Posts Tagged ‘Celebrations’

Being kind to yourself at Christmas + a giveaway

How are you looking after yourself this Christmas? Tell us and you could win a luxurious pamper pack from Handmaiden Natural Skincare…

Isn’t it curious how such a special, wonder-filled time of year can also prove to be a source of much stress and anxiety for many of us? At a time when we should be feeling relaxed, in control and ready to see the year out on a high, so often we just feel… FRAZZLED! Am I right?

I recently received a not-so-subtle reminder to ‘slow down’ after coming down with a nasty cold that knocked me off my feet for a good week. It got me thinking about how we can approach the lead up to Christmas in a way that is kinder to ourselves and our body…

4 simple tips for navigating a ‘kinder’ Christmas this year:

  • Challenge your expectations. You can’t do ALL the things on your pinterest page (believe me, i’ve tried!) and you can’t be everything to everyone. Work out what’s really important to you, whittle down that list and focus your energy on less, rather than scattering it in every direction.
  • Commit to enjoying the moment. This is meant to be a time of celebration and joy so be sure to really enjoy the good things about it – the social gatherings, the time with family, your own special traditions. This is not the time to be worrying about nutrients and calories, but it is the time to be savouring every last drop of that glass of champagne as well as the people you are sharing it with. Lose the guilt and embrace the experience.
  • Don’t let all your good habits slip, ESPECIALLY EXERCISE. Make sure you continue with some of your daily habits that support and nurture your body and provide you with something of an anchor in your day. Exercise is the big one here and we’re not talking about balancing out food indulgences but about reducing stress levels and keeping your mind fresh, energised and centred. A gentle daily walk (or whatever your exercise jam may be) is a complete must at this time of year and can make a big difference to everything from how you interact with others to how you sleep at night.
  • Schedule in time for you. This may very well include the point above about exercise, but could also mean a pampering session, stretch, meditation, foot massage, just sitting doing nothing for a few minutes, time with a good book… anything that fills you up and provides a refreshed mindset to keep going with a happy heart (particularly important for the introverts among us!)

How are YOU going to be kinder to your body and mind this Christmas?

Our friend Nicolien from Handmaiden Natural Skincare is one of those down-to-earth women who tends to exude a natural glow and an innate ability to handle life’s ups and downs with grace and self-assurance. Whatever it is, we think she should bottle it! I can highly recommend the Handmaiden range of face and body treats and lucky for us, she has ever so kindly agreed to give away a little pamper pack of her gorgeous natural body care products exclusively to Équilibre!

The pack includes:

  • 100ml Pink Salt Body Scrub
  • 250ml Ylang-Ylang & Grapefruit Luxurious Body Cream
  • 50g Lavender Foot Soak

…all lovingly handmade by Nicolien using pure, natural, glow-enhancing ingredients (i’m hoping to entice Nicci back on to the blog in the New Year to share some of her body wisdom and philosophy around the ingredients she uses – she’s also a fabulous cook, to boot!)

What you need to do:

Simply leave a comment on this blog post about how you are being (or planning to be) kinder to yourself this Christmas, by midnight Wednesday 23rd December 2015, and we’ll draw and announce the winner on Christmas Eve (with the prize to be delivered after Christmas).

PLEASE NOTE: giveaway only open to residents of Western Australia

You can earn extra chances to win by liking the Handmaiden Facebook and Instagram pages (and of course, our Équilibre Facebook and Instagram!)

I’m sure we all look forward to reading and sharing your tips and to enjoying a more peaceful, centred and sane Christmas with our precious families and friends.

Now i’m off for a heavenly lavender scented foot-soak while planning my Christmas lunch contributions!


A Sweet Something for Valentine’s Day

{Images courtesy of Loren Ioppolo –  thanks Loren!)

Coeurs a la Crème with Strawberry, Rhubarb & Elderflower Compote

So, it’s been some time since i’ve posted here… but before I explain myself and outline our hopes and dreams for Équilibre in 2014,  I felt the need to share a recipe just to get things rolling again. After all, everyone needs more Sophie Zalokar recipes in their life, whether it be Valentine’s Day or not! Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating with food (and wine!)

{Images above from Équilibre}

It was a special milestone birthday in our household last weekend. Pascal turned 40. Sounds old, doesn’t it? But then again, isn’t 40 the new 21? Read the rest of this entry »

Our newest ‘little foodie’…

We are delighted to introduce our baby boy, Remy Leo van Kan, born December 2, 2011 – happy, healthy and the best Christmas gift we could have wished for!

After enjoying a quiet festive season with our latest addition and learning to adjust to life as a family of four, we are now looking forward to a fantastic 2012!

Plenty more fabulous food and fitness inspiration and offerings are in the pipeline and coming your way throughout the year…We look forward to sharing our plans and being a part of your health, exercise and lifestyle plan for 2012.

Shared celebrations

Things have been a little quiet here at Équilibre as we await the birth of our second child… due to arrive any day now!

As this means that social festivities in the lead up to Christmas will be significantly curtailed for me this year, my girlfriends and I took the opportunity to organise a lovely lunch a couple of weeks ago to take time out to celebrate our friendship and the year that has been, as well as a couple of expected new arrivals! It was so delightful to share in some delicious, seasonal food on a lovely warm, sunny Sunday afternoon in the company of close friends.

I’ll have the recipes for the homemade cordials on a future blog post – everyone received a little ‘take home’ bottle as a memento of the afternoon!

Here are a few snapshots from our little feast as well as links to the recipes below… Read the rest of this entry »

Foodie Links to inspire and delight

{Images above: Mother-daughter tea by Kjrsten Madsen for Kinfolk Blog (top); Food Glorious Food art print from Ellis Benson (middle); Picnic spread by Katie Quinn Davies for Real Living Magazine (bottom)}

Although i’ve been pre-occupied of late with all the preparations that come with welcoming a new baby in to the Équilibre family, I have managed to put together some links from the ‘world of food’ that have recently caught my attention and felt worthy of sharing… Read the rest of this entry »


It’s my birthday on the weekend and i’m planning to indulge… Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Pudding with a twist

We aren’t usually fans of traditional Christmas Pud, but i’m making an exception for these miniature, lighter style versions from Russell Blaikie of  Must Wine Bar. Recipe below is from his fabulous new french bistro style cookbook, MUST EAT.

They will be making an appearance on our Christmas table this year, accompanied by a glass of luscious liqueur Muscat!

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Your Festive Season Survival guide – Équilibre style

This Christmas card design from British venture Make-Do (found via Eat Drink Chic) made us giggle, but all too often its not too far from the reality!

We decided to come up with our own list of essential tips to help you navigate through the holidays with energy, vitality and most of all, enjoyment. A refreshingly different perspective on your food and activities that can easily be continued in to the New Year and beyond… Read the rest of this entry »