Trimming my neighbours bush

trimming neighbours bush Trimming my neighbours bush

My next door neighbour has the most beautiful jasmine bush growing in her yard. Lucky for me, it hangs over our fence. Once or twice a week, I’ve been ‘neighbourly’ and ‘trimmed’ the bush. Basically I ‘borrow’ some armfuls of jasmine cuttings and persist to fill up every spare jar and vase in my home. Read more

The scent floats from one room to the next and it continually makes me smile.

Hello Spring!

For me, jasmine is the scent of spring and it arrived a little late this season. None the less, I’m thrilled it’s arrived. It’s time for denim shorts, bare feet, icy mojitos, summer BBQ fun and rooms filled with flowers.

Flowers really are the affordable way to lift any space. I know, I know. Flowers wilt and die quicker than my iPhone battery but I love adding new varieties to my home once a week. Gardenias are my all time fav flower scent! 

So tell me, what’s your favourite flower scent? 

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The Lover List turns 2!

You know me.

Any reason to crack open a bottle of French champagne and celebrate. 

Today marks the two year anniversary for The Lover List. I hit publish on my first post back on Thursday 25th October 2012. It was such a boring post about the Country Road Home range and I think I yawned when I re-read it. If I’d known back then that I’d still be writing in this little corner of the internet, I would have written a much spunky post.  Read more

So without further ado, it’s time to offer up my yearly thank you:

THANK YOU LOVERS! The conversations, the connection and the generally chit chat bring a clown smile to this face. You guys make my stomach flip and my heart soar whenever you stop by to read an article, post a comment or send me an email. 

You are the Peanut to my Butter

Water to my Ocean

Glaze on my Donut

Spring in my Step

Twinkle in my Eye

Blue in my Sky

Cherry to my Sundae

Flip to my Flop

Bumble to my Bee

Jewel on my Crown

Milk to my Shake

Spring in my Step

Beat of my Heart

Love of my Life.

It’s my passion and purpose to write, share, create and get personal with you and I seriously love you guys to the moon and back. 

Can I turn the tables around for a minute? Let me stalk learn more about you. Copy and paste these questions into the comments below and give me your answers guys. 

What state or country do you live in?

What chore do you despise? 

If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

Where’s Wally?

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?

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The Moment You Fell In Love

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The moment you fell in love. Do you remember it?

Falling in love is probably one of the most exhilarating moments of my life. It happened so quickly and unexpectedly and I desperately wanted to hit the pause button. Meeting Mr Lover at age 21 wasn’t part of my grand plan and yet the heart wants what the heart wants. 

It was scary. It was out of control. It was friggin exciting.

You know you’re falling in love when all your past relationships become a blur. The hurt and resentment you hold onto in past relationships suddenly fade away. You can let go of the past because this new lover is your future.

A few weeks ago I read an online article about the exact moment when MEN fall in love. Some of the answers were hilarious and some were uber cute. Sitting on the couch watching Man vs Food, I turned to Mr Lover and asked him if he remembered the moment when he fell in love with me. In a heartbeat he answered with “when I saw your old NRL footy stickers on the inside of your wardrobe door”.

I nearly choked on my Mars Bar ice cream. Seeing my childhood footy stickers sealed our fate?

How romantic! Mr Lover went on to explain that the stickers represented our common love of footy and that was an important factor to him. 

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2005 – somewhere in Vietnam

And the moment I fell in love with Mr Lover? It was 2002 and we were in my car. A very girly pop song came on the radio and Mr Lover turned up the volume and sang his little heart out with me. Most men I know would have switched to another radio station but not this guy. He loves Mariah, Roxette, Lionel Ritchie, Macklemore, Spice Girls and Jimmy Barnes.

Our common love of all music genres sealed our fate for me.

 

Do you remember the moment you fell in love? 

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The Benefits In A Power Nap

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Power nap. Snooze. Nanna nap. Horizontal life pause. 

Whatever you want to call it, I’m a huge supporter of it. And by supporter, I mean I truly do kick my shoes off, lie down and steal some zzz’s whenever I can. Read more

The benefits of a power nap can leave you feeling rejuvenated, productive, alert. I’d go as far to say that I’m an expert in the field of napping.

Heck, I’ve been counting sheep since I was a newborn. I’ve got this napping thing down pat. 

But why do so many peeps feel guilty about taking a nap. Cause you’re missing out on life dude. You can sleep when you die, right?

Not me. I’ve never been guilty about taking a snooze. Love it. Adore it. Want one now.

Power to the people nappers. 

So if you need a great excuse to take a siesta today, I’ve found this infographic on the Elephant Journal site. 

The Original Power Nap – that’s me! I’m definitely #4. Twenty minutes down is all I need. 

 

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Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.

~Barbara Johnson

Which category do you fall into? Mini-Nap? Lazy Man’s Nap? 

 

{infographic: via Pinterest}

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What personality type are you? I’m a ENFJ

ENFJ MYER BRIGGS What personality type are you? Im a ENFJ

Most of us know if we’re extroverted or introverted, right?

I’ve always thought I was slightly introverted but the Myer Briggs personality test showed me otherwise. I swear the results were written by the fly that lives on my wall and it feels like someone has been watching me for 34 years and written an extended personality essay about who I am – strengths, weakness and 2 minute noodle bad habit included. Read more

I was seriously so intrigued by the results that I sent the test to my BFF and made her do it. 

We got the same result – ENFJ. My bestie and I are very different people so I did the test 3 more times just to make sure … and got the same result every time. 

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So there you have it. I’m a ENFJ – extraversion, intuition, feeling, judgment. As an ENFJ, my primary mode of living is focused externally, where I deal with things according to how I feel about them, or how they fit into my personal value system. My secondary mode is internal, where I take things in primarily via my intuition.

The test is based on four principal psychological functions: thinking, sensation, intuition and feeling. The theory is one of these functions is dominant most of the time. 

ENFJs are natural-born leaders, full of passion and charisma. Forming around two percent of the population, they are often times our politicians, our coaches and our teachers, reaching out and inspiring others to achieve and to do good in the world. With a natural confidence that begets influence, ENFJs take a great deal of pride and joy in guiding others to work together to improve themselves and their community.

Turns out I share the same personality type as Oprah, Barack Obama & Michael Jordan! 

Curious? 

Take the test HERE and learn about your personality type HERE.

Are you surprised by the result or impressed?

Feel free to share in the comments below. 

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Remember Me Thursday: Honour An Orphaned Pet Today

remember me thursday Remember Me Thursday: Honour An Orphaned Pet Today

Today is Remember Me Thursday – a day to honour the animals who never knew a forever home. It’s a very special day to light a candle (real or virtual) for the millions of orphaned animals euthanised each and every day. 

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Animal lovers and animal welfare groups around the world will join together to light a candle and shine a light on pet adoption. The candles will honour the millions of pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption. The Remember Me Thursday global awareness campaign encourages individuals to light a candle today and to opt to adopt, reducing the millions of orphan pets euthanised each year.

Most of my readers know that I have two gorgeous rescue dogs, Sonny and Benji. Choosing to adopt our doggies (and save their life) was the right decision for us. Their history and pedigree is not important to us, however providing a loving, safe fur-ever home was. Anyone with a pet will tell you what a joy paw-renthood is. 

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How can you join in today?

1. Share Your Love For Pet Adoption on Social Media – #LightForPets
Have you adopted a pet? Share your story and spread the word about Remember Me Thursday on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels. Don’t forget to use #LIGHTFORPETS to share your thoughts and feelings about the importance of pet adoption.

2. Light A Candle today 
Your candle will honour the millions of dogs & cats who are euthanised before they had the chance to find a loving family and fur-ever home.

3. Adopt a Pet

We adopted Sonny through www.paws.com.au and Benji through www.maggiesrescue.com. If you’re unable to adopt a pet right now, please open your wallets (and hearts) and make a donation to ANY animal welfare group. The volunteers who run these organisations are tireless, barely acknowledged and rely on donations to pay for vet expenses, food and medicines for the pets in foster care.

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Beats by Brooke

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My Tuesday Tunes slipped off the radar but I’m gonna bring it back quickly for those of you who LOVE to hear about new tunes & beats.

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Who said Dre has to have the best beats? DJ Bee is in the ‘ouse and delivering some funky ass beats for ya. It’s so good, you’ll think fairies are making love to your ear drums. 

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Sydney dance music duo James and Alex are big on the live music scene. Deep Disco House music with some funk thrown in the mix, this pair have a huge amount of talent and I was pretty darn excited to discover their SoundCloud account. I first met James/Jimmy back in 2002 at a Kings Cross nightclub where he was DJing and since then he’s gone on to support Macklemore, Kascade and Dizzee Rascal to name a few. Alex has the vocals of an angel and I just know you are going to love this 66 minute mix of chilled out beats recently created for the Flow Athletic Yoga event, Flow After Dark. 

It’s a great mix for any yoga or chill-out playlist! … and it’s FREE BABY! Just click the download button and drag the music file into your iTunes library.

LISTEN HERE

 

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My gurl Karrie over at Covet Living shared this song with us last week and it’s already been played 36 times in my home office. You’ll want to jump on a plane to Bali, grab a patch of grass at Ku De Ta, order a mojito’s, and listen to this bad boy as the sun sets. 

LISTEN HERE 

 

Have you got any fav songs you want to share with me?

I’m creating a new playlist and would love some recommendations! 

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