5 Healthy Christmas Treats

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The holiday season is upon us and there are tempting Christmas treats in supermarkets and shops everywhere you go. It’s also a favourite time of year for families to do some Christmas baking. And for good reason, as nothing says ‘Christmas time’ more than the smell and taste of freshly baked cookies or other Christmas treats. Baked goods also make great little stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts to give to friends, teachers, co-workers, and family. 

While Christmas is often a time for indulgence, there are plenty of alternatives to enjoy all your favourite Christmas treats in a healthier way. 

5 Healthy Christmas treats to enjoy this holiday season

Here are five simple recipes for healthy Christmas treats that you and your family can enjoy baking (and eating) together.

Refined Sugar-Free Shortbread Cookies

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If you’re looking for a quick and easy shortbread recipe this Christmas, you can’t go past this super simple, four-ingredient refined sugar-free version. Shortbread is one of those recipes that has to be baked at Christmas time in my household. While there is plenty of store-bought shortbread out there, nothing compares to freshly baked shortbread cookies straight out of the oven.

If you want to make your shortbread extra Christmassy, add some flair by gently pressing in some red and green sprinkles before you bake them. When they come out of the oven you’ll have a healthy classic treat and your home will be filled with the aroma of freshly baked cookies and remind you of Christmas as a child.

Check out the full recipe here.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This healthy Christmas recipe is a family favourite in my household and is so easy to make. Unlike most cookies, these ones are gluten-free, nut-free, and can easily be made dairy-free so that everyone can enjoy them. 

If you’re looking for a crowd favourite, chocolate chip cookies are always a hit, so they’re perfect for bringing to a Christmas party or to butter up your co-workers. As soon as you serve them up they will be gone in seconds!

Click here for the full recipe.

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

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What list of Christmas goodies would be complete without the all-time Christmas classic, Gingerbread cookies? The best thing about gingerbread is that, with all the tasty spices that make up this cookie, you really don’t need the vast amounts of refined sugar found in the traditional recipes to make them taste great. 

Check out this healthy recipe we created for gingerbread cookies which can be found over at The Organised Housewife.

Not Quite Healthy Rum Balls

Not quite healthy rum balls

Christmas time wouldn’t feel the same without the all-time classic treat, rum balls. As the name suggests, this one isn’t made up of 100% wholesome goodness, but the reality of rum balls is that you can’t have them without rum and I promise that every other ingredient in there is good for you. 

These rum balls also make a perfect after-dinner treat with a cup of coffee or tea. They bring that loved, festive flavour without all the gluten and sugar that wreaks havoc on our tummies. If you have little ones, don’t worry, they can enjoy these holiday favourites too. Just omit the rum and voila, a Christmas treat for all ages.

Find the full recipe here.

Mango & Macadamia Ice Blocks

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Take a break from tradition and introduce a new family favourite Christmas recipe with these fresh and seasonal Mango Macadamia Ice Blocks. Perfect for a hot, Aussie Christmas, these treats are so easy to whip up and serve for a cooling afternoon snack. 

Based on the irresistible but sugary Weis Bars, these bring the same delicious flavour with none of the harmful refined sugars. What’s more is that they are bursting with vitamins, healthy fats, and have no dairy or gluten in sight.

Make your own with the full recipe found here.

Christmas is a time of indulgence, and with these simple and healthy recipes, you can indulge in a healthier way by making a few small changes. If you’re looking for more healthy treats make sure you browse through our healthy Snack & Treats recipes. Merry Christmas!

Healthy Raw Vegan Raspberry Cheesecakes

Healthy vegan raspberry cheesecakes

When you’re having friends over for dinner, or want a delicious dessert on the weekend, these healthy, raw vegan raspberry cheesecakes are bound to tickle the tastebuds of you and your guests.

Raspberries are a good source of vitamin C (which our body needs for growth and the repair of tissues) and contain vitamins E, K, dietary fibre and folate too. So adding some raspberries into your weekly healthy eating plan has more benefits than just how yummy they are 😉 Raspberries are the perfect ingredient for a healthy raw cheesecake, and really bring out the flavour of this delicious recipe.

Raw vegan raspberry cheesecakes that don’t need baking

These yummy raspberry cheesecakes don’t require any baking and are perfect after about 2-4 hours in the freezer. Get them ready at lunchtime, and they will be perfect for your dinner party, or with a cuppa at an afternoon tea.

The healthy vegan raspberry cheesecake recipe below makes 12 little cheesecakes, that work perfectly in silicone cupcake moulds.

Healthy raw vegan raspberry cheesecakes

Healthy vegan raspberry cheesecakes

Raw raspberry cheesecake ingredients

Cheesecake base

  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Cheesecake filling

  • 2 cups raw cashews (soaked overnight or for at least 2 hours)
  • 1/4 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3/4 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Using a food processor (or thermomix) blend the pecans, almonds, dates, coconut oil together on high for 10-20 seconds.  Open lid and scrape down the sides. You should now have a nice sticky dough to use for the base of each of your cheesecakes.
  2. Use 12 silicone cupcake moulds and place a spoonful (or two) of mixture into each mould. The base will be about 0.5cm thick.  Place into the fridge while you prepare the filling.
  3. Blend together the coconut milk, cashews, maple syrup, coconut oil, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of raspberries into food processor and blend on high for 10-20 seconds, until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  4. Pour half the mixture into a separate bowl.
  5. Using the remaining mixture in the food processor, add 3/4 cup raspberries on medium speed for 10 seconds, until blended well.
  6. Take the cupcake moulds from the fridge and add spoonfuls of the first (lighter pink) filling into each mould (leaving room for the next layer).
  7. Now add spoonfuls of the darker pink filling to each cupcake mould.
  8. Place in freezer for 2-4 hours, then serve and enjoy!

 

  1. NOTES

    • Please store cheesecakes in the freezer, and remove 5 minutes before eating them to allow them to soften slightly.
    • I love serving each cheesecake with a fresh raspberry on top – yumm!

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10 summer skin care tips

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Summer is undoubtedly one of the best times of year. From beach trips to lazy summer afternoons with good food and great company. The summer heat is perfect for a dip in the pool, but it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows for your skin. Summer heat can wreak havoc for your skin, from UV damage, to sweating more, oilier or drier skin and the dreaded sunburn. Fortunately there are plenty of easy tips and tricks that will help you take care of your skin this summer. 

10 summer skin care tips for glowing skin

1. Sunscreen Sunscreen Sunscreen!

Whether your skin is light or tanned, applying sunscreen every day is a great habit to get into. Sun damage dries out your skin and can prematurely age it over time.  Not to mention the health risks and potential sunburn that comes with frequent overexposure to the sun. In Australia, it’s especially important to protect yourself with our high levels of UV.  Applying an SPF foundation each morning or wearing sunscreen underneath your make-up, is a great way to start your beauty regime every morning. 

2. Don’t neglect your scalp

It’s a common mistake to protect your skin everywhere else but completely forget about your scalp. To avoid white streaks of sunscreen in your hair (not a good look) use a sunscreen mist to cover up your part line, or just go with a good old fashioned sun hat.

3. Moisturise

One of the most important things you can do for your skin over the summer is to keep it hydrated. We recommend using a hydrating moisturiser each morning, and moisturising your entire body every night before bed. (and whenever you have a shower or wash your skin). 

4. Gently cleanse, morning and night

While all that sunscreen and makeup sitting on your skin during the day is great to protect you, you need to give your skin the opportunity to breathe at night. After removing your makeup, a gentle cleanse in the morning and before you go to sleep will do the trick.

5. Give your skin a deep clean once a week

Daily cleansing is great to remove the surface layer of dirt and maintain your glow, but once per week is ideal to do a deep clean. Exfoliating scrubs or pore cleansing brushes can assist with cleansing your pores, removing dead skin cells, and leaving your skin feeling clean and fresh.

6. Don’t forget your lips

Just like anywhere else on your body, your lips need some TLC when summer rolls around. Keep a lip balm with SPF in your handbag, so that your lips can stay hydrated and protected from the sun all day long.

7. Stay cool with a refreshing mist

Proper hydration is key to having glowing skin during summer, but lathering on moisturiser every half hour doesn’t do much to cool you down. When on the go, keeping a cooling face mist handy, is the perfect solution. A quick spray will not only refresh you, but will also refresh and hydrate your skin. 

8. Avoid hot showers

After being in the sun and heat all day, the last thing you want to do is subject your skin to a hot shower. Hot water will dry out your already exposed skin even further. End the day with a lukewarm shower or, if you can stand it, a cold one. You will feel refreshed and your skin will love you for it too.

9. Scrub dead skin away

Just like your face, your body needs a deep clean from time to time as well. Treat your body to a monthly body exfoliation.  Body scrubs and exfoliating gloves are great at removing any dead skin cells that build up from the dry, hot weather. Make sure to follow up with a moisturiser after your exfoliation.

10. Drink water and get your beauty sleep

Arguably the most effective summer skin care tip is to drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep. The reasoning is simple: if you aren’t hydrated and well rested, your skin won’t be either.

 

Keeping your skin feeling hydrated and fresh during summer can be tricky, but with a great routine, your skin will be feeling amazing. Remember that effective skin care relies on proper hydration and regular care, so as long as you get in the daily routine of caring for your skin you will glow all summer long.

 

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Melissa Dickfos, is the Founder of Nourishing Your World, a coffee lover, mum of two children, advocate of making small steps towards healthy living and loves to laugh!

 

 

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3 must have natural beauty products

3 must-have natural beauty essentials

Beauty products can sometimes be bought on a whim. Something catches your eye, or you hear a great review. Before you know it, you have added it to your online shopping cart without really looking into all the ingredients. Let alone whether it will be good for your skin.  There are a lot of natural beauty products on the market, and we have put together our 3 must have natural beauty products to help you save time and money. 

3 must have natural beauty products

Like me, you value your health and the health of our planet. So it makes sense to buy natural makeup and natural beauty products. This way you know exactly what you are putting on your skin and can avoid products that are harmful to you, or the planet.

There are three natural beauty products that will give you the base layers to create a beautiful, natural look. And the best part is that these products don’t contain damaging chemicals or harmful artificial ingredients. Once you add these three products to your morning routine you will not only look and feel amazing but have your skin will love you for it too!

You will also enjoy the confidence that comes with knowing that what you’re putting on your skin is beneficial to both you and the world around you.

1. Hydrate your skin naturally

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The most valuable thing you can do for your skin is to keep it well hydrated. Some of the biggest brands in the world may have left you thinking that you need expensive moisturisers and facial creams to keep your skin looking fresh. Unfortunately, many of these products could be doing more harm than good. They are often times packed with chemicals and preservatives to give them a longer shelf life. On top of that, they typically contain unnecessary fragrances and even dyes that could be doing damage to your skin.

Avoid all those nasty unnatural ingredients and opt for something simple, soothing, and effective like the Nourish and Repair Face Oil from Paudhā Healing. This oil is ideal for hydrating your skin. It is made up of a blend of certified organic oils such as jojoba oil and rosehip extract, both rich in vitamins A and E to combat premature aging. Not only does this beautiful oil effectively moisturise the skin but it also has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritation and redness, leaving you with a radiant glow.

2. The perfect base for a natural beauty routine

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Once your skin is properly hydrated you can move on to your base layer of foundation. Whether you incorporate foundation in your everyday look or just use a sheer layer every once in a while, it’s important to find a quality product. The good news is that there are some great options for natural, cruelty-free foundation out there that contain only organic ingredients.

For a liquid foundation with a wide variety of shades, a great option is the Zuii Certified Organic Flora Liquid Foundation. This foundation comes in over 20 shades and applies easily, leaving a silky-smooth finish. On top of providing great coverage, it also contains aloe vera and calendula to soothe and moisturise the skin. Other benefits of the foundation including reducing inflammation, and providing antioxidant properties to keep your skin bright and healthy.

3. A touch of colour to show your natural beauty

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The last natural beauty product you need is to find your signature shade of lipstick. Having the right lippy will tie your whole look together by adding the perfect pop of colour and personality. While it may seem that any lipstick you can find will do, many brands use animal testing and harmful ingredients that you generally want to keep as far away from your mouth as possible.

Neek is a gorgeous company that has their own line of 100% Natural Vegan Lipsticks. All of their shades draw from a neutral base, adding rich tones of pigment to create stunning tints that are perfect to complete an all-natural makeup look.

It may seem like you need all the new products on the market to keep your beauty routine up to scratch. The reality, however, is that you can create a simple, timeless look that is great for your skin with only a few natural beauty essentials. To complete your natural makeup look, browse through our Natural & Organic Beauty collection.

 

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Melissa Dickfos, is the Founder of Nourishing Your World, a coffee lover, mum of two children, advocate of making small steps towards healthy living and loves to laugh!

 

 

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3 DIY Homemade Cleaning Products

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Finding cleaning products that fit in with an all-natural, toxin free lifestyle can be a struggle. Many detergents and all purpose cleaners are filled with harmful chemicals that most people would like to avoid.  They can not only cause health issues, but often also impact our environment. The good news is that there are some great natural alternatives to the traditional cleaning products found in your local supermarket.  You wouldn’t be alone in thinking that only abrasive chemicals will cut through the grime.  However, there are plenty of natural alternatives that will have your home sparkling clean.  And the best part? You probably already have them in your pantry.  Here are our top three DIY natural, homemade cleaning product recipes that will help you keep your home clean and healthy.

Our top 3 DIY homemade cleaning products

1. Homemade all purpose cleaner

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For all of your general surfaces, vinegar is your best all-natural friend. Combine one part vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle and use it as you would any all purpose cleaner.

If you have marble, granite, or stone countertops and are worried about the acidity of the vinegar you can replace it with rubbing alcohol for a less abrasive disinfectant, but for everything else vinegar is completely safe.

Vinegar in a spray bottle is also great to use on glass and stainless steel surfaces, just adjust the ratio to one part vinegar, four parts water. Unlike soaps and detergents it wont leave streaky marks, and if you are worried about the smell, don’t be, it fades away as soon as you polish your surface. Vinegar is also handy to have on hand when cleaning any floors that aren’t wood. Mop with one part vinegar and two parts water to make your floors sparkle.

2. DIY kitchen cleaner

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This one is super simple to DIY and remarkably effective. All it really takes is a lemon. This cheap, natural, and acidic fruit is brilliant for cleaning everything from microwaves to cutting boards in your kitchen. To start with the latter, cut a lemon in half and rub it over your cutting board. Be it wood or plastic, the disinfectant properties and porous texture of the lemon will clean out every groove. If you have any particularly tough spots or grimy sections, sprinkle some coarse salt on the board and scrub it away with the lemon. Once you have scrubbed the entire board, leave it be for ten minutes or so and then rinse it off with water.

If your microwave is looking a bit grubby, a simple solution is to cut up a lemon, put it in a bowl with some warm water or vinegar, and set it to two minutes. Leave the door of the microwave closed for a good ten minutes after it has pinged. Take out the bowl and wipe down the sides with a sponge, chux, or cloth, the grime should come right off and the natural cleaner will leave no residue that could seep into your food.

3. Natural bleach alternative

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Sometimes it may seem like a natural cleaner won’t get the job done. This is where baking soda saves the day. The coarseness of this natural powder is sure to alleviate any tough stains lurking on surfaces, silverware, in bathtubs, sinks, and toilets. It’s the perfect DIY natural cleaning product that you probably already have somewhere in your cupboard. Especially when combined with vinegar and a little elbow grease, baking/bicarb soda really packs a punch.

To use this natural cleaning powerhouse, simply sprinkle it on tough spots, lather it in with either warm water or vinegar, and scrub the stain away. You can use this simple trick anywhere from the kitchen to bathroom, just keep it away from more porous surfaces such as wooden floors so that you don’t damage them. It even works to freshen up the notoriously difficult to clean grout lines.

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It’s important to note that bicarb and vinegar are the all-natural grime-fighting duo that your cleaning routine deserves. Have a blocked drain? Pour in bicarb, vinegar, let it sit, and chase it down with hot water. Want to freshen up your toilet bowl? Scrub bicarb and vinegar throughout the bowl and drop in some essential oils for a fresh scent. Tarnished silver? As long as the silver is durable, sit it in bicarb and vinegar and the tarnish will vanish before your eyes.

With these three recipes you can make your own natural cleaning products at home with just a few basic ingredients. Try them out and see for yourself how easy it is to clean in a sustainable and healthy way.

 

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Melissa Dickfos, is the Founder of Nourishing Your World, a coffee lover, mum of two children, advocate of making small steps towards healthy living and loves to laugh!

 

 

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7 ways to treat yourself without food

7 ways to treat yourself without food

Whether you have achieved a personal goal or just gotten through a long hard day, we all deserve to treat ourselves from time to time. When you think ‘treat’ you might automatically think of food, and that’s totally fine. There is nothing wrong with taking yourself out to a fancy dinner or indulging in something decadent every so often. It is important, however, to reward yourself in other ways too so that you can keep yourself and your relationship with food healthy.  Here are 7 ways to treat yourself without food. 

7 ways to treat yourself without food

Get a Massage

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Is there anything more relaxing than a long, soothing massage? There is no better way to relieve the week’s stressors than through kneading them out in an hour-long session. Find a massage therapist near you that has great reviews and book yourself in for a luxurious, full body massage. With each knot of tension your body releases, you will feel relaxed and renewed. A relaxing massage is guaranteed to leave you feeling more satisfied than the quick fix a doughnut could ever make you feel.

Get Out in Nature

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In today’s busy world, we rely on our smart devices for everything from work to entertainment. Taking a break from the screens and getting out in the sunshine can do wonders for your mental state, and being away from the constant notifications can feel like a mini holiday. Take a day trip to go on a gorgeous hike, swim in the ocean, or hang out at a picturesque waterfall. Not only will you feel fresh and rejuvenated, but you will also get a nice buzz from the endorphins it took you to get there.

Re-read Your Favourite Book

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We live in a world where there is always something new to read, watch, listen to, or consume. Often times we have an overflowing “to read’ list, but instead of checking off the books we become overwhelmed and avoid the activity altogether. A simple way to combat this excess of choice is to let yourself re-enjoy something you love. Don’t think of it as a waste of time that could be better spent learning something new, just enjoy the familiarity of your favourite characters and get lost in the story once again.

Take a Bath

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A simple but effective way to reward yourself without food is with a relaxing bath. Throw in a bath bomb, bubbles, or salts, light a few candles, and turn on some relaxing tunes or your favourite podcast. Then all that’s left to do is to sink into the hot bath and enjoy some uninterrupted you time. If you think you deserve something extra special, throw on a face and hair mask to fully immerse yourself in the lap of luxury.

Try Something New

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We all have that one thing we have always wanted to try but never had the time or gumption to go through with. This can be something as big as skydiving and as small as taking a painting class or following a makeup tutorial. Whatever your one thing is, finally take the time, muster up the confidence, and try something new. Whether you love it or hate it you’ll never regret giving it a go, and you might just find your new favourite hobby.

Check Out Your Local Museum

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If you’re a lover of all things creative, take yourself out for a culture date. This is a great way to both give yourself a food-free reward and soak in some local artistic talent. Look up what exhibitions are on near you and spend some time wandering through one. Appreciate the art around you and you will feel enriched and inspired by the time you get home.

Take a Day Off and Do Absolutely Nothing

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Sometimes there is no better feeling than doing nothing at all. This is by no means advice to blow off work for no good reason on a regular basis, but a self-care day once in a blue moon is a different story. Take a personal day and sleep in. Don’t feel obligated to ‘make it count’ just enjoy the alone time. Spend the day relaxing, enjoy coffee at a local cafe, read a book, watchyour favourite TV show on Netflix, or just enjoy a nap.. Do whatever brings you joy and let yourself indulge in a much-deserved day to yourself, you earned it!

So there you have it, you can reward yourself for reaching a goal or working hard, without using food as a reward. There are so many wonderful ways to indulge in some self care, and we hope this provides some inspiration for you to take some time out – just for you. 

 

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Melissa Dickfos, is the Founder of Nourishing Your World, a coffee lover, mum of two children, advocate of making small steps towards healthy living and loves to laugh!

 

 

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3 Ingredients to Consider When Choosing Natural Baby Skincare Products

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Having spent 9 luxurious months surrounded by water, newborn baby skin is super sensitive. As their first line of defence, your baby’s skin is a good place to start thinking about how to care for your precious little baby. As their skin is delicate and easily penetrable, you want to be sure your only using top quality, natural ingredients. Newborn skin hydrates within the first few weeks of life and so seeps up anything it meets – from clothes, cleaning products, lotions, balms, and the list goes on. So choosing natural baby skincare is so important to ensure your baby’s delicate skin receives the best start to life possible.

In the short term, you don’t want your beautiful baby suffering from rashes or respiratory issues. And with continued use over time, you don’t want to be using chemical laden products which can cause more severe health problems. It’s all about peace of mind for you mama, and the best natural products you can use on your baby, with the bonus of being more environmentally friendly too.

Choosing natural baby skincare products

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Let’s look at three ingredients that are important to consider when it comes to choosing natural baby skincare products, and caring for your baby’s skin:

Endocrine Disruptors

These man-made chemicals can mimic or interact with hormones in the body. As you can imagine, this isn’t great for anyone who is pregnant, or trying to conceive, as you certainly don’t want anything messing with your natural balance of hormones. For babies, this isn’t the best way to start to life either. Endocrine disruptors have been linked to diseases such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, learning disabilities, diabetes, and fertility issues as we mentioned above.

Phthalates are one type of endocrine disruptor to be concerned about, which mimic oestrogen in the body.  They are easily absorbed into the skin, and can build up over time as the body doesn’t know how to process them. Issues can include kidney problems, infertility and birth defects (so especially one to avoid for the pregnant mamas too). Parabens have also been suggested to mimic hormones, and are next on our list.

Petroleum & Parabens

Parabens are used to stop the growth of fungus and harmful bacteria in skincare products. They act as a preservative, and are used to prolong shelf life.  Unfortunately, they have been detected in breast cancer tissue and linked to male infertility. However due to the lack of confirming research, there is currently no legislation in Australia to ban their use. We think they are something to be mindful of, and you’ll see them in the ingredients list on products as the following:

  • Methylparaben
  • Ethylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Butylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben

We also see a lot of petroleum derived ingredients in skincare products (yep, from crude oil). Firstly, they’re not good for the environment as they are a non-renewable resource. They have also been linked to cancer and are known to suffocate the skin by clogging up the pores. Not great for making sure bub’s skin can breathe and naturally regulate their temperature.

Some petroleum derived ingredients to look out for, include:

  • Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil)
  • Paraffin Wax
  • Petrolatum (Petroleum Jelly)
  • Propylene Glycol, PEGs (Polyethylene Glycol)
  • Polysorbates

Unnecessary Fragrances

You don’t need synthetic smells to mask that wonderful newborn baby smell! Always look out for those products that contain synthetic fragrances, as we often won’t even know what makes up these fragrances (as they are protected by ‘trade secrets’).  This means that legally, manufacturers don’t need to disclose the list of ingredients on the packaging. A lot of these are derived from either petroleum or coal tar. Yep, not ideal to be putting on baby’s highly absorbent skin. They often contain VOCs which research shows can link to cancer, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions. These airborne chemicals make their way to our brain and internal organs via the nose. So we really don’t want to be piling them on the skin too.

A few quick tips to consider with unnecessary fragrances when choosing natural baby skincare:

  • Looking for water-based wipes rather than chemical laden, fragrance filled ones.
  • Switching to natural oils (such as coconut, olive, apricot or almond) rather than using ones containing petroleum.
  • Check the ingredients of nappy rash creams and opt for ones that you recognise the ingredients of (after all baby bottoms are super sensitive).
  • Switching out talc for a non-carcinogenic product such as arrowroot baby powder, or one made from cornstarch. Those talc baby powders have been linked to cancer, and some have even been shown to contain levels of asbestos!
  • Being wary of terms such as ‘hypoallergenic’, ‘fragrance-free’, ‘all natural’. These terms are not industry regulated so really can’t tell you all that much about the product. Only the ingredients list really can.
  • Avoid bathing baby too often. You want to keep all those natural moisturisers and vital nutrients in. Stick to just water only in the first few weeks.
  • Make use of natural oils for massage to keep skin hydrated and moisturised while avoiding any unnecessary and often unknown extras.
  • Keep your babies’ skin out of the sun for the first 6 months, with protective clothing being the best form of sun protection.

Generally, when choosing natural baby skincare, if you read an ingredient and you wouldn’t fancy eating it, it’s probably best not to put it on your baby’s skin either.

 

caroline-fenton-avi-divaCaroline is mum to two premmie babes now 3.5 years and 6 months old. With tricky starts to life for both (and to motherhood!), Caroline has researched, tried and tested many natural, organic products to find those that are good for her babes and the environment too. Her biz, Avidiva, showcases her passion for stylish, but natural goodies.

Avidiva is an online store for mamas and babes offering all natural, non-toxic products and gifts. A place to grab a teether for bub, treat yourself to a scrub, or send a gift box to a pregnant bestie. You can find her on Facebook and @avidivababy on Instagram or swing by the site at www.avidiva.com.au.

3 Strategies to Make Your Exercise Habit Last Forever

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Today we are joined by guest blogger Emily Smith, Personal Trainer & Mindset Coach over TUF Mum’s Mindset, who shares with us 3 Strategies to Make Your Exercise Habit Last Forever!

 

We’ve all been there, ready to take action, ready to get fit. With the best intentions we shoot off…new activewear on point, gym membership card attached to keyring, chocolate banned from the house.

All of a sudden, a month has passed and you’re no closer to being that super fit person you intended to be, because life got in the way, excuses got the better of you, and …well…chocolate!

Low and behold the weather starts warming up, we think of ourselves in a summer dress, and we start the process all over again.

3 Strategies to Make Your Exercise Habit Last Forever

You’ve seen those people out there who exercise without a second thought on a regular basis, who don’t find it hard to get their trainers on, who exude confidence in the gym or while pounding the pavement.

How do they do it?

Why don’t they make excuses?

Here are three things they are doing…that you are probably not:

1. They don’t rely on motivation. They rely on a habit.

I am a Personal Trainer, so naturally you would expect I am full of motivation to exercise. Wrong. I simply exercise out of habit.

So how can you create a habit that lasts the distance? Start small, and keep it consistent. Move every single day with purpose, even if it is only a few minutes.

If you can, attach exercise to another habit you do every single day, such as getting out of bed. By attaching a new healthy habit to an existing one, it makes it easier for your brain to process quickly – making less time for excuses!

2. They know WHY they are doing it. And it’s a damn good reason!

If you are exercising to lose weight, tell me…what happens once you lose the weight? Do you still have a reason to exercise?

Skinny people are not automatically happy.

Whatever your reason for wanting to exercise – ask yourself how it will add VALUE to your life.

Maybe a lower risk of heart disease, better energy to play with your kids, feeling more comfortable to socialise with friends and family, being happier in your ability to regulate emotions.

These are the things that will truly add value to your life, and these reasons will keep you going well beyond losing weight. If you have a good enough reason, you won’t have excuses.

3. They don’t try to change all the things at once

Too often when we decide to do something about our health, we try to change everything about the way we live.

What happens next is, quite frankly, we feel like crap! Our bodies shut down because they are being forced into extreme discomfort.

Some discomfort is good, because it encourages our bodies and minds to adapt to new situations. But the changes will not last if you push yourself beyond your limits.

Choose 8-12 SMALL healthy habits you could implement in your life – for example, drinking 2L of water a day, or doing 10 pushups when you wake. Then introduce one new habit a week. In 8-12 weeks your health will be completely overhauled without any extreme measures.

A final thought:

If you think about what you’ve done in the past, and it hasn’t worked, change it. Don’t make the same mistakes over and over.

If you’ve ‘failed’ so many times it makes you miserable thinking about trying again, remember: You cannot fail unless you give up. So as Dory from Finding Nemo would say “Just keep swimming…”

 

emily-smith-tuf-mums-mindsetEmily Smith is a personal trainer & mindset coach over at TUF Mums Mindset, and mum of 2 beautiful girls. She has worked with women all over the world to overcome barriers they face when implementing fitness into their lives.

Emily is an advocate for fitness as a tool for improving mental health. Especially in Mums. Her own experience with depression and anxiety has given her a deep understanding of the true benefits of exercise.

 

 

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Beautiful Mother’s Day Gifts For Every Mum

I still can’t quite believe it is May! When people ask where this year has gone, I simply shake my head in disbelief – the years really do ‘fly by’ as you get older.  With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we have put together a collection of beautiful Mother’s Day gifts for every mum.

We can’t always spend a fortune on our mums (even if we would like to, and know that they totally deserve it!) With that in mind, we have been on the hunt for some fabulous products, some from of our favourite brands and stores – to help make your gift buying a breeze!

You might even like to send a link to hubby if he needs a hint on something a little spesh for you!

At the end of the day though, as we all know it is the thought that counts the most.  My children absolutely love making special homemade cards or pictures to accompany gifts in our house, and I have to admit, they end up being one of my favourite things in the whole world.

There really is something special about being a mum, and I hope that you are all treated to a very special day, spending it with those that you love most in this world.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mums 💕

(Please note that some of the links posted below are affiliate links).

Beautiful Mother’s Day Gifts For Every Mum

Here are some of our top picks to pamper mum, nana (or even yourself!) this Mother’s Day.

1.Black Chicken Remedies Essential Oil Perfume from Sassy Organics

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Every mum loves perfume, and this gorgeous Black Chicken Natural Essential Oil perfume from Sassy Organics is designed to invigorate the senses – ahhhh perfect!

Unlike standard alcohol based fragrances, Transcendence preserves the natural integrity of ingredients and evokes a sense of calm and heightened wellbeing. It will move you in a way no other perfume can. You are also less likely to experience skin irritations and allergies when using an all natural essential oil perfume.

A gorgeous gift for Mother’s Day (or any time of the year!) Only $44.95 + postage from Sassy Organics.

2. The Natural Alternative to Botox from Paudha Healing

Looking for a natural alternative to botox? Well we are so excited to share with you the beautiful Empress Gift Pack from Paudha Healing.

This gift pack contains two essential beauty products, to not only help improve skin tone and elasticity, but to weave their magic and also reduce puffiness & wrinkles and enhance skin cell regeneration.

The secret lies in the luxurious Rose Quartz Facial Roller, which works to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, reduce puffiness and enhance your overall skin tone and complexion. When used in combination with Paudha Healing’s Award Winning Nourish and Repair Face Oil, which is packed full of vitamins A & E and anti-inflammatory agents, to help fight the signs of premature ageing, calm skin and reduce redness, you have yourself a skincare regime that is set to leave you feeling like you are back in your youth!

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This gorgeous Empress Gift Pack is available in limited quantities and is only $60 + postage.

3. Life Basics Home Essentials Pack from Nourished Life

Is your mum looking to make her home a little more ‘Eco Friendly’? Then this fab little pack, which has 4 home essentials can help to get her started and reduce her environmental impact.

 

This pack includes:

– Life Basics Stainless Steel Straws – 4 Pack Plus Cleaning Brush
– Life Basics Produce Bags – Large 8 pack
– Life Basics Small Reusable Glass Coffee Cup – Pink
– Life Basics Eco Friendly Vegan Food Wraps – Kitchen Pack

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Help mum be more Eco Friendly this Mother’s Day with the Life Basics Home Essentials Pack – only $67.05 from Nourished Life.

4. Forever Radiant Mother’s Day Gift Set by Nude by Nature

We all like to feel pampered, and some fresh new make-up can help mum feel like new again!

The Forever Radiant Mother’s Day gift set is the perfect gift for your Mum, and includes the Nude by Nature cruelty-free Essential Collection 7 piece brush set, plus a selection of beautiful beauty products featuring active natural ingredients known for their anti-ageing and skin nourishing properties.

 

The gift set includes:
  • Liquid Mineral Foundation
  • Essential Collection 7 piece Brush Set and faux leather bag
  • Allure Defining Mascara – 01 Black
  • Highlight Palette
  • Virgin Blush

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This beautiful make-up gift set is available from Nude by Nature for only $59.95 (valued at over $150!)

5.Express-o Coffee Scrub by Frank Body

Give a gift with a difference – an Express-o Coffee Scrub by Frank Body.

It’s true, I’m whipped for you. The Express-o Coffee Scrub is a creamy, caffeinated body exfoliator that sticks to you, not the bathroom floor. Rub me into dry skin for a quick, intense scrub or on damp skin for a gentle exfoliation that leaves you with the smoothest, glowiest of skin. I take two minutes, when you’ve only got five.

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This very clever Express-o Coffee Scrub is only $19.95 + postage from Frank Body.

6. Gift Subscription Box (3 Months) by Goodness Me Box 

Give mum the gift that keeps on giving with a 3 monthly gift subscription box from Goodness Me Box.  Mum will receive 7-10 boutique health products and samples every month – just natural food with zero nasties, delivered right to her doorstep every month, for 3 months!

Sounds like the perfect way to have some wholesome food delivered straight to your mum – without any leg work by you!

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Give mum ‘the gift that keeps on giving’ with the 3 monthly subscription box by Goodness Me Box for only $85 including delivery!

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7 Teacher Gifts – That Won’t Break The Budget!

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With many children nearly ready to finish another school year, the age old question of ‘What to buy the class teacher’ arises, and for most parents, finding teacher gifts that won’t break the budget is high on the agenda!

Our children’s teachers do such amazing work caring for our precious (sometimes, cheeky and devilish) children, and it is feels good to be able to show them a little appreciation for all their patience, understanding and encouragement throughout the year.

As lovely as a box of chocolates is – imagine the sugar hit from receiving 25 boxes of chocolates from your adoring students!

We have compiled a list of beautiful gift ideas that have been approved by some real life teachers – winning!

7 Teacher Gifts That Won’t Break The Budget!

Check out our fabulous selection of teacher gift ideas:

1. Groovy Greens Grow Kit from Biome Eco Stores

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Looking for a gift with a difference? Then this Groovy Greens Grow Kit is sure to be just what you’re looking for!  The kit is proudly made in Australia with Australian seeds.  Once your teacher has grown their ‘groovy greens’, they can be used to juice, add to stir fries, create salads or as healthy additions to meals.

The kit contains:

  • 5 seed varieties: Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Pak Choy, Rocket and Swiss Chard
  • 5 peat pots
  • 5 growing substrate discs
  • 5 plant labels
  • 1 booklet with recipes and instructions

An easy, practical gift that is purposeful, sustainable and gratifying. Only $24.95 + postage.

2. Natural Skincare Travel Pack by Paudha Healing

We all love having a handy pack that we can take travelling, and this beautiful travel/sample pack from Pauda Healing comes in a cute little hessian drawstring bag – perfect to pop in the essentials when heading away over the Christmas break.

This Sample Pack is also great for those who already love Pauda Healing products but don’t want to take full size jars travelling.

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This gorgeous little pack, includes your choice of any 4 of the following products:

  • 15g Natural Deodorant Paste – aluminium free, lasts all day, even when working out!
  • 15g Calendula & Chickweed cream – great for soothing itchy, red or irritated skin.
  • 15g Face & Body Cream – choose between Rose Geranium and Lavender or Sweet Orange and Patchouli.
  • 15g Lip Balm – to protect and hydrate lips. Choose between soothing Manuka Honey & Vanilla, cooling Peppermint or tantalising Pink Grapefruit!
  • 5ml Nourish & Repair Face Oil – rich in antioxidants, this oil makes a great ‘night cream’ replacement.
  • 5ml Clean & Balance Cleansing Oil – removes makeup, dirt and impurities without leaving your skin dry and red.
  • 5ml Tone & Hydrate Botanical Mist – use as a toner or throughout the day to hydrate skin.

This fantastic set of 4 products + cute travel bag is only $30 + postage.

3. JAK Organics Soothe Pot With Virgin Coconut Oil + Pure Botanical Oils from Sassy Organics

This little pot of goodness will protect your skin from premature ageing, will work to re-generate healthy skin cells whilst leaving it hydrated, nourished, and youthful. The anti-inflammatory benefits of SOOTHE will also assist in healing skin ailments and will help replenish your glow. You won’t need much from this new little friend… a little bit goes a long way! For only $15 + postage, you can grab this little pot of goodness from Sassy Organics.

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4. Just a little something gift box by The Natural Gift Box Co

We just LOVE the gorgeous gift boxes from The Natural Gift Box Co, and this cute Mug + Treat gift box is just perfect for a teacher gift (or a get well soon, thinking of you, just because, congrats on the new job – any reason will do to send this box).  You get to choose from a selection of mugs + your choice of tea options or chocolate. Only $25 + postage.

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5. Eco Sunscreen Body + Face Pack available from Shop Naturally

Give your teacher a practical gift that will be perfect for summer – Eco Sunscreen!  This beautiful sunscreen is all natural, hypoallergenic and fragrance free.  Perfect for the most sensitive skin & you can currently purchase the large body size sunscreen & get a FREE 60g Face Sunscreen for only $29.95!

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6. Special Edition – Snack Box from GoodnessMe Box

Show your teacher some love with this fabulous selection of healthy & delicious snacks! No more boring fruit basket or dipping into the cookie jar – they will love to receive this box with 12 delicious goodies inside! Only $30 (including FREE postage).

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7. Coconut Macadamia Natural Energy Balls (12 Pack)                    from Aussie Health Products

If you haven’t tried these delicious bliss balls then you are missing out! Imagine having 12 of these yummy snacks ready to eat during a busy week at school! Macadamia and coconut is a pairing that’s indulgently delicious – and amazingly healthy!  This awesome 12 pack of Coconut Macadamia Natural Energy Balls is available from Aussie Health Products for only $35.90.

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