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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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The Chocolate Diet

Recently I got very busy and ambitious and started down the road to a new career, one I was absolutely busting my arse to do.  I lost a LOT of weight, got through the job interview, had it in the bag.  Started doing the assessment, then I got injured.  So, I won’t be pressing on with that plan, and damn it was a good plan.  To say I’m disappointed is an understatement.  On the bright side I did lose weight and get fit, but now I’ve discovered I have an injury, an injury that has stalled my weight loss journey (can’t run, too bouncy).  In these three weeks I haven’t been able to train, despite watching my food intake I’ve put back on a kilo and a half. Not happy. And yesterday my elliptical trainer broke. Even more unhappy.

As luck would have it I was contacted by The Chocolate Diet, and they asked if I’d like to try it out for eight weeks, and since I have at least 10 kilos to go before I hit my goal weight and because the word chocolate was mentioned. Belgian chocolate no less. OF COURSE I SAID YES. Now a little note before we get into this.  I am not a dietitian and my promotion and subsequent discussion of this product should not replace a health professionals advice when commencing a diet or training plan.  

Now like I said. I was training to do this…

But I found out that this is kinda stuffed…

So I need to wind the exercise back a smidgen, for a little while.  Today I started the Chocolate Diet, and I will do so with the help of the website and one of their lovely consultants.  I’ve just downloaded my eight week plan from the website, and you can get your program by signing up to the website (for free) using the barcode on your shakes box.

In two weeks time I will give you an update on how I’m doing, and tell you much much more about how the program works, whether I like it yadda yadda yadda 😉  So far the shakes are scrummy, and taking care of my chocolate cravings.

In the meantime, to kick things off I have an Easter giveaway for you. Easter is all about the chocolate, which sucks for those of us trying to avoid the calories.  The lovely people at The Chocolate Diet believe that they can help with the cravings this easter and would like to give one of my readers one weeks supply of product to get them underway.

Check it out here...

To be in the draw just comment below to go into the draw (with a valid email address, that of course will not be published) and let me know if your weight loss journey needs a chocolatey push along. I know mine did!  I will draw the winner on March 31st (Easter Sunday).  Good luck :)



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The Boob Beanie

International Breastfeeding week is upon us and I thought it’d be a great time to share with you this gorgeous product, developed by an Australian mum who was sick of being judged for feeding her son in public.  What a novel approach, generate conversation and keep that tiny head warm.  I love it.  They are very well made, and I think they’re beautiful.

I have a small boob beanie in pink to give away to one of you, just comment below and tell me if you’ve got a little head that needs a boob beanie to adorn it, and you are in the draw.  Giveaway finishes 13/8/2012.  You can also like Boob Beanie on Facebook here.


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The Jungle Bunch – Review & Giveaway!

I’ll admit that I’ve never heard of the Jungle Bunch, and quite frankly I think these are the weirdest looking jungle creatures I’ve ever seen, and as for the story line… well there is a message there, somewhere.

However I am not the target audience for this movie.  My little target audience loved it and watch it on a loop.  My daughter now wants a toy tiger penguin (and if anyone happens to see one let me know would you?).   Overall the movie is a fit for most kids 10 and under, although I have caught my tween putting it on a couple of times now 😉  Great rainy day viewing.

About the movie:  The Jungle Bunch movie is the story of how a penguin’s egg fell off an Antarctic ice floe and ended up in the jungle.  Maurice (the hatched penguin) is adopted and raised by an affectionate tigress, and is actually convinced that he is also a tiger. His time is divided between re-painting his stripes, hunting and teaching his own adopted son, Junior the Tiger Fish, his special hunting techniques.  Two penguins from Maurice’s native Antarctic village, are in search of “The Great Tiger Warrior” to save their village from an oppressive group of walruses.  Their search leads them to Maurice’s jungle home, where they tell him of their plight. Determined to help, Maurice, and his team of misfit friends embark on an adventure they will never forget!

We received a copy of The Jungle Bunch from Universal Studios Home Entertainment to review for this post, and thanks to them I have a bundle of movies to giveaway!   Including copy of The Jungle Bunch, Lego Ninjago, Zhu Zhu Pets Quest for Zhu and Nims Island.

To win please comment below to go into the draw, tell me what your favourite childhood movie was?  Mine was, and still is the Dark Crystal. I will draw in one week, sorry Australian entries only.   Don’t forget to leave a valid email address (that won’t be made public here) so I can contact to you, and no I never send spam.

Watch a trailer from the movie here!


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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 mylayby.com 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 MyLayby.com 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.  Mylayby.com 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 mylayby.com) 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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