Weekly Round- Up!

Things i’m reading, watching, loving this week and weekly round up of posts I think are worth reading!

Reading- The Stoccos by Nino Bucci.
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This book is an insight into Australian most notorious “bushrangers” and their decent into crime. It’s a fascinating story and to be completely honest I don’t think the time fits the crime. They stole from people who outcast them and the one man they did kill was a criminal himself. Read the book and find out for yourself, I’d love opinions!

Watching- Amazing Interiors.
This show is amazing. The police officer that comes home to the house of horrors, yes please!
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Last weekend I picked up my new glasses and I love them, I can see again without all the blurriness. My eyes deteriorated a fair bit within the two years since I last had them checked, one eye can’t see far and the other can’t see close so wearing my glasses helps all round! I got some pretty funky ones too!

-I came across this article on hair transformations, and I have to say I want bangs!
-Smart tips for achieving Less food waste.
– This Disturbia Web shirt is amazing and on sale.
– I walked into Target last week for a browse, came across This stunning Botanic Framed Print, I think I might go back and pick it up for hanging in my bathroom! It’s so pretty and I think it will add something pretty to the pink room!
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– Tiny houses are amazing, but think of all that decluttering. Here is a woman whom has done just that!

 

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The Stoccos- Nino Bucci

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As someone whom loves true crime I had to read this book on “the eight year manhunt that captured Australia”, The Stoccos!
I hadn’t actually heard much about Mark and Gino Stocco  until the arrest on October 28, 2015 and those arrest pictures popped up everywhere, Gino with his black eye and Mark with the blood covered hoodie.
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This book starts off with Gino’s parents immigrating to Australia and has some back history of Italian immigration. Egidia and Pietro (also known as Peter) immigrated to Australia and had 4 children Gino was the second born.
Gino married Connie and had two children a daughter and a son, that son would be Mark. Mark was a smart son and was particularly good with numbers and was enrolled at university before his downward spiral into crime with his father.

What started Gino’s decline and his decision to take his son down with him? Although a few earlier charges of stealing Gino’s main issue seemed to be an anti authority personality and the break down of his marriage to Connie.  Although in later interviews Gino stated he wasn’t depressed however stated the divorce left him with extreme sadness.

What I found really interesting about Gino and Mark is how motivated they are with everything they do. After the divorce Gino and Mark travelled to Taree and purchased a yacht, the Kiwarrack. In 2003 they set sail, along the way stealing identities, breaking into a yacht club and Mark at one point came across Connie in a car pack and stole the contents of her handbag. These crimes left Gino in prison for 4 months and Mark for 2.

This distaste for authority lead them to farms across QLD, NSW and Victoria  where they earned there keep by doing work for a place to stay. Ask any of the owners of these farms what The Stoccos were like and they say they were extremely hard working, kind polite just a little odd.
Anytime Gino and Mark were asked to leave a place for one reason or another they felt this wasn’t very fair as they’d worked hard and built so much from scratch. This generally lead to The Stoccos coming back to a property at a later date to steal or destroy property.

What about the murder of Rosario Cimone? The only murder the men commited. Rosario was a criminal himself, charged with what I would consider harsher crimes. A Calabrian mafia member, Rosario and the stoccos met when Rosario was minding and tending to a marijuana crop. The Stoccos saw this farm at Pinevale the safest haven away from police. After a threat to have Gino and Mark thrown off the property Rosario was shot and his body dumped.

On October 28, 2015 The Stoccos 8 years on the run came to an end. The police located the pair at Pinevale and swooped in. In later interviews Gino and Mark said they knew there time had come to an end, they were exhausted from running.
The pair were both sentenced to life in prison with Gino been in his 80’s when his release is due and Mark in his 60’s.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it gave me a closer look at The Stoccos and I became somewhat attached to them. I can relate to the “black sheep”, “outcast” mentality that they felt throughout life.

5 out of 5 stars!

In the mail this week 1-7 Jan 2018!

2018 has gotten off to a great start and so I thought i’d start the year off with a “what came in my mailbox” post!
I ordered myself a few things that I came across and loved and though why not treat myself.
First off I picked up a book that i’d borrowed and read from the library but really wanted to own for myself for future reference…
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This book goes into detail about how to bullet journal and has so many ideas, tips and hints. I love it and will be using it to give me ideas on future spreads, lists and trackers.
It gave me the idea to put a Key and Table of Contents in the front of my journal just so I can find things i’ve written quicker and I really love that idea.
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I really love the layout and how everything is clearly explained in this book!

The other things I picked up I bought off Etsy and they were just stationary items from a store called Sweet Sunday gifts.
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These stickers are very cute and perfect for sticking on packages to friends and sealing envelopes, just adding that extra cute element to the mail!
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and more stickers, this time bunnies because bunnies are very cute! You’ll find I have a new found love for bunnies and i’ll explain in a later post but for now i’ll just be sticking these bunnies everywhere!
The heart pegs are also from Sweet Sunday Gifts and i’m using them to peg up photos and motivational quotes on my peg board!

Lastly I receieved a win in the mail, First win of 2018!
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A Star Wars The Last Jedi! pack!
It’s a pretty cool prize including the huge poster, backpack, keychain, notebook and headphones.
My mum already laid claim to the headphones because she actually wanted a pair for sometime and these are pretty neat. The backpack great quality as well with padding on the straps to prevent rubbing.

Hopefully next week I have another good mail week and will let you know what the mailman brings!

 

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

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In a few hours we say Goodbye to 2017 here in Australia, and Hello to 2018!
There will be no staying up til midnight, no hard partying, nothing of the sorts for me, I’ll happily sleep through and wake nice and fresh ready for a new year.
2017 was a year i’ll be happy to leave behind, in the last few months I was just getting frustrated and bored with the year. My mental health was letting me down and I really started to feel like Christmas was more a burden than a time that was meant to be enjoyed.

2018 looks very promising with many exciting things on the horizon!
I’m starting tomorrow off in the best possible way by spending it with a good friend, seeing a movie and having lunch. I feel like that will set the tone for many promising outtings in 2018 with close friends.
Another big change is coming to my family soon, very soon, anyday now and I feel like that will bring many smiles!
One of my main focuses will be on my pets in 2018, Sophie and my 4 guinea pig furbabies. Sophie had a sprained hip in early December and that really knocked her about. For a week she couldn’t stand/ walk without pain and I had to carry her up and down the stairs, no easy feat carrying a close to 30kg dog! She’s come through it well and is back to normal but I’d love to focus more on her.
Also in November we fostered 2 more guinea pig girls and after a few days we knew we were adopting them, they are still a bit shy, my new year goal with them is to give them the time and help they need to bring them out of there shells even more!

This blog will also be getting a lot more time! I’ve got ideas and will be trying to post at least twice a week.
I’ll keep my ideas under wraps for the time being but keep checking back if your interested!

Thats it for 2017, will see you on the other side!
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Etsy Favourites!

Does anybody else just spend hours scrolling through Etsy looking at all the creativeness that is up for grabs?
I love that it’s the marketplace for finding handmade, vintage and just about anything from all around the world!
Today i’m going to do a post on my current favourites!

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Activated Charcoal Facial Scrub with Apricot Seeds, Natural Scrub by Dirty Diva Soaps.
I love charcoal face products they seem to give a much deeper clean and leave skin glowing, this one from Dirty Diva Soaps looks amazing and I love that they do all natural skin care products.

These prints by Ppinky Dolls Art are adorable, a little bit creepy but adorable!
Ppinky sells prints, woodblocks, and dolls that are just as creepy but I’d love to own one.

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This little lady is named “Lovy”. Isn’t she unique?

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This little sign of a guinea pig sleeping would be perfect to hang on my girls cage! My girls live in my bedroom so it’s just like a room inside of a room, this would be perfect to hang in there loft just above a little bed!
Suzannes Gallery has a few piggie pieces and a few other pig pieces that are similar!

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These pastel marbled shoes by Golden Ponies are just stunning, I feel like you could get lost in the marbled effect. You’d get many compliments in these shoes! The brogue style always looks unique!

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Enough said!
Kellis Crafts and More knows where it’s at. She also makes C & C cage liners so she herself is a “Crazy Guinea Pig Lady”.

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For all the horror movie buffs!
This shirt is hilarious, Freddy and Jason together as drinking buddies.
Black Coffee and Tees has a fantastic range of tees that refer to movies so there is something for everyone!

There really is something for everyone on Etsy, it’s a fantastic place to search for gifts or something for yourself. The best part is you can save stores and items to your favourites list and revisit later. Check it out and see what you can find.

Doggie Mail Day!

Does your dog love bring the mail in? Does he/ she enjoy opening presents?
Sophie loves bringing the mail in and trying to rip it open even if it’s not her mail, she also will sit and watch whenever I open mail in front of her.
One day last week I felt like she deserved some special Doggie Mail so I hoped on the internet and searched out some dog gift boxes and came across PetPacks Australia, a pet gift box that offers boxes for dogs and cats!
You can choose a petscription or a one off gift boxed filled with goodies for your special pet! I chose a one of gift box just as a special treat for Sophie.
Once I chose my gift box I thought i’d just have to wait and see what Sophie recieved, however within a few hours I got an email asking about Sophie, What breed is she? What is she like personality wise? What does she like?
I found this to be a great sentiment from PetPacks as they really got to know Sophie and it meant I could let them know a few things about her and how she can’t eat raw hide or chewy treats due to her never chewing her food! Greedy dog!
Sophie was very eager to open her box of goodies, how excited, this excited…

As I said Sophie loves getting mail!
Really loves getting mail…

This is what Sophie recieved in her PetPacks box
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She was thrilled with her haul of goodies as was I!
Included was was 2 toys, a roped ball and a fluffy bone which no doubt will be pulled apart and ruined by the end of the day but ultimately I expect that from Sophie, Any soft toys are destroyed but my theory is at least she’s having fun and enjoying herself.
Also 2 bags of cookies, a bag of pumpkin liver treats and skin treatment bones… Sophie has tried both already and approves!
3 drinks were included, a hydrating coconut drink, a puppicino and a Paw Blonde Beer drink (I’m thinking Sophie needs a date with our beer drinking neighbour to have a beer together, Paul i’m looking at you!).  The little bottle is a bottle for the puppicino, I guess so it can be taken out and about!
A discount for Buddy’s Bandanas was in there and a biscuit that has a the quote “I love you this much”! I had a squiz on Buddy’s Bandanas and the items are lovely, bandanas, Bow Ties and Snoods, i’ll find something cool for Sophie (and then she can get even more mail!).

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All the goodies!

I was very impressed with this business and how they went above and beyond to customize this pack for Sophie and include items she’ll get use out of!
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I paid $50 for this standard box, however you can get a subscription, or a special occassion pack!
I recommend for anyone whom loves their dog (or cat) as much as I love mine, and just want to treat them from time to time.

You can find PetPackAus at http://www.petpacksaus.com.au
Also on instagram- petpacksaus and facebook- petpacksaus

How to slow down in a fast paced world!

For many, many years I have felt like I just cannot catch a breathe, everything felt like it was going fast forward and that I had to somehow try to keep up. I was constantly stressed, anxious and even at times worried I was cutting my life short by worrying and racing around so much!
It’s a horrible feeling but at least 99% of the world no doubt feels this way (my own statistics, the 1% are probably high off drugs).
Here are a few of my tips to slow down and take a break from it all…

Exercise- A big one! When people say they don’t have time to exercise they are bluffing, believe me you do have time. Even if just a stroll around the block, take the time to see, smell and just be in the moment!
Personally I prefer having someone to exercise with and talk too but if thats not your thing, go it alone. You’ll find your mind clears and you feel a surge of energy to get back into the chaos that is life.

Pet an animal- I love my pets, When I feel sick I lay on the floor with my dog and she cosies up to me and I feel looked after and comforted. Weird? maybe, but it makes me feel better. Other times I sit with my guinea pigs and cuddle them, it’s liked a weight has lifted when I don’t have to think about anything except for my fur children.
If you don’t have a pet, borrow one or pet an animal you meet out on a walk!

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My dog, Sophie, is big on cuddles! And napping!

 

Plan- My journey into planning started with bullet journaling, I’d stick to it for a few weeks and in the end give up or just forget a day and feel like i’d failed. Not a fantastic feeling! I’d seen the planner stickers around ebay, etsy and even in Target and Kmart but a trip into Kikki K over the Christmas break I really thought “hmm, i’d love a planner but don’t think i do anything to plan”. April came and I realized I had a few events coming up so I took the plunge and bought a planner! Since then i’ve been planning my weeks and adding all the pretty stickers and inserts to give me more inclination to plan. Looking at a pretty set out keeps me checking in and keeping up with my plans.

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This is the planner I currently use from Kikki K!

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I enjoy changing my style around week to week and find I keep to a routine if it’s written in front of me!

Read- Escape into another world! I’m all for a trip to the library to borrow heaps of books, it’s actually one of my favourite things to do. All those books full of lands far from mine, yes please! I’m currently stuck in “See What I have Done”by Sara Schmidt and I’m loving it. It’s actually the story of Lizzie Borden and her family so not for everyone. I love getting so into a book that I want another page, another chapter…
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Clear out the junk- I associate myself as a “hoarder”, not just of “things”but of memories good and bad from the past and thoughts of the future. I never seem to live in the present so not only am I working on clearing real physical junk but also junk that stuck in my mind. This is a big one because i’m waking up feeling much more refreshed and less buried in too deep of this fast world.

Relax- Drink coffee, tea, nap… take time out just for you. As it’s winter here in Australia i’m enjoying an afternoon coffee when i finish work because I get into my exercise routine. It’s the pick me up I need to slow down and regroup my thoughts and change from work mode to ” me”mode.
(I don’t endorse an afternoon caffeine pick me up if its going to alter your sleep patterns, I can drink coffee whenever I please and still sleep through the night!).

I’m no expert but the above has really helped me to slow down and just go with the flow in day to day life, and probably saved me from many a panic attacks!