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

Keeping focused over the festive season…

It’s no secret that girls have to work a million times harder than guys to feel good in ourselves. I’m having to go to my happy place (Tweak Fitness) multiple times a day just to stay awake with my very active little dudes. It helps keep me sane, a little crazy… but mostly sane.

Guys go once, they don’t need to have a diet that is half as strict as us females have to and look like they do and it sucks! Since I started liking boys, I have had a thing for Vin Diesel!

They say it’s the 70/30 rule… 70% diet & 30% exercise…. I like to sit at 80% diet and 40% exercise… Just to be safe! I refuse to get as big as I was (size 20), even though I had good reason for being that large.

If you shop smart, eating healthy isn’t expensive! You can buy chicken from the deli in bulk when it’s $8/kg. You can stock up on frozen veggies so there is 0 waste & just cook up as you need or meal prep to stay on the ball. Fruit – well we all know somebody with a fruit tree/s that you can throw a few bucks at and get quality fruit that doesn’t waste half as quickly as store bought fruit. Snacks – I have 10 almonds and a coffee, or a piece of fruit. A shop remembering I have a family costs about $150 a week.

I try to stay away from dairy and carbs as much as I can – I have found a balance that works for me. I also try eat smaller portions more often – which I manage to do 3 out of 7 days at the moment cause let’s face it – life with a baby and a toddler is hectic af!

I did a thing that will blow the tops off most people’s heads – I gave up alcohol at the end of September and I feel so much better for it! I’m not sure if I’m never going to drink again… I just know I can’t be my version of successful and get tanked all the time.

I’m doing this for me, I’m becoming a fully functioning mum (yeah – I can hold both my boys at once with 1 & 1/2 functioning arms… what’s your superpower?) and I want to teach my kids that the best kind of lifestyle is an active one.

When I feel myself falling, I lift myself back up by looking at pictures of when I was unhappy and reading different fitness motivation memes and they remind me I’m about a year away from where I want to be!

ANDDD I could do this all day, but I will finish with a motivational video that helps keep me focused. REMEMBER – IF YOUR NOT GOING HEAD FIRST, EVERYTHING IN MODERATION!

Aquo Xx

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.

ANDDD to finish off…

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

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

Merry Christmas…

It has just come to my attention that Christmas will be here in 12 more sleeps… only 12! OMG!

And so I’m laying here reflecting on the year because although this past crushing season was quite ominous – to say the least, I have so much in my life that I’m greatful for…

1 – MY BOYS! Even though Jack’s in the two year old stage… you know – the one where the little turds don’t hear a thing you say… but at night when I tuck him in (mummy do it), I get a “mummy, prayer” – we say the guardian angel prayer. Then I get a “mummy, stay…” “mummy has to put Harry to bed.” “No daddy do it!” – melts my heart!

2 – FAMILY! My family means the world to me!

3 – HEALTH & WELLNESS! – I am so consumed by my health & wellness at the moment, and you know what? – it’s the best thing for my mental health. If you see me at Tweak on the floor dieing – I’m ok, I just push that hard cause my goal is to look like this!

4 – THE SUPPORT FROM THE HINCHINBROOK SHIRE! – I love the support I still receive throughout our beautiful district! Everytime I go grocery shopping, there is a group of these lovely men that meet for coffee at Alfresco Cafe that insist on helping me load the car. A massive Thank you to those amazing blokes!

You have helped me tackle my BULLSHIT ANXIETY of going out in public alone with my boys. I can do it – myself! 😉

To all the positive influences in my life that keep me going – much love! 😚

My amazing mentors in all aspects of my life – Thank You for everything! Xx

5 – THE SETBACKS THAT HAVE MADE ME STRONGER!

I have had many set backs so far in my life and I bet many people have. However, I believe that those set backs in my life have only make me stronger. They have made me mentally, physically, and emotionally stronger. Some people may look at the obstacles they face in life as negative things but when I see them, I see opportunities for growth.

I choose to take the obstacles that come my way with open mind to how the outcome will improve me. I choose to look at the glass half-full rather than half empty. Plenty of times during my 27 years of life, I have had experiences that have made me want to give up but I always found the courage to overcome the difficulties and to rely on the positive outlook of the situation I faced.

I’ve learnt – to accept the things I can’t control and focusing on what I can.

Learning to free myself from the aftermath of years of domestic abuse – from previous partners. It has taken years – I think it got worse after my accident…

This link will take you to a blog from the Forbes website – 8 ways to have more gratitude everyday. 🤗

Merry Christmas to you all! Stay safe, sink many a beers, and live life to the fullest! – GO HARD… OR WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING HERE?

Aquo Xx

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

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