Sensitive Sweets Decorating Parties

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Sensitive Sweets, a dedicated gluten-free, nut-free bakery in Fountain Valley is now offering special decorating parties!

As a mom of a daughter with a milk and egg allergy, Sensitive Sweets is a God-send to moms like me who have kids with food allergies. Her goodies are made with NO gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts or tree nuts. And they are amazingly good! 

I keep a stash of Sensitive Sweets cupcakes in my freezer, so anytime we go to a party, I have a special cupcake for Morgan on hand so she doesn’t have to feel left out at cake time.

Sensitive Sweets is now offering extraordinary decorating parties at her darling bakery, perfect for a birthday party or even a Girls Night Out! She even has special take-home kits (if you call 24 hours ahead), so you can do your own decorating party at your home.

Here are her in-bakery party offerings:

Sensitive Sweets Cupcake Party (ages 4 +)

Each guest gets 2 cupcakes, one to eat and one to take home, sprinkles, toppings, and a cupcake box. 60-minute session, max 12 guests. $12/guest.

Ultimate Sensitive Sweets Cake Party (ages 6 +)

Each guest gets a 2 layer 4″ round cake, frosting, sprinkles, cake decorations, and a cake box. 90-minute session, max 12 guests. $24/guest.

Sensitive Sweets Cake Challenge Party (ages 12 +)

Teams will compete with one another on a themed cake challenge. Participants will start with 30 minutes of demonstration and then break into teams with 1 hour to assemble ready-to-use items. Items include ready-to- ice cakes, cupcakes, frosting, fondant, rice crispy treats and a multitude of other decorating supplies. The winner will receive a Sensitive Sweets gift set. 90-minute session, max 12 guests. $29/guest.

[Details: Ask about additional items of your party including drinks, aprons, chef's hats, invitations and goody bags. Minimum of 6 guests per party, max 12. Deposit is required at booking (non-refundable.) Activities are for paid guests only. No outside food allowed. Prices subject to change.]

Visit www.SensitiveSweets.com for more info or call 714.968.9169.

Sensitive Sweets is open Tuesdays-Fridays 10am – 6pm, Saturdays 10am – 5pm. After hours parties may be available. Bakery is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Photo credit: Sensitive Sweets.

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Sensitive Sweets Coupon

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You know by now I am a big fan of Sensitive Sweets in Fountain Valley. Huge. Therefore, I HAD to share this deal today from Plum District for a Sensitive Sweets coupon good for a dozen gluten/soy/egg/milk free cupcakes for $21 (normally $42.) The one thing they are NOT free of is taste! Delicious!

This bakery is amazing for those of us with kids with food allergies or for anyone on a gluten free diet! Click HERE to buy the deal and try them for yourself!

{Disclosure: Tiny Oranges is a Plum Affiliate & Sensitive Sweets is a Tiny Oranges Partner.}

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The Benefits of Fiber & Kellogg’s FiberPlus Antioxidants Cereal

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After my second pregnancy and especially when I turned 35 that same year, there was a definite shift for me in my attitude regarding health.

So over the past year and a half I have taken up running and Pilates and have made my health and my family’s health a top priority for me.

This is not easy, it takes time and hard work, but the payoff is WELL worth it!

At my last physical my doctor told me that most people don’t get nearly the amount of fiber in their diet that they should. Did you know a woman under 50 should get 25 grams of fiber per day?  Have you ever counted your fiber grams?  I honestly had never paid attention until she mentioned it to me.  It’s interesting to count how much you are getting in reality. You might be surprised to find out it is less than you might think.

The benefits of fiber in your diet include promoting bowel health and regularity, lowering blood cholesterol levels and can help aid in weight loss.  And as moms, who wouldn’t want help controlling their weight?!

If you find you are not getting the recommended amount, it is easy to make small changes to increase your intake.

This great article on fiber offers six tips on how to boost your fiber intake.

Tip #1?

Wake up to a high fiber breakfast or one with 5 or more grams of fiber and you will kick start your day and it can also help you manage your weight.   I know as busy moms sometimes we are tempted to wake up and GO GO GO and we tend to forget about breakfast.

But eating a nutritious, high fiber breakfast can help give you the energy you need to take on the day ahead!

Recently I was sent two different FiberPlus Antioxidants cereals to try by Kellogg’s which include high fiber content and are rich in antioxidant vitamins C & E.  You can also click here to visit the Kellogg’s website and find a Kellogg’s coupon for $1 off two boxes of the FiberPlus cereal!

 

The FiberPlus AntioxidantsYogurt Berry Crunch has 10g of fiber, twice the amount recommended for your breakfast and one serving contains 40% of your daily recommended fiber. Love this!  A 1 cup serving with ½ cup skim milk has 210 calories.

The cereal was sooooo yummy!  Crisp whole grain wheat and rice flakes with sweet yogurt and berry flavored clusters sprinkled throughout.  I loved the crunch mixed with the sweet flavor.  I also love knowing that I am getting a super high fiber breakfast.

I am careful to measure out a serving size and not pour a monster “teenage boy” portion however. If you pour a big bowl, sometimes you don’t realize how many calories you are actually consuming.

Yum!  High fiber breakfast and one cup of coffee = happy mommy!


The FiberPlus Antioxidants Cinnamon Oat Crunch has 9g of fiber and a ¾ cup serving with a ½ cup skim milk has only 150 calories and contains 35% of your daily recommended fiber.

This is the type of cereal you can grab a handful for a snack as well.  My two-year-old has food allergies to eggs and milk so finding cereals that are free of these ingredients can be difficult.

I was excited to see that she could have this one (with her Rice Milk of course!) and she loved it!  After taking a bite, she also wanted to offer me one too!

Something to note, both of these cereals do have sugar as the second ingredient (which is probably why they both taste SO good!) so it is not something that I will serve in heaping portions, but I am a believer of all things in moderation.

If you have a challenge getting your kids to eat fiber or if your kids need help with regulating their bowels, this is a great way to help things along!

Something important to mention, both these two cereals do not contain high fructose corn syrup.  This is important to me as a mom.

As moms I know we all strive to keep our families fit and healthy so I think being aware of your daily fiber intake as well as your kids’ fiber intake is something that can help boost your families overall health.

Now I am off to have a bowl of cereal and take on the day!

{Disclosure: This is a paid post sponsored by Kellogg’s.  I received one box of Berry Yogurt Crunch and one box of Cinnamon Oat Crunch to facilitate the review.  My opinions are my honest ones – as always!}

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Why I Cried In a Bakery {Sensitive Sweets}

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Yes, I cried in a bakery.  No wonder the shop is called Sensitive Sweets!  I cried in a bakery, but they were very happy tears because my heart was touched. Being a mom to a child with food allergies, Sensitive Sweets new bakery in Fountain Valley is heaven sent.

If your kids don’t have food allergies, you probably haven’t given it much thought. Why would you?  I never did until we were faced with it ourselves.

But with the number of kids with allergies on the rise, I am sure you know at least one family with food sensitivities or special gluten-free diets, so PLEASE do them a favor and forward this post today, because here’s the truth about food allergies: it’s hard!

At times it can also be heartbreaking. My almost two-year-old Morgan can’t have any eggs or milk.  That means baked-in eggs and milk too. Imagine at any given birthday party if your child couldn’t have the standard pizza, ice cream, cake or cupcakes.  To put it bluntly, it sucks!

However, I just finished a big project to help children with pediatric cancer, so in the scheme of things, our situation is NOTHING and I keep a positive perspective, but still it is hard.

When we are in the bubble of our own kitchen, it’s fine because I have learned how to create a daily menu just for her of “safe” foods she can eat so our kitchen is full of options.

The problem comes when we go out of our bubble to things like play dates, parties, restaurants, etc. Even if I am stocked with her “OK” foods – we all know how kids ALWAYS want what other kids are having.

So it was incredibly serendipitous when my friend Melanie started her bakery last year called Sensitive Sweets, which was created out of a passion for baking and a need she saw because her son Bradley is severely allergic to many foods. You can read their story here.

When she started her company I always dreamed she would open a retail location so I would have a place to take Morgan to get a treat.

So, the day she told me she had found a location and was opening a bakery in Fountain Valley I was absolutely ecstatic!

When we walked in for the first time, Morgan’s eyes lit up when she saw all the cupcakes on display. I was thinking that some would be free of some things, and others would likely have milk and eggs, so I asked Melanie which ones were safe for Morgan, and she said, “all of them!”


That’s when I teared up.

She told me her dream was to have a child with food allergies able to come in and point to the one in the display that they want and be able to have it.

So all of her cupcakes on display are gluten free, egg free, dairy free and soy free.  And they are DELICIOUS!

Morgan took one bite and yelled, “MMMMMMM!”

To have Morgan be able to pick anything and not be told she couldn’t have it was SUCH a gift.

I then promptly ordered half a dozen to freeze and have on hand to bring to birthday parties and family get togethers so she will always have her own special treat!!

The bakery offers fresh baked cupcakes, muffins and breads daily and anything can be special ordered. She can also ship anywhere within the US. Here are her blueberry muffins….YUM!

The shop is just LOVELY.

Bright and cheery and completely KID-FRIENDLY and even has a train table for kids to play with.

This particular day there were lots of kids there!  I overhead some moms talking and many had children on a gluten-free diet, and they were thrilled about the bakery too. Fun at the train table…

Here is Melanie (photo left) at the shop…

She is so incredibly talented and can also custom make special occasion cakes and cupcakes to fit any theme. You can’t believe the creative cakes and cupcakes she can make for you!

Just look at this Alice in Wonderland cake she recently did.  Incredible!

It is fun to {Like} Sensitive Sweets on Facebook, it is so fun to see her most recent concoctions. AMAZING!

Recently it was my older daughter’s snack day at preschool and we brought in cupcakes for her birthday (she does not have food allergies.)  I knew from volunteering in the class before that one of the boys was gluten-free, so I brought one of the Sensitive Sweets cupcakes I had frozen just for him.

The teachers were so touched and thought that it was so wonderful.  I wanted to tear up again. I think every preschool should have these in their freezer so kids with special diets can celebrate like all the others.

So again, please forward this to anyone you might know that could use a custom bakery to fit their child’s dietary needs. They will thank you BIG time for it!

Address:

17431 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Bakery Hours:
Tue-Fri 10am-6pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Closed Sun & Mon

714-968-9169

www.sensitivesweets.com

{Disclosure: Melanie is a friend of mine and a Tiny Oranges Sponsor – complimentary.}

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Ciao Bella Gelato

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I know I REALLY love something when I immediately think “I have GOT to blog about this. Like tomorrow!” Which is what happened when we stumbled upon Ciao Bella Gelato at Mother’s Market.

My 18 month old has a milk & egg allergy.  Can you imagine not being able to eat pizza or ice cream?  Makes me so sad because those are two of my favorite things in the whole world! So, I am always on the lookout for special treats for her.

We do a lot of shopping at Mother’s because they carry a ton of specialty products great for those with food allergies.   When we were down the frozen aisle yesterday the Ciao Bella products caught my eye.  I checked the label and since they are dairy-free, I thought, “Perfecto! Let’s give this a try!”

We went with the banana mango sorbet because well, it just sounded really good!  Plus, I loved the clean, pure list of  ingredients which was essentially fruit.  And it is packed with Vitamin C.

So we headed home and I promised the girls after lunch they could have a little taste of our new sorbet.   I scooped up some for them and then had a little bowl myself because I love a little something sweet after a meal.

It was SO GOOD and SO DELICIOUS all of our eyes lit up collectively!

And, I am not kidding you, for the first time my 18 month old said this word…

“MORE!”  {but it was more like…”MO!”}

Click here to download a Ciao Bella coupon.  And click here to find a store near you that carries this little tub of heaven.

www.ciaobellagelato.com

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