24 November 2014

Plan a Dinner Party in 5 Days: DAY ONE

So I think it was about Thursday last week when I decided to plan a dinner party.....for this Friday night! Not sure what I was thinking....dinner party no worries, but 5 days to plan and execute it.....hmmmm.....why do I do these things!

Day one is going to be busy....actually let's be honest, so will day 2,3,4 and 5. So let's get started....

Guest List - Figure out who you're inviting them and invite them ASAP! I know it's not a lot of notice, but you'll probably have a good idea which one of your friends would possibly be available. I do recommend keeping the list small....say 6....remember you only have 5 days to pull this thing off! For our dinner party I sent out the invites via text message (I'm just classy like that), because I don't have time to hand out paper invites.

Theme - Will there be a theme? If so, it's important to figure out which one because you are going to need to plan a menu and decor to suit. With 5 days to plan I personally would choose a pretty simple theme. Simple can still be nice.

Menu - Plan what you are going to serve to your guests. Now is probably not the moment to start testing out new recipes...go with tried and true eats that you know how to cook, and you know how long it takes you to create. If you can, choose options that you can prepare a day or two before so you won't be running round the kitchen like a maniac on the day of the party.

Playlist - Every party needs music to help create the mood....you need a playlist that will play for the duration of your party, and if you've chosen to go with a theme, you will need music that fits with that also. This is something I would do at night, instead of sitting and watching tv this week.....sort your playlist!

Inventory - Make a quick list of the dinnerware, servingware and cutlery that you will need and make sure that you have enough for all your guest.....if not, you may need to go out and purchase (or borrow) extras. 

I think that's plenty for today, don't you? So much to do and so little time.....see ya tomorrow for part 2!

23 November 2014


So Summer has finally hit, and I know I should probably be happy about that....everyone else seems to be. I'm not, just in case your were wondering. Forty degrees Celsius does not make me happy. It makes me hot, sweaty and unhappy, all things I hate to be. 

I'm actually supposed to be finishing painting the inside of our house this weekend, but I took one look at the weather forecast and said "NOPE"....I've painted in 40 degree heat before and let me tell you, it was not pretty!

Instead I'm choosing to close the blinds, crank up the air-con and chillax (hahaha see what I did there!) 

1. Have an Indoor Picnic - Food on the floor, what could be more fun!

2. Grow something indoors - So I cut open an apple the other day and started to wonder if I could grow apple trees from the seeds. Next day I bought some seeding containers....let the experiment begin! I also have plans for avocado seed, that is when I get around to using the avocado's in my fridge.

3. Bake something yummy - I'm planning to get into the kitchen and try my hand at some "no bake" recipes. I'm also planning to eat them when I'm done.

4. Binge on your favourite show - I'm currently making my way through Hart of Dixie (getting ready for season 4)....and I have plans for the Gilmore Girls
5.  Plan a dinner party for next weekend....and then freak out about how much time you actually have to put it all together.

6. Write somebody a letter....it'll make you feel good, and when they get it, it'll make them feel good. All of that feeling good...well it's just good!

7. Make a playlist of songs that make you feel good, and have a dance party....max number of guests...1 (unless of course people live with you...I guess they could join in)

Got any other suggestions to make my hibernation more fun?

18 November 2014


chocolate muesli bars

I absolutely had plans to post the recipe for these Chocolate Muesli Bars last week for you all to try out, but instead I woke up in the middle of the night with chest pains and immediately concluded that I was probably having a heart attack....thanks to WebMD and a host of other medical websites.

Thankfully.....I wasn't! Do you know how dumb I felt when the doctor asked me what I did when I thought I was having a heart attack and my reply was "googled it"....yep he was not happy Jan!

But OMGoodness it completely freaked me out.....completely freaked me out! I have learned through this experience though...the magic word to get seen to in any emergency room is CHEST PAIN! I didn't even have to fill out my own paperwork, the nurse did it for me. I was in a bed, all tests completed and results returned within a few hours.....I have never in the whole history of going to the ER been admitted and processed so fast!
chocolate muesli bars

They wouldn't even let me walk to x-ray....I had to be wheel-chaired past the waiting room....which if you live in a country town you will know right away is a mortifying experience because you're probably gonna know some of the people sitting there....and I did!

Gosh I was a sight being wheeled past in my hospital gown, cords hanging out from all over the place (from the ECG machine) with a stupid grin on my face. I don't know why, but as soon as I saw people in the waiting room I started smiling and waving like I was the queen going for a ride in my golden carriage. What the hay Vicki? 

I really need to get out more, because that hospital visit the other morning was the most fun I have had in ages....once of course they made it clear that a heart attack was not the problem. I guess everything seemed awesome after that....especially these super delish Chocolate Muesli Bars, which btw I make a batch of every fortnight and then we snack on it for a few weeks.


3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup rice malt syrup**
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup cacao powder
2 cups organic rice bubbles
1 cup organic oats
1/4 cup sunflower seeds and pepitas
1/4 cup peanuts
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup shredded coconut

1. Place the peanut butter, brown sugar, rice malt syrup and vanilla essence into a small saucepan and melt over a low heat.
2. Place all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined
3. Pour in the melted ingredients and mix.
4. Pour the mixture into a slice tray that's been lined with wax paper
5. Pop it into the fridge to set.

**You could use honey instead of Rice Malt Syrup....I'm allergic to honey that's why I haven't used it

printable recipe

It's a super yummy, but pretty healthy (can't say completely because it still has sugar), but much better than eating processed treats!

14 November 2014

On Being Social

One of the things I truly miss most about the days before the good 'ol internet (yes I am that old but I'm still in denial so shhhhh).....I miss mail! Well actually let's be more specific.....I don't miss mail, I still get it, but it's usually in the form of bills....so it's yucky unhappy mail.

I miss the days when I had pen pals and I looked forward to soaking up every word they wrote. I miss getting letters from the people I loved and cared about.....reading about their lives....being excited to open the letter and see what adventures life had brought their way.
Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat....Email, while they are great and so convenient...it's just not the same. It's no where near the same thing!

I have a box in my wardrobe full of all the letters I've ever received over my lifetime....over the years people have told me to throw them away, but I never could. Those letters are small pieces of my life and the lives of those I've cared about.....how could I ever throw that away.
Last night, in a more nostalgic moment, I pulled out the box of letters and started to read them all....I came across one that my dad sent me a long time ago. I must have only been about 19, maybe. 

As many of you would already know, my dad passed away in September last year. So that letter....a letter I had long since forgotten about, was such a precious thing for me to find. Such an amazing gift that my dad left behind for me. 

I thought about that all night....and it dawned upon me that the reason I've been feeling so dissatisfied lately with life, the blog....everything is because I've noticed how much we are missing out on by being "switched on" all the time. The more ways we find to "connect" online....I feel like the less social we actually become. Every time I send an email, or a facebook message to one of my friends....I'm missing out on that opportunity to create something real and tangible, I'm giving away my chance to leave a small gift behind in this world.
Where does this take me? Honestly, I'm not sure yet. I don't quite know what I'm going to do about it....but I'm starting with "Happy Mail". I'm starting by buying some paper and some envelopes and writing down some words in ink. Words that one day, may even be there to comfort someone when I'm gone.

07 November 2014

Candles For A Cause

fluttering friends tealight holder partylite

A while ago I mentioned that I had become a Partylite Independent Consultant. Which to be honest goes against everything I've ever believed in. Having grown up with a mother who had every type of "party plan" demonstration under the sun....I really felt that I was done with all that craziness.....and I told my now mentor exactly that over the phone.

So what made me change my mind? Well it was a few things actually. I was really impressed with the quality of the products. At first glance in the brochure they seem quite expensive, and let's be honest....some of the stuff was completely out of my comfort zone when it comes to finances, but to actually see the products in real life....I understood right away. Partylite products are well made, and they smell divine! 
fluttering friends tealight holder partylite

My favourite thing about Partylite (beside the products of course), is the fact that Partylite cares. Every catalogue has a product that donates money to Partylites chosen charities.

This catalogue is no different - with every sale of the gorgeous Fluttering Friends tealight candle holder, Partylite donates $3.50 to the Australian Childrens Hospital Foundation. Last year they raised over $115,000 dollars.

This year the goal is $150,000 and I have to say that I really really want to be able to say that I had a hand in that. So instead of asking you all to purchase the tealight holder (if you want to you absolutely can from HERE)....I thought I would start a monthly giveaway.

All I'm asking is that you donate (if you are able and willing) just $3.00. For every 15 people that purchase a square on the chart below.....I will purchase a Fluttering Friends Tealight Holder and draw a name from those 15 people as a winner.

candles for a cause

All you need to do is comment below which number square you would like to purchase and then head over to HERE and pay for it. I will begin a new giveaway each time the table gets filled.

So what do you say, let's go raise some money for the Childrens Hospital Fund Australia
vicki xo

PS.....I'm hosting a Cyber Partylite Party this weekend on Facebook and giving away lots of Partylite goodies....stop by and say Hello why don't you, we'd love to see you!

06 November 2014

Light as a Feather

Light as a Feather
I am a colour lover, but lately I have been drawn to "white rooms". Actually, I think it's become a bit of an obsession, I've been pinning photos of rooms with white decor like a crazy person...closing my eyes and imagining those rooms in my house.

They just make me feel so peaceful....do you know what I mean?

So today I've brought you a few of my favourite white home deco items at the moment....a couple of which I already own (squirrel and apple), and a few that are on my "wish list".

Which one is your favourite?

03 November 2014


Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! My girl and I were pretty laid back for this one, we've been so busy travelling and going on holidays this year that is was nice just to be at home and do nothing....

She built stuff on Minecraft, which is what all kids around her age group seem to be doing, while I watched movies and got stuck into some spring cleaning (barf)...

Gosh I hate spring cleaning....you know those women who love to get in and get their house all sparkly and clean? While I admit to loving the sparkly and clean part....I don't so much enjoy the stuff I have to do to get it that way. I tell you, when this whole blogging thing makes me a gazillionaire, (insert bahahaha here), I am so getting a maid. 

Anyway's I was going to do a whole post on cleaning today, but while I was in my blog's layout this morning I moved something and apparently that was an important something because it appears that I have stuffed up a major part of my blog and I cannot, no matter how hard I have tried fix it.....this is absolutely a huge reason why you should NEVER EVER save anything on your blog until you are 100% certain it's right.

Now my lovely night in catching up on Revenge will be spent trying to fix my template....well okay, I'll still be watching Revenge, who am I trying to kid. 

29 October 2014

How can Flowers bring a room to Life?

If you have a room, or rooms, in your home that have started to feel a bit dull, investing in some floral decoration is a great idea. Buying flowers doesn’t have to be expensive and it’s a great way of bringing a splash of color to your home without actually having to do any decorating.
I personally love decorating with flowers because I can be really creative with them. Whether you want them to match your décor, or you want them to give a pop of color to a room. Fresh flowers delivered in Perth and Australia wide, check out their ready made bouquets for something suitable.
Matching your mood
The great thing about flowers is that you can change them to match the mood you're in; you may want something tranquil and mutely colored that will help you relax, or you may be in a playful mood and want an array of color to reflect this. White lilies are very peaceful whereas sunflowers are bright and energetic.
Where should you place flowers in a room?
So you’ve made a decision to have flowers in your room, now where in the room should you place them? From a practical point of view you should not put flowers in direct sunlight or extreme heat as they will not last as long if you do. Having taken this into consideration you then need to think about where you are going to enjoy the flowers most.
If you have an area of your room that is especially busy with decoration then flowers can be the ideal way of breaking up the busy look and adding a little tranquility. On the other hand you may want to use a display of flowers as a focal point for the room, in which case it will need to be placed in a positon where it immediately catches the eye.
What sort of flowers should you choose to reflect your décor?
If you have a room that is contemporary, then you are going to want to continue this feel with the flowers that you choose. You will want to select blooms that are elegant and have clean lines. Orchids are an excellent choice in this situation as they complement the contemporary décor. If your home is more reflective of a quirky personality then you want flowers that match this; something bright, colorful and fun. Tulips are excellent for achieving this. Their whole look and feel is quirky and vibrant.

What if you don’t want to change flowers all the time?
If you don’t have a lot of spare time in your life then you may want to invest in faux flowers. The initial expense will be higher but you don’t have to worry about replacing them all the time. When you are decorating your home then your floral arrangements can be part of this; you can ensure that they complement the overall décor of your home. Faux flowers can save you a lot of time and effort but you do lose out by not changing your colors and types of flower so often, and you won't have that amazing fresh flower smell to enjoy.

This post has been brought to you by Fresh Flowers!