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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Ordinary Beauty

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How often do you stop and take in all the beauty that is all around us?

It’s OK - I am happy to wait for your eyes to stop rolling because believe me when I say how I know that sounds like such a stale old cliche. 

But as much as I or you, may hate to admit it, there is a bloody reason that cliche hangs around and that is because there is a whole lotta eye rolling truth to it. 

I'll be the first to confess that I don't stop and appreciate it enough. I'm also pretty sure I am not the only horse with her blinkers on.

From the moment we wake up, our minds do a mental run through of what we have on for the day. 

We get up and get ready for work or for whatever we have on. Maybe throw in a handful of kids to be fed and dressed for kindy or school, some errands to run, a to do list to work through, taxi duties and perhaps even a few half assed thoughts about dinner  - and is it any wonder we switch into auto pilot and move almost mechanically through the motions?

Yesterday morning, somewhere between school drop off and a Drs appointment I found myself with 30 minutes to spare. 

Now normally, I would race home and put some washing on, answer a couple of emails or maybe pop into the shops to frivolously spend some money on spontaneous purchases pick something up for dinner.

But this morning was different. 

This particular morning as I drove home from the school run, I turned left instead of right and found myself pulling into the car park at the beach.

I slipped off the shoes and wandered down to the edge of the water where I stood and inhaled that familiar salty air. I listened and I watched and for the first time in a long time I noticed just how God damn beautiful this world is and how grateful I am to be here.

I was standing on the same beach I have stood on since I was a little girl, tasted the same salty spray on my lips that the little me used to taste and I was mesmerised by the very same ocean that has been there my whole darn life. 

It is always there, only I have been too busy not noticing it to appreciate it.

The rest of the day was unremarkable as such, you know just a normal day doing normal stuff, but that feeling of awareness I had on the beach that morning stayed with me throughout the day. 

My senses were all hyper like a kid after a can of Coke and unlike the day before, or most days really, I began to notice more of the beauty within the normal every day stuff around me.

Little things like the cool water on my fingers when I was rinsing dishes, the steam and wafting aroma from my mug of coffee and the clanging of dinner dishes and laughter breezing through the window from the people next door.

All of that was there yesterday, and the day before and the day before that.

I just didn't notice it.

30 short minutes (give or take) on the beach that morning had somehow resulted in me stopping and being rather than rushing and doing. 

A new sense of gratitude that lingered throughout the rest of the day and somehow managed to paint every . single . mundane moment with fresh colour.

It got me thinking - what if I started every day like this? 

What if we all did?

What if we made a point of looking for the beauty that exists in our every day and more than that... we gave ourselves permission to just stop and enjoy it for a while and allow the gratitude to take over?

After all, what is the point of being here in this beautiful world if we don't stop and let its beauty consume us every now and then.

When was the last time you noticed the beautiful in the ordinary?
Do you ever have these kind of eye opening epiphanies?
Did you roll your eyes at the cliche like I kinda did writing it?

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Monday, 30 March 2015

Wake Up Happy

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If you look up the word ‘children’ in the dictionary, it says;
Early risers whose sole purpose is to breathe hot air on your face and wrench open your eyelids with sticky fingers before the sun is officially up. Slayers of the sleep in - aka sleep masochists.
OK, it doesn’t really say that – but it should.
Let’s face it, kids and early mornings are as much a pair as tea and bikkies, at least they usually are until they become teenagers and then they finally join Team Night Owl, but by then it’s too little too late!
I'm over at Kidspot today sharing how you can make the most of those precious hours sleep you do manage to get and holy shitballs -  perhaps even wake up happy!
Ha who knew that could even be possible?

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Win A Stunning Storage Basket From Down That Little Lane & Love Joy Create

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Hello my name is Sonia and I am a cushion addict.

Ha! Like that is any big secret, we ALL know that my weakness is cushions... and candles... and vodka and home wares and gin and gummi bears and... oh whatever.

I have some major weaknesses going on and such is life.

When I first started working with my beautiful friend Tessa at Down That Little Lane I knew I would be playing in a field of temptation.

I mean fancy someone with a major addiction to home wares spending every day working on a website that is home to the most gorgeous collection of home wares ever.

It's kind of like a chocolate addict working at Willy Wonkas.

I am Eve and DTLL is my apple. Except I don't have a loin cloth of vine leaves for my boobs because you know... ewwww.

You get the idea.

Every time a new seller signs up to Down That Little Lane I want to motor boat my face in all of the gorgeous images of delicious creations from these clever sellers and my finger often hovers over the I'll buy one of those for myself button.

So when a gorgeous company called Love Joy Create recently signed up and I saw the insanely desirable wares they were peddling - buy it for myself I did.

Yep I nabbed myself one of the gorgeous hello cushions from the collection below.

I often say I would love my time again to do up a baby's room and if I had the chance again I would be filling it to the brim with gorgeous baby blankets and storage baskets like these.

Anyway enough of my rambling because one of you guys are going to win one of these stunning storage baskets from Love Joy Create so you can drool all over it in the privacy of your own home.

Am I envious?

Oh hell yes, so let's just get on with it already!

Together with Down That Little Lane we are giving away this amazingly versatile storage basket.

All you need to do to enter is tell us in 25 words or less;

What would you store in this gorgeous basket? 

Then follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter widget below to be in with a chance to win.

Competition is open now (to Australian Residents only) sorry 
and closes Sunday 12/4/15 at 11.59pm AEST

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