This time last year

Monday, November 14, 2016

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Ah, kindness. What simple way to tell another struggling soul that there is love to be found in this world. 

A sweet treat

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

For fellow sweet tooth friends who just so happen to have a jar of almond butter handy.  Because apparently it's a thing nowadays ;)

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1 cup of almond butter  
1 large egg
1/3 cup of maple syrup
1/2 cup of unsweetened desiccated coconut 
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 180 Celsius.
Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl. *
Scoop small spoonfuls of the sticky mixture onto a baking sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Allow to cool. Enjoy!

* I have made these without dessicated coconut and a sprinkle of salt on top.   Both equally lovely.

Positive Fitness Wellness Retreat | iPhone Images

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Moderation is not always my strong suit.  Like so many, I tend to run all or nothing between work and home life. And lately with calls, finding myself unexpectedly as a patient in hospital and then back to the daily grind- it was a teetering act of complete non-balance. (The word curmudgeon comes to mind.)

Enter Liz Costigan and a retreat away to Monalea Barn.

One of my favourite things about Liz is her attitude towards wellness- completely forgiving, always open and never in any way laden with guilt about time spent away from her classes or schedule. Sentiments very much echoed with the gorgeous group of women that joined the retreat knowing Liz- non-runners that were suddenly doing 10k runs, those who hadn't tried yoga suddenly finding an encouraging environment to try.  Those annoying frustrations that clog the mind and heart suddenly find a place to exit in her classes.

We yogi-d, hiked, meditated, ate incredible food by Joanna Bourke (the most vegetables and greens I've had in a month which totally cancels out the take-aways, right?) and with torches in hand rose to meet the sunrise today.

A much needed reset button.  Already tempted to sign up for her next retreat in January.  Spreading light one human at a time that lady.  (Adore her mightily)
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And so concludes the largest iPhone drop on the blog.  So, so lovely to spend the weekend with these ladies.

On dreams for your child

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

DSC_0150 Not too long ago, I was talking to a friend about choices.  Both of us having grown up with similar backgrounds- strict Asian parenting where decisions were often made for us and where paths are  crafted long before our minds have had a chance to contemplate a possibility otherwise.
DSC_0151 But her parents differed in that, while they did put in those guidelines (a million + one no's to this or that in the daily decisions of everyday growing up) they made a firm statement that her career and her husband were decisions that she (and she alone) would make for herself.

The greatest gift to someone from a strict upbringing- autonomy.  And in so doing, the greatest show of unconditional love from her parents.
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' What's your biggest dream for your child?'
" We'll let him dream for himself.''
(Humans of New York.  New Delhi, India)

A jewel of the coast

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Amalfi Coast tourist season is busy.  By contrast, a day in Ravello was like a breath of fresh air.   Where crowds were fewer, the views (365 meters above the sea) unbelievable and the garden of Villa Rufolo a treat to end the day.
DSC_0583 No schedules were set, just gluttony aplenty- wine tastings, olive oil tastings, balsamic oil tastings to another meal and later ice cream and drinks.  We witnessed three wedding parties within the space of an hour and snuck the last minutes of the day into the 11th-century church Duomo di Ravello.
DSC_0576 It was sweet and just the right sort of pace for our family.  Expanded waistlines notwithstanding ;) DSC_0585 DSC_0593 DSC_0013 DSC_0033 DSC_0050

Coffee table conversations

Sunday, September 18, 2016

It's not often that we get to sit around a table together.  It was one of my favourite things during our time on holiday.  Long conversations about everything and nothing.  Years of untold stories suddenly unfolding with a more authentic opinion and voice.  The kind of conversation that makes that that 'me  too' seem like a steadfast echo.

And while the following quote uses women as a noun, it stands true for all of us (male and female) sitting around the table hearts open to those type of conversations.

''The women I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because shit worked out.  They got that way because shit went wrong, and they handled it.  They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it.  These women are my superheroes. "

Elizabeth Gilbert

One fire beach

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

One Fire Beach was one of those places we happened on by chance.  A great meal at Kasai our first night, an orange trimmed boat trip later and we're spending the day at another one of Piccoletto's ventures.  Music on blast, some of the best drinks and food we had during our trip and suddenly we're living our college days all over again (or for the first time).  Where 4.30 pm is melon time and chopping up a watermelon becomes a mini-celebration on this little stretch of the Amalfi coast.

A day in the sun here was a complete treat.

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Word to the wise, when in the Amalfi Coast- always take a coloured trimmed boat trip.

Family time | Amalfi Coast

Sunday, September 11, 2016

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Apologies for the long extended radio silence sweet readers! It seems fitting that getting into the habit again should start with our recent family trip to the Amalfi Coast.  A long journey for my brother, sister-in-law and Isabelle and one that was also tainted by our not-so-friendly-quite-unruly-character of a host but one that started and ended with a ridiculous amount of scenic views, belly laughs and carb overloading.

Our family has had its fair share of stories to tell, the usual and not so usual frustrations but this trip was a really, really good one.

'Families are like branches on a tree, we grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.'

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