#FlashBackFriday: Our Baby Sprinkle

A baby sprinkle… a small baby shower! How brilliant! I take no credit for coining this term; I whole heartedly stole it from the ever fabulous and fellow momma-to-be Eva Chen, Editor-in-Chief of Lucky Magazine

My darling DH organized a small get together with the very small circle we have built for ourselves here in New York City, it was such a lovely gesture as I’m not very good at wanting to organize these types things but in true White Knight style, he understood the importance of these type of celebrations and insisted we held something…small and lovely.

And small and lovely it was!

Even though we were a small group and we were at a restaurant, I wasn’t going to let that stop me from some festivities.

I put together a small and easy games booklet to keep us occupied while we would were waiting for our table, it’s The Boathouse, there was bound to be a wait for our table.

I kept the theme with our baby announcement to our parents and the baby shower invite itself to tie it altogether. I picked games that would be easy to play while we were all sitting so I chose to play, “ Guess the Gestation days of animals”, “The Price is Right”, “Can’t say the word ‘Baby’”, and my favorite, the “String Game” where everyone takes a guess at the size of my belly. There was also “Guess the chocolate in the diaper” but I completely forgot to actually prepare the diapers and DH ate one of the three chocolates that were to be used!

I also put together gender themed prizes, Pink Essie nail polish for the ladies and whisky for the men. I also bought some delicious doughseeds from Doughnut Plant as thank yous for everyone and they were a definite hit!

It was a beautiful Fall day and we were lucky enough to be seated at a window table at The Boathouse that framed the Pond and the park so artistically, it was hard not to look out of the windows and stare.

I had such lovely morning with my friends, laughing and playing these silly games, it was informal and relaxed and I’m grateful that I was able to celebrate this upcoming adventure in our lives and not let it pass us by, simply because we were away from home. Right now, New York is our home and I truly love it here.

#Flashback Friday: Halloween 2013

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It’s almost Halloween again!!! This year I have a bump to dress, but today’s #FlashbackFriday takes us back to last year’s epic adventure!

Halloween isn’t celebrated in Australia. Shock horror I know! But since celebrating it for the first time last year, it’s probably become one of my favourite holidays (but not as high as Christmas! Nothing beats Christmas!)

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DH, myself and a couple of friends dressed up to the nines! We spent an entire Hawaiian morning searching for the perfect group Halloween costumes (we were there for a friend’s wedding). Our other friends thought we were mad but it had to be done. Finally ordered and delivered safely to our apartment in NY. We would dress up and go walk the Village Halloween Parade! I’ve never had so much fun!

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The biggest surprise to us was the fact that we were stopped every 5 minutes to take photos with random people. Riding the subway was like this huge party and everyone were friends. We had a common bond…we all looked seriously creepy! We were stopped so often it made it almost impossible to actually make it to the parade that we had to actually start refusing photos and almost break out in a jog to get to where we needed to get to.

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The streets were jammed with people, the parade walkers and people who were there lining the streets to watch. I’d never been in a parade before, it really was a treat!

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Some hilarious moments:

DH made a little girl cry, she was staring at him as he walked pass and he launched and said BOO! She was so frightened, she froze right on the street and started to tear up! The biggest surprise was her dad High-Five’d DH and thanked him! I thought he’d get a punch in the face for that…I guess it is Halloween after all; even little girls need a fright!

DH and his buddy continued this tradition as we walked the parade and would randomly scare the crowd. Their reactions were hilarious and they loved it!Halloween Costume Ideas

Myself and my buddy were asked to take a lot of photos! Cute Dorothy’s that had been zombie-fied was completely left field and there wasn’t anyone on the street with the same costume as us!

Here are a few spooky snaps

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We have no plans as yet for this Halloween, I’m actually sad that our friends aren’t here to celebrate with us as we had so much fun together last year.

I’m not sure I’m going to dress my bump this year, but I’ve seen some pretty cool costumes and some really awful ones (zombie mums who are eating their toy baby!!! What the!?!?!?!)

Any pregnant mammas out there with some cool ideas of how to dress your bump?

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#FlashbackFridays: My Birthday – Sydney > New York > Mexico!!!

With my birthday coming up in a few days, I thought I would #Flashback to how epic my birthday was last year.

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We returned to Sydney for two weddings, they are dear friends and we were lucky enough that the weddings were a week apart, which meant we could go to both. It’s a 25hr flight and you loose two days when you fly from NY to SYD, so we were only staying for the week. It was all business. Wedding Business. I was actually working my 9-5 remotely and in the bridal party for one of the weddings. So, we were busy, to say the least.

In between this crazy week, my gorgeous DH gathered my family and friends for a quiet evening to celebrate as we were heading back to New York before my actual birthday. He topped that off with surprise tickets to the Men’s US Final and topped that off with a surprise trip to Cancun, Mexico.

Yes, I am a very very lucky woman!!! My love and appreciation for him is boundless! He put so much time and effort to make my birthday an unforgettable moment in my life

Here are a few snaps of it all and by a few I mean a lot!

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⇑This group of crazy people are one of the greatest gifts I’ve received in life! That book we’re all looking at in the bottom photo was another surprise my DH put together for me. He gathered photos from my entire life, had my family and friends write me messages and put it into a beautiful album that sit on my dresser⇑

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⇑My amazing Big Bro and Sissy Poo! 

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⇑ More people I absolutely love!

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You know when you REALLY want something…and you know when someone gifts it you? I love my Brother! One of the most generous human beings in the world, not only with presents but with his love!

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A genuine reaction to getting my awesome birthday present! A CAMERA!!!

So, after six days, two weddings, one road trip, dinner with the family, drinks with my friends, working a full week in US hours (hello 2am conference calls) we flew another 25 hrs back to home to NY!

For my actual birth day, DH took to a rooftop bar, with a gorgeous view of the city, got to have a cheese plate and a chocolate martini! I mean, the man know’s me well!

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I love the story of this photo. We were actually not posing at all, but just minding our own business scoping out what buildings were what. When I turned, a lovely girl approached me and said, ” I’m really sorry, I’m not a stalker but I just took your photo. It was just too perfect of a photo not to take.” And this was the shot!

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We have a strange goal in life, we have many, but this is an odd ball one. We did Wimbledon in 2009 when we lived in London and it was such a great experience, so we set a goal to attend all the Tennis Grand Slam tournaments in the world. So when Birthday Surprise Number 3 was announced, I was beyond excited. I mean THE FINAL! With Nadal and Djokovic! Two of the greatest players right now! AND we had great amazing seats! Can you see why this birthday was amazing!?!?!Falshback

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Nadal v Djokovic 6–2, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1 It was an epic match!

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The Super Geek in my DH loved this gadgety thingy (yes, that’s the technical term for it) Replays, stats, different games. We had fantastic seats and he couldn’t get over this gadget! ♥

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We actually won the men’s and women’s final. That’s how we celebrate my birthday!

HELLO MEXICO!

OK, right here, is the epicenter of my unforgettable, ridiculously spoilt and over the top birthday bonanza! My wonderful, amazing, dear dear Husband took me away to Cancun, Mexico. And not to just to they typical party town Cancun. To the most over the top resort, Cancun has to offer!

Welcome to Nizuc Resort and Spa! 

If you want to lap it up in luxury, feel like a King and Queen, and be completely relaxed and pampered while on holiday. Forget everything else and book here, stay here and if you can help it. Don’t ever leave!

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This is how I got to wake up every.single.day!!!

Just being a big kid in a big pool!

Just being a big kid in a big pool!

It rained on our first day in Cancun, but as if I was about to let that stop me from swimming in this ridiculous pool! It was so good for the soul to swim under the rain. Please try it one day!

It rained on our first day in Cancun, but as if I was about to let that stop me from swimming in this ridiculous pool! It was so good for the soul to swim under the rain. Please try it one day!

Swimming in sink hole at the bottom of a cave wasn't exactly on my bucket list but heck why not!?! And I'm so happy we did. Secret: we're actually swimming in our underwear, that's how unplanned it detour was!

Swimming in sink hole at the bottom of a cave wasn’t exactly on my bucket list but heck why not!?! And I’m so happy we did. Secret: we’re actually swimming in our underwear, that’s how unplanned it detour was!

We're Aussie! Where's there's a beach, is where you will ALWAYS find us!

We’re Aussies! Where’s there’s a beach, is where you will ALWAYS find us!

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Don't ever let your last day stop you from taking on new experiences. today's adventure was JETPACKING! O.M.G what a crazy thing to try! I screamed and squealed the entire time. DH on the other hand. Like a fish to water. Total Pro, as always!

Don’t ever let your last day stop you from taking on new experiences. Today’s adventure was JET PACKING! O.M.G what a crazy thing to try! I screamed and squealed the entire time. DH on the other hand. Like a duck to water. Total Pro, as always!

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Not a bad way to say hello to a new year of life!

Flashback Fridays: Our Destination Wedding

I’ve been a memory keeper all my life. I find it fun to look back and read my thoughts, and see my photos. I’ve been journaling since I was 13, my only regret is that I don’t actually know where all my diaries are. Over they years, the format has changed, from journals, to planners, to scrapbooking, to a mobile app, and now to this blog. So I thought I would start sharing with you some of the adventures I’ve had over the years.

This weeks’ flashback takes us to

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colorful and joyful wedding in Phuket, Thailand with photos by Julian Wainwright Weddings | via junebugweddings.com

DH and I were married, two years ago at the beautiful Sri Panwa, in Thailand. We put a lot of thought into having a destination wedding, and it was the perfect decision for us. It took us over a year to plan and with the help of the best bridesmaids and support of our family, it was a dream come true.

I’m an Event Manager, so I took the reigns on putting all the pieces together for our wedding. We are both very careful decision makers, and we rarely do anything cookie cutting which is a blessing and a curse, as it means decisions take much longer than they need to be, because we also must know every possible option out there, so we can weigh it all up. We’re a little coocoo like that!

I also designed and created all of our stationery, from our wedding invitations to our programs, it was all handmade with love. The sad part is, I don’t have one complete photo of our wedding invitations, and they are all at our home in Sydney for me to take a photo now.

If you would like help in pulling you’re wedding together or help designing your wedding stationery, drop me line. I’d be more than happy to work with you!

But here are a few of my favorite shots from our wedding

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