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Looking after your mental health during winter


One of the biggest things I struggled with over the winter during a pandemic was my mental health. And I know I can't be alone in this. Being at home pretty much every day with my whole family was quite tough. There have been a lot of memes going around about extroverts. I say take a moment to consider the introverts. They are the ones stuck at home with their families with nowhere to escape to for some recharge time! Looking after your mental health during winter (and a pandemic) Working from home can be hard at the best of [...]

Looking after your mental health during winter2022-06-18T18:57:27+10:00

Why the time of day you exercise matters


If you are anything like me at the moment, you are (stuck) at home. And I am currently at home my husband, my 3-year-old and my mother in law. Between trying to work at home, entertain my daughter and keeping the house running as close to normal as possible, something was starting to give. My gym was closed. And it didn't have any online classes. But I knew I still needed to keep active. After all, the main reason I joined the gym was for my mental health. I've been going to yoga classes at my gym since I signed [...]

Why the time of day you exercise matters2020-04-04T13:53:10+11:00

The Two Things I Did To Quit Adding Sugar To Coffee


I quit adding sugar to my breakfast cereal years ago, but I still add it to my coffee. But I’ve slowly been cutting back the amount of sugar I have in a coffee and even tea for that matter. I’ve always had two sugars in my coffee, even when I was drinking store bought flavoured coffee sachets. It does make me sad to admit that on top of the 10g of sugar already in it that I was adding another 10g. It was time to quit adding sugar to coffee. I've used two tactics recently to help me lower my [...]

The Two Things I Did To Quit Adding Sugar To Coffee2019-05-19T17:21:20+10:00

10 Ways to Workout With Kids


It's not easy to work out with kids around. So much time is taken up by housework, employment, and spending time together as a family. But here are ten ways to workout with kids, you'll be sure to find one that works for you. 10 ways to workout with kids 1. First thing in the morning I know not everyone wants to wake up early in the morning so that they can workout. But it is a great way to fit a few more things into your day. Aurora Light, Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock 2. Naptime Naptime is [...]

10 Ways to Workout With Kids2022-08-23T05:34:22+10:00

The Easiest Meal Plan


The importance of meal planning is touted on almost every money-saving blog and is a priority for many stay-at-home parents. But I generally meal plan because I like to know what to expect. You see I am horrible with surprises and not that good when it comes to a change of plans. But I think I've come up with the easiest meal plan. I only meal plan our dinners and I try my best to be flexible about it. Events pop up out of nowhere and there are nights when nobody wants to cook. Most of the items are stored in [...]

The Easiest Meal Plan2020-04-07T11:13:58+10:00

The 30 Days I Gave Up Coffee


THE 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 [...]

The 30 Days I Gave Up Coffee2020-03-18T22:20:16+11:00

Why You Should Donate Blood


It 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 disheartened that I wasn’t able to complete my first donation. You see, I am a fainter. I don’t like needles. I really 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. Since that first attempt, I [...]

Why You Should Donate Blood2021-04-30T17:03:36+10:00

How To Save Your Feet At The Beach


Australia Day is synonymous with many things. A warm summers day. Sausages cooked to perfection on the BBQ. Ice cold beer in the esky. A lazy day at the beach. Southern Cross flags rippling in the breeze. The strange tan line on your feet from your thongs. Even if the weather is not quite perfect, you know the beach will be busy. It's best to get there early in the day to secure that prime piece of real estate. You want to be equal distance from the car to the water. And don't forget to take the tide into account [...]

How To Save Your Feet At The Beach2019-06-29T13:44:24+10:00

Leg Day Recovery Tips


Leg day is one of my favourite days. I love feeling sore afterwards like I’ve put in some real effort. But after a while, the soreness can become downright annoying. Depending on what time I work out, I generally notice some soreness around 20 hours afterwards, which peaks around 24-36 hours afterwards. But there are actually quite a lot of things you can do to aid muscle soreness and the recovery process. Most of this advice can be used for any kind of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). These are my top leg day recovery tips.  Leg Day Recovery Tips [...]

Leg Day Recovery Tips2022-03-29T14:26:32+11:00

A Change in Coffee Habits


I have been drinking coffees from the Nescafe Cafe Menu for at least 6 years now. I originally picked them up because I wanted to start drinking coffee (I guess because it appears to be an adult thing to do) but didn’t like the instant stuff my parents had. I've always loved the smell of coffee but never liked the taste until I tried this brand. But I think its time for a change in coffee habits. To be honest, when I first started having them I was having 1 sugar in the flavoured ones and two sugars in the [...]

A Change in Coffee Habits2018-11-06T21:18:23+11:00

Unusual Effects of Going to the Gym


On the 15th of January, I finally joined a gym. I had been considering it for a little while, mostly because I love the idea of running inside away from the elements. I follow the gym on Facebook &and noticed they were offering a very attractive deal, compared to the other 24/7 gyms in my area. I’m pretty sure all the gyms in my area are now 24/7 anyway. Back in December I started using a ‘couch to 5k’ app and was making good progress but was finding it hard to get going in the various climates of the Australian [...]

Unusual Effects of Going to the Gym2020-02-12T15:40:59+11:00

A Day in the Life


Follow me, as I describe a day in the life. As a belated (October) birthday present, I took my mum for High Tea at Hotel Windsor. I wanted to go during the week because I thought it wouldn’t be so busy but it had to wait until I had time off work over Christmas. They offer two sittings 12.30pm and 2.30pm, I thought 2.30 was more appropriate for afternoon tea but is only offered Wednesday to Sunday. A day in the life Mum also wanted to go to Chadstone Shopping Centre, which is the largest in the southern hemisphere. I’d [...]

A Day in the Life2019-07-14T21:11:00+10:00

2014 Resolution Final Update


Here is the 2014 resolution final update of the original list that was my first ever blog post. RELATED: 2014 Resolutions Personal • Wear jeans less often - This has been much easier to do in the warmer weather, I’ve been able to wear skirts & dresses instead. I also got myself a new pair of black work pants & have been wearing those instead. • Read 100 books - I almost didn't succeed in reading 100 books. Enter Goosebump books! I can now read a book from the Goosebumps series in about an hour & a half. I owe my [...]

2014 Resolution Final Update2018-08-27T22:01:50+10:00

2014 Melbourne Color Run


Again, I signed up to The Color Run all on my lonesome hoping I would find someone to go with when the event rolled around. This time they only allowed pack pick up on the three days before the event & not on the actual day. After I found out that I was hoping extra hard to find someone that could pick up my packet & I would offer to drive them on the day. Lucky for me a colleague from work signed up about 5 days before. I’m glad I managed to convince her, after all 5 kilometres is [...]

2014 Melbourne Color Run2018-04-14T14:56:32+10:00
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