Saturday, 19 November 2011

New friends and goodies in the mail

A little while ago my friend real life friend Laura (and fellow blogger) told me about the 'Package Pals' project that the gorgeous Miss Gentri Lee was organising. 


Gentri did such an amazing job of pairing everybody up. I have loved reading everyone's posts about their 'Package Pals' experience. 
I was matched up with the adorable Amanda from Eclectic Snapshots. We emailed each other and learned a little about each others home towns.  I now officially can not wait to go to Cincinnati! 

Now Amanda and I were a little naughty and we didn't manage to get out packages in the mail early enough :( So we both haven't recieved each others yet. Luckily I took some photos of what I sent Amanda and I can share it here.....Amanada stop reading.....NOW! 

Check out what I sent....

Goodies :)
A little bit of Aussie bling for her phone.

A little note book to record all the fun things Amanda will do when she finally gets herself to Paris.

Leather necklace with cute Paris Charms :)
A postcard from my home

Tourist goodies 

When I was thinking about what I should include in my package for Amanda I decided that I wanted to give her a little bit of inspiration to travel. When I travel to a country I have never been before I like to a little notebook which I can fill with goodies (postcards and tokens) as well as little jottings about what I saw and experienced. 

I also had to include a little taste of Australia. Now no one in Australia actually uses Eucalyptus Soap. BUT I was talking to a friend the other day about how smells can instantly take you back to the place you smelt it first (I know it sounds silly but it is totally true). For example when I smell eucalyptus I am instantly 5 years old again and going to Dreamworld (an Australian themed amusement park) with my Grandfather. We used to go there all the time and the times I spent there with him are some of my favourite childhood memories. For this reason I HAD to include (what I believe) to the be smell of Australia. 

I hope Amanda's package arrives soon....and that she hasn't read all of this and spoiled the surprise :) 

'Package Pals' was such an amazing experience. I loved every minute of it! I hope that Gentri is able to organise another project like this again next year because I will definitely be getting on board. If you weren't involved in this years 'Package Pals' I encourage you to hop on over to Gentri Lee and get involved. 

Sunday, 30 October 2011

And the world turns pink

To raise awareness for Breast Cancer sufferers and their families, the gorgeous Miss Marilyn at The ArtsyGirl Connection has challenged her fellow bloggers to paint the blogging world PINK! 

My family has been blessed enough to not be touched by this terribly cruel disease. I have however, watched friends bravely tackle this condition and win. My friend Leanne is a breast cancer survivor and she often talks about how it was the small things that brought sunshine to her life during those hard days. It was for this reason that I decided my post today would be pictures of the small things that bring a smile to my face.....oh and they're all pink! 


 If you pop on over to The ArtsyGirl Connection you can hop onto the blog hop and check out all of the other blogs that are taking part in this challenge. 

Hope this post brought a small smile to you face :) 

Monday, 24 October 2011

The power of a good lipstick

Whenever I'm having a bad day I can always make myself feel better by putting on a beautiful bright red lipstick. It can totally change the way people interact with you and the way you feel about yourself. Some how I feel just that little bit more confident and happier when I'm wearing a gorgeous bright lipstick. Silly right, but true. So I got thinking....What if I wear it everyday? Will it have the same effect? 

So finally I decided that for the next two weeks I shall be wearing a bright coloured lipstick everyday. 

Day One: Off to work 


It was a little tough to get a picture using my phone without look ridiculous but you guys get the idea. 

I'll report back soon and let you know how the lipstick is working :) 

Brisbane = ZombieLand?

On Sunday I surprised G and took her to meet up with some friends of mine in the city to watch the 'Zombie Walk'. Every year thousands of people dress up in some fantastically gruesome zombie costumes and walk the streets of Brisbane CBD to raise funds for a charity dealing with brain cancer. This year there was an estimated 10,000 zombies! 

When we arrived in the city and managed to find a place to park the car, I had no idea where the zombies were beginning their walk so we decided to walk around and wait until we saw a zombie and then just follow them. Luckily they were everywhere and we were on the right path almost straight away. 

Who knew that zombies line up?
Zombie Dogs!! 

I used my iphone to film this so please forgive the terrible camera work. I also used my new favourite app called '8mm' that is basically the Instagrama of video. How could you not love it?

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Painting the Blog World Pink

They ever so lovely Marilyn at The ArtsyGirl Connection is putting together a day when we will paint the blog world pink to increase breast cancer awareness. So far just over 40 bloggers have become involved....have you signed up? 

On Sunday the 30th of October we will be filling the blogosphere with pink projects (crafts, food, touching stories, photograph and inspirations). 

To become involved visit Marilyn's blog and join in on the blog hop

Saturday, 22 October 2011

What a week

Warning: This week has been pretty tough and I'm going to be a little emo here.

Coping with the demands on my time at the moment has been a little insane recently but I'm proud of myself because I have managed to get through it with minimal breakdowns and only a few tears. At work we are changing our programming system and organising ourselves for accreditation...scary! Plus, my boss (who is one of my closest friends) told me on Monday that she is placing me as second licensee. This means that when the inspector comes to view us for three days, everything I say and do will impact upon whether or not our centre remains open. Pressure much?!? I know I should be proud that she trusts me enough to sit the interviews with the accreditation inspector but with uni and family it is just another pressure I'm not really keen about taking on. 

Also this week as a family we had to attend a tribunal hearing about my Aunt's financial affairs. My mother had applied to become administrator of her finances and as a family we had to plead our case as to why we should remain in charge and a public trustee not be appointed. This was super stressful because my mother didn't know if she could make it to the hearing and if a public trustee was appointed our guardianship of G would also be questioned. The prospect of possibly losing G was too much for me. She is such a big part of my life and her world has totally been pulled apart with her mother's condition...she is my sole priority. Fortunately we managed to get my mother to the hearing and we were granted control over everything. YAY! G is safe and we don't have to go through that again for a little while. 

I should be happy that I have managed to get through this week and hold everything together. I have handed in a massive English assignment for uni, changed my programming and evaluation systems, run a out of school hours care program, organised and booked G's birthday party, managed to take Marcie-May (my Nan) to my Grandfather's nursing home a few times and taken G to the hospital every second day. But somehow I just felt sad by the end of the week. How can you feel so alone when you are surrounded by so many people and doing so many things? I decided that while G was having a sleep over at a friends house I was going to do what I do best.....Shop! I'm incredibly broke at the moment but that was not factoring in today's activities. I took myself down to Burleigh Heads (which is rapidly becoming my favourite place to go when I get a few minutes to myself) and put on lay-by two gorgeous dresses. They are 1950's pin-up style lovelies and I even bought the big white petty-coat to go under them. I'm not exactly sure where I will wear them but I will find somewhere. 

This is so beautiful I want to wear it everywhere. I think I need to buy a gorgeous pair of red shoes to go with it.

This is not exactly the same as my dress but it is pretty close. Mine is a halter-neck dress and the pattern on it is a little smaller.

Thank you for putting up with the emo Kristy. I promise to put her away and be my normal cheerful self next time I blog.

Monday, 17 October 2011

A weekend in pictures....

This weekend we took Sunday off from our usual hospital and nursing home visits to go to the vintage markets and Burleigh Beach for lunch. That's right people it was ladies day out :) The first one in over 4 months. 

So many pretty things

Hipster G 

Lunch time

Meet my new watch

This was such a fun day! It was great to see G take some time to relax and be a kid. Plus I got to shop and that always makes me happy :)