Made me smile 22/04

Hi all!

How was everyone’s week? I am super nervous at the moment waiting for news regarding a potential new job (that I really want) and should be hearing about it today/tomorrow so arghhhhhhh. This post is a good way to distract my mind for a little while, going over the last week or two with some of the happy/funny/delicious/cute things that have brought a few smiles to my face!

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First up, last weekend me and the boys ventured out to the North Shore in order to finally visit DelishCupcakes which is a little cupcake shop (also selling coffee and cake pops) that I have been meaning to try for forever! Needless to say, our cupcakes did not disappoint  Henry chose the gorgeous cupcake above (lime curd with lime buttercream), I chose the double choc cupcake with chocolate ganache (surprise surprise) and Will chose the Jaffa cupcake which had chocolate cupcake base with an incredible orange buttercream on top. All three were divine (we shared them around as everyone had to try each flavour) but my favorite was the chocolate >.< (I love chocolate so this wasn’t any big surprise). I am now, every weekend trying to convince everyone that we have to go back! So many more flavours to try!!! Go checkout their website, facebook or follow them on instagram for some drool worthy photos.

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As usual, a highlight of any week is getting a new tea to try (especially now that the cooler weather has started to return) and this blackcurrent, ginseng and vanilla combo is delicious!

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This weekend’s baking featured some very delicious double choc chip muffins although I must admit we totally cheated and used a box mix due to a time constraint in the kitchen haha but now I am determined to do some research and find the perfect chocolate muffins (so if you have any awesome recipes I should try PLEASE leave them below!!). Yum

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The other excitement of this weekend was finding this gorgeous wee dog called Sophie who was running wild on a very busy road so Edd (being my hero) spent 15 minutes capturing the poor dog who was terrified of the cars and seemed pretty lost. After knocking on doors and then making a trip to the poor vet (who was closed but was unlucky enough to still be roped in to helping us) we found out Sophie’s owner was away for the day. Commence dog nannying for the day! She was a sweety and really attached herself to Edd. I can’t wait til we get a dog! (one day)

20130422-133038.jpgDon’t worry Callie! You are still our only fur baby!!

Other things that made me smile:

This video with Alison Brie from Community (which I have been enjoying again lately) where she imitates a bunch of internet memes, rather successfully! Props to her!

NZ passed the marriage equality bill! And this MP made global news for being just generally pretty awesome.

Cat videos…there have been a few. This one of a kitten really getting into her milk bowl is one that I play whenever I want to laugh because I cannot watch it without laughing. Hilarious. Callie loves milk but I have never seen her quite love it this much. Then there was roomba cat…a cat who rides a roomba plus a dog in some costumes, oh and some ducks. Hilarity ensues. Checkout the playlist of videos to immerse yourself in some slightly random animal antics. Last up is a Cat playing with a vacuum. Seriously cute.

Well that’s it for now, keep up the smiling 🙂

Made Me Smile: 8th April

Hi All!

So it is Monday (groan, sigh, grumble) and time for a Made me smile post with a few nice things from the last couple of weeks that brightened my days!

20130408-143001.jpgLast weekend Edd and I took Mr 5 and Mr 11 to the Coca Cola Easter Show (I preferred when it was called the Royal Easter Show just FYI). There were lots of farm animals (obviously), some incredibly overpriced rides, delicious burgers, circus acts involving 5 motorbikes and a metal ball (I KID YOU NOT) and enough candy floss to keep Mr 5 wired till the next evening. It was expensive but it was fun!

On the long Easter Weekend I also got to catchup with Mum and Co. down in Waiuku and together we watched the entire season of  Auckland Daze (which if you are in NZ you should go checkout all the episodes right here!). It was hilarious. We also had an amazing vegetable lasagna which I plan to recreate in the near future and blog about. We also caught up with the In-laws for a pizza night! So all in all a pretty great weekend.

20130408-142714.jpgAlthough the sun is still shining, Summer has definitely moved on leaving a pretty cold chill in her place. This called for new pyjamas which also functioned for a PJ birthday party (which was as mature as it sounds). Callie approves of their cuddly warmth and cute owls, I just though all of you would like to know.

20130408-142656.jpgThese bowls of delicious candy were just one part of a very enjoyable night with two friends, watching a movie with lollies, pizza and lots of laughs. Have I mentioned how much I love coke bottle lollies? I love them.

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The movie we watched was this little gem that I had never heard of before. Robot and Frank is a sweet and unique little movie about a retired cat-burgular with worsening dementia who reluctantly gains the company and assistance of a rather charming robot, Robot. Together they get back into planning one big heist. The ending was the only thing that annoyed me about this movie, it felt unfinished or not thought through enough for such a thoughtful and sensitive film. Funny and sad and worth a watch!

 

 

 

 

20130408-142613.jpgBabysitting Mr 5 and Mr 11 called for making a delicious dinner of homemade wedges and pizza. Edd and I had pizza packed with vegies and ham whilst the kids piled on pineapple, ham and cheese on to theirs. It was a fun evening cooking with them and Mr 5 kept trying to sneak ingredients off the other pizza for his own.

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My.Neighbor.Totoro.600.69835Another movie I watched and Loved this week was My Neighbour Totoro. Might be my favorite Studio Ghibli film but its hard to choose between this, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Ponyo 😦 I love them all! And cat bus is probably my favorite, can I have one??

accidentallydomesticatedLast up I will leave you with the most recent unlikely animal friendship, kindly sent to me by Edd!

xx

Made me smile: 25th March

Hi All!
Last week went so fast but lots of good things were within it and now that I have at least some work I am able to enjoy things a bit more without the over arching guilt that I have to earn some money! So here are some of the things that made me smile this week:

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Lunch time salad dates with the other half made my days at home much less lonely. Additionally the mexican chicken salad from Habitual Fix is divine and I want to buy it in bulk so I can eat it all week long.

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Found this somewhere and liked it. Alice in wonderland is a strange but rather wonderful story and the Cheshire Cat has to be my favorite part.

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Mid week baking sessions, this time chocolate chip cookies to use up some spare chocolate chips that somehow had avoided being eaten. Miracles can happen. These were super simple and my kind of scrummy cookie, I’ll try and remember to share the recipe (I say this far more often that I actually follow through don’t I? Sorry!)

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Excuse the crass language (what more can you expect when referring to Hell’s Kitchen?) but this made me chuckle. Edd and I used to watch ever series of HK and now I can barely sit through one episode haha. Not sure why.

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On Sunday many games of Monopoly deal were played with my brothers and Edd. I love this game and enjoy it despite losing over and over. Somehow Mr 5 beat us all every time….Surely I should be able to occasionally beat a 5 year old?

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Also on Sunday was another baking session, however I did hardly anything and got my two slaves brothers to do the work! We made afghan biscuits and they turned out pretty delicious. If you have never heard of what I believe is a bit of a New Zealand delicacy (lol) I will be sharing the recipe (if I ever get around to it…just joking, this one I plan to do this week) for these little crunchy chocolate biscuits plus icing with you all!

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Sorry, still obsessed with unlikely animal friendships.
Speaking of which this link (http://on.natgeo.com/11phMQg) is for an ADORABLE video about a badger and a fox who are like, best friends. So cute! Reminds me of fox and the hound without the douchey farmer!

Other things that made me smile this week included seeing old friends who you haven’t caught up with in years, playing with nail polish, kitty cuddles at nightime and in the mornings, good books, getting all your clothes washed, delicious and healthy-ish Japanese food and weather that means I’m ready to start drinking hot pots of herbal tea yay!

This week I also got a bit more involved on Tumblr and had lots of fun (although the link below was more strange than fun…). If you have a Tumblr please leave it in the comments for me to come follow you (not creepy at all ..)

So this was weird….http://pokemonxniccage.tumblr.com/…just in case you wanted to see Nicholas Cage’s face on a bunch of pokemon. Pidgey is my favorite/incredibly creepy

Speaking of Pokemon….(less weird and more cute!)

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Have a great week! x

Made Me Smile 18th of March

IMG_8798Hi all!

So Edd and I have been back from our Honeymoon for a week (2 weeks?) I think its just one week but it feels like FOREVER! The honeymoon was amazing and I smiled pretty much 24/7 but i’ll tell you more about it some other time. Here are some other things in the past week(ish) that made me smile!

IMG_9009Callie (a.k.a. the only thing that was good about returning) was SO adorable and cuddle hungry when we got home and ever since. When we got back she was a little scratched up so some neighborhood bully of a cat was obviously taking advantage of our departure! I’d like to see him show his face here now! Anyway, going off track, nice to be home with this fluffy face.

IMG_9047We got our first taste of the official wedding photos and I am so happy with them! Here is a little taster for you. Tomorrow night we go and get the hundreds more that the lovely photographer took for us and it is a big understatement to say I am excited.

IMG_9086Big smiles on the day that I applied for a job, was called in for an interview 2 hours later and half an hour later had a contract and a photo id company name tag! Wasn’t expecting that to happen so fast at all. Then 24 hours later, before I have done any of the training (or even signed the contract) I had two 8 hour shifts! I am now a caregiver/social worker for people who had accidents and need in home help for however many hours a day. By no means is the job perfect, mainly due to the “flexible” hours meaning I don’t have set shifts and no guarantee of a full time work load. But on the positive side its in the industry I want experience with and its working with amazing people who need some help and I need the money haha. The two BEAUTIFUL cats above were the babies of the Lady I was with, adorable right?

Oz_-_The_Great_and_Powerful_PosterEdd and I went to see this movie last week and I really enjoyed it. I loved the use of colour in the same way as the original Wizard of Oz movie and the actors and acting was rather superb. Cool story but mainly visually appealing. Sideline…I loved and was scared silly by the original Oz movie, does any one else remember that? With the mental asylum and all the heads? I want to watch it again but don’t know how to find it! That movie was weird…

IMG_9192My latest nail art attempt was some rainbows and I think they are pretty cute even if I haven’t made any attempt to clean up the mess. And weren’t too time consuming either!

Other things that made me smile this week:

784625_700bWe have been watching Modern Family quite a bit an this quote  I rather love as it fits quite well into my relationship with Edd.

Speaking of Edd , he keeps tweeting me pics of unlikely animal friendships (so adorable) and here’s a favorite:

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Okay this one is a little embarrassing but I swear these burgers (Memphis BBQ Burger from Carl’s Jr) are DELICIOUS! I only had one (Promise!) and please, don’t even think to look up the calories cause YOU DON”T WANT TO KNOW! Callie likes them too

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Last up is a song I have been loving (and the album in general) by The Lumineers who somehow I hadn’t listened to before this week…strange… Listen to it Here (I’m sure you have all already heard it but I think its quite lovely).

That’s it, have a lovely week full of SMILES

Made Me Smile: 4th March

Hi All!

Edd and I leave for our “honeymoon” tonight yay!! The location remains top secret…well actually its just us on a mini road trip around a few locations up North of Auckland like Paihia, Hokianga and KeriKeri for a week and I’m Excited!!!

But here a couple of quick things that made me smile last week 🙂

IMG_8389This is Spider. Once Boris the Russian rabbit comes out of his hutch in the morning to reign over my Mum’s back yard along with the duck and chickens and everything else Spider likes to take over the hutch as his sunny sleep space. This seemed rather strange to me but according to Instagram Spider is not the only cat who likes to do this. Bizarre…

IMG_8431On Saturday Edd and I went with my gorgeous Sister and three dogs to one of the West Coast beaches near Waiuku (Kariatahe? I definitely spelt that wrong). This is Cookie who doesn’t need someone to walk her, she can do it herself!

IMG_8442The Wild West Coast. I rather adore it.

IMG_8456Also this weekend Mr 5 demonstrated his amazing bike abilities. I would like to take a moment to express my anguish that for me learning to ride a bike took many weeks and many bloody injuries whilst Mr 5 jumped on and was off on his first go. What?! No traumatic accidents? No weeks of feeling inadequate with three wheels when failing at two? I would be upset if I wasn’t so immensely proud!

IMG_8459Speaking of proud, I helped Mr 11 get to grips with my favorite but slightly fiddly cinnamon scroll recipe (which I should share on here ASAP) and they turned out better than when I make them alone! He is a budding chef I tell you! He also made us nachos for lunch which were divine. But not quite as heavenly as these tasty cinnamon morsels.

IMG_8356I just can’t handle the cuteness. I can’t.

Other smile worthy pieces of my week:

  • This video that Edd sent me made me laugh! I love using emojis and kind of wish I could insert them into real conversations…but that’s a bit crazy…
  • Sloths always make me smile…like this one
  • Also Edd wants me to train Callie to do these tricks! I wish I could but I swear Callie is one of THE stubbornest animals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Watch the video! So Cute! Bang!!
  • New Zealand got a little closer to marriage equality
  • Joined Goodreads and LOVE it! Come be my book buddy!! Find me under Lizzy Weaver (Lockhart)
  • I also got a giant nail polish package (well by giant there was 6 and it was pretty small but very exciting all the same!). I may do a nail polish haul next week once I am home 🙂
  • I’ll finish with a quote I saw somewhere and loved: “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C.S. Lewis

That’s my round up for some good things from last week. I don’t have many planned posts while I am away so sorry if my blogging presence is a bit scarce for the next week 🙂

A lot of my happy moments are taken in instagram photos so come follow me there (Username: lizzyjlockhart).

Xx

Made Me Smile! Foxes and Birthday Things

Hi All!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! My made me smile monday’s have been a bit sparse recently and I considered just stopping but I really enjoy looking over my past week or two and some of the things that were positive. Especially in times that are a bit challenging I find this reflection very useful so they are here to stay but no guarantee they will be every Monday. Anyhow, here are some things that made me smile recently 🙂

photo 1One night I got lost on Etsy under the key word Fox. I am always on a hunt for anything foxy and unfortunately this doesn’t happen very often. Until Etsy. Seriously, give me $100 and I will buy all the fox stuff I can! How cute is the baby hat? Do they make adult sizes? Argh, so cute!!!!

photo 2Callie has been especially lovely lately. The one upside to being unemployed and going through the joys (or not so much) of job hunting is having Callie with me when I need a cuddle break. And when she needs a cuddle she uses her legs.

photo 4Edd and I went to the Auckland Lantern Festival Saturday night at Albert Park. I got a couple of birthday treats, we ate some delicious food and saw some cool lighting stuff. But I have a little post with a whole heap of photos so for now I’ll just assure you that this was heaps of fun. Not necessarily just because of the festival itself  but because it was a date with my husband!

Image (1)Sunday I turned 22 (yay me!) and although I was technically working looking after my two lovely brothers we had a wonderful lunch up in the Waitakeres at Elevation. Consumed far too much pizza (that was AMAZING) and enjoyed a stunning Auckland summer day. Then for my birthday evening Edd and I went to my Friends flat for a huge serving of handmade dumplings and a movie night of the Labyrinth. Seriously though, how amazing/weird/terrifying/funny is that movie? I now understand why this movie totally weirded me out as a child…cause it’s awesome. Bowie in tights.

Here are some videos that made me smile this week:

The first one Edd sent me and it’s just a Lion giving the lady who rescued and raised him a giant hug. Sounds pretty average but click over, it makes me feel or warm and fuzzy inside! youtu.be/6Xp7M0_hdUE

Then today Mum emailed me this video of 8 reasons why your cat is secretly a dog. Worth a look if you are a fan of cute cats or just a crazy cat lady like me: youtu.be/6Xp7M0_hdUE

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Oh yeah. Edd got me a Totoro hat from the Lantern festival. Winter come at me!

Other things that made me smile: hour long cardio workouts at the gym whilst watching lie detector results on Jeremy Kyle, watching new episodes of Parks and Recreation, getting through 4 loads of washing in one day, an 11 year old brother who is great at choosing out sweet little birthday jewelry gifts, getting back in to blogging, new perfume from the husband (sorry I can’t stop calling him that now!), long long long emails with friends who desperately needed to be caught up with, the joy of buying multiple pairs of cheap sunglasses now I have contacts and eating healthy but delicious food.

What’s been making you smile?

Made me smile: a brief set of smiles

Hi all!
Sorry for abandoning you lately, life is a bit busy and hectic and this blog writing falls on the back burner a little 🙂
Here are the last couple of weeks in smiles!
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First try at cinnamon scrolls (holy moly they were amazing), miss Callie’s surprised face, another first try this time with peach cupcakes (again highly enjoyable), beautiful Flick in the garden soaking up the sun

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The last couple of weeks have involved a lot of nannying both for my brothers and another lovely family. This involved much bouncing on trampolines which was fun but surprisingly painful, making lots of drawings on demand, lovely walks in beautiful locations, oh and Edd and I started season 2 of Game of Thrones! Yay!

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Weekend just gone was spent at Mission bay enjoying this gorgeous weather! And my week ended with some dog cuddles 🙂

Hope you all had a wonderful week! I have a job interview coming up so send me all your positive vibes okay? 😉 I’m hoping blogging will start to be a bit more regular again but for now I am afraid you have to deal with my made me smile posts (which have become a my week in instagram haha) and my friday letters, so basically all the random moments of my week.

Xx