Books to share with busy mums

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Mums, grandmas and mother figures all over Australia are busy. Which is why, when thinking about the perfect gift, you should consider something that gives them their time back. There’s always an opportunity to find a new hobby or indulge a special interest- whether it’s learning how to apply mindfulness in everyday life, how to create the perfect cocktail for book club, or learning about different species.

We hope you find the perfect match for your Mother’s Day gift here.


The neuroscience of mindfulness

 

As anyone successfully managing to wrangle a family will know, modern life demands our time in myriad ways. There often isn’t enough time left for you to decompress. The practice of mindfulness can not only quieten our noisy thought processes and help us relax but it can also improve our outlook on life and protect us against a range of life-threatening illnesses.

 

A cognitive neuroscientist and a leading authority on mental performance, Stan Rodski sets out the science behind these remarkable discoveries in simple terms, and explains how you in turn can benefit from them. Stan highlights the most effective mindfulness activities, guides you through quick and easy exercises, and shows you how to harness the power of mindfulness over the long term to forge mental and physical resilience.


Extraordinary Life of Insects

 

Out of sight, underfoot, unseen beyond fleeting scuttles or darting flights, insects occupy a hidden world, yet are essential to sustaining life on earth.

Insects influence our ecosystem like a ripple effect on water. They arrived when life first moved to dry land, they preceded – and survived – the dinosaurs, they outnumber the grains of sand on all the world’s beaches, and they will be here long after us.

Like it or not, Earth is the planet of insects, and this is their extraordinary story.

It’s the perfect pick for the daydreamer, the hiker, or the Mum who is a tiny bit obsessed with detail.


 

 

Prosecco Made Me Do It

Do your ears perk up when you hear the telltale pop of a prosecco bottle? Do you think every drink is just a little bit nicer with bubbles? Prosecco is no longer just a sparkling wine, it’s a cultural phenomenon, a party in a glass.

This beautifully illustrated book will introduce you to a whole world of bubbly beverages, and showcase the potential of Prosecco. From the classic bellini and fresh fruit mimosa, to a wide range of sparkling cocktails, the recipes in this book are light, fizzy, and fun.

 

There’s not much more for us to say about this pick!

 


For the love of greyhounds

 

Does your Mum have a fur child?

 

This beautiful gift book celebrates the greyhounds who have won by finding happy homes with Australian families. These gentle giants are shown revelling in their new lives: whether romping with their new buddies, resting on the couch, or revealing their soft, squishy hearts as they relax with a posse of furry friends.

 

 


This cookbook is a particularly fantastic fit for families wanting to adopt a plant-based approach to their diet.Bosh!

The book is jam-packed with fun, unpretentious and mega satisfying recipes, including Creamy Mac and Greens, Burrito Samosas, the Big Bhaji Burger, the World’s Best Pesto Lasagne, Satay Sweet Potato BOSH! Bowl, Spanish Beach Churros, Gooey PBJ Brownies and Salted Caramel Chocolate Crunch Tart, all easy enough to be rustled up any night of the week. It’s enough to convince the staunchest of carnivores to give plants a whirl.

 

 

 


My Smoko Break

 

 

Hayley Maudsley is a rural mum, living and working on an isolated Queensland wheat property with her husband and three kids. While having a cuppa and a homemade slice during her ‘smoko break’ one day, thinking about what to cook for dinner, she turned to Facebook for some inspiration. Instead, what Hayley found was picture perfect, beautifully styled dishes using ingredients she had no access to.

That day she decided to start her own Facebook page- sharing her favourite family recipes, ideas for feeding the kids, and plenty of useful tips for around the house. Now more than 120,000 people follow Hayley online, and what they love most about her recipes is that they are incredibly simple to make, using ingredients that are easy to get your hands on, and every dish turns out just the way you’d hoped – delicious!

 

 


Sophie's Patch

 

Inspiration and practical ideas from popular Gardening Australia presenter Sophie Thomson.

A gorgeous, inspirational and fun gardening book jam-packed with ideas, tips, projects and great advice all based on Sophie’s own garden in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

Sophie’s model garden is a working garden that reflects all Sophie’s passions: a kids’ garden, an ‘obsessive-compulsive’ gardener’s treasure trove, a recycled/repurposed garden, a haven for beneficial insects & bees, and a productive garden supplying her family with fruit, veg and eggs year-round. It’s also a work in progress that everyone can learn from

 

 

 

 

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