Thursday, 24 December 2015

How to Keep Your Liver/Gut in-check Over the Silly Season By Stephanie Berglin, Nutritionist, Herbalist and FX Medicine Educator

How to Keep Your Liver/Gut in-check Over the Silly Season
By Stephanie Berglin, Nutritionist, Herbalist and FX Medicine Educator

It’s now officially the silly season - a time for overindulgence, parties and celebrations. During this period we all tend to let loose and give in to those extra servings and treats, but often we indulge, er, a little too much.

All of this celebrating can take its toll and leave our liver and gut worse for wear come January, leaving many of us desperate and resorting to restrictive diets or extreme ‘cleanses’ in order to detox our bodies and feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

However there’s no need to fret; there are a few simple steps that can help you enjoy the festivities whilst also avoiding unwanted effects of the silly season. Here are some helpful tips from Stephanie Berglin, Nutritionist and Herbalist, to help provide your liver and gut with an extra helping hand during periods of indulgence, to help you feel ready to spring in to 2016, instead of roll in!

1. Balance with probiotics 
Over-indulgence can be harmful to your gastrointestinal system and cause imbalances in your gastrointestinal tract. Sugar and alcohol can affect the bacteria in your gut (gut flora) and probiotics can help to counter these effects. An imbalance of gut flora can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like bloating, thanks to a prevalence of bad bacteria versus good. Probiotics are the good bacteria that promote healthy digestion and maintain a constant balance between your immune system and your gut. Taking probiotics regularly to promote a healthy gastrointestinal tract might just become your Christmas wonder!

2. Replenish B vitamins 
Drinking alcohol decreases some nutrients within your body that are required for liver function and other processes in your body. B vitamins are essential in the alcohol detoxification pathway. The enzymes that detoxify alcohol require the B vitamins to function and taking a daily multivitamin that includes B vitamins is a great way to restock your vitamin B stores. When consuming alcohol, take a second multivitamin with lunch to give your body and extra boost over the holidays.

3. Try milk thistle
Taking milk thistle promotes liver health, regenerates your liver and reduces inflammation of the liver. Many of us are likely to enjoy a few drinks over the silly season, so taking milk thistle can create a buffer against liver damage caused by alcohol. Milk thistle supports your body’s ability to detox and it is recommended that you take milk thistle before those few extra drinks this silly season, as well as after.

4. Go CoQ10
Christmas/New Year socialising can leave you feeling drained. If you find yourself feeling worn-out, taking a CoQ10 supplement may be of benefit to you for that extra energy boost. CoQ10 is a naturally produced antioxidant found in your body. As you get older, your natural reserves of CoQ10 decline. Keep an eye out for Ubiquinol, which is the active form of CoQ10 to benefit your body and give it a kick-start.

5. Fight dehydration with electrolytes 
Drinking more over the festive period could leave you feeling dehydrated. To keep hydrated, try electrolyte replacements containing magnesium and other minerals after drinking alcohol to leave you feeling a little more refreshed.

For more information visit: www.fxmedicine.com.au  
Always speak to your healthcare professional when considering supplementation.
Always read the label. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner.


ABOUT FX MEDICINE 
FX Medicine is a gateway to evidence-based complementary and integrative medicine. 
FX Medicine is committed to providing the best evidence and research in the field of complementary and integrative medicine. 
The FX Medicine teams believe that there is an abundance of research and therapeutic innovation which is often ignored or dismissed. 
Its mission is to bring together education, research news and stories to create an online reference for those seeking evidence-based information associated with natural-based therapies.


Wednesday, 23 December 2015

DIY - 3 wrapping styles to make your pressies 'pop' this Christmas!


Christmas is creeping up and I love fancy christmas wrapping but I have no idea where to start so I'm excited to share with you some fun techniques from TYPO. Happy wrapping. Let me know how you go!

Wrap #1 - The Pom Pom-athon
Step 1 
Choosing your base paper (go straight for the fluoro!), wrap your present using on-a-roll tape ensuring all edges are nicely creased.

Step 2
Using Typo’s Dual Twine, wrap it around the centre of your present 3 or 4 times crossing it over itself each time. Fasten by tying a knot. You can mix and match in different twines, trims or ribbons for a textured look. We’ve gone straight for a sequinned fluoro pink trim. Delish!


Step 3 
Either make or grab your pre-made pom pom (Typo’s pom pom maker kit makes it a breeze to knock them out) and tie to your present using twine or a strong glue.


Step 4
Attach a dag tag or your choice and presto! One pom pom-athon gift all wrapped up!


WRAP #2 - The Belly Band
Step 1
Choosing your base paper, we recommend a bold print, wrap your present using on-a-roll tape ensuring all edges are nicely creased.


Step 2
Using a contrasting paper, either another bold print or a complimentary solid colour (we’ve opted for classic kraft paper), cut a strip about half of the width of your present. Tuck the edges of the paper underneath (the best trick to hide your messy edges) and wrap around the centre of the present, taping it at the bottom of the present.


Step 3 
Using Typo’s Dual Twine, wrap it around the centre of your present 3 or 4 times crossing it over itself each time. Fasten by tying a knot. You can mix and match in different twines, trims or ribbons for a textured look.


Step 4
Grab an ‘out there’ accessory. We’ve gone straight for the Typo favourite wooden letter (in our initial, of course!)


Step 5 
Affix with dual twine along with a dag tag or your choice and presto! One belly band gift all wrapped up!


Wrap #3 - The Vintage Woodlands
Step 1
Choosing your base paper (we love a good kraft paper base), wrap your present using on-a-roll tape ensuring all edges are nicely creased.


Step 2
Using a contrasting paper, either another bold print or a complimentary solid colour (we’ve opted for classic kraft paper), cut a strip about half of the width of your present. Tuck the edges of the paper underneath (the best trick to hide your messy edges) and wrap around the centre of the present, taping it at the bottom of the present.

Place a Typo doily smack bang in the middle for a bit of vintage love. Grab your trim of choice, we can’t overlook the jute twine for a more rustic look and to stay in a neutral colour scheme. Wrap it around the centre of your present 3 or 4 times crossing it over itself each time. Fasten by tying a knot.


Step 3
Using one of Typo’s wooden ornaments, write a personalised message to your recipient, affix to the gift using the jute twine.


Step 4
That’s it! Yet another amazingly simple yet standout gift to place under the tree!


If you would like to check out the awesome range of christmas wrapping fun at TYPO go to: http://cottonon.com/AU/shop-by-brand/typo/

Note: This is NOT a sponsored post, I just thought it would be fun to share with you these great ideas! x

RECIPE: A Healthy Christmas Cake


There is something special about laying your teeth into a small piece of fruity christmas delight. Growing up I was never a fan of fruit cake but as my taste buds have shifted and my kids LOVE all things fruit I have grown to love using fruit to sweeten my baking and been really happy with the results. Every year, I have wanted to share with you a healthy christmas cake recipe but have always run out of time to get one up here. This year though, as we are an official GAPS family I thought it was definitely time I pull my finger out and create a fruit cake recipe that my little family can enjoy on the big day after our big christmas meal. You can't have a party without cake right? And christmas is the biggest party of the year! This cake is great for many people with intolerance's and allergies as long as they can eat eggs and can tolerate some fruit. Its grain free, gluten free, dairy free, GAPS friendly, and nut free if you choose not to dress it up with almonds as I have in the pics above. Its full to the brim with dried fruit so it contains natural sugars but its definitely a greater, healthy alternative to the pre made packaged cakes, its really simple to make and tastes delicious if I do say so myself. A great Christmas treat or a gift to a loved one. ENJOY! And if you love it, please let me know! x

A Healthy Christmas Cake 

Ingredients:
6 eggs
1 orange, peeled
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp ginger
2 tsp vanilla bean powder
Pinch salt
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup coconut oil , melted
600 grams mixed dried fruit


Method: 
1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees. 
2. Place the eggs and orange in the food processor and process until smooth and eggs are a little fluffy. 
3. add in the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, salt, baking powder, coconut flour and coconut oil and mix until all combined well. 
4. Transfer all of mixture to a large mixing bowl and add in the mixed dried fruit. Give it a good mix with a big spoon to make sure all the dried fruit is covered with cake mixture and all ingredients and combined. 
5. Pour mixture into a greased and lined medium sized round cake tin. Its a really thick mixture so flatten out smoothly with the back of a spoon. Pretty your cake up with blanched almonds as I have done in the pictures above or leave it plain, its up to you. Pop into the oven and bake for 50 mins - 1 hour or until golden brown in the top and cake is cooked through. Just check by sticking a skewer through the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean, its ready. 
6. Enjoy as a christmas treat or wrap in celo and gift to a loved one. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

WHY DRINK ORGANIC WINE THIS FESTIVE SEASON?


Alcohol is something that Australia brings to any celebration and a lot of us like to enjoy a glass of something nice over christmas and new year, its a time to relax and spend time with our families and celebrate the year thats past and the exciting roads ahead for the new year.
I am a huge organic advocate where possible but I hadn't delved too much into the organic wine and beer industry because I really don't drink very often and haven't had time to do the research properly and find out what its all about. Though I found myself asking recently what organic wine really is. I knew it had to be made through organic farming practises and most likely additive free. I decided to head straight to the experts at Cellar Organics and get them to give us the run down. Cellar Organics is an online hub for organic, biodynamic and preservative free wine and is very proudly Australian owned and operated by; Damian and Nicolle. They have been in the wine industry for many years and have a great story to share if you want to check it out here, they are super passionate about health and want to provide us all with good quality options of wine, beer and cider. You can browse their website here.
So here is what they have to say about what organic wine is and if you choose to drink alcohol why it is important to drink organic verse conventional...
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Here at Cellar Organics, we stock 3 types of Organic Wines:  Organic practices, Organic in Conversion and Certified Organic wine. The majority of our wines fall into the Certified Organic wine category. Wines that are listed as ‘Organic in Conversion’ indicate that the winery is currently adhering to the certification standards, however they have to wait out the period of time (no less than 3 years) prior to receiving full certification.  We have a number of certification bodies here in Australia (eg; Australian Certified Organic (ACO) http://www.australianorganic.com.au, National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) http://www.nasaa.com.au etc).

If you find yourself asking ‘is organic wine preservative free?’ you may be wondering which wine to buy.  The short answer is unless it is stated to be no added preservatives or preservative free wine then no, it is not.  What being an organic wine means, with regard to preservatives, is that the wine is subjected to lower allowable limits of Sulphur Dioxide (preservative 220) present in the wine, than for wines produced using conventional practices.  For example, NASAA allows for a maximum of 100ppm (parts per million) total Sulphur Dioxide or less, whereas  non-organic wines  can  contain levels as high as the maximum allowable limit of 250ppm as set by the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code 4.5.1. These values are not universally constant however, as organic certification varies from country to country.  America, for instance, has a zero allowance for added sulphites in organic wine.   One thing to note is that many good quality non-organic wines can often be found to have a Sulphur Dioxide reading that is far less than the allowance of 250ppm and is usually found to be around 60-150ppm.

Viticulture, or the happenings in the vineyard, very much focus’ on the health of the soil and the structure of the vines to minimise agricultural input.  The physical state of the vines and surrounding vineyard are managed in such a way as to minimise risk of disease by promoting air flow through the vine canopies, and pest damage by employing physical barriers such as nets and encouraging the proliferation of natural predators. Soil management predominantly sees the use of compost and organic nutrients for soil fertilisation, and specially selected cover cropping to add nutrients to the topsoil and regulate water use.  Adherence to organic practices means the grapes have been grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, with most fungicides also being prohibited.  To put it simply, anything used in the vineyard must be a naturally occurring, non-poisonous and non-GMO based product.

During the winemaking process the wine is handled in a very similar way to conventional winemaking, with a few key differences. Certified organic wines may not be stabilised using ion exchange methods such as electrodialysis (uncommon in Australia), and additions of inorganic Nitrogen and Copper Sulphate, both of which are in broad use in conventional winemaking for specific purposes,  are also not allowed. Use of additives derived from genetically modified sources and Genetically Modified yeast strains are also not allowed. Many winemakers take this to the next step by preferring to use wild yeasts for fermentation, a practice that is employed in both organic and conventional winemaking, but is more prevalent in organic wines.  From the organic wineries’ point of view, the main benefit of organic practices is derived from the viticulture practices used as shown in the previous paragraph; resulting in better quality grapes which becomes better quality wine in the bottle for you.

Why organic wine?  Conventional viticulture depends on the use of chemicals to protect the health of the fruit in the vineyard.  These chemicals are harmful to the surrounding ecosystem risking the health of native species, surrounding crops and livestock, local residents and surrounding waterways. There is also a concern that trace amounts of these chemicals may remain on the grapes at harvest, ending up in the final product being the bottle of wine.  So although they may not necessarily be preservative free, organic wine guarantees that these same chemicals are not present, the sulphite content will be lower, and the environment far less harshly impacted.
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Cellar Organics have a super Christmas 6 pack sampler they have created specially for the Christmas season with a great mix of their favourites.
You can find more info or purchase this pack by following this link: http://cellarorganics.com.au/


Note: It is important to only ever drink alcohol responsibly.


Friday, 18 December 2015

Fun Christmas gift ideas for Dad

Dad's love... 




The Little Veggie Patch Co. heirloom seeds
The Little veggie patch Co herloom seeds range has over 40 varieties and continues to grow alongside the demand for heirloom seeds. They believe that growing and saving such seeds will ensure that tomatoes continue to taste like tomatoes and they encourage you all to join in keeping real food alive! A great gift for Dad's that love the garden.
To find out more go to: www.biome.com.au




Clean Living: Eat Clean All Year

Book by Paleo guru's; Luke and Scott
A great gift for Dad, Eating clean all year round has never been easier!
From clean versions of festive indulgences like classic Christmas pudding and hot cross buns, to summery salads and hearty winter casseroles, this cookbook contains all the healthy recipes you need to eat well all year round. Favourites like Mum's Meatloaf, Crispy Fish Tacos and even Neapolitan Ice-Cream Cake are given the paleo makeover, so that you can enjoy all those delicious flavours without refined sugar, dairy or gluten. Eat Clean All Year also includes a chapter of essential recipes to incorporate into your everyday routine and explains in simple easy-to-follow steps how to make fermented veggies and bone broths to promote excellent whole body health through every season.

Go to: http://www.booktopia.com.au/eat-clean-all-year-luke-hines/prod9780733633843.html


Globber 18.0 by Kleefer
It’s time adults got in on the action with the Globber 18.0 by Kleefer scooter. Great for those that want to get around quickly. Ride to the train station or cafe. It has a clever kick-fold mechanism so it can be stored away easily. There’s a front break option and it comes in black and white. Who knows, you might even teach the kids a trick or two! $320-$370 from globber.com.au.


Breville Barista Express Espresso machine
A barista will quickly tell you that the most important ingredient to deliver an amazing espresso is to use fresh beans and to grind them as close to the time of use as possible. Actually, it's best to limit the time between grinding and extraction to seconds, not minutes. That's why Breville has built a grinder into the Barista Express™ espresso machine.The in-built conical burr grinder allows you to grind only what you need directly into the portafilter. It's fully adjustable in grind size and dose, so you can tweak to taste. The patented Razor™ dosing tool trims the puck for consistent extraction, while PID digital temperature control delivers accurate water temperature throughout the extraction. With a dedicated hot water outlet, impressive steam pressure and single wall filters, you'll move from novice to barista in no time at all. Dad would love you for this one! Go to: http://www.breville.com.au/the-barista-expresstm.html



Gym Sessions at Fitness First
Whether it's keeping up with the kids at the park, getting out and meeting new people, or even landing that next promotion at work, your fitness can give you the confidence to get more from life.  A Fitness First membership is a great gift that every dad or man in your life will enjoy – whether they want to take a casual boxing or strength gymnastics class, do a few laps in the pool or take a group fitness class, the variety of prepaid visit passes, or a longer term Fitness First membership will help your man stay fit and healthy over the summer craziness.
You can purchase flexible memberships from 3 to 12 months, or purchase 5, 10, 20 or 50 visit prepaid passes.  Visit the website or your local club for more information: https://www.fitnessfirst.com.au/learn-about-membership/


Mod Cold Press Juicer
Don't Leave it until last minute. Get Dad into juicing and give the gift of wellness. Get in early and save a whopping $250 when you purchase 2 juicers! 
Get yourself to: http://modjuicer.com.au/


Kambrook Blitz2Go personal blender 
Kickstart the day with refreshing fruit smoothies and protein shakes with the Kambrook Blitz2Go™ personal blender. Prepare refreshing smoothies or protein shakes in just seconds, ready to take to the gym, work or on morning walks. Simply add favourite ingredients, PULSE to blend then switch the blade holder with the closable drinking cap and sip on-the-go. 
Total RRP: $49.95 

Web: www.kambrook.com.au 



EasiYo yogurt maker, 3 x sachets 

For those who enjoy making nutritious food from scratch, surprise him with the new EasiYo yogurt maker.  Now available in stylish retro red, with an easier to use design, making yogurt at home means less artificial ingredients, additives and stabilisers. The whole family will enjoy dipping their spoons into delicious fresh yogurt made by dad. 
Pack total RRP: $38.49 
Web: www.easiyo.com 

Purchase online from: www.ausnaturalcare.com.au



Chivas Regal 18 Ultimate Cask Collection
The perfect gift for him, Chivas Regal 18 Ultimate Cask Collection is the ultimate luxury gift. Based on the iconic Chivas Regal 18 blend, it is a smooth rich flavour with notes of ripe plum. Caramel and warm vanilla. Presented in a new, beautifully embossed gift box, Chivas Regal has got Christmas all wrapped up for you. 
Launching just this month, it is exclusively available via Duty Free stores (RRP$149). 


“Sticks & Sparrow”… bamboo eyewear 
Australian designed, and made from the fastest growing grass on earth, Sticks & Sparrow is a beautiful hand crafted eyewear collection cleverly marrying natural textures with this season’s love of colour.
The natural properties of bamboo have been highlighted with various tints, stains and polishes, to create a debut collection of twelve unique styles, each packaged in its own microfiber pouch and protective pressed cork hard case.
Go to: http://www.sticksandsparrow.com.au


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

17 loving gift ideas for Mums!

Eeeeekkkk Christmas is coming at full speed and we are all looking for inspiration for gift ideas for our loved ones. Our dear Mothers sometimes get a little forgotten or maybe you are the mum on the hunt for some gift ideas for yourselves that you can leave around for your hubbies or kids to find, or maybe your the type of person that needs to actually buy the gift for yourself, wrap it and give it to your husband to give to you.  Haha, yes I have done that before!!! Us Mums need Santa to come too.... Enjoy! 



1. The Jojoba Company Ultimate Jojoba Gift Pack
Make Christmas memorable with the Gold Standard of Giving. This years pack introduces samples of 2 additional products, the Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser and the Cucumber & Guava Firming Eye Balm that completes The Ultimate Age-Defying Beauty Routine.




2. Pure Hair food
Feed your hair the good stuff without the nasties while naturally cleansing and moisturising the hair. Pure Hair Food’s range of shampoo’s and conditioners are engineered by nature, the worry-free formulas are made from beautiful rich essential oils, plant extracts, natural antioxidants and beautiful natural fragrances, leaving no room for damaging ingredients such as sulphate and parabens.


3. A-MOO-zing Skin Holiday Gift Pack $62.00
Moo Goo Outdoorsy Essen’tails!
Summer is the time to go ‘Au Naturel’ (We meant for skin care of course, clothing totally optional.)
Our MOO-st favourite products to keep you fresh and protected while outdoors in the summer sun. 


4. Tarryn Lucas Fitwear
Tarryn Lucas Fitwear is a collection of workout gear featuring shorts, tights, dri-mesh singlets, tanks and other excerise essentials. The range has been designed embracing the NSW South Coast's local surrounding areas.
Fitwear Features Images from Pambula Beach, Kianinny Bay,Merimbula's Short Point, Main Beach and Merimbula Lake and plenty more to come. The latest piece to enter this collection is the Perisher Panels which feature a beautiful landscape image of the Australian Snow Fields.
The unique style of these designs is sure to brighten your day and
help motivate you to reach your fitness goals!
And best of all.... FREE POSTAGE AUSTRALIA WIDE!
Available for purchase at www.tarrynlucas.com



5. Milky Foot
Before the weather warms up and you’re slipping into your favourite sandals, why not give your feet some much needed TLC? Launched this year, Milky Foot Active is an innovative at home foot spa treatment to reduce odour and nourish active feet. With natural ingredients including ExMilac, milk ferment filtrate and almond-based Mandelic Acid, Milky Foot Active can safely exfoliate dead skin in just one application. Within 5-7 days of using, dead, rough skin simply peels away to reveal beautiful fresh and baby-soft feet. Milky Foot Active (one size) is available for $32.95 and Milky Foot (regular and large sizes) for $29.95.


                                                                                                    

6. Musq Candle
Invigorating fragrances that are a natural escapism. Free from sulphates, paraffin,parabens and not tested on animals.
This luxurious hand poured blend is smooth, spicy and decadent, with a comforting quality that makes it an uplifting and irresistible rich aroma. An absolutely beautiful gift for mum.


7. Misfit Shine
Keeping fit never looked so good with Misfit Shine, an elegant fitness and sleep tracker. Shine tracks running, walking, cycling, swimming, dancing and more. Set activity goals and see daily stats like steps, calories, distance. Tap it and a halo of lights will twinkle to show your progress. Shine also never requires charging, is waterproof to 50 meters, and can be worn any occasion with a variety of stylish accessories. Available from Apple, Move, Dick Smith, Officeworks and pica.com.au/misfit for $89.95. Leather bands are also available for $59.95 or hand polished stainless steel Bloom necklace for $99.95.


8. Tickets to Wanderlust festival in Thredbo
Wanderlust, the ever expanding global yoga lifestyle brand is returning to NSW in a new festival location at Thredbo Alpine Village; on the slopes of Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko and what an awesome gift to give any mum... 4 days of freedom to recharge and "Ommmmmmm" their stresses out and listen to amazing music. Choose from spending 1 day with the best in the biz or go the full haul on 4 blissful nights.
As an experience that gets into your mind, body and soul, the festivals will bring together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, speakers, artists, musicians and chefs for a transformational retreat in awe-inspiring natural resorts. 
Tickets are on-sale at http://wanderlust.com/festivals/thredbo/



9. Papillionaire Vintage Bike
Mum deserves the best of the best right? Papillionaire make the most amazing vintage style bikes that are made to last, ride beautifully and look super stylish. You could purchase a voucher or build the perfect bike with the app online. 


10. Book into the What to Eat program
Early Bird tickets NOW ON SALE, with 15% off (a saving of $99) for the first 100 sold, bringing the price right down.

You can read all about the program here

This is an amazing program that I have done myself with added bonuses this year including; doorstep delivery boxes (for Sydney-siders); tiered structure so that the course caters for both beginners and advanced levels; and some incredibly knowledgeable and passionate subject matter experts who we’ve been interviewing all year. Contributors include:
  • Costa Georgiadis, ABC’s Gardening Australia
  • Indira Naidoo, Author – ‘The Edible Balcony’, ‘The Edible City’
  • Simon Lawson – Agape Organic Restaurant & Food Trucks
  • Nick Ritar – Milkwood Permaculture
  • Glenn Morris – Figtrees Organic Farms
  • Tammi Jonas – Jonai Farms / President, Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance 
  • Adam and Fiona Walmsley – Buena Vista Farm
  • David Head – Shiralee Organic Meats
  • Skye Blackburn – The Edible Bug Shop
  • Kitsa Yanniotis – Kitsa’s Kitchen & Emporio Organico
  • Gillian Kozicki – Cultured Artisans
  • Nicole Bowman – Peach & Co. Sprouted Grains
Go to: http://bit.ly/1RBMLAW... You won't regret it!



11. Homedics Skin+
HoMedics Skin+ is multi-purpose skin rejuvenating and cleansing system, designed to boost the absorption of skin care products. The ultrasonic cleanser loosens dirt and oil while the skin rejuvenator features hot and cold massage to open and close pores as you apply face cream. Leaves skin revitalised, brighter and more supple. All in under 5 minutes! Available at Myer, Priceline, Shavershop, Harvey Norman. RRP $149
Go to HoMedics Australia website: http://www.homedics.com.au/
Link to purchase: http://www.shavershop.com.au/online-store/well-being/skin-care/homedics-skin-rejuvenation-kit.html


12. Gucci Flora
A stronger and more sultry version of the EDT. This fragrance has the base note of Rose and Osmanthus flower balanced by sandalwood and Patchouli. Top notes of fresh citrus and peony. Not only is the effect more intense and luxurious, but the scent also lasts longer on the skin.
Go to: http://www.myer.com.au/shop/mystore/beauty/womens-fragrances/au-gucci-flora-by-gucci-edp-75ml-d-3432 





13. Evo Christmas Hair pack
It's time for $96.90 value for only $59.90. Tis the season to give, so spread that Christmas cheer! Need to repair your hair? evo tease the season care set is here to help coloured and damaged hair. After all, you can't spell love without e - v - o. This set contains an evo ritual salvation shampoo and conditioner, complete with a versatile paddle brush.
Go to: http://au.evohair.com/collections/hair 




14. Dolce&Gabbana The One
Like the woman that wears it, the strength and uniqueness of Dolce&Gabbana The One fragrance comes from contrast. Used to adorn pulse points or misted into the air to fall in a scented aura, The One is a modern `floriental' eau de parfum combining contemporary fruit ingredients with the perfumer's classic palette of white flowers. 'Every woman is The One!' Stefano Gabbana. Top notes: The rich Oriental Floral perfume opens with a sparkling and modern interpretation of fresh top notes of zesty Bergamot and Mandarin, combined with juicy Lychee and Peach. Heart notes: The journey to the heart of the fragrance follows into the timeless scent of the Madonna Lily with its voluptuous intensity and enveloping femininity. Base notes: The fragrance finally unfolds to reveal a deep and sensual base of rich Vanilla and resinous Ambery notes combined with smooth Musky notes to leave a lingering presence. 
Go to: http://shop.davidjones.com.au/djs/en/davidjones/d-g-the-one-essence-edp-40ml-collector 



15. The Russell Hobbs Vintage Kettle and Russell Hobbs Vintage 2-slice Toaster in Charcoal
The kettle maintains the iconic vintage shape of previous collections, offering a large 1.8L capacity, so that no guest goes unserved.
With stainless steel housing, the 2 slice toasters cook bread up to 48% faster* with new Faster Toasting Technology. *When compared with the RHT22/24 series. 
Go to: http://au.russellhobbs.com/



16. sticks & sparrow  GLIDER Sunglasses
GLIDER combines a handcrafted acetate front with carved bamboo temples to create a beautifully sculpted frame structure.
The rounded front frame has a hint of Euro styling but is truly reflective of our Australian preference for casual elegance and easy wearing eyewear.
Frame: Bamboo Temples & Acetate Front
Colour: Tortoise Acetate & Natural Bamboo Temples
Lens: 100% UV protective scratch resistant lens
Lens Colour: Smoke Gradient (Category 3)
Case: Gold Fleck Cork case
Go to: http://www.sticksandsparrow.com.au/shop/glider-ivory-tortoise/



17. FRANKiE4 footwear LAUREN Sandal in BLACK / ZEBRA
All FRANKiE4 shoes are the bomb. I love this style for summer, elegant, comfortable and super functional. All FRANKiE4 shoes are podiatrist and Physiotherapist designed and have a built-in dual density polyurethane Functional Footbed with Sweet Spot.
They also feature: 
- Heel support, cradle and cushioning
- Arch support (longitudinal arch)
- Forefoot support (transverse arch)
- Cushioning from heel to toe
- Thermoplastic heel counter
A perfect shoe for any mum. 
Go to: https://frankie4.com.au/



Tuesday, 8 December 2015

RECIPE: Sardines on Toast


A super simple but highly nutritious, brekky, lunch of snack. Sardines are really good for us and believe it or not, are really delicious. Somehow in their tiny tins in the supermarket we get turned off them and don't appreciate them for what they actually are. Look out for the sustainably farmed sardines in olive oil, they are the real deal. You can thank me later. 

Sardines on Toast

Ingredients
1 serve of seeded bread (find recipe here
I tin of real sardines in olive oil

Method
Toast the seeded bread and lay slices of the s sardines on each piece, drizzling a little of the olive
oil as you go.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Papillionaire Bicycles introduces the Little Papi to our Aussie kids just in time for Christmas!

This post is supported by Papillionaire Bicycles


Exciting news for our Aussie Kids this Christmas! Leading Australian vintage bike company Papillionaire Bicycles are the star of bikes for us big kids, they seriously make the most beautiful bikes that are so well made and of high quality; they are not only well known for creating such amazing adult bikes but they have a build your own bike feature online that is absolutely fantastic and users rave about it, including myself. Papillionaire bicycles are my top pick for anyone wanting a new bike that looks fancy and rides well (a great christmas present for Mummy or Daddy ... hint hint) so you can imagine how exciting it is that they are coming out with the Little Papi just in time for Christmas; a shiny, red, kids vintage cruiser bike. It's just gorgeous and will be ready to ship from the 7th December, thats tomorrow people!!! You can make your pre-orders now and the great people of Papillionaire bicycles are giving all of our blog readers a special introductory offer of 10% OFF at their checkout when you use promo code: LIVEITDOIT
The promo code applies to the bikes and to the Little Nutty Helmet range. WOO! 
 The Little Papi can be viewed on and purchased http://www.papillionaire.com.au/buy/



So here are the finer details about Little Papi:
Own the playground on your shiny new Papillionaire bicycle. Little Papi is the perfect bike for learning to ride and improving your skills. Like its big cousin - the Sommer - Little Papi has an upright sitting position and swooping step-through frame for a controlled and comfortable ride for boys and girls. With removable training wheels (that light up!), stitched grips and soft springed saddle, you will never want to outgrow your Little Papi (Suitable for Ages 4-7)
http://www.papillionaire.com.au/buy/
Available for pick up or delivery from 7th December!!!

Features
   16” lugged frame for kids age 4 – 7.
   Riser handlebars and upright riding position.
   Single-speed gearing and low gear ratio.
   Removable and adjustable training wheels that light up when you ride.
   Front caliper brake and rear coaster (back-pedal) brake.
   Papillionaire logo on seat tube.
   Colour matching chain guard, mudguard and rear carrier.
   Available in Boston Red.

Bike Specifications
   Frame & Fork: Hi-tensile steel
   Stem: Alloy
   Saddle: Brown vinyl – with springs
   Grips: Brown vinyl – stitched
   Front brakes: Caliper
   Rear brakes: Coaster
   Pedals: Black polymer
   Training Wheels: Black polymer with LED lights
   Rim: Alloy
   Tires: Black - 16 x 1.75


Little Nutty helmet range 


Get 10% OFF at the checkout when you use promo code: LIVEITDOIT
The promo code applies to the bikes and to the Little Nutty Helmet range. WOO! 

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