Babes.

Sometime in the last couple of months, I decided to change the subtitle of my blog from ‘Affordable. Achievable. Delicious’ to ‘Because you, my friend, are a total freaking babe’. Maybe you noticed the change? Maybe you were confused by it? I know a few people have been because I’ve been asked why it isn’t food related, so I thought it deserved a bit of explanation.

You know how sometimes something smacks you in the face and makes you realise that you've been ignoring something for way too long? This photo was that for me, on Easter weekend 2013

You know how sometimes something smacks you in the face and makes you realise that you’ve been ignoring something for way too long? This photo was that for me, on Easter weekend 2013

In the last year or so I’ve gained a lot of self-esteem and confidence in everything about myself and it feels incredible! I can happily say I am now in a position where I don’t look in the mirror and automatically criticise myself, I don’t worry about what other people will think about my outfit in ways that has me almost tearing out my hair (which I used to do almost daily) and I wear make-up for the fun of it. Even when my self-esteem was at it’s lowest, I knew that there were more important things about me than the way I looked, but for some reason, that niggly voice in the back of my head was very loud and very powerful and made me doubt myself over things that I knew weren’t that important. Getting dressed, even just to go to uni was a big task, let alone to go out and see my friends and I agonised over things like not being as quick-witted as some of my friends, or at quoting things that were relevant and hilarious at the time. Continue reading

FoodSwitch:: App Review

~ This is a sponsored post (although it’s completely my own words and my own opinions) ~

I was recently approached by the PR team at Bupa (the people in charge of the fabulous Health Influencer Blog Awards I was a finalist in last year) to review the newest edition of their Australian-friendly app, FoodSwitch, which was released last Tuesday. The app aims to help the everyday Australian consumer to make healthier food choices by scanning the barcode of their favourite product and giving healthier options of products within the same category.

So with the $100 Woolies voucher I was provided by  Bupa Australia and The George Institute for Global Health and my phone in my hand, I set off to my local supermarket to test out the FoodSwitch app.

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The Little Things

Sometimes when life gets busy or tough, or other things seem more important, you can forget the value of “the little things” that make you feel good about who you are. I certainly feel like that is exactly where I’m sitting right now after two weeks of, for lack of a better term, a complete and utter clusterf*ck. And of course, it’s totally normal for life to go to shit sometimes, but when you finally move free from it, you realise all the things you’ve let go to shit with it. Continue reading

One Chicken: SO MANY Feeds! :: Feb Refresh Day 5

Chicken is one of my favourite foods. If I’m feeling down, I’m tired, hungover, depressed, homesick or just really, really hungry, I crave chicken – I always have. It’s such a versatile meat and a good quality source of protein, including the amino acid, tryptophan (needed to produce serotonin and melatonin – anti-depressive and anti-insomnia hormones). I feel like I eat it most days of the week.

As you can probably imagine, no matter how tight money gets, it’s important to me that I can afford to eat as nutritiously as I can. Even when money gets incredibly low, I plan out my spending and at the very least, I make sure I have enough protein in my diet to get me through the last few days until pay day, using staples in my pantry and freezer to bulk it out. The easiest way I find to do this, Continue reading

Just Call Me Tinderella :: Feb Refresh Day 3

Last week a friend of mine, and fellow blogger Simone, wrote a piece on her blog about Tinder (the dating app infamous for creating matches based on the superficial first impression you get when you see someone for the first time) and I thought, seeing as Valentine’s Day is technically my Tinder-versary (I had my first Tinder date on Valentine’s Day last year) I should share with you my thoughts and the things that I have learned after a year of internet dating.

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