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Face ya Food (New Foodelicous Feature): Introducing Francis


I would like to introduce an incredible friend of mine who is going to do a regular recipe feature on EverydaySmallThings.  She has so much energy and I find her whole approach to holistic health really inspiring.  Try out her recipes and give us feedback – we’d love to hear if you love them as much as we do.  I could go on, but I think she can introduce herself…bio pic

I’m Frances, a lover of many conflicting things – food and fitness, eating thrifty but eating well, shopping local but eating around the world, and of course all baked things but not the muffin-top that goes with them…

Thanks to a terrifyingly wholesome upbringing, a chronic incapacity for sitting still for longer than an episode of Arrested Development and a strong stingy streak, I got into cooking. And thanks to the best purchase of my life – my first London bike – I got into fitness. The gym came next, and, inevitably, reviewing and revising my diet.

I’m lucky (and I know it!) because aside from not really liking milk,  I have no real diet issues – I’ll eat pretty much anything, but while I don’t adhere to any particular eating plan, I usually choose to cook healthy. And with friends who run the range of allergies and food preferences, I’ve also learned a fair bit about cooking (and baking!) around people’s diets.

Basically, it’s a challenge, and it’s fun. Face your food. Try to make it better. Bake with beans. Experiment with egg substitutes. Pack protein into a breakfast muffin and bring a spare to work for a friend who didn’t have time for breakfast. Eat treats that will actually do you good. Happy days.


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G’day and Welcome!

I am so happy you’ve found me and my blog (Everyday Small Things – EST)!  Over the last few years I’ve felt life flit away from me – the never ending rush of deadlines and to-do lists.  But, NO MORE!  This year I am choosing to remember to STOP.  LOOK.  LISTEN (no kids we are not learning to cross the road here.. or maybe we are on some metaphorical level…?!).  I want to be aware of the small pleasures in my day that do make me happy rather than casting them to the wayside as not being significant enough as I have been.

As an Aussie living in the UK working as a secondary teacher, I have been experiencing some of the happiest, warmest, most spontaneous, darkest, loneliest, most character-building moments in my almost 30 years so far.  Two years has quickly turned into six!  And so I’ve found myself feeling deeply agitated, confused and at times folks.. unstable.

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My boyfriend and I at the London Olympics (Mens Hockey – Australia smashed South Africa boomyah) 2013.

This blog came about because although I love teaching, I’ve felt I would always move on from it… exactly to where I am still not sure  – possibly into media which has always been a dream.  And to support this transition I wanted to show that I am more ‘media-literate’ than just using an interactive whiteboard.  So I have tossed and turned on this idea for some time now… even started and deleted a number of different blogs.  But it is true what they say… the best blogs are about the things that are important to you each day… which brings me here….

What is important to me right now?  At this moment?  Well these things:  remembering that there are things each day that bring me happiness and put a smile on my face – that is the Everyday Small Things.  Somehow I’d forgotten this.  Crazy!  I am a young, educated, empowered woman.  How could I forget such a fundamental concept from my childhood?!  I thought I’d go off to the UK.. party, be an outstanding teacher, get rich, get fit, fall in love and of course save the world.  Yeah I’ve achieved a lot of this, but I hadn’t set realistic goals here, had I?!  What have I learnt?  I can’t do it all at once.  And that’s cool.  I’m fine now with needing eight hours sleep.  Of needing regular ‘KT time’.  Of not having boundless reserves of energy.  And with all that in mind I am standing here… at this junction in my life… lucky enough to be able to have the choice and ability to make change.  To be grateful.  And most of all happy.

I hope to have a number of regular features.. so stay tuned!

What’s important to you right now in your life?