Category: Home Life

We bought a house!

I know I have been a little quieter than normal – we have been busy selling, packing and now buying! A new house!!! We sold our townhouse really before we meant to, so we were busy with me packing and finding storage for everything and CJ finishing his uni exams! But finally this week things have calmed down, uni is on holidays and our new house has settled! So get ready for the onslaught of mood boards while I decide how to decorate the new house! 5 weeks and counting!!! We can’t wait!


Pink and mint lounge room

Pink and mint lounge room

Pink and mint lounge room by monaandolive featuring an iron floor lamp

Iron floor lamp

Hand made oriental rug

Acrylic wall art

Wooden trunk

Window ledge

Replica furniture
$745 –

Why I love Bloglovin’


Just to start – this is NOT a sponsored post all 100% my opinion! I truly do just love Bloglovin’ because I’m a massive nerd!

Are you sick of trying to remember which blogs you like, but you don’t want to sign up for their emails because your inbox is already overflowing with Myer and scoopon promos??? ENTER –
Bloglovin’ here it is a site that you go to and set up an account. Once you have done that you start to select blogs that you like. For example you would search “Mona and Olive” and press the little + to follow. Then you get an email each day with new blog posts from all your blogs you like. So if you follow 800 blogs you get 1 email, 1!!!

Amazing, and once you choose a couple of blogs they also give you recommendations so you can discover new blogs. Awesome.

Once you have it all set up you can also get the app and when you have 20 mins waiting for the doctor, whip it out and catch up on all you favourite blogs together! Told you it was amazing!

I know there is a couple of sites like this but I use bloglovin’ and I really like it. Easy to set up and easy to understand and I don’t have to remember blog names!
Here is my favourite blogs to get you started!

Mona and Olive
House of Rose
The Design files
A beautiful mess
Sew Delicious
The Organised housewife
A Pair and a Spare

What is a blog your loving at the moment??? Please share, now that my favourite blogs are organised I’m like obsessed with new blogs


10 non-chocolate Easter gifts


Stuck for Easter gifts that aren’t chocolate? It’s tough! Slippers and scarves are my normally very boring ideas! But this Easter I have put together a list that hopefully has something for everyone!

1.These play dough carrots are that cute and easy you could make these as class mate gifts or in a range of different colours for a little one! Check them out made to be a momma


2. How wouldn’t love these bunny ears! I would, even at umm 31! Easy to make and the perfect diy project for Easter!

Head over to the house that Lars built


3. Bunny Money! Cute, easy and suits pretty much everyone! The clever people at crafty journal have you covered!


4. Bunny tails! A cute jar full of fairy floss with a free printable label! Cute! Thank you lilluna


5. This cute library bag is a multi functional drawstring bag for all your needs, pop some books in it and your ready to go! Check it out on Etsy



6. The perfect gift for every little person you have ever met! Who doesn’t love dinosaur tails! Check it out at Two Little Feet’s made it store



7. How about this adorable bunny! It’s a DIY, so you will be able to personalise it to suit anyone! You can check out the template here the lovely people at eab designs have it all sorted for you!



8. Another great idea, especially if someone can’t enjoy chocolate because of allergies. These cute ideas, will keep everyone on a sugar high! Check these out here



9. The hungry bunny! Cute and practical, after Easter it is still useful! Full pattern and tutorial here



10. This awesome idea could be done to any bottles! An easy idea that would suit everyone and every drink! From chocolate milk to beer! Check them out here



I hope you have enjoyed my non-chocolate Easter presents! A little more exciting than scarves! These pictures and ideas are from the listed web sites, but they are on my list because I think they are awesome! >

10 Easy no preparation, on the go breakfasts!


Breakfast for me is my biggest downfall! As A Home Economics teacher I am constantly sprouting how important breakfast is to my students and how is should never be missed! But in reality I would much prefer spending an extra 5 minutes in bed in the morning than putting a piece of bread in the toaster (LAZZZZZY). But in the interest of becoming organised, saving money and getting healthy (blah blah blah) I have been doing some research online and this is my list of awesome easy, grab and go, and no preparation breakfasts for busy EVERYONE!

1. Refrigerator Oatmeal also called summer porridge. This is great!!! You can make a couple in advance and leave them in the fridge – they can be altered to many different flavours! The Yummy life – got me started on this, and I can’t and don’t want to stop!

Overnight Porridge
Easy Refrigerator Porridge

2.Peanut Butter and Oat Breakfast Cookies. Watch what I Eat – Bakes in advance and eat them for breakfast (or whenever) and extra points for the chocolate and peanut butter combination!!!

peanut butter banana oat breakfast cookies
peanut butter banana oat breakfast cookies

3. Egg Muffins – these last for a week in the fridge so that’s 1 cook a weeks worth of breakfasts!

Egg Muffins
Egg Muffins

4. The Undressed Skeleton makes these On The Go Breakfast Cereal Bars and these are great for kids – can make them fun and easy for them to eat on the way to school head to

Cereal Bars
Cereal Bars

5. The Pioneer Woman has these AMAZING! cheesy muffins on her blog and I don’t have to say why they are a winner (CHEEEESSSSSEEEEE!!!!) Check them out at

Cheesy Muffins
Cheesy muffins

6. Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Bars – WOW another winning combination! Check it out at
(you can thank me later!)

Oatmeal Bar
Oatmeal Bar

7. This zucchini Bread is a good option to mix it up from other breads! Check it out here

Zucchini Bread
Zucchini Bread

8. Pastry’s for Breakfast! Yes please! and it has orange in it – so you know it healthy and stuff…

Orange Rolls
Orange Rolls

9. Donuts for Breakfast! Donuts for Breakfast! enough said I think, donuts for breakfast!

Donut Muffins
Donut Muffins

10. Yogurt Banana Bread! Easy and healthy!

Bread Bread
Banana Bread

I hope you enjoy these recipes – I enjoy them every morning! All the images are from the corresponding blogs and sites but all thoughts are my own! Let me know which ones are your favourites!

USA road trip

USA road trip

Our USA Vacation and Fabric – of course!

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon from the southern rim
Road trip across the USA
Dawn at Monument Valley View Hotel

Recently my husband and I travelled to the United States. We had an amazing time, and didn’t want to come home. We drove across the country from Los Angeles to Miami. We saw some amazing places along the way! We started in Los Angeles but drove to Las Vegas as a starting point and were greeted with some freezing weather! We drove from Las Vegas to Zion National Park but we couldn’t get in because of the icy roads, so we crossed both Zion and Bryce Canyon off the list! So we drove back down to Vegas to stay the night again (lesson learnt – double check weather before we spend 9 hours driving to come back to the same place!) we then went through the south rim of the Grand Canyon and stayed in Monument Valley at Monument Valley View Hotel, which is the only hotel in Monument Valley. At -15 it was a tad fresh but worth it to wake up to this!

Monument valley sunrise
Our view from “the view hotel” monument valley

We then spent a couple of days driving to New Orleans, a city that I cannot speak of high enough! We LOVED it! Everyone is easy going, the city is beautiful and the FOOD is AMAZING! If you are going we visited EAT NOLA on our first night and joked we were going back every night after! thats how good it was! I had the Chicken Fried chicken and loved it, this place is a must do! We also did both a plantation house and a swamp tour which we loved, but the visit to Louisiana State Museum for the Katrina exhibit was just best thing we did, really makes you appreciate what an amazing city New Orleans is!

Oak Alley
Oak Alley Plantation House

From NOLA we drove to Memphis, we did a Sun studio tour and Graceland! We then drove through Atlanta to stop off at the Coke factory! Because that was a must do! From there we stayed in Savannah! WOW we always wanted to move to the USA and now I know exactly where I would live! I LOVED IT! It is a beautiful, stunning city and we had perfect weather while we were there!

Forsyth Park Fountain

While we stayed there we visited a fabric shop called Fabrika, if you are ever in Savannah and need a fabric fix this is the shop for you! It was gorgeous and I picked up some amazing flamingo fabric – which thrilled me even more! I love flamingos! I just now have to decide what to do with it!

From Savannah we drove to Orlando and did DisneyWorld which was massive day, we both agreed we are NOT taking our kids here! It was way too big, we got tired and grumpy – so DisneyLand will be our limit! We also did Kennedy Space Station, a bit of a drive out of Orlando but so worth it! And if you were planning to go with kids even more so! It was very interesting and their new exhibit Atlantis was amazing and very very hands on, so great if you had kids, you could spend half a day just there. We then went to Miami to relax for a couple of days! We drove through the everglades and saw lots of gators! And we even saw flamingos! My personal bird of choice! But the our highlight of the trip was seeing the Miami Heat play, I’m not into Basketball at all but the atmosphere there was awesome! It went into overtime and they WON! It was electric!

Gators in Everglades National Park
Flamingo Gardens

We spent our Christmas in New York and we even got a tiny bit of snow on boxing day while we were walking through Central Park! We lunched at the Loeb Boathouse, walked the High Line, saw the Knicks play, walked over the Brooklyn Bridge, hung out in central park and saw the funniest comedy show we had ever been to! And of course as we were staying in the fabric district, I hit the fabric shops (what a NERD!). I went to MOOD fabrics! WOW! I have never been more overwhelmed by a fabric shop, but in a good way! I had nothing in mind but still brought some awesome green printed cotton I thought would make a nice maxi dress. Mood is the shop that the contestants from Project Runway shop at. 3 levels of amazing! A must for a sewer visiting NYC! They also ship international, just in case you are wondering I asked while I was there :-)

USA road trip
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Alley Central Park NYC
The Alley Central Park
View of NYC from Highline
Street view from the Highline

From NYC we flew to Las Vegas to relax and see the New Year in. We saw Maroon 5 on NYE and then celebrated on the strip with 300,000 other people! Packed but it was worth it!

Then soon after we had settled in it was time to come home again! And now it feels like a distant memory, but I have a peanut butter cup addiction to comfort me! Still no white christmas, so I will have to plan another trip! xx

All these amazing photos are my talented husbands works, so please don’t steal them for your own personal use! He does sell prints if you are interested in any of these photos!

Summer outdoor dining – aqua

Summer outdoor dining - aqua

Summer outdoor dining – aqua by monaandolive featuring tall back dining chairs

Fire pit

Outdoor stool

Fake plant

Serving tray

Oiva toikka
$15 –

Glass drinkware
$16 –

Pols Potten ceramic plate
$16 –

Flamant accent table
$8,005 –

My New Years resolution

So, we are back from our amazing adventure across the USA. But this time I got a little bit home sick, around Christmas. That quickly evaporated when I remembered I was in NYC! Still not a white Christmas, but on Boxing Day we walked around Central Park and it started to snow, so still pretty amazing time of year to be in the big apple! Anyway, while we were nearly the last people to celebrate the new year, so while everyone was putting up their New Years resolutions online I was still not quite thinking about it! But since we have gotten home and I have done 5 of my 10 loads of washing I have started thinking about 2014. 2013 was a great year for us, and I am incredibly blessed with everyone I have in my life, so how could I make 2014 better? Tough question! My only thought is to focus on what I have already and not what I want or need. So not only my relationships but also material possessions, mainly my (some my say -out of control) fabric collection. I am truly my mothers daughter in this respect! Fabric everywhere, sewing room, spare bedroom, under my desk, currently on my bed, everywhere!



And so, 2014 I hope I will be able to sew a lot more, and start to use up some of my fabric. As it is is so easy to get so caught up and focus what you want instead of what your already have! Hopefully without it being something too overwhelming I can at least stick to it this resolution, and if I get off track it is easy to get back on! What was your New Years resolution? Was it as easy to keep as mine?

Neutral & natural master bedroom

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