Easy DIY-Accessory to Sass-up any outfit

I’ve been thinking of a quick & easy DIY to do since I like trying out my creative side, when I get the chance to that is. I think the best DIY are jewelry pieces as they sass up any outfit & being a stay at home Mum my budget is tight. I used what I had lying around & this is what I came up with: The creation of the “Chic necklace” (couldn’t think of a better name but that’ll do, at least I think it’s chic).

Materials needed:
– Chain. I used a gold plates chain
– Clasp & toggle
– Jump rings x 3
– An adornment of your choice (mine was taken from an old headband I no longer use)
– pliers

Instructions:
– Measure the chain according to the length you want. I just wrapped mine around my neck & removed links to shorten it a bit.
– Place jump ring through adornment and attach to chain. Now if you using rhinestones etc you may need to first insert a head pin through the stone, make a loop and attach to jump ring then to chain.
– Add the toggle & clasp to the chain

Tada! You have a brand new, unique, chic piece if jewelry 🙂

If I wear it and remember to take a picture I’ll post it up.

Have fun doing this, that’s what it’s all about 🙂

Have a creatively wonderful day my lovelies!

Lameese X

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Inspiration from a wise Aunt

Wise words from a wise Aunt!! Thank God for my wonderful family!!

“Some people, no matter what you do, are not going to be for you. Even if you changed, met all their demands and did everything they asked, they would still find something wrong. I’ve learned that we can all save a lot of heartache and pain by learning to ignore those critical voices. You don’t need those people’s approval. You don’t have to have them cheering you on. They may try to make you look bad, but if you will stay on the high road and let God fight your battles, the more they talk the more God will bless you. They may try to take you down, but God will use it to take you up. Keep focused on your future, keep focused on the Word, and let His truth strengthen you to ignore the critics and move forward into the life of blessing He has prepared for you!”

One day at a time

Winter is well and truly here this side of the world. I know the weather has changed all over the world but Brrrrrrr, I have never experienced such cold in QLD! This is the Sunshine state!
I am grateful for the winter months for there are lots to enjoy. Hot chocolate, movies cuddles under the blanket, afternoon naps to snuggle up to your loves ones (one of my fave things to do :D), walks along the beautiful rivers, beaches, waterways in QLD during the day, comfort food… You get the picture 🙂
Today though the weather was really good to us, it’s been raining the last 4 days, and the sun was shining bright, not a cloud in the sky! Lil B has been ill with colds, sniffles & coughs. Thanks to teething! Wish I could take the pain for him! Poor baby ;( Back to the sunshine…
So I decided to take Lil B to the park since the weather is so unpredictable, who knows when we’ll get another chance to enjoy the outdoors. And enjoy we did. I soaked up all that goodness God has created for us to admire & was in awe. We take for granted the trees, birds, grass, nature in general and all the simple things in life. Today was my day to just stop, switch off and soak up every moment, including the sun. For life is short and who knows how long these natural resources will be around.

Take time to enjoy the roses, enjoy your family, spend time with those near and dear to you. Be in the here and now. Life’s too short to disregard the important things in life… The simple things.

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How to enjoy life despite your circumstances

Hi lovelies,

Sorry I have been M.I.A lately. Life has been hectic, as we all know, and I’ve been feeling a bit blue. Not sure if its the weather or the fact that I’ve been applying for numerous jobs, on a daily basis, and nothing has come up. I’m ready to hit the working world and I feel Lil B is grown enough to be in kindergarten full time. It’s a tough call but one I need for my sanity, our family & our bank balance (The piggy is broken. Haha!) I just feel so disconnected with life lately and am trying not to let it be too pronounced as I don’t want it to effect Lil B. Today I was reading Joyce Meyers website and came across this article which has made me feel a whole lot better. To know that: “I am ready for anything and equal to anything through him that infuses inner strength into me…” Read the below article. It has helped lift my spirits. I hope it does the same for you 🙂 Be blessed!

How to Enjoy Life Despite Your Circumstances
by Joyce Meyer.

Which of these phrases do you utter to yourself most mornings? Do you greet each day with an expectant, positive attitude about what the day holds, or do you feel like pulling the blankets over your head, dreading what awaits you outside your front door?

We must combat the dread that tempts us to stay in bed by keeping a positive attitude and mindset. Our attitude is so important to how we feel each day. The kind of day we have is, to a great degree, determined by our thoughts and actions. If we dwell on negative thoughts, expecting the worst, our actions will reflect those thoughts.

It’s impossible to reach your God-given destiny if you allow negative thoughts to fill your mind. Dread is a close relative of fear, and allowing it to remain in your mind, sets you up for misery and robs you of joy.

Once, I experienced a feeling of dread as we were planning our trip to speak in India. I was excited about the wonderful opportunity there, but all I could focus on was the long flight and poor conditions that exist in that country. I’m grateful that I knew how to dispel those negative feelings with positive thoughts about what could be accomplished during our time there. If I had allowed myself to dwell on the negative aspects of the trip, it would’ve taken away the joy and excitement God wanted me to experience. Dread is a trap, and you must be determined not to fall into it. If not being sure of the future or facing new things causes you to feel dread or fear, remember Philippians 4:13 says, …I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me….

There’ll always be roadblocks to keep us from enjoying the wonderful life God has provided for us. With all the stress and pressures of everyday life, we must make a decision that we’re going to enjoy life regardless of our circumstances.

Every single day is filled with all kinds of situations that could upset you—like losing your car keys or getting caught in a traffic jam. But when you know what’s going on, you can choose to be in control.

You must take responsibility for your happiness. You’re the one person you’re never going to get away from, so you’d better learn to like yourself. It’s impossible to enjoy life if you don’t enjoy yourself. We have a well of wonderful things on the inside of us, and no matter what’s going on around us, we can drink from that well within. We can find strength right there inside of us to do what we need to do.

I’ve learned that life is so much better when we don’t have unrealistic expectations—for ourselves or other people. There was a time when I got upset and felt sorry for myself for days when my husband, Dave, wanted to play golf. But God helped me to see that each of us has different ways of relaxing and unwinding. For Dave, it’s golf. For me, it’s shopping or watching a good old classic movie. As long as we keep things in balance, we can enjoy the freedom of doing what we like best. Understanding this has brought about a wonderful freedom that allows both Dave and me to do the things we enjoy.

You can enjoy this same freedom in your own life. Living in freedom—and allowing others to do the same—is a healthy and positive approach to life that pleases God.

We must also learn that we can be extraordinarily happy while living an ordinary, everyday life. Expecting life to be one long series of exciting events is setting yourself up for disappointment—and that’ll steal your joy! So learn to be content with life as it is.

With God’s help and your determination, you can learn to be happy and enjoy every single day of your God-given life. Start your days by saying, “This is the day the Lord has made. I willrejoice and be glad in it. Good morning, Lord!”

This article is taken from Joyce’s audio teaching, Keys to Enjoying Every Single Day of Your Life.
How to enjoy life despite your circumstances

Have a happy and God blessed, positive day!!
Lameese X

Weekend Shinanigans 2!

Hi my lovelies,

How was your weekend? It’s supposed to be winter down under but here in Brissy we’ve been having awesome sunny weather. Hot days & cool nights. Tis a recipe for getting sick but I love the sunshine & hot days as it gives us the opportunity to spend much needed time with Lil B playing while soaking up the fresh air & sunshine 🌞

The weekend started off good. A few of my girlfriends & I (whom all have kids) organized a girls night out. Dinner, drinks & a bit if dancing. Mummy time out… Yay! Cause all us Mum’s deserve a treat now & then 😄

Saturday, well lets say it was a bit slow. I only had 3 vodka, lime & soda the night before buy my head felt otherwise. Geez! If that’s not a sign that I’m ‘maturing’ (as I like to call it) then I don’t know what is. Thank goodness for grandparents. I’m lucky my Mum stays in the next suburb from me & she offered to watch Lil B while I get a few winks of sleep. Oh heaven! God bless her! Lil B spent the day running around the playground with his grandparents and we all lived happily ever after. Lol!

Sunday it was a bit overcast but still warm. We took a drive to Victoria point where we has a picnic & enjoyed the fresh air, sunshine & good company. Lil B really enjoyed himself. Running around, oh yes his running now. Keeping me on my toes. It’s a good thing cause it’ll keep me semi-fit. After our joyous family time at Victoria point we headed to the Coffee Club to catch up with our dear friends Brads & Zoe where we had a delicious cuppa, some adult chatting time & yet again good company but by the time we were done there Lil B was getting restless and tired so we called it a night and headed home. With Lil B fast asleep we got sorted for the next working day, relaxed on the couch and soaked up the memoirs of our weekend. It was nothing out of the normal but was really special. Just spending time with family and friends made us realize how lucky we are to have such good people on our lives. And how much more we are enjoying Lil B each day (yes, even with the tantrums). Thank you Lord for the little blessings in our lives!

What did you do the weekend?

Hope you all had family or friends to spend it with 😃

Be blessed & have a fantastic blessed week!

Lameese X

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Easy mid week meal: Bacon spaghetti with pine nuts & parsley

It’s that time of the week. When you’re lacking inspiration, energy & the will to do anything much! Funny how that is! So today in my pursuit to keep up with healthy eating mantra but making it easy I came up with this meal.
You can change up a few ingredients if you so wish to suit your taste buds or to use whatever you have in your pantry.

Ingredients:
– Spaghetti (I used half a packet)
– bacon, cut into pieces (that was in my freezer)
– tin of evaporated milk (to keep it healthyish)
– fresh parsley
– crusher garlic
– green capsicum
– pine nuts
– pepper to taste

Method:
– Boil spaghetti as per packet instructions or until el dente, drain & set aside
– In a saucepan or pot roast the pine nuts until lightly brown shaking the pan so the nuts don’t burn, set aside.
– In the same pan fry the bacon with some crushed garlic
– Add the chopped green capsicum & cool until capsicum slightly softened and bacon browned
– add evaporated milk
– stir in parsley (I use a lot because I love parsley)
– add pepper to taste (you can add salt but I think the bacon makes it salty already)
Top with roasted pine nuts & more parsley
Can be served with side salad.

Enjoy! Let me know if you try the recipe by tagging me or posting pics on my blog.

Lameese X

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Easy mid week meal: Bacon spaghetti with pine nuts & parsley

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It’s that time of the week. When you’re lacking inspiration, energy & the will to do anything much! Funny how that is! So today in my pursuit to keep up with healthy eating mantra but making it easy I came up with this meal.
You can change up a few ingredients if you so wish to suit your taste buds or to use whatever you have in your pantry.

Ingredients:
– Spaghetti (I used half a packet)
– bacon, cut into pieces (that was in my freezer)
– tin of evaporated milk (to keep it healthyish)
– fresh parsley
– crusher garlic
– green capsicum
– pine nuts
– pepper to taste

Method:
– Boil spaghetti as per packet instructions or until el dente, drain & set aside
– In a saucepan or pot roast the pine nuts until lightly brown shaking the pan so the nuts don’t burn, set aside.
– In the same pan fry the bacon with some crushed garlic
– Add the chopped green capsicum & cool until capsicum slightly softened and bacon browned
– add evaporated milk
– stir in parsley (I use a lot because I love parsley)
– add pepper to taste (you can add salt but I think the bacon makes it salty already)
Top with roasted pine nuts & more parsley
Can be served with side salad.

Enjoy! Let me know if you try the recipe by tagging me or posting pics on my blog.

Lameese X