Artemis Kidney Cleanse Tea Review

I love herbal teas! I’ve been a ‘green-tea-kinda-gal’ for a while now but since moving to NZ, and discovering all the amazing herbal teas here, I’ve tried and tested a few. I love The Hollow’s selection of teas, and I know they’re of great quality. I especially love the Orange Rooibos they have, cooled into an ice tea with loads of fresh mint and fruit. So refreshing on a hot day! 

There’s a few supermarket brand I love too, like the Plant Organic Female Balance tea bags. I really love the flavor of this, and especially enjoy it in the morning with my breakfast. But taking a few steps up in the ‘tea-ladder’ comes Artemis. “Artemis is New Zealand owned and operated and exists to harness the power of traditional plant medicine. Continue reading

Vegan Tofu Scramble

Copy of Recipes (2)Well! I’ll start this blog off by saying it’s been a rather intense week! While I’m super excited to share this Vegan Tofu Scramble recipe with you, I’ll give you my brief summary of my experience of the recent earthquake/s.

If you haven’t heard already, New Zealand had a 7.8 Earthquake at a little past 12am early Monday morning. I awoke abruptly to Nick shaking me and instantly I knew what was going on. The earth was moving. Our whole house was shaking, and so vigorously that the water in the toilet was loudly swishing from side to side. Instant panic mode!

My first instinct was to run outside, yet in my fumbled orientation, I actually didn’t know what to do. And then the electricity went out, all was black, frightening! We experienced one last real jolt, and then it simmered down. We later learnt that the quake went on for around 2mins, which is a freaking long time when you’re in a situation like that.  Continue reading

Wainui Falls Adventure

Copy of Copy of Recipes (2)This Valentines Day (well technically the day before), Nick and I decided to treat each other to an awesome experience, an adventure. I have been dying to visit a waterfall, so I did some googling and found Wainui Falls, in the renowned Abel Tasman National Park. Now Nick and I haven’t done much exploring in the Abel Tasman National Park yet, which is crazy (I know!) as it’s one of the main tourist attractions in the area. We’re just not really kitted out for tramping and camping just yet, but we’ll get there!

So this walk was perfect as the drive there was roughly 2 hours from Nelson, and the walk itself wasn’t long at all, so it was the perfect choice for our Valentines adventure!  Continue reading

Gardens of the World Adventure

Copy of Copy of RecipesWe were hankering for a little adventure, one that was not too far away, but still beautiful and invigorating. We racked our brains (and Google) and decided on Gardens of the World in Hope. As it’s Spring and flowers are in bloom all over, these gardens were sure to have some beautiful images for us to enjoy and capture.  Continue reading

Pupu Springs & Fairwell Spit Adventure

Pupu Springs Fairwell SpitSince moving to New Zealand, our sense of adventure has sky rocketed. With so many outstandingly beautiful places to experience, there’s always a place to go on the weekends. So that’s what we like to do. Adventure off, into the distance. With the sunroof open and the sun shining down on us! Wind in our hair and eyes wide open. Experiencing all that this beautiful country has to offer. Pupu Springs & Fairwell Spit was our next destination of choice. Continue reading

Pic’s Peanut Butter Factory Tour

Recipes (6)I am such an avid fan of supporting local businesses, and in Nelson, I’m so lucky to have access to an array of beautiful products made locally. From locally picked frozen berries to Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, I make a point of supporting local businesses and reducing my carbon footprint as much as I can. In these modern times I believe every little helps!

That brings me to one of my most favorite locally made products, and one that has featured in a number of my published recipes, the ever so popular Pic’s Peanut ButterContinue reading

Takaka Hill Adventure

Takaka Hill AdventureI absolutely loved this little adventure up Takaka Hill (New Zealand). We woke up early, filled our bellies, and set off. In the middle of winter, you can imagine how crisp and chilly the morning air was, but it was magical.

We took a relaxed drive through Richmond, Motueka and Riwaka, and at the bottom of Takaka Hill we stopped to take a look at the river. The frost covered ground was absolutely stunning!

There’s something about a chilly winters morning that can invigorate and awaken you, well it does for me. The fresh air is somewhat energizing, and this energy fueled my excitement for the rest of the trip. 

The grass and plants were covered in the most beautiful frost! Really so beautiful to capture! Mother nature never ceases to amaze me with her brilliance.  Continue reading

The Hollow – Nelson

I’d been dying to visit the newly opened tea café/space in Nelson that everyone was talking about. Since changing my lifestyle and diet, herbal tea’s have become a huge part of my life. I love herbal teas! They’re so refreshing and there’s so much you can do with them. From hot drinks, to cool summer ice teas, to even using them in recipes. So many options!!! Hence my excitement for the new tea cafe/store/gallery/event premises The Hollow

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Situated in a sneaky little spot on Nelsons Bridge Street, The Hollow’s warming atmosphere pours out of it’s big black doors. Continue reading

Cable Bay Adventure

Recipes (10)We are so incredibly blessed to live in such an amazing part of this country. New Zealand truly does have beauty that I had never even imagined!

Every corner on a road trip leads to even more breathtaking and visually tantalizing areas that really are such a treat for my eyes! I really am so grateful!!!! This adventure to Cable Bay was just that!
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Maitai River Adventure

Nick and I decided to go on one of the Edible Walks the Nelson City Council are encouraging people to try. We took a stroll to Branford Park, and walked along the Maitai River

We found a group of fruit trees, but none of them were bearing fruit at this time of year. That didn’t stop our adventure though! We carried on, up the river, and at the bridge turned and made our way back down the opposite side of the Maitai River. 

If you are in Nelson, I’d highly recommend this walk. It’s a super easy walk and so incredible beautiful, especially at this time of year. Continue reading