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Thankful Thursday: June 11th

Ocean and rocks |

Long weekends

We had a long weekend in most parts of Australia this past weekend and it was fantastic! On a normal weekend, I often get the Sunday evening blues – I don’t dislike my day-job so I think it’s more to do with getting back into the grind of a hectic week. This weekend, I actually felt like I had a solid break. Time went a little slower, I didn’t feel like I was letting myself down by not doing groceries & finishing the laundry on Sunday.

While I can’t escape Mondays every week, I think I need to take a little pressure off the weekends & what can be accomplished. If I can get out into nature a bit, eat some delicious food and see some family & friends, I know I’ll feel far more rested than if I try to get through all the things on my to-do list.


My gym unexpectedly shutdown this week. Given I’ve been a member since the very beginning, I was quite saddened by the way it all ended. I do firmly believe though that all things happen for a reason and I think this will be a great opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone and find a new challenge. No, I’m not taking up horse riding or pole dancing (ha!) but I’m looking forward to taking more responsibility for planning my own workouts & finding a bit more balance in my routine.

Best friends

On Sunday night we had a delicious feast at New Shanghai in Charlestown with Nina, my best friend since day one of kindergarten. 23 years on, it’s pretty special to know I have someone in my life who is – and has always been – ready to drop everything & come eat dumplings, supervise wedding dress fittings & celebrate special events. I can’t wait to have her lined up next to me come my wedding day.

Where are you sending your rays of gratitude this week?

x Liz

Dumplings |

Best of the web: May 31st

Potted succulents |

Hey Sunday! You always creep up just a little too fast for my liking. Our house has been struck down with snotty noses and heavy chests this weekend. Quite a sad state of affairs, really! Hopefully this isn’t the way of it in your part of the world.

I’ve mixed my links a little different today – hope you enjoy.

My favourite savoury eat: Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo fame has recorded a video of one of my fave NNP recipes – it’s her sister’s Green Chicken. Get. On. It. (and save leftovers to totally pimp your lunchbox salad)

My favourite sweet eat has got to be these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Healthy Chef. I haven’t made them yet but I think their number will come up this afternoon 🙂

My favourite must-do experiment is this homemade whey & cream cheese. I don’t do much dairy at all (it makes me all sneezy and congested if I overdo it) but trying it fermented could be the ticket. And excitingly, I’ll have leftover whey to make a deluxe sauerkraut #foodnerd

My favourite feel good read comes via Rock n Roll Bride. As a soon-to-be bride, the question of “but what size do you think you’ll be on your wedding day” has definitely come up from the dressmaker. It might feel like you need to go on a diet of air and water to have the perfect wedding but… I think I’m with Kat on this one.

My favourite thing to listen to this week has been Steph from Stupid Easy Paleo‘s new Harder To Kill Radio podcasts. She chats with Mel Joulwan of The Clothes Make The Girl. You may also know Mel from her freaking awesome cookbooks Well Fed 1 & 2. Spoiler alert: she reveals to Steph that she’s working on new stuff #fangirl

My favourite inspirational is this episode of Marie TV. I know I bang on a lot about my love for Marie but seriously, she always has a message I need to hear. My big takeaway from this was: Don’t talk your idea to death – you’ll fool yourself into thinking you’re making progress. #mindblown

My favourite words about words come via a friend of Ellen Fondiler:

“Anything you’re obsessed with or preoccupied by is worth writing about. No one will pay the same sort of devoted attention to it that you will; no one will bring it to life the way you can, because of that devotion; no one will see it the way you do, or live it or love it or feel it as you do. If it occupies that much space in your heart, it’s best to get it out, tell its story. It will resonate with others and have a life of its own.”

My favourite mini-investment of late has been contributing to the Death to Stock Roadtrip fund. Love their work. The title photo on this post is from their Minneapolis stop off.

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend.

x Liz

Best of the web: May 11th

Flower stall |

This last week felt like it zoomed by way too fast! (So fast in fact, it’s Monday again already – whatttt) Lucky I’ve got Pocket on my side to save my web-based faves on the run! Here’s what’s been added to my links list this week:

I hope you’re primed & ready for the week ahead!

x Liz


Photo note: Mother’s Day posies by Little Wren Flowers; my wedding florist. Photo taken on my iPhone.

Best of the web: May 3rd

Newcastle Memorial Walk |

The weather has been mostly grey and I’ve been struck down with the sniffles but this weekend has been delightful. A walk over Newcastle’s new Memorial Walk this morning after a big gym session, the new Avengers on the big screen last night & plenty of delicious food have all helped clear away the clouds of the past week.

I’ve come across some great reads over the last few days; hope you get to check them out.

  • If you’re prone to running yourself into the ground and not looking up until you’re a little further down than you expected, print this list out & stick it by your desk: Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: questions to ask before giving up.
  • Is a visit to the art gallery not exhilarating enough for you? Why not try it sans pants? Adults only nudey art tours are now a thing.
  • Does wanting to be thinner void your membership to the league of feminists? I’d never really considered this but it’s an interesting question:

    …instead of fighting for a world where all bodies are admired, I’m pandering, reshaping my body to make it acceptable to the world around me.

  • What my cat taught me about gender; one man’s thoughtful and entertaining discussion on gender identity after discovering his girl-cat is actually a boy-cat.
  • Whether you’ve lost your magnet, your mojo, or just need to get your groove back, Veronica Varlow has some practical tips to reconnect you with your creative flow.

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend

x Liz

Pretty proteas |

Photo note: Both taken by me on my trusty iPhone.

Thankful Thursday: 30th April

Thankful Thursday April 30 |

A short & sweet one tonight. Here’s a list of the things I’m feeling gratitude for right now:

  • Coffee, coffee, coffee! Especially from The Locomotive – best in town!
  • Being able to get back on the (regular blog posting) horse, even after being railroaded for a few days
  • When your body just knows it needs a rest and forces you to make it happen
  • Being reminded how incredibly important it is to truly love & accept yourself
  • That I live in Australia – we really are a very lucky country
  • Having such sore legs after an epic training session – I may have been walking straight-legged for 3 days but it means I’m getting stronger, right?
  • Date nights with my one & only <3

x Liz

Photo note: Image from Death to the stock photo

Best of the web: April 26

Anzac day sunset |

It has been one hectic week! And yep, I broke my 100 day consecutive posting effort 🙁 But, not to worry, I’m jumping straight back in with a handful of goodness from around the web this week.

Well, bedtime is here: I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend. Here’s to a calmer week for all.

x Liz

Photo note: Image of Anzac Day’s sunset, snapped on my trusty iPhone.

Best of the web: April 19th

Melted Spongebob Icecream |

Happy Sunday! I hope yours has been as chilled out or as productive as you hoped it would be.

Hope you make the most of your Sunday evening. I’m off to have a catch up dinner with my mum & granny 🙂


x Liz

Photo note: Image from Michael Massaia’s series Transmogrify

Best of the web: April 12th

Sunday links | April 12th |

Sorry to start this week’s link round up on a sad note but I can’t stop thinking about the awful case of Stephanie Scott; the 26-year old female teacher murdered by her 24-year-old male colleague less than a week out from her wedding. My thoughts are with her fiance, her family and everyone in her country-NSW community. It’s incredible how the death of someone you don’t know can have such an impact on you.

I’ve been feeling the urge to get out and explore of late but it’s hard to find enough time/money/insert-other-excuse to actually make it happen. For this reason, I love the concept of the microadventure Sarah Wilson posted about. Why not just get on the train or jump in the car & explore a new town for the day? Just go!

Supermodel Karlie Kloss has set up a scholarship to encourage young girls to learn to code, just like she did. How brilliant! So brilliant in fact, I won’t pass judgement on the associated Kardashian-esque hashtag, #KodeWithKarlie.

6 slightly oddball, totally awesome, ways to display fresh flowers” Nuff said, really.

I’ve missed reading super cool blog Shutterbean for a couple of weeks and now I’ve got a whole stack of recipes to try out – it’s like the Easter bunny has come again! I’ve got my eye on Chorizo Potato Hash, Spicy Coconut Noodles, Sambal Chicken Skewers and Jalapeno Ginger Lime Spritzers.

Design For Mankind wrote such a sweet piece about motherhood and muffins. It’s also a lesson in how to do a really great sponsored post without feeling the slightest bit icky about it.

Dear Joy The Baker, I love you and your creative baking brain: Peanut Butter Bacon and Dark Chocolate Cookies. I can’t even.

Bri’s cool Dress Your Tech feature has illustrated nudey ladies this week. They’re super fun but probs not suitable for your work PC!

Here’s a great piece all about Grace Bonney, the genius behind Design*Sponge.

Working online has been one big practice in getting used to not caring so much about what everybody thinks. That has always been difficult for me because, since I was a little girl, I’ve caredway too much about what other people have thought about me.

Now, if your #cleaneating self is hating on me for this talk of chocolate bacon cookies and jalapeno cocktails, check this article out: How to make clean eating a bit less boring. Note: they don’t suggest adding bacon & rolling in sugar, FYI.

Hope you’ve had a superb weekend.

x Liz

Photo note: Image from Death to the stock photo

Happy New Year!




Christchurch, NZ

What the hell is going on in the world right now? On one side there’s social unrest & uprising and on the other side there’s natural disaster after disaster.

My thoughts go out to all those affected by the horrific NZ earthquake. What a horrid, unpredictable disaster.

Off the wagon, on the rollercoaster

This has been an epic week of everything. I started it off in a slight mess over an ill-fitting bridesmaid dress (why don’t clothing designers give a girl enough room in the bust?) & as I write this, I’m patting an old blind poodle to sleep (he wouldn’t eat his dinner & instead sat in the doorway in the hope his family would return & replace this unfamiliar house-sitter).

Things I’ve learnt this week:

– Never assume anything- especially in business. As my boss at my first job always would say- To assume makes an ‘ass’ out of ‘u’ and ‘me’.

– Sleep is vital & I finally can tell when that’s exactly what I need. I know I don’t just need a pick-me-up sugar/caffeine hit – I need proper rest. I had to move house and am now located 30 minutes drive from work instead of 4 minutes away. So now not only am I getting up earlier, I’m also getting home later, having dinner later & subsequently getting to bed later. My energy has been low for gym sessions & when I do eventually hit the hay, I can’t even keep my eyes open long enough to read a magazine, let alone write a blog post. Although I’m poodle/house-sitting until next weekend, I really want to & need to make the effort to get more sleep.

– My body is strong & powerful (even more so when it isn’t sleep-deprived!) & it’s finally starting to look that way. I guess this kind of connected to that last point but I’m really starting to feel like I’m getting on top of understanding the way my body works & what it needs. It’s an obvious point but eating properly (& for me that’s mostly gluten-free with minimal sugar & plentyyy of veggies) just makes me feel so much more able to tackle life.

– Don’t leave the holder for a GPS in your car- even if the unit & charger are safely tucked away inside your house. Why? As I found out this week, desperate people will smash your car window in the hope the unit will be in there somewhere. Nothing was taken but they left a mess & cost me $500 to repair. Lesson learnt.

Satan’s work

Via Gala Darling