Archive | July, 2010

Today I love….Cutting my own hair a la Kandee Johnson

16 Jul

Kandee Johnson….I love, love, love you!!!

Ladies, this woman seriously rocks….get on her now!!! Well, and you guys too who are so beauty inclined….

Kandee Johnson is a freelance make-up artist who has a humungous following on you tube and also other social networks – I can’t recall how I found her – but this is the video that inspired me to cut my own hair….

Mr. Big tells me my effort is not good at all….well, I didn’t quite achieve the side swept look – my hair is too curly!

It just went ‘zip’ when I cut it and it jumped upwards! Oopsies…..

Anyhoo….I’ll get you all a pic soon don’t you worry!

Unfortunately I have multiple photo opportunites occurring on the weekend and hence will have to suffer the BAD haircut photos!!

Yes, my pretties, you shall all be witness to the pleasure of the humiliation as well….you stay tuned now!!

Today I love….Food Arranged by Color

15 Jul

Well, this is just SUPER-COOL stuff!!!

I love, love, just freakin’ love all this food arranged by colour – what a great idea! The colours are so bright and vibrant and simply gorgeous!!!

By Linda Lundgren, a talented food stylist from Sweden

You’re making me hungry now!!!

Food Arranged by Color

Today I love….this puppy!

13 Jul

Everybody say AWWWWW…….

Inspiring images and videos recently added to we heart it / visual bookmark

Today I love….Free Rice

13 Jul

Well, well, well…..we finally seem to have a worthy “click” charity here….most of the ones I’ve found seem to be run by the dodgy brothers…..anyhoo…..

Some of you may or may not believe this – but my Mother found this one!

Yay Mum! What a legend she is….on the same bandwagon as her daughter….finding super cool stuff on the interweb…..

So…..how do we get the Free Rice!!??? No, it’s not free for you ya big douche! All you will get is (hopefully) a bigger brain….I bet you are sitting there in front of a computer in a nice warm place, at an actual D.E.S.K with fresh running tap water nearby I am sure…. this is for the United Nations World Food Program

* Click on the right answer in the middle of this page.

* If you get it right, you get a harder question. If you get it wrong, you get an easier question.

* For each answer you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance… (more)

via FreeRice

Today I love….”Oh Sookie”

13 Jul

The Dogg has done it again!!!

I love, love, love True Blood and now I love, love, love this song by Snoop Dogg!!!

It’s quite cute and also entertaining (“I smoke True Bud” well der, of course you do, Snoop!)

I am sure Anna Paquin never thought any of this would happen to her way back in her Piano days….

I bet she is also being quite flattered with all the compliments she is getting! She is a very pretty lady…..oh, and she is a great actress in my opinion…..I just wish my ass looked as good as hers in those tight, short, shorts!!!

YouTube – Snoop Dogg “Oh Sookie” True Blood Music Video HD

Today I love….The Zenchilada

12 Jul

Food for Body, Mind and Spirit….

Well, that’s never a bad thing!

I love, love, love a good foodie magazine!

Here is the latest offering and the best thing about it – it’s completely free!!!

Each issue focuses on a particular topic – this one is corn and I am looking forward to the next one – “What came first – the chicken or the egg?”

Epicurious says:

“Food magazines are dead and dustbin bound. We all know that to be true.

Zenchilada, a digital mag, which just published its first issue, begs to differ.

Published out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and edited by Ronni Lundy, a rock star of a scribe who made her bones in Kentucky, writing about the food and music of Appalachia, Zenchilada offers a broad view of culinary culture.

Ronni’s take on food is inclusive. In this first issue she surveys peoples and places where corn matters.

Marilou Awiakta, the Cherokee poet, gets her say.  So does a corn smut fetishist. And Matt Rowley, a moonshine historian. Corncob wine is on offer. And so are cornmeal cookies, baked in the Italian tradition.

Zenchilada, which publishes articles with mellifluous titles like “Whole Lot of Slakin Going On,” is a hopeful shot across the bow at those pessimists who believe that smart words and good food are no longer copacetic partners. Read it”

Read More at Epicurious Here

The Zenchilada

Today I love….Digibling Electronics Components Jewellery

9 Jul

Oh, WOWSERS!!!

This is right up my electronic alleyway…..

I love, love, love circuit boards, chips and capacitors (electronic parts)….

Yeah, I know, weird hey??

This is just such a cool idea……

These pieces are sure to be a conversation starter….

digibling electronics components jewelry by digiBling on Etsy

Today I love….Weekly We Heart It wrap up

9 Jul

I just can’t get enough of these simply stunning photos…..

I could spend all day looking at all the lovely things on this site!!!

So, I hope you all love them just as much as me!

Source: Catrina on We Heart It

Today I love….Betty White’s 2011 Calendar

9 Jul

Oh, what a lovely old dear…..

Isn’t she just gorgeous??!!!

Yeah, and the men too…..

She is 88 years old and still kicking it with the hunks for a photo shoot….

Go Betty, Go Betty Go!!

Proceeds to benefit the Morris Animal Foundation, which supports research on animal health and welfare so get this one on your wishlists now folks!!!

Betty White’s 2011 Calendar – The Golden Girl Poses With Shirtless Hunks – StyleList

Today I love….Living Below the Line

9 Jul

I love, love, love being frugal (read: tight-ass)….

Living below the line…Hmmmm….

Is is really that hard? We can all do that can’t we?

Especially in these tough times….

I am sure we can all use an extra dollar or two and then help out others by putting this money to a good cause….

The Global Poverty Project’s vision is a world without extreme poverty within a generation.Imagine if you only had $2 to get by on each day…

This is the challenge faced daily by 1.4 billion people living under the extreme poverty line. Today it is the challenge we are asking you to undertake.

From the 2nd – 6th August, we invite you to Live Below the Line – to live on less than AU$2 of food per day.

For five days in August you will experience one of the basic challenges faced daily by those living in extreme poverty – struggling to obtain the basic food reqiurements each day. You will sacrifice the things you take for granted… Your resourcefulness will be put to the test… But it will become one of the most rewarding weeks of your life.

Your involvement will not only be enlightening to yourself. It will engage your friends and family to be challenged by some of the realities of extreme poverty.

It will also enable you to fundraise towards your choice of two causes that are working towards a world without poverty: the resourcing of new schools for remote communities in cambodia, or the Global Poverty Project’s Poverty Education Program.

Find out more about these projects

Sign up to take part now

The eat on only $2 a day theory is workable and proven here by one participant with a shopping list and meal plan….

08 Jul 2010 by Sarah

When I first signed up to Live Below the Line, I planned on doing it as an individual, not as a team. I didn’t really feel comfortable asking my friends to put themselves out of their comfort zones. I was pleasantly surprised to find though, that just by chatting with a few people about what I was going to do, I had volunteers waving their hands to join! I’m actually heading overseas at the beginning of August, so I will be Living Below the Line next week. Thanks to my wonderful friends, I’ll be doing it in a team of three. This is a rough shopping list I’ve put together for us to work from:

5 day Shopping List for a Team of 3

900 grams Coles Smart buy Oats – $1.30

2 Litres Coles milk (full cream)  – $2.10

1 kg Coles smart buy raw sugar – $0.97

Bread x2 – $2.20

Eggs (a dozen) – $1.99

Stock cubes (6) – $.0.75

1 kg Lentils (red) – $4.63

1 kg Coles long grain white rice – $2.45

Fresh fruit and veg from market (I’ll be looking for things like potatoes, onion, garlic, pumpkin, leek, broccoli, carrots, bananas and oranges, plus any oil/butter, spices etc) – $13.61

TOTAL: $30

Meal plan:

Day 1:

Breakfast: 1 serve of oats – 100grams (maybe a little bit more for my two male counterparts), cooked with water and 50mls of milk, tablespoon of raw sugar. Also plan on finding some nice ripe bananas at the Vic market this weekend for mushing into the porridge. Yum!

Lunch: Rice and Dahl

Dinner: Soup and toast

Day 2:

Breakfast: Egg on toast (if this isn’t filling enough, a small serve of porridge as well)

Lunch: Mashed potato (potatoes + small amount of butter and milk) and steamed veg + Snack of fruit

Dinner: Soup

Day 3:

Breakfast: Porridge

Lunch: Rice and Dahl

Dinner: Potato Omelette

Day 4:

Breakfast: Egg on toast (+ porridge)

Lunch: Mashed potatoes and steamed veg + fruit snack

Dinner: Soup

Day 5:

Breakfast: Porridge with banana

Lunch: Rice and Dahl

Dinner: Soup

I’ve also included a mock shopping list and meal plan for individuals just to illustrate the difference.

5 day shopping list for Individuals

Fruit and Vegies from market – $5.00

Loaf of bread (20 slices) – $1.00

Peanut butter – $1.50

Dozen cage eggs – $2.00

Meal Plan:

Day 1 – 5:

Breakfast: 2 eggs on toast

Lunch/snack: Fruit and Peanut butter sandwiches

Dinner: Vegetable Soup

Honestly, I was shocked at how hard it was to write a five day shopping list for just $10. The end result seems quite limited and monotonous. This really brought the ‘lack of choice’ aspect of poverty into perspective for me – imagine having to eat the same thing EVERY DAY. I find it hard to deal with left overs from the night before! With only $10 to spend though, there really is no other option.

This shopping list is a good example of the limitations of Living Below the Line as an individual. Working as a team allows you to pool your budgets and buy products in bulk, allowing for greater variation during your week. Overall, writing these lists has really shown me how spoilt we are when it comes to the decisions we make about food, and how much more appreciation we need to develop for what we have.

Sarah is a participant in the Live Below the Line campaign – click here to sponsor her

You can share your stories too…

Live Below the Line

Today I love….Marvelous Melbourne

8 Jul

My home town….Melbourne, Victoria, Australia….

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!!! Oi, Oi, Oi!!!

Here is a wonderful little short film about olde Melbourne town that I came across – by Chris Costuna….

Melbourne (pronunciation: /ˈmɛlbərn/, locally also [ˈmælbən, -bn̩][3][citation needed]) is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and also the second most populous city in Australia.[2] The Melbourne City Centre (also known as the “Central Business District” or “CBD”)[4] is the hub of the greater geographical area (or “metropolitan area”) and the Census statistical division—of which “Melbourne” is the common name. As of late 2009, the greater geographical area had an approximate population of 4 million.[1][5] A resident of Melbourne is known as a “Melburnian”.[6]

Source: Wikipedia

Today I love….The Pet Camper – Straight Lines Designs

7 Jul

Awwwwww……

This is just too cute for words lovelies!!!

My little Jeffy would just love, love, love this dog house!

Although he may have to fight the cat for it I fear…..the product is concept only at this stage….

Or what about an ilog???

This may be the funkiest bird house/bath ever!!

Straight Line Designs

Today I love….Vicks – Road to Relief

7 Jul

Get on board this one folks!!!

We all need to buy our cough lollies in Winter and I just love snuggling in front of a nice warm heater when it’s freezing outside with the smell of Vicks Vaporub wafting around me….and no sore throats!!!

How Can I Help?

Purchase Vicks

Take action now! Every specially marked Vicks product you purchase will be paying for one child to be immunised against measles, to help in the fight against pneumonia.

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Vicks – Road to Relief

Today I love….Cadels Tour….

7 Jul

Yeah, yeah, yeah I can hear you sighing from over there!

“What the hell, she’s talking about sport now? Has she gone mad?” – I hear you ask….

Whatever, all I can say is I have a vested interest in the Tour and I may be a little biased as well….

I love, love, love the Tour because my cousin is in it!

If your cousin was Cadel Evans you would probably be the same way….so we all say Go Cadel! As we always have….

I wish I could say that we had the time and schedules to catch up lately but that has not been the case….I am sure he is giving it his all this year not only for himself and of course his team but our very ill grandfather as well….

The only thing I don’t love, love, love about the Tour is that man on the commentary – don’t get me wrong I believe he is an excellent commentator and he has on occasion had me in stiches…. but his voice just makes me want to go to sleep and the sound of Mr. Big snoring on the couch next to me now is complete proof of that!

Although when I switched over to the coverage this evening, I felt a nice little warm and fuzzy feeling on hearing THE voice…..

So, here is the plug –

Keep it up Cadel and please do something wonderful so that I don’t succumb to the voice and fall asleep!!

A very bad (but I still think lovely), old pic of Cadel and his Mum on the beach….

Today I love….Uguisu….

7 Jul

Oh, so cute!!!

It’s lolly and cake post-its!!!

I am placing my order now….

It is a sale price so get in quick folks with shipping worldwide!!!

SALE PRICE! USD$5.00

“”Fake Sweets Stationery” series by Editions de Tokyo. So detailed and cute that you’d almost want to eat them!

Stick and remove cute little slip memo set in 9 different designs -biscuit, macaron, cake, tart and more “fake sweets”! They are all neatly presented in a tiny book-like package.”

While you are there, don’t forget to check out the Come Home Magazine from Japan….full of the most beautiful and inspiring simple and natural decorating ideas for your home, cooking, clothing and crafting….

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Check out their stunning paper lanterns as well!!!

Also, oh so cheap, cheap, cheap!!!

via Slip Memo Set { Chocolat } Fake Sweets Stationery Papergoods by Editions de Tokyo

Today I love…How to Simplify When You Love Your Stuff

6 Jul

I believe this article may just have been written for me!

I am actually currently in the process of downsizing and kid-proofing my house of junk (pleasure)….anyone who knows me will tell you that I have a lot of stuff (crap)….but this is all a good thing – ie. good for me; good for my sanity (the emotional benefits of de-cluttering are massive as we shall see below), good for my house, good for my finances and good for my health.

My aim is to fit the kids and Mr. Big and all their stuff in comfortably but also make myself a little teeny weeny craft corner in the kitchen so that I can set up the sewing machine and shoe making materials there….and of course all of this will also make Mr. Big feel more at home when he moves in….

This is an excerpt from a great post I found on a fave blog of mine, Zen Habits.

It is a guest post from Barrie Davenport of Live Bold and Bloom

How to Simplify When You Love Your Stuff

Simplifying is liberating and beautiful.

“It all depends on whether you have things, or they have you.” ~Robert A. Cook

Simplicity. It is a lovely ancient spiritual tradition that has seen a recent resurgence in popularity.  As we try to make sense of our erratic economy and the accompanying financial anxiety, it is natural to leap to a less risky lifestyle extreme — stop spending, scale back, live lean.

In spite of embracing the concept of simplicity, most people really love their stuff, and they love acquiring more stuff. Like our attitudes about a healthy diet, our feelings about material things are complicated. We know what’s good for us, but we just don’t want to give up what we like. Our stuff makes us feel good.

Is it possible to live a simple life and still love stuff?

How much letting go of stuff really counts toward simplifying anyway?

Living simply and detaching from material things will make you happier. There is real research and lots of anecdotal evidence to support the truth of this. But is it possible that some material things can add to our happiness, sense of contentment and joy in life? If so, how do you go about deciding what’s good stuff and what’s bad?

Here are some thoughts that might be useful.

1. Look around your house now.

Walk from room to room. Do you see things that you never use and don’t really care about? Why not give them away or sell them? Clear physical and psychic space by removing the “dead wood” in your environment. Someone else might really need these things.

2. Examine why you are hanging on to something.

3. Look at how you spend your time.

Do you have things you own for hobbies that you never pursue? Do you have a kitchen full of gadgets but you rarely cook?

4. Are you in a career that is thing-focused?

5. Consider experiences rather than things.

6. When you think about your things or want to purchase something new, consider these parameters:

  • It brings beauty into your life and stirs your soul.
  • It supports a passion or hobby.
  • It helps bring family and friends together in a creative, meaningful way.
  • It educates and enlightens.
  • It makes life profoundly simpler so that you can pursue more meaningful things.
  • It helps someone who is sick or incapacitated.
  • It is useful and necessary for day-to-day life.
  • It’s part of a meaningful tradition or a reminder of a special event.

7. You will know you are buying mindlessly if you:

  • Buy on a whim.
  • Buy to impress others.
  • Buy because you feel you deserve it.
  • Buy when you can’t afford it.
  • Buy just to update something that still works or looks fine.
  • Buy because someone else has it and you want it too.
  • Buy because the advertisement seduced you.
  • Buy because you are bored.
  • It’s purchased because buying soothes you.

Apply mindful purging to your current lifestyle and belongings, as well as thoughtful consideration to your future purchases. Carefully examine your motivations for keeping possessions or buying new things. Once you allow things to serve your soul, rather than you being a slave to your things, your life will evolve into an artful harmony between what you have and who you are.

Read more from Barrie at her blog, Live Bold and Bloom

and download her free e-book, How to Live a Meaningful Life.

Source: How to Simplify When You Love Your Stuff | zen habits

Today I love….NMAA cooks

6 Jul

This little gem of a book was in my household and used regularly when I was growing up…..

My Mum used to make a lovely fudge from this book for me and my brother and I used to sit and watch movies and eat (read: devour) it!

Now, every time I see the movie Dumbo, I can taste this the flavour of this fudge in my mouth and it is so so easy to make!

Here is my (and Mum’s of course) edited version of the recipe:

Creamy Toffee

It’s fudge to me!

Ingredients

  • 125g Butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 1 can condensed mik
  • Vanilla essence to taste
  1. Melt butter, add sugar, syrup and milk. Boil slowly and cream with a wooden spoon for 20-25 minutes.
  2. Add vanilla essence and cook for 1 min.
  3. Pour onto a plate or into a tin to set in fridge.
  4. Cut and enjoy!

Today I love….Bhalo — BIG Friendship Band

6 Jul

Ahhhhhh, memories….

I used to love, love, absolutely love to make these bracelets and they were the real in-thing when I was about….well, younger….

And look, another great reason to buy these….

“Handmade in Bangladesh from AZO chemical free fair trade cotton”

Bhalo — BIG Friendship Band

Today I love….Cupcake Day for the RSPCA 2010

6 Jul

It’s Cupcake Day!!

Everyone say YAY!!!

This is one of my favourite cupcakes of all time….

Kims Creative Cakes

So to get involved in the cupcake day….

On Monday 16 August, registered RSPCA Cupcake Cooks across Australia will descend on their schools, workplaces and social groups with batches of scrumptious homemade cupcakes to be exchanged for donations to the RSPCA.

To get involved…

  1. Register in your State/Territory. It’s FREE! We will automatically setup a fundraising page on your behalf
  2. Send your fundraising page to all your friends and family
  3. Download resources
  4. Plan your Cupcake Party and bake up a storm
  5. Add donations through your fundraising page
  6. Upload a photo to win fantastic prizes

Last year, you helped us raise $1.1 million to assist in the care and protection of Australia’s animals. This year we want to top that total with hundreds and thousands, and reach our target of
$2.5 million! The cherry on top of the cupcake is that for every $100 raised online, you’ll receive one additional entry into the draw to win 2 Kymco scooters – perfect for those last minute bakery deliveries!

Whether you register as a Cupcake Cook or go into training as a Cupcake Eater – you’ll be supporting the 155,000 animals that the RSPCA cares for every year.

Cupcake Day for the RSPCA 2010

Here is some cupcake inspiration for you thanks to all my friends at We Heart It

Today I love….Melbourne Street Art

5 Jul

LOOK at what one of my friends has found around olde Melbourne town…..

Oh, so cute!!

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