Proposals, Birthdays and Bath Bombs!!
Wowweeeee!! What a crazy couple of weeks! We announced our pregnancy and now we’re engaged!!! Venice now holds such special memories for us. I’m the happiest lady in the land right now!
Click here to see my video from St Mark’s Square, Venice.
Click here for another of my videos from my stay in Venice.
Lots of celebrations this month, as well as my birthday – This week saw Tom turn 28 (we’re both Virgos!) so HAPPY BIRTHDAY husband-to-be! We went for a slap-up beautiful breakfast at one of my favourite places Slattery’s, famous for their cakes and chocolate – Tom was in heaven. I couldn’t help having a little nosey at their stunning wedding cakes :-) . This was followed by a chilled afternoon watching films and then a beautiful evening meal at one of our favourite restaurants Austalasia . We love it there not just because the food is exquisite but you can also eat really clean food. Paleo is very easy there and it’s such a fab menu.
We also took my little cousins to Ramsbottom Soap Company at Purple Tiger this week. They have such a cool concept- a bathbomb-making workshop! After my research into using natural/organic cosmetics/soaps etc, it was a really interesting workshop to do. I learnt a lot. Using ingredients that I usually see in my kitchen cupboard is reassuring, and with added essential oils and flowers the outcome was gorgeous! I have had trouble sleeping recently (due to the fact I need a tinkle at least 5 times a night..perks of pregnancy eh?!) So I chose essential oils that help you relax for my bath bombs. The kids had a ball and it’s really inspired me to go back and create some more products.
After feeling pretty sick for the first ten weeks of my pregnancy, I’m feeling much better now. It’s SO important to make sure you’re getting the right nutrients from Day One. You are the soil for this baby. Whatever YOU eat, the baby eats. You wouldn’t pour pesticides on a new batch of vegetables in your garden right?? Now I’m only human, and there’s no denying that when a craving kicks in they’re hard to ignore, but keeping topped up on protein, good fats and plenty of veg really helps curb those naughtier cravings. As you’re getting such well-rounded nutrition – your body is less likely to crave things. Too much sugar in pregnancy is dangerous – I’ve no need to tell you how much I’m against processed foods – to me it’s a no brainer – pregnant or not – they cause numerous diseases including cancer, depression and diabetes.
So now, more than ever, it’s important to eat right! I’m going to be posting some quick snack recipes for all you yummy mummies-to-be out there that you can pop in your handbag for when hunger strikes! First one this week is chilli broccoli! Gorgeous hot or cold, mixed with cashew nuts is a great source of protein and good fats whilst also alkalising your body, boosting you and baby with antioxidants, helping to lower cholesterol and giving you that much needed fibre boost you’ll be needing due to the slowing down of your digestion process.
Auntie Cath’s Hot To Trot Broccoli!
1 small head broccoli, cut into florets
½ red chilli chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
handful of cashew nuts
2 tbsp coconut
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Place the broccoli florets into a pan of boiling salted water and boil for four minutes. Drain well.
Heat the coconut oil in a wok, add the chilli, cashew nuts and garlic and stir fry for one minute.
Add the broccoli and stir.
Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper! Boom! Job done!
Gorgeous served with fish as your evening meal or pop into some tupperware and take it on your travels – quick, easy and uber healthy for you and your growing bump!