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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Cupcakes!


"When you look at a cupcake, you've got to smile."  Anne Byrn




"Coffee makes it possible to get out of bed. Cupcakes make it worthwhile." Unknown Author



Monday, February 27, 2012

Say G'day Saturday Linky Party ~ A Virtual Trip around the World

Hello and welcome to this weekend's say G'day Saturday Linky Party!

Well, this has been another very sad week for our family so I hope you will for give me if I haven't visited you. Some of you might recall that last year our family lost a very dear friend to breast cancer. Sadly we have had to say goodbye to another dear friend this week. Ann Maree was not even 50 and she was the most vibrant, energetic, positive and amazing person in the world. Her only child, a beautiful daughter, is one of Maddy's best friends. Naturally Ann Maree's husband and family are completely devastated to have lost someone so young to breast cancer. It was a very aggressive cancer that attacked her liver....one minute she was here and the next she was gone.

Say G'day Saturday Linky Party, A Virtual Trip around the World, Natasha in Oz, Breast Cancer

Ann Maree was an amazing traveller. She saw so much of the world and she was always encouraging us to see more of the world and live a full and happy life. So to honour her memory, today I am taking a virtual trip around the world to all of the places that meant so much to Ann Maree!

Let's take a virtual trip around the world!


Love From Bryony

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Say G'day Saturday Linky Party, A Virtual Trip around the World, Natasha in Oz,


“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

Say G'day Saturday Linky Party, A Virtual Trip around the World, Natasha in Oz, Harrods, London


“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Photo taken by me!



No matter what happens, travel gives you a story to tell.
Jewish Proverb

Say G'day Saturday Linky Party, A Virtual Trip around the World, Natasha in Oz, Travel, Stonehenge, UK,


Say G'day Saturday Linky Party, A Virtual Trip around the World, Natasha in Oz, travel, Paris, Eiffel Tower


“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

Say G'day Saturday Linky Party, A Virtual Trip around the World, Natasha in Oz, Travel, Ireland, Blarney Castle


Say G'day Saturday Linky Party, A Virtual Trip around the World, Natasha in Oz, Travel, Hong Kong Harbour image, Hong Kong
Source: 3sisters365.blogspot.com

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy




“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

Say G'day Saturday Linky Party, A Virtual Trip around the World, Natasha in Oz, Travel, Sydney

Say G'day Saturday Linky Party, A Virtual Trip around the World, Natasha in Oz, Travel, Hong Kong
Source: 3sisters365.blogspot.com


“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Say G'day Saturday Linky Party, A Virtual Trip around the World, Natasha in Oz, Travel, Paris





If you would like to link up a post to this weekend's Say G'day Saturday Linky Party just add the url of your particular blog post that you would like us to visit to the Linky tool below. You can share a recipe, a crafty idea, a gardening tip, a clip for your favourite song or anything in between!

Please just link back to me @ NatashaInOz.com or if you would like to Tweet about this weekly Linky Party please add this to your tweets #SayGdayParty





Thanks so much for joining in and linking up! Don't forget to come back later so you can say G'day to some of the lovely pinners who have linked up!

If you haven't already heard, I have also created a central list of Pinning Bloggers so we can all find each other's Pinterest pages more easily. It is called....

The Pinning Bloggers Master List.


Say G'day Saturday Linky Party, A Virtual Trip around the World, Natasha in Oz, Pinning Blogger


If you would like to add your name to the Pinning Blogger's Master List just click the button below:



Thank you so very much for stopping by today.  Please know that your visit means so much to me-I appreciate every single one of my dear bloggy friends. 

Best wishes for a beautiful week,
Natasha In Oz 

This post is dedicated to Ann Maree, our dear friend Sue and all of the amazing women who are fighting or have fought this terrible disease.
Say G'day Saturday Linky Party, A Virtual Trip around the World, Natasha in Oz, Breast Cancer

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Cleaning Day!

This closet is my worst nightmare! 

It contains all the things I hate: vacuum cleaner, ironing board & duster! 


Where is the cleaning fairy when you need her?

Best wishes always,
Natasha In Oz

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party ~ Welcome to Natasha in Oz (dot com)

One of my goals this year was to try to be a better blogger, to change the name of my blog and to get my own dot.com! Well.... unfortunately my part-time job this term has taken me away from my blog so I need to work on being a better blogger next term...but.... I am now two steps closer to achieving my goals!

You see, when I decided to start my own blog I created the name rather impulsively and didn't realise that there would be a very long blogspot.com at the end of the blog title... www.5minutesjustforme.blogspot.com is so long!

Also, as an English teacher I really regretted using the numeral five instead of the word five in my blog's title! I don't know how many times I have told my students over the years that small numbers, such as whole numbers smaller than ten, should be spelled out yet here I was doing exactly that! Bad teacher! I have also noticed that when lots of bloggers link back to me they often forgot to add in the word "Just" so I decided to simply start afresh and name my blog something that many people have already seen many times before....

Welcome to Natasha in Oz (dot com)
#Saygdayparty, Favourite Finds, Fragile State, Natasha In Oz, Say G'Day Linky Party, Say G'Day Saturday, Say G'day Saturday Linky Party, teacups, The Facts and the Dreams, Vignette,

So, I have finally removed blogspot.com from my URL, I have a new and simpler name for my blog and I am following the rules for writing numbers...yippee!

I have a few other exiting things planned for this little ol' blog but as always, everything takes time and patience. Please bear with me while I make a few changes and try to reach my blogging goals in 2012!

Now, onto this week's 

Say G'day Saturday Linky Party

Say G'Day, Natasha in Oz


I can't wait to see what you have been creating and doing this week! I have been trying a few recipes, looking for ideas for Easter and I've even done some decorating. I have also found myself listening to lots of Chillout music while I have been at home by myself. I thought you might like to listen to one of my favourite pieces that I seem to be constantly playing over and over again! It is very ambient and is great background music while I am marking homework, cleaning the house or reading my favourite blogs!

Fragile State - The Facts And The Dreams



Here are some of my Favourite Finds this week!


Tea cups and roses


Table setting ideas for afternoon tea

Vintage ideas for your table setting


Tea party
Source: uktv.co.uk


Easter Treats made with wonton noodles from bhg.com




Easter Treats made with wonton noodles



Easter cupcake
Source: bhg.com


This Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich from twopeasandtheirpod.com is calling my name!



I made these Chocolate muffins via @GoodFoodChannel this week and they were divine!
Chocolate muffins recipe
Source: uktv.co.uk 


15 ways to tie scarves


Gorgeous Vignette Ideas

ER_BWDessert


Have you posted about a favourite finds, a new recipe, a craft idea, some decorating tips or even a song recently? I would be so thrilled if you could link up your post to my weekly

Say G'day Saturday Linky Party!

#Saygdayparty, Favourite Finds, Fragile State, Natasha In Oz, Say G'Day Linky Party, Say G'Day Saturday, Say G'day Saturday Linky Party, teacups, The Facts and the Dreams, Vignette,


If you would like to link up a post, old or new, just add the url of your particular blog post that you would like us to visit to the Linky tool below.







Please just link back to me @ NatashaInOz.com or if you would like to Tweet about this weekly Linky Party please add this to your tweets #SayGdayParty

Thanks so much for linking up! I hope you might have some time later on to come back and visit some of the fabulous Bloggers who have joined in with this week's party.

Please let them know that you have dropped by and say G'day!

Finally, in case you hadn't heard, I have created a central list of Pinning Bloggers so we can all find each other's Pinterest pages more easily. It is called....

The Pinning Bloggers Master List.

If you would like to add your name to the Pinning Blogger's Master List just click the button below:


#Saygdayparty, Favourite Finds, Fragile State, Natasha In Oz, Say G'Day Linky Party, Say G'Day Saturday, Say G'day Saturday Linky Party, teacups, The Facts and the Dreams, Vignette,


Thanks again for stopping by and sharing my exciting news with me! I really appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to come and visit me in my little corner of the world Down Under!

Take care and I hope you all have a fabulous, healthy and fun weekend!

Best wishes,
Natasha In Oz 
Please join me each weekend for the Say G'day Saturday Linky Party!
You can also visit me at PINTERESTTWITTER

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party ~ The Valentine's Edition!

Welcome friends to natashainoz.com and welcome to this weekend's



I really can't believe that another week has just about gone and that Valentine's Day is literally only days away! Didn't we only just celebrate Christmas?

Since this is a weekend full of hearts and flowers in blogland I thought I would get in on the act too and share some of my favourite ideas for Valentine's Day!

Chocolate Heart Sandwich Cookies


Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Hearts


Modern Valentine's Day Artwork


String of Hearts Garland


Love Pillow


Beribboned Hearts Garland


Heart Spools Valentine Plaque
Source: bhg.com 


Cute Soda Case Wrap


Romantic Movie Basket
Source: bhg.com 


Reserved for JerriLynne - Berry Wreath - Valentine's Day Wreath - Kisses and Hugs - XO - Holiday Wreath

 
I don't know about you but whenever I think of movies that are truly romantic and all about love this is the one that always comes to mind...


Now there is nothing romantic about this clip....I just love Hugh Grant and wanted to see him dancing!



Note to self...I must watch Love Actually again soon!

I would love to know what you have been up to this week! Have you posted any recipes, crafts, ideas, tutorials,songs or favourite Pinterest Pins on your blog lately? Please share your favourite post, old or new, to my weekly Say G'Day Linky Party, by simply adding the url of your particular blog post that you would like us to visit to the Linky tool below.





Thanks so much for linking up! I hope you might have some time later on to come back and visit some of the sweet Bloggers from all around the world who have joined in with this week's party. Please let them know that you have dropped by and say G'day!

Thanks also to the following wonderful people for having me this week:


Courtney (Feathered Nest Friday), At the Picket Fence (Inspiration Friday) , Holly (Tickled Pink),  Debra at Common Ground ; Cindy (Show and Tell Friday), Home Sweet Home with Sherry, Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense, Pink Saturday with Beverly, Fabulous Friday; Strut your Stuff Saturday;   Honey at 2805;  Flaunt it Friday; Everything but the Kitchen Sink Party; Feature Friday; Feature Yourself Friday;Free for All Friday; Weekend wander; Show & Tell Saturday; Serenity Saturday; Once upon a Weekend;Saturday show Off; Saturday Seven; Sunday Blog Love; Piquing my Pinterest; Sunday Linky Party Sundae Scoop; More the Merrier Monday Creative Bloggers party; Making The World Cuter Mondays;Market Yourself Monday;Rook no.17; Take it on Tuesday; One Project at a Time; Wow Me Wednesday; Show & Tell; Whatever Wednesday; Anything Goes Linky party; Simply Link Party; Wow Me; Show and Share; Whatever Goes Wednesday; Artsy Girl Connection

Best wishes and thanks for visiting my little corner of the world Down Under!


Natasha In Oz 

Please join me each weekend for the Say G'day Saturday Linky Party!
You can also visit me at PINTERESTTWITTER

Thursday, February 9, 2012

#FEBPHOTOADAY

Welcome sweet friends! Thank you for stopping by to visit me in my little corner of the world Down Under-it is so wonderful to see you!

I have had another busy week at home and at school but I am having an absolute ball! I have also been having lots of fun posting daily photos on instagram for the February Photo a Day Challenge which is being hosted by Australian blogger fatmumslim 

Are you playing along too? If not here is the daily program!


It’s a great way to record my daily happenings and to look at the everyday things that happen my life a little differently. I've also met some new friends on twitter and instagram by tweeting about my daily pictures.




I am posting my pictures on my Tumblr blog so please pop by and check them out if you have five minutes to spare. Here are a few of my favourites from the last few days:

The view from my deck on a hot summer’s day. Happy February! #febphotoaday 
(Taken with instagram


This is without a doubt the best hand cream in the world! #febphotoaday #hands 



10am…time for a cuppa! 


How is it that I have collected so many random #buttons #febphotoaday 



Good morning #sunshine!


It's not too late to join in so if you want to link up you will find instructions here. If you are already sharing photos please let me know so I can come by and visit you.

I'm also linking up with:

Favorite Photo Friday
Sweet Violet
Happily Mother After
Project Alicia
Weekend Flowers

and


Thanks again for taking time out of your busy day to visit me-I appreciate you and am so grateful for your support, friendship and all of your very sweet comments!

Best wishes,
Natasha In Oz 
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