The Life

Imagine spending all day either eating or sleeping, and having people tell you how pretty you are.

Unrealistic? Not if you’re Violet. This girl is livin’ the life!



Linking with My Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesday.

The Zen Files // Sam from A life On Venus

A blog that I’ve only recently discovered is A life On Venus, a lovely mix of books, parenting and life. Sam has answered some nosey questions so we can see just what part zen plays in her life.

Please tell us what your blog is about and why you started it.

My blog is about my life. I blog about parenting mainly but really anything that comes into my head. I started blogging when I was pregnant with my second child because I suffered PND after my first baby and I wanted to have something for me after he was born, a place I could share how I was feeling and what I was doing and I fell in love with it and am so glad that I started it. It has kept me sane.

What does “zen” mean to you?

Zen means mental happiness to me. I have suffered depression and anxiety in the past and learnt mediation and cognitive therapies. To me that is Zen, when you can be at peace with your own thoughts.

Which 5 people from history would you most like to have dinner with and what do you think the conversation would be about?

I can only think of two, I hope that is ok. I would love to have dinner with Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. I would hope the conversation was about their work and thought processes and also life in Italy at that time.

Are you working towards anything that will make a positive change in your life?

At the moment I am trying very hard to work out my back, neck, hip issues so am seeing a physio and doing pilates. I am hoping that this will have a positive effect on my physical and mental wellbeing.

Is your blog what you thought it would be when you first started it?

To be honest I wasn’t sure what I thought my blog would be when I first started. I think it is always changing though and will probably continue to change as I do.


I have so many wonderful blog favourites that make me smile, what are the 3 that brighten your day, plus one that we may not have heard of before?

I love Have A Laugh On Me,  Mummy Wife Me and My Little Sunshine House. Also, two blogs that are fairly new to me are Create Bake Make and Bake Play Smile.

The Random Roundup…… just for a bit of fun.

Which do you prefer?

Beach or Country.


Pinterest or Instagram.


Cheese or Chocolate.


Flats or Heels.


Black & White or Colour Photography.


Cool or Warm Weather.


Fruit or Veggies.


Early Nights or Night Owl.

Early nights.

Tv or Radio.


Comedy or Drama.


Sam has kindly invited us all to grab a cuppa and a cookie, and pop over to see what it’s like living A Life On Venus.


Linking with Essentially Jess for IBOT.


Pushing The Deadlines

Office inspiration


Deadlines, do they terrify you or light a fire in your belly? I think I may have a bit of weird addiction to the thrill of a deadline, and it really confuses me.

When I was at school, I would leave assignments right till the very last day to complete. I can vividly remember setting my alarm for 4.30 one morning to finish a particular piece that was to be handed just a few hours later. I also remember actually receiving an award for that assignment!

It’s the same with whatever I’m doing, and as hard as I try to change, I just keep doing it. It really messes with my head, and as someone who likes to micro-manage every little thing, I just don’t seem to be playing by my own rules.

You know when you see busy people, zooming around, getting stuff done? They look like they’re totally in control of the situation, and I find myself wishing I was like that. I’m pretty impressed when I see someone doing things in a hurry, and looking like they’re on a mission. I’ve always been a bit sad about not going further with my education, and actually having a career, and can’t help but associate success with being busy.

Maybe I subconsciously think that whatever I’m rushing to finish has more importance if I race to get it completed on time. Or maybe I’m rebelling against my own hardline rules. Or maybe I’m just nowhere near as organized as I like to think I am!

Do you struggle with deadlines, or do you have everything completed way before due dates?



Easter pastel eggs



Easter, way back then.

Counting the sleeps,

Till the Bunny comes.

A box at the foot of the bed,

Filled to make a nest.

Waking at dawn,

Checking for treasure.

Squeals as we see

A nest full of colours.

Piles of eggs,

Who got the best?

Easter, now.

Waiting for late night,

To fill the nest.

The same bright colours,

Foil and cardboard.

Woken at dawn

By squeals of joy.

“Look mum, he came!”

Piles of eggs,

Which to eat first?

Easter back then and Easter now.

Has it changed?

Not a bit.


Linking with My Little Sunshine House for Sunshine Sundays.

Random Rainbow on Pinterest

What better way to brighten your day, than a burst of glorious colour? My Random Rainbow board on Pinterest never fails to make me smile.

The Wizard of Oz


Photoshop. Layer your child's art over their photo!


Flower bed




Love this one. :)




5 Good Things For You


5 good

When I started this, I intended it to simply be 5 things that may make your days a little more zen. But the things just kept coming, and todays’ group takes it up to 100 good things!

1. Wander. Do you ever take the time to just go for a wander? Busy, busy, busy people don’t always have a lot of spare time to get out and go for a leisurely walk, but it can be a fabulous adventure. It doesn’t need to be just the neighbourhood, if you haven’t toured your city lately, why not find a few hours to look around? When you drive everywhere, you can miss the little details that make up where you live, and it’s sometimes an eye opener to just go for a wander.

2. Admit defeat. I’ve been hearing this quote a lot lately: “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. And yes, if you know that you’re not going to win this one, it may be time to admit defeat. Is the amount of stress and energy you’re going to go through worthy of the result? If it’s something that you know you simply can’t win, and it’s having a negative effect on your life, maybe it’s time to move on.

3. Dance in your kitchen. You’ve had a heavy day, and you realize it’s only 5 o’clock and you still have about a thousand things to do before finally falling into bed. Best that you just take a deep breath and carry on, feeling grumpy the whole time, right? No!! Best that you turn on some wild music and dance around the kitchen for 10 minutes! If you’re home alone, let loose and pretend you’ve got a fabulous audience cheering you on. If your family is around, grab them and make them join in, then everyone gets those endorphins racing. Sometimes you’ve just got to put the sensible stuff on hold and let your head go for a while.

4. Embrace Imitation. Sometime in your life you’ll probably know someone who copies you. When you’re a little kid it’s kind of cute, as you get older it can be annoying, and as an adult it may even be a little creepy. But when you really think about it, imitation is flattering. If one of your circle thinks highly enough of you to copy your style, take pride in that. If someone at work seems to be following a little too close in your footsteps, think that you’re having a positive impact. Even in the creative world, our designs mysteriously turn up in other designers’ collections. And as annoying as that can be, it’s probably easiest to congratulate yourself on thinking of it first, then move on to your next creation. If you can look at it as a compliment, you’re the ultimate winner in this situation.

5. Love yourself!  Nothing I, or anyone else says can make you do this one, but no excuses, just do it. YOU ARE SO WORTH IT!

So now I’ve shared 100 good things, but I absolutely think number 100 is the most important. Can you honestly say you love yourself?


Linking with With Some Grace for FYBF.

Just Because







Back here I wrote that I was going to try posting every day in January. Well I did, and then just kept going! This is my 100th day of posting, so I thought I would make a collage of things that I’ve photographed in those 100 days.

PicMonkey Collage100



Linking with My Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesday.


The Zen Files // Becc from Take Charge Now

Today Becc from Take Charge Now is sharing how she chronicles her life’s adventures on her fabulous blog. Not only do we learn how illness has affected her life, but also see some of the wonderful travels her family have enjoyed.

Please tell us what your blog is about and why you started it.

I blog about my journey from sickness to sensational, creating my dream lifestyle and the joys of family life. Plus anything that inspires me along the way. Frustrated with being sick all the time, I began the blog as a way of trying to work through it. It has been around 15 years since the “sickness” took over my life and I guess I felt like a bit of a hermit and alone. Not lonely but alone in my plight. So, I thought there are plenty of others out there battling with chronic illness of all types, why not share my stories, find the positives and maybe provide options for others to try as I look for solutions. I also love a life of luxury, so even though I don’t always feel so great, I can do a lot of other things to make each day fun and a blessing.

What does “zen” mean to you?

Zen is being OK with the world and where you are in it. It may not be the best of situations but you can find beauty, peace and love in any given moment. It is an attitude.

Please share the post you’ve written that has had people really talking.

Interestingly (to me anyway) the one that created an avalanche of comments was this one.


Tell us about something positive that has happened to you and how it has affected your life. 

Luckily, even though my life is often overshadowed by my “sickness”, there have been an abundance of positives. None can compare anywhere near to bagging my husband and having our son who is now 4. I was a cradle snatcher (a cougar for those not of my generation) and had no intention of having children. Who knew I would be so blissfully happy with the man of my dreams and inspired each day by our little man of wonder?

What’s the song that is your go-to for a guaranteed burst of positive energy?

How is it possible to name only one? I have a selection including: I feel good – James Brown, Raise your Glass – Pink, Heaven - Eurogliders, Happy – Pharrell Williams, Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede. There has actually been a flurry of great positive songs of late. Oh, I could go on all day. There are too many great decades with too many great songs.

I have so many wonderful blog favourites that make me smile, what are the 3 that brighten your day, plus one that we may not have heard of before?

I have noticed that a lot of the big Aussie blogs get a bit of a run here, but I feel a real tug toward:

Em at Have a Laugh on Me – I know she gets a bit of a plug here too!

Deb at Home Life Simplified – I do believe simplifying your life is the key.

Jacqueline Gum from Where’s the Justice  - This one may well come under one that you haven’t heard of before, so check it out.

Susan Cooper from Finding Our Way Now –  Another you probably haven’t heard of, but I do enjoy her stories and the ‘take aways’ she extracts from those seemingly innocent/normal moments. Now it has to be said I have a number of other favourites, but specified here was blogs that brighten your day. Those of you that fall into the blogs I love category, you know who you are :)

The Random Roundup…… just for a bit of fun.

Which do you prefer?

Beach or Country.

Beach, beach, beach, beach, beach! It can be anywhere in the world, with a cocktail (or several) or just walking along the waters’ edge. The beach wins hands down.

Pinterest or Instagram.

I’ve had a bit of a love affair with each at different times but become a bit lax of late on both. I guess at this point in time it would be Instagram. I love taking photo’s and being able to instantly share these moments with others is pretty cool.

Cheese or Chocolate.

I’m not sure on this one. I am fond of both, but can also live without them. With that said, I am a savoury over sweet girl any day, so I must go with cheese based on that.

Flats or Heels.

Heels for sure, but since I broke my ankle on the dance floor (yes, the dance floor!) a few years ago, I don’t manage to get in them as much as I would like to.

Black & White or Colour Photography.

Once again I am torn. In our house we have a wall of framed coloured photo’s we have taken over the years and a gallery of black and whites along the walls of the staircase. To ask me to pick one over the other, I am not sure I can.

Cool or Warm Weather.

Neither – give me hot, hot, hot!

Fruit or Veggies.

I have changed over the years to be a veggie nut. I cannot go more than a few days without a dose of veg or I will climb the walls.

Early Nights or Night Owl.

The “sickness” really spun this one around on me. Now I am like an old Nanna, off to bed by 9pm. No late night Twitter chats for this old duck   :(   I will however still be the last person standing at any given party if it’s a good one and the alcohol is flowing   :)

Tv or Radio.

I am addicted to TV. It is my companion throughout the day and is always on in the background. Radio has its merits because it plays music, but man the ads and the talky talky annoy me.

Comedy or Drama.

There is way too much seriousness in the world and we all need a big belly laugh now and then. So I have to say Comedy all the way.

Drop over to Take Charge Now to see how Becc handles the challenges she faces daily, and also has some fun along the way.


Linking with Essentially Jess for IBOT.