Growing healthy vegetables with kids

Children love playing in the dirt! And gardening is a fantastic way for parents to join in, create great experiences for their kids and grow beautiful healthy food at the same time.

Some of the happiest childhood memories can be made in the garden—digging up dirt, filling holes with water, wetting everyone in sight while watering the plants and biting into sweet, freshly picked snow peas straight from the veggie plot. Encouraging kids to help in the garden is good physical exercise and it also teaches them about healthy eating. It gives them a chance to learn about soil and realise where their food comes from.

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Chicken with Garlic-Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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!

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School holiday fun for little kids

Soil—it’s everywhere around us. But when was the last time you thought about how much fun you could have with soil?

If you’ve given soil more than a passing thought recently, it was probably about planting a flower bed, or growing a vegie garden. But soil can be great fun, particularly with children! So we’ve come up with our top five fun soily things to do with your kids, to help them discover the ground beneath their feet.

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A healthy fundraiser for schools

o as a parent you would be quite aware that when schools, sports and community groups need to raise money for important projects, they usually use sugary treats. It’s a bombardment of sugar and other nasties all for the sake of fundraising. And who are you to argue when your child’s club or school needs the money, right? Well, Australasia’s most trusted garden care business YATES wanted to provide Aussie kids with a fresh and healthier alternative to fundraise. Yay!

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Beef and Broccoli Stir fry Recipe

Do you need an easy mid-week meal? This one takes a little prep in the chopping and organising but there’s nothing complicated about this meal. Beef provides zinc, iron, protein and B vitamins to name a few goodies. Broccoli is packed with dietary fibre, manganese and vitamins. This green vegetable is a must in a family household. You can mix and match the vegetables to suit what you have at home, just like any stir fry. Enjoy!

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The irony of life, ‘I’ve got breast cancer, again.’

Slap! Well, yes, I have had another wake up call this week! The dreaded five letter ‘C’ word has shown up on my doorstep again…CANCER! Who’d of thought? Nearly 15 years in remission and living more or less a happy, healthy life. And, I am into natural health and well being, so HOW CAN THIS BE HAPPENING TO ME?

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Should you let your children take selfies?

There’s been a bit of a tinkering in the media this week as to whether or not the iPhone generation should take selfies. Mia Freedman came out this week encouraging the avoidance of all nude selfies. I guess I see her point. It can be risky to even have them on your phone. With the cloud and theft there is the risk that those photos will end up in someone else’s hands.

But I also noticed the backlash she received from this too. Shouldn’t your phone be your own private possession?

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Australian First Technology For Parents and Caregivers Launches

New Australian-first technology has launched this month providing real-time guidance to parents and care-givers. Principally a ‘mid-wife in your pocket’, WOTBaby is a personalised app that supports parents and caregivers in their journey of raising babies from newborn to six months.

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10 meal prep tips for beginners

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.

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Tuna Tartare Bites Recipe

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!

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Stuffed Capsicum Recipe

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!

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Family – Does Blood Really Break All Barriers?

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!

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