Remember to Water

Our household is somehow really terrible at remembering to water the plants. We get so excited about new plants and then our green finger dies and we forget to water them leaving our herbs to get all dried up. Now we are desperate and researching. Keeping plants alive shouldn’t be that hard but apparently it is (which makes us feel a bit better). There are now apps to help remind the busy person to go outside and water your plants! Gardening apps range from free to $10+ for the serious gardener but we have found an app that will work perfectly for us.
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This is the FREE app to remind you to get your watering on. Once you have set up the app go about your normal day and eventually you will be get push notifications of when you need to soil, fertilise or water the plants. We have downloaded and are trailing it now so let’s hope Koubachi is going to help keep our herbs alive and well.
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Exercise the brain

It’s always a good idea to exercise your brain and we have figured out the best way how! To stimulate and develop your brain fitness head to a game of trivia! Once a week we go down to our local bar where we can be social, have fun and keep our minds sharp.
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 Trivia improves thinking – Without even realising it when playing trivia you are improving your cognition skills therefore you will find it easier to learn new things, concentrate and perform tasks better in the long run.
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It helps reduce stress – if you are stressed out in any way, shape or form trivia will lessen the amount of cortisol (stress hormone) released in the body and therefore relax you, as well as improve your ability to focus and think.
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You are cross-training your brain - When you attend trivia that covers a variety of subjects your brain is forced to rely on skill, memory, logic and so much more. It’s called mental cross-training and it’s super beneficial.
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It makes you happy – Playing trivia makes you feel happy and cheerful. A bit of friendly competition heightens your mood, boosts your ego and will release more feel-good hormones into the brain.

A weekend in San Francisco

We had only a couple of days to explore this awesome city. San Francisco is home to some interesting architecture, incredible designs, 43 hills, the most restaurants and farmer’s markets per captia in North America, galleries, the Bay area and so much more. Two days was hardly enough but what we managed to fit in are most of the highlights of this magical city. Here’s what we recommend you do:
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Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge 
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Sail around the Bay-Area at sunset
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Experience Alcatraz (book this in early as limited spots available)
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Stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf
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Watch the smelly seals on Pier 39
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Drive down Lombard St – the crookedest street in San Francisco
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Head to the old school Arcade (Musée Mécanique) on Fisherman’s Wharf
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Walk the city to take in the hills and architecture 
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Go on a Tram
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Chocolate Chip Muffins

Sometimes you just have a craving for a warm, chocolate chip muffin to go with your tea or coffee. We had that yearning over the weekend so we found a recipe (from Taste) and will now be indulging in muffins for the rest of the week.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, plus extra for topping
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

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Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200C and fill a muffin tray with paper cases.
  • Place the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  • Pour all the liquid ingredients into a measuring jug and whisk together

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  • Mix both dry and wet ingredients together to make a runny batter. Spoon into prepared muffin cases.

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  • Cook for 20 minutes or until the muffins are risen and springy.

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Work hard, play even harder

Most of our time is spent in an office working the typical 9-5 job. This therefore leaves the only time to go out and socialise straight after shift (besides the weekend of course). Yes you can go from work into the night with the same clothes on but why not dress up a little to suit the occasion? Here are some ideas of how you can add or change your accessories so your work outfit turns into a glamorous, hot evening outfit.
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Night:
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The benefit of public transport

Unfortunately due to lack of parking where we work public transport is a day-to-day occurrence. On the plus size though, we are getting in our daily exercise of a minimum 30 minutes of walking. In a study conducted in Australia it showed that public transport goers average a 41 minute walk every day compared to people using private transport at 8 minutes a day (obviously this doesn’t take into account what you do as a job).
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So what is so good about walking at least 30 minutes everyday? Well the gentle form of low impact exercise could be just what you need. Walking can help strengthen your heart, it lowers the risk of disease, it keeps your weight in check, it tones your legs, butt and stomach, if you’re out in the sun it will boost your Vitamin D level and it gives you energy for the day.
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So next time, instead of conveniently getting in your car why not walk to work (if you can) or to the closest public transport station and get in that 30 minutes a day of walking. Easy!

 

It’s all about the South…

A few years ago we went on a trip with our best friend to New Zealand’s south Island. We hired a camper van for a few days and also caught a ride on the popular hop-on, hop-off buses.Two things come to mind when you think of NZ (especially the south Island) – adventure and beauty. Here is our photo diary of one of the best trips we have had. It may be close to home but it was filled with fun and laughter the whole time!
Beauty
New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. There are so many mountains, wineries, forests, glaciers, fiords, lakes and more. The best way to grasp the beauty is by driving around and stopping wherever you can to take in the views surrounding. Don’t rush the trip!
On the drive
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Milford Sound
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Mirror Lake
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Adventure
The south island is the place to be if you are an adrenaline junkie but not all adventure has to be fast paced. In NZ you can climb a glacier, pan for gold, climb a mountain, ski and so much more.
Hire a camper van 
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Go on the Tranzalpine<
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Heli-hike Fox Glacier
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Pan for gold
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Bungee Jump or do the world’s largest swing
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Go jet boating
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Discover a cave
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Shear a sheep
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