Monthly Archives: July 2011

Why Aldi rocks (but is bad for chocolate lovers)

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Let me preface this by saying this is not a sponsored post. Because, you know, the sponsorship offers of my high traffic blog are just flying in.

Today I would like to rave about Aldi. Aldi rocks. In fact I may have dedicated an entire post to Aldi already…or perhaps it was just to online shopping. Anyway. Aldi rocks. Did I mention that? Let me tell you why. They have an organic range of food that is cheaper, that’s right, CHEAPER than the normal equivalent at a regular supermarket.

They have organic milk for $1.99. Organic chocolate. Organic coffee. Even organic baby formula. They have Lindt equivalent chocolate that tastes just as good (if not better!) and it’s HALF THE PRICE!!! (which is actually incredibly dangerous for chocolate lovers like myself). In fact, Aldi is cheap as chips, and most of their stuff is Australian made.

I started shopping Aldi about a year ago now but my husband wasn’t into it. He’s not really into anything that’s not “normal” or “usual” (I have no idea how we get along). It didn’t matter what I said, I couldn’t sway him from the idea that Aldi was just cheap knockoffs. Until his mate introduced him to Aldi chocolate, and a few other items. Well, of course, if it comes out of his mate’s mouth then it must be right, so finally he’s on board with the Aldi shopping. (Though he has complained about the organic milk, that it doesn’t taste right, but I said “yeah, that’s because it’s go no added crap to it.”)

If you’ve never been before it helps to know what you’re getting into before you go, because it can be incredibly intimidating and it’s easy to look like a newbie. First, bring your own shopping bags, because at Aldi they charge you. Next, you have to be super fast in packing your bags because they don’t do it for you. So my tip is not to bother, just put the groceries into your trolley, move your trolley over to the bench and pack from there.

Aldi is fantastic for staple items, but if you’re looking for more specialist stuff then your regular grocery store is the best option. Still, you can buy enough food to feed a small family of 4 (as in a preppy and a toddler) for a week for less than $100.

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Lunchbox fillers for kidlets

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http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/green-kids-lunch-44071008Are you running out of ideas on what to give your scavengers kids for snack time at school? I know I suffer from brain fuzz sometimes when it comes to making it healthy and interesting without giving them the same things all the time. So here are my suggestions, and feel free to add yours in the comments!

  • Sakata rice crackers- the whole grain ones are delicious and have no flavour enhancers or any other bad stuff. Yummy flavours and tasty!
  • A tub of sultanas, banana chips and nuts
  • Frozen berries (Aldi sells boxes of frozen berries for $5.00. Waaaay cheaper than the fresh variety and really yummy once they’ve thawed!)
  • Frozen berries in organic natural yoghurt (Aldi also has awesome organic natural yoghurt…)
  • Tune, avocado and plain natural yoghurt dip (to go with the rice crackers)
  • ChoppedĀ  fruit (I find the whole apple will get eaten more often if I have chopped it up rather than left it whole)
  • A tub of cold meat and cheese
  • Organic cheese flavoured corn chips (again, good ol’ Aldi has the organice kind, nice and cheap, with no nasty stuff)
  • Tin of baked beans (good cold and straight from the tin according to my 5yo)
  • Oven baked pita bread broken up into “chips” and sprinkled with herbs
  • Home made gluten free biscuits (like oat and raisen) yummy!
  • Chopped carrots and celery to go with the tuna and avocado dip

There, lots of ideas to rotate, none of them leaving you feeling guilty.

Random questions for your consideration

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One of my favourite things to do when I meet new people is to ask those random questions, like, if you had one day left to live what would you do. I think it gives insight into the true essence of a person and what makes them tick.

So, here are some questions for you to consider:

  1. If you had only 24 hoursĀ  to live what would you spend it doing? (Don’t worry about how you would afford it etc. The sky’s the limit)
    I would fly my closest friends and my family somewhere warm and tropical and spend the day at the beach drinking cocktails, eating food, and talking and laughing. I’d have a bonfire and watch the sun set and rise. Hell, I’d probably sleep on the beach, if it was warm enough.

  2. What superhero power would you choose?
    The power to heal

  3. If you could invite 3 people to a dinner party who would they be?
    Hmmm… John Lennon…The Dalai Lama….and Jesus.

  4. Which ability would you rather have, the ability to fly or be invisible?
    Fly

  5. If you had only one wish, what would it be? (no wishing for unlimited wishes)
    I wish that humanity could live together harmoniously, looking out for each other and working together as a community to help each other and be happy.

  6. If you could have any career what would it be?
    A travel writer (I chose that because it’s hard to get into. If I could just be a travel writer, then I could work on becoming a Psychologist while doing that that would be swell)

  7. What is something you’ve always wanted to try but have been too scared to?
    Usually if I want to try something I find some way to do it…so in this case all I can think of is going bungee jumping.

Living the dream

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A few days ago I said to someone “congratulations, you’re living the dream.” Afterwards I wondered, what does that even mean? So often we say to people, wow, look at you, living the dream! But what is “living the dream”? Who’s dream are we referring to anyway?

My dream is to work not because I have to but because I want to. It’s having the freedom to do whatever, be wherever and study whatever. It’s having options. I’m working towards that dream, and I can feel it coming. But unless you know what you’re working towards, how do you know what to do to get it?

What does “living the dream” mean to you?

Breaking free from self-imposed chains

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So what has changed in the last 8 months?

Well…

  • New job, and new job prospects
  • The end of a toxic friendship
  • Re-meeting an old friend from years ago and realising we have even more in common than we did back then
  • Change of career path (from PR to Psychology!)
  • Making many, many wonderful new friends
  • Letting go of old worries
  • Releasing old guilt
  • Progression down the spiritual path
  • The opportunity of a lifetime (which I will explain in more detail when the time is right)

I’m sure there have been others, but I just can’t think of them at 9am on a Saturday morning.

One thing I have been struggling with is how to integrate the two seemingly contradictory sides of myself. On one hand I want to lead a life of simple happiness, with few possessions cluttering my home, to meditate and do yoga every day, and to help people, especially teenagers. But on the other, I want a glamorous job as a travel writer or features writers and be financially free, so I have the freedom to do the things I enjoy. How can these two contradictory aspects coexist harmoniously in the same person without making them (me) go crazy?

There is a shift in energy occurring on the planet at the moment. Like joining the left and right brain, or male and female energy, or spirit and matter, to form one complete thing. No longer either/or but both, together. That’s what I’m trying to achieve.

And why does it have to be either/or? I mean, look at Maslow’s Hierarchy. In order to reach self-actualisation all the lower levels need to be satisfied first, including basic needs like food, water, shelter, moving to love, acceptance and belonging, then ending, finally, after all the others have been met, at self-actualisation. So that in itself explains how I can want both the superficial stuff and the spiritual stuff at the same time.

I mean really, it’s all about freedom in the end. The freedom to do as one chooses. But let me tell you a secret that not many people know, and few are willing to accept. The secret is this: We ARE all free. The only limits to what we can do and achieve are SELF IMPOSED and they are done so for a reason. It’s simply a matter of figuring out why. What lessons you are meant to be learning out of it.

Think about it…That’s saying that wherever you are right now, whatever restrictions you have in your life have been self-imposed.

Be brutal. Be honest. Then you will be free.

A nameless poem

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Through wind and rain we trundle on, though darkness looms all round;
Our hopes and dreams keep us aglow, a saddened soul not found.
In turn we come to know that what we see is not what is,
And in this knowledge, soundly kept, the true heart always lives.

Melissa Wallace

Ch…ch…ch…ch…changes!

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It’s amazing how quickly life can turn around. Within 8 months my life has done a complete 180. At the start of the year I was ready, no, desperate to pack up and go to India for a year to live in an Ashram. I was on a downhill spiral and the Ashram was the only way I could see out of the mess I was in.

Now…who knew things could change so drastically and so quickly! New opportunities have arisen from nothing at all. Life is amazing. And I am happy.

Everyone goes through ups and downs. It’s a part of life. We just have to remember that there is always, ALWAYS a silver lining. Even if we can’t see it at the time.

xo