Saturday, February 28, 2009

Get your two and five

A lot of people, including me, often struggle to get their quota of fruit and veg. Health authorities recommend that adults eat at least two serves of fruit, and five serves of veges every day, but how may of us achieve that on a daily basis?

Here are some tips on how you can get your two and five:

  • have at least two vegetarian meals a week (such as a vegetable and tofu stirfry, or bean chili).
  • make a big pot of vegetable soup and freeze it in single portions for quick and easy meals. One portion can often have three or four servings of vegetables. Have the soup as an appetiser - research has shown that having soup prior to your main course can significantly reduce the total calories you consume at that meal.
  • ask for extra salad in your roll or burger; even better, have a salad instead!
  • slice up fruit and veges and keep in the fridge. If they are there and ready to eat, you will probably eat them.
  • Toss some leftover roasted veges into some baby spinach for a tasty salad.
  • Layer frozen berries, low fat yogurt and some granola for a quick and tasty dessert or breakfast.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fayreform Buy 2 get 1 free

For those of you who are well endowed but still want sexy, pretty bras, then Fayreform bras are a great option. At the moment, Bella Forma are offering Buy 2 Fayreform bras and get 1 free for the month of March. So if you currently wear Fayreform and know your size, then this is a wonderful way to replenish your bra wardrobe.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Isabella Oliver launches its non-maternity line

Maternity clothes from Isabella Oliver were the mainstay of my maternity wardrobe for both pregnancies, and I still wear the majority of them even now. They can be thrown in the washing machine and are made with incredible quality, having lasted now for nearly three years in constant rotation. So I was very excited when I heard that they were launching their first ever non-maternity line.

Called the 365 Collection, it

"...was designed with the busy woman's lifestyle in mind. We like to invest wisely in fashion and want to be able to wear our clothes for more than one season or one part of the day. We adore versatility - multitasking pieces that can be easily dressed up or down simply by adding a statement piece of jewellery and heels."

These clothes are certainly not cheap, but due to their great quality I see them as investment pieces that will fit in with the rest of your wardrobe for years to come. I bought the following items out of my clothing budget for the coming season:

The first items I bought were the the hooded wrap top in white ($120) and the wide leg trouser in navy($180). The top is in stretch jersey, and comes with a detachable hood/ties, which I am really looking forward to wrapping and draping in various ways. Paired with the crepe de chine wide leg pants, you have a really elegant outfit. The top would also look great with jeans or a slim pencil skirt, and I plan to pair those trousers with so many of my tops right through autumn and winter as well.

The next item was my favourite and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it. This Striped Tank Dress ($270) is made from fine Italian knit jersey and has an asymmetrical ruching feature down the side. This will be great for summer days with my gold aviator style sunglasses, and nude patent gladiator flats. For cooler weather, I think this will look wonderful with a navy shrunken blazer, or my white knit wrap cardi from Isabella Oliver's maternity range.

The last item I ordered was the Striped Scoop Top ($130) also made from Italian fine knit jersey. Navy and white stripes are a real classic combination making this piece a real keeper for the long term and the ruching at the side together with the slim fit keeps it modern, not old fashioned.

The collection is not available until the 10th March, but can be pre-ordered now.

If you spend over $200, use the code 365RS09 to save 10%.

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Valentine's Day Lingerie for the well-endowed

At this time of the year, every magazine you pick up and every website you read will have a lingerie spread just for Valentine's Day, usually accompanied by the tagline "with bras for all sizes". Unfortunately for those of us (like me) who are more than well endowed in the bra department, the bras for all sizes tend not to go beyond a D cup!
Well, I am coming to the rescue! Here is my selection of lingerie for those of us beyond a D Cup!

This sexy bra "Iconography" from Fayreform is super cute in pink and black polka dots with a hint of black lace. It is sweet and sexy, naughty and nice. Paired with the matching briefs, this set would be perfect for Valentine's Day. Available in 10 DD to 16 F, $59.95

The Freya "Rio" is for those who want black lace, but not the florals that usually accompany it! The geometric black lace is very sexy in a modern and fun way, and this bra ranges from the usually hard to fit 6 DD and 8 D right up to a 16 H. I love my Freya bras as they are incredibly comfy. They are definitely worth the extra money for the larger ladies amongst us. $84.95

I have this bra, the "Baroque" from Triumph, and I love it! The colour is a deep aubergine, with a soft pinky lilac embroidery. It is lightly padded, gives great uplift and the straps are so pretty. The backs on these bras are very firm, so you may need to order up a back size, and down a cup size, like I did. Available from 10 DD to 18 G. $59.95
All of these bras as well as many other great options for larger cup sizes are available at my favourite online retailers:
Blest Bras (they currently have 25% off Fayreform bras - ends 26th Feb)
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Kids' Boutique: La Toriana + coupon

I recently discovered a new online kid's boutique, La Toriana that I wanted to share with everyone. I came across an ad for it in one of the baby magazines that I read, and the clothes featured looked so adorable; they were old fashioned (in a good way!) so that my babies could look like babies, and not mini versions of Britney Spears.

I bought quite a few items on sale (got to do my bit to keep our economy rolling...) including the Tikiboo dress featured above, and when I received my order I was so happy. It was beautifully packaged, the clothes were even nicer than in the photos, and included a lovely free gift. Best of all, the free gift was a hat that matched one of the dresses that I had purchased. Now, I am never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, but it felt so good to receive a useful gift, rather than the usual freebies that often end up gathering dust. The icing on the cake was a little handwritten note thanking me for my custom. This little note really demonstrated the attention to detail that La Toriana seems to take with their boutique.

La Toriana has a special offer for first time customers: enter "launch" at checkout to receive 10% off. As well as this discount, spend over $150, and receive a free gift and free shipping.

I hope you like this online boutique as much as I do!

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Monthly Breast Exams

This is your reminder to perform your monthly breast self-exam. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women today. Please take five minutes to do this important check. Early detection could mean the difference bewteen life and death.

There are two important ways to check your breasts. The first is by looking. A mirror should be used to check the breasts for pulls, dents, odd colouring, or lumps. The best positions for inspecting are leaning forward, arms on hips tightly, or standing upright with both arms over your head. When checking the breasts, keep in mind that both breasts should look the same, especially around the nipple.

The second way to check the breasts is by feeling. There are two ways to do this part of the exam and it is best to use a different one each month. One method uses water or oil on the skin to help fingers glide over the skin more easily. The shower can be a good place for this kind of exam. The second way is to use a thin T-shirt or sheet over the breasts. In both of these ways, the little skin lumps and bumps are less noticeable. Feel the breast tissue for any areas that feel different from the rest of the breast. Sometimes a difference will be a ball or lump. Yet other times it will be a thickened band or a deep, hard area that does not move like the rest of the breast.

When feeling the breasts

  • Check the breast in two or three positions, such as lying down, standing up, and even leaning forward.
  • Use the palm surface of the fingers, not the tips, to move the breast.
  • Divide the exam into parts. Examine one part from the outside of the breast into the nipple, and then from the inside to the outer edge. Realize the breast tail goes into the armpit, so the exam needs to include that area.
  • Remember the nipple is important, too. There is less breast tissue right under the nipple, so any lump there is a concern. The value of checking for discharge from the nipple is a debate since regular, hard squeezing of the nipple alone can cause a discharge. The gentle exam done towards your nipple is usually enough to show if there is a discharge. Any blood from the nipple needs to be evaluated by a doctor.

Breast self-exam is not a substitute for mammography or for regular exams by a doctor. Be sure to keep regular appointments as recommended by your doctor.

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