Monthly Faves – Monthly Playlist, Harry Styles, Netflix Weather and More

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Tomorrow is October 1st. I know, I can’t believe it either. Where has the year gone?

It’s usually around this time of the year that my wish to live in America presents itself more strongly than the rest of the year. I mean, it’s autumn. Halloween is just a month away. Then it’s Thanksgiving, which I have always loved to be a part of. Then it’s Christmas (only 86 sleeps to go!), which involves snow in many places – something I have yet to experience in general, let alone at Christmas time! One day….I will go and it will be fantastic.

Today has been a very wintery day, although it’s officially spring. It’s been raining and windy for the past 3 days, with forecasts predicting it will be continuing over our long weekend. Perfect Netflix weather, I say. Especially with a new month tomorrow meaning new Netflix additions!

In the spirit of the approaching Halloween season, I’ve been watching Scream Queens season 1 which is hilarious and not really that scary at all. It’s created by Ryan Murphy who created Glee, so if you liked the edgy humor from Glee, you should enjoy Scream Queens! I love the costumes which the Chanels wear as well as the 80s soundtrack. Also, Emma Roberts deserves awards for playing Chanel Oberlin – she is so good!

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Also on my current watchlist as been The Vampire Diaries (Stelena 4eva), UnReal TV and Full House (I know it’s cheesy, but we all need a bit of cheese, don’t you think?). Not to mention numerous Netflix documentaries about space and the universe.

So, we all know Harry Styles is gorgeous, but have you seen his photoshoots for Another Man magazine which came out this week? The man is giving Kendall and Gigi a run for their money.

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So many more pics out there, but you get the idea: he is a model.

Then, last night I randomly woke up at 1am to see other One Direction alumni Niall Horan just released his first solo single called This Town which is absolutely beautiful, simple yet incredibly touching…

I really wish all of the 1D boys all the best with whatever they choose to do during their hiatus, I just adore all of them so much!

Speaking of music, here’s this month’s playlist:

Shawn Mendes released his new album Illuminate last week and it’s very John Mayer/Ed Sheeran-y. But with a Mendes twist. I think Shawn is one of the best young artists out there at the moment and if Illuminate is what we get for a second album, I can’t wait to see how great he’s going to be in years to come!

Another fave of mine for this month has been cross-stitching. Yes, I am a 70 year old woman trapped inside the body of a twentysomething year old woman! I’m working on a cross-stitch design for my Nonna, which I hope to frame and give to her either on her birthday or for a Christmas gift (depending on how quickly I get it done!). I love how relaxing crafting can be after a stressful day at work.

On my food faves list has to be burrito bowls. We had a new health food store open in our town this month and they make the BEST burrito bowls. Just…to die for.

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I’m in love!

 

I’d love to know what have been your favourite things this month!

Let me know in the comments area below.

Until next time,

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DIY – mini easter ‘hampers’

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This past weekend I was feeling creative so I put together some materials and made mini Easter ‘hampers’ for my work collegues. I use the word ‘hampers’ loosely, but with the use of the cellophane to tie all the contents together I really did think the finished product looked a bit like a tiny hamper!

Here is how I created the mini hampers (with horrible photographs by yours truly, I am sorry!).

Firstly, the majority of my craft items were bought from Spotlight except for the gelato cups which are from eBay and the chocolates which I bought from Woolworths.

You will need:

  • Gelato cups – alternating colours
  • 1 x pack of shredded green cardboard
  • 1x pack of mini Easter chickens
  • Clear cellophane
  • 1x sheet of ‘Happy Easter’ silver stickers
  • 2x rolls of Easter-themed ribbon OR ribbon which matches/complements the colours of your gelato cups
  • Chocolates of your choice

 

To create an Easter ‘Hamper’:

  • Taking 1 gelato cup, place a ‘Happy Easter’ sticker on the front of each. You may want to use other stickers for decoration as well – this is up to you and your creative mind!

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  • Decide which chocolates you would like to put inside your hamper. Lay out your gelato cups individually and place your items in each so you have a rough idea of how things will fit without the green shredded paper taking up more room.
  • Each gelato cup will need about a handful of shredded green paper fitted into the cup to fill it. It all depends on how many chocolates you are giving – less chocolates, more shredded paper.
  • Place your chocolates into your gelato cups while rearranging the shredded paper to help certain chocolates sit higher than others.
  • Add a tiny toy chicken into the centre of your creation (this is something I decided to do for decoration, it is up to you what you do/do not add!)

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  • Take a sheet of clear cellophane and trim to fit gelato cup/contents. You want enough cellophane to bunch up and over your contents with some to spare for a ribbon
  • Place your gelato cup into the middle of your cellophane and bunch the cellophane around and over the contents.
  • Secure cellophane with a ribbon and let the top of the cellophane stick up wildly to add some character to your design. You can tie your ribbon into a bow or curl it using scissors if you like
  • That’s it!

Other things you may like to do when designing your own mini Easter hamper are adding a name tag to the ribbon or perhaps use the gelato cups to hold some other Easter treats such as painted eggs or even nail polish!

Please let me know if you end up creating something similar – I would love to see your designs!

Not long before the Easter Bunny arrives!

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5 Things I’m Excited For

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  1. Fuller House premiers on Netflix at 7pm tonight in Australia! So excited to see those endearingly cheesy Tanners.
  2. The 1975’s new album is released today – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It is full of spacey, floaty pop tunes that will get you bopping and also crying a few times!
  3. Sushi – a California roll never looks so good for dinner after a long Friday at work!
  4. A glass of wine – I am not a huge drinker, but I do enjoy a glass or two of my favourite wine on Friday evenings – Brown Brothers’ tasty Moscato & Sauvignon Blanc mix is my drink of choice!
  5. FRIDAY! – Weekends usually consist of cleaning and catching up on my favourite Netflix series, but nonetheless, Fridays are my favourite day. Cheers to the weekend!

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