Birthdays are strange. I always feel like there’s some kind of pressure to have a really awesome stand-out day. But that doesn’t really ever happen for me. I usually just try to relax a little, and maybe eat a lot of food that I love. :P
Yesterday I turned 28 years old. The day was no different to any other day. We did some location scouting for this week’s wedding. I somehow got another chest virus, so the car trip wasn’t that much fun for me. I ate pizza. And frozen yoghurt (new york cheesecake flavoured!!). And lay around in bed watching TV shows with Hook, whilst thinking about all of the work that I needed to be doing.
I did get a few lovely gifts though. A ticket to Semi-Permanent from Hook (if you’re heading along to the Auckland one I’d love to meet up with some fellow bloggers and designers!). A beautiful ring from my BFF. It’s my birthstone. Super pretty. And I’ve got a gift on it’s way from my brother and his girlfriend too.
I’m feeling much better today than yesterday thankfully. Hook is on day one of a three day video shoot, so I’m at home trying to get through as much work as I possibly can. Whilst blasting some Childish Gambino while I’m at it. Thanks to Vanessa for unknowingly introducing me to this! Haha.
What do you usually do for your birthday? Any fun traditions? Or is it just another day for you like it is for me?
In December of last year, my dad and two of his mates stand up paddleboarded (SUP) the entire length of the Waikato River – from one side of Lake Taupo, all the way to Port Waikato (for those of you who have no idea how far that is, it’s over 350km). It took them a little less than 5 days, battling a lot of wind, and camping each night on the river side.
This journey was a fundraiser for a brave little 11 year old boy named Harrison, who had a rare bone cancer. Sadly, Harrison lost his battle with cancer on the 16th of February 2014. He was a real fighter, and always wore a smile on his face. Although I never met Harrison, his life and journey has made a huge impact on my family and today they will be honouring his memory at his funeral. Rest in peace, sweet Harrison.
I am so proud of my dad and his friends for the massive accomplishment of completing their Lake To Port SUP adventure. It was awesome getting to see them make it to the finish line with massive smiles on their faces. Rosie clearly missed dad a lot during his trip! She was very excited to see him once they were back on dry land. I’m so glad that I got to capture these moments.
I’ve been hunting around for some awesome mint and peach earrings for quite some time now, but I’m kind of picky. Just cannot seem to find any ones that are perfect. And then Emily Green posted some of her new stud colours on Instagram and I was instantly in love with the shape. I jumped on to her website and found that she had the exact colours I was after, and more! So now I have a bit of an earring wishlist. Right in time for my birthday. Wink wink.
I don’t know why, but the diet I was on (should really still be on it but… nahhhh) really made me crave potato chips (which I’m not supposed to have at all – no potato, plus it’s fried in all sorts of badness) so I had to find something that could work well in it’s place. Nuts are so boring to me and they just didn’t satisfy my need for a crunchy snack like a chip can. So I turned to good ol’ kale chips!
The first time I made these they were wayyyyy too salty. The recipe I used gave no indication of the amounts of things to use so I was just guessing (something I am not good at doing apparently). I could tell I liked kale chips through the saltiness, so I had to give it another shot when I got back on the diet. Here’s my recipe (with measurements!) in case you want to give them a go – they’re super easy!
3 stalks of kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat over to 150 degrees celcius.
Cut the large ribs out of the middle of each kale stalk.
Cut or break the leaves into approximately 2 inch sections.
Pop the kale into a bowl and drizzle with the olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt and give it a good toss.
Lay it all out onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Put it in the oven for approximately 20 minutes, or until crisp and darkened.
Take them out of the oven and let cool for a bit. Enjoy!
P.S. I didn’t just want to call this post ‘kale chips’, so I started Googling kale puns (good lord, what is wrong with me?) and I found this post; 25 pick up lines for kale lovers. Apparently there are other people out there as cool as I am. ;)
Every time I’ve seen my psoriasis specialist he’s tried to convince me that juice cleansing will do me a world of good. He even had me watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, a doco about a man who beat his urticaria (another skin condition I suffer from but ‘p’, as I like to call it, is my real issue) by only consuming fresh juice for 60 days (no food that entire time!). After watching the film I thought I’d give this juice cleansing business a shot.
My mum is letting me borrow her juicer, but I still haven’t even taken it out of the box. Having no juicing experience, I decided it might be easier (plus I’m lazy) to just purchase a juice cleanse from Pure Health Delivered – a company who creates juice cleanse packs and sends them out to you with instructions on when to drink which juice. Seemed easy enough, and even though it was costly, I’d rather pay more than have had to sort out my own juices constantly.
I decided to go with the 3 day advanced cleanse (purely because the basic one included a pineapple based drink which I’m allergic to). Leading up to the cleanse, you’re meant to ease into it by cutting out all refined stuff (no gluten, dairy or sugar) and just eat fruit and vegetables. I didn’t really get a good chance to do this so I already wasn’t off to a good start. The schedule for each day was the same – green, green, green, zesty lemonade, green, cashew at 2-2.5 hour intervals. I thought I would share some notes I took down about each day and I how I felt afterwards…
My first impression of the green juice was that it tasted like kiwifruit (despite the fact there is no kiwifruit in it). Which I thought hey, this isn’t so bad. By the time I had gotten 3/4 of the way through the first bottle, I was over it. The taste seemed to have gotten worse. Almost had a sour quality to it. By the time I was on to my third green juice of the day I was pretty much hating them.
It seemed like 2 hours between each drink is not enough time. By the time I had finished one juice, then tried to down a heap of filtered water (oh yeah, you have to drink 2-3 litres of water a day as well!), my alarm would go over for the next juice! I felt like I was just constantly drinking the entire day which I wasn’t used to at all.
I was looking forward to the zesty lemon juice after so much green juice. I clearly didn’t read what the ingredients were of it beforehand though and it was basically just lemon and cayenne pepper. Now, for those that don’t know me very well, I LOATHE pepper. Even just standard black pepper that people seem to drown their food in I can’t handle. It burns, so bad. So the drink turned out to basically just be a lot of cayenne and I couldn’t drink more than a mouthful. I wasn’t really prepared for that to happen so I tried to make my own with just water, lemon and a tiny bit of raw honey to sweeten it. Tasted super gross.
I had heard that the cashew dream juice was really yummy. And it did taste good. However, I really struggled with the texture of that one. The cashews were obviously never going to to a proper thin liquid stage, so instead it felt quite pulpy – I could almost chew it. That kinda put me off that drink completely and I struggled to drink the entire bottle.
This day was a lot easier than the first. I managed to drink the first three green juices with no problem at all. I ditched the zesty lemon one altogether. However, going for my fourth green juice of the day, I nearly gagged at the sight of it. I have a bit of a weird issue where sometimes if I just absolutely don’t feel like something, even the thought of having it can make me want to/actually throw up. As soon as I got it out of the fridge I felt weak and I thought about being sick right there in the kitchen sink. So, I made a call to eat a plain gluten-free rice cake to see if it calmed me down. And it did. So yeah, cheated on that second day but at least it got me to drink the rest of the green juice, right?
I found the cashew dream juice easier to drink on day two – I just tried to drink it as fast as I possibly could so that I wouldn’t get hung up too much on the texture.
My last day of the cleanse happened to fall on Big Day Out (a music festival) and I had hoped to go later in the evening which would allow me to finish all of the juices before going there. But plans changed and I ended up going after my third green juice of the day. You can’t bring any drink in with you to BDO so I had to just not have the rest of the drinks since I was there from 3pm till 11pm. I could see people walking around with salads which I thought would be handy to ease my way back into food land, however I couldn’t even find a stand that sold them! I ended up having to have hot chips and a hot dog while I was there which I was kind of disappointed about (but they tasted amazing haha). So, in conclusion, day three was a bit of a bust.
Overall I didn’t find myself being hungry much during it at all. The only times I wanted food was when I could see or smell whatever Hook was eating and I got jealous haha. I had a headache majority of the 3 days, and never really felt ‘better’ after it. Nor did it do anything at all for my psoriasis. So. Probably not the best spent $190 ever haha. I’d be interested in trying it again once I use the juicer I have and figure out a good set of juices (that I actually like) to do it with. I think enjoying the juices would make all of the difference!