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Waiting. . .

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Now that we’ve past the 40 week mark and are eagerly awaiting our new little bub, I thought I’d share this sentiment with you. As well as feeling incredibly blessed to be about to introduce new life into this world, I feel I’ve learnt some important lessons along the way that might just be worth sharing. . . Firstly, to take each day one day at a time. Secondly to really listen to and trust your own intuition. And last but not least, to expect the unexpected. On that note, I’ll leave you with the knowledge that I’ve loved sharing this part of the journey with you and look forward to seeing you on the flip side xx

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Stone Fox Brides

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If you’re getting married or plan to one day, Stone Fox Brides is a must see for endless amounts of inspiration and ideas. Voted Best Anti-Bridezilla Bridal Boutique by New York’s Time Out Magazine, true to form their ideology is evident in all that they do, from their Instagram to their in-house line of vintage inspired dresses, rings and head pieces. Their quest to inspire brides to abandon ideals of perfection and embrace marriage for the celebration of unity and love that it truly is, had me hooked. Here are a few of my favourite images xx

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All Images Via Stone Fox Bride including Margherita Missoni’s emerald encrusted wedding ring.

Risotto with Peas & Greens


It’s one thing to love a cookbook for a couple of its star recipes, but it’s another thing entirely when that book becomes more of a bible. Such is Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest release, It’s All Good. Filled with an endless selection of healthy, nourishing meals, it deliver precisely what the title promises, recipes that are all good.

This Risotto with Peas and Greens has all the frills and trimmings one expects from a great Risotto but without any of the extras that leave you feeling heavy or full. In other words, a rich creamy texture without any cream, cheese, butter or wine. It takes some serious muscle and dedicated stirring to get you there, but I can promise you, the end result is worth the effort xx



Risotto with Peas and Greens
Adapted from It’s All Good By Gwyneth Paltrow
(Serves 4)

Approx 1 litre of boiled vegetable or chicken stock
1 lemon juiced and zest
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 yellow onion finely diced
1 leek finely sliced
1 garlic clove finely minced
Leaves from 6 sprigs of thyme
Sea Salt
1 cup Arborio rice
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup basil chopped
Freshly ground black pepper

In a large fry pan, heat the olive oil. On medium heat add the leek and onion, cook until vegetables soften, approx 5 min. Add the garlic, thyme and a pinch of salt, continue to cook until fragrant, approx 2 min. Turn heat to high, add the rice and lemon juice, stir to combine. Once lemon juice has evaporated add a cup of warm stock. Continue to stir the risotto until the stock is absorbed, then add another cup of stock. Repeat this process until all the stock has been used, around another 20 minutes of adding and stirring. Once the rice looks rich and creamy (and your arm is ready to break off), stir in the lemon zest, spinach, peas, basil and some ground pepper. Then voila, ready to serve xx


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What to Wear Pregnant

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There’s no denying it, finding the right dress for one of your best friend’s weddings can be difficult at the best of times. Throw a growing belly into the mix and you have yourself a challenge. Nailing the perfect, comfy dress is possible, but it does require some research. Last pregnancy I discovered the brand Rachel Pally. Without specifically falling under the heading of maternity wear, she designs pregnancy friendly dresses created out of the softest jersey fabrics, cut with just enough room for just the right areas. I wore the Granita Long Tie Dress and loved every minute in it. So much so that it may well make a post pregnancy comeback. To view more, check out a range of her dresses here xx

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Wearing Rachel Pally Granita Long Tie Dress 


12 Health – Superfood Giveaway

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It’s funny how the very same things that make one thing appeal to some, are the very same factors that make it a deterrent to others. As much as I love the prep and effort that goes into buying fresh produce and creating wholesome nutritious meals, I appreciate it can be virtually impossible if you’re time poor or on the run (or have a toddler demanding food right here and right now).

Cut to the chase, 12Health have come up with a range of gourmet baking mixes packed with protein & super-foods that make eating super healthy, supremely easy and wonderfully convenient. I could lie and tell you I found their pancake mixture a delight to cook with, but in truth, it was my husband who jumped out of bed and whipped these beauties up. It was that easy.

Vanilla Protein Pancake Mix
Chai Breakfast muffin Mix
And Cacao protein Muffin Mix
Winner will be chosen Wednesday 10th July 2013

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