Monday Motivation – Slow Cooker Lamb Curry

Working from home has its perks.  I am lucky enough to work my schedule around my kids and get to be a part of what they get up too in life.

It has its challenges also … having an office at home, I feel pulled to work all the time.  I have to try and have self control and switch off, instead of working 24-7.  This can be very difficult.  It also works the other way, when I am supposed to be working – there are endless “home” chores that can be done like washing, cleaning etc …

I try to plan my day the night before … getting the house chores done before work hours start.  If this does not happen, they have to wait until I get a break or at lunchtime.  I also have to try and disconnect from social media at night … and even through the day when I am trying to work, as I get very distracted with it.planKnowing what we are having for dinner is a big part of weather my day goes well or not.  I know that sounds silly – but if it is left to the last minute, I just seem to go to pieces and it takes me twice as long to get it done.

I also use a diffuser when I am working.  I usually put an uplifting blend in – my favourite at the moment is Grapefruit and Peppermint.  This seems to keep me awake and focussed.

Having my snacks, and lunch prepared also saves me time.lambcurry

This lamb curry recipe I popped in the slow cooker last week … I used lamb pieces on the bone that the butcher had for curry making, but any type of lamb would work.

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Let me know what you think xxx

Here is to a productive week :-)

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Fitness Friday – Mental Toughness

We all have days where our brain is over-riding our body!  I really hate it when this happens.  Its so much easier for me to move even when my body is sore or tired, than when my brain is off.   Those times when your brain is saying “that is enough” or “i don’t want to do it” or “don’t pick that barbell up again” or “I have run far enough or trained enough this week already”.negative

So how do you combat this!  Everyone has days like this, so I would love to hear how you tackle it when you hit a day when your brain is trying to take control.  I personally know I have to go … and I try and use alot of positive affirmations.  So everytime my brain says something negative – I try and combat it with a positive thought – reinforcing that I am doing a great job, or how good I will feel after.  Or even just have a mantra I keep saying over and over – kind of trying to brain wash the negative out – “I Can Do This” or “No Pain, No Gain”  or even “Just Keep Going” NEVER-GIVE-UP

I also use essential oils.  I know i sound like the “Crazy Oil Lady”  but they really work for me.  Essential oils can be used in different ways, and when applied topically can absorb directly to an area.  Inhaled, the smell triggers different receptors in the brain … its very fascinating.  There is actually a blend called Motivation – i am yet to try this, and will let you know what I think.  I always use Peppermint before I train though, as it opens the airways – it is also an uplifting oil that awakens the senses.  If you want to know more about the oils you can contact me here

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I think this is one of the reasons I even started making motivational jewellery in the first place – as I can look to my wrist and see a little “Never Give Up” charm or “I Can” and that is a little boost.  nevergiveup

if you need some inspiration you will find some here 

Monday Motivation – Battling Cold & Flu Season

The change of seasons often bring about the colds and flus.  We have had a few bugs popping up in our house, and of course I am straight onto it with healthy remedies.  Keeping the family healthy is a must … or one of my goals.

For sore throats we use Lemon essential oil and a teaspoon of honey.  You can take it just like that, or with hot water as a lemon honey drink.lemonoilThe Thieves Oil is a blend of different essential oils that is highly anti-viral, antiseptic, antibatcherial and anti-infectious.  It was created from research based on a group of 15th century thieves who rubbed oils on themselves to avoild contracting the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying.  The thieves were forced to tell their secret and disclose the formula of the herbs and spices in exchane for a more lenient punishment.

The Thieves blend is made up from Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary.

If I feel like I am fighting sickness, I actually take a drop in water and swallow.  It is a strong taste, but I don’t mind it. My girls will not take it this way, so we put it on the soles of our feet (as the pores in the feet are bigger and absorb the oil faster) I also put it in the diffuser so it kills any air borne germs from spreading.  thieves1

Contact me here if you would like to order the Thieves blend to try.  I have some new USB diffuses to sell, that are just perfect as they are small enough to be portable throughout the house, take to work, or even travel with.  If you would like to grab one of these email me here  as they are going fast.  They are $39.95.diffuser

of course Chicken Soup is a go to when you are sick.  Do you have a favourite recipe to use?

My main focus is to put off getting sick.  I hate feeling unwell, and do not have time!  So getting enough sleep and looking after yourself will enable keeping in front of it.

These Thieves recipes are worth a try too …

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here’s to staying healthy this winter xxx

I got up early this morning and made some snacks for the week – I know alot of people get their food ready on the weekend, but sometimes that just does not happen.  So early monday morning is a good time for me … it makes the week so much easier, if you have healthy snacks on hand.

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hope you have a great Monday

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Fitness Friday – Master League Online Competition

It is exciting that my sport of CrossFit is embracing the Masters Athletes!  This year competing in the CrossFit Open, there was a big step up in the level of competition.  These older athletes are bringing it to the table, and showing that Age Is No Excuse.  mastersl

Gary and I are competing in the online Masters League Competition  this year.  masterleaguelogoSetup is a similar fashion to the CrossFit Open, where each week a workout is released and  you have a certain time frame to complete the workout and post your scores.  The WODs are tough, you would not realise they were for athetes 35+ and up.   16.2

It is creating a great community between the Masters Athletes, there is so much online participation of people sharing photos, times and comments.  I am proud to be part of a community that is growing and encouraging us as we become older –  to keep at it … looking after your body and staying fit and healthy is so important.

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Above was the first part of last weeks workout.  It was a big chipper that took me 33mins to complete (although I was climbing to the male rope height) One more WOD to go … I look forward to seeing more and more people joining in this event as the years go on.  Already it is super competitive … a good motivation to get to the gym and keep training.

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if you are a Masters Athlete, then maybe these charms are for you …. the constant reminder that being Masters Strong is the way!  click here if you want to know more about these pieces

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Monday Motivation – CrossFit Regionals Inspo

Might need a few coffees today …

it is a hard job watching the best atheltes in the Pacific Region going head to head.  What an inspiring weekend.  They hold the Pacific Regionals in Woollongong, NSW – a beautiful part of the country so Gary and I ventured down together.  He had not been to the Regionals before, and I knew he would love it.

For those of you interested you can see the workouts – this is one of the individual workouts

3 days of gruelling workouts and 5 males and 5 females and 5 teams head to USA to the CrossFit Games (the world champs) armwrestle

back to Mum mode today, and ready to get some things ticked off the list, including 3 loads of washing and grocery shopping … #mumlife, it never ends.  I am looking forward to eating well again too.  I guess my body is used to eating good food now, if i fall off the wagon – it doesn’t like it.  Just made a fresh vege juice, and will do some baking tonight to get the digestion back on track.  I am going to do a blog post about eating clean when travelling, as I did a crap job of it this weekend – my body tells me pretty quickly when I do not look after it!

I am not organised enough to share a recipe … will try and get the lamb curry recipe up for Wed

happy Monday all! stay inspired! xxx

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Monday Motivation – My favourite lunch right now

Happy Monday.

Hope all the mum’s out there had a lovely Mother’s Day and were treated by their families.  I was surprised with beautiful sunflowers from my girls.  They are so gorgoeus, and this morning they made me smile.sunflowersThe high school had a Mother’s Day litergy and morning tea this morning, which was so lovely … so the warm fuzzies have continued on today.

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I thought I would share one of my favourite lunches at the moment.  My friend Robyn made me a version of this a couple of months back, and now I find it an easy and yummy lunch to have an hand.

You can do a fast version or a budget version.  I will give you both options.

I use Tuna, but you can use salmon, chicken, beef .. any type of protein really.lunch1

Fast Version

  • 1 x brown rice cup
  • 1 x can of tuna (flavour of your choice)
  • kale slaw (supermarket mix – in the salad section)

layer the cooked brown rice in bottom of the bowl, then tuna and top with kale slaw.  You have an instant bowl of goodness.lunch2

Budget version (lasts for 3 days)

  • cook 1 1/2 cups brown rice in the rice cooker
  • 1 large can plain tuna
  • make kale slaw

I add pesto to the drained can of tuna, to create the flavoured tuna.

to make the slaw I use kale either finely chopped or put through the food processor.  Then a couple of carrots grated, a beetroot – grated, 1 green apple – grated, brocolli stem also grated (you can add anything else you wish) I usually do these veges in the food processor with grater part inserted.  I like to put some mixed seeds and nuts in mine also.  The store bought version has a yoghurt style dressing, so you can add this if you wish – or olive oil and lemon juice works well too.

I find this will make 3 portions for lunch … so means I do not have to think about lunches for a couple of days :-)

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I want to share a new bracelet style I added … The Inspirational Quote Tassel Bracelet.  Choose your colour, and the charm that speaks to you … for 24-7 motivation and inspiration, but looks funky too – find out more here 

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Fitness Friday – Your Kids Are Watching

With Mother’s Day this weekend, I thought it appopriate to talk about how being a Fit Mum impacts your family.sandbagrun

It doesn’t really matter if you are new to fitness, or have always been fit – it really makes a difference to your children if they see you exercising or not.  I was fortunate enough to grow up in a house where both my parents were active.  I did not realise it at the time, but now I see this impacted how I turned out as a person.  Now I am a mother myself I see it playing out with my own children.FALL-INLOVE

Both Gary and I are fit (if you are new to my blog I have always been active since I was a kid) we both are involved in CrossFit now, and our kids see this in our daily/weekly schedules.  Now our kids are growing up, our eldest daughter takes herself off to the gym and is very motivated when she is exercising.  The two younger ones are still involved heavily in dancing, so this is their exercise for now.  I see how important it is for them to see what we do, and how we live.  This is sub-conciously teaching them what is important and giving them lessons.  It also shows them that we value our health and our bodies to make the time to look after ourselves.

So, if you are on and off the bandwagon with your fitness … maybe the fact it is benefitting your kids will be a motivating factor on those days where you are struggling.  Happy Mother’s Day to all mum’s out there.  purplefitinspo

If you are still to buy mum a gift, why not grab her a Gift Voucher she can spend of something inspirational and motivational from Fit & Style

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find the vouchers here 

Monday Motivation – Need Some Time Out?

I remember when I was a girl and my mum would have an afternoon nap and ask us not to bother her – of course a few times I would have tried, and I was surprised by her response.  Of course now I am in the same situation, I completely get it.resthere

Being a busy mum of 3 girls, and a wife … business owner, training in the day – sometimes, some peace and quite is all you long for.  When the girls were smaller, I always found training was my time out, it is a little different now as I am usually training with other people – so even though it is my own time, I am usually engaging with others.  I explain to the girls now they are older, if i need a little time out – and it usually works ok.  I have started doing Romwod each night, and this is my little time out each day …  I am learning to release and breathe and it is part of my daynow which I look forward to.

Thought I would share this great recipe for a Facial Scrub which came from Kula Mamafrankincense

Better Than Botox Facial Scrub

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon baking soda

½ tablespoon raw Manuka honey (Manuka honey has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties for the skin)

1 drop of therapeutic grade young living lavender essential oil contact me here about buying this

1 drop therapeutic grade young living frankincense essential oil 

1 drop of therapeutic grade young living geranium essential oil

  1. Combine the baking soda and honey together until it looks like a paste.  Add one drop each of lavender, geranium and frankincense essential oils.
  2. Place a warm washcloth over your face and hold on skin for a minute or so to open up your pores.
  3. Gently rub face with facial scrub using small circular motions (be gentle with your skin!).  Keep massaging skin with scrub for 3-5 minutes to fully remove dead skin from face and to let the essential oils work their magic.
  4. Rinse off with warm water.
  5. Your face may be red for a bit but this will wear off.
  6. Use this scrub no more than 1-2 times a week.
  7. This scrub is alkaline to the skin, so to even out your pH it is a good idea to splash your face with rosewater afterwards.  This will naturally balance your skin.

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