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Recipe // Mango, Lime & Coconut Pudding

With the mango season upon us, I thought I’d share a gorgeous recipe, full of summer flavours. These gluten-, grain- and dairy-free puddings are delicious and moist and a great way to use up overripe mango. Ingredients Topping • 20g (⅓ cup) shredded or flaked coconut • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted) • 1 tablespoon sweetener (honey, maple syrup, rice malt syrup) • 1 tablespoon lime zest (about one lime) ...

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If We Don’t Fix Us, We Will Break

Are you feeling tired, drained, lethargic, almost at the end of your nerves? Are little things getting the better of you and you don’t know exactly what to do? Would you love to disappear for just a couple of days to catch your breath and be with yourself? How would it be to revive yourself and then jump back into life, all topped up again? Oh, yes, yes, yes, you hear yourself say it, however, the reality i ...

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Yeah, Cheers, Thanks a Lot

How often do we say thank you, expressing our gratitude for the positive things in our lives, which we have not asked for or actively worked towards? Gratitude is an inherent quality that resides within each human being, an emotion, which arises spontaneously within us and is also a choice we make – being grateful or ungrateful. Expressing gratitude is one of the best ways to increase your own levels of hap ...

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Colour Me Happy // October 2017

haven contributor and artist extraordinaire Mrs Red has put together a colouring-in sheet especially for haven readers. Plus, in conjunction with Ironlak Art & Design, we are giving away a $75 voucher to this month's best colouring-in. Ironlak stores are filled with high quality, low-cost art supplies and they can be found at Westfield Garden City, Westfield Chermside, in the Queen Street Mall and at ww ...

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Recipe // Moist Lemon Coconut Loaf

This grain-, gluten- and dairy-free cake is so quick and easy to make and the result is a lovely, moist loaf that is perfect for school lunches. I think the flavours of lemon and coconut is a match made in heaven. The principal medium chain fatty acids in coconut are capric and lauric acid. Both are very nourishing, immune boosting, anti-inflammatory and healing to your digestive system. The eggs make this ...

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Guardian Angels

It’s every parent’s worst fear and can quickly become a child’s living nightmare. When it comes to bullying, is there anything we can do? Donna-Leigh Perfect and Michael Bennett say there is. There’s no denying that bullying is a serious issue in our community – it feels like a monster that grows bigger, more pervasive and even deadlier every day. That’s why the anti-bullying “Dream Guards” are just as seri ...

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Time Out

“Sometimes you need to be alone in order to reflect on life. Take time out to take care of yourself. You deserve it.” - Robert New Ah, the tired feeling comes up again and it takes longer to go away this time. Things irate us and we don’t understand why. It’s frustrating and we find it happening more regularly and it gets harder to kick than before. Slumped in bed at the end of the long day we might even dr ...

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Daddy Diaries // Truth Bombs

As a university lecturer and former journalist, I’ve always had an obsession with the truth. Any of my friends will tell you how I correct hoaxes and outright lies wherever I come across them. Some will also tell you this is very annoying on social media. Nevertheless, I continue pointing out that the Great Wall of China cannot be seen from outer space, immigrants receive the same level of financial governm ...

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Recipe // Rainbow Cheese Crisps

I’m a sucker for good quality cheese. I really believe that like many whole foods, cheese is a victim of the food processing industry which has traded the natural ageing process (necessary to produce a food that supports digestion and health) for a ‘faster’ food which has come to cause problems for many. I especially love the crispy bits that result from cheese that has oozed out of a toastie or the crunchy ...

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Mindful Parenting

A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out one of my cupboards and found some old VCR tapes and decided to get them transferred to digital files for some nostalgic reminiscing. I had been struggling lately with an ‘empty nest’ as my daughter who is now 18 years old had recently left to attend university and live in Brisbane. Feeling slightly hesitant to watch the recordings, I was fearful that the old memories wou ...

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