Chickenpox Survival Guide

4 of the Little Pickles have had chickenpox in the last three weeks, it has been pretty hard work!!!

Lexia, 8 got them in the last week of the summer term at school, but she had a pretty mild case with not temperature and no too many spots. Then to the hour 2 weeks later Faryl, 3 and  Aliza, 15 months started to get spotty followed by Jolie, 5 the following day, the 3 little ones have had it much worse with high temperatures, lack of appetite, grumpiness and of course zillions of spots.

I thought I would share my Chickenpox must haves, to help get you and your Pickles through with as little stress as possible

  1. Calpol, a staple of every family medicine cabinet. This will help reduce the fever that often comes hand in hand with.

  2. Piriton, this antihistamine will help to reduce the itching and irrational of the spots

  3. Calamine Lotion and lots of it to cover the pickles head to toe, not as easy as it sounds when the Little Pickle is totally covered as Faryl was and didn’t want anyone near him. I just did a few parts of his body at a time then some more an hour later and so on

  4. Baths with oats, I filled an old sock with oats and popped it in the bath.

  5. Cut fingernails, keep the pickles fingernails short so they can’t do too much damage if they do scratch.

  6. Don’t brush hair or if you do only use a soft baby brush, Aliza’s head was covered especially in her hairline.

  7. Cuddles, my Little Pickles were feeling well and truly grumpy so between Mummy, Daddy and Grandma we just took time out from everything to give them all the cuddles they needed.

  8. Paddling pool, when the weather was really scorching especially when Lexia had her spots, she just relaxed in the shade in the paddling pool to keep her from itching and nice and cool.

  9. Be lazy, just chill out with your Little Pickles

  10. Biscuits, ice lollies and lots of treats as I’m sure if it was you you would only want to eat what you fancied.

  11. Don’t make plans, you never know how long and how bad it will be with chickenpox. So just go with the flow until your Little Pickles are fully recovered because even though the spots may have gone, they may still be feeling a little fragile and not their usual selves for a week or so.

Other things suggested to me were Virasoothe – a cooling chickenpox relief gel, bicarbonate of soda in the bath, if you have any other suggestions please share with our followers below.

Please note these are are just things that helped my family to deal with chickenpox, please remember every child and each case of chickenpox will differ, if you have any concerns about your child’s health please consult your Doctor straightaway.

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets


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My Argh Moment!

A few weeks ago we received the results from Faryl’s allergy testing and the results where a bit of a headache to start with.

Faryl, 3 has always suffered with really bad eczema, so we have tried just about every cream possible with nothing doing the trick. Plus adding his dodgy tummy and very disturbed nights sleep. It was time to nip this in the bud so we heading to the Chinese Herbalist to try out an alternative, he suggested that we tried an allergy test. So he took a snip of Faryl’s hair (which was a miracle as Faryl can’t stand having his hair cut) we then waited a few weeks for the results.

So the outcome was that Faryl has an intolerance to all milk, soya, peanut, strawberries, banana, tomatoes, melon, pork, egg and aluminium (not that I feed him that very often).

This has come a bit of a blow as it means that lots of Faryl’s favourite things including chocolate spread, strawberries, pizza, bacon are now off limits. So I needed to look for alternatives to make sure he can still get all of his treats and general everyday yummy food.

How are we getting in on

Well a few weeks in and the we have looked at the biggest culprits and removed the milk based products, strawberries and pork from his diet. And wow the results have been remarkable Faryl is now sleeping and not screaming through the night, his eczema is so much better in fact it have totally disappeared from his legs with his arms getting better by the day.

We have substituted his cows milk for rice milk which, he uses on his cereals, for his bedtime bottle (yes he still has a bottle at 3, maybe we will tackle that one later in the year). We are now using turkey sausages instead of pork, just wish we could find some turkey cocktail ones as Faryl loves those. Chicken slices instead on ham.

The Next Step

I now have a list of things he loves that we need to find alterantives for so he can have a treats without us constantly saying you can’t have that. Here’s the list

Pizza without Cheese and Tomato, this is a tricky one as that is all pizza is. Then we can all enjoy ‘Pizza Friday’ again.

Yogurts, always a welcome addition to his lunchboxes.

Ice Cream


Even though it is early days it hasn’t been as bad as I thought and I am pretty happy to see a positive result for Faryl

I will keep you all posted with my findings and let you know how Faryl gets on.

So if anyone has any tips, websites, blogs to visit to find out more about allergies then please share in the comments below. Thank you

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets


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Open Farm Sunday

On Sunday 8th June there was a national day called ‘Open Farm Sunday’ which enabled people to visit local farms free of charge to find out more about the day to day running of a farm, plus information about how our food is produced.

Seeing the not so great forecast for the weekend we didn’t make any solid plans for Sunday, as we thought we would have a day indoors doing some jobs and playing games. But we woke up to the sun shining bright so thought we should make the most of it as you never quite know how long it will last in this country.

So after seeing a few tweets that morning I remembered it was Open Farm Sunday, so I took to the website to see which was our local farm. After lunch we headed off to Rowdefield Farm, Rowde, Wiltshire which was only a 10 minute drive from our house.

We arrived and parked in a nearby field much to the worry of the pickles that thought the car might sink as it had rained over the last week!

This pickles started off with sitting on some farm machinery including tractors, diggers, quad bikes and topped off with a sit on a combine harvester which Daddy was very excited about too.

Then the kids planted some cress seeds, which we amazingly managed to get home without spilling dirt all over the car. Now the cress is growing well on the kitchen window sill. We then took a look at some farm animals including sheep, horses, chickens, and some very cute chicks and ducklings.


Then the part Faryl couldn’t wait for Tractor Rides, we all enjoyed this especially Baby Pickle who giggled all the way. It was a bumpy ride across a field.

After we finished on the tractor we headed to the barns to find out more about crops, the farming year and where our food comes from. Which was the whole meaning of the day, it really interested the bigger pickles. The afternoon was finished off with the pickles playing on hay bales and racing around in the ride on toy tractors.

So all in all we have a fantastic free day out and will have 7th June 2015 in the diary to do it all again next year, will you be joining us?

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets



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Half Term Activities on a Budget

Yay it’s Half Term which I love due to the lack of routine, yes you may have guessed that I don’t lead a conventional life, well I do have 5 children and work for myself, so routine is definitely not my thing!! So the the holidays for us bring on lazy day’s, no school runs (can you hear the excitement in my typing) and taking it one day at a time. As much as we would love PJ day’s, the kids will soon need to be entertained to prevent them from pulling each other’s hair out.

So I thought I would share some of our budget day’s out with you to all.

Half Term

  • So first on the list following on from our love PJ day’s, why not grab some popcorn, treats and let the kids chose some good old classic Disney movies to fill a couple of hours, Little Mermaid and Toy Story are among my favourites.

  • There is nothing quite like a walk in the fresh air to wear the pickles out, we always enjoy a day at country parks, with free or minimal parking charges/entry fees. Pack a picnic and you have a cheapy day out. Couple of our favourites are – Moors Valley Country Park, you can watch the trains go by on the railway, follow the nature trails or the pickles can burn off some steam on the adventure playgrounds.  Lydiard Park A fantastic adventure playground separated into different areas for different ages. then there are lovely grounds to explore around Lydiard House and the lake. Some think parks and walks are only for fair weather, but that is why wellies and waterproofs are an essential part of any families wardrobes, well we do live in rainy England afterall.

  • Swimming is a great way to tire the kids out and keep them active and free swimming is offered to under 16s by many local councils during the school holidays, so make the most of this.

  • Refresh the bookshelf for free – If your house is anything like ours it is oer run by books. But the pickles especially Jolie (my little bookworm) love to get their hands on new and exciting books to read, so we head to the library to pick some some fresh titles and some old favourite we don’t own. If you are not a member of your local library you can join for free and start borrowing books straightaway, if you aren’t sure where your local library is the visit to find out.

  • Bring out the artist in your little pickles – My kids love to make creations, Lexia so much so that she has her very own creation station in the dining room. It is a chest of drawers full to the brim with different papers, pens, card, felt, stickers, glitter, pencils, pva glue, paints and the list goes on, all regularly restocked for a few pounds at our local scrapstore. So from sticking, cutting (with supervision), painting, drawing we can have hours of messy fun (thank god for an oilcloth on the table).

  • Outdoor play – we are lucky enough to have a lovely large, if not a little wild garden. So with a swing, big trampoline, slide and a shed full of bikes and ride ons, we can waste hours having fun out there. So if you have a garden however large or small, make the most of it and let the pickles play.

  • Rejig the toy boxes – Over the last 13 years, I have spent thousands on toys for birthdays and Christmas for all the pickles, but they all have their usual ones leaving others to gather dust and think that your money has been wasted. The kids often find a new love the forgotten toys, once they are dug out from the bottom of the toy box, under the bed of on top of the shelf, so go on release the forgotten toys!!!

  • Cinema Outing – As most people have realised cinema viewing can be pricey especially if you buy the over-priced popcorn and other snacks at the kiosk. I always take our own snacks along, that’s one or the pro’s of having an oversized Mary Poppins sized handbag that can fit just about everything in. Most cinemas including Odeon and Vue have morning showings during the holidays, these special viewings are usually only a few pounds. Plus the sound is not a as deafeningly loud during these screenings so you don’t leave with your ear’s ringing, oh gosh how old do I sound!

So that is some of our tips for keeping your ‘Little Pickles’ amused this half term. If you have any hints of your own please feel free to comment and share with all of our followers.

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets



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Flexible Family Working

Please let me introduce myself (if you don’t know already), I am Jessamine, owner and founder of Little Pickles Markets plus mummy to my fantastic but ever challenging 5 children (The Pickles) Tegan, Lexia, Jolie, Faryl and Aliza.  I live in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and work from home around the pickles, which provides me with the flexibility to spend time with them.

A little bit about the business

Little Pickles Markets was born in Winchester in September 2010, when I wanted a new challenge that fitted in around 3 children. Now after relocating to Wiltshire and two more pickles later the business is booming. Little Pickles Markets has grown and is expanding at a rapid rate, with a fantastic team, I am very proud of.

Named after the pet name my late Grandad (a resourceful recycler) had given me and my siblings as children. This is very apt as even though we are helping parents save money, our markets also help perfectly good items find new homes and not ending up in landfill, so having a positive effect on our children’s environment and future.

Our markets are all held at weekends in indoor pushchair accessible venues. Tables are available for parents to hire to sell their good quality nearly new baby and children’s items, from Maternity to 8 years. We charge buyers a minimal £1 entry fee and all little pickles are free.

What the role involves?

You will be a self employed Market Organiser where you will be responsible for the following:

  • Liaising and booking the market venue.

  • Distribution of leaflets promoting your market.

  • Displaying a banner to promote the market.

  • Using social media to promote your markets.

  • Getting to the market 1 hour before opening to ensure the stall holders are all set up and ready to go.

  • Collection of money from people attending the market.

  • Ensuring the venue is tidy at the end.

  • Completing your market summary.

We advise each market will take approx 8 – 15 hours. This will involve 3 to 6 hours distributing marketing material, 2 -5 hours of computer work event listings, emails and social media and then 3 to 4 hours running the market on the day. These hours will be spread over the weeks running up to the market.

Existing organisers run anything from 1-4 markets a month but we would like you to hold a minimum of 9 markets within a 12 month period.


What can you earn?

This is uncapped and will be reflective of your effort and productivity. The more markets you run and the more buyers you welcome the more you will earn.

Why join Little Pickles Markets?

Little Pickles Markets is an award winning name in nearly new sales and we have a huge demand for our established sales, so there is scope to cover a much larger area and eventually the whole of the UK.

With our experience within the industry, our team offer a wealth of knowledge in organising these events, so will be able to give you step by step guidance and support you to have the same success in organising your own events.

We have a huge web presence, with a well rated google website, increasingly viewed blog and impressive social media following.

What we can offer you?

  • A step by step 6/8 week plan to help you successfully organise your first couple of markets.
  • A comprehensive handbook
  • An organiser’s support network
  • All the kit for you to run successful markets
  • Use of our website to list your events
  • Access to Facebook Pages
  • email address
  • Ongoing support
  • A chance to earn an uncapped amount of money whilst working your own choice of hours.

If you think the role of Market Organiser will suit you and you would like to join the Little Pickles Team.  Please leave a comment below and we can arrange to have a chat about getting you started.

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets



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