2014 Health Challenge: Week 5-6 – Keep asking Why

Clean eating - week 6

I'm doing a health challenge with my group PT instructor Lauren from Phyzique to start 2014 off.  This challenge follows five years of slow sustainable progress and you can read more about this period of my life here:  Health & Fitness - Week 1 and a follow up in my food diary in Week 2 - 4. I've just finished week 5 & 6 of this 10 week challenge and am feeling great about the increase in raw & whole foods in … [Read more...]

2014 Health Challenge (week 2 – 4)

Clean Eating - Week 3

My daughter came up to me the other day, and told me how proud she was of me: of my determination & commitment to health and fitness.  Sometimes I forget how being an example, living it out, is the best way to teach our kids, and I felt so encouraged by my daughter's words. I recently shared how my health has improved slowly over the last five years.   To kick the year off well, I'm doing a 10 week challenge with my PT, Lauren … [Read more...]

Keep on Keeping on: Health and Fitness (week 1)

before and after weight loss

Keep on Keeping on: Health and Fitness It isn't a great heading for this post and I know it.  There's a lot of noise about weight loss around these days, and much of it is sensationalised.  If I really wanted to get good click throughs to what I've written here, I probably should have titled it something like: How I Turned from a Frumpy Mummy into a Yummy Mummy or The Secret to My Weight Loss or 5 Tips to Lose … [Read more...]

Summer & Festive Fashion & Giveaway

cat eye make up

Sponsored by BIG W “It was the highlight of my day,” my husband said later that evening.  I was surprised at this comment. “Really?” I thought he was joking. “I’m serious,” he responded.  “I loved seeing you in all those outfits. “ Ha! Sweet! My gracious husband was the photographer for this post. I’m talking about festive fashion.  For me, this summer season is all about variety and I need my clothes to keep up.   There are long lazy … [Read more...]

Tie a Scarf into a Summer Vest

how to tie a scarf into a summer vest

My sister gave me a beautiful mint horse print scarf for my birthday.  I adore it! She also taught me how to tie the scarf so I can wear it as a vest over singlets and swimwear (looks especially gorgeous over togs when you want to be just a little more covered post swim).  Always a good thing to be able to extent accessory items! One The scarf needs to be large (and light) Two Fold in half horizontally. Three Bring all four corner … [Read more...]

Tip for Tired Eyes

tip for tired eyes

How to brighten the eyes My eyes often have that “I’m tired” look. Probably because I AM often tired. Ha! I have this ultra quick and subtle way to brighten my eyes and it only takes a few minutes to apply. Products: Concealer Nude eye liner Silver eyeliner or eye shadow Nude eye shadow Mascara How After applying foundation: Apply concealer under the eye. Brush nude/campaign colour eye shadow on the entire eye lid, right up … [Read more...]

New Hair — Rich Brown with Honey & Copper Highlights

long bob hair cut

There was this silly little indulgent plan I had at the start of the year, sort of like a celebration for all my children being at school.  The plan was to get a hair cut more than my previous once (twice if I was lucky) a year one.  But I get excited about my hair now because I found a fabulous hairdresser, and she does amazing stuff to my hair.  For the first time in my LIFE, I feel like I have a hair style. Ha! The colour is awesome -- and I … [Read more...]

I Wore Green Togs

green one piece togs

Summer's come early here in Brisbane.  Beach waves. Afternoon storms.  Hot sand. Big sunglasses. Even bigger hats. Ice cold water. Salads and sorbets. Bare feet. Cute dresses. Flowers in my hair. BBQs in the park. Pool days. Movie nights. All the good things to look forward to in the upcoming months. I found these cute one piece togs are in Luang Prabang in Laos; of all the unlikely places to find swimwear!  After walking around the quaint town, … [Read more...]

Interview: Peter Morrissey & $200 Big W Voucher Giveaway

peter morrissey big w

Sponsored by Big W It was one of those dresses I looked at suspiciously on the rack: horizontal stripes, stretchy material, sleeveless.  I’ll just try it, I thought. As soon as the dressed slipped over my head to the rest of my body, I immediately knew I loved it.  I’m talking about this dress by Aussie designer Peter Morrissey for Big W. Dressing for My Life In a usual day, I can go from a business meeting, to house cleaning, to the … [Read more...]

15 Minute Workout Circuit + $200 Big W Giveaway


Sponsored by Big W I'm not sure I can do this, I thought as my legs burned beneath me and my chest 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. Oh … [Read more...]

My Spring Wardrobe + $200 Big W Gift Voucher Giveaway

big w fashion - emerson dress

Sponsored by Big W "No husbands were harmed in the making of this post," he said in a reporter voice at one point.  See, that's the sort of thing my husband says that makes me laugh, and you can see it reflected in the pictures.  Love that man and how he humours me and my many projects. On this particular afternoon, we headed out with the children to a favourite spot where my husband patiently played photographer because I wanted share three … [Read more...]

I don’t cry for my body anymore


I could feel the sweat trickling in tracks down my body.  It had been a hard training session.  As I walked in the door -- home -- I pulled off my wet t-shirt, enjoying the cool relief as the air hit my damp skin.  I walked around that way, for a good 10 minutes before taking a shower: shorts, socks and a crop.  As I casually chatted to the children about the upcoming plans for the day, I noticed my son (5) staring at my belly button. "What?  … [Read more...]

New Hair – Warm Red-Brown

hairstyle -- red undertones

This year I decided (as a celebration now all my children are at school) to try and schedule a regular haircut/colour.  Go me! For the past 12 years, 6-7 months (even up to a year) between haircuts was the usual gap.  So the plan was to be realistic, and make time for a haircut every 3 months.  Well, by the time I got to it this time, I worked out it's been 5 months since my last hair cut. Ha! So, not quite 3 months, but I'm getting there. Oh, … [Read more...]

Burgundy Boots

bared boots

I don't care about trends.   I enjoy to wear a mish-mash of what I like -- old mixed with new -- inspired by colours, shades and influences in my life; whether that be the seasons, nature, a book, movie or particular time period.  I dress up most days -- it's one of those things for me, that is an expression of creativity -- and I figure clothes are there to wear so I may as well enjoy them rather than keeping a particular outfit special. A new … [Read more...]