ARCHIVE: July 2015

Healthy Eating

July 22, 2015 | 0 Comment

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Image from SheKnows.com

Guess what Jack ate for dinner last night?

I can’t help but giggle, I remember way back before I had a child someone on my Facebook posted a list of everything her child had eaten that day. It was in the context of “holy crap, how can a toddler eat this much?” and then went on to list each food at each meal. At the time, I swore I’d never be one of those mothers, especially one who talks about poo or toilet related behaviours. Yuck. That I’d strive to differentiate between what people want to know and will think is cute/interesting/funny about my kid, and what people sit back and think “really? who cares how much your kid ate, I’m trying to decide if I should buy those shoes for the weekend…?” To be fair, I admit it’s hard, and I’m sure I’ve had my parenting over-share moments but when you become a mother, you are just so darn proud and in love with your child that you can’t help but tell the world about all the cute and crazy things they do.

So back to what Jack had for dinner. I’m a health nut without actually being a health nut. I drink pau d’arco tea and brew my own kombucha at home, I heal everything from skin rashes to conjunctivitis with organic coconut oil and I’m so fascinated by healthy eating and probiotics and the relationship between a healthy gut and a healthy body. I’m one of those people that buys paleo or plant-based recipe books with all the best intentions of making a permanent change to the way we eat and then never properly making the full commitment it requires. It’s kind of frustrating.

Having said all that, one day I’m going to do it. Make the change for good. For now I’m trying to limit my gluten intake (my body is not taking bread well this pregnancy – which is why I’m considering this change) and introducing a piece of fruit a day. I never eat fruit, so this is a good step. The other thing I’d been meaning to do for a year or more is buy a spiralizer. You know, those little gadgets that turn zucchinis (or the like) into noodles? Well I finally got one and used it last night. Hubby was at parent/teacher interviews until after 8.30 so it was just my guinea pig (Jack) and I. I made my favourite tomato based pasta sauce, poured it over the zucchini noodles and Jack MONSTERED THE WHOLE BOWL. Did not even notice the difference, or if he did, he loved it. Parents, you have to try this!

Mum & Zucchini – 1, Jack – 0 (well, I should give him a point for health). Now to try it on my hubby.

Here’s some pictures I took. No, I don’t usually take photos of my child eating, these were purely for the blog.

I asked him to smile for me – I love how children exaggerate things. Note the empty bowl!

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Jack looking a bit more normal haha

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Happy Hump Day. I hope everyone is having a good week.

Belinda x

The Wild Collective

July 14, 2015 | 0 Comment

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“A Shopping Experience for those Wild at Heart”

It’s no coincidence that in addition to describing myself as a wife and mother, I also include ‘shopper’ to my Instagram bio. I just love shopping. Especially for my children. So when I heard about The Wild Collective, I knew I wanted to attend this inaugural event.

The creative masterminds behind The Wild Collective, Renee Falckh and Amy Cimino, are transforming the retail experience and launching a two day shopping, lifestyle and entertainment extravaganza to be held in Melbourne at the Royal Exhibition Building this August. Not only is this a celebration of all things creative with a huge list of vendors, there will be cooking demonstrations, a Kids Zone and even a pop-up pub called the Man Cave. It will truly be an experience for the whole tribe!

The vendors taking part in The Wild Collective aren’t just about fashion either. Think décor, beauty products, handcrafted furniture, home ware, art, eco-friendly products, toys, food and so much more.

A Wild Collective ambassador, Oobi, need no introduction. With 12 years of experience in children’s fashion, accessories and décor, they will be showcasing their Spring/Summer 2015 line throughout the two-day exhibition and it’ll be sure to impress! With (almost) two children myself, I’ll be scouring the new collection for their summer wardrobes. If you haven’t yet become acquainted with Oobi, their website (www.oobi.com.au) and Instagram (@oobi) will give you a taste of what to expect.

Other notable vendors involved in The Wild Collective who I’ll be stalking include;

ONE TINY TRIBE – Ridiculously cute art prints and tees, perfect for my new nursery.

HUMBLE BODY – Natural hemp based and organic skin care made right here in Melbourne.

LUXBITE – When their motto is “life is uncertain, eat dessert first”, what’s not to love? Can’t wait to check out their gourmet sweet treats!

PAPER TO YOU – Hand crafted paper floristry that honestly must be seen to be believed.

Invited

 

Event Details: The Wild Collective

When: Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 August, 2015

Where: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicolson Street, Carlton VIC 3053

Time: Doors open 10am-4pm

Entry: $2 (yes, you read that right). Children under 15 free.

 

I’ll be 34 weeks pregnant by that stage, but I won’t be missing this for the world.

I hope to see you there!

 

More information can be found at http://thewildcollective.com.au

Facebook.com/thewildcollectiveau

Instagram @thewildcollectiveau

Updated daily, a full list of vendors can be found here http://www.thewildcollective.com.au/meet-the-tribe

 

Belinda x