Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Parent TV: What is it and my experience and thoughts...


Confused, overwhelmed and curious parents rejoice because Parent TV is here and set to change the way we parent - for the better!

 
Designed by Sam Jockel - some of you probably know Sam as the brilliant (and pretty) face behind the School Mum website. Sam came up with the brilliant (and very much needed) concept of having one accessible, affordable and credible platform to come for all of your parenting information.

 

So what exactly is Parent TV?


Parent TV is a video on demand platform that brings together advice from a pretty fabulous team of experts in fields such as psychology, dietetics, family counselling and paediatrics.
 
The video topics cover almost every question you may have on areas such as sleep (or lack of), behaviour, health and wellbeing, education, safety and everything in between! 

The content is delivered in short and concise videos that are easy to understand and solution focused. There are also short courses that you can access which cover more extensive information over several longer episodes. 
 
 
The panel of experts are impressive and include some famous faces such as Maggie Dent, Pinky McKay and Dr Justin Coulson and loads more (you can read the full list here).
 
This little clip gives you an overview if you are interested...
 

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Healthy (ish) Thermomix Double Chocolate Zucchini and Banana Muffins

Every time I share my bake up photos over on my Instagram stories, without a doubt I get asked to share my recipe for these amazing Double Chocolate Zucchini and Banana Muffins.


I am literally living off these lately, they are that good and so much healthier than you think if you are after a sweet treat for lunchboxes or just with your morning cuppa.

You'll Need:



  • 1.5 Zucchinis
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 Egg
  • 60g oil (extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil)
  • 160g raw sugar
  • 250g plain spelt flour (or regular plain flour)
  • 25g cacao powder (or cocoa)
  • 1 Tsp bicarb soda
  • 1/4 Tsp baking powder
  • 40g chocolate chips (or more, I am trying to be good!). I usually cut up Lindt 70% as I love this stuff!! 

Method:

  1. Place zucchini, banana, oil, egg, raw sugar and oil in and mix on speed 5 for approx. 7 seconds
  2. Add dry ingredients (flour, cacao, bicarb soda, baking powder) and mix on speed 4 for approx. 10 seconds
  3. Scrape down side of bowl and add chocolate chips. Mix on reverse, speed 2 for approx. 10 seconds
  4. Spoon into patty cases/muffin trays and bake for approx. 20 mins
  5. Enjoy!
These are amazing when served hot and fresh. However when these reach the end of their life, I like to heat them up with a dollop of yoghurt for a not so naughty (but oh so yummy) after dinner treat. Hope you enjoy!
 

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Win!! Tickets to Silvers Circus in Melbourne at Southland or Ferntree Gully!

Roll up, roll up because the Silvers Circus is heading your way - well if you live in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne like I do!!
 
 
 
The two hour show is sure to please the entire family with amazing acts such as the Wheel of Steel, The Globe of Death, Hoola Hoops and of course no circus is complete without clowns is it?!
 
Silvers Circus will be at Southland as of Wednesday 27th of June until Sunday 22nd of July - perfect timing to amuse the kiddos during the Winter school holidays. It then moves on to Ferntree Gully from Wednesday 25th of July until Sunday 12th of August.
 
If you'd like the chance to win a family pass (I have two up for grabs!) to go to a show of your choice, simply pop over to my Instagram Page or my Facebook page to enter.
 
We cannot wait to take the family to see our very first Circus Show next month!!
 
For all show details and times or to buy tickets, pop over to the Silvers Circus website.
 

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Win!! Disney on Ice Tickets for Melbourne Show!

See all of your favourite Disney stories, from past to present, come to life in the latest and greatest Disney on Ice Show: Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic!
 
 
 
You can catch all of the action at Hisense Arena from the 5-10th of July - perfect school holiday fun for the kiddos!
 
I am super excited to have 2 x A Reserve tickets (valued at $96) up for grabs at the 5:30pm performance on Sunday 8th July 2018.
 
To enter, please pop over to my Instagram page and enter on the Disney on Ice post in my feed. Giveaway closes this Friday the 8th of June at 20:00 - so hop to it!!
 
For further information on this fantastic show, check out www.DisneyOnIce.com.au
 
Good luck!!

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link Air Purifier Review

When I was asked to review the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link Air Purifier I literally was on the verge of tears. For the past few months I had been desperate for something, anything that may give our family a helping hand to combat the major allergies that our almost 3 year old (Toby) faces. We often joke that our poor Toby is allergic to life. Food, dust, air, pet hair, carpet, grass - the list of his allergies seems to grow by the day. He suffers with severe eczema, often has trouble breathing at night and struggles to sleep due to scratching/screaming/crying - the whole situation is a vicious cycle.
Whilst Dyson definitely doesn't claim that this is a medical grade device, I was hopeful that this little machine that detects allergens and pollutants and purifies the air may just help a teeny, teeny bit!

 

So what does the machine actually do?!

This machine has so many clever functions, it monitors and purifies the air and also has a heat and cool function too. The machine is bladeless, portable and easy on the eye too!

How does it work?

When the machine is switched on, it draws the air in your home into the filter contained within the base of the machine. The air particles are captured within the filter and clean air is then released and circulated through your room via the 'loop' of the machine. Dyson claims that this machine is powerful enough to remove 99.95% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.3 microns in your home - pretty impressive stuff!
The machine has its own Dyson App that allows you to remotely control the temperature, set a sleep timer, view the air quality in your area, inside your home and chart the air purification activity.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Frankie4 Footwear: Are they worth it? Best styles?

I just want to say straight up that this is not a product review, nor was I contacted by Frankie4 to write a post on their products. Since I started sharing my everyday style over on my social media, I seem to be getting a ton of messages or comments on my Frankie4 Shoe collection. As such, I thought that I would put together a bit of a blog post addressing a few of the questions that keep popping up...
 

Why Frankie4 Shoes?

 
Now I am not sure if I told my readers this, but last year during my pregnancy I suffered a major (and scary) injury to my back from damage to my discs that affected my nerves. I am not entirely sure what caused it, but I lost mobility down my left leg and ended up in hospital for over 3 weeks unable to walk, move or even go to the toilet! It took the longest time to rehabilitate myself to walk again (and loads of money with a physio and oesteo) and when I did it was a slow, awkward, expensive and painful process.
 
Once the pregnancy was over (and after countless months of physio and oesteo), I found that the leg pain had eased up but I was getting pain in my feet. It literally felt like I had glass stuck in my foot and was getting an electric shock when I walked. After seeing a podiatrist they explained that the damage to my back was causing nerve damage in my feet. I was ordered to give up my thongs, ballet flats and sandals pronto!! The podiatrist gave me a long list of shoe companies to try (which quite frankly my 70 year old Mum would blanch at!), so upon doing my own research I discovered Frankie4, which are a range of footwear designed by a podiastrist/physio. 
 
I was a little shocked to see the price of 'good' footwear. I am used to spending hundreds of dollars on shoes, but on Kmart cheapies and lots of them! So it was a real mindset change to invest all my pennies into one pair of shoes, but I had no other choice.
 

Are they worth the money?

 
The biggest fear I had was that I would spend all this money and still have issues with my feet, but I decided to bite the bullet and try out the Frankie4 Nat style (in blush). Honestly when these arrived and I wore them, I literally wanted to cry. They are worth EVERY SINGLE CENT (and I must admit afterpay softened the blow financially).
 

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Need a Wake Up Call for Better Sleep?


{Post in conjunction with Bedding Co}
How’s this for a wake up call?
More than half (63%) of Australian adults have actively taken steps to improve their sleep quality in the past twelve months, with Australian adults among the most likely to use prescription sleep drugs compared to the rest of the world. These are the latest findings in a recent online study, The Philips annual sleep survey conducted in February by Harris Poll on behalf of Philips.This survey compares the sleep habits of over 15,000 adults across 13 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Poland, the UK, and the United States) and assesses how sleep is prioritised, addressed and perceived by populations around the globe.
Here are some recommendations to help you take control of your sleep health so hopefully, you can better enjoy your day without yawning every hour.
The findings prove that clearly, us Aussies are fair dinkum about our need for sleep.
Choose your sleep tools wisely by researching them!
Seek out a mattress that supports your body, but also one that remains cool and breathable. It’s really important that regardless of how tired you are, you take the time to research what’s on the market so you can find bedding that’s suited to you, your needs, and your budget. A great starting point is to check out bedding online first.

Friday, 11 May 2018

The Healthy Mummy: Busy Mums Guide to Weight Loss Book Review and Giveaway!

I discovered my love affair for The Healthy Mummy way back when I was pregnant with Miss C and it hasn't waivered since! I have followed the eating and exercise plans on and off over the years and many of my family favourite recipes are actually ones from my many, many Healthy Mummy books....


I have purchased so many of the cookbooks in the Healthy Mummy range over the years and have countless printed eBooks and recipes from their amazing websites. So when I saw that they had a new book out, I was pretty darn excited!


The latest book to the collection is called the Busy Mums Guide to Weight Loss. Not only does this include 100 of the most popular and fabulous recipes from the eating challenge, it also includes a 28 day eating and exercise plan. If you are not familiar with the Healthy Mummy programme, don't be fooled into thinking it is just another restrictive diet fad. Nope, this really is aimed at being a healthy sustainable lifestyle programme (and one that includes chocolate and treats!!).
 
 
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