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The Top Ten Must Have Books for Natural New Age Mums

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Books | 2 comments

The Top Ten Must Have Books for Natural New Age Mums

  I am a massive book lover. Ever since I learnt to read, I have always had a book on the go.  We have such a great little library at home, covering all sorts of topics of interest to natural, new age mums! Actually the Natural New Age Dad can also be found reading up on them as well. The kids don’t let us go near bookshops anymore because we spend far too long in there! I thought I would share the top ten books that I find invaluable. The ones I keep coming back to often and that I use as references throughout the website and our...

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Only skinny people do yoga (and other misconceptions)

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Natural Health, Natural Therapies | 20 comments

Only skinny people do yoga (and other misconceptions)

  I can’t do yoga. I’m too big. I’m not flexible. I’m not fit. I’m too old. I have an injury. I don’t have the right clothes.   Just some of the misconceptions I have heard from women in regards to yoga. I have been doing yoga for about 16 years. I can tell you right now that you don’t have to be any of those things to do yoga. I think social media has a lot to answer for in creating these misconceptions. We see wellness people on Instagram or Facebook showing their amazing skinny bodies,...

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Love List {June 15}

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Favourite Things | 4 comments

Love List {June 15}

I’m a little early with this month’s wrap up and love list. I really wanted to share with you some of the most amazing EOFY sales going on around the internet. I never pay full price for things unless I have to – I stock up on products for ourselves and buy gifts when these amazing online stores have a sale. As a family we really try to make small, Aussie businesses as our preferred place of purchase for everything. Enjoy this month’s offerings and I hope you are staying warm and well!     ♥ Erica Brooke...

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What’s all the fuss about PHENOXYETHANOL ?

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Natural Beauty, Natural Health | 8 comments

What’s all the fuss about PHENOXYETHANOL ?

  What is Phenyoxyethanol? Pheynoxyethanol is a synthetically produced glycol ether preservative used in cosmetic products to prolong their life. It’s pretty commonly found in natural products, particularly the cheaper priced ones.   Is it bad for us? Well, this is where it gets confusing! The EWG Skin Deep Database puts its hazard rating as low-medium with a number 4. There is no cancer or development/reproductive toxicity concerns. There seems to be a small concern about allergies. There was one study which suggests...

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20 Wholefood Slow Cooker Recipes

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Dinners | 14 comments

20 Wholefood Slow Cooker Recipes

    My slow cooker is one appliance I use a lot. It’s always bubbling away with a roast, bone broth or a lovely slow braise. When my kids were babies, it was a lifesaver. There is something satisfying about getting dinner sorted early and enjoying the wafting aromas all day long.   I have a few tips for cooking in the slow cooker: ♥ Stack the denser vegetables and meat on the bottom of the slow cooker and the lighter vegetables on top. ♥ Resist the urge to open the lid, you lose cooking time every time you peek! ♥...

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Princess Pikelets (and a giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Giveaways, Kids Parties, Product Reviews, Sweet Treats | 67 comments

Princess Pikelets (and a giveaway)

  Today on the website, I am thrilled to be able to share a recipe with you from the lovely Amy Crawford, health and wellness practitioner and founder of the online wellness hub The Holistic Ingredient. Amy has a new book out, Nourishing Kids and you guessed it, it’s all about healthy recipes for kids! There are 25 recipes and they are all gluten-free and refined sugar free. There are four sections to the book and Amy has recipes for breakfast, lunchboxes, parties and dinner. It’s an allergy-friendly book as most recipes are...

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5 Tips for Fussy Eaters

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Natural Health, Natural Parenting | 6 comments

5 Tips for Fussy Eaters

    5 Tips for Fussy Eaters I am so excited to have naturopath and mum, Jess Donovan from Energetic Mama here today to share with us her tips for fussy eaters. It’s one thing that makes parents tear their hair out!! These tips will help to fuss proof your kids and broaden their food horizons. ♥♥♥   Yuck, I’m not eating that! Sound familiar? I’m sure all parents have heard this from their children at some point and it can be extremely frustrating when you have spent an hour or two slaving away in the kitchen. Is it really...

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The Best Natural Make Up Brands

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Natural Beauty | 19 comments

The Best Natural Make Up Brands

  It’s finally here. My long-awaited post on the best natural make-up brands! My daughter and I have had heaps of fun experimenting with brands and products we haven’t tried before. I am pretty much a low-maintenance sort of girl and working from home means I only wear make up occasionally. However when I do wear it, I want it to be all natural and to look good! My teenage daughter loves makeup as is pretty normal with girls of that age. She likes totally different types and colours to me, so it was good to trial things from...

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A beginner’s guide to bone broth

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Dinners, Drinks, Natural Health | 11 comments

A beginner’s guide to bone broth

    Bone broth is the buzz word of the moment! It’s funny because bone broth is not actually a new thing – it’s been used by ancient cultures for centuries! However as people start to become more aware about their health and nutrition, this ancient healing remedy is seeing a resurgence. There is a good reason for that – bone broth is really good for you, it’s easy to make and it’s cheap. However, I notice a lot of my readers have questions about bone broth, so here is a beginner’s guide to...

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Love List – May15

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Favourite Things, Giveaways | 60 comments

Love List – May15

Well, that was May! Here is my love list for the month – things I have been using, trying, loving and crushing on.     ♥ A Bit Hippy Why, yes I am! I have been trialling this lovely natural skincare range this month and I am now a firm fan. My favourite products include the shampoo and conditioner (they make my hair feel sooo lovely). The deodorant works really well and has a very mild scent so suitable for either gender. The anti-ageing cream is gorgeous and I would use it again – for $30 it’s great value. My...

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