When bloggers become friends

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When bloggers become friendsWhen bloggers become friends …

Fonts and pixels transform into muck-about-children, smiling husbands and warm hugs of mamas. Coffees and fast conversation replace keyboards and screens, laughter replaces emoticons.

This is how I met Zanni from My Little Sunshine House. We quickly retold our life vignettes, and then talked about our dreams and aspirations. She met my lovely poppet with her big eyes and chattiness; I met her fluffy cute moppets and her polite and gentle partner.

That’s the lovely thing about meeting fellow bloggers. We know a bit about them already, and then we get to experience them in 3D and a bigger world emerges.

OMG! I’m a SAHM!

Written by kim cotton on . Posted in all, On Attitude & Adventure, On Health & Happiness

spirited mama madame-monet-and-child.jpg!BlogOMG I’m a SAHM.

It’s my fourth Friday off in a row and I’m absolutely loving it. I can awake at 7.55, crawl into my trackies, throw down a coffee, get the poppet some muesli, do school drop off and be back in bed within 15 minutes. Hehe

Hmm what will I do today?

Well I could feel guilty about the growing pile of washing or I could go for a run – no brainer … neither. I’ll amble to a cafe for another coffee, read some blogs, amble home along the waterfront and take a relaxing bath.

At 11.00 I’ll go to the beautician and luxuriate, visit a friend, lunch with another, do some shoe shopping, then … OMG home time already?

Win Supercharged Food for Kids

Written by kim cotton on . Posted in On Health & Happiness, Uncategorized


Do you want to supercharge your children’s lives by feeding them nutrient packed, delicious, creative and super healthy supercharged foods?

Then enter to win the book! Health guru Lee Holmes has released her first book aimed at children – Supercharged Food for Kids.

It’s packed with more than 90 recipes that are suitable for all kids including fussy eaters and those with allergies.

“You won’t find any Frankenfood (genetically modified food) in Supercharged Food for Kids, but you will find kids’ favourites such as pizzas, nuggets, pasta and desserts all made creatively with energy sustaining ingredients in mind,” Lee says.

Sneaking supercharged food into children’s meals

Written by kim cotton on . Posted in all, On Health & Happiness

Mini SalmonI absolutely love sneaking healthy ingredients into my child’s meals. When I see my daughter eating well, I get the warm and fuzzies.

A couple of my fave ‘stealth’ foods are grating zucchini into her spaghetti bolognaise or tiny strips of English spinich (uncooked so it’s crunchy). A more obvious one is just adding fruit such as blueberries to a dessert such as icecream or grating extra apple into a cake. My piece de la resistance is slipping an egg into a banana smoothie at breakfast time. 

My lovely friend and amazing health goddess Lee Holmes has released her book Supercharged Food for Kids and she has dedicated a section to sneaking food into children’s meals and so much more.

A Supercharged tip: “Sneak pureed cauliflower into a white creamy sauce and pour it over grilled chicken breasts.” Thanks Lee! Now that sounds delicious, so delicious that I think i might be sneaking it off my daughter’s plate and onto mine 🙂

French toast for kids ~ gluten free!

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French toast for kidsExpanding the palates of little ones, especially fussy eaters or those with allergies, doesn’t have to be a nightmare journey. Delicious French Toast with all that comforting goodness is a wonderful introduction for children to a different cuisine even if some say its origins date back to Rome rather than France. 

This healthy kid-friendly recipe comes from the new e-book Supercharged Food for Kids by lovely Lee Holmes.

If you would like to be in the running to win a copy of this comprehensive compendium to children’s cooking including 90 fab recipes and amazing tips on getting fussy eaters to dig in simply:

♥Like Spirited Mama on Facebook

♥Leave a little blog lovin on what your best tip is to getting kids to try new foods.

A child’s list to happiness

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Spirited Mama - childs list

My daughter has been hurting so she has written a list to happiness.

My daughter has suffered a major disappointment of late, so I asked her to write a list to happiness. A list of things that could help her pass the time, to help her feel happy.

We talked about how being down and dwelling on sad things doesn’t serve us well – it just makes us feel worse yet our lives still keep ticking. We talked about the importance of feeling sad, to nurture the sadness, to be real about it, but then to pop it away to make room for the good. Life is good is my mantra. even if it doesn’t feel like it at times.

Feeling better

As a mother all I want is for my child to be happy, to grow up resilient, to feel life as a joy. Sometimes it feels all wrong. But a list to happiness made me feel better too. It made me feel like I could do something for her, just give her a strategy for looking after herself – to manage disappointment and see that she has the power to make her life good.

Beef bourguignon with aged wine

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aged wineWhatever you do don’t waste the wine – use it for the bourguignon!

Oh no! I had just opened the bottle of wine I’d been keeping for more than 25 years – a 1986 St Emilion Grand Cru – and it was corked. When I bought it I had no idea how much we would have gone through together. I was a humble backpacker when I found her in the cobbled back streets of a pretty village near Bordeaux, France. Now all those years later all I could do was say, ‘C’est la vie, you can go in the stew’.

Ahh I guess that’s one thing about growing older. I’ve learnt that while aged wine generally tastes better, I’ve also learnt to take life’s knocks on the chin a little more gracefully.

Easy French crepes for breakfast

Written by kim cotton on . Posted in all, On Health & Happiness

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It’s a tradition in our household to make French crepes most Sundays and any day during the school holidays. 

They’re delicious, light, easy to make and best of all they’re a crowd-pleaser – they will make babies smile and grown men weep.

The secret to making good crepes is balance – of the flour, eggs and milk. The other secret is focus and timing. Crepes don’t take long to make but during that crucial stage of cooking, timing and focus are the essence.

And the best way to do that is simply to practice. 

Oh, there’s one other secret too and that’s lashings of Nutella or similar – yum! The chocolaty, creamy nutty paste melts onto a freshly made crepe so smoothly and coupled with blueberries or raspberries it’s heaven on a plate. Even my little French Romantique dolls thinks so!

Giveaway: beautiful French mobile

Written by kim cotton on . Posted in all, On Attitude & Adventure, On Health & Happiness, On Love of Learning

Moonboy toy
Marguerite toy

Would you like to win a beautiful French mobile like the ones pictured here?

There are only a few days left to enter.

I ran the competition to celebrate the launch of my blog and opening of my new Treasure Shop selling toys and homewares from the heart of France.

Entering my competion is simple. Leave a comment on my Facebook page letting me know what Treasures you love from my shop. Or you can tweet it including a link of the product but I have found Facebook easier.

Everyone who enters automatically receives 15% off all treasures.

The completion closes June 12 at midnight.

Good luck and thanks for supporting Spirited Mama.


Linking in with talented Jess @ IBOT.

Sacred mama space

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redheaded-woman-and-sunflowers.jpg! GauginAll mothers need time alone, to go into their boudoirs, their cave, to dwell in sacred mama space. 

For me as a mama raising my child and running a business with all their demands can be tough. I feel at times I go to bed, wake up, hurl myself at the world, go to bed, wake up … it’s exhausting.

Similarly, I watch friends and it’s just a different kind of demand laid upon them. In the day if they’re stay at home mums they’re wrangling the kids and housework, in the evening they’re on task for the family. It can be relentless because the active button is always ‘on’. Life loses its charm, and inevitably our glow as women dims.

Treasure Shop open for business

Written by kim cotton on . Posted in all, On Attitude & Adventure, On Health & Happiness, On Love of Learning

Margeurite-in-situSpirited Mama’s Treasure Shop is open for business.

What will you find in the Treasure Shop? Unique and exquisitely crafted toys and homewares from the heart of France.

Win an exquisite French mobile

I’m so excited because this is the culmination of a dream that has turned into a reality – I’ve commercialised my blog!!! I’m still pinching myself that I’ve done it.

To celebrate this awesome occasion with me, visit the Treasure Shop and Tweet about the toy or homeware you love. Include a link to the product and the @bachelormum handle in your tweet to receive 15 per cent off all Treasures. Follow me on Twitter while you are there if you like.

Or, please like one of my products on Facebook as they appear, leave a comment about the treasures so I know you’re in and like my site at the same time if you are new to the site.

By liking or tweeting about your fave toy or homeware from the Treasure Shop you will automatically go in the running to win a beautiful Moonboy or Marguerite mobile valued at $109.95. The more treasures you tweet about, the more chances you will have of winning Moonboy or Marguerite.

This competition has closed

Jenny O’Keefe has won a gorgeous French mobile. Thank you to everybody who entered. You will receive 15% off all treasures till September 30. This offer is cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Nature's headache cure

Written by kim cotton on . Posted in all, On Health & Happiness


Whenever life goes out of control a dose of natural beauty, like lilies and art, acts like nature’s headache cure.

I had walked out of the office with a massive headache. I was cross at feeling like I did. I had an awesome night planned and my daughter was having a sleepover. Wasn’t it time to play?

I went straight to my chemist – the Royal Botanic Gardens down near Circular Quay. I strode around until the palms fronds and the cool began to calm my mind. Then I saw them.

In a pond was a series of water lilies Nymphaea. Yellow, pink, lilac, white.

It was like I had been transported to Monet’s Giverny without the airfare.

Headache gone.

Time to play, yay!

What’s your daytime headache cure 🙂

Linking in with lovely Grace at FYBF.

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