11 Sep 2013

Finally!!

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It was announced last week that Swedish fashion giant H&M finally will open its first Australian store. Even better is that it won’t be in Sydney, it will be in Melbourne! After all we’re are the Australian fashion capital so it’s only fair. ;) 5,000 sqm of Swedish goodness over three levels will open in the former post office building, GPO, on Bourke St, probably mid next year.

H&M, also known as Hennes & Mauritz is known as the second largest global retailer. Similar to Zara and Top Shop is known for its fast fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers and children. The first store opened in Västerås in Sweden back in 1947 but since then it has gone global and now has approx. 2,900 stores in 51 markets around the world.

Exciting times ahead!!

23 Aug 2013

Smile – it’s the key

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18 Aug 2013

New maternity leave scheme

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The Australian election is coming up next month and today the opposition leader Tony Abbott revealed a new controversial maternity scheme. The Coalition’s scheme will provide mothers earning up to $150,000 with 26 weeks (6 months) of paid parental leave, at their actual wage or the national minimum wage (whichever is greater), plus superannuation (to a maximum of $75,000). Fathers will be eligible for two weeks out of the 26 weeks with the same conditions. In contrast, Labor’s parental leave scheme is paid at 18 weeks minimum wage (a maximum of $11,200). The new scheme will apply for each baby born after July 1, 2015 under an Abbott government.

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18 Aug 2013

I saw that

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i saw that

18 Aug 2013

Delicious Protein Balls

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It can be hard to change your lifestyle and eating habits and finding a healthy snack can be difficult. I tried a new protein ball recipe this weekend that I really liked so I thought I would share it with you. It’s not a yummy chocolate ball but it is yummy enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.

These protein packed power balls are a great source of complete protein that contain all the essential amino acids needed for repair and for a healthy immune system, also a good source of vitamin E and minerals from the almonds and fresh dates. The cinnamon adds a lovely flavour and also helps stabilise blood sugar levels. If you can’t have nuts, I would grind up some lovely sunflower, pumpkin and linseeds then throw them in the mix in place of the almonds.

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16 Aug 2013

Settlement complete

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After many phone calls (made by Simon so all credit goes to him) back and forth to our conveyancer and financial advisers it’s finally done, the home loan settlement is complete. It’s therefore official; we’re home-owners! Very exiting. Now we just have to wait for Irena (the previous owner) to get herself a little unit and move out so that we can move in. It sucks a bit not knowing when we get the keys but in the end I guess a month or two (or in worst case scenario three) doesn’t make that much of a difference.

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14 Aug 2013

Happy Anniversary to us!

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Simon and I celebrate 4 very eventful years together today. As every couple we’ve certainly have had our ups and downs but I’ve enjoyed our adventures and I’m very blessed and happy to have Simon in my life. During the 4 years we’ve had a long distance relationship with endless Skype sessions,  we’ve travelled together and we’ve lived in both  Sweden and in Australia. We’re ready to take on new adventures and embark on a new journey, as house owners. Exciting times ahead! Lap five of the roller coaster ride starts today so it’s time to buckle up and enjoy the ride! :)

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09 Aug 2013

Make it perfect

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perfect

05 Aug 2013

Start doing

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start doing

04 Aug 2013

Looks are deceiving

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She may look cute and innocent but she”s not, she’s a little devil in disguise. She wakes us up every single night/morning….most of the time around 4.30-5am, sometime at 3am and if we’re lucky around 6 am. Molly thinks it’s playtime but we would prefer it to still be sleepy time, especially on a weekend. We boot her out of the bedroom but then she just whines outside the bedroom door, scratches the carpet and tries to break in. We’ve tried everything but nothing works, so most of the mornings one of us (usually me) take the pillow and move out on the couch so at least one of us gets a little bit of rest. My theory is that she’ll be better when she gets more space in the house and that she’ll grow out of it. Let’s just say I hope I’m right. I don’t ask for much, just a little sleep in to 8-9am or so would me nice. The lack of sleep is making me cranky.