A Backyard Picnic

by | Nov 8, 2013 | Little Giveaways, PERSONAL AND FAMILY | 8 comments

Becoming a mother means becoming responsible for another little life, and nowhere is this more of a challenge for me than ensuring that my kids eat well every, single day. Dealing with fussiness has been an issue for all my children at one stage or another and adding the limitations of a food intolerance to the mix has seen me struggling to find options my children can and will eat.

Harlow appears to have some kind of dairy allergy and I can't tell you how frustrating this has been since yoghurt was a staple for the boys when they were her age. It was something I could feed them and know that no matter how they picked at other meals, I had managed to get something good and nutritious into their bellies. 

Not only is dairy out for my little girl but she is also the queen of independence which means no-one else can feed her. It makes ensuring she has enough to eat each day really tricky since she is ultimately in control of how much goes in. 

But spring is here and in terms of meal times, it is a blessing. Warm weather means BBQs! And this little family of five all love a barbecued feast. All of us. It's a miracle!

One evening last week, when the sun finally decided to shine in Melbourne once again, we threw down a rug on the grass and ate out. An impromptu picnic. It was awesome. The kids love it because they feel like it's something fun and different and I love it because the kids are free to be as messy as they are naturally inclined to be. Little animals.

Harlow was in heaven, helping herself to a bit of everything. I was beside myself with joy watching her munch on sweet corn, capsicum, potato and spinach leaves. At 18 months of age, developing her tastes is all about allowing her to explore food. It was kind of a big deal – especially since our last trip to the maternal and child nurse revealed Harlow's weight had fallen into the 10th percentile.

The kid needs to eat. And on this lovely evening, she did just that.    

Here are altogether too many snaps of our backyard picnic;


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Win a pack of Bandana Bibs from Annabel Trends

Harlow is a serial bib remover. Hates bibs. In some kind of alternate universe, she did not seem to even notice she was wearing the sweet little Daisy bandana bib.

If you would like to win a pack (valued at $AU29.95), simply leave a comment below stating which design you would choose. Check out the choices here.  

Terms & Conditions

This competition is open to residents within Australia only and is a game of chance. Entries close on Saturday 16 November 2013 at midnight AEDT. The winner will be drawn randomly and announced on the blog on Monday 18 November 2013. The winner must make contact via email within 5 days or another winner will be drawn.   

Good luck!

Disclaimer: In addition to a small fee I charge for giveaways, I was gifted the Daisy bib you see Harlow wearing in the pictures and because I love you, I asked that one be gifted to a lucky reader via this giveaway. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who help make The Little Mumma blog possible.   

Hello friends


I’m Angie!  I mum. I write. I wife. My husband would say this is the correct order.  He’s so neeeedy. I live with my family in Melbourne, Australia, where I complain about the weather for 90% of the year – but I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Except maybe in Lake Como, waving to my neighbours George and Amal each morning.

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  1. Angela Fortt

    Great pictures! I’d love to win the lion/roar bibs please. My 10 month old little man is a little roarer from way back and mummy or daddy roaring like a lion still gets lots and lots of giggles.

  2. Jane

    Oh sweet baby Harlow you are Devine… The photo of her looking at her daddy melted my heart dads and daughters does it get any better?? They have a special bond my man gets to have that bond twice lucky thing I’ll never get the son and mum bond but hey that’s ok it’s meant to be xox…
    Oh and I think my Ally Rose would rock the spots and heart one LOVE these bandanas almost makes you want a baby who dribbles 🙂 …

  3. Bek

    Gorgeous pics!
    Jack is a total bib remover too, not to mention a drooling, teething mess at the mo 🙂
    I’d choose the lion/roar ones too!

  4. Bec | Mumma Tells

    Corn cobs and tiny people – YES! My {little} Big Girl demolishes them and you could easily die of the cute. X

  5. Miranda Smithers

    You feel like you’ve accomplished something amazing when they actually eat, don’t you! I’d love the spot/hearts pack. Gorgeous!

  6. Lachalle Jones

    I love a great giveaway ! New to Aussie from Canada just starting to learn where all this cute stuff comes from .I would love to receive the planes and checks one .

  7. bubble936

    I would choose lion & roar pack for my little boy – he is very good at removing his Velcro bibs by pulling them. I am sure he will not be able to open snap buttons from Annabel trends Bandana Bibs & these cute bibs will save so many dresses..

  8. Elly.K

    These bandana bibs are just divine. LOVE the ones that your gorgeous daughter is wearing.
    They would be the ones i would choose – the daisy and coral set.


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