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In defence of the pregnant body

I’m going to deviate a little from my normal blog theme here, so apologies if you find this terribly boring, but I do want to draw attention to an issue especially close to my heart at the moment – the full, rounded, and full-of-life pregnancy body. As I’m now in my 25th week of this amazing, life changing event and I’ve been watching my body change on an almost daily basis. In weeks 2/3 I suspected I was pregnant as by breasts were tingly and my tummy felt a little funny. From there, I watched as my breast swelled and […]

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Spotlight on: Collagen

Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body and it makes up a large part of our skin, hair and nails. It’s found in skin, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, muscles, bone tissue, blood vessels, intervertebral discs, gastrointestinal tract, and even in the cornea of the eye. What is Collagen? Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s found in our muscles, bones, skin and tendons. It’s the “glue” that helps hold the body together. It gives our skin strength and elasticity, and helps replace dead skin cells. Collagen & gelatin often get used interchangeably, but they are […]


Pregnancy Survival Kit: 1st Trimester

Sure, you’re body is going through a beautiful, natural transformation as it prepares to create life… but while it does that, let’s be honest, you look and feel like s***t. While you’re desperate to do everything as naturally as possible, you really just want to hang out in the McDonalds drive-through. Pregnancy is seriously hard in the 1st trimester and it’s compounded by not being able to tell anyone and receive the support you need. I’m not here to hand out medical advice or to advise on the miracle that is childbirth, but guide you towards some of the stuff I […]

So this happened, around 7 weeks pregnant. Yes, that is a crepe rolled up around banana, caramel sauce, cream  ice-cream. I know firsthand how bad the carb cravings are!

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I’m back from Japan, with a major beauty observation

So you may have noticed I got a little slack there on posting, but I’ve got a good excuse. I was in Japan skiing the slopes and touring Tokyo. Plus there was also an engagement thrown in and that was super distracting. Even now I’m struggling to type with the sparkler almost blinding me with every key stroke 😉 Ok, I’m just gloating now. While I was skiing the slopes of Hakuba I noticed an interesting phenomena. At lunch time, when everyone pulled off their face masks, helmets and goggles for a much needed meal break, the white women were […]


Hangover Cure for Your Skin

Over my past 10 years of drinking (my mum reads this blog so I’m only going to admit to 10), I’ve learned a trick or two about hangover survival. I’m not going to bother with the whole “eat this or that”, everyone has their own thing here, but I want to focus on saving your skin post-binge. Your skin bears the brunt of your lifestyle choices so consider this is as a way to make amends. I woke up Sunday morning with raging headache, a gurgling stomach and a mouth that felt like sandpaper. The dreaded hangover had struck! Quit […]

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10 Christmas Gift Ideas That Will Please Everyone

I’ve been smashing through my Christmas shopping this year and feeling quite proud of myself. As a bonus, all this online shopping has led me to discover some pretty awesome gift ideas that I hope you will find helpful. I’ve put together my list based on things I would like to receive, i.e. non toxic, beautiful and practical. The product life and overall sustainability is also high on my priorities. 1. Give a gift that keeps on giving Oil Burner Everyone loves an oil burner – they infuse your home with your choice of natural scents (I’m loving jasmine and […]


The Best Natural Sunscreen’s

Sun exposure is a good thing. That’s how our body’s receive Vitamin D which is super important to our overall health (see my earlier post for more info). However, too much of a good thing can be bad and sun exposure is no exception. I generally recommend 15 minutes of sunshine a day, but if you’re going to be outside for longer than this, the old Aussie adage “Slip, Slop, Slap” is a must. My most recent job required me to spend every second day outside on a boat. Because I worked on water, I doubled my sun exposure from the […]

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Toxin-Free Tampons

The average female uses more than 12,000 tampons in her life. No doubt, if you’re reading this, you’re already a fan of natural and organic living. You look to avoid excessive consumption of pesticides and chemicals, and take a similar approach to your beauty regime. But there’s a little something in the back of your bathroom draw that you may be overlooking – your sanitary products. Organic cotton tampons, for instance, might seem a step too far. We often forget about our pads and tampons when making the shift to natural living. After all, they are essentials and we don’t […]


Superfood or super fad?

I don’t normally like to wrag on something that’s aim is to get people to eat better or live more healthily, but I can’t hold back anymore. WTF is up with labelling everything a “superfood”? I’m calling the health food industry out on this one. Generally they come from far away with some weird name you’ve never heard of, and you’re told that without this super food you will waste away starved of the nutrients your body needs. They come with a hefty price tag and promises of a new life. Ahem kale. Some foods are created more equal than […]

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Lessons from the Belle Gibson saga

No doubt you’ve all heard about the infamous creator of the very popular wellness app, The Whole Pantry, and its associated cookbook. From wellness guru to most hated woman in Australia, Belle Gibson leaves me with a tonne more questions than answers. Belle amassed thousands of followers on Instagram after sharing her story of being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer then turning to a holistic lifestyle curing herself. Off her social media popularity, she then launched TWP and is companion cookbook. She was incredible successful and we’ll known.  So what went wrong? Well she lied about basically everything. From the […]