Book review- Love your Brain

With so much going on in our little people’s worlds at the moment, there was no better time for this fabulous little book to hit our mailbox. Emotions have been running away with us over the past 10 months, (thanks lockdown) and honestly, I’m not sure any of us really took enough time to sit down and talk about how or why we were really feeling the way we were feeling.

Love Your Brain, written by none other than Chaos to Calm legend Chrissie Davies, is a brightly coloured, fun and interactive book that takes the readers on a journey of discovery. Discovery of our emotions, the way our brain works, how we can look after our brains and what we can do when big feelings take over our bodies. *Not just for kids hey. We all need a read!

Love Your Brain is the perfect brain bible, fun fact checker and most importantly, go to guide for parents and children to turn to in order to understand their behaviour more positively, and discover how to become brain builders, together.

“When we truly understand that children don’t see the world in the same way as adults, and we teach them how to keep their brains happy and healthy, we understand that this is really the most important parenting tool we will ever need” Chrissie Davies

As a busy mama to an even busier 8 and 12 year old, we can easily forget to stop and be kind to ourselves. Emotions can run high in our house, however, Love Your Brain’s enchanting narrator ‘Little Brainiac’ gave us all a gentle reminder to stop, calm down and love our brains so that they can love us back. I delighted in the calming nature of this read, and we all appreciated the emphasis on everyone’s brain being unique. I particularly loved being able to confirm to my children that “Yes, it’s ok to feel like that”, put a name to the emotion and reiterate how important it is that we are healthy & sleep well. *Thank you Chrissie!

“I created this book specifically for you to use with kids to help them understand the importance of learning about their brains, and it is my goal to hear the words “love your brain” in every family & classroom worldwide. I also hope that this book is used as a tool for teaching children about inclusion, neurodiversity and embracing our differences.”Chrissie Davies

Love Your Brain emphasises the naming of emotions, and most importantly, how to manage them. This is a huge thing for our little ones. It’s incredibly hard for our children to open up about how they feel if they don’t really have a name for that ‘knotted feeling in their tummy’. Monty loved the idea that his brain is a computer and we spent ages chatting about his ‘amazing super computer brain’.

This is going to be an “always on the table” book in our house. One that we can dip in and out of whenever we need the reassurance, the guidance or the gentle reminder to feed our brains and give them a break every now and again.

If you have children, this is a book that will keep on giving. It is the perfect way to teach your little one about their emotions and about keeping their brain as healthy as can be! Gift this book this Christmas, and think of it as one of the greatest investments you’ll make in your child’s future.


Love Your Brain

Written by Chrissie Davies and Illustrated by Lou Pennisi

RRP $24.95


We were gifted this book, however, as always, these words are my own and honest opinion xx

Glowing skin is always in with Kiss Ready!

Truthfully, if you asked me to describe my skin tone, Miss Piggy comes to mind! I’m pink! Not pretty pink, just piggy pink! You’ll often hear me describe myself as an English Rose as I cower in my tent on the beach so not a bit of sun can reach by body, but in all honesty, I just don’t like the pasty white, almost blue when I’m cold, or tomato red when I’m hot, and I go out of my way to cover it up with the old “faux glow” fake tans whenever possible.

When I discovered the gorgeous Kiss Ready and tried the lip balm, I was sold! Whatever Louella makes, I’m all over it. As I’ve got older I have tried to stick to natural skincare and Kiss Ready ticks that box and more. Made in small batches, using Australian grown, cold pressed chia oil for the insane amount of goodness inside, these products sound too good to be true right? All this goodness and Louella who is the beauty behind the biz is just glorious, making Kiss Ready a no brainer for all beauty lovers wanting to make the right choices about their skincare.

Everyday luxury with small batch and nourishing natural skincare

Our range of Australian handmade, no nasties and cruelty-free artisanal skincare is enriched with Australian grown and cold pressed Chia seed oil – Louella Owner of Kiss Ready Skin

So, little old me, writing about skincare, well isn’t that a turn up for the books.

Whilst I am now very “into” skincare, I haven’t always been so careful to use the best ingredients. I grew into my skin in the usual way! I was always a chubby little thing growing up, with plump little cheeks. At about 12 I was using any chemical I could find to burn off spots, throughout my late teens and early twenties I pretty much used Vodka Redbull to hydrate and then I had kids… hence I am paying for it now!

What I particularly love about Kiss Ready, aside from the fact that the products give me gorgeous silky, glowing skin, is that Louella makes all the products by hand and fills them with love with every turn of her hands. Using packaging made mostly from glass and recycled or recyclable materials to leave as little footprint on Mother Earth as possible means so much to me. I want great quality products, but most of all I want to know that they have been lovingly made, using natural ingredients and they will leave as little impact on the planet as possible.

Rich in Omega 3 and 6, exceptionally high in vitamins and minerals, a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, discover how chia-enriched skincare can benefit the skin and bring unexpected luxury to self care.

Liv’s Favourite 3 Products ***I love them all BTW

This Light Chia Face Oil is soothing and seriously hydrating, plus it smells divine. I wear this under make up and it doesn’t feel oily at all. If my skin is feeling like it needs a boost at night time, I stick a little on before I go to bed and know that whilst I’m dreaming, it’s working it’s magic. Good Morning Goddess!! $40

I am so in love with this sparkly, heavenly creation, that takes me straight from pork sausage to Bondi Babe! No streaks, no fake tan stench, just sparkly goddess bronze in a couple of drops! I use this as a bronzer on my face (over or under makeup), on my arms, legs and décolletage. Anything that’s showing gets a hit of gold, and I then spend the day strutting around like a friggin’ super model! Just watch me! BUY THIS GLOWING DAWN BODY OIL! $48

I am no stranger to the ‘Puffy Eye’ and this Bright Eyes Eye Cream has been a game changer for me. I pop this on before bed, and lay in all it’s plant based glory as the tired lines and puff fade away. Like seriously, why would you not?? Nourishing, hydrating and a total winner for tired mamas! Price -$40

You can read more about the Australian grown, cold pressed chia oil here.

So there it is!

I have only touched on the surface of Kiss Ready, there are so many wonderful products and even a Self Care Box that you can subscribe to so that you can enjoy a range of goodies from Louella’s collection.

If you love your skin, if you want to treat your body and your mind to some really good, natural skincare (*yes you do) give yourself a big hug and choose Kiss Ready!

Liv xx


I was gifted products from Kiss Ready for a review, however, I have used them before, and will be using them again. The words in this article are my own & honest opinion as always. Pricing is correct on publishing, but may be subject to change.

Glowing skin is always in!

Whiskey tasting packs… Christmas gifts sorted!

I’ve got to admit, Whiskey tasting has never really been at the top of my list of “fun things to do”. Despite being married to an avid Whiskey fan, and being taken round umpteen Scottish distilleries (Yes he even proposed in Scotland) I have never really liked the taste or understood the enjoyment of kicking back after a long day with a glass of Whiskey. Well, that was until now!

Introducing Barley & Malt

Enhancing your Whiskey experience is what Barley & Malt owner Tan lives for. Through his cleverly designed tasting kits, Tan wants everyone to enjoy, appreciate and share Whiskey together whilst learning to understand all the intricate flavours and textures that come with this world famous spirit. Whether you’re a fully fledged Whiskey aficionado or a total novice like myself, Barley & Malt’s insanely good taster kits will teach you the pro ways to taste so that you can really enjoy the good stuff and wow your mates next time a bottle of Whiskey pops up at a dinner party!

The perfect gift for Whiskey lovers & Whiskey virgins this Christmas.

Barley & Malt has something really special available in time for Christmas this year. They have put together the most glorious Whiskey tasting packs which I know are just going to fly off the shelves. Gifting one of these packs is not only a great way to support a local business, it’s also a unique gift & experience for the receiver.

Barley & Malt Whiskey Tasting Packs

We are all about creating great moments and amazing experiences, no matter if you are new to whisky or seasoned enthusiasts – Tan Tran

These beautifully packaged tasting kits are a one of a kind gift for someone special to enjoy, and they’re really fun to share with friends. The pack includes four 60ml bottles of whiskies and expert tasting notes with a section for you to input your thoughts too. We loved sharing this with friends last night. We were a mix of connoisseurs and novices, and we all enjoyed getting our noses in there and really appreciating those flavours. Tan’s expert notes are well written making them easy to understand and follow. We particularly liked Tan’s top tips on how to taste test like an expert which enabled us to feel like slick, adept tasters by the end of the evening. *Did you know coffee refreshes your taste buds so that you’re ready for the next taste?

Whiskey Tasting Notes

Currently Barley & Malt are offering four pack options in time for Christmas which include, selected American Whiskey, Japanese Whiskies, Scotch Malts , and Whiskies of the World. If you want to wow someone this Christmas with the most wonderful gift & experience, get your order in asap as there is limited stock available.

If you know someone who would love one of these, please order online today to avoid missing out. You can find out more about these wonderful Whiskey Tasting Packs by heading to Barley & Malt online, or checking out their Facebook & Instagram .


We were kindly gifted our Whiskey Tasting Pack (Whiskies of the World) however, as always, the words are my own opinion! Trust me, I’ve been converted! “Pass me the Whiskey!”

What Whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for – Unknown

Fabulous hands on coding adventures with Osmo

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It will come as no surprise, we are quite frankly, sick to the back teeth of remote learning. Motivation has well and truly run for the hills, and this mama is about to follow!! I have been endlessly googling ways to get my littlest dude interested in something…anything!!

Then this arrived!

If you’re not familiar with Osmo (*where have you been?) then let me share this fabulous creation that turns your kids iPad into all sorts of incredible interactive learning experiences! Think super fun games and treble it! Whether your little one is a music lover, a budding coder, or aspiring mathematician, Osmo has all the right games to inspire, engage and excite your child.

Transforming how children learn

Osmo is leading the way when it comes to actively engaging children in the learning process, and we were so excited to receive their brand new Coding Starter Kit. In no time at all a little someone got straight to it.

One of the greatest things about Osmo is the ease of setting it up. I always dread that box opening, the thick instruction manual and the kids tearing things apart, all whilst I struggle to undo the packaging properly. Osmo is none of that. It’s so easy to get unpacked, set up and learning in a very short space of time!

Osmo brings back the essence of play and encourages core life skills; creative thinking and social interaction by creating an open environment for kids to problem solve, gain positive feedback and interact with one another. Osmo can be played by the whole family, anywhere, and on any surface and instinctively brings people together, as the first truly multi-generational connected gaming device with STEM learning at its core – Osmo

Monty has been learning coding at school for a little while, however this was another level. He’s a hands on kinda guy and loved being able to move the pieces on the table to create game play on the screen, and moved quickly from basic concepts up through the Coding Jam (intermediate) and on to the Coding Duo advanced puzzles. Watching him nail his coding techniques through a fun adventure was so great. The characters are cute, the sound effects are fun, and it’s by far the greatest tool kit we have in our house to keep him entertained, engaged and even more crucially, learning.

If your kids would love to learn to code, I can’t think of a better way to teach them. The joy and excitement, along with the sense of achievement this coding kit brings to our house is wonderful. We have loved playing together as a family, taking turns, and also leaving Monty to navigate his own way through. It’s really no wonder Osmo have won so many awards!


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You can buy the Osmo Coding Starter kit online at Osmo or you can head to Amazon Australia . If you’re in the UK you can find Osmo on Amazon UK. You can also follow this link to find a list of other Australian stockists.

RRP $179.00 – Suitable for ages 5-10

If you’d like to see what else Osmo have for your children, follow the links below and immerse yourself in a fabulous world of learning that I know your kids are going to LOVE!

We were kindly gifted the Osmo coding starter kit, however, as always this is my honest review in my own words xx Liv

Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning – Diane Ackerman – Contemporary American Author

Top Father’s Day Gifts for me… I mean him!

Let’s face it, when we buy gifts for Father’s Day, we’re really making a purchase based on it’s ‘share-ability’ right? We see the cookies #sold, we buy the recipe books so he can cook up a storm, and we drool over the menus hence we book the table! So, forget the age old ‘Top Ten Father’s Day Gift’ articles and check out my Top 6 Father’s Day Gifts for me him!

Perfect Gifts for Mama Papa

Barley & Malt

Aside from the wonderfully fine Whiskey’s you can have delivered to your door for your very own classy tasting evening, Barley & Malt also sell incredible glassware. My favourite *for Mr W. being the Tokyo Decanter and glasses set! ($100) I’ll He’ll love it! Use the code SUPERDAD until 4th September for free shipping.

Sweet Disposition

Boxes of lollies! I mean more lollies than you could shake a musk stick at!! These lolly boxes are oozing share-ability and perfect for my his Father’s Day gift! I particularly love the look of the ‘All You Can Sweet’ ($120) because there’s more than enough to share with him me!

Foxeys Hangout Wine

Gold standard wine… Say no more! I’ll He’ll pour!!! The Father’s Day Pinot Pack will make Dad one of the first to taste these three new and very special single-vineyard pinot noirs from the 2019 harvest, Foxeys first fully certified biodynamic vintage!! So much goodness for just $195 for a 3 pack! Two for Mama and one for Papa! Nice!

Chefs Eat Breakfast Too by Darren Purchese

This glorious cookbook, promises an epic collection of breakfast recipes that will ensure you go to bed early in anticipation. Perfect!! **Always remember, a cook book is a must when gifting on Father’s Day. It would be rude for him not to cook me breakfast every weekend for a month when I ‘thoughtfully’ bought the book, so.. I will have succeeded in the task of perfect gifting! Yum!

Manflower Co

From gorgeous craft beers to make your own cocktails to stylish socks, these guys know how to man gift! However, this is about me sharing, so I am eyeing up the Productivity Pack ($54.95). Craft beer, fab notebooks *so handy for my his work, and I can upgrade to include some ST ALi coffee capsules. I’m He’s going to love this!! Have a browse and use this cheeky discount code TWOO10 for 10% off. Yes mama, I got your back!!

Kalea Body

All men need great body products, and lucky for him, I don’t mind sharing! I have carefully chosen the thoughtfully curated ‘Awaken your senses‘ bundle ($75) which includes all the things I he loves. Aromatherapy room & body mist, Magnesium & Coffee Body Scrub, and some Lemon Myrtle Hand, Body & Bath Wash!! Boy I’m he’s going to smell divine!!!! Free Shipping on this product!!

Always here to help!

I hope this article has given you a little extra encouragement to really share the love this Father’s Day! 😉 You deserve it mama!!

Please try and support small businesses where you can, buy one extra of something just because you care and make an extra effort to support ‘Australian’ in our time of need!!

Much love Liv xxx

Rollin’ with Georgia from How We Roll Co

I grabbed a cuppa with Georgia this week, the brains behind How We Roll Co. How We Roll Co. is the marvellous eco friendly biz selling tree free & plastic free alternatives to supermarket household products, currently taking Australia & the US by storm! I particularly love that HWR are paying it forward every time we shop, by planting trees in bushfire devastated areas within Australia…. oh, and that they have enabled dog mamas like me buy my tree free TP and my 100% biodegradable and compostable dog poop bags in just a few clicks. #winningatlife

Introducing Georgia

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and what it was that inspired you to create How we Roll? 

Heya 👋 My name is Georgia and I’m the founder of How We Roll Co. I’m also a crazy dog person much like yourself and spending time with my two boys – Twister and Mac is my fave thing to do – when i’m not selling TP of course! I’m originally from Adelaide and have a background in ecommerce and fashion – so being in the TP game is a little how-we-roll-recycleddifferent for me but part of a bigger sustainable picture I have in the works.  How We Roll came about as the first of a few brands I plan on rolling (pun definitely intended) out over the next 18 months – each with a sustainable focus and charitable aspect. Although the launch of How We Roll may seem timely with toilet paper being the hottest product of 2020 it was well in the works before Covid hit and the team and I are in this for the long term – hoping to create small sustainable changes in everyday lives.

Does being in the toilet paper biz mean 2020 has been a good year for you?
Haha I mean as far as starting businesses go it wasn’t a bad product to be launching! We do like to think of How We Roll as a long term choice for people in making those small changes into their everyday lifestyle. Since launch we have also rolled out compostable bin liners and biodegradable ‘dogo bogo bags’ to make sure your furry friends are also covered!
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We have recently rescued a beagle and I am head over heels. I have officially become one of those “dog people”. The fact that I can add eco friendly dog poop bags to my order got me over the line. Have your extras been popular?
Yes they have! Which has been great – we are even launching a cheeky new product in a few months which we are super excited about! I think people love the convenience of being able to purchase a few items from the one store – and having the option to receive these items on a monthly basis via subscription! This means people can spend less time at the supermarket trying to find eco alternatives and more time doing the things they love.
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I love that HWR is super eco friendly and environmentally aware. Can you tell us a little bit about your partnership with One Tree Planted and why you chose them.
We wanted to partner with a charity that aligned with our brand – seeing people are saving trees not wiping with them when people use How We Roll it seemed like the perfect fit. Along side of this the fact we can plant trees in bushfire impact regions of Australia is amazing! HWR-colour0270
What is one thing that you have learnt since starting How We Roll?
That customers really do care about the impact on the environment in regards to what products they use. It’s great to have been able to chat to customers with the same passion as us!
What would be your one bit of business advice to someone out there with a fab idea?
Go for it! However also be realistic – business is super competitive these days – find your edge and stick to it and grow that. Make sure you do your research especially when it comes to eco friendly products as customers really do care and want to know

 

Wanna know how you can roll?

Follow the links to explore, shop and be a ‘better’ human!

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