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The Bohemian Home..

I was asked by to talk about The Bohemian Home last month and as I know not all of you get those newspapers I thought I would share my thoughts here too..

Bohemian does not have to mean hippy, messy or cheap which I think is what some people visualise when they see those words. Au contraire, Bohemian is more of an eclectic approach of mixing colours, using different contrasting textures and happily mixing the old with the new.

How do you add small accents to your home? 
It can be as simple as an ornate kantha drapped over the bottom of your simple white bed. 
A collection of mixed treasures from your travels creating a little vignette in your hallway is a Bohemian welcome or simply having a mix of old and new style chairs around a dining table creates a different vibe. 
If you already have a few cushions adding some more in contrasting colours or designs will also start you on your Bohemian journey.

So where do you find these products? 
Everywhere.. that is the beauty of Bohemian, there are not many rules but as the look has an eclectic vibe you will create an authentic style by shopping from handmade stores, collecting pieces whilst travelling abroad, going to markets or finding some older treasures in the charity shops

Do you like the look?
I love it. It doesn't suit my house and I think you need a decent space to create it well or it can seem cluttered but it is fun and full of personality and that appeals to me.

Is Bohemian home decor in fashion?
It certainly is and I don't think it ever goes out of fashion as it is not a phase. It has always been around just in different styles. I do think the more recent trends of colourful interior decor has meant more people are open to the idea now than previously as they brought a little more colour into their home and liked it.

What are some essentials for a Bohemian look? 
Bohemian tends to have a more rich colourful look to it and often has a more ornate finish so think emerald, turquoise, yellow, fushcia and blues with either embroidery or beading.
Handmade items definitely fit right in and layering up your pieces really creates the vision.
Age is also a huge part of the look or at least something looking like it has history even if it is new.
Lastly grouping items together but not in a uniform manner.. picture walls of all sorts of media. mix painting with prints and photos.. 

Top 10 musts for a Bohemian looking home.
Create Colourful Clusters
Candles are always around..
Beading or Embroidery Pieces will always pop up
Groups of Items can be put anywhere and everywhere
Mix and Match frames on a Gallery Wall create a fabulous 
Plants or Flowers in old bottles or vintage vases
Layer your pieces up
Collect some favourite handmade items
Start to mix old and new in close proximity
Bohemian is not minimalist, it is not all straight lines and it is your chance to express your self

What style of home do you have? Do you have a touch of Bohemian anywhere?

Road Tripping..

This Christmas Season marked my first real holiday since DTLL launched in Nov 2011, I took my laptop and had to work morning and evening with a few interim emails if we hit wi fi during the day but for the most part I managed to have some real family time and it was total bliss. 

Our first part was a road trip from San Francisco to San Diego and thats what I am sharing today..

First hit was San Fran where we had just missed a huge rainstorm that grounded our original flight in from LA but luckily for us from that point on it was only drizzles mixed with sun.

First stop was the original diner Loris.. there are a few more of these around now but this was the original and it did not disappoint.. the coffee was average, the milkshakes were ridiculously amazing and the food portions were huge.

We spent a few days doing the rounds of the crooked street, riding the trams and just generally pottering and then we cycled over The Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito so we could return by ferry and see Alcatraz..

On our 3rd day we collected a car and started the road trip.. slow and steady with only 3 hrs or so each day was just perfect as it meant we could hang where we were if it was fab or head off early if boring and have more time in the next place..

Monterey Aquarium was the next stop, the Number 1 Aquarium in the world!!. It was pretty fantastic and the kids saw a few things they have never seen before. I would recommend it for sure.

As we headed out on the coast road it was late and that was a bit of a mistake as it was pretty windy roads and we got a total torrential downpour for well over an hour in pitch black. Marcus and I quietly poo'ed our pants whilst the kids watched DVD's.

Next stop was Pismo Beach where I had finally had enough sleep catch up and got to go running.. it was beautiful but not much happening so we headed on to Santa Barbara early the next day where we headed straight to Handlebar Coffee Roasters for a coffee as directed by Marcus's favourite Barristers in Sydney..

We yet again got in some awesome morning runs. Marcus kept coming back from his run saying 'Go hun, you will be so angry if you don't as it is just stunning' I was so tired as my body was catching up on 3 years of non stop work but I am glad I listened to him as it was just that.. stunning, fresh and so different to my track runs ..

The one thing I found really confronting across our travels of the US was the homeless. I would have thought I would have been ok with it having been a Londoner all my life and there being a lot of homeless there but it has been a long time and we just don't see it in the same way in Sydney. To see people carrying half a house behind them on a bike just breaks my heart..

The next part was of course the bit the kids had been hanging for and we headed to Universal in LA and then Disneyland where we stayed at the hotel.

We found it hard to eat healthily whilst we were in the theme parks but we carried loads of fruit, grabbed pretzels and water as we went around and then tried to either eat a massive breakfast or leave early enough to eat dinner at a Japanese or the likes..

Staying at the Disneyland Hotels is an great idea as it means you can do the 2 parks over 2 days and stay light for the light shows and fireworks one night with early entry granted the next day for hotel guests meaning you can get all the major rides done in no time.. we managed to do the Adventure Park by 3pm the second day and got to ride our favourite rides 2 or 3 times thanks to that early start hour. As an FYI we much preferred The Adventure Park over Disneyland Park.

We have one of my brother in laws and his family in San Diego so we headed to theirs for a couple of days of catching up and a trip to Seaworld before departing for Mexico.. Arriba, Arriba!!

I have a total other post to write on Seaworld as it left me feeling rather strongly about the situation and Mexico?.. Maybe next week? I am just going to soak up the joy of sharing these images with you for now as it is brining memories flooding back..

Have you done that road trip? What was your favourite bit?  

Oh I too am done..

My husband is one of 5 boys and I can't tell you how amazing it is to be amongst them all an experience the togetherness and warmth that comes from such a huge gathering of people that quite simply love each other a lot..

I mean come on. Will you look at that?..

BUT I come from a small little family with me, my parents and my brother. We are far apart but close of heart and I love that we have such simple dynamics.

The other day Cherie wrote a post over at Mother & Baby about how she knew she was done with having kids and I realised I TOO am done. We have spoken of having 2 more kids and creating a family of 4 but my trip to Mexico changed that.

I watched people struggling on planes solo with 3 kids, I have done solo to the UK with 2 twice and survived but 3?
I watched people flying with mobile 18month olds who want to toddle and don't watch films and turned to look at mine either staring at the video screen or flat out asleep thanks to going square eyed from movie watching.. happy days.
I watched children in our buffet breakfast where the parents couldn't trust the 6 year olds to go to the toilet alone let alone get some fruit.
I watched siblings spend nearly what I assumed was their whole holiday arguing with each other and then lastly I watched a whole heap of parents off load their kids to kids club for the better part of 6-10 hours a day.

Now I would never judge anyone else's behaviour or choices but I do know that I wasn't doing anything of the same and that is because my two are just right for us..

We have enough time to teach them manners, or should I say patience, lol.
They play well enough together for the most part that we don't feel the need to have them go elsewhere so we can relax on holiday.
They show me every day that they totally get how important family is and we are out of the totally dependant days.
We are at that stage where we can have freedom to do crazy late nights or make them walk all day trekking around San Fran and know that despite being tired the next day they will find balance again.

Our little family is just right and it gets more right year by year so I am done.

I look to the future and am excited to shape the two kids we have. I love our little unit and I don't want to be greedy. I have all I need and so I reckon it is my duty to be done. I feel I now owe it to my kids to stop where I am and consider myself lucky that I love where we are.

Are you done? What is your number? I so thought mine would be 4 but it turns out it is 2 :)

Win a Custom Made Sign worth over $140..

I am a huge lover of personalised and an even bigger lover of custom made.. the store that is offering this beautiful custom made sign does a lot of that which makes me a fan of theirs!..

My personal favourite is this.. you can have it saying whatever you want and I want one for my family wall saying #familyiseverything

I so wish stores like this had existed when I got married.. I mean.. ta da!...

Together in a cross promotion with Cherie from Raising Master Max , we have the custom made sign  below up for grabs (includes lettering of 5 words  or less)

All you need to do to enter is tell us in 25 words or less;

What would you have written on your sign? 

Then follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter widget below to be in with a chance to win.

Competition is open now and closes Sunday 1/2/15 at 11.59pm AEST

Questions with the Kids..

I can't even remember where I saw these now as I copied them ages ago but they made me laugh.. try them with yours :) I might try and remember to ask again next year !

1. What does Dad do at work?

H : He does some writing and gets to do whatever he wants

K : He does computer work, lots of maths and other stuff

2. What does Mum do at work?

H: You do some computers and you do some putting up pictures

K : Down that Little Lane, finding things for people and selling stuff

3. What is your favourite outfit?

H :Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

K : My Mexican Dress

4. If you could be an animal for a day, what would you be and why?

H : A Cheetah because it is the fastest

K : A Flamingo because they are athletic and can balance on one foot

5. What is your favourite song?

H: Hey

K : Roar

6. What is your favourite food?

H: Apples & Grapes

K : Chocolate

7. Do you think kids can drive cars? Why?

H: No, because they don't have a licence and only adults do..

K: No, because they don't have a licence and they haven't learnt how to drive yet

8. What is the best thing you did today?

H : I took good care of you and pushed the trolley at the Chinese (supermarket)

K : I did great Soccer Practice

9. What makes you happy?

H: My Birthday

K: My Family

10. What is Dad’s favourite drink?

H: Wine

K: Wine

11. What is Mum’s favourite drink?

H: Water (he means tonic water)

K: Wine

What do I take from this?

Not much apart from I notice my son thinks about best thing he does in a day as what he does for others not himself (I like that). Kitty really has embodied my view that family is everything (I like that).

Neither really know or probably care what we do for work and both have no idea what our favourite drink is as we hardly drink alcohol much but as mine would be a G&T Harrington was sort of close :)

Have you done these? link below if you have or do later as I would love to see other kids answers!

NY Resolutions but not..

I no longer make huge resolutions only to fall flat on my face a few weeks later, it is not good for the ego and I am all about kicking goals these days..

I thought I would share my first wave of them in the hope I can inspire you to also make a few.. baby steps, the small things, little changes that can result in big changes

I am adopting something from my beautiful friend Jacqui's 7 Day Mind Cleanse .. no digital technology half an hour before bed 5 days a week (hers is an hour and everyday but I am adapting for nights where shit happens)

10.30pm will be my latest bedtime during the week. I could work all night so I need to do this for my sanity, health and better well being

I will moisturise after showers, I do my face but often miss my body and quite simply I want to and need to make time for that

Maintain a pedicure all year around, Why? because it make me feel finished..

Meet my female coach/mentor/guide/entrepreneur advisor by Valentines. I meant to arrange to meet her last year and just got busy so this year I have set a date to have done our first meeting by as I want to get things rolling and need some advice/guidance along the way

Take the next leap for DTLL by July, I can't disclose this one as its business etc but its a big step forwards for DTLL and I am again setting a date.

Book Jacquis Meditation Retreat they are not cheap but I KNOW it will be worth every penny and I want to do it with my man for a better future with clearer minds..

One bar max for chocolate consumption on weekends, we only have chocolate on Friday, Saturday and Sundays but have never set a limit.. this year I am as we are ridiculous with willpower on the sweet stuff.

Read a book a month, simple and a must do for me..

Dedicate 1 day per week to The Cult List, this business feeds my soul. I am designing with one of my best friends the things I have not been able to find and we are reaching out to amazing artists (some from DTLL) to collaborate on new and fresh ideas..

Wear perfume daily, just because I forget to do so and it makes me feel good..

Go on.. you must have some little ones? whisper them to me and I will whisper them back later in the year to you :)

The New Year..

I have been off the chart busy since October and then spent the last 3 weeks doing some seriously beautiful thinking, planning and reflecting. It has me filled with excitement and passion for 2015 and I have a few blog posts to share those thoughts over but having just caught up on some blog reading I thought I would borrow Bron's questions and answer them to start as they were brilliant..

1. What word do you think best summed up 2014?

Learning.. I have listened and learnt so am now older and wiser, humbler and happier, lonelier and loving it.

2. What did you do for the first time this year?

Said 'no' without doubting myself.. quite a few times

3. What is one thing that happened that will have lasting consequences?

Friendships, the ones made stronger have become truly amazing to me and the ones lost taught me lessons and are not being missed one iota.

4. Was there anything you wish you’d done differently? Why? How?

I wish I had started my hard scheduling earlier in the year, it was a game changer and I am refining it for 2015 as I type..

I wish I had taken a holiday 2.5yrs between the most recent and the last was WAY too long. Time out with my family is precious and having just had it I realise I must do it more often even if not in the budget.

5. Do you have a favourite moment from the year? What made it special?

I have so many a few standouts would be the kids becoming Nippers, My Dexter coming to heal my heart after loosing my Obi, attending my first workshop at The School, Cherie coming to Sydney for 4 days, Meeting some favourite people at Pro Blogger and getting to soak her in/up and starting The Cult List with Kate

6. What lessons has 2014 taught you about yourself? About others?

To just trust myself and not be influenced by anyone I don't know or admire. It has taught me I have a strong moral compass and good gut instincts and that when I truly put it out there I get the response I need.

7. How will the lessons from this past year change the way you approach the new year?

I will be more confident and self assured. I know what I CAN do and will do it well.. bigger and better than before.

8. What do you most want to do in 2015?

Concentrate on 4 key areas.. family, friendships, my brands (DTLL & TCL) and my health

9. What do you most want to change about yourself? The world?

I rid myself of this over the last few years and I wish I could rid the world of it..  Negativity. It has no place anywhere..

10. What one word do you hope will sum up what you hope to achieve in 2015?


So what are your plans for the 2015? I don't do big resolutions anymore but I do lots of little more achievable ones, I even set certain ones for certain dates etc..

Candy Crush...

Candy Colours for me are a mixed array, I don't mind what shade they fall in as long as they have me wanting more? From Skittles to Ice Cream, Chocolate to Bubblegum and the end of the day does anyone not like lollies? Me thinks not.. here are 11 of my faves..

1. You are my Sunshine Banner

This store has a collection of beautiful banners and this You are my Sunshine Banner ( $31.66) caught my eye with its pops of colours to suit any decor.

2. Make your own Candy Garland

garlnd What is better than a colourful garland? a colourful garland made of lollies of course This DIY is a fab idea for Christmas and would make cute end of year presents for the class too..

3. Purse's of Perfection

purses I have given these a few times as gifts and my daughter has her eye on a few from the animal range but these Ice Cream Mini Coin Purse's ($20.90) just had to make the collection

4. Minty Fresh Feature Cushions

cushions The whole range from Suella is fabulous but this Mint Ice Cream Cushion ($40) is perfection and the Bow Cushions ($40) make me a little weak at the knees

5. Sweet Accessories

seed With Party Hats ($16.95) like this, Ice Cream Snaps ($7.95) like this and Happy Crab Tote Bags to match ($39.95) it would be hard to to feel colourful after a trip to Seed  

6. Frankie Lightbox


Fun Colours for fun messages, this Frankie Lightbox  ($69.95) teaches them to 'express' themselves.. hmm not sure if that is a selling point or not, lol x

7. Tutti Frutti Rugs

rug These felt ball rugs really do look like someone spilt the smarties!.. they come in any colour you like but if you want to create this look like Jacinda from Hide and Sleep did then you will be chasing the Tutti Frutti Rug ($265) or pick your own colours here

8. Confetti Wallpaper

edies This is such a unique concept by Cool Edie's .. the Confetti Wallpaper  ($198) has its own dotty pattern but then you add your own decals from the range in your chosen colour to make it one of a kind!

9. Beachy Brights

towels With the weather heating up some beach action is sure to be on the cards.. Adairs have a delicious range of fabulous Beach Towels ($29.95)

10. Sweet Sleep

incy I could never miss this absolute sensation off the list of candy coloured collections, The Kip & Co/Incy Interiors Collaboration Bed ($699) is a tutti frutti riot and the girls version is just the same

11. Art to Go

books I saw these the other day whilst in Cotton On and thought how fab they were that they could be easily carried and would protect kids artwork more as the paper is a little smaller inside than the actual cover.. the Carry Me Sketch Book ($6.95)  is a cute as anything idea

What is your favourite colour? 

*this post was written by me for Mums Grapevine