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1. This week it was the Chinese Lantern Festival in Auckland. Or should I say is? The last night is tonight but we went on Thursday. Being an Aucklander for almost four years now I can’t believe I had never gone before! The lanterns were very pretty and it was cool to see the Chinese New Year being celebrated. There are heaps of lanterns that depicted old Chinese fables and things which were interesting.

2. Sometimes living in the CBD makes me forget about nature and greenery and areas not covered in tall buildings. Or that I can find that without driving for an hour! This week I made an effort to go for walks to places that aren’t busy streets. The photo above was taken on a Friday night stroll I took with Luther down to the waterfront and we watched a cruise ship go out. It is so nice to get out after being cooped up in the office all week.

3. I was a fan of Serial and have been looking for  a new podcast ever since that ended. I stumbled across the Accidental Creative Podcast.  Not only is it sound advice for those in or wanting a creative career, it is also just really nice to listen to.

4. I bought some buckwheat on a whim. I had no idea how to cook it or what to do with it. I’ve done a little experimentation and so far I am at 1 success v 1 failure. You can read more about that here.

5. I’m not a big cricket fan but I am a sports watcher. I wholeheartedly support my team and it was no different yesterday. It was the Black Caps v Australia so we had it on and at first I wasn’t paying too much attention ’cause Cricket is normally boring, right? It was crazy tense!!! But our boys came through and Brendon McCullum is a trooper. Imagine getting hit by a ball going 150km/hr. He kept playing!

That was my week. How was yours?

xo Isabel

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1. This week has been long and short at the same time. It does not feel like a week has gone past. I swear my alarm comes too soon. And bed time comes so late – there are so many things to do! We had a busy weekend. Parties and helping people move and board games with friends. Munchkin is great by the way. I would definitely recommend it.

2. We went without a vacuum cleaner for three weeks. Ours broke and for various reasons it was a little while before we had a new one. For starters, it was a bit gross. After finally cleaning the carpet the apartment felt transformed. It got me thinking of the little things that make me feel re-energised and a little more on top of things. Like having a clean apartment and having flowers/plants inside and pretty crockery and getting out into the sunlight and a good cup of tea and a full bookshelf and a well spent Sunday evening.

3. I’ve taken a little oath with myself. Thou shalt wear the many lipsticks one has decided to own. Or something similar spoken in a deep voice. I reached for my daily makeup bag and it was about the same size as the makeup bag of just lipsticks! This week I wore four of them and got over my fear of bright lipsticks… just a little bit. So three lipsticks a week, until I want to wear them all regularly. I have yet to wear a red to work. That will be the day that I know I am one of those people that wears lipstick and not a shambles masquerading as one of those people.

4. I went to a first birthday party this weekend and it was adorable!!! There are so many babies in my family now (oh my goodness there is 6!!) that I really need to get onto the baby crafts. I’m thinking baby quilts. What other crafts for babies (or mothers of babies) would you recommend?

5. Judging by the weather in Auckland I will probably be singing this song this week. Cause Sunday/Monday/Tuesday… morning rain is falling.

xo Isabel

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1. We got two new board games. One is Munchkin which we will try with some friends next weekend. The other is the Guilds expansion for Dominion. This expansion has a baker card which I was very excited about! (Cause I like baking) We may have played it four times this weekend already. Oops.

2. I was walking home from work the other day and these women had set up a little front yard stall of things they were cleaning out.  It was really cool just to see all the stuff they had accumulated over the years and get some of it for a bargain. I’m mostly excited for the tea pot. Because everyone needs a tea pot for their tea parties.

3. You know those cars that go past playing music super loud? I always wonder if they have their speakers facing outwards. It would look silly but it would be better for their ears…

4. When 3pm hits I like to go onto the SPCA website and look at all the animals up for adoption. We live in an apartment so the best I can do is try to keep plants alive. I can dream nonetheless. Recently they got puppies!!!

5. At the request of Luther (my boyfriend/flatmate/betterhalf) I will be slowing down.  Or you might have noticed that I have. Going for 9 blog posts a week may have been a bit foolish!

So my posting schedule will be as follows: Tuesday and Friday are projects on here, Sunday will be more lifestyle-y things on here, and Wednesday and Sunday are baking posts.

I think it will be a good balance of I want to do all the things and real life.

xo Isabel

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