2018 in Review

Hey Guys, long time no blog, somehow life keeps passing and my days just seem to get busier and busier. BUT Happy New Year guys. I hope 2019 brings you absolutely everything you want out of it. My year has started with some severely bad sunburn all because I thought I was tougher than the sun and decided to not put sunscreen on the back of my legs, which incidentally is the worst place to get burnt because I can barely bend my knees but is okay, I’ll survive.

Anyway, I thought that getting back into my blog by writing a new post all about my year and what happened and just generally looking back and reflecting.

The year started with my parents coming to visit Lachy and I in London, and we spent 10 days at my uncle’s place in the Cotswolds, before heading to the Lake District for Easter. Making the mistake of driving up Good Friday with every other person in London apparently and what was meant to be a 3-hour drive ended up taking double that.

Following my parent’s visit, it was nearly time for Lachy and I to pack up our lives and start our journey home but before heading back to Australia we had our 2.5 month trip around Europe to embark on. I have written a few posts on some places that we went and reviews on some of the tours we did and airlines we flew on which I will link at the bottom of the page if you’re interested in reading them. I had some stand out places from this trip namely being Slovenia, Amalfi Coast, Nice/South of France and Portugal. We had such an amazing time to

After our trip ended we headed back to my hometown Adelaide and spent 10 days with my family and just relaxing before heading home to Perth and back to reality.  It was so lovely to be able to spend some quality time with my whole family after being away for 2 years and Lachy got a chance to finally meet my dad and everyone which was lovely.

Heading back to Perth meant the start of a new job, new degree and living with Lachy’s parents. Everything has been pretty steady since then, work, uni, life etc.. However, we did head to Melbourne for the AFL grand final which saw Lachy’s beloved West Coast Eagles win the grand final, post-grand final we headed to Fiji for a friends wedding, where we spent 10 days relaxing and living our best life, it was amazing. During this trip, we headed home via Brisbane to see Lachy’s brother, his wife and meet their lil bubba, who was born in May. We spent a week there and meeting this lil baby and looking after him and seeing Lachy feed him and play with him sent my ovaries into overdrive and I am literally like the luckiest person right now and all I want is a lil baby.

Post Fiji literally saw life go back to work and uni and nothing exciting, I managed to pass all my exams (even my maths unit winning) and pass all my classes yay! Coming to the middle of December I went back to Adelaide and visit my family again, even had some early Christmas celebrations which was lovely since I haven’t been home around Christmas time since 2014.

And that essentially brings us up to today, we had a really chilled New Years Eve at home, we made a nice dinner (beef wellington and creme brulee), had a super nice bottle of wine and just hung out, it was almost perfect, the only thing ruin it was Lachys parents being home, I honestly can not wait to be in our own house (not that there’s anything wrong with his parents and it’s super kind of them to let us live here, and they’re absolutely lovely people, I just want my own space).

I hope you all had an amazing year and hopefully, 2019 see’s me actually spending more time on my blog.

 

Update!

Hey guys!

I know, I know I haven’t posted in a couple of months I’m sorry! But also how has it been a couple of months? Where has the time gone? But I’ve missed you all so much and this lovely community ❤️

Basically I’ve been so busy with uni and work and life that I’ve struggled to find the motivation to sit and write anything basically! But here’s what I’ve been up to in the last few months!

Things have been great and I’ve been on my first uni teaching placement which was so amazing and I honestly enjoyed it so much and can’t wait for the next 4 years of uni to be over so I can get into a career I actually enjoy!

We’ve also put our names down with a breeder for an Airedale puppy which I’m so excited and if you guys don’t know what sort of dog airedales are have a look they’re so cute! Omg! The breeder isn’t planning for any litters until mid next year, which actually works out so perfect for us because we should’ve been back in our house a for little bit and be more settled and able to give this little puppy all the love and affection it deserves!

We leave for Fiji in just under two weeks, I’m so excited, I’ve so realised how blessed I was in London to be travelling at least once a month and getting away! I don’t know what I’m gonna do after Fiji when I actually have no idea when our next holiday is! But keep posted for updates on that!

And yeah that’s essentially what’s been going on, spending my weekends walking the dog at the beach, enjoying the sunshine and boosting my vitamin D levels after two years in the UK!

Love you all and I promise I’ll be posting more regularly hahah!

Life Updateeee

I’ve been neglecting my lil blog baby as of late, so thought I’d post a little bit about what I’ve been up to because I’ve been a busy bee this weekend sorting out life and my to-do list is as long as my arm but anyway…

Wendy SwiftSo, we’re back in Perth and literally, we’ve been here for 5 days and I have barely had a moment to myself to stop and breathe. About an hour or so after we landed on Friday afternoon, Lachy and I headed off to look at a car and because it was a Friday night and we landed late afternoon and the banks close at 5 and they’re not open weekends we had to take out the money before we left Adelaide which meant I was walking around with probably more cash than I had ever held for hours while boarding, flying and leaving the airport and as someone who misplaces my phone and purse on a regular basis, I was stressing, but all was good, I didn’t lose the money and we ended up buying a cute little Suzuki Swift, which we have named Wendy. She’s a good little car and so nice to drive!

And then really we spent the weekend seeing friends and hanging out with them and whatnot, late nights, early mornings sorting stuff out. I’ve been for two job interviews, one trial (they offered me a job) and I have another job trial tomorrow, but I really think I’ll take the one I went to today but we’ll see!

All the stuff that we shipped from the U.K arrived today so we’ve been sorting through that and organising and unpacking and everything, so it’s actually been quite a productive day! We’ve also joined a gym so I can lose the 20kgs I put on over the two years I lived in London – hopefully, I can sort of lose half in the next 10 weeks before Fiji but we’ll see!

But all in all it’s so nice to be back in Perth, I feel so much more settled already and like our life can relax and we can get into a routine and get back to reality! Uni goes back in two weeks and I’m really trying to enjoy all the downtime I can before I no longer have any!

And yeah that’s what I’ve been doing and why I haven’t been active on here, or very many of my social media!

Malaysia Airlines Review

Hey Guys!

So I recently flew back to Australia from London with Malaysia Airlines, which I for one was incredibly anxious about doing for a few reasons but anyway, I thought I would write a little review on flying with them.

Let’s start with the planes, they were both clean, the seats reclined back a decent amount which is what you want on a 13 hour and 7-hour flights! The first flight from London to Kuala Lumpur left on time, however, the pilot made an announcement letting everyone know that there was a fault with all the toilets on the right-hand side of the plane were out of order and that they were hoping the system would reset itself and they would be able to be used, which from what I could see that happened during the flight and people were eventually able to use those toilets. Another issue we had was the entertainment systems weren’t working until about 40 minutes into the flight after the reset the systems and whatnot to try and get it to work, and thankfully they did otherwise it would’ve been a loooooooooong flight with no entertainment! Not even going to lie, all the system faults that stopped the toilets from unlocking and the entertainment systems from working had me thinking the plane was just gonna fall out the sky and disappear because you know they’ve had that happen before.

About an hour in dinner was served and the food was actually really good, I had the beef curry thing and it was so tasty which is always a good thing on a plane! As far as that trip went that was about it, I literally slept for 9 hours, which for me is literally unheard of but I was able to get comfy and warm with the little pillow and blanket they give you and really had enough room to be able to sleep. About 1.5 hours before landing they wake you for breakfast which was not as good as dinner, they had a choice between shrimp curry which I couldn’t eat because I’m allergic or eggs and I hate eggs so much, but I went with the eggs and just ate the potato hash brown thingy and the yoghurt and whatnot that came with it but really I was still hungry but oh well!

Our plane landed on time which left us with a 4 hour stopover in Kuala Lumpar airport, our next flight left from the same terminal we landed in so we didn’t have any rush or anything. We spent our time getting a massage in the wellness spa and having some food and drinks, just nice and relaxing before our next flight.

Our flight from KL to Adelaide was delayed 40 mins and once we’d gotten on the plane the pilot made an annoucement that we would be delayed further because we were waiting on about 40 passengers from a delayed connecting flight which ended up having us sitting on the tarmac for about another hour before we ended up taking off. I found the staff on this flight slighter ruder but oh well. Again about an hour in the dinner was served to my disappointment the food was different this time and I got the chicken which when I opened it, it was not something I would like so thankfully my boyfriend swapped his meatballs which me, which were actually pretty yummy! I found it harder to sleep on this plane, mostly because the lady behind me keep pushing my seat up which was just the worst, so I ended up just binge watching The Big Bang Theory – I think the most annoying thing about the entertainment on the Malaysia Airlines planes was the they didn’t have an entire series on there so you would get to a certain point and not be able to continue BUT there were a huge range of movies and whatnot. Again about 1.5 hours before landing we were woken for a snack, not really a breakfast, which was a little chicken pie thing, again not something I would eat so my boyfriend ate mine! I also made the mistake of getting a coffee which tasted slightly of mould? or dust? I dunno just wasn’t any good!

So overall, Malaysia Airlines wasn’t the worst airline to fly with for a long haul flight and I probably would fly with them again if like this time they we’re a crazy amount cheaper than any other airline, but they wouldn’t be my frist choice.

Ratings:

Plane: 7/10

Food: 6/10

Staff: 7/10

Entertainment: 8/10

Malaysia Airlines

11 of My Must Read Books

Hey Guys!

I know my posts haven’t been super well thought out and planned out and in-depth but honestly I’m back at home, I see my family like once every two years so I’m literally just hanging out and enjoying my time home. I’ll be back in Perth in 2 weeks and back to reality and I should actually have the time to sit down an actually type a proper post out – I have so many planned about this holiday and about everything else in life! But for now here’s another quick post on 11 books I think everyone should read!

  1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman (This book is so good, it makes you think about what people may or may not have gone through and that it’s important to have good people in your life)
  2. Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell
  3. A Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood
  4. Gone Girl –  Gillian Flynn
  5. The Harry Potter Series – Jk Rowling
  6. The Tenth Circle – Jodi Picoult (I was obsessed with this book as a teenager, it’s so sad and really makes you think)
  7. Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur (A book of poems, but like they’re all amazing and relevant to today’s life)
  8. Elena Vanishing – Elena and Clare B. Dunkle (Guys this one is pretty intense, it’s a memoir from a girl who suffered from anorexia and her journey with the disease)
  9. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
  10. The Pact – Jodi Picoult
  11. Pride and Prejudice –  Jane Austin

These books have gotten me through so much, I could read them 1000 times and never get bored. Everyone should read these all at least once in their life.

 

 

July Goals

Hey Guys,

Somehow, its here July is pretty much here, how? what? when? I’m back in Australia? It feels like only yesterday this was still 6 months away and I was still planning our way back here? but no I am back and my holiday is over and it’s back to reality so I thought it would be a good idea to write a post about my goals for this month!

  1. Join a gym and get back into my fitness and begin the journey to lose the 20kgs I put on over my two years in London!
  2. Find a job!
  3. Set up a study and get uni stuff sorted!
  4. Get 600 views on my blog
  5. Reach 1000 followers on Twitter
  6. Reach 600 followers on Instagram
  7. Post daily on Instagram
  8. Set up a proper blogging calendar/planner
  9. Reach 200 blog followers
  10. Join a social form of exercise like a martial arts class or something.

And those are 10 goals for both myself and my blog I would like to reach this month! I’m so excited to be back in Aus and feel settled in life!

What are your goals for July? Lemme know in the comments x

What’s In My Carry On – Long Haul Flight…

Alright guys,  were at that time, its time for me to head back to Australia! Which is all very exciting, but does require 22 hours of flying!

I use the same carry on bag no matter how long the flight I am taking is, I just find its the perfect size, you can fit everything in it without putting too much in it if that makes any sense. I like using a backpack as my carry on instead of a smaller luggage bag or handbag purely because is so much easier to walk through a crowded airport with and it leaves you with both of your hands free.

I like to keep things in my carry on that I really couldn’t afford to lose or go without if, for example, my checked luggage went missing. I also like to take things that will obviously make the flight a lot more pleasant and enjoyable!

Whats in my bag:

  • Laptop
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Charging cables for electronics
  • Kindle/Book (I have been travelling with a Kindle lately just because it’s so much easier space wise)
  • Passport
  • Chewing gum/mints
  • A change of clothes! (I always like to dress comfortably getting on to a flight, so I’ll always pack something more presentable to change into before landing)
  • Skincare (Nothing like recycled plane air to dry your skin out):
    – Makeup wipes (I take either the Simple Quick Fix wipes or Neutrogena)
    – Hydrating sheet masks (sheet masks are great because they don’t require you to wash them off)
    – Brightening eye masks or a caffeinated eye serum ( none likes landing and looking like a zombie!)
    – Hand Cream
    – Lip Balm
    – Hand Sanitizer
    – Concealer + pressed powder ( I am not someone who feels comfortable travelling for long hours with a face of makeup so I tend to go barefaced and add just a little concealer and pressed powder before landing to make myself look a little more human)
    – Deodorant!
  • My own water bottle (ask an air steward to fill it up and I find it easier to stay hydrated!)
  • A pen! (I seem to always have one but they’re super handy on flights just in case you need to fill in any paperwork)
  • Painkillers (in case I start to feel a headache coming on)
  • Comfy socks
  • Headphones – I like to have both over-ear headphones for just general listening but I do find them quite uncomfortable to sleep in so I always have a pair of in-ear headphones (generally just the earphones that come with my iPhone)
  • Neck Pillow

And that is essentially what I have packed in my carry on for a long haul flight!

 

If you’re only fly a short haul flight then check out my post on What’s in My Carry On – Short Haul Flights!

A-Z About Me!

Hey Guys!

Just quickly, this week is a super busy week for me, we’ve got 3 flights at the end of the week, 2 of which are long haul (heading back to Aus omg) and so I have a couple of quick posts going up this week but hopefully should be back to posting better quality content next week!

Anyway, I saw Steph from Steff’s Journey do this and I loved reading hers and thought it was such a good idea so I wanted to do one myself!

A  is for adventure, I love going away and travelling and any new adventures!

B is for Breakfast at Tiffany’s which is my all time favourite movie!

C is for coffee, I literally live for coffee, honestly can’t begin to human and function until I’ve had my coffee.

D is for dogs, I love dogs, I can’t wait to get back to Aus and into our own house so we can get a puppy

E is for eating, I honestly love eating, food is life

F is for friendship, friends are so important to me, I’ve spent the last two year’s away from my closest friends and it has been really hard on me.

G is for gin, gin is love, gin is life.

H is for home, I am so excited for my boyfriend and I to move back into our house and to be able to decorate and just have our own space. One year until we can.

I is for Italy, my all time favourite country, I could spend forever in Italy.

J is for Jodi Picolt, who is the author of one of my favourite books “The Tenth Circle”

K is for KFC, which is my favourite fast food chain oops

L is for Lachlan, which is my boyfriend and one of the most amazing human beings.

M is for my mum, who has literally done so much for me and is such a strong and inspiring woman, I am so lucky to have her.

N is for New York, probably my most dreamed about holiday destination.

O is for Organisation, because nothing makes me happier than being organised, having a place for everything.

P is for planning, my other hobby I suppose.. I love planners, and also the whole planning community, everything is so pretty and neat and organised and it makes me happy.

Q is for quiz nights, I love going to quiz nights at pubs, it’s honestly so much fun and I’m super competitive.

R is for reading! I love reading, sitting down to relax and delve into a whole different world.

S is for sunflowers, which are literally my favourite flowers.

T is for tattoos, I have 3 ( a love heart which my friend drew, an arrow which my other friend tattooed on me and a little cute sun!) and plans to get two more (a little wine glass on my ankle and a sunflower on my thighs to cover my self-harm scars)

U is for university, I am going back to uni at the end of July after being away for 2 years, I am so excited!

V is for Video Killed the Radio Star – because what the hell starts with V and it’s a solid song

W is for whales, which are actually my favourite animals! I literally love them, they make me so happy.

X is for xylophone, again what starts with x – I did learn this in school so I guess like I’ve played this before.

Y is for yellow, which is my favourite colour, probably has something to do with sunflowers being my fave flower hahah

Z is for Zebra, which is my second favourite African animal – the Giraffe is better but again I needed something for Z! hahahah

Umm so this was harder than I thought it would be oops..

23 Things I’ve Learnt in 23 Years.

Hey Guys!

Today is my 23rd birthday, kind of relishing in the fact it’s my 23rd birthday on the 23rd date, oh and you know, I’m also in Barcelona! Well I mean technically I’m on my way from Barcelona to Sevillie but, anyway, I’m in Spain. I wanted to do a special post today, 23 things I’ve learnt in 23 years! Here goes!

  1. It’s okay to make mistakes, even huge monumental, life-changing ones! I’ve made so many huge mistakes in my life, but I honestly would not be in the relationship I am, with the life that I have, if I hadn’t made those mistakes!
  2. Don’t take your friendships for granted. I spent the last two years on the other side of the world to all my friends but one and it has been so hard not having those friends close by. Probably the hardest thing about living in London.
  3. No relationship is perfect! Relationships are work, you have to constantly communicate and the moment you stop talking things go wrong.
  4. Travel as much as you can!
  5. Take risks, it’s okay if things don’t work out 100% like you wanted!
  6. Eat what you want and be happy, your self-worth isn’t based on a number on a scale as long as you’re healthy and happy that’s all that matters.
  7. Love wholeheartedly, don’t be scared of getting hurt.
  8. You don’t have to be friends with someone who you don’t want to.
  9. Always stop to appreciate the beauty around you – literally stop to smell the flowers, stare at the sky, enjoy nature it’s beautiful
  10. Drink water, all of the water
  11. A good skincare routine will change your life
  12. Invest in good olive oil, it’ll change your life
  13. Avoid touristy areas when travelling when eating, stick to side streets and away from the centre, the food will be better and cheaper!
  14. Always be nice to the people serving you
  15. Never settle for anything that doesn’t make you happy
  16. Set a budget for your travels and then add another couple of thousand, enjoy your holiday and indulge, so you’re left with no regrets – but don’t put it on credit always have the cash in hand!
  17. Appreciate your parents, they worked so hard to give you everything in life.
  18. Always work your hardest, even if you hate your job, you never know when you’re gonna need to ask something of an old boss or colleague!
  19. Alway’s say thank you – manners are so important
  20. Take all the photos, ask for people to take photos of you, take selfies! Memories are everything!
  21. Planning is important, but also life changes unexpectedly – one moment you could be planning to finish uni and apply for medical school and the next minute you’re moving overseas for two years, things change, embrace it!
  22.  If you don’t want to drink on a night out, don’t
  23. Live your life exactly how you want! It’s your life don’t let someone else dictate how you live your own life!

Top 10 Movies That Never Fail to Cheer Me Up!

Hey Guys,

Just a quick post today, do you have those movies that you put on when you’re feeling a little bit down? I know I do and I thought I’d make a lil list for you guys! Let me know in the comments what movies you guys always watch when you’re feeling a down and I’ll suss them out!

  1. Breakfast At Tiffanys
  2. Pride and Prejudice (the 2005 version with Kiera Knightly)
  3. Finding Dory
  4. The Greatest Showman
  5. Bad Neighbours
  6. The Simpsons Movie
  7. Frozen
  8. High School Musical 1,2&3
  9. Mean Girls
  10. Shrek 2

And those are just 10 of the movies that literally never fail to cheer me up!

See ya next time guys xxx