Aussie Curves – Favourite Piece

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I knew participating in the third year of Aussie Curves wasn't going to be easy due to my health issues but I also didn't think it was going to be this hard. My enthusiasm for the project, if I'm truly honest, has waned and I think it's down to the accompanying Facebook group. It takes up a lot of time, focus and energy despite recruiting a merry band of women to help with the work load. It's not that the passion or belief in Aussie Curves has diminished, it's just a lack of physical and mental ... [ Discover More ]

Special Reserve

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I love attending events, I'm a social butterfly at heart and I love nothing more than frocking up and mingling. When the invitation from Nespresso arrived I knew straight away that it was going to be special and I wasn't disappointed. I tend not to blog about PR events anymore and simply take on the knowledge, disperse what I've learnt when it's personally applicable and just enjoy them for what they are. This one I felt I had to share for a multitude of reasons mainly because I was made to ... [ Discover More ]

Vanilla Cupcake with Bacardi Buttercream

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I'm all about packet mixes and Betty Crocker has my heart (not to mention a designated area in my pantry) I just find them so simple and perfect every time meaning I can experiment more with the toppings. You pay a bit more but you know what you're going to get, kind of like Nespresso. When they sent me their new limited edition "Cubania" Grand Cru to play with in the kitchen I thought I'd keep things easy and fun! Cupcakes Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake Mix, follow instructions on ... [ Discover More ]

Purpose

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My Dad is driven, a high achiever, a forward-planner, a charmer and a many-spinning-plates kind of man. My Mum is laid back, patient, organised and a in-the-now sort of lady. In their case opposites definitely attract and it's worked well for them and as a result I am very much a combination of their personal traits. Dad is a man with a plan and when he sets his mind to something he achieves it, he's very inspiring. Whenever Dad was juggling too many projects Mum was always there to handle what ... [ Discover More ]

Time Off

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I took some time off. I didn't want to think about you and your expectations, your questions, your problems or your blessings. I was really really selfish, bunkered down and gave myself space to process my own expectations, questions, problems and blessings. Is there such a thing as a 6-week mental health break? If not I just created one. It didn't start out that way, I had every intention to keep going like I was until suddenly I missed a day, then the next and suddenly a week flew by and then ... [ Discover More ]

Blank

          ... that's where my mind's at. I've tried writing, I don't know how many times I've opened the dashboard only to stare and the blinding white screen. My mouth goes dry, my hands freeze and the words don't come out. I close the laptop and open it again hoping that somewhere in that moment I'll find the words I was trying to grasp. It happened again and again and again. Weeks have gone by, content piling up, photos lay dormant in my hard drive and ... [ Discover More ]

House Tour – Lounge Room

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I shared this photo online earlier this week and I just wanted to say thank you for the huge response! It's been awhile since I got my proper camera out and took some photos just for the love of it. Steve takes my outfit photos and I've been lazy and using my iPhone often, I'll try to do better but in the meantime enjoy peeking into one of my most used spaces. In case you're wondering... that's my spot. I will forever be cursed with custard coloured walls. Why people think tan/beige/custard ... [ Discover More ]

House Tour – Aidan’s Room

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I am blessed to have a son. A son who is undoubtedly as colourful and conversational as his mother and as cheeky and practical as his father. I've also shared his room on the blog in the past (here, here and here) but for the first time it's not just me doing the styling, Aidan's getting in on the action too. As he's at the wise old age of five now he considers himself a bit of an expert when it comes to knowing what he likes and doesn't like. Dinosaurs, stars and rainbows are at the very top of ... [ Discover More ]

House Tour – Main Bedroom

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It's been just over three months since we moved into "Old Faithful", a little weather board cottage full of charm and plenty of good juju. I remember walking through the empty house prior to signing the contract and within an instant I could visually place our belongings. Our little family seemed to fit perfectly within the walls and after just a couple of weeks it was as if we'd always lived there. I wasn't sure if I would share too many photos but I just couldn't help myself. I love looking ... [ Discover More ]

Bright Darkness

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  The beautiful clock ticks loudly within the quiet walls of early dawn. The stillness overrides my capacity for sleep, unwavering weakness. My body aches for reprieve, my bones for slumber.   Eyes wired, dry and hazy yet unwilling to close. Fizzling memories tactile, embedded for eternity. A dull heavy force I feel the need to push through, my shoulders raw.   Some nights I wonder about the stars, still, against our axis. Time spinning, I sit ... [ Discover More ]

Greener Pastures

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I have a secret confession, something I've been working on for months and somehow even managed to hide from instagram. Something I found incredibly hard to do I might add although a few hints crept through... I'm currently obsessed with landscaping, grass to be exact. I drive by golf courses and I'm literally green with envy. I know it's weird especially as there are so many other things I could be obsessed with but my brain has chosen turf. Maybe it's the pain meds. I totally understand if ... [ Discover More ]

Special Place

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I had my first pap smear when I was 17 and to this day I'm so grateful I didn't put it off as my results came back abnormal. I had CIN3 and had to undergo biopsies and treatments for several years, all at such a young age but I've had the all clear for 6 years now and I keep regular appointments to stay on top of it. I've written about it in the past but I thought it was worthwhile bringing up again. My story is very similar to Lucy's except that I was 17 at the time. My cervix had to be ... [ Discover More ]

Family Territory

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Sponsored by Ford Australia for Kidspot Voices 2014 I loved my job, that I could proudly call myself a full time blogger. My blog was a hobby that blossomed into a business, an exciting adventurous dream of a business that suited the very core of my personality. Without it I would not be the person I am today. A person capable of honest and raw self reflection with the ability to remain strong and impenetrable and yet at the same time completely vulnerable. To speak to hundreds of thousands ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Job Interview

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On the Aussie Curves Facebook Group get a lot of questions about what to wear to a job interview so I decided we should include it in the challenge this year as an easy reference point for people to get a lot of different examples of interview attire. You're probably thinking "...what? You can't wear that to an interview!!!" but in all seriousness this is what I would wear personally. Why? Well for the kind of work I do it's not about corporate attire and "fitting in" I need to show off my ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Everyday Style

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This is generally how you will find me most days of the week. I wear relaxed loose-fitting clothing, I'm bare faced and my hair in usually in a messy up-do. This is just how I roll at the moment. For the past few months I've been really unwell but by the same token I've been the healthiest I've been in years. If you're confused you can imagine how I'm feeling, everyday is a roller coaster. That means I don't have time to fuss and fancy about, the little energy and time I do have (while I'm not ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Denim

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YAY, I can't believe it's the first challenge post of the new Aussie Curves year! So many new people have joined the facebook group, shared photos and blogged their hearts out, it's amazing and I'm so grateful and touched. I've been rather unwell and I wasn't sure if I would even be able to participate this week but here I am despite forgetting to charge my camera and having to rely on my iPhone. Steve came home early from work on Friday afternoon and I asked if he could drive us to Kmart so ... [ Discover More ]

Mind Your Own Fatkini

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Did you know SS14/15 is on the horizon and that means the annual "Body Issue" magazines will be making their way to shelves. Some covers slamming celebs for the flip from "fab to flab" and others celebrating the diversity of race, size and age. Morning television shows will be inundated with "body experts", health advisors, diet gurus, swimwear models and of course there will be controversy over runway models. It's the same thing... every... single... year. In the end it's about selling the ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Challenge List 2015

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Ta-da!!! I'm really excited about this year, so many new people are joining in either by blogging, instagraming (using #AussieCurves or #AussieFitCurves) or within the safe confines of the private Aussie Curves facebook group. Seeing the group's style and confidence evolve over time and across all social platforms has been awe inspiring! A simple idea to forge relationships with other curvy fashion-loving bloggers has turned into something so much more and on such a broader scale. Whilst I ... [ Discover More ]

Black and Gold

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Timing is everything and lately I've been feeling out of sync. I'm not myself but at the same time I feel like I'm getting to know a few inner truths. Over the last six months I wrote posts trying to explain what would be happening so you would have some kind of understanding but I guess I also wrote them for myself. Before I was wading around in uncharted waters, now I'm up to my neck. Questions have been answered only to raise more questions, bigger questions each one making me want to retreat ... [ Discover More ]

Cocoon

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It’s almost 1am and I can’t sleep. I lay in bed the room dark and still, Steve softly snoring by my side. The ocean waves and wind chimes app that can usually lull me into slumber is obviously ineffective tonight as I stare blankly at the ceiling. My brain has been busy processing and problem solving. My hands have been busy tending our new home. My heart has been heavy, light and everything in between to the point of which I’m left dizzy. Usually I would write, finding solace in the soft ... [ Discover More ]

Bookcase Makeover

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I've been burying my mind in small tasks about the house, much easier that trying to process what's been going on health-wise and one big job on my to-do list was to buy Aidan a new bookcase. The old one he had was awkwardly shelved and didn't really maximise storage which would have been fine if the kid didn't love books so much. Luckily for us he does so I was keeping a keen eye open for a bargain that was cheap, functional and sturdy. I scored this beauty off a local facebook buy & ... [ Discover More ]

Expectations Limitations

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It's something people deal with everyday within every facet of our lives. Sometimes it's the outside influences that force our inner pendulums to swing. Other times the turbulence comes from within. Some are better at blocking out the outside noise. Others like me, are not. My mind has been calmer since I pulled myself off "the grid". For the most part I've enjoyed the silence. It's weird even writing that because right now physically everything around me is silent, just like most of the time ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Date Night

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Aidan insisted on being in this week's photos and I'll be the first to admit that the kid outshone his Mumma in a big way. We had plans to go out to dinner with one of my besties who I've known since high school in the Northern Territory so it seemed like the perfect time to jump back into the challenge. Yeah, sorry about being so absent, lots going on... but anyway, enjoy the photos! Danielle New Look Polka Dot Dress - ASOS Black Stockings - Sonsee Ankle Boots - Target Earrings ... [ Discover More ]

Tend and Nurture

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I've found it really difficult to write since we moved to Old Faithful, that's what I call the new place by the way. It has nothing to do with bad juju or anything like that, entirely the opposite. I'm so happy and in adoration with this tiny home I find myself spending every spare moment gently tending it's garden, fondling the linens and cushions or finding warm spots to enjoy the breeze and soak up the sunshine. The boys have taken a walk to the park, my sister has gone up the coast to visit ... [ Discover More ]

DIY Shower Caddy Revamp

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I bought two of these Shower Caddies from Amazon in January 2012 and they have been the best I've ever bought. Yes, I bought them from the USA and yes I'm quite particular about my bathroom storage. Space is quite limited and I have a lot of products, even Steve is a product junkie so we needed a Caddy each. So, why am I so fussy? I wanted one that hung off the edge of the shower screen and not the shower head. I wanted one with lots of hooks and that could hold razors. I wanted wide shelves ... [ Discover More ]

It started with a stool

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For the past few weeks my excitement around the new house (AKA: #DMOldFaithful) has been growing. Over the past 8 months I've been gutting our house of any unnecessary things. A purge, a cull, call it what you will. Basically I was digging through it all to find our clean slate, I just didn't expect to find it in an entirely new house. We finally signed the lease and we move in next Wednesday... it's as thrilling as it is daunting. I already knew exactly what we owned so as I walked through the ... [ Discover More ]