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Thick Hot Chocolate




Easter may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for a chocolate fix! This one is the perfect warmer for the cooler weather. 




Ingredients:

Serves 2. 

2 cups coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla 
1 generous sprinkle of cinnamon 

3 tsp coconut sugar 
2 heaped tbsp cacao 
1 heaped tsp tapioca flour (arrowroot)  
½ tsp salt 
1 tsp mesquite (optional)

4 squares of quality dark chocolate, (I use loving earth 2 ingredient dark chocolate) 




Bring the coconut milk, vanilla and cinnamon to a simmer in a small to medium sized saucepan, over medium heat. 
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, place the coconut sugar, cacao, tapioca flour and mesquite (if using) and the salt. 
Pour a small amount of milk into the small bowl with the cacao mixture and stir until smooth. 
Transfer this smooth chocolate mixture into the saucepan with the rest of the milk. Stir well and add in the chocolate. 
Bring the mixture to the boil and allow to bubble for about 3-5 minutes or until it reduces to your desired thickness, stirring occasionally. 
Pour into 2 cups. 





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My name is Sophie and I'm a 20-year-old media student from Sydney. I have an intense love for healthy food, nutritious cooking and cafe exploring! This has been a long-term passion of mine as I understand the importance of fuelling your body with goodness. Not only do you feel amazing and energetic on the inside, you glow with health on the outside! It may sound cliché, but it is absolutely true! I love leading this healthy, active lifestyle.


                                               FOLLOW SOPHIE: @coconutandbliss

I love mine with a dollop of coyo! 

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Apple Macadamia Pancakes



An absolute killer combo and a nutritiously filling breakfast option! DELISH! 



Ingredients

1 cup macadamias
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
2 organic, free-range eggs
¼ cup buckwheat flour
¼ cup coconut milk
1 granny smith apple, grated
1 tsp cinnamon 



In a high-speed blender, blend the macadamias. Pulse until fairly smooth. The mixture will be quite moist.

In a bowl add all ingredients and mix until well combined.

Grease a frypan with coconut oil over medium heat and cook, allowing to bubble slightly before flipping.

Enjoy with maple syrup, honey or whatever sauce you desire! 




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My name is Sophie and I'm a 20-year-old media student from Sydney. I have an intense love for healthy food, nutritious cooking and cafe exploring! This has been a long-term passion of mine as I understand the importance of fuelling your body with goodness. Not only do you feel amazing and energetic on the inside, you glow with health on the outside! It may sound cliché, but it is absolutely true! I love leading this healthy, active lifestyle.


                                               FOLLOW SOPHIE: @coconutandbliss

BB Stylist Collective with Kaitlynn





Introducing Kaitlynn from Style By Kaitlynn - the last member of our Stylist Collective who will be sharing some of her favourite BB party pieces over the next few months. 

Kaitlynn was born and raised in California and doesn't stick to just one style, she likes to mix it up between girly, grungy, sophisticated, edgy and boho. Whatever she is feeling that day weather it be a pair of jeans and a tee or a little black dress with heels, she always keeps her style interesting. 

Here are Kaitlynn's favourite BB exclusive pieces for this month and why she loves them:








I have a bit of an obsession with playsuits, especially the Sway With Me Playsuit. They're just to easy to wear and they don't require much effort. My favourite part about this one is the low back and how flowy it is. I paired this playsuit with some cute strappy heels to create the perfect day time or night time outfit!






I paired the Sienna Skirt with the matching crop and these cute grey heels to give the outfit a bit of a pop. I didn't want to have too much white in the photo, so adding the grey heels definitely made the outfit unique!






I chose the Sophia dress because of the drop shoulders and the skater skirt (which I am totally obsessed with). I love this look for a night out when you want to be comfortable yet have that fun and flirty look too! I added these fun braided strappy flats for a more laid back look, but if you want more of a "going out" look you could throw on some white or nude heels! Either way you can't go wrong with this dress :)


Shop the looks

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Quick Styling Tips - 1 dress 3 ways



Sarah Timmerman our director shows us how she would style one dress three ways.

enjoy

xo




Cookie Dough Caramel Brownies





Kick those pudding cravings with these babies! 
Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free and FUDGEY! 
Ingredients;

Brownie: 
  • ½  cup hazelnut meal 
  • ½ cup almond meal 
  • 2 tbsp buckwheat flour 
  • 1/3 cup cacao 
  • 50g chocolate, melted (I use Loving Earth) 
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 free range eggs, whisked
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted 
  • 3 ½  tbsp coconut sugar 
  • 1 tbsp mesquite (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. almond (or macadamia) butter
  • ¼ cup coconut cream 
  • ¼ cup hot water 



Cookie dough:  
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut 
  • ½ cup cashew meal (blend cashews in the food processor until a fine flour forms)
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 50g coconut butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp coco oil, melted 
  • 1 tbsp macadamia butter 
  • 2 tbsp maple 
  • A few squares of chopped chocolate, extra (optional) 


Sauce: 
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp tapioca flour 
  • ¼ cup coconut cream 
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • Generous sprinkle of salt


Method;

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius, fan-forced. 
In a mixing bowl, combine all brownie ingredients until smooth.

Pour mixture into a medium-sized rectangular tin lined with baking paper.

For the cookie dough, combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Dollop the mixture into the brownie tin, poking some spoonfuls below the surface of the brownie mixture.

Place in the oven for about 30-40 minutes or until the skewer comes out nearly clean. 
Meanwhile, make the caramel sauce by placing all ingredients into a small saucepan over high heat. Once the mixture starts to bubble and thicken, take it off. 

Pour over the brownies. Heaven! 





BB Stylist Collective With Nicola Cross




This month we were lucky to have Nicola Cross (@dicolaaa) from our Stylist Collective come in to BBHQ to choose and style her 3 favourite BB exclusives for this month. 

We love her boho take on some of our bolder prints, making her outfits looks effortless!

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Majestic Kaftan

"I'm often guilty of belting a kaftan. it just so easy and breezy, add on a hat and your good to go. "





Empire Playsuit


"This pattern really caught my eye. Simple and effortless. Black and white can do no wrong! "






Aloha Maxi

"I think with maxi's you can do no wrong. With room to move it perfect whether your slumming down at the beach or at an all you can eat buffet lunch. Maxi's are one of my go to's, by adding or losing a few accessories it can be made to fit all four seasons."


DIY Mothers Day Card


If you aren't already aware Mother's Day is fast approaching this Sunday 10th May (It's ok, you can admit to us that you have forgotten again). But don't panic! We have you sorted complete from gift ideas with a special discount and free shipping, to a free printable DIY card (you're welcome)! So now you have no excuse not to give your Mum something special and to show her how much you love her.



DIY Handmade Card

And for the final touch, Mums just love a sweet and personal card and if it's hand made it's even better (just ask my Mum, she will tell you!). To make things super easy we have made a printable template just for you!

For this DIY you will need a printer, scissors, ruler, pens and some nice paper (something a little thicker, with a texture or nice colour will make it extra spesh)! For extra fun decorate your card with glitter, sequins or cute little drawings.



Step 2. Print template onto coloured card.

Step 3. Rule the border of your card and cut it out.


Step 4. Decorate your card with paint, cute drawings, glitter or whatever else you like.


Step 5. Write a cute note telling your Mum how much you love her!


And that's it! Simple!


xoxox

Banana Coconut Bread

Cake for breakfast? When it’s healthy and insanely delicious, why not?! 
This one also makes an excellent morning or afternoon tea snack on the go. 
It’s filled with protein and good fats, keeping you full for longer. 


Serves 9-10
Ingredients;

  • ½ cup buckwheat flour 
  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • ¾ cup desiccated coconut 
  • 2 tsp gluten-free baking power 
  • 1 tbsp mesquite (optional) 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • ¼ cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted 
  • ¼ cup raw honey 
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 2 eggs 


Plus walnuts, to sprinkle on top!


Method;

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees, fan-forced.
In a large bowl, place all the dry ingredients and stir.
Place all wet ingredients a small mixing bowl and whisk till combined.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients.
Stir until combined.
Pour into a small loaf tin lined with baking paper and sprinkle with walnuts.
Bake for 40-45 minutes. 

Test with a skewer. If it comes out clean, it is ready!


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My name is Sophie and I'm a 20-year-old media student from Sydney. I have an intense love for healthy food, nutritious cooking and cafe exploring! This has been a long-term passion of mine as I understand the importance of fuelling your body with goodness. Not only do you feel amazing and energetic on the inside, you glow with health on the outside! It may sound cliché, but it is absolutely true! I love leading this healthy, active lifestyle.


                                               FOLLOW SOPHIE: @coconutandbliss






Winter Festival Fashion




Groovin The Moo Festival has kicked off with 2 of their 6 gigs played last weekend in Oakbank and Bunbury. Bendigo and Canberra are up this weekend with Maitland and Townsville the last leg of the tour. 

If you still haven’t sorted out your outfit for the festival or missed out on tickets and are going to channel some festival vibes from home here are 3 outfit ideas and a Groovin playlist to put you in the mood! 

The weather is definitely getting a bit cooler down under so these are 3 winter inspired festival outfits that will rival Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s Coachella looks.

Wrap yourself up in a piece fit for a bohemian queen! You’ll be channeling Coachella vibes in this maxi length gown that can be worn as a dress or open as a kimono with your fav denim cutoffs and a plain tank. This maxi is easily paired with boots, a belt and hat to give it that perfect boho festival look. 

SHOP THIS LOOK





When the weather takes a glum turn, you'll still be walking on sunshine with this cardi and dress combo. Wearing a long cardigan to a festival is practical because it will keep you warm but it almost looks like a kimono! Paired with your favourite black boots and a shoulder bag, you are ready to rock out to Sticky Fingers and Wolfmother. 

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This maxi skirt will make you feel like its summer all year long! Pair it with a long sleeve crop to keep you warm and tie it up if you know it’s going to be wet and muddy. Add some silver coin jewellery for more of a gypsy look (and so your friends can hear you at all times).

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Ultimate Groovin The Moo Playlist 











BB Stylist Collective With Cara McLeay






Cara is the face (and amazing hair) behind A Fashion Love Affair, a blog that follows her daily life and style and a place where she shares her inspirations and love for fashion and travel. 

You will have see Cara pop up on our Instagram feed and Blog a lot in the past as she has been a big supporter of BB since the start and we have always loved working with her. So it comes as no surprise that she was the perfect fit for our Stylist Collective!

Cara has a feminine and girly style that is a match made in heaven with her perfectly kept blonde locks. We love that she is in a different climate to us (Canada!) and that we get to see how she styles our pieces on the other side of the world. 


These are Cara's top picks for this month:



"I love finding pieces that can be styled in an outfit to look effortless while looking beautiful, and that is exactly why I chose the BB Romper, Skirt & Dress - they are all so easy to wear and style."











"I paired the Fearless Playsuit with easy flats and a denim jacket for a look that could go from the beach to the city. "













"I did a white on white look with the Sienna Skirt, keeping my accessories neutral for a super romantic look. "













"The Faithless Dress I paired with stroppy heels and a fun printed jacket to dress it up a bit."





Shop the looks here

Chocolate, Peanut Butter Oat Parfait

The perfect healthy alternative for those cold days when you crave crumbles, hot chocolate and pudding! 

Ingredients:

½ cup oats 
½ cup water
½ cup coconut milk
½ large banana, mashed (reserve a few slices for decoration if desired) 
1 heaped tsp coconut sugar or honey
1 tbsp cacao 
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mesquite (optional) 
1 heaped tbsp 100% peanut butter 

Coyo or Greek yoghurt, to serve 
Cacao nibs, to serve. 



Method

On a stovetop over medium heat, cook the oats, water, coconut milk and banana. Bring to a simmer and stir, allowing to thicken. 
Remove from heat and stir through the coconut sugar, cinnamon and mesquite. 
Pour half of the mixture in a bowl, stirring through the cacao.
Next in a jar or glass, pour a layer of the chocolate oats, then a layer of the caramel oats and a layer of peanut butter. Continue until the oats are filled all the way to the top.

Top with a dollop of coyo or Greek yoghurt and cacao nibs, if desired. 




My name is Sophie and I'm a 20-year-old media student from Sydney.
I have an intense love for healthy food, nutritious cooking and cafe exploring! This has been a long-term passion of mine as I understand the importance of fuelling your body with goodness. Not only do you feel amazing and energetic on the inside, you glow with health on the outside! It may sound cliché, but it is absolutely true! I love leading this healthy, active lifestyle.


FOLLOW SOPHIE: @coconutandbliss






BB ❤️'s Wounded Heroes Australia



We think the world of our customers, we really do! We love getting to know each and everyone of you, and learning about your amazing stories. We recently had a wonderful encounter with one of our VIP customers, Kaylene, who touched us with her beautiful story and dedication to her charity work. Our customers inspire us everyday! We took five to chat with Kaylene about her charity - Wounded Heroes Australia. 

Do you have a story you would like to share with us? Make sure to comment bellow!

1. What is Wounded Heroes Australia?


Wounded Heroes Australia is a registered CharitÅy, endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office having full tax deductibility. Full DGR. 
We are sincerely known for being a Family of Volunteers, raising much needed funds to help support our Defence Force Families, for our Wounded Soldiers, who have, and are serving their Country overseas. 
We do this with crisis funding, with personalized support, and with a minimum of 92 cents in every dollar going directly to our Defence Force Families. Yes...92 cents in every dollar you donate goes directly to our families, or wherever it can help our families with Wounded Loved ones.
Families meaning every family combination, partners, everyone is inclusive. 

2. What is your connection to the Wounded Heroes Charity?


My Connection is only equaled to by my husband's, as we share in this together, heart and soul. I am a Proud Volunteer, as is everyone in our Wounded Heroes Family of supporters and Volunteers. My Husband Martin and Myself have been given the honour of bringing awareness, and being at the forefront of helping to lead the way for Wounded Heroes. My Husband is our Volunteer CEO, and I myself am our Volunteer Marketing Manager. We were both given this privilege from our Wounded Heroes Founder and President, Mr Jim Shapcott, who started this humble Charity in 2007, and kept the dream alive, believing always, it was possible. My husband and myself wanted our lives to be more than wasted energy worrying about what we can't change, and focus on what we knew we could give together, as a strong loving married couple. We just need to be side by side. We understand something of being a carer for loved ones, the suffering of life threatening illness, and the financial hardships so many of us encounter...this was not a decision that had to be thought about...our Hearts were already 10 steps ahead of us saying "We want to devote our Lives to these amazing Heroes", and we wish we could stand and salute each and every one of them. 
We now know it is a reality... because; we may be classed as a Charity, but we are far more than this...as I said, we are a Family; and this is only from me speaking personally... I feel the word Charity can be used far too loosely these days. 


3. What does Wounded Heroes support?


Our Defence Force Families, children, and loved ones are suffering terribly after our Soldiers have Given their ultimate sacrifice, with absolute Pride and Honour, of Defending their Country and have come back from Serving overseas. Too many are coming back either Wounded or are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress, and or both. They cannot resume any normal kind of quality of Life, and that is also said for their children and loved ones. Because we are personally involved with our Families; we are in a constant state of heart wrenching helplessness somedays, as many of these beautiful children are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress also, because they see their loving Parent, almost unrecognizable to them and suffering...some of our children we have witnessed their cutting themselves from such anxiety and stress, and thus being bullied at school because they just cannot adjust. They are our little Aussie Heroes, few and far between in many instances, because they are at regular schools, with no understanding from every day children, living normal lives. You are never the same, and will never be the same once you become aware of what is really happening out there to these true Australian Heroes, and their children, too Proud and so extremely humble, not wanting to impose on anyone, or ask for help. For far too long has this been hidden. 
Our Defence Force Families, Australia wide suffer from many day to day issues, as does regular families; but with a very serious difference. When their Loved ones do come back from Service overseas, injured from Wounds, and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress, which is one of the most major of debilitating Wounds that you can't see; our families need one on one understanding, compassion and trust firstly, and with many of our families having children, and the other parent needing to give up work to be home to take care of their injured loved one...financial hardship immediately follows. 
Wounded Heroes Australia steps in ASAP with one phone call from a family member. No politics, no paperwork. Within 48 hours we deposit crisis funding into their bank account.
We offer help with anything you can possibly imagine with living day to day.
Example... Helping to pay any household bills, mowing lawns, in house tutoring for the children, helping to pay school fees, groceries, medications, specialists doctors, pick up and drop off to school, help with Mums who aren't well during pregnancy, helping pay for plane flights to get family of loved ones to them for help. It is practically endless. Our very own President just paid an Electricity bill that was over due, and power had been disconnected for one of our Defence Families, and he personally phoned the electricity company, paid their account, and had their power restored that evening at 10pm. I am in awe of him. We are constantly researching any break through on helping Post Traumatic Stress. I am currently looking into a treatment. 
Wounded Heroes did raise $60,000.00 to fully fit out and supply all the necessary Rehabilitation equipment at the Gallipoli Army Base at Enoggera in Brisbane. We may be a little more silent in our achievements, but our successes have proven to be growing in numbers, with absolute consistency and attention to the real issues at hand. We are here for our Defence Families 365 days of the year. We answer every phone call. 


4. BB recently donated a gift voucher for your recent Wounded Heroes Family Day, can you tell us more about the event & the outcome of the event?


Beginning Boutique, and your extremely generous Gift Voucher Donation for our Wounded Heroes Family Day on the 14th March, gave us the quality of Business Support our Defence Families deserve. Through our raffles that day, you helped us raise much needed funds for deployment of our Troops... and equally important...their children, families, and loved ones. We are so grateful to BB, and we thank you for this opportunity. Our Family event created more exposure, that has now opened other exciting new doors for us. It allowed a much deeper understanding of not only Wounded Heroes, but of us, in person also; who I am. My unfaltering determination and sincere empathy.
With the deployment of our Troops, we are starting right now to help our Families, by preparing in advance for what is ahead...for what this most certainly will bring upon our brave soldiers and their families. We may not always wake each morning and think about it...but the reality remains, whether or not we are in agreement, WE ARE ALWAYS AT WAR. 
For our Defence Families, there is no forgetting this; EVER; and this is why Wounded Heroes is solely here for them, and we will continue, humbly offering our help, anyway we can, in the True Wounded Heroes Spirit. As our Motto says...With PRIDE, PRIVILEGE AND HONOUR. 


5. How can people get involved in supporting Wounded Heroes? 


We have Full DGR...Fully endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office, meaning Full Tax Deductibility. 
This is a huge achievement, and no easy feat. 
For corporate Sponsorship Donations, we are the perfect Charity to be involved with, as now is the time, our Troops and their Families and Loved ones need our direct financial help, as there is no other financial support, which is the true, harsh reality. 

You can Donate direct through our online shop by either purchasing our merchandize, or by a simple cash donation which you will find there also. 

All links are below. 

We would honestly, simply love your support on our Facebook site. The more we can raise awareness, and the more Likes we can raise, this can change so much. Sharing posts, and spreading the word around, is the best way to let people know, you love and have heart in what you are sharing or telling them. Don't ever doubt the power of words. 

A massive Thank you Beginning Boutique, for allowing me the Honour of sharing my Journey about Wounded Heroes Australia. I also thank you for taking such good care of me as one of your Customers, and I Loved being able to wear my beautiful blue dress in keeping with our Wounded Heroes Colours, on our Family Day. Our lovely young winner was so happy when she won your BB gift Voucher on the Day, as she was one of many, asking where I had bought my dress from!