Wednesday Bookshelf Review.

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I sat on the train, with the noise of the clattering train track sounds, people talking on phones, and music that could not be contained by headphones. It can be hard to get into a book with so much distraction. I like to read a lot of different types of books, fiction, and nonfiction. For a train trip full of distracting noises I chose the book “Life” by the author Paulo Coelho which is a selection of quotes. I loved this book because many times it took me back into his books that I had previously read. Whilst it was filled with beautiful colourful artistic pictures which I loved. I will share with you a couple of the quotes I enjoyed best.

The first quote is: ” No one day is like another, each tomorrow has its special miracle, its magic moment in which old universes are destroyed and new stars are created.” Paulo Coelho originally from By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept.
A reminder to live life in the now, to appreciate each moment of life now. It is time to stop reliving the past so much, and wishing my days away in hope of the great things that might come in the future. What is important is for me to  focus  on thinking and being in the present, and be part of the magic of life that is happening now. Each day is uniquely new and magical if lived in the now.

The second quote is: ” Go is search of your Gift. The more you understand yourself, the more you will understand the World.” Paulo Coelho originally from the book Brida.  This reminded me to know myself, trust myself, and be myself.

There are many other quotes in this book that speak so much wisdom. I think it is a book full of wisdom. I just love reading it, and every time I read this book different quotes speak to me.

I love reading and have been reading a book a week, one of my goals this year is to read 52 books. I am thinking I will make Wednesday’s my Bookshelf review day. As for the book “Life”, well I highly recommend reading this book.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

( The month of July I am doing a blog post a day as part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. It is my way of bring this blog back to life and getting back into blogging again.)

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Explore Casey: Australian Gardens.

 

School holidays and what to do? Well, you can always be a tourist in your own neighborhood. Yesterday my son’s Mr. Serious, Mighty Mouse and I went to Australian Gardens. These are the most amazing gardens, and a great place to just get out on a Winter’s day and explore. With different styles of Australian landscape and gardens set out within them. It also features lots of beautiful spaces to sit and relax by the stunning lake or in the gardens. While we saw plenty of colour and flowers out in bloom despite it being a grey Winter’s Day It is a beautiful leisurely walk with lovely garden views and walking views and plenty of beautiful walking tracks to enjoy and explore. I have teenage son’s so they just like to walk and explore. I enjoyed watching the younger children in their gum boots splashing about in the little river that flows through the garden. There is a special space that is very shallow for people to walk out into and splash about. Our day was cold and lightly raining so we did not take a picnic lunch, however, on a fine day, there are plenty of spaces to enjoy a picnic. We ended up going to a lovely cafe there and enjoy coffee and hot chocolates. There is also a beautiful gift shop full of lovely things to look at.

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So if you live in Melbourne or are visiting I strongly suggest you check these gardens. So enjoy your visit to this beautiful place!

 

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Water Saving Garden

 

Australian Gardens at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
1000 Ballarto Rd, Cranbourne, Victoria 3977, Australia
Open 9-5pm 7 days a week
Cost: Free or Donation welcomed
https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/visit-cranbourne/attractions/australian-garden

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Wishing you a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Five ways to turn traffic time into happy time.

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Stuck in traffic, crazy that is what it is, crazy out there on the roads. Stop, start, beep, beep, surrounded by angry frowning faces in the cars all around me. I can feel my stress levels rising, and my frustration getting to me. I don’t want to be miserable for this amount of time. Time is too valuable to waste on being miserable.

This is my sucky current reality. The developers have gone crazy and there are housing estates going up everywhere. They are blocking roads and even closing some completely. It completely sucks, road works everywhere, dust everywhere, and potholes everywhere. The roads are a mess and the traffic is horrific and I am afraid I don’t know where all the extra cars are going to go. There are frustrated drivers, pushing in, beeping, and taking risks. I am a little over being beeped at, one even beeped me for stopping at an unmanned school crossing and letting some student cross the road. Seriously!  It should be ok to let children cross the road safely. I think this is the saddest part when people no longer are considerate of other people. The roads around here are crazy, and we are all struggling to get places on time or to get home. Yes, it sucks! It is the Traffic Jam paradise, and don’t bother riding a bike because that is too dangerous because of all the angry frustrated drivers on the road. Oh if you would like to catch public transport, good luck, you will need extra time for that too due to the rail works. Okay, that’s a big rant. At the moment you could describe me as the frustrated grumpy suburban chick.

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I have to live with it and somehow turn traffic time into happy time. This is why I have come up with five things to do when stuck in traffic.

1. Sing, sing, sing really loudly and bop away as much as you want. It feels good.
2. Listen to audio books, they can be entertaining or informative and it makes the time feel productive.
3. Practice speeches or presentations in the car, you can really work on remembering your content and practicing vocal variety.
4. Practice breathing exercises and try to relax.
5. Daydream,  about all the wonderful things you could be doing if you weren’t stuck in traffic.

 

Sometimes it is just really, really hard to be a Happy Suburban Chick. However, time is too valuable to waste being miserable and stressed. That is why it so important for me to turn traffic time into happy time.
Help! What are your tips for turning traffic time into happy time? Please leave a comment.

FRAN DISHON

( Day 3 of the Ultimate blog challenge, I am taking part of this challenge and will be blogging everyday this month of July)

 

Spring Time!

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The first day of Spring and a gorgeous day to open all the windows and let the fresh air stream in.

A lovely day to attend a garden collage workshop at Heritage Hill.

Walking in the garden and sketching a picture.

Being inspired to create my own spring picture by a pot with a small green shrub and violets in it.

Enjoying the sunshine, the intense blue sky, my own garden, and some time to sit and journal.

I came across this beautiful quote:

 “I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” ~Anne Lamott.

This Spring I will take time to look and listen.

Spring time a delightful time to go outside and play!

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Everything you need is close to home. So explore!

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Finding a place to journal write the things I need to write about. Finding a place to think about the things I need to think about.  My intuitive lead today was: Everything you need is close to home. Explore. Just take a closer look. Be careful not to dismiss the obvious.

Suburban living can often feel like everything is actually so far away. That I need to get in my car and drive, drive, drive to get to where I want to be.

Today I went across the road to the local shopping center, ventured into a small cafe, sipped on my coffee, and tasted a delightful lemon tart. I got out my little note book and wrote a few notes. Just a little suburban bliss time, in a little cafe that was like a suburban oasis. I often feel it is hard to find these places. However, my intuitive lead is probably right. I need to explore and take a closer look. So much of what I need is at this shopping center, it is where I get my food, it is where I get my hair done, it is where the chemist is, and so much more.

After this I went for an Adventure walk discovering a new park to sit in and enjoy. Walking down suburban streets admiring some of the beautiful gardens. It reminds me if I look closely I can see the beauty in suburban life. It certainly doesn’t need to be dull or boring.

Today, for just part of the day, I got to go out and enjoy some suburban bliss, and part of the day I got to stay home and enjoy some suburban bliss. Sitting in my arm chair with a cup of coffee and journaling, getting out into the garden, listening to podcasts as I did my housework, and even taking some time out to do a home yoga session. Now that I have picked my boys up from school I get to create a meal for us all to enjoy together tonight.

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Mr. Crow here caught my attention, he just looked so important that I had to take his picture.
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Found a place to sit, rest and contemplate.

What Suburban Bliss Can You Discover?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

Lavender Essential Oil And Its Uses.

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Lavender a common and useful essential oil. Going back to my earliest memories lavender has been in my home, and has always been a comforting essential oil for me.
I picked up some books flicked through the pages as I hoped to find out a little more information about my favourite go to essential oil lavender. I am a novice when it comes to essential oils, however I have come to enjoy using them and finding ways in which they improve my daily living.
Lavender has some useful properties which are as follows:
  • Antidepressant
  • Antiseptic
  • Balancing
  • Calming
  • Healing.
Lavender has been my go to essential oil in times of stress or difficulties sleeping. I love  lavender infusions drifting throughout the house, lavender baths and a few drops of lavender on my pillow which leave me feeling calm and relaxed. I have enjoyed lavender soaps, talcum powers, and body lotions over the years.Lavender pillows have filled  my drawers and been spread throughout the house, contributing to a calming relaxing atmosphere in my home. For years I have loved using lavender, and have found it an affordable essential oil to purchase.
Lavender is good for treating insomnia just put a few drops of lavender on some cotton wool and place it in your pillow slip, this works well.
Lavender also has a reputation for being useful for the  nervous system, as it helps to balance the  nervous system, relieves emotional stress and anxiety, and can assist with depression. This is because lavender has properties that balance emotions, as well as calming emotions.
Lavender is also very good for headaches especially if you use it when you feel a headache coming on, I usually dilute a drop of lavender oil into some carrier oil for example almond oil and rub it into my temples, this helps to relieve the headache.
Lavender is also good to have in the first aid kit, it has antiseptic and healing properties. So it can be used on scratches, cuts, bites and wounds. I didn’t realise this, so I have not used it for this purpose. 
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Lavender is wonderful for self-care you can put a few drops in your bath, or even use lavender based body products. Lavender is good for healing damage skin and inflammatory skin conditions, as well as give you a sense of calm and relaxation. I am always careful to put essential oils into a carrier oil such as almond oil, or mix a few drops in a natural base body lotion. Always test a small skin test patch for allergies, with the diluted essential oil in the carrier oil or lotion before using more liberally. 
Lavender can be use to bring about a calming and relaxing atmosphere to your home. This can be done through infusing it in an oil burner, lavender bags around the house, lavender growing under your windows, and also lavender candles.
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Lavender has many more uses. As I mention earlier on I am not an expert in the use of essential oils, just an interested novice who loves to use them.
Some useful books are  as follows:
  • Change your mood with aromatherapy by Denise Whichello Brown
  • Aromatherapy and your emotions- How to use essential oils to balance body and mind,  by Shirley Price
  • Aromatherapy- A complete guide to the healing art by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  • Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  • Calm Kids a guide to natural therapies for children by Jennifer Jefferies.
Please share what your favourite essential oil is and why, and what circumstances you use it for?
Wishing you all a wonderful day!
FRAN DISHON
Disclaimer: I am only a novice in the use of essential oils, I have no expertise in this area and the informational is from my own personal experience and research from books. Always be cautious when using essential oils and beware of any side effects. 
 

Christmas Time Musings!

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The Shopping Centre was immersed in the sound of Christmas carols, and swamped in a visual display of Christmas decorations. It really looked and felt like Christmas time. Whilst there was a business as people rushed around buying gifts with great excitement and enthusiasm. For me I was in search of Grimlock, some Transformer toy. Finally I found it. The Christmas shopping is now completed.

The Christmas cards have been posted out, I spent Sunday night with a glass of wine, my Christmas cards, and penned out best wishes to family and friends.

Finally keeping with tradition we finally completed making the Christmas piñata this year, a Christmas Reindeer piñata, packed with lollies ready to be busted open Christmas afternoon

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All the food is brought, now all there is too do is prepare for Christmas dinner, which will be celebrated with family at home this year.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and may your big dreams come true in 2015!

FRAN DISHON

Christmas Shopping Madness.


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Christmas shopping madness has begun. I love buying presents for my family, it is such a lovely thing to do. Being a little technophobic I am not really  good at online shopping, it is just too overwhelming for me. So I go to the busy shops.  However I really hate shopping, it is hard work and a chore. Shopping centers possess an energy sucking super power which sucks the life force out of its victims, which includes me. It is the overwhelm of noise, loud obnoxious noise which irritates me.  Then the overload of smells, especially lingering from the food court, which mingle together creating a collection of confused smells. Then the business of people, the crowds that hustle and bustle, and who inadvertently invade my personal space. Finally the visual stimulation of colours, lights, lights, and more lights, plus stuff. I hate being overwhelmed with all the stuff. I seriously have enough stuff, however shops have a way of convincing me that more is required, that I will never have enough , and what stuff   I do own just happens to be  old and worn out so it obviously needs replacing. It is not retail therapy it is retail torture. The good news is I did gets some of my Christmas shopping done. However I am exhausted from it and  what  I really needs is Pandol for my headache and a nap to get over all that shopping.

So I have instigated some strategies this year to help me deal with Christmas Shopping Madness.

  1. I get someone else to do my online shopping for me. (My hubby is really good at this.)
  2. I go the first thing in the morning while it is still quiet, do what I have to do, and get out quickly.
  3. I remain focused and know what I want and where to get it. Also I focus on quality not quantity. That way I only have to buy one good present and not a heap of little presents.
  4. I make sure I am stocked up on Panadol, that way I quickly get over my shopping headache.
  5. I have my go to gift shop for teacher gifts and Kris Kringle  each year, which includes having them beautifully wrapped.

So what tips do you have for coping with Christmas Shopping Madness ? Please leave a comment.

So for me I will be trying to stay away from the shops and indulge in as little retail torture as possible.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

 

 

Why I Love Suburban Living (And You Should, Too!)

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I grew up in the suburbs and loved all that space to play in my own backyard. I love the gardens, cubby house, backyard cricket, the backyard swimming pool were the neighbourhood kids gathered many days. The places to ride my bike, and the freedom to walk around to friends houses. My childhood days seemed full of adventures each day, there always seemed something to do, something to play and someone to play with.  To me my suburban upbringing seemed full of neighbours I knew, and children to play with, it seemed safe and supportive. Maybe that is what has drawn me to living the suburban life.
  • I love that the suburbs are buzzing with community and interests groups to join. I love my Toastmasters group and  I also belong to a ladies group which explores lots of places in the suburbs and some awesome places to eat.
  • I love my space, my big house and open space living, that my boys have a room of their own, that it is quiet and peaceful, and most of the time I don’t hear my neighbours or traffic.
  • I love that their is a smorgasbord of playgrounds and parks to explore, and the streets are full of front yards to admire, and enjoy.
  • I love that I am surrounded by lots of dogs, the suburbs are great for dogs, that get to enjoy the backyard and walks with their owners in the park. My suburban area is a real doggy spot, there are always people out walking their dogs. It can get really busy mornings and evenings with people walking, running and riding bikes.
  • I love that there are a great choice of good schools, libraries, swimming pools, bowling alleys, gyms, and picture theatre. Lots of things to choose from. Convent shopping centers, and lots of places to eat. Maybe I am just lucky but there is not shortage of restaurants and cafes to eat around here. I love the hidden away places like the sculpture gardens and gallery, the homestead cafe, and park with the lake.
  • I love how the shopping centre across the road put a playground and seating in, I am so jealous I wish it was there when my children were younger, and most times it is a buzzing place for parents and children. Not to mention a few cafes to choose from, and a place to sit. At least some effort has been made to make it a social place.
 It doesn’t have to be boring burbs it can be social suburbs. I  really love living in the suburbs, and I just wish suburbanites speak out on how good suburban living can be, and that we work together to make it better and better.
FRAN DISHON

A delicious place to journal and enjoy the day!

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The school committee has been attended, and it finally feels time to wind down and relax. I head off to the local park, find a place to sit, enjoying the clear blue sky, gorgeous views, gentle breeze, and a peaceful place to rest.
I open my journal and allow words to pour onto the page. Occasionally I am distracted by a couple walking hand in hand, or school children in the distance singing badly, or a couple of ladies gossiping on a chair during their break, or a magpie looking at me as I sit on my chair. It feels so peaceful and relaxing to sit and listen to the singing of the birds, or simply feel the occasional gentle breeze of the wind against my skin  amongst the stillness of the day.
After my journaling, I find a cafe. I relax into a cushioned deck chair, under a big shady umbrella, overlooking the roses and playground. The cafe is buzzing with life on this gorgeous sunny day. I sit enjoying a decadent ice coffee, enjoying ever mouthful of it.
A yummy delicious afternoon. I think to myself, I really do underestimate how good my life really is.
Wishing you all a wonderful day!
FRAN DISHON