Thursday, 28 July 2016

Home made baby food

What to feed your little one? We all want the best for our children, and to ensure they have the best start in life. And food is a big part of baby and mum's day to day routine.

Time and money are precious, and we all want to manage it the best way possible.

I know that my little one will eventually come in contact with all the processed s**t that is sold as food. And I am not radical about my approach to food, but for as long as I can, I will only give her natural and unprocessed foods.

Now for me it was already a big disappointment when I could not breastfeed and was desperate to. But more on that in another blog. And being a fan of Dr Robert Morse, I knew I would give her fruits as soon as possible and take her out of the fast food formula she has been on from birth.

Again, my plan was to blog about each event as it took place, and tah dah!!!! My baby is 6 months old and this is my second post for Mum's Favorites blog.

Now it is recommended to only feed breast milk or formula to babies under 6 months old, and I am not advising you against it. But in my own personal experience, I started feeding my baby fruits from 4 months old.

It is simple enough, blend the fruit with a bit of water and feed it to her. Just Fresh fruit and water.

She is still on formula, I would say at the moment she is on about 60% formula and 40% fruit. So it is a process for sure and every child will be different. Mother's instinct here will help decide when it is the right time to introduce fruits. Her first fruit was pineapple. 

I am hoping to get some videos done showing how I prepare the fruit for her.

As with everything else that concerns your baby, everyone will have a different option on what is best, what works and what you should do, what you should not. But it is up to you to decide what is best for your child, and what suits your particular lifestyle and budget.

Yes it will be easier to buy ready made baby food, yes it will be easier to use disposable diapers and disposable wet wipes, yes it will be easier to keep her on formula as long as possible... but what is convenience for me, may not be what is best for my baby, so it does take a bit of organizing your day and priorities. And never be to hard on yourself. I watch and ready tons of health advise online, and some of these channel and blogs make it look very easy, but in real life its not always so. So sometimes I have given her ready made baby food, and used disposable diapers and wet wipes, and baby formula is an option for many of us that, WANT TO, but cannot breastfeed. (will link the blog here soon)

Another point is the cost. Do you save money or do you spend more? I have not really done the math on this one. And being summer right now I can find all the fruit I want and need. Let's see how winter will affect it.

Friday, 22 July 2016

BT phone scam

A few days ago I receive a call claiming to be from BT. The person explained that there was high activity in my account and that they suspected that my computer had been hacked.

I am so angry at myself for not knowing from the beginning that this was a scam call.

They asked me to log in into my pc so they could tell me how to fix the problem or they would disconnect my internet in order to fix the problem.

They wanted me to log in into those sites that give remote access to another user. Can't believe I amongst did it, the security in my pc blocked the access and my baby started crying. I told the guy that he would have to call some other time and he was very pushy that it had to be done. My hero baby saved me on this one as she is my priority so I disconnected the call.

After feeding my hero, I texted my husband about this call, and straighten away he called me to say it was a bogus call. THEN the penny dropped. Of course they are not from BT. Still they called again and I said that I had reported the call to BT and the police, and he disconnected, which was I lie as I hadn't had the time to call BT yet.

But an hour later I get another call, same guy for sure, who said that he was calling back following my complaint to BT about a scam call. I pretended to go with it to see what he would say, and again he was asking to log in to my pc.

I let my frustrations out, in a control manner because my little one was near me. All the anger I felt towards him, and towards myself. I wanted to scream every swear word in the world, but held myself back.

I phoned BT to report the fraud call. And this is when I am angry again. They said they are aware this scam is going on and what I can do is buy some product from them they will block these calls from my line.

BT is financially benefiting from these type of scams and nuisance calls, they are fully aware that these low life parasites are impersonating them but don't appear to care or to take any measures to try to stop it.

Until a few days ago I would describe myself as computer savvy, but if I almost fell for this, for sure it must be others that may believe it too.

The problem lies in Fear. We are all to some extent programmed to respond to fear. It is a control program that runs all the time on the background of our minds. It tells us to obey authority, to be a good citizen and comply.

So in my fear of not having internet for a while, and my fear that my pc was hacked, I almost gave control of all my information to a low life parasite. In my eager to help and assist, I was ready to follow instructions given to me without asking why.

This has been a massive trigger for me. I had this idea of myself as being aware and in control, being streetwise and smart. But this has been good in terms of seeing how Fear has affected my better judgement of the situation. How easily I obeyed and complied without questioning.

When any "authority" real or fake tells you to do something, what the person in control does is ask questions. If I had asked a few simple questions the first time they called I would know for sure that they were dirty liars.

I am thankful that my pc security and my baby stopped me when they did. And I am also thankful for this experience, that I was given the opportunity to see how an insinuation caused fear in my mind and lead me to accept what I was told even when in reality I had a sense that the situation was odd but pushed the feeling aside in my eager to please.