February Favourites

March is here! Unbelievable! I always associate this month with Spring Break. For a teacher, this holiday is always a blessing and so desperately required. It also means the home stretch is upon us, and winter should be winding down. Should, being the operative word. In Canada, we all know Spring typically makes a very late appearance. Or sometimes winter sporadically turns into summer sometime in late May. Luckily I don’t really have to worry about those things here in Brisbane. Of course due to our position on the planet, Summer has come to an end and we are heading into the Fall. Strangely enough, March 1st is the first day of Autumn in Australia. Not the 21st. For the life of me, I still cannot understand why the seasons do not change with the equinox and solstice, and no one here can seem to tell me. Anyone?  Anyone? Bueller?

Okay. So after that long winded greeting, here are my February Favourites!

Breakfast

I haven’t been overly creative lately with my breakfasts. I’m such a creature of habit. Oats are still my number one choice with a whole bunch of things added in Cinnamon, honey, chia seeds, psyllium husk, almond butter, cashews or almonds, fruit, greek yogurt, vanilla pea protein, etc (not all together!!!). Whatever I’m feeling that day.

I’ve also had some fruit and a slice of sourdough bread with almond butter a few times. I thought it was interesting after hearing what Cassie had to say about sourdough bread having ½ the gluten contents, and thus easier on the digestive tract. Plus, I love sourdough bread, so it’s a nice treat/change up.

Dinner Item

I’ve developed a love of olives over the past few months, so have been incorporating them into dinner as often as possible. However, the past two weeks I’ve been spoiled by my mother in law, who has been here visiting and cooking for me almost every day. I honestly don’t think I’ve eaten the same dinner twice in February, which is new for me. I usually have my go-to/rotational meals, so it’s been refreshing to change up my dinnertime eats.

We did a wine tour at Sirromet, a local winery, and had a “dinner for lunch” at Lurleen’s Restaurant on site. I must say that my char-grilled chicken was absolutely incredible and one of the best restaurant meals I’ve had in a very, very long time!

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Char grilled, Tuscan spiced grain chicken wrapped in prosciutto, with bocconcini and sage leaves, served with polenta chips, salsa verde, and rosted pine nut aioli

Snack

Brown rice cakes with tuna and smashed avocado, topped with some ground peppercorns. Sounds strange and appears to be somewhat unappetizing, but it’s totally a simple, filling, and tasty one!

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Workout

I definitely picked up the pace in February after a slightly sluggish January. As I mentioned in my last post, I actually got in six workouts this week. This hasn’t happened since before Thomas was born! This month I’ve done a mix of cardio/free weights in the gym and group fitness classes. I usually stick to Body Pump/RIP class and teaching Attack, but I also tried out a new class this week: Shockwave! I’ll be doing a review this upcoming week; it was awesome! 

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Beverage

No one could keep me away from my coffee in February. Addiction might be a stretch…but our relationship is full of love. I’ve been limiting myself to 1-2 per day. It’s easy to go overboard when you have an espresso machine in your own kitchen! Plenty of water being consumed, though, don’t worry! The first thing I do every morning is down a massive glass of cold H20. It always makes me feel energized and alive.

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Baby Related

We currently have a very mobile toddler! I posted a short video of Thomas doing a wobbly noddle-legged walk several days ago on Instagram (aka: “the drunken sailor”), but since then he has completely taken it to a whole new level. Today, he was racing around the park, chasing birds on foot! I can’t believe all of the changes he’s experiencing lately. As his mother, it’s pretty amazing to witness.

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Clothing Item

After a lengthy shopping withdrawl period, I collected a few items this month. I’m not certain I have a favourite yet, but here’s a glimpse at my recent purchases:

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Shirt: Cotton On Australia, Hat: Seed Heritage

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Dress: Living Doll

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Flats: Seed Heritage, Arizona Birkenstocks: Baumhaus GmbH (Online)

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Jeans: Ziggy Denim (Universal Store), Scarf: Cotton On Australia

Hair/hairstyle

My hair ends up in a ponytail at least once a day, especially at the gym. I’ve also accepted the fact that a headband is my new trademark. My hair is long enough that I don’t need to wear a headband, but I always do, without fail. Runners, socks, tights/shorts, sports bra, tank top, headband. It’s simply become part of my workout get-up. Anyone else feel naked without your headband? ;)

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Reading Material

I’m currently reading Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman. Although it’s found in the parenting section of the book store, it’s not really written like self-help book. It takes a look at the author’s experience as an American expat living in France and focuses on the various parenting methods of French mothers and fathers. It’s an easy read, with several interesting perspectives, not to mention the fact that Druckerman is hilarious. Plus, I feel like I can especially relate to her expatriot circumstances. Of any parenting books/articles/websites I’ve read, this is the only one I’ve had the patience and interest for.

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Blog of the Month

I have my go to Healthy Living Blogs that I read all the time, but I’ve been especially enjoying a mental break with a couple Aussie fashion blogs: They All Hate Us and Repeat Offender. They’re more or less “photo fashion blogs” without much writing, which is great when I need 5 minutes of mindless activity.

Beauty Product

My hair dresser converted me to Aussie brand Keune’s Moroccan Argan Oil. It’s different from the mainstream one that everyone uses. I found in the past that although it made my hair soft, over time it also turned the colour a bit brassy (even the “light” one). The Keune version is amazing. It’s super light, organic plant based, paraben/sulfate free, safe for colour treated hair, and smells fantastic. Plus, it’s the same price as the other stuff on the market! Loving it, and have noticed a big change in my hair because of it!

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Music

I’m all over the map with music lately, so let’s just take a look at the current Top 40:

Favourite: Team- Lorde

Least Favourite: Happy- Pharrell Williams….make.it.stop 

Guilty Pleasure

Criossants. I’ve maybe had 6 this month. Might need to reassess that one before it gets out of control, but it’s been delightful nonetheless ;)

Wish List

A better blender. Mine is seriously an embarrassment! It can’t even break down ice cubes anymore.

What I’m Proud of this Month

- Teaching my first full Body Attack class (all 12 tracks) by myself, without my mentor.

- Thomas: for learning to walk.

- Adam and I: For surviving year one of parenthood!

Areas for Improvement this Month

Incorporating vegetables into more snacks and lunches. I don’t think I’ll ever be a veggie-for-breakfast kind of girl, but I need to/want to increase my intake throughout the day.

Things I am Looking Forward To (in the next 30 days)

- Completing my filming for Body Attack to send into the head office for assessment (eek!)

- A visit from my aunt & uncle who are currently doing a big tour of Australia, and potentially a couple other visitors!

- Our trip to New Zealand at the end of March. Taking suggestions for restaurants/sights/activities in Nelson, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Te Anau, and Dunedin!

Did you have a good February?

What are you looking forward to in March?

17 Thoughts on “February Favourites

  1. Oh you lucked out with a mother in law who’s a great cook! My mother in law doesn’t cook at all – unless you count reheating something in the microwave or a packet mix that just requires you to add milk or water (and she’ll add butter too, just because lolol). Whenever we’re in Louisiana I cook for the entire household and last time I bought her new pots and pans because she didn’t have any haha. Usually it’ll be Jesse, his mom and stepdad, his brother and more often than not his 4 nieces too :P

    I am totally jealous of your croissant eating too – droooollll! Croissants are on my last meal wish list since I can’t eat them with being a coeliac. And gluten free ones? Don’t even go there… Bleh!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on March 3, 2014 at 8:39 pm said:

      Kristy, your MIL story makes me laugh. I can just see you now!

      And yes you are right.. anything but the real croissant deal just doesn’t cut it ;)

  2. I can’t believe that February is already over either! It went by so quickly!

    I absolutely love olives – green olives, black olives, kalamata olives…I don’t discriminate! ;-) Problem is…my husband isn’t a fan, so I rarely use them in my cooking.

    I’m totally with you on rice cakes. You can do so many different things with them!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on March 3, 2014 at 8:41 pm said:

      What is it with these husbands of ours? Mine doesn’t really like sweet potato! They’re all crazy ;)

  3. Lizzie Strickett on March 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm said:

    Hi Kelly!

    I’m a kiwi but promise I’m not biased when I tell you that Ferg burgers in Queenstowns are the best burgers you’ll ever try. I’m not lying! You cannot miss it!! Queues till 4 in the morning- seriously, but it’s worth it.

  4. I feel like the odd part of Canada that pretty much lives in year round Spring. We’ve only had one snow fall this year, and it lasted all of 1 day! Kind of sad, since I love snow!
    I feel like this year is another one that’s going to fly by, crazy it’s March now.
    I love argan oil on the hair! Definitely a favourite of mine, it makes the hair so soft post blow-dry/styling.

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on March 3, 2014 at 8:43 pm said:

      Snow is lovely, but I doubt you’re missing the frigid temps in Alberta right now!! I’m certainly not!! Yikes. hahah

      I agree! My stylist recommended even using it on dry hair overnight, which I haven’t done yet…

  5. I hope you’re having a blast with your mother-in-law. Sounds like she is loving cooking and taking care of you all, and I sure know the wonderful feeling of having a familiar face like that around when you are so far from home and family/friends. Enjoy:)
    I absolutely adore all of your new purchases-the dress, jeans, scarf, all of them! I’m looking forward to warmer temperatures in March. We are still being pummeled with snow, I hope it stops asap!

  6. Kelly @ Femme Fitale on March 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm said:

    I know, Merry! Winter is relentless over there this year! It was -40 in Calgary this week. The first week of March. Insane!
    My MIL just left. It’s pretty lonely around here and Thomas is looking around for her…so sad!

  7. Martha on March 5, 2014 at 2:33 am said:

    Best croissant of LIFE in Sydney …. I still am drooling over those croissants we got! I have yet to find a suitable replacement in Calgary, maybe that’s a good thing?

    Love your new purchases – i almost bought a leather hat, so close! perhaps you have re-inspired me.

    p.s. Aritzia’s new spring line is AMAZE.

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on March 7, 2014 at 10:02 pm said:

      Gah, I know it is!!! What’s funny is that a lot of their new pants remind me of what Aussies have been wearing for a couple of years!

      Go for the hat!! Mine is faux leather, as I didn’t want to dish out the big $$ in case I didn’t love it.

  8. Oh these lovely Canadian winters… when will it end?! Don’t be surprised if I spontaneously move to Australia in the next couple of months if it doesn’t stop snowing.

    That snack looks so good. I love avocado on everything. Tuna + avocado is such a good combo.

    I can’t say the same for olives. I eat just about everything but I can’t seem to get a taste for olives! Maybe one day.

    I’ve been loving the entire Lorde album for months now. It’s great. Can’t get enough of the song Ribs. I’m going to see her in a couple weeks in Toronto. I can’t wait!!

    PS – your little guy is too precious. Love that he’s reppin’ Canada!

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on March 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm said:

      He has so many Canadian clothes!!! He knows where he’s from!!!! ;)

      I haven’t heard Ribs, but I’m on it… downloading NOW!

  9. Love all this, especially the jeans from Universal and those espadrilles from Seed!

    Sam xx

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on March 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm said:

      Thanks!! The Seed flats reminded me so much of the Chanel ones…which I couldn’t ever justify buying!!!

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