Tuesday, November 29, 2016

52 Weeks of Gratitude - Week 9

52 WEEKS OF GRATITUDE

WEEK 9 - HOW DID YOU DO AND FEEL?

I'm not really understanding what is being asked in reference to "How did you do and feel" so i'm just going to go with what makes me  feel good......... 
I can't really narrow things down too much because there are a lot of things that I rely on to boost my spirits however I think there is nothing funnier than reading something on social media that is truthful and relates to oneself. Let's go with .......


1. The Everyday Life Of A Mother





2. On Being "The Mother"


3. On being "ME"


4. 1st World Problems

However: If I ever got to park in my garage we may not have this problem :)
And one last one for good luck - 

5. On Adulthood


There is nothing like your "truth" smacking you in the face, the best thing about it is that you can have a good laugh at the way you are, the way you act and what life throws at you.

Sunshine, Happiness and Love Always

Bee Bee xx

Friday, November 4, 2016

52 Weeks of Gratitude - Week 8

52 WEEKS OF GRATITUDE

WEEK 8 - EXPRESS GRATITUDE TO 3 PPL

There are lots of people that I have come across in my life that I could express gratitude towards but if we are referring to the here then it would have to be my husband - he has so much love and patience and really doesn't deserve to put up with me well ..... being 'this' person that I have been for a while now, Partner's sometimes really do put up with a lot of crap don't they? Why do we push away our partners?

I can honestly say that it is the loneliest I have ever felt in my life when it comes to friendships - life is so busy that the quality time to spend with people other than my husband and kids does not exist. I do not feel like the sort of person that anyone would like to just hang out with anyway, I always feel like the "forgotten" friend, the one who holds a friendship on a higher pedestal than the other, the one who never gets invited anywhere and wouldn't see anyone if I didn't organise things. Mate-ship seems to evolve around me, I can't even pick up the phone anymore to talk to anyone with the fear of them not answering because they don't want to talk to me and I take offence when a text gets sent and not replied too even though I know phone companies are sometimes to blame. 

I know things go both ways and possibly it is my fault but i'm exhausted - running a household and working full-time is tough, the only thing I do for myself on a day to day basis is goto the gym (sad I know)but it gives me the energy to keep going and I spend my days off catching up on all the housework and cleaning up, for some reason I get the attack of the guilts if I go anywhere and neglect the house duties that no one else does - is this normal? I never used to be like this and i don't know how things have changed so much - is it just getting older that sucks? 

I don't know - how do you find the perfect balance in life between Family, Work and Life without something getting neglected?

Maybe everyone else is in the same position and feeling exactly the same - who knows

Adulting is so complicated sometimes but I am truly thankful for every single person who has come into my life in some way or another




Wednesday, October 12, 2016

52 Weeks of Gratitude - Week 7

52 WEEKS OF GRATITUDE

WEEK 7 - A FRIEND



2014 - With our teenage selves
I have been lucky enough to have had a friend since 1990 ( Yes, 26 years ), we have had good times, never any bad times, lost contact, found each other again and picked up like we only spoke to each other yesterday. She was my go - to, my fun bag, someone who was just as idiotic as ME. There was never any judgment between us and our friendship is just as good now as it was then.


1990
1991
1992 - At my 16th Birthday Party
1998 - At the Trevi fountain in Italy - love you too Wendy
1999 - Godmother to my first born Lachlan with my brothers and another great friend Susan
2001 - Man we had style
2004
2008
2011
2013 - At our 20yr School reunion with our equally just as gorgeous friend Kayleen who we
have know for nearly just as long


And lucky last - in 2015 I went to visit her after the birth of her 7th child little Leah Michelle




"GOOD FRIENDS ARE LIKE STARS - YOU DON'T ALWAYS SEE THEM BUT YOU KNOW THEY'RE ALWAYS THERE"

Love your guts Kirralea and I am a better person for knowing you 

Bee xx


Monday, August 1, 2016

52 Weeks Of Gratitude - Week 6

52 WEEKS OF GRATITUDE

WEEK 6 - THE CITY YOU LIVE 


Toowoomba  or 'The Garden City' which is what it is commonly known as is a city in the Darling Downs region of Queensland. It is located 125 km west of Brisbane by road. 
The estimated population of Toowoomba as of 2016 is 165,168 and what I find interesting is that I think the population was only 90,000 when we first moved up here in 1999. 
A university and cathedral city, that hosts the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers each September and national championship events for the sports of mountain biking and motocross. 
There are more than 150 public parks and gardens in Toowoomba.
It has developed into a regional centre for business and government services. It is also referred to as the capital of the Darling Downs.
It is the 16th largest city in Australia and the 6th largest in Queensland.
Toowoomba is the most populous inland city in the country after the national capital, Canberra.

Thank you Wikipedia - ha ha

Now what do I think???? Honestly I love Toowoomba, it is the place that my little family started and it will always be my "other" home. I am forever thankful for growing up in Sydney when I did, I would hate for my kids to be growing up there now, great to go an visit but that's about it. My kids get the country life with the city conveniences - as much as they whinge to me cause they live 10km out of town I am hoping one day they will appreciate it.
It seems that a lot of kids who grow up here can't wait to leave and explore the big cities. A lot of people say that they hate Toowoomba but you know what...it doesn't matter where you go if you have a stinky attitude then life will be stinky, it's not the place you live in IT'S YOU

41 things you’d only know if you grew up in Toowoomba - Cosmopolitan 2015

OR as Holly would say "Cosmotopolin".......he he

1. Your parents would advise you to avoid Garden Town's (previously Village Fair) bus stop. Because, questionable characters.

2. Blue light disco's at PCYC were the ONLY thing on your social calendar and you begged your parent's to let you go


3. You'd never go to the cinemas at The Strand, even if they were showing better movies than 'Grandy" because the arm rests don't go up. priorities, people. *Yawn reach*


4. Chalk drive was always a no-go zone, unless you could skate and had a packet of Winnie Blues.


5. You'd complain about all the tourists in town during Easterfest, but you'd go anyway.

6. Brisbane is only a city of two million, but to Toowoomba folk it seems like a huge city of glamour and opportunity. It's basically NYC.

7. It's the second most populous inland city in Australia (second to Canberra), so you aggressively correct anyone who refers to it as a country town.

8. It's Sacrilege if you don't make up a fake name for the "Nitelife" section in the local paper, The Chronicle.

9. You can call it Woombie, T-Bar, or Poo-woomba and the locals know exactly what you're talking about.

10. If you're over the age of 40, you won't drive from one side of the city to the other because it takes too long (approximately 20 minutes).

11. It's Sunday every day on the roads in Toowoomba. Saaaaar sloooooow.

12. It's got the most schools per capita in Australia (probably), but all students are united in their hate for Toowoomba Grammar School.

13. That's Harlaxton, don't go there.

14. Rumours used to be the hottest ticket in town, and before that it was the Powerhouse.

15. City Beach staff thought they were THE SH*T working at a store 300km (approx) from the beach.

16. Everyone goes to the annual Toowoomba Grammar School vs. Downlands rugby union match or else, social suicide.

17. You couldn't wait to turn 18 so you could head to the Weetwood Races (where you were so busy -sOcIaLiSiNg- you wouldn't even see a horse).

18 'The Fed' has arguably the best value pub meal in Australia. $9.90 gets you a huge schnitty and bacon burger, pile of chips and cold schooner *Fist Pump* (Disclaimer: this meal deal may no longer be in existence. And that's heartbreaking).

19. The iconic Picnic Point waterfall lacks flow.

20. You always wanted to roll on the Margaret St mansion's manicured lawn after a night out at Fitzy's, but alas there's a tall fence.

21. On that note, you were BEYOND excited when Fitzy's underwent a serious reno, which included a cool new beer garden. Beer gardens FTW!

22. All the 'cool' girls would take their Country Road tote bag everywhere.

23. As soon as you got your driver's license....Thursday Night Lapping!

24. AND of course a trip through the Margaret Street Macca's Drive-Thru.

25. You'd always ask your parents about the 'pig house' in all it's pink glory

26. Schools are divided into two categories, those who have Canterbury-branded senior jerseys and those who don't. *Collar Pop*

27. The Cube's flashing lights dance floor and cool swinging chairs were the most novel thing. EVER.

28. You've spent an ambitious Sunday morning climbing Table Top Mountain only to reach the top and discover NOTHING.

29. You'd goto 'Tattersalls Hotel' on a Saturday night to relive the 80's, 90's and early 00's. yeeAAAH throwback.

30. And after the Tat's Hotel, "LET"S GO TO TOMBA'S!" (now Agenda Nightclub), where you'd finish the night.

31. You probably experienced serious hay fever during the Carnival of Flowers at least once. But you'd still go 'miring those floats. SOOO pretty.

32. You were always so stoked when bands would actually include T-Bar on their tour and play at the Empire Theatre.

33. You's dread swimming carnivals at Milne Bay because of the questionable water in the kiddie's pool.

34. Making it up the Toowoomba Range (AKA Australia's windiest, steepest road - probably) for the first time was a HUGE achievement. #Lifegoals

35. You remember hearing people say the city at the top of the hill would never flood. And then it did. And it was devastating. Mother Nature, please explain.

36. When Cold Rock opened you finally had a new date night option.

37. Once you're old enough and had proven your maturity, your 'rents would let you dine at Sizzler with your friends. Where you'd be immature and create OTT soft drink concoctions. And disgrace yourself at the buffet, of course. YOLO.

38. On that note, you're thrilled that only ONE Pizza Hut buffet still stands in the country - in Toowoomba.

39. Those westerly winds were absolutely cray cray and really put your winter knits to the test (quite often creating a -16 degree chill factor).

40. Skate City was the ultimate party destination.

41. If you’ve moved away, you’re always pleased to come home, because it really is ~StUnNiNg~

And Just to add to the list.........

42. Toowoomba people seriously "DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE A ROUNDABOUT?"

43. Prior to having a driver's license you would lap Grandy constantly for 6 hours - affectionately known as a Downtown Rat (Thanks Lochie)





I would love to hear if you have anything to add to my list

Bee Bee xx


Friday, July 15, 2016

Thai Green Curry - YIAH Style


Good Afternoon,

Seriously this would have to be the easiest dinner ever for time poor families....

YIAH (Your Inspiration at Home) makes it so easy to make a delicious curry


For this dish I have used the Thai Green Curry Dip Mix - which contains rich, lively Thai flavours and is perfect for chicken and even seafood


3 Simple Ingredients paired with Intense Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Thai Green Curry Dip Mix

I usually dice and then brown my chicken in the pan with the EVOO, then I add the amount of spice I like ( for my family it's usually 2-3 tablespoons), I then add the capsicum diced and let it all cook through - be mindful that the true intensity of the spice flavour will not come out for at least 30 minutes. Just before serving I add the cream and serve on a bed of brown rice - TASTY...........

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

52 Weeks of Gratitude - Week 5

52 WEEKS OF GRATITUDE - WEEK 5

SOMETHING SOMEONE GAVE YOU


In February this year I had the pleasure of turning 40, for those of you who know me well you would know that it was really hard for me to accept this milestone. I had the grandest plans to have a Rocky Horror themed party with a photo booth and the best cake ever invented....BUT....when it came down to the crunch I couldn't bring myself to organise it, depressed and anxious were the feeling's it was bringing, the more I thought about celebrating ME the sicker I felt. To be honest I don't hold myself in very high regards and the reality of spending money on myself made me feel physically sick.
Just to keep everyone happy I ended up just having an "Open House"........



Everyone was invited just to pop in over the weekend, say HI and drink with me in my sorrows. The ones who love me made an effort and the ones who didn't....oh well you missed a good time ..... BUT anyway back on track, let's talk about the best gift ever......

I don't know whether my husband got the guilts for not being able to spend this birthday with me or what...i'm thinking more just because he's an amazing person and has absolutely no filter when it comes to money....yep and because i'm amazing and deserve it  - ha ha.

Drum Roll Please............



HE BOUGHT ME A PHONE BOX 

You may think - why?? but you know what we all have our quirky little obsessions and thats what makes us all individuals.
I'd love to know what your little quirky obsession is - please leave me a comment
But for now........

I'm So Excited
Love you forever Adam Lowe XX
Hopefully being 40 stays this exciting

BBxx



Friday, July 1, 2016

Avocado Chocolate Mousse - YIAH Style


Good Morning.........

Fresh is best they say................

In the case of this recipe you have to eat it there and then or it's not real flash the next day

I was looking in the cupboard one night and going - what the jeepers can I make, then I came across a thought - I had some avocado and I had seen some paleo stuff pop up every now and then on my pintrest about Avocado Chocolate Mousse, I had YIAH Chocolate Powder......I didn't have anything else according to the recipes but I did have Sweetened Condensed Milk and i thought to myself .......Meh, what have I got to loose?? It can only taste like poop.

So I did it.........I mixed avocado, YIAH Chocolate Powder and Sweetened Condensed Milk



One of the other ways I found online to make it afterwards to see if there was anything I could have done different is just as simple: 1 Avocado, 1 tbsp Cacao, 2 tbsp Maple Syrup - you can substitute any of the YIAH chocolate powders for cacao if you wanted a bit of a different flavour.


After it was made I used the Rose White Chocolate and Pistachio and sprinkled it on the cream that I placed a dollop of on top of the mousse, Serve it up in a wine glass just to make it look a wee bit fancy..........



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Leave me a comment if you stop by ........ if you have any variations to the recipe I would love to know as well

Thought for the Day -



Till next time 

Bee Bee xx









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