Wednesday, April 23, 2014

THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CHANGES AROUND HERE....

Its been quite some time since I had a blog overhaul...
but for some unknown reason I got a bee in my bonnet...and the changes have begun.
Please be warned that there will be some teething problems as I muddle my way through it....
I am no expert..so every little step takes googling as well as a LOT of trial and error.

I totally LOVED my previous makeover....


it was so cleverly created by beautiful Miss Emily about two years ago... she worked with my ideas and preferences to create something I was so happy with...
it felt like a comfy cardi...it reflected me and what I liked...and I was so thankful for all of Emily's expertise...
but even comfy cardis need an overhaul from time to time...so this week I began.

I thought perhaps it was time I pulled on my big girl pants and expanded my skills a little as far as blog design goes..instead of relying on Emily to come to my rescue each and every time I wanted a change.
(Mind you... having Emilys skill on tap has been a godsend to this point)

Now I had already some basic skills...
I was pretty ok with altering the basics in the template...and some simple Html coding..
but the one thing I struggled HUGELY with was a blog banner...
I have to put up my hand and admit...loud and clear...I have not got an ounce of artistic banner design in me.

So....after crawling the net for days searching for inspiration I came across some pre-made blog templates that I thought would suit me well. 
Don't think for a minute that it was just that easy....gosh no.... there are SO many out there... it took me forever to narrow down all the options to the one I liked most....or actually more the one I thought suited me best.
In the end I settled on this one from ThemeFashion..

It wasn't exactly what I was after initially....but I chose it because it was simple..
responsive (for viewing on ipad and iphone) and easily edited.
I also was chuffed to the eyeballs with its easy peasy installation guide...it really was such a cinch to install.

It was only once it was installed that the fun has begun...
it means re-working my sidebar...all my additional pages..so although its looking a little messy and hotch potch at this stage I hope it all comes together nice and easily over the next few days.
stay tuned for some sparkly new digs..

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter 2014 -

 Easter  always means camping...
There may have been a few years we didn't camp at Easter....but I cant recall them.
This year both Ian and I were working...
but it didn't stop us getting one night of camping in.

We gatecrashed Brent and Alex and their friends Tony and Emma...
(as well as Briony and Jarrad)
and spent a night sitting by the campfire....sleeping in the camper...as well as enjoying the excitement of Easter morning and the egg hunt.

This year they had set up camp not far from home...
with the Murray cliffs as a back drop... and the river was flat with barely a current.
They set up their rods...and by the time we arrived....the 'fish off' was in full swing.
Easter bunny found the kids..
and it was barely daylight when I heard squeals of excitement...
and foil wrappers tearing..
I think Brayden may have just discovered his most favourite time of the year.
(If you don't like kids with dirty faces...please look away now)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holidays at Nan's

Let me tell you....
this sleepover was long awaited...

Now that our biggest little girlie is a school girl its been harder to arrange those random sleepovers at Nan's.
So many times they call in after school and she wants to stay...but its a school night...
or I'm heading off to night shift... or I'm a day shift the following morning...
it all gets too hard.

So...as the school term came to an end...
the countdown was on until the day finally arrived...
she flung open the door and the sleepover began!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Allergy and food sensitivity....

I have had this ongoing battle for literally FOREVER with allergies... and sensitivities...
For a large part of my adult life it was manageable and I took it in my stride...
and yes I had itchy...patchy skin at times...but that was me...and I got on with it.

But then I had a little health hiccup ... 
and its been a roller-coaster ride ever since.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Family picnic day cont...

 Tonight as I went through the photos from our family picnic yesterday...
I came across a series of photos that made me smile.
Uncle Mitch had caught a fish...
and he asked if the girls wanted to hold it..
 

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Family picnic...

Today we headed off on an impromptu family picnic...
It was just one of those days when the planets aligned...
and every single one of us was free and keen to go along.

Even the weather was perfect!!
We headed down along the river...
stopped for a BBQ lunch... a little fishing...
some deck chair relaxing...
and then came home again.

I have such great photos of the day...
 so I just wanted to share a couple of my favorites tonight...
with more to follow.




Friday, April 04, 2014

Jot Magazine April Mood board - by Lauren

Its a new month....
and that means there is a new mood board at Jot ..

This month it was Lauren's turn....and she pulled together a gorgeous soft palette to inspire us all.

Gosh.....just imagine the pressure I was under..
I am not usually a soft pastel palette kinda girl..
and to make matters worse...
I scrapped it at the e2c retreat...
sandwiched between Kim and Amanda.
and they blew me away with the way they put their layouts together.
Yep..no pressure Mardi.
Just whip up something equally amazing....using colours so far out of your zone you don't recognise them...haha
But as things always do....
I found I loved the restricted colours... 
and it was actually a lot of fun to try and create some contrasts within the colours I had..
Thanks so much Lauren for pushing my out of my zone.
We would love you to join in the challenge.....
All the details can be found (here)
x Mardi x