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Health & Fitness

I have recently started playing soccer…..again. Soccer was my high school sport and it was something I loved. It is a game I have enjoyed watching through my adult years and have never ‘found the time’ to get back into it. What with having babies and managing their schedules I, like many mother’s out there, [...]


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is also the month when the annual “Run for the Cure” takes place in an effort to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.
I am of course going to be a participant in this year’s event. I feel obligated to participate in the 5 km walk/run [...]


The other day, my kids and I were watching a show on the Discovery Channel about trolling for crabs.
We watched as cages were hauled aboard almost empty…because there just aren’t as many left as there used to be. Still, as the fishermen piled what they did catch into a heap, my 6 year old daughter [...]


Today’s Faves…
The Local Farmers Markets 

Whether you live in the outback or in the city, there is always somewhere to buy organic, homegrown produce. I was in Sydney last weekend visiting my sister when we stopped by the Hawkesbury Harvest Farmer’s & Fine Food Market which is held on the 2nd Saturday of each month. 

Before we even parked [...]


Sometimes ignorance can be bliss.
In the last 12 months (as I get older), I’m looking to reset, and reboot areas of my life, and the life of my family. stagnant, thoughtless, purposeless repetition….avoid, avoid, avoid!
Education has been at the centre of this process. And the internet has been a boon.
Between thestoryofstuff and Food inc. and [...]

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Here at thefamilyroom we are unashamed Oliver fans.
I love how he simply breaks down cooking myths and techniques while sharing scrummy recipes that we really can cook at home. It’s real, it’s easy and every recipe of his that I’ve tried has been an absolute hit with the family.
Here’s a snippet of ‘man’ cooking to whet your [...]


“I go running when I have to. When the ice cream truck is doing sixty.”
You know those moments, when something flicks your switch, you feel fully alive, you momentarily forget you are a grown-up, you throw your head back and start laughing hysterically, you fall asleep smiling because you feel incredibly blessed, you dive into [...]


A good friend recently stayed with us who happens to be a vegan. This made me a little nervous, as I was completely unsure of what to cook for the week. Thankfully she had a plethora of vegan recipes under her belt to share with us carnivores.
The recipe below is a breakfast she made for [...]


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You know your daughter is becoming a teenager when she asks if joining you on a cycle ride is going to result in her having ‘big legs’.
I chuckled to myself and explained that she would not turn into a freak of nature after a nice cruise on our mountain bikes. The idea was to join [...]


The following advice, given by Dr. Oz, makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know.
The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat.In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so [...]