Paint and Play – A fun play session for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers

Need something fun to do with the kids? Check out Paint and Play a place to keep every child happy and entertained, catering for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Paint and Play are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (including school holidays) between 10am-12pm with both indoor and outdoor activities. Some of the the activities include art, craft and messy play plus if the kids want they can participate in some dancing and singing with a parachute, instruments and puppets.

The program has been developed and is facilitated by a qualified and experienced Early Childhood Educator. The program ensures age appropriate activities that will engage and challenge the childs mind, igniting their natural curiosity and imagination, developing social skills and building their confidence.

The cost is$12 per child which includes all activities plus a healthy morning tea is provided for all children. Also I love that NO bookings are required, just simply rock up and have fun!

Check out  for more details.

Below I have included some photos of Isabelle Angelique hard at work and enjoying herself at Paint and Play.


















Mummy’s Intuition’s healthy week in Pics

Here are some inspiration pics from my week:

Pic 1- here’s a pic of all the fresh fruit and veg that we bought from our local farmers market for our families health. We find it’s always fresh, lasts much longer and ALWAYS cheeper than buying from the supermarket.


Pic 2- I am currently studying to become a Holistic Health Coach with IIN and one of our assignments this week was to Feng Shui our fridge so here’s mine… I thought it might be inspiring for you to see what’s in my fridge at the moment.



Pics 3,4, 5, 6 & 7 – Our family are normally very healthy and conscious eaters and always try to eat fresh, local and organic foods. The below pics are some of family favourites!








And finally pic 8 is just a really great reminder of why it’s amazing to exercise outside! Love it! I am trying to get back into doing regular exercise and love finding inspiring things to help motivate me. Here’s one them….


Real Stories from Real Mums – Kate from Sydney

2013-01-17 20.14.091. How many children do you have & how old are they?
I have one son, Bodhi, he’s 11 months old.

2. What are your 5 must have baby essentials?
My breasts- for the perfect food and comfort on tap anytime!
A heart to heart baby carrier (I have both ergo and beco and we love them both) he feeds sleeps and watches the world in his carrier.
Moo Goo nappy balm.
Love to dream swaddle suit (when he was a newborn)
A breast pump- it’s really been important for our breastfeeding relationship.

3. What are your 5 must have Mummy essentials?
Yoga Nidra Meditation by Dr Siddharth Ashvin Shah
Daily yoga (even if it’s five minutes)
A good natural baby medical reference book. I love Natural Baby and Childcare “Practical Medical Advice and Holistic Wisdom for Rasing Healthy Children” by Lauren Feder MD. She gives list of natural home treatments as well as conventional medical approaches.
Breastfeeding Tea with chamomile flowers
A tribe of mamas to share your amazing journey with!!

2013-01-17 20.17.174. What is your fondest memory of being pregnant?
Ooo I have so many it’s hard to choose. But here are two, which happened in the same week, actually. 1. Going out in a tight black dress that showed my bump and 2. Lying on the cliffs in San Francisco after doing a long hike alone. It was a beautiful moment of contemplation of what my life was becoming with Bodhi growing inside me.

5. Can you give us 5 words to describe your labor?
Exhausting, empowering, stuck, supported, intense.

6. What’s the funniest thing your baby has done to date?
He has started giving mini speeches. It’s hilarious. He gesticulates wildly with his hand while babbling shrieking and carrying on. He loves the reactions he gets. We’ve started calling him the Little Ringmaster, now was just have to find him a tiny top hat and a lion to tame 😉

Bodhi and Kate7. What’s your profession & do you plan on returning to it now that you’re a Mummy?
I had previously been a theatre director and in more recent years I was managing my family’s wine business in the United States. Now I’m back in Australia and I’ve had some time off, I feel like a space has opened up for me to dream up my own business. I have a few ideas cooking up in the realms of community, art and activism. I’ve also starter my yoga teacher training so am looking forward to begin offering donation-based classes in my living room.

8. What advice can you give to expectant mothers?
Get lots of rest, got for walks in nature and do yoga, even if it’s 10min a day of gentle stretching and restorative postures. If you are new to yoga, go to a specialist prenatal class first and the teacher can give you ideas for how to have a regular home practise. Yoga really was the best thing I did to prepare my body and mind for labour and a fast post birth recovery.

Bath 4.5months9. What’s the thing that you least expected about motherhood?
How painful lack of sleep can really be! I had no idea that repeatedly broken sleep could lead to insomnia, which would seriously impact my mental health. I was so despairing, angry and broken for about two months. Yoga Nidra saved me.

10. What’s your favourite weekly activity that you and your baby do together?
Hanging out in the park with our friends: yoga mamas and babies. It’s so wonderful watching the babies interact, and mama to mama time in the park in the sun is so good for the soul. Early days of mama-hood is better with a tribe!

2013-02-04 11.14.56-111. What does it mean to be an “eco friendly” Mummy? & How do you keep it green?
Breastfeeding is totally an eco friendly act with zero food miles!! We worked hard to establish and maintain breastfeeding and did have to use a bit of formula top ups for a while but I chose to make my own rather than give my money to a multi-national like Nestle, plus I think the nutritional value of the commercial brands is questionable. Also to minimize waste, we use a mix of cloth nappies, biodegradable wipes, nappy bags and disposables. Nappies create so much landfill and the modern cloth nappies are cute and easy to use. We also freecycle a lot, we’ve got so much great second hand stuff for Bodhi, pretty much all of his clothes are freecycle or gifts and we scored an amazing big boy cot for him which would have likely gone to the tip otherwise and it saved us $800+ buying a new one! It can be so tempting to buy a lot of fancy new stuff for your baby, but they grow out of things so quickly the greenest and most budget friendly way to go about it is to freecycle, trading and hand-me-downs. Finally, with respect to food, we support local agriculture with fruit and veggie boxes from Food Connect, so now B is on solids he’s having local organic produce as much as possible.

six months12. Even on the hardest day (when you’ve had NO sleep) what still makes you smile?
B’s smile.

13. Do you need to stick to any kind of diet or cut any foods out due to breastfeeding and if so why?
We tried eliminating a bunch of things early on because B threw up at lot (coffee, chilli, dairy, soy) but was so hard for me to do a proper elimination diet during the newborn haze and bubs can throw up for many other reasons. So I quit worrying about analyzing everything I ate and just stayed off dairy because I realized I felt much better without it.

NYE 2012 Five months14. What’s your favourite healthy meal that you serve to your family?
My cooking has changes a lot since having B as I have little time I’ve had to think more strategically about eating healthy on a budget with little time. I’ll batch cook brown rice/ quinoa/ lentils at the start of the week, then I add whatever veggies on hand like chopped purple cabbage, grated carrot, zucchini, corn, sprouts (or roast veggies like pumpkin carrot and sweet potato if I’m really organized) and then mix in something like tempeh bites, falafel balls, a can of tuna or salmon for protein. I might also mix tahini and soy into the grain before adding veggies. It’s super fast and as long as you have a grain, some raw vege and some protein you have a healthy balanced meal. I also love making a slow Bolognese with beef, pork or kangaroo and mixing in kale from the garden at the last minute. (the vitamin c in the greens helps with iron absorption). I serve with variant grains (to not rely so much on wheat) lately I’m loving a brown rice, black barley and daikon radish seed mix.

Bo415. Are there any pregnancy or parenting books you recommend reading?
I love Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin, for me it completely normalized the act of giving birth through lots of individual stories. It shows the wide range of normal and helped ease any fears or doubts I had. And for parenting, Heart to Heart Parenting by Robin Grille such a beautiful book sharing the importance of nurturing your child’s emotional development.

Stay connected with Kate at Lick The Bowl

Lick the Bowl is a blog by Kate Alexandra. It’s partly about food, but mostly about life. The recipes are often created in slap-dash style as I document both successes and failures- it’s all part of the story of exploring flavour, technique, new ingredients and old favourites. I also write stories from my journey as mumma, which has been completely transformative for me in the best way!

Going the the markets or grocery store I choose real food for my family that is low in toxins. We shop organic, local, fair trade and ethically produced as much as possible And I love getting a weekly mixed box of fresh fruit and vege from Food Connect! In the kitchen I dabble in raw, vegan, meat lover cooking and when I bake I often like to use alternative flours, dairy alternatives and less processed sweeteners.

I love sharing my passion for food with my family, especially my son Bodhi, I hope that by providing him with a wide range of conscious foods he will grow up a love and respect for the food he eats and where it comes from.

Having a cuppa with Peta Serras: Pilates Instructor, Model, Entrepreneur, Writer, Foodie and Instagram addict.

599343_486392231434596_157567243_nFirstly can you please tell us a little about yourself?

Hi there! My name is Peta and I am a Pilates Instructor, Model, Entrepreneur, Writer, Foodie and Instagram addict. I am so passionate about living a holistic lifestyle that focuses on nourishing and I love inspiring others to do the same.

To get to the nitty gritty my main job is running a kick-ass Pilates studio in the Hunter Valley where I teach about 35 classes a week to a bunch of enthusiastic people. I am a Polestar Pilates Instructor and Mentor, member of the Pilates Alliance of Australasia and have recently completed my Fletcher Pilates Intensive Licensing course, so as you can see, I LOVE Pilates. I love Pilates so much that last year I bought out a Pilates based stretching DVD!

Another love of mine is nutrition and I am currently studying with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I love food and the amazing healing properties a great diet can give!

525731_453636578043495_1226306737_n1. What are your 5 organic must haves?
I consume SO much of the products mentioned below I believe these are definitely my top 5.
– Nuts
– Fruit/Vegetables
– Coconut products
– Personal hygiene products ie, I use is Fresca Natural Deodorant.
– Chocolate products

2. What are your top tips for living a non toxic lifestyle for people that are just starting out?
Start simple. I think it’s so easy to get overwhelmed so even just making a change from your deodorant and hair care products is a huge step because we use it daily. (I use Kevin Murphy haircare products which are vegan, sulphate and paraben free!!!) I also suggest reading and researching. It’s so much easier to make a change and stick to it if you know why you are doing it in the first place! There are so many nasty things out there that we consume on a daily basis and have no idea we are doing so!

559401_367022456679164_869855143_n3. Why is it important for you to live a healthy (and organic) lifestyle?
I have a large number of food intolerances, a compromised immune system and I suffer from fatigue. All due to a number of causes but most probably from being in contact with things like anti-biotics at a young age when my parents didn’t know any better. I realise I have one body that I love and I want to live for a long time. But most importantly, I want to live a healthy happy life. I believe we can do this by being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle.

4. Do you have any guilty treats that you indulge in?
Chocolate! I try to make my own though but I am a sucker for chocolate, especially brownies!

5. What are your favourite natural therapies?
Definitely energy healing. Holy moly! It’s so fabulous, especially when you find a therapist and you really get a long. I can’t believe the difference I feel in myself after a session.

550053_440562386017581_1137505568_n6. Do you have a favourite healthy meal you prepare at home?
I make a delicious kale, quinoa and sweet potato salad that I often take to work. It’s so great for entertaining too as you can add tofu, haloumi or even meat (organic of course) and I guarantee everyone will want the recipe. My friends 3 year old, LOVES this salad.

7. What are your tips on natural cleaning products?
At the moment I am using Norwex cleaning products. Basically, they’re just different cleaning clothes that have silver in the fabric so it’s antibacterial meaning that I only use water and NO chemical products at all. How great is that.

537330_432230700184083_1409756662_n8. Apart from Pilates do you do any other exercise to stay fit & active?
I love to walk. I have to walk everyday for my sanity. Even if it’s just around the block.

9. How do you de-stress and relax?
Doing mindless things like walking, browsing Pinterest and blogs I love and even listening to my Integrative Nutrition lectures!

10. Do you take any supplements to help you stay healthy?
I take supplements including a probiotic for gut health, a superfood powder by Loving Earth that is a powerhouse full of nutrients, magnesium and also I get Vitamin B12 injections as my body is unable to absorb any Vitamin B12.

942849_487136631360156_1276813089_n11. You mentioned you are a model also so can you please fill us in on what your top 5 secret beauty tips are?

– Sleep – Getting enough sleep is so important. If I need 12 hours I never feel guilty about giving my body rest.
– Water – Staying hydrated means beautiful plump skin. Drinking water also helps to flush out toxins and can suppress your appetite as thirst is often disguised as hunger.
– Dry body brushing – So stimulating for your skin and body. Cellulite be gone!
– Suvana Paw Paw ointment – Many conventional paw paw products contain petrolium of all things. Yuck! This is completely organic and contains vitamin e and cocoa butter which are contains properties that nourish.
– Exercise – Not only is it great for your mental state. It’s great for your body too. Time poor? Do plies in second position (turned out squat) while brushing your teeth for a great behind.

319958_470829892990830_258291521_n12. What are your favourite fun things to do on the week end?
Sleep in, cook, exercise, dine out, read magazines, do nothing at all!

13. Do you have a favourite restaurant/cafe at the moment?
The Galleon Cafe in St Kilda Melbourne, The BEST bubble and squeak ever!!!

14. Do you have a morning ritual or routine that you follow and if so what does it involve?
I’m not a morning person at all. Total night owl so this is hard. I often wake, go to the bathroom and make a cup of tea, get dressed, do my skin care regime, I pencil in my brows, make a Vegan protein shake and duck to work! I am always so limited in the morning I only have about 30 minutes to get ready for work.

16544_427473007326519_1001780170_n15. Do you have any tips for new Mummies getting back in shape after giving birth?
Don’t stress. Your baby is important and your body will get back to how it looked (or better!). Keep in mind that pregnancy and breast feeding is such a huge change on your body so respect that and be thankful for the gorgeous miracle you are blessed with! We are SO lucky these days to have access to amazing mum’s and bub’s classes that incorporate bub into the workout which is such a great bonding activity and perfect if you don’t have access to a babysitter.

To stay connected with Peta Serras or buy her Pilates Stretching DVD go here:

Beauty, makeup & style tips for busy Mums! – Q&A video blog with Veruska

I’m so excited to have the beautiful Veruska from A Beautiful Life with Veruska as a guest blogger on Mummy’s Intuition. She is an Australian beauty professional who believes in an ethical and holistic approach to makeup, health and style. She only use high quality, non-animal tested and cruelty-free products from ethical companies.  She has put together this great video blog post with some really helpful and practical tips and tricks for busy Mums on Beauty, makeup & style. Veruska has also hand picked some of her favourite products and shared them with us! Check it out below. So amazing! Thank you so so much for sharing and helping us V! BIG love and blessings to you Axxx

Veruska: Thank you Aimee Angelique for these lovely beauty, makeup and style questions, I had a ball answering them!

I only use non-animal tested, cruelty-free products from ethical companies. The products recommended in this interview are listed below.

Masquerade luminising loose powder in ‘moon’. Perfect for no-fuss highlighting!

Illamasqua (You can buy at selected Myer counters in Australia, or Myer online)

  • Hydra Veil rehydrating gel, the ultimate makeup base, suited to all skin types.
  • Skin Base foundation, fantastic foundation, great for all skin types and comes in a massive variety of shades!
  • Mascara, two coats and you have some serious lashes! No flaking, no smudging, no panda eyes yet it removes easily when you want it to.

Body Spritz International crystal wash, I swear by this wash! Soap free, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, it normalises all skin types whether your extremely oily and blemished or super dry and flakey, this wash is the one! For some reason this product isn’t on their website but I’m sure if you enquired they could help! Also available from the Burleigh Farmers Markets on the Gold Coast (held each Saturday).

Sukin organic cold-pressed rose-hip oil- excellent and nourishing for all skin types.

Saavy white eyeliner- available in most Pricelines

Click here for the link to my highlighting tutorial, I’ll show you the areas to highlight on your face and how to do it in order to achieve a radiant, glowing complexion!

To make the bicarb scrub (that I can’t speak highly enough of) mix ½ teaspoon of Body Spritz international crystal wash (or ½ teaspoon of any water-based face wash) with ½ teaspoon of bicarb soda. Simple!

I love Jute dry face brushes. One of the most efficient ways to rejuvenate your complexion. Sadly I’ve misplaced my brush and am having withdrawals!

Peace & Love Veruska xox

Stay connected with Veruska:
A Beautiful Life with Veruska


República Organic Coffee Giveaway!

Republica Coffee Cup TwoOk Mamas let me ask you this. Who likes coffee? Who NEEDS coffee to help get them through the day? Now let me ask you this who likes organic, fairtrade and carbon neutral coffee? Well I have EXCITING news! Republica Coffee has very kindly created x5 GIVEAWAY PACKS for Mummy’s Intuition readers, each valued at $350 each.

Designed to create the ultimate coffee break moment and give 5 lucky readers some much deserved “me time” each pack from República includes an aromatic candle, the Ultimate Chill 2012 CD, a copy of Penguin Classic ‘The Great Gatsby’ and, of course, República coffee. In addition to this, each winner will receive República coffee every month, for five months, delivered directly to their doorstep! This is a great prize, and Republica is very excited to be offering this prize to Mummy’s Intuition readers.

Winning this incredible prize is super easy! Simply visit Mummy’s Intuition facebook page  for details on how to LIKE, Share, Comment and WIN!

República is 100% Fairtrade and organic coffee, available online and in Coles and Woolworths nationwide. For more information on República Coffee visit their website or their Facebook page



Congratulations! – Mother’s Day Giveaway Winners announced!


Good-afternoon Mamas!

I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing and magical Mother’s Day and were able to incorporate ‘LOVING YOURSELF’ in some small (or BIG) way.
I would like to say thank you so much to all of the beautiful Mums and Mums-to-be who entered the Mother’s Day Giveaway. I find it so amazing and inspiring hearing how others practice the art of self love as it is something I have without doubt struggled with throughout my life.

I also wanna say a BIG, MASSIVE thank you to all my beautiful sponsors Patty Kikos, Natalie Kringoudis, Andi Lew, Peta Serras, Kelli Stewart, Angela Bliss Cooke, Claire Obeid ,Vix Erber & Jodie Smith for your amazing gifts for the Giveaway. I am so incredibly grateful for your love and support! Oh and thank you to you also for your inspiring ideas on ways to LOVE ourselves!

BIG love & blessings to you all!

So who are the winners? And what were their answers to ‘”How are you going to Love Yourself this Mother’s Day?”

Congratulations to our 3 winners….

1st Winner: Heidi No
Great to hear how others look after themselves, I’m pretty forgetful and the one the one thing I often “forget” is me! Reading this has given a gentle nudge to my brain and heart that I should be number one on my list! And I love hearing new ideas on how to achieve it. With my mum far away and my kids (big now!) having work commitments today, I am meeting with 4 other mums and enjoying a “We Rock!” celebration! Bubbles and nibbles on the harbour and love and laughs. Everything to fill up a heart and soul. Love to all mums!
Heidi Xx

2nd Winner: Samantha Sutherland
This mum’s day I’m going to “love myself” by wearing one of my new maternity tops and putting on makeup so I feel glowy and pretty (I’m 20 weeks with my first bub so adjusting to my body changes); taking time to rest instead of beating myself up for being so tired (the rest plan: soak up the sun on the balcony with a book); getting an early night, as who knew growing a baby would be so tiring; connecting with my own mum for brekkie and a chat; and cooking a healthy meal (lentil pumpkin salad with chicken and avocado) to feed my and my bump!
What a great price, I hope I win!!
Sam xx

3rd Winner: Reni Sundar
Hi Aimee! I will be loving myself this mother’s day by loving my little one and basking in the ambience of her returning it right back to me!
Reni xx


PRIZE 1.- 1st Winner: Heidi No
– A 1 hour Virtual power coaching session with Claire from The Wellness Project
– A signed copy of ‘Eat Fat, Be Thin – Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free Recipes’ written by Nat Kringoudis & Andi Lew
– x1 copy of Peta Serras’ Pilates Stretching Series DVD
– x1 Bodecare Jute Dry Face Brush
– x1 apron by ‘Aprons by Angie’
– x1 one week pass to Bondi Vixens Mama Moves X Fit Boxercise classes

PRIZE 2. –  2nd Winner: Samantha Sutherland 
– x1 copy of Patty Kikos ‘Subagh Kriya’ Kundalini Yoga eDVD
– x1 Bodecare Jute Dry Face Brush
– x1 apron by ‘Aprons by Angie’
– x1 copy of The Baby Wearing Workout eDVD
– x1 one week pass to Bondi Vixens Mama Moves X Fit Boxercise classes

PRIZE 3. – 3rd Winner: Reni Sundar
– x1 Bodecare Jute Dry Face Brush
– x1 copy of The Baby Wearing Workout eDVD
– x1 one week pass to Bondi Vixens Mama Moves X Fit Boxercise classes