Hippy Oils

I was first 13 or 14 when I started using essential oils. I remember Mum having oils in the house before that. Rose, Lavender, Lemon, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree. I remember potpourri being revived with essential oils, it was the late 1980's. We had an oil heater in our living room, and a bowl of water, with a few drops of lemon essential oil would put a little moisture back into the air. 

Large bottles or supermarket bought eucalyptus, lavender and teatree essential oil sat in our laundry, and a splash was often added to a wash. Metho, boiling hot water and eucalyptus oil was a favourite the the cork tile floors. For Mum and my asthmatic brother, Eucalyptus "essential oil" would be used in a bowl of steaming hot water for inhalations. I use inverted commas because it was probably a supermarket purchase, otherwise known as a chemical shit storm.

It was about this time I'd borrow aromatherapy and essential oil books from the library. I'd tear out magazine and newspaper articles about essential oils. I'm sure there was even an aromatherapy magazine, i kept every issue in a folders. I've always been a collector of all the things!

I'm not sure when it happened, my interest waned in adult years. Probably around the time the desire for partying and drinking too much took over. I always had Supermarket bought lavender and eucalyptus for the laundry. But that was the extent of my essential oil use. That was then, fortunately the past few years have been very different. 

It was 2014 when I noticed more essential oil talk on social. I took little notice, I probably did a little arrogant side eye action. You see I knew essential oils, I'd been using them for as long as I could remember. Essential oils have been around for thousands of years, and these people are just discovering them now? What a fool I was.

And so early 2015 I noticed someone I respected and admired talking about essential oils, so I took a little more notice. Within a month a friend announced she had joined the oily way, and put a sample in my hand. That was it. I realised what I thought were essential oils, was not close to the purity of these essential oils. I placed an order, already deciding to add essential oils to our business.

If you follow me on social you will know I've been sharing essential oils. This is the first time I've blogged about it. And I'm not sure why it took me so long. 

I use hippy rocks (crystals), essential oils and a fuck off positive attitude right alongside medication. Yup, that's right I still use antidepressants to manage major, chronic depression. What I have not been using is the over the counter stuff to manage everyday health concerns. And I'm happy, I've lost weight, and I still have weight to lose and I'm healthy as fuck!

Join me for an online class, no video, just images to run through. You'll have three days to get through the content. There are oils to be won, and you will be inspired and empowered to manage your emotions with beautiful plant medicine. 

 

 

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I've been bouncing around the blogging space and on social blogging since 2007. You may have seen me in my role as a graphic designer and creative director at Notable Imprint, the business I created with my husband. I've blogged at Hello Fleurieu, How Two Thrive with my former biz partner {and still firm friend, Amie Turner} and briefly on Mrs Notable. And now you'll find me here, blogging my heart out, sharing all I love at LouisaG. We grow, we change and evolve, this new space reflects the real me, the me that is stronger for my past, and excited about the future. I have a bright future, one I never imagined because I've made lots of small changes, and these small positive changes have made a big impact on my life.

Kicking Depression And Being a Lucky Bitch

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One morning recently I got out of the shower, dried myself, spritzed some toner on my face, and slapped on some moisturiser. And then the thought "I'm never going to be well again" popped into my head.

I've done a lot of work over the past few years, including work with a mindset coach. Denise Duffeild Thomas is the Lucky Bitch, a lot of what she talks about is money. But mostly her work is around abundance. Abundance is more than money, it's about seeking a better life, shifting your mindset to a more positive place.

Digging deep and doing the work in the lucky bitch bootcamp I found big shifts in my mindset around money, but it has really helped with my mental state. Negative self chatter was the norm or me, and it can still be. I've been medicated for ten years, and while it takes the edge off many depressive traits, the negative self talk stays.

I'm mindful about it now, the Lucky Bitch Boot Camp has given me tools to be positive in my thought process, the things I say and most aspects of my life. 

So I apply what I call "the spin". I instantly turned that nego self chatter, "I'm never going to be well again" to "I will be well". The thing with the mind is, it's POWERFUL. And while negative self chatter can easily have me slipping into dark despair, the reverse is true also. My positive spin, and self chatter can have me walking out the door, with my head held high and a smile on my face.

Denise Duffeild-Thomas is not as woo as a lot of peeps in the life coaching realm can be, just enough to give you a taste. Yet what this woman does give you are the tools to turn your thoughts and your life into a positive, beautiful and abundant journey. 

Since doing the boot camp I've healed myself. I manage to walk out of the house most days. I make it to school pick up most days, and I've even been out in the evening. Not a lot, but more than I have the the previous five years.

It's exhausting, but it works. Your mind is powerful, the negative and dark thoughts can most definitely plunge you into a horrid dark place. On the flip side positive words and mantra's can also help you to be in a better mental place. So spin you nego shiz girl, SPIN IT.

If you've heard enough and want to jump straight in, now is the time to do so. Denise will soon be closing the bootcamp, ready to repackage. She will be relaunching at a higher price, so joining now will save you money, and you'll have all the benefits of the new package when it's launched. Start living a happier, more abundant life. Click through to join me and the amazing community of Lucky Bitches {they are all kinds of awesome!} See you on the other side.

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louisa gormley

I've been bouncing around the blogging space and on social blogging since 2007. You may have seen me in my role as a graphic designer and creative director at Notable Imprint, the business I created with my husband. I've blogged at Hello Fleurieu, How Two Thrive with my former biz partner {and still firm friend, Amie Turner} and briefly on Mrs Notable. And now you'll find me here, blogging my heart out, sharing all I love at LouisaG. We grow, we change and evolve, this new space reflects the real me, the me that is stronger for my past, and excited about the future. I have a bright future, one I never imagined because I've made lots of small changes, and these small positive changes have made a big impact on my life.

When The Happy Slips :: Depression

For months now, like about five months I've been in struggle town. And after two years of good mental wellness, it has been tough. 

But today, the fog has lifted! 

What's changed?

The dark episode started in September, last year. After some weeks, it was evident I needed to meet with my Dr. to discuss my medication. There has been a lot of steps backward, and few steps forward. Eventually, my dose of Effexor, the antidepressant I'm on was doubled. This took the edge off. 

Recently my Huz and I were talking, I shared I had two good weeks a month, to be honest, I was fairly confronted that I was only mentally well, two weeks out of the month.

But the real shock came when the Huz revealed he felt I was only well one week out of every month.

Armed with this info, the Huz and I both went to the Dr.

I find it's helpful for him to come with me when I'm not well. Not every time, but sometimes. My perception can be skewed.

Having a wellness advocate, that knows you and sees you daily, can be very helpful in communicating with your Dr.

This most recent appointment at the Dr. he suggested that my mood could be hormone related, and prescribed the Diane Contraceptive Pill.

I didn't love this idea ...

I hadn't been on the pill in over ten years and believed that the pill wasn't for me. However, I value the care my Dr. provides, and I do need to have more than one good week a month!

Seven weeks on, and I've cut the pill. It has been the most hideous, god awful time.

I haven't felt anything for six weeks. No joy, no happiness, no anger, no emotion. For a girl of Irish stock, this is not my natural state.

My emotions are always close to the surface, I laugh with all my body, out loud.

I cry when I'm moved.

I didn't even shed a tear, or feel anything at the dawn service for ANZAC day. Not even upon hearing the Last Post. Always a tear jerker for me.

So in true #DepressionRockStar fashion, I've removed Diane from my daily med list.

I've dropped my dose of Effexor. 

When things aren't right the only thing to do is make a change.

I only adjust my meds with the supervision of my Doctor though. 

Gosh, I'm so damned happy to say I feel like me again. It's been such a long time, seven months of tweaking meds. It has been a long and hard struggle. But I have made it out the other side.

My stance on Anti-depressants

I'm pro meds. I would not be here without them.

However, I feel very differently about them. I am not feeling like I'm getting the benefit of my medication, which I once did. I almost feel like my body is working against them.

I'm pro medication for mental illness, but I feel like my condition has shifted. For the first time in a very long time, I feel like maybe I may have a chance of getting off anti-depressants.

For the last few weeks, I've been getting back to a cleaner way of eating. I've included red meat in my diet, and I've cut out three sugary cups of tea a day.

So I'm using a concoction of essential oils. I'm amazed at making a few changes over a few weeks has really helped me get back to wellness. 

Tell me, what are some changes you have made and responded well to?

 

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louisa gormley

I've been bouncing around the blogging space and on social blogging since 2007. You may have seen me in my role as a graphic designer and creative director at Notable Imprint, the business I created with my husband. I've blogged at Hello Fleurieu, How Two Thrive with my former biz partner {and still firm friend, Amie Turner} and briefly on Mrs Notable. And now you'll find me here, blogging my heart out, sharing all I love at LouisaG. We grow, we change and evolve, this new space reflects the real me, the me that is stronger for my past, and excited about the future. I have a bright future, one I never imagined because I've made lots of small changes, and these small positive changes have made a big impact on my life.

Yellow For Hunter

The Dew family were out for a walk three years ago, interrupted by rain, it was time to head home. Dad David had crossed the road with the family dog, ahead of his wife Renee and four children. Renee waited by the side of the road, the youngest in the pram, and Hunter to her right. “Don’t cross the road” Renee said to Hunter. To Renee’s horror, seconds later Hunter took off.

Every parent knows THIS moment. There are very few parents who haven’t witnessed this, in some way. You may have a family story of your own that you share with your children. This is something kids do. They don’t understand. My own father remembers his young sister taking off, and my Nanna, running, reaching out and saving her, almost getting herself hit by the car in the process. 

Unfortunately on this occasion it wasn’t a near miss, Hunter was hit. His small frame was unable to survive the impact. Renee knelt by Hunter’s head, she knew she couldn’t pick him up, the injuries to his body too great.

Renee now campaigns for children’s road safety. She is studying counselling, so to help other parents grieve for their lost children. It’s a different grief, a deep hurt, that a family cannot explain. None of us can even imagine, unless we have lost a child, we couldn’t bare the thought.

I’ll ask you to do one thing. Please release a yellow balloon for Hunter this Wednesday 8th April. I can’t take away any of the pain that Renee, David, their children, family and friends feel each day, but I can ask you to remember Hunter tomorrow. Take a moment to remember that beautiful four year old. Turn your phone to silent when you get behind the wheel. Don’t be distracted, even by whiny kids. Be vigilant. Concentrate. Take time and care to teach children road safety. Remember Hunter, tell your children about Hunter.

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***** EDIT *******
I hadn't considered the havoc the humble balloon can cause to our environment.

Rather than releasing a balloon for Hunter, I'll be laying some yellow flowers in his memory.

I'm rocking my yellow Chuck Taylors, and have yellow bracelets on my wrist.

Remember Hunter today, with a blaze of yellow. Share this story, share it on facebook, and post a photo of your yellow for Hunter on instagram. #yellowforhunter 

Please share your balloon with the hashtag #yellowforhunter

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louisa gormley

I've been bouncing around the blogging space and on social blogging since 2007. You may have seen me in my role as a graphic designer and creative director at Notable Imprint, the business I created with my husband. I've blogged at Hello Fleurieu, How Two Thrive with my former biz partner {and still firm friend, Amie Turner} and briefly on Mrs Notable. And now you'll find me here, blogging my heart out, sharing all I love at LouisaG. We grow, we change and evolve, this new space reflects the real me, the me that is stronger for my past, and excited about the future. I have a bright future, one I never imagined because I've made lots of small changes, and these small positive changes have made a big impact on my life.

Black Dog & Blue Skies :: Great Sleep

When I'm unwell mentally, the thing I need most is sleep.

Early nights, quality, uninterrupted sleep, and to rise at a regular time. But mostly when I'm unwell I'll stay up late. I have late night after late night. I'm exhausted all the time, yet I can't seem to get myself to bed.

In an attempt to break the cycle, last year I focused and made sleep a priority. I call it my magic sleep ritual.

I have gotten off course recently though, and over the past few weeks I have had to become re-committed to my magic sleep ritual. I've been waking naturally because I've had enough sleep. This morning I got up with little effort. I got to school without any anxiety, and I made it into the studio, instead of rushing home to hide from the world.

I feel good, so good! I'm a night owl; I always have been. However, I do believe years in hospitality only cemented it. It's been eight years since I did a brutal night shift. I've never once missed finishing work at 4am, not once.

When I get into bed, its instant bliss, I often think to myself, why didn't I get here hours ago? For this Mumma, there is something alluring about the quiet house.

I like to get 8 hours sleep a night. I have my Fitbit silent alarm go off at 9:45. That's my signal to switch off the MacBook, flick the tv off. You might like to set your phone alarm, or set your computer to shut down at a regular time each night. Have a quick tidy in the kitchen, pour a fresh glass of water and head to the bedroom.

In a bid to take better care of myself, I began this little bedtime ritual. Writing it out makes it real to me, and it is so lovely and with it I don't have that usual resistance to head to bed.

Why don't you try writing your ideal bedtime ritual?

Here is what my Magic Sleep Routine looks like:

Bedtime
I've set my Fitbit silent alarm to alert me at 9:45. This gives me time to finish off any research I'm doing online, finish off a blog post or do a quick tidy in the kitchen. I have another alarm that goes off at 10pm10pm is my jump in the shower time.

Tip : You might like to set your phone alarm, or even have your computer to shut down at your chosen time. My uncle once had his tv rigged up to a old style timer, it went off at 11pm, every night. Works perfectly for him. Just a little late I think!

The Turn Down
Not just reserved for fancy hotels. As a child, I spent the school holidays with Nanna and Pa on the farm in Western Victoria. Nan would turn down my bed and layout my pyjamas. I do this too, every night, it's a lovely childhood memory I enjoy each night.

Tomorrow’s Outfit
I started doing this last year when I was participating in Nikki from Styling You's #everydaystyle I haven't been snapping a pic lately, but I love laying out my clothes each evening. It helps to keep anxiety in check in the morning.

The Dark Shower
The evening shower is always a good idea. I'm never, not ever too tired for a shower. I don't think anyone is. The mindful action of physically washing the day off my body draws a line under the day and prepares me for a restful sleep.

The dark shower is the ultimate luxury. I read on Instagram one night (probably in bed, scrolling through my feed around midnight) a little banter between Katie180 and Veggiemama about the dark shower. I recalled doing this as a teen, and I don't know why I ever stopped. I have a salt lamp in the bathroom, especially for my dark shower, however leaving the bathroom door open and having the hall or bedside light might be ok for you.

The cloak of darkness is relaxing. Together with the heady scent of two drops of lavender oil on the shower floor is lovely. The shower is my thinking time. I get those thoughts out of my mind, when I switch the light off and jump into bed. I'm asleep before I realise it. So much better than my previous tossing and turning for hours.

Dishwasher: On
I set my dishwasher going once I'm out of the shower. I can hear the whooshing from my bedroom, and there is something hypnotic and relaxing about listening to that as I go off to sleep.

Hop Into Bed
I do love to read in bed, yet lately I've been pretty zonked. I've taken to switching off the bedside light just before I hop into bed. I find that this helps me to not delay sleep.

Thankful Journal
A few years ago I bought a gratitude journal, after hearing Hailey Bartholomew speak at Problogger Event about her 365 days of grateful project. #365grateful I like to write in my journal each evening, keeping mindful of the good in my life is a powerful step to having good mental health. I set my intention for the following day. 

Trouble drifting off?
Tip :
Arianna Huffington wrote in her book, Thrive {basically an entire book about sleep} speaks of a counting backwards from 300, in threes. Last night I got to 286....yeah numbers have never been my zone of genius!

Please Share, Tell Me & The LovelyG Tribe......

What's your sleep ritual?

What do you do when sleep evades you, how do you set yourself up for a great sleep?
Comment below, I would love to hear from you.

PS. I've joined the A.H. Beard Sleep Challenge. You can too and be in the running for one of two glorious A.H. Beard beds. If you have stayed at a QT or Art Series hotel, you'll know the magnificence of A.H. Beard Beds. They’re in the business of beds and this isn't a sponsored post in any way, just sharing because sleep is good for you and for me!

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louisa gormley

I've been bouncing around the blogging space and on social blogging since 2007. You may have seen me in my role as a graphic designer and creative director at Notable Imprint, the business I created with my husband. I've blogged at Hello Fleurieu, How Two Thrive with my former biz partner {and still firm friend, Amie Turner} and briefly on Mrs Notable. And now you'll find me here, blogging my heart out, sharing all I love at LouisaG. We grow, we change and evolve, this new space reflects the real me, the me that is stronger for my past, and excited about the future. I have a bright future, one I never imagined because I've made lots of small changes, and these small positive changes have made a big impact on my life.

Black Dog & Blue Skies :: Acupunture

This post is based on my personal experience having acupuncture, and the benefits I've experienced, as a result. I'm not trained in Natural Therapies or acupuncture. This is purely my experience.

I receive a lot of messages and emails asking how I manage depression. So wouldn't you know it, BOOM a new blog series comes from the questions you ask. Thank you, my readers are so awesome!

This is a series because there is no one thing that helps me. I'm committed to being better, and trying new things, making small changes to carve out a happier, healthier life. 

As with any changes, I find it pretty important to start small. I'm a great one for making one BIG gonna list. I'm gonna do this, I'm gonna do that. I'm gonna do all the things. Pretty soon I'm in overwhelm mode and fall into a screaming heap.

Be kind to yourself, choose one thing you think will improve your life, and work on it for a few weeks. Don't do all the things, and end up doing nothing.

 

Acupuncture::

 

It Doesn't Hurt

I once had a needle phobia; I got over it fairly quickly when we did a round of IVF. There were lots of needles, self-injecting and giving blood. Don't let a fear of needles put you off, acupuncture needles are seriously fine. I'm told as fine as a hair. There is no pain, at worst you may feel a slight scratch. 

 

How I got Started

Several years ago, my daughter was a baby and started childcare. As with any child exposed to childcare or school germs for the first time she was picking up all the bugs, and bringing them on home to Mumma.

I was working hard, trying to get into the full time working Mum swing of things. It's tough getting back into work after baby. Kind of brutal. I was taking little to no care of myself; I was completely depleted. 

My undoing was nine months of consecutive ear infections. I had course after course of antibiotics, which killed everything, but the infection. As a result, I've now lost some hearing in my left ear. Gosh, it really is important to look after your self!

I decided to have acupuncture for allergies and hay fever that was causing sinus and ear infections.

A few months later, to my delight I was stronger emotionally. It was then I committed to the weekly treatments. Life was better with acupuncture.

 

Happy Mumma with Acupuncture

Acupuncture is powerful. It's my hour of bliss each and every week, it heals me and helps to keep me in the right place. I'm still amazed three years later how deeply relaxing a treatment is.

I also sometimes have some cupping, a foot massage {seriously} and head massage. Then after a deep sleep, what feels like five minutes later, I wake feeling like I've had 8 hours sleep. It's beautiful.

 

What To Expect

The session starts with some questions, any issues, aches or pains and how I am emotionally. I get on the table, have some needling work. There is a point at the top of the ear, as soon as the needle hits that spot, I feel a rush of happy. It's rather amazing.

DIY Tip: You can massage the top of your ears to give you a little happy boost, anytime. 

When I first started treatments, I did feel a little wiped out and often headed home early from work. However, this feeling post treatment only occurred for the first few times.

Now it's normal for me to feel energised after a treatment.

 

Find a practitioner near you.

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louisa gormley

I've been bouncing around the blogging space and on social blogging since 2007. You may have seen me in my role as a graphic designer and creative director at Notable Imprint, the business I created with my husband. I've blogged at Hello Fleurieu, How Two Thrive with my former biz partner {and still firm friend, Amie Turner} and briefly on Mrs Notable. And now you'll find me here, blogging my heart out, sharing all I love at LouisaG. We grow, we change and evolve, this new space reflects the real me, the me that is stronger for my past, and excited about the future. I have a bright future, one I never imagined because I've made lots of small changes, and these small positive changes have made a big impact on my life.

School Mums And The Mean Mumma

A few weeks ago one of my favourite Aussie blogger's, Mrs Woog asked a question on her facebook page. It seemed innocent enough, yet the answers contained something all together somber. It has stayed with me ever since, and made me a little sad.

Mrs Woog @ Woogworld

So I am writing a chapter on School Mum Stereotypes. How would you describe yourself?

Shot taken of Mrs Woog @ Woogsworld facebook page.

I had a bit of a think and decided I'm the happy Mumma. Getting out of the door in the morning, I'm happy that we made it to school. As in #lovingmyselfsick

After I had posted my happy Mumma comment, I went on to read the other comments. It left me in shock, and pretty sad. 

So many Mumma's commented about school Mum's judging them.

And you know what? These comments aren't about nasty schoolyard Mum's. These Mums are talking about the meanest Mum of all, their own inner MEAN MUMMA. Inside. Their. Head. #GAH

Do you want to know what I think?  Ok, so I am going to tell you anyway ..

Girl, the school Mum's aren't judging you.  You are judging you.

Now, in all seriousness, most Mum's are too wrapped up in their own shiz to give you even a thought. 

It's no secret; school mornings are not a whole lotta fun. School mornings can be kind of brutal. I only have one child, if I do give you a thought on the school run, I'm probably in awe of you. 

Seriously loving how good your hair looks, and that you got out the door on time, with three kids in tow.  

If I weren't so consumed with my own thoughts and shiz, I'd probably give you a high five.

I'm not all that different from the school Mum's at your school. I'm doing my best, just like you and all the other Mum's. 

Hey, I don't have my head in the clouds either. I know there are Judgy McJudgy arseholes in the world. But even they are doing their best. I won't tell you to do a Taylor Swift and "Shake It off", but I will say, be like Meghan Trainer and "Shake it off" - just a little cooler.

Or make  her like a unicorn fart, "poof" gone. 

Don't give them another thought girl.

BY my thinking Mumma, every day you make it out of the house, the small child has her hair done, a cleanish dress, and especially if you have wipes in the car, pat yourself on the back!

Celebrate. Fist pump even. It's a quite the achievement you know.

Give some of the Mums, and Dad's a knowing smile, make eye contact. Even you have time to give another school Mum a friendly smile!

If you find your school yard not very friendly, have a look at your own behaviour.

Do you avoid eye contact? Slink away to a corner of the yard where no-one will bother you? Why not seek out another Mum, who is also standing alone? Smile and introduce yourself, remembering to add who's Mother you are. I always think it only takes one person, to help you feel more comfortable, so be kind to yourself Mumma, and make it happen.

So what do we do about this MEAN MUMMA inside you?

1. Every morning lets put on our happy pants.

Happy pants give us kindness, and confidence. If she does rear her our head because let's face it she is a persistent pain in the arse, tell her to PISS OFF!

2. Let's help another school Mum out.

Try to give another Mum a smile, or say hello. Maybe even introduce yourself. Your smile and friendly chat maybe all she needs to pack up her Mean Mumma and piss her off too.

3. Whenever you get to school, give yourself a pat on the back, you made it this morning.

And you arrived without MEAN MUMMA! 

 

Now who's for a coffee? We freakin' rocked the school run this morning!

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louisa gormley

I've been bouncing around the blogging space and on social blogging since 2007. You may have seen me in my role as a graphic designer and creative director at Notable Imprint, the business I created with my husband. I've blogged at Hello Fleurieu, How Two Thrive with my former biz partner {and still firm friend, Amie Turner} and briefly on Mrs Notable. And now you'll find me here, blogging my heart out, sharing all I love at LouisaG. We grow, we change and evolve, this new space reflects the real me, the me that is stronger for my past, and excited about the future. I have a bright future, one I never imagined because I've made lots of small changes, and these small positive changes have made a big impact on my life.

Are You A Lucky Bitch?

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I've always been a Lucky Bitch. All my life, whatever crazy idea happened to pop into my head, that crazy thing often happens.

 

I was never sure what to make of this, maybe I am just a spoiled brat?

 

My folks were never wealthy growing up. But they had their own business, drove nice cars, we had nice things, we took regular holidays and my brother and I were always showered with more than we ever needed.

 

We had all of these things because my folks lived with the thought that everything was within reach. My folks never play the victim, they never say, "oh its alright for them".  If they want something, they make it happen.  And it does happen.

 

It's only in recent years, since reading Denise Duffield - Thomas' blog and delving into her Lucky Bitch Boot Camp that I have realised that this mindset I've grown up with is a thing.

 

It's called an abundance mindset, and it's the foundation of the Lucky Bitch Boot Camp. Denise is a mindset coach, just reading her blog can give you a powerful shift, to look at money and the world differently.

 

Even though I grew up with this mindset, I've learned so much about money and my thoughts and behaviour around money. I've never been a numbers girl; I am not a planner, and I've always spent like I was a millionaire.

 

This is not good, because I'm not a millionaire {yet}.

 

The Boot Camp has shown me how to track money and value in a way that my non-numbers head gets it. I'm tracking money and value like a mofo, and I get excited about tracking my money.

 

Even if you didn't grow up in an abundant home and have learned to lean into scarcity, you too can gain some tools and insight on how to live with a new mindset. A scarcity mentality can be shifted.

 

You can learn how to be free of the inner pain and turmoil scarcity may create in your life. You don't need to feel fear and desperation around money and life. Imagine being free of that fear? Imagine instead being excited about life and the opportunities that are waiting for you.

 

Maybe you're not ready to invest in Denise's Lucky Bitch Boot Camp. Maybe you're intrigued by what Denise has to say and this whole Lucky Bitch way of living? Well that's great news, because Denise has a super Christmas Bundle, filled with products that will get you started on this lovely and full way of life. Enjoy this Christmas Bundle for USD$97 a Christmas gift to you. You will have the opportunity to upgrade to the Bootcamp for an extra special Christmas price. This offer is only available until 17th December at midnight US Eastern Time, don't delay time is running out. 

 

I'm thinking that this might be the ideal time to start planning a kick arse 2015. And with the tools you gain from a little Lucky Bitch learning, you're sure to start off on the right foot.

 

Four years ago my Huz and I took over a modest biz, to add to our new graphic design and print home biz. We turning over a good figure and giving us an income and a small profit. With the help of the Lucky Bitch Boot Camp, in 18 months we've tripled that turnover. This year we enjoyed our first family holiday, ever. We've just got a brand new car and looking forward to another holiday in Melbourne for Christmas. Four years ago I didn't think it was a reality, hell 12 months ago I wasn't sure it would happen. Life changes when you set your mind to it.

 

Mindset is a powerful thing, I've uncovered and broken through many blocks in doing the boot camp. I'm looking forward to starting the new year off by doing another round. Once you sign up, you're a Lucky Bitch for life, you can go through and do the course over and again. Will you join me, I'd love to meet you in the Lucky B private facebook group, its a favourite social space, full of love and support from beautiful Lucky B's

 

Do you have big goals for 2015? Are you gearing up for the best year ever?!

 

If you want things to change, you have to constantly upgrade your beliefs and attitudes surrounding your ability to succeed.

 

I want to introduce you to Denise Duffield-Thomas, a mindset mentor and author of the books “Lucky Bitch” and “Get Rich, Lucky Bitch.”

 

She has an amazing deal right now - hundreds of dollars worth of manifesting courses and meditations, all designed to help you manifest an absolutely incredible 2015. At a huge saving.

 

But it’s only for a limited time!

 

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louisa gormley

I've been bouncing around the blogging space and on social blogging since 2007. You may have seen me in my role as a graphic designer and creative director at Notable Imprint, the business I created with my husband. I've blogged at Hello Fleurieu, How Two Thrive with my former biz partner {and still firm friend, Amie Turner} and briefly on Mrs Notable. And now you'll find me here, blogging my heart out, sharing all I love at LouisaG. We grow, we change and evolve, this new space reflects the real me, the me that is stronger for my past, and excited about the future. I have a bright future, one I never imagined because I've made lots of small changes, and these small positive changes have made a big impact on my life.

LouisaG :: Trending :: Watermelon

Lovestar Confetti Days Vase $99, available online from Lovestar.

Lovestar Confetti Days Vase $99, available online from Lovestar.

A slice of watermelon looks and smells like Summer. I don't even like watermelon. I know, weird. But DANG, the sight of a sliced watermelon is sheer happiness, fun, wholesome and good. 

Maybe because it's a Summer fruit, and there is rarely a family BBQ, picnic or any informal gathering in Australia without a platter of sliced Watermelon. And it's so easy.  A sharp knife is all you need to enjoy it. Slices enjoyed at the beach carefully stacked in a container and kept cool in an iced esky, because everyone knows its better enjoyed ice cold. 

Watermelon could be the most popular fruit, enjoyed by babies, seedless of course! 

Hello, super blogger, Pip Lincoln even has the pretty watermelon in her branding for her blogging course, Blog YAY! So who is to argue that the watermelon trend is here, and with the weather warming up, I bet it only gets stronger.

Learn to blog with Pip Lincoln, possibly the most fun you could have learning all about the wonderful world of blogging. I haven't done Blog YAY with Pip, but I do know beautiful souls who have, and they loved it! Its also the best value, $15 a month, or a year pass for $99.

Learn to blog with Pip Lincoln, possibly the most fun you could have learning all about the wonderful world of blogging. I haven't done Blog YAY with Pip, but I do know beautiful souls who have, and they loved it! Its also the best value, $15 a month, or a year pass for $99.

The beautiful and talented Toni of boutique Adelaide stationery institution brings us her Hello Summer set of prints $50, shop now over at madeit.com.au.

The beautiful and talented Toni of boutique Adelaide stationery institution brings us her Hello Summer set of prints $50, shop now over at madeit.com.au.

This Watermelon felt rug, From Down To The Woods. Buy yours online from Lime Tree Kids. A friend of mine had this rug, and her beautiful {but naughty} puppy Coco attacked it. There were tears, fancy having this pretty rug, and losing it so tragically.

This Watermelon felt rug, From Down To The Woods. Buy yours online from Lime Tree Kids. A friend of mine had this rug, and her beautiful {but naughty} puppy Coco attacked it. There were tears, fancy having this pretty rug, and losing it so tragically.

I think we all know someone who would love the hell out of this Chip Chop Watermelon Clutch, $89. Serious fun, and available online at Hunting For George. #affiliate

I think we all know someone who would love the hell out of this Chip Chop Watermelon Clutch, $89. Serious fun, and available online at Hunting For George. #affiliate

By Bok Bok B'Gerk and available online from Down That Little Lane Watermelon Earrings $16.00

By Bok Bok B'Gerk and available online from Down That Little Lane Watermelon Earrings $16.00

A happy sight is the sight of a fresh slice of watermelon, it screams Summer. This cute illustrated card makes the ideal happy note to a friend, just because. This card is available from Little Paper Lane, $5.95. Shop here.

A happy sight is the sight of a fresh slice of watermelon, it screams Summer. This cute illustrated card makes the ideal happy note to a friend, just because. This card is available from Little Paper Lane, $5.95. Shop here.

Cotton On Printed Watermelon and Banana Cushion $24.95, or 2 for $40, available online.

Cotton On Printed Watermelon and Banana Cushion $24.95, or 2 for $40, available online.

Get the watermelon briefs {$24.95} and the bandeau top for $30. Discounts will be applied at checkout. #affiliate

Get the watermelon briefs {$24.95} and the bandeau top for $30. Discounts will be applied at checkout. #affiliate

Watermelons on your swimming briefs. Its a thing, and you should totally have them. Get the bandeau top and briefs for $30. Discount will come through at checkout  Now.  High-Waisted Briefs $24.95. #affiliate

Watermelons on your swimming briefs. Its a thing, and you should totally have them. Get the bandeau top and briefs for $30. Discount will come through at checkout  Now.  High-Waisted Briefs $24.95. #affiliate

The Watermelon Pillow Case from I Love Linen, $24.94 has a cult status. You haven't got one? Please, you must. I have a feeling these pillow cases will be THE Christmas gift this year.

The Watermelon Pillow Case from I Love Linen, $24.94 has a cult status. You haven't got one? Please, you must. I have a feeling these pillow cases will be THE Christmas gift this year.

Summertime Smile Art Print by Core, $31.95. Available online at Little Paper Lane, shop now.

Summertime Smile Art Print by Core, $31.95. Available online at Little Paper Lane, shop now.

Imagine reading one Summer afternoon, outside in your courtyard, with just enough breeze. And you have this sweet Watermelon Candle from Jfahri $34.95 burning. It the scent for this Summer. #affiliate

Imagine reading one Summer afternoon, outside in your courtyard, with just enough breeze. And you have this sweet Watermelon Candle from Jfahri $34.95 burning. It the scent for this Summer. #affiliate

Watermelon Door Mat, $54.95 available from Lime Tree Kids. Nothing says a happy home quite like a watermelon door mat, sorry what? Yes, a watermelon door mat, can you even bare the thought. I'm sure you have a friend or family member who needs this? Gosh you would probably love it too. Go on. Hit the link to make it yours, I know you want to.

Watermelon Door Mat, $54.95 available from Lime Tree Kids.
Nothing says a happy home quite like a watermelon door mat, sorry what? Yes, a watermelon door mat, can you even bare the thought. I'm sure you have a friend or family member who needs this? Gosh you would probably love it too. Go on. Hit the link to make it yours, I know you want to.

Watermelon Cut Out Print, by Muska + Elvis, $34.95 from Little Paper Lane, check it out here.

Watermelon Cut Out Print, by Muska + Elvis, $34.95 from Little Paper Lane, check it out here.

The Dairy have the best quality and super fun range of device covers. In a time where we all spend a serious amount of time on mobile devices, we should make sure they are looking their best! The Dairy Watermelon's Phone Case from $35. #affiliate

The Dairy have the best quality and super fun range of device covers. In a time where we all spend a serious amount of time on mobile devices, we should make sure they are looking their best! The Dairy Watermelon's Phone Case from $35. #affiliate

Country Road Girls Watermelon Tote $39.95, buy yours here.

Country Road Girls Watermelon Tote $39.95, buy yours here.

May28th Watch $39. Available online from Down That Little Lane.

May28th Watch $39. Available online from Down That Little Lane.

Cotton On Kids Room Slice of Heaven Cushion, too cute at just $19.95. This is only a taste of the watermelon goodness available at Cotton On. Shop it here. 

Cotton On Kids Room Slice of Heaven Cushion, too cute at just $19.95. This is only a taste of the watermelon goodness available at Cotton On. Shop it here

From Brisbane hessian design house, The Millwood Collective Their watermelon necklace, $25.00 is the fun injection you need. 

From Brisbane hessian design house, The Millwood Collective Their watermelon necklace, $25.00 is the fun injection you need. 

Are you jumping on board the watermelon trend? Its just a little bit cute.  Are pineapples over? Sorry, as if pineapples will ever be over. Love a pineapple.

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louisa gormley

I've been bouncing around the blogging space and on social blogging since 2007. You may have seen me in my role as a graphic designer and creative director at Notable Imprint, the business I created with my husband. I've blogged at Hello Fleurieu, How Two Thrive with my former biz partner {and still firm friend, Amie Turner} and briefly on Mrs Notable. And now you'll find me here, blogging my heart out, sharing all I love at LouisaG. We grow, we change and evolve, this new space reflects the real me, the me that is stronger for my past, and excited about the future. I have a bright future, one I never imagined because I've made lots of small changes, and these small positive changes have made a big impact on my life.

LouisaG :: Trending :: Aztec

From The Beach People the original design is still my favourite, we will be rolling it out again this Summer. Purchase this roundie $99 here  #affiliate

From The Beach People the original design is still my favourite, we will be rolling it out again this Summer. Purchase this roundie $99 here  #affiliate

Ever the trend spotter, I do love a trend, trend spotting is so much easier due to the power of Instagram and Pinterest. 

The online space gives a strong indication of a trend, before its seen in stores. Chevron started in 2009, and there is still retailers bringing it out now. Maybe it's the new classic? The Boho gypsy trend is stronger now than it was in the early 90's. And stripes? They never go out.

The last time I remember the Aztec being as popular was the Summer of 1992-93, I was in the States on a school trip. We took a day trip to Tijuana Mexico, and for a bunch of 16 + 17 year old's the city made quite the impression. I don't think I was prepared for the young street kids begging on the street. We were warned not to make eye contact or to stop and speak with them. Our hearts broke, I think we all wanted to  give them a cuddle and everything we had. Fairly confronting for a bunch of private school kids from Adelaide.

We shopped up a storm, in a mall type market. I bought a knock off Gucci Watch, a faux Chanel purse and a green, pink and white Aztec rug. Such a strange purchase for a 17 year old, but I loved interiors even back then, and apparently I had to have it. Not sure how I managed to carry it around in my suitcase for the rest of the trip, clearly I was a determined kid. I need to track that rug down, I think it is still upstairs at my parent's pub.

The Aztec print is strong, but my favourite look is the classic black and white. I can imagine the black and white print will be around for a little longer than the multi colour styles. With a bold print like Aztec I would stay on the budget level. Bold trends seem to have a shorter window than a more classic style. Fortunately, there are a plethora or budget Aztec style finds. How are you embracing the Aztec trend, is it one for you?

Mono Aztec Scarf $24.95, be quick its on sale right now at $14.95 from Katies, shop it here  #affiliate

Mono Aztec Scarf $24.95, be quick its on sale right now at $14.95 from Katies, shop it here  #affiliate

Silver toned stamped aztec earrings from Katies $12.95, make them yours. #affiliate

Silver toned stamped aztec earrings from Katies $12.95, make them yours. #affiliate

O'Neill Awakening pant $79.95, these are the soft pant you need to add to your wardrobe, shop them here. #affiliate

O'Neill Awakening pant $79.95, these are the soft pant you need to add to your wardrobe, shop them here. #affiliate

Punchy fun aztec cushion screen printed from Hunting For George $69.95, make this baby yours, click to buy. #affiliate

Punchy fun aztec cushion screen printed from Hunting For George $69.95, make this baby yours, click to buy. #affiliate

I have a feeling this aztec place mat will keep appearing on your dinner table year after year. Great priced at $8.95, get it here. #affiliate

I have a feeling this aztec place mat will keep appearing on your dinner table year after year. Great priced at $8.95, get it here. #affiliate

Have You Met Miss Jones Aztec Planter $49.95, a gorgeous addition to your home, plant with herbs by your kitchen door. Mint is a great herb to place by your door, the strong scent of mint helps to keep flies away.

Have You Met Miss Jones Aztec Planter $49.95, a gorgeous addition to your home, plant with herbs by your kitchen door. Mint is a great herb to place by your door, the strong scent of mint helps to keep flies away.

Black Aztec beach umbrella from The Hall at Typo $69.95, and double Black Aztec double beach towel $49.95, #yay Shop the umbrella here and the towel here.

Black Aztec beach umbrella from The Hall at Typo $69.95, and double Black Aztec double beach towel $49.95, #yay Shop the umbrella here and the towel here.

Boho Print Journal $19.95 at Typo, shop it here

Boho Print Journal $19.95 at Typo, shop it here

The wristlet piping purse from Colette Hayman is the ideal handy little bargain to add a little aztec to your world. shop it here #affiliate

The wristlet piping purse from Colette Hayman is the ideal handy little bargain to add a little aztec to your world. shop it here #affiliate

Maybe a subtle nod to aztec is more your style. This is the the right weekend beach hat for this Summer. From Condura The Karima Fedora $19.95. Click here to buy it. #affiliate

Maybe a subtle nod to aztec is more your style. This is the the right weekend beach hat for this Summer. From Condura The Karima Fedora $19.95. Click here to buy it. #affiliate

Ever reliable Ikea and their aztec know as Lappljung Ruta rugs in two sizes from $99, here. The cushion is a bargain buy at $12.95, check them out here.

Ever reliable Ikea and their aztec know as Lappljung Ruta rugs in two sizes from $99, here. The cushion is a bargain buy at $12.95, check them out here.

Get your sweet baby into the print aztec  coverall from Target $10, shop it here.

Get your sweet baby into the print aztec  coverall from Target $10, shop it here.

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louisa gormley

I've been bouncing around the blogging space and on social blogging since 2007. You may have seen me in my role as a graphic designer and creative director at Notable Imprint, the business I created with my husband. I've blogged at Hello Fleurieu, How Two Thrive with my former biz partner {and still firm friend, Amie Turner} and briefly on Mrs Notable. And now you'll find me here, blogging my heart out, sharing all I love at LouisaG. We grow, we change and evolve, this new space reflects the real me, the me that is stronger for my past, and excited about the future. I have a bright future, one I never imagined because I've made lots of small changes, and these small positive changes have made a big impact on my life.

Christmas :: A Christmas Ornament Exchange

LouisaG ornament exchange blog image-01.jpg

At least fifteen years ago and I was in a beautiful store, I'd selected a few too many Christmas ornaments. As I popped them on the counter, the sales assistant made quip about how many ornaments I was buying. What can I say I'm obsessive. I like nice things and I get carried away and buy too many nice things.

I was embarrassed and made up a story about an ornament exchange that I have with girlfriends. I didn't have such an exchange; I totally pulled it out of somewhere. It's, not like I ever meant to lie or to make up stories. But my wonky brain and the need to make others feel ok, bullshit stories would sometimes come out of my mouth. I rarely do it now, if someone doesn't like what I'm doing or how I'm doing it; well I could care less.

I've been thinking about that day, on and off for the past fifteen years. Not because I lied, it was a white lie. I'm ok with a bit of bullshit banter with a woman whose face I cannot remember. But because this ornament exchange is actually a beautiful idea, its something I'd love to do with girlfriends. I imagine trimming the tree each year and reflecting on the beautiful people in my life, and being grateful for the friendships I've made. It's something I've meant to do. But I still haven't done it. I was brainstorming recently to create something special for the LovelyG tribe {Lovely Girls}. Something beautiful to do with the LovelyG's.

get crafty painted gold animals :: a beautiful mess

get crafty painted gold animals :: a beautiful mess

Star Tassle :: a collaboration between Mud by Nest and Flossy Flamingos

Star Tassle :: a collaboration between Mud by Nest and Flossy Flamingos

Circles Hanging Cut Out :: Wheel and Barrow

Circles Hanging Cut Out :: Wheel and Barrow

ceramic christmas tree :: etsy

ceramic christmas tree :: etsy

Beautiful handmade decorations :: by South Australia brand Fabel Co

Beautiful handmade decorations :: by South Australia brand Fabel Co

beautiful gold baubles :: Ikea

beautiful gold baubles :: Ikea

get crafty with gold dipped baubles :: suburble

get crafty with gold dipped baubles :: suburble

Clay Mud Cross Tag :: So much to love by Mud By Nest.

Clay Mud Cross Tag :: So much to love by Mud By Nest.

on trend gold wire ornaments :: Ikea

on trend gold wire ornaments :: Ikea


So if you're interested in getting to know some other LovelyG's, sharing a beautiful Christmas ornament with another LovelyG? Maybe you're crafty and will get your gold glitter out and create something special, maybe you're not and will buy a beautiful ornament. If you'd like to join in, head over to Elfster and join before November 23th 2014. I'll draw the names the following day. Send your gift before 28th November 2014. Remember to share  buying/crafting/wrapping/packing/recieving/tree decorating on instagram, tag me @louisa___g and using #LouisaGCE so I can find you.

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louisa gormley

I've been bouncing around the blogging space and on social blogging since 2007. You may have seen me in my role as a graphic designer and creative director at Notable Imprint, the business I created with my husband. I've blogged at Hello Fleurieu, How Two Thrive with my former biz partner {and still firm friend, Amie Turner} and briefly on Mrs Notable. And now you'll find me here, blogging my heart out, sharing all I love at LouisaG. We grow, we change and evolve, this new space reflects the real me, the me that is stronger for my past, and excited about the future. I have a bright future, one I never imagined because I've made lots of small changes, and these small positive changes have made a big impact on my life.

Adding a Little Luxury to your life for $10 or less

A $3 op-shop sugar bowl, filled with coconut oil sits beside my daughter's bed, for a little night time moisturiser for her face, lips and body. I pop it on my hands after hearing her read, just before I turn out her light each night.

A $3 op-shop sugar bowl, filled with coconut oil sits beside my daughter's bed, for a little night time moisturiser for her face, lips and body. I pop it on my hands after hearing her read, just before I turn out her light each night.

Taking the time to add a little luxury to your day doesn't have to be able spending a shiz load of money, here is a little list of a few ways I treat myself and my loves to a little extra luxury in our home.

 

Soapy Love

Show yourself and your family some extra love, with some natural, no nasty chemicals hand soap, its one little piece of luxury I try to maintain. Life can be so busy and a little slap dash at times, but nice soap and hand cream is something I take the time for. http://www.beautyheaven.com.au/hands/hand-wash-soap/25376-natural-instinct-natural-hand-wash

Image taken from the Beauty Heaven website, Natural Instinct Handwash, $7.95, available at Woolies, or buy it online here.

Image taken from the Beauty Heaven website, Natural Instinct Handwash, $7.95, available at Woolies, or buy it online here.


Delicious Tea

I generally lean toward luxe, I'm not a brand snob, but I do like nice things. Yet with tea I can't go past Lipton. If I'm out I usually have coffee, but if I do order tea I cringe when I'm asked if English Breakfast is ok. Its never strong enough, and don't get me started on the tea bag on the side. Tea is meant to be brewed! Lipton Intense Black tea, $6.69 Save your money for real luxury, a simple cup of Lipton Intense is my bliss.

Image taken from my Instagram feed, do you follow me?

Image taken from my Instagram feed, do you follow me?

Luxe Shower Gel

I do try to limit the crazy cluster fuck of chemicals and crap in our home, Priya Body Wash is free from soap, paraben's, petrochemicals, artificial colours and the general crapola that you just don't want to wash with. I found this at my local Woolies, the "real macadamia oil, with bright bursts of Kakadu plum, fresh fig and cassia bark" is seriously delicious. Not what you'd expect to find at the supermarket, under $9 for a 400ml bottle, it smells amazing and hasn't dried out my skin like other shower gels can.


Hippy Rocks

I discovered the healing power of crystals just a few years ago, and now I have fallen for them. Hook, line and sinker. They have such a special energy and its just nice to have them around.

If you haven't dabbled in crystals before, great one to start with is the rose quartz. The healing power of this baby is mind blowing. I had been sick for days with a cold and nasty fever, I came across my rose quartz heart I bought myself for valentines day {important to treat yourself to self-love, often}. That night I held that stone in my hand; I surrendered and let my mind be free. I woke the next morning feeling better, almost normal.


Win :: LouisaG Giveaway

I'm giving three LovelyG's a chance to win a beautiful and my favourite Rose Quartz puffy heart. RosieQ is the go to crystal for all matters of the heart. She brings a warmth and calm in all matters of the heart, romantic and otherwise. To enter please comment how you bring a little luxe to your life, on the cheap. Entries close at midnight {SA TIME} Saturday 18th October 2014. I will Announce the winners on Monday 20th October.


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louisa gormley

I've been bouncing around the blogging space and on social blogging since 2007. You may have seen me in my role as a graphic designer and creative director at Notable Imprint, the business I created with my husband. I've blogged at Hello Fleurieu, How Two Thrive with my former biz partner {and still firm friend, Amie Turner} and briefly on Mrs Notable. And now you'll find me here, blogging my heart out, sharing all I love at LouisaG. We grow, we change and evolve, this new space reflects the real me, the me that is stronger for my past, and excited about the future. I have a bright future, one I never imagined because I've made lots of small changes, and these small positive changes have made a big impact on my life.

Nanna's Pinwheels

The Huz and I are united, and at war with Miss 5. Food battles, she just isn't very interested in food, there's always something far more important going on.

Her food repertoire is rather limited to say the least, I'm baring my parenting flaws here, please be kind. I want LouisaG to be a space that offers support, without judgement. We all have challenges, and frustrations, by sharing them we can find a way. Miss G's menu consists of:

weetbix
chicken nuggets
tuna paties {sometimes}
toast and vegemite
toast and apricot jam {definitely no butter}
Vegemite sandwich
Vegemite + cheese toasties {the only time cheese is ok}
dry biscuits
pinwheels
yoghurt

Oh and Cruskits, Vegemite and cheese is on the list. Apparently now that she is five she likes cheese. I'm getting some mileage out of that addition. The words "you're five now, you'll probably like rice and veggies".....


You've all heard the you-have-to-offer-a-food-to-a-child-19-times-before-they'll-eat-it theory, right? I'm calling bullshit. She just won't freakin' try anything, it drives me mad. I mean, we don't ask for much, if she tries a food, and doesn't like it, that's totally cool, at least she's tried it. Well at least it would be if she would TRY SOMETHING, ANY FREAKING THING.

She gags when she puts an apple, a piece of carrot, even a pea into her mouth. Gags! The food issue has been going on for years, and we just aren't making progress.

So today I've made my Nanna's pinwheels recipe in the hopes i'll be able to trick her into eating some of those nasty gag worthy foods she hates so much.

This recipe originates from a Womens Weekly recipe book, circa 1986 but i've adapted it for the thermomix. If you don't have a thermie you can certainly still do it, just grate the carrot, onion and apple, and hand-mix the mince.

Fingers crossed these go down well, and the veggies are smuggled enough.

Ingredients ::

  • 2 carrots, peeled, topped and tailed, chopped in 2cm pieces
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons mango chutney
  • 500 g mince
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 3 sheets puff pastry
  • 1 egg white

The great thing about this recipe is you can throw in any left over veg you may have in the fridge.


Method ::

  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  • Separate frozen puff pastfy and place on bench so the pastry is defrosted when you have your mince prepared.
  • Place carrots in the thermie, 6 seconds on speed 5 to produce grated consistency
  • Add apple and onion, 4 seconds on speed 4
  • Add mango chutney and curry powder, 2 seconds, speed 4
  • Add mince, 20 seconds, speed 4
  • Place mince mix on each sheet of pastry, smooth out over pastry, leaving a 10cm portion on one end 
  • Roll sheet, using egg white to "stick" down the end. Use egg white to go over each completed roll
  • Using a serrated knife, cut each roll into finger wide portions {gives you approx 10-12 per roll}
  • Place each pinwheel on a tray lined with baking paper, bake for 20 minutes, turning half way.

Do you have a tricky little person to feed? Comment here with your proven meals or techniques, parents EVERYWHERE will thank you. 

 

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louisa gormley

I've been bouncing around the blogging space and on social blogging since 2007. You may have seen me in my role as a graphic designer and creative director at Notable Imprint, the business I created with my husband. I've blogged at Hello Fleurieu, How Two Thrive with my former biz partner {and still firm friend, Amie Turner} and briefly on Mrs Notable. And now you'll find me here, blogging my heart out, sharing all I love at LouisaG. We grow, we change and evolve, this new space reflects the real me, the me that is stronger for my past, and excited about the future. I have a bright future, one I never imagined because I've made lots of small changes, and these small positive changes have made a big impact on my life.

My Weightloss Story

with friends, at a friends wedding, a few days before the surgery. Photo by Alice Bell.

with friends, at a friends wedding, a few days before the surgery. Photo by Alice Bell.

On the 16th January 2014, I woke up, as soon as the alarm went off at 5:30am I run downstairs. I had half an hour to have a protein shake and my last sip of water. Today was the day, and fasting was about to start. I imagined that I'd be anxious, so anxious that I'd be having trouble breathing, and my heart would be racing. Yet I felt calm. I felt strong; my life was about to change, and I was ready.

The morning before the surgery, at my folks place before I left for the hospital.

The morning before the surgery, at my folks place before I left for the hospital.

I snuck back up to bed, and continued to sip some water for the last few minutes before 6am, and my fasting time would begin. We were going through a heat wave, and the temperature was expected to reach 40 degrees again today, for a big water drinker, its fair to say I was very daunted by the lack of water.

Fortunately, I was due at the hospital at 11am. My surgeon told me to expect a long wait, I was last on his list and he had two long and difficult surgeries ahead of me. I'd spent months visualising this day. Waking early at Mum and Dad's place, having my last meal {a protein shake} and a glass of water, beginning my fast. Showering, making sure to wash my hair, maybe I won't be up to washing my hair for a few days.

I visualised the short 10 minute drive from my folk's place to the hospital. My Huz Nick would drive me there. I'd arrive at the hospital, the long walk to admissions, I'd fill out some forms, answer some questions. A friendly nurse would take me into the pre-op ward, ask me some questions, I'd jump on the scales for one last time before 80% of my stomach was removed.

I shared this pic on Instagram while I was waiting to go into surgery. Check the post here.

I shared this pic on Instagram while I was waiting to go into surgery. Check the post here.

And now here I was, sitting in the pre-op waiting room, in a fugly, ill fitting gown, no bra, and boobs taking on more personality than necessary.

I was sitting with two women, who were going in ahead of me. One of the girls was having a Vertical Gastric Sleeve, just like me, the other was having it also, but had to have a gastric band removed beforehand.

I sat playing on my phone; I hit publish on my blog post, and shared with the world what I was about to have. I had tears running down my face. Happy, my world is full of love and support. I never realised just how kind and supportive people could be.

When I hated myself, like the deep hatred 37 years of self-loath kind of HATE, I seemed to be surrounded by others full of hate and anger. But now those tormented voices were drowned out by the beautiful kind and good souls who lifted me up, and who were just there, always in my corner. Cheering me, like they really cared, and wanted the best for me.

These peeps were people I'd known for a while, some only online, some were for real friends who were in my life through social only, and some were new friends, firm Mummy's who although I hadn't known for long, they were the people who knew me the best. They were all  helping to make me a better me.


Some of the insty messages I received that day.

 

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louisa gormley

I've been bouncing around the blogging space and on social blogging since 2007. You may have seen me in my role as a graphic designer and creative director at Notable Imprint, the business I created with my husband. I've blogged at Hello Fleurieu, How Two Thrive with my former biz partner {and still firm friend, Amie Turner} and briefly on Mrs Notable. And now you'll find me here, blogging my heart out, sharing all I love at LouisaG. We grow, we change and evolve, this new space reflects the real me, the me that is stronger for my past, and excited about the future. I have a bright future, one I never imagined because I've made lots of small changes, and these small positive changes have made a big impact on my life.