Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Can You Believe It's Already Christmas

Good Morning Everyone,

This is my first post for you all so I'm really excited to show you what I have been busy working on for you all.

I was given the SEPTEMBER KAISERCRAFT KIT to showcase alternative uses for the amazing range of papers and embellishments. 
The Kaisercraft Kits are a monthly kit containing approximately $30 worth of co-ordinating products and instruction sheets for two layout designs for just $29.95 per month (for subscribers).
The September Kaisercraft Kit was designed by Sandra Scott and contains products from The Letters to Santa Collection. You can still buy this as a one of purchase for just $36.95.

The first page I created was a double layout - 

Here are some close ups for you all - 

Left Hand Side

Right Hand Side
And a few little intricate details (because photos never do layouts justice) - 

The second page I created was a single layout - 

With a few more little intricate details - 

I had so much fun with this and face it - we never can have too many christmas photos to scrap

That's it from me for today, happy scrapping and if you would like a discount from ANY products in the STORE don't forget to put the code BL5 in the checkout

Don't Forget to be Awesome 

Bee xx

Monday, October 9, 2017

Exciting News........

Good Morning,

I know I haven't been here for a while but I have some news that I am really excited about .......
After many years of well basically doing nothing i'm happy to say.....I'm Back 

How you ask......well after my little trip to Melbourne to attend the Scrap and Chat Retreat where I met lot's of lovely ladies one lovely lady in particular (Kylie) asked me if I would like to be on the design team for her online shop SHOP AND CROP SCRAPBOOKING and of course just like any good proposal I said YES.......

Drop by the BLOG 
Shop and Crop Scrapbooking sells all the latest supplies you could ever need with an added bonus......Kit Subscriptions

Who doesn't love a good kit? You get lots of beautiful product for a fantastic price without  the fuss of having to put your thinking cap on......perfect for today's lifestyle cause lets face it, life is busy.

Check it out on FACEBOOK
Shop and crop Scrapbooking Inspiration Kit Subscriptions are more than just a box of scrappy goodness, they are filled with loads of inspiration - follow the instructions to complete your projects... or use the products to develop your own creative style.

DARE To Be DIFFERENT.......Be INSPIRED.....Get Creative Shop and Crop Scrapbooking Inspiration Kits
Some of the kits available are - Cropaholic Kit. Crop kit, Kaisercraft kit and a Mixed Media Kit....

Some of the things I am working on at the moment are from the Kaisercraft Kit and the Cropaholic Kit, I can't wait to share  with you all what I can do.

There are also .... other amazing ladies on the DT as well, check out their blogs in the links below

Tania Ridgewell - https://taniaridgwell.blogspot.com.au
Eliza Ablett - http://2crazycrafters.blogspot.com.au
Donna Lewis - https://donnaisplayingpaper.wordpress.com
Deena Otway - http://deezignerpapercraft.blogspot.com.au
Kylie Powell - Follow the shop link 
Kylie Symons - http://kylie-kyliesplace.blogspot.com.au
Tania Froud - http://itsacreativemess.blogspot.com.au/
Tamara Buckler - https://sheplayswithprettypaper.wordpress.com
Rikki Graziani -http://justtoobsessed-rikki.blogspot.com.au

Lots of talent and lots to look at

Don't forget to check out the shop and get your kits TODAY

Bee xx

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

52 Weeks of Gratitude - Week 9



I'm not really understanding what is being asked in reference to "How did you do and feel" so i'm just going to go with what makes me  feel good......... 
I can't really narrow things down too much because there are a lot of things that I rely on to boost my spirits however I think there is nothing funnier than reading something on social media that is truthful and relates to oneself. Let's go with .......

1. The Everyday Life Of A Mother

2. On Being "The Mother"

3. On being "ME"

4. 1st World Problems

However: If I ever got to park in my garage we may not have this problem :)
And one last one for good luck - 

5. On Adulthood

There is nothing like your "truth" smacking you in the face, the best thing about it is that you can have a good laugh at the way you are, the way you act and what life throws at you.

Sunshine, Happiness and Love Always

Bee Bee xx

Friday, November 4, 2016

52 Weeks of Gratitude - Week 8



There are lots of people that I have come across in my life that I could express gratitude towards but if we are referring to the here then it would have to be my husband - he has so much love and patience and really doesn't deserve to put up with me well ..... being 'this' person that I have been for a while now, Partner's sometimes really do put up with a lot of crap don't they? Why do we push away our partners?

I can honestly say that it is the loneliest I have ever felt in my life when it comes to friendships - life is so busy that the quality time to spend with people other than my husband and kids does not exist. I do not feel like the sort of person that anyone would like to just hang out with anyway, I always feel like the "forgotten" friend, the one who holds a friendship on a higher pedestal than the other, the one who never gets invited anywhere and wouldn't see anyone if I didn't organise things. Mate-ship seems to evolve around me, I can't even pick up the phone anymore to talk to anyone with the fear of them not answering because they don't want to talk to me and I take offence when a text gets sent and not replied too even though I know phone companies are sometimes to blame. 

I know things go both ways and possibly it is my fault but i'm exhausted - running a household and working full-time is tough, the only thing I do for myself on a day to day basis is goto the gym (sad I know)but it gives me the energy to keep going and I spend my days off catching up on all the housework and cleaning up, for some reason I get the attack of the guilts if I go anywhere and neglect the house duties that no one else does - is this normal? I never used to be like this and i don't know how things have changed so much - is it just getting older that sucks? 

I don't know - how do you find the perfect balance in life between Family, Work and Life without something getting neglected?

Maybe everyone else is in the same position and feeling exactly the same - who knows

Adulting is so complicated sometimes but I am truly thankful for every single person who has come into my life in some way or another

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

52 Weeks of Gratitude - Week 7



2014 - With our teenage selves
I have been lucky enough to have had a friend since 1990 ( Yes, 26 years ), we have had good times, never any bad times, lost contact, found each other again and picked up like we only spoke to each other yesterday. She was my go - to, my fun bag, someone who was just as idiotic as ME. There was never any judgment between us and our friendship is just as good now as it was then.

1992 - At my 16th Birthday Party
1998 - At the Trevi fountain in Italy - love you too Wendy
1999 - Godmother to my first born Lachlan with my brothers and another great friend Susan
2001 - Man we had style
2013 - At our 20yr School reunion with our equally just as gorgeous friend Kayleen who we
have know for nearly just as long

And lucky last - in 2015 I went to visit her after the birth of her 7th child little Leah Michelle


Love your guts Kirralea and I am a better person for knowing you 

Bee xx

Monday, August 1, 2016

52 Weeks Of Gratitude - Week 6



Toowoomba  or 'The Garden City' which is what it is commonly known as is a city in the Darling Downs region of Queensland. It is located 125 km west of Brisbane by road. 
The estimated population of Toowoomba as of 2016 is 165,168 and what I find interesting is that I think the population was only 90,000 when we first moved up here in 1999. 
A university and cathedral city, that hosts the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers each September and national championship events for the sports of mountain biking and motocross. 
There are more than 150 public parks and gardens in Toowoomba.
It has developed into a regional centre for business and government services. It is also referred to as the capital of the Darling Downs.
It is the 16th largest city in Australia and the 6th largest in Queensland.
Toowoomba is the most populous inland city in the country after the national capital, Canberra.

Thank you Wikipedia - ha ha

Now what do I think???? Honestly I love Toowoomba, it is the place that my little family started and it will always be my "other" home. I am forever thankful for growing up in Sydney when I did, I would hate for my kids to be growing up there now, great to go an visit but that's about it. My kids get the country life with the city conveniences - as much as they whinge to me cause they live 10km out of town I am hoping one day they will appreciate it.
It seems that a lot of kids who grow up here can't wait to leave and explore the big cities. A lot of people say that they hate Toowoomba but you know what...it doesn't matter where you go if you have a stinky attitude then life will be stinky, it's not the place you live in IT'S YOU

41 things you’d only know if you grew up in Toowoomba - Cosmopolitan 2015

OR as Holly would say "Cosmotopolin".......he he

1. Your parents would advise you to avoid Garden Town's (previously Village Fair) bus stop. Because, questionable characters.

2. Blue light disco's at PCYC were the ONLY thing on your social calendar and you begged your parent's to let you go

3. You'd never go to the cinemas at The Strand, even if they were showing better movies than 'Grandy" because the arm rests don't go up. priorities, people. *Yawn reach*

4. Chalk drive was always a no-go zone, unless you could skate and had a packet of Winnie Blues.

5. You'd complain about all the tourists in town during Easterfest, but you'd go anyway.

6. Brisbane is only a city of two million, but to Toowoomba folk it seems like a huge city of glamour and opportunity. It's basically NYC.

7. It's the second most populous inland city in Australia (second to Canberra), so you aggressively correct anyone who refers to it as a country town.

8. It's Sacrilege if you don't make up a fake name for the "Nitelife" section in the local paper, The Chronicle.

9. You can call it Woombie, T-Bar, or Poo-woomba and the locals know exactly what you're talking about.

10. If you're over the age of 40, you won't drive from one side of the city to the other because it takes too long (approximately 20 minutes).

11. It's Sunday every day on the roads in Toowoomba. Saaaaar sloooooow.

12. It's got the most schools per capita in Australia (probably), but all students are united in their hate for Toowoomba Grammar School.

13. That's Harlaxton, don't go there.

14. Rumours used to be the hottest ticket in town, and before that it was the Powerhouse.

15. City Beach staff thought they were THE SH*T working at a store 300km (approx) from the beach.

16. Everyone goes to the annual Toowoomba Grammar School vs. Downlands rugby union match or else, social suicide.

17. You couldn't wait to turn 18 so you could head to the Weetwood Races (where you were so busy -sOcIaLiSiNg- you wouldn't even see a horse).

18 'The Fed' has arguably the best value pub meal in Australia. $9.90 gets you a huge schnitty and bacon burger, pile of chips and cold schooner *Fist Pump* (Disclaimer: this meal deal may no longer be in existence. And that's heartbreaking).

19. The iconic Picnic Point waterfall lacks flow.

20. You always wanted to roll on the Margaret St mansion's manicured lawn after a night out at Fitzy's, but alas there's a tall fence.

21. On that note, you were BEYOND excited when Fitzy's underwent a serious reno, which included a cool new beer garden. Beer gardens FTW!

22. All the 'cool' girls would take their Country Road tote bag everywhere.

23. As soon as you got your driver's license....Thursday Night Lapping!

24. AND of course a trip through the Margaret Street Macca's Drive-Thru.

25. You'd always ask your parents about the 'pig house' in all it's pink glory

26. Schools are divided into two categories, those who have Canterbury-branded senior jerseys and those who don't. *Collar Pop*

27. The Cube's flashing lights dance floor and cool swinging chairs were the most novel thing. EVER.

28. You've spent an ambitious Sunday morning climbing Table Top Mountain only to reach the top and discover NOTHING.

29. You'd goto 'Tattersalls Hotel' on a Saturday night to relive the 80's, 90's and early 00's. yeeAAAH throwback.

30. And after the Tat's Hotel, "LET"S GO TO TOMBA'S!" (now Agenda Nightclub), where you'd finish the night.

31. You probably experienced serious hay fever during the Carnival of Flowers at least once. But you'd still go 'miring those floats. SOOO pretty.

32. You were always so stoked when bands would actually include T-Bar on their tour and play at the Empire Theatre.

33. You's dread swimming carnivals at Milne Bay because of the questionable water in the kiddie's pool.

34. Making it up the Toowoomba Range (AKA Australia's windiest, steepest road - probably) for the first time was a HUGE achievement. #Lifegoals

35. You remember hearing people say the city at the top of the hill would never flood. And then it did. And it was devastating. Mother Nature, please explain.

36. When Cold Rock opened you finally had a new date night option.

37. Once you're old enough and had proven your maturity, your 'rents would let you dine at Sizzler with your friends. Where you'd be immature and create OTT soft drink concoctions. And disgrace yourself at the buffet, of course. YOLO.

38. On that note, you're thrilled that only ONE Pizza Hut buffet still stands in the country - in Toowoomba.

39. Those westerly winds were absolutely cray cray and really put your winter knits to the test (quite often creating a -16 degree chill factor).

40. Skate City was the ultimate party destination.

41. If you’ve moved away, you’re always pleased to come home, because it really is ~StUnNiNg~

And Just to add to the list.........

42. Toowoomba people seriously "DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE A ROUNDABOUT?"

43. Prior to having a driver's license you would lap Grandy constantly for 6 hours - affectionately known as a Downtown Rat (Thanks Lochie)

I would love to hear if you have anything to add to my list

Bee Bee xx

Friday, July 15, 2016

Thai Green Curry - YIAH Style

Good Afternoon,

Seriously this would have to be the easiest dinner ever for time poor families....

YIAH (Your Inspiration at Home) makes it so easy to make a delicious curry

For this dish I have used the Thai Green Curry Dip Mix - which contains rich, lively Thai flavours and is perfect for chicken and even seafood

3 Simple Ingredients paired with Intense Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Thai Green Curry Dip Mix

I usually dice and then brown my chicken in the pan with the EVOO, then I add the amount of spice I like ( for my family it's usually 2-3 tablespoons), I then add the capsicum diced and let it all cook through - be mindful that the true intensity of the spice flavour will not come out for at least 30 minutes. Just before serving I add the cream and serve on a bed of brown rice - TASTY...........

You can get the Thai Green Curry and the Intense Garlic delivered straight to your door by clicking on  the link below


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Get yours today - you won't be disappointed

Belinda xx


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