Thursday, 27 August 2015

eating unique on a budget

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How to eat well on a budget

It's all very well & good being given advice about the latest & greatest in skincare, make-up, gyms, clothes & diet......but....who can afford all that? Especially as the latest & greatest can, & does, regularly change.

I found an interesting article about substituting healthy foods for foods which give similar effects, but also cost less. Which I rather like the idea of. So here are some ideas, some of which are my own tricks:

Trail Mix/snack

  • small baggies of dry cereal (use plastic snack bags)
  • another is about 8 walnut halves & a small box of raisins (kids snack size)
  • or combine the above two, add extra cereal & make up a few baggies

Protein drink                 

  • use milk, add 1/4 cup skim milk powder for about double the protein of the milk
  • whizz it in the blender, add a dash of vanilla & you have a smoothie.


  • porridge 
  • or 2 breakfast biscuits
  • or 2 weetbix

Porridge with chia seeds  

  • chia seeds bulk up the protein but especially add fibre & healthy fats
  • use oatbran instead, Homebrand make a good & really cheap oatbran
  • you can also cook porridge in milk or milk powder to increase the protein
  • add yoghurt/milk after.


  • buy linseeds from the bulk bins, whizz them up in your coffee grinder, and store in the freezer
  • add about 1 tsp to porridge for extra healthy fats.


  • tin of sardines


  • dried prunes, great for the bowels & lots of anti-oxidants

High grain "healthy" bread  

  • mixed grain crackers like vitawheat

Broccoli, sometimes mega cheap, if not, try

  • peas
  • or grow silverbeet


  • these are nightshades which don't agree with me, so I have carrot

Nuts, instead have a small serve of: 

  • oil with a meal
  • peanut butter


  • kidney beans
  • tofu. Really cheap in Asian supermarkets

Designer soups             

  • make your own!!! so yummy & cheap
  • lentil & tomato, pumpkin, leek &  potato, pea & spinach........

Fruit/vege juice/smoothies

  •  eat the whole fruit/vege instead
  • & have a glass of water with them.

Protein bars                  

  • muesli bar
  • better still, make your own.


  • Gopals yoghurt is cheap & yummy
  • yoghurt is also easy to make, amp up the protein by adding skim milk powder


  • Choose: some cardamon, cinnamon, ginger, dash of vanilla
  • add to a teabag or 1 tsp of tea
  • brew, add some milk....yummy
  • it's ok to just use  powdered spices


  • when you cook mince, use less meat & add some lentils to the dish


  • make thin pancakes, or crepes which are more eggy
  • makes smaller wraps but are still filling & delicious

It's very empowering to make your own food, cheaper & more hygenic. You can eat well when the budget is not so big.


Sunday, 23 August 2015

new beginnings

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Spring is a time of new beginnings

Spring has well & truly sprung, in Auckland, New Zealand. And with spring comes a new energy, we start to stir from the slumber, rain, wind, & colds of winter. Spring is a time of hope & new beginnings.

Spring is the time to prepare for summer. It is the time when we spring-clean....we go through our home: cleaning, & biffing. Which I happily did, today. I've a big pile of "stuff" for the local op-shop. 

Actually, I'm also tossing most of my clothes as they don't fit in with my "new" colour palette & body shape. As we look at ourselves, seeing what does & doesn't work...we need to "clear the decks", removing the old to make way for the new. 

An abundance secret

This is a wonderful principle of abundance. Get rid of what you have finished with, don't need.....which creates a void....which then gets filled with the new. Plus,  if we clean & organise in spring, we are then free to have a great summer.

And a planning secret

I've also been preparing for the future, with directions here for sure. When it's cold & wet, & days are shorter, in winter, we can use this time to sort out & plan our life & things that we need to do, then, when spring comes, we can implement our new plans, or the next phase of our ongoing plans.

And I have been rethinking my diet & exercise in preparation for the lighter days of spring & then summer.

My diet changes with the seasons

 I like to alter my diet with the seasons. The warm, nourishing food of winter is just so inappropriate for summer....& is even getting too heavy in Spring. A friend popped in & I was asking her about her diet because she always looks so young, trim & vital, & I am so copying it. If you ask around you often find new ways of doing, being, that you can try to see if they suit you. I'm not really keen on cooking so I like to find out new ways to get around this! 

Briefly, she has porridge with chia seeds & some protein powder, for breakfast. I have porridge with oatbran & I like to chai up my porridge with anything from cardamon, to also adding cinnamon, ginger, tumeric & vanilla. Yum. 

Then she has mostly tuna or chicken with salad or vegies for her other meals. All sounds tres yummy, & is totally do-able for me. I started today. I finally have organised myself a bit better with available emergency food at home: 

I've got Quorn (vegetarian protein) & vegies in the freezer, & tinned fish in the cupboards. I'm feeling quite superior about this wee bit of organisation, to be honest. I've also been having a giant latte bowl of hot water, lemon, ginger & honey as my evening drink. It's very fulling & keeps my glucose levels up overnight so that I feel more alert in the morning. And stops evening snacking: another bonus.

In spring we like to move more

And in spring we start to want to exercise, & get out in the sun & fresh air, so this is an ideal time to step up our walking, gardening, whatever we like to do that can be done outside & makes us feel good.

When we feel good, & are improving our fitness, our vitality & uniqueness shines through.

Friday, 14 August 2015

I've been re-coloured beautiful!!

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I had my appointment with Beverley Cole to get my colours & make-up sorted. Here is the irony of it all: I've had 3 colour sessions with this & that person over 26 years, including 1 when I was trained to do a more simplified colour version than Bev does, with Grace Cosmetics. The general consensus with these other colour people was that I was a winter...I suppose the darkish skin & the black hair (now not quite so black I must admit), were the deciding factors.

But it always made me a bit confused, as I can see auras. And I had seen apricot & a light warm aqua green over my chest. When we are of a warm colouring we have apricot meridian lines which you can see in the aura, & they are clear pink in cool toned people. I look good in apricot, peach & ivory: all warm colours. I just wasn't happy with a lot of the winter colours, as they didn't feel like "me". But I wore them anyway. After all, I was going by what the experts had said.

I am, of course, a warm colouring, with lots of apricot tones suiting me. A muted, soft, warm, person, & I am quite soft & warm in my personality too, & the colours that Bev gave me. And this was done very carefully over several hours. I loved the colours, they were delicious!! I finally was starting to look like I felt. marrying the 2 is so we look & how we feel. I also got my make-up & hair colour sorted.

I had to take a piece of favourite clothing & a picture of how I would like my home to look. Well, these all were pronounced "feminine", & as a "winter" I had not been doing the feminine thing...but over the coming months, that is all going to change!!

Anyway, the other great news is that Bev, who does fashion & colour feng shui, Carolyn de Silva who will be presenting crystals, & chakra colours, & myself, the aura lady, are doing a Colour My World presentation at Bev's lovely home: 4 Ototori Rd, Titirangi, on Sunday 20th September, 2pm. It's byo, if wished, plus a wee plate of finger food to share.

So, if you contact me at:, facebook at 021 265 0720
or Carolyn at

we can give you any extra info....& you can book in also via either of us

Sunday, 2 August 2015

colour me feng shui

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Today I went to a colours, dressing, style, personality workshop with a woman who was with Colour Me Beautiful way back when. She then moved into her own colour system based on each clients own natural colours: eyes, hair, skin etc. So, this system has moved past the original format but although it sounds more complicated, it actually has the effect of simplifying how we buy, what we buy, including our makeup. I was so impressed. I am so going to get my colours done with the lady who put this all together, Bev Cole.

She is on facebook: Beverley Cole Custom Colour Analysis

websites are & 

We have personality types with how we dress

She then helped us see, for ourselves, by 1 of our accessories, what personality type we each are. You know: dramatic, classic, natural, romantic .....& I discovered I was a classic.....!! It just made so much sense. How could I could not see it for myself? Clean, simple, tailored lines, very few patterns. 

Definitely a classic. I recently read a book where the 4 seasons ...summer, autumn, winter, spring, had each been classified as a personality type, & according to this book, I would have been a dramatic. I think not. 

The lady next to me who had once been diagnosed as a winter (cool colouring) turned out to be of warm colouring, the old autumn (honestly you could see it), & was described as a "natural". A friend who is very creative was described as "creative" surprises, plus a "natural": she makes her own skin care, & has a gardening business, which Bev did not know.

Our bodies give clues about what to wear

And, according to Bev, our bodies tell us about the jewellery, textures, & patterns that are right for each of us. Also the structure of our clothes, whilst our unique personality adds extra elements....& this is also where we crossover into the feng shui aspect.

It's a system of expressing ourselves, outwardly

You end up with a whole book, a book of you. A whole system of external expression....I'm looking forward to getting mine. 

I've felt, for a long time, that if we have systems that suit us, on all levels, from clothes, makeup, hair, food, exercise, rest, to work, housework, all according to our our unique nature, preferences, time, & life, we then have the basis, the framework, to fully express ourselves. And then move onto doing what we would like to do in our life.

Plus....I'm meeting up with Bev, & my friend Carolyn de Silva with whom I've presented chakra & crystal workshops. We are putting together a new format for colour use in our lives, combining practical & mystical plus crystals. Most exciting.

Watch this space!!


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