So today we ventured out into the scary world of baby groups, where kids run around shouting, mums have their little groups which you find impossible to become part of, and messy play makes me nervous.
But I decided it was time for Bee to socialise..not that its a problem, shes a pretty friendly child already. I have been saying for months how I need to take her....and today I gave myself the kick up the backside I needed and went.
And it wasn't bad.
One of the group leaders recognised me! After about 4 years!!
Am I that memorable?!
She even remembered Munchkin and how I was having problems with her when she temporarily went to a childminders.
Wow what a memory!
Seeing someone I knew put me at ease and I started to relax.
There were no such issues with Bee. She initially looked a bit shell shocked but then off she went. She couldn't care less where I was.
The group was fun for kids. Bee was the youngest there but it didn't seem to phase her. There was 30 minutes of free play, then some snacks and then 30 mins of singing.
She got involved and was shouting away at everyone. She was happy to sit with the others during snack time and munched away on grapes and bananas. However, she wasn't quite sure about the singing but when the bubble machine came out she screamed in glee.
I must admit, I hardly knew any of the songs!! I'm not big on singing so I only know the basics such as the original Twinkle Twinkle Little Star etc.
Bee is SO different to Munchkin. Munchkin was a nervous, shy child who would cry when someone gave her attention. Bee however, was smiling away mashAllah and babbling away to anyone who spoke to her. During snack time I thought she may make another child cry as she grabbed her leg. Ooops.
Well seeing as Bee enjoyed it so much, I guess we will be venturing out more to all the different groups. I even managed to chat to a few friendly mums so got some adult conversation! It will be good to get to know them better.
A win win all around.
The only negative is that I wish the toys were a bit cleaner. The mat she is sitting on in the picture above was filthy and could do with a wash. Some of the toys looked abit battered and as Bee is at that stage where EVERYTHING goes in her mouth, I did worry abit.
Yes I know they may not always be the healthiest of snacks but hey, they are fine now and then.
So I was pretty happy to be able to review the new Walkers Hoops and Crosses.
AND we got a monkey!
Although the less said about the fate of the monkey the better:
We were sent the roast beef flavour. In all my years of munching on crisps, I have NEVER tried beef crisps. So I had to decide if I actually wanted to try them; Munchkin point blank refused to eat them. The other issue is that nowhere on the pack does it say that they are suitable for vegetarians. Not that I am a vegetarian, but whatever I eat must be halaal. However, other bloggers in the blogging community had queried this and received confirmation that the crisps are suitable for vegetarians.
So I was brave and tried them.
And I must admit they weren't too bad, although I would prefer to try the other flavours which are prawn cocktail and salt and vinegar. Bee decided to snatch one off me and she quite happily munched away and didn't choke; she sure is a greedy guts. And speaking of munching, these are very similar to Monster Munch texture wise!
The good thing about Walkers Hoops and Crosses is that each bag only has 85 calories. They are also made from wholegrains and have no artificial colours or preservatives.
So if you are a crisp fan like me, then these are worth trying; I will definitely be trying out the other flavours.
Disclaimer: I was sent a free packets of crisps and was compensated for my time. However all thoughts and opinions are my own.