{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2017} Mayfield Is the Perfect Christmas Gift

If you follow the blog at all, you will know the eternal love affair I have with Mayfield Garden. It is a spectacular slice of heaven gorgeously positioned between Bathurst and Oberon and is literally a whimsical little getaway from the real world.

If you follow this link you can see for yourself the wonder that is Mayfield ->  Magic of Mayfield Video  15774794_1534919409868677_1770834628648578297_o

It is open spaces, quiet moments. It is green grass and a secluded grotto. It is feeling like there is no one around, but also the coolest place on the planet. They are open 363 days a year (only being closed for Christmas and Boxing Day)

I was thrilled to learn that the White Party will be back in the early new year and that is one date certainly set in my diary. I can’t tell you enough just how fun the party is and you need to gather your squad and get tickets ASAP!16836371_1603146223045995_2522223762439251135_o

You can grab tickets for the white party here -> Event Brite – White Party Tickets or otherwise make sure you get your Autumnfest 2018 tickets from here -> Event Brite – Autumnfest. I promise you – you won’t be disappointed!

Mayfield is on 36 acres of beautiful Australian land and there is also a nursery, water garden and a cafe. It really is the most spectacular way to spend your day. During the fesitval periods they even open up the private gardens! Oh La La!! 24131878_1910527092307905_1220542948780837461_o

Make sure you pop out to Mayfield soon:

| Phone: 02 6336 3131 |

| Visit: 530 Mayfield Road, Oberon |

| Facebook: @MayfieldGarden |

| Hours: 9am to 4.30pm |

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The team at Mayfield Garden are giving away a beaut prize this Christmas! They are giving one lucky nester a family pass. This is for 2 adults and 2 children to visit the garden! Yee Haa!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Mayfield Garden as well as The Central Nest’s facebook pages and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Wednesday 20 December 2017.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2017 Rules

 

{The Nest Loves} The DailyGreatness Journal may just turn your life around

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I am the Kween of procrastination, promises of tomorrow and ‘gunnas’ but I have finally found something to help reign in my poor excuses and bad food choices.

Friends, let me introduce you to the DailyGreatness Journal.

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The premise of these little beauties accourding to their creator Lyndelle Palmer Clarke is that you can “be your own guru, the journals help to empower you to consciously create your days, help you reach your potential and support you in realising you are the architect of your destiny”.

You can choose between either the Daily Greatness Journal, the Daily Greatness Business Planner, Yoga Journal or Training Journal (12 week). journals

I am planning on getting my chubby little mitts on the DailyGreatness 12 week Training Journal, how brillz will that be during the lead up to summer?

What feature I love the most is that the journals offer a holistic training guide, especailly targeted towards women. Plus, any help to be healthier and live longer is great!

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In addition, if you know me at all you will know what a ridiculous stationary addict I am, and thankfully these journals are not only good for my health but also my eyeballs! Offering high quality paper, beautiful luscious designs as well as the kick in the arse I need, it really is a match made in heaven.

Pop over and check out the store at DailyGreatness today.

Happy life planning Nesters xx

 

 *DailyGreatness & The Central Nest are affiliates, so when you purchase from them you are helping our little blog x

{The Nest Writes} We are broken.

My family is broken.

This week we had to heartbreakingly farewell the patriarch of our family.

Arthur Thomas Trevor Wild was many things to many people but to me he was my Pop.pop

He led his life with conviction. He was funny and strong. He was determined and just a little bit naughty.

He was more cheeky than most two year olds you know. He has eyebrows that danced and a wink that gleamed.

He was a father to two, step-father to four. Grandfather to 18. Great-grandfather to 20.

He was a husband. A good, loving, reliable husband.nanna and pop2

He had an insatiable sweet tooth, and deeply loved copious amounts of ice cream.

He loved fishing and camping and living.

He really liked living. Until the end when he didn’t anymore.

That’s the thing, age is horrific, no one can hide from it. You can’t outrun it. It will catch us all.

Rest in peace my friend, you and your delightfully mischievous eyebrows will be missed. There is a hole in our family now that you are gone. We will never be the same.

So now, somehow we learn to live without you.

I love you. I miss you.

I will forever remember you.

Just know that you were loved. So incredibly, deeply loved.

{The Nest Writes} You never know when the last time will be the last time

Last Thursday my family received some heartbreaking news, our grandfather had left us. We were shocked and saddened beyond belief.Scan_20150531 (128)

We as a family had been incredibly lucky, not only because we had had precious time with him (he was 85) but because my brother, sisters and I had until this point never really experienced loss. My grandmother died when my dad was 14 so we had only ever known the feeling of having our Grandpop minus our Grandma. He had never remarried and lived his whole life in the same home he had once shared with his wife. A house that year by year stayed just about the same as we quickly changed.

When we heard the news of his passing an unmistakable ripple of pain quivered throughout our family. We didn’t know what to do. Hell, we didn’t even really know how to plan a funeral! Step by step, hour by hour we did the jobs that had to be done. We sadly shared the news of his passing, we chose his casket, planned the memorial, printed booklets.

We delved through photographs of a whole person’s life and tried to choose ones that reflected the man we had known. We watched him evolve from a small boy to a strapping young lad cloaked in Army Uniform representing his beloved Australia. He became a husband, a father and eventually he became our Grandpop.

To be honest I don’t know how to feel, I don’t know if I am even grieving accurately. Is there a proper way to do it?

I am angry and sad. I feel guilty and betrayed. Am I selfish for wishing he tried to stay just a little bit longer? I wish I could hug him or hear his deep voice. I continually count all the things that we took for granted when he was here and I now desperately wish I could experience it all just one more time. I just want to bottle it somehow. Keep it in a safe place where no one can take him away from me again.

He was far from perfect and he would definitely be the first to admit that but he was my Grandpop and I was his sweetie pie number one. I hate that I will never again hear him call me that. I miss him. My heart aches knowing there is no more time with him. That horribly that choice to see him again has been taken from me.

My sisters and I said the following at his funeral. Somehow though it just doesn’t seem enough.Scan_20150531 (139)

 Today we stand here and remember a remarkable human being.

He was many things to many people. He was a husband, a father, a brother. He was a proud Australian, a sensational cook and an average bird impressionist. He knew like few others how to REALLY wear a suit, he loved cigars and cream in his tea. He loved the Army and war stories. He loved reading. But above all, he loved us.

Gramps, you had a remarkable way with words, you could keep us on the edge of our seats with your fantastic stories. You recalled your time in the Army with such fondness and pride and took great pleasure in teaching us broken Japanese. You spoke often about our grandma and how much you wished she had met us. You liked to drink scalding hot cups of tea and would frequently remind us that you remembered when we were only the size of a loaf of bread.

You never forgot our birthdays, you always sent a card. You bought us ice creams and milkshakes and loved taking us to the park. There was many times that you even jumped on the play equipment with us!

We spent many a time with you eating fish and chips from the shop on the hill, drinking cheap soft drink and sweating through bowls of your deliciously wicked curries! We chowed down on googley eggs in a cup, well that was until the revolt of ‘94 when you crossed the line, changed the recipe and added tomato sauce! There were tantrums and stern words to you Grandpop not to never ever ever add tomato sauce again. Much like you, they were better without all the fuss.

You could cater like no other, Sydney trips were filled with stops at your house to stock up on hors d’oeurves, or like you called them ‘horses doofeses’. You made the most magnificent roasts which we will likely spend the rest of our days trying unsuccessfully to recreate.

We will remember how you told us all about your girlfriend. She was a super hairy broad, with one ear and a peg leg, but lucky she was worth lots of money! We will miss the never-ending threat to send us a photo of yourself because, in your own very modest words, you were simply the best looking man on earth. 

There is so much we will remember about our time with you, you were so generous. You gave us so much. You showered us with brooches, jewellery and teapots. Once you even let us loose with real scissors on your luscious locks and let us cut your hair! Unfortunately for the best looking man on earth our skills didn’t quite match our enthusiasm and you were left with little choice but to rock out with some bald spots for a few weeks!

Above all, we will always be most grateful for you giving us our daddy, you were his best mate and biggest supporter. We look at photos of the two of you now and your face just gleams with pride.

Without a doubt the hardest part about losing you isn’t the tears, the pain or the grieving, but now the fact that we will have to learn how to live our lives without you in it. Our gramps is gone and we are broken. We are your family and like you taught us we will band together, remember the good times, talk of you often and learn to exist in a world that heartbreakingly we no longer share with you.

We love you. We miss you. We will remember you for always.

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Grandpop I hope you are safe and rest in peace, well until I get to see you again anyway!

Farewell old man, you really are missed.

Please Nesters hug your family just a little bit closer today and make sure you take advantage of the now, you never know when the last time will be the last time.

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{Do This} A photo-a-day keeps the memories alive

A few years ago I began completing a photo-a-day challenge in a couple of months of each year. Usually I choose a month towards the end of the year and one in the middle.

It captures one little moment every day in our family for one whole month. Sometimes they are happy. Sometimes they are boring. Sometimes they are sad. But they are always US.

It is funny the little things you forget. The moments you wouldn’t remember without these images.

It makes me grateful. It reminds me of the special times. It encourages me to capture memories to pass onto my daughters.

I really cannot encourage you enough to do this. It is something that makes you smile. It is something the future you will be thankful that you started.

Here are a couple of the images I have captured over the last few years. They are my legacy.

"1 July 2014: Audrey, you are the sunshine on my rainy days. While you are mischief and naughtiness in one tiny little package, you are also the definition of fun, laugher and attitude. You are strong and stubborn. You are caring and hilarious. You smile with your whole body. You draw on walls. You lick things you shouldn’t. You teach us patience. You are perfection. You are so very, deeply loved."

1 July 2014: Audrey, you are the sunshine on my rainy days. While you are mischief and naughtiness in one tiny little package, you are also the definition of fun, laugher and attitude. You are strong and stubborn.  You are caring and hilarious. You smile with your whole body. You draw on walls. You lick things you shouldn’t. You teach us patience. You are perfection. You are so very, deeply loved.

29 December 2013: Some moments are just absolute bliss. A perfect instant that shows actual true love. This is that moment. A quiet time, a peaceful time. Two best friends together in their own private moment - enjoyed and captured by their very proud mummy.

29 December 2013: Some moments are just absolute bliss. A perfect instant that shows actual true love. This is that moment. A quiet time, a peaceful time. Two best friends together in their own private moment – enjoyed and captured by their very proud mummy.

5 June 2013 - When you feed a baby, just for a little while the world stops. You are connected together. I know in the not to distant future my Audrey will long to be independent, she will want to feed herself, and the way she looks at me during a feed will just be a memory. Until that time, I will spend my days staring straight back at her.

5 June 2013: When you feed a baby, just for a little while the world stops. You are connected together. I know in the not to distant future my Audrey will long to be independent, she will want to feed herself, and the way she looks at me during a feed will just be a memory. Until that time, I will spend my days staring straight back at her.

This is what happens when your 14 months old and mother nature is so mean that she made it rain on the day after you got your new play equipment. You can see your new toys outside through the window. Mummy says your not allowed to go into the rain and play. You don't understand why. So you just cry. Because you can.

12 December 2011:  This is what happens when you’re 14 months old and mother nature is so mean that she made it rain on the day after you got your new play equipment. You can see your new toys outside through the window. Mummy says your not allowed to go into the rain and play. You don’t understand why. So you just cry. Because you can.

7 December 2011 - Christmas has always been my favourite time of the year, but this year is just a little bit more special. Our little girl is old enough now to really enjoy the whole experience. She thinks that Gamma and Grandpop's lights are just the best thing. We pull up in the street and she just says "wow, wow, priddy, priddy,(pretty) wow" so much that she doesn't even breathe properly. This photo is so special to me because it shows my two favourite people enjoying a gorgeous moment together..

7 December 2011: Christmas has always been my favourite time of the year, but this year is just a little bit more special. Our little girl is old enough now to really enjoy the whole experience. She thinks that Gamma and Grandpop’s lights are just the best thing. We pull up in the street and she just says “wow, wow, priddy, priddy,(pretty) wow” so much that she doesn’t even breathe properly. This photo is so special to me because it shows my two favourite people enjoying a gorgeous moment together.

Nesters, try it. It is entirely worth it xo

{The Nest Finds} Could this bracelet really impact your life?

A healthy mind and a healthy body go hand-in-hand. Many believe that a positive mantra can really make a difference to your physical and mental health.

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These beautiful mantrabands are the perfect gift showcasing a wonderful message of love, peace or motivation.

The messages are varied and you can find one to suit any person in your life.

You can purchase your new favourite piece of jewellery from My MantraBand

Plus, there is free shipping on all orders.mantraband

Live healthy Nesters!

{Locally found} Bianca Villa in Lithgow is where you should be..

Do yourself a favour and run (don’t walk!) into the gorgeous treasure trove that is Bianca Villa in Lithgow.

Located in Main Street, Lithgow they have wonderful pieces that will make your house feel more like a home and simply just make your heart sing.

Pretty. Practical. Perfect.

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I am personally lusting over the metal lockers. LOVE!

Happy shopping Nesters!