Regular readers will know that my children are fortunate in that they have lots of cousins of similar age and they all get on. When they meet up it’s lovely to see them playing and laughing and growing up together. One of the family members live a little further afield and this year we have all become Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) members so that we can meet up at Wisley Gardens and let them all play together. So far this is our third visit, and the first in autumn. I thought I’d share some of our photos from our day out for the Britmums and Aldi Mamia #MamiaDaysOut challenge. We were sent a hamper full of on the go snacks and drinks to try from Aldi’s popular Mamia range, together with some vouchers to buy nappies and wipes.
We have an Aldi round the corner from us and are regular shoppers there. I must admit, though, I buy their nappies and wipes but I don’t usually buy baby food. We did baby led weaning with Daniel so I didn’t buy much ‘baby food,’ for him, I just gave him what the others or we were eating. I wasn’t convinced about the purpose made food for infants. Wisley Gardens had a sculpture trail to explore when we went which was very exciting, there was a giant astronaut made of botanicals, then a secret door. Every corner there was another art installation, the adults trying to take in a bit of culture as the children ran riot! There’s a huge rockery and several ponds with ducks and fish to see, Daniel loves it now he can say Duck and Fish! At last it was picnic time. There are a couple of picnic areas we’ve tried, there’s an undercover one and the one we chose that day under the apple trees.
First off, we tried the rice cakes, which we had both apple and raspberry flavour. I’ve bought plain rice cakes before with not much interest from anyone, but they all, not just Daniel absolutely loved them! I have those foodsaver clips to reseal packets which are a godsend (an essential mum item) so I could reseal the packet. It was really handy afterwards having a packet in my bag to whip out for a snack when I got caught short or needed to keep him amused. I didn’t think the others would like them but they did. We also tried the apple and pear puree pots instead of our normal yoghurts that day – they don’t need to be refrigerated so they’re good to keep in a bag for days out. Daniel had no complaints, he ate the lot!
For my children’s drinks I normally just buy no added sugar squash or give them water and for a treat lemonade or coke (once they’re over 4). The Aldi juice bottles work well for a picnic, as they’re ready made, the one bottle didn’t last long with my three though and was soon gone. It’s made with spring water, 63% apple juice and 3% blackcurrant juice, both from concentrate. It has no added sugar or sweeteners, but does contain naturally occurring sugars, so I wouldn’t use a lot of it, especially for a baby under 1 and would probably water it down for Daniel (plus it would go further!). The flavours of the juice complemented our spot under the apple trees in the orchard. Afterwards we took a walk around the trained trees, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland when she goes to the Queen of hearts’ picnic. The pumpkins looked ripe and ready for Halloween and the sunflower amphitheater was an impressive spectacle. There’s a curly whirly path that leads to the top of a mountain (hill) which they all ran up and down a couple of times.
Wisley Gardens has an impressive set of greenhouses which have different micro climates, you really feel like you’re in the rainforest. I love seeing the colourful plants and transporting myself into the jungle. There’s a waterfall you can get behind and lots of information. There’s a cafe with a play area, although we were slightly too late that day as they were closing it ahead of the gardens closing. We bought some plants from the shop for our garden to attempt some colour for winter, then it was time to head home.
The Aldi fruit and savoury pouches are perfect for on the go snacking and feeding, the screw top lid reseals the pouch so you can save any you don’t use. Again, I wasn’t sure if Daniel would like it as he’s not really had any purees, but he thought they were rather tasty! By the time we’d finished at the Gardens, they were all hungry again and Daniel polished two of the fruit pouches off in the car! Phoebe had one too but William wasn’t so keen (he is 7 after all – he liked the rice cakes though). They come in a wide range of flavours – banana and apples & strawberries and apples were firm favourites with us. I’m pleased to note they’re 100% organic, have no thickeners, added sugar or preservatives. Again, they will contain naturally occurring sugars. I’m not surprised they’ve won the Loved By Parents platinum award for the best organic baby food range.
As I mentioned before, we do use Aldi Mamia nappies and wipes, I like the fun jungle themed design on them, Daniel wears size 5 currently and we’ve never had a problem with leaks or the tape ripping. We prefer the fragrance free wipes, and the flip top lid is handy for resealing. The best thing for me with the Mamia range is the price – prices start at jus 59p , which makes it a good value, good quality range of children’s foods for on the go. We managed to wipe them out completely and Daniel fell asleep in the car on the way home. He stayed up til 10 though, just to keep us on our toes…
This post is an entry for the BritMums #MamiaDaysOut Challenge, sponsored by Aldi Mamia
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