Five Ingredients You Don’t Want in Your Child’s Diet

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Food and nutrition for children can be a minefield. You want to give your children the best start in life, so of course you’re going to take their diet seriously. It’s not so easy when you’re constantly being hit with advertisements for sweets, cakes, treats on the TV, and of course your little ones are going to want to taste these forbidden fruits!

Making healthy choices is important early on life, and to instil a healthy attitude to food as well. This becomes harder when foods are packed with certain ingredients that totally hinder your battle to help your children have the healthiest start.

Here are five ingredients you certainly don’t want your children consuming either in small amounts or at all.

Sunset Yellow

You might have heard of this, it’s been in the news quite a lot over recent years, but if you’re not aware, Sunset Yellow is an artificial colourant that is often added to sugary drinks and juices, to give colour. Sunset Yellow has been linked to hyperactivity in children, and I remember when I was younger it used to do the same thing to me whenever I had orange flavoured drinks containing this ingredient. Needless to say my parents quickly stopped me having them!

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Let’s get Technological – 5 Dating Sites to Help You Find Your Soulmate

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These days, finding your future Mr or Mrs Right isn’t as easy as going out for an evening and heading to your local pub; in fact with the advent of technology has come a million other ways to meet potential beaus.

I am of course talking about dating sites, and indulging in what has become affectionately known as internet dating.

This is one of those Marmite subjects, and you’re either for it, or you’re totally against it. Whichever camp you’re in, there’s no denying that internet dating is now one of the most probable ways to meet a partner.

We all have busy lives now, and we don’t have a lot of spare time to go out and play the dating game, so of course the opportunity to sit in your pyjamas with a glass of wine, searching for a potential mate is a much more attraction option than singles night at your local club.

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Effective Methods of Contraception



There are many forms of contraception available today, and the most popular is the oral contraceptive pill, commonly known as “The pill”. There are two types of contraceptive pill, the combined pill and the mini pill. Both are effective, but are different in their make-up, and for this reason, you should consult a doctor, who will advise you as to which type is best suited for you.

The combined pill

This is the most popular type used today and it is a combination of two female hormones, oestrogen and progestogen. More than 100 million women worldwide take the common pill and it is popular for the following reasons,

  • It is 99% effective
  • It reduces the risk of ovarian, womb, and colon cancer
  • It lessens period pains
  • It reduces the risk of non-cancerous breast disease
  • It reduces the risk of ovarian, womb, and colon cancer

The common pill comes in a 21-day, or 28-day pack. In the 21-day pack, all the pills are active, so one does not take any for the last 7 days of the menstrual cycle, which means one must remember when to start taking them again. However, the 28-day pack contains seven placebo tablets, which are taken during the last week of the cycle. Some women suffer side effects such as nausea, tender breasts, and mood swings. If these occur, you can get advice from Lloyds Pharmacy, an accredited online supplier.

The mini pill

The other form of contraceptive pill contains only the hormone progestogen, and while there are less side effects, it is not quite as effective as the combined pill, with a 90-96% effectivity. The mini pill is suitable if you,

  • Are over 40 years old
  • Suffer from migraines
  • Suffer from high blood pressure
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Are a heavy smoker

The mini pill is suitable for women who, for one reason or another, cannot take oestrogen. The mini pill can also make your periods irregular, or stop completely for a short time.

The right pill for you

There are several factors that influence which type of contraceptive pill is the most suitable. You may have to try several brands before you find the birth control pill for your body. There are slight variations in the hormonal strengths, so if you suffer with side effects, your doctor can make the necessary adjustments, which should result in a more settled experience. You should consult a doctor who will ask you questions about your medical history, and check your blood pressure and weight. Only then will your doctor make a recommendation regarding which kind of contraceptive pill you should take. The pill is the most popular form of contraception mainly as it offers a high level of protection, without causing you to make any drastic changes to your lifestyle. Many women prefer to consult an accredited online pharmacy, rather than visiting a doctor. By using a reputable online pharmacy, you can quickly establish which type of contraception is right for you, and receive a regular supply through the post.

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6 Baby Blue Fondant Cake Ideas


2015-09-28_2237Fondant icing is every cake maker’s best friend. Easy to work with and available in a bewildering range of colours, it’s easy to make any cake look extra special. For those making a cake for a child’s birthday baby blue fondant icing opens up a world of inspiration, and it’s not just for the boys.

This cute little baby shower cake uses baby blue fondant icing for a traditional ‘it’s a boy’ motif. The embossed pattern on the icing can be achieved by using a lace pattern mould with some white fondant and then carefully sticking them into place using some cooled, boiled water.

The pair of booties that top the cake are a nice touch and can be made simply enough by cutting out the relevant shapes of the sole and uppers and gluing together with water.

This cake uses baby blue fondant icing to create an adorable teddy bear peeking out of the cake. Although you could make the whole topper from fondant, it’s a better idea to make a round cake for the bear’s head and then cover it with the icing. That way you get more cake to enjoy.

 You can leave the icing smooth or if you want to create a fur-like finish you could gently stipple the surface with a wire brush.

4Baby blue fondant icing also works well for a girl’s cake. After all Cinderella’s dress was just this shade, and how many girls love Cinderella? The fondant frills and butterflies that adorn this cake really give it a sense of movement and delicacy.

The butterflies are simple enough. Just use a butterfly cutter to press out the fondant icing then transfer each into an empty egg carton. Leave them into harden and then the wings will be fixed in position making it look as though they’re just about to take flight.

This cake has been modelled on Elsa from Frozen, but the cake itself is the bell shaped part of her dress. The topper is a plastic doll resting on top. To make the actual cake you would need to make a standard round cake and then a spherical one. Cut the spherical cake in half and sandwich it to the circular cake using buttercream and jam. This will give you the bell shape.

Cover your whole cake in baby blue fondant icing and then add extra fullness to Elsa’s skirt with more fondant – roll out enough to cover the cake again as this equates to the right amount when you start folding, to make it look like fabric.

2Who doesn’t love Peter Rabbit? Beatrix Potter’s loveable character is equally as popular with little boys and girls and is a classic choice for christening cakes, as seen here, as well as birthday cakes. A simple square sponge cake forms the basic for this beautiful cake, which is brought to life with baby blue fondant icing.

Make the Peter Rabbit inspired figure using celebration fondant icing. Make the basic shape with a head and body and then add feet, ears, tails, arms, jacket and eyes. Once happy with your shape, paint all the details with food colouring paste. The frill detail on the bottom of the cake may look difficult but it’s actually surprisingly easy to achieve using a ribbon cutter and it’s a technique you’ll use again and again.

Baby blue fondant icing is used to great effect on this adorable elephant cake. Having the bunting, balloon and alphabet blocks all in the same shade pulls the cake together and gives a professional look. Of course the thing that makes this cake its wow factor is the floating balloon. What is this gravity-defying baking trickery? Wire pushed into both the blue fondant balloon and the cute, chunky elephant.

Alphabet blocks are a fantastic way to add interest and a name. Just bake as many mini square cakes as you need then cover in baby blue fondant icing and add letters and detail in a contrasting colour from your palette.

Fancy trying your hand at creating one of these lovely cakes? Then stock up on your Renshaw baby blue fondant icing and whilst you’re at it, take a look at the other beautiful fondant colours Renshaw Baking offer.