Lorna Jane Active Nation Day & some Do it yourself – make it! Criss-cross headbands, sandals/thongs and twist headbands.

Today I did a two hour hike for Lorna Jane active day. I was scared of being the slowest/least fit, but was fine. It was a beautiful walk – quite hilly so great butt and thigh work out. Can wait until I feel it tomorrow, haha, I love that feeling! The feeling of accomplishment.

The other day I was feeling all crafty so found these on pinterest, which I’ll try in the coming days – we have a long weekend here.

 

Want to make your own?

First, find some old t-shirts.  Or buy some jersey knit.  Either way works.

Then, cut your fabric into long strips.  I made my strips about twice as long as the measurement around my (or my daughter’s) head.  The thick headband strips are about 2 inches wide and the narrow headband strips are about a 1/3 inch wide.  You’ll need 5 long strips for one headband.

Next, stack your 5 strips on top of each other and sew together at one end.  (Or hand stitch them or glue them.)

Now, pull on each strip of fabric so that they kind of curl on the edges.

Then lay your strips with the sewn edge up at the top (tape this down if that will help you while braiding) and then split up the strips into 3 on the left side and 2 strips on the right.

Now, to create this 5 strand braid……..you’ll kind of be braiding on the left side and then braiding on the right.  And then back and forth until you’re done.

But let me explain a little better.

First, you’ll work on the left side. So grab the strip all the way on the left (pic #1) and cross if over the strip right next to it  on the right(pic #2).  Then grab the strip furthest to the right of this section (pic #3) and cross it over one strip to the left (pic #4).  Now grab the middle of all 5 strips (pic #5) and bring it over the the right side (pic #6) so that you can start braiding on the right side.  Now you have your strips separated into 2 strips on the left and 3 strips on the right…….but opposite from the beginning.

Now, you’re going to do the same thing on the right side………just mirrored from what we did the first time.  So grab the strip all the way on the right (pic #1) and cross if over the strip right next to it  on the left (pic #2).  Then grab the strip furthest to the left of this section (pic #3) and cross it over one strip to the right (pic #4).  Now grab the middle of all 5 strips (pic #5) and bring it over the the left side (pic #6) so that you can start braiding on the left side again.

**Something to remember: When you’re working on the left side or on the right side……..you’ll always start with the strip on the outside.  So if you’re working on the left side……grab the strip all the way on the outside on the left.  If you’re working on braiding on the right side…….start with the strip all the way on the outside on the right.

So, start again from the very beginning and work on the left side again (pics #1-5) and then on the right side again (pics #6-10).

You’ll need to adjust the tightness as you go and may have to tighten individual strips here or there.

Keep on braiding and braiding……keeping the tension about the same all the way down.

When you get to the end (or as long as you need it)……..sew (or hand-stitch or glue) the ends in place.

Then overlap the ends together and sew (or glue) in place.

**Before attaching, remember that knit will stretch and the woven design allows for stretch.  So you want to make this headband smaller than your head so that it hugs your head and stays in place.

To finish it off (and cover up the ends), cut a rectangular piece of fabric that’s wider than the ends that you’ll need to cover.  Fold the side edges in…….

And then stitch (or glue) one end on the inside of the headband.

Then wrap this piece of fabric around the headband, tuck the ends up……

And then stitch (or glue) this end down too.

And that’s it.

A nice and stretchy headband for you or a little girl you know.

FROM this site.

And this from here

And another headband from here

DIY Criss-cross headband

My addiction to insanely simple DIYs continues.
I threw this together today and thought I’d share:)

1. Take a long strip of fabric (preferably some type of stretchy fabric) 2. Position the middle of the fabric strip at the base of your neck 3. Cross once! 4. Cross twice! 5. Tie ends together at the back!

I wanted mine to be an easy throw-on every time, so I also just hand-stitched a few stiched through the criss-cross and the knot to keep it from coming undone.

SO easy, right?

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Citrus Marinated Salmon with a Quinoa Salad – From Kora Organics, Miranda Kerr

This is actually delightful. Easy to make, but I didn’t use sheeps milk yoghurt. Plus it’s a recipe endorsed by one of my favourites, the amazing Miranda Kerr, how hot does she look here in the reebok ad? Anyways, enjoy the recipe. I’m sooo sunburnt after a long beach walk today.

Eat Fit Food’s Citrus Marinated Salmon with a Quinoa Salad

Eat Fit Food's Citrus Marinated Salmon with a Quinoa Salad

When I was recently back in Australia and my schedule was hectic I had some of my meals delivered by  Eat Fit Food. This was one of my favourite recipes so I thought I should share it with you. Not only is it quick and easy to prepare, it is also nutritious and contains one of my favourite ingredients, quinoa.

I hope you enjoy it, Miranda xxx

Prep time: 25-35 minutes, Cook time: 10-15 minutes, Serves: 4

Ingredients for salad:

3/4 cup uncooked quinoa

1/2 cup grated carrots

1/2 cup chopped capsicum

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1/4 cup chopped coriander

1/2 Spanish onion

1 tsp. of lemon juice

1 tsp of lime juice

1 tbsp orange juice

2 garlic cloves

1 tbsp tamari soy sauce

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp fresh ginger

1 tsp of fresh chilli

1-2 tbsp sheep’s milk yoghurt

Marinate for the salmon:

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp lemon zest

1 tbsp of lime juice

1 tsp lime zest

1 tbsp orange juice

1 tsp orange zest

4x 150-200 grams salmon

Method:

Rinse quinoa and drain. Add 1 1/2 -2 cups of water, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let cool.

Mix carrot, capsicum, parsley, coriander and Spanish onion in large bowl. Add room temperature quinoa and toss to combine. Whisk together lemon, orange and lime juices, tamari, ginger, garlic and chilli.  Pour over salad and combine well.

Place all the citrus dressings in a bowel including the salmon and let it marinate for 10-15 minutes. Lightly pan-fry the salmon until slightly pink in the middle.

Serve salmon on a bed of the Quinoa salad with a dollop of sheep’s milk yoghurts. ENJOY!

 

 

Quick, Healthy go-to dinner recipe – Chilli Cashew Basil Chicken

Chilli Cashew Basil Chicken
  • Prep Time: 6 mins
  • Cook Time: 9 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp peanut oil or canola oil
  • 1 tbsp red-chilli sauce or 2 small chilli’s.
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (or substitute)
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1 red onion
  • handful raw cashew nuts

Can serve with brown rice, steamed rice, quinoa, etc

Directions
1.
Finely chop the garlic and chilli’s, then use the side of your knife to press them together into a rough paste. (Add a pinch of salt to make this process easier.)
2.
Preheat a wok or stainless-steel saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil and the garlic-chili paste you just made, and cook for 2 minutes (be careful not to burn the garlic). Chop the chicken into small pieces and add them to the pan, cooking until they’re lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the soy sauce, fish sauce, red-chilli sauce, and sugar, and continue to cook until the chicken is done all the way through, another 3 to 4 minutes.
3.
Add the capsicum, stir fry another minute or so, then basil, and cook until the basil is just wilted, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.
Enjoy!

You Tube workout videos – Free exercise videos on the go!

As I think I mentioned I am going away on a beach-bum holiday soon, so for my convenience – and yours – I’m posting links to work out videos that are free. Saves me time searching for work outs while I’m away. I can even do some on the beach!

BODY ROCK

Fitness – Kiss My Tight Booty Workout

Hot Body Beach Workout Tutorial

 

INSANITY

08 – Max Interval Circuit

02 – Plyometric Cardio Circuit INSANITY

TURBO JAM

Cardio Party Mix 1

Cardio Party Mix 2

Cardio Party Mix 3

POP PILATES

POP Pilates: Intense Ab Workout! (Full 10 min)

POP Pilates: Saddlebag Shaver

 

 

 

Lorna Jane Active Nation Day events

I was too lazy to get up for cardio this morning. I was up at 5:30am but it was raining and soooo nice to lay in bed and I thought that as there’s a public holiday Monday I’ll do extra then! Not sound logic I know!

Add to that last night – two glasses of wine, then nibbles – chips! Bad 18 hours I’ve had. I remember reading somewhere that you should think of every three hours as a new ‘day’, so that if you stuff up (wine, chips, other snacks, skip the gym etc) you don’t write that day off as a blow out and basically go for it. Think what the hell – I’ve stuffed up so I may as well have that extra square, row, block of chocolate now. Really good in theory. Can be hard to apply in reality, to adjust your mind to thinking that way. I haven’t managed it yet.

Lorna Jane

This Sunday is Lorna Jane Active Nation Day, with a whole bunch of events all over Australia – including free bootcamp sessions.

There are details here, for events in QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and NT. I LOVE Lorna Jane and will probably go to one of the events & wear that cute little pink bracelet. And my ‘training’ tanktop, don’t know which tights or trainers yet. I know it’s not about the outfit, but it is Lorna Jane, so sort of is!

 

Oh, and a couple of night ago I made the Lemon Bars from the recipe I posted… hmmmm. terrible! What a disaster! Some of the complete disasters that I’ve had recently with healthy recipes are starting to make me doubt my kitchen prowess! A few protein pancake fails, the lemon bar episode. Seriously  I can’t even describe how bad they were. I wish I took a photo of the awfulness that was! If anyone ever attempts this and succeeds I would LOVE to hear from you!

Today’s fitspo

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