Wednesday, 30 September 2015

REAL MUM REVIEW: The Thule Urban Glide - all round sports stroller for the active family


Choosing the perfect pram for what you need it for is a big task; it's recommended that you go to every baby store and take each and every pram for a stroll around the shop. The shop assistant asks you how it feels; you go for another walk. You feel the way it moves around the corners of the shop, you see how it brakes, how it folds, how it pops up and measure how it would fit in your car. You take into account the recommendations from any Mummy friends and you are on the quest for finding the perfect pram for you, out of the selection that the shop has. The shop assistant tells you to go with what stroller you feel is right for you. It's an exciting thing; pram shopping, because you know that you are going to put your perfect little baby into that brand new purchase when it arrives. 

For me, I wanted something I could exercise with, a stroller that was comfortable for baby, easy to manoeuvre, light weight and fit easily and out of the car. I wanted it to be comfortable for walking with every day. I can tell you, if the Thule Urban Glide was around in that first shop I walked into; I can honestly say it would of been my first purchase. I have been road testing the Thule Urban Glide for the past month and it is so easy to use. Designed by prestige Swedish brand; Thule, my husband was very impressed that they have brought out such an amazing pram. He loves their roof racks!!!! We love that the lightweight Urban Glide has been built by the best and can handle the toughest conditions, keeping you and your child safe. 

The best part of the Thule Urban Glide is definitely how light it is, it surprised me when I went to pick it up and put it in my car, its looks so hardy and sturdy but it is so light and this excites me now that I'm pregnant again and also with a newborn soon after the birth, I don't want to be lifting a heavy pram in and out of the car every time I need to go anywhere. As mums, we need to do things one handed, the way this stroller folds up is also very impressive. A lot of sports style strollers are hard to fold up and need 2 hands, this makes the Thule Urban Glide different as it's so easy to fold up with one hand, you really need to try it yourself to believe it.

It really is so easy to manoeuvre with it's great handle and steering capabilities. The back wheels are great for walking and jogging as they are a great size with great suspension for hopping over bumps and off road so baby isn't bounced around too much but it is also slim enough to stroll comfortably in and around the shops. It also has a handy extra-large zippered storage compartment plus additional mesh pockets, another feature that I absolutely LOVE. It's a huge compartment and I can be seen regularly power walking up to the shops and filling this storage space up with groceries.

We also love it's sleek look and stylish design. I really can't fault anything at all as I really enjoy using this stroller daily. The straps put safety first as it hugs around the child and is padded for comfort. It's smooth to use and both my 2 year old and 4 year old can fit in it well and with comfort and I'm excited for use it a lot as I get more active again in the attempt to loose the baby weight when the new baby comes. 










What we love about the Thule Urban Glide 

- It is an all-round sports stroller for the active family. The sleek and lightweight design makes it perfect for jogging on your favourite path and as an everyday stroller. Its Swedish style, quality and functionality will be the envy of Mums and Dads wherever you go. 

- Weighing in at just 10.5 kg, the Urban Glide is one of the lightest all-terrain sport strollers available. Precision engineering and a robust aluminium frame ensures the Urban Glide can handle the toughest conditions, keeping you and your child safe. 

- It has one of the easiest and quickest one-handed compact folding mechanisms for storing and transporting the stroller. Designed so you can hold your youngster in one arm while folding the stroller with the other hand. 

- With a padded reclinable seat that is infinitely adjustable and vented top for comfy on-the-go naps, the Urban Glide has all the options that fit you and your child’s routine. 

- The swivel front wheel ensures the Urban Glide is agile and easy to manoeuvre. The front wheel also locks into place for additional stability while jogging. And the rear suspension ensures your little one stays secure while the height adjustable handlebar means it’s comfortable for parents to use. 

- The Urban Glide features a one foot parking brake, multi-position sun canopy offering extra protection and a view in-roof so you can see your precious little one. The large custom moulded wheels make for a smooth ride. An extra-large storage compartment holds up to 4.5kg with a handy zippered water resistant cover. Plus additional mesh pockets for all the things you and your little one need while outdoors. 


- Setting a new standard for premium strollers, the Thule Urban Glide recently took out an iF Product Design Award in 2015 and won at the largest, most prestigious design competition in the world, the Red Dot Design Awards, in 2014.





All is all; I can highly recommend the Thule Urban Glide for any mum that wants to get out and about and move her body while still having a very modern, well made and stylish stroller. 
The Urban Glide comes in three brilliant colours; Dark Shadow, Mars and Thule Blue. Available nationally at Baby Bunting, Babies R Us and leading independents retailers for $749. With a 10 year warranty the Thule Urban Glide is exceptional value. For your nearest stockist, visit www.thule.com

Check out the Urban Glide in action. It really does have everything you need!




Monday, 28 September 2015

ORGANIC RECIPE: Fish Cakes




This recipe is proudly supported by Australian Certified Organic
 for Australian  Organic Awareness Month

FISH CAKES
A great finger food for a party, a lunch box idea, an afternoon snack or add a big salad to make it dinner!

Ingredients
500 grams fresh white Australian Certified Organic fish
1 tsp Macro certified organic dijon mustard
handful certified organic fresh parsely
1 Australian Certified organic free range egg
1 tsp certified organic rosemary
1 tsp certified organic coriander
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 clove certified organic garlic
2  organic kaffir lime leaves
1/2 organic onion
2 tbsp certified organic coconut flour
coconut oil for frying

Method
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Chop fish into cubes.
In a food processor, chop garlic, onion and all herbs finely.
Add in the fish, Dijon mustard, egg and fish sauce and process until combine and mixture is sticking together well.
Use a teaspoon to scoop out small balls of mixture and roll into balls.
Roll in coconut flour and flatten.
Melt coconut oil into a hot pan for shallow frying.
In batches, shallow fry the fish cakes. Extra care is needed when shallow frying as the fish cakes become fragile.
Once golden brown, place all balls into a tray and into the oven for approximately 10 minutes to cook through. Serve.


Friday, 25 September 2015

Boom! Things have gone cray cray around here

Boom! This crazy thing happened... I'm tired, I'm hormonal and all I want to do is eat bread and butter. We're excited, overwhelmed and scared but two little people obviously wasn't enough. I'll chat to you about the rest soon... For now; just pray for us that we will survive! Haha!

Wahoo!


Cass x

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

RECIPE: Grain Free Seeded Bread (Paleo/ GAPS friendly)


This is a great recipe for lunch boxes. It’s grain free and contains no nuts. I started making this bread a few months ago when little P wanted a sandwich for preschool but being on the GAPS protocol, the only paleo style breads around contain tapioca which is a starch thats not GAPS friendly and/or full of nuts thats not school lunch box friendly. Using seeds as the flour is a fun way to make a dense, nutty tasting bread. I slice it thinly and the kids love it. It really does taste delicious as a sandwich or toast. We are bit obsessed with this bread so enjoy. It’s a family favourite.

Grain Free Seeded Bread Recipe

Ingredients
90 grams sunflower seeds, milled
70 grams pumpkin seeds, milled
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp linseeds, ground
4 tbsp sunflower seeds
4 tbsp pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp poppy seeds
6 eggs
2 tsp honey
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
60 grams coconut oil, melted
30 grams coconut flour
big pinch salt
1 tsp baking powder

Method
Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
In a food processor, mill the 90 grams sunflower seeds and 70 grams pumpkin seeds.
Transfer into a mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients and mix well.
Pour mixture into a lined loaf baking tray and sprinkle with any extra seeds you wish.
Allow to bake for 45 mins or until bread is cooked through. I stick a skewer in the centre to check if it comes out clean to make sure it’s ready.
Let cool on a rack and serve with your favorite spread, cultured butter or fresh avocado.


Overwhelm



There has been a lot going on here of late; we’ve packed up, we’ve moved over 600kms, we’ve been to a wedding, we’ve started to unpack, we’re trying to settle in and we’ve been hit with sickness. And thats all in the past week. 

It’s taken me around the block and today I have woken up with a heavy head and a very sore throat. I’ve been struck down. It doesn’t help that the week before the move I was out, making the most of the time with friends and getting to as many events as I could simply squeeze in. I was in denial about the whole moving thing and it still feels weird. I’m not sure when I’ll feel settled but I’m just going to enjoy the limbo mode for the time being. No rush. Everything will settle in time. 


It’s a funny feeling moving back to your home town where you grew up, a place where everyone knows you and you know everyones faces. Theres no escaping to run to the supermarket as your bound to run into at least 3 or 4 people that want to know how many kids you have now and whats been going on in your life for the past 10 years. 


As a mum, it felt good in the area where we were living, I had made so many amazing fellow mum friends, we had grown together through the journey of early mother hood, here I’m feeling a little lost as to where we will fit in and who we will be spending our time with. With P starting school next year, I can see the dynamic totally changing again but its nice to have your close friends that you can share the everyday Mum mayhem with. 


Today, we are feeling the overwhelm… The overwhelming fact that Andrew is leaving his job at the end of the year, the overwhelm of finding our new feet in a place we know quite well, the overwhelm of unpacking the house and sorting everything into it’s new spot, the overwhelm of leaving our friends up there and the overwhelm of Andrew having to leave us on the weekend and head back up to work to finish the year. We have really taken the plunge and it IS an overwhelming time for us with the fear of the unknown smacking us in the face but we’re staying united as we take our time to see what happens next.

Let the new adventure begin!

Monday, 21 September 2015

REAL MUM REVIEW : Dyson V6 Absolute Handstick Vacum Cleaner

Princess P in cleaning action

As if moving house isn’t enough to get you to properly read test a new vacuum cleaner. For the past 2 weeks I have had the Dyson V6 Absolute in my hands and when I say in my hands, I mean it, constantly! It has been my saviour on the moving front and has made my life so much easier, its safe to safe I'm an honest die hard fan!!!

Having children with allergies, my son's eczema comes out at the slight sniff of dust. Packing up the house made a dust bomb, it doesn't matter how well you have cleaned the house, every time you move one bookshelf or couch, the dust covers the room.
And its not what you can see, it's what you can't see thats the real culprit for allergies and all round yuck. After doing a bit of research I found out that zooming over your carpet may make things feel cleaner because it looks pretty, it's more important to go over a smaller area well to let the brush head get into the pile and grab anything out that shouldn't be living in the carpet. Its the real yuck stuff that you can't see deep down in there that won't be picked up by the average vacuum.
This is why I am such a huge Dyson fan. Having a handy stick vacuum that actually works like the big guns, is a life saver as a mum as it makes real life frustrating jobs quicker.


I've heard so many amazing things about Dyson Vaccum cleaners that I was super to put mine into action. What I loved even more about receiving the Dyson V6 animal was that when it arrived, the courier (not affiliated with Dyson at all) was excited for me. Think a man in his 60's raving on to me about how great his Dyson is and how much he loves his, he told me about the 2 models he owns and how easy it is to replace any parts if needs be. He's had them for years and never had a problem with anything. It was great hearing from a true Dyson lover and getting the tips for using it to clean you car and how great they are at doing the stairs. Hah I loved it!



For the week leading up to the big move I had it out and in action for every time I started packing an area, I could sweep up the dust with ease and get it out of the house with ease.
I cleaned my car before it went into the truck to be shipped down the coast and then we arrived into our new place and started to unpack the boxes and clean up after the removalists, it has lived in my new kitchen, used at least twice daily to pick up the odd bits and keep our carpet as dust free as possible.
I'm excited to mount it on my wall in the coming days, the only problem I have is keeping it from the kids as they also love it and want to use it as a toy, constantly!!!!!



So you've heard the love, heres the nitty gritty. The V6 Absolute features:
-  Soft roller cleaner head: A soft roller cleaner head engineered to suck up both
large dirt and fine dust simultaneously. Powerful cleaning without scratching.
-  75% more brush power: A second cleaner head features a direct-drive motor that
creates 75% more brush bar power than the Dyson V6 vacuum to better agitate
carpet pile and tackle ground-in spills and stains.
-  Easy to push: A large, soft roller and increased versatility from a re-designed neck
enables smooth movement across floor types.
-  Dyson digital motor V6: The latest Dyson digital motor gives V6 Absolute the most
powerful suction of any cordless vacuum.
-  2 Tier RadialTM Cyclone Technology: Flings dust out of the air and into the bin,
separating out even the most microscopic particles.
-  Handheld conversion: The wand can be easily removed and tools attached directly
to the cyclone pack for cleaning stairs, couches, mattress and car interiors.
-  Run-time: This machine will run for 20 minutes, 16 with the motorized cleaner head
and for 6 minutes on boost mode.
-  Hygienic bin emptying: Just push the red button to release the dirt directly into the
bin.
- HEPA filtration captures allergens.
- Deeper carpet cleaning. Complete hard floor cleaning.
- Extra tool for homes with pets.
-  Weight: 2.2 kg.
-  Warranty: 2 year parts and labor warranty.
-  Energy Star Rating: The machine’s battery charger has qualified for the Energy Star
rating, due to its energy efficiency.
-  Price: $899.99
- Availability: April 1st, 2015 on Dyson.com.au and select retailers.

Range includes: Dyson V6 RRP: $499, V6 Animal RRP: 699, V6 Fluffy RRP: $799, V6 Motorhead
RRP:$799, V6 Absolute RRP:$899

I highly recommend adding this baby to your christmas wish list, you won't be disappointed!!!



Disclaimer: I was gifted this vacuum in return for an honest review. All comments and opinions are my own.

Monday, 14 September 2015

RECIPE: Meaty bacon bites



Meaty bacon bites

Ingredients
500 grams mince of your choice
2 cloves garlic, minced
Handful of parsley, finely chopped
Pinch of salt and pepper
10 pieces of bacon
tooth picks

Method
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
In a large bowl combine mince, minced garlic, chopped herbs, salt and pepper. Mix well with your hands and roll into mini meatballs.
With a small piece of bacon, wrap each meatball and secure with a toothpick or skewer.
Place your meaty bacon balls onto a lined baking tray and bake for 40 mins or until bacon is cooked to your preference.



Tuesday, 8 September 2015

RECIPE: Buckwheat bars (nut free)


Buckwheat bars
These are a great lunch box friendly snack; they are tasty, easy to make and a great go to. 

Ingredients
2 cups activated buckwheat
1 cup sultanas
1 cup date paste
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp cinnamon

Method
Preheat oven to 160 degrees.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine well.
Flatten mixture out into a small lined baking tray.
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Allow to cool in tray and then cut into bars.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


Monday, 7 September 2015

Our proud Dad...we love you!



"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me." - Jim Valvano 

I did what I do best yesterday; I kept busy, I focused on packing the house, I occupied my brain with things that don't really matter and things that distract me. I got through Father's Day only thinking about my Dad for a moment here and there, not letting my emotions come in or grieve at the fact that he's not here anymore to call up for a chat or give a cuddle. I went to bed wishing my husband a happy Father's Day. I was exhausted ... 

I woke up this morning to this picture above of my Dad and I as a baby, as a message from my little sis; a reminder just how great my Dad was and is and just how much he loved us and took pride in everything we did. He never stopped telling us how proud he was and never stopped (embarrassingly) shouting around town our achievements, no matter how small they were. The crazy old "Alg" that everyone knew him as, was the most loving and encouraging Dad that is ours. I count myself extremely lucky to of had him around for the first 18 years of my life and I will forever have him in my heart. 

So today; I stopped and I cried because I took the time to miss my dear old dad and wish him a real happy Fathers Day! ❤️

Friday, 4 September 2015

REAL MUM REVIEW: MOD Cold Press Juicer


I've been eyeing off these slow press juicer's for a while now; researching into juicer's that keep in all the good stuff and being able to juice delicate things like greens and ginger. The problem with a lot of the slow press juicer's is that you need to cut up all your veggies in such small pieces for it to work efficiently, placing each piece in so slowly and then cleaning is a pain in the butt. I wanted a juicer that was mum-friendly; something that keeps all the high nutrients in our juices, is simple to use, easy to clean and looks good. Enter; the MOD cold press juicer. Thrilled is an understatement when I was introduced to this bad boy; a juicer that is created by a mum thats is made for mums. It juices whole foods without the peeling and chopping, it keeps a little bit of the pulp in the juice for fibre, its really easy to clean and I believe it could just be the best juice I have ever tasted and thats a big call. 


Having the kids on the GAPS protocol for the past year, its recommended to drink fresh carrot juice everything morning, this has been something I have not been good at without a great juicer. And lately I have been craving fresh juice myself. I just love the fresh taste and hit of nutrients during winter when your not feeling all that well. I really think its great to have a fresh veggie juice a day to get that nutrient boost as a mum, its way better hit than a coffee and your energy is longer lasting.

Over the past 2 weeks; having the MOD cold press in our house; we have made an array of different juices to really put it to the test. My favourite carrot and ginger based juice has been a huge winner but a good green juice has been a treat too. I love watching how the machine slowly pushes the vegetables through the machine and strains out the juice. It's pretty amazing and the kids love being involved to create their own flavours. 
I'm not a huge fan of fruit juice but I did have a whole heap of oranges getting old so I put them through the juicer and OMG, the taste was out of control. Was really nice for a refreshing treat.



5 things we love about the MOD COLD PRESS:

  1. Easy to use: you can juice whole foods without peeling or chopping them. Whole apples, carrots, green leaves, etc go through it with ease and juice really well.
  2. Easy to clean: You can clean the machine by running a little water through it after you finish your juice and it comes with a little tooth brush to give the strainer a scrub if it needs it. All parts can go in the dish washer so you aren't afraid of getting your juicer out in fear of the cleaning process afterwards like we all once were in the past.
  3. It's quiet: the Mod cold press juicer literally squeezes the nutrients out of the vegetables so there are no loud sounds or notices in the process. I can make a juice in the kitchen comfortably while my little boy is asleep in bed. win!
  4. It juices delicate greens: A lot of juicing machines don't actually extract the nutrients from the greens, instead just crushing them. Green are such an important part of our diet, we need to try packing as much of them into our day as we can and this is why juicing them can be great if you have a great machine that can do it. The Mod juicer is your guy.
  5. MOD juice tastes really good. I'm not over exaggerating when I say the juice is the best, I believe its because all the flavour and nutrients are kept in during the attraction process that gives the juice the full flavour that it should have.
Check out how it works in this video here...




So why juice it?

  • A glass of vegetable juice counts as one serving. There is something about a raw, fresh juice; it's delicious and packed full of nutrients. Vegetables that you would usually think to eat raw, you can push through the juicer and enjoy.
  • Juicing provides the body with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, carbohydrates, chlorophyll and countless other phytonutrients on a superhighway.
  • These natural blends of nutrients boost our immunity. They don't just fight of coughs and colds but work to protect us from cancer and cardiovascular disease too. 
  • These babies are powerhouses of antioxidants; the antioxidants contribute to fighting cancer, heart disease and aging. 
  • The green guys are full of chlorophyll which help to cleanse our bodies of all the toxicity we put into it everyday. 
  • A fresh juice drunk straight from the jug delivers the body the nutrients within minutes as it does not need to be digested which is quite slow. 
  • It fuels your body with energy!
  • Juices support your body's natural way of cleansing and helps to fight off disease...


If you haven't already, I would highly recommend getting yourself a MOD cold press juicer and try having a daily juice. Drink it mindfully and notice how it makes you feel. 

My favourite mix is carrot, celery, ginger and orange but you can try throwing anything (fruits and vegetables) you have from the fridge into the juicer and find your own favorite immunity maximising blends.


If you would like to learn more about the MOD COLD PRESS JUICER or purchase one for yourself; just go to: http://modjuicer.com.au

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

A season for a change.

This past few months has been a whole heap of soul searching for our family. My husband really isn't happy at work and doesn't want to live away from us during the week anymore, the more time he spends with the kids, the more time he wants to spend with them. Being the main provider can be a tricky job, you want whats best for your family but when you don't even get to be with them, it creates the question of WHY?

Why am I in this job? Why am I living away from my family? Why am I not enjoying what I'm doing?

After lots of thinking and discussing we have made the crazy but exciting decision to pack up and take an adventure to the far South Coast of NSW to where we both grew up. We bought a house down there a few years ago and it just seems like the perfect time to leave the Sydney chaos and set up a simple life in our own home on the coast.

We don't know if it's forever, we don't have any big plans, no crazy ideas... just inspiration to be, just us, happy, together as a family.

It's overwhelming and scary as Andrew will be leaving his great, secure job to explore what an old fishing town has to offer but we have faith that this is the right decision for us, right now, in this moment of our lives. With the kids so little, what else have we got to lose? Nothing but time we're not together which is what's happening right now with Andrew in the military. 

It's exciting because we will be creating memories with our children that we have been so blessed to have in our childhood growing up in such a beautiful part of the world. It's exciting because our parents will be close by. It's exciting because it's a new adventure and a new beginning. 

But it's really sad too. Sad to leave all our beautiful friends up here; friends that have supported me through some of the hardest times in my life and been there to celebrate some of the most exciting times in my life. Friends that have been my support network for the past 5 years ; my life of motherhood when my husband was not around due to work commitments. This is really sad to know I won't be catching up with these faces everyday but I hold hope that our friendships stay strong and their will be many holidays and catch ups as our children grow. 

I know that this move is going to be a great one, it's just getting there that's the tricky part. With only a few weeks to go, it's time to get pumped.

Life, sure is a roller coaster ride; I'm just hoping that this one will be a good one! 

Cass x

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