Friday Favourites – Holiday Edition

Hi all,

Happy Friday!

I’m not too sure whether or not I am going to continue Friday Favourites. I like being able to recap my going’s on with you all and things I like, but maybe in a different format. Watch this space. In the mean time if you have any ideas please let me know – do you like my posts on a Friday or should I change it up? What do you want to know from me?

However,  I thought I would do a favourites today. I realised that my last two posts have been more serious and also that I haven’t shared any holiday photos with you all, so I need to change that!

David and I had a quiet two weeks off over Christmas and New Year and it was perfect. We needed to relax and just chill out after a busy year but also to do some of the things we have always wanted to do but ‘never have the time’. I think we managed a perfect balance of doing and relaxing though.Friday - chase the red grape

From walking in the bush, going to the zoo, playing games, cooking, cinema time and even fitting in a puzzle (which we are still working on… it’s hard!), we simply had fun. No expectations, very little actual plans and no routine! I loved it.

So here are my Friday Favourites, holiday style, to which, of course, I couldn’t stick to simply one answer!

Favourite… Moment – Celebration, tradition and Pilateschase the red grape

I love celebrating Christmas and New Year just feels like a little added extra bonus. Christmas Eve we spent seeing Star Wars and going out for dinner. Christmas Day we carried on our Aussie tradition of walking along the beach with an iced coffee and then our British tradition of turkey and all the trimmings. New Years Day we spent together cooking a delicious meal as always. For me, tradition makes a celebration even more special… with a few new twists always thrown in!

And a big mention to Pilates, which David and I did over the 2 weeks instead of CrossFit. My body and mind loved it. We needed it. A challenge but in more of a kind way to our bodies.

Favourite… Feeling – Rest and joy

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The Escape Roon may not have been restful but it sure was joyful!

2 weeks of rest and joy. It really was! As I mentioned above every Pilates session gave me joy. Spending time with David gave me joy even if all we were doing was sitting down with our puzzle! I took 2 weeks out from writing and blogging and the rest has left me inspired.

Favourite…Purchase – Breakfast out!chase the red grape

David and I love breakfast and I cook every day for the both of us. As a result we very rarely go out, mostly because I refuse to pay for what I can cook so much cheaper at home #Scottish. But we treated ourselves to brekkie out after Pilates one day at a café we have wanted to try for a while. Those eggs, perfection. That freshly baked sourdough bread, heaven. A side of bacon, necessity.

Favourite… Food/Drink – All the food!chase the red grape

How could I chose? We love real, fresh, quality, flavourful food and that’s exactly what we ate the whole time. Highlights include that breakfast above, of course, but also my dosa at Fremantle markets, Christmas pudding and ice cream and of course the many incredible meals I made with LEFTOVERS!chase the red grapechase the red grape

Updates – 2018? + Back to what?chase the red grape

I posted twice this week. The first on Tuesday looked at the year ahead and my approach to it. Goal setting ain’t easy if you don’t know what you want!chase the RG

Thursday’s post was one for all those folks out there who work from home/ spend a lot of time at home. Everyone else was back to their work schedule this week… what about us?!

And a quick podcast update… we will be back with episode 55 next week! Subscribe to make sure your device automatically downloads the new episode when it is released on Wednesday! On both iTunes and Sticher, just search Chase the Red Grape Podcast. Excited to be back!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Out for coffee and lunch… possibly a movie… my only draw to the cinema right now is its air con! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, out for coffee, podcasting and chilling!

Have a fab weekend folks!

What was the best thing you ate all holidays?

Did you get a gift that took your breath away?

Have any ideas for the future of Friday Favourites?

Friday Favourites + Episode 53 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Are we all having fun? Are you getting excited for Christmas?

This year David and I continued our Christmas tradition of trying to watch as many Christmas movies as possible between the 1st and 24th of December. Oh and we are doing very well indeed!

So far, we have watched 16 movies. Everything from Love Actually, Christmas with the Kranks, the first two Santa Clause movies (still to watch the last), Home Alone, Four Christmases, Muppet Christmas Carol and of course many more. We have still to watch Christmas Vacation and Scrooged, two of my favourites that I am leaving until last and we have so many still to watch… will we fit them all in?

It’s such a fun tradition and something that we enjoy doing every year. That, along with our 24 days of togetherness. We each write 12 ‘to do’s’ and put them in a box. Then, like an advent calendar, we pick out one each day. Today we had to send 3 Christmas gifs to one and other. Another day we had to send a Christmas picture with a twist, make snowflakes, tell a Christmas story… another small thing that makes every day in December that wee bit more special.

Gosh we really love the season don’t we! Ha!Friday - chase the red grape

But for now, let’s check out Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Festive Rushchase the red grape

We went Christmas shopping at the weekend and David and I separated off to get each others gifts. I actually loved people watching this year. Seeing folks light up when they spot the perfect gift for their loved ones. Everyone chatting whilst queuing to pay. And, of course, finding those things I know David will love. I don’t mind that it’s busy. The mall is the one place over here that really feels so festive.

Favourite… Feeling – Advent Calendarschase the red grape

Ok so we each have a chocolate advent calendar. Then we have our 24 days of togetherness which we take a turn picking every other day and we have 2 paper advent calendars… too much? Nah! We always open them before David goes to work each day and it’s such a nice part of my morning. Makes me feel all cosy and warm inside.

Favourite… Purchase – My favourite chocolates and a new board game!chase the red grape

When I spotted our favourite chocolates (dark chocs with spirit liqueur centres) for an amazing price (and size) we knew we had to pick them up for Christmas. So we did! We also bought a new board game as we do every year. Trivial Pursuit has a love/hate relationship in every British family but this one, the 2000’s edition, I knew would be a good one. No excuse for not knowing the answer! Ha! Will report back after the holidays and let you know how we got on.

Favourite… Food/Drink – Mince Pies!chase the red grape

A British tradition and one I am glad to say has very much made it’s way over to be a part of Aussie life too. Mince pies are small sweet pies filled with ‘mincemeat’ aka spiced and sweetened mix of dried fruit, mixed peel and of course, marinated in brandy or other such delights. We simply had to try our local bakery’s offering and they were just fantastic.

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 53 of the Chase the Red Grape PodcastChristmas

This weeks 5 top tips looked at the gifts you can give yourself this year. It won’t cost you anything but the impact it will have on your holiday season and new year will be huge. Take heed!chase the red grape

Episode 53 of the podcast was the final episode of our series on how travel has impacted our lives. This week we looked at how and why we came to be expats here in Perth Australia, what we have learned from that and what the future will hold travel wise. Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen on the website here.

Recipe – Gingerbread Banana Bread

This banana bread from Juli over at PaleOMG is outstanding. A bread that you can make from throwing everything in the food processor, mixing and popping straight into a loaf tin… who doesn’t have time for that? I made it into a loaf but I also made a few mini muffins from the mixture which worked perfectly. Keep it in the fridge and even a week later it is perfectly moist and so damn good. Oh and I will add that no one will know this is paleo… or even gluten free. This is one of the best loaf cakes I have ever tasted. Period!

Weekend Plans – Tonight – David’s works Christmas party. Saturday – Our CrossFit Christmas Party. Sunday – Recovering from said Christmas parties! And hopefully recording a podcast!

Have a fab weekend everyone!

What Christmas movie have you watched this year?

Have you baked any Christmas goodies?

What board game do you and your family play over Christmas?

Friday Favourites + Episode 52 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Have you ever heard of the festive period being referred to as ‘the silly season’?

I never have, until this year. Now I see it on adverts and read it in the media… where did it come from and why are we now calling our favourite time of year silly?

Fun, busy, flamboyant, jolly, all yes. Even stressful and chaotic, I get that. But silly?

To me silly means doing something stupid or something you shouldn’t. Something to potentially be a bit embarrassed about. I don’t really like my favourite time of year being referred to in this way.

But I have had my rant now and you sure as can be won’t be hearing me talk about the ‘silly season’. Never feel like you are being silly at this time of year if you want to do something different, wear a big bright jumper or decorate your house from top to toe with lights. Do it because it’s fun and makes you smile. There’s the Christmas spirit.Friday - chase the red grape

Now time for some Friday Favourites!

Favourite…Moment – Crown dinner, cocktails and smileschase the red grape

We went out for the night and had a wonderful time. A dinner of clam risotto with radicchio was had followed by cocktails and my love as seen below. It was just nice to relax in a swanky place with my favourite person.

Favourite… Feeling – O’ Christmas tree!chase the red grape

On Saturday we put up our tree and it’s always a special time for me. Every decoration we have has a story – bought from places we have travelled to, given as gifts by ones we love or are from my childhood. The living room in our apartment has never looked so beautiful.

Favourite… Purchase – Santa and Bobchase the red grape

Meet Santa… and his inflatable flamingo Bob. He sings and dances to ‘Stop. Christmas time’. I saw it in the shop and had to have it, it’s our Australian Santa! Click here for a link to David’s Instagram where you will see him sing and dance. It’s hilarious!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Laphroaig Whiskychase the red grape

Be still my beating heart. I adore Whisky, a true Scot. And when I saw they had my absolute favourite on the menu at The Waiting Room in Crown Towers I had to have it. I sipped. I savoured, I fell in love over again. A smoky, peaty Islay malt is where it’s at.

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 52 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastchase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at evaluating the traditions in your life, especially at Christmas. Why do you do what you do? And most importantly, does it make you happy?chase the red grape

For the podcast this week we brought you part two of ‘How our lives changed through travel’ – focussing on our time spent in the Middle East. Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen here on the website.

What I am loving – Christmas FM

I know I tell you about Christmas FM every year but it is just the best! You can listen online for free, 24 hours a day and it’s full of all your favourite festive hits. Old, new, crooners, pop classics, you are in for a fab time. It’s all I listen to every day!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Christmas shopping, food prep and more festive movies! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, podcasting, off to see The Man Who Invented Christmas and chill.

Have a fab weekend folks!

Do you think the holidays are a silly time?

What is your tipple of choice?

Is your tree up yet?

Friday Favourites + Episode 51 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

So it’s the 1st of December aka the first day of summer and I am feeling all the feels.

Longing for Christmas at home, yes (and I think it will always be this way) but mostly just a change of perspective. It’s Christmas time, and I can be happy and celebrate or be sad and suffer… I choose happiness!

So David and I have a long list of things we have planned to do over the next few weeks, festivals, parties, carols (which are rare here), shopping trips, movies and of course, decorating our home. Christmas is an amazing time to feel the embrace from tradition, but it can also open your eyes to many other methods of happiness we have never even explored.

So what if it’s summer here? So what if that is different? If Santa can adapt and bring out his festive Hawaiian shirt and board shorts when he arrives here then so can we. And I think I will leave out some cold brew for him this year… think he would appreciate it!Friday - chase the red grape

Let’s begin December with some good old Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Black and white pictureschase the red grape

My Auntie challenged me on Facebook to do one of the 7 day black and white picture projects. Photos to be taken on the day, with no people (or no one you know), simplicity at its finest. I didn’t think I would get so much pleasure from it. It has been wonderful to see certain things in another perspective.

Favourite… Feeling – The glow

Thanks to Jamie Oliver’s recent Christmas special, I have been feeling all the festive glowy feels. Christmas specials on the TV are really big back home in the UK and they feel like such a part of the season. Aussie TV couldn’t be more different, but they love Jamie here so they broadcast it… and I am so thankful. Oh and hungry… those recipes looked amazing!

Favourite… Purchase – Advent Calendarschase the red grape

Advent Calendars are so hard to find here but I was so happy to find these in one of our local shops (shipped in from Europe!). They are simple but they are perfect. And the chocolate inside transported me back to the chocolate of my childhood… it was such a dejavu moment!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Turkey. Get your Christmas turkey…

Name that movie!

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Our turkey haul from last year… enough for 2 right?

Yes we ordered our free range raw Christmas turkey this week from a local butcher and it makes me so happy. I adore turkey and all the trimmings and yes David and I still cook a whole bird for just the two of us, we have leftovers for days and it’s the best! The past 2 years we have ordered locally (Mondos) and it’s perfect. Pick up on the 22nd!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 51 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastchase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips was a post for you guys to get to know a little bit more about me and my why when it comes to 5 top tips. I want you to help yourselves, after all the only person who knows what’s best for you is you! But if I can help by asking the right questions then I’m where I need to be.chase the red grape

Episode 51 was the first part of our series on travel and how exploring has shaped David and I into who we are today, making the choices we make. A reflective episode but also one filled with great stories! Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen here on the website.

Weekend Plans – Saturday– Putting up the Christmas tree, food prep and then off to Crown Resort for an evening of fine dining and cocktails! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, podcasting, coffee and a local Christmas street festival.

Have a fab weekend folks!

What snack do you think Santa would appreciate?

Do you put in a food order before Christmas?

What do you watch that gives you the Christmas glow?

Friday Favourites!

Hi all,

Are you feeling Christmassy yet?

I am trying. But somehow Christmas excitement doesn’t feel right in November. I can plan and prep but those butterflies in my tummy seem to just be designated for December.

This time next week we will have begun opening our advent calendars and will start to be thinking about the tree and decorations… gosh even writing that makes me feel a little unsure…. are you really sure December is coming?

As I say every year since we arrived here, Christmas, heck December as a whole, is odd in Australia. Hot hot heat, sun cream and salads for dinner but still seeing Christmas trees, Santa and snowmen everywhere… it really blows your mind.

But I will try. We are heading to our local Christmas festival tonight and you never know, maybe the December bug will strike and once I start listening to Christmas FM again I will be all in. I sure hope so!Friday - chase the red grape

But enough Christmas chat, let’s get to Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Saturday coffee datechase the red grape

We had a chilled out Saturday morning planned with only the food shop to do so we decided to sit down and have a coffee. We sat outside, watching the world go by, chatting away until every last drop of this perfect flat white was drunk. It’s nice sometimes not to be so ‘go go go’ with a coffee.

Favourite… Feeling – Doing my own hairchase the red grape

My mum does the best braids ever. When I was home in June I got her to do my hair all the time. But can I braid my own hair? Heck no. David is learning but we aren’t quite there yet. So my mum sent over a tutorial for this hair style and I thought I would give it a go. Twisting rather than braiding. I felt so proud and so pleased with how it turned out.

Favourite… Purchase – Pupusas

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Not the best pic but it was dark!

We headed to the twilight hawkers market in the city last Friday night for dinner and I am so happy that my favourite food stand is back! Made with cornmeal and stuffed to the brim, one with cheese and spinach, the other cheese, pork and beans, they are so amazing. If you find them. Try them!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Mango salsachase the red grape

This salsa recipe from Nom Nom Paleo is easy, quick and so delicious. The recipe calls for pineapple but seen as mangoes are local and in the height of their season right now the fruit of choice was a given. In salads, over burgers, chicken, salmon, basically anything can be made incredible with this salsa.

Updates – 5TTT and Podcast updateschase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at why taking a time out right now might just be exactly what you need. It can be in one or many areas of your life but rest assured that it will result in gaining that much needed energy boost back!chase the red grape

There was no podcast this week but have you listened to our special 50th episode yet? We did a random Q&A where neither of us knew the questions beforehand – it was a hoot! ITunes, Stitcher or here on the website if you want to listen. 

Instagram love – Diane Sanfilippo

I have mentioned Diane and the Balanced Bites podcast many times on this site but when she asked for folks to spread the love on Instagram this week I thought I would go one step further. Diane gives so much inspiration that goes way beyond food, a successful business women, she gives many the guidance and kick up the butt they need to succeed themselves. Go give her a follow on Instagram and see what I mean. (Ps always watch her insta stories, this is where the magic happens)

Weekend Plans – Tonight – Our neighbourhood Christmas street party complete with switching on of the lights. Saturday – Watching a strongman competition then meeting friends for drinks. Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, podcasting, food prep and chill.

Have a fab weekend folks!

Are you feeling Christmassy?

When was the last time you stopped to savour a coffee?

Can you do your own hair?

Friday Favourites + Episode 49 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Well it’s here. As much as I really don’t want to be a broken record with the weather it’s the only thing anyone is talking about. The heat.

I expect this in late December/ January, but we are supposed to have 2 months of sunny, nice temps before we go into the pit of hell that is summer over here (just for reference as to how hot it is…). Gently being warmer and warmer so we can acclimatise. But no.

I feel like my body has been thrown into the jungle and has to be ready to fight aka cool down. Poor wee thing, it’s struggling. The realities of being an expat! Except even the born and bred locals are finding it tough… no hope for me! Ha!

But enough of my moans and groans, you all came here for some joy and I aint gonna let you down. Time for some Friday Favourites!Friday - chase the red grape

Favourite… Moment – Paint Subi

The area where we live are having a week where 4 street artists come and paint 4 murals around our neighbourhood. Seeing the work in progress is amazing, every day they come on so much and look fantastic! Can’t wait to show you some pictures when they are done!

Favourite… Feeling – Iced coffee timechase the red grape

My old friend is back in the game. French press coffee, chilled, then served over ice with milk… or chocolate almond milk if I am feeling flush. Sooths the soul!

Favourite… Purchase – Broccoli Chipschase the red grape

These broccoli chips are so tasty and although you don’t get many of them in the bag, are worth the splurge now and again!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Acai bowls from Acai Brothers in Fremantlechase the red grape

I have no words. But I think this picture says it all. Topped with coconut yoghurt, raw treats and my fruit of choice – yes please!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 49 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastchase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips focused on the idea of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’… and how it’s all a heap of nonsense. Rethink the way you feel about this term… compare and wish all you want… just realise that others are doing that to you too.chase the red grape

Episode 49 of the podcast took at look at our daily non negotiables – those things we do in every day life because they make us happy and therefore are simply a must! I love looking at all the little quirks we have and embracing them because that’s what makes us all so awesome! Listen now on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website

Weekend Plans – Saturday – It’s David’s birthday! Happy birthday my love! So we are heading out for breakfast then off to Fremantle for a stroll, lunch and maybe an Aperol spritz! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee, food prep, podcasting and a tour with a local street art group!

Have a fab weekend everyone!

What’s your heat limit?

Do you like veggie chips?

What’s your summer cocktail?

Friday Favourites + Episode 48 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

 Hi all,

I love the beach. The smells, the sounds, the general atmosphere…

I am super excited that we are heading there tomorrow for a nice long beach walk in the sun… heaven!

As much as I love the beach (or seaside as we call it back in the UK), is it odd that I am not actually that fussed with going in the water? I love to walk along the sand with my feet in the water, feeling the splash as each wave comes across my ankles. And it’s not that I can’t swim….

Maybe it’s the unknown for me that I don’t like. Sometimes you can’t see your feet, you don’t know what the next wave will be like… and don’t even get me started on sharks.Friday - chase the red grape

Actually come to think of it, my dislike of being in the actual water seems to make a lot of sense! Just being smart! 😉

But for today, let’s check out this weeks Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Feeling the heat from the sunchase the red grape

Well folks this week really has been the start of the sunshine here. The sweatshirts are being left at home, the shorts are coming out of the wardrobe pair by pair and slowly the duvet is being pushed off the bed every night. This weekend the temps are going to be in the 30’s (Celsius) and it looks like winter is finally behind us!

Favourite… Feeling – Nourishedchase the red grape

On Saturday David and I headed over to Victoria Park in the hunt for some street art. We found a few really cool pieces but the best score of the day was finding the most amazing Vegan café, The Loving Hut. We ate lunch there and it was just the epitome of good food. I love eating tofu on occasion and this combo of GF tofu spring rolls and turmeric veggies just made my tummy smile!

Favourite… Purchase – Wool dusterchase the red grape

Some of you may have seen me document my venture to Bunnings (the DIY store) on Instagram stories. For those who missed it, I was in the hunt for a good duster! I was tempted by the ostrich feather one but instead went for the lambs wool one and it works a treat. Honestly it makes dusting the house easy peasy. Why did it take me so long to get one!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Chocolate soft servechase the red grape

So after that delicious lunch, we saw that the café did Vegan soft serve (made with almond and coconut milk). I adore soft serve and knew we had to try it. Oh. My. Goodness. There are no words to describe how good this was!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 48 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast5 words that guide your life - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at 5 words that guide your life. 5 words that you feel deep down in your core describe the way you live your life. I share mine and encourage you to start thinking about yours.chase the red grape podcast

Episode 48 of the podcast got us thinking about our ideal dinner party. Who would we invite and why? And most interestingly, what do we think this dinner party says about us? Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen here on the website.

Weekend Plans – Beach walk tomorrow with coffee and lunch out! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee walk to a local festival, podcasting and chilling out whilst watching the CrossFit Invitational!

Have a fab weekend guys!

Do you like going in the water at the beach?

Have you ever been to a Vegan café?

Who would you invite to your dinner party?

Friday Favourites + Episode 47 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Isn’t it sometimes just the little things in life?

I swear the older I get the more I believe this to be true. Take for example the area that we have moved to. We get two local newspapers delivered for free each week to our door. I’m sure most of it could be local gossip but I love it. It makes me feel like part of a community. I also love that we have roses growing outside right now and a resident wood pigeon who always looks rather elegant.

I love when I can put the washing outside to dry. I love it when we get a really early night. I love it when a film is on the TV (with ad breaks for getting snacks and the like) rather than watching on Netflix. I love it when the chicken we buy each week goes on sale.

Sometimes I just love that I can get so much joy from the little things in life.Friday - chase the red grape

And on that note, lets check out my Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Beauvine Food and Drink Festivalchase the red grape

We had a blast last Saturday at the festival and met many local distillers, wineries and breweries that we didn’t even know existed.

Favourite… Feeling – Streets of Perth Urban Art Talk

As many of you may know, David is a keen street art photographer and when we saw there was going to be a talk at our local library on urban art we grabbed (free) tickets straight away! Not only that, it was going to be presented by ‘Streets of Perth’ an Instagram couple whose passion project has them documenting street art all over Perth. It was fab to finally meet the guys behind it plus learn a little more about the art in Perth.

Favourite… Purchase – Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Maskchase the red grape

Ok so not technically a purchase because I got this as a free sample but it was pretty awesome. My skin was in need of some TLC and this really did the trick. Lovely smell, easy to put on and left my face soft and smooth!

Favourite… Food/Drink – English Tea Shop Christmas Teaschase the red grape

I spotted these in the store last week and had to pick them up for Christmas. All organic and naturally flavoured they will be really yummy for Christmas… maybe made into iced tea though… December is usually HOT!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 47 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastchase the red grape

5 top tips this week was a bit of a blunt subject – Jen, you’re a loser. How an ultimatum I placed on myself came to turn around my view on me and my competitive streak.Chase the Red Grape

This weeks episode of the podcast looked at what is in our self care kit. David and I listed our go to’s for when we have a bad day, week or month and encourage you to do the same! Download now on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website

Favourite… Book – The Four Tendencies – Gretchen RubinChase the Red Grape

I finally got a copy of The Four Tendencies from the library and it was just as good as I had hoped it would be. In fact I finished it in 2 days! Want to know you and the people around you better? Read this book. Honestly it has changed how I view myself and others so very much.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – We are going to take a walk around an area of town we have never really explored before and hunt out some street art. Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee walk, podcasting and chill.

Have a fab weekend folks!

What are some of the little things you enjoy in life?

Have you bought anything for Christmas so far?

Is there a lot of street art where you live?

Friday Favourites + Episode 46 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast!

Hi all,

Today is a good day. The sun is shining, I’m sitting on my balcony while I write this and I can feel the warmth in the air.

As much as it always sucks coming back from holiday, it is always made infinitely better when a) the place you actually live is pretty awesome and b) summer is coming in!

Right now is the sweet spot, not too hot, not too cold and I know it will flip a switch at any time to ‘Oh my god this is so hot I never want to leave my air con’. So I intend to make the most of it!

As if I didn’t drink enough wine on my holiday, tomorrow we are off to the Beauvine Food and Drink Festival. We went last year and it was awesome. Collect your glass at the entrance and sample over 60 wineries, breweries and distilleries – all local business. Partner that with some entertainment, local food suppliers and stalls and you have a winning afternoon my friend.Friday - chase the red grape

So if you don’t already hate me enough right now, here are my Friday Favourites! And the past week has rocked!

Favourite… Moment – Sugarloaf Rockchase the red grape

I call our place we visit down south ‘Paradise’, because it truly is. David and I walked to Sugarloaf Rock and it was so beautiful. I know it’s going to sound kooky/corny/cheesy but I just felt so at ease and calm, like something had just waved over me. Kind of like a spiritual connection to myself, the nature around me and the view. It was breath-taking.

Favourite… Feeling – Holiday in Paradisechase the red grape

This really is an easy one. The entire time we were away we felt relaxed and calm. We got to know new people on a wine tour and visit new to us wineries. We explored new local producers and saw new sights along the Indian Ocean. I saw a snake, whales, dolphins, a blue wren and dozens of kookaburras and kangaroos (could do without the snake again though…). I spent time with David relaxing, talking, walking and collecting special moments.

Favourite… Purchase – Summer winechase the red grape

I only buy something if I really like it. Honestly, me parting with money is a mean feat. I knew we were going to get a few bottles of the above because it is the most amazing, small batch, cellar door only, summer wine. But what I didn’t expect was to pick up a few other bottles along the way. But I’m pretty happy to be stocked up, including picking up a special bottle to have on Christmas Day.

Favourite… Food/Drink – Rosemary infused G&Tchase the red grape

Ok yes more booze but this was really good. I don’t know if it was the company, atmosphere (the sun was setting) or this combo but this drink was amazing. I would never have thought to infuse my gin with rosemary but it worked so well and I actually loved the savoury nature about it. Obviously you have to be a big rosemary lover though!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 46 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

This weeks 5 top tips focused on why you should start thinking about the holiday season NOW. I guarantee even those who have their blinkers on about Christmas etc right now will agree with my points!chase the red grape podcast

There was no podcast this week due to our holiday but the one last week focussed on coming together. We got political and talked openly about how we feel right now, and how we can all make a difference if there are things we want to change. Download now on iTunes, Stitcher or listen here on the website

Favourite… Moment of training – I’m going to switch this up…

Yes I train 4 times per week but this question always has me thinking too hard. Right now I think I have too many thoughts about different aspects of my training, so from next week onwards I will change this to an alternating favourite. It could be a podcast, recipe, piece of street art… just see what takes my fancy!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Beauvine! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee walk, podcasting and food prep!

Have a fab weekend folks!

Have you been to a food/ drink festival?

Have you been anywhere where you felt that spiritual connection?

Rosemary – are you a lover?

Friday Favourites + Episode 44 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

How has your week been?

If I had to use 3 words to describe this week it would be cold, damp and dark. Yup Perth is definitely making the most out of those ‘Spring showers’!

Yesterday was crazy though. I did a little Instagram story rant about how dark and cold it was at 11am… honestly you would have thought it was bedtime. Thunder rolling outside and I was snuggled up with a blanket permanently attached to me all day. It’s hard to be your cheery self when you are dealing with this kind of atmosphere.

Isn’t it amazing how the weather and the change of season can affect us on such a personal level? It really intrigues me and I’m fascinated on how my whole personality can change based on this one output. Going to chat about it on the podcast next week… should be a good topic to delve into!Friday - chase the red grape

But for now let’s check out this weeks Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Public holidaychase the red grape

Monday was a public holiday here in Perth and it was great to spend an extra day with David chilling out. We went for a short stroll to one of our local coffee shops, sat, chatted, read the papers and came home to an afternoon of napping and puzzles. It was super relaxing and just what we needed!

Favourite… Feeling – Puzzle timechase the red grape

So we started this 1000 piece puzzle on Sunday and finished it yesterday! We were totally into it and this whole week when David came home from work we cracked back into it. There was lots going on which made it a really do-able puzzle and I learnt all about The Wild West along the way 😉

Favourite… Purchase – Alter Eco Salted Almond Dark Chocolatechase the red grape

I don’t usually tend to go for almonds in chocolate. 1 – because hazelnuts and chocolate will always be my true love and 2 – because you never seem to taste the nut. But in this bar the almond shines, I think because of the ‘salted’ aspect. It’s a very welcomed punch of salt which makes the bar shine. Would definitely recommend.

Favourite… Food/ Drink – Greek food at Zeus!chase the red grape

I have wanted to try Zeus Street Greek ever since I found out they did GF pita… and oh boy was it incredible. This pita had lamb souvla, baba ghanoush, caramelised onions and crunchy red cabbage and my taste buds were alive. We also split some halloumi too which they cooked very well. (I am a bit of a halloumi snob… I have been eating it since I was a toddler as my parents lived in Cyprus years ago and I know how it is meant to be cooked and taste!)chase the red grape

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 44 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastless best - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at 5 areas of your life where less often best. Stop the more more more, go go go mentality see how less in life can be so much more rewarding.chase the red grape

Episode 44 of the podcast was a mixed bag, catching you all up with the details of our move, how we feel in our new apartment and community, the bloody long walk and taking responsibility for ourselves during training. Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen right here on the website

Favourite… Moment of training – Doing something different.

Can I tell you what it wasn’t? Doing Karen (150 wall balls). I have never enjoyed it but then again I don’t know who would. But today we did a lot of overhead work which was great because my legs hurt from Karen and we haven’t done a lot of overhead work recently so it was good to awaken my shoulders a bit!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – It’s that time of year again, off strawberry picking! Sunday – Pancakes, newspapers, coffee walk, podcasting and chill!

Have a fab weekend everyone!

Are you affected dramatically by the weather outside?

What do you like to do on a public holiday?

Do you go fruit/ berry picking during the season?