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Sunshine Bloggers Award

Sunshine Bloggers Award
The Sunshine Bloggers Award is given to bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity in the blogging community.

Back in February I was nominated for the Sunshine Bloggers Award by Kirsty from That Noise is Mine.

Ok, so here are the rules for the Sunshine Bloggers Award:

  1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or in your blog.

Summer or winter?

It’s tough for me to choose between summer or winter. They both have the option for comfortable clothes. I live near many beautiful beaches but also have a pool in my backyard. And to top it off, my birthday is in winter.

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What is your favourite song and why?

Shake it off by Taylor Swift. It’s just so catchy, I always have to sing it and if I feel like it I will also do a little dance. I feel that I should also mention that this is ‘our song’ and by our song, I mean mine and Harley’s song. Harley is my dog. On quite a few occasions we have danced to it together.

What does your perfect day look like?

My perfect day starts with me waking up naturally. The day is sunny, the temperature is about 25 degrees. I have pancakes with banana and strawberries for breakfast and wash it down with a coffee. I potter around in the garden for way too long. Then go out for a walk with the family after lunch. The rest of the day is spent running around after my toddler, helping her play. After dinner, my husband and I watch a movie in bed.

What advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?

Put some effort in. Things go pretty good for you to just coast through for a while, imagine what you can acheive if you actually put in some effort.

Would you rather visit your past self or future self and why?

I think I’d prefer my future self. I’d love to know what I’m doing with myself in 10, 20 or even 30 years time. Plus, you can’t change the past.

What makes you smile?

The silly things that my daughter does makes me smile. She reminds me of my self so much sometimes.

What is your go-to meal?

My go-to meal when I’m at home and hungry is two-minute noodles. I like to throw in a handful of frozen vegetables or a tin of tuna. I’ve also been known to add sweet chilli sauce or peanut butter, I love satay.

What is the best piece of blogging advice you have received?

Don’t worry about perfect. If you keep waiting to do things until they are perfect you will never do it.

Are you happy?

Today? Yes.

What is your favourite quote?

My favourite quote that I try to love my life by is “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there” by Lewis Carroll. This is actually from Alice in Wonderland, the Cheshire cat says it to Alice when she reaches a fork in the road.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

I’ve had a few challenges, both physical and mental. The most physically challenging thing I have experienced was completing a 35km charity walk. The biggest mental challenge has been Postnatal Depression.

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If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there - Lewis Carroll

Beloved Autumn

I have to admit, fall favourites does sound a lot better than autumn favourites. But in the spirit of being true to myself, I’m going to stick with calling it autumn, my beloved autumn.Beloved Autumn

Autumn is actually my favourite season. I just love the colours. Especially at the start of the season, when parts of the trees just burst into different colours.

I was also lucky enough to be in the US during the fall. I tasted almost everything pumpkin flavoured that I came across. At one stage I think I almost turned into a Pumpkin Spice Latte, I had that many! One of the best things was pumpkin pie, I got a takeaway slice at a restaurant the night before Thanksgiving. I ate it for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning.

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On that trip, I was also fortunate enough to visit New York City. Strolling through Central Park on a crisp day is something I will never forget. One of the photos that I took there is still my personal Facebook cover photo.

As the weather gets cooler, different clothes come out of hiding. I start wearing socks to bed and sleep under an extra blanket. We often start using the heater in the house again. I also use heat packs or hot water bottles to warm up my toes if they need it. Autumn also means my scarves come out from their hiding place. My favourite scarf is a large grey pashmina, grey goes with absolutely everything.

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The mornings are foggy and sometimes the day remains misty. The dew that gathers on the plants amazes me, sometimes it hangs suspended in time. I’ve also recently enjoyed planting winter crops in my garden. I had tremendous success with peas last year, so I have planted them again this year. There is something about the shape of the leaves and flowers of the peas that I love.

What are your autumn favourites?

The Year of Change

The last twelve months have been the year of change. Twelve months is a long time, but then again it isn’t. I know my life has changed dramatically in that time. I quit my job after 9 years. My experience with postnatal depression is now behind me. Our little family went on an interstate holiday for the first time since 2010. And I shouldn’t forget that I turned 30, gracefully.

The Year of Change

I quit my job

About halfway through my pregnancy, I decided that I wanted to quit my job. I loved the work, I had variety every day with what I did and who I worked with. But I just wasn’t satisfied. I wanted more. I wanted more responsibility, more recognition for my achievements, and of course more money for said achievements.

Postnatal Depression

I had my daughter almost 18 months ago but started experiencing something in the first few weeks. I feel everything got a lot better around the time of her first birthday. While still being breastfed, she was much less reliant on me, which meant I had a bit more time to myself.

Interstate holiday

Over the new year, we drove 803km from our home on the peninsula to Adelaide. We spent a week exploring. We visited Harndorf to sample pastries, chocolates, and fudge. A spot of shopping in Rundall Mall. Lunch at Carl’s Jnr, twice because we liked it so much. A day at Middleton beach via the very busy Port Elliot bakery. Then we rung in the new year watching the fireworks at Glenelg pier.

I turned 30

I’m not one to a make a fuss over birthdays kind of person. But I got precisely what I wanted for my birthday. My husband made me breakfast, we went out for lunch, then my husband made silverside for dinner. My present wasn’t that flashy either, but it was exactly what I asked for. For my 30th birthday, I got a 2000L water tank.

 

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The more things change, the more they stay the same - Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
The French version of the above quote was written in one of my school diaries. I loved the way it sounded: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

Happy in Love


Happy in Love

Happy in love, after all this time? Always

Where it all began

My husband and I met through a mutual friend while I was in my last year of high school. It was really fun at the start before either of us had a license, we had to rely on other people so we could see each other. He actually asked me out over MSN Messenger.

We are coming up to 13 years together this year. It feels like a lifetime and it won’t be long before we have known each other for more than half of our lives.

The Proposal

I really did think I was getting ring at the airport when I came back from 6 solo weeks in Europe. But it arrived in a very unexpected way, about 5 months later. We were “gifted” a helicopter joy flight and I publicly thanked those involved on Facebook. A photographer was joining us on our flight. I thought nothing of it, I knew that it would make more sense to fill as many seats as possible. Helicopter flights weren’t exactly cheap.

Before I left for Europe we had purchased a block of land in a developing estate to build our dream home on. We were both eager to see the progress of the estate from the air. To my surprise there was something written on our block of land.

Unique Wedding Proposal

Wedding

My husband comes from a large family & we knew that we didn’t want a big wedding. So we opted for a destination wedding. We invited the people that were most important to us & ended up with 8 wedding guests. We got married on Waimanalo Beach in Hawaii. For the reception we went to dinner at a restaurant & paid for our guests’ meals and drinks. A friend, my husband and I walked the entire way back to our hotel along the beach in the dark.

Thinking back now that when I was a kid I said that I wanted to get married on a beach in a mini skirt. While the miniskirt didn’t happen, I did get married on a beach.

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Family

We started trying for our first child a few months before we got married. A year passed and nothing. I went to my doctor and we tried a few things. Another year passed, so we started IVF. Another year passed and our little girl arrived on our third wedding anniversary.

Funny Story: I though I might be pregnant after throwing up on the Ferris Wheel at Disney California Adventure.

Date Night

We regularly sit down to dinner at the table as a family. We also try to watch something together about once a week. Usually, it’s Grand Designs Australia or a slew of funny videos on YouTube.

My idea of a perfect date night is a home cooked meal with a homemade dessert followed by a movie on the couch or in bed with a bag of popcorn.

The Future

I’m not sure what the future holds for us but I know we are working towards making it incredible. Afterall, in my wedding vows, I promised to work hard to make our life as amazing as possible.

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2018 Goals

2018 Goals

Here’s to the new year!

This year I have decided not to set any goals or resolutions, but pick a word, theme or phrase for the year.

I wish that I could claim this idea as my own. I first heard about it while listening to Happier with Gretchen Rubin, my favourite podcast.

The idea is you pick a word, theme or phrase to focus on for the year.

I have cheated, choosing 2 themes to focus on.

Relationships

This theme is directed more towards friendships, but I also want to build stronger relationships with my family & colleagues.

I have a major idea in mind to help me tackle this.

In the last two years, most of my friends have had children. None of us have had much time for ourselves let alone time to catch up or a night off. So I plan to host a mum’s night off once a month for us all. The first one will be held at my house. Going to a restaurant is another idea too. I’ve also suggested to my husband that he also do something similar with the other husbands on another night.

I think the relationship I have with my immediate family is so strong at the moment but I want to extend that to the rest of my family. I’d like to visit my nan a bit more regularly. I’d like a regular catch up with my in-laws.

Mise en Place

Mine en place is the French phrase meaning the preparation of dishes & ingredients before the beginning of service in a professional kitchen.

But I’m going to use it a bit differently. I am taking it to mean everything in its place. So that means at the end of the night putting things away, organising areas of the house & decluttering.

I also want to take the time to put things in their proper place for each room in the house, & make better use of the space. Trying to be smart, I think I can tackle one of these areas per month:

  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Bathroom
  • Garage
  • Ensuite
  • Linen cupboard
  • wardrobe
  • Elise’s room
  • Digital (phone, computer & email)

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