Meal prep in my house is really important. But that doesn’t mean I want to spend my whole weekend in the kitchen. I’m always learning and getting better at doing things though. And I’m not scared to change things around to suit my lifestyle. For example, I’ve switched my grocery shopping from earlier in the week to later in the week now. Why? I find that with three busy kids, and the ‘life’ that revolves around this, it really helps to have food in the house when we hit the weekend.Read more
These little awesome snacks are packed with nutrients. Plus they are super easy to make. Great as an after school snack too! Tuna is really well known for its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also a star player in reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems. Cucumber is packed with vitains and helps to keep you hydrated. This is a hit snack!Read more
When your child asks “Why is this mud brown, Mum?” or “Where do the ants take my crumbs, Dad?”, it’s a great chance to stop and think about soil with your kids. What is soil? What grows in it? How would we survive without it?Read more
Using whole chilli peppers from the capsicum provides so much nutritional goodness. Did you know that the carotenoid present in peppers lowers the risk of macular degeneration and helps maintain healthy vision? The Vitamin C in capsicum encourages immunity and prevents cell damage. This yummy food is also high in vitamin A and is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. You can also add some capsicum to my yummy recipes in my 30 Day Smoothie Challenge eBook, which you can do as a challenge or just use as an affordable recipe book!Read more
The 1200 calorie diet and extreme workouts are definitely the ‘in-thing’ right now. You only have to do a quick Google search and you’ll find one. Or thousands. You won’t even know who’s writing your program or their credentials but hey, if they guarantee a bikini body not many people argue the point.Read more
What do you think of when I say the word ‘Grief’? Perhaps a death, a terminal illness diagnosis or maybe the end of a marriage? What if I told you that we grieve anytime life doesn’t meet our expectations? The degree and extent of that grief depends solely on how attached we are to our beliefs around those expectations; and, there is no exact amount of time that we are meant to grieve before we ‘get over it’. Sometimes we never do!Read more
I love a yummy baked dish, especially on Monday night. You can throw everything together and pop it into the oven for an easy start to the week. You can prepare this the day before and then have it ready for Monday too. Chicken is packed with protein while sweet potatoes provide an awesome nutritional punch. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6 and vitamin C. They are also a great source of magnesium. Magnesium is sometimes known as the ‘anti-stress’ mineral. That’s got to be a good thing!Read more
My daughter has developed a new, strong and meaningful relationship over the last year. It is a relationship that I love as an important milestone but also loath because another childhood milestone has been reached. I am talking, of course, about the tooth fairy. This little mite slides in and steel my daughter’s teeth and I am expected to fork over money each time. That being said I have each tooth gone so far in a little pouch. I still haven’t decided if that’s creepy or not.Read more
A generation of Australian kids is accessing adult content from as young as seven. This is due to a lack of parental controls and unrestricted access to the Internet, according to latest research from Family Zone.
The nation-wide survey – which interviewed 774 families – showed that 56% of Australian parents have no online parental controls in place and more than 25% have no idea how to protect their kids on digital devices.
From the results, it was estimated that over 1.6 million Aussie kids are at risk online.
I’ve watched that many food experts, even the ones I admire, suggest loads of elaborate lunchbox ideas. Here’s what I’ve learned after 11 years of parenting so far. The kids want to play. Most kids will not sit and eat a sandwich, a tub of yoghurt, a piece of fruit and lots of vege sticks all in one sitting. And there’s no chance while the playground is begging for their attention!Read more
A hearty stew is just what’s called for to warm up the family on a cold winter’s night. I love this recipe because it’s so versatile. If you’re missing any of the ingredients it’s easy to replace them with other yummy options you have in the fridge. I’ve been known to replace the carrot with sweet potato from time-to-time and that works pretty nicely! Beef is packed with protein and iron so this dish, along with all the awesome vegies, is an awesome way to get goodness into your family in one pot.Read more
Fatigue is crap. Let’s face it. If we didn’t feel it we’d have bundles of energy to do what we wanted all day. But we would also probably continue doing stuff we don’t like for longer. Feeling fatigued means you are feeling weary, tired or lacking energy that doesn’t go away when you rest. Don’t forget that fatigue can be physical and/or psychological.
Fatigue can often be traced back to your habits. I’m a massive fan of talking about habits. That’s why one of my latest books is called ‘The habit3_-title_-pageFit Busy Mum: Seven habits for success’
As a mum of three kids I have done my fair share of plane travel with kids. There would be some of you that have done more, some less. But now that my eldest is 11 I have a bit more experience under my belt as to what works and what doesn’t. And yes it depends on where you are going. And yes it depends on their age.
If you’re reading this you are well aware that I advocate for healthy kids. I’m not fanatical about it. It’s about being real and realistic. And plane travel times are no different. So here are my tips for traveling as healthy as possible on long haul flights, or even short ones, with kids.Read more