The Lazy Cook’s One Pan Baked Risotto

The Lazy Cook’s One Pan Baked Risotto It was another one of those evenings - you know the ones where dinner time creeps up behind you and takes you by surprise? I know, I know - it happens at the same time every day and I should expect it. Sometimes I even plan for it but today the day just got away from me and bam! There it was! Taunting me. I hadn’t planned, I hadn’t shopped and I was at the mercy of dragging my kids through Coles (during witching hour no less) or whatever was in my pantry. Naturall...

Dairy Free Cheese (Yep & it's YUM!)

So, the other day I was invited for "wine and cheese" with some mums from school. As I don't eat dairy I thought the cheese part might pose a problem (lol). I love cheese, it was one of the hardest things to give up when I transitioned to a plant-based diet. So, my plan was to head off to the vegan supermarket and pick up some cashew cheese as I knew there would be an array of amazing flavours to choose from and they would all be fantastic! Of course I ran out of time and was only able to make it to the regular supermarket. I wasn't giving up that easily - I mean it'...

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 is pretty discerning and is not easily fooled by smu...

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 did there? Will power!) is that they are usually naturally low in calories BUT high in nutrient density, meaning you get more bang for your calorie buck so to speak. They are superior sources of antioxidants and essential ...

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)...

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 magicking (pretty sure that's not a word but spell check hasn't flagge...

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-mature ripening meaning they last longer and you have less wastage! Winning :-) Ingredients: 10 drops doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil 1 cup raw apple cider vinegar Method: Fill y...

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 ri...

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 test you, good surprises that restore your faith. Just expect to be surprised. 2. We are built to survive. W...

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 have in a long time.. That is because I have been forced to learn a valuable lesson. I can let being busy get in my way, make me shitty and resentful and drud...

(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 t...

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 t...

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 another. We have committed to a re...

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. Maybe you are also building a dōTERRA business? Maybe you are building a d...

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 than I needed...

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 wh...

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 tea...