about me




Hi! I'm Dani. I'm a 40 year old mum of two boys Noah aged 8 and Oscar 5 and two girls Mietta aged 3 and Zali 2. I live in Australia (in a country town in Victoria) however originally a Melbourne chick. Very happily married to my one true love Adrian. 







Adrian with Noah and Oscar


Our latest addition Zali and now our family is complete 2+2

I'm from a Serbian-Croatian background, born in Australia and it's where my heart belongs even though my heritage roots are deeply imbedded. I have very fond memories of my childhood living in Former Yugoslavia and often think about our family especially the food.


I have become a full time stay at home Mum since the birth of our second son. But I originally worked in the IT&T industry for over 15 years in various sales, marketing and management roles. This SAHM gig & managing a household of 6 people is one of my biggest job roles EVER or rather challenging…


So my goal for this blog is to perfect the right balance of a healthy, fit regime and lifestyle. I hope in return I can give you my ideas, motivate and inspire you to do the same. If I can shed nearly 30kgs AKA 70lbs so can you!!!! If you are interested in following me and my fitness regime I have an exclusive offer 50% off the FYM fat loss system and 30 days free trial at Clubfym. Click on my fitness page for my before and after pictures.

I also suffered from a severe pelvis instability condition during all my 4 pregnancies and would love to provide encouragement to those suffering, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I support the Pelvic Instability website, which is a not for profit organisation here in Australia, helping and educating women with this chronic condition.


Being a Mum to 2+2 children I am really passionate about food. I get inspired by my family’s faces, comments and compliments as I present them with their meals every day, my Mums Serbian cook books (and Dads Croatian dishes too), searching my left over ingredients (in the pantry or fridge) on Google to find a new recipe to cook every day, my travels and trying to perfect our “clean eating” habits.


We are renovating our house and pool deck area slowly on a limited budget. I love Scandi design, my monthly Belle and Inside Out subscriptions as well as exploring the internet for funky and cool pieces for home and our kids.


I love to dabble in crafty, multi-media and photography stuff and you will see my attempt on my iphone 4. One day I will actually invest in a DSLR.


My dream is to move up to Byron Bay NSW where I know my soul and body rejuvenate every time we visit there but my husband says we need to wait for the kids to finish school.


I love interiors, music, photography, camping, keeping fit (LMFAO “I work out!”), film, books (magazines really), fashion (closet fashionista!), cooking and art (only because my Mum is an artist). This little blog is just a place where I show what I’m eating, cooking, wearing, my before and after baby body pics, family adventures and what new things have inspired me.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon....... like every day ;-)))))

Much love xx Dani  


If you wish to contact me directly my email address is dani@fitnessfoodandstyle.com.au



51 comments :

  1. Dani, I love your blog and am scouring it for your wonderful recipe ideas. And your before and after baby pics are amazing. That gives me so much hope! FYM is the best thing that happened to my fitness.

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    1. Awesome Angela and thank you!!! So glad we connected through a fabulous network of like mind women. I will somehow arrange my recipes somewhere a bit more user friendly. I just set this blog up this month so I have so much to learn xx Dani

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  2. Babe, loving the site.

    Little request, please put up on the side an index of recipes that you make... and would be really helpful if you put the instructions on how to make these gorgeous dishes. I know you eyeball everything, but a rough idea would be great.

    Today I'm making the spinach gnocchi... so will let you know.

    Good luck with the sugar free days - you'll blitz it, know probs!

    xx Sammie!

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    1. Thank you Sammie. If you click on the page above that says recipe that's where I have started linking my recipes. So glad you're enjoying my blog and so wonderful to hear from you xxx

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  3. Hi there. I have just stumbled upon your site. I can't wait to read more. You sound like a woman of my heart and soul. I think you have just scored a new follower. :-)

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  4. Awesome!!! Thank so much Ang. So happy you could join me xx

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  5. Hi Dani, so nice to discover your blog! You have a beautiful family. I'm certainly going to look to you for inspiration as I try to shed the baby weight while caring for my little one and working from home.

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  6. Likewise Naomi, looking forward to sharing this journey with you and watching your little angel grow xx Congratulations!!!!

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  7. Hi Dani,
    Great blog! Nice to 'meet' you and I look forward to reading more. Am LOVING the recipes and meal plans each day! xx

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    1. Pleasure to meet you too Alexandra, thanks for coming by and look forward to sharing more of our meals and other stuff that happens here xxDani

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  8. Hello Dani,
    I have recently been following your blog and I would have to stay it is inspiring.
    I am a busy working mum of two. There are days where I would love to kick the bucket however every day I see life now in a different set of eyes. The meals you create are easy and are so good to eat. Fitness regime - its hard for me at the moment, with basically being a single mum. BUT i bought a treadmill after your fitness regime inspired me.
    Thank you for now being a little part of my life - in a weird a whacky way!
    Just love the blog.
    Laura

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    1. Thank you Laura for taking time to write to me, sorry for the late response. I am so happy that we can together get this fitness regime up and running for you. Great team work! I look forward to sharing my ideas, meals, fitness regime etc...anything that can give you the get up and go and start looking after number 1!!! If you are feeling and looking great, those around you will also benefit with your positive energy and outlook in life.

      Once again, thank you for your kind words. It is people like you that make me want to blog. XxDani

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  9. Hi Dani. I LOVE your blog (found it through FYM PJ).
    Am following you on FB too - although I'm not there much.
    I also LOVE LOVE your pics and meals and recipes!
    Looking forward to "hearing" from you regularly :)
    Jenne

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    1. Hiya Jenne!!! Thanks so much for coming and yes I look forward to connecting with you more now that you have found me here, FB and of course see you at The Club. Please ensure you leave me a message on my PJ if I can't find you xxDani

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  10. Hi Dani,

    i found my way to your blog via a friend liking it on FB. I've just had my second child, (like JUST had - he's 6 weeks old!) and after feeling hopeless and depressed about my weight, you've given me such a boost. I'm trying a yeast free diet, and a lot of your recipes are perfect. Just wanted to know you are such an inspiration. Can I ask a personal question (feel free to ignore) are you quite tall? I only ask as your before photos look amazing for the weight you were, and I wondered if you were of supermodel height? Not that it matters of course, as it has taught me that numbers mean SFA! But it did make me feel a bit better as I too am what you weighed and it's depressing when you weigh more than your husband!

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    1. You're right!! Numbers mean nothing. Regardless of the height I still weigh the same as those that are 5'foot. Same body fat % too. I too weighed more than my husband. Yes I am blessed with my height. 178cm.

      So glad I give you hope that you can get your body back. I am here to help you. So touch base with your results. YOU CAN DO IT!!! XxDani

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  11. Was wondering if you've ever had to have a c-section with any of your children. I am currently 23 weeks with number three and this will be my second c-section. After the first I found it very difficult to loose the midsection weight because the pain caused from the surgery even after 4+ months.

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    1. No, I have never experienced c-sections. I do have girlfriends that have and they are currently on the same journey as I am, regaining their body back after having babies!! They too experienced a little pain after their c-sections, so please take care and ensure you repair and don't damage that scar from exercising too early. Let me know how you go with your pregnancy, I love babies!!!! <3 Dani

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  12. Hey beautiful. I love getting a chance to pop over and see what's up with you. You are absolutely AMAZING in so many ways. I'm so proud of you and so impressed by all you are able to accomplish. You've got it going on lady! Keep up the good work.

    LYL Susan (FYM)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Susan, your support means a lot to me. See you at ClubFYM!!! XxDani

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  13. Hey there!

    My name is Anna, born in Australia, serbo-cro background too ;)
    I came across this page from a post on facebook (from the group 'A healthy mind in a healthy body.')
    I found this very inspiring and just wanted to say hello and thank you ☺

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    1. Hvala puno Anna!! It makes me so happy to read these types of comments as I love sharing my journey with you and glad it provides some inspiration xx Pusa Dani

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  14. Hi! I came across an article about you in the local paper and have now become a FYM member. Am hoping for amazing results. Good luck tomorrow!

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    1. Fantastic!!! Please connect with me at Clubfym under "Dani" as I would love to support you throughout this program and if you are here in Ballarat, would love to meet you and catch up!!!! XxDani

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  15. Hi Dani. I'm so, so glad I've found your blog. I've been trying to find some inspiration for clean eating, and your blog has been very helpful. I had been feeling so tired and lethargic lately, and still have a few kilos to lose and tighten up after baby number 3. I've been eating clean all week, and have instantly noticed a difference in my energy levels, which has been one of the primary reasons for changing my diet. It's great to know that I'm doing the best thing for my children too, even if they do refuse to try some of the food. I'm hoping they will come around soon!
    I'm a big fan of Scandi design too. I have the same coffee table as you :)
    My grandfather was Crostisn, and I have married into a Croatian/Serbian family, and I am loving the culture that I have married into.
    We live on the other side of Melbourne in Drouin. I'm loving the quieter life, but also have dreams of living in northern NSW st some stage.
    I look forward to following your blog, and getting to know your better.
    Milina xo

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    1. Thanks so much Milina, can't wait to get to know you as well. Thanks for connecting with me and I hope together we can live a clean and healthy lifestyle and be great examples to our children. Xx Dani

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  16. Hi Dani thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog. What an inspirational blog you have here. I will be following you from now on. :-)

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    1. Ohhh thank you so so much Rhian, same here as I can feel your pain all the way from the UK!! Be strong girlfriend and look forward to getting to know you better Xx Dani

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  17. Hi! kristinostevik from IG here!

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  18. Hi gorgeous, thanks for stopping by. Yes will keep you posted with the planks challenge next month xo Dani

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  19. I have stumbled upon you on Instagram and have been a fan ever since. Only today did I actually read your "about" page and realize we have the same roots .. :) Big hug from Croatia, keep up the great work .. :) xoxox

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    1. Hvala ti puno and thank you for following me. I look forward to getting to know you better so please make sure you leave me comments on my posts. Pozdrav iz Australije xxDani

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  20. Hi! I am from Oregon, USA-I found your blog through instagram while looking for a little fitness/diet motivation. I'm a mom of a young boy and girl. I am turning 38 on 2/17 and it's time I started cleaning up my nutrition. I LOVE to work out and go to the gym but my food/eating are a MESS. Hoping to find some information, inspiration and whatever else I can from your blog. :o) Your challenges are what caught my eye!

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    1. So awesome and so so happy that you have found me. I do hope you find some inspiration on my blog and if I can help out in any way, please let me know. Much love, Dani

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  21. Dani, you have the most beautiful family! Totally in love with you!
    Hugs!
    Kristina :)

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    1. You are truly beautiful my friend, loads of love coming your way over the oceans until we meet one day very soon xxDani

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  22. Hey Dani - i LOVE your blog and your instagram feed....very inspirational and your motivation and way of life is something I know my readers would love to know more about. Id love to interview you for my Friday Focus spot on my site www.pollynoble.com. I would post a gorgeous pic of you, your answers to my questions (about 8 or so) and (if you want), a healthy recipe you would like to share with my readers. Id LOVE for you to say yes so if you're up for it please email me at polly@pollynoble.com Thanks! xx

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    1. Sure thing Polly, send me an email with your questions xx dani@fitnessfoodandstyle.com.au

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  23. Like I said...you are amazing and a REAL SUPER WOMAN!! Keep on shining!!
    xx Moni

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    1. Thank you so much beautiful. Your love and support means a great deal to me. Much love xxDani

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  24. aaaagh! your family is ADORABLE!!! i can't get enough of you guys! love love LOVE your blog!!!

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    1. You are beautiful, thank you so much honey. Right back at ya! XxDani

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  25. Hi Dani,

    Firstly your blog and instagram are a real inspiration!

    Could you offer any advice on how to loose my lower stomach and arm fat? I exercise at least 3x or more a week at the gym taking part in classes. I have my holiday in 6 weeks therefore I am also looking to change my eating habbits. Ive decided to cut out all sugary snacks and just eat natural sugars like fruit. I really want to feel more confident on holiday and would like to know if theres anything more I can do to traget my arms and stomach.
    Age: 20
    Height: 5.3
    Weight: 8st 10lbs
    Classes: 20-20-20 (20min cardio, 20mins abs, 20mins arms/legs), circuit training, zumba, fitball, kettlebell, bounce (using trampettes) and badminton.

    I will appreciate any advice :)

    Thanks! R x

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    1. My first advice would be to cut out ALL processed foods, high sugar and fatty foods. Combined with regular exercise you will see results. I personally only workout 15 minutes per day so watch you don't over work your body too much as it will start to store fat and burn muscle. Remember abs are made in the kitchen, so continue to cut out your sugar snacks and you will see a great change over the next 6 weeks.

      Please take before and after pics as I would love to share this on my Transformation Tuesday post. To see how your body changes over 6 weeks without sugar will be a very powerful tool for a lot of people.

      Keep in touch xx Dani

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    2. Hi Dani,

      Sorry for the delayed reply, I have just got back from holiday.

      Thank you for replying to my email, I was in much need of some advice. As from today I have begun the 6 weeks of cutting out sugar and really watching what I am eating. I would be more than happy to take before and after pictures for transformation tuesdays.

      Really excited to see the results!!

      Rachael xx

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  26. Hey dani u are so inspirational person.... Hats off ��....i joined u 1st on instagram & now blog ..i also want to loose weight bt find it too diffcult .. We are from diffrent region & have diff culture .. I have two kids & both r by ceaserian .. I luv sweets and im lazy too .. Bt i feel weakness too so please suggest me too.. Waiting for ur reply ��

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    1. Hello gorgeous and welcome. Come join our Fitness Food And Style Challenges for additional support as we were ALL lazy until the penny dropped. You have to ask yourself, when can I start? To feel better, eat better and look better. I know our cultural backgrounds vary but being European my mind set was to eat ALL types of food and everything on my plate, as you don't want to go hungry! However these days, I do eat everything off my plate but the servings aren't as big as I used to have and all my food is a lot more healthier.

      I am here for you and so too are the others at my Facebook group, so please come and join us xx Dani

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    2. So sweet of u dani thank u so much ... Its really very sweet of you. ... I really want to loose weight when i see ur pics i wishto become like u ☺ .. With ur support i will loose weight bt as i told u im lazy sumtimes i made my mind bt my health didnt allow me to do .. Im fed up now dont knw wht to do.. Bt god send angels to help people like us and u r one of them ... God bless you and ur family ... Pl give me sum tips & ur support too.. I want to tell u i am from north india

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  27. Hi Dani, thank you so much for all of the wonderful articles and recipes that you write! Absolutely loving the daily inspiration on Instagram, too! As someone with a lot of weight to lose, I am super grateful for the simple, healthy approach to life that you share with your readers. Keep up the wonderful work!

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  28. DAni,
    Odakle si inače** Kiss

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  29. I am currently 32 weeks pregnant with my 3rd. I am so out of shape and need to get back on track but have found this pregnancy has been really hard, constant morning sickness, tired, 2 other children under 4.5 and some complications that have knocked me around mentally. I love reading your blog and aspire to get back on track and hopefully get the body I wanted after the last 2 pregnancies (and actually before those pregnancies). I am keen to see the ebook but thinking I am better off holding off until after the birth so that I can also get into the exercising and make the most of the ClubFYM offer. Is there anything that you can recommend that I can do now to at least give a little kickstart to my journey so that when the baby arrives I can really be in a good space to get underway?
    Thanks

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Thank you so much for your comment, I love it! I will reply back as soon as I can.

Much love Xx Dani