Top End Folk Festival 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Want to spend the June long weekend at this beautiful place? Join us for the Top Half Folk Festival out at Glen Helen Resort. Forget about Finke for one year and enjoy a lovely folk tune out at Glen Helen. We are normally Finke goers but this year so many of our interstate friends and family are coming for the Folk Festival, we couldn't resist.

Read all about the line up over on Timber and Steel

Backyard Paving

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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My vision for the backyard paving has come to fruition. With a bit of heavy lifting my mother-in-law and Nick were able to move the pavers into place one weekend and then we spread out the pebbles the next weekend. Cracker dust and pavers were recycled from our yard, pebbles new. Although it needs a little finishing off, I think it comes fairly close to this backyard paving inspiration post, don't you? 
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Link Love

Saturday, May 23, 2015

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This weekend is shaping up to be pretty social, almost reminiscent of pre-children days. Last night we went to the Comedy Festival Roadshow at Araluen. It was fantastic and is on again tonight, so if you like to laugh, go! Today Lulu and I have gym & then swimming. This afternoon is the Nappy Collective sorting day. Tonight is The Beards at the Gap View and Sunday, well we have no plans for Sunday. I think by then we will need a well deserved rest / housework. By golly housework just piles up!

What are you up to this weekend?

Catching my eye on the internets this week:

My friend's gorgeous wedding in Hawaii - just check out these photos, simply stunning!

The sauce that goes with these Fish Tacos on Crumbumbs sounds delicious!

Beautiful apartment on A Cup of Jo

Help the Albury Apex Club raise funds to support schools and vital eye clinics in Cambodia - This is a project organised by one of the guys from my favourite podcast, Something Wonky, to help people in one of the poorest nations in the world.

A little encouragement for working mums

Frockin' up - Hen's Night

Friday, May 22, 2015

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Frockin' up posts are back! I finally received the mirror I ordered many months ago and hence the return of Frockin' Up posts. The first is a snap before a friend's hens night. I was still suffering the remnants of conjunctivitis and so glasses were the order of the day. The dress code was black, not that I would have worn anything else anyway, but you know when you're told you have to wear a certain colour, then suddenly you want to wear something else? Well that happened but luckily I remembered the code in time. The hen's was great, but when I described it to Nick he said I sounded like the biggest party pooper there. Guess little old conjunctivitis me just wasn't feeling it.

Here are the details on what I wore:
Jacket - American Eagle
Top - Rip Curl
Jeans - Rip Curl
Boots - Tony Bianco

Bed Linen
Quilt - Kmart
Sheets - Club of Odd Volumes

Catch up day

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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Lantana from the garden
The last few weeks have been so busy, at work and at home, that I finally bit the bullet and asked for a rec leave day. A catch up day for me to make a dent in the washing, catch up on blog posts & get back to the gym (the gym sent me an email two weeks ago saying they missed me, so it has been a while!).

I really am so lucky that my workplace is so flexible and that I was able to have time off at such short notice. I think it is so much better for the employer if you go to them and say that life is a little hectic and ask if you can have a day off to catch up, than just chucking a sickie. It gives them notice and time to work out whether the staffing levels can cope.

Let's face it. Working full time, being a mum and having a life in general is tough. Even with the best support there comes a time when you just need a break and a chance to catch up. If you have enough leave up your sleeve, I would encourage you to take a break too, you deserve it.

A wedding at the Earth Sanctuary Alice Springs

Monday, May 18, 2015

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Friends of ours were recently married out at the Earth Sanctuary Alice Springs. The Earth Sanctuary was established to showcase sustainability in action. The family behind the Earth Sanctuary run programs and tours aimed at inspiring people to change their lifestyle to benefit the planet and promote sustainability in every day life. The Earth Sanctuary just happens to be a beautiful function venue too.

Below are a few snaps of our friend's wedding. It was such a wonderful weekend. Friends came from interstate and overseas for the wedding. Catching up, eating yummy food and dancing into the evening made it pretty much the perfect night.
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Link Love

Saturday, May 16, 2015

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We've hit the weekend again, yay!! This weekend I am packing the swag and heading to Deep Well Station for a 90s RnB party with the girls. It will be adidas trackies, masseur sandals galore with a hefty dose of Sisqo and Shaggy. I know you are wishing you were there!

Catching my eye on the internet this week...
These look delicious
I am a huge introvert so these conversation starters are just the ticket for someone like me
A free decorating with plants ebook over on We Are Scout
Talking about infertility over on the Rue Magazine blog
Amy Schumer's Last Fuckable Day skit with Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an awesome comment on sexism in hollywood.
Like the font above? Cocorrina created it & you to can get it here.
A weekend in Vancouver

Seven Things

Thursday, May 7, 2015

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Hey Natalie Jean - the book from the blog of the same name - is on my coffee table. I love her conversational writing. When you read her writing you feel like you’re best friends. She just has a wonderful way of putting you at ease and making you feel at home. 

I Love You Honeybear - the latest offering from Father John Misty is playing on rotation on my iphone. 

Latte - can’t go wrong with a coffee & a latte is the coffee of choice this month

At the moment I am loving doing weights at my gym, but as it has become cooler I have also started running outside again. I am thoroughly enjoying it, not least because I get to listen to podcasts but also because I love the feeling of pushing myself and making it through. The ‘i did something today feeling’.

Most of my downtime is spent blogging, but I do love reading and I feel like I’m on a sea saw, some months I’m stuck up high reading lots and lots and other months I am down low blogging lots and lots. 

Sack dresses covered in flowers are my comfort clothing right now - I am loving this Cameo dress and this dress from Primrose and Mimosa. I guess if I was 20 years older these dresses could be referred to as mumus? Right?!

I was in Darwin for work recently and loved the Rawgasm Paleo Cafe and Juice Bar in Mitchell Street Mall. Paleo salads at a reasonable price, you can’t go wrong with that food option. I wish they had a cafe in Alice Springs. 

Weekend Adventures

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Homemade cookies using a version of this recipe
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Lulu's Grandma made her this blanket & I think it looks quite at home on my couch!
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A friend's birthday - How awesome is this cake?!
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Coffee while we wait for the Bangtail Muster to start
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A  float in the Bangtail Muster

Link Love

Saturday, May 2, 2015

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This week has been hard. We've all been sick, Lulu & I have both had conjunctivitis as well as fighting other viruses. I was fortunate enough to be able to take Monday off and spend it with Lulu getting better. In the morning we watched Mary Poppins and in the afternoon we both had a two hour afternoon nap. Lulu has given up her afternoon nap but Monday it just was not negotiable, she was able to nap in my bed, with me and we both got 2 hours, yay! She then didn't really drop off to sleep that night until about 9 but that is a different story.

Catching my eye on the internet this week...

The secret to female friendship over on A Cup of Jo

New research shows that the friend who bitch together stay together via The Cut

A new series staring Sarah Jessica Parker, called Divorce, has been picked up by HBO

I am a little bummed to be missing Wide Open Space festival on as we speak. Yes camping with conjunctivitis and a toddler did not sound appealing. You can read about the last time we went to Wide Open Space here.

Happy Long Weekend! May we all get over what ails us. 
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