Link Love - home decor & pinks

Saturday, February 6, 2016

 photo cloud-fluff_zpsb1lhbayk.jpg Normally in February Darwin is humid, hot & sweaty, but I lucked out this past week. I was there on a work trip and Darwin put on some nice weather for a change. It was overcast and about 28 each day. It rained at night, not during the day and you could walk to work without needing a change of clothes. Not sweaty at all. And now it is suddenly the weekend again. We are planning on catching up with friends, cleaning the house and resting - exciting times! How about you?

Catching my eye on the internet this week:

This apartment has something every apartment should have

A stylish Helsinki Home on My Scandi Home

The pinks in this post by Design Love Fest

Joni from Lay Baby Lay on balancing creativity, motherhood and work

You may have missed:
Easy Composting
Apartment buildings - the Caribbean
A trying day...

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Still green Alice Springs!

5 Tips for an easy Disneyland Trip

Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Before Christmas we spent a few wonderful days at Disneyland in California. I think I was way more excited about going to Disneyland than Lulu was, even after she found out what it was! I have been fortunate enough to have been to Disneyland a few times before, so I didn't do much research before we left, aside from what rides would be appropriate for Lulu. However the following tips that I have now amassed, would have come in very handy:

1. You don't need to go early
Our first day at Disneyland was the day after arriving in LA. Due to jet lag we slept in and had to wake Lulu at 9 to head to Disneyland. When we finally arrived at the gates at 10:30, post breakfast, there were no lines to get in, nor were there big queues for the Fantasy Land rides that we wanted to go on. Things got much busier in the afternoon however. The one morning we managed to arrive just after 9 there were big queues at the gates. Sleep in & miss the queues.

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Meeting Mickey, Minney and Snow White at Disneyland

2. Go on the most popular rides in the morning 
We didn’t purchase fast passes and found that by heading to the popular rides as soon as you get through the gates, the lines are much shorter than trying to go after lunch. Not that this is a ride but we hit up the Disney Princesses as soon as we entered the park on the day that we arrived at 9 and there was no line at all! Before midday at California Adventure I overheard someone saying that the line for Toy Story was only 20 mins. It never was below 45 mins the rest of the day. Hit up the most popular rides in the morning.

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In line for the Toy Story Ride at Disney California Adventure Park

3. You don’t need a magic mornings pass
Magic mornings allows you entry to the park an hour before opening. Due to the jet lag, Lulu slept in until at least 8 am every morning we were there. I have to admit that we too were thoroughly enjoying these sleep ins, so setting the alarm for 6am was not very appealing. Our Magic Mornings passes went unused. 

4. Catch the parades
We absolutely loved the parades. The choreography was awesome and the costumes fabulous. Don’t miss the parades.

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The Parade at Disney California Adventure Park

5. Catch the night time shows
California Adventure Park has a huge light show at 9 and by the time it is finished you can leave the park and stand between the two parks and watch the fireworks over Disneyland. Due to the aforementioned jet lag we were only able to stay up late to see the night shows one of the nights, but it was so worth it. 

Have you been to Disneyland? If so, what are your hot tips? 

Renovation Update Kitchen February 2015

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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The renovation continues into it's second year (third if you count when we started getting the plans drawn up!). In the kitchen, we decided to go for a granite bench top that Nick could order through his work. It took a fair while for Nick to place the order but it was finally placed in November 2015. In late December the company emailed to say that they were having trouble finding a piece of stone big enough and now that they had found something big enough their factory was closed until January 4th. Fair enough.

Last week they called to say that when they were cutting the bench top IT BROKE! Now they need to start again from scratch. AGH. Apparently it won't take long. I am not holding my breath. The white plywood is great for photos and the multicoloured wall with fake brick is a good talking point. How boring would it be if we just had a nice tiled splash back and granite bench top?!

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PS Breathe, September Renovation Update, Renovations: Dining Room Before and After

Link Love - Tv, Dates & Indoor Plants

Saturday, January 30, 2016

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This Australia Day was a lot more mellow than past Australia Days. For over a decade we have celebrated Australia Day at our friend's parent's house, with his dad cooking us all a wonderful BBQ and his mum made sure we all ate some salad. Our friend's dad passed away in October after a very short battle with cancer. When it came time for Australia Day plans we all weren't quite sure what to do. In the end his brother had a party at his place, but we all kept to ourselves. We invited a few close friends over at the last minute. Most already had plans to stay in so our gathering ended up small, but lovely. What did you get up to? The middle of the week day off really is a bit of a nothing day, hey? Best taken easy.

Catching my eye on the inter webs this week:

I do not have much success with indoor plants, so this guide on Cupcakes & Cashmere is extremely useful! Turns out I can have cacti inside IF the space has lots of light. Our bathroom ticks that box, yay!

Love these Date Night In posts by Bluebird

Time's most anticipated TV Shows for 2016 - looking forward to new Sherlock & the new show staring Rashida Jones - Didn't you just love her in Parks and Rec?

You may have missed:
Out of Town: Our Day in the West Macs
Beach Beers and Tents
Tips for Travelling with Kids - I'm going to be posting about travel each Thursday for the next three weeks, so stay tuned!
This weekend is the last chance to take the Girl in the Pjs Reader Survey. Have your say on what you would like to see on Girl in the Pjs this year. Thanks to all who have already taken the survey!
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Happy Weekend!
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