Sunday, July 22

Dot Coms I Love

1. Donna Hay Recipe Search

Feeling uninspired in the kitchen? Haven't a clue what to cook for tea tonight? Days like this I call up my good buddy (it's true.....she just doesn't know it) Donna Hay's site, type in a bunch of ingredients I have on hand, and see what Donna suggests!

Last night I typed in chicken, ginger, coriander and noodles.....and ta-da!

Half and hour later we were tucking into a yummy meal and I had a new recipe to add to my repertoire.

Donna Hay is just fantastic - the undisputed Queen of Simple, Healthy and Delicious!

2. Styling You

Nikki Parkinson's fashion and beauty advice is AWESOME.
Why do I love her so much? A......she's Aussie, B........she's around my size and shape (ie not a skinny stick), C......the clothes and products she talks about are actually affordable for the average person and D......I can't get enough of her So You Want to Dress Like Nina Proudman articles....

3. Good Reads

If you love books, this one is a must! Here I keep a track of what I've read, browse reviews and write my own, chat about books with other book worms, see what other people are loving, make a list of what I want to read next.

It's also fun to check out the Listopia section. See what's made it on the Best Books of All Time, Books That Should Be Made into Movies, or how about Romance Novels That Jerked the Tears Right Out Of Ya!

4. They Draw & Cook

This site inspires me no end. Food and Art merged into one.....too fabulous for words!
Just take a look at some of these amazing "recipes as art" then go check out the site for yourself.

5. Making Australia Happy

"Choose Happiness" may sound like something from a Wham revival, but research shows that 40% of the happiness pie chart is entirely within our power to control........we can influence our happiness through what we do and how we think. Just as we train the body to keep below our "set points" for weight, we can rise above our happiness set points.

I came across this site while researching MINDFULNESS - which is something I try to achieve in my own life. Try it yourself!

The site has heaps of ideas and activities to give you control over your own happiness.

6. Kids-In-Mind Movie Reviews

The amount of profanity, sex and violence at the cinema these days gives this protective mother the horrors! Kids-in-mind is the best friend I consult before deciding to let my girls see a movie, especially now that Kate believes she is old enough for M's. Let me tell you, many a day out with friends has been thwarted by this practice - but when it comes to monitoring what our kids are exposed to, we can never be too vigilant.

The site rates all the latest movies, as well as a huge catalogue of older movies you may potentially hire on DVD, giving a detailed account of every scene that may contain stuff you don't want your little darlings seeing.

Now it's your turn - what are your fave hangouts on the www?

Tuesday, July 17

SUYS Revamp

I do enjoy my spot on the Design Team for Show Us Your Stuff - the challenges are always something a bit different from other scrapbooking challenge sites, and the best part.......the focus is on HAND MADE elements.

The site has had a snazzy update recently.
A new look plus a simplified format for challenges - just one per month, plus one Young Scrappers (Sophie's Corner) challenge per month.

Check it out!

And have a go at the July challenge while you're there:
this month we're asking you to create a page inspired by this ultra-cool image....

Here's mine:

As you can see, I went with the colour scheme, the newsprint and the circles.
All the papers are old scraps.
My handmade item is the photo mat I created using 9 punched circles sewn down with my sewing machine.
Some Thickers letter stickers and some hand lettering for the title completes a very simple (and inexpensive!) page!

Thanks for popping in.
See you soon!

Sunday, July 15

Almost over

School holidays, that is.....
I have one more day (hopefully of sunshine) to get all the washing done, then it's back to the usual routine on Tuesday.

Here's some of what kept us amused:

Celebrating Princess Mia's actual birthday....

...and constructing all the LEGO she got!

A visit from Mum and my little brother.....which included a paddock bash to find all our new calves....

(that's Mum in the front seat looking spookily like the Queen).

Baking, baking and more this old-fashioned APPLE PIE....

for hubby's birthday (his request instead of a cake!).

Trips to the cinema to see....

....both were unbelieveably fantastic!!!

The girls sewed these sweet little dolly kits....

....fabulous felt friends, easy for the girls to make with all the holes pre-punched. A present from their aunty - the kits are by My Studio Girl.

Played multiple tournaments of.....Boggle, Scrabble and Guess Who Mix & Mash.....

and I had a lovely BookFest, finishing....

....and with NO fingernails left after ripping through that last book in one night.....I'm now starting this 750 page brick of a novel.....

....I'm one third the way through and I reckon I'm gonna love it!

Work and meetings carried on as usual.
Thank heavens for a job that lets me work flexible hours!
Love school holidays!
10 weeks til the next!


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