Category: My Daily Life

The Intern Review – An Unexpected Movie that Left Me in Tears

On Sunday night, Ross and I went for dinner and to watch a movie. It has become a sort of ritual for us, this movie thing, and there are just so many great movies coming out lately. We also loooove movies.

We watched ‘The Intern‘ starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. It is a comedy about a 70-year old, Ben Whittaker, (De Niro) who discovers that retirement isn’t all it is cracked up to be, and leaves him bored and wanting for more. He applies for a senior intern post, and gets the job where he works under Jules Ostin (Hathaway), who founded and runs the company. He ends up becoming somewhat of an adviser for Jules, and helps her in unexpected ways. (more…)

Bountiful Berries Bullet

If you know me at all, you’ll know that I am not a morning person. Not in any way, shape or form.. So, you can all be very proud of me because I woke up a few minutes early to make my Bountiful Berries Bullet.

Berries are packed with Vitamin C, and have anti-ageing properties – vital for this post-birthday girl.

Here’s my recipe, with inspiration from the Kayla Itsines eating plan..

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The Most Productive Weekend Ever

Look, I’m not crazy, I know we’re starting a new weekend today, but I’m still so proud of my productiveness last weekend.

On the Friday night, Ross and I decided to have a spontaneous date night, and we popped off to one of our favourite restaurants, Ciao Baby Cucina for one of our favourite meals – the Pesto pasta (with linguine). The original plan was to watch a movie but we were soooo sleepy, that we went home instead (and sang along to the greatest Disney tunes – thanks Apple Music). We got home and watch Selfless (with Ryan Reynolds, just saying) in bed, and just as I was drifting in and out of sleep, a spider ran along Ross’ arm and onto his laptop. I ‘nope’d it outta that bed quicker than a kid celebrating holiday time.

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Life Lessons about Saying Goodbye

I recently lost my father to stage four pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed in June of 2014, and was given approximately 6 months to live (should he not choose to have treatment). After a few long weeks, he decided to go ahead with chemotherapy for us, his family. He was extremely sick while on chemo, and struggled through the treatments. By the December of 2014, the chemo stopped having an effect on his multiple tumours, and it was then decided that there was no value in continuing the chemotherapy.

He was pretty strong throughout, and the first time you could start to notice that he was ‘sick’ was in July this year, when he became jaundiced and suddenly started drastically losing weight. From July, things happened pretty quickly, he started saying his goodbyes, he started getting confused (due to the toxins building up in his body), and before we knew it, on the 22nd of August, he was gone. In the process of having my dad pass away, I was exposed to a number of lessons. I’m also finding that I’m discovering new lessons on a daily basis. Here is what I have learnt so far.

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Birthday Blues and Why I’m Not Making a List

I am a perpetual sufferer of the ‘birthday blues’. In just under two weeks, I will be another year older. Every year, as September rolls on, I feel the same sadness consume me. Apparently birthday sadness is quite a common thing. I don’t call it depression (as others do) because I feel depression is a much more serious thing compared to just feeling a bit down because I’m turning a year older.

I haven’t quite pinpointed what it is about my birthday that makes me feel so down. (more…)

I Have a New Obsession

I have a new obsession. A Snapchat obsession. Yes, you read that right.

obsession

I downloaded Snapchat way back when it had just started up, and I didn’t quite ‘get’ the concept, plus I didn’t really know anyone on it, and before long, it was deleted off my phone – because, let’s face it, when you have a 16GB iPhone YOU HAVE NO SPACE TO SPARE.

Now that I had heard a few people I know were on it, I decided to download it again and holy cow, am I obsessed?! It’s a bit ridiculous. I think I use Snapchat more than I use any other form of social media right now. (more…)

An Exciting Announcement – Ask Andy

I often get asked a lot of questions. Everyone has an inclination to Ask Andy. We’re talking personal questions, things you’d be too shy to ask your own mother for fear of judgement. I’ve always been told that I’m a good listener. I’ve also noticed a trend that not only do friends come to me and ask me their awkward questions, but strangers have started doing it too! (more…)

Sometimes Green Thumbs are Overrated

I don’t have the green thumbs that everyone else in my family seems to have. I have had tons of pot plants, all of which last a few months before they shrivel up and go to garden heaven. Now, before you tell me, “Oh please, Andrea, it’s so easy! You just need to water them!” All I need to say is:

A. No matter how much you water them, a lack of green thumbs will still kill your flowers.

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B. I will admit that I forget to water my plants almost every day (so, admittedly, maybe it’s not all about the green thumbs). (more…)

The McCain 5 Day Challenge

I was recently tasked with a challenge by McCain. My mission (should I choose to accept it) was to use McCain products every day for 5 days as part of the #McCain5DayChallenge. To be honest, it didn’t seem like it would be too difficult to accomplish from the start – simply because, if you open my freezer, you will only find McCain products.  I always use McCain because I just find it so simple, there is no prep work and they freeze in as much goodness as possible.  I don’t think it’s feasible to constantly buy fresh veggies – and this is just the next best thing. (more…)