Yummy and Healthy Avocado Hummus

Avocado and Hummus dip

This yummy dip was an accidental experiment that turned out to be really awesome.

I have never made my own hummus before and decided to give it a try when I had the family over for Fathers Day.

I wanted something easy and tasty for us to nibble on before lunch.

My original plan was to have a bowl of hummus and a bowl of guacamole, but when I opened the seemingly perfect avocados they were almost completely black!

I salvaged what I could and decided to throw it into the hummus, glad I did.

Thankfully there was a tub of marinated antipasto goodies in the fridge to add to the platter and save the day.

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INGREDIENTS

1 avocado (skin and seed removed)

1 400gm can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)

1 small clove garlic (finely diced)

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

salt & pepper to taste

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METHOD

Place all ingredients into a jug and blend together well with a stab blender until smooth or use a food processor if you prefer.

(I am just tooooo lazy to wash all the bits, so the stab blender is one of my favourite kitchen tools.)

The recipe is enough to fill two of the bowls shown in the picture.

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You can make this a few hours in advance, cover tightly with cling wrap and keep it in the fridge until ready to serve.

Wholemeal pita bread makes a great accompaniment and are also very easy to make.

Slice a whole pita bread in half and they cut each half into wedges. Bake in a moderate oven for approximately 8 – 10 minutes until they are crispy.

If you want to make these in advance you can by allowing them to cool to room temperature and then seal in a freezer bag until required.

Enjoy!

Have you ever accidentally made something yummy?

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Natural Ways To Ease Hay Fever!

Natural ways to ease hay fever

For so many people the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures is not cause for celebration but commiseration as it can mean that hay fever season has arrived!

Stuffy noses and sinus pain can cause so much pain and discomfort that resorting to taking anti-histamines daily seems like the only way to feel better.

Whilst these medications do a good job to alleviate the symptoms, they certainly put a big dent in your wallet each week.

There are plenty of natural things you can try to help you cope and are definitely worth trying.

(This is not medical advise and please consult your doctor before making changes to your current health plan)

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Munch on some mint

Chewing on a few fresh mint leaves can help to clear nasal congestion and inhibits the release of histamines which cause all the uncomfortable symptoms of hay fever.

Inhale lavender pure essential oil

Place a drop or two of lavender essential oil on to a tissue and hold just below your nose. Breathe in through your nose until the fragrance has faded. This oil is well known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Time for a cuppa

Herbal teas are great to drink at any time of the day. Choose from nettle, peppermint or chamomile tea as these 3 will help to open up the nasal passage and relieve sinus pressure.

Sip on some cider

Not all apple cider vinegar’s are created equal. Before you start sipping make sure the one you have at home has the ‘mother’ included in the bottle. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 1/2 a cup of room temperature water (or more if preferred) and sip it until its all gone. This is a great way to give your immune system a good boost and helps to break down mucus.

Peel a pineapple

Remove the peel off a fresh pineapple but don’t throw out the core. Pineapples have a high concentration of Bromelain that can really help to reduce your reaction to allergies whilst reducing swelling in the nose and sinus. The highest concentration is found in the core. If you can’t cope with eating the core, pop it in the blender with some other favourite fruits and make a smoothie.

Spice up your meals

There is nothing like a good curry to make your nose run, and that is exactly what you want to happen to ease congestion. Add chilli, garlic, onion, ginger, tumeric and cayenne pepper to your food to thin mucus for easy expulsion and pressure release.

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All of these things are easy to purchase or you probably have most of them at home already.

Incorporating some of these into your daily routine is not hard and hopefully will bring you some relief.

Do you suffer badly from hay fever?

What works best for you to alleviate the discomfort?

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You Are Never Too Old To Try Something New!

Physie begginer ladies

For the past decade I have been your typical dance mum, ferrying my girls to Physie classes, waiting around during class time and getting home quite late and having dinner planned that was quick and easy.

As the competition time of the year arrived, I donned the red, white and black club colours and sat all day at a school hall bored out of my mind for most of it.

A couple of times I entertained the thought of actually doing Physie myself, but always came up with a myriad of excuses….I can’t afford it, I don’t have time, I am too old to start something new like this….etc.

At the end of the year break-up party last year, one of the mums said ‘we should be doing this too’.

She sewed the seed that stuck with me all Christmas break and on sign-up day, I put my name on the list.

OMG….what have I done?????

How can a 51 year old start something new like this?

BJP Physical Culture has classes from Tiny Tots all the way through to Beginner Ladies, so no matter what your age, you can join in.

At our club ladies classes are on Monday night, the one day of the week I usually work for about 10 hours on my feed all day and come home totally exhausted. Dragging myself to class has been difficult some weeks and my brain has felt like mush so learning the work has not been the easiest thing I have ever done.

BUT I have stuck with it, stretching and practicing the syllabus at home and finally last Saturday the first competition of the year arrived.

This required me to –

Make sure my  hair colour was done to cover the regrowth.

Exfoliate from top to toe.

Apply 3 coats of tan for a golden glow.

Redo my gel nails as bright red with gold glitter is not a good choice as it draws attention to your hands, so pastel pink with a hint of sparkle did the trick.

Pack a days worth of food.

Make sure I had my water bottle and energy drink chilling in the fridge.

Find all my red and white gear and pack a bag with thongs and active wear.

Go to sleep acknowledging the fact that I would have to display my far from perfect body in only a leotard and fishnet stockings in front of a packed school hall the next day.

And there is more..

physie hair

My hair had to be teased beyond recognition as I have such fine hair but it needed to look as though I did.

Physie hair poof and bun

At least I look as though I actually have a decent amount of hair.

Miss WW applied enough makeup to last through the day and beyond.

Waiting though more than half the day until it was my turn to be marshalled with all the other beginner ladies and trying to keep the nerves in check.

But miracles do happen, I actually managed to get through all the work without making a mistake and was rewarded with –

winning

2nd Place……..hell yeah!!!!!

The tears pouring down my daughters face with joy as I left the floor was worth more than anything!

The next competition is next week, guess I will be doing it all over again.

If there is something you would love to do, but you keep stopping yourself because you think you are to old, just do it!

What would you love to do?

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Easy Chorizo and Lentil Soup

get your colour on and change your life

Every now and then I crave a veggie fix and after a very long, hard day at work I was wondering around the supermarket trying to work out what we were going to have for dinner.

I remembered there was a recipe at home that I wanted to try, but that was not much good to me as I was not there.

I literally grabbed what thought might be in it and set to creating my own version without even checking the recipe.

The result was a really healthy but very tasty soup that I will definitely be making again.

I cooked this soup in my slow cooker as I have to go to Physie on Monday nights, but you could also make this just as easily in a normal saucepan.

INGREDIENTS

1 x Winter Vegetable Soup Pack or buy the vegetables individually –

1 brown onion

1 large carrot

1 swede

1 stick of celery

1 parsnip

1 x 1lt salt reduced chicken stock

1 x 400gm tin of crushed tomatoes

1 400gm tin of brown lentils

1 chorizo

5 fresh basil leaves

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp mild paprika

METHOD

Turn your slow cooker on high and place the olive oil in to it.

Finely dice the peeled onion and chorizo and place into the slow cooker, allow them to brown lightly.

Meanwhile peel and finely dice all the other vegetables.

Add them into the slow cooker, together with the stock, lentils and the tin of tomatoes.

Season with salt and pepper if you like, but I didn’t add any and it was really flavoursome without the addition of them.

Cook on high for 3 hours.

Service with crusty fresh bread.

Note – If you prefer a chunkier soup and you have time to cook it a little longer or would like to get the soup started in the morning before you go to work, follow all of the above steps and cook on low for up to 8 hours.

If you like things nice and spicy use hot paprika instead!

Enjoy!

Do you have a slow cooker?

Do you like experimenting with food?

Handy Photos You Should Take With Your Phone!

clever photo ideas for your phone

I am often grateful that Miss WW talked me into getting my iPhone with the bigger storage as I have so many photo’s. All my social media and blog pictures are taken with my phone as I am toooooo lazy to use my real camera, and remember to buy lithium batteries so that it works, and then plug it in to download them….you get the picture!

As we rarely go anywhere without our phones these days, unless we forget them, you can use your phone as a valuable reminder list without having to write a thing down, just take a photo!

Try adding some of these ideas to your photo stream instead of relying on your memory.

RECIPIES – Snap a pic of the recipe you want to try and you will have the ingredients list with you when you are shopping. Also handy if you are visiting a friend or are at the library and you just want a copy of a recipe.

WINE – If you taste a wine that you really like, take a pic of the label so you can buy some for yourself.

PRINTER CARTRIDGES – Keep a pic of your printer cartridges numeric code so you always buy the right ones.

CRAFT SUPPLIES – I have this thing for pink paint, and always seem to want to buy more. I now keep pictures of my tubes of craft paint so that I don’t buy another duplicate…or 10. This would work with beads, ribbon, wool, stickers, embroidery threads, needles, anything that you have multiple types of and could easily double up on unnecessarily.

PET ID – If your pet ever goes missing, having it’s ID details on hand could be useful.

SPICES – Snap the spice rack so you know what you actually have on hand.

MEDICATION – Pictures of your medication and required doses could be life saving to have easy access to.

MAKE UP – Handy to know what you have at home before buying a new colour.

GIFTS – When you buy gifts and hide them away and then forget you have them….yeah I have done that plenty of times.

The following could definitely come in handy but it would be advisable not to simply save them to your photo stream. Consider getting a secure app such as Locker to keep these from eyes that should not see them.

PASSPORT / DRIVERS LICENCE /CREDIT CARDS

JEWELLERY – In the event of theft or loss it can be hard proving ownership, especially if the pieces were gifts and you don’t have the receipt.

APPLIANCES – Take a photo of the serial number of all major appliances.

COLLECTIONS – If you collect stamps, models, swap cards…anything, keep a record of what you have.

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I have had plenty of ‘if only I could remember’ moments and so now I take photo’s or screen shots to help me.

What other things could be handy to add to this list?

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How To Save For Your Dream Car

How to save for your dream car

How to save for your dream car and make it a reality!

 

Have you ever had that feeling that your paycheck seems to disappear miraculously the moment you receive it? You even start wondering whether or not you have a hidden pocket that eats away at the money from your wallet.

Truth be told, there are always some expenses that you need to take care of, which makes it difficult to save money for that car you’ve had your eyes on. Difficult, but not impossible. Here are some tips from Bad Credit Car Loans for you to successfully save some money for your dream car.

1. Set a weekly budget

This might be a good time to say no to new designer shoes and yes to your weekly savings. The first step would be to set some money aside for essentials, such as rent, food, living costs and the occasional weekend outing here and there (we’re just mere humans, aren’t we?).

Once you’ve chosen your dream car, set your goals: when do I want to buy it? How much do I have to save every week in order to get it? The more you save, the less you’ll have to pay for car loans, so keep track of your budget.

2. Open a savings account

A savings account with a high-interest rate would be one of the best ways to successfully save some money. You can set up a deposit that automatically saves from your salary, no matter if it’s weekly or monthly. If you don’t plan to buy the car very soon, you might want to opt for a term deposit; once you do that, you won’t be able to withdraw money during that period.

Just so you won’t be tempted, be sure that you open a savings account with limited access. That way, the money will build up, and before you know it, you’ll be on your wheels.

3. Look for second-hand deals

Buying a car that is a few years older can save you a lot of cash. New cars are usually all the vogue, so they’re bound to have a skyrocketing price. However, be careful of the cars whose prices seem too low than their average on the market. You might end up having to pay more for repairs and improvements than the actual value of the car.

4. Negotiate a good price

Once you finished saving for that car, start honing your negotiation skills. Get acquainted with the vehicle and approach your car seller with confidence and ease. If you already have an idea of what the vehicle is worth and how much you’re willing to pay, you might be able to get a good deal which will save you money.

If you learn how to save money properly, buying a car will be as easy as saying “hot wheels.” Just say no to some of the expensive night outs and designer products, and you will see at the end that it was worth it. Keep our advice in mind and start saving for that car right now!

What is your dream car?

(How to save for your dream car is a sponsored post brought to you by Bad Credit Car Loans.)

Margate Beach – The Perfect Family Beach Day Out In Brisbane!

When most Brisbane families think about spending the day at the beach, heading to the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast would usually be their first choice.

The beautiful beaches on each coast are a big draw card, but it also means a long drive and the very probable chance of being caught in terrible traffic, which quickly turns a great day into a frustrating one.

A great alternative to battling the freeways is just north of the city at Margate!

Brisbane beaches for families

Soft sand and safe swimming is waiting for you.

There is plenty of parking right on the beachfront and if you arrive mid morning you will probably be able to score a nice shady spot up on the grass with a million dollar view and protection from the sun.

Unlike the more popular beaches close by like Redcliffe and Scarborough, it always seems to be relatively quiet at Margate Beach, but you don’t miss out on a single thing.

Pack a picnic, add a chilled bottle of wine and you will be set for the day.

If you love fish and chips or a great burger, Red Dolphin Seafoods is right on the main street facing the beach and has really good fresh food, coffee and ice creams.

Fresh fast food at Margate

#no filter needed!

Take a walk along the beach to the southern end and admire the lovely waterfront properties that have backyards the butt right on to the beach.

If you take some sturdy shoes with you, enjoy exploring the rock pools and take a fishing rod as well if you would like to try and catch your dinner.

There are BBQ facilities if you want to cook your catch straight away.

Explore the rock pools at Margate Beach

Margate Beach is 26 km North East of Brisbane City and offers beautiful views of Moreton Bay.

You can watch the planes fly in and out of Brisbane and you might ever see a cruise ship just sail on by.

Margate Village Shopping Centre is close by with a supermarket, chemist etc. incase you leave something important at home.

The next time the kids are driving you stir-crazy at home, pack up the family and head to the beach. No need to battle the traffic and you can leave the surf boards at home.

Let the kids swim and run to their hearts content and they are guaranteed to sleep well that night.

Do you ever go to local Brisbane beaches?

Which is your favourite?

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Easy Ways To Decorate Your Planner Without Spending A Fortune!

easy and cheap ways to decorate your planner

Discovering the world of pretty planning is just like being a kid and walking into a lolly shop!

You just want to buy ALL. THE. THINGS!

I have joined lots of Facebook planning groups as I am continually blown away by how creative people can be, and I really enjoy my Sunday mornings that I spend decorating for the week ahead.

BUT, every day without fail though I see a post on something gorgeous that someone bought and I add it to my mental list of must haves/wants.

When I first got my Happy Planner I went a little crazy buying things.

It is simply so addictive and unless you have an unlimited budget, this hobby could easily send you broke.

Living in Australia has saved me from many a splurge as our weaker dollar and expensive shipping fees make me say NO to many temptations.

I am also a bargain queen and very rarely pay full price for anything if I can avoid it.

So I have found plenty of ways to make my planner look really lovely without having to spend a fortune each week.

SHOP WHAT YOU HAVE!

make your own planner stickers and washi

Anything made from paper that you have lying around the house can be used in your planner.

Gift Wrap – Can be cut into rectangles to fill boxes or strips to be used instead of washi tape.

Greeting Cards – Don’t throw out greeting cards, cut pretty images off them and use instead of stickers.

Magazines – Are full of images and words that can be cut out and used.

TIP – When cutting out round shapes use a small pair of nail scissors that are rounded for more neat cuts.

SCRAPBOOKING PAPER PADS

Using scrapbooking paper to decorate your planner

Scrapbooking paper pads are so cheap and come in a huge selection of colours.

A pad of 36 sheets that are 15 x 15 cm costs $3.00 and for each sheet I can cover 9 full squares in my Happy Planner.

That is 324 ‘stickers’ for a total of $3.00!

I use this paper all the time when the weekend colour scheme printed in my planner does not blend nicely with the colours I want to decorate with.

You can also use a hole punch to make small circles to use for bullet dots on your to-do/check lists.

TIP – Use roll on glue to stick paper down as it goes on so thin and neatly that you don’t risk getting gluggly bits mess up your page.

FREE PRINTABLES

an easy way to get free stickers for your planner

Every week I use a sheet of free printables to decorate my planner.

I have bought a box of blank printable sheets and was going to use them to make my own stickers, but each week I just print them on to normal paper and cut them out.

It only takes a few minutes and this has saved me a fortune.

I have got a lot of my free printables from Facebook groups, but I also have over 500 planning printables and ideas on my Pretty Planning Pinterest page, please feel free to follow it for a huge collection of freebies and awesome planning ideas.

Here’s to happy planning and saving some money along the way.

What is your favourite way to not blow the budget when decorating your planner?

Feel free to share your ideas. 🙂

30 Days Of Positive Affirmations To Grow Your Self-Confidence!

Your mind is just like a garden. Is yours full of beautiful flowers or overrun with weeds?

Past experiences, bad and good will make up the thoughts that run through your head everyday.

The quality of your thoughts will determine how you feel about yourself and how wonderful your life is.

A constant barrage of negative thoughts can be very powerful and trap you in a downward spiral very quickly.

One of my biggest battles, goes on in my head very regularly. I often doubt myself and my ability to do things.

A great idea gets stomped on quickly with a rattle of negative thoughts.

My mind is full of weeds from past experiences and hurts and when left unchecked can keep me trapped there for ages.

A quick scroll through social media and you will probably see plenty of positive quotes and affirmations, but like any thing that is going to change a bad habit or improve your positive vibration takes a lot more than a quick read and scroll on.

Positive affirmations are a powerful tool for change but they need to be a constant focus.

Below are 30 days worth of affirmations to get you started.

Each morning write the affirmation on a sticky note and put it somewhere you will see it regularly throughout the day or put it on a card that you can place in your purse or pocket.

Repeat the affirmation as often as possible during the day.

Every time a negative thought pops into your head. Take a deep breath, hold and release and then start repeating the positive affirmation.

If saying the affirmation out loud or in your head makes you feel uncomfortable (your mind is resisting the change), gently tap along your collar bone with the tops of your fingers until the feeling subsides. This simple Emotional Freedom Technique is a way of telling yourself its ok to believe this new thought and release the negative energy being held inside.

Try this for the next month and see the difference.

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30 days of positive affirmations

Day 1 – I Am Loved

Day 2 – I Am Important

Day 3 – I Am Worthy Of Respect

Day 4 – There Is A Solution To Every Problem

Day 5 – I Trust The Decisions I Make

Day 6 – I Am Full Of Hope

Day 7 – I Am Strong

Day 8 – I Am Healthy

Day 9 – I Can Do Anything I Put My Mind To

Day 10 – Life Keeps Getting Better And Better

Day 11 – I See Endless Opportunities Coming To Me

Day 12 – I Am No Longer Controlled By My Past

Day 13 – I Am Worthy Of Happiness

Day 14 – I Am So Excited For All The Good Things To Come

Day 15 – I Am In Control Of My Life

Day 16 – I Am Confident

Day 17 – I Love Myself Just The Way I Am

Day 18 – I Am Good Enough

Day 19 – I Embrace My Fears Calmly

Day 20 – I Think Like A Winner

Day 21 – I Am Joyful

Day 22 – I Make Time For Things That Make Me Happy

Day 23 – I Take A Positive Step Forward Everyday

Day 24 – I Am Grateful

Day 25 – My Abundance Is Constantly Increasing

Day 26 – I Am Worthy Of Loving Relationships

Day 27 – Great Things Are Coming To Me Now

Day 28 – I Always Do The Best I Can Do

Day 29 – I Take Action And Chase My Dreams

Day 30 – I Am Absolutely Awesome

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Feel free to make your own affirmations. If there is an issue that causes you grief, write down what the issue is, then reframe it with a positive outcome.

Starting them with ‘I Am’ is a powerful way to reframe your thinking as it states that it is already yours.

Have fun, lot’s of happy thoughts and start pulling out those annoying weeds.

What is your favourite affirmation?

Or have you never really tried them?

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Bring back the real Barbeque Shapes!

Bring back the real barbeque shapes

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Its very rare that I will put up a post on this blog full of grumbles and complaints, as I want my blog to be a positive space.

BUT

What the hell were you thinking Arnott’s Biscuits when you decided to change an Aussie icon????

For as long as I can remember, Barbeque Shapes have been one of my favourite savoury snacks.

Over the years I have seen a steady decline in the amount of flavouring sprinkled over these crunchy morsels, but at least the flavour was the same.

Not any more!

The ‘new and improved’ Barbeque Shapes have hit the shop shelves.

AND they are absolutely disgusting as far as I am concerned. (First world problem I know).

We had sample packs of them in the staff room at work, and not a single person that tried them thought they were any good.

I decided to jump on to the Arnott’s Biscuits Facebook page and just see if anyone else was voicing their opinion.

Hell yeah, tons and tons of comments absolutely bagging the new varieties of Shapes biscuits they have altered.

I am hoping that if enough people complain we will get the original Barbeque Shapes back……it sure worked with Australia Post this week……

Australia post price hikes

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There are plenty of people who can vouch for the unbelievably atrocious service sometimes provided by Australia Post even though they keep increasing charges.

Earlier this week I witnessed a meltdown on Facebook in one of the planning groups that I am in due to a mind blowing price hike that Australia Post had decided to make to parcels being sent overseas.

The new rates determined that if an envelope contained anything other than printed matter it would be charged at parcel rates.

So a pair of earrings or a single roll of washi tape that could be posted for $2.75 would now cost $15.85 to send to the USA or $23.75 to send to Europe, WTF!

This simply meant the instant end to hundreds of Etsy shop owners and creative businesses.

There was lots of tears and anger as so many stay-at-home mums who make a living selling to customers all over the world no longer had a viable business.

Australia Post’s Facebook page was flooded with protests.

And it worked!

By the next day the powers-to-be realised the incredible amount of business they would lose if all these parcels were no longer being sent and they did a complete back flip and reverted the costs for small ‘parcels’ back to the original rules. Big win for people power.

Arnott’s Biscuits get on to this and give us back the real thing, stat!

Rant over and a return to positive posts shall commence.

Have you tried the new Shapes?

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How to turn fabric scraps into pretty puffy gift tags!

Use up your fabric scraps

I always seem to end up with loads of fabric scraps. Some of them are just too pretty to throw out.

So I sat down one afternoon and with some beads that I had in my stash and a quick bit of sewing I made these cute little puffy pillows that you can tie on to gifts.

They make great little pin cushions or can even be tied on to a key ring.

Add a couple of drops of lavender or lemongrass pure essential oil to the back of the pillow and tie to a coat hanger. This will keep things smelling sweet and will deter creepy crawlies from moving in.

SUPPLIES

Fabric scraps cut into 10 x 10 cm squares. (You can use two of the same or contrasting ones for front and back)

Selection of small beads, buttons or gems.

Matching thread.

Sewing needle and machine.

Two lengths of ribbon 15 cm in length.

Poly fibre fill.

METHOD

beading and sewing

Sew the beads on to the right side of one piece of fabric before you sew them together. It is too fiddly to try and add them after you have sewn the pillow together.

Sewing little pillows

On the back side of one piece of fabric, mark out a sewing guide so you don’t accidentally sew the whole thing together.

Lay the piece of fabric that has the beads sewn on it down on the table with the beads facing up.

Take the two pieces of ribbon and lay them down the centre of the fabric, with one pair of the ends lining up with the edge of the fabric.

Place the second piece of fabric, right side down on top of the first, so that the ribbon hangs down the centre where you will not be sewing.

Using a sewing machine or sew by hand, starting at either of the openings and working right around to the other side until you reach the opposite opening.

Tie off the thread and trim off the excess fabric on each corner.

Gently pull on the ribbon through the opening and turn the pillow inside out.

Use a knitting needle or pencil inserted in the hole to gently push the corners out and create an even square.

Break off small bits of the poly fibre fill and push it into the pillow until it is nice and full.

Gently tug on each corner of the side that is still open and tuck the fabric into place so that the edges fold into the pillow.

Using a needle and thread sew the opening together with small slip stitches and tie off.

All done!

You can whip up a batch of these in no time and have them ready for next time you have a gift to give.

What do you do with fabric scraps?

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How To Read All The Latest Magazines For Free!

save money on magazines

I love magazines!

Sitting down with a freshly made coffee and flipping through the glossy pages is one of my favourite ways to relax.

Unfortunately this can be a very expensive habit, and lots of trees are needed to print the pretty pages.

I currently have a pile of magazines that I am going through, clipping out recipes to try, plus images and quotes/words that I use for making vision boards. When I have finished with them they all go in the recycle bin and very little is actually kept.

I first discovered online magazines a while back when I won a 12 month subscription to ‘O’ Magazine (Oprah’s mag). I have since renewed my subscription twice over, but not anymore.

Thanks to my local library.

I have been an avid library user for decades, as I always borrow a book if possible before I buy it to make sure it is a worthy investment.

My library does have racks full of magazines, but it is very rare that I manage to score a relatively recent copy.

Unless I decide to learn a new craft or something like that, I really have no interest in magazines that are a year or two old.

When I visited the e-magazine section online of my local library, I discovered 150 titles to pick from!

The latest editions of all my favourites magazines are mine to read with a single click.

Best of all I can have access to as many editions as I like, with no return dates and no overdue or lost book fees (yes we have had that happen and found it 6 months later under the front seat of the car).

You will need a good internet connection with plenty of GB’s available to make use of this as most magazines are image heavy and can be quite a few megabytes each or you could end up paying more than the cover price in excess download charges.

Check out your local library online and see if they offer the same, which you would think they should, and while you are at it, grab an ebook or 20 as there are plenty of those available too. This could be the perfect way to learn something new or just make it easier to head to the local coffee shop with your ipad or laptop instead of a pile of magazines.

Now to decide what I want to download first…….so many choices!

Are you a magazine addict too?

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