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Marley Spoon’s Home Delivered Recipe Box

I received a code from a friend to try the Marley Spoon recipe box free for a week

Marley Spoon chilli pork ramen

As a semi-retired food blogger, I’m a sucker for trying any new foods, especially for free. So when Lala offered me a code for a free trial meal box from Marley Spoon, duh I said yes.

Chicken cous cous with preserved lemon marley spoon

As you’ve seen before, I’ve had many boxes from Hello Fresh in the past (Get $50 off your first Hello fresh order with the code R3CDUQ), with some great meal ideas filtering through to my general rotations, but loving the convenience of not having to think about what to make a few nights a week. It’s the same deal with Marley Spoon boxes, choose how many people it’s for, how many nights. but you get more choice over which actual meals are included in your box from the cluster of suggestions based off your meal preferences. So I got to choose my three recipes this week from a range of vegetarian, meat, carb heavy or low and so on.

Chicken cous cous with preserved lemon

I’ll have to say all three meals were wonderful. Like Hello Fresh, the serving sizes are a little big for us, so the 2-person boxes always work out to three serves, and I’ve now learned to plate accordingly so there’s a third plate ready for someone’s lunch the next day.

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chopping herbs

I think the Chicken Cous Cous with preserved lemon was the first time I’ve actually USED preserved lemon, and infusing the water with the lemon pulp before soaking the cous cous (yum!) and then using the softened lemon rind in the resulting tasting fluff. This was REALLY tasty the next day with all the flavours developing in the fridge overnight.

Chilli pork Ramen

Nigh two we made the chilli pork ramen which, despite me deciding to mistakenly put in ALL THE GARLIC CHILLI PASTE, was amazingly tasy. It burned, how it burned my wussy palate, but the flavours, the miso in the broth and the sweet juicy pop of the corn kernels was n amazing combination.

burghel beef

The third meal was where I needed a little more equipment in my kitchen to get it “right”. A mortar and pestle or a stick blender would have made the pest much easier to make, but as you see further up, we persisted with the snippers until the herbs are at a good paste consistency to leave us eating a third, flavourful meal. Very filling yet again, and a great reminder that a few herbs go a long way!

I loved the flexibility of picking the three meals you got from their weekly menu. Apparently they also do a fruit box, have you tried it?

Road Trip Checklist

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Road trips are incredibly exciting. Is there anything better than packing up your car or caravan and hitting the road to see somewhere new? Now so many of us make regular big trips, flying all over the world whenever we can, the sheer joy that comes with traveling can be easily lost. When it comes to a long road trip, the destination is fantastic, but it’s the journey that makes it special.

While road trips come with a brilliant sense of freedom, there are some essentials that you can’t afford to forget. Here’s a quick road trip checklist to help.

winding mountain highway

Car Checks

The absolute first thing on any road trip checklist should be car safety and caravan repairs if you are taking one. When we’re driving about at home, we assume our car is fine. We take it in for a service and get it seen if we have concerns, but few of us perform regular safety checks. It’s essential that you do so before any long road trip. Some of the things you need to check include:

• Tyre tread and pressure (don’t forget the spare)
• Engine
• Oil levels
• Brake fluid
• Engine coolant
• Screen wash
• Foot and hand brakes

If you are taking a caravan, it’s essential that you also check out quality caravan service and repairs to make sure it’s in good condition before you travel. Repairs on the road could be costly.

Route Check

Think about your navigation options. Do you want to use a satellite navigation system, or stick to a good old-fashioned map? Either way, sit down and look at a map beforehand and plan your route. Check online for any changes to the roads and make sure your satellite navigation system is up to date.

Packing List

When it comes to packing clothes and toiletries, it vastly depends on where you are going and for how long. So, write yourself a personal checklist and remember to include the essentials such as medication, sunscreen, insect repellent and fashion must-haves.

Plan Overnight Stays

If you are going on a long journey, you will need to plan any overnight stops along the way. If you plan on sticking to a firm itinerary and like your comforts and fancy some luxury after a day in the car, book hotels for stops along the way. Alternatively, if it’s freedom and flexibility you are after, pack a tent and camping equipment or look for caravan parks you can pitch up at along your route.

Documentation

Be sure to pack booking documents, ID, insurance documents and passports if you need them. Keep these safely in the front of your car for easy access.

Snacks

One thing all good road trips need is snacks and drinks. Think about everything you need and make sure you get filling and nutritious options as well as sweets.

Games

This is especially essential if you are traveling with children. Think about games you can play along the way and look at travel games online for some ideas.

First Aid

Make sure you’ve got a well-stocked first aid kit for the journey. Include plasters, bandages, anti-histamines and anti-bacterial wipes at the very least.

That’s it; you are good to go! Have a great road trip.

Going Green: Changes You Can Make At Home To Protect The Planet

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Almost everyone understands the benefits of reducing their energy consumption and becoming eco-friendly at home. There are lots of ways to achieve that goal, but some of the best tips get a mention on this page. You can use this article as your starting point, and then come up with a plan based on this information and other ideas you uncover online. When all’s said and done, the last thing adults want to do is leave a damaged planet for their children. So, everyone has to work hard to ensure they do their bit in limiting their impact on the environment.

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Make the switch to solar power

The first and most natural move homeowners need to make relates to moving away from fossil fuels according to articles like Solar Energy in the United States. Solar panels have come down in price significantly during the last few years, and now almost everyone can afford to use them at home. There are even some government-backed schemes that could assist you in getting the devices a little cheaper than you otherwise would have done. It all depends on where you live in the world, and so you just need to conduct some online research. The best things about that idea include:

Using renewable energy

Limiting your impact on the environment
Making a profit for energy you create but don’t use

Improve your approach to energy efficiency

Articles like Energy Efficient Homes Are Easy to Create are excellent places to start when it comes to working out the best ways of becoming more efficient in your home. In most instances, you just need to identify the best ideas and put them into action. Anyone who wants to reduce their consumption or make better use of the power they consume should:

Lower the thermostat
Install low-flow shower heads
Seal all windows
Replace incandescent bulbs
Unplug unused chargers

You get the idea, right? If you’re still clueless about how your family might waste energy, it might make sense to invest in a smart meter.

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Start growing vegetables in your garden

Some folks might wonder how growing food in their garden will help to protect the planet. Well, it benefits society in a couple of ways. Firstly, if everyone grows vegetables in their backyards, they will reduce the number of delivery trucks on the road. That means the environment doesn’t get polluted as much as it would have done. Secondly, growing veg for yourself limits the number of processing and packing plants that rarely use green energy. Other benefits you can expect include the fact that your family will no longer consume genetically-modified items that get covered in chemicals and pesticides.

Now you know how to go green without breaking the bank or working too hard, nothing should stand in the way of your progress. Just create your plan now, and put it into action as soon as possible. Don’t make the mistake of trying to install solar panels yourself; there are experts out there who will undertake the task on your behalf for little expense. Just ensure you make the switch as soon as you can. Good luck!

Where to find THE denim shortalls for summer?

Inspired by Lyst

Okay, confession time. The 90s never ended for me. My high rotation playlist consists of the Romeo and Juliet Soundtrack and the Hottest 100 from 1996.

So to know that overalls are back in the fashion mix (along with flannel and Docs) is great news and I need to get hunting something in a style that fits and suits my no-longer-15-body. Of course I’ll look great, but since Kmart and Katies couldn’t help me on my latest shopping trip despite satisfying my need for blouses to stop my upper arms getting burnt at work- I’m off to the Donkey Sanctuary tomorrow!, I’ll have to go further afield.

Enter Lyst.com.au, a collation of many many online sellers, from Forever 21 to ASOS, to $2000 catholic primary school uniforms from Nordstrom. Just enter your search term, and wow, the options (that ship to Australia!) are all but endless (okay they tell me they list about 11,000 stores and designers… so pretty wide ranging!). And no, none of the cheap Chinese bulk sellers that i normally resort to.

Embroidered Shortalls

So, I first went looking for overalls and had so many things to click on! These ones above from Forever 21 are cute as, but then I started to realise that that’s not my style. I’m a dresses and skirts ladie. so off to try the term overall dress… and yay! Look what it came up with?!

ASOS black overall dress

How cute is this ASOS dress? This one goes up to an 18, but they also have a plus-size version that starts at size 18 at the same price! At $70, this may or may not be bookmarked for next week’s payday ;) (I knew I worked Sundays for a reason!)

How about you? Got any tips for hunting down the items you want and need? Or are you happy just to chill out to #1 Crush like me, no matter what you’re wearing? ;)

5 Ideas for What to do With Your Home’s Spare Room

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If your home has a spare room that’s just sitting there, it’s about time you did something with it. But what exactly should you turn the room into? It’s not always easy making that big decision, and knowing where to start is a challenge in itself. To help you get started on the right tracks, we’ve come up with 5 ideas that might appeal to you.

1. Get Fit in a Personal Gym

If going to the gym is one of those things that you always end up putting off until later, maybe what you need is a gym in your home. Having a personal gym makes the task of getting fitter so much easier than it would otherwise be. It can be done quite easily because a lot of the equipment is now affordable, and anything that encourages you to get fit has to be a good thing.

2. Watch Movies in a Home Theatre

Home theatres turn your movie watching experience into something else entirely. TVs are great, but even the biggest and best can’t compete with a huge projected image. Nothing beats it, and that’s why you should seriously think about setting up a home theatre in your spare room. It might be one of the best decisions you make from an entertainment perspective. All you need is a sound system, projector, media player and a comfortable sofa.

Dedicated home theatre

3. Relax in Your Own Home Bar

As you get older and busier, you don’t have time to spend at bars every night. Instead, you want somewhere to relax at home. So, why not create a relaxing home bar for your home? It might be one of the best things you can do with that spare room. Everyone will want to come over to try it out, and that’ll make it a real social hub. Head to Barware & More if you need furniture for your home bar. And then get the bar itself, and all the drinks, set up.

4. Turn it Into a Games Room

Games rooms are fantastic for people who have a playful side and don’t like taking life too seriously. Everyone needs a place where they can go to to let off steam and have some fun. And with games consoles becoming ever more complex and powerful, having a whole room in your house dedicated to your gaming is not such a crazy idea when you think about it.

5. Work at Home with a Home Office

Working at home can help to make your working life that little bit more flexible. If it’s something that you’re able to do and your boss is on board with it, you’ll need to create a space in which you can work. Your spare room could be the ideal space for you to turn into a home office. It will be shut off from the rest of the home, and you will be able to get on with all of your important work in peace.

As you can see, there is no shortage of options open to you when it comes to deciding what to do with your spare room. Each of the ideas mentioned above is worth considering.

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