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:
There is so much on offer in the Yarra Valley – wineries, breweries, restaurants as well as places to splurge on cheese and chocolate. And I am so lucky that it is all basically in my backyard.
Now I don’t want to give the impression that I’ve been everywhere there is to go in the Yarra Valley, but this list is more of a collection of places I’ve been to recently and a few that are next on my list to visit. So if you are planning a day trip out to this beautiful place, or if you live somewhat locally and are looking for somewhere new to try then read on. There is really something for every occasion.
So you’re traveling to Disneyland (California) or Walt Disney World (Florida)? Lucky you! Disney requires a LOT of planning. There’s so much to see, do and eat that you don’t want to miss out on something amazing because you haven’t prepared. You’ve come to the right place for food recommendations. This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means but it’s some of the delicious food I enjoyed on my recent trip (end of 2017) to America.
I can’t even remember how I came across Sarah Morgan’s books, but I am so glad I did. She has a style that reminds me of two of my fave romance authors – Julie James and Nora Roberts. Needless to say, I have been greedily reading through her backlist ever since. ‘From Manhattan with Love’ is the series I’ve started with. The first three books centre around Paige, Frankie and Eva – coworkers and besties who start their own events business, Urban Genie, after they are all fired from their jobs. They live in this fabulous converted Brownstone where they all live on different floors, and have a rooftop garden where they can drink cocktails and have romcom marathons. I mean, this is seriously aspirational chic lit here. Who wouldn’t want that?
One of the things I love in a good romance series is where the books are all connected through the characters. They could stand alone well enough, but those who read the whole series know all the back stories of the other characters, and get to check in with characters they’ve met previously. With that said, the second half of the series focuses on siblings Daniel, Fliss and Harriet – who are also linked to the Urban Genie business.
While I loved all six books, there were definitely some stand-out favourites for me. So without further ado, allow me to count down to my favourite. But be warned: spoilers ahead!
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!
December – it’s the month that brings the magic! It’s also the month that makes us wish work days were shorter, if only to rush home and binge watch every Christmas TV movie ever made. Sure there are the classic holiday films – Home Alone, Love Actually, Miracle on 34th Street (the Mara Wilson one of course)…in fact, just check out our 15 Movies to Get You in the Christmas Spirit! But TV Christmas movies (typically Hallmark, occasionally Lifetime and now Netflix) are on a level of their own. Words you might hear to describe these movies: lame, predictable, cliché and unwatchable. Words I might use to describe them: delightful, festive, fun and heart-warming. Whether you watch them to have a laugh or genuinely enjoy their Christmas spirit, they’re good festive season value.
To help elevate the fun, we’ve created a game of bingo for you to play while watching! You can either print off the table below or do the modern day thing and screenshot it and play on your phone. Each box contains a typical Christmas TV movie cliché (e.g. The movie stars a child star from the 90s – keep your eyes peeled for Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar!). Make yourself some hot chocolate, throw on a Christmas TV movie and see how many you can cross off!
Welcome to Part 2 of this round up of Historical Dramas on Netflix Australia. There really is plenty to choose from and covering all tastes and time periods. If you like your historical dramas to have a bit of romance then you can read Part 1 here. But if you prefer dramas with a bit of action then this is the list for you. Plenty of intrigue, violence and heroes here!
This week we discover that Riverdale has so many new and interesting townsfolk. We meet Creepy Farmer and a beret-wearing wheelchair-bound German drug lord (and it totally makes sense because this is Riverdale). Keep reading for our recap of the best bits of Chapter 20 – Tales from the Darkside.
It’s been a loooong week but we finally made it! For Bughead shippers, in particular, it felt like 536 years since the last episode. We are 6 episodes in and so far we have learned that the Riverdale writers want to put Bughead shippers in an early grave, Jingle Jangle is here to stay and that everyone will dress with absolutely no regard to what the current season may or may not be. Here’s our recap of the best bits of Chapter 19 – Death Proof.