the world needs more banana lounges

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If you missed the other 4037 times I mentioned it, I’ve just come off a little holiday.

More of a staycation of which the highlight was the purchase and use of a banana lounge and matching umbrella.

Now I had many an hour to watch the world [ie. my back yard] go by and ponder the big questions.

I also wondered why I hadn’t lashed out a bought a $25 luxurious deck chair before. (Why the Mr continues to wonder why I had … men!)

The male members of the family scoffed. “Why would you buy one of those?” “What the heck is that?”  “Do you need a strip of blue turf in front of that for the sea?” [I didn’t mention I thought about dumping some sand on the paving to sink my feet in.]

But take it from me, a drink in a fancy glass sipped while lying on a banana lounge, protected from the sun by a colourful umbrella is the quickest and cheapest way to get that holiday feeling!

I’m now a proud banana lounge believer. I will humbly say I think the simple banana lounge is severely under-rated.

I would lie prone in the back yard, secluded by trees and shaded by my umbrella, in my own private oasis, occasionally  flicking through a magazine or checking in with the world via my phone. Butterflies would flutter past, birds would bob around doing their daily chores, the sounds of the neighbourhood would float across the yard and my cares would float away with them.

Sounds pretty blissful, hey.

Peace, serenity, goodwill ~ it’s at the end of that banana lounge.

Smalls having a battle of wills. Maybe some time out in banana lounges. If not for them at least for you.

I might be on to something here.

They don’t make them in bright colours for nothing. They are designed for happiness.

Dust off that banana lounge in the back of the shed or go and buy one today.

The world needs more banana lounges.

 

 

holiday check-in + my staycation essentials

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Now unless you are only just dropping in here today, you would know I’ve had some holidays [from the full-time paying job only].

But it was only a staycation with the start of the school year so I’ve made sure to inject a little bit of that holiday feeling while also making sure I didn’t waste those precious days.

Now to be honest, I head back to work  today with a jumble of thoughts in my head and a feeling of unpreparedness.

It’s more about the things I didn’t quite get to, not all were on the list, and not enough focus on the things I did do.

You might remember I had a list. And it’s check in time!

  • Organise a morning yoga routine ~ I started putting this together but neither started a daily yoga practice or locked one in. I did, however, pick up a treadmill for some more exercise!
  • Do the taxes [big frog] ~ I didn’t finish but got all the tough stuff out of the way. I should be able to easily complete this one evening or on the weekend.
  • Sort out a blog editorial calendar ~ I did manage to sort out a couple of weeks and draft out some posts in advance. 
  • Maybe restart pay more attention to the newsletter/shop/associated blogs and new ideas [we’ll see] ~ newsletter, tick [going out today]. The rest, not so much.
  • Clean the study [may not get anything else done if I start this …] ~ can we talk about something else … [that would be a no, didn’t even manage to clear my desk]
  • Relax, read, rest ~ tick, tick, tick. I did, this, probably a little too well!
  • Find my pen [lost my favourite pen – it has to be around here somewhere!] ~ no luck on the pen front unfortunately.
  • Get better at regular baking ~ I did do a good cook-up on Sunday afternoon with muffins, nut and seed bread and a soup that will see use through the first few days. 
  • Drop off dry cleaning [this is what we call a doable task] ~ have yet to pick up dry cleaning *face palm*
  • Go to optometrist [appointment tomorrow] ~ did, done and got new glasses.

So all in all, I give myself a pass. I think if in the holiday wash-up I clear my desk a bit and finish off those taxes I might feel a little better and raise it to a credit.

74LL_staycationsessentials

But it wasn’t all a bust so I’ve put together a short, simple list of a few things you need to get that holiday feeling, anywhere, anytime.

  • A plan ~ so a lovely fresh notebook [like this one from kikki k ~ appropriately from the why not? range] to write all  those lists and ideas in.
  • Banana lounge and umbrella from Bunnings. [Bonus, it can be used at anytime.]
  • Sunscreen and a hat if you’re relaxing in the rays.
  • A pile of reading pleasure ~ perhaps fill your trolley at Bookworld.
  • Time for a little pamper ~ head to your local salon for some me time. Me, I’m a Dermalogica fan.
  • Portable speaker so you can have your favourite tunes everywhere you go.

 

 

friday freebies // 45

friday freebies // 45

Tis that time of year. Christmas trees will be popping up all over the world this weekend for those who favour the traditional timing of these things. December 1 or the closest weekend for me.

So once the tree is up, it’s time for the presents to start gathering under its branches. And that means wrapping.

Don’t be like me who one year was so caught up in the wrapping and didn’t tag any gifts, claiming I’d know what was what.

Except come Christmas Day, it was guessing game time.

So tag it and there’s no excuses not to with these lovelies just a click away.

// images from their respective sources

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