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Eat right for your shape.

A fabulous new cook book by Lee Holmes has landed on my desk, her latest offering ‘Eat right for your shape‘. Lee is the author of the best selling series Supercharged Foods, she holds extensive qualifications in food and nutrition, holistic health coaching, and yoga teaching. Also a whole foods chef and of course an author.

Book info: Eat Right For Your Shape takes a fresh look at the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda and applies it to the way we eat and live.
Originating in India, Ayurveda presents a holistic approach to feeling well and living in harmony with yourself and your surroundings. It is a union of the mind, body, senses and soul.
Through nutrition, yoga and meditation, it focuses on treating the individual as a whole rather than a specific issue or disease, so that you can achieve balance and good health, not only in your physical body, but also in your mind and spirit.
My latest book in the successful Supercharged Food series is a practical guide and cookbook to help you incorporate these principles into your everyday life and bring your body back into balance.
I discuss the Ayurvedic approach to life and how to understand and influence the interplay of your bodily systems to keep your true self feeling balanced, healthy and calm. In the book I offer a wealth of practical advice to eat right for your own dosha or shape. The book includes a section on yoga poses and breathing exercises to pacify your dosha.
The book features an extensive selection of delicious and nourishing seasonal recipes with ingredients that correct your doshic imbalance, in order to create harmony, weight management and health.
My mantra; ‘following your own path will serve you greatly when adopting Ayurvedic principles, so let go of comparing yourself to others and make your own way to your preferred weight and maximum health’.

Not just a recipe book, it contains a guide to defining your dosha or body shape, yoga instruction and tips on mindfulness. It a the whole body health package wrapped up in one book, beautifully presented in an easy to follow lay out. I like that.

And thanks to the lovely folk at Murdoch Books I have an extra copy for one my lovely readers. To be in the draw, please pop a quick comment below (australian readers only, sorry guys). Shall pick a name out of a hat in next week!


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Jenkins the Hare

I love beautifully told and illustrated children’s books. I still insist the kids have a library of books, even though I am all about eReaders myself. There is something to be said about holding a book like this in your hands, some of them are more like a piece of art and Jenkins the Hare is no exception.  It’s gorgeous. This book was imagined, designed and made in Australia by Demelza Haines and Adam Murphy.

Find the book here!

“Meet Jenkins the Hare: a smart, sweet, little fellow. He has many friends and is thought of as very loyal and loved by all the animals, especially the younger ones. Jenkins is always thinking of new games to play and fun to be had. His favourite possession is his beautiful, stripy scarf. One day it goes missing and he must go through the woods and retrace his steps to find it, meeting all of his friends along the way.”

My children loved this book. It is an adorable easy to read story for little children that has a kind Wind in Willows feel to it, and it teaches the value of friendship and helping out a mate. I was a relaxing read, something that you look for in a short bedtime story. I throughly recommend this book. I want to hang the whole thing on the wall. If you are looking for a gift that will have people asking where did you find that? I suggest you check out Welly’s Wonders.

Jenkins the Hare comes from the team at Welly’s Wonders, a husband and wife team who happen to have oodles of talent. Check out their page for more about them, because there is just too much to tell you about here.

And you know how I said I want to hang the book on the wall? Well they’ve taken care of that too. You can get very high quality A3&A4 prints of beautiful illustrations from Jenkins the Hare and their other book Burton the Brave, they are quite timeless in my opinion and we now have one hanging on my office wall.

Welly’s Wonders also have a gorgeous line of onesies, shirts, cardsbibs and blankets featuring Jenkins and Burton. Do check them out for a truly unique gift for the next baby shower.

One of the fabulous prints.Disclaimer: while we were gifted a book and print in return for the review, the sentiments are sincere. We loved Jenkins the Hare! 



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Go to the library…

It was a little over twenty years ago I pushed this book into Terry Pratchett’s hands and told him, as only a smug twenty year old would, that I only read Pratchett.

“Young lady, get yourself to the library, you don’t know what you’re missing” he told me.

So I did.

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by | March 14, 2015 · 9:00 am

So you want to know how I can afford my expensive toys?

I’ve been asked this question a few times; you have all those kids how can you afford a new computer/ipod/lego set?  And the answer is: I lay-by them.

Until recently I was doing my lay-bys the usual way, finding a store that had the product I wanted and trying to get back in there to regularly make payments for the twelve week period you could have the lay-by for.  I’d often wanted to be able to lay-by the big ticket items, like a computer or bed but was yet to find a store that was willing to do so, especially for a period of time longer than the usual (as I needed to make the payments smaller to fit into the budget).

Last September I found out about and I took the punt and laybyed my new Mac and I paid it off in small instalments, asking for it to be delivered mid January.  My new Mac arrived without a hitch and I was soon lay-buying my birthday present (the only way to do it, if you want to get something good I tell you!), plus the husbands and kids gifts for the rest of the year.  We’re up to delivery number four now, with three still waiting in the wings being paid off.  I think I’m hooked, and I love that when something new arrives we own it outright, with no interest to pay.

I was more than happy to post about when they asked, as we are so satisfied with their service.

Right now I have a rather expensive camera (ssshhh don’t tell the Husband) on lay-by, and after I’d done this it was put on special. Usually with an in-store lay-by, you would still pay the price you originally put the item away for.  So I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from mylayby telling me that my camera is on sale now, and that they had knocked the discount off the price of my one as well.  You’ve got to be happy with that.  Not to mention being able to stretch the payments out to a year and have the goods delivered to your door.  And for gadget lovers (like me), if there is an upgraded device released while you have an older model on layby, you will be sent the newest model.  Nice.

Now for the really good part. would like to give readers of Candys Family a freegift with their first lay-by, just enter candysfamily in the coupon spot at checkout you will receive a free Pop Art Tasty Baker with your order.  (Coupon code runs out 30/4/12 so be quick!)

One of these babies, our kids love it!

This little toaster does actually do what the box says it does, my girls baked up a mini choccy cake storm.  And here is what they managed to create with it.

I also have a giveaway prize (thanks again to for expectant parent readers of mine.  Incidentally MyLayby is a good place to get organised for baby as well 😉

I have a book pack containing three books for you!  Comment below for your chance to win a copy of Babys 1st Splash Picture book, A World of Baby Names (75,000 names from around the world with meanings and origins) and a beautiful Baby Record Book featuring traditional nursery rhymes. I will draw a winner on 20/3/12 (Australian entries only, sorry) Good Luck, and tell your expectant friends!


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The Candy’s Family 2012 Calendar

Need a new 2012 calendar?  Get your free calendar right here from you can print it out or share the PDF file to your Kindle or iPad and view there.  It’s full of very useful dates, and a smattering of quotes from here and some from there.  Created as a bit of fun, but mostly just to see if I could.  Enjoy.

2012 Calendar

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