Thursday, March 26, 2015

On My Bookshelf.

I love cosy winter days rugged up... reading. I love sunny days on the beach... reading. I love to lie in bed at the end of the day... reading.
I have been a 'reader' for as long as I can remember and have lost whole days to amazing books.
My favourite author is the hilarious, witty, creative genius, Gemma Burgess. If you're a 20-something female you can not go wrong with one of Gemma's books!
I adore Harry Potter, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and have read the book California Diaries: Maggie about 3 zillion times in my life.
My favourite genre is New Adult fiction but I also tend to linger in the Young Adult section of the book store and I won't say no to the odd Outback Aussie Romance novel.
Now, you're up to date with my reading history, let's take a look at what I've been reading lately.
Of the above, I highly recommend "The Opposite of Loneliness" by Marina Keegan. A collection of essays written by a talented young woman whose life was taken far too early when she passed in a car accident.
"Not That Kind of Girl" by Lena Dunham is refreshing for honesty but I felt it grew repetitious as I read through it.
And of course, Harry Potter is a classic!
Of course, I also have a growing pile of books on my bedside table waiting patiently to be read.
excuse the terrible photo quality, my new computer is not equipped for decent photo editing just yet :(
I've decided that it's time for me to read the classics (well, atleast some them). I picked up this amazing 6 book pack for half price ($25) at Dymocks this week to get me started. It'll be nice to finally understand what people are talking about when they mention books such as "Little Women" and "Wuthering Heights".
What's YOUR favourite book in the whole wide world? Is there a series that I just need to get into? Think there's a classic that I won't be able to put down?
I can NEVER have too many books, SHARE your suggestions in the comments!
I'd also love to know what YOU have been reading and what you love when it comes to books... feel free to share a blog post you've written on any of these topics and I'll be sure to have a look (I love reading blogs too, obviously)!

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

12wbt: Week One (Reflection)

What a truly terrible start I have had to the Michelle Bridge's 12 Week Body Transformation. How else do I describe getting sick on the second day of the program and missing four workouts!?!

I was soooooo motivated when I woke up on Monday. I had my gym bag packed and all the food for the week was ready to go in the cupboard/fridge. Having never been to the gym before work I was apprehensive about how I would go with getting a treadmill to use and having time and space to shower and prepare for the day, but to my delight it was a breeze. I think i'm really going to learn to love morning runs at the gym.

The next day I made plans with friends to attend my favourite HIIT gym class that afternoon but by lunch time I knew I was not going to make it. I came down suddenly with a cold/flu/bug that sucked my energy and left me feeling gross. 

I missed the next 3 days of training too while I tried to sleep and rest away the bug. Throughout these days I tried really hard to stick to my 1200 meal plan but deviated a couple of times when planned meals made me feel unwell.

In regards, to the meal plans and recipes within the 12wbt I'm not 100% sold on it. My breakfasts this week included packaged pureed fruit which are jampacked, full of sugar that I don't think my body needs. I'm trying now to tweak my meal plans to suit the nutritional views that I hold and reduce my sugar intake (and up my good fats), while still staying in that 1200 calorie range.

Come to today (Saturday) and I feel brand new. I've come home to celebrate my Mum's birthday and we decided to smash out a #supersaturdaysession workout by bike riding into town, where we meet my Dad and dog for a coffee in the sunshine. 

I'm super pumped for Week 2 and really ready to hit the gym hard this week (to make up for all those missed workouts). 

Are you doing #12wbt? I'd love to hear your stories, share how you're going in the comments!!!
And let me know your blog address or instagram account to follow!

I'm posting lots of #12wbt posts on instagram too...
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Sunday, March 8, 2015

EAT Merimbula 2015

Another year, another annual EAT Merimbula to attend.

This year I had the insight of having attended the year before and knew just to how to tackle the event. We arrived right on start time at 10am, as I knew how quickly the parking spots were going to fill up and the lines were going to grow. Then we grabbed a map and did a walk all the way up the line of stalls to suss out what was on offer and what we wanted to try most. 

The smell wafting from the Cheeky Mango stall lead us to make our first stop for some absolutely delicious Salt & Pepper Squid. These melt in your mouth pieces of squid were perfectly crispy on the outside and seasoned to perfection.

Next, we made our way back to the Hardcore Carnivore van. Last year Dad and I had desperately wanted to grab a bite from this van but were turned off by an hour long line. Not this year though, Mum and I got in there nice and early and grabbed ourselves a super tasty Pulled Pork Roll... yummo!

Our next stop was inevitable. I can't go to this event and not get oysters. I just can't... they're toooo good!

Of course, we had to finish it off with something sweet. So homemade icecream it was. Nom, nom, nom!

There was even added entertainment when a local seal popped its head up to say hi, had to grab a photo, soooo cute.

 Overall, I really enjoy this event. I think that it would be even better if the road was closed and stalls moved back onto it, allowing more room for people to walk and providing areas to sit and eat.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

12wbt: I signed up!

After contemplating and discussing for the past two months I've finally done it. I have signed up for the March 2015 round of Michelle Bridge's health and exercise program 12wbt!

I've been looking for something to motivate me back into working out and eating healthy after letting everything blow out since the holiday season. I've decided to join up to 12wbt's Learn to Run program as I started running a little at the end of last year and I'd really like to run a 5k by the end of the 12 weeks. My dad currently runs in a 5k park run every Saturday and I'd love to join in but don't have the confidence in my running ability just yet. 

The program is currently in it's pre-season phase where Mich sets tasks for us to complete in the lead up to the actual program starting. So far the tasks have included setting goals, recognising excuses and making our goals known to those around us. So, this post is one way I am holding myself accountable, by putting it out there that this is happening and promising to give 110% effort to the whole 12 weeks. You'll be able to track my progress here and feel free to virtually remind me to get back in the gym whenever I slip up!


If you're interested in joining in on this journey (you can sign up anywhere around the world), sign up now! There is a great community linked to the website and it'd be so inspiring to put together a little group of supportive friends and other bloggers.

Also, there is something in it for me... If 3 people sign up using THIS link I can get a $100 12wbt store voucher (and you can get the same if you sign up and then refer 3 friends too!). What are you waiting for!?

Have you done 12wbt? Any advice or words of wisdom?

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Guide To Life: Hangover Kit

Looking for a simple DIY gift? Need something that can be sent through the mail? Stuck on ideas for an upcoming 18th or 21st? Need a simple but thoughtful gift as a party thank you?
Look no further! I present you with the...

Hangover Kits!

I love putting together gift kits. You can put together something for almost any occasion, spend as little or as much as you like and make it personal or corporate depending on the recipient. The gift kits I'm showing today are most definitely of the personal nature (aka. probably not something you're going to making for your boss any time soon).

Hangover kits are a hilarious gift for any occasion that is linked to alcohol consumption (think bachelorette, wedding, engagement party, etc.) or "coming of age" events. This particular Hangover Kit was put together for a friend's 21st birthday party. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the event so I needed to find a gift that could be mailed (without spending a small fortune) and I wanted something useful but funny too.

In the Hangover Kit:

- Panadol
- Face Wipes
- Mouth Wash
- Pringles
- Chocolate
- Bottle of Water (with personalised label).

I created a label for the water bottle myself as I wanted an extra personal touch. To make I simply used a word processing program to draw a rectangle (in landscape) and added the first aid symbols and a little writing. Print, cut out and tape around bottle.

Reads: "Hangover Helper. DRINK ME LUCY!"

I grabbed some Cello paper to pull the contents together and tied together with a little twine.
To finish I created a label to attach to the gift. To make I once again used a word processing program and drew a label shape before adding text and the first aid symbol.

And, voila! One Hangover Kit, ready to help my friend survive the day after her 21st!

Note: Lucy was my friend of the week for my #52friends challenge this week.

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