Health week; Green Smoothies for the body

I had always heard of people, super healthy people, going on about Green Smoothies and the benefits they provided you with. My general thoughts were always similar to “Yeah Yeah, whatever, I don’t need to go to that extent, and I bet it tastes disgusting”. That was until, I found this amazing website. A couple named Curtis & Candice share day after day the most profound articles they’ve written on life & bettering your mind, body & spirit AND delicious healthy recipes … which is how & where I came to stumble upon, make & now drink their Green Smoothie recipe. It has as much good stuff as a shake could possibly have, and after just 2 days of drinking a big glass each morning – I am seeing and feeling an amazing difference. My skin is so clear and I am still buzzing with energy come 5pm in the evening. Mr M, who normally isn’t in to any of this ‘stuff” is now having his own glass of green goodness each morning as he said he noticed a difference in me almost immediately. Remember how I said it only takes 30 days to make or break a habit? Well this is my new habit forming health kick I’m starting with – A green smoothie every morning that I am actually really excited about. If you are one of those “I’ll start tomorrow or next week’ people who always put off looking after yourself secondary to work or daily to do’s, I challenge you this week to make a choice to start looking after yourself today, right now, and a green smoothie each morning is a great way to start. 



What you will need

2 stalks of celery (with leaves)
3 kale leaves, spines removed
1 bunch of coriander
1/4 ripe avocado
1 pear, cored & roughly chopped
1 green apple, cored & roughly chopped
1 lime (with a little bit of peel)
1 medium banana
3 cups of filtered water (+ an extra cup of water or coconut water if required)
4 heaped teaspoons Vital Greens Powder*
2 teaspoons Spirulina powder
To Make

Chuck everything in a blender, blend on high until smooth & drink!

*You can buy this from most Health food stores

Pinterest Loves

I had the perfect weekend by relaxing standards. There was lots of sleep catch up, long walks, Europe bookings and quality couch time with Mr M, topped off with a BBQ last night with good friends and cold cider. I had wanted to sink my teeth in to some little DIY projects Ive been dying to get around to but it seems finding accommodation for our upcoming Europe trip took the priority spot again. As we head in to another week full of unknowns, to do lists, meetings and dinner dates, here is what is catching my eye this week on Pinterest.

It’s starting to get colder here in Perth (by my standards anyway) & I can’t wait to start rugging up in warm winter knits and furs (faux of course)
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I would love to do my room in all white with pops of colour only coming from beautiful fresh flowers displayed near big window sills
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I read this over the weekend and fell in L.O.V.E – it gave me immediate inspiration to stay strong with all my big hopes and dreams and turn my own cants in to cans
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Ever since my Bali getaway and my daily morning banana pancakes I crave them constantly
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I saw this dainty hearts garland and immediately knew I have to add this to my DIY ‘to do’ list. I would use the pages of an old love story
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Pumpkin Scones

I consider myself incredibly lucky that a) I was one of 5 growing up, and b) our mum was a ‘stay at home mum’ for most of our childhood. She was the most incredible baker and was constantly in the kitchen whipping up something delicious to feed 5 hungry mouths. My all time favourite recipe she made though was Pumpkin Scones. She would take them out of the oven and always put them in the same green container, wrapped in a tea towel so when we would run in the door from climbing tree’s or catching tadpoles – we were outdoor kids – and see the green container sitting on the bench, it could have only meant one thing …Pumpkin Scones. I had been craving them recently, out of the blue, having not eaten said scones since I was a child and I knew it was time to try to make them myself. I gave this recipe a go over the weekend and was happy with the results. Mr M & I devoured them straight out of the oven, smothered with Jam and Cream and I have to say, the feelings of my childhood did come rushing back…

Pinterest Loves

I am going in to today after having the most incredibly fun past 4 days. We just had our long 4 day Easter Weekend and I made sure I filled it with a good mix of going out, staying in, yummy baking, fun adventuring, catching up with friends and having some quiet moments with Mr M, some of which will be shared on here over the next few days. As my quest of finding the perfect balance in life continues I seem to be getting more inspired than ever with cute DIY’s (dying to do the wallpaper frames for my office), recipes I can bake over weekends and quotes that inspire. Here are the 5 things that are currently catching my eye this week.

I’m crushing any/all things knit at the moment but this outfit inspired me to no end with it’s seemingly warmth and gorgeous pastel colouring. I need to add all of these pieces to my wardrobe LOVE!
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I’m constantly looking for aqua inspired design ideas for my own office at home and this just made me fall madly in l.o.v.e
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There is never any harm, ever, in reminding yourself that you should be and deserve to be chasing the life exactly like you imagined. I know I am
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Being new to my sweet tooth the first thing I have mastered to eat is cheesecake, this, coupled with my current obsession with cooking/presenting things in jars I am dying to give this recipe a go
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I am doing some of my own DIY wallpaper at the moment but saw this pic of framed wallpaper and loved the idea to brighten up our lounge room wall
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Pinterest Loves

I had a crazy week last week with work and life in general so didn’t get to post much – if at all! I’m back this week with lots of posts to share. Something I do always have time for however is finding inspiration in all things Pinterest. Here is my weekly round up of favourite things right now. From braided up do’s to home decor I would love to have or do all of these things below.

Loving this up do braid – my next go to style for a wedding or big event 
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 I have always wanted to do this when I own a home 
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Words I think we all need to be reminded of sometimes 
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I have been meaning to make ice cream for months, and so when I saw this photo of coffee ice cream, well I just knew I’d found my recipe
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A little DIY I am going to be enlisiting the help of Mr M with (to use the drill of course) LOVE this
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My minds organised mess

I have resisted for as long as hard as I could, but alas, my crazy organisational urges have given in. I’m talking about Pinterest people. I heard about it middle of last year, and thought there is no way I need one more online ‘thing’ to occupy my spare time that is already split between my business, blog, and other social media sites. I resisted, I really did. Sure I used it, constantly, for inspiration, ideas, pretty pictures, but I never wanted my own account where I would see my hours slip away. That all changed a few weeks ago when I couldn’t resist any more. I know we all love Pinterest, so I thought I would start a weekly segment where I put up my favourite ‘finds’ in 5 categories – Fashion, Home Decor, Quotes, Recipies and DIY’s. This is my first week so from one Pinterest fan to another, here are 5 things I’m currently l.o.v.i.n.g.

I love everything about this picture & need that bright orange clutch and divine fur coat
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Mr M & I have just bought a blackboard for our kitchen, so I’m loving this inspiration for my future kitchen
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I fell in love with this quote as I realised me wanting to give up on my big dreams sometimes isn’t a sign of weakness, just a sign that they are big.
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I have to make these – Caramel Brownies, I found a good recipie here
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I’m making these for my office at home & loved finding colour inspiration. Step by Step DIY here

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread

As I’ve mentioned previously, I unfortunately am not a massive sweet tooth, I am however a massive fan of baking which leaves my household in a conundrum when it is just Mr M & I and he is left with all the sweets to eat. This all changed however when I made some Chocolate Dipped Shortbread over Christmas for friends – I ended up having to make 2 more batches as everyone loved it so much, including myself. It’s so so simple to make so I thought I’d share it with you if your ever in the mood for a little baking.

YOU NEED:

1. Rolling Pin
2. Cut out shape (I used a heart but you could use whatever you wish)

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups (260 grams) plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (226 grams) salted butter* – room temperature
1/2 cup of pure icing (powdered) sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 block of your plain chocolate (I used Cadburys which worked fantastic)

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a separate bowl whisk the flour with the salt & set aside
Place butter in electric mixer & beat until smooth & creamy (hand whisk if you don’t have an electric mixer) approximately 1 minute
Add the sugar and beat until smooth (approximately 2 minutes)
Beat in the vanilla extract
Gently stir in the flour mixture just until incorporated
Flatten the dough in to a shape disk on a smooth bench
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in fridge for a minimum of 1 hour

… Dough has now been chilled for minimum of 1 hour…

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F)
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough in to a 1/4 inch thick circle
Cut in to shapes using a floured shape cutter (i.e. heart/animal/circle/)
Place on the prepared baking sheet & put back in fridge for about 15 mins (VERY important, this will firm the dough and make sure the biscuits maintain their shape when baked)

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until shortbread is lightly browned**

CHOCOLATE DIPPING

Fill large saucepan with hot water and bring to boil on stove
Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl and place above boiling water in saucepan
Stir constantly until all chocolate has melted
Dip shortbread in to chocolate until desired coverage and place on baking sheets
Place back in fridge until set

The result??

* The higher the quality of butter, the better the shortbread turns out I have been told, I used higher quality (i.e. more expensive) butter and was happy with my taste/aesthetic results so that is my little tip to you too.