Category: Things I Heart

Goodness me box review

 

The new hype in the wellness industry is subscription boxes-seriously they are everywhere! However, I recently discovered Goodness Me box, and it was so beautiful that I couldn’t not sign up! I recieved the box on a Friday night at 8pm (how’s that for service) and opened it to find 7 gorgeous products. 

This is their philosophy:
 

“GoodnessMe Box is a health food sampling service. Each month, GoodnessMe Box surprises you with 5-10 health food goodies so you can get your hands on the most sought-after clean eats the world is going nuts about!

The GoodnessMe Box experience is all about discovery so each month the content of the box is a surprise. Plus, each GoodnessMe Box includes nutritional recipes.

Our aim is to provide you food with integrity. We source only the highest quality health food brands that share our passion to provide wholesome and natural food products that are GMO-free and which are two or more of the following: Organic, sustainable, raw, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free or vegan.”

 

  • Pukka Tea sample’s: Licorice and peppermint, and Detox (2 Samples)
I love Pukka tea, its been my go to tea for a few years, and I always love trying new flavours. The peppermint and licorice is an absolutely lovely tea, and is super warming during winter. The detox tea is refreshing and a great way to detox everyday.
Total = $0.80
  • Raw C Coconut water 330mL
It’s the new in-drink, and there is a good reason why, coconut water is full of nutrients, and tastes super yummy. I use mine in smoothies and with my granola. Edit: Although in saying that, I don’t really agree with the company philosophy. Would however buy other brands!
Total = $2.95
 
  •  Simply Raw Superfood bar: Coconut rough 15g
I LOVE these bars! I have tried them before, but Goodness me box reminded me why I love them. Only 6 ingredients, and its all good stuff. Yummiest superfood bar around!
Total = $1.50
 
  • Loving Earth Luvju: Coconut Mylk 35g
Always a big fan of the Loving Earth Luvju bars (especially the caramel) so of course I was excited to see that Goodness me had included one of their bars. YUM!
Total = $2.90
  • Naked food: Organic and health food voucher $10
I have never tried this particular online health food store, but their website looks gorgeous! I can’t wait to try them out.
Total = $10
 
  • Mayvers: Pure state Dark Choc super spread 375g
This stuff is so good, I had it on a slice of dark rye bread over the weekend, and it was just a perfect combination of nutty goodness and tasty super foods. A great way to get a nutrient dense hit.
Total = $7.99
 
  • My Wholesome Kitchen: Granola Crunch 130g
I love a good granola, and this one is a goodie! Full of nuts, seeds, coconut, and cranberries, what’s not to love. I enjoyed mine with some lovely Greek yoghurt.
Total = $3.50
 
Paid for box = $25/month
Total amount received = $29.60

The other thing I LOVE about Goodness me box, is that they have a qualified Nutritionist on staff reviewing every product before it goes into the box, the lovely Melissa Fine who you can follow on instagram @melissaeatsmindfully, she has some gorgeous pics and some great food ideas!

Goodness me box also have a qualified Naturopath and yoga instructor on board, Amy Holtz, who again helps to ensure every product in your box is the healthiest, yummiest product.

Overall a great first box, and some fabulous products. I’m really looking forward to the next July box. If you want to get your hands on one, sign up over at www.goodnessmebox.com, the July box is sold out, but they will let you know when the August box is ready!

Have you signed up to a great subscription box recently? I would love to hear about it, comment below ūüôā
 
 
 

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Stuff I heart # 3

Here’s the latest in stuff I heart, there has been a tonne of great new products and companies that II have discovered, and I’m excited to share that with you!
 

1. Making your own candles. 

Image from: http://www.underlockandkeyblog.com/2013/01/diy-scented-soy-candles.html

I’m awaiting a delivery of gorgeous candle making supplies, which i’m going to turn into some lovely soy pillar candles. I have a candle lit most evenings, and I just love the feel it gives to my house. I relate candles with warmth, spiritualism, awakening, calm, sensation, enlightening, slow movement and breath. They go perfectly with the evening wind down yoga session. 
I got my supplies from www.candlemaking.com.au. They have lots of great quality soy wax, as well as a huge range of scents. I also found this great tutorial over at move, nourish, believe on how to make your own natural soy candles. 
 

2. Chai Tea:

 

Image from: http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/coconut-chai

During Winter, chai tea is my go to tea. I love it-with milk, without, with nut milk, with honey, and with absolutely nothing at all! It has such a glorious full flavour, and is super warming. I found this brilliant recipe for Coconut Chai Tea on the Hungry for Change site, its so creamy and has so many spices! If you have never tried chai tea before, I urge you to, its the perfect comfort drink during those cool winter days, as well as the nutritional benefits:
 
Cinnamon: Can help with immune function, muscle spasms, regulating blood sugar and reducing infections
Nutmeg: Can help with sleep, skin, digestive issues, antibacterial, and improving circulation
Cloves: Can help with respiratory issues, inflammation, toothache, digestion, and are also anti-fungal
Cardamom: Can help with mouth ulcers, digestion, depression, urinary tract issues, and immune system function
Ginger: Improving digestion, nausea relief, anti-inflammatory, headaches, immune function, and respiratory function
Licorice: reducing blood sugar, reducing inflammation, antiviral, and is a great antioxidant
 
So with all those wonderful spices, and array of health benefits, why not grab a cuppa!
3. Learning about crystals
 

I started using crystals a few months ago, and have a small collection now. Its one of my favourite things to go shopping for a new crystal, there are so many gorgeous shapes and colours-I find it hard to choose. But the best way I have found of choosing, is to just go with your intuition and pick the one that draws your attention, I also like to pick ones based on how they feel in my hands.

I love this gorgeous guide by Gala Darling on Crystals for Beginners. 

4. GoodnessMe Box

 

I love the whole craze at the moment with healthy “boxes” that are shipped straight to your door. There are so many to choose from though, and they all have such great products. One of my favourite ones is a new company that has just started. GoodnessMe box has some of my favorite brands including Loving Earth, Pukka, and Raw C  Nakula Coconut water. Plus they even have a Nutritionist (Melissa Fine) on board which is just awesome. I’m hoping someone will gift this to me for my birthday (Hint hint it’s on the 30th of May).

5. Botanical Beauty Co.

 
 
Being a kiwi, I love hearing about awesome little kiwi companies making gorgeous healthy products. Botanical Beauty Co is one of those companies. They have tonnes of gorgeous, natural and handmade products that are high quality, honest and natural. Founder Rachael Muollo, wanted to have a range of apothecary formula’s reminiscent of a by-gone era, without the chemical nasties of modern beauty products. I’m loving the solid perfumes and body butters. You can purchase the Botanical Beauty Co products from their website.
 
 

 
 

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Stuff I heart #2

I hope everyone had an amazing Easter weekend, full of rest, relaxation, treats, family and love <3 
I know lots of people are still on holiday until next week, but I’m back in action this week, and I’m ready for the remainder of the Uni semester as well as filling the blog with yummy recipes and nutrition posts.¬†
So here is my (slightly) overdue stuff I heart post:
 

1. The Paleo diet and Claire Yates cookbook “Optimal health the Paleo way”

I picked up this book from work after months of swooning over it, and I spend Friday morning reading the entire first half, which is full of some fantastic nutrition information. Claire is full of so much wisdom, and I just love her book! If you get a chance, grab a copy. I made the Carrot and sweet potato bites you see on the far left, they were a huge hit at the family BBQ I was at over the weekend. 

See my full review of Claire’s book here.¬†
 

2. This article full of reasons you should break up with your makeup

I stopped wearing a face full of make up a few years ago, it was mostly because I couldn’t afford it (student life right), but my face has loved me for it! I now can be proud of my own skin, rather than hiding behind a layer of chemicals. My mum also helped me to make the choice to move to natural makeup, so now, I could probably eat everything I put on my face. And our skin is our largest organ, so it absorbs everything! I love not wearing makeup, and I think it should be an everyday trend rather than for a #nomakeupselfie.¬†
There is also this great website I used for my info on being gorgeous AND green. 
 

3. This article on what your perfect day looks life from This is Lifeblood

On that note, here is what would be my Perfect day: Wake up early, refreshed and¬†energised, next to my man. Then,¬†cuddles and a coffee in bed with a chat. Then off outside to exercise with the sun rising, yoga, walking the dog, or the beach. Next would be a big,¬†gorgeous¬†breakfast full of eggs and veggies. Then work. In a perfect day I would be seeing clients as a Nutritionist, inspiring and educating people to live a¬†fulfilling¬†and empowered life. Lunch would be more veggies and of course a cup of tea. The afternoon would be filled with blogging and creating new recipes, as well as a bit of gardening. Then its time for some more exercise, another walk, or yoga, or some running. I’d then make an exciting, nourishing meal, and share it with my closest friends and loved one. There would be wine, and nibbles and music. And then finally at the very end of the day, I would sit down to read something awesome.¬†
 
Sounds awesome huh! What does your perfect day look like?
 

4. This incredible Lady: Yuna (Singer/Songwriter)

 
 
I’m in love with her album Nocturnal, I don’t usually post about music, but this is just too good not to share. Its full of lovely sparkly songs and gorgeous lyrics. Its my spring anthem album at the moment, Plus its fantastic to sing along to <3
Find out more about Yuna here.
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Stuff I Heart (Previously Five friday favourites)

Hello lovelies!

Happy Friday! I have decided to rename five Friday favourites to stuff I heart. Here is my roundup of stuff I heart from the interwebs ūüôā

1. This video on what the world eats for breakfast. Its very enlightening to see just how unbalanced breakfast is worldwide. Most of the countries included had some form of refined carbohydrate for breakfast, and not many nutritious fruit and vegetables. Most countries also had processed meat products as well. The Indian, Brazilian, Egyptian and Swedish meals were the better ones, but still didn’t contain many fruit and vegetables.

2. This quote: I think its important to remember not to judge ourselves an assign crude labels to what we think we are.

3. Smoothie bowls. They are great, like sweet breakfast soup. And you can top them with all sorts of yummy goodies! Iv’e done mine with frozen blueberries, banana and greek yoghurt, topped with granola!

Image from: http://blissfulbasil.com/2014/01/17/antioxidant-smoothie-bowl/
Here are some great smoothie bowl recipe inspirations:
4. The 100 Happy Days challenge! I decided to embark on this challenge today, after learning all about the United Nation’s International day of Happiness Yesterday. So continuing with that theme, I will be posting a pic everyday on my Instagram page, of something that makes me happy. Today, I chose my gorgeous puppy dog Jaffa. His everlasting excitement to see me brightens everyday <3

Have you found anything exciting, interesting or inspiring on the interwebs lately. I would LOVE to hear what you guys have found!