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If you are lucky enough to have access to big beautiful avocados this summer, then you are just like me and you have been handing them out to friends and colleagues and trying to figure out what to do with them all! My 8 month old loves avocado, so I wanted to get a bit more creative with his food and try these super simple variations.  They were such a big success I just had to share! Avocados are a superfood, filled with those good fats for you baby’s brain and physical development, they are sodium and cholesterol free, and are packed with valuable nutrients such as fiber, potassium, vitamin E and iron.   Avocado Banana: Spoon half an avocado into your blender, add one banana and about 4-6 tablespoons of water or breastmilk/formula and mix to the right consistency.   Avocado Apple: I used the unsweetened organic apple sauce and pour about a cup into the blender...

So I have been humming and hawing over going back to my home and native land, Canada for the last few months. It came to my attention that a particular family member (one who wishes to remain anonymous) is having surgery in October. I haven’t been ‘home’ since May of last year, and my heart kind of jumped when I got the news of this pending surgery. I really want to be home for it. I want to help this person recover and get back on their feet again. They don’t NEED me to be there, and it’s not a life or death surgery, but I know it will make a big difference in their life, and the life of others around them, and would be good to have some quality time together.   The last four trips for me have been me with my kids, sans hubby. That’s right people, you...

Having a baby is going to change your life in so many beautiful ways.  The moment you find out you're pregnant you enter a totally different world, constantly bombarded with information, physical and emotional changes and a new type of worry.   Pregnancy is a journey like any other, filled with highs and lows but beautifully amazing nonetheless.  With having to decide on lots of things before baby arrives, here are a few things you shouldn't do before baby. Find out your baby's gender- Coming from a woman that found out both of her children's gender BEFORE they were born, trust me, hindsight is 20/20. I always poo poo'd the idea of not finding out the gender because firstly, I'm so impatient and waiting 9 months for anything is practically torture for me and secondly, I'm a little bit of a planning freak.  I don't really leave too much to chance; I...

So my husband and I have been talking about going on an extended camping trip. We live in the South West of Western Australia, and it seems like everyone and their dog does this on a regular basis. Literally. As soon as winter hits, which is June/July here in the southern hemisphere, everyone heads north to the warmth and sunshine en mass. I think owning a caravan is part of being an Australian. I don’t think they issue your passport unless you can prove that you or someone in your direct lineage owns a caravan, massive tent or camper van of some sort. My husband was dead set on showing me ALL of Australia when we moved here in 2009. So while waiting for my residence visa to come through, we travelled around Australia for 2 and half months in our massive 4-wheel drive, with our massive tent and did loads of...

I struggled with nausea in my first trimester, and could not stomach breakfast.  My usual (non-pregnant) morning routine included coffee, so without coffee I needed a substitute “drink” that was nutritious, gave me energy, and helped with my nausea.  So, I made smoothies every morning! They are SO quick and easy, and you can put whatever ingredients in there at you want, however, one full banana and almond milk were my two key ingredients.  You can use coconut milk too, and sometimes I would use the chocolate almond milk for a cocoa flair :) Add into your blender: -One banana -Approximately 2 cups of already chopped up, frozen fruit (raspberries, mango, blueberries, etc.) Tip: I would sometimes buy bags of frozen organic fruit, ready to go into the blender, other times I would buy fresh produce, chop it up myself and freeze it in ziplocs.  The frozen fruit makes your smoothie nice and cold without...