Heart Shaped Amethyst Jewelry – February’s Birthstone

amethyst heart shaped jewelry I have always loved the purple hue of amethyst, but when I discovered that it also came in green I was mesmerized by that shade as well!

As well as coming in beautiful hues of purple or green amethyst is also the birthstone for February and is said to come from the Ancient Greek words for not intoxicated – this is to do with the belief that Amethyst could stop the wearer of it from becoming drunk, but I wonder if the translation got skewed over time and it actually means an intoxicating gem, because let’s face it Amethyst is pretty special!

In a hurry?  Jump straight to the amethyst jewelry you want…

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Amethyst was a prized gem for centuries and adorned royalty through the ages. Purple was really seen as a powerful, regal color and amethyst reflected this beautifully. In more recent times more amethyst depostits have been found which has led to the gem being more easily accessible to everyone. This is why anyone can now own their own piece of amethyst jewelry.

Hearts are a classic pendant so combining amethyst and a heart shape makes perfect sense for birthdays, anniversaries even Valentines Day – who wouldn’t love one of these beautiful pieces of jewelry from someone they care for

Amethyst Heart Shaped Rings

Amethyst are the birthstone for February. Amethyst are renown for their purple hues which are simply gorgeous. Purple is the color of royalty so giving someone a purple ring could be telling her she’s your Queen……..I have found some stunning heart shaped Amethyst rings right here –

Amethyst Heart Shaped Pendants

Heart shaped pendants or necklaces have been popular for years. The heart is such a simple shape, but when it’s replicated in metal and gems it becomes a beautiful fashion accessory.

Silver and amethyst combine especially well in these heart shaped pendants to make some fantastic statements.

Of course you don’t have to have silver in your pendants, gold amethyst necklaces are also available.

Heart shaped pendants or necklaces have been popular for years. The heart is such a simple shape, but when it’s replicated in metal and gems it becomes a beautiful fashion accessory. Silver and amethyst combine especially well in these heart shaped pendants to make some fantastic statements.

Of course you don’t have to have silver in your pendants, gold amethyst necklaces are also available.

Amethyst Heart Shaped Ear-Rings

amethyst heart shaped jewelry february birthstone

 

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My First Arbonne 30 Day Plan to Healthy Living – Week One


30 Days to Healthy LivingWondering what this 30 day plan is all about, check out the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living and Beyond Plan.  Are you thinking of doing the plan yourself?  This is my diary entries for the first week, I thoroughly recommend the plan although I must admit that I didn’t do it cold turkey.

Read about my pre-30 day plan journey here.

This is just my diary entries, if you have any queries then please ask me in the comments or head over to my facebook page.

January 1st 2018

Well it’s day one of the plan ‘proper’ as they say.  I have lost 0.2kg since my last weigh in (but please remember it was Christmas!).

Last night (or I should say early this morning) my daughter was out for NYE and there was some drama which saw her get home quite late this meant that I went to bed about 1.30, 1.45 so I overslept this morning and didn’t go for a walk as by the time I got up it was too hot and humid for walking.

I started my day with a vanilla meal replacement shake with fibre added and I just made it up with water – delicious!

I’m feeling very excited about the next 30 days even though my husband has decided to make what smells like a very delicious cooked breakfast this morning!

I have also had a mug of Arbonne herbal tea.  I make it before I have my shake and leave it seeping, then when I rinse out my glass I pull the bag and enjoy the drink – I really do enjoy having this first thing in the morning.

I’m keeping the tea bag as I found out the other day that you can easily reuse it again and it’s strong enough for a second mug during the day.  As my mum is staying with me and she has more cups of tea during the day then I have been having (thanks to my cutting down and increasing the water intake in place of it) it’ll be handy to have a second one to keep her company if I feel like it.

Lunch was a chocolate meal replacement with a scoop of greens balance, water and 6 frozen cherries – you’re supposed to only have berries, but I have been enjoying having the cherries and I thought I’d just continue to do so, hopefully it’s not too bad to be doing this.

Off to the shops once everyone has finished their lunch and we can pick up some goodies for the next few days – no morning snack although that’s only because I was up late as after about 4 hours I get a pit in my stomach the shake doesn’t usually let me go much longer so I need to decide which snacks I’m having in the morning and which I’ll allow myself in the afternoon.

I had a few mixed nuts and half a dozen blueberries mid afternoon and then made myself a pomegranate fizz stick with double the amount of water it recommends.   It didn’t make me feel sick like the first time I had one so obviously I need to dilute it more – I diluted it in about 800 ml, I think a litre would have been better, but it was the size of my glass so…

I can’t wait to make dinner – I’m not following the meal plan in the facebook group because to be honest I didn’t like the look of it, plus I’ve still got people staying  so the next few days are meals that meet all of the requirements but can also be adapted for other people very easily.

creamy chicken in sundried tomato sauce with salad and riceTonight for dinner I made chicken in a creamy sundried tomato sauce – no I didn’t actually use cream – the creaminess came from coconut cream and the result was amazing.

This is the recipe I based it on, I chose to cut the chicken breasts up into chunks and I also quickly steamed some green beans for 1 minute in the microwave and added them to the sauce when I added the cooked chicken back to the pan.

My family absolutely loved it as I served it up with brown rice and some broccolini for them.  For myself I had less rice and also had a handful of spinach on my plate.  There were some left over and I think I’ll eat that with some roasted sweet potato and maybe some broccoli or a salad.

Feeling great for the first day – roll on day 2!

January 2nd 2018

Went for my walk today and we come across a tree blocking the path – did I let that get in the way?  Not at all, I’m SMASHING 2018!  When I got home my legs felt quite shaky as though I’d walked/run way further than usual which surprised me.

I have since seen (living in Australia I’m getting the tips in the facebook group later than everyone else as when they’re starting their day I’m finishing mine!) that we shouldn’t really be pushing ourselves on the exercise front until day 3 or 4 as our bodies are working hard to eliminate the toxins.

I’m going to carry on with my walking, but I won’t increase it too much and I won’t start any other exercise until after mum goes back which is day 6.  It’s also a very humid morning which doesn’t help with the walking.

For breakfast I had a chocolate meal replacement shake with a scoop of fibre (made with water) and an Arbonne herbal tea.

I made a second cup of the herbal tea (from the same teabag) a couple of hours later.

Mixed nuts and a few blueberries made a yummy morning tea and then for lunch I had a vanilla meal replacement with frozen blueberries, a scoop of greens balance and water – not sure about the blueberries and greens balance with the vanilla I must say.

making zoodlesFor dinner I used our spiralizer to make zoodles aka zucchini/courgette noodles and a vegan bolognaise – delicious.

The bolognaise was made with onion, carrot, garlic, can of lentils, can of diced tomatoes, Italian herb mix, homemade vegetable stock, passata and then towards the end I chopped up some baby spinach to add to the mix.

I had a citrus fizzy after dinner as I had forgotten to have one earlier in the day!

Feeling pretty good, roll on day 3.

 January 3rd 2018

Increased my walk slightly today (every little bit helps), I’m not sure how far it actually is probably only 3 kms but I’m feeling really good for starting my morning with it.

Breakfast was a vanilla meal replacement with a scoop of fibre made up with water – I’m certainly enjoying my breakfast shake followed by an Arbonne herbal tea.

There are lots of different shake recipes available so that people don’t get bored, but to be honest most of the time I always ate the same for breakfast anyway so why should I need to try different recipes in the morning?

The humidity has gone this morning after the rain last night and although I think it will be another beautiful day it’s so much easier to walk when you can breathe – today’s going to be a good day!

For morning tea I had a warm boiled egg (I did a couple of extras to put in the fridge for the next couple of days.

Lunch was a chocolate meal replacement shake with a scoop of greens balance and a few cherries.  Now I got some frozen cherries in December when I saw a protein shake recipe that included cherries, but in the group they said you could only have berries, green apple, lemon or lime as fruit so you might not want to copy me – but it was delicious and I’m not letting my frozen cherries go to waste!

I remembered my fizz stick this afternoon, took it before we popped out to an appointment and meant to have a snack when I got back, but I wasn’t hungry so I didn’t have an afternoon snack today.  I have to say that I’m still not that keen on the pomegranate flavour, but by diluting it more (as my cousin suggested) it’s definitely more palatable – my husband tried some today and it reminds him of some sort of medicine he had to take years ago which could be why I’m not too fond of it.  The citrus is definitely my favorite.

Dinner today was a chicken taco salad bowl.  I made chicken taco’s for my husband and mother and vegan fajita pieces for my daughter to have in tacos and I used the chicken as part of my salad bowl.  It also had roasted sweet potato, guacamole, spinach, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, carrot & cucumber.  Love it!

January 4th 2018

I’m expecting today to be tough as we’re having a day out which usually involves lunch out and snacks in the car as we’re going up the coast.  What I didn’t realize is that most people have problems on day 4 – great timing huh?

Anyway my breakfast was a vanilla meal replacement made up with water and a scoop of fibre followed by the Arbonne herbal tea.

I’m going to be taking a chocolate meal replacement (already made up) with water, cherries, greens balance.  I’m also taking water, a fizz stick sachet, a boiled egg, some nuts and a green apple.

No walk this morning as we are going to look at a lighthouse today and I’m not sure how much walking that will entail, I could still do a walk this evening if the exercise today isn’t much – we’ll see.

Okay so today wasn’t as bad as I thought – I had a boiled egg for my morning tea and then  the chocolate meal replacement shake that I had made up in the morning.  I drank this while my mother and daughter were enjoying lovely looking vegan lunches at a café, but I actually wasn’t too worried about it (very proud of myself).

I also had a fizz stick in the afternoon, but I didn’t need the nuts or apple that I took along so that was good.

We got back late afternoon so took the dog for a walk, probably about 2/3 of the walk we usually do.

creamy chicken on zoodlesDinner was the leftover chicken from Monday served on a bed of zoodles which I had tossed a few pieces of roasted sweet potato (from last night) through and some cherry tomatoes cut in half.  If was really nice.

After dinner I was hanging out for a piece of bread and butter and really wanting carbs!  No one said a great body came without a challenge though did they?

January 5th 2018

Up very early to take mum to the airport today, once I was dressed the dog started doing his excited cry because he thought he was going for a walk (poor thing was left at home!).  When we got back to the airport I decided I would take the dog for a walk as it was only 7, I probably only did about 2/3 of the usual walk (a bit like last night) as I had only got to the intersection down from our house and my legs felt like they’d turned to jelly.  I pushed through, but did change the route.  It was probably due to the fact that I had been up since 5 and hadn’t had anything to eat or drink except water.

I got my vanilla meal replacement shake (made with water and a scoop of fibre) into me once we got home and then enjoyed my herbal tea.

We then had to go out for an appointment and as we were coming back (just after 9) I was hanging out for a nice cuppa – very surprised this craving didn’t come until day 5!  I really feel like I’m struggling, to make it worse I walk in the door to my daughter eating toast.  I don’t know what it is about toast, but the smell just makes you instantly want some – I know I’m not alone in this!

Anyway I decided to make myself a fizz stick and I also had a boiled egg – I am woman, hear me roar!  This seems to be a mantra when I’m struggling, I said it to myself yesterday and again today, not sure why it popped into my head, but I’ll take it if it helps me!

Lunch was a chocolate meal replacement made with water, greens balance and some frozen cherries – delicious!

This afternoon I had a few nuts as a snack and also another fizz stick around 4.30, the lack of enough sleep last night is making me tired and hungry!

I am so tempted to cheat today it’s not funny, but I’m holding on thinking of how great I’m going to look and feel at the end of the 30 days – I know I would be feeling a lot better if it wasn’t for too little sleep, maybe I need to work on a vision board for moments when I’m feeling weak – have you tried this idea, apparently it’s really good for helping you to focus.  I tried it years and years ago when we were saving for our first house, but I don’t think I found it very helpful … I might do now though ((shrugs))

Dinner tonight was leftover chicken taco on top of a plate of salad with roasted sweet potato in it for the complex carbs – delicious.  I also think that I’ll probably have the same tomorrow as there was more left over than I expected and hubby didn’t feel like it tonight instead he had some leftover pork from his dinner last night (I don’t eat pork).

Feeling a lot better since dinner time as I really can feel a difference in my body, I’m really excited to see what my weight is on Monday and as for what I’ll look like by the end of the month ,,, I’m not wishing my life away, but I’m so keen to get there.

January 6th 2018

My feet feel like they need a foot massage this morning and it is Saturday so we’re having a rest from walking – the dog has been watching me like a hawk in case I try and go without him!

Breakfast is my vanilla meal replacement shake with a scoop of fibre and water, I’m thinking of mixing it up tomorrow – stay tuned!

I also have a delicious herbal tea to wash it down with.

For my morning snack today I put a spoonful of almond butter on a plate and then sliced up a green apple and basically dipped the sliced apple into the almond butter – very nice and a very pleasant change.

Lunch time I thought I’d change it up a bit as well.  I only added 200ml of water to the blender instead of 250ml, chocolate meal replacement powder, greens balance and then I got a few fresh blueberries and strawberries (quartered) – I put half of the berries in the blender and kept half to one side.   Once I blitzed it up I poured it into a bowl to find it wasn’t really thick enough for a smoothie bowl LOL! – I popped the remainder of the fresh berries on top along with 3 almonds and a brazil nut which I had roughly chopped.  It was a nice change and made me feel like I was eating as I had a bowl and spoon – might have to actually look up some of the smoothie bowl recipes next time so I can get my quantities together.

I had a fizz stick this afternoon and as we were hulling strawberries for freezing I did eat a couple of them along with a few nuts for a snack.

Dinner was chicken and salad (with roasted sweet potato) and that will be the same tomorrow – Monday will see a bit more of a variety, but I don’t mind I like chicken and salad (especially with sweet potato) even when I’m not trying to lose weight and get healthy.

January 7th 2018

This morning I slept in until 8, talk about feeling refreshed.  The secret?  We were sleeping in the spare room with the fan on (ours died and the heat and humidity have been killers!).  Consequently no walk again this morning although it’s now 11 am and my feet are feeling back to normal so tomorrow morning the dog will be very happy again and the walking will continue!

Breakfast was a vanilla meal replacement made with water, a scoop of fibre a few fresh blueberries and some fresh strawberries.  I also had a few of the fresh berries on the side as well which made a nice change.  I left my herbal tea steeping while talking to hubby and nearly forgot about it!  Luckily it was still warm so I drank it down, I can’t believe I nearly forgot my morning cuppa – how quickly things change, there was a time I didn’t get out of bed before having a cup of tea (and we’re not talking herbal tea here!)

chicken salad bowlLunch was chocolate meal replacement made with water, a scoop of greens balance and the last of my frozen cherries … no more ‘cheating’ as I’m only supposed to be eating berries!  Berries/cherries shrug!  So delicious, even my daughter sneaked a sip and said ‘yum’, I had to get that glass of her real quick – she’s eating food, not my shake for lunch LOL!

This afternoon I had a fizz stick and also a green apple with almond butter (this is fast becoming one of my favorite snacks!).

Dinner was a salad with a small bit of rice because there was some roasted sweet potato in the salad, but not quite enough, also some homemade guacamole and some chicken – it looked and tasted absolutely fantastic.

Weigh day tomorrow morning, I’m feeling good I just hope the scales and measurements tell the same story as I’m feeling.

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My Pre-30 Days to Healthy Living Journey


ARbonne 30 Day Plan for Healthy Living and Beyond Essential NutritionI began the full on Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living and Beyond journey on 1st January 2018, but my weightloss journey began in earnest in December 2017, let me take you through my journey – what I did, how I felt etc

At the end of November I signed up as an independent consultant with Arbonne intending to then get the 30 day plan, but I didn’t think I’d be able to start it until January as we had a few weeks of being child free which mean dinners out, weekends away, and after our daughter was back it was Christmas … no point setting myself up for failure.

I did decide that I would prepare myself in the meantime so I started walking on the 29th November (not very far, but it was a start), I also decided that I would gradually start cutting back on my cups of tea during the day.

On Friday 1st December I skipped my walk as we were going away for the weekend and I didn’t want to overdo things.  Before we left my Arbonne parcel arrived, although I didn’t have time to look through it properly.

When we arrived back home I decided to get my husband to take some before photos of me (Sunday 3rd December).  That was very confronting!  I knew I was carrying some extra weight, but I didn’t see myself as being as bad as the photo’s looked.  The next morning I hopped on the scales and found that I was heavier than I thought, in fact I was the heaviest I’d ever been.

Talk about feeling depressed.

On Wednesday 6th December I saw a video which made me sit up – it wasn’t about the 30 day plan, but it was about procrastination and it really spoke to me.  This is exactly what I wrote down on that day –

Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today – this is something I really need to act upon as I feel I am the Queen of Procrastination at times so why am I waiting until January to commence my 30 day Arbonne weight loss journey?  Again it’s that pesky procrastination, I say I don’t want to set myself up for failure, but is that just an excuse?  What if I was sick and would die unless I was to go on the 30 day plan, cut out alcohol, sugar, gluten, dairy and processed foods immediately – I wouldn’t worry about it being December I would just focus on living!

I had really decided that I didn’t want to wait until January and it so happened that the next day was my day off so you could say that my weight loss journey began on Thursday 7th December 2017.

My Journal Entries for December 2017 – My Weight Loss Journey

A Quest for Better Health – Pre Arbonne’s 30 Day to Healthy Living & Beyond Plan

Thursday 7th December

I’ve just made my first shake – a chocolate replacement meal with ½ scoop of daily fibre.  I’m pleasantly surprised by two things –

  1. It shook up well without needing a blender or anything – a few others that I’ve tried have left lumps so that was good.
  2. The flavour, originally I was thinking of just getting vanilla so that I can add different flavorings – frozen berries etc, but I got one of each and the first one I’m trying – chocolate (what a shock!).  I have always been disappointed when I’ve had chocolate flavoured protein powders or meal replacements in the past because the flavour just hasn’t felt right.  I must say that I really like the flavour, it doesn’t have a horrible back taste like other meal replacements can have.   It has the lovely taste of a chocolate milk shake without that too creamy taste that some have that can leave you feeling bloated.

I keep wanting to say it tastes clean, but if I hadn’t tasted it and just read ‘it tastes clean’ I’d be thinking what on earth are they talking about!  It’s really hard to describe, but I can’t see me having a problem enjoying this every day.

afternoon shake with greens balanceFor lunch I decided to try the vanilla meal replacement – I was taking this with the Greens Balance.  When I first opened up the bag it smelled delicious, then I opened up the greens balance and thought ‘Houston we have a problem’, the initial smell reminded me of spirulina powder which, although good for you, tasted vile!

Now I shook this one for a little longer than the chocolate one as I could see some lumps, but not overly long (I do get impatient!), I’m not sure if it was the vanilla meal replacement or the greens balance, but it did dissolve nicely.

The flavour was better than I expected, it was vanilla with another flavour in the background that I couldn’t really put my finger on, but it was definitely not unpleasant.

It will take some getting used to with the green color though, it’s a bit like when I first added spinach to a smoothie – drinking it with my eyes closed I couldn’t tell it was there, but when I saw the green I ‘imagined’ I could taste the spinach!

I had a delicious dinner and if it wasn’t for the tzatziki it would’ve been an ideal meal for the 30 days to a healthy me strict diet regimen!  Lamb marinaded in Greek inspired flavorings and served on a huge bed of salad (lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, beans, spring onion) with the most delicious homemade tzatziki (my hubby makes the yummiest one!).

Friday 8th December

Vanilla with fibre boost is yum, nicer than with the greens balance and a lovely breakfast.   The great thing about the vanilla is that I can also throw in a few berries if I want a change or a dash of cinnamon for a bit of a chai latte flavour twist.

I really have to start going for my walk earlier as by 7 it’s way too hot as the past 2 days have testified!

Okay, lunch time and I have to say that the chocolate and greens are NOT a good mix.  Not as bad as some meal replacements, but after having the other combinations I’m really not loving this one!  I am thinking it might benefit from some raspberries so I might have to get the old blender out and throw in some frozen raspberries another day and see what that’s like.

Dinner tonight was a packet of the steam fresh veg that we had in the freezer  (cauli, broccoli, beans and onion) with some of the left over chicken from last night and a ‘salsa’ of red and yellow cherry tomatoes and spring onion.  It was delicious and if it wasn’t for the butter sauce that the steam fresh veg were in it would have been a meal that I could eat in January!

It’s probably in my head, but this evening I’m actually feeling like something has changed in my abdominal area.  I definitely feel a little slimmer, last night I felt like I had actually put on weight – I was definitely a little bloated.  We shall see on Tuesday and now it’s the weekend so who knows what we’ll be doing – I’m going to start tomorrow with a shake for breakfast and going up to 1 scoop of fibre instead of the ½ scoop I’ve been having.  After breakfast it really depends on if we’re at home or out as to what I do for lunch and dinner.  It’s that 80/20 thing (except with Christmas this month it could turn more into 70/30), but it’s better than not doing anything until January right?

Saturday 9th December

This morning Roman & I had a slightly longer walk and I tried my detox tea, (which is actually called herbal tea, I’m not sure why I keep saying detox tea!) for the first time (it only arrived yesterday afternoon).

Arbonne Herbal TeaBreakfast was a chocolate shake with a full scoop of fibre (I started off with only a half a scoop the first couple of days) followed by the detox tea which I really liked.  Now I usually drink peppermint tea at lunch time so I knew that I would like that flavour, but it also had dandelion, parsley, licorice, elder flower and sweet fennel.

It’s been a long time since I’ve had dandelion and even longer since I had parsley tea (we’re talking about 20 years) and the last time I had a licorice tea it made me feel very strange.  The result – I actually really liked it and will enjoy starting the day with a detox tea instead of my usual cuppa, I just have to teach my husband how to make it.

It’s not hard, but when he hears herbal tea his response is always oh you’ll have to make that I don’t know how!  Step one put the kettle on to boil, step two open up the box and take out the tea bag, step three put the tea bag in the cup, step four pour boiling water onto tea bag and leave to steep.   How hard is that, why apart from not adding milk it’s exactly the same as making our usual morning cuppa!  I have a great husband, but there are times I just shake my head!

Sunday 10th December

Well yesterday we ate out for lunch and dinner, we’re really cherishing the child-free life at the moment haven’t been out this much together for ages!  This morning started with a lovely herbal tea (this is quickly becoming my favorite herbal tea and it’s only the second time I’ve had it!).  A vanilla meal replacement with a scoop of fibre – no morning walk, Sundays is my day off plus I thought we were going somewhere where we’d be doing a fair bit of walking, but that’s no longer the case!

Yesterday I brought a poncho so that I can walk in the rain (not sure what Roman will think of that) as well as some new walking sandals as I literally have cracked the sole of one of my present ones and they don’t seem to offer me enough support.  The new ones are soooo comfy!

Lunch was the chocolate replacement meal with a scoop of greens balance and a handful of frozen raspberries – the raspberries definitely made the drink taste much better, I hardly noticed the greens balance taste.

Oh I did end up going for a short walk in the evening to try out my walking sandals, they’re on a platform of air so feel a bit different to the ones that I’ve sorta killed!

Monday 11th December

I combined our walk from the one we were doing at the end of the week to half of the one we were doing at the beginning of the week.  Home to a delicious vanilla meal replacement for breakfast (and a lovely herbal tea afterwards while checking facebook!).  Who would’ve thought this chocolate loving gal would prefer the vanilla meal replacement.

Lunch today was a chocolate meal replacement with a scoop of greens balance and a handful of frozen blackberries.  The first mouthful I didn’t think it disguised the greens balance as much as the raspberries did, but after a couple of mouthfuls I quite like it.  Now I don’t know whether I prefer blackberries or raspberries – talk about a first world problem!

I tried the citrus fizz sticks this morning and the pomegranate one this afternoon and I have to say I’m not a big fan which is a shame as everyone else seems to like them.  I have since been told to dilute them more and if I have them in 850ml – 1 litre of water I don’t mind them as much (citrus is still my favorite though!)

Tuesday 12th December

When I got back from my morning walk (slightly increased the distance again today) I weighed myself, it’s been 1 week since I weighed myself and the start of day 6 since I started my attempt at the 80/20 plan as you know.

I’ve lost 2.1kg!

I couldn’t believe it, I’ve been telling myself that I’m imagining changes that I think are happening, but maybe I’m not – just imagine what January is going to bring.  I am so excited!  By the way for those of you that count in pounds according to Google that’s equivalent to 4.6lb.

Delicious chocolate, greens with frozen blackberry lunch today.

Wednesday 13th December

vanilla protein shakeLumpy vanilla shake this morning, now lets talk lumps!  When I first started I told you how well it mixed together well yesterday it appeared very lumpy and I had to use a teaspoon to try and get the lumps out.  I blamed it on the fact that the water I used wasn’t as cold as usual so this morning I grabbed a cold bottle of water out of my fridge and tried to make it with that.  I had noticed on another occasion that it didn’t mix very well, but I hadn’t shaken it for very long so thought it was my fault.

This morning it was lumpy again and this time I had a lightbulb moment – it’s the amount of fibre!  When I first started I used ½ scoop of fibre in the shake, but now that I’m up to the full scoop it’s not mixing well when shaken by hand.

I use a blender on my lunchtime shakes as I’ve been using frozen berries so from tomorrow I’ll start using it for breakfast too.  Most of the people I’ve spoken to you at this stage seem to use a nutri-bullet so if you have one then pop everything in there.

I don’t own a nutri-bullet, when I was having a lot of smoothies over the summer (last year) my husband brought me a generic version of nutri-bullet and if it’s something you’re considering it’s been working well for me!

I started my walk at 6.30 this morning instead of 6 like yesterday and by the time I got home at 7 it was way too hot for walking, this is going to be a challenge!

Lunch time I went for a chocolate raspberry shake which was divine.

Tonight I’m going to be having fish with a huge salad and I can’t wait!

Tomorrow is our work’s Xmas lunch so not sure what I’ll be having and I don’t care!  We’re going to a lovely Italian restaurant so after a shake for breakfast all bets are off J

Thursday 14th December

I had the morning shake and then went into work – the Xmas lunch was awesome, but sooo big!  I knew then that I would just be having a shake in the evening because I was so full.  I turned out not even wanting that!

Friday 15th December

Took the dog for a shorter walk today and had a chocolate shake for breakfast, also had a choccy shake for lunch and we’re away on holiday this afternoon so no more shakes until Monday probably – maybe Sunday night depending if we have a large lunch on the way home or not.

Monday 18th December

What a big weekend!  Back to reality this morning with an early morning walk with Roman, we incorporated the short walk that we did on Friday with our usual walk, but I left about 6.30 and the poor dog was starting  to pant a bit in the last stretch with the heat – I really have to leave closer to 6 it was just hard to get up this morning.

Delicious vanilla shake for breakfast and I was hungry by 9.30 which isn’t a good sign – I had a healthy snack of a handful of nuts though and that should (hopefully) see me through to lunch time.  My daughter arrives home tonight, I hope she hasn’t brought me any chocolate as I want to be good for the rest of this week at least ….. only one week until Christmas eek!  Still haven’t brought hubby a gift, he can be so hard to buy for some years.

Tuesday 19th December

My overindulging on the weekend (starting Thursday with Xmas lunch) has caused me to put on a kilo this week – not so happy.

Walked the dog – it’s about 2.1 km (I measured it with the car as best I could) which isn’t as far as I thought it was, but that’s okay.  I’ll probably increase it on Thursday, maybe tomorrow I’ll see how I feel in the morning.

Delicious vanilla shake for breakfast – I’m getting to really enjoy these followed by my delicious herbal tea.

Chocolate, banana and raspberry shake for lunch and a gorgeous looking salad with fish for dinner.  Snacks of nuts in the morning and a nectarine in the afternoon.  I was feeling quite hungry today.

Wednesday 20th December

At 5.30 it was already too hot to go for a walk, the humidity was very high and my chest felt like it had a tight band around it already as much as I hate it I’m going to miss my walk today – the dog is guarding the front door waiting for me to get dressed poor thing!

Thursday 21st December

I left at 5.30 for my walk this morning and I’m drenched!  It would’ve been a little earlier but my daughter wanted to come so it took a bit longer for her to get ready!  I must admit it was a lot easier walking with her because we were just talking away and the walk was nearly over!

Delicious vanilla shake for breakfast again, I’m getting boring aren’t I?

Having my breakfast shake and herbal tea so early means I’m ready for lunch mid morning and at this rate I’ll be eating dinner about 3 o’clock!  I had a nectarine at 9.30 and a boiled egg at 11.00 so that I can then have my lunch shake at lunch time.

Friday 22nd December

We went out to dinner last night and I was so proud of myself as I ordered the chicken, brie and bacon meal instead of the chicken, brie and bacon burger and I chose the sweet potato wedges with salad over the curly fries!  I actually really enjoyed it when it came and I don’t feel like I was short changed at all and I managed to avoid the burger bun and the potato so I’m giving myself a big pat on the back.

Now I didn’t have a walk this morning, it’s the first day of hubby’s holiday so he didn’t set his alarm and I didn’t actually wake up until 6 and to be honest we have so much to do today before mum arrives that I just decided to leave it!

I had my vanilla shake and herbal tea for breakfast, although I think I drank my shake too quickly which isn’t good as it doesn’t fill you up enough if you don’t take your time with it (in my opinion anyway).

I had a handful of mixed nuts at 10am and am just hanging out for lunch now.

Monday 25th December

Okay the past couple of days haven’t been very good diet wise, but I haven’t been nearly as bad as I would usually be at this time of the year.  Today I’ve had crumpets for breakfast, a couple of mince pies and a few pieces of chocolate during the day.

Lunch was chicken fajitas and dinner was turkey nachos (a Mexican style of Christmas!) and I’ve had a couple of coronas – tomorrow I’ll be a lot better.

Tuesday 26th December

weigh in time - great weight lossFancy having a weigh day falling on Boxing Day!  The good news is that I lost 1.7 kg – doing a happy dance right now!

I tried a new flavour shake for my breakfast today – chocolate with some frozen cherries and it wasn’t bad.  It made me think of my childhood when we would go to my aunts for Boxing Day and we always had a Black Forest Gateau for dessert.

Wednesday 27th December

Well after a 3 or 4 day hiatus the walking was back on this morning, although we did start a bit later and the sun had a bit of a sting in it so we walked a different route!  Since mum arrived I’ve only been having my breakfast shake (except for Chrissy Day when I had none) so this morning as well as my scoop of fibre I also added a scoop of greens balance into my breakfast shake – vanilla and a handful of frozen blackberries, very nice!

Thursday 28th December

A walk again, a herbal tea and a shake with both fibre and greens added.

Friday 29th December

Got a period last night, first one in absolutely months and today I woke up with cramps and swollen joints, hands, feet – definitely not walking!

I haven’t had the tea or any shakes instead hubby brought me a milo in bed and when I got up I had a cup of tea and some toast and marmalade.

Slowly feeling better but I’m just eating whatever today and will get back on track tomorrow.

Have to start planning my menus for Jan 1st onwards, but I don’t have the energy to do that right now, despite feeling so blah and even though my legs feel really heavy (typical for me during my period), I actually feel quite slim around my tummy area which is kinda strange, but very nice!

Saturday 30th December

Back on track – a walk followed by a brekkie shake and a herbal tea – the shake included both my fibre and greens balance as it’s probably going to be my only shake of the day.  I’m also planning on doing my meal plan for next week which will be the full 30 days to healthy living and beyond plan.

I can’t wait – my husband actually said this morning that he could see I was losing weight which was a big shot of confidence as I thought I could see the difference, but then you start wondering if it’s in your mind.

Photo session tomorrow for my 30 day before photos, it’ll be interesting to see the difference between this photo and my previous ones, weigh in and measurements too.  It’s funny but I feel like a kid counting down to Christmas it’s really exciting to be about to start the ‘proper’ journey!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my journal entries and if you want to see how I’m going then please go to –

My First 30 Day Plan to Healthy Living & Beyond – Week One

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Zombies Can Celebrate Valentine’s Day Too!

How to Create a Special Valentine’s Day for Your Favorite Zombie

Zombies can celebrate Valentine's Day too!If the special zombie in your life forgets Valentine’s Day don’t be too hard on them. It’s the lack of blood flow to the brain that makes them forget these special occasions.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate, just don’t expect them to have made plans for you.

The first thing to think of is getting them a special Valentine’s Day card and there are some great ones to choose from which they are sure to be impressed with. You can find lots to choose from at Zombie Valentine’s Day Cards.

Now what kind of gift would a zombie like? I would guess that brains would be their gift of choice, but if you’re also planning a special dinner then you probably want to get them something different.

I would suggest a new collar or muzzle if you keep them at home. They may not appreciate it, but if you keep them under control they are less likely to be destroyed by zombie hunters so it’s a very practical gift idea.

If they used to like perfume or cologne before they ‘turned’ then you could get them an air freshner to hang around their neck. It’s unlikely that they will appreciate it as much as you because they have lost their sense of smell – you, however have to put up with the stench of rotting flesh so you could think of this gift as being a little present for you too. Don’t feel too bad that these gifts are more for you than for them – it’s not easy loving a zombie and you don’t always get understanding from friends and family members either.

In fact I think you should buy yourself a Valentine’s Day gift from your zombie to you, just to celebrate that you’ve both ‘survived’ another February together. There are a few cool gift ideas that you might enjoy from zombie family stickers for your car to something sweet like chocolate brains. These can help you have a bit of a sense of humor with your relationship because I’m sure that your declarations of love didn’t include in undeadness as well as in life!

 

Did someone say brains?

You could be organized and buy one of the great range of candy brain molds to make your zombie Valentine their very own chocolate brains or you could go for a gummy bear styled brain….

 Gummy Brain

No although I prefer the chocolate brains I know a lot of people like the taste of tropical gummy bears which is exactly what this gummy brain tastes like. The other thing about it is that it looks much more like an actual brain than a chocolate one does!

This is a great gift idea for your Valentine to chew on and if the advertising on the site is anything to go by zombies do love these gummy brains!

 Zombie Love You So Much It Hurts

Isn’t this plush sweet? One thing that can be hard to get used to is the fact that you can’t snuggle up to your partner if they’re a zombie as it only gets them excited and they try and eat you yet again!

A plush toy is nice to give a hug to when you feel like you want a connection for a few seconds.

I would suggest you try and get your zombie half to dress up for a special meal, but I know how hard changing a baby can be let alone a grown ‘person’ who suddenly lurches forward in an attempt to eat you. A bite on Valentine’s Day is not something you want to get. There’s a big difference between a little love bite between ‘living’ humans and a bite from a zombie. If both of you become zombies then neither of you will be able to remember your relationship and there will be no more Valentine celebrations. It’s worst thatn having a partner with alzheimers because a zombie can’t even remember his/her youth.

Now dinner is something that you can make sure your zombie lover enjoys. First of all you need to get some sheep or cow brains ….. if too many people have got these already (there are others enjoying Valentine’s Day too) then you’ll have to go for another organ – hearts are a nice second choice that’s quite appropriate for this date too.

If you’re organized you would’ve gotten hold of some human blood which you can bring to room temperature and pour over the brains or heart just before serving up. This is the perfect meal for a zombie and if they have a little spark inside them that still realizes you’re there you can be sure they’ll adore your efforts to make February 14th very special for them.

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What is the Arbonne 30 Day to Healthy Living & Beyond Plan?

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I will be commencing the Arbonne 30 days to healthy living plan  on Jan 1st 2018, but what exactly is this plan?

This plan will give you more energy, reduce the inflammation in your body and may help with weight loss – hello! why wouldn’t everyone do it!  So let’s look at the nuts and bolts of the program and then I’ll talk about results and if you’re still not convinced then you can follow my personal journey how does that sound?

Why 30 Days?

It takes 30 days for a new habit to develop and it also gives your digestive system a chance to relax.

Now if you really can’t commit to 30 days, you could have a tester by using a core pack which lasts 10 days.  Personally though I think 30 days to help your only body out isn’t too much time to take!

What Does It Entail?

Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living PackWell there are meal replacements and how many of these you take depends on whether you feel you need to lose weight or whether you just want to have a bit more get up and go.

For weight loss you will substitute two meals a day with the choice of our meal replacement shakes or  protein shakes.  If you just want to increase your energy and feel more like the old you then just replace one of  your meals a day with a meal replacement or protein shake.

You also need to take a scoop of fiber and a scoop of greens balance each day.  I add my scoop of fiber to my breakfast shake (it’s tasteless) and I add a scoop of greens balance to my lunchtime shake.

You will also drink a cup of herbal tea each day – I actually really enjoy this tea and I make mine in the morning to drink after I’ve finished my breakfast shake.

The other thing you use is what are called fizz sticks and you should have at least one of these a day, but you can have 2 or 3 if you feel you need them.

Great, Well That’s Easy – Anything Else?

eating a range of unprocessed foods will give you energyYes, there are things you need to totally avoid for the 30 days and they are –

Alcohol, Coffee, Dairy, Gluten, Sugar, Processed Foods, White Potatoes

These things are avoided so that you can give your digestive system a complete rest while the tea provided helps as a tonic to your liver, kidneys and digestive system.

This still leaves lots of things to eat and you’ll be provided with sample menu plans and shopping lists as well as a few recipe videos to help you think of ideas – you are not alone.

What About After The 30 Days?

Well that’s up to you, some people find the ease and convenience of the shakes is perfect to keep having for their breakfast (this seems to be people who often skipped their breakfast in the past or who eat brekky on the go).

Some people have found that they feel better when they’re not eating dairy and/or gluten or drinking coffee and they will either cut right back or stop eating/drinking whichever one makes them feel bloated.  This doesn’t happen to everyone by the way, but it’s amazing how sometimes cutting back on something that you usually eat/drink a lot can make you feel so different.

The majority of people that I’ve talked to who has done the 30 day plan try and do what they call an 80/20 where they continue to avoid the above things 80% of the time and only ‘indulge’ 20% of the time.  What you choose to do is up to you.

Can You Repeat the 30 Days or Is It A Once Only?

Absolutely you can repeat it, we have success stories with people losing a lot of weight by staying on it for 12 months and feeling fantastic; other stories have people being on it for 60 or 90 days in order to achieve their goal.

I plan on being on it for longer than 30 days, probably more like 90 at this stage, I have a lot of weight to lose and also am loving how more energetic and alert I feel on the plan.  I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever started and I just know I’m going to see it all the way through the 30 days and beyond.

But Wait, There’s More Inclusions

A private Facebook group where we share recipes, meal plans, shopping lists, support etc.

If you sign up under me I’ll also be available to be contacted and help answer queries, cheer from the sidelines and lend encouragement when you hit the 4,5 or 6 day blues (I hit the blues on day 5, but managed to stay strong).

Just go to louannecox.arbonne.com, select the country you live in (there are a few changes to the nutrition products available in each country for example in the US you can only use the protein powder whereas in Australia you have a choice between a meal replacement powder or a protein powder).  Some countries also include a product called digestion plus in their kits – this product isn’t available in Australia so I can’t tell you from experience what it’s like although my cousin (in the UK) swears by it!

Next scroll down and click to sign up for  the preferred clients program (preferred clients get 20% discount on all products and up to 40% on value packs).  Now you don’t have to become a preferred client, but you save what it costs by being able to buy the complete 30 day pack in what we call a value pack – and it gives you the discount for a whole 12 months on anything else you want to purchase – why wouldn’t you?

Once you’re a preferred client you’ll see special packs that are available for you at a discounted rate and this includes your 30 day plan.  You get to choose two different flavors of protein powder/meal replacement and two different flavors of fizz sticks.  I got one of each with my first pack so that I could decide which I preferred and I’m glad I did because I prefer the citrus fizz sticks over the pomegranate ones which I was recommended.

Not sure if it’s for you?  Why not pop over to my Facebook page and send me a message, I can then add you to a group that explains all about the 30 Day Plan and you can get more information before deciding if it’s for you.

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Stocking Stuffers for the Fashionista

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Stocking Stuffers for the FashionistaWhen you’re shopping for a fashionista it’s hard to think of what to get them without worrying about whether it’s the right ‘look’ for them or if they already have it! I think the best thing to do is to go with accessories and let them pick their own clothing pieces. This works extremely well when looking for stocking stuffers for the fashionista.

This year it’s all about velvet, faux fur, marble and rose gold, let’s look at some of the items I have featured in the introduction image, links to ‘shop these goodies’ are all underneath this picture which I would love for you to pin 🙂

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Shop these goodies

Faux Fur Mini Pouch (available in a range of colors)| Holiday Candle (everyone loves a candle!)| Stars Aligned String Lights | Ring Gift Box Set | Velvet Scrunchie (this on-trend scrunchie comes in lots of different colors) | Meaningful Studs in a Bottle (available in 4 different colors/meanings)

 

Other ideas include ……

Velvet is very in this year so why not incorporate some velvet in accessories for a perfect stocking stuffer? We incorporated a velvet scrunchie above and below we have a headband, hat and bag, any of which I’m sure would be a big hit.

   

Click on image to find what colors these products come in and the prices

Hats and headgear make great stocking stuffers. They enable us to stay warm while being fashionable so what’s not to like – check out these next few ideas for some fashion fun…

    

Click on the image for more information on the product including price

If you’re looking for something smaller then keychains, keyrings, whatever you call them make a cool stocking stuffer that can also be a great fashion accessory. This season the big pompom style are still in vogue the same as they were last year. One thing to note, however, is that if you’re in a warmer climate these pompoms can mat quite easily when constantly handled with warm/hot hands. In that case you might want the fun unicorn style of keyring because if you have to choose between being anyone you want or a unicorn you should always choose a unicorn!

   

Want to know they price? Simply click on the item you’ve fallen in love with

Bags are another great accessory to give a fashionista and at the moment crossbody bags have never been more popular. There are lots of styles from pearl looking bags to velvet crossbody bags and more. I’ve included a round crossbody bag below and two that are just plain fun because sometimes fashion can be fun and this is the season to get away with combining fun and fashion!

   

Want to know how many colors the round bag comes in – click on the image!

There are lots of other gift ideas that you can give a fashionista for a stocking filler, some include fashion accessories such as phone cases, watches etc and some don’t such as perfume, coffee mugs etc. I’ve selected just a few more for you to look at below –

      

For prices and details of products please click on the image

Do you wonder why I keep telling you to click on the product for the price, color and size availability? It’s because at this time of the year (especially) there are so many sales that prices are constantly changing and I don’t want to mislead you because I can’t keep up with it! Sizes and colors available are also constantly changing as people are buying so getting you to click through to the actual site from which you can buy seems to be the best solution to keep everyone happy 🙂

I hope you’ve found a few cool gift ideas to pop in your fashionista’s stocking this holiday season.

Small gifts for the fashionista

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One Simple Step to Get Traffic to YOUR Blog!

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This is probably one of the easiest steps you can take to increase your blog traffic and it’s so simple you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it before.

Put simply you click this link right here!

This simple step will take you to a FREE guide written by Lena Gott who is a blogger that really does know how to get traffic to her blog.  If you haven’t heard of her already then head on over to my review of her Traffic Transformation Guide.

Her guide includes three simple steps that will help you to get extra traffic to your blog.  I love how she explains things, it’s like she’s sat there talking to you over a cup of coffee (or tea, you know I like my tea!)

Still not sure?  Well I could sweeten the deal by offering you a 10% discount, but 10% off free still means its…..free!  Seriously what’s not to love.

If you’re thinking there’s got to be a catch no one gives anything worth having away for free, well you’re right sort of.

It IS free, but Lena’s giving you some great nuggets in the hope that you’ll purchase her other book which gives you 21 ways to increase the traffic to your blog.  Now you’re under no obligation, but let me tell you the three ‘free’ steps are totally different to the other 21 so…

I guess it’s a great way to give you a taste of what she has to offer because it’s like I say on my resource page sometimes you have to hear the same thing said in a different way before it sinks in.  Lena’s way of writing strikes a chord with me, but it may not with you – let me know in either case.

I say let me know because you ARE going to try it out aren’t you?  Here’s the link one more time for you (just to save you from having to scroll ALL the way back up the page!

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How to Have a Zombie Christmas

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Celebrate Christmas in Style with Both Zombie & Non-Zombie Members of Your Family!

A Zombie Christmas
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Christmas is a time for family, but what happens if a member (or 2 or 3….) of your family is a zombie? Well personally I don’t think they should miss out on Christmas celebrations which is why I’ve decided to write out a plan for celebrating the holidays safely with both zombies and people who love zombies.

I’m going to show you ways to enjoy the season from decorating to eating a great Christmas dinner together so if you want a guide to celebrating Christmas with zombies this is it!

For the sake of this article I’m going to assume that at least one member of your family is a zombie which also assumes there are other zombies around which means you will need to take safety precautions because nothing ruins Christmas like an unexpected zombie bite – especially one that could have been avoided!

What you will find hereZombie Poll | Christmas Music | Decorating Ideas | Christmas Festive Fashion | Christmas Food – Zombies | Christmas Food – Humans | Christmas Gifts – Zombies | Christmas Gifts – Humans

Are Any of Your Family Members Zombies?

I’d love to know more about my audience so that I know what kind of tips will be more helpful for you to help plan your holiday season in a zombified world.

Do you have any zombies in your family?

Christmas Music – Setting the Mood for your Zombie Holiday Season

There’s just something about Christmas music, don’t you think? Listening to classic tunes as you do your Christmas shopping or decorating your home just adds to the whole mood of the event.

The advantage of music too is that zombies find it very soothing, almost mesmerizing – until it stops and then you can be in trouble so if you like to join carolers during the holidays – don’t! The group of carol singers enthralls zombies who will follow them as they sing to their audience, but once they stop …… well zombies get hungry it’s not really their fault.

I think the safest bet is to just play some of your favorite tunes in the security of your own home with the windows boarded up and the doors locked.

Old favorites can be given a new twist for your special celebrations this year with lyrics such as –

Jingle Bells, Zombies smell,

Shoot them in the head

or a different version of the same song re-named Zombie Bells that starts with –

‘sloshing through the snow

of zombies that we’ve slayed

through the gobs of goo

laughing all the way’

Let’s not forget a song that my Gran used to enjoy singing, although she didn’t know this version!

Deck the halls with chunks of zombie,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Check out some of the music on the music videos below –

Deck the Halls in Zombie Stylin’

Christmas Decorating Ideas

Now you don’t want to be spending your holiday season fighting with zombies who don’t have anywhere to spend the holidays with do you? This means that even though it’s the season of goodwill you will need to remember your family’s safety and this means keeping the window’s boarded up.

Does this mean you can’t decorate? Absolutely not! There are lots of ways in which you can transform your home in true Christmas style, so let’s see how we can do it. For me the first thing that says the holidays is a Christmas tree and what better than a Zombie inspired Christmas tree this year?

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Christmas Window Decorating Ideas

For the next part of decorating we look at the windows, now just because they’re boarded up doesn’t mean that you can’t give them some festive flair.

G P LTD DBX02-100018 Icicle Light Set

First you can hang lights around the windows, either icicle style lights like this along the top of the window or the traditional Christmas tree style lights around the whole boarded window.

 

 

Santa Artificial Snow Spray

If you’re usually singing, ‘let it snow, let it snow, let it snow’ in the lead up to the holidays then you can still have a little winter magic inside your home.

This fake snow isn’t just for glass, it can be used on your boarded up windows too. You can go free hand with some cool designs, use some Christmas stencils or just put a little bit of snow along the bottom of the window as though it’s just landed there!

Zombie Stockings

When it comes to the mantle, you can still hang stockings over it. Do make sure you have a fire going all throughout the holidays though, I would hate an errant zombie to find his way down the chimney instead of Santa.

Of course while we’re talking about the mantle, you do need to put all of your Christmas cards on there as well. Depending on how rampant zombies are towards these holidays you may find that you don’t receive many (if any) greeting cards.

I wouldn’t worry about what you do or don’t receive however as long as you make the effort yourself – after all they say it’s the giving not the receiving that counts.

I’ve found a great selection of Christmas cards for you to give to your friends and family. It’s likely that the postal service won’t actually be running so you’ll have to hand deliver them. Simply take your zombie family member on a lead to deliver the cards and that way any stray zombies will keep away. Now I would recommend that you put a muzzle on them as if they see too many other zombies they could get a little more animated than usual which means a little bitey and someone has to remain human in order to organize Christmas!

Zombie Christmas Cards
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Dressing Up for the Holidays

Getting into the Christmas Spirit

Now I don’t know if you don a Christmas t-shirt or an ugly sweater at Christmas, but I’m sure you at least wear something festive.

I’m assuming that you’re keeping any zombie family members in the main living area so that they can enjoy all of the festivities and that they’re safely shackled up to avoid any unnecessary ‘accidental bitings’ which means you can add something to their outfits.

Some people would suggest a Santa hat, but I’d save them for the human members of the family as sudden lurching in an attempt to bite fellow family members can cause the hat to fall off or over their eye which can become disorientating and make them more aggressive.

A great idea is a Christmas necklace – you know the sort of plastic flashing jewelry that shop assistants (and possibly your aunt Edna) wear to put you in the mood to spend money.

Christmas Holiday Flashing Light Necklace

This is the type I mean, now pop a muzzle onto your zombie and then undo the necklace and wrap it around their collar for a very festive touch.

It’s like a holiday fashion accessory and a holiday decoration at the same time!

 

Delicious Food for a Zombie Christmas

Feeding Your Family Zombies During the Holidays

I don’t know about you, but one thing about Christmas is that it’s a time for eating too much and gorging on festive treats like mince pies, Christmas pudding, gingerbread men and more. What do zombies like to eat more than anything else? Brains of course!

Now you can’t exactly get a human brain at the supermarket or even at a butchers shop so how can you make their holidays extra special? The trick is organization and planning ahead so that they can have a delectable feast just like their human family members.

You should be able to buy a cow or pig’s brain for their main course, but to make it extra special you want to add some human blood which is where the planning comes into play. In the lead up to the holiday season blood banks generally make a concerted effort to get more supplies to stockpile. You need to either befriend someone who works in a blood bank or become a volunteer yourself.

Once you get access you’ll need to slip a bag or two of blood into your own bag to take home. Once you get the blood home it’s very important that you freeze it straight away. Once frozen zombies can’t smell the blood, if you have human blood lying around ‘fresh’ then it will drive any zombies that live with you absolutely crazy and extremely bitey around you!

When you’re preparing your big Christmas dinner simply let the blood thaw out and then serve up their cow or pig brain with human blood poured over it in the same way you’d pour gravy over your turkey (or holiday meat of choice). They will absolutely love it even though they don’t show their emotions you can be sure they’ll leave a very clean plate and somewhere deep inside they will appreciate what you’ve made for them.

What About Zombie Treats to Snack On?

Of course it’s not just about what to feed your zombified family member for Christmas lunch/dinner, it’s about all of the festive snacks we have on offer during the holidays. I mean seriously can you see them eating gingerbread men, candy canes or even sugar cookies shaped like Santa or a Christmas tree?

Actually, there is a way to make them some cool snacks as well and it involves getting some entrails and eyeballs from your butcher, here’s how you prepare a Zombie Christmas Treat –

Get any of the entrails or offal that you can from a butcher and put them all through a grinder together – you want to get it into a fine grind.

Pop any eyeballs you can get into your mixture (these are delicacies by themselves).

Now place the mixture onto some parchment paper, fold it over and proceed to roll it so that it makes a roll.

Twist the two ends of the parchment paper together so you get the look of a Christmas bonbon.

Next place the parchment paper covered ‘roll’ on to some tinfoil and wrap again, twisting the ends tightly.

Add the ‘roll’ into a pot of cold water and cook slowly over a low heat (it can simmer slightly, but you don’t want it to boil) for 40-50 minutes.

Remove from water and allow to cool before removing from the foil and parchment paper.

When it’s cold you can cut it into slices like it’s a piece of salami or liverwurst.

Wilton Holiday 6-Piece Mini Metal Cutter Set

Once you’ve cut this ‘roll’ into slices you just take one of these metal cutters and cut it into festive shapes for them to enjoy – perfect.

Now admittedly they’d probably prefer raw entrails, but I’m told they’ll still eat this and it sure looks more festive when they’re eating candy cane shaped ‘sausage’ than a bowl of raw entrails!

Zombie Inspired Christmas Treats for Human Consumption

Celebrate Your Love of Zombies with Festive Snacks

When it comes to the human family members you can still pay homage to your zombified family members by preparing delicious treats for your holiday season.

Simply make their favorite sugar cookie, shortcake or gingerbread recipe and use these cookie cutters to develop some fun treats that you can enjoy.

Already Been Chewed Cookie Cutter

If you’re after cutters with a real festive edge then you can’t go past these gingerbread men cutters who have obviously not run fast enough to beat any zombies!

Tucking into these treats should make it feel more like the traditional Christmases of old.

 

A Guide to Gift Giving at a Zombie Christmas

What Do Zombies Like?

To be honest as much as any zombie family member may have loved to receive the latest model of ipad, bottle of expensive cologne/perfume or a Fendi bag when they were still human about the only thing they want now is brains and that’s for their Christmas dinner!

It would feel strange to not give them a gift though so here’s a few ideas that you could place under the tree for them.

Car Freshener -Royal Pine

Car fresheners can be hung around their necks and help to disguise the stench of decaying flesh a little – it’s not exactly a wonderfully aromatic experience sharing a house with a zombie you know.

 

Dean and Tyler Leather Dog Collar

A new collar is a great idea as a lot of pressure is put on their collars as they pull against it in order to take a bite out of family members so it’s a good safety measure as well.

This is a nice looking one in brown that might suit who you’re buying for.

Zombie Inspired Gifts for Humans

For the human members of the family you can get a range of different things that they might enjoy, but there’s also a range of zombie inspired gifts that you might think are more appropriate this year.

There are lots of cool zombie gifts ideas available and because of the wide selection I’ve put them all on another page for you to enjoy –

The Zombie Shop 

How to have a zombie Christmas
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Will You Be Having a Zombie Christmas This Year?

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Interlinking With Your Blog Posts

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Interlinking on your blog postsIf you want to see your online income explode then one of the things you’ll need to learn is how to interlink your blog posts.

Interlinking your posts is very important, why I hear you ask.   Well if you’ve got someone to one of your posts and then they’ve clicked away you want to make sure that they have either clicked through to buy something (through an affiliate link) or they’ve clicked through to another post on your blog.

There is no point in working to get traffic to your posts if you let it just whiz through and then disappear further down the internet highway.  How, where, help!

How & Where to interlink?

There are lots of ways in which you can interlink, the most common and surprisingly effective way is a simple text link.   If your blog post is a product review post and the objective is to sell something then a text link to the product in the first paragraph is extremely effective.

You want to sprinkle your links all over your post like breadcrumbs to entice people to weave their way through your blog and make sure that they don’t miss reading anything that would interest them.

I’ve put those last words in bold because they are important – you need to be constantly thinking of the reader.  If they are interested in scarves then you want to make sure that the post links out to all of your posts about scarves, but NOT your posts on zombies because really it’s about what you know they’re interested in not the 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon!

Having said that if they’ve come to a post about purple scarves and you happen to have one on purple hats or bags you could link to those as well.  This is because they are the same color and it’s another way of adding the color to your wardrobe using accessories which could be why they’re looking for the purple scarf.

I had a boss once who said to us the best customer service is about selling the customer everything they need, but nothing they don’t.  It’s not about getting your stats right it’s about making sure your customer is happy.  Happy customer = repeat customer and a very happy customer = referring customer.  You want both.

Another way of adding a link is by linking your images – I usually use this to link to affiliate products as opposed to other posts, but you could try this technique.

Interlinking your blog posts

Easy Product Displays Can Help With Interlinking

Have you heard of Easy Product Displays or EPD?  The idea behind them initially was to build HTML displays for selling products, but you can use them to interlink as well.

I have used them in a couple of ways, this image is a screenshot from one of my other websites –

Related posts made by EPD

This image is an example of how I use EPD in place of a related post plugin.  The related post plugin is a time saver and can be good, but sometimes you want to micro-manage which posts are used and also make sure that the images look good.

The image above is at the bottom of a post on Gothic Valentine’s Day Cards which is why I have included Geeky Valentine’s Day Cards & Zombie Valentine’s Day Cards at the bottom.  I also wanted to show them that you can also get some great Gothic Birthday Cards (after all if they’re sending someone a Valentine’s Day card they’re probably going to send them a birthday card too don’t you think?)

Another way of interlinking with EPD is by teasing with a little bit of text from the post you’re linking to which (you hope) will entice people to click on it.  You can see this idea on my Snow White Figurine blog post –

A featured post with EPD

This post was the perfect opportunity to link to a blog post on Snow White Christmas ornaments and EPD allowed me to create a display with an image and the first lines of the post.

BTW – If you want to know what tools I use besides EPD then check out my big resource page!

What Else to Interlink?

You don’t have to just link out to blog posts, you can also interlink throughout your blog to category pages and tag pages.  Using text links is probably the easiest and best way of doing this.

An example may be when you’re writing about How to Defeat a Zombie, you could talk about zombies and say something like – As you know zombies are pretty resilient and just keep going and going even if they’re leaving their entrails behind and are only able to shuffle, so how do you stop them?  If you’ve watched any zombie movie you will know that you need to strike at their head in order to be successful.

The blue word could be interlinked with the zombie category page, while you could interlink the green words to a tag page for zombie movies (if you have one).

Remind Me Why Interlinking is Good Again

Not only does interlinking help keep the reader on your blog so that you can make sure they get all the information they want it also sends signals to Google.  If Google sees a lot of interlinking they can work out that you have a lot of relevant information and that you are more of an authority on your subject.

The main reason should always be to provide a great experience for your reader, but the fact that Google loves it too is definitely a bonus!

Are You Interlinking Within Your Blog?

If you’re not doing so at the moment, I hope you will be after reading this post.  I’m also curious as to which of these techniques you use and whether you have any more to share.

Interlinking, the way to get your blog posts to perform better

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The Zombie Gift Shop

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Queuing at the Zombie Gift ShopLots of Zombie Goodies to Buy!

Whether you’re looking for a zombie inspired gift or you just want to treat yourself I’m sure you’ll enjoy perusing our selection, although if you’re after actual human brains or body parts I’m afraid you won’t find them here………

Zombie T-Shirts

I have yet to find a zombie fan who doesn’t like t-shirts which is why I’ve decided to start you off with a few cool ones right here and if none of them appeal to you then I do have a couple of links to more below.

 Zombie Apocalypse Gamers Keep Calm Funny T-shirt I train to stay alive zombie running shirt You’re Goin Down with Zombies T-Shirt Zombies love you for your brains T-Shirt The WALKING DAD shirt Zombie Edition Fast (zombie) Food T-Shirt Vegan Zombie – Vegetarian zombie, Funny Zombie T-Shirt I’M WITH ZOMBIE BAIT T-Shirt Zombie Beatles T-Shirt

If you don’t fancy any of these then you might want to check out these pages –

Zombie Apocalypse T-Shirts
Shaun of the Dead T-Shirts

Zombie Books for the Inner Bibliophile Zombie

 101 Ways to Kill a Zombie You Might Be A Zombie Fact book

Then again you might want to stick to books on The Walking Dead, my brother enjoys the graphic novel over the television series…..

 The Walking Dead: Compendium One The Walking Dead: Compendium Two The Walking Dead Chronicles: The Official Companion Book

 

If you wanted an idea on some Zombie Apocalpse survival guides then you can check out a couple of books that are mentioned on our blog post – Help a Friend Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

More Cool Zombie Gift Ideas That Are Sure to Impress

There are just so many different ideas for zombie fans that it’s hard to know what to showcase and what not to, but here’s a few things that I think any zombie fan would love –

 Zombie Garden Gnome Creepy cerebral candle Zombie Entrails Stuffed Scarf Plush Supernatural Zombie Tarot Cards Deck Walking Dead Playing Cards (2-Pack) Creepy Zombie Cribbage Game Zombie See Hear Speak No Evil Set of Shelf Sitters Beistle 00040 Zombie Feet Slippers Darryl Limited Edition (The Walking Dead )Funko Pop Figure

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