Author: The Sunshine Exchange

The Sunshine Exchange goes cruelty free.

The Sunshine Exchange goes Cruelty Free

In the past few months, I have made the decision to switch to cruelty free skincare and beauty (to the best of my abilities). Advertisements

Why I use a step tracker + ways to get more steps in to your day.

Why I use a step tracker + how to get more steps in to your day

Recently I have been able to test out a Fitbit Charge HR wristband for the first time (a kind loan from my partners parents), after swearing I would never buy one as I didn’t think it would help me towards being fitter or healthier. I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong!

10 Best Blogs on Mindfulness and Personal Growth.

10 Best Blogs on Mindfulness and Personal Growth

“Mindfulness – A state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.” – Psychology Today Mindfulness is a buzzword at the moment, or maybe it has been around for thousands of years, and it is only now that we focus on it. Only now, when our lives are a hectic blur of learning, improving, working, living, breathing, that we suddenly have come to the realisation that if we do not stop and live in the moment, we might miss the little things that give us pleasure. Or maybe it’s just me. Either way, some days I feel like I can look back at my week or month and see a blur of events, with nothing in clear focus. Just a mash. It’s those times when I look to these websites to give me a bit of clarity, a bit of …

Coconut and Mixed Berry Muffins.

Coconut + Mixed Berry Muffins

This weekend, I knew I wanted to do some baking. The problem was, I was totally inundated with recipes – Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Yummly, bookmarked recipes, cook books, scraps of paper recipes taken from god knows where – I just had no idea where to start. So I thought muffins, yes that will be easy, I’ll find a quick and easy healthy-ish muffin recipe that I can use again and again with different ingredients. Advertisements

Review: Ab'Asanas with The Southern Yogi.

Review: Ab’Asanas eBook by The Southern Yogi

I thought I’d do a review of the Ab’Asanas ebook by the Southern Yogi while it’s still fresh in my mind, I just started using it last week! And I only have good things to say about this wonderfully refreshing and challenging eBook. Advertisements

Homemade Toasted Granola.

Homemade Toasted Granola

This recipe makes the simplest, yummiest breakfast packed full of all the good stuff. Make this mix your own, add anything from your pantry; if you aren’t a fan of pecans or walnuts leave them out; if goji berries are too expensive, replace with cranberries, or anything your heart desires. Advertisements

In My Beauty Bag: Natural Summer Essentials.

In My Beauty Bag – Natural Summer Beauty Essentials

It’s full-on summer here in little New Zealand, and we have had one of the hottest starts to the year ever. I thought I’d share my essential beauty items, as they have become important staples in my daily routine. Advertisements

Crushing on: Lina Skukauskė, blogger & lifestyle photographer.

Crushing on: Lina Skukauskė [Blogger and Lifestyle Photographer]

Follow my blog with Bloglovin “What I noticed in my experience is that  life always rewards you for being in tune with your passions and inspiration and especially for sharing with the world what makes you genuinely happy.”   Advertisements

10 Tips to help you keep your New Years Resolutions.

The Importance of ‘Me Time’ + 18 Self-Care Ideas

Me Me time Me, myself, and I Even thinking about uttering those words makes me cringe. It feels selfish, it feels wrong. But why? Most of us know that self-care is essential for happiness, so when did taking a break and taking time out for yourself become such a taboo subject? MindBodyGreen (a favourite source of mine!) explains how we know that looking after our well-being includes exercise, eating well, staying hydrated, getting your forty winks, meditating and doing whatever other relaxation rituals work for you. But there’s more. While spending quality time with friends, family, and loved ones, is an essential part of living a healthy, happy life, it’s also essential to make time to simply be “with yourself,” to give yourself love, without it being something like heading to the gym or sleeping in bed. A Rosie Outlook hits the nail on the head “I believe that my life would be better if I took more time for gratitude, being mindful and present, dedicating time to self-care, and managing my time a little better. …

10 ways to help you keep your New Years Resolutions.

10 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions on Track

So the first month of 2016 is nearly over….well that went incredibly fast! Did anyone else make resolutions, or set goals for this year? I know I did. The past few years I have tried to set goals more than make resolutions. For me personally, goals feel more real, something to work on or work towards, and form new habits. So last December I looked at my life, and thought about all I wanted to achieve in the coming year. Advertisements