Favourite Things...Gold Coast Edition (WIN $150)

Today's post is coming to you straight from the GC (Gold Coast for those of you not in the know) ... it's like the OC but without the housewives...!

Monkey and I are here for the next 2 weeks with some friends, so today's 5 Things for Friday are all GC themed....

1. PENGUINS (at Seaworld) // 2. DREAMWORLD // 3. HEATED POOL (at our apartment) // 4. TAKEAWAY FOOD (such variety, so cheap) // 5. POLAR BEARS (at Seaworld)

....so what better way could there be to celebrate the fact that we have escaped winter for some Queensland sunshine than in $150 cash. Sounds more than a little fantastic to me. 

Plus the gals that are bringing the $150 cash giveaway to fruition are super super. i mean...just check them out...aren't they dolls-faces?

get entered below. visit their super, fun blogs. thank me later.
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east willow grove | elizabeth loves
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Five Things we did

Don't you feel like some days you just need to not talk....like you just need to sit and be still...
That's how I feel today...so today, I'm gonna let the photos speak for themselves...

1. Met our new nephew/cousin….and took a gazillion photos of him…

2. Monkey drew a picture for a street performer whose music we were enjoying, and donated a few coins along with her one of a kind, original artwork!

3. Bought a cupcake to support the RSPCA’s Cupcake Day fundraiser, because we love animals!

4. Taught Baby Bear how to cook Tuna Pasta….she was so proud!

5. Took some selfies….because we can!
Have an awesome weekend

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I Wanna Go...

It is count down to our holiday week....only 6 more sleeps to go and we will be laying back, thawing out my feet in the Queensland sun.

More importantly though...today is count down to new nephew DAY! I will literally have a new nephew either tonight or tomorrow, as I type my sister is in the hospital sucking back the laughing gas and making prank calls to her family, because I guess she thinks it's funny that every time she calls we are expecting her to tell us he's here....   today is meet my gorgeous new nephew day...

and WOOOO! I got a new phone day....but more about that later!

So in light of all this wonderfulness happening this week....and the fact that I am in holiday mode already...I wrote a bucket list for all the places I have to go to in Australia....because, well, I'm here already, so why not, and because I am one of those weird people who start planning my next holiday before I've taken the current one...it's just something I like to do...

1. Springbrook National Park located on Australia's Gold Coast Hinterland....I've been dying to go here for some time now just so I can take photos of all the pretty nature stuff...it'll probably be pretty relaxing too...as long as there are no leeches or ticks!

(photo by GARDEL Bertrand / Getty Images)

2. Uluru.....well actually pretty much anywhere in the Northern Territory would make me happy...but how awesome would it be to sit on top of that huge red rock and watch the sun set over the outback!
(photo by Tourism Australia)

3. Great Ocean Road .... like, take a look at that photo and tell me why not! 

(photo by Jonathan Esling Photography)

4. Aurora Australia in Tasmania....better known to non sciencey kinda people like me as, the Southern Lights....so pretty, so want to see this in real life...

And that's it for now....I mean, really I could go on and on, but I think it's best to start with a few goals, scratch them off the list and then add some new ones. How gorgeous are those places though....

If you could travel anywhere in Australia, where would you go?

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Ask Away Cash Giveaway

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To celebrate Ask Away's 4th Blogiversary I've teamed up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you a CASH GIVEAWAY!

In order to claim the cash prize, you MUST have a PayPal account.  

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A Few of my Favourite Things

Finally the weekend has come around, and I for one could not be happier to see it! You know those days when everything seems to go wrong...well I've had that day all week and I'm kinda over it. 

I've got big plans for this weekend, most of which will be all about making me smooth and pretty...because at the moment I am a hairy beast (winter just makes me lazy) who also desperately needs to colour her hair, and I am not even exaggerating. So before I go off and primp myself into a fresher version of me, I'm joining up with September Farm for the Oh Hey It's Friday Link Up....which all about things in 5's. 

This weeks favourite things, the silver linings in my clouds...
1 // 
My favourite bottle of perfume which I have deprived myself of for 13 years and finally decided I deserve....and now all week I've been spreading the smell of spring everywhere I go, and that's probably exactly why the weather has been much warmer (that or the fact that we are nearing the end of winter), but I prefer to think that it's the perfume.
 2 //
Homemade Fruit & Nut chocolate, which dare I say is way better than I ever expected it to be, and 

3 //

Club Jetstar - because I get to fly to the Gold Coast for $9 next week, thanks to their exclusive sales

4 //
Say hello to my new best friend...Nude by Nature "Bright Eyes". I seriously love that this stuff because it makes me look like I actually sleep sometimes...even though I really don't. Plus the fact that I bought it on sale makes me even happier. Looking fresh and $6 richer!

5 //
The new range of Partylites products that came out in this months new catalogue....in love, in love, in love with all the gold! Can't wait for all the new products I just ordered for my consultant kit to arrive.


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Homemade Fruit and Nut Chocolate

I had this dream some time ago to learn how to make my own chocolate...just because I AM a chocolate lover and I thought how awesome would it be if I knew how to make chocolate, then I could make chocolate all time...like even in the middle of the night when a craving struck and it was just too dark to walk down and buy some, which now I'm thinking about that...would be pointless, because I live in a country town and there are no shops that are open in the middle of the night.

Long story short....I know how to make chocolate now! Not the Cadbury kind, but that's okay because this kind is way better for my health and for my waistline....and I guess because I am a dark chocolate lover....I kinda think it's even yummier!

1/2 cup coconut oil

2 tbsp Rice Malt Syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup raw organic cacao powder
1/2 cup nuts and sultanas

On low heat, in a saucepan...melt the coconut oil, rice malt syrup and vanilla extract.
Add the cacao and blend well until there are no lumps
Remove from heat and and allow to cool (just don't let it cool so much that it sets)
Mix in the sultanas and nuts, and pour into confectionery moulds
Pop into the fridge to set.


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The Block: Glasshouse - Get the Look

My fav home decorating show of ALL TIME is "The Block"...Monkey and I like to sit and dream about the day that we become contestants...we would so rock it I'm sure, but I'm pretty certain that they're not gonna let a 12yo on a construction site...so I wait....and wait....and wait!

This week The Block: Glasshouse started and as usual I have found some gorgeous home decor items that I really want.....and as usual I have a hard time finding them. I probably should pay closer attention to what stores the contestants walk into....who has time for that though!

Certainly not me who is currently packing for a holiday on the Gold Coast in exactly 15 Days, 19 Hours and 8 Minutes....but whose counting! To say I'm a little excited would be an understatement, I've had a crappy few months and I really need to have some fun....somewhere where the weather is nice and warm, preferably!

This is my favourite room from this weeks "reveal"....what do you think? I LOVE it, feels so welcoming and warm...I could absolutely see myself hanging out in that bedroom...



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Living In Yellow Monthly Giveaway

For a couple of months now I have been sponsoring one of my favourite ever blogger ladies...Miss Erin from Living in Yellow...I'll wait while you check her out.....back? Good, told you you'd love her! 

So last month I didn't get my act together and post the giveaway over here...I'd like to pretend that this month I've actually pulled myself together, but that is so not the case...actually I am pretty much 99% sure that my special talent in life is being a basket case...it's okay, I like to think it makes me endearing, which is probably so not the case, but as long as I believe it, then it's true...

...so here's giveaway gals....enter it, share it....hopefully you win it!
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Cadorah // LIY10 for 10% off 

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