I have ALWAYS loved Christmas! The magic, the joy, the lights, the high of finding the perfect gift for someone you love and of course TRADITIONS!
We have some beautiful traditions in our family growing up - Christmas movies, driving around to see the lights on Christmas Eve, my dad wearing a red onesie and handing out the gifts under the tree on Christmas morning, a big seafood lunch with fresh prawns and oysters, the list goes on! As a couple Robbie and I have taken to new traditions with Matching PJs, Decorating the tree together (Rob also has an affinity for Elf Culture!) and working as a team to get the lights on the tree (now we have a prelim tree Im a bit sad this isn't a thing now!) BUT This year is a little bit more special New Traditions are something I am sooo excited to bring into our lives now that we have a little human. I'm literally sooo excited to share this joyous season with our little boy and he's already in LOVE with fairy lights so I'm pretty excited to take him on a drive around the festive neighbourhoods! A few new traditions we will introduce this year is leaving cookies and milk our for Santa, hunting for reindeer food (I think a little bush walk to collect leaves and flowers will be our hunt!) and leaving that out too and of course the biggest and most exciting is having a Family Christmas Box! I will also be having a "Christmas Eve" box for our little boy to open on Christmas Eve, which might be a seperate post, this will include things for Christmas Day itself but the Family Christmas Box will include lots of things to use over the month of December!
Traditionally I would love to open the Family Christmas Box on December 1st but I have decided that we will open it the night we decorate the Christmas Tree as it will include our Family PJs so it will be so fun to wear them the night we decorate the tree as a family!
Inside our Family Christmas Box::
~Matching family Christmas PJ's
~Santa's Magic Key book
~Santa and elf hats
Christmas outfit for Wolfie
Cute Santa socks
Elf on the shelf
A Christmas Book to read - Peter Rabbit: A Christmas wish book
USB of Christmas movies
Since filming our little package of joy I have also added a few extra things
A collar and small toy for Daisy (our puppy!)
& Christmas Cookie Cutters
It's that time of year again!
The most wonderful time of the year is here and with it a divine selection of gift ideas from yours truly.
Who doesn't love getting jewelry for Christmas? These pendants are so elegantly simple with the added bonus of being personal.
Pretty, personal, perfection!
This is the top thing on my list with a "W" to signify the arrival of my beautiful little boy.
MATCHING CHRISTMAS PJS
Show your Christmas spirit in a set of super cute PJs! Target has this gorgeous wrapping paper style print in PJs for the whole family! I know what will be in our Christmas Box!
How could I not include my favorite cup!
I absolutely adore my Luxey Cup, and with so many colours, sizes and styles to choose from, you're bound to find your perfect match.
SHAMPOO WITH A PURPOSE
I am loving these shampoo bars! Not only are they are Australian owned and made, but they're also vegan and environmentally friendly! With a shampoo bar to suit any hair type I just love how clean my fine hair feels and stays after washing, Shampoo With A Purpose is the perfect gift for the more eco-conscious beauties out there. Perfect for Kris Kringle or Stocking Stuffers.
The perfect gift to keep bub comfy and make it super easy to keep your pram clean and chic.
These Audrey & Me pram liners come in super cute and customizable designs to suit every Mum & Bub!
NOTE: Eeeek!! Ours just arrived in the mail! I could not resist sharing this with you!
We got reversible with "FOREST FRIENDS" on one side & "HAMPTONS" on the other!!!
A must-have for every beach Mama, this cart is great for keeping all your things together on those sandy dunes, picnic playdate or the farmers market and makes it super easy to get there!
LUXE SILK PJs
For someone wanting a little more luxe, you can't go past these fabulous silk PJs. The exquisite satin feel is like butter on your skin, these dreamy jams are just gorgeous, beautifully cut in a classic PJ 2 piece and seriously the most delish feeling against your skin and available in Blush, White and Stone!
The Breville Oracle Espresso Machine is the perfect people pleaser for coffee lovers and their guests alike! Satisfy your coffee cravings with a barista style coffee at home. I hope santa leaves this under my tree! *wink wink husband!*
The most perfect carry all bag. Created in a divine full grain look leather. This tote is the perfect every day bag. Easy to throw a few things in and go. Perfect for lunch dates, work days and on the go and extra perfect with an added bag organiser inside to double as a nappy bag!
I used to be a huge lover of prepping my meals ahead of time. Robbie, My Fiancé, and I would spend Sundays making a fortnights worth of meals (or in his case a months worth!). It would be great to know we had it all ready and set out and with conflicting schedules it worked well for us. I found the only way to make sure I ate enough thought-out the day with a busy schedule was to prep everything.
That was until I discovered 5point4 Meals! Their incredible meals are so tasty and by qualified chefs. The variation in the meal flavors and meats (and their vego options) means that I can just heat it and run but not feel like im on the hamster wheel of chicken breast and brocolli! No meal prep! Hooray! Being a workaholic these meals are amazingly convenient! I’m totally guilty of popping it in the microwave whilst posting on socials on my phone for 4 minutes and then returning to my desk to keep working whilst eating. I’ve really tried to take note of eating mindfully to avoid overeating in one sitting, which I do tend to do because I skip or forget meals when I am in a hurry or working on huge projects. But thankfully with these delish meals they are portion sized so even if I gulp it down (ooops!) to quickly I know that I haven’t eaten to much.
An honest review – I tried FivePointFour meals some time ago when they first started and loved the convenience of just ordering and forgetting about it (no big grocery shops!) but I wasn’t “in love” with the taste. The meals were good but I found myself craving other foods. Then I read somewhere a little while ago they had changed their menu and kitchen and I was curious to see if there was a difference. So I ordered some just to try whilst working on the Miss Universe National Costume (so I knew I would have food available when cooking was way to much extra work!). And since getting back on the bandwagon I have to say they were good before but they are totally game changing now! The flavours and meal variation is amazing and I finish a meal feeling full but also totally content. I know I’m getting the perfect amount of protein and veg. I’m completely addicted and so excited because I feel like I have more energy with the regular fuel (without the fuss!) and also am slimming down which, with a wedding coming up, I am pretty thrilled about!! I’m going to stick to a 12 week challenge to optimize my productivity and get going on my health and fitness pre-wedding! Over the last 3 weeks eating 5point4 I have lost 2kg! How awesome is that! Hot wedding bod here I come!
I am super excited because I had a chat to the awesome team at Five Point Four and they have given me a discount code for all the Utterly Engaged Readers – Just use the code “BEGITTA” for $30 off your first box!
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These exquisite little raw caramel slices are just divine as an afternoon treat or desert with the family. It is certainly one of the best caramel slices we have tasted, the fact that it is a healthy little treat we are soooo excited to make them! The fact they're made with clean ingredients makes them even better!!
2 Cups Nuts (Almonds, Brazil Nuts or Walnuts)
1 Cup of Dates (Soaked)
Pinch of Salt
1 Cup of Dates (Soaked)
2 Tablespoons coconut cream
2 Tablespoons organic peanut butter
2 Tablespoons raw honey
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2.5 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2.5 tablespoons Raw Honey
In preparation soak 2 cups of dates minimum 30mins-1hr (or I soak mine overnight)
Nut Base- Using food processor/Thermomix blend 2 cups of nuts until it creates a crumbly texture and place in separate bowl
Put one cup of pre-soaked dates into processor and blend well with a touch of the juice/water from soaking. Continue to scrape down and blend until it becomes a paste.
Add nuts to date mixture with a pinch of salt and blend until it is well mixed.
Line preferred dish in cling wrap and spoon base mixture into dish, press down lightly and place in freezer whilst preparing the next step
Caramel- Clean food processor and add 1 cup pre-soaked drained dates. Add 2 tablespoons coconut cream, 2 tablespoons organic peanut butter, 2 tablespoons raw honey and pinch of salt.
Blend all ingredients continuously until it creates a creamy caramel– you may need to scrape the edges down occasionally. Spoon caramel evenly over nut base and place in freezer to set.
Chocolate top- In a bowl combine 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder with 2.5 tablespoons melted coconut oil and 2.5 tablespoons Raw Honey. Stir well and layer over the top of the caramel. Place in freezer to set for minimum of 3 hours. Once set cut slice into pieces and store in an airtight container in freezer.
Take a few slices out a few minutes before eating to thaw slightly. Absolutely yummy with an afternoon cup of green tea <3
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