So, you want to change your life. It's time to start something new. You're inspired, you're motivated but as soon as the time comes to really smash those goals, it's gone. Suddenly your old habits click back into place and nothing ever changes. Can you relate? I certainly can. But what if motivation was never the issue... what if momentum is? Read more as I uncover the one life lesson you need to know to finally accomplish all those goals! Trust me, you'll want to.
You know when I use my proper camera rather than just my iPhone to take photos for a blog post that I'm really proud of it. Honestly, I think this might be the most beautiful thing I've ever made, and it's bloody delicious too. I challenged myself to make a completely dairy, gluten and sugar-free cake which was equally scrumptious as all the rest - I think I've done it. But check out the recipe below and decide for yourself!
We're bringing back our 'My Sunday Routine' series with an absolute bang! We're so pleased to have Nicky on our blog. You may know her on Instagram as @thewellnessantidote where she shares so much fantastic knowledge about nutrition and women's wellness. I fell in love with her account about a month ago and have loved getting to know Nicky over DM's! I'm sure you'll all enjoy her gorgeous Sunday Routine as much as I did so check it out below!
Soft, chocolate-y and oh-so-caramel. These dough balls are the perfect combination of salty caramel and sweet but without the bad stuff! They're gluten-free and dairy-free making them the perfect sweet snack on the go or while you're in lockdown.
There are certain life lessons that only experience can teach you. It’s what makes us better at things, more prepared and more interesting people to be around. As children, we have to learn lessons by falling off, making mistakes, and coping with a few bruises. But as we get older the lessons aren’t as easy or as simple as learning how to ride a bike or not to touch a hot pan. I wanted to share a few lessons that I’ve had to learn the hard way, and yet have made the biggest difference in my life. But ultimately, these lessons are what shape you as a person and encourage you to grow in new directions. Check out the full details below!
There is something so delicious about the classic Banana Choc-Chip muffin. I was determined to make a guilt-free version, which was still delicious and with any luck nutritious. We finished our first batch of these muffins within a few hours, so I’d call that a success! Check out the gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free recipe below!
I love getting to know more about life’s natural cycles and rhythms. Lately, I’ve become increasingly curious about the natural menstruation cycle and how it impacts our energy and mood. Upon researching more deeply, I’ve discovered how we can help fuel and support our bodies natural cycles through our diet, exercise and even our daily behaviours. I challenged myself to listen to these natural rhythms for one month to see if I noticed a difference in my mood and energy. Check out what I learnt below!
Let’s be honest, this lockdown is bearable but when it messes with our holiday plans I feel like being annoyed is totally justified. Unfortunately, our 4-week lockdown period clashes with Easter, a time we usually all spend travelling to the bach or catching up with family. So check out some of our top ‘lockdown-friendly’ ideas for celebrating Easter at home!
The COVID-19 virus has reached New Zealand so to help stop the spread we’re currently self-isolating ourselves. Rather than binging my life away on Netflix, I thought it would be best to come up with a few productive ideas of things to do to help pass the time. Check out my ideas below:
The perfect chocolate and coconut slice. Nothing beats a family recipe. My mum (Morag) was working through a few boxes left over from my grandmothers house and she found this recipe from her childhood. She instantly recognised it as a recipe her mum (my grandmother) would make for her all the time when she was a child. The recipe was named, ‘Morag’s Specials’ and we knew that we’d have to make it together! Check out the new and improved recipe interpretation below!
In my honest opinion, meal prepping is the best way to help your future self make better nutritional choices. By planning ahead, and minimising the work involved in cooking during the week, you make it so much easier for yourself to grab healthy meals and snacks rather than the processed alternatives. As a uni student, I find meal prepping is essential for monitoring my budgeting, and also ensuring that I’m continuously fuelled with great food on the go. This week, I give you an insight into my typical meal prep process including how I choose, budget and prepare my meals for the week!
Another year, another semester. University is back for 2020, and I’m sure there are mixed feeling about it. While I’m super grateful for the seemingly endless uni holidays, the first week back is always a bit of a shock to the system. Here is my personal guide to making it through and to help you thrive, not just survive.
At this time of the year, many places in New Zealand are on Water Level restrictions. While the Cambridge area is still on a Level 1 restriction, neighbouring areas like Te Awamutu and Ohaupo have been escalated to a Level 4. There are many things we can do daily to help reduce our consumption so check out our top tips below!
These are the most delicious, guilt-free muffins which the kids will be begging for in their lunchboxes. Refined sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free with a burst of freshness from the raspberries. We love everything about these muffins and we’re sure you will too.
My evening routines are essential to ensuring I sleep well and wake up ready to conquer the day. While every night seems to be a little different, these are the top 5 things I tick off every night before bed!
Feeling overwhelmed can be so debilitating. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, small tasks collate into looming to-do lists and a lot of important things seem to fall off the wagon - like self care, looking after your mental health and taking a rest day. I’m a massive advocate for simplifying wherever possible - in my home, my calendars, my jobs, and even my belongings. Check out the full blog post below for some easy-to-implement tips to help simplify your life!
If you know anything about me and my planning process, you’ll know that I love habits! I personally find they are the easiest and most actionable way to make progress towards achieving your goals. They’re also super trackable and easy to build into your daily routines. Start/stop habits is a simple technique to help you ensure that you’re only bringing positive habits which help you accomplish your goals into the new year. Out with the old and in with the new!
Welcome to 2020! A new decade is dawning, and a new year has begun. I hope you are all feeling energised and inspired for the year ahead. If you haven’t already, now is a great time to envision how you want to spend this new and exciting year. Check out this blog post as I guide you through a few simple steps to help you plan and set goals for the best year yet!
Decorating sugar cookies is a Christmas time essential in our family. This year we’re keeping it super simple with these stacked sugar cookies into mini Christmas trees. These are a great DIY idea with young kids or an additional decoration for around your gingerbread house!
These days, purchasing food isn’t as simple as it should be. Often, most of the food we find in our local supermarket has been internationally imported. While this can be great if you’re searching for produce which is out of season locally, it can come with lots of unknowns. Check out this list called ‘The Dirty Dozen’ which collates 12 foods you should definitely be buying organic wherever possible! We also share a super handy DIY fruit & veggie wash!
We're focusing on trying to find ways to minimise our waste and over-consumption this Christmas season. Here is a super simple DIY idea which is perfect to give to your friends and family!
Summer has arrived! It’s time for sunbathing, mid-day swims, bubbly drinks and shady walks in nature. Check out our guide to summer below, we’ve got lots of ideas to make this the best yet!
The Christmas season can leave our bins overflowing and our land fills stocked to the brim. Whether it’s the wrapping paper from the gifts under the tree or the plastic plates from the New Year’s barbecue, it’s no surprise that Christmas is often labelled as the most wasteful time of the year. Check out our tips below to help reduce your waste this Christmas season!
In the busy lifestyles we lead we often ignore our most instinctual need: nature. It grounds us, it connects us, it re-energises us. I’m on a quest to return to nature and to invite small moments into my day which encourages me to live as nature intended. Check out the blog post below for some quick and easy tips to help you reconnect!
Welcome to the official Live Lively gift guide for 2019! I’m sure you can’t believe that this year in nearly over and that Christmas is nearly upon us - neither can I!
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