Jervis Bay weekender

My mum and dad are visiting from Singapore at the moment and on the weekend, we all drove down South to Jervis Bay for a little weekender. We got really lucky with the weather; clear blue skies, mild temperatures and sunny days. We rented a beach house literally right across from the beach so as you can imagine, we took full advantage and spent most of our time splashing away.
There were rock pools to explore, shells to collect, fish to chase and so much fun to be had. I found it so hard to leave and wish we could stay longer.
 Not pictured: Alexander throwing up after too much excitement jumping in the sea.

paPetal for Paper2: Exclusive Christmas Collection

Remember my pal Jen, the crafty brain behind paPetal? In the last year and a half, she's been a busy girl, having started her own etsy shop, being featured in many notable publications, including Design Files, running her own workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Art and now she's even got a stockist! As her friend, I am so extremely proud of her achievements and honestly cannot be happier for her. So a bit of promotion for is a MUST! Here's a little sneak peek at her exclusive collection:
The collection features Christmas wreaths in white and bronze make an elegant addition to any house this Holiday season, metallic floral garlands and ornaments for the tree and gift toppers to make your gifts extra special.
These items will be available at Paper2 Boutique (477 Crown St, Surry Hills) from  Saturday 21st November 2015. Happy Shopping!

Review: The Mindfulness Colouring Book

The other day I was driving to a friend's place when I just went on 'autopilot mode' with a million thoughts in my head and completely missed my turn off. The scary thing was it took a good 15 minutes for me to realise I was going the wrong way. The incident made me think about how I'm constantly rushing around, always multitasking sometimes to the detriment of the task at hand.

So when the lovely people at Dymocks offered to send me a copy of The Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons for review, I didn't hesitate to say yes. According to the book, 'being mindful is about paying attention to the present moment, clearing your mind of distractions and focusing on simply being' - exactly what I need.
The book arrived one Friday afternoon and I was thrilled to flip through it to find so many intricate, beautiful patterns, many of which are botanicals (which you know I love). I couldn't wait for Alexander to go to bed that night so I can start colouring away. I started off with a 2 page foliage pattern using autumnal colours of red, brown, green and yellow.

I had forgotten about the simple joy of colouring in and it really did me some good. It requires a certain amount of concentration to focus on the task at hand, which means my mind can't wander like it usually does, which means I'm not wondering about what to cook for dinner, or if Alexander is eating enough. I'm colouring, and that's all I'm doing - quietly, leisurely and I love how it unleashes the creative side of me.
Everyday since the book arrived, I've spent some blissful moments colouring away. It has brought back fond memories of my childhood, a more carefree time. I find it does bring me to a more relaxed state of mind ,be it for 5 minutes, or 20 minutes simply by allowing myself to enjoy the task at hand and being mindful.
Are you a fan of colouring books too?

PS: Many thanks to Dymocks for giving me the chance to review The Mindfulness Colouring Book.

House additions on my wishlist

During last week's non-stop rain, Alexander and I were cooped up at home for days on end. One day, we even donned raincoats and gumboots and ventured out to the sand pit in our backyard but it really was no fun with all that dampness around us. It got me wishing for a few house additions that would really make such rainy days (and all days, in fact) more bearable. Read on if you're interested...
1. Sunroom - While Alexander and I sat on the deck wishing the rain away, it occurred to me that if there was some way we could turn this outdoor space into a functional indoor area then we could use it all year round, rain or shine. We could still hear the birds, enjoy the wildlife, watch the trees sway in the wind and still get a good dose of Vitamin D! An experienced sunroom renovator like Additions Building will be able to help us encloseand turn existing deck into a sunroom of our dreams.
2. New carport - Our existing carport is an old rickety metal one which is functional but a bit of an eye sore. Ideally, I would love to have a new carport in a more stylish but timeless design which will look like a natural extension of the house and stand up to the elements (wind, sun, rain and hail)
3. Semi-indoor pool - I may have mentioned this more than once but come every summer, I can't help but feel a twinge of jealousy when I hear my neighbours splashing away on a hot day. I love the idea of a heated semi-indoor pool which can be used year round. Hopefully our home renovation budget will allow for a small pool in the near future.

What house addition is on your wishlist?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Additions Building. I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Botanical gift wrapping ideas

Following last week's mad panic, I got all super organised and sorted out nearly all my Christmas shopping. Next up was the gift wrapping part of course. Now I don't know about you but I take my gift wrapping very seriously, it's almost as important as the actual gift itself because it's care about the whole package.

I'd just received my Tiny Prints gift wrap which I personalized with our family name on it. I thought the brown and white paper made a lovely backdrop for some botanical adornments so I spent yesterday afternoon selecting leaves and various pine cones, seed pods I'd collected during walks in the neighborhood. My friend Jen of paPetal had made some colourful paper bougainvilleas which I used to pretty up one gift. The results are as follows...
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