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5 Recipe Tips That Will Have You Eating Healthier!

5 Recipe Tips That Will Have You Eating Healthier!


Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. These healthy eating tricks are a great way to eat healthier without even realising it. A few substitutions and a little planning ahead can completely change the way you eat, for the better. Turn fruit into healthy crisps Turn fruit into crisps like these pear crisps from Charlottes Lively Kitchen. This works well with fruits like pears and apples, or even root vegetables like carrots, sweet potato and beetroot. 1  

Make noddles from zucchini Instead of using noodles or pasta, make noodles (or zoodles) from zucchini using a spiraliser, like these stir fry zucchini noodles from Diet Hood. You could also try spirilising vegetables like carrot or sweet potato. 2

Use your slow cooker to make bulk batches of soup We all have those nights when we don’t feel like cooking. Rather than head out for takeaway, use your slow cooker to make healthy soup like this slow cooker butternut squash soup from Gimme Some Oven and freeze in individual portions. Then you always have a healthy dinner in hand for those busy nights. 3

Turn apple slices into donuts Cut a big apple into slices, spread with peanut butter or cream cheese and sprinkle with your favourite topping to decorate, just like these donut apples from Babble. The are so much healthier than donuts, but just as much fun. 4

Swap a burger bun for lettuce Next time you make burgers, swap the bread burger buns for lettuce leaves, just like these lettuce burgers from I Quit Sugar. You can also try this healthy trick to substitute other foods like flour wraps or taco shells. 5

Enjoy!

 

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6 Educational You Tube Channels For kids

6 Educational You Tube Channels For kids

Kids seem to have a bit of an obsession with You Tube, but you don’t want them watching any old videos that pop up. There are some great educational You Tube channels offering videos that kids love and also happen to be educational at the same time. We have listed 11 educational You Tube videos that will keep your kids engaged while at the same time teach them a thing or two.

Minute Physics This You Tube channel answers many interesting questions in quick 2-3 minute videos, including; Why December has the longest days, Is it better to walk or run in the rain and Why isn’t it faster to fly west. 1 Brainzy Games by Education.com This channel has fun alphabet songs, shape songs and sight word songs. There are even videos sorted by grade, including preschool, kindergarten and first grade. It’s the perfect channel to help kids aged 3 – 7 years practice their math and reading skills. 2 Kids TV 123 This channel has some very popular songs that kids just love, like the Animal Sounds Song and the Phonics Songs. These educational videos suit children, toddlers and babies. 3 Full Time Kid Mya is a young girl who shares educational tricks, cute crafts and songs. Kids love watching videos created by other kids so it’s sure to be a hit. Even parents will enjoy watching these videos. 4 Adventures in Learning These simple yet fun videos will help grow your children’s math, literacy and social emotional skills. 5 The Spangler Effect This channel is great for slightly older kids. The videos are made by a science teacher who finds creative ways to make learning fun. 6

Do you have any educational You Tube channels to share?

 

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How To Implement A Reward Chart - 5 free reward chart printables

How To Implement A Reward Chart - 5 free reward chart printables

Reward charts are one of the best ways to encourage good behavior, discourage behavior you don’t want, and rewarding your child for practicing new skills. If you don’t know how to get started, read on.

Decide why you are using the reward chart Before you start using the reward chart, you need to be clear on why you are using the chart, so that you can talk to your child about the change you want to see. Be specific, rather than say your child needs to tidy their bedroom, tell them they need to pick up toys and put them away. Choose a chart Once you have decided why you are using the chart, it’s time to choose a chart. The type you choose might depend on it’s purpose, but to help you out we have listed 5 free reward charts at the end of this page. Decide on the rewards A reward chart wouldn’t be a reward chart without some type of rewards. Young kids love stickers like a star or smiley face, whereas older kids would prefer something more tangible. Create some short term rewards It can be hard to keep kids motivated for too long, so it’s a good idea to create some short term rewards that help kids keep their mind on the end goal. Rather than a sticker it might be something like a new book or day out doing something they enjoy. Reward good behavior immediately Giving the reward, such as a sticker, as soon as your child models the right behavior will reinforce that they are doing the right thing. Don’t punish your child if they don’t get a reward If your child doesn’t earn a reward, don’t punish them or threaten to take a reward already given off them. Instead, encourage your child to try again next time.

After sorting out a reward system, you might be wondering if it will work? Reward charts are great for helping reinforce expected behavior. They can help turn a task or experience into something with a positive focus, and that’s going to make the experience better for everybody. Working toward goals and receiving a goal at the end is a part of life, much like going to work and receiving an income at the end of the week, and reward charts work in much the same way.

Now that you are ready to try using a reward chart, it’s time to choose one. We have done the research for you and listed the 5 best free reward chart printables below. Free kids chore chart system from Simply Designing http://www.simplydesigning.net/free-kids-chore-chart-printable/ This printable is perfect for rewarding chores, with space to add in chores to suit your child’s abilities.   Superhero reward chart from The Chirping Moms http://www.thechirpingmoms.com/2015/03/free-printable-superhero-reward-chart.html#_a5y_p=3549132 These reward charts are the perfect multi use reward chart, no matter what behavior you are rewarding. There are two designs to choose from.   Free printable chore charts from Passion for Savings http://www.passionforsavings.com/free-printable-chore-charts-for-kids/ These rewards charts are perfect for any age group. There is a chore ideas printable grouped by age, a daily responsibilities printable and daily chores printable.   Toddler chore chart from Dandee-Designs http://www.dandee-designs.com/2011/08/modern-toddler-chore-chart.html This chore chart is perfect for toddlers who can’t yet read. It features little pictures of simple chores that young kids can do with minimal assistance.   Weekday printable chore chart from The Vintage Mother http://thevintagemother.com/free-printable-chore-chart/ This free printable chore chart works well for those tasks that only need to be completed on weekdays, such as making lunch for school and homework after school.  

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7 Clever Storage Solutions For Craft Supplies

7 Clever Storage Solutions For Craft Supplies

Art cart from Suburble This is a genius idea for organizing kids craft supplies, and it can easily be wheeled away out of sight when not in use. 1 Animal topped mason jars from Mason Jar Crafts Love These mason jars are perfect for storing kids craft bits and pieces. 2 Drawer pulls as chalk holders from Dimples and Tangles Use upside down drawer pulls attached to a wall as little chalk holders. Perfect for chalk board walls. 3 Chalkboard art caddy from I Heart Organizing Turn a utensil caddy into a chalkboard art caddy. Every pencil, crayon and texta will have its place. 4 Bucket storage from There Was a Crooked House Hang small buckets on wall hooks to store pencils and other craft supplies. 5 Travel craft box from No Time for Flash Cards Put together a travel craft box, perfect for car travel or days out. 6 Build a craft wall from Cup of Jo Use a peg board to build a craft wall and have everything ready for kids to use, all in the one spot. 7

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7 Simple Ways To Teach Your kids About Feelings

7 Simple Ways To Teach Your kids About Feelings

Learning how to recoginise and control feeling and emotions is such an important part of growing up. These 7 activities will help you teach your kids about feelings in a simple and fun way.

Emotion eggs from Laughing Kids Learn http://laughingkidslearn.com/tool-for-teaching-emotions-in-kids These eggs are a fantastic tool for teaching kid’s emotions, you can use them in so many different ways. You can use them to role play different feelings or to copy the faces drawn on each egg. It’s also great fun to copy the faces in front of a mirror, so kids can see how their faces look when they copy the expression of each egg. 1 Emotions scavenger hunt from Mosswood Connections http://mosswoodconnections.com/activities/new-socialemotional-page/emotions-scavenger-hunt-social-skills-activity/ This game is a great way to build awareness of emotions by people watching. Download the worksheet and find somewhere to sit and people watch, then children can identify people that match the emotions on the worksheet and mark them off. 2 Emotional animals kids game from Craftionary http://www.craftionary.net/guest-post-emotional-animals-kids-game/ All you need for this game is two square wooden blocks and a permanent texta. Next, choose some emotions and write those emotions on each side of one of your dice. Next, choose 6 animals that are easy for your child to mimic and write those on the other dice. To play the game, roll both dice and act it out. 3 DIY kids emotion matching game from B-Inspired Mama http://b-inspiredmama.com/kids-emotion-matching-game-with-free/ This game is so much fun, and is made personal by using pictures of your children. To put the game together, grab a camera and take pictures of your kids acting out each emotions, them print and laminate those pictures along with the emotion words from the free printable. Attach Velcro dots to each picture and emotion word, and children can match the words to the picture of themselves acting out that emotion. 4 Empathy Beads from Sugar Aunts http://www.sugaraunts.com/2015/05/quick-as-cricket-activity-teach-empathy.html These empathy bead bracelets are inspired by the book ‘Quick as a Cricket’. Pull out some pile cleaners and a range of different coloured bracelets. Ask your children to give each typs or colour of bead an emotion, and then create a bracelet made up of the different ‘emotion’ beads. 5 Printable Inside Out emotions board game from Strawberry Mommy Cakes http://strawberrymommycakes.com/2015/06/12/printable-inside-out-emotions-board-game/ If your kids loved the movie Inside Out the are going to have fun playing this board game. First of all, print out the game and cut out the pieces. To play the game, move the pieces as the cards tell you to. When you land on a ‘memory’ spot you have to tell of a time you felt that particular emotion. 6 Exploring emotions with slime from Little Bins for Little Hands http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/inside-out-exploring-emotions-activity-with-sensory-play/ Start off by making some homemade slime, and dividing it into 5 balls of slime. Next, add a colour to each to represent one of 5 emotions; joy, anger, sadness, disgust and fear. You can then talk to your child about certain situations, and as them to decide how that situation makes them feel, and express it by choosing the appropriate slime colours. 7

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7 Creative Ideas For Displaying Your Childs Artwork!

7 Creative Ideas For Displaying Your Childs Artwork!

Is your fridge looking a little cluttered with ever growing amounts of your children’s artwork? There are so many other ways to display your child’s artwork, and nothing will make your child prouder than having their creations displayed creatively around the house for all to see.

Kids art wall from Design Improvised Create a quick and easy kid’s art wall using string and some mini pegs. You can then swap old artwork with new masterpieces as quickly as the kids can create them. 1 DIY gallery wall from The Caterpillar Years Give your kids their very own gallery wall to display their artwork, using empty picture frames. Just like to string art wall, the pictures can easily be changed at any time. 2 Giant cork board from Young House Love Build this giant cork board in your house and your child will always have somewhere to proudly put every painting, drawing or other creation. 3 DIY art books for kids from Artful Parent If you are running out of room to display all of your kid’s artwork, turn the artwork into a DIY art book, that can be looked at time and time again. It would even make a fantastic coffee table book. 4 Display artwork in frames from Infarrantly Creative Use ordinary photo frames to display kid’s artwork, after all nothing will make your kids happier than to see their creations hung as art on the wall. If the artwork doesn’t fit in the frames, which most probably won’t, just use a quality printer to resize the artwork to perfectly fit the frame. 5 Art gallery shelves from Centsational Girl Install some floating shelves and use them to display frames containing your child’s artwork. 6 Display artwork on pants hangers from Honestly Decorate some ordinary pants hangers and use them to hang kids’ artwork on the walls. This is a really quick, easy and non-permanent way to display your child’s artwork. 7

How do you display your children's art work?

 

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4 Ingredient Banana bread

4 Ingredient Banana bread

This banana bread is really quick to make and great for afternoon tea. I often make this when I know I have visitors coming over.

Ingredients

  • 3 Ripe bananas mashed
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups Self raising flour

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

Beat the eggs and sugar together.

Add the mashed banana and mix well.

Stir in the flour until combined well.

Line a loaf tin approx 22cm with baking paper.

Cook for approx 50 minutes until the top is golden.

Slice and enjoy!

 

 

 

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The Easiest Way To Clean A Dishwasher!

The Easiest Way To Clean A Dishwasher!

Honestly this is one of the easiest ways to clean your dishwasher. I do this once a week as it keeps the dishwasher sparkly clean.

Your dishwasher will be sparkling in no time by following these few simple steps.

1. Make sure dishwasher is empty of all dishes. (including wine glasses lol)

2. Fill a dishwasher safe bowl with 2 cups of vinegar (I use home brand white vinegar) and set on the top rack of the dishwasher.

3. Run through on a hot cycle once and that’s it your dishwasher will come out clean and sparkly, the vinegar will remove any unwanted food smells as well.

4. Wallah too easy! Leaving you more time to put your feet up and have a cuppa or a wine!

 

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Easy zucchini slice

Easy zucchini slice

 

 

This slice is great for making ahead for easy lunch and dinners, serve with  a side salad or veggies or eat on its own delicious. You can also add other hidden veggies or even shredded chicken if you like to change it up.

 

Ingredients

 

5 eggs

 

2 carrots grated

 

2 zucchinis grated

 

1 onion diced fine

 

200 grams bacon diced fine

 

1 1/2 cups self raising flour

 

1 cup grated cheese

 

1/4 cup vegetable oil or oil of your choice

 

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 180C

 

Line a tray with baking paper, you can use a slice tin or a round cake tin, we used a 25cm round tin for this recipe. a 22cm slice tray also works well.

 

Place the eggs flour an doil in a bowl and bmix until smooth batter.

 

Add all other ingredients into a bowl and mix well.

 

Pour mixture into tin and spread out evenly.

 

Cook for 30 mins until the top is golden in colour.

 

Eat warm or cool.

 

Serves  6

 

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Left Over Roast Veggie Salad

Left Over Roast Veggie Salad

 

This salad is great for when you have left over roast veggies and you don't want them to go to waste> Often their isn't enough veggies left over to feed the whole family for another night so I like to add to them and turn into this salad.

 

Ingredients

 

Left over roast veggies, whatever you have will work we used:

 

Left over roast pumpkin

 

Left Over roast sweet potato

 

Small amount Left Over roast Potato

 

We then added:

 

1/2 red capsicum diced

 

1 onion diced

 

3 cups baby spinach

 

1 carrot cut into 2 cm pieces

 

1 teaspoon Vegetta

 

Pinch pepper

 

1 tablespoon olive oil

 

2 cloves crushed garlic

 

 

 

Method:

 

Preheat oven to 180C

 

Line a tray with baking paper

 

Place the capsicum garlic, onion, carrot and olive oil in a bowl along with the Vegetta and pepper and coat well.

 

Place the mixture on the tray and spread out evenly.

 

Pop in the oven for approx 15  20 minutes, until veggies start to brown slightly.

 

In the mean time heat your left over veggies in the microwave for 1 minute and pop into a bowl.

 

Add the baked veggies to the roast mix and stir through, use the oil to coat the veggies.

 

Line a serving tray with baby spinach and pop the roast mixture on the top.

 

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Easy Cheesy Garlic Loaf

Easy Cheesy Garlic Loaf

 

I usually get disappointed when I buy a garlic or cheesy garlic bread and it’s far from garlicky and cheesy! Very annoying given that when I am craving it…I am CRAVING IT! So to avoid disappointment I make my own. The best thing about this recipe is that you can adapt it to you taste and be quite creative. This is how easy it is!

 

You will need:

 

1 x Cob Loaf Or whatever loaf is your favourite
Butter
Fresh crushed Garlic
Cheese
and spring onions or parsley

 

Note: Use as little or as much of the ingredients as you like.  

 

Method:

 

– Preheat a fan forced oven to 200c.

 

– Melt the butter and garlic together so it’s pourable. Keep cheese and spring onions aside for now.

 

– Cut bread diagonally into 2 cm slices to within 1/2 cm from the bottom of loaf. Repeat cuts in opposite direction. Arrange cheese slices in cuts. Drizzle butter mixture over bread and sprinkle the spring onions over the top. Like the picture below.

 

– Wrap the cob in foil or you can simply bake it on some baking paper for 10mins. May need a little longer however, just keep an eye on it if you’re not using the foil method. You don’t want it burning.

 

Then you’re done! Let it cool a little and serve.

 

This Cheesy Garlic Loaf is great for parties both for kids and adult dinners, snacks. Use your imagination and create whatever you like. Try adding in some ham or bacon pieces, chives, herbs corn or try difference cheeses such as feta or parmesan….the list is endless.

 

What’s your favourite combination? Are you a Cheesy Garlic or Cheesy Herb person?

 

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2 Ingredient Ice cream

2 Ingredient Ice cream

This is a great healthy alternative to store bought ice cream. My Miss 4 and Mr 2 always ask for  ice cream, so I came up with this healthy alternative to the store bought stuff. I normally give the kids one of these in the afternoon for a snack, I can even bribe them to pick up their toys in exchange for an “ice cream” < insert wicked mum laugh here.

 

Seriously these are so yummy, low calories, each one averages about 110 calories per serve and each recipe will serve 4 people. I like that I can use whatever we have in the fridge, you can also try other ingredients like: honey, coconut, carob powder, apple, pear, etc Get creative!

 

Here are 3 of the flavor’s I make regularly:

 

Chocolate / Banana: 3 Frozen bananas and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. I also sometimes use protein powder.

 

Mango: 2 Frozen bananas and 2 cups of frozen mango.

 

Berry:  2 Frozen bananas and 2 cups of mixed frozen berries.

 

Simply pop ingredients into a blender or Thermomix and blitz on high for 2 minutes. After a minute of blitzing check how it looks you may want to add 10 mls of milk, or juice to bind it together. (I find the berry mix needs a little bit of juice to get a smooth consistency).

 

Then simply scoop into cups and serve YUM!

 

What other flavors would you do?

 

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Father’s Day DIY Gift: Spice Rubs

Father’s Day DIY Gift: Spice Rubs

 

In Victoria we’re now officially in SPRING! Oh how I have longed for you! Sun, food, family and friends! This means that as the weather warms up, it’s time to dust off the BBQ, don the apron, grab the tongs and get cooking. Lots of Dad’s have this affiliation with the BBQ and believe that if the BBQ is involved then it’s their ‘job’ to cook. Perhaps they feel we women are unable to handle the heat of a flaming BBQ? Who knows, more importantly….Who cares! Let him at it I say -one less thing for us busy Mumma’s to do =) To celebrate Father’s day what better way to make up some spice rubs for them to use over the spring and summer season? These are quick, easy and inexpensive and the best bit is you can get the kids to give you a hand.  The beauty of this idea is that you can make whatever combination your Dad or even Poppy. I thought these would be a great Idea for my Hubby who enjoys cooking on the BBQ but also enjoys preparing the meat Here are three that I prepared took about 20 minutes from start to finish. You could even get the kids give the jars a personal touch with a bit of decorations: These are great for Chicken, Beef, Veal, and Pork. Why not sprinkle a little over roast veggies, salads, or scalloped potatoes? Whatever you feel needs some added excitement these will do the trick and Dad will love them. Use as much or as little as you like it’s totally up to you. They will last in an air tight jar for up to 3 months. I guarantee that they will be gone before then!

 

SEASONED SALT

 

¼ cup Onion powder

 

¼ cup Garlic powder

 

¼ cup Ground black pepper

 

3 tbsps. Paprika

 

2 tbsps. Dried parsley

 

1 tbsps. Red pepper flakes (optional)

 

Simple measure all the ingredients, pop them in to a jar and shake and you’re done.

 
ITALIAN SPICE MIX

 

3 tbsps. Italian seasoning

 

4 tbsps. Oregano

 

2 tbsps. Basil

 

2 tbsps. Dried minced onion

 

2 tbsps. Dried parsley flakes

 

3 tbsps. Salt

 

Measure all the ingredients, pop it all into a jar and shake and you’re done.

 

DADS MIX

 

3 tbsps. Thyme

 

3 tbsps. Rosemary

 

3 tbsps. Dried parsley

 

1 tsp Cumin powder

 

½ tsp Hot paprika

 

3 pinches of salt

 

3 pinches of ground black pepper

 

Same as before, measure, put in to the jar and shake shake shake!

 I hope you enjoy them. If you give them ago please let us know what you think.

 

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3 Ingredient Cheats Fudge!

3 Ingredient Cheats Fudge!


This no fail 3 Ingredient Cheats Fudge is so easy to make, but be warned its just as easy to eat to  < yum!

It is great for a treat or even for a party. You can get creative and use different flavoured chocolate and biscuits to. Give it a go and let us know what you think!

 Ingredients

  • 1 Block of plain chocolate (we use Cadbury)
  • 1 Tin of chocolate condensed Milk, you can purchase this from ALDI, normal condensed milk will work fine to.
  • 1 Packet of chocolate ripple biscuits

 Instructions

  1. Break the block of chocolate into pieces and add to a microwavable bowl, add tin of condensed milk and then pop in the microwave for 2 minutess on high.
  2. Blitz the whole packet of chocolate ripple biscuits in a food processor or Thermomix, until a really fine crumb. The finer the biscuit crumb the creamier the fudge will taste.
  3. Then combine the biscuits to the chocolate and condensed milk, mix well untill the ingredients are fully combined.
  4. Line a 22cm tray with baking paper.
  5. Pour mixture into slice tray and decorate with whatever you like, we used 100s 1000s.
  6. Let is set for 3 – 5 hours in the fridge then slice.

 

 

 

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Date Night Picnic At Home

Date Night Picnic At Home

 

I came up with this date night when our baby sitter cancelled on us half and hour before she was meant to show up, yep we were both ready I even had makeup on and my hair down instead of the normal mum pony tail. To say we were disappointed was an understatement and we even found ourselves getting worked up a bit, the I came up with a plan, the whole idea of date night was for us to spend some quality time together. I told hubby to get the kids ready for bed while I whipped up to the shops.

 

I purchased  some cheese, dip, crackers, some warm finger foods and a  bottle of wine. When I got home the kids where put in bed and I grabbed our picnic basket out of the cupboard and filled it with the yummy things I had bought. We set up a blanket outside and some candles and poured some wine and ate finger food.

 

It’s fantastic because there’s no TV and it’s a no phone zone either. We just got to sit and chat about anything and everything, share useless facts with each, laugh and just enjoy the moment. It was very romantic as the stars came out.

 

I really recommend doing this one night with your partner, it is a great idea for mums with  babies as you can take the baby monitor with you outside and you are not to far away if you do need to breast feed.

 

We have also put a rug on the trampoline before which is really fun!

 

Have you had a romantic date night at home before?

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Date Night Without Leaving The House!

Date Night Without Leaving The House!

 

Date nights don’t always have to be about organising a baby sitter and saving your pennies for a night out. Whilst it’s lovely to get all dolled up and extremely enjoyable to have a night out, the reality at times is that we simply don’t have the time or the money to do this on a regular basis. So why not have date night at home and theme it!

 

Think about this, your favourite cuisine and basing the whole evening around it? Food, movies, you, hubby – you could even improvise and go as far as clothing as well for a bit of a laugh!

 

We had Saturday date night at home a couple weeks back and we both had a craving for Chinese. We decided to put dinner off for us until the little ones were fed, bathed and in bed for the night.

 

While I ordered Chinese takeaway, hubby got a couple Bruce Lee movies ready – ‘Enter the Dragon’ & ‘The Big Boss’. I got the chopsticks, bowls, glasses, napkins and set up some cushions on the floor of the lounge room in front of the coffee table and we were all set for our Chinese themed date night. We even have chop stick fights and mimic the movies English dubbing.

 

If you didn’t want to order take away you could pop in the oven some of the entertainer packs with some spring rolls, money bags etc or prepare some fried rice or what every your favourite dishes are and have them ready for when the kids are in bed.

 

We’ve also themed date night around Italian. I made some fettuccini carbonara, garlic bread and salad. We had some chocolate gelato for dessert and watch the God Father! The sky’s the limit with what you can theme it as. What about Mexican or a decade such as 1940’s? What about kids party themes – cupcakes or fairy bread? Don’t let your imagination limit you.

 

It’s often the simple, impromptu things that often turn out to be the most fun and enjoyable. Most of all you get to spend some quality time with the one you love the most and it’s inexpensive.

 

Have you tried themed date night? If so tell us what your theme was. If you haven’t tried it out would you give it a go?

 

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Threading Verses Waxing

Threading Verses Waxing

 

Eyebrow Threading What Is All The Hype?

 

Many of us ladies (and men) have tried lots of techniques to get that perfect brow shape! well I know I have! I’ve waxed, bleached (yep!) and plucked! And they all hurt but have never given me that clean, exact precise arch that I had always desired.

 

That’s until I discovered threading. My bestie who is Turkish has the most amazing eyebrows (as they do) and I envied her for so long. So one day I said “Take me to this Eyebrow Goddess you tell me about and I’ll let her have her way with my brows!”  I couldn’t quite grasp the idea that the shape was created by using a piece of string < amazing!

 

I went along to a local eyebrow threader she got me to I lay down on the massage table, my head on a pillow and the experience began. She got her brush out and brushed my unruly brows then began cutting them, WHAT? Scissors! You’ve got to be kidding me.  Anyway I took a breath and let her do her thing!. Next the cotton thread…..a little tweezing and Bam! 15 minutes later I was looking at what I had desired for many years. Perfectly shaped brows, with that precise arch that I had only dreamed of. It didn’t hurt nowhere near as much as waxing I must say, although some people think it is more painful.

 

So it got me wondering where threading originated, and it turns out that the exact origins of the technique are unknown, it has been used in Eastern countries for centuries, however many believe it originated in the Middle East and South Asia, and then spread to far Eastern countries. All that is used is a sewing thread. It’s knotted at one end, held between the fingers, twisted in the centre and using the fingers, moved back and forth. Tricky huh?

 

Anyway, waxing which is the most common form of hair removal, would you believe it used to consist of a homemade sugar and lemon resin, Yep! Sugar, lemon juice, and water are heated to form a syrup. Who would have thought? The syrup is formed into a ball, flattened onto the skin, and then quickly stripped away, removing the hair from the root! Ouch!

 

The removal of body hair by Western women became more common when bathing suits came about, starting in the 1940’s. Hair removal has been considered, in some cultures as proper hygiene required by local customs for many centuries. Given hair removal dates back to 4000 to 3000BC took us Westerners took a while to catch on haha.

 

So to thread or wax? Well both have their pros and cons.

 

Reasons people often choose threading over waxing:

 

* Waxing can burn the skin; leaving blisters and possibly scars.

 

* Wax residue, or occasionally was removal products, can sometimes cause skin irritations. Given threading requires no products it is less likely that the skin can become inflamed.

 

* Unlike waxing, threading does not have the possibility of lifting, tearing, or over-exfoliating the skin.

 

* It is safe for people using strong medications used to treat acne or also for those who have particularly dry skin, or have been sunburnt.

 

(If any of these apply to you, you should NOT be getting waxed or threaded in the treated/affected areas, and if you are using Accutane, you should not be waxed anywhere, since it's an oral medication).

 

* Many are convinced that threading is more precise, and can achieve a better shape.

 

* Redness is not as prominent after threading oppose to waxing.

 

Reasons people stick with waxing:

 

* Threading takes longer than waxing. Not by much, but because the hairs are removed more gradually some say it hurts more than waxing.

 

* Rolling the thread against the skin does create friction, and occasionally with slack skin, pinching can occur. Both of these can add to the discomfort level. Therapists will get you to hold the skin prior to removing the hair.

 

* Just like when you take time to tweeze your eyebrows at home, your eyes may water.

 

The main point here, no matter what technique you prefer, ALWAYS  make sure that the beauty therapist doing any form of hair removal is qualified and experienced, the premises is clean and professional, all instruments are sterilised and have not been previously used and most of all you’re comfortable with your therapist.

 

So, there it is to thread or to wax? Personally, it’s threading hands down for me.

 

Tell us what your preferred eyebrow removal method is and your experiences have been?

 

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How to Host a Lah-Lah Party!

How to Host a Lah-Lah Party!

Party Pax has been designed to help busy parents host a fabulous party for their loved ones, whilst saving you time and money.  This is a one stop shop for kids birthday parties, christenings and baby showers.  Each pack has been tailored for the time-poor, party-planner in you.  

You will receive everything you need to host an amazing party - DIY cake, DIY cupcakes, decorations, tableware and a little inspiration - in one box, delivered straight to your door.

LET US TAKE THE FUSS OUT OF YOUR PARTY!!!

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Tips To Dating After A Baby

Tips To Dating After A Baby

For those who have had a baby know what it’s like to try and even leave the house fully clothed let alone get out for a date night with your significant other. Some days it’s just not going to happen.

Hubby and I made the decision at Christmas last year that we wouldn’t buy each other presents and instead make more of an effort in spending time with one another. Since we had the little ones life seems to revolve around them, which is fine, however we never seemed to have time out just the two of us.

Not to mention the fact that Hubby can’t even kiss or cuddle me without being pushed away and told to basically “leave Mummy alone!” Poor Hubby! 

So we spoke to our amazing family friend and booked her for ‘date nights’ every 4-6 weeks. When booking with her we will lock in dates for the next 4 months, that way they’re in and we look forward to them. Let me tell you the first one was weird! We saw a truck on our way to dinner and said “Look it’s a truck” and cracked up as our little ones weren't in the car. How life changes when you have kids. 

Our first date night was pretty funny. We booked dinner at a local Yum Cha place and aimed to be at the movies by 8.30pm. Hubby and I were sending texts to each other all day psyching each other up, it was like back in our dating days. We felt like 20 something year olds.

We thought we’d have enough time to get to the movies and purchase our tickets at the booking office and more importantly that we’d have plenty of time to grab like a large popcorn and coke that I’d been craving it all day. What we did! For Plan B? We didn’t have one. So, we thought let’s go bowling, we had a blast.

It didn’t end there. After we’d finished bowling and thought, let’s stop for a coffee and cake on the way home. We went to our usual haunt, mind you this is going back almost 2 years and it’s only 10pm and they’re all closing for the night, seriously? Just our luck, first night out on our own and this happens. We haven’t been out of the game that long peeps.

Plan C? Stop off at Coles for a cake and coffee at home.  We had a good laugh and it turned out to be a great night. 

Remember these tips: 

Book date nights in a few months in advance with the babysitter, friend whoever you trust and can get.  

Compromise on what it is you want to do, take turns in choosing the movie you want to watch or better off surprise your partner with something you know they love doing.

Lock in dates on a calendar so you have something to look forward to.

Decide on what you want guys want to do. Book it (and if you decide on the movies…..pre-book your tickets)

Get excited, text each other; What are you wearing tonight sweet cheeks? Can’t wait to share a large popcorn with you.

And remember, who cares if it doesn’t go to plan, make the most of it and make your own fun.

I must say holding hands was a massive highlight,  given that we’re forbidden by our Children to have any form of affection toward each other in their presence! 

Why not recreate your first date, It’ll be loads of fun and bring back many fun and happy memories that you can reminisce about.

And, don’t forget to hold hands.

Tell us what your first date night was like after baby?

 

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The 7 Tips I used To Change My Hands And Nails From Drab To Fab!

The 7 Tips I used To Change My Hands And Nails From Drab To Fab!

How many of you Mumma’s have dry hands and chipped nails? Well I reckon I’ve got the most horrible hands they’re hairy, dry, wrinkly...well they just look like man hands serious.  My nails are just completely uneven. Let’s face it, I was never going to be a hand model that’s for sure. I must confess that I didn’t look after them consistently enough. I washed dishes with no gloves (Big No NO!).

 

I got quite annoyed after having my kids with the state of my hands, my skin was really dry and started to split and hurt. So I changed a few things and since then, they love me and I love them.

Here are a few tips that have helped me:

1.     I Apply hand cream frequently, especially after washing my hands and I always make sure I apply hand cream to my cuticles which helps prevent cracking and peeling. I make sure I use a sunscreen based cream during the day so it helps prevent sun damage. I keep a tube in my handbag and at the kitchen sink so that I remind myself to use it.

2.     Wearing glove helps protect the nails and cuticles. I use them when I do the dishes, gardening and anything do with water. Soaps and water weaken the nails and detergents dry the skin, despite their advertising.

3.     I stopped using soaps that are antibacterial as it has a chemical called triclosan which dries the skin. I buy milky hand washes, and am trying out some natural antibacterial soaps with tea tree or eucalyptus. (I haven’t quite got the recipe right, when I do I will share it with you).

4.     I coat the outside of my nails with polish, this will help protect the nail and prevent breaking and splitting, at least while the manicure lasts.

5.     Clean all nail instruments and change nail files often. Bacteria and other microbes can get transferred by the nail tools you use, causing infection. If you get manicures at a salon ensure they use clean and sterilized files and instruments. You’d be surprised how many don’t clean their instruments properly eewww yuk!

6.     I stopped using my fingernails as tools to pry things open, come on how many of us do this? Yes they’re handy little things but they weaken, chip and ruin the nail and they look horrid when they break. 

7.     Don’t overuse any kind of nail polish remover. Use a minimal amount on the nail and avoid getting too much on the cuticle and skin. 

It seems like a bit of a routine but really it isn't, if you keep the hand creams where you will be reminded to use them it will be a lot easier.

Do you have any other tips that you use to keep your nails healthy? share with us if you do!

 

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