Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hints + Tips - DIY Stylish Magazine Rack

I'm not sure about you but I know that have quite a collection of magazines, I've also got quite a few on the go at a time. It's nice having a place to keep them all together, neat and tidy. I quite like the look of the one Fall For DIY has created using leather, pine and copper, you can check out the tutorial here.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wings For Life World Run - Re-Cap

Earlier this week I was part of an unforgettable day and night of running and inspiration. I along with some friends (including Jean from Traveling Honeybird) were just a few of the 101,280 people who partook in the Wings for Life World Run. I ran in my home town Melbourne, Australia, which was just one of the 35 race locations around the world where the run took place.

Introduced in 2014, the Wings for Life World Run is a global running event held annually in May. This year on 3 May 3, athletes in 35 locations around the world started at precisely the same time, 11am UTC. As if that wasn’t unique enough, the race has no finish line. Instead, you are followed by a Catcher Car, which takes off 30 minutes after the start at 15km/h and steadily increases its speed until the last athletes have been caught.

I had set my target as being some where between 5-10km, I knew I would smash 5km and would be happy to reach 10km before the Catcher Car caught up with me. In the week leading up to the race I did a really good run which made me reconsider my goals, it looked as though I should be aiming for 10-15km. In the end on race day I managed to reach 12.69km before the Catcher Car caught me. This is the best I've run in my entire life and is something I'm rather proud of not just achieving but being a part of.

In case you're curious the winner was two-time global champion, Lemawork Ketema, he was caught after 78 km in 2014 and 79.9km in 2015. That's a lot of running!

This unique event raised €4.2 million for Wings for Life to take the foundation another step closer to finding a cure for spinal cord injury. Worldwide, millions of people are dependent on a wheelchair after having sustained a spinal cord injury. Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation with a mission to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Since 2004, Wings for Life has funded life-changing research projects and clinical trials around the globe. While the cure is still to be found, steady progress has been made. The funds raised in the inaugural Wings for Life World Run and all future entry fees and sponsorship of this global running event will help work towards their ultimate goal.

To find out more and to pre-register for 2016 visit www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Introducing 3...

Wings for Life World Run Red Bull Nicole Tattersall
Tonight I'm running for those that can't in the Wings for Life World Run in Melbourne. Running generally isn't something I do a lot of, but the Wings for Life World Run is such unique format and it's raising funds for finding a cure for spinal cord injury, a cause I'm rather passionate about, I wanted to be apart of it. Whilst I could talk about about training tips and race preparation, I wanted to share three things that I think makes running in a race such as the Wings for Life World Run even more rewarding:
  1. Racing with friends.
    I'm going to running alongside friends not just in Melbourne, but due to the Wings for Life World Run being run simultaneously in 35 countries, I'm running with friends in different parts of the world at the same time. We've been inspiring each other and helping each other prepare for race day.
  2. Pushing your limits.
    I get a lot of satisfaction out of the thrill of taking on more than I can chew and seeing what I'm possible of. Every training session in the lead up to race day I've been pushing myself further, faster, and harder. Whether it be weight training, running, walking or stretching, I've noticed improvements in myself both physically and mentally. I honestly don't think I've ever run as well as I've been running lately and I find even that in it self rewarding. 
  3. Spread the word.
    I think almost everyone I've spoken to over the past few weeks I've told about the Wings for Life Run. Telling them about my target of 5-10km, which has now changed to 10-15km, due to how well I've been running. It's not just my personal target I've been sharing, I've also told people about the goals of my friends who I'm running alongside with.Whether you're running in the event, a volunteer, a supporter, a fan or are just interested in the race, it's something pretty amazing. Speaking of sharing you can watch the race live at http://win.gs/1DLMkKs.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Wings For Life World Run Volunteers Wanted

Ignacio Casale poses for a portrait during the Wings For Life World Run Press Conference in Santiago, Chile on April 21st, 2015
Ignacio Casale, Wings For Life World Run Press Conference in Santiago, Chile
In just over a week I'll be running the Red Bull Wings For Life World Run in Melbourne, Australia. I've some great friends who I'm excited to be running along side with for such an amazing foundation, some of who will be running in different countries, but we'll be all running at the same time.

Coming from an events background I know all to well that volunteers play an important role in ensuring that events such as the Wings For Life World Run being a success. I've volunteered with Red Bull in the past on many events and can say first hand that it's a great experience and one you shouldn't pass up.

If you're unable to run at this years event but still looking for a way to get involved, they're looking for volunteers to assist in the Wings for Life World Run Melbourne event. To take part or for any enquiries please contact michaela.langsdale@limelightsports.com or call +61 473 536 451.

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Moment To Pause

Pretty...almost like cotton by Carmen D Cluj
Pretty...almost like cotton by Carmen D Cluj
Photographer: Carmen D Cluj
Title: Pretty...almost like cotton
Website: www.flickr.com/photos/carmendcluj

Beat The Winter Blues

San Churro Winter Menu Crème Brulée
San Churro Winter Menu Lamington El Grande Hot Chocolate
San Churro Winter Menu Salted Caramel Tart
One of the many ways to beat the winter blues is to spend time with good company, and I'm not talking about spending time with a furry friend in front of the TV, I'm talking about catching up with friends over a hot beverage and some delicious treats.

San Churro (my personal favourite place to grab a hot chocolate) is releasing their winter menu which features six new indulgent desserts and drinks on Tuesday 28 April. I've had a sneak at the new menu and I'm already thinking about who I'd like to share (or may be not) the Crème Brulée with. It's been refereed to of the star of the new menu. Given that it's freshly scorched with a blow torch to create a crisp toffee layer on top, and has been given a Spanish twist by being served with mini churros and vanilla ice cream, who could resist.

Then again, the other new menu items are the Banana Carmel Cup, Salted Caramel Volcano, Salted Carmel Tart - which looks amazing, Tiramisu Sundae and the Lamington El Grande Hot Chocolate, so their are quite a few deliciously indulgent options to choose from.

If like me you like the idea of spending time with freinds enjoying not just good company, but a great atmosphere and tasty treat why not ctach up and one of San Churro’s stores to indulge in the new winter menu items.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hints + Tips - DIY Luna Inspired Necklace

Lunar Inspired DIY Necklace
With all the hype surrounding lunar and space activities recently this DIY Luna Inspired Necklace is on trend as far as topics of conversation goes. I'm also one for jewellery that has a meaning. To see how you can make your own pop on over to Design Happens and check out their Lunar Inspired DIY Necklace tutorial.



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