What’s In A Name?

I’m one of those people who rarely buys new clothes and when I do it’s usually some random top from dirty old Kmart that costs about 10 bucks. I am also guilty of never trying anything on – it’s such a nuisance to venture to the change rooms and really, who’s got time for that? When I get home, my new purchases go straight to my walk-in-robe to be hung up for me to then forget that I ever bought them. When I do remember I bought something new and go to wear it, sometimes it fits; sometimes it doesn’t. But if it doesn’t, I don’t return it because a. it’s only cost me a tenner and b. I’ve already ripped off the swing tag and thrown away the receipt.

Yesterday, I was at the shops and while hubby was ordering us a takeaway coffee, I nipped into Kmart and within the space of literally five minutes, I had spent a massive total of $33 and walked out with four tops. Thanks Big K!

Now, the weird thing is: all four tops are black and white. One is black with white stripes; one’s a singlet-type black top with white crosses on it; and two are white tops with black stripes. What’s up with that?

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I’m going to see Robbie Williams tonight (swoon!) I’m a lover of anything music and I’ll go to just about any concert – I’m convinced I have an addiction. My girlfriends and I are in the SuperPit (!) which is SuperClose so we may even be able to touch him! Eek!

Now, I’m too old and shit to be dressing up when going out. I’m over the peacocking stage where it’s all glitz and glamour. In fact, I don’t know if I was EVER at that stage. These days it’s comfort all the way baby! So it’s jeans, one of my new black and white tops (if any of them fit), a top knot and either Vans or my wedges (we’re heading out after for drinks). It’s going to be superhot in the SuperPit so I’m going to be prepared for a bit of elbow argy-bargy if some bitches get handsy!

So, what I’m saying is, is that at my age (let’s just say I’m closer to 38 than 37), I’m not one for designer labels and spending a fortune. You can make any outfit work regardless of the price and where you bought it. And if all else fails, chuck on a smile and head out the door.

Until next time,

Aimee x

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Enjoy The Little Things

In my last post I mentioned a few things that are giving me the shits at the moment. One of them is our backyard.

Last December, we got a new puppy (note to self: NEVER get a puppy. Why do we always get puppies? What’s so wrong with an older dog anyway?) Peppa is a cute little thing but she’s hyperactive as shit and mad as hell. God love her, she just wants attention, but calm the fuck down already!

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Since we’ve had her, our backyard has turned to crap, much to the husband’s disgust. When he gets home from two weeks away the first thing he does is mow his lawns and it’s a bit disheartening when there are chewed plants and holes in the lawn where Peppa has dug. Sometimes she digs so far down it’s like she’s digging to China!

We’ve had to fence off our gardens so our poor Lily Pilys and other plants can get a chance at life. It looks rather ugly but what choice do we have? She then chewed through the cables to our water feature that Mark made so that doesn’t work anymore and we’ve also had to get rid of our aviary because Peppa barked incessantly at the birds. The bonus is that the couple of mice we had because of the birds have gone so I suppose that’s a good thing.

I’ve wanted to do a vertical garden with some herbs and potted colour for the longest time – it was just a question of where to put it so Peppa won’t eat it. I was collecting some old cans that I painted with blackboard paint and Mark put some hooks into the back of the cans so I can hook them through a structure that we had used to house a bouganvillea that’s now gone. They just looked too junky though and, as much as I like to make stuff from nothing and upcycle, it just wasn’t working.

A trip to Bunnings today saw us buy some new vertical pots, some herbs and vegies – chives, basil and cos lettuce to be precise. I wanted to get things that I would use in cooking and eating. We also bought some potted colour for the vertical garden and some beautiful white daisies and pink and yellow everlastings to plant where the aviary used to be. Mark’s had to fence it off to keep Peppa out. The poor plants look like they’re in jail!

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The kids loved helping me pot up the vertical garden and water the plants. They even helped design it and told me what to plant where. It was a great way to spend a couple of hours after school while our chicken curry was simmering away on the stove.

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These are the sort of memories that make me happy. I hope that my kids remember these times as they get older.

Do you like gardening? It’s so much fun when you share the experience.

Until next time,

Aimee x

My Life Lately

I think the winds have changed. Oh yes, that’s right, it’s Spring! Spring has sprung! One of my four favourite seasons 🙂

The change in the air must be the reason why, for the last week or so, I’ve wanted to change everything. EVERYTHING! Furniture in every. single. room of my house(!), our backyard, my body, my eating plan (or lack thereof), my hair, my exercise regime (or lack thereof), craft projects. As I said, everything!

The last fews days has seen me back on Pinterest – to the extreme. Updating my pin boards, deleting boards that I don’t like anymore, pinning cool new stuff. As I’m typing this I have a Banana Cake in the oven – a treat for my FIFO hubby who returns tomorrow! – and I’m just about to wash the dishes (no, I don’t have a dishwasher. I’m a weirdo like that!) But all I can think about is Pinterest and how I can’t wait to sit down and get on it!

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If I’m guilty of anything, it’s wanting to try new things. Now I know that’s a good thing, really I do. I like to learn something new, achieve the outcome and then move onto the next thing. But sometimes, I have unfinished, multiple projects on the go which I don’t dig so much.

I’ve been wanting to create a photo wall for the longest time, something like this. A few months ago I sorted out all my digital photos – over 40,000 photos! It was a massive job that took a few weeks to complete. Then I started collating a selection of pics I wanted to print out and put on said photo wall. But have I done it yet? Of course not! (shakes fist)

Here are some cute and easy (read: non time-consuming) projects I’d like to try in the next couple of weeks. This, this one too and this one.

As for my furniture, I hate my red couch. I love how comfy it is but I hate the colour. One could say I’m over it. It just does not go. I asked Dad, who is an upholsterer, if it would be worth getting it recovered. He seems to think for what I paid for them to just move on and buy something new. He’s good like that. I want something like this.

I feel my house is too “junky”. There’s just too much stuff. I’d be interested to see what visitors to my abode thought or if it’s just me that’s sick of seeing my stuff. I’m not a hoarder (I don’t think) and I love a good clean out. There’s nothing better than throwing out rubbish or giving stuff away. And I do love storage. I would love to be a professional declutterer person. To get into other peoples homes and sort out their stuff. I don’t mean eclectic stuff; my friend Reannon has a great style. I mean people who hoard shit on top of shit. A job like Peter Walsh from Oprah. Dream job! Pick me!

Exercise: urgh, where do I start? I’m not going to bore you because exercise talk can be sooooo boring. But I will say this: last year I was fucking awesome at running! In Sept 2012 I struggled to run for 1 minute, then the following May I ran 12km, NON-STOP, in the HBF Fun Run! What an achievement! And like I said before, once I’ve achieved something I lose interest, hence the 10kilo weight gain! 😦 I’m desperate to lost this weight – where is that drive when I need it?!

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Anyway, enough about me. Have things changed for you lately?

If you need me, I’ll be over at Pinterest. Bye for now!

Aimee x