A Shoutout to My Fave Movie Couples

Watching TV and movies is one of my most favourite things to do. I used to be a little bit ashamed of admitting this – some consider it a “lazy” pastime. Now I don’t give a fuck who knows. I friggen’ love it! A comfy couch, a blanket, something yummy to snack on and a hot cuppa while watching the newest release or an all time classic. What’s not to love about that?!

While some movies are fun to watch; full of suspense; a jam-packed rom-com; or a real tear jerker, it’s the couples that I fall in love with the most. And there are some couples that stick with me long after the movie has finished, drawing me back time and time again to revisit their magic. Here are some of my fave movie couples.

Joaquín Phoenix and Reece Witherspoon

  
Today I watched “Walk The Line”, the movie based on the true story of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Joaquín and Reece were the perfect pairing for this tale. They completely engulfed their characters and made me believe that they really were who they portrayed in the film. The fact that in real life Joaquín was going through his own drug problems while filming this movie made it all the more believable. Fun (or not so fun) Fact: The family home that was featured in the movie John and June lived in from when they got married in 1968 to when they died six months apart in 2003 was bought by Barry Gibb and his wife when they died. While renovating the home, there was a fire and it completely burned to the ground. 

Leo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet

  
Okay, let’s talk about “Titanic” and my love for Jack and Rose. Some may love or hate this movie. I for one love it. It’s not a movie that I watch that often but when I do I still cry every time. The poorest ship’s traveller falling in love with the rich girl, sparing his life for hers (although seriously, they both could’ve fit on that piece of timber). Kate and Leo should be together in real life and making babies. For real. 

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey

  
“Dirty Dancing” wasn’t destined to be a big hit when they made it. How wrong they were! Johnny and Baby were the shit. Although she was underage (she was only 16) or did that not matter in the 60s? How did that work? I could watch the final dance over and over and over and over and over … you get my drift.

Dorothy and Scarecrow

  
“Wizard of Oz” is an amazing movie. A timeless classic made in 1939 that can still pull an audience. Dorothy and Scarecrow aren’t a romantic pairing but I just can’t go past them. Meeting by chance along the yellow brick road and becoming lifelong bff’s, now that’s special. Scarecrow would do anything for Dorothy, even stepping in front of her to save her from the Wicked Witch of the West and consequently being set on fire. The best line of the movie has to be when Dorothy says to Scarecrow, “I think I’m going to miss you most of all.” Oh, it kills me. 

Allie and Noah

  
The best thing about Allie and Noah from “The Notebook” is that they are featured as a young couple played by Rachael McAdams and Ryan Gosling, and an older couple played by Gena Rowlands and James Garner. I’m a big fan of James Garner, especially as a 1960s actor playing alongside Doris Day. What a dish! I’ve read most of Nicholas Sparks’ novels and seen the movies that have come from these novels but this one would have to be my fave. When older Allie towards the end of the movie realises that the story that Noah is reading her is about them – pass me the tissues! Tears every time ! So beautiful.

Honourable mentions have to go to:

Danny and Sandy from “Grease”

Ellen and Nicholas from “Move Over Darling” (if you haven’t seen this movie, please do. It’s Doris Day and James Garner made in 1963. It’s brilliant)

Vivian and Edward from “Pretty Woman”

Harry and Sally from “When Harry Met Sally”

Bella and Edward from “Twilight”

Andie and Duckie from “Pretty in Pink”

What’s your favourite movie couple? Do you share one of mine or do you have one of your own?

Happy movie watching …

Aimee x

A Trio of Muffins

  

Today I went a bit nuts in the kitchen and made muffins. Three different flavours: Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins; Double Chocolate Muffins and Orange Lemon Poppyseed Muffins. For once I had all the ingredients without having to ask the neighbours so I was good to go.

I sourced the recipes from my “Food” Pinterest board. The most difficult thing about Pinterest recipes is that a lot of them are American-based which makes it a bit tricky to convert the measurements. A Google search will help you with that though. www.allrecipes.com.au is a good Australian conversion website but there’s heaps of others too. If all else fails, have a foodie friend on standby (thanks Reannon).

Here is what I’ve made today and the links to the recipes:

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

  
Double Chocolate Muffins

I didn’t have any chocolate as described in the recipe so I substituted it for choc chips.

  
Orange Lemon Poppyseed Muffins 

So I did have to ask my bestie who lives two houses down for some butter as I’d ran out. These muffins are sublime. Perfect for using up some oranges and lemons that I had leftover. I do love citrus season. 

  
So there you have it. A very successful afternoon in the kitchen. Why not whip up a batch yourself. 

Happy baking …

Aimee x

Taking Stock: June 2015

I had lunch on the lawn with some girlfriends yesterday, lazing the day away while their babies played. Soaking in the sun and chatting about nothing. Those really are the best convos, aren’t they? When it’s comfortable chatter, flowing from one subject to the next.  

I’ve been away from my blog for awhile now. I don’t really know why because I have a lot of subjects and topics to write about but for some reason I procrastinate writing them or just totally forget my words. I usually have my best stories in my head when I’m at work and can’t write them down. Then they’re lost forever. A lot of it comes down to confidence (or lack thereof). Wondering if anyone’s going to read my posts? Wondering if I sound stupid? Overthinking everything. After speaking to the girls yesterday, I decided to put those thoughts out of my mind. Stuff it! I’ll write them anyway – even if no one reads them. I’ll treat my blog like a “dear diary” or a journal, jotting down thoughts and recipes, diy’s and anything else that comes along. 

Mark has picked up the kids from school and taken them to the shops so while they’re gone, here is a quick Taking Stock post for the month of June:

Making : Well, I’m not making it but the hubby is making a new chook shed in the backyard. He’s doing such a great job. Can’t wait to get the chooks when he’s finished. 

Cooking : I’m a bit obsessed with baking cookies lately. My fave ones have been Glazed Lemon Sugar Cookies that I found on Pinterest. Way too yummy!

Drinking : Cups of tea. 

Reading: The free Coles magazine with Curtis Stone on the front. I love this mag but there seems to be a lot of seafood recipes in this one and I’m not a fan of seafood. 

Wanting: My hibiscus that we transplanted from the backyard to the frontyard to grow and thrive. I have my fingers crossed. 

Looking: Forward to a bingo night I’m going to in a couple of weeks. Totally daggy and nanna-rish but I don’t care. Legs eleven!

Playing: Mahjong on my iPad. 

Deciding: Where to put my herb and veggie garden so my dog doesn’t eat it. 

Wishing: For some fruit trees. 

Enjoying: The silence. 

Waiting: For the kids and hubby to come home so I can hear about their day. 

Liking: Cats. Those who know me know I don’t do cats but my job has forced me to like them. And I kind of do. Just don’t jump on me. I’ll go ninja on your arse!

Wondering: If there’s a good movie on TV tonight. 

Loving: The fact that I don’t have to cook tea tonight. 

Considering: Another cuppa. But it’s never as nice as the first one. 

Watching: “French Kiss” with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. 

Hoping: For some rain. 

Marvelling: At people who can. There are some very clever folk in this world. 

Needing: A haircut. 

Smelling: Fresh laundry. 

Wearing: My comfy clothes after my shower. 

Following: New Instagrammers that I’ve found.

Noticing: How great it is that the kids have kids in the street to play with. 

Knowing: That I have a lot to be thankful for. 

Admiring: my new Pallet Wall that my hubby made in our master bedroom. 

Sorting: Out bedrooms and robes and kids stuff. It seriously never ends. 

Buying: Things from Kmart. I love Kmart. 

Getting: Excited that it’s the weekend. 

Bookmarking: All the little videos that pop up on my fb feed so I can watch them later. 

Disliking: Not seeing my girlfriends enough. 

Opening: My adult colouring book. Colouring is so relaxing. One of my fave past times. 

Giggling: With my hubby. He’s one funny guy. 

Feeling: The love. 

Snacking: On chocolate. 

Coveting: This awesome tote bag from Kith and Kin Makers. 

  
Helping: Myself to another bit of chocolate.

Hearing: The ticking of a clock which I kind of find soothing. 

Hope you have a great weekend,

Aimee x

Mother’s Day 1976

Today is Mother’s Day and a Happy Mother’s Day to you! I hope your little cherubs and significant other spoilt you today in every way possible. The hubby is away working the FIFO life so is not with us today but he made sure the kiddies had everything sorted for me this morning. I woke to the sounds of my son and daughter surrounding my bed with gifts, cards and balloons, hearing little whispers about the placement of these gifts. Just too cute.

My mumma is one very special lady; always there for me whenever I need her. I’m one of three daughters (me being the middle child) and I just know that, even those it’s never spoken about, that I am the favourite. She’s only human after all 😉

I love music. Deep in my soul. So to celebrate the year that was surely my mother’s most special year (the year I was born) let me share with you some of my favourite tunes that came out of 1976. Enjoy.

Aimee x

School’s Out

It’s Easter time. Time for holidays, celebrations and stuffing lots of chocolate in our faces! Good times!

One of the best things about having school aged children is that I get to enjoy the 2-week break with them. Being self-employed, I’m lucky that I’m able to do this.

That being said, it also means I have two whole weeks to get stuff done. I have been making a list – because lists are my thang – of things I’d like to achieve during these two weeks. My list includes exciting and fun things – like upcycling a vintage queen bed frame that I bought off a friend, to baking giant cookies with the kids, to craft – lots of craft. My list also includes boring things like, destaining my coffee cups, cleaning drains, sorting out my pantry and mopping my floors! Urgh! And I can absolutely guarantee that the mopping of my floors will be done on the last night of the holidays. Procrastination much!

So what’s happening today? I bought a massive Easter colouring book so today, we colour.

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Happy Easter to you.

Aimee x

Making The Most of It

What a busy, fun filled weekend I had! Living the FIFO life we definitely packed a whole lot into it, making the most of having the hubster home. From making macramé wall hangings with girlfriends, to watching my daughter’s first netball game ever (she did so well!), heading out to see the first WAFL game of the season, enjoying a yummy lunch in Leederville with Mark’s family, to a night of fishing in Palm Beach. So much fun.

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Until next time …

Aimee x

DIY: String Art

I have been wanting to make string art since the first time I made it in Year 5, back in 1986. It was for a class project and I made a red, white and blue yacht. I’m pretty sure I still have it too.

Today’s diy was a little bit smaller and it only took a couple of hours. I was inspired by some art I saw on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a go.

I didn’t research any tutorials or find out how to do it. I think the best thing about diy is that it’s okay to have some flaws and for it not to be completely perfect. I sort of remembered how to do it so I went by memory.

Mum and Dad have recently put decking down at the back of their place and I had an offcut of timber which is what I used for the base. I had some neon builders string leftover from when I made some neon moss balls with my friend, Reannon. Some small nails, a small hammer, paper, pencil, ruler and some sticky tape is all that was needed to complete the project.

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I roughly drew up a design of two arrows on a piece of paper. Then I secured the paper to the wood with some tape and started tapping in the nails. You can measure the distance between the nails which is what I did on the long sides of the arrows but I just eye-balled it on the smaller areas.

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Once all the nails were in place, I removed the paper. Then it was time for the stringing. There’s no real way to do this. If you had a more intricate pattern I suppose there would be a method of stringing from nail to nail however, I wanted a more free flowing design so just made it up as I went along.

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And here’s the finished product. I’m quite happy with how it turned out. It’s bright and cheerful and handmade which is my fave. Let’s just hope it doesn’t unravel overnight.

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Until next time …

Aimee x