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t2 {made to love} christmas

Still trying to choose Christmas presents for your loved ones? Perhaps something from t2‘s collection will catch your eye. Delicious teas and moroccan tea glasses abound, all wrapped up in glimmering gold paper and luxurious velvet ribbons. Sigh.

first weekend of december

The first weekend in December always sends me into a bit of excitement that Christmas really is just around the corner. I’ve been tagging recipes in books that I want to try, writing down ideas for decorating the table for christmas lunch, and gathering goodies to make my own crackers.

I haven’t started any Christmas baking yet, but I have been stirring a batch of Christmas Pudding Vodka (thanks for the recipe Lorraine!) which I started a few days ago. Every time I open the jar it smells more amazing as the fruits and spices mix together, slowly overtaking the powerful vodka. I’ve started making this super early so that it is ready to make lots of drinks in the week leading up to the big event.

I also went to the Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar yesterday. It is hosted by the Swedish Church in Toorak and runs on the first weekend of December every year. I like getting in early on the first day so I don’t miss out on all the good stuff! I brought home with me a gorgeous tin of gingerbread biscuits, delicious mulled wine chocolate, a cute reindeer decoration and lovely christmas spiced tea (chocolate and tea from Swedelicious).

Is Christmas excitement building in your home yet?

thankful

Although I live in Australia and didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving Day this week, I thought it was still appropriate to take a little time to think about the things I am thankful and grateful for, and wish everybody else a happy thanksgiving. Sometimes I get stressed and grumpy very easily so I’m taking the time to think positively instead.

I am incredibly thankful for….

  • My loved ones – my family, my boyfriend (also my best friend) and my closest friends. These people are always there when I need support or someone to enjoy the fun times, and I’m lucky that they still love me even when I snap at them because I’m tired.
  • Having an interesting job to go to every day (even though I sometimes don’t want to roll out of bed) and the opportunity to continue being educated.
  • Being mostly healthy, and that having a cold this week was the worst illness I have had to whinge about for a while.
  • The fact that when we lost my grandfather a few months ago there were so many people rallying around to help wherever they could. I’m looking forward to a new baby joining our family next year as the start of the next chapter.
  • Living in a country where I have the opportunity to safely vote in a democratic election today.
  • Being narrowly missed from being hit by two different cars yesterday makes me feel even luckier to be alive today.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend with  your loved ones and can find many things to be thankful for xxx

berries, flowers & tea

We woke up to a gorgeous sunny day this morning – so different to the cold and rainy days earlier in the week. S and I decided to walk to Limonatta in McKinnon for breakfast and make the most of the lovely weather.

cafe

Limonatta is a busy family friendly cafe with a tiny little kitchen. There are heaps of choices (even a breakfast pizza) and the menu takes on more of an Italian slant as the day progresses. It took a while for our food and drinks to come out but it was worth the wait in the end.

I had a huge bowl of bircher muesli with lots of yummy currants, almonds and coconut throughout, topped with extra yoghurt, grated apple and berry compote. The colours reminded me of Christmas! S had a cheesy toasted egg and bacon sandwich with a hint of mayo and pesto. We also had long glasses of fruit smoothies – banana and mixed berry.

On the way home S bought me some lovely flowers – I have no idea what type they are but they are very pretty! I’m looking forward to spending the afternoon relaxing on the couch with a cup of tea and some movies.

clipper tea

Boxes of Clipper tea have been staring at me in the supermarket for a long time now. Perfectly designed, they always caught my eye, but thanks to my ever growing tea collection I couldn’t justify buying any. I completely lost my resistance today!

Look how much gorgeousness I brought home with me! Green chai, indian chai, white tea, dandelion infusion and green tea! All of the teas are organic and fairtrade which is pretty amazing – I love when people put the environment and other less fortunate people in front of dollars. The company’s principles stand out too “Always a pure, natural product – there isn’t a single artificial ingredient in any of the products.”

 I’m really looking forward to trying these fantastic sounding (and looking) teas!

paris and london

I’m really excited about returning to Paris and London for a holiday next year. Here are some of my favourite memories from last year’s trip…

Paris SunsetGargoyleSelfridgesMuseum London

  1. Lying on the grass under the Eiffel Tower for a beautiful sunset
  2. Enjoying the view with the gargoyles on top of the Notre Dame
  3. A bright yellow pot of tea makes shopping at Selfridges even more enjoyable
  4. The Victoria & Albert Museum is full of the best fashion, art and design exhibits