Quote Monday #114

Your life does not get better by change, it gets better by change - Jim Rohn

Quote Monday #113

Creativity is intelligence having fun - Albert Einstein

30 Gifts For 30 Years

30 Gifts for 30 YearsAround the beginning of the year I decided that I wanted to give my husband 30 gifts for 30 years. One gift for each year of his life so far.
This birthday present has been months in the making & I’ve been working on a list of gifts since the start of the year. I’ve asked friends for suggestions & even called upon the help of Google.

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It was really hard coming up with 30 different yet useful things. Lets just say I’m just glad that I didn’t wait until he was 40 to do this! I did my best to try to find things that were useful, but I ended up needing quite a few gag gifts. I also did my best to keep track of how much each item cost because I was curious what the total might be.


  1. Apple Watch series 3
  2. Novelty socks
  3. Black Tshirt
  4. White tshirt
  5. Sweater
  6. Shorts
  7. Trackies
  8. Thongs
  9. Chinos
  10. Drink bottle
  11. Pancake mix
  12. Dairy Milk Block
  13. Caramello Block
  14. Beef jerky
  15. Pop Tarts
  16. Milkos
  17. V.I.Poo
  18. Nerf Gun
  19. Nerf Gun bullets
  20. Hair product
  21. Stick Bot
  22. Sprint Book
  23. Shower gel
  24. Novelty toilet paper
  25. Fart in a can
  26. Water Blaster
  27. Water Pistols
  28. Shaving Cream
  29. BBQ Light
  30. Scratchie

I was originally going to give him a gift voucher for the Apple Watch so he could pick out the one he wanted. However once the series 3 was released he decided that he really wanted one. I had no choice but to reveal that was what I was going to buy one for his birthday. He chose the one he wanted then I ordered it online.

It was quite a feat to wrap everything but it was well worth it. The dining table was covered in gifts and what a spectacular sight it was. My husband was so surprised by all the gift and the amount of effort involved.


Quote Monday #112

It Always Seems Impossible Until It's Done - Nelson Mandela

Quote Monday #111

Always do your best. What you plant now you will harvest now - Og Mandino

YouTube Limelight: Household Hacker

Each month I feature one of my favourite YouTube channels, sharing the little things I like about them & of course the video I like best. This month is Household Hacker.

With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to pick up some new ideas. I’m keen to try the basting brush as well as the corn husk tip. The corn is growing strong in my garden & I hope to harvest it soon.

Click here to see more of Household Hacker’s videos.

Quote Monday #110

Time is the longest distance between two places - Tennessee Williams


Quote Monday #109

(source: Gretchen Rubin)

I Never Had Anxiety Until I Was Pregnant


I Never Had Anxiety Until I Was PregnantI had never experienced anxiety until I was pregnant. I didn’t believe people that suffered from anxiety. I just thought they were making excuses because I didn’t understand it. I’m sure I’m not alone there either. There are many mental illnesses that people don’t believe just because they don’t understand.

For me, anxiety feels like I’m overwhelmed, stressed, freaked out & have energy to burn all at the same time.

The first time I thought I was experiencing anxiety I was at work. I really didn’t know what was happening to me or what I was feeling. The only way I can describe it was that I felt like I was freaking out for no reason. And there really was no reason.

Since that first time, I have learned to recognize what it is & what I can do about it.

In the lead up to finishing work before going on maternity leave, it got worse. I’d sit at my desk looking over my replacement’s shoulder feeling fidgety & helpless. It didn’t help that I had 4 days to teach her what I do. I had to find a way to deal with it, and fast.

Tactics that worked for me

Step away – Get up and step away from what you’re currently doing. This can break your mental focus & provide a little perspective.
Use the bathroom – This is a great way to really step away from what you are doing to take a moment to yourself.
Fix a drink – Make yourself a calming cup of tea or pour a glass of water.
Get some fresh air- Just a few minutes outside can help reset your feelings & what’s going through your mind.
Breathe – Breathe deeply & concentrate on your breath, pay attention to the sounds you can hear, and the things that you can smell.
Meditation – This has helped me most. After my daughter was born, I had trouble meditating on my own, so I used an app called Smiling Mind for guided meditation.

If you are after even more ideas to calm your anxiety, Buzzfeed has some great tips in their article 36 Simple Ways to Quiet Your Anxiety.


Quote Monday #108

Courage, dear heart - C.S. Lewis

(source: Goodreads)