Life Love and Hiccups

Friday, 22 May 2015

The Day I Became a Bonafied Stalker

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I have two words - Miranda and Tom.

OMG did I lose it or what when Tom went into Miranda's bedroom and they started getting it on.

I mean lose it in a good way of course.

I was all "Yes, Yes YES, about bloody time and good riddance Sascha".

If you are a fan of Wonderland then you will know exactly what I am talking about.

If you don't watch it then you could probably be excused for thinking that I am some kind of voyeuristic weirdo.... because in this case you would be totally right.

I have been waiting for those two to get it on for soooo long now.

I mean come on, everyone knows those two totally belong with each other in the same way that we know vodka belongs with lime, marshmallows belong with hot chocolate and my credit card belongs in my husband's possession.

Yes, I am that obsessed with the show.

In fact I haven't been so obsessed with a weekly TV show since Nina and Patrick finally got their act together on Offspring, and the chances are that if Offspring was filmed in Sydney like Wonderland is then I would probably have sunk to the depths I did today in honour of that show too.

"Oh Sonia, what did you do?" I hear you ask.

Well ahhh I kind of became a bonafide stalker today, that's what I did you guys.

Yup, today I took my obsession with Wonderland to a whole new level and I even dragged my partner in crime - Tessa along for the ride too.. like literally!

Tessa and I went to an event together today and on the drive in there we were talking at a million miles an hour about how thrilled we both were that Tom and Miranda had finally gotten together... you know, like they are a couple of people we actually know and are genuinely excited for and all that.

So the event today just so happened to be at Coogee. THE Coogee where Wonderland just so happens to be filmed.

Coincidence huh?

I call it fate!

Better yet - when we pulled up to where the event was being held, would you believe it was right next to the park where Tom and Sascha kind of sort of got married and then didn't on Wednesday night?

I know right!!!

Of course after the event was over we... OK I ... had to go and take it one step further by insisting that Tess and I drive around until we actually found the apartment block where the show is filmed and then we stood in front of the place and took a zillion photos like raving fan girls.

People that were waking along the street were actually laughing at us, like we were some kind of crazy stalker fans... which in some ways we kind of are.

Oh alright - in every way we totally are... or at least I am!


I'll own it.

Today I became a fair dinkum bonafide stalker.... for all of ten minutes.

That's sort of forgivable... isn't it?

Are you a fan of Wonderland? 
Have you ever been totally obsessed with a TV show?

*ahem* let's move on shall we and check out some of the awesome links I came across this week from you guys. HTML map generator

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1. Have you ever st down at your computer and said "What the hell am I going to write about today"? I have and this is why I loved Sarah from More Than Adored's post about creating an awesome blog schedule. If you would like to get a little more organised in the blogging department - then this post it for you.

2. My kids have had Vegemite sandwiches for lunch 3 out of 5 days this week. I was spare by lunch orders today, but next week is a fresh start and thanks to Victoria from Boiled Eggs & Soldiers I have a printable with 100 lunchbox ideas to keep me inspired. I highly recommend anyone who is responsible for lunch boxes, checks this out.

3. Whilst we are on the subject of food - I want a freezer that looks like Sandie's freezer from Mrs Organised. Sandie's post is all about flat pack meals and making the most of your freezer space and my OCD loving heart was practically orgasmic about this.

4. And OK so 3 out of my 4 links this week are food related - what of it? As soon as you check out Lucy's Salted Caramel Frosting then you will know why I could not leave this out. Three words - to die for!

Alright time to party people, but first let me introduce you to this week's fabulous guest host - Kim from Land of Zonkt. 

I freaking adore this girl and I have been lucky enough to get to know her in person as well as through her blog and if you haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting her, then you will just have to take my words for it and believe me that she is every bit as awesome and creative and bubbly in real life as she is on her blog.

Link up your favourite post from the past week and then if you get a chance, pop around and say hello to some of the other lovely linkers. The Weekend Rewind blog hopping party starts every Friday night at 8pm and links will close on Sunday night at midnight. Link up here or over on Bron's blog (Maxabella Loves) or Kelly's (at A Life Less Frantic ). It does not matter where you link as your link will show up in all 4 places.

Have a great weekend you guys.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

No More Snoring... For Real!

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If you are ever tempted to punch your snoring partner in the nose whilst they sleep - then read on my friends because this is one product review that could quite possibly save your relationship… and you from punching your loved one.

Brought to you by Nuffnang & Omega Pharma

I frequently get asked if I would like to review products on the blog and to be honest I am such a cynical cow at times that I often go back to the person asking and say “REALLY??? You really want me to go there?”

The problem is that over the years I have been sucked into buying many a gimmick and they are usually something I have seen on one of those infomercials! You know mops that promise to clean your kitchen and cook you a gourmet dinner, and tummy wraps made by companies that swear you will have Kate Hudson’s abs with no more effort than working your way through a packet of Cheetos from the comfort of your couch.

More often than not I am left with major buyer’s remorse, a garage full of crap and an extra layer of cynicism to my already thick coat.

This product does not fall under that category and for once I have been floored.

You see my beloved hubby is a snorer.

A floor shaking, window rattling back of the throat rumbler and I frequently find myself punching him in the back, rolling him on his side, tickling his lips until he wakes up and stops snoring... and that’s just on a good night.

On a really bad night I will send him to the couch for his own safety with a blanket and his pillow tucked under his arm… the same pillow that I am so tempted to do something very illegal with to stop him from snoring.

I am not even joking.

If you live with a snorer then you know just how ferociously agitating someone snoring can be when you are tired and just want to sleep but can’t because they are snorting in your ear.

I have literally been reduced to tears on some nights and driven to the point of frustration where even his loud breathing is enough for me to go into a full blown meltdown.

Some factors can trigger or worsen snoring such as smoking, colds and flu and excessive weight.

My poor hubby has a deviated septum thingy… yes totally technical I know.

He could have it fixed, but he is a wuss and is afraid of needles so we have paid for at least two referrals for the surgery and he is yet to make an appointment… and so he continues to snore.

Now if you think I am cynical when it comes to mops and shammies and wraps and miraculous skin cream made from the venom of a snake… then believe me when I tell you that I practically deafened myself with my own laughter when I was asked to review an anti snoring spray.

Admittedly I was tired and emotional after a particularly rough night of snoring, but come on… how many of these products have promised to end our frustrations and have failed to deliver?

Too many.

But this one is different.

Silence Anti-Snoring Throat Spray actually worked and to be honest I am even more surprised than you that I am sitting here writing this post because I was convinced I would be going back to the company and saying “Sorry, but you don’t really want me to write what I really think about this product do you?”

Yet I have been proven wrong this time and I am more than happy to shout it from the rooftops.

There are quite a few anti snoring products available these days and most of them are nasal devices that are designed to help the air move freely into the nostrils. That’s all well and good but the problem is snoring is caused by friction of the tissues in the throat and so a product that works on the throat seems like a better option.

There is a whole load of medical terminology sitting on a piece of paper in front of me that explains how Silence Anti-Snoring Throat Spray actually works, but the long and the short of it is that it uses a unique Bio-adhesive formula that covers and lubricates the throat to prevent the friction of the tissue that causes the snoring.

Unlike the other anti-snoring throat sprays out there, Silence remains active throughout the night.

And I can vouch for that claim because I have had THREE peaceful night’s sleep in row WITH the hubby in bed next to me.

All I care about is that fact that it works and to the helpful team at Omega Pharma who created this great product – where the hell have you been all my life?

If you would like more information on Silence Anti-Snoring Throat Spray – you can visit their website here. You can even order it online right now from the Omega PharmaE-Shop here.

Otherwise head to your local pharmacy or Coles supermarket (where I got mine) hand over your $24.95 and rejoice in what has to be one of life’s greatest inventions.

 Do you live with a snorer?

How do you cope?

Will you give this a try?

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The Most Devilishly Decadent Hot Chocolate Ever

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If you are currently counting calories then please be warned.., this is no time for you to be visiting this blog.

Yep that's right.

Hello, I love and thank you for dropping by, but what I am about to share with you would be considered nothing but cruel if you are trying to watch your weight.

Read on at your own will.

Hot chocolate... mmmm.

As far as I am concerned there is no better way to brave the cold weather than by snuggling up on the couch with a book or a movie and a really good cup of hot chocolate.

Now I don't mean to blow my own trumpet...

Ooh whatever, yes I totally do!

My kids tell me that my devilishly decadent hot chocolate is the best they have ever tasted.

OK so they haven't really tasted that many hot chockies from anywhere else, but I am totally claiming it anyways and I'm gonna shove the crown on my noggin and run with it.

If chocolate is your thing and you are ready to indulge your taste buds, read on to see how I throw together one mean mother of all hot chocolates including a special ingredient that I swear by.

The following ingredients make one mug of decadent hot chocolate. Simply multiple the ingredients by the number of people you are making it for.

2 tbs Cadburys hot chocolate powder (or similar)
1 mug full of milk
Thick chocolate topping (my special ingredient)
5 marshmallows
1 wooden skewer
Ready whipped cream
1 flake or mini flake

I like to make our hot chocolate the old fashioned way on the stove top.

Place your milk into a saucepan and add your hot chocolate and over a medium heat, bring your milk mixture to just under a boil whisking it to create froth.

Pour the chocolate topping in a generous amount around the inside of the rim of your mug so that it drips down the inside.

Place five marshmallows onto a skewer ready for dipping.

Pour your chocolate milk mixture into your mug, top it with whipped cream and crushed flake.


Now all there is to do is find a comfy spot, dip your marshmallow sticks into your hot chocolate and enjoy.

Stay warm you guys.

Are you hot chocolate fans in your house?
Do you have that one special ingredient that you swear by in your Hot Chockie recipe?