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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday Tune & Travel Tuesday: My Trip to Paris!

Hello sweet friends! Thank you so much for dropping by to Say G'day and to listen to this week's Tuesday Tune. This week I am sharing, very belatedly, some pictures from our last trip to Paris in 2012/2013.


I can't believe that it has taken me this long to share my photos but better late than never, right?!

Tuesday Tune & Travel Tuesday: A Trip to Paris, Natasha in Oz

I've also collated some French music on Soundcloud  to listen to while you look at my Parisian Pictures. 

Tuesday Tune & Travel Tuesday: A Trip to Paris, Natasha in Oz


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party (84) - Tips for Taking Better iPhone pictures & a Blog Hop!

G'Day from Oz and welcome to this week's Say G'day Saturday Linky Party! I  appreciate you taking time to join in with this weekly exchange of ideas, vision, creativity, knowledge and friendship.

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party (84) - Tips for Taking Better iPhone pictures & a Blog Hop!


I must apologize for the lateness of this post. It is a long weekend for us Aussies and Kiwis for ANZAC Day, the day we remember and honour the men and women who have represented our countries in wars. I'm very proud of my hubby and son who woke up at 3:30am so they could attend the Dawn Service in the CBD and I'm especially proud of Alastair who sang at the service with his school choir.

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party, Tips for Taking Better iPhone pictures, Blog Hop, Natasha in Oz


I've also had a busy week with getting the kids back to school for a three-day week! They went to school Tuesday then had Friday off so it was a bit hard to keep them motivated! 

I also wrote a post on iPhoneography so if you missed it it might be worth reading if you are like me and you take most of your photos with your smartphone! This post is full of tips and tricks to make your iPhone pictures look amazing and I also share some of my favourite photography apps. Please just click the picture or have a look here if you would like to learn more about #iphoneography.

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party, Tips for Taking Better iPhone pictures, Natasha in Oz, #iPhoneography



Thursday, April 24, 2014

#iPhoneography ~ Tips and Tricks for taking Better Smartphone Pictures

G'day sweet friends! Welcome to my bloggy home, Natasha in Oz. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have had a fabulous week.

As many of you know, I am rather fond of Instagram and I love sharing my photos with you each weekend at my Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party. I love it because it makes anything and everything look fabulous! I also love it because with just a few clicks, I can share your amazing image to Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks. So I thought that since I haven't done an iPhoneography post for a while I might share my tips and tricks for taking better smartphone pictures and a few more of my favourite apps that I use when posting pictures.


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Tips and Tricks for taking better smartphone pictures!

1. Don’t use the camera that comes with the Instagram app.
Instagram is a great tool for filtering photos to make them look fabulous but the camera isn't the best. Use your own iphone camera to take the picture then filter it via Instagram. Here's an example of what I mean.

This picture was taken with my iphone. The colours are fine and the resolution is good.
#iPhoneography ~ Tips and Tricks for taking Better Smartphone Pictures


This was taken using the Instagram camera. It's flat colour wise and the clarity isn't as good as when using the in-built camera. 
#iPhoneography ~ Tips and Tricks for taking Better Smartphone Pictures


This is what the picture looks like after going through the IG filter. The resolution is still good and the colours are just as vibrant. 
#iPhoneography ~ Tips and Tricks for taking Better Smartphone Pictures


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party (83) - Link up your recipes, crafts, tutorials, DIY, tips & tricks!

G'Day from Oz and welcome to this week's Say G'day Saturday Linky Party! I hope you are enjoying a relaxing and happy weekend and if you celebrate Easter I hope you are enjoying one (or two!) hot cross buns! I appreciate you taking time to join in with this weekly exchange of ideas, vision, creativity and knowledge.



I've just returned from a relaxing beach break and am trying to forget that the school holidays finish in only a couple of days! I love having the kids at home with me and always feel sad when I know that they are going back to school for another term.

We had some fun times during the Autumn break. Here's a glimpse of what we got up to!




Friday, April 18, 2014

Blogging from Mooloolaba Beach & Say G'day Party Reminder

G'day from Mooloolaba beach! I'm having the best time at the beach but as the saying goes all good things must come to an end and sadly we head home today. It will be sad to say good bye to this!

Blogging from Mooloolaba Beach & Say G'day Party Reminder
Mooloolaba Beach


Blogging from Mooloolaba Beach & Say G'day Party Reminder
Mooloolaba Beach, Queensland, Australia

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday Tune: Lisa Hannigan, Sea Song

G'day from the beach at beautiful Mooloolaba, Australia. Welcome to Natasha in Oz and welcome to this week's Tuesday Tune, my weekly post where I share my favourite song for the week.

Tuesday Tune: Lisa Hannigan, Sea Song
Tuesday Tune


This week I'm at the beach so my song is very beachy indeed!

Tuesday Tune, Lisa Hannigan, Sea Song, Mooloolaba
Mooloolaba, Australia

Tuesday Tune, Lisa Hannigan, Sea Song, Mooloolaba
Mooloolaba, Australia

Tuesday Tune: Lisa Hannigan, Sea Song
Mooloolaba, Australia


Tuesday Tune, Lisa Hannigan, Sea Song, Mooloolaba
Mooloolaba, Australia


I hope you enjoy today's seaside inspired Tuesday Tune, Sea Song by Lisa Hannigan.



What did you think of today's Tuesday Tune? If you have shared a song or anything musical on your blog lately please share your post in the link up tool below. I'm always wanting to hear new tunes and find new music to listen to!


Thanks so much for visiting today. If you haven't already linked up to this week's Say G'day Saturday Linky party please just click the button below to join in the fun!

Tuesday Tune, Lisa Hannigan, Sea Song, Mooloolaba


I hope you have a great Tuesday and that you enjoy the rest of your week!

Best wishes,

Natasha In Oz 

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party (82) and an invite to the Tuesday Tune Linky Party.

G'Day from Oz and welcome to this week's Say G'day Saturday Linky Party! Grab a tea, coffee or wine (depending on your timezone...it's 5 o'clock somewhere isn't it?) and get ready for a fun exchange of ideas, vision, creativity and knowledge.



As I am getting this post ready I am also getting ready for a week at the best beach in the world, Mooloolaba!




I can't wait to sit by the ocean each day, go for long walks, eat fresh seafood and most importantly, spend quality time with my beautiful family!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Delicious Jam and Coconut Slice Recipe

Hello from sunny Brisbane, Australia, sweet friends! Thank you so much for stopping by to say g'day. I'm so thrilled you are here as I am sharing a favourite recipe of mine for Foodie Friday. It is always a hit at tea parties, fetes as an after school snack or just something sweet to have with your afternoon cuppa.  This Jam and Coconut Slice recipe is an old-fashioned favourite with a cake-like pastry base, a layer of jam and a crispy coconut topping.

Delicious Jam and Coconut Slice, Natasha in Oz, Recipe


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tuesday Tune: TuneIn Radio App and The Pierces.

G'day from Brisbane, Australia. Welcome to Natasha in Oz and welcome to this week's Tuesday Tune, my weekly post where I share my favourite song for the week.

Tuesday Tune: TuneIn Radio App and The Pierces.


This week I'm sharing a new song that I heard on British Radio station BBC2 last night. No I didn't take a day trip over to the UK: I listened to it via the TuneIn Radio app.

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It's so amazing to be able to listen to radio stations from all around the world on my iphone! I just use the app TuneIn Radio which allows you listen to many of the world’s radio channels. You can stream sports, news, talk and music from every continent and they can all be accessed via your iPhone, iPad and iPod. It is also available as an android download.

Here is a screen shot of my favourite stations at the moment.

Tuesday Tune: TuneIn Radio App and The Pierces.

There are so many stations to choose from all around the world. Even though I still don't speak French I love listening to French radio. My daughter learns German so she listens to German stations. It really does make the world seem like a very small place!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this fun pop song The Pierces an American Los Angeles-based band consisting of sisters Allison and Catherine Pierce. They are originally from Birmingham, Alabama and were touring the UK when I heard them. I hope you like their most recent tune called Believe in Me.




What did you think of today's Tuesday Tune? If you have shared a song or anything musical on your blog lately please share your post in the link up tool below. I'm always wanting to hear new tunes and find new music to listen to! Please also let me know if you use any other apps to stream radio stations from around the world!


Thanks so much for visiting today. I hope you have a great Tuesday and that you enjoy the rest of your week!

Best wishes,

Natasha In Oz 

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party {81} ~ Link up your crafts, tutorials, DIY, recipes & blogging tips!

G'Day lovely friends. Welcome to this week's Say G'day Saturday Linky Party!



Today is the first day of the Autumn school holidays so I am in vacation mood! I slept in, read magazines, sipped my morning brew instead of pouring it down and I've generally had a wonderful day! That is also why today's link up is a little late!

Here are a few of the other things I've been doing this week, as seen on Instagram.

This week I said Goodbye March and Hello April!


On Wednesday I volunteered at my church's monthly Jumble Sale. I had such a great time and I also bought lots of great goodies, including this gorgeous vintage Wedgwood dish. There were so many bargains!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz ~ Hibiscus Tea is so Important for our Health and Wellbeing.

G'Day sweet friends! Thanks so much for joining me for another Tea Time post.

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One of my favourite parts of the day is at around 2:30 in the afternoon when I have a quiet cup of tea in peace before the kids get home from school. 

Tea Time with Natasha in Oz

One of my favourite teas is Hibiscus Tea. It is a herbal tea or tisane made from hibiscus flowers and it possesses a number of therapeutic benefits.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday Tune: Be Okay & De-Stress

G'day Sweet friends. Welcome to Natasha in Oz and welcome to this week's Tuesday Tune and Words of Wisdom post.


We are a happy crew at Chez Natasha in Oz this week as we are counting down the days to our Autumn Vacation which starts at exactly 3:05 on Friday afternoon! It's been a long term for the kiddos and they have both worked so hard and are no doubt feeling stressed and exhausted after weeks of studying, assessment, early starts and long days. I really feel for kids these days; they are under so much pressure to do well in everything they do and rarely have time to just, well, be kids!

A study, conducted by the University of Cambridge, has proved what most of us already know and that is that technology is one of the main factors causing stress and disrupting our lives.

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It found that 38% of 10-18 year olds claim to feel overwhelmed by technology.  Source This really challenges the stereotype that children today prefer technology to real life social interaction. In light of this evidence, I'm going to restrict our technology use these holidays; I'm going to make sure we spend even more time together as a family and I'm going to make sure that we engage in long face-to-face conversations about anything and everything!

Here are some more tips on how we can make our lives a bit more stress free!

10 Ways to De-Stress, Be Stress-Free,



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Stress Management
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Use Your 5 Senses to Bust Stress

We are going to use our holidays to 
De-Stress and  Be Okay!




I hope you enjoyed today's Tuesday Tune! If you have shared a song on your blog lately please let me know in the comments. I'm always wanting to hear new tunes and find new music to listen to!

Best wishes,

Natasha In Oz 

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