Thursday, November 22, 2012

Butter London, back bends & coconut oil

New Butter London has arrived!

So many deliveries are arriving every day in the shop! It's like, well... CHRISTMAS!

Yesterday we unpacked a whole plethora of wild new nail polishes by Butter London! With names like Trout Pout, Disco Biscuit, Come To Bed Red, Slapper, No
 More Waity Katie and Cheeky Chops as well as acetone-free polish removers, base coats and top coats!

Butter London lacquers don't contain the 3 main chemicals that other polishes do that are attributed to cancer formation. Guess what? Our price is only $16.95 a bottle! We dare you to find a better price!

Top 5 Things I LOVED This Wk:

Well this weekend wasn’t like any other. I took myself to a Hatha yoga retreat a couple of hours away in the hinterland. Possibly the third best decision I’ve ever made (after marrying my husband and studying 

I had some big realisations and I’m so excited to share with you my insights and experiences at a later date. I’ve actually taken tomorrow off work to just reflect and absorb everything.

So this week is a very special ‘Top 5’.

1. Doing pranayama in the shala at 5:30 each morning watching the mist roll through the valley like waves.
2. Unbelievably delicious vegan food cooked with love by a gorgeous Ayurvedic chef.
3. Sitting on a couch in front of the fire while sharing laughter, stories and homemade chai with new friends.
4. A mindfulness meditation in the middle of a rainforest with our eyes closed. Raindrops were falling through the canopy and birds were singing their tunes.
5. Walking through the heavy rain after a 2hr asana session back up to the farm house to find a bubbling pot of pumpkin soup and a roaring fire.

Enjoy your week everyone. Turn the TV off this week and pick up a book instead.

Dear coconut oil,

I love you.

Emma the Naturopath xx

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Yumminess for the tummy and the mind


One of my awesome natural mama customers let me in on this epic little blog Natural New Age Mum.

I just whizzed up her Blueberry Breakfast Slice and it is unbelievable (and SO easy)!! ...
It was in the oven in the same time it took to make my chai on the stove :)

3 cups of organic oats

3 Tbsp coconut oil
2 bananas
2 eggs
2 Granny Smith apples
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 cup organic frozen berries

1. In a large bowl mash the bananas with a fork then whisk in the eggs and coconut oil.
2. Throw in the oats, cinnamon and chia seeds.
3. Grate the apples and add to the bowl along with the berries.
4. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and smoosh mixture down with a wooden spoon.
5. Bake for 30mins in a 180C oven. Boom! That's it!

Such a great lunch box snack or yummy for brekkie with yoghurt on top. Try it! Substitute oats for quinoa flakes to make it GF :)

Please share any great blogs or healthy snack recipes you know of!

Top 5 Things I LOVED This Wk:

1. Finding a peacock feather on the ground on the way to work on Fri. I had no idea peacocks roamed the streets at night in Coffs. It’s a bit like the alligators in the sewers of New York theory.
2. Pinching flowers from every gardenia bush I walked past this week. The scent takes me straight back to the Summer of 2003.
3. Having lengthy conversations about what we’d do with the $100 million jackpot.
4. Rainy weekend comfort food: steamy miso with wakame, chic and vegie soup with pasta spirals, berry and coconut spelt pancakes with maple syrup, hot tea in cafes with good looking people.
5. Surfing at Arrawarra with my 8 yr old flower girl. I think we both got the longest rides of our lives today!

If you see a donation tin or tip jar this week, throw some shrapnel in.

Ahhhh Wednesdays! I may have mentioned that I now take Wednesdays off as a bid to maintain balance in my life. Today looked a little something like this:

Vegie juice
Solar eclipse
Surf at Diggers
1 and 1/2hr Ayurvedic facial with Trista at Ayurvedic Skin Care & Reflexology Fusion. (Do yourself a favour!)
Peppermint tea
Now off to yoga followed by a bath


What would it take for you to get a babysitter for the kids or finish work at 2pm so that you can have a slice of YOU time? You will think clearer, look and feel better and value the time you have with loved ones more. I highly recommend it.
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Take care of yourselves!
Emma the Naturopath xx