Simple school holidays

I love old-fashioned. I really do. Maybe it’s because old-fashioned to me is defined as … my childhood, grandmothers, cups of tea, climbing trees, simple good food, tablecloths, colouring in, knitting and crochet, the library … It all makes me feel safe, nourished, loved, and I think that’s because everything old-fashioned reminds me of my grandmothers and times I spent …

Would you like to detox with me?

How did you go over Easter? Hopefully you had some lovely times with family and friends, enjoying some down time and fun time with the important people in your life. Maybe, you had such a good time, you’re ready to give a detox a try. Detox became a bit of a buzz word over the past few years, and there …

Comparison is a killjoy

I had a bit of a bender over the past week. Not the alcohol/drug type, but the in-my-own-mind, catastrophising type. The type that has me obsessing over what everyone else has and does, and the perceived shortcomings of my own life and how lacking it is. When it is not. It’s been a while since I had one of these …

KISS in the kitchen: it’s hot stuff

After last week’s post about following the KISS principle and taking the simple approach to life and health, today I’m talking about KISSin’ in the kitchen. Not lip-locking with hubby over the kitchen sink (although by all means go ahead if that will make him do the dishes!) but how simplicity is all you need to whip up healthy meals. …

Veg out for a week

Today marks the start of Meat Free Week in Oz, so we’ll be complete vego’s around here for the next seven days. I’m not anti-meat but I try to limit how much of it we eat for a few reasons, and typically we eat vegetarian around three nights a week and red meat rarely makes it to the plate at …

Husband v kids – what’s the biggest priority?

Years ago, a girlfriend said to me that her husband was her first priority, over her children. At the time, I was the bleary-eyed, leaky-breasted, hormone-laden mother of a two-year-old and eight-week old, so I found her comments outrageous. That anything could be more important than the all-consuming love affair I was having with my babies was just nonsense. Of …

KISS me, everywhere

No, it’s not a raunchy love letter. It’s my life mantra. Keep It Simple, Stupid. It’s what they teach to journalism students and cadets when it comes to writing copy – keep it simple, to the point, don’t over-complicate it. The KISS rule. Get to the essence of what’s important and focus on that. Don’t try and be clever by …

Is your inner voice being a bitch?

Chatting to a mum at school pick-up this week, I was struck by how critical we can be of ourselves. This lady is beautiful inside and out – she’s a genuinely lovely person, is thin but curvy and has a head of long, beautiful hair that is quite striking. But she sees none of that, not that she let on …

Why taking a chill pill is the best medicine

It’s just not worth it. Whatever it is that has your knickers in a knot or your mind working over time, chances are it’s doing you more harm than it’s worth because stress is a giant contributor to ill health. It’s the one common denominator linked to major health issues, including heart disease, depression, cancer, obesity and autoimmune diseases. So …

Why cravings are good for you

When you’re pregnant, cravings are a bit of fun. Everyone has a bit of a laugh about what crazy combinations or concoctions you’re funnelling into your system, and whether it’s a boy or girl causing it. But outside of growing a person, cravings can be the undoing of all our best intentions when it comes to being healthy. That said, …

Rachael Jansen

Selfish is not (always) a dirty word

Being selfish isn’t about anything more than showing yourself some respect. It’s not about failing to care for your family, but making sure you don’t fail to take care of yourself. It’s about showing yourself the same consideration, care and attention that you do for everyone else. When you take the time to put yourself first, you’re showing yourself that …