Breakfast the BEAR cub way with Alphabites

Joe cub Bear Alpha Bites

 I was recently invited by BEAR to become a member of their Happy By Nature Team and I couldn’t be happier to join in the fun! BEAR make delicious natural nibbles without any nasty additives or sugars and we are huge fans of their yummy snacks, including pure fruit yoyos and Alphabites breakfast cereal. It is genuinely a pleasure to work with a brand whose philosophies so closely match my own, and whose products are already a part of our day to day life…I can’t actually remember the last time I left the house without a couple of BEAR yoyos tucked into my bag for the day…maybe around 2010 when Mia was just a little toddler!

When it comes to breakfast cereal there is often a difference of opinion between what Mia and Joe would like to choose (chocolate flavour always, often sugary, generally with animals or cartoon characters on the box) and what I allow them to choose from (wholegrain, lower-sugar, preferably something fairly healthy that will at least fill up their tummies until mid-morning snack time). You probably won’t be surprised to hear that there are very few cereals that meet everyone’s likes here! The cereal aisle at the supermarket can be a battle ground…thank goodness for online grocery shopping.

One cereal that we definitely agree about is BEAR Alphabites, especially their all time favourite the cocoa flavour. It looks and tastes very much like other chocolate cereals, but is 100% natural, only contains 6 ingredients and has absolutely no added refined sugar…basically the cereal of most parent’s dreams! Alphabites also come in multigrain flavour, which is also delicious, and both flavours of the cereal are shaped like letters of the alphabet. Joe is just learning to spell his own name at preschool, so really enjoys finding the J, O and E in his cereal bowl. We’re keeping it simple with the shortened version of his name for now, he can work out spelling Joseph at a later date!

Both flavours of Alphabites are really tasty and have a nice natural sweetness rather than being overwhelmingly sickly sweet, thanks to the sprinkling of coconut blossom nectar. Coconut blossom nectar is full of minerals that help bones and muscles grow, help absorb vitamins and give little immune systems a boost. Mia and Joe also like how the cocoa flavour Alphabites make their breakfast milk go cocoa-y…like chocolate milk apparently!

BEAR have recently redesigned the Alphabites box to look even more like a cute bear, and each box now has little ears that pop up! Joe, never wanting to be out-cuted by a bear has joined in too, with a little face paint, some bear cub ears and some lovely soft jamies he looks the part. Adventure rucksack on, and he was off to explore the garden.

We have been lucky enough to have had over a week of lovely sunny weather now, and the weekend was gorgeous for most of the uk, a proper little taste of summer.

The muscari have popped up all over the garden, and bear cub Joe was very willing to pick a few for us to arrange in the kitchen.

He even managed a little ROAR! Whilst his lovely smudgy face paint only lasted a morning, his explorer backpack has become a firm favourite, as have the Alphabites.

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A Snowdrop Story

On one of the coldest weekends this winter I dragged my little family outdoors for some snowdrop-themed exploring. Every year I find that I go a little crazy at the sight of the first springtime flowers, and even if the weather is far from spring-like we head outdoors to parks and woodland to find snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils.

Welford Park near Newbury is well-known for being the home of the Great British Bake Off, but at this time of year the famous white tent is nowhere to be seen and the grounds are completely covered by snowdrops. Along the river banks and through the woodland areas tiny green shoots and white flowers had bloomed making a gorgeous white carpet of snowdrops.

Welford only opens it’s gardens for one month of the year for visitors to come and see the snowdrops, making it extra special. The grounds used to be home to a monastry and the snowdrops were grown alongside other medicinal plants by the monks living there. Over time they have spread to cover acres of the gardens.

Joe’s little pale hands and pink nose give some idea of how cold it was when we visited Welford. Completely, can’t feel your hands or toes freezing! And yes, gloves would have been a sensible idea, unless you’re three years old and know much better than your parents. I’m just glad he gave in and wore a cosy puddlesuit!

I really love the snowdrop’s simple white flowers and gentle raindrop shape. There were so many slightly different varieties of snowdrops in the gardens, all mixed together in little clusters or gathered around the base of trees. And I learned a brand new word to add to my floral lexicon….galanthus!

It looked almost like the woods were covered in snow; such a magical sight which was beautiful in it’s own right, but also that recognition that flowers mean the end of winter, and the start of the exciting spring flower season. In the space of a few weeks the jumps from snowdrops to crocuses and then hellebores and daffodils to bluebells.

A girl and her stick…Mia and Joe appreciated the woods and the mud, even if they weren’t too interested in the snowdrops. There was a tea tent at Welford too, and they can always be persuaded to go for a walk if promised hot chocolate or cake!

Welford has just closed again for the year (I wonder whether Bake Off will be filmed here this summer now that it has left the BBC). I’m sure they will open the gardens again next spring for their snowdrop weekends and I will definitely be hoping the visit again.

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