I’ve been slowly but surely working on my blog from my latest trip away to South America (Peru, Argentina and Brazil) – lots to share, photos, memories, ah the excitement! I can’t wait to re-live it through you all.
If you like sticky date pudding and don’t like feeling like you’ve eaten a whole bag of sugar, then make these! A healthier option and JUST as tasty! Head on over to my Dessert page and you’ll find the whole recipe x
Home is where the ♥ is.
After a long four weeks of traveling around Latin America, I have arrived home with another whole new outlook on life. I’ve been home for a week and am slowly settling back into the whole ‘routine’ thing, which by the way is very hard to do when you’ve been away for so long. But I’ll tell you what, there are so many simple luxuries we take for granted! A comfy bed, being able to flush toilet paper DOWN the toilet, home-cooked meals and clean drinkable tap water. Gah! So today I went into Southbank, Brisbane and had a wonder around, looked at familiar grounds, drooled over the many-a-chocolate-shops located nearby (as overseas I was constantly eating delicious chocolate) and just enjoyed the beautiful Australian heat, even though it’s Autumn, and it should be colder. Oh well. I’ll be writing a blog very soon about my trip away, so I hope you all enjoy it! Much love! A x
“Mondays are the start of the work week which offer new beginnings 52 times a year!”
― David Dweck
Canberra & NSW ♥
On the weekend I flew down to Canberra for a mini getaway and I had the loveliest time. I went on a little adventure one day, exploring the city by foot. I was most excited to find the War Memorial situated in a distance from the Parliament House. After a good 5-6-7km (I honestly don’t know how far I walked!) but I found the Memorial. And it was absolutely beautiful. The grass was so green, the skies were so blue and the history was captivating. I got a tourist to take my token shot of the day posing by the view of parliament house.
I started making my way through the memorial and there is just so much history to take in, you could spend hours wandering around! One thing that really touched me was the thousands of names listed on the walls of all the soldiers, forces and countries that lost their lives. Thousands of poppies surrounded these names in honour. I came across a small fountain that held a ‘goblet’ like ornament inside which was releasing a small red flame. I noticed coins were covering the floor of the water so I took out one and tossed it in paying my respects. The aviation was most interesting! Seeing the old aircrafts and learning about the battles betweens countries and how important flying was during that time. Definitely recommend going there and checking it all out – I also saw the movie Monument Men the night before, which told the story of the war and the capturing/savour of valuable art pieces/sculptures, so to watch that and then see a bit of history the next day was awesome.
I was taken to the Telstra Tower in Canberra in the late afternoon that holds a 360 view of the city, that was really cool. The sun was just peaking through at that time so it was quite pretty
Coffee, yummy food, a long drive to Wollongong, lighthouse views, refreshing rain, good people, contagious laughs, drinks and dancing, I had the best time. Until the next adventure. x
So today I went and got some US Dollars exchanged, one of the many exciting things to do before jetting off! I am heading to South America in just 3 weeks and 5 days if you can believe it! It’s absolutely insane how fast time has gone! I’ll be away for a month exploring the beautiful countries of Peru, Argentina & Brazil. I can’t describe my excitement! I’m travelling alone but will be starting a Contiki tour a few days into my trip.
One place I am MOST looking forward to seeing is Machu Picchu!
Looking for a healthier version of choc-chip cookies? Head on over to my desserts page and you’ll find a recipe for these bad boys! Chickpea cookies
SOUTHBANK STROLLS ♥
After completing a super long week at work, I went to a friends 21st birthday in South bank. It was an absolutely beautiful night, everything looked amazing and I think it’s safe to say everybody was having fun! It was so lovely to see people I haven’t seen in quite some time
Hello Hair Hydrating Mask ♥
The craze, the next ‘in’ product is of course Hello Hair, you’ve probably seen it plastered all over instagram by now, and just like Frank Body, I HAD to try it. I excitedly opened my package and it came in a cute little slushy like bag. 100g gives you about 3-4 treatments. Hang on, what IS this hello hair you ask?
Hello Hair Hydrating Mask is a 100% natural treatment which uses the benefits of Coconut, Almond and Argan oils to reconstruct and strengthen stressed out and damaged hair. It is a great remedy for colour treated and bleached hair, chemically treated hair, and hair which is regularly affected by heat exposure from the sun, blow-drying, and straightening. Hello Hair can also assist in the management of dandruff and dry, flaky scalp issues. It leaves your hair feeling softer and easier to manage after use.
So stupid me thought it was a creme and just poured it out, WRONG. It’s pure oil. Ha! So don’t make the same mistake I did. Dispense about a golf ball size they say into your palm and then start distributing into your roots and through to the ends of your hair. This stuff smells amazing by the way. So after I applied it I kindly got my Mum to wrap my head in plastic. Which she thoroughly enjoyed by the way. I looked like a cone head, but hey if it was gonna give me that extra hydration (which is what the glad wrap does) I was prepared to look foolish! You apply it to your hair dry too so you don’t have to get in the shower. 30 or so minutes and then you just shampoo and condition your hair as per normal. My hair feels really soft but it’s not dry yet, so we’ll wait and see how EXTRA soft it feels!
Sunflowers, Bagels and Weekend Smiles ♥
This morning myself and a few of my friends visited the local markets at Rocklea in Brisbane. I absolutely love going there! It’s the perfect way to start your weekend. There’s live music, delicious tasting coffee, endless choices of breakfast (I recommend the bagels, they’re to die for!) and so much fresh produce for an amazingly cheap price!
Oh and the flowers! How could I forget the flowers! There are so many beautiful fresh flowers to purchase and again all for a reasonable price. I absolutely loved the sunflowers so I had to buy some to freshen up our lounge room!
Items I bought today from the markets!
- Fresh honey with the comb (I love the honey that you chew with the wax! Mmm!) – $3.00
- Coconut Sugar – $9.00
- Fresh Kale – $2.50 a bunch
- Organic Carrots – $1.50 a bag
- Organic Celery – $2.00
- Juicy Pineapple – $3.00
- Blueberry Bagels – 6 for $10.00
If I were a flower…I would be a sunflower.
To always follow the sun, Turn my back to darkness,
Stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds.