Thursday, 2 October 2014

2 years of Blogging adventures + plus the lessons along the way‏


Wow - yesterday marked 2 years since I started this blog - that's insane right?????  2 years of talking and sharing with you awesome guys. 

I can't believe I've stuck with blogging for 2 years - for you see I'm a chronic dreamer, I start so many things and never finish them (I am trying to get way better though). So for me to stick with something for so long and not give it up or get sick of doing it, is amazing to say the least. I'm actually quite proud of myself really, it's proven to me that I can stick with something and get better at it. 

Over the last 2 years I've learnt so much about blogging, bloggers and myself in general. My style of writing has improved since my first few posts (see some of those old posts here, here and here). What I want to achieve through this medium has changed too, at first it was about completing my 101 list (see my first ever post here), then it was about daily challenges where I was posting pretty much everyday but I got so bored with them and realised I was only doing them for material to post and my material was quite boring (well to me anyway, if you liked it then right on!!!) Now my goal and purpose is to stop making it so much work and just have fun and make people smile. I want to make people smile, I want to make people feel better about themselves. Whether that's through Messages of Hope, Pinterest Fridays, DIYs, Recipes or my random thoughts/opinions that's what I'd love to achieve and I hope I do. 

Another good privilege of blogging is getting to read and know some other great bloggers and people out there. I've gotten to know Lynda from the gorgeous Homelea Lass (check her out she's great), April Styles through Instagram who runs a Esty shop called Madd Lola, Annette from I Give You The Verbs, Cintia from My Poppet and so many more wonderful people.  I've also got to connect with a few of them as pen-pals, which has been fantastic and so much fun, it's been awesome to go back to old-fashioned (or should we say retro) way of communicating.  

Thank you to everyone who has followed me from the beginning, middle or just joined your support is wonderful and greatly appreciated, cheers to many more years to come. Also if you have any helpful blogging tips or tricks you'd like to share please feel free plus if there is anything you'd like me blog about in future I'm always up for suggestions and ideas. 

Thanks again everyone!!!!! Much love to you all!!!! 

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Recipe - Blueberry Cinnamon Muffins

On Sunday as part of #sundaybakingsunday by I Give You the Verbs, I decided to try out a new recipe idea - blueberry and cinnamon muffins.

I adapted my favourite Strawberry muffin recipe and changed a few things around and added this and that, and I've come up with a great yummy muffin recipe.


Blueberry & Cinnamon Muffins

3 cups plain flour
1/2 cup castor sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 & 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon (or more if you like)
130g butter (melted and cooled slightly)
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 punnet of blueberries (washed)

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line your cupcake/muffin tin with paper liners.

In a large bowl sift together flour, sugars, baking powder and cinnamon.

In another bowl mix together butter, eggs and milk (I find beating each egg before adding it to the mixture helps incorporate the eggs better)

Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, folding through to just combined and then fold in the blueberries. At this point you can taste the mixture and more cinnamon if you like.

Spoon the batter in the cupcake/muffin tin (I filled them about 1/2 way) and bake for 20 mins or until golden brown and cooked through.

Eat and enjoy.

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Messages of Hope - What is Hope?


Today I want to share a poem I found at Poemhunter about Hope.

What Hope means

Hope is bright shining light which keeps darkness at the bay
Hope is gentle cold breeze on a hot summer day

Hope is to remain positive when going gets tough
Hope is seeking more when others think you had enough

What Hope means

Hope is dreaming of tommorow
Hope is simmering under sorrow

Hope is sparkles when tears in our eyes
Hope is a beautiful thing & beutiful things never dies

What Hope means

Hope is as light as a feather
Hope keeps all of us together

Hope is ubiquitous and free of cost
hope is the last thing ever lost.....

Have a good week everyone. 

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Pinterest Friday!!!!

How's your week been?

Mine's been up and down this week but today was great, I got to spend some time with the psycho twins (aka my niece (2) and nephew (5)) and play at the park and then watch movies and eat homemade pizza. I love spending time those two crazy nuts as it's get me out of my daily life and into a land of make believe.

Here are some great ideas for you to enjoy this weekend to get you out of your daily life and into a land of fun.

Enjoy - remember you can find more fun/creative things over on my Pinterest page.

Have a fun weekend.

Dream Catcher DIY

Original page here

What a great idea for a sprinkles birthday party!  Quick and easy sprinkle-edged oreos.

Not sure of original source - if anyone knows please alert me and I'll update.

String Wall Art

Original Post here

Star Wars shower

Original Post here

Pom Pom Hedgehogs - a favourite on MollyMoo since last fall | MollyMooCrafts.com

Original Post here 

Olaf for Alyssa's birthday

Original Post here

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Taking Stock - September


Sometimes in life you just need to slow down, stop and take stock of what's going on in life. 

It was a quiet day here at work today so while no one was looking I decided to reflect on my life. 
 
Making : Trying to teach myself to crochet - I'm testing my skills with a granny square
Cooking : Just basic meals (meat and steamed vegies) but this week I'm going to make a dish I haven't cooked in ages Pumpkin and Rice Macaroni casserole. 
Drinking : Good Ol H20
Reading: I'm a serial multiple book reader - "Allegiant" by Veronica Roth and "You'll get through this" by Max Lucado
Wanting: A new digital SLR camera as mine is broken (my birthday is coming up soon)
Looking: For purpose
Playing: The Simpsons Tapped Out 
Deciding: What needs to go on the weekly grocery shopping list
Wishing: MJ's studying was already over (not for another month) 
Enjoying: Planning our combined 30th party that's happening next month (yeah excited)
Waiting: For mangos to come into season
Liking: Seeing the sun more
Wondering: Who decided the order of the alphabet 
Loving: Specials on Strawberries at the shops (oh so sweet and good)
Pondering: Why do people act the way they do 
Considering: Cutting my hair to something completely different 
Watching: Reign on Fox8 
Hoping: For some beach time this summer
Marvelling: about the beautiful blue tongue in our backyard that scared me the other week 
Needing: A good nights sleep - no more nightmares please 
Smelling: Toast cooking (from the office kitchen)
Wearing: Work clothes (flower patterned pants, dusty pink top and a light white cardigan) 
Following: Inked In Colour's life project entitled "Nothing New" 
Noticing: Peoples moods changing with the weather 
Knowing: Every time I build a couch fort my husband will come and destroy it like an evil traitor 
Thinking: About all the sad and scary news that's happening at the moment 
Admiring: Emma Watson and the amazing speech she gave at the HeforShe event 
Sorting: My nutrition assignment out ready to submit 
Buying: A fun summer dress with BMO all over it (Adventure Time)
Getting: pretty overseas presents from my parents (I love my new Holland necklace) 
Bookmarking: Recipes from Raspberri Cupcakes 
Disliking: All this sad scary news
Opening: Penpal letters from the US, UK and AUS
Giggling: with my partner in crime at work pulling harmless office pranks 
Feeling: Mute - neither happy nor sad at this present moment 
Snacking: I'm loving prosciutto this week  
Coveting: I'd love to own a Macro lens but I need a new camera first 
Helping: Convincing MJ to participate in Movember to help raise money for prostate cancer
Hearing:  Mouse clicking and distance radio (work noises), I've also dragged out my Ipod for the car and listening to some good classics and one hit wonders 
 
What does your list look like? Leave me a link below if you've done this yourself. 
 
This idea is a Pip Lincolne original idea- check her out she's ace!