Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas Under $300

It's now less than a month until Christmas.....holy cow! I have been so busy lately that I haven't been as organised as I wanted to be with my Christmas shopping, I am however planning on heading to one of the major shopping centres in my area this week to get started. I see catalogues with some amazing products delivered to my door weekly that I get way too excited about shopping then go and spend way too much money! Pretty sure my husband isn't as interested in shopping as I am.....oops!
For those of you that might like to spend a little bit, but not go too crazy on presents here are a few ideas for you.  Pretty much all of these are in my present list....what about yours?

Frends Headphones - $222.47

For those craft and DIY lovers out there you can't go passed the Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.

Deer Hunter Canvas Art - $120.00

Is this not to coolest thing you have ever seen??? I want one of these for my daughter.....Action Air Sharks Club Waterslide - $299

For those of you that might like a little bit of colour in their bedroom, jazz up their bedding with this beautiful Kas Australia Lucie Quilt Set - $189.95

Do you have a few ideas for Christmas presents to share, we always like to hear more and get more ideas.  I hope you have started your Christmas shopping and have some really amazing presents to give this year. Giving presents is the best of part of Christmas for me so I can't wait. I will be back shortly with the final installment of my Christmas Gift Ideas series with gift ideas under $100.  Until then...... 


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Loving the Gold Foil Trend

Who else is loving the gold foil trend at the moment??? I know I am!

There are so many things on the market at the moment with beautiful gold foil designs on them or you can easily DIY your own. I just love the trend, it is so elegant and stylish and lets be honest, looks fantastic! Here are some awesome products that I have found recently that I am desperate to purchase...

How gorgeous is this notebook from the MeryKeem etsy love love! If you click on the source link below the image it will take you straight to their shop. So many amazing products you should definitely check it out.
I love these gold foil prints. They are gorgeous and I really want some of my own but have a few other ideas in mind so might DIY it. I have been saving my money to buy myself a Silhouette Cameo machine so I can do some vinyl designs, such an awesome product and a real DIYers gem. Check out their site here to see what else you can do with a Silhouette Cameo.

What's not to love about this image. I pinned this a few weeks ago on Pinterest and can't get passed how beautiful the products are. You can find more details on the Bright and Beautiful Blog which tells you where to pick up each of these products. You could really jazz up your desk with these accessories. I fell in love with the stapler and the coffee mug with the gold lips on it....I wish it didn't cost so much to ship items to Australia, I would have filled my home with these items already!

Check out these amazing invitations, when I searched for invitations there were so many different options, I loved these ones.
I think one of my favourite gold foil prints would have to be this one though, I definitely has to do with completing the Blog Boss course recently with Holly Becker. It is the second one I have done and I absolutely loved it, so much information and so many beautiful ideas and inspirations. I can't wait to do another one with Holly, if you haven't read her blog before you have been hiding under a rock. I was lucky enough to interview her and review her book, such an honor.

Have you seen some amazing gold foil designs lately, please share, I love seeing what you love!


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Sunday, November 9, 2014

My Fun Filled Week

Hello there my fantastic extended family! I have had the best week, a very busy week, but every minute of it has been lots of fun and well worth the running around. It all start last weekend when we decided to start renovating our bathroom. It has been a slow process but we are getting there, each step of the way just gets me a little more excited to see the finished product, I'm so excited to have a nice bathroom!

We started at this...
We have now pulled everything out, except the bath framework, we planned on keeping that to save a bit of costs. Pulling everything out was kinda fun, and reasonably easy. We fitted the shower base, not too bad, we bought one exactly the same size as the previous one, again to save costs and make sure we wouldn't have to change any plumbing or framework. So all good so far, we then began fitting our bath.....well that was one issue after another. Our previous bath was a metal bath, so was reasonably heavy, all the framework built around it was made to hold the weight of the metal bath and support it in the right places. We didn't buy a metal bath to replace it with, just your standard bathtub, apparently baths these days are deeper than they used to be and a little bit wider, didn't fit! We had to pull out all the existing framework so we could even get our bath in the space. Then because it was deeper we had to move the plumbing for the taps up just a little bit. As you can see in the photo above the previous bath was built into the wall, we decided just to do the same thing, I know not overly modern or stylish, but easier (or so we thought!!!). We had to cut into the wall frames a little higher as well so it could fit. We then had to buy a new bit of wood to frame the bath and then move the plumbing underneath it so the drainage would fit.....drama drama drama. We finally got there though so all drainage is connected and bath is in!!
We then had to lay cement sheeting in the gaps around the room so it was waterproof. What you can see above is waterproof, but where we pulled off some tiles, the wall behind it came off as well so we had to fill a few gaps. Then for the waterproofing membrane (the green stuff), that's not too bad, just like a few coats of thick paint.
Sadly though, after we put the waterproofing membrane on we kinda ran out of time over the weekend. It was Monday night, it was too dark and everyone was exhausted, time for a break for a few days.

Tuesday in Melbourne was a public holiday for the Melbourne Cup, we went to a local race track where they have all sorts of marquees, food, a million bookies and heaps of people dressed in beautiful frocks and fascinators. It was lots of fun and a beautiful family day out. Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to take many photos as I was chasing my daughter around the whole day, because who wants to sit still anymore??

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were fun filled days of taking my daughter to the park for a play, enjoying the sunny weather, working and getting organised for my sister in laws hens party which was on Saturday. It doesn't seem like much but I didn't really get much time to sit and relax.

Then it was Saturday!!! Up super early to get all fancy and in the car, we get to her place, start serving champagne straight away with some beautiful chicken and salad for a snack before we head off on the awaiting bus. Before long the bus was off and we were already playing games, smiling and laughing. We had planned a winery tour for the bride down at the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, and by beautiful, I mean spectacular. I have lived in Melbourne almost my whole life, been to Mornington Peninsula more times that I can bare to count, but I have still been missing out. We went down dirt roads, off the beaten track and explored places that I never knew existed, and they were absolutely stunning. We really are lucky to live in a place where beautiful beaches, wineries and picturesque scenery is simply a short drive away, I really need to get out and embrace my home a little bit more. Here are a few shots of the amazing views we encountered on our winery tour.
Seriously do they get such straight lines when they plant the vines??? It really intrigues me.

I have finally had a relaxing day today enjoying the sunny weather that Melbourne has thrown at us, hopefully it stays around for a few months.....please! This week will be filled with more wedding preparations and then of course the beautiful Wedding on Saturday, can't wait, I know it will be such a fun day!! I'll be sure to snap some photos to share with you, follow me on Instagram to keep updated.