Saturday, December 20, 2014

Lauren Conrad 'Lob' Hair Style

Lauren Conrad can do no wrong when it comes to hair.

Long, short or somewhere in between she just has a way of making every cut look amazing. On her way to her current look, the 'bob', she introduced me to what is being hailed the 'lob'. Short, but long enough to have fun with and style in a variety of ways, the 'lob' has totally taken off in Hollywood.
And now, I have a 'lob' too!

Before and After.

While I love having long hair, I was just over the constant maintenance and my blonde was getting yellower by the day. I'm really happy with the whiter blonde I have now and how light and easy to look after my new cut is.

To get this look I searched pinterest for weeks adding every 'lob' I liked the look of to my hair board.
Then, I settled on the following 4 photos to take along to the hair dresser with me.


Sources: Pinterest

Whose hairstyle are you currently coveting?

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

An Aussie with... Wanderlust.

Wanderlust: A strong desire to wander and explore the world.

Grand  Canyon: 2013.

It's slowly creeping back into my mind. That desire to be in a different place, meeting new people, eating alllll the food, exploring the streets, taking a million photos, living out of a suitcase... travelling.

After spending 4 months in the US in 2013 I felt like I needed a long stint back in Australia. While I loved America, the 6 weeks of travel after Summer Camp saw me starting to really miss my friends and family. I was ready to settle into a grown up job (aka my career) and I began to seriously consider the purchase of a puppy. I just wanted to be... settled.

Fast forward to the end of 2014 and I'm starting to crave the excitement of travel again. 
I'm blaming my housemate getting a job as a travel agent and leaving brochures all over the house mixed with watching TV shows set in cool cities I'm yet explore.

I guess the question now is where to?


Nashville, USA.
The show of the same name has me hooked! I long to spend my nights watching the who's who of Country Music perform at the Grand Ole' Opry.


Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
Oh, if money were no object! I would love to swim with the giant turtles and check out all the ancient  almost dinosaur like wildlife.


Kauai, USA.
I've longed to visit this stunning island of Hawaii ever since I first laid eyes on a photo of it. 


Uluru, Australia.
Right in my own backyard and I've never seen it? What kind of Aussie am I? Get me there pronto!

Where do YOU want to visit next?
Inspire Me!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Things I Never Knew About Report Writing.

Arghhhhhh! I did it! I actually survived my first ever go at report writing! And what a relief that is (it's still in the editing process though, so not relaxing just yet).

You see, there is so much more to report writing than I ever even realised. Obviously I knew I had to assess students and then write about it.

What I didn’t realise was….
- how rushed I would feel to make sure I had covered the whole curriculum and assessed each indicator for the reports.

- the fact that different schools have  different criteria for how they like their reports written.

- how hard it is to come  up with a different way to say the same thing for 22 children.

-how little space/few words you have to brag about all the amazing things your individual kids have learnt.

-how much more space there seems to be when you’re not quite sure what to say.

- how happy I’d be to submit them for editing.

If you’re just starting out at report writing yourself my advice would be…

-          Take it one comment at a time.

-          Gather as many examples of previous reports from your school as you can.

-          Have someone from your school read over 2-3 of your first attempts and get feedback so you know you're on the right track.

-          Edit and reedit. It doesn’t have to be worded perfectly on the first write.

-          Breathe… You can do this!

Any other teachers out there got report writing advice they swear by?

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

All I Want For Christmas (2014)

My sister asked me to write her a list of things I'd like for Christmas.
It's a short list at the moment, but these are the 3 gifts i'd most likely to receive this year!

Fitbit Flex
(Comes in a whole range of colours! I love the teal coloured flex!)

Lorna Jane MNB 2015 Diary

New Running Shoes
I love this ASICS Gel pair!

What are you putting on your wishlist this year?

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Carnival Legend.

Port in Noumea.

On September 24th I set sail on my first ever cruise trip and I can now let you all know that cruising is fun, fun, fun (especially if you really like to eat like me)!

Elegant night in the dining room (Truffles).

I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to fully appreciate life on the high seas as I’m a notorious motion sickness sufferer but can happily report that throughout the 12 day cruise I only had  2 significant sea sickness experiences. For the most part I felt fine or just a tad off balance and the two times I did feel unwell I was able to nap or go to bed and woke up  feeling much better.

Now onto the fun stuff… Cruise ships are HUGE! I mean actually, ginormous! The Carnival Legend looks big from outside, sure!? BUT inside feels twice as big as it looks. We’re talking; A comedy lounge, multilevel theatre, 2 restaurants, buffet, 3 pools, 2 water slides, 3 spas, casino, decent sized bedrooms/bathrooms and 10000000000000 bars.

Enjoying a cocktail (or 2).

I learnt to play roulette, and we got ADDICTED to Bingo! My travel buddy even won $125 in one game (I won’t admit how much we spent on bingo tickets throughout the trip). We went to the hilarious adult’s only comedy shows and attended the theatre productions (singing, dancing, juggling, comedy, magic and more) every night. We drank cocktails til we could stand them no more (though only 1-2 a day as the movement of the boat was enough to make you feel drunk without a drop of alcohol). We lounged in the adult only “Serenity” area. We ate more food in those 12 days then I’d eaten the past 6 months. We chose to dine in the restaurant every night as the food was delish and the staff was incredible. We were amazed by Magic Leo’s nightly magic tricks as we dined. We joined in for Harry Potter themed trivia and one of my travel buddies and I even entered the Miss Carnival Legend competition (failing miserably!).

We also made the most of each stop along the trip. We had 5 stops and originally booked a Carnival excursion for 4 of these. Unfortunately our first excursion was cancelled as not enough people signed up. We were really disappointed but hopped off the boat in Noumea, New Caledonia determined to make the most of the day and that we did! Our first ever Jet Skiing adventure! What an experience!?! I love Jet Skiing, I’m adding owning one to my bucket list.

Jetskiing in Noumea.

Our next stop was the island Lifou which had a beautiful coral beach. Unfortunately the weather was overcast and drizzly and we weren’t fully able to appreciate the waters.

Next, Port Denaru, Fiji, where we signed up to go to a thermal mud bath! We arrived to grass lei’s and a kava ceremony before we stripped down and covered one another top to toe in owey gooey mud. We let it dry before hoping into a mud pool where the squelchy mud under foot came up to ours knees and squished around us (possibly the grossest feeling ever). Finally we were allowed into the crystal clear thermal pool to wash off and enjoy the serenity of Fiji.

Squelching in the mud bath.

The next port of call was Suva and it was time for a flying fox adventure. Flying through the trees in a little waist harness, taking in the forest sights of Fiji = my idea of FUN!

Before our flying fox adventure.

Our final and possibly best stop was the stunning Mare, New Caledonia where we caught a shuttle across the island to visit a pristine beach and coral reef.  We couldn’t have asked  for a more perfect day weather wise and it was wonderful final destination for our trip.

Soaking up the sunshine in Mare.

After 12 days at sea it was time to return back to the hustle and bustle of home life. For anyone considering a cruise I’d definitely recommend it. While I won’t be rushing back to go cruising any time soon, it’s an experience I’m so happy to have had and it allowed me to see 2 countries that I probably would never have visited otherwise. I think if I were to ever do a cruise again I’d go when I have a family of my own. It seems like a great, not so expensive way to travel with both young children and older relatives.

Graffiti wall in Noumea.

Have you been on a cruise? What did you think and would you go again?

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