Let’s get straight into Week 2 of the Style Dare:
Have you had a good week? Work was so busy for me this week, so most of my week in pictures is from the weekend! Yesterday my father-in-law came to stay with us for a couple of days. He’s the kind of guy who likes to have jobs to do when he comes to stay so we spent a lot of time gardening. Hot tip: working out in the morning and then weeding is not recommended!! My legs were so sore!
Onto my week in pictures:
Almost every Australian has some connection (however distant) with someone who has fought in the Australian Defence Force. My grandfather was in the Army towards the end of the Second World War and after. My husband’s grandfather fought in the Air Force and was a POW in the Second World War. Both survived their experience and went on to have kids and grand-kids.
My grandmother’s Uncle Percy was not so lucky.
He was only 27 when he died in Belgium fighting in the First World War, the age I am now. Even though I obviously never met him, I felt a connection with this family member of mine who died far away from home fighting for his country. His name is on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial, and when I worked there I would often visit the Commemorative Area and see his name struck into those bronze panels.
While I was in Europe recently, my husband and I did a bit of a battlefield tour (with him working at the War Memorial, how could we not?). I was surprised by how involved I was in visiting these battlefields and cemeteries. I didn’t think it would impact me as much as it did. (I’ll do another post on my experience with these battlefields when I do some recaps of my Europe trip, it really is something else.)
One of the cemeteries we visited was with a specific purpose – to see Percy’s grave. To see where he was buried and to pay my respects to my (distant) relative. He is buried in Voormezeele Enclosure No. 3, just outside Ieper (Ypres) in Belgium.
Voormezeele Enclosure No. 3
Another Friday and Canberra has finally looked at its calendar and decided to give us some beautiful spring weather this week!
It’s been another relentlessly busy week at work (really hoping for a slow down soon!) so I am really looking forward to a relaxing weekend. My father-in-law is coming to visit this weekend and I think we’ll be spending a lot of time in the garden. We’re hitting up Masters this afternoon to grab some plants for our veggie garden, and maybe some new flowers for the front yard. I’m also (finally) going to plant something in the pots that have been sitting empty on our front porch for 18 months!!
I’ve got another five things I’m loving for you on this lovely Friday:
Until a month ago, I hadn’t had a fringe for at least seven years. I had a blunt fringe like the one I am currently sporting for about 10 minutes while I was in uni, but for the most part had a side fringe.
Having a blunt fringe has taught me some fringe-related lessons I never thought of before I cut it. I have complied a list of need to know tips if you’re planning on going the full-fringe like me:
I love my iPhone. I really do. It’s borderline unhealthy sometimes. I get anxious when my battery gets below 20%. I start to feel separation anxiety when my battery gets below 5% and I feel like I need to prioritise the time I have left with my phone before it leaves me/the battery dies.
Given that I am so attached to my phone, I thought I should probably do a post for you on my favourite and most used iPhone apps. I have a lot of apps on my phone (and a lot that I have downloaded that I’ve now deleted from my phone due to lack of use) and some rarely see the light of day (or the smartphone screen).
These, however, are all apps I use on a daily basis:
I mentioned a week or so that I have signed up for the Clever Cookie School of Blog being run by the amazing Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim and her photography whiz friend Rowe Timson. It kicked off yesterday and I am already so excited!!
I’m really hoping to continue with the good progress I’ve made with this little blog so far and take it to the next level.
So I want to know, what would you like to see me write about here? What would you like to see more (or less) of?
I’d really appreciate your feedback, especially as it is still early days here for me, to help shape my blog to be more enjoyable for you to read!
Fox in Flats Style Dare for September is well underway and I am loving it! Are you playing along as well?
Instead of inundating you at the end of the month with 30 photos, I thought I’d break it up into the four weeks of September and give you some small updates along the way of what I’ve been wearing. (You can see my post for the start of the dare here).
Day 1 was straight into the classic Style Dare: Red Lipstick
I’m wearing a Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red 01. I love this colour and the formula is really long lasting and not overly drying. I raved about this stuff in my post on my beauty pickups from Europe and my love for it is still going strong!
Back for another week in pictures. You’ll notice I’m short a few photos this week compared to normal. It’s been a bit of an odd week with some fairly big stuff happening in our lives which has kept us pretty distracted, hence less photos for the week. It’s resulted in a bit of a flat week for us, but we’re hoping to be able to move on and enjoy the rest of our weekend (which has been a haven of relaxation and enjoying our time at home thus far) and start next week in a better headspace. Hopefully I’ll have some more photos for you too!!
Anyway, on to better things!!
These two. Oh my goodness, my heart just melts. Our puppy is so gorgeous and makes us both smile! She has been a bit naughty this week and has started digging along the fence into our neighbours yard. Side note: how super Aussie does my husband look? Australian cricket shirt, shorts, no shoes, and a barbecue apron on!
Hello again for another lovely Friday! I hope the first week of Spring has been beautiful for you. Canberra has been a bit cold and cloudy this week with intermittent bursts of beautiful sunshine!
I’m hoping for some beautiful Spring weather this weekend and a whole lot of time spent lazing around in the sun! My doctor told me this week I am a bit low (okay, a lot low) in Vitamin D so I could probably benefit from some rays!
I’ve got another five things I’m loving for you today:
1. Transferring to WordPress.org
It was frustrating for a while but I got there, and I am now the proud owner of a self-hosted blog! I am loving the Editorial Calendar plug in – it is making my post scheduling an absolute breeze!
2. Jamie’s Comfort Food
Tomorrow is one month until our first wedding anniversary and my husband and I have decided we want to go with traditional anniversary gifts to mark the occasion.
The first year is ‘paper’ so I thought I would do a little ‘gift guide’ with some paper based first wedding anniversary gift ideas (my husband joked that he is going to buy me a newspaper for our anniversary – not a recommended gift on my list): …
Everyone has them (I hope, or I’m all alone in this!). Basic life skills that you just don’t have. Things that are seemingly so simple or commonsense to others but you just missed out on when they were handing out the life skills. Maybe you were distracted by the snack table?
I have a couple of glaring gaps in my ‘life skills’ department, much to the simultaneous amusement and frustration of my husband.
For instance, I can’t cut cheese. I really, really suck at it. I can never make it a nice clean cut, it always ends up a bit jagged somehow.
Same with buttering bread. Just can’t do it. I have been known to put a hole in a piece of bread while attempting to butter it. I think I can’t butter bread because I don’t eat sandwiches (or perhaps I don’t eat sandwiches because I can’t butter bread).
I did it! I managed to stick to the whole month of Photo a day! You have no idea how excited I am by this achievement, I have literally been doing this challenge on and off for a good 2 years and I think last month is the first time I have made it through the whole list.
On weekends sometimes my husband and I don’t eat lunch or dinner. We have brunch out every Saturday and then usually have a late lunch/early dinner so end up without one of those meals a lot of the time. Sometimes I’ll get to about 8 or 9pm and feel a bit peckish so will grab a snack.
Last weekend was one such occasion. I got to about 9pm on Saturday and wanting a quick snack I grabbed a punnet of cherry tomatoes, much to the derision of my husband.
Tell me I’m not alone in eating tomatoes as a snack food!
Do you have any odd snack choices that you are made fun of for eating? Please share and make me feel better about my tomatoes!
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