Random Little Things

Random Little Things

I was trying to come up with a title for this post but was struggling. I just wanted to share some things I’ve liked over the past few months. I always liked doing my monthly favourites post, and I haven’t done any pretty much in a year. So get ready for a random post where I just talk about some little things that I liked recently.

Bao Boy

I have recently gone back to work after half a year’s maternity leave. On one of my breaks, I decided to wander around and saw a few new digs. I wandered into this one, thinking it was a cafe, but it’s a Japanese style restaurant. They do dumplings, noodles and all sorts. What caught my eye was the donuts, cause I wanted a sweet pick me up. They were deep fried milk bun donuts, coated in cinnamon sugar, condensed milk, and drizzle. It was soooo good. I definitely want to head back and try some of their savoury dishes too.

Colin the T-Rex

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Another place I hadn’t visited in a while was Avalon Park. It’s a really big park near us, with an amazing playground, mini golf, grassy areas, and they recently redid the pond. It looks beautiful, but my favourite part is the t-rex in the middle. There’s a sign that says his name is Colin.

Finale Bouquet

If you’re ever in Wellington, you have to visit Te Papa. It’s the national museum of New Zealand, and there’s just so much cool exhibitions on. On my first trip with the kids there since I’ve been back, they had this new art exhibit up called the Final bouquet. It’s a simple idea, but the execution is so mesmerizing.

So yeah, these are some random little things I’ve liked recently. What’s something that made you a little happy recently?

Angela.

OOTD Bloopers

I just thought it would be fun to share some of the pictures that don’t make the final cut. Since I use a tripod, I rely on self-timer, and sometimes I just don’t make it. Other times, the photos just don’t come out as I want them to 🙂

A Lazy Sunday OOTD

The first one is too blurry. In the second one I didn’t quite make the timed shot, and in the third one I’m in the middle of sitting down…or standing up. I’m not actually sure!

A Spring OOTD

I’m making a weird angry face in the first one, not sure why. I quite like the second one, except that my hair is in my face and it’s on an angle. In the last one, I just didn’t remember to set up a self timer so I took a photo of the fence.

A Rainy OOTD

I’m not sure what I was doing in the first picture. In the second one, I again forgot to set up the self-timer. Again, I’m not sure what was going on in the third picture.

For each OOTD post, I take around 15-20 photos. It’s not too many, but I only ever share around half. The whole process is always a lot of fun though, and I’m sure it amuses the neighbours when they see me dragging out my tripod and camera into the backyard!

As a bonus, here’s some additional  derpy photos from my time in Waiheke Island, where I shared my OOTD at my sister’s wedding. A lot more of weird faces, and bad timing 🙂

Keep an eye out for future OOTD posts! Always remember, that for every amazing photo you see out there, I’m sure there’s a derpy blooper of it somewhere.

Angela.

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Questions You Never Thought to Ask Tag

**So, first things first. There won’t be a Weekend Review post this weekend cause Rory and I are off on a mini holiday to Auckland, for my sister’s wedding! We’re actually there now, but you guys know I schedule posts in advance 😀 So, I’ll still be online every now and then cause I can’t stay away, but I thought I’d just include this little tidbit so we’re all on the same page. Okay, back to the scheduled post!**

Welcome to a new tag! There doesn’t seem to be any rules to this one except to answer the questions given! The ever amazing Laura over at Lauzies Lifestyle tagged me to do this!

Let’s get into these questions.

  • What game consoles have you had?

A PS2, PS3 and PS4. The first two were technically gifts to my younger brother, but we all used them. The PS4, I co-own with my lovely husband 😀

  • If you could tame any animal into being your pet, what would you pick?

A sloth. I think it would be cool to just have one around. They’re already pretty chill.

  • Are you a sexual person?

This question feels weird to answer. But I would say yes. Not in that I’m thinking about sex all the time, but I do have a good relationship and attitude to it. I think. Now I’m overthinking it…moving on.

  • Foods you despise?

Mushrooms. They have a weird rubbery texture. I can eat them if I have to though.

  • Coolest place you’ve ever visited?

So many places. I still like to go with Machu Picchu as one of my top coolest places I’ve been to.

  • Why did you first start blogging/YouTube?

Cause I wanted to. I wanted a platform of my own where I could talk about my thoughts, memories and experiences. I feel like I’ve discussed this a lot.

  • Favorite item from closet? 

It changes a lot. But right now, it’s definitely my overalls.

  • Do you prefer a backpack/big bag/small bag/just wallet?

I prefer a little shoulder bag. Big enough to fit my wallet, keys and phone.

  • Favorite video/computer/phone game?

That is too many options right there. I like many games for many reasons, and some I come back to after not playing for a while. Right now though, I’m not playing any games really. I do enjoy Sims a lot though.

  • One celebrity you would sleep with?

No one. I know I said I kinda consider myself a sexual person in the above question, but it’s personal. I wouldn’t sleep with someone I don’t know very well.

  • Favorite traits for a partner/friend?

Humour. Similar interests.

  • Your personality?

In general, I’m pretty agreeable. I don’t really like conflict. I’m fairly reserved until you get to really know me. I’ve opened up a lot more since I was younger though.

  • When’s the last time you took a risk?

Like a big risk or a small risk? Cause I sometimes stand on things I shouldn’t, like rolly chairs. Just for a bit, cause I’m short and I need to reach something. As for a big risk?…I can’t really think of anything.

  • Fashion trend you would never do?  

I don’t really know what any fashion trends are…

  • One physical trait about you that only you notice?

That damn blue dot in the corner of my head. Only cause I try hide it with my hair so not much people know about it.

  • One emotional trait about you that only you notice?

I can get annoyed pretty quickly. But I’m pretty good at not letting it show, and eventually the feeling passes.

  • 3 weird things about you off the top of your head?
  1. I’m finding it harder and harder to come up with these ‘facts’.
  2. I’ve noticed that I’ve picked up quite a few of Rory’s mannerisms
  3. I love waking up an hour early than I need to on weekdays, so I have time to blog before work
  • Favorite cheese?    

Brie

  • 3 things you use everyday that you need?

Keys, Phone, Glasses

  • Favorite you tubers/actresses/media people?

Again, such a wide selection. I’ll go with my usual picks. Emma Watson, Amy Poehler, Lin Manuel Miranda.

  • One thing that makes you happy everyday?

Food.

  • One question you wish you could get an answer to?

What’s it like to be tall?

  • Something about your childhood that affects you till this day?

People pointing out how short I am, or that I wear glasses. I’m well aware of both facts, thanks.

  • What life is all about for you?

Hanging out with the people you love, having fun, and making the most of what you’ve got.

I guess I should nominate some folks too.

Angela.

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Who Am I Tag?

So, I recently saw Azra do this tag, and it looked like so much fun! You guys may not know, but I am a huge fan of online and personality quizzes. I love to waste time on them! Okay, let’s get into it.

What is the meaning behind my name?

Angela. Comes from the Greek word Angelos, meaning messenger of gods. As a fun note, this is the top definition for Angela from Urban Dictionary

A beautiful, strong capable woman. She is very smart and she has the most gorgeous, sparkling eyes. She is shy when you first meet her but once you take the time to get to know her she is quite fun to be around. She will never usually make the first move to talk to her crush as she is too shy but will start talking once her crush takes the time to talk to her. Angela is a girl who will stand up for what is right and won’t let anyone get in her way. She also really loves sloths.

How did they know?? Haha, whoever wrote this must really like someone called Angela. But, I really do love sloths.

What is my Myers-Briggs personality type?

I’ve done this test earlier this year, and I am considered an INFJ. I took the test again, and it came up the same!

What is my Zodiac sign?

Saggitarius! Which according to this site means:

“Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. They are able to transform their thoughts into concrete actions and they will do anything to achieve their goals.”

…sure.

What is my Hogwarts House?

Hufflepuff!

Apparently, we are connected to the element earth, which is why the Head of Hufflepuff is the Herbology teacher. Anyway, our traits are dedication, hard work, fair play, patience, kindness, tolerance, unafraid of toil and loyalty.

I have always considered myself a true Hufflepuff so I’m glad I was sorted into that House on Pottermore.

What are my learning styles ?

So I looked this up, and there’s seven learning styles. Visual, Aural, Verbal, Physical, Logical, Social and Solitary. I took an online test to figure out what works best for me. I always figured I learnt best visually. Here’s what my scores were:

  • Visual 13
  • Aural 5
  • Read/Write 13
  • Kinesthetic 2

So I have a multimodal learning preference, it says. I am equal in terms of visual (using diagrams and pictures) to verbal (language, both speech and writing). I do prefer to use both pictures and instructions when learning something new.

Am I a right or left brain dominant ?

I took another test, and turns out I use both sides pretty equally which is surprising. I got 42 out of 100. The smaller the number, the more left sided you are, the larger the number, the more right sided you are. If you’re in the middle, then you tend to use more of both. Neat 😀

Both your right and left hemisphere seem to have reached a level of perfect harmony – rather than trying to dominant each other, they work together to create a unique and well-balanced “you”. Your spontaneous, impulsive, and free-flowing right brain creates an exciting and adventurous world, while your left brain helps you make sense of it and keep track of everything.

What is my blood type?

A positive.

What career am I meant to have?

I took to another online test! I love doing these.

Education comes up an awful lot ? Guess I made the right call. I do love being a teacher. Something that did surprise me is that Music Therapist is on there!! Back when I studied music, I was giving serious thought to going into music therapy (except it’s too hard of a field to enter, especially in New Zealand). It’s such an interesting career choice.

Which Divergent Faction do I belong in ?

On to the next test!

I’m Divergent!! Hooray! I’m highest in Amity and Erudite, with Abnegation not too close behind. So I’m intelligent, kind/peaceful and selfless. I feel like that sums me up. I don’t think I’d fit into just any one of these factions, so a mix of the Erudite, Amity and Abnegation sounds just right 😀 I like that I’m not at all truthful or brave ?

What does my birth order say about me?

I have an older sister and a younger brother. Let’s see what the internet says about me being a middle child.

According to this site, as the middle born, I will have these characteristics:

  • People-pleasers
  • Somewhat rebellious
  • Thrives on friendships
  • Has large social circle
  • Peacemaker

I would agree with some of these. Definitely not the large social circle, I’ve always just had more a few very close friends.

That’s it for me!! I really do love taking random online personality quizzes, so this was so much fun for me. Let me know if we share any of the above personality traits! Also, if you want to do this tag, please do! It was a great way to kill some time 😀

Angela.

Would You Rather?

Hey guys, in my random internet travels, I came across this random thing on Pinterest. It was 13 “Would You Rather” Questions that are Impossible to Answer. For fun, I thought I would answer them on the blog. Rory was next to me, so he played along with me and we both answered the questions and gave our reasons. So come read our answers, and I’ll pop in some photos of us along the way just for fun.

13 "Would You Rather..." Questions That Are Almost Impossible To Answer

Feel free to play along!

Here are the questions:

Would you rather…

  • Pick the year you die or Pick the way you die

Angela – Year. Cause then I could set it waaaay into the future. I could live for a really long time and stuff.

Rory – Way. That way I could choose a painless way, and I’ll know how. I won’t know when, but at least I know it won’t be painful.

  • Have a sport stadium named after you or Have a University named after you

A – Uni.

R – (at the same time) Uni.

A – Who cares about sports?

R – Exactly.

  • Have free Apple products forever or Have free Wi-fi wherever you go

A – This one is obvious for me.

R – Free wi-fi

A – Obviously. Never pay for data again.

  • Fulfill your biggest wish or Resolve your biggest regret

A – I don’t have any regrets.

R – I don’t have any regrets after meeting you.

A – Awww. So wish then?

R – Yeah.

A – No idea what that would be though.

R – Neither.

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  • Have your own private island or Have your own private jet

A – Jet, obviously. Then we could travel anywhere.

R – Really? I’d go with private island

A – Really?? Why?

R – You could rent it out. With an island you could make money, a jet would cost you money.

  • Be able to read minds or Be able to travel at light speed

A – Light speed. I like being able to travel everywhere.

R – Read Minds.

A – Any reason why?

R – Not really.

A – Okay then.

  • Have $1 million in Amazon gift cards or Have $100,000 in real money

A – Amazon gift cards.

R – Absolutely.

A – You can buy everything from Amazon. Electronics, clothes, books, movies…

R – You could get 10 times the amount of stuff as well.

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  • Be best friends with your favourite celebrity or Date your celebrity crush for only two years

R – Best friend. I’m already married.

A – Me too! I would say best friend. Although, you don’t have a favourite celebrity do you?

R – Hahaha, no.

A – I would love to be best friends with Amy Poehler…or Emma Watson.

  • Have free gas for 25 years or Have your dream car

R – Free gas.

A – I knew you’d say that

R – Plus I don’t have a dream car anyway

A – Me neither. I have things I’d like, but no solid dream car really.

  • Be a ninja or be a pirate

A – I get sea sick. I’ll go ninja

R – Ninja. It’s a better lifestyle.

A – Yeah, you wouldn’t have to live on a boat or get scurvy or something

R – If you’re a ninja you’re an assassin. But as a pirate, you’re probably poor.

A – Yeah..plus ninjas are cool. You could just flip around everywhere.

  • Continue on with your life or Restart your life

A – Continue. I don’t want to go through school all over again.

R – Yeah, I would rather continue

A – We’ve made all this progress. We’re heading in a good direction. Why start again?

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  • Live the life of fame and wealth or Live in Harry Potter’s world

R – Living in Harry Potter’s world doesn’t guarantee you’ll have magic though.

A – Oh yeah…muggles. Squibs.

R – I don’t want fame though. Wealth would be helpful.

A – I’d risk it though. I would rather live in Harry Potter’s world. There’s a chance I would have magic.

R – I’ll go life of fame and wealth. I’ll just keep yelling at all the reporters and pushing them away.

A – Like lots of celebrities already do.

  • Have the ability to read minds or Have the ability to see the future

R – See the future how?

A – No idea. Like maybe how humanity dies? What a bummer that would be.

R – Like, if I touch an object I see it’s future or something. Or my future self is able to tell me things. Why is that question so vague? (He continued like this for a while)

A – I don’t…know.

R – I’ll go read minds. That one is more clearer.

A – Yeah, I’m with you.

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That’s all for this post! Feel free to answer any of them in the comments below!

Angela.

Pinspiration – Unicorns

This post is going to be random guys. I just noticed a whole bunch of unicorn things popping up in my pinterest feed for some reason, and I wanted to share my favourites.

Hope you guys like unicorns.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate (Link)

Unicorn Hot Chocolate! It's a creamy hot white chocolate, colored pink, topped with sprinkles, whipped cream, marshmallows, and a blue frosting drizzle!

Unicorn Bath Bomb (Link)

DIY Unicorn Bath Bomb - how to make a glitter unicorn horn bath bomb - easy Mother's Day gift idea!

Gold Unicorn Scissors (Link)

Will be available on June 1, 2017. Our gold plated compact unicorn scissors come in handy for so many things. 4" long.

Unicorn Cake (Link)

Unicorn 1st birthday | Rainbow birthday party | 100 Layer Cakelet

Unicorn Popcorn (Link)

Unicorn Popcorn is a fun party popcorn that comes together in just minutes. Unicorn food is such a trendy thing right now and it is so easy to get in on the craze and be the hero of the party! Perfect for a little girls birthday party too!

Unicorn Poop Slime (Link)

Unicorn Poop Slime Recipe: Super silly fun for kids that will make them laugh while oohhing and ahhing

Unicorn Soap (Link)

Magical, fantasical, super duper radical Soapicorn! This whimsical unicorn is scented with a combination of sweet strawberries, ripe raspberries, citrus, and apples. Each soapicorn is packaged carefully in its own stamped box, swaddled in the comfort and protection of paper grass. This makes for safe travels and an easily giftable item. PLEASE NOTE- all products are hand formed and hand cut making each one unique, like a snowflake. Please allow for slight variations in color and design due to...

Glowing Unicorn Pillow (Link)

Uni Unicorn Glowing Pillow

Unicorn Ring (Link)

This dainty little ring.

Unicorn Planter (Link)

Smoko Elodie Unicorn Planter

I should stop now. I don’t actually own anything unicorn related, but Pinterest may just turn me on that.

Maybe one more.

My life motto

What are your thoughts on unicorns?

Angela.

Late Night Thoughts

I’ve watched Youtube clips with this subject, it’s all about sharing those random thoughts that enter your head at weird times. Like when you’re lying in bed, trying to sleep, and your brain decides to just chatter at you no matter how hard you try to turn it off.

I thought I’d share with you some of the thoughts that go through my head.

  • Did I leave the door unlocked?
  • I’m cold. *pulls more blankets* Now I’m hot. *takes off blankets*. I’m cold…
  • I have to get up in ___ hours. I should sleep .
  • What should I wear tomorrow?
  • I hope the babies are all happy tomorrow. Especially since I’ll be so tired.
  • They’ll all know so much more about current technology in 20 years.
  • I wonder if we’ll get flying cars yet.
  • I wonder what our kids will look like.
  • Why is my arm itchy? Now it’s my leg.
  • Wouldn’t it be cool if hedgehogs were soft instead of spiky?
  • I should get more cactus.
  • Why aren’t I asleep?
  • I wish that streetlight would point the other way.
  • …I have to pee
  • And I’m thirsty
  • No I can fight the urges. Just go to sleep.
  • I can’t get comfortable.
  • My tongue is never comfortable in my mouth.
  • Now I can’t stop thinking about that.

And so on. These are just the ones I can recall from my half awake mind a few nights ago when I woke up at 3am and didn’t get back to sleep until maybe an hour later? Anytime I wake up during the night, it means I’m tired the whole day. I need a steady unbroken sleep to really feel fully awake, which rarely happens. But I get through the day alright. Coffee.

What late night thoughts do you guys have?

Angela.

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

Not so recently ago, I wrote a post about What I Like About Winter. Well I got over that real quick as all the downfalls of winter started getting me down. I’m talking constant rain, and colds (both weather and sickness related). September is officially the beginning of Spring for us on this side of the world. So while my blogging buddies on the other side are either happy or disappointed with entering the colder season, I will be looking forward to the warmth!

Here’s what I’m excited about for the next season!

Warmth!

You guys know this already. I’m sick of days where the highest the temperature can get to is 12 degrees (53F for my American readers). Give me back the sun please (although knowing me, I’ll regret this in summer, and it doesn’t even get higher than 25C/77F degrees here).

Light!

Slightly related to the previous one, but winter means shorter days. Literally. The sun was setting by 5.30 pm most days, so I was leaving home in the dark, and arriving home in the dark. I don’t even live that far from my work. I’m looking forward to longer days.

Flowers!

I expect an explosion of colour. I doubt it will all happen at once, but it’s getting a little sad seeing all these naked trees everywhere. Bring back all the lush green and colourful flowers. I plan to go back to the Botanical Gardens sometime in Spring and seeing all the pretty things everywhere.

Fruit!

Fruit in winter is limited. I don’t mind kiwis, apples and oranges, but I want strawberries!! Also watermelon, and mangos, although I think I still have to wait till summer for those.

Less Layers!

Okay, as a self confessed cardigan addict, I am a huge fan of layers. I will still wear cardigans in spring, but hopefully I won’t need to throw on a massive coat on top of it. It’s also an opportunity to wear shorts, skirts and dresses without tights underneath! Also, we can remove the super thick blanket from our bed, so that’s good too.

On another note, I’m also excited for a few more things coming up that aren’t weather related. We’ll be moving and setting up our new home. We’re going up to Auckland for a mini holiday and to attend my sister’s wedding. It’s Rory’s birthday coming up in October. After spring of course is summer which brings even more festivities! My birthday, our 6th year dating anniversary, Christmas, and New Years to name a few.

That’s the main ones for now. I am very excited that it’s officially spring and I have already yelled at the frost this morning, because it’s wrong. It should have already left, doesn’t it know that it’s SPRING (sorry for yelling).

How are you guys feeling about the season change? Are you heading into warmer or cooler weather? Let me know!

Angela.

 

Angela Tries Summer Favourites Box

Angela Tries Summer Favourites Box

**Another repost! But this connects to yesterday’s one. Also, this makes me want to try another random beauty subscription box**

Well hey guys, Angela Tries Beauty Box is one of my most liked posts ever. As a novice beauty blogger, this tickled me a little 😀

So last weekend, I received my Summer Favourites box from Marzia. For you guys who don’t know Marzia, she’s a Youtuber, Entrepreneur, Fashionista and general amazing lady. Also, she’s gorgeous. Fun fact, she shares the same birthday as Rory. The literal same day and year, October 21 1992.

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Literal cutie pie

Anyway, back to the main point. I got the summer favourites box, and I was so happy! I also got her Holiday Favourites box back in November. I still use a lot of the products. Especially the lipstick. It’s a nice Clinique one in a nude shade. It’s the one I used on my wedding day too! I’ve tried to order other things from her store but apparently its only these special boxes that can ship to New Zealand. Also, both boxes came to me in the wrong season, as the one last year was meant for Winter but I was in Summer, and this Summer Favourites is coming to me in Winter.

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Last Year’s Holiday Favourites box

Alright, let’s get into this.

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