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The Power of Two Simple Words

The Power of Two Simple Words

Too often in the rush of life we can forget to stop and say two simple words… Thank you! Whether it’s sending an email, a handwritten card, a bunch of flowers or catching up for a cup of tea… I’ve learned how important it is to let my friends, family and work colleagues know how much I’ve valued their support and guidance. Try thanking someone today, no doubt it will brighten their day!

Miranda xxx

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Healthy Holiday Snacks: Hummus & Green Dip

Healthy Holiday Snacks: Holiday Treat: Hummus & Green Dip

I was asked by lots of people on the live Twitter chat for my healthy snack options for the holidays. So I’ll post some of my favourite healthy holiday recipes over the next few weeks for you.

It’s easy to indulge over the holidays, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to over indulge. I like to have healthy, delicious snack options prepared ready in the fridge to keep me on track. One of my favourites is crudités with freshly made dips. The recipes below are really easy, packed with nutrients and are loved by all my family.

The fresh produce in these dips are the hero ingredients, so buy the best you can and organic if possible.

Enjoy, Miranda xxx

HUMMUS with freshly cut carrot, cucumber and celery sticks
  • 400 grams of organic chickpeas (soaked, cooked, cooled and drained)
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons lemon juice depending on taste
  • 2 generous tablespoons tahini paste
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • A generous pinch of Himalayan sea salt
  • Iced water to mix (approx. 60-80 ml) depending on the consistency you prefer

Step 1: Combine drained chickpeas, garlic clove, cumin, tahini paste, sea salt, 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice, and 60 ml of water into a high speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Step 2: Taste and adjust to your preference by adding the remaining lemon juice. Add more water, a little at a time whilst blending to achieve your preferred texture. Spoon into a serving bowl along side vegetable crudities such as freshly cut carrot, cucumber and celery sticks.

NB: I prefer not to use canned chickpeas, so here are the directions on preparing from dried. Soak 125grms dried chickpeas in water overnight. The following day, drain the water and place the chickpeas in a large saucepan with plenty of cold water – enough to cover them. Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for about an hour, skimming the surface every now and again. Do not salt whilst cooking. Drain and cool – rinse under cold running water if necessary to cool quicker.

GREEN DIP with crudités and organic rice crackers
  • 500 g or approximately 3 avocados peeled and seeded
  • Juice from 1 – 2 lemons, depending on your taste
  • 1 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ tsp Himalayan sea salt and a good pinch of black pepper
  • ¼ cup of water

Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy.

Step 2: Taste and adjust to your liking, adding more lemon, pepper, or water for consistency if needed. Spoon into a serving bowl along side organic rice crackers and vegetable crudities such as freshly cut carrot, cucumber and celery sticks.

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Miranda’s 15 Minute Workout

Miranda's 15 Minute Workout

Like most busy working women and mothers, I can find it difficult to fit everything into the day, and more often than not exercise can get relegated to the bottom of the list. When I don’t exercise I don’t feel my best, so for me it’s important to capture a minimum of at least 15 minutes of focused exercise a day.

Generally when exercising I like to mix it up, with everything from resistance training to yoga, hiking to going for a bike ride with my son. But when I’m short on time, working long hours or travelling, I’ve developed a 15-minute workout routine that targets all areas, needs no equipment and can be easily done at home or in a hotel room. Not only does it give you a great workout, but it also increases your energy levels and improves concentration!

I start with a spritz of KORA Organics Energising Citrus Mist, and take three deep breaths setting my intention, followed by a 1-minute stretch (legs, arms and neck).

Recovery – remember to rest for 10 seconds in between exercise.

  • 1 minute of push ups
  • 1 minute plank (or 2 x 30 second holds for beginners)
  • 1 minute of squats
  • 1 minute of jumping jacks (cardio burst)
  • 1 minute of left leg raises
  • 1 minute of bicycle crunches
  • 1 minute of right leg raises
  • 1 minute bridge (hold 30 seconds, pulse 30 seconds)
  • 1 minute of jumping jacks (cardio burst)
  • 1 minute of alternating lunges
  • 1 minute wall sit
  • 1 minute of mountain climbers
  • 1 minute of jumping jacks (cardio burst)

Stretch it out and remember to rehydrate. You’ll find even though this is a quick routine, it will work out your arms, abs, legs and butt and will also strengthen your core.

Enjoy!
Miranda xxx

P.S. This can be quite an intense workout, so remember to consult your healthcare professional before trying any new exercise regimes.

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Balance

Balance

When I’m asked what area in my life is a continual focus it often circles back to balance.

Balance is the equilibrium between the body, mind and spirit, family, relationships, work and play… maintaining balance in all areas of your life is essential for your wellbeing, happiness and productivity.

It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in the demands and chaos of everyday life, but there are simple steps you can take (and you can control), to regain greater balance so you’re functioning at your optimum and at the same time living in a more synchronised and harmonious manner. You’re also then more able to focus your attention and energy on attaining your goals, and moving forward in a meaningful way.

These are some of the adjustments you can make to bring balance back to your life.

Say no

I often felt compelled to take on all that was thrown at me even when my schedule was crazy and out of control, but now I’ve realised it’s just not possible to do everything and maintain a healthy balance, so unless it’s essential or adds value, I pass on it. People end up respecting you more for setting boundaries and being true to yourself, so don’t feel compelled to always say yes. It may even leave a door open for a more fulfilling opportunity!

Disconnect

Turn your TV and computer off, put down your phone and be present when you finish work for the day. Give yourself and your mind a rest and spend quality time connecting with family and friends. It’s amazing how free you can feel when you release yourself from technology.

Laughter

As the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. Allow yourself moments to indulge in your inner child… I love nothing more than a belly laugh with my family and friends, it’s incredibly reenergising.

Health is wealth

If you can’t find an hour, set aside 15 minutes for some form of exercise each day – even if it’s just a brisk walk in the fresh air. Your body will release endorphins that naturally help manage stress and clear your mind.

Sleep

Your body needs to rest and recover. Sleep is a time when your body repairs itself on a cellular level. Each evening I spray my pillow with Calming Lavender Mist, put on an eye mask and listen to an evening meditation… this little ritual helps me unwind and drift into a deep beneficial sleep.

Mindfulness

The benefits of meditation and deep belly breathing are endless, even 5 – 10 minutes is enough to recentre and refocus, and it can transform a challenging day into a rewarding one. I try to meditate at different intervals throughout the day, and I also start my day with the practice of positive affirmation and prayer.

Reward yourself

Treat yourself often. It may be as simple as a glass of wine after a long day, a cup of your favourite tea, buying yourself a bunch of flowers, lighting a scented candle and taking a bath, applying a facemask, or a pedicure or massage on your day off. It’s important to reward yourself and acknowledge your achievements.

Remove toxins, clutter and negativity

This goes for everything from people to products. Remove toxic influences… try to avoid negative people (if you can) and surround yourself with those who have positive, upbeat attitudes. Choose organic when and where possible including household products, skincare and food. Minimise the clutter around you, I often find if my environment is organised, my mind is naturally more organised.

Plan and prioritise

Try to plan and prepare for your day as much as possible, this will allow you to ensure you aren’t over committing yourself and you can prioritize anything that is essential or important. I like to look at my weekly schedule on the Friday morning before so I can make any necessary changes, this allows me to more fully enjoy the weekend, as I know my week ahead is achievable.

I’d love to hear what you do to maintain balance.

Much love,
Miranda xxx

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The Power Of Pink

The Power of Pink

I like to carry a small Rose Quartz crystal with me in my handbag. Rose Quartz is a pink coloured crystal believed to have heart-healing properties. It encourages healthy self-love, and can bestow compassion, forgiveness and acceptance. Rose Quartz is also soothing, calming and reduces stress and tension.

Did you know that we have added the unique vibrations of Rose Quartz to all our KORA Organics products. The filtered water in the KORA Organics products is infused with the energy of the Rose Quartz crystal, so that vibration of love and intent flows through the crystals, into the products and onto you!

Miranda xxx

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Nourish Your Body From the Inside!

Nourish Your Body From the Inside!

For maximum energy and vitality, I make a green power smoothie each morning that is alkalizing, nutrient dense and high in vitamins and minerals.

Typically my own recipe is:

  • The water from a young fresh coconut (or half a glass of coconut water)
  • Half a glass Goat or Almond milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Acai powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Goji Berries
  • 1 Tablespoon Spirulina
  • 1 Tablespoon Raw Cacao powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Maca Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Raw Vegan Protein Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy.

Miranda xxx

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The Power of Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

I was raised from a very young age to always give thanks and show gratitude – especially for the little things that are easy to take for granted.

Gratitude to me is the quality of being thankful, and the readiness to show kindness and appreciation to those around you.

It’s understandable that we’re often so busy planning our future and chasing our dreams that we can forget to be present, and in turn, forget to be grateful because we’re already chasing, or focusing on, the next thing.

Taking time at the beginning of each day to appreciate all you have, and focusing on that rather than what you don’t have, can transform your day, and the day of those around you. Take a moment to relish in your achievements, and celebrate all you have accomplished in life, be thankful for your health, your loved ones, that the sun is shining or appreciate that rain is falling to benefit the beauty in nature that surrounds you.

By putting good and positivity out there, you can attract more positivity and good into your life, which in turn can enhance your wellbeing, optimism and happiness.

It would be remiss of me not to mention it’s also important to be grateful for life’s challenges – we all have them, and it’s these challenges that serve as lessons to allow us to grow and expand. So use challenges to your advantage, not to your detriment.

Here are three simple ways to inspire more gratitude:

Pen to paper

Write down in a gratitude journal each morning three things that you are grateful for that day. Be present when you do this to make it more meaningful, and to truly connect with what it is. When we acknowledge something we are grateful for in this way, it can increase in its value as you are able to realize and appreciate its full worth.

Acts of kindness

Positive emotions can flourish with one simple act of kindness. If you see someone who needs help, offer a hand; make a donation to charity or volunteer your time; smile at the person who you are passing on the street. This can inspire others who have been the beneficiary of your kindness to also extend kindness to others.

Say thank you

If you appreciate someone for what they have done, you both experience more positive emotions. Take moment to think of someone who you’ve been meaning to thank and pick up the phone, write an email or a letter, and thank them and express your gratitude and appreciation.

Gratitude has the ability to bring happiness, contentment, peace and serenity. It opens our heart and our mind to embrace positive thinking. I’d love to hear how you incorporate gratitude in your day.

Much love,

Miranda xxx

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My Morning Beauty Routine

My Morning Beauty Routine

I’m often asked how I incorporate my favourite KORA Organics products into my morning beauty routine. I usually have very little time in the mornings, especially with a toddler, so with these simple skin and beauty steps I can get out the door in 15 minutes.

Skincare isn’t just about the products you apply, so I have also shared some other steps that my skin really benefits from, and I recommend you try them too.

On rising – Warm water with lemon

I drink a glass of warm water with the juice of half an organic lemon each morning. Warm lemon water in the morning helps kick start the digestion process for the rest of the day. It’s also a morning ritual that cleanses the system, boosts your immune system and balances pH levels because lemons are very alkalizing. They are also abundant in Vitamin C, which promotes healing and health.

Pre shower – Dry body brushing

Dry body brushing is an integral part of my daily regime. It’s a great way to get the circulation going, remove dead skin cells, aid lymphatic drainage, detoxify your system and keep your skin smooth all over. I start with my feet and legs and work my way up in quick gentle strokes… it needn’t be too time consuming and just takes a few minutes before jumping into the shower.

Shower – KORA Organics Foaming Cleanser + Essential Body Wash

I multitask in the shower and cleanse both my face and body. I like to use KORA Organics Foaming Cleanser for my face – it’s a gentle, soap free, foaming cleanser formulated to gently cleanse the skin of impurities. The Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Sandalwood protect the skin from free radical damage while leaving the skin feeling fresh, clean and never dry or taut.

I then apply a small amount of KORA Organics Essential Body Wash to a sponge and cleanse all over, it’s an uplifting aromatic blend of organically sourced essential oils such as Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood and Rose – so it’s the perfect uplifting sensory start to the day!

Post shower – Mist and moisturise: KORA Organics Citrus Mist, Hydrating Day & Night Cream and KORA Organics Enriched Body Lotion

Out of the shower I towel dry and mist my face with two to three pumps of KORA Organics Energising Citrus Mist – a refreshing face mist containing Bergamot, Orange, Mandarin, Aloe Vera, Sandalwood and Noni Extract… it balances, maintains suppleness and prepares your skin for moisturiser.

Whilst the mist is working its magic, I take a minute to apply KORA Organics Enriched Body Lotion… if you’re time poor or in a rush, this lotion has such an amazing natural scent you don’t need to apply fragrance. This is one of my all time favourite products!

I then apply KORA Organics Hydrating Day & Night Cream to my face, neck and décolletage areas – it’s a hydrating daily moisturiser with Rose, Natural Omega 6 Fatty Acids, Lavender, Rose Hip and Mandarin Oil.

Tip: to maintain my skin’s hydration throughout the day I keep a mist in my handbag and gently spritz throughout the day when required to freshen up… there are three to choose from; Balancing Rose, Calming Lavender and Energising Citrus.

Hair & Make up

Hair

I wash my hair in the evening so it can dry naturally overnight, then all I have to do in the morning is style it. At the moment I prefer a low braid or a high topknot, as they both require little time and effort but still look feminine and polished.

Tip: I also use a hairbrush with a natural bristle as it promotes shine and is gentle on the scalp.

Makeup

I apply KORA Organics Tinted Day Cream as a healthy alternative to foundation. It’s quick and easy to apply and has the perfect amount of coverage… it leaves my complexion radiant with an even tone.

Tip: use your fingers to apply, as the warmth will help the formulation melt into your skin for a flawless finish.

I like to define my lashes and groom my eyebrows because the eyes really frame the face. I apply two to three coats of mascara. To finish off my look I apply lip balm if I want a more natural look, or a tint or lipstick in a shade of red if I want to make more of a statement – the red also brightens my complexion instantly. If I need a little more coverage I sparingly use RMS concealer where required.

Tip: to really open up your eyes, use an eyelash curler before you apply your mascara.

Out the door with a Green juice

Green cold pressed juices are packed with live, whole ingredients so it’s an instant health hit to the blood stream. The chlorophyll contained in cold pressed green juices can help keep your blood healthy and are very oxygenating. Green juices are high in vitamins and minerals making them great contributors to clear skin and bright eyes.

I’d love to hear what you think and if you have any beauty secrets or tips to share with me.

Much love,

Miranda xxx

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