Holiday crafting with Clever Patch

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Just before Christmas the lovely people at CleverPatch sent me a box of craft goodies to do with Lulu. Unfortunately we ran out of days before we left for Christmas holidays to crack it open but this meant that we had a wonderful afternoon in early January digging through the crafty goodies.
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CleverPatch is an online craft store. They have everything from inclusive kits to glue to pens for decorating ceramics. Lulu loved the idea of decorating a mug. She also got stuck into the glitter glue - glitter glue really is too much fun!
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I was pleasantly surprised to find that CleverPatch also has a bunch of gardening stuff. Seed trays, terracotta pots, tools and planters. So if crafting isn't up your ally, you can get stuck into some gardening instead. My favourite would have to be the terracotta plant labels - I can't wait to get our veggie patch back up and running and use these super cute labels.

Weekend Adventures

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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This weekend was spent in recovery mode. We were dealt some fairly bad news last week, making it necessary to hibernate, rejuvenate and spend Saturday night helping a friend celebrate his 40th. Since when did our friends start turning 40? The party had a mexican theme and as I didn't take any photos suitable for publishing on a blog, I have borrowed this one from the gorgeous Lucy. So much good food and good fun. Lulu also partied with a sleepover at her Grandma's followed by a long morning in the pool at her Grandma's friends. We felt very lucky and indulged to wake up at 11am on a Sunday. Thanks Lulu's Grandma! Maybe this year is on the up and up after all!

Link Love

Saturday, January 17, 2015

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The ground has slowly dried up this over this week*, leaving a bit of clean up to do in our yard. So many weeds have sprouted and I want to yank them out before they take over! Gardening is on the agenda this weekend, as is a big clean up and clean out of the house - inside and out. We still need to finish off installing our wardrobes and the fun job of hanging artwork. The list is endless. Happy Weekend!

Catching my eye on the interwebs this week:
How to eat clean in 7 easy steps over on Eat Move Dream - I have been following Rachel's journey on instagram, it's been very inspiring and I am so glad she has started a blog!

How Amy Poehler and Tina Fey made the Golden Globes the first feminist awards show - on the Guardian

A statistical analysis that answers the age old question - is Triple J becoming more mainstream?

Gilmore Girls fan? I watched 5 seasons when I was pregnant with Lulu! Gilmore along over at Meet Me at Mikes.

*Photos of the big wet here

Things I Love - The Goodnight Society

Friday, January 16, 2015

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Before Christmas I treated myself to a new pjs from the Goodnight Society. The Goodnight Society are a new Aussie Pj company, launched last year. The prints are quite funky and have cool names such as Hot like a Sunrise and That's Cactus. They use organic cotton and only manufacture using factories that care for their workers and pay a living wage and ensure that women are given equal pay for equal work. That's not all, they have also partnered with the Heartfelt Project and each sleepwear order comes with a Heartfelt heart. Heartfelt hearts are sewn using traditional methods in South Africa and each purchase goes to help feed and cloth the ladies who make them and their families. What a great idea, pjs and helping those in need.

The Good Night Society pjs are really comfy. I bought the Hot like Sunrise pj pants. The sunny colour brightens your morning and you just feel good wearing them. What more can I say? I recommend them to all.

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Christmas Beach Holiday 2014

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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Manyana Beach, NSW
After Christmas at my Aunt's we headed further south to Bendalong. I had booked us a cabin at the Bendalong Point Tourist Park way back in May and my parents had booked an unpowered site for their solar powered caravan.

We had never been there before but we wanted to spend a little more time with my parents & my mum loves the beach, as do I, so a caravan park holiday was perfect. The park had a splash park and large jumpy pillow, and there was a playground on the beach, so Lulu was unsure exactly what activity she should do first!

We spent our mornings driving to Milton for lovely coffee and breakfast and our afternoons at the beach. It was so restful and relaxing. It all feels a little like a dream now that we're back here at work. Till next time.... Links to our favourite spots below.
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Beach ready with her running shoes
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Photo by Lulu
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Kangaroos came right up to the cabin - I couldn't help but think how lucky they were to live here
Stay - Bendalong Point Tourist Park
Beach - Bendalong Point & Manyana
Eat - Pilgrims Cafe, Milton, Fish & Chips on the beach, Bendalong, the best chilli chorizo sausages you will ever taste from Ted's Quality Meat at Milton, the best sourdough baguettes from Flour Water Salt, Milton
Shop - Milton had so many cute stores to look in, we were impressed with Milton, to say the least, can you tell?

Link Love

Saturday, January 10, 2015

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The flowing Todd River
January in Alice Springs is normally hot, hot, hot. We returned from holidays expecting it to be 40+ for the foreseeable future and were pleasantly surprised to discover it raining as we stepped off the plane. And it pretty much hasn't stopped raining since. It's also been strongly cool. I've been wearing jeans and boots to work - in January! Unheard of, till now!
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The Todd River
 photo river-3_zps20a62bcd.jpg The river (which is usually dry) came down on Thursday and has been flowing ever since. Our pool hasn't been filled since before Christmas and it is now to the brim. Last night it rained so hard that our street became a river, flowing over both kerbs & into some driveways. Luckily we had our roof replaced last year, otherwise we may not have had a dry refuge in our place. Friends have had their kitchen turn into a swimming pool & as much as we are all loving the rain it is probably time for it to stop now. 2015 you sure are bringing lots of surprises! Fire in Adelaide and floods in Alice Springs. Climate change is taking it's toll. Let's pressure our politicians to start doing something about it.

Catching my eye on the interwebs this week:

House plant watering instructions on June Letters Studio Blog - I am hopeless with keeping house plants alive, but am going to try this year! I've had success with my office plant last year so fingers crossed this translates to this year.

I love that in her quest for a minimalist wardrobe, Erin from Reading My Tea Leaves has gotten rid of her 'rag pile' of comfy clothes and swapped them for pajama sets - my kind of woman.

These gold shorts are just gorgeous!

More rain in the Alice photos here
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The river in our street & me in my pjs, of course!

Daily Sunscreen

Friday, January 9, 2015

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Before Christmas I was sent a tube of Sense Daytime Protective Emulsion to review*, but with the business of the season I didn't get a chance to post anything, however, I did get a chance to truly test the sunscreen out. With many days spent at the beach, a moisturiser with sunscreen has been a must. Sometimes I just don't trust the sunscreen in my CC Cream & other days you don't wear CC Cream so yeah, a separate moisturising sunscreen has been essential.

The Sense Daytime Protective Emulsion with sunscreen is light to wear, some moisturising sunscreens can feel so heavy on the skin, but this one doesn't. You can wear it as a base with just a little bit of powder and mascara and away you go. The best thing about this sunscreen is the smell! I don't know about you but I love beauty products that have a great smell. I know, smell is so subjective but trust me, this one smells amazing!

Light weight, smells great and protects from the sun (no burns for me!) - 4 out of 5 stars.

*While I was sent this product to review, opinions are my own.

Christmas 2014

Monday, January 5, 2015

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Ahhh Christmas. I really love Christmas and this year we were able to spend it with my Mum's sisters on the NSW south-coast. My Aunt let Nick, Lulu & I stay in her gorgeous brand new studio (literally finished construction the day before we arrived!) and my parents set up their caravan behind the studio. We spent the early parts of Christmas morning opening presents, drinking coffee and eating gingerbread on the deck of the studio before heading to my Aunts for champagne and more presents.
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Lunch was a wash out with the rain that was forecast for later in the day arriving much sooner. We enjoyed a generous ham and salads indoors instead, preceded by dozens of oysters. Champagne, food and family, what Christmas is all about, hey?! I hope you had a good one x
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New Years Eve Plans?

Monday, December 29, 2014

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What's your plan for New Years Eve? Over the last few years I have really enjoyed just hanging out with a few friends, a nice dinner or BBQ and a few drinks. Nothing too crazy & probably what we'll end up doing this year. But it is nice to jazz up the party a little. The photos above lend a little inspiration for just that. A bit of sparkle, a bit of glitter. I also LOVE this table setting and the glitter at this party is out of control in an awesome way. Whatever your plans, I hope you have a happy and safe New Years x

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2014

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Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!! I'm taking a little break over Christmas but will be back between Christmas and New Years with a few posts to ease the post-christmas blues.

And if you have a little time, please enjoy these awesome Muppets Chirstmas you tube clips - a friend posted one on Facebook the other day - seriously why did no one tell me that the Muppets are doing you tube clips?! I love the Muppets! Enjoy....





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