This past weekend was a long weekend in NSW, Thanks Lizzie!. We had one of my friends come up to stay for the weekend, which gave me a chance to go and see some of the more touristy parts of where I live that I would normally avoid.

We started off Saturday morning right with breakfast and coffee at a local cafe and then headed out to do a bush walk at South Lawson. We did the 4 waterfall circuit which was a 2hr round trip and graded medium (I was still feeling the pull on my legs for days). I bought a new camera bag last week (this one if you’re interested), so it was a good chance to pack up the DSLR and take some photos.

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The walk was a bit challenging particularly towards the end, but it was nice to get out in the fresh air and get a bit of exercise. I think I’ll start doing these walks more often and even try and get better at this particular route. I’m really lucky that I have so many of these types of walks a stones throw from me now so I may as well take advantage of it!

My friend also mentioned to us that he started Geocaching and we downloaded the app and went on a couple of hunts for Geocaches. We managed to find 4 that day! It’s a lot of fun and I recommend it for finding spots you’d never think of exploring. One of the spots was on the side of the highway around this rock i’d never even noticed before, and the view down to the city alone was amazing. I’m definitely keeping my eye on the app to see if I can find more!

We then headed up the mountain to go and check out the Three Sisters @ Katoomba, this was just a quick stop to take a couple of photos because it was packed with tourists. I always forget how beautiful the view is until I go back there, it’s absolutely stunning.

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Shane (the husband) cooked some amazing beef short ribs on the smoker for dinner!. These are becoming a bit of a staple for when we have people over since they’re easy to cook and taste absolutely delicious. Hungry?

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The next day started off a bit colder and we headed up to check out the Hydro Majestic @ Medlow Bath. I was hoping we could find a nice breakfast spot in here but the cafe didn’t open until 11am and for lunch only. Wasted opportunity! I think a cafe that did breakfast would do amazingly well here. So we had a look around and then headed up to Blackheath for breakfast and to check out the growers market.

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Then, if my legs weren’t sore enough from the bush walk the day before they were soon going to be!. We attended Vivid Festival on Sunday night. I love going every year but the crowds just seem to be getting worse, I think I’ll try a mid week night next year. We didn’t get to see as much as we wanted to but we did manage to see the new installations at the Botanical Gardens before it closed down for the night.

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Taking a break from being a tourist in my own city, I had a day of getting pedis and shopping with my mum on the Monday. We managed to score a few bargains (yay!). I actually took some photos of my purchases to do a blog post about (coming soon!).

I also set up a new Instagram dedicated solely to the blog, so it won’t be as random as my personal account! Go follow me Here!

Hope you enjoyed this little post about what I’ve been up to, hopefully I can try and do some more of these types of posts because I certainly love reading them.

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My last post in March mentioned the fact i’d be taking a little break from doing the Weekly Deals posts for a couple of weeks due to moving… Weeeeeeeeell it ended up being more like a month. Oops! So let’s catch up!

MOVING/ Holy crap this has been tough… I’ve moved by myself as an adult a total of 3 times prior to this move. Granted, this was bigger then any of the others i’ve had before but I think i’m still recovering from it all. We’ve made the move from suburban Sydney to the lovely Blue Mountains, which I absolutely love and have loved for so so long. My parents moved there a few years ago now and since then I’ve always felt that we’d end up there as well at some point. I wasn’t quite prepared for how much work this move was going to be or how stressed I was going to be during/after it. Packing/Culling was fine (I love throwing stuff out!), we even had a garage sale & then followed up with a car boot sale the next day and made some extra $$’s while getting rid of stuff (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS!).

We managed to move over the Easter long weekend so could do it in little spurts and then get a truck for the day for the big stuff, I am so grateful to our friends and family that helped us out, we are so lucky to have such awesome people to help us. So all good happy happy, then it came to cleaning up the old place, I went back on my own thinking I could do it all in a day – boy was I wrong. I ended up on the middle of an empty lounge room floor in tears… This was going to be a common pattern over the next few weeks to be honest (ugh).

As of right now we are pretty settled (or mostly anyway) the dogs are loving having such a big backyard to explore. We are now completely done with the old place and it’s rented out at a ridiculous price for what it is to someone else while we are living in a much nicer home. I only have a few more things to unpack and the spare guest room to sort out.

COMMUTING/ Something else i’m doing now that we’ve made the big move is commuting. I haven’t really commuted since I finally got my drivers licence but I made the decision to do the whole public transport thing 4 days a week and drive on Fridays (depending on if we have a social commitment after work) to work. Main reason is to save some km’s in my car and the fact it actually works out cheaper for me to get the train and bus. The thing I don’t like is the fact I have to get up so early (5.20am…). The thing I do like though is that I’ve been able to catch up on a lot of Podcasts and start reading a lot more (moving onto my next subject… Smooth transition). I do also want to try and get organized and writing blog posts on my trip home (my head is way too fuzzy to do this in the morning, plus I snooze for the majority of the trip lol).

READING/ As mentioned above, one of the things I really like about commuting is the fact I get a chance to read. I find if i’m at home I can always find a million other things I should be doing before reading (It’s a bit sad really that catching up on the latest Kardashian episode is made a priority over reading in my life). If you’re keen to see what I’ve been reading I’ve been updating my Goodreads regularly when I get a new book. I also joined up to the local library which I’ve been using on a weekly basis. One day I’ll have to post a photo of the view from my library, it’s incredible.

COOKING/ I love cooking and I had become really lazy/unmotivated with cooking dinner every night and often finding myself heading to the local KFC for a quick dinner fix. Now that we live quite away from these temptations (except for the yummy Thai place up the road) and the fact my kitchen is much much nicer and more spacious, and gas! I love cooking with gas!. I’ve actually been cooking dinner almost every night. We still do go out on occasion but even this has really reduced. I’m thinking I might start sharing some of my recipes on here; there’s nothing revolutionary but I enjoy reading everyday peoples recipes, especially if they’re fast and tasty! I’ve been pinning a few things I want to try out and my current food/pinning obsession are sheet pan dinners, one pan to clean? Sign me up!

CLEAN WITH ME VIDEOS/ I am oddly obsessed with the clean with me videos circulating on YouTube at the moment. If you haven’t watched one I suggest checking out How Jen Does It, you’ll be soon filling a spray bottle with water & vinegar and cleaning every surface of the house.

SNAPCHAT/ I am kinda sorta obsessed with Snapchat! Add me! Username: vulcanella

So that’s it for now, hopefully I’ll finally get myself sorted out and get back to some regular content on here. I really do miss blogging and the community that surrounds blogging. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Winter Travel

 

As you may or may not know i’m jetting off for my belated honeymoon on Boxing Day to the US, this will be my 2nd time visiting and the husbands first (hopefully he loves it!) We start our trip off on the east coast visiting New York & Washington DC and from reports i’ve heard it’s going to be fr-fr-fr-freeeeeezing. I’m not really prepared for the cold, I love the cold but it doesn’t get THAT cold in Sydney really. The coldest I’ve ever been was on the roadtrip last year where it was -4 in Glenrowan (brrrr!).

So i’ve been compiling a little list of things I need to add to my luggage to keep me nice and toasty while walking the streets of New York City, I’ve got my coat situation sorted I mentioned a big parka I bought from ASOS last year before the roadtrip and I think that will do for this trip (with plenty of layers underneath). So the other little items I need are –

Jeans – I already have quite a few pairs of jeans but I’d like to add another pair of my favourite ASOS Ridley jeans, perhaps in dark blue or clean black. They are my most favourite style of jean… skinny, high waisted (which i’ll need because, Shake Shack…In N Out) and the petite length fits my short legs perfectly without the need to be rolled up or hemmed. My pair I own have a rip in the knee (on purpose) so I’m thinking I need a pair of non ripped ones to keep me warm. Keeping my eye out for a sale.

Gloves – Should I go the full finger glove or the mitten route? I quite like the mitten ones with the top part that you can take off but I think ughhh fussy. All the gloves i’ve tagged have the special fingertips so you can still use your phone. Holy shit my Instagram feed is going to be spammed.

Boots/Shoes – This is my biggest struggle, I’ve read that I need shoes that are waterproof and have a pretty good sole in case it’s slippery from ice. I also found this pair on Shopbop today which i’m tempted to get because I love my Converse but I’m worried the fleece lining might get too hot. The pairs i’ve picked here are both synthetic made with PU which i’m pretty sure is waterproof, I’m going to check out the outlets in the next few weeks and try some on and see if I find something I like. Any suggestions? I’d like something that will basically go with every outfit because I’m trying to take a minimal amount of luggage so I can buy stuff over there :).

Beanies – I’d love to get something cute, maybe with a pom pom and that suits my head and hair lol. I’m not usually a beanie/hat kind of person but I think it’ll be essential to have one. I kinda love the Bacon one because well Bacon is everything. I’ll probabaly go a neutral shade here in either cream, black or grey.

Scarf – My lovely friends bought me a Slytherin scarf from Harry Potter world which I adore and I thought I would take, but I think I might purchase something else in a plain colour to match all of my clothes. It’ll likely be grey, let’s be honest everything I buy will likely be grey :). I like the idea of one of those big scarves that you can basically use as a blanket as well, this would be good for the plane and also the train we’re getting between New York & Washington DC.

So they’re my current ponderings on things I need to get before the big trip! Only about 8 weeks to go, and so excited 🙂 I’m going to do a couple of things on here and YouTube leading up to the trip as well like what I’m packing and stuff.

If you have any tips let me know, I haven’t been on such a big trip in such a long time and this is actually the longest i’ll ever be away from home (and my dogs!).
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cooper-haul-1

One of my current obsessions at the moment is anything copper, this hasn’t been helped by the amazing affordable copper options Kmart have been releasing lately. Seriously, Kmart is KILLING it right now.

I highly recommend checking out some of the awesome Kmart homewares inspired instagram peeps like Kmart AusInspire,  The Kmart Forecast, Kmart Grapevine & Kmart Bargains – Warning: All of these accounts will make you want to make irrational trips to Kmart late at night to find these amazing products.

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I’ve actually collected a few more things since I filmed this video, so there may be a part 2 in the making :).

Anyone else as obsessed with this copper trend as I am? I would love to know what you’ve found and bought!

Check out my video below for what I’ve purchased lately.

 

 

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How To: Protect Your Privacy On Instagram

We all love putting photos on Instagram of our food, our dogs and the odd selfie (well that’s pretty much my Instagram feed anyway). Did you know that the app actually geotags where you take all of your photos? So if your sitting at home uploading images to Instagram, people can find out where you live or where you hang out. Not cool!

When I found out about this I had a bit of a google to see if I could find a way to disable it, which I have now done myself and I thought I would share the steps with you. The one issue I’ve come across with the way I’ve disabled it is that you are unable to geotag the places you want to, so if your at a cool cafe for brunch and want to tag it into your ‘gram you won’t be able to. I guess a solution for this is to see if that cool cafe has their own Instagram and tag them in your comments. You never know they may feature your picture on their Instagram!

Firstly, Check to see if it is currently enabled on your Instagram app. To do this go into your profile and if the little geotag symbol is a light grey and unclickable, you are fine and protected! If it is a darker grey and you go into a map, keep reading.

Here are the steps I used to disable it. Just a quick note, these steps are for iPhone only.

Step 1 – Check your profile to see if your posts are currently being geo-tagged. This is what mine looked like when it was.

Step 2 – Click the little geotag symbol and you will see a big map of the world, which will then zoom into where you have most of your photos. You will see I have 814 photos geotagged, some would have been done by me but the majority were done without my knowledge.

 

Step 3 – Click edit and you will get a grid with all of your currently geotagged photos show up.

Step 4 – Click edit on this screen and the next screen will show all ticks, with select all / deselect all. You want to pick deselect all.

Step 5 – Once you have done this, your screen should look like mine below, with no ticks on it.

Step 6. Press Done and it will confirm if you would like to remove the geotags, Click Confirm.

Step 7. Now your map will be clear of all the geo-tagged pictures, yay! 

Step 8. Now to prevent Instagram adding geotags to your future posts, you need to go into Settings > Privacy > Location Services and then find Instagram on that page and change it from While Using to Never… Yes I really need to get rid of some of my apps!

Step 9. Go back into your Instagram profile and check that the little geotag symbol is now a lighter grey colour and can’t be clicked. If so, you are now safe from geotagging.

 

Like I said before, this does stop you from being able to geotag yourself at certain locations, if it’s a must just enable it through the location settings and then disable it again once you have finished. This way it won’t tag your location when you are sitting at home on the couch.

I hope this has been helpful for some of you, and if you’re interested in me sharing any other tips similar to this i’m happy to do so!

 

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