Days Out Can Be Expensive…!
If anyone has ever been out with a child/children, then you know that if you’re not organised and prepared, things can get VERY expensive! From the immediacy of leaving the house (where, I might add, you’ve just offered them a drink that they refuse), the requests for a drink begin. Then, if you’re lucky enough to actually get to your destination without too much drama, the inevitable “I’m hungry” (whether they have JUST been fed or not!) begins.
Whilst I’m only semi-serious about the above, days out can be difficult without the right preparation. Thankfully, the lovely people at Aldi have come to the rescue! Their Mamia range has been around for a while now, but is constantly expanding and improving. Britmums and Aldi have teamed up and I have been lucky enough to receive one of these bad boys for the Aldi #MamiaDaysOutChallenge!
I’m not sure I’ve ever been so excited to receive a parcel! Not only is it jam packed full of Aldi Mamia goodies, it came in a lovely retro hamper!
Now that Phoebe is back at school, it leaves just me and Esmé at home during the day. I am finding now that she is becoming increasingly more active, her need for frequent snacking has increased massively. It is all-too-easy to fall into the crisps and chocolate snack-trap, not only because it’s quicker and more convenient, but because sadly it’s often cheaper than healthier alternatives too. The new Mamia range totally negates the need for that to be the case. With prices starting from just 59p, Aldi Mamia’s award-winning 100% organic baby food range includes fruit and savoury pouches, fruit pots, rice cakes, and flavoured spring water. Suitable from 6 months to 2 years (although Phoebe has enjoyed some of the fruit pouches too at age 6!), they are the perfect go-to snack saviour!
I’ve been a pretty busy mummy the last couple of weeks making these…
so days out have been few and far between (unless you class trips to the supermarket for additional supplies as a day out!). Don’t worry, I fully intend to make it up to Esmé in the next couple of weeks, with some nature walks through the Lickey Hills and lots of muddy puddle walks in local parks.
All that said, Esmé’s need for snack-time hasn’t lessened any just because we’ve been at home! As time has been scarce for me, the Aldi Mamia products have been a Godsend! Esmé seemed to enjoy the fruit pouches the most (or Ligats- yogurts- as she calls them!). She also very much enjoyed the flavoured spring water and rice cakes too.
Esmé wasn’t so keen on the apple and pear pots as I think they are a little strongly flavoured (being pure pureed fruit), but I think adding these to something like porridge would a) make it a little less strong and b) be a great way to add fruit to breakfast time.
I’m a regular user of Mamia wipes and nappies anyway as I believe they offer fantastic value for money. Whilst they may not offer the super absorbency of some of the leading brand nappies (but in my humble opinion, you should be changing your child’s bottom more often that once every 12 hours anyway!), they are extremely comfortably fitting and provide absorbency for a good couple of hours (based on Esmé at 2 years old). The wipes are beautifully scented and don’t tear like a lot of other budget-priced wipes. If you haven’t tried them already, I’d certainly recommend them!
Overall, I’d be more than happy to recommend Aldi in general for most household shopping, but the new Mamia range really gives household brand names a run for their money!
*This post is an entry for BritMums #MamiaDaysOut Linky Challenge, sponsored by Aldi Mamia.*