A Norfolk Break…

So if you follow my IG {@rachael_frances} you would have seen on my stories that the boys & I went away for 2 days to Norfolk with my lovely friend Sarah & her cute baby Darcie! It was so lovely to have a few days off #momlife cooking, cleaning & riding up the house…ah it was total bliss for 48 hours haha! Sure at first I thought to myself what the hell am I doing taking a toddler & a baby away for a few days on my own {had a minor heart attack} then I just sucked it up and told myself to get on with it…& it was great! Also I felt so happy that I managed coping on my own with the boys, it may sound silly but usually I’m always out with josh or my mum or my sister so I always have help around me so this was a good achievement for me!

So we stayed in a lovely little lodge on the Hunstanton sea front in a place called Searles, it was great for the kids so it was great for us! There was lots for them to do & they had evening entertainment with hartbeeps which Jude & Darcie loved!

The first day we just stayed in the facility & used the amazing splash pool {I dont have any photos as no photography was allowed} & then we went for dinner & enjoyed the kids entertainment then we went off to bed to recover from our long 2 hour drive! {i have a separate post about traveling alone with 2 kids in the car/train/plane for a long time} but the car ride was a doodle on the way there & on the way back I was blessed & they both slept the whole 2.5 hours home 🙌🏻 #winningatmomlife haha 🤣 also I don’t know what it was but that night Jude slept ALL night long & Jesse only woke up once!! {think I need to move there}

Anyways, On the Tuesday we went to sea life at Hunstanton which Jude & Darcie loved! They had penguins & sharks, they also got to stroke a star fish & feed the Packu fish!

We then went from there over to Norfolk Lavender which was beautiful, but unfortunately we didn’t get to see the lavender gardens because you can’t do those sort of adult things with kids 🙈 but we went to the farm & soft play which is adjacent to the gardens & it was BEAUTIFUL! I wish I lived right near it! I would definitely go back again. I would probably drive 2 hours just to go there! It was great, super clean, really well looked after, so many things for the kids to do inside & outside & the staff were all so lovely and friendly and the food was great too! Jude didn’t want to leave bless him!! If you live that way or are planning on going that way then definitely check out Farmer Fred’s Soft play & Farm Park! You won’t regret it! It’s a fantastic day out for the whole family!

Check out my photos below to see what we got up to!

Vegan Nutrition…

I get asked a lot, or all the time actually, ‘how do you get calcium, how do you get protein’ etc and it’s usually said to me in a very judgmental tone as people just assume you can’t get any nutrition from plants which couldn’t me anymore further than the truth!

Me, Jude & Jesse are all vegan {other than my obsession with galaxy chocolate 🙈 it’s a hard one to kick} & we’re still alive & healthy, in fact Jude had bloods run a few weeks back & wasn’t deficient in anything so that is total proof that plants do contain everything your body needs.

I could go on and on forever about why I think veganism is the way forward for people but I’m not going to bore you all! So here is a few lists of how to get nutrients into your vegan diet…

Proteins –

Buckwheat

Quinoa

Quorn

Brown Rice

Black Beans

Kidney beans

Peanut butter

Hemp seeds

Chia seeds

Tofu

Lentils

chickpeas

Alternative milks and yoghurts

Whole wheat spaghetti

Whole wheat bread

Sunflower seeds

Almonds

Pumpkin seeds

Brussels sprouts

Spinach

Mushrooms

Broccoli

Green peas

Avocado

Baked potato

Banana

Dried apricots

Raisins

Medjool dates

Blackberries

Calcium –

Hemp milk

Fortified plant milk

Kale

Soy yoghurt

Tempeh

Soybeans

Almond butter

Almonds

Broccoli

Iron –

Potato

Quinoa

Pinto beans

Black beans

Kidney beans

Tempeh

Chickpeas

Tofu

Spinach

Lentils

Soybeans

B12 –

Non dairy milk or spreads fortified with B12

B12 supplement – we all use the same supplement which tastes amazing by ‘the garden if life’ it’s a spray which is a great way to get it into kids and you spray it under the tongue so it gets into the body quicker.

Vitamin D –

Fortified milk plants

Vitamin D supplants – we have the ‘garden of life’ spray supplement as well for this and Jude loves it. It’s a vanilla flavour and it’s vegan.

I hope this has helped some of you out. I will do more blog posts on vegan foods and recipes and kids vegan meals but I didn’t want to bombard you all with a load of vegan things so thought I would keep it short and sweet!

Also I have a blog post on vegan supplements me and the boys take and why we take them if your interested then please check it out!

XO Rachael

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Vegan supplements…

I’ll keep this post short & sweet as if you’ve read some of my previous blog posts I like to blab a little bit haha 🙈 I could talk for England!

I do get asked a fair amount of times how do me, Jude and Jesse get our vitamins being vegan so I hope this answers some of your questions lovelies ✨

Ok so every morning after our breakfast or in Jude’s case it’s his morning bottle of milk, we go in the kitchen & do our ‘bitamins’ as Jude calls them. He loves taking them & they have become part of our morning routine. They all taste lovely, some of them are like Ribena so how could you not like it! I really do notice a difference in him when he’s not been taking them, for instance if I run out of one & am waiting for it to arrive or if he’s at my Nike for a few days as he doesn’t take them there, I notice he’s a little more off & sometimes even more cheeky but I’ll explain that a bit further down!

Ok so Jude & I take these vitamins in no particular order every morning after breakfast – {all products are linked, some links are affiliate}

My kind organics garden of life vegan B12 spray – helps immune system – even meat eaters should take this too. It metabolizes every cell in the body & aids in red blood cell formation, aids in brain & nervous system function & helps anemia. Found in meat & dairy products.

My kind organics garden of life Vitamin D3 sprayeveryone who lives in a country where the sun doesn’t shine every day should take this as is an essential vitamin. It’s good for bone & teeth health, immune support & nervous system function! You can also get it from mushrooms, fortified foods & of course the glorious sunshine its self {if only we had sunshine in England..that would be the dream}

My kind organics garden of life Vitamin C spray –good for immune support, anti oxidant & collagen formation {I definitely need that haha} – you can also get it from strawberries, citrus fruit, peppers, broccoli & Brussel sprouts.

vegan Omega 3 DHA liquid syringe – This is really important for me that Jude has this & I can tell in his behaviour when he hasn’t had it. He is more of a little shit cheeky munchkin! Omega 3 is so so important to get into the body & here’s why – helps you fight cancer, depression, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular, Alzheimer’s, psoriasis & arthritis. In pregnant women it can help neurological & early visual development, reduces risk of allergies, prevents pre term labour & delivery, increases birth weight. It’s also reduces symptoms of PMS. It can also reduce blood pressure, keep your skin healthy, reduces the risk of heart disease, helps prevent diabetes & most of all they protect your brain {I still have baby brain though…7 months later 🙈} I would like to say that Hemp seeds have nearly the exact same effects!! The reason why I said about Jude’s behaviour is that it can help reduce ADHD, Jude doesn’t have this but being a toddler he is extremely hyperactive 99% of the day {& night 🤦🏻‍♀️} & I do notice that when he has this regularly for a long period of time he is much calmer & easier to calm down when he’s having a tantrum & he also sleeps a lot better! So just for that reason alone I love this stuff!!

Bioglan multivitamin for fussy eaters tablet dissolved – {this is just for Jude} – Jude has this as it has iron & magnesium in it which helps him as he is a very fussy eater {if you follow me on IG you will know all the details} so this is really beneficial for him. It’s a tablet but I just put it in a medicine cup & add boiling water to it and then pour it in his morning milk bottle & he can’t taste it at all! {definitely feel like I’m winning at motherhood a little haha}

Sambucol liquid in medicine cup – {this is just for Jude} – helps strengthen the immune system through the winter & all year round & has added vitamin C.

Jude & Jesse both have –

Kids Probiotic sachet I put this in his second bottle of the day as the first one has his multivitamin in it. This is flavourless really & Jude & Jesse have never noticed it’s in their milk. Jesse has it in his morning bottle before his bowl of porridge. The probiotics are designed to help digestion from birth, especially formula fed babies, also help babies and children with regular colds and flu & are great for babies and children on antibiotics & babies that have colic & also help with skin allergies such as eczema!! They help the gut flora which can be destroyed when your baby or child has an illness or infection and is in antibiotics or has food allergies etc, They really helped massively with Jude and his dairy allergy & really bad colic!! I won’t ever stop using them. I really can’t recommend them enough!

I have a women’s ‘one week flat’ probiotic tablet every morning & I really notice the difference when I stop taking them. They have really really helped with a lot! I’ve never had great digestion & I would look 3 months pregnant by the end of the day {total food baby} & I think this has really helped along with green tea, lemon tea & fennel tea! Also I feel a lot more comfortable when I eat foods like bread & pasta etc as they would always make me bloat right out to the point where it was uncomfortable! Also I go to the toilet way more regularly {is that TMI 🙈} Anyways, They are definitely worth checking out, they sell a trial pack too! They have lots of different types of probiotics for women I just chose the flat tummy one as this is an area of my body I struggle with a lot, as I’m sure most mummies do!

Also I take vitamin B which is good for energy & vitality, reduces stress & free radical protection – you can also get this from whole grains, leafy greens & avocados!

I really hope this has been a little knowledgeable & helpful & answered a lot of your questions lovelies!

Please share in the comments your thoughts and if you take any supplements & why etc. I would love to know!

XO Rachael