Monday, 30 March 2015

The Live it Do it EASTER paleo chocolate recipe eBook is here!




Its with great excitement that I announce that the Live it. Do it EASTER paleo chocolate recipe eBook is here! 
61 pretty pages and 40 real food chocolate recipes; things from chocolatey breakfast ideas to really sweet treats all in time for Easter. I'm excited because it is choca-block full of delicious pictures and fun with my family and recipes that I hope with blow your taste sensations out of water. I was you to enjoy this easter full of tasty treats and fun with you family! I want you to have your cake and eat it too. Thats why I wanted to share with you my favourite chocolate recipes that won't sacrifice your health; so theres no refined sugar, no grains, no gluten, no dairy and absolutely no crap in any of the recipes. Just simple, real food that full of fun!

Along with the beautifully presented recipes, you will find 10 tops tips to keeping it real this easter and some whole food inspiration to get you started! I love sharing my passion for whole foods with all of you and I am head over heals in love with this gem I can bring to you! I know your going to love it and for a limited time I it is available for no more than you would pay for a coffee. $5! 


Want to have a sneak peak? Here are a few recipe pics that you will find in the eBook and some raving reviews from a few awesome bloggers...

 "I am a self confessed choc-a-holic and quite possibly a sugar addict too (I’m trying to kick the habit I really am).  This book was music to my ears – chocolate without all the nasties.  I’ve already made the brownies and the mousse – oh and the raw caramel slice.  SOOOOOO GOOD!!" ... Mrs D plus 3

"The book layout is great, with each page being accompanied with beautiful pictures of Cassandra, her family and the beautiful food she has created.  Note to self: Don’t look through the book in the middle of the night and you’re hungry! You will find yourself scrounging through your cupboards wondering if you can scrape together enough ingredients to give a recipe a whirl!" ... Musings of the misguided blog

"If your looking for a healthier alternative check it out! This book helps you cut out sugar and additives  that are used in modern processed foods and instead using natural ingredients like nuts and seeds. They are  great way to incorporate healthy foods into snacks that kids may not necessarily want to eat or know are good for them"... Little Opinions Blog


To purchase go to: http://www.liveitdoit.com.au/p/ebooks.html

Sunday, 29 March 2015

What a way to launch an EASTER eBook













Oh what a night! 30 amazing bloggers, editors and passionate mums joined together to celebrate the launch of my Live it Do it EASTER paleo chocolate recipe book. We chomped down on an Italian feast  at a delicious Northern Beaches restaurant, sipped on beautiful organic wine from Cellar Organics and finished with Paleo chocolate desserts from the recipe book. It was the perfect girls night out; relaxed, fun and full of laughs. Chatting whole foods, kids, fitness and freedom. 

Over dessert, I explained the yummy raw vegan chocolate and vanilla cheesecake and the raspberry and chocolate torte that were about to sink our teeth into; also sharing with the guests how simple it is to create these delicious chocolate desserts in a matter of minutes. I gave my top tips to bringing whole food cooking into your kitchen with ease and how fun these things are to make with our kids.

All the guests were on a high as they went home with the most generous bright coloured totes provided by project ten that were filled with products from some amazing brands.
The night was fantastic and all came together with the help of so many amazing people and brands. 
Be sure you check them out and see what you think for yourself!!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

✔️Eco tan 
✔️Solar D  
✔️Cotton On

You can check out more pics from the night over on instagram through hashtag #liveitdoitEASTER. 

And if you would like to purchase the eBook, just go to: http://www.liveitdoit.com.au/p/ebooks.html
(its only $5 for a limited time!)

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Win a pair of FRANKiE4 shoes



Saving Soles with FRANKiE4

FRANKiE4 is a revolutionary Australian footwear brand that effortlessly combines fashion and function. Designed by renowned podiatrist, Caroline McColloch, FRANKiE4 shoes help to provide heel and arch support, assist with correct foot alignment, and importantly, are on trend stylish pieces.
I've chatted with you before about how much I love these shoes; they are by far the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. My feet may be the flattest, most turned in, orthotics screaming feet you will ever see. They have been very badly looked after with years of wearing thongs and bare feet. I have been told to always wear orthotics but how are we supposed to fit them in our pretty shoes??? When it comes to FRANKiE4, they have created a shoe that is full of support, looks good and feels amazing! It just feels so nice to walk in them. 
Positure and alignment are huge contributors to health. With the custom fit system and functional foot bed, these shoes are made to save your soles supporting your feet the way it should be.

I'm a huge beach bum at heart so its hard for me to want to wear shoes at all. FRANKiE4 are the shoes that have got me out of my dirty old thongs and into wearing simple, beautiful shoes, everyday! I have fallen in love. My favourite at the moment are the JAMiE ankle boot I've pictured above. 

Here are a few shots of the beautiful shoes from the Autumn/winter range...






Nice huh? Now my question to you is; 

Do you know what its like to walk in a pair of FRANKiE4's?

I would love you to get your feet into a pair of FRANKiE4 shoes and the beautiful people want to give you all the chance to win a pair of their incredible shoes of your choice. All you need to do is answer the question through the rafflecopter app below. Good Luck! 

Giveaway now closed.
CONGRATULATIONS PETE GRUND! 

Click over to the FRANKiE4 online store to see what other beautiful styles they have: http://frankie4.com.au


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Monday, 23 March 2015

RECIPE: Hearty Lamb Meat Balls

Well, well, well, these little fella's are a tasty toddler meal or snack, or a go to quick fix with a hidden secret ingredient. Does the name give out any clues?
Haven't guessed it yet? Well just scroll your eyes down to the ingredients list...yes, heart!
This may excite you or totally freak you out but either way, you need to listen to me when I tell you that you won't even notice it in it. Its a hidden and tasty way to get your kids and yourselves eating organ meats so embrace it and lets get cooking!

Ingredients
500 grams lamb mince
1 lamb heart, frozen
1 onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic
1 handful parsley
Big pinch of salt and pepper
2 tbsp coconut oil

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Defrost heart a little, until its soft enough to cut but still frozen.
Place onion, garlic and parsley into the food processor and whiz until chopped finely, remove from food processor and set aside.
Cut lamb heart into cubes, place the pieces into the food processor and whizz until it resembles mince.
Now add in the rest of the ingredients, including the herb and onion mix and whiz until all combined and stocking together.
Cover a large baking tray with the oil and then scoop out tea spoon sized bits of mixture, roll into balls and lay out on the oiled tray.
Once you have rolled all the mix into small balls and placed them on the tray, put the tray into the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes. You may need to check half way through and give them a turn to make sure they are cooking evenly.
Serve these babies with a homemade dipping sauce. And don't fear, you will love them!

Top tips for fighting ageing WITHOUT Botox

Word on the street is that a lot of people I know are thinking of starting their anti-aging journey in the nurses chair. When it comes to age, I have a pretty broad range of friends, I was 23 when I got married and with my husband being a little bit older our friendship group has always ranged in age. Now being 28 with 2 kids, it ranges from 25 years old to 45 years old. Age is just really a number when you have kids, you always feel the same age on the inside but your body just starts to show little signs on the outside. Those little cracks on the outside are what can really start to niggle at the thought of growing up, everyone wants to age gracefully right? We see the perfect faces of celebrities online never ageing and as a mum thats not a reality. Because I am into more of a natural life but I still want to keep up with looking and feeling young, I have been doing a little research and these are my top tips I will be sticking by to fight ageing without botox.

Wear Sunscreen
We know that we need some sun on our skin to get that good vitamin D into us but getting too much UV radiation can destroy the collagen and elastin in the skin which speeds up signs of wrinkles and other signs of aging. I definitely need to work on this one but when out in the sun, we all need to be rocking big sunglasses, a lovely hat and good quality natural sunscreen.

Clear Skin Clinic's Skin Gym
Clear Skin Clinics have a great range of skin gyms for every skin type and concern including pimples, freckles, fine lines and wrinkles. Their aim is to provide everyone with the dream of having clear skin. The skin Gym programs are tailored to the individual through consultation and skin analysis and can include micro-dermabrasion, peels, lazer and more. So far I have tried the microdermabrasion and loved it. It is a really simple and non-evasive treatment that makes your skin feel absolutely fantastic. That's a picture of me above 2 hours after my treatment. For more info on Clear Skin Clinics go here: http://clearskincareclinics.com.au

Visiting Clear Skin clinics last week
Eat good food
You are what you eat, the saying goes. This just means we take the good and the bad from the foods we eat in regards to nutrition and how our body process it. Some foods may actually combat the aging process because of the nutrients they contain and others can contribute to the destruction of cells. It's said that the more antioxidants that are consumed through food, the less chance free radicals have to damage our skin cells. So flood your body with lots of foods containing vitamins A and C and other nutrients that boost cell turnover. A morning green juice with carrot and ginger is a great start.


Eat fat
Eat good quality fats like salmon, avocado, fish oil, olive oils and coconut oils.
These types of fats promote healthy skin since they are responsible for creating healthy cell membranes and keeping your skin lubricated.

Cleanse with oil
I find oils are the best cleansers, they are super soft on the skin and they take all the dirt and grime off. Seriously, the best eye make up remover I have ever used is coconut oil. It's said that many natural oils contain linoleic acid, which helps skin retain water. Just massage on a little oil of your choice such as coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, rose hip oil or apricot kernel oil and then wipe off with a warm cloth.

Sleep
Beauty sleep anyone? We all know what we look like in the morning when we are lacking sleep. The bags come out, dark circles and lines start to crack. It is recommended to have at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Turn off your phone at least half an hour before you are planning to go to sleep, switch off your mind and get some Z's.

Stress less
Reducing stress also leads to better sleep, which, in turn, reduces the appearance of ageing, like wrinkles and the bags under the eyes. Reduce stress by incorporating some exercise into your day, a brisk walk, being mindful and stopping what your doing every now and again to take some deep breathes of fresh air. Meditation or prayer are also great ways to rest your mind.



Saturday, 21 March 2015

12/52



"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015."

Eating. Choc chip Cookies.

Little P: My best recipe tester. 

Sunshine: A brand new thing to try. Your almost a month off turning 2 and we've finally let you chomp on your very first cookie. A good one at that.

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

And the recipe to these fabbo PALEO choc chip cookies is in my new eBook; all things chocolate for EASTER! You can get your copy here: http://www.liveitdoit.com.au/p/ebooks.html
(its only $5 for a very short time)

Friday, 20 March 2015

TRAVEL: South Coast With Friends


Last weekend we went on an adventure with friends. It's not often we go away with friends. Andrew and I are complete opposites when it comes to socialising; he loves his own time, I love being around lots of people, it can be annoying at times as I want to be out all the time and he wants to be home in the garden but we can come to a happy medium most of the time. 
This time though when I asked if he wanted to go away with friends he jumped at the opportunity clearly because these friends are very special to us; 2 kids exactly the same age as ours and friendship that is one in a million. 

So on the Friday afternoon I picked up P from kindy early, packed the car and drove down to Penrith to meet Andrew at work. He got in the car and we took the 3-4 hour trip down to the south coast, where the whitest sand in the world was waiting to greet us. 
It was such a fun weekend; all Saturday we explored a few different beaches, walking through bush to find them. The kids had a ball climbing the rocks, swimming, snorkelling and building sandcastles. As Andrew always does, he went for a dive and set out to give us the wild caught seafood experience, we ate oysters off the rocks, cracked open a sea urchin to eat the roe, collected cockles and turban shells and took them home to boil and fry up on the open fire for an entree before dinner. It's so much fun introducing people to new things, things they'd never known before that you could eat and so exciting showing your kids where food comes from. 
In the afternoon; Andrew struggled with the windsurfer (there wasn't much wind) while we played on the beach. Our beautiful friends cooked us up a delicious dinner and we finished the night off with my raw chocolate and vanilla cheese cake (recipe in my new easter ebook) and ridiculous jokes coming from the dads. 

Sunday morning our family woke bright and early as we do so we set out to give our friends a sleep in by going for a drive to check out more of the local surroundings. 
This was followed by a very relaxed morning of puzzles and board games and then back in the car for our travels home. The kids were pooped, sleeping almost all the way. 

It was such a beautiful weekend and we can't wait for our next time we can escape. 

Have you holidayed with friends? Would love to hear your stories?
X x

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Everything you need to know about stevia...




Last week, we sat down to a beautiful breakfast at the Grounds on Alexandria with PureCircle. I mingled with fellow passionate healthy lifestyle bloggers sipping on peach ice tea and an chomping down on an amazing meal made with stevia by the one of Australia leading Chef's and specialists in natural and sustainable food; Jared Ingersoll. The menu was right up my ally with pork belly poached in master bone broth for breakfast, amazing! I just wish Andrew could of been there to try it, its his favourite. 

Along to chat was Plant nutritionist Hazel McTavish that gave us the run down of where stevia actually comes from and how that little leaf is turned into something that resembles table sugar. Stevia is something that I have been very interested learning more about but haven't given it the time. To be honest, I have somewhat steered away from it in the past as I didn't understand what it actually was. It was nice to see a real stevia plant, taste it and hear from a plant nutritionist about what this new stevia craze is all about. 

You’ve probably heard about stevia. It’s a natural plant extract with zero calories and 200 times the sweetness of sugar, these days stevia is popping up in foodstuffs from gum to granola.
And while there’s a lot of talk, stevia isn’t a new kid on the block – here’s a look at its 1500 years of history.

  • Stevia – or Stevia rebaudiana if you’re a botanist – is a small herb related to the sunflower. The indigenous tribes of GuaranĂ­ have been growing it in Paraguay for more than 1500 years, boiling its leaves into a sweet tea. The GuaranĂ­ call it “ka’a rirete” – “the leaf like honey”.
  • Although stevia is extremely sweet – it’s 200 times more intense than sugar – the plant extract doesn’t cause tooth decay, nor does it contain any kilojoules. Because of this, health experts, dietitians and nutritionists are backing purified stevia extract as a safe, sensible alternative for sweetening food.
  • Although it may be the flavour of the month, stevia is already an ingredient in thousands of products all over the world: teas, soft drinks, juices, nectars, yogurt, soy milk, granola and snack bars, baked goods, cereals, salad dressings, chewing gum, canned fruit, jam and confectionery are all sweetened with stevia. In fact, from 2009 to 2012, the rate of new products sweetened with stevia globally grew by a massive 58 per cent.
  • Stevia is recognised by leading health and regulatory bodies as safe to enjoy.3 Not only have the GuaranĂ­ peoples been eating it for centuries, stevia has also been subjected to rigorous scientific testing by respected research bodies throughout the world. Numerous countries and their major regulatory agencies – including the World Health Organisation and the strict United States Food and Drug Administration – have determined highly purified stevia extract to be safe for human consumption.
  • Stevia is a totally non-genetically modified sustainable crop. Since it requires less water, energy and land than farming other kinds of sweetener crops, stevia doesn’t compromise farmers’ staple food crops such as cassava, beans or maize. Instead, it provides local primary producers with additional income and supports their traditional farming practices.
  • Although it may seem as though the taste for stevia is just taking off, people have been researching this alternative sweetener for a long time. During the early 1940s there was a push among agricultural academics in Britain and the US to develop the crop as an alternative to sugar. However, with the onset of World War II, and with no one to lobby effectively for government subsidy or compete with the powerful sugar industry, the movement for stevia waned.
  • Once the war was over, however, the stevia believers got back to work. In 1945, botanist Luis A Gattoni was so adamant stevia could compete with sugar he petitioned the Paraguayan government to enact a cost-effective strategy to usher it into full-scale commercial agriculture. Alas, his plan fell on deaf ears. It wasn’t until November 2010 that the Paraguayan government finally proclaimed stevia “our national treasure”.
For more info on stevia go to: http://purecircle.com



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