A special Monday Mantra today as Taylors begins her very last week of school....(graduation this Thursday then is study time until the HSC begins in a month)...sadness as school officially comes to an end....
Today I thought I'd share with you a couple of presents I recently pulled together...
The first a "Pirate Kit" for a special little man who lives interstate...last time I spoke with his mum she told me about the "Pirate Party" she was planning for his Birthday and I couldn't resist putting together this loot package for him.
The "2 dollar shops" are filled with lots of pirate treasures including mandatory swords and eye patches, plenty of coins and even an earring or two....I downloaded a Treasure map for the Birthday Boy to colour in (gotta love Pinterest) and even managed to find a "pirate" t-shirt at K-Mart...it all came together and I recycled a paper bag with another Pinterest find "WORK LIKE A CAPTAIN AND PLAY LIKE A PIRATE"...love it, I am sure the recipient will too!
Next up a box filled with lots of yummies, yes its another ice-cream kit! I have made a few of these now, the girls love to give them as presents to their friends and the girls LOVE to receive them. We started with the ice cream dish then added lots of goodies perfect to make an ice cream treat, finishing a 'personalised' spoon.
Well apologies its been a long time between posts...hubby and I managed a quick escape to Bali for a few days...just what we needed to re-charge the batteries and who knew we'd pick the wettest and coldest week this winter to escape!
Bali is one of our favourite places to visit and it never disappoints! I thought I'd share a post today of some of our "Fabulous Finds" (some old and some new) ....
We enjoyed a few days up in the mountains of Ubud...a hotel just on the outskirts of the town that had bicylcles that we made the most of exploring the local villages. The shopping and food in Ubud did not disappoint and we made the most of it all. Must visit restaurants in Ubud are:
The Yoga Barn - the most amazing fresh, healthy organic food in a great setting. I haven't tried one of the yoga classes here but apparanetly they are wonderful, yogis from all over the world certainly congregate here...
Kafe Ubud - along the main street a great place to have a half decent coffee and watch the world go by or indulge in their famous organic red rice nasi goreng - yummo!
Clear Cafe - cannot talk this place up enough, wonderful for those 'clean eaters' out there and those of us who just want to eat healthy and yummy food...leave your shoes at the door (the inside of this cafe is so clean, the shoes off policy is a good one) and enjoy an array of organic and natural food, the free Wifi is an added bonus.
We spent the next few days in a villa in Seminyak, first on my list of places to visit was Bungalow Living in the nearby Canggu. This little cafe and homewares store has become quite famous since fellow Aussie Giovanna opened it a few years ago, not only for the best coffee you'll taste in Bali but the amazing array of food, juices, smoothies (hubby was VERY impressed with his spicy chai latte) and healthy dessert options....well they use all fresh, natural and organic ingredients so they must be healthy..right!? We spent ages pondering over the homewares and deciding on a new "theme" of cushions for our lounge for 'summer', I seriously would take one of everything home from this shop...stunning and affordable its a credit to Giovanna and her talented team! I was thrilled to meet the famous BB King the large resident chocolate brown poodle (BB King was MIA on our last visit).
You are spoilt for choice with restaurants in the Seminyak area, but here are some of our favourites:
The Corner House - located on a corner (formerly The Corner Store) we enjoyed a drink upstairs in the bar area before heading out to dinner..a glass of very cold Pinot Grigio in a large wine glass (yep in Bali who would have thought), the dips we choose to nibble on where fab too...this is a fairly new restaurant in town styled on a New York subway, very funky and worth a visit!
Motel Mexicola - totally transformed at night this place was heaps of fun..Mexican tapas with a twist...the staff sing and dance their way around the restaurant and bar, it was loud, the food was good, the beer was cold and we had a wonderful night..be warned though we saw people being turned away so make sure you book in advance!
The Bistrot - designed by a clever husband and wife team this couple have created a vintage cafe/restaurant space that is worth a visit, check out their homewares and jewellry shops nearby too.
Mantra - an old favourite of ours which never disappoints, they use fresh ingredients and create yummy food, even stop in for a drink and just watch the passing parade you will not be disappointed.
Hope you enjoyed my Fabulous Finds from Bali...looking out my window at the rain as I sit on top of the heater I wish I was there right now!!
Yes thats what I was asked to make for Taylor as she begins her journey towards her last term at school....you read right....50 Thank you cards!!!
As one of the school leaders she is busy coodinating the prsents and thank you gifts for teachers and staff for their graduation just around the corner....lots of wonderful inspirational people to thank and of course had to have the personal touch (that's my girl!!)
So ahead of time they are bundled and ready to go (just quietly glad I dont have to write thank you messages on all of them LOL)
I was thrilled to be asked to make them and now that each and every recipient will appreciate the 'personal touch'.....never underestimate the power of a thank you!!