flower garden party themed birthday decorations

Emma’s Flower Garden Birthday Party

Emma’s birthday always sneaks up on me. It’s usually around the same time as Easter so all the chocolate bunny hoopla tends to be quite a distraction. I always have the best intentions for organizing a proper party and actually inviting her little friends, but alas, between school holidays and the Easter break, it never happened. Luckily for Emma, her…

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Fire Ready Challenge

Fire Ready Challenge: How to make fire preparedness a family affair

I live in Victoria, it’s one of the most fire-prone areas in the world, so the harsh reality is my family or people I know may be affected by the impacts of bush fires. It’s not something I’ve paid much attention to though till now, because I’ve always lived in an urban environment and thought we were ‘safe’. But the…

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2 min chocolate brownie in a mug

Easy Recipe: Two Minute Chocolate Brownie in a Mug

Craving a little chocolate fix? Well if you have a few minutes and a microwave, you can make this Easy Chocolate Brownie in a Mug Recipe I discovered this recipe on one of those unsourced Pinterest internet hint meme things. It’s super easy and just the thing to satisfy a Chocolate craving without baking a whole cake. I shared the…

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Metting Mickey Mouse

Hey Mickey!

Being a blogger is the best job I’ve ever had, sure it doesn’t pay that well but sometimes you get a chance to do something pretty fun. I was offered a family pass to see Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show, and the opportunity to meet the most famous mouse in the world. I’m not normally star struck by…

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Road trip regional victoria

My Brilliant Road Trip Escape…

Wow, it’s amazing how one brilliant weekend can re-light a spark that was almost forgotten. The tedium of my normal routine was making me a little glum, Emma is going through a challenging age, so you can’t blame a girl for wanting to escape for a few days. Thanks to Hyundai’s #BrilliantRoadTrip, my sister and I threw caution to the…

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Freedom City outdoor setting

My Mexican Fiesta Christmas

You’ve probably noticed that Christmas is just around the corner, it has snuck up again on me this year. It’s my birthday month so I don’t really get into the Christmas spirit until I blow out the candles on my birthday cake.  We’ve been desperately in need of an outdoor setting to help extend our entertaining space, so it was…

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Meiko, Kyoto Japan

Postcards from Japan

You may not have noticed unless you follow me on Instagram, but I was in Japan last week for a short and amazing break. Here are some of the colourful highlights. Osaka Kyoto Nara All these photos were taken with my new fave camera Fujifilm Finepix X100. Most were taken on one of the various auto functions and have only…

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polka dot nails

Nice Nails! Why a Manicure is worth the Investment

I get a lot of comments on my nails, probably because they are always colourful and look reasonably well kept. Turns out, it’s my ‘thing’. For some it may be all about their hair or lippy, I like to have nice nails. It was never started as a conscious thing, I blame my sister for starting me on the nail…

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Japanese pin cushions

Toji Temple Flea Market, Kyoto Japan

We were lucky that our stay in Kyoto coincided with the flea market that is held at the Toji Temple on the 21st of each month. It had it all, antiques, food, craft, clothing, new things and old, everything was so pretty and very reasonably priced. It was large and super busy so we only covered about half of it….

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EN tea ceremony classes Kyoto Japan

Experiencing Japanese Traditions in Kyoto

After all the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, I was excited to experience a little bit of the traditional side of Japan in Kyoto. I had booked a Ryokan, which is a traditional style inn, for our stay. It was quite the experience, and just what we needed to help us relax on out holiday. The Ryokan was called TOWA,…

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