BLT Pasta Salad Recipe

To go along with my little fitness journey, I have been trying to find recipes that are maybe a little bit healthier than what I would normally eat.

Insert Yummly. It a little recipe sharing app I downloaded ages ago now. What I love about it is the fact that you can filter what you want by its nutrients and calorie content. Something I’m interested in as I am trying to lose weight.

Today I tried the BLT Pasta salad. Its total calorie content comes in at around 450kcal which is around what I’m aiming for, for each meal (I used to eat a lot more. A LOT more).

For one person you will need the following things:

1 piece of bacon

1-2 lettuce leaves, or a lettuce mix of about 1 handful

1/2 tomato

1/2 cup of bowtie pasta

1 tablespoon of Mayonaise

1 teaspoon of bbq sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Firstly, bring a pot of water to the boil and add the pasta – it will need around 10 minutes to cook properly so make sure you have the time to do that. Cut up the lettuce and tomato and place in a bowl with the mayo, bbq sauce, and salt & pepper. Cut the bacon into smallish squares and fry. Drain pasta and add that and the bacon to the bowl. Mix well.

Tada an easy and healthier lunch or dinner for anyone. 19380005_1873242582996188_3706984190118461440_n

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My Little Polaroid Journal

Last year for my birthday I got a polaroid camera. I quickly had a problem of not having anywhere to put the (kinda shitty) photos I took.

Luckily, I was walking through Dymocks with Paige and we found a little journal with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on the cover with a really soft faux leather cover. I loved it and Paige bought it for me! Which was incredibly nice of her so I started putting my polaroids in there.

If you’re wanting to get the book you can follow this link here https://t.cfjump.com/t/46575/29692/ to the Dymocks website where you will find all the different journals they have on offer. Not only do they have Miss Peregrines home for peculiar children they also have Harry Potter sets and many, many more.

Honestly, I love it. It gives me a little place to put my favourite photos of big moments. I date most of them and this just is a really nice way for me to put photos that mean so so much to me.

The first few pages are really bad but as I continued to take photos you can see the improvement. You can even see when I stopped taking the photos and how bad they got.

Obviously, this is a really personal thing, however, starting it gave me the motivation to start this blog. It holds so many memories within it (some of which are in the photos below) and gives me such joy when I can add things to it.

See ya next week little adventurers.

Review of Neutrogena Hydroboost Mask

The Neutrogena Hydroboost mask is a sheet mask that promises to make ‘skin looks hydrated, radiant and glowing’ it also states that the mask has a special fabric contour to go to all the crevices of the face.

The directions state to cleanse the face before use, so as I haven’t worn makeup at all I used one of my amie makeup wipes just to get any dead skin cells and oil off my face.

At first, I was really surprised at how liquidy the mask was. Although it is a sheet mask there is just so much liquid surrounding it. I don’t really like sheet masks as I really like the process of putting on the cream and clay masks and washing them off when there done. This one I feel very easily could have been a non-sheet mask as it was just so liquidy within the packaging.

When it’s on it a very cold, fresh feeling. It doesn’t move around a lot which is nice and you only need to leave it on for 15 minutes. I’ve tried this in winter and it was a bit too cold for my liking but I can imagine in summer this would be a really refreshing mask.

Before Photos:

After:

It did make my skin a little bit fresher and the dryness of my T-zone and cheeks has gone down a little bit. For $15 it did a pretty good job, especially as you do get 5 of them but I don’t think I would necessarily purchase them again as the fabric just feels weird on my face and it didn’t really contour around my eyes and nose as well as I would have liked, as that is one of it’s selling points.

I hope you liked my little review! Have fun adventuring!

Here Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

  1. Paige
  2.  Bundy
  3. Cordelia
  4. Turvy
  5. My Bed
  6. Chocolate
  7. Butter Chicken
  8. Pasta
  9. Hope

As you can see not one of these things really requires large amounts of money. Although I do spend wayyy too much money on food, you can see I like a lot of it.

The most important one is Paige. Yes, this is going to be sappy, I’m really not sorry.

Paige has been my biggest support over the last couple months. She’s let me stay at her house so I don’t have to drive nearly an hour and a half to get to my exams. She’s made me do my work even though it may be the last thing I want to do. She’s done more for me than I ever thought a person could do.

We haven’t been together that long really, coming up to nine months (and no pregnancy scares!) but I honestly can’t imagine my life without her. My weeks revolve around when I can see her and my days are a countdown to when I can spend time with her. Despite spending nearly every day with her, and countless fights, she’s still the person I want to wake up next to every day. She’s still the person who I pick to fight through every hardship life throws at us.

We have our differences. We joke that we’re ying and yang. Somehow it just makes us stronger. Our differences meld us together in such a way that even the threat of her being taken from me is enough to put me in hysterics.

I’ve always been one to catastrophise, and that really hasn’t changed. The world just seems a little less scary with her by my side.

See ya next week,

Turtle.

Quarter Life Crisis

It’s the day before my first written exam and honestly… I’m procrastinating. It’s partly because I feel it’s too late to start studying for anything now and I may as well accept my failing grade with pride, but mostly it’s because I just don’t know what to do. Part of me knows nursing will be a good career for me, I’m smart enough, fit enough and basically well adjusted enough to do it. Midwifery even more so. The other part of me says it’s not what I want to do every morning. It doesn’t give me enough to look forward to every day (at least not studying to be one) and this whole process just seems a bit long winded and not worth it.

The thing is, neither is Veterinary Science. Sitting through 5 years to be a vet and then having to basically do a fellowship and gain years and years of experience before I can truly branch out on my own and be seen as an accomplished vet. It just seems like something that I’ll enjoy for maybe 4 years then get sick off, having wasted my time.

Right now, I just don’t know what I want to, and I definitely know I don’t want to end up like my parents. Both having dreams that didn’t even get close to being fulfilled. As of right now, I feel like I’m heading in the direction.

I’m stuck in Perth – a little city in Australia that half of Australia doesn’t acknowledge. I’m doing a degree, that yeah is interesting and gives me something to do, but doesn’t make me want to keep doing it; and yeah maybe that is because I’ve only completed my first semester and it’s incredibly basic and easy things to do. It just doesn’t feel like it fits me.

This blog, ironically, is the only thing I’m liking at the moment. I can sit and write out how I’m feeling, what I’m doing or even just a recipe for a cake and people will read it. People will get something out of it. Whether that be making themselves feel better – at least they aren’t 18 anymore. Or someone to empathize with- there sitting her next to me going through the same thing (metaphorically).

The last part of me wants to start blogging and even creating videos, full-time. Even though I didn’t stick to it, I saw what blogmas can do to my little platform; and the thought of reaching and influencing people (all for good) makes me happy. The thought of being able to see my life unfold and go back and see how far I’ve come in 2,3 years. It’s something that makes me excited. Another area of blogging/creating that excites me is seeing my style in whatever I chose to do change. Whether that be the clothes I wear (maybe make?) or the style of video I create, heck even the blog posts I write I want to see how aging will change my preferences, my loves and hates, me.

I’m still unsure little blog. This turtles got some thinking to do.

Introducing My Pets!

Hey, guys! I’ve decided that as this post is going up the week before exams (AHHH!!) I thought I’d make a more happy post about little kitties and horseys and plants (Plants are people too!) so here we go!

I have two cats. A boy and girl (aww). The boy is the older and bigger of the two. He was adopted in 2011 and his names Turvy. This was the name the RSPCA gave him and it was because apparently, he used to hang upside down in his cage so he was Topsy Turvy… I didn’t really get it either but it’s cute so it stuck. He’s pure white but despite this isn’t deaf. He is a  bit of a bugger who constantly wants to be outside and doesn’t quite

He was adopted on July 21 2011 and his names Turvy. This was the name the RSPCA gave him and it was because apparently, he used to hang upside down in his cage so he was Topsy Turvy… I didn’t really get it either but it’s cute so it stuck. He’s pure white but despite this isn’t deaf. He is a  bit of a bugger who constantly wants to be outside and doesn’t quite understand the concept of quite. Unless he’s sleeping on my mum’s bed of course. He really is a sweety though, he just likes to be in charge of who gets to pat him and when, and he doesn’t like being picked up. Not at all! Nicknames include: Bigman, Turvs, and lil shit

Cordelia is the littler of the two and also the younger. She was adopted on the 2nd of February 2016 and born on the 10th of October 2015. She’s a Calico with the most amazing markings I’ve seen. I swear every time I look at her she has a different pattern on her. Her original name was Parvati (like the Harry Potter character), we changed it though as it really didn’t suit her. She is such a cuddly little sweetheart and she puts up with everything. She is very good at sharing her love between my mum and myself. She loves to sleep under covers and half the time follows me around like a little puppy. If I’m gone for a few days, when I come back she almost comes running when she hears my voice, which is very adorable

Bundy is my horse. He is a beautiful thoroughbred who stands at 15.3 1/4hh (~160cm tall). He is turning 15 this year! He is bay/brown who becomes a mini mammoth in winter with how fluffy he is! He does have kissing spine which is a condition in which the vertebrae in his back get pulled too close together and pinch the nerves in the back. With proper conditioning and love he is okay though, and he loves jumping and working for those who care for him. I got him on July 21 2012, exactly a year after Turvy. He has been with me through some of the hardest times in my life so hard. He lives in Harvey at the moment with one of my friends, as I can’t afford to keep him in Perth. Horses are expensive and I am definitely A Poor Uni Student. He really is an amazing creature, and I can’t wait to get him back.

Finally, there’s Mildred. My little succulent who sits on my bedroom window sill. She’s the cutest lil plant who provides me oxygen in exchange for love. When I first got her my bedroom didn’t get direct sunlight and Mildred started to die, so she went to the kitchen window sill until we moved to our current house, where she gets plenty of light and love.