Honestly Healthy | 9 Easy Tips For Healthy Eating With Kids

Photo: honestlyhealthyfood.com

Photo: honestlyhealthyfood.com

A week ago I joined the wonderful Leo Bamford (founder of mybaba.com) for a morning with Natasha Corrett, the founder and creator of Honestly Healthy. We snacked on delicious and healthy treats, sipped on Jax Coco (the champagne of coconut water apparently) and learnt a thing or two about a healthy, alkaline lifestyle with kids.

The Honestly Healthy way of life could not have come across my path at a better time. My second daughter arrived 6 weeks ago and with all the hormonal changes, insufficient sleep and occasional sweet tooth, I need to kick-start my body back to where it should be.

But how easy is it to actually transform not only your diet but also that of your family? At this stage in my life, as much as I’d like to adopt a really healthy lifestyle, I cannot see myself forcing steamed kale down my toddler’s throat whilst making kale chips for a breastfeeding snack and simultaneously convincing my husband that kale juice is delicious.

Honestly Healthy

Yup, he is winking at me!

Honestly Healthy

Leo and Natasha during the Q&A

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So what is Honestly Healthy?

Well, essentially it is adopting an alkaline lifestyle. Natasha says that “at the core of this ethos is nutrient dense, natural, unprocessed and organic food – all of the things that we really know are good for our bodies.” Ideally, we would operate with our bodies in an alkaline state and Honestly Healthy helps us maintain that. Natasha also says that an ” overly acidic body will be much more prone to disease, lethargy, poor skin, insomnia, mood swings and all manor of ailments associated with a body that is laden with stress.”

Well, I picked up 9 really useful tips from Natasha Corrett during her Honestly Healthy demo of kids meals last week. These certainly will help me on my way to a healthier lifestyle…

9 Tips for Honestly Healthy Kids (and Mums)

Tip 1: Have a realistic 70:30 rule. Be Honestly Healthy 70% of the time and for the remaining 30% be human in that you can have your burger/pizza/coffee/whatever is not alkaline. Now that is a rule I can work with.

Tip 2: You can always make a healthy alternative. You don’t ever have to go without.

Tip 3: Substitute in Coconut Palm Sugar. This is the best alternative to sugar and you can use the quantities in cooking like for like.

Tip 4: Introduce Himalayan Rock Salt. According to Dr Robert Young salt is needed for an alkaline lifestyle. Himalayan rock salt has more minerals, less sodium and is less processed than normal table salt. Its also a pretty pink colour, if that’s your thing.

Tip 5: Unless it burns, you can always fix it. I suppose this is true in that you can’t ever come back from burning food but you can always alter flavours to fix other cooking mistakes.

Tip 6: Make meals that are suitable for all ages. I totally agree with this. I have never really made separate meals for my toddler as I just don’t have the time/energy. She will have whatever we have and if need be I’ll scoop out her portion before I add any salt.

Tip 7: Cacao is a superfood and is worth including in your diet. This is NOT chocolate. Chocolate has been heated and has sugar added and lost all the good stuff.

Tip 8: Use the pulp from juicing. My heart drops each time I scoop all the pulp from the juicer into the bin because it is such a waste. Well, Natasha says you should add some olive oil and salt to the pulp and whack it in the oven on a low heat. Hey presto, pulp chips. I have to try this!

Tip 9: Dried fruit/fruit juice is are not actually that good for kids. With a super high sugar content it makes them hyper. I won’t be buying those mini boxes of raisins anymore…

Kid friendly Coriander Pesto with Cashews. I hate coriander but love this!

Kid friendly Coriander Pesto with Cashews. I hate coriander but love this!

Avocado-based Chocolate Mousse. Delish, I kid you not!

Avocado-based Chocolate Mousse. Delish, I kid you not!

Now I just need to get my hands on the latest Honestly Healthy cookbook and start making some yummy meals.

 

xxx TGM xxx

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Box Upon a Time | Kids Clothing Subscription

Box Upon a TIme

I still maintain that one of the best gifts to give and to receive is a magazine subscription. Each month you receive something that you really like and each month you are reminded of the awesome person who gifted you the subscription. Now there is something even better for mums (who don’t actually have time to read a magazine)- “Box Upon A Time” which is a subscription to designer kids clothes.

Box Upon A Time is a subscription service of a monthly or quarterly box of handpicked clothes for your child. Think of it as a personal shopping experience for your child delivered straight to your door. Each box contains premium children’s clothing brands at a significant discount.

Box Upon a TIme

Box Upon A Time is a great gift for a mum-to-be, your godchild or any child for that matter. There are three types of boxes to choose from as either a monthly or quarterly subscription or as a one-off gift.

Simply go online to Box Upon A Time to subscribe. You will need to complete a short form with the sex and size of the child and you also get to specify the types of clothing you prefer. You can choose specific styles, colours, prints and even preferred items of clothing such as sleepwear.

I found signing up was a piece of cake and it was actually a lot of fun stating my preferences. The best bit is when the postman delivers a delightfully illustrated box with a surprise  clothing bundle within. I had to hold myself back whilst calmly photographing the sealed box before ripping it open to see the contents within.

Box Upon a TIme

I subscribed to the Silver Box (£29) and received the following:

Petit Pim Cardigan (RRP £12)

A kimono style cardigan mad from Peruvian Pima cotton which is harvested by hand in northern Peru (wowsers!).

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Petit Pim Cardigan

Petit Pim Cardigan

I Talk Too Much Cardigan and Trousers (RRP £80)

Trendy, light-weight and super soft outfit which is perfect for the upcoming winter months.

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I Talk Too Much

I Talk Too Much

Now let’s do the maths… outfits from two premium kids clothing brands with a total value of £92 yet this Once Upon A Time box cost £29. Now that’s a bargain!

Find out more about the brands and the subscriptions at Box Upon A Time.

xxx TGM xxx

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Monday with Bette Midler

Inspirational quote from Bette Midler
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xxx TGM xxx

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Pram Glam Guide by Grace Woodward

Pram Glam Guide

Finally! A reliable guide on post-pregnancy fashion. Thank you, celebrity stylist and fashion commentator Grace Woodward for the Pram Glam Guide. I’ve had two kids and know firsthand that there is a period of time after having a baby when you don’t quite know what to wear. Nothing in your pre-pregnancy wardrobe fits and there are wobbly bits all over the place that need to be considered when choosing an outfit. And, dare I say it, it would be nice to look a little stylish and on trend.

Most of the advice I have been given in the past goes a little something like this: “The key is to draw attention AWAY from the flabby bits and ACCENTUATE the not-so-flabby bits”. Great. Thanks. And how exactly do I do that?

Well, Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure have collaborated with Grace Woodward to bring us mums the Pram Glam Guide. You will recognise Grace Woodward from Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model and she has been the Fashion Director for X Factor. She has recently become a mum herself so is in the best position to provide us mums with some post-pregancy style advice.

I’ve learnt a few post-pregnancy style tricks through trial and error over the years and am super chuffed that Grace Woodward’s Pram Glam guide includes those tips too. For example, I swear by:

1. The Shirt Dress 

Denim Shirt Dress | Topshop

Denim Shirt Dress | Topshop

I love this Denim Shirt Dress from Topshop because it is loosely tailored,  shows your figure yet it doesn’t cling to you and highlight your tummy. Also, anything with buttons down the front gets a double thumbs up for breastfeeding access.

Grace says a Shirt Dress should be a staple in a new mum’s wardrobe and easy to throw on at a moment’s notice. Grace also likes the fact it is perfect for breastfeeding.

2. Tailored jacket

Tailored Jacket | Topshop

Tailored Jacket | Topshop

A Tailored Jacket, like this Georgina Blazer from Topshop is a staple for me. It makes any casual outfit (cue leggings and T-shirt) immediately look more elegant and put together. Also, it squares off the shoulders and provides a structured shape.

Grace says a Tailored Jacket defines your figure and “wearing it over a slightly loose dress will make you feel really comfortable and at ease”.

These are two simple ways to remain comfortable yet stylish after having a baby. Check out Persil and Comfort collaboration with Grace Woodward in Pram Glam Guide for more tips on post-pregnancy style.

xxx TGM xxx

* These products have been gifted. All words are my own.
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Jurlique Nutri-Define | Facial Serum

Jurlique Nutri-Define

The Jurlique Nutri-Define range recently launched and sadly I missed the launch event as my second daughter was just days old and I was somewhat preoccupied. Jurlique sent me a bottle of the Nutri-Define Facial Serum in the post to try out for myself and this is what I found…

Jurlique Nutri-Define has been formulated to target ageing skin through a natural approach. Tick and tick – target ageing and natural ingredients are buzz words that resonate with me. You will notice that I am a fan of this Australian brand for a number of reasons, including the fact that they have used natural ingredients in their products for the last 30 years. I have tried out the Jurlique Herbal Recovery range and now have had the opportunity to try out the Nutri-Define Facial Serum.

What they say…

Jurlique has made a breakthrough in the ‘ingredient delivery system’ space and the Nutri-Define range has  (soon to be patented) Biosome5 technology. Jurlique Biosome5 allows the good stuff in the product to deeply penetrate the layers of your skin and ‘combat the major visible signs of ageing’.

What I think…

Jurlique has published promising clinical results of women who used the Nutri-Define Facial Serum. Almost 90% of women tested saw a visible result after a month of using the  Nutri-Define Facial Serum. I must say though, at this stage of my life,  I am probably not the greatest test candidate and did not notice as dramatic results as the women tested. This is due to me being a tad younger than their sample of women tested  AND I’ve only just had a baby so my skin is going haywire from the hormones. Having said that, I am a believer based on the improved hydration I have seen in my own skin and love how my skin feels after using Jurlique Nutri-Define Facial Serum.

 The range…

Nutri-Define Facial Serum

Jurlique Nutri-Define

Jurlique Nutri-Define Superior Retexturising Facial Serum With Biosome 5, Ginseng Root Extract and Licorice Root Extract

Jurlique Nutri-Define

Nutri-Define Multi Correcting Day Cream With Biosome5, Squalane and Rapeseed Oils

Nutri-Define Rejuvenating Overnight Cream With Biosome5, Cupuacu Seed Butter and Artichoke Leaf Extract

Nutri-Define Rejuvenating Overnight Cream With Biosome5, Cupuacu Seed Butter and Artichoke Leaf Extract

Special Offer: Receive a 15ml bottle of Jurlique Nutri-Define Superior Retexturising with any purchase from the Nutri-Define range using the code DEFINE.  You can find out more and purchase the Jurlique Nutri-Define online here and at other major beauty retailers.

xxx TGM xxx

* Bottle of facial serum received as a gift, my views are my own
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3 Essential And Stylish Changing Bags

The only nappy bags you will ever need

The only nappy bags you will ever need

What I learnt soon after having my first child just over 2 years ago is that you really don’t need the latest and greatest changing bag for your baby. In my first few weeks of motherhood, I quickly realised that it was no good lugging something the size of a weekend bag around just to pop out for a cup of coffee or pick up some apples from the store. Pretty soon my designer changing bag was kept for weekends away and I downsized. Now that my second child has just arrived, I have learnt to travel as light as possible when leaving the house. The key is to pack smaller changing bags that are easy to reach when nature calls. I have organised my life into 3 separate changing bags for my girls, depending on who is with me when I leave the house and how long I will be away from home.

1. The Itty Bitty Changing Bag

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The ‘Itty Bitty’ changing bag

IMG_4915 This wallet sized, canvas bag by SewLomax is small enough to fit in any handbag yet has enough space to fit a couple of newborn nappies and a few cotton wool pads. There are times when I am with my youngest daughter (1 month old) and I need to pop out the house for a quick errand or to pick up a coffee and I don’t really need to take a changing bag containing the kitchen sink. All I need is a few nappies for a quick change before I get home, and this is the bag for that job. I can even squeeze in a tube of nipple cream. Score. Check out SewLomax for more of their canvas bags which can fit all sorts of things from lipsticks to tissues to loose change. You will also a range of makeup/beauty bags and a range of cute baby collection.

2. The Bare Essentials Changing Bag

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The ‘Bare Essentials’ changing bag

Nappy bag When I am leaving the house with both my girls, I will pack this bigger changing bag. It contains a portable change mat, wipes and two different sizes of nappies. I have realised that you only need the bare essentials for a nappy change when out and about with kids. Time was that I would cart around the latest nappy changing gear in a big nappy bag when all I really needed was nappies, wipes and something to lay the child down on. I pop this bag into a bigger shoulder bag or underneath the pram so that it is easy to access and take into a bathroom when needed. This bag and change mat were both gifts. The bag is a wash bag from one of my favourite boutiques, Katie & Jo, but it also makes a great nappy bag. The change mat is from Cologne & Cotton and the outer layer is cotton (also comes in blue) and the inner layer is an easy wipe down fabric. 3. The Kitchen Sink Changing Bag

The kitchen sink nappy bag

The ‘Kitchen Sink’ changing bag

This is the bag I take when I know I will be away from home for a good few hours. It will hold the bare essentials nappy bag as well as bottles, dummies, snacks, extra clothes, favourite toys, stickers to bribe the toddler… pretty much the kitchen sink. I love using this Longchamp Le Pliage Neo bag for this purpose because a) The Longchamp is far lighter than most traditional nappy bags and easy to wipe clean/wash; b) This particular Longchamp has a longer shoulder strap (which most of Longchamps do not) and can be slung over the pram’s handle bars; and c) Longchamp bags come in a variety of awesome colours And there you have it, three essential changing bags. Now, if only I could remember to refill them on a regular basis. We have been caught out at lease a couple of times…

xxx TGM xxx

* SewLomax bag was gifted for review, words and thoughts are my own.
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25 signs you should be a fashion blogger by WhoWhatWear

25 signs you should be a fashion blogger

Seen this a gazillion times on Instagram and it still rings true.

From the obligatory pet photos (french bulldog/cat) to quotes from the Clueless movie to cutting their heads off in photos – there are some things that make a fashion blogger. WhoWhatWear have pulled together 25 undeniable traits of fashion bloggers.

We have recently followed them from New York to London to Milan and Paris for the Spring/Summer 2015 fashion weeks. The best way to get a front row view into each fashion week is through the eyes of leading fashion bloggers.

Thanks to technology and social media, we don’t have to wait for next month’s printed glossy mag to pick up on trends from top fashion houses and steal a celebs style. Fashion bloggers bring us these updates real-time and you learn to love their unique dialogue and quirky tastes in (not-so-wearable) fashion.

Apart from the most well know fashion bloggers (like Susie Bubble and Brian Boy), there are hoards of fashion lovers trying to make their name as the next up and coming blogger. WhoWhatWear gives us the hilarious “25 Signs You Should Be A Fashion Blogger“. See some more of my favourites below:

25 signs you should be a fashion blogger

A fashion blogger’s take on the running man.

25 signs you should be a fashion blogger

Love a gust of wind but love a wind machine even more.

I had a good giggle when reading this because I could tick most of them off when thinking about the fashion bloggers I follow – what do you think???

xxx TGM xxx

* All images via WhoWhatWear

 

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Organic Beauty Week || The Green People Challenge

Organic beauty week

Organic Beauty Week

Organic Beauty Week Challenge

September is Organic Month which is an initiative of The Soil Association and supported by one of my favourite organic brands, Green People. During Organic Beauty Week (8 – 12 September) Green People is challenging everyone with “What change will you make today?”.

For some people, accepting this challenge may be as big as discovering the benefits of an organic beauty product for the first time. For others, like myself, it is as simple as exploring opportunities within my beauty regime to incorporate a new organic product. As you may know, I have tried and frequently use the Organic Babies/Children range by Green People. The products are natural, pure and gentle on sensitive skin and they also have fragrance free options. (Read my Organic Children Sun Lotion | Organic Babies Soothing Oil | Organic Babies Rescue Balm | Organic Babies Shampoo posts)

For Organic Beauty Week, I took on Green People’s challenge and have made a change. As a mother, its perfectly normal to put the needs of your family ahead of yours but this time I am looking at what changes I can make in my own beauty routine. Each trimester of my pregnancy has affected my skin in different ways and in the third trimester I am finding my skin feeling itchy, tight and dry. I tend to spend a great deal of time in the bath each night vigorously rubbing my arms, legs and belly with a soft cloth as my skin is too sensitive for the usual exfoliants. Also, my usual body cream doesn’t seem to have the soothing effect I am after and resorted to reapplying body cream a few times a day.

So the change I am making is to an awesome duo by Green People – the Sugar Scrub and Body Butter. They smell amazing and make me feel like I’ve had a treatment at the spa!

Organic Beauty Week

 

Organic beauty week

Green People Sugar Scrub

Organic beauty week

Green People Body Butter

Although purchased separately and are great products on their own, I would recommend using them together. The Green People Sugar Scrub is moisturising in itself and not too abrasive therefore making it a perfect exfoliant for itchy/dry pregnancy skin. I managed to convince my two-year old to rub it on my back in the bath which is a massive win! I only use the Sugar Scrub once a week and find that does the job.

The Green People Body Butter is the moisturiser to use when all other moisturisers fail. It is a solid mass in the pot but once it is warmed in your hands it becomes oil-like and is absorbed into the skin. I use this after a bath/shower but also for cuticles, dry feet and on the odd occasion convince my husband to give me a shoulder and neck massage.

Both products go quite a long way and I would urge you to give them a go if your skin is dry and needs a bit of a buff and blitz.

So that’s the change I have made for Organic Beauty Week – what change will you make?

 

xxx TGM xxx

 

*Products were gifted, opinions are my own.
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Jurlique Herbal Recovery | Age Prevention

 Jurlique Herbal Recovery

Jurlique Herbal Recovery

Jurlique Herbal Recovery products target age prevention and is one of many successful beauty lines produced by the Australian brand Jurlique. I first became familiar with the brand whilst browsing my local Space NK store which is up there with browsing books shops and stationery shops for me.

Jurlique is an industry leader when is comes to combining nature with science in the beauty world, they are known for “optimising the potency of the plants grown for the most effective results on skin”. They employ biodynamic farming techniques on their own organic farm and have been experts in natural beauty products for over 20 years.

For the past few weeks I have been trying out the Jurlique Herbal Recovery range which help prevent the signs of aging and revitalise the skin.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery

Herbal Recovery Eye Cream

Award winning Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream is a high performance eye cream. Arnica, cucumber and native Australian flower extracts all help brighten and firm the eye area. I incorporated this cream into my daily routine and found it rich yet light and the skin around my eyes less tight/dry (another pregnancy problem!).

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream

Herbal Recovery Night Cream

Another award-winning product is the Herbal Recovery Night Cream which revitalises and restores the skin. It is a rich cream which contains exotic-sounding extracts from plants such as the African Birch and Kakadu Plum. I found my skin felt much more hydrated after a night with this cream slathered all over (I even put it on the top of my hands).

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum

Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum

The product that gets most of the rave reviews is the Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum which comes in a 30ml and 100ml bottle (the larger being more cost-effective). It contains a potent, active complex called Naturadiance PB18+ which helps to “protect, revitalize and enhance your skin’s recovery cycle”. This light serum is easy to incorporate into your daily beauty routine as it is light and won’t make your skin feel overloaded with products. Also, the results speak for themselves.

Overall I really like this range and priced in line with other luxury beauty products. They have a pleasant floral fragrance and aren’t too heavy which I find some anti-aging products tend to be. You can purchase the products from the Jurlique online store and from retailers such as Space NK, Marks & Spencer and look fantastic.com.

This is a beauty brand with a conscience and doesn’t test on animals. You can discover more about Jurlique online here.

xxx TGM xxx

P.S. The Jurlique Rose Love Balm is a must-have and great for keeping lips smoochable.

* Products we gifted, opinions are my own.
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Top 5 breastfeeding essentials || World Breastfeeding Week

We are slap bang in the middle of World Breastfeeding Week (1 to 7 August 2014) and I thought I’d share my top 5 breastfeeding essentials.

Breastfeeding essentials

Nipple Cream: Nipple cream is a waste of time – said no breastfeeding mother EVER! This is an absolute must and you should get a few, for the handbag, bathroom, nursing chair, coffee table, bedside table, and pretty much anywhere you sit an breastfeed. Lansinoh is a popular, award-winning brand often recommended to breastfeeding mums and can be found in most leading supermarkets and drug stores.

Aden and Anais Musy squares: These are a bit smaller than their popular swaddles and are the perfect size burping baby on the move or at home. Use them over your shoulder to protect clothing, to wipe up baby and mop up any mess. Wash them over and over and they get softer and softer. Get them from Aden and Anais online. Find out more about these Limited Edition (RED) Collection ones which are for a good cause.

Medela Hydrogel Pads: A pack of sterile, wrapped pads to provide relief to sore boobs and cracked nipples. To be honest I didn’t know about these with my first child and I ended up with ice packs and cool cabbage leaves down my top. I found that the first week or so of breastfeeding was the toughest on my boobs and any relief I could find was welcome. This time round I am definitely investing in a few packs of these.  Get them from John Lewis or Boots.

Snoob Breastfeeding Scarf: Created by mums for mums, this stylish scarf doubles up as a breastfeeding cover. Gone are the days when you scratch around for a cardigan or napkin to provide a bit of last minute cover. It comes in Grey, Pink, Olive, Cream and Orchid colours and it can be used way past your breastfeeding days. I can’t wait to use mine! Get yours at the Snoob Store online.

Seraphine Nursing Bra: I can’t stress the importance of good support and easy access when it comes to bras and breastfeeding. Basically, you pay for what you get when it comes to underware and a few good quality nursing bras are a must. Seraphine, a favourite amongst celebrities, has a great range of nursing bras available online and in stores.

Those are my top 5 breastfeeding essentials – do you have any that you would add to the list?

xxx TGM xxx

 

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