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How to manifest – Step 2 of 3: Take action before you’re ready

As with any dream or desire, once you know what you truly want and why you want it – in other words, once you get clear on your purpose and intention –  it stands to reason that you will have to do something in order to get what you want. In the second installment of my “How to manifest” blog trilogy, I’m going to take you through step 2 and what you must do in order for your dream or desire to take shape. I’ll also debunk some myths that get under people’s skin and often stall or even put a stop to the manifestation process. Read more

How to manifest – Step 1 of 3: Set your intention

When I decided to write a book, I had no idea what was in store. What I did know was that I hadn’t been through hell and back for no good reason, and that I would one day save another’s life. That was the seed. That was when and how I began to manifest a publishing contract. In this mini blog trilogy, you will discover how to manifest what you want in three easy steps and I will show you a real life example of how manifestation works. Read more

Sunday session: Sneaky chocolate raspberry green smoothie

Mix up your green juice or green smoothie routine with this super interesting combo! A unique blend of greens and fruit produce a taste you’d least expect – chocolate!* Try it and tell me if you agree! Take a photo of your Sneaky Chocolate Raspberry Green Smoothie, upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and hashtag #inspiredmood to share your thoughts :) Read more

Sunday smoothie session: Watermelon, beetroot, broccoli and greens juice

Watermelon makes everything better. Hot? Watermelon will cool you down. Thirsty? Watermelon will quench your thirst. In need of a sweet fix? Watermelon’s got that covered too. Perhaps that’s why this particular recipe is one of my favourite juices. But, not only is is sweet and deliciously refreshing, it’s also bursting with greens and antioxidants. Read more

Sunday smoothie session: Seeing red in a green juice

This is one of my favourite juices and perfect for sharing with anyone who wouldn’t down a vegetable juice with the same level of enthusiasm as you would perhaps. It’s a green juice in disguise – the beetroot and red kale masking the incredibly nutritious green goodness. Trust me, I made it for my nieces (who ordinarily wouldn’t touch a green juice with a barge pole) and they loved it! I hope you will too :) Read more

Sunday session: Green mango smoothie, summer in a cup

Summer may be on the way out (OK, it’s the first day of autumn, summer is gone for another year) but you can still get all the goodness of summer in with this green mango smoothie. It’s simple – just five ingredients in the blender – but man, is it delicious! It’s also loaded with Vitamins C, A and B6 – great for the immune system, organ function, and metabolism. Enjoy, and feel free to share your own recipes in the comments below. Read more

Sunday smoothie session – Going green with juicing and “Sweet baby ado”

Anyone who knows me knows I love a challenge. So, of course, I started the year by partaking in a “juice a day challenge“. I don’t have a juicer, or even a functioning blender, but I do have a magic bullet. For an additional challenge, I tried new recipes on the fly every day and I tried to ensure it was a green juice or a green smoothie. As a novice juicer (I normally just buy them when I’m out, rather than make them at home), you can bet there were some doozies. Trust me when I say – regardless of the nutritional benefits – kale, baby spinach, broccoli, avocado, raspberries and cacao is not worth it! Or, at least there are better ways to enjoy these otherwise awesome ingredients. But there were some winning combos and so, naturally, I’ll be sharing those with you in this new series: Sunday smoothie session! Starting with… Read more

Macadamia-crusted lamb rack with sweet potato and greens

I’m flat out thinking of any meal more Aussie than lamb – except maybe meat pies, lamington and pavlova, but those are debatable. Am I right my Kiwi friends? Heck, I’ve just realised that this post is about lamb (i.e. sheep!) – eek! I will stop digging this hole right now… And then, I can’t help but think of the crack-up Aussie comedy Kath & Kim every time I cook a lamb rack – or “rack off lamb” as Kim calls it. Like the flashy gals from Fountain Gate, my macadamia-crusted Aussie lamb rack and baked sweet potato with steamed beans and broccoli may like to appear a little bit fancy, but it’s super simple (to make, that is). Not to mention it combines two of Australia’s best-known exports – lamb and macadamias, each of which are packed with nutritional benefits. Read more

The power of affirmations to manifest your desires

I want to tell you a little bit about the power of affirmations. I know what you’re thinking. It seems utterly ridiculous. How could uttering a few measly words of positivity possibly make all your wildest dreams or deepest desires come true?! Well, it’s quantum physics. Plain and simple (or maybe not)! I won’t bore you with all the E=mc2 style details (which, to be honest, are kind of above my head too!), but I’ll share a secret with you instead. Read more

Raw strawberry cheesecake – a healthy dessert for Valentine’s Day

Decadent desserts aren’t usually equated with good health, but this raw strawberry cheesecake isn’t your ordinary sinful sweet. In fact, it could quite easily be the best strawberry cheesecake you’ve ever had, for more reasons than one. Read more

Release anticipation, expectation – watch a sunrise, have a little faith

I woke early this morning, looked out my bedroom window and saw the city lights glowing before a soft, pale blue sky. I woke at the perfect time to watch the sunrise. I pulled back the bed covers, slipped out of bed and opened the bedroom door onto the east-facing balcony. I perched on a stool, the early morning air giving me goosebumps, and waited. And waited. And waited. The sky was lightening and I could see more of the landscape. The stars were disappearing, the city lights were turning off, the trees on the hill surrounding the southern side of the city were becoming clear, and the soil in the paddock on the furthest south-west corner of my view was becoming redder, richer. The sun was making its presence known, but I couldn’t see it. Had I missed it? Was it hidden behind a great blanket of cloud that stretched across the vast horizon? Read more

Sweet potato shepherd’s pie – a paleo alternative to the country classic

Shepherd’s pie, or cottage pie as it’s also known, was likely a staple meal when you were growing up, and perhaps it still is today. There is something positively comforting about this simple dish, which is essentially a crustless meat pie topped with mashed potato. What’s even more comforting about this particular recipe (which is paleo friendly and sugar free) is that it’s oozing with hearty flavours, packed with nutrient-dense vegetables, and topped with a sweet-as creamy crust. Best of all, it’s just as easy to whip up as the old-fashioned version, so my guess is you’ll be making this recipe on a pretty regular basis. Read more

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