10 THINGS [YOU WOULDN’T KNOW] ABOUT ME

For the past few years I have challenged myself to write an Instagram post a day and during that time I’ve been really committed to researching and learning and experimenting with all that’s related to hydration and healthy living.

Just recently I realised that along that journey I’ve never talked much about myself. So now that I sit down to make a few notes I’m finding it’s really interesting that I take so much about myself for granted. I’ve been thinking lots and I realise we are all such individuals and so quirky.

Let’s get started with 10 things you wouldn’t know about me.

      1. I can really effectively raise my right eyebrow. I do it in surprise in shock or in disbelief .. In fact I love doing it, but I can’t for the life of me budge my left eyebrow without my face contorting into an ugly grimace. I’ve really tried and failed to teach myself how to strengthen that little left muscle! Try it .. you’ll see!!
      2. My all time favourite foods are apples, avocado, broccoli and basil. Don’t get me wrong, I am the daughter of a butcher so I love my meat, but I am a happy bunny if I am eating fresh, crispy, crunchy and into green. Add some fresh chilli and I’m in heaven.
      3. I am a little addicted to Netflix. It took awhile for the concept of watching shows on my laptop / ipad … but its just so cool to be tucked into bed with my fave series of the moment.
      4. I am a Graphic Designer and a Product Designer. My long term passion is design and I’ve run my own successful design studio for years now. When I came up with the Chiller2Go idea I realised I had the knowledge to make this new business work, so with my running shoes on, I’ve spent any spare time developing my concept, sourcing products, promoting and lastly selling. I can tell you it’s been exhausting but also incredibly rewarding and mostly lots of fun.
      5. I used to be very shy. I’ve kind of grown out of it, but I’m still not great at networking i.e. approaching people I don’t know. I tend to stand back, at the same time, knowing that as soon as I start up a conversation all will be cool .. so I need to learn not to doubt myself.
      6. My star sign is Libra and I’m a true Libran. This means I am all about balance, harmony and peace. When my life feels unbalanced or unstable, I’m quick to correct it, looking for ‘my idea’ of perfection. I strive to be liked and respected by the people around me. I think it’s a pretty good star sign .. no complaints from me [obviously I’m feeling balanced right now].
      7. When I hear the word “something” pronounced “somethink” I totally cringe. Who knows where this pronunciation comes from and why? It drives me crazy, I know I can’t be alone here! I can often be heard threatening to write a book on etiquette …. one day!
      8. I like cooking almost as much as I love eating. I’ve always loved food and think about it all the time. I’m hardly finished a meal and I’m thinking ahead about what my next meal will be. This is partly because I like planning ahead and partly because I like to make sure I’m eating a balanced diet. This is a bit tricky since I have tried to stop snacking between meals because it can make me hungry ahead of time. When I travel I relax a bit on this rule and make sure I try all the local foods on offer. I eat everything and because I’m so active compared to my usual work day, I don’t tend to put on weight. What a bonus hey. I wish I could travel forever!
      9. I’ve always been a cat lover, but now we have a parrot. Until our beautiful little chatty, parrot became our pet, I had no idea just how affectionate and how intelligent such a little bird could be. She has such a big personality and sure lives up to her name, PARTY [named by my partner in crime] .. she is such a people/party person and such entertainer!
      10. I only drink water, coffee and wine. It’s pretty rare for me to drink anything else. I like to keep it simple. Sure I’ll add some fresh flavours to my water, when I can be bothered, but lucky for me I really, really like water. BTW I do drink way more water than I drink coffee or wine 😉

      So there you are .. a nice change from water and healthy living! Of course if you are feeling inspired, head on over to our Hydration Challenge and do something for you! http://chiller2go.com.au/hydration-challenge/

Hydration Challenge .. my personal favourite recipes

How are you going with your Hydration Challenge journey?
Are you developing your habit of drinking your 8 glasses (2-3 Litres) of water a day and are you ready for some hot tips .. and a few cold ones too?

You may be finding that ‘plain old’ water just doesn’t always cut it and you’re a bit desperate for variety. Whether you have joined our Hydration Challenge or not, I understand that it’s important to make the concept of drinking water enjoyable.

So, what thirst-quenching solutions do I have?

Infused waters and hot teas of course!
They’re easy to make, nutritious and refreshing and I have a few of my personal favourite ideas to share with you.

But before we get started, there are a few essentials you should know to make them the best they can be.
1. Choose organic when you can.
2. Wash fruit and rinse herbs to remove chemicals, pesticides, dirt and other residues.

General Tips:
• Citrus and strawberries (softer fruits) an be sliced thick, thin, halved, or quartered.
• Apples (harder fruits) should be sliced thin as they take longer to release flavors.
• Cucumbers, citrus fruits and mint flavour water almost immediately.
• Apples, cinnamon, fresh ginger and rosemary need an overnight soak in the fridge.
• Sliced strawberries start looking waterlogged after a few hours.
• Citrus and whole berries look pretty good even after hours in the fridge.
• It’s best to crush ginger root, rosemary, and lemongrass and tear or crush leafy herbs like mint, basil, and coriander to release their oils.

My personal TOP 3 Infused waters
Lemon + Lime + Mint Water
Ginger + Peach Water
Orange + Star Anise Water

My personal TOP 3 Hot Teas
Fresh Mint Tea
Ginger Tea
Honey + Lemon + Ginger Tea

When you join our HYDRATION CHALLENGE http://chiller2go.com.au/hydration-challenge/ … you’ll receive downloads of these recipes plus exclusive support printables including:

1. Daily Planner
2. WeeklyTracker
3. Cool Reminders
4. Tribe Tips
… and much more

 

If you are here in the month of June 2017 [lucky you] .. you are still in with a chance to win my ‘Hydration Incentive Giveaway’ HIP Giveaway for short 🙂 .. Go to http://chiller2go.com.au/chiller2go-news/hydration-incentive-pack-giveaway/ for details on how to enter … then head back here for my great recipe downloads.

 

Please remember to share your comments, photos and feedback and social media.
If you have a personal favourite recipe or a tip I’d also love to hear it.

The only other thing to do is follow me on Instagram for more inspiring feeds 🙂

Cheers
JoEllen

Snack on Snow Peas in Spring

I’m loving Spring because Snow Peas are in season. David Harris from Harris Fran Markets says they are his pick of the week. Not only is this a ‘no waste vegetable’, they are around 35% cheaper than last week so try popping a handful of these in your Chiller2Go Fruit Suit this week for the ultimate guilt-free sweet snack.

Crunchy fresh Snow Peas are the perfect portable snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth! How’s that for a great Spring tip! 

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Our Story

My Chiller2Go story began when I founded Chilled Out in 2012 on a hot summers day in Brisbane, Queensland. It began with a vision to create the Chiller2Go® Fruit Suit®, a neoprene bag plus gel pack for fruit on-the-go, positioning itself as an essential Life:Style accessory for fruit loving peeps and encouraging a fun loving, healthy, adventurous lifestyle!

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Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July 2016 has got off to a wonderful start, thousands more people have joined the challenge and are sharing the plastic free message in communities around the world. During July, remember your reusables – collect up your shopping bags, water bottle, coffee cups and put them where you will remember to take them. Plastic Free July is a challenge not a competition so make sure you focus on what you CAN avoid, not what you can’t.

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Things are not always what they seem!

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The idea that something may look like one thing, but be much more than what it first appears, totally appeals to me!

We’ve always loved the concept of ‘Things are not always what they seem‘ and our Chiller2Go drink bottles are a great example of this!

Find out why!

Chiller2go / Launch Pad Short List 2012

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I am so excited because Chiller2go has just been short listed in the top 50 of 160 entries for the LAUNCH PAD 2012 competition.

Being shortlisted meant I was invited to attend Launch Pad’s half-day mentoring session for the finalists, where they introduced us to key industry figures presenting on topics such as business development, retailing, manufacture, marketing and PR, how to approach media, legal matters and more … it was an awesome day!

I came away feeling so inspired!

Here is some information on Launch Pad so you can see how important it is to us!

 

Launch Pad is an important design initiative, promoting the support and development of Australian product design through a unique, interactive program of events.

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