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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I am snowed under with school work at the moment – it’s programming and reporting time again so I have been very busy and will be for the next few weeks. I wanted to bring you a Favourites Unearthed today that brings you some of my latest favourite bits and pieces from around the web. Perhaps you can share some of your own in the comments below.

Each week, Norlin from Baubles, Bubbles and Bags Style File brings you her loves, likes and loathes of the week. This week she’s talking about nourishing body oils for Winter, and also has a competition to win a very funky pair of Rollasole flats. They’re cool little shoes that can be rolled up and stashed in your bag in case you need some emergency comfortable shoes. You can see the post here – be sure to enter the competition!

We’re coming into Winter, and many of us find it extra hard to get motivated to go to the gym. My beloved DailyBurn shared a great article from their archives over Facebook on the weekend, featuring four scientifically proven ways to up your motivation. Make sure you get your active wear ready before you read this one so you’ll be ready to go.

I was recently sent some delicious Verival porridges to try from Spiral Foods. We’re big fans of porridge for breakfast, especially for Winter, so these have been very appreciated. Spiral Foods aim to create high quality foods, and are passionate about slowing climate change. They have a wonderful collection of recipes to suit any occasion that you can try here.

Last week I went to a professional learning day about using iPads in environmental education. It gave me lots of great ideas. One of the favourite things I discovered was a very cool app called Bookry. It’s not just for educators – it would be incredibly useful for parents or even bloggers. The program would be perfect for creating eBooks to sell on the iTunes book store. Definitely one way to diversify your website!

My final favourite thing is something I hope you will love too. I am a big fan of scented candles, and have been having a love affair with Yankee Candles (particularly the salted caramel scent). They are just delicious and good enough to eat! If you don’t have Yankee stockist near you, you can apply for a shop to become a stockist and be rewarded with two large candles. To find out more, check out Yankee’s Facebook page.

What are your favourite links, products or recipes this week? Let me know below!

Simple, Healthy Mid Week Dinner Idea


Tuesday afternoons are busy in our household. I have a staff meeting, and Mr Style Unearthed has soccer training, so in between reading practice and homework there is not a lot of time for an elaborate dinner. A good stir fry is a simple, healthy mid week dinner idea that is sure to be a winner with the whole family.

A few weeks ago I was doing the groceries and spotted a packet of microwavable quinoa and brown rice. We often buy the packets of brown rice if we’re short on time – 90 seconds in the microwave and they’re ready to go (and you don’t have to wash up an extra saucepan!). I decided to try the version with added quinoa and was so glad I did. It contains extra protein and it’s a great way to sneak more into your diet. The fact that the packet says it aids muscle and tissue repair is also a plus – my ankle needs all the help it can get! Both Sun Rice and Coles have a version of the quick rice and quinoa, and it’s a great low GI grain alternative.


Quinoa and Brown Rice Stir Fry (serves four)


1 packet microwavable quinoa and brown rice

1 packet honey, soy and garlic stir fry sauce

1/2 a cup cashews

1/2 a cup frozen peas and corn

1 and 1/2 cups of mixed vegetables (I used snow peas, carrot, shallots, broccoli and capsicum)


Stir fry vegetables in a large wok.

While the vegetables are cooking, heat quinoa and rice in microwave as per packet instructions.

Add quinoa and rice to the vegetables.

When warmed through, add sauce.

When the sauce has warmed, serve in bowls and top with cashews.

If you didn’t want a vegetarian version, meat is easily added. The rest of my family often have this with chicken, beef or tuna.


This dinner also becomes great lunch leftovers for the next day, but you may not have any left if your family enjoys it as much as mine does!

What are your favourite mid week dinners?