{The Nest Easter} Give the gift of no chocolate

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EVERYONE knows that Easter can be over-kill on the chocolate front!

So, because we are nice and stuff, we have put together some brilliant non-chocolate ideas for you this Easter (but, you know, don’t get crazy and forget to have at least some choc!)

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1. This gorgeous Country Road Bunny Tote just screams happiness on Easter morning ($39.95)

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2. Ladedah Kids will make any little birdy smile with this cute as a button Rabbit Mask and Tail Set ($40)peter alexander

3. If you princess needs a little comfort heading into the cooler months then these Peter Alexander Stripe Bunny PJs are for you ($49.95)

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4. Down That Little Lane have these whimsical ‘Mr Bunny’ cushions available that will lighten up any room ($49)pippins girl

5. There are simply just not enough words to describe our love of this WordsETC Pippins’ Girl Art Print ($29)cotton on

6. For the little man in your life, look no further than the Cotton On Tribal Fox PJs ($29.95)

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7. The “Mr Hopkins” Cot Duvet Cover from Burrow and Be is fantastic and timeless ($95)

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8. For the perfect cuddles on Easter morning then look no further than the warmness of the Bashful Bunny from Lark ($21.95) You can be guaranteed this will be loved for a lot of Easters to come.

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9. We are dying over this Chinguliscreations (available on EtSY) ridiculously gorgeous Crochet Bunny Set to dress your tiniest bunny this Easter ($52.33)bunny onesie

10. Any little bunny is going to be warm and adorable in this Seed Heritage Bunny Onesie ($49.95)adairs

11. How stinkin’ adorable is this Adairs Animal Face Bunny? This is sure to to be a hit in any household ($29.95)

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12. For the big bunny in your life why not show your real love and grab them something special, personalised and made with love from JASITUP Hand stamped? We are in love with this bar necklace ($POA)

Happy Easter Nesters xo

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{The Weekly Nest} This week we wept, pulled sickies and celebrated the female body

This week saw the death of a beautiful little boy for the saddest of reasons. What makes it even more incredibly heartbreaking is that his death could have been avoided if people just got vaccinated.

Whooping cough is preventable, or at least containable. The story relates to little Riley John Hughes and you can read more about it here -> Someone killed this baby. It is such a horrible, heart-wrenching story of loss. Make sure you hug your little birdies a little tighter tonight.

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The beautiful little Riley Hughes who was simply taken too soon

In completely different news, we discovered some wonderful Gardening Hacks this week for our Life Hack Friday segment. Some of these ideas are just so ‘der-how-did-I-not-just-think-of-that’!

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We kicked off the week with some health inspo for you. Our resident health expert laid down some advice on Staying Healthy This Easter. It is a great article that will help you stay on game when the dread chocolate overload monster comes knocking on your door!

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In other news,  I am convinced my toddler-bird pulled her first real-life sickie this week.

I shit you not.

I got the call from Kindy to come and collect her about 2pm (note: good to see she managed to hold out for lunch – no shocks there) and I arrived to collect the little playa and took her home.

Obviously the girls at Kindy totes did the right thing to call me, they are brilliant! but once I got the little bambino home she turned it on. I went to the toilet when we walked in the door (hello, once you reach the 36 week preggo you may as well get your mail re-directed there) and came out to the kitchen and found the little minion delving into a large packet of chicken chips. I didn’t even know we had chicken chips! Must of be left over from camping or a party or something.

Then Miss Toddler-Bird demanded we call daddy to tell him we were home. As directed by the little dictator I dutifully dialled daddy’s work number and she proceeded to inform him ‘Hi daddy, me home, sissie still at kindy and me and mummy are eating chips. Na-na-na-ner-na. You at work’. So is that the type of thing I am meant to write in her baby book? Sat up, 5 months old, first step 11 months old, first sickie aged 2?

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In case your belly is looking for a feed then you should look at Hunters & Gatherers Paleo kitchen in Orange. They offer rotating meal plans each week and delivery to your door! Yummo!

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A really interesting article that grabbed our attention this week was When Dads Believe Their Baby Doesn’t Love Them, it is a fascinating read and something that you should keep because you don’t know when you might need it. dad and baby

Parenting is tough, especially at the start, so this little article might help out someone you love one day.

We learnt this week just how much the expectations on the female body have changed throughout history. This fantastic video shows the changes of societies’ expectations. You can see it here -> The Evolution of The Female Body Throughout History

So what’s happening this weekend?

  • You should get your beautiful selves to the Millthorpe Markets this Sunday. They are always a brilliant day out!
  • You can participate in Zorb soccer at the Bathurst City Community Club on Friday night for only $10 per head. Find out more information here -> BCCC Facebook
  • Check out the Pop Up Cellar Door at Crago Mill Emporium in Piper Street, Bathurst on Saturday 21 March 2015 at 11am. You can sample local produce and wine. Plus loads of cheese and antipasto share platters!
  • Saturday night is the Bathurst Panorama Chorus Gala Dinner & Fundraiser. It is held at Mount Panorama Pit Complex and kicks off at 6pm. You can find more information on their website here -> www.bathurstpanorama.com
  • On Sunday the Scots School is holding their Highland Gathering and Country Fair from 9am.

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{The Nest Health} How to take care of yourself this Easter

Holy guacamole Batman, I was just perusing my calender (cause I’m cool like that) and realised that Easter is literally just around the corner!

Nearly upon us is that time of over indulgence, over eating and general overload of chocolate! 

So we contacted our fantastic resident health expert Riss Beer from Larissa Beer Personal Training to give us some hints, tips and realistic motivation to take care of ourselves this Easter holiday. easter

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Hi again Nesters!

I know what it is like, you’re busy, you’re stressed, there’s plenty of parties and events to go to … so why not just take a break from your fitness program until after Easter? Sure, you can always come up with an excuse not to exercise. But slacking off on your exercise during the Easter break will only leave you with more kilos and more stress. So here are some tips to keep on track during the chocolate period.

  • Its important to keep exercise a priority during this Easter long weekend, so if it helps schedule a certain time each day dedicated just to exercise, this way you know it will get done.
  • Try to maintain your normal exercise routine as much as possible. People who are able to maintain their normal exercise regime and dietary regime during their holiday break will have more success in managing their weight.
  • Watch yourself: Monitor how much you eat and exercise during the break. People who consistently monitor these behaviours in the holidays are more likely to maintain or even lose weight, sure you can have a chocolate or two for Easter, just don’t go overboard and overindulge when it comes to ALL food choices, it may taste great at the time but you will regret it later.
  • If you’re travelling, planning ahead can make all the difference. Take some time to figure out what your options are so you’re ready for anything. Just a few ideas:

-Search for walking, running or park trails nearby

-Look up information about the hotel you’re staying at and find out if they have an exercise room

-If you’re staying with family, ask if they have any fitness equipment

-If that’s not an option, find a nearby gym and ask if they let guests use their facility

  •  If you are pressed for time and cant get to the gym, or your gym closes during the Easter period, try an at home no equipment circuit, these are great as they use limited space take roughly 30 minutes. They incorporate both high intensity cardio and body resistance exercises. Exercise DVDs are also readily available and great for those pressed for time.
  • Walk as much as possible. Take extra laps at the shopping centre, use the stairs, volunteer to walk the dog (pets need exercise too)

I hope you enjoy this Easter period with your loved ones.

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Happy health Nesters!

 

 

 

 

{The Nest Can Cook} Easter Cake Off Peeps!

With absolutely no guarantee of success we present to you, Easter cakes 101.

We have found a collection of fabulous cakes celebrating Easter that you can make for your family and friends.

Just click on the picture to find the recipe!

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Or if cupcakes aren’t your thing why not try a bunny cake?

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Or perhaps you prefer the more traditional carrot cake (but in cute individual serves!)

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Happy Easter Nesters!

{Happy Easter} How about this year you hunt a little bit different for Easter Eggs?

Easter – that glorious time of year where chocolate can be consumed at 6.47am without a twinge of guilt, and it perfectly okay that an oversized, giant mammal in the form of a rabbit breaks into your home and leaves behind a trail of chocolate treats.

How about this year instead of the traditional Easter Egg hunt you try something just a little bit different?golden egg

The clever team at Over The Big Moon have put together a gorgeous list of Easter Egg Hunt variations – Glow in the dark anyone?

You can read more here -> Over The Big Moon – Hunt Variations

Happy Easter Nesters!

{The Nest Can Cook} How about some delicious Easter Bunny Bark?

Looking for something a little bit different this Easter? How about creating your very own Easter Bunny Bark?

Delicious, colourful and fun (and luckily because you are making it for Easter the calories don’t count right?!)

Easter Bunny Bark

You can find the recipe and how-to here -> Easter Bunny Bark

Happy Easter Nesters!