That being said, it was my daughter 5th birthday (a few weeks ago now, but I'm not very good at keeping up to date with these things!), and we decided to go all out and give her and her friends a day they would remember at Rainbows End. It was a perfect, warm, sunny day, and she had an absolute blast! It is kind of hard to wrap our heads around being the parents of a 5 year old now, and the whole school thing has taken a lot more learning on our part than we had anticipated! There are a whole new set of rules, regulations, routines, systems etc to get our heads around, and it has taken a little bit of getting used to, but on the whole I think all of us are starting to get used to it and settle into a little bit of a new groove. Kaylah in particular has taken to it like a duck to water, thankfully, and she is absolutely thriving. It is such a relief to see her settled in, and she runs up to me every day at pickup full of tales of everything that happened - it is all still so new an exciting, and we are going to be so sorry to loose that enthusiasm over time as it is just so darn cute!!
Now, this wouldn't be a food blog without a little mention of the birthday cake, and although it does not strictly meet the criteria of a clean eating blog (it is covered in fondant icing which has colouring and goodness only knows how many other nasties lurking), the actual cake itself was a gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, soy-free, nut-free cake made with coconut sugar, (one was banana chocolate chip, the other was carrot), and although I did use some buttercream icing in to layer it (my concession on birthdays - sometimes a little good old fashioned buttercream is called for!), the cake itself was very much true to the clean eating way. My kids are not fans of the fondant icing to eat anyway, so they tend to leave it on the side...although for this party all of the kids did indulge in some coloured hearts - they seemed to be the most popular part! I prefer to work with fondant for the decorating as it can create so many cool looks, but I know that many people don't eat it, so I always encourage people to feel free to leave it to one side, as it really isn't the best stuff! That being said though, there is always room for a few days of the year where you just let go of all of the worry about what to eat, and just enjoy your day for what it is. There has to be some room for flexibility in any diet or lifestyle choice (provided it is not based on allergy or intolerance) as there can be so much tension associated with being 'perfect' at all times, and this in itself is not healthy either!
So, here are a couple of pictures of the cake, just as a little aside to the main intention of this post!