Thursday, December 14, 2017

Day 2976 - The Lovin Life Linky - End of year edition

It's the end of school ... forever. 

Rabbit ears are important when one graduates.
Note: I am in high heels and my daughter is in flats. I'm just getting shorter and shorter ...

The big celebration this week is my first born's year 12 graduation.  We've got a lot to be proud of with this girl who has spent years juggling school with constant travel to and from Sydney, doing extra credit to finish school early, achieving great results, some achievement awards and spending four months living away from home.

The next celebration is that she's decided to move home, apply for university and go back to juggling the Sydney travel in between her classes.  She's had her gap 6 months where she lived her Bondi model life and has decided she doesn't want all her eggs in the one basket.  She's come home to study, save money and be with family.  We are delighted.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Day 2975 - Wellness Wednesday - It's all about apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

We've all heard about antioxidants right?  It's the stuff that helps us fight those free radicals roaming around our body destroying things.

According to Prevention Magazine Australia October/November, free radical damage to the body has been linked to premature ageing ...".

I've written a lot about foods high in antioxidants over the years but I've not yet touched on our good friend, the apple.  It turns out that apples are "packed with immunity-boosting plant nutrients (phytonutrients) that act as antioxidants". Prevention says it's the best fruit to add to your lunch box.

Maybe an apple a day really does keep the doctor away.  Three cheers for apples!

For more information about the health benefits of apples and the CSIRO findings head to


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 2974 - What's the difference between an achiever and an over achiever?

I was once told I was an overachiever.

Eight years ago, as I stood in the minus 6 degree frost at dawn with bats squealing overhead and a rope around my waist in readiness to drag a truck tyre up a hill, my boot camp instructor called me an "over achiever".  Clearly she wasn't referring to my exercise mindset because I really suck at exercise. I just don't recall what it was about, but the words "over achiever" kept reverberating through my brain as I painfully ran up the grassy slope of Regatta Point dragging the extra weight behind me.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 2973 - Today I will ....

We're back home!

Trimming the tree with our grand-bub last night
Now that we're all back at home in Canberra-ville post surgery it's time for me to get back to some sort of normality.  And by "normality" I mean that weird hybrid of a "celebratory normality" combined with the "sheer panic normality" that exists around Christmas time.  Just writing that makes it seem very "un-normal" but for a family who has been travelling back and forth from Sydney and living in hotels and borrowed apartments, it's closer to normal than we've had in a while.

So while Chelsea doesn't have any "normality" yet with her return to Sydney tomorrow to get radiation underway, I am personally staying in Canberra for 4 days where I can get shit done.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Day 2969 - The Lovin Life Linky - Making the most of it edition

If you open your eyes, the good stuff is still there.

The view from my cousin's apartment as I eat breakfast each day

A lot can happen in a week.  And at the same time, not much can happen at all.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Day 2962 - The Lovin Life Linky - Most Active Gran edition

My mum's a finalist in the Active Gran awards! 

So it's no secret that my mum is the bomb. She's the mum that will fly/drive/walk to the ends of the Earth to help family, friends and complete strangers.

Which is why I'm delighted that she's a finalist in the Yours Magazine Australia "Active Gran of the Year" awards

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Day 2955 - The Lovin Life Linky - The Closed for Surgery Edition

Today I am lovin' the positive energy around us. 

That picture is a snapshot of our Chelsea's Go Fund Me page.  Click on the pic to find out more.

Today is the day she undergoes life changing surgery to remove the cancerous T12 vertebrae from her spine to give her a greater chance of beating this ongoing battle with cancer.

I've given you snippets of her story over the years, but never the full details, because it's her story (not mine).  If you would like to see her complete story, or if you'd like to show your support, click the Go Fund Me link above or click below to see what our local radio station has written.

Community rallies for single Canberra mum with rare cancer.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Day 2954 - Wellness Wednesday - Why walking works

You don't have to run to get fit and lose weight. 
Walking works too!

As you know I am not a runner.  But I am a big walker.  Walking is my preferred exercise. 

I was starting to think that perhaps the walking wasn't doing for me what it used to.  I was wondering if my body was so used to it that perhaps there were no benefits anymore.  So I investigated. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Day 2953 - What were your favourite books as a child?

What do the Berenstain Bears and Trixie Belden have in common?

These were my favourite books when I was a kid.  The Berenstain Bears books (I swear they were the Bearinsteins though) and the entire Trixie Belden series shared a spot on my metaphorical bookshelf.  I say "metaphorical" because I honestly can't remember where I used to house my books, but I do know that books were a very important part of my life.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Day 2952 - Taking Stock

So, where are things at in this crazy adventure we call "life"?

Marvelling at the Christmas trees at Bondi Junction during
our day trip to Sydney for soccer on Saturday 
Apparently it's only a month before Christmas.


How did that happen?

Apparently it's also only a few weeks until we host our annual Christmas bash.  Shit again.  Nothing like the end of year looming to send me into hyperventilation mode.

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