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NEW Perth Wellness Event – ‘Food, Stress and You’ 24 May!

If you’re anything like me, the idea of heading to a spa retreat to completely renew and refresh yourself is high on the wish list. Personally, I’ve never been able to afford the blissful few days of complete relaxation and healthy, gourmet food & technology switch off (I don’t know if I could handle the last part!), but it is a dream of mine to one day be able to go to a health retreat a few times a year to reboot myself.

Which is why I’m so excited that Gwinganna, the holy grail of health retreats in Australia, have decided to come say hi to us WA folk for the first time and present a special wellness event in May – ‘Food, Stress and You‘!

This inspiring wellness seminar will help you understand more about real food, the way we eat, stress and the factors that really affect your ability to maintain or to lose body fat. Featuring Gwinganna’s nutritionist Caroline Scott, you will leave with invaluable information, tips and the latest research on healthy eating.

When: Thursday 24 May, 6.00-7.45pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Perth
How much: $40 per person and includes: a Gwinganna organic snack plus a selection of herbal and black teas. Book online

The lifestyle seminars are a key component of the retreat’s innovative programs. “Guests constantly tell us the information provided in the seminars is invaluable. Part of our mission is to provide relevant take-home content that helps balance out a busy lifestyle” said General Manager, Sharon Kolkka.

This will be a really special event and tickets are selling fast! I’ve heard rumours of a goodie bag too, which can only be a positive thing 🙂

If you need some help coping with stress, and want to take a look at how food can help you get there, then this event is unmissable.

Let me know if you’re thinking of coming in the comments below!

Be well,



This is a sponsored post, but my passion for Gwinganna is 100% non-sponsored! :).

Health Food Focus: Coconut Sugar!

My once loved white sugar substitute agave has been receiving quite a bit of negative press recently (mostly because of its 90% fructose level). Confused and left doubting agaves’ previously praised heath benefits, I embarked on a mission to find a healthier and less controversial sweetener alternative. The search led me to the discovery of my ‘sweet’ little new friend, coconut sugar!

What it is:

Coconut sugar is drawn from the sap of the coconut
 palm tree buds. It is similar in taste and color to brown sugar, with a slight caramel flavor.

Health Benefits:

Coconut sugar contains less than 9 percent fructose. It has a considerably lower glycemic index (35) than agave (42), honey (55), and cane sugar (68), thus helping to stabilize glucose levels. Coconut sugar can also do a lot more than just add sweetness to your morning coffee! It’s loaded with minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and B vitamins.

Ways to Incorporate into Your Diet:

Coconut sugar can be used as a substitute for white sugar in baking or dessert recipes or anything else you’d use sugar for!

Where to Find it & Cost:

Coconut sugar can be found at most health food shops. I use the Loving Earth brand, which costs around $7.50 for 300g.

Recipe Idea:

These cookies are to die for! They are quick, easy to make and require minimal cleaning (just what I like!). They are perfect for a picnic or to accompany a cup of tea. Just try not to eat all the mixture before the cookies make it to the oven 😛

Coconut Date Cookies

Makes 6-8 cookies


♥ 1 cup pitted dates (soaked for approx 5 mins to soften then drain)
♥ 1/3 cup rolled oats
♥ 1/2 cup shredded coconut
♥ 1 tsp baking powder
♥ 1 TBS vanilla
♥ 1-3 TBS coconut sugar (depending on how sweet you want them)
♥ 1 TBS coconut oil
♥ 1/4 cup coconut milk or choice of milk (use nut milk for vegan cookies!)


♥ Preheat oven to 170*C (fan forced).

♥ Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend well until there are no large date pieces.

♥ Portion mixture into equal sized balls, place on greased cookie sheet, and flatten with the back of a spoon/spatula.

♥ Bake for 12-15 minutes on 170 degrees.

♥ Remove from oven and cool on cookie rack.

♥ Store cookies in the refrigerator.

YUM! Do you like the sound of these healthy cookies?! Let us know 🙂

Article by Kavisha, self confessed ‘health foodie’ who believes a little dessert is good for the soul. She is currently studying for her Master of Wellness at RMIT University and blogs at Style My Coconut.

Be well,


DOs and DON’Ts: Trends For The Fall

If you are constantly interested to keep in touch with the latest fashion trends for the upcoming seasons, this blog here should help you figure out what sort of lines should you be following. First off, trendsetters recommend you invest in outfits that are able to draw all the attention when walking into a room. Oversized parkas and attractive leathers or furs that are bold are some of the main highlight of the fall. Make sure the rest of your outfit is simple and also keep in mind that experimenting tons of colors and textures or various lengths is highly recommended. This fall is all about making a bold fashion statement. Floppy knits, fedoras, or beanies are some of the stars of this fall also. Moreover, as a nice change to the colorful patterns you are probably used to by now, this fall fashion designers recommend you wear classic prints. We could mention houndstooth, for starters. And going to the office dressed in such a pattern is definitely going to be the new IT thing, especially if you are already a huge fan of menswear and you like to always add a professional touch to your outfits. Think of houndstooth as a natural and wear it with pretty much everything. And if you need some help with building your budget for your brand new outfits, these next few lines should help you make some simple earnings while doing some of the things you enjoy doing most online: gambling or betting on your favorite sports or sportsmen.

Try Your Luck

The Internet is full of many gambling sites. If you ever tried to choose one company, you probably know that it is not an easy task, especially if you are a novice. So, if you are looking for a good online bookmakers, poker room or a casino, you should do some research before you make your decision. You can look for some information on the Internet or ask your friends for advice. It is also advisable to read users’ reviews and opinions, but keep in mind sme fo these reviews and forum views might be biased.

However, remember that not all of them are objective and reliable. A good option is to choose one of the leading companies on the market, since they are trustworthy and professional partners. For instance, Australia online casino venues are some of the best alternatives at the moment, in terms of casino gambling over the web, of course. If you are searching or experienced sports betting venues, there are plenty of fine brands to choose from, so you should not worry too much about it. There are dozens of web site that are happily opening their arms to receive you, no matter where you might be coming from. They are definitely worth recommending, since they provide professional service and high level of security. What is more, they care for their customers’ satisfaction and are constantly developing their products and services.

Beauty & Wellbeing Routine: Kitty Campion, Renowned Medical Herbalist / Naturopath.

First up, briefly tell us a little bit about yourself!

35 years ago I embarked on a life long journey of being a medical herbalist, initially diagnosing with iridology and over the years to the extensive training in six different styles of bodywork as well as training in further diagnostic methods using bio-resonance in Germany. During that time I have had the privilege of working with more than 30,000 patients and it was 20 years into this journey when I began further training in emotional intelligence and metaphysical law. I came to Australia 2 years ago on a permanent Distinguished Talent Visa in order to teach Emotional Intelligence, a 28 module course which is filling up quickly. My next class starts on 9th June. I’ve also just submitted my 10th book ‘The Handbook of Mind/Body Healing’ to a publisher in Sydney and am embarked on my 11th ‘A Revolutionary Guide to Healing Depression’.

Kitty works at Perth Natural Medical Clinic (PNMC).

Tell us about your daily beauty routine. (please include specifics about brands/products used)

Five minutes dry skin brushing followed by a brief hot then icy cold shower. Ren moisturiser (Ren products available on Strawberry NET) and Green People deodorant, together with Dr Organic aloe vera moisturiser.

What’s the one beauty treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

I attend mi:skn salon in Lord Street, Mt Lawley for weekly facial acupuncture. Francesca Perino is a fantastic therapist trained in five element acupuncture so the treatment is holistic and she only uses natural products on the skin.

Who do you trust with your hair in Perth, and why?

To date I have not yet found a hairdresser to suit me and I am still searching.

Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?

I use a Korean Chi machine which increases oxygen throughout the body and aids in relaxation.

Your three, absolutely cannot live without, favourite products?

Ecover shower gel
• Ren Global Protection Moisturiser (available on Strawberry NET)
• Yves St Laurent Fuchsia lipstick

Do you have any secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

Daily meditation, a guaranteed way of emptying out all stress in the body and mind.

What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t yet? (Due to time, money, scared etc!)

Eco friendly spa retreat for weekend

Describe a typical day of eating for you.

Morning liver flush – consisting of freshly pressed carrot, celery, lemon and ginger juiced with a couple of tablespoons of hempseed oil blended in.

Lunch – Fish/Meat and mixed green salad with balsamic dressing.

Afternoon Tea – Goji berries and nuts

Dinner – Meat/Fish and six seasonal vegetables plus 2 squares of Green & Black 85% organic chocolate. Sometimes half a bar! Lots of filtered water,the odd soy late or Rooibos tea.

Describe your fitness routine.

About to embark on a recently purchased aero pilates reformer bench. Hoping to do 3-4 times a week.

Do you take part in any alternative therapies or take supplements? If so, discuss.

I am a natural therapist and therefore take full advantage of weekly treatments of acupuncture and various bodywork.

How do you like to relax? What are your favourite ways to de-stress?

Art House Movies, British Detective Series, eating out with friends and enjoying fine wines.

Thanks so much to Kitty for taking time out of her extremely busy schedule to participate in our wellbeing routine! If you’re interested in reading more about her, I found this great article on the Perth Natural Medical Clinic website.

Be well,


Product Review: Exposed Skincare, The Cure For Acne?

♥ Exposed Skincare Range

Clean and clear – that’s all I ask. And as someone who has suffered from acne since the age of 13, I don’t think it’s too much to ask, now that I’m 36 and still categorise myself as ‘blemish prone’. Possibly like many others, I thought I’d grow out of it, and there have been times when no-one would ever suspect I battle with problem skin – particularly when I was pregnant, but since staying constantly pregnant is not an option – I’ve had to search far and wide for assistance to keep the zits at bay for many years.

Yes, I am one of those people who has literally tried everything on the market, topical and medical, including two courses of the strongest dermatologist prescribed treatment there is – Roaccutane at the ages of 17 and 30. Great when you’re on it – not so great when you’re not – and once again, not something you can take forever.

So what next? Enter Exposed Skincare!

Never heard of it? Well neither had I until one day when google searching for ‘acne treatments that actually work’.

Of course I was skeptical, as someone who had seen and heard all the sales pitches before – the perfect balance of science and nature, clear skin in 30 days guaranteed, special introductory offer etc etc, plus hello, you can only get it in America – got to be a farce, right?

So what made me try it – and love it, to the point that I felt the need to write this article and share my experience?

♥ Picture from the Exposed Skincare website!

♥ Firstly, no celebrity endorsements, but real success stories – I did the research on the people they promote as their ‘Exposed users.’

♥ Secondly they told me if I sent them my empty bottles of any other acne products I’d tried, I’d get $25 dollars off the next purchase,

♥ And thirdly they offered a one year money back guarantee. Now I’ve heard of 30 day or 60 day money back offers, but one year was quite persuasive!

So clearly I took the plunge and signed up for the ‘Exposed Advantage’ and have kept my purchasing account going for just over two years.

But what about the results I hear you screaming! Well I can’t claim to be completely blemish-free and every monthly cycle still presents those hormonal spots – but I can absolutely say that Exposed does do what it says it will do.

♥ Just one of the natural ingredients in the range – green tea!

It does treat active acne and prevent bumps from coming up in the first place. It combines those active ingredients (salicylic acid) and a range of natural botanical ingredients like sage extract, green tea, tea tree oil, licorice root and passion flower, that work well enough to do the job, without drying or irritating your skin.

It does unclog your pores, regulate oil production and calm redness – fast! And yes I did indeed see a difference in my skin in just 30 days.

So if you’ve got a similar story to mine and feel like you’ve tried everything – I’d say try this. For me it’s worth the $49.95 plus $19.95 shipping charges, to be sent out from the USA by Fed Ex direct to my door, every three to four months. I’ve spent a lot more on other products and medications that don’t last as long and have done a lot less.

Hope it works for you too.

Available online at:

Review by Carrie, complete Exposed convert!