Saturday, November 29, 2014

Saturday Snapshots: Bubble / Biscuit Quilt

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Today we are linking up with Melinda at West Metro Mommy for Super Saturday Snapshots.

A few weeks ago I posted pictures of my first quilt that I made for my niece. I also mentioned that I was working on a bubble quilt for my nephew that was due this month. I finished the quilt last week but held off posting photos until the parents were able to see it first. Here are some of the pictures that I took of the quilt.

I made this rainbow pattern as it was requested by my sister in law. It creates a very bright and colourful quilt design. The finished quilt was 25" (63cm) X 45" (112cm)

A close up of the bubbles and the binding. I am still struggling to make the binding look perfect but that will come with practice.

I used a black fabric with coloured dots for the quilt back as it was a good contrast to all of the bright colours on the front of the quilt.

A baby's eye view of the quilt.

I had a lot of fun making this quilt as it seemed to go a lot quicker than the other quilt that I had made. It took a little while to make all of the puffs but once they were stuffed it was just a matter of sewing them all together. I used this pattern to make the puffs but I chose not to make the ruffle and made a simple binding to go around the edge instead.

If you would like a quilt like this for yourself or someone you know please check out my listing on my Etsy store and I will be happy to design one that is right for you. 

Have you ever made a bubble quilt or had one as a child?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday Snapshots: Frozen Waterfalls

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Today we are linking up with Melinda at West Metro Mommy for Super Saturday Snapshots.

Back in early 2002 I took Amanda up to Skyline Drive for a weekend away and to propose. When I planned the trip the weather was ok but there was a cold snap right before we left. Since I had prepaid for the hotel we decided to go anyway. Along the way we saw a couple of frozen waterfalls which is the subject of today's post.

Some of the icicles were massive and thicker than my fingers and toes.

 Although most of the waterfall was frozen there was some water that was still flowing.

It was pretty chilly down here with all of the ice and the shade from the trees.

A few miles down the road from the frozen waterfall was this tower of ice that was at the entrance of a tunnel.

 I had originally planned to propose at the bottom of the first waterfall but it was frozen and the path down here was too slippery and icy to bring Amanda down there. I ended up waiting about an hour more until I found a nice overlook to pop the question. Even though it was pretty cold on our trip we had a good time and enjoyed our time away.

Have you ever been to Skyline Drive?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

His and Her Thankful Thursday

Erin, who blogs at Miss Lifesaver, is hosting a November linkup all about what we are thankful for. What a fitting and fun linkup for this time of year. What are some of the things we are thankful for? Read on to find out.

I am thankful for Alex, our adorable puppy. It does not matter how long or tiring my day has been, hearing him howling and seeing his tail wag when I come home, makes it all better.
I am thankful for knitting. It has been a great hobby for me to destress at the end of a long day and has allowed me to meet some really great people. I love it!
A scarf I knit last year - one of my favorite yarns because it did the striping all on it's own. :)

I am thankful for my new Arbonne business. I am getting to meet some really great people, try new products that are making me healthier, and make a little extra money each month. 

I am thankful for disc golf. I enjoy going out to the different courses in the area and playing a round or two. It is also a great way to spend time with Amanda's dad as he enjoys the game as well. It's a great way for me to get outside and it's also a cheap way to have a day out.
Teeing off at hole 4 at the Jesmond course in Australia.
I am thankful for my sewing machine. I have enjoyed it since I got last Christmas as a gift. I have made quite a few different things including quilts, cushion covers, knitting project bags and an ottoman cover. Its a great way for me to use my creative talent.
The ottoman cover and cushion cover I made for Amanda's sister and brother-in-law.
I am thankful for running. I don't run as often as I should, but I enjoy running and entering different events. It also allowed me to enter the City2Surf in Sydney last year which was a lot of fun.
Approaching the finish line at the City2Surf.

What are you thankful for this week?

Happy November,

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Her - Some More Arbonne Products to Love

Earlier this week, I posted about my new business and my love of a few products. I couldn't fit all my faves into one post, so I am back to share some more. Click here to see the first set of products.
The Arbonne Advantage ... starts with changing your health and then changing your life.
Some more products I love...

Renewing Body Gelee
SeaSource Detox Spa Renewing Body Gelée  from Arbonne
This product is what my upline refers to as the "Windex" of Arbonne. (Have you seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding? I love that movie!!) It works on muscle aches and pains, poison ivy, bug bites, sunburns (I can attest to this one after getting sun poisoning in September and being so grateful for this product), charlie horses, and more. A friend uses it on her plantar fasciitis. I use it for my Achilles tendon which gets really tight after a long day of teaching. If you have something wrong, put some gelee on it. ;)

Re-Mineralizing Body Lotion 24H
SeaSource Detox Spa Re-Mineralizing Body Lotion 24H  from Arbonne
Every winter my skin dries out. The colder the weather, the more dry my skin. Sometimes, to the point of being painful. This winter, I don't have to worry about that - thanks to this lotion. Three pumps is enough for my whole body and I am perfectly moisturized for the entire day. Bonus - there is no air dry time! You know what I am talking about. With other lotions, you put it on and then stand in the bathroom letting the lotion dry so you can get dressed. Not with this lotion!

Cooling Foot Creme
FC5 Cooling Foot Crème from Arbonne
I call this product my pedicure in a bottle. I put it on before bed and it soaks right in. When I walk to bed from the bathroom, I don't have a ton of dog hair sticking to my feet. (I swear with some other lotions, it is like Sasquatch feet by the time I get to the bed.) Because the lotion soaks in quickly and entirely, I don't need to wear socks to keep my bedsheets from becoming gross. When I wake up in the morning, my feet are as soft as if I just had a pedicure. Perfection!

Do any of these products sound good? Do you want more information about the company or the other 400 products? Click here to see our virtual catalog.

All products get directly shipped to middle woman here. See something you like? Let's talk!

Happy Shopping,

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

His: Living in America - How is living in America different to Australia?

One of the most common things I get asked is what are the biggest differences between living in America and living in Australia. There are so many little things that makes it a difficult question to answer. The following items would be among the top things that the biggest culture shock

Portion Sizes - When you go out to eat in America you get huge portion sizes compared to the serving sizes in Australia. For example the large drink and fry in Australia are about the size of a small in most fast food places in America. Serving sizes at a sit down restaurant are no different. I remember taking my parents and sister out to an Applebee's when they came over to visit and when they brought out the food my mum asked me how many people are sharing with her since the meal was so big.

Driving on the other side of the road: This took a long time for me to get used to. For months I would forget that the driver's side was on the left and I would end up on the wrong side of the car. I would then have to do the walk of shame around the correct side which was quite embarrasing. When I first started to drive I had a tough time staying in the lane as I was not used to having the bulk of the car on the right of me. I also had trouble when coming out of a driveway onto a road as I would instinctively go to the left side of the road and not realize I was on the wrong side of the road until I saw oncoming traffic. After a few months I got used to driving on the right hand side of the road and now I have to be careful not to make the same mistakes when I am visiting family and friends in Australia.

The Accents and being understood: When I first came over to America I had trouble being understood, especially with new people. Even when I wasn't using Australian words there were many times people would have to ask me to repeat myself. I realized that my accent was quite thick and that I was probably talking too fast for them to understand me. Because of my accent it was nearly impossible to be able to use the drive thru at a fast food place for quite a long time. As the years have gone by my accent is not nearly as strong but I still have a distinct Australian accent that will likely stay with me forever.

There are many other things that were a culture shock to me but these are the ones that most readily come to mind. What has been the biggest difference(s) that you have noticed on your travels?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Her - What is Arbonne?

I have been talking a lot on Facebook and Instagram about my new business. I am an independent Arbonne consultant. I am so grateful to have this new adventure and I am having so much fun. 

What is Arbonne? I am so glad you asked!

Arbonne is...
Who Is Arbonne? Contact me if you want more information.
Arbonne - now you know!!!!

So that means, instead of putting a bunch of chemicals on your skin and into your diet, you now have the option of health inspired products.
Beauty products - List of ingredients, why they are bad, and how to spot them on labels. GREAT info.
Learn about the chemicals in your cosmetics and what you can do to detox your beauty routine.

Some of my favorite products so far are...

Sleep Well Spray
Arbonne Essentials® Sleep Well Spray from Arbonne

I call this my "manna from Heaven" product. I have always been someone who has struggled with turning my brain off at the end of the night. It would take me upwards of an hour to fall asleep. Most nights, also, I would wake up 3-4 times, disrupting any good sleep I was getting. Not anymore! Two sprays of this product and I am asleep within 10 minutes. Most nights, I sleep through the night. If I do wake up, I fall right back asleep. In the mornings, I feel completely refreshed - not sluggish at all! My mom and two best friends use and love this product also. It's amazing!

Arbonne Protein Shake
Vanilla Protein Shake Mix (Powder) from Arbonne
I have changed my breakfast completely. I blend some ice, orange juice, and protein powder. It keeps me full and I know I am having a healthy start to my day. I cannot wait to try the chocolate protein shake with frozen strawberries and water. Yum!

MakeUp Primer
Makeup Primer from Arbonne

Have you ever gone to the mirror midday and wondered where all your makeup went? I used to, but all that changed when I found this primer. It goes on silky smooth and makes my face feel luscious. Best of all - my makeup lasts until I take it off at the end of the night. Perfection! 

If you want to see all 400 of our products, click here to see our virtual catalog.

Keep calm & choose Arbonne! #love  If interested in Arbonne contact me today.
If you would like to talk more about Arbonne, please let me know. When you place an order, the items come directly to you - no middle woman here. I'd be happy to help you on the way to a healthier you through some new products.

Happy Shopping,

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

His and Her Travel Review: M&M's World

Located on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip near the MGM Grand Hotel is a large M&M's World sign. We weren't quite sure what would be inside so we decided to head in and take a look. I had heard of Coca-Cola World in Atlanta and knew it was a museum of the history of Coke and thought this might be the same. To my surprise it was not a museum or a factory tour but 4 floors of M&M's merchandise. At first I was a little disappointed that it was just a huge store but it had a good layout and had plenty of different items to look through. I ended up having a good time just wandering through each of the levels and it was an adventure to see what sort of items would show up next. It was a good way to spend an hour or so out of the Nevada sun and it was a nice break from the casinos. If you are a fan of M&M's it is definitely worth checking out.

There are dozens of different coloured M&M's for purchase here and you can make your own custom mix.

M&M's themed baking supplies.

The interior of the store is bright and colourful.

They even have a full sized M&M's NASCAR race car on level 4.

We both had a lot of fun browsing through the different items and even bought a few things including some coffee mugs. Have you ever been to M&M's world or something similar?

Monday, November 10, 2014

His: Living in America - Music note value names

Monday's are usually Travel Review days here on the blog, but I wanted another day to get that post organized so I switched. Come back tomorrow for our journey!

I learned how to read music at a young age as I played the trumpet and cornet. One of the quotes that I remember from my bandmaster was "Music is the universal language because anyone who can read music can play the tune even though you may speak different languages". 

I always thought this was true until one night when Amanda was talking about what the kids were doing in band. She used terms like "Whole Note" and "Quarter Note" and I figured it must have been guitar chords since these were terms I was not familiar with and chords were one of the only types of music that I had not studied. I came to find out that she was referring to regular sheet music and I said, "So you are talking about Crotchets and Minims and so forth right?" She was just as lost as I was when I used those terms. 

We soon learned that, like many things in America, music note values have different names to what I grew up using in Australia. Below is a chart of the most common note values and the American and British/Australian names for them.

American and British/Australian Note Value Names
Not a complete list but has the most common note values.
The Americans use a fairly simple system where the name of the note is the value of the note compared to the whole note. So a half note is half as long as a whole note, a quarter note is a quarter as long as a whole note and so forth.

The British (and others including the Aussies) use mostly Latin for the name of the notes. It has some similarities to the American system, but it is a little different. 

Longa - means "long" and is equal to 4 whole notes.

Breve - means "short" and is equal to 2 whole notes.

Semi - means "half" when placed in front of another word. So a SemiBreve is equal to a whole note since it is half of a breve and a Semiquaver is equal to a sixteenth note.

Minim - means "Very short" and is equal to a half note.

Crotchet - was named after the French word for "little hook" which is what the note resembles. It is equal to a quarter note.

Quaver - was named after the quavering from very fast notes. It is equal to an eighth note.

The short notes get even longer and crazier names. For instance a 1/256th note is called a semihemidemisemiquaver. (Try saying that 5 times quickly!). This system seems more difficult to master, but it wasn't too bad since it was all we knew and were taught.

I thought it was very interesting that the names of the notes were so different especially since so many of the other Latin terms used inside sheet music are the same. 

Did you know there were two different sets of names for the note values? Which set you prefer?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Saturday Snapshots: Australian Stockmen

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Today we are linking up with Melinda at West Metro Mommy for Super Saturday Snapshots.

Last year we were driving between Bingara and Narrabri, in NSW, Australia when I saw some stockmen droving some cattle down the road. I was lucky that I was not driving at the time and had my camera ready so I could get these shots. It is not uncommon for farmers to use the area beside the road to move their livestock from place to place and the grassy area beside the road is wider to allow this. I only got a few shots as we drove by but they turned out pretty good.
The cow at the back is not behaving so the cattle dogs are getting it back in place.
The cow is back in line with its mates now.
The dogs are keeping a close eye on the cow to make sure it doesn't try to take off again.

It is amazing how the dogs can work together to keep a herd of cattle or sheep together. Have you ever seen cattle dogs at work?

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