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Caravan mini cakes

December 29, 2018

Caravan mini cakes

It’s the summer holidays – hooray!

We are travelling in our caravan enjoying quality family time in the sun sand & sea; getting outdoors and relishing in all of nature’s glory.

No routines, no curfews, and my personal favourite – no alarm clocks!

All that fresh air, exploring and swimming makes for constantly insatiable appetites so for my hungry family of 5 I have been baking up more vanlife gourmet meals and homemade healthy sweet treats than ever.

Food to nourish the body and feed the soul.

In our van we have a half sized gas oven which has performed brilliantly, so much that I’m wanting one for at home now too. Even though it’s been 40+ each day we still have to eat so I have been making mini banana muffins – renamed ‘Caravan Mini Cakes’  to keep the food stores up and save me from buying packaged and processed flavourless ‘food’.

Healthy home cooking is something I am very passionate about.

You are what you eat and good health sets you up for life. I want my children’s bodies to have the best start to adulthood without all the junk, sugar, additives and other hidden nasties wherever possible.

There is a lot of ‘stuff’ on the supermarket shelves pretending to be food, and I avoid those isles at all costs.

But sometimes we all need a sweet treat so this is my go to cake to make and everyone in our family loves it!

Now I’m about to spill some family secrets here because this recipe is so old that I had to convert it from pounds and ounces from my nana’s younger days, and, with a modern twist I have reduced the sugar and butter amounts and added some power packed superfoods.

My dear nana who is 96 was a professional chef in her younger years and as result my mother and I have been handed down the passion and flair for ‘from scratch’ cooking with the DNA and skills to back it up. For as long as I can remember I have had this banana cake made for me and now I carry on the tradition by baking it for my little darlings.  There simply is no better recipe.

Firstly the biggest secret I can share with you is the actual bananas themselves. Don’t use yellow bananas, always use old brown ones. I pop them into the freezer when they can’t be eaten anymore. When you pull them back out they do look quite bad but don’t be put off…It will make all the difference!

So here it is, a Mother By Nature family recipe delight!

90g Butter

80g Raw Sugar or substitute with honey etc

2 Fresh farm eggs

2 Old Bananas

200g SR Wholemeal flour

1 Teaspoon Bi Carb Soda dissolved in 1 Tablespoon warm Milk

Chia seeds, walnuts, lsa mix, flaxseed, pepitas, sunflower seeds, sultanas, chopped dried apricots etc

Method:

Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy and then beat in eggs one at a time until combined. Mash the bananas (for more ‘chunks’ mash less) then stir through mixture. Sift flour and mix in alternately with the milk / bi carb.

Add the healthy additions of your choice and mix through gently.

I only had silicone moulds with me to keep the weight down in the van which made the mini cakes shape but you can use whatever cake or muffin tray you have.

Bake at 180 degrees Celsius: 20 mins for mini cakes or 45 minutes for full sized tins then remove and cool for 5 minutes in the tin before turing out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

There you have it!

It’s so easy and my children love to make it with me, I’m sure your little helpers would love to as well!

Store in a sealed container at room temperature.

If you really want to live large you can whip up this Lemon Icing which transforms it into a full on decadent dessert, one that you would be proud to take to a friends event to really show off!

Lemon Icing:

Mix together 250g Cream Cheese (reduced fat) and 3/4 cup of Icing Sugar to a smooth consistency. Zest and juice 1-2 lemons depending on how much zing you like it to have then gently stir into the icing mixture. Leave to set out of the fridge for 15 minutes and then ice once cakes are completely cooled.

Enjoy!

Jolie x

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THE BENEFITS OF A NATURAL RUBBER SOOTHER

July 19, 2018
THE BENEFITS OF A NATURAL RUBBER SOOTHER WWW.MOTHERBYNATURE.COM.AU

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF NATURAL RUBBER SOOTHERS? WHY SHOULD I BUY IT OVER ANOTHER?

Buying a Natural Rubber Soother means you get a product that is:

  • Safer and more hygienic for your baby
  • Made from 100% natural rubber
  • Better for the environment

Plus you and your baby avoid:

  • Allergy-causing substances
  • Biphenol-A (BPA)
  •  Artificial colours
  •  Chemical softeners
  •  Parabens, PVC, and phthalates

Find out more about the benefits of Natural Rubber Soothers.

THE BENEFITS OF A NATURAL RUBBER SOOTHER WWW.MOTHERBYNATURE.COM.AU

THE BENEFITS OF A NATURAL RUBBER SOOTHER

You’re also reducing your carbon footprint

We manufacture and import our Natural Rubber Soothers and Natural Rubber Teethers directly from Malaysia. Many other brands are manufactured in or imported from Europe, interestingly natural rubber is only grown in Malaysia or South America, which means when you buy their brand the rubber is flown to Europe and then flown back to Australia and then to you. In one case we know of, the rubber goes from the country of origin to Italy then to Denmark and then to Australia.

When you choose a Natural Rubber Soother you minimise the carbon footprint and impact on the environment.

If you wish to purchase a dummy, all of our available soothers can be found by clicking  right here

WHICH SIZE AND STYLE SHOULD I GET?

Natural Rubber Soothers are available in round (cherry) and orthodontic shapes, both have the same size shield and there are five sizes to choose from depending on the age of your baby:

  • round small 0-3 months
  • round medium 3-6 months
  • round large 6+ months
  • orthodontic shape small 0-6 months
  • orthodontic shape large 6+ months

Natural Rubber Soothers are helpful in satisfying your baby’s need for self-soothing, while preventing possible negative effects on teeth and palate formation created by his or her thumb sucking.

Round Shape – Tends to work better for breast-fed babies because the tongue is positioned under the nipple as it is during breast-feeding, which helps prevent nipple confusion. About 80% of babies tend to move soothers around in their mouths, so the position of the round soother can never end up around the wrong way. Because the tongue’s position never changes, midwives usually recommend starting babies on rounded soothers. Natural Rubber Soothers round model is available in small (0-3 months), medium (3-6 months) and large (6 months+).

Orthodontic Shape – With the orthodontic shape, the tip of the nipple is slanted to encourage tongue movement against it (as opposed to under it). The tongue’s pressure is directed towards the tip. This shape is ideal for babies who are already accustomed to the orthodontic shape. The Natural Rubber Soother Ortho shape is available in small (0-6 months) and large (6 months+).

 

ARE NATURAL RUBBER SOOTHERS MADE FROM SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS?

Absolutely! The natural rubber used to make our Soothers and Teethers comes from a manufacturer in Malaysia that values both sustainability and the environment. Through them we ensure the natural rubber is sustainable by replanting rubber trees and investing in research and development.

On top of their environment policy our supplier has a water treatment plant to clean up its processed water before discharging the water, meeting the standards of the Malaysian Department of Environment regarding public water ways. To ensure little waste they also recycle their waste by selling it to other manufacturers who convert the waste to a lower grade rubber, for example the production of rubber floor mats used in public parks & playgrounds.

For more information visit the Malaysian Rubber Board website www.lgm.gov.my.

WHAT IS THE NATURAL RUBBER SOOTHER DUMMY MADE OF?

They are made from a single piece of 100% pure Natural Rubber crafted from the sap of a Hevea Brasiliensis tree.

 

TO WHAT STANDARDS ARE THE NATURAL RUBBER SOOTHER DUMMIES PRODUCED AND TESTED?

We are proud to say that our Natural Rubber Soothers meet both Australian and European safety standards.

 

WHAT ARE THE CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR MY NATURAL RUBBER SOOTHER?

Before first use:

Before using your Natural Rubber Soother, please sterilise by immersing in boiling water for 5minutes, then remove from the water & allow to cool. This will remove the oily film that naturally occurs on the rubber. Never allow to cool in the water.

 

Daily care:

Simply wash in warm water with mild liquid soap. If extra sterilisation is required place the dummy in a strainer and pour boiling water over the top. Do not sterilize in a bottle sterilizer, wash in a dishwasher or leave in boiling water after the first clean.

 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I REPLACE MY SOOTHER?

Natural Rubber Soothers should be replaced every 8-12 weeks (depending on frequency of use) with the age appropriate size. Provided you carefully inspect the dummy before each use (especially when your child has teeth) there is no harm in using it for a longer period of time, however you’ll notice the rubber get darker and possibly sticky, which a sign it’s time to replace the dummy.

 

It’s also recommended that you match the age of your child to the size of the dummy. Replacing a small with a medium at 3 months and a medium with a large at 6 months is ideal.

These sizes are only a guide as some babies prefer a larger or smaller nipple.

 

I’VE NOTICED THE SHIELD TOUCHES MY BABY’S NOSE! IS THIS AN ISSUE?

The large rubber shield is deliberately designed to gently touch your baby’s nose as it helps simulate breastfeeding. The closeness gives them the same secure feeling they get with their mothers nipple and breast during breastfeeding.

 

THE NEW DUMMY I BOUGHT IS SMALLER THAN THE ONE I HAVE, DID YOU CHANGE THE SIZE?

No, the size of our dummies hasn’t changed. However what you may be noticing is the enlargement of your original dummy. After heavy use the nipple of the dummy expands, hence we recommend replacing the dummy every 8-12 weeks or having a few in rotation to extend the use time. Having a few dummies also allows you to completely dry the dummy before it’s used again. Unlike some other dummies being 100% natural means we don’t use stabilising chemicals that keep the shape of the nipple.

 

WHY ARE SOME OF MY DUMMY’S DARKER?

As Natural Rubber Soothers are made from a 100% natural product it’s common for them to look different. The absence of artificial colours means they are in their organic form so some will be darker than others.

 

I’VE NOTICED MY NATURAL RUBBER SOOTHER DUMMY GET DARKER WITH USE. IS THIS NORMAL?

This is completely normal. Because the Natural Rubber Soother contains no chemicals or anti-oxidants to keep it light the rubber can sometimes darken over time. This is not a concern; it’s simply an effect of using a 100% natural product.

 

TO SOOTHE OR NOT TO SOOTHE AND ARE WE ENCOURAGING THE USE OF A SOOTHER?

Natural Rubber Soothers are not encouraging you to use a soother, but encourage you to do things that help you during tough times. You do not need to make soothers a permanent feature of your baby’s life, Natural Rubber Soothers can help you through a rough patch.

Ideal uses for a Natural Rubber Soother:

  • Aeroplane travel – whilst the plane is ascending or descending air pressure changes and babies are unable to unblock their ears unless they are sucking and swallowing.
  • Painful nipples – when you just can’t use your breast anymore as a comforter, a Natural Rubber Soother can give your nipples the chance to repair.
  • Sleep Activator – Some babies drift off to sleep whilst feeding and when you transfer them into bed they can wake up. By using a Natural Rubber Soother during this transition from feeding to the cot, baby can use the Soother as a sleep activator.
  • Optional Parent Helper – Natural Rubber Soothers are an optional parent helper, they are not always essential, as many babies will never need a soother. Every parent has different needs, providing safe alternatives for your babies in these circumstances are what is desired.
  • This ‘whitish’ layer is scale that can attach to the surface of your dummy if left in water too long. It’s harmless and should disappear after a couple of washes with warm water and mild soap.

WHY DOES MY DUMMY HAVE A WHITISH LAYER?

It’s important not to leave your Natural Rubber Soother in water beyond the very first sterilization (see care instructions for more detail) because it will make the dummy look dull and could cause it to age and become sticky more quickly.

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I know what I said but…

July 22, 2017
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I know what I said but…

Isn’t there something about women and changing their minds? Is that a thing? Well it sure is now, for this crunchy mama.

I know I know… I winged, I cried, I carried on and had everyone feeling sorry for me;

Pregnancy.

Swore it was the last time. I may have even said I would never EVER do that again. The sickness, the diabetes, the hugeness, the impracticality of having a giant turtle shell strapped to my front while trying to parent and even just adult.

And then the icing on the cake, giving birth. It nearly KILLED me.

I was quick to say (with a few colourful words) in the labour ward THAT’S NEVER HAPPENING AGAIN!

No pain relief is not a good choice ladies.

Well that lasted for about 5 minutes after the baby was born, and then the newborn baby love train smacked me fair in the face (and heart) and I completely forgot (or blocked) it all.

All the nausea, all the vomiting, all the drips, all the pain and feeling yuk and blechhh, all the uncomfortable sleeps or sleepless nights, all the blood tests, all the fingerpicks and diabetes, and all the diabetes bloody diet rules. All of it has gone from my mind and I’m left with the warm fuzzy giddy love bubble of the drug that is the newborn baby.

Valentija. She is a beauty.

I want more.

Like an addict chasing a high, I want more.

More more more more MORE!

I definitely don’t feel done. Far from done actually; I worry I will never feel done. No need to alarm the hubby…

Menopause will have to physically punch me hard in the ovaries and yell IT’S OVER LADY and then maybe I will. I’m sure I’ll cry.

But then theres always grandchildren..

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Crunchy Mama Vegan Lasagne

September 21, 2016
vegan, dairy and gluten free lasagne

Crunchy Mama Vegan Lasagne

Yesterday I posted a picture on my Instagram page of a vegan lasagne I kind of made up on the spot.

Who knew it would be so popular – I have had so many requests asking for the recipe so I decided to quickly write it down so I can share it with you all. Sorry if it seems rushed…because it is.

Quite a few years ago, ok back in my teens, I was a vegetarian/ wannabe vegan (wannabe simply because non-dairy cheeses back then were unheard of) so I am very familiar with the ‘crunchy’ lifestyle. People immediately tend to think of rabbit food but in actual fact I found it made me a more adventurous budding young cook and I surprised my family quite a few times with divine earthy creations.

These days I am slowly embracing the lifestyle again but more towards a pescatarian diet. I want my children to have the healthiest possible start to life and for me that begins with proper nutrition. At the supermarket I spend 3/4 of the weekly shop on fresh fruit and veg alone, and it raises a lot of eyebrows at the checkout. “Wow, that’s a lot of fruit and veg!” Is that really so strange? Yes I agree it can be expensive to buy healthy food but that is a small sacrifice I’m willing to make. It’s called priorities!

On a whim I decided to put my skills of master chef disguise to the test to see if this full blown vegan meal would get eaten and not picked apart to see what the hell I had put in there.

I partially made it in my thermomix, only because I made such a huge batch it would simply not all fit in at once. I really love not having to chop up anything anymore, such a time saver. #mumhacks

If you don’t have a Therminator you are going to have to cut the vegetables by hand. You can also use the same béchamel recipe but you will have to make it in a saucepan, and stir baby stir!

Basically you can put whatever you like or have to use up including left over roast vegetables which would make such a great flavour.

So here’s what I did, hope you love it too!

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My Family Photo

September 15, 2016

My Family Photo

I remember it well. A beautiful crisp sunny autumn day with clear blue skies late in the sun drenched afternoon…and my two little darlings were in fine fierce form.

The then Fournado was particularly revved up, super excited to be in the big city with energy bursting from the depths of his boyish soul. Even after my verbal prepping for weeks, days and then again minutes beforehand, it went totally out the window. Nothing was going to stop him and his cheeky little cheerleading sister from running amok, yet again.

“Please look at the camera” I begged,  “and smile!”  I did not like my chances.

I remember leaving feeling so very frustrated and cross because the children had not listened at all – they just wanted to run around exploring the park and not sit still for the photoshoot. I was so sure there would be no decent photos. I was feeling like a failure of a parent because my kids were dressed as angels yet running around like little devils, totally ignoring all direction from me. Magnified, of course, because I hung around just long enough to see the next family arrive for their photo shoot – they were calm, quiet and picture bloody perfect.

Pffftttt, robot children.

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Father’s Day

September 4, 2016
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Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day!

For us it’s been a day of fun, love, adventure, free spirits and quality time. Time is what’s truly important in any childs life.

Anyone can be a parent, but it takes a special man to be a great father or ‘Tata’ as we call him. Strong enough to protect and provide for his family yet gentle enough to connect with his children at a softer level and not be afraid to show unconditional love and affection.

With the knowledge that one day he will be the father of your children, picking the perfect life partner is a huge responsibility. I know I chose well and everyday I get to see my little family grow, enriched with love. I am one of the very lucky ones, because my husband is a fantastic father to his children and we celebrate that everyday, not just today.

Kind, considerate, interested, helpful, loving, supportive, funny and generous; these are just some of the fatherly qualities that I love about the man I married. Without him I would not be a mother and for that I am eternally grateful. I just can’t imagine doing this crazy gig without him to be honest!

Fatherhood is journey. Unlike us mothers they do not have the prior 9 months connection with the baby growing so slowly in our belly. For the first few months of our sons life I’m sure he thought he was going to break him! But with time, patience and perseverance I have watched him grow from a rough bachelor with no paternal clue into a thoughtful, gentle and wonderful Tata that would do anything for his beautiful offspring.

When our daughter came along 2 years ago I saw him evolve again. Little girls have a certain effect on their daddies soul that strips them back even more and it is so beautiful to watch. It literally melts my heart.

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Watching them all snuggled up reading stories before bedtime, practicing sport out in the yard, taking the dog for a walk together, dancing like dorks with music blaring, teaching them everyday life skills – the list is endless. At the end of the day, family is all that matters so I am so very blessed to have mine.

So a huge ‘Happy Fathers Day’ to my hubby Mr Diamonds, the love of my life and the apple of my children’s eyes; and also to all the other amazing dads out there.

x

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Happy Birthday Son! But really, it’s the day you…

May 6, 2016

Happy Birthday Son! But really, it’s the day you rocked my whole world!

Today is my sons birthday, and also the birth of me as a mother and adult woman with real purpose in life. It has made me reflect back to when he was first brought into the world and the baby bubble I was so lovingly wrapped up in. The most magical moments of discovering each other, getting to know his little personality, learning together and flourishing as the woman I was destined to be. It was also the start of some big changes and huge appreciation for life and creating a new one in which was the start of our family.

Having a child is a beautiful, empowering experience; especially the excitement of your first born. The unknown, the anticipation, the free time to sleep and ‘nesting’ in the nursery in preparation of the impending delivery. There is so much time spent wondering about how they will look, what the gender will be, what their future holds and who it is exactly that has been hiding in your swollen.

It really is a magical time, one that I reflect on with great pride and I know it was a huge turning point in my life. This little person was responsible for making me a mother, was responsible for making me think beyond just myself and was totally responsible for making me a better person, without a doubt.

The joy that he and all children bring is indescribable. After having my own children I have found the true meaning as to why I am here on this earth.

Motherhood, it fits me like a glove. I love it and my children more than life itself.

Nothing can quite prepare you for the overwhelming flood of emotions you will feel when your tiny little baby is placed on your chest, with or without a dramatic entrance. Having my child reach a special milestone like his 5th birthday today is pretty special, and as a mother it is a time of bittersweet reflection.

The boy I have gained and the baby who is no more. Baby clothes packed away and school decisions being made. Glimpses of a young adult about to bloom, with the whole world at his feet. As mothers we want them to always be close, but as mothers we want them to fly free and achieve great things.

The cord may have been physically cut but it is still very real and alive in my mind.

Childbirth is one of the most natural most natural events in the world, yet at the time it felt totally unnatural and just plain painful. To say the least. Honestly it hurt so much so that I actually forgot there was even a baby involved. Many, many colourful words were sprayed around the birthing room that night during my completely drug free labour, true grit, determination and focus was pulled from the very depths of my body that even I didn’t know I had. It’s hard, long painful work, but you will be more than rewarded at the end.

I thought I would be able to handle it. After meeting with girlfriends to discuss their thoughts on the whole process, I was sure I would have a higher pain threshold then them and thought to myself  ‘it cant be that bad can it?’

Wrong.

Mother Nature had different plans for me. It was like nothing I have ever experienced or can even begin to describe, but now it all makes sense although it wasn’t until I had my second child that I discovered my first born was a compound birth.

Compound

Compound presentation means prolapse of fetal extremity alongside the presenting part it is three types: 1.prolapse of the hand in cephalic presentation. (most common) 2.prolapse of the lower extremity in breech presentation. 3.prolapse of lower extremity in cephalic presentation. (relatively rare) compound presentations uncommon occur only 1 in 1000 pregnancies.

means prolapse of fetal extremity alongside the presenting part it is three types: 1.prolapse of the hand In layman’s terms, he was born with his arm up along side his head. Just to make it that bit more epic, and to teach me that I shouldn’t have thought I had a stronger pain threshold than my friends I’m sure. And being nearly 9 pounds didn’t help much either. Ouch.

The midwife exclaimed “Oh your the lady that had the compound birth!” “Sorry, what do you mean?” was my reply when I was about to give birth three years and two weeks later to the day, for the second time, with just as much anxious fear as the first. But there it was written in my notes, and that explains a LOT of things now.

Why I couldn’t sit down for a week after. Why the thought of sex made me run for the hills. Why I thought I would have an only child.

The following is an extract from a note I wrote shortly after birth, in those magical whimsical early motherhood days.

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So the birth went like this:- 7:00pm, Gentle contractions, similar to period pain begins so I ran myself a spa bath, shaved my legs, (and other regions) put on a face mask and relaxed in the candle lit bubble bath thinking of the beautiful and amazing changes my body was about to go through. I pondered the gender, and meeting the baby for the first time.

At 1:00am I ring the local hospital who calmly reassure me with “stay home if your comfortable”

Well it turns out you can stay home comfortably for too bloody long because next minute my pain level absolutely shoots through the fucking roof and I begin climbing the walls like a crazy woman trying to escape the zombie apocalypse, within 45 minutes my waters break everywhere!

Cascading over the bedroom carpet like the Niagara bloody falls, shit hits the fan and leaves a  very freaked out husband and equally panicked soon to be new mother. Wearing the most amazing outfit (husbands boxer shorts and tent like t-shirt) we race to hospital and so begins the prudish nightmare. “Legs up, let’s have a look” 8cm on arrival…! 

“I need an fucking epidural NOW!!!”

My doctor laughs this creepy little laugh with the midwife which tells me it’s way too late and I’m on my own. “Start pushing honey, this baby is nearly out” Argh, mortal dread realisation sets in, and as much as the doctor and nurse are here to help – I know this is something I have to do by myself.

I am crippled in pain, fear and the unknown. But mostly pain. 

Somewhere in the background I can hear the CD I chose gently playing calming songs and all around it’s dark, quiet and dim. Thank you baby for deciding to come so early in the morning so nobody has to see me like this.

Hearing that music helps me to gain my laser like focus and really concentrate on the effort I am going to have to pull out of my ass. Almost literally.

Meanwhile Mr Diamonds is looking very pale and understandably nervous, anxious and down right out of his comfort zone. I think I’m breaking his hand and there’s no way I want him down at the business end.

Frankly I’d rather have no bloody one (ever!) gawking down at my business end.  Pfttt. No modesty allowed in this entire damn hospital wing. As a last resort I am offered gas in the old school way by means of the claustrophobia causing face mask “YUK it tastes like fly spray get it AWAYYYY!” 

My son is Chava Jimi Krsto is born at 3:28am.

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Nothing can describe holding that baby for the first time.  Marred by legs up and getting stitches, but still holding the baby for the first time none the less. I have a adrenalin rush for the rest of the day, how can I possibly sleep now? Wanting to show this gorgeous little fella that I made off to the whole world is a very overwhelming feeling, but so is feeling like a mother lioness raging with protection for this delicate little darling. You would do anything for them.

(And I’ve nearly forgotten the pain!)

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This beautiful baby is mine for keeps and today he is five years old.

So Happy Birthday my handsome son, but really it’s the day you broke my vagina.

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Anzac Biscuits

April 6, 2016

Anzac biscuits

Talk about organised!

Anzac Day isn’t until the 25th of April this year so I am getting in nice and early with my recipe that I am sure you are all going love. As you are probably aware this is a very traditional Australian biscuit dating back to the first world war.

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Anzac floral wreath

But did you know that they were originally known as an Anzac wafer or tile? The biscuits were included with rations instead of bread as they were made with ingredients which were less likely to ‘spoil’ and therefore had a longer shelf life that kept well during naval transportation. There are even stories that soldiers used them to ground down into a type of porridge! After the war they were still very popular because the ingredients were quite affordable in such hard times.

This is my families recipe, which is a pretty standard representation of most recipes out there, however I like to change the way I cook them to enhance the flavour and texture. For this recipe I have made the softer, chewier version (= less crumbs to clean up after my children discover them!) but for myself I prefer squashing them very flat and baking them for 5 – 7 minutes longer to get a lovely thin crunchy golden brown biscuit.

Either way they are very extremely bloody good, and the cookie jar has been totally raided at my house already.

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L’ovedbaby

April 1, 2016

Looking for some beautifully made and superb quality baby clothes or a special gift?

Organic cotton you say, super soft and stylish? Here’s my perfect match!

For the last few weeks while the weather has been somewhat cooler we have been lucky enough to be testing out the deliciously darling hoodie and leggings set, complete with the matching headband from the organic cotton loving company L’ovedbaby.

I first discovered them on Instagram when I was searching for some earth friendly choices that didn’t sacrifice on comfort or fashion.

They have gorgeous outfits and designs to pick from including some great basics and blankets as well as some fantastic gift baskets filled with all sorts of different items so the hard work of deciding on a baby present is already done for you; just pick a gender, a size and you are done!

Coming beautifully packaged, we received this 3 piece lavender set and there are many other colour combinations also available. Little Miss 1 loves it!

L'oved Baby 3 piece organic cotton lavender set

L’ovedbaby 3 piece organic cotton lavender set

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So comfy for lounging around!

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Best Banana Bread Blog

March 14, 2016

Best Banana Bread Blog

Listen up lovely readers…this is the only Banana Bread recipe you will ever need so be sure to save it and then share the love around!

I’m about to spill some family secrets here because this makes the most delicious, moist and flavoursome cake that smells so divine and I’d love to share it with you all.

Besides, If I’m going to be getting fat by eating so much damn cake, then you should be too. 

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Munching Madness

February 23, 2016

Recently I had to run a few errands with both children in tow.

Now, I’m sure every mother alive knows my pain; getting children in and out of the car downright sucks and it usually takes longer than the actual task itself.

A pain in every lovely mothers ass.

As a spontaneous reward to the little darlings for behaving so well on our ‘quest’ I asked if they would like to go for a special treat of hot chips and milkshakes at the ‘big’ hotel.

Delighted little nodding faces assured me they were in a good and somewhat focused mood that would allow for a pleasant experience for all involved.

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Moo Goo

February 8, 2016

For the last two months I have been testing out a few great products from the Australian family owned and operated company ‘Moo Goo’.

These guys have a huge collection of products ranging from hair care, aluminium-free deodorant, (my first introduction to the Moo Goo brand and now a bathroom staple) sunscreen, (my friends swear by this one) a complete baby range and of course creams for all sorts of skin conditions. Click here, Moogoo.com.au to have a look at the extensive range for yourself.

As I get older and wiser I have realised that all skin care products are not made equal, and some have some pretty nasty shit hiding in them…particularly every day items I was using on my little darlings skin. Since having children I have been madly been researching and reading labels in a bid to decipher the gigantic chemical code names and have discovered the packaging and wording does not always reflect the actual ingredients.
I have made a big shift away from products using SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulphate) ever since and am always on the hunt for gentle skin care products with as many effective natural ingredients as possible. And one that’s not going to break the bank.

Enter the Moo Goo herd!

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