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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.

Today:
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:
Evernote
Werdsmith

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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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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Living proof haircare
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Madewell vintage hair accessory
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Ben Amun crystal hair accessory
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NARS Cosmetics lips makeup
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12 Great Ideas for New Year party

12 great ideas for new year party by Adore Re Mi

I love looking through party ideas on Pinterest, especially when bloggers make such an effort to make their photographic tutorials look good. I have sourced 12 great ideas for NEW YEAR party from Pinterest from decoration to make-up, for adults and kids. You can use many of these ideas for other special occasions too.
Hope you get some inspiration here for your party or BBQ.

 

NY party favors New Year party favours bags can be filled with inspirational quotes, Panadol, mints (bad alcohol breath is blah), or sweets to increase the energy for 10 min then crash on the sofa. For your best friends, earrings, mints, Panadol and a lotto scratchy to share of course.  Source: Oh So Beautiful Paper with printable gift tags.

NY streamers You can't pass a Martha Stewart creation from her website. I like this one, it's simple and uncluttered, great for last-minute preparations. The best part is the backdrop streamers. You can buy all materials from an art/craft store. Tip: Easier option is to use large round stickers (colour is your choice) and string. Stick two round stickers together with the string through the middle and hang from the ceiling or wall.

Good fortune favors Even if you don't eat the cookie (I always do), we all still love to crack a fortune cookie and read our fortune messages out to each other. So these New Year party favours are great and easy to assemble. You can buy fortune cookies from your supermarkets and some even sell clear bags in the party isle, otherwise buy the bags from the craft shop. Source: No Biggie.net with printable gift tags.

NY eve-Midnight Clocks Another from No Biggie, New Year Eve- Midnight Clocks. These are printable and you can use the clocks as cupcake toppers, table decorations, wall garland or attached to the party favour bags.

Champagne EtoileIt's time for a drink! I love a simple and delicious recipe . This one is from Coco + Kelley Lovely photographs too.  For more champagne cocktail recipes click here

champagne shimmer I always love to dress up for New Year parties. If it is a casual one, you can still add some glamour to your outfit with a soft shimmery eye make up. The colour shown above is great for dark eyes. Tip: Use a coppery colour if you have lighter coloured eyes, especially blue as it makes the colour stand out. Source: Lulu's How-To   NY party outfit This Polyvore outfit is great for everyone. You just adjust it to your size and body shape. If you are voluptuous, wear comfortable tight jeans with a long glittery top. If you don't like denim, wear a skirt or lighter coloured pants; if you don't like it, wear a LBD with a sequined jacket. As for the shoes, no limey the heels? Wear sparkly sandals or flats.

NY back drop As I inspected this picture closely, I noticed Christmas baubles being used. Love it! Use thick ribbon from the $2 shop, hook the baubles on and stick it to your wall. Tip: If you don't have brown wrapping paper to write a message on, use any left over wrapping paper, turn it over to the blank side and write your message. A great last-minute idea! Found on Lowes.com

Healthier option So you're not into sparkles and glittery things. Add some colour then. Here is a great idea for the healthy party people, in fact I prefer to crunch on this than chips. To see the whole table display, click on Pop Sugar I used this idea for my daughter's 2nd birthday and it was eaten within minutes. Tip: Display an assortment of veggies in a shot glass (or plastic found on your supermarket party isle) as individual serves.

Bow napkinsSimple and easy bow napkins wrapped around the cutlery. You can use wash/craft tape or ribbon as shown in the above picture. Found in Pinterest.

NY Eve kids treatsWe can't forget the kids! For the bigger kids who can stay up late, a milk and cookies toast in a fancy glass makes them feel special.

SquishycutedesignsWant to have 5 minutes without the kids (because their concentration span is short!) Download colouring pages from Squishy Cute Designs. So many to choose from.

Need more inspiration? Click here and here

To all my followers and visitors from around the world, have a wonderful start to 2015. I can't believe I'm typing 2-0-1-5!
Don't forget to call friends or family members who may not be amongst friends or family. While we are celebrating, some are alone this time of year and a phone call is what it takes to make them smile.
I have lots planned for ADORE RE MI in the new year: my pregnancy, motherhood advice post from other mums, birthdays, inspirational ideas and of course my favourite- Flashback Friday. I leave you with this final thought...

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Guest blogger: My2morrows

I have a wonderful guest blogger to introduce- Shannon from My2morrows.

My2morrows

I first met Shannon at the Clever Cookie School of Blog this September and got to meet personally at our blog graduation high noon tea. We connected straight away and even though we didn't chat as much as we wanted on the day, we stayed on as friends through the blog community.

About Shannon: She is a proud wife to an inspiring man and mum to two adorable kids. Loves tea (cheers to that) and is an animal lover. She writes about life, family and music. I love her Love Want Need lists.

Shannon from My2morrows blog

I asked Shannon some questions ...

1. What inspired you to start your blog journey?

I started getting into blogs firstly as a reader, 5 years ago while I was on maternity leave with my first bub and loved the sense of community they created. My inspiration to start my own blog was the talented Chantelle from Fat mum slim via her ‘Letters to Lacey’. http://fatmumslim.com.au/category/letters-to-lacey/

I’d read them in tears, they were so beautifully written and I loved the idea of having those precious memories documented. It took me 5 years to work up the courage to actually publish my first post. Life happened, 2 babies in 2 years went by in the blink of an eye, and it was only after signing up to the Clever Cookie School of Blog after a few wines one night that I actually got serious about it and thought right… now is the time! my2morrows is a mix of kid stuff, my ‘love want need’ series and just life.

 

2. What's your favourite post that you've written?

Probably this one: The Circle of Life Part 2: Maddi's Daddy. Although it was hard to write, it was kinda healing too! http://my2morrows.com/2014/11/02/the-circle-of-life-part-2-maddis-daddy-2/
3. Give us a little about your background?

I'm a country girl in a city world! I was born and raised in coastal country South Australia and moved to the big smoke (Adelaide) after high school to study Marketing at Uni. After graduating I spent the year 2000 in the USA, travelling and working at a summer camp in Maine teaching sailing and kayaking. When I returned to Australia I moved to Sydney, got a job, met my now hubby and have called Sydney home for 14 years now. I've worked in a few different marketing/sponsorship/media roles, mostly in the Corporate world and these days I work part time in Marketing, spending as much time as I can with my2morrows.

 

4. What are three things you cannot live without?

My Family

Avocados

Organic Paw Paw ointment
5. Five famous people you would invite for dinner (deceased or/and alive).

Prince William & Kate - they just seem so down to earth and lovely

Prince Harry - cause he's the fun one!

Ryan Gosling - no words required

Dave Grohl from The Foo Fighters - cause I love a good Rock N Roll story and I'm sure he'd have a few
6. Most inspiring person.

My husband. He has a vision condition and is actually legally blind, yet he has such a positive outlook on life and works so hard for his family.

7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?

Besides beautiful Sydney... probably Hawaii. There's just something about the Aloha way of life.

8. What is one tradition your family has at Christmas?

We LOVE Christmas and every year my husband and I watch as many Christmas Movies as we can in the lead up to the big day. Our faves would be The classic Miracle on 34th Street, Love Actually and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

Now that we have little people, we've just started the Elf on the Shelf family tradition... so much fun. Our Elf, ‘Jingle’ is getting up to all kinds of mischief. We only have such a limited time until the kids find out the truth about Santa so we're making the most of this magical time!

9. What's on your Christmas list?

Oh so many things... just see my ‘Love Want Need’ series http://my2morrows.com/category/love-want-need/ but if I had to pick one thing... I'd say The Olympus OMD-D EM10 camera. It had me at 'built in Wifi'.

 

Shannon I totally agree on the Olympus camera. It's a want list for me too! And I'm a big fan of Dave Grohl too.

Make sure you pop over and check out My2morrows. Check out her Facebook page too.

Gift Wrapping Mood-board

When I peek through Pinterest, I go paper crazy with all the beautiful ways to wrap. So instead of showing you more gift wrapping ideas, I thought you can get the inspiration through the gift wrapping mood-boards I created.

I'm a traditional girl at heart and although red, green, gold and silver are the Christmas colours, I love seeing other colours used. So take a peek below...

apricot, aqua and black via Adore Re MiApricot, aqua blue and black.

mint, bronze and pink via Adore Re MiMint green, bronze and rose pink.

vintage bright via Adore Re MiRetro/vintage brights for male and female.

Nipon girlSoft pastels and neon brights.

soft pink, silver and mint green via Adore Re Mi

Pink, metallic and white or cream.

retro bright via Adore Re Mi

Retro pop.

colour me happy via Adore Re Mi

Colour me happy.

chroma city via Adore Re MiChroma city. Popping 80's.

Christmas BrightChristmas bright!

I always buy rolls of  brown/craft and plain white paper. Use a thicker paper, it's so much easier to wrap with. You can find ribbons from the $2 shop or the art/craft supply, wash/craft tape from the craft/paper supplies shop. Have fun!

Designed and photographed by Adore Re Mi.

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