Broccoli Dippers - Toddler Approved!

So it's happened - Chloe has learned how to say "Chicken nuggets" and it seems that it is ALL she is willing to say when she's hungry! She says it in such a super cute way but boy do I wish that she hadn't learned it.... These little broccoli dippers were invented on the fly when I was desperate to get her to eat something (and all she wanted was chicken nuggets). She was pretty happy with the result and so was Max (my eight year old). Max ...

What the **** are Superfoods?

What the **** are Super Foods? Superfoods are super special (I promise I will try to limit my use of the word ‘super’ but it’s a super word and it’s hard to do 😉). They are their own special category of foods found in nature. What makes them so… special (see what I di...

How to Transform Your Energy Levels for the Whole Day!

Banana and Walnut Muffins (Vegan & Gluten Free)

It's school holidays here and you know what that means - endless whining of the "I'm hungry" variety! Arrghhh! Time to get my bake on! I want my kids to eat delicious food - but I also want it to have some nutritional value. So I whipped up some Banana and Walnut muffins (recipe adapted from The Minimalist Baker to suit current pantry stock of course). I have to say they were a hit! Here it is - give it a try, it's a good one! Ingredients: 3 Ripe Bananas 1 1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour 1 1/4 almond and flax baking meal 1 cup gluten free rolled oats 1 cup almond milk 1 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup coconut sugar 2 tbsp coconut syrup 1/3 cup nuttlex 1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia ...

Sweet and Spicy Lentils and Rice

What's for dinner? I get plagued by this question from pretty much breakfast time! School holidays seem to amplify this somewhat - or is that just me? Today I was in no mood for grocery shopping and yet didn't want to resort to convenience food full of preservatives and other crap so it was a case of magi...

When you can't afford organic...

Fresh fruit and veggies are so important to our diets and these days with so many chemicals and pesticides being used organic is always best. Unfortunately not everyone's budget can stretch that far. However that doesn't mean we have to give in and consume our fruit and veg with a dose of extra nasties! Here is a quick and inexpensive way to wash your supermarket fruit and veg, getting rid of those nasties and as an added bonus will prevent pre-matu...

Breakfast Smoothie - The Breakfast of Champions!

Breakfast on the go can be a challenge - well at least it used to be! I used to be the queen of coffee in a travel mug and out the door! Not surprisingly I then would find myself starving at 10am and reaching for a muffin or banana bread or something laden with fat and sugar to keep me going. NOT ANYMORE! These days smoothies are my go-to on busy days when I need to be up and at em but still want my day to start off right - and who doesn't want that? Protein, healthy fats and antioxidants! Everything I need to hit the day with sustained ener...

Top 10 Things my Life has Taught Me...

Recently I had a birthday. When asked how old I was I said 30- ish. I should probably just own it lol. I have been thinking about life (as you do when it's your birthday) and I realised that 34 isn't so bad. I've learned a lot. With that in mind here are my top 10 things my 34 years have taught me: 1. Life will always surprise you. It can swing both ways- bad surprises that tes...

What are You Waiting For?

It can be so easy to get caught up in the 'busy-ness' of life. Work, kids, housework (yuk!) it all eats into the day and before you know it, you are waking up to do it all again! It can be easy to "wish" for balance - or me time, or date night. I get it I have been there! I am busier now than I have been in forever - I am feeling happier though than I ...

(Surprisingly) Instant Chia Pudding

It happened - my first real struggle with my new choice to be vegan. Of course it was my sweet tooth causing the problem - I wanted chocolate and I wanted it bad! I was a bit grumpy over not really having anything in the house to deal with the chocolate craving so I got ready to make some chocolate chia puddings for the next day (can't say I don't learn from my mistakes!). Well the last lot of Chia puddings I had made didn't blend as well as I had hoped (after the overnight soaking in the fridge) so I thought - maybe I should pre-blend (before the fridge) and then blend again after... Woo hoo instant pudding discovery! It was like winning cho...

Butternut Pumpkin (Squash) and Cauliflower Empanadas

So last week (I know it's been like 5 days and I am only just getting to this now!) I had the day off work. This is awesome, I was thinking. I will have loads of time to think about and prepare dinner. You see, I have embarked on a new food journey - taken the leap from vegetarian to vegan. I know some of you maybe thinking "what's the big deal? Isn't it pretty much the same?". Well actually the truth is - nope. Totes not the same - I had no idea how many recipes I used (and loved) that had some form of animal product in them. So anyway- now dinner takes thought, planning and preparation and as a working mother of tw...

Shining a Light on the Shadows - Episode 2

Episode 2 - Have you ever had a dream or a goal that just seemed so big and scary you couldn’t tackle it by yourself? Well we are in that boat right now. We are two best friends with the same journey- the journey to dōTERRA Diamond rank. We are best friends… soul sisters even but we live on the opposite sides of the country to one anoth...

Shining a Light on The Shadows - Episode 1

Have you ever had a dream or a goal that just seemed so big and scary you couldn't tackle it by yourself? Well we are in that boat right now. We are two best friends with the same journey- the journey to dōTERRA Diamond rank. We are best friends... soul sisters even but we live on the opposite sides of the country to one another. We have committed to a regular accountability call with one another to inspire and support each other along the way and realised we have an opportunity to inspire and support so many people by opening up this call as a video series or podcast. M...

Quick Relief Caps

If you are needing some quick relief from seasonal or environmental threats especially around the change of seasons then this is a great way to get some! This is a "go-to" in our house, and we are back to using it daily 🙌🏻 . This combo is cooling, soothing and balancing both internally and externally and promotes clear breathing and respiratory function. I use 2-3 drops of each in a veggie cap and take with a glass of water. If you don't want to use your own then doTERRA have a pre-made version in a softgel available from the US store (it's called TriEase)  💕

When Life Suddenly Makes Sense!

It's a funny feeling when things finally click! When you have been wondering about the choices that you've made and WHY it all happened. Then all of a sudden the light turns on and you realise! OH THIS IS WHY! It's weird when it all suddenly makes sense! About 14 years ago I decided I wanted to be a Beauty Therapist - I went to school, I studied, I paid $1000s in fees and I got my diploma. The thing is, I didn't LOVE it. I liked it sure- bits of it anyway. I wasn't a fan of waxing legs and I saw more vaginas th...

Cool Down Spray DIY

It's Summer here in Perth and it's hot! Not much we can do about the weather but we can feel a little less overwhelmed by the heat with this simple DIY Cool Down Spray! This contains 3 ingredients and they are all natural of course! Peppermint Essential Oil is cooling and calming and Lavender Essential Oil is soothing. Mix with distilled water in a convenient spray bottle and you have a refreshing and cooling spray. Spritz over yourself when you need to cool down, or spritz on your skin after a da...

DIY After Sun Gel with Essential Oils

Being Visible

I have been spending some time in quiet contemplation today. My anxiety has been triggered and I am desperately trying to find the answers as to why - if I find the trigger I am better placed to manage it going forward. This is something that comes up for me from time to time and I genuinely like to look inward for the answers. They are usually in there, hiding behind some ridiculous excuse masquerading as truth. I think tonight it has been dancing in the shadows, playing with me. Almost there but not quite- and of course I have been drawn to my blog, to put pen to paper (figuratively of course) to try and tease it out. To make sense of it. In doing so hope...

Are there really any coincidences? Or Have I Drunk the Cool Aid?

Ok, so it's Monday morning, the usual rush is over and other three members of 'Team Awesome' are off for the day. This is when I usually breathe out, have the one and only coffee I allow myself in a day and get ready to power up for the massive day ahead. Chloe "dayca...

LEMON & COCONUT TRUFFLES

Lemon & Coconut are like a match made in heaven! Today I am sharing with you coconut truffles with a hint of doTERRA lemon essential oil. Lemon oil has a multitude of benefits including the following: • Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion • Supports healthy respiratory function • Promotes a positive moo...