Friday, 27 March 2015

101 things in 1001 days update


Well my 101 things in 1001 days has come to an end. The 26th of March has arrived and now past, so I thought I would bring you up-to-date with how I went with the list.

I certainly didn't complete all 101 items but I did complete 45 of them and 1/2 completed 3 of them.

Yes I know that's not even half of the list but you know what I'm not fussed.

This list has really shown me how much I've changed over the last 2.5 years since I first wrote this list. It's shown me how my priorities have changed and even my personality has altered a little. I've really started to discover who I am in the last 2.5 years and I'm loving it.

So I am proud of the items I have ticked off my list and I'm happy to let go of the others.

I will be starting a new list again soon, once it's completed and written up I'll share it all with you.

Thanks for following along.

Here's how I went:

1. Purchase a new DSLR Camera - completed I got this for my 30th birthday from my wonderful family.

2. Purchase a Macro Lens - cannot afford

3. Purchase a Fish Eye Lens - cannot afford

4. Learn to Crochet - Completed , I still need to keep practising though.

5. Start/Finish throw from Crochet magazine - I've started this one but I haven't finished it.

6. Crochet a baby rug - couldn't do it

7. Crochet baby booties - couldn't do it

8. Finish dolphin cross stitch - Still working on this one

9. Have a baby

10. Study Aromatherapy

11. Climb the Harbour Bridge  - cannot afford

12. Try a pottery class - completed 2013 at a community college

13. Cook a 3 course dinner for both sets of parents - completed July 2014

14. Make a kimono - not interested in at the moment

15. Read through the whole of The Old Testament - Sadly didn't finish this one but I'll be adding it to my next list

16. Collect at least 20 Kimmidolls - lost interest in them

17. Have a baby shower

18. Start a vege garden - Started one 2013 but sadly it was all damaged in the move

19. Own my own sea monkeys - not interested

20. Buy or make a purple coat - not interested

21. Take my nephew to the aquarium - completed see post here

22. Eat at Platform One - completed see post here

23. Take a drawing class - maybe another time

24. Read the Anne of Green Gables Series - adding to next list

25. Do the Minnamurra Rainforest bushwalk - completed see post here

26. Take mum to Nutcote - completed see post here

27. Make a skirt out of Australian tartan - not interested anymore

28. Make my Suzie Snowflake muff (I had one of these for a ballet dance I did when I was 7 and I've always wanted it again) - not interested anymore

29. Walk in the Mother's Day Breast Cancer Walk  - Was unable to do

30. Do a photoshoot of my mum - she didn't want it

31. Photo a day of my tummy when pregnant

32. Do a cupcake decorating course - completed did 2 classes actually - lots of fun

33. Try cooking macarons - completed see how I went here

34. Make a macaron tower - adding to next list

35. Help mum make a red coat - She bought one

36. Have a go at tempering chocolate - didn't try but I do still want to

37. Cook all 50 curries in my 50 curries book - I only cooked 5 of them as I started getting sick from some of them

38. Visit Cockatoo Island -  completed see post here

39. Try making cake pops - completed have a look here

40. Cook a souffle I've cooked both sweet and savoury - completed

41. Start learning German again - completed

42. Make a quilt with mum - started March 2015

43. Build a mosaic jigsaw puzzle - started March 2015

44. Do a Sydney Skyline crosstich for my husband - didn't do

45. Learn to paint designs on my nails  - completed many times over love it

46. Host Christmas at our place - completed enjoy post here

47. Attend an Anzac Dawn Service - completed see post here

48. Buy a lucky bamboo plant - completed July 2012 and again Feb 2015 as my first one died

49. Collect all of Nigella Lawson's cookbooks - completed see here

50. Bush-walk in the Blue Mountains - completed see post here

51. Go camping  - didn't get a chance

52. Once a month cook a meal from a different country or culture - completed

53. Have a sleepover with a friend  - no one was interested

54. Make a new dress for my childhood rag doll

55. Buy Stephanie Alexander's cookbook - Do not want it anymore

56. Write/Illustrate a children's storybook

57. Scrap my husband's baby photos

58. Make a pair of jeans - not interested anymore

59. Make a yum cha lunch - not interested anymore

60. Buy a Barbie Jumper  - not interested anymore

61. Buy a Barbie T-shirt - not interested anymore

62. Throw a themed party - completed dad's 70th party was an Aussie As theme

63. Sleepover with my nephew - completed was so much fun

64. Buy a really good mix-master - completed 08/01/2013 - see here

65. Enter a crosstitch in the Easter Show - didn't finish it in time

66. Host a World Cup Soccer Party (Rio 2014) - completed see post here

67. Cook a Thanksgiving Dinner - completed 2014

68. Cook a Traditional Christmas in July meal - completed see post here

69. Get a hot stone massage - adding to next list

70. Have a milk and rose petal bath - completed

71. Buy a puppy - maybe one day

72. Complete more photo challenges - completed

73. Buy a full set of derwent pencils - completed my good friend gave me a set of my birthday in 2012

74. Cook at least 150 different Nigella recipes  - I made 20 all up, not even close to 150

75. Sew a Christmas dress

76. Run/Walk in the City to Surf  - unable to do

77. Design/Create a set of fairy wings - not interested

78. Try acupuncture - completed

79. Buy a good set of saucepans - completed see post here

80. Read the Blossum Street book series  - not interested in book series now

81. Try jam making - completed see post here

82. Learn about weather patterns

83. Cook a rainbow layer cake  - completed see post here

84. Buy a good pair of ugg boots - completed

85. Collect all Gilmore Girls DVDs - not interested any more

86. Watch every eposide of Gilmore Girls - not interested any more

87. Do a First Aid course

88. Create a fairy garden

89. Have a home spa treatment weekend - not interested in anymore

90. Get my nails professionally done - completed Jan 2015

91. Learn to handstand - adding to next list

92. Buy my husband Lego Millennium Falcon - completed and he loved it

93. Throw dad a 70th birthday party - completed 15/2/14

94. Throw my husband and I a combined 30th birthday party - completed see here

95. Swim with dolphins for my 30th - completed see here

96. Buy a bike - adding to next list

97. Visit the snow - unable to afford

98. Sleep under the stars 

99. Buy an eternity ring

100. Go horseback riding - completed March 2015

101. Blog about my 101 list - completed 

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Pinterest Friday with an Easter twist

Easter is almost here - 2 weeks today, so I thought I would share with you some amazing Easter pins that I've found recently.

Enjoy! Remember you can find many more awesome pins over here.

DIY Pom Pom Bunny

Original post here

Egg fortune cookie

Original post here

quite possibly the easiest Easter cake ever | DIY Chocolate Easter Bunny Cake | by Carrie Sellman for The Cake Blog

Original post here

LAST MINUTE IDEAS FOR EASTER ~ Easter Bunny Coconut Cake, Easy Easter Centerpiece...Step by step instructions ~ so cute!

Original post here

Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial | Easter Crafts Add a piece of chocolate to inside of balloon for a cute treat!

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stenciled Easter eggs using plants and natural dyes made from cabbage, beets, onion skins, ground coffee and turmeric.

Original post here

Homemade Easter Egg Bath Bombs - Easy DIY Beauty craft

Original post here

DIY Tutorial - Vintage Inspired Crepe Paper Easter Baskets. smilemercantile.com

Original post here



Here is my post from Easter last year for a Simple & Easy Easter DIY - read more here

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

I have a dream….


I have a dream that today you’ll wake up and know that you are loved.

I have a dream that today you’ll wake up and know you are amazing, you are outstanding, that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

I have a dream that today you’ll take a good look at yourself in the mirror and see that you are beautiful, handsome, and truly remarkable.

I have a dream that today you’ll stop judging your body, your image, your life off what the world thinks you should be and you’ll start to see who you are and you my dear are wonderful.

I have a dream that today you’ll see you're imperfectly perfect, you are one of a kind, you are unique.

I have a dream that today you’ll see the power you have inside you, power that can do things beyond your imagination, power to do amazing good, power to change the world for the better.

I have a dream that today you’ll realise that you’ve got this, you can do it, you can succeed, you can make a difference, that life is worth it, this won’t last forever, you do have a choice.

I have a dream that today you’ll believe in my dream and make it a reality.

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Photo taken by myself

Friday, 13 March 2015

Meat Free Week is on again

Meat Free Week is on again - 23rd to 29th March 2015 - a week where I will be eating no meat!!!


Once again I will be participating to help raise money for Bowel Cancer Australia. Bowel cancer is 2nd larger cancer killer in Australia. I want to help raise awareness that too much meat in our diets is leading to a rise in bowel cancer (it's not the only thing that causes bowel cancer but it's one of the major contributing factors) as we are not meant consume the amounts of meat that we are currently consuming. The world average of meat consumed is 41.9kg - here in Australia we consume 111.5kg per person per year - that's a heck of cows!!!!


I'm not saying don't eat meat - I eat meat but through doing Meat Free Week I've learnt just reducing the amount of meat we eat helps our health and the health of the environment.


I would love your support this year doing Meat Free Week and you can help by heading over to my donation page here - http://my.meatfreeweek-fundraising.org/30daysofsmiles and make a small donation.

I will be sharing my experience here on the blog and if you follow along with me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter you can see my daily experience and food choices for the week.

Please join me and together we can make a difference for those suffering with bowel cancer.

Pictures from Meat Free Week website. 

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Just listen


My beautiful friend is having troubles in life at the moment and she’s turned to me for support. Straight away I went into rescue mode – How can I fix this for her? How can I take the pain away? What can I say to make her feel better?

My ever wise husband said to me: “What help would you want if you were her?”

I replied: “Someone to listen to me”

Listening is such an easy thing to do, yet all of us are guilty of not listening enough. We want to help, fix, take away, we don’t allow for time, feelings, process because we want to have a solution now and move on, we don’t want to wait.

Last year when I went through my own troubles all I wanted was someone to just listen to me, sit with me while I grieved, hold my hand, I didn’t want words, I wanted to be heard, without judgement, without solution.

We need to be careful when we speak and make the right judgement because a misplaced word at the wrong time can cause only more pain, which I really learnt last year, people that meant well and loved me said what sounded like the cruellest things in those tender moments.

As the saying goes we have 2 ears and 1 mouth so listen twice as much as you speak. So next time someone comes to you with a problem – listen – you'll be surprised what you might hear.

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