Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Moving – freer and lighter

For those of you that don’t know, my husband and I have just recently purchased our very first home – cue the confetti and balloons! No more renting for us, now we have a very own place where we call the shots. We are now in the process of sorting, packing and moving. It’s amazing what you can accumulate in a lifetime and in 6 years of marriage.

I'm talking 4 couches, spare dining room tables, cupboards, rugs, oh my gosh the amount of magazines, books, dvds, cds – so much stuff. I've given my craft supplies/books a massive overhaul. Donated so many books and sorted out what I do and don’t want. I'm yet to sort out my clothes, maybe a job for this weekend (that’s going to be a big job).

We've had to have a council clean up, overfilled recycled and rubbish bins each week plus parents helping out with the overflow in their bins. It’s been a big job but oh my it’s freeing.

We feel lighter, freer, not weighted down but our possessions. I never thought of us a materialistic in anyway but by freeing ourselves of the things that were not serving us there has been a sort of change, a shift if you will in our house, in our relationship actually – not just with each other but also within ourselves. We feel happier and more content with what we do have, yes there are things I’d like but I don’t really want them as much any more.

The moving process will be a lot smoother this time round, as we now have less stuff to pack and we are armed with way more boxes then last time. It’s tiring moving every 18 months, I'm so looking forward to stopping and settling for a little bit but I will have to admit it’s always an adventure.

The countdown is on – only 2 weeks till settlement left.

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Easter Show

I have an Easter tradition - it's called the Easter Show

I love the Easter Show- not sure why but I just do. I love seeing all the animals, the free samples in the Woolworths Food dome, the arts and crafts, the wood-chopping (the best) and so much more. 

I went with my dad this year while my husband played in his local soccer team. It was lovely having a nice dad and daughter day out. Dad started taking me to the Easter Show when I was 13 and would take me every year, it was so nice to have memory with him. 

I didn't buy a showbag this year, as there wasn't really any ones I liked but I did buy rocky road and caramel coated nuts, but I do know that I have gotten old when I got all excited about buying a quilt cover set and sheet set for only $50 - ha ha. 

If you get time this school holidays and you are in or heading to Sydney, check out the show, it's so much fun. 

Now just have to wait for next Easter to roll round to do it all again. 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Japanese Prawns

Last week I tried a new Nigella Lawson recipe called Japanese Prawns (now up to 13 out of 150 recipes - see here for more details).

I don't always remember to have a proper lunch when I'm working from home on Thursday/Fridays so I forced myself by trying a new recipe.

I was really looking forward to it, there was wasabi paste, cooking wine, garlic and lime juice - flavours that should pack a punch. I decided to serve the prawns with rice noodles, not only cause they're wheat-free but they only take 2 mins in boiling water to be ready (me so lazy)

I will have to say I was terrible disappointed with the result. There was no flavour and it tasted very bland. Maybe I need to put more wasbi paste in, or find other flavour to add. Not sure if I will try it again, maybe.

My review:

Title: Japanese Prawns
Book/Page: Nigella Kitchen #190
Date Cooked: 3/04/14
Review out of 5: 2
Eat again: No
Notes: No flavour - very bland.

This would be the first Nigella recipe I've tried that I didn't like, oh well plenty more to try and taste.

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Book Review – The Happiness Project

“The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin

I bought this book just before Christmas last year and didn't pick it up to read until February – it was 2 days before my operation and I wasn't in a very happy place. I saw The Happiness Project sitting on my bookshelf and it just felt right to start reading.

The Happiness Project is a memoir by Gretchen Rubin who one day while heading home on a rainy afternoon asked herself what she wanted from life and her answer “Well… I want to be happy”. So she spent a full year on strategies, theories and research of happiness and her findings were amazing.

How to change your life without changing your life.

Doing small changes that can make a big difference.

I found this book enthralling, I really felt like I was reading about a kindred spirit. Gretchen isn’t trying to say you have to travel overseas, give up your job (unless you want to) or earn lots of money to be happy – she uses what you already have and shows you ways to be happy and start from where you are in life.

Gretchen also debunks the theory that happiness is selfish – her words: “One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; one of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.”

Gretchen also acknowledges yes it’s hard to be happy it takes work and effort and sometimes you don’t feel like being happy – “It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light.”

I would really recommend The Happiness Project for anyone to read. It’s broken down into 12 chapters for each month of the year and it’s such an easy read. I was reading it at work in-between doing my data-entry (shhh don’t tell my boss).

I have found there are some changes in my life already and I'm looking forward to reading her new book which I ordered and arrived last week called “Happier At Home”.

For more information on Gretchen and her books check out her blog www.happiness-project.com

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5.

This is not a sponsored review I just really liked the book and wanted to share my thoughts with you. 
Look out for future book reviews.

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Simple and Easy Easter DIY

Easter is coming up really soon and I wanted to make a cute little Easter gift for a friend of mine. 
I looked to Pinterest for some inspiration and this is my version of what I found. 
You'll need:
  • Spray paint (in your colour of choice)
  • Figurine to glue onto of lip (something small and not too big - I used a wombat) 
  • Empty clean jar
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Easter eggs to fill

Hot glue your little guy on top of the jar lid and allow to dry.

Next spray paint him in your choice of colour. He'll need a few coats for even coverage. Allow to dry.

Once dry make sure the lid still comes on and off the jar without sticking.

Fill jar with mini Easter eggs - I also put in some torn up tissue paper to give it another effect. All done.

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