It was my nieces first birthday party at the weekend and I went for the watermelon hedgehog. It turned out surprisingly well and was very easy to do. Really adds a fun and healthy aspect to kids party food. I think next time I would try and get a larger watermelon but for some reason all the shops only had tiny ones. It is very addictive, going to try the shark for my sisters birthday next month! Let me know if you have tried it, share your pics, what did you carve?
I have just discovered that ScratchSleeves have brought out a range of pyjamas. Has anyone tried these?
They have the same silk mits as the sleeves on both the hands and feet and the feet are enclosed to reduce scratching. The scratchSleeves helped my son dramatically and I do remember thinking when my sons eczema was at its worst is there nothing for feet!
They are 100% cotton and come in blue or pink, £17.50 from 6-18 months. www.scratchsleeves.co.uk
Another quick and easy soup that is a firm favourite in our household.
1 tblsp tomato puree
500 – 750ml stock (I use Kalo ‘low salt’ vegetable cubes)
In a pan, cook the onion in olive oil until soft, not browned. Add the remaining ingredients and cook. I use a pressure cooker and it takes about 15-20 minutes. Liquidise and voila, so easy! You can add some fresh dill and Oatley cream to jazz it up a bit.
I was given a calcium points chart by our dietician and feel we are just not meeting the full 9 points my son requires in his diet. He prefers Oatley milk which doesn’t have nearly as much calcium as some of the other milks such as coconut, rice or soya.
I have now been prescribed a calcium supplement. I went for the Cacit Effervescent tablets but notice there is quite a selection available. Others on the list were: Calcium Sandoz Syrup, Adcal Chewable Tablets and Calcichew Chewable Tablets. I picked the tablets as we already have vitamin drops but would really appreciate some advice if you have experience of any of these supplements!
This salve was first bought for us by a friend after she saw an interview with the founder on Daybreak. It is amazing and I truly believe it helped us beat the steroid cycle. It calmed down William’s skin almost immediately and we noticed a marked difference overnight, skin was less red and itchy. It is very thick and ‘forms a semi-occlusive barrier which protects the skin from external irritants’.
I remember being so happy to have found a product that is completely natural on his skin after all the steroids. Skin salvation ingredients are 100% natural: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Aqua (Water), Alcohol (from tinctures), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla, Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract
I still use it on any dry patches he has. In fact we all use it every day for dry skin, lips etc
The bath oil is great too and has a lovely scent – added lavender gives the added bonus of making wee one sleepy at bed time. We tend to use it every second bath as water really dries out the skin. A good tip if your child suffers with eczema is not to bath every night!
If I had to recommend just one product it would be this, for us it really is a miracle cream. I usually buy it from my local Wholefoods Market or Holland and Barrett but you can buy from their website where they usually have some great deals! They have a trial size at £6 which is perfect if you want to try it out and perfect for on the go. www.purepotions.co.uk
You can also download a GP Information pack to give to your doctor and see if they will prescribe it: http://purepotions.co.uk/pages/prescription I would be interested to hear if any of you have managed to get this product on prescription as we weren’t able too.
Soup is my big thing! I have always loved it and have made soup for my son since I started weaning him. It is a great way to get kids eating vegetables and with him having food allergies, I am always on the lookout for soups where I can include calcium rich vegetables. Great if kids are going through the green veg fussy stage or for weaning. Start with simple ingredients and liquidise progressing to a more chunky soup as they get older. It is also a quick and easy meal to make, soup and a sandwich for lunch, can’t beat it!
I use a pressure cooker for soups. If you make a lot of soups, I would thoroughly recommend investing in one. It cuts down the cooking time and preserves the goodness in veg too!
This soup is so easy to prepare not to mention super healthy and tasty.
1 large onion
A dash of olive oil
1 large potato
1 litre of vegetable stock
1 head of broccoli (300g chopped)
Dairy free cheese to garnish
Cook the onion until soft then add the potato and stock. Simmer until the potato is tender. Add the broccoli and cook for 3-4 minutes. Make sure the broccoli is tender but still bright green then liquidize. Serve with cheese on top, you could also use a dairy free cream like Oatley.
I was looking for a rucksack for my son starting playgroup and came across the pacapod. I love this bag and it is perfect for his medication as it has lots of compartments so I have separate ones for his epi pen and piraton. I laminated an emergency treatment plan which we got from our allergy nurse which stays in his bag at all times and there is a pocket at the front for a photo which is ideal to display his allergy card and picture.
It comes in a selection of colours and animal prints with cute ears, very distinctive which is good as I need to identify and gain access to his bag at all times. There is also a detachable safety strap for when you are out and about with little one. We never leave home without it! £24.95 from http://www.pacapod.com/pic-mix/changer-toy-pod.html
I love all the traditional party food I used to have when I was young like cocktail sausages, jelly cups, homemade ice lollies, marshmallow cakes and pineapple hedgehogs and a lot of these can still be adapted and made for those with allergies.
I came across a few brilliant sites with creative food ideas for your childs party. They are not necessarily all allergy friendly so take care but some good ideas and many can be adapted:
Send me your pics and recipes and I’ll post them on the site!
My wee ones 3rd birthday is coming up in July and we are going dairy free all round. He asked me the other day out of nowhere if I would make him a dairy free birthday cake so it got me thinking…
My search is on for the perfect dairy, egg, nut and soya free cake recipe! Any suggestions?