fab christmas idea #18

Aren’t these little chocolate crackle puddings just the um, sweetest?

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A great idea to share with classmates or neighbours, you can get the recipe right here.

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fab christmas idea #16

You have all heard me raaaave about fab blog BabyMac (you have even met her here before) … well, she has just knocked our little socks off with this fabulous idea to zshoooj up your Christmas table, or any other table for that matter.

Check it out peeps … and whilst you are there, take a peek at her new online magazine Beverley.  It’s free and it’s fabulous. You can thank me later.

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meet a mama – martha from crave good food

Every month I meet with an amazing group of women at the Table of Fabulousness.  We are all women with our own businesses, most small, some not so small.  I’ve met some inspiring women along the way, women with get up and go and fabulous creative spirits.

One of them is Martha.  Martha is about to launch her new business so what better time and place to share her story (be sure to read right to the bottom and you just might win one of two fabulous prizes valued at $99 each – you can thank me later).

Before you meet Martha, here’s a bit about her biz …

Crave Good Food is an online destination for discovering delectable food produced by passionate independent food makers & producers from our local & regional communities.

Are you dreaming about that sweet vanilla fudge you tasted in Mudgee or the hand-made granola you had for breakfast in Bowral or craving for more of the artisan choc truffles you received from your Aunt in Tassie? 😉

Each month, Crave Good Food delivers to your door, a surprise Tasting Box of delicious full-sized products that reflect the passion & dedication of their food makers.  Guaranteed to satisfy!

Treat yourself to their tasty December box or better still, gift a Tasting Box experience to your foodie friends or employees for Christmas.

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Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
Hello – I’m Martha.  Seven years ago, I made a conscious decision to put the corporate career on hold to raise my two children – my cheeky Dean (71/2) & my little lady Stephanie (41/2).  I moved from Melbourne to Sydney to be with my hubby, Bill of 13 years.  We met on a Contiki tour, would you believe?  I’m a lapsed PR & Corporate Relations Pro who recently took a daring leap to start my online business.  The whole idea was to do something I’m super passionate about, that will add value to those I serve & keep me sane.  I also share my house with Ricky the English Staffie, Occy the blue Indian-ring neck & a tank full of pretty, fresh water fish.

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Who inspires you?
I get inspired by self-starters, motivational leaders & generally people that show compassion towards others.  But my true inspiration comes from the stories & experiences of my real friendships & great family.  It’s amazing what you learn when you connect & spend quality time with those that are dear to you – particularly those who are older & much wiser.  I have also benefited from the unconditional support & guidance of a mentor for over 20 years.  This priceless relationship has aided my career & self-development in so many ways that I feel it’s my duty to reach out & inspire others in return.

What can’t you live without?
I can’t live without my children’s hugs & ‘I love you’s’, family gatherings, deep sleep, Melbourne trips, tasty good food, my female friendships, lip gloss, my hubby’s sense of humour, faith & hope.  Oh, did I say mention good food 😉

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Do you have a favourite blog/s?
I love blogs that are both visually beautiful & provide good content.  Some include Mastin Kipp’s The Daily Love, Marie Forleo, Absolutely Beautiful Things, The Business Bakery, Gourmet Traveller, Interiors Addict, Spoonflower, A Beautiful Mess, to name a few.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
Spare time?  Admittedly, I’m not great at ‘switching off’ & life is pretty full right now.  I’m content with little pleasures such as playing Scrabble on the iphone with friends, making time to actually listen & enjoy my kids’ company, girly dinner nights, quick cafe breaks between school runs, talking ‘foodie talk’ with my interstate sister-in-law, making my popular cheese triangles & web surfing blogs & articles. And sometimes, there’s no time for any of above too!

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Don’t stress the small stuff.
Remember, you are not alone.
Let your kids take more responsibility around the house; their future partners will thank you for it.
Note to myself: stop worrying about what the kids will or won’t eat at the dinner table.  If they get hungry enough, they’ll eat anything!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully, healthy & happy, settled in Melbourne, with a thriving small business that allows me to make a little difference to someone’s day through my love of good food.

What is your favourite quote?
I have far too many favourites!  However, being a perfectionist, I often have to remind myself, that to make progress in work & in life, ‘good enough IS good enough’ or similarly ‘done is better than perfect.’  Only this week, did my fab web designer Melanie, hint to me the same advice via an on line article titled: “F**k it, ship it.”  I love people who say it as it is.

Where can we find you?
Website (officially launching later this week but you can order now through facebook)
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter: @cravegoodfood

Martha is generously giving away 2 of her fabulous tasting boxes – one for you and one for a foodie buddy!  That’s over $99 worth of foodie loveliness.  Thanks Martha!

Just tell us what ‘surprise’ gourmet delight you’d love to find in your tasting box, and why you’d like your foodie friend to receive one.  Add comments below and we’ll draw a lucky winner this Sunday night (16th December) at 8pm EST.  Open to Australian residents only.

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