Cold and Flu Remedies on Offer – My mother has always sworn by the power of garlic. Of course as it happens with funny things parents do, the love of garlic has been passed on. I won’t go the raw scoop as she does but as soon as I see a sniff I’m throwing cloves into everything.

Here are some other activities known to our household during cold and flu season.

Eucalyptus Oil – I clean everything with it and sneak in to wipe down their beds at night too. Crazy mama. Here’s a few big words from Wikipedia: “Eucalyptus oil has antibacterial effects on pathogenic bacteria in the respiratory tract. Inhaled eucalyptus oil vapor is a decongestant and treatment for bronchitis. Cineole controls airway mucus hypersecretion and asthma via anti-inflammatory cytokine inhibition. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_oil

Natural Cough Syruphttp://www.betweenclosefriends.com/2008/10/20/simple-all-natural-homemade-cough-syrupsore-throat-remedy/ This has made a difference to middle of the night episodes.

A few drops of Hydrogen Peroxide – yep you heard it right. In each ear at the first sign of a cold. Here’s a bit of a read from another convinced blogger: http://natural-controversial-cures.blogspot.com/2006/12/using-hydrogen-peroxide-for-colds-and.html

Vitamin D – Sunshine is a gift and we really do need it.

Chicken Soup – Throw 8 legs and a few cloves of crushed garlic the wonderful into a pot.  Fill it with water and boil. Add whatever vegetables you have (carrots, broccoli, potato, corn, zucchini, squash) and cook for up to an hour on low. Serve over brown rice with a splash of soy sauce. Too easy, too yummy. It’s one of my guys favorite dinners …with or without snot.

Pesto  – Loaded with raw garlic. I like Stephanie Alexander’s recipe. Ingredients: 1 cup well packed basil leaves, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoons pine nuts, 2 cloves garlic, salt, 60g Romano Cheese (grated) Method: Blend basil, oil, pine nuts, garlic and salt. Scrape pesto into bowl and stir in parmesan. Stir through hot pasta.

Golden Juice – Lemon, honey and hot water. Mix it all, let it cool and drink! My guys like to stir the jug to help make it.

Chamomile Tea – for any additional tummy upsets.

Sleep …if you can, get some.

Good luck this season. See you on the other side!


Giveaway: I have 5 double passes to giveaway to Here I Am a newbie by Australian filmmaker, Bec Cole who describes it as her “tribute to women”. To grab a pass simply say hello through the contact form (your details will not be used for any other means) Thanks for the offer Footprint Films! 


For Mother’s Day I encourage you to celebrate the mother you really are. For me, I’ll be raising a glass to: 

  • The mummy who struggles daily to keep the house tidy – and the car! 
  • The mummy who often wears her pjs into the afternoon.
  • The mummy who gets deep satisfaction from seeing her children get really grubby – and eventually clean.
  • The mummy who is not  enthusiastic about 5am starts.
  • The mummy who wants to be a veggie growing, organic cooking, natural remedy expert but isn’t there yet.
  • The mummy who lets her kids drink out of the bathroom tap.
  • The mummy who teaches her children way too many daggy tunes like ‘Quarter Master’s Store’ and ‘My Old Man’s a Dustman’.
  • The mummy who loves her children passionately.

Three cheers. Now how about you?


Transmission Films (thank you!) are offering 10 Sydney Mum readers the chance to win one of 10 double passes to the Potiche (Trophy Wife) at participating cinemas from 21 April. First 10 to wish me a “Happy Easter” through the contact form will be heading off to the movies with a friend on the house. Check out the trailer:  

Here’s a scenario you may appreciate: You’re totally exhausted, kids are sick, you’re out of milk, your partner wants your opinion, and friends call hoping to drop by with a bottle of wine …but it’s about as close to “Happy Hour” as Greenland.

Carolyne Gowen of Still Your Mind offers a solution.

“An easy way to bring calmness back into your life is by meditating”, explains Carolyne, “it is guaranteed to bring you clarity, relaxation and peace of mind.  It also makes you feel and look younger as it stimulates the human growth hormone and is equal to having up to several hours sleep”.

When you meditate, you still your mind and stop the voice in your head which is constant 24/7. When this internal dialogue ceases, the mind settles. Because the mind and the body are so closely related, when the mind settles, the body can start to relax.

So when the baby is asleep, or the children are playing outside, take some well deserved ‘me’ time and meditate. 20 minutes will give you the most benefits but do what you can. You will still feel calm, relaxed and happier – plus you will sleep better!

How to Meditate

1. The most important thing is to be comfortable. You don’t want to be sitting for 20 minutes thinking about your legs, arms or bottom. It is best to sit in an upright position with good back support whether that be sitting on a chair, on the sofa, against a wall or on your bed  – all with plenty of pillows.

2. Place your hands comfortably sitting over one another.

3. Close your eyes and to start gently and silently repeating the mantra ‘OM’ or ‘So-Hum” to yourself. When you notice that your mantra has drifted away and you are focussing on your thoughts or listening to a noise outside, gently go back to repeating your mantra. Always favour your mantra over your thoughts or outside distractions. 

4. After 20 minutes, stop repeating your mantra and take a few moments before you slowly open your eyes. You will find that your body and your breathing will really start to settle down and you will feel more energised.

Still Your Mind offers meditation session especially for mothers during the day. You can contact Carolyne on 0418 411300 or via carolyne@stillyourmind.com.au  www.stillyourmind.com.au 



I’m so thrilled to be offering a lucky subscriber (sign up on the home page!) a free copy of Yasmin Boland’s new book: Your Year Ahead – Predictions for 2011.  Who doesn’t want to know what the future may bring???  If you want it simply be the first to say “Happy New Year”.

And thank you Yasmin for helping make my readers happy in this new year…




Merry Christmas! Want free tickets to see the hottest film in cinemas this summer? Well I’m holding a double pass to The King’s Speech to the first subscriber to say “Ho!”. Thanks Transmission Films.

Listen Up! This is good for you. 

 Here are three basic standing poses to help develop body and inner strength, increase stamina, and stretch muscles and joints of the whole body.     Home yoga with love from….Yogamama 

“Zen can be experienced anywhere and at anytime”. See this light and enlightening introduction to ZEN: www.do-not-zzz.com/ 

YOGAMAMA: Over the coming months Sarah of Yogamama will take you through a selection of easy poses andstretches you can do at home. These can be practiced individually or together as part of a routine.

Yoga Session 1: Simple poses to relieve sore neck and shoulders

Neck Stretches (Greeva Sanchalana)  1. Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position resting your hands on your knees. Relax your shoulders. Inhale. As you exhale slowly move head forward to drop your chin to your chest. As you inhale lift the head only as far back as comfortable – careful not to strain your neck. Repeat 5 rounds.

2. Inhale and as you exhale drop your right ear towards your right shoulder, keeping your shoulders relaxed. You will feel this neck stretch along the left side of your neck. Hold for five deep breaths, then repeat on the left side. Repeat 3 rounds.

Caution –These neck stretches should not be performed by elderly people, people with high or low blood pressure or those suffering from extreme cervical spondylosis.

Cow face posture (Gomukhasana) Remain in  a comfortable cross-legged position. Inhale and lengthen your spine towards the sky. Exhaling take your right arm behind you and place hand between your shoulder blades. Inhaling stretch your left arm overhead and then bend at the elbow to take hold of your right hand. (If you can’t reach your hand simply hold your shirt/top). Maintain lengthened spine and neck aligned with spine. Close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths. Repeat to the opposite side. 

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  5. Barb Quill says:

    Thank You Sharon & ‘Sydney Mum’ for your generous ticket offer to see ‘The King’s Speech’!!! We thought the film was brilliant, with stunning performances by Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush……definitely recommend a trip to the cinema. 🙂

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      I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. I loved it too. No surprizes it’s up for Oscar glory. Thanks for reading! :O)

  6. Sharon Quill says:

    Congratulations Barb! The double pass is on its way… :O)

  7. Barb Quill says:

    “HO!”……Ho, Ho, Ho & a Merry Christmas to All

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