Posts tagged lifestyle
Tasty Turkey Taco Chili

This turkey taco chili is so simple, delicious, and nutritious! I have made it about 100 times, 100 different ways. After a lot of trial and error, this is definitely a recipe worth sharing! Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube if you try it!


  • 1.25 lbs ground turkey (.5 kg turkey mince)
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can cannelli beans
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 carton beef stock (can also use chicken or veggie)
  • 2 sweet peppers (red/yellow/orange)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 packet guacamole seasoning

  • arugula/cilantro/avocado/Greek yogurt/cracked pepper

  • Combine kidney beans, cannelli beans, sweet corn, crushed tomatoes, and guacamole seasoning in large pot. 

  • Stir ingredients in large pot. If you will be at the house, go ahead and begin cooking on low. 

  • About an hour or two before you want to eat the meal, brown the ground turkey with the taco seasoning. Also chop and sauté the peppers with a bit of taco seasoning.

  • Combine cooked turkey and peppers with everything else in the pot. Increase the heat to medium. Stir periodically. It is ready to serve in about and hour. But it can be held for a good while on low.

  • This is a mild chili. I've added Frank's Hot Sauce in the past for a little kick. I think that adds just enough zing, but prefer it just like as I've laid out above. 

  • Garnish as you wish. I like to use arugula (rocket as they say in Oz) and avocado. I add Greek yogurt, lime, and cracked pepper when I prep it for my husband. Choose your own adventure!

  • ENJOY! 

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Best Beach Hair Products Under the Sun

I like to use beach sprays two ways... I'll give my mane a little misty mist... spritzy spritz before I head down to the sand... and let the wind do the styling for me.... Or I'll use it on dry hair that is looking limp and haggard... to give it some swagger. ;-) Give it a whirl... You'll be singing... "I Whip My Hair Back and Forth" in no time!

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How to Get the Perfect Pink Pout

I just discovered a super fun and flirty pink lipstick and have to share! I normally wear more neutral colors like MAC Brave Lipstick with MAC Cultured Lipglass (gloss) or MAC Please Me Lipglass (gloss) on top... But this new MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande lipstick makes such a statement. I've been getting so many compliments. It's not an everyday color in my book... but it is definitely a head turner... and screams energy and confidence!

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Baxter Update

I have been counting down the days until my Baxter Bear gets to be with me here in Bondi Beach, Australia. A lot of you have asked about Baxter on social media. And I haven't wanted to talk about it much because it is so hard. It is a painstaking process and it seems ridiculous. My heart aches when I think about it. Off and on I have been cursing the Aussie quarantine regulations. But I understand why they are in order. Australia is a wondrous place with unique and protected ecosystems and leaders want to keep it that way. The strict conditions are designed to manage biosecurity risks. 

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Big Move! New Website! Let's Keep in Touch!

Friends! How ya feelin!?! I have missed you so much since my big move from television in New York City! Let's keep in touch. I'm so happy you found me here. I'm getting settled into my new home at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia with my husband. My hope is that this lifestyle blog dares you to dream... inspires you to take on new life adventures... and welcomes you to travel along with me on mine! xoxo

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Anna Kooiman Lifestyle Philosophy

I am all about trying to live a beautiful and balanced life. This lifestyle section is a mix of whatever shenanigans I'm getting into... fashion, beauty, or home products or hacks that have made me happy... and hopefully they will serve you well too! 

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