April Sun

For the first time in over a year, I am currently on a week’s leave from work.

Why? Well, I thought it best to do it now when things are pretty quiet after Easter, as to not put my co-workers in jeopardy while they fill in for me.

What am I planning on doing this week, I hear you ask? At this stage…nothing. I plan on reading, writing, catching up on my favourite TV shows and spending time just breathing…doesn’t that sound spectacular?

After I began my job last year after  month off due to my redundancy, I was refreshed and had no desire for the rest of 2016 to take time off. Of course, there were a few moments where I had wished I could – when things got to be a bit stressful or when my personal wellbeing wasn’t at it’s best – but I carried on.

At the start of this year for about 2.5 months, my life revolved around work. My role as a receptionist in a community college during peak enrolment period really tested my patience and my ability to solve problems quickly and without fuss. It was a demanding time period, yet as I said to a fellow co-worker, I didn’t notice just how busy we were until things started to die down and the pace returned to normal.

I was exhausted. Absolutely spent. Drained from so much customer contact, from answering 100+ phone calls every day for months. Really…over it. Thankfully, my boss noticed my deflation and recommended I plan some time off. Now, I know how lucky I am regarding this – not all bosses will suggest their staff take a week off just to recharge. I saw my opportunity, weighed it against the fact that I hadn’t taken more than a weekend off (and even in some cases, I had worked multiple weekends during that busy period) in over a year and agreed.

Now, here I am. Day 2 of my official days off. Not counting the Easter long weekend, which has already left me refreshed.

I adore this time of the year. April in Australia brings on a cool change, while keeping the sunny days we love. Mornings are brighter, evenings darker earlier and sunsets much more photographic. It’s all so relaxing and cosy.

For Good Friday this year, my family and I packed up our cars and headed to our local lake for some fish and chips by the water. It was such a beautiful, cloudless day looking out onto the water.

I cherish time with my family the older I get as it’s not s regular as it once was. My childhood memories are full of family drives to the lake; piling into the car with our walkmans and Barbie dolls and setting off on an adventure across town. The drive always seemed so long – now we’re there in the blink of an eye. It’s like that with so many things these days in comparison to days gone by. I miss those days immensely.


Easter was relatively quiet. I ventured out of the house Sunday afternoon to see Beauty and the Beast at the cinema with my Mum, sister and Zia (that’s Aunty in Italian if you weren’t aware). As the original Beauty and the Beast cartoon was and is one of my all-time favourite films, I was a bit wary as to how I would enjoy the film, but I was left pleasantly surprised! Highly recommended to those who love Disney, magic, music and romance!

Autumn is all about nature stripping itself of the past as it makes way for new and exciting things. Beautiful things. It can get dark and cold, but it’s all how you look at it. Much the same can be said about our lives and the way we choose to live them.

We can run ourselves down and not do anything to pick back up again, or we can take a break to stop and take the reigns again and prepare whatever is coming next. It’s a time for change, growth and rebirth.

I, for one, can’t wait to see what the rest of Autumn has to offer.

Hoping you all had a spectacular long weekend, regardless of what you celebrated – I would love to hear all about your adventures!

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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International Day Of Happiness – 5 things I’m happy about

It’s the International Day Of Happiness!

Happiness can be felt in so many ways and for so many different reasons.

I am someone who tries to find happiness in every day activities and events.

Here are 5 other things that I am happy about today:

  • I have a job interview tomorrow – am I going to use this news as an excuse to shop for new work clothes? I sure am!
  • I bought some Nescafe Mocha-flavoured coffee sachets on the weekend and with the cool change in weather my morning coffee was absolutely delicious.
  • I bought my very first laptop over the weekend – a MacBook Air. I have never owned a laptop so this will be a whole new experience for me. Very excited to do more regular blogging once it’s delivered sometime this week.
  • Among my healthier grocery items which I purchased this morning, I also bought a jar of Nutella and a pack of bagels.
  • I have just finalised some plans with my cousin who will be visiting this Easter long weekend with her husband. We are very close but do not get to see eachother much, so I am very excited to see her!

Happiness can be found in events which are both big or small. It’s all about celebrating life’s many achievements and giving ourselves a pat on the back when things are going our way.

Here’s to a happy day for you all and to many moments of happiness in years to come!

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