Monday, 30 June 2014

CLEAN WATER WITH CLEANSUI + WIN an under sink Water Filter System valued at $528!


I'm really excited about this today! Since looking into water and how toxic it can really be; my hub and I have been a little bit obsessed about clean water for our family! Mr A literally fills up big glass bottles with clean water to take to work every week and if he runs out, he makes the trip back home to refill and I'm not even joking! Its a scary thing when you really start researching into water, our tap water, bottled water, any water! Tap water is full of chlorine, Fluoride, Aluminium, Trihalomethanes and Soluble lead, these are just a few toxic substances that are slipping right through our taps and into our bodies.

I have said this before on facebook but I will say it again; YOU MUST FILTER YOUR WATER with some sort of filter. Any filter is better than nothing but if you don't use a filter, then you become the filter! Your body absorbs all those nasty toxins and you cant process these at all which can send our bodies into a frenzy.
So this is why I am so excited to introduce Cleansui to you! I met the lovely ladies from Cleansui Australia a little while ago at a bloggers event and from then we installed a Cleansui water filter into my mums home as a sort of mothers day gift. A plumber installed it in less than an hour and we had flowing clean water from the get-go. The water pressure is amazing and the taste is fabulous! Once you get onto filtered water, it is really hard to drink unfiltered tap water ever again as you can really smell the chlorine in it. It is a really simple filtration system that doesn't take up much room and works really well at taking out alot of the bad guys and the best part is that Cleansui offer a great product range to suit everyone! From a filter jug for the bench top, to a tap mounted filter or the wizz bang under sink filter system, Cleansui filters are all top quality!

Here's the run down;

Cleansui Technology -

Cleansui is the trusted brand of water purifiers in Japan, and is now available in Australia and New Zealand. The remarkable purification system removed contaminants but leaves healthy minerals intact.

Cleansui's original proprietary filtration system ensures high level performance.The unique and advanced filtration system uses a combination of filtering net, non-woven fabric, ceramics, activated carbon with hollow fibre membrane filters.

1. Hollow fibre membrane: The core competency of Cleansui- the hollow fibre membrane filter- is made of ultra-fine polyethylene. The sidewalls can remove minute particles (as small as 0.1 micrometer) from tap water- including bacteria, algae, fungi, micro-organisms, cysts, cryptosporidium, and metal particals such as rust, lead etc.

Advanced Technology
The microporous hollow fibre membrane is a sophisticated filter developed by Mitsubishi Rayon's macromolecular chemical technology. Each hollow fibre membrane has a macaroni-shaped cross section and has millions of pores on the sidewall. It can remove particles as small as 0.1 micrometer from tap water.
In addition to the hollow fibre membrane, water is filtered through non-woven fabric, ceramics, and anti-bacterial activated carbon filters in the purification process.

2. Ceramic: The special ceramic filter removes soluble lead, apart from other contaminants. (Insoluble lead is removed by the hollow fibre membrane filter).

3. Anti-bacterial activated carbon: The activated carbon filter reduces unpleasant odors, chlorine and mould (2-MIB) from your drinking water. It also successfully removes pesticides, herbicides, CAT, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) such as total trihalomethanes (chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane, bromoform), tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, etc.

Some further information on the Importance of water can be found on the Cleansui Website ---->
http://cleansui.com.au/index.php/en/technology/importance-of-water

Now for the really fun part; WE WANT TO GIVE YOU THE CHANCE TO WIN A CLEANSUI UNDER SINK WATER FILTER SYSTEM VALUED AT $528 !!! WOO! WOO!

Here's the details:
The under sink system comes with Cleansui’s Super High Grade Filter, which removes all those unwanted chemicals, toxins, and other contaminants, including bacteria. In fact, the proprietary hollow-fibre membrane filter effectively removes particles as minute as 0.1micron, leaving you with clean, tasty water which retains the healthy and beneficial minerals. Filter replacement is so simple and can be done with minimal water leakage and no need to turn off mains water prior to replacing, thanks to a unique filter connection system.
It is recommended that the Below Bench system has  professional installation from a plumber or water specialist.

All you need to do is enter through the rafflecopter app below and your in the running!

Terms and conditions
  1. To gain entry you must like Cleansui's Facebook page, sign up to Live it do it's newletter and ansers the skills based question all through the rafflecopter app below. 
  2. This is a skills based competition open AUS wide (excl. ACT sorry!). 
  3. Winner will be awarded by most creative answer to the 50 words or less question.
  4. Winner is responsible for installation of product through a licenced plumber


  a Rafflecopter giveaway


Cleansui would also like to offer our readers 35% OFF the Undersink units and FREE SHIPPING off all our Filter Jugs for a month with offers ending on August 10th.
To take advantage of these great offers please use codes below. 

For Filter Jugs only= Coupon Code: LIVE_IT_JUG
For Undersink Filter Unit = Coupon Code: LIVE_IT_SINK


Check out this video below to find out more about Cleansui...



Disclaimer - I was given a Cleansui filter to try. I wasn't paid to write a review. I just loved it so much I wanted to share it with you. ;)

Sunday, 29 June 2014

26/52




"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Winter Weekends.

Little P: Your loud sing songs and your crazy faces... Cute much?


Sunshine: That precious face of yours, you could fool anyone! 


Are you taking part in the 52 project? I would love to see!!! 
I'm linking up with Jodi here. 

* Still on the iphone XO

Saturday, 28 June 2014

RECIPE: Raw Coconut bounty-type bar {3 ingredients}




INGREDIENTS
500 grams dried coconut flakes
200 grams rice malt syrup
1 Tbls Raw Cocao Powder

METHOD
1. Place coconut and rice malt syrup in the Thermomix (or a good food processor) and wizz for 30 seconds on speed 5. Coconut should have become fine and mixture sticking together.
2. Remove half the coconut mixture from the bowl and shape it flat onto a sheet of baking paper in a tray.
3. Then add the cocao to the thermomix and wizz for another 10 seconds on speed 5.
4. Take all the chocolate mixture out and lay it flat on top and on beside the coconut mixture in what ever shapes you prefer.
5. Stack them up or eat them individually! They taste so good anyway you choose to eat them, enjoy!

Cass xo


* Another great shot from my iphone... blahhh! My iphone that has just pooped itself and wont turn on!!!!! So over technology fail!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Greens in the garden


In the busy of weekend life and as it's been getting colder we have been spending less and less time in the garden, more and more time inside and getting a little less interested in the green foods that are so high in live nutrients. 

I just have a thing about buying greens as conventionally they are so heavily sprayed with pesticides and they are a little harder to find organically grown and a whole lot more expensive to buy! 
They are so easy to grow with the right weather and attention that it's hard to justify spending the money. 
As well as that, it's fun to play around in the garden with your kids and have something for them to be responsible for that they are nurturing and feeding. This is so important for children to really understand where their food comes from so they can truly appreciate it and not just think that everything comes from the supermarket. 

So after watching "Underfed and Over nourished" on Friday night, we woke up full of inspiration for how we could get into the garden and keep involving our kids in how good food comes to our table. We headed off early to visit our local nursery; bought a few seedlings (we are a little late in the season to be planting seeds) and came home for some dirty hand type of family time. 
It was super fun and it was encouraging to see how many great nutrients we will be growing with the right care. 

We planted;
PURPLE KALE
CABBAGE
SILVERBEAT

And did a whole lot of weeding!! 

I'll keep you updated on our new little baby greens process! I'm looking forward to all the home grown green smoothie action to come!!!

Cass x x x

Sunday, 22 June 2014

RECIPE: Cheesy Pikelets (Wheat free and delicious!)




Sunday morning crazy begins; nagging for breakfast then the next snack then lunch then blah blah blah ... The food supply never gets forgotten and the kids are always hungry.. Always!!! 
I'm starting to take the "be prepared for the next meal" approach. A lot of mums are all over this by now but I have taken a while to realise how much easier life is if things are more organised. Things like cooking a few things at a time in the morning in the hope of keeping the kitchen that bit tidier for the day ahead instead of constantly being in it is my latest goal!!! This morning snack was this beauty; made at breakfast time, put aside ready to go. Just add some avocado on top and a bit of salt and pepper and you have a side of savoury delcious-ness. Great for little hands but also a nice little treat for us big kids too... Enjoy my friends!

INGREDIENTS 
275g Goats or Sheeps milk feta
2 TBLS coconut sugar
2 eggs
200g goats milk kefir (Its ok to use any yogurt instead)
75ml water
250g Wholemeal spelt (or gluten free) flour
Coconut oil or ghee for frying

METHOD
1. Wizz all ingredients in a food processor or in your thermomix for 10 seconds/speed 6
2. Once all ingredients are combined let rest for at least 30 mins.
3. Add coconut oil (or ghee) to your pan and cook pikelets for 2-3 minutes a side over low-medium heat. 

Makes about 20
Great for school lunches or a snack on the go... Enjoy!





* Aren't iphone photos amazing? haha NOT!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

25/52


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Afternoon Park.

Little P: Why do I have to wear a helmet if I have a crown???


Sunshine: Boo! Those big eyes and that big bath plug of a dummy! 


Are you taking part in the 52 project? I would love to see!!! 
I'm linking up with Jodi here. 

* Arghhh still working from my iphone, killing me a little as the photos are such bad quality but my MIL is bringing the charger for the good camera this week so fingers crossed for next week I have some good quality photos to add. XO

Saturday, 14 June 2014

24/52



"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

New.

Little P: Yellow Sandal LOVE.

Sunshine: Ready to run free in his new Posh Grotz waterproof play wear. 

Are you taking part in the 52 project? I would love to see!!! 

I'm linking up with Jodi here. 

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Butter is back! But which butter should you buy?


GUEST POST BY AMANDA KANE OF PINKFARM
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You may have seen the headlines. Butter is back! Finally, the mainstream have caught on. Yes, butter is good for us and such a better choice than the factory-made chemical laden toxic spreads that have been touted as ‘healthy.’ As the saying goes, ‘we trust cows more than chemists.’
At Pinkfarm, we often discuss which butter is better and we both often get asked which butter we use. So, we decided to do a little research…
We are well aware of the increasing number of feedlot dairy farms in the USA and some Asian countries whereby dairy cows are confined to feedlots and are fed solely grain. These cows do not have access to green pastures. We are strongly opposed to these farming practises for environmental, health and ethical reasons.
So we looked into a few different brands, both organic and non-organic, in order to find out:
  1. If the butter comes from pasture fed cows
  2. How much of the cow’s diet was supplemented with grains (if used at all)
  3. Where the cows were living and feeding, because as we know many parts of Australia are drier than others.
The origin of the butter is important. We know that the greener the pastures, the more Vitamins (A,D and K) the butter will contain. This is especially true of cows grazing on fresh spring grass. As cows eat the greens that contain Vitamin K1, this is converted in the cow’s stomach to Vitamin K2 (known as the X-factor), which are present in dairy fats.
We investigated eight different butters. Here’s what we learnt:

ALDI JUST ORGANIC

Being in city, Pinky has always had access to Aldi and would often buy the ‘Just Organic’ butter. Even though Aldi’s butter is organic, we thought it was best to know for sure where the butter was sourced from and whether it come from pasture fed cows. After lots of phone calls, Aldi revealed that the butter was from New Zealand but their exact source was ‘confidential.’ Because Aldi was so secretive about their product, this left us feeling suspicious aboutthe source of this butter. Given the recent exposure in the media of the relaxed laws around New Zealand’s packaging and labelling of imported foods, this concerned us even more.

WESTGOLD

Westgold butter is from New Zealand, and uses milk from pasture fed cows (rarely given any grain) and state that the cows are always on pastures. During the dry season the pastures are irrigated. Westgold butter is another favourite of ours as we had read about New Zealand butter being so high in Vitamin content due to the lush pastures. Westgold Butter is also produced from milk during the spring season when the grass is greenest resulting in higher Vitamin content.

WOOLWORTHS HOMEBRAND

Westgold butter is what is used for Woolworths Homebrand. However, the milk used to produce this butter is collected during the drier times of the year when pastures are poorer, therefore the butter does not contain the same high Vitamin content. This is obvious in the lighter yellow colour of the butter as well.

WOOLWORTHS SELECT

This butter is from Tasmania. We have read that most dairy farms in Tasmania pasture feed but we are still waiting on confirmation from the supplier.

WESTERN STAR

This butter is from Victoria, produced from predominantly pasture fed cows whose diets are supplemented with small amounts of grain during milking. Through the dry season the milking herd is reduced and the cows are fed on dry fodder (hay) and some grain. If we buy Western Star, we always choose the cultured variety (which is in a green packet).

ORGANIC TIMES

This organic butter from New Zealand, comes from cows that have access to organic green pastures. Organic grain is supplemented in a small amount of 5% or less.

TRUE ORGANIC

This organic butter is distributed by Organic Farmers Australia, which are based in Victoria. At present this product comes from cows raised on organic pastures in New Zealand, however Organic Farmers Australia will be releasing their own butter from Australian cows within the next two months.

PARIS CREEK BUTTER

This is one of the only organic/biodynamic butters we have come across. It is produced by Biodynamic Dairy Farms in South Australia. Cows have access to green pastures and their diets are supplemented with organic dry fodder and barley grain during the drier times of the year.
Most varieties of butter provide an Unsalted and Salted version. We always opt for the unsalted variety unless it reveals that sea salt is used. This was identified in the Salted version of the Organic Times Butter.

MAINLAND ORGANIC (new)

We have just noticed that Coles is now stocking an organic Mainland brand butter. Mainland butter is also from grassfed cows from New Zealand, however this butter unfortunately contains salt and does not specify if this is sea salt.
ABOUT PINKFARMAmanda is one half of 'Pinkfarm', which she created with her friend to challenge politically correct nutrition. With playground names like Pinky and Farmer, they were destined to lead two contrasting lives. Amanda (‘Pinky’) is a city girl, and lives on Sydney’s lower north shore with her beautiful son. While ‘Farmer’ is a country girl, living on a farm on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands with a bustling house of five children.
Find these amazing and inspiring girls @ https://www.facebook.com/ourpinkfarm/

REAL MUM REVIEW: Perfect Prep™ Machine + GIVEAWAY VALUED AT $250!

REAL MUM REVIEW BY Jo Solla

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I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to trial this great product. Like many mothers, when I had my baby I was very determined to breast feed. It is the most natural thing of all to do and the best thing for baby but my body and baby had other plans so I had to make the most of what I had. I struggled feeding my little one for months and he wasn't thriving so we had to try giving him milk from the bottle and he loved it! We were so happy to see our baby happy and healthy but with bottle feeding comes lots of messing around and it can be lots of work; washing, sterilising and preparing bottles. When I saw this machine I jumped at the thought of trialling it out as it cuts out a lot of the messing around. 

I have found this product to be just as it is called; Perfect! Its like a cappuccino machine for babies! It is really simple to use and makes the milk the perfect temperature which means I don't have to check it or make my hungry baby wait while it cools down if it is too hot (which is what usually happens for me), I can just fill in 2 minutes and feed the milk straight to my baby. My favourite feature would have to be the filter system; I love that it filters the water for me of impurities, meaning I don't have to boil the water first, cutting out so much time and giving me the confidence that my baby is getting the best that I can give him. 

This product is great for any mum that is bottle feeding, it a huge time saver at the most crucial times of night when you need to feed your baby in an instant and settle them back to sleep. I am really happy to have the Perfect Prep machine in my kitchen. 

Key features

  • Makes a fresh bottle at correct temperature in less than 2 minutes.
  • Filter system removes impurities present in water.
  • Initial ‘hot shot’ of water kills bacteria that may be present in formula.
  • Dispenses correct amount of water for a more accurate and consistent dilution.
  • This Perfect Prep™ machine measures in millilitres.
Heres a great recording I found online that shows you how brilliant this is!





Now for some fun! Want to win one of these amazing new machines??? Just follow the steps below to be in the running!

1. Simply leave a comment below with what appeals to you most about the perfect prep™ machine???
2. “like” the Closer to Nature facebook page ----> facebook.com.au/closertonaturebaby

Giveaway closes Tuesday 17th June, 2014 at 1pm. 


Preparing your baby’s bottle isn’t always straightforward, so to help parents everywhere, closer to nature® have created the perfect prep™ machine. Specially designed to make preparing bottles* quicker and more accurate, this clever device makes a fresh bottle at just the right serving temperature in less than 2 minutes, so your baby’s bottle will be perfect every time. The perfect prep™ machine is designed to fit most bottle shapes and sizes.  Available at Babies R Us, RRP$250.  

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The next big "WHAT TO EAT" course to be at!

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You know when you meet someone and the light and passion radiates from them like a lightning bolt?
I met Georgia Lienemann from Stirring Change at Frenchs Forest farmers market about 3 years ago; I had my baby girl; Pia that was just about to begin on solids and I wanted to learn of all things food and what were the best foods for my little girl to get started on. I was a passionate mother, Georgia was passionate about EVERYTHING! She was so happy, excited and full of life and so pumped about how she could help other people; I just wanted to learn from her!
Soon after; my sister and I enrolled in one of her workshops at Nature Care College; "Get Cultured" and that course was one that really got me excited about food as medicine BUT also freaked me out at how we are going so wrong as a society!

I began brewing Kefir, got into kombucha and all these funky traditional foods that I never really knew much about. We learnt so much in such little time, It was amazing! I was definitely hooked and I became a Stirring Change course junky; looking back my fifth post EVER on this blog now, it was about my second Stirring Change course; "Turn your food to Medicine". (Have a read; its a good one!) This course was followed by Raw Living, a Raw Breakfast workshop, an amazing 4 day Botanical Way Course run by both Omid Jafari and Georgia, and then a cultured condiments workshop. All the Courses run by Georgia are incredibly inspiring, not to mention the endless amount of great and inspiring information that is shared over on the Stirring Change Facebook Page and in their monthly Newsletter!

This is why I am super excited to share with you Georgia's baby; the "WHAT TO EAT" program that is open for registrations in a week! This program looks AMAZING! Its the big Kahuna! Its a 3 month program run fortnightly which makes it easy to attend, take in the information and put it into practise between classes AND its the last ever FACE to FACE program that Georgia will be running so you do not want to miss out!

Principles The WHAT TO EAT program will be covering:

> In-depth, lively discussion of WHAT we should be eating and WHY
> Rediscovering important nutrients that have been ignored by health experts 
> Discussion of the respective pros and cons of all the different dietary theories
> Analysis of the best dietary fats, proteins, carbohydrates, fibre and individual nutrients
> Detailed explanation of ‘anti-nutrients’ and how to reduce them
> Discussion about the role of human gut flora / how fermented foods can play a role
> How our mental and emotional state affect our biochemistry (especially digestion and immunity)
> Exploring nose-to-tail eating and traditional methods of food preparation
> Also: Organics vs conventional, food labelling laws and where to source ingredients
> Our power as conscious consumers: how to vote for a better system by supporting the real food movement

Thats just a touch of the info that will be covered; be sure to head on over to the Stirring Change website for details and see what the past graduates have to say about the course. Keep your eyes peeled to the Stirring Change Facebook page for how to register!

This is a course not to be missed; I repeat... NOT TO BE MISSED!!! I cant wait! Hope to see you there! xo

PS. Think this looks delicious below??

To see Georgia's FREE breakfast tutorial to make this savoury delicious-ness head over here --->  https://stirringchange.leadpages.net/breakfast-solution1/

FREE BREAKFAST TUTORIAL

Sunday, 8 June 2014

RECIPE: Sweet Pumpkin Muffins {gluten/nut/dairy/crap free}



Last weekend my mother in law came up to stay to take us to the Lion king (it was amazing!!!) and on her long drive up the south coast she stumbled across a grower selling some amazingly, delicious big pumpkins for $4!!! Crazy! So it sat pretty on the bench for a few days and then when we finally cracked it open my husband made the most delicious pumpkin soup and some mash for the little boy. I remembered seeing a pumpkin muffin recipe a while ago flicking through a free food magazine but couldn't remember what was in it so with what was left over I just had to try and create a yummy, gluten/nut/dairy/crap free veggie smuggling sweet pumpkin muffin recipe for snack time and also a great one to take for morning tea at kindy. This is what I came up with; its fool proof and its delicious!  I made a double batch of these and then froze them down to get out one for morning tea or whatever when we want them... Let me know what you think!

INGREDIENTS:

- 200g Raw Pumpkin (roughly chopped)
- 100g coconut sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 75g Sweet Sorghum flour
- 50g Arrowroot starch
- 50g Brown rice Flour
- pinch of salt
- 1tsp cinnimon
- 90g coconut oil OR Ghee (melted)


METHOD:
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Blend 200g of raw pumpkin in the Thermomix (Or good food processor) for 10/speed 7 
  3. Then add all other ingredients.
  4. Blend for 10 seconds/ speed 6
  5. Scrape down sides of bowl and blend again 10 seconds/ speed 6.
  6. Repeat if necessary.
  7. Then put in muffin tin/ paper cases ... Bake for 25-30 mins or until cooked through. 
MAKES about 12.

ENJOY!


Saturday, 7 June 2014

23/52


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

The side passage.

Little P: No photo's today Mummy.

Sunshine: The great escape artist!

Are you taking part in the 52 project? I would love to see!!! 

I'm linking up with Jodi here. 

Monday, 2 June 2014

22/52

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Smiles...

Little P: My blonde haired, blue eyed girl ALWAYS in a ballet dress!

Sunshine: Cheeky! 

Are you taking part in the 52 project? I would love to see!!! 

I'm linking up with Jodi here. 
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