What are your plans for the weekend? We’re heading off on safari in Amboseli in celebration of Will’s birthday. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of elephants and Mt Kilimanjaro and just enjoying being out on the open plains. Last time we went to Amboseli we saw a hippo eat a hyena, so we’re pretty ready for anything!
Here’s some worthwhile tidbits I’ve found online this week. Sometimes I just really love the internet!
Yum. Grilled peach splits.
And this pear and almond frangipane tart.
DIY lawn games – don’t these look so fun?
I want one of everything from Lauren Christy Jewelry.
The Queensland Ballet is holding classes for the public!
And did you catch the last Strictly Ballet episode?
The expat struggle – oh I laughed at too many of these.
Will has got me hooked on this guy’s music.
Pastors and the ‘F-Word’.
I just finished Americanah. Another great read, though Half of a Yellow Sun is still my favourite.
Dog lovers, you must follow The Dogist.
And 50% off beautiful hair accessories from Grace Designs using the code MOVING50 before Monday!
I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! Our garden is growing, the sun was out for at least two days and I got to Skype with my sister for over an hour, so it has definitely been a good one. I’ve also just finished a self-imposed, month long ’30 piece wardrobe’ challenge (more on that later), so this morning I got to dig through all the clothes I packed away and pull out my warmest sweater that I stupidly forgot to include in my 30 options. I’m feeling so cosy and snug!
Here’s some lovely links from around the place. Enjoy:
A great (comprehensive!) guide to storing fruit and veggies.
And Nairobi friends – get your fresh produce delivered by Kula Kula!
Nine reasons why a decade of Christina Yang wasn’t nearly enough.
You need a ‘stop doing’ list.
Reading literature makes us smarter and nicer.
How lovely is this car park graffiti?!
And this gorgeous footpath street art?
A pretty DIY weaving.
Five great apps for creatives. And 37 (!) books every creative should read.
I love this Ace & Jig scarf.
The top 50 cities to see in your lifetime. (I’ve made it to 8!)
And what not to pack for your vacation.
And did you know that Australia Post has an app where you can upload a photo and send it as a postcard? A girlfriend was telling me just this week – how did I not know?!
Last year’s birthday. Meet Margo, named after her.
I hope you’ve had a lovely week! It’s been a good one here, albeit a little chilly, and I’m really looking forward to this weekend. I’m getting my French exam over and done with (eek!) but then I’ve got a 4th of July BBQ and my birthday to celebrate. Will told I’ll now be in my mid-to-late 20s, but surely 26 is still just ‘mid 20s’. Right?
Anyhow, enough rambling, here’s what’s caught my eye online this week:
Has Facebook been playing with your emotions?
And how to really delete your account.
The wedding of my beautiful friend Sharne.
Doesn’t this make you smile.. and want to dance!
My new night-time buddy.
An app to break your smartphone addition.
I’m saving this salad recipe for our next lazy BBQ.
Is slouching making you sad?
I finished my #100happydays project! Yay!
The French Words instagram.
Our day at Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar.
The sweetest ribbon sandals from Uganda.
This dress would be such a good wardrobe staple.
(And Metalicus is another lovely ethical brand!)
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I hope you’ve had a good week! What was the highlight? Mine was a funny moment in our yoga/dance class, held at our house, where our dog Rum gave us all the funniest look as we tried a new dance move. She did not approve!
Here are a few things that caught my eye this week:
Will cooked this Jamie recipe on the weekend and it was so good.
And I tried this tarte a la tomate et a la moutarde last night – yum! (I figure cooking a French recipe is basically the same as studying for my French exam, right?)
An honest account of failure.
DIY baboushka dolls. How fun!
W+L blog: The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia.
Minimalism for families.
The writing style wasn’t for me, but this book has had me thinking all week.
26 versions of one woman, ‘beautified’ via Photoshoppers around the world.
Haha. Such a great idea.
This has to be the coolest umbrella ever. And the best lip balm.
And six days left on my #100happydays project.
What are you grateful for this past week? To be honest, I’ve had a bit of a dodgy one. I’ve been waiting all week for an email that hasn’t come, and then on Wednesday my wallet was stolen from my bag! But even with the downers, I’m grateful for dinner with friends, World Cup parties with friends, facebook group messages with friends. So basically, friends. This week I’m really grateful for friends.
And here’s some lovely bits and bobs from around the internet:
So much admiration for these lovely friends of mine.
For the word nerd: adjectivals and demonyms for cities.
Don’t you wish you were on this Colorado road trip?
Dating tips from one of my favourite bloggers.
We’ve been cutting cake the wrong way!
Book lovers: this made me laugh.
As did this hilarious tampon ad. So awkward.
Have you tried the Pippit app?
Career advice from five powerhouse women.
The latest Strictly Ballet episode.
I’m testing this sunscreen at the moment.
And how to wear a flower around your neck. Aren’t they gorgeous?
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What are you grateful for from the week that’s been? I’m grateful for last minute holiday leave! Will suddenly got next week off work so we booked flights to Istanbul this week and we’re off tomorrow for seven nights! Apart from flights and accommodation, we have nothing booked or planned, so hopefully we’ll figure it out as we go! Any tips?
And here’s what’s caught my eye this week:
Top ten houses in the middle of nowhere.
How cool is this amazing wooden map?
And this world map duvet cover?
My girl Emmy is blogging and it’s the best.
A simple DIY yoga mat cleaner.
An epic reading list from Rachel Held Evans.
And speaking of lists, slightly more than 100 fantastic pieces of journalism.
How to get beachy, wavy hair.
We watched this classic on the weekend – such an incredible film!
50 meals you should eat if you live in Brisbane.
How pretty is this skirt?!
The little things that have made Kenya feel more like home.
My favourite Quinoa moment yet.
Thank you for the lovely fb love on my quiet faith post.
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