Bubbles and Brushes | Van Gogh’s Starry Night DIY Paint Kit Review

Hi all

I wanted to talk about my experience with Bubbles and Brushes. They are an Australian company that holds painting workshops or you can order their paint kits online, which is what I did. I ordered the ‘Van Gogh’s Starry Night’ DIY Paint Kit. I ordered it on the 9th May but it took about a month to get here after many correspondents by email asking where my delivery was and how long it will take. I was getting annoyed by the end of it and wanted a refund if it doesn’t arrive as it was taking too long. I got parcels from China earlier than them and it was not that cheap. It was $45 plus shipping fee.

So I was bit disappointed when it arrived as the presentation didn’t look that great. It just came in a cardboard box with a stencil with the outline of the painting that wasn’t quite accurate, a plastic plate, a few paint pots with mostly the primary colours in them, a couple of brushes, a canvas, and instructions on how to paint it.

The description on the website says ‘Pour yourself a glass of something delicious, pick up your brand new brushes, take in that new canvas smell and flick through the pages of your booklet as we guide you through this painting journey. Tuck your stencil behind your canvas to trace your piece outline and away you go! If you really get stuck, we’re here for you anytime – just send us through your question and we’ll work on it together’ (Bubbles and Brushes 2021).

I think the presentation could be better considering the price of the paint kit but it was fun to do and it got me interested in painting again. It was quite relaxing. I want to learn how to do acrylic painting better now. There’s this class on Skillshare, which seems quite informative. If you don’t know about Skillshare then it is an online learning platform with millions of classes to choose from photography to learning how to take care of your indoor plants. This is not sponsored but it’s very useful if you want to learn something new.

Overall, it’s a very interesting concept but I probably wouldn’t buy from them again and just do my own painting as it’s cheaper. At least it got me started and interested in painting again so I am grateful for that. The process took about an hour and I am happy with how it turned out. It’s not at all like Van Gogh’s Starry Night but my own version of it and I am happy with how it turned out. I was going to give it to my dad for his birthday but I am thinking of keeping the painting for my self as I am proud of it. The instructions were easy to follow. It’s a good idea to look at the original painting first to see what it is suppose to look like. I kept having to look back at the picture that was on the front cover of the manual but in the end I just did it my style. You don’t have to follow exactly. Just have fun with it! I rate the whole experience 3 out of 5 stars.

Hope this post inspires you to start painting again.

Love Nat xo

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Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod Film Event and Starting the Miracle Morning Challenge | How it Changed My Life

Hi all

I haven’t written anything since last November but I want to change that. I want to start writing in my blog again. I feel inspired. Thanks for still viewing my blog. I really appreciate the support.

On Tuesday night, I went to this film event called Miracle Morning that was run by my friend Melissa Bee. Melissa is very inspiring as she runs events that inspires and empowers people that is to do with spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing. She has hosted many events such as An Evening with Osher Gunsberg, Pete Evans, and then she hosted an event that was to do with the physical and emotional wellbeing. We did yoga, vision boards, and journalling. It was fun and that’s how I have came to know Melissa through these events. .

The film event was held at the Norwood Green, which is literally a shed but it has a very nice display centre at the front entrance so it has a nice ambience as you walk in. There was lovely stalls that was good for the soul such as pizza, pre-packaged protein foods, raw cakes and protein balls. It was all the healthy stuff. I didn’t buy any food as I ate dinner beforehand but the pizza did look good!

It was a sold out event so it was good to come early to get a good seat. We arrived at around 6:30 PM doors had opened at 6:00 PM and got ourselves a nice glass of wine. We then looked at the other stalls. You could get a massage there as well as nice smelling essential oils that you could purchase and also crystals and sage sticks that my friend ended up getting. You could also buy the Miracle Morning book by Hal Elrod, which I bought after seeing this inspiring film. There was six speakers that did a q & a panel before the film where they talked about what they do in the morning and how it benefits them.

If you haven’t seen this documentary yet then you should! It will change your life forever. It made me laugh, smile, and cry. It talks about the benefits of waking up early in the morning and also gives you 6 habits to do that will change your life. These habits are silence, affirmation, visualisation, exercise, reading and scribing or the acronym SAVERS. I started the Miracle Morning challenge a couple of days ago and I already feel more rejuvenated.

At first, it made me tired throughout the day as I had done so much in the morning and my body was just not use to it so I had a nap for two hours. The next day, I am feeling more energised and more inspired to be more productive. I started the Miracle Morning challenge on my days off so there was no pressure to wake up really early like at 5:00 AM. I slowly eased myself into it and I think that’s a good way to start otherwise it will be overwhelming. You shouldn’t put pressure on yourself to do all 6 habits or to get it done by 8:00 AM like the book says. My goal was to do all 6 habits but to get it done by 9:00 AM or by even 9:30 AM (if you have the time) and I had achieved that. It felt good. I now schedule it into my planner so I know when I should wake up to do the Miracle Morning challenge so I have enough time to eat my breakfast, and get ready for work without rushing.

Silence is meditation where I listen to the Calm app and do the daily meditation for 10 minutes. It also gives advice and makes you feel inspired and calm at the start of the day. Like today, for instance, it talked about listening and how to do deal with negative people. It took time to get use to it and to focus your energy on breathing. Next is Affirmation. I have done affirmations before but I never really knew how to do it properly until one of the speakers at the film event talked about affirmation and he said that it needs to be done with conviction.

The affirmation that I wrote this morning was ‘ I may not be the smartest, richest, or married with children but I am kind, caring, helpful, generous and considerate of others, which is most important. I am good enough. I deserve to be happy’. If you repeat that a few times or put it into song you will be convinced that it is true and it does work! My former psychologist even told me to record it and you can replay it when you are feeling down or even when you are feeling inspired.

Visualisation is thinking about the future or writing down your goals. Some people create vision boards but I just write a list of goals down for the day to keep it simple. Next is the important habit – exercise! I hardly felt motivated to do exercise before but now I am excited to do exercise. I only do about 10 – 20 minutes of exercise but I think that’s enough to start off with and can slowly increase just don’t put pressure on yourself at the start. Today, I did 10 minutes of yoga, 10 minutes of gym ball and also did 1 minute of weights. It was enough for me. I like to record the things that I have done in my journal but I will talk about that later in scribing.

After exercise, I set the timer for 10 minutes and did reading. It can’t be any book it has to be a self help book such as the Miracle Morning book by Hal Elrod as this is about personal development and trying to improve yourself. I have also been reading this book called Good Vibes, Good life by Vex King, which is another inspiring book that I use to do read whilst sitting on the toilet now I incorporate it into this Miracle Morning routine.

My favourite habit is scribing or journalling. I love journalling as it makes you feel better and you get things off your chest. I set the timer for 15 minutes and just write what’s on my mind without overthinking it. It’s called stream of consciousness and it’s good for reducing anxiety and stress. If you keep to the Miracle Morning routine, it will eventually reduce depression, anxiety and stress and make you a happier person.

So I hope this blog posts inspires some of you and makes you want to do the Miracle Morning challenge too. Highly recommend to look up Hal Elrod and to buy the book Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits that Will Transform Your Life Before 8 AM. You won’t regret it!

Happy reading!

Love Nat xo

What I Ate at the Lucky Dumpling Market

It seems like Lucky Dumpling Market was a long time ago with Adelaide now being in a 6 day lockdown due to Covid-19. But I still wanted to write about my experience at the Lucky Dumpling Market in 2020. I was so excited for it because I thought they would have cancelled it due to Covid-19 as all other events had canceled but they still kept it on so I was very happy. I guess to attract tourists, good for the economy, and people needed a distraction. It was also at a bigger venue so there was more space for social distancing but not much social distancing was really happening at the market. People were still sharing tables and standing close to you but at least there were Covid Marshals to control the crowds and maintain social distancing and there were markings on the ground to tell you where to stand. You also have to use the QR code and scan it with your phone to enter your details for contact tracing and show them your green pass on your phone when you enter (if you answer all the questions correctly). They also have hand sanitisers at the entrance.

The Lucky Dumpling Market was held at Elder Park. It use to be held at Pinky Flat but this year it was at Elder Park just before the rotunda. Lucky Dumpling Market ran from 30 October – 15 November. It’s a must go to event if you like Asian food and Asian culture but can be expensive. I wish it was held longer as I only got to go twice. I couldn’t go during the week due to work but I tried all the food that I wanted to eat. There were a lot more stalls than the previous years as in a bigger venue. I think there were about 17 stalls this year. A popular favourite is The Filipino Project, which serves Filipino food. I have never eaten there before as I am not big meat eater but I should be more adventurous and try it next time as my friend raves about it. She always eats from there. But I have eaten at Jalan Jalan (Malaysian), TMR Dumplings (Vietnamese) and Chef Kim (Korean) before.

On the Opening Night, I had Soza’s Sri Lankan food. I love their curries. Last time at Adelaide Fringe, I tried their beef curry but this time I had their chicken curry with rice. It was really nice! They let me try it first before buying because I asked if it was spicy so they let me try it to see if it was too spicy for me but it wasn’t . It had a really nice mild flavour so I decided to get it. It was perfect for that night as it was a bit cold. It came with chicken curry, rice, and some onion and tomato salsa I believe. I enjoyed it and the rice was perfectly cooked. And the curry goes well with the gin as I got gin from the Sake Bar!

I was considering having dumplings but I was too full after the chicken curry with rice so I waited for a bit and had dessert from Shibui dessert bar. It’s my favourite place to get dessert and they have a dessert cafe on Grote St, which is really nice. They do really nice desserts when it is their full menu. I had their mochi donuts before so I decided to have it again as I felt like it in this cold weather. I had it with matcha ice cream, which is their new flavour as I have never seen matcha ice cream on their menu before. It was perfect. The mochi donuts were nice and crispy on the outside but soft on the inside and coated with sugar so makes it more sweet. Love their mochi donuts! The matcha ice cream tasted like matcha not too bitter and not mixed with white chocolate like some places do. I like it just as it is. It was a fun evening.

Mochi donuts with matcha ice cream

The second time I went was at the end of the first week and it was during the day. It was a bit hot so we sat in the shade. They had more performances on during the day then in the evening. I was sad that I missed the lion dance performance that they had later in the second week. There were lots of singing, dancing, and some playing traditional instruments, which was interesting to hear. I didn’t like the opera singing though but I have never liked it as it sounds out of tune and high pitched.

This time at Lucky Dumpling Market, I had Ragini’s Spice Butter Chicken Dumplings and I also had their turmeric, lemonade and ginger drink. It was very refreshing. I am a big fan of Butter Chicken so I wanted to try this and I had seen it on instagram. The presentation wasn’t as nice as what was shown on instagram but the taste was just as what I expected it to be. The filling was butter minced chicken and then they had the butter chicken on top. The dumplings were fried as they were nice and crispy. They gave you three dumplings, the size was very generous and the chicken was tender. I gobbled it up as it was so tasty. Probably my favourite dumplings at the Lucky Dumpling Market and I have had a few over the years.

I was still hungry though so I went to Bao Plus 393 as I thought I’d get the buns and my friend wanted their Korean Fried Chicken buns so I went there and the line was so long! I can see why though as their menu is very creative. They are run by Astonish Patisserie on King William St, which is a lovely dessert cafe. In the end, I did not get the buns but I got their Flying Noodles because it sounded nice. I didn’t realise it was actually flying until I got it! The noodles were very filling as it was a big serve and lots of ingredients. It was a cold noodle salad. I thought it’d be hot but it was actually cold with cucumber, carrots, spinach, spring rolls and you can choose between pork or chicken. I got the honey soy chicken. The sauce was nice and sweet. I couldn’t finish the dish but it was still nice and very instagram worthy. They gave me a free lychee drink but I don’t know why as they just said it was complementary. I felt special.

After that I felt like ice cream so I went to Shibui again and I got their Bubble Tea Thai Milk Tea Sundae. It was hot that day so the ice cream melted a bit and I could’t finish it after eating the cone with some ice cream in it. They give you a lot of ice cream. There was too much tapioca pearls and they were a bit hard so a bit overcooked but other than that the ice cream was really nice. It did remind me of my favourite drink bubble tea. Because we weren’t doing anything after that, my friend and I decided to go on a paddle boat ride as they were just outside the back entrance on the river torrens. We both hadn’t been on the paddle boats for a long time and it’s another perspective of seeing the Lucky Dumpling Market if you want a break from the crowds.

Bubble Tea Thai Milk Tea Sundae

Overall, it was lovely event in a bigger and better venue. I hope they have it at the same location next year! But we never know what’s going to happen next year. We live in interesting times now. Did you go to the Lucky Dumpling Market? What was your favourite stall? What was your favourite dish from Lucky Dumpling Market?

Thanks for reading!

Love N xx