Thursday, 28 February 2013

Dry Brushing and fertility

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GUEST POST BY JODIE SMITH

Are you aware that preconception health care improves pregnancy outcomes?
Deciding you want to have a baby is a huge decision and for some falling pregnant is not as easy as they thought.  Getting your body and mind in a healthy state will definitely be to your advantage. Research shows that conditions such as miscarriage, premature birth, breast-feeding difficulties, eczema and poor resistance to infection are often preventable. Lowering your stress levels, increasing the nutrients and decreasing the toxins that go into your body before conception and during pregnancy is key.
Eggs and sperm are both vulnerable to toxicity, especially when you consider that eggs take approximately 100 days to mature and sperm take up to 116 days to generate. Which means the health of both parents 4-5 months prior to conception is extremely important.

Preconception health care can include regular exercise, a healthy eating plan, drinking plenty of water, practicing yoga and other natural health practices like, Dry Body Brushing.
Dry skin brushing became popular in the 1970’s for exfoliating the skin and detoxifying the body. Russian doctors were of the first to discover the health benefits of dry skin brushing. Our skin is the largest organ of elimination, arteries, veins, nerves and the lymphatic system work together to create healthy skin and a healthy body. The skin is often called the 3rd kidney because it eliminates a quarter of the toxins from the body (the lungs are the 2nd kidney).
According to Dr. Bernard Jensen, our skin is meant to release up to 2 lbs. of toxins each day. If the pores are clogged, their function is diminished, and the toxins can be stored in the body.  Dry brushing helps to remove the dead skin cells blocking the release of toxins through the pores. Once the dead skin is exfoliated, the pores are open and can expel toxins more easily. Dry brushing increases circulation of the lymphatic system, which helps the body detox through the skin, and other elimination systems within the body.
Things to consider when purchasing your body brush are; get a plant bristle brush because it works best for exfoliating skin and stimulating circulation; choose a bristle firmness that you feel comfortable to touch; buy a brush that is non-toxic so you don’t transfer it onto your skin and you always brush on dry skin before having a shower or bath.

So if you are thinking about having a baby and want to start a preconception health care routine there are a few things you can do right now.  Start dry body brushing, get a healthy eating plan advised from your naturopath and start a regular exercise routine.

Happy Brushing!
Jodie Smith
www.bodecare.com

About Jodie: Jodie Smith, Director of Bodecare, has always loved to dry body brush. While living abroad Jodie had the privilege to experience dry body brushing in luxury day spa's and wanted to offer similar treatments and brushes here in Australia. Once returning to Australia Jodie spent a year conducting research on each brush with therapist colleagues who would test run the brushes. The end results are a beautiful range of traditionally crafted natural bristle brushes in varying firmness to cater for specific areas of the body and different preferences of bristle texture. Jodie has a keen interest in contributing to the preservation of the environment, which is why each product is made of eco materials or recycled timber, minimal packaging and reducing plastic where-ever possible. I have finally found me niche and am loving the journey it is taking me on.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The Preschool Dilemma

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Ohhhh preschool is the topic of discussion at the moment and I won't lie, it's very overwhelming. One minute, you give birth to a baby and the next minute they are out of nappies and your sending them off in their own. Are the little ones really ready for that??? I'm not!
I have friends that work full time, I have friends that work part time, I have friends that work from home, I have friends that are at home full time and don't work at all. Every situation is different and I respect that. Any situation that a mother is in doesn't make them any less or more of a mother...

When we started having babies we discussed it and decided that I was going to stay home. I wont lie, LOVE it, I love being a stay at home mum! I love the play dates, I love the playgroups, I love the dance classes, and I just don't like the idea of someone else looking after my kids all day long. We are not rich, we do go without a lot of things for this and thats the decision we made. We cannot be extravagant by any means.

So now, that preschool and daycare are the hot topics I am starting to feel the pressure and it is confusing me as to when the time is really right. Some stay at home mums put their kids into day care a couple of days a week at 2 years old... For me, that's not an option. #1; it's too expensive and #2; why would I want my kid in day care when I'm at home anyway? I just don't see the point. Yes, I am tired and exhausted with the pregnancy and I would love the odd break but I am not going to rush into it, I just cant justify it.
I first thought that my little P would go into preschool at about 3 and half years old for two half days a week (I know she would absolutely love it, she's so independent. She would go now if I let her) but turns out that preschools in my area fill up so quick you need to get your children into them at the beginning of the year and then its a minimum of two full days. This means starting her at the beginning of next year. Then there is the fact that you need to put the little ones names on the waiting lists so young so they don't miss out... There is also the choice between daycare and preschool...  And then there is the food; Oh the food! This freaks me out the most, I like to know what my kid is eating every day and i want to make it!!! Its all too rushed for me. So this is where I am stuck. Do I just put my child's name down on every waiting list in the area and wait to see what happens and decide later? Am I forced to make a decision to send my little girl off to preschool before I'm ready to let go? Its all too much for this pregnant mother.... HELP!

What age did you send your babies to daycare or preschool? Whats your pick, Preschool or daycare?

Cass xoxo

MEET WORKING MUM MENTOR SARAH FROM THAT SPACE IN BETWEEN


Another wonderful week, another another wonderful Working Mums Mentor! MEET SARAH FROM THAT SPACE IN BETWEEN!

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself and your Business. How did it all start?

I think that sitting in the dark recesses of our minds there is always a little idea that you hope will grow big one day. I've been working in the trauma and loss field since I was in my mid twenties and I've met so many people across three different countries who struggle with the sadness of losing someone. Back in 2007 I was researching the experiences of families of missing people for a book I was writing for the Australian Federal Police - I met a sister whose brother was missing and she explained to me that her life existed in the space in between. Between him being both here and gone. That conversation has always stayed with me and I as I grew older, had kids of my own, got divorced and then married again I found that offering support to people who live in all types of spaces was what drove me to building a counselling practice and starting my post-graduate studies.

We all live in different spaces - as women, as mums, as partners, as friends - finding ways to manage those spaces can only do good things for our mental health.  

2. What do you offer as a mentor in your working mum mentoring sessions?

I'm the mental health mentor (I feel like that should come with a cape!). My goal is to help women manage the space between work and home by focussing on their psychological wellbeing, by exploring the triggers to anxiety and stress, to understand the impact of being over-stretched on how we think and feel and to find new ways to nurture ourselves.

I'm an accredited Medicare Social Worker and have worked and managed counselling services for the last decade. As a Counsellor and a mother of two, and a step-mum of two more, I feel ready to give back to those that want my help.

3. What are your top 5 tips for any busy mum?  

- Its easy to say take time for yourself, finding that time can be hard. Even just a small moment where you get to step away, take a breath and centre yourself can keep your stress in check. 
- Put your hand up and ask for help when it all feels too hard. The superwoman myth was exploded long ago - dont perpetuate it by the stigma that comes with asking for support.
- There is a negative association attached to the word mental health, even when we talk abut it positively, think about your mind the same way as the body, feed it well, take time out for it and be gentle with yourself.
- Exercise can settle a busy mind - take the kids for a walk before dinner, go for a stroll in your lunch break. Being out in the world helps keep your perspective grounded.
- We only get one life to live, having it 'all' will mean different things to different people. Respect that.

4. Do you have any advice or inspiration to send out to any of our readers that are thinking about starting their own business or doing more of something they love???

I used to supervise social work students on their last placement before enterng in to the workforce. Ive always been passionate about giving your best to every job you do, I firmly believe that if you build a platform from a place of passion and dedication you can not go wrong. I'm not a business woman but I know that I'm good at what I do and I genuinely care about other people, for me that is all part of the recipe for success - no matter how you measure it.

5. If you had half an hour to cook dinner and realised you didn’t have anything planned, what would you cook?

Poached eggs and pan fried mushrooms. You cant go wrong with breakfast as dinner...my kids would agree too!

6. What’s your favourite juice or smoothie?

I'm not a big fan of smoothies or juices but coffee. Dont get me started...

7. What is your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?

'Everything will be alright in the end, if its not alright then its not the end' from the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. 
When work and parenting feel too heavy I always remember this quote - helps me keep my head above water and to take another step forward.

8. Where can we find you?

My counselling practice is based in Sydney but I offer telephone and skype sessions too for those people further away. People can find me at www.sarahwayland.com.au or I'm usually hanging out at my blog www.thatspaceinbetween.com
My twitter handle is @thatspaceinbtwn


To book a mentoring session with Sarah just go to http://www.workingmumsmasterclass.com.au/masterclass-mentors/

Head over and show Sarah some love on her website or twitterpage and tell her that we sent you! 

Cass xoxoxo


Monday, 25 February 2013

Placenta prévia... Is it really such a big deal? And why are you trying to mess up my birth plan?

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Firstly, I don't usually like doctors. I don't like doctors because they usually just guess what's wrong with you, then over prescribe medications and then hope for the best. I stay far away from doctors unless absolutely necessary. The amount of times at school I needed a doctors certificate to get out of something and I would walk into a doctors surgery totally healthy but giving them a story that I had a sore throat and head ache and be given not only the doctors certificate that I wanted but a whole heap of antibiotics was disgusting!!!! Obviously I threw the unnecessary drugs in the bin, but couldn't they tell I wasn't even sick??? When people ask me who my general family doctor is I can't tell them, I don't have one. Simply because I can't stand the germs in the surgeries, we don't get sick enough and they piss me off!
So when I was choosing a doctor to have our second baby I was super nervous but also thinking that it wouldn't matter anyway as they are all the same... The main thing was that I wanted a woman.. Why? Because Pia was delivered by a woman and that was a great experience, woman have been through it, I listen to woman better and I just couldn't imagine a grey haired man knowing knowing or understanding anything about child birth (thats just me). Call me crazy but that's how I felt. So I set out to the big wide world of google to find a doctor and who did I choose??? The lady with the prettiest surgery of cause... No not really, well that she does have but also that she has a a team of midwives and consultants that work with her and my uncle had taught her at uni and he said she was a top student and heard only good things so I was happy to go ahead. I felt safe (-ish).

Now, 29 weeks down the track I love my doctor!!! She knows what I need to hear and what I don't want to know. She knows that I want a natural birth and she knows that she shouldn't scare me out of having one... Yet!
When she first told me that I had a low lying placenta, I just took it with a grain of salt... No need to freak out or go into detail, it would move. I have heard stories of moving placentas with yoga and I honestly didn't think it would effect anything (also the fact that I live in denial)...
If it didn't move and I absolutely had to have a c-section I would deal with it but I would make sure I waited until I went into labour first and let me baby come when it was ready.
That has always been the biggest thing for me, I don't want to rush my babies, they know when their ready to enter the world. Our bodies are made to give birth!!! Why cant I try to give birth naturally first??? Being born out of the birth canal is so important, its important to give the babies lungs a big squeeze and get out any mucus and water, its important to give the baby its first lot of healthy gut bacteria, it is so important for the mother to help bond with their new baby, to pump her with all the good happy high love hormones... Its important to me! The funny thing is, I have never been one for a birth plans, I have always thought they were ridiculous as you cant plan what the baby is going to do or how your body is going to react but second time around... I just thought things would be easy.

Clearly, living in denial, aka fairy land.. I hadn't done the reading what placenta prévia is and only really finding out that it classifies me at high risk when filling out the pregnancy yoga registration form and being asked the question of; "do you have placenta prévia?" in bold type and "do you have permission from your doctor to partake in exercise like this?" freaked me out. Still didn't read up on it... But now, after another 9 weeks and another trip to my amazing doctor I have decided to find out what it actually is, what this placenta prévia is all about and why the baby may not be able to be born out of my lady parts! Its a lot for my head to deal with, so for now I will not be reading up on the scary stuff but reading up on the how to get the stubborn thing out of the wrong place that is is trying to settle in and why I will have to come to terms with not going into labour at all if it doesn't!...

Do you have any tips or tricks for moving this stubborn placenta??? Or any insight???... Hit me with them as my hope is still there and I am not making any plans... yet.

Cass xoxo

WEARING: All dressed up in black at 29 weeks






What a wonderful Sunday afternoon we had celebrating the life of my Great Aunt Pat. When I say great, I do mean a woman in her 90's that is my mothers Aunt but I also mean an amazingly inspiring woman who was and is genuinely great! Being awarded an honour of Australia Medal in 2009, Mrs Ritchie ( also known as Pat, Aunty pat and the Patricia Ritchie) is definitely a woman to celebrate, in her life time she has helped so many people, she was truly someone to look up to and aspire to be just even half as wonderful! So much knowledge and wisdom. As she grew older I had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time with her and she didn't hit me with the hard stuff, she would always just stick to the basics; "You need to start with a good breakfast you know, an egg every morning with a fresh ginger and lemon tea is a good start"... ... "Always keep the same pair of fitted pants, that way every time you put them on you can make sure you haven't gained any weight"... Oh the list is endless and quite funny, what she said always meant alot though and I always listened very intently. 
The people she has met, the places she has been, her handbags, her shoes, the jewellery... WOW the jewellery, all fabulous! She worked hard, played hard and never stopped giving! She was known by so many people and loved by even more. So, on Sunday we celebrated her life in the Gardens of the Mater hospital, where she has been very kind, now has a beautiful frangipani tree planted in her honour shading the words of the great Mrs Patricia Ritchie, who will never be forgotten.


Wearing:
View more wearing posts and fun maternity finds here.


Cass xoxo

Saturday, 23 February 2013

RECIPE: Chick Pea Chocolate Dough Balls

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A great friend emailed me this recipe she found on pinterest last week and it kinda sounded disgusting but I thought I would give it a go and hope for something totally yummy, delicious and guilt free to come out as the end product... And did it??? YES!!!! OH MY.... these are pretty dam yummy! You might need to make a double batch just so you can share. They are gluten, wheat, dairy and crap free! So, this is my take on the recipe, ENJOY!

Ingredients

1 can of Organic chick peas, rinsed, drained and patted dry with paper towel.... (The organic chick peas are only  about 30c more $$ than generic)
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 or 2 tablespoons of Tahini 
1/2 cup organic dark chocolate chips. (I made my own by just chopping up some loving earth coconut mylk choc, SO YUM!)

Method:
Put all in blender/food processor and blend till mixed and chick peas no longer resemble chick peas! Put in separate bowl, stir through choc.
The mix is really sticky, so what I do is get 2 spoons and do the fancy ice cream manuve they do on masterchef... you know, rolling mix from one spoon to the next to make a smooth ball looking thing..... You could try rolling into balls, but you will loose most on your hands as really wet mix. I then squashed them down a little flatter.
Bake at 180 for 20 mins till golden brown.
These babies will not be crunchy.... They are doughy, thanks to the wetness of the chick peas, but they are 100% good for you, esp if you use dark choc. So you get the naughty kick without the guilt.

Cass xoxo

Thursday, 21 February 2013

NATURAL BEAUTY: Natural Pedicure Treatment


GUEST POST BY YVETTE SINCLAIR

Hi everyone!! Well, today I am going to write about doing a home pedicure spa.
A Pedicure is the ultimate luxury treatment you can do for yourself.

Step by step pedicure:

Here are some recipes you can use...

Avocado sugar foot scrub 
1 cup Raw sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
1 mashed avocado (perfect for extra moisturizing)

Mix all ingredients together, massage all over feet and leave for 5 mins. Rinse with warm water.

Salt foot bath 
1 cup Epsom salts (helps tired, swollen, achy feet )
1/3 cup almond oil
6 drops pure essential oil of peppermint

Soak your feet in a tub for 15 - 20 mins

My goodies from http://shop.chooselifeliveitdoit.com

My step by step guide to beautiful feet. 

My D.I.Y Pedicure - I love doing pedicure's and manicure's at home and it can be just as relaxing and fun.

What you need:
A Tub ( for your feet )
Nail file and Pedi paddle
Base coat / top coat/ nail polish Scotch polish in the colour of your choice
Cuticle pusher
Manicure scissors
Marbles ( for the bowl )
... Towels x2
1/2 milk ( for bowl )
1/3 cup sugar ( for exfoliate)
1/4 almond oil
Jojoba oil

  1. Fill your tub with warm water and add your marbles. Put the marbles in the bottom of the bowl with the water. 
  2. Soak your feet and move them gently over the marbles for a relaxing foot massage. Lift up your foot, apply scrub ( 1/3 cup of sugar and 1/4 almond oil), scrubbing all over, then repeat. 
  3. Then rinse the water, refill the bowl this time adding 1/2 cup of milk( a natural AHA ). A warm milk bath is the ultimate skin softening treatment, and it's good for your skin. Leave feet soaking for 10 mins.
  4. Now get your Pedi paddle and scrub your heels, dry your feet and now you're ready to start with the toes. 
  5. You need to remove any old nail polish with some Scotch natural Soy polish remover, then get a cuticle stick to push back the cuticles. 
  6. I like to then apply some jojoba oil and massage into my nails and feet for a little massage.
  7. You are now ready to cut and shape your nails to your own preference.
  8. Always remember to file in one direction as this helps to keep your nails strong. 
  9. Time to polish: I like to use a base coat first, this will protect the nail. Then apply 2 coats of Scotch Naturals polish in the colour of your choice. Then apply your top coat. The top coat is a must, it will give the colour the amazing shine and keep it on for longer!
  10. Now you're ready to show your feet off!


Yvette x


About Yvette: Yvette is a qualified beauty therapist that has worked in day spas and with big brands such as lancôme, channel, Clarins. Over the past few years, Yvette has gravitated towards a more holistic approach.


She wants to do the very best for her body by leading the most toxic free lifestyle that she can. Being a beauty therapist; Yvette knows how to treat peoples skin, she has experienced how toxic so many products on the market are and she wants everyone of us to be absolutely gorgeous... NATURALLY!  Yvette makes incorporating natural beauty remedies, skin care and an organic approach to make up affordable and easy. 
You can find Yvette @



Meet Working Mum Mentor Kristy from Every Chance to Learn



Another wonderful week, another another wonderful Working Mums Mentor! MEET KRISTY FROM EVERY CHANCE TO LEARN

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself and your Business. How did it all start?

First and foremost I am a Mum and in a previous life I was a teacher and then became a researcher investigating how technology shapes young children's learning. I started my business after I became a new Mum and realised that all of this fantastic research about how babies and young children learn and develop in a digital age, was NOT being shared with parents. I developed an interest (some would say an obsession) about researching how children's brains are wired and how new technologies are shaping this process. I was shocked to realise that this critical informations was stuck in books and journals and locked behind academic gates and it needed to be put into the most important hands: parents and teachers. As a new (and very tired) new Mum I was bombarded with information on sleep, settling, behaviour and eating, but found very little information about how brains are wired and how technology is changing this process.  More importantly there are such simple things that parents (and teachers) can do to promote optimal brain development (I am NOT about accelerating learning and preparing your baby for Harvard) and these need to be shared with parents. The effects of a child's early years last a lifetime and significant impact on a child. It is scary to think that 85% of a child's brain is developed by 3 years of age! Learning starts well before a child enters school!

2. What do you offer as a mentor in your working mum mentoring sessions?

I can provide parents with one of two focus areas during a Mentor session: (i) I can provide confused and concerned parents with research-based answers about about how they use technology with their children (for example, is TV helpful/harmful? How much mediative should they have? How can you manage this at home? Are video games helpful?) and/or (ii) suggestions for the simple, everyday things that parents can do to build their baby's, toddler's or preschooler's brain.

3. What are your top 5 tips for any busy mum? 
  1. Technology is neither good nor bad: it all depends on what children do with the technology, when they do it, where they use it and with whom they use it. Parents shouldn't feel guilty about making intentional decisions about how they will use technology with their child. (This is the whole reason I started Every Chance to Learn, as parents were not provided with accurate information).
  2. Talk and sing with your child from the moment they are born and as much as possible. This develops their language skills which is essential for learning. It is also critical that you talk to your child during and after they have used technology (for example, talking to them while they are watching a TV show actually promotes their learning and language skills).
  3. Allow your child to move as much as possible. Physical movement wires the brain for learning. This is why we must manage how much passive media young children use and encourage physical movement. There are lots of new advances where children's technology is now incorporating movement (Sesame Street on Kinect for example).
  4. Look for technology that is as interactive as possible. For example, look for apps that require the child to create something, as opposed to just clicking on a right answer. A great example is 'Toontastic'. Look for video games that children can play with another child or with an adult.
  5. Let your child play. Unstructured play is absolutely critical for building a child's brain architecture. This is even more important in a digital age where we need to teach children to 'switch off' from their gadgets.
4. Do you have any advice or inspiration to send out to any of our readers that are thinking about starting their own business or doing more of something they love???

Find what makes you shine and share it with others. You will love what you do and this will radiate.

5. If you had half an hour to cook dinner and realised you didn’t have anything planned, what would you cook?

I keep some organic mince in the freezer for this very reason. I can quickly make a batch of chilli con carne and turn it into burritos or a Mexican 'spread' (with sour cream, avocado, grated cheese and corn chips). Best of all I can have it made in under 20 minutes and toddler and hubby love to!  Success all round.

6. What’s your favourite juice or smoothie?

Green smoothie with kale, pineapple, blueberries, watermelon, chia seeds. Yummo!

7. What is your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?

I love Maya Angelou's quote, "When you know better you do better." I live by this mantra and often use this in the Parent Seminars I deliver as many parents feel guilty about their child's use of technology (this is usually unwarranted guilt as there are so many misconceptions in the media about young children and technology). Parents often don't know about the science of how children learn and develop and this vital information needs to be shared with them (the whole reason I started Every Chance to Learn).

8. Lastly, anything you want to share with us about you or your business?

We deliver Parent Seminars in parents' homes for mother's/class groups, in preschools, church groups, community groups and at primary schools. We also deliver 'Lunch and Learn' seminars for busy working parents, delivered at business premises during work hours.

Follow Kristy at: 


Twitter: @chancetolearn
Instagram: everychance2learn

To book a mentoring session with Kristy just go to http://www.workingmumsmasterclass.com.au/masterclass-mentors/

Head over and show Kristy some love on her website or facebook page and tell her that we sent you! 

Cass xoxoxo


Monday, 18 February 2013

Therapeutic Body Brushing For Children

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GUEST POST BY JODIE SMITH

You wouldn't think to body brush your child, but when they are suffering from sensory integration disorder (DSI), autism or ADHD, therapeutic body brushing is a wonderful treatment to help children with tacticle dysfunction or over-sensitivity to touch.  When a child suffers from DSI ordinary activities like stepping into a bath, wearing certain fabrics, giving hugs or eating particular foods can by torturous.

The child is dry body brushed with soft plant bristles using brisk movements over the arms, legs, hands back and soles of feet and then followed by a deep joint compression massage.  It is vital that the brushing is done by a person who has been taught the technique and avoid the face and stomach.

As the skin is brushed, millions of tiny receptors in the skin sense the prickling/pressure and send messages to the brain.  The brain over time, becomes accustomed to these messages and learns to "tone down" its response.  It is similar to having smelt something really awful and then a few minutes later couldn't smell it anymore, because the brain will phase out the troubling sensations when we have enough exposure to them.  So once the child has exposure to touch via brushing, they become use to it and are not so sensitive to touching other things.

Best to seek the advice of an occupational therapist if you are wanting to learn more about this.

Yours in good health

Happy Brushing!


Love
Jodie Smith
Owner - Bodecare


About Jodie: Jodie Smith, Director of Bodecare, has always loved to dry body brush. While living abroad Jodie had the privilege to experience dry body brushing in luxury day spa's and wanted to offer similar treatments and brushes here in Australia. Once returning to Australia Jodie spent a year conducting research on each brush with therapist colleagues who would test run the brushes. The end results are a beautiful range of traditionally crafted natural bristle brushes in varying firmness to cater for specific areas of the body and different preferences of bristle texture. Jodie has a keen interest in contributing to the preservation of the environment, which is why each product is made of eco materials or recycled timber, minimal packaging and reducing plastic where-ever possible. I have finally found me niche and am loving the journey it is taking me on.

RECIPE: My Very Green Saturday Morning Smoothie


We all know that having a green smoothie daily has to be doing something good for us right??? I will be honest with you, I haven't been keeping up to having them daily but when I do have one I always make it a good one! I love it to be tasty as well as pumped with a heap of good stuff! On friday morning I got some amazing organic fruit and veggies from the local farmers market so I was totally inspired to get into the smoothie action. I just love fresh food that comes straight from the farmer! Watermelon that has dark green skin and pips makes me feel good, organic pumpkin for $1 a kilo and organic homegrown tomatoes in a massive bag for $4 just makes my heart sing...  So here is My Very Green Saturday Morning Smoothie full of farmers market goodness...

Ingredients:

2 x stalks kale
1 x small juicy pineapple
1 x handful mint
1 x cucumber
2 x oranges
Dash coconut water

Throw it all in the Vitamix or high powdered blender and wizz until super smooth! ENJOY!!!
(Serves 2-4)

Love and share!!!!

Cass xoxo

Saturday, 16 February 2013

A TEA PARTY IN A MOCKA TEE PEE (GIVEAWAY CLOSED, WINNER ANNOUNCED!)



OH MY, SERIOUSLY... How cute are these two??? A* and P were born one day apart and they are just the best of friends. It is just so gorgeous to watch them play as they truly love each other so very much! It warms my heart every time I see them together*! 
The weather has been on and off the last couple of weeks* and it has been a struggle to get outside in the sunshine, but the sun came out last week for a short while so we set up tee pee and had a tea party! Have you ever seen a tee pee so cool? I found the Mocka Tee Pee a couple of weeks ago and totally fell in love; the patterns are just beautiful and the size is awesome! The height and width is perfect for playing! When I was younger I had a tee pee but it was so tall and small that it was a bit of a disaster zone, as it would topple over all the time getting in and out of it. With the Mocka, there is no chance of that happening, as it has 5 sturdy poles holding it together, a wide opening and what makes it the best (from a mothers point of view); is that is has a base that is connected to all poles to keep the kiddies from getting dirty and keeping it upright nice and neat! It is the perfect fold away cubby house and Pia and Archer were having an absolute ball! It is a total winner at our place and I can see it being big sister Pia's special hideaway when she wants some time away from her new (maybe sometimes annoying) little brother or sister. It is fabbo!

GUESS WHAT? I am so excited to tell you that the amazing people at MOCKA want to give one lucky Choose life, live it, do it reader a MOCKA TEE PEE! If you are the winner you can choose from any one of these awesome designs here.

To enter simply leave a comment below telling me why you believe your little one would love a MOCKA TEE PEE!

For extra entries:
  1. Be a follower of Choose life, live it, do it via Google Friend connect just on the right of our site.
  2. Like Choose life, live it, do it  on Facebook
  3. Like MOCKA - Australia on Facebook.
  4. Like @chooselife_liveit_doit on instagram.
  5. Share this give away on any of your social media platforms (instagram/facebook/twitter/pinterest)
Leave a comment for each! The lucky winner with be announced at 12 noon, 27th February, 2013! GOOD LUCK! 


Be sure to check out more of what Mocka has on offer here >>> http://www.mocka.com.au/
They have some very cool, and affordable wooden balance bikes, kids furniture, and more!

* which is at least a few times a week.
*Where has summer gone?
* A's mum is one of my besties that I met at pregnancy yoga when I was pregnant with P. And now, we are pregnant again together, only due 2 weeks apart. Crazy and amazing to have a great friend going through the same crazy pregnancy hormones!

Terms: This giveaway is open to all Australian followers of Choose life, live it, do it. All entrants must provide a first name along with your comment entry and ensure I can contact you via your blog/social media or email  (you can subscribe via email if you don't want to list your contact details publicly) . Once the giveaway has ended and winner is chosen they will be contacted via email and put in touch with the sponsors. Giveaway items are not distributed by Choose life, live it, do it, alot of them are directly distributed to the winners by the sponsors themselves. 

THE WINNER IS CORIN JONES!!!! CONGRATULATIONS! Thanks so much for all your wonderful entries. Keep posted for next week for another great giveaway! xoxo

Friday, 15 February 2013

WEARING: The belly @ 28 weeks and a Big Sparkly heart on Love Day!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines day last week and spent it with your loved ones. I hope that you were all surrounded by love and that meaning by yourself too. Self love is the most important love of all and being pregnant and growing bigger and bigger I am definitely finding it harder and harder to accept how my big body is changing. Let's face it, I'm not a skinny girl, I never have been and I've accepted that, but when you feel like your body is spinning even more out of control its not a nice feeling. I get that I am making a baby and it is a wonderful thing, I do love that I am growing a little human that is part of me and part of the one I love but sometimes I do think that I would be happy to skip the getting huge part and instead, for someone to just hand me the pride and joy at the end! So heres to self acceptance, riding the wave that is stumbling down on top of me and wearing a big sparkly heart on my chest to remind myself that this time in my life is truly magical! 


Wearing:

View more wearing posts and fun maternity finds here.

Cass xoxo

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Meet WORKING MUM MENTOR Bee from Goals to Be Reached.



You may have heard through my posts that I have joined a very special group of women to create a super team of mentors for working mums! Any woman that is a mum is a working mum, its a 24 hour job isnt it??? Each mentor is an expert in a certain area; whether it be health, nutrition, finance, goals, meal planning, organisation, time management... WE KNOW OUR STUFF and we are here to help! These mentoring sessions take place over skype or over the phone in your own home, when it works best for you. We are all mums that have a passion for helping others to achieve the dreams, what ever they may be! It is with great pleasure and excitement that over the next 16 weeks I will introduce you to our 16 Working mum Mentors. They are not all into health, but they are all into living and that is what makes each and everyone of them so special... These Working mum Mentors are out-of-this-world fun loving and crazy, they have set their own goals and taken chances and want to help guide you to reach your dreams! So here goes; meet working mum mentor Bee!

1. Please tell us a bit about yourself and your Business. How did it all start?- 

My name is Bianca Wakelin but everyone knows me as Bee! I guide, mentor & coach all walks of women to create, be & reach their Goals! This is open to all women weather you are single, married, a mum, not a mum, retired, a working women as long as you are a CHICK (my nickname for women). I do this through running one to one sessions through to group seminars, workshops or focus groups!  

2. What do you offer as a mentor in your working mum mentoring sessions?

I offer a Goal session were you bring to me all of your Goal's in all area's of your life & we focus on working on the one that has the most ripple effect in your life. I show a template & guide you through on how to really dig deep on the goal to make it more reachable! 

3. What are your top 5 tips for any busy mum?  

1) STOP-When I feel overwhelmed, stressed or just plain old freaking out due to all the wonderful working mother hats I am wearing I STOP I look around, step away & try to look on the outside in as to WHAT,WHERE & HOW can I create a new plan that works for me where I don't feel those things! 
2) BREATH- Once you have STOPED I realise how good it feels & I take a breather by either walking away from it, spoiling my self with either me time, buy some clothes, have a cup a tea whatever even phone friend it just allows for me to feel calm again 
3) START- Once I get my breath back I start to ACTION plan the WHAT,WHERE & HOW can I move forward clean slate it really 
4) PLAN- I plan. plan, plan, plan, plan I make sure that I have things around me to allow me to plan black board in the kitchen, look at things a month prior, alarms in the phone BUT I don't push myself to be disappointed if the plan does not work out I just BREATH & START AGAIN no big deal
5) ACTION- Then if the plan looks good, feels good etc I ACTION ACTION ACTION I may sit on it for just a tiny winy bit but not long at all I believe you gotta try out the plan sooner rather than later to see if the plan even works out! 

4. Do you have any advice or inspiration to send out to any of our readers that are thinking about starting their own business or doing more of something they love???

YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE & you can't take your money with you to your grave but you can take all of your wonderful memories, what you did & what your LEARNT about YOU & LIFE so just DO IT! 

5.  you had half an hour to cook dinner and realised you didn’t have anything planned, what would you cook?

Crumbed frozen fish, whack it in the oven, side of salad (summer) or Steamed veggies (winter) with some good ol tarter sauce! 

6. What’s your favourite juice or smoothie?

Celery, Tom, apple, orange, ginger- my boost juice 

7. What is your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote?

It is not about the QUANTITY of time, things, places etc it is the QUALITY that counts! 

8. Lastly, anything you want to share with us about you or your business?

I love what I do, I love the people I meet, watching people create, be & reach their GOALS is just the bomb! March I am launching what will be very very close to my heart a focus group for expectant mothers & mentally preparing for the next chapter my purpose of this focus group is to assist in preventing post natal depression & along with the other feelings you do feel when you become a mother! 

9. Where can we find you?

Twitter: @goals2b
Instagram: Not yet up but stay tuned will be soon!






To book a mentoring session with Bee just head over to http://www.workingmumsmasterclass.com.au/masterclass-mentors/

Head over and show Bee some love on her website or facebook page and tell her that we sent you! 

Cass xoxoxo

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Lets get our kids back on the right track with Superfoods for Kidz!



GUEST POST BY THE LOVELY VANESSA NIXON OF SUPER FOODS FOR KIDS

For the first time in history children are less healthy than the generation before them. They are not just a little worse off, they are precipitously worse off, physically, emotionally, educationally and developmentally – Judy Converse – MPH, RD, LD

What has changed over the years …
  •  Since the 1930’s our exposure to chemicals through food, our environment and products used in the home has increased dramatically
  • Consumption of fast foods and processed foods has increased dramatically,
  • The vitamin and nutrient content of our foods has declined dramatically 
  • Children are born with a certain enzyme bank account, some more than others. Children born of parents who regularly eat nutrient depleted foods have a smaller enzyme account, by the second and third generation of parents on deficient foods they are often born with allergies or develop generative diseases quickly
  • Australian Children have the highest rate of allergies in the world.
  • 85% of Australian children are obese
  • 17% of Australian children are overweight
  • 1/3 of Australian children consume little or no fruit or vegetables
  • 78% of Australian children don’t meet the dietary guidelines for daily veggie intake
  • 39% of Australian children don’t meet the guidelines for daily fruit intake
  • There is a general decline in fruit consumption in Australian children between 2 – 11 years of age
  • 32% of Australian mums find it difficult to get their kids to eat fruit in their school lunches
  • Almost all parents have struggled with fussy eaters or busy lifestyles that make it hard to get all the recommended serves of fruits and vegetables into their kids, every single day.


As busy mums we need to do all we can to get the best nutrition we can into our kids from an early age (it’s not always easy ! I have a child with major sensory issues with food so I know) a few quick tips are :

  • If you can’t pronounce the name of a food – don’t eat it
  • Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognise as a food
  • Eat food with ingredients a normal person would have in their pantry
  • Avoid low fat or Light foods
  • Eat foods made from ingredients you can picture in their raw state or growing in nature
  • Limit your exposure to toxic chemicals, choose your cleaning products, beauty products and any products exposed to the skin carefully. 


The Nutra Organics team were concerned for the health and future of our children and grandchildren so we sought out a way to Boost the kids daily nutrient Intake with Superfoods and Wholefood Multivitamins. We noticed a huge change in the health of our children as a result of consuming our formulations on a daily basis and hence Superfoods for Kidz products were born.

For those who are not sure about Superfoods and Wholefood multivitamins firstly a quick description of both :

What is a Superfood–
Superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that are packed with large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. To be classified as a Superfood the food must have a dozen or more unique properties not just one or two, eating Superfoods also means you can get more nutrition with less eating.
Superfoods are both a food and a potent healing tool or medicine; they have elements of both. Eating them increases our nutrient intake, keeps our immune system healthy, reduces the risk of chronic disease, prolongs life, and helps your skin glow and you feel healthier too.

Why Do we need Superfoods ?

Today we need to find new areas for whole and balanced nutrition, because evidence shows that we can no longer get all the nutrients we need from fruit and vegetable alone – WHY IS THIS, you ask ?
Because our soils are over harvested we now have little or no nutrients left in the soil, therefore our fresh produce does not contain the same nutrients it once did. They also fight free radicals to help our body eliminate all of the toxins and chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis. * This chart shows the average nutritional loss in foods over a 50 year period


What is a Wholefood Multivitamin ?

A wholefood Multivitamin is created using simply raw, whole foods, this means it is as close to nature as you can get.

A wholefood Multivitamin is bioavailable, this means that the nutrients contained in it are directly absorbed by the body, your body does not have to work hard to break down the nutrients and none of the nutrients are lost in absorption.

A Multivitamin tablet, on the other hand, bear no resemblance to real food. They have NO enzymes, and they lack a lot of the whole food factors your body looks for when breaking down and utilizing nutrients. Multivitamins are synthetically produced and are often full of wax, binders and emulsifiers; some children’s vitamins even include artificial sweetener

For more information on our product range please go to : www.nutraorganics.com.au or www.superfoodsforkidz.com.au

Twitter : @superfoods4kidz ... @nutraorganics

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