• cooking,  essentials,  ethical shopping,  food,  lifestyle

    Extra, Extra Countdown Pork is ……….

    Countdown are rolling out the carpet so to speak. You will be pleased to know that Countdown are making the switch so their Pork is 100% free farmed.
    What exactly does this mean to us as consumers?
    Patoa farms have been independently assessed by the SPCA to certify them to be free farmed.

    It means no crates, no stalls and the piggies are bred outdoors in the North Canterbury air. Local farms and NZ pigs. Countdown is committed to supporting and sustaining local produce here in Aotearoa.
    100% free farmed pork is now available to all kiwis at no extra cost.
    Higher welfare is ALWAYS the best option and Countdown is the only supermarket retailer in NZ that is 100% free farmed pork.
    Now pork for me has always been one of those meats that gives me the heebee jeebees. Not because I don’t like it it’s because I am always terrified I am going to undercook or overcook it.
    Countdown has given me the challenge to create a delicious and easy family friendly meal cooking with their 100% free farmed pork loin.

    Moroccan pork loin with spring vegetable couscous salad.

    600 gm Pork loin
    2 tbsp Moroccan paste ( I used me ol’ fav Pepper & Me )
    Salt and Pepper
    Coat pork loin in moroccan paste.
    Leave to marinate for at least 2 hours.
    Preheat oven to 220 degrees.
    Score the pork fat.
    Massage in a little oil and salt and pepper.
    Reduce oven temp to 180 degrees or 160 degrees if using fan bake.
    Cook for 50-60 mins.
    Pork should be tender and slightly pink in the middle.
    At 60 minutes remove the fat and crank the over up to max.
    Cover the pork loin with tinfoil and rest for 15 mins.
    On the tray lay out the cracking and cook for 10 mins or until it’s crispy and golden.
    Slice the pork and the crackling.
    Reserve the pork juices.
    1 x Bunch of asparagus
    1 x Eggplant
    2 x Courgettes
    Tomatoes
    1 cup Couscous
    1 teaspoon dijon mustard
    1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
    1 teaspoon sugar
    Salt and Pepper
    Slice and grill the courgette and eggplant.
    Half and grill the asparagus.
    Roast the tomatoes in a drizzle of oil, salt and pepper for 10-15 mins.
    Set aside.
    “Cook” couscous as per packet instructions.
    Combine the veges and couscous.
    In a separate bowl add pork juices, vinegar, mustard and sugar.
    Season with salt and pepper if required.
    Dress salad with the dressing.
    Serve the pork loin slices with the salad.
  • cooking,  essentials,  ethical shopping,  food,  lifestyle,  motherhood,  Uncategorized

    REVIEW – Munch Reuseable Produce Bags

    Now team you all know we  have been making small changes as a family in our plastic bag use.

    It’s not been hard but it definitely makes you reassess your plastic.

    For us by getting our online groceries packed in boxes our plastic bag use has decreased to almost zero!

    BUT we were still getting some of our fruit and veges packed in plastic fruit and vege bags.

    So it got me thinking …. What can we do to stop this?

    Here is where Munch Reusable Produce Bags come in.

    pic – www.munchcupboard.com

    Munch have packs of produce bags which firstly are very deceptive.  These stretchy, colourful and New Zealand made bags can hold up to 2kg of produce (perfect for the potatoes).  The airflow can circulate around your fruit and veges because of the perforated fabric. Perfect for stopping the potatoes and onions sweating and getting stinky!!

    Each bag comes with a bungee like drawstring which once pulled keeps your bits in and not rolling around the bottom of your trolley or fridge.

     

    In the Munch pack you get a set of 3 bags (2 small and 1 large).

    The large is perfect for the large veges like potatoes, kumara or onions.

    The smaller bags were perfect for literally EVERYTHING else!!

    This set retails for $19.99.

    They are easy to use at the self service checkouts too and don’t cause the virtual shop assistant to have a moment with your oranges!!

    Munch Reusable Produce Bags will be well used in this whare and I am so happy that I can keep reducing our plastic use as a whanau.

    By having 2 sets of these we can drop our produce bags and shopping bags off at our local supermarket and when the online shopping is done we can have our shopping packed almost plastic free!!

  • beauty,  essentials,  ethical shopping,  health,  kids,  lifestyle,  motherhood,  parenting,  Uncategorized

    Lady Lifesavers – May

    Hey team.

    I’ve got a few more of my Lady Lifesavers for May.

    The may not specifically be for the ladies but they may make your life 100% better!

    Wicked Sensation Children’s Magnesium Cream

    This little pot of magic soothes muscles, frightens monsters away and makes children SLEEP! I have been using this on the kids feet to protect them against “monsters” BUT really I have been helping them sleep! Granted I have pretty great sleepers but it takes them along time to get to sleep. The lavender and magnesium helps to soothe them into a blissful sleep. For us it’s been that winding down post dinner ritual. Bath, teeth and a foot massage for the small ones. They love it! I have also been using it on tight shoulders and for my tension headaches. MAGIC!! Made in NZ and full of natural goodies.

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    Available at Eko Hub or Oh Natural

    So Simple Retinol + Lycopene Face Serum

    So Simple Skincare work on the waterless skincare approach. Basically this means by no water in the product there is more active product. Also by having more active ingredients you need less product!!

    By using this under my night cream EVERY night I have seen a reduction in the large pores around my nose which in turn means less blockage and congestion e.g. blackheads.

    This serum is quickly absorbed and the active ingredients of the retinol and lycopene help kick the butts of fine lines (very important in your 30s) and evens out skin tone.

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    Retinol +Lycopene Face Serum with Vitamin E

    Frankie Apothecary Breathe Roll On + Kawakawa Body Oil

    I cannot rave enough about Michelle and Frankie Apothecary. We only used the Frankie Sunscreen SPF50 this summer and the whole family loved it. Frankie Apothecary have launched two new products this winter. Breathe Roll On takes Kanuka for decongestion, Kawakawa and Eucalyptus oils as well as Marjoram and Lemon oil for headache relief. This has been a godsend with winter approaching and the snots and sniffles that have been bouncing around. With the snozzles snot free we can focus on keeping the moisture in our skin this winter. I don’t know about you but I get such dry skin during the winter. Cue the Kawakawa Body oil. Soaks in quickly so it’s not an oil slick in your pj’s, I love the fact it’s fragrance free as I get a bit funny with overly botanical fragrance in products. It can also been used as a massage oil for mum and baby or as a bath oil.

    This year is flying by. Before we know it will be dare I say it Christmas!

    Take Care

    J x

  • essentials,  ethical shopping,  fashion,  lifestyle,  Uncategorized

    Drop What??

    We all need to wear pants, unless your name is Kimmy Kardashian BUT even Kim like a pant at times.

    Now don’t get me wrong I still love a good jean but this winter I have been wearing the shit out of a good drop crotch pant.

    You either love or hate the drop. I bloody love them. My mother bloody hates them and continues to comment on the fact. Bearing in mind I have just had my 31st birthday it’s pretty obvious your mother always has an opinion on EVERYTHING!!

    Easy to wear. Dress up or dress down. Day to Night. They really are easy to wear AND frigging comfortable.

    Stripes, denim and monochrome all feature in this mamas wardrobe.

    Here are my favs.

    STRIPES

    Madame Midi Stripe $109 from Madame Goblin. These are up there with my favourite ever purchases. I love them almost as much as my children. Sometimes more. They also do small sizes for matchy matching.

    ELM Lennox $89.95 from Shineon. More a relaxed fix these are perfect for a relaxing Sunday.

    DENIM

    Luxe Fleur Drop Crotch Jeans AU$99.99 from Decjuba. An extreme drop in the crotch area. Not for the faint hearted. Definitely size down.

    MONOCHROME

    mumMe Duffle Pant $69.95 from Bam + Boo. No seams and no fading from these bad boys. Bam + Boo are also bringing out also new style with pockets!!

    FATE Halston Pant $139.90 from Shineon. Slightly shorter in the leg these pants also the most beautiful fabric. Lil bit shiny and silky. Perfect for the evening with heels.

    Luxe Drop Crotch Pant AU$59.95 from Decjuba. You can’t go past a staple. I think I need the grey!!

    Happy shopping!!

    Jx

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    WIN WIN WIN with Jord Watches

    There is nothing better than a good watch. If your like me I am not a huge watch wearer (because of my job) BUT if I wear one it has to look good!!

    Jord Watches are a little bit different because they are made from wood. Yes, you heard me … wood.

    There are SO many to choose from different woods, different sizes and coloured faces. I also love the fact they are unisex.

    Beautifully presented in a stunning wooden box with little drawers full of waxes, wipes and goodies These watches sure make an impressive gift.

    Jord Watches have given me a $100 voucher to give away to one lucky Dot Dash follower. All you need to do is click the link and follow the prompts.

    https://www.woodwatches.com/g/dotdash

    I am wearing the Frankie in Sandalwood and Emerald.

  • beauty,  essentials,  ethical shopping,  health,  lifestyle,  motherhood

    A pain in the GINA

    Now we are going to get into the nitty gritty.

    PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

    If you don’t want to hear a woman talk about periods keep on scrolling.

    As women we know what happens once a month.  When you are younger you want your little friend to visit you that 1st time because you want to feel grown up. It is a novelty. Your transition into womanhood.  Then reality hits and you realise that it doesn’t make you feel grown up, it feels like your vagine is going to fall out and someone is scraping your insides out with a blunt spoon. Well that is how I felt.

    For 15-16 years I have dreaded each month. Those days where I want to crawl back to bed because I feel so awful.  The days where I debated shoving a nappy between my legs to stem the flow.  The days where I have debated inventing a vagina shelf that holds it up in a sling . The days where I’d be pain killered up to the eyeballs and still crying because it hurt so much. The months where I would go through a box of supers in a day.  The mornings I would ROLL out of bed with a towel between my legs and my husband yelling in the background “it’s OK, I will change the sheets”.

    I think my lowest point was standing in a room FULL of men at work with it gushing down my legs and I didn’t know what to do but thank the baby Jesus for my work friend who rescued me and saved me from a VERY awkward situation/conversation.

    I accepted this as “normal”. I was just unlucky.

    I was the unfortunate one who just had terrible periods and I looked at those bitches using slim minis, who would say “oh I barely even realise I have it” with pure jealousy.

    Heading into my 31st year, I had a life changing epiphany. Now in all honesty I wouldn’t have gone and bought organic tampons. So when BON sent me some to try I really didn’t have any expectations because a tampon, is a tampon right?

    WRONG!

    Oh my god how I was so wrong.

    For the 1st time in 15 years I had a painfree period.

    Coincidence says I, because how can a tampon make a difference?

    Because it bloody does!!

    4 months on I’m still pain free and it’s gone from the texas chainsaw massacre to really a period that really doesn’t affect my day to day life AND I used a mini ……… without having to run to the ladies 5 mins later!!

    So I guess why I am oversharing is the fact that what I experienced for 15 years wasn’t normal. I mean yes this could be all coincidental and it might not even be related to the change in tammys BUT it’s the only thing I have changed and the impact on my life has been so drastic.  So life changing that I wanted to share my story and if I can help one person to have a pain free, non monthly gush fest I will.

    So what’s my theory on this whole organic tampon shenanigians?

    It could be the fact that the bleaches, dyes and chemicals used in regular tampons could trigger an immune/pain response and that is what I was experiencing.


    Who knows, I am in no way a tampon/body/period expert!!

    Something as simple as switching up your regular tampons to organic can possibly make a difference. It did for me.

    If it makes a difference then why the hell not!

    P.S – this is not a sponsored post. It’s just me talking about something that has actually changed my life.

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

    SUMMER IS IN THE AIR

    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.

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    HATS:

    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.


    BAGS:

    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

    SHOES:

    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

    CLOTHES:

    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.


    SUN PROTECTION:

    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!

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    TANNING:

    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.

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    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

    LOCAL IS THE NEW BLACK

    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.

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    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?

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    Food for thought, don’t you think?