Let's get organised

We may now be into the third month of the year but it's never too late to get yourself organised, at least thats what we're telling us here at Monochrome HQ. Last week we were sorting through paperwork and stumbled upon this trio of organisational printables that we had intented to share with you in the new year… believe us when we say that the irony of this isn’t lost on us either. Nevertheless here they are ready for you to download, print and enjoy.

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Christmas Printables

If you know the It's a Monochrome Life team then you would know that Christmas is our favourite time of year.  In the spirit of Christmas and a little DIY joy, we would love for you to be able to get your hands on a set of gift tags and wrapping paper. To make these your own it’s as simple as clicking the link below, print, cut and enjoy.

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Choc Chip Cookies

With the silly season coming up we thought we would introduce you to some of our favourite recipes that are simple to make, great for entertaining the littlies and make sweet gifts for those loved ones who have it all. You cannot go past the humble choc chip cookie all year round and this Donna Hay recipe is tried and tested in our families. Not only is it a perfect afternoon activity but they are universally adored - especially with this gluten free twist.

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Potato and Rosemary Pizza

So the interwebs tell us that today is “men make dinner day.” While a large part of us thinks, wake up people it’s 2018 and we’re strong independent women making our own way in the world - the other part thinks, thank goodness! any excuse to have a healthy dinner that we don’t have to cook. But gender role debates aside, yes there is such a thing as ‘healthy pizza’ and we can all thank the Shannon’s Kitchen Recipe book for introducing us to it!

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Baked Eggs in Bed

The first Sunday after the school holidays calls for a sleep in followed by a delicious breakfast in bed. It’s hard to go past a hearty baked egg dish. This one is a favourite at Monochrome HQ, not only because it’s a super simple crowd pleaser, it is also coeliac friendly. These baked eggs take less time to make than it does to shower and make you feel like you’re at your local cafe. So skip the Sunday brunch crowds, stay in your pyjamas and ease into your Sunday with this tasty treat.

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Tomato risotto with basil oil

Looking for an simple meal to use up some of those pantry staples? The best thing about this crowd pleasing recipe is that it is ready in around half an hour and reheats well for left overs.  This dish is both vegetarian and gluten free but works great as a side to grilled chicken or your favourite meat.

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World Chocolate Day

Did you know today is World Chocolate Day? I mean do we really need an excuse indulge in this sweet treat? We recently stumbled upon this recipe from the owner of Wonder Yoga, Sally Ferris. This is not recipe is not only delicious it is also super simple and a little on the healthier side.

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UPCYCLED T-SHIRT BAG

With the plastic bag ban in supermarkets in most states now and the beginning of Plastic Free July, we thought it was time to get a little thrifty with some basic cotton tee shirts that were no longer getting used. This simple DIY is also a great school holiday project.

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Winter Salad

It's officially winter and we here at Monochrome HQ are longing for all kinds of comfort food. Surely we are not alone.  It is not often you associate salads with wholesome comfort food, but roast sweet potato and chickpea salad not only fills you up but can be served both warm and cold. 

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Anzac Biscuits

For us here at MonochromeHQ the much loved Anzac bickie is a no go, but thankfully we have found and tested a gluten and dairy version of these iconic Aussie favs so no one misses out!

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Two weeks in carry on

Packing for an international trip can be quite the tedious task. Should I take this? Will I wear this? Have I packed too much? Well the answer to the last questions is almost certainly always yes. We challenged ourselves to pack enough for two weeks in Paris and London during Spring time into a carry on suitcase.

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Easter Printable Paper

With Easter right around the corner we thought we would create a cute little fury freebie as our present to you. Whether you need some Easter wrapping paper, some gift tags or a little something extra for your table setting our Lenny Rabbits paper has got you covered!  

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Raspberry Breakfast Cake

Did you kow that this week is coeliac awareness week? With a coeliac on the team we are always on the look out for great naturally gluten free recipes and this one is a real winner. Taken from one of our absolute favourite recipe books, Shannon's Kitchen, this Raspberry Breakfast 

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Monday Mantras

There is something refreshing about Mondays. They signal a new week, a new start and a new opportunity. For most of us it's also the start of the working week and who couldn't do with a little extra motivation? We have created this setof six affirmation cards to help you with that little extra pep in your step.

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Brie Mine

It's Valentine's Day - and whether you are celebrating with a significant other or are rejoicing in some quality girl time, we've put together super simple cheese hack that is sure to impress. 

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Date Night Looks

As Valentine’s day approaches we thought we would throw together some looks to suit a variety of different styles of date night.  From a picnic in the park, a night at the movies or even a fancy dinner or drinks we have you covered.  

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Grazing Goodness

We have all seen those delectable grazing platters posted in our feeds and thought "I wish I could do that!". Well turns out you actually can.  Here are our tips to take your platter game from Savoys, tasty cheese and kabana to something that would impress even the most important of guests. 

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