Healthiest Sangria Ever

You know what we love about the holiday season? The happy buzz we get from sipping cocktails with family and friends, the endless days of festivities. It’s just such a joyful time to be.

The only problem: You may be pouring on the sugar and calories if you’re not paying attention to what you’re sipping through at parties.

BUT there’s ALWAYS a healthier solution yes?

So we’ve done a healthy makeover of the refreshing sangira without sacrificing any of the buzzy delights!

Start with a red wine base, which contains healthy antioxidants & then add fiber-rich fruits like berries, pears and oranges. Top it off with sparking water instead of the usual soda or syrup.

As healthy as it sounds, it’s still alcohol and should be enjoyed in moderation.

Summer Sangria

Serves 10

Sangria1.5 bottles red wine
1/4 cup triple sec
2 cups sparkling lemon/lime/orange-flavored water (get brands that has no added sugar)
1 pear diced
1 cup fresh strawberries, diced
2 oranges diced or sliced (not peeled)
1 cup pineapple chunks
1/4 cup orange juice

 

 

Directions

  1. Combine everything (except the sparkling water) in a large pitcher, and store in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
  2. Before serving, add the sparkling water to the pitcher, stir completely, and serve!

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.

CoffeScrubGift

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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Let’s get Ready for Christmas | Week #1 | Festive Planning

 

 

TinselWHOA!  Seven weeks till Christmas!!! I’m sure you agree that the festive season causes more than the usual chaos on the home front, but there’s no reason why this should get the better of us. A simple plan and a touch of delegation (or co-operation) – should keep things humming at home.  By breaking the next seven weeks up into themes, it will help us to remain focused and not get so overwhelmed.

  • * Week #1 – Getting Organised
  • * Week #2 – Reality Check
  • * Week #3 – Gifts & Giving
  • * Week #4 – Decorate
  • * Week #5 – Get Cooking
  • * Week #6 – Chill Out / Catch Up
  • * Week #7 – Celebrate

 

WEEK # 1 – GETTING ORGANISED (8-14th November)

Alrightly, this is going to require a festive drink (or two), a ring binder folder, note pad, pen/s and a calendar.  As we break down preparations into small, simple steps, we’ll sketch out the outline of the festive season to come.  This week, we begin to build a Festive planner to organise holiday chores, assess the state of the house, and prepare for the festivities.

FREE CHRISTMAS PLANNER

ChristmasGiftPlanner1To help get you started, our gift to you is a FREE CHRISTMAS PLANNER which you can download at the end of this post.

Once you get your planner done, you’ll feel like the job is already half done and in total control.

 

 

 

 

To Do This Week

  1. Go on! Give your Festive Planner Folder a title page – even a little decoration if you will.  (As we go along, you will add pages to your planner folder)
  2. Make a promise to spend 15 minutes each day this week to get organised
  3. Print & paste the family holiday calendar (make sure you have a good understanding of what days each family member is having off school/work, social outings etc)
  4. This is a good time to book in the kids holiday camps/care/babysitters
  5. Make travel plans and reservations this week!!!
  6. Write a list of people you want to buy/make gifts for, include the budget limit for each person (even better…. see if you can write down what you want to buy/make them). Be sure to download our FREE Christmas Gift Planner below!
  7. Begin a Christmas card list & locate addresses
  8. Write up a home spruce up list – this is a list of all the cleaning and gardening chores that need to be done the week before Christmas. Make sure that you delegate duties to those in the household
  9. Make sure you’ve stocked up on your Resparkle Cleaning Products as on time deliveries are not guaranteed from 18th December
  10. Will you host guests this year? Make arrangements for any overnight guests
  11. If there are any special house projects on the plan where you require a third party to come in and do some work, you better get in quick! No doubt others will be thinking the same as you EG. Carpet cleaning, tree felling
  12. Set a Christmas theme (so that you can keep an eye out for bits & pieces that you may need to buy)
  13. Set the Christmas menu with the family and delegate who’s bringing what

 

Instagram_600x600We know its not “Gifts & Giving” week (that comes in Week #3), but to help kickstart the planning festivities, we have planned a 48-HOUR Sale.  Think stocking stuffers, additions to hampers or simply getting ready for your Home Spruce Up.

Please see below some downloads to help you with your Festive Planning.

See you same place next week for Week #2 – The Reality Check!

HAPPY PLANNING!

 

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FREE CHRISTMAS PLANNER DOWNLOADS 

ChristmasCal_Nov

ChristmasCal_Dec

ChristmasGiftPlanner

ChristmasStockingList

ChristmasMenu

ChristmasHomeSpruceUpChecklist

ChristmasDecorationList

ChristmasCardList

 

 

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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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