Graduation Day!

I am officially a graduate!

I awoke on Friday morning to a lovely arrangement on the kitchen counter. I was spoilt with flowers and jewellery by my lovely family!

 

I adore these bracelets my sister got me, always so thoughtful she is!

 

And a gift arrived at the door from Josh who wasn’t able to be there

Graduating was very special! I loved getting dressed up in the gown and hat!

 

Liv dropped by for a pic and brought me the beautiful flowers 🙂 Thanks lovey!It was a great day capped off by a lovely night. Josh’s family came over for a celebratory dinner. I love spending time with his family so always great when we can all be together!

Thanks fam and friends for all your support over the years! Love you all lots.

 

 

 

 

 

Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you Dashing Diva’s for nominating me for ‘The Versatile Blogger’ Award!

Here are 5 random facts about me, one of the criteria I need to share in order to receive the award.

1. I have a large family and have been a Bridesmaid 5 times – I have 16 first cousins (including all their wonderful partners that takes us to 25!) I love each one of them dearly, and am blessed to share a special relationship with them all individually.

I wish I had a photo that included everyone! This is the closest I have.

2. I spent an awesome month of my life in the Amazon rainforest working on a sustainability project. There is no place more tranquil and more beautiful than the rainforest.  Working with the gorgeous animals, fellow volunteers and the wonderful Peruvian people made this experience unforgettable.

Morning monkey duty

Tarantulas..

3. I have Coffee Au Lait birthmarks (sounds delicious) on my neck, arm, tummy and back. It is something that I am learning to accept and I try to love about myself – We are all unique in our own way, right?

4. My favourite fruit is bananas. I love them in my oats, dipped in peanut butter, mixed with yoghurt, on their own, in a fruit salad, served with curry, sliced thinly in a chocolate crepe…

Banana makes every breakfast complete

5. I love to paint!

The beach is the perfect subject matter

Other bloggers I would like to nominate for this award:

1.Go Bake Yourself
2.Gluten Free Happy Tummy http://glutenfreehappytummy.com/
3. Live Passionately Tonight
4. The Healthy Diva
5. Carrots ‘n’ Cake
6. Fannetastic Food 
7. Eat, Live, Run
8. Peace, Love and Oats
9. Change of Pace
10. The Fitnessista
11. Fitness and Frozen Grapes
12. The Daily Dish
13. One Healthy Munchkin
14. Mommy Run Fast
15. The Run Within

Well done and thank you!  You have all inspired me in some way.

To the readers out there…
Please comment bellow with a random fact about yourself.

Have an awesome day!

Dedication to tea-time

Tea is an essential part of my life. It is something that instantly warms me up, cheers me up and comforts me. I love to enjoy a cuppa at breakfast, at morning tea, at lunchtime, at afternoon tea, before dinner, after dinnner, before bed and then… the cycle begins again.

Super-size-me-mug

 

Everyone I know well, likes their tea made in a certain way.  For my dad, it is best served in a thin (preferablly China tea cup), for my mom (who gets her first cup in the morning taken to her in bed by the first person up) likes hers extra strong so milk is delivered in a small a jug on the side, Josh likes his with a sugar, Danna likes it black with a sweetner, Liv’s mum likes it in a pot with full cream milk,  my gran and aunty norms like theirs with 2 sweetener and my late grandfather liked his, until his very last days, with 3 heaped teaspoons of sugar.

Tea is a part of every birthday..

21st Birthday present from Josh 🙂

My Mum’s 50th Birthday smashcake

And accompanies the writing of every blog entry

Early morning blogging

I even incorporate tea bags into my beach paintings..

Hint: What are the houses made of??

Liv and I even purchased a kettle in Barcelona, which we lugged around to every hostel for the duration of out trip around Spain. Now that is what you call tea dedication.

So, to tea, thanks for making everyday that much more TEA-riffic 🙂

I am guessing my obsession with tea is not that mainstream- so, If it’s not tea, what is your *special* drink?

 

Easy ways to get moving (without having too try too hard!)

I am a big fan of incorporating as much physical activity into my day as possible.  I am all for taking the stairs over the lift; or getting out and dirty by doing the gardening on a nice sunny day.

This type of exercise is known as incidental exercise – or as I like to think of  it, ‘exercise without feeling as though you are exercising’.  It is a great way to keep yourself moving and active throughout the day, without scheduling in a workout, or even having changing into workout gear 🙂

Here are some easy ways to do it!

– Find ways in the workplace to keep active.  Whether it is doing the coffee runs, offering to run errands, participating in sport lessons (that’s if you are a teacher) or simply just finding a cafe or park that is that little bit further away to enjoy your lunch break.

Nothing beats lunch in the park, especially if you have had to walk a little more than usual to get there.


– Change the way you view house work, gardening or even just taking the bins out! Turn it into an opportunity to get your butt moving and your arms working.  It always helps if there is good music to accompany this 🙂

– Take the stress out of finding the closest parking space and park a bit further away than normal. Not only will you get a sneaky walk in, but your stress bank will thank you for it.

 – Spend quality time with your family and friends by doing something active and fun together. Whether it is rock climbing, bush walking, getting out in the garden, kicking a ball, throwing a frisbee or skipping a date over coffee to enjoy a chilled out-pilates session (thanks Liv 🙂 )… the options are endless and not only will it bring you closer together; it will benefit your health and fitness too.

A stroll wherever you are in the world is a good way multi-task -to keep moving and spend time with the people your love

And last but not least… Dance your little hearts out. Dancing a great workout and a good way to balance out those few extra drinks 😉

Happy moving peeps!

What is your best way to exercise without feeling as though you are exercising?

*Please note, I am not a personal trainer or a dietician. My blog is based on my own research and my own personal experiences.