5 oven friendly recipes to make with kids this Christmas

It is no secret that I love keeping all our Christmas preparations as simple (and fun!) as possible. The minute I begin getting consumed in the chaos, the magic of Christmas begins to fade away.

If you want to get the kids in the kitchen having some fun this Christmas, then this post is for you!

Here are my five kid friendly recipes this Christmas:

  1. Reindeer cupcakes

Use your favourite cupcake and icing recipe (or buy a packet mix if that is easier), bake the cupcakes and then ice them. To make reindeer, get your little ones to put two pretzels (as antlers), two candy eyes (I purchased mine from Woolworths) and a red M&M or smartie on each cupcake. The reindeer always look so sweet and are great to make to take to Christmas functions that have kids at them. These are easy, super cute and a whole lot of fun to make no matter the age.

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2. Grinch cookies

The recipe for these cookies comes from Katrina’s Kitchen (http://www.inkatrinaskitchen.com/grinch-cookies/).

This is the first year that we have made Grinch cookies and we really, really love them.  The recipe can be made super quickly – it’s a matter of throwing a cake mix, some oil, eggs and a drop of green food colouring all together into your mixer and mixing it for 2 minutes or so. The kids will love how slimy the mixture feels when you roll it in the icing sugar (so definitely give that job to them).

A few notes about this recipe:

  • I chilled the mixture in the freezer for 15 minutes instead of in the fridge.
  • I filled a bowl with icing sugar so that there was PLENTY of icing sugar to roll each tablespoon of mixture in.
  • I couldn’t find red love hearts in Woolworths (and it was late at night) so I bought ready made red fondant and cut out the hearts myself – buying red love hearts will be much easier.
  • I had to add an additional 4 minutes of cooking time for our oven.
  • I would put an extra drop of food colouring into the mixture to make it more green (be careful not to put too much).

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3. Sugar Cookies

Use your favourite sugar cookie recipe and get baking – we used this one (http://makebakecelebrate.com/lets-talk-about-rolled-sugar-cookies/).

To decorate give the kids a bowl of green icing and some sprinkles and set them loose. If you don’t want your kitchen to resemble a sprinkle factory, you may want to have them do this activity outside.

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4. Puff Pastry stars

This is the easiest recipe to make in the history of oven friendly recipes! Tim’s mum introduced it to us and we are now obsessed. Cut your puff pastry into shapes (try stars or Christmas trees), spread melted butter onto each individual shape and then sprinkle raw sugar on top of them. Bake in a moderate oven until golden (approximately 10-15 minutes).

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5. Bacon, Maple Syrup and Puff Pastry twists

If there is one recipe you HAVE to try – it is this one.  All you need is 1 sheet of puff pastry, 70g of streaky bacon and 1 TBSP of maple syrup. Cut the pastry into 10 strips. Cut your bacon into 10 thin long strips. Put each piece of bacon on top of a piece of pastry. Twist each strip 5-6 times (pinch the ends to secure the bacon). Place on a rack and brush with maple syrup. Bake for 15 minutes at 220 degrees until golden and puffed. As they come out of the oven coat them in additional maple syrup. Voila! Done.

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I hope these recipes are loved in your home as much as they are loved in mine. From my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year.

p.s. Take the pain and hassle out of cleaning your oven after a bake out with Resparkle’s 100% natural Organic Oven & BBQ Cleaner.

Common Food Allergy Triggers in Kids Snacks and Gluten Free Banana Bread recipe

Finding safe food for kids with food allergies or food intolerances can be hard, especially if there are multiple allergies or intolerances involved. Luckily, we’ve managed to get some help from our friend Lisa from Happy Tummies to provide us some advice on this!

Kids snacks

The top 8 food allergies are wheat, dairy, egg, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and fish. Sesame is also becoming a big problem and many manufacturers are also labelling food that contains sesame.

One of the biggest problems with labelling in supermarkets is that many labels are unclear. Parents need to be vigilant and look for common allergens with different names. Labelling is getting better with many manufacturers labelling products with allergens if it’s in the ingredients list, however many labels now have ‘may contain’ statements, none of which mean the same thing and can be confusing for parents. In my experience, manufacturers do keep a record of this information and are happy to share it, however it does require quite a lot of work to follow up every manufacturer.

The other problem of course with a lot of supermarket snacks aimed at children is the food additives and preservatives in them. Just because the manufacturers are allowed to put it in the food, it does not mean it’s safe to consume. Parents need to educate themselves about food additives and decide what foods they are happy for their children to eat. There are heaps of books and apps available on this that make it easy for parents to make better choices when doing their grocery shopping.

It’s really easy to bake or prepare some simple snack foods for kids. I like to bake recipes in rotation and freeze so that there is a constant supply of healthy snacks that the kids like to eat and that I am happy for them to eat.

CLICK HERE for your FREE handy baking chart and something special from Happy Tummies.

Feel free to swap ingredients as required to suit your family’s dietary requirements!

If you need more information on food allergies you can find it here at Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia.

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Here is Lisa’s Gluten Free Banana Bread recipe.

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Ingredients:

½ cup (45g) desiccated coconut

1 cup (140g) sorghum (or rice flour)

½ cup (90g) potato starch

½ cup (75g) rapadura (or coconut sugar / sugar)

2 tsps xanthan gum (or guar gum)

4 tsps baking powder

2 tsps cinnamon

1 tbsp Nutra Organics C Berry Blast (optional)

½ cup (110g) coconut oil, melted

½ cup (125mls) coconut milk – or any dairy free milk

2 medium bananas, peeled and mashed (approx. 280g of banana when peeled)

 

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 160°C
  2. Prepare loaf pan 22cm x 14cm
  3. Put dry ingredients into a food processor or Thermomix and blitz until well combined and desiccated coconut is fine like flour (10 secs, speed 9 in Thermomix)
  4. Add other ingredients and mix until combined (10 secs, speed 4 in Thermomix)
  5. Pour into prepared pan, place in pre-warmed oven and cook for 35 minutes or until cooked through
  6. Turn off oven and leave the cake in the oven for about 5 minutes with the door open so it cools slowly
  7. Remove from oven and sit on wire rack. After about 5 minutes remove from pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely

 

This month’s GIVEAWAY

Purchase any of Resparkle’s baby products (Organic Nursery, Toy & Everyday Cleaner or Natural Baby Laundry & Soaker) and receive a FREE Reusable Food Pouch from Happy Tummies and/or FREE Skin Balm, Baby Oil or Belly Butter samples from BasiK Organics.

(while stocks last)

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A Loaded Load: The Links Between Laundry Detergent & Your Child’s Skin Rash

As a parent, it can be heartbreaking to see your children suffering daily from skin sensitivity. It can also be impossibly frustrating to not know what’s causing it. Nonetheless, according to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology, eczema — also known as atopic dermatitis — is a fact of life for 1 in every 5 children under the age of two.

One of the most distressing aspects of this form of skin sensitivity is the ‘scratch-and-itch’ cycle that perpetuates the reaction: when the skin’s protective barrier is damaged, the sufferer becomes more susceptible to allergens and irritants. Once the skin is irritated, chemicals are released that make the skin itchy. If the skin is then scratched, more chemicals are released and the itch worsens. Even as an adult, not to scratch seems like an impossible act of self-restraint. But for a child? Not a chance.

Many parents look far and wide for a way to stop their child’s eczema — creams, lotions, clothes made of non-irritating fabrics — all to no avail. But what if the cause of your skin irritation was under your nose this whole time? Or, more specifically, in your laundry cupboard?

 

Eczema in Children

Most eczema in children develops between the ages of 2 and 4, with the most severe symptoms usually found in the creases of elbows, behind the knees, across the ankles and even on the face, ears and neck. Although some children will outgrow their eczema, many will take it with them into adulthood. And even if they do outgrow it, this fact is often of little comfort at the time.

Contact with allergens will often worsen the child’s experience of eczema, and many offending substances are common household items — such as soap, water and cleaning chemicals — that are hard to avoid. In particular, children with skin problems will often be more prone to laundry detergent reactions, and the longer the exposure, the more severe the symptoms. As these chemicals strip the skin of its protective barrier, eczema begins develops more frequently.

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Two Types of Skin Reaction

Your child’s skin irritation will fall into either one of two categories:

  1. Irritation: The red, itchy rash will develop as soon as the child’s skin comes into contact with an irritant — for instance, a prickly sweater. If the rash falls into this category, it will go away shortly after the sweater is removed.
  2. Allergic Contact Dermatitis: This form of skin irritation exhibits the same symptom — a red, itchy rash — but the cause will be less obvious, as it will neither appear with immediate contact nor disappear when the irritant is removed. If laundry detergent and/or fabric softener are behind your child’s rash, you may not notice the symptoms for up to a week, as the immune system takes time to recognise allergens, and it can take multiple instances of exposure before the skin will react.

A quick way to determine whether or not the rash is being caused by your laundry detergent is to check under your infant’s nappy, where clothing doesn’t touch the skin. If the rash is there, then it’s not caused by detergent. If it’s not, you may have found your culprit.

 

Getting Rid of the Skin Rash

While there’s nothing good about your child suffering, at least if the skin irritation and sensitivity is being caused by harsh laundry detergents, the problem is comparatively easy — and cheap — to fix.

Allergen avoidance or minimisation is essential to stopping your child’s eczema flares. If the laundry detergent is a prime allergen, then the most effective and immediate action would be to stop using supermarket detergents and softeners — which contain artificial fragrances, dyes and enzymes — in favour of something all-natural and organic.

If your child suffers from skin irritation, then it is also well-advised to wash  store-bought clothing before they wear it. New clothing often carries formaldehyde releasers, which is known to trigger skin irritation and sensitivity. Alternatively, there are a huge variety of organic baby clothing brands in Australia which are perfect for children with sensitive skin, not to mention affordable. Aster & Oak and Purebaby are a couple of our tried-and-tested favourites.

 

Conclusion

1 in 5 Australian children under the age of two suffer from eczema, a recurring and nasty form of skin irritation. This red, itchy rash that results from a break-down of the skin barrier is made worse through contact with allergens and irritants, and perpetuates itself in a nasty scratch-and-itch cycle.

The harsh chemicals contained in common laundry detergents frequently act as irritants, seeping into clothes during the wash cycle and sitting against your child’s skin upon wear.

Although skin irritation that results from contact with allergens is not immediately obvious, it is easily fixed by simply removing the allergens. If your child is reacting to your laundry detergent, the irritation can be stopped by switching to an all-natural, organic baby laundry product that doesn’t contain any of the offending chemicals.

Skip the supermarket this winter

Winter

Baby it’s cold outside.

Melbourne’s winter is pretty infamous for being windy, rainy and freezing! If you’re anything like us, stepping out of the warm comforts on our home into the freezer box of winter feels like a very daunting task. Winter or not, we still need human survival stuff like food, groceries and toilet paper right?

 

 

 

The good news is there are heaps of great local businesses that can help you quit the supermarket this winter and forever if you like!

Here’s the list we’ve compiled:

1. Toilet paper:

  • Who Gives A Crap: Cares for the world and your freezing bums. Get toilet paper delivered to your doorstep. Free shipping over $30.

2. Food:

  • Marley Spoon:  They plan, shop, prep and deliver your week’s meal to your home. All you do is cook! Free delivery to your doorstep.
  • Eat fit Food: Can’t be bothered to cook? Avoid putting on the dreaded “winter weight” with Eat Fit Food. They deliver healthy meal plans to your home. Just heat, eat, nourish!

3. Cleaning Supplies:

  • Resparkle 2U: Delivers 2 months worth of organic cleaning supplies to your home. Bonus: Free metro delivery, pause anytime and natural products that (gasp) actually works!
  • Get $15 off the first Resparkle 2U box. Use coupon code WinterClean at check out. Valid till 1st Sept 16.

4. Skin-care & body care:

  • No matter how cold winter get, yes we still do need to bathe, like everyday. You can’t get past Nourished Life for the most comprehensive range of healthy & safe skin and body care products. Ps. They stock Resparkle too so you can get your cleaning supplies together with all the other natural goodies.

Lemon & Lavender Home Fragrance

Winter has truly began in Australia. As weather gets colder and sometimes dreary, don’t we all long for summer days? While we can’t make summer happen overnight, we can perhaps make our own sunshine by re-creating the scent of summer at home, naturally of course.

This Lemon & Lavender simmering potpourri recipe will transport you instantly to the balmy summer days of lemonade and sunshine.

So crank up the heater, get brewing and into the happy summer mood, right in the comforts of your home.

Lemon & Lavender Simmering Potpourri Recipe

Lemon LavenderINGREDIENTS:
  • One whole lemon, sliced
  • One cup of dried lavender (I used both the leaves and flowers saved from last year’s French lavender.) Place the lavender in cheesecloth if you wish.
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • One quart of water
  • (Optional: You may add two or three drops of lavender essential oil if you prefer a stronger fragrance.)

 

 

 


 

DIRECTIONS:
Bring the water to a boil.
Add the above ingredients, squeezing the lemons and adding both the rinds and the juice.
Allow to boil for a few minutes to release the scent, then reduce to a simmer.
In about 30 minutes, your whole house will smell wonderful! You can put it in the fridge and reuse it for several days. Be sure to keep an eye on the water level when the potpourri is simmering.
Please note that this is a recipe for potpourri and is not intended as a beverage.

Safe Cleaning for Babies & Children

How to Create a Germ- and Toxin-Free Home for Baby

Even for adults, commercial cleaning products can pose serious health risks. From headaches to certain cancers, the carcinogens, endocrine disrupters and neurotoxins commonly found in supermarket products have been linked to a range of issues, including:

  • Premature puberty;
  • Reduced fertility;
  • Challenged immune systems;
  • ADHD;
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and certain cancers.

 

Baby&Toxins

Babies and toddlers — due to their still-developing immune systems and their smaller size — are one of the most at-risk categories when it comes to chemical exposure. This isn’t helped by their close proximity to the floor: as they crawl along, chemical traces get absorbed through their skin and respiratory tracts, with the risk of exposure becoming higher when they insert their fingers into mouths, noses and ears.

However, despite even the most supermummy of efforts, it’s impossible to keep everything free of toxins. But choosing organic cleaning products and knowing the most important places to clean are two great places to start.

Kitchen Surfaces

Before you go crowning us Captain Obvious, we’re not just talking about the regular spraying and wiping of food preparation surfaces (though it is particularly important to use toxin-free surface cleaners anywhere food is being prepared). To keep your baby safe from bacteria, avoid placing roving items — such as grocery bags — on the counter. Or better yet, avoid the supermarket altogether and get cleaning products delivered to your door!

Baby Clothes & Mumma Clothes

A baby’s clothes get even more hugs than mummy does, so it’s important they’re washed daily using a safe laundry detergent that won’t leave their sensitive skin in a chemical embrace. While traditional laundry powders get rid of germs, they’re also filled with nasty chemicals that get absorbed into a baby’s clothes and can cause rashes, itching and other unpleasant reactions. And if your baby is anything like most babies, it will also be prone to munching mummy’s shirts, so a 100% natural laundry powder like Resparkle’s is just as important for big kid laundry.

Bed Linens

Every mum knows that it’s important to make the most of baby naptime. So when your baby eventually gets to sleep, make sure you too can rest easy in the knowledge that their bed linen is clean and toxin-free. To avoid your baby breathing in both the allergens and chemicals that get caught up in bed linens, make sure to wash them regularly with a natural laundry powder that kicks the butts of germs and toxins alike.

Bathtubs

The bathtub should be where your baby gets clean, not dirty. While cleaning the bathtub around once a week with a natural disinfectant will ensure a clean and toxin-free starting point, avoid using supermarket soaps with baby. A soap with all-natural and organic ingredients will not only avoid chemical exposure, it will also be gentler on baby’s sensitive skin.

Feeding Bottles & Baby Accessories

Make sure the nutritious food you are feeding your baby isn’t compromised by chemicals on the feeding bottle. While it is recommended to have a number of bottles on hand so that you can rotate their use and avoid constant washing up, it’s just as important to avoid cleaning them in chemicals. Supermarket detergents are full to the brim with harmful toxins such as corrosive alkaline salts, so by switching to an organic dishwashing liquid, you can ensure the only things that go into your baby’s mouth are natural.

Kitchen Sponges

It’s all well and good to wash your baby’s feeding bottles with a toxin-free dishwashing liquid, but where has your kitchen sponge been? To avoid contaminating your baby accessories with dirty sponges, make sure to wash them thoroughly after each use with a toxin-free detergent, and replace old sponges with new ones at least once a month.

The Floor

When your baby crawls along the floor, make sure they aren’t picking up toxins with their toys. Commercial floor cleaners are some of the worst offenders when it comes to toxic load, often containing harsh chemical categories such as carcinogens and neurotoxins. Keep baby safe from the adverse health issues associated with these toxins by using an organic floor cleaner that gets rid of germs with nature, not nasties.

Toys

Toys need baths too — especially since a baby’s idea of playtime often involves a lot of sucking and dribbling. Hard plastic toys can easily be cleaned in the dishwasher, while soft toys love going for a spin in the dishwasher. But to ensure they don’t come out the other end covered in chemical nasties, make sure they’re being washed in safe products such as Resparkle’s organic dishwasher powder and all-natural baby laundry powder.

Sit Back and Relax

We believe that a toxin-free home for baby is even better when it means a carefree life for mummy.  

That’s why we’ve partnered with our friends at Aster and Oak — providers of beautiful organic clothes for healthy and stylish babies — to give one lucky winner a 6-month supply of Natural Baby Laundry Powder and an adorable clothing set from Aster and Oak’s new Woodland Animals collection.

To enter, just follow these easy steps:

  1. ‘Like’ Resparkle & Aster and Oak on Facebook
  2. In the comments section of the promotion post, tell us in 20 words or less why you’d love to win!

Entries close 12pm Sunday May 01 2016. The winner will be announced on the day.

Until then, wishing a safe and happy home for you and your family.

Honey Tahini Cashew Cookies

Valentine’s Day is not just for lovebirds, it’s the perfect time to show some appreciate to the many special ones in your life whether your parents, your friends, workmates or neighbours. Love is a universal desire and everyone wants to feel loved.

A sweet yet simple way to do so is to bake & share some cookies! Our friend Amy from The Holistic Ingredient shares a Honey Tahini Cashew Cookies which not only taste sensational but they’re actually good for you too.

What better way to show that special honey that I’m nuts about you! (corny I know but couldn’t help it)

Happy Valentine’s Day & Enjoy!

Honey Tahini Cashew Cookies

Cashew Cookies

Ingredients 
Makes 18

1 ½ cups cashew meal*

2/3 cup white sesame seeds

1/3 cup unhulled white tahini

¼ cup raw honey

1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground

¼ teaspoon sea salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 175 0 C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

In a large mixing bowl place cashew meal, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a small

mixing bowl combine tahini, raw honey, vanilla extract and coconut oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mix and use your hands to combine the dough. It should be slightly tacky to touch. Roll into balls of 2cm diameter.

Place the sesame seeds into a shallow dish. Roll balls in sesame seeds then place onto baking tray. Press down to 0.5 cm thickness.

Bake for 10 minutes. If you would like even crispier cookies flip and bake for a further 5 minutes. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

* To make cashew meal, simply blend raw cashews in a high-powered blender until it resembles course flour.

Surprising Health Benefits of Cucumber Water

Cucumber WaterThis summer has delivered many scorcher days across Australia, making so important to stay well hydrated. Make plain water taste better by adding some fresh fruits/veggies, so you’re likely to drink more H2O.

We highly recommend simply adding cucumber & mint. This is not only adds super refreshing flavour, cucumbers are chock full of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, calcium, vitamin K and potassium. That means you could be reaping benefits like great skin just by adding some slices to your water. If it sounds easy, that’s because it is.

So what’s so great about cucumber water? Here are 4 surprising healthy benefits of cucumber water:

  1. Weight Loss benefits :

 Cucumbers act as a natural diuretic helping you get rid of that excess water and bloating. Not only that, but cucumber water makes plain water taste better, so you’re likely to drink more H2O. Water is an important factor in preventing constipation, which can cause swelling in the abdomen and add on a few extra pounds. Also, sufficient water intake helps your body’s natural detoxificationprocesses, which makes it function more efficiently, thereby facilitating weight loss.

 

2. Detoxing Properties

Use cucumber water during a detox program. It contains antioxidants that will help battle free radicals, and helps the body flush out built-up toxins thanks to its hydrating effect. Detoxing the body doesn’t have to be a drastic 1 time event, you can cultivate healthy every day habits to help your body stay clean with daily attention to the foods that you’re taking in, as well as avoiding foods that are known as being toxic to the body. This sort of regular maintenance keeps you feeling great all year long.

3. Healthy Skin: 

To give your skin even more cucumber benefits, you can wash your face with cucumber water. It refreshes the skin, closes pores and helps prevent oiliness. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make your own cucumber cleanser with this recipe from The Times of India .The silica and antioxidants help your skin stay clear and supple. Wash your face with cucumber water in addition to your usual acne routine to reduce redness.

4. Strong Muscles

The same silica in cucumbers that helps the skin, also helps your muscle tissues healthy. It’s a great choice if you’ve added a strength training regimen such as barre or pilates workouts to your lifestyle, or if you want to make sure that your muscles have all of the nutrients needed to function at their best. A daily glass of cucumber water makes a great contribution to the overall health of your muscles, and your body in general.

 

 

Let’s get Ready for Christmas | Week #4 | Decorate

WEEK #4 – DECORATE 

Holy Dooley! We’re one day early, but You might as well say that December is here and it’s time to turn our attention to decorating.  With a little organisation and planning, this can truly be a magical moment for you and the family.

 

 

To Do This Week

  • * Remind yourself of your theme
  • * Take a quick stocktake of decorations from last year
  • * Purchase decorations missing from your list and
  • * Have FUN decorating
  • * Don’t forget to buy the third group of pressies this week

 

Set aside a Sunday afternoon (or a time that suits your family), prepare some snacks and maybe a few cheeky drinks.  Decorating is a fun time for the family, so enjoy the time together.

See you next week – we’re going to get our Cooking on!

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DOWNLOADS

ChristmasDecorationList 

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WANT SOME GIFT INSPIRATION?  

Check out these wonderful businesses, doing wonderful things for You, Your Family and the Planet.

SKIN-CARE/Cosmetics

  1. DNA Elements
  2. Simple as That
  3. 100% Pure 
  4. Jacqueline Evans
  5. Luk Beautifood Lipstick
  6. Nourished Life: One-stop for non-toxic skincare, cosmetics & home-care products.

TOOTHPASTE

  1. Grants of Australia 

SHAMPOO

  1. Weleda Hair-care 

GO PLASTIC FREE

  1. 4 My Earth: Lunch boxes, Food Wraps & all things non-plastic
  2. Biome Eco Store

Organic Cotton

  1. Bhumi Organic Cotton : Bedsheets, Quilts, Towels, Throws.
  2. Pure Baby: Organic baby clothes

Food for Every Day Health

  1. Matcha Maiden : 100% pure organic green tea leaves ground into powder. Up to 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea!
  2. Remedy Kombucha: A super healthy alternative to frizzy drinks!
  3. Whole Kids: Healthy snacks for kids and adults too!

Household Cleaners

Resparkle of course! We’re the only home-care brand in Australia that is truly 100% natural and hold a organic certification by NASAA.

There you have it. All you need to KEEP CALM & QUIT CHEMICALS.

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Let’s get Ready for Christmas | Week #3 | Gifts & Giving

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WEEK #3 – GIFTS & GIVING 

It’s the time we focus on gift lists, gift buying and gift wrapping – I’m sure you agree that this is the biggest organisational challenge of them all.  For many families, gift-giving is a prime source of holiday financial stress. Instead of heading to kmart & buying something just to fill the Christmas stockings, why not make something. It’s more environmentally friendly, won’t break the budget and the recipient would appreciate it a whole lot more.

 

 

Here’s a Coffee Scrub Recipe that would take you less than 30 minutes tops.

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Coconut Coffee Anti-Cellulite Scrub

INGREDIENTS
1 cup coffee grinds, used or unused
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
1/4 cup sugar

 

 

 

DIRECTIONS:
In a bowl, mix all ingredients until the the texture becomes pasty and scrub-like. If necessary, add more of any ingredient until you reach desired consistency. Transfer to an air-tight jar or container, and enjoy!

Next week we’ll start to think about decorating.

See you then!

 

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DOWNLOADS  

ChristmasGiftPlanner

ChristmasStocking

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WANT SOME GIFT INSPIRATION?  

Check out these wonderful businesses, doing wonderful things for You, Your Family and the Planet.

SKIN-CARE/Cosmetics

  1. DNA Elements
  2. Simple as That
  3. 100% Pure 
  4. Jacqueline Evans
  5. Luk Beautifood Lipstick
  6. Nourished Life: One-stop for non-toxic skincare, cosmetics & home-care products.

TOOTHPASTE

  1. Grants of Australia 

SHAMPOO

  1. Weleda Hair-care 

GO PLASTIC FREE

  1. 4 My Earth: Lunch boxes, Food Wraps & all things non-plastic
  2. Biome Eco Store

Organic Cotton

  1. Bhumi Organic Cotton : Bedsheets, Quilts, Towels, Throws.
  2. Pure Baby: Organic baby clothes

Food for Every Day Health

  1. Matcha Maiden : 100% pure organic green tea leaves ground into powder. Up to 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea!
  2. Remedy Kombucha: A super healthy alternative to frizzy drinks!
  3. Whole Kids: Healthy snacks for kids and adults too!

Household Cleaners

Resparkle of course! We’re the only home-care brand in Australia that is truly 100% natural and hold a organic certification by NASAA.

There you have it. All you need to KEEP CALM & QUIT CHEMICALS.

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Let’s Get Ready for Christmas | Week #2 | Reality Check

 

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WEEK #2 – REALITY CHECK (15-21ST NOVEMBER

It’s week two of the Countdown and time to consider the darker side of the holiday season. Though we may not be conscious of them, hidden holiday forces work to over-run our budgets and alter our decision-making.  Not to worry! Coming face to face with the reality of outside pressures will make us stronger and empower us to say ‘no’ if and when required.

 

 

 

 

TO DO THIS WEEK

1) Make a holiday budget – work together with your spouse to set a comfortable level of holiday spending

+  Create a list/budget for each category; Groceries (incl Drinks), Decorations, Gifts (bought & DIY),

+ Cards/Wrapping/Postage, Travel, Spending Money and Other

+ Remove any items that you may already have from last year

+ Allocate a budget for each item

+  Do a little research for big ticket items online or in sales catalogues – see if you can save yourself a bit of dosh

+ Transfer overall totals for each category to your Master Budget.  This will  give you an overall picture of your outlays.

+ Continue to rework until you are comfortable with your overall budget

2) Divide your gift list up into five and aim to buy one fifth of your gifts each week (you don’t want to be rushing around with everyone else in week seven). The gifts that require posting need to be purchased and sent out this week!!!!

3) Write up the Christmas cards & get them out

4) Check out the family wardrobe and put any “To Buy” items on your budget and shopping list

5) Schedule family haircut appointments

 

STAY TRUE TO YOUR VALUES & YOUR BUDGET  

To help you with your planning, please see downloads below.

See you next week for Week #3 – Gifts and Giving

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DOWNLOADS  

GroceryDrinks_Budget

ChristmasDecorationList

CardsWrapsPostage_Budget

ChristmasGiftPlanner1

Travel_Budget

SpendingMoney_Budget

Other_Budget

Master_Budget

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WANT SOME GIFT INSPIRATION?  

Check out these wonderful businesses, doing wonderful things for You, Your Family and the Planet.

SKIN-CARE/Cosmetics

  1. DNA Elements
  2. Simple as That
  3. 100% Pure 
  4. Jacqueline Evans
  5. Luk Beautifood Lipstick
  6. Nourished Life: One-stop for non-toxic skincare, cosmetics & home-care products.

TOOTHPASTE

  1. Grants of Australia 

SHAMPOO

  1. Weleda Hair-care 

GO PLASTIC FREE

  1. 4 My Earth: Lunch boxes, Food Wraps & all things non-plastic
  2. Biome Eco Store

Organic Cotton

  1. Bhumi Organic Cotton : Bedsheets, Quilts, Towels, Throws.
  2. Pure Baby: Organic baby clothes

Food for Every Day Health

  1. Matcha Maiden : 100% pure organic green tea leaves ground into powder. Up to 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea!
  2. Remedy Kombucha: A super healthy alternative to frizzy drinks!
  3. Whole Kids: Healthy snacks for kids and adults too!

Household Cleaners

Resparkle of course! We’re the only home-care brand in Australia that is truly 100% natural and hold a organic certification by NASAA.

There you have it. All you need to KEEP CALM & QUIT CHEMICALS.

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