Today I love…..50 days of me – Day #3

18 Jul

Day 03 – A picture of the cast from your favorite show –

Well, sorry but I don’t have a favourite show……I have a LOT of favourite shows…..

Here we go lovelies…..

And my new favourite of all time…..

I will do a post on this show and my thoughts of it very soon as well……

Get on to these ones as well:

The Walking Dead (zombie apocalypse)

Falling skies (aliens)

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Today I love….rocking my lunch!!!

17 Jul

So much to blog about….soooo little time….

I know you all find it as hard as me to think up new and exciting food to take to work for lunch…because when I look for ‘work lunch ideas’ on the internet – the results are a sorry state of affairs!

So we have the standard sandwich press and microwave at work- would be nice if we had a toaster as well because raisin toast is seriously the best thing for work breakfasts – second close is porridge, but that’s all another story now; be patient my pretties!

I’ve been through the can of soup and a roll, the leftovers from home, the fresh and the toasted sandwiches, tuna/baked beans in a can and I AM OVER THEM ALL!!!

I wish I had the time and the energy to make my lunch look like this every damn day! How these mothers have the time or the skill to do this is ‘Top Secret” though……

They make it sound so easy!

Today’s “detective themed” lunch includes:  roast beef, white american cheese sandwich, watermelon slices, almonds, snap peas, celery & peanut butter

OK, what about this then?

Today’s lunch includes: ham/cheese sandwich, blueberries/raspberries, cucumbers, almonds, Trader Joe’s Ginger Snaps

How long do you think this actually takes to prepare?

Stuff that, I say……

Here is my top 10 ‘different’ work lunches:

  1. Quesadilla – a tortilla or flat bread, refried beans from the can, cheese and either bottled or home made salsa (from last nights dinner = easy, peasy!). You can whack some salad on there too after cooking if you feel like being a rabbit.

  2. Pizzaola toastie – sliced bread, cheese, fresh sliced tomato and green capsicum strips – salt and pepper is a must on this one people!

  3. Felafels – these keep so well in the freezer! Make them yourself or get them from your best local kebab joint. Wrap a few in a tortilla or flat bread, heat it up a little in the micro and whack some lettuce and sweet chilli sauce on that deliciousness!

  4. Baked potatoes – do them the night before – in the micro if you are not cooking them for your dinner and then top them with BUTTER, cheese, tomato, maybe some sliced ham or whatever you feel – and you will have a meal!

  5. Rice paper rolls – so easy to keep in the cupboard and easy to wrap with the leftover vegies and meat from your dinner. Or keep a bag of frozen vegies in the freezer and add some 2 minute noodles to those babies and you have a lovely rice paper lunch! Add some soy and chilli sauce in some little plastic containers and you will be rocking your lunch a a la bento-ish as much as we human people possibly can!

  6. A plain and simple ole egg – I have one of those groovy auto egg boilers – get up in the morning – whack the egg in with the amount of water required – shower and by the time you are done, so is you egg! Note: you may need to run for the buzzer if you spend too much time under that water but then that will teach you a lesson as well! What do I do with the egg you say? Well, if you are well trained, you will already your work staples (see list below) so you defrost some bread, whack it on some crackers with some other condiments and a la we have lunch!

  7. OK, I’m reverting to a staple for this one but I love it – sliced bread, topped with BBQ flavour baked beans and cheese – cooked between the sandwich press – you will feel like you are glamping at work!

  8. Kind of a staple here – tuna patties – so easy to make with your leftover mashed potato from dinner – and they freeze very well – so I always have some on hand ready to go to work with me!

  9. Salad – good for a hot day when it’s too hot to even care about food – I go to the shop on the way to work and grab a lettuce, carrot and some assorted greens, cucumber and maybe a mushie or two as well. Salad dressing should be in your fridge at work already. (see list below) .

  10. Home made soups – always freeze well and are ten times better than the canned ones and we all know that! My recipe for cauliflower soup will follow if you be nice now biatches…….

Here is my staples list for your work food cupboard – here’s hoping you can find a stash somewhere like me!

  1. Mustard – multi-purpose – whatever floats your boat

  2. Salad dressing – as above

  3. Cream cheese – jar or block or as above

  4. Red onion – I keep mine in a little onion keeper – very good and highly recommended! Lasts for 3-4 days for me.

  5. Fresh tomatoes

  6. Cheese – sliced, block or as above – whatever floats your boat

  7. Crackers

  8. Bread in the freezer

  9. Chocolate

  10. Chewing gum

  11. Sweet chilli sauce

  12. Soy sauce

  13. Porridge and/or cereal

  14. Canned soups/cup-a-soups

  15. Salt and Pepper

  16. Herbal Teas

  17. Freshly ground coffee

  18. Vegemite

  19. Nuts

  20. Nut slice – this is awesome – more details to follow!

Looking at that, it seems a pretty big list, but most of it will fit in your drawer at work (hopefully!) and in one shelf of the fridge – so that’s fair isn’t it??? The boys have their beer in my fridge….so I have my staples as well!

OK, phew I’m done – it’s really hard isn’t it???

Hit me with your ORIGINAL tips for easy and different work lunches……

Today I love….Sparky!

24 Jun

She’s so fine……..

 Beep, Beep!

I received a random email not too long ago.

“Hi there What I Love Today! We love your blog and would like you to take a brand new Holden Barina for a week to test drive and then review! How does that sound?”

Um, der…..I’m IN!!!

Thanks to Holden and their Blogger Outreach Program…..and my lovely friend who I was brought back in touch with via facebook and I thank you for that Mark! She is a wonderful person and that friendship I do miss……

So I went to collect my little spunky Sparky one rainy, dark and cold evening in the Melbourne CBD…..

Not having much of a chance to see the exterior of the car, I jumped in the drivers seat, signed my papers, received my instructions and I was away!  

I have not driven a manual car for six years, but this car was an absolute dream to drive! I think it drove itself most of the time! Stall count over 1 week period: maybe about 4….not too bad I say!

So, I drove home…..onto the freeway…..what a great steering wheel – I wonder if my Vienta will handle getting one of those babies installed?!!

The side mirrors….something is very strange there…..

So I got to the end of the freeway and then my bff rang me – “Where are you? Have you got the car yet!?”

Oh shit I say! “I thought you were going to call me when you finished Uni?”

So then I’m doing a u-turn for the first time in this car – the turning circle on my own car is pitiful – this thing would turn around in a one car garage I think!

Back on the freeway…….zooming along….this car is very comfortable and such a smooth ride!

Picked up the bff, parked in the bike lane and got dirty looks from some cyclists – hey, wait a minute –

My car is not much bigger than your bike! Go away!

Back onto the freeway –

OH NO! What was that flash!? God dammit – speed camera! 😦

*Note to Holden: SORRY!!!! I really didn’t mean it – I was getting used to the speedometer! I don’t like it at all – I need the little tiny lines in between the 50 and 55 mark…..telling me 50 or 55 is no good – cos I like to drive 52 if I can! Apart from that – I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way the dash is directly behind the steering wheel and not recessed – I thought it would be annoying having it so close but it turned out fine. I did however, turn down the dash light all the way to low and kept it there the whole time. Dark is dark. It’s not gonna get much darker I reckon!

Anyhoo……we keep going…..indicate to change lanes….oh, wait the damn rear windscreen wiper has just gone on and I can’t figure out how to turn the damn thing off and it’s dark and she can’t find it either and now the lights are flashing; no it’s not on that side! Oh, dear me……then we miss our exit……laughs and laughs and laughs and laughs – finally figured out the wiper controls and it’s all extremely funny – at least we are lucky and can still get off at the next exit and get home ok. Oh, dear me…..

So I drop the bff off and head home…..wait, why is that funny headlight on? OH NO did I have my high beams on the whole way home? No, new cars have advanced since I bought and crashed mine 😦 – they are fog lamps! Der…. I found the high beams no worries and then I finally got the whole fog lamp thingy before I gave it back after my Dad said you stupid woman – look there are extra lights there! Yep, I am BLOND.

The back passenger doors also had me stumped for a split second – or two! The handle is not where you look and not where you normally reach for! It also got another one of my blondie friends really good – she said “Where is the damn handle!?” Crack up city there……

The kids also loved it….when I picked them up they said oh wow it’s a smartie car! Which is pretty true. After not having much of a chance to view the vehicle before I drove it, I got out of the car when I FINALLY reached home and said – OH MY GOD! Look at the size of the thing – it is seriously TINY! But then seriously DID NOT FEEL like it when I was driving it! The car corners like it is on rails and it makes me want to turn corners more, because it handles them so damn well!

We had a 6’2” man in the back seat one day – he was fine and very comfortable apparently! Which surprised me greatly – it is TINY I say! TINY!!!! My ex-flatmate bought a Barina, but not the Spark model – I like this one much, much better than hers! It has all the lovely bells and whistles!

LOVED LOVED LOVED the leather seats – so smooth and sexy!

Note to self: Leather car seat covers for my car? $$$ = ouch I assume!

The sunglass holder is way too small….come on! Look in the magazines – I think reading glasses would fit in there and that’s it! The number of airbags also worry me – I am quite sure they are safe but they make me feel like I would be like a squashed little marshmallow if they all went off at once! That may be a good thing though…..

We took the Sparky down to Ocean Grove for a night……the big man was not very comfortable in the seats but they suited me very well – they hugged my body beautifully but I can also see how they would be too small for him.

What is with those side mirrors? It was very disconcerting on the freeway when trying to pass other cars or see how close the car was next to me. I think they are meant to emphasise your blind spot but all they did for me was make it seem like the cars were further away than they really were! Then if I turned to see my blind spot, there was a lot of wall/door in the way!

Whatever happened to: “Warning: Objects in mirror are closer than they appear” ????

The other problem was it was an extremely windy day when we drove home…..not good in a little car at all! I had a few difficulties getting used to controlling it in the wind.

What a wonderful surprise! 

Yes, I would probably buy one if I could…….talk to me in 10 years time….you can win yourself a lovely little Barina if you design your very own Spark!

I’ve done mine……here it is…..

View my Barina Spark Design Here

Throw me a vote and you could even win a prize for yourself!

Design your own funky little Barina Spark Here

Don’t forget to like the Holden Small Car Collection Page on Facebook!

Bye for now!

Today I love….Kobi Levi

20 Jun

Gasp

Swoon

Faint

Oh, oh, oh…..check it out!!!

Kobi Levi is one little bloody genius in my book!

Oh, the craftmanship! Oh, the imagination!

Oh, I am a jealous litle fellow shoemaker! 🙂

“The challenging technical development is the key to bring the design to life in the best way.” – Kobi

Which animal do I represent?

Which cartoon character do I represent?

I’m in love……

Today I love….50 days of me – Day #2

13 Jun

Day 02 – A picture of you and a friend you have been close with for awhile

Here we go!!

Will you bet on Black or Red?

Black Cat or Red Cat, that is……

Today I love….Butter, butter, butter…oi, oi, oi!!!

12 Jun

Creamy yellow butter….

What can possibly be better than having some beeeeauuuutiful butter on a cold winters day on a crusty fresh slice of bread?

Or….at night time on creamy mashed potatoes…..

Or….for Breakfast on hot pancakes….

Or….some garlic butter?

Everybody say mmm, mmm, mmmmmmm……

So, here it is…..

YES, You CAN Make your OWN Butter!

I can’t believe it’s……..BUTTER!!!

Sorry had to put that one in…..

I use my Sunbeam food processor with the whisk attachment….no problems there at all….

I use 600ml thickened cream…..

Whack the cream in the bowl and add a pinch of salt….

Turn it on….I did mine on 1 the whole time and it only took about 5-7 minutes….you start lookin’ like this….

Then after a bit you’ll get it lookin’ like this….

When it starts to go splatter like this…..

Pour it all out into a strainer with a bowl, yes a bowl underneath to catch your lovely fresh Buttermilk…and then….you need to squeeze allllll the milk outta that butter baby!!!

“Je te plumerai la”

Whack that butter in a lovely pretty little ceramic dish or you could go old-fashioned style with some baking paper; roll it up and tie off the ends….

Look at that beeeeauuuutiful Buttermilk…..

I didn’t realise how easy it was….and I didn’t realise a lot of people don’t know this as well….what other things do you know of that seem really hard to make but turn out not so bad? I have a few up my sleeve for you…..

But wait, there’s more – Deep Fried Butter…. 🙂

Today I love….50 days of me

11 Jun

Here we have Day ONE of my new ongoing project for reasons that I shall outline in a later post…..

I’m not saying that these 50 days will be consecutive….or in order for that matter. BUT you will get 50 days of fun facts and pics about me so that’s pretty good hey? Everybody say YAY! For your information and reference, I will now show you the 50 days list…I think this list is really good for a blog cos it’s not just about me typing blah blah blah to you – you actually get to see me and some of my life! Now what could be more fun that that? Enjoy….Here we have Day ONE…..

Note: we may have to edit some of these to make them more e-x-c-i-t-i-n-g!!!

Day 01 – A picture of yourself with fifteen facts – OK – see below! Damn…I got to waaaay more than that and I think I could even keep going = I am sooooo UN-boring!!

Day 02 – A picture of you and a friend you have been close with for awhile – T.B.A

Day 03 – A picture of the cast from your favorite show – T.B.A

Day 04 – A picture of favorite missed memory – T.B.A

Day 05 – A picture of you and the person you’ve had the best memories with – T.B.A

Day 06 – A picture of a person you’d love to trade places with for a day – T.B.A

Day 07 – A picture of you and someone you’d be lost without  – T.B.A

Day 08 – A picture that makes you laugh – T.B.A

Day 09 – A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most – T.B.A

Day 10 – A picture of your favorite sport or favorite athlete – T.B.A

Day 11 – A picture of something you hate – T.B.A

Day 12 – A picture of something you love – T.B.A

Day 13 – A picture of your favorite band or artist. – T.B.A

Day 14 – A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without. – T.B.A

Day 15 – A picture of something you want to do before you die.  – T.B.A

Day 16 – A picture of someone who inspires you. – T.B.A

Day 17 – A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently. – T.B.A

Day 18 – A picture of your biggest insecurity. – T.B.A

Day 19 – A picture of you when you were little. – T.B.A

Day 20 – A picture of somewhere you’ve traveled or you’d love to travel. – T.B.A

Day 21 – A picture of something you wish you could forget. – T.B.A

Day 22 – A picture of something you wish you were better at. – T.B.A

Day 23 – A picture of you on your birthday. – T.B.A

Day 24 – A picture of something you wish you could change. – T.B.A

Day 25 – A picture of your day. – T.B.A

Day 26 – A picture of something that means a lot to you. – T.B.A

Day 27 – A picture of yourself and a family member. – T.B.A

Day 28 – A picture of something you’re afraid of. – T.B.A

Day 29 – A picture of someone that can always make you smile. – T.B.A

Day 30 – A picture of someone you miss. – T.B.A

Day 31 – A picture of what you wore today. – T.B.A

Day 32 – A picture of what you did today. – T.B.A

Day 33 – A picture of you doing something you love. – T.B.A

Day 34 – A picture of your morning. – T.B.A

Day 35 – A picture that reminds you of someone. – T.B.A

Day 36 – A picture of someone you wish you still talked too. – T.B.A

Day 37 – A picture of what you like to do. – T.B.A

Day 38 – A picture of your favorite drink. – T.B.A

Day 39 – A picture of your favorite food. – T.B.A

Day 40 – A picture of your friends. – T.B.A

Day 41 – A picture of a tattoo, or piercing you have or want. – T.B.A

Day 42 – A picture of you and your family. – T.B.A

Day 43 – A picture of your room. – T.B.A (WARNING!!!))

Day 44 – A picture that describes your life. – T.B.A

Day 45 – A picture of what you did today. – T.B.A

Day 46 – A picture of you and 5 secrets. – T.B.A

Day 47 – A picture of something you can’t live without. – T.B.A

Day 48 – A picture of you more than 10 years ago. – T.B.A

Day 49- A picture of you and your best friend(s). – T.B.A

Day 50 – A picture of yourself with 20 facts edit HERE

Me

15 Facts about me

1.People who know me generally do not ring me until after 12pm on a non-work day, unless otherwise pre-arranged. Beware the wrath of waking me up.

2.I love shoes and am also qualified to make them

3.I love lip gloss (numerous brands, finishes and shades to be found in car, handbag, next to laptop, travel bag, kitchen, bedroom, bedside table, bathroom….ooooh and don’t forget the lip scrub in the shower! 🙂

4.I love chupa chups – fortunately….they are also everywhere! See above point; exclude shower.

5.I love Red Wine in Winter and Champagne in Summer – I assume….no explanation required

6.I am a hoarder – see previous posts for explanation

7.I am determined to be a mother one day

8.I love free stuff and winning things is even better = comp addict

9.I love pets…animals…any sort…give them all to me for all of my love! I want a farm one day….or a hippie farm….chooks and sheep and little pigs and rabbits and ducks and of course the dogs, cats, birds, fish…..

10.I love the beach….I love to wake up to the sounds of the waves…I have been lucky enough in my life to live this way a little tiny while!

11.I also love the rainforest and the middle of nowhere and the hippie country – this is my dream home

12.I love fashion and unfortunately I am going to have to expand my wall of wardrobe into the next bedroom in my house which….oh, yay lucky me – also has a wall of wardrobe – shhhh!!!!

13.I love computers and technology = thanks Dad

14.I love sport for once in my life and really do try harder at it (Shut up you!) = thanks Cadel

15.I love movies – lots of them – perhaps that could be another post – my top 50 movies?!?

16.I love Blythe

17.I love Mexican food

18.I love my family and my friends and my job and my shop and my pets and my half-kids and all the lovely things I receive every single day!

19.I can’t grow or keep a plant alive to save my own life….but I can cook!

20.Woops I kept going……over and outey lovelies!! Happy Birthday to the Queen!

Today I love……Inga

12 May

Oh she is so pretty! So useful, she surprises me every single day with her skills! She goes here, she goes there….she goes anywhere!!!

Well….hate me if you must….but I am now the proud owner of a la……iPad!

No, I am not a rich person by any means or I would own everything that I speak of on this blog! I bought Inga (iPad 1) on the day that the iPad 2 was released…which in my book is pretty savvy stuff….I don’t own an iPhone but of course I would like to have one…..

So…..she arrived….it wasn’t hard for me to work out how to use and abuse her…..I’m not a computer nerd but I’m not a complete moron either….then the apps started flowing….this little genius is a bloody godsend for the kiddies! They LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It reads them stories, it educates them and teaches them to spell, draw, count and even a bit of hand/eye and some logic thrown in there as well for them! I HAD to have Monopoly – yes, I paid for it but it has been worth every bloody cent – Mr. Big and I play it and the pool game a lot now. Which is nice….no more sitting in front of the computer or lounged on the couch engrossed in the telly…now we play together! Arguing and cheating is also involved but that is another story altogether!

Speaking of Mr. Big, he just interrupted the typing of this post by knocking over my antique side table and scaring the living bejesus out of me! Damn he is Big! Anyhoo, the first thing I did with Inga was learn how to convert my vids so that I could send them to iTunes and then sync them over to her. So that took a while. Well, not too long. Maybe I don’t give myself enough credit sometimes…..I think that sometimes….

So Mr. Big came home and there I was quite happy in my own hot bubble bath watching National Velvet with Inga leant on the wire bath storage next to the bath. Mr. Big took one look at Inga, after I told him not to come too much closer and spill everything everywhere and backed the hell outta there quick smart! So I did move her a little further away from said bathtub. I kind of had a vision of Inga falling into the bath tub with me and really did not want to end up as the first iPad death statistic in a bath.

After that, Inga’s uses became more and more known to me. She has taught me that I cannot grow any sort of plant, whether it be living or in a game. Thanks for that. I can also keep up to date on the networks and news and listen to my tunes whilst I am cooking dinner. I can take her to bed and read a book. It took a while to find a free book that I wanted to read, but I highly recommend the princess and the penis for your first freebie 🙂 Then I have my daily games….which for me I really need right now….gas tycoon rocks and the plants were another one but I’ve given up on that quest.

If you are considering purchasing an iPad I highly recommend it…I no longer have to pack up my laptop and all the cords and lug it around – I just walk out the door with this little beauty! It is of course easier to type on a normal keyboard, like I am doing now. This post may have taken a lot longer than the 10 mins it has so far taken on the keyboard instead of Inga…

I thought the other day about how exciting our world will be in 100 years time. Well, if it is still here….scary stuff….everybody – iPads away!!! xxxxx

Today I love….CarLashes

20 Apr

Yeah, yeah…I can hear some of you say – what the?? It’s OK I have not gone mad….yet!

Somebody had the dream…..and now somebody has made the dream….it’s Herbie on botox here people……

I love them, and I want some all for me….admittedly they will look soooo much better on my friends’ Mercedes SLK230 but on my Vienta I am sure she will appreciate them and go much faster!

Hahaha good times we live in today that’s my final thought…..great *(&%^$#@#$@ times……

Today I love….Me! Do you love you??

15 Apr

You know what??

When I am feeling down, a little creative/expressive/extroverted or need inspiration…guess where I go??

My blog! :0

(Listen to Plans by Birds of Tokyo while reading this post – hint, hint)

Yep, cos I always know there will be something there that I need at that time….you know how when you are driving sometimes and that perfect song comes on the radio for that moment in your life? Or like when you open the fridge and straight away you find what you really wanted but didn’t know that you needed? Or when you go to the shops and you find everything that you need in 5 minutes flat and it’s so easy peasy….or when the petrol tank just miraculously keeps on going……

Oh wait, I’m talking about life!

Sometimes it just works out well and awesome….and sometimes it just doesn’t….

I used to be one of those people that thought nothing bad could ever happen to me.

It worked for a while, but then people interfere in your life, you get sick, bad things happen, trusted people let you down and you also let yourself down. I am the sort of person that can pick themselves up and keep going though – a lot of people that I know can’t actually do that. I am determined to make my life better every single day of the life that I have. I hope that I am making little steps towards that aim.

So anyhoo….back to the norm….what pleasures do I have for you today?

Just a few select gems lovely readers…..

Why does no one comment? Don’t be shy! Come and say HI Cat!!!! xx :0

This one is all me….


Today we have sexy gorgeous stunning beautiful to-die-for….Horses!!! Do you love them as much as me? Let me know! xx

Oh, and this……..

R.I.P Liz xx

Happy Easter to you and yours as well!!


Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite! Mwah darlings!


Today I love…..Lucy – no, not that one!

17 Mar

Lucy Folk

A lovely fellow Melbournian……just like me!

Look at what she does! I am in LOVE……

Divine pieces of jewellery…..original, creative and thought provoking….also very appetising and filling for the soul….

I am currently trying to get my sticky fingers on a pasta bow ring….

I shall have to contact the illustrious Ms. Lucy to find one, I fear!

 

Enjoy my lovelies…xx

Today I Love….Hot Potato Martini….

25 Feb

I’m back – No, I’m serious – I believe I’ve found that mojo thingy now….yes, you read it correctly people….

Oh and hey, google this topic and this post is pretty much all you will find!! Anyhoo….

Yummy, yummy in my tummy!

Baked potatoes that is…I believe I have spoken about my beloved Hasselback potatoes as well?? They are seriously and wonderfully so easy to make….

I think I really should have made a tag called “Baked Potatoes” for my blog like my “Mexican” tag cos I just L.O.V.E them soooo much!!

And oh decadence and oh sophistication, here I come!

With my big, fat, hot and steaming……Baked Potato!!!

Whoever thought of this should get a medal or a gold star or one of those awesome little smiley stamps that everyone loves and always uses now! 🙂

My fave Baked Potato topping is…..a whole lotta garlicky butter….and it’s gotta be real butter, sorry folks….topped off with some crispy, crunchy bacon, melted cheese (lots of that!), a little bit of coleslaw and some spring onions and sour cream to garnish…yeah I’m pretty boring and regular with my baked potatoes – what’s your fave recipe for them??? xxx

Note: I will update the toppings on this soon…..as stated previously I cannot even find where I found this little beauty!! So far I know we have bacon, sour cream and….. ;0

Ventanas Atlanta GA – Loaded Baked Potato In A Martini Glass | Foodspotting

All pics courtesy weheartit.com
Except the main pic which was sourced from twitter pics – source t.b.a

Oh and I just had to show you this cos I love it so much – print available on etsy.com – let me know if you would like the link x

Today I love…..getting my mojo back….

24 Feb

If I had the time…. the things I know I would find….oh time, where are you lately??

Energy…where are you? Motivation? Inspiration? Creativeness? Purpose in life?

I’m fading away….what else can I say?

I have so much I wish to type about – perhaps this is just the entree…..I love gnomes and I hate opening milk cartons right now…I hate having clean skin that is still itchy…I love watching dead set….I need to tell you this tho….I am here still!

Today I love gnomes….again…hanging and dying and waiting to see Gnomeo and Juliet – got some free tix so can’t wait for that right now…

I’m wondering about fashion more than I thought I would lately – maybe it’s because I am s seriously loving all of the A/W 2011 looks out right now….and then I get depressed when I look at my wardrobe and then I wonder if maybe  could do a whole lot better with the wonderful tings that I already own? I believe that I could – and should! So….this is my next task….do you have items in your wardrobe that you have never, perhaps should never….wear? I do….but I do love them and would wear them IF I had a chance or occasion to wear them….I call them my trophy wardrobe – do you have a trophy wardrobe? I have to give you at least one pic so here goes…my first trophy item….and one that I really, really, really LOVE always and every day!!! 🙂

As you can see, this is a special trophy item as it’s current purpose in life is to sit next to the Mr. Big work shirts and look pretty and completely and totally counteract them in my poor little wardrobe that has been overrun by manly things lately….

Just For You….show me what you’ve got!!!

20 Feb

Okey dokey folks….who’s ready for some creative loveliness…..I’m Excited with a capital E! Here we go:

Show me your stunning stuff people!!

I’ve got this for y’all today…..xx

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LOGO &/OR PROFILE PIC DESIGN COMPETITION RULES
“Just For You Jewels”
We are not affiliated with Facebook 

In order to create a compelling and substantial visual identity of Just For You Jewels, this competition seeks a logo AND/OR Facebook Profile Picture that represents the following criteria:

  1. ‘Jewels’
  2. ‘Just For You’
as text/words in the logo &/or Profile Picture 

This competition consists in a contest to design a logo &/or Profile Picture for Just For You Jewels:

1. Eligibility
Participants may compete as individual or as a team. Entries are eligible to Australian residents only. 

2. Logo Design Features
a. The logo must contain the letters

  1. ‘Jewels’
  2. ‘Just For You’
c. The use of colours is recommended
d. Imagery themes can be used in the logo design only if the image is free of any and all royalty fees
e. There are no limits on the size of the logo, however the minimum size of the logo would be 4 inches (10.2cm) wide and 4 inches (10.2cm) high 

*** Naturally, the best size would be the one we are using now – check our wall and please keep in mind how it will look as a “thumb nail” ie. small image.

***Multiple entries are accepted***

3. Judging Criteria
Judging will be carried out according to the following criteria:
– Originality of the design
– Visual appeal

In the event that similar entries are submitted by multiple participants, Just For You Jewels reserves the right to select the prize winners based on the criteria listed above plus any other design features’ interests and purposes. If required, tie-breaking will be at the discretion of Just For You Jewels.
The decision of Just For You Jewels will be final and no appeal against the decision will be considered.

4. Prizes
The winning logo &/or Profile Picture design will be awarded a $50 voucher for our Facebook online store – the voucher is only valid for one (1) month after the date of issue and is valid for any item that is currently in stock/& available from our supplier(s), excluding postage, at Just For You Jewels. An (optional) shoutout will also be included when the announcement of the winning design is made (including any facebook page you may own for some advertising for the winner) if the winner accepts this option.

5. Intellectual Property Rights
Once the Prize is announced to the winner the copyright and the ownership of the Intellectual Property Rights for the winning logo &/or Profile Picture design will deem to be transferred to Just For You Jewels.

Just For You Jewels reserves the right to publish the winning logo on all of Just For You Jewels print or electronic communications, including website, newsletter and official stationery.

6. Submissions
The logo must be submitted via Just For You Jewels’ Facebook Wall:
Just For You Jewels

7. Distribution of Prize
The Prize will be sent to the winner on Monday 7th March 2011 after Just For You Jewels and/or their representatives have chosen the winner of the competition at approximately 9pm Sunday 6th March 2011.

8. Final Decision
Just For You Jewels reserves the right to accept or to reject any (or all) submissions that do not meet the requirements for participation and/or competition.
The decision of Just For You Jewels Logo &/or Profile Picture Competition Judge will be final and no appeal against the decision will be considered.

9. Agreement to Official Rules
By participating in the contest, participants agree to abide by the rules and conditions as
established above which can be amended or modified at any time by Just For You Jewels. All entries become the property of Just For You Jewels.

10. The deadline for receiving entries for the competition close 8pm EST, Sunday March 2011.

11. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Catrina Murray of Just For You Jewels and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for the competition purposes and not for any other reason.

Show me whatcha got lovely people!!! xxx

Hugs to you & all of yours….

Today I love…..hearting it every single day!!!

19 Feb

I can’t live without you….

I have to check you every day….

Even if it’s just for a few minutes or a couple of hours on the sly….

I heart you…..for lifting my spirit or teaching me something new about the world……

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Just For You….I’m feeling generous!

7 Feb

Oh my poor, neglected, deprived and ignored blog….I am sorry! I have many tales to tell and also many awesome ideas brewing around and really miss you, so I promise to be back soon with a vengeance!!

In the meantime…..let’s have some fun!!

I love this bag…..

To win this stunning Black Sequin Bag, valued at $20 each – Keychain included – patent on back side – 45cm wide with inner phone pocket, inner zipped pocket and zipper top to close.

All you have to do is share Just For You Jewels with your friends!

To get one entry in the competition – you MUST jump for joy like these two lovely ladies and then do one of the following:

* Tweet about this competition, including #jstforumelb in your tweet
* Post a Facebook status about this competition, including @Just For You Jewels in your status
* Email this competition link to two friends and cc/bcc me at catrinamurray@yahoo.com.au
* Link the competition to your blog or website and let me know at the above email

Competition closes 8pm EST Monday 14th February 2011

Good luck my lovelies and go, go, go!!! xxx


Also…..I just had to share this one…..How cute is this wittle guy???

Everybody saw awwwww…..

 

Today I love….Floods, Bumps, Drips and Grandma’s Soup….

15 Jan

Well, here I was….on my last and final day of holidays – my computer and internet are playing up no end and I have both good and bad news to share with you my lovely little readers! I have been completely and totally hippy-fied for the 20th time in my life – I think I need to move here! I love my mountain…Mt. Warning, NSW….no dreadlocks here….

but every time visit, a tiny little piece of the loveliness here….comes home with me….to share with you!!!

1.Torrential rain on arrival

  1. The chance we may be flooded in/out of Tyalgum NSW for the first few days
  2. Spiders and funny smells in an old house
  3. Dad – man it’s hot
  4. Burns and cuts on arrival
  5. What day is it? From Grandma
  6. A lost suitcase on arrival
  7. Dad – man it’s hot
  8. A found and delivered suitcase…followed by the unfortunate news the courier suffered an accident on the way back and was now in hospital
  9. What day is it? From Grandma
  10. Ah…the pool at the Local….sunshine and joy all round…..

 

  1. Dad – man it’s hot
  2. New Years Eve
  3. Trying to go to the local with my man
  4. Have we had Xmas? Grandma
  5. Dad – man it’s hot
  6. A day at the local pool/pub – fun all round!!
  7. What day is it? From Grandma
  8. BOTH children getting stung by Bluebottles at Byron
  9. Dreamworld – wooooooooooooo – ouch…..
  10. Meet the rellos – sunshine, lollipops….then…torrential rain! What a surprise!!
  11. White water World in the rain – still warmish
  12. Dad – man it’s hot
  13. Calm…..the children and Mr. Big leave
  14. Mail problems
  15. Finding treasures from Grandma’s troves….ooooh my pretties!!!
  16. What day is it? From Grandma
  17. Real estate hell – Man I am HOT!!!
  18. Dad – man it’s hot
  19. Looking at land, plans and mud
  20. Movies with Grandma
  21. What am I doing? From Grandma
  22. Floods in Brisbane – only 100km away
  23. TV for 2 days watching the floods and waiting to see if it hits here
  24. Trip to town wooooooo
  25. Dad – man it’s hot
  26. Flood here? Lots of rain….we’ll see….
  27. Won a competition – won another competition
  28. Grandma – please buy a Tatts ticket
  29. Shopped till I dropped at Pacific Fair
  30. Buy LCD day clock for Grandma – note to self – send calendar as well, new smoke alarms, pill holder and batteries – (for smoke alarm!)
  31. Flood in Melbourne – will we get home??
  32. Dad – man it’s hot
  33. Packing to go home – man I’m HOT!!!!
  34. What time do you have to leave?? From Grandma
  35. Have you fed the dogs Grandma? Yes, I think so…..
  36. Suffered numerous internet and keyboard difficulties – this has taken me oh maybe 1.5 hours to type! If you know me, that is NOT GOOD AT ALL
  37. What day is it today? = Grandma
  38. Woah I am HOT!!!
  39. What time do you have to leave?? From Grandma
  40. Oh how will you fit all that in your case Catrina?? = Grandma, I can do it woman! Watch me!!
  41. Grandma’s special Chicken Soup – man that’s good!!!
  42. What time do you have to leave?? From Grandma
  43. Dad – man it’s hot
  44. Oh, wine…no I shall not whine at all….I believe I have earnt my wine today!!!
  45. Home soon folks……….love ya xx

P.S. Support, kudos, love, hugs and mucho thanks go to everyone supporting and helping us here in Australia, not just Queensland who have been or are affected by the floods in our country……..

Today I love…Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!!!

24 Dec

Sleigh bells are ringing….

I can hear carols singing….

I may be offline for a few days….I have bags to pack and presents to wrap…and then……unwrap!!! 🙂

I am crossing everything that I will get internet in the sticks of NSW…..please send all orders/enquiries and any other love you want to send to me at: catrinamurray@yahoo.com.au…..I hope you and yours all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! XXXOOO MWAH my ❤ darlings!!!

To all my lovely people at What I Love Today and Just For You Jewels…..I wish you all…..a whole lotta love and hugs and lovely, wonderful, safe, healthy (well, kinda! Cheers!!) and most of all…..FUN Christmas and New Years Eve…Mwah and hugs to you all….and enjoy my Christmas album….all images are courtesy weheartit.com

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Today I love….An Infinite amount of Space….

17 Dec

An infinite amount of…..S.P.A.C.E

No, no, no, not Space as in the Final Frontier either!

I NEED (not just want!) an infinite amount of space in my home!!!

My blog is my reflective journal, beheld within are the many treasures I have discovered and now fondly hold dear to my heart.

My own personal space…..is at times both a wonderful and very stressful thing!!!

My partner is a furniture removalist and unfortunately we have no room left for any more pieces of random furniture on our house!  As a self-confessed hoarder, it is really not possible to obtain any more useless and unnecessary possessions!

One day, I hope to have the time to clear my clutter but I do not foresee this in the near future!  I have an emotional attachment to my things as well – when I was about 15 and my parents separated all of my childhood possessions were donated to charity and I never saw any of the things I owned from birth ever again.  I was also robbed recently twice in three weeks and that has made me a little more careful that I remember not to leave my diamond ring on the lounge room coffee table before I go to work = silly girl!  So at least I know WHY I like to hang on to things!!! It’s an emotional attachment and a great fear that my possessions will be lost from me forever again.

One of my favourite pastimes right now is watch MTV Cribs.  I just can’t get enough of looking at the beautiful homes the celebrities have.  I watch the show and dream that I may be able to have all those wide and wonderful open spaces, large lounge rooms, super huge wardrobes the size of half of my current house, beds that you could fit 10 people in and spa baths that are the size of my current bedroom.  Then I look around at my space and sigh….perhaps one day I will have the room to move that I so desire….then maybe I can get more stuff! Ha Ha Ha NO! I hear you scream!

Here is a part of Christina Aguilera’s house – you can find more pics here

I believe I could utilise my current space a lot better.  Have you ever pondered the possibilities of space?

Space is an infinite thing but we impose limitations and boundaries are self imposed within the construct of our minds.  Space ebbs onwards into the universal echelons, so vast; our wee human minds find difficulty in comprehending the enormity.  Yet as humans, we have the power to determine the boundaries, qualities and characteristics of our space.  Space is therefore multidimensional, the channel in which individual and collective action arises simultaneously.  This interconnected platform provides a medium for communication whereby time, distance and location are traversed both locally and globally from the comfort of our homes.  Yet how we choose to interact with this space has the potential to impact our social, economic and environmental ethos from both a personal and planetary perspective.

What is this space I am eluding too?

A very good friend of mine is an interior designer and you can just tell she cringes every time she comes through my door!  But at least she appreciates my personal style and ditto.  She  does give me some hints and tips occasionally to try and help me improve my mess of a lounge room!  And (silly or smart??!) me has also just started a jewellery and accessories business from home, so we have boxes of jewellery, handbags, clothing etc. just to add to the rest of the things I bring home nearly every day!  Wonderful……I hear you say – I will never have infinite space!!!

Something that really creeps me out is when people invade on my personal space… I don’t mind close talkers or that sort of thing but if someone stands too close behind me in a queue, I cannot resist inching forward to get away from them!

So…..Space….I don’t have enough…..I will probably never have enough or be satisfied with the space I have…BUT if I could have an infinite amount…..all my problems would therefore be solved…….

I have been selected from a handful of bloggers to participate in a competition for Vodafone to promote their lovely new product above; which I believe I will be needing very soon!

I’m not too sure how you can help me win, but please feel free to leave a comment or rate this post if you do or do not like it!

Today I love….following me

15 Dec

I got something new today……

I can’t tell you what it is!!!

I am super excited about it!!!

Some of you have most definitely already seen them…they come from Peurto Rico 🙂

The reason I cannot tell you about it is because I am one of those people who buys things for themselves every time they do their Christmas shopping!!! Yep, One for you = two for me!!! This is a present for me and a very special friend…

I love Christmas…I spoil myself and everyone else I possibly can….and this year I will be donating to my favourite charities and a few more as well!!

Merry Christmas my lovely little readers!!!

Love and hugs from me!!

All images courtesy weheartit.com

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