Book Review: The Goodbye Chair

The Goodbye Chair Book ReviewThe Goodbye Chair, written by Josephine Carson Barr and Illustrated by Simon Barr is a wonderful and heart warming book about a 4 year old boy, Nicholas.

Nannie is feeling sad because she has go home so Nicholas comes up with a great plan to make her feel happy.

The illustrations are simply wonderful, kids will enjoy looking at them while you read the story to them. It’s a great story for younger readers to learn to read as well.

Jo Carson-Barr has been writing for children for about five years.

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Book review by Louise, The Baby View.

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Best-Dressed Bump

Spring has sprung, and if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you’ll love these stylish, comfortable, and affordable spring fashions from leading maternity clothing designer Breastmates.

Everyday maternity

When your body shape is changing rapidly and in unexpected ways, finding maternity clothing that fits and flatters can feel like a challenge – especially when you’re not quite sure how big that bump is going to grow! These two everyday pregnancy basics are comfortably adaptable for pregnancy and beyond.

Adored Pregnancy Breastfeeding Top

Every pregnant woman’s wardrobe should have one or two “staple” items, and the Adored Pregnancy Breastfeeding Top is a soft and simple shirt that accommodates body changes effortlessly. The pale blue colour is soothing to the eye while conjuring up images of cloudless spring skies! Stick to soft and stretchy fabric that won’t irritate your skin, as sometimes pregnant mums experience skin sensitivity while they’re expecting. This longer-length top comfortably covers your bump and there’s even a hidden breastfeeding opening, so it’s like two tops in one – a pregnancy essential and a breastfeeding godsend.

Zen Maternity Shorts

These are a great essential in any wardrobe, and although they might look like a basic pair of shorts they are so comfortable and versatile. Depending on what top and shoes you wear, these suit almost any occasion.

Darling Wrap Dress

A great trans-seasonal piece, the Darling Wrap Dress is versatile enough to wear to work or out and about – and comfortable enough for those days when you just want to stay home and rest your pregnant body! The three-quarter sleeves provide coverage without overheating you, and the tulip hemline is flattering to your growing body. Wrap dresses are particularly convenient for midwife check-ups, ultrasound appointments, and for wearing throughout labour as it gives easy access but keeps you covered when you want to be. A pregnancy must-have, it allows you to breastfeed discreetly too.

Everyday Maternity from Breastmates

Frances McInnes is the founder and director of Breastmates, an online maternity and breastfeeding boutique. Frances is also the designer of the exclusive Breastmates range of clothing for pregnancy, breastfeeding, and beyond, available at www.breastmates.co.nz. A mum of two, Frances is a passionate advocate for supporting all women as they navigate motherhood, whatever their feeding choice may be.

Breastmates Maternity Fashion

Lemon, Golden Syrup and Coconut Loaf Recipe

This delicious lemon, golden syrup and coconut loaf recipe by Nadia Lim is the third recipe in the Baby View Guest Chef Series.

Lemon, Golden Syrup and Coconut Loaf Recipe

Makes 2 Loaves | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

You can make this moist lemony loaf gluten-free by using more ground almonds in place of the flour. It can also be baked as a whole cake (bake for about 1 hour), or as smaller muffins in a muffin pan (bake for about 25 minutes). The icing is optional, but a yummy addition!

Lemon, golden syrup and coconut loaf recipeINGREDIENTS
plain flour 2 cups
baking powder 1 tablespoon (gluten-free if needed)
ground almond 2 cups
thread or desiccated coconut 1 cup
salt one pinch
lemons finely grated zest of 4
lemon juice 2/3 cups freshly squeezed
eggs 5
golden syrup 1 cup
vanilla extract 2 teaspoons
neutral oil 1 ½ cups (e.g. grapeseed or canola)
lemon cream cheese icing* (see recipe below), optional
coconut thread, toasted

METHOD
Preheat oven to 180 degC/355 Fahrenheit (or 170 degC/340 Fahrenheit fanbake). Grease and line two loaf tins with baking paper.

Place all cake ingredients into a large food processor and blitz until well combined. If you don’t have a food processor, sieve flour and baking powder together and combine with ground almonds, coconut and salt. Beat remaining cake ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined. Add flour mixture to wet mixture and mix together until well combined.

Pour batter into prepared loaf tins, dividing equally, and bake until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean and loaf springs back when lightly touched, about 35-40 minutes. Leave in tin to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

If you are icing the loaves, wait until they have completely cooled before icing them and sprinkle over coconut thread.

Lemon Cream Cheese Icing
Beat 150g softened cream cheese with the finely grated zest of 1 lemon, 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice and ¼ cup icing sugar until smooth.

Recipe supplied by Nadia Lim, ‘The Good Food Cook’

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Best Family Photographer Winner: Belinda Carr Photography

Belinda Carr Photography won our Best Family Photographer category in our 2014 Best in Home Business Awards.

Tell me about yourself and your business: My name is Belinda Carr. I am 26 years old and I am married to the man of my dreams and have 2 beautiful children, we live in the Northern Suburbs of Wellington. I own and operate a home based business called Belinda Carr Photography. I specialise in newborn photography and my services including Posed & Lifestyle session and also Birth & Fresh48. I cover Wellington region and Kapiti Coast

What does it mean to you about winning this award?

It means a lot to win this award! my business has been going for a relatively short time (1.5 years). Winning this award helps me build brand recognition and promotes my business well as I currently do little advertising apart my website. It is also great that the voters were impressed with my work, this gives me great confidence :)

What is your greatest business achievement to date?

I can not pinpoint a greatest achievement due to the short time in business. However I am proud I have started a home based business from scratch and already have a fantastic clientele and fan base in a short time frame + I have won this award.

Belinda Carr PhotographyWho has been the biggest influence in your business?

My children are my biggest influence. Taking snap shots of them growing up led me into this industry. They motivate me to be successful and give me the drive to continue to grow my business. My children are my inspiration.

Anything exciting going on right now or about to happen in your business?

As I respond to these questions I am preparing for 3 photo shoots this week. This is very exciting as is a key indicator my business is growing. I rely on word of mouth referrals. If someone refers business they are obviously impressed with my work and the fact I have 3 in a week confirms to me that my work makes my clients happy and satisfied.

What did you do before you started your business?

Prior to starting my business I was a trained hair dresser working at various salons in Taupo and Wellington. After the birth of my 2 children I realised this was not a career I wanted to pursue. After always having a strong passion in photography & digital media and also a LOVE for babies I decided to start a Newborn photography business – it’s a perfect match for me and I love everything about my job and I am sure it shows in my images :)

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