• MudMates Swim Bag Review

    MudMates Swim Bag Review

    I love almost everything about summer! The long days of sunshine, the warmth, the easy bbq dinners – the list can go on and on 😃  There are some things though I could do without – in particular, school summer sports 😥 It’s not that I don’t like my kids getting out there and tiring themselves out 😝, but it’s the endless nagging that comes with kids taking more stuff to school.   See, Alex started his first full year of school this year.  So he started the year with a bag, a book bag, a lunchbox and a water bottle.  At least 90% of the time, we forget at…

  • Pixar Film Festival Giveaway

    Giveaway – Pixar Film Festival -1 of 3 Family Movie Passes to Reading Cinemas NZ

    This October-November Reading Cinemas is bringing your favourite Pixar films back to the big screen nationally. Each weekend from October 14 to November 5, your local Reading Cinema will feature a popular Disney Pixar film to keep you entertained this Spring. You can once again join Woody and Buzz on their very first adventure in the timeless tale Toy Story, embark on the journey with Flik as he rallies his brave colony in A Bug’s Life, watch the lovable Sulley and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski as they bring the scares in Monsters, Inc. or follow everyone’s treasured clown fish, Nemo in his eventful quest to find his way home…

  • Baked Camembert with Black Cherry Compotea

    Baked Camembert with Black Cherry Compote

    Some days it’s hard to tell which I like more… Chocolate or Cheese 😛 I guess it depends on the day and the occasion – some days it’s best to just hand me the king size block of chocolate & walk away 😛 This baked camembert is reminiscent of any 70’s party apparently – I wouldn’t know, I’m too young 😛 hehe It is absolutely the best though on a cold night, paired with crackers or fresh bread & a good wine.   Ingredients: a wheel of camembert a couple of tablespoons of Barker’s of Geraldine Black Cherry & Vanilla w/ Apple Compote a splash of olive oil   Method:…

  • Apricot, Pumpkin Seed, Coconut Dark Chocolate Bark

    Apricot, Pumpkin Seed, Coconut Dark Chocolate Bark

    Let’s face it – even on a low carb diet I want some treats 😝  This hits the spot perfectly, and there aren’t too many carbs… As long as you don’t devour the whole thing in one sitting 😂   You can use any combination of seeds and dried fruit.  I just chose this combination as it’s lower carb, but have done it with dried cranberries before and it’s A+.  Again, with the chocolate I chose to use 72% Dark Ghana chocolate, but you can use milk or darker depending on how “healthy” you want to be 😃   Ingredients: 1 x 250g 72% Cocoa Dark Ghana Chocolate bar Half…

  • #FreshStart Week 5 Update

    #FreshStart Week 5 Update

    If I told you #freshstart week 5 didn’t go as planned, I’d be lying 😝 To be honest, it was all in the plans to take a slight rest, eating wise anyway, because we were on holiday.  For us, holidays are about rest, relaxation & experiences – this includes trying new foods 😄    So the beginning of the week started off well enough, despite it being that one week of the month you either love or hate to see (depending on your time of life lol).  Eating habits were still solid, even if it took every ounce of willpower to not inhale that king size bar of chocolate 😝 …

  • #FreshStart Week 4 Update

    #FreshStart Week 4 Update (aka Measurement Week)

    Just over 2 months ago I made the, slightly insane, decision that for my own wellbeing I needed a #freshstart.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about or haven’t been following the journey thus far, you can catchup up here 😄   Part of this #freshstart was to participate in the MisFitNZ Happier, Fitter, Healthier 12 Week Program run by Nikki.  Whilst some of the changes I made were my own decision, e.g. the low carb WOE, Nikki’s programme gave me the ability to draw up a set goals & have a great bunch of people to work alongside to better ourselves, for whatever reason we chose to.…