instagram and me

I’m addicted to Instagram. The world looks better through Instagram. I look better through Instagram. You can give your photo any feel that you like – want a bit more mystery (who’s that girl?), or the vintage feel (1920s yes please) or perhaps a little more warmth (anything for a bit more sunshine). Instagram can do, well, pretty much everything.

I had a lot of fun this week but what I struggled with the most was actually including myself in the pictures. Yes, this week was supposed to be about vanity and ME but all I was taking photos of was the scenery. Once I addressed my inner critic there was no going back – as you’ve probably seen from the pictures in my flickr feed. They are all me. me. me.

While after this week I’ll cut back on taking photos of myself everywhere I’ll remember that being in a photo or two isn’t the worst thing in the world. And if nothing else my mum likes to see them.

Caz x

 

all me. me. me.

This week’s challenge: Buy a remote control for your camera & dip your toes into the pool of narcissism.

I thought all was lost when I realised that I couldn’t buy a remote control for my camera. But actually there are plenty of ways that I can be ‘excessively preoccupied with issues of personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity’ (thanks Wikipedia).

This week I’m going to record my life on Instagram. App now downloaded.

Watch out for more pics here.

Caz x

 

 

Next week’s challenge: Call a friend & ask them if they want to have a slumber party.

love and romance

This week’s challenge: Have a romance in your head.

My boyfriend, Sam, isn’t happy about this week’s challenge. Have a romance in your head. I think he is worried that I’ll be daydreaming about all those well-oiled, hair-slicked, Fabio-types. Eww. But little does he know that I’m going to think of some very romantic things for us to do. Why should we just keep the romance in our head?

So what do boys think are nice romantic gestures? Well, I think a boys version of romance would be cooking up some bangers and mash and watching an action movie on the couch. But maybe I should ask one.

Sam is sitting here beside me so perhaps it’s a good idea to find out what he would find romantic rather than just guessing for him. Hmm, why haven’t I thought of just asking before?

‘Walks in the moonlight’, ‘staying at a cute country cottage’, ‘log fires’, ‘ice skating’.

Who would have thought – boys do like romance.  Ah, better put those sausages away and get my wooing A-game on.

Caz x

Next week’s challenge: Volunteer.

chocolate

This week’s challenge: Eat the best chocolate you can get your hands on. In bed. Or in the bath.

Don’t think this one needs any explanation. I’ve already started (yes I know, one day early) – chocolate cake for breakfast – yum!

Check out below for the following week’s challenge – Sing Star anyone?

Caz x

Next week’s challenge: Turn up music you really love. Play it so loudly that it soaks in through your skin. Dance in your pyjamas. Feel the pain lift.

thinking about others = happy heart

Week one over!

I started this week by doing a lot of thinking and a lot of googling. What could I buy for people to make them happier? After a number of purchases (hello dawn simulator alarm – best inventions in the word) I realised that by the end of the week and lots of presents later I would have totally blown my monthly budget.

Instead of hanging out in my darkened room looking at my computer, I should have really been chatting to my family and friends and just listened to what they needed. Being helpful didn’t actually have to involve spending all my money.

Later during the week, my sister and I decided that we would get our parents on a date day – ahh, so cute! They have even scheduled one in each week now. It really hit home that even after 36 years of marriage you have to make sure you set aside time to spend together! Yes, we are now relationship gurus.

It was funny how little things were appreciated. My excellent babysitting skills were put to good use (yes, I had a baby strapped to me) and I even rustled up a family meal or two (we are talking meals for the equivalent of 15 people – those boys can sure eat). I was surprised about how grateful people were – and it didn’t really take that much effort from me. You know what, I might even keep this up.

While writing this, I can hear my family doing the biggest washing up ever (yes, after my nephew, Max’s, 2nd birthday party). I guess there are times when it’s ok to hide in a darkened room with your computer!

Caz x

being thoughtful

This weeks challenge: Do something good for someone else, even though you may not want to. Do a favour, help them find something, give them an item which will help them in some way. Start the flow of positive energy.

How hard is this one going to be? I’m sure I do nice things everyday don’t I?

Just sitting here thinking about it, I can’t remember the last time that I did something really sweet for my boyfriend, friends and family. Ok, I do little things every now and then (does the washing up count?) but recently I’ve been a bit slack and perhaps even started verging towards taking people for granted. Ekk.

I can remember nice things that other people have done for me though – like getting flowers from my lovely boyfriend Sam, receiving an amazing sending off from my friends before my holiday to Australia and lots of amazing shopping advice from my sis Lanny (who has no time to do shopping of her own with two little boys).

But now it’s time for me to do the same for them (and others). Well, that’s the plan for this week – challenge one. How hard have I been listening to what people actually need… let’s wait and see.

It would be so super cool if you wanted to try this with me. Especially this one – it’s so nice and you might be surprised at how awesome it will make you feel – making other people happy. And guess what you’ll be rewarded next week (check out next week’s challenge below). Yippee looking forward to that one. I might go shopping for that now just to get a head start.

Caz x

Next Week’s Challenge: Eat the best chocolate you can get your hands on. In bed. Or in the bath.

the 100 week challenge – the cupcakes list

Robot Cupcakes by Tasty Paintings

I’m happy, except when I’m moody of course and also first thing on Monday mornings. Being girls, I think we are always searching for ways to make us even more happy and I thought wouldn’t it be fun to combine my love for trying new things with making myself even happier. Sounds ideal doesn’t it.

Luckily, I stumbled across the lovely Gala Darling (if you haven’t read her blog yet, check her out – she is so full of wisdom) who wrote a list called 100 things to do when you’re upset – the sad trombone list – which I’m going to call 100 things to do to make you even more happy – the cupcakes list (yes cupcakes make me very happy).

Every week I’m going to go through the list in order and I’ll blog about it and you can share your experiences and thoughts too – I would love if you wanted to join me. For the whole list or just every now and then when you spot something that you think might be fun to try out or do.

I’ve had a look at the list and some I can’t wait to do but others I’m going to find a bit more challenging – but I guess that’s the point. Bring on wearing a moustache for a day.

Here we go!!

Caz x

P.S. Here’s the list of you want to have a sneak preview http://galadarling.com/article/100-things-to-do-when-youre-upset-the-sad-trombone-list