June 23, 2015

Serious interior Envy!

We are building a house.
Yay!! It's finally happening.
After so many trips to display home estates, pouring over home plans and home websites we have signed off and its really going to happen!
There are a few new homes been built in our neighborhood so I’ve been eyeing in, observing the different stages and whilst I’m super excited for our turn soon,  I’m also super nervous.
This is a new experience for us and I’m trying really hard to focus on the end result so I don’t freak right out!
I think all these feelings are very normal and I need to take it all in and enjoy the process as it unfolds - hard for an impatient girl.
So as you know I’ve been collating images both on Pinterest (hello! Future Home) and also in a magazine clippings folder (old school Pinterest).


The dream home I have in my head and also what I’m visualising from interior decorated images (picture perfect) is a little silly - serious interior envy!
We don’t have an endless budget and we all know homes should be lived in and not a show home.

Creating a home that is comfortable and practical, warm and inviting is my focus.
Wish me luck!

*images via Pinterset
top -  Emily Henderson
Middle - Decor Pad/Domaine
Home
Bottom - Style at Home


June 22, 2015

Reflect






It's Monday! 
don't forget to be 
awesome.

(a little boost if the coffee isn't helping....)


June 12, 2015

Pinspire for colour

I'm getting a little colour inspiration tonight.
Its one of those quiet nights at home (not complaining at all...).  The TV is on but nothing to watch, hubby is reading...the boys are now asleep.
...I've jumped onto Pinterest to see what is inspiring people, what people are pinning and what is standing out for me!

Colour creates a mood within us - we shouldn't neglect the power of colour and what it can do!
here are some of my pins teamed up to create lovely feelings
Top: soft, cozy, quiet, minimal ...gentle  * Middle: bold, punchy, zesty, crisp...fresh
Bottom: unwind, boho, independant...free
* all images via my pinterest


June 2, 2015

*no bake* Power balls

I've made these delicious Power balls a few times, they were handy during the 'low sugar' wellness program and you will always find them in my fridge now for those 'craving something sweet'
moments (hello afternoon!)
....there is no refined sugar or flour in the ingredients so wont upset my tummy, actually there is
no baking required! Too easy.
They are dense and full of goodness - a satisfying little snack and moorish in taste!
yum!

Ingredients
3 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup flax seeds (or almond meal)
2 Tablespoons cocoa (or cacao) powder
1/2 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup peanut or almond butter
1/2 cup raw honey or rice malt syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted.

Mix all ingredients until combined.
(if it feels sticky add some more dry ingredients - if it feels a little dry add a little more melted coconut oil.)
Roll into balls and roll coat the balls in some shredded coconut - store in the fridge and have one or two a day!


May 29, 2015

Girl on Go...

Not too long ago you would always find me in heels.  As I get older I cant seem to handle the wobbly, pointy heels of my youth but I always felt I needed some height to feel polished off.
I love a high wedge or stack heel…I just love heels!
Lately though, I've been wearing flats and I find any excuse to wear my sneakers!
Comfort first please!

Incorporating sneakers into your everyday wardrobe, especially a work wardrobe
does need some thought otherwise it could go sloppy real fast...I love all these looks here for their simplicity and ease.

*I think if you stick to clothing thats timeless and classic - teamed with sneakers, it just feels right.

*Here's a tricky one - try to keep yours sneakers clean, that's hard...but if you want to look on point....

*Go for a streamlined sneaker or sport shoe.  If its too bulky, too bright (hello fluro!) keep it for your gym workout.

*Go for solid colours over print & pattern and lastly
Invisible socks - no pop sock/cheerleader look please!
Give it a go! I know I will...
Images
1/2/3/4/5/6/7

May 25, 2015

Life Lately + Happy Mail!

Oh hello blog! Its been a while.
Here I am...back from a little blogging break where I've been trying to catch up with life.
Sadly, I haven’t had much time for blogging.
The past month at work has been quite hectic and it doesn't look to ease up with year end Financials coming up...the long commute everyday doesn't help this tired mumma!

I was pleasantly surprised on Friday when I received a gorgeous parcel from Kylie at Pink Paddock Store
What gorgeous paper goodies!
I love happy mail.
Thanks so much Kylie, it sure made my day.

So...what else has been happening?
I completed the ‘28 day Low Sugar Lifestyle program’ and feel really good about it!
I hope to continue on this good food journey and I must admit I have loads more energy by eating well and consistently (coffee is not food)
I don't think I would have made it through the past month if I wasn't eating right!
I have a ton of recipes from the program and Pinterest is also my go-to for healthy recipes so there is no excuse to not keep going.   Eating well takes time and planning, its the only way!

I’m currently reading ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’…says it all about my life right now.  Slow down…simplify. I enjoyed this post by Pip 'Why slowing down is the new speeding up'  
Why is life so hectic??
I’m also in the mood for a good (Winter) clean-out and decluttering session at home too…

I saw ‘Spandau Ballet’ in concert last Friday night – it almost didn’t happen because silly me had the 19th May diarised as the concert date and not the 15th!!!
Lucky for me I checked my tickets Friday morning!
The concert was brilliant!  I’m a huge fan.

I’m eyeing this online course.   Holly’s e-courses are always inspiring with loads of great tips and information but the fact that Leslie Shewring is also teaching definitely has my interest!
  
I’m planning a blog redesign! … after so many years I’ve decided to move from blogger to Wordpress.
I’ll be getting some design help from Amanda whose work and creativity I love – I’m excited!
So whats been happening in your world, do share!!

* beautiful paper goods from Pink Paddock Store


May 8, 2015

Happy Mothers Day weekend

  There is no perfect way to be a Mother but a million ways to be a great one.

Being a Mother is not what you gave up to have a child, but what you gained from having one.

Motherhood has the greatest potential influence in human life.
(no pressure...ha-ha)

Mothers! even when they are wrong they are right...

A Mother always thinks twice, once for herself and once for her child.
Happy Mothers Day!

images: Sophia Loren and her Mother, Romilda / Elizabeth Taylor and son Christian, Jackie Kennedy and son John Jr/ Catherine Deneuve and son Christian/ Grace Kelly and son Albert

Etsy at home

Recently interior decorator Emily Henderson (love her!) was featured on the Etsy blog giving her Expert Guide to buying art on Etsy, you can see it here  - lots of great tips and cool art too.  Emily also posted on her own blog about quick
how-to on quick spring Vignettes and used a fabulous cactus print by artandpeople .   This wonderful print has been in my Etsy favs for a while now...it looks fantastic on her wall, dont you think?!  I do love Emily's interior style!



Way too much awesome-ness over at Etsy.
I can only look at the moment because since we are planning a new build (yes! it will happen) I can only plan right now so no 'home' purchases for me for a while!

Hope you enjoy my Etsy at Home picks!
Happy Friday!

Top image via Emily Henderson 
Etsy items  1 / 2/ 3/ 4/ 5
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