Saturday, 31 January 2015

The Ultimate Valentines Day Giveaway (VALUED AT OVER $2375!)

EEEEEKKKK Valentines day is just around the corner and with a husband who I had to marry the day before Valentines day just so he would consider the weekend with some sort of special I am excited to give you a giveaway and gift guide to absolutely blow your socks off! Lets face it, guys can be a little useless when it comes to showing how much they love us and I just love to give!
To me, Valentines day is one of those days to just say; I love you to the people who mean something in your life. We all love to feel appreciated and sometimes we need excuses like this to show that appreciation. Its just a nice happy day. 
I am so excited to roll out the biggest giveaway we have EVER had on the blog; a giveaway thats been brought together by some incredibly generous brands to create 4 massive themed prize packs valued at over $2375 to celebrate a day of love and give you some fun gift ideas for your loved ones. As you browse through the gift guide and prize packs below, make sure you show these amazing brands some love and then head right down to the bottom to enter to win one of these incredible prize packs just in time for Valentines day! Enjoy.

THE VALENTINES LOVE PACK (VALUED AT $725 )
The Valentines love pack includes: 

The "Unconditional" from The Flower Factory $120
The Flower Factory are a new kid on the block offering quality flowers at affordable prices. The Flower Factory is dedicated to offering consumers affordable gifting options without sacrificing the quality of the product.
This Valentine's Day 2015, The Flower Factory has a range of rose products which are sure to impress. 
If you win this pack you will receive the "Unconditional"; Featuring twelve long stemmed red roses elegantly arranged in a stylish presentation box, there is nothing more luxurious than Unconditional this Valentine’s Day.
To find out more go to www.florist.com.au and on Facebook page they can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Flower-Factory/438161266225588

Poster Candy $79
Release your inner Picasso and create. Collate those treasured moments and turn them into stunning, graphic photo posters. The easy to use application uploads your chosen images from your device or direct from social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. Then the simple drag and drop system allows easy placement where you want, or you can jumble or randomise. You can even add text to images, duplicating your artwork, crop images and save projects to return to later at a later date. PosterCandy ship anywhere in Australia, the US, UK and the rest of the world, so send as a unique gift for a loved one or just create one for you. Prices start from 65 cents for single image prints or $15.00 for a poster. For more information on creating amazing photo art, check out www.postercandy.com.au

Nespresso Breville Inissia Ruby Red $249
Inissia introduces premium portioned coffee in an ultra compact, lightweight and vibrant machine which is available in a palette of playful colours. Inissia puts a personal stamp on the kitchen without taking up too much bench space.  The Inissia range features Nespresso's unique 19 bar extraction system, fast 25 second heat-up and automatic power off after 9 minutes.
And, to create the perfect finish to your espresso, it comes bundled with the new Aeroccino3 milk frothing device. Go to: http://www.breville.com.au/inissia-bundle-ruby-red.html

Sterling Silver Najo "Your my love knot" Bangle $99
Remember the carefree days when you walked barefoot in the sand? The ones when you worried less and felt wild and free? To capture those wistfully heady days, we’ve crafted this idyllic Love Knot bangle from shining sterling silver. Slip it on your wrist, stack it with riotous abandon and use the knot to remember to kiss the many sand-soaked days ahead.The bangle retails for $99. Go to: http://www.najo.com.au/

The Classic Cupcake and Co famous Sugar Free Cupcakes $33
The mission of The Classic Cupcake Co. is to serve all of our customers simply the best sweet treats in Australia.
Anna and her team of bakers design a new Collection every season. Through constant innovation, they have created a new cultural phenomenon: Cupcake, CakePOP and Confectionery Couture.
From the classic Lemon Drizzle to the unique Purple Velvet, the cupcakes and cakePOPs are perfect treats to share with family, friends and colleagues. To create unique flavours for you, The Classic Cupcake Co uses only the finest ingredients: locally sourced free range eggs, natural vanilla from Madagascar and the world’s most exquisite chocolate – Callebaut, made from sustainably grown cocoa beans by the maitre chocolatiers of Belgium, and Willie’s 100% Cacao, grown in Venezuela’s cloud forest, then roasted and prepared by hand. Go and visit the Store at 167 Avenue Road, Mosman. T&C: pick up from Mosman store only or delivery at additional cost.
http://theccc.com.au/


RosehipPLUS Product pack $95
In early 2011 the lovely people behind RosehipPLUS decided to investigate how they could produce products of the highest quality that our customers could benefit from and the brand RosehipPLUS™ was created. RosehipPLUS™ is about all things natural and organic for the face and body and the company is delighted that after intensive research our first product to be launched under the banner of RosehipPLUS™ brand is the Certified Organic Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil.
www.rosehipplus.com.au

Handmade Mintchi Valentines Love Heart Cushion $59.95
Mintchi ® is a brand of handmade products created in Newtown, Sydney. It is inspired by the suburb’s unique character and vibrant lifestyle. Just like its dynamic neighbourhood Mintchi has a special character of its own and this is the Mintchi owl. Across the product range, none are identical as every item is handmade and every piece has its unique features, characteristics and personality.
All items are exclusively run for a limited time only, this is due to the core value of the business which is to only use recycled and end roll materials and not to harm our outside world or even our local neighbourhood by mass production. Each Mintchi piece is crafted with special care and love in Newtown.
www.mintchi.com.au

Pitango Date night in pack valued at $110
Pitango are passionate about creating new, exciting, healthy, tasty meals. They are dedicated to helping achieve a sustainable lifestyle, by using organic and free range products in a way that protects our environment and the natural resources we depend upon for the future.
Pitango want you to enjoy a nourishing and yummy date night in with your partner. This pack includes:
$40 Coles voucher to purchase your Pitango Soups or Risotto
2x bottles of Pig In The House Wine (each valued at $19.99)
Romantic candles
2x wine glasses
2x soup bowls
and a Pitango tea towel
http://www.pitango.co.nz

THE DATE NIGHT READY PACK (VALUED AT $840)
The date night ready pack includes:

The Touch by Cloudnine Hair $273
Hair styling technology pioneers Cloud Nine launch The Touch, a new and revolutionary automatic straightening iron that delivers instant heat, for express styling.
The Touch features unique, patented technology, which starts working from the first stroke, totally eradicating heat-up time, makingitthefastestIronavailableonthemarkettoday. With no on/off switch, The Touch starts working instantly for ultimate, immediate styling. Unique Ultra-smooth, mineral-infused ceramic plates naturally polish hair, giving a high shine and allow styling at lower, hair- friendly temperatures. The floating design cushions the impact throughout each section minimising dragging or pinching for a more comfortable styling experience. Equipped with a MiCOM (Micro Computer) controlled heating system, The Touch adjusts according to the thermal sensor’s calculations, ensuring even temperature across the entire hair surface.
Cloud Nine The Touch is available from March 2014 at www.au.cloudninehair.com.
For our online shop, product information and product testimonials please visit www.cloudninehair.com

LUMA eyeshadow $19.95
The perfect blend of long-lasting complementary colours, this duo of matte and shiny eyeshadow palettes, provide both a base and contour shade for effortless contouring. Available in Fawn/Taupe, Wisteria/Amethyst, Sky/Storm.

LUMA sheer stain lipstick $19.95
Shimmer and shine while nourishing your pout with LUMA’s luxuriously creamy sheer stain. Feeling like a gloss without the stickiness, this balm-like formula provides superior moisture retention and conditioning for healthy, hydrated lips. Available in Nude Shimmer, Natural Pink, Dusty Rose, Soft Peach, Terracotta, Sheer Red.

LUMA shimmering gloss $14.95
Almost good enough to eat, LUMA’s delicious shimmering shades of gloss provide just the right amount of colour while also nourishing your pout. 99% natural, this luscious formula contains natural colour pigments and bursts of juicy flavours, providing a sheer, high-shine finish without the sticky hangover. Available in Nude Shimmer, Natural Pink & Sheer Red.

More LUMA info go to http://lumacosmetics.com.au/

Dr Roebucks Natural skincare
BUBS & BITS CREAM $29.95
Dr Roebuck’s prescribes this soothing BUBS & BITS for post waxing, post shaving, nappy rash and all those precious and sensitive parts.

FACE $49.95
FACE is a unique active formula including active ingredients (Vitamin E, Macadamia Oil and Rosehip Oil) that rehydrates the skin and reduces wrinkles. Dr Roebuck’s prescribes FACE as an everyday facial skincare remedy.

POLISH $39.95
A unique two in one formula that offers a mask and exfoliant in one. 50mL

For more Dr Roebucks info go to http://drroebucks.com.au/buy-online

Real Techniques Travel Essentials Kit from the Beauty Office $39.95 
The Beauty Office is a hub for all things beauty. Its packed to the brim full of amazing things to get you feeling fabulous for your hot date night! 3 lucky people will receive this brush set!

Philips VisaPure $199.95
Women can now take their daily skincare routine to the next level with Philips VisaPure, a gentle, easy-to-use facial-cleansing device that massages the skin to remove make-up and dirt, and is ten times more effective than cleaning the face by hand. Creating a salon beauty finish at home, Philips VisaPure empowers the busy modern woman to make their beauty routines simpler and more convenient with the latest technology available and helps unveil a natural, healthy-looking glow. Philips VisaPure is sure to impress with its unique waterproof ‘dual motion’ technology, which creates a comfortable massaging effect that improves micro-circulation beneath the surface to bring out the skin’s natural radiance.

The Crew Cut Hair Clipper by VS for Men $119.95
The Crew Cut from VS for Men is a revolutionary tool to maintain a short haircut. With lithium-ion technology, unique rotary cutting action and japanese steel blades, maintaining a crewcut look has never been easier! The supreme way to maintain a short cut.

Lady Jane Boar Brush and metal clip set $30




SUMMER PICNIC DATE PACK (VALUED AT $360)
The Summer picnic date pack includes:

Mayde Australia SANDBAR Beach Blanket $89.95
The Sandbar is ready for your adventures - bold in colour but subdued in design, it's the all rounder that will take you from beach to valley to anywhere in between.
Perfect to share with friends and family, or just that special someone. Throw out the old tartan blanket and revive your outings with this little ray of sunshine.
Made in Turkey; 80% Cotton / 20% Bamboo
200 cm x 150cm
Go to www.mayde.com.au

FlopZ ‘His and Hers' Flip Flops $120
What makes flopZ so unique is the massaging flopZgel which covers the insole. This clear textured layer treats your feet to a delicious massaging sensation whilst you walk, and the hardwearing clear gel keeps its shape whilst remaining fresh and new in appearance all year round.
Compact and cleverly packaged with their own bag protector flopZ are perfect for the jetsetter, girl about town and spa lover alike.
Made from: High quality pure eva outsole, flopZgel pvc compound upper layer which is hand finished for a smooth comfortable edging - simply wash clean with water.
Go to www.flopZ.com

Beak & Sons sausages Sizzling Love Picnic Pack $150
Valued at over $150, this pack includes a $35 Woolworths voucher for Beak & Son’s sausages, a portable BBQ, chopping board, cooler bag, picnic rug and seven recipe cards to enjoy a fun Summer Picnic with your loved one where ever you wish!
Go to http://www.beakandsons.com.au

THE FUN FITNESS PACK (VALUED AT $450) 
The fun fitness pack includes: 

LORNA JANE Wake Up Tank $45.99
This slim-fit tank is ideal for dance, yoga, pilates and weekend wear. The lightweight fabric and inspirational print are the perfect addition to your active wardrobe for the warmer months.
Made from LJ burnout polyester viscose blend fabric that is lightweight and textured.
Including fun inspirational print to keep you motivated.
Open back detail for breathability and slightly scooped back hem for just the right amount of coverage.

LORNA JANE Slingshot Sports Bra $65.99
This maximum support sports bra is ideal for running, walking and high intensity workouts.  A bright new addition to every active girls wardrobe.
Made from LJ Excel™ Classic and Mesh fabrics which are shrink and fade resistant, wick moisture and are quick drying and breathable. Has textured mesh panels, back keyhole with added power mesh for extra support and a firm fit and removable padding gives your bust great shape and extra support.

LORNA JANE Studio active Pant $110.99
A fun, comfortable pant to keep you feeling good and active. Ideal for running around and getting your butt moving!

For more info about LORNA JANE ACTIVE and browse their amazing range go to http://www.lornajane.com.au/

Spiced Fig tote full of goodness! $55
Spiced Fig makes the perfect Valentine's day gift for food lovers. Inside you will find 6-7 gourmet food products, one boutique indulgence product, a magazine with recipes to match each product and a gorgeous collectable tote bag.
Sick of the same old boring Valentine's Day gifts? Escape the 'same old' and surprise him or her with a Spiced Fig tote!
A one-tote gift is $55 including delivery.
Or you can subscribe to Spiced Fig to receive your gourmet surprise every two months. For more info go to https://www.spicedfig.com.au

2 x Pairs of Positive Pants $39.90
Every day when we put on a clean pair of underpants, we take for granted that there are many Australians who don't have this siimple "luxury".
For every pair of Positive Pants purchased, the company will donate a pair of underpants to an Australian woman in need.
For more info go to www.positivepants.com.au

IsoWhey Wholefoods Vegan Protein Powder and a box full of the proteins balls. $84.90
IsoWhey Wholefoods is a premium wholefoods range which is full of nutrient-rich ingredients, catering to individuals with specific nutritional requirements and to those who want more from their smoothies. The IsoWhey Wholefoods formulas boast a range of nutritious ingredients for optimal health. The protein powder in this range delivers high quality alkaline plant-based protein for those seeking an alternative to traditional whey and soy proteins. With a base of Organic Bio-Fermented Pea + Brown Rice Protein and 6 superfood blends to choose from, the the options are endless when it comes to blending up your favourite combinations. Both the superfood-infused protein powder and the six superfood blends are a great addition to any smoothie or healthy snack.
The products in the IsoWhey Wholefoods range are all gluten free, dairy free, vegan friendly and contain no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners, making them a delicious way to add extra goodness to your IsoWhey shakes.
For more info go to http://www.isowhey.com.au/wholefoods

Hip Sisters Left Coast Sister $49
The Left Coast sister is where it all started and it has quickly become our most popular design for Hip Sisters. As with all hipS-sisters, it comes with a front secret top loading pocket ideal for your phone or iPod. It also has both a front and a back zippered 5" pocket for all your other small personal items. The Left Coast sister is perfect for any woman with an active lifestyle. Runners absolutely love it. Slide it on your hips and forget it! Live Life Hands Free.
Secret top loading pocket fits most phones including iPhone 6 plus and Samsung Galaxy.
For more info go to http://hipssister.com/shop-now/fitness/reversible-left-coast-sister.html

NOW FOR THE REALLY FUN PART; TO ENTER THIS INCREDIBLY AMAZING MEGA GIVEAWAY ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS SIGN UP TO OUR NEWSLETTER AND ANSWER THE QUESTION; "WHICH 1 OF THE 4 PRIZE PACKS WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN AND WHY?". DO THIS ALL THROUGH THE RAFFLECOPTER APP BELOW. 
Entries close on the 10th Feb, 2015 at 10pm and is open to Australian residents only. Good Luck! xo
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Friday, 30 January 2015

REAL FOOD REVIEW: Sadhana Kitchen





What a fun day we had; big girl was at kind and my little sis, Sunny and I made our way into the city to do a few things. One of those things was visiting the raw food cafe; Sadhana Kitchen. I kept seeing this little gem pop up on instagram over and over and always get sucked in by their incredible food pictures and even more incredible raw food creations. I have wanted to go here for a while and knowing that they are now serving the famous CocoWhip (dairy/gluten free coconut soft serve made with coconut water), we just HAD to go there. Keeping in mind that we had a bit of a sooky boy that hadn't had his day sleep and stresses as soon as he see's food but can't eat it, we did very well! The three of us shared the raw vegan tacos and the raw rana pad thai. Both were so yummy, the taco's though were OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!! My mouth is watering thinking about them now, the 'mince' is made with a mixture of nuts and spices and its covered in the best guacamole I have ever eaten and drizzled with cashew cheese all wrapped up in a crispy lettuce leaf. Oh man it was yum! My little Sunshine definitely gave it the tick of approval wolfing down the pad thai made from zucchini and kelp noodles.

We sipped on ginger kombucha and then ended with a big cocowhip sundae; Asha (my sis) had the tim tam smash and I had the waggon wheel toppings... WOW! There are seriously no words, you feel like you are having something deadly naughty but it doesn't contain any of the nasty additives that the old fashioned soft serve does. Its a must try. I am so happy we made the time to visit this little diamond in the city full of goodness, I highly recommend making a trip to get the full experience and really enjoy good tasting raw vegan whole foods, its eye opening to see the creations. Everything just looks so dam good!

If you want to read more about Sadhana Kitchen go to: http://www.sadhanakitchen.com

Thursday, 29 January 2015

WEARING: Urban Basics














Well, its safe to say I had the best day today! A fun road trip into the city with my little sis; first stop was checking out the awesome bike shop; Papillionaire and then we went to the amazing Sadana Kitchen for a raw feast. It was just a really nice day and so much fun hanging out with my sister who I haven't see for a month. Running around, I decided to keep it simple with some Cotton On basics (amazing sale happening over there on these items by the way, go go go!) and my new beautiful new bracelet from Najo Jewellery. I only stumbled across Najo Jewellery recently and I'm so glad I did; they have such beautiful silver pieces at really affordable prices, just quietly, its a perfect link to send to your loved one as a little valentines day hint. Such a gorgeous meaningful gift. 

Enjoy your weekend! 

I'M WEARING:

Frond Bracelet c|o Najo Jewellery
NAVY/WHITE BURNOUT ROLL SLEEVE | Cotton On
Aisha Sporty Jean | Cotton On
Uber Hoop | Über Kate

Saltwater Sandals | Salt Water Sandals

TOXIC FREE FIND: NATURAL SECRETS GOATS MILK FOR WONDERFULLY SOFT SKIN NATURALLY (giveaway closed)


If you didn't know; we have struggled with Eczema in our house over the past year. When I stopped breastfeeding my llittle Sunshine was struck down with rash after rash, covered in the dredded eczema that is so commonly plaguely people now days. We would of course, have food days and then extreme bad day; he would scream and itch, it was really sad and stressful to watch, I just felt hopeless. We have since done a lot of work on his little gut and through food as medicine we have cleared most of it, we're still on the journey. In the midst of all the crazy-ness, one thing I was scared of was creams and skincare... I water to sooth his skin and give him some relief but I didn't want to put anything on him in the fear that it would aggravate it. I had been recommended that goats milk is amazing for the skin and healing eczema and I actually used to put a dash in his bath every now and then. What I wish I would of been introduced to back then was; Natural Secrets Goats Milk skin care. 

Natural Secrets Goats Milk is an all Australian brand of skin and hair care products, enriched with naturally derived ingredients to cleanse, protect and moisturise. The quality range provides a healthy alterative for your daily personal care routine that is free from sulphates, petrochemicals and parabens.
One major contributor to sensitive skin irritations is the use of chemical culprits in commercial products. These harsh chemicals can often lead to allergic reactions and skin problems. Natural Secrets is dedicated to formulating products that are suitable for all skin types to provide gentle effective nourishment.

Natural Secrets is focused on developing an extensive range of personal care products using key natural
ingredients such as real goat’s milk, naturally derived proteins and sustainable palm oil. All products are environmentally friendly with recyclable packaging and are not tested on animals.

The full range includes:

Natural Secrets Goats Milk Moisturising Soap 100g RRP $3.49

My husband is obsessed with goats milk soap, we love it! Natural Secrets Goatsmilk Moisturising Soap is made with real goat’s milk enriched with vitamin E, and carefully formulated to be 98% of natural origin. The bar is gentle on all skin types and also suitable for little ones.


Natural Secrets Goats Milk Moisturising Hand Wash 300ml RRP $6.49
Natural Secrets Goats Milk Moisturising Hand Wash gently cleanses and moisturises hands without the use of harsh chemicals. Made with a rich blend of goat’s milk, milk protein, aloe vera and vitamin E. Carefully formulated to be 95% of natural origin.

Natural Secrets Goats Milk Moisturising Shower Gel 500ml RRP $11.99
Natural Secrets Goats Milk Moisturising Shower Gel is made with a rich blend of goat’s milk, milk protein, aloe vera and vitamin E and is formulated to cleanse and moisturise all skin types without the use of harsh chemicals. Carefully formulated to be 95% of natural origin.

Natural Secrets Goats Milk Moisturising Body Cream 250ml RRP $17.99
Made with a rich blend of goat’s milk, milk protein and vitamin E, and made to be 95% of natural origin to soothe & protect. Natural Secrets Goats Milk Moisturising Body Cream relieves dry skin and will leave your skin feeling super soft.

Natural Secrets Goats Milk Moisturising Hand Cream 80ml RRP $6.99
Natural Secrets Goats Milk Moisturising Hand Cream is formulated to be 95% of natural origin and is perfect for nourishing and protecting dry hands. The cream is easily absorbed deep into moisturised skin and will make a great companion when on the go. Apply to hands as often as needed to keep the skin soft and supple.

Natural Secrets Goats Milk Moisturising Shampoo 250ml RRP $10.99

Hair is just as vulnerable to drying chemicals as skin is - Natural Secrets Goats Milk Moisturising Shampoo is a rich blend of goat’s milk and naturally derived proteins, and is suitable for all hair types. This Shampoo will leave your hair feeling soft, strong & healthy. Natural Secrets Goats Milk Shampoo gently cleanses and
moisturises hair helping to protect and maintain the scalps natural oils.

Natural Secrets Goats Milk Moisturising Conditioner 250ml RRP $10.99
Natural Secrets Goats Milk Moisturising Conditioner is a rich blend of goat’s milk and naturally derived proteins blended in an advanced silicone free formula that’s safe for colour-treated hair. The conditioner will ensure hair is volumised, strengthened and will leave your hair softer and less prone to breakages. For best results, use daily in conjunction with Natural Secrets Goats Milk Shampoo.

Natural Secrets Goats Milk No Tears Baby Bath Hair & Body 250ml RRP $10.99
Natural Secrets No Tears Goats Milk Baby Bath is a hair & body wash formulated to gently clean, moisturise & soothe baby’s delicate skin without irritating the eyes. Made with real goat’s milk and blended with calming organic lavender oil and chamomile, Natural Secrets Goats Milk Baby Bath gently cleanses and moisturises without the use of harsh chemicals.

Natural Secrets Goats Milk has given me a large pack full of their amazing product range for one of our lovely readers to win! All you need to do to enter is to answer the question and subscribe to our newsletter through the rafflecopter app below. Easy. Winner will be emailed on sat 7th Feb, 2015. GOOD LUCK! 

If you would like to find out more about the beautiful range of Natural Secrets Goats Milk go to; https://naturalsecrets.com.au


GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!
CONGRATULATIONS SINDY LOWE!
Enjoy your Natural Secrets Pack!


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Monday, 26 January 2015

REAL MUM REVIEW: The DéLonghi Multifry Classic

This is a sponsored post for DéLonghi and Digital Parents Collective

The New Year is now in full swing and most people set new goals starting the year with a fresh start full of motivation. Most people you talk to want to improve their health and the new year is the perfect start to set yourself up with healthier ways of eating. Most people that don’t eat too healthy express the reason is not having enough time… The common misconception is; “I just don’t have enough time to eat healthy”. This is not an excuse anymore as there are more and more appliances coming out that can help us mums in the kitchen to cut food preparation and cooking time by heaps! This means that we don’t have to be trained chefs to all eat home cooked, real food that tastes amazing with convenience.
This week I have had the opportunity to test-drive the DéLonghi Multifry Classic. It is an innovative kitchen appliance that combines low oil frying and a multi-cooker that meets the needs of everyone in the kitchen. It can fry fresh veggies with minimum oil rapidly and can feed the whole family and achieve exceptional cooking results with the ability to produce over 250 recipes including risottos, stews, pizzas, cakes, pies and chips. Sounds pretty cool right?

The DéLonghiMultifry Classic prides itself in enabling busy cooks to save time in the kitchen by producing an exciting variety of dishes all with exceptional taste and minimal fuss. The Multifry Classic promises to shake up routine meal preparation by bringing a world of cuisines to the user’s fingertips. I put it to the test with 3 family favourites; roast veggies, meatballs, and a stew.

ROAD TEST #1: Roast Veggies

It’s as simple as coating your chopped veggies in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, a sprinkle of sea salt, popping it all in the Multifryer and pressing the ‘on’ button. This was a game changer for me. My little ones LOVE roast veggies but they usually take so long to prepare and cook. Up to hours to cook some potato and pumpkin to get it tasting good. I love that is takes such little time and I could see myself using this for veggies on an almost daily basis.


ROAD TEST #2: Meatballs

Little meatballs are such an easy snack or meal for little kids; you can hide grated vegetables in them too if you want to boost their goodness. My kids love them and I usually make them in the oven, boil them or fry them in a pan, which can make a bit of a mess. I liked cooking the meatballs in the Multifryer because they came out well cooked and crispy. The kids were the first test pilots and thought they were great. I love the fact that I didn’t have a load of different pots, pans or trays to wash! A big win as a mum!

ROAD TEST #3: Lamb Stew

Being on a gut-healing journey with the kids, stews are high on the weekly menu list. I usually make my stews in the oven and it isn’t hard to prepare but it does take a long time to cook in the oven and hours to get it right. I found it was a lot quicker in the Multifry, I believe this is because of DéLonghi’s exclusive Surround Heating System (SHS) technology, which surrounds the food with uniform heat, making the Multifry Classic the most advanced low-oil cooking appliance available. I also love that it is like cooking in its own casserole dish, meaning so much less washing up and cleaning. This is awesome! So great to have such a small amount of washing up at the end of creating a huge meal.

My favourite things about the DéLonghi Multifry Classic:
  • Its cooks really quickly! Yes, it’s so fast, I love how much time you save by using it.
  • You use minimum oil so this means you can have fried quality food but not use a whole tub of expensive coconut oil so you’re saving money too.
  • I love the thought of using it through summer instead of turning on the oven and heating up the whole house. Along with that you’re saving power using a smaller appliance over the big oven.
  • It has a removable mixing paddle that gently mixes ingredients throughout the cooking process so there’s no need to manually stir ingredients.

The only thing I’m not too crash hot on is that it takes up so much room in the kitchen but then that is a good thing too as that means it can cook so much more. All in all I love this machine and can see it working for any busy mum in the kitchen. I highly recommend checking out the DéLonghi Multifry Classic.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

RECIPE: Duck Liver Pâté


Oh Organ meats!!!! 6 1/2 years ago when I met my husband I was disgusted at the fortnightly smell of offal that came from the kitchen - Liver, kidney, bone broth, brains... All totally gross to me and not only gross but I thought of it as poor people food... Don't ask me why. I've never eaten alot of red meat, it didn't appeal to me but when I did I wanted only the "best bit", the most expensive, the muscle! Little did I know that the muscle is the least nutritious part and although packed with protein, the fats and organs hold the best bits! Through our families health journey I have been doing alot of reading on organ meats and their benefits to us and our children's ever developing bodies. THEY ARE AMAZING! So I have set out to get organ eating... I'm warning you now; the next few weeks recipes will be all about the fatty, affordable cuts of meat. Not because I want to gross you out, its because I want to open your eyes to the old fashioned traditional way of eating full fat meats that we have forgotten about and why we need to bring them back into our kitchens. They have fantastic health benefits and I want us all to eat a little of this glory food.And they taste great! As I am only slowly working my way into eating organ meats I instructed my REAL FOOD CHEF (my amazing husband) to make these recipes taste good, and I mean taste bloody AMAZING! The ideal way of eating these foods is to sear each side slightly and eat it rare but lets face it. When you are entering the world of organ meats you are not going to eat a raw liver... Well I am not! This recipe is so easy and only takes about half an hour to make at the most. If you are having guests over this will definitely impress.

How is our Pâté good for you??

Livers contain very high levels of several different important nutrients. They are very high in Vitamin A, Vitamin B12 and Folate. These 3 nutrients are extremely important for fertility and pregnancy so its great to eat it to up your levels. VItamin A promotes good vision, contributes to healthy skin, digestion and immunity. Vitamin B12 is great to increase your energy levels and improve mental functions. Folate is very very very important during pregnancy, it reduces the risks of birth defects and developmental issues in your unborn child so if you are pregnant, liver is the ultimate whole food supplement.
When you are looking for liver, buy the best sort you can afford. The liver is the filter of toxins so its a good idea to go for organic, free range and pasture fed. I got mine from feather and bone. They were fab!!

Real grass fed butter and cream - Little do people know that real grass fed butter and cream is full of nutrients that our bodies need. Yes it is saturated fat but this type of fat is good for us. It is a completely natural food essential to our health. When looking for butters and creams raw is best in my opinion but it is sometimes hard to find and alot of people have mixed feelings on it. Anything that comes from a cow should be grass fed. This is there natural food. If a cow is fed grains thats when problems start so try to go for a grass fed butter or cream, you can find this in your local organic or health food store.

Lets get cooking!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
300 grams of Organic Pastured Duck Livers
1.5 Onions
5 pieces of Bacon
Small Handful of each Rosemary, Parsley, Thyme, Oregano
1 Bay leaf
50 grams Butter or Coconut oil
100 grams Fresh Cream 
Pinch Salt and Pepper

Method
Remove the white sinewy bits from livers.
Preheat Oven to 220 Degrees
Melt butter into baking tray and then lay all ingredients on tray except the cream.
Bake for 15 minutes
Pull tray out from oven and place all ingredients into a food processor, adding in the cream. Whizz until mixture is smooth.
Poor mixture into small shaped dish and place into the fridge to set. Also tastes amazing warm!
Drizzle with melted butter or fresh herbs.
ENJOY! Seriously YUM!


Saturday, 24 January 2015

4/52





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

Australia Day

Little P: My beautiful big girl rocking her JETS PINK cut out swimsuit. You love everything with a bit of pink, a flash of colour and a whole lot of tassels! 

Sunshine: Watching. Observing. Just working out the way the world works. 

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

Thursday, 22 January 2015

BACK TO SCHOOL - Choosing the best lunch box for your child

With so many different lunchboxes on the market, it can be tough to choose one that suits your needs, so we enlisted the help of an expert. We asked Joanne from online health and wellness store Shop Naturally for answers to the 5 most commonly asked questions when choosing a lunch box.

Are BPA Free Plastic Lunch Boxes safe?


LunchBots lunch box
Let me start by briefly explaining what BPA is for those who may not know. BPA (or Bisphenol-A) is a chemical found in some plastics, canned food and even thermal cash register dockets. It is a known endocrine disruptor, which is the body system that runs your hormones. Many countries, including places like Canada, have banned the use of it, especially in baby bottles. In Australia, there is no ban, and the industry is self-regulated. In my store, I have a strict BPA Free policy for anything that touches food & drink, and that goes all the way down to the packaging of our tinned coconut milk. You may be surprised to know that many organic food companies place organic produce inside cans with this hormone disrupting chemical inside.
There’s a lot of media around whether BPA Free plastic is safe or not, and claims that the replacement materials are worse. After speaking with building biologist, healthy homes author and naturopath Nicole Bijlsma about this topic last year, here’s our recommendation when it comes to lunch boxes:
Most lunch boxes are made from #5 (polypropylene) and never contained the main BPA source, polycarbonate in them to begin with. Polycarbonate was used to make clear, hard plastic that looks like glass. Lunch boxes aren’t made out of these materials. 
BPA Free or otherwise, plastic breaks down in extremes of temperatures, so keep them out of the dishwasher, the freezer and the sun.

I don’t like the idea of plastic in my kids lunch box. What are the best alternatives?


By far, the most popular choices in our store are the Lunchbots range. Why? They’re all stainless steel so there’s no plastic touching your food. Ever. The lids are snug and won’t let anything fall out but not leak proof for liquid, however we also have solutions for that.
U Konserve
They’re available in 2 different sizes and 4 different bento configurations for those kids who like their food kept separate. 

What do you have that’s stainless steel and leak proof?

In a standard stainless steel lunch box, we have several options from the U Konserve brand with BPA Free plastics lids and a stainless steel base. There are also a variety of snack pots with screw lids for dips, yoghurt, dressing and more.
There is also a range of insulated food jars available that will keep left overs hot or cold for hours. Use them in summer for salads and in winter for soup.

What’s the best solution you’ve found for keeping food insulated?

The best way to keep lunch boxes cool until lunchtime is to pop them in to an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack. Our favourites are the range from Fridge To Go. The ice packs live inside their own compartments so they don’t sweat and make the inside of your lunch bag wet. Genius. They insulate for up to 8 hours and we’ve provided real life photos on our website so you can see what fits inside.


Can I put my lunch box in the dishwasher?

If it’s plastic, we advise you not to. You’ll get more life out of them if you wash them by hand. If it’s stainless steel, you can do it as long as there’s no paint on the outside. For anything else, check the manufacturers details. 



Joanne Musgrave is the founder of Shop Naturally and a Holistic Health Coach
Visit the Shop Naturally website
Jump to the Lunch Boxes section

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

WEARING: ELSA - ACTIVE WEAR



For me; 2015 is the year for fitness, fun and adventure! I want to bring my body up to its absolute optimum level as a mum and feel good having fun along the way. I am really motivated this year and my journey to optimum health is going well. I'm finally feeling good and having so much for energy to actually do stuff, like real exercise and having the motivation to keep doing it feels so amazing in itself.

A big motivation for the new year to get my butt moving was getting some new active wear; lets face it, I'm a woman, I love new clothes! Feeling good and comfortable in what your wearing to workout, I believe is a big part of how you can perform. There is nothing worse than your old tights slipping down your butt as your running or your boobs bouncing all over the shop. Its not fun so it doesn't work.
There are so many great active wear clothing lines out there now with so many options for everyone but it can be hard to find the right thing for your shape of body in the one store. Recently I was introduced to Elsa; an online store full of amazing fitness wear for every body!
One of the goals in setting up Shop Elsa, was to curate a collection of labels from both Australia and overseas which were inclusive in sizing; stocking AU size 6 – 26 and provided a great range of workout gear for women, regardless of their size or shape. This is a breakthrough it fitness gear as it can be really hard to find active to fit a larger size in sport shops as they usually only stock up a size 14, maybe 16. The lovely ladies at Elsa know that wearing workout gear which is comfortable and supportive, is a great incentive for getting moving every day!
In addition to activewear, Elsa also stock the No 1 selling sports bra in the USA, the Juno from Moving Comfort and a bamboo range which is perfect for relaxing after your workout or travelling. The Juno bra is so comfortable too! I love it.
Elsa stocks brands including; Abi and Joseph, Vie active, Katie K active, Moving comfort and more. I highly recommend you check out the latest gear at www.shopelsa.com.au .

I'M WEARING:
Lineal 7/8 tights c|o Elsa
Ambra Short Sleeve c|o Elsa
Juno Bra c|o Elsa
Cloud Runners c|o On Running

Monday, 19 January 2015

RECIPE: Creamy Walnut Chocolate Spread


As a mum, it can be easy to fall into the trap of buying the highly processed chocolate spreads. Kids love them and the marketing tells you they hold some health value. Problem is that is packed full of refined sugar and harmful additives that little bodies just don't need. It is really simple to make your own and the kids will love getting their hands dirty and helping you create fun food. This nut spread is a little different as it brings a walnut taste into it and it is so creamy, its delicious! I hope you like it!

Prep Time: 10 mins
Makes 1-2 cups

Ingredients:
2 cups walnuts
1/3 cup coconut nectar
1 tbls cacao powder
2 tbls roasted carob powder
1/3 macadamia oil

Method:
Place all ingredients into the food processor.
MILL everything for 1 minute or until mixture is almost smooth. Use wand if needed to press ingredients down.
BLEND mixture for 10-20 seconds or until creamy.

Store in a jar in the fridge for up to 1 month.

Enjoy!



Back to School Basics

Princess P starts back at kindy next week and I know that all the mums out there are frantically getting everything sorted to make sure their little ones start the new year of school off well. We all want our kids to be happy, prepared and organised. Here is a list of of my must have basics for the year ahead. Let me know in the comments if I have left anything off. 

1. PLANET BOX Stainless Steel lunch box 
Only the best real food lunch box you will ever set your food into. Planet Box make the lunchbox that everyone raves about (including me!). All made out of stainless steel with great little compartments.
Have a look at these great lunch boxes here; https://t.cfjump.com/t/18336/14846/

2. Cut out the Crap LUNCHBOX SOLUTIONS – mini cookbook
30 recipes all with full colour photos
Gluten Free
Dairy Free
Preservative / Additive Free
Nut Free
Refined Sugar Free
Quick and Easy to prepare
Freezer friendly recipes
Tasty and Healthy
Suitable and loved by children of all ages
For more info go to; http://www.cutoutthecrap.com.au

3. Bobble Art
Bobble Art offer a great range of kids bags, accessories and stationary. They come in brilliant colours and fun designs. Their bags are such great quality and they come in all shapes and sizes for the preschooler right up the the big kid. I absolutely love their range of gear and I'm sure your kids will too. They are having a huge sale at the moment too. For more info go to: http://www.bobbleart.com.au/

4. Little Mashies
Reusable food punches; they are great! Did you know that most of the little over priced squeeze yogurts are full of sugar and sometimes harmful additives? Yes, its awful that they can even sell them as a health food. Lucky for little mashies we can fill these little babies up with what we want from smoothies to yogurt to risottos  They are high quality and easy to wash. A must have I would say. For more info go to: http://www.littlemashies.com

5. Cotton On Bucket Hat
Cotton On Kids always have a brilliant range of kids hats. They are right up their with all the latest trends at really reasonable prices. To see more styles go to: http://cottonon.com/AU/p/cotton-on-kids/

6. Vivo Barefoot Neo Velcro Leather shoes  
Fun, fast and flexible shoe; the lightweight Neo Velcro let’s junior feet explore and flourish naturally. These are really cool, they have the light-ness of a barefoot shoe but the support and materials of a proper school shoe. Kids school shoes are usually really heavy to walk in so these shoes are revolutionary.
For more info go to: http://www.vivobarefoot.com/

7. Vivo Barefoot Trail Freak Kids
Let your kids feet move as nature intended in our Trail Freak Kids trail shoes, built to withstand hours of play on the most extreme play ground, over the most demanding terrains. For more info go to: http://www.vivobarefoot.com/

8. Tiny Me Labels
What mum doesn't want all their kids stuff to come back home with them every afternoon? Losing things and leaving things behind is a never ending journey for a child so as mums we need to cover our bases by labelling EVERYTHING! Tiny Me create the coolest little labels for all those things and with gorgeous little graphics to make labelling fun! They have some fabulous value packs. For more into go to: http://www.tinyme.com.au

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