Happy Australia Day + long weekend !!

Happy Australia Day + long weekend !!

Loving that we are blessed with sunshine to help us celebrate our gorgeous country this weekend. I hope you are all able to enjoy the long weekend in some way, whether it’s a simple barbecue with friends or just taking it easy at home with the fam. Today is a day to celebrate being an Aussie and feeling grateful for everything we have in our glorious country.

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Above images + links

Outdoor sunset dinner // Once Wed

Watsons Bay Hotel // inside restaurant + view of the bay

Watermelon Love // pinterest

Jamie Oliver // asian style barbecued prawns

Erin Made This // pavlova sundaes

 

AUSTRALIA DAY LOVE xx

Loving your locals: Poppies for Grace

My first loving your locals for the year! Yay – and what a treat to be featuring one of my favourite Melbourne online party shops – Poppies for Grace! I have been following these lovely girls on Insta for quite some time now and love their fun and happy style. On their site you will find plenty of colourful heart and number shaped balloons, gorgeous party favours and sweet table wear. They also have a super cute party in a box – perfect for the time poor and last minute party planners. In these you find matching invites, lolly bags, paper straws, serviettes and decorations for up to 10 guests, boxed up and delivered straight to your door!

With hand made products, all locally made, this shop really ticks all the boxes for me. I love their personable approach, and their forever fresh and creative ideas. I look forward to many parties decorated!

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HAPPY PARTY PLANNING xx

Top 5: diaries + planners for 2015

Don’t you just love it when it’s that time of year again to buy your new diary. After you have set your intentions, had a good think about what’s in store for the up and coming – it’s then time to pick the perfect book that will help you plan the year ahead. I always find around this time of year to be the best too. In December there is just too much going on and in Jan, I feel much more under control, more relaxed and at ease to make such a decision. Decision you say…? Oh yes, this is a big decision. You know what I mean.., this diary, journal and notebook all-in-one, is going to be opened, looked at and used EVERY DAY. This book I write my daily ideas in and fill up with appointments and parties – is definitely important to fall in love with in every way. It must help organise my life, be easy to use, and if its pretty, well that helps too!

As always I’m having a tough time choosing…, so here are my Top 5: diaries + planners for 2015.

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Kikki K // leather planner from $27.97 – the perfect investment. Can easily be re-used every year, just by replacing the inserts. I love these cute inserts from Mockeri too.

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Mi Goals // Bianca Cash ‘this is your year’ diary $24.95 – also comes in navy blue with choice of hard or soft cover

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Frankie // daily journal $26.95 – super cute in typical Frankie style, this year they have included tear out gift tags, forget me nots and sticker sheets.

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Lorna Jane MNB diary // $39.99 – includes inspirational quotes, seasonal recipes and exercise tips – too good!

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And if a calendar is more your thing // Coco and Mingo do a super cute free printable too

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I think I’m leaning towards the Frankie diary myself – any that take your fancy?

Happy Mantra: invest in people who invest in you

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HAPPY MANTRA

A serious contender for my mantra for the year – invest in those who invest in you.

Don’t put up with people that drain your energy, leave you feeling deflated or don’t think you’re just dam right amazing. Surround yourself with people that love you for you, and in the end you get just as much as you put in x

 

Image and inspiration for this post from: the alison show

Ahoy there, summer drinks

Summer weekends are all about long lazy lunches, catch ups in the park and hassle free beach days. And with that I often find I’m looking for some quick + easy summer drinks to take with me, non fuss and easy to make before I leave the house. Sure, alcohol can be added, but sometimes, just a little sparkling water, lemon juice and your favourite fruit is all you need for that perfect summer drink.

Just pop into a water bottle, and take with you anywhere, the combinations are endless…

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All images + recipes via Pinterest

Some of my favs : lemon + oregano, cucumber + strawberry, peaches + mint

HAPPY DRINKING x

WELL HELLO THERE!!

Well hello 2015

 

Well hello there lovely ones!!

I am so glad you are here to embrace the New Year with me.., and to thank 2015 for finally arriving! We have certainly been patiently waiting for a while now and it is finally here (YAY!) I am already feeling so much excitement and positivity from everyone, and it has felt so good to say goodbye to the old and get ready for the oh-so-wonderful new.

I have been so blessed to have enjoyed some amazing time off over the holiday period, where I have spent many a days rejuvenating, refueling and reflecting on the year just gone. I’m sure we can all agree she certainly has had her moments and tested us in many ways, but from that we learn, we grow and we evolve as only time can ever do for us. I have no doubt 2015 has so much in store for all of us, and for me especially I see lots of change and growth. I have also decided to follow a theme instead of resolutions or goals this year, as I love the ease of incorporating this into your everyday life without specific aims and intentions. I am hoping to remind myself from time to time and question when I do things or make certain decisions – am I following my theme for the year? And if not, why?

So as I began my year in peaceful Bali I reflected on where I was + why I was there.  As I realised it was all connected to freeing my mind, nurturing my body and embracing my spirit, a clear theme started to emerge – HEALTHY MIND. So with that, I aim to be more healthy, love my body, surround myself with people who make me feel good, meditate, write, and be more present.

I hope to reflect this in my blog and writing too, as this year will be more about mindfulness, amazing Australian locals and plenty of party and entertaining inspiration.

I look forward to another year of growing and connecting together, but above all one amazing year for us all.

Shireen x

A MERRY CHRISTMAS + happy new year break

Happy New Year Break

 

Well it certainly is safe to say the end of the year is fast approaching, and with all the christmas parties, present buying and list making going on I’m surprised we all still have time to connect. I have no doubt, like me you are looking forward to a bit of a break once the big Christmas day is over. After what has been a rather big year, both emotionally and physically for me, I can’t wait for some downtime to re-group and reflect on the year just gone. I’m super excited to be flying somewhere sunny for a few weeks to do nothing but sip green smoothies and yoga as much as my heart desires, and during that time I will be taking a well deserved break from working, writing + blogging. I look forward to coming back refreshed and focused – hopefully with some new and exciting ideas and opps for 2015.

I wish you all the most fabulous Christmas, New Years + / or happy holidays with family, friends and loved ones. I hope your break is filled with love and peace, of laughs and pretty things, and of course some super good food.

Thank you to everyone who has come on this journey with me so far, I could not have done it without the love and encouragement of you all.

Bring on 2015 I say – I feel good things are a comin xx

 

Loving your locals + a guilt free christmas recipe

So I know that we can’t always be on our best behaviour during the Christmas months – oh and what a boring Christmas that would be – but if you end up being a little bit naughty and a little bit nice then in my books you’re doing ok. I’m a big believer in doing things in moderation, and especially around the silly season this is something to really try to take on board. I don’t feel guilty about enjoying the good stuff, but I also try to include some healthy alternatives along the way, to make sure I am giving back to my body as much as it is putting out to me.

So when I came across this super easy + deliciously guilt free Chrissy recipe – I just had to share!

This recipe is taken from the gorgeous Kavisha Jega who just so happens to be a Melbourne based food + wellness coach (right up my ally)! Kavisha not only makes it her mission to support, educate and empower people like you and me to make healthy and positive changes to our diet and lifestyle, she is also a world of knowledge when it comes to all things healthy and I love nothing more than to pick her brains over a lazy Sunday brunch. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket to one of her intimate cooking classes you certainly are a lucky duck – but if not, she often shares amazing advice and recipes on her blog – including some recent healthy Christmas ones for those who are looking for sugar, gluten and dairy free options. And my favourite – shared below – Christmas Fruit Cake, with Coconut Sauce!

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CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE w/ coconut sauce

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups almond meal

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup chopped dried dates

1 cup of mixed dried raisins, cherries + cranberries

1 cup crushed walnuts

4 eggs (beaten)

2 tsbp coconut oil

1 tbsp coconut sugar (optional)

1 tbsp vanilla

1 zest of a whole orange + lemon

Method

Preheat oven to 160c (fan forced) // Combine almond meal, salt, baking powder in a bowl // Stir in fruit + nuts // In a separate bowl combine remaining ingredients // Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients // Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake 40-45 mins until cooked through // Allow to cool in tin before serving

COCONUT SAUCE

Ingredients

1 can coconut cream

2 tsp coconut sugar

Pinch of sea salt

Method

Heat all ingredients together in a small saucepan over a low heat // Mix until well combined // Pour sauce into a jar to served warm or chill in the fridge for later

*I don’t believe this recipe is up on her blog yet, hence the no photo I’m sorry – but trust me, its good, good, good! 

For more recipes and healthy inspiration be sure to check out Kavisha’s blog or Instagram page

 

HAPPY COOKING LOVELIES x

 

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