Being December, first up it’s…

  • Christmas! – Yes, I am one of THOSE people. The people that embrace Christmas like it’s the last time they’ll ever see Santa again. I love putting up the tree while listening to Christmas carols.
    I love wrapping presents and decorating the house. I love the chaos of Christmas lunch and I love Boxing Day where you lay around all day watching the cricket and eating leftovers. My wonderful husband is Jewish so this year we’ve embraced Chanukah with a Menorah as well as a Christmas tree. Our son loves it – he calls the Menorah ‘Nora’ :)i love christmas
  • Re-reading the Harry Potter series – Every year at the beginning of December I re-read the entire seven-book Harry Potter series. To me, Harry Potter = holiday reading.
    Before I had a child I would have them all read easily by Christmas Day. Now I am a parent, I estimate I will have them read by February LOL. They are truly magical tales, and I can’t wait to read them to my kids once they’re old enough. The ones are the editions I have – the best ones, in my opinion.
    Harry Potter series
  • Building my business – This month I am working my butt off, scheduling work for my clients so I can take a couple of days off over Christmas.I plan on using December and January to plan what I want my 2016 to look like, how many more clients I can take on once Harrison is in daycare, and how to manage the increased workload. Fun, challenging, stressful and exciting times! I am finding the life of an entrepreneur VERY similar to the life of a parent, I have to say.

    life of an entrepreneur

  • Pedicures – When I have the luxury of time, I love a massage, facial or pedicure.
    This month I indulged with a long session at my favourite beauty salon and got my toenails painted a lovely pale blue colour, similar to this… (caveat: these are not my toes). Everyone has their way of relaxing, and this is mine.pedicure
  • Coffee! – I am really enjoying the Republica Organic brand of coffee right now, specifically the Paris blend. We were given a Nespresso coffee machine as a wedding present, and since having Harrison, I have been more and more into coffee (and the caffeine hit it give you!). After a while I decided to try the supermarket brands of coffee pods and some of them are outstanding. I love choosing what flavour and intensity I feel like that day, and making it myself to whatever strength I want.
    BUT, I’ll be away from the beloved Nespresso machine over Christmas so I’ve decided I’ll go on a coffee detox. Wish me luck!coffee

That’s all from me this year. I’ll be back in a reduced capacity next year, dependent on how busy Lisa Seltzer Social Media Management gets – at the moment it’s looking like I may put the blog on ice until I have more time, but we will see.

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x

Let’s get this straight: Winter is my season. I love the cooler weather, and I love cooking slow cooked, slow roasted, hot meals. This therefore means that Summer is not my friend. BUT, this Summer I was determined to try out a few new recipes, Donna Hay caesar salador twists on old favourites, and incorporate them into my Summer menu.

First up was a Donna Hay caesar salad. Being a parent and just generally pushed for time, I took a few shortcuts. Number 1: I bought a roast chook from Red Rooster and added that for extra protein and oomph. Number 2: I also added Cardini’s Caesar Dressing. I challenge you to tell the difference between a freshly made caesar salad dressing and this store-bought dressing. It’s my go-to dressing now, and the bonus is it has less than 1 gram of carbohydrates per serve. Making a caesar salad dressing from scratch? Ain’t nobody got time for that!caesar dressing

Then the weather dipped and became slightly cooler at the beginning of December, and I thought I’d cook up a batch of my spaghetti bolognaise. I add all the vegies I can possibly chop up into teeny tiny bits (in this case: capsicum, carrot, celery and courgette…sorry, ‘zucchini’ for the non-Brits), store-bought pasta sauce, garlic, herbs, beef mince and beef stock and then I simmer it for an hour and a half. So yes, the weather does have to be cool, because it sure heats up the house! Cooking for a toddler means that you can’t add spice to anything. Or you can, but that guarantees that they won’t end up eating it. So instead, I added Cholula Hot Sauce to my own serving before I ate.

My husband will vouch for the fact that I’m a big fan of spicy food, as I keep trying to sneak chilli flakes into everything we eat (cereal excepted), and I am a new-found lover of Cholula. For those worried about the spice level, it’s hot, but the spice hit disappears very quickly, so you’re not left lunging for the nearest cold glass of milk or slice of cucumber. It has a sweetness to it that is really different to a traditional hot sauce.cholula hot sauce

It’s going to be hard, and I’m going to be out of my comfort zone cooking ‘hot weather food’ (we usually have BBQs at least half the week in Summer!) but I’m going to give it a red-hot go.

I’m planning on trying more salads than the few that are in my current repertoire, and also even attempting a Thai Beef Salad (this could go either way). It’s going to be a long, hot Summer, so stay tuned for more…

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x

This month has been HUGE for me. I’ve launched my new website – www.lisaseltzer.com – and put a lot of time and energy into planning how I’ll be working for the next few years. It’s energising, challenging, frustrating (particularly when it comes to technology fails!) but most of all exciting. For so many years I’ve worked for other people, often thinking “I could do this better than you” and now I AM. By the by, if you need any help with your social media, or just want to chat about what I think of your social media presence, feel free to get in touch – info@lisaseltzer.com

Now, onto other things in my life that I’m enjoying this month…

  • Fresh flowers – I love flowers. Some may say my love borders on obsession (namely, my husband) but I think flowers add a great energy to a room and to a home. I’m particularly partial to pale pink roses at the moment.

pale pink rose

  • Homemade pizza – Our family LOVES pizza. And by far the healthiest and tastiest option we’ve found is to make our own. We use wholemeal lebanese bread and whatever toppings we each fancy, and it makes for awesome leftovers for lunch the next day. A super easy and pretty healthy dinner (depending on how much cheese you use!)

lebanese bread pizza

  • Canva – I’m proficient in Photoshop and InDesign, but they’re expensive design programs to buy. A cheaper, quicker and easier online tool I’ve found is Canva. Canva is a website that allows you to design everything from Facebook cover images (already sized to the correct dimensions) to printed posters. I use it to create social media images for work and personal use, and it’s a fantastic tool. They even have a photo library that you can purchase images from for as little as $1. Too easy.

Canva

  • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant – I have very little time to read these days, and when I do I want an escapist pleasure read. Anything by Sarah Dunant fits that bill, and The Birth of Venus is the latest book to grab me. Historical fiction, with a huge amount of fact thrown in, it’s got me gripped late into the night when I should be using my precious time to sleep! That’s how you know you’ve found a good book.

birth of venus

  • Tamburlaine organic wine – My husband and I recently had a long weekend away in the Hunter Valley, which is a fantastic wine region in NSW, Australia. We visited loads of wineries throughout the weekend, but went back to our all-time favourite, Tamburlaine. We love Tamburlaine so much that we even got married there last year! (and drank more wine than had been consumed by a wedding there EVER – great claim to fame!). This visit we discovered a beautiful Marsanne, another couple of bottles of the GSM (Grenache Shirz Merlot) we had at our wedding, and took home a case of the Semillon Sauvignon Blanc – it will be our go-to wine this summer.

tamburlaine organic wines

 

Stay Fit & Well this month,
Lisa x

 

The 2015 Fitness & Health Expo was on at Olympic Park, Sydney a couple of weeks ago, and I made a day of it with a friend. We had a great time looking around the exhibition hall – stall holders covered a lot of bases, from organic ‘healthy’ chocolate companies, to body-building protein and supplement stalls.

But by far the highlights were discovering a ridiculously low calorie alternative to noodles or pasta, and watching Commando in action on the CrossFit stage.

Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of Commando doing his thing and working out on the main stage, but I do have this very grainy shot of Michelle Bridges. She answered lots of questions about everything from recovering from training injuries to the benefits of going vegetarian to lose weight (her advice – don’t do it just to lose weight!). Heavily pregnant, I was amazed she could stay standing up as long as she did, but that’s one of the benefits of being incredibly fit to begin with!michelle bridges

Commando also chatted on the Healthy Living Stage, and gave great advice about functional movement, and increasing your range of movement so you don’t get injured in the first place (think stretching, foam rolling and regular massage).

There were loads of product stalls, but the one that really stood out for me was the Slendier stall. Slendier make a range of pasta and noodle alternatives, made from the Chinese konjac vegetable, which are low in calories and high in fibre. We tried a sample of the spaghetti with sauce and it honestly didn’t taste much different to pasta, with only a softer or silkier texture. I was sold, and bought several packets. They’re also available in Coles and Woolworths.

konjac konjac noodles

We tried lots of energy juices, low-carb bread and protein bars, and it was really interesting seeing the range of products on show, and it was a healthy and fun day out. I’m already looking forward to next year’s show…

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x

Well, Spring is well and truly here! And Spring in Australia means topsy-turvy weather – hot and humid one day, chilly the next. This month a lot of great things have happened (I’m pulling together my new website – exciting!), a few not-so-great (someone ran into my car and caused me minor whiplash, so exercise is out for a bit) and the usual ride-a-minute of Parenthood has continued. These are a few of my favourite things this month…

  • Glasshouse Candles – I’ve loved these candles for years, but my current favourite is Kyoto. It’s a blend of Camellia, Lotus and Amber and seems to convey the feeling of Spring while also promising a hint of Summer. I find it relaxing, and it also helps rid the house of the smell of baby poo 🙂
    Glasshouse candle Kyoto
  • Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream – Above all else, I love the smell of this night cream. I adore rose scents, and this cream has that in spades. It’s also super moisturising, but doesn’t make my combination skin oily. A winner!

Trilogy Rosapene night cream

  • Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 – I was up-sold this in David Jones a couple of weeks ago, and I have to say I’m converted. This cream does three things for me: it helps hide the slight rosacea I have on my nose, it provides a smooth base to put my foundation on, and it gives me sun protection. Loving it.

Clinique moisture surge CC cream

  • Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port – This is a book I bought on recommendation. I can’t actually remember where I saw it recommended, but it obviously struck a chord, and I bought it online. Often business books can be hit-and-miss, but this one is seriously useful. I’ve started my own social media management company (well, I started out freelancing for a couple of companies a while ago, then decided to increase my workload, and it snowballed from there) and it’s given me great clarity on what I want to achieve through working for myself, what my brand should mean to my customers, and how I want to portray myself. And I haven’t even got to the part about how to get more clients! It’s an inspiring read, and I can’t wait to finish it so I can go back over it again and again and clarify things even more.

Book Yourself Solid

  • Banana and Raspberry Bread – This is a really easy banana bread recipe, uses no butter and fresh raspberries. It does take 1hr 30mins to bake in the oven though, so make sure you’ve got the time. On the plus side, because it’s baking for so long at a relatively low temperature, it will make your house smell amazing. And it’s delicious plain, or toasted with butter.

banana bread

 

What are you loving this month?

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x