Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Ordinary Walks of Life

Fresh days bring so much with them. They're good as a clean piece of paper. Full of promise, they can unfurl in so many ways.

I've managed to pull myself out of bed early to go walks a couple of times this week - I'm up to 75% of my four walk target. I could go into bonus time a la Luigi and Mario. 

On my walks I've been busy observing. With nothing but my mind to occupy me (oh and that magpie that kept trying to swoop me - ice cream bucket anyone?), my eye has been seeking out small beauties. 

Simple beauties. 

They're all around when you're attentive. It's the season when spiders decorate the trees with their weaving. And when Mother Nature leaves a fine mist to highlight them strung up in the branches. They're beautiful artworks, and if you're very careful, you can find them hidden in odd places. 

Or how about an ocean walk when there's no one around. The rain has scared everyone off. It's just you, the sand and the water lapping. The sunrise creeping up, quietly, but the surety is comforting. 

It's my reminder that there are bigger things in life. 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Father's Day Gift Ideas

You know, I know, we all know - men are hard to buy for (go on dudes, try and tell us otherwise).

Which is why I've tried to remember whenever I've hit a gold mine of an idea to share with my peeps. You. 

Here's my list of 10 last minute gift ideas I think your man might like. Socks and jocks need not apply. I've already bought Matt's presents because I am organised. For once. I can't even remember what I bought because it is hidden in the cupboard. Oops. Anyway, so you don't forget - here's 10 from the top (of my head)!

1. Men's Original Hobe in Blue Suede $159
Matt swears by his Hobes. In fact, I would go so far to say - he is addicted. 

2. Handsome Wash Bag from Lark Store $35
Give him a compliment AND help him pack his bag. Going somewhere? Not without this bag. 

3. Dermalogica Daily Defense SPF15 $51
Lightweight, non-greasy and it doesn't leave that chalky white residue (winning!!), plus it contains antioxidants to fight against free radicals (and I'm not talking about those crazy kids you went to uni with). 

4. Country Road Vintage Wash T-Shirt $34.95
I am a big fan of rotating t-shirts, and keeping them fresh. Nothing beats a new favourite tee, and this one has that certain je ne sais quois.

5. The Goodnight Society Great Night Shark Goodie Bag $64.95
For the adventure loving papa, this goodie bag contains organic fair-trade cotton Great Night shark pj shorts, a Jaws DVD and a gift card. He'll snap it up. Pun absolutely intended. 

6. Haigh's Chocolate Caramel Fudge $8.25/200g
Really, I don't think I even need to have to rationalise this. Just look at it DAMN IT! 

7. Ginger Ale Brew Kit from Third Drawer Down $22
Get your man back to basics, and get him a ginger ale brewing kit. Ah, I can taste it already.

8. Soul Jet Noise Cancelling Headphones $249
These are THE best headphones. If your man-friend/father etc travel, work in an office, or just enjoy listening to music without listening to someone banging on in the background about their best friend's manicurist's bus driver's cousin's mate - then these are the creme de la creme. 

9. Voluspa Suede Blanc 100hr candle from Saison $49.95
You might be thinking - WTF (what the flame) Lexi. But no. You're wrong. I'm right. My sister gave Matt this candle for Christmas and he thinks it's one of his best ever gifts. And it smells amazing.

10. lululemon Hardcore Short $69
I have given these to Matt before - because my psychology for me is if I have new exercise gear I will exercise (it really works. It also sends you broke. Don't subscribe to this philosophy). Regardless of the games I play with my head, Matt just goes and exercises. And he loves these shorts. 

If all else fails, breakfast in bed has always, always rated well. 

Got any hot Father's Day ideas to share? 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Paint The Town Ford:: I Never Want To Give It Back

My sister told me it suited me.

My parents approved. 
My kids love it.
My husband adores it. 
It must mean it's love. It must mean I should be allowed to keep it. 


On hearing that Ford actually wanted their car back :(

I have had blissful weeks driving to work. In peak hour traffic. 

This is all crazy talk. Except it isn't. I am SO into the Ford Territory I want to keep it. I want to exchange our cars for this car. It is so very ace. 

Why do I love it so? I don't know anything but engines, but I do know lots about convenience and all-round awesomeness. There are so many reasons, let me count the ways Shakespeare. 

1. The Safety: When you choose a car, safety is paramount. Even moreso as a parent. Hidden underneath that sleek exterior is host of safety features so you can feel comfortable knowing that the Territory has been engineered to help protect it's precious cargo. You.

2. Extra seating: My Mum and Dad were visiting - and being from the country they loathe driving in the city. I jumped at the chance to pick them up - and with the easy-access extra seating in the back, with plenty of cabin space it meant everyone fitted comfortably in. (And when the spare seating is not required, it has a super generous boot for you to load up.)

3. DVD player: Let's go back to the traffic thing. Sitting in traffic with children is one of my worst things. My kids were SO excited by the DVD player, on our way to school they watched a DVD. It was ambitious, unless we were going to sit in the car and be late for school, but it kept them occupied, and kept my eyes on the road. If we were going on a long road trip, I'd load them up with DVDs to avert any 'Are we there yet?' conversations. (Plus it comes with headphones and a remote control. The kids pretty well wanted to move into the car. I wish I was kidding.)

4. Fuel efficiency: This thing just doesn't empty. Ok it does, but for a big mother of a car, it's pretty lean on the whole petrol thing. I went about 10 days on one tank. That's driving to and from work, groceries, school pick ups, jaunts around the city - just for the heck of it, because heck. I am going to say it again. I really love this car.  

5. Blue-tooth: Driving to and from work is empty time for me. If I can ring a friend or my parents - this is a WIN! Sitting in peak hour traffic and being able to talk hands-free?! Yes! This ticks so many boxes for me. 

6. Sit High My Friends: Ain't nobody who doesn't love sitting up high in traffic. 

7. The Love Notes: Tiny wrote love notes on the windows on cold mornings, I loved them. 

8. The Bells. The Whistles: The simple-to-use navigation has won my heart. The stereo means I can host my own in-car karaoke on the way to and from work (to the amusement of some woman cacking herself at me - hey I was having fun). Those leather seats. Aye carumba. I am superficial. But those seats are super comfortable. Even the indicator makes a nice noise. 

9. It Looks Hot: Featuring a striking design, this car is hot. And I don't want to give it up. Not only that, it's beautiful to drive. 

To celebrate me falling truly, madly, deeply in love with the Ford Territory I have one $500 Freedom gift card to give away. Interested?

All you have to do is tell me:  

What’s the one place you'd like to take a road trip to in your car?

Terms and conditions: 

One entry per person only
Competition open only to residents of Australia
Entries open September 1st and close midnight 7th September
Winner will be announced on September 9th.
For full terms & conditions please click here

Photography by Esteban La Tessa

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Bringing Exercise Back

Guys. It's been a while. I have been totally slack on the exercise front (I know, we have definitely been here before. A number of times. Here we go again.) and I am back. And I am going to stay on that horse.

Over the last few months I've noticed the love handles making a cameo appearance. Cameo? Because they are not going to stay around because I actually feel totally disgusted at myself. I don't feel good in my skin and I am going to do something about it. 

Stress is the biggest contributor to my weight. I make concessions and think: "Oh yes, I've been working hard, I totally deserve that chocolate" So I can have a heart attack?! NO thanks!

I went for a big walk with our family this afternoon, and I've already got my gear ready to get up early tomorrow morning. Boom! It's on like Donkey Kong.

When I think about the excuses I come up with to not exercise, well I am too kind on myself. Matt's working in the evenings, which means I can't go to the gym like I was, however it was like a petri dish for excuses for not getting out and moving. 

No more! 

Those days I need to race home for pick up are the days I need to pull my sorry ass out of bed an extra hour earlier so I can clock up some steps. 

Those days I don't have to race home - well I can fit in a half hour at the gym. 

I read a quote recently that said we should treat our gym/exercises sessions with the same respect we treat an appointment. Turn up, don't make excuses. Because it is that time for you to look after yourself (plus it's my time to turn over conversations, stress etc and get them out of my body).

I'm going to do it. I'm going to aim for four exercise sessions a week. Four GOOD exercise, and build up to more. It's really not that hard when you think - half an hour every day, so I am going to kick start - this is it. No more excuses.  

Bring back energetic, healthy, happy Lexi. Game on with my inner voice who tells me to go back to bed. This time I'm playing to win

And if you need motivation hit me up on Pinterest. Anyone would think I'm a buff gym babe. Sadly, no. But I am going to try and transform myself. Fit before 40. (That fit before 40 thing just sounded catchy, but if it takes me five years to get fit, someone - shake me.)

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Best Beauty Buy:: A 100% Natural, Gluten Free, Vegan Lipstick? YES PLEASE!

If we go on packaging alone (yes I am that superficial) I am already in love. A sleek, silver bullet-like case contains a brilliant surprise. 

Creamy, rich and a great colour, I've been really enjoying wearing 100% Pure Lip Vegan Lipstick. It's great wearing and the formulation feels hydrating and moisturising. I've been trying out Lychee and I have to attest, it is the perfect neutral pink, great for those times when you want a bit of lip colour, but you don't want to go all out with a statement lip colour.

A range of organic lipsticks that are coloured from the same fruit pigments that make strawberries red - and blueberries blue, they are healthy and rich in antioxidants and vitamins. 

So they're 100% natural, vegan, they're organic, and the pigments are perfect. But that's not all! The base contains avocado and cocoa butters (making them super moisturising) - they're also gluten free. 

Why gluten free? If you're looking to avoid gluten, many lip colours contain Vitamin E which can contain gluten. However the Vitamin E in these lip glazes is derived from cold pressing rice bran.

Pretty cool, huh? Next on my list is Watermelon - the best-seller, a sheer soft red. Sounds like it should be a staple in my beauty bag.

Monday, 25 August 2014

MTV VMAs:: Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian, Chloe Moretz, Rita Ora

Demi Lovato. Proudly sponsored by Hollywood Tape. And Supa Glue. And anything sticky. Those suckers can not get out, we repeat, do not let those puppies out.
Recently I was saddened by the fact that Tiny told me she doesn't like Barbie. I had spent much of my childhood playing with Barbie, styling her outfits, her hair, her everything, and wondering how she got so flexible. 

I am pretty sure Kanye can relate. 
Chanel Iman looks like she's been part digested by the very hungry crocodile. 

I kind of like this look. It's cute and a little quirky - however I'm not convinced it's altogether red carpet worthy. If this was the Nickelodeon awards I would dunk her with slime for looking a bit too Golden Girls when she's meant to be making a splash. 
My case in point? Rita Ora. Game. Set. Match. 

MTV VMAs:: Katy Perry, Jenny from the block, Laverne Cox, Hannah Montana

Is Katy Perry taking the piss? Is this paying homage to Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears? Someone LET ME IN ON THE JOKE! This is hurting my eyeballs. PS - aren't grills so 2002?

How much denim is too much denim? This post is basically a denim orgy. Proof that this is definitely too much denim. 

She's still, she's still Jenny from the block, don't be fooled by the criss-cross frock that she's got, she's still, she's still Jenny from the block. Someone needs to give all the extra fabric back to the designers. This look is not funny. Give them some damn fabric before I get all Hulk-irate. 
Leggy, lovely, sparkly, beautiful Laverne Cox. It's just a shame she didn't visit the bathroom before heading onto the red carpet. 
So here I am madly decluttering my house in prep for the real estate agent, and I can't find a damn garbage bag anywhere, when I switch on my computer and low and behold Miley has stolen not only the garbage bags but also the gaffa tape. And it would appear she has a cramp in her foot too.