Love: A Beautiful Dress

One beautiful dress says it all for Fashion Friday this week…

– Portmans Mirrored Tropical Print Dress in multi ($99.95) –

What do you think?


Love: TED Video to Share

I have the TED app in my iPad and often sit and watch the various talks. They can come in handy with my classroom teaching or they can just hit a nerve with me – that’s what this one has done…

It’s a twenty-minute talk, but well worth it.

(just click on the link below)

Ted Video

What do you think?

Love: Question of the Week

This week’s question follows a conversation I had with my dear friend Holly. She is environmentally conscious and although she is not ‘in your face’ with her opinions, she feels vert strongly about people carelessly wasting our precious resources. I am with her on this, as I’m sure many of you out there are! It’s almost embedded in our society that it is unacceptable to waste water, or energy…or anything! The strange thing is, she seems to keep coming across people who behave carelessly with some of these resources. This leads me to this week’s question…

Is it ok, when visiting a friend’s house, to turn off their lights…in rooms where they are not being used? Or is this a tad too pushy?


So…is it???

Bake: Quick Mix Chocolate Slice

Low fat….hmmmm….I’m sure Michelle Bridges wouldn’t agree, but it makes you feel better when you have a little nibble, doesn’t it?

I have a really cute recipe collection book that is basically a lined notebook with dividers for pastas, soups, sweets and so on that I have been adding to over the years with smaller-sized cut-outs from magazines. When I’m settled into my new house, I aim to set myself a goal to cook everything that’s in it, as they are ALL recipes I like the look of…A LOT! Today’s recipe is taken from this book and I can quite safely say that it’s one of the easiest and yummiest recipes I’ve made for a while! Honest…

– My recipe collection –

The recipe is so old school that I couldn’t even find a link for it online, so here it is. (It was from an old issue of Super Food Ideas magazine).

Quick Mix Chocolate Slice

(Makes 18 pieces)

1/2 cup olive oil

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 cup self-raising flour, sifted

1/2 cup desiccated coconut


1 cup icing sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 tablespoons boiling water.

1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line a 3cm deep, 26cm x 16cm (base) lamington pan.

2. Place oil, sugar and cocoa into a saucepan over low heat. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until cocoa dissolves and mixture is warm. Transfer to a bowl. Allow to cool for 3 minutes.

3. Add egg and vanilla to oil mixture. Mix well. Add flour and coconut. Mix until well combined. Spread mixture over base of prepared lamington pan. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean.

4. Make icing – combine icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl. Add water. Stir until smooth. Spread icing over warm slice. Allow to cool completely. Cut into squares to serve.

See…SUPER easy!

– Melting pot of yumminess –


– Easy mixing –

– Baked –

– Iced –

– Served with cream…low fat no more! –

So, are you game to try this one out? Do you truly believe it’s low-fat? and super easy?

Love: An Old Music Flame – Alex Lloyd

I know Alex Lloyd is not a new artist or anything, but I wanted to blog about him because he is one of few artists that I often re-visit in my listening collection. The other day I heard one of his songs whilst walking along Southbank in Melbourne (yes, they are playing music aloud there for the public’s listening pleasure). When I heard this track, it inspired me to re-listen to his albums in my Itunes collection – I have three of his albums.

– ‘Watching Angels Mend’ was the first Alex Lloyd album I ever owned –

My faves on this album are ‘Everybody’s Laughing’ and I just LOVE the track ‘Bus Ride’.

– ‘Black The Sun’ was the next one I owned…not my favourite of them all –

– ‘Alex Lloyd’, the third album I own….and definitely my favourite….so far! –

My faves on this album are ‘Brand New Day’ and ‘Never Meant to Fail’. Alex Lloyd has such an easy-listening sound and the lyrics aren’t too mushy and easy to sing along with. It’s great driving music!

I have my eye on another of his albums that I will be purchasing in the next little while. It is one that he released in 2003 titled, ‘Distant Light’.

– ‘Distant Light’; On my ‘to buy’ list –

Have you heard much Alex Lloyd? Are you a fan? Or nope?



Love: Three Things

Loving very,very much…


– Evie’s love of reading books…it’s so much fun reading with her throughout each day –


– The funny birthday card I found for Husband’s birthday this week…TOTALLY his sense of humour! I nailed it! –


– My Kindle’s new sleeping bag. Too busy to make one, so I bought one. Looks so cosy! –

What are you loving very much this week?