Flowers For Every Occasion

Do you like receiving flowers as a gift? I do, in fact it’s one of my favourite things to receive, especially if they’re a surprise. They’re even more special if they come from someone unexpected. I’ve put together a list of bouquet options for every occasion that may arise this year, to help anyone out who needs a few ideas of what to buy. Here’s a handy guide…

Valentine’s DayI’m thinking a nice bunch of roses this year, and this classic Valentine’s bundle would definitely do the trick. “Galantine’s Day” – Who doesn’t want to spoil their closest girlfriend/s on a special holiday like Valentine’s Day? This beautiful rose bouquet would be perfect.
Engagement: I don’t know about you, but there are engagement announcements popping up left, right, and centre in my life. This all white bouquet would be a wonderful way to say congratulations. New Baby: Along with engagement announcements, there are also babies springing to life everywhere I look. I think this little bouquet would be perfect for such an occasion.

Housewarming: Wouldn’t this look absolutely lovely featured in a brand new living area? I know I would be absolutely thrilled to receive an orchid centrepiece like this one. Just because: To be honest, I’d be tempted to send myself this beautiful bouquet. It’s just that lovely.

CHANGES

Ugh, change! My most hated of things. I think it’s been quite a while coming though, and I’m ok with it for now. You may have noticed a bit of a change in layout here at The Belle Lumiere. It is still not 100% finished, and I’ll be chopping and changing things over the next week, so please bear with me. To be honest with you all, I’m still not sure which direction I want to take this blog in. I’ve hit a bit of a roadblock in that regard and have lost a lot of my motivation lately. Any and all feedback is more than welcome, so if you have an idea where you think I should take the blog please let me know. I need some INSPIRATION, people. Help a sister out and leave me a comment if you have any suggestions.

Oh, and P.S. I started a book blog.

Planning A Weekend Away – Checklist

Nothing refreshes the mind like a weekend away, especially one spent out in the middle of nowhere. It’s so much easier for me to relax if I take myself away from all of the things that need doing around the house (15 piles of laundry, anyone?), it’s almost like forced relaxation but I’ll take it in any way I can get it. I thought I’d write a little checklist of the steps I take when planning a weekend away, because nothing takes the stress away from organizing something like a good ol’ checklist.

Start by brainstorming/researching the area you want to visit – I live in Western Australia, and there are a number of country towns that can be explored in our south west region. We tend to stick to the main towns (Dunsborough, Margaret River, etc), but I like to do a bit of research on the area I want to visit to make sure it fits the bill for what I want out of the getaway. If we’re in the mood to do wine tours and eat a whole lot of fancy food, I’ll opt for somewhere like Margaret River. If we want to cut off from civilization and spend time in nature, Pemberton is a great way to go.

Check trip adviser for accommodation suggestions – God bless the internet, because I have no idea what people did to book accommodation before the glory of Trip Adviser. Having said that, be sure to read reviews as well as look at ratings, as ratings can go down if there is too much time between reviews. I try to look out for all of the important things – a comfortable bed, privacy, cleanliness etc.

Write a list of places you want to visit and things you want to see and do – A general internet search of ‘things to do in X’ should give you a general idea of the things there are to do in the town you’re visiting, but there are always some gems tucked away in a more in-depth google search. I don’t like having a set in stone plan of things to do on a trip like this, but having a general idea of what you can do and see around the area you’re staying is always a good idea.

Cover all your bases – You may be staying somewhere with no internet connection or TV satellite, especially if you’ve picked somewhere deep in the country away from the hustle and bustle. I always make sure to pack a deck of cards or board game to make sure we have something to do for entertainment if all else fails.

Plan your meals and write a food shopping list – If you’ve opted for a more relaxing getaway, you may need to think about what you’re going to make for lunches and dinners. As someone who needs to know where her next meal is coming from, I highly recommended thinking about the meals you’ll be having while you’re away, and making sure anything you need to make at your accommodation is covered.

Write a packing list – I will never be someone who can just throw everything into a bag and walk out the door. I will, however, always be the person who has a bandaid/tissue/spare pair of socks if you happen to have forgotten something. I guess that’s a good thing? I like to write out a packing list because it takes the thinking out of packing, and means I can get it done in 10 minutes and I always know I have what I need. Having said that, I like to pack as light as I can.

Confirm your reservation – A simple, but necessary step. You don’t want to drive 5 hours to your accommodation only to discover your booking has been lost in cyberspace. I’ve heard some horror stories like this, so I always double check the day before we leave.

Have I missed a step? Let me know in the comments below!

June Empties / Project 50 Pan (part 9)

39) Head & Shoulders Shampoo in Apple Fresh – This is the second bottle of this shampoo I’ve finished up while participating in the Project 50 Pan, and I’m already close to finishing another. This is Sebastian’s go-to shampoo, and I use it once a week or so to help clarify my hair. I actually really like the way this makes my hair feel, and the small is amazing. Apple scented hair products 4EVA.

40) Slatkin & Co Salted Caramel Scented Candle – I just had a big whiff of the remains of this candle, and it smells amazing. I picked this up from Bath & Body Works (from the US store using parcel forwarding) a couple of years ago, it’s one of their seasonal scents and unfortunately I haven’t seen it on their site since. I’ll be keeping a sharp eye out for the rumoured Australian Bath & Body Works store, perhaps they’ll stock it?

41) Philosophy Cookies & Cream Shower Gel – This smelled more like chocolate than anything else, but it was a real treat to use in a hot shower on a cold winter’s night. Delicious. These Philosophy 3-in-1 products are designed to be used as shower gel, shampoo, and bubble bath, but I only ever use them as a shower gel. It did the job well enough, but I don’t think I’d repurchase this scent again. Sebastian l-o-v-e-d this.

42) Tresemme Moisture Rich Shampoo & Conditioner – I like to include these little travel sized products as one full sized product, because it’s my challenge and I can do what I want! I really liked this shampoo/conditioner duo, the combination of the two left my hair feeling pretty amazing. I would definitely consider buying the full sized versions of these in the future.

43) MAC Matte Eyeshadow in Blanc Type – Yes, that is a whole eyeshadow. Gone. And I used every last little crumb of it. This shade works really well as an all over lid colour or a highlighter on me, but it probably wouldn’t show up that well on anyone darker than a piece of paper. I need to keep this somewhere handy so I can remember to ‘back to MAC’ it in 25 years when I finally finish enough MAC products to qualify.

July Goals

I’ll preface this post by saying there is less than six months to go until Christmas. If that doesn’t strike excitement into the pits of your belly we obviously don’t see eye to eye on how amazing Christmas is. Here’s how I went with my goals for June

– Have a board game night with the family
– Clean out the bathroom cupboard
– Plan a fun Magic Mike XXL viewing night with my girlfriends
– Make potato & leek soup
– Go for a walk along the coast
– Start planning a mini holiday for Sebastian’s birthday

Three out of six ain’t bad I guess? A 50% success rate, that’s how I’ll look at it. I haven’t been able to convince anyone to come for a walk along the coast with me, so that’s been postponed for a bit. I still haven’t cleaned out the bathroom cupboard, mostly because it’s reached the state where it’s a full blown effort and I just can’t be bothered dealing with it. I didn’t make potato & leek soup, but I did make a yummy lamb, vegetable, and barley soup, so that’s something. Here are my goals for July –

– Finish organizing (and go on) a mini holiday for Sebastian’s birthday
– Clean out the bathroom cupboard
– Go to see a dietician
– Organize (and go to) Sebastian’s birthday events
– Do my tax return
– Get my eyes tested (I’m due!)

This is a pretty easy list for me to achieve in July, but there’s nothing wrong with that! What’s on your list of goals for the month?