011 Recharging Your Batteries

Stress Busters for Busy Mums Podcast

_podcastTemplateThere are a lot of facets to our lives that get depleted and require frequent replenishing.  Some of them include: sleep, nutrition, fitness, relationships, creativity, learning and emotions.

Join me in this week’s episode to discover aspects of your life that are important to you and to understand areas which require some attention and recharging to decrease your stress.


009 New Year Resolutions

Stress Buster for Busy Mums Podcast

_podcastTemplateHappy New Year!!  It’s that time of the year where many people try to make a fresh start, kick bad habits and set goals for the coming year.

Are you avoiding goal setting because you are afraid of failing?In this week’s podcast I share a few strategies to set realistic, attainable, sustainable goals by focusing on the long term and the reasoning behind your goal setting.

I discuss examples relating to food, exercise, relationship with your kids and time management.

Knowing your goals actually decreases your stress, because you can base quick decisions in light of them. You don’t have to deliberate over every decision as you will know if your choices bring you closer or further away from your long-term goals.



008 Nourishing Your Body

Stress Busters for Busy Mums Podcast

IMG_4517In this week’s podcast, let’s compare the calories, protein and fat between a protein ball and a steamed salmon meal, and see if the results tempt you to make the effort to seek a whole meal you can deliberate over and enjoy over a longer period of time.

I talk about the importance of the first meal of the day – breakfast.  It’s so easy to skip it when you think you don’t have the time, but I’m hoping that you will see it’s importance and fuel your body with both sleep and food to function at your best.

And how about some compelling reasons to eat your dessert first this week…seriously!

Just click on the play button above or subscribe with your favourite podcast app on your digital device to hear this week’s Stress Busters for Busy Mums Podcast.

_podcastTemplateWith an the entire spectrum of schools of thought on food and nutrition in our media, may you be  encouraged  to seek the experts in your local community who are attached to teaching hospitals – doctors and accredited dieticians, before embarking on some of the extreme “diets” that are making headlines.

Sketching with a Pentel Pigment Brush Pen

When time is of the essence, a quick sketch with a thick pigment brush pen is a great way to document reportage-style.  The varied brush strokes give it a painterly look.  The permanent ink also lends itself to being washed over with watercolour at a later stage.  The trick to using the Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pen – Extra Fine is to prime it a little by squeezing the barrel to get the ink flowing and make a nice point with the bristles.  It has a tendency to get dry when not in use and the bristles splay.  A juicy flowing pen helps with the speed of the sketch and gives you the ability to get a very fine line with the pointed tip.  Holding the pen far away from the tip creates a calligraphy-type stroke with lots of fluid and lively movement.