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MOMM Life - Mind Over Matter Mums Chats - Final installment

With the village not being like it used to – we all need to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves. Self-care is SO important. Ridiculously so. Understatement. It’s not selfish, it’s ESSENTIAL. I know when I feel valued and cared for then I am better able to take care of the kids, hubby & pets with joy, ease and sans resentment. We’ve all heard that analogy ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’. And it’s so true! It’s kind of like the oxygen mask on the plane situation, put yo...

October 15, 2018

MOMM Life - MInd Over Matter Mums Chat Part 2

Picking up from Instalment number one… I can’t help but wonder, is some of the day to day stuff with kids harder because there’s no let up? The relentless is palpable for many families who don’t have a village. And in this day in age, how many people really do? We assume automatically, or at least I did, that our village would consist mostly of family, especially in those early days/months/years. And it did to a degree, and coffee group – who, although none of us thought we had ...

October 15, 2018

CUPdate HELLO and Goodbye Moon

It’s been a while since I’ve regaled you with my period cup progress…goodness even knows if anyone is interested in this sort of thing but if you are…read on! If you keep up with my posts then you’ll know I jumped on the cup buzz a wee while back. For many reasons, but a big one the sheer amount of tampons one goes through in their lifetime and the amount of waste that creates. Read my earlier blog for the low down on that and the organic vs non organic cotton situation. So a...

October 15, 2018

Galaxy Soup Bowls

I know how annoying it is when someone does a little ditty about their food when all you want is a recipe so I’ll keep it brief just for you Susan! Two tone soups are my new favourite thing. It doesn’t require much more effort, it looks cool and it gives the kids an opportunity to try a new flavour without having to have a whole bowl full. Also, they like spiralling it around and making patterns and I find that if they’re interested in their food they’re more likely to try it and eat it....

September 7, 2018

Momm Life - Mum chats with Mind Over Matter Mums!

Recently I spoke at an event run by the wonderful team Maria and Teri from MOMM - Mindovermattermums.com so I thought I'd share what I said. I'll break it down into three instalments because it's quite lengthy. And I kind of adlibbed and went off tangent so didn't get to cover all of what I had planned! So here you go...Hi, I’m Fliss. I’m a SAHM, or a ‘SAHAM’ as Barb from the Letdown would call it. I do a bit of blogging on the side and sell things that we like to use in our own home on ...

August 30, 2018

A clean home is not necessarily an overly sanitized home…

We’ve all heard the mantra and seen the ad’s on tv, but could antibacterial cleaners actually causing more harm than good? It could very well be the case. We’ve become a society of over sanitizers. Not everyone has brought into the hype but we’ve all seen that Mum who’s whipped out the hand sanitiser to cleanse their childs’ toy after another kid has picked it up for a look (seemingly without worrying about the child then ingesting the sanitiser itself…).  The thing is, a...

June 26, 2018

10 Reasons to get your green clean on

1. You’ll make your home safer A quick squiz at the labels of your conventional cleaners and you’ll note things like Toxic! Hazardous! Warning! Keep out of reach of children! Obviously, this indicates that there are hazardous chemicals and in fact – house hold cleaners are one of the top reasons for calls to the National Poison Control Center. Some of the common chemicals used, for just one example chlorine and ammonia, when mixed forms chloramine vapor, which can cause health issues incl...

June 25, 2018

Book Review - Medical Medium by Anthony William

I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while….it’s a goodie. If you’re interested in optimal health, have been looking to get well but have so far not had answers or results, are diagnosed with labels for a type of chronic disease, or just enjoy a fascinating read then this book is for you. I wholeheartedly agree with Gwynny that there is something other worldly about Anthony. There’s no doubt about that. And being guided by Spirit of the Most High yes sounds a bit wacky – ...

May 23, 2018

C sections, what really happens?

I’ve got some friends about to have babies, and some are looking likely situations for c sections. I’ve had three, so naturally, I’m fielding some questions about it. So – I just thought I’d write about it! All of my three were different circumstances so while the c section procedure was same same but different, they were, well – same same but different! Spoiler alert – these are not horror stories. So if you’re having a baby soon it’s prob unlikely you’ll feel freaked out af...

April 9, 2018

The Mooncup perspective from a rookie

Okay I did it. I finally gave the mooncup a go. Disclaimer, if you don’t wanna know actual details then stop reading now. Yeah I’m a bit late to the party on this front, and you’d think being a healthy hippy I’d have been on it years ago. Well, I’d have thought so too. As an explanation (I was going to say defence but that didn’t sound quite right), and I feel like I need to do one because it feels like it’s a bit inexcusable to not be on the wagon these days (the power of marketin...

March 14, 2018

A minute with Misty... Wellness Warrior Wisdom from the Potions Master at Misty Day Plant Potions

In our first edition for the year (Yes I know it's already mid February but some of us are still getting into the swing of things...) we have a minute with Misty. Or more accurately, a few minutes learning about this Magickal potion brewing Goddess behind the scenes of Misty Day Plant Potions.If you're not already a fan of Misty Day Plant Potions, boy are you missing out! These are a must have in your daily ritual, in my humble opinion. How did you become a magical botanical Alchemist? I don't k...

February 16, 2018

Wellness Warrior Wisdom - with the first bloke of the series - meet Hayden - Mr Vigour & Vitality!

Introducing Hayden Booker, Holistic Nutritionist and the creator of amazing Nut Butter company Vigour Vitality. I caught up with Hayden to get his take on holistic health and to find out what his secrets for VITALITY. Have a read! What first led you to study nutrition? I actually went to Massey University to study Sport Science (BSc) after I finished NCEA Level 3 at Rotorua Boy’s High (2008). I then realised in my first semester that most people work towards a double major to make the most o...

November 1, 2017

Wellness Warrior Wisdom - an Interview with Tania "Magic Hands" Kahika-Foote

Introducing Tania aka Magic Hands, as some in the know in the Far North call her. Tania has many talents in the holistic health department, but her biggest passion as a healer is in massage therapy. She is technically a Soft Tissue and Clinical Sports Massage Therapist and you'll find her at Strength and Soul in Whangarei - or on her page on Facebook - (Tania Kahika-Foote Massage & Wellness @TaniaKFMassage). She was recently elected onto the Massage New Zealand Executive in August as the Re...

October 25, 2017

A side of placenta...

Well – encapsulated...(same same but different?!) Growing up on a farm in rural New Zealand I witnessed the miracle of birth many many times. I also saw my parents assist the cows as they gave birth when there were complications. One occasion that springs to mind is when I saw the head of a calf coming out, but it was covered by what I only knew at the time as afterbirth. The still yet to be born calf was at risk of suffocating, being unable to breath so I snuck as quietly and gently as I c...

October 13, 2017

Wellness Warrior Wisdom

Introducing Karina – the creator of Womens wellness community Balancing Act. Karina hosts unique urban retreats in Aucklands eastern ‘burbs. Each of the soulful retreats have a different focus but with the same underlying theme of nourishing women and their mind, body and soul. As a Mum of two, living very far from her native Cairo, Karina knows all too well the art of balancing! We caught up with Karina to get the low down on her approach to wellness. Read on!...

October 4, 2017

Wart IS that?

Warts.  Weird, bumpy, strange growths that no-one really wants, or likes.  Other than they are caused by the HPV virus I’ve never known a lot about them. Except that they can be horrible to look at, causing most people (including the wart owner) to recoil in horror at the very sight, and VERY painful to remove. I’ve recently had an amazing experience with healing warts with my five year old son that I wanted to share.  It’s the kind of thing that doesn’t seem real as they...

September 21, 2017

Wellness Warrior Wisdom...

Rachel is the Holistic Wholefood Nutritionist and founder of Northland Nutrition in Whangarei, the Gateway to the Bay of Islands, in the Winterless North of New Zealand. A wellness warrior with a truly holistic approach, she’s also the designer of the carefully crafted Organic Smoothie Mixes Dr Green and Ca-POW! (That we have online). Rach has an incredible wealth of knowledge and works with a wide variety of clients ranging from Elite Performance Athlete to Cancer patients and everythin...

September 14, 2017

Our new fave breakfast - Millet Porridge

This is our current favourite breakfast in the house, well, with the kids and I anyway. My husband often writes my dishes off with a ‘don’t like that’ without even trying, which is not realllllly a great example to set to the kids when I’m trying to get them to try different things! He’d go for an eggs benedict any day of the week I’m sure, but I send him off to work with a nutrient dense smoothie instead (‘cause that’s what Tom Brady would do right?). Anyway, I digress. Millet...

September 7, 2017

Trying to understand the male brain

The way our minds work has always been an area of fascination for me. In my corporate life I’ve worked in recruitment and development for many years, and have been trained in many leading psychometric profiling tools. Interpreting and providing feedback on the profiles is something I’ve really enjoyed – particularly when used for development purposes. In my experience of doing the profiling myself, and also from going through feedback sessions, the tools are incredibly accurate. My eldest...

September 7, 2017

A good choc chip cookie

I’ve been involved in baking in some form or other my entire life. My Mum used to bake a lot, my Dad used to make and ice all our birthday cakes, and with four older sisters there was always someone cooking something in the kitchen. The Edmonds cook book in our house, like many others in NZ, was a bit of a bible. From the banana cake to the cinnamon oysters, the classic scones to the cheese sauce and one of my all time faves the zucchini pie (which isn’t really a pie..!) we made it...

July 28, 2017

Combatting Croup

Croup Croup – it's rough. It creeps up on your poor, unsuspecting child like a ninja quietly ninja'ing in the night. My kids are ninjago mad in case you couldn't tell. Your kid can seem totally fine by day – and then night time hits - and boom – before you know it your child is distressed, freaking out, coughing horrifically, struggling to breath well, and needing a lot of care and attention. What exactly is croup? Croup is caused by a viral infection of the larynx (voice box) and t...

June 27, 2017

Last night's dinner turns into todays breakfast

BBB PANCAKES We LOVE pancakes, my kids would eat them everyday if I had the time to make them. We've experimented with all sorts, and we all have different favourites. We also love soup. Especially at the moment when the nights are cooler and all you want is a belly full of warm deliciousness. How are these two related, you might ask? Well – I'll tell ya. Butternut pumpkin is in season at the moment, it's hearty and delightfully sweet.It's also relatively cheap – generally stuff th...

June 11, 2017

Gold + Myrrh + Frankincense...

Frankincense – the revered KING of essential oils, not an easy reputation to uphold over thousands of years, but it has! I can barely contain myself writing this, because I'm totally obsessed with Frankincense essential oil but before we get too far into it, it's probably wise to do a slight recap on what essential oils are, precisely. The use of essential oils dates back thousands of years and over this time more and more is being discovered about the potency and value of these oils. Y...

May 17, 2017

Just sipping on my ionised water...

Just sitting here sipping on hot ionised water...as you do! As I sit here typing this, I'm listening to the sound of my mountain spring water bubbling away, looking out the window at the overgrown pines swaying about in what seems like almost a grey winters day, in early January, wondering what on earth has happened to summer... My older kids have excitedly gone off to high tea with their Dad at the majestic Chateau Tongariro, all dressed in their outpost shirts which is pretty much our fami...

April 29, 2017

Back to basics

I've been asked a bit lately, what are my top tips for being healthy? Immediately many things spring to mind, but I remind myself to always find out the motivation behind the question. Is it to lose weight? Is it to feel healthier? Is it for more energy? Is it all of the above? I could start waffling on about the importance of cleansing your colon for optimum health, about magnesium and why it's important to supplement it, why you should sip on hot ionized water, and why you should be brew...

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