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Friday Recipe of the Week Amazonia Probiotic Peanut Butter Bites - Tuesday, September 18, 2018
 
This could be a fun activity to get the kids involved in during the school holidays with the added bonus of having healthy snacks on hand.
 
Ingredients:
1 serve Amazonia Raw Pre-probiotic
¹/₃ cup raw cashews
¹/₂ cup organic peanut butter
1 tbsp. cacao powder
1 tbsp. cacao nibs
1 tbsp. coconut oil
Dust balls in cacao powder or chia seeds (optional)
 
Method:
1.Combine ingredients in a food processor then shape into balls. 
2. Roll balls in cacao or chia seeds if desired. 
3. Place in fridge until firm.
 
Get in quick before the kids eat them all!
 
Recipe and pic borrowed from the Raw Amazonia website.

 

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Workshop - Meal Plan Healthy Snacks for the 5 day School Week - Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Meal Plan Healthy Snacks for the 5 day School Week


 

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Recipe of the Week Kids Bolognese - Thursday, August 16, 2018

 

Kid’s Bolognese from the Bellamy's Organic website by Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist Susie Burrell, a proud mother of two and leading expert in early childhood nutrition.

 
What kid doesn't love a Bolognese and with the addition of some sneaky vegetable, this recipe adds a healthy twist to a family favourite.
 
Ingredients:
200g lean beef mince
1 small carrot, grated
1/3 brown onion, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 x 400g can of diced tomatoes
1/4 cup salt reduced tomato paste
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 small zucchini, grated
1 cup Bellamy’s Organic Spelt Baby Macaroni
1 small carrot, grated
1/2 clove of garlic, crushed
 
Method:
1. Heat half the oil in a large frying pan, over a medium heat and add the mince and brown, stirring frequently to break up any lumps, before removing from pan and setting aside
2. Heat the remaining oil and add the onion, garlic, celery, zucchini and carrot. Sweat these ingredients down until they are soft and fragrant
3. Return the mince to the pan along with the tomatoes and tomato paste giving the mixture a good stir.
4. Cover and simmer for up to an hour, but in the last 10 minutes of cooking remove the lid and let the sauce reduce and thicken.
5. In the last 10 minutes of cooking, heat a smaller pan over a low-medium heat with a spray of oil oil and cook the Bellamy’s Organic Spelt Baby Macaroni.
 
Serve the Bolognese over one or two tbsp. of macaroni
 

 This recipe is suitable for nine months and above.

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Brand Feature - Aromababy - Sunday, June 3, 2018

Catherine Cervasio, founder of Aromababy AROMABABY, is a leader in her field, she has personally handpicked pure ingredients for their therapeutic properties and efficacy, enhancing the range of benefits of these unique products. She holds a diploma in Aromatherapy and massage, has trained as an Infant Massage Instructor and has been working in the area of product development of skin care products for more than a dozen years now.

Aromababy organic baby skincare

Created as a world-first, offering only the gentlest of baby skincare including Aroma-Free™ product, all AROMABABY® baby care contains no petro-chemicals, added colour (artificial or otherwise), artificial fragrance, animal ingredients, propylene glycol, parabens, sulphates, alcohol, cocoamphodiacetate (still used in some so-called ‘natural’ baby products), talc, herbal extracts (commonly prepared in a base of either alcohol or propylene glycol), synthetic vitamin e, silicones (dimethicone and others) and so much more.

Also left out in the cold are natural vegetable oils which have been solvent extracted or those which are linked to skin irritation, for example, peanut oil. This extensive collection of Australian-made skin care is rich in certified organic, natural oils and GMO free pure vitamin e. This ensures customers find something to suit all pregnancy, labour, postnatal, baby skincare, baby massage and gift giving needs. Aromababy are also constantly adding to their range.

With Aromababy products, you can cleanse, moisturise, protect and pamper your growing body and your baby’s skin with the most exquisite, natural and organic-rich baby skin care products available. At Aromababy, they are also aware of the need to minimise the world’s waste and they therefore aim to avoid the use of senseless packaging. They use recyclable and/or recycled materials wherever possible and encourage their customers to do the same. The end result is a range of pure products that are kind to the skin as well as to our environment.

Aromababy Baby skincare

Jump online and explore the wonderful range of Aromababy available at our store.

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Little Organics Grand Opening - Friday, April 13, 2018

 Grand Opening for Little Organics

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7 healthy and luxurious things that tired mums need - Sunday, May 14, 2017

I’ll bet you read this heading and said ‘Nonsense, anything that’s luxurious can’t be healthy!’ Well, you might not have said ‘Nonsense!’ because, who says that, but I’m guessing that you read the heading doubtfully all the same.

Mother's Love Little Organics 
 
But healthy things can be lovely and indulgent, and luxurious things can also be nutritional and beneficial to your body and soul as well. In honour of Mother’s Day, I’ve compiled a list of my top 7 things that are great for nourishing mums.
 

1. Sleep

If you ask any mum in the world what she needs, this is the first thing she will say. From the second a mum becomes pregnant and for the rest of her life she will not get enough sleep. Even when she’s sleeping, she’s not really sleeping, she’s resting her eyes while planning the weekly household schedule and simultaneously listening for the baby. But sleep is very healthy, and lack of sleep is very very unhealthy, so how about giving her luxurious peace and quiet for a sleep in or an afternoon nap from time to time.
 

2. Chocolate chip biscuits

These can be very healthy indeed; especially if they are baked with 70% cocoa dark chocolate chips and healthy nuts, full of good oils and beneficial antioxidants. We are talking about the best quality you can afford, or if you’re any good at it, bake your own. If you’re terrible at it, don’t bake, stick with the bought ones. Extra specially good are lactation biscuits, healthy for breastfeeding mums, like those from Franjo’s Kitchen. These are so delicious, all mums will nibble them up.

 

3. Good oils

Mums can be rushed a lot and often crave fatty foods, and have been known to eat a little unhealthily from time to time. But fats aren’t bad for you; there are some that give your body incredible benefits, and can satisfy your cravings at the same time. For instance you could munch on beautiful macadamias or cashews while making a lunch of avocado spread on wholegrain toast, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and layered over with smoked salmon. And then another couple of chocolate chip cookies. Yum!
 

4. Dancing

There are very few mums that wouldn’t love some dancing. This could be on her own when no-one’s around to bad 90s pop, with her kids while everyone sings loudly to Let it Go, or if she’s really lucky, with her partner who takes her on dates to places where there is dancing. Dancing has the dual benefit of getting your heart rate up, plus allowing you to focus entirely on making yourself happy.
 

5. A long hot bath on her own.

This bath must have salts to ease her achy bones and bubbles to hide all the bits she’s a little embarrassed about. And a lovely smelling candle. And a cup of tea or a glass of wine. And no children, no daddy’s, no interruptions for as long as she wants. She can follow up the luxury by lathering herself in a body lotion like Gaia Body Moisturiser in a choice of fresh fragrances.
 

6. A massage

This should also go for as long as mum needs it; it’s the only way to ensure she gets the true health benefits from it. Ease her tight and stressed muscles with a divine smelling massage oil. Check out Aromababy Organic Massage Oil.
 

7. Red wine

Brimming with lovely antioxidants, a glass of red wine has been proven to reduce the chances of heart disease and cancer, slows the ageing process, improves memory and stops mum from killing daddy. 
 
Because they are healthy, mum could have all of the above in one day if she wants. And now that you’ve started thinking about it, I’m sure you can come up with a few more ideas, and mum can have those too. Because all tired mums deserve a little luxury, not just on Mother’s Day, but any day really.
 
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5 tips that will change the way you parent - Wednesday, February 8, 2017

As  parents we spend too much time comparing ourselves to other parents, trying to keep up. 

No wonder we are all stressed!

I've learned that it's not about fitting in; it's more about not looking like a total idiot....and even to use my least favourite expression, whatever...

Let me share with you some little gems that I have learned along this magnificient journey of mine.

1.Comparion is the thief of joy.  Instead of getting caught up in someone else's life, take a seat in your own.

2. Eat well, but keep it simple. It's okay to give the kids vegemite sandwiches for dinner every once in a while.

3. Dont sweat the small stuff.  Choose your battles carefully.

4. Be kind to yourself: you're doing a phenomal job. Start having some 'me time'.  Be a little bit selfish.

5. Turn off your devices and get to bed early.  Turn them off 1 hour before going to bed, and then read a book or listen to gentle music. We need about 7-8 hours a night

And lastly when it all gets too much, just remember to breathe.

Wise words by author Nicole Stucki, mother of three, naturopath & health coach.

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The Hospital Essentials - Friday, August 26, 2016

Thankfully with a shop full of things I needed, I managed to grab the following items below for my hospital essentials.

1. Newborn nappies Bambo

Bambo Nature Newborn Nappies Size 1 

I grabbed size 2 (3-4kg) assuming that my second will be the same or similar weight to the first. Boy was I wrong since he decided to come 3 weeks early and measuring only 2.5kg. Luckily the first few days the poo was fine for the size 2 nappies and we didn't have any leaks. Also surprised how lightweight the Bambo nappies are as with my first, I used Huggies, not really knowing much about chemicals and all that. So far, I've been impressed and can understand why so many parents love the Bambo brand in our store)

 

2. Aroma lily

Aromalily Aromatherapy Diffuser 

 

You might find this strange to be on the hospital essentials but I read about it on a Facebook chat and thought it was an AWESOME idea. Armed with the lily and my lively living essential oils, I was prepared for creating the perfect relaxing and fragrant environment for me to labour. So it might not have been as relaxing as I could handle but I turned it on in my hospital room too making the ambience always nice and fresh. The warm light and essential oils helps clean the air too and ward off any germs any vistors might bring in. I hope anyways!

 
Try other items in our Starter Pack.
 
Little Organics Starter Pack contains everything a new mum will need for this first time adventure.
 
Includes:
 
  1. Bambo Nature Newborn nappies (28 nappies)
  2. Gaia Bamboo Wipes (80 pack)
  3. Franjo's Kitchen Tank Topper - Pregnancy or Lactation Biscuits (14 servings)
  4. Mama Body Tea - Mama's Milk  (28 servings)
  5. Little Beans Organic Baby Wrap (120 x 120 cm)
  6. Pure Baby Organic Rib Body Suits (x 2)
  7. Badger Night Night Balm (21gm)
  8. Aromababy Barrier Balm (25gm)
  9. Dr Bronners Hand Sanitiser
  10. Just Jojoba 100% Pure Jojoba Oil (30ml)
  11. Natural Rubber Soother 
  12. Holle Organic Infant Formula 1 - sample sachet
  13. Holle Organic Infant Goat Milk  Formula 1 - sample sachet

Enjoy yourself and be ready for your bubba with natural selected items to kickstart your journey.

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Welcome to our baby boy - Saturday, August 20, 2016

My water broke on Tuesday morning and after two nights in hospital waiting they induced me Thursday morning.

What a miracle it is to hold a lil soul in your arms and how your heart just fills with love the more you look at them. I delivered naturally the same afternoon but it was intense. So painful, so stressful and I felt like a complete mess. Even though I started so well and calm and focus as soon as I grabbed the gas, I was delirious and broken. I pushed out my beautiful boy but I was so exhausted and my body became cold and I started shuddering. My beautiful boy came in and saw his lil brother for the first time as I could only gaze and smile at them both. It's amazing watching them bond and connect straightaway and it's amazing there's a new lil addition to our family.

The cheeky lil munchkin came 3 weeks early but is healthy at 2.5kg.

The body is so amazing and our children are little miracles. Little souls we hold in our lives and cherish forever. Welcome to the world our lil Munchkin.

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Learning to be in the moment - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Learning to be in the moment

Since becoming a parent I’ve discovered meditation.  It really helps ground me and allow me to be in the moment which focuses my attention when it's being divided in lots of directions.  Just spending a few minutes each day focused on my breath and training my mind to be still – is hard, I won’t lie, it really does take practice – but the benefits are immediate.  Even after a short meditation, I feel calmer and more balanced. 
 
Here’s an easy way to start mediating:


Focus on your breathing - Take a few slow, deep breaths. Be aware of each time you breathe in and out. If you find your mind wandering, place your hand on your belly or your chest. Follow each breath as it comes in and goes out.

Your mind may start to wander. You might start to think about work deadlines or what’s for dinner. If it happens, accept and recognise that there are other thoughts on your mind. Simply re-focus by gently bringing your mind back to your breath. Concentrate again on your inhalation and exhalation.
 
If you find it difficult to focus on your breathing, try the mantra approach. Find a word that relaxes you. For example, "peace" or "love". Repeat the word slowly to yourself as you breathe in and out.

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