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HOW FULL IS YOUR BUSH?

How Full is Your Bush? | www.whatdandidnext.com

 

My first visit to the beauty parlour for some overdue (waaaay overdue) waxing, has me wondering how full is your bush?

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START THE DAY THE RIGHT WAY

Start the Day the Right Way | www.whatdandidnext.com

 

Lately I’ve been spending a fair bit of time contemplating what it takes to be happy in life. One of the key elements I’ve identified is that you need to start the day the right way. Both physically and mentally.

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TOP 5 BABY PRODUCTS

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One year on and I’ve been thinking about everything that got us through Rei Baby’s first year. These are my favourite 5 baby products that made all the difference in that time.

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PINK & GOLD WINTER ONEDERLAND PARTY

Pink & Gold Winter Onederland First Birthday Party | www.whatdandidnext.com

I think my life is finally starting to calm down after the hectic time that was Rei Baby’s first birthday party. This year I was very excited to host a pink & gold Winter Onderland party for her. I don’t think she cared too much though. I designed these gorgeous party invitations and Thankyou cards for the party, which are available for purchase and download via my Etsy store.

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SNOW DAY

Snow Day at Tenterfield NSW July 2015 | www.whatdandidnext.com

Brrrrrr… Weather forecasts have been predicting all week that today would be extra chilly, so The Big J and I thought we’d take a drive, and (hopefully) enjoy a snow day. And boy did it pay off!

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DON’T BE A F*CK STICK

Don't Be A F*ck Stick | www.whatdandidnext.com

The very first words out of my mouth this morning were “you’re a f*ck stick mate!”. And no I didn’t get out of the wrong side of bed, neither did The Big J do something so annoying to deserve this kind of ire. My day actually started happy and full of energy. For the first time in ever, I got up early to go to the gym on a Saturday, to start my weekend off on a healthy note. So I snuck around the house, quiet as a mouse, so that I wouldn’t wake The Big J or Rei Baby. I quietly got dressed in the bathroom, gathered my things and headed for the garage.

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DOING THE OLD MAN SHUFFLE

Doing the Old Man Shuffle | www.whatdandidnext.com

I’ve recently taken up jogging again. Well I use the term jogging rather optimistically. I would say jalking, a fast pace somewhere between a walk and a jog, but again I feel this conjures up pictures of refined movement. What I do is much more akin to doing the old man shuffle.

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STOP THE PLANES, I’M HAVING A PARTY!

Stop the planes, I'm having a party | www.whatdandidnext.com

Have you ever done something only to be told you shouldn’t have? I have, and this time, The Big J says I’ve gone too far. You see I’m in party planning mode, my Rei Baby is almost one, and with under a month to go I’m getting a little frantic. So I sent a little email to the airport, and whilst I didn’t actually title it “stop the planes, I’m having a party” you get the idea…

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ATOMIC WEDGIE

Atomic Wedgie | www.whatdandidnext.com

Don’t let her innocent face fool you. Occasionally, Rei Baby can be an absolute Poo Head. But what happens when you combine poo-like behaviour with actual poo? Well The Big J was lucky enough to find out when these two things (which should never be combined), resulted in an Atomic Wedgie. The other day I came home from gym to find Rei Baby bathed and in new clothes. I asked The Big J what was going on “Atomic Wedgie. She gave herself an Atomic Wedgie”…

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DID I JUST GET BODY SHAMED?

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Last week I bought some new undies (c’mon, we all need them). When I got them home, washed them and tried them on, there was something not quite right about my new knickers. So I decided to politely write an email with some feedback to the company. What I got in response from their Customer Service team, made me feel a little off, not what I expected from a Customer Service Representative of a company specialising in women’s underwear for all sizes. I couldn’t help but wonder – did I just get body shamed?

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MY FITNESS PAL: UPDATING GOALS

Using the My Fitness Pal App | www.whatdandidnext.com

This post is a bit different from my usual updates, but is written for a very specific group of women: my amazing Blue Angels team-mates at the Ashy Bines Transformation Centre. If you have used the My Fitness Pal app, or are interested in using it as part of your health journey, then this information may be of use to you too. My Fitness Pal is a great app to use if you’re calorie counting, trying to balance your carbs/protein/fat, or if you are just trying to be healthy and track your food. There is so much you can use it for!

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HAPPY EASTER

Happy Easter update with Hot Cross Bun Recipe | www.whatdandidnext.com

Happy Easter Guys! It’s also Rei Baby’s very first Easter. Although the Easter Bunny didn’t visit her this year (we had a discussion and decided she was too young for chocolate) I did bake some Hot Cross Buns so that we could all enjoy an Easter Treat.

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7 STEPS TO START MAKING MONEY BLOGGING

7 Steps To Start Making Money Blogging | www.whatdandidnext.com

I have spent weeks trawling the internet, completing courses and making little adjustments all to prepare my blog for monetisation. Luckily though, you can save a bunch of time because I’ve got the steps listed here, just for you. Who wouldn’t want to earn money from their blog – hobby or otherwise? The Big J for one would be completely ecstatic if my hobby bought home some bacon… In the words of Homer J Simpson “Mmmmm, Bacon…”.

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BE KIND

Kindness is catching

It doesn’t take much to be kind to others, but sometimes in our busy lives we overlook the small things. 10 steps to a kinder life.

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PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN FARMERS MARKETS

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I am in love with these markets! They are a wonderful mix of stalls offering everything from fresh flowers, bread, skin care and treats for your pets. Will definitely be visiting these again!

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WEEKLY MENU PLANNER

Weekly Menu Planner2

Menu planning is the perfect way to not only organise your weekly meals, but to also save on your grocery bills. Covering Mon – Sun and including sections for snacks and groceries, this menu planner will get you oganised.

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MEET THE 2015 MKR CONTESTANTS

Meet the 2015 MKR Contestants

Meet the contestants of the first round of MKR 2015.

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ORGANIC GOLD COAST FARMERS MARKET

$52 at Gold Coast Organic Farmers Marker

Although small, this market had a lot to offer the senses in the way of AMAZING smells and coffee strong enough for King Kong. When it comes to economy…

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THE CASTLE

The Castle

So we finally made it to our new home, but it’s not quite everything we’d been hoping for. There are some things about it that makes us think of the Kerrigan’s of Coolaroo…

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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An update on how we’ve been spending our holidays so far.

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LITTLE SIRS GIFT GUIDE

#SayNoToPlastic Christmas gift guide for the Little Sir in your life

Non plastic gift choices for the little men in your life.

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LITTLE MISS GIFT GUIDE

Little Miss Gift Guide for #SayNoToPlastic christmas shopping

A great selection of non-plastic items for the little miss in your life.

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IS BARBIE A BAD INFLUENCE?

Being a new Mum to a little girl, I’ve finally, reluctantly, sat down and had a good hard think about the important stuff. Will Rei Baby, yay or nay, be allowed to play with Barbie? Is Barbie a bad influence?

Being a new Mum to a little girl, I’ve finally, reluctantly, sat down and had a good hard think about the important stuff. Will Rei Baby, yay or nay, be allowed to play with Barbie? Is Barbie a bad influence?…

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ROAD TRIP

Road Trip

Yay! Road trip, yay! Holiday, yay! Yay yay yay! Can’t wait to get there.

But first we had to get on the road…

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TURNING THAT FROWN UPSIDE DOWN 

Turning that frown upside downAnyone who knows me will know that our move to Mackay has not been a happy life experience. My very first week here The Big J was rushed off to hospital for emergency surgery, we’ve written off my favourite ever…

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REI BABY TURNS 4 MONTHS OLD

Rei Baby Progress Posters months 1 through 4Wow another month has flown by and Rei Baby is already 4 months old. That’s 1/3 of a year (I almost said 1/4 lol – is she too old for me to still claim baby brain…?) and less than two months now until our big move back south. There are also only 63 sleeps until Christmas day… Yikes!

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DREAM…

Dream

“YOU NEED TO GRAB YOUR DREAM OUT OF THE SKY LIKE IT’S A KITE AND PINCH THE STRING THROUGH YOUR FINGERS UNTIL YOU REACH THE SPOOL” 

– Augusten Burroughs

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AQUATOBERAquatober FB

Aquatober. That’s right, a whole month of drinking nothing but PURE WATER. Ermergaaard, it was like I had now developed a psychic connection to my Pinterest feed… Alright, maybe not quite, but nonetheless I was pretty excited to find exactly what I wanted…

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REI BABY TURNS 3 MONTHS OLDHow to create a monthly progress poster for your baby - great idea for capturing their achievements, growth and likes (by What Dan Did Next)

Today Rei Baby turned 3 months old – 48 minutes ago to be exact. I don’t know if the last 3 months have gone by fast or slow. Those early weeks seemed to drag forever feeling like one endless day, but now, my little Rei Baby is already a quarter of a year. And all three of us have made it to this point mentally sane, healthy and…

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THE BIG J CELEBRATES HIS 1ST FATHER’S DAY. SORT OF…Maven Metals Inc Black Leather 1st Father's Day Key Fob purchased on Etsy

So today marked our 1st Father’s Day with Rei Baby. This was also the first time I have celebrated Father’s Day since 1994 and I guess I was pretty excited because I briefly considered waking The Big J and Rei Baby up at 12.01am for present time… Luckily sensibilities prevailed. Things didn’t go quite as planned though with…

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THE 30 DAY 40% VEGETARIAN CHALLENGEThe 30 Day 40% Vegetarian Challenge

Part-time Vegetarian. Semi Vegetarian. Flexitarian. Vegetarian who sometimes eats meet. I bet you didn’t even know these were a thing? Well I didn’t – I thought you were either a vegetarian or a meat eater, but apparently you can be both. Confused? A Part-time vegetarian can either be a) A full time vegetarian who occasionally indulges in meat, or b) A meat eater who has a couple of vegetarian days each…

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BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS… FINALLY!Birth Announcement 1

Ok, so it took me a little (read a lot) longer than I thought it would to send out birth announcements. By now everyone already knows that we had a baby girl, named her Rei and that she was bigger than average. Plus they’ve either seen photos of her on Facebook or I’ve sent them via message. At this point, is it even worth the bother to…

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WELCOME TO WHAT DAN DID NEXT

Welcome! I hope that you enjoy ‘What Dan Did Next’ my new blog.


 

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