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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Results of 2016 Goals and 2017 goals

I thought that it was about time that I went over how I went in my goals for the past year. Some went better than others and some I will probably try and improve on this coming year. In fact, all of my goals from last year are going to be the same. Boring, but they are things I need to improve on.

1Get into a decent exercise routine. I did ok with this one up until about August which is when I started to pick up more work. I found I was too tired to exercise once I got home and ran out of time in the mornings. So a bit of a fail on that one. This coming year I'm going to try and work out a routine that I can do as well as work.


2 - Contribute financially. This is one that I actually had a bit of success on - especially in the latter third of the year. I signed up to Education Personnel who gave me a lot more relief work. It was mainly at low decile schools but I loved it. I'm looking forward to working with them again this coming year. My goal is to work on average 3 days a week (start and ends of terms tend to be a bit slower).

3 - Keep house clean and tidy. Um. No. This did not happen. I had plans. But they didn't eventuate. I do think I'm a bit better at putting things away but the house is desperate for a good clean. That's going to be my main goal for this year. Try and get this house in order. Including decluttering and deep cleaning things. I have school holidays that I can do things and I need to stop being lazy and actually do them.

4 - Get my garden under control. For most of 2016 this was a fail. Then when I decided to plant strawberries, tomatoes and peppers I cleared the vege boxes. And then let them get overgrown again. Goal for this year is to keep the areas that we have actually put edging down and the planter boxes under control.

5 - Improve blog. I'm not it's improved as such - but I did post a lot more often. Especially when I was keeping up with the photo challenge. Goal for this year is to post on average twice a week and to comment on other people's blogs. I read so many - the least I can do is comment :)


So there are my goals and how they went last year. They are going to stay the same for this year but you never know, things may well change. In which case, I'll let you know...

Monday, 16 January 2017

Empties Four

So I thought it was time for another empties post. It's been ages since I last did one...It also has a few products that weren't used up but were starting to smell a bit funky.

Rexona Invisible Dry Black and White
Just a standard deodorant. I tend to go to rexona ones. Did its job. Didn't notice any difference in regards to no white marks.

Health Basics Ruby Bay Sunset Body Wash
Love the smell of this. It says that it's rosehip oil and pohutukawa. It's really nice and moisturising on the skin. I love to use Health Basics body wash and tend to go between this and body shop.

Natio Gentle Skin Toner
This was a nice toner, I'd buy it again. Nice and soothing on the skin.

Bath and Body Works Mango and Mandarin Body Splash
I loved this stuff and wish I could get Bath and Body works products in New Zealand. The smell was amazing and I've had it for a long time as I only used it on special occasions. 

Loreal Paris Skin Perfection Serum
As far as budget friendly serums go - this is the best I've found. I'll keep using it for now. Leaves my skin nice and soft.

Garnier BB Cream in Fair for Oily/Combination Skin
I shouldn't have got this. Mainly because I don't have oily/combination skin anymore. Never agreed with me and started to smell funny so getting rid of it. 

Blue Spa Body Lotion
Standard moisturiser that I got in a gift pack a while ago. Skin feels moisturised after using it but nothing special.

BeIndulged English Rose Fragranced Bath and Shower Gel
This would be nice if you like the smell of roses. I do when it's actually on a rose. Don't tend to like it in products though. But it did its job. 

Clinique High Impact Mascara
This was a nice mascara that separated the lashes nicely. I didn't use it up though coz it started to smell funny.

Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturiser with SPF 15
This didn't seem to work for me. Didn't tend to leave my face feeling very moisturised. Liked that it had SPF though. Also, didn't seem to correct my skin tone noticeably. 

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion for Dry/Very Dry Skin
I seriously loved this stuff. It was so nice on my skin. Sunk in so well and left my skin moisturised all day. Quite expensive though which is why I haven't repurchased.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Happy New Year - what's happening on Rosey's Planet this coming year...

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had an amazing festive season! It was our first Christmas just AJ and myself and we had a great day :) Now that AJ's back to work and I've still got a few weeks before any potential relief work I thought I'd get back blogging. Because it's fun 😁

Now, the latter part of 2016 I didn't post nearly as much as I'd originally intended - mainly because I was getting a lot of work (signing up for an agency really works). Therefore I didn't have the extra time to write my blog posts. Which is annoying because I have so many post ideas buzzing around in my head! I've now written them all down so I don't forget them and will write as many as I can in advance and schedule them.

There will be no guaranteed number of posts per week. I'd rather not have the pressure. So some weeks there might be 5 posts and other weeks there'll be 0. It all depends on how things go.

I'm going to try and keep my days themed as the following:


  • Monday - Domestic Day. If I post this day it'll include things like recipes, garden updates, crafting, and things like that. 
  • Tuesday - Travel Tuesday. This is the day dedicated to posts about my past travels. I've been lucky enough to travel to quite a few places and I'd love to share some of our photos and experiences from these places with you. They will be in no particular order - only that I'll post each trips ones together. For example - I'm still working through the posts from our 5 week European holiday that we took back in 2014.
  • Wednesday - Random Ramblings. This is the day where I post things that don't fit in any of my other themes. For example I would post hauls and reviews here. It's a day for all the random things essentially. If I go to a concert or show that was particularly cool (or bad) then I'll post about it on this day. 
  • Thursday - Thursday Thoughts. This is the day where I'll express my opinion on particular things. It may contain political things, religious things, etc. I try not to be controversial but this would be the day that I post things that could potentially be construed as such.
  • Friday - Geeky Goodness. This is the day for all things geeky. There will be board game reviews, posts on geeky swag, geeky clothing etc. Basically, if it's geeky - it'll be posted about on a Friday.
  • Weekends - Weekends are not put aside for any particular theme. They will be for anything. I don't foresee there being many posts on weekends but their there if I need them.

So, those are my plans for 2017 on the blog. I hope you enjoy my future posts where my ultimate goal is for an average of 2 posts a week. Have a fantastic year guys!

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

So I suck at this whole blogging thing...

The title says it all. I probably won't be posting any more this year - if I do then awesome and lucky you guys. And I'm not going to promise anything in regards to how often I post next year. It'll be a wait and see thing.

In the meantime I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and New Year :)

Thursday, 1 December 2016

December on the Blog

So I decided that this month I would post about everything Christmas in my life in addition to finishing up a few series that I've started and keep running out of time to finish. I've decided to postpone the rest of my craft collection series until next year. I will complete the rest of my travel posts from Ireland and do my best to take pictures to complete the photo challenge.
We're staying at home this Christmas to see what it's like with just the two of us. So I'll post about things that I do to prepare and I'll post recipes. I'll also post our decorations and any decorations I see when I'm out and about.
Basically - welcome to a month of Christmas in my life!


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

I Can't Wait to Explore....

I can't wait to explore the following places:


  • South-West USA - For me this includes Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. This is AJ's number one trip that he wants to go on. He loves the desert. I've been to most of these places once before as a child but I'd love to see them as an adult. 

  • Scandinavia - Including Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland. We've been dreaming of this trip for quite a while now. The landscapes look amazing and all Scandinavians that we've met have been the most lovely people. Also, they're really into metal music there so chances are we'd be able to listen to the radio station and actually enjoy the music :)

  • The Mediterranean - Mainly the European side of the Med. Places like Italy, South of France, Spain, Croatia, Greece, and Cyprus. The history in these places looks amazing and the climate seems to be quite pleasant. Maybe a cruise around these places (just not using the brand that sunk a few years back).

  • Japan - This place fascinates me. It has the most amazing landscapes, a fascinating culture and really modern infrastructure next to really old places. Apparently it also has the oldest Inn in the world. I'd like to stay there if I can. 

  • East Coast of the USA - I've been to a lot of the East Coast already - again as a child (I used to live in Upstate New York). I'd love to visit again as an adult. Everywhere from Washington DC north. I'd especially like to go in Autumn when the leaves are changing colour. I'd love to go back to Geneva and see it through an adults eyes. And hopefully see a few of the people that I knew when I lived there back in the day.

  • Canada - I know, it's huge. But I can't narrow down specific places. Everywhere seems to have something that interests me. And AJ. We've found ourselves on Google Maps multiple times just going on imaginary road trips (does anyone else do this?). 

  • Pacific North-West USA - Washington and Oregon. These places look similar to New Zealand in terms of landscape and climate. Seattle looks like a very interesting city too. There's also volcanoes, and volcanoes fascinate me (I do live in Auckland after all...a city built on volcanoes).

  • Queensland - I'd love to go here when we have kids so we can take them to the amusement parks. I also have some good friends who live in the area who I'd love to visit. 

  • Western Australia - AJ has some memories of going there when he was a kid and it just sounds like a nice place to visit. I've also seen pictures from various people who've visited and posted their pictures on Facebook and it really looks amazing.

  • Vietnam - When we watched the Top Gear special a few years a ago that was set in Vietnam we decided that this was a place that we wanted to go. It looks spectacular and completely different culture wise to NZ. There's also direct flights there now from Auckland so easier and cheaper to get to than it used to be. 

  • Dominican Republic - Might seem a bit random compared to other places but one of my oldest friends is from here. From about the age of 12 onwards I would hear her stories of her childhood and all the things that she got up to. It just sounds amazing and I'd love to go explore it for myself. Preferably with her too :)


So there you go. A list of places that I want to explore. I expect the list will grow over time. This is a large world after all. Full of amazing places. 

What places would you like to visit?

Monday, 21 November 2016

My Craft Collection - Washi Tape

So I've developed a bit of an obsession recently with washi tape. It works so well in my card making and since I've started making some Christmas cards it's been making them so much easier than gluing ribbon.
Basically this post is dedicated to all decorative tapes that I have. The first picture is where I keep them (old biscuit tin).
Please ignore the dirty carpet and any hair you see - we moult a lot in this house.