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Diabetic-Friendly Peanut Butter Cups

I cannot stress enough how amazing these little treats really are! The recipe is so simple you’ll find yourself making them as soon as you’ve read how to. They’re a great dessert treat or guilt-free sweet snack for a diabetic or anyone looking for a low sugar option.

What you’ll need:

½ cup coconut oil
½ cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons honey or agave
2 Tablespoons organic peanut butter (you can use any nut butter or peanut butter of your choice)

What to do:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan over a medium heat.
  2. Once everything is nicely combined, tip the mixture into any mould. I went with a cupcake tray to make them look like peanut butter cups but you can use any shape and size. The thinner you make them, the quicker they set.
  3. Cool in the fridge for an hour.
  4. Enjoy! :)

Yep. It’s that simple! The cups are really gooey and really dense so you’ll find you will only eat one at a time.

*Tips: If you’re not a fan of peanut butter cups you can swap that for anything really. I made some fruit and nut cups by removing the peanut butter and replacing it with raisins and crushed nuts.
The chocolate will start melting pretty quickly so keep them in a container in the fridge.

This has easily become my favourite chocolate recipe! Let me know if you give it a go! :)

What’s your favourite sugar-free snack?

Ash
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Game of Thrones Exhibit in Sydney

Today I visited the Game of Thrones exhibit at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Although the exhibition is pretty small, it’s free and full of amazing costumes and props from the actual show. Get there early to avoid waiting in line for too long and remember to head straight for the throne or the wall simulator as soon as you get in! They’re amazing! :)

Here are a few of my happy snaps!

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Ashley of house Diterlizzi :)

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Daenerys Targaryen outfits

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Grey Wind, Robb Stark’s direwolf

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House of Stark sigil

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Costumes from the Purple Wedding

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Jon Snow and Ygritte costumes

What did you think of the GoT exhibit? Let me know! :)

Ash
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Goal of the month: JUNE

This month I challenged myself to complete the 30 day yoga challenge. Yoga is something I always considered quite boring. I thought something like pilates was better because it involves much more core strength. But I was pleasantly surprised by the intensity of yoga! I loved doing yoga! The stretching did wonders for my back, especially for someone who works at a computer quite often. I also learnt how to monitor my body to avoid cramping or hunching. Take a look at how I did. :)

Week One
During the first week, I managed to get sick. I caught a cold and it really took it out of me. With uni over, no more assignments and no exams (thank you communications degrees!) all I wanted to do was relax. And yoga did just that for me. It was such a great sport to do when I didn’t have much energy to do anything else. The first week is all about learning the basics so it was a great warm up week for what was to come.

Week Two
I missed a couple of days this week, but I did make up for them by doing them the day after. I found that doing yoga in the afternoon helped me relax after work and put me in a really good mood before going to bed. The stretching helped relax my body and stretch out any tension I had from working all day. At this stage I was ready to tackle the big yoga moves like head stands, or so I thought. :P

Week Three
Week three is where it’s at. The challenges took on a more flexibility route with head stands, the splits and bend backs. I found that it was getting harder to do the challenges of a Wednesday and Thursday after work in the city. I ended up doing three of a Friday which was probably not the brightest decision to make seeing as the challenges were more intense. But I did surprise myself! Who would have thought that it takes a little stretching to manage the splits!?

Week Four
I must admit when the final week started I was pretty sad about finishing the yoga challenge. I really enjoyed it and it was much more fun than I can explain! It’s something I think we can all benefit from. I’ve learnt more things about my body than I ever thought were possible and I feel a lot better than I did before. I find that my posture is a lot better and I’m more mindful of the way I use my body, especially when I’m sitting in front of a computer.

Yoga is something I think we all should have a go at. You never know, you may just enjoy it as much as I did! :)

Be sure to come back next month! My goal for July is to walk my dog every day. Walking is extremely good for your body, especially the heart. Plus my dog really enjoys being walked. So I’m going to try and do that every day!

What will you be working towards next month? Have you got a goal for July? Let me know! :)

Ash
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What I Wore This Weekend

This weekend I was able to get a little dressed up so I thought I share some of what I wore this weekend with you.

Friday
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To dinner I wore one of my favourite dresses. It’s brighter green than it appear in the photo. I have no idea where the dress came from or how I managed to get a hold of it. :P But I teamed it with black stockings and a grey cardigan which I bought in Nice, France. I wore black heels from Lipstick which look more like boots in that photo.

Saturday

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For the car ride down to Canberra on Saturday I dressed quite comfortably. I wore wine coloured skinny jeans, a black long sleeved shirt, black studded boots and my go-to winter jumper which is really thick and has pockets which is handy. This outfit really kept me warm when we got to Canberra. It was literally 4 degrees when we got there. And that was at 4pm!

Saturday Night

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I always like to get a little dressed up and what better excuse than my boyfriend’s gig!? I wore my Black Milk tights and a long sleeved black shirt with a studded collar. I teamed them with my black lipstick shoes again. I’m really loving those shoes at the moment! I wore my green khaki jacket over the top to keep me warm but we were in a room filled with lights, instruments and some really sweaty guys so I only needed it when we were outside. :P

Did you wear anything special this weekend?
What are some of your winter essentials? Let me know! :) 

Ash
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Reviewed: Capital Executive Apartment Hotel

If you’re staying in Canberra and are after more than a hotel but not quite in need of a fully decked out apartment this is a great place for you! The hotel is in a pretty great location on Northbourne Avenue, close to the major shopping districts in Canberra. It’s a bit of a drive to major attractions like Questacon and Parliament House but everything in Canberra is so close by that it won’t matter too much at all. The hotel has free underground parking but the spaces are limited and you’ll find yourself having to sneak into spots as quickly as you can. There is a park directly across the road with free parking though. You won’t have any trouble finding a spot for the car.

The studio apartment comes with a balcony, queen sized bed, leather lounge that doubles as a fold out double bed, a large fridge, a bar fridge, a stove, a sink and complimentary Kit Kats. Yes, plural! 5 to be exact! The room sleeps four people without being very squishy which is great for families or groups travelling to Canberra on a budget.

The hotel is by no means 5-star but if you’re not planning on spending too much time in your hotel it’s great! For the price I would probably not recommend it over something more luxurious like Burbury Hotel. The hotel isn’t as nice as its competitors in the same price range and it isn’t as central as some of the others which are arguably more comfortable too.

It’s very roomy and good for families who are happy to share a room; otherwise you’re looking at spending a bit more than average. There is room service and a common eating area in the middle of the hotel which is really squishy and in the way.

I give Capital Executive three stars.
3 stars

 

Capital Executive Apartment Hotel
108 Northbourne Ave & Cnr Girrahween St,
Canberra City, ACT 2601

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Good Food, Great Company & One Amazing Weekend

It’s Monday again and we’re all settling back into our weekly routine. Don’t you just hate that? Well I hope you all had a great weekend! Having a good weekend makes Mondays a little easier… sometimes. :P I had an amazing weekend full of great food and great company! I thought I’d fill you in on what I got up to this crazy weekend.

On Friday we celebrated my boyfriend’s mum’s 50th birthday. We went out for dinner at Millone’s.  Dinner was great! We ate a lot of food and had some birthday cake before heading back home to look through some of the birthday girl’s recent holiday photos. It wasn’t a late night though because on Saturday my boyfriend and I had to be up and ready to leave for Canberra.

We spent Saturday night in Canberra for the Unbranded Animals gig. The band played with a number of other Sydney bands to help raise money for people suffering from leukaemia. All proceeds made on the night went to the charity. How great is that?! Besides being a good cause, it was a great night!

boyfriend is the incredibly attractive lead guitarist ;)

boyfriend is the incredibly attractive lead guitarist ;)

We stayed the night at Capital Executive Apartment Hotel with the rest of the band. You can kind of assume from that alone that not many people got much sleep that night. :P On Sunday we had a late breakfast and made the trip back home to Sydney. Despite having to leave the short getaway trip behind it was nice leaving the rain and the cold. I must admit I was pretty upset about the lack of snow in Canberra. With sub-zero temperatures we were counting on something snow-like! But snow woes aside, Sydney’s winter is much more pleasant and much more sunny than Canberra’s!

Getting ready for the gig :)

Getting ready for the gig :)

Don’t forget to check out what I wore this weekend!

What did you get up to this weekend?
Do you have a weekend getaway planned? Let me know! :)

Ash
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Reviewed: Burbury Hotel

The Burbury Hotel is a great luxury hotel for couples or singles travelling to Canberra. The hotel is located in the heart of Canberra in short driving distance from main shopping districts, restaurants and attractions such as Parliament House. It’s really close to all the major museums and art galleries too, making it perfect for anyone planning on doing a little sightseeing.

The hotel has free underground parking, room service, apple smart TV, an award winning Italian restaurant, free Wifi and a price to give other hotels a run for their money. This is truly one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. I’ve travelled around the world and spent many a night in a hotel so I know what makes a hotel great and the Burbury meets everything on my checklist.

The Burbury room is great for people staying a short time in Canberra. The room is styled in a contemporary way with a layout that should make other hotels jealous. The room features a massive king sized bed, a split bathroom mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, a writing desk and of course robes and slippers. For families and travellers spending more time in Canberra there are suites and apartments to choose from but they are a little more expensive. It’s a 5-star hotel for the price of 3-stars. I wouldn’t recommend staying anywhere else in Canberra.

I give the Burbury five stars.
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Burbury Hotel
1 Burbury Close,
Barton ACT 2600