Gluten-free jam drops (AD) [DF, SF, GF]

AD. My little daughter Daisy absolutely loves a sweet treat. As she spends 3 days a week at Nursery she is becoming used to the mindset of having something for ‘pudding’ after lunch AND dinner. As I want to encourage her to eat all sorts of foods I sometimes use a little sweet treat as an encouragement for her to eat all of her vegetables or her protein sources. I have made her gluten-free jam drops, using wonderful Santa Rosa jams, that I ordered from the Ciao Gusto Italian Deli at Ocado. Scroll down near the end of this recipe for the recipe card to get started right away!

Gluten-free jam drops
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Review: Get Your Kids to Eat Anything (AD – Gifted)

We were gifted this book in exchange for coverage. As Mum to a child with FPIES, and multiple food allergies, I know how hard it can be to get your little one to eat well. When you have a number of food groups that you need to eliminate, due to allergies, and then your child becomes a picky eater, it can be soul destroying. I’ve spent so many hours cooking meals and hoping against all hope that my daughter Daisy will eat them. Recently I was fortunate enough to be gifted an advance copy of *Get Your Kids to Eat Anything, by my lovely friend Emily Leary, from A Mummy Too. Of course, I wanted to love this book, as it’s been created by my friend, so I started reading it and I was blown away! We’ve been using the book for a couple of weeks already, on and off. The 5-phase programme, designed to help change the way your family thinks about food, has been absolutely fantastic so far.

Get Your Kids to Eat Anything by Emily Leary
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Slow cooker lasagne recipe [GF]

A lasagne is a bit of a classic dinner in our home. We eat it every few weeks and it is a great way to get lots of vegetables into little ones. Our daughter Daisy loves a lasagne and when I prepare this version I typically make it GF and DF. Sometimes I make ours using standard products that are not freefrom and then I make Daisy a couple of individual lasagnes. Today I want to share with you our slow cooker lasagne recipe. This recipe is gluten free but can easily be made dairy free and soya free using a few small changes.

The finished Slow cooker lasagne recipe
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“Am I allowed this Mummy?” – teaching my child about allergies

Parenting a child with FPIES can be so hard. First up there are the physical symptoms; vomiting often until unconsciousness, but then, as your child gets older, you have to start to teach them about FPIES, and allergies. I want to share with you how I am teaching my child about allergies. I’m not professing to be an expert, and this post is just written based on my own experiences, but I hope someone will find it helpful! My daughter is 3, so I have kept everything fairly simple, but I hope this post will give you a frame to base your own learning experiences on, and perhaps inspire some new ways to talk about allergies.

Teaching my child about allergies
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Review: Living with Allergies: Practical tips for all the family (AD – Gifted)

We were gifted this book in exchange for coverage. I’m the parent of a child who has FPIES so it is fair to say that I know allergies absolutely suck. When Daisy was first displaying symptoms of FPIES she was vomiting up to 6 times a day. Projectile sick – not nice! Still, we muddled through and a lot of the first year of her life was spent trying to get help for her, and just get someone to listen. I spent a lot of the time feeling sad and like I had failed Daisy, thinking that no-one was ever going to say more than I was an ‘anxious first time Mum’ or ‘all babies are sick’.

Gradually, in time I started learning more about the allergy blogging community and made friends with some wonderful women who really helped me. I joined a few Facebook groups and spent time speaking to others going through the same things. Now that Daisy is 3 those times are so memorable but also are so far in the past. Reading through ‘Living With Allergies’ has brought some of those feelings back to me, but in a positive way, and I want to share with you what I feel about this book.

Living With Allergies
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