About

I live in sunny Queensland and work full time while I complete my degree in nutrition. My greatest joys are my husband, my labrador, my family, yoga, eating, cooking, reading, being outdoors, taking photos, dreaming about renovating our little house, Pinterest and blogs – in no particular order!

I need to make some life changes to improve my health (less booze, less stress, better food and more exercise!) and this blog will help keep me honest.

I’m also exploring creative, healthy ways to cut food / living costs, planning that renovation, and following my husband’s progress as he tames my stepfather’s property (from weed jungle to paradise!).

Oh – and the name – I adore beans, especially green beans (yum!).

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15 thoughts on “About

  1. You sound like one busy chica!!! I can’t imagine working full time and going to school – I could never manage that. Anyway, it’s cool that you’re getting a degree in nutrition. It’s such an important thing. Celeste 🙂

  2. Just found your blog- it looks like we have A LOT in common! My blog is about living an organic lifestyle on a budget in the U.S. Looking forward to seeing how you do it in Australia! Feel free to check mine out whenever 🙂

  3. I’m so happy I found you via Celeste from “Honk If You’re Vegan”. Thank you for your detailed answer in getting iron from a vegan diet. 🙂 I love yoga, eating and reading like you too! I’m also thinking about cutting food/living costs this year, so I’m looking forward to reading your blog and learning from you! 🙂 Cheers, Violet

  4. Hi ‘Beany’ 😉

    I noticed your review of Elizabeth Edmondsons Italy book on Amazon and I wondered whether you would be interested in having a look at my about to be published “Living in Italy: the Real Deal – How to survive the Good Life”. From your blog I found that you have an interest in books about Italy.
    The book contains sixty short stories about my adventures as a Dutch expat who moved to Italy in 2008 to start a bed and breakfast. It is the translation of the Dutch original that met with considerable success (sold 3000 copies) and had very positive readers’ reviews.

    Author bio:
    Stef Smulders was born in The Netherlands in 1960 and moved with husband Nico and their dog to Italy in 2008 to start bed-and-breakfast Villa I Due Padroni in the beautiful wine region Oltrepò Pavese south of Milan. In 2014 he published his first volume of short, anecdotical stories (in Dutch) about daily life among the Italians entitled “Italiaanse Toestanden”. It was well received by readers, leading to a second volume of witty anecdotes. A third volume is to be published spring 2017.

    Book summary:
    In 2008 the author emigrated to Italy, bringing husband and dog along, to start Bed & Breakfast Villa I Due Padroni. But a lot of hurdles had to be taken before the first guests could be accommodated. In 2014 Stef reported about his adventures in buying and reconstructing the house, obtaining a tax number and a bank account, registering at the commune and at the national health service, importing their car and a range of other things that lead to a myriad of bureaucratic troubles. These problems were always resolved in a truly Italian fashion, leading to raised Dutch eyebrows and hilarious scenes. As a reader you will encounter a range of characteristic Italians, from sympathetic to villainous, from moving to shameless. Real Italians of flesh and blood, sometimes cliché, somtimes surprisingly original. But always worth encountering.

    Goodreads page:
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32572055-living-in-italy

    Have a look at my presentation page as well with fragments and a sneak preview if you like:
    http://italiaanse-toestanden.duepadroni.it/index-UK.html

    I could send you the epub or pdf if you want to.

    Hope to hear from you
    Cari saluti
    Stef

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