Monday, 1 September 2014

GIVEAWAY // SEPTEMBER DESKTOP WALLPAPER





September is here! Holy, I can't believe there are only four months to go. This year is just flying by so quickly. One thing is for sure, I've really been enjoying this little giveaway feature. It's a good excuse for me to get creative and say thank you for reading along!

Spring has arrived (although you wouldn't know it with the awful weather today in NZ) so it's only fitting that this month's wallpaper is floral. 

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Friday, 29 August 2014

NIUE ISLAND

Hello friends, I'm back!! After a wonderful week away it's nice to be home, but not so great to be at work. However, that's life! We did a whole lot of exploring, swimming and snorkelling and even saw some whales and dolphins. Dad and Donna treated us to a whale watching trip which was so amazing! There were whales only about 50 metres away from us. You're allowed to swim with them but they were a bit too playful so we didn't get a good look underwater. Pretty amazing though to see these huge creatures so close.

Here are some of my favourite photos from our trip.


Drinking fresh coconuts!
My lovely Nana and Grandpa with their famous MakFurly burgers!

Our local Niueans (Dad and Evil Step Mother - who's not evil at all!) husking coconuts


Our family land in Liku

And of course, I had to finish off with some underwater photos! Luckily Dad had an underwater camera (I'm definitely going to buy one) so we managed to get some pretty awesome photos. I'm thinking about making a scrapbook for all our travel adventures so that's going to be my little project for the weekend.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

HOLIDAY TIME // NIUE
































If you weren't already aware, this is actually my homeland. Okay, maybe that's not quite right. But my Grandpa is full Niuean which makes me a quarter! I'd say that was enough to claim Niue as one of my homelands.

Anyway, Rob and I are flying over tomorrow morning for a wee holiday! I'm so excited! The last time I was there, I must have only been 6 or 7 years old. It's been a while. My Dad and ESM (evil step mother though she is far from evil!) are currently living over there so we thought we'd head over for a visit and a relax. Doesn't it look beautiful? There isn't a whole lot to do there (except for explore, swim and snorkel) but that's exactly the kind of holiday Rob and I need. We've had a lot going on so it's going to be great to have some family time and just chill!

I'm sure I'll have loads of photos to share with you when I come back! See you in a week! 

Friday, 15 August 2014

365 MILES OVER DAYS // JULY UPDATE
















July wasn't great. I had such a good month in June and was definitely back on top of it, but July fell apart a little bit. To be honest, it was a bit of a rough month for me so I'm not too upset about it. Sure, I'd have loved to hit my month quota (with a bit extra) but occasionally life gets in the way and you  have to prioritise a bit. Not the end of the world though, and I'm working on making sure that August is a good one. 

I also have a plan, which I think is helpful. To try and make up for the miles I've missed (about 50 at the moment) and make sure I reach my monthly total (around 30 or 31) I'm going to run at least two miles, 3 times a week and plan a long walk every weekend. For me, having a routine definitely helps a lot. It also enforces habit which is pretty important when you are trying to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle. 

Here's how I went.










So, at least my running is still on top of my walking, although at this stage, I'm not going to be fussy. Exercise is exercise and being active is my top priority. Sure, my heart is pumping and I definitely sweat a lot more when I run, but walking can sometimes be more therapeutic. Also, the end goal is 365 miles and as long as I get there, I'm happy.

One big thing that changed in July, that really helped me keep on track even without as much running, was my eating. I've always found that gluten and dairy have caused me problems so I decided to give going "gluten free" ago. I've noticed quite a big change (health wise) and it's definitely forcing me to eat a lot more real and unprocessed food. Diet is half the battle when it comes to losing and maintaining weight so I'm feeling pretty confident that I've got that part sussed.

August is half way over (yep, I do realise this is pretty late for a month update) and so far so good. I'm going away next week which will make things a bit more difficult, but I'm still going to try and get a few miles in. When I come back, it's all on. Only 3 1/2 months left and I'm not going to fail. 


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

FROM ME TO YOU // TYPOGRAPHIC PRINT

From Me To You is a feature where each Wednesday (or every second Wednesday, depending on how I feel) I will be sharing a DIY, a tutorial or a printable freebie with you. They will be super easy for you to follow (because I'm not very good with complicated things) or free to download.

As I'm sure you all know, Robin Williams passed away yesterday. I have so many fond memories of his acting and voice work, especially as a kid (I'm looking at you Genie!) and like the rest of the world, I'm shocked and saddened by his death.

I thought that this week's From Me To You would be in memory of him so I've designed a typographic print using one of my favourite quotes. 

RIP Robin Williams.









































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