Monday, August 31, 2015

Tomorrow I Start Whole 30 ... and give you an inside into my plans!

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring ... YAY!  Sorry Winter, it was lovely while you were here but I am now officially over you and looking forward to Spring and Summer.  Summer is just around the corner here in New Zealand and I have some definite creating and making goals to achieve by Christmas ... more on those tomorrow.  However, I will let you into one, I am undertaking Whole 30 for the month of September.  About two years ago, I did what I thought was Whole 30 but it turned out I had missed one of the fundamental rules and completely messed it up!!  Oh well, it's time to give it another go and see if we can improve on the previous outcomes in order to stop my current addiction to Ready Salted Doritos and Sweet and Salty Popcorn .... oh, and we could also throw in Whittakers Dark Chocolate.  Ah yeah, not the best energy, body loving foods to be feasting on so I am hoping the Whole 30 will tick the box in terms of resetting my body to love whole foods and find some much needed nutritional balance!!

This is only the start of the story, lots of changes are taking place in my world and I look forward to finding some pinteresting solutions to make the most of them all.  I will also show you the completely renovated St Hilda's Orphanage, which is all but finished and only needs some pinterest styled touch ups.  You will get to see Ben and Polly's finished Bedrooms, the Guest Bedroom, our Master Bedroom, and all the things in-between!

See you tomorrow, and let's hope Spring is the perfect time for taking up lots of challenges and not just for spring cleaning the house :o)

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Hello Friends,

After taking an extended hiatus for various reasons, I have come back to blogging as a way of doing something for myself!  Life has been busy for the last year, we have done everything from skiing to netball, birthdays to Christmas, travel to homeward bound, happiness to sadness, weight loss to weight gain, walking to running, injury to recovery, and more living than I could imagine!  Here are some photos from the last year as a way of visual catch up.  I look forward to blogging again, it takes up time but I love that it's something for me to use as an outlet.
2015 Science Winner ... Ben did exceptionally well

Me and My Polly

Morning cuddles with my girl and my niece in SG

I adore her, my beautiful sister inside and out

Easter creations

Summer fun at Taupo

ANZAC Day speech

And they have continued to learn

I love these two Auckland girls

Polly's hair for wacky hair day ... birds nest!

Ben continued to read .... no surprises there!

He also found time to ski

HB won the Ranfurly Shield

Pollyanna's Drive-In Movie Birthday Party

We made the cars out of cardboard and they decorated them at the party

Ben started High School .... YIKES!!

Al's Birthday Cake

Tri-athlon 2014

The OT Family

There is never anything better than Legoland!