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Sharing Bali is a fantastic fitness retreat that I have just discovered in Bali!

It’s high up in the hills near Ubud and it was such a joy to leave the hustle and bustle of Seminyak for a few days! There are still so many parts of Bali that are untouched and litter free..

Sharing Bali has an array of different kinds of activities from yoga, boot camps with Michelle Bridges, bike rides and trekking. You’re invited to try authentic Balinese food and have a real taste of traditional Balinese life while staying in the authentic Balinese style huts.

The owners Karan and Wayan are extremely warm and friendly and can give you a real in site to Bali living .

I joined Karen and a group of fabulous people from Melbourne who were staying the week on a boot camp retreat and I was luckily enough to be able to climb Mt Batur!

Mt Batur is an active volcano in Bali and I have always wanted to watch the sunrise from the top!

This was one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced ! I highly recommend it even though it’s a 2.30am start!!! After the 4 hr round trek we then relaxed in the hot thermal springs with the most impressive mountain back drop .

Check out www.sharingbali.com.au for more info
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sharingbali 
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Cooking eggs in the Volcanic steam

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The best thing about living on a hoilday island is that you get to have friends come and visit all the time. One of our favourite people is John Kappa. He is always up for anything and goes with the flow. I find that this type of guest is always the easiest and most fun! Their one and only agenda is to have a good time and hopefully we can assist with this!

People are always asking my why I love Bali, well this is why!

I just wanted to share an artilce with you all that I did for Luxlink.  I don’t usually blog about this kind of thing but I had such a lovely time shooting at The Olsen in Melbourne and wearing the amazing outfits by close friend and amazing designer Toni Maticevski, that I thought it was worth a mention!

It also is one of the first interviews I have done for my brand new clothing range Sunday Luxe. Sunday Luxe has been in the works for sometime and I am so happy to share some of the details with you all here.

To view Luxlink article click here!

Stay tuned for more info on the Sunday Luxe shortly.

I know, I know, those toothy smiles are cute, right? But trying to get all those little teeth clean and brushed properly is proving to be quite difficult and I don’t know about you, but doing the breath test on two kids (and scrubbing away at Frankie’s little toothies) is not my idea of a fun morning or night!

It seemed to me that teeth time was becoming increasingly hard, plus I was worried about what I was actually putting in my little ones’ mouths. I mean I know it has Dora the Explorer on it, but it is bright blue and tastes of bubble gum. It can’t be good for you?

Anyway to cut a long story short my husband and I started working on Milk Baby Toothy Pegs, a certified organic toothpaste for kids. As always the product started with our kids and ends with our kids, they gave us the idea and we made sure they loved it!

Milk Baby Toothy Pegs is Australian made (actually an hour’s drive from where we live in Melbourne) and has a great orange tasting flavour that kids go absolutely crazy for!

Using all organic ingredients we were able to create a toothpaste to rival all others on your shelf at an affordable price ($5.99 for 50ml). I have listed some of the ingredients and facts below for you:

We use Aloe Vera juice which is shown to kill more bacteria than at least two leading toothpastes;
– Coconut oil which is a powerful, natural antibacterial and antifungal. It is proven to be excellent for your gums, the oil kills the bacteria that are responsible for gingivitis;
– Organic olive oil which is shown to limit plaque formation and strengthen teeth
– Organic stevia is known as a natural plaque inhibitor.

Most importantly it is free of sulphates, fluorides and mineral oils.

Milk Baby Toothy Pegs has received rave reviews and will be stocked in selected Woolworth’s, Baby Bunting, independent pharmacies and boutiques and of course online at www.milkskincare.com.

Milk Baby Toothy Pegs will be reaching shelves early September….

 

 

As the nights get colder and darker, I’m finding myself stripping off my day clothes and slipping into something a little more comfy.

My latest obsession is beautiful pyjamas – but I’m not talking about the flannel loud printed Kmart type, but beautiful luxurious silk and jersey in muted tones type.

My lovely husband, as a gift for having to be almost like a single parent for the last 18 months, kindly bought me a pair of my favourite label PJs Love and Lustre, I was actually hoping for a Isabel Marant jacket, but gift-buying for him is not a frequent thing, so I have to take what I can get – and as I say, I do love Love and Lustre.

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Another brand I am obsessed with are Knickers are Naughty, they have one of my favourite hot pink slips that I absolutely love. Another label is Bodas that have beautiful stripy pyjamas and silk nightshirts.

At least if someone has to pop over at around 5pm, I’m not too embarrassed to be in my PJ’s.

P.S – I’m still waiting for my jacket… ah, hint hint MK!

I have recently been on some business trips for Milk & Co. to Sydney. I love getting to Sydney every chance I can get. I absolutely love being there; if I had my time again I would move there in a heartbeat.

I love everything it has to offer; except for the traffic and the fact that I would never be able to afford to own property there.

I love that you can spend the whole day at the beach with the kids and then just put a shirtdress on over your favourite bikini and spend the afternoon having drinks at places like The Winery or North Bondi.

I would love Rocco to spend his days on his skateboard skating down to the beach; it’s got such a cool vibe.

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We have some really great friends in Sydney and I’m always very envious of their lifestyle. We usually stay at The Establishment in the city, or a little place called The Medusa in Darlinghurst. The boys there always look after us and it’s in a great location.

There are so many great restaurants in Sydney too and some of my favourites at the moment are:

Neild Avenue – they do great share plates and platters. It’s in Rushcutters Bay and I also love Toko in Surry Hills.

Sydney is definitely a place I could live out my days. Ah well, maybe one day but right now, Melbourne’s where home is.

So no, I’m not talking about my children… but rather a delicious little snack I heard about recently through a friend.

Organic Raw Chocolate Balls. Enough said right? These yummy treats are created by EAT FIT FOOD and are as healthy as they are tasty. Made with organic raw cocoa, they are a great source of magnesium, antioxidants and serotonin. In other words, they help to lower cholesterol, improve heart functioning and keep us feeling happy and healthy!

I’ll be making these non-stop from now on, keeping the kids smiling and hopefully helping MK keep up that bod now that’s he’s not swimming.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

1 Cup whole organic walnuts

3⁄4 Cup whole organic almonds

2 Tbsp organic coconut oil

1 Tbsp organic honey 12 organic dates

1⁄4 Cup organic raw cocoa powder

(Recipe makes approx. 20 x 10gram balls)

 

Method:

Blend the walnuts and almonds until small chunks – not a fine dust.

Melt the coconut oil in a pan on a very low heat until liquefied.

Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until all mixed together – approximately 1 minute.

Depending on what size you want the balls, take out a small amount of mixture and roll into a ball – continue until all mixture is rolled.

Place on greaseproof paper in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours and let set.

You can roll the balls in desiccated coconut to give a nice finish if you wish.

YUM!

The only thing about staying in a resort (and this is not the Byron at Byron’s fault) but with any resort I find that you always seem to have a bunch of people who are loud talkers. These people LOVE  to scream across the pool to each other, just about their plans for the day and to be honest, I don’t  give a f*ck if Sarah is going back to her room before her massage and will bring back fresh towels. I just need some peace and quiet after the school holidays!

We seem to always be seated next to these loud talkers at dinner too and usually I find that there is one stand out loud person – the ring leader! I wouldn’t care if they were funny and I could have a little laugh as well but last night I had to listen to this girl ‘Sarah’ talking about her sleeping positions and to top it off she laughed like a hyena  – what’s wrong with these people don’t have any social etiquette what so ever???

I guess the up side is that I have all day to be an Olympic Widow and watch my husband swim up and down, and up and down, and up and down. All in pure peace and quiet!

Byron at Byron – it has been a really long time since MK and I have been away just the two of us – to stay at a resort. Even on our honeymoon we had a 12 week old little Stella to join us.

Don’t get me wrong MK and I have plenty of trips away together but it usually involves appearances, work  and on the odd occasion partying (we still like to have a good time when we can). However we never go away just together and sit beside a pool – to do nothing (I am not very good at doing nothing so let’s hope we don’t fight).

This is our second time staying at the Byron at Byron, the first time we had Stella with us and it was actually where I found out I was pregnant with Rocco. It’s a perfect place with children or without. The rooms are so beautiful and it is set in the rain forest so it is very peaceful. Each room has a kitchenette which is perfect for preparing a quick bottle or meal if the kids are around.  The pool area is fantastic with not a plastic banana lounge in sight. It’s all set on beautiful wooden decking – the 25 meter lap pool is also a bonus for us as my husband can still train. I however just have little dips in and out (as Michael tells me “Asian’s are not the best swimmers”, I tend to agree). There is also a kids pool which is a massive plus. It is a short stroll to the beach, however you may come across a few snakes and lizards on the way, but all part of nature I guess.

On the way to the beach what I actually found out was that I should really be the Olympian in this family – my specialty being long jump. My sensational long jumping career was launched by a jump from several meters away onto Michael’s back with no problem what so ever after seeing one of these snakes (or maybe it was a lizard). After this jump Michael likened me to a Gazelle – that Gazelle not Gisele unfortunately.

Back to Byron at Byron the food is sensational all cooked by Chef Gavin Huges and the spa treatments are to die for but what I love most about this place is it’s friendly staff who will always remember you. Let’s just say I really do love this place and if I do feel like doing a bit of fire twirling or bongo playing it is just a short trip into town – just make sure you don’t get run over by a wicked van or a flower power combie – driven by a backpacker but hey, it wouldn’t be Byron without them!