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Love List – July 2015

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Favourite Things | 2 comments

Love List – July 2015

Yes, it’s the end of another month and time for my love list! July was a wonderful month for me – so many changes, trips away and new experiences. What have you been up to? Did you find anything cool this month that rocked your world? Here are some things that I have been loving:   ♥ My very own eBook! If you didn’t catch the news, I have released my first every eBook! It has been such a labour of love. The number one problem that I hear about from you is how to feed the family good food on a budget. Well, this is your...

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Pearls of wisdom from a day with nutritionist Cyndi O’Meara

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Natural Health | 8 comments

Pearls of wisdom from a day with nutritionist Cyndi O’Meara

    On the weekend, I flew down to Brisbane to see one of my long-time inspirations and affiliate partner, nutritionist Cyndi O’Meara.   I first encountered Cyndi about six years ago and found her books pivotal in my health journey. The thing I love about Cyndi is that she is down to earth, doesn’t rest on her laurels but keeps learning and investigating, is not afraid to speak up, does not sugar-coat things and doesn’t have a celebrity/ego thing going on! Her passion is infectious. The seminar was a whole day...

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Smart swaps for single use plastic

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Eco-Friendly | 6 comments

Smart swaps for single use plastic

  Smart swaps for single use plastic   We are already in the thick of Plastic Free July! This is a great annual initiative which challenges us to go without single-use plastics for the month of July. Going plastic-free for an entire month sounds doable and a great thing to do for our environment. That’s until you actually start looking at how many things you own that are made of plastic! Plastic really has crept into every area of our life. It can be quite overwhelming and hard to know to where to even start. My advice is to...

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The Top Ten Must Have Books for Natural New Age Mums

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Books | 4 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 | 10 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 | 16 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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