Mummy Mondays – What’s in my bag plus a Cocobella review!

Thomas bag header IMG_2598 Mummy Mondays – What’s in my Bag plus Cocobella Kids Coconut water review

Actually this post is really about what’s in Daniel’s bag, however so often when going to kids parties and outings I end up just using Mr D’s bag as my own so as not to double up on things hanging off my shoulder.

We were recently sent some sample packs of Australia’s first range of coconut water drinks for kids by Cocobella so included in this post is a review on this new healthy option that has kept our active little toddler hydrated throughout the warm summer days.

The above photo may look like a lot of items but really when you pack it all away it doesn’t take up much space at all and, to be honest, for short trips to the shops or visiting friends, sometimes I even forget to take Mr D’s bag!

First things first, the bag we are currently using is this bright Thomas the Tank Engine backpack that came in one of the showbags we bought from the Royal Melbourne Show last year, see post here!

1. Thomas the Tank Engine backpack
2. Wipes for sticky fingers and cleaning up mess
3. Sunscreen and matching swimwear just in case we hit the beach or water parks
4. Lego Movie towel – comes really handy when we visit Werribee Zoo (post coming soon!)
5. Spare change of clothes – shorts and tee
6. Mr D’s yearly zoo and museum passes – we’ve been loving being able to visit the animals whenever we like and recently bought a friend this for her two-year-old’s birthday – they make such great presents that can be enjoyed all year round!
7. A mini picture book – Mr D is still obsessed with all things automobile
8. A hat, undies and socks – yes, Mr D is out of nappies and we are so happy to see our little man growing up!
9. A couple of toys to keep him occupied
10. Biscuits, fruit, jelly, a bottle of water and Cocobella coconut water for kids – snacks are a must for active little toddlers

Some items not pictured but you can normally find in Mr D’s backpack are plastic bags (for rubbish or wet items), my purse, lip balm, phone and keys, and Mr D’s sunnies.

What’s currently in your kids’ bag?!
Coconut water The Urban Ma Blog If you’ve been following my Instagram feed you’d have seen we attended the Kids Business Blogger BBQ and there we met some lovely bloggers, brands and sampled some wonderful products for our precious ones. One of those products was a pack of Cocobella Kids’ coconut water range with no added sugar, no added colours, flavours, additivites or preservatives.

Mr D normally consumes water and milk, and he was super excited to have something different and yummy to drink.

“It’s so yummy mummy”, was what Mr D happily exclaimed as he slurped away at his first taste of these handy and healthy, drinks that are naturally rich in electrolytes. So yummy in fact that I may have finished off a few packs myself :)IMG_2608Some Cocobella Kids facts!:

- Cocobella Kids is a lunch-box friendly and healthy coconut water drink for kids made from 70% coconut water, 30% fruit juice and nothing else.
– Cocobella Kids is available in 200ml Tetre-Pak (BPA-free)
– Available in two yummy flavours: Apple Berry Breeze and Tropical Island
Cocobella Kids retails for $3.49 per 3-pack in Woolworths supermarkets nationally.

If you want further info check out http://www.cocobellakids.com.au #cocobellakids

What are some snacks and drinks that you or your kids are currently loving?

Coconut water for kids The Urban Ma blog*This is not a sponsored post. We were gifted packs of Cocobella Kids coconut water for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own. Cocobella Kids also donated 100 x 3 packs to Mr D’s childcare centre. 

Work lunch #7 Waffee waffles and coffee

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Waffee Waffles and Coffee
Emporium LG-32, 287 Lonsdale st, Melbourne

An impromptu trip into the city with grandma, Mr 2 came into the CBD for the day and I met him and the family for a quick lunch at Emporium.

It was short and sweet consisting of an amazing mocha and waffle concoction from Waffee found on the lower ground floor.

Nicely presented. Attentive staff. Clean, bright interior. Well made waffles.

I didn’t get much time to look at the menu as I rushed to head back to the other end of the city but it seems that Waffee offers a variety of flavours which you can order and take away in a Waffee box.

The delicious smell of freshly made waffles will hook you in.

Waffee Waffles+Coffee on Urbanspoon

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Work lunch #6 – Duck crepes at Choix

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Choix Creperie – 620 Collins st, Melbourne

Soft, smooth crepes filled with an array of sweet and savoury choices.

With a few friends working down at this end of Collins street the recommendations on places to eat are endless! We are spoilt for choice with morning coffee and lunch time haunts and this time Mon took us to Choix.

Not very far at all from Southern Cross station and down a little laneway studded with cafes, we were lucky to grab a table inside this cozy little eatery.

I ordered the duck crepe as Mon had been talking it up and it was perfect! It was served with smiles and was generously filled with soft, well cooked duck. I had a taste of the meatball crepe and it too tasted so good with an unexpected dollop of creamy mayo that went really well with the sauce.

Another place to add to my list of places to return to as I want to try the sweet menu items!

Choix Creperie Café on Urbanspoon

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Two hands are for…?

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Time to be still and reflect.
Then straight after church was some family fun in the sun to bring people together and welcome the new prep families!

Grateful for this supportive network of spiritual beings who are there in times of happiness and help out in times of need. #lovetoknowyou

What did you get up to today?
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My favourite place is..

2015/02/img_0258.pngTotally true right?

Especially from little toddlers! – I LOVE coming home to hugs from Mr 2!

This Valentine’s Day give out hugs like they don’t cost a thing because without saying a word they can be one of the most powerful ways to bring us all closer together. A simple gesture that can make you instantly feel better. A nice, big, tight hug. Best!

#lovetoknowyou

Work lunch #5 Every Friday smoke comes wafting out from the Rialto forecourt

2015/02/img_0243-0.png Merchant BBQ – Rialto forecourt Collins st, Melbourne

Thanks to a focus on mindfulness and wellbeing at work, a few of us decided to get out and about to enjoy the bright weather and each other’s company. When a work mate suggested we go out for a team lunch across the road for a BBQ I thought, where? Turns out every Friday right in the forecourt of the Rialto tower Merchant gets the barbie going.

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A friendly crowd waited in the line that moved quite quickly and I ended up chatting to some others on their lunch break who told me that they’ve been coming here Friday for their lunch (they work just right above!).

I ordered the charcoal spit roast lamb with a generous serve of condiments and it was saucy and filling.

We’ll definitely be back again as I’ve heard the chicken spit is a must from their menu! If you’re not into spit roast, you also have sizzling sausages as an option for lunch. A Virgin Mary refreshment accompanied my meal as they were promoting the upcoming tomato festival…seems like Melbourne has an abundance of festivals at the moment.

Fridays until sold out, get to the Rialto early and enjoy a relaxed casual atmosphere with meaty goodness.

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Everywhere you go…

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Love one another.

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