Thursday, November 29, 2012

What I wore: New scarf!

I got this gorgeous new scarf when I went to the Raid My Wardrobe event a few weeks ago.. it was only $5 and I love it :)

I've paired it with a pair of pull on jeans from Kmart ($9 I think) and a plain long black tank I've had for about 10 years.

A simple ponytail, and my usual wedding band and huggie earrings and I'm ready!

Join in! What are you wearing today?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New YouTube channel

I don't know why I decided to delete my original personal YouTube channel, but now that I have I really miss it!

While I LOVE doing my weekly videos over at Beautifully Organised, I need a space where I can chat about things that aren't to do with organising - family stuff, hair, make up, what I'm eating, what I'm reading, just every day stuff that doesn't really fit over at the organising blog :)

If you would like to watch my quick hello video on my new personal channel, click below!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cookbook review - Jamie's 15 minute meals

My lovely Mum gave me a copy of Jamie's 15 minute meals the other day!

We gave one of the chicken recipes a try over the weekend, and while it took longer (abut 45 mins), it was so good!

The recipe we tried was Golden Chicken, Braised Greens & Potato Gratin.

Here's Jamie's version:

Here's how it turned out at our house:

I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the greens were! Leek, spinach and peas together - who would have thought?!?

I'm taking the book to my gorgeous friend and dietitian Nicole Barber to get her opinion on the recipes health wise - Jamie mentions in the book that he had a nutrition team working with him, but it can't hurt to see for myself!

We're thinking of trying a recipe every week - if we do, would you like to know how they go?



All pics taken by me - I snapped pics of the book from my iPhone. Jamie, if you're reading this and want me to take the pics down, let me know :)

The links on this page are affiliate ones for Book Depository. I buy my books through them, and if you buy through my links I get a couple of dollars... which I tend to use for blogging, and to buy more books ;)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Beautiful photos for your beautiful family

I love taking photos of my kids, even though I’m terrible at it ;)

Mine are always taken on my iPhone and more often than not they’re dark and shadowy, or my girls have those wooden smiles (“Cheeeese!”), which are adorable, but just don’t capture the moment the way I imagine it will when I take the picture.

I want photos that truly capture the essence of my girls’ personalities - Georgia’s cheeky grin and Sophie’s studious looks when they play together. I want to see the real life loveliness when I look at our family photos - where the pictures match the memory I have of that moment, rather than the usual ‘family poses’ I see in almost every one I take.

Photos that show how happy, and bubbly, and cheeky, and funny, and thoughtful, and playful our girls are!

Photos like this:

Gorgeous. These photos are from and they are exactly what I’m talking about - they capture those real life family moments and show the true beauty of them.

Cara’s website gallery is full of bright, happy photos of people in real places like parks, beaches, out & about, or at home. She goes beyond traditional portrait styles and weaves her session into the fun times you have together - your weekend away camping, Christmas craft making, a day with Nanna, or that moment when Dad comes home from a trip.. Beautiful.

Her blog is exactly the same - warm and inviting, with beautiful photos and stories of her own life mixed in. It’s a lovely spot to visit when you want to relax for a few minutes and look at something pretty. Look at this adorable day at Taronga Zoo :)

If you’re looking for photos like these for your family, check out Cara’s website here. She shoots Australia wide and her pricing is all inclusive - you get all of your images on disc so you can print as many you want, as often as you want, in any size. Cara even has a FAQ page that covers things I wouldn’t have thought of, like the best times for pregnancy photos or newborn photos and what to wear on the day of your session. Helpful things like that are what really make a difference to me.

Make sure you go over to Cara’s Facebook page and like it - you’ll love her updates :)



I’m so happy to have Cara on board as a sponsor of Marissa Writes A Blog. Her work fits perfectly with what I’m all about - embracing the beauty of everyday family life!

You’ll see me feature Cara’s logo on the sidebar of my blog for the next few months, so when you’re looking to book in photos for your family, just click on the logo button and it will take you straight to her website.

P.S. I think a set of gorgeous family pics will make for some beautiful Christmas presents!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

New hair!

Well, maybe not new hair, but freshly done hair :)

There's always that first few days of "Do I really like it? It feels too different.." but I think it's important to embrace and enjoy change.

Next time I think I'll ask for a bit more natural looking foils and some more light brown thrown in among the blonde, but for now I'm excited about playing with clothes and make up and feeling pretty & girly :)



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