meet a mama – alexx – real food. low tox living.

You may have noticed me talking more and more about ‘clean eating’ and trying to help give my kids the best, healthiest (and yummiest) start in life.  One of the great influences behind this shift in my thinking is this lovely lady … I seem to have her voice in my head whenever shop or cook these days!

Alexx has a great way of educating us about food and the choices we make, without judging us about past choices.  The last thing we all need is more mother guilt but I, for one, can always use more information and enlightenment!

I hope you enjoy meeting, and learning from, Alexx as much as I have.

alexx portrait

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
I’m Alexx. I have a neat lil family of 3. We adore our little Mr 3 year old and live in Sydney’s east. My mum and dad moved us over from Europe / USA stints as Dad was an expat when I was little.

I was born in London to a French / Mauritian Mum and a British Dad.  7 generations ago, my ancestor Alexander Macleay was a British born Aussie too, a well known explorer and owner of most of Elizabeth Bay / Potts Point – Hard to imagine! Wish they’d kept a bit – even just Elizabeth Bay House. hehe.

I do lots of stuff – trying to narrow that down to finding that beautiful balance where passion and earning money might collide. I have an events business, a hospitality coaching business, social media comms consulting and my beloved personal blog where I write recipes, articles and share inspiration for living a low tox life filled with delicious real food.

ALEXX POSTER

Who inspires you?
So many people. Inspiration is everywhere if you’re looking. My son inspires me, my facebook community inspires me, my parents inspire me for picking it all up and trying a new country way back when. In terms of well known people, I find Jamie Oliver super inspiring, as someone trying to reach a wide target of people to inspire to create positive, delicious change. The way to attract new people to healthy eating isn’t by counting calories and scaring people with niche extreme changes. I truly believe it’s by getting people cooking in the kitchen with real food and admire the people who make the journey empowering and fun. It’s certainly what I try to do, as best I can. Michael Pollan is awesome too, Ita Buttrose goes without saying, Seth Godin the master shaker upperer, and of course lots of friends with their own businesses building beautiful little empires out of their passion and dreams.

What can’t you live without?
Enjoying really good food with good people. Laughs from little people. Creativity. Dreams. Good conversation. Ere Perez mascara. Chanson Chlorine shower filter from Nourished Life. Those last two changed my life. Itchy eyes ever since I can remember – must have been the coal tar. Funny that. Re shower, always had blotchy red patches after showers. Popped the shower filter on et voila – no more! Amazing.

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
I don’t have a favourite. I love to just read around depending on the subject I’m looking up. Favourite sites are Huff Post Living / Green, Food Matters, Healthy Child Healthy World, Food Revolution.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
I am a research geek. I read up to the minute medical books, nutrition stuff, papers, studies. I also love swimming in the ocean. The ocean wipes stress from the minute your head plunges under the water. There’s nothing that makes me feel as serene as that. Shame I find the winter too cold for swimming!

Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Plan and batch – Never make only what you need for one meal. Always at least double one of the veg, the meat, the whole dish to use / rework the next day. If you make twice as much for dinner as you need, half the week, then you’ve cut your kitchen time overall by 25%. That’s mind blowing when you stop to think of that as an overall impact for a busy family.

Have a Sunday Chop fest so you can ‘pop it all in’ like the cooking shows when you actually need. I actually did a little post on it on my blog. http://alexxstuart.com/10-kitchen-shortcuts

alexx chicken soup

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
As a writer and educator in the wellness space, continuing to use my sales skills to help ethical brands create better engagement and teams find a more captivating way to tell their story.

I want to let the woman buying Shapes and Yogo ‘treats’ for her kids, know that we were lied to. They’re not treats at all. I want to help her, and many others realise that by redefining deliciousness, broadening the vocab of what we know and cooking with our families, we can have more fun, better health and more empowerment than one could ever imagine from shopping the middle of a supermarket. It’s exciting. One at a time and whatever each person’s pace for change, I want to help. Can’t think about much else these days!

alexx sunshine salad

What is your favourite quote?
One favourite quote? My lordy that’s a toughy. I do love Henry Ford’s Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right’ – So very true. Why don’t you let it be you!? I also love Oprah’s theory on choosing people to surround yourself with that will lift you up. If you’re doing all the lifting all the time, you eventually get dragged down too.

Where can we find you?
website
twitter / instagram @Alexx_Stuart
community facebook page

meet a mama – jenny

I think it was Oprah who once declared that being a stay-at-home mum is the hardest job on the planet.  Having attempted to do it full time for about 18 months myself, I would have to agree!  So I take my hat off to all you clever stay at home mamas out there, including this gorgeous one, Jenny …

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
I’m Jenny – wife to Robert for almost six years and (stay-at-home) mum to Oscar for three-and-a-half years. I’m 30. I have a wonderful family. I love laughing, travelling, eating (!), music, DVDs, walking, adventures, and proof-reading (yes, I’m serious!).

Before motherhood I was a youth worker and office manager. Nowadays, besides running around after a three year old and all his activities, I help run a little fair trade stall with Robert at a couple of local monthly markets, selling fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate and handicrafts.

I’m not much of a housewife and I’m a terrible, unmotivated cook. But on the plus side, I’ve recently started learning to crochet and am attempting to grow a green thumb!

Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by people who have strong values and are set on making a positive difference in the world. Especially those who are passionate about social justice and poverty, the environment, fair trade and eco-friendliness.

What cant you live without?
My family – I have such an incredible support network with my parents, my sister and brother-in-law, my inlaws, and extended family.

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
I love many different blogs, too many to mention. I’ve been blogging myself for almost nine years, and love my friends’ blogs. My absolute favourite is my husband’s, The Howie, although he is a bit of a slacker in regular posting at the moment. I also really enjoy 1000 Homes of Happiness, Foxs Lane and Little Eco Footprints. And of course, a new favourite is this one!

How do you like to spend your spare time?
Reading, watching old TV shows I love on DVD, crocheting, pottering around, napping!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
To be honest, I have no idea! Hopefully we will have found a way to buy our own home and work hard at making it “ours”. Our son will be at school and I hope to be able to volunteer there as well as elsewhere. Maybe we’ll be a little more “well-travelled” too.

What is your favourite quote?
One I stumbled across recently and is still ringing in my ears is from Albert Einstein – “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

Where can we find you?
On my own blog – Just Plodding Along

 

 

meet a mama – kate wilson

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
I am Kate. I’m a teacher (well, educator is probably a better description these days). I’m a WAHM. I own and run Back to Basics Tuition; a small Learning Studio focused on helping students improve their numeracy and literacy. I’m a Mother to 17 month old Indi (and our 4 year old American Staffy, Ruby), a wife to Dave, a daughter, a sister, a friend.

Kate (she’s very glam, isnt she!)

Who inspires you?
Currently I am most inspired by my daughter. She makes me want to be a better me (both personally and professionally), in order to be a role model for her.

funny little Indi

What cant you live without?
Family. Both near and far. And laughter. Our house is filled with laughter (and the odd 17 month old tantrum), it’s good for the soul. It’s the best way to raise our daughter. She has a wicked sense of humour and her smile is infectious.

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
I love passionate, inspired people so Rudy & the Dodo of course!  Also along these lines I enjoy Penny’s blog at Wildlife Fun 4 Kids. She’s passionate about her subject matter; wildlife, and teaches it to children. And although she tends to update her Facebook page more than her blog, Carly from My Life in Colour is someone else I follow. She writes openly about her life and I am constantly amazed at how she juggles three children, their therapy (two are Autistic) and building her photography business, being a Mum, wife and friend!

How do you like to spend your spare time?
I would LIKE to spend it with a book in the sun (or sleeping!)….but I tend to spend it on Facebook, Pinterest or tidying up after ‘Hurricane Indi’. I’m about to try my hand at a little craft (education related of course!) though for some personal achievement.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Well, Indi will be at school by that stage and my husband will have finished his University double degree. I really want to focus on streamlining my business systems over the next 12-24 months and using new technologies more. I would like us to begin travelling the globe. By the time Indi is 5, I would like to start showing her different cultures, different ways of life and to develop her understanding of just how fortunate we are to live in this beautiful country and have 1st world problems.

Kate’s “other” kiddies

What is your favourite quote?
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere – Chinese proverb
We are consciously constructing our lives – our own saying 😉

How did you come to know Rudy & the Dodo?
I actually stumbled across you when I was putting together my baby shower wish-list. I wanted a wooden mobile for Indi’s room. I was hooked!

Where do we find you?
Blog: http://www.backtobasicstuition.com.au/conversations-with-kate
Website: http://www.backtobasicstuition.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/backtobasicstuition

Indi and Ruby

meet a mama – kate mccarthy

This is the first of a series of Meet the Mama “interviews”.  We will be featuring a different, fabulous mama each week – giving you a snapshot of their life.

These Mamas are inspiring women I have come across over the past few years and they come from all walks of life.  They are stay at home mamas, creative mamas, corporate mamas, educational mamas, playful mamas, sporty mamas and designer mamas.

We are starting with a fabulous artistic mama – Kate McCarthy – whom I discovered through my sister (also an artist) and whose work I have coveted for many years.  She’s also terribly funny and, as you will see from her works below, fabulously quirky.  Two of my favourite traits in a person.

Here is Kate …

Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!

I’m a mummy of two gorgeous boys.  George is six and Louie is nearly four.  We live on the east coast of Tassie which is beautiful and amazing but it doesn’t have enough people! I’ve been craving the city for a few years now…

I paint whenever I can and for some reason I also make tea towels. And face clay of all things.

My partner works in the seafood industry here with odd hours so he entertains the boys like a champion so I can work.


What can’t you live without?
Can I have more than one thing? It’s easy anyway: my boys.

Who inspires you?
I’m usually inspired by people I know. They are my friends and family. People that give things a go in any field amaze me. I’m inspired by my mum so much on a daily basis as I try my best to be a great mummy too. I cannot believe she did this all on her own and survived and did an amazing job and smiled and laughed the whole way through. Seriously wow.

Do you have a favourite blog/s?
Duh, Rudy and the Dodo! Enjoy Parenting saves me at the end of every day too. Oh and Lost at E Minor is perfect for several awesome design injections daily.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
If I had spare time I’d spend it in cafes reading the paper.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Filthy rich in Paris with heaps of creative leisure time.

What is your favourite quote?
‘May the bridges I burn light my way’ – by Anon or someone.

Where can we find you?
Through 19Karen Contemporary Artspace.  I’m also at The Big Design Market in Melbourne on the 7th, 8th and 9th December