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You may like to call them novel bags…..and I think they are awesomely novel!
Who wants to look fashionable and smart all at the same time??!!
Yep I do – what about you??
My fashion radar has recently found lovely little handbags and clutches that actually look like real books when you carry them under your arm! Somebody smart is onto something here……
My recommendation is you get a title that you have actually read……
Otherwise if you happen to be approached with questions about the ‘book’ you are carrying – you should be prepared to RUN….and quickly so you don’t have to try and answer questions on a fabulous topic that you have absolutely no idea about!
Get yours here:
When I found out about the Nuffnang Yoplait Bloggers Family Day Out I was very upset.
The event was booked out!
Booked out? I said to myself? But, but, but….what about me?? What about the kiddies? They are here that weekend as well!!! Can’t they just make enough room for four more little people?? Pretty please??
To no avail…..until later that afternoon when I received a lovely tweet from a lovely woman telling me that she could no longer attend and we could have her tickets! I was like – what!? No way! Awesome!!!
So it was meant to be……on a lovely sunny day when we ventured to the park in the middle of tiny little side streets where no parking is available……..to find a jumping castle, balloon man, miniature farm, face painting, truckloads of yogurt from Yoplait and most importantly………a French crepe man!! All the ingredients for a lovely day out!
We registered, got our lovely little picnic blanket and frisbee and hat from Yoplait (I ended up wearing the hat as it was a very warm day!) and were offered a yogurt each – Mr. 7 had already decided he wanted Mango on the way in the car and Mr. 9 begrudgingly took the yogurt then ate the lot and asked for more! I think Mr. 7 ended up on 3 tubs down by the time we left……
A spot of frisbee on the grass and then “Dad, can we go on the jumping castle?” is the next cry that we hear, to which we reply “Go for it!” “Don’t you have to pay Dad?” comes the querying looks and voices; “Nope – off you go!” I think they were on the jumping castle for 90% of the time we were there. We settled on the rug outstretched on the grass to finish our yogurts and of course, yell at the kids to be nice to the others haha.
Then it was CREPE time…….the crepe man was very french and he definitely knew how to work that crepe stick! 30 seconds tops and a lovely, new paper-thin crepe was born. First course for me was the good ‘ole Lemon and Sugar, second course was Banana and chocolate and for my third course, Strawberries with chocolate! Yep, I did all three folks; aren’t you proud of me!?
After the obligatory face paint, multiple swords from the balloon man and trying not to kill the cute little bunnies we were all a little worn out from the sunshine, food and fun!
So off to the rubbish bin I trudged with our remains of the day, chatting to the crepe man as I passed him……he said to me “is it your birthday today?” I said “No – why you ask me that?” Turns out he thought he was there to do a birthday party and he thought that I was one lucky lady! So he asks me if I want some crepes to take home………DING, DING, DING!!!!! Bingo!!! Der, um…..what? “You want like 5 or 10 crepes to take home? You heat them in microwave for 30 seconds and they will be oh so lovely!” He says to me. “Really?” I say. “Yes, please – you have just made my day and it was already awesome!!”
How good is that? So I had them for breakfast the next day and I reckon they’ll be good to finish up for dessert tonight yeah watch me go!! I love the French crepe man and I want him to live in my backyard. Please. Pretty please??? OK, maybe I’ll just hire him for my next birthday!
We also got to take home an absolute plethora of yogurt thanks to lovely Yoplait! I was also very impressed to discover that their Vanilla flavour has real tiny, little vanilla beans in it! I can actually see them! I loved the day!
My lovely blog readers already know how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE Queensland!!
Queensland just has that special something…….
Tthe untouchable thing that makes you feel revived and more alive after you visit.
If I don’t get to visit at some time at least once a year, it makes me feel a little deflated!
This year, I will be overdue for a top-up of my Vitamin Me levels so if everything (fingers crossed!) goes according to my financial plan…..we will again be visiting the extended family in the fabulous northern state!
I find a holiday to Queensland is one of the easiest destinations to pack for. Bikinis, shorts, a few skimpy tops, thongs (and a back up pair), a pair of nice shoes, one pair of jeans, tracky dacks – and I’m done!
This is due to the fact that I can’t help myself when shopping in Queensland and I end up buying a lot of lovely items and have to sit on my suitcase to get it to close when returning; that’s all part of the fun though!
Note: I WISH this was my lovely designer suitcase!
My essential Vitamin is S for Shopping; so the less I pack for Queensland is always better for me!
All of my trips to Queensland are also never complete without a few special destinations that I like to visit. If I don’t get to see them, I feel like I haven’t even been there, or relaxed and unwound completely.
Today I’m sharing a few secrets with you as well so concentrate now folks!
These are my must see places that can boost your Vitamin Me levels by giving you memorable and unforgettable sights, tastes, sounds and smells!
Vitamin A: Awe-inspiring Natural Bridge, in the south-eastern area of our sunny northern state, always takes my breath away – and everyone else I take to visit there as well!
Vitamin B: Bargain hunting at Pacific Fair – my idea of shopping heaven! I simply must spend an entire day here (if not more – pretty please!) and shop till I totally drop!
Vitamin C: Coolangatta Beach – not too busy with some of the best scenery to be found in Queensland, this beach is one of my favourites and many a lazy holiday afternoon will find me here with my favourite book and plenty of sunscreen!
Vitamin D: Dreamworld – it returns me to the carefree days of my childhood, when it was so exciting that I thought I would burst when visiting!
Vitamin E: Eumundi Markets – the 1 hour drive north from Brisbane is a pleasure when you know what is awaiting you at the end! This place is like a market on steroids! Hint, hint: Remember which vitamin you are taking here and make sure that your car boot is E for EMPTY for the return trip!
Vitamin K: Kooky and creepy artefacts and attractions at Ripleys Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Surfers Paradise are always a hit with the (big) and little kids and make me go “Oooooh” or “AH!” around every corner!
I also admit to a slight overdose on the Passionfruit, Banana, Mango and Pineapple variety of Vitamins when in Queensland because I find them so readily available and much better quality. They are also cheaper than in dreary old Melbourne where I have seen Passionfruit for up to $1.50 each!
Although it is so much fun overdosing on these extra special vitamins and my healthy body thanks me for it as well!
I really hope everyone gets the opportunity to visit these places one day (if you have not already) so you can also experience the exquisite beauty and pure bliss to be found when you visit Queensland and you can also find a top up for your Vitamin Me levels!
You can check out all of the wonderful sights to see, do and try at www.queensland.com or just click on the pics and links above and they will take you straight to heaven!
Don’t forget to let me know if you find any other ‘essential vitamins’ that should be added to my list!
I think this place (and this day bed) should be an essential for everyone!
On my to-do list is definitely to go and see one of these cute little guys!
I’ll leave you with a picture of one of the most special pieces of nature I have ever found – in Queensland of course!!
I wouldn’t mind being a writer…..I’m not sure that I really have all the required talents, but I feel I’m pretty good at putting words together when I need to!
My friends always tease me that I should write Catrina’s Melrose Place one day – yep, this is my crazy life!!
Lately, I’ve been paid to do some blog posts for a new website which I cannot tell you about yet! Oooh, the suspense…don’t worry I’ll let you know as soon as I possibly can.
I do enter blogging comps when and where I can because I would like to be recognised for my talents one day!
So this brings us to beautyheaven.com.au and their annual Blogstar competition. There are many, many finalists but I’d really appreciate a vote for me if you can take a few minutes to do so lovelies!!!
My entry is here: “When I’m feeling down”
To vote, you need to select your 3 favourite vlogs (video blogs) and also your 3 favourite written blogs, so I’ve done the hard work for you…….
Once you have the names of all six BlogStar entries you’d like to vote for (three video and three written), fill in the voting form at the bottom of the page like this:
1. DIY Brush Storage
2. Nail those tips
3. Classic Beauty in two minutes or less
4. When I’m feeling down
5. 5 essential beauty items
6. Biggest cause of ugliness
Beauty Heaven password: Join the site to get this – you won’t regret it – it’s a treasure trove of beauty information online!
Sorry I know it’s a bit of a pain in the &%&^%&% to vote!!
So all your help will definitely be appreciated.
Movember is something we do here in Australia to support men’s charities – if you are from overseas, this may seem a little strange to you!
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Australia and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.
On Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts.
Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.
At the end of the month, Mo Bros and their female supporters (known as Mo Sistas) celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.
So, to celebrate and promote this wonderful cause, we will have a twitter based giveaway for this lovely little double finger Moustache Ring from my shop, Just For You Jewels.
If you miss out on the giveaway, you can purchase one of these rings by contacting me through the shop on facebook for only $12 plus postage here.
To enter the giveaway:
Competition starts when this post is published and is open to Australian residents only.
Competition ends at 9pm AEST Tuesday 22nd November, 2011.
Winner will be announced via twitter/email/direct message and published Wednesday 23rd on this blog home page.
In the meantime, check these out!!
Yep, made it just in time here….in rainy, humid Melbourne, Australia…
Hello there and have a lovely weekend now!!! x Cat
Convenience is a wonderful thing….recently my car has broken down…..which makes it hard to get my groceries sometimes.
My BFF has used Farmers Direct for a while now….she only lives 200m from the shops but is a student and I guess she loves the convenience but now I know what else she loves about this service!
We are planning to get the Victorian Couples Pack on a fortnightly basis (=$13 per week)….we got the first delivery and all seemed well….we put everything away and came home the next day to a horrible smell emanating from the fridge – out goes the parsley and the spinach – not good – there was some sort of funny, musty smell coming from both of them.
So I wasn’t sure whether or not to continue with it; I was however encouraged by my friend and her great experience with the service.
So the lovely farmer man actually rang me….and asked if I was happy….I was shocked!
I explained what had occurred and he offered to send us a free box for the products that were not quite right and we also discussed the midday delivery time and the amount of time the box was perhaps left in the sun and then the possibility of me leaving an esky out the front for the next delivery of produce….of course I forgot to leave the esky out – so we got the new box and everything is wonderful again – we even got a mango! We’re quite excited about this one!
When we brought the box inside, the Big Man explained to me that the box was in a different position from last time. On the last delivery, the box was left on the sunshine bearing wall of the doorstep and not tucked nicely in the corner like the 2nd delivery was. Kudos to them! I am a very happy customer now!!
So as you all know, the Big Man is a complete and utter carnivore and the idea of any fruits or vegetables in our house just revolts him! Except when the little munchkins come to stay and he has to set an ‘example’ – it is quite hilarious watching him eat his vegies when they are here and trying not to gag!
So anyway, this week, we got:
And here is my plan of what to do with it (for two people – note he had a pear tonight, so he is converting!)
The box of goods comes with a list, so I sit down after I’ve admired and put everything away and work out how to use it in the best way.
I realise this amount of produce may not keep or even last wo people for a 2 week period, but we hate to throw anything away and waste food so we will just see how far I can make it stretch. Without a car right now and not knowing how I’m getting home from work every afternoon, this is a real help for me.
From last week, we still have a fair bit of fruit left as we haven’t quite got used to all this fresh produce yet. That’s ok though, I’m sure I’ll figure out a fruit crumble or something like that!
The cos lettuce was great and is half used by now and the chinese cabbage – oh yeah! This is now a vegie stir fry ingredient with the rest as above = hooray!
We also got the standard tomatoes, onions (used within a day or two), pears, oranges and apples (the funny spinach and parsley as described above) and I also got a Globe Artichoke – which I have never eaten in my entire life and have absolutely no idea what to do with.
That one is being gifted to vegetarian (but bacon eating – yeah, I know, don’t even go there!) – Mother.
She will know what to do with it.
I have recently calculated that…..
I sleep – TOO much!!
Is there such a thing? Apparently yes…..
I feel I may be a better person on my own….left to my own devices…. I feel I produce more – of me, at least- what does this mean? Why do I do more on my own? Do you do more on your own??!??
Talk to me……….
This post has been a while in the making…..sorry for my absence all you beautiful people!
I don’t know about you, but I seriously, totally and completely ADORE melamine!!!
OK I am kitsch,
I am vintage,
I am old skool,
I run around town with the pedal to the metal!
I cannot get enough of my plastic cups….wine glasses, to be more specific.
Although I do enjoy the odd plastic plate or bowl every now and again, wine glasses would have to be my favourite! We also have the obligatory plastic cups etc for the kids – but we are talking about me here – “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”
There are a number of reasons for my plastic obsession….I am afraid to say…..well not only can I get drunk and not worry about breaking anything – what? Oh there I go again……
The big man washes all our dishes – ‘what a lovely man!’, I hear you exclaim! Yes, he is…..but please note said BIG bohemath man cannot wash anything that is nice or fine or delicate…..without breaking it!
So I searched on the internet – I can get a bulk amount of plastic glasses for my function; no problemmos – but I only want 6!
The girls and I had a lovely trip to the Taste of Melbourne Festival – we had an extremely gorgeous day out thanks to my free tickets and some delightful food and beverages!
We strolled past the Plumm stand….and we stopped…..the man behind the counter was very personable and he talked us into their deal – $20 (?) for 3 (or 4?) tastings and you get to keep the glass! Well, that sounds like an awesome deal – we are ALL IN!
I grab the glass – oh, sorry I delicately grasp the drinking implement…..
OMG it’s *&^$&*#@^%&%^&^ PLASTIC!!!!! What? No? How? When? Why? Where? How come I did not find this on the wonderful interweb? Oh, ok these glasses are only available in BULK….ie. The function glasses I already found! DAMMIT! OK, I say to the lovely personable salesman – how much for 6? Yep, bang, deal done – SOLD – done and dusted…..and I walked out with my 6 glasses – I only paid for 5 as I pointed out that my tasting deal already included the freebie glass and where was I going to transport that? Mucho goodness on the plastico…..
I don’t know if you will be able to purchase the plastic pleasure I now have in my household, but you can always hound plumm and try my dears!! I now see I got a definite BARGAIN! Go here and hound the lovely Plumm people….
Oh wow! You’ll never guess what happened tonight!!?? The big man tested them and oh look they bounce!! They passed the test then…..I LOVE these glasses!!! Yay!
Oh – Happy Birthday to me – not my blog – dunno when that was – I’ll work it out one day – 13th October – everybody say hooray for Cat!
EDIT 31st Oct – LOOKIE what I found in the paper this weekend!!!
You tell me sweet thangs…..xx
Available at Just For You – of course!!
I love fresh orange juice……except I hate squeezing it myself!
We have a local supermarket called Leo’s that squeezes the best fresh OJ on site! Every time I shop there, one of their lovely fresh litre bottles somehow finds its way to the cash register with me!
At the moment, I am on the hunt for something else that is orange……but I just can’t quite seem to put my finger on a good one!
Oh, I’m not talking about orange juice anymore…..but the elusive orange lipstick, yes not a man or a type of chocolate either – behave now!
Maybe this one?
Ooh maybe this one that I got my hands on?
Have YOU found a great Orange lippy?
If so, PLEASE let me know about it below!!!
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Burt’s Bees and Myer are delighted to launch Liptember! Liptember is a month long fundraising program to help raise awareness of women’s mental health issues and fund research to achieve optimal health outcomes for women.
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A real Aussie Meal….
Sorry, I got distracted looking up “Aussie”
Hello!! It’s been a while, I know – Apologies!
Still here, still kicking; did some blog tweaks tonite….some of you may even notice a difference (*prays and hopes*) – my links are on it now!
With the complete and absolute awesomeness of this website – even more and more and more beautiful stunning pictures of precious lovely products and ideas for me to look at every single day! Brilliant, I say! Bloody Brilliant!
Ah, this is apparently a monkey…..cute! :)
Anyhoo……back to the topic………Aussie? Oi!
“Aussie, aussie, aussie! Oi, oi, oi!!”
I am that Australian that I actually OWN a badge that says Oi!
WITH the punctuation and everything…..I’ll try and find it if you want me to….
When I was a child, I collected badges….I passed most of them on to my (other) little cousin as he also does the same thing (!) but kept the special ones that could not ever be replaced for me…..
Damn….I’ve done it again! BACK to the TOPIC Catrina….
Note to you and me: I’d be completely stuffed if I had a word limit on my blog!
Lately….we’ve been eating a lot of chicken….I like chicken….
BUT the big man….is obviously a BIG man and big men need the……..MEAT!
Well, apparently they do, and this one does as well…..
I’ve been even more turned off lately by reading (and hearing) about the bowel cancer levels in meat eaters and problems later in life that people suffer when they eat a lot of (red) meat. Skinny Bitch? Do you know what I am talking about???!!?? Well, you should! Look it up!!
The big man says, I’m sick of chicken! Oh, OK, let me see what I can do about that my gorgeous sweet ‘sun and stars’….(see: Game of Thrones reference!)
Tonight I went to the shops; had a look at the meat in the butcher and went to Coles…..I don’t think I need to explain much further when I tell you I went back to the butcher…..check this out for a gorgeous slab of true blue aussie beef!!!
Served with crunchy chips, thick onion gravy and a dirty fried egg = GOLD on a plate!!!
YUM!! Nite, nite now……xxx
Hello again! Some lovely pics to share is what I have for you all today……
Grrrrrr…….nitey nite lovelies!!! Don’t let the bed bugs bite now!!! xx :)
All pics courtesy….weheartit.com
Themes of fantasy and medieval times mixed in with family, love, kings and queens, the ties that bind, fear, things that go bump in the night, sex, sexy people, dragons, war and a whole lot of beheading as well my lord!
I have to say this is definitely my favourite TV series of all time; and I’ve only seen the first season!
Mind you, I now have in my possession the lovely “A Song of Ice and Fire” books 1-5 by George which the series is based on.
The series is also based on the books very well – almost word for word! It’s not a new book by any means; but something that someone should have definitely brought to my attention!
How did I find this series? I can’t even remember – neither can the Big Man but he loves it just as much as me!
My best friend saw the whole series before we had even a sniff of it so she was waaaaaay ahead of us! We also have the audio books 1-5 and are looking forward to those as well!
I can’t show you too many pics….cos I will wreck it for you if you have not seen it…..
Medieval times…..I am sure I must have lived in them at some time!! I love, love, love this series for the costumes, the attention to detail, the dialogue and the characters. The actors are wonderful; pretty much none of whom I have seen before.
So I ask you….if you don’t like or LOVE The Game of Thrones….why the hell not!!!???
We are all soooooo proud right now!
What an achievement…..after so many years and so much effort and so many setbacks and so much bad luck!
Who would have thought that the boy from the bush who was kicked in the head by a horse all that time ago, would one day win Le Tour De France – one of the world’s most oldest and prestigious races ever!
Well, we knew it! I can tell you that much! We dreamed and hoped and prayed and wished that it would happen one day; if and when everything ever fell into the right place for him!
I remember when he was kicked by that horse, but all I remember is my parents telling me was that it occurred and that Cadel was going to be OK. Of course, that’s what all parents tell kids when they are not really sure themselves….but he pulled through that and now look at what he has pulled off! You know what I think? Everything happens for a reason and this was meant to be for him.
But finally, we can say that our Cadel Evans is the first Australian to win the tour and the oldest person as well!
So when will he come home? Well, I ask you – can he? In six months time or more, will he be able to walk down the street unnoticed? A lot of people would have recognised him before, but now?! WOW is all I can say!
I hope to see him very soon, but I don’t think I will be that lucky. It’s a bit hard for him to even see his Mum and Dad now as I heard on the radio today from my Uncle! After winning the tour, apparently Cadel is now committed to compete in more races overseas, but then I also saw that he promised the Tour Down Under he would return for 2012; if he won the Tour. So your guess is as good as mine. If I ever get to talk to him, I might get permission to share some more lovely pics with you.
I just hope that he is enjoying his well-earnt time in the spotlight right now, because he really does deserve it.
He is now the most famous person in our family – well, that I know of! Our late grandfather was well-known but not an accomplished athlete! Our grandfather passed just over a year ago, and I know that Cadel would have been thinking of him while racing. How sad that he was not able to be here to see this wonderful, history-making occasion as well…. :(
I better lift my game, hey peeps!?! :)
Cadel did this not only for himself, but for all the people around him and all those that love or have loved him and supported him the whole way. As his lovely wife said, “All of Australia, My Boy’s family and friends – on earth and in the sky – were pushing him today…” – what a lovely sentiment! Is he a hero? That’s up to you my friends, but he is my hero now for the pure fact that he has strived and strived to get to where he deserves to be!
His poor father is now being hounded by the media – “12 live TV interviews 120 radio talkbacks including 2 with BBC, 30 odd newspaper stories…” So I can just imagine what his mother is experiencing as well!
Everybody say YAY for Cadel!
What a great life and can you imagine how surreal this all feels for us now?
This is a great pictorial of a wonderful person and his achievements……..HINT: click on the pic below……
And one from me……..
Love ya cuz xxxooo
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have already seen this post about Cadel Evans……http://wp.me/pU9S6-iJ
Most of you already know he is my cousin – but if you don’t; well you might very soon because we are all yelling GO Cadel at the top of our lungs in my family right now!
The earliest memory I have of Cadel is when we were about 5 years old. Living with his parents in Woolgoolga; he rode his BMX bike with a passion! His first bike came at the age of 3 (with training wheels) but when we were five, I don’t remember seeing them at all!
So I’ve gone through the archives and have some lovely (and few cringeworthy!) pics to share with you all……..
Everybody say awwwww…….I remember his Mum loved horses and he had a faithful and well loved puppy. Cadel was always a very gentle, quiet and shy person and when he eventually joined me at Eltham High School, he blended into our group well and still speaks to some of his old mates. He did quite a bit of skateboarding back then as well. Cadel is a true-blue genuine Aussie bloke; who would do anything for his friends and family.
The Tour de France is a beautiful and long-winding dance of men and bikes through the most stunning countryside I have ever seen. I love seeing all the old castles; some which were built in the 13 and 1400’s! Amazing stuff…….
You can follow his lovely wife Chiara Passerini, who is constantly giving us updates on le Tour; on twitter here: @ChiaraPasserini or the @CadelOfficial feed is also updated regularly with his progress.
Just to make it fair and embarass myself a little as well:
GO DEL GO!!!!!!
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