Mandarin Cake with Pineapple Frosting


1 Betty Crocker Super Moist cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup roasted slivered almonds
1 can mandarin segments, drained (reserve 1/3 cup liquid)
4 eggs
1 can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 Cotties vanilla instant pudding
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1/2 teaspoons mandarin rind
600ml thickened cream, whipped to stiff peaks


Heat oven to 180°C

Lightly grease and line with baking paper a 20inch round tin

In a large bowl, beat cake mix, oil, reserved 1/3 cup mandarin liquid, and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes. Gently fold in mandarin segments and almonds and pour batter into pan

Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely for about 1 hour

To make pineapple frosting, mix together pineapple, vanilla pudding mix and mandarin peel. Gently stir in whipped cream. Spread frosting on cake

Store tightly covered in refrigerator

Toxin Free Zone

When it comes to going “low tox” our personal beauty products are typically the biggest culprits in contributing to the toxins our body absorbs.

Your skin is your biggest organ, and all those pores on your skin means everything you put on it is absorbed into your body. You wouldn’t put petrol all over your skin would you? So why would you use products that contain petroleum (a by product of petrol waste)?

Checking product ingredients has become automatic for us, but we understand how overwhelming it can be. And sometimes feels like a bit of a Year 12 Science exam trying to pronounce some of those ingredients.

Nourished Life is our number 1 trusted site for everything low tox. Founder Irene has done all the hard work and checked all the ingredients for us, so you can shop with confidence that there are no nasties hidden in any of the products on her site. Irene is so passionate about clean beauty, and has 7000+ toxin-free natural, organic and sustainable products to choose from! The range has everything beauty, skincare, haircare to wellness, health and home.

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Roasted Broccolini with Lemon

Sides should never be boring! This grilled broccolini recipe is super simple, using minimal ingredients but packs a punch of flavour. Roasting the broccolini is a great way to bring out the flavour. This one will become a favourite!


3 bunches broccolini

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Zest of one lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon sesame seeds

8 drops Lemon essential oil (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 220°C
  2. Wash brocollini well and cut off lower hard stalks
  3. Cut each broccolini length ways and lay them on a baking tray
  4. Mix all the remaining ingredients in a bowl (leave the sesame seeds out)
  5. Brush the broccolini well with the dressing
  6. Place in oven and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, till the ends begin to char slightly
  7. Allow cooked brocollini to cool for 5min before serving.
  8. Serve on a dish and top with sesame seeds and extra lemon zest.


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Boost Those Lashes and Brows

When it comes to hair, we are either trying to get rid of it, or make it grow! Making it grow is the trickier one, so products like the Noosa Basics Eye Lash + Brow Revitaliser can definitely help.

Whether you just want to give your lashes and brows a boost, or you have had a battle with chemotherapy, regrowing that hair can actually be possible.

Castor oil has been known to help with hair growth for years, so no surprise that’s what is in the Eye Lash + Brow Revitaliser. And two kinds of castor oil too. Bonus.

Adding some essential oils to the tube is something we love doing to give the hair that extra love. Lavender, Rosemary and Ylang Ylang all are great at supporting hair growth, so a drop of each will give it an extra boost.

Simply apply to lashes and brows at night and go to sleep! Doesn’t get much easier than that.

You can grab a Noosa Basics Eye Lash + Brow Revitaliser yourself via Nourished Life by clicking here

Got my Essential Oils! Now what?


Getting that first purple package from doTERRA is both incredibly exciting but scary at the same time. We get it. We were there too. You open it up and you think… where do I start? Which one was the oil to help me sleep? And which ones can’t I ingest? It can feel overwhelming. Here you’ll find access to a collection of free doTERRA ebooks to help you get started and enjoy the benefits of these Essential Oils.

Essential Oils for Beginners

Aromatic Use of Essential Oils

Internal Use of Essential Oils 

Topical Use of Essential Oils

Cooking with Essential Oils

Cleaning with Essential Oils

Focus and Motivation with Essential Oils

Essential Oils for Children

Essential Oils and Personal Care

Essential Oils and Sleep

Essential Oils and Fitness

Emotional Benefits of Aromatherapy

Lifelong Vitality

The Origin of Essential Oils

Roasted Pumpkin with Cumin Yoghurt Dressing

This is the perfect side dish to any meal and full of flavour. Pumpkin will become the new favourite vegetable after you give this recipe a go!


A whole butternut pumpkin, washed

250 mls (1 cup) Greek yoghurt

Extra virgin live oil

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground cumin

I cup coriander, chopped roughly

1 red chilli, de seeded and chopped finely

100g roasted flakes almonds



Essential Oils: Lemon


Cut pumpkin into thick slices, and remove the seeds.

Place the pumpkin pieces on a roasting tray, and prepare the cinnamon basting oil.

In a small bowl, add the extra virgin olive oil, ground cinnamon and salt and pepper to taste. Brush pumpkin with cinnamon oil and bake them in the oven at 200 degrees. After 20 minutes, turn the pumpkin pieces over and baste with the remaining cinnamon oil, and continue baking for another 15mins.

While the pumpkin is cooking, prepare the yoghurt dressing. In a medium bowl, add the Greek yoghurt, ground cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Add 10 drops of lemon essential oil and mix well. Refrigerate the dressing till you’re ready to serve.

Note, if you don’t have essential oils, you can add the zest of a whole lemon (or get in contact with us to learn how to get essential oils in your home and enjoy their beautiful flavours)

Remove the pumpkin from the oven and let it cool to room temperature before serving.

Once ready to serve, place the pumpkin pieces on a large serving tray. Try to keep all pieces exposed so they all get some dressing.

Drizzle the yoghurt dressing all over the pumpkin.

Add the chopped coriander, chopped chilli and roasted almond flakes.


Roasted Beetroot, Farro & Bean Salad

When it comes to salads, this one will tick all the boxes. It’s filling, it’s nourishing and packed full of flavour. This salad works well as a side dish but works equally as well as a meal in itself!


1 cup roasted farro, cooked and cooled

420g (1 can) 4 bean mix, rinsed

420g (1 can) lentils, rinsed

1 lemon

3 Spanish onions

500g beetroot

1 bunch parsley, chopped

1 bunch coriander, chopped

Balsamic glaze

Half cup (130 mls ) extra virgin olive oil

Salt & pepper

Essential Oils: Black Pepper & Wild Orange


Chop beetroot and Spanish onion in large pieces and add to a roasting dish.

Cover with half of the extra virgin olive oil (half a cup).

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Roast in the oven at 200 degrees for 25mins.

While the beetroot and onions are cooking, lets make the dressing.

In a small bowl, add the juice of 1 lemon with the remaining half a cup of extra virgin olive oil.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add 5 drops of black pepper and 10 drops wild orange essential oils.

Note, if you don’t have essential oils, you can skip this step (or get in contact with us to learn how to get essential oils in your home and enjoy their beautiful flavours)

Time to start assembling the salad. If you want to make this salad ahead of time, then prep everything till this point, and assemble before serving.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the beans, lentils, cooked farro, parsley and coriander. Add the dressing and mix well.

Add the mix to a large serving dish – we love using fairly flat platters for serving salads like this.

Place the roasted beetroot and onions on top, and drizzle with balsamic glaze.


Dirty Dozen

Deciding to go organic and low toxic is an easy decision to make in your mind. Then it becomes totally overwhelming. Where do you start?

It’s easy it start if you start slow. Make it a slow process. Make a priority list and work through it item by item.

Lets focus on fruit and vegetables first. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has produced a list of the most pesticide laden fruit and vegetables. The first 12 on this list are referred to as the “Dirty Dozen”. This is a great place to start. These are the most pesticide laden foods. If you and your family eat a lot of items on this list, then try and choose organic for these (where possible of course).

The “Clean 15” list on the other hand identified the non-organic produce least likely to be contaminated with pesticide levels. This is where you don’t always have to reach for the organic option (unless you want to of course!)

The Dirty Dozen 

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectaries
  4. Apples
  5. Grapes
  6. Peaches
  7. Cherroes
  8. Pears
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Celery
  11. Potatoes
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers / Capsicum + Chillies

The Clean 15

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn*
  3. Pineappe
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Frozen sweet peas
  7. Papaya*
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mango
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew melon
  12. Kiwi
  13. Rockmelon / Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli

* most corn and papaya is grown from GMO seeds (which is a whole other issue), so would always suggest getting organic here where possible.

To access the full list by the EWG click here.

When it comes to washing your fruit and vegetables (you do wash them don’t you?), water alone will not remove the pesticides. Soak them in a mix of water and baking soda (plus some cheap white vinegar if you have it) for about 10 minutes, then wash clean. This will remove loads of the crap that is sitting on the skin (and you don’t want invading your body).

What are Essential Oils?

If the first thing you think of when you hear Essential Oils, is a hippie looking lady dancing around burning incense, then you’re probably not alone. Truth is, Essential Oils are probably around you right now. The flowers, the herbs, the trees all around you contain what become Essential Oils.

Essential Oils are the compounds found within the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells. Essential oils are the way plants protect themselves and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.

Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends.

doTERRA Essential Oils are of the highest quality and sourced all around the world using ethical practises. The Essential Oils are extracted either through low heat steam distillation or expression (cold pressing). This ensures the highest quality of oils that are safe to use for the whole family.

How Can You Use Essential Oils?

DoTERRA Essential Oils can be used aromatically, internally or topically.


Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming. Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. However, using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices.

You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply.


Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit.

Although essential oils are readily absorbed, there are many ways to increase absorption. Using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil) can also increase absorption, especially in skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil.


Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your spaghetti, you are actually consuming some volatile aromatic essential oil compounds.

When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, essential oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted.

Read more on how to use Essential Oils here

How to Buy doTERRA Essential Oils

Getting started with Essential Oils doesn’t need to be scary or overwhelming. Starting with an enrolment kit is the most intelligent way to get these amazing oils into your home.

When you make the decision to take control of the health of your family and create your doTERRA wholesale account, you get:

25% off retail prices of the doTERRA Essential Oils

No minimum order requirements. Only buy when you want!

Access to us – Jenny & Tammy – to answer your questions, and support you as you get started on your own oily journey. This includes access to some secret Facebook pages where you can learn from others.

So are you ready to get started? 

1. Go to

2. From the menu option, click Join & Save

3. Select your Language and Country

4. Select the Local Order option

5. Choose whether you want to be a Wholesale Customer or Wellness Advocate.

The only difference between the two is that a Wellness Advocate has the opportunity to earn commissions. Choose this option if you would like to explore the option of building your own doTERRA business.

Note, Wholesale Customers can always upgrade to Wellness Advocates.

6. Complete all the mandatory fields.

At the Enroller ID, make sure 3765495 is displayed.

7. Select the enrolment kit you would like (check images below for all the enrolment kits). Note, all enrolment kits include the $35 membership fee.

Or choose your single oils and add your “Welcome Introductory Packet” for $35 (this is your membership fee).

Tip: Make sure to add a bottle of fractionated coconut oil to your order so you can dilute the oils and apply them topically.

8. Enger your credit card details and complete your order.

Thats it! Well done!

You will receive a confirmation email from doTERRA with access to your own “back office” where you can log in and purchase Essential Oils at any time.

Keep an eye out for your postie… you will receive and introductory pack from doTERRA (as well as your enrolment order of course!). And you will also get a welcome pack from us!