my awesome pink holiday hair!!!

I’ve been waiting all year to have enough time off work to dye my hair (temporarily) pink! Today is the day and now it’s done!!!

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Pink dip-dye in fushsia pink by Elly at Sam Overton Salon, Paddington. #hairbyelly

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Happy ‘week before Christmas’!

Love a very happy Melly xx

melly’s famous rocky road!

I love rocky road! I make it twice a year; at Christmas & Easter, so I guess it’s my Aussie holiday rocky road! It actually changes a little each time I make it, but it’s basically the same with a few tweaks…here’s this year’s version which I know you’ll love; just don’t blame me for hyper kids or a possible diabetic episode…!

this recipe makes a lot; so make sure you share it at the office or party!

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ingredients

  • 3 x 250g bags of marshmallows (I use the Pascall Marshmallows)
  • 2 x dark chocolate melts (I use Cadbury cooking melts)
  • 2 x milk chocolate melts (again, I use Cadbury cooking melts)
  • 2 x 250g bags of gummi bears (I use Trolli gummies)
  • 1 x 216g Cadbury’s Cherry Ripe Share Pack (Treat size), chopped into little squares
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup extra shredded coconut reserved for sprinkling on top
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup glazed maraschino cherries, chopped

kitchen supplies

  • large tray; like a lamington tray 30cm x 20cm x 3.5cm
  • baking paper to line the tray
  • saucepan for boiling water
  • glass bowl for sitting on top of the saucepan to melt chocolate
  • large bowl for mixing all ingredients
  • mixing spoon

method

  1. create a bain marie by boiling water and melting all the chocolate in the glass bowl on top of the saucepan (make sure the water doesnt touch the bowl, only the steam will melt it)
  2. melt the chocolate and let cool just a little
  3. mix all the other ingredients into a large bowl
  4. line the tray with baking paper
  5. pour melted chocolate onto the ingredients, mix thoroughly
  6. pour into the tray and spread evenly, the sprinkle with remaining coconut
  7. refrigerate before cutting into small squares
  8. eat & enjoy!!!

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his + hers | christmas gifts under $100

it’s almost shameful to admit, but i’m not a christmas person at all! maybe it’s because my mum is so overly christmassy (think flashing Santa earrings, lots of decorations, planning/shopping/cooking for days & a gigantic tree) and i don’t have kids to decorate for or maybe it’s just not my thing.
anyway, now that i’ve admitted my dirty secret, i’d like to back peddle and state that this year my husband has strong-armed me into getting a tree! and a wreath for the front door! and some baubles for the tree! (it’s sad that I don’t even have baubles!) we’re doing all that today, which is sunday, with a hangover from an impromptu epic 12 hour drinking session in the hot sun yesterday, so we’ll just have to see how much christmas spirit i can rustle up!

however, i have been thinking about gifts and found some gorgeous pieces that won’t break the budget and will still impress. these are mostly all from aussie websites but they do ship internationally.

//his//

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clockwise from top left:

//hers//

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clockwise from the top left:

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{date night}

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wednesday words

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currently

reading

Secret Shared by L Marie Adeline
I don’t usually read erotic fiction but I found this book via a book infograph on Pinterest and it was available via iBooks. It’s pretty steamy & easily entertaining!

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watching

Madam Secretary on TV; my teenage girl crush with Teá Leonie is back! Interstellar at the movies; my geeky fascination with quantum physics is peaked with this film written & directed by Christopher Nolan. Even Neil deGrasse Tyson is impressed!

baking

these beautiful cherry & coconut muffins. they are sugar- & gluten-free and are great for quick weekday brekkies on the run

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loving

some recent quality time with friends

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Tam, Grace & I at Subo in Newcastle

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impromptu drinks with Jared, Pete & Jay in Darling Harbour last night that ended up being a bar hop around the city ending in an amazing Taiwanese feast at Walsh Bay

thankful

for the all clear that my Mum was given regarding a breast cancer scare. she had cancer of the uterus years ago and because her Mum (my Oma) died from breast cancer and her sister has had bowel cancer, she is extra vigilant with checkups. regular checkups are so so so very important!

looking forward to

visiting my father-in-law in a couple of weeks. it’s only a quick trip up to QLD but it’s been 11 months since we’ve seen him.
attending a few work-related christmas parties over the next month; a chance to dress up, drink champagne in beautiful locations and toast the busy year just past!
summer holidays are just around the corner and Jay & I have 3 weeks off work!!! we’ll be going to the beach, movies, catching up with friends and heading to Melbourne & Canberra for a week. yay!

cross street project

this is the most beautiful of concepts; take a rundown apartment with beautiful bones in a gorgeous beachside suburb, renovate and interior design with a simple, elegant and contemporary style and then sell it; simply as an apartment or as a fully-furnished apartment or shop the bespoke/custom furnishings.

this is what the clever design due from C+M Studio have done with their latest Cross Street project which closed it’s open house yesterday.

I just fell in love with the contemporary scando interior style that Christopher + Megan created. You will too…

All pictures from The Cross Street Project here