Monthly Archives: May 2014

My Favourite Things

Yesterday I held a “Favourite Things Exchange” party.   It was a mammoth effort of 5 weeks of planning to get a bunch of friends together to have a great time.

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The basic idea in the invitation is that each person who comes chooses a favourite item priced at $6 or less and brings 5 of that item. Each guest also had to identify 2 favourite songs when they rsvp’d and a copy of the recipe for a plate of favourite food they were bringing.

The songs became the play list for the afternoon ( which I made a copy of and gave to all the guests) and I also collated the recipes into a book for each guest.

I wanted to go all out for this party to make it fun and special.  So I decorated the lounge room with a backdrop and table cloths in black and red to match the colours of the invitations.   I also made everyone a personalized “brown paper package bag tied up with string” to take their stuff home in.

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There were 9 of us all together and we had a great time.  Far too much food for a bunch of girls,  but there was something everyone liked to eat.

I didn’t take ane photos of the actual party because there was too much fun going on to even think of stopping to take a picture.  I did take a photo of the contents I put into everyone’s gift bag of the play list cd, recipe book and personallised coffee mug I made for everyone with their names on them.

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At the actual party I started everyone off with a list of questions about their favourite things like colour, book, movie, scent etc.   We started the party by going through our answers to the questions and getting to know each other better.   Everyone got a point for each question where they got an answer that nobody else had. At the end of the party I asked everyone to add up their highest score and the winners got to take the lollypots center pieces I had made home.

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After questions we started on out favourite things exchange.   There were great ideas and things and the stories people told as to why they picked things were more fun than the actual things.  Each person who came wrote there name on 5 pieces of paper before the exchange and everyone put them into a bowl.  We each drew out 5 different names and these names were the recipients of our things. So everyone bought 5 things and got to take 5 different things home with them.

My favourite thing was Pinterest and I had made some modelling chocolate cake toppers from tutorials I found on Pinterest for my favourite thing to exchange.

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Other favourite things included:
● Drawing paper and pencils -from an art lover
● Bottled water – a bride to be’s best friend to help her fit into her wedding dress
● Magazines – from a mother who values her breif alone times.
● Flowers in a vase – from a women who’s husband gives her flowers as a way to show he is thinking of her.
● Paua shell jewelry- from someone from New Zealand whose favourite thing is home and the shell reminds her of home.
● Chocolate and tea with tea infuses- from another mother who values her grown up time
● Pink champagne – from one of the bubbliest people I have ever known.

After the gift exchange we sat, talked and ate until everyone drifted back home to their lives.   It was a fantastic afternoon.  I had a ball and valued every minute with some great friends from all areas of my life who gave up some of their valuable time on a Saturday afternoon to hang out with me.

This is my haul that I was lucky enough to receive

My Favourite Things

Yesterday I held a “Favourite Things Exchange” party.   It was a mammoth effort of 5 weeks of planning to get a bunch of friends together to have a great time.

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The basic idea in the invitation is that each person who comes chooses a favourite item priced at $6 or less and brings 5 of that item. Each guest also had to identify 2 favourite songs when they rsvp’d and a copy of the recipe for a plate of favourite food they were bringing.

The songs became the play list for the afternoon ( which I made a copy of and gave to all the guests) and I also collated the recipes into a book for each guest.

I wanted to go all out for this party to make it fun and special.  So I decorated the lounge room with a backdrop and table cloths in black and red to match the colours of the invitations.   I also made everyone a personalized “brown paper package bag tied up with string” to take their stuff home in.

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There were 9 of us all together and we had a great time.  Far too much food for a bunch of girls,  but there was something everyone liked to eat.

I didn’t take ane photos of the actual party because there was too much fun going on to even think of stopping to take a picture.  I did take a photo of the contents I put into everyone’s gift bag of the play list cd, recipe book and personallised coffee mug I made for everyone with their names on them.

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At the actual party I started everyone off with a list of questions about their favourite things like colour, book, movie, scent etc.   We started the party by going through our answers to the questions and getting to know each other better.   Everyone got a point for each question where they got an answer that nobody else had. At the end of the party I asked everyone to add up their highest score and the winners got to take the lollypots center pieces I had made home.

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After questions we started on out favourite things exchange.   There were great ideas and things and the stories people told as to why they picked things were more fun than the actual things.  Each person who came wrote there name on 5 pieces of paper before the exchange and everyone put them into a bowl.  We each drew out 5 different names and these names were the recipients of our things. So everyone bought 5 things and got to take 5 different things home with them.

My favourite thing was Pinterest and I had made some modelling chocolate cake toppers from tutorials I found on Pinterest for my favourite thing to exchange.

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Other favourite things included:
● Drawing paper and pencils -from an art lover
● Bottled water – a bride to be’s best friend to help her fit into her wedding dress
● Magazines – from a mother who values her breif alone times.
● Flowers in a vase – from a women who’s husband gives her flowers as a way to show he is thinking of her.
● Paua shell jewelry- from someone from New Zealand whose favourite thing is home and the shell reminds her of home.
● Chocolate and tea with tea infuses- from another mother who values her grown up time
● Pink champagne – from one of the bubbliest people I have ever known.

After the gift exchange we sat, talked and ate until everyone drifted back home to their lives.   It was a fantastic afternoon.  I had a ball and valued every minute with some great friends from all areas of my life who gave up some of their valuable time on a Saturday afternoon to hang out with me.

This is my haul that I was lucky enough to receive

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My Favourite Things

Yesterday I held a “Favourite Things Exchange” party.   It was a mammoth effort of 5 weeks of planning to get a bunch of friends together to have a great time.

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The basic idea in the invitation is that each person who comes chooses a favourite item priced at $6 or less and brings 5 of that item. Each guest also had to identify 2 favourite songs when they rsvp’d and a copy of the recipe for a plate of favourite food they were bringing.

The songs became the play list for the afternoon ( which I made a copy of and gave to all the guests) and I also collated the recipes into a book for each guest.

I wanted to go all out for this party to make it fun and special.  So I decorated the lounge room with a backdrop and table cloths in black and red to match the colours of the invitations.   I also made everyone a personalized “brown paper package bag tied up with string” to take their stuff home in.

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There were 9 of us all together and we had a great time.  Far too much food for a bunch of girls,  but there was something everyone liked to eat.

I didn’t take any photos of the actual party because there was too much fun going on to even think of stopping to take a picture.  I did take a photo of the contents I put into everyone’s gift bag of the play list cd, recipe book and personallised coffee mug I made for everyone with their names on them.

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At the actual party I started everyone off with a list of questions about their favourite things like colour, book, movie, scent etc.   We started the party by going through our answers to the questions and getting to know each other better.   Everyone got a point for each question where they got an answer that nobody else had. At the end of the party I asked everyone to add up their highest score and the winners got to take the lollypots center pieces I had made home.

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After questions we started on out favourite things exchange.   There were great ideas and things and the stories people told as to why they picked things were more fun than the actual things.  Each person who came wrote there name on 5 pieces of paper before the exchange and everyone put them into a bowl.  We each drew out 5 different names and these names were the recipients of our things. So everyone bought 5 things and got to take 5 different things home with them.

My favourite thing was Pinterest and I had made some modelling chocolate cake toppers from tutorials I found on Pinterest for my favourite thing to exchange.

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Other favourite things included:
● Drawing paper and pencils -from an art lover
● Bottled water – a bride to be’s best friend to help her fit into her wedding dress
● Magazines – from a mother who values her breif alone times.
● Flowers in a vase – from a women who’s husband gives her flowers as a way to show he is thinking of her.
● Paua shell jewelry- from someone from New Zealand whose favourite thing is home and the shell reminds her of home.
● Chocolate and tea with tea infuses- from another mother who values her grown up time
● Pink champagne – from one of the bubbliest people I have ever known.

After the gift exchange we sat, talked and ate until everyone drifted back home to their lives.   It was a fantastic afternoon.  I had a ball and valued every minute with some great friends from all areas of my life who gave up some of their valuable time on a Saturday afternoon to hang out with me.

This is my haul that I was lucky enough to receive

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The Hair Whisperer.

3 years ago my hair dresser of 10 years left me! To say I was devastated would be an understatement.   I was shattered. 

After all it took me 30 years to find Emily and she was “it”. She did my hair.  She did my son’s hair ( and let me tell you that was no mean feat – he is mr perfect has-to-be-just-right-and-sit-exactly-like this – and – no – pressure-but-i-am-performimg-this-weekend) and she cut my husband’s hair.  It’s all well and good for her to follow the love of her life and take a sea change, but who was going to cut my hair?

After I had an epic breakdown right there in the shop she assured me that she was going to train up her replacement and I wouldn’t even know she wasn’t cutting my hair.  

Well I stuck it out with the first replacement.  And I stuck it out with the second and third replacements.  And I would like to say that none of them were like my Emily.

In fact the last one was so bad that  I had to schedule my appointments on the way home so I could wash and restyle my hair before anyone saw me.  I would have to explain in detail to her how my hair got cut every time I went in – even though I had exactly the same hair cut every time I went in. She put more time and energy into selling the salon products to me than into my actual cut.  One time she convinced me to buy one type of shampoo for $40 and then 4 weeks later she told me I shouldn’t be using that shampoo I should buy another shampoo that they have.

Needless to say in November last year I was over it and began the search for someone else to cut my hair. Actually first I decided I was going to grow out my hair and then in January I decided that I wanted to cut it all off.

Just by chance I happened upon the salon name of an old friend from about 20 years ago.  So in my destination I decided to give her  a go. 

I would just like to say I HAVE FOUND THE HAIR WHISPERER.  This woman is amazing.   Every time I walk out of her salon my hair looks amazing.   One picture I showed her the first time I went and she remembers what I want.  All I have to say is same as last time.  And the great news is I can replicate this amazing style myself!

Ladt Saturday I went and got my hair cut again and she suggested that I part my hair on the other side. WHAT! Ummm for the past 25 years it has always parted left to right and now you want me to go right to left? Excuse me?

Well ok we gave it a go and let me tell you.  WOW! Ok its a little difficult to do the fringe the other way and it takes me twice as long at the moment,  but its got style its got bounce and sits great all day with minimal products.

I guess the difference is between someone who works in a job to earn money and someone who loves their work and is passionate about it.   Now if only I can find a barista who is passionate about their job and can make me the perfect skinny mocha with half strength espresso. …..

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