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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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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Raising money smart children

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.

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Top tips for keeping kids safe online

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.

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