I turned 50 today . . .

So the news of the day – I turned 50 years of age. I am grateful for so many things . . .

I am grateful that I am here to celebrate my 50th birthday

I am grateful that I am generally healthy & do not suffer with much pain

I am grateful for my supportive, loving, caring husband

I am grateful for our loving, cheeky son

I am grateful for all our family and friends in my life and for those I am yet to meet

I am grateful that I have a roof over my head

I am grateful for my car getting me from A to B and beyond

I am grateful that we have such fabulous neighbours

I am grateful that we didn’t have a long, hot summer this year

I could go on but you may have already stopped reading?!?

What am I saying with all of this … appreciate the good in your life. Go out and make the most of life. Do what you love. Make time for you. Eat that slice of cake. Drink that glass of wine. Live life to the best of what you can. Don’t regret anything. Travel, explore, love, laugh, enjoy … do what makes you happy!

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Coconut Soap

Oh, I think I am in love with the simplicity of pure coconut soap. You cannot get any simpler than a single oil soap. I made 2 batches over the weekend, one to be made into washing powder once cured and one for a body soap. They are superfatted at different % so they will react to the body very differently, it will be interesting to compare the two once cured. Thinking out loud … being as there is no lye (sodium hydroxide) left after the saponification process and the water evaporates during the curing process in the end there will be nothing but coconut left. It’s that simple . . .

A special birthday . . .

This year sees a few family with special birthdays. With my Aunt’s birthday just a few days away now, I recently crafted her 70th card, along with another Aunt’s 80th and my cousin’s 60th. I wanted something different so looked for ideas ‘out of the box’ … pardon the pun! What I ended up creating was 3 Cards in a Box! Here is a peek at Brenda’s 70th card. Super happy with how it turned out … hope she loves it as much as I do (yes, I know … shouldn’t have increased the light before taking the photos. Hindsight is a fabulous thing! LOL).

Millbrook Winery

  • Stunning location
  • Amazing food
  • Beautiful hidden gem

A friend visited here recently & I thought it may be the perfect place for me to celebrate my upcoming birthday so we popped on down to check it out. It was all of the above & more, however I feel it is just a bit far out of the way & maybe a little more than some people could handle … so looking at other options & ideas for my birthday. My thoughts on the food … it was amazing, produce where at all possible was from the heritage vegetable gardens. Simple. Elegant. Devine. I use these words to describe the food. Brian & I had a share plates – sashimi King Fish paired with freshly grated horseradish, beef with roasted fig & snake beans with olives. All melt in your mouth. The sourdough served as a starter with softened butter & salt flakes was amazing! We finished with fresh liquorice, ice cream & sorbet … O.M.G. The liquorice was incredible! We will return . . .

Another day … another card

This year sees me and a good number of people I know turn 50! Still trying to get my head around that one a bit, however very grateful that I have made it thus far!
So, for my school friends with whom I’m still in touch, I’ve made this card (in various colour versions) to help celebrate this momentous occasion. I know, it doesn’t state 50! or yell of getting older, and that is just how I wanted it, understated.

50th birthday card