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Monthly Archive: October 2014

Thursday

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October 2014

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fromZION

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So you all know how much we here at ML&S are obsessed with kids fashion- especially from local Australian designers.

And today we are very pleased to introduce you to the sensational designer Jasmin- the lovely lady, creative genius and face behind the popular brand fromZION.

Jasmin is living proof that dreams can come true for all Mum’s- when you are passionate, dedicated and talented.

Anyone on Instagram would definitely be familiar with this fabulous label and have come across some of fromZion’s gorgeous items- which include beautiful and contemporary baby, toddler and children’s fashion and stunning leather Moccs.

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fromZion has expanded rapidly in less than a year, with Jasmin’s husband and best friend Emily (pictured here on the left and Jasmine on the right) also now a part of the team.

This sweet label is also becoming internationally recognised and are about to launch an adult line and new range of colours and styles- which we and all their loyal followers (over 18 thousand of them) just can’t wait to see.

Here we chat to Jasmin, as she reveals how her successful and growing fashion business all began.

ML&S: When and how did fromZION begin?

Jasmin: I started this brand a little over 8 months ago, with my biggest aim being- “make a small amount of money so that I can stay home with my babies while they are little.”

I bought a leather jacket from the OP Shop and cut it up to make my son a little pair of Moccs. Posting a picture of my craft project online proved to be the start of something wonderful.

When Zion was 16 months old, I had another miracle baby- a little girl, Lacey Hope. When she was four months old, I started fromZION. She just turned one last week and we are at 18 thousand followers on Instagram. It makes me feel a little breathless.

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ML&S: Do you design and make all the products fromZION?

Jasmin: I used to sew everything myself on my dining table, now we have a whole team manufacturing our Moccs and our clothing. I just couldn’t keep up with the demand and I couldn’t go on with the sleepless nights and the stress. I reached a point where I had to choose- take it to the next level (scary) or close down fromZION- so we took the leap.

ML&S: What is the inspiration behind your designs?

Jasmin: We love neutral colours, soft unique tones, basics and animal prints. Mixture of edgy and feminine to suit the unisex element. You will see a lot of these throughout our children’s and adults clothing and our children’s leather Moccs.

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ML&S: How would you describe your range and style?

Jasmin: Our style is very much “comfort first”, which is why my materials are so important. Whenever I shop, I touch the clothing and it usually determines whether I purchase it, or not. I want something that is stretchy and soft with a beautiful drape- as that’s what I want my kids to wear as well. At fromZION we make quality leather, soft soled baby and toddler Moccs along with amazing bamboo/spandex clothing and accessories (you wont believe how amazing this fabric is until you feel it!) We utilise a mixture of Australian and international goods and services and we strive to have a beautiful quality and feel to all of our products.

ML&S: Are there any exciting new products or ranges coming up, that you would like to tell us about?

Jasmin: The new season is set to launch on December 1st and I’m so excited! It marks the launch of the adults sizes in all clothing items along with all new colours and styles across the clothing and Moccs. You will also see a few exciting enhancements to our range of Moccs.
Jump on the website and sign up to the “Notify Me” tab in the top menu, so that we can remind you when the launch is drawing near. Set your alarms and don’t miss out (past re-stocks and launches have sold out!)

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ML&S: What do you love most about your business?

Jasmin: I love the flexibility of being my own boss so that now I can do what I hoped for from the beginning- spend time with my husband and my babies. My husband now works for fromZION full-time doing all of the design needs.

ML&S: Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

Jasmin: I am a Christian, a wife, a mummy to Zion James and Lacey Hope and hopelessly addicted to sewing, designing and creating.
I never expected fromZION to take off as much as it did but I am forever grateful and know that God’s timing is perfect. Thank you all for following and supporting us. You are helping a small (but growing) business and a little family.

To check out all of fromZion’s amazing items hop across to http://www.fromzion.com.au

You can also follow on FB: @fromzionByjasmin and on IG: @fromzion_

Monday

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October 2014

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LEMON INFUSED GALAKTOBOUREKO

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When you talk about Greek desserts, Galaktoboureko is always on the top of most people’s list as their all time favourite!

This delicious custard, layered with pastry and drenched in syrup has been tried, tested and altered many a times in my Mum’s kitchen and it’s always tasted amazing.

Recently my Mum’s good friend gave her some new tips and tricks- and I must say, this lemon infused version has made it even more mouthwatering than ever.

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Ingredients:

- 1 packet of fillo (375 grams)
- 8 cups of milk
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 and 1/4 cups of semolina
- 6 x eggs
- 100 grams butter (200 extra grams for greasing)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
- 1 ribbon of lemon peel
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

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For the Syrup:

- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 cups of water
- 1 ribbon of lemon peel
- 1 teaspoon of lemon
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 5 cinnamon cloves

Method:

- Beat eggs and sugar and set aside.
- Place milk, semolina, butter, vanilla sugar and lemon peel in a heavy saucepan and heat for a few minutes- constantly stirring.
- Add the beaten eggs and sugar to mixture and stir constantly. When mixture just begins to thicken, add a tablespoon of lemon juice- which allows the cream to become fluffier.

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- Continue whisking constantly until it becomes thick and creamy.
- Remove from stove and set aside.
- Melt 200 grams of butter and grease an 11 x 15 inch (5 litre) square baking dish.
- Place half of the fillo pastry sheets (about 14 sheets) in the dish, brushing each sheet with the melted butter.

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- Pour in the custard and top with remaining sheets, again brushing each fillo with melted butter.
- Fold in edges and brush top layer with remaining butter.
- Score through top few layers of fillo in diamonds.
- Bake in a 180 degrees celsius oven for one and a half hours (or until golden brown and custard is set).
- While Galaktoboureko is baking, make the syrup.

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- Place sugar, water, honey, cinnamon cloves, lemon peel and lemon juice in a saucepan on high heat and boil for about 10 minutes- or until syrup starts to thicken. Set aside and allow to cool.
- When the Galaktoboureko is ready, ladle slowly the cold syrup over the entire pastry.
- Allow to slightly cool before cutting and serving.

Friday

24

October 2014

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COMMANDO STEVE’S WORKOUT TIPS FOR MUMS

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Pre-baby and before I fell pregnant, fitness was a huge part of my life- this included cardio training 3 times a week and at least 2 yoga classes.

Rewind to 2006, I was at the peak of my fitness- and that was all thanks to the great training I did with leading fitness coach Steve Willis- also known as Commando Steve (CS).

Back then, I was a part of CS’s boot camp group classes and we would train 3 times a week at Brighton- Le- Sands beach.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday- rain, hail or shine we would meet at 6am (yes that meant waking up at 5.30 am) and CS would take us through a variety of exercises, which included military inspired drills.

Think sprints, push-ups, lunges, planks, burpees, lifting sandbags and squats all in a one hour session. No it wasn’t easy- but the results were phenomenal- I felt amazing and my energy levels were at an all time high-that was all thanks to Commando’s great training, motivational skills and fitness expertise.

Fast forward to 2014 and my fitness is now at an all time low.

I find every excuse not to train and use any reason I can- not to exercise.

“It’s raining, it’s too hot, I’m too tired, I have to cook, I need to do the washing, finding a babysitter” are a few ways I try and justify why exercise it all too hard for me- as a mum.

As we all know, becoming a mum means less time to ourselves- but I have reached the stage where it’s very important to start training again- in order to feel healthier and as fit as I used to be.

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So I called upon my favourite trainer and friend, Commando Steve and asked him to give us time-poor mums some tips on exercising.

“I’m all about choosing your pain. Pain of discipline or pain of regret,” Steve says.

“It’s all about being a better version of yourself. You don’t need to train like an athlete but you need to be consistent, push yourself and try a little harder each day.”

Steve suggests the best way is to try and team up with a friend who is in the same situation.

“Group training is great, so if you can partner up with someone or a few mums together, this is a great way to begin.”

Commando’s advice is to look at the big picture and visualise a triangle- with nutrition being at the base and the foundation of your fitness, cardio in the middle and then your strength training.

“You can start off slowly and maybe do a 30 minute walk, 3 times a week and then after two weeks try and push that to 40 minutes. It’s all about being consistent and pushing the boundaries.”

“ After a month try and add a jog to your walk. When you build up your cardio strength, make it a run.”

CS says the most important part is being active everyday.

“Even if it’s doing stretches, yoga or some push-ups in your living room, that is so much better than nothing at all. It’s all about becoming more mobile and active to begin with.”

Even if it means using stairs instead of elevators and lifts, or parking your car a few blocks away from your desired destination- it’s all those small steps that start to make a difference.

“If you have a backyard, set up a circuit while your little ones are asleep and do some shuttle runs, squats and push-ups. Start off with 10, then go down to 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1,” advises Steve.

When it comes to strength training, CS suggests the best exercises to tone our abs, butts, thighs and arms (which tend to be the problem areas for most of us mums) are squats, push-ups, leg lunges and step-ups.

These are fantastic as they can easily be done in the comfort of our living room.

“You can begin with 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off. Do this for 5 minutes and then rest for a minute before you go on to the next exercise.”

Here Steve takes us through each-

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Squats- this exercise is very important for everyone’s workout routine as it boosts your overall fitness and offers benefits to the legs, thighs and core strength. Squats actually work many muscles at a time, so it helps tone and tighten your butt, abs and legs.

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Lunges- these help shape your lower body, increase muscle, make hips more flexible and help with balance. It’s important to keep your upper body straight and shoulders back. Step forward with one leg until your hips and both knees are bent at about a 90 degree angle.

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Push-ups- of all the exercises you can do at home, push-ups are one of the most effective. This exercise helps with your triceps, chest and upper body strength as well as helping your core strength. Push-ups also strengthen wrists, elbows and shoulders. For beginners you can modify by starting off with knee push-ups.

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Step-ups- stand in front of a step or bench with your feet hip-width apart and begin your step-ups. This exercise primarily works your thighs but also helps move your knee and hip joints as well as strengthening your glutes, calves and hamstrings.

Commando Steve has also started an online program “Get Commando Fit”, which teaches the fundamentals of movement and also helps with good nutrition and healthy eating.

Steve has teamed up with leading nutritionists, chefs and a team of experts that can help you achieve a better lifestyle and healthier version of yourself.

To find out more about this amazing 13 week program, make sure you jump across to-
https://www.getcommandofit.com.au

Today is the first day I’ve started my fitness regime (no more excuses for me !) and I will definitely keep you all updated with my progress.

And don’t forget before starting any new fitness program, especially after giving birth- it’s always best to chat to your GP. 

Photos by: Odette Photography- www.odette.net.au

Thursday

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October 2014

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GIGANDES PLAKI- GREEK BEANS & TOMATO DISH

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Gigandes Plaki is a traditional Greek vegetarian dish that you will find in any taverna you go to in Greece.

I try and cook this every fortnight as it’s very healthy and tasty.

This is an oven-baked meal that consists of two main ingredients- beans and tomatoes.

To taste great, they should be the original gigandes- which you will find in any Greek deli or supermarket. However if you need to substitute, you can try large cannellini or lima beans.

This can be served as a side or main dish- and I love crumbling feta on top and eating it with some traditional Greek country bread (horiatiko psomi).

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Ingredients:

- 1/2 kilo of gigandes
- 5 ripe tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
- 1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup of parsley, chopped
- 1 cup of oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 litre of water

Directions:

- Add the gigandes to a pot with enough cold water to cover the beans well. Bring to a boil and allow to cook simmer for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
- Using a wooden spoon, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil and add the tomatoes, parsley, tomato paste and salt and pepper. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes on low heat.
- Place the gigandes in an oven proof dish and add the tomato sauce mixture.
- Add 1 litre of water and stir the mixture through evenly.
- Cover with baking paper and foil and allow to bake for 1 and a half hours at 180 degrees celsius. (Check the beans and add more boiling water and cook longer  if required).

 

Wednesday

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October 2014

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MARIE- CHANTAL CHILDREN

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The first time I heard of Marie-Chantal Children’s wear was when I was in London in 2006 on holidays.

I wasn’t a mum at the time, but I had just become Godmother to my precious Goddaughter Katerina- and wanted to spoil her rotten.

As soon as I entered this gorgeous little boutique in the heart of London- I was absolutely in love with the adorable clothes, amazing personalised service and I also remember spending over an hour in this stunning store- deciding which lovely items I would purchase and bring back to Katerina in Sydney.

Marie Chantal Children’s wear was actually established 13 years ago by HRH Marie Chantal- the ever-so-elegant and flawless Crown Princess of Greece and Princess of Denmark.

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Marie-Chantal draws inspiration from being a mother of five (to one girl and four boys) and her label features practical yet fun, fresh and contemporary designer clothing for babies and children up to the age of 12.

This charming children’s label has now become an international hit and loved by celebrities, royals and everyone who adores beautiful children’s play-wear, day-wear and evening-wear- in styles that are classic yet striking for little ones.

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Mummy’s Life & Style (ML&S) asked the CEO of Marie-Chantal Children, Joanna Binder what she believes makes Marie Chantal Children’s wear so beautiful and lovely for kids to sport?

“We really understand what kids want to wear and combined with the level of detailing and unique MC style- our clothes are beautiful but still very wearable,” says Joanna.

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This years Spring/Summer 2014 collection is filled with colourful must-haves for every occasion. Designed in London and crafted from the finest fabrics, these contemporary-yet-timeless pieces are ideal throughout the warmer months.

“Our Spring/Summer 2014 collection is full of zesty summer colours and ballet inspired party dresses,” adds Joanna.

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Featuring gorgeous gingham checks, sweet lemon and orange dresses and cute jersey tees with hand-drawn graphics for the casual days- we are also fans of the classic nautical style- which has been given a modern twist with seersucker jackets, rope-detail shorts and anchor-print tops.

For evening- girls can choose from a range that is inspired by ballet, fantasy and fairytale- making it ideal for weddings and other special occasions. Little ladies will adore the delicate chiffon ruffles, pleats and sparkles- while any little man will look suave in the range of relaxed cotton suits.

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We also previewed the Marie-Chantal Children Autumn/Winter 2014 collection and are very fond of the new MC floral prints, frill blouses and girly shirt dresses.

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MC has also introduced their new outerwear collection, including down filled jackets, wool pea coats, parkas and leather aviator jackets- ideal for the cooler months of the year.

“Our Autumn/Winter 2014 collection was inspired by the magical world of story telling,” says Joanna.

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One of our favourite items available from Marie-Chantal Children all year round, is their signature angel wing onesies- these heavenly baby rompers come in both Summer and Winter styles and we think they are the ultimate gift for a newborn.

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To view the entire range and to purchase Marie-Chantal’s beautiful products jump across to http://www.mariechantal.com

There is also a Sydney stockist- Petit Parisians- W: http://petitparisians.com.au