5 Minutes with....Simoney!

Hello friends! Welcome to NatashaInOz.com

It is my 1st Blogoversary this week and to start my new blogging year on a high note I am introducing a new monthly feature that I am calling

Natasha in Oz spends 
5 Minutes with....

Like so many bloggers out there, I have found blogging to be a great way to share ideas, learn new things and of course, make new friends!

One such friend is the gorgeous Simoney who is a fabulous blogger from New Zealand.

Simoney authors two blogs. Her main blog is called Great Fun 4 Kids and in this blog she shares stories about her family, her life in New Zealand and her faith. She also shares some great ideas for organizing kid's birthday parties.

Simoney's other blog is called Kids Click and this blog is dedicated to kid's photography. Each month Simoney suggests a theme and kids of all ages can take pictures which will then be judged by other kids. My kids, Maddy and Big Al, love this blog and have been clicking away since Simoney first started this blog.

So, let's spend 5 minutes with.....Simoney!

What’s your daily beauty routine? 

 Ha ha ha ha {sounds of hysterical laughter} BEAUTY ROUTINE??? I don't know if you could call it that. Before I collapse into bed at the end of the day, I wipe my face with Clearasil facial wipes and slap on some moisturiser. Usually it's supermarket brand stuff like Olay... but at the moment I scored a great deal on some RoC Complete Lift for dry and mature skin which is really yummy.

What type of music do you listen to when you are relaxing? 

I make my own mix CD's with all my favourite songs. Favourites at the moment include Coldplay, Jordin Sparks and Brooke Fraser.

What is your favourite fragrance?

Perfume is my thing. An overseas trip is not complete without a visit to Duty Free. My current favourite is Marc Jacobs "Lola" followed closely by "Daisy". A spray of delicious scent is my indulgence. I may look like crap but I smell good!

What are you reading at the moment?

I have just finished reading "Midwives" by Chris Bohjalian. Also on my nightstand is "Growing Great Marriages" by Ian and Mary Grant. I prefer the fiction!

Which room in your home brings you the most joy?
It's hard to pick just one; I love my house and after four years living here, I'm still so grateful we got to be here. But if I had to pick just ONE room... I'd say my dining room, in particular the window seat. My favourite thing in the morning is to sit there in the sun with a cup of tea and look out at the world. Very calming.

What is your favourite dinner party meal?

I am a great fan of Theme Dinners. We've done an Indian dinner, a Middle Easern Dinner, a Spanish Dinner, a Fancy Dinner party, a toga party and more. Any excuse to dress up and eat fancy, count me in.

Tea or coffee?

Tea. Tea at home (and with scones) but coffee at a cafe. A trim flat white.

Favourite holiday photo?

The one of me in the pool with my little one. The miracle of me getting into my swimmers and not caring. That's why I love it - it represents major progress in the way I see myself.

Describe your blog in one sentence.

A Real Life Rollercoaster - sharing the fun, the nausea, and the screams of family life, no holds barred.

Thanks Simoney for spending 5 minutes with me! It has been great getting to know you a little better.

If you would like to go and meet Simoney just click the button!

I hope you will come back and visit me on Saturday for my Say G'Day Party, a weekly meme for you to link up your tutorials, recipes, DIY ideas, craft projects, instagram pictures, pinterest round up posts...anything that you would like to share with blogging friends from all around the world! 

If you would like to join in with this week's party just click the button!

Poofy Cheeks

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me in my little corner of the world Down Under!

Best wishes,
Natasha In Oz 


  1. Ohhh look! There's me!
    Thanks Natasha... I feel very privileged!

  2. happy blogversary! and thank you for sharing these lovely pictures!
    have a great week,

  3. Congratulations on your 1st Anniversary of blogging and thanks for introducing us to Simoney, she sounds like fun.
    Your "5 mins with" is a great idea, I wonder who'll be next?

  4. Simone is one awesome lady (who I've had the privilege to meet in real life... twice!! haha).

  5. I already follow her. Love the theme dinner parties, I'll have to give it a try! :O)

  6. What a great idea - I had so much fun reading about fellow blogger Simoney and her life & being new to blogging it has made feel part of the whole blog network x

  7. Happy Blogoversary! Simoney looks very cool...will have to go check her out!

  8. Hi Natasha,
    Congratulations to the first blog anniversary. Simoney is a interesting blogger and I think she has great idea for party events. Did she make some sweets for your blog anniversary?
    Greetings, Johanna

  9. What a great idea.......lovely post !!! happy evening darling......love Ria....

  10. This is a great post...I love Simony and feel like I just made a new friend. I will check out her blog!!

    Happy Blogiversary, Natasha!


  11. Happy Blogoversary, Natasha!
    I love the idea of meeting some of your blogging friends.

    Looking forward to more great posts in the upcoming year,

  12. Happy 1 year! So many of us started around the same time. I want to thank you for always being such a sweet blog friend. Your comments and continued support are so appreciated.

    I loved "meeting" a new friend. I'll check out her blog!

  13. She is wonderful..thanks for sharing! :D

  14. Congratulations on one year of blogging and it sounds like you are enjoying it and even branching out. Good for you!
    Thank you for introducing us to Simoney, she sounds delightful!
    Hugs, cindy

  15. Hi Natasha! Thank you for introducing us to your bloggy friend, Simoney! What a cute name she has.
    I'll so glad you'll be joining me for my Heart of the Home Party next month.
    Be a sweetie
    Shelia ;)

  16. What a great little series. So nice to meet other bloggers and you did a grea job with the interview!
    Love that dining room window seat too!

  17. What an intersting post. And it was nice to visit awhile with your friend.
    Congratulations on your first year of blogging. I would be interested to know if (besides the time it takes) blogging has changed anything in your life.

    ps: From my side it does not look like my computer connects with your "post me a message" so I just wanted to be sure you did see my post "Little Surprises."

  18. NATASHA...YOU ARE THE WINNER OF MY GIVE A WAY!!! Email me at (julieharward@gmail.com) and give me your address and I will get this into the mail to you as soon as I can. CONGRATULATIONS to my friend from down under! :D

  19. Wow, thanks Julie! I am so excited. I will email you shortly!

    Thank you!!!!!

    Best wishes,

  20. happy blogversary Natasha!Your blog is a nice place to stay!Thanks for sharing with us your lovely photos,kisses..have a wonderful day...

  21. What a wonderful interview with Simone. She is one of my 'blogging' friends and her blog is a constant source of inspiration to me.
    Happy Blogoversary!

  22. Great interview and post Natasha and Simoney it was lovely to meet you.

  23. Sounds and looks like a lovely blog indeed, Natasha, will check it out. Bring on your give away, I'll be there ;0 )
    Sweet dreams xoxoxo

  24. What a fun thing this will be..to meet new bloggers and learn a little about them.

    Hope all is good in your world. :)

    xo bj

  25. Hi Natasha!

    Wonderful post and happy, happy blogoversary!! :D

    Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

  26. I love your blog Natasha! Happy blogoversary - I think this post is great.

  27. Congratulations on your first year of blogging! What a great idea to do your monthly "5 Minutes With" feature. It was fun "meeting" Simoney -- and I'll look forward to all of your future features.



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