Sunday Reads #15: DIY Pet Bed, Watercolors & Stunt Work

Aug 31, 2014

I love road trips,

Especially when the highway leads you all the way back to your hometown.

When I go back home it's like I can finally relax and let all the stresses of city life fall away - at least for a day or two. Because it was Mum's birthday, Scott tagged along too.. who am I kidding, he had no choice but to come. It was a perfect weekend with the family.

And back to the city..

  1. 25 ways to celebrate your anniversary

  2. ever wanted to learn how to paint with watercolors?

  3. 28 cute puppy pictures

  4. live your calling

  5. 25 ways to beat bloggers block

  6. chia seed pudding recipe

  7. do you ever worry your partner will die?

  8. how to make a modern pet bed

  9. natural bridal make up tutorials

  10. ever thought of becoming a stunt woman?


25 Ways To Beat Bloggers Block

Aug 29, 2014

It's confession time..

I have been suffering from bloggers block for the last year.

It came out of nowhere, when everything was running perfectly and my little blog was gaining a lot of momentum. All of a sudden I didn't know what to write, I tried and I tried but no matter what I did I turned into a little rebellious teenager and ran away from the computer!

I'd procrastinate and switch topics constantly. I believed that if I just got 'clarity' I'd be able to write again. I got tons of clarity and still convinced myself that it wasn't perfect. I went round and round in circles but I still persisted - which is kind of the main point here.

I'm not saying it's easy or it'll only last a little while, but as long as you persist and never freakin' give up, the clouds will clear and you'll be on your way again.

If you're seriously stuck, use these ideas to help you beat it!

  1. Write a how-to post.
  2. Write a letter to your younger self.
  3. Re-write and improve upon one of your most popular posts.
  4. Take stock & add your pictures.
  5. Share something that scares you.
  6. Write a letter to your future child(ren).
  7. Start vlogging instead.
  8. Create a new regular column or feature.
  9. Create a character and write a story around them.
  10. Start your bucket list.
  11. Write about something you're insanely passionate about.
  12. Set a timer for 10 minutes and just start writing!
  13. Write a post about someone you idolise.
  14. Make a list of your favourite blog posts.
  15. Write about an upcoming event you're excited for.
  16. Write a top 10 list of your favourite beauty products, dresses, bloggers etc.
  17. Share a secret about yourself.
  18. Interview a blogger you admire.
  19. Just write 75 words.
  20. Ask your best friends and family for ideas.
  21. Write about what you were like as a child/teenager.
  22. Tell a fiction story, fairytale etc.
  23. Write about your favourite memory.
  24. Tell us what you’re grateful for.
  25. Never ever give up!

Are you going through bloggers block right now? How are you planning to kick it's ass?


Easy Vanilla & Boysenberry Chia Seed Pudding

Aug 28, 2014

There is no voodoo witch doctor in the world that can cure me of my sweet tooth..

And honestly I wouldn't want to be cured either.

But desserts like ice cream aren't cutting it for me anymore. I'm one of those annoying people who complains of being sensitive to certain foods, (like beetroot! disgusting), I always get a sore gut from dairy and I swear it creates mucous in my lungs making it an exciting challenge to breathe. Bet you loved that visual.

Yet I cannot give up the sweet lovin', so I went googling one day - as you do when you're desperate - and found some better/healthier/not gonna cut off my air supply dessert recipes.

And I tried one!

This one!

Turns out it's a pretty good replacement. I mean yeah at first getting used to goopy flavored seeds made me a bit squirmy, but that doesn't last long.

It's the right amount of sweet, it's less processed and feels a lot lighter on the body. Definitely going to try more mucous-less desserts in the future! :P

Easy Vanilla & Boysenberry Chia Pudding

Serves 1

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1 - 2 boysenberries

In a small bowl combine the first four ingredients. Stir well and refrigerate for at least one hour. After the first thirty minutes give the mixture a stir again so it doesn't clump together. Once you're ready to eat, stir in the maple syrup and top with boysenberries.

Bon App├ętit!


Do you ever worry he'll die?

Aug 27, 2014

Do you ever worry your partner will die?

I can be a bit of a worrier..

Especially when the anxiety kicks in, which is now a rarity - thank god.

But sometimes - usually when I'm lying in bed at night trying to fall asleep - a rogue thought will sneak it's way into my mind and play havoc with my heart.

What if Scott dies.. now, tomorrow, next week, next year?

And my heart starts to hurt. I think about how it would feel not to hear his voice again, smell his scent or hold him in my arms. I feel empty and lonely and it makes me miss him even though he's lying right there next to me. Sometimes tears even well up in my eyes, so I snuggle into his side and clutch a little tighter than usual.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who has random thoughts like these? It's such a frightening thing to think about.

But it could happen!

Which makes these terrifying moments a reminder to appreciate all the details of our relationship. To relish, enjoy and milk them for all that they are - and to let go of the little annoying things that frustrate you.

Because let's be honest, nothing is guaranteed except death.

Do you ever worry that your partner will die? I'd love to hear your thoughts..


Sunday Reads #14: Space, Anaconda & changing the world

Aug 24, 2014

Wow, this weekend the weather put on it's best performance for us here in Auckland. I'm not kidding. It literally went the extra mile to give us good service - I even got to bathe my atrociously pasty white legs in the sun!

Summer is coming! :D

  1. Been a little obsessed with Space and Science this week. Trawl through the articles here.

  2. 29 satellite photos from google earth.

  3. blackberry buttercake recipe.

  4. OMG Beyonce at the VMA's right?! LOVE her.

  5. What's your unspoken relationship rule?

  6. Don't hate me for liking this song. #sorrynotsorry

  7. How to change the world and still have time for friends.

  8. 18 easy ways to extend the life of your iphone.

  9. The thought process of being late.

  10. I had a really weird birthday..