Life Lately {April ’16}

I have been slacking pretty hard on the blog front lately, I’m sorry. The first week back at school, finding a place to live, growing a human and lots of other little things have pretty much dominated my spare time these past two weeks.

So this is what’s been going on with us lately…


I crossed something off my 30 Before 30 list over the school holidays! I was hoping to check off more than one thing, but hey it’s a start. Emily Anne, Jillian and I spent a sunny Wednesday morning stand up paddle boarding on the Tweed Heads River an hour and a half away. Continue reading

Life Lately

Life lately has been a whirlwind, but it has been crazy in the best way possible.

When I last left off with real time events, our friend Sean was in town and I was busy showing him around and touring Australia.

After that, we attended my friend Monique’s wedding where we were classy as usual in the photo booth…

I might need to rethink our Christmas card options. #jaydenlovesmonique

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Life Lately & An Aussie Blogger Giveaway!

I am always a little behind real life time on the blog. Over the past week and a half I have been recapping our fabulous wine country weekend, but that was actually almost a month ago. These past few weeks we have been laying low and staying local in anticipation for lots of travel (and visitors) to come in the next few weeks. Here’s a peak into our life lately…

Exploring what our neighborhood has to offer, like this free photography exhibit!


Brunching at yummy local cafes… falafel eggs anyone?


Enjoying this gorgeous weather, it’s been sunny and 70’s during the day and absolutely wonderful.


Lunching with the lazy ladies. Unfortunately I am beginning to work every day lately so these are few and far between now.

Travis saw Hulk Hogan on TV the other night, got really excited and immediately ordered these… his inner 10 year old is jumping for joy right now.

IMG_2116 Part of enjoying the pretty weather, we have gone hiking the past two weekends…

The first was a little more extreme than we anticipated with super steep climbs (think rock climbing without a rope) and grass that was taller than us.

DSC_0083Last Saturday’s hike was a little more our speed and had the best view at the end. I will be writing more on both of those later…

Back to real time- I am heading out bright and early tomorrow morning to meet my mother and sister in law in Sydney for a few days. Then we will back in Brisbane a few days followed by trips to Cairns and New Zealand. Busy, busy, busy!

NOW for the exciting news!

TUMBLRlogoI am linking up with some of my favorite Aussie bloggers for a fun giveaway. We all take sooo many pictures these days but how many of those even make it out of your phone/camera let alone on your walls? Today we are giving away a custom watercolor (painted from YOUR photograph) by Jason from This Painted Life. He makes watercolors of people’s homes, families or any other special memory. You send him the picture, he paints it and it is delivered to your doorstep no matter where you live in the world! Check out some of his work…



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