Cos Queenstown isn’t all about skiing! I loved this shop- Patagonia ice-creamery and chocolatier. They had a folder on the counter with their products grouped by ‘egg-free’, ‘nut free’, ‘dairy free’ etc, and for families like us with multiple food allergies they made it even easier by listing the ingredients of their ice-creams as well. It made up for yesterday- although I can’t explain why the kids all chose ice-cream instead of hot chocolate when it’s 1 deg out!
What do you see when you look at this picture? A kid having a bunch of fun? Me too! But as a food allergy parent the second image also resonates with me! All the potential lurking allergens. The difficulty is being aware and alert without letting anxiety and worry rule your life and your child’s. Managing social outings will be just one of the challenges we will be tackling at the Allergy Support Hub 🌼
Free from food shopping; caravan trip edition, with a special guest appearance from the Free From Daddy 😂
I’d also like to point out that I do buy fresh fruit, veg and meat but because they’re usually quite clearly free from, I don’t often post them.
We also have broccoli, oranges and 50/50 bread weekly, due to the high calcium content and everyone eats these without a grumble.
This lot is free from dairy, egg, soya, sesame, peanut, tree nuts and shellfish 🙌🏼 We are off swimming now and silly old mummy has forgotten all the boys swimwear 🙊 so this should be interesting #atleastibroughtmine 😂
Ok this is our official announcement! @wehaveallergiestoo and @allergykidswa are proud to announce our new venture - Allergy support hub. We are a perth based charity focused on improving quality of life for allergic individuals and their families. Watch this space for more information and details. Our website will go live very soon. And apologies if I filled your feed with posts in the last 24 hrs I am still practicing my insta skills 😬
#allergyfriendly wet wipes for sticky fingers, on the go and odd jobs around the house? Yes! 😄💎💕 While I love to find reusable options as much as possible, when I'm out and about it's so amazing to have discovered these gorgeous Water Wipes from @waterwipesaustralasia. Designed by an #allergymum hero in the UK they contain just water and a citrus extract to destick and refresh 💦😄 #chemicalfree
Hand sanitiser, antibacterial soaps and scented wipes can be a bit flarey 🔥 for #allergymacgyvers and asthma, (and its coming out that they might not be the best for our health and microbiomes 💕). So check these #simply#natural waterwipes out at your local @woolworths_au or @colesaustralia, pop some in a little container in your bag and tell your friends! ☀️💕 #allergyadventure
They are even great for odd jobs or taking to the office, if I don't happen to have my @ekoworx handy 😅 #alwayprepared#fangirl
Have you tried these? 😄💧 Love iz xo
Day6: QUALITY TIME
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Todays self love mission was giving some quality time and lots of love to Maggie. Since having Rory, my 1-2-1 time with her has been limited so today I thought we would make nap time for him special + get back to doing some sensory work with her (she has food aversion). Moments like these make my heart burst. At the moment my self esteem is rock bottom, but when she gives me that wicked sassy smile and howls to the moon with laughter - i feel like we are the only two people on the planet and nothing else but making memories together matters!!!! I will 100% be doing this again with her.
Having her help me cook has been quite successful with getting her to entertain trying new foods, plus the girl’s a (vegan) chocoholic, so I thought this healthy @creativenaturesuperfoods brownie mix would be perfect 👌🏼(#notsponsored )
She took it slow, first getting out every handful of the mix with her hands, then used a spoon, i didn’t have chia seeds as the recipe requires so mashed one banana and one avocado and it worked a treat (plus hiding the healthy food). She was a bit worried about the mixture once it became moist but I gave her the spoon and she mixed it. Well she soon realised it was “choc choc” and touched her finger to the spoon... flash forward 10 mins and the girl is COVERED in half the mixture. I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE THE DAY! HUGE LEAPS AND BOUNDS OF PROGRESS!
Inside I was a bit like eeeek you’re getting it all over my walls, but I just shrugged it off with an uh-oh and she was hysterical with laughter
After this she had a bath whilst they baked. And then whilst they cooled she had dinner. I topped with @natures_store hazelnut spread and crushed flaxseed.
WE LOVED THEM!
My husband discovered these new #vegan chocolate and raspberry cakes in @starbucksuk yesterday. This means they are #dairyfree and #eggfree but sadly not #soyafree so no good for us. Thought I would share for any mums who are #breastfeedingwithallergies#breastfeedingwithcmpa 💛
I remember going out for coffee while I was bf my daughter with multiple allergies and only being able to find a packet of raisins to eat! Not quite the same as chocolate cake really!! Breastfeeding is the one time in life when you can enjoy cake guilt free as you need the extra calories!!
Well it wasn’t the best of results last night - but there is always 2022! On a positive note here - can’t believe we are almost at the end of the first two weeks. So far so good although I am pleased we have managed to time this stage of the treatment during the summer holidays.
Timing the taking of the peanut 🥜 is pretty flexible so not being tied to school timetable is great. I also think it has allowed E a chance to get to grips with it. We have had some time at my parents by the seaside - and whilst we were spoilt with the weather it reconfirmed my instinct not to go away - I think I have had more cuddles over the last 2 weeks than over the last two years! Enjoy Thursday - nearly at the weekend! #peanutallergy#summerholidays#seaside#allergymum
We aren’t heading out and about today but home snack-boxes are still awesome, especially if it means morning tea in the ‘Eagle’s Nest’! We have left over roast veges, fruit, gluten free granola clusters, gluten/egg/dairy free pikelets and nitrate free ham. Recipes on the website for pancakes and granola. xxx
Thank you all so much for your messages on stories today! Flo is well, she didn't react to the immunisation and we sat eating dib dabs before heading back to school! I wanted to keep her off but she's got p.e and she bloody LOVES it so I kept her out for a couple of hours and now she's back to school. For anyone who has children with egg allergies, always make sure you check what is in immunisations. And NEVER be scared to ask to read the leaflets or even say no to certain things until you have all the information to make an informed decision. If it wasn't for me asking each time we may have had a reaction in the past, so don't ever be scared to ask the questions. Ps. For any allergy mamas/dadas: The flu jab/spray contains egg protein so deffo stay away from that one #allergymum#dibdabsarelife#loveherimmensely
We started teaching all our kids from a very early age little ways they can help keep Caleb safe. It’s one of the things I’ve found to help ease a bit of the ‘sibling rivalry’ that can arise if one child has a medical condition that gets more attention etc. we talk openly with the kids about allergies, what it means for us as a family and how they can get involved. xx
My son has not had lasagna before so you can just imagine how excited he was when he discovered what’s for dinner❤️ Being someone who loves wheat products-cakes, pastas, pizzas to name a few, finding a good tasting gluten-free option has always been a challenge.. luckily, a lot of free from products are already available in the market.. some are nice, some are average, and some I just couldn’t swallow😢.. The only way to find out which ones are the good ones is to try and try.. Gluten free or free-from foods are not cheap, but I guess when you just have to have it or you want your loved ones with allergies to enjoy food that you love, you just have to find ways.. Here’s a hug to all allergy sufferers and their families especially their mums who are in the same journey as me..I hope by sharing my experience help you in some way.. I want to learn from you too. Lots of love, Lowela #noglutennoproblem#allergymum#homeandallergies#allergyawareness#glutenfreeeats#allergyfree#allergyjourney#allergyisnotajoke#mandslasagne#mandswheatfree#freefrom#asdafreefrom#glutenfree#glutenfreegarlicbread#glutenfreepasta
Had a lovely morning with this mini munchkin- we took our own milk along to have a coconut milk babycino @remedysouthport while Daddy was working and then popped into watch The biggest ones ballet show in school.. and now I could sleep for a week ❤️ #lovesouthport#beauties#milkallergy#allergymum
Last week my 7-year-old’s school did a ⚽️ World Cup day where they all tasted food from different World Cup countries.
They sent a letter home to parents stating that suitable food would be provided for those with food allergies & intolerances (my daughter is wheat and lactose intolerant). I didn’t have to do anything, check with anyone or provide our own food! For once it was just like being a normal parent! Bloomin’ brilliant!
I think this is a shining example of good practice in food allergy management in schools. And it gives me more confidence for my 4-year-old who has more severe allergies who starts there in September.
Any more examples of schools who are making good provision for those children with food allergies?
One of the things I missed when breastfeeding my MPSI bubs was miso soup- it was one of my comfort foods. I found this today in the health food shop. It’s not exactly the same but it’s lovely! Whole Foods House was where I came across it if anyone else is in need of some soy-free happiness. xxx
One of the ways we sometimes cope with parties where there is a lot of food we can’t have is to use distraction- Caleb had his lunch at the party yesterday and then he and I went for a little wander while the rest of the kids shared the stuff he can’t have- Caleb was happy exploring the local gardens and we were back in time for cake!
Playing around with coconut 🥥 pancakes. The simplest things give kids such joy. it doesn’t have to be complicated a gingerbread man shaped pancakes really does make a five year old little boys day. Happy Monday #madebyoreke