Health & Fitness

healthy food 12 Week Challenge

At the start of 2014, I did a 12 week health/fitness challenge with my PT which gave me a brilliant start to the year.  I've been consistent this year in keeping up my fitness...except for the last 8 weeks. There are a lot of reasons for that: back problems, school holidays and just a lot going on here.  It's been good in a way, to have some extra time to invest in other areas, but I have noticed less nutritious convenient foods have … [Read more...]

Spring Shoes: A Tie-In Colour

Spring shoes and outfit

I was in the Paddington Sacha Drake store recently to pick up something I needed to add to my outfit for a wedding. While I was there I found a pair of shoes. I've never seen them before: the brand is Holster, and they are an Aussie company based in Noosa, Queensland. The style I bought are Admire Wedge in Champagne.  They are gorgeous and so easy to wear! Last year, I had a silver pair of thongs that lasted me through the warmer … [Read more...]

DIY Fold Over Elastic Hair Ties & Headbands

DIY FOE Hair tie tutorial final-2

I met Janine a couple of years ago.  She runs a lovely online ribbon & craft store called Sarah Lauren. I said to Janine one time, "You should do tutorials!" And here we are. She is sharing how to make your own fold over elastic hair ties. These particular hair bands are the best and hold the hair tight.   They also don't damage the hair.   With three girls in my house who often misplace hairbands, having a … [Read more...]

Hair Cut & Colour: A Little Longer / Dark Golden Brown

Hair cut and colour - dark golden brown - mid length

It started as, what would you call it -- not quite a celebration -- more of an acceptance deal I made with myself when my youngest child started school.  A regular hair cut seemed a fitting thing, considering during the years before my kids started school, a hair cut/colour was a rare annual (6 monthly at best) luxury.   My haircuts are not as regular as I planned but I do find myself documenting each hair cut/colour. I like … [Read more...]

Budget Body Beauty Supplies

budget beauty supplies

Amongst the busyness of parenting, I think it's important to enjoy luxuries when you can and weave them into life. I liken them to having little holidays every day.  I enjoy using beauty products -- it's one of those little luxury -- however, I don't like to spend a lot of money on them. I've tired many different products over the years and there are three staples I use for my body that have proven to work and they are really … [Read more...]

Easy Upstyle Hair Tutorial

Easy upstyle tutorial

This is my go-to hairstyle when my hair is dirty, when I'm going out or when I don't have time to style it (but I need to go somewhere and look presentable). When I wear my hair like this, people often comment how glamorous it looks but honestly, it's just so easy to do and suitable for most med-long length hair.  It looks good with a clip or simple without any embellishment too.   Materials Hairspray Bobby … [Read more...]

Jeans I Found for the Season

Jeans and green jacket

I picked up these jeans at Target when I was there looking for swim shirts for the kids. It was an impulsive purchase and didn't even try them on beforehand.  I had little time and needed a new pair of jeans so took a gamble on them fitting/suiting.  Well, I wanted to say I'm very happy with the jeans (and they were only $10!). I had to check my receipt because I thought they must have been at least $20. I like where the waist line … [Read more...]

2014 Health & Fitness Challenge: Week 11-12 – Finish & Results

getting fit

At the beginning of this year, I started a fitness/health challenge to refine some of the goals I had already achieved.  Over the last couple of years, I've been making small sustainable changes and changing the way I think about food and exercise and by doing this challenge, it both cemented what I knew and challenged me further. First picture is before I started to make small changes to my health Second is after I started moving … [Read more...]

Win: Sacha Drake Grecian Convertible Maxi Dress

Sacha Drake Grecian Convertible Dress Review

Sponsored (S2 post) Sacha Drake Convertible Grecian Maxi Dress & Deco Knot Belt This dress is like a dream!  I absolutely adore wearing it. Rave-rave-rave.   I was introduced to Australian designer Sacha Drake back in 2011 by fellow bloggers Louisa Claire (she looks smashing in this striped dress) and Nikki from Styling You (who is looks gorgeous in the same dress).  The Sacha Drake brand was established in my … [Read more...]

2014 Health & Fitness Challenge: Week 10 – Set Backs

running on a cruise ship

It happened during the September school holidays last year.  My body felt good and I had reached a good level of fitness during the previous 8 months. I could feel the strength in my body, and so I ignored the niggles in my back, wanting to keep pushing through. Ever since I was pregnant with my son (over 6 years ago now), I've had issues with my back...and there's a fine line between minimising the chronic pain through maintaining core … [Read more...]

Hair Cut & Colour: Brown & Caramel Highlights

hair cut & colour -- dark brown with carmel highlights

I was as tired as I look in the picture below (bad lighting doesn't help). I felt a bit sick actually. This was the week before I was going away to speak at the Digital Parents Conference and trying to pull that together was huge. There is so much to organise with the children before I can go away, and I often wonder if it's worth it...until I'm there.  I always miss the kids but it's also great to immerse myself in a little project … [Read more...]

2014 Health & Fitness Challenge: Week 8-9 – Fitness

fitness

Learning to love (and do) exercise I've always enjoyed exercise to a degree. That doesn't mean I always feel like doing it though!  At different times in my life, I've found doing exercising more challenging for many different reasons, including raising young children and anxiety. It can be easy to focus on simply just doing more of it, however for sustainability and longevity in this area, I found there were mental hurdles involved for me … [Read more...]

2014 Health & Fitness Challenge: Week 7 – A Dress

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I haven't worn this dress in years! Year! So it felt awesome to wear it the other day. Whoo hoo!  In the recent years, I've made small sustainable changes to the way I think, eat and move.  Following on from that, at the start of this year, I started a challenge with my group PT instructor (Lauren from Phyzique if anyone is interested) to help me take it to another level, especially with my fresh food intake and moving past a plateau … [Read more...]

Fitness: 15 Minute Circuit (you can do at home)

I'm not sure I can do this, I thought as my legs burned beneath me and my heart threatened to explode outside my chest.  500 metres! 500 measly metres: that's all I could manage when I began training for my first 5k fun run (over a year ago now). I remember feeling depressed after walking-jogging-walking most of the route mapped out around the streets close to our home.  In that moment, there was temptation to give up. … [Read more...]