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Well, I’ve finally done it…I’ve started a blog! I’m so excited to be joining the online world of amazing people with brilliant, clever and creative ideas. I’m going to start posting my recipes as I cook them, as I need a way to document and share – and this seems to be the way to do it.

I’m hoping to be able to inspire people to try new things, and also to be able to share creative energy with others so I am also inspired. I kind of suck when it comes to taking photos, and have to start remembering to take photos of the process and not just the end result. I’m sure the more practice I get at blogging the better I’ll get…hopefully!

Lately I’ve been trying to eat more healthily in an attempt to lose weight…and it’s working. It’s such an awesome feeling to see the results of hard work. Now I just have to be a little more diligent with exercise and I’ll be a fit, strong, healthy chick. I’ve found that it’s little things that actually make a big difference. Portion control was never my strong point, but I’ve started eating my meals off a bread and butter plate rather than a dinner plate. This has worked wonders. Also, I try and eat 80% fruit and veg, pulses, grains and legumes (such as quinoa, oats, chickpeas and lentils) and 20% protein. I obviously have a small percentage of ‘junk’ food, which usually isn’t too junky these days. I’ve found there are lots of options these days to substitute ingredients for other not-so-healthy ones. This means you can have your cake and eat it too!

I’m also loving one natural product that seems to cover everything. It has about a thousand amazing uses, and I LOVE it. Coconut oil…get on it! I use it as a facial cleanser – it takes off all my eye makeup so easily, as an all over body moisturiser, as a hair treatment (I have crazy curly hair – this seems to tame the fly-aways and keep my Diana Ross impressions at a low), as my before-bed face moisturiser, as a lip balm (although I’ve discovered the most amazing recipe for homemade lip balm…AMAZING!), for cooking (instead of olive oil), use as a substitute for butter in recipes, as a body scrub when mixed with salt, sugar or ground oats…and the list goes on. It truly is an amazing natural product, and my skin has improved drastically since using it. If you haven’t tried it before I highly recommend it. Just make sure you buy a good organic, cold pressed, raw coconut oil. You can purchase it at most health food stores, and these days even at the local Coles or Woolworths (although I couldn’t find it at Woolies yesterday, but I know Coles has a great brand and it’s not too expensive).

I’ll start adding recipes and try to jazz this up a bit…but keep checking in, as I’m super keen on getting this blog functional and useful for anyone who is interested. Feel free to add any suggestions you may have or any recipe requests…I’m always keen on trying new recipes or altering old ones to make them even tastier.

Peace, love and harmony,

Mia x

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About mia irby

Hi and welcome to my blog. Thanks for dropping by, I really appreciate it. I 'm a lover of all things craft, cooking, DIY and natural. I've been creating all sorts of delicious healthy food, beauty products and craft items lately and need somewhere to share my recipes, successes and occasional disasters! I hope you enjoy...and feedback is always appreciated!

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