Author: Kat

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The Mother’s Day book

I’ve seen this idea somewhere on the internet and what a fantastic idea it is. Basically, if you’re a mother grab a journal and give it to your kids prior to Mother’s Day so they can decorate a page each year. When they’re older they might like to write you a note. If you’re not a mother, give it to your own mother – it’s never too late to start a tradition. Better yet, suggest it to the husband of a mother so he can surprise her with the very thoughtful new family ritual (it works for Father’s Day too of course). This is the first year we’ll be starting the tradition. I let my three year old choose one for Mummy and Daddy. I think I might take a polaroid of myself with the kids and stick it in there too. I love the idea that instead of cards all these precious memories are kept in one journal and it’s certainly better than getting caught up in the all the mass marketed consumerism of …

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The no ‘poo revolution – how to have happy hair!

I’d first heard about NOT using shampoo many many years ago, after I’d heard Jerry Hall (model, Mick Jagger’s ex wife) didn’t shampoo her hair. She was a MODEL, she had trademark long luscious locks, she was a rockstar’s wife! This was no smelly hippy. But back then I didn’t have the guts to even try it. Fast forward 15+ years and I finally *met someone who had the guts! Her name is Lucy and she’s just written a book about it! Having frizzy and wavy hair I avoid washing my hair too often because it takes so darn long to dry and style, but the longest I can go without washing it is about four days – and that’s at a stretch. By then the front of my hair (especially if I have a fringe) is covered in grease and my roots are the same – however the ends remain dry (this is how I get to four days without washing – I wear a hat to cover the greasy roots while the dry …

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Choose to be happy

My friend The Wellness Mummy recently wrote a blog post about the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal. I couldn’t have agreed with her more, it’s such an awesome thing to do as part of your bedtime routine – to sit and think about all the good things that happened that day so you can write down what you’re grateful for. I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for over a year now. I actually found a five year journal where each date (i.e. 18th of March) has five entries for five years of thoughts. I’ve now crossed over into my second year and reading what I was grateful for a year ago really puts it into perspective! A year ago I was thankful for my toddler sleeping better and here I am with a newborn! The point of this post however is to let fellow readers know of an awesome little thing I spotted at Kikki.K today – the Happiness Journal, which I believe ties in with Gretchen Ruben’s “The Happiness Project“. Along with other …

Meal planning – the easy way

Life just got busy. Even more busy than I thought busy could be. I knew it was going to happen but nothing can prepare you for the adventure of having a toddler and a newborn! Our newest addition is just over three weeks old now and we’re settling in better than I expected (then again I had very low expectations of myself!). Which brings me to the topic of discussion. I spoke recently about my new year resolutions, one of them being to eat better. It was this resolution as well as my aspiration to have less waste and less stress (because I have less time) that I ended up learning the art of meal planning. Meal planning looks good on Pinterest but can seem really difficult to actually start. I have sat down in the past and tried to come up with a week’s worth of meals and got nowhere. This time is different – the secret is to organise a weekly organic fruit & vegetable box to be delivered to my doorstep. This means …

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Zombies and Geeking Out – My 2014 New Year Resolutions

Image source My past new year resolutions might have been a bit ambitious so last year I made it simple for myself, to be happy. I did really well with that one. I followed my heart and happiness came along for the ride. This year I thought I’d step it up just a teeny weeny notch because I really like a challenge (if having a newborn and a toddler isn’t going to be challenging enough). So here it is, drumroll please: My 2014 resolution is going to be: Eat a higher proportion of healthy food (i.e. cut the crap!). Keep up to date with my photo albums. But where do zombies and geeking out fit into all of this? ZOMBIES Last week I had a horrible night of recurring zombie dreams. I woke up several times to pee (pregnancy is delightful) and each time I’d get back to sleep I’d have another zombie dream. But one in particular really woke me up – literally and figuratively! The dream was about how I had a child …

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The Christmas Rules – our family guide to buying kids presents

I recently read an article from Lulastic and the Hippyshake about the tyranny of toys. This really resonated with me as a Mum to an 18 month old, trying desperately to make our toy collection modest and inspire more creative and imaginative play. It especially resonated with me because of this time of year – Christmas – when a little part of you makes you think you need to spoil your child to make them happy. You really don’t. I thought I’d tell you our new ‘Christmas Rules’ and what my son is getting for Christmas so you can see how we’ve dealt with the tyranny of toys and the consumerism of Christmas. We decided when choosing presents for our kids we will always use this as a guide: A toy that inspires imagination A toy that is secondhand Something he needs Something to read So this year, these presents ended up being: BILIBO ‎ – a toy that inspires imagination Looks pretty boring? Well watch this video if you are wondering what on earth this …

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Raw (un)cooking class

I love raw food. It can be some of the tastiest food I get to eat. One of my absolute favourite cafes is a raw vegetarian cafe. For some time now I’ve been dreaming of going to an A Foodly Affair raw (un)cooking class. Finally I had enough free time and a good excuse (early Christmas present) to go! A Foodly Affair is actually the lovely Hannah and it was so enjoyable to listen to someone who is really passionate about delicious raw food and general health and wellbeing, and if you weren’t already a raw food convert then seeing Hannah’s glowing skin would certainly change your mind! This particular (un)cooking class was Christmas focused. I was intrigued to see how Hannah would pull off a raw Christmas meal as there are some very particular traditional flavours associated with Christmas – but Hannah managed to put together an amazing spread of food that even the fussy eaters would be happy eating on Christmas day. I was particularly surprised by the Faux Turkey with Cranberry Sauce – a …

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Potato Printing Tshirts

I try to get most of my toddler son’s clothes secondhand – though the older he gets the less secondhand clothes are available and I’m starting to realise why – toddlers get really dirty and active so the clothes don’t last. So I’ve started getting clever with his wardrobe. I’ve started buying affordable, well made, ethically produced plain tshirts and personalising them – and potato stamping is by far the easiest way to do it. I feel like this is so simple it barely justifies a tutorial. Just peg the tshirt to some cardboard (so the paint doesn’t go through to the back of the tshirt). Then simply cut a potato in half, make a shape, dip it into fabric paint and blot it onto some paper towels (or brush the paint onto the potato stamp using a brush if you have one) then stamp it onto the tshirt. Then just let it dry. I think they came out pretty well! It’s actually been months since I initially wrote this post and took the photos …

Life Lately

I’ve still been quiet on the blog. I don’t feel like I’ve had anything big and special enough to share, though I do find myself using Instagram in a sort of ‘microblogging’ way – showing quick and cute things I’ve done without the need to write an elaborate post. But I still feel connected to this blog and feel I owe it some loving, so the least I could do is put a few of my Instagram photos up and offer a bit more of a detailed explanation! 1. My new Sinchies collection. They’re reusable food pouches where you suck the liquid from the spout on the side. I’ve noticed how much toddlers love those pouches but I couldn’t handle the waste! By having my own reusable pouches means I can fill it with all sorts of delicious and healthy recipes without all the added nasties. So far we’ve made smoothies, our own yogurt and healthy chocolate custard! You can also freeze them so you always have food on the go! Need I say more? …