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Celebrating Christmas

Its Christmas day I am on the couch – stomach full to the brim – I have really pushed my limits and eaten way too much. I had high hopes for myself, but I haven’t even drunk one and a half beverages. It’s not a complete failure of holiday festivities –  I still have the rest of the holidays to really enjoy this down time.

Christmas is a holiday period that you just cannot ignore. Stores, houses – hell, even cars, have Christmas decorations. Yes, it’s definitely Christmas.

In the lead up to Christmas some of my friends were in a panic because they were yet to buy gifts for their family, friends, neighbours, teachers – the list of gift recipients was endless.

When I told my “stressed out-desperate to spend money, and buy gifts” friends about my family’s Christmas arrangement, they looked on in horror.

You see, as a family, we have made the conscious decision not to buy each other gifts. There is, however, one caveat – if you are under the age of eighteen, you do get a gift.

I love the Christmas break – it’s a time to put our work tools down and enjoy life. Queensland supplies the summer weather, we eat ridiculous amounts of seafood, mangoes and sugar cane, drink our fair share of adult beverages and just enjoy each others company.

We have no gift buying stress – we are each other’s gift. Our only “stress” is making sure all the food and drinks are fully stocked.

As you get older you rarely remember the gifts you give or are given – it’s the memories that you share that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Wishing you and your family a happy Christmas.


Head Band – Lovisa | Dress – Bohoo

Off Duty, Out And About, Style


During the weekend, I have one rule – NO alarms, all of them should be switched off and phones placed on silent. Why? I want to be able to sleep in for as long as possible. I want to get that much needed beauty sleep that is ever so illusive during the working week.

..But things don’t always go to plan. Often I find I wake up earlier, mostly because my body clock has become accustomed to waking up early. On some occasions though you have neighbours who start mowing at 7am – like, seriously?

I think we have all been in that situation, were you are so desperate to sleep in but some pathetic sods just won’t let you thrive.

You would do something about it, but in the state your in – you might end up getting into a screaming match or worse still catching a case.

On days like this, I suggest you shower, get dressed and head out for breakfast. Whilst at the venue you people watch (people do weird things, sure to put a smile on your face) and order food that you would never have the patience to make yourself.  I also encourage you to consume copious amounts of coffee or freshly squeezed juice.

The end result is you have now had a feed, ventured out the house at an ungodly time and still have the rest of the weekend to enjoy. How can you still be in a bad mood?

That ladies and gentlemen is how you recover from a not so pleasant start to the weekend.

Jacket – Top Shop, Dress – Cotton On, Maternity Stockings – Target, Boots – Witchery