Thursday, 5 March 2015

The Afterlife..

Whether you believe or not when I came across this idea by the Italians of creating a sacred forest from our beloved past family member instead of a graveyard I was in love with the idea..

I can just get all pixie like and see my families spirits flittering around the trees at night in a magical wonderland.. even the way they bury them, back in that gorgeous foetal position in a cocoon seems so peaceful..

You get to choose your tree and then instead of visiting a headstone we can come and watch a beautiful tree grow with the younger generation and have their spirit live on in a piece of nature.

I had no idea that these green burial ideas have been around for a while and I just adore it.. I can't find the same in Australia but would love to stand corrected if anyone does..

Do you love it or is it all to creepy to even chat about that time of life?

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Fitting in the fit bits...

The fabulous Karla from Ironmum Karla asked me the other week for my top tips on managing my health and wellness around being a working Mum. I thought I would share my answers in case you are out there feeling like it can't be done too..

1.  What is your most efficient/effective workout that you could share with other time poor women/mums? (it could be for different results - cardio, strength, yoga for soul?) 

For me it would have to be Pilates Reformer.

It supports all the fundamentals of a mat Pilates Class but amplifies them so builds a strong core and works on mobilising all your joints along with keeping the limbs nice and long with the stretching component. To top all that off it also works a huge range of the smaller muscles and because it is on a sprung loaded bed you can match it to your ability and are forced to control your movements in both directions of each exercise resulting in a superb toning ability.

I love the fact that it is a more gentle approach. The breathing and lack of loud music means it actually feels like a little bit of time out from the busy world of thoughts/chores/deadlines and little people.

For me it is mind, body and soul and I come out floating on a cloud, feeling longer , leaner and more rested than I did on arrival.

2.  What’s one healthy, and fast dinner that you rely on (if possible include pics plus a recipe).

My go to healthy and fast is home made pizza..

For us it is Home Made Pizza.. I am lucky enough to have invested in a Thermomix so it takes no time to make the dough and then our toppings are to taste but we all use the same base ingredients..

For the Dough of 3 to 4 Bases I take 280g of water and a teaspoon of dried yeast and heat them together on a low heat for a few minutes.
Add to that 500g of Wholemeal Flour and knead until combined well.
This is left placed in a bowl with a tea towel over the top in the pantry for an hour then divided up and rolled out into bases.
I personally love doing them in more of an abnormal rectangular shape as it makes them more obviously homemade

For the kids toppings we use a 
Homemade Tomato Passata Sause (which is simply tomatoes, basil and olive oil cooked until reduced into a sauce consistency of your choice)
Fresh Mozzarella
& Parmesan

Then my husband and I like to add Proscuitto and Figs with some Blue Cheese once they have come out of the oven.

Cooking time is between 10 and 12 minutes in a very hot over.. 220-250 degrees is what we do but  pizza oven is obviously even better.

3.  What is a secret you could share as to how you fit wellness into your lifestyle? (By this I mean, ways you make a healthy lifestyle fit into your day, perhaps through the help of others/ husband, a gym creche, child bribery , working out in the park while your children play) How you incorporate it into your family schedule.

We really try and show our kids a healthy lifestyle and lead by example with all of us eating the same meals etc (no making special stuff for kids) and wellness comes the same way.
When the kids are around we are as a family we go on bush walks, go to the pool, have the kids ride their bikes to the beach and back whilst we run it or take our dog to the park.
When I am solo during the week I obviously exercise when they are at school if possible but during the school holidays I will go for a run early before hubby goes to work or use the creche at my gym. One of my favourite things is doing fitness DVD's at home with the kids.. it can be a mess sometimes and takes a little longer but it is so much fun and lastly we have TRX straps and boxing mitts and pads with skipping ropes at home so if I get desperate I do a circuit class with the kids.. again very silly but very fun... for them!.

Do you exercise with your kids? Do you wish you could? What is your fav healthy recipe?

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Win a Beautiful Baby Set from Me&Tata

Family owned businesses are a weakness of mine as clearly owning one myself I adore to support them also.. This weeks giveaway is from a Perth Based label called Me&Tata. Their ethically manufactured, organic baby wear range come in the most colours as all unisex in my mind...

The Essentials collection was inspired by nature, is pure and organic cotton, featuring bohemian colours and has retro touches. The range includes newborn hats and snuggle wraps, onesies, pants and T-Shirts.


We are hosting a gorgeous giveaway where one winner will win two organic outfits from me&tata

All you need to do to enter is tell us in 25 words or less;

What is your favourite game to play with little bubs and why? 

Then follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter widget below to be in with a chance to win.

Competition is open now and closes Sunday 15/3/15 at 11.59pm AEST

Friday, 27 February 2015

Weekend Rewind - Batting for another team..


I think it is fabulous in life to have differences in opinion.
I welcome others opinions on a matter I voice an issue with.
I have learnt a lot and adjusted my views in many areas thanks to others input.
I no longer always think my way or the highway (well don't tell my kids that)
Life can be enriched by people talking and sharing.

The part I don't agree with is individuals passing judgement on someone who has a different opinion to them.

We recently had a huge thread build up on Facebook about the 8 year old images of Glen McGrath hunting. There was nothing hugely negative against me (apart from one woman that proclaimed that everyone should be appalled that DTLL didn't give more than 10%.. um I only make 10% so that was us giving everything we could for the month - Thanks lady).

I had lots of people remind me that regardless of what the ambassador had done either rightly or wrongly that the charity was still amazing and my money had gone to a great place (and I adjusted my views, yay!)

The part that got me was the people that were pro hunting vs anti hunting.. they got vicious with each other, they called each other names and well it just seemed ridiculous that they couldn't allow someone to see the world a different way.

Thanks to Dexter I walk each day with this fab man that became a stay at home Dad 8 years ago or so. He of course views the world of parenting from the male perspective and sheds the funniest of visions on scenarios I describe.. He is not judgemental just states the 'blokes' version we both guffaw and keep walking.

I have been reading a forum 'that should not be named' regarding bloggers this week and I am just so disgusted that it even exists. Why would anyone want to be part of a community dedicated to hating on other people, a place where they make up stories and cast opinions about people they have never met.

It reminds me of being at school.. I excelled at certain things so there were people that went out of their way to make sure any of my weak spots were screamed from the roof tops.. JUST to make me miserable..

I guess what I am trying to say is regardless of your gender, race, situation or views there is nothing wrong with batting for another team and by all means cheer for that team. Just don't go telling the other team they are worthless, that they don't belong because they are not in your team. Shit you could EVEN cheer for them too (just not as loud as you do for your team of course).

Do you think people are more openly rude on line because they are hidden? Surely these people wouldn't say those things to your face? Is it just going to get worse? 

I am honoured to say I am joining the 4 of my fave girls this week, Bron from Maxabella Loves, Sonia from Life Love Hiccups, Kelly from A Life Less Frantic and Sonia from Sonia Styling to guest host one of my all time favourite link up parties the Weekend Rewind.

The Weekend Rewind is a weekly linky party. It kicks off every Friday from 8pm, when you can link your fave post of the week with any of these lovely ladies, and for this week only you can link up here as well. It doesn’t matter where you link up, you’ll show up on all five blogs as if by magic! Like any good party, it’s an all weekend affair and it’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up with your best loved blogs and find some new ones to follow!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

My 5 Favourites..

I was asked the other month to share my 5 favourite things by the gorgeous Malinda and it was such a delight to really have a think about what makes my day, things that create shine in my life and quite simply the things that make me smile..

I had such a lovely time writing it I thought I would share it here.

1. Family - 

My Family are my be all and end all and that sentiment extends to my very close group of girlfriends that I also consider family. I have a small family on my side and they are all in the UK. My husband has a huge family that are spread around the globe so that has meant my husband and I are a very tight unit with our rugrats (and our dog).
They motivate me to be a better person, to be a good role model and to show teach them to follow their dreams

2.  Where I live -

I love my house and I love our neighbourhood, my house is filled with memories and is truly a space we have created as a family so I adore hanging out there. Our local shops are fab, my neighbours rock, school is close and is a gorgeous community and to top that off I have beaches in every direction with a 10 minute turnaround 

3. Exercise-

I met my husband at the gym so exercise is a shared passion, we are both very sporty and the kids are proving to be following suit. I have raced 3 Ironman Races, 2 Ultra-marathons and a couple of Marathons so exercise is something I adore and quite frankly need in my life. These days I am a little more sedate and whilst I still train 5 days a week I do Japanese Yoga and Pilates Reformer missed in to be a little kinder to my joints!!
That said I am planning to race a Marathon this year for the first time since having the kids

4. Work-

I am lucky enough to have two businesses, Down that Little Lane and The Cult List. DTLL is still a very family run business and I work my socks of beside two of my favourite women in Cherie and Sonia. I might be the boss but I liaise with those girls daily and we are a little dream team that get kicks out of helping our stores go from being sometimes unknown to well respected within the industry. The Cult List is a new brand I am Partner in with one of my best friends Kate.
Both brands make me so proud in different ways and both brands have me honestly saying I do love my job

5. Flowers-

We have to love something materialistic in life and I could say shoes or handbags but truly my toss up was between Chocolate and Flowers.. I could think of adequate substitutes for chocolate but not for flowers so they got my last vote.
I love simply greenery, succulents, wild flowers or even herbs. A single bud in a vase can raise a smile on my face so its not about abundance or expense just simple beauty of nature

What would your 5 favourite things be?