Holly from the Day's Show aka Lol's with Hol's. Likes: what doesn't Holly like? She's polite, friendly, likes cats, cooking & crafting.
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What are you doing for other people at the moment? I reckon all of us can do something for somebody else. Not only does it make the person feel loved but i really feel amazing blessing others.
Here's what i've done over the last couple of weeks to give you a bit of inspiration and show you that it doesn't take that much time and effort.
Make A Meal...
This week I made a meal for a family from my church. I don't know who they are but i know they're going through a tough time. It's not hard to make an extra meal for a stranger, a friend who's had a baby or someone you know isn't doing to well. If i have the ability to cook i have the ability to help someone out!
Send A Card...
We've got some friends that have bought a new home. How cool is to spend a couple of hours and make a card so that some of the first mail they get is not a bill but something nice. Cards always go down a treat though, even if you buy one it's always so nice to get something in the mail.
Post A Care Package...
I've got quite a few friends overseas at the moment and i love sending care packages. These totally don't need to cost you a whole lot, this one just had a little crafted gift and a heap of strips of paper with things that i appreciated about this person. Easy!!
Send A Text...
The most simple and cheap thing you can do... check in on your friends and see how they're doing. You never know what someone could be going through.
So there you go. I hope that's inspired you to do a little something for someone else.
Recipe Book Love
I have a thing about recipe books. If it comes to Birthday or Christmas and i get a really nice recipe book im a happy lady! So i thought i'd share with you some of my faves.
What Katie Ate..
I love that her recipes are so different. The book has that incredible smell (i know a little odd, you know the paper page smell though?) The photography & layout is just so unique.
My fav from this one is a harissa spiced chicken salad. The recipe uses pearl barley but i used brown rice which is just as delicious...
Little & Friday
Little and Friday have 2 cookbooks out now. The other one (not pictured above) is called Little and Friday Celebrations.
The must bake from the pictured cookbook is the caramel slice, no words can describe how delicious it is!!! Make sure you halve the recipe though because the quantities are huge.
I've tried making a few things from celebrations more recently this chocolate log. Definitely save that one for a celebration because it is so rich (in a deliciously chocolate way)
My favourite spot to get a sweet treat in Auckland is Bluebells Cakery in Hillsborough. Not only is the cafe amazing but they also have a cookbook out.
Beautiful, girly and filled with sweet treats it's a winner. Try the fudge and any of the cupcakes.
I really appreciated the tutorials for icing as well to perfect the bluebells look.
So there you go those are my recipe book loves!!
Hopefully it's inspired you to get in kitchen and try making something new. Mayble you'll develop a recipe book love like me
'Holly Hacks' is new to the Life FM Days Show. Nope it's not me hacking on the mic although that could be fun. It's life hacks, little tips and tricks you might not have known about. So today.....
DIY TRAVEL-SIZED TOILETRIES WITH A DRINKING STRAW
When you travel you take those clear containers on the plane with you and you can only have so much liquid. Such a hassle!!! This is genius when it comes travel and will save you precious space and weight.
heat sealer or lighter
Fill a straw with whatever you want ie: moisturiser, sunscreen, toothpaste and make sure there's a little bit of room left at each end. If you have a heat sealer then seal each end, if not there's a how to with a lighter here.
(Note if you're young please don't do this without an adult)
Wrap some tape around the straw and write on it so you know what's inside.
To open just pinch the end and you're good to go.
100 Happy Days
I've been seeing #100happydays all over social media and i've finally looked into it and I LOVE IT!!
100 happy days is the challenge of posting something on social media each day that makes you happy with the #100happydays.
So why would you do it?
- so you start noticing the things that make you happy everyday
- so you realise what you really have in life
- to encourage other friends to find the things that make them happy.
My friends and I are doing this together via e-mail. So each day we'll send a pic of what's making us happy. Simple! You don't even have to share it on social media if you don't want to but how nice is it to encourage your friends with the happy things in life.
Need some #100 happy days inspiration? Check out some of mine.....
#100happydays capturing cat yawns
#100happydays watching the sun rise with friends
#100happydays getting your nails done
#100happydays finding lol worthy cards
#100happydays capturing the beauty of the world
#100happydays baking Birthday cakes for my Christmas Day hubby!!
So there's your challenge. Can you every day for 100 days find something that makes you happy?
Take on the challenge and feel good about you & hopefully you'll ecourage others to be happy to.
I got an e-mail from a friend yesterday who told me she'd made some lolly cake over the weekend. Seriously i'm so bad! As soon as i'd read her e-mail i started thinking about lolly cake and how i should be a good wife and make it for my hubby.
A stop at the supermarket for ingredients and 10 minutes of baking, it was done!
Lolly cake is one of those things that takes you back to being a kid and i'd forgotton just how easy it is to make. So now it's my turn to tempt you into making lolly cake. I use the griffins recipe which is always a winner.
1 Packet (250g) of Malt Biscuits - crushed
1/2 a tin (200g) of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Packet (190g) of Eskimo lollies
Warm butter and condensed milk in microwave.
Cut up Eskimo lollies into bite sized chunks.
Mix butter, condensed milk, crushed Malt biscuits and lollies together.
Form into a log shape. Roll in coconut.
Chill in fridge for 4 hours.
When set, cut into slices and serve.
It's so close to Christmas and time to start wrapping the presents for under the tree. The thing is when you've spent money on gifts the appeal of buying more things for gift wrapping isin't so appealing.
Brown paper is your friend. It's inexpensive and with a bit of creativity you can make some amazing gift wrap. So here's some ideas i prepared earlier.
Bunting Gift Wrap -Put some string around your gift, find some black and white patterns print out & then cut out bunting shapes. Double side tape the bunting flags onto the string and voila!
Christmas Lights Gift Wrap - Draw a black line for the lights string. Get your favouite coloured paints and go back to finger painting days to create the lights.
Pom Pom Gift Wrap - Paint some circles onto your brown paper. Your next challenge is to create pom poms out of tissue paper. There's plenty of tutorials online about how to make these so have a play around and you'll perfect them in no time.
Newspaper Gift Wrap - Cut your recipient's name out of newspaper and then you've doubled up on gift wrap and a gift tag!
So have fun gift wrapping and have a Merry DIY Christmas
So all my Christmas gifts have been wrapped although they were looking pretty ugly with names on scraps of paper so i've been on the hunt for the perfect Christmas labels.
I love finding new and different labels every year and when all you need to do is print them off it's even better.
So there are all sorts in this series by Pretty Darn Cute Design in fact here's all the fabulous ones on one page:
So you're sold right? They're pretty darn cute. So now you can download them for FREE for your presents.
Download the PDF here, print them off and then happy gift wrapping.
Recently some very good friends of mine got together to make these little beauties. Mini gingerbread houses! Seriously consider getting the girls together to make these, they're so much fun and it's nice to spend quality time with friends during the silly season.
Here's the recipe featuring one of our cute little houses.
And just because they're so ridiculously cute here's some more decorating inspiration for you of other one's we made.
Happy baking! Make sure you keep checking back for more Christmas DIY over the next few weeks
I am all about the handmade when it comes to Christmas and this is one of my favourite things to do:
Make sure you boil the labels off your old jam jars first (i've learnt that they are super sticky) and then make your favourite preserves. One of my favourites is this microwave lemon honey recipe:
1 1/2 cups White Sugar
100g butter, cut into little pieces
grated rind and juice of 2 lemons
Place the eggs and sugar in a large microwave proof bowl or jug. Whisk with a wire whisk, until well combined. Add the butter, lemon juice and rind. Microwave on high for 8- 10 minutes, stirring every minute, until the mixture is smooth, thick and creamy.
So have fun creating a DIY Christmas and keep an eye out on the days show blog for more DIY Christmas ideas
Well it's a new month so it's time to set 3 little goals. Just a reminder that your little goals need to be ACHIEVABLE things, that way you can feel the success of completing them which is always nice.
So here goes, these are mine:
I'm feeling the Christmas pressure already! Usually i'm really organised and have presents purchased months in advance but not this year. So i'm all up for a no stress December and being organised in November.
So this goal sounds like a New Years resolution and one we're all trying to constantly achieve but it's nice to make it a priority especially since this month is Govember. So with all the Christmas functions starting to begin i want to make sure that in between those i'm staying as healthy as possible.
I recently had my Birthday and got given some amazing recipe books. I love cooking and baking but often i stick with the things i know and just ohhhh and ahhhh over the pages of the cookbook. So the goal for November is to make sure i'm cooking plenty of delicious things from them and since my second goal was to be healthy if it's something that's not so good for the waistline it can go to friends or my very grateful hubby.
So that's it. 3 very achievable little November goals!
Your turn, what do you want to achieve this month?