Monday, 21 July 2014


Once you get out of high school and into the "real world," life gets a bit harder. Suddenly you have bills and rent to pay, cars to fill, jobs to commit to, exams to pass, not to mention the horror of having to cook for yourself. Your parents aren't there to make your bed or fix your clothes. You have to think, and plan and it's pretty easy to get a bit overwhelmed with it all (I know I do). I've come up with a list of ten things that you can do (at a pretty cheap cost) to feel young again and forget your responsiblities, even if it's just for a day. 

Honestly, technology is the worst (I say as a type this on a computer while simultaneously checking my IPhone.) It can drain so much of your time and energy, and really isn't productive at all. There's nothing like getting out in the fresh air and just enjoying time outdoors. Plus, playing ball kind of needs a second player so it's a good way to socialise as well. 

I feel like cookies are pretty easy to make. To be honest, I suck at baking (and I don't even like doing it) but there is something about taking a bite out of a freshly baked cookie that gets me every time. Plus, baking can be fun. Some people even find it therapeutic! Anything that results in delicious baked goods is fine by me.

This is a kid's summer dream. This is my summer dream. Yes, there is a bit of cleaning up to do afterwards. Yes, you get soaked. But it's so much fun! Get into two teams (you definitely can't have a water fight by yourself), split up the water balloons, grab some containers and go crazy!

Okay, this one might not be the cheapest, but it's guaranteed to be a good time. I LOVE dressing up. Like, seriously love it. And luckily, I have a great bunch of friends who also love dressing up. Our parties are generally themed and everyone gets pretty creative. If you come up with a great theme that has a bit of freedom, it's not too hard to come up with a costume that won't cost too much. Then, all you need to do is grab some chips, dip and a couple of drinks and you're off!

If you were lucky enough to have a bike when you were kid, this was probably your main form of transport. I honestly don't know how I had the energy to cycle everywhere, but I wish I had it now. This is another activity that can be done socially, and there are so many places where you can hire bikes for the hour! You'll also be outdoors and get some exercise as well! 

This one might make you feel a little silly, but it's guaranteed to work. I'm pretty sure of all us, at one point, danced in front of our mirror with a hair brush. If you haven't, you missed out. Luckily, you can make up for it now! It's crazy how you can go without hearing a song for so long, but when it comes on, you remember all the words! STOP RIGHT NOW, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! I NEED SOMEBODY WITH A HUMAN TOUCH! Oh. So very good.

Guys, Disney movies are my weakness. Seriously. The stories. The music. The memories! Sitting down in front of any disney movie (or any cartoon movie from when you were younger) will definitely have you forgetting about all your worries and in a very happy place. Timon and Pumbaa know the truth. Hakuna Matata. 

I'm not sure if you guys got into these crazy sour lollies, you actually might have your own sweets that you used to eat when you were little. I think you should eat some. It's a lot of sugar to consume, but hey! Sometimes it's what you need. Go to your local dairy, grab a couple of $1 bags, go somewhere nice and eat them all. All of them! Sure, you might have a sugar high, but maybe it will help you get through the day! Or put you to sleep. It's a win win in my eyes.

Alright, maybe not a lion hunt. But if you feel like you need a break, instead of sitting down and watching tv, why don't you go and explore? I bet a lot of us don't venture out from our local spots.. Work, malls, favourite bars/cafes. When you were a kid, I bet you loved discovering a new place and creating games to match the surroundings. I'm not saying this has to turn into a "rescue the princess" type situation, but sometimes all you need is a change of scenery. 

This suggestion may not be the best way to "relax" but it will definitely have you focused on other things.. Like the fact that you have an IOU of $10,000 and there is no way you're gonna win. I think we all know those ones! Board games are awesome though. And they are free. There are also SO many and I have no doubt that you've got one hiding away somewhere. Instead of sitting in front of your computer all night, why not get out a game, turn on some music, and play! 

And there is my list! Some of them might seem a little silly, but I honestly feel like each and every one of these ideas will get you to relax and have fun (even if it's just for a little while.) Feel free to share your tips for feeling young again in the comments below. I'd love to hear your suggestions!

Friday, 18 July 2014


Alright, let's get this started. You can see the "rules" here, but basically I asked 5 of my creative friends to come up with an easy and effective way to wrap gifts. Matt is a graphic designer, so naturally he got fancy with a stencil. 

W H A T  Y O U  N E E D :
- Brown recycled wrapping/packaging paper
- Craft Knife
- Paper/card
- Pen (if you're drawing your own stencil)

T H E  E X T R A S :
1 x sponge

Obviously this is a very straight forward process, but you can make it as simple or as detailed as you want depending on how long you want to be cutting the stencil out for.

First you must decide on your artwork. You can make something simple on a computer or you can draw it by hand. If you make it on the computer you will have to either use paper as the stencil or you could stick that paper to card so the stencil is sturdier and will hold it's shape better. Just keep in mind the simpler the artwork the less work you will be creating for yourself.

Now it's time to cut out the stencil. Because I am a crazy person, I weirdly enjoy this part, but for most people it will probably be a tedious and lengthy process. Depending on how detailed the stencil you are making is, and how careful / particular you are when cutting it out, this really can take quite a while. So be prepared to get cramp in your hand for holding that craft knife for too long. 

All done? Great! That last 5 hours of that stencil just flew past. Now to paint. If you haven't done already, wrap you damn present. and I probably should have mentioned to create your stencil so it fits nicely within the shape of your present. My bad if it's too late.

HINT : I cut my sponge into 4 smaller sponges to make it easier to dip into the paint without having to use the whole giant sponge.

Put the paint in a container of some sort, lay the stencil on the present, and start painting. If you want you can stick the stencil down with a bit of celotape but usually this paper is fairly unrelenting and doesn't like adhesive tape being pryed off it once it has bonded so be careful. I just hold my stencil in place, which usually goes pretty well.

Apply the paint as you wish but I just slowly dip the end of the sponge into the paint and tab it over the stencil. Gives it a bit of a stamp effect, but do as you wish.

Viola, you're basically done. Now just let it dry and clean up your mess you slob.

Haha! Matt, your instructions were awesome, and of course so was your gift wrap idea! A stencil is such a good idea, and I love that you can come up with any design you like!

you can see the other great ideas here

Thursday, 17 July 2014


Alright, let's get this started. You can see the "rules" here, but basically I asked 5 of my creative friends to come up with an easy and effective way to wrap gifts. Laura got creative and used outdoor elements for her gift wrap idea! 
W H A T  Y O U  N E E D :
- 2 x coloured paper, one brown and one pink.
- Sewing machine thread in pink
- Scissors
- Tape

T H E  E X T R A S :
1 x fake flower - this could be real, or another type of topper)
1 x stick (from outside) 

First things first is to get the stick down to the correct size that you want, I wanted mine to be contained in the length of the wrapped present, so I popped the stick on top of the present and guestimated how much to break off. I did this with my hands to keep the earthy feel, but you could trim it with secateurs or a good pair of scissors.

Start wrapping your thread around the stick. This bit is a bit tedious if you are wanting to perfectly wrap your stick in thread, or have certain parts wrapped. I went for a ‘rustic’ or more lazy approach and just did what felt and looked right. I definitely think it looks better when the thread is up and down rather than on an angle - but each to their own. When you’d achieved your desired look on the stick, double knot the thread and cut to trim, to ensure the ribbon stays put.

Using the second coloured paper I made a makeshift ribbon for the box. I cut a 1.5 inch thick strip and folded each end in to create a thinner straight ribbon from the paper. I simply taped the ends to the bottom of the present.

Place the stick and flower on top of the paper ribbon to find out how you might want the end result to look. Get creative! 

Eddie decide he wanted to get creative with me ;)

Grab some more thread and overlay it in your hand so you get a few strings of it. Put it under through the paper ribbon and tie over the stick and flower to secure into place.

And you're done! Thank you for sharing your idea with us Laura! I think it's so great. And awesome because you could change up the topper and colours to suit anyone. 

you can see the other great ideas here

Wednesday, 16 July 2014


Alright, let's get this started. You can see the "rules" here, but basically I asked 5 of my creative friends to come up with an easy and effective way to wrap gifts. I'm loving the paper flowers that Tillie came up with! 

Tillie's idea is super easy and super cute! What I love is that you you could use any kind of paper that you want! It would be fun to add patterns in as well. 

W H A T  Y O U  N E E D :
Brown paper

T H E  E X T R A S :
Crepe paper

Cut 3 long pieces of tissue paper and plait them together. This makes a nice little ribbon substitute. Then, it's just a matter of assembling your flowers. I basically took the idea from those tissue pom poms that are all the rage at the moment. I took a length of tissue paper and cut it to about 10 centimetres wide. Then I did a tight little accordian fold, tied a piece of string right around the middle and then scrunched the tissue paper around in a circle to make a flower shape. I repeated this with a few extra colours of tissue and used a bit of sticky tape to adhere them in a little pattern. Boom! There you have it. A beautiful and quick little gift wrap for someone special.

you can see the other great ideas here

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Alright, let's get this started. You can see the "rules" here, but basically I asked 5 of my creative friends to come up with an easy and effective way to wrap gifts. Here is Zenica and her lace and flower idea!

I absolutely love what Zeni has done. It's such a sweet idea and you could use any flower that you have in the garden. 

W H A T  Y O U  N E E D :
Brown paper

T H E  E X T R A S :

Here's how you do it. 

Wrap your gift however neatly with the brown paper, and fasten with tape. I have been known to use masking tape, duct tape, electrical tape, or even no tape and have relied on the string to hold the paper together. If you just go with what you have, and make it look purposeful, then you'll be able to make it work! 

Wrap a length of lace (or ribbon, strip of material, etc) around the width of the gift and fasten with tape on the bottom or tie with a knot on the top. 

Tie the string as many times around the width and length of the gift as you'd like and tie with a bow on the top. Tie in a flower or two to add a thoughtful touch (fresh or dried lavender looks and smells beautiful with this gift wrap).

And there you have it! A beautiful but simple idea that will definitely make any present shine!

you can see the other great ideas here