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Sunday, November 8, 2015

It's time for the Sundays Down Under Linky Party {21}

G'day from Oz and welcome to the weekly


Sundays Down Under Linky Party @ www.natashainoz.com

Thanks so much for taking the time to join me today to share YOUR latest and greatest blog posts with bloggers from all over the world!

Today I'm doing something a little different and sharing the story of Reshma, who in 2014 was allegedly the victim of and acid-attack. Her brother-in-law threw sulfuric acid on her face while she was visiting Northern India to take an exam.

Sharing the story of Reshma, who in 2014 was allegedly the victim of and acid-attack. Her brother-in-law threw sulfuric acid on her face while she was visiting Northern India to take an exam.


Even though she lost her left eye and her right eye is partially closed and infected, and she suffers from severe burns and disfigurement, she has made a video beauty tutorials to raise awareness of the staggering gender inequality in India. She also explains that it is just as easy to purchase lipstick and lip balm as it is to buy concentrated acid. Acid can be sold for as little as a dollar or 50 cents a litre.

As Good Housekeeping said, watch this video and prepare to be moved, to be angered, and to take action.


According to the BBC, there as many as 1,000 acid attacks in India every year, and almost 90% of these victims are women. Experts believe that women and girls are victims in 75-80% of cases. Of the female victims, about 30% are under 18.

Young Bangladeshi acid attack victims use candles to write the word
Image via BBC

If you were moved to tears about this like I was I urge you to sign the Make Love Not Scars petition that seeks to ban the over-the-counter sale of acid.

Make Love Not scars

Make Love Not Scars (MLNS) is a non government organization dedicated to provide acid attack victims an opportunity to regain their life on their own terms through recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration.

Please help them 

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Favourites, the Halloween Edition!

Happy Friday lovely friends and welcome to my weekly Friday Favourites post.

#FridayFavourites #FridayFavorites

To all those folks who are getting into the Halloween spirit, Happy Halloween too!



I hope you have had a fabulous week and are ready for the spookiest weekend of the year! As I've mentioned before, Aussies don't really celebrate Halloween so we haven't got any plans to trick or treat. But, if we were going to celebrate I'd be doing it in style for sure! Here are a few of the ways I'd be Halloweening this year if I could....


Favourite Halloween Tablescape

Halloween decorations : IDEAS & INSPIRATIONS Halloween Decor:
Pottery Barn


Favourite Centrepiece


Sophia's Decor
Favorite Halloween Freebie


FREE PRINTABLE Apothecary Labels. The Sanderson Sisters have a cupboard full of potions. Potion bottles are fairly easy to make and can be an inexpensive way to decorate. Hocus Pocus Halloween Party Decorations & Ideas:
World Label


Sunday, October 25, 2015

It's time for the weekly Sundays Down Under Linky Party {19}

G'day sweet friends and welcome to this weekend's


Sundays Down Under Linky Party @ www.natashainoz.com

Thanks so much for taking the time to join me today to share YOUR latest and greatest blog posts with bloggers from all over the world!

Last weekend I was visiting Madeleine in Canberra and we had such a great time. We had a lovely cultural experience, shared meals together and I had a tour of the ANU campus to see where Madeleine spends most of her time.

Here's a few of the pictures I took on my quick visit to the Capital.





I had such a great time with Madeleine and I can't wait to visit Canberra again too-it's a fabulous place!


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Share your blog posts at the Sundays Down Under Linky Party {18}

G'day and thank you so much for joining me for another fun


Sundays Down Under Linky Party @ www.natashainoz.com


Through the magic of technology as this post goes live I am in our nation's capital, Canberra, visiting my beautiful girl Madeleine! I have been here for the weekend and can't wait to share some of the fun things we got up to next weekend.

In the meantime, I would like to thank everyone who joined in with last week's linky! If you would like to grab a 'featured' button to add to your blog please do so!

Sunday Feature



Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday Favourites: It's FriYay!

Happy FriYay sweet friends!


(Image via Tiny Me)

I hope you have had a fabulous week and are ready for the weekend. I'm sooooo excited because tomorrow I'm heading down to Canberra to spend the weekend with Madeleine. I can't wait to see her and spend some quality time with my girl.



I've found a few Friday Favourites to get into a 'weekend' frame of mind. Hope you like them too!

#FridayFavourites #FridayFavorites


Favourite Music: Reset + Refresh playlist from Anthropologie





Favourite Tablescape


Wedding Sparrow

Favorite Outdoor Room: Poolside at my place!




Via my Instagram


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Share your latest blog posts at the Sundays Down Under Link Up {17}

G'day from sunny Australia, sweet friends! Welcome to my bloggy home Down Under, Natasha in Oz! Thanks so much for joining me for this weekend's


Sundays Down Under Linky Party @ www.natashainoz.com

This week I went back to school for the last term of the school year. It's only a short term so I can see that the rest of the year is going to fly by at a very rapid rate!

I found some time during the week to do some blogging over at my Christmas blog, Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365.

Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365

It sure was fun to get back into the Christmas Spirit after a bit of a break! If you haven't visited my Christmas Blog, Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365 before please do pop over for a visit soon! If you haven't been by for a while I hope you can stop by and say g'day soon.

Here are a few of the lovelies I have shared on my blogs this week to tempt you....

This week I shared some Friday Favourites including an instagram pic of some healthy infused water.


Over at my Christmas blog I shared a Dark Chocolate Peppermint Layer Cake via The Baker Chick.


Over at my Education Blog, Educator in Oz, I shared some of my favourite educational pins including this one from Edutopia.

You don't need a class set of tablets to integrate tech into your teaching. Check out this list of free apps to change up your routine next year.:


Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Favourites: Feeling Happy and Bright!

Well, the first week of term four is nearly over and thankfully I survived! It's been a good week so this week's Friday Favourites are all positive, happy and bright!

#FridayFavourites #FridayFavorites

I hope you enjoy these happy favourites as you get ready to start the weekend.

Favourite Wreath: Twigs and Rosettes

Favourite Wreath: Twigs and Rosettes
Yellow Mums

Favorite Outdoor Room


Favourite Outdoor Room
The Jungalow


Sunday, October 4, 2015

It's time for the weekly Sundays Down Under Linky Party {16}

G'day from Oz and welcome to my bloggy home Down Under. Thank you so much for joining me for another fun


Sundays Down Under Linky Party @ www.natashainoz.com

I'm feeling a bit sad today as it is the last day of my Spring Vacation. It's back to school time for me and I'm not happy!


I caught a cold for the last week of the holidays and have had the worst springtime allergies ever this week so I've literally been stuck at home and resting instead of having fun!

At least I found time to do some pinning and was able to share a few of your fabulous posts on Pinterest.

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in with last week's linky! I wasn't able to get organised to do features this week but if you'd still like to grab a 'featured' button to add to your blog please do so!

Sunday Feature



Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Favourites ~ Spring lovelies and a Ploughman's Lunch

Spring has sprung here in Oz and I’ve been spending as much time as possible outdoors enjoying the longer days and warmer temperatures.

So, to kick off the last weekend of my Spring Break, I'm sharing a few of my favourite things…

Favourite Springtime Flowers: Ranunculus

Ranunculus Flowers
Green Wedding Shoes


Favorite Springtime Place: New Farm Park in Brisbane

New Farm Park

Weekend Notes


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Blue Tuesday Tune | Regina Spektor's 'Blue Lips'

Happy Tuesday sweet friends! I am so glad you have stopped by to hear my latest Tuesday Tune. 

#TuesdayTune #NatashainOz #Music

Far is the fifth studio album by American  singer-songwriter Regina Spektor.

A Blue Tuesday Tune | Regina Spektor's 'Blue Lips'

 Rolling Stone magazine in 2009 labelled Spektor as "New York's Screwball Pop Queen" and The Guardian described her music as "polarising." I guess when she says things like this she could be considered a little quirky:

"It doesn't feel natural to me to write some diary-type song," Spektor, 29, says. "I want to write a classic like 'Yesterday,' but weird songs about meatballs in refrigerators come into my head no matter what – I can't help it."

Regina Spektor's new album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, comes out May 29.
Image via NPR


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Share your latest blog posts at the weekly Sundays Down Under Linky Party {15}

G'day lovely friends and welcome to my bloggy home Down Under, Natasha in Oz! Thanks so much for joining me for this weekend's


Sundays Down Under Linky Party @ www.natashainoz.com

I am so thrilled you have found time to share YOUR talents at this week's link up. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

5 Mental Health Benefits Of Exercise and the Sundays Down Under Link Up {14}

G'day from Oz lovely friends and welcome to the Sundays Down Under link up!

Sundays Down Under Linky Party @ www.natashainoz.com


As this post goes live I am (hopefully!) sitting on the beach at my favourite place in Australia, Mooloolaba! Through the magic of post-scheduling I'm able to host this weekend's Sundays Down Under linky party and enjoy the first week of Spring Break! Isn't technology great?

#Mooloolaba #beach #Australia #natashainoz

I intend to use this week to relax, rejuvenate and rest but I also intend to EXERCISE! I'm going to walk along the beach every single day for at least 1 hour and I'm going to exercise my brain by catching up on some reading.

After all, exercise and brain power are intrinsically linked so I'll be keeping both my body and my mind healthy!

Here are 5 Mental Health Benefits Of Exercise

5 Mental Health Benefits Of #Exercise via www.natashainoz.com


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

Gnocchi with Chorizo and Cherry tomatoes: fast, easy and so scrumptious!

G'day from sunny Brisbane sweet friends! Welcome to my little bloggy home Down Under!

Well, it's been as hectic as ever around here. School has been an endless cycle of teaching, grading papers, updating files, maintaining student records, teaching, grading papers....I'm sure you get the picture! I've also been helping Alastair get prepared for all of his school work and assessment and amidst all of this chaos Madeleine has returned home from university for a quick break! It's been a crazy time but I'm still loving it!

One thing that keeps me organised and sane at these busy times is having a collection of healthy '15-minute meals' that can be whipped up in a few minutes. This recipe for Gnocchi with chorizo and cherry tomatoes is one of my favourites because it is fast, easy and so scrumptious!

Gnocchi with chorizo and cherry tomatoes #recipe


Sunday, September 6, 2015

5 Simple Instagram tips to help build your audience and the Sundays Down Under Linky Party {12}

G'day sweet friend and welcome to this weekend's


Sundays Down Under Linky Party @ www.natashainoz.com

I LOVE this weekly link up and have been so thrilled to welcome new bloggers to the party each week . I also love SHARING your amazing work by pinning YOUR posts to my Sundays Down Under board each week with my 3000 followers!


I'm sure you all know how important Pinterest is for bloggers and its appeal stems from the fact that it is such a visual form of media. Another visual tool that I love using and that is becoming more and more important for bloggers is Instagram. 42% of marketers have planned to increase their use of Instagram this year so obviously visual content is more important than ever for your blog's marketing strategy. 

That's why today's quick blogging tips are all about Instagram!

Here are 5 Simple Instagram tips to help build your audience.

Here are 5 Simple Instagram tips to help build your tribe and increase followers

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Share your blog posts at the weekly Sundays Down Under Linky Party {11}

G'day sweet friend and welcome to my bloggy home Down Under! Are you ready to share your blog posts at the weekly Sundays Down Under Linky Party? I hope so!

Sundays Down Under Linky Party @natashainozblog

I'm afraid that I don't have anything too exciting to share this week. I've had so many things going on at home and at school it's been quite crazy!

I did however want to quickly share my first Periscope video that I shared a few weeks ago. If you aren't too familiar with Periscope you might want to read a post that I published about it to learn more. It recently hit 13 million users in 5 short months so this is obviously a very popular and worthwhile social media tool to be engaging with!

Share your blog posts at the weekly Sundays Down Under Linky Party {11}


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Share YOUR great content at the Sundays Down Under Linky Party {10}

Welcome lovely friend to the weekly Sundays Down Under Linky Party. Are you ready to share YOUR fabulous blog posts with bloggers and readers from all over the world?

Sundays Down Under Linky Party @natashainozblog

I love visiting your blogs each week and sharing your amazing content with an international audience on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Flipboard.

I also love pinning YOUR posts to my Sundays Down Under board each week and sharing your talent with my 3000 followers!




Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Vietnam Veterans Day and a Tuesday Tune: Redgum's 'I was Only 19'

Today, August 18th, is Vietnam Veterans Day. The day was originally known as Long Tan Day, a day to commemorate the Battle of Long Tan in 1966, Australia's most significant campaign in Vietnam. Now, we use this day to formally acknowledge the service and sacrifices of all Australians and New Zealanders who served in Vietnam.

Vietnam Veterans Day and a Tuesday Tune: Redgum's 'I was Only 19'

On that day, 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought a pitched battle against over 2,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation not far from the small village of Long Tan. The Australians prevailed, but only after fighting in torrential rain for four hours. They were nearly overrun, but were saved by a timely ammunition resupply, accurate artillery fire from the nearby Australian base, and the arrival of reinforcements by armoured personnel carrier. Eighteen Australians lost their lives and 24 were wounded, the largest number of casualties in one operation since the Australian task force had arrived a few months earlier.

Long Tan Action by Bruce Fletcher (AWM ART40758).png
Long Tan action, Vietnam, 18 August 1966 by Bruce Fletcher (Wikipedia)

Many of the soldiers who served in Vietnam are still psychologically and physically wounded by the war that no-one wanted to take part in. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, of the 60,000 Australian troops who served in Vietnam, 74% are classified as suffering from some form of health impact as a result. Many veterans, like my father, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and many more suffered from cancer related to Agent Orange. On top of this, when the Vietnam vets returned home many were ignored, spat on and shunned. Most of these soldiers were conscripted and did not want to be there.

Vietnam Veterans Day and a Tuesday Tune: Redgum's 'I was Only 19'

This Vietnam Veterans’ Day I want to remember the sacrifices made by our young men and women in a conflict that spanned a ten year period. I especially want to thank my dad for overcoming PTSD, being a great dad, inspiring my kids to try their hardest in everything they do and for being a great Australian.

Vietnam Veterans Day and a Tuesday Tune: Redgum's 'I was Only 19'


Please thank a Vietnam Vet today if you know one and remember the sacrifices that they made throughout the war and on their return.



Lest we Forget

Vietnam Veterans Day and a Tuesday Tune: Redgum's 'I was Only 19'

Best wishes,

Natasha In Oz 


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