Braxton’s 1st Birthday – Ideas & Inspiration For A Healthy, Organic Birthday Party


I can’t believe my baby boy is 1! In one way it feels like the year flew by and I can’t believe he’s 1 already, but then again it also feels like it went very slowly. Having the postpartum arthritis flare for 6 months did make that part go very slowly-I remember wishing those days away so I could get to the point where it passed (which thank god it did)-but I also used to feel so guilty on those days because I didn’t want to wish any part of Braxton’s 1st year away. Thankfully it passed fully when he was 8 months and I was well enough to start chasing after him by the time he started crawling!

Anyway, his 1st birthday was a very special milestone for us and we wanted to make it special and do as much as we could ourselves. It was very important for us to make all the food organic and dairy free (and mainly sugar free and gluten free too) as that is how we live our lives and we wanted his party to reflect that. We made everything ourselves except for the sandwiches. We were going to make a heap of different salady bits but people love a mini bagel at a tea-party so we kind of felt like we should keep everyone happy so we had those catered!  Everything else is super healthy and homemade with love by Daniel and I.

I wanted to share with you guys all our homemade birthday party ideas as you’ve all been such a great support over the past year. Hope you like all the ideas…


So, we’re very much into gender neutral stuff for Brax, but we happen to have lots of blue dotted through our house anyway, so it made sense to have a blue theme and we decided to add some yellow to brighten it up. I got 3 paper tablecloths from Tesco which were blue and white polka dot and we covered the table with them. We also bought some paper pompoms from Etsy and hung them above the table


We decided it would be really special if we made some of our own decorations so we went to Hobbycraft and bought some plain white mache letters. We had some paints at home already so we just painted them in our theme colours and stuck them a bit higgledy-piggledy onto some card then decorated with blue and yellow ribbon. We had some random stickers in my craft drawers and I think we went a bit overboard but we just stuck some animal stickers on there for good measure! (In case anyone is wondering, the sideboard is from Graham & Green!)


Our other DIY crafts project was to make a timeline of Braxton’s 1st year. We did this by getting coloured card from Hobbycraft and ordering retro prints from Photobox (apart from the last one as we took that on the day of his birthday and only had time to do a quick-print at Boots). We got some number stickers and stuck on the number of months. We hung it up with some twining which we secured at the back with sellotape and bought little pegs (also from Hobbycraft) and used those to hold the pictures up. We painted on the title at the top with acrylic paint and used stencils for the patterns in the corners. (The frame above the sideboard is from a gorgeous little boutique interiors shop in Bushey. It didn’t have mirrors in it but we took it to a mirror shop and had the mirror put in.)


(Vintage sideboard from Old & New in Camden)


Organic salted popcorn and organic vegan chocolate buttons in glass jars make for a great healthy twist on the usual marshmallows and sugary sweets. The jars look really old-school and make it more special than just putting everything in bowls. We have had these jars for a while and got them from Country Life Interiors in Bushey, Hertfordshire.


How cute do these look! Mini milk bottles from BluePonyCo on Etsy with yellow and white paper straws. I filled them with organic grapefruit juice and organic elderflower cordial.


So what was on the menu?? Well of course I had to make my baby boy an epic death-by-chocolate birthday cake that was also super healthy and although the frosting had some sugar (organic, raw cane), the rest was sugar free and the whole thing was also dairy and gluten free. It was awesome! I also made my vegan, dairy, gluten and sugar free carrot cake cupcakes with a frosting using Natvia icing sugar which could honestly just as easily have been normal sugar it was so yummy. Fruit skewers are always a winner and just make the table look so colourful. I used pineapple, melon, strawberries, black and green grapes and blueberries. I also did blueberry cups instead of cupcakes in the cupcake stand. I also made a fennel, dill and pomegranate salad and had some quinoa chips in bowls. All the cakes used Natvia natural sugar substitute and Biona Coconut Palm Sugar


We were desperate to do a cake-smash photoshoot after seeing pictures of them on Pinterest so when making the chocolate cake which needed 3 tiers (so 3 cakes of the same size), I just made one extra in a smaller springform cake tin and sprinkled the top of it with sprinkles and put a candle in. Scroll down to see the end result!


Blueberry cups were a winner. My niece and nephew love fruit so I thought this would make it more fun and it’s just a different take on using cupcake cups. The kids loved them.


Sorry for the ‘silhouette’ shot! But it shows the banner and teepee that we bought him as his 1st birthday present quite nicely🙂 Banner from Etsy, Teepee from Mama Portrafi on Etsy


And here he is… Braxton naked with a chocolate cake! He was actually way too gentle with it and we had to help him bash it up a bit. But once he got that first taste in his mouth he realised how yummy it was! (Amber necklace by Iris Bluebird.)


I really hope you like all my birthday party ideas. Feel free to share with your friends!

Happy birthday to my baby boy, Braxton❤



Epic Chocolate Birthday Cake – Gluten, Wheat & Dairy Free



Here it is–Braxton’s EPIC (if I do say so myself) chocolate birthday cake. So, this is the same recipes as Grandma’s Birthday cake, except I made 3 of them so I could tier it, and I forgot to sprinkle cacao over the top. But also, I decided not to use the avocado mousse topping like I used in the other one because I didn’t think it would hold out of the fridge for the day, which this cake needed to be able to do. I did want it to be super decadent so I used 70% dark chocolate, so the frosting does have sugar in it. The cake bases themselves don’t have any refined sugar, and I used an organic, fair-trade, 70% dark chocolate.

OK so it has a bit of sugar (which we NEVER have at home), but it was a one off and it was actually so worth it because it was amazing. No one could believe that it was dairy and gluten free.

I made the same cake in a smaller version for Braxton’s cake-smash cake.

INSTRUCTIONS: Now, I wasn’t sure it would be a perfect mixture if I just tripled the mixture from my original recipe, so–and yes this does make it more time consuming so totally up to you if you want to give it a go tripling it!–I made the mixture 3 separate times. So when reading the ingredients below, you have to do those measurements 3 separate times. 

For the frosting you only need the measurements I give you as is.

Right, here it is!

Ingredients – remember, do the measurements below, 3 times

Cake bases:
150ml extra-virgin olive oil
50g raw cacao powder
125ml boiling water
2 tsp vanilla extract
150g ground almonds
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch Himalayan salt
150g Natvia or coconut palm sugar
3 free-range organic eggs

Chocolate Ganache:
500g dark chocolate
The cream from the top of 4 cans of coconut milk (full fat), room temperature
2 tbsp Natvia icing sugar (if using standard Natvia, grind it in a coffee or spice grinder)
The cream from the top of 2 cans of coconut milk, chilled


Preheat oven to 170° and grease 3 25cm springform cake tins. Line bases with baking paper and grease with coconut oil.

Sift the cacao into a bowl and whisk in the boiling water with a fork until you have a smooth, chocolatey, still runny paste. If you have a Kitchenaid or electric whisk with its own bowl, do it in this; it will make it extra creamy. Whisk in the vanilla, then set aside to cool.

In another bowl combine the ground almonds with bicarbonate of soda,  baking powder and salt.

Put the sugar and olive oil into a bowl and beat together with the electric whisk for about 3 minutes, then add the eggs one at a time, with a slow speed so it aerates. After the 3 minutes, add the ground almond mix, and mix until incorporated.

Finally, add the chocolate mix slowly until combined and pour into the prepared tin.

You can do all of this with a handheld whisk, a fork and spoon if you don’t have a Kitchenaid but using one will just make the mixture a bit creamier. I have done it with and without and was nice both times – just a bit fluffier with!

Bake for about 30 mins. The sides should be set but not burnt and the top centre should still look very slightly damp.

Repeat this two more times with the other cake tins. I also put them in the oven separately so I could make sure they didn’t under-cook, but you can try and put them in all together if you want.

Remove the cake from the oven. Leave to cool for 30 mins before removing from the tin.

While in the oven make the ganache:

Heat the coconut cream in a saucepan over a medium heat. Remove from the heat just as it comes to the boil. Put the chocolate pieces in a heatproof bowl, pour the coconut cream over and stir gently with a wooden spoon until the chocolate has melted and you have a smooth, thick ganache. (If some of the chocolate still hasn’t melted, add boiling water to the used pan and put the bowl on top until it melts).

Whisk in the Natvia icing sugar. Transfer 8 tablespoons of ganache to a separate, smaller bowl. Put both bowls in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Remove the smaller bowl of ganache from the fridge. Add the chilled coconut cream (discard any remaining watery liquid) and whisk with an electric mixer until it is a pale, milk chocolate shade and mousse-like in texture, with the consistency of double cream. Hold back one large spoonful of this and add it to the ganache in the fridge. Leave in the fridge.


Go back to the pale mixture and now spread over the tops of two of the cakes, leaving a 1cm gap around the edge of the cake. Place the two cakes with the ganache, one on top of the other, then add the third one on top.

Remove the remaining ganache from the fridge and gently mix so the paler one is incorporated into the darker one spread over the cake, and using a palette knife, spread over the sides and smooth down until the whole cake is covered. The cake should now be completely covered with ganache, with no sponge visible.

Dust with raw cacao powder and decorate with strawberries if desired.


Love & health,


Thank you to Dairy-Free Delicious for the ganache recipe.




Why I Choose Not to Vaccinate My Child


I’d like to say that I’m writing this post after being inundated with requests from people about why I don’t vaccinate, but that’s not the reason. You see, the people around me who have any sort of opinion on our choice not to vaccinate, fall into 4 categories:

1. My fellow natural-parenters, or non-vaxxers (yup, there is a huge community of us! We congregate every week to try to figure out how to destroy modern medicine and the world with our crazy, hair-brained ideas)
2. Acquaintances who reside within the cyber-world of my Facebook news-feed; you know, people you’ve known for years and haven’t seen for longer than you’ve actually known them and who know nothing about you other than what you choose to share on Facebook but who would be offended if you deleted them (sometimes I still do). They never leave nice comments about anything interesting you do, or nice pictures you put up. Sometimes you think that perhaps they’ve ‘unfollowed’ you but oh, no, there they are! You’ve shared a very inoffensive article about vaccinations and they’re right there, within 3 seconds of the post being shared, telling you how silly you are for not realising that the reason you didn’t die of Polio is thanks to these wonderful vaccines. Thank god for these people. I’ll go right away and have the Polio vaccine so that I don’t die.
3. My Actual friends, most of whom do vaccinate their children, but who have enough respect for me to ask questions to understand my reasoning for not vaccinating. They educate themselves on why I do what I do, so that they can get a better understanding for themselves. One of my best friends actually said to me that after all these years of learning about it through me, she kind of agreed that it was right not to vaccinate, but that she didn’t have the time that is required to devote to a child’s natural immunity when not vaccinating. I totally respected her honesty!
4. ‘Friends’ who never ask questions, just talk about me to other people and ask them (not me) questions like, ‘what do you do about having your child around Braxton, isn’t it dangerous because he’s not vaccinated?’ They make unfounded, ill-informed judgments to other people before ever asking me ask a question.

I do believe that every group is aware of the fact that non-vaxxers do hours upon hours upon days upon years more research than the average vaxxer, and for that I hope they can only have respect, even if only a little bit.

The point here is that no one actually asks me to write a post like this, but many people do ask me for information about vaccines and how I came to my decision not to vaccinate.

Now, on to the nitty gritty. In a (rather large) nutshell, here is why I don’t vaccinate:

  • Ingredients – Adjuvants: vaccinations contain adjuvants such as aluminium and mercury that are seriously neuro-toxic,  destroying the central nervous system. This can lead to ‘minor’ disabilities or fatal ones. Aside from neurological damage, the other thing in jeopardy is the immune system. By using toxic vaccinations we prohibit the baby’s immune system from developing naturally and learning how to work properly; that is, how to fight illness itself–which is what it was created to do.
  • Ingredients – Other: I have huge issues, ethically and health-related, with things like monkey kidney cells, aborted human fetal cells, gelatine and egg proteins being injected into our children.
  • Pharmaceutical company and government lies: most childhood diseases are NOT fatal, we have just been told they are. We are so used to believing everything we are told by governments and healthcare professionals that we follow blindly, without questioning. Why don’t we question it?? Leading on from this, the safety and efficacy issues surrounding vaccines due to negligence on the part of these pharmaceutical companies. Who benefits most from these vaccines being administered 48 times by the age of 6?

Now let’s crack that shell wide open…

Ingredients and Adjuvants

Taken from Arjun Walia’s article in Collective Evolution: Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Despite almost 90 years of widespread use of aluminum adjuvants, medical science’s understanding about their mechanisms of action is still remarkably poor. There is also a concerning scarcity of data on toxicology and pharmacokinetics of these compounds. In spite of this, the notion that aluminum in vaccines is safe appears to be widely accepted. Experimental research, however, clearly shows that aluminum adjuvants have a potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. In particular, aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation and associated neurological complications and may thus have profound and widespread adverse health consequences

So there we can see that aluminium in vaccinations can result in autoimmune issues IE lupus and rheumatoid arthritis (that explains the huge increase in autoimmune diseases in early childhood); long-term brain inflammation–things like encephalitis–can be caused by vaccines, which can lead to epilepsy in some cases; neurological complications–these can start with ‘minor’ problems such as delayed or impaired speech, developmental issues with fine motor skills and ADHD, to the more severe ones like MS, depression and autism. It can also cause–and has been known to cause–polio,  SIDS, brain tumours, childhood leukemia and many more.

How many of you reading this would feed your child a spoonful of aluminium or mercury willingly? I’m willing to take a bet that not many of you would. Yet when they are hidden in vaccinations people seem more than happy to go along with it and it baffles me. These same parents are opting for organic food options where possible, because of the pesticides in food, yet will happily have these toxins injected into their babies. How brainwashed have we become that we are OK with that?? ‘If they give it to everyone is must be OK,’ is what a HUGE number of people I know have said. NO. It’s not OK. Just like Thalidomide in the 1960s wasn’t OK but they gave it anyway, resulting in thousands of children being born with unthinkable deformities. Science is constantly proving itself wrong by coming up with newer ideas, so how can we ever know that what we are being given now is the safest thing? Where chemicals and toxins are involved, we never can.

I’ve met so many people over the years who say things like, ‘he was talking really well, then all of a sudden just stopped talking,’ or, ‘out of nowhere she developed this allergy,’ or ‘I really don’t know why his behviour is so bad, he used to be fine and it just started all of a sudden’. A lot of young children are being diagnosed with Leukemia these days, more than ever before. We know there is a link between the Vitamin K injection and Leukemia but there is no one telling the parents of these children that there may be a link. These things don’t just come out of thin air–we have to give them the fuel to be triggered. We, as parents, need to start making the connection between these changes in our children’s health and vaccines, because the pharmaceutical companies certainly aren’t going to let us find out themselves, therefore doctors will never know either.

A mother I met at a baby group said to me that after the MMR her son was so ill he was rushed to hospital with what they thought was meningitis and ended up in intensive care for 3 days. I didn’t actually get to the bottom of what was diagnosed. She told me it came on within 24 hours of the vaccine so I asked her what she thought of that. She said, ‘the doctors said that sometimes babies can react to vaccines but it’s likely to be harmless.’ ALARM BELLS!!!!!!!!!!! But apparently alarm bells only for me and not for her. It amazes me that she was that blaze about the fact that her child could have died and she will probably go on to give him the rest of the vaccines in the program.

So why is aluminium used in vaccines? Aluminium gels or salts help the vaccine stimulate a better response. Adjuvants help promote an earlier, more potent response, and more persistent immune response to the vaccine.

The long and short of it is that we know for sure that aluminium does affect brain activity. Here are some of the other ingredients in vaccines:

  • Antibiotics which are added to some vaccines to prevent the growth of germs (bacteria) during production and storage of the vaccine.
  • Egg protein is found in influenza and yellow fever vaccines, which are prepared using chicken eggs.
  • Formaldehyde is used to inactivate bacterial products for toxoid vaccines, (these are vaccines that use an inactive bacterial toxin to produce immunity.) It is also used to kill unwanted viruses and bacteria that might contaminate the vaccine during production. (This is an ingredient that people are looking to avoid with shampoos and soaps, so why would we be ok with it being injected?)
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and 2-phenoxy-ethanol which are used as stabilizers in a few vaccines to help the vaccine remain unchanged when the vaccine is exposed to heat, light, acidity, or humidity.
  • Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative that is added to vials of vaccine that contain more than one dose to prevent contamination and growth of potentially harmful bacteria
  • Monkey kidney cells – see below
  • Human fetal cells yes, cells from aborted human fetuses
  • Pig gelatine

When Dr. Jonas Salk started developing the Polio vaccine, the ingredients he used included the minced up spinal cord from a 9-year-old deceased patient, water, blood, flies, feces, and human cell matter. This mixture was injected into the brains of monkeys, most of which died instantly or became paralyzed. Undaunted, Salk plugged away eventually creating the commercial version of the polio vaccine, developed in part from “the feces of three healthy children in Cleveland.” Ironically this infamous father of the polio vaccine just recently was exposed for his role in illegal experiments on mentally ill patients. While today’s formulations don’t contain feces, they are still derived from live hosts including cows, monkeys, pigs, chicken embryos, and human diploid cell.

Cell matter is extracted from these hosts, combined with toxic chemicals like Thimerosol (mercury), formaldehyde, aluminum hydroxide and a variety of other substances, before being injected into our bodies.

In the end, in 1977, Salk testified with other scientists that 87% of the polio cases which occurred in the US since 1970 were the by-product of the polio vaccine. The Sabin oral polio vaccine (OPV) is the only known cause of polio in the US today. Polio was actually eradicated before this due to improvements in hygiene, sanitation and nutrition once the war was over and good food was more readily available. And Marco Cáceres tells it exactly how it is:

What is conveniently omitted from government information about Polio and its eradication is that the reason the number of polio cases in the U.S. dropped so precipitously following the mass introduction of the Salk vaccine in 1955 was not medical, but rather administrative. Yes it’s true, in 1952 there were 52,879 reported cases of polio in the U.S. And yes, in 1955 the number went down to 28,985, and by 1959 it had dropped to 8,425. But first of all, it’s important to note that the numbers were already declining significantly prior to the initial use of the Salk vaccine. In 1953, there were 35,592 cases of polio in the U.S. So there were other things going on in the U.S. at the time totally unrelated to the Salk vaccine.

More importantly, though, in 1954 the U.S. government simply redefined polio. Yes, the government can do that. It does this kind of stuff occasionally in order to help it meet its public policy objectives when it is unable to actually achieve them. When it comes to government and public policy, the truth is seldom absolute. That’s just the nature of the beast.

So once more, it teaches us the lesson to THINK FOR OURSELVES AND DO OUR OWN RESEARCH.

According to Dr. Bernard Greenberg, head of the Department of Biostatistics of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health:

“In order to qualify for classification as paralytic poliomyelitis, the patient had to exhibit paralytic symptoms for at least 60 days after the onset of the disease. Prior to 1954, the patient had to exhibit paralytic symptoms for only 24 hours. Laboratory confirmation and the presence of residual paralysis were not required. After 1954, residual paralysis was determined 10 to 20 days and again 50 to 70 days after the onset of the disease. This change in definition meant that in 1955 we started reporting a new disease, namely, paralytic poliomyelitis with a longer lasting paralysis.”

As Marco Cáceres said:

“Under the new definition of polio, thousands of cases which would have previously been counted as polio would no longer be counted as polio. The change in the definition laid the groundwork for creating the impression that the Salk vaccine was effective.

Don’t forget, you can AND SHOULD, ask your doctor’s surgery for all vaccine inserts before you agree to them. They have a duty of care to give these to you. You can then read the side-effects and ingredients. This is so important. Once you see it with your own eyes you may feel differently about giving the vaccine.

Natural Immunity

One of the most important reasons I don’t vaccinate is because I believe in natural immunity. We were created with in-built immune systems for a reason, and we need to teach them to work. Our obsession with vaccinating against every single possible illness and our over-use of antibiotics is killing our immune systems. What will eventually happen if we continue this way is that we will go back to how it was when Europeans invaded tribal areas and infected these people with diseases because they had absolutely no immunity to them. We’ve evolved as civilised beings to have immune systems that produce antibodies for all sorts of illnesses. All we have to do is build those immune systems up naturally and with the right attention and we will teach our bodies how to fight these diseases and become stronger for it.

Dr Tetyana Obukhanych, author of the book “Vaccine Illusion” has studied immunology in some of the world’s most prestigious medical institutions. She earned her PhD in Immunology at the Rockefeller University in New York and did postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. and Stanford University in California, and this is what she has to say about it:

“The reason I am concerned about such contamination is because I believe that the exposure to yeast, egg, animal, or human proteins in the context of immunogenic (antibody producing) stimuli has the potential to result in sensitization to these proteins or even to break human immunologic tolerance to “self.” The latter is especially relevant to infants, since their immune system is only starting to make the distinction between “self” and “foreign.” Setting this distinction the wrong way from the start, in my view, is likely to pave the road to allergic or autoimmune manifestations.

Immunity is an ancient concept that refers to the observation that many acute infectious diseases occur only once in a person’s life, usually in childhood. The examples of such diseases would be measles, mumps, rubella, or whooping cough, to name a few.

Natural immunity is, in a way, a tautological expression because immunity can only be acquired naturally at this point, only through the exposure to an infected individual, although occasionally such exposure would go asymptomatic while still establishing immunity. Nevertheless, because there is a common misconception that vaccines also confer immunity, it is sometimes necessary to use a qualifier “natural,” when referring to immunity, to distinguish it from vaccine-based protection.

For live attenuated viral vaccines against communicable diseases, we can expect a very short-term protection (3-5 years). This estimate is indirect and comes from the statistical analysis of vaccination timing relative to the disease occurrence in vaccinated individuals. This is the only empirical evidence we have for the average duration of protection for certain vaccines.

There are other vaccines (e.g. for non-contagious toxin-mediated diseases, such as tetanus or viral diseases spread through animal bites, such as rabies) or even vaccines like Hepatitis B and Gardasil®, where an empirical estimate of the protection duration cannot be made at all, because we simply lack scientifically meaningful data to make such an estimate.”

What she is basically saying is that other than the illnesses we mentioned above, even most common allergies are down to vaccines, that a new immune system (that of an infant) needs to build natural immunity to common illnesses, that the science behind vaccines isn’t conclusive at all, and that even if they do slightly protect against some illnesses, they do it for a maximum of 5 years. The cons definitely outweigh the pros.

Now, if vaccines are safe for our immune systems, why can’t we give them to children who are immunocompromised?

There are, however, things you can do to keep your child’s immune system strong and protected. These are:

  • Breastfeed. Breastmilk provides the only sort of antibodies that can protect against disease because they are specifically tailored to your baby
  • Don’t vaccinate. Ironically, by introducing toxic vaccinations into your baby’s body, you are prohibiting their immune system from working properly
  • Organic diet. Every single thing we eat that is not organic contains chemicals. The more chemicals we consume, the weaker our immune systems become and the less likely we are to be able to fight disease effectively. A fully organic diet free of pesticides, GMOs, antibiotics, growth hormones and steroids, along with immune boosting superfoods, purified water, heaps of vegetables and freshly cooked food, daily, will contribute to strong immune health.
  • Limited use of antibiotics and paracetamol. Antibiotics kill off all the good bacteria in the gut (in the same way that dairy does) and, like vaccines, teach the immune system how NOT to work. By nursing children supportively through illness, the immune system is left to figure out how to work and it becomes stronger. Of course, there are times when antibiotics are needed, but as a whole, we do not need to be giving them to our children for every infection. The same goes for infant paracetamol–we must allow the body to have fevers without suppressing them. Dr Jayne Donegan has a wonderful booklet about nursing children supportively through illness. You can download it here
  • Cut out dairy, it just kills the immune system. You can read more about that on my post about dairy here
  • Educate yourself. Learn how to spot the signs of each childhood illness, educate yourself about each one and nurse the child through it supportively, with homeopathy, nutrition, breastmilk (where possible) and loving care.


Big Pharma and Government Lies

Many “scientific” studies are literally nonsense. This is not a conspiracy theory. For example, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a paper not long ago showing that one-third of “highly cited original clinical research studies” were eventually contradicted by subsequent studies, but we don’t see the subsequent studies, we only see the original ones they want us to see. The supposed effects of specific interventions either did not exist as the original studies concluded or were exaggerated.

Similarly, pharmaceutical company whistle-blowing has become a much more regular occurrence; we have now seen dozens of cases where employees of these companies have come out saying that they were made to ‘modify’ clinical trials to work in favour of the vaccination or drug in question, or that the research showed either lack of safety or inefficacy from these vaccinations (or both) but that the vaccine went ahead to be sold anyway. This leaves the question: how can we trust the term ‘clinical trial’ anymore? If we know some of these trials have been modified illegally to work in favour of the pharmaceutical company manufacturing them, how can we trust that any of them are effective or safe?

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program wouldn’t have needed to be set up if there was no such thing as vaccine injury. What’s worse is that many of the cases that have gone to court have been hidden away from us, but after much research, you can see that billions of dollars have been awarded from pharmaceutical companies to families of vaccine injured children.

Why was Vaxxed withdrawn from Tribeca? Why was its director, Andrew Wakefield, struck off after trying to do enough research to expose the truth on the MMR? Why have hundreds more physicians been struck off for the same reason? Why does the anti-vaccination movement exist at all? We have nothing whatsoever to gain out of it, unlike Big Pharma.

These huge conglomerates work alongside the government to ensure swift sales. I know I sound like a conspiracy theorist, but perhaps conspiracies were born for a reason. If you think I sound a bit loopy, I highly recommend you read Deadly Medicine and Organised Crime, by Peter C Gotzsche, co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration, the world’s leading medical research institute. You may think I’m loopy, but this guy literally cannot be discredited.

Even if you don’t want to look at the science, we must ask ourselves: what about all the parents speaking out about their vaccine-injured children. There are thousands of them, people who talk about their child changing overnight. Just search the internet and you’ll see how many of them there are. Surely we cannot help but be drawn in by these tragic and deeply personal accounts from real parents about their children.

Non ‘Essential’ Vaccines

I am very quickly going to touch on the nasal flu vaccine here because it is a hot topic at the moment and so many people have approached me about it.

Firstly, I do understand why mums who haven’t got any background on this ask their friends if they are giving it to their kids but guys, this is our children’s health we are talking about. It worries me how many people I’ve seen on Facebook saying ‘Who is giving the nasal flu spray? Not sure if I should or not’, then loads of fellow mums commenting saying things like, ‘We gave it and she’s fine’, or ‘We do it every year, all fine here!’  Just because someone replies that thier kids are ‘fine’ doesn’t mean anything. They’re not giving you info about the ingredients, the long term side effects, and all the other background info like pharmaceutical company benefits. All vaccines contain toxins, are they aware of this when they say things like ‘it’s only a little spray up the nose’? The nasal spray flu vaccine is not a ‘simply spray up the nose’ It’s worrying that because it isn’t in injection form people think it’s harmless. If anything it’s even worse than the flu vaccine injection because it contains the live, attenuated virus which means that when your child has it, they shed it to everyone around them for 2 week afterwards. What would happen if that child was around a child with cancer, shedding a synthetic form of flu? The synthetic versions enter the bloodstream not the cells so you don’t get full immunity like you do when you contract an illness naturally where it goes into the bloodstream AND the cells. Children’s immune systems THRIVE from being able to process illnesses naturally (that is, without medicines to bring down fever).

Another important thing to mention is that schools have not taken any measures to care for children who suffer from any of the side effects–serious or less serious. No measures have been taken to deal with any aftermath. Simply put, there is nowhere near enough science behind this. Immunocompromised children and adults will be harmed more by the artificial virus and the adjuvants within it that shed than if they were to come into contact with the natural virus. This is something we should all be declining and honestly, we should be calling for a boycott. Why should those of us who choose not to give it because we know of the potential side effects, end up with our children sick and compromised because of something that, quite frankly, has not had even a fraction of the research it should have. Lastly, schools get points from OFSTED when they do it and get the title of ‘healthy school’. Excellent. So once more it’s about points and money rather than the health of OUR CHILDREN.

Long and short? Let’s not make decisions based on what our friends do. We must do the research!

And just to pick up on what I said earlier about people advising their friends to give vaccines because their kids are ‘fine’, let’s think about what ‘fine’ actually means. Just because the child doesn’t have autism or another illness that people do, rightly or wrongly, associate with vaccines, doesn’t mean it hasn’t harmed them. Unless children have no behaviour or developmental issues, have strong immune systems, no allergies, no autoimmune conditions or other chronic illnesses and no stomach problems, then they are not fine. Even then, how do we know what will come later? We have no idea what goes on inside the body that builds up over time. We should not be advising other parents simply based on our child being ‘fine’.


I could go on for a lot longer but I don’t want this post to scare people off because of its length, so to summarise, vaccinations seem to be causing more harm than good. We are fully able to encourage the maturation of our children’s immune systems with the right lifestyle, we just have to be dedicated to that lifestyle. Our modern amenities also ensure perfect conditions for being able to treat illness naturally and effectively, something they weren’t able to do years ago, before improvements in hygiene, sanitation and access to all sorts of organic food options, which ensure improved nutrition.

We have to understand that illnesses don’t just come from nowhere; like fire, they need fuel. If your child has a slew of allergies, or even one random one, or behaviour problems, delayed development, or even an autoimmune disease, despite what the medical institution would have us believe, these aren’t just born out of thin air, they are triggered–there is always a root cause.

My belief is that yes, we are all genetically predisposed to all sorts of illnesses, but with the right care and attention, and by not fueling those dormant illnesses, we need not ever awaken them, even cancer. I was genetically predisposed to autoimmune issues because of the gene mutation MTHFR (you can read about that here), so how was my already compromised immune system (that we had no idea was compromised at the time) to survive such a brutal attack? It didn’t, my arthritis was triggered by the MMR.  We are seeing such a huge increase in childhood leukemia, ADHD, autism and brain swelling, alongside all these autoimmune diseases, it can’t possibly be a coincidence.

Of course I understand why people vaccinate–why would we not just do what we’ve always been taught will keep us healthy? My own parents did it, but if you ask my mum now she will tell you that she wishes she had had the information at her fingertips that we have now and she would never have vaccinated me and indeed my whole family are supportive of our decision not to vaccinate Braxton. This information IS at our fingertips now so we must utilise it.

I urge you to do your research before vaccinating. You may still be too scared not to vaccinate, but we owe it to our children, especially in the age of information, to research as much as we can instead of blindly following what we are told to do just because we know no other way.

I hope this post helps in some small way.

Because I am often ridiculed, have abuse hurled at me, and am told I am crazy, I will end with this, to remind people that sometimes things aren’t always as they seem, and most times, the people behind things like vaccinations are the ones who know all about the truth. It’s now up to us as humans to realise that we are not sheep and we do not have to follow in a herd. Personally, I have never been happier than now, when I am finally OK with being the wild horse in the herd of sheep:

“The tendency of a mass vaccination program is to herd people. People are not cattle or sheep. They should not be herded. A mass vaccination program carries a built-in temptation to oversimplify the problem; to exaggerate the benefits; to minimize or completely ignore the hazards; to discourage or silence scholarly, thoughtful and cautious opposition; to create an urgency where none exists; to whip up an enthusiasm among citizens that can carry with it the seeds of impatience, if not intolerance; to extend the concept of the police power of the state in quarantine far beyond its proper limitation; to assume simplicity when there is actually great complexity; to continue to support a vaccine long after it has been discredited;… to ridicule honest and informed consent.1”

1) Statement from Clinton R. Miller, Intensive Immunization Programs, May 15th and 16th, 1962. Hearings before the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce House of Representatives, 87th congress, second session on H.R. 10541.

Love & health,



DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or healthcare professional. This blog post is intended solely to express my own views and decisions about vaccinations after many years of research. You should always do your own research before making healthcare decisions.


Golden Linseed Oat Cookies – Full of Omega-3 and Great for Baby Led Weaning


As you all know by now, I usually make sure to make a batch of something sweet but healthy once a week (ish!) so that I don’t have to give Braxton anything processed or filled with sugar. I don’t give him sweet things every day (apart from fruit), but I do like to give him things like this every few days now he’s nearly 1. It keeps him quiet for 5 minutes, that’s for sure!🙂 But the main point is that I like to make sure I fill any snacks I make with superfoods.

Making cookies like these is a great way to be able to add things like linseeds, which are a great vegetarian source of the Omega 3 essential fatty acid, Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA). Our bodies can’t make ALA, so it is ‘essential’ that we get them from our diet. These essential fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory properties, so aside from making sure he gets essential fatty acids in his diet, I’m also giving him anti-inflammatory properties which, in our situation, is imperative.

Suffice to say these were very well received! Soft on the inside, slightly crisp on the outside and easy for Brax to chew. Sweet but not too sweet and of course, free of gluten, wheat, dairy, refined sugar or eggs.

Ingredients (makes 12 cookies)

1 cup ground almonds
1 ½ cups organic rolled oats
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Pinch Himalayan salt
5 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
4 tbsp almond butter
¼ cup almond milk
1 tbsp golden linseeds


Preheat the oven to 180c and line 2 baking trays with baking paper and grease with coconut oil.

Mix all the dry ingredients, except for the linseeds, in a bowl.

Add all the wet ingredients to the blender and blend until combined.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the linseeds and mix.

Form into balls with your hands and press down on them on the prepared baking trays and bake for 10 minutes.

Put the baking sheets with the cookies on them on a wire rack or on top of some towels on the work surface (the surface they cool on shouldn’t be cold) to cool away from the heat of the baking trays so they don’t crisp up too much. Once cool put in an airtight container.

Love & health,


Sweet Potato & Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Cashew Sauce


This is a recipe from the Veggie Steady Cook cookbook we had made from all our recipes from the day, so I can’t take credit for it as it’s not my recipe – but I made it the other day and swapped some of the ingredients to make it dairy free and it was so yummy. Check out the post I wrote about VSC if you haven’t already. This dish is such an awesome vegan recipe. I think I drowned the ‘noodles’ in the sauce a bit too much but the sauce was too delicious! I had it for dinner with a vegan, organic schnitzel.


1 sweet potato
2 zucchini
1 cup spinach
1 tsp Himalayan salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tbsp chopped basil
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp ground ginger
1 cup cashews
2/3 cup buckwheat or farali flour
125g vegan margarine
2-3 cups almond milk
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp mixed herbs


Cashew sauce:
Soak the cashews in hot water for 30 mins.

Blend in the food processor and add ½ cup of almond milk

White sauce:
In a pan, heat the margarine and add the flour.

Add milk and stir gradually until it becomes thick and the lumps disappear.

Add salt, pepper, nutmeg and dried herbs.

Spiralize the sweet potatoes and zucchini and blanch in hot water for about 4-5 minutes then drain.

In a pan mix the cashew sauce into the white sauce, add spinach, basil, paprika, pepper and ground ginger and mix well.

Add the sweet potato and zucchini noodles into the sauce and mix,

Love & health,


Vegan Chickpea ‘Omlette’ – Baby Led Weaning


Thank you to my friend Deepa at GirlBoyFoodBaby for this one. She’s always coming up with awesome vegetarian baby-led weaning ideas and this is one I really loved. Full of all the nutrients Braxton needs and so easy to make. I changed it just a little bit but the idea is all Deepa’s!


¼ cup chickpea flour
¼ cup quinoa flour
Cup purified water
Splash of almond milk
Bit of grated ginger
Handful spinach
Half a red pepper, cut in small pieces
A few mushrooms, cut in small pieces
Handful cherry tomatoes, cut in small pieces
Handful coriander, shopped
Mixed herbs
Coconut oil for frying


Add the flour to a bowl and add the water slowly until a thick batter forms. You may not need to add it all, you may need more. Just assess it depending on the thickness.

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix.

Heat the oil in a pan and when hot, add a patty sized amount and fry on one side for about 3 minutes then flip and do the other side. Continue until you use up all the batter.

Serve with homemade turmeric hummus and avocado.

Love & health,
Lauren & Braxton


Quinoa with Lentils, Butterbeans and Vegetables – Vegan dinner


I can’t take credit for this one; my husband made it. He has really got into this way of life over the past year or so, especially since having Braxton. It used to be something he was happy for me to do and would eat what I cooked because, well, it was yummy so he couldn’t really complain! But now he’s actually into it himself and loves being in the kitchen coming up with new and interesting recipes. He doesn’t bake, but he loves to cook savoury food and cooks for us a lot these days.

My kitchen is closed on the weekends – I just don’t have the energy to cook much during the weekends except to make food for Brax, so Daniel often makes us a Sunday night dinner and this was this week’s creation. You can literally add anything you want but we just used what we had at home.


1 cup quinoa
Half cup lentils
2 sweet potatoes
1 head broccoli, cut into florets
1 tin organic butter beans
1 tin organic sweetcorn
1 cup frozen peas
1 red pepper
1 tsp bouillon
Coconut oil
Olive oil
Himalayan salt & black pepper


Peel and dice the sweet potato, put it on an oven tray, drizzle some coconut oil, salt and paprika and put it in the oven for 20 mins.

Take another oven tray, cut the red pepper into smallish pieces, drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil and put that in the oven alongside the sweet potato for 20 minutes.

While they’re in the oven, put the quinoa and lentils into a saucepan, cover with plenty of water and bring to the boil. Once boiling, add the bouillon, turn down the heat and put the lid on. It will take around 20 minutes to make but keep checking and mixing, adding more water if needed.

Steam the broccoli for around 6-7 minutes

Boil the peas in some hot water – this should only take around 5 minutes then put them in a bowl with the sweetcorn, broccoli and butterbeans.

Once the sweet potatoes and peppers are ready add them to the bowl, then once the lentils and quinoa are ready, you can add this too.

Give it a good mix and add salt and pepper, and any other herbs you may like.

Love & health,
Lauren & Daniel