The 30 Days I Gave Up Coffee

I gave up coffeeTHE CHALLENGE

I gave up coffee, for 30 days in a row.

Call me crazy but I gave up coffee. I had my last beautiful brew on Friday, January 12. The surprising thing is that I don’t really miss it as much as I thought I would. I would have given it up earlier knowing that.

Now don’t get me wrong, I do love the taste of coffee, that’s why I drink it. I do also use it as a substitute for morning tea, to keep me going through to lunch. But over the years I have learned that I don’t have much of a tolerance to caffeine. I have to be really careful when ordering a coffee at a cafe. Did you know some large drinks can contain up to 3 shots of coffee which is equal to 90mL. That’s a lot of coffee in one hit! I also have to watch my intake of tea, due to the caffeine. I once drank about 4 cups of tea at an afternoon high tea, do you think I could sleep that night?

Benefits of giving up coffee

– a decrease in anxiety
– save money (the latte factor: the phenomenon whereby many small purchases add up to a significant expenditure over time.)
– sleep better
– weight loss (empty calories from added milk, sugar & flavourings)

However, I did notice that after having my daughter, my tolerance increased. I could have a coffee or tea at any time of the day & not be affected by it. Sadly this has worn off now.

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THE VERDICT

I have had a few teas during my coffee free period. But I’ve been choosing green tea for my hot beverage more than anything, along with the occasional hot chocolate. It is still summer here after all. Did I look forward to my first cup after those 30 days? You bet! I chose to add some salted caramel syrup to my cappuccino. I find that when I add a little bit of syrup I don’t need to add any sugar, the syrup makes it sweet enough

DIY flavroured coffe tip: When using the coffee machine at home or at work, I add the syrup to the milk frother. It blends it all together well so the flavour is throughout.

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To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time, is to meet an old one - Chinese Proverb

Happy in Love


Happy in Love

Happy in love, after all this time? Always

Where it all began

My husband and I met through a mutual friend while I was in my last year of high school. It was really fun at the start before either of us had a license, we had to rely on other people so we could see each other. He actually asked me out over MSN Messenger.

We are coming up to 13 years together this year. It feels like a lifetime and it won’t be long before we have known each other for more than half of our lives.

The Proposal

I really did think I was getting ring at the airport when I came back from 6 solo weeks in Europe. But it arrived in a very unexpected way, about 5 months later. We were “gifted” a helicopter joy flight and I publicly thanked those involved on Facebook. A photographer was joining us on our flight. I thought nothing of it, I knew that it would make more sense to fill as many seats as possible. Helicopter flights weren’t exactly cheap.

Before I left for Europe we had purchased a block of land in a developing estate to build our dream home on. We were both eager to see the progress of the estate from the air. To my surprise there was something written on our block of land.

Unique Wedding Proposal

Wedding

My husband comes from a large family & we knew that we didn’t want a big wedding. So we opted for a destination wedding. We invited the people that were most important to us & ended up with 8 wedding guests. We got married on Waimanalo Beach in Hawaii. For the reception we went to dinner at a restaurant & paid for our guests’ meals and drinks. A friend, my husband and I walked the entire way back to our hotel along the beach in the dark.

Thinking back now that when I was a kid I said that I wanted to get married on a beach in a mini skirt. While the miniskirt didn’t happen, I did get married on a beach.

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Family

We started trying for our first child a few months before we got married. A year passed and nothing. I went to my doctor and we tried a few things. Another year passed, so we started IVF. Another year passed and our little girl arrived on our third wedding anniversary.

Funny Story: I though I might be pregnant after throwing up on the Ferris Wheel at Disney California Adventure.

Date Night

We regularly sit down to dinner at the table as a family. We also try to watch something together about once a week. Usually, it’s Grand Designs Australia or a slew of funny videos on YouTube.

My idea of a perfect date night is a home cooked meal with a homemade dessert followed by a movie on the couch or in bed with a bag of popcorn.

The Future

I’m not sure what the future holds for us but I know we are working towards making it incredible. Afterall, in my wedding vows, I promised to work hard to make our life as amazing as possible.

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Why You Should Donate Blood

Why You Should Donate BloodIt only takes an hour to donate blood, but it could save someone’s life.A few years ago I decided that I wanted to donate blood. I was so disappointed in myself that I wasn’t able to complete my first donation. You see, I am a fainter. I don’t like needles. I don’t like having blood taken. Even talking about it often makes me go weak at the knees. But I just felt really strongly that this was something that I needed to do. I felt so strongly about it that I became emotional thinking about it.

A few years ago I decided that I wanted to donate blood. But I was so disappointed in myself that I wasn’t able to complete my first donation. You see, I am a fainter. I don’t like needles. I don’t like having blood taken. Even talking about it often makes me go weak at the knees. But I just felt really firmly that this was something that I needed to do. I felt so strongly about it that I became emotional thinking about it.

Since that first attempt, I have attempted it two more times. Each time I was unable to complete a whole donation. However, they assured me they were still able to use the small amount.

BENEFITS

  • It doesn’t cost anything
  • It only takes an hour
  • You get a snack & drink at the end
  • Each donation can help save three lives

How Blood is Used

I fall into the 4% that is obstetrics. After the birth of my daughter, I received a total of 3 units of blood over the course of two days. After that, I was also on iron supplements to help me get back to normal.

I’m not sure that I believe in fate but it’s quite interesting that I had attempted to donate blood 3 times & ended up needing 3 units.

Take the quiz to see if you are eligible to donate blood here

ORGAN DONATION

After my husband & I got married, we opted to be on the same Medicare card. While looking into how to go about that I learned that you can sign up to be an Organ Donor through Medicare. Two completed flyers later my we were both registered organ donors.

I’ve recently learned that with great doctors & surgeons, blood transfusions are not always required with an organ transplant. Miriam from But, Still Breathing had a double lung transplant at Houston Methodist on March 6, 2015. Her doctor, Dr Scott Scheinin, has made it his life’s work to becoming skilled in bloodless surgery in order to lessen bleeding & hemorrhaging during surgery, therefore lessening the need for blood transfusions. Even though lung transplants are usually considered to have a higher risk of blood loss of all the transplants, Miriam’s surgery was a wonderful success with very minimal blood loss. You can read more about Miriam’s journey over at her blog: But, Still Breathing.

To become an organ donor, register through Medicare here

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The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play - Arnold Toynbee

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There is a joy in the pursuit of anything - Robert Henri

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Homemade Lemonade

Homemade LemonadeHere is my quest for homemade lemonade.

My family likes to catch up before Christmas because everyone is so busy & there are so many people to see. Each year we take it in turns to host & everyone brings something to pitch in. We usually just have a BBQ, which makes it pretty stress-free. This year I volunteered to bring some meat, hamburgers & sausages.

From the window, I could see many large lemons hanging over the fence. So I asked my cousin If I could take a few home with me. She offered a bag for me to collect them in but I decided that I didn’t need one.

I squeezed past the water tanks & plants while walking through spider webs to the lemon tree. I couldn’t believe the size of them! They were the biggest lemons that I had ever seen. You certainly don’t get any that big at the supermarket! After pulling a few from the tree I realised that I would most certainly need a bag. Back through the spider webs & past the water tanks than back again with a bag. This time my aunt & my mum decided to join me.

I filled a whole grocery bag with lemons. It was easily 5kg! One last trek through the spider webs, I gave the bag to my little cousin to carry inside. He was impressed by my collection.

My mum suggested that they would probably have quite thick skin but that didn’t bother me. I was more amazed by the amount of juice I got from them. Although I shouldn’t have been so surprised based on their size!

After a little bit of trial & error, I found that a ratio of 1:1:3 of lemon juice, sugar & water works quite well for my tastebuds.

When life gives you lemons make homemade lemonade

 

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Homemade Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 200 ml Lemon Juice Freshly Squeezed
  • 250 ml Boiling Water
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 550 ml Water

Instructions

  1. Juice the lemons

  2. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to 250ml of boiling water, stir to dissolve the sugar

  3. Allow the sugar water mixture to cool

  4. Combine lemon juice, sugar water and water in a pitcher

  5. Serve with ice & lemon slices if desired

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