Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Business Mamas - Can I really do this?



Can I really do this?

In between launching an eBook, moving over 600kms away, having no internet line set up at my new house, becoming pregnant, suffering from morning sickness, and being an emotional wreck; I have been thinking about this diploma of business I signed up for with Business Mamas. As it plays in the back of my mind that I just haven’t had enough time to crack into it, I have been asking myself can I really do this? Am I cut out for study as a mum? How do other mums do it? How do I make time?How do I make it happen?

The silly thing is; I know that the first module is all about organising ourselves and time management, it’s about making a plan and focusing on sticking to it. Its about making things possible that you feel are impossible. I have discussed all the things that have come up that have held me back with my business angel; Maree from business Mamas and once I finally have my internet connection set up at home I will be able to crack into it one step at a time.
I think that is the key, taking things step by step and not being overwhelmed by the whole process, accepting that as mums we have everyday life stuff that comes up and can hold us back for a little, I think we just need to surrender to that and not get wrapped up in the fact that at times, we just can’t do it. After all, we are mums first and foremost and everything else has to come second. There are times when we need to push ourselves and their are times when we need to focus on just getting through the day to day mayhem. There is “stuff” in our lives that needs to get done and pushing ourselves to do something at a time that is impossible is not good for our stress levels or our all round health. I’m not saying we need should make excuses for not putting ourselves first, because that is something I would never recommend, I just mean that there are times when we need to give ourselves a break and not put the pressure on ourselves to strike all the goals but the achievement of each day is just as simple as survival. haha. Yes, I mean it. 

I am excited to get back into the course, I am looking forward to kicking those goals, I have confidence that I can. I just need to take it one step at a time and that will happen when I am settled in our new place with full internet access and the head space to get on with it.
Thanks Business Mamas for being there and having the patience to keep me on board. It will happen. I have promised myself!

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Friday, 16 October 2015

ROXY #RUNSUPYOGA is hitting Australia's Manly Beach!

Roxy #RUNSUPYOGA
As the Roxy #RUNSUPYOGA event is coming to us in Manly this Saturday, I have been gathering up some girlfriends to join in the girls-only fun of what the event is all about. It's bringing back the incredible memories from the very first event of this kind in Barcelona, Spain not to long ago that I was so lucky to tag along to with my buddy on our Euro Trip. What an absolutely incredible experience and event to attend and how much fun we had taking part.

I am yet to blog about this part of the trip so thought what better timing than to give you a bit of insight into how great it was and hopefully you can be at the event in Manly on Saturday, its too much fun to miss.

.... Barcelona, where to start?
What a crazy place, staying right near the beach for the Roxy #RUNSUPYOGA event. When we arrived we made our way to the quicksilver shop for Torah to do some media stuff.
Walking along the board walk of the beach is an eye opening event in itself; crazy freezing wind, sun beaming, everyone with their shirts off, people sitting cm's away from each other, roller blades, bikes and long lines to the toilet. Street stalls, horse and carts, music, cafes, just so much to take in after coming from a pretty much deserted island in Greece, it was a little overwhelming but awesomely cool!
I loved it, I walked slow and took it all in, we could only explain the vibe as a Bondi meets Venice beach feel. Haha. A beach on the edge of the city, hectic but fun!


We had fun first afternoon in the board riders store with some shopping and a cocktail party to finish the night. We tried to get into bed early but when I looked at the clock before I closed my eyes, it was 11pm, we were pooped!

Roxy #RUNSUPYOGA
Roxy #RUNSUPYOGA
Waking up on Saturday morning meant the big event; the Roxy #RUNSUPYOGA event in Barcelona, Spain and an anniversary celebration for Roxy kicking it for 25 years! Think thousands and thousands of women flooding the esplanade to pick up their registrations, all wearing bright colours, huge grins on their face, great tans and full of inspiration. Everyone was so pumped to hit the sand and get into a morning of Yoga and exercise, together as girls, just having fun being active. What an amazing feeling; to be with thousands of girls on the beach as we did a beautiful yoga class to set us for the day looking over the sea.

Roxy #RUNSUPYOGA
Roxy #RUNSUPYOGA
After the yoga, most girls got ready to get running, I sat out on this part (no other reason that I've decided I'm not a runner, haha). I watched the run from the top of the quicksilver shop, how cool to watch so many motivated and inspired girls running along the foreshore, encouraging each other and crossing the finish line. It was like a sea of people, everyone with a smile that never left their faces.

Roxy #RUNSUPYOGA
Roxy #RUNSUPYOGA
Straight after the run; over 300 of us got in our wetsuits and Roxy rash shirts and lined up on the beach with the SUP's provided. A 2km SUP race; really? Was I really going in a 2km SUP race in Barcelona I was asking myself. Am I crazy? I was silently freaking out on the starting line as everyone was laughing and chatting. I haven't been on a stand up paddle board many times before but the vibe was so laid back and focused on just getting out there and having fun that it put my mind at ease a little. When the officials said GO; I pushed my board into the water, focusing on getting out and standing up the paddle. Focusing also on not falling off and just trying to stay afloat. I just wanted to feel safe situated in the middle of the pack. 

Roxy #RUNSUPYOGA
There were so many safety boats around and soooooo many girls that there was nothing to be really worried about at all. Once I allowed myself to realise this, I remember looking up and looking back to the City, The amazing city of Barcelona. I remember thinking, what the? I was 1km out to sea on a SUP IN BARCELONA!!! ARGHHH! this is awesome. I cracked up laughing and just soaked it all in as I paddled, fell in the water a few times, had a laugh with girls passing me or me passing them and just enjoyed every minute on this crazy experience that I never in a million years thought I would have. I can be a woose in the water since becoming a mum so going out to sea on a SUP has never been on my to do list. Haha. But gosh I'm so glad I did it. It was such an invigorating feeling and an achievement emotionally and physically. I didn't even know I could SUP 2km. What a great feeling to finish.

Roxy #RUNSUPYOGA
The afternoon was full of live music on the beach by another inspiring Roxy surfer and ambassador; Justine Mauvin. Torah was there being her beautiful self, taking part in all the events, awarding the prizes and signing autographs. And Bruna Schmitz, another Roxy Surfer was there getting amongst it.



It was one of those days that just feels surreal; so much happiness, love, excitement and fun was being beamed around. Everyone was on a super natural high from the activities and it was such an awesome concept to bring women together just to have fun while being active, no pressure, just pure healthy, innocent fun, because thats what active living is all about right?

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Being in Barcelona for the event was such a highlight of our Euro trip so you can understand how excited I am for it to come to Manly, Sydney next weekend, Saturday 24th October. 
The event will be lead by my inspiring friend and olympic gold medalist; Torah Bright and Roxy team surfer; Rosy Hodge.

Yoga will start off the day at 7.45am overlooking the east coast with Roxy girl, Crystal O'Rourke, followed by a 3km run along the beach and then a 1km SUP race with fun prizes on the day and DJ getting all the girls pumped. 
Everyone that signs up will get a Roxy #RUNSUPYOGA pack, including bag, yoga towel, cap, rashy, with snacks supplied by Blue Dinosaur Paleo Bars and Organic Avenue Australia.

You can enter all 3 events or just jump in on 1 or 2, it's totally up you. 

7.45am – YOGA ($5)
9.30am – RUN ($10)
11.30am – SUP RACE ($10)
12.30 – 4.30pm – LEARN TO SUP (1hr $5)

It really is the ultimate girls day full of active fun. Registration is now open, so go to: http://www.roxyaustralia.com.au/runsup-yoga-sydney


For more information and to register, click here

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

SWISSE Wellness introduces Superfoods range PLUS a delicious Teff Falafel Recipe


Move Over Quinoa - Teff Has Arrived! Last week, Swisse Wellness announced it will be the first major brand to launch “Wholegrain Teff’ to the Australian market, when it extends its popular Superfood range this October. Due to its long list of nutritional benefits and versatile cooking properties, Teff - an Ethiopian grain that has been used in traditional cooking for centuries - is set to take the Australian health food industry by storm.


“Wholegrain Teff has been used in Ethiopian cooking for centuries, and the Western world is finally catching on to its range of fantastic health benefits,” Simone Austin said, Swisse’s accredited Dietitian. “This small but supercharged grain is rapidly growing in popularity as it is jam-packed with Vitamin K, protein, iron, calcium and is naturally gluten free. “For such a little grain it contains a huge amount of nutrients and should be considered as a regular staple in Australian’s diets for both health promotion and prevention of disease associated with inadequate vitamin and mineral intakes.”  


Wholegrain Teff can be used as a healthy substitute for rice and pasta, sprinkled over cereals, added to salads and soups, or even used to make porridge as a gluten-free alternative to oats. Due to the size of the grain, it also cooks much quicker than millet or quinoa. Swisse has also announced that alongside Teff, it will introduce Organic Chlorophyll and Organic Spirulina in an innovative powder format. With Spirulina naturally flavoured with apple and Chlorophyll with berry, the powders are delicious mixed alone with water, or added to smoothies, fresh juices, yoghurt or healthy snacks.  

Swisse Wellness Ambassador, George Calombaris has embraced cooking with superfoods, and has recently spent time experimenting with Teff. “Teff is my new favourite supergrain! It tastes great, it’s good for you and can be used in almost any form of cooking,” he said. “I regularly use superfoods in my cooking, as it is such an easy way to not only add natural colour and flavour to your food, but also a massive nutritional hit.” Teff, Chlorophyll and Spirulina are part of the Swisse Superfood range and will be available online at Swisse.com, in Chemist Warehouse and leading pharmacies this month. The Swisse Superfood range will now consist of 10 natural and premium quality single-nutrient and blended formulas that provide a naturally derived and convenient way to add a nutritious boost to your day.  

I highly recommend checking it out. I have a yummy recipe by George Calombaris below too. Enjoy! Its yummy!

RECIPE: TEFF FALAFEL

Serves 6

Ingredients

 500g dried chickpeas, soaked overnight (minimum 8 hours)
 80g Teff
 1 bunch coriander
 1 bunch parsley
 6 garlic cloves
 1/2 tbs coriander powder
 1/2 tbs cumin powder
 1 tbs aleppo pepper
 150L lemon juice
 Salt to taste
 Blitz in robot coupe till very fine

Method:

1. Soak chickpeas for a minimum of 8 hours
2. Blitz until fine with remaining ingredients apart from the Teff
3. Dry fry Teff until slightly crispy and toasted
4. Add to falafel and mix
5. Shape into 150g patties and deep fry at 180C
6. Serve with Swisse tahini maca yoghurt and pickled beetroot


Monday, 12 October 2015

RECIPE: 2 Ingredient Coconut Cookies by Stacey Deutscher - A Healthy Mum





This super simple but extremely delicious recipe below comes from Stacey Deutscher from A Healthy Mum. Its part of the her smash hit book; A Healthy Lunch Box which is part of THE ULTIMATE WELLNESS BUNDLE (on sale for only 4 more days!!!)

Enjoy this recipe below now but don't forget to check out all of the incredible eBooks in our must have bundle. 
So many amazing contributors, you don't want to miss out on this one. 

2 INGREDIENT COCONUT COOKIES
The simple things in life are often the best. Made with just two ingredients, these cookies are a perfect balance of good fats and natural sugars. Combined, the result is something incredibly delicious.

Makes/ Serves 7 | Prep time 5 mins | Cooking time 25 mins

Ingredient Qty          
¾ cup shredded coconut
1 large, ripe banana

Method
Step 1
Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with a sheet of baking paper. Toast the coconut in a pan over a medium heat until it is lightly browned.
Step 2
Add the banana to a blender with the toasted coconut. Pulse until the mixture comes together and the coconut is fine.
Step 3
Shape the mixture into discs and space apart evenly on the baking tray. If the mixture is runny, spoon it onto the tray. Bake the cookies until golden (approximately 25 minutes).
Serving Suggestion

These cookies are delicious served as is or for something extra special, use them to make healthy ice cream sandwiches. If they go soft, pop them in the freezer and they will crisp up nicely.
Nutritional Tip

The more ripe the banana the more concentrated its natural sugars are. This makes them especially perfect for baking.

Storage
Fridge for 3 days or Freezer for 1 month
Allergies
Grain-Free Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Freezer-Safe

To learn more about the Healthy Mum and what her beautiful blog has to offer go to: https://www.staceyclare.com/




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Monday, 5 October 2015

An Amazing eBook Bundle Available Only Until OCT 16th 2015!

An Amazing eBook Bundle Available Only Until OCT 16th 2015!

I am really excited to share this amazing new eBook deal because it’s the first of its kind in Australia and I am directly involved as a contributor! For my non-Aussie readers, don’t close this email just yet. 

The Ultimate Australian Wellness Bundle contains 35+ eBooks (worth over $450) from 30 of Australia’s top healthy living experts and it can be yours for just $44.95! 


If you aren't familiar with eBook bundles, they typically include a variety of eBooks from authors and bloggers in a particular niche, such as health and wellness. 
They are sold at a discounted price for a limited time only. It’s a way for all of the contributors to get lots of exposure and to gain new readers, and an opportunity for our readers to get access to resources and eBooks they wouldn’t have seen or read before, or that they wouldn’t be able to afford if bought separately. 

This is the very first bundle to focus on exclusively Australian made resources! That doesn’t mean it’s only for Aussies. My international readers will find ALL of the eBooks highly valuable and relevant as well. 

The eBooks and authors in this bundle have been carefully selected to provide the best quality material in one package – from paleo, raw and vegetarian whole food recipes and detox meal plans to tips and plans on how to reduce stress, tone up, sleep better and find balance and clarity in your life.  Get some of that world-famous Aussie wellness spirit in your life! 
Here is a little taste of what’s inside:
  • Learn how to heal your gut with an informative, uncomplicated and achievable gut healing protocol from one of Australia’s favourite holistic nutritionists and whole food chefs Lee Holmes (Heal Your Gut).
  • Try 25 new, nutritionally balanced whole food breakfast recipes, which come with stunning pictures and detailed instructions and variations, from an experienced naturopath Georgia Harding ND (Rise & Shine – A Well Nourished Breakfast)
  • Learn about a revolutionary approach to running from two of Australia’s leading movement experts  – Dr. Brett Hill and ultra-marathoner Kim Morrison – and fall in love with barefoot running, without the injuries. (The Barefoot Athlete).
  • Get 95+ yummy and healthy lunch box recipes and snack ideas suitable to many dietary requirements from healthy family specialists Stacy Clare and Cass Michelin (A Healthy Lunchbox & Whole Food Snacks eBooks).
  • Learn how to make raw cheesecakes with Jules Galloway (Desserts Raw & Simple), grain, gluten and refined sugar free chocolate hummingbird cake with Alice Nichols (Sweet), or a vegan triple coconut sorbet with Adele McConnel (Sweet Essentials)
  • Get tips and guidance on how to deal with change and stress in order to live a blissfully effortless and more mindful life with Tom Cronin (Path To Peace) 
  • Find the best substitutes to eggs, nuts, and refined sugar with Jordanna Levin (A Stress Free Guide To Allergies & Intolerances $8); and learn how to make dairy free milks, ice cream, cheese and butters with Lauren Glucina (Dairy Alternatives $7)
And that’s just some of the things you will get out of this bundle. 

So, how about getting all 35+ eBooks (valued over $450) for only $44.95 AUD? That’s a pretty good deal. But hurry, it’s only on sale until Oct 16th.

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Saturday, 3 October 2015

RECIPE: Ham Eggy Cupcakes



Ingredients
10 eggs
10 pieces of sliced free-range ham 
fresh herbs, chopped finely
salt and pepper
coconut oil for greasing pan

Method
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
In a greased muffin tin, place a piece of ham in each to make the cupcake liner.
Crack an egg into each space and sprinkle with salt, pepper and some fresh herbs.
Place tray into the oven and bake for 15-20 mins or until eggs are cooked.
Enjoy 1 as a snack and keep the rest in the fridge in an air tight container. They can also be frozen until needed. 
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