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november love

Wow, I can’t believe how busy I’ve been this month!

I’ve half-written about 5 different posts (mostly fitness related) but I haven’t had the chance to finish & post them!

However, here’s a little visual treat from my month of November…

stuff that happened this week | via instagram

another week down.
can you believe we’re nearly in March?

IMG_20130217_134936 (1)Sunday brunch  IMG_20130219_055508 early morning workoutsIMG_20130218_21142412WBT recipe Basil Pesto Spaghetti made with basil from my balcony garden!IMG_20130219_160300getting my shellac onIMG_20130219_205714Tuesday workout & dinner  IMG_20130220_072435Wednesday workout buddiesIMG_20130220_110303coffee meetingIMG_20130220_184557one of my tattoos – Liebe means love in German. My Mum is German.IMG_20130221_065059view from my Thursday workoutIMG_20130221_065633Williams family pawsIMG_20130222_000043Thursday night celebration with colleagues; 12 years at Dimension DataIMG_20130222_000154colleagues & friendsIMG_20130222_000311the food at est. is amazing! what you get from a 3-hat restaurant!IMG_20130222_184507hanging with the coolest chick Elly; my hairdresserIMG_20130222_190145Friday flowers on my table; dahlias & hydrangeasIMG_20130223_085033Harley has two settings: on & off!IMG_20130223_105333Saturday 12WBT SSS sessionIMG_20130223_105812post epic workout; smashed & cant move
IMG_20130224_145504meal planning; 12WBT penang chicken only 300 cals per serve!IMG_20130224_151701my new artwork from Cristina B Studios is ready to hang!IMG_20130224_154113Williams family circa 2011

hope you’ve all had a wonderful week

signature - melly xox

ellenix lennox head | cafe review

Lennox Head is exactly what I imagined Byron Bay to be like; a sweet little beach-side town with surfy shops, cute homewares & trinket stores and funky little cafes situated along the beautiful Pacific ocean.

While Byron is much more developed; a buzzy but relaxed alternative-lifestyle hub for Northern NSW, Lennox Head is just as I imagined.

Lennox Head Main Street
Lennox Head Main Street
Lennox Head main beach
Lennox Head main beach

On our Summer holiday away with The Jacksons we discovered the sleepy little town of Lennox had some amazing cafes! We actually drove the 20 minutes south from Byron to eat at Ellenix Cafe twice! Here’s a sample of the brekkie offerings…

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20130102_095525 probably the best coffee we had while we were out of our caffine safe zone (Sydney!)

blueberry pancakes with icecream & maple syrup
blueberry pancakes with icecream & maple syrup

It’s always a challenge for me to snap a picture of E’s food before he smashes it! Huzzah! Don’t the blueberry pancakes look delicious!?!

Turkish pide with avocado, bacon & fried egg
Turkish pide with avocado, bacon & fried egg

I’m so proud of Jay!
He orders something different from the standard “big breakfast”. Turkish pide stuffed with spinach & cheese served with a side of avocado & bacon and topped with a fried egg.

scrambled eggs with haloumi & avocado
scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, haloumi & avocado

Neen declares her scrambled eggs as the best she’s ever eaten.
Who are we to argue! Delicious textures with the chewy grilled haloumi and chilled smoked salmon and the peppery crunch of fresh rocket.

poached eggs with bacon, avocado & roast tomato on sourdough
poached eggs with bacon, avocado, spinach & roast tomato on sourdough

You know what makes me insanely giggly happy?
Cutting into a perfectly gooey poached egg that oozes all over your plate!
Breakfast perfection!

mango frappe
mango frappe

What summer cafe outing is complete without a bright summery mango frappe!

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If you’re ever in the area; GO!

Ellenix | Ballina St, Lennox Head NSW 2478

week in instagram | 2012 finale

I’ve been MIA for a few days because I’m getting my chillax on in Byron Bay!

We’ve been eating, laughing, drinking, sunbaking, eating, drinking, shopping, watching Harley entertain us & walking on the beach.

It’s been divine!

Thanks to my fave app (Instagram) here’s what I’ve been up to in pictures (there’s a few so bare with me)…

IMG_20121223_144645 33ºc in Sydney – Christmas Eve; Harley at the Park
IMG_20121223_165905 Christmas blooms on my table!IMG_20121224_163634 (1) Xmas Eve afternoon snackIMG_20121224_174811 (1) Harley’s tired from all the festivities planning
(sleeping with his new toy from Grandmama Lizzie)!
IMG_20121224_203409 (1) Christmas Eve at casa del WilliamsIMG_20121225_090454 My beautiful Christmas pressie from hubby! Eeeek!
(reward for part good girl, part job promotion)
IMG_20121225_090934 Harley chewing on his Christmas pressie from Neen & EIMG_20121226_085033 Christmas card from our little visitors; 5 yo FinleyIMG_20121226_085245 and from little Picasso 7 yo WillowIMG_20121225_163030 cold & rainy on Christmas day – Jay & I;
later that day celebrating with Jared, Pete & their man crewIMG_20121225_222401 Melly & Jared Xmas night – suitably drunk!IMG_20121227_155636 the day after Boxing Day
3am on deserted Sydney Harbour Bridge;
leaving for our trip!IMG_20121227_185119 Banana palms of Coffs Harbour countrysideIMG_20121227_094903 more gorgeous NSW North CoastIMG_20121227_185256 Sugar CaneIMG_20121227_185602 Macleay ValleyIMG_20121227_185512 Byron Bay hinterlands – view to the ocean!IMG_20121227_184030 Merry margaritas – we’ve arrived!!IMG_20121228_172626 Beach house artwork by the owner RosartiIMG_20121228_161841 it’s raining…chilling inside by the poolIMG_20121228_210522 our first dinner; lamb & prawn skewers & saladIMG_20121228_171411 Jay’s sister & family dropped in to say hi!IMG_20121230_092933 beautiful Suffolk beachIMG_20121230_092222 crazy Harley likes to eat sandIMG_20121229_214012 amazing margaritas at Byron’s Margarita Mexican CantinaIMG_20121229_215600 prawn fajitas – I’m in heaven…IMG_20121229_214431 hello Mr Gekko
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 the moonIMG_20121230_091959 perfect beach dayIMG_20121230_143543 Caprese salad for lunchIMG_20121231_071256 sunrise on the last day of 2012IMG_20121231_130608 a gorgeous idea;
the Wishing Tree on the main street of Lennox Head
IMG_20121231_130238  breakfast at QuattroIMG_20121231_125712 the resident lizard that taunts Harley!IMG_20121231_131034 grey ocean over Lennox Head beach  IMG_20121231_163255 what I’m doing!IMG_20121231_163044 Jay & Harley in the pool

Happy New Year my gorgeous friends! 
Hope you have a wonderful night & may 2013 be epic!

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