• cooking,  food,  kids,  lifestyle,  motherhood


    Believe me when I say I am no baker. When I cook I tend to wing it so restricting myself to exact quantities and measurements just doesn’t fit my nature.

    When I bake it has to be easy with minimal fannying around.

    These chocolate chip cookies are easy, quick and you can double the recipe with out fuss for those school trips and shared lunches.



    125 grams of butter

    1/2 cup brown sugar

    1/2 cup white sugar

    1 egg – free range if you can get it (let’s be kind to those chickens)

    1 and 3/4 cups of flour

    1 teaspoon vanilla essence (we use the Equagold vanilla paste)

    1 and a half cups of chocolate buttons (milk, dark, white or a mix)


    Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

    Cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.

    Mix in the egg and vanilla.

    Mix in the flour.

    Mix in the chocolate buttons.

    Roll into teaspoon size balls.

    Bake at 180 degrees until lightly browned (15 mins). Cook for a shorter time if you like a chewy cookies or longer if you like a crisp cookie.

  • cooking,  food,  health,  kids,  lifestyle,  motherhood,  Uncategorized


    I have an announcement.

    I am no longer a maker of bliss ball virgin. My cherry has been popped.

    Now I have eaten my fair share of them but to be honest I just couldn’t be bothered making them. I barely have time to pee in peace let alone get amongst a bliss ball recipe.

    So I sucked it up got Mr almost 4 involved and it was actually surprisingly easy and he LOVED it!

    When LUXE Fitness approached me to try their new protein powder I was a little dubious. I don’t do shakes and I definitely don’t do smoothies. Don’t get me wrong I like the idea but it’s a textural thing for me and I instantly feel like gagging …. moving on, even the thought is making me gag!

    Instead of using it in a shake or smoothie I decided to check out their website of recipes and there in all it’s orby lucious goodness (channeling my inner Nigella here!) were the peanut protein balls.

    In true me fashion I didn’t have half of the things in my cupboard so I took their recipe and threw my spin on it.

    Crunchy Peanut Bliss Balls

    1.5 cups oats
    1 cup of pitted dates
    1/2 cup LUXE protein powder
    4 TBSP GO superfood Cacao powder
    1/2 – 3/4 cup of crunchy peanut butter (we used Pic’s PB)
    1/2 tsp vanilla essence (we used Equagold vanilla paste)
    water to bind


    It’s pretty darn simple. Chuck everything into your food processor. Blitz til everything in combined. Add water until it comes together.

    Use a teaspoon and roll into balls. Dust with the Cacao powder and you are done.

    Very Berry Bliss Balls

    1.5 cups oats
    1 cup pitted dates
    1/2 cup LUXE protein powder
    2 TBSP GO superfood Cacao powder
    1 tsp GO superfood Camu Camu powder (if you don’t have this just add more raspberries)
    1/2 – 3/4 cup FRESH AS freeze dried raspberries
    1/2 tsp vanilla essence (we used Equagold vanilla paste)
    water to bind
    1/4 cup desiccated coconut (to rolls balls)


    It’s pretty darn simple. Chuck everything into your food processor. Blitz til everything in combined. Add water until it comes together.

    Use a teaspoon and roll into balls. Crush the freeze dried raspberries into a powder and mix with the coconut. Roll the balls in the coconut and raspberry mix and your are done.

    The only downside to this whole exercise is that I had to borrow my mother’s food processor because we don’t have one. Then I remembered why …….. they are a complete B***H to clean!

    J x

  • Uncategorized


    Boobs, tits, knockers, boobies or chesticles call them what you will but as women our breasts are important.

    Every day eight women in NZ are diagnosed with breast cancer.
    Every week I see women at one part of their breast cancer journey.
    Now as a woman in her 20s, 30s or 40s you are probably thinking why do I need to think about breast cancer?

    While breast cancer is not common in younger women every year around 400 women are diagnosed with breast cancer UNDER the age of 40.
    Get to know you boobs!!
    Cop a feel!!
    Getting to know what your “normal” boobs feel like will alert you to any abnormal changes.


    + TOUCH

    + LOOK

    + CHECK


    There isn’t a right way or a wrong way to examine your breasts. In the shower or front of a mirror the main this is that you check out the WHOLE breast from collarbone to under the breast, from middle of the chest to the armpit.

    What should I be looking for?

    A new lump or bulge – especially if in one breast.

    Breast pain -that is unusual.

    Changes in the skin – redness, rash, puckering or dimpling  (orange peel look).

    Any nipple changes – inverted  (turned in), discharge (without squeezing) or crusty and red.

    What if I find something abnormal ?

    Make an appointment with your GP without delay.


    Want to know more?




  • Uncategorized


    Lemon curd. It’s one of those things you either love or hate. My family LOVE it. Archie has been known to sneak spoonfuls out of the fridge.

    It’s also really easy to make. Especially when it only has 4 ingredients and is made in the microwave!! 


    50g butter 

    1 cup sugar 

    finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons (1/2 cup juice)

    3 eggs

    Melt the butter in a microwave jug or bowl. Whisk in everything else. Microwave on high for a minute. Whisk. Microwave for 30 seconds whisking in between until the curd is thick and glossy. Will take 4-6 minutes. 


    You need to let it cool before you use it.

    You can double the recipe by simply doubling the ingredients. 

    Will keep for 4ish days in the fridge.

    This lemon curd can be used for lemon meringue pies, macarons, cakes and on toast. The uses are endless!!


  • education,  kids,  learning,  motherhood,  parenting,  Uncategorized


    School holidays. Love them or hate them they happen 4 times a year.

    For me if my kids are occupied and I can sit down for 15 mins with a coffee and not be interrupted then I am in heaven.

    As a parent these are the small things that get you going!!

    I will fully admit I suck at doing the educational play thing. I don’t make play-doh, I don’t make macaroni animals and I certainly don’t get amongst the messy play. Call me selfish, call me a bad mother but I don’t have the time or the patience for that kind of shenanigans.


    One for my best friends is a Early Childhood educator and she is amazing. The simple things she does with the kids gets their brains firing and your can see them drinking in the learning experiences.  I wish I could bottle her, turns her into a tablet and take my “GREAT PARENTING PILL” once a day!

    I discovered Busy Bags last year at the Takapuna Baby & Kids Market. These bags take the idea of learning through play to a whole other level. For months I had been meaning to get some for Archie as he is one of those kids who loves sorting, matching and patterns.


    Aimee sent me 3 bags and we loved every single one!! The Busy Bags came with instructions and a breakdown of the learning opportunities your child will get. It also (MY FAVOURITE BIT) gives the parent little tips, tricks and advice so your little one will get the most out of the bag! I actually felt like THE best parent!!

    The other great thing about Busy Bags is that you can do the learning activity outlined but you can also try different things depending on your kidlet’s ability.  We took the Bead Threading Kit which comes with pattern cards and then Archie decided to sort the colours and the shapes. Two in one learning = parenting win.


    By far our (I say “our”, I should say Archie) favourite has been the Order and Eat bag. For us this has been kiddy crack. He can’t get enough of it. We write the order on the menu, then Chef Archie gets to work and makes our pita. The felt tomato, carrot, pineapple and lettuce gets piled into our pita and then plated up with Gordon Ramsey efficiency.

    Then we eat!


    Every single part of each Busy Bag is well thought out and allows the kids to have multiple learning opportunities.

    We will definitely be adding to our new Busy Bags collection because they make me feel like a flipping great parent and I am down with that. The kids learning is just a bonus!!

    You can find Busy Bags on Facebook and Instagram .


  • beauty,  fashion,  lifestyle,  summer

    How To …… Pastel Power.

    I love a good hack.
    I also love going to the hairdresser.
    But I’ve found a way to add a lil bit of excitement to your hair without spending hundreds.
    Now I’m pretty sure this will only work if you have blonde hair or blonde highlights.
    Over the last few weeks I’ve tried the Schwartzkopf LIVE colour. This is a FREAKING bargain at $6 per box (if you have long or thick hair you will probably need 2 or 3 boxes). I picked up mine from Kmart but I’m sure supermarkets and pharmacies will stock it. 
    It’s so easy to use its ridiculous. 
    Wet your hair.
    Mush the colour through from root to tip.
    Leave it on for ……… well the box says 2-15 minutes. 
    Lasts 8 washes.
    Lilac Blush –
    I left ol’ Lilac on for an hour and a half to achieve this look.
    Silver Toner –
    I left the silver fox on for 3 hours to achieve this look.
    Schwartzkopft LIVE colour is ammonia free so it won’t wreck your hair and I have found it hasn’t stained my blonde locks as some semi permanent hair colours can.
    Definitely worth a go if you want to jazz up your colour. I think I’ll be a mermaid next time and go blue!! 

  • lifestyle,  motherhood,  parenting

    The Age of the Asshole.


    There is a moment as a parent where you have to let go.

    Where you have to release that grip on your kids that you have fought so hard to gain.

    Unfortunately growing up is part of life and although we want our children to learn from our mistakes and cock ups. They can’t or won’t. They aren’t their mistakes. They aren’t their cock ups. They must learn for themselves.

    We all want our children to do their best but do you remember your mother saying to you “if you just knuckled down and focus, you would do so much better!” Did you listen?

    I struggle with Mr 11. Essentially he is me and we do probably rub each other up the wrong way. Unfortunately I have to have the last word and it really takes all my capacity as a parent to ignore his attitude and walk away.

    I read a really great article about how children are just trying to “fill their cup”. Essentially what this parental guru was saying is that kids have an unexplained need to have a full emotional cup. This cup becomes full from both positive and negative interactions. For example asking a child to empty the dishwasher and them bitching, moaning that you are a slave driver is quite normal because they want their cup to be filled. Now my normal response would be something along the lines of “just empty the bloody dishwasher , your acting as if I asked you to chop your legs off” then this launches into a vicious cycle of bitching, arguing and the job taking 10 times longer.

    Child 1 – Parent 0.

     His cup is full.

     I’m just pissed off. 

    We can all relate?

    As a parent I need to learn how to stop him from “filling his cup” in a negative way. Easier said then done. Back to emptying that sodding dishwasher. His immediate response is to launch into asshole mode to fill his cup. My response SHOULD (this is still a work in progress!) be …… “OK but please realise if you don’t do the dishes you won’t be allowed on your …… (insert some beloved device, toy or activity here)”.

    Stick to your guns.

    Stop them before they launch into the “I hate you monologue”.

    Repeat the expectations calmly and reasonably.

    Don’t yell.

    Don’t let them see they fact that you really want to see them do every single dish by hand and make them really cry about something.

    Now like I said for me this is a work in progress and if your child is anything like mine they will know exactly how to play you.

    Just remember don’t let them fill their cup but remember to fill yours with wine.


  • beauty,  essentials,  ethical shopping,  fashion,  lifestyle,  summer


    GUESS WHAT ?!?

    Today is the first day of spring, which means summer is not that far away.

    Here are a few of my favourite summer essentials.



    Hats are my thing. There are two kinds of people in the world. People who can wear hats and people who can’t. Take my Grandfather for example, he was one of those individuals who could NOT wear a hat. Be it fedora, baker boy or cap it was just a big fat NO! Luckily I didn’t inherit that gene. Hat’s  for me add a little “something something” to an outfit and summer is the best time to play around with all manner of head wear (without fear of it blowing off).  Let’s also remember a good hat protects out faces from the old UV rays that can crisp up our skin. So hats are practical and stylish. It’s a win win.


    If you have been following me on Instagram or Facebook you would have seen my Tilly from Saben EVERYWHERE! I love her. I eyed her up in-store and wanted to give her a home. She finally became part of our family on my birthday (thank you husband, all those hints worked!). Tilly will change your life. I actually mean it. As Shakespeare said “she may be little but she is fierce” Tilly is this. Little but will fit your WHOLE life in her pockets. As a mum of two little ones we still have to take our “baby bag” with us and to be honest I ain’t got time for a baby bag, big ass hand bag and the kitchen sink. Tilly fits inside our baby bag or whatever we have with us. Yes Tilly is an investment but it’s one I would make again as I think Tilly is getting lonely and needs a new friend.

    Saben Tilly in Ink
    Saben Tilly in Ink


    I don’t know about you but in summer I tend to always live in my black haviana jandels. Comfortable but a little bit boring. Last year I found Lulu Avarcas on Instagram and instantly wanted them. Beautiful handcrafted leather sandals which are so bloody comfy you won’t want to take them off. The only problem I have with them is that there are so many colours to choose from and I want one in every colour! Even better they have just released a kids range. Matchy Matchy!

    Lulu Avarcas in Gold
    Lulu Avarcas in Gold


    I am a comfort kinda gal. I love a good pair of denim shorts and a tee. Last year I lived in my Factorie rolled cuffed denim shorts – To be honest I am probably a bit old for this shop BUT I went for a bigger size so they were a bit longer so my kooch wasn’t hanging out!! My go to tees are a basic tee from Glassons or Gypsy Pirate who always do a great range of tees and singlets for summer.


    Living in New Zealand regardless of skin tone we MUST look after it in the summer months. I’m a burner, like crispy bacon burnt if I don’t wear sunscreen. Frankie Apothecary does an amazing all natural sunscreen and bug repellent. Great for me, great for the kids and I love the fact it doesn’t leave that horrid greasy feeling on your skin and it moisturises  it too. One less thing for me to do over summer!



    I am potentially the palest person you will ever meet. I don’t go brown, I don’t tan, I just go red, then white again. If I could change one thing about myself it wouldn’t be my boobs or my jiggly mummy tummy, it would be my ability to tan. I know this probably sounds bloody ridiculous but them pale person problems! I love a tan that is instant, I don’t have the time to wait around for a tan to develop because 90% of the time I choose an outfit then think “F**K! I need to tan my legs!” Eco Tan have just launched their new Cacao Firming Mousse, this bad boy takes an hour to develop a beautiful caramel colour and if your like me I leave it on overnight without washing it of you will be one bronzed babe.  In the next week or so I will post some before and after shots so you can see the results. Eco Tan is nasty stuff free, vegan friendly and cruelty free.


    These are my summer essentials. All I need to do now is work on my bikini body …..

    yeah right !?!

    Jess x




  • ethical shopping,  lifestyle,  Uncategorized


    It is very “on trend” to shop small and invest in the local businesses around you.   As a small business owner myself I love buying from fellow small business hustlers.  There is a great quote about shopping small and buying local.

    When buying from a small business you are not helping a CEO buy their 3rd holiday home.  You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy to play his favourite sport, you are putting food on the table for a family and paying a mortgage.  Customers for small businesses are the shareholders and they are the ones who they strive to make happy.

    This is 100% TRUE.


    The other side of the coin is the ethical reasoning behind the notion of shopping small.

    Now don’t get me wrong, I shop at the big chain stores as much as the next person.  However I always think when I eye up that $4 tee or the $15 shorts, how can they be made so cheap and make a profit?

    I am not writing this to embark on a ethical clothing debate or slack off large companies. My purpose is that of awareness.

    The Baptists World Aid 2015 Fashion Report released data stating that only 5% of the 128 brand surveyed, paid their workers a living wage that met their BASIC needs.  The good news is that they did see a 90% improvement in brands making the conscious decision to be ethically responsible since the 2013 survey.

    So I guess what I am trying to say is that we can always get something cheaper somewhere else but at what ethical cost?


    Food for thought, don’t you think?