Adios 20s and Hello to the 30s

From the beginning of last week I could no longer describe myself as ‘a 20-something year old’, the clock has ticked over and 2014 is the year when I say goodbye to my twenties and hello to my proper adulthood the 30s. So for now, everywhere I go I have to reprogram to describe myself as a ’30-something year old’…well at least I have one more year left till I have to say that.

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However, it’s kind of odd and embarrassing when I’m out with my kids, and someone asks me ‘Are those your brothers and sisters?’. I could have died of ‘happiness’ on the spot. As I am often mistaken for a teenager, still studying and preparing for my year 12 ball (apparently these situations have only happened in the past year or so – strangely in the last year of my twenties). I guess my twenties was the decade where I had a lot of growing up to do and FAST, I got married had my three beautiful babies and now I feel I am a lot more stable and confident knowing what I want to do with the rest of my life.

Although, during my twenties I couldn’t give myself 100% to find out who I really am. I dedicated the time to raising my children, helping them to find themselves. And I developed a very caring, motherly role…and this will continue for the rest of my life. But I also have to realise I still have to leave time for me, to do that soul searching that other 20-somethings have the opportunity to do. I never really had the travel bug or want to study more. One degree is enough! For me, to find myself is to find a way to contribute to the world. I just want to make a difference to have a voice and teach/motivate/help others to find themselves if they are feeling lost.

So if I could give some advice to my 30 year old self, let me suggest a few things:

–  be strong in the face of failure and mistake. To grow wings again and to start again if need be

–  allow time for relaxation, quiet and things that bring you pleasure to be enjoyed

–  speak up when things do not make you happy

–  say ‘no’ more

–  pick your opportunities and go full speed ahead

–  continue to see the positives and the light in times of darkness

–  lift up those who have lost the strength to carry on

– meet new friends, make new bonds and connections

–  take deep breaths and enjoy the naturescapes around you

– take care of yourself mentally and physically as further down the track your body will thank you

I have so many things I still need to learn and listen to my inner self. No matter how old we are we are constantly learning, absorbing, feeling and we shouldn’t allow age or a number to dictate how ‘mature’ we get. I have spoken to many 70 and 80 year old who still giggle and joke around like teenagers. Beauty fades but the heart still remains the same.

Stay tuned for my Birthday Haul video coming soon. I’m currently working on the editing and should be up tomorrow.

Have a great week!

E-von

Bridesmaid diary – Mishy’s Hen’s night

Hello Saturday! It’s been a busy week but I’m glad I can finally sit down and post about what happened last Saturday when I had my Bestie’s Hen’s night. I am one of the bridesmaids… so I felt it was my duty to make sure the Bride-to-be had an awesome time. I have never organised a ‘girls night out’ Hen’s before, I wondered where to start? I searched the internet for games, decoration ideas and I had become pinner-friendly on Pinterest. By the end of the planning I had become obsessed with phallic shapes and coconuts.

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Her wedding will be in Bali so it was only appropriate to have a ‘tropical’ theme Hen’s night. So I shopped for grass skirts, pink plastic martini glasses, coconuts and more. The decorations turned out perfectly, I even managed to DIY some tissue paper pom poms by using the Martha Stewart online tutorial.

DIY poms poms

I didn’t know whether I would don the coconuts and grass skirt myself so I picked up two wearable outfits from Portmans. The mix of colours and patterns look very tropical and they will be sure to come along with me to Bali. Thanks for your help on Instagram and Facebook on which one to wear. In the end I thought the more practical one would have to be the short length dress. And surely by the end of the evening it worked better when we hit the clubs.

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We played games, there was  topless waiter, it was just girls letting go of their inhibitions and having a great time (as you can see how excited a married woman can be!) . Usually at a Hen’s night when all the bride’s friends are from different walks of life and who you have never properly met can get a little awkward at times. However, this was not the case, everyone got along so well and everyone seems to have the same kind of humour. As a host, that is one of the most important things to consider on a Hen’s night, otherwise you could end up offending someone or make them feel uncomfortable which you don’t want to do. It also depends on the personality of the Hen, does she prefer a more classy do or she wants to let down her hair. The one organising it, has to have an idea what kind of guests she is catering for…I would have to say it is also one of the trickiest.

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It was such a hilarious night, I met the rest of the girls who will be coming to Bali and everyone was relaxed and had a good laugh so no doubt we will have a second round when we all arrive in Bali. Plus we were lucky to be able to use the common room in Mishy’s apartment, so the event felt personal and ‘safe’. By 11pm we ventured out and got up to mischief out in Northbridge, Perth.

Have you had to organise a Hen’s night before? What theme did you have and what games did you play?

Here are a list of links that helped me with Mishy’s Hen’s night. Maybe it can help you too:

Hen’s night games

Tasteful Hen’s night games 

Pecka products

Reject Shop – for all the Tropical themed decorations

Topless Waiter

Some of these links are Perth specific, but you can always get ideas from around your city by typing in to Google. Google is the Bomb!

Have a great weekend guys!

E-von

Sculptures by the Sea happening at Cottosloe Beach

The first days of Autumn have been a little warmer for my taste. Autumn has always been my favourite season, because I get to wear my scarfs. I am a scarf-crazy woman. However we have been getting the cool nights, and they are a nice change to the sweaty slumbers and expensive power bills from using the air conditioner. I have been fond of the longer days too, I will miss the 7:30pm sun sets. We’ve been lucky to have the sun stick around till at least 7pm these days. So to embrace the first days of this extended Summer/ late Autumn my family and I decided to check out the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition happening at Cottosloe Beach, Western Australia. The exhibition runs until the 23rd March 2014, and it is completely FREE so there is still a lot of time to get down there and see them all.

Last year was a great exhibition, we enjoyed it until the sun went down. This year we came around 6pm and an hour was not enough to cover all the art works as the sun set before we get around to them all. It could have something to do with the first day crowds, as they were having a special dance performance on a resurrected stage in the middle of the beach. We brought along our picnic basket and blanket and the kids had such a care-free time.

And here they are…watch out, photo-bombardment coming your way!

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This was a stunning display of flags representing the volunteer Lifesavers. They commit their time and efforts to keeping everyone safe on our beaches and we are forever thankful.

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This was the Saturday evening crowd, as you can see in the distance they had a lots going on. There was traditional didgeridoo music, dancing and acrobats too.

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The most popular and largest of the sculptures was the gigantic ‘Goon bag’. Not the most classiest symbol of Australian culture, but I do remember very well when I was growing up where casket wine was always kept in the fridge.

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The stunning horizon of a sun setting always gets me. I love it, sun sets don’t make me sad…they remind me how much natural beauty can take your breath away and how it will soon present a new day!

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These glass feet were also accompanied by another pair of glass feet on a different rock. Not sure what was the artist was trying to convey, although the ghostly-feel is actually quite intriguing and mystifying.

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I love skeletons, and this one was one of my favourites. Looks like a heavy load to carry whilst cycling up to the moon. It was a large sculpture and I love the silhouette it  creates at sunset.

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This was the Sculpture by the Sea landscape on Cottosloe beach. Each piece had a little sign stating the name of the art work and another that said ‘do not touch the sculptures’…but you really can’t help it with children all over the beach. It presents as a big playground to them. There was another sculpture I didn’t capture because it got too dark, but I have to mention it. It was a wave like structure constructed what looked like wire and Barbie dolls. It was freaky and cool at the same time. My 6yo daughter pointed to a couple and said ‘I have this one, and this one…’.

Sculpture by the Sea has to be one of the family’s favourite local outing every year, it’s FREE, a picnic by the sea, viewing art…it’s the perfect combination. And it was lovely to see the entertainment this year, as they aren’t there everyday… I assume it was set up just for the first weekend.

So if you’re in Perth, grab a picnic rug, some treats and go down and make a day of it. You can find more details at the Sculpture by the Sea website here

Have a great week! I’ll just keep dreaming of the beach…

E-von

 

 

 

Leaping in! SELF Organics goes to market

Hi everyone, what a week this has been! And it pretty much just started for me here in Western Australia (my brain is playing catching up), as we came off a long weekend. Everyone who walked into work on Tuesday was a little ‘bleh…it feels like Monday…but woohoo for the short week!’. As for me, I’m a part-time working parent so everyday is ‘work’ for me. But I can’t complain.

Sometimes I wonder, maybe deep down I am a project-holic, busy-holic…because I don’t think I am a workaholic. I like to keep myself challenged and being busy and working on my fresh biz, SELF Organics is what I truely enjoy. When 2014 began I promised myself to dive a little deeper and not get too held back by perfection. As I found perfectionism can be a disguised as a ‘phobia’ or fear factor, it affected me psychologically that I feared taking steps into growing SELF Organics. I still have my little hesitations, that once I begin this leap there is no stopping it and I will have to go full balls OUT on my plans. As I also have been know to have the personality trait not to disappoint others and uplift them.

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Natural Soy Wax Candles

Last year in May 2013, I launched the online website, two months before my maternity leave ended. And it has now taken me 9 months to grow in confidence and go out to the markets. I want my customers to indulge in the SELF Organics experience, smell, try and fall in love with the products. Most importantly, I wanted to meet the faces of my customers and talk to them to find out what they like. And therefore two Sundays ago I was off to show off my hand made wares at the Upcycle and Sustainability Fair in Subiaco, Perth.

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SELF Organics Market Stall

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The markets stall received a great response, better than I anticipated. Well it was the first…but it was a great first! A lot of positives and learnt a lot about market etiquette in one day from neighbouring stall holders. Everyone was just so helpful and lovely. I could see myself doing this more often. The time spent in preparing for those couple of hours can be hard work but I had so much fun in the end I can become addicted to this…

This particular market concentrated on sustainability and upcycling, I always keep sustainability in mind when I create my artisan products for SELF Organics, the packaging I use is either reuseable or biodegradable. And all the ingredients I use are natural or certified organic by the governing body that it was sourced from.

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Wellbeing premium loose leaf teas

What started as an interest in soap making has now grown into a range of bath, beauty and well being products. The most recent items I have added are the Premium Loose Leaf Teas along with the natural soy wax candles. I’m looking forward to more exciting times as my fourth child grows up (well I do have 3 little munchkins that also keep me on my toes). It’s all fun when everything is thrown into the mix!

If you would like to visit my little online shop, please stop by selforganics.com.

And if you could please give my social media pages some hugs too, I will have no choice but to run a competition *wink wink*

Facebook page

Twitter

Instagram

Pinterest

Have a tantalizing Thursday!

E-von

 

 

Starting my French beauty affair

Sorry for the lack of posts of late. I have been super busy with SELF Organics (my little biz) and I will be sharing what went down at my first market stall. So watch out for that will be my next post…today it’s all about my French beauty affair!

It was around a year ago now that I was introduced to a range of skincare that would change my life! It so happened to be a coincidence that I stumbled across Bioderma, as I entered an online competition held by another beauty blogger and surprisingly won! The only knowledge of Bioderma at the time was very little and all I heard about this product was that it was hard to get in Australia and it was also one of the best make up removers.

And since that day, I have been a faithful follower of the Bioderma Crealine and Sebium facial cleansers! Whenever I would talk about this product to people, they would have already heard the hype but may not have tried it. Now it is made widely available in Australia at Priceline and Terry White Pharmacists, and everytime I walk into those stores the shelf is very much empty.

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Last week I met with Arnaud who represents a company in Australia called Cosmetiques de France. He came all the way to Perth to specifically talk to fellow blogger Sophie from Born to Buy and I about the Bioderma, Uriage and Nuxe range. It was an exciting experience to hear from the horse’s mouth about these beautiful products. We sat down at Subiaco’s Cafe Cafe with our fat buttery croissants and me with my chai (so typical of me!) to talk about beauty.

It was very interesting to learn about dermacosmetics and how they are specifically formulated to treat skin problems such as acne, rosacea, ezcema and other types. All the three brands are considered dermacosmetics but they all focus on different ingredients to solve these issues. Nuxe uses botanical extracts and their outstanding product is the Huile Prodigieuse (Dry Oil), Uriage uses a properties of thermal water and Bioderma is recommended by Dermatologists for its treatment of skin disorders. They have to go through strict measures to ensure that they are beneficial for the skin and can be a product that solves skin problems, otherwise they wouldn’t have the support of Dermatologists.

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I learnt so much, and my interest has always been in skincare. When the meeting was over, Arnaud pulled out a goodie bag with products to try and review.  I have heard only positives about them over the bloggasphere and can’t wait to get into them and share my experience. The one I am most interested in is the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, or dry oil. Only because it is such a versatile oil that can be used on the face, body and hair…and I am that kind of ‘one product does all’ kind of girl.

So tell me…have you tried any of these brands before? Have you thought about buying a product from a chemist that can help with your skin problems?

We’re having a long weekend here in Western Australia. So I can’t wait to catch up with my R&R because it seems to be non-existent this week. I may have forgotten how to do this…Hope you have a great weekend!

E-von