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Monday, 30 March 2015

Wake Up Happy

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If you look up the word ‘children’ in the dictionary, it says;
Early risers whose sole purpose is to breathe hot air on your face and wrench open your eyelids with sticky fingers before the sun is officially up. Slayers of the sleep in - aka sleep masochists.
OK, it doesn’t really say that – but it should.
Let’s face it, kids and early mornings are as much a pair as tea and bikkies, at least they usually are until they become teenagers and then they finally join Team Night Owl, but by then it’s too little too late!
I'm over at Kidspot today sharing how you can make the most of those precious hours sleep you do manage to get and holy shitballs -  perhaps even wake up happy!
Ha who knew that could even be possible?

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Win A Stunning Storage Basket From Down That Little Lane & Love Joy Create

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Hello my name is Sonia and I am a cushion addict.

Ha! Like that is any big secret, we ALL know that my weakness is cushions... and candles... and vodka and home wares and gin and gummi bears and... oh whatever.

I have some major weaknesses going on and such is life.

When I first started working with my beautiful friend Tessa at Down That Little Lane I knew I would be playing in a field of temptation.

I mean fancy someone with a major addiction to home wares spending every day working on a website that is home to the most gorgeous collection of home wares ever.

It's kind of like a chocolate addict working at Willy Wonkas.

I am Eve and DTLL is my apple. Except I don't have a loin cloth of vine leaves for my boobs because you know... ewwww.

You get the idea.

Every time a new seller signs up to Down That Little Lane I want to motor boat my face in all of the gorgeous images of delicious creations from these clever sellers and my finger often hovers over the I'll buy one of those for myself button.

So when a gorgeous company called Love Joy Create recently signed up and I saw the insanely desirable wares they were peddling - buy it for myself I did.

Yep I nabbed myself one of the gorgeous hello cushions from the collection below.

I often say I would love my time again to do up a baby's room and if I had the chance again I would be filling it to the brim with gorgeous baby blankets and storage baskets like these.

Anyway enough of my rambling because one of you guys are going to win one of these stunning storage baskets from Love Joy Create so you can drool all over it in the privacy of your own home.

Am I envious?

Oh hell yes, so let's just get on with it already!

Together with Down That Little Lane we are giving away this amazingly versatile storage basket.

All you need to do to enter is tell us in 25 words or less;

What would you store in this gorgeous basket? 

Then follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter widget below to be in with a chance to win.

Competition is open now (to Australian Residents only) sorry 
and closes Sunday 12/4/15 at 11.59pm AEST

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Friday, 27 March 2015

Exciting Things Are Coming

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Oh I have so much to tell you and so much I can't... well not just yet anyway.

Yes I know I am being one of those wanky banky type of people that vaguely refer to some really exciting news and then slowly drip feeds the information until you become so impatient and agitated with all the mysterious crap, so much so that you just want to slap them on the back of the head and give them a massive Chinese burn until they are writhing in so much pain that the torturous treatment forces the information to come spewing out of their vague little mouths.

Or something like that.

Clearly I have put some thought into this at some time or another.

Please trust me though, it's not that I don't want to tell you and it's not that I am being intentionally mysterious. 

On the contrary... 

I have a really big mouth and I am literally bursting at the seams in a this secret is gonna kill me kind of way and I practically have to gaffa tape my mouth shut to stop it all from busting out.

We just need to tie up a few bits and bobs before we can officially shout it all from the rooftops but as soon as I can... I will. 

Oh for the love of Clooney I will!

As you know I've been busy behind the scenes building upon some ideas and dreams that I along with two insanely inspiring women have been talking about for a while. Whilst I can't yet say what exactly is coming, I can tell you is that I am partnering with two of my most precious friends - Kate and Tessa in not one, but two new business collaborations.

Today we visited the place that we have decided will be the base of these new ventures, the creative space that we are about to sign a lease on, a place that will be home to fabulous new things.

Oh guys, I so want to to tell you more and I promise, I will just as soon as I possibly can.

When I took that leap of faith nearly two years ago and left the corporate world, I only dreamed about these kind of things happening. 

Somehow, I blindly leapt and landed on my feet and began working with two incredible women and I don't for one minute believe that it all just happened by chance.

You see I am a believer. A believe in fate, kismet, or call it what you will. I believe that if you truly want something with all your being, it will happen. You make it happen.

You know when someone says to you - trust that the universe will ensure that you are where you are meant to be? 

Well I couldn't agree more.

I was meant to leave my job and begin working with these two women. 

They were meant to become two of my most precious sisters and we were meant to do awesome things together.

And so this is just the beginning.

OK enough of my mysterious faffing. On to other gorgeous things - like Easter and food, because the two things go together like vodka and lime, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and Sundays and sleep ins. 

They are just kind of complete each other like a G&T on Friday afternoon completes me.

It's hard to believe that we pretty much just pulled the Christmas lights down and shoved the last of the decorations into storage and already we are preparing for the bunny to bring on some chocolate induced meltdowns. 

I think I may only have a year or two left of the bunny.. if you know what I mean? So I am looking forward to creating us much magic as I can this Easter for the boys and if that means sitting up to the early hours laboriously working on projects that will be devoured in mere minutes... then so be it.

Here's some of the Easter gorgeousness I have discovered on the net this week.

1. A if ice cream wasn't good enough on it's own - add some chocolate bunny ears like Studio DIY did and I would be the hoppiest girl in the world. Happy | Hoppy *ahem* moving on.

2. That gorgeous Babs over at Patchwork Cactus is a clever clogs and her hand stamped tea towels turned Martha Mudguts to mush. I would love some of these instead of eggs this Easter. OK I would like my eggs wrapped in these please.

3. Edible Cotton Candy Nests from Paper & Stitch.. now THAT's what I'm talking about people!!!

4. I am planning on milking every last bit of appreciation for anything cute from my little boys whilst it lasts and so they will be getting some of these Design is Yay Bunny & Bow Goodie bags from me and damn it it - they will swoon... even if I have to bribe them.

Now if you would prefer to avoid the edible Easter treats then fear not - we have you covered.

Cue the plug for the Down That Little Lane Online Pop Up store... Sorry, I am unashamedly proud to be a part of the DTLL team and besides Tessa and I have been working very hard behind the scenes on this pop up and I can assure you that there are some gorgeous bargains to be had.

Think huge discounts and two for ones etc.

Think a whole load of gorgeousness.

It runs until Sunday night so check it out here.

OK, time to introduce this week's guest host and it is the beautiful Amanda from Cooker and a Looker.

Her blog name, Cooker and a Looker, is a bit of an inside joke: at their wedding her husband joked that his footy coach had told him “You can either get a cooker or a looker, you can’t have both”.

When Amanda started her blog in 2012 as a dare, she was as shocked as her high school English teacher to discover that she loved to write. Each post is a little sandwich of family life, food and humour, with a focus on fresh, easy recipe ideas that fast become family favourites.  

Amanda spends her days pretending she didn’t just get up from the computer and thinks tea tastes better from her favourite cup.

Link up your favourite post from the past week and then if you get a chance, pop around and say hello to some of the other lovely linkers. The Weekend Rewind blog hopping party starts every Friday night at 8pm and links will close on Sunday night at midnight. Link up here or over on Bron's blog (Maxabella Loves)Sonia's blog (Sonia Styling) or Kelly's at A Life Less Frantic.  It does not matter where you link as your link will show up in all 4 places.

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