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I have said to before but I’ll say it again, I love the beginning of a year.  I know I’m a dreamer and if you wanted change you can make it any day, but a new year aways makes me hopeful and inspired – even at age 33 – anything is possible!

I always make resolutions and try to stick to them – I always like to blog about them to make me more accountable.  At first I would like to say 2015 resolutions did not go as planned! ha

But I tried and I truly believe that that is the main thing.  You can read about my resolutions here – I managed to be successful most of year, but not enough sewing, so I still have a ton of fabric!

Resolution 1
NY Resolution – drink more water

Resolution 1 – is still the same from last year and to drink more water.   I am a coke addict – truly.  I give it up, but somehow it always manages to get me back!  So drinking more water is two fold  for my health, more water! yay and less coke!

Resolution 2
NY resolution – to have better organisation

Resolution 2 – I have pretty terrible organisation. At school I like to think I am super organised but in my personal life – not so much!  I am always late and pretty unorganised.  I have got more organised since having Paddy but I have a long way to go.  First up is my house to be organised and I will work my way around my life this year.

What are your resolutions?  Do you find it better to tell people and get motivation or keep your resolutions to yourself?  I would love to know what your resolutions are or you a “i don’t need a resolution” kind of person?


Christmas 2015 – teacher gift list

Christmas 2015 - teacher gift list

Christmas 2015 – teacher gifts!

Pretty much everyone has a teacher to buy for – sometimes a lot a teachers to buy for, to thank them for their hard work during the year.  This range of gifts has a priced gift for every giver – and not a coffee cup or a box of chocolates in sight!  Teachers spend A LOT of their own money on making their classroom  prettier/better/more interesting for your kids so sometimes it is nice to buy something like the light box or pen holders to help out and save their own money.  But sometimes it is nice also to give them something for themselves – candles, movie tickets, vouchers, even a christmas ham! That helps them and their families celebrate! And if in doubt (from a teacher) wine, always wine!

Christmas 2015 – teacher gift list by monaandolive featuring metal stud earrings

Kitchen gadgets tool
14 AUD – cottonon.com

Home decor
28 AUD – cottonon.com

Home decor

Home decor

Floral Fragrances | Glasshouse Fragrances
60 AUD – glasshousefragrances.com

Typo | Cotton On | Stocking Fillers
18 AUD – cottonon.com

Metal Lantern Green

Rum Balls

Rum Balls

The must have sweet at a Christmas event, or really any event. Rum balls serve as the easy to make, delicious to eat sweet. they are easy to eat and easy to serve – thus making it the entertainers best friend!

the most delicious rum ball recipe
Rum Ball Recipe

1 packet crushed biscuits (scotch finger, milk arrowroot, or if your feeling adventurous chocolate ripple or ginger nut!)
1 tin condensed milk
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup coconut + extra to roll
1 cup mixed fruit
2 tablespoons of rum

Crush the biscuits in either a food processor or by hand – place in large zip lock bag and bash with a rolling pin.
Mix in all other ingredients.
Roll into balls and roll in coconut.
Store in fridge or freezer for as long as they last! Haha in the freezer at least 3 months, but no matter how good you hide them, they will be found and will be eaten!

Makes about 24

Rum Balls
24 Rum Balls

If making them on a particularly hot day, as I always seem to manage, putting the mix into the fridge for 30mins makes them easier to roll.

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! >

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