My Cozy Nook Edit | Kmart Slimline Trolley | Decorating, Organising, & Decluttering

Hi everyone

So I have been really loving decorating, organising and decluttering my house so I thought I will post more of how I have been decorating and organising my house. I live in a small two-bedroom unit that is owned by my parents but I am renting from them and it will basically be mine when I have a full-time job. That will hopefully be soon when I finish my nursing course in June.

I have been living here for the last 6 years. I can’t believe it’s been that long already! I still remember my housewarming party when I first moved in 2016. It’s taken me a while to love my place and to feel comfortable living here but I am now nearly there and really happy with it. I can’t imagine living anywhere else as it’s close to literally everything! It’s only 10 minutes away from the city and 10 minutes away from the airport, Ikea, and Bunnings. It’s close to nice cafes like Karma and Crow, Devour cafe, a nice Vegan bakery that just moved here called Cherry Darlings and it’s close to lovely shops such as House and Gardens and Wholers. We also have the lovely Marion Hotel nearby and Westfield Marion shopping centre. It’s also not far from Westfield West Lakes too and my family so I am happy with the location and the house.

I wanted to take you on my journey of decorating and organising my house so here are some photos of what I have done so far. The colour theme for my house is grey, pink and dark blue with red, gold, and green accents. I am not an interior designer by any means… I just love decorating!

First up is this slimline trolley that I got from Kmart. The quality of the trolley was not that good as some of the wood was damaged when I first opened it but I thought for that price it is not bad and I couldn’t be bothered returning it. You can’t see it anyway after you have built it.

I had to build it myself so it took a long time to build about two hours as there were lots of bits and bobs. It made my space look prettier though and took up less space since the trolley was slimline. I was using my Ikea Raskog trolley before and that was taking up too much space in the dining area so I placed it in the kitchen instead and used it for more storage. I will show you how I use the Ikea Raskog trolley now in another post.

It took a while to figure out where to place everything. Some of the bigger bottles could not fit on the upper shelves as too big so I had to put it on the bottom shelf even though it’s my favourite gin. At first, I placed my hand sanitiser, Glen 20, mosquito repellant, and foot spray on the top shelf for easy access and I take off my shoes next to it but then when I posted that photo on the Kmart hacks group page people were making fun of it and commenting on it but now I understand why so I decided to move it. I removed it from the top shelf and now it looks cleaner and less cluttered. And I love it now!

What do you all think of it? Do you love it or hate it?

Please leave your thoughts in the comment below or like this post.

Love Nat xx

13 New Year’s Resolutions for 2022 | A New Beginning

Hi everyone

I am so sorry I haven’t been writing regularly but I just haven’t felt inspired too. But as the end of the year approaches, I thought it would be a great time to write my New Years Resolutions for 2022. I can’t believe it will be 2022 next year! I hope it will be a better year than this year. This year was kind of crap, to be honest. How was 2021 for you?

Here are my top 13 new years resolutons for 2022:

1. Save more money

This year I spent way too much more than half my income and that is bad. I started running an Adelaide Foodies Meetup group on Facebook and that is where I spend most of my money. I need to not go out as much next year and cut down on eating out. Or spend less on me like on retail therapy and just eat out more. I have been reading the Barefoot Investors book, which has been useful but it also doesn’t suit my lifestyle but it does give some useful tips on how to save money and so I need to be more disciplined when it comes to budgeting next year.

2. Finish my nursing studies

I was meant to finish my Diploma of Nursing this year but because I have been sick and had a mental breakdown I decided to delay my 6-week hospital placement to next year in February. I have also been procrastinating doing my written assignments that I still need to do for two more subjects. I was meant to redo them this year but I have this anxiety about it and I tend to avoid doing my assignments. But next year I definitely need to finish my nursing course. I will reward myself for finishing it like going on a holiday interstate or overseas when it is safe. i need to reward myself, which is sad but it is the only way that will get me to finish it as I have a love/hate relationship with my nursing course.

3. Spend more time with my sister and nieces

So, my sister and I never got along growing up as my sister can be a bit critical and bossy. We always fought and I would cry as I am sensitive. But because she got kids now she has become more understanding and we have started to talk a bit more but we still don’t talk as much only when we have weekly family dinners. Next year, I would like to spend more time with my sister and my two nieces either inviting them over to my house more as they have hardly been to my house this year. I felt bad for not being able to organise anything but I guess it’s also really hard with the children. I also want to be able to have my sister trust me in childminding so I am able to spend more time with my nieces.

4. Learn something new

This year, I did not learn anything new. I started to paint a bit more but that is about it and so I really want to start a new hobby or join a club. It’s good for the mind and soul so I think 2022 should be about getting out of your comfort zone.

5. Update my blog regularly

I probably say this every year but I want to update my blog regularly like have certain days a week where I will write in my blog. Just to gain more interest and it is something I like to do too. This year, I hardly wrote in my blog so I felt a bit bad as I didn’t have motivation due to my mental health not being good and also lots of things going on in my life. Next year, I hope to write more food content and also lifestyle posts.

6. Be more positive

I say this to myself every day so it is kind of like a daily goal but I definitely want to be more positive next year as this year my mental health sucked to be honest. But I got help from doctors, a specialist and a psychologist so it has definitely made me a better person and I have worked hard this year to improve my mental health and my lifestyle but next year I just want to be more positive and have less mental breakdowns.

7. Drink more water

I don’t drink enough water as I should so I want to make it my goal to drink 2L of water a day. I think I only drink 30 ml of water a day but I have cups of teas and other types of drinks in between so that could be included in my fluid intake but water is the best for you as it keeps you hydrated so I want to drink 2L of water every day.

8. Be more confident talking to guys

Growing up, I was never confident in talking to guys as I went to an all-girls school and I only had my sister. I also had only girlfriends no guy friends so I didn’t really have a boyfriend until I was in my 20s, which is so late to have one. I wish I had more experience with guys but I would always be teased by the boys in my primary school and so that left me a bit reserved around them. So next year I want to be more confident talking to guys. I think I have been this year as I have made some guy friends this year but I want to make more guy friends and be more confident.

9. Go to Sydney

I really want to go to Sydney as it’s been ages since I have been to Sydney and Sydney should be safe compared to Melbourne so I want to go to Sydney first as I am fully vaccinated and will be getting my booster soon so I will be safe to travel. That could be my reward for finishing my nursing is to go to Sydney with maybe my foodie friends as there is a lot of restaurants/cafes I want to try in Sydney.

10. Wake up at 5:30 am every day

This year, I have been running late for work most days because I either get up an hour before I have to get to work and usually I need two or three hours to get moving so I want to try to wake up at 5:00 am or 5:30 am every day so I have more time to do stuff in the morning like meditation, journaling, and exercise. I can allow myself to sleep on the weekends but during the week I want to wake up at 5:00 am or 5:30 am. I think if I wake up at 5:00 am or 5:30 am every day then I will get used to it and I won’t get tired as much during the day. I also need to sleep earlier to be able to get the right amount of sleep.

11. Be punctual

I want to start being more punctual as I have been running late most days to social events and so I hate the feeling of being late so I want to try to be punctual to events and to work as well.

12. Go for 10-15 minute walks every day

I wanted to do this goal this year but I never got around to doing it as I felt like I walked too much at work then when I got home I would be too tired to do anything. But I am going to try to motivate myself to walk 10-15 minutes every day excluding walking at work as I just went for a 10-minute walk just now around the block and I felt good about doing it. I now have more energy and I would probably sleep better too if I went for a walk at 7:00 PM or 7:30 PM each night before it gets dark.

13. Read 10 minutes a day

I want to start reading more by just starting off with 10 minutes a day. I started doing this goal this year but I never stuck to it and so I want to do it regularly and to read more variety of books. I borrowed some fictional books from the library so I want to start reading those.

Well, that’s all that I can think of at the moment and that’s enough goals to start off with for 2022 otherwise it can be a bit overwhelming. What are your new year’s resolutions for 2022? And do you stick to them? I tend to not stick to new years resolutions but I do want to try next year. May 2022 be a better year for us all!

Love Nat xo

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