Life Lately + Thrifty Valentines

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I feel like I’m cheating putting up a bunch of instagram photos as a blog post, but I feel like it’s the only way to keep in touch right now as I am so busy trying to be a good Mum (it was my new years resolution!) AND cram a lot of study in on the side before my course ends in April.

But before I go on, what are you doing for Valentines? I almost forgot it was coming until Lucy from Lulastic & The Hippyshake reminded me with her Valentines Day post on last minute DIY gifts! I hope you’re not a sucker and fall for all the marketing hype because, like most other “gift giving occasions”, Valentines should be more about the thought than the price tag (should there even be a price tag?). As I’ve used up all my DIY gift ideas on PJ lately he’s going to get a nice home cooked meal and a big jar full of sentimental (I’m copying Lucy’s idea, check it out here!). I think everyone deserves to hear what makes them special, which is far more romantic than a box of chocolates or a piece of jewellery (or whatever the marketing people are convincing us to buy these days).

But back to my pathetic blog post – here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

eco empire raw carrot cake

1. Raw carrot cake by my friend Tracey (who in my world is the best cook ever and spoils me with MANY amazing home cooked meals). She has a blog Tracey Bakes which I wish she’d blog on more often!eco empire organic fruit and vege delivery perth

2. We’re trialling a new organic fruit & vege company that delivers. It’s been pretty good so far. It’s also the first time we’ve had zero food waste. I’m teaching myself how to meal plan based on what gets delivered (which is only ‘in season’ fruit & vege). It’s how it should be.

eco empire eco baby trees outdoors

3. I’m trying to spend more time outdoors, which is actually quite hard as Perth is experiencing some very hot weather lately (and let’s not forget that lovely ozone layer hole that sits above us). So with that in mind my son and I have started spending at least half an hour in our backyard first thing every morning when it’s nice and cool, which is such a lovely way to start the day.eco empire eco baby

4. This kid. He makes my day with that smile (and you can’t even see his dimple in this photo!). eco empire family history australian generation

5. After mentioning that Baby E is seventh generation Australian, my grandmother then pulled all the photos out of each generation to show me. My grandmother Elsie is on the very right in her wedding dress. It’s actually quite amazing to see the family resemblance in some of the older photographs. eco empire young coconut drink

6. I’m currently obsessed with young coconuts after trying them at a local Thai restaurant. I assumed their deliciously sweet flavour was from sugar syrup and coconut water, but was amazed to discover the flavour is straight from a young coconut. You almost won’t believe it until you crack open your own young coconut, drink the water and eat the soft and fleshy coconut. Delicious!!

3 thoughts on “Life Lately + Thrifty Valentines

  1. Sounds like you’re enjoying life right now – good on you! Love your 30 minutes outside idea – I too love being out in my garden, so relaxing! Thanks too for the links to Ixchel, Lulastic and Traceybakes x

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