Let’s limp into 2020 by Saying Goodbye to Half-Dead 2019!

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It’s been a damn doozy of a year, hasn’t it? What’re some of the stuff we’ve done around here? Well…
This year we made a lot of food, starting with sweet and savoury chickpeas to snack on and our personal favourite around here, Feta Me Meli for some sweet and crispy feta goodness. We also kept the sweet treat train going with three-ingredient mousse and apple galettes. Look I’m not one to toot my own horn but TOOT-DAMN-TOOT these apple galettes are so damn good, especially with maple. But let’s not forget Halloween month where we worked with apples again and made black caramel apples then a spooky platter with sweet, salty and savoury to enjoy before topping it off with some Bat Outta Meatloaf.

 

Speaking of Halloween, we also did some fancy nail effects- reptilian, dragonlike scale claw nails and branded/scorched ‘cross’ nails. I also shared some of the US-based places I’d love to go to for Halloween!

 

We also started a YouTube channel of the highest quality! It included a little summer makeup chuck, kit or keep and reviews of Sephora’s Gimme Some Lip pack and a Brand Spotlight of FLOWER Beauty. Not only did we do another review, this time for NARS lipstick pencils, but we also listed some realistic ways to take some years off (if you so feel the need to) and just posted a simple skincare routine.

 

Yes, I also had to share my love of Marvel by reviewing Sephora’s awesome brushes and giving some [read: ranting] theories on who would live vs die in Avengers: Endgame – and some I was actually right about!

Finally, I nudged you to try to use Pinterest’s secret boards and cooed over the Peace Island game, which is where I got the cute postcards from above!

 

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One of our last posts this year was to give you some tips in summer blackouts, but really for any blackouts. Unfortunately, I was editing the post just as we were devastated by fires here in eastern Australia. The toll on every part of life here has been affected, including animals and their homes. You might have heard how Lewis the koala had to be put down because of his burns along with half of the koala population in Port Macquarie have died and 80% of their habitat destroyed. While they aren’t “functionally extinct” yet, as previously stated, they do need our help and a great way you can bring awareness or donate is to the Australian Koala Foundation, the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie and Koalas In Care.

 

This is the last from us for 2019! We’ll be back in January 2020 with some new stuff, so for any updates and ramblings, follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Stay safe, eat well and we’ll see you in 2020!

Places I Want to go for Halloween: USA Edition

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Four weeks until Australia doesn’t celebrate a cool holiday that actually has an interesting history behind it. So when I was thinking of posts for this spooky month, I realised there were so many places in the world I would love to go for October and especially Hallows’ Evening. Naturally I came up with so many that it would be impossible to list them all in one post; even my US locations were going to be a long post, so for today I picked five – all in different states – to show you today.

 

 

All these are public areas (except Greystones interior, you need a permit) so you can freely wander and take pictures if allowed. Be mindful if you do visit these places to be respectful of the residents and your surroundings – I know it’s stupid I bring it up but.. people are stupid.

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10 Creepy Places in Brisbane

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A Halloween-themed month wouldn’t be complete without some city haunts, so I thought I would list some well-known, and maybe some not-so-well-known haunts around Brisbane. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, or maybe just want to learn about some creepy places around, let us highlight some places that don’t even include Boggo Road Gaol!

 

Some of these places might not be available to the public or have their own rules about entering. Remember to do additional research before you go to any of these places and always be respectful.

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Take Me To… Stockholm

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Let’s fly up to Sweden. Dip our toe in the in the wonderland of Scandinavia by going to our first stop Stockholm, Sweden’s capital.
Take me to see how the creative and Eurovision royalty excel in everything from the arts to treating men and women like actual equals!
Ah, Sweden..

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Let’s Talk About Adelaide

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Adelaide has a problem; it’s boring. Well, it’s always touted as just that. Searching the term always brings up some fun results and even one of the major radio stations back in the day, Triple J, tried to help turn it around with an “Adelaide: It’s Okay!” campaign that was hilarious and tried very hard to help Adelaide with its boring label.

It also has that “serial killer capital” label hanging around its head that even Dexter Morgan himself, Michael C. Hall, shot a promo stating it.

A place can’t be boring and an (alleged) serial killer paradise though, can it? Only if it’s so boring that’s why people are going bananas and offing each other.

 

 

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Such a beautiful place to strangle someone.

 

I’ve been a few times to Adelaide and come back with different stories and experiences, and while my time there was only fleeting, I hope that if you do find yourself in The City Of Churches that my handy guide will help you around.

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Take Me To… Paris

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Take me to Paris! Take me to fill my belly with French sweets, meats, butter, maybe even some wine. Take me to see what the locals do in this iconic city. We can do some of the token, touristy things, but let’s get lost and eat to almost insanity.

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