Friday, December 19, 2014

Recent Things: S'mores, Puppy Snuggles and Microwave Meringues

Recent Things in the Southern In Law World

Why hello my lovely ones! Can you believe there's just six days til Christmas?! Jesse's brother is here, we're in the final week of our Christmas Calendar, our gingerbread house is bought and waiting for us to put it together and I cannot wait for Christmas Day!

But let me tell you what we've been up to this week; 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DIY: How to Create a Gorgeous Christmas Table

Tips and Ideas for Decorating Your Christmas Table on a Budget - Free Christmas Menu Cards and Place Card Printables

You're nearing the end of your Advent Calendar, the Christmas Tree is up, the lights are on, the Christmas Cookies are baked and gifted and the Christmas Presents are wrapped - now it's time to start thinking about your Christmas Table! 

As a family who love Christmas, the Christmas table is very important and now that Katrina and I are older, each year we spend quite a bit of time thinking up a theme and how we're going to style it. 

This year, keeping with our red, while and silver theme you saw on our tree and presents - we decided to do the same with our Christmas table!

So let me share our tips with you and show you our table! >>

Healthy Living Gift Guide

Kathmandu Yoga Set
One thing that's a must for a me is a great yoga mat - whether I'm using it for yoga or floor work, it's so important to have a thick, sturdy mat as a base for your workout. I am currently obsessed with this yoga set from Kathmandu which comes with a yoga mat, two assistance blocks and a thick, sturdy carry bag which fits everything inside.

How much? Currently $39.99 (RRP $99.98)
Where from? Purchase online or instore at Kathmandu
Striiv Touch Activity Band
I love my Striiv Touch for many reasons - it records my steps, how well I've slept and how long I've slept for (which now has me realising why some days I'm walking around like a bit of a zombie :P) and I even get to have my own little "land" to play with on the Striiv App. You see, as well as motivating you through calculating your steps, the Striiv Touch comes with an exclusive game where each step you walk gives you energy to grow your land. Sounds a little silly - but it's so addictive :P I've also found the Striiv Touch to be much more accurate than other fitness bands.

How much? RRP $149.95 - currently $83.15 at Tech Buy
Where from? Find it online at places like Tech Buy or purchase in-store from Optus

Briggi Lunch Boxes
With all my allergies and love of fresh healthy food, I am constantly packing lunchboxes for both Jesse and I. Nothing beats a great lunchbox and we're currently loving Briggi Lunch Boxes as they're the perfect size, insulated and come in a variety of great designs!

How much? $28 each with free shipping
Where from? Purchase online at Briggi
Words to Sweat By Bracelets and Necklaces
Words to Sweat By have motivational fitness jewelry for every type of fitness fan - from the Wrap Bracelets like the  "No Excuses" Wrap Bracelet and "Run Happy" Wrap Bracelet ($13.99 each) to hilarious fitness inspired kids and baby apparel, infinity scarves, apparel and backpacks  and inspirational necklaces and keychains.

I personally love the Happy Healthy Strong Necklace $22.50 (pictured top right) and Thrive Wrap Bracelet  (pictured bottom right) and you can even customise each item to suit your needs!

How much? Prices vary depending on item
Where from? Purchase online from Words to Sweat By
BitBelt Activity Safety Band
The best thing I ever bought for my Striiv Touch was a BitBelt JR because it's saved me from losing it so many times. Previously I would have my Touch fall off whenever I worked out as I'd accidentally catch the clasp on my side and POP! it would come undone. Now, even if the clasp comes undone, the Striiv Touch can't fall off!

How much? BitBelt JR $5.99 each or 
BitBelt Regular $5.99 each(or you can purchase more for a discounted price)
Where from? Purchase online at BitBelt

Ecococoon Stainless Steel Spoon Straws and Water Bottle
It's so important to keep hydrated any time - but especially during summer. Ecococoon have two awesome products that make staying hydrate a breeze - their Stainless Steel Drink Bottles

How much? The Drink Bottles are $39.95 for a large, $34.95 for a medium and $29.95 for a small and the Straw Spoons are $24.95 for a set of four straws with a bonus cleaner.
Where from? Purchase online at Ecococoon.

3SIXT Edge
The 3SIXT Edge is very similar to the Striiv Touch featured above, however, instead of a touch screen display it has a simple bar design to show you how you are progressing towards your step goal for the day. The band syncs with your iPhone or Android device and has a dedicated app which records your steps, calories burned, distance traveled and sleep time and quality.

How much? $69 at Officeworks
Where from? Purchase it online or in-store at Officeworks

Hollie & Harrie Sombrilla Sunshade
Anyone who loves being outdoors or at the beach also knows that it's important to be sun-safe. There's nothing worse than returning home from a day in the sun looking like a lobster - so this Hollie and Harrie Sombrilla is the perfect way to keep cool this summer.

How much? $198
Where from? Purchase online at Hollie & Harrie

EnviroTrend Totes and Bags
I love reusable totes as they're so much stronger than regular shopping bags - and they look prettier too. Envirotrend have a range of eco friendly bags which are the perfect stocking stuffer idea. The pack and go collection is great for anyone who packs their lunch for school or work whilst the EnviroChill and SAKitToMe ranges are perfect for grocery shopping or picnics.

How much? Prices range depending on item.
Where from? Purchase online at EnviroTrend
Analog Pedometer Watch
This Analog Pedometer Watch is the only one of its kind in the world! The watch uses 3D G-Sensor technology to accurately keep track of your steps walked, kilometres traveled and calories burnt. It also has a seven day memory so you can look at your steps over the week.

How much? $79.95
Where from? Purchase online at ADH Gifts
Scosche RHYTHM+
But if you're more into cardio than walking or running, the Scosche Rythm+ Heart Rate Monitor is probably more suited to you! Connect it to your phone with a fitness app like MapMyRun or DigiFit iCardio to accurately record your heart rate and calories burned.

How much? Currently $129 at JB HiFi
Where from? Purchase it online or in-store at JB HiFi

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SIL Sisters in Christ: LOVE One Another

Well hey, sisters! This week's reading really couldn't have come at a better time. In fact, I am actually glad that I didn't get a chance to post last week as this is so fitting for what has gone on in Sydney this week.

This week, we're looking at John 13 where we learn about what happened on the night before Jesus's crucifixion - but whilst there are so many things that happen in this chapter (which I really encourage you to read through as a whole), there is one command Jesus gives that I want to focus on. 

Love one another.
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