Elektra Gets New Leggings + Delicious No Bake ‘Zert

crochet Barbie leggings

Oh gosh these leggings were quite a bit to make. I honestly winged this one, being a first for me and am pleased they turned out okay.  I had to drop my WIP shrug since my daughter was sledge-hammer insistent.  So I guess I could add doll fashion to my crochet repertoire 🙂 I just now have to figure out how to make a blouse.

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in an ultra easy-peasy no bake dessert then you might wanna give these choco snowballs a try.  It’s taken my family by storm! My husband reaches for it the moment he comes home from work 😉 All you need is butter, oatmeal, sugar and cocoa powder.  Here‘s the link again.

chocolate oatmeal butterballs

Keep creating! ❤

The Introvert Expat SAHM Diaries

Experiencing Indo Food the Local Way

good food (1)

So far we’ve always been eating out at the malls but each time we pass by these side-walk structures I’d always tell my husband I’d like to experience Indonesian street food someday.

So we finally did a couple of nights back 🙂 It was definitely a novel experience – everybody was al fresco, our table was a bit wobbly with the uneven ground and we were right outside the kitchen, separated only by a wall.

There was live entertainment right in front of us in the form of live crabs :

live crabs

There was also some action going on to my right as coconuts were being prepped for serving their juice (that yellow chair is my husband’s just to show you the proximity).

Thankfully the lady stopped her chopping as she caught me sneaking alarmed glances at her sharp implement (and imagining it flying out of her hands):

fresh coconuts

We were in lively company.  That table in front of us was just vacated, in case you’re now wanting us to move away from the coconuts:

lively company

And best of all, the food was absolutely delicious!  We had ayam goreng bawang, cap cai, and cah kangkung.

Indonesian food

I loved it!  We walked back to our car shamelessly burping and rubbing our bellies with satisfaction.  Well, it was already dark and nobody there knew me/us so … 😉

Fitness & Vanities

This Is For Those Of Us Who Love 30 Day Fitness Challenges

I’m excited to have come across the lovely Eunice, who blogs over at Eunicakes about fitness and cupcakes.  Yes, you read that right! 🙂

Eunice has all these 30 day fitness challenges (and yummy recipes and motivation and more) that are just waiting to be included in our fitness routine.  For instance, her March challenge is a Plie V raise that hits thighs and shoulders simultaneously.  Pretty cool, huh? ⭐

Now I know where to go when I need my next fitness challenge 🙂

Why not visit her blog and have a look-see?


~ Paardje 💋‍


Skinny Bitch And The 3.5 Easy Diet Tweaks I Made After Reading It

SkinnyBitch_coverI just finished reading Rory Freedman’s and Kim Barnouin’s “Skinny Bitch” described as A no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous.

I first became aware of this book sometime 2007 when photos of ex-Spice Girl Victoria Beckham carrying a copy made it to mainstream media.  But back then I wasn’t too concerned about my fitness or nutrition so I promptly dismissed it as one of those dime-a-dozen fad diet books that would give me nothing for my buck in terms of healthy diet advice.  I was wrong!

This book will indeed give you some tough-love about losing weight – and so much more. Consider a good friend bitch slappin’ you to your senses (wait, does a good friend ever bitch slap you?).  In 13 chapters the book dispenses in-your-face advise about such things as “The Dead, Rotting, Decomposing Flesh Diet”, “The Myths and Lies About Protein” and the fact that governmental agencies “don’t give a shit about your health”.  As a matter of fact, I’d say the authors have done a huge exposé on how the government and its cohorts (and you’d never, ever guess who’s sleeping with who!) literally poison the nation.

After reading the book I honestly do not know what to eat anymore and whom or what to believe.  I didn’t even know where to start overhauling my diet! Fortunately the voice in my head said I could start with something small but consistent.  Like these 3.5 tweaks I can do starting tomorrow:

1.  Stop drinking coffee.

I love coffee. My team even bought our own coffee maker as an official declaration of homage.  However, I did notice that coffee was affecting my sleep and my energy levels throughout the day.  So when Rory and Kim said coffee is highly acidic, causes a host of problems from headaches to an increased susceptibility to diabetes, I thought I’d make a serious effort to ditch the habit altogether.  (P.S. They also say that any study stating coffee is good for you is probably paid for by Starbucks).

1.5.  Drink caffeine-free herbal green tea instead. Organic.

I’m not fond of teas, really. But I need a substitute for my morning java. And since green tea has loads of anti-oxidants which fight cancer, combat allergies and lowers blood pressure, I figure I could probably learn to love it in time.  (Mind over matter!)

2.  Eat fruit alone, not with other foods, and preferably first thing in the morning.

When we eat fruit with other foods it cannot pass through our bodies as quickly.  So it rots and ferments in our stomachs.  This can cause burping, bloating and heartburn.

But why eat fruit to begin with?  Because it is high in enzymes, supplies carbs, fiber, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and cancer-fighting tannins and flavonoids.  It hydrates the body and aids in cleansing, detoxifying and eliminating.

3.  Have at least one completely plant based meal a day.

This book will make you want to puke your guts out after reading about the horrors that happen in slaughterhouses and how filthy and toxic meat and dairy truly are.  I won’t go into details but here‘s a good place to start if interested.

Because it’s practically impossible to go cold turkey overnight, I wanted to start with one meal that I could dedicate to clean eating right away.

I chose breakfast because it sets the tone for the day, and is easy to control since you’re not outside the house and subject to social/environmental pressures.

In conclusion, the book is a very relevant and engrossing read that will definitely bitch slap you into thinking for yourself about what you put into your body.  It’s a great eye-opener, and definitely encourages curiosity into food production and its marketing.