DIY Piggy Bank Pinata || Year of the Pig

Truth be told, I didn’t know it was the Year of the Pig – or what that even meant – when I started to make this pinata. I’ve kept a list of ideas of pinatas to make for ages now, which includes “piggy bank”, and when I saw some chocolate gold coins at the Reject Shop, I knew they’d be the perfect treat to go inside – so here we are!

I don’t know a whole lot about the Chinese New Year, but I have seen a lot of mentions of it online, and even at some shops that I go to, so when I realised that 2019 is the Year of the Pig, I took that as a sign that I should definitely share this project, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do! If you’re interested, here is a link to more information about the Chinese New Year traditions. Otherwise, keep on reading for the tutorial!



♡ Thin cardboard sheets, such as a cereal box
♡ Light pink streamers
♡ Black paper
♡ Sticky tape
♡ Pencil
♡ Scissors
♡ Chocolate gold coins, or any candy of your choice!

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for the Introverted Couple

Even though this blog started as a way to share our fondest memories of the adventures we go on, Daniel and I are not very going out people. We’re quite introverted; we only have a few close friends, and we rarely go out – even with our friends – but that’s just how we prefer to spend our time.

Daniel doesn’t have many interests that he can’t indulge in whilst at home (apart from animals, we don’t have pets so we love going to the zoo and aquarium together!), and my fear of crowds and unknown places keeps me happily at home most weekends.

However, there are certain times of the year where even we think: well, we better do something special, because it’d be a shame to have an ordinary night on an occasion like this. This led to a few uncomfortable (for me) and disappointing dinners at restaurants where the food is overpriced and doesn’t even taste good, until we realised that the whole fancy dinner thing just isn’t “us”.

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So, we compromised: we’d still celebrate the special occasions, but our way, not how other people think we should celebrate. With Valentine’s Day coming up, this got me thinking about all the other introverted couples out there who feel obligated to go out to fancy dinners purely out of peer pressure, not because they genuinely want to. This post is for those couples.

The couples who just enjoy being together, and don’t need to spend a heap of money, or do something elaborate to show the other people how much they care for them, but who still want to do something to mark a special occasion.

These are just some of mine and Daniel’s favourite things to do together during a special occasion, or even just for a regular date night. Let me know which activity is your favourite at-home date ideas!Read More »

DIY Lighthouse Money Box

Happy Hump Day! To be honest, I’ve never liked that saying, but I think it goes well with today’s project as this little DIY project took me quite a while to make, as I couldn’t find the right rocks, jar OR light for ages. BUT, once I finally got the pieces that I was happy with, it was like getting over the “hump”, and the rest of the project fell into place fairly quickly!

I’m not exactly sure why, but I’ve always somewhat admire lighthouses. It’s probably got something to do with Bill’s Lighthouse in Pokemon and the HUGE Dragonite that appeared near it, but either way, I think they’re quite alluring, so I’m not surprised at all that one managed to make its way into a project of mine 🙊

Long(ish)-time readers will know that I am quite fond of money boxes. They are one of the many things that I collect, and I shared a DIY for a lipstick money box last year, which is one of the few DIY projects that I’ve actually kept around the house! I’d like to say that I keep most things I make, but when you make things as often as I do, it starts to take up quite a bit of room 😅

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However, I kept the money box that I made, and I am 100% going to keep this one too! In fact, it’s already happily sitting on a shelf next to a large 3D Eiffel Tower puzzle I have, and I smile every time I look at it! Isn’t it magical?! 😍 Okay, enough tooting my own horn, let’s get onto the tutorial!Read More »