3 tech solutions to start the New Year right!

January 8, 2016 | Guides, Personal

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I’m a few days late, but – Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas and New Year and are ready to start the year fresh. I certainly am!

Do you have any New Years resolutions? I don’t normally make any, but this year I made a few. Mostly just acknowledging a few things I’ve been wanting to focus on for a while now. They’re not hard and fast resolutions, but just things I’d like to work on and be more conscious about in my everyday life. Nothing groundbreaking here I’m afraid, I think everyone’s probably made these resolutions at some point!

Here’s what they are:

– Get back on track with a budget
– Be more active – choose to get up and move, do something every day.
– Be more organised with dinners and groceries
– Don’t let toxic thoughts rule the mind… be positive :)
– Spend less time looking at my phone – maybe delete Facebook for a while?

Some of these – like looking at my phone less – are things I just have to do. But in order to achieve some of the other things, I’ve turned to good ol’ technology for help. And there are some AMAZING apps and programs and videos out there now. So many.

So I thought I’d share with you my favourite 3 tech solutions that I’ve been using to help me get on board with my resolutions above. Here we go…

NUMBER 1: BUDGET 
Solution: You Need A Budget
Cost: Free 34 day trail, $5/m after that (or $50/yr)


You Need A Budget

You Need A Budget App

This wonderful program makes keeping a budget actually kinda fun. Well, maybe not FUN, but not as dull and boring as most budgets can be. I’m using it every day and it’s working! Once you’ve signed up, you can use the software on your computer, or download the handy-dandy app that will allow you to put in your income/expenses on the fly. Mostly we use it to track how much we’re spending, and being able to enter it on our phones as we go means we’re not guessing later or digging through the bin for receipts.

NUMBER 2: BE MORE ACTIVE (AND POSITIVE!)
Solution: Yoga with Adriene
Cost: FREE!

Yoga with Adriene

Yoga with Adriene

You guys, I really love this chick. Not only is she funny and totally down to earth, she has a very well-stocked youtube channel with every kind of yoga flow you could think of – and it’s all totally free. I’m really not very good at yoga, but Adriene makes you feel capable no matter what level.. which makes me feel less embarrassed (in my own home??) and awkward. Check out the 30 days of yoga with Adriene, or Yoga Camp if you want to start a regular yoga habit, or any of the other videos really, they’re all fab. I’ve been doing yoga camp and so far I’m sticking with it! :)

NUMBER 3: BE MORE ORGANISED 
Solution: Wunderlist
Cost: Free (though you can pay to upgrade)

Wunderlist

Wunderlist

This is one of those genius apps that I’ve been using for a little while now, and couldn’t live without. I’m not using it to it’s full capacity I don’t think, but for what I want, it works like a charm. My husband and I have both installed it and were able to create a shared list (called “Groceries”) that we can both see on our phones. It updates instantly, which means we’re both able to add items that we need as we think of them, and subtract them off the list as we buy them. And because we’re both seeing the same list, it’s super up-to-date, and there’s no confusion. Brilliant!

There we go, my top 3 tech recommendations to start off 2016 :)

What tech have you been using? Would love some more recommendations!

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2015 | Personal

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Merry Christmas!

I’m sitting here in Singapore, in front of our brilliantly lit christmas tree with the tropical breeze blowing in, listening to Michael Buble carols and thinking about what an amazing year we’ve had. I just love Christmas, so much. It’s not really the same spending it here instead of at our family homes in Australia, but we’ve got some family visiting and Skype on hand, so it’ll be magical nonetheless. I’m super excited to share our second ever Christmas with Arlo too – who’ll be bombarded with gifts from around the world when he wakes in the morning. The anticipation has me feeling like a little kid along with him :)

So, Merry Christmas to you. I hope you’re all feeling warm and fuzzy about the festive season too… here’s to a fab 2016, wherever you are!

C x

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2013 | Personal

Here we go, 2013!! I hope you saw in the new year in style… unlike me asleep in bed haha! :)

Here’s to an amazing year! What are your plans?

PS. Sorry I missed a post yesterday! Our flight was delayed and I didn’t get time to put it up. I’ll put it up later today instead :)

Inspired by New Year’s Eve

December 27, 2012 | Inspired by...

Can you believe we’ll be seeing in a new year in just a few days? It’s time to get your party shoes on and let a little glitter into your life! I say that and then will probably be in bed by 10 that night haha. I’m big into Christmas, not so much into New Year.. so, let’s remedy that shall we?

How about some bright, warm colours, hints of gold, and some glitter.. oh, and confetti of course! I even added a gorgeous plum jacket for those of you celebrating in the northern hemisphere ;)

Clockwise from top: Tassel Garland Peach/Pink from Confetti System, Giant balloons from Geronimo, Bow Coat in Cabernet from JCrew, Confetti Peach/Pink from Confetti System, Rosy-Cheeked Coupes from BHLDN, Sequined Jacquard Dress from Anthropologie, Crystal Starlet Earrings from JCrew.