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Sunday, 29 January 2012

A healthy start...

2011 for me brought some answers but also some hard times as far as my health and diet are concerned. I was initially diagnosed with Coeliac's disease and a lactose intolerance, which for a foodie like me was a huge upset to my daily food intake! Then just before Christmas I also was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid, not the worst thing in the world, but not the best either!
But now on daily medication and with an under-active metabolism, maintaining or losing weight has been near impossible and the cravings for gluten products still haunt me! So that brings me to my new healthy start.

So this morning I started and the first week for me is a simple clean out...back to basics fresh veggies either raw or steamed, water and green tea.  Then continuing on with the support and resources of the beautiful Rhian at Lose Baby Weight! Super excited.

As for exercise I am trying out some different options to keep it interesting; bootcamp once a week, hot yoga once a week and then some swimming.

So I will keep you updated on my progress and recipes along the way.

Wish me luck!!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Easy yummy lunchbox idea

I recently found out that I am a coeliac and also lactose intolerant, so I am always in the kitchen making new recipes work for me...and this is my latest! I thought I would share it with you all because it is super easy, quick, healthy but still super yummy, so great for the LUNCHBOX! Oh yeah and gluten and lactose free!! Heidi loves them.

Good luck to all the first time school starters tomorrow...and their parents! :( A few tears, I'm sure!

Sweet Date Muffins

  • 100g pitted chopped dates
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup golden syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 1 cup Food for Health, gluten free muesli

  • Place orange juice and dates into a small saucepan and bring to the boil, covered. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 mins.
  • Place dates to a bowl and stir in golden syrup, eggs and oil until combined.
  • Then add flour and muesli 
  • Use lightly-greased muffin tin at 180°C for 25 minutes. 

Very hot so let cool!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Super Proud!

Today we started our 24hr auction to help raise money and awareness for the cause that took beautiful little Stella way before her time. And WOW!! People are bidding and bidding great amounts. Since I started the process of donating to Stella and her family to today's auction I have been overwhelmed with emails, comments, donations, gifts and everything in-bewteen. AMAZING! I am completely blown away with the generosity and effort of so many people so quickly. 

So this is a MASSIVE thank you to all involved from both myself and Stella's mother Chelsea. We are so very pleased you could help to make Stella's memory live on not only for her family but in the hearts of so many others. Now having watched Chelsea's story, I will never take mine or my children's health for granted. 

On a personal note my eldest daughter Claudia who is 3 and 1/2 years old has been very interested in all the work I have been doing for Stella and every time I have a picture on my screen of Stella, she will ask who is that?  and so I have explained it all to her. Then on our recent trip to Melbourne, in the plane Claudia had the window seat, she turned to my husband and said "mummy I can't see Stella, which cloud is she on?"!!
Then this morning I was getting all the items together for the auction and Claudia asked who's dress I had and I said it is for Stella and she replied "are you sending it to the cloud?" 
Children and family is so precious so please love and enjoy every minute you have with them. xxx

Big love to the Marshall family your strength amazes me. xxx

Chelsea with her beautiful Stella 

Monday, 9 January 2012

Heidi's first birthday

This time last year the raining felt like it would never end and for so so many it caused complete devastation. We where fortunate enough not to be living in a flood affected area and had just arrived home with our newborn baby girl, Heidi.
Within hours of arriving home my beautiful friend Naomi from came and took some amazing pictures

But now a year has passed and we have just celebrated her first birthday with a fun day at the pool (!

& 2012 begins...

For the first time in 23 years (way too long) we ventured to Melbourne for Christmas to spend it with my Nana and Gramps. It was incredibly special for my two girls to spend Christmas with their Great Grandmother otherwise know as "Nana G". 
On boxing day we then headed up to my husband's aunties house in Yarck, Victoria for New Years Eve. What a magical place!
Hills that roll for miles and people that really know what community spirit is all out. For our girls it is a chance to run worries, well apart from the constant worry of bees, snakes or farm vehicles coming and going! But they did have a wonderful time, so wonderful Claudia forgot that she still has a daytime sleep and well lets just say she went into some serious overdrive. Not so pretty! But most of the time she had a smile from ear to ear. 
Bianca xx

Christmas Eve Fairies

Christmas Morning

At the farm in Yarck

Claudia's first motorbike ride

Ruffy Produce Store:

My smoked trout salad 

Butterflies everywhere!

The Dairy Cafe in Alex

My haloumi salad..yumo!

Next door neighbour's pool with a view!!

new years eve at the Yarck Pub,

heading back to melbourne... seriously tired kids!

Our accom was awesome!

Off to sight see at the Fitzory Garden's, Claudia tells me this is where Tinkerrbell lives!!

The Fairy Tree

Cook's Cottage