Angus! :)

Goal of The Month: JULY

This month I challenged myself to walk my dog every single day. I usually only walk him of a weekend because I think I’m too busy during the week. As it turned out, I could usually find enough time to walk him of an evening, despite the cold. On evenings when it was cool and windy he would remind me that the challenge wasn’t just for me, it was for him too.

As an older dog it’s important that he keeps moving, so that’s what we both did, well, most of the time. :P

Week one

The first week started off well. Still on uni holidays I was able to walk Angus every day. On days that I worked we walked of a night. Despite the cold both Angus and myself were eager to get outside and walk around, not for as long as during the day mind you. We were never quite that eager! :P

 Week two

During the second week of July I got sick. Typical, I know! And as a result we didn’t walk during the night which meant walks after work were a no-go. We missed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On the bright side it was also raining on those days which made it a lot easier to skip and made me feel a little less guilty about it! ;)

Week three

During the third week my parents took up tennis and I joined in. Working full time meant that I had to choose between a walk with Angus or tennis of a night. Unfortunately we missed out on our Monday, Tuesday and Thursday walks. We did walk further on the weekend to try and make up for them. That’s got to be worth some credit, right?

Week four

The final week was tough. Uni went back on Monday and I still had work during the week. We ended up walking half the week, which isn’t too bad considering how busy I got.  I’ve told Angus I’ll make it up to him next week. :)

I think challenging myself to walk Angus every day has made me realise that getting outside and doing something during the cooler months isn’t as hard as I thought. I must admit though, I really can’t wait for spring and daylight savings to come back! They definitely make the perfect dog-walking combo.  This is a challenge I’ll definitely be trying to keep up!  :)

Next month I’ll be trying to play guitar at least once a day. I’m a pianist but I’ve taught myself guitar in the past. My ultimate goal is to learn a whole song by the end of the month.

I’m open to suggestions!

What did you achieve in July?
Challenging yourself in August? Let me know! :)

Ash
xx

photo credit: m01229 via photopin cc

Something We Can All Relate Too

Let’s face it, Facebook can get pretty depressing sometimes. With the endless holiday snaps, celebratory statuses and the chances of being blocked by someone you’ve known your whole life, it’s easy to see why.

There have been countless studies that have shown what kinds of emotional effects the social media site can have, but seeing it like this makes it just a little more easy to understand why it’s an easy trap to fall into.

Take 5 minutes out to watch the video below. It might make you think twice about logging on to Facebook so often.

What’s On Your Mind?

What’s your opinion of Facebook? Let me know! :)

Ash
xx

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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
xx

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
xx

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
xx

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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