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    Apple Crumble Cookies

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    Over the past few years, it has definitely become more apparent that the amount of sugar we consume is greater than what we put into our teas and coffees. Sauces, bread, baking and many other things have secret sugar hidden within the ingredients.
    Being aware and reducing the amount of sugar in our diets can keep us and our whanau healthy.
    WHOLE EARTH Sweetener Co. uses stevia a natural leaf found in South America used for hundreds of years to sweeten herbal tea.
    Their Baking Blend uses a mix of stevia and raw cane sugar to allow the look and baking ability of sugar but with 50% fewer calories than regular sugar.
    WHOLE EARTH Sweetener Co. gave me the challenge of finding a recipe and using their products.
    These Apple Crumble Cookies are easy to make and perfect lunchbox additions for little people and in our case, not so little people.
    I double the recipe for our baking loving family of 5, otherwise they would last 2 days if I’m lucky!
    You could also substitute the dried apple with any dried fruit e.g. apricot, figs or dates.

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    Apple Crumble Cookies

    Makes 18.
    100g dried apple
    200g plain flour
    1.5tsp baking powder
    100g butter (cold)
    100g WHOLE EARTH Sweetener Co. Baking Blend
    1 large free-range egg
    Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees celsius
    Line 2 trays with baking paper.
    In a food processor put apple and blitz until finely chopped.
    Add flour, butter, Whole Earth Baking Blend and a pinch of salt.
    Blitz till fine breadcrumbs.
    Remove 3-4 tbsp of mix and set aside.
    Add egg and combine.
    Divide into large teaspoon sized balls, roll and flatten lightly.
    Sprinkle over reserved mix.
    Bake for 8-10 mins until lightly golden.
    Cool on tray for 10 mins then transfer to a wire rack.

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    Happy baking!!

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    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

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    A pain in the GINA

    Now we are going to get into the nitty gritty.

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    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.

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    BLISS BALLS

    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

    Method

    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)

    Method

    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