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: It has been pure bliss to be able to get back to the beach with the kids.. I love watching them play. It reminds me how lucky they are to have this in their backyard and it truly is one of the only places I can switch off.
: I turned 40 and whilst I don't think I suddenly look old I was given the opportunity to have a facial at the Taylor Clinic.. a total Rolls Royce Facial and it took 15 minutes of laser with only this amount of redness post facial. I will tell you all about it in another post as it has only been a week and the effects take a while apparently..
: The back of my house is like a building site so I have been focusing on the front with a new doormat and some gardening :)
: My boy has been travelling as always and I miss him so much when he goes but I cherish him more when he comes home and I really do count myself totally blessed to still be so in love with him all these years and find that it just gets stronger.
: I spent my actual B Day at the kids Sports Carnival.. we went for Pizza after and I am really enjoying them being little mini adults right now. My heart longs for them all day and then the minute they fight I want to send them back to school!
: My man organised an early bday celebration dinner at Mr Wongs in town before his last trip and OMG the food is amazing and I just want to go back and explore the menu more!!

What have you been up too? Next time I will tell you about the pool, that facial and how I am feeling hitting the big 40.. Did you feel different? 

I love the personal touch..

If I could I would have quotes all around my house.. Just little banners and decor pieces with inspiring words to keep me smiling as I walked past. I find words so powerful it always seems a shame not to use them for good when we can.

This store has such a simple classic vibe and is always on my list for people who ask for recommendations and Caroline makes the most beautiful Christening Crosses, there are pieces to celebrate new bubs,  and the Hearts for Newlyweds are such as wonderful keepsake.

I have bought my kids the Christmas Decorations (this year they say they want me to get one for Dexter) and I rather think I might add those little bracelets to my stocking stuffer list as they are super cute and such good value!.

Anywho thats my share for this week of a favourite store for Christmas Ideas..





Do you not just love them too?


Snap Happy

I don't get as much time to showcase our amazing DTLL stores on here as I would like and it is plain and simple down to time so in the lead up to Christmas I thought I would do just that.. Y'know sharing the love and all that.

This brand has been with us for a while and they are simple in their offerings as they just do camera straps but not just any camera straps.. Amazing quality with a huge range of designs and at a totally fabulous price!





I could share a million images but really you need to just check them out yourselves .. GO ON :)

My hubby got new digs..


My husband works for LinkedIn and a few months back they moved offices. Now anyone that knows the LinkedIn Crew will know that any bloody excuse for a party and they are on it so this was no exception.

DJ's, Ice Cream Stand, Barbeque, The Hugest Cheese Board, Cocktails, Photo Booth, Caricature Drawing and more..

Those of course sat alongside the things that come as standard for the employees of arcade games, nintendo on a big screen and a full kitchen full of healthy goodies.




The offices are schmick', organic and feel laid back with an element of fun. Coffee machines in the foyer, a huge LinkedIn sign designed from blue thongs. Each meeting room has an amusing name referencing Aussie Slang and my favourite thing is that they run a Living Wellness Program with  a gym and instructors to come in and teach all day long.



My kids just go for the toys......


I will say that the guys work bloody hard and long hours but in return they are well and truly looked after. I curse how many events my boy gets to attend and his over seas trips for sales meetings with the other countries but if I am honest I love that he works for a company that clearly care about their staff and peeps if you ever get the chance to interview or even luckier get headhunted by this group..

GO FOR IT!!..

Where do you work? Do they look after you well? 

Apple, Carrot and Yoghurt Mini Muffins..

Perfect for lunch boxes, adored by my kids and cheap as chips to make..

How could I be so mean as not to share...




INGREDIENTS

180ml grapeseed oil

2 eggs

1 cup thick natural yoghurt

2 carrots, grated

1 sweet apple, grated

½ cup caster sugar

2 cups self-raising flour

1 tsp cinnamon, ground

½ tsp or ground nutmeg and ground ginger

a pinch of ground cardamon

METHOD

Preheat oven to 180°C . Line a mini muffin baking tin with muffin papers.
Place the oil, eggs, yoghurt, carrot, apple and sugar in a bowl and whisk to combine. 
Sift over the flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cardamon and mix until combined. 
Spoon the mixture into muffin papers. 
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until a skewer removes clean when poked in.