Don’t you kinda wish you had somewhere to go so you could walk around with this kind of magicalness on your face? People might initially stare but then they’d say, “Oh yeah, she’s half unicorn,” and then everyone else would nod like, “I get it.”
What is Valentine’s Day to you? Chocolates? Roses? Candle lit dinner?
I’m thinking pizza (haven’t had any in a year, can you believe???), sarcasm and The Simpsons. And some chocolates would be nice, actually.
I hope you’re having a lovely day, whether you spend it with someone special, someone silly, all the above or just by yourself (also nice!).
Remember when I said I thought I could come up with my own version of a watermelon dessert? I did! I figured out how to make a watermelon sorbet. And it was really quite easy, just a bit of scooping, freezing and then blending with just 3 ingredients. And you don’t have to use an ice cream churner or put it in the freezer, take it out of the freezer, scrape, put it back in the freezer, scrape etc etc. ARGH. No, none of that. You blitz it once in a blender and you’re DONE.
SO EASY! And it was so tasty! Really great for hot hot hot days like today. I ended up scrolling through the 4 month weather forecast to count how many more hot days like today I have to get through, hahaha. Apparently next week will be the last week with crazy hot temperatures and then things will be normal-ish. Phew. I can handle that. Especially now I have my watermelon dessert bowl that I didn’t fork out $20 for!
Are you ready?
Easy 3 Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet
Juice of 1 Lemon
Half a watermelon (sliced or chopped into chunks), frozen
Put the watermelon chunks into a blender with the lemon juice and one table spoon of honey. You can have more or less honey to taste (or none!) if you like. I didn’t use any water to make this so that the sorbet can be as watermelon-y as possible. The lemon juice does a good job of helping the blender blades move through the watermelon and as the watermelon gets blitzed you get some more liquid that way anyway.
In the beginning you might need to blitz, then stop to scrape the contents around to help the blades but after a while it gets really easy and it won’t be long until you get your sorbet.
This is probably even easier with a food processor but use what you have!
To make it into a fancy looking Watermelon Dessert, just keep the halves of the melon after you have scooped out all the flesh. Freeze half the flesh to make sorbet and make watermelon balls with the other half. I froze my halves but that isn’t necessary.
Scoop the sorbet into the watermelon bowl.
If you made a lot of sorbet you could probably fill the entire half up with sorbet but I wanted a mix of fresh watermelon and sorbet.
That’s all there is to it!
I think this is easily enough for at least 4 people. If you have a lot of sorbet hanging around you can pack it up and keep it in the freezer (but you’ll have to re-blend it again when you want to have it). Or it makes for a good addition to making frappes or smoothies.
I hope you enjoyed that! It’s SO SOOOOOO good and really worth trying out! Let me know if you gave it a go! x
We were walking past a cute dessert joint one night and noticed a huge poster of a watermelon desert looking thingy stuck outside. Basically it looked like half a watermelon with a few melon balls on top, a scoop of ice cream and a flag. Ours for the taking for just $20.
It looked really good, especially for summer time. When I got home though, I started thinking about that price tag. Maybe I could just make it myself? It’s not like I never have a few watermelons at home. I can’t even really have that much dairy or added sugar because they trigger me so that just leaves me with a $20 watermelon? I could save the money for something else, like a class or put it towards a pair of shoes or even better, just save it.
I looked it up online for some further inspiration after my meditation this morning. Honestly though, it entered my thoughts a lot during my meditation too. I hope I told you this before that it’s ok to have thoughts during meditation? It’s just a symptom of being alive! Just do your best to let them keep going as you get back to focusing on meditating. Sometimes these thoughts come out of nowhere and are even inspiring or creative!
Anyway I looked it up online and it didn’t even look like the melon bowl had been scooped so you’d have to work away at scraping the flesh out if you wanted to eat the whole thing. At least that’s what it looked like.
And the rest of it was just some watermelon balls, watermelon flavoured ice and ice cream.
I figured I could try making watermelon sorbet? I’ll see how I go. I was already quite happy with my watermelon bowl this morning. I have some watermelon freezing to experiment on later so I’ll let you know how that goes!
I plan my day in a way that flows.
This affirmation is perfect to start the week with! Here is a snippet of what my Monday morning ritual looks like.
Firstly I meditate. I do this immediately when I wake up and have had half a glass of water to drink. I keep a bottle of water next to my bed to refill my glass from so I don’t even need to move! I prefer to not leave my bedroom (my sanctuary!) until I have meditated so I can set my vibes for the day.
I write a little in my journal about anything interesting that popped up in my dreams and in my meditation. I always keep a few crystals nearby. They’re beautiful and uplifting to look at.
I keep my favourite affirmation cards in my diary so I can pull them out to look over in the morning after meditating. These small square cards are the Empower Yourself Affirmation Cards by Miranda Kerr. I have other affirmations that I note down in my journal too. I keep this particular card in my diary because it seems so appropriate!
It’s so hot at the moment here in Sydney that I have to have a cool shower to refresh. This might sound a bit odd but it’s also a great way for me to fit in a little exercise every single day without fail. Right after my shower, I do 30 push ups against the wall. Just like that, I’ve done some exercise! A word of warning: do not do your wall push ups in the shower where the floor might be wet – you wouldn’t want to slip and hurt yourself.
A new habit I have now is to moisturise my whole body after showering. I use either coconut oil or an oil blend that I make myself. At the moment I’m also using this lotion from Garnier, it smells quite fresh but isn’t too overpowering. I’m trying to get through it so I don’t have a whole row of bottles on my bedside counter like some kind of crazy lotion obsessed person but it’s taking me a while! Usually this would have been finished in a week if B was around because he prefers moisturisers to oils and he always loves using what I get for skin care since he knows how fussy I am about products I didn’t make. But I’m here and he’s still overseas so here I am with oodles of lotion to myself.
This jade bangle is from my mum. I need the moisturiser to help with getting it on. It’s a bit of a struggle but nothing like the kind I went through in Delhi when a very sweet bracelet maker rammed a handful of tiny bangles up my palm. I swear I felt my bones crack that time haha. They were SO beautiful but I nearly cried when I took them off.
After that, one of my favourite parts of the morning: TEA AND BREAKFAST! I like all the morning but that first cup of tea is lovely. I put ice in my tea because it is so hot, is that weird for you? I don’t know how normal that is in a lot of countries but in South East Asia this is extremely common. If Sydney insists on having tropical weather than I have no choice but to crack out the ice cubes.
Although you can get bubble milk tea all over town so I guess you’re probably used to the idea of ice in tea by now.
Mum and I bought these delicious date and walnut scones at the markets yesterday so as an extra special treat I’m having one for breakfast with organic butter. When scones are so fresh I don’t feel like I need jam or cream. That and a big tumbler of water makes the perfect meal to nibble on as I get on with business.
If it isn’t too crazy hot yet then I’ll duck out for a quick walk otherwise I’ll stay in the shade and head out later on in the day when things cool down. I used to be fine in the heat but now that I’m pregnant I just feel the effects so quickly and worse I know that however hot I feel the baby feels even warmer so it’s important that I don’t get dehydrated and stay cool. Another reason to avoid getting too much sun when you’re pregnant is you can get dark patches of skin because of pregnancy hormones. It’s called ‘the mask of pregnancy’ and usually fades after you give birth but personally it’s best to just avoid getting to that point. It’s important to get some sun every day but not too much. Moderation is the key, as usual!
2017 diary planner from Kmart
Watermelon tumbler (comes with lid and straw) from Kmart
I hope you have a lovely week ahead filled with little things that make you happy!
Let me know what your getting Monday morning ritual looks like! x
I met up with a girlfriend for lunch a few weeks ago and was struck by all the prams being pushed around us. Each pram was loaded down with a ginormous diaper bag and pushed by a mum hauling her own handbag.
I had already made up my mind that instead of a diaper bag I’d just use one of my existing bags. Seeing those women just made me more convinced of this plan. And then I thought, I know! I’ll do that and GET A NEW HANDBAG instead. Bahahahaha. Stay with me: if we’re pushing baby around in a pram, there’s that little basket thing underneath where the baby goes that you could always store equipment in and if I’m breastfeeding (hopefully that works, if it doesn’t I want to know why did I go up three bust sizes for) then I don’t need to pack any bottles of formula. So what do I really need to bring?
- A few diapers.
- Ziplock bags for dirty diapers.
- A change of clothes. Maybe a top for me too just in case I get spit up on.
- Baby wipes.
- Nursing pads for me.
- A cloth I can lay the baby on for changing.
- Another cloth to use for breastfeeding time.
- A bib.
I feel like in my normal day to day I carry around way more than that LOL. So it wouldn’t be as though I can’t fit things into my bag. And I really don’t love the look of diaper bags. NO THANKS!
And that’s the story of how I decided I’d rather get a bag. I don’t take buying bags lightly, mind you. It takes me MONTHS to decide. Unlike my shoe purchases. But this time, I’ve decided that I’ll get something classic that I can pass on to my daughter. With that weird justification (in my mind I make very good sense) let’s get on with THE PROWL, eeeeeee, excited!
In no particular order:
Saint Laurent Classic Monogramme Bag in Large
This is pretty classic. I like the mixed quilting on this YSL bag and the silver hardware. Most of my bags have gold hardware.
Saint Laurent Classic Large Collège Monogram Shoulder bag
A slightly different look with the handle but maybe this is too “schoolbag” looking? Hmm.
Saint Laurent Classic Medium Collège Monogram with Embellished Leather
Whack a few stars on it though and I’m digging it. Typical me! But then I feel like this wouldn’t be so much a classic as a one-off trend thing. Maybe if I were on the lookout for a baby sized handbag then I would get something like this in a small size.
Saint Laurent Large Monogram Matelassé Suede Shoulder Bag in Coffee
I love a fuzzy bag and I have this thing for suede. What do you think of the brown? Very autumn?
Saint Laurent Medium Tri-Quilt Slouchy Leather Shoulder Bag
Oooooh, grey looks good.
Saint Laurent Monogram Blogger Leather Shoulder Bag
“Blogger” bags. TEMPTING! And with the hearts on it, so cute! Maybe next purchase (in a few years haha)!
Saint Laurent Sac De Jour Baby Shoulder Bag
And then I saw these Sac De Jour totes by YSL. So many colours!!! And shades of grey and black! And textures!
How do people decide on just one colour? I managed to almost eliminate navy bags because I have a navy Balenciaga that I’m very happy with. I said almost – pretty sure this one here is some shade of blue.
They don’t close up the top though, do they? I was pretty set on getting this style in the ‘baby’ size but thought I’d juuuuuuuuuust look a little longer.
Saint Laurent Classic Small Monogramme Downtown Cabas Bag in Rose Antic
How cute are these? And I love the colours!
Saint Laurent Classic Small Monogramme Downtown Cabas Bag in Oyster Grey
Mulberry Small New Bayswater in Candy
This Mulberry bag was the first bag I came across and considered getting. Such a happy colour!
Saint Laurent Medium Monogramme Sunset Bag in Indian Pink
This sugary pink bag caught my eye too. Less bright but very sweet all the same.
Mulberry Small New Bayswater in Canary
And then I went back to the Mulberrys and saw this canary yellow one. Also a happy colour!
Céline Small Trapeze
I do like Céline bags though and this has some colour to it but isn’t over the top.
Chloé Drew Crossbody 23cm in Royal Navy
Hmm, this is nice too. Aaaaaaannnnndddddd we’re back to blue.
Miu Miu Soft Calf Shoulder Bag
VERY ladylike with Miu Miu.
Saint Laurent Classic Small Sac De Jour in Blush
Since I’m looking at colourful bags, may as well go look at some more Sac De Jour totes. Like this one in blush.
Saint Laurent Small Downtown Cabas Tote
I feel like I already posted this one but let’s look at it again, shall we?
Saint Laurent Mini ‘Love’ Heart Chain Bag
Oh my goodness, a heart shaped bag WITH stars on it? If I were getting 2 handbags, or more like 1.2 handbags (for the same price as 2 bags though, hmmph) this might be one of them! But I’m not. So.
Another Small Sac De Jour from Saint Laurent
Meanwhile, in Sac De Jour land… EVERYONE could use a red handbag, couldn’t they?
And Another Saint Laurent Sac De Jour Tote
But this shade of pink though. This one really tugs at my heart strings.
Saint Laurent Sac De Jour Baby Tote
Although black is always good. ARGH. Except this is blue isn’t it? *Squints* I can’t tell anymore!
What do you think of my choices? Some of these are too small to be practical but I had such an enjoyable time oohing and aahing over everything that I thought you might like to take a look at them too!
Do you have any of these bags? I’d love to hear your experiences with them if you do!