Rewiring our thoughts

We hear time and time again that our brains are plastic and can be changed/molded/altered at any stage. We are the only ones in charge of this. And by constantly repeating certain movments, thinking certain thoughts, spending time with certain people etc- our brains begin to be molded. You don’t have to spend too long with someone to start using their mannerisms, speaking the way that they speak etc. It’s incredible really.

When we think to ourselves, ‘I’m broke’, ‘I don’t have enough money’… how do we feel after that thought? Far from wealthy.

What about when we tell ourselves, ‘I’m unintelligent’, how do we feel… not smart thats for sure.

It’s pretty insane the impact that these daily thoughts have on us over our lifespan. This is why I truly think if you’re spending time with people that are contantly picking at your flaws, we start to believe them, even when they weren’t something that we were insecure about in the first place! Our thoughts have SO much control.

I remember being an 18y/o and looking in the mirror, thinking to myself ‘I’m just a bigger girl, its the way I am, I accept it’ thinking back to this it makes me SO SAD. Firstly it was so untrue, secondly I wonder if this was I statement I came up with or if it was almost offered to me when I was younger. Thirdly, self pity does nothing for us. I was absolutely not super over weight anyway, chubby sure. But what even is chubby, what is a bigger girl? Labels get us no where. Drinking too many sugary alcoholic beverages, over indulging all too often, big portions, very rarely moving my body is probably why I felt the way I did. I wasn’t doing anything to make myself feel like a healthy human being- thats for sure.

When you make it an effort to meal prep, eat colourful foods and stay hydrated, you become someone that cares about what you put in your body

When you make the effort to go for a run, you become a runner

When you start to pick up a book before bed and read a few pages, you become a reader

Tell yourselves these things. Celebrate them.

‘We are what we eat, the company we keep + the thoughts we think’… πŸ™‚

Lets catch ourselves out next time we have something unconstructive to say about overselves, because hey, this is something we all struggle with! Catch you self doubt.

Loooooove. To a wonderful week. Tully x

Things I’d recommend looking for in hair products

Australian made

An obvious one but we should all really be on this bandwagon by now. We need to be supporting local Aussie business’ to keep them going. Kevin Murphy and De Lorenzo are winners here.

Sulphate and paraben free

It has actually been de-bunked that sulphates and parabens in shampoos, conditioners and masques(with sulphates and parabens in their ingredient list) can seep into the scalp and become harmful- they actually cannot. So I don’t think this is the be all end all… BUT if something is sulphate and paraben free I would much prefer that option over something that isn’t. Less additives the better. I also find sulphate and paraben shampoo can make my eyes sting when washing my hair in the shower.

Value for money

Hair products have never been such an investment. There are so many different brands, ranges and varietys aka: alot of competition on the market. I personally wouldn’t purchase a $5 shampoo from the grocery store as I know it won’t perform like a $40 bottle of shampoo will. I will also never purchase a shampoo bar, eeeeeek. It may seem super expensive when you first purchase salon quality home haircare but lets say you take home a $42 bottle of shampoo as well as conditioner= $82. This should last you atleast three months as long as you arent over washing/over using the products. Less is more. It ends up being less than a dollar a day to be looking after your hair as well as protecting your colour. And you shouldn’t be washing daily anyway! I see value here a thousand times over. But then again its where YOU see value for money.

Performance in the product

Whatever home haircare you have purchased SHOULD be performing as it says it will on the bottle. If it is stating colour lock/longevity, hydration, shine, volume, colour correcting etc- it should really be acting this way towards your hair. Hopefully your stylist has selected the right range for you to be using and the product is doing what it says. Like any product on the market we do need to do some research/put products to test first, so patience may be required here. But talk to your stylist, pick their brains, ask for a sample to take home. We are happy to help!

I will see you in the next blog! Tully x

My Cooloola Great Walk experience!

Early last week I arrived home after completing the Cooloola Great Walk with two really good friends. The great walk is 102 kilometers over 5 days. We walked from Tewantin (just out of Noosa, Queensland) to Rainbow beach. You can walk vice versa but I LOVED finishing in Rainbow as it is probably one of my favourite places in the world. The walk was lengthy, tough, mentally and physically exhausting, blister ridden, beautiful, challenging, scenic and blissful all in one. It was a JOURNEY thats for sure. I am so so glad we did this, it’s really important to get out of our comfort zone sometimes. Below is my Cooloola Great Walk experience as well as a few reccomendations, enjoy!

DAY 1

We started at roughly 9am on our first day and staight away went to the DOC hut to get ourselves a lil map so we wouldn’t get lost(we didn’t!). We took the barge over the Noosa river for $1 and started walking from there. This was just over 2k from the start of the walk(we wanted to get extra steps in, JK). Majority of the first day was all along the beach which was so exciting and gorgeous for the first couple of hours but this ended up being maybe 10k walking of the flat sand and our feet definitely started to feel it. After the first 8k I would totally recommend to get off the coast and head towards the sand dunes to follow the track from there as the post with the orange arrow is quite hard to find here. On this note I also wouldn’t take advice from anyone on the beach. North shore is a really busy and populated area with loads of cars and people. The amount of comments/questions we were getting from 50+ year old males(wankers) were unsolicited and we really didn’t need a debrief from people that hadn’t actually had any experience in what we were doing LOL. We couldn’t wait to head inland and get away from civilization πŸ™‚ this was a 7.5 hour walk day and we walked 22k. We made it to our first camp Brahminy at 4pm and IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL! We were the only ones there which made it even more special. Our view from the camp was the ocean to the right and lake Cootharaba was on the left. It was so so pretty.

Brahminy camp night 1

Every camp was very basic. They have a few platforms which is more of a common area, to be able to cook food, leave your bags on etc. as well as a water tank, and a toilet. There are absolutely no showers or trash cans.

We slept well the first night. It was probably one of the coldest nights we had and we slept with our food in our tent which we soon realised we wouldn’t do again as there were rats that found interest, LOL. Speaking of sleeping arrangements. My friend and myself shared a tent and I’m glad we did. She carried the tent the whole time, buff bish. And needed the body heat. The coldest it got was probably 9 degrees, cold for us though. I had a sleeping bag as well as a liner(cheers mum) and the liner really helped with warmth and comfort. I also slept on a compression mattress(cheers dad) and its bag turned into a pillow. Very simple but effective set up. Next time I’d probably invest in a better quality/smaller sleeping bag IF I knew I’d be doing more of these kinds of adventures and I’d take a better pillow as we had quite long sleeps. There definitely isn’t a whole lot to do once you’ve eaten dinner and the sun goes down. We were in bed by 6 and up at 5.30 most mornings.

DAY 2

The second day was most likely my least favourite as there was unexpected incline and it just felt like a long day getting used to the weight on our backs(mine was about 13kg) and so much walking. It did have stunning views of the coast line which was amazing but again was a 7.5 hour walk day including a lunch break. Campsite number 2 was Litoria and was on the Noosa river but felt kinda swampy so was probably my least favourite campsite of the trip. The only time we shared a campsite was this night with two lovely local ladies. We only saw 3 people over the WHOLE 5 DAYS and they were all female, up the chicks.

Whenever the walking felt hard I found myself snacking. Snacking or talking would take the pain away from us thinking about our feet LOL. Snacks that we took and I would recommend are: snakes, trail mix of nuts, banana chips, mnms, dried fruit, we made heaps of bliss balls which were the best thing ever. They were heavy but did not get sick of them, they gave us such great energy. You also really want to have all of your food in big clip seal bags due to the fact there are no trash cans so what you take in you have to take out. We did a really good job with our rubbish and kept things really minimal.

Walking the sandpatch on day 2
So many different terrains

DAY 3

This was probably one of the most enjoyable days on our hike as it was only a 15k day and we made really great time. We arrived at camp just after lunch and once again had the place to ourselves. The trek this day was soooo breezy and cinematic. The trees swayed the whole morning, it was beautiful. Considering we had the time when we got to camp we decided to walk to a nearby lake that was 5k return. I am glad we did this simply because we HAD the time but don’t know if those extra steps to go and visit Lake Cooloomera which was basically a pond with no access was worth the energy LOL. It makes a good story now. A friend said this was ‘decompressing after our walk’. Walking, walking and more WALKING. I feel like most hikers on this track do head here- hoping for somewhere to swim! We slept more or less downhill at Litoria camp so we didn’t get alot of wind this night- had a really great sleep.

Hiking to Litoria camp

DAY 4

This morning we woke and watched the sunrise with mocha’s as well as had a stretch, best start to the day! Day 4 was another 20k day that I was lowkey dreading but we had a great pace on us and it went fairly quickly. It was another 7 hour walk day but threw in a few podcasts and dnms and the hours flew. We saw heaps of cool mushrooms this day. Day 4 had a bit of a Cairns rainforest vibe to it. Super lush, green and tropical. We arrived at the fourth camp feeling relieved and happy to rest our feet but Kauri walkers camp wasn’t the best on the track and we didn’t overly struggle with mosquitos on the track but they were bad at Kauri. We made a team decision to walk a few extra K to some water that we’d heard about. Best. Decision. Ever. This was our biggest day yet at 26k’s but it was so rewarding getting to go to sleep and wake up where we did. Camping under the stars this night was the best end to this adventure.

Home for the night

DAY 5

We were all STOKED to wake this day. We’d almost completed 100k! We knew we had a short morning which was so motivating. We started quite early and got to the sandblow overlooking Double Island and Rainbow Beach by 11am. It was so strange seeing other humans again. Getting to the sandblow felt like such an achievement! Once you get to the carpark which is where the hike ends you still have to walk into town which isn’t far but feels like a kick in the guts when you are SO READY to take your shoes off. We went straight to a cafe and treated ourselves to coffee. I cant even explain how good it felt to shower that day, drink something other than tank water(a freezing cold beer) and sleep in an actual bed with an actual pillow! I was so proud of myself and my friends and there is no one else I would have preffered to have had this experience with. As cliche as it sounds- it’s amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it. Some mornings EVERYTHING hurt, but we just kept going. And I think this is where having supportive mates on a hike like this really helps out. Couldn’t and wouldn’t have done it without them. Mindset and the people we surround ourselves with are two of the most imporant things, ever. Also kudos to our bodies for their resilience, day in day out. If you are after an overnight hike and really want to challenge yourself while viewing some of the best coastline our country has to offer- do the Cooloola Great Walk πŸ™‚

Recomendations:

  • I personally loved starting from Tewantin rather than the other way around. Especially starting with a bigger day the first day. Im sure north to south is just as stunning! I had been told to start from the north due to the sun but the sun really wasn’t a problem
  • Speaking of sun- we were very sun smart. Zinc every morning on our faces and upper bodies as well as sunglasses and we all wore hats
  • I took three sets of clothes and this felt like plenty. One longer sleeve shirt was great for bigger walking days to protect my arms from the sun
  • Three pairs of good hiking socks was enough. They dry super quickly and we hung clothes out as camp most nights
  • Dehydrated meals are tasty. I’m sure we could have eaten mud and thought it tasted amazing post massive walk days but they were really good. We took the brand Outdoor Gourmet with 2 servings per packet and had these for dinner everynight
  • Oats are a winner for breakfast. Filling and can change them up each day with PB, protein powder, nuts, dried fruit, hey even a bliss ball!
  • Downsize your bag as much as possibly. The three of us packed so well considering we hadn’t done anything like this before. None of us took anything we didn’t use. Don’t double up on anything! It’s a waste of space.
  • In terms of hygiene- baby wipes were an absolute delight to have with us. Hand sanitiser. Deoderant and a toothrush were the extent of my cleanliness. Don’t do this hike if you’re afraid of getting dirty and smelling. I repeat: there are no showers.
  • We had a ripper first aid kit(shoutout Ranger Rose). You can’t take too many bandaids/blister pads. You’ll need them. If anyone had any blister avoidance tips I would love to hear them
  • Invest in good socks, they are worth the money. I got half merino and half bamboo! So comfortable and breathable
  • Take something to add to your water. BCAA’s, or something simular to give you energy and change up the standard tank water taste
  • You’ll need water purification tablets. This is an easy process and rather be safe than sorry
  • Have SOMETHING downloaded on your phone. A show, music playlist, podcast. This really helped me.
  • A 2L bladder of water was personally enough for myself for a day
  • Water and food are the heaviest additions to your pack and these two things are totally necessary so reduce weight if you can with gear/clothing
  • A poncho is really handy to take(shoutout TC) if it rains or to wrap your pack in overnight. Every night was super dewy
  • May was such a great month to do this hike. I don’t think I would enjoy it as much in summer. The mornings were so snug and comfortable. We really didn’t sweat a whole lot
  • What you take in you must take out. DO NOT LEAVE ANY LITTER BEHIND. This is one of the most pristine areas I have ever come across. It needs to stay this way. Be smart before you leave and pack in as little rubbish to your pack as possible before hitting the track
  • Take a head torch, these are helpful
  • Something like tea or hot chocolate is really lovely to pack also for cool mornings
  • We took a jetboil to boil our water for our meals and it was wicked. If you can afford one would recommend. So compact
  • Take a pair of shoes to wear at the camp. You don’t want your feet in boots anymore than they have to be. I took lightweight thongs and i’m so glad I did because I even used these on the track when my feet needed a break
  • Next time I’d take an essential oil spray or something simular to freshen up clothes, bedding etc
  • I would invest in a good quality and compact caming pillow for 4 nights on this track
  • A friend took a flask of rum and this wasn’t necessary but put a bit of pep in our step when we were feeling flat
  • Take bathers to swim in Lake Poona, it has white sand all around and is so beautiful!
  • Obviously let a few people know that you are doing this hike prior to leaving
  • Don’t listen to dickheads on the beach that haven’t participated in this walk
  • Take a rain jacket- just incase
  • I took a 40L backpack and this was a great size for me
  • Hiking boots with ankle support are a good idea as tghere is some incline/decline
  • A piece of string to use as a clothesline is super helpful
  • Giant clipseal bags will be used
  • Keep an open mind and appreciate the simplicity
  • JUST ENJOY IT!
Epitome of the CGW
So lucky to have had this experience πŸ™‚

Lets talk about satisfaction

We hear it all of the time, I’ll be happy when… When is when? I think its great to have goals to strive for but once we achieve these goals they really do only provide momentary bliss- then we’re onto the next… We’ve all been here and sometimes I catch myself thinking these thoughts and I nip them in the bud ASAP. Life shouldn’t be about yearning for something to happen or waiting until the day that we’ve finished this project, got that promotion or bought the car we’ve always wanted. We all know we’ll be craving something ELSE as soon as the honeymoon period of this accomplishment subsides.

How about we all just appreciate where we are. Who we are. We’re doing our best. And if we aren’t 100%, whole heartedly where we want to be in our lives right now- it’s okay. Whats to say we cant appreciate right now? Life is still good. We are living and breathing and hopefully we all have loved ones surrounding us. Life could be alot worse!

Lets keep chipping away and carving our paths. We’ll get to where we want to be, who we want to be there with and what we want to be doing with our time. Lets do more of the things we love, relish in our hobbies, spend more time outside and disconnecting from social media. And just be present. Because now is the moment that never ends. And we’ll never get this time back. Life is wonderful. Lets appreciate what we have, right here, right now πŸ™‚

Until next week x

Prepping for a 5 day hike: my expectations

Soon I am doing a Great Walk with two beautiful, amazzzzing friends. The longest I have ever hiked would have to be a 7 hour day hike- so this is something I have never experienced. Carrying everything I need to survive and keep shelter for 5 days, eating dehydrated meals and walking for roughly 6 hours per day, its ALL new. I can’t wait though, it’ll be a physical and mental challenge and tbh just love the people I am doing this with and the scenery is going to blow our minds- I can feel it.

I definitely expect the weight to be one of the main uncomforts of the trip. Everyone I talk to says keep your weight down! I love this challenge and I can’t wait to pack as minimal as possible, but I think I’ll still come home thinking ‘why did I take that?’. It seems like its a given. My attempt is to keep my bag under 12KG. I will keep you all updated haha.

I also expect to sleep quite well surprisingly. Doing 20 odd K a day I can imagine we’ll be exhausted. And it will basically be dinner and bed. I am sleeping on an insulated compression mattress with a built in pillow(holla Stevo!), a sleeping bag and in a tent with another friend. I don’t really expect to get cold as I feel we’ll have alot of body heat in a small space. I really do consider myself to be someone that can doze anywhere so I can’t see sleeping being a big issue. Then again… will keep ypu updated haha!

I’m not expecting the weather to be much of a bother, although will prepare for light drizzle. I don’t think it’ll get colder than 10 degrees whilst we are trekking(QLD winter). So I can imagine us being fresh of a nighttime and morning but I think it’ll be hot during the day considering the weight we’ll have strapped to us. I will just be taking shorts as I don’t think tights/pants will be needed. And shorts might feel cleaner with all of the sand we’ll be walking through.

I expect blisters πŸ™ these seem hard to navigate around and every bone in my body is grateful that we are hiking with a nurse <3 strap my feet girl. I guess too much of anything takes a toll on our bodies and we just wont be used to being on our feet for so many hours per day in bulky shoes. Our ancestors would have done this all barefoot, but I am very happy we’ll have shoes on our feet… (will I be saying this mid hike?)

I absolutely expect to feel so accomplished once we hit our destination. All of the prepping, planning and researching will have paid off. It’ll be an experience to have with us for a lifetime and just so cool to do something out of your comfort zone every now and then πŸ™‚ this is what life is about.

Who has done overnight hikes before and what suggestions would you give me? I love reading hiking blogs/watching hiking youtube videos. Cannot wait to write a blog post my great walk experience. To a wonderful week. L o v e x

3 of my favourite self help reads

Happy(and other ridiculous aspirations)

This is such a great all rounder life/self help/puts things into perspective book. Turia Pitt was caught in bushfires in Western Australia over 10 years ago and literally had to learn to walk again. She married the guy she was dating at the time, they have two kids and she is such a happy, positive and beautiful soul. I think she has two or three other books so I am going to get onto these next. Highly recommend.

The barefoot investor

If you’re Australian you’ve most likely heard of this book by Scott Pape. Scott and his family lost everything in the Black Saturday fires and had to start from scratch all over again. He has a degree in finance and breaks things down so simply, laymans terms for us that haven’t studied his field. There are steps/methods for everything he recommends and he also has a great sense of humour. Such a great read. I am going to aim to re-read this book once a year. A wonderful money bible for every household.

The happiest man on earth

Written by beautiful Eddie Jaku who was imprisioned in multiple holicaust camps and by some miracle ended up making his way to Australia. He is a public speaker as well as an author and just a pure inspiration. If you think you’re having a bad day- read this book!

I love any form of self help/development books. What are your favourites? I’d love some recommendations. Here’s to a wonderful short week here in Australia x

A recipe you need in your life: SWEET POTATO BROWNIES

I love experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, especially desserts! To be honest, I feel like alot of plant based/healthier/minimal ingredient recipes taste just like that… really healthy. Which is fine! But these lil babies taste anything but! They are so decadent. I have made these for a few friends now and had really good feedback. And, not to toot my own horn- but they taste AMAZING! They are fudgey, dense and delicious. Plus they are full of ingredients that are good for our bodies! I do not feel guilty when the tray is gone a few days later. You must make these!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup honey(or agave/maple to make plant based)
  • 3/4 cup oat flour(oat worked for me but you could try almond etc)
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup plant based choc chips(+ more to sprinkle on top)
  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • sprinkle of himilayan salt
  • 1 cup peanut butter(I used smooth but use whatever you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 3/4 boiled sweet potato

The easiest recipe in the world.

  1. Put oven on 180. Peel desired amount of sweet potato, cut into cubes, transfer to boiling water. Cook until soft enough to put a fork through the potato
  2. Transfer sweet potato to blender and puree, may need a splash of milk of choice or water to get a smoother consistency πŸ™‚
  3. Add ALL ingredients to mixing bowl, using sieve for everything in powder form. Mix everything really well. Should be quite a thick paste!
  4. Line tray with baking paper, place mixture in tray + sprinkle with choc chips.
  5. Bake for 20 mins! When removed from oven should still be quite soft in middle. This will set!

PS: feel free to alter measurements, not my skillset. ENJOY!

Have a wonderful week x

The truth about your hairstylist

Having been in this industry for almost 10 years, something that I can absolutely confirm is- your hairstylist cares, alot!

I can’t say I’ve come across a collegue that doesn’t care about their work or their clients. In saying that though, It’s a tricky job and so many things are often overlooked. We need to be personable, have great communication skills, up to date technique, be able to basically read our clients minds in terms of the aesthetic outcome they are wanting- and these days that’s almost HARDER with all of the styled/edited/photoshopped hair inspiration photos that can be found on every social media platform! Yep, then we’re expected to recreate said look using the canvas infront of us. Hairdressing is a LOVE job. We hairdress because we thrive off human interaction and connection and because we want our clients to walk out feeling 1000 times more confident then when they first sat in our chair.

I don’t know anyone that hairdresses for the money. It’s not why we get into the line of work we do whatsoever. Hairstylists in Australia are still paid minimun wage, which is quite frankly fucked considering how much passion, love and hardwork goes into what we do. Everyday.

Your hairstylist doesn’t just care about you a lot, they think of you, a lot. The amount of times I think about my clients out of work. If I had a dollar… What recipe I’ll use on them next time, whether they were a hundred perfect happy with their last session etc… the list is endless! I feel like I think about my clients when I wake up and before I go to bed.

Your hairstylist cares, alot.

It annoys me when I hear people saying how expensive salons and the product they provide and educate their clients with, is. You get what you pay for. One more time for the people in the back. You get what you pay for. We spend alot of time with you and on you. Time is money. And once again, hairstylists aren’t on the best wages. So dont complain to us πŸ˜‰ On another note, hair is something that you wear- every.damn.day. It is with you 24/7. I personally take pride in the way I style my hair, as well as the health and integrity of it. Hair is important and we are so lucky to have it. Not to mention the opportunities to chop, change and care for our hair. We are also very lucky to have loving hairstylists all around the globe that care about our requests and appearances as much as we do. Don’t complain to your hairstylist about spending $300 on your hair every 10 weeks. We’ve all spent more money on dinner and cocktails with friends in a night- I sure have. What is the price you’d put on confidence?

It’s all well and good if you don’t see value in spending money on your hair, I don’t see value in purchasing a harley- so i’m not going to invest my money into one.

Don’t colour your hair at home. If you’re mixing two products together as you’re colouring your hair at home, it’s a permanent- and that shit is really hard to get out of your hair. If you take short cuts like this attemping to get a salon result, you wont… and then you’ll really appreciate your hairstylist πŸ™‚ but expect a heafty quote. Colour correction/removing colour from hair is a grueling, costly and lengthy process. Expect to pay for this.

Reminder: do not colour your hair at home πŸ™‚

Bottom line. Appreciate your hairstylist. We love our clients, dearly. We really are so lucky to build relationships with such beautiful and trusting human beings that we can catch up with every few months. Be open with your hairstylist, if you aren’t satisfied/would like something tweaked- just call us. We would so much rather make it perfect for you then to have you go elsewhere. Sometimes communication isn’t quite recieved, we’re only human- we’re doing our best!

Thank your hairstylist. Send them an email telling them how happy you are. Recommend them to your friends. Give them a google review. Give them a hug at Christmas time(if covid allows this).

Hairstylists care, a lot

Thank you for reading,

Yours truly, a loving hairstylist x

5 Recomendations for Cairns

Here are 5 things I LOVED doing in one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations:

Eat at Salt House

We had the most amazing dinner here one night. The atmosphere, service and food was incredible. Everything I put in my mouth was so delicious. If you’re into seafood, this is the place!

Drive up to Kuranda

There are a few alternate options in terms of getting to Kuranda. There is a goldola, train or you can drive. We chose to drive and the 40 minute commute was unreal. There was so much to look at along the highway, everything was so lush- the whole experience was just devine. We walked around Kuranda town, there is a butterfly farm and famous markets but we were too late for both unfortunately. Next time. We did have a good amount of time at Barron falls though and highly reccomend. Cairns has alot of rain throughout the year but in January it was FLOWING, probably the biggest waterfall i’ve seen with my own eyes. Such a fun, nature filled and inexpensive day!

Visit Rusty’s markets

You can’t visit Cairns without attending Rusty’s. Its such a great market in the heart of town with an ABUNDANCE of amazing produce. It’s limitless what the locals can grow up in the FNQ area. I think they call this the golden triangle? It’s cheap, a great atmosphere, the food is amazing(visit the vietnamese stall- yum) AND they have the tastiest V GF DF banana bread. A friend raved about this so had to try, can confirm- scrumptious.

Swim at Babinda Boulders

This was probably my favourite swimming spot I had the pleasure of visiting in the Cairns area. We’ve all seen photos of these rock pools online somewhere. And I must say I thought they looked pretty different to what I was expecting, but SO beautiful none the less. I guess with the climate in Cairns and the wild weather they experience these places probably always seem a little different! Which is a bonus. Th water is so clear, very refreshing and the perfect place for a picnic!

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

No matter what it costs or what the weather is doing for the day, get out on the reef. You travel for about 2 hours to get to snorkel/scuba locations but just being out on the water is pure MAGIC. There are so many colours, species of fish and it is all round such a great day. I loved it and would go out 100 times over. The food was so good on the boat also. Remember: suncreen.

Woah writing this makes me want to move up north… what a gorgeous adventure filled area of Australia! Can’t wait to visit again. To a wonderful week x

5 Easy and healthy breakfast ideas!

Breakfast should be both easy and healthy! You don’t want to have to think about too many steps in the morning and you want to start the first meal of your day with something balanced, energising and keep you eating well throughout the day! Here are five breakfasts that I incorperate into my weeks, I hope they inspire you! PS: the measurments will be rough, who has time to measure anyway. And these recipes are just guidelines- use what you have at home πŸ™‚

G R E E N S M O O T H I E

You can literally add anything to smoothies, which I love.

  • A piece of zuchinni
  • One banana, I like atleast 4 chunks of frozen banana- so creamy
  • 2x tablespoons Protein powder of choice
  • 1 cup of milk of choice
  • Few chunks frozen pineapple- I also think this adds to the creamy taste
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina powder
  • Optional- spinkle of psyillium husk, chia seeds, flax seeds, PB- anything you want to use up!

Blend everything and if needed add water as you go! This would be super easy to put in a bottle/jar and take with you on your way to work πŸ™‚

C H I A P U D D I N G

  • Few tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1.5 cups of milk of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Top with frozen berries of choice!

Add all ingredients to jar, shake and ready to consume in the morning. I like to add coconut flakes, yum!

P R O T E I N O A T S

  • 1.5 cup oats
  • 1.5 cup milk of choice
  • 1 x tablespoon protein powder
  • 1 x teaspoon PB
  • Water if needed

Put all ingredients in bowl and microwave/stovetop for 90 seconds. Add water if needed. Top with coconut flakes, a drizzle of PB, cacao powder, pepitas or frozen berries. So tasty on cooler mornings!

L O A D E D T O A S T

Create your own sweet or savoury take on toast:

  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Feta: optional
  • Pepita/sunflower feeds for added crunch
  • Salt, pepper and chilli flakes to season
  • Peanut or almond butter
  • Honey or maple
  • Sliced banana or strawberry
  • Pepita/sunflower seeds… for added crunch πŸ˜‰
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

Again, so simple, shouldn’t take anymore than 5 minutes to make and can alter to your taste buds. Plus limited washing up in the mornings.

A C A I B O W L

  • 1 x teaspoon acai powder
  • 1 cup berries of choice, I like blackberries
  • Sprinkle of flax seeds
  • 1x cup milk of choice- less liquid the thicker the consistency, start slow
  • 1x frozen banana
  • Few slices of frozen zuchinni
  • Piece of frozen pineapple
  • 2x teaspoons of protein powder

Blend everything, transfer to bowl with spoon. Top with whatever your heart desires. Drizzle of PB, cashews, granola, berries, chia seeds. Enjoy!

What are your favourite, no fail, delicious breakfasts? I’d love some inspiration too. Have a beautiful week x