Muddled Days

This drink gives every reason to go back for seconds and thirds. Why? It’s simply delicious, and healthy!

Last night I got an hours sleep before working night shift. The relaxing night on the couch with Mr J and a movie helped me get through the night also. I got home in the early morning and headed to bed. Woke up five hours later for breakfast {which is lunch to everyone else} and now sitting in the warmth watching the clouds, waiting for the storm to come.

I’m not sure whether it is tiredness making me think, but Christmas is already on my mind. I have gift ideas, motivation for do it yourself projects, baking and contemplating starting a countdown. Christmas is my favourite time of year. What a great feeling it brings as we celebrate Jesus’ birth! Has anyone else starting thinking about it?

Less that eight hours before I start work again. Hanging out for the weekend {and pay day}!

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Tiredness to Excitement to Dreams

Night shift makes me go topsy-turvy. I woke up and had breakfast at 2:00pm today. Missed lunch. Waiting for dinner. I’m delirious, however God has given us a beautiful day so I’m making the most of the sun. I don’t feel guilty to have chocolate almonds in my hand, for the reason that summer netball begins tonight before I have another 8 hour shift this evening.  Already looking forward to the weekend, dance lesson’s with Mr J {and others}, a very special ladies 30th birthday and some more nice weather. Bring it.

Dreaming
Sometimes my brain gets excited for possible future happenings {Pinterest assists this immensely}. At the moment they are:
* Road tripping around Australia
* Seeing Snow
* Owning and renovating a house
* Studying again > being a teacher
* Planning weddings
* Getting to know God better
* Having unlimited time to make my space my own and do craft
* DIY Christmas gifts
* Travelling to Europe

Patience is the key.
What are some of your dreams?

I hope your weeks are on a high! 

Rubberband Vases

I woke up very excited to have a day off from work in the beautiful sunshine today. I stayed in bed as long as I wished and devoured Mum’s homemade meatballs with Nana’s homemade chutney for brunch. Dressed in cosy clothing I drove down the street and spontaneously visited the local op shop. Success! It didn’t take long to walk out the store with three vases, two canvas‘, beads, a mirror and a jar that cost a total of $20. Bargain. I’m looking forward to my next craft projects. One has already been completed since then, my rubberband vases.

All you need:
*A vase or more
*Rubberbands
*Spray paint of your desired colour
*Sandpaper

All you need to do:
1. Lay out an area with newspaper to keep your surroundings spray painted free
2. Wrap as many rubberbands around your clean vases as you wish
3. Place the vases upside down on the newspaper
4. Spray the entire vase with your paint
5. Wait until the paint is dried and remove the rubberbands
6. Use the sand paper to smooth down any raised bits of paint
7. From here, you can decide whether you want to coat the vase with any other paints or polish {I’m still deciding this one!}

This afternoon I spent an hour at the local library where I spoke with a lovely gentleman. Our conversation started as I recognised his accent – he was from the states. He was in no rush to leave so we spoke in detail about the weather over there, it was great! Now I will go home to cook dinner and get ready for another day at work tomorrow.

Love via The Taste Buds

Being on a budget for America & Canada, I’m being very careful with where and how my money is spent. When I see ideas like this, I jump on them. Simple, easy, yummy and meaningful gifts!

Make someone smile through taste buds and love.
Give a gift of food along with a cute little note, such as the examples below…

MINTIES/MINTS
* You are a BREATH of fresh air
*I MINT to tell you how much I appreciate you
* We were MINT for each other

NUTS/SNICKERS {or anything nutty}
*One of my favourite things about you, is that you are NUTS
* You’re NUTRAGEOUS
* I’m go NUTS without you

GUMMY BEARS
* I love you BEARY much
* You are BEARY cool

EXTRA {chewing gum}
* Thanks for going that EXTRA mile
* In STICKY situations, don’t forget I’m always here for you & so is God

SMARTIES
* I like SMARTIES like you
* You are one big SMARTY

MILKY WAY
* You are the brightest star in the MILKY WAY
* You are out of this world
* Your smile is brighter than the MILKY WAY

Put a smile on someone’s dile & satisfy their sweet tooth. It’s easy.
I gave Mr J some goodies for this reason

Operation Christmas Child {A New Venture}

Late last week, Samaritans Purse welcomed me as a volunteer. I’m very excited to join the team at Samaritans Purse to assist with one of their major projects, Operation Christmas Child. This is a wonderful project that demonstrates God’s love. It brings joy and hope to millions of children in desperate situations around the world by giving shoe boxes filled with toys, hygiene items, school supplies and the message of God’s unconditional love. This is a simple hands on prjoect that ANYONE can be involved in.

Samaritans Purse helps those who are suffereing from the effects of war, famine, disease, extreme poverty and natural disasters.

Did you know?

  • More than 2.3 million children under 15 worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS.
  • In the past decade, war has claimed the lives of more than two million children.
  • As many as 1.8 million children are being forced into prostitution and pornography ever year around the world, some as young as 11 years old.
  • Each day, 5,000 children die needlessly from waterborne illnesses {equivalent to 12 full jumbo jets craching}.

If you want any more information about Operation Christmas Child and how you can be involved, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Infinite Massage Card

I have had a lot on my plate lately which has caused me to be uptight and stressed at times, more than not. Mr J could see the toll it was taking on me so recently he surprised me with this:

It’s an infinite massage card, which gives me the privilege of a massage anytime I want. {Once Mr J gave it to me, I asked him if he knew what he was getting himself into!!}

I feel so blessed to have a boyfriend that cares for me and could recognise when I needed a ‘pick me up’ like this. To see the time, effort and thought that went into this made me smile wider than the ocean.

Do you know anyone that may need a similar card like this one? Spend some time preparing to make their day even more special. The added bonus is, you don’t need money, just yourself.

Lettering Love

Many things can create happiness… a letter is one of them.

Dear Letter,

Seeing you lying in my mail box brightens my day. You are funny, considerate, informative, kind and make me smile. Secretley, your are my favourite… between you and me, those window-faced letters {aka bills} don’t sit right with me.  Thankyou for sharing the love amongst my friends and I. You can come over anytime!

Yours Sincerley,
Teagan Kahla

If you enjoy receiving personal mail, there’s a high chance others are in the same boat. Phone and electricity companys find it so easy to send window-faced letters to our mail boxes therefore it shouldn’t be any harder for us! 

Why: It’s a great way to keep in touch {the old fashioned way} and share the love.
What: Anything! 3 words. 5 pages. Photo. Charm. Drawing. Joke. Quote.
Where: Letters don’t need to travel via snail mail, why not leave a note on the kitchen bench for your partner or on the toilet seat?

It’s ALL up to you.

Make someone smile. Today.

Public Holiday Plus {incl Homemade Cold Rock!}

Today, the 25th April 2012 we had a day off work and school for this reason. As much has this day had so much meaning for obvious reasons, it was also a great way to spend time with my loved ones.

At 12.30pm Dad, my brother &  girlfriend and Mr J set off to Hahndorf, South Australia for lunch. Once we hit the main street – cars EVERYWHERE! A real tourist town. We did a mainy twice, tried to park but was confronted by a standing only zone and sat in cues for minutes until we reached the Hahndorf Pizza House car park. We dined in and polished off 3 pizzas, garlic bread and chips {yes, we are machines!}

The pizzas were scrummy and I recommend!

Dessert: Homemade coldrock!!
Venue: Home
Ingredients: m&m mix up, oreo biscuits, gummi bears, chocolate topping, vanilla ice-cream
Method: Mix anything and everything together and enjoy!

Not only do I love food, I love my family!

I Love You THIS Much

Have you seen the This Much Card on Pinterest? I made one for Mr J for valentine’s day 2012 and between you and me, it was easy-peesy and within anyone’s budget. You don’t need an excuse to make one of these, why not surprise your best friend with one today?
All you need:
Paper of your choice
Scissors
Glue
Pencil
Textas
Alphabet stickers (optional)

All you need to do:
1. Trace your hands onto your chosen paper
2. Cut out your hands along with one long strip of paper approx 3cm wide
3. Fold the strip of paper in accordion style.
4. Stick your stickers (or write with textas) ‘I Love You…’ on the front of your first hand, then stick or write whatever you wish {the original card wrote ‘… this much!’, where as I wrote ‘…this much & so much more!’) on the accordion strip.
5. Glue the accordion strip to the inside of your hands
6. & now go and make someone’s day! :)