5 Simple Ideas for Christmas Wrapping

Thursday, December 8, 2016

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Wrapping Christmas presents is one of my absolute favourite things. Put on some christmas tunes, pour a glass of champagne and away you go. There is so many great ideas when it comes to Christmas wrapping. I tend to stick with brown paper and build from there. Today I'm sharing a few variations on the brown paper theme.

 photo Green_zpsxqrher5s.jpgBrown paper cut out on Miss Red Fox

 photo Squares_zpsbbeiwg5k.jpgMonochrome on Homey Oh My

 photo Brown-paper_zpsoo9yxjiy.jpgWhite and Brown Paper on Deko

 photo DIY-Stars_zpszaxk4elt.jpgDIY Star Garland on Homey Oh My

Ps Surprise Gift Ideas for Kids from Lush, Three New Christmas Movies to Love, Gingerbread, Baubles and Secret Santa

Melbourne and Apollo Bay Family Holiday

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

It has felt like we haven't been on holidays in a long time, which isn't true as we were in the States in January, we had an overnight get away to Glen Helen in May and we went to Uluru for the August long weekend, but when you live in Alice Springs you just need to get to the coast every now and then. We took the opportunity at the end of October to go to Melbourne, see Elmo's stage show and then spend a few days on the coast.
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Stay  We stayed in Tyrian Apartments on Johnston Street in Fitzroy. This was central to our family and a short tram ride to the city. On the way home we stayed at the Larwill Studio in Parkville. The Larwill is on the edge of the city, on way to the airport, but also close to trams, North Melbourne and has a huge playground next door. I loved both places and would certainly stay again.

Travel  Trams are so easy to use, but if you have a pram, make sure that you are able to lift it and the baby up steps as not all Trams have disabled/pram access. You can't buy Myki (payment) cards on the tram so Nick's sister picked up some for us before we arrived, you can purchase them from any 7 Eleven.

See  NGV John Olsen Exhibition in the Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square - it's on until February 12 & includes a room where you can sketch your own inspired works - Lulu loved this.

Play  There is a huge playground at Art Play behind Federation Square. If you are there Wed-Sun there are art activities for children at Art Play. I had never heard of Art Play until we stumbled across the playground. I'll be checking their website and booking Lulu into their activities for our next visit to Melbourne.

Eat We loved Po Boy Quarter on Smith Street in Fitzroy

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Apollo Bay
Stay in these beautiful townhouses in Marengo

Travel we hired a car from the airport - the best way to get there

See The Beach! Marengo is good for waves, Apollo Bay is flat for the little kids. As you can see, Zelda wasn't really into the beach time as much as we were.

Play at the Apollo Bay town park on the foreshore. Hug the big koala at the Bakery

Eat - so many yummy places to eat. We recommend La Bimba - best oysters, Scorched Grill - yummy burgers, La Casalinga - best homemade pasta, the tasting room at the pub - the only place you can get food between 2pm & 6pm, but also great cheese platter.

Happy Holidaying

Ps Uluru Picnic Day Weekend; Weekend Getaway at Glen Helen

New Podcasts to Love

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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My most favourite podcast, Something Wonky, has ended. They said they would only do 200 episodes and they have done just that, 200. Podcasts are my jam when I work out, I can't do it without them, so I have been on the lookout for something else to listen to. Scrolling through the top 100 podcasts on iTunes, I came across the Mamamia Podcast Network. Mamamia is not normally a website that I go to. The site just isn't for me, but I greatly admire Mia Freedman, the woman behind Mamamia. She has been a force for good in the magazine world and she has achieved so much. It also turns out that the podcasts produced by the Mamamia network are for me. The No Filter podcast and the I Don't Know How She Does It podcast are both fantastic.

On No Filter Mia interviews interesting people about their lives, no filter. I started with the Caroline Overington interview and found it fascinating. From her time in New York working as a correspondent with 18 mth old twins, to her mantra 'Fake it until you make it', to her helping Oprah live her best life.

I Don't Know How She Does It podcast has an interview with busy women about how the fit everything into their day. Women who you've wondered 'how the hell does she do it all?' It's a fascinating incite into the lives of women we admire and women we may not have heard of, who have busy, busy lives. I started with the Michelle Bridges podcast, eager to hear how she's going with her fitness empire and new bubba. Interestingly enough she does not have a full-time nanny, she co shares the 'babysitting' with her partner.

Both podcasts have the feeling that you are just out for coffee with friends. The women chat easily, it's fun and it makes you think. It's very different to Something Wonky, I am going to have to find a new political podcast, but I do like how No Filter and I Don't Know How She Does It have opened my listening horizons.

Ps Seven Things to Read Do Listen, Podcasts I'm Loving

Christmas Colour Theme

Thursday, November 24, 2016

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Each year I kind of pick a different colour theme for the Christmas tree decorations. Most years it is a version of red and white or silver black & pastel, but this year I thought I might go a little more eclectic, mixing pink, mint and red as per this beautiful mix from Paper & Stitch, with a touch of silver. What do you think?

That or I just might go all in. All colours together in a beautiful (?!) crazy mix. The mint green, pink and red with a touch of blue just seem a little more summery for the Aussie Christmas, don't you think?
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1. Mint Tree from Curbly 2. Pink & Red Present Balloons from Studio DIY 3. Multicoloured Wreath source unknown 4. Gift Wrap Party on 100 Layer Cake 5. Christmas tree with different decorations via Enter My Attic 6. DIY Discoball Christmas Tree from Studio DIY 7. Beach Christmas from Inside Out Mag via Coastal Style 8. Pastel Wrapping from Paper and Stitch
Lead photo from Paper & Stitch

Ps Simple ways to decorate for ChristmasOur Christmas Day, When do you put up the Christmas Tree?

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