
•What do you want to be when you grow up?
Ironman!!! Fly super fast and look for bad guys!
•What is mummy’s favorite thing to do? Shower….and do a wee! (LOL!)

Babies

Baby Sensory Shaker Bottles

This morning the boys made sensory shaker bottles for their baby sisters!

Three years ago I made a water + food colouring version when the boys were this age however the water made it too heavy for the babies to lift up and shake, and I was always paranoid it would be stepped/sat on & leak coloured water! So today we did a dry version which was a fun craft activity for the boys! They absolutely loved making a little present for their sisters!

You can use whatever you have at home, but we used:

Clear plastic bottles with labels removed (an apple cider vinegar bottle and a juice bottle)
Rice
Red lentils
Beads
Sequins
Glitter
Pom poms
Coloured pipe cleaners
Foam shapes
Ribbon
Electric tape to secure the bottle cap (so it can’t be accidentally opened)

The girls are loving their bottles and the boys are having fun with them just as much as the babies so looks like we will have to make more!

Let me know if you make one for your little one(s)!!

Craft/ Parenting

Town Planning for Kids

The boys love learning new things and are absorbing information like sponges.

I’m a town planner by profession, so I thought they were finally old enough to learn the basics of Town Planning – the main types of residential dwellings:

  • Single storey house
  • Two storey house
  • Duplex (dual occupancy) – 2 dwellings on 1 lot
  • Townhouse (multi dwelling housing) – 3 or more dwellings on 1 lot with each dwelling having access from the ground floor
  • Apartment building (residential flat building) – 3 or more dwellings (I say to the boys – lots and lots of units in 1 big building)

I used basic shapes – rectangles (buildings, doors), squares (windows), triangles (roof) to make up the buildings with A4 and A5 coloured paper from Kmart.

I cut out the shapes and the boys helped me to stick them onto the wall with sticky tape. For older kids could cut out the shapes themselves.

It’s a great way to count, use basic shapes, and learn the different types of houses as we live in an area with lots of different types of housing which the boys can see as real life examples.

Baking/ Chocolate/ Kids in the Kitchen/ Non Thermomix/ Snacks/ Thermomix

Milo Dog Cookies

These dog cookies are for human consumption (not canine consumption 😉 ) to celebrate this year’s Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog!

Despite being Chinese/Malaysian, I don’t make rice or do much Chinese cooking (I leave that to my mum!) but I thought I would make some cookies in celebration of the Year of the Dog with the help of my 3 year old half Asian twin boys to teach them a little bit about their Chinese heritage.

These are perfect for the Year of the Dog celebrations, but would also be really cute in lunchboxes or for a kids party! This is a variation of my Milo Cookies.

Add chocolate chips to bowl

– blitz 5 seconds/Speed 7.

Add butter, sugar and egg to bowl

– mix 1 minute/Speed 5.

Add plain flour, self raising flour, Milo and milk

– mix 20 seconds/Speed 6. Scrape down.

Mix a further 20 seconds/Speed 6.

Knead – 2 minutes/kneading function/MC off.

Roll into teaspoon sized balls

and decorate with Milo cereal, sprinkles and chocolate chips (as pictured).

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes.

Milo Dog Cookies

Print Recipe
Serves: approx. 56 cookies

Ingredients

  • 100 grams dark chocolate chips
  • 250 grams butter (softened)
  • 50 grams sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 310 grams plain flour
  • 90 grams self raising flour
  • 110 grams Milo
  • 60 grams milk
  • To decorate:
  • *Milo cereal
  • *Sprinkles
  • *Dark chocolate chips

Instructions

1

METHOD (Thermomix):

2

Preheat oven to 170 degrees.

3

Add chocolate chips to bowl - blitz 5 seconds/Speed 7.

4

Add butter, sugar and egg to bowl - mix 1 minute/Speed 5.

5

Add plain flour, self raising flour, Milo and milk - mix 20 seconds/Speed 6. Scrape down.

6

Mix a further 20 seconds/Speed 6.

7

Knead - 2 minutes/kneading function/MC off.

8

Roll into teaspoon sized balls and decorate with Milo cereal, sprinkles and chocolate chips (as pictured).

9

Bake for 8 - 10 minutes.

10

METHOD (Electric Mixer):

11

Preheat oven to 170 degrees.

12

Crush chocolate chips in a blender, food processor, or chop finely/grate (from block form if easier).

13

Add crushed chocolate, butter, sugar and egg into a large bowl - beat until mixture is combined/creamed.

14

Add plain flour, self raising flour, Milo and milk - mix until ingredients are combined.

15

Knead (either with a stand mixer attachment or by hand) for approx. 2 minutes.

16

Roll into teaspoon sized balls and decorate with Milo cereal, sprinkles and chocolate chips (as pictured).

17

Bake for 8 - 10 minutes.

Notes

*Once cooled, store in an air tight container. **You can use flaked almonds instead of Milo Cereal for the ears. ***You can use the round sprinkles for the eyes instead of the long sprinkles. ****You can use smarties or milk/white chocolate chips for the nose to make diff coloured dogs.

Babies/ Parenting/ Twins

I grow twins. What’s your superpower?

This day exactly one year ago, I found out I was pregnant. When that ‘pee on a stick’ came out positive, I was excited to go through a singleton pregnancy. I thought it would be amazing (and easier) to experience a singleton pregnancy after my twin pregnancy with the boys.
A day after I found out, morning sickness hit me like a tonne of bricks. I was morning sick when pregnant with the boys but not even remotely close to how sick I felt this time round. The way I explain it to my husband and friends who haven’t had babies or experienced bad morning sickness before…is that it feels like the WORST hangover in your life, where your head is spinning, your heart’s beating out of your chest, & you want to spew 24/7 even with an empty stomach. After 2 weeks of hardly eating or drinking, I ended up in hospital and was diagnosed with HG (Hyperemesis Gravidarum). I hadn’t had an ultrasound yet, and I remember the doctors and nurses joking that I was pregnant with twins again…and we all laughed and laughed and laughed!! Well, a few days later I went and had my dating scan (the first scan of a pregnancy). @mrtwinsandablog didn’t come with me because we thought it would just be a standard scan showing us one baby. As the radiologist was about to do the ultrasound, I told him that I have twin boys, and that we only found out they were twins at 10 weeks (at our 6 week scan the report said there was 1 baby and a shadow showing indications of a blood clot or failed twin pregnancy). He was really quiet for a while and then he said I was having twins! And I laughed and laughed and laughed. I seriously thought he was joking, until he showed me the actual scan and I was like WTF! I didn’t even have the words in me to tell my husband on the phone that we were having ‘twins’ again – I just cried (and laughed) and said there were 2 babies in there! He was jumping up and down screaming in excitement, and was the one excited for all of us for most of the pregnancy (since I was mostly sick and feeling sorry for myself!)
Fast forward a year, and even now, looking at both sets of our twins before my very eyes, I still can’t believe it!!! And I just laugh and laugh and laugh!!