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November 30, 20200

Download the Recipe Here!

Serves: 12

The Rudolph’s will keep the family happy this Christmas with their festive flavours and chocolate coating!

The sneaky bit… There is a hidden CARROT inside, so these treat are super healthy too! Don’t stop at the carrot! Experiment with other fruits and vegetables!

Ingredients

FOR THE MUFFIN BATTER:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup trim milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 carrots peeled, grated
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 ¾ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
FOR THE ICING:
  • 100g dark chocolate melts melted in the microwave.
FOR RUDOLPH’S FACE:
  • 2 bananas, sliced into banana rounds (Rudolph’s eyes)
  • 24 raisins (Rudolph’s pupils)
  • 12 glazed cherries (Rudolph’s red nose)
  • 24 pretzels (Rudolph’s antlers)

Methods

  1. Preheat oven to 175°C.
  2. Line tin with muffin cases.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the eggs until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in the Greek yogurt and whisk again until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.
  5. Pour in the maple syrup, milk, and vanilla extract. Beat the mixture again until smooth.
  6. Add carrots, whole wheat flour, baking powder, and cinnamon over the wet ingredients. Fold the wet and dry ingredients together just until combined.
  7. Divide the batter into the 12-cup muffin tin.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, until the muffins have risen and set. Cool before icing and decorating.
CREATE RUDOLPH:
  1. Dip muffins into the chocolate
  2. You’ll need to be super speedy here… (as the chocolate sets fast)
    a. Add banana slices (rounds) for Rudolph’s eyes NUT)
    b. Place a cherry underneath the eyes, for Rudolph’s nose
  3. For the antlers, stick 2 pretzels onto either side of each muffin
  4. Then place the raisins onto the banana pieces for Rudolph’s pupils
  5. TIP: use a small bit of melted chocolate to stick the raisins onto Rudolph’s eyes and antlers onto Rudolph’s head.

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November 30, 20200

Christmas is a time of getting together with loved ones, enjoying the great Kiwi summer, some favourite foods and taking a well-earned break — especially this year! But this time of year can also bring extra stresses, particularly financial.

We want to take away some of that pressure by helping you create thoughtful, special gifts for family and friends, that won’t hit your wallet too hard. All of our eco gifts can be bought for a small price from New Zealand businesses, or made by you. Best of all, they’re good for the Earth. What’s not to love?

So get the kids together and start looking around the house for some common items that with a little love, you can transform into gorgeous gifts. Let’s get Christmas crafting.


1. Beeswax wrap

These clever little reusable food wraps have gained huge popularity in recent years and it’s not hard to see why. Beeswax wrap is a super useful product that can be used again and again to keep food fresh, so it’s gentle on the planet and your pocket. Buy it at a local market, online or through a local distributor, or make your own! We love Lilybee, which sells readymade and DIY kits. https://www.lilybeewrap.com/?gclid=CjwKCAiAnvj9BRA4EiwAuUMDf3u6AleWAfZLUG_V0UqA4GPWl1n6ZiEPdxartxokryTsdi_izuPOfBoCtkQQAvD_BwE

If you want to try making your own wrap without a kit, add almond oil and beeswax to a double boiler and heat slowly to melt the wax. Next, lay cloth pieces flat on a clean baking tray and bake at 80deg on fan bake for 10 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven and use a paintbrush to paint each piece of cloth with the wax and almond oil mixture.

2. Stainless steel drink bottle

Inexpensive, safe to drink from and long-lasting. These eco-friendly drink bottles are the perfect gift for any family member on the go, who wants to keep their drinks hot or cold.

https://promovision.co.nz/152-metal-bottles

3. Homemade soap

This is a thoughtful gift that everyone finds useful. Homemade soap is just as good at washing away the germs as any store bought version, with some added love. To make your own soap, you’ll need a few ingredients including, animal fat or vegetable oil, distilled water, fragrance oils and moulds (plastic containers work well). There are several different recipe you can try, such as https://thisnzlife.co.nz/diy-make-your-own-soap/

The great thing about making soap is even when you make a mistake, you can reuse it and try again!

4.  Herb garden

Have a green-thumbed family member? Why not give them a DIY gift that will keep on giving… everything they need to start their own herb garden. For the gardener in your family, you could put together a gift basket with seeds of their favourite herbs and some pots (these can be small so they can grow the herbs in their kitchen), and growing instructions. Add some handmade labels for an extra special touch.

5. Recycled bag

A cotton tote bag is the must-have gift for everyone. Whether you’re going to a market, fair, picnic or the beach, a roomy recycled bag will come in handy. You can buy these from local markets, shops and online. To make your gift more personalised, why not add the recipient’s name or your own design?

6. Candles

Nothing can replace the ambiance of beautiful candles. These are inexpensive to buy and can be found in shops and markets everywhere. Or try your hand at making your own. All you need are a few items which can be found at your local craft store: soy or beeswax, a wick, essential oils and glass jars, vintage tea cups or other pretty vessel. https://www.candlecreations.co.nz/knowledge/candle-making-tutorials/make-a-scented-soy-candle/

7. Bath bomb

These are a great stocking filler and will please even the pickiest family member. You can find these rainbow coloured fizzers everywhere, especially during the festive season. Opt for bright colours for children, or beautiful scents and healing properties for adults.

Christmas is all about spending time, not money. These are just great a few of the fabulous eco gift options that you can enjoy creating with loved ones for meaningful gifts.  Best of all, you’re taking care of the Earth at the same time! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and festive season.



May 3, 20190

Music Tutors Urgently needed starting asap!

Jellybeans Music is looking for new tutors throughout Porirua/ Kapiti area due to the high demand from schools for this exciting in class program.

Do you have a passion for music?
Do you have a passion for teaching?

If you are a creative, energetic and caring person with a passion for working with children, this could be the perfect job for you.

Apply now to join us in bringing music back into schools.

All instruments, program planning, resources and training is provided. You will need a reliable vehicle to transport the instruments. Classroom or group teaching would be an advantage. We are looking for tutors who can commit to a minimum of 2 full school days per week.

There is also an opportunity to be involved within the after school and holiday programmes within our sKids group.

Please email your covering letter and CV to margaret@jellybeansmusic.co.nz

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.


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March 1, 20190

It’s the buzzword of the moment, appearing everywhere from magazines to school classrooms. But what does mindfulness really mean? And when practiced, what benefits can it bring to you and your family?

 To debunk some of the myth surrounding mindfulness, we talked to Dr Soph, a clinical psychologist and yoga teacher, whose mission is to spread good quality psychological understanding outside of the therapy room.

 

What is mindfulness?

Dr Soph starts by saying it’s important to first understand what the definition of mindfulness really is. What many may not realise, is that it’s less about still meditation and clearing the mind, and more about simply ‘paying attention to the present moment, on purpose and non-judgmentally’.

  •  “All it means is being here in the moment, right now, noticing what is happening without trying to change it. It’s a simple idea that’s hard to do because we’re often stuck in our heads, we’re rarely here in the now”, she explains.
  •  “Mindfulness isn’t about clearing your mind or having no thoughts, it’s about noticing you’re drifting away but coming back to the present moment”.

 

Mindfulness for parenting

As Dr Soph states, there’s no manual for being a parent, and yet it’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do. She sees practicing mindfulness as a great way for parents to learn how to be present, to stop with ‘knee-jerk’ responses to their child’s behaviour and to ensure they’re really listening to other members of the household.

  •  “Being in the moment allows you to act out of choice, not out of autopilot. When you choose how to act, you can sidestep the ‘fight or flight’ response that often comes up when we react to behaviour. With mindfulness, you give yourself the space and kindness to recognise what you or other person needs”.

The benefits of mindfulness for children

Dr Soph explains that introducing mindfulness at a young age gives children an early experience of understanding that their emotions are acceptable and temporary, and recognising the way their emotions come up in physical responses.

 Studies have also shown that mindfulness can actually change the structure of the brain, by strengthening the areas of the brain that support sustained attention, decision making and learning. “Due to this kids become better able to pay attention, they’re less distractible and have better coping mechanisms. In a school environment, this means they can concentrate, have less anxiety around exams or test situations and perform better overall”, explains Dr Soph. “We’ve also seen that they become more compassionate, and able to maintain better relationships with their peers”.

 

Where do you start?

Making a conscious effort to bring mindfulness into everyday family activities will see it soon become an instinctive part of your child’s own behaviour.

  •  “As we know, children are learning constantly by looking to the adults in their environments. Therefore integrating mindfulness into family life comes down to adults modelling it to children. If you’re a caregiver doing mindful meditation, spending time checking in with your body, thoughts and breath, then kids will automatically start doing it, too”, says Dr Soph.

 She recommends regularly practicing some simple mindful games that will help your child grasp the concept of mindfulness. “If you practice together when calm, it will be available to you when stressed”.

 Mindfulness is purely about being here, right now. It’s about noticing what comes up in your thoughts, but deciding to just stick with what you’re doing.

 To introduce this concept to your children, we asked Dr Soph to share some activities that are easy to make a part of your family life. So, keep an eye on the blog next week, where we’ll share these awesome tips with you!

 

Dr Soph is a registered Clinical Psychologist, Life Coach and Yoga Teacher, who offers one-on-one online therapy and coaching that fits around your lifestyle. She is skilled in many psychological models, including CBT, CFT, ACT, Mindfulness and Narrative Therapy.