Sunday, February 1, 2015

Norwex is coming to New Zealand


If you're in New Zealand you might be interested to know that Norwex is coming in February 2015!

Norwex is committed to radically reducing chemicals in our homes to promote the health of your family and of the environment. More than ever we feel the need to emphasize the positive environmental impact of reducing chemical use throughout the home and creating safe havens around the globe. 
During the past several hundred years, human activity has significantly altered our global environment, and the negative effects of this are becoming alarmingly clear. No longer can we ignore the warning signs from nature. This trend can be changed if we all work together and take honest responsibility for our planet. It is a fact, household pollutants impact our environment. A radical reduction in the use of chemicals is an important step to improve the health of our planet and our quality of life. 
The Norwex corporate vision for our products reaches far beyond the limited horizon of just making a profit; we are striving for a better quality of life for present and future generations. Our deep central theme is reverence for the value and beauty of all life on a healthy planet. Join us in our effort to improve quality of life in a profound way!
  • Norwex "clean without chemicals" was birthed in Norway in 1994, soon after microfiber was first manufactured in Sweden.
  • Norwex enters the home party market in Norway in 1995 and the business grows quickly.
  • Norwex expands to Canada and the United States in the Spring of 1999 and experiences great success and growth.
  • The business and product line expands to include personal care without chemicals.
  • The company expands into Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in 2004 and in 2008 into Australia.
  • Our Newly expanded mission is launched, to improve quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes.
  • Norwex has achieved a milestone of exceeding 60,000 consultants world-wide.

If you or anyone you know in New Zealand is interested in finding out more about the Norwex range of products or starting up your own business venture, helping people to radically reduce harmful chemicals from their own homes, work to suit your own hours and be rewarded generously from a fantastic organisation like Norwex, then you must come along to one of the launches happening at one of the following cities.


Christchurch on Friday, 20 February 2015 from 7pm until 9pm


Wellington on Saturday, 21 February 2015 from 3pm until 5pm


Auckland on Sunday, 22 February 2015 from 2pm until 4pm

There'll be product giveaways and special incentives. Let your friends know. For more information, don't hesitate to contact me here.

Friday, January 30, 2015

I'm a Norwex Independent Business Consultant

I'd like to announce that I am now an Independent Sales Consultant for Norwex and want to share with you how I dramatically decreased my time, the cost and the amount of harmful chemicals I was using when cleaning my home.


What makes Norwex cloths different to others is at 1/200th the size of a human hair, Norwex Microfibre is one of the most innovative products in the cleaning industry today.

• Lifts dirt, grease and grime up into the cloth and off the surface.
• BacLock™*, the micro silver agent in the wet cloth, goes to work using its self-purification properties against mould, fungi and bacterial odour within 24 hours.
• Using just water, surfaces are left free from everything—cleaned, polished and streak-free.

My home environment is very important to me for my own health and that of my family. In the past I've very much been in favour of using homemade cleaning solutions and recycled cloths for cleaning over the years but still needed to bring out the 'big guns' of cleaning products when things got too bad, especially in our hot, humid environment here in Queensland, Australia.

  

No longer do I have a need for these harmful products because Norwex have revolutionised the way I now clean by using only a microfibre cloth and water or the cloth on it's own for dusting. Norwex also offer a range of non toxic products such as laundry powder, dishwashing liquid, oven cleaner etc, all free from harsh chemicals making it safe for yourself and your family.

It cuts down on the time I spend cleaning because it does such a good job the first time, you only have to give it a 'once over' to keep on top of your cleaning your home. I can't even begin to tell you how much money I'm saving now that I no longer buy cleaning products.

I'm going to be sharing my knowledge of Norwex and just how fantastic the range of products are and how it's changed my life. I plan on getting Youtube clips uploaded and plenty of before and after photos up on the blog really soon.

If you're in the South East corner of Queensland, I'd be happy to conduct an in-home demonstration to show you just how effective the range of Norwex products are. Norwex are very generous with their hostess rewards program and you could potentially earn enough products to get you started reducing chemicals in your home for FREE! Additionally, if you are familiar with the Norwex range and would like to place an order, head on over to my Norwex business page, create an account and order securely online. Postage is a flat $9.00 within Australia.

You can contact me here for further information or follow my Norwex Facebook page for upcoming promotions and handy hints.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thriving on Thursdays - Linky Party # 117

Domesblissity

Welcome to Thriving on Thursdays! A place to link up all your blog posts to help inspire us all. I want to thank you all for linking up and coming back each week.


Monday was Australia Day and a public holiday for us. A day we commemorate the First Fleet arriving on our friendly (or not so friendly back then) shores in 1788. A time for us to reflect on how we live in such a lucky country. We celebrated the day with friends at a local pub with the kids for lunch and a live rock'n'roll band singing classic Aussie rock songs. It was about 35 deg C (95 deg F) with about 100% humidity. We were all very hot but a great day out. Anyway, time to party. Here's my top 3 food and non food posts from last week's party. Don't forget to link up your Valentine's Day posts. I'll be featuring them all in a special post in the lead up to Valentine's Day.

FOOD

Toffee Oatmeal Cookies http://thejoyfulwidow.com/toffee-oatmeal-cookies/






NON FOOD



Cushion Covers with an Enclosed Zipper ~ Threading My Way


Turn Your Photos Into Art (the ultimate guide) | The Painted Hive


Feel free to grab a 'featured' button from above if you like. Can't wait to see what you've all been up to this week. Have a great weekend!



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Ironing Chef - What do do with Ham & Pineapple


Welcome to a new monthly feature in 2015, "The Ironing Chef". I came up with the idea, while ironing one day believe it or not, when thinking about what to cook for dinner. I remembered the TV show "The Iron Chef" where they get one ingredient to cook 3 or 4 courses using standard pantry ingredients as well (and they have the really goofy voice overs in the Japanese version of the show). I'm forever making do with what I've got on hand but wanted to share how easy it easy to prepare simple meals using only what you've got. So many times I'd love to run down to the supermarket to pick up those extra few ingredients to make something but hold off and just use what I've got.


Ham & Pineapple Skewers on a Warm Rice Salad

I had some leftover ham from Christmas, which I cut off the bone and froze. Being smack bang in the middle of summer here in Australia, the pineapples are beautiful at the moment so I had half a pineapple that needed using up as well.


The extra ingredients I grabbed from the pantry and fridge were as follows:

(1)  1 cup white rice
(2)  frozen vegetable mix of corn, peas, capsicum
(3)  last bit of wilted English spinach from the fridge
(4)  half a small tub of light sour cream
(5)  6 Butternut Snap Cookies

plus basic seasonings and sauces from the pantry.  Not everyone is going to have these same ingredients but it's about using what you do have. If you have frozen broccoli, for example, use that. Or use leftover cake or biscuits of any kind to add to a dessert. Ice cream, cream, Greek or flavoured yoghurt is also good to use in desserts. Rice or pasta, it makes no difference.


I put the rice onto boil and cut the pineapple in half, saving one half for the dessert and cut the other half into chunks and threaded alternately onto a skewer with cubes of the leg ham. I used my sandwich press to cook the skewers.


Just before the rice was cooked, I added a handful of the frozen vegies plus the English spinach, finely shredded. I dressed the rice salad mixture with a mixture of sweet chilli and soy sauce, two ingredients which are always in my pantry.


Pineapple & Coconut Parfait

We're not usually dessert eaters, except the kids might have a bowl of ice cream or an icy pole occasionally. (Usually they don't eat all their dinner so there's no treats.) I decided to make a dessert using the other half of the pineapple and layer it with crunchy biscuit crumbs and a little sour cream. I wasn't sure how the sour cream would go but you wouldn't believe it. I found one solitary ready made meringue stuck up the back of the pantry which I crumbled into the sour cream. I also added a couple drops of coconut essence to the sour cream (another pantry staple of mine) but you could leave it out if you like or add shredded coconut. Let your imagination go wild. (I'll let you in to a little secret. I couldn't believe my luck when searching the pantry to see what I could use when I found a pineapple jelly/jello. It was my intention to have a layered parfait with jelly, sour cream and the biscuit crumbs. I put the fresh pineapple into the jelly and it didn't set because of the natural enzymes that occur in things such as fresh pineapple, kiwi etc. Bugger! I salvaged the pineapple and tossed the jelly but that's the way it goes. That's not the first time a disaster of that magnitude has happened in my kitchen!)


So, other than preparing the jelly earlier in the day (which didn't work anyway), there wasn't much to preparing this meal. I did make the dessert a little before dinner time and just let sit in the fridge. The meal came together really quickly and was very tasty and filling. Never underestimate what you've got lurking in the fridge, pantry or fridge and how it can be used. Rather than throw it away, think outside the box and use it up. Stay tuned for next month when I go into the deep, dark depths of my freezer and fridge to see what needs using up. 

PS. I'm not much of a meal planner. I have done it over the years but I've developed a knack of looking in the fridge that morning and working out what we'll be having for dinner. Either way, whatever works for you.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Lemon Myrtle Scones with Finger Lime Marmalade & Cream


Happy Australia Day! Today is the day we commemorate the landing of the First Fleet in Australia in 1788 and an excuse for a public holiday. What a better way to celebrate then with scones with jam and cream. I've added an Australian bush tucker theme to my scones this time with the addition of the native Australian spice lemon myrtle and a finger lime marmalade.

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Scones served split open and spread with jam and then topped with cream have become an Aussie tradition. (We just so happened to steal it from the British and their Devonshire Tea.)  Scones are usually plain but can be filled with sultanas, dates or flavoured with pumpkin. Jam is traditionally strawberry but I've gone for a real Aussie theme and tried the finger lime marmalade I had in the fridge and they were absolutely gorgeous! I spread some with strawberry jam for the traditionalists among us (and the kids).


I used my lemon myrtle spice mix lurking in the pantry, just waiting to be used, and my favourite scone recipe from Lady Flo Bjelke-Peterson, former Premier of Queensland Joh's wife who is very famous for her pumpkin scones. I love her recipes.


Scones are such an easy thing to bake and made with pantry staples. My dough was a little wet so I added a bit extra flour to the board before cutting out. You might have your favourite recipe which makes a light fluffy scone but my secret is not to overwork the dough. I learnt from my Nanna, a master scone maker in her day, who told me to always mix the dough with a knife which will eliminate overworking and only just bring the ingredients together until a dough forms. Lightly press onto a floured board to your desired thickness and either cut into squares with a knife or use a cutter to cut out scones.


I very rarely pick up super bargains from major department stores because I don't normally shop at them and I'm never there at the right time but I was the other week. I picked up a beautiful green biscuit tin (complete with choc chip cookie mix, which I threw out because it was made in China and I was a bit suspect about that) but it came with this beautiful ceramic biscuit press and cookie cutter. It only cost me 10 cents! Can't wait to try out the biscuit press.


Once the scones are cut out, brush with a little milk and bake in a hot oven for approximately 10 minutes.


Wrap in a clean tea towel once baked until ready to use. 


Cut in half, spread with jam and top with whipped cream.


I'll definitely be looking for new ways to use my lemon myrtle spice. It added a lovely, subtle lemon flavour to the scones and the finger lime marmalade was luscious. Hope you all have a lovely Australia Day no matter how you're celebrating.

Lemon Myrtle Scones with Finger Lime Marmalade & Cream
(based on "Classic Country Collection" scone recipe by Flo Bjelke-Petersen)
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 1 tsp lemon myrtle spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • extra flour for rolling & cutting

  • Finger Lime marmalade or jam of your choice
  • fresh cream, whipped until thick

  1. Preheat oven to 220 deg C.
  2. Mix spice and salt into flour
  3. Add melted butter and milk and mix with a knife until just combined.
  4. Sprinkle board or bench top with extra flour.
  5. Put dough on floured board and press out until approx 1.5cm (1 inch) thick.
  6. Cut dough into squares or cut out shapes with a scone/cookie cutter which has had the edges dipped into flour to avoid sticking.
  7. Place on baking tray lined with baking paper.
  8. Bake for approx 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Wrap in clean tea towel until ready to serve.
  10. Slice each scone horizontally and spread with jam and top with a teaspoon of whipped cream.








Friday, January 23, 2015

DIY Asian food at home with Chang's


I feel so blessed to live here in Queensland, Australia. Such a wonderful climate all year round and access to a superb range of fresh fruit and vegetables, especially a lot of different varieties of Asian vegetables and herbs. We are so closely located to Asia and have been influenced over the years by the many cuisines in Asian countries like China, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia, for example.  They've certainly got it worked out how to get good, fresh, easy meals on the table in minutes.


Chang's are one such company that are making things easy for us in the kitchen.  Chang's have been in Australia since 1968.  In fact, there really was a Mr Chang. He was C.H. Chang, China’s Consul General to Australia in 1968. He began importing authentic Asian flavours and serving them up to us Aussies, hungry for new and exotic oriental food. Today, Chang’s is a household name, still sharing delicious dishes.




With Chang's range of shelf-fresh noodles, you needn't worry about not having the ingredients on hand. From hokkien noddles to a gluten free range of wok ready Pad Thai noodles, Chang's has you covered. No need to keep them refrigerated.  Just store them in the pantry for a quick mid week or weekend meal. Great for the kids. Even my Little Miss Fusspot loves noodles.




Undoubtedly, the secret to a good Asian meal is in the sauce. Two sauces I recommend having on hand in the pantry, to recreate authentic Asian cuisine at home are fish sauce and light soy sauce. Mixed with other sauces you have like honey or tomato sauce, for example, you're well on your way to serving some delicious meals to your family. Fish sauce is one of the defining ingredients in authentic Thai cuisine and you can create your own Thai curries or fresh stir fries at home easily with a few basic ingredients.

The Chang's web site has an excellent Recipe Finder where you can choose by sauce, noodle or meat and find heaps of Asian meal ideas to try at home. The recipes are also sorted into categories such as BBQ, Beef, Kids, Vegetarian or Gluten Free options, for example, just to make finding your recipe with what ingredients you have that little bit easier. If you follow Chang's on Facebook, they're always sharing new recipes and handy ways to make the most of the great range of Chang's products.

I can't wait to share some quick, family friendly, cheap, Asian cuisine at home with you. Stay tuned for heaps of recipes. Be prepared by stocking up on some Chang's products, available from over 500 stores Australia wide and most products can be found on your local supermarket shelves. Here's a couple recipes to get you started.















Disclaimer:  I was given a selection of Chang's noodles and sauces to try. All opinions and ideas are my own.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thriving on Thursdays - Linky Party # 116

Domesblissity

Welcome to Thriving on Thursdays and another week of inspirational blog posts from all around the world. A place to share your food, craft, saving tips, sewing, gardening and anything else goes blog posts, just to help save a few dollars. 

Somehow I don't think my "Pima" and "Pico" puppies are this happy on a school morning.

This week is crazy busy with back to school organising. Nothing like leaving it until the last minute to purchase the kid's school books. Plus, there'll be hair cuts today, a good wash on Monday night, school shoes spit and polished and one will be out the door Tuesday and the next child on Wednesday. If you hear a huge 'sigh', that'll be me on Wednesday morning at about 9am when I'll be listening for the serenity! (Only kidding. They've been pretty good kids these last 6 weeks or so.) So, onto my favourites from last week's party. Here are my top 3 food and non food blog posts from last week.

FOOD







NON FOOD

I-cord Rug - Teppich aus Strickschn├╝ren


How to Make Chores Work in Your Family and End the Chore Battle


Before and After: The Ugly Vintage Lamp

And that my friends is a 'wrap' for this week. Feel free to grab the 'featured' button from my drop down menu above. I can't wait to see what you've all been up to this week. Don't forget, I'll be featuring all Valentine's Day posts in a special feature a bit closer to the big day. Have a great week!




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