Best Apple Pie Ever

Hi Everyone!

Okay so after doing a shit tonne of baking the past few months, I’ve noticed a trend I dislike about recipe blogs – that everyone posts their life story before actually getting into the recipe. So here is the recipe, without all the fluff and filler that you don’t care about.

Also, if you aren’t a huge fan of pie (like I’m not), I can guarantee you will still love this one! If you give it a go, please tag me on Instagram (@kimberlyrose_xo)! I’d love to see your photos!


This recipe requires three parts: the pastry, the apple filling and the crumble topping. If you like you can skip the crumble topping and just make it a normal pie, but i prefer the crunch of a crumble topping. The pastry recipe makes enough for a top and bottom layer for the pie, however you can freeze the leftovers for 2 months or use it to make a quiche! (I’ll have my mini quiche recipe using this pastry up next week).


  • 2 1/2 cups plain or all-purpose flour – plus extra for dusting/rolling (I store my flour in the freezer, I recommend doing this for an hour or 2 prior as it helps to prevent the butter from melting)
  • 225g (1 cup or 2 sticks) unsalted butter – very cold
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar – (this recipe makes an all rounder pastry that can be used in savoury or sweet pies. If you decide to use this crust for the topping as well, feel free to add more sugar. However, I highly recommend sticking to this recipe if you intend on using the crumble topping as otherwise the pie will end up being too sweet)
  • 6 – 8 tbsp ice water
  1. Mix all dry ingredients together thoroughly in a large bowl.
  2. Grate the butter – yes you read that right. It makes rubbing it into the flour 10x quicker and easier.
  3. Rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles sand. If the butter begins to melt, pop the bowl into the freezer for 10 minutes. If the butter ends up melting, you wont get the flaky pastry we’re looking for. You want to be able to see specks of butter throughout the dough.
  4. Add water and mix with your hands. The dough will look incredibly dry, however it should be! When it comes together when you squeeze some dough in your hand, its hydrated enough,
  5. Pour the dough out onto a clean work surface and bring together into a smooth ball. Don’t overwork the dough, otherwise it will become tough. It’s okay if the dough ball has cracks in it.
  6. Separate the dough into two disks – ensure you keep them round and flat to make rolling them out easier. Wrap in cling wrap and pop in the fridge for at least one hour (or up to 48 hours). You will only need one of these dough balls for this recipe, so feel free to pop the other one into the freezer for up to 2 months.


  • 1/2 cup caster or granulated sugar
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp ground cinnamon (depending on your preference)
  • 1/2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 5-6 large Granny Smith apples
  • 115g (1 stick) unsalted butter
  1. Peel, core and slice the apples. I like my apples about 1/2 cm thick but you can cut them to whatever thickness you prefer.
  2. Toss apples with sugar and spices.
  3. Melt half of the butter in a wide frying pan (not a pot – this is important!) and add half of the apple mixture. Cook, on medium – high heat, stirring occasionally until the butter and sugar in the apples turn a deep golden colour. Don’t let it get too dark, as it will continue to caramelize when it bakes in the pie. Transfer to a bowl and repeat with the rest of the apples and butter. Allow to cool.

Crumble Topping

  • 1 cup plain or all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 115g (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and chopped (you can grate this if you like, but there isn’t that much butter to rub in. Do whatever you feel like).
  1. Mix all dry ingredients thoroughly in a medium sized bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles sand.

Putting It Together

  1. Take your dough out 15 – 20 minutes ahead of time to allow it to soften. Preheat your oven to 230 degrees celsius (450F). Grease your pie dish well with unsalted butter – don’t skip this step! Be liberal with it, you don’t want your pastry crust to stick. Place it on a well floured surface. Grab your rolling pin and give the dough a few hard whacks to thin it out a little – this makes the rolling process a lot easier.
  2. Roll your dough out into a circle, ensuring its large enough to fit your pie dish – you want a bit of overhang over the sides of the dish. Don’t worry if the dough cracks at all, this crust is very forgiving. You can easily patch any cracks up with leftover dough.
  3. I roll my dough out to the thickness of a 50c (Australian) coin – or about 1/8 inch. Roll the dough onto your rolling pin and place it into your pie dish. Press it into the dish and trim any excess.
  4. Fill with the apple mixture. Don’t worry if it looks like there’s too much liquid in the apples, it will thicken up and become a caramel while it bakes.
  5. Top with the crumble, ensuring its spread evenly over the pie. Don’t press it down! You want it to be rough as that’s how you get the crunchy bits!
  6. Pop your pie into the oven, bake at 230 degrees Celsius (450F) for 15 minutes. Reduce oven to 175 degrees Celsius (350F) and bake for 35-45 minutes, depending on your oven. The crumble should have a golden brown colour all over.
  7. Allow to cool before cutting. I know it’s super tempting to dig in straight away, however it will completely fall apart if you cut it whilst its too hot. If you have the time, refrigerate it overnight and cut into slices the next day whilst its cold, then your slices will hold together perfectly.
  8. Enjoy!


If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or send me a message on Instragram – @kimberlyrose_xo.

If you try this recipe, please send me photos on instragram! I’d love to see them!


Kimberly Xo


Living with Chronic Pain

Im not sure where to even start here because I don’t want this to be a long story but I do think it’s important that I share this. I gave up blogging a while ago because I didn’t feel like I had anything to share anymore and because I’ve been having a really hard time, but I keep thinking about what I’m going through and how alone I feel – even though I know there’s others out there going through the same thing. Which is why I felt it was important that I share my experience in the hopes that others who are going through this don’t have to feel alone like I do. Please forgive me if this post is a little jumbled, today is a hard day for me pain and fatigue-wise so my brain is a little foggy.

If you’d like a back story on my symptoms and how this all started, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Chronic Pain is a Thief

Chronic pain is a thief of many things, but here are the main things it deprives me of Every. Single. Day.

  • Happiness
  • The ability to function as a normal human
  • My social life
  • My ability to be the parent I want to be to my son
  • Motivation
  • Energy
  • Passion
  • Sleep
  • A normal appetite
  • Patience
  • The ability to clean my house or do normal chores
  • The ability to get out of bed some days
  • Focus

Chronic Pain Also Gives

Chronic pain isn’t always a thief though, it also gives me;

  • Pain (duh)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • A feeling of worthlessness
  • Irritability
  • Severe fatigue
  • Strain on my marriage
  • Strain on my relationship with my son
  • Self doubt
  • Self hatred
  • Frustration
  • Medical bills
  • Flare ups
  • Brain fog

The thing with chronic pain is, it can be caused by many different things and no two cases are the same. Just because you have a cousin who’s best friend has chronic pain and they’re able to work a full time job and function like a normal human doesn’t mean that I am the same. For me personally, I’m unable to take ibuprofen or codeine for other health reasons which leaves Panadol my only other option for pain medication unless I want to take prescription opioids or go to the hospital for morphine. The other point I really want to get across is that when someone with chronic pain has fatigue, it’s not like the usual “I stayed up too late and only got 6 hours sleep” sort of tired, it is the sort of tired that feels like you haven’t slept in days even though you had a full 8 hours sleep the night before. It’s the kind of fatigue that when you wake up in the morning, you feel like you’ve already worked a 12 hour, labour-intensive shift before you’ve even gotten out of bed. It’s not the kind of tired you can push through with a smile on your face. On days like that, I’m lucky if I’m able to take care of my son on my own. If I make it from the bed to the couch and can stay there for the day without falling asleep, that’s an achievement.

The main thing I want people to understand is, I don’t want you to fix me, I don’t want you to suggest things you think will work such as diet and exercise, I don’t want you to doubt me when I say I’m having a rough day, I don’t want you to judge me because I look like absolute trash whilst attempting to get groceries on a flare up day, I just want you to understand and support me. I don’t expect you to understand how I feel, because it’s impossible unless you’re in my position which I wouldn’t wish on anyone, I just want you to understand if I cancel plans at the last minute, or if I’m complaining for the hundredth time that I’m not coping, I just want you to support me when I say I can’t do this anymore. I want to be reassured that my condition isn’t who I am, and that people still see ME and not the woman who constantly complains that she’s in pain or that she doesn’t know how she can live like this for much longer. I want people to care enough to check in with me and ask if I’m okay – physically I’m almost never okay but mentally I have good and bad days, it’d be nice to be asked how I’m going for once. The other thing I want people to know is that on flare up days, I can’t just “push through” it. Even if I do manage to drag myself out of bed and force myself to go to whatever it is that I’ve got planned out of guilt, I end up paying for it for days afterwards. When your pain is so bad you’re in tears because no matter what position you lay in bed the pain isn’t relieved, you can’t exactly push through it no matter how desperately you want to participate in normal life.

This isn’t aimed at anyone at all, I’m very lucky to have a very supportive husband and a very understanding best friend (Thanks Laura 😘) this post is more for people who have friends or family with chronic pain or illness and don’t understand what they’re going through or how to support them.

I still don’t know exactly what is causing my pain, however I am having surgery in 10 days to hopefully discover, diagnose and treat whatever it is that is ruining my life. I never thought I’d ever look forward to surgery and I am definitely anxious and stressed about it, but I am literally counting down the days.

I just want to be me again.

If you’ve made it through the whole post I really appreciate you taking the time to read through it. If you are living with chronic pain or illness, feel free to share or send it to your loved ones if you’re having trouble explaining how you feel. If this can help even just one person than it was worth sharing. I’d appreciate some good vibes and prayers for my surgery, as much as I’m looking forward to getting some answers and hopefully finding relief, I’m also terrified haha.

My heart goes out to anyone going through this, I truly hope you can find some comfort and a treatment that works for you.

I’ll post an update once I’ve had surgery and am up to it.




Back Story

For the past 18 months I have been living with pain. It hasn’t always been chronic, to begin with it was only during my period. I’d have to take time off work every time I got my period because the pain and fatigue was so bad, eventually I ended up losing my job because of it. I went to multiple GP’s who told me “some women just have pelvic pain and you just have to live with it. Take some Panadol.” and basically made me feel like I was being a sook. I finally got a referral in December 2017 to see my specialist who I’ve been seeing since I was 19 due to my PCOS. I explained my symptoms and he said he thought it could be endometriosis but there was no way to confirm without surgery. He encouraged me to book in for surgery in January as the longer you leave it the worse it can get, which I now know to be very true. However, we didn’t have the money at the time and simply couldn’t afford it. Unfortunately by February my pain was a daily occurrence, and the fatigue was just as bad. I now also have “flare ups” where I’m in a ridiculous amount of pain and struggle to get out of bed, they usually only last a day but I’ve been lucky enough to be going into my 4th day of a flare up. I’ve spent 2 out of those days bed ridden. I made the mistake of trying to “push through” yesterday and today I am paying for it big time. However, I will hopefully soon have some answers. In May I was blessed enough to receive $2000 from my grandmother who passed away last November and we were finally able to book surgery. We decided to go through a different OBGYN in Brisbane as he is qualified to perform another procedure that I require during the same operation so he was the obvious choice. We’ve managed to sell a few things so that we have the $4000 to go ahead with surgery in early July. Keeping everything crossed that this surgery can diagnose and treat my pain because this is no way to live.

Hare on a Chair

Hi friends!

I thought I would share with you all what we will be doing to celebrate Easter this year!

This idea originally came about when I was getting my hair done before Christmas and we were discussing how well a certain little Elfie was helping out Hunter with his behavior – I know a lot of people are against using things like this for behavior but it works for us and Hunter really loved having a little friend to look for every morning. I was saying to my beautiful hairdresser Taylah (click her name to check out her Facebook page. She’s an amazing mobile hairdresser in the darling downs region that comes to your house!) that I was sad that Christmas would soon be over and all the festivities would be finished and we’d have to say goodbye to our little Elf friend and she suggested why not try something like that for Easter? So this is what I have come up with. This is an original idea – the poem (which i will talk about more further down) was written solely by me and the concept is my own idea.

I purchased this adorable little Hare on eBay and he will be our little friend for the 2 weeks leading up to Easter Sunday. We’ve named him Hop.



The beauty of this is that you don’t have to purchase a specific hare or bunny, you can even use one you already have! The idea is to hide your bunny/hare friend around the house doing silly things or even bringing a small gift or something fun to do, like an Easter themed craft project or ingredients for baking. I will be posting photos on my social media (links at the end of this post) of what our hare will be getting up to so feel free to follow us for inspiration!

This poem is something I came up with a few weeks ago once I worked out what I wanted the Hare on a Chair to be about. It’s a fun way for kids to get excited about Easter and the Easter Bunny coming but also reminding them to be mindful of their manners and just be good kids in general.

HOAC Screenshot

Side note – my beautiful little 3 year old is an incredibly well behaved little boy and we definitely don’t NEED this to be able to parent him, but he really likes helping out and making people happy and I think this will just help him feel rewarded and give him something to look forward to every morning leading up to Easter.

If you’d like to download the printable version of this poem you can do so by clicking on this link –Β Hare on a Chair

Let me know what you think of this idea! Will you be joining us? If you do decide to join in on the fun, use this hashtag #hareonachair so I can see your photos! Or feel free to post them to my Facebook page.



Kimberly Xo


Instagram – @kimberlyrose_xo



Letting Go

Hi Friends!

As per usual, it’s been about a decade between blog posts, but life has been super busy so far this year! I’m trying hard to get my study completed and we’ve also been working really hard on our budget which surprisingly takes up a lot more time than I’d expected! And to be completely honest, I just haven’t had anything I wanted to share or talk about. But tonight I noticed something within myself that I wasn’t happy with and I wanted to share it with you all because maybe some of you might be guilty of this too (I just want some reassurance that I’m not a horrible person haha).

I’m going to start this off by saying that I am naturally a very short tempered person thanks to genetics. I’ve definitely improved dramatically over the years (especially since having Hunter) but I still have my moments where I get fixated on something that really annoys or aggravates me and I usually act on that annoyance or anger. Again, a lot less these days but tonight I found myself so frustrated with someone that I couldn’t help but call them out on something that they’d been doing that (in my opinion) was utterly ridiculous. Now, I want to also mention that I was never nasty or rude in my comments but when I’m pissed off I generally come across very blunt. I don’t ever really regret what I say in that I think I’ve done the wrong thing or that I’ve overstepped the line and been nasty or hurtful, but most of the time, once I’ve given myself some time to think about something else or just become distracted, I usually regret having said anything in the first place. Or, just spent time worrying/thinking about something that just wasn’t worth my time. Most of the time I generally don’t say anything when something annoys/upsets/frustrates me because it just isn’t worth it, but then I find I sit and think about it constantly because I haven’t been able to get it off of my chest.

Which leads me to my next point. I’m currently laying in bed, it’s 1.07am and I can’t sleep. Because I am so beyond frustrated with myself for giving in to that side of me where I just can’t help myself. I can’t help but be passionate about certain things and I can’t help but voice my opinion. Like I said, I didn’t say anything nasty or anything I wish I could take back, but this topic did consume a lot of my thoughts tonight and it was just a complete and utter waste of time. So I wanted to share this quote with you all…

The original quote is “If it’s not going to matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes thinking about it.” But because I’m an over-thinker, I’ve reworded it to make it a bit more achievable haha. But this is something I’m going to try my absolute best to stick to. This obviously doesn’t apply to big life events but little things like spilling your coffee, someone saying something rude to you, the kids drawing on the walls, or like my situation tonight, people giving advice that isn’t in the best interest of others (I’m not going to go into detail because it is beyond boring and a bit petty but it was basically a fear mongering post regarding our local town flooding – which is unlikely – that they posted for shock factor and views without any evidence to back up their claims).

Do I disagree with it? Yes. Do I have to voice that I disagree with it? No. In 5 years time, will this affect me – or even better yet, in 5 years time, will I even remember this? Nope. Then why spend any more time thinking about it? While I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for this quote I stumbled across another one that literally made me say “Wow” out loud because I don’t think I’ve ever read anything that speaks to me more.

As someone who is an avid over-thinker and just an anxious person in general, I know this to be very true. It’s okay to feel sad, angry, frustrated, annoyed etc over little things, but give yourself a moment to feel that way and then move on. Dwelling on it isn’t going to help or change anything, if anything it’s only going to make you feel worse and you’ll end up swimming in a pool of negativity.

I’ve actively tried incredibly hard this year to let things go. If it’s not a big deal, just Let. It. Go. And I’ve been doing very well with it actually. For the past 4 or 5 months at least, I’ve managed to not get caught up in my thoughts. I’m an incredibly passionate person and have very strong opinions which makes sticking to this pretty difficult sometimes and like tonight, sometimes I fail. But I’m trying my best to learn from moments like this rather than beat myself up for it. We aren’t perfect, we’re human. We’re going to falter, but the main thing is that we learn from our missteps and grow. Don’t kick yourself because you snapped and raised your voice at your children today, or that you gave the finger to the person who cut you off while you were driving. Recognise that you’ve faltered and grow from it. Install coping mechanisms if you need them (I’ve learnt to laugh when Hunter does something that frustrates me if it doesn’t require discipline and it actually works incredibly well) or do something kind for somebody if you have remorse for giving that person the finger. I find that I’m a very empathetic person, so even if I don’t feel like I’ve said or done anything wrong or inappropriate, I ALWAYS hold some sort of guilt afterwards for possibly offending or upsetting someone – so I always try to learn from the situation and do something good for somebody else to remind myself that it’s always the better choice. If you’re ever feeling tempted to lash out, voice your opinion whilst your worked up (never a good idea) or anything like that, try your best to remember the 5×5 rule. If it’s not going to matter in 5 years, try not to spend more than 5 minutes worrying about it. Distract yourself, text your bestie and vent to them, or just do something nice for someone instead and don’t let yourself think about it.

I’ve definitely grown over the past few years and matured a lot – I don’t get annoyed by petty things very often anymore and I don’t take others advice or opinions to heart if they don’t align with mine, but there are moments where if its something that affects other people it just gets to me. I’m glad though that I’m finally in a place where I can recognise when I’m improving rather than just focusing on my flaws! So that’s a bonus haha.

Anyway, sorry if this was a bit rambley but it is 1.30am so I’m a bit delirious at this point haha. Hopefully some of you have found this relatable or useful somehow. Let me know your thoughts! I’d love to know I’m not alone in this.

I’m hoping to have a much more light hearted blog up on Friday – if not, it will be up early next week.

Thanks for reading!



Easy Lamington Recipe

Hi everyone!

I made these lamingtons yesterday for the Australia Day weekend and they turned out SO delicious that I thought I’d share the recipe with you all! Now keep in mind that this is the cheats version of Lamingtons. There is no sponge in this so it’s not a traditional recipe but I think they actually taste better than traditional lamingtons just quietly..

Here’s what you’ll need:

1x Green’s Butter Cake Mix

2 eggs

3 tblsp butter

2/3 cup milk


2 cups icing sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup hot water

1 tblsp butter

2 cups desiccated coconut for coating


Mix the butter cake as per the instructions on the box and pour into a greased & lined square 22x22cm tin. Bake for 30-40minutes, the cake is done when it springs back when lightly touched or a skewer comes out clean when inserted. Allow the cake to cool in the tin. Once cool, remove cake from tin and level off the top of the cake with a sharp serrated knife – make sure the cake is completely cool when you do this otherwise it will crumble. Wrap levelled cake tightly in cling wrap and place in the freezer for at least 2 hours.

To make the icing, mix all ingredients together – the icing should be fairly runny but not watery. Remove cake from freezer and cut into squares. Dip squares into icing, allow the excess to drain before rolling in coconut. Allow to set before serving.

These freeze exceptionally well – I just popped mine into snap lock bags.

If you make these please tag me in photos! I’d love to know what you think!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! I’m currently writing up a money saving blog that should be up in the next week or two so keep an eye out for that – you won’t want to miss it πŸ˜‰

Did you bake anything for Australia Day?

Lots of love,

Kimberly x

Elf on the Shelf Ideas 2017

Hi everyone!

Sorry I’m a little late with this post, I just couldn’t seem to get organised this week!

I thought I’d share a few tips to make elf on the shelf a little easier this year and I will also be posting what our Elfie gets up to every day!

1. I found the best way to make this less stressful is to print out a basic calendar on a piece of paper and write in each of the days what I planned on doing with Elfie. I kept in mind days where I wouldn’t have as much time to set up the night before and also days where we had free time so Elfie could bring along an activity for us to do. This keeps things nicely organised and this way I don’t have to try and come up with ideas on the day.

2. Use Pinterest! I found almost all of my Elfie ideas on Pinterest and will adapt them to suit our household and to use things we already have. But if you’re lacking inspiration, Pinterest is the place to look!

3. Keep it simple. Hunter is only 3 so basically anything Elfie does is exciting. But don’t feel pressure to try and “out do” other parents. I know with social media we often feel the pressure to “keep up with the jones'” almost, but try and remember what Elf on the Shelf is really about – keeping the spirit of Christmas alive (and also maybe a tiny bit of bribery for your kids to be extra well behaved – so far it’s working well with Hunter. When he doesn’t want to go to bed or have a nap we remind him that Elfie is watching him and that it will make Elfie and Santa happy if he’s a good boy and has a rest. Some parents won’t agree with this sort of parenting, but each to their own)

4. Have fun with it! There’s no point starting a tradition that is just going to stress you out – so just enjoy it. This is meant to be fun, not stressful!

Every day I will add what we found Elfie doing – hopefully it might give you all some ideas too if you’re stuck! Happy Elfmas!

Day 1 – Elfie’s Arrival (if you’d like to see how I made Elfie’s house – click here to read the blog)

Day 2 – Elfie brings a gift! This is the Christmas LEGO Duplo for this year and Hunter was beside himself with excitement when he opened it!

Day 3 – Elfie TP’d the tree!

Day 4 – Elfie made sprinkles snow angels! Hunter loved this one!

Day 5 – Elfie builds a tower!

Day 6 – Elfie’s hiding in the advent calendar!

Day 7 – Elfie “just hanging out”

Day 8 – Elfie Sleighing the day

Day 9 – Elfie Reading to his Toy friends

DIY Elf on the Shelf House & Easy DIY Christmas Decor β€’ Kmart Stacking Tree Hacks 2017

Hi Everyone!

I thought I’d start out the first of my Christmas blogs with some DIY hacks using 2 very popular items sold at Kmart this Christmas!

I’ll start with the base as it’s the same for both designs.

Here is what you will need for both hacks;

For the base you will need;

Kmart Stacking Tree – $12

Christmas Themed Wrapping Paper


A pen or pencil

Double sided Tape – the Heavy Duty kind

A short length of Battery Powered Christmas Lights (I got mine for $2 at The Reject Shop)

To make the base;

Roll out your wrapping paper and place each part of your Stacking Tree onto the paper, tracing around each one with your pen/pencil. Make sure that you place your Stacking Tree parts the correct way up on the paper so the pattern is displayed properly (you will see below I didn’t do this the first time and had to re-do it, I also didn’t notice until after I’d completed and photographed both designs – super frustrating).

Next, cut out your stencils and place them into each corresponding part of the Stacking Tree. You will need to trim each one down to size, make sure they fit snug but without any creasing or ripples.

Then, place the double sided tape around the edges of the cut out paper, making sure you place it on the backside (non-patterned) of the paper. Remove the tape’s backing and press paper into each part of the Stacking Tree, making sure there are no bubbles or creases.

Now, stack your tree (preferably in the place you would like it displayed to save the trouble of having to move it once you have the decorations inside) and use double sided tape to stick your lights around the edge of the tree, making sure the battery pack ends up at the bottom.

If you’d like the lights and/or Tree to be a permanent fixture, use hot glue to secure each part of the tree together and to keep the lights in place.

Test your lights to make sure they work, then go on and decorate your tree!

Elf on the Shelf House

For the Elf on the Shelf House you will need;

Christmas Elf Door Set – $15

Elf on the Shelf Elf

Any other decorations you’d like to use

A star Christmas ornament

Blue tack

To create your Elf on the Shelf House;

Place the elf door on the bottom level of your house and put your Elf beside it, to show this is where Elfie (that’s what we’ve named our Elf – original I know!) has arrived from the North Pole. If you’d like to, you can always put a bit of double sided tape on the bottom and back of the door to secure it in place.

Decorate the rest of the shelf and the other shelves however you please. We chose to place a star on our top shelf as it made it feel more like a Christmas tree – I just used an ornament I purchased from the Reject Shop and used blue tack to secure it to the “roof”.

I think Hunter will really love this! This is our first year doing elf on the shelf so I wanted Elfie’s entrance to be somewhat grand!

Easy DIY Christmas Decor

For this you will only need a few ornaments/trinkets. I purchased most of these at The Reject Shop but you could get them from any cheap store or even Kmart. I also used some old ornaments I had from a few years ago that no longer fit with the colour scheme of my tree for this year – so that is a great way to save money with this DIY.

This is pretty basic, just place your trinkets and ornaments however you like – again use double sided sticky tape if you’d like things to stay put but if you’re not touching it/moving it around it’s not really necessary. I went with the almost the same design as the Elf house except the bottom shelf had a few different trinkets.

This looks super festive when lit up at night and is so affordable! The best part about this is that you can change it up every year. Just remove last years wallpaper (wrapping paper) and change it out to suit your new colour scheme/design.

Let me know if you do end up trying either of these DIY/Kmart Hacks and please tag me in pictures on Instagram if you do end up trying it! Im a festive freak so I love to see anything creative when it comes to Christmas Decor.

I’ll have 2 more Christmas themed blogs coming up in the next week so keep your eye out for those! One is Elf on the Shelf themed and the other is a DIY Advent Calendar idea great for kids!

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or ask on any of my social media.

Merry Christmas!

Kimberly Xo

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*This Post is not sponsored by Kmart or the Reject Shop – I just thought this tree was super versatile so wanted to share how I was styling it β€οΈπŸŽ„

Losing My Job, Family Issues & Exciting News! Life Update – November 2017

Hey everyone!

I know yet again its been a really long time between blog posts but life has been all over the place lately. The last time I spoke to you all was in my Turning 25 blog (which you can read here) and I was having a bit of a hard time with figuring out what to do with my life. I actually have quite a bit to update you all on so I’ll start from October.

Okay so I’m going to start with some very TMI stuff – if you’re new here, I post a lot about cycles etc as that is what I originally blogged about when I was trying to conceive 4 years ago, so if you’re not into reading that sort of stuff just skip to the next paragraph. The past year, my period (major TMI alert – this shit is about to get messy) has been really bad. Every single month the amount of pain I’m in and the amount of bleeding (I know – gross but it has to be talked about) I’ve been having gets worse every cycle and it has been getting to the point where I struggle to do daily life things like go to work or even get Hunter to daycare. But I will be seeing a specialist in about 2 weeks time and hopefully we’ll be able to work out what’s going on and find a solution ASAP because this really sucks. So I’ll do a full blog post on it after I’ve seen him.

In other news, I’m no longer working! I don’t really want to go into much detail out of respect for my former work place but it was inevitable as I’d outgrown my position there. There were other reasons too but I don’t really want to get into them as it’s just not worth sharing and I’ve left things on good terms with the owner which is the main thing.

So I am now currently a stay at home mum & housewife! Which I absolutely love to be honest, particularly after the past few weeks of stress. Rescue Mumma hasn’t been doing as well as I’d hoped and we had to make the difficult decision to cancel our subscription boxes due to low sales. We still have gift boxes available and we will also be launching a new website within the coming weeks so stay tuned! (If you’d like to purchase a gift box – you can do so here). But that was a bit of a blow as that all occurred within the same week. On top of that, we’ve had other family issues (I won’t discuss them out of respect for our family, but it has been super stressful and hard on everyone) so life has really been kicking us lately, but I do have some good news to share!

I’m really hoping that by sharing this I don’t jinx myself, but guys… I have been mostly anxiety free since the start of October! HOORAY!! I’m really not sure why all of a sudden my mental health has finally gotten its shit together but I’m hoping and praying it stays this way. This is literally the best I have felt mentally in over 7 years! I haven’t done anything different, nothing has really changed (other than everything I mentioned before) and considering the super stressful circumstances we’ve had lately, I’ve been doing incredibly well. I really hope that I have somehow miraculously overcome my issues and that I will be well from now on, but for the time being I’m enjoying feeling somewhat “normal” (I don’t mean that to be insensitive either, but if you’ve suffered from mental health problems then you will understand that all you ever want is to feel like everybody else who doesn’t have issues) and trying my best not to worry about how long this good feeling will last.

In other good news, my best friend of 10 years got married in October! We were so happy to be able to watch her walk down the aisle and help her celebrate her big day! This was also Jamie & I’s first weekend away without Hunter. It was definitely tough to begin with as he actually went away on a little holiday with Jamie’s mum to stay with Jamie’s sister, so I was a little nervous about how he’d go without us but he loved it! He truly had a wonderful time and to be honest, it was the best little holiday Jamie and I have had in 5 or 6 years – it was nice just to spend time together as couple and feel like it was just us again.

So that is pretty much my update. I feel like I’ve left something out and as per my usual writing style, this is probably all over the place but I assume you guys are used to it by now haha.

Also, Christmas is only 38 days away! I am beyond excited! I’m hoping to have my first Christmas related blog up towards the end of next week so stay tuned!

I hope you are all doing well and hopefully we actually receive some of the rain that’s forecast for this weekend! Our grass is starting to look a little sorry for itself haha.

Alright, I’m rambling – what else is new.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kimberly Xo

Ps. If you read this blog when I originally posted it, I decided to edit a few things out because I just didn’t want to keep them included. It was a really long story that had no real point to it, so if you’re wondering why it was different, that’s why! : )

Turning 25 & General Life Struggles

Hi Friends!

I thought I’d finally write another normal blog rather than flooding you with Rescue Mumma stuff constantly. I’m sorry, I know it’s probably a tad annoying, but I am just so proud of my new little business and the concept behind it, I just really want it to do well. I’m going to be incredibly honest and vulnerable here, but it’s starting off a lot slower than I had hoped. Sales aren’t great and I have had a few little nervous breakdowns over whether jumping into a business was a good idea or not, but I am positive that this is worth sticking with and working hard on. Helping Mums is something I am so passionate about and as someone who has often struggled with Motherhood, I just really wanted a way for Mums to feel special and do something for themselves for a change. I’m sure it will pick up, but if I’m totally honest, this past week has been rough…

On Saturday, I turned 25! Twenty-five! That seems crazy to me. I am now in my mid-twenties and honestly, I never had any long term goals when I was younger but I kind of thought I’d be doing better in life by now. Don’t get me wrong, I am super blessed to have an amazing husband and son, we are finally back on track money-wise and I am generally happy with how things are going, but this year has been tough. I feel like I’ve had a quarter life crisis all year. I don’t really know what I’m doing or where I’m going with life. I like my job, however due to daycare fees changing, I am now literally working just to pay for daycare and I don’t really know if its worth it. My job now carries a lot more stress than it originally did when I started back in January and I’m not sure whether all of that stress and hard work is worth it if I’m not actually making any money. But on the other hand, Hunter needs to go to daycare. Being a very shy, only child, it is incredibly important that he socializes and attends daycare so that the transition into school and Kindy is easier. I really want this business to do well as I finally feel like I’ve found what I’m meant to do with my life, but at the same time because it hasn’t taken off like I originally had hoped, I’m constantly second guessing myself.

I think a lot of it comes back to the fact that I always thought I would have more children. That was in my original “plan” and I never really thought any further than that. Which is of course my own fault, I probably should have set more goals for myself, but I’m such an indecisive person that I always change my mind with what I want in life. Now that we aren’t having any more children, I’m left to decide a career path that is both rewarding/enjoyable and brings in an income.

Honestly though, other than my little career – quarter – life – crisis, everything is going really well. Jamie and I are happier in our marriage than we’ve ever been (our 4 year wedding anniversary was last Thursday! 4 whole years!) and Hunter is such a wonderful little man, I truly do feel so blessed. I guess I just feel lost. I’m not depressed or sad, I’m just…. very lost.

I think it’s important to remind ourselves when we feel like this that you could have a successful career, a beautiful family and all of the money you could ever want and need and you could still be unhappy. What I’m saying is, try your best to remind yourself of everything you are grateful for. I am guilty of always thinking of the negatives in my life instead of focusing on the positives and honestly it is a horrible way to live. Try your best to seek the positive in every day (kids are great at this so ask them what made them happy today, they often remind you to enjoy the little things) and seek out/accept help if you need it. Talk to people and allow yourself to have your sad moments, but try not to dwell on them.

As always, if you ever need anyone to talk to, I’m here. Feel free to message me any time.

Lots of love,

Kimberly xo