12 Jan 2017

week one

Perth candle

Week one, 2017

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that

I really wanted a photo to sum up my week and when I was photographing some candles I recently bought from a handmade market, I saw this through the viewfinder and knew it was the photo to sum up my first week of 2017. The candle is from Possum & Blossom, a Perth based business who sell a beautiful array of candles and body products.

This week I made a devout effort to start the year right, I set my alarm for before 7am, I've flood my body with clean, organic fruit and veggies (you know the wonderful type that come still covered in dirt) and made an active effort to stay active. I've signed back up for a volunteer first aider role and enrolled in yoga classes to restore some inner balance and peace. I've spent extra time working on being mindful and trying to balance my thinking, and taking extra time before getting fiesty with people at work. On my mornings off work I've spent time at the beach, just me and jessie dog running in the waves to cool off and having cuddles with all the new puppies. Dan and I are trying to spend more time connecting, less time on social media (hence this post being late) and work phones.

How was your start to 2017?

xo




5 Jan 2017

swellbound blog // 2017 blogging goals

2017 goals


I literally cannot believe we're 5 days into 2017 already! 

Last year seemed to jump from April to December and everything went by in a total blur, I worked so hard at work that my personal life took a serious backseat and sadly blogging went with it. So this year I've decided to prep and plan to make sure that I get a balance of me time, work time and blog time, I figured writing out my blogging goals as my first post of the year would be a great place to start.

001. Re-brand! I'm not sure if you've arrived here expecting We are Dannah or Swellbound either way welcome and thank you for stopping by. When I first moved to Australia I wanted to focus my blog on Dan and I, to use it as a bit of diary as we emigrated and settled in, however I quickly outgrew it and wanted to be able to just publish photos stories and share with my readers. So mid-2016 I decided, with some encouragement from my blogger pals old and new, to re-brand in 2017 to something more true to me, which I'm hoping is exactly what swellbound will become. 

002. Complete a project 52. Last year I attempted project 366, taking a photo every day for a year, it was a great idea and I'm sure that if I checked my phone I probably did take a day a photo a year however I realised after a few weeks that it was a little ambitious. This year I aim to post a diary / round up type post, filled with pretty photos or backgrounds I've made (like the picture above). 

003. Draw inspiration from bloggers I love. I've always adored bloggers who post photo stories, travel diaries and wonderfully honest personal reflections (check out the list of bloggers in my side bar for some inspiration) and want my blog to reflect these things a lot more.

004. Support the little / local guys. I've worked with some incredible companies during my time blogging, but some of my favourites have been little start ups who I feel I'm really helping. I want Swellbound to be a place that really supports little and local business.

005. Post more! Super simple and I'm not going to set a number because I don't want to not hit it. Like I said before, 2016 put my blog on a serious back seat and I really missed it, so this year I want to really put some effort in to my blog and to re-ignite my passion for blogging. The best thing is, I have such an awesome list of things to look forward to this year and I can't wait to share with you all. 

So here's to a 2017 filled with regular posts, flooding your feed with sunshine, sand and salt water


What are your 2017 blogging goals?
xo


30 Dec 2016

Pearth organic kitchen review




PEARTH is all about creating wholesome and healthy food. We don’t prescribe to any particular diet. On our menu you will find food to feed the gluten intolerant, vegan, vegetarian and meat eating people of Perth. What you won’t find in our food is processed products or refined sugars. We cook this way because we believe that health is the natural consequence of using whole foods, organic ingredients and conscious cooking techniques.

Over the past few years the Perth brunch scene has taken off, meaning my 'to visit' list has got ever longer. When Pearth opened in West Leederville I knew I had to visit, with an incredible menu focusing on wholesome and nutritious food and enough options to keep any vegetarian or vegan happy for days.

I met Catherine mid morning and was pleasantly surprised to find two empty tables, we grabbed menus and started deciding what to have. Catherine went for the banana bread and I went for an acai bowl. 


How incredible does it look? Catherine assured me it tasted just as good as it looked, if not better. 


Two pieces of fresh banana bread divided by laters of coconut yoghurt, house-made berry chia jam, fresh fruit and drizzled with maple syrup, Vegan and gluten free. $17.50



Kommunity Brew in Wild Jasmine ($8) is my all time favourite Kombucha, it's made here in Perth and tastes incredible! 


PEARTH have a hearty list of smoothie bowls, but with a little bit of advice from one of the staff I decided to go for a trusty acai bowl, it was totally delicious and the serving was so generous I had to pour the remainder in to a smoothie cup to take home. The PEARTH acai bowl is quite possibly the best acai bowl in Perth! 


Acai bowl containing acai, blueberries, banana, cacao, dates, almond milk served with fresh fruit and house-made granola. Vegan with gluten free option available. $17.50 


Our food was served really quickly, and I'm sure you'll agree the presentation and serving sizes are amazing. The service was great and the decor inside is light, bright and modern. Price wise, it's on par with other trendy brunch locations across the city. 


PEARTH Organic Kitchen
106c Cambridge Street West Leederville 

Monday - Friday 6:30am - 3pm 
Saturday + Sunday 7:30am - 3:30pm


Have you visited PEARTH Organic Kitchen before?

xo



12 Jan 2017

week one

Perth candle

Week one, 2017

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that

I really wanted a photo to sum up my week and when I was photographing some candles I recently bought from a handmade market, I saw this through the viewfinder and knew it was the photo to sum up my first week of 2017. The candle is from Possum & Blossom, a Perth based business who sell a beautiful array of candles and body products.

This week I made a devout effort to start the year right, I set my alarm for before 7am, I've flood my body with clean, organic fruit and veggies (you know the wonderful type that come still covered in dirt) and made an active effort to stay active. I've signed back up for a volunteer first aider role and enrolled in yoga classes to restore some inner balance and peace. I've spent extra time working on being mindful and trying to balance my thinking, and taking extra time before getting fiesty with people at work. On my mornings off work I've spent time at the beach, just me and jessie dog running in the waves to cool off and having cuddles with all the new puppies. Dan and I are trying to spend more time connecting, less time on social media (hence this post being late) and work phones.

How was your start to 2017?

xo




5 Jan 2017

swellbound blog // 2017 blogging goals

2017 goals


I literally cannot believe we're 5 days into 2017 already! 

Last year seemed to jump from April to December and everything went by in a total blur, I worked so hard at work that my personal life took a serious backseat and sadly blogging went with it. So this year I've decided to prep and plan to make sure that I get a balance of me time, work time and blog time, I figured writing out my blogging goals as my first post of the year would be a great place to start.

001. Re-brand! I'm not sure if you've arrived here expecting We are Dannah or Swellbound either way welcome and thank you for stopping by. When I first moved to Australia I wanted to focus my blog on Dan and I, to use it as a bit of diary as we emigrated and settled in, however I quickly outgrew it and wanted to be able to just publish photos stories and share with my readers. So mid-2016 I decided, with some encouragement from my blogger pals old and new, to re-brand in 2017 to something more true to me, which I'm hoping is exactly what swellbound will become. 

002. Complete a project 52. Last year I attempted project 366, taking a photo every day for a year, it was a great idea and I'm sure that if I checked my phone I probably did take a day a photo a year however I realised after a few weeks that it was a little ambitious. This year I aim to post a diary / round up type post, filled with pretty photos or backgrounds I've made (like the picture above). 

003. Draw inspiration from bloggers I love. I've always adored bloggers who post photo stories, travel diaries and wonderfully honest personal reflections (check out the list of bloggers in my side bar for some inspiration) and want my blog to reflect these things a lot more.

004. Support the little / local guys. I've worked with some incredible companies during my time blogging, but some of my favourites have been little start ups who I feel I'm really helping. I want Swellbound to be a place that really supports little and local business.

005. Post more! Super simple and I'm not going to set a number because I don't want to not hit it. Like I said before, 2016 put my blog on a serious back seat and I really missed it, so this year I want to really put some effort in to my blog and to re-ignite my passion for blogging. The best thing is, I have such an awesome list of things to look forward to this year and I can't wait to share with you all. 

So here's to a 2017 filled with regular posts, flooding your feed with sunshine, sand and salt water


What are your 2017 blogging goals?
xo


30 Dec 2016

Pearth organic kitchen review




PEARTH is all about creating wholesome and healthy food. We don’t prescribe to any particular diet. On our menu you will find food to feed the gluten intolerant, vegan, vegetarian and meat eating people of Perth. What you won’t find in our food is processed products or refined sugars. We cook this way because we believe that health is the natural consequence of using whole foods, organic ingredients and conscious cooking techniques.

Over the past few years the Perth brunch scene has taken off, meaning my 'to visit' list has got ever longer. When Pearth opened in West Leederville I knew I had to visit, with an incredible menu focusing on wholesome and nutritious food and enough options to keep any vegetarian or vegan happy for days.

I met Catherine mid morning and was pleasantly surprised to find two empty tables, we grabbed menus and started deciding what to have. Catherine went for the banana bread and I went for an acai bowl. 


How incredible does it look? Catherine assured me it tasted just as good as it looked, if not better. 


Two pieces of fresh banana bread divided by laters of coconut yoghurt, house-made berry chia jam, fresh fruit and drizzled with maple syrup, Vegan and gluten free. $17.50



Kommunity Brew in Wild Jasmine ($8) is my all time favourite Kombucha, it's made here in Perth and tastes incredible! 


PEARTH have a hearty list of smoothie bowls, but with a little bit of advice from one of the staff I decided to go for a trusty acai bowl, it was totally delicious and the serving was so generous I had to pour the remainder in to a smoothie cup to take home. The PEARTH acai bowl is quite possibly the best acai bowl in Perth! 


Acai bowl containing acai, blueberries, banana, cacao, dates, almond milk served with fresh fruit and house-made granola. Vegan with gluten free option available. $17.50 


Our food was served really quickly, and I'm sure you'll agree the presentation and serving sizes are amazing. The service was great and the decor inside is light, bright and modern. Price wise, it's on par with other trendy brunch locations across the city. 


PEARTH Organic Kitchen
106c Cambridge Street West Leederville 

Monday - Friday 6:30am - 3pm 
Saturday + Sunday 7:30am - 3:30pm


Have you visited PEARTH Organic Kitchen before?

xo



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