Apr 23 2014

Recipe: Easy Thai Chicken & Sweet Potato Soup


A smooth and and spicy chicken soup with a vibrant colour that’s packed full of Asian aromatics! Ingredients 1 tsp olive or rapeseed oil 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped 2cm chunk root ginger, chopped 1 stalk lemongrass, bashed 1 x 25g pack coriander, leaves and stalks chopped separately 2 tbsp red Thai curry paste 750ml chicken stock (made with 2 stock cubes) 1 small can (160ml) coconut cream 500g sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped 2 skinless chicken breasts, sliced 1 lime, juice only 1 tsp sugar ½ tsp fish sauce crusty bread, to serve (optional) Method Heat the oil… Read More »

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Apr 21 2014

Postpartum exercise: Is your body ready?


How soon after delivery can I start exercising? The American College of Obstetricins and Gynecologists (ACOG) says it’s okay to gradually resume exercising as soon as you feel up to it. But your doctor or midwife may want you to wait until your six-week postpartum checkup to see how you’re doing first. Generally, if you exercised throughout your pregnancy and had a normal (spontaneous) vaginal delivery, you can safely do light exercise – walking, modified push-ups, and stretching – within days of giving birth. Start slowly with a low-impact aerobic activity such as walking. As you regain strength, you can increase the length or number… Read More »

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Apr 20 2014

Meditating Moms

Who has to have more patience, energy, and multitasking talents than your average modern mom?  Sharing an excerpt from Jeanne Ball’s article “Meditating Moms: A Silent Revolution”: “More and more mothers are finding meditation to be an effective way to avoid burnout and exhaustion. Rather than taking time out for a coffee, many moms are squeezing in a few minutes of meditation while the baby is napping or before heading home from work. Meditation is especially important for mothers because kids are sensitive to their mothers’ stress. Studies show that when a mother is overworked, anxious or depressed, her children have higher stress, too…. Intuition,… Read More »

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Apr 19 2014

Recipe: Fresh Mint & Mango Spring Rolls


These easy-to-make, delicious mango spring rolls can be made with vermicelli noodles or cabbage.  I served them for the extended family last weekend and they were a hit (wish I had made more…we ran out too soon!). The marinade can be drizzled over the vegetables before rolling them, or you could marinate the vegetables in advance. Filling: 1 mango 1/2 cucumber 2 carrots 1 avocado 1 small pack sprouts 1 small pack sugar snap peas 1/4 wild cabbage OR rice vermicelli noodles 1 handful cashew nuts or peanuts (chopped) fresh coriander (cilantro) fresh mint leaves Marinade: 2 tbsp sesame oil 2 tbsp water 1 lime (juice) 1/2 fresh… Read More »

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Apr 18 2014

The Importance of Sleep

When I was pregnant in the third trimester, I reconnected with an old school friend who is now a mum to two beautiful children, ages 5 and 7.  She felt it important to tell me: “kids make you old”.  I’ve pondered this since – especially during those late nights as I feed baby – and have come to the conclusion that the reason why parents seem to ‘get old’ – or at least feel old – after having children is because we lose our natural sleep patterns. Although parents know about the benefits of a good night’s sleep: better memory, attention, concentration and a reduced risk… Read More »

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Apr 8 2014

Why Childhood Memories Should Be Documented


Maintaining a photo album or scrapbook on your child’s behalf is a gift that keeps on giving. Adequately documenting a child’s important and sentimental memories can help them to feel valued by the family, while also giving them some of that much needed personal data later on in life as they figure out who they are. As children grow older, they sometimes suppress memories or forget about things both on purpose and by accident. Allowing them to revisit certain events from their younger years can help them to bridge the gaps that often arise throughout adulthood. Preserving the Family Legacy By having a well-maintained and… Read More »

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Apr 7 2014

Recipe: Tasty Beginner’s Pad Thai


Pad Thai is the quintessential global ambassador of Thai food. These simple stir-fried rice noodles are almost certainly one of the best-known examples of Thai cuisine worldwide. For a vegetarian version, swap the chicken and shrimp for cubed firm tofu. Ingredients: 1/2 lb (250 g) pkg. medium rice noodles (not too thin) canola, peanut or sesame oil, for cooking 1/4 cup (60 ml) ketchup 1/4 cup (60 ml) fish sauce 2 tbsp (30 ml) lime juice 2 tbsp (30 ml) rice vinegar 2 tbsp (30 ml) brown sugar 1 tsp (5 ml) Sriracha or other hot chili sauce 1/2 lb (250 g) raw, tail-on shrimp, peeled… Read More »

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Apr 3 2014

Baby Swim Class – Quick Dos and Don’ts

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Baby swim class is a fun and fantastic way to get you back in shape, meet other moms and get your baby used to the water. But before you dive in, here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind to make sure you both have a terrific time. Do ask questions Start with other moms: Where are the best classes? The cheapest? City-run classes may cost less, but their pools might not be as well-heated, and their staff not as well-trained. Find out the teacher’s approach. Some classes emphasize the “diving reflex,” and will train parents to safely dunk even the tiniest babies.… Read More »

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