All posts filed under: Home Life

All the pretty things

As we get closer to beb’s arrival, my urge to nest is growing as rapidly as my belly. And while a few new dresses accommodate the bump, the home part isn’t as straight forward. For those not in the know, a few months ago Aaron and I said goodbye to our sunny three-bedroom apartment for a smaller place as the space was unnecessary. Little did we know, those extra rooms would be needed much faster than anticipated. As a result, another move is on the cards, and just like I did with the wedding, full planning mode is in gear — only this time when it’s go time, I’ll be seven months pregnant and it will be summer. Someone fetch me a frosty fruit. With a clean slate of potential baby rooms in front of us, I’ve become addicted to building out ideas. Let’s just say I never quite got the whole Pintrest movement until now. Since finding out we’re having a little boy, blue and different hues of blue (exciting I know), have been my …

A festive feeling

Having spent the last three weeks in the US it’s hard not to leave without an overwhelming excitement for the upcoming holiday season. This Thursday will be our first Thanksgiving, and while it won’t be your most homely, traditional event (we’re celebrating the day at the hotel buffet), it will certainly provide us with a small snapshot into the American celebration. Our housekeeper has also promised to bring us a bounty of leftover goodies from her family do on Friday which has both of us very excited (and drooling). Christmas is my favourite day every year, as it’s the one time (other than say, a wedding!) where everyone comes together to just be and celebrate their love for one another. To put it simply, I’m jealous that those state side get an extra day of glorious gratitude giving and family loving. We return from our honeymoon on the 29th, right on the cusp of the silly season. As it does every year, December is already looking particularly busy, with every weekend playing host to a gathering or coming together of family …

How to food plan like a rock star

Before I started my health kick I used to open the fridge door at work at look at the shelves of homemade lunches with envy. There they stood, packed lovingly the night before full of healthy looking goodness. I wanted to be like those who made at work food look so easy. The owners of this food also didn’t have to spend 20 minutes of precious lunchtime hunting for something reasonably healthy to eat. And then pay $15 for the privilege of enjoying said meal. Fortunately, like all those who had come before me, after some investigation I realised that I too could do the food from home thing. All it would take is a little planning, some consideration and confidence and of course, lots of experimentation! You see, bringing healthy, delicious food from home isn’t actually that hard (I know – shock horror!) you just have to prioritise it and apply some savvy organisation tips to the process. Two years later and I’m now a food prep queen (if I don’t say so myself) …

If you read one book this year, make it this one – Michelle Crawford’s A Table in the Orchard

Over the holidays I had the luxury of spending time deep in the written word of some amazing authors. While I read several great books, none excited or pulled me into their world more than Michelle Crawford in ‘A Table in the Orchard’. To put it simply, Michelle’s book is intoxicating. It is a real life and emotive account of her family’s move to country Tassie 11 years ago. Within its pages she brings to life the intense beauty and serenity that Tasmania exudes and the rich life we can create for ourselves, if we simply dare to leave the hustle and bustle and seek out simplicity. As you immerse yourself in her world it is with joy and ease that we uncover the life she has created for family. We read about their trials of finding and making a family home, to foraging local produce and growing a plentiful organic garden dictated by the seasons. Of course, Tasmania in itself is something of a dreamland which makes the story all the more beautiful. One …

Raw Summer Veggie Pad Thai

Fresh off the back of our amazing trip to Thailand and Cambodia, this week I was craving more of the authentic Asian food we experienced while overseas. Not one to sugar coat it, the food in South East Asia wasn’t always ‘wellness’ kosher, but it certainly was full of flavour and depth. Cambodia is home to some of the most fragrant curries I’ve ever tasted; if you ever get the chance to try an Amok or Khmer dish, don’t pass on it. In Thailand, particularity Phuket where we were based, the seafood options seemed endless. But unfortunately despite how romantic the above sounds, in most instances we were either stuck with poor interpretations of western food or delicious authentic dishes lined with sugar, soy and gluten. And don’t even get me started on the airport food… So it took me by no surprise that upon returning home I had a gut to rebuild. Fortunately one of my intentions for 2016 is to make our dinner meals almost entirely veggie-based; enter the above dish and hello …

Packaged wholesome food (hooray, there is such a thing!)

At the end of a long day the last thing I feel like doing is cooking. While the process of pulling together a dish is OK, it’s the cleaning up afterwards that I hate. The trouble with eating wholesome food is it often requires a lot of prep-time in the kitchen. This is why I have become best friends with my food processor. With the determination to eat well comes the reality that you need to get your hands dirty (particularly in the case of organic potatoes), all the time. Clean eating is the consumption of food in its most natural state, but there are no rules saying that these products can’t be packaged. I recently shared on my Facebook page a tips list for managing the shopping aisle with a clean attitude. Key pointers for success included checking the product list from unrecognisable numbers and ingredients and being mindful of green or organic washing. When you do find a product that meets all your healthy eating needs, it can be a serious sanity saver. …

Getting my green thumb on; organic gardening on our tiny balcony

Last weekend I stood like a weirdo hopelessly in the corner of Bonds nursery. I was trying to listen to a podcast on organic gardening (out loud) inconspicuously as I’d left my shopping list at home. As the nursery is a good 30 minutes from my house, I was determined not to make a second trip to the shops. As I stared confusingly at the range of organic potting mixes, fertilisers and plant foods, trying madly to remember what it was I had written down, I scribbled pointers from the podcast on to a flower catalogue. I questioned how much my little organic seedlings really needed that blood and bone mix, or if I really wanted a chicken poop stench haunting my small back balcony. Organic gardening is something that most holistic health coaches swear you should do. I’ve been told there is a profound joy that comes from nurturing little seedlings into fresh, tasty fruit and veg. And as I’m a big fan of anything that’s meant to be good for the soul, I’m …