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New to our Online Store: All Your Favourites!

27 April 2017

Drumroll please… we’re delighted to announce we have completed a huge update of our Online Store! Our Merchandise Manager Teva spent several weeks making a list all our biggest sellers (and checking it twice) and we have now added all our customer favourites to the virtual aisles...

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Healthy Dog Food: Halina's 3 Top Picks for Canine Cuisine

21 April 2017

Meet Flossie: the latest addition to our Commonsense family! She may be great with customers, but her shelf-stocking skills still need a bit of work... Flossie’s arrival got us thinking more about dogs and what they eat: how can you tell if you’re feeding your dog high quality food that doesn’t.....

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The Commonsense Kitchen: Oat & Sesame Cookies

17 April 2017

Chewy, nutty and absolutely delicious! These Oat & Sesame Cookies are a Kiwi classic, with a twist. To commemorate ANZAC Day, we asked Scott Hayles, Manager of The Commonsense Kitchen, to share this recipe with us. These cookies are available at all our Wellington region store lunchbars! ..

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No Sugar-Coating: My Real-Life 'I Quit Sugar' Diary

Posted by Liz Willoughby-Martin on 3 April 2017

I was brought up on sugar. My bones are made from Angel Delight and hokey pokey. My veins are filled with plum crumble and raspberry liquorice sticks. Sugar is my life-force. That’s why I chose to give it up. ..

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Ask a Naturopath: 10 Ways to Boost Your Immunity

1 April 2017

As the weather cools down, we all want to do our best to stay well and healthy. That’s why we asked one of our talented Naturopaths, Dianna Tawharu, for her top tips on avoiding colds and flus this cold season...

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Ask Teva: 8 Easy Wine Picks for Vino Rookies

31 March 2017

Wine: either you LOVE it, or you know hardly anything about it. So what do you do if you’re in the second category, and you're heading to dinner with the in-laws or going to a BYO date with someone you'd really like to impress?  You have two choices. You can either (a).....

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Deliciously Healthy: 7 Seaweed Recipes You’ve Never Thought Of

6 March 2017

In celebration of this year’s Sea Week, we decided to focus on our favourite oceanic vegetable – seaweed!  Not only does it taste delicious, it's also laden with nutrients. ..

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Maximum Love, Minimum Rubbish: Jessica & Jim’s Waste-Free Wedding

6 March 2017

When you hear ‘wedding’, what do you imagine? You might think flowers, gorgeous dresses, fresh-pressed suits, bubbles, cake, loving smiles (and tears!) and lots of dancing. What might not immediately spring to mind? Rubbish.  ..

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The Commonsense Kitchen: Chocolate, Beetroot & Ginger Muffins

1 March 2017

As the weather starts to grow colder, an afternoon spent in a warm kitchen starts to look increasingly tempting. These muffins are a Commonsense lunchbar favourite: the sharp spiciness of the ginger perfectly juxtaposes the rich creamy chocolate and earthy beetroot...

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Born to be Wild: Chocolate, Brazil & Prisons with Marie, Wildness Chocolate

27 February 2017

Marie from Wildness Chocolate is a force of nature. In the past few years her achievements include introducing a new flavour to a nation, buying land in Brazil, starting a chocolate company and working with women at Arohata Women’s Prison. Have we mentioned she’s also mother to three small children?!..

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