Sunday (Life)Style – July 13



Hi friends!

Happy weekend to all of  you! (To my Australian friends enjoying the last day of holidays – enjoy your last day and try to relax!)

Before I dive into the non-teaching related stuff, I actually went into work twice during the holidays. (I know, I know.) I didn’t achieve all my goals, but I did get some stuff done. Next week I’m presenting PD to the staff of my school and I had to prepare handout packs, and I really wanted to do my filing (which I seem to do once every twelve months – please don’t judge me!) and organise the front of my room which has been a bit of disaster zone lately.


Check out my mess! (And the paper bin was totally full by the time I was done.)

The bins underneath the the IWB and whiteboard all contain frequently access materials and rather than spend MORE MONEY on matching containers, I’ve used what I had. It doesn’t look as nice, but it’s a lot more organised than it was when I started and I didn’t waste any more money on school. (This is a goal for this financial year!)

Finally, I added this movable word wall to our big whiteboard (we do still have our original word wall with sight words on the opposite wall), but this is for those words that my kids use in their journal writing. I used Tara West’s Teacher, Teacher, How Do I Spell…? pack, and added a few more Australian-specific words and holidays.


I’m SO excited… these holidays I finished two books. I haven’t done that in soooo long. I feel very accomplished!


Matthew Reilly is my go-to author for books that I just love. Granted, I love action-adventure and sci-fi – and his books always fit into one of those categories. They are very violent (usually), so just beware. BUT, he is an amazing Australian author and his books read like Action Blockbuster Movies and I’m not even kidding.

This one is very different to most of his books, in that it’s set in the past with a Young Queen Elizabeth I, but it’s a murder-intrigue style book. It’s also very definitely for mature readers.

A 13-year old Elizabeth travels to Constantinople with her teacher Roger Ascham for the first international Chess Tournament. Check out the rest of the description here.



So, a couple of weeks ago I posted about my Fortune Cookie Soap box. Included in the subscription box was a $10 voucher to spend in the online store, so I took the opportunity to try some other goodies.

I will confess, the Candy Aisle items from the original box didn’t thrill me, only because the scents were a little sickly sweet for me (I can be quite picky with different scents). But I definitely wanted to give these guys another go, because they have some awesome products.

From the Tree of Life collection I bought the OCD Hand Sanitiser, Personal Space Air Freshener, Steam Me Up Scotty, and Whipped Cream.

From the Polyjuice Potion (!!!) collection I bought the OCD Hand Sanitiser, Personal Space Air Freshener and Whipped Cream. Of the two lines, this is my FAVOURITE. It smells divine. And I’m probably going to divide all the items between home and school so I have nice hand sanitiser and air fresheners and creams to use everywhere!


So, last week I did a video about one of my Memebox subscription boxes, and I’ve got a few of these ordered and they’ll ship out at various times of the year. This week I received the Milk box (which has unfortunately sold out at the moment) which is full of skincare products that all use milk as a base.

What I got:

  • Pure Smile Milk Mask Pack (1 full size)
  • Skin Ceramic Donkey Milk & Argan Oil Multi Steam Cream (full size)
  • Enesti Rice and Milk Foaming Cleanser (full size)
  • Pure Smile Choosy Lip Pack Milk (1 full size)
  • Hello Everybody Bubble Bath Steam Milk (25g)
  • Hello Everybody Nature Holic Body Lotion Milk (full size)
  • Pure Smile Choose Lip Scrub (25g)

What I really love about Memebox is that, because it’s full of Korean products, there are so many things I’ve never heard of, or would have bought on my own. I’m really looking forward to trying some of these products, because milk is meant to be fantastic for your skin.




A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across a gorgeous online store called Artsyville.

They have very fun little products that would make AMAZING gifts. I, of course, only had eyes for the gorgeous washi tape and ordered all six patterns (because this is me who’s talking!). When I ordered the tapes there was a special deal where I also received a sample pack of these gorgeous, brightly-coloured doodle cards – that are perfect for notes and gift tags, etc. Her website has gorgeous prints and little gift packs, including this CUTE Super Teacher Box.

The store owner, Aimee, is lovely, and has an instagram page you can follow.


Yesterday I had my nails done AND a Lemon Crush Boost Juice, which pretty much made it the best day ever.

If you live in Melbourne and are interested in getting a BioGel manicure, check out Nails by Nancy – she’s AWESOME!


I also went shopping at Typo and bought more washi tape (picture me hanging my head in shame) and this awesome envelope template! (I thought that was kinda cool!)


I also went to Spotlight and found some fabulous things on SALE! I found some classroom border strips (all $1 each, which for teacher supplies in Australia is AMAZING), plus some cut out decals for $1 a packet. I like to use those for sight words/etc.

I also got 3 packs of Heidi Swapp stamps (each for $4, down from $7), some CUTE Halloween paperclips for my planner in October for 50c each, plus some chalkboard labels for the classroom for $1.

And that was my week!

What was something you did for YOURSELF this week?

(Remember – you are an important person! <3)


Sunday (Life)Style


Hello friends!

I’m trying to get better at consistency with posting on the blog.

I’m ALSO trying to get better at doing non-teaching things each day. I, like many teachers (I assume?!) have a bad habit of focusing to exclusion on work tasks and occasionally forgetting about other things.

So, to that end, I thought I would use Sundays (when I get the chance to post) to share about lifestyle-y kind of things.

Be it make-up, or books, or music or TV shows or fun outings with friends. I think that will remind me to reflect on the NON-teaching related parts of my life, too.

Today I’m going to share a few of the recent subscription boxes I’ve received for June. If you missed it, I posted about some of my subscription boxes here and here (and I also – *gasp* – made a youtube video, too).

First up: Fortune Cookie Soap Box!


THIS was the subscription box that started my obsession with subscription boxes, and yet, this is the first one I’ve ever received. Fortune Cookie Soap is a bath and body store that makes fortune cookie soaps (the namesake) amongst other things. Their subscription box is quarterly, so you get four boxes a year. It costs (for Australians) $34.00 every three months.

And it comes stocked with REALLY FUN things:

  • “Lick Your Lips” Fortune Cookie Soap (scent: peppermint ice-cream with flecks of dark chocolate)
  • “Lollipop Your Cherry” OCD Hand Sanitiser (scent: cherry)
  • “Rock Your Socks Off” Solid Sugar Scrub (scent: grape candy)
  • “Captain’s Berried Booty” Whipped Cream (scent: Captain Crunch Berry, I think)
  • “Sweet Dreamsicle” Wax Tart (scent: pineapple, orange, vanilla)
  • “Lemon Drop It Like It’s Hot” Microdermabrasion Facial Scrub (scent: lemon)
  • “The Sweet Spot” Sparkle Me (scent: melon, strawberries, peaches, mandarin, pineapple, sugar)
  • “Blow Me” Lip Scrub (scent: bubblegum)

Obviously, the theme is CANDY AISLE and a lot of the stuff smells really sweet. All of it smells good, but some is a tiny bit too strong for me. I love, love, love the fortune cookie soap, the sugar scrub, hand sanitiser, wax tart and facial scrub. Can’t wait to try a lot of them!

If you’re interested in their subscription box, or any of their products (I just did an order today!), click on this link (or any of the ones above, or the image) to visit their site. If it’s your first visit, you’ll get a $5 off voucher, too!


Next up is BellaBox which is one of the 2 Australian subscription boxes I subscribe to. BellaBox is a monthly beauty box that is $15 per month. It mostly contains sample size products, with usually one or two full size products included.

This month I got:

  • Herbal Essences Naked Shine Shampoo & Conditioner (sample sizes) – I like having these sizes because they’re useful for travelling! They smell pretty good, too!
  • Plants for People “Aloe, Grapefruit Foaming Gel Cleanser” (full size) – This retails for $24.95, which is way over the price of the box, and I’m in need of a new cleanser!
  • La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo-Luxe (sample) – Apparently this unclogs/unblocks pores. Yes please!
  • Innoxa Lip Liner (full size) – I got the colour Ruby Red. I like red lipstick, so a liner is a must!
  • V05 Give Me Moisture Hot Oil (sample) – I’m useless when it comes to hair, so I’ll need to google how to use this! Lol!
  • Nutrimetics Nutri-Rich Nourishing Masque (sample) – One can never have too many face masks! I need to start using mine!
  • InStyle Magazine – I totally forgot to take a photo of it, but this month we got an InStyle magazine. That was a bit different! Holiday reading for me in one week’s time!


Last up, my VioletBox arrived last week. This is VioletBox’s 1st Birthday box, that didn’t come in a box. It came in a beautiful little make-up case that has 2 sections and is just fabulous. I have a lot of make-up bags, but this one is now my favourite. Plus, I love the cute pattern on it, too!

  • ghd Straight and Tame Cream (full size)
  • Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner (sample)
  • Chella Brow Pencil (full size)
  • Strange Beautiful Nail Polish (Not sure if this is full size or sample – it’s a bit smaller than a normal nail polish bottle – which is awesome because how often do you FINISH an entire nail polish bottle? Or maybe that’s just me?)
  • Appelles Blackseed Shampoo and Tamnu Conditioner (samples) – OMG, these smell AMAZING. I just finished my shampoo and conditioner and am so excited to try these out tomorrow!)
  • Caddy’s Cosmetic Pouch (full size)

Hope this was fun for you guys!

Also, do you think I should do the unboxing videos? Or not? Or should I stop posting about subscription boxes altogether? Would love some feedback if you’ve got some time!

Have a happy Sunday and I’ll see you throughout the week with link-ups to The Teaching Tribune!