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Our own little date.

I miss them. They’re both at school this year and I’ve been missing hanging out with them more than I expected I would. 

Last year there was time I could spend with each of them during the week. I had time between school and day care pick up to hang with Noah, then whole days with Phoenix while he was at school. We don’t have that one on one time anymore and I’m not the only one who notices it. 

“Mum, can just you and me go out on a date? Then we can come back and you can go with Phoenix.” Noah asked me the other day. It made my heart melt to know that he feels the same way I do.  

Yesterday afternoon I decided we needed to rebel from homework and after school routine. We went straight from school to a little store I know and each chose an ice-cream (Zebra Dream Coconut Ice-Cream FYI – amazing!), then sat together in the sun and shared them. We relaxed, chatted about their school day, living near the beach and my upcoming trip to NZ. It was the most stress-free I’ve felt in ages. Completely relaxed and just,  happy. 

Then I took them to a shop to try on a dress and it all turned to shit. 

But for a short time that afternoon I realised that our life is perfect. It’s how we spend our time with our loved ones that can make the world of difference. An afternoon of ice-creams and chatting can make everything align perfectly. 

And I realised they’re both getting so big now. I need to stop blinking. 

I have learned…

I have learned that if you’re even remotely thinking of having any sleep at all that night, don’t drink espresso martinis…. 

Case and point.

I have learned that during the school holidays, there’s crap all on TV. 

I have learned that if I want to fit back into my Gala Ball dress, I shouldn’t eat the leftover chocolate biscuits. I should probably go to the gym more than twice a week too. 

I have learned that I don’t sleep well unless I read first. 

I have learned that no matter how many times I pull the weeds from the front garden, they’re right back there again tomorrow morning.

I have also learned that I really enjoy pulling the weeds from the front garden. Very relaxing.

In the past week I have learned that I really really miss the kids when they’re at school. Everyone always said that I won’t know myself when both the kids are at school. People also say that when your babies start to crawl. And to walk. And talk. It’s only now that they’re both at school all day that I now don’t know myself. 

I have learned that it’s okay not to have all the answers {just don’t tell Hubby that}.

I have learned that sometimes you just have to sit back and trust that things will work out. 

I have learned that everything I need is already right in front of me. I just need to reach out and ask for it. 

What have you learned this week? 

17 Things to do in 2017

The year has started and we’re off and running already. Can you believe that’s it’s four days into 2017 already? What do you have planned for this year? What are your goals? If you don’t have any, here is my list of 17 Things you can do in 2017:

  • Be Grateful – Start a Gratitude Journal, write things in your diary, save it as your phone background, write it on your bathroom mirror. Have an attitude of gratitude. 
  • Go Somewhere New – It doesn’t have to be far, holiday at home! We’ve only been on the Sunshine Coast for a couple of months now and I’m always grabbing any brochures for local attractions, there’s heaps to do in our backyard! Is there a ‘Big’ something near you? Something people flock to see yet you haven’t visited for months, maybe years? We used to live in Bundaberg and it took me 3 years before I visited the iconic Bundaberg Rum factory! Next on my list (today!!) is the local Buderim Ginger Factory. 
  • Cook a New Meal – Of course anything to do with food is always going to be on a list of mine! Cook something you’ve been eyeing off. Sick of your weekly staples – cook a new dinner once a week. Be adventurous!
  • Menu Plan! – Along with cooking something new, you need to be prepared. Menu Planning is one of the best things every household can do, it’s the easiest way to save money (you only buy what you need), waste less food and eat healthier! Do it for a month and see how much money you save, then do it for three months, then six and before you know it, it’s Christmas again and you’ve saved enough to buy that Thermomix. 
  • Read a Book – Now I know not everyone is as much a fan of reading that I am, so read something that suits you. I love Fantasy so I always reach for them but there’s so much to chose from. Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic for unleashing your creative side without fear, The Fault in our Stars by John Green for a tear jerker or laugh at Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. If you’re a fan of fantasy like I am check out the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, loved them! 
  • Challenge Yourself – My word for 2017 is Grow, and for me the best way to grow is to set goals and work towards them. They don’t have to be massive goals like ‘I will hike Mount Everest this year…’, but something that you can’t do easily that you have to work towards is ideal. Do a 1000 piece puzzle (and get the family involved for some bonding time), finish writing that book you started three years ago (note to self…), learn a new instrument, download DuoLingo and start learning a new language. Set yourself a goal, write it down and take small steps to work towards it. 
  • Drink More Water – Do you really drink enough? Water is so important to our overall health, it flushes out the nasties better than any detox cleanse superfood tablet shake bullshit will do. There are so many ways to remind yourself to drink more, countless apps that will beep at you. But the best way I’ve found is to simply have a water bottle, fill it up and take it with you everywhere. Helps you drink more of the good stuff and saves you $$ on buying sugary drinks while you’re out. 
  • Learn a New Skill – Last year I pulled out the Rubix cube I’d bought half a dozen years earlier. It’s always been on my Life List to do so I sat down, Googled how to solve it and did it. Then I did it again and again and again till I didn’t need Google anymore. I did the same a few years earlier with crochet and all our family this year received a homemade gift. Lately I’ve been looking at free online courses through Open2Study and am going to enrol in something I have no idea about, just to learn something new. What have you always wanted to learn? Or more importantly, what’s stopping you? 
  • Spend Quality Time with Loved Ones – Go out for dinner without your phone, or if you really need to have it with you, keep it away and in your bag. Pull out the board games and put away the iPad. Spend time with your loved ones actually looking at them. 
  • Exercise – Nothing will get those endorphins flowing better than exercise. If you’re aiming for a weightloss goal then diarise your exercise and make it happen. Exercise is a stress release of me; it stabilises my mood and helps me focus for the day. You don’t have to go to a gym and bust out a class, instead go for a walk, play in the park with your kids or go for a swim. Use a cheap pedometer to make sure you reach your 10,000 steps a day and get your body moving. 
  • Be mindful – Spending even just one minute a day breathing purposefully, to sit and take the time for yourself can reset your mood and attitude better than any chocolate or coffee fix. 
  • Take more Photos – The best camera is the one you have with you and in this day we usually all have our phones within arms reach. Take more snaps of your family and friends and make sure you’re in them, not just on the other side of the camera! 
  • De-Clutter – I’ve always believed that for me, a messy house = a messy mind. I know that I can’t focus on anything if there’s crapola everywhere. Throw out what you don’t really need and find a permanent spot (not just a ‘for right now’ spot) for everything else and put your things away. 
  • Let Go – This one can be a hard one but so essential to everyday happiness. Someone cut in front of you? Let it go. On hold to Centerlink for an hour and a half? Let it go. Kids driving you nuts all afternoon? Have a wine. No, wait. Let it go. (note: wine and letting it go may be the same thing….)
  • Have fun! – It’s been proven that people who laugh often live longer. Start the day with a smile on your face, watch a funny movie over a thriller, play games with your family and don’t take it all too seriously! 
  • Love Yourself – worts and all. Hair or no hair. Love yourself. 

What are you looking forward to doing in 2017? 

Weekend Getaways

Since moving to the coast we’ve been trying to go somewhere new (to us) every weekend. We’ve gone on long Sunday drives, chilled on beaches, visited Maleny {one of my favourite places in Queensland!}, dropped into a dam for a fish and checked out markets on markets on markets.

Last weekend was no exception, even though I started it feeling not-so-great, with an invitation from some friends to join them camping on a local beach.

Can I just say, I’m not an adventurer 4WD enthusiast, in any capacity. I’m not a fan of going over the bumps and dips of sand dunes with the constant worry that we’d become stuck {we didn’t}. I don’t mind, however, the view….

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We arrived, had a drink to celebrate then unpacked, then Hubby’s keen fisherman’s eyes spied some frolicking in the water….

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WHALES!!!!  I’ve lived in Queensland my whole life and this is honesty the first time I’ve seen whales!! I was JUST A LITTLE BIT EXCITED. Just quietly. Twice last weekend they played and tossed and leaped out of the water. It was just magical.

Pity I didn’t get a better photo than that one.

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I took some of the #hiddenorchard drinks that I received recently to cool off with. Adding some blueberries and mint just freshened up the drinks for a sunny afternoon.

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I saw this trick on Facebook recently and thought it couldn’t hurt to give it a try, now that we live near the beach and all. Use Baby Powder to help get the sand off your feet.

Well, I think it works. I found that it helps make everything smoother and the sand wipes off easier than it would before. Plus – I smell nice after too!

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What’s camping without a fire and marshmallows? For me, it is still unbelievably cool for October but I suppose I’m comparing that to the 42 degree heat 9 months of the year that we’ve just moved from. I sit here typing this with the laptop on the couch, snuggling under a blanket. It’s still so cool. I’m loving it.

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The kids spent the weekend collecting Ghost Crabs in cups of sand. Phoenix loved to chase them in the sand exclaiming ‘No Mum, you pick it up!!’

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We’re enjoying living somewhere thats so close to so much, it’s such a change from the more rural life of Moranbah. It was a great weekend until a stomach bug decided to turn my breakfast inside out so we made a hasty getaway before anyone else caught it. Not fun. Thankfully it was just a 24hr bug!

I wonder what adventures this weekend will bring!

New Year, Less Challenges

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Every year I resolve to write more on my blog.

Every year it gets to about now and I start to feel guilty because I haven’t lived up to my own challenge. Along with everything else that’s going on in my life and all the other challenges I set myself.

That’s a bit stupid, right? That feeling of guilt…? Thought so.

So this year I didn’t. I didn’t resolve to write more here because I’m already writing and I want to focus on finishing at least one of the few novels I have started.

I didn’t resolve to write more because I have a family that needs me first.

I didn’t resolve to write more because I’m already challenged with my Thermomix work, and I love it.

I didn’t resolve to write more because I want it to just happen naturally, rather than because I’m forcing myself and feeling guilting about it.

I didn’t resolve to write more because I know I’m already posting more with my Cookbook challenge.

And how much can I really challenge myself anyway? I like a good challenge. In fact, I would go so far as to say I thrive on it. I love the idea of smashing through a goal and the feeling of pride I get in my own work that comes with it, totally up my alley.

But where do I draw the line?

Do I challenge myself to cook new dish every week? Work out at the gym a certain amount of times a month? Write however many posts I set for myself. Finish however many chapters of my first draft I choose?

All while putting my family first and spending time with them.

In 2016, I resolve that I’m already challenged enough. 

Family always comes first.

I’m already meeting challenges for work.

I’m completing my cookbook challenge, because damn it it’s the second one I’ve done and I want to actually finish it. 

I want to stay healthy. Not push myself, but not fall by the wayside either. Just stay healthy.

I want to get over my hair. Or my lack of hair. And to stop letting it rule me and how I see myself and just to get the fuck over it. 

Most of all I want to remind myself to be Grateful for everything we have. A stable life. Our health. Our family. Love. A roof over our head and spending money in the wallet. A holiday when we need it.

To be Grateful for life, not to challenge myself to be grateful. Just be.

Today I’m Grateful For…

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Life seems to have it’s own surprises in store for us lately. Opportunities that unexpectedly present themselves. Endless waiting. The land of limbo doesn’t suit me well, I end up feeling stressed beyond belief; the what if’s circling around my head like a shark around it’s prey. I’ve found my shoulders tight with the tension of stress and a cranky attitude, snapping more than usual at the ratbags.

So I’ve taken myself to the gym to work off the bad moods. Gritting my teeth through RPM and Pump then stretching out my overworked muscles with Balance. Calming down for the week. Watching a funny movie with Hubby. Dancing like nobody’s watching with Phoenix every time she asks me to. Which is often.

I’m looking at the bigger picture. Finding gratitude in all the wonderful things we have right now. Which is a lot. We have healthy children. A beautiful home to live in. Hubby and I both have jobs and money to pay the bills, buy the groceries and even a coffee or two out with. Noah’s in a good school with a fantastic teacher. Phoenix is happy in her day care. I LOVE my job with Thermomix. And while we live in a tiny remote town, it’s a wonderful community. I stop and chat to someone nearly every time I go to Coles, which while some people would prefer the anonymity, I love the friendships I’ve made here.

This week I’m grateful for all of that. I’m grateful for that my friends little boy powered through another major surgery. I’m grateful for morning Skype’s with my Mum and the squeals of my kids when they realise Nanny’s on the phone. I’m grateful that Hubby can come home from work to us every night. I’m grateful for my kids imaginations, keeping me on my toes and constantly inspired.

The best way to get rid of stress and angst? Tell that inner voice that’s shouting all the what if’s to Shut up and Dance.

Today I’m Grateful For…

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My parents live in our family home, a street or so back from a quiet little beach. In the afternoons, when the sun would cast it’s golden rays along the shore, we’d walk down to the sand. The feel of it between my toes, always warm from the day’s heat yet always relaxing. Always home.

This sign is along that walk. It used to display something else, but time and weather had worn it away. The last time I was there it had been repainted and now proudly tells everyone who walks or drives past to ‘Love Each Other’.

Best sign ever.

This week seems longer and I completely attribute that to the busy-ness of it. Not only has school holidays well and truly set in but Hubby went away for a few days of RnR, I hosted some training for work at my place, the kids went mental from the full moon…

I’m very Grateful it’s Sunday.

Today I’m Grateful for….

  • Encouragement. Especially in regards to work. Training to help skill me to be a better consultant, encouragement to head in the right direction, hitting goals and setting new ones.
  • My Husband. Even though he’s currently on the couch dying of the Man-flu. I noticed my short patience with the kids when he wasn’t here and how much more I have when I know he’s around to back me up if I need it. There are plenty of days I need it.
  • I’m nearly always Grateful for Coffee, right? I suppose if Noah actually like to sleep past 5:40 am, coffee probably wouldn’t be held so close. And clung too.
  • My happy and healthy (although snotty!) children. Nothing is more of a blessing than that.

What are you Grateful for today?

My Ultimate Wish List

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Lately I’ve been reading ‘Blog Posts Suggestion’ lists, as a way to be a little more inspired to write here more often and one of the suggestions I found was your ‘Ultimate Wish List’. I am so down with that.

I’m a huge believer in just asking for what you want. Not necessarily to someone directly, but more so putting it ‘out there’ somewhere, in the world. Ask verbally, write it down, journal it, sing it, scrapbook it, vision board it, blog it. Just ask.

Because if you don’t ask for what you want, how will it know to come to you?

Around Christmas time I usually publish a ‘Christmas Wish List’ kind of post. It started as a way to give Hubby a helping hint but as the years went on I realised it was one of the best ways I was asking for the things I desired. Then as the next year pasted, almost everything made it’s way to me. Simply because I asked for it.

So, what’s in my Ultimate Wish List?

1. A cure for Alopecia. I will always put this out there as it’s something I crave above everything else. Living with Alopecia for nearly 8 years I’ve come to some kind of acceptance with my hair but my confidence even now still takes a battering when I have a new spot to cover. No, it’s not a life threatening illness and yes, it’s only hair-loss but that can make a massive difference to anybody’s confidence and their life. You can ready more about my Alopecia journey here. If there is one thing I crave over anything else it’s a full head of hair.

2. A Successful Business. All my adult life I’ve yearned to run my own successful cafe. I’m at the point where I’m mentally ready to start but my family isn’t at the right stage. We want to wait until Phoenix is at school before committing to such a big venture. The older I get the more certain I am about my Cafe. It’s going to be health food focused with a small deli and fantastic coffee. I want cream walls with green and brown trimmings, giving it a natural earthy feel. I’ve already started working on my menu, with a huge emphasis on seasonal produce. It even has a name. It’s just out there waiting for me to start. (upon re-reading this post I’ve realised I already have a successful business with Thermomix. I’m loving how it’s allowing me to learn more about running a business without the demands of a full-time cafe business just yet. Easing into my dream…) 

3. Disneyland! Because, honestly, who doesn’t want to go there.

4. Travelling.  I want to eat a croissant in France. Pizza in Italy. Bangers and Mash in England. I’ve crossed off Laska in Thailand and Sushi in Japan already, but my Ultimate holiday is a food holiday where I leave the scales at home and bring my digestive tablets with me.

5. Living closer to Family. Living in a rural Mining town, many many many hours away from my family has brought home what really matters. One day, when we have the cafe maybe, I hope to live much closer to my sisters and parents. In the same town even. The isolation can be very hard out here at times and I yearn to be able to duck around to my sisters place for a cuppa.

Okay, so at this point in time, that’s my Ultimate Wish List. What’s on your list? 

Sunday Gratefulness

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My Sunday Gratefulness. This week I have a lot to be Grateful for!

  • My Husband. Playing stay at home Dad for four days and taking care of our children without complaint while I jet it off with work. Supporting me and my career, a job I absolutely love, by taking over the house and child duties all on his own. He’s one amazing man.
  • Thermomix! The people I’ve met, new friends I’ve made, customers who have become friends and helped me along my journey. What an amazing company to work for! Then the rewards for all that hard work – four days away staying at the Gold Coast with amazing opportunities. A-may-zing. Making new friends and being inspired by being completely immersed in all things Thermomix. What a wonderful few days!
  • Safe flights!!!!!!!!
  • Honey and lemon. I pushed off a head cold for as long as I could while away but it slammed into me the second I got home. Chicken noodle soup packed full of garlic and ginger. Go away sickness!!!
  • Movies while I’m sick and the kids are going mental. A play in the park then movies in air-condition to distract them while I mope about and recover.

What are you grateful for this week?

Sunday Gratefulness

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Oops. I blinked and it’s Sunday again.

I spent a lovely day shopping all by myself today. A long drive in and out of a nearby town, but so worth it. Found a gorgeous dress. Had lunch with a beautiful friend. Enjoyed today to myself before the long drive home to my family and a house that was (is still) in desperate need of cleaning.

Cleaning can always wait in my book.

Today I’m Grateful For:

  • Today. Being an adult and going clothes shopping without fuss. Doesn’t happen often.
  •  My healthy children.
  • The ability to grow and learn about myself.
  • Sleep. And Coffee
  • Head wraps and scarves. Instilling confidence where I’m lacking.

What are you Grateful for this week?