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Life... Its a Juggle

Life... Its a Juggle

There’s no mistaking 2019 is in full swing, school holidays are over, kinder is back and I’ve recently met lots of our lovely customers who are returning to work for the first time since their little ones arrived.

 

Each new year is an adjustment, but some more so than others, especially when you have a little one starting school, kinder or day care for the first time.

 

I fall into two of these categories myself (school for our eldest (I cannot believe it!) and kinder for our littlest) so I have been forced to really have a think about our new routine and how we are going to manage all of our ‘life mechanics!’

 

I’d love to share some of my tips that may help ease the strain of this busy life stage!

 

  1. Organisation

 

Organisation is key! Having a good diary system is essential, because we all know our brains are not quite what they used to be pre-kids! Phones are great but I also find I need a visual reminder for daily tasks. This one from Kikki K is my pick.

 

  1. Thinking ahead

You know the saying… you always need to be two steps ahead. It’s never easy when you throw an unpredictable mini in the mix, but the more you can do beforehand the better.

To make mornings as stress free as possible I always try to 

  • Pack bags the night before
  • Pack lunches the night before
  • Have dinner defrosting in the fridge the night before
  • Have clothes ready for the morning (including shoes!)
  • Leave more time than you need

 

  1. Meal planning 

Meal planning and then shopping for the week ahead saves so much time and saves money. I try to sit down on a Sunday and work out the week ahead before we shop on a Monday morning.

Knowing what you need and sticking to it not only saves additional trips to the shops during the week, but saves money and reduces waste. Triple win!

 

  1. Outsource 

Where the budget allows, outsourcing can bring so much joy!

Cleaners, ready meals, online shopping can relieve the pressure. Such a good feeling when a job is ticked off your list for you!

 

  1. You time

A very wise woman once told me that the parents are the most important people in the household. We live in a busy era, and parental health has such an impact on the overall wellbeing of the family.

It’s therefore so important for parents that you prioritise health and wellbeing. Eat well, exercise, sleep and drink water. I find when I’m in good health the benefits translate to my family. We’re happier, more on top of our game and enjoy family life more.

Madam Heap: The School of Mindful Living run some amazing courses in meditation, mindfulness and even some mums and bubs classes. I highly recommend!

 

  1. The power of saying no

It’s a hard one to learn in a life full of opportunity, but saying no to some things can really be very empowering.

There is no doubt that raising little ones is hard work and time consuming. Accepting that you may not achieve as much as you want or intend to is one of the first steps in enjoying the fleeting ride that is raising children. That’s what I’m trying to focus on at the moment as it really does go too fast.

 

Enjoy the ride

 

Alecia x

 

Party Time!

Party Time!


 

We do love throwing a party here at Gourmet Juniors! After all, that’s what I did in a past life! Once an Event Planner always an Event Planner!

 

We are planning our little Evie’s third birthday at the moment and I wanted to share our favourite healthy recipes that add a nourishing touch to our party food table.

 

I try to always add a couple of stand out home made treats amongst the popular party items of fruit sticks (I use a cookie cutter to make cute shapes for fruits such as watermelon and cantaloupe), veggie sticks and popcorn Here are two easy and quick recipes that I’m baking for Evie’s party.

 

Macadamia Bars (adapted from I Quit Sugar)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup macadamias
  • 3 cups low-sugar puffed rice cereal (we use the Freedom foods Rice Puffs)
  • 1 cup raw buckewheat
  • 1/4 cup rice malt syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • All natural sprinkles to garnish (optional)

Method

  1. Line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper. 

    2. Process the macadamias in a blender until the nuts form a smooth paste. Measure out 1/2 cup of the nut butter and put into a saucepan. (Any leftover macadamia butter will keep in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to 2 months.)

    3. Add the nut butter, rice malt syrup and vanilla to the saucepan and place over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to 'melt'. 

    4. Remove the pan from the heat and pour into a large mixing bowl with the rice cereal and buckwheat. Mix well, until each piece of puffed rice is covered with the mixture. 

    5. Press into the prepared tin, using the back of a spoon to push the mixture into the corners. Sprinkle over the sprinkles.

    6. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until set. Slice into squares or bars and store in an airtight container in the fridge. 

 

Chocolate Chia balls (adapted from The Wholesome Child)

 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup mixed seeds or nuts
  • 1 cup medjool dates (pitted and chopped! I ruined my magimix but trying to cut corners and not chop)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tbs raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbs coconut sugar (*optional)
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut

 

Method

  1. Place all seeds, including chia seeds (or nuts) into a high-speed processor and process until smooth.
  1. Add half the dates and the coconut oil and process again until smooth.
  2. Add remaining dates and process again.
  1. Add the cacao powder, cinnamon (and optional coconut sugar) and process until smooth consistency is reached. 
  1. Roll into little balls and cover in coconut then place into the freezer for an hour on a lined baking tray.
  1. Remove bliss balls from the freezer for at least 10 minutes before freezing.

 

I also love to outsource for the special and more time consuming items, Packed Real Food do amazing healthy treats, we love their gingerbread, sandwiches and cheese platters.

 

Although I love to cook, I’m definitely no cake baker! Mirella from Cheeky Pantry does the most incredible jobs of our cakes. They are certainly a treat, but they sure are a show stopper and completely delicious!

 

Have a wonderful time and enjoy the celebration!

 

xx

Healthy Habits to Make Happy Eaters

Healthy Habits to Make Happy Eaters

For many parents meal time, in particular dinner-time, can be a struggle with end of the day fatigue and picky behaviours making for a trying time. Adopting a few Healthy Habits can help make dinner time enjoyable.