Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Banning fun?

Can you believe that a school in Sydney has banned hand stands and cartwheels? What are they going to ban in schools next? Apparently ball games are also being considered to be banned in some schools. Are they going to kill all the fun things kids can do that involve physical activity and fresh air just in case they hurt themselves? Next they'll be ripping out the playgrounds and putting the kids in straight jackets. How is this going to help the obesity rate of children? They'll end up just sitting around because they won't be able to move for all the cotton wool they'll be wrapped in... what is the world coming to?!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Summary 26/8/2012

So this week was rather good! I felt quite productive! Which I haven’t for a while.

Got to catch up with a friend on the train trip home and was dumbfounded when a passenger across from us was quite annoyed and requested that we give the talking a break. I’ve never had that happen or experienced it happening to someone else. We weren’t talking about anything inappropriate or rude. We were just chatting away about anything and everything and though maybe we were a little loud at some point we weren’t doing anything wrong. When your on public transport I wouldn’t expect to have someone be so annoyed for that kind of noise. So there you go. There is a first time for everything!

Music wise, I bought 360’s album today, Falling & Flying, so I’m quite keen to get into that this week. Also been loving Taylor Swift's new stuff. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together & her collaboration with B. o. B., Both of Us.

The week in thousands of words...
Cooking white chocolate brownies!

My two year old brother who loves playing on Mum's iPhone. Certainly not something I was doing at that age!

Private performances from my talented little sisters!

Chicken Kiev. Om. Nom. Nom.
My typical Friday lunch. Spicy prawn sushi and a vegetarian curry puff.

Delicious pizza on a little date with my sister!

Good luck with the week!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Flave #014

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks. Finally finished reading it a week or so ago now. I didn't mind the story. I haven't actually read any of Sparks other novels as yet so this was my first. I've only seen the films for The Last Song and The Notebook, both based on other novels he's written, which I do enjoy quite a bit. I'd probably only give it a 3/5. There's just something about the main characters of Beth and Logan that in the end I didn't find them totally loveable. I don't know what it was. But it was quite a sweet story. Worth a read, just not my favourite book.

So I've already seen it but He's Just Not That Into You was only $13 at Kmart at the moment and it's a film that I just like so much I thought i would get my own copy. It's one of those films with half a dozen or so big names and the storyline involves sub story lines as different characters love lives unfold and then somehow they are all slightly connected in some way. Like your Love Actually, New Years Eve or Valentines Day. As I've mentioned many times before Ginnifer Goodwin is one of my favourites and in this film she leads the cast as the main character, Gigi, or at least she is in my head, tying the whole story together. Ben Affleck, Jennifer Anniston (another of my favs), Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long and Bradley Cooper all star and I enjoy all of them. Of course everyone lives happily ever after... or for the most part. Some find they were looking in the wrong places and others find their happy endings were right in front of them all along. One of those movies I will watch over and over.... 9/10.

Monte Carlo is one of those typical Disney films. It stars Selena Gomez, fresh out of the Disney machine and then Leighton Meester & Katie Cassidy who've both been on Gossip Girl, which makes it a little better. Also Corey Monteith from Glee which further makes it a little less.... painful to watch. But I wouldn't recommend. Then again I'm not really the desirable demographic.

Hadn't seen Moulin Rouge so bought the DVD and watched it finally! Starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor it's a classic that lived up to expectation. Such fun to watch! If you haven't checked it and like the musical kind then get onto it! 7.5/10.


You can't...

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

SwissMiss never fails to inspire me with her blog...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


So today I glanced at the forecast and was a little excited that it was to be 19 degrees! It was so lovely! And as I walked to school there was the smell of summer in the air with freshly cut grass. It was rather glorious I thought. Then even when it got windy it was practically a warm summery breeze as it had a lingering warmth to it. Just a lovely day!

Slow internet is the pits. It's so easy to take for granted the internet running at a reasonable speed just like you depend on your alarm going off ever morning or water to come out of the tap when you turn it on. All of a sudden you're sleeping through your alarm or it isn't even going off.... or the tap doesn't let you have water when you turn it on anymore.... How'd that happen?! It's the most frustrating because I always tend to have a few pages running slash loading at the same time and am often multi tasking in some way or another.... but when it's slow it's like.... only being able to have one line of thought because the dame thing can barely cope with that let alone a second one. Frustration to the max!

Today in class someones phone made this sparkly magic kind of noise... like you hear in little games. It made me think of this spider web game that I used to play on Neopets. Remember Neopets? I'm sure any 90s kid does. Used to spend so much time on that thing! Playing games to earn points to buy food and accessories for my pet. Three plays to earn points, per game, per day. The meercat neopet style snake game was always clicked.... especially when the second version came out. And then there was the spider game, there were many little addictive games. And then you'd trundle off to the shops to stock up on food.... and then I have a feeling i would always be checking my pet into the hotel so that my pet would be looked after without me having to log on. Much fun was had on that thing!... happy days!

Anyway... I love it when you get to the end of Wednesday. Less than half the week to go and then it's the weekend. I live for the weekend at the moment!

Hope your hump day was as good as mine!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pump up Spring!

I love how just listening to a song can brighten your day. Whether it be because of a memory attached or just because it's a typically uplifting song that you love. Today while I was in the gym Channel [v] decided to play three consecutive Foster the People songs. Of course firstly it was Pumped up Kicks and then I can't remember specifically the other two as I always get the titles all mixed up but wow! It just made me so happy. Just hearing the intro of Pumped Up Kicks took me back to summer, to dizzy hot days, sweating something silly, Big Day Out 2012 and just fantastic times with friends and family. I've come home and put it straight on and even now I can almost smell summer and feel the thick warm air that comes with it! I'm actually kind of looking forward to it warming up, it was quite lovely today. Usually I hate the thought of hot weather, not that I want it hot hot.... just warm. Bring on Spring!

Sick again....

All last week I had the nigglings of a cold, a runny nose and a slight irritation in the back of the throat and now it seems it's gotten worse. By Saturday I managed to have also gained an impressive cough which is only getting a little worse. Yesterday was not much fun as I did feel quite yuk for the most of the day. Was funny as I was getting stuff out of my locker and had a cough my teacher was walking past and made the comment of how unhealthy I sound and how that's a "do what you've gotta do and go home day" when you sound like that. Of course that's not what I was going to do. Can definitely feel the cold in the stomach though. Not feeling fab. Though was surprisingly energetic when I was at the gym last night between blowing my nose and running about I actually made it through my sprints feeling better than I usually do which I find quite strange. Go figure!

Even made it home in time to watch Can of Worms last night. It was quite good. I like Chrissy Swan as host having replaced Ian "Dicko" Dickson. And the panel last night was really good with Megan Gale, Fitzy and Kate. Especially Kate. She's so funny!

Anyways, better get to it!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sunday Summary 19/8/2012

Matchbox Twenty's new song has been stuck in my head for the most part of the week. She's So Mean. It's just heaps catchy! When I first heard it I was trying to work out why they would be playing old Matchbox Twenty music, hadn't realised they were back together. Also discovered this really awesome track on Triple j Unearthed by Jessica CerroAnyone But Me. It's catchy and sweet with her indie pop style. Be sure to go and check it out! Also enjoying The Sapphires film track by Jessica MauboyGotcha. Another catchy one. Kinda keen to see the film actually... And as predicted I have been very much enjoying Lana Del Rey's album. Particularly loving the songs I already mentioned in last weeks Sunday Summary.

So The Hunger Games film was released on DVD on Friday so of course I rushed out to get it and last night watched it with my sisters one of which was as excited as I as we had both only read the book since it coming out and not seen it at the cinema. Shall share my thoughts in the next The Flave.

More cooking, made some delish chocolate pudding and chocolate cupcakes and lemon slice! So much delicious food!

Netball went well and we have now finished our home and away season with a fantastic result! Bring on finals!

The week in thousands of words...
A confusing game of chess with my brother with many substitutions and mixing of sets to make up a whole board or pieces.... it was rather confusing!

Mmmmmmmmmm, jam toast...

Why is cheese so good?!

Thornton is in my family tree so I picked up this chocolate bar to try it out...

One of my favourite bits in The Hunger Games...

Lemon slice and chocolate cupcakes!

Have a good one!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Spiderman Cupcakes...

So as shown in my Sunday Summary, in celebration of my little brothers birthday who happens to be a massive Spiderman fan, I made some Spiderman cupcakes last weekend. Thought I'd share how I made mine, though it's pretty simple and there are plenty of ways you could do it yourself depending on what you like!

Spiderman Cupcakes

You will need:
- Cupcakes (make own preferred recipe)
- Red icing (make red icing however you wish to make it)
- White marshmallows
- Dark chocolate

Firstly you need to make some little cupcakes. I made these delicious ones from the Easy Cupcake book, Double Chocolate Cupcakes that had some white chocolate in them. Very nice. But you can make whatever kind you so desire!

Then you will need to make some red icing. I just mix together icing sugar, a little bit of milk and butter and then hot water until it's the consistency I want. Then add red dye until it's red enough for you.

So then you ice your cup cakes with the red icing and let the icing set. While this happens get your white marshmallows and some kitchen scissors or a knife and cut them into the eye shape you would like. I had some pascal white marshmallows that I cut into three slices and then cut the slices in half to make half circles. Now they're ready to go.

Now melt your dark chocolate and spoon into a piping bag or even better, I used a little zip lock bag which you can fill and then carefully cut a really small opening in the corner and use this. Draw your web onto the iced cupcakes and add the eyes and you're done! 

Have fun!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday Summary 12/8/2012

Still deprived of Triple J listening I lack exposure to the glorious tunes of my favourite station. My sister recently purchased Lana Del Rey's Born to Die album though and after listening more and more I'm totally in love. I already have been enjoying her tunes and tossing up the purchase of her album myself for a while so I was rather delighted my sister decided to grab it. Especially loving Diet Mountain Dew which my sister and I have been serenading each other with all day, impossible to get out of your head. I also really like National Anthem which i'm quite sure I've mentioned here before. That and of course Video Games and Born to Die. Looking forward to saturating myself in this album all week!

Bought a few new DVD's, He's Just Not That Into You and Moulin Rouge. The first is a film I've seen and just love and the later of the two I have somehow never watched until this evening. Both shall have a mention in the next The Flave.

Another birthday to celebrate at my house this weekend. My little brother turned seven! I don't know how it happened! It doesn't seem that long since my siblings and I were being babysat at home and edgily awaiting the phone call that would tell us if we had a new little brother or sister. It finally came but it was a rough week as it turned out he wasn't in the very best of health and was rushed by helicopter off to a hospital with better facilities to be treated. Thank goodness he was ok and now.... he's above my hip in height and one of the sweetest little boys that gives the very best of cuddles you could possibly get. Love you Sammy!

Since my little Sammy is such a spiderman fan I made him some cute little Spiderman cupcakes.  There's a picture below...

All that and my busy social week made for fantastic fun. All in all a good week and weekend!

The week in thousands of words...
Sam's delicious birthday cake!

Om nom nom!

Little Spiderman cupcakes I made especially for Spiderman's biggest fan for his birthday!

Aeroplane eggs! Bit cute.

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire.
"I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now, and live in it for ever." 
- Peeta

Equals a lovely weekend!

These super small cute little mandarines that I've been enjoying this week.

Have a good one!

Saturday, August 11, 2012


So I'm feeling rather social at the moment! I feel like I've been out all week nearly!
Apart from another busy weekend last weekend and the usual weekly things I did have an extra busy social week.

Tuesday night I attended the first ever dog's birthday party I have ever been to. One of my friends housemates decided to throw a cute little party for her cute little dog and so it was done. It was so cute! Lots of cake and some fantastic dip. I do enjoy a good dip. They had this very nice one with sweet potato as well as spicy capsicum. Was delish! This of course then involved heading out which was grand fun. Haven't done that during the week for some time! Such fun to hit the dance floor with the girls!

Then Wednesday night I went out for dinner with a group of people as a sort of farewell as one of them has been here in Melbourne from overseas on exchange and goes back home this weekend. It's the first time I've eaten out "locally" since I've been down here. It's only taken 18 months! I was a little ashamed when I realised this was the case! I guess my constant tripping back and forth has stopped me from having time to do those sort of things very much. But anyways, I had a rather delicious red beef curry which I think I've been kind of craving for a while now. Lately spicy things are so very appealing.

Then a late netball match on Thursday. Which we did win. Such a good week!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

LINKspired #009

Among many other cool ideas that I came across on Kick Starter perhaps the simplest was a floating mug. Rather clever!

Etsy has a ridiculous amount of cool stuff. Don't these macaroon earrings look pretty much edible!

This Gazpacho packaging is totally cute.

Gorgeously simple and fresh, Archers Cider packaging.

So this is a useful little website offering advice on how children can save money as they grow. I just really love the colour scheme and the design of the page. It's pretty cute and earthy.

Southern Cross Packaging Awards past winners are pretty inspiring to look through. Some fantastic ideas!

This cereal packaging, Food your body likes, a cereal revolution is way too cool!

The three little pigs illustrations on these Jim Barry Wines are rather sweet!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday Summary 5/8/2012

So this week being without my phone, my poor broken phone that I accidentally killed last weekend, has been rather frustrating. All the info that was stored on the phone that I've now lost. All gone. Lucky Mum's old one is available to use until I can get a new one on my plan at the end of the month. Counting down the days! Not only that but the phone has a different headphone plug to the usual so mine don't plug in and I can't listen to the radio which means I'm having triple j withdrawals!

I finally finished reading The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks(The Notebook, The Last Song). Shall fill you in on my thoughts in the next The Flave. So now I'm onto the second Hunger Games book, Catching Fire.

Was my little sisters 9th birthday this weekend. Not quite sure how she's that old already. Wasn't that long ago and she was just toddling around as a two year old... so anyway, birthday cake was on the menu. The cake was chocolate topped with icing, marshmallows, white chocolate and musk sticks! Prettttty delish!

Bought a new dress from Dotti that was marked down to $20 from somewhere around $70. I was pretty happy with that. It's blue and lacy and so pretty. I'm a little bit in love with it. Also bought some new dark navy blue jeans from Glassons. They were around $30 which was pretty good. Kind of in love with them also.

The week in thousands of words...

Gorgeous lacy dress.

Pretty much?

New navy blue jeans!

Pancakes... I do enjoy pancakes...

Birthday cake!

It was really stormy one way and blue skies the other... this doesn't really capture it though...


Haven't had burger rings in foreverrr!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Broken Clock.

So it's currently 6.51AM on a Saturday morning. It's quite normal that I'm up at this time of the day generally. It's about the time a get up on weekdays to get to uni on time. And I like being up about now to be totally organised for netball. So this is fine. The bit that is not so fine is this morning, and the past two weeks as well, I've woken at about 4AM and despite all my efforts to get back to sleep it's a total struggle and I haven't managed it at all! Why must my body clock do this to me?! It's a tad ridiculous and not that much to expect my body to do it's job and sleep until about 7 at least. What is wrong with me?! It's not like I have an early night on Fridays. Often it's at least 12 before my sisters and I stop babbling our catch up of the week and try to sleep. Yet it seems my body thinks it's a great idea to have less than 4 hours of sleep. Totally fine! No worries! I didn't want to sleep anyways...

So in short.... I think my body clock is broken. If you know a reliable repairman I would love a recommendation!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Southern Satisfied.

So it's been a hectic week! Recovery from a massive weekend wasn't too bad. I had no time to be recovering! But relief and satisfaction are on the agenda as the Southern Cross Packaging project deadline was yesterday for submission and I managed to get my entry complete and sent off. Was in the worst panic in the morning rushing around finishing everything off. But I did it! And I'm quite proud of my little entry. The biggest brief I've ever done. And it's complete. And now I'm left with a strange taste in my mouth as it's odd not to have it hanging over my head as it has been for so long... bizarre! It's like the end of semester all over again!

I also took a bit of a trip back to 2000 when I bought my very first CD album with some birthday money I had been given. The album was the Oops... I Did It Again, Deluxe Edition - Britney Spears. On my trip home on Friday the other week I was browsing through what to listen to and couldn't help clicking on Britney. I proceeded to listen to the album and it just brings back the innocence of being about eight years old again. This deluxe album had a few the video clips for a few of the songs on it as well, one of them being Lucky. I recall watching that clip a ridiculous amount and proceeding to make up dance routines and re-enacting it as if I were Britney in the clip. Singing in front of the mirror with a hairbrush dreaming of being a popstar. Happy days!

Hooray for it being the weekend almost again. I'm totally drained and keen to go home to my family!