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I feel so sad that my time on this beautiful island is coming to an end! I have enjoyed every minute of my time on Hamilton Island and I plan to come back in November with the children!
We had our last supper ie breakfast on the beautiful Bommie Deck and my taste buds were tantalized with an array of fresh exotic fruits from Simon George and son.
After breakfast I did a hike up to the lookout which was well worth the pain and then got to relax and unwind with a relaxing massage from Spa Qualia.
Thank you to the team on Hamilton Island for showing me the most amazing time!
See you all in November!
Lindy x

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I was lucky enough to be asked to join in on the Hamilton Island Instameet: Return2Paradise, showcasing the amazing Hamilton Island and its beautiful surroundings – of course, our job was to do all of this through Instagram.

THE BEST JOB EVER!

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Hamilton Island has come such a long way from a few years ago when I was last here, the accommodation and restaurants are world class. I’m staying at the Yacht Club Villas which are so beautiful and big enough for a family of 6! Lucky for me I got to bring my closest friends along to enjoy the journey.

I have just spent the day at Qualia Resort and will also be dining there for dinner tonight – the setting is breathtaking and most importantly, the food is to die for. This might be a big call, but I had the most amazing seafood platter over lunch so am very excited to see what the dinner menu will bring.

Here are some pics I took since we arrived today so I hope you enjoy Hamilton island through my eyes x

The family and I recently took a work / play mini break to Singapore.

We have recently launched our lifestyle range Milk & Co with a brand new stockists over there, Cold Storage so we had some PR to do and to be honest I didn’t want another business trip away from the kids, so we thought we would bring them along (ambitious I know).

The trouble began when I was planning the trip. Now back in the day I didn’t think three children families where unusual however we even found it hard to even find a hotel that could house us all (note, if you are interested in themed hotels that are super tacky – you are in luck as there where plenty of rooms free and big enough there).

It is bad enough that we now all have to catch a Maxi Taxi just to go anywhere (kinda like the family from Home Alone) but now it seems that we have to book 3 separate rooms just to accommodate everyone. Not only would this cost us $1,000,000 it really isn’t practical.

Anyway I put my google skills to good work and finally found some beautiful apartment suits that didn’t cost the earth…not only were they dirt and tackiness free but they had a fantastic kids club and a pool. They even went as a far as having a kids and adults buffet… all the boxes where ticked! Just in case you are looking the place is call Frasers Suits, you can click here for there link.

I have never been to Singapore at this time of year but it was absolutely beautiful and it had such a fantastic Christmas vibe about it. Although Bali is always fantastic the old palm tree with a bit of tinsel hasn’t quite been cutting it in the kids books….don’t even get me started on how I had to explain that Santa’s sled also goes on sand, water and not just snow.

MK and I had the pleasure of helping out at the George Jensen Gift of Giving where we  wrapped presents with some lovely Singaporean celebrities.

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The night previous to this we had a pre launch which unfortunately MK was unable to attend. As Stella in now almost 7 and always asking when she can come along I thought it would be nice opportunity to take her. Biggest mistake ever. I had to do a little speech and not wanting to leave her waiting on her lonesome she came up with me. Whilst I was talking she must have gotten a little nervous as she decided to put her hand up the back of my dress, exposing my butt to god knows who…might not try another event for another few years, although she did look very cute!

ImageThe next day we did the trek to Sentosa Island and did the whole Universal Studio thing.

Personally I found it to be really expensive, the kids got tired quickly and the lines for the ride were way way too long. I actually think MK got the most out of it. He keeps slipping it in that “he is so glad he went with the kids” I am thinking perhaps he would have had more fun on his own….just hanging out with Shrek.

I love love the food in Singapore, not only are there loads of cheap eats in the food courts and shopping centers. The restaurant choices are amazing!

We had a night out in the old part of China town (so old the cab driver couldn’t find it and he was Chinese!) and I had the best meal I have had in a very long time. The place was called Open Door Policy and I highly recommended it.

All in all it was a great trip, work…tick, shopping (I didn’t mention it but I did pick up a few great items)…tick and family time…tick, our job here was done and back to Bali we went.

Although always fun it was definitely enough of a big city fix for the time being.

Thanks Singapore for having us we will be back soon to launch Milk by Lindy Klim!
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As we all know Spring Carnival is over for another year and if your anything like me you would have drank a whole lot more than you should have! My diet is always terrible during Spring Racing, consisting of finger food, the late night club sandwich and of course the eggs and bacon the next morning that you just HAVE to have.

Despite my good intentions the races have left me feeling a bit yuck and the Christmas parties haven’t even started yet…not to mention the Christmas ham on white bread with hot English Mustard sandwich’s which are not great for the waistline.

With my next trip into Melbs again in a few weeks I have had the good foresight to book in Eat Fit Food. They have a great 10 day detox which is delivered fresh, to your door, daily (also amazing for if you are staying in hotels)!

There is also a The Men’s X-celerator program which is a fantastic high protein menu for the men in your life that are wanting to shift a few KG before Christmas. I know MK is really excited to try this one and the extra protein will really help as he turns into a bit of a grumpy bum if he is not fed enough.

Now, I am not really one to love a detox but unlike any other I have tried the Eat Fit Food detox does not make you survive on lettuce and lemon water…the food is amazing and I
never  feel hungry. It sounds silly but I actually eat more food on the Eat Fit Food detox as I don’t have the age old excuse of ‘no time to cook’  – it is all done for me!

Another plus for me is if the meals are booked in, I have an excuse not to eat out. As we all know, eating out instantly means drinking so this is a great one for me and my liver.

I recommend Eat Fit Food to kick start your bikini body for summer. To sweeten the deal even further Eat Fit Food is offering all my readers ONE whole extra day completely for
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Every single friend of mine keeps raving on about Chin Chin. So, finally last night we went there to celebrate our friend Emmy’s birthday.

A good friend of ours came up with why it is called Chin Chin, he thinks ‘chin’ means ‘one ‘in some Far East language, so ‘chin chin’ means two, and two hours is exactly the time we had to wait to get a table.

It was definitely well worth the wait though! The food was absolutely amazing and the place really does have a great atmosphere. 

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The wait wasn’t so bad because they have a bar downstairs where you can start off on some cocktails. So this proved a great distraction from the fact that it was such a long wait especially when we had the intention of eating at 6pm!

My favourite dish was the hot plate, which is an array of different chilli condiments, and I also suggest that you should go with a group of people so you can order a few different dishes to get a taste of everything.

So Chin Chin has definitely made it on to my list of favourite restaurants at the moment, and I am already craving it again!

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In one of my recent posts, I talked about my favourite Sydney restaurants. One I didn’t mention though because I wanted to dedicate a post to it all of its own, is my all-time favourite – Longrain.

It has all the flavours I love – yes I am talking Asian flavour!

I was first introduced to the Sydney Longrain about 6 years ago and it’s still one of my favourites.

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The other night MK and I went to the Sydney one – just the two of us. Usually we go in big groups and I order lots of dishes so everyone can have a try of everything.  I am also a creature of habit and usually order the same thing every time.

So, this time it was just the two of us, so of course we started with the tuna betel leaf and then the generous staff at Longrain brought out the most amazing Pork and Prawn type of dish that you spoon onto rice crackers. It was honestly one of the best things I’ve ever eaten – ever.

Thank goodness our friend Jeremy was not present, as he hates seafood, pork, apples and girls that drink cranberry tea on his brand new sofa.

We then had the whole fried snapper and wagyu beef stir-fry. Delicious!

Longrain to me will always be an oldie but a goodie! I definitely recommend it as a place to eat out.

I have recently been on some business trips for Milk & Co. to Sydney. I love getting to Sydney every chance I can get. I absolutely love being there; if I had my time again I would move there in a heartbeat.

I love everything it has to offer; except for the traffic and the fact that I would never be able to afford to own property there.

I love that you can spend the whole day at the beach with the kids and then just put a shirtdress on over your favourite bikini and spend the afternoon having drinks at places like The Winery or North Bondi.

I would love Rocco to spend his days on his skateboard skating down to the beach; it’s got such a cool vibe.

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We have some really great friends in Sydney and I’m always very envious of their lifestyle. We usually stay at The Establishment in the city, or a little place called The Medusa in Darlinghurst. The boys there always look after us and it’s in a great location.

There are so many great restaurants in Sydney too and some of my favourites at the moment are:

Neild Avenue – they do great share plates and platters. It’s in Rushcutters Bay and I also love Toko in Surry Hills.

Sydney is definitely a place I could live out my days. Ah well, maybe one day but right now, Melbourne’s where home is.

So no, I’m not talking about my children… but rather a delicious little snack I heard about recently through a friend.

Organic Raw Chocolate Balls. Enough said right? These yummy treats are created by EAT FIT FOOD and are as healthy as they are tasty. Made with organic raw cocoa, they are a great source of magnesium, antioxidants and serotonin. In other words, they help to lower cholesterol, improve heart functioning and keep us feeling happy and healthy!

I’ll be making these non-stop from now on, keeping the kids smiling and hopefully helping MK keep up that bod now that’s he’s not swimming.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

1 Cup whole organic walnuts

3⁄4 Cup whole organic almonds

2 Tbsp organic coconut oil

1 Tbsp organic honey 12 organic dates

1⁄4 Cup organic raw cocoa powder

(Recipe makes approx. 20 x 10gram balls)

 

Method:

Blend the walnuts and almonds until small chunks – not a fine dust.

Melt the coconut oil in a pan on a very low heat until liquefied.

Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until all mixed together – approximately 1 minute.

Depending on what size you want the balls, take out a small amount of mixture and roll into a ball – continue until all mixture is rolled.

Place on greaseproof paper in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours and let set.

You can roll the balls in desiccated coconut to give a nice finish if you wish.

YUM!

Besides the occasional bongo playing and fire twirling, there is so much to do in Byron bay, especially eat!

Michael and I love to start the day with a walk on the beach or up to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, this makes us feel somewhat slightly better about the amount of food and coffee we will have during the day.

Breakfast is usually at Harvest….not too much to say about this place except AMAZING!

Morning coffee is at the Bay Leaf Cafe, MK and I love, love, love the coffee here.

My favourite place to hang out and eat at night would be The Balcony and of course The Beach Hotel.

It is only a 20 minute drive to Bangalow, so I often find myself there checking out the great range of shops. They are not overly “hippy” and there are some great cafes as well.  There is one fantastic shop called Bangalow Pharmacy. This is far from your average Pharmacy, with its hardwood floors and brands such as Missoni and Aesop, it is easy to spend hours looking around!

Overall there is so much to see and do in this gorgeous part of Australia, I really recommend it to anyone who has never been.

Its day 4 and I am feeling good. It really is true that we are what we eat. Unfortunately it is not always that easy, life gets in the way and preparing a healthy nutritious dinner is not always possible.  One great thing about eat fit food is that it gives you some great menu ideas for when you are not on the program. I have been making little notes about healthy dinner alternatives for when Michael gets back and I have to put my apron back on!

Today’s menu again was great, just had a little trouble with the tofu bolognaise. Tofu has never appealed to me and still doesn’t. I was a good girl though and ate my pasta and silver beet.

Breakfast today…free range scrambled eggs with potato rosti, baby spinach and tomato jam
Lunch today…Tofu Bolognaise with quinoa gluten free pasta and silver beet
Dinner today…Ginger and garlic poached chicken with Asian greens