All posts tagged: Beach

A cool change

Sydney this summer has been somewhat of a furnace. I love hot, salty days where the beach beckons and the sun goes down late in the evening, but there’s nothing like a cool storm to save the day. Yesterday that sweet relief finally arrived. It’s no surprise to anyone who’s lived through it, but this summer has been incredibly warm; in fact the hottest on record… ever.  So when the clouds cracked and the rain finally hit the ground, you could almost hear our garden sing out in praise. I was in our sunroom with the windows wide open when that moment arrived with force. Out of nowhere, the air started to change and a sense of calm swept over Mosman Bay. A tranquility that’s been noticeably absent fell upon us as the birds, bugs and activity that heat brings abruptly relaxed into the cool shift. Perhaps the moment was particularly welcome in our house as I get an itch when things sit still for a little too long, the heat being no exception. With this all said, there seems to …

Summer bliss and getaways

It’s hot here. Summer is in full swing; the air con is on, the days are long and dry, and dusk is pushing 9pm. To make the most of the summer heat, we’ve left Sydney and ventured up the coast. There’s something about removing yourself from the everyday that makes the precious days between Christmas and New Years feel even more like a holiday. Even if it’s only to the in-laws an hour away. Despite the best of intensions, I often find nothing days in Mosman become cleaning days, or days of life admin commitments that see us spend little time actually doing nothing. As a result holidays instead become a collection of weekends, rather than a break of sunburn, breakfasts, and reading on the beach till the sun goes down. Today we set off to the beach with an umbrella under arm and fresh pineapple and mint juice in hand. We walked the splendour that is Soldier’s Beach looking for the perfect spot to park weary 2016 selves. We baked, relaxed and reclined in the sunshine, only to recover in the …

Getting healthy on the shimmery, shiny Gold Coast

Love it or hate it, I think almost every Aussie has visited the Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches and tourism hub, Surfers Paradise, at least once. Well known for its white sand, warm weather and friendly people, the area is a playground for tourists, schoolies, holiday makers, young families and now it appears, health and wellness enthusiasts. For me, the Golide has never really been my destination of choice (stay with me GC readers). I’ve always been more a fan of it’s neighbours Byron, Yamba and Noosa; most probably because I find the high-rise buildings, strip clubs and theme parks that crowd Surfers Paradise a little overwhelming. But despite this, this past Easter long weekend my man and I found our ourselves back near the strip seeking some sun, good food and a bit of R&R. And I’m super glad we did. Our holiday started as any good trip does – making the most of free flights! Aaron was working from Brisbane for the following week, so we thought we’d make the most of his journey …

Home-made fish n’ sweet potato chips

Is there anything better than fish and chips on the beach at the end of a long summer’s day? Living in Queenscliff I’m fortunate enough to have Manly on my doorstep, so an evening out with the sand between our toes and food to-go is often very tempting. While I love the greasy, deep-fried version of this Aussie favourite, I prefer the healthier, protein-packed serving as it’s super easy to cook, seriously cheap and wayyyy more delicious. It also won’t give you that horrible gluggy feeling a hour later. If you’re looking for a cheap and easy date night option, the home-made version will cost you under $20 for two people. It also has none of the nasty refined salts or oils that you typically get from the store-bought kind and is very friendly to those who don’t yet own their dream kitchen (ahem… most of us) as you can whip it up in the oven, on the stove top or on the BBQ. To get started, first you need to choose your fish! If …

My earthy slice of heaven: Coles Bay, Tasmania

I forgot how beautiful silence is. What it’s like to sit and listen to absolutely nothing. It wasn’t until I left the city on Friday that I noticed the constant hum that follows you everywhere in Sydney. True silence is incredibly tranquil and sweetly deafening. To celebrate the Australia Day long weekend Aaron and I left the ‘mainland’ and ventured south to Tasmania. We heard about Tassie’s elusive fresh produce, crystal beaches and crisp air, and wanted to see if the rumors were true. Our destination was Coles Bay: a small town on the cusp of the Freycinet National Park on the eastern coast of the island state. Surrounded by wineries, spectacular scenery and seriously good food, it’s famous for it’s access to Wineglass Bay – one of the top ten beaches in the world. Our trip started on Friday afternoon with a flight to Hobart. While our first night was a bit of fun (nothing outrageous to report) the real adventure started at 7am the next day when we hit the road. Once we …

Blog Crush: Meet Eb from Every Healthy Day

If you’re in to all things health and wellbeing there’s a high chance you already follow a kick-ass collection of lifestyle bloggers.  To help you start the week on a high, here’s another awesome chick to add to your list. Meet Eb. Her blog ‘Every Healthy Day‘ was one of the first lifestyle hubs that I fell in love with. Not only does she have lots of flair, but her photos and words are full of healthy living inspiration and good vibes. She was kind enough to spend a few minutes getting into the nitty-gritty of her approach to life for readers of The Whole Life. Enjoy and make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post… Eb shares an awesome recipe that will make you drool! Five minutes with Eb from Every Healthy Day Tell us about your blog. Why did you start it and what’s your passion? Every Healthy Day began as an easy way for me and my sister to share our healthy meals online and keep each other motivated. We …

Rise and shine – how to become a morning person

You may or may not already know this, but for the last six months I’ve been working on becoming a morning person. Yes, I can almost hear all of you who know me well laughing yourselves silly. You see, I’m a girl who loves her sleep-ins. Flashback to the beginning of the year it was rare to see me out of bed before 10am on a Saturday. Unsurprisingly, the switch has been a hard and often grumpy journey. However, my mentality started to change when I packed my bags and moved to Sydney’s Northern Beaches. My beautiful flatmate (who is currently writing an exciting guest post for The Whole Life) encouraged me to join a boot camp with her on my first morning in Queenscliff. Looking back, this was a big jump considering it was the middle of winter. While it took a little getting used to at first (can you say 5.30am starts while it’s dark and 5 degrees outside), slowly but surely I got used to waking up before the sun. After a couple weeks of activity, I …