29 Apr 2016

Losty the Snowman

Since I have see this on Pinterest a few year ago, I have been meaning to decorate my door. This year I would like you to meet Losty the Snowman. He has been created out of love and paper. I didn't go and buy paper for him I created him from old magazines laying around home.

I must say, I am very happy with how he turned out. I would like to have him come back every year and join us for our Christmas Season.

27 Apr 2016

Cookie Baking

Ever since I can remember my Ouma Betta has been baking Christmas cookies for everyone! Seeing that I'm not in South Africa for my half I have been backing them here! 

This year I made my huge cookie recipe and just added different topping or flavours. I wished I counted them but on each tray there was 20 cookies and we must of easily done 20 if even more trays! 

I'm a big believer about keeping traditions and seeing how we moved away from family and the traditions we had there - 10years in Australia only means it's now time for ours!

22 Apr 2016

Advent Calendar E

Trying to get E more exited for Christmas is hard. Christmas in my house growing up has been big just like birthdays, E's don't go as crazy as we do. 

I mean seeing how I decorated our house this year you can only see a glimpse of how we celebrate! Saying this I wanted to get E bit more involved and exited leading up to christmas.

This year trying to be wife of the year I made him a advent calendar - I went to the International Beer shop close to us and asked the lovely guys to help me pick 25 random beers from all over worth trying. I have had this sitting here ready for 1 December since mid November and couldn't want for him to have them so I can try them too. 

Merry Christmas my Hassie

20 Apr 2016

Loose Box

What a special weekend. E surprised me with a weekend away in a beautiful cottage in Mundaring and a stunning car to drive us up there. 

Being our first anniversary he really went all out, making it difficult to top each year. I remember him buying me a dress and telling me to pack my bags while a car pulled up and everyone stared. E later told me that when we was telling people at work that he was organising it - they wanted to know if he was going to propose. (He didn't - Ill write that story sometime in the future)

We got to enjoy a beautiful 5 course degostation dinner - our first one yet. While taking a cheese pate (kept the plate - it is in our cupboard) back to our room and enjoying it with an fire. 

18 Apr 2016

Advent Calendar 2015

Every Christmas time everyone has an advent calendar counting down the days to Christmas. This year like you may have seen, I made one for E. For myself I found it hard because I don't like chocolate or sweet things and didn't seen many at the shops other than the chocolate ones.

Mum and Dad on the other hand was so amazing to get me the Body shops Advent Calendar that I wanted to purchase but didn't know I could here in Australia. So glad I got it as I love moisturiser and yummy smells. 

Thank you Mum and Dad this was so exiting to have a present every day.

15 Apr 2016


You and I have been growing close over the years. I thought we would get along and have somewhat a unwritten rule to not bother each other. I feel lately you have been a bully! You have pushed my buttons and pulled me to the edge. I feel you don't really care about how you make me feel and how you ruin my days! 

You make it hard to go out of the house, and live life. You make it hard to put on a smile when you only want me to cry. You make it difficult to be the young person I am when you make me feel old!! Why are you so mean? 

You know I don't like to numb you up with pain relieve or want to spend money to massage, adjust or stretch away but it's going to change. I need to show you who is boss and get ride of you! It's been to long and I've made you to strong!! 

Goodbye pain! We can't be friends anymore!!

13 Apr 2016

Year 12 Ball

13 March 2008

Looking back at these photos makes me fall in love E so much more! This was very early in our relationship. If I remember correctly this was in March 2008 so we have only been dating 3months when I asked him to go to my Year 12 Ball. 

These photos I cherish so much and still have the same if not more love for this man than I did on the day. 

11 Apr 2016

Christmas Cards

Every year I do christmas cards, I want to bring the little old lady in me to life and spread some christmas cheer. Last year I thought about making my own as buying them can get expensive. 

Seeing I have all the crafts supplies around, I might save a penny or two. Pinterest being my very best friend gave me the inspiration and I went for it. I started in October and finished the last day in November. Think I might do this every year - might be more selective with who I send them to though. 

There on their way people. 

8 Apr 2016

Strength test

This week I was attending a 'wellness program' with work, where we looked at where and how we live. We looked at exercise, diet, mental health, womens health and lastly reflecting on how you see yourself. The presenter encouraged us to do this world know online test to see what our Strengths are and this is what I got.

Prior to this I never thought about myself in this way but seeing my top 5 made me really almost see myself how others might do. 

The ranking of the strengths reflect your overall rating of yourself not he 24 strengths in the survey, how much of each strength you possess. Your Top 5 are the ones you need to pay attention to. 

Your Top Strength:
Perspective wisdom -
Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.
Your Second Strength
Honesty, authenticity, and genuineness -
You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a "real" person.
Strength #3
Gratitude -
You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express your thanks.
Strength #4
Fairness, equity, and justice -
Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.
Strength #5
Industry, diligence, and perseverance -
You work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you "get it out the door" in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks.
Strength #6
Kindness and generosity -
You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.
Strength #7
Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness -
Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.
Strength #8
Appreciation of beauty and excellence -
You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.
Strength #9
Zest, enthusiasm, and energy -
Regardless of what you do, you approach it with excitement and energy. You never do anything halfway or halfheartedly. For you, life is an adventure.
Strength #10
Curiosity and interest in the world -
You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.
Strength #11
Bravery and valor -
You are a courageous person who does not shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain. You speak up for what is right even if there is opposition. You act on your convictions.
Strength #12
Forgiveness and mercy -
You forgive those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. Your guiding principle is mercy and not revenge.
Strength #13
Social intelligence -
You are aware of the motives and feelings of other people. You know what to do to fit in to different social situations, and you know what to do to put others at ease.
Strength #14
Caution, prudence, and discretion -
You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.
Strength #15
Citizenship, teamwork, and loyalty -
You excel as a member of a group. You are a loyal and dedicated teammate, you always do your share, and you work hard for the success of your group.
Strength #16
Leadership -
You excel at the tasks of leadership: encouraging a group to get things done and preserving harmony within the group by making everyone feel included. You do a good job organizing activities and seeing that they happen.
Strength #17
Hope, optimism, and future-mindedness -
You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.
Strength #18
Modesty and humility -
You do not seek the spotlight, preferring to let your accomplishments speak for themselves. You do not regard yourself as special, and others recognize and value your modesty.
Strength #19
Self-control and self-regulation -
You self-consciously regulate what you feel and what you do. You are a disciplined person. You are in control of your appetites and your emotions, not vice versa.
Strength #20
Humor and playfulness -
You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.
Strength #21
Capacity to love and be loved -
You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.
Strength #22
Creativity, ingenuity, and originality -
Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.
Strength #23
Love of learning -
You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.
Strength #24
Spirituality, sense of purpose, and faith -
You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.

If you are interested to see what your Strength are this is the link to gain some more in site. 


4 Apr 2016

Van Make Over

E has been driving me crazy with wanting to 'fix the van'. We need to get the rust done!! I realise rust isn't good but it's only small!! 

Ever since we have come back from Jurien Bay he has been sanding the van and turps'in it and now spray painting it!! So far it been a total of 2 days worth of work! He has been doing it I'm just sitting observing and making sure he doesn't fall thru the roof. 

Van Gogh we love your old rust body we just don't want to get rained on! Over all we are also thinking about fitting you with some new inside bits!! 

Keep your eyes pealed!

**Editors Note** We had to do it again 1 month later... So Far its ok.

1 Apr 2016

Instagram - March


  1. His new 'Hobby' - We have been give live culture from our great friends Nelson and Christina, so naturally E has been going crazy with baking bread. Saying this though, we had bread everyday for the first week. 
  2. Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair - While in Fiji, every morning we would be given flowers to place in our hair. E Choose this one for me.
  3. Its a hard knock life - Meet new baby Owen, as Newborns do - they sleep and well so did E.
  4. Days like this - While in Fiji we did a lot of sitting next to the pool reading and enjoying the sun.
  5. No Filter needed - Would you look at it!! Just look at it, Fiji you are so beautiful. 
  6. Vintage Swimsuit love - I got myself this winner of a swimsuit on boxing day sale and love it so much.

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