Nov 04

Friday Five

1. Coco’s Cantina. I took Ivan here for his birthday last week and woah they cook a mean feed. Artichoke tempura with mint and yoghurt and bruschetta with broad beans and fresh mozzarella to begin. Followed by some seriously good pork belly for Ivan and fish of the day for me. The only weird thing is that they state on their menu ‘service not included’ which I took to mean we actually had to tip our waiter. As expected then, the service is delightful. Friendly but not too friendly, talkative but not too awkward, helpful in all the right places. And I secretly kinda enjoyed taking out the iphone to work out the Canadian’s notoriously accurate 15% tip. Also, didn’t we look cute?

2. This website. OK, surely I have more important things to be thinking about, but this site is so much fun. If you’ve ever wondered how to apply eye make up effectively or braid your hair in crazy ways (things I somehow missed the memo on??) then this website may delight you as much as it did me. Some people say time waster, I say personal development.

3. Do you ever feel as though you just want to shout from your rooftop about how freaking awesome your life is? How often do we hear people talking about all the shit things that happen to them? How often do you get phone calls from people who are upset or sad or need cheering up? And then how often do you get phone calls from people who just want to share how freaking happy they are with life? Not often I’d imagine. The other day my friend called me just to say how awesome life is. And it was glorious. We rejoiced in how lucky we are, how beautiful people are, how lovely the days are, how youthful and exciting we are. We talked about ways to celebrate our glorious lives. Perhaps this is how Thanksgiving feels to people who celebrate it.

It is much more lovely to talk about how great things are than to talk about how gloomy things are. And sometimes, when things might seem gloomy but you’re around people who are talking about great things, then you start to see how glorious your life is also.

Be on the look out for things that make you laugh. If you see nothing worth laugh laughing at, pretend you see it, then laugh.” – Manny

But in all seriousness, try sharing a good or even great thing about your life with someone. Or let the people who make your life so wonderful, know that they do.

4. The Glow. Stunning images of inspiring and beautiful mums. There should be a NZ version of this!

5. Sad but hilarious.

And that’s it…today was Ivan’s LAST day of work and so we are off to the sand and sun for three days. Woooooooo!

Oct 26

Hump Day Links

It’s official! This little girl can fly! And she’s actually the only one of us that has a NZ passport, how cool is that?

Happy hump day – here’s some cool stuff to see you through the rest of the week.

Some excellent advice and ideas on what to feed your baby and your toddler.

Freelancer? Win a one year subscription to Solo.

Natural lighting photography tips.

My friend Stacey’s new blog.

My latest inspirations on Tumblr and Pinterest.

I wonder if these guys would come paint Mika’s wall for us 😛

Check out my latest family shoot.

We need a new diaper bag for our travels. I’m looking at this onethis one and this one. Any other ideas?

You need to see this movie. Ivan and I went to the premiere last week courtesy of The Department Store. It’s probably my new favourite movie (not to talk it up or anything…)

I made this for dinner last week. Leeks aren’t in season, but I had a craving for something light and delicious and this totally hit the spot. I made it for Ivan and my Dad and they both loved it. I think that makes it a repeat dish! We didn’t serve it with anything, but if you have a bunch of hearty eaters it could be a good side salad to fish or chicken. Or add more chickpeas if you’re vegetarian!?

I’m right in the middle of this book. If you haven’t read it – start reading it. If you’ve read it, isn’t it the best?!

I also read this article courtesy of Cup Of Jo. It begs a juicy discussion after reading it…

Sep 01

Day 1 & links to keep you busy

Day 2 of officially no coffee and I woke up feeling amazing. Mika slept from 7pm – 4:30am which is a pretty big deal around here. Ivan and I managed to sneak off to Bikram yoga at 730pm and leave my Dad to watch over Mika.

Yesterday I spent the whole day feeling as though I hadn’t eaten yet, even though I ate pretty damn well. I think it’s because I often don’t feel as though my day has started yet until I have my coffee. Today was easier though. I had this Alkaline green smoothie like Julie suggested and whilst it felt weird putting half a cucumber, spinach, parsley, mint and avocado into my blender – it was actually pretty freaking amazing.

I don’t have a headache today. I feel lighter and my tummy feels flatter (already!) and I’m definitely not as sluggish as I was 4 days ago. I’m so curious… I hope I feel better and better as the month continues.

I’ll post what I’ve been eating at the end of each 7 days.

In the meantime, it’s Friday. The rainclouds above our house are heavy and dark grey. Our car needs cleaning and laundry needs doing, but who wants to clean in the rain? Not I. So instead, here are some fun links to stay busy.

How to turn a mans shirt into a dress, skirt and shirt!

Zombie Invasion Wedding Photography? These guys are awesome.

Are you on Pinterest yet? If so… follow me and Ivan!

A website dedicated to the wretched creatures abused for economic gains by their Etsy girlfriends. Funny for a few minutes.

The Small Object.

Ivan’s new website is looking pretty sweet.

This will make you smile.

And a nice quote for the day: “What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming” (Muhammad Ali) – So choose a positive thought!

Aug 24

Links to keep you busy

Taken outside Kohi Cafe on Sunday before a sadly average brunch

1. I made this for dinner last week. It was good, but it tasted amazing the next day.

2. Why should you care about typography? Beautifully done.

3. How much do you look like your family members? This photo project is SO COOL.

4. Travelling? Or got a spare room and wanna make some cash? (Hello RWC) This website is beautiful and it’s a no-brainer really. Ivan and I have already started booking some rooms for our travels.

5. The modern animated gif. They call them ‘cinemagraphs’.

6. Loving this new song by Feist.

7. Ivan just ordered us some new headphones. I got mine in ‘mustard’ and he got his in ‘grass’. How sweet is their website?

8. I’ve been talking recently with some friends about forgiveness and moving on. This article pretty much sums up our discussions. It’s quite long, but the gist of it for me:

“Bernstein’s big idea turns on resolving the conflict she says we all face between love—the pure state we’re born into, before we start collecting reasons to attack ourselves and each other—and fear. Fear breeds what she calls the ego, not Freud’s version but essentially that inner voice pushing doubt to the forefront of your mind, reminding you that you’re not good enough and neither are your thighs. Almost everything Bernstein espouses—asking for and learning to recognize miracles, surrendering to the guidance of the universe, and, especially, forgiveness—is contingent on silencing the ego, or, as Bernstein might say, “telling it to shut the fuck up!” She teaches that the people we’re jealous of, intimidated by, or angry with are our “assignments,” opportunities to practice compassion and to experience—hopefully, eventually—a sense of oneness rather than judgment and separation.”

“It sounds as pat as a greeting card, but think about that moment you leave a funeral, having faced the fragility of life; everything looks different. Babies seem smilier, the cashier at the drugstore seems kinder, that bridesmaid dress doesn’t bother you as much. It’s not because anything’s changed, but because you have, if only for a day or two—simply because you’ve brought more compassion to the world around you.”

9. And finally, a beautiful poem by an unknown author that Adele posted recently:

When I was a young man,
I wanted to change the world.
I found it was difficult to change the world,
so I tried to change my nation.

When I found I couldn’t change the nation,
I began to focus on my town.
I couldn’t change the town and as an older man,
I tried to change my family.

Now, as an old man,
I realize the only thing I can change is myself,
and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself,
I could have made an impact on my family.

My family and I could have made an impact on our town.
Their impact could have changed the nation
and I could indeed have changed the world.

Jul 20

Tiny Knitting

Thought you might like this, I found this lady who knitted tiny things every day for a month and then one every week for the rest for two years! Crazy beautiful too.

Apparently it all started when she made that little brain from the first image.