Friday, 27 February 2015

Shitty Dinks and Lovely Links

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If I didn't have such a sore backside I would totally be doing the bum dance and slapping my own butt in celebration of the fact that it is Friday... and we made it in one piece.

No, I mean like literally made it in one piece.

I feel like I have done ten rounds with Tyson over the past 5 days complete with spectacular tumbles and some major tongue biting going on.

It's been a sad week on the interwebs this week after I witnessed some women tear shreds from a friend of mine on a Facebook parenting forum and then later in the week as another good friend and colleague made the decision to close down her blog due to the constant abuse she receives for putting herself out there and sharing openly and honestly.

What is happening people?

When did it become OK to be a shitty dink and cut people down just for kicks?

I know we as bloggers need to have a thick skin if we are going to share personal stuff on our blogs. I also know not everyone is going to agree with us or even like us for that matter and that we need to respect differing opinions to ours and gracefully accept any feedback - both good and bad.

But honestly some of the personal attacks I have seen go down lately... MAN there is no excuse or acceptable reason for that kind of stuff.

I saw this picture on Pinterest yesterday and I thought it pretty much summed it all up perfectly...

Anyway, I am not going to give any more energy to the crappy stuff of the week.

What's done is done and I only hope that we have seen the last of all the shitiness for a while.

Besides, there is far too much awesomeness to enjoy in the Aussie blogosphere that needs our attention.

Speaking of which...

I have decided that we need to celebrate the good stuff more often and so if it's alright with you, I thought I would include some lovely links each week in my Weekend Rewind post.

It's my way of saying thanks for the enjoyment I get from reading other people's blogs as well as sharing with you guys just some of the fabulous posts I have come across during the past week.

And so without any further drivel from me, here are this week's lovely links.



1. Ashlea from Glamour Coastal Living certainly didn't help me to stay focused on losing my ass this week - nope not  a bit, but if I am going to be tempted then it may as well be with this divine looking no bake chocolate Ferrero Cheesecake of hers.

2. Lisa from the Art of Joy guest posted over at Jess's  A  Little Part of The World and shared some fabulous tips on how to take better photos with your iPhone.

3. Katrina from Katrina Chambers Life & Design went all retro with her boys and did some awesome t'shirt tie dyeing which of course now MY boys are nagging me to do too... yeah thanks Katrina ;)

4. And again with the food porn - Kim from Land Of Zonkt has me wanting to make some fresh home made foccacia for the family this weekend. mmm I can smell it already.

I told you - SO MUCH AWESOMENESS!

Finally I am so excited that one of my besties in joining in as this week's Weekend Rewind guest host.

Say hello to Tessa, the head honcho of Down That Little Lane with whom I work (if you could call it work), my brekkie buddy, one of my partners in crime and most importantly the most beautiful loyal generous soul sister a girl could ever hope for.

Her toes are going to be curling when she reads my rambling about her and she will turn a glorious shade of beetroot because that is just who she is - far too modest for such an incredible woman.

You can have the pleasure of getting to know Tessa a little better for yourself through her blog here.

So that's it kids. That's this week all wrapped up. Now if you will excuse me, I am going to go and sink my head into a big bucket of vodka.

Have a great weekend.

So what's cooking good looking? 

Any exciting plans for this weekend or anything you want to get off your chest about the week that's been?

Do share, I love a good natter.


Link up your favourite post from the past week and then if you get a chance, pop around and say hello to some of the other lovely linkers. The Weekend Rewind blog hopping party starts every Friday night at 8pm and links will close on Sunday night at midnight. Link up here or over on Bron's blog (Maxabella Loves)Sonia's blog (Sonia Styling) or Kelly's at A Life Less Frantic.  It does not matter where you link as your link will show up in all 4 places.


Thursday, 26 February 2015

Healthy Eating For The Lazy

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Brought to you by Coles

I have been talking about whooping my butt into gear for a while now and its time I start eating my words – like literally!

All that grazing I did over Christmas and the school holidays has paid its toll and I am feeling sluggish and blah.

Oh who am I kidding?

I have been feeling sluggish and blah for the past 13 years since I ate my body weight in Cookies and Cream ice cream when I was pregnant with child number one.

Yep for that long I have been talking about getting healthy, yet I don’t know – it all just seemed so hard!

When I was chatting to the Coles team about what I would be road testing in my February blog posts, the idea of some post Christmas cutting back came up. Coles have a focus on healthy routines at the moment and given the fact that my cargos were unbuttoned right at that precise moment for ummm comfort reasons; I thought this sounded like a most excellent idea.

Half of my problem is the fact that I am busy. Alright, I’m lazy too which makes for a terrible combination really.

But isn’t that the downfall of many of us?

We are so busy that we tend to switch to autopilot and throw together meals that don’t require much thinking and that we know the family will actually eat with resorting to bribery but without necessarily considering the health benefits.

Please tell me that is not just me?

The thing I have come to learn though – is that a little planning can go a long way to making life easy and being busy can no longer be used as an excuse for not eating well.

Dammit.

So anyway, flicking through the January / February Coles Magazine I noticed Quinoa and couscous and healthy salads featured heavily and I was all “der – what could be easier than a healthy salad for dinner?”

And so I decided I would give some quick and easy healthy post Christmas cutting back meals a try.

Healthy eating for the lazy? Excellent!


To get me started, I did a little research and came up with 5 healthy eating tips that according to experts will help keep us on the right track.

1.       Plan your meals; planning gives you time to think about healthy choices and shop for the ingredients you need so the bare pantry cannot be used as an excuse.

2.       Drink plenty of water; often we mistake dehydration for hunger so it is true, water will help to keep the munchies at bay.

3.       Keep a supply of healthy snacks on hand. Sadly mini Snickers are not considered healthy.

4.       Include healthy whole grains and seeds in your diet – consider using Quinoa or couscous in place of rice or pasta.

5.       Load up on fruit and veggies and choose lean protein options wherever possible.


Right OK.

So I can do that… can’t I?

I can.

Here are a couple of healthy meals I put together this past week based on those principles.

This meal takes as long as it takes to boil an egg to throw together.

5 eggs - 15 minutes?

Winner Winner Salmon Healthy green dinner.

Whatever!

The kids laughed at me when I first served this up. They looked at it and then at me and then the little sods laughed and laughed.

Was I insulted?

Hell yes.

But did I get the last laugh when they wolfed it down and actually told me they liked it? 

Yep, I laughed all the way to the couch because they were on clean up duty for being so mean to their Mum.

OK so the truth is only 1 out of the three squids actually enjoyed this one which is a bit of a hit and miss I guess when it comes to feeding the kids…

DO I LOOK LIKE I CARE THOUGH?

NO! Because this has become one of my most fave meals ever and every adult I have served this up to and teenager for that matter has loved it.

Just don’t ask me to say edamame though, because I just can’t.


Now Coles have gone and made life a lot easier for us who are trying to be healthier, by introducing the new Health Star Rating System on their Coles branded products.
Health Star Ratings are a Government-led, voluntary front of pack labelling system that scores the overall nutritional value of food and assigns it a rating from ½ to 5 stars. It takes the guesswork out of healthy shopping which is particularly good for novices like me.
Basically, the healthier foods will score more stars, with 5 stars being the highest possible score and ½ a star the lowest. The more stars the healthier – easy as!
Choosing products with more stars will help to ensure we are choosing foods that have less of the bad stuff like saturated fats, sugars and sodium and more of the good stuff like fibre, protein, or more nutritious ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes.
You can read all about the Coles Health Star ratings as well as a load of delicious Quinoa and Couscous recipes in the January / February edition of Coles magazine.

And of course don’t forget there are loads of healthy eating and easy weekday meals on coles.com.au and taste.com.au.

Are you a healthy eating family?
Any tips to help this novice stay on track?


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Random Dribble

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Talk about Summer doing the dash on us this week. One week to go and it ups and bails without even a goodbye.

Although that being said looking at sky outside dumping buckets on us in Sydney, I don't feel so bad about being planted on the couch with a sore everything and Ellen and daytime news to keep me company.

Yesterday when the kids arrived home from school, I went to the door to greet them.

All good, do it every day and I know this house so well I could walk around it with my eyes closed.

What I didn't see however was the dog dribble on the floor and I stepped straight onto it, my foot slid out in front of me and BAM I landed on the tiles with a thud.

I know right - DOG DRIBBLE!

I mean what kind of flip stick slips on dog dribble?

I'm assuming or rather hoping it was only dog dribble. One of the dogs has a habit of dribbling at both ends when someone knocks on the door so I suspect there is a good chance it could have come from the other end  but my bruised and wounded ego just cant cope with the thought right now so we will stick with dog dribble.

Anyways, I was holding a full cup of coffee at the time when I fell, which of course the contents of which went frigging everywhere.

I was on the floor with one dog was licking me whilst the other was licking up the coffee, the bird was going apeshit and the kids were banging at the front door to be let in.

I called out to the kids to climb through the window and then I did the check.

You know... the check.

Am I alive and not floating above my body or towards the light?  Nup we're good.

Am I breathing OK? Yes

Any blood splattered? No

Any limbs bent in the wrong direction? Nope

Can I move my legs? Yes

Did I remember to series link Vanderpump Rules? Sure did!

Right. So with everything seemingly in order I climbed my way up off the floor but when I stood up -OUCH!! Everything on my right side hurt like buggery.

It didn't get much better as the night went on, in fact it got worse and I was assigned to the couch to concentrate on feeling sorry for myself.

I'm still here.

My big toe is now black and blue although God knows how I managed to hurt that when I fell . My ass and hip feel like I have been riding a camel for 14 days straight and my right arm and wrist and shoulder feels like they have been used in a Chinese burn championship.

I don't think anything is broken. Although if my wrist doesn't shrink in size by the time the hubby gets home he is threatening to take me to the hospital.

I loathe hospitals.

My accident prone family has funded at least one wing of our local hospital and I'm at the point that I am actually embarrassed to walk through those sliding doors because the poor staff there pretty much know us by name, date of birth and dinner menu options.

I'm sure they seeing us coming and go "oh man it's them again".

So anyway.

The beautiful Sarah from Lady Sadie's Emporium nominated me for an Inspiration Bloggers award which is one of those games where you over share about yourself and then nominate other bloggers to over share too - perfect really because I am a devoted over sharer and since I suddenly have some extra time on my hands.

So the rules say I need to tell you 7 random things about myself.. which is no easy feat really because there isn't a lot I haven't shared with you already, but we'll give it a burl anyways.



1. I'm a King sized klutz.
I mean - derrr - you kind of figured that out for yourselves didn't you? But the thing is I could fall over in a padded room and I would still do some damage - I am that clumsy.

2. I am addicted to buying music on iTunes. I blame it on Sound Hound. I hear a song in the car, at the shops, on a TV commercial and when I Sound Hound it - it gives me an option to buy the song. Which I do of course, because I am addicted to buying music and so its what I do and now my phone has virtually no memory left because it is all taken up by music.

3. I am a Candy crush lifer. Level 652 kids. Ah huh. Pretty impressive right? OK.. or not.

4. I am extremely superstitious. To the point that I have a zillion little rituals and things I do or say  you know... just in case and all that.

5. I'm afraid of feet. Yep feet. Put a foot near me and I get all squeamish and freak out. Unless it is a little chubby baby foot because for some reason I am totally immune to them.

6. I'm allergic to mammal meat. Like stab me with an epi pen kind of allergic. It's not that uncommon actually and my boys all have the same problem. We became allergic after being bitten by ticks.

7. I will only eat red and green gummi bears. Put a bowl of gummi bears in front of me and I will pick out every single red and green one and leave you with the rest. Its just a thing.

Now because I always get so paranoid about offending anyone by not nominating them for these kind of things, I am going to throw it out to you guys and challenge you to tell me at least one random thing about yourself. Share more by all means if you are feeling up for it.

Come on, entertain this sore and sorry invalid and distract me from my battered body.