The Intruder

About half an hour ago Cooper alerted me to an immediate threat to our household safety with his 'intruder bark'. You know, the one dogs use when there is someone at the door, or someone parked out front, or a balaclava clad man is scaling the back fence. I went out back to see what was wrong and I found him standing near the fence barking at a rock. Here's what was putting all of our safety at risk......


1. One day I am really going to have to learn how to use my camera, sorry for the dodgy shots.

2. In case you didn't notice we haven't had the backyard landscaped yet. One day we will, I'm just not sure how soon it is going to be.....

xx Tamsyn

J'aime la France

Right now I am completely obsessed with all things French. And I do mean completely.... to the point where I am wishing I had bought an old house instead of building a new one so that I could decorate with a French Vintage Flair.

Here's some of the things that are inspiring me from Etsy this week....

1. Turquoise and Bittersweet Journal

2. Cottage Style Eiffel Tower Merci Card

3. Mini Print Set

4. Marie Antionette French Paper Bundle

5. French Love Quote

6. Vintage French Linen Pillow

7. Soap

8. Paris is for Lovers - Fine Art Print

Au revoir,

Tamsyn xx

Another Quick Getaway

This week the Big Man and I took a quick up to Hervey Bay, the Big Man went for work and I tagged along so that I could catch up with my sister and her family. I love any excuse to catch up with my sister and hanging out with my niece is one of my favourite things in the world. She is such a darling and so funny. The things that she comes out with are adorable, but I wont bore you with them seeing as anyone with their own children or nieces or nephews will know exactly what I mean!

We took Cooper with us as well, he really likes being at the Big Man's parents house and always makes himself at home in his favourite chair.

I was completely slack and didn't make any effort to catch up with any of my friends, but I figure that seeing as it was a week night, no-one would have really felt like getting up to too much anyway.

T xx

Happy Blog-aversay to Me!

Yep, that's right. It has been one year today. I have been so focused on all of the natural disasters that our country is throwing at us that I almost didn't notice.

I have been quite slack with my blogging lately, but I really do love having a place that I can share how I am feeling, what's happening in my life and all of the things that are grabbing my attention at any particular moment. I plan on making this year's blogging a little bit more regular than last years!

Here's a quick recap of My (not so) Perfect Life's existence.

February 2008 of course saw the birth of my blog. I also celebrated Valentine's Day with a less than romantic fiance, made cute labels for my kitchen jars, promised to get married and drooled over a cake that my Sister found on Martha Stewart.

In March I only blogged once, but it was a very a very special post because I showed off my newly purchased bridesmaid's dresses and spilled the details on my 'dates' with the Big Man.

I didn't blog at all in April or May...... I will make up for it this year, I promise!!

I got myself into gear in June and started the month by posting pictures of my muddy puppy and the ribbon caddy that I decorated. The rest of the month was punctuated with highs and lows, we had a trip to Heron Island planned, Little Miss Ava was flown down to the intensive care unit at the Royal Brisbane and my Mother-in-law and I went to Mt Buller, but it didn't snow.

July was my best blogging month of the year, with a whopping 13 posts! I realised that starting a weight loss blog had more hurdles that I first thought, I gave my blog a make-over, thought about eloping, started a diet, opened up and admitted to a serious weight problem as well as my battle with depression, posted an update on our home, dedicated an entire post to wedding preparations, wondered if getting pregnant before my wedding would be a good idea, posted a cute photo of Cooper feeling the cold and posted another cute photo of Cooper being a baby.

August was a month full of positives. I wrote my first Smily Saturday post and we finally moved into our new home. I also managed to buy more shoes that I needed for my wedding and wrote about the adorable things that my neice says.

In September the Big Man and I got married!! This meant that there really wasn't much time for blogging... I did get a chance to write about two very special birthdays though.

October was a great month for the Big Man and I. We went on our honeymoon, enjoyed spending time in our new home and wondered if Cooper would ever learn.

Not much happened on my blog in November because we still didn't have the internet at home, but I did make the most of the web whilst I was in Hervey Bay and then posted a quick update on what we had been up to during the month.

We got our internet back in December and I started to post a bit more regularly. Some of the highlights were, a fun personality based gift guide, more cute Cooper photos, a smiley Saturday post about lazy Saturdays, my finished Christmas cards, I did my first meme (fittingly it was all about firsts!), even more cute photos of Cooper dressed up in Christmas gear and snapshots of my very, very messy kitchen.

In January I did the obligatory New Year's resolution post and also did the Top 100 Aussie Things meme.

Looking back, I feel like I had a great year. Here's to 2009!

xxoo T

Victorian Bushfire Appeal

I don't think that there is much I can say that hasn't already been said......

It still shocks me to think that a disaster of this proportion can happen in our own country, and I am all too aware of how lucky I am that none of my family or friends live in the fire affected regions of Victoria.

Below are several links to places that we can make donations or links to information on how we can help out in other ways.

Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal

4BC Breakfast Adopts Eaglehawk

Coles To Donate Friday's Profits

A Pair of Love Birds


The other day when I was drooling over all of the gorgeous home wares on Etsy I came across these two little love birds.

I've waited and waited and they finally arrived today....... and they are even cuter than in the photo.

I haven't decided what to do with them yet. I originally planned on using them to keep rings and earings, but now I'm not sure. In the meantime I have them on display in my living room.

I am one hundred percent competely obsessed with Etsy at the moment and I go on there at least 3 times a day to see what has been recently listed. Let me know if you have any favourite sellers for me to check out!

xx Tamsyn