Backyard Paving Inspiration

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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We took up a number of large paving slabs to put in our new outdoor 'deck'. They are sitting in two piles now, which are both pretty much overgrown with weeds, however we would like to re-use them at some point.

The current walk to our pool is across a dirt patch and I think the gravel/grass/pavers combinations in these photos would be about perfect. Low water and low maintenance, curtesy of some weed matting of course. Now all we need is a free weekend to do the work!

Photo sources and more inspiration here

4 Steps for Wardrobe Organisation

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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For the past few months I have been scouring the web for inspiration for our new wardrobe and I have to say, it isn't a popular web topic. Nor do many of the photos I did find actually inspire me toward anything. I think wardrobes are one of those things where you know what you don't want, but find it hard to express what you DO want. Many posts respond to individual problems rather than general issues, so it's hard to translate the tips. Design Love Fest recently had a post on a Closet Makeover and the post was extremely helpful but again, many specific closet solutions rather than general.

Here are a few general tips I have picked up for wardrobe organisation:

1. Empty out your wardrobe
This insures that you are only putting back exactly what you actually wear and/or love. I have a few things that I love, but pretty much never wear and I have to admit they have made their way back into the wardrobe.

2. Have two garbage bags handy
Inside one goes things that are clean that someone would wear again - things for the op shop
Inside the other goes things that no-one would ever wear again - underwear you're chucking, that t-shirt that the smell won't get out of - things for the bin.

3. Draws 
Draws are so handy for hiding stuff. If your cupboard doesn't have draws, measure your space & then buy a cheap set to insert in there.

4. Shoe Storage
Getting shoe storage right can be so tricky. It really is the key that holds everything together. While I would love to say that mine look like the photo above, they really don't. I'm thinking a box for out-of season shoes and then the shoes I wear every day on a shelf like the ones above.

Here's to good wardrobe organisation!

The Nappy Collective Alice Springs

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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The Nappy Collective is collecting again this coming May in Alice Springs. Have a stash of outgrown nappies that your kid has grown out of? Well, donate them to the Nappy Collective who pass them onto mother's in need at the Alice Springs Women's Shelter. 

The incidences of domestic violence in the Northern Territory are high, with over 60% of assault offences being domestic violence related. Mothers fleeing family violence often struggle to provide for their young children, changing their babies less frequently or forgoing other basic essentials to afford nappies. By donating leftover nappies Alice Springs parents can do a small part in easing the burden for families affected.

The Nappy Collective will run from May 1-15. Nappies can be donated to the Collective at Exotiq Homewares and Juju Beane. The Nappy Collective will also run in various cities around Australia during the same period. For more information www.thenappycollective.com 

Pink

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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Pink
Some days you just want to look at pretty pink things

Easter Weekend

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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A few photos from our easter weekend. Eggs from mum, a shot of the regatta that was in West Lakes during my whirlwind trip to Adelaide for a friends wedding, me dressed up for said wedding, easter Sunday pork roast cooked by my mother-in-law & the bunnies and bilbies fundraiser for ALEC. Hope you had a wonderful weekend x

Link Love - Easter Weekend

Friday, April 3, 2015

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Have you got plans for Easter? Camping, catching friends, are you at BluesFest? Mega jealous if you are. The last few weeks have been so busy and I know, everyone complains that they are busy, but seriously I've hardly had time to grab lunch these last few weeks. I am so glad that I've been able to make it to the gym or running at least 4 times a week, giving me a little me time that my lunch break used to offer. I am so looking forward to this break, as things are going to be just as busy after the break.

My lovely boss gave me an early mark this afternoon and I attended Lulu's Easter Hat Parade at her Daycare. The kids were so cute! Check out my instagram for a pic of Lulu. As for our Easter? We've planned a few catch ups with friends, a few family dinners and some time to relax. Oh and Nick's doing the 90km enduro race. Happy Easter!

This week's link love is gigantic to match the long, long weekend we all have:

The third piece rule - a little hard to enact in a hot Alice Springs summer - on Who What Wear

How do you sign your emails? When at Treasury Sheryl Sandberg signed hers 'Smiles, Sheryl' - I love this - More on The Hill

This study found that working mothers today spend almost double the time with their kids than mothers did in 1975! Let's stop the guilt, pat ourselves on the back and pour ourselves a gin & tonic. We're all doing ok.

Easter in the Alice Mountain Bike Competition is on this weekend - many opportunities to watch if your fitness is quite up to long distance mountain biking. Check out all the events here.

Adorable Easter Egg place cards over on Lark & Linen.

Yummy Easter recipes over on HomeLife.

While the writing hasn't started yet, the new season of Sherlock is shaping up to be quite interesting...

Flares are everywhere! Here, Here & Here.

Easter 2014

Happy Easter!!

ALEC Bilbies and Bunnies Soiree

Monday, March 30, 2015

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The Arid Lands Environment Centre lost all of it's operational funding this year and is now fully reliant upon community support. ALEC has been part of Alice Springs for 35 years, one of the only independent environmental protection bodies in the NT. ALEC monitors proposals, government policy and inappropriate development applications as well as running a range of community programs such as the community garden and the anti-fracking campaign. It is so important that this independent voice continues to be heard.

What can you do to help?
Become a Desert Defender & contribute on a weekly or monthly basis.
Come along to the Bilbies and Bunnies Soiree fundraiser this Thursday night at Epilogue. This is a family friendly event, so bring your kids, get dressed up and start the Easter weekend in style!

Your support does make a difference. See you there x

Link Love

Friday, March 27, 2015

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On the mantle
Wow, what a week! Work has been extra busy this week. You know that kind of week where you bound from one thing to the other & should have already finished the next thing? Well that was this week.

Onto the weekend. A quiet night in with a giggling toddler tonight, followed by gym tomorrow morning, catch ups with friends, a baby shower, more work on the house and before you know it it will be Monday!

Catching my eye on the interwebs this week:

Kip & Co have released their winter 2015 collection & it includes pjs for kids and adults - I can totally see me & Lulu in a matching pair!

I'm profiled on Working Mums Collective this week! Thanks Sarah

We haven't had to deal with nits just yet but when the time come I am using this little trick of Jayde's from Little Beauty Lane

Drooling over this coconut cake on CrumbBums

Hope you have a relaxing weekend xx

Painted Easter Eggs

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Ok so if you were thinking that this is a DIY you are sadly mistaken. Just a beautiful bunch of painted eggs that I have collected from various sources. I know where my skill set lies & looking at photos on the internet is exactly where it is! More here.

Source Miss Renaissance, Shop Walk In Love, My Poppet, Pencil Shavings

Renovation Update

Monday, March 23, 2015

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Early morning light over the weeds and rubble. 
Have you renovated? Was there a sudden burt of activity that slowly petered off? It was all go for those first few months there and now not much at all.

I am itching to show a few photos of our renovation but like all renovations, things have stalled a little since we moved in. Christmas hit, then January, then February holidays and now we are closing in on the end of March. There isn't one complete room that is 'finished' that we can photograph to show you.

While the kitchen is in, new flooring is in, the bathroom is useable, the inside is painted, we are still waiting on bench tops, kitchen splash back, towel racks, a bench top outside and painting the outside of the house. Plus furniture updates for our room, hanging artwork and landscaping outside. Of course consolidation of money is always a factor. We'll get there, slowly! I'd love to hear about your renovation timelines, please leave a comment below. 
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