Christmas Tree Reveal + Our Busy Start to December

I know how much I sound like a broken record at this point, but man, life is crazy. I thought November was hectic enough, but it’s nothing compared to how December has been already. We’re only five days into this month and Daniel and I have already spent three of those days at the doctor/hospital/medical centre, had a house inspection, attended an event in the city, made plans to visit his family four hours away, AND are trying to navigate how to see my own family for Christmas when Daniel works so often.

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All year we’d been telling ourselves how relaxing Dec/Jan/Feb was going to be because Daniel wouldn’t be at school anymore, but it’s SO much crazier, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that we may have actually finally reached adulthood.

From what I understand, being an adult is really just trying to figure out how to do things that are inevitable and feeling like time is going fast every day, and that’s exactly how I feel. For example, every Sunday night I refill my weekly pill case, and I swear it has felt like I’ve done that every single day for the past week. THAT is how fast time is going by!Read More »


10 Things That Made My November Amazing

First off, a little backstory: when I began writing this post at the beginning of the month, I was truly over the moon because SO many good things had been happening. However, the latter half of November was much tougher for me.

With an almost-definite-diagnoses (more tests – this time much more invasive – still need to be done to 100% confirm it) of Celiac disease, I was a little thrown off, even though I had been expecting it.

This newfound realisation that my entire lifestyle had to change really through me for a loop. There were numerous times I wept in a supermarket because I realised I could no longer have so many things I loved, but the pain that occurs whenever I DO eat gluten was just too much to bear, so I sulked. A lot.

Eventually, though, I began to come to terms with things. I tried a bunch of gluten free items – including noodles, pasta, flour, and bread – and was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I could not taste the difference between them and their gluten-containing counterparts.


I just wanted to add this footnote as most people may be a little confused as to why I sound so happy in this post when my Stories on Instagram have shown me to be the opposite. I WAS happy when I originally wrote this post, and I am once again happy now. I had a rough patch in the middle, but I am now looking forward to trying new things and beginning to live a healthier life. Now, for the post:Read More »

The Ultimate List of Australia’s Sweetest Small Businesses

I love talking about the things I love; I could honestly do it forever.  There are so many awesome things, people, businesses, events and so on out there that I just want to tell the entire world about, but that’s a bit difficult, so I’ll start with a simple blog post.

Over on Instagram I follow countless amazing creators of all kinds, whether they be bloggers, bakers, shop owners, YouTubers, or something else entirely. Every time I scroll through my feed I am constantly in awe of all the awesome things that other people are doing with their lives, and I want more people to know about them.

Supporting small and local businesses/creators – especially around the holiday season, when present-buying is unavoidable – is a great thing to do, if you’re in the position to do so. Each purchase inspires those creators to keep creating and chasing their dreams, which is wonderful.

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In today’s post I’ll be sharing a few Australian based brands and businesses who I have been admiting from a far for a while now and just want to show some appreciation to, as well as talking about some quite well known Australian brands that have a close place in my heart.

As you will be able to tell from the title – and just if you know me at all, really – they’ll all be sweets inspired. This includes items that look like sweets, ingredients and tools to help make sweets, and actual sweets themselves!

Whilst I have been in contact with SOME of these brands before, none of them are aware of this post, or the fact that I’ll be mentioning them in it. This post is merely a result of so much built up love for these businesses and their products in need of an outlet. I hope you find something you enjoy!

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