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The humble coconut
October 24, 2012, 1:16 pm
Filed under: Babies, Food

coconut oil helps stretch marks

When I was pregnant and my skin began to stretch, contort and look as though I was smuggling a watermelon, coconut oil was a god send. Coconut oil is a multi-tasker and a super duper natural moisturiser.

Rubbing it on my belly kept stretch marks at bay. It also made me feel like I was bonding with my baby as I rubbed and massaged it in to my skin. Many mothers to be use products that contain harmful chemicals. With our skin being like sponges, I would keep these sorts of products away from new life.

I apply dollops of coconut oil to my hair too . My hair can make me look like a scarecrow – coconut oil keeps it contained. I continue to use coconut oil as a natural, chemical-free and inexpensive moisturiser.


Ahhh, the coconut – what a package! One can drink the water and hydrate, consume the flesh for nutrients and healthy fat, and moisturise and nourish the whole body with its oil.

With so many talents, who wouldn’t want to be a coconut!


Garden to plate
October 19, 2012, 2:51 pm
Filed under: Food

garden to plate

A place to while away your troubles. A place to embrace friends, old and new. Garden to Plate is an earthy, welcoming little café offering some tasty morsels in a community surrounded by bush, sea and sand.

garden to plate

Run by the delightful Mel and tucked away in Hardy’s Bay, an hour and a half north of Sydney, Garden to Plate sits on the bay with a backdrop of bobbing boats. I also have major house envy  – houses with beautiful views, large glass windows, coastal scenery, expansive verandahs – I want one.

garden to plate

But for now I will have to settle for soaking up the atmosphere and sampling the menu. Fresh organic swiss mushrooms. Freshly chopped herbs straight from the garden. My friend enjoyed her scrambled eggs with tomato and spinach so much she returned for a second course of quesadilla, all golden and light.

garden to plate

The café offers a seed exchange, a forever changing menu, a décor of herbs, pots of flourishing greens and hay stacks as seats. Meet and greet life outside of the big smoke… and relax.

garden to plate

Co-op organic veg box
October 12, 2012, 4:20 pm
Filed under: Food, Health

co-op organic veg box

I don’t know about you but I dislike supermarkets. It’s something about those horrible neon lights. The bad deal they give to farmers.  Their monopoly over small business. The processed rubbish they market to all of us to buy.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t use them for emergency toilet paper but I avoid them if I can. For the staples, I’m lucky to have a local co-op that offers delicious, vibrant, wholesome fruit and veg. For a meagre $40, we collect a box of in season produce fresh from the farm every week, via a neighbour’s garage.

This promotes community spirit, experimental cooking and joy.

Vintage toys
October 4, 2012, 8:34 am
Filed under: Babies, Vintage

I’ve gotta love my Mum. Thirty four years ago she was wise and clever enough to pack away my well loved toys in the hope that one day they would be bashed and sucked by a future grandchild. And she was right.

Bubba loves my old toys – they don’t seem as brash as the toys today. Perhaps this has to do with the scratches, the visible signs of wear and tear, the fading colours, old texta marks…