Week in the Life – my 30th birthday

I’ve never actively participated in Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life project, but every year I do tend to do a little extra documenting of the week of my birthday. It just so happened that this year, the official week for the WITL project kicked off on my actual 30th birthday, 11 May, in the midst of this ongoing public health crisis, so I decided to make an effort to take a few more photos during the week to help me document and remember this particularly special and unusual time in my life!

I had the week off from work and made plans based on a loose ‘theme’ for each day – it was a great way to schedule in all the different things I wanted to do or enjoy!

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Travel album – Victoria 2018

My husband and I don’t do a lot of overseas travelling, but we often go on one-week or three-day mini breaks to other places in Queensland or sometimes interstate. I decided I wanted to create a separate album for all of those little holidays, and I kicked off my new album with some pages about our recent trip to Victoria!

all the little happy things - travel album - Victoria 2018

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Adventures in Victoria: Sugar Republic

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that a couple of weeks ago, Dannii and I went on a short holiday down to Victoria. One of the most fun things we did was explore Sugar Republic, a pop-up museum with delightful sweets/lollies theme!

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

There were so many amazing interactive installations, from a ‘Wheel o’ Treats’ in the first room, to a giant gumball machine you could climb into, to a birthday party room with a ‘press for confetti’ button, to a giant pink ball pit you could basically swim in! Plus, there were plenty of treats to eat at various points along the way too, just perfect for a sweet tooth like me!

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

The other attendees were comprised mostly of families with young kids or groups of young women vying for the perfect selfie, haha. You can’t blame them, though – Sugar Republic is pretty much designed for Instagram! Everything is brightly coloured, there’s pink everywhere, and there are tons of amazing photo opportunities.

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

You could walk through the museum fairly quickly and see it all in about an hour, but it’s worth slowing down and taking in every little detail – and doing a bit of people-watching, too! It was almost as much fun watching other people interacting with the installations as it was actually interacting with them ourselves. We spent a good couple of hours moving from room to room, and filling up our camera rolls with some choice shots!

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

all the little happy things - Sugar Republic

Sugar Republic is located at MacRobertson’s Factory in Fitzroy, Victoria, and will be open until 17 August – tickets are available online. If you’re heading to Melbourne in the next month, I definitely recommend a visit for a whimsical – and sweet – experience!

Japan 2017 trip highlights – Tokyo DisneySea!

This post is part of a series on the highlights from our 2017 trip to Japan. You can find the other posts here!

My absolute favourite part of our trip to Japan was the two days we spent at Tokyo DisneySea! I’d never been to a Disney park before, and was extremely skeptical of the claim that Disney parks are “the happiest place on earth”… but you know what? Tokyo DisneySea actually was the happiest place I have ever experienced!

all the little happy things - Japan 2017 highlights - DisneySea

We were lucky enough to visit DisneySea during the Halloween season, so there were themed decorations, food and shows all about the Disney villains. And this year, guests were allowed to dress up in Disney costumes for the entire Halloween season – it was pretty amazing to walk around the park and see so many people dressed up as their favourite characters!

all the little happy things - Japan 2017 highlights - DisneySea

DisneySea is unique to Tokyo, which is why we chose to spend our two days there rather than at Tokyo Disneyland. There are a lot of other websites that give you a super in-depth guide to the Tokyo Disney Resort to help you plan your own visit (like TDR Explorer or the Disney Tourist Blog), so this post will just run through my favourite things about DisneySea!

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Japan 2017 trip highlights – Kyoto

This post is part of a series on the highlights from our 2017 trip to Japan. You can find the other posts here!

Kyoto was my favourite of the Japanese cities we visited during this trip! We spent about 4 full days in Kyoto, and definitely could have done with a couple more, as there’s just so much to see and do. Here are some of the highlights of our time in Kyoto!

all the little happy things - Japan 2017 highlights - Kyoto

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Japan 2017 trip highlights – resources

It feels like everyone I know has visited Japan or is planning a trip to Japan in 2018! Not that I can blame them – Dannii and I holidayed in Japan in September last year (his second time, my first time), and I loved it!

all the little happy things - Japan 2017 highlights - resources

I’m kicking off a short series of posts featuring the highlights of our trip, in case you’re in need of a little bit of travel inspiration. Today, I’ll be sharing some of the resources we used to help us plan and prepare for our trip, as well as a couple of resources that were super useful during our stay in Japan!

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Good times: Crafternoon Tea #4

It’s been a while since I hosted a Crafternoon Tea, but I’m bringing them back for 2018 as a way to bring my friends together over tea, snacks, and a fun creative project!

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tea #4

This time around, we made felt bows using the tamplates from this post on Style Your Senses. They were super easy to make, which meant that there was enough time for everyone to make several bows!

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tea #4

There were pens, scissors, glue and a veritable rainbow of felt on the table, and I provided everyone with a little pack of cardboard templates and various types of hair clips and brooch backs to attach to their bows, if they wanted.

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tea #4

It was both fun and relaxing to sit around the table with old and new friends, cutting out and gluing felt, mixing and matching colours as we pleased – what a wonderful way to spend a drizzly Saturday afternoon!

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tea #4

Good times: Crafternoon Tea #3

Yesterday I hosted another Crafternoon Tea! As with the previous Crafternoon Teas, the purpose is to set aside some time to catch up with friends over tea, snacks and a fun creative project. This time, we made polymer clay jewellery! I’ve seen a lot of polymer clay jewellery at various handmade and indie design markets for the last couple of years, and have always wanted to make some of my own. Hosting a Crafternoon Tea was the perfect excuse to finally just do it!

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

The little ‘kits’ I set up contained baking paper (as a work surface), a small handful of skewers, and polymer clay in some basic colours: black, white, red, yellow, green, blue, gold and silver. On the table I also had a few makeshift tools to help with sculpting the clay, including metal rulers (to use as long blades), glass bottles and jars (for rolling/flattening clay), and an exacto knife. I also provided leather thonging in black and tan for stringing our finished clay beads

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

We all had a lovely time making clay beads, eating delicious snacks and drinking tea. One of my favourite things about Crafternoon Teas is seeing how creative my friends are. Everyone made something a little different, but everything looked great! Here are a few examples.

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

Bec made a couple of pairs of earrings! She took the baked clay home and glued her own jewellery findings on.

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

The two necklaces below are the ones I made!

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

all the little happy things - Crafternoon Tee #3

I’m really enjoying these Crafternoon Teas! It’s such a fun way to spend time with friends. I’ve already started dreaming up ideas for the next few – can’t wait!