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Friday, May 13, 2016

Recent Things: Mermaids, Unicorns and Blogger Swaps

It's Fri-YAY! And I potentially jinxed myself last week by declaring not-cray-May because this week has been more cray than not. 

Nevertheless, I have lotttttttttttsssssss to share with you this week so lets jump into it!

Here's what's been happening recently >> 

Autumn Flowers in our Garden

Recent Focus: I've been trying to focus on the positives even more than normal this week. 

Things like, 
It may be cold - but at least I can wear onesies and beanies and sweaters and all the warm clothes. 
It may have rained a lot - but at least we have pretty flowers in the garden. 
I may be running around like a headless chook - but at least I'm blessed with work!
Jesse may have to go away for work - but at least I get to eat all the things he doesn't like :P 

Blogger Swap iHerb Package

Recent Joy: The lovely Emily organised a blogger swap recently and I was lucky enough to be paired with Megan!

Even though Australia and New Zealand are super close, the shipping prices are ridiculous and thus we decided to spoil each other with iHerb packages instead! Megan's package for me arrived a week or so ago but I anxiously awaited the arrival of her packages before I opened mine. Hers arrived yesterday and I opened mine to find a whole lot of goodness! Inside the box was The Tea Room Midnight Mocha Chocolate Fusion (which is actually gluten free - iHerb just have their info wrong!), Alter Eco's Dark Quinoa Chocolate, PB&Co's Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter and a Sierra Bees Lipgloss Variety Pack which funnily enough, I sent Megan too as it's one of my favourite products!

We chose iHerb because they ship worldwide with really affordable shipping prices - and they have a huge range of products. If you find something you fancy, be sure to use the coupon code OTO868 and you'll get $5 off your first order! < That is an affiliate code but it doesn't cost you anything and just means I get a couple of cents to put towards my peanut flour addiction so I can make more recipes for you ;) 

Blogger Swap Package

And if one blogger swap wasn't enough, TNT chose to celebrate their 70th birthday by pairing Australian and UK bloggers for a #PlatinumPenPals blogger swap! I was paired with the lovely Ashleigh from Quintessentially Me who put together this lovely package for me with a NEOM Organics Candle, Whittard English Breakfast Tea, Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Cream and a Butter Nail Polish. 

For Ashleigh, I sent off a package filled with lots of gorgeous marble and copper homewares as well as some chocolate and different bits and pieces I thought she might like! TNT are super speedy and our packages were flown across the world in just a matter of days!

Ham and Cheese Healthy Millet Egg Bake Recipe

Recent Lunches: This week I've been feeling the chill, however, luckily past Kristy thought to make a huge batch of Healthy Millet Egg Bakes to store in the freezer and I've been having them for lunch all week! So warm and filling and so so delicious! 

Real Girl Fashion Inspiration - Pink Maxi Skirt, Black Top, Cream Cardigan, Sparkly Flats and Statement Necklace

Recent Outfits: I only posted one outfit this week, however, since it involved a whole lot of pink I think it makes up for the lack of other outfits :P 

Just a super simple church outfit with a bright pink maxi skirt, black blouse, cream cardigan, sparkly flats and a statement necklace. 

Mermaid Blanket
Mermaid Blanket Cheap

Recent NEED: This mermaid tail blanket. Do I even need an explanation?! 

Unicorn Socks from Kmart Australia

Recent Fave: My unicorn socks. These ones are from Kmart Australia and it's safe to say they're my favourite socks. Best of all? They come in a three pack with rainbow socks too :P Anddddddddd I think they're all of $3. 

VS Ultimate Goddess Straightener

Recent Must Have: My Goddess Ultimate Straightener. I'm not usually a straightener girl as I feel like it leaves my hair dry and bleh, however, the steam function on this straightener not only protects your hair - but leaves it incredibly shiny and fabulous. 

EXACTLY what I need when the weather has turned my hair into a frizzy mess.

Healthy Single Serve Apple Crisp Recipe

Recent Deliciousness: Our Healthy Single Serve Apple Crisp Recipe. Since it's grain free, gluten free, sugar free and possibly even paleo, this is one dessert recipe just about everyone can enjoy! 

Even better? It's seriously delicious and SO easy to make!

Southern In Law Reader Favourite Recipes Southern In Law Reader Favourite Recipes

Recent Reader Faves: I always love hearing what you guys think of our recipes - and I especially love seeing your photos! Here's just two photos I received this week from Dee & Kelsey! Dee made our Nomato Sauce Recipe whilst Kelsey whipped up my Healthy Banana Protein Baked Oatmeal Recipe!

Weekly Meal Inspiration - Healthy Gluten Free Meal Plan

Recent Dinners: On Friday night we were babysitting again so we needed something quick and easy for dinner. What did we have for dinner? Our go-to quick and easy dinner; our Healthy Cheesy Tuna Pasta Bake Recipe (and I'll be having it for dinner tonight again as we're helping out with Ignite and need to be there early early!)

On Saturday Night, our Healthy Chicken and Ricotta Lasagna Recipe was back on the menu! I told Jesse we couldn't have them for a while because our Instagram feed pretty much needed a name change to @lasagnapics as we were eating it so often - but it's so good I can't really blame Jesse for asking for it all the time. 

On Sunday Night we were colllllllddddddd and needed something warm and delicious - so our Healthy Chicken Parmesan Rice Bake Recipe was a no-brainer! Made with my Nomato Sauce Recipe, of course!

Weekly Meal Inspiration - Healthy Gluten Free Meal Plan

On Monday Night Jesse was working interstate and I got to play the single lady role! Whenever Jesse's away, I eat whatever he doesn't like, so I made up a warm potato salad with cannellini beans, feta, beets and lots of good stuff. I definitely need to share the recipe for that sometime as it was amaaazing! 

On Tuesday Night it was, of course, TACO TUESDAY. Jesse had tacos as per usual whilst I switched things up with enchiladas! Basically all our taco fillings rolled inside corn tortillas and then smothered with my Nomato Sauce Recipe and cheese before baking in the oven!

Weekly Meal Inspiration - Healthy Gluten Free Meal Plan

On Wednesday Night I wanted to use up a big ol' pumpkin I'd bought at the farmers market - and so our Healthy Roasted Pumpkin and Feta Quinoa Bowls Recipe was a natural choice! Loaded up with avocado, chicken and lots of fresh herbs too!

Last night I felt like fish and so our Healthy Cheesy Baked Fish Recipe was on the menu! Served up with roasted potatoes and steamed veggies. 

But tell me, how has your week been?
What's one item on your wishlist right now (even if it's not something you'll ever buy - what do you WISH you had?) 
And what have you been eating for lunch lately?


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