The week in review

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So it has been a while since we have done this, no? Since our summer break started I’ve been busying planning out posts, taking photos and exploring the city and I’ve let the week in review posts slide. But fear not my friend…they are back! And I’ve got plenty to tell you about this week!

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8 things to do on the weekend in summer

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So down under it is summer. Well, it is supposed to be summer. The thing about summer in New Zealand is that it only really starts at the end of January and we are lucky if it lasts 2 months. To be fair, I could be slightly grumpy since it is all drizzly and grey outside my window currently. If I was basking in the sunshine right now I possibly wouldn’t be quite so harsh.

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17 blogs you need to follow this year

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Since I started my blog way back in 2014, I have become an avid blog reader myself. I unknowingly stepped into this world of social media and Instagram friend dating and somehow I made myself at home here. And blog reading (much like shoe shopping) is addictive, once you start reading one you find another 10 equally awesome ones that you just HAVE to read too.

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

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Isn’t it funny how time changes you? Little by little your experiences on this earth mold and shape you like the ocean twists and warps a piece of driftwood. With all the battering of the waves and shaky storms it is understandable that not only yourself but also your dreams change as you grow up.

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9 cures for the Monday blues

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It’s the start of another week. Monday always has this way of creeping up on us. There we are, blissfully enjoying the weekend sun and…BAM…all of a sudden we are back, hunched over our desks as though the weekend was all just a dream. I don’t know how your Monday started, but I woke up with a blotchy, red face and eyelids so puffy they kept squeezing my eyes shut. Not a good look in case you were wondering.

Yes, apparently my body has decided to sabotage itself and for some reason has taken offence at the particular variety of pollen/dust/grass at home and is turning me into a puffy, grouchy mess. So yeah, on this particular day, I do understand your distaste for Mondays. I’m not too fond of them myself as of this moment.

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I found my word for 2017!

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I have been struggling for weeks. Struggling to come up with a suitable word for 2017. Because that’s the trendy thing to do nowadays. Goals shmoals. Resolutions shmusions. Instead, the cool kids have a word that they want to represent their year. Well, I have seen blogger after blogger announcing their word and I’ve just been drawing a blank. I was starting to wonder if there was something wrong with me. I mean, words are like candy for me. I collect them like stamps (or something more valuable like say, cute socks 🙂 ) But I was beginning to think that maybe 2017 would just remain “wordless.” Ooh or maybe I would be alternative and have a number instead.

But then out of nowhere it came to me.

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Behind the scenes of that Instagram photo #3

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Happy New Year! I hope you had a fun time welcoming 2017 in. We had a little family shin-dig which was just the best. There is nothing like gathering around a table, sharing a delicious meal (thanks Mum!) and laughing together about all the things that make a family great (namely the older folks new year’s resolutions.)

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2016 reflections + reader survey

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Here we are. The final post of 2016. Gosh this has been one heck of a year…hasn’t it? Well, maybe you don’t know what all the fuss is about. Maybe your year was just fine and this last day of the year will be the same as any other to you. But I for one, will be spending my December 31st, thanking God for getting me off this roller-coaster. Because boy oh boy was this a crazy year for me.

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December book review: Looking for lovely

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How are you? I hope you had a super duper Christmas. Mine was a little bit of a bummer to be honest. Don’t get me wrong, the family, food and gifts were wonderful…but somewhere along the way I picked up a cold and it made me feel rotten. There is nothing more frustrating than eating a spoonful of ice cream drenched in chocolate sauce that you have waited the whole year for…only to discover you have lost your ability to taste food. 2016 strikes again.

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My family’s Christmas traditions

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It’s Christmas Eve! Even though there is brilliant sunshine streaming through the window, I am 95% certain it is going to snow tonight. I don’t care if it is summer in the Southern hemisphere…I want snow! So our Christmas is gonna be a little different this year. ¾ of the extended family that usually pour through our door and fill the house with general commotion, won’t be joining us.

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