With less than a week till the jolly fellow arrives, if you haven’t made headway on the Christmas list you, like me, will need to panic get creative and fast.
And to help you (and me) out, I’ve done some homework on a few last minute, meaningful gifts that show thought, if not necessarily planning….
One for One
A purchase of a pair of TOMS Shoes also buys a pair for a child in need. This simple pair of shoes brings them the benefits of health, education and self esteem. The TOMS website has also become a platform for other social entrepreneurs so take a look around while you’re there. And while it may be too late for the real thing to arrive you could try an E-Gift Card so your loved ones can make their own selection?
Because you can never have too many goats, Oxfam Unwrapped truly is a great gift option. What’s more they make it easy for last minute shoppers like you and me with the option of an E-card or print one from home.
For the conservationist in your life the adoption of an endangered species with the WWF comes with more than just a piece of paper. Your adoption pack includes a soft toy of your adoptive animal, a fact sheet and a year’s subscription to WWF’s official Mag Living Planet. Not sure it will all arrive before Christmas but hey, it’s the thought that counts!
The Body Shop is a longtime supporter of ethical and natural beauty products. Take a stand on animal testing, human rights, self esteem, fair trade and the planet in general by taking a look at their Christmas gift guide and heading in to your nearest store to make a purchase.
One for later
If finding the right gift and saving the world is beyond you this season why not book mark nomorepastrami for the next purchase or gift you need to make. Julie has done an amazing job of pulling together on trend products for the socially conscious shopper.
All the best with your gift giving endeavours, have a great Christmas, and hope to see you hanging around the blog in 2014.
I never played a team sport as a child but the opportunity came to me a few years ago and I must say I am a little sad it took me this long.
And if I try to define what it is that I most love about it, it would (unfortunately) have very little to do with fitness and skill, and everything to do with having a laugh. It’s fun with serve of fitness on the side.
And as with all good teams we do a dam fine end of season weekend away. One filled with an excess of great food and wine, conversations uninterrupted by children, nana naps, sleep ins and the chance to pick up a book and read more than a page at a time.
Our most recent jaunt took us to the scenic beauty of Kangaroo Valley and Morton National Park NSW where down a long dusty dirt track in what seemed like the middle of no-where we found ourselves in an oasis of bliss known as Lake David, Noggarah.
Purpose built as a residential retreat by owner Chris Treuen I have to say I think he nailed it. Enormous entertaining kitchen road tested to ensure every gadget you might need could be found, never ending dining table perfect for
dancing feasting the night away, elegant and eclectic French provincial style décor sourced from local Kangaroo Valley businesses, artists and garage sales and plenty of bedrooms with comfortable beds and crisp sheets and gleaming bathrooms with big fluffy towels. Bliss.
Distant as we were from civilization we weren’t lacking in things to do. Set on a sprawling 40 acres of land on Lake Yarunga, an extension of the Kangaroo River, the property keeps plenty of kayaks, has a tennis court and the real winner, a pool and spa…..
You may wonder as did I, as to the name. Lake David. But that’s a lovely personal story for Chris to share with you if you ever visit.
Our end of season weekends away have, in the past been closer to wineries or locations for great retail therapy. But, I know I’m not alone in feeling that a weekend spent literally away-from-it-all has been the best one yet.
Time out comes in many guises. Walks, runs, paddles, movies with friends, date nights or a lie in bed on a Sunday morning with a good book or the weekend newspaper (personal favourites). But if you can get it, real time away from it all can’t be beat. How do you do time out?
I stayed at Lake David at my own expense and have only chosen to write about it because some things are just too good not to share.
Most of the images in this post have been taken by myself and team mate Julie from Don’t forget the camera. The above image is from the Lake David website.
No doubt you’ve heard it before “breakfast’s the most important meal of the day” or perhaps “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince…..”.
But do these catch phrases have any substance? Is there any science to the hype? And more importantly, has breakfast actually got anything to do with health?
You may, or may not, be surprised to know that breaking the fast after an overnight snooze has plenty to do with health. Stick with me and I’ll run through a quick breakkie 101.
- Help you and your children perform. Yep, it’s true, research shows breakfast improves concentration, alertness and memory.
- Keep you in shape. The most successful dieters are those recorded by the National Weight Control Registry in the US, and most of them eat breakfast every day.
- Boost your nutrition. Aussies that eat breakfast are more likely to eat less fat, more fibre and get more of the important nutrients like iron, folate and calcium than breakfast skippers.
- Stave off long term health issues. Chronic skippers be they adults or children, are at greater risk of heart disease and diabetes than those who break the fast on a regular basis.
- Make you happy. Research shows breakfast eaters are more positive and may have lower rates of depression
With all that great news you’d think we’d be leaping out of bed in the morning to make sure we eat. But the reality for most of us is nothing like it is for this popular bear…
“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
In fact as many as 1 in 4 school age children and around 65% of adults miss breakfast on a regular basis. So, if these stats describe you or your family why not take an extra five minutes in the morning to make breakfast a priority? I’ve got a few tips below that might help. Go on, give it a go!
No time to eat?
- Whip up a breakfast sandwich the night before – think grainy bread, avocado with cooked chicken or ham and toast it while getting ready or take it to work and pop it on the grill.
- Eat a bowl of cereal with milk or yoghurt – it only takes 5 minutes.
- Prep yourself a bircher muesli mix the night before. If you’re too rushed to eat it at home grab a spoon and enjoy it al desko when you get to the office.
- Keep a stash of breakfast or nut bars in the pantry and grab one along with a piece of fruit or a tub of yoghurt as you head out the door.
- Whip up a breakkie frittata on the weekend and have it sliced ready to reheat in the morning.
Bored with breakfast?
- Blend up a breakfast smoothie made with frozen fruit, yoghurt, milk and a hand full of oats. This is a personal favourite and easily returns my children to good humour when they appear in the kitchen with the breakfast doldrums.
- Serve up scrambled eggs on grainy toast. A quick protein and fibre rich meal that will keep you feeling satisfied for longer and hunger pangs at bay.
- Enjoy morning oats with fresh or stewed fruit and a nut and seed mix or a dash of cinnamon – delish.
- Try making my Cranberry and Almond Toasted Muesli. It’s yummo…
- Seek out inspirational breakfasts like those you can find on Heidi’s Wednesday Breakfast Club
Say it with images
I’ll wrap this post up with a couple of great infographics from the Australian Breakfast Cereal Manufacturers Forum (I love a good infographic) as I really do believe a picture can often say so much more than words.
Images for this post generously supplied by the ABCMF. And no, I received no money or breakfast cereal or goods of any kind for the writing of this post.