About Sam

Blogger, telenovela watcher, romance and chick-lit reader, craft nerd and chocolate and cereal lover.

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25 Days of Christmas

Xmas

Is there any better time of the year than Christmas? Did you say, “Absolutely not!”? Correct answer. December is for spending quality time with friends and family, exchanging a thoughtful gift or two, and decorating every available surface with all things festive. If you love this time as much as we do, you’re going to love this list of 25 festive things to do in the lead up to Christmas.

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The Best Podcasts of 2017

best of podcasts

When I can’t be bopping around to music (i.e. at my desk at work), or I need a break from singing along super loudly (in my car), my go-to form of entertainment is listening to a podcast. There’s a podcast out there for everyone, but here’s the ones that have kept me coming back week after week in 2017.

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The Ultimate Pumpkin-spiced Girls’ Day In

 

PSLThere are many wonderful things about living in Melbourne. And one of them is the unseasonable weather we often experience. Which is great, because while the northern hemisphere starts gearing up for “the fall” and eating and drinking all things pumpkin spice, we have a small window of time where we too can enjoy. So on this rather cold-ish Saturday in October, we made the most of our last cool days by eating and drinking like autumn has suddenly reappeared. Wherever you are in the world, if you’re also a lover of the cooler weather, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin-y goodness, read on. (more…)

10 Reasons to Watch Terrace House

By now someone in your social circle has probably mentioned Terrace House. Or you’ve heard about it via social media, a podcast you’ve listened to, or seen it pop up on your Netflix suggestions. But you’re probably still not entirely sure what it is, why you should watch it, or what the real appeal is. Here’s ten reasons to watch that will clear up the mystery that is Terrace House.

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10 Reasons to Watch La Doña

La Dona

La Doña walks a fine line between gritty crime drama and soap opera (a crime opera?), which is perhaps why it is so addictive. One of the latest Telemundo additions to grace our Netflix screens, it’s been nominated for a load of Premios Tu Mundo Awards – including Favourite Series, Best Bad Boy, and Perfect Couple. But if you need further convincing, here are our ten reasons to tune in. *Warning* Mild spoilers ahead.

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Plastic Free July Week 4 Recap

We made it! The last week of Plastic Free July has been and gone. And while it wasn’t all a walk in the park, it has definitely opened my eyes to the easy side of plastic-free living, and the difficult side of plastic-free living. Even though I haven’t been able to completely eliminate plastic this month, it has given me scope for what to aim for over the coming months – that’s right, I’m not giving up just because the month is over! So let’s recap the final week.

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Plastic Free July Week 3 Recap

We are well and truly over the half-way mark for Plastic Free July, and what I am realising is the longer you do this challenge the easier it gets. This week saw new plastic-free purchases, some unwelcome incoming plastic, and a bulk store shopping excursion. Read on for all the details.

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Plastic Free July Week 2 Recap

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The second week of Plastic Free July has ended, and that has seen the announcement by Woolworths, and then Coles, to eliminate single-use plastic bags by mid-2018. This is fantastic news! In other news, I have been chewing off the ears of anyone who will (or won’t) listen to me! I have passionately nagged my immediate family to stop buying things in plastic, and explained the many hideous things plastic is doing to our beautiful world – seriously, google ‘rubbish island’. It’s gross. I’ve also podcasted, documentary-watched, and flooded my social media feeds with all things plastic-free to keep me motivated. Here’s how week two went down.

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Plastic Free July Week 1 Recap

For those of you who don’t know, this month is Plastic Free July – a fantastic initiative that raises awareness of the impact single-use plastic has on the environment. Essentially, any plastic ever created still exists today. It doesn’t biodegrade. In fact, some types of plastic break down into smaller pieces of plastic (called microplastic) which is then ingested by animals and ends up in the food chain. Gross.

Despite the emphasis our governments place on recycling, this is really a bandaid fix, because plastic can only be down-cycled. This means it’s recycled once and then the end product cannot also be recycled. So as a society we really need to cut down on plastic in general – and especially plastics that are designed for single use – think plastic bags, straws, plastic packaging and your takeaway coffee cups. I am participating in Plastic Free July, with the hopes of making some permanent changes to my lifestyle. But as you will see, it has not been all smooth sailing so far!

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10 Places You Must Eat At in Seminyak, Bali

Bali

Seminyak, to me, is food, food, food (with a bit of beach and shopping in between). I ate my way through five days in Seminyak and felt like I never needed to eat again by the time I left. On reflection, the sad thing is I barely ate any local food. But when you see this list (which is in no particular order), you’ll see you can’t stay sad for long. Because there are some really, really good places to eat in Seminyak. Especially if you love brunching. Which I do.

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