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The Ultimate Back to School Resource

The Ultimate Back to School Resource

Laini Oldfield | January 18, 2019

School lunches.

We got this.

Scroll down for a top-notch compilation of school lunch box helps, ideas and recipes.

I’m excited to get our heads back in the game this year! Really.

Actually, I’ll be delegating, and simply supporting my kids to do their own lunches.

To hear how we do that, join me for a Facebook live chat next week (Thurs 24th at 7:30pm) on how we get simple wholefood school lunches for 5 kids out the door each morning without loosing the plot.

Click here, and follow the prompts in Messenger.

We’ll be covering how to…

  • Get the kids ‘buy-in’
  • Get the kids to take the lead in packing their own lunches, no matter their age
  • Build a balanced lunch with minimal fuss
  • Stay sane, and give the kids some freedom

I’ll also…

  • Show you my ‘go-to’ lunch box foods and why I choose them over others
  • Give you my family’s ‘school lunch formula printable’ for the fridge. Your kids (or you) can easily follow it to ensure they’re packing a balanced lunch that has all the stuff they need to learn and thrive during the day.

Join us! Click here.

Enjoy this compilation of school lunch box helps. Remember to get your kids involved – show them this list and have them choose some go-to’s for this term.

Laini x

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Spelt Flour Pizza Scroll

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Load Up Your Lunchboxes in 2019 With These 10 Muesli Bar Superstars!

Muesli Bar Compilation

Lemon Poppyseed Oat Muffins Summer Hill Pantry

Lemon, Poppyseed, Oat & Coconut Muffins

Wholefood Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate Chip Wholefood Cookie

The Well Nourished Lunchbox eBook by Georgia Harding of Well Nourished (with bonus Party Planner eBook).

The Root Cause’s 5 Minute Healthy Lunchbox System eCourse

 

 

 

We love to see your amazing kitchen creations! Tag us #myTWC in your Instagram posts and you have a chance to win a $50 voucher every month to put towards your Wholefood Collective shop.

 

How I’m Making My 2019 Easier (in the kitchen)

How I’m Making My 2019 Easier (in the kitchen)

Laini Oldfield | January 2, 2019

Meet Stephanie.

Stephanie’s just made my 2019 simpler.

Being this time of year, I’ve spent time reviewing my life. And I decided I spent too much time in the kitchen in 2018.

Yep. I said it.

Don’t get me wrong. I do love the kitchen (not the dishes!). But the reality is that this season of life sees my attention pulled in many directions, and that means that time in the kitchen is often hurried and stressful.

2018 was a hard year. On quite a few levels.

So I’m actively looking for ways to make 2019 more simple.

Because to me, simple is good. Simple is focussed and joyful.

I’m a self confessed goals-nerd, and I absolutely LOVE this time of year when I focus on how I can live a principle-and-mission centred life that brings me joy.

(Side note: Looking for a great book to read? I’m in the middle of Stephen Covey’s ‘First Things First’. A classic. As well as having my grandmother’s insightful scrawls all through it, it’s full of time-tested principles and systems).

So 2019 will see me simplifying and refocusing at every opportunity.

And that will mean spending less time in the kitchen, while still serving up nutritious meals for my family and I.

Because there’s nothing more important than our health, and I reckon I can be more efficient with the limited time I have.

So back to Stephanie.

She’s the Founder over at Ultimate Bundles.

If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll probably remember that she and her team pull together crazy-as bundles of high-value material and make it accessible for everyone at an unbelievable price point.

Now that’s someone speaking my language!

And she asked us at the Wholefood Collective to contribute to the latest (and in my opinion, best!) bundle.

So Kate (our recipe-creator-extraordinaire) went to town and contributed a bunch of her creations to the amazing collection.

It’s called the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle.

 

   

 

Heaps of you jumped with both feet on the last Bundle, which was a bucket load of amazing recipes.

And back then I said the only hesitation I had in buying all those recipes was that I never quite know how to file them properly.

I even reached out to the TWC Community for ideas on how to store all those wonderful recipes here.

(Side note: I’ve now found a drop-dead easy way to store and file recipes that requires no apps. If you want me to send you instructions when they’re ready, click here and follow the prompts in Messenger when it opens).

Anyway, last year’s bundle was an epic slew of recipe ebooks from different people. But there was no categorisation or easy way to reference types of recipes. Plus, the formatting was different in each one, so it felt a little hard to navigate.

This current bundle is waaay better.

Over 1,000 recipes, all uniform in format and serving size (4 adults), and categorised according to meal type, dietary choice and allergens. (And if nutritional data is your jam, you’ve got that for each recipe too).

That makes weekly meal planning a synch, and… this recipe-filing-nerd (me!) more than a little happy.

Here’s a little vid that explains it quickly and simply… (less than 2 mins).

Check out some of the meal type categories…. (I’ve bolded the ones I’ll be using weekly for sure!).

  • Baked goods (87 recipes)
  • Breakfast (124 recipes)
  • Dinner: Celebrations (54 recipes)
  • Dinner: Every Day (93 recipes)
  • Dinner: Freezer Meals (65 recipes)
  • Dinner: One Dish Wonders (72 recipes)
  • Dinner: Quick and Easy (85 recipes)
  • Dinner: Slow Cooker (96 recipes)
  • Light Meals (76 recipes)
  • Salads and Sides (122 recipes)
  • Snacks (97 recipes)
  • Soups (101 recipes)

   

Optional (for only $10 more)

  • Beverages (75 recipes)
  • Dessert (127 recipes)

(Scroll down to the see the count by dietary preference and allergies).

All for a ridiculous price point of $37 USD (around $52 AUD), and a 30-Day-Happiness-Guarantee.

 

Plus…

If that many easy-to-access recipes aren’t enough, Stephanie has curated some super helpful resources and bundled them up for you.

I’ve given you the short-hand version here. If you want the details, scroll down to the end.

 

  • 30 ready-to-go meal plans for a range of needs, worth $380

    Work-at-home lunches (yes please!), instant pot dinners, seasonal meals, long weekends with guests, etc. I don’t have images for the meal plans, but simply scroll down to see a list of them.

     

  • Healthy Eating eCourses, worth $258

    The one on how to teach your kids knife skills looks great!

    So does the Flavour Crash Course, where you’ll learn how flavour profiles work together, instead of relying on recipes all-the-time.

    And based on heaps of feedback from you guys, you might love the ‘Why Won’t My Child Eat’ ebook too. For feeding kids with allergies, pickiness, oral SPD and more.

    To see the other products included, scroll down.

 

  • Killer resources to help you meal plan effectively, worth $119

    I’ll be checking out the Freezer Meal Blueprint first for sure.

    It’s a framework to stocking your freezer with make-ahead-meals without wasting the weekends prepping them.

    To see the other products included, scroll down.

 

Alllll this amazingness comes with a 30-Day Happiness Guarantee.

 

 

In my head, it’s an absolute no-brainer and I’ll be snapping this up for sure!

When I get a moment, I’ll take you for a tour of the bundle on video if you like.

Enjoy your 2019 with simple meal planning! I will 😉

 

 

The finer details as promised….

 

Meal Plan details

All meal plans include dinners + sides unless otherwise specified.

  • Breakfast:
      • 2-week gluten free rotation
      • 2-week paleo (grain/dairy free) rotation
  • Breastfeeding Momma
  • Budget
  • Busy Moms
  • Comfort Favorites
  • Company’s Coming Long Weekend
  • Cooking School
  • Everyday Real Food
  • Freezer Meals
  • Gluten Free
  • Instant Pot
  • Ketogenic
  • Kid Friendly
  • Kid’s Lunchbox
  • One Pot
  • Paleo
  • Party Meal Plans x10
  • Seasonal Meal Plans:
      • Winter Meals
      • Spring Meals
      • Summer Meals
      • Fall Meals
  • Short on Time
  • Slow Cooker
  • Stay-at-Home / Work-from-Home Lunches
  • Theme Nights
  • Top 8 Allergen Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Whole30 (2 weeks, all meals)

 

Healthy Eating eCourses & eBooks details

  • 21 Days of Eating Empowerment by Jenny Eden Berk ($14.00)  
    Embody your Body, Enliven your Senses, Empower your Eating – in 21 days!
  • Clean Eating Made Easy by Corinne Kantor ($15.00)
    Learn how to improve your eating habits by making better food choices that are both healthy and safe – from detoxing your body naturally to smart farmers markets shopping tips to making your own healthy cooking spray.
  • Flavor Crash Course by Courtney Polivka ($200.00)
    The Flavor Crash Course is designed to teach the home chef to organically craft dishes based on flavor profiles instead of relying on recipes.
  • Kids Cook Real Food: Knife Skills & Safety Lessons by Katie Kimball ($20.00)
    Online access to 5 videos + PDF lesson plans and printable memory tools that will help you teach your kids knife skills and safety at every age.
  • Why Won’t My Child Eat: Simple Steps to Bring Joy and Nourishment Back to Feeding Kids with Allergies, Pickiness, Oral SPD and More by Mary Voogt ($9.99)
    In Why Won’t My Child Eat Mary shares her strategies to bring joy and nourishment back to feeding any child, including picky eaters, kids with allergies, those with oral SPD and just about any eating challenge you can think of.

Meal Planning Support details

    • Complete Family Meal Planner Set by Laura Rizer ($2.99)
      The Complete Family Meal Planning Set is a comprehensive organizer with tools for meal planning, grocery shopping and more.
    • Dinner for a Dollar: How I Feed My Family a Simple, Allergy-Friendly, Whole-Food Diet for One Dollar per Person per Meal by Shelly Longenecker ($9.99)
      Shelly shows readers how she feeds her family a simple, allergy-friendly whole food diet with lots of fruits and veggies for $1 per person per meal.
    • Freezer Meal Blueprint: The Framework to Make Ahead Meals Without Wasting Your Weekends by Elisa Giorgio ($19.00)
      The Freezer Meal Blueprint is a step-by-step framework to stocking your freezer with make ahead meals your family loves, without wasting an entire weekend to prep them.
    • How to Host a Stress-Free Holiday Meal by Tara Ziegmont ($5.99)
    • Magnetic Menu Board Ultimate Meal Planning System by Megan Duesterhaus ($19.00)
      Featuring color-coded recipe magnets with coordinating recipe binder printables, The Magnetic Menu Board Ultimate Meal Planning System allows you to save time and money by helping you efficiently plan, shop for and prepare a month’s worth of meals.
    • Meal Planning for Beginners by Brendie Heter ($28.50)
      Join Brendie Heter live for encouragement and inspiration for meal planning and how to use the bundle to its full potential!
    • Meal Planning Made Simple by Merissa Alink ($4.99)
      Learn to create a meal plan that ACTUALLY works for your family.
    • Printable Meal Planner from Carrie Elle by Carrie Lindsey ($5.00)
      Get dinner under control with the printable Carrie Elle Meal Planner – you’re going to love having everything you need for stress-free dinners in one handy location!
    • Simple Healthy Meal Planner by Tracy Lynn  ($24.00)
      A step by step guide that will help you to plan out healthy meals without the stress so you can stick to a plan and learn to love meal time again!

The recipe count by dietary preference….

Dairy Free – 726
Peanut Free – 957
Tree Nut Free – 770
Egg Free – 820
Soy Free – 809
Gluten Free – 843
Vegetarian – 441
Paleo – 346
Keto – 213
Sugar Free – 531

 

And I’m happy to see that all the recipes are fully compatible with a meal planning app called RealPlans (which you also get a free trial to).

I’m pretty skeptical of recipe apps as I’ve used a bunch before and none have suited me to a T. Hence why I go for a super simple system I can tell you about here.

But if you’re an app kinda person, go right ahead and try the RealPlans app for free. The other apps that come highly recommended in the community are CookBook and Paprika.

 

6 days only! Offer expires on the 7th Jan.

 

 

Laini x

Dress-Ups & Bliss Balls (…and your chance to win!)

Dress-Ups & Bliss Balls (…and your chance to win!)

Laini Oldfield | December 18, 2018

I’ve never really been a “dress ups” kinda gal.

But I tell you what!…

…I had a super fun day with my friends this week, dressing up in pretty dresses and making yummy bliss balls!

And while we were at it, I managed to wangle a fabulous opportunity for you guys! Read on…

 

 

My friends Nadene and Meghan design the most beautiful dresses, and they decked me out in one of them!

 

They know I love food, so of course I got the lemon dress.

 

Little did they know, that lemon dress was quite serendipitous.

 

I spent a whole year with a low-grade cold. I took to drinking the juice of a whole lemon every day (and using essential oils) and I gained the strength I needed to finally kick the longest cold in the world.

 

It taught me that food can be medicine, and that I have the power to strengthen my health.

 

Lemons now serve as a constant reminder of that, and are a symbol of strength to me.

 

Check out the dress…

 

 

When I put it on, I immediately felt beautiful.

 

The fabric, the fit, the cut, the way it moved with my body…. was unlike any dress I’d worn before.

I’m proud of the “maturing, almost-40” journey I’m on. I even love the scars I have from needing 5 caesarian sections. They represent my beautiful children and all that my body and mind were strong enough to do, to bring them into this world.

But… I’d be lying if I said I’m not plagued with some body image issues. Particularly now, while I’m getting to the bottom of some health issues and learning to put self care back on the ‘must do’ list each day.

And with this dress though? I felt like a million bucks.

So I did what any woman in her right mind would do, and I took it home with me 😉

 

Nadene & Meghan are going to GIVE a lucky someone inside the TWC Community, your choice of beautiful Wynsum Wardrobe dresses!

 

Check out some of the options….

 

  
  

 

AND, as a bonus because we couldn’t resist, we’re also giving you Nadene’s famous Christmas bliss ball recipe.

 

She’s very well known for these babies.

 

In fact, when I had a baby (maybe Rosie?), she dropped around the peppermint variety, which to this day, still remain my absolute fave bliss ball recipe.

 

And if you know TWC recipes, you know we have a lot!

 

Here it is (click the image below for the recipe)…

 

Christmas Bliss Balls with Cranberry, Chocolate, Pistachio & Orange

 

So if you want a dress that can be your ‘go-to’ to make you feel a million bucks, check out how below (NB: Entries close on New Years Eve 2018):

 

Click here or on the image below to enter.

 

*Just for the record, I don’t believe we need a dress to make us feel like a million bucks. But, sometimes it doesn’t hurt, right? 😉

Merry Christmas guys!

Laini x

PS. Don’t you just love those bar stools? Our other friends Liam and Esther have a business called Abide Interiors. I have quite the wish-list going. Check out their range here. They ship around the country too.

PPS. Photos were taken by another friend Beth Ellis. She’s actually the model in most of the photos on Wynsum Wardrobe, and will be shooting our family photo’s next week.  Our last ones were taken TEN years ago! Overdue much? Check out her amazing work here.

PPPS. FYI, Nadene is actually the friend I’ve told some of you about before, who was the one who helped me get into wholefoods in the first place! So it’s quite fitting that I introduce her to you all.

 

 

Christmas Bliss Balls with Cranberry, Chocolate, Pistachio & Orange

Christmas Bliss Balls with Cranberry, Chocolate, Pistachio & Orange

Laini Oldfield | December 17, 2018

 

My good friend Nadene (the one who supported me to get into wholefoods actually!) has become quite well known in our neck of the woods.

The reason?

Well, there’s two actually.

The first?

She designs b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l dresses over at Wynsum Wardrobe. Check out the dress-up day I had with her here.

The second?

Bliss balls.

She makes the b-e-s-t bliss balls.

Feast your eyes and your tummy on this Christmas variation!

Nadene says she really only makes these once a year at Christmas time for a special treat. ‘Cos once you start to eat these babies, it’s hard to stop.

The flavour combo is insane.

Enjoy.

…And Merry Christmas from Nadene and I!

 

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups almond meal
3 1/2 cups rolled oats (pulse in food processor to be fine in texture)
1/2 cup cacao powder
Grated rind from one orange
3/4 cup chopped salted pistachios
1 cup chopped dark chocolate
1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries (or use dried sour cherries)
500g jar of rice malt syrup
Desiccated coconut for rolling

 

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir well.
2. Roll mixture into balls and roll in coconut.
3. Refrigerate and indulge.

 

 

Variations

  • Peppermint Bliss Balls (Laini’s all-time fave!)
Same as above for almond meal, oats, cacao powder and rice malt syrup.  Add peppermint dark choc (or just plain ol’ dark choc will work too), and edible peppermint essential oil to taste (around 4 drops). Roll in coconut and refrigerate.

 

Share your Christmas baking creations with us on Instagram with #myTWC

 

 

Happiness with Toni Powell

Happiness with Toni Powell

Laini Oldfield | November 29, 2018

Wow am I grateful to have met Toni Powell.

Toni’s not the kind of person you would expect to be preaching about wellbeing. She’s edgy, hilarious and endlessly curious, and has experienced exhilarating highs and devastating lows. After years of excessive worrying and depression, Toni set out to find a cure for her unhappiness and now she wants you to know about it too.

Toni loves to pass on simple tools for creating better relationships, increasing resilience, decreasing stress and negativity.

She authored the book I’m delving into right now (What A Feeling), and spent years researching the subjects of relationships, happiness and gratitude. She’s personally worked alongside world leaders in this field such as the Dalai Lama, Brene Brown, Shawn Achor, Br David, Michelle Gielan and Gretchen Rubin.

Toni was the subject of an ABC ‘Australian Story’ documentary episode called ‘Let There Be Light’, and speaks regularly at conferences, corporate workplaces, government and events such as Happiness and Its Causes and The Positive Schools Conference. She’s well received because she has a funny, disarming style.

Kick back and have a listen to our interview below:

 

 

10:03: What’s the biggest thing standing in the way of our happiness?

11:02: Why do we point the finger?

14:25: Top 3 things we can start doing today to help us feel happier

14:46: The first thing – Stop believing our own thoughts

16:46: How can we identify what our own thoughts are?

19:17: The second thing – Adopt a useful theory about life

25:10: The third thing – The practice of gratitude (this is massive)

31:50: Gratitude as a disciple, not an emotion, & the power of ‘wax on, wax off’.

33:20: When not to be positive

35:40: What does gratitude as a discipline look like in Toni’s day to day life? (there’s some good stuff here!)

45:22: How long does it take to rebuild the neuro-pathways in our brain?

46:14: What sets those those apart who actually make positive change, and those who don’t.

49:43: Toni’s TEDx talk on the most powerful thing for good, in your marriage

50:33: About the ‘Gratitude Adventure’ (a daily 10 min guided gratitude program) , and Toni’s very generous offer to the TWC Community

54:00: 3 Actions to take (listen to this!)

55:24: Key takeaways & recap

Link to the Graditude Adventure: https://tonipowell.me/adventure-course
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Find Toni at: https://tonipowell.me/