A break from the Light and Bright.

I admit I’ve taken a very long break from blogging, life has just been too hard, too much all in such a short space of time and my heart hasn’t been in it.
The past year in general just went from one thing to the next.

Last year my Nana was diagnosed with a terrible illness called Progressive Supra-nuclear Palsy, by the time she actually got this diagnosis she was already immobile. Although it’s something she would of had for many years. You see PSP is rare and usually diagnosed as other illnesses until the later stages.¬† I may or may not do a post on it in the future.
Nana passed away in March after fighting this disease the best way she could.
In the month that followed I lost one of my guinea pigs and a friend to suicide.
Tough times…

I’m also not entirely sure where I want Light, Bright and Darkness to go. It might just become a mish mash of many ideas, thoughts and gibberish. Doesn’t everyone enjoy a bit of gibberish occasionally anyway!

Til next time…



Survey it!

As someone whom likes making those $$ go further and earning a little on the side I took up surveys. Not a hobby for everyone but I actually really love doing surveys, it’s enjoyable to have opinions about topics that come up and seeing the $$ add up is also lots of fun and motivating to continue.

Some of these survey sites let you swap points for cash in a paypal account or straight into a bank account, others can be swapped for gift cards which are fantastic for gifts or groceries. You won’t make loads but every bit helps.
Here I share some of my favourite survey sites:-

Vindale- It’s only this year that i’ve joined vindale and i’ve already gotten $50 US cashed into my bank account. I find this site easy to use and with numerous surveys daily it’s a really great site.

Survey Choice- Another great one that i’ve been doing for sometime. This site pays a bit more then other sites per survey so defiantly worth getting onto.

MyView- I find this survey site offers the best amount of points per survey and I cash out with them often. Personally I’d say MyView is my favourite I just love how it’s set out and the surveys are more interesting. They also occasionally offer products for reviews!

OpinionWorld- Another site I cash out with often.

My Opinions- For shorter surveys this one is fantastic.

Purkle- Even if you don’t quality for the survey you still get 20c, Worth signing up for just even if it’s just to watch those 20c add up!

These are just a few of my favourite but if you really look into it you’ll find many more and coming up to Christmas you can never have enough extra cash to splurge on those you care about!

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.
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!
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!
РTiny houses are amazing, but think of all that decluttering. Here is a woman whom has done just that!


The Stoccos- Nino Bucci

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.

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…
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.
hourly agenda

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.
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!
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!
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!

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!

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!


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.

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

guinea pig bedroom
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!

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!

guinea pig lady
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”.

drinking buddies

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.