A Few Things I Believe In…

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My wish is to share life’s journey with you all, the ups, downs and even the sideways stuff. I’m a believer in making love not war. I believe in being peaceable with everyone as it makes for a better world….though there are things I won’t tolerate. I believe in positive thinking and trying to see the good in every day no matter how crappy it may have been. I believe a coat of paint makes everything better and that being creative is a gift from God.

I believe in only using organic skin care and makeup and looking after our bodies the best way possible. I believe in living a chemical free life as much as it’s in my control to do so. I believe essential oils can solve or at least help almost every ailment we have. I believe we’ve been given amazing gifts of the earth from God yet not enough people seem to be aware of this.

I believe one day we’ll live in a peaceful world where evil doesn’t exist. I believe most people are good. I believe being kind far outweighs being right. I believe a smile can make the difference to someones day. I believe in being a dreamer as there’s enough negativity in this world to drown you if you let it.

I believe you should tell your children you love them every day no matter what’s happened. I believe in making big and small memories with our children. I believe you’re never too old to chase a new dream. I believe old dogs can learn new tricks. I believe we can all learn from each other.

I believe in late nights and sleeping in. I believe in going to bed with a good book and a drink on a Saturday night far outweighs the nightlife. I believe the older you get the more you appreciate the quiet life. I believe there is someone for everyone.

I believe music makes the world go round and your heart sing. I believe the eyes are the windows to the soul of a person. I believe we are who we’re meant to be. I believe in making things beautiful. I believe……I BELIEVE.

Michelle x

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A Catch Up….

I can’t believe I’ve done it again!! Yep I’ve completely forgotten about this poor little old blog of mine that I’ve had forever and it’s been 6 weeks since posting! Believe it or not there was a time I used to post two to three times a week and fill you in on all the weeks happenings. Well it’s time to get things back on track. I miss writing, sharing and chatting with you all so I’m going to do my best to be regular again because I really do have some great projects happening at the moment I want to share with you. Some of you may have seen a few sneak peeks over on instagram….now if you’re not following me on ig yet then pop over and you’ll find me as ma_bellevie_ and I’d love to see you there.

For today however I thought I’d fill you in on what’s been happening around here the last few weeks and have a little catch up.

Well first of all the most exciting thing is we’ve launched our online store!! Yey! I’ve been working towards this for the last 18 months and while we don’t have a lot of products yet we are offering our two essential oil blends called Frankie’s Blendz in Mama’s Mojo and Unwind and you can find them over at Beyond Your Mirror where we also offer a range of skincare and makeup consultations…..pop over and check it out, I’d love to know your thoughts. You can read more about Frankie’s Blendz here.

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Let me see what else has been happening….we got the kids their new bikes in time for school so as soon as it starts to cool down they can ride to and from school. We got Francis a really cool Hot Wheels bike that he loves and Bec went for a colourful stripey bike that neither Chris or I thought in a million years she’d go for as she’s such a tomboy….and she’s already punctured two inner tubes!! Go figure….Chris is actually thinking there might be something in the tire itself that punctured the second inner tube so he’s going to investigate further.

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Getting ready for a test ride

We’ve also been really busy setting up the house to make it a home and as I said before if you follow along on ig you may have seen a few pieces of furniture we were gifted a few weeks ago. We have been really blessed since coming back home from Tassie with no furniture. We’ve managed to find some op shop pieces and revamp them, bought quite a few things from Kmart….got to love Kmart these days. I loved Kmart in my teens and 20’s but I love them even more now……found a couch on gumtree for free and were gifted everything else. The only main piece of furniture still left to get is a bed for Chris and I as we’re still on our Kmart style Eurobed which I have to say is pretty comfy but I am looking forward to getting a normal bed again. I’d love to try the Koala Bed and Mattress as I’ve heard great things about them…..So if anyone from Koala wants to help me out just get in touch lol 😉

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Bec’s room….her bed was an op shop find which I painted, her bedside table desk and bookshelf (desk and bookshelf not shown) are all from Kmart and a friend gave us her chest of drawers which you can’t see in this pic…
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Koala bed and mattress which I’m dying to try and have heard great things about…Again if anyone from koala is out there reading this leave me a message 😉

I’ve been picking up my French lessons with the help of the Babbel app and I have to admit I’m surprised how much I remember from high school and how well I’m picking it up again. This is going to come in very handy when we eventually get to France is a few years. If you’ve been following me for a while then you know I’m a self confessed Francophile and love everything about France and her culture and have been wanting to go there for as long as I can remember. So I’m still setting the house up with alot of French influence and trying to get the family in on learning French but Chris does the most embarassing French impersonation ever lol….I’ve told him if he shames be up I think the French will forgive me killing him out of complete mortification hehe…..

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Remembering lots of my high school french with the help of Babbel…..
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Source ~ Pinterest….hoe gorgeous is this french kitchen….I’ve been in love with it for years….I’ll be sharing our house in a tour soon.

And the not so pleasant events of the last five days is gastro is going throught the house big time. Poor Francis came down with it Saturday afternoon after the meeting and has only just managed to keep food down, drink lots, talk and move around for the first time in five days. He was so sick we were having to carry him to the loo as he simply had no energy to even lift his arms. He’s never been this ill with gastro before and it’s really hit him this time round. Everyone else came down with it overnight and although I was feeling quite nauseated myself yesterday I kept drinking my water with Digestzen (doterra) in it and that helped immensely ease the nausea and I’m pretty sure it killed the bugs too. Up until going to bed last night I could tell me stomach was undecided as to which way it was going to go but thankfully this morning when I woke up the nausea was gone and I was feeling much better. If you’re wanting to know more about essential oils, leave me a comment and I’ll get in touch, plus you can go to my website here and learn more about the oils and order any that interest you. I’ll be doing some regular posts on the oils over the next few months as there’s so many and they all have amazing benefits.

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My poor little man was so sick, thankfully he’s coming good today
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Honestly I truly feel this is the main reason I was saved from the gastro bug and it’s my go to with even a little indigestion….it works so quickly.

Well…I think we’re pretty much caught up friends though I’m sure I’ll remember something later today that I was going to tell you about but I’ll be sure to share it on ig. Oh, if you follow me on Facebook then I’m about to do a new page linked to this blog. It seems for whatever reason Facebook under no circumstances will let me change my current page name I started years ago so I’ve decided to start a new page yet I feel like I’m letting go of a baby with my old page as I’ve had it so long and there’s always the chance not everyone will hear about the new page and follow along. However….que sera, sera as the song goes, we’ll see what happens and I’ll be sure to share the new Facebook page with you all here. Ok I’m off for now as I’ve got some work to do around the house and on fb and ig….it’s been so good catching up and I promise I’ll be back soon.

Michelle x

 

 

12 Months Going Gray Update…..

Hi lovelies how’s things going? I hope you all enjoyed the last post on Raw Beauty Naturally and if you haven’t read it yet you can find it here. And for those of you who have read it I’m so glad you liked it and I hope you have found it easy to decide which products to try. I love them all.

Anyhoo today I’m wanting to talk about going grey!! If you’ve been following me for a while then you know last January I decided I wasn’t going to colour my hair any more as it was suffering terribly from years of colour abuse. You can read all about it here. When I started I wasn’t really sure how I was going to feel about it as I was so used to covering the grays and keeping my hair blonde to disguise how thin it really is. I was also one of those people who said they’d never be gray! But let me tell you what I’ve discovered in the last twelve months.

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This was the last time I was blonde before leaving for Tassie…
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This was the last time I dyed my hair. It was after we got to Tassie and I couldn’t afford the salon so I dyed it back to my ‘natural colour’

In the twelve months since letting my natural hair colour return and the grays along with it I’ve saved a ton of money from going to the salon to have my regrowth done every eight weeks, my hair has healed and is almost back at its natural colour and I feel like a burden has been lifted. Let me explain. Society tells us that gray hair on men is distinguished yet gray hair on women makes them look haggard therefore women all over the world feel as though they have to keep up with colouring to be acceptable by society, despite the chemical overload from colouring that enters our bloodstream and disrupts hormones, despite hair falling out and breaking off from over processing (I’ve experienced both!) and despite perhaps not having the finances to keep up the up keep of colouring our hair.

Now don’t get me wrong I’m not here to tell you to stop colouring your hair. If that’s your thing and you love it and want to keep doing it then absolutely that’s your choice, I was just like that only 12 months ago myself. But if like me you’ve had enough of colouring and want to let those beautiful silvers or white hair come through then I say go for it. It definitely feels a little daunting at first especially when you’ve been colouring for so long but once you let go of that attachment to hair colour you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about.

Honestly I’ve never felt more comfortable in my own skin and for me the process is happening a lot slower than I thought it would. I actually thought I might be completely gray by the end of my 12 month challenge but surprisingly the majority of my hair is now my natural colour which is an ash brown and the silvers coming through just give it natural highlights. I do still have a little of the old colour that’s still growing out, mostly around the top of my hair and that’s just because my hair takes forever to grow but the rest of it is my new natural colour.

Now I’ve definitely had a few looks over the last year when friends have noticed the grays coming through and I could see them thinking ‘girl you need to get your roots done’ but little did they realize I was happily letting the gray come through. Going gray does NOT mean your letting yourself go, it does NOT mean you’ve given up on life and can’t be bothered looking after yourself any more and it does NOT mean your husband won’t find you attractive any more if you have silver/gray hair coming through. What it does mean is that you’ve made a conscious decision to firstly put yourself first and stop filling your body with chemicals, secondly it does mean you’ve decided to let your hair be and heal and come back into its own beauty, remember that saying about a woman’s hair being her crown of glory??? Well some of you might not but I do. Thirdly it does mean you’ve allowed yourself to age gracefully and to be just as distinguished and wise as those men with gray hair.

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3 months after I last dyed my hair and you can just see the silvers starting to come through

I have embraced my silvers that are coming through and continue to show up each day. I swear they pop up overnight sometimes and that’s fine as it’s like a nice little surprise when I see new ones. I think I’m going to take after my mum and her mum and be very silver or salt and pepper and that’s perfectly fine with me. With my hashimoto’s condition one of the major side effects is hair loss and that is another reason I decided to stop colouring my hair. I told my husband I’d rather have a healthy head full of gray hair than half a head full of coloured hair! That there was another game changer for me and although there are times I miss my blonde hair and occasionally I’ve thought ‘hmmm wonder if I should go back to blonde’ I then remember all the reasons I gave up colouring my hair in the first place and at the top of my list is my health. SO no, while the thought crosses my mind at times there’s no way I’m going back to colouring my hair. Besides I can’t wait to see where this new colour is going to go and how long it’s going to take until I’m completely gray.

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Taken in October….a few more silvers coming through but less than I was expecting after 10 months of not colouring
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Taken today 24th January 2019…..definitely a few more than October but still going slow and steady

So lovelies, what do I want you to take away from this…..I want you to feel comfortable if you’re ready to let those beautiful silvers and grays come through and embrace them. Yes you’re going to feel a little unsure as I was but think how refreshing it’ll be to not have to go to the salon every eight weeks or more if you’re hair grows fast and think how much more money you’ll have for better things like pedicures or green beauty products you’ve been wanting to try…..so be proud about your grays and there’s a whole community of ladies on ig sharing their stories of going gray too so don’t ever think you’re alone, we’re here to support you along the way.

Having said all that I can’t wait to see what the next twelve months of going gray will look like and I’ll be sure to keep on sharing as it happens. Take care lovelies and I’ll catch you all again very soon.

Au revoir

Michelle x

 

Orange & Poppy Seed Muffins….

Hey everyone how’s your week been? Can you believe it’s Friday already? I’m so glad it’s the weekend as I’ll get to spend some time with hubby, he’s been working his ass off six days a week lately so it’ll be nice for some quality time as a family.

Today I wanted to share one of my fave muffin recipes from my Lola Berry, The Happy Cook Book. It’s such an easy recipe, completely paleo therefore being wheat, dairy, gluten and most other things free which I love as well as being nice and filling which makes them a great breakfast muffin if you’re on the run. I actually had one for breakfast myself this morning. I shared these over on ig account @michelleshealthylifeadventure so if you want some more inspiration you can head there or my ig account attached to my blog here……ok I’m digressing lets get on with it shall we.

Recipe

1/2 cup almond meal                                                                                                                          1/4 cup coconut flour                                                                                                                              1/4 cup arrowroot flour                                                                                                                          1tsp baking powder (gf)                                                                                                                        2 heaped tbsp poppy seeds                                                                                                                    4 eggs at room temperature                                                                                                                  pinch of salt flakes                                                                                                                                  1/2 cup maple syrup (or honey)                                                                                                            1/4 cup coconut oil melted                                                                                                                    1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (I quite often cheat and use a good quality one like Nudie Juice from the farmers market)                                                                                                zest of one orange (feel free to omit)

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees (375F) and line an 8-hole muffin tin with patty pans. (I like my muffins a little bigger so use a 6-hole muffin tin)

Put all the ingredients into a big bowl, stir well until there are no lumps then scoop the mixture into patty pans. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes. (If you have a super hot oven like mine then you may only need 20 minutes….you’ll see mine are a little dark from being in for 25 minutes!!) To check if they’re cooked through insert a skewer and if it comes out clean you’re good to go.

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My all time fave cookbook that I constantly come back to. You can see my muffins are a little dark…..no they’re not burnt just dark from being in the oven just 5 mins too long….I might even need 15 minutes next time..

So there you have it a really quick, easy, healthy muffin that good for morning tea, afternoon tea, breakfast or any time you feel like you need a muffin.

It’s been forever since I shared a recipe so I’m hoping you like this one and a big thank you to Lola for letting me share it with you.

Have a great day everyone I’ll catch you soon….take care.

Au revoir

Michelle x

 

A Little Revamping….

Bonjour lovelies, ca va? How are you all going? I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post!! I’ve been trying to pull this house together and find us all the furniture we need on a budget. Funds are tight since we got home so there’s going to be a fair bit of revamping going on but that doesn’t bother me as you all know I love to revamp.

Today I thought I’d share a quick post on my daughter’s bed. She’s been sleeping on a folder bed since before we left tassie and with her visiting family in Broome I thought now was the time to buy her a ‘new’ bed and organize her room for her as a surprise while she’s away. Let me just say I should have taken a before pic of her room to give you an idea of the transformation but I didn’t think of it at the time. Her room was a disaster and I honestly didn’t know where to start to tackle the mess. Any I’m digressing….I was home the other day when hubby called and said he was heading to the salvo’s between jobs to see if they had any decent furniture and he found a cream (yuck hate cream lol) pipeline bed for $40!! So I met him there and my first thought was ‘yuck, yeah not happening’ lol….mostly because the bed was scratched and had marks all over it. There was a different wooden bed there that I liked better and after hubby almost pulling the whole thing apart to buy I changed my mind back to the pipeline bed lol……believe me, he could have killed me……now in my defense I liked the wooden bed but whoever attached the slats did a shonky job and the gaps between were too big. Also as hubby was pulling it apart I realized I could paint the pipeline bed!!

I liked the shape of the pipeline bed and as I stood there looking at it I remembered a few years back I’d used Rust-oleums Gloss Spray Paint and really liked it. SO that was the moment I thought, ‘yep I can make this how I want it.’ Of course then I had to tell  hubby to leave the wood bed and we’re taking the pipeline bed……lol too funny really……we dropped the bed home, hubby went back to work and I headed to Bunnings with Francis to track down the right colour. Now our Bec loves blue but the only blue they had was a boring old dark blue, so I chose a nice blue/green colour called seaside, which I think suits her considering how much she loves the beach.

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There is so much you can do with this paint…

We headed home and I got to work straight away sanding back the gloss off the cream paint. Again I didn’t take a before pic (why do I never remember) before I started sanding but I was so happy with it after the sanding….even just sanding it back made such a big difference.

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After sanding back the old gloss….it was very quick and easy to get done.

It didn’t take long to sand back the bed at all which I was grateful for because it was a warm day. I then hosed off all the debris and let it dry fully before applying the first coat of paint.

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Gorgeous colour and I know Bec will love it…

It’s amazing the rig up I have to do when I want to do these things as I never seem to end up with a workshop when we move house but I manage to get things done any way. I figure it’s best to do spray painting outside in the open where there’s plenty of ventilation. So I had to wait an hour between coats and I had to spin each side around as well to cover it evenly. I have to admit the last spray paint job I did, didn’t come out too well but that’s because I did it all wrong and I’ve since learned that short overlapping strokes get the best results and it’s so true. Even hubby was really impressed when he came home from work and saw the results. I left it outside over night to fully dry before bringing it in the next day.

Once I sorted out the disaster of cyclone Bec and Eva in the bedroom the next morning and almost all afternoon I finally got the bed in there and arranged her bedroom so it would work well for her. In between paint drying I also took a trip to Kmart and bought a bedside table and lamp for her room as well……just a bit spoiled but she has no idea yet.

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It was hard to get good lighting in here as her rooms a tight fit….

I’m absolutely loving the way the bed came up and I can’t believe I haven’t bought more beds because I thought I couldn’t ‘fix’ them. The bedside table and lamp are what I bought at Kmart. I’m determined to show how you can completely decorate your home on a budget after all we can’t all afford or have the budget for designer furniture.

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The picture on the wall was done by a very talented friend of mine who created a Monet inspired pic for me and I think she did an awesome job…

Her drawers were also given to us by the same friend who did the painting and they’re a really good size. I think she’s going to love it when she gets home and I can’t wait to see the look on her face.

Now that Bec’s room is sorted I’m on the look out for some dining chairs to revamp as the ones we have are so uncomfortable plus we only have 5 of them and need six to eight at least……Well lovelies I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, I feel like it’s been forever since I did a revamp post and I really need to get back to doing more of them as I really do love doing them. If you’ve got any questions on the paint or how to get the best results then leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you……take care for now and I’ll be back soon.

Au revoir

Michelle x

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Back Home, Making A Home….

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Bonjour, bonjour lovelies and how are you all going? It’s just shy of month since my last post and as I had so much to do in Tassie before coming home I simply didn’t have time to do any more blog posts before packing the computer away.

Well we are back home in Western Australia and have been for two weeks now and I have to admit it’s good to be home though I am still on Tassie time and miss everyone very much. I know I’ve said I would do a post on what went wrong in Tassie but I’ve decided against it because I only want to remember my time there for the positive factors and not the negative. I’m also a big believer that if you keep looking back you’ll never move forward. So here we are, safely home and in our new house which as I said on IG today when I first saw it I wasn’t overly fond of it but after a second look and moving in, it’s grown on me rather quickly. It has a lot of potential for me to transform it into a home and not just a house and I’m looking forward to doing that very much. Actually this house has definitely stirred the creative mojo that I haven’t felt in quite some time and I’m motivated to get started already. However, we are still acquiring furniture so it’s going to be a slow process but I did find some gorgeous Protea prints at Kmart the other day and I’ve hung them in our entry way. As soon as I saw them I knew I wanted them in the entry way. I’ve found a gorgeous look on Pinterest a few years ago now that I’ve always wanted to replicate and now I actually have an entry way I can do it with, with my own twist of course.

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Source ~ Pinterest….I absolutely love this look and have been waiting for ages to replicate it…that bench seat is to divine and I’m hoping it wont be too hard to find one similar…
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The start of my entry way…I love these protea prints and they just draw you in…I can’t help but stare at them lol….I’m considering another set for the main bathroom…..

So as you can see I have a starting point and who knows how long it will take to complete but I’m in no rush as I’d rather find the right pieces I want than any old thing. I also got the two door stops from Kmart as both doors inadvertently slam shut when the breeze is up. Nice natural, clean colours that will fit with any decor. As gorgeous as the Pinterest pic is I probably won’t have much in the way of blankets or cushions on my seat just yet as we’re heading into summer and they’re not really needed at the moment. But being as I have a slight obsession with cushions there’s bound to be plenty come autumn/winter and early spring.

I haven’t really taken any pics of the house as yet simply because it’s mostly empty but I will be sharing over on my ig account @maisonchicdesigns…….now I know I’ve got one ig account linked to the blog but I’m not sure if it will let me link two but I’m going to give it a go that way you can see what’s happening on both accounts here on the blog. If that doesn’t work then I have an idea in mind that I’ll share later down the track.

Well lovelies I wanted to pop in and say hi and let you know where we’re at now we’re home. I have a green beauty round-up post for the year coming very soon so stay tuned for that. There will be a lot more decor posts in the coming year as well as all the regular revamping and other bits I love to share with you all. It’s so good to be back and I can’t wait to post again….who knows, I might have some more of that entry way done 🙂

Take care lovelies and I’ll catch you all soon…..

Au revoir pour le moment

Michelle x

 

Moving Out & Going Home….

Bonjour lovelies……well I hope you all enjoyed my last post. It seems it resonated with a lot of you and I’m so glad it did as sometimes we just need a little reminder and in writing about Looking After Your Soul I’m reminding myself as well, which I find I need to do regularly as it’s so easy to forget to look after yourself when you’re busy looking after everyone else.

So we are now down to ten days before we hit the road to go home to Western Australia. When Chris first left 8 weeks ago it seemed it would be forever until we were able to go home and be with him again but here we are almost there. He’s coming home this Sunday but the kids think he’s coming home next Wednesday. I wanted to surprise them and I think he should be prepared for the kids to literally knock him off his feet. Plus I’ll be helping with that too lol….It’s been a hard couple of months without Chris here and I’m so glad it’s almost over and I’m back with my hubby…..lots of time to make up for.

We officially leave Tassie on the 24th November and land back home on the 29th November……I have loved and hated living in our little chateau. It really has had some challenges like inadequate heating, drafty, leaking roofs, up to seven roosters all crowing at the same time of morning (usually 4am! and none belonging to us) and a freight train that comes through up to four times a night and throughout the day. The train I’ve actually come to like though and we all sleep through it now but that first week was a nightmare.

Our Chateau

I’ve also loved living in a house that has so much history and character to it. I can honestly say I’ve never lived in a 170 year old house before and probably wont again lol….not because I wouldn’t but because they’re just not on offer over home. The peace and quiet out here is amazing and we’ve been spoilt for views of Mt Wellington covered in snow which we can see from our driveway. The landscape out here is amazing as well, it’s so green in the cooler months and seeing all the new chicks being born is lovely. We’ve experienced frosty mornings to the point the car has been frozen over with ice and I’ve had to wait for the car to warm up and melt it so I can drive to school. Not something we have to worry about in W.A.

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I will absolutely miss this view.
 

Frosty mornings and a trip to the snow on Mt Wellington were just a few ways we spent the winter months and we enjoyed it though it was absolutely freezing. However now it’s time to head back west to the sunshine, sand, surf and the best beaches you could ask for. I plan to spend as much time as possible at the beach this year and soak up all the vitamin D my poor system missed out on this year.

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Busselton foreshore….one of the best places to be in the summer…
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The jetty at Busselton Beach is 2km long and is a great walk as well…

I have to admit I’m super excited to go home to see friends and family, spend time with the kids and Chris at the beach and start a whole new routine. I’m looking to start a healthier routine with the kids too by starting our mornings off with a walk at the beach. They will absolutely love that idea. I have missed home a lot this year, especially through the tough times but thankfully I’ve had some amazing friends to get me through, so I’ll be sad to say goodbye and leave them behind but happy for what lies ahead.

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Home…..beautiful Western Australia….

Au revoir for now lovelies and take care…

Michelle x