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Meet my Sponsors

So I opened up sponsorship spots the other week and thought it was about time I told you all about them..

First up is Boudoir Lash Bar. I actually went and experienced this last week and I love it. I like to look made up but I am time poor, like to exercise and shower far too much and am also one for the VERY natural look.

I now do absolutely nothing but moisturiser each day and yet look alive and keep getting comments.. ticks all my boxes but if it all sounds too much for you just go try it for all the upcoming Christmas bashes at least then see if you can stay away after that..

I will introduce you too my other sponsors later in the week :)

Things that go....

squeal in the night... I ma not even sure why I am sharing this as probably not funy to anyone else AND my bit that makes me laugh the most is actually a hypothetical situation but last night our fire alarm decided to wake us all at 4am with the most ridiculous high pitched squeal known to man..

Dad and Marcus ran our to the corridor, the alarm is just by my bedroom door so I could lay and watch. He grabs a bar stool and stands on tip toes with my Dad at his hips so he can just touch the turn off button.. NOPE.. He grabs a books so he can reach a bit further.. NOPE...Dad gets up (he has 3 inches on Marcus) and takes the cover off to prod it?.. NOPE. Marcus goes to grab the book as he is about to wallop the thing off the ceiling. I get up grab the step ladder, go up myself and pull the battery out YEEHAH!.

Dads comment "But you have just disconnected the battery?" err yes so the bloody thing stops squealing!..

My thoughts as I went back to bed giggling.. men are fixers, women are dooers AND thank god we don't all sleep naked these days!!.

Q& A with our GIveaway

When did you start your business and how did it come about?

My sister Emma and I started Fletcher May earlier this year. Each of us had spent considerable time and energy renovating our own homes in the past couple of years and we saw a niche in the market for high quality and stylish room decor that was also functional. I was getting frustrated that my fridge was becoming cluttered with everything and anything so the magnetic boards gave me the perfect opportunity to re-organise. With Emma’s background in early childhood education we decided to start our products focusing on magnetic boards for children because for them the boards are not only stylish but can also be used for educational purposes. We have just started a new range of magnetic boards for other places in the home and are very excited to be not only be catering for children but also adults.

Why did you choose your business name?

We chose Fletcher May because they are both names of significance in our families and also represent our business well. Fletcher embodies our practical and functional side, while May draws on our feminine and whimsical influences.

What have you most enjoyed in your career so far?

Being a new business, we have had a steep learning curve and have learnt so much in such a short time. The most enjoyable part has been watching our business grow throughout the year. From the very first time we started thinking about designs to watching those designs turn into products ready to sell. 

Have you had any major highlights, personal or business in the last few years?

We have so many dreams and aspiration in life that not all are ever realised. However for us just to start a business and receive so much positive feedback, it feels like a big tick off our bucket list!

What inspires or motivates you? 

We are both big believers in getting out there and making things happen, so to us people that are doing this are inspiring. Whether they be the new owners at the awesome bakery down the road or Nanna’s cousin Ted studying law at 87 - this is what motivates us.

and lastly tell me one things about yourself that you love but has nothing to do with business..

Sunny days at the park with the kids playing happily and a good take away coffee. 

Getting My Christmas On..

I am starting to think about Christmas Decorations and fancy doing this little baby for sure.. easy and fun and SOO my colour!!..

all you need is..
  • 25 brown-paper craft envelopes
  • 1m each of five different ribbons, lace, braids or fabric tapes
  • number stamps and ink pad
  • stickers and small found items such as tickets, tags, buttons and string and glue..
Find the how to guide over here at homelife

Do you have an advent calendar? Bought or home made?

Random Musings of the Grateful Kind..

I usually find when I come to my gratefuls that I either feel meh.. what have I got for you?.. NADA, immediate OMG it is so just this one big thing I am grateful for like last week or my head pops all over the week going "that was pretty cool and oh I loved that.. ".. so today is the later.. Kinda Random.

Lets start at the start, good a place as any.

Monday was an awesome press day so I am, as always totally grateful for that..

Tuesday I went and had some eyelash extensions I met the owner the other day and couldn't stop staring at her so decided to take the plunge. I don't wear make daily so as you don't need any with these they are perfect for me. You like?.. I LOVE .. not me but my lashes.

Wednesday I went to an exhibition in Balmain and met up with two of our stores and got to see the stunning work of Kanimbla Clay in much bigger sizes than I own... Here is me with the beautiful Brianna and lovely Helen beside Helens Valley Vase

Thursday I just hung with the kids and caught up on some work that had been getting lost on to do lists.. always a kicking goals moment for me

and today.. well today was Kindy Concert.. Oh so cute AND I have just decided we are getting Take Away tonight so I am already grateful for that.

What were you up to this week? Is your grateful a random or a whopper?

Naturals & Neutrals..

Q&A with our Giveaway

This store is a top favourite of mine and my daughter has had a new kaftan each summer with many of them bought by me to give as gifts.. Time for you to meet the gorgeous Katie, the face behind the brand :)

When did you start your business and how did it come about?

Kaftan Kids was started in 2010 after my initial foray into children's
clothing. I saw a niche opportunity to start a unique clothing business
based on Kaftans for kids as there was nothing in the market like it. I
wanted to provide a 100% cotton cover up that was both practical and
fashionable, bringing style to the beach!

Why did you choose your business name?

Kaftan kids had a great sound to it and made it clear as to what we
provided. It also helped from a business perspective as we were able to
maximise interest through search optimisation and stood out from other
business names.

What have you most enjoyed in your career so far?

The interaction with customers, suppliers and retailers have been great.
Seeing how Kaftan Kids went from an idea and opportunity to a successful
business has been exciting and exhilarating.

Have you had any major highlights, personal or business in the last few

The major highlights for me have been the exposure through the media due to
positive feedback on my brand and products. Also having customers say that
they are buying a kaftan because they saw another child wearing one while on
holidays is amazing. It is recognition that the vision has been supported.

What inspires or motivates you? and lastly tell me one things about yourself
that you love but has nothing to do with business..

Having a beautiful family around me, gorgeous friends and two fun loving
children. Life is for living and I try to live life to the full and give the
most to each and every day!

DTLL Finds : For the Littles..

Clockwise from top left.. 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8

So much to love....

This weeks grateful come oh so easy..


It is so lovely to see them with the kids
It is heart melting to see the pride in my kids eyes when they show Papa off to Pre School
It is making me laugh so hard that every time they have an hour alone with the kids they spoil them with treats
It is amazing waking up in the morning and knowing they are right here

I am so grateful they are here
I am so grateful they had the courage to make the move
Oh and of course I am so grateful hubby and I can look forward to having some date nights!!

If I get asked one thing often I tend to think it might be a good idea..

There are many things I get asked daily and many things our of those that I just can't grant the wish on. If I count the kids in it goes up by fifty odd but I digress... I get asked if I would consider sponsorship on my blog and until now I just thought why would I?

Of recent I have been talking with some of my favourite business women and we were talking about how we love to collaborate, how we love paying it forward and above all how we enjoy getting the buzz when the karma comes around from just doing something for someone because you can.

I have spent this year building some great relationships and as my business is built around helping other smaller businesses get noticed DTLL now has a very broad social network..

So last week when I got asked yet again would I consider sponsorship on my blog I said yes.. and there it is.. I have made it easily affordable and am more than happy to consider all styles of payment.. up the top on the right you can go to the Sponsor page and see what is on offer.

Any other questions just go to the contact page and get in touch :)

And of course. I should introduce on of those Sponsors.. you should know her, I love her and I am a walking advert for her as my hubby bought me my first Uberkate piece back 5 years ago and I never, ever take it off :)

Colourways : Muted Mints

Guest Curator - MaxiBron.. so much better than the ice cream

I used to only know her as Maxabella then I got to know Bron and as one of my all time favourite ice creams is a Maxibon so every time I think about Bron my nickname in my head springs up with must call MaxiBron.. kinda special don't you think?

nightime never looked so cute

who wouldn't want a pair of salty's?

fleeting flutterbys

such a cute dress.. it screams happy days

trestle love is the best kinda love...

if you can't spend your time traveling around the world..

minty fresh goodness

 doe a deer a.. well it is that time of year..

 tea party with the little ones?

its all about community and this table is right for that..

Q&A with our giveaway

When did you start your business and how did it come about?

Lou's Shoes began in 2010 after I traveled to Australia to attend a shoemaking course. Sweet and simple, baby shoes seemed like the perfect way to begin my foray into the shoemaking world.

Why did you choose your business name?

Well, my name rhymes with 'Shoe'. It wasn't a hard decision to make!

What have you most enjoyed in your career so far?

I've really enjoyed engaging directly with customers through the internet. A lot of Lou's Shoes are bought as gifts and treats, so I get a lot of excited emails that I get a real thrill from reading.

Have you had any major highlights, personal or business in the last few years?

Lou's Shoes has allowed me to develop my adult shoemaking skills. In January I will be hosting a Luna Boots shoemaking course from my newly-completed shoe workshop in NZ. I couldn't be more pleased!!

What inspires or motivates you? and lastly tell me one things about yourself that you love but has nothing to do with business..

Children's illustration. At the moment I'm loving Yoko Furusho's illustration.  And when I'm not making or dreaming shoes I love watching costume dramas!.Which probably isn't that far removed from shoe design, but I did say I dreamt shoes!

Let's get dressed : Spring Racing

Cute ness in a cup...

With Christmas coming and end of year teacher pressies to think about I thought this was a cute one to share..

Pop here for the how too... Do you make the teacher pressies or buy them? Need tips please :)

For the love of Eating : CFCM Gateaux

Ok so Coffee, Chocolate and Meringue had me at hello but add some Frangelico and I am on my back!!. This delish recipe is by a truly talented lady called Katie. You know here don't you? If not you should....

Head over here to meet Katie and grab the full ingredients.. you can say Congrats whilst you are there if you fancy..

Whats your favourite cake? Mine always involves chocolate funnily enough..

A Guest Curator who has been around The Block...

Today we are welcoming Katrina... Katrina is famously known for her time on The Block with her sister Amy but she has done so much more since then..

The beaches stools are able to be custom made and coloured to suit your style

this industrial bedside would suit as a side table or even a filing cabinet in the office..

Tock Tock has a choice of dial, minute hands and even seconds so it is your unique creation

The Zachary Set will suit both boys or girls and age with them perfectly

Well the message is clear and what is not to love with this print?

You can never have enough storage or hooks in a home, this set comes in a few colours too..

This bedhead against a feature wall in a bedroom and your interior design job is done!

You can find Katrina on her blog or over here on FB but possibly the place she potters about most is on Twitter so do go and say Hi because she is really rather friendly :)

Happy Birthday to me.... well us ....

well DTLL that is....

One year old today.. how did that happen? where did the year go? the growth has been quicker than my bubba's and the learning curve? Oh my.. take me back to newborns they were a tad less complicated..

I am excited for the future, proud of what has been achieved and so happy I took the leap of faith to do this.. From the people I work with, the sellers that are part of the family and the other wonderful people I have met along the way. My life is truly enriched and I love every minute of working my butt off to create something special for them and I..

Happy Birthday DTLL.. you have learnt to walk now I am going to teach you to run..

Have you taken a leap of faith in anything? I would so love to hear if you have..