An Ordinary Day

Just over 5 years ago I became a mumma and took on motherhood like each and every one of us. It was amazing, wonderful, delightful and a dream come true. My baby girl was developing according to what each and every textbook said. She crawled, walked and talked way ahead of time and was just a delight. There were two of us to take care of her and share the load so even during the tougher parts.. life was sweet. A couple of years passed and I was due to give birth to my second bubba. The pregnancy went beautifully yet again, and even the day of my little mans birth was quite the joke.. It was … [Read more...]

5 healthy foods to stretch your grocery budget further

  With food prices soaring, more parents like me are wondering how to get the best bang for their buck. I've found the following five nutrient-dense foods to be a good deal.   1. Whole free range chickens. Now I know free range chickens cost more than cage/barn-raised chickens, but they're also a lot more nutritious. When chickens are free to range outside in the sun, they make vitamin D which is then passed on to us when we eat them. Most of us are deficient in vitamin D, especially in winter, so it's important to absorb it from as many food sources as possible. Free range … [Read more...]

Celebrating Mums

The second Sunday in May every year heralds a very special day here in Australia and New Zealand. It’s THE special day we devote to celebrating our Mum … Mother, Mom or Mummy, depending on what part of the world we’re from! Let’s face it, if it wasn’t for our Mum none of us would be here. She’s given us the greatest gift of all … the gift of life itself! Although my Mum died in the mid ‘90s, with each Mother’s day that passes, I’m always gratefully reminded of her special qualities … with fond memories of her unconditional love for my brother, sister and myself. Recognising … [Read more...]

Super nutrition for babies (book review)

Super nutrition for babies: The right way to feed your baby for optimal health by Katherine Erlich, M.D. and Kelly Genzlinger, C.N.C., C.M.T.A. is the best book on baby feeding I've come across. It provides excellent nutritional advise and recipes for mothers to nourish their babies with.. Food categories The authors have classified all available foods into four different categories, which I found really useful for helping me identify where our current diet is letting us down, and what I can do to improve it.   Here are the four categories: 1. CRAP (Chemical, Removes body's nutrients, … [Read more...]

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

I first read this book about three years ago, and I have to admit that it took me on rather an emotional journey. At times I found it harrowing, at times challenging and at times sad, but I could not put it down. For those that do not know this book, it is written from the perspective of a mother, writing/talking to her husband about their son Kevin. The book takes us through her journey, discovering her pregnancy, becoming a mother and raising her child. It is a book that really challenges the nature/nurture question as her son Kevin has done a terrible thing and she is wrestling with how this … [Read more...]