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Flashback Friday- Australia Day Special

Year 2006.

My Flashback Friday Australia Day Special is an up-beat dance group-  Sneaky Sound System. Formed in 2001, it wasn't until 2004, vocalist Connie Mitchell joined the group with Black Angus.

Today's song is Pictures from their album UFO. Click here to listen and watch the video clip

Don't forget my Aussie Day playlist from my recent post Australia Day playlist & party ideas. Click here to listen.
Note: Joining up to Spotify is easy and free. You can find my playlist via slapmypony.

Sneaky Sound System, Pictures

Happy Australia Day to everyone around the world.

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Australia Day playlist and party ideas.

Australia Day playlist & party ideas


26th of January is Australia Day. The first arrival of the first fleet from Great Britain commanded by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788.

Today, we celebrate our diverse culture, our environment, music and sports along with many other Aussie achievements. What makes the day more Aussie is getting together over a BBQ or alfresco lunch (eating outdoors) with all your friends or as we say 'mates'.
So today's post I have compiled a list of Aussie songs for you to compliment your get together. I have:

  • Sia
  • Big Pig
  • The Temper Trap
  • Boom Crash Opera
  • Screaming Jets
  • Diesel
  • Cut Copy and many, many more.

A mixing bowl of Aussie artist you may forgotten from the past to the contemporary . How do you get to my song list is by clicking here or here
(Note: you need to join up with Spotify. It's free and easy to follow so you can find my hit list.)



Now for the fun BBQ/party ideas and beautiful inspiring Aussie photos:

Max Dupain, Sunbaker

The famous Aussie 1937 photo by Max Dupain, The Sunbaker.

Cameron Herweynen

This beautiful portrait of an aboriginal child is taken by Cameron Herweynen.

aust-day-collage-2Love this setting. Alfresco dining a la Australian way. Styling by Karen Locke, Photo credit by Creative Image. More pics to come...

The Design Files:Katie QuinnYou can't beat an ice-cold drink. via The Design Files, Katie Quinn.

Lamb rolls with tzatzikiLamb chops, lamb sausages how about minced lamb rolls (Greek koftas) with tzatziki. Mouth watering! via SBS

australiaday_party_065Another photo from stylist Karen Locke. This setting has the old Australian country charm.

Chris HemsworthWhoops! How did this photo get here? Happy Australia Day Chris.

australiaday_party_085Anzac biscuits and a cuppa of Bushells tea. You can't get more aussie than that. Honoury mentions to Tim Tams and Iced Vovos. Stylist Karen Locke. For more of Karen's beautiful styling work click here.

mini_pavlovas2Easy to make pavola with blueberries and pomangrant. Love this vibrant colours of blue, red and white. via A Sweet Muddle site full of beautiful food photography.

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 4.56.10 pmAnother pavola creation and this one will impress your guests. Via A Little Delightful

Summer cocktail via Table For TwoAnd lastly, we can't forget a summery drink. This one is delish, find the recipe on Table for Two

For the kids:

Gold & Green fruit skewers Kids love fruit in summer. Gold and green skewers, freeze them to make it extra cold. Found on Pinterest.

Australia Day masksI love this candid photo of the children wearing these Australia Day masks, (it looks easy to make you need: foam, felt or thick cardboard for the mask, felt for the noses and to finish off, cotton wool and feathers and elastic. Supplies via your local craft shop.) photo credit The Woman's Day. It reminds me of this..

May GibbsWattle babies by May Gibbs (1877-1969). Australia's famous illustrator from her book- The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

Sugarland cupcakesAren't these adorable by Sugarland Cupcakes. I couldn't eat one, too precious!

 To print out Australia Day colouring sheets click here. Lots to choose from for a bit of quiet time.

That is all from me. Happy Australia Day to everyone around the world. Don't forget my Aussie Day song list to play!

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Why I blog and how it started.

Why I blog & How it started via Adore Re Mi


Note: I am not a professional blogger (I am slowly working towards it) and the advice I am giving is from my experience. It's about why I blog, which blog school I been with, what I've learned and done so far. Just happy to share my blog love to you.

The very beginning:
Early 2013, I started out with Pip Lincolne's Just B Blog School. Pip is Australia's craft queen of Meet Me at Mikes and has written successful & inspiring books. When Pip started #amonthof during the blog school, I joined in the fun following the daily photographic prompts. I stayed on for months seeking inspirations to take my daily photos, here I decided my blog can be a place to showcase my photos but being a perfectionists I wanted to take better photos and improve my skills. Pip has a in-depth blog school on her Meet Me At Mike's website but if you want to start from the beginning, check out Just B Blog School. Pip is awesome!

All in the name:
During this time I played with my favourite words using a mind map and finally chose the name Adore Re Mi by mixing up words together, the song do re mi is from my favourite movie Sound Of Music and 'adore' is from the love of the french language (I can speak Spanish and learning french is on my bucket list.)
My blog stayed on untouched for a long time as I was nervous to write or know what 'niche' I belonged to, all excuses to not blog! it was a matter of doing some research from the web.  Finally my blog went live, no longer on the private setting (WordPress) with lots of hesitations and nerves I did it! Looking back I think opening a business is more nerve-racking than a blog!

Diving in the deep end:
Later 2013, I joined another blog school Blogging Your Way by German blogger extraordinaire Holly Becker from Decor8. Her husband and the team were brilliant teaching us from technical to photography. I learnt so much understanding still photography which gave me a purpose to photograph for my blog and Instagram. I did feel a little out of my league being amongst some advanced bloggers from around the world even though I wasn't the only novice blogger, I did finish up with lots of valuable information that's for sure!
I will definitely do another blog school course with Holly.

So ready for this!
When I heard of homegrown Aussie gal Fat Mum Slim's #fmsphotoaday challenge during 2013, I thought (after a long photo-a-day break) I'm going to get back into playing with my DSRL camera.
The FMS group have ah-mazing photos and it made me step up my photo taking skills (thanks to my wonderful friends, I'm doing a part-time online photography course.) I also started to follow Fat Mum Slim's blog, I was and still am smittened with Instagram photos and posts.

So when she introduced her new project in 2014- Clever Cookie School of Blog, I was going to join no matter what. FMS Chantelle Ellem and amazing photographer Rowe Timson are fantastic teachers along with their special guests, were not afraid to share their knowledge and expertise. What made this bloggy group a little different from the rest was it became a close-knit group, no question was too silly to ask  and was answered by the mentors and students. Everyone was supportive of each other and we still continue our friendship on the Facebook forum. We even met up when the course finished, click here to see how it went.

Now that the year has clicked on 2015 with my blog up and running (with lots of tweaking to do! That list will never end); I want to plan and be more organised, especially when baby No2 is due in 3 months. I chose the old fashion way of pen and paper (I love shopping in a stationary or office store, I light up like a kid in a candy store.)
I didn't want to spend $$ on a planner so I went with the free option. I found about 3 blog planners site from Pinterest and I decided to go with Lambert's Lately. I loved Leslie's colourful design and it contains everything a blogger needs. I used my home printer + $6.50 for binding. Tip: You can save more if you download the printable pages on to a USB and take it to your office supplier and get it binded on the same day. While your there, get some page divider if you can't be bother to create your own.
The planner is an A4 size and has about 120 pages. I wouldn't need to carry it with me as I would use it strictly at home. When I'm out and about I rather use a notebook to write down ideas or my iPhone. Tip: A lesson I learnt from a blogger expert who loves pen and paper is to keep the information separate, one for personal, one for your blog ideas and a notebook to keep in your bag to write down notes. You would hate to lose your book of bloggy ideas. For the techie users, back it up! If you lose your phone, you have it saved on your hard drive.

Have a look at the result.



Plan and get organise for the year via Adore Re Mi

No more messy scribbling and overloading my personal diary. It's already filled with baby stuff and lists. Notebook from Kikki-K, diary from Typo, craft tape from Little Paper Lane.

Binding your planner via Adore Re Mi

Clear perspex to protect the cover from spills. There are plenty of this with a inquisitive 3-year-old.

Insight look of the binded planner/ Adore Re Mi

Insight look of the planner.

Craft tape as page dividers/ Adore Re Mi

To divide the sections, I used washi tape and labeled each section for quick reference. You can buy page/folder dividers from your local office suppliers.

Planner notebook binded and ready to use/ Adore Re Mi

The final result.

Now if you want your planner online via Google sheets check out
Mom's Small Victories

Apps worth checking out:

For more bloggy information click here and here

Q to you:
Whether you're a blogger or not, are you an electronics or paper planner? What tools do you use e.g which apps help you or best notebook/planner to use? Love to know your personal choices..

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Flashback Friday

Year 1986.

Another summer song would have been good, but I got to keep my Flashback Friday unpredictable. I love music , the ones that take you to a memory that could have been faded out. This is why I love music so much, it reminds you of the good, bad and the heartbreaking times. It can transform you to become a singer while you clean your home, a rocker while you wait for the bus or a bad-ass rapper walking down the street to corner store. It's all good feelings from a single song your listening.

Today's classic 80's song is a rendition from the original The Supreme's version, You Keep Me Hangin' On. Kim Wilde and her music produce brother hadn't heard much of the original song and re-create it to a pop/hi-NRG song which peaked in Australia and the U.S & No 3 in her native homeland U.K . I remember this too well, watching it on Video Hits.

Artist: Kim Wilde
Song: You Keep Me Hangin' On
Album: Another Step

Click here to listen

Kim Wilde, You Keep Me Hangin' On

Sexy Hair Styles

So it's the new year and you want to get organise, get healthy and perhaps do sometime new to yourself. Manicures and pedicures are great to polish off your look, but what about hair? Maybe a sexy hair style mightn't  been thought about.
Now you don't need to go for the big chop, perm or major colour change; long or short lengths, you can style it by teasing your hair and gently pulling it back to a ponytail or bun/knot & don't forget to hairspray it to keep it in place. Why not give the ironing tongs a workout? Great if you want to keep it simple with a polished look by smoothing it out or messy with waves by curling it (you can You Tube or even better, ask your hairdresser for a mini tutor, shouldn't be extra cost).
A fringe is effective if you're willing enough. Blunt fringes might be a little extra work in summer, best when the season gets cooler as your hair doesn't get too greasy (bobby pins can be a solution.) or have it swept to the side  if you not ready for a blunt look.
And lastly the accessories-  hair clips, hair bands or different colour bobby pins as seen below can make it interesting and great way to hide any bumps or hold it in place. Best time to work on your hair is planning ahead, make an appointment with a recommended stylist or do a-do under pressure so you don't over-work on your hair as much. Have a go!
For more inspirations for short, long hair styles and makeup click here
  Sexy hair styles

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Flashback Friday

Welcome back to my first Friday at Adore Re Mi. Hope you all had a lovely, relaxing or rockin' Christmas and New Year.

Year 1999

My first flashback song of the year is ideal for summer and in Australia, we are having a very hot one. It is:
Smooth by Santana ft Rob Thomas (click to listen and watch the clip) Album: Supernatural,  Cover Design:

Smooth is sung and written by Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty. He wrote the song to his wife Marisol- how romantic! If you listen to the first verse of the song, you can imagine what Aussies are going through.

Who is Santana? Mexican born Carlos Santana started out with his band in San Francisco in 1967 as a latin rock band. When he was young his greatest influence was rock n roll legend Ritchie Valens (La Bamba) who was one of the few who played rock in his time.
Santana is a one of the best guitarist of his time and got to play at Woodstock Festival in 1969 (one place I would travel back in time for) where he received international recognition. He broke the main stream of the latino music from more traditional latino music to rock latino as the people in the 60's were becoming more liberated from the oppression.
Today at age 67, he is still an active musician who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998, the year before he won 9 Grammy awards with his album Supernatural.

Santana, Supernatural

Enjoy your weekend! blog signature