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PRODUCT REVIEW: O&M Original Detox Shampoo & Conditioner


Hello everyone! I haven’t done a product review in a fair few months, so I thought it was about time to deliver another one.

For those who know me, washing my hair is my least favourite thing to do. It takes too much time and more often than not, you’re nearly ALWAYS doing something that isn’t good for it; too much GHD, applying too much product, washing too often or not enough. So, clearly there isn’t a good balance in what you should or shouldn’t be doing.

For a couple of years now I used a shampoo and conditioner that only requires me washing my hair once a week and it’s been working for me extremely well. But in the world of beauty blogging, you’re forced to try different different brands and not every shampoo and conditioner combo has passed the once a week challenge, til now…

Say hello to Original Mineral (O&M) Original Detox Shampoo & Conditioner


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DEAR FRIDAY: Saw a shooting star and thought of you


Dear Joe
We’ve had a tough week. It really wasn’t much fun. But I loved you throughout the entire week.

Dear LC
You’ve been overly affectionate this week and it’s a good change from you being sick from last week. Thank goodness it wasn’t anything as serious as we thought it was. You need to go on a diet. Like, yesterday.

Dear Andre
I’m sorry I haven’t had much time to play with you. Last week was ridiculous and even I couldn’t keep up! Next week, a change of pace and everyone is getting spoiled.

Dear Sydney Roosters
I won’t be at the game this year because I’m stuck in the office til 10:30pm tonight. I’ll be cheering you on in spirit. GO THE ROOSTERS!

Dear New Baby Nephew
Welcome to the world little guy! Everyone is so excited that you’re finally here!

Dear Nails
You are horrendous and I can’t wait to receive my new nail products in the mail so I can finally get back into proper nail care. This is ridiculous!

Listening to Katy Perry’s ‘This Is How We Do’…

Katy Perry: “This goes out to all the ladies who went home with a 10 and woke up with a 2…”
Reese: “I went home with a 10 and I woke up with a… what Joe?”
Joe: [half listening] “An eleven!”


WHAT I PACKED FOR BALI: Toiletries


I’m guessing this is what you’ve all been waiting for… What was in my toiletries bag.

One thing I will say before I go ahead with this post is that I – DID – overpack. I did. Some of this stuff wasn’t even used but I thought it was better off bringing it along that not having it at all.

With regards to makeup, I didn’t bring a lot of it and I wanted to avoid packing department store . Just the essentials: waterproof eyeliner pencil, mascara, one eyeshadow palette, waterproof brow pencil, a lip liner, one small set of makeup brushes (I took the EcoTools Essential Eye Set, which you can buy from Priceline) and lipcolour (which I didn’t decide on til the day before we left). That was it. I didn’t want to wear too much makeup but I did want to look a little polished. Joe and I didn’t stay in backpacker hostels, we stayed in a resort which was designed for couples. (PS. There will be a post of our travels coming soon!)

Take a look at what I brought with me…

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WHAT I PACKED FOR BALI: First Aid Kit


A lot of what I brought in our first aid kit was influenced by Styling You‘s newbie’s guide to Bali. So, many thanks for all your advice and tips Nikki.

One thing I learned researching what to pack or a first aid kit always think sterile and disposable. So things to keep wounds and cuts clean, your hands clean and of course, your body clean. We always have to keep in mind that not everywhere operates like Australia and our way of life, so we need to keep in mind, to enjoy our holiday, we need to think twice about everything we do.

This is what I packed in our first aid kit, which I packed in my check-in luggage and then carried everywhere with us in my carry-on


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DEAR FRIDAY: You gotta know how to treat me like a lady, Even when I’m acting crazy


Dear Joe
Thank you for your patience this week. You are such an amazing dude!

Dear LC
So, you’ve been sick most of this week and I have no idea why! I don’t know what you’ve managed to do to yourself but it also doesn’t surprise me in the least. Vet next week!
PS. All this lap sleeping has been awfully cute! ♥

Dear Andre
I don’t know how you get so dirty when 70% of your day is spent in your cage, which is clean. Who only knows what you do when we’re not home.

Dear Canberra
I loved last weekend’s visit, but I wasn’t too impressed about getting lost. Urgh! What an ordeal!

Dear Monroe
We’ve been one amazing team this week. I apologise for my appalling parking skills this week (it’s just off this week) and the fact that you are still covered in dead bugs from last week’s roadtrip to Canberra. We’ll rectify this coming week, I promise!

Dear Upcoming Detox
You don’t like me and I surely don’t like you, but we’ve got to work together. Once it’s over, we’ll never have to deal with each other ever again.

Dear Skin
Thank you for being on your best behaviour this week. I know you’re still recovering from Bali, but I’ve made sure that I’ve paid extra attention to you since. Next week, there will be more rewards.

Dear Reading
This week was just an all round off week. I didn’t get to read a page and I feel really bad about it.

Conversation while Joe is asleep…

Reese: “Did you hear me?”
Joe: “Sorry, wrong number.”


WHAT I PACKED FOR BALI: Check-in


After I wrote on my carry-on post I knew I was going to get asked about what I packed in my check-in luggage.

So let me start off with my actual suitcase: I purchased a 61L suitcase from Roxy Australia for $199.00. While I know it might sound excessive for a short trip, I wasn’t prepared to buy a smaller suitcase for the convienence of it. I knew this wasn’t going to be my last trip, so I figured – buy the larger suitcase so you don’t have to do it again next time. Also, I like suitcases you can find easily on the carousel and I know that Roxy, as well a lot of other surf brands have great designs and patterns on them.
The suitcase has heavy duty zippers, wheels, retractable handle, hard case shell – no pockets – and built-in combination locks that you can reset anytime. On its own, the suitcase weighs 3.8kg which I think is a good weight for a large suitcase.

I wanted to save space in my luggage because I knew I was going to do a lot of shopping overseas. I wanted to pack the basic necessities with me to get me through the trip.

Now, here are the things I packed for our trip…


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DEAR FRIDAY: ‘Cause she’s a goddess, you never got this


Dear Joe
Thank you for such a beautiful birthday. I am SO lucky to have you!

Dear LC
After seeing many cats overseas – homeless, starving and unloved – I’ve come to realise just how spoiled you really are! You have lots of food and fresh water everyday, cuddles and a warm bed to sleep on 24/7. I wish you knew just how lucky you really are!

Dear Andre
You’ve been a very angry bird since we got home. Even when I try and spoil you with affection but you’re just not having any part of it. OK, I get it. We’re in the bad books til you say so.

Dear First Week In My 30′s
It’s been an amazing start so far. I have never been so happy!

Dear Monroe
I missed driving you! So glad to be home and driving you all over Sydney again.

Dear Work
First week back and I’m already missing my holiday. Take me back!

Waking Joe up REALLY early in the morning…

Joe: [ANGRY]
Reese: “Wake up baby…”
Joe: “I WAS DREAMING!”
Reese: “About what…?”
Joe: “Goodberry’s” (Fro Yo place in Canberra)