Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Cool Products for an Australian Beach Home Feel

Hello! Happy Saturday! For this week’s Australia themed round up I thought I’d look for some super fun products that I’d have in an Australian Beach Home. This one might be a little controversial, as everyone here has their own opinions on what a beach home should look like, but I decided to round up the ones that felt the most beachy to me. I’d love to add any of these to a white-walled little cottage down by the sea. Maybe you’ll see something you’d love to have too?!

Pinterest Saturdays: 6 Cool Products for an Australian Beach Home Feel on Style for a Happy Home

  1. Nest Basket This would be the perfect basket for both taking to the beach and for hanging the washing out in the summer sun or even for keeping your magazines neat in your living area! Buy It HerePin It Here
  2. Throw Rug Throw rugs are perfect for the cool summer nights when you want to keep the sea breeze coming in. This one is in gorgeous colours. Buy It HerePin It Here
  3. Bath Towel This bath towel has such an Aussie feel to it and is by the awesome Kip & Co. I would even use it at the beach or for a trip to the pool! Buy It HerePin It Here
  4. Large Summery Artwork One thing I love when I’m peeking at Aussie beach homes in magazines is the summery artwork they have on their walls. This isn’t an Australian print, but would be perfect as a feature in a beach home. Buy It HerePin It Here
  5. Nautical Cushions I know it’s typical beachy, but a nautical themed cushion can look great in a beach home. This one is navy on the other side, but I’d probably have this side on show. Buy It HerePin It Here
  6. Colourful Kitchen Canisters Nothing says beach home to me more than a colourful kitchen. There’s something about a beach home that seems to allow the colour to really be on display and enjoyed (and I love it!). These are on my wishlist! Buy It HerePin It Here

Do you love that Aussie Beach House style? What would you have in yours?

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Mini Makeover: Australian Treats Gift Box

Around this time last year one of my closest friends (who just happened to guest post for me last Tuesday) moved back from 5 years living overseas. She lives in a different state to me and I wanted to surprise her with a ‘welcome home’ gift box upon her return. I decided that I would buy her some Aussie treats that she missed whilst overseas with a note about how she could now have these any time she liked.

Moving home can be equally as daunting as moving overseas and I really wanted her to feel like people were excited that she was home, and who doesn’t love a surprise gift box?! Today I’m going to share what I put in it and why it’s also a great gift for international visitors!

Mini Makeover: Australian Treats Gift Box on Style for a Happy Home

What you’ll need:

  • Cheezels These are classic Aussie party food and I couldn’t resist adding them to the box
  • Tim Tams I picked two small packets rather than the big one so that she could share if she wanted to, or keep them for herself
  • The Natural Confectionery Company Party Mix The Jungle Jellies were always my favourite, but they don’t sell them any more so the party mix is a good second option. There’s something for everyone in them (and Aussie Made!)
  • Mint Slice These are much like a Peppermint Pattie with a crumbed base and totally delicious!
  • A Box to put them in

This really is as simple as choosing some Aussie treats that you love and finding a box that will fit them all in. I used a packing box with some ribbon around the outside that fit in an express post satchel and also added a card with a note on it. I’m a big believer that you don’t have to necessarily go totally overboard when making something like this, just a few things here and there that will make someone feel special.

If you were going to make up a box like this for a first time visitor to Australia I would also consider adding some other Aussie only things to the box. You could include a travel tube of Vegemite (with the instructions that Less is MORE!) and maybe an Australian magazine or two like Inside Out or Real Living or perhaps Frankie, depending on their tastes. We have some really awesome magazines that are produced in Aus, and I just love sharing them with the world.

If you wanted to get really creative you could make them a mix CD or maybe get them an Aussie CD that they might like. If they’re arriving in the summertime even some sunscreen would probably be appreciated. You can get most of the things from your supermarket (if not all) and could be added to your weekly shop if needed.

Mini Makeover: Australian Treats Gift Box on Style for a Happy Home

Most of these could also be sent overseas to Aussie expats who are missing home. Just check the food restrictions for those countries and the weight of your box as overseas shipping can get out of control really quickly! I remember living overseas and having Cottees Cordial, Freddo Frogs, Milo and Vegemite shipped in because I missed them so much. It’s funny what you don’t realise that you will miss!

Have you ever done anything like this treats gift box? What would be your number one thing to add?

If you do try this, I’d love to see a photo or hear about how it went! Tweet me your pics at: @danniellecresp or instagram me at: @dannielle with the hashtag: #styleforahappyhome

Half Marathon Training Part 3: When to Fold ‘Em

I didn’t expect that this post would come so soon into September, with Part 2 not being that long ago, but sometimes stories need to be shared when they happen, and not when the editorial calendar suggests. What began as a way for me to remember and share my journey to my first half marathon is finishing up early, with a “maybe next year”.

Half Marathon Training Part 3: When to Fold 'Em on Style for a Happy Home

5 weeks ago I pulled up sore from one of my long runs. I took a week off and saw my Chiropractor about it. At the time we thought it was just my knee playing up (again!) so with some tape across the front I did my 15km long run. That was 3 days before Part 2 was published. My calf had had enough and I haven’t been able to run since.

I switched to seeing a Physio and did all the exercises she asked. I didn’t want to miss my chance to run on the Gold Coast whilst I was up there for Problogger. I was determined that I would beat this injury and see both the start and finish lines. My first race this year I ran injured and the second one I had to pull out of altogether, I didn’t want this to be the same. But it wasn’t to be.

The calf appeared to have healed, but then another injury decided that it would join the party. My body had had enough and just cracked it with me. I tried the sports injury massage that was supposed to help relieve some of the issues, and it left me with a limp and struggling to walk let alone do the 5km test run. With 5 weeks to go I woke up to the fact that if it hurts to run 50 metres then 21.1km is just not possible this time.

Training stopped being fun around the time that my training plan got more red “missed runs” than yellow completed ones. I really didn’t want to let go of this. I am a finisher, sometimes to a fault. But trying to run injured only leads to getting more injured and feeling deflated about all the things, and I don’t want that for me.

Will it be sad come race day that I’m not out there running? Probably. But so many friends will be running their own races that I can’t wait to cheer on.

It’s not all bad news though. With my racing season over I can recover at my own pace and spend the Spring and Summer running for the fun of it. No times or distances or deadlines. Just me, the sunshine and some tunes to keep me plodding along. I’m not sure that I’m really a racer anyway. I’m not competitive and crowds make me anxious like you wouldn’t believe. Just me and my favourite running path is where I find my running bliss.

Maybe in a year’s time my body will have passed this injury phase and running a half will be something I can do without all the problems that plagued me this year. Or maybe I’ll just continue to run for fun and be the cheer squad that my team needs.

Medals and bibs are awesome, but feeling great and running for the fun of it is just as important. Now for the road to recovery!

What are your favourite tips when you need to change your focus?