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You’ve got what it takes, but it will take everything you’ve got.

I have been running ‘Aquo’ for a few years now. When I started, I had no idea about how any of this techy stuff worked – Now I’m a queen at it! I started writing about a heap of different ideas to help you live a much more organized & fulfilling life. The idea behind this blog is to be very, very real. My aim was and always will be to help others that are going through/have gone through similar obstacles that I have faced/are facing.

My name is Amy Irvin (Haha it’s so weird saying that!) I was Amy Aquilini or as many people know me – Aquo. In 2013, I had a horrific quad bike accident that left me with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), In 2017 I bought my first home (Since I was a kid I have always said I would own my own home by the time I was 25, and I made it, just…) and had a beautiful baby boy named Jack in June that year, then in 2018 I married my partner Andrew and we fell pregnant again towards the end of August 2018.

Fast forward to the end of March 2020, the world is rife with COVID-19, the world should just go into lock-down already! THE SOONER WE GET IT OVER AND DONE WITH THE SOONER IT WILL BE OVER! Wake me up when it’s all over! But seriously – everyone be smart about their daily practices please!

I think in many ways, I’m living proof never to give up hope with anything that’s thrown at you in life. Never stop trying to better yourself – you will be surprised how changing the things that are thrown at you in life from a negative to a positive, will improve your overall quality of life.

Flush out the toxic people in your life, even if they are family – trust me, they are bloody everywhere! By doing this you will feel a massive weight being lifted from you. You will be able to live a much more fulfilling life.

Get up, put a smile on your face (regardless of what your going through), deal with your shit and make the most of it!

Aquo Xx

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COVID-19 Pandemic…

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This morning I received an email from Dean Graziosi & Tony Robbins, one of those automated emails that I usually delete unless the subject line catches my attention. This one caught my attention for some reason, It read ‘My advice as coronavirus spreads’ – so I opened it and read it through not knowing how much it would change the way I perceived the virus.

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Dean Graziosi & Tony Robbins

The first question that caught my eye was ‘So how do we find the strength and the certainty to feel okay and focus on solutions?’ and as I picked away at this email, I started to become more positive about the entire situation. Yes – this whole situation will hit the world hard, more people will die, people will end up in hospital, but if we each individually do our part and take sensible precautions, we would end up better off wouldn’t we? Let’s all educate ourselves so that we know what precautions need to be taken to give ourselves and everyone around us a better chance of fighting Coronavirus.

I really would like to know what you think of this pandemic – so please, please comment, post, share, like, I want to hear from you.

I feel, in a time like this we need to all come together and support each other, support small businesses, do everything we can to not only look after ourselves, but those around us. This morning when I woke up my mind instantly started racing thinking about how much this virus is going to hurt our small town, how many small businesses are going to shut down. It’s scary to say the least but I have faith in knowing everything will be OK, I don’t know how, it just will. The big man upstairs (God) has helped me out before and I believe he will help us get through this pandemic.

I pray for my family, my friends, those who turned against me and the world.

Lord, it saddens me that many people don’t understand the power of prayer and even mock me for taking my worries to you in prayer. So I pray first for those who do not believe in you. Where is their hope?

I’ll admit that sometimes you seem silent when I so desperately want to hear from you. It’s torture waiting on you, and yet I will wait because I know my prayers are not in vain. I don’t know if the latest crisis will affect my family or me, but you are omniscient Lord, so I pray that you will spare us.

But if fallout touches any of my loved ones, please comfort them with your healing balm. Sometimes our own choices can put us at risk. So Lord, I pray that we would all be judicious in our actions and interactions.

I can remain in perfect peace because I put my future in your capable hands. Amen.

I believe that in a time like this, where chaos is prevalent, we need role models who will set an example of resilience and wisdom for others, all around the world. Someone to guide you, to help you keep your inner strength, stay positive and continue living your best life. I’m trying my hardest to grow in such a way that I can be one of those role models. I have found my purpose in life – to help others.

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So please, if you need to reach out – REACH OUT! There’s no malice here, I’m here to offer support in this time where the world resembles somewhat of a zombie apocalypse…

Aquo Xx

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My Good Energy Family…

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Good energy massage in Herbert Street Ingham, have been in my life weekly since moving home from Townsville in 2014. There is absolutely no way I can get through the week without having a deep tissue massage – I did mess myself up pretty bad in my accident! The team at good energy massage have become like family over the years…

Deb is like my dad, except I listen to her… Sometimes, she has a way of calming me like only my dad can; and Lee is like my mum because she always cheers me up. Don’t even get me started on Lee’s facials ohhh myyy Goddd!!!

Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that’s mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. This helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduce tension in muscle and tissue.

Deep tissue massage offers both physical and psychological benefits. Unlike other massage techniques that focus on relaxation, deep tissue massage helps to treat muscle pain and improve stiffness. But it can still help to you unwind mentally, too.

Lee has a great range of products including salt lamps of all sizes! follow their Facebook page to catch their sneaky deals!

Aquo Xx

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My Family Dental…

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Well – where do I start with this amazing family orientated business! You walk in the door to receive possibly the nicest greeting on earth from Emma, Lindsie, Khloe, Kiara and Gabby … They have such a close knit team that makes you feel like your at your mum and dad’s – you know… that really comfortable feeling! Yeah there awesome!

My dentist is Sudeep but It takes effort to pronounce so I just call him James 😂😂😂 It’s a joke now – without fail he knows I will forever call him James!

Once I’m in the ‘evil chair’ I make laugh every time because I’m the biggest clown! We sing along to tunes and I get in trouble because I need to stay still – I CAN’T STAY STILL!

The other day I went somewhere and I couldn’t recognize Kiara because she wasn’t in my family dental uniform – drop dead gorgeous I may add!

My Family Dental has pretty amazing services… I have to get four crowns – yes expensive af! But they are so amazing at sorting out a payment system that works for me so it’s affordable. Emma is great with numbers – lucky cause I sure as hell am not! haha.

They run deals on their Facebook page so watch out for their sneaky deals!

You can also book appointments on the My Family Dental Ingham page, I’m currently on the page having a look around and it’s so functional, they have some great ratings… yes other than the one from me 😜

Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. I love my teeth that’s why I take such good care of them!

Here are some tips to help you look after your teeth.

  1. Brush at least twice a day. The best time to brush teeth is after meals. Choose a toothbrush with a small head for better access to back teeth. Soft bristles are kinder on your gums.

  2. Use fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride helps to harden tooth enamel and reduces your risk of decay.

  3. Brush thoroughly. Tooth brushing should take between two and three minutes.

  4. Floss your teeth daily. Use a slow and gentle sawing motion.

  5. Limit acidic drinks like soft drinks, cordials and fruit juices. Food acids soften tooth material and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, causing holes (cavities or caries). In severe cases, teeth may be ‘eaten’ right down to the gum.

  6. Limit sugary foods. Bacteria in dental plaque change sugars into acids.

  7. Protect your teeth from injury. Wear a mouthguard or full-face helmet when playing sports.

  8. Try to save a knocked out tooth. If possible, hold the tooth back in place while you seek immediate dental advice. If this is not possible, wrap the tooth in plastic or place it in milk and seek dental advice immediately.

  9. Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food. If you use them to crack nuts, remove bottle tops or rip open packaging, you risk chipping or even breaking your teeth.

  10. See your dentist for regular check-ups. You should also visit your dentist if you have a dental problem such as a toothache or bleeding gums.
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If you are looking for a great dentist that actually cares about improving your smile and helping you budget in the cost of whatever treatment you require – go see My Family Dental and I’m sure one of the lovely ladies will help you out!

ALL YOU CAN DO IS ASK – who knows… the answer may be YES!

Aquo Xx

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WTH is Aquo doing?!

Many, if not all of you (including my husband) are probably thinking “what the hell is Aquo up to!” And you know what? the Amy Irvin part of me is right there with you … And also shiting myself a little bit – but the Aquo part of me wakes up every morning and hits the ground running excited for whatever is gonna come up in my face today.

At the moment, my focus is on promoting the Hinchinbrook Shire with the main focus being the future. This district is not good enough for us let alone our kids… I don’t blame them for wanting to leave Ingham as soon as they finish school. I left as soon as I finish school, but challenging circumstances had me return and the rest was history. I want to know more about Hinchinbrook Shires history, I want everyone to know about Hinchinbrook shires history. I want to make this place great again much like it was in the 90s. I talk about the 90s being better times and then I hear about the 70s and 80s being 10 times better again and it makes me want to know more about those times.

What is it that is stopping the Hinchinbrook Shire from being ten times better again, then it was back in the hay day? – “Um pick me.” teacher sighs… “yes Amy.” “Try all the negative energy that is around the place.” – I have recently (last few months) tried to put a positive spin on everything that comes my way, and you know what? it’s changed my life!

My main Focus is currently on keeping my blog going, my pics flowing and teaching myself what I can where I can. I do have a few rabbits in my hat wanting to jump out and bam! Smack all you beautiful people in the face (you know, with love) but at the end of the day my boys come first and I can only do what I can do.

I would love to rapidly grow my following to my Website – aquoonline.com But it’s not going to happen over night, I’m fully aware of that and I’m in this for the long game!

I also have a Facebook page – Amy Aquilini – Blogger, as well as an Instagram page – “aquoblog,” I’m taking the good old ready fire aim approach and I never let today take up too much of tomorrow. The more platforms you are attached to means the greater chance the amount of people on such platform will come across you…

I am not afraid to fail – the person who’s not afraid to fail will always win!

I know I have A LOT more developing to do… to all my platforms, but over time that will all fall into place. In the mean time, I will just keep on keeping on and do what I gotta do. I dare say my head is wayyy to hard to even come close to the idea of weighing in on the thought that I will fail. I’m not afraid of death – been there done that! I need another challenge, I’m not even 100% sure, but I have an idea that taking on the world is going to be it.

I got this way because shit went down and I handled it… it took a while… but I handled it!

When you focus on you, you grow; when you focus on shit, shit grows – Anon

At this point in time, none of this makes sense to me, but I believe 100% it will work out. I’m doing me, this is my way, creating this pretty amazing platform, I’m Doing thinks to make things better for my boys.

Be curious about everything, even more ask questions about everything! Keep growing and evolving.

Old habits limit you from living your best life.

watch this freaking space!

Aquo Xx

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Christmas Countdown 1.2…

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So now there’s only this long till Christmas! – yes I love Christmas! For today I thought I would Christmas cartoons Christmas movies. Just a quick one!

OMG NOW THAT’S MY KIND OF FUNNY!

Anddd who couldn’t forget Mr Bean!

May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow for your lovely family, just as our childhood memories of Holidays past are such happy recollections now. Wishing you lots of love, joy and happiness. Merry Christmas!

Aquo Xx

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Christmas Countdown 1.1…

So here we are again… still bloody counting! This is the most craziest time of year where we all try and jam pack everything in and just get it done!

Those who know me well know – I am all sorted for Christmas by the end of November :/ Sad… but true! Well – until recently I had the time to super ahead of myself in all aspects of life.

I love this clip so much! I am so going to use this system next year! I wasn’t even this organised with my wedding!

This clip! OMG SOOO FUNNY!

That’s some bloody funny Christmas tree fails… Yeah I’m THAT mother… you know – the one that laughs in every situation (we haven’t had any broken bones yet) no matter who gets hurt.

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I’m sorry that bloke deserves an Oscar! I have never laughed so much – Andrew thought something serious went down… I had tears and everything!

Comment with some of your fave clips relating to Christmas I would love to hear from as many of you as possible! Remember – not everyone has a great experience with Christmas so be as kind as you can be to every human… even those who are not so human 🙂

Aquo Xx

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Christmas Countdown…

Christmas is coming really soon – 9 days to be exact. A lot of people celebrate this holiday season in different ways. For some, this is one of the year’s most special events since this is a time of giving and sharing. 

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It was once said that there is no sincerer love than the love of food. Christmas proves this to be true. Festive food is up there with the things that we love most about this time of year. And yet for those who actually have to prepare the Christmas dinner, it can be a rather stressful time!

Here are 5 recipes I can’t go without during holidays! And – there healthy-ish… or so I tell myself as I’m having the smallest portion known to man!

Pecan, pear & pomegranate salad

Broccoli & cauliflower gratin

Sparkling pear and orange champagne punch

Pork chops with bourbon molasses glaze

Crock-pot honey mustard glazed ham

So guys, I would love to hear what your go to recipes are for the festive season to make all your family jolly! Leave us a comment or a link to your fave recipes – and before you go, check out this 5 Last Minute Christmas Recipes clip.

Aquo Xx

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Wallaman falls…

Wallaman Falls is a pretty amazing place to escape from the rat race, if only for a day. I have never actually walked down to the bottom (I know – sad right!) but that is one thing I would really like to do – when it’s cooler! I had never been up there until Jack was born, I think I’ve been up there twice… yeah he beats me and he’s 2 and a half!

Australia’s highest permanent single drop waterfall, in Girringun National Park, west of Ingham. Head out Trebonne way and keep on going :p It’s an absolutely beautiful place surrounded by World Heritage rain forest, Stony Creek plunges 268 meters in a clear single-drop, often through a rainbow-fringed cloud of mist.

Gaze at Wallaman Falls from the main lookout then walk to the second lookout which provides stunning views of the gorge and the Herbert River Valley – Which I’ve heard you have to be super fit for…

Explore rainforest and enjoy spectacular gorge views on one of the short walking tracks near the falls. Wallaman Falls is within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

Girringun National Park is also the gateway to the Wet Tropics Great Walks. Discover plunging waterfalls, lush gorges and inspirational views as you tackle one of the two day walks that start from Wallaman Falls and trek down the Herbert River valley.

Wallaman Falls is defiantly a beautiful place to visit if your ever in the Hinchinbrook Shire – get a group of mates together and go camping for the long weekend or take the kids for a picnic!

Wallaman Falls camping area is adjacent to Stony Creek. Wood fire barbecues, picnic tables, shelter sheds, water and a cold water shower are provided. Remember to treat all water before drinking it – you could end up with some kind of twitch :p

If you prefer to rough it, limited bush camping opportunities exist as part of the Wet Tropics Great Walk. These are ‘hike-in’ sites and campers need to be totally self-sufficient. Read more about the Wet Tropics Great Walk, which may be closed during the wet season, and for management purposes.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Picnic tables, toilets and water are provided at both day-use areas—near the camping area and near the falls lookout. A gas barbecue is available at the day-use area near the camping area.

Take a few snags and a loaf of bread – don’t forget the tomato sauce! Make an adventure of it, go for a hike, have lunch – catch ups with old mates is always great! Below are a few pictures of the falls and few from down the bottom… ENJOY!

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Aquo Xx

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Our Tuesday Ritual @ JK’s Deli…

On a Tuesday we go for coffee (and some yummy home cooked food) at one of our favourite cafes in the Hinchinbrook Shire – JK’s Deli located next door to the Westpac Bank in Lannercost Street, Ingham’s main street. By the looks of it Karen runs a pretty tight ship because the shop is always immaculate! The food that is in the display fridges looks like the entire town should bust their asses at gym (to burn off all the calories) because all the food looks ah-mazing!

Rita & John – two of Karen’s employees with some of their meats

JK’S Deli is located at 78 Lannercost Street, Ingham and is opened 7.30am – 5.00pm Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings, but like other businesses in the Shire when things are quiet, they will close early – save on power costs, wages etc. The smart way of doing business – which some people just don’t get…

I find it extremely hard to pick something to munch on so I usually tell one of the girls to surprise me, and I haven’t been let down once yet! For those addicted to coffee (I mean mother’s such as myself) they create some pretty awesome blends with Vittora coffee… THEY ONLY USE THE BEST!

Every Tuesday, my two and a half year old goes to playgroup at Lourdes then makes sure he is taken to JK’s for his ‘coffee.’ Each week I ask him – “So who’s your girlfriend this week?” I get the “Ummm,” Sometimes it’s Kaitlin, sometimes it’s Aimee, sometimes it’s Karen… But sorry guys, most of the time it’s Lauren or, Wawwen as Jack puts it.

Jack with his girlfriend… I mean Lauren

Kaitlin, Aimee and Lauren are Karen’s three absolutely beautiful daughters who all work at the Deli. There isn’t much in the Hinchinbrook in the way of jobs for school leavers so essentially that is what inspired Karen to put her idea into motion, to secure jobs for her daughters and others throughout our community.

From left to right – Kaitlin, Aimee, Karen and Lauren Venables

All Karen’s staff are absolutely lovely, you walk in the shop and I promise you you will never leave depressed!

Jack with Sandra

I recently saw on Facebook other business people winging because they went past and they were closed – Well sorry we didn’t stay opened for your highness. That was coming from me… We shouldn’t be here shredding each other… WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTING EACH OTHER!

Jack is in charge of the ‘quality control’ of the marshmallows behind the counter… Kaitlin tells Jack “don’t tell mum” and as soon as he comes out from behind the counter I get this “Hey mum, look!” It’s hilarious!

I think Karen has done an amazing job with the expansion of the shop and there is such a laid back feel to the place it kind of makes you want to curl up on the couch in a ball and go nunies (sleep).

It’s not just the locals who are crazy about JK’s – read the following Reviews from passers by:-

Zil Silvester… incredible selection of international cheese I just wish I could take them all home! Rita was so friendly and helpful. This sensational cafe and delicatessen is a highlight of the town and is the place to eat when in Ingham.

Peter Maggiora… Our lunch was delicious and well priced. Coffee was great and well made. It’s a merge between an Italian deli and Cafe which works very well. One side of the Cafe has great mosaics of the local history.

Rob Boot… WC which, l think, is always a good indication of what the kitchen must look like. Anyone who has complaints about this cafe must be a malcontented whinger. We’ll definitely stop by this cafe on our return journey.

Bruce Smallbon… A beautiful coffee shop and good food.

Daniel Peacock… some meats for a platter. The team were so helpful they offered to build it all for us and it looked amazing. They were nice enough to build it while we sat and had a lovely lunch. Highly recommend both the deli section and the cafe.

Lesleigh White… Lovely and trendy!
Beautiful coffee shop.
Love how they sell little packets of goodies.
Very friendly staff.
We’ll definitely return when driving through Ingham again.

Linda Venn… Good coffee. Excellent home made slices to go with it.

Kate Suthers… from Mission Beach to Townsville and I’m so glad we did. Not only is there a cracking deli but the cafe serves really delicious food, generous portions made fresh and with lovely service. Would definitely plan future routes.

Michael Nash… Yep, good variety of food and great ice coffee.

I’m excited to see what other exciting things Karen has in store for our community. There are business owners who run their business and no more – Karen bleeds Hinchinbrook and I believe that is why her business thrives like it does!

Aquo Xx