Wednesday, 29 February 2012

What I Wore Wednesday - Blue and Grey

I'm joining in with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday. I never think to take a photo of what I wear until I realise it's Wednesday again, and then I drag my poor son around until he's got a decent shot of me (posing is not my forte!) So you only ever get one photo, and it's usually, what I wore on Tuesday!

I have to take more notice of where I buy my clothes. I'm pretty sure the grey skirt was from my sister, and the top I can't quite remember, I think it was from Roads. The black belt was from Sportsgirl.

My bracelets were from my sister; my necklace, I can't remember; my watch, from my friend Cheryl, and my earrings from my friend Genevieve.

Come and see what everyone else is wearing here. xx

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Screen Idols - Red Carpet Beauties

I love award shows, but after all the recent ones, it was easy to predict the winners of the Oscars.
I skimmed through a lot of the Red Carpet show, because I think it's a bit insulting to turn a prestigious awards show into a fashion show, but I couldn't help but adore some of these dresses:

Ellie Kemper (from Bridesmaids) How well does her dress match the colour of her hair?

  Penelope Cruz, looking like a classic Hollywood starlet - beautiful!

Emma Stone (from The Help): Wow, WOW, sensational!

Cameron Diaz: This dress is pretty and matches her hair perfectly!

Octavia Spencer (The Help): This dress is so flattering, and up close it was a shimmering delight!
I am so glad that she won best supporting actress!

Now I really want to see Hugo and The Artist; they look like really unique and clever films.

Did you have a favourite dress from the Red Carpet?


Monday, 27 February 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

I found this gorgeous book in the newsagency on the weekend. I couldn't resist it as there are always new ideas in books like this. Besides, I fell in love with the cover, and there are coloured illustrations like this all the way through:

I'm also still reading Emma, which I am finding to be exactly as I thought, laborious.

Nothing ever happens in this story, but I don't mind the characters, so I will continue on. Are you a fan of Austen books? Or do you find them to be longwinded and boring?

I'm linking up with Sheila at the Book Journey to find out what everyone else is reading. Join me!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Sunday Session - Legendary Ladies

There has been much excitement over Adele lately, especially with her winning a whole lot of Grammys the other day.

You may have noticed I like finding mash-ups of songs that add a bit of interest to each song.

In my search for Adele mash-ups, this one was by far the best, and made me reminisce about 80s music. Both of these ladies' voices are amazing, and I love the way the two songs sound together!

Head over to Thea's blog, Do I Really Wanna Blog for some more great, and perhaps quirky music!

Friday, 24 February 2012

Friday Funny - Deep Sleeper

Let's not dwell on this for too long, but during the Christmas hols, when Jonathon's Dad was staying with us, I fell asleep on the couch one day, and look what they did to me with an artline pen:

When they woke me up, they were looking at me funny, and then Jonathon handed me my mobile so I could see my face. I was too dozy to know what I was seeing at first, then it dawned on me and I said "Did you actually draw on me?"

Umm, yes. They did. Naughty!


I am linking up with Tropical Mum where there are some more laughs:

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Food for the Soul

I don't want to go all religious on you, but something I share very little of on my blog, is my family's life as members of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Recently we have had so many members and missionaries visit our home, that we have felt very loved by the people of our Church. We were offered the challenge this week to read from the Book of Mormon every day, something we have not done for awhile. I am not one to read books over and over; once I have read a book, I generally keep it, and never read it again! But with scriptures, the idea is to read them daily to keep hearing uplifting messages, 
to provide food for the soul.

We all need uplifting on a daily basis. The world spins chaotically around us, as we go about our work, and it takes much courage to keep our heads above water. Sometimes, a quiet prayer, a verse of scripture, or a piece of music, can lift our spirits and remind us that Heavenly Father watches over us, he knows each and every one of us, and he is there to guide us as we travel these rocky paths.

I accept the challenge to read a chapter of the Book of Mormon every day, and will keep a record of my progress right here.
If your Book of Mormon is sitting dusty on your bedside, 
maybe you would like to join me? xx

Reading Log
First Book of Nephi
Feb 21 - 1 Nephi Chapter 1
Feb 22  - 1 Nephi Chapter 2
Feb 23  - 1 Nephi Chapters 3-8
Feb 24  - 1 Nephi Chapter 9-13
Feb 25 - 1 Nephi Chapter 14
Feb 26  - 1 Nephi Chapter 15-19
Feb 27  - 1 Nephi Chapter 20-22
Second Book of Nephi
Feb 28  - 2 Nephi Chapter 1-3
March 3 - 2 Nephi Chapter 4
March 4 - 2 Nephi Chapter 5-15

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Screen Idols - The Help Cast

There is a lot of raving going on about this movie and rightly so! The book had a huge impact, and the movie is the perfect visual vehicle for the book. The cast is brilliant, and they deserve all their awards.

This is really just the beginning for Emma Stone - she is going to be a huge star!
 Octavia Spencer is a real cutie and has all the funny lines as Minny Jackson!

Being a teacher, I can relate to the life of a nanny, and Viola Davis plays the part of Aibileen with absolute conviction.

Bryce Dallas Howard plays the villain, Hilly Holbrook to a T. Her face just screams vicious. (Hard to believe she is sweet-as-pie Ron Howard's daughter!)

Celia Foote is an endearing character. Very Marilyn and naive. Jessica Chastain is a sweetie in this role.

If you haven't seen it yet, make a point of watching The Help, and give the book a go too. There is much to be learned from a story such as this. xx

Monday, 20 February 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

I was a lucky girl on Tuesday, because I got a brand new book for Valentine's Day from my adorable hubby. It was called The Next Always by Nora Roberts, which is the first book of hers I have read.

I was meant to read Emma by Jane Austen this week, but I read this one instead, and it was fun! Go to my book blog Owl Book Reviews, to read my review.
Now I'm off to read Emma. For real this time! xx

I'm linking up with Sheila at Book Journey to find out what everyone else is reading this week.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Mirror Songs - Sunday Session

When I first saw this video last week, I thought it was an awesome song. Bruno Mars' voice sends shivers!

The clip is quite controversial with it's blood-like paint and Christ symbolism. I also find it quite difficult to look at Lil Wayne's tattoos and blingy teeth! However, the lyrics and melancholy melody are well-worth a listen:

I found this mash up of Coming Home (which I adore) and Eminem's When I'm Gone. The lyrics are very heartfelt, and again, even if you're not into rap, the lyrics, the video and the pretty melody of the chorus leave a big impression:

We watched the 30th Anniversary Jackson's Tribute Concert the other night, and it is still so great to watch The Man in action. Man in the Mirror is such a brilliant song. I can pretty much guarantee if you watch this clip from the Moonwalker movie that you'll sing along with it!

I'm linking up with Thea's Sunday Session at Do I Really Wanna Blog, where you can hear some old favourites and some newbies. xx

Saturday, 18 February 2012

The Leopard Lodge

We had an AMAZING meal last night at a restaurant called The Leopard Lodge. We found the restaurateurs a couple of years ago at their last restaurant called the Serengeti Grill, in Joondalup. There, we discovered Banoffie Pie, which is an INCREDIBLE dessert! We have eaten it wherever we have seen it offered, but no one makes it like these guys.

Now they have the perfect setting for their restaurant, in the bush near Joondalup.  Look what greeted us as we entered the property! It gave us a fright at first, because we thought it was real, but then we had a good  laugh about what a clever idea it was.

The restaurant is in a safari lodge style building, with African art and artefacts all around. It is just gorgeous, and the atmosphere was intimate and inviting. The place was packed, and people just kept arriving.

We don't usually have soup when we go out for dinner, but we thought we'd have a try of their soup of the day, Creamy Vegetable. Oh. My. Goodness. It was the BEST soup I have ever tried in my life! Jonathon and I were just beside ourselves with how delicious it was!

Jonathon then had the steak with monkey gland sauce (which isn't actually from monkeys!)

and I had the Tiger prawns, although I forgot to take a photo, because I was so eager to eat them! Both dishes were so tasty! Jack had the kids' steak and chips, which was beautifully seasoned, and he ate the lot!

Then we all had a slice of (drum roll please) Banoffie Pie, still the best dessert ever! We were not disappointed, and oohed and aahed all the way through it.

Sometime, we will have to hold a birthday party or something here, because the outdoor setting is just stunning!

We love this place, and will go back as soon as we can!

I'm grateful for the lovely adventures I have with my family, so I am linking up with 52 Weeks of Grateful at Maxabella Loves. Meet me there!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Loving 91 Magazine

One of my favourite online magazines is 91 Magazine by Patchwork Harmony. I have been reading and  loving Caroline's blog for ages, and now I get all excited when new issues of 91 Mag are released! You can read the magazine here for free by just clicking on the picture below:

There are some great features, my favourite including a look into the life of Tif Fussell from Dottie Angel. She makes me want
to go all artsy!

Take a few minutes to flick through and maybe find some sweet inspiration for home decorating. xx

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Wordless Wednesday

(Pink and grey galah's on next door's dead tree!)

Playing along with Wordless Wednesday at My Little Drummer Boys blog.

Favourite Romantic Movies for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day brings to mind all the wonderfully romantic films that have left me with warm, fuzzy feelings, including these:

Only You

50 First Dates

Love Actually

Pride and Prejudice

Made of Honour

The Holiday

Bridget Jones Diary



and Valentine's Day.

There are also some romantic films with tragic endings that leave you feeling not so happy,
but make you hang on to your loved ones tightly:


City of Angels

Bicentennial Man

Phantom of the Opera

and Moulin Rouge

All favourite films of mine that I could watch over, and over and over! Can you think of any others that stir your romantic soul?
Happy Valentine's Day! xx