Friday, March 27, 2015

Herby tomato pasta salad with mustard vinaigrette

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today, after a night of broken sleep and stressed out nightmares. Kye wandered into my room at dawn after having a bad dream too, so it must have been something in the air? Who knows, maybe we just needed to pee or take off some layers of blankets though aye... 
After dropping the kids at school, I decided rather than coming home and working like a mad woman until 3pm, what I really needed to get me out of that funk was some sunshine and fresh air. So for the first time this year (bad I know!), I took to the pavement in a kinda 90% walk, 10% jog or lets be honest, a shuffle. I sprinted up my favourite take-all-your-problems-out-on-it hill, listened to my favourite music on my ipod and came home sweaty and refreshed. 
After showering I put on a skirt I've not worn in years, it's blue and patterned and full of joy. I checked the mailbox and to my surprise, it contained something more than just the usual bills and crap. In a package with no name of the sender (though I knew who it was from instantly), there lay a beautiful hand-written letter, some beeswax covers and a package of chai tea that made my eyes roll back in happiness as I inhaled it's heady scent. It's truly amazing how days can be turned around with a little good intent and love from those you hold dear. Wishing you all a beautiful weekend and week ahead. xx
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spicy tomato + sweetcorn soup recipe

There's been a lot of thoughts going round and round in my head about this online world lately, and while I'm not completely sure I should share them here, it kinda feels dishonest not to. Especially given a few things that have popped up in the media here in Australia recently. The online fakery and desperation that comes out online often has me questioning if this is really a world I want to be part of. Everyday we're bombarded with people trying to be seen, who will do anything to get their name out there/attract more followers/appear more amazing than others. (I mean, what happened to just sharing a Chocolate Brownie recipe, why does it all of a sudden have to be labelled as 'the best chocolate brownie in the world!'?). Really, who cares how many followers you have on Instagram? What does it matter in the big picture of life anyway? I'm super grateful for the followers I have, but attracting them has never been my number 1 goal in life. It seems that everyone's scrambling to be liked, will pay to get followers and are constantly trying to align themselves with big brands who will help to grow their online empire. But I can't help ask the question, why? And in the words of my 6 year old son, what matters? 

How do we live a life of honesty, where the things we do, we do because they feel real, not simply because we want to be seen doing it. Integrity is where it's at for me and it seems I'm not the only one staying up late at night thinking about it all. Here's a couple of great posts that have really spoken to me in the past day or so, here and here. I have a feeling there's probably a few of you out there who will love these as well.

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