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Anzac Bliss Balls

anzac day ANZAC BLISS BALLS I’m usually a Anzac Biscuit Baker but this year I’m all about the Bliss Ball!  Actually I burnt them, so a quick internet search brought me to this somewhat trendy and easier option.  Traditional, perhaps not,  and sadly lacking the crunch, but the good old Chelsea Golden Syrup gives you the Anzac-ey flavour that we kiwis are all about this time of year! We spend our Anzac Morning at the local reserve where the service
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Nooks & Storage

Nooks and Storage NOOKS & STORAGE Old homes have their idiosyncrasies; the not-quite-level floor, the mismatched skirting boards and the somewhat annoying lack of plugs.  All of these can be lived with or fixed quite easily, but perhaps the most annoying of all is the lack of built in storage.  Creating extra cupboards means you lose floor area and so often it is up to the dweller to find extra space by using clever little methods that adds both an aesthetic
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Happy Easter

Happy Easter one and all HAPPY EASTER The Easter weather forecast here in NZ was a little foreboding with Cyclone Cook heading our way fast and furious.  The warnings were enough to shut down the central Auckland City sending workers home early.  Schools closed and everyone shunned the usual night before Easter long weekend drinks and headed home loaded with water and candles. It didn’t arrive in Auckland; last minute it veered off its anticipated path.  Parts of NZ did get a battering
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It was a nice idea

Do what you love IT WAS A NICE IDEA “Do you have children”  is a common conversational question.  Yes I do I have a son, Nick, he is 5, hes 10, hes 15, hes 20.  At 5 a common retort would be “are you having any more”, at 10 its a just a questioning look, at 15, surprise, at 20, confusion.  No one actually says – why just one – but they think it. There was more, little bundles of cells that
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Formantics – Vibrant Living

Formantics vibrant living FORMANTICS – VIBRANT LIVING The Instagram community is largely one of mutual respect and admiration.  I love the little musings I read on pages and I enjoy the interaction all be it though text.  The best feeling though is when you actually get to meet those whom you admire… in real life. Formantics is the brain child of Susan Christie and I was lucky enough to visit her gorgeous Californian Bungalow, on Auckland’s North Shore where her studio
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My Tips for a Top Sleep

Top tips for a good nights sleep MY TIPS FOR A TOP SLEEP The older I get the more sleep eludes me.  What used to come naturally now seems to need preparation.  So I’ve done the research and I’ve tested the tips and here is what comes out on top. #1.  The bedroom itself plays a role; though the aesthetics won’t help you sleep, if the environment pleases us it will encourage you to relax, there are also a few practical things you can do
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Boozy Birthday Fudge

Boozy Birthday Fudge ALL OR NOTHING There are some people in this world that will buy a block of chocolate, eat two squares and place the rest into the refrigerator.  Often these people wont go back for another couple of squares for days later. I-am-not-that-person.  Sadly my husband is,  sadly I say because after he places the 98% full block into the fridge – I finish it for him.  Yes that is right I cannot leave that block alone until it
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Hydrate me

Flavoured water HYDRATE ME Our biggest enemy is often ourselves. We know what we should be doing and sometimes we do it, other times we do the direct opposite and wonder why we don’t feel good.  I often sit at my desk and think about how thirsty I am but instead of drinking a glass of water I have a coffee, or worse. Well let me tell you water is where its at.  The best advice I have heard via
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A Daybed – A bed for the Day

Safari OGK Daybed A BED FOR THE DAY I’ve been blogging a little lately, off the track of interiors into the world of life, simply because I sometimes feel so overwhelmed with everything that I need to just take a breath and a step back to appreciate things as they are.  This doesn’t mean I am stopping my interior dreams and aspirations for my little house (which I must add seems to always be a WIP) certainly not, but sometimes I
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Sophie Melville Artist

sophie Melville artist SOPHIE MELVILLE ARTIST A number of Sophies art works are dotted around my home, often transient, they provide a calm presence, noticeable but not imposing, wherever they sit. Her series of watercolour prints became popular with the wave of Scandinavian inspired interiors largely due to their monochromatic tones and blurry edges, identifiable as the land and seascape but modern and edgy. 2017 has marked a change in Sophie’s art, not its style or its inspiration, but in the sophisticated
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