Friday, 29 June 2018

We're Engaged!



It finally happened you guys! The moment I have been dreaming of ever since I was a little girl opening her first barbie doll. That's right.. my real life Ken bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him!

There are honestly no words to explain how elated I feel right now. I really don't think one can prepare for such a moment. It was everything I could have hoped for and yet so much more. I always thought I would cry when I was finally proposed to, but absolutely nothing could wipe the smile off my face.

Let me explain how it all went down..


Okay, so for weeks I had been planning a surprise 34th birthday party for David (or Beaver as he is lovingly nicknamed). He knew he needed to be in Brisbane for the 23rd of June (I still haven't moved to Sydney but that's for another post) but he had no idea what I was planning or where the surprise would take place. With the help of many of David's awesome friends, operation #theultimatestitchup was well under way.


I planned to have us leave our house around 5pm and then have our friends Rachael and Aaron come over to set up the party. I had most of the decorations ready in a cupboard in one of the spare rooms, gave our friend Suzie the cake to look after, asked everyone to bring a plate of food, and borrowed a friends palaroid style camera so that we could have a photobooth. David's best friend Adam also made us a cool personalised frame to use as a photobooth prop. Everything was going off without a hitch. Adam even messaged me on the day saying he had made some extra signs for the party.. little did I know that these signs were all David's doing and had a special message waiting to unfold for me inside.


Fast forward to the evening.. we left the house at 5pm as planned and poor Aaron and Rachael had to clean up after David as I knew that if I ran around tidying up last second that David would be suspicious. We arrived at his brothers house for "pre drinks" at 5.30 and since I'd made David pack a bag earlier that afternoon it seemed like we would be going into the city. In reality we were going straight back to our house.. but not without me taking the longest and most obscure route possible. I may have blindfolded David and made him a little motion sick, but it was totally worth it. It all nearly went off perfectly too until we arrived back to the neighbourhood dogs barking their heads off haha. Fortunately our friend Aaron had the bright idea of creating a little footbridge to our front door which completely threw David off.

Needless to say David was surprised and much to my pleasure the party was a hit. I honestly couldn't have been happier with how the night was going.. that was until David decided he was going to do a speech thanking everyone for coming, which just so happened to turn into him proposing! Mid way through his speech he thanked me and turned me around to kiss me, and while this was happening I heard what sounded like fireworks behind me. When I turned around to see what was happening his friends had pulled down those last minute "Happy 34th Birthday" banners that Adam had made and put up for me earlier, and inside was printed "Will You Marry Me". I couldn't believe it. He completely turned the surprise back onto me! Absolute best moment of my entire life. :)



Now for the fun part of organising the engagement party, wedding planning, etc. Planning is not my forte, despite how well the party turned out, so hopefully everything is relatively smooth sailing for us for the next 12 months. We're already thinking about locations and have a date in mind. I'm even viewing my first wedding dress tomorrow which I'm super excited about!

Thank you to everyone who saw the proposal video on instagram (check it out here if you missed it) and sent us your congratulations. It means the world to us to have you guys supporting us!

Much love!

 
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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Life Update.



Where do I even begin.. It's been almost 6 months since my last blog post and so much has happened since then.

The last time I sat down to write a post I was living with my flatmate and her toddler. Shortly after writing that post we changed internet providers, and long story short, things kept going wrong and we ended up without the internet for a good few months. Without the internet I pretty much stopped using my computer completely. I had my phone for my daily social media apps, but blogging took a backseat as there was no way I was going to attempt to jot out a blog post on my phone.

During this time things came to an end with the guy I had been seeing, May through July, who I hinted about here on the blog a couple of posts back. This was hard for me at the time as he was the first person I had allowed myself to be in a "relationship" with since leaving my long term partner the previous year. It was an absolute blessing in disguise though as it opened me up to meeting David, pictured above, who I have been dating for the past 5 months now. Basically my flatmate encouraged me to get back on the online dating apps and find myself a "distraction". At this point a distraction was the most I could hope for. I had essentially given up on finding love at that point in time. Lucky for me, the universe had other plans, and David burst into my life and my heart before I even knew what had happened.

There really are no words to describe the connection I have with David. Meeting him was like finding a missing part of me that I wasn't aware was missing. I knew he was the one for me before we even met in person. We'd talk on the phone for hours on end and it was like talking to a best friend I had known my entire life. We'd already decided that if there was no chemistry when we met that we would still be friends because of how much we had in common (same nicknames, same starsign, had the same breed of dogs, studied the same thing out of high school, had both been graphic designers in the past - the list goes on). Fortunately chemistry wasn't an issue and we were instantly drawn to each other. There was no awkwardness or having to get to know each others bodies/minds and ways of doing things, we just meshed together perfectly.

Things moved very quickly with David, and two days after we'd met he asked me to be his girlfriend. There was no messing about with this guy. He knew what he wanted and he didn't hold back. This was such a turn on for me and solidified in my mind that he was just the guy I had been looking for. Things weren't completely smooth sailing though, at least not logistically. It turned out that although David owned his own home in Brisbane, he was actually working and living in Sydney. We decided early on that the most important thing was for us to be together, and so me moving to Sydney quickly became our goal. In order for this to happen David decided he needed to finish off the renovations on his Brisbane home as quickly as possible so that he could rent it out and save some money, making it easier once I'd move down. This meant that David would fly back up to Brisbane almost every weekend, which made the long distance thing a million times easier. Despite this, to make things even easier, we quickly decided that I should move into his reno house so that there was less mucking about when he'd come up to work on the house. This was perfect for me as his house is virtually around the corner from my work, whereas my previous living quarters was a 40 minute drive away. His house also had a huge backyard for my dogs and so much more space and privacy. Things just seemed to be working for us, and they have been continuing to.

Fast forward to today and David and I are stronger than ever. The reno house is pretty much finished, and in the next few weeks I will be moving down to Sydney. All I need to do now is sort out a job transfer and start looking for work. The rest will figure itself out. The universe is on our side. :)

So tell me.. what have you guys been up to? I'm almost certain that nobody reads this blog anymore, but just in case I'd love to know what has been going on in everyone's lives!

Until next time..


 
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Friday, 28 July 2017

Vegan Macaroni Cheese.

Something I had been craving for the longest time since going vegan was a really decent Macaroni Cheese. I had tried a few different recipes when I first went vegan involving potatoes and carrots and things like that but they were never on the same level (and some plain tasted foul!). It wasn't until recently through simply playing around with another favourite recipe of mine that I found the perfect vegan Macaroni Cheese! My housemate is a cook who only gives honest feedback, and she absolutely adored this recipe, so I feel safe sharing it with you guys. Also, whilst my opinion may be biased, I am genuinely in love with this recipe and if cashews weren't so damn expensive I would make this every night. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

250 grams macaroni pasta shells
1 cup cashews
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
Salt + pepper
1-2 tbsp nutritional yeast (the more the cheesier!)
1/2 cup soymilk (I used vitasoy's soy milky because it is the best!)
Handful of your favourite vegan cheese (not necessary though)
Sundried tomatoes

Method:

1. Cover the cashews with water and soak in the fridge overnight. Alternatively, boil in a saucepan for 15 mins.
2. Pop your macaroni shells on to boil and cook until al dente.
3. Drain cashews and place in blender. Add soy milk, onion powder, garlic powder, nutritional yeast and salt and pepper. Blend.
4. Drain macaroni and put into baking dish. Stir through the sauce, adding your vegan cheese of choice (or not, you don't need to!) and sundried tomatoes as you stir. Sprinkle with pepper.
5. Cook in the oven until the top starts to brown and the cheese starts to melt. You'll need to keep an eye on it because cooking time and temperature depends on the oven and the depth of the baking dish.

Serves 4.

 
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