Tuesday, 4 April 2017

REAL MUM REVIEW: Menorca Sandals


I'm super excited for share these beautiful shoes with you. I have had them on my girls for the past couple of months and my 6 year old tells me that they are the best shoes she’s ever worn! She loves the style and loves how soft the leather is. They are just gorgeous shoes on little feet and I can’t wait to get a pair for myself. 

I originally found these shoes on instagram. They were launched into Australia by a fabulous mum of 2; Silvia. She had a passion for great leather shoes, because good shoes are very important but especially so on those first years of their life.
Silvia had been wearing menorca sandals since she was a baby and she wanted her kids to wear them too. They are 100% leather, handmade, supportive, lightweight, comfortable and they look so cool.
After many years thinking about it, Silvia opened the online shop. She doesn’t believe good sandals need to cost the earth, so she is keeping the prices as low as she can so you can enjoy them. 

Menorca sandals are handmade in Spain, using cow leather throughout the whole shoe (upper and bottom, as well as ankle straps). They are made with the softest leather so you (or little ones) can use them straight away without any need to 'wear them in' - you will see no blisters or skin rubs. Silvia has tried and tested this thoroughly on her own kids.
They are supportive, and have light flexible yet very durable soles. Your kids will outgrow them before the sandals look too worn, as these sandals age really well and it's practically impossible to wear the soles out.



Each pair of sandals arrives wrapped up in the Menorca Sandals tissue paper, packed in their own little box and sealed with the "warranty of quality" straight from Menorca. It’s really beautiful and you can tell so much love goes into them. 

We LOVE these shoes and we highly recommend getting your little feet a pair. My Princess Pia tells me they are great for playing, jumping, running, going out for dinner, going to parties and just having loads of fun! 
I think that sounds pretty perfect to me. 


You can see the full range at https://www.menorcasandals.com.au . Let me know what you think too. Silvia has given us all a discount code; hooray! Just use LIVEITDOIT at check out to receive 10% off and FREE SHIPPING! 



Wednesday, 29 March 2017

3 Power-Packed Nut-Free Bliss Balls Recipes



This article was first seen on Mumtastic Australia 

Big School and preschool are well and truly back in action and my brain has been going wild with what will we put in her little lunch box every day. With the fear of my child wanting all the "packets" in her lunch box, we want to try to stay health-focused and fill her lunch box with mainly whole food, homemade goodies.

Every mother's dream right?

 A great, go-to snack that we’ve always loved in our house are bliss balls, or as my son calls them, “treaty balls”. You can pack them full of goodness and wrap them up in a little ball that tastes like a real treat. I have created three very simple nut-free bliss balls recipes for you to pack into the school lunch box.
Each recipe only needs a few ingredients, takes less than 15 mins to prepare and they are super-fun to make with your kids. When our children help in the kitchen with cooking and creating, they are more inclined to eat and enjoy their food. So give these a go; healthy balls that are portable, yummy, nutritious and importantly, school-approved!
  3 Power-packed nut-free bliss balls - APRICOT BALLS


Apricot and Coconut Balls

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: n/a Servings: 12 balls

Ingredients
  • dried apricots: 1.5 cups
  • dried coconut flakes: 1 cup
  • sunflower seeds: 1/2 cup
  • desiccated coconut for rolling
Method

Step 1: Place all ingredients into a good quality food processor and process until mixture is broken down and sticking together well.

Step 2: Using 1 teaspoon portions, roll into balls.

Step 3: Roll each ball through the desiccated coconut and allow to set in the fridge. Enjoy 1 or 2 as a snack. Perfect for school lunch boxes.
  3 Power-packed nut-free bliss balls- CHOC BALLS

Choc Sesame Balls

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: n/a Servings: 12 balls

  Ingredients
  • dried pitted dates: 1 1/2 cups
  • cocoa powder: 1/3 cup
  • sesame seeds: 1/2 cup
  • sunflower seeds: 1/2 cup
  • tahini: 2 tablespoons
  • pinch sea salt
  • more sesame seeds for rolling
Method

Step 1: Place all ingredients into your food processor and process until all ingredients are chopped finely and mixture resembles a dough.

Step 2: Using teaspoon sized portions, roll into balls and place into fridge to set. Enjoy as a school lunch box power packed treat.
  3 Power-packed nut-free bliss balls - coconut balls

Coconut Bounty Balls

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: n/a Servings: 12 balls

Ingredients

  • dried coconut flakes: 3 cups
  • pitted medjool dates: 6
  • raw honey: 2 tablespoons

Method

Step 1: Place all ingredient into the food processor and whizz until mixture starts sticking together well.

Step 2: Using teaspoon size portions, roll into balls. Place into fridge to set. A great addition to any lunch box.
  Nut-free bliss balls

Let me know what other fun and healthy school lunch box ideas you may have in the comments below.

 Cass x

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

A shout out to a special guy


❤️ With all the love going around this Valentines day; Today I want to shoutout to my guy @drumichelin … You see, we've been married for 7 years (yesterday), we've moved 4 times, we've had 3 babies and we only had dated for about a year and half before we got married! He had military duties multiple times, course after course, had countless trainings with his units and weeks away doing special exercises, he’s spent more nights away from us than he has with us, all while supporting all my crazy ideas and ventures. Then last year he made the big decision to pack up our family and retire from his true calling... This is huge!

Has it been easy?! Nope. 

Has it been an amazing ride? Yes. 

He is so loyal, supportive and committed to us. This last season has been crazy as we moved away from the "big smoke", transitioned out of the secure life as we knew it and tried to establish our new normal; building our life and business together. 

The more time we spend together, the more appreciation I have for this man who's given so much to us and who loves and serves this family every day. We are far from perfect, but I do think our love is pretty special and I cannot wait to see this journey continue to unfold…Thank you for all you do for the kids and I! WE LOVE YOU!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

An important message from a friend...no season lasts forever.

Mabel 9 months old



Last week I was at the end of my tether on the whole lack of sleep thing. We have had such an amazing holiday break and really having so much fun together...but the baby...she wants to feed all night long!

I also was over being a milk bar, it's hit 9 months of lending my body out for feeding every few hours and I felt done. For the first time in motherhood I wanted to pack up my boobs and say;
Well thats all folks. The shop is officially shut!
With my other two, I never had this, I really enjoyed breastfeeding. Well, I didn't love it but I didn't ever want to stop as I knew how good it was for my babies. I wanted to nourish them with the best. They self weaned, pretty early, around 12-15 months old but they just didn't want it anymore, I wanted them to feed longer, I tried to make them feed longer but they were done. This time, I want my baby to have the best but I also want to stop putting on weight and everything else that breastfeeding seems to bless me with. Yes, I am one of those mum that actually puts on weight while breastfeeding, there's only a few of us it happens to and I'm one of them. My hormones just go weird and hold onto every bit of fat in case of a famine and the fact I need to provide for my baby. Typical right?

Problem is that I'm just not the type of person to quit, I know that every time I made a bottle the guilt would eat me up inside for my selfishness. I mean, I should be appreciating the fact that I actually can breastfeed my baby as so many others can't. I really have tried to find every excuse to stop feeding but after baby check ups and doctors appointments; there really is none. I have great milk and lots of it! Guess what??? Breast milk is best for my baby! Can you believe it? ;) haha ohhhh the yearning to stop continued as I spoked to fellow mums, weaning... sharing with me their boost in energy, their sense of freedom as they claimed their boobs back!

I WANT THAT!

It seemed that everyone I spoke to had started weaning, weaned or was about to start. I felt surrounded by Mothers of freedom!
That was until I caught up with a really good friend and I voiced my urge to stop. She's pro breast feeding and self weaning but she's also pro-awesome friend and inspiring being and she knew what to say to hit that nail on the head in very simple words that I just needed to hear...


"You're doing an amazing job & glowing. Remember no stage lasts forever, before you know it breast feeding will be over; so enjoying staring into those beautiful eyes, know that your her world & this is such special bonding time for you two."

Bottom line is that I want what is best for baby and I just can't put my needs before their's just yet...I mean she's only 9 months old, the least I can do is give her the same as what I offered her older Brother and Sister, the full 12 months! It's true; no season lasts forever, things change and we change. My baby WILL grow up and when she does, I'm sure I'll want her back in my arms. It's my time to chill and enjoy these special moments that will pass.

So to my bubba; I love you! I won't cut off your supply just yet, I'll stop complaining about the trivial things and enjoy our time together...

And to my friend; thank you! That is all. xx

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Farewell 2016... Hello 2017!




Hello so patient people ... I'm writing to say hello...remember me???

I'm still here. I've just been busy, you know? Busy with life, as a mum with 3 small children and a husband that spends at least 4 nights away from us a week for work...busy with a school aged child, a preschooler and a baby... How did life become so busy??

Yes, I've turned into that mum friend that is full of excuses for not keeping in touch enough. But I AM here and I feel like this year I'm back. I'm ready to get back onto the laptop and chatting about life, our food, our finds, fun times and our family.

2016 was a huge year, I was working a little as a casual teacher late in pregnancy, settling my big kid into big school, settling into our new town, having a new baby, running an online business, saying hello and good bye to my baby daddy as he went to work FIFO, appreciating our sleep when we got it, travelling up and back to Sydney for baby appointments, hip appointments, etc, and just living life happily full of energy, I really have had a great year! If you follow me on Instagram, I've shared a lot over there.

You see, after our Sunny boy was born in 2013, I absolutely ran myself into the ground staying up late blogging and trawling the internet; I was quietly an emotional and physical mess. This time, I didn't want that, haha. I wanted to enjoy my new baby, give time to my bigger kids and enjoy some sleep, so the blog has had to give a bit which I accepted. Although the last month or so I have really missed it and wanted to sit down to write, the busy had got in the way and every excuse has allowed me to keep the laptop closed. My moto for the past couple of months has been; "When January comes we can all take a deep breathe'
Well, it's now January, how silly I was...with 3 kids, we have to just make time for that deep breathe and keep going.

I'm excited now though, excited for the year to come and excited for new adventures. I'm excited for share more of life with you guys and more of our love of the South Coast. Our children are growing and they are so beautiful, their personalties are shining through like bright lights and they send my heart into explosions every day. Yes, there are hard days, just ask my mum when she pops in for a coffee in the morning as we're getting ready for school, the chaos runs high. But how amazing it's been to have my mum just down the road and not 7-9 hours away. I couldn't do life without her now, she even reminds me when I need to blog, when this space is looking unloved. ;)

Life has changed so much since we've moved down to our home town. To be completely honest, I was scared, I was really scared. I felt like I had life sorted up on the Northern Beaches; beautiful friends, great area, I was a very happy city/beaches mum. I just didn't know if I would enjoy the slow pace of life that country living brings and the fact that I wouldn't be able to go to the supermarket without seeing someone I knew...but I've now realised that's what I love the most! I love that there is no competition for things that have no meaning. I love that everyone knows one another. I love that everyone is connected in some sort of funny way. I love that everything seems so easy with small children. I love that we can drive to the beach and park almost on the sand WITHOUT having to pay!! I love that there are no crowds! I love that we can do things in nature without having to pay for simple things. I love that you can turn up to the beach and bump into people you know and have an amazing day/afternoon/night and not even have to plan it. I love the lack of plans!!! Haha and most of all I love that my husband is so happy here.

Living on the Far South Coast this past year has really brought to life that our lives are worth living ...EVERY DAY! And that's what this space has really always been about. Life is full of so many good vibes right now, we are chugging along as a family so nicely and agree daily that this could just be the happiest we've been in our lives. It's great. I feel like I've grown up a little, I've learned to stress less and enjoy small moments more. I am really looking forward to sharing 2017 with you all and I will write honestly and without pressure. This excited me too!

Bring on 2017 and more fun and crazy adventures!




Sunday, 11 December 2016

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: FOR CHILDREN

Fun gift ideas for our little people this christmas!!!! 


Villeroy & Boch Animal Friends Collection
Kids will love meal time with the Villeroy & Boch Animal Friends Collection. Four designs with animal faces and cup showing an animal snout to transform kids mouths to match their favourite animal. Choose from tiger, panda, monkey and bear. They are premium porcelain and microwave safe.


Dreambaby® Ladybug night light
The Dreambaby® Ladybug night light is a fun, safe way to add a sense of comfort and security to bedtime. Brimming with features, the ‘One Touch’ on/off operation is really easy for parents or children to use at bedtime and throughout the night if or when needed. Once turned on, watch as your child’s bedroom is gently lit in a warm glow, providing enough light to see and feel the space around the room, yet not bright enough to disturb sleeping children. Not only is the Dreambaby® Ladybug Battery Operated Night Light a cute, decorative item for the bedroom, but it’s also highly energy efficient and long lasting – LED bulbs last for thousands of hours, plus this light automatically turns itself off after 30 minutes to conserve battery power. The Dreambaby® Ladybug Battery Operated Night Light is sure to be loved and adored by your children each night, making bedtime a little less stressful for parents and carers! Product code F689. RRP $32.95. http://www.dreambaby.com.au


Globber My FREE Fold Up with LED Flashing Wheels.
Light up your child’s smile this Christmas with the all-new Globber My FREE Fold Up with LED Flashing Wheels. The first on market to offer an easy-to-use ellipse folding mechanism, ensuring transportation is a breeze when the scooter is not being used. When folded, the compact scooter can be pulled along by the handlebars and stored away effortlessly. Perfect for the youngest of riders, the clever My FREE Fold Up has three height positions, assisted steering for safe learning and is an extremely well-balanced, comfortable ride for beginners. Suitable for ages 3+. This stylish scooter comes in three bright colours; green, blue and pink, and costs $200 from globber.com.au.


Dinkleboo. 
Dinkleboo make gorgeous personalised products for children, notably personalised story books that make children the hero of the story. They are the perfect, unique Christmas gift. I have attached the media release with more info along with an image of one of the books.
http://www.dinkleboo.com/books.html

Laser Rugged Bluetooth Speaker 
Designed for the outdoors, the Rugged Bluetooth Portable Speaker is splash, dust and shockproof, withstanding any treatment the kids can throw at it. This 10-watt speaker has built-in Bluetooth technology so the kids can listen to audio whilst on holidays this Chrissy and its 8-hour battery life makes it the ideal addition when hitting up the beach, BBQs, the poolside or camping trips!
RRP $79.95 | Stockist: www.laserco.com.au 

Kambrook Pancake Perfection Maker
Two large (130mm) pancake wells create golden fluffy pancakes in minutes. This pancake maker features non-stick cooking surface for easy cleaning,1300 watt element for faster cooking.
Product Features:
  • Non- stick cooking surface for easy cleaning
  • 1300 watt element for faster cleaning
  • Two large (130mm) pancake wells create golden fluffy pancakes in minutes
  • Stainless Steel Design


Dreambaby® Peli’s Bathtub Play Pouch
Dreambaby® Peli’s Bathtub Play Pouch is a delightful accessory to your bathroom. Surprise your children - next bath time - by attaching Peli to your bath tub. Watch the excitement on their faces as they start to play and interact with Peli – whose engaging eyes and happy disposition lovingly watches over your bathing bambinos!  When their bath toys are packed away and stored, the mesh designed pelican “bill” will allow them to nicely air dry, and will prevent the build-up of mould and water inside your little one’s favourite bath time toys, keeping them well preserved and ready for their next bath.  The Dreambaby® Peli’s Bathtub Play Pouch makes a perfect gift for any family with bath-bound little ones! Dreambaby® Peli’s Bathtub Play Pouch is perfect for all small children, who can sit up independently in the bath tub, and is ideally recommended for children from six months of age. CAUTION – Never leave children unattended in the bathroom. There is no substitute for proper adult supervision. Product code F684 RRP $39.95 http://www.dreambaby.com.au


Clobber helmets
Gorgeous bright helmets for our little people. 
– Australian Bike Standards Approved
– DFS (Dial Fit System) for a Perfect Fit
– Magnetic Catch Lock
– Small (48-54cm), Medium (55-58cm), Large (59-61cm) Sizes Available



Thursday, 8 December 2016

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: FOR FUN DADS

Struggling to find a gift for Dad??? Take a look at our top picks ...


HUON TASMANIAN SALMON CHRISTMAS FEAST
Including a fresh 1kg side of Huon Salmon alongside our gourmet entertaining range of smoked and cured salmon.
Great as a gift or the perfect way to kick start your Christmas lunch menu!
Included in the hamper:
  • 1kg Fresh Salmon fillet 
  • 150g Salmon Pate
  • 150g Trout Pate
  • 250g Whisky Cured Cold Smoked Salmon
  • 250g Honey Cured Hot Smoked Salmon
All for a total cost of only $99 including delivery!


Alcatel Go Play | RRP $299 
The perfect gift for the rough-and-tumble fun Dad, the Alcatel Go Play can withstand the even the worst treatment. Water, dust and shock proof, the Go Play features a rubber exterior that’s easy to grip and boasts 500 hours of standby time. The 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras ensure the perfect photos in and above water.
Stockist: Big W 


Milkman Grooming Co’s Clear Shave Gel
Milkman Grooming Co. have redefined what it means to have a clean, close shave with their cool, NEW “Clear Shave Gel”. Many men claim to have sensitive skin, but perhaps it’s not that their skin is sensitive, it’s just they’re using the wrong products. The product is water-based not soap based, so it doesn’t dry your skin, making it perfect for teens and/or those with sensitive skin. It allows for the blade to glide across your face with minimal resistance, reducing the amount of strokes needed to complete a shave and therefore increasing the life of your razor blades. It’s peppermint and menthol fragrance serves to invigorate your sense of smell and touch with a soothing freshness on the skin, that keeps your face feeling cool before, during and after you shave. RRP $25.00


Teamm8 gear
Teamm8 is a great men’s activewear, swimwear and underwear brand who have just launched an awesome new swimwear line featuring flamingos! website: https://www.teamm8.com


IsoWhey Wholefoods Superfood Snacks - Cacao + Sea Salt
IsoWhey Wholefoods Superfood Snacks are made from nutritious whole nuts, seeds and grains which you can see and taste. Combined with superfoods and natural dried fruit, these healthy snacks are not only convenient but delicious to enjoy as part of a healthy lifestyle.



Murphy and Daughters Shave Duo 
For those dapper gents wanting a much closer, smoother shave or just to tame those unruly bristles, Murphy and Daughters have the ultimate selection of classic shaving essentials for your grooming ritual. Murphy and Daughters Shave Duo essentials for $62 includes; an Old School Cream scented with the charm of an old barber’s shop, this modern emulsion has top notes of Eucalyptus, Menthol and Lavender and is suitable for sensitive skin types, combined with Murphy and Daughters soft bristle, beech Shave Brush to produce a rich lather that even a well-seasoned barber would be proud of. www.murphyanddaughters.com.au


The fifth Watches
Simple and beautiful watches. Love these so much! 
http://www.the5th.co
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