Bad lip reading.

This is old, but it makes me laugh every time!

Have you seen these videos? Which is your favourite?

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This morning’s green smoothie.

Recently I’ve been making green smoothies for breakfast. I find it hard to eat lots of greens, so this is a great way for me to get them into my diet. They’re quick and easy (especially if I bag and freeze my fruit and veg in portions for the week ahead).

imageMy recipe is this: 

  1. Just throw everything you’ve got into your blender and mix until smooth.

Today’s smoothie included: 

  • 1 banana
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 of a cucumber
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 florets of broccoli
  • a cup of natural yoghurt
  • a small knob of ginger
  • a small knob of turmeric
  • a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • a small handful of walnuts
  • a slice of pineapple
  • a slice of pawpaw
  • 8 leaves of kale

Do you eat green smoothies? What do you include?

It’s only another post about my sister’s wedding…

And here’s some photos my husband and I took of the day. They don’t capture the whole day (no photos of the ceremony at all), but there are some fun ones, nonetheless.

This is the lovely flower girl, Freya. She did such a good job walking down the aisle at church, (despite a false start at the practice the day before), and then having her photo taken multiple times.

IMG_2206And here’s the beautiful bride and her groom. This is when we arrived at the reception venue. It was such a lovely place. A cafe with a cute courtyard, just a short stroll down to the river.

IMG_2224This is me and one of the groomsmen, Sherwin. I don’t know what was so funny here.

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This is the other bridesmaid Ali, and groomsman Dan.

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Here’s Laura, being pretty excited about being married!

Mum made these bunting chains out of doilies from op-shops and leftover wedding dress fabric. I think they’re so sweet.

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Here are some of the guests. Lovely friends!

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And a nice picture of my marvellous husband and me. If you notice Sam’s sunglasses – they’re made from wood!

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This is Dad making his Father-of-the-Bride speech.

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And me, giving my speech. It must have been a bit funny! (I love this photo by the way.)

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Laura’s speech. I love the expressions on their faces. Such a beautiful look between them.

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Then compare it to this look… Matt’s killing the cake!

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Thanks for the amazing day! You were a beautiful bride Laura.

IMG_2302It really was a joyful time. We enjoyed it even more than our own wedding day! (Of course we still think ours was amazing and the most special day, but there’s always a little bit of stress – you can’t fully relax at your own wedding. But we were fully relaxed at this one.)

 

 

 

Running.

I started running properly (as in doing it 2-3 times a week) last summer to improve my fitness. Over winter it dwindled away because it was just too cold at 7 am. It was also too dark (I gave up after I tripped badly when running on a too-dark morning.

But I’ve started again this spring. I’ve been doing couch to 5K to get me started, which I’ve found so helpful. I’m using a free app on my phone called simple C25K (which is very simple). I’m now up to the last week (week 9) where I warm up walking for 5 minutes, then jog non-stop for 30 (which is supposed to be about 5 km). After I finish this week I’ll move onto using RunKeeper so I can track my speed and distance better.

Apart from an occasionally slightly sore knee, and an achilles that sometimes pulls, I’ve feet great! Running really wakes me up and makes me happy. I’ve lost a little bit of weight and feel more toned overall. There are tons of other benefits of running. My two favourites from this list are the energy boost and the stress relief it brings. Do you run? What do you like about it?

Here’s a great infographic about running:

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My little sister got married.

 

And it was such a wonderful day. It started at 5:30 when the bride woke us up. She’d been awake since 4:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep. I wasn’t too grumpy because a) my alarm was set for 6 anyway, and b) how can anyone be grumpy with a bride on her wedding day?

We had breakfast at home then headed to the hair dresser. They did such a great job! It’s such a lovely salon, we felt so pampered!

I didn’t take any pics of the ceremony because I was otherwise occupied (obviously)! I’ll share some my husband took later. It was a lovely ceremony. Laura and Matt made some massive promises to each other and to God, before their church family, extended family and friends. I couldn’t stop smiling.

After we left the church we headed off in some pretty cool old cars to have photos taken. The photographer was great. There was no stress or rush, and we even got to the reception 5 minutes early!

These were their serious faces. Even serious they both looked spiffy!

There was a photo booth at the reception! It provided hours of fun for all the guests. We got some funny sister shots, but I realised after I forgot to get any with my husband. Oh well.

I kinda wish I’d had a photo booth at my wedding! Oh well.

They did all the official things like cut the cake,

Look into each other’s eyes (this was just after they kissed. I just missed it, but this is kind of nicer than a kissey photo),

And throw the bouquet. (No one caught it. I guess that means there will be no more weddings. Ever.)

I’m so glad these two have married each other. It’s so good to have seen my sister so happy, and be so happy with the man she has chosen to spend the rest of her life with. I pray that their love will grow and grow. Congratulations Laura and Matt!

 

It’s almost the weekend.

 

What have you got planned? I’ll be spending my weekend being bridesmaid for my little sister. It’ll be the best! (#istillcantbelieveshesgettingmarried)

We’ve also got my cousin, her husband and her 2 beautiful daughters staying with us. They’re so much fun!

IMG_20130906_073412 2Whatever you end up doing, I hope it’s as beautiful as this crepe myrtle!

 

 

My sister’s getting married!

This photo was taken a few weeks ago on a sunny day at my in-law’s place. There were no clouds in the sky on that day!

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My sister’s getting married in a few days. I’m so excited! It looks like there’ll be a bit of rain, but hopefully it will hold off. I’m sure it will be an amazing day, no matter what the weather does. Weather shmether I say!

I can’t help singing this whenever a wedding gets close:

I really can’t wait to be her bridesmaid!

 

Acupuncture for hayfever?

It’s spring here, and while I love it for the flowers and the (mostly) beautiful weather, it’s a hard time of year for me. I’ve had hayfever all my life. We deliberately avoided having a spring wedding because I didn’t want to be sneezing and feeling awful on my wedding day.

I’ve recently been trying a few alternative treatments to try to improve my symptoms, rather than just taking antihistamines and cortisone nasal sprays.

I’ve tried cutting out gluten, which I’ve done now for about 3 months now. I’ve tried eating a really healthy diet, including lots of extra greens in the form of green smoothies and upping my omega 3 intake. I’ve been taking vitamin d supplements, because I was a bit low and apparently that can impact things.

I’ve been taking these chinese medicine herbal tablets for allergies:

I’ve also been using this homeopathic spray:

The most recent (and most effective so far) thing I’ve tried is acupuncture. My husband heard of someone having it and having no hayfever symptoms for four years! I’d be so happy with that!

I had the acupuncture about two weeks ago. The first week after I had it I felt great! No symptoms whatsoever. I don’t really know how it works, but even if it was a placebo, I don’t care! The next week I’ve had slight sneezing and stuffed nose, but nowhere near what I normally experience. Yesterday was my worst day so far, and I was sneezing a lot and feeling overall yuck. I didn’t have itchy eyes at all though (which I normally do get). Today is a very windy day here, and I’ve been pretty good (fingers crossed).

I’m curious; has anyone else tried acupuncture for hayfever or other allergies? What were your results like? Would you recommend I go back for another session? (The practitioner didn’t say whether I needed to go back or not). I’d love to hear your experiences!