Being out and about in Nature is important to me.
It’s incredibly grounding especially when I can go barefoot 💖 No bare feet here but it was an incredible spot. This tree was absolutely perfect!!! It was so.... I can’t even think of a word or sentence to sum it up. It kinda just felt peaceful and special at the same time.
It was a surprise as Mason and I were just exploring and happened to find it. Sadly it will probably be cut down as they finish building that estate 😭
Today was the most beautiful day here in Melbourne 💖
How was yours? #melbourne#workfromanywhere#worklifebalance#nature#treehugger#soul#allergymum
NOAH | I still can’t believe how quickly things have changed. He sleeps through the night. Naps are gone. And the latest in all the Pickl-It awesomeness.. we have normal solid-looking stools! 3.5 years of mush, punctuated with a more formed mush here or there but mostly mush, of every shade. When he detoxed from breastmilk and we had an array of stuff leave his body, the one thing I think I failed to mention (or maybe I did?) was the smell. Fizzy like champagne. With his yeast overgrowth diagnosis I knew it must be candida die-off. What else could smell like that? Well I’m pleased to report that that smell is back with the introduction of all the fermented goodies. Hooray! The latest fizz was thanks to the addition of onion brine. Potent stuff! While it’s been incredible and amazing seeing his body accept these foods, I was reminded yesterday that too much of a good thing is well.. too much. Every demand of “dosa mamma” and “more potato” was delivered. I let stock slide. His stools were formed and he was eliminating himself so I stopped daily enemas. Bad mistake on both accounts. I increased carrot juice, beetroot kvass and onion all in the one day. Before I knew it he was straining, extremely bloated, and turned off his food. In desperation I tried to do two enemas solo. Both of which failed because Noah didn’t want me anywhere near his bottom half. We both ended up traumatised. As soon as daddy got home it was straight to it. He retained the whole fleet enema. Ugh. He was dehydrated. Another enema first thing this morning and viola. Seven solid poos today. Flat stomach. Requests for dosa and potato were better managed, and I took the edge off the strain on his body by lowering carrot, beet kvass and brown onion temporarily. Happy little man again and my faith restored. In other news, I cracked open our red onion today and was reminded again how important it is to go SLOW. Just because I can now have 1 tablespoon of brown onion brine does not mean I can jump straight to 1/4 teaspoon of red onion 🤢🤢🤢
Last weekend we discovered a great little Itialian hideaway in Lamberhurst, the selection of fruits & vegetables was crazy!
And all the colours off the rainbow! .
Check these out.... Can anyone guess what they are?
Often when people start a healthy new lifestyle you hear comments which can feel negative like ‘she’s aged now she’s lost weight’ or ‘don’t they look older now?’ What I say to that is
1. Feeling great can never look bad &
2. I am 2 years older!!!
Don’t let the negative people pull you down. Keep going on your journey and get to where makes you happy and confident. The biggest change I have had is feeling happy with myself and reducing the negative voice in my own head!
Have a positive day everyone & ignore the negatives 😍🙏💪🏼xxxx
The milk that breaks the bank.
Since Harris was 1 he has been drinking Oatly milk. Not just any Oatly milk, the most expensive one of course. The Barista edition is the closest in nutritional value to blue cow's milk so I just have to suck it up and pay £1.80 a carton. Maybe it's not so bad if you just want a fancy coffee now and again but my kid drinks gallons of the stuff. It's NEVER on offer and it's like gold dust in some towns!
Since I'm coeliac, oat milk is off limits. So Koko is my go to milk. It doesn't have a strong coconut taste so it's the closest thing to a normal cuppa I can get. However, no matter how much you put in, it'll never make your tea or coffee the right colour.
So these two babes are my life. Two allergy ridden, bottle refusing babes but I wouldn't change them for the world.
When I fell pregnant with Harris I knew I wanted to breastfeed and was delighted that we succeeded. After months of various problems I cut dairy from my diet and we saw a great improvement. During weaning we discovered he was also allergic to egg. After an incident with a coffee cup it transpired that he was in fact anaphylactic to milk. Since he refused a bottle and would only take the boob I had to make some major changes to my diet too. I was already used to checking labels as I was diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2011.
Shortly after Jude was born he started showing a lot of the same signs as Harris so I cut dairy when he was 2 weeks old and again things greatly improved. I am now also peanut and egg free after some eczema and reflux flare ups. Egg is in pretty much everything right? Don't take cake away from me! Happy to report I've enjoyed a few egg free cakes.
Despite the changes we've made to our diet, we still eat tasty, healthy home cooked meals and cakes. I hope to share some meal ideas that are allergy friendly for all the family to enjoy, as well as giving an insight into all things mummy related 😊
When I first bought the boys’ a YumBox, I received a fair few messages asking about if they’re worth the money.
So here is a quick review on my experience with it so far.
When it first arrived, I didn’t actually think the delivery had the Yumbox inside, because it was very small and I expected a pretty big lunchbox (potentially made from a precious metal 🤣🤭) for the price 😂 obviously it doesn’t work like that.
Once it was opened up and I started to fill it, it is about the right size to get everything you need in, though obviously you couldn’t fit a whole banana or a packet of crisps inside so if you need those things then you potentially need another box.
It has made me think more creatively about what I give the boys, mostly to keep up with the YumBox community 😂🤦🏽♀️, but also because it does keep food very fresh and with all the little sections, it is perfect for fresh fruit and veg sticks.
Because we are currently doing BLW (for the most part) with Brodie, it certainly is very handy to put a variety of different foods in for him to have whilst I’m at work which is mostly when I use it, for him to decorate his grandparent’s floors with 😂
We have so far had no leaks from one compartment to the next and it is put into a bag in a mad rush before work possibly and probably being turn and flipped every which way so that is definitely a positive.
I do like making pretty little lunches in it for the boys, until the novelty wears off that is but I do have to be completely honest with you. It is just a lunchbox, it doesn’t make the lunch for you and for me at least it did come with the added pressure of making an ‘arty’ lunch each week 🙈
Overall, I love all the little sections and it keeps everything fresh but it isn’t big enough to fit everything in 👍🏽
So it was Ethan’s turn to set the table tonight- and he came up with these little tea lights from some random hidey-hole. So we had a candle-lit dinner with the candles being blown out when the kids were finished. They ate like kings!! Sometimes you just need a little celebration to get you through the week 😀
Bread, a daily staple food many take for granted. When we first learnt of Corey's serious allergies to egg and milk in 2016, I wondered how was I going to feed him? Even simple things like bread, which others never think twice before feeding their children, could result in a trip to the emergency room for us. I didn't know it then as I was too caught up in the craziness of it all, but God had a plan. Prayer kept me going through the countless itchy sleepless nights and faith in God kept me sane when my positivity bank was totally spent. He provided me with all the tools I needed to not only heal Corey, but also taught me how to help him thrive like the cheeky and bubbly toddler he is today. That, and he also told me I had to buy a bread maker so I could make this beautiful and yummy eggless, milk free, nut free loaf of bread that is Corey safe😉. He truly is the bread of life ❤
Caramel crepe, gooey vanilla cookie ice cream and chocolate cookie...Heaven✨
All free from the top 8 allergens, ideal for me as I’m dairy, soya, egg, gluten, nut, beef + strawberry free! @yoricamoments ❤️
One of our Brand Values at Divinely Free Cakes is all about sharing so we would love to share with you our all time favourite BANANA CAKE RECIPE. This cake smells amazing as it bakes and it has a gorgeous texture and crumb and tastes even better. Most people can’t tell it’s gluten and dairy free! We hope you love this recipe as much as we do. Please make it and share, from our kitchen to yours.
Tip: leave out walnuts for a nut free banana cake
Divinely Free Banana and Walnut Cake (Gluten and Dairy Free)
Cake Ingredients: (please note I doubled the recipe and cooked in 2 cake pans)
1 1/2 cups Divinely Free Cake Flour (coming soon!)
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon GF baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (optional)
3 medium ripe banana
1/2 cup neutral vegetable oil
2 eggs - room temp
1/4 cup warm water
Spiced Frosting: (We only filled the inside and top of the banana cake, you can double/triple the recipe)
4 tablespoons dairy free spread
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of milk alternative
Preheat oven to 150 degrees fan forced
Prepare 1 x 8 inch round pan
Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl
Stir in chopped walnuts
In a seperate bowl mash bananas and add the rest of the wet ingredients, gently whisk together
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and gently fold through
Bake in the oven for 50mins - 1 hour or until cake is cooked
Let cake cool in pan before turning out.
Prep Dairy Free Frosting
In cake mixer using paddle attachment cream dairy free frosting for 2 minutes. Turn off and add sifted icing sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. On low speed continue to cream the frosting for 5 mins
Add a little non dairy milk at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
Spread dairy free frosting over cake.
Repeat the process if you have doubled the recipe like we have
Share and Enjoy ❤️
My ‘I’m so tired I could cry’ dinner. You know the nights when you’re waiting for someone to just cook dinner and then you realise that someone is you... this comes together so easily- one pot of water with the veges added at various times and the sausages done in the oven so I don’t have to worry about watching them! It’s taken a lot of work to get to this point- at the time when Caleb was pretty much completely refusing all foods I never thought dinners would feel any sort of simple. So even though I’m tired and wishing we had a private chef right now, I still know how amazing it is to be where we are coming from where we were. To all the mums struggling with feeding their little ones, there is help available, loads of great evidence based ideas that can help shift things for you. DM me if you need to chat. xx
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I think he has finally outgrown the footed pyjamas 😢
I love them first of all (especially when paired with an Incredibles mask) because they’re just adorable but they have also been a lifesaver for us in controlling Teddy’s itching at night time because he can’t get to his feet or his tummy.
The biggest I can find is 18-24 months and I’ve been looking for a very long time. As he is nearly three, I can see the sleeves are starting to get a little short 😩
But if anyone knows of anywhere that I can get footed pyjamas in bigger sizes, please let me know, I’d be so grateful!! ❤️
Can you actually beat a Sunday roast?!
Dairy, egg, soya, sesame, peanut and tree nut free 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
We are usually a chicken roast kind of family, but with Brodie having chicken the day of his big reaction, we have been avoiding it ever since. So instead we have had roast beef and I have to say, I enjoyed every mouthful!
I used @knorruk gravy pods which a dairy and soya Free 🙀 and the mash I added a teaspoon of mustard, a glug of Oatly Barista and a tablespoon of Pure spread👍🏽
Well happy with how my roasties came out too!! Extra fluffing and a covering in flour 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
Happy Sunday 🧡🧡🧡