Thursday, 18 May 2017

I feel like I start every one of my blogs like this... I am playing catch up (again!) this time from back in January where I was honoured to host and organise a hens party for a good friend, Mandy. As you are probably aware I jump at the opportunity to organise a good shin dig and never do things by halves. Its just not in my nature, unless its the washing or dishes then I am more than happy to give it a half ass attempt. 

Over the years I have only had the chance to organise and style boy parties. Although fun, its just not the same as getting the chance to do a girly one and making everything all pretty!!
I absolutely loved styling this event and I was in LOVE with how it all turned out considering I was winging it and throwing together aspects from a few different themes... and I am pretty sure the Hen loved it too!

We had been working day and night for the past 6 weeks to get the new deck done and to a point where we could actually host a party on it. At one point I thought we were going to have to change the theme to a mud wrestling pit as that is exactly what our outdoor area resembled. But we got there in the end, not completely finished, but finished enough and we worked with what we had!

It was an absolute scorcher of a day and myself and the bridesmaids had been working our asses off all week prepping everything and getting it all set up. The heat was slightly unexpected, it really was one of the hottest days of summer which meant our choccies were melting away and the cold meats needed to be eaten up FAST as we were worrying about giving our guests food poisoning!

But regardless of the heat it all seemed to go off without a hitch! We didn't have a theme as such but decided to have everyone wear white to let the bride to be stand out on her big day, so we took inspiration from that and then threw together a mix of florals, loads of greenery, gold and a hint of naughtiness and somehow managed to tie it altogether.

I want to quickly say a BIG BIG BIG thank you to Jules from Pop Roc Parties and Kylie from Love from Seventeen for making my visions become a reality, you guys are really amazing at helping me with each and every party I pull together!!

So enough ramblings....Here it is!

We had floral headbands as party favours/gifts for all the guests who were spending the whole evening with us. Headbands and labels can be found at Pop Roc Parties
We had a drink station inside with beautiful jars, Drink dispensers, floral ice and gorgeous straws. Again most of these were from Pop Roc Parties
Outside we set up a grazing table covered in deliciousness. When the bride to be is all about the cheese you supply a table full of cheese! We had a huge array of both savoury and sweet snacks to nibble on throughout the afternoon. The Lanterns I already had from my engagement party, florals in the greenery along with most of the platters, serving boards, crates, plates and cutlery were from Pop Roc Parties, Hydrangeas were foraged, cake was made by myself and the perfect cake topper was supplied by Love From Seventeen.
Whilst our aim was to keep it mostly a classy affair it wouldn't have been a hen's party without penis straws, pin the penis on the finance, some tacky dress up clothes for the bride  and a round or two of Penis ring toss! 
 We had a bit of an unplanned photo wall. The way this came about was due to what actually is behind the photos backdrop. As I mentioned we got the deck done to a point where we can use it. That meant there was still a lot of unfinished work around the place, including the half built fire place with large metal rods poking out of it. For both safety and visual reasons we decided to put up a piece of ply in front of it which then became the backdrop for our photos.  The greenery was also foraged. Am I the only one who goes for a walk with the buggy (with no children in it) to go foraging the bushes for flowers and greenery?
I hope that you enjoyed browsing those piccys and hopefully you have drawn some inspiration from  it all for your next event! Don't forget Jules is your lady! And NO, she doesn't pay me to tell you that...I just could not recommend her, her service, her products and her advice enough!

Okay now I need another friend or my sister (hint hint) to get hitched so I can do this all again ;)




Wednesday, 26 April 2017

There are just not enough words and photos that I can jumble together to give you a real FEEL of what Next Generation is like. I have tried believe me! So instead of trying to piece together a puzzle about how much there is to do and experience at Next Generation I thought why not just take you along with me??

So thats what I have done! Come along and see what we get up to as a family when we head to the gym! It truly is an experience and one for ALL ages! and believe it or not this video doesn't even show the half of whats available! I planned on making it 1 minute but I just couldn't fit everything in so bare with me and watch it till the end to get a good taste of what its all about.

(It's my first video too and I am pretty proud of my attempt so show me some loving and tell me what YOU think about it!)

AND...if you are in Auckland this weekend why not go see what its like for yourself! They are having a FREE open day Saturday the 29th so you can go along and see why I have been raving on and on about it! You can pre register here for the open day to go in the draw to win a 3 month membership!!!

Free Open Day: Saturday 29 April
Invite family and friends to the club on Saturday 29 April and find yourselves trying something new at Next Gen.
  • 07:00 - 08:00 Sunrise Yoga
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Speedo Tech session
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Technogym spin endurance
  • 10:00 - 11:00 HIIT class
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Peak pilates
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Face painting & balloon sculptures
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Children’s Hot Shots tennis
  • 12:00 - 13:00 AMRAP Challenge
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Nutrition Fundamentals Seminar
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Kids Active fitness (7-13 year olds)
  • 13:00 Skill mill sprint and pull
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Beat the Tennis Pro / celeb / ball machine
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Pull up challenge
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Wine and canap├ęs with live music
  • ALL DAY Smoothie samples
I may even pop along with the boys as it sounds like a FUN family day out!!



Friday, 21 April 2017

Okay its HERE!! Its finally finished and I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! 

BUT if you haven't read my 'Evolution of the Laundry' post then STOP.....quickly go check it out get yourself up to speed with the evolution of this space, so that you can see the process in which it took to get us to where we are today with this space!

It is an office come laundry with copious amounts of storage whilst being functional and gorgeous at the same time! The best purchase for this room was the hinges for the washing machine cupboard doors. They open, then slide down the sides of the washing machine so when you need to use it there are no doors in the way, however when you done it is out of sight and the room doesn't even resemble a laundry!

No more yarning...It speaks for itself!
If you have any questions at all I am happy to answer them! Just leave a comment here or over on my Instagram!

  1. Stationery - Unity range - Warehouse Stationery  
  2. Clock - Artclub Concept
  3. Lamp - The Design Store
  4. Prints - Olive et Oriel
  5. Wire Grid - Kmart
  6. Stationery - Warehouse Stationery 
  7. Ceiling Light - Kmart
  8. Baskets - Kmart
  9. Frame - CO Home
  10. Vases - Palmers



So if you have been following my blog from the beginning you would know what our house looked like when we first bought it and how much we have changed over the past 5 years! If you haven't seen it go have a gander...its actually mind blowing seeing how far we have come and what we have achieved. Here is the photos I took when we first bought...and these are the ones of the blank canvas on day one of renos! The whole reason why I started this blog in the very beginning all those years ago...before instagram and before being a 'mummy blogger' was actually a thing was to keep track of our progress so that one day we could look back and see how far we have come and read the stories about it all which likely would have been forgotten with my severe baby brain memory I have been blessed with since having kids!

Cute photo of Kylan cause I just found it whilst searching for laundry reno photos!

We have always had a small budget for the reno, and when we did the first major reno of the kitchen, dining and lounge we also did the laundry. We had never lived in our house prior to the reno...we had rented it out for a few months while we continued to save to fund our improvements (that, and the kitchen was so gross I wouldn't want to have to eat from cutlery that had been in those scummy old rotten drawers! This being said until you actually fully live in a space you don't really know what will work and not work, and over time you have epiphanies! (I always pronounce this "epi-fanny" as one day I was reading something to someone and automatically, thanks to my phonics learning at school pronounced it "epi-fanny" and have never been able to live it down so now I just roll with it!) You will see where I am going with this later but for now bare with my ramblings!

The initial changes we were making were things we knew would work and needed doing and we had no doubts about them and still to this day are happy with every decision we made! All we did in the laundry was basically put in some proper storage and make it a more usable space as initially it was essentially a bare room and the only back door to the house. With the new back door this one would no longer be constantly used.

I just realised I have never actually shared any photos of the laundry on here...I just went to tag in a post with a photo of them but couldn't find a single one.

So here is the photo of the laundry the day we started renovations 5 years ago...And what we did to it during the first stage of our reno to make it more of a practical space...

We put in an inbuilt sink with cupboard space, overhead cupboards and a very large cupboard which became the home to all our 'crap'!

After living in our home for 5 years now you start to think about the spaces differently and how to utilise the space you have more effectively.

One night I was sitting next to my pile of office crap on the couch and was pondering where I could plonk a desk. I work from home...literally from the couch with all my paperwork scattered all over around me which had to be cleaned up overtime I paused so that the kids didn't get their grubby mits on it!

I considered using on of the hallway cupboards and having a hidden office, but we have limited storage with no garage so that idea was vetoed. Our small house with minimal wall space also meant there was nowhere in the lounge or bedroom areas that could be utilised as a small office space.

Then I thought of the Laundry room and how much space is actually in there and what a waste it essentially is.  We hadn't used this laundry door in about 3 years...It was essentially pointless as right next door were the large french doors which we had installed. With the door there we couldn't use that wall or the one next to it where the door opened onto. It was a lightbulb moment that the door NEEDED to go and so it did!! We took out the door and existing window and put in one larger window.

I started Pinteresting up ideas on where to place a laundry. With the outdoor reno in the planning stages I thought of building in an outdoor utility area with space for the washing washing too out on the deck. The thought of going outside in the middle of winter to put a load of washing in wasn't very appealing so I was back to the drawing board. Pinterest has some great little laundry rooms in cupboards. I started brain storming how to incorporate that into the current laundry room so that half would be laundry and half would be office.

Image Via Pinterest
I really struggled with designing this room. I wanted it to be practical, look good, and be a room where I would want to go in and sit and work. I didn't want to feel like I was sitting in the laundry on my laptop, I also needed to design it around a new window as the room needed to keep as much light as possible being on the south side of the house.

Image Via Pinterest
The tall cupboard that was in there did chop the room in half which made me decide to not go with a tall cupboard at all in the space. The sink was the toughest decision. I couldn't come up with a way to incorporate one in a hidden space. I decided to not include a sink in this room but instead when the outdoor reno is complete there will be an outdoor sink available under the shelter to rinse off paintbrushes and other mucky things!

I think I came up with the perfect design. I designed every element myself. From the layout, to the desk, the shelves and the little storage nooks! I am so proud of what I have made and now that all elements have finally come together I am in LOVE! I will be working day and night to just sit back in this gorgeous space.

Enough of the yarning and the process behind it....Here it is! My office with hidden laundry. Its so beautiful it deserves a post all of its own!


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