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Places to Eat Whole30 in Melbourne

Whole30 Melbourne

Whole30, as the name suggests, is a diet that’s all about eating whole foods. For 30 days you are only allowed to eat moderate portions of meat, seafood and eggs; lots of veggies; some fruit; natural fats; herbs and spices. The idea behind the challenge is to eliminate foods that could be having a negative impact on your health – such as, sugar, dairy, grains, legumes and alcohol. The rules are pretty strict, and having recently completed the Whole30, I know first hand how difficult it can be to complete. It would have been impossible for me to finish the challenge if I hadn’t done loads of meal-prepping and planning ahead.

One of the hardest parts was trying to find places to eat Whole30 in Melbourne. After doing research, reading restaurant menus and analysing photos of food online, I was able to come up with a list of places in Melbourne that appear to have Whole30 foods. I wasn’t able to try all of these places while I was doing the Whole30 (to be honest I was a little terrified of eating out and accidentally eating the wrong thing) but they all seem to have offerings that you could safely eat. It is always good though to ask your waiter/waitress about how the food is cooked/prepared if you are unsure. Here are places to eat Whole30 in Melbourne:


11 Australian Young Adult Books to Read in 2018

Australian Young Adult Books to read 2018

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to new Australian Young Adult books to read in 2018. This is the third year that I’ve done my OzYA post (see: 2016 & 2017) and every year the list just grows and grows. Not only are we seeing a higher quantity of Australian Young Adult books but we are also seeing greater diversity in the kinds of YA books being published. Yay! Keep reading to see my picks of the Australian Young Adult Books to read in 2018!


10 Things You Must Eat in Japan

Japan Must EatsIf there is one thing you should know before going to Japan it’s that the food is amazing. Make sure you bring your appetite before visiting the Land of the Rising Sun because you are not going to want to miss out on any of the food on offer. I personally found that the standard of food in Japan is much higher than in other places I have traveled. I could confidently walk into any restaurant and know that I was most likely going to have an excellent meal made with fresh ingredients and cooked to perfection.

Since I only spent 10 days in Japan I wasn’t able to eat all the things, but I sure did give it the old college try. There are probably some glaringly obvious things that I missed so leave a comment below and let me know what your Japan must eats are.


16 Perfect Gifts for Riverdale Fans

Riverdale Gifts

It’s no secret that we love the Archie comics inspired teen drama Riverdale. I personally have been counting the days until season 2 airs on October 11. If you, or someone you love, are obsessed with Riverdale as much as we are then you are going to want to check out the following goodies. We’ve scoured the internet for the best gifts for the Riverdale fanatic in your life. These 16 Riverdale inspired gifts are sure to put a smile on the face of all of you “weirdos” out there.


14 Things I Learned About Keegan Allen at Oz Comic Con

Keegan Allen Oz Comic Con


After seven (LONG) years of twists, turns, plot holes and ridiculous storylines, Pretty Little Liars has ended and everyone’s life is now a bit more empty because of it. Luckily, before the post-PLL funk could really set in, Keegan Allen, who plays Toby Cavanaugh, visited the land down under to attend Oz Comic Con 2017 (July 1-2) in Melbourne, Australia. While I wasn’t a huge fan of Tobias while watching PLL, Keegan Allen is such a cool guy and listening to him answer fan questions made me appreciate not only the actor but the character he played. Here are 14 things I learned about Keegan Allen at Oz Comic Con.

*** If you haven’t seen the ending of PLL do not pass go! There are spoilers ahead ***


Shannon Purser at Oz Comic Con!

Shannon Purser Oz Comic Con

Oz Comic Con hit Melbourne, Australia this weekend (July 1-2) and we jumped at the chance to unleash our inner geeks and do some celebrity spotting. Not only were cast members from iZombie in attendance (you can see our posts on iZombie brain food here and here), but the amazingly awesome Shannon Purser was down under for Oz Comic Con. You may know Shannon for her role as Barb on Stranger Things or more recently as Ethel Muggs on Riverdale. We were lucky enough to sit in on her panel and get the inside scoop on everything Riverdale.


The 15 Best Jughead Jones Outfits, Ranked

Jughead Jones Outfits

One of my favourite aspects of The CW’s Riverdale are the fantastic outfits that the cast wear. Each character has their own distinct and enviable style. There is one character above all others that I love seeing dressed-up and dressed-down; Riverdale’s very own weirdo, Jughead Jones. Jughead, played by Cole Sprouse, is usually wearing his trademark grey crown beanie and layered flannels. His “S” t-shirt and hanging suspenders are also part of his signature look. Being a little bit (okay, a lot) in love with Jughead Jones (and let’s be real – Cole Sprouse), I decided to compile a ranking of my favourite outfits that he has worn in season 1. Here are the 15 best Jughead Jones outfits, ranked. Leave a comment below with your favourite Juggie outfits!


10 Rules for a Successful Girls Weekend Getaway

10 rules for girls weekend

Are you organising a girls weekend getaway? Want it to be the most epic girls weekend ever? Here are 10 rules to make sure your girls weekend is the GOAT.*
*These rules are Cactus Pop certified. The Cactus Pop crew recently went on a short trip to the Great Ocean Road, and while it wasn’t without its dramas (one broken car window, mild car-sickness and a plague of spiders in our accommodation) we still managed to have an amazing time.


Silversun (Australian Kids TV Show): Where Are They Now?

Silversun Australian Kids TV Show

Silversun was one of the greatest Australian kids tv shows of the early 2000s. Set in the year 2052, Silversun was a sci-fi children’s show that had aliens, romance, cool gadgets and horrible special effects. The series was short-lived and ended on a cliffhanger that people are still upset about today (#SilversunSeason3 #Revival). Thankfully, ABC hasn’t shut down the official Silversun website so us diehard fans (Silvies? Sunnies?) can relive some of those magical moments.

Being a kids tv show the majority of the cast were young at the time of filming. If you have ever wanted to know what happened to your favourite Silversun characters keep reading to find out!


10 Australian Young Adult Books to Read in 2017

2017 is going to be another great year for Australian young adult book releases. If you have never read an Australian young adult book your life is not complete. You can get started by checking out this post on the 2016 OzYA books to read. Now on to 2017 releases, in the words of Bella Swan, “Holy Crow!”. Guys, there are so many amazing Australian young adult novels being published this year. We have our very own Australian YA anthology, a fantastical fairytale from Garth Nix and a historical novel set in pre-WWII Sydney by Ursula Dubosarsky. Here are 10 Australian young adult books to read in 2017.

10 Australian Ya Books 2017