Public Holidays are the best.  It’s like having another Saturday in your week.

This long weekend my brother Trev, and my cuz Benny and I went to the Perth Royal Show.  It was amazing.  The thing I loved the most, was 6 hours of walking without even trying.  The worst thing was trying to find a lunch that wasn’t greasy.  Immediately I wanted sushi, or some of those Vietnamese fresh rice paper rolls.  Of course I couldn’t find anything.  So I settled on some calamari, chips and salad.   Trev ate all the chips, and the calamari and salad was just enough to fill me. PERFECT.  Better his hips than mine.


 I guess you could make your own lunch and take it with you.  But where is the fun in that??  There was so much fairy floss and hot chips I had to walk past.  It was like they were all jumping out at me EAT ME, BUY ME, LOVE ME.  Let me tell you, the trick, is to hold out until you find something that you absolutely want to eat.  For me, this was nougat, salami, cheese, and chocolate covered strawberries.  I got a little of each and savoured every bite.  I have to say that coming home and sharing the spoils with your cheese and salami addicted family helps quite a bit too.

Benny licking his lips over giant strawberries.

A shout out to Alex who we bumped into.  It was soooo good to see you there.

Catching up with Alex

A few more pics

On the ferris wheel
Me, Trev and Benny

Just as we were leaving I spotted the dim sum sushi house.  DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Well I guess I should own up to the damage the weekend salami’s and nougat did to me.  Absolutely nothing.  In all I have lost 4kgs now…and in this last week I seem to be maintaining that.  While its disappointing not to lose any more, it is better that I maintain rather than gain back.


Regarding last fortnights challenge:

Week 2: “Real” beverages! Beverages will be limited to water, coffee, tea, kombucha, almond, rice or coconut milks, and ACTUAL fruit or vegetable juice. This means fruit juices containing only fruits and water. No sugars or artificial sweeteners, concentrates, preservatives etc. I know this might seem tough at first but stick to it and it will make a big difference. For coffee, try and limit to one cup a day.”

Finally!! I have managed to stick with everything listed above.   Substituting Coffee for Milo/Hot chocolate.  But I had to do it otherwise this was going to be painful.  I find that I may not stick to this completely.  I think I will still have dairy milk but only sometimes.  I really think its important to keep some measure of dairy in your diet.

This weeks challenge:

Week 3: Meat – If you eat meat, try and consume locally raised and organic if you can. Meat consumption will also be limited to 2 – 4 servings per week, and will not be the “focal point” of the meal.”

It wont be too hard for me.  I think I mostly do this anyway.   I might see if I can hook up the slow cooker (aka crockpot) soon and dig out some recipes for dinners.  Mum was a Weight Watcher’s lecturer for 10-15 years and is always cooking figure friendly meals.  Making it a point to cut off the fat off of steaks and chicken.  So naturally this is a habit I have developed over the years…of course I would add mashed potatos with cream and cheese, and maybe honeyed carrots and garlic bread.  Now I have salads. Different types of salads and instead of relying on meat for protein, I find myself eating more eggs, and legumes.

Well I hope this will help me to shed another kilo or 2.  I find I want to see more of a change on the scales.  I want to see more of a loss each week.  I don’t know why I cant lose any more.  I have been just as strict, just as vigilant with my meal choices.  I actually find myself becoming annoyed that I am not losing weight fast enough.  While I know that losing weight slowly is healthiest, it is also the most frustrating.  I only see small changes in myself, and I’ve only seen the same small changes for the last few weeks.motivational-fitness-workout-quotes-61

I also want to thank my readers for sticking with me each week.  It is a slow progress, but I am sure with determination and self control I can continue to shrink.

Also, less than 60 days until TAIWAN!!!! So excited and terrified that I wont be able to control myself around all the food!!!!

See you soon!

A xo

Mason Jar Salads??!!!!!

Good Morning!!

Time for my weekly update!  It has been a disaster week for me.  Crook in bed for most of it was detrimental.  I thought that sleeping all day would totally get me a step ahead in my weight loss goals.  I was sooo wrong!  For three days I did no exercise, no planning, and no moving…Not to mention what I ate!!! 2 chocolate chip cookies, 2 banana smoothies with ice cream, aaaaand a very tall glass of some bubbly soda.  (there goes last weeks challenge)  So of course I gained a whole kilo back. Good job Manda, good job!!  But hey, its not the end of the world.  Just gotta keep on swimming!!


On Saturday I was feeling much better, and decided to work out in the pool with Kathy to do some Aqua-aerobics.  We managed to score a 1 week free trial pass which gives us access to all of the facilities available including, gym, sauna, spa, classes, and pool.  So tonight we are going again!!!  I’m hoping that all this exercise will be helping to accommodate the little luxuries I indulged in over the weekend…that banana smoothie…good grief.

While I definitely ate my share of things I shouldn’t, Kathy and I also managed to prepare  one of the best recipes I have seen.  The Sweet Potato and Avocado Burger.   It may look a little complex, but It really isnt.  I loved the taste of the burger patty.  Even my brother-in-law, the fussiest person I know, enjoyed them.  I thought they looked like giant ANZAC cookies as we fried them in the pan with a lil coconut oil.   We enjoyed the burgers with avocado, onion, cheese, kale, baby spinach, mayo, beetroot, and tomato.




On the topic of amazing recipes, I want to share with you this amazing new lunch idea I have found…which apparently took lunch rooms around the globe by storm…in 2011…and I am only now discovering it.   So for all of you who, like me do not know about these…may I present the MASON JAR SALAD…(dum dum duuuuuuuum!!!!)


I cannot believe I am just learning of them now.  There are so many different types of recipes and the colours are so vibrant.   These mason jar salads keep for up to 5 days in the fridge.  I think the best thing about these jars, is that they lock in freshness.  You can make a weeks worth of lunches in one hit!  Here are a few recipes which I cant wait to try.   I have already ordered my new batch of mason jars.  If you have already known about the mason jars for some time and have some good recipes you like, please share them with me.  Also BOOO YOU for not telling me sooner  😉



I am thinking I will need another week to master the beverage challenge from last weeks Double Whammy Post.  Wish me luck!! Hopefully next weeks weight check in will be a good one.

Ciao for now

A xo



Finally a lil Scrapbooking!!

Good morning!!

Finally I have got round to doing something creative.

Step 1: Photo Selection

I have been looking over the photos of this year and thought about the kind of album I want to create.  So I have decided to start by scrapbooking all of my major events this year so far.  It will be the 2015 event scrapbook.  I will think of a better title later.

So the first major thing that happened this year, was the church 2015 YSA (Young Single Adult) National Convention, which this year was held in Perth.  One thing you have to understand about me, is I am not at all a ‘go out’ kind of person…especially with large groups of people I dont know.  I dont feel comfortable because of my weight issue so I tend to stay at home or just stay in a close knit group of friends.  Dont get me wrong,  I would love to go out, be social and be 100% comfortable with myself.  But I’m not.  Which is one of the reasons I have started losing weight.

Convention was full of fun things to do, we had the silent disco, the trip to Rottnest, the waterslide day, the ball, and a bunch of other things, and while I attended most of these events, I didnt take many photos or involve myself too much.    So the pics I have chosen are pretty simple and in my opinion capture the essence of my experience at the convention.

Step 2: Layout.

I simply Googled a layout I wanted to use.  There are so many!!  I wanted a simple layout to hold 3 photos and leave enough room for embellishments and a bit of decorating.


Step 3: Materials

I have developed a bit of a fettish for acrylic stamps.  I love them. They are easy to use and you can store them easily in a file.  So of course I had to include them somehow.  I have also purchased a gold mist spray.  which I thought would look nice against a sky blue background.  A fine Messy Marker for the photo captions.  A few flower embellishments, a butterfly I cut out of some wrapping paper, Black Staz-On ink pad, sky blue 12×12 paper, acrylic block, star formation rhinestone, foam smiley sticker, green rhinestone, and double sided craft tape.


Step 4: Putting it all Together

First I spritzed the paper with the gold mist.  I thought it would be a finer mist than what it appeared to be… and for future note, try spritzing it on something other than your only page of blue paper for your first try.


You cant tell in the picture, but the gold was really quite shiny.  Next I layered the photos and paper and embellishments on the blue page.   I didn’t glue anything down until I was 100% happy with it.  Once I was happy, I glued it all down and added the title.  I cannot stress to you enough how important it is to invest in some alphabetical stamps.


Step 5: captioning Photos

I captioned the photos with the peoples names.  As time goes by names might be forgotten so I think its a great idea to put as many details in as you can.

Voila! The finished product.  Tell me what you think. This is probably the simplest form of scrapbooking I have seen but it still makes me smile as I look at it and remember the people I met and the fun times I had.


I love trying new techniques.  The technique I tried using today was using the ink spray to make the background more interesting.  I definitely need to find out if the problem was me or a dodgy spray head.  More practising required me thinks.

If you love scrapbooking and have any thoughts for improvement or a new technique I should try, please let me know.

Well finally a scrapbooking page!!!

On Monday I will update you on my progress with clean eating and fitness.  Busting out the aqua-aerobics this week.

Ciao for now

A xo

A Double Whammy Blog Post

Sooooooo I have to apologise for going AWOL this Thursday.  But I will definitely absolutely do the scrapbooking segment this week.

I do have some very good news.  I can say that this fortnight I have lost 2.2Kgs.  This means that I have lost a total of 3.7Kgs.  Whaaat??


It seems small to me, but any loss is good.  I cant see it yet, but I feel a lot better about myself knowing that I am eating healthier, and moving a lot more.  Also, my dress had a little bit more room this morning. WIN!!  I am so excited to lose enough weight that it becomes really noticeable.


On the weekend I actually bought a couple of T-Shirts with inspirational weightloss phrases.  I also bought a pair of expensive sneakers.  I think if I am financially invested in this, I will be more motivated to continue.  I NEVER thought I would be one to buy these kinds of T-Shirts…EVER!

The best thing that happened over the weekend, my lil sis asked me to go over to her place and help her organise her pantry to become more ‘clean eating’ friendly.  Its like people are coming to me for advice on how to eat better.  3 Months ago, people came to me for advice on which Krispy Kreme I would recommend (Original glazed and Kookies ‘n’ Kreme).


I find that when my family want to incorporate ‘clean eating’ into the weekly meal plans, I don’t have to ask things like ‘what did you use in the sauce?’.  At my sisters place for dinner on the weekend, she served pineapple and orange infused water.  LOVE THAT!!!  I was super impressed with the effort she put in to the super healthy meal that night.

I am getting a lot of support from friends and family, positive comments, encouragement, a new recipe,  helpful hints.  A shout out to Ash for introducing me to the Skinny Fork website.  The recipes are sooo good.  I am looking forward to trying the spaghetti recipe I found.

While making some great choices this week,  I haven’t been without my moments of weakness.  I have been quite naughty throughout the fortnight…a whopper at Hungry Jacks (sooo good!!!), salami in my sandwich, miss a day of exercise, and one night I ate after 8pm! *gasp!*  I just have to get back on the horse and keep going.   If you move your body more in a workout session or 20 minutes on the treadmill, its easy to recover from little mistakes that you will make.


Some things I have learnt:

  • Rolled oats boost metabolism
  • White bread slows it down, as does pasta, rice, and potatos… DAMMIT
  • Diet coke lowers metabolism for up to 5 hours!!! D-:
  • You use more calories chewing celery and carrots than what you consume. 😀
  • Always eat breakfast to kick start your metabolism
  • Always choose wholegrain wherever possible, these foods are slower to digest meaning they don’t slow metabolism.
  • Don’t under eat.  The body goes into starvation mode and holds on to as much as it can.
  • ‘Little Pickers wear big knickers’… FALSE…smaller, nutritious meals throughout the day helps to maintain your metabolic rate.
  • I am obsessed with boosting my metabolism

One of the best ways to boost metabolism is to eat healthy unprocessed foods (clean eating).   I found 14 steps to help me achieve this.  The first step I learnt this week was to incorporate 2 fruits/2 veg into each meal.  I can confidently say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.  A lot easier than expected

My new challenge this week is:

Week 2: “Real” beverages! Beverages will be limited to water, coffee, tea, kombucha, almond, rice or coconut milks, and ACTUAL fruit or vegetable juice. This means fruit juices containing only fruits and water. No sugars or artificial sweeteners, concentrates, preservatives etc. I know this might seem tough at first but stick to it and it will make a big difference. For coffee, try and limit to one cup a day.”

I dont actually drink coffee so no problems there, and I have no idea what Kombucha is.  I guess I should probably Google it.   This will be a bit of challenge for me as I really really love my Milos.  Maybe I will substitute Coffee for Milo in the above text.  See how I go.

So that will be the end for the weightloss segment of this blog.  Of course if you have any good tips or recipes be sure to send them my way.  The best thing about this blog is it helps to keep me motivated, and I have an opportunity to share what I learn…who knows, maybe I can inspire someone to make a change.  Wouldn’t that be something?!



Ciao for now

A xo

Celebrate with Clean Eating

Good Morning!!

Would you believe, just as I start changing the way I eat, a Hungry Jacks fast food restaurant opens up at the end of my street?!!!!  Like seriously?!!!!!!


I feel like a whopper.  But strangely, I don’t feel like fries or my diet coke. I just feel like a whopper.  I am meant to be having smaller portions…so how about a Junior Whopper?  What I hate about dieting the most, is depriving myself of things I really want to have, which is why I refuse to do it.  My family are having Hungry Jacks for dinner tonight, just because we can…am I going to say no? HELL NO!!  I dont want to be one of those people who scrutinise the menu for something that fits in with their rigid diet.  Im having a whopper for dinner tonight!!!  I feel that as long as I dont make this a regular occurance, its definitely OK to have a little indulgence…and a little extra time on the treadmill.

Changing the subject…

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all the dads out there for yesterday!!

Our family had a fantastic dinner to celebrate Father’s Day.  It gave me an awesome opportunity to incorporate some of the new recipes I have found on Audrey Johns Blog.   One of the recipes was a Strawberry Spinach Salad.  It also had a great strawberry and orange vinaigrette to go with it.  If you look at the salad, you will see I used shredded chicken.  It was optional but we had it in the fridge so why not?  I thought Strawberry and chicken was a little funny, but I really enjoyed it and the salad was totally demolished by the end of the meal. Two thumbs up from me.  I didn’t use any cheese as the recipe suggests, but it worked pretty well without it.  Another plus to this dish, it was super easy to prepare.

Contained: Spinach, strawberries, shredded chicken, walnuts.
Contained: Spinach, strawberries, shredded chicken, walnuts.

The other dish I made was a major hit with the family.  Skinny and Tasty Spinach Cheese Dip.  I had seen this done before and it tasted amazing.  So I was a little apprehensive about the ‘skinny’ part.  In my experience, low fat anything never tasted as good as the real deal…NEVER.   I would avoid the phrase ‘low fat’ like the plague.  Take low fat skim milk for example…YUK!!! To me it tastes like milk flavoured water *shivers*.  There is just no comparison.  This  recipe has a different flavour, but it leaves you feeling just as satisfied.   The Sourdough Cobb was a great dipping bread and the crust held the bread bowl together for the whole night.

Contained: Baby Spinach, Greek yoghurt, almond milk, cheddar and parmesan cheese, wholmeal plain flour, and garlic.

As I have been adhering to my new self-created rules, I have been finding that it is becoming increasingly easier to make good choices.  😀  A new habit or way of eating I want to establish for myself and my family is to cut out processed foods as much as I can.  Reading up about it, I have found 14 steps that will help with the process.

Week 1:  Eat two fruits and/or vegetables per meal. By eating a minimum of two different fruits or vegetables (preferably organic) with every breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you will get your fruit and veggie intake up enough to begin hitting the daily recommended minimums. This will already start making you feel better.”

I find that I am already mostly doing this.  I think one more week to really master it will be the best thing for me and that way I can really help to integrate it into the family meal plans.

Its funny, I have family and friends who are making great choices in health and fitness and with their families, and I see inspirational quotes and amazing recipes from them all the time.  I used to gloss over it all and wish for a healthier me, but never actually getting serious about changing.  The motivation was sooooooo hard.  I never thought I’d be one to admit this out loud, but I have a dinkum fear of failure.  I guess that is what stops me from accomplishing a lot of things.

Doing this, and having friends and family encourage me to be better, is an amazing boost in the confidence I have in myself.  Not to mention seeing my results on the scales.

So this Thursday will see the return of my scrapbooking segment as I now have received my new items.

Have a good week and MAKE GOOD CHOICES!!  I will be!!

A xo

I will never DIET again!!!

Recently I have been thinking about the stuff I stick in my gob.  I love food, I’m not fussy and I have a real problem with deprivation.  I dont want to go to a friends birthday party and not be able to eat the cake.  That mega sucks!!


If I feel like I cant keep off chocolate or carbs or sugar etc, then whatever diet Im on, is doomed to fail.  I have tried all the diets before, you name it, Ive tried it.  Some of them worked great! I lost a bunch of weight and then when I felt good, I would come off my diet and eventually gain it all back…plus interest!!!!!  And that is my life story as far as dieting goes.


This is why I am sooooo totally against Dieting and instead making a Healthy Lifestyle Change.  So this week I am looking at moving my body more and finding at least 15 minutes a day where I do some sort of constant physical exercise.  It’s been hit and miss a bit this week.  But I did manage to get in about 2 hours yesterday as I was out in the city.  Im hoping that counts for something.

Recently while looking for ideas for my next challenge, I found a blog by Audrey Johns.   She is amaaaaazing!!!  Her blog…now pay attention…Lose Weight By Eating…HOLD THE PRESS, WE HAVE A NEW HEADLINE!!!!!!  Do I dare hope? or dream?   Indeed I do!!!

This is her motto


What have I just been talking about?!!!! NO DIET!!!!!!!!

Instead of limiting yourself to things…you should change what you eat…permanently.  She is talking about cutting out as much processed food as you can, aka Clean Eating.  There is so much trash in food these days.  Now I bow my head in shame because I have been told this by pretty much everyone…diet coke….is not really DIET.  Sure it has zero sugar, but it does contain other things.   A shout out to Roxy, who would tell me this every day at work if I came to the lunch room with a can or bottle of Diet Coke.   I am proud to say I am 5 days without Diet Coke…I pray that I will never feel tempted again.


My next challenge is pretty clear to me, and it comes with a 14 week step by step guide…woah now, no spoilers or I will have nothing to blog about next week. 😛  In the meantime I am trying hard to find my 15 mins a day, and drinking as much water as I can.  I am still trying to decide upon a juice infuser water bottle.  Audrey Johns swears by infused water, another reason I love reading her blog.  You should see all her recipes!!

This one is called the Apple Cinnamon Water Recipe…SOOO GOOOD.

She also says (and this is the best part) that if you decide to make a change, and eat healthy you need to find healthy eating lifestyle that works for you.

 Audrey shared her experiences “One of the things recommended to remove from my diet was coffee. Well, I LOVE coffee, I am a mother of a toddler… hello! By day 4 I decided to rebel against the plan and have one cup per day, and I am happy to say following the plan from then on was a cinch. Why was it easier to follow the plan? Because I modified it to meet my individual needs.


Anyways I thought I would share with you this amazing blog.  Im so happy I found it.

Enjoy the rest of your week.   Stay tuned for Monday!

A xo

SUCCESS at week 2!!!

Congratulations to me!!!!!!!

Fellow blog lovers!!!!!! I have lost 1.52 Kilos!!!!!!  I know its not much, but by small and simple things are great things brought to pass!!! 😉 Time for an inspirational meme!!!!


So Yes, I did actually take down my weight before I started.  I wont tell you what it is, cos its a secret.  However I will tell you That I am going to try sooooo hard to lose 30 Kilos (66 Pounds).  But one thing I have learnt with goal setting, and especially in reference to weight loss, is to have small short term goals.  My first goal is to lose 5Kgs (11 Pounds).  I have 3.48 Kgs to go!!!

I have found it immensley difficult just to try and change a few habits.  Especially the ‘no eating after 8pm’ rule.  That has been the biggest challenge EVER!  Of course I have worked out a few small tricks to help me get through it.  These tricks are written in my earlier post In Other News.

So to start off my week, I will need a new challenge.  To begin, I think I will start with some form of exercise.   AAAARRGGHH the E word!!!!!   Wash your mouth out with chocolate!!!  Would be my normal reply.


But this week, I will be taking on an aquaerobics class.  Just once a week at this stage, as I am working, it is difficult for my schedule to work in with theirs.

Why am I choosing aquaerobics? Trust me its not just for old ladies.  Tho it is quite beneficial for them.  But I chose it because while I am bigger, the water hides my belly and the jelly when I move.  So I can move as much as I can and not feel too self-conscious. Aquaerobics can also be done by all fitness types, so until I can get my fitness level up.  I’ll be doing the best I can in the water.

Its hard work for a person such as myself to start doing physical exercise.  The extent of my movement is walking from the train station to work and back again.  That’s it.  Also, I dont run.  I just dont.  EVER!!! I am a pretty big person and parts of me, do not want to run.  If ever I do run, I feel a lot like Pheobe from FRIENDS…just bigger

So I am seeing some limitations.   Despite this, I can walk, and I can cycle and I can lift and Im thinking I may not actually need to run.  So my new goal for this week will be to find at least 15 mins a day of some sort of activity…shopping counts!!! online shopping does NOT.


So this week will see me dust off the cobwebs off the treadmill and hopefully I can get it started. It would be good to do it first thing in the morning.  But 15 minutes of extra sleep?  Its for the greater good!!!

Well that’s it for now.  Wish me luck as I attempt to start waking up earlier  for a 15 minute walk on the treadmill.   I will blog again probably Friday as I will HOPEFULLY have my scrapbooking supplies this week.  SOOOOO excited to FINALLY begin!!!  …If not…then at least I can tell you of my further progress this week.

Ciao for now

A xo


In Other News…

To all my loyal blog followers!!!!  Good Morning!!!

It seems that I have not been able to do a scrapbook segment this week as some of my core materials that Ive ordered in haven’t arrived yet.  NOOOO I have ordered an album, a couple of good adhesives, and some amazing scrapbook paper.  I ordered them from a great online scrapbooking store.  The sales are amazing!!  I cant wait to really organise my space and get into it.


So instead of a scrapbooking segment this week, I will do a general update on my new weightloss rule:

No eating after 8pm

Of course this rule was a disaster at first.   I would look at the clock, then look at the fridge, then look at the clock… and open the fridge.  I would convince myself that my tummy was rumbling.  It really wasn’t as it was still full from dinner but whatever.  I would still nosh nosh nosh on anything that looked small enough to sneak away, and filling enough to last a couple of episodes.   My favourites were a bag of Doritos,  a block of Cadbury, and a diet coke.   OK seriously…how bad is that??? SOOOOO BAD!!!!!!  I would like to clarify at this point that would go through a block of chocolate and large bag of Doritos a week, not every night so those of you who are staring at your screen in complete and utter horror…it was never as bad as that.  snakediet

But then I found that chewing sugar-free gum before bed really helps to stem the cravings.  Hopefully I will be able to get to a point where I wont even need that.  Also having a mug of hot tea is really good too.  So far this has been the biggest hurdle yet.

Eating straight before bed used to be a nightly ritual.  It was an absolutely terrible habit that I loved.  Now I think of all that nasty stuff just sitting inside me all night.  Its almost enough to make me gag.  I beg of you, if you have this habit, please stop.  Chew gum, drink tea, just don’t raid the fridge!!  It is still a nightly struggle for me but hopefully over the weekend I can make it this stick without too much fuss.


So lets recap the changes I have been making

  1. Drink Water! – This has become habit now.  I find I have absolutely no dramas in drinking water anymore.  I used to avoid it like the plague.  Now we drink juice infused water, hot peppermint tea…and if I have to drink plain water…I do it with a great swirly straw which makes it fun.
  2. Small Bowls – I used to eat out of this great big green bowl…it truly is massive. With big deep sides I could pile up my food to my hearts content.  Now I have a glass bowl which is dramatically smaller in size.  Even If I pile my food, it is still a lot smaller than what I was eating before.

Next week I think I will start adding in some exercises and then I will start weighing in.  Any ideas on the best way to do this? I was thinking every fortnight? Reader participation is a great way to help motivate and I hope you have some great ideas for me.

Ok readers that is all for now.  But as I work out this new blogging hobby of mine, I will find a scrapbooking schedule that will suit me.  For now tho, I will play it by ear and I hope you will all bear with me.

Week 2 weightloss, with a Sidenote

Well well…what can I say?  What a weekend!!!  My lil sis was married and the wedding was absolutely beautiful.  The Bride was stunning and the Groom looked so happy as he watched his bride walk down the aisle. Sorry guys, no photos!!  As specifically requested by the bride…at least not until she can pick the ones she likes.  Fortunately for you, I can post a pic of me…the Maid of Honour.  I will post again about the wedding sometime soon when I have more photos.


In the meantime, lets talk weight loss.

(In my best TV voice)  Previously on Bubble-O-Manda…

I decided to use smaller bowls and drink more water.

It turns out I dont much like the taste of water.  It feels boring and bland.  Here are some tips I’ve found to enjoy drinking water a lot more.

  1. Water bottle Juice Infuser:  Infusing your drinking water with fruit flavour is the best way I’ve found to enjoy water, just adds a lil something special.
  2. Herbal Tea:  Pretty much the same concept as the juice infuser.  My favourite tea to drink is Peppermint.  I love that minty freshness.
  3. Use a straw:  I LOVE STRAWS!!!!  find the funkiest straw you can find. This tip helped me a lot over the past week.


The smaller bowls are great to use.  Constantly filling up smaller bowls makes me feel like I am not skimping out. The fact is that I actually am eating healthier portions.

Moving on…

As I reviewed some of the photos taken of me at the wedding, I couldn’t help but notice big upper arms, and absolutely NO jawline!! So there I am, sticking out my neck as far as it will go, in the hope that I will at the very least, create a shadow under my chin.


Well if that doesn’t work, then I hope the photographer will take some creative license with Photoshop.

It truly does suck worrying about the photos people are taking, especially when you are begging them to take the photo ‘from above’.   Heaven help me if they decide to take a full body shot.  Just kill me.

So I have gone into this week with renewed invigoration, a large 1.5L bottle of water, a set of small bowls and a brand new rule.   No snacking after Dinner…In fact no eating after 8:00pm.

This last week I have noted this one habit I do constantly.  At the end of the day, I like to hop into bed, watch a couple of episodes…and snack.  My mums voice pops into my head “little pickers wear big knickers”.  Chips, chocolate, you name it, I’d munch on it.


I’ll see how I go this week. I’ll be removing all temptation: no more trips to Coles after work, no more ‘secret snack drawer’ …and absolutely no midnight trips to the fridge.   I used to think that the whole reason for having a light in the fridge was for midnight snackage…why else would it be there?

Turns out, it’s for when I get old and cant see anymore.

I will definitely be posting next week with this weeks results.

A xo



Scrap it Beginnings

Oh my goodness, it seemed I got a bit busy on Wednesday with appointments… but better late than never.

Well my main goal in taking up Scrapbooking is to record for myself and my family, all our precious memories.  Having said that I’ve been looking at some pretty amazing pages that people have created and they are simply stunning…and I can feel pretty overwhelmed when I see them…will I ever be that good??…and not to mention all the different techniques you can use and even the equipment!! Good golly!!! Some of this stuff can be soooo super expensive.  Fortunately I have seen some absolutely amazing pages that haven’t used a lot of these techniques and are just as effective.

I’m sure with trial and error and a hell of a lot of practise, I will be able to create something that others can marvel at.

About 5 years ago, I started scrapbooking…and I loved it.  Unfortunately life got in the way and before I knew it, my album was collecting dust on the shelf.  Here are a couple of pages I did back then.  So they are pretty simple pages, but they mean a lot to me.

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Recently I found a blog called A Beautiful Mess.  These sisters are amazing at a lot of DIY projects aaaaand…SCRAPBOOKING!!!  They do a segment called ‘Scrapbooking Sunday’  Which is a new handy hint each week, or a post from them or a fan with what they have created.  It is very inspiring to go through all of their ideas.  They assure me that you do not actually need a ton of stuff, to create really memorable pages.   They seem to go along the lines of ‘less is more’, which is perfect for a beginner like me.

How scrapbookers see progress. ('I've been scrapbooking for ten years and I've got two pages done already!' 'Wow, you're fast!')

For now tho, I would like to go back to the basics.  Basic tools and materials needed to make a simple yet really meaningful page to display family photos.

So first up:

  • Scrapbooking Albums – these come in all sorts of colours and sizes.  I tend to enjoy using the big 12″x 12″.  Extra pages and arty crafty things are really easy to find for this size of Album.   I think until I become a bit better at this, I will stick to the original.

album sizes

  • Paper – Of course you need paper! This is probably the easiest thing to buy.  It can be found at craft stores, newsagencies, general stores.  The online stores are worth a visit as well.  The range is unbelievable!! There are sooo many different types.  I could spend literally hours in a craft store looking and marvelling at  it all.   I have learnt that I need to buy papers that are acid and lignin free, I have learnt that this is to prevent the photos from deteriorating…actually scrap that…anything you buy, be it adhesives, paper, embellishments…all need to be acid and lignin free.


  • A good pair of scissors and a good adhesive – Good scissors are a must.  A glue stick or glue dots or foam squares.  Foam Squares are good as they lift the photo off the page slightly for a more dimensional effect.   Again, any adhesive must be acid free.


  • Journalling Pen – Journalling with your scrapbook pages is the best way to tell your viewer the story on the page. A really cool effect that I have seen, is writing on top of photos.  This is especially cool with photos where this is a lot of sky or darkness or big areas of a colour.  I cant wait to try it out.  So I’ve been looking at pens that would do the job.  The first one is the UNI Ball Signo Impact White – This is for white ink on dark photos, or paper.   And the second one that I will try is the black Zig Photo Signature Pen.  For dark ink on light areas of colour.

Well that pretty much sums up the basics of tools you need to scrapbook.   I cant wait to get started.   Im still working on setting up a space to do it,  I still need a decent chair.  One of the things I would really like to try is going to a scrapbooking meet up.  There is a store locally that do it from 6pm-12am.  And people can go and do scrapbooking all night! They even give you access to machinery and the store, so you can literally do just about anything!  Mum said she would give it a try with me, after the wedding of course.  When all the crazy is over.  Speaking of, the wedding is this Saturday, stay tuned for photos!!!!!