Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Few Snaps From Lately







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buy propranolol 1. ventolin evohaler price Row and I celebrated four years as a team orient 2. premarin cream cost walmart nurture Artists collaborating on a mural for a local cafe еnhance 3. I’ve been making lots of bread! 4. Stunning red sky at night 5. I made mayonnaise. Highly recommend giving it a go! 6. A little glimpse of my day-job and a display I made for #reelread 7. The beautiful bush up the back of Rows parents place, 10 mins from the city, I LOVE the colours in this photo!

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Happy Spaces v.4

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Happy weekend to you! The leaves are changing colour here and the mornings call for a cardigan. I’m quite fond of this time of year. I’ve already made my first chili of the season (sharing next week). Here are some internet perusings of late. Enjoy!

“If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is” some profound thoughts by Ann-Marie that had me nodding along.

– Frankie shared this great banner DIY on their blog.

– Hannah wrote beautifully about being ‘brave’. Be sure to read this one.

– One of my favourite bloggers, Elise, has started an awesome new venture, Make 29. In short, she will make 12 different project this year, released once a month in batches of 29 or 290. I haven’t bought one yet but can’t wait to see what her April project is. Go Elise!

– Have you heard about the 100 Happy Days Challenge? The challenge asks you to post a photo of something that makes you happy, every day, for 100 days! I’m not sure if I’m up for the task, are you?

These are on my wishlist right now. Jumbo yellow chevron tea cups!

– I’m obsessed with fabric stamping at the moment (which I’ve never done before!) I get some time off over Easter and playing with stamps is at the top of my list! There are tonnes of great tutes on the internet but this caught my eye! And these veggie stamp prints!

– Are you still with me? I hope so! Here is a nice blog Pip shared, Design is Yay. I don’t need to elaborate do I? You’ve already abandoned me to scope out all of the prettyness.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope I’ve spiced up your weekend a notch. I post Happy Spaces every second Saturday. Have you found any happy spaces lately? Share in the comments!

Apple, Walnut & Cardamom Cake (Hello Autumn)



There’s just something about baking with apples, right? My parents and my in-laws both have apple trees so we have been inundated (in a good way!). I based this cake on some classic flavour combos: apples, walnuts and cardamom. Cardamom is one of those highly nostalgic scents for me. It takes me back to our family trip to Finland when I was 16 and the bulle buns we ate by the truck load. The cardamom in this recipe is subtle and delightful.


Apple, Walnut and Cardamom Cake

The Importance of Faraway Friends

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Its funny, when you get to that time of your life and you realise you’re a ‘grown up’. What happened to the last four years? Where did time go? This year marks my fifth year out of high school. That sounds crazy and untrue. But looking back on all the things that have happened in those four and a bit years almost brings tears to my eyes. I met Row straight after school so all of my time since school has been ‘we’. All the things we have done. We’ve been in it together. I can’t imagine my life without him, my best friend.

Its funny to think that in school you saw your friends every day. You spent a lot of time with them. You talked and talked. And made plans. And conspired. And then suddenly, without even realising it, your group of friends shrinks and spreads. I have developed some amazing relationships since school and ended some friendships too.

I’m so happy to be close to my parents (geographically speaking too) and to have amazing ‘in-laws’ and to work with an insanely cool bunch of people. And to be living life with my best friend and going on this amazing – if not always easy – adventure together. But despite those wonderful connections, the meaning of ‘friends’ has changed dramatically. My friends are spread far and wide. My other best friend lives in Germany. We probably won’t see each other again until I’m getting married. But despite that she is my girlfriend. When we meet up – despite there being years in between – we pick up where we left off. We laugh and tell dumb stories and then we ball our eyes out when we have to say goodbye. And that’s OK. We’ll see each other again. And we’ll pick up where we left off.

My other school friends have drifted in different directions. I believe that’s called life. That’s OK too. But it sure is different. In school you have a lot more connections but perhaps friendships aren’t as profound.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that friends are really important, no matter where they are. Its pretty cool that we have technology now, that enables us to quickly and easily send messages. That’s great. I want to try to stay in touch this year. With all of those faraway friends. Life evolves constantly and the relationships that you have are of utmost importance – don’t forget to make time for people no matter how many miles are separating you. To my friends far and wide, dotted like pins on a map, you guys are my jam. We don’t get to see each other often but that’s not what counts. Missing you all the time and I promise to keep in touch.

100 Days of Veg: Roast Vegetable, Lentil & Feta Salad


One of my favourite meals is a big hearty salad. It sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? But you can easily make a salad into a satisfying meal but adding a few extra ‘dimensions’. I love to add lentils – such a super food – feta or other cheese and nuts.


Roast Vegetable, Lentil & Feta Salad

9 Cosy Movies (Hello Autumn)



Its definitely the time of year for a movie watching session, preferably with some hearty food, a bottle of wine and a good friend (furry or otherwise). When I think of a cosy movie it usually involves, romance (duh), laughter, quirky characters and George Clooney. I hope you haven’t seen all of these yet (if you have you’re awesome). Leave a comment of your favourite ‘cosy’ movie and I’ll add it to the list!

  1. Robot and Frank Set slightly in the future, an elderly man gets a robot and together they pull off one last heist.
  2. In a World Kind of bizarre and awesome, about the voice-over industry. Just a bit different and worth a watch!
  3. Enough Said Classic rom-com but not cliche, with an awesome cast and lots of laughs.
  4. Once Sweet love story with an epic soundtrack. Awesome factoid: the two main actors (Glen Hansard and d Markéta Irglová) composed and performed all of the original songs.
  5. Fantastic Mr. Fox A band of well dressed animals take on the nasty farmers in this stop-motion delight. Basically a must see for all ages.
  6. Silver Linings Playbook I like this straight up (love) story that touches on mental illness. Its definitely not the same-old and I really enjoyed it. Oh, and Jennifer Lawrence.
  7. The Way Way Back About finding where you belong and standing up for your beliefs (wow that really sells it doesn’t it? Its a good I swear.) (I don’t like Steve Carell and this film made me GLEEFUL because he plays a massive ass in it. (Not his usual role that I can’t stand)).
  8. Up House meets hot-air balloon in this fun (yet sweet and sentimental) animated flick.
  9. Moonrise Kingdom Yep, another classic Wes Anderson. Romance, adventure and Edward Norton as a Scout Master(!!). This is the kind of film you want to live in.