Saturday, February 6, 2016

Back to School 2016

Woah! What a first week back with the kiddies at school!
 
This year I am making the leap from Kindergarten to Year 5. I'm so excited to work with a new age group and to be able to try out some new lessons and projects with a higher age group.
 
I've also moved house this week!
 
Every night this week I've gotten home from work at around 5:30pm, packed my stuff into my car and taken a load around to my new house. Luckily the new place is just around the corner and I'm moving into an already established share house so I don't need to worry about moving anything other than my bedroom furniture.
 
My sister and I the week before Christmas 2015 xx
 
So, i'll leave you with that update for this week.
I'm busy unpacking and preparing for the rest of the school term! 
Have a great weekend all.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Guide to Life: Hen's Parties

As a single girl in my mid-20's i'm not exactly needing my own hen's party anytime soon. But, man other people's are just so much fun! After having the most amazing time this past weekend at a friend's Hen's night I decided to compile a list of a few Hen's party tips.
 

1. Know your Hen!
 
Typically, a Hen does not plan her own night. Which means it's usually up to the Maid of Honour, or Bridesmaids and while you may be a wild-all-night-at-the-strip-club kinda gal, you need to step back and work out what the Hen will enjoy doing. The easiest way to do this? Ask her! Get a feel for the activities and venues she likes and plan from there. Obviously you don't have to divulge every little detail to her, but letting her make some suggestions/choices will help keep the night suited to your Hen.
 
 
2. Consider your demographic.
 
Find out early who the Hen is planning to invite and keep this in mind at all times! Great Old Nanna Nancy does not want to spend the day walking from bar to bar when she can barely walk from one end of the house to other. Keep your guests ages, interests and personalities in mind at all times. You can't suit everyone but you can do your best to pick an event that everyone feels comfortable at.
 
3. Sort that Budget!
 
Again, have an idea of who you are inviting and what you think they can afford. Does everyone have to travel from far away and pay for travel and accommodation costs? Or are most people from around the area and not having to fork out for extra costs?
 
 
4. Notice! Notice! Notice!
 
People are generally more open to spending larger amounts of money if they can have some notice. The sooner you can let people know where you are going, what you are doing and how much it will cost, the easier it will be for guests to ensure they can make it and to start saving.
 
5. Go with the flow!
Don't over plan the night. You don't need to be playing games every second of the event. Let people mingle, have a dance and spend time with the Hen. The more relaxed you appear, the more your guests will feel free to enjoy the event!!
 
 
 
I'd love to read posts about any Hen's events you have attended (or even your own).
Leave a comment below!

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

#UnderOurHillsHoist

 
Last Friday night we hosted a concert in our garage!
 
 
The super sweet, bubbly, super star Fanny Lumsden and her hilarious, dad-joke telling partner Dan lit up our little old garage bringing their Under Our Hills Hoist tour right into our own home.
 
 
It was such a fun evening! Songs, stories and even a worst dad-joke competition.
 
We invited around 25 people over, put two BBQ's down in the backyard, provided some salad and set ourselves up on the lawn to enjoy the show.


I've been following Fanny and her music for awhile now and when she did her Country Halls Tour earlier this year I was so tempted to organise an event. But, I was busy and not quite ready to organise a whole town event on my own, so I put it off. Luckily, a few months later she started advertising her house tour and I knew I had to get onto that one! 

 
Most of the people we invited had never heard of Fanny before, but all walked away fans and most with a newly purchased CD in their hands too!
And as for me, I got to have my favourite artist perform right there in my own home and sing all my favourite songs and requests... amazing!

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Great Ocean Road

I don't have many words for this post.
They say a picture is worth a 1000 words and I've got hundreds of photos from my travels on the Great Ocean Road so who needs more words!?
(Don't worry, I'm not actually going to post 100 photos either, this is just a taste of an exquisite part of the Australian coastline!)
 
 
 
What a place!!

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Kiltynane Winery (Bellarine, Victoria)

I have (completely by accident) discovered the cutest little winery in the whole of Australia (maybe, even the world!).
 

You see, after Christmas my family along with my sister's boyfriend spent a week holidaying down in Geelong, exploring the Great Ocean Road and making the most of the sun shiny weather. On New Year's Day we got up early to drive my sister's boyfriend to Melbourne airport as he was headed back to the states. By the time we got back to our caravan park (it was just over an hour either way) we were all feeling more than just a tad lethargic. It was the last day of our trip, we'd seen everything we set out to see, and we were tired from forcing ourselves to stay awake for the New Year's fireworks.
 
However, it was a lovely day and we knew we didn't want to waste our last day holed up in our cabin. That's when I remembered that I had seen a winery online I wanted visit. But, hold the phone. They were shut. And so was the next winery we rang. And the next. And the next. And the next. We were just about to give up when my Mum stumbled upon the Kiltynane Winery website AND it was OPEN! We jumped straight in the car and off we set.
 
Well, it must of been fate that all the other wineries were shut because we ended up at the most adorable little winery I have ever seen!
 
 
From the tiny country charm cottage you look out over a lush green garden and across to the ocean. The vineyard grows right there beside the sitting area and between the two is a vegetable garden full of seasonal produce. We actually sat and watched staff run between the kitchen and the garden when they needed fresh produce for their platters. And, oh the platters! I'll get to the wine in a minute, but you know I love me some good food and this platter was absolutely divine. When you order you just let the staff know how many people you'd like a platter for and they pile it up with seasonal produce and locally produced goodies. The olives were the best I've ever tasted, in a subtle olive oil with a  hint of garlic flavour. Both cheeses were incredible and the freshly baked bread was a hit with everybody! My mouth is starting to water just thinking back on it.
 
 
Now, onto what you go to a winery for... WINE!
On first arriving a ordered a glass of Prosecco to have while sat and waited for the platter. It was delicious. Light and refreshing with just the right amount of bubble. I may have ordered another glass of this when the platter arrived.
While we were waiting for our food we decided to go and have a little look around at the cellar door... and ended up trying almost every wine on offer (What can I say? It was good wine!). I would have loved to a bottle of their Prosecco but unfortunately they are only able to serve it on site at this point in time, so instead I grabbed a bottle of their delicious Rose.
 
 
I wish this charming spot was closer to home so I could spend all my days basking in the sunshine with a glass of Prosecco in one hand and fist full of olives and cheese in the other. If you are ever in the Bellarine area be sure to drop by Kiltynane Winery and check it out!
 


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