Life Update August 2017

Life Update August 2017

August was a month where there was a bit of stress about my non existent blog (domain issues meant it was offline for over a month), but it was also a month of productivity in regards to the big UK move.

So here’s an update on life in August.

Eating:
I missed Pret A Manger whilst I was in Australia, so have been catching up on the gloriousness of the Chicken Caesar and Bacon, and Ham and Cheese Baguettes!

Reading:
I finished Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It was part motivating, part craziness. I do at times talk to my belongings, but this book takes that a little further and talks about making your belongings comfortable in how you store them etc. It was a very good book if you’re an organised neat freak, or need motivation to put your house in order, but it takes you through a very extreme way to do this.

Now I’m reading Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell. Julie and Julia is one of my favourite movies, so I’m hoping the book is just as great.

Watching:
Offspring – an Australian dramedy that I love. I’m about to watch the last episode of the season, it didn’t go for long at all.

Buying:
Lots of groceries.

Visiting:
Nick and I had a weekend away minus Ryan. It was fantastic to be non-parents for a short while. We went to Bristol, which was a much larger city then both of us expected. We also went to Salisbury, which was quieter but quaint.

Feeling:
More settled. In the first two weeks of August Nick and I found another place to live so we could move on from Windsor, got a car, and put Ryan in nursery TWO full days a week!

Loving:
That Ryan is in nursery TWO full days a week! I finally feel a little more like myself as I have time to do things for me.

Hoping:
To start doing yoga again. There’s a studio three doors from my house, so I should take advantage of the location whilst I can.

Planning:
What to do for Christmas, yes it’s already approaching that time!!

Pinning:
I’m starting a bullet journal, so in order to get inspired I’ve been pinning like crazy.

Parenting:
Ryan is learning how to play me. He’s working out what he can and can’t get away with, and how to create massive fusses at bedtime! It’s been getting hard to get him to sleep lately. I’ve had to rock him or let him fall asleep in his pram in front of the tv – bad habits which have to stop!

Well that was August, I’m guessing September will be just as crazy!

 

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Life Update July 2017

Life Update - July 2017

Firstly a massive thank you for being patient whilst Love from Lisa was offline, for nearly a month!

I deleted an email account where my domain renewals were going so my domain ended up in redemption, which means either I pay a massive fee to renew it, or wait out the time it takes for the domain to become available again. I did the latter.

So lesson learnt, never delete an email account again!

July was quiet as Ryan and I were predominantly housebound, so we got to enjoy Melbourne whilst we’re here – despite the cold, cold weather!

Here’s an update on life in July.

Eating:
Nick was away for half of the month so dinners consisted of leftovers, and lunches weren’t much more imaginative with lots of noodles and tuna.

Reading:
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I’m a bit behind everyone else who has already read this, but I love anything to do with organising, so this book is a winner so far.

Watching:
The last few weeks of MasterChef, which was great. Catching it at the last few weeks meant I didn’t get over the five day a week commitment.

Buying:
August is when everyone’s birthdays begin so I’ve been buying lots of birthday presents.

Visiting:
Friends as I’m trying to fit in as many as possible before I head back to the UK.

Feeling:
Like my life’s in limbo as all I’ve been doing is waiting around for things. First it was waiting in Windsor from March to June for Nick to come back and for his and my parents to come and go. Now I’m waiting in Australia to go back to Windsor as Nick finally got his visa. I just feel like I need to move on in life. Get Ryan into nursery and baby classes, and me into a new job.

Loving:
Being back in my house. I forgot how light and girly it is compared to the Windsor terrace. It’s also good to be back with Nick. Ryan was in desperate need of daddy time.

Hoping:
That Ryan behaved himself on the flight from the UK as we were travelling solo, and he did. He was a champion. In fact, the flight was a breeze compared to his jetlag, which lasted for over a week. I felt like I had a newborn again!

Planning:
A weekend away with Nick when we’re back in the UK as Mel has offered to babysit. I haven’t had a baby free night in nearly a year.

Pinning:
I’ve been adding pins to my Baby and Toddler Food Ideas (BLW) board. I deleted my Filofax Love board and added its contents to my renamed Organisation, Filofax, Bullet Journaling board. To view my Pinterest boards please click here.

Parenting:
Ryan has developed quite the personality. He’s very vocal, giggles uncontrollably, and can now sit from being on his stomach. It’s the best age ever. But his teething caused some bad nights this month, all of which happened whilst Nick was away!

Well that was July, filled with bits and pieces of not much, which was much needed after a hectic past few months.

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Life Update June 2017

Life Update June 2017

Can you believe that half of the year is already over? Why is time flying so fast?

June was hectic, with an unexpected trip back to Australia and lots of site seeing from Windsor.

Here’s an update on life in June.

Eating:
Less cakes but my diet is still not great. I’m organised with breakfasts and dinners but really struggle with lunches. I tend to grab something quick, which doesn’t always lead to the healthiest decisions. Lets see if July is better food wise.

Reading:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. When I first started this book I wasn’t entirely in to it. It’s very Groundhog Day, but I’m getting more and more interested to see where it goes.

Watching:
I was three quarters of the way through the new season of Orange is the New Black before heading to Australia. Now Nick wants to watch the new season with me. I haven’t told him I’ve already watched most of it, so looks like I’ll be re-watching it very soon.

Buying:
It got so hot in the UK before I left (us Aussies never thought heat there was a thing, but it is!) I even started wearing shorts in public – whoa. So many summer clothes were purchased to deal with this sudden heat wave.

Visiting:
My parents were with Mel and I for the whole of June so we took them to see some sites. We went to Oxford, Camden Lock Market, Cotswolds, Brighton and Windsor Castle. The most interesting of these places was Brighton. I had no idea there was a massive amusement centre on the Pier, or that there were so many quirky streets. I can’t wait to go back.

Feeling:
I constantly feel like I need to change my style. Since having Ryan I just feel like a dorky mum. I have a Pinterest board set up for fashion inspiration, so this is something that I’m looking to get more in to later on.

Loving:
Being back in Australia. I forgot how light and girly my Melbourne home is compared to the terrace in Windsor. It’s also good to be back with Nick. Ryan was in desperate need of some daddy time after having way too much Aunty Mel and mummy time.

Hoping:
That Ryan behaved himself on the flight back from the UK as I was travelling solo with him, and he did. He was a champion. In fact, the flight was a breeze compared to baby jetlag, which still hasn’t gone over one week later. I feel like I have a newborn again!

Planning:
Heaps of catch ups with friends; it’s been way to long since I’ve seen everyone.

Pinning:
I’ve been cleaning up my Travel – England board, added a Baby and Toddler Food Ideas (BLW) board, and adding recipes to my recipe boards.

Parenting:
Ryan has developed quite the personality. He’s very vocal, giggles uncontrollably, and can now sit from being on his stomach. It’s the best age ever.

Well that’s June, filled with outings and travel. I’m not sure how July will be as I have no major plans yet, but who knows what could happen last minute.

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Life Update May 2017

Love from Lisa Life Lately May 2017

Where has this year gone? It’s nearly the middle of the year!

May was hectic in this household, with overseas trips, international visitors, and Ryan teething. I felt like it was all happening at once.

Here’s an update on life in May.

Eating:
Cakes! In March I moved from Australia to the UK and now live within walking distance to many cake shops. It’s a habit I need to cut down on.

Reading:
This month I read Lion and Big Little Lies and loved every page of them. Lion is the incredible story of how Saroo was adopted by Australian parents after becoming lost on the railway in India as a five year old. It details how he found his birth home by using online maps. Big Little Lies tells the stories of three women and how their lives intertwine before witnessing a death at their children’s kindergarten trivia night.

Watching:
The Middle and Life in Pieces. I’m fully up to date on both of these. I love The Middle, and now that the kids are older the stories are really touching. I have mixed feelings about Life in Pieces. It’s so stupid yet sometimes so funny. I’m not sure if I want to watch the next season of this one.

Buying:
A lot of my cookware is in Australia so I’ve had to buy duplicates. I’ve also bought some much-needed t-shirts. I am however trying to spend less, as my credit card bill since I’ve been to the UK has been out of control.

Visiting:
My poor Nick was only allowed to stay with us for one week before having to return to Australia to sort out his visa. So after 5 weeks of Nick being away Ryan and I went to the States for a family reunion. We then went to Dublin.

Feeling:
Mixed feelings. I miss my friends in Australia. Facebook makes this harder when you see occasions you’re missing, or when you get messages asking how you’re going.

Loving:
Blogging. I had a massive break but am happy to start to do something for me.

Hoping:
That Nick’s visa will be sorted soon because we miss him!

Planning:
Days out for my parents visit next month. They’re really excited to see R. He’s changed a lot since we left Australia.

Pinning:
Food ideas for R, he eats everything so I need to keep the variety up.

Parenting:
R is an easy going bubba, but this month was challenging with his bottom tooth coming through. Although it still wasn’t as hard as some other mum’s I’ve spoken to whose babies are teething. I hope he continues to be the cheerful bub he is whilst his teeth are coming through.

Well that’s May, busy but good. June is going to be crazy with my parents here, which means lots of big days out, which also means June is going to fly by!

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It’s been how long?

Love from Lisa It's been how long?Image

It’s been one and a half years since I’ve blogged. One and a half years! I can’t believe it.

So what’s been happening over the past year and a half?

I had a baby! A little boy – Ryan. I found out I was pregnant a month before I stopped blogging. This was probably the main reason why I stopped as all my energy was focused on growing, and now raising a little bundle of joy / bundle of crazy man

My love of travel continued with some trips within Australia, Europe, and the USA. Ryan came along to all (he did 20 flights by the time he was 9 months old, insane!)

In March this year I moved from Melbourne Australia to Windsor UK. I’m still getting used to being away from friends and family, but it’s getting easier

Actually this move is the reason why this blog has been on my mind, and why I’ve decided to start blogging again.

Being away from friends and family leaves me with a lot of time on my hands, and being home with R has made me want to have a little something for myself.

So here’s to not having a year and a half break from this little space of mine ever again, and to creating content that you enjoy!

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An early Christmas

Love from Lisa An early Christmas

This year my sister Mel and I had an early Christmas lunch together as we’ll be in different states on the actual day.

We kept it simple with schnitzel, potato salad, and beans and asparagus.

Dessert was scrolls and of course fruit mince pies.

And the best part, a bit of Love Actually and Bridget Jones’ Diary, the ultimate Christmas movies.

It was simple, laid back and heaps of fun, just as the day should be.

I recommend you do this, grab a friend or a family member that you would love to just have some one on one time with and have a simple Christmas celebration. Unwind and enjoy the day before the actual craziness of the day happens.

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Currently – December

Love from Lisa Currently December

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This new series replaces Head and Heart, as a way to reflect on where I’m currently at in life.

It’s a shortened list from Taking Stock, written by From Lucy with Love.

Cooking: Spaghetti. Aside from stir-fry and schnitzel it’s the only meal I can cook without a recipe, and is the meal I always crave when overseas.

Buying: A sleeve for my Mac, which was only $15 on eBay. A steal, considering others  I saw were over $70.

Enjoying: That it’s still light outside at 8pm, it makes the day feel so much longer.

Feeling: Annoyed that I have to start my last unit of a Diploma of Digital Marketing course, which uses up way more of my time than I thought it would.

Going: To Gosford for Christmas with Nick’s family for 5 days of sleeping, eating, and doing not much.

Organising: My cupboards finally!! One by one, bit by bit.

Pinning: Lunch ideas, I need some new food inspiration.

Planning: On blogging again, which until I’ve finished my course will consist of one post a week.

Reading: I’m currently in between books but am going through a series of samples, so stay tuned.

Watching: Grey’s Anatomy season 11 so I’m nearly up to date. I’ve been watching this since May. I also started Fargo last night and love it already.

Wanting: To plan another overseas trip. Last month I did London, Paris and Scotland and I’m itching to go back already.

Looking: Forward to starting a new year with new goals, as my one little word for this year took a back seat.

Deciding: On whether or not to continue with my Filofax decoration.

Wishing: I could work part time.

Needing: Muffin to stop her screaming and clinginess before Nick gets really angry.

 

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Changing my blog name

Love from Lisa Changing my blog name

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Hi all,

Firstly thank you so much for your patience whilst I’ve been offline.

Heaps has been happening behind the scenes with this little blog, from small tweaks, page updates and most importantly a brand new name.

Previously known as The Creative Canvass, this blog is now more personally named – Love from Lisa.

My aim is for this blog to be a space that captures my life’s moments, and inspires you to share similar stories.

I promise you that I will have some exciting content soon.

In the meantime please follow my social media accounts to get a sneak peak of what’s to come:

Facebook:    Love from Lisa
Twitter:        @lovefromlisa_
Pinterest:     lovefromlisa_
Instagram:   lovefromlisablog
Bloglovin:    Love from Lisa
Email:          contact@lovefromlisa.com

Speak soon!

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May action plan – a review

Love from Lisa action plan - a review

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This year I’ve started to set two types of goals, yearly goals using one little word, and monthly goals using a monthly action plan.

The first step in the process of setting my monthly goals is to identify an area of my life that I want to work on for the month. I then set objectives for the identified area, then review if the objectives were met, hence determining whether or not my monthly goal was achieved.

In May my goal was to establish routines. Here’s the action plan I set in place to achieve this.

May goal – Establish routines

Objective 1
Blog more during the week.

How
Get up at 6am weekdays and work on post content.

Achieved?
Half achieved. I only did this for two weeks, but quickly discovered that I really enjoyed getting up early. Not only was it beneficial in getting posts completed, but it was a great way to ease into the day. Once I start my new job next month, this will be something that I actually do every day.

Objective 2
Exercise 4 times a week.

How
Go to the gym three times a week, and do a yoga dvd at home once a week.

Achieved?
Half achieved. I joined a gym and bought a yoga DVD. I went to the gym only twice a week, and have yet to use the yoga DVD. This is work in progress.

Objective 3
Establish a grocery shopping night.

How
Dedicate Thursdays to grocery shopping.

Achieved?
Half achieved. I only go grocery shopping once a week, but the day has varied. This is another work in progress.

Was my May action plan achieved?
No, I feel like May was a very bad goal achievement month for me. I’m not sure if it was because I was lacking motivation for life in May, or because once I set these goals I never looked at them again.

If you’d like inspiration on goal setting, or would like to see my past action plans, then please visit my Goal setting Pinterest board.

If you’d like to learn more about one little word please visit my One little word – olw Pinterest board.

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Head and Heart #11 May 2015

Love from Lisa Head and Heart #11 May 2015

Head and Heart is “a monthly capture of my feelings and doings in the raw.” It’s where I share a more personal side of myself on this blog.

So here’s my Head and Heart for May 2015.

Grateful for

Quiet time
This month Nick was in the UK for two weeks, so I had a lot of quiet time. Time spent eating leftovers, going to bed early, and waking up early to get things done as part of my May action plan.

Thinking about

Creating a work wardrobe
This month I decluttered and organised my wardrobe. I’m now thinking about extending this organisation to other areas of my home.

Excited for

Additional training
This month I enrolled into a Diploma of Digital Marketing, which starts in September. I’m really excited, but also nervous as I remember what it’s like to study part time and work full time.

South Korea
In November I’m going to South Korea with my sister. I’m really looking forward to this trip, as it’s a destination I’ve never thought of visiting.

Things done

Gym
I finally joined a 24/7 gym to combat the many hours I spend sitting at a desk. I just need to establish a routine and really get into it.

Books reading

The Third Wife – Lisa Jewell
This is another chick lit novel, which is a genre I swore I’d stop reading. However, this wasn’t so chick litty, if that makes sense. This is a good book with a little mystery, but also a predictable ending. If you’re looking for an easy read, then give this a go.

Spending on

Food
This is a common spending area for me, and this month was no different.

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