Tuesday, November 29, 2011

First Guest Post

Just wanted to let you all know I did my first ever guest post this week over at Lost Cabin. So if you're looking for dinner ideas this week, go check it out!

I was also lucky enough to be the Feature Sponsor over on A Cup Of Subtle Tea for November, and was featured today! If you want to know a little bit more about my illustrations, go check it out! Also, Hannah was my very first guest poster on this here little blog, giving a little peak into how she spends her day!

Hope you're all having a lovely little week!

Spend the day with A Cup Of Subtle Tea!

Hello Tastes Like Love readers! I am so excited to have been the Feature
Sponsor for Lauren this month. I absolutely love her site, her
illustrations and of course, her!


I am popping in to share with you guys a peak at my day-to-day life. Since
I don't currently work it leaves my days open to a million possibilities. I
do my absolute best to keep busy so that the house stays clean and I don't
turn into a complete vegetable. When James travels for work my days vary
greatly but luckily he was home for almost two weeks during this holiday so
I can show you a little bit of what our day consists of.

My days usually start not wanting to get out of bed. It's unstoppable. I
will continually fight my night-owl-ness because I dream of being a morning
person. I always feel more productive and successful. Someday, it may
work.


Random Fact # 1: I feel so lazy and unproductive when I'm a night owl
that I will probably spend the rest of my life continually fighting until I
can be a morning person for more than a week at a time.

Once I finally get up I get ready (this week
meant I could finally wear Christmas jammy pants!) and then I go open up
 the blinds and windows. Rain or shine, I love having them open. This is
 one of my favorite parts of Virginia.


Random Fact # 2: The whole front of my house is floor to ceiling
windows. This is both awesome (for light and fresh air) and awful (for
furniture placement and wall decorations
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Then I get up and make breakfast. Check out the recipe for these waffles here! 
I am a huge advocate of breakfast. I know that everyone says it is the most
important meal of the day but coming from someone who ALWAYS skipped
breakfast in her teens... It really is the best thing I could have done for
myself. I couldn't have lost so much weight without breakfast.


After breakfast I usually assess my to-do list and see what needs to get
done for the day. This can be anything from laundry, dishes, sewing,
blogging, web design, lawn work, decorating or catching up on tv shows.
This week has been spent decorating the house now that all the paint work
has been completed. These adorable fall frames will be on the blog soon as
part of an "interchangeable" wall decor post!


Up next is lunch. Lunch = tv break. It's true, James and I are serious
homebodies. We love "our shows" and making lunch or dinner to eat while we
catch up is always my favorite part of the day. We have been on a serious
grilled cheese and tomato soup kick lately. We make several variations and
we haven't come up with a bad one yet!


Random Fact # 3: Even when we first started dating, James and I had "our
shows" that we weren't allowed to watch without each other. No matter what,
whether his schedule is busy or mine, we always make time to sit down and
cuddle while catching up on our favorite shows.

After lunch is straight back to my to-do list. James has been watching
college basketball and some NFL games this week so I can plug my headphones
in and bang out posts for myself but also guest posts like this one!
Occasionally we will head out to see a movie or go run some errands. Over
the weekend we went to see The Muppets and it was FANTASTIC!

Random Fact # 4: I used to think that a "sports" guy was a dealbreaker.
Thank goodness James came around and proved me wrong. He is the best thing
to ever happen to me.

The ends of my days are usually followed by dinner and baking. Unless of
course we go to the gym. Since it's a holiday weekend, we are taking a
breather so we can get all of our handmade Christmas decorations finished.
(By we, I mean mostly me. lol) This is the remnants of the mini apple pies
made for our
 Thanksgiving feast . Check out an apple cinnamon recipe here 
to use up leftover apple pie filling!

The night usually comes to a close with sewing in bed, cuddling and
Supernatural. James has gotten me absolutely hooked on this show. It is a
miracle I don't have nightmares everyday because I really don't do well
with spooky things, nonetheless before bed. This is one of "our shows" so
at least I don't have to watch it alone.


Random Fact #5: I have a really bad habit of sticking my needles in the
bed, when I move around or get more thread, so I don't lose them. When I
start looking for them again I, almost always, can't find them anywhere.
This usually gives James a heart attack because he wont sleep until I find
it. I haven't been banned from it just yet.

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A huge thank you to Lauren for having me as her Featured Sponsor for
November! 

Monday, November 28, 2011

December Sponsorship! *UPDATED*

I've got such a lovely bunch of bloggers already for December & I have a couple of spots left if anybody else would like to sponsor Tastes Like Love for December. If you're interested in free sponsorship, check out my sponsor page and send me an email!

All my December spots have been taken! Email me if you're keen for January! 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Meet My November Sponsors / pt.2

The best part about participating in these sponsor/button swaps is sharing different bloggers, and coming across new blogs. I've found some of my favourite blogs through sponsorship, and button swapping, & I hope you all visit these lovely ladies and say hello! 

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My name is Janee Lookerse. I'm an LA based artist who loves to make just about anything. I have my BFA in Art with an emphasis in Dark Room Photography. Recently, I've been focusing more on my blog and craft business making decorative garlands, kids toys and much more. Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard is an accumulation of all the thoughts, ideas, inspiration and projects that find their way through the tangled mess in my brain. 

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My name is Gentri and I blog over at Gentri Lee. I consider myself a lifestyle blogger and usually post about my adventures, fashion, and silliness. I would love for you to stop by and say hi sometime.

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My name is Grace Fleming – insert “Lynne” when needed. Once Her Umbrella  is just a collection of my life’s little decorations – whether it’s a love for sampling the world, empty candy wrappers, books filled with scribbled ideas or stupid people that keep showing up – they’ve all found a place underneath, adorning everyday with a little more sparkle. I fancy myself a freelance creator, loving all things in the media and loving the work that goes behind it. 

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Howdy! I'm Sara. I am a 20 something believer, wife, mom, knitter and all around craftaholic. Prairie Hen is my little corner of the internet where I share my thoughts on Motherhood and my current projects. I love my girl, tattoos, thrifting, my pup and blogging (duh). I sell my toys and knits on etsy. You can check out my shop here or email me with questions about custom orders. 

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Hi friends! My name is Tara and I'm the lady behind Deer in a Bottle which documents my travels, daily adventures in art making and overall exploration of design and beautiful things. I also run a small jewelry shop selling handmade gemstone/crystal necklaces and also vintage inspired jewelry.

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Hi! my name is Stina, i'm a catlady crazy for crafting, baking and pretty dresses. You can expect my favourite recipes, projects i'm working on, tutorials, and photos of my cats of course, and more on my blog . i'd love to get to know you so please come by and say hello! 

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If you haven't already checked out their blogs, make sure you do! They are such a bunch of talented, lovely sweethearts! If you would like to sponsor Tastes Like Love for December, send me an email laurenemily [at] y7mail [dot] com

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Unpacked


As I previously posted last week, Luke & I moved house. We've have the majority of our things packed up for a year now, so unpacking these last couple of days has been pretty exciting. I've found some things, books, & home wares I had forgotten I owned. And have been able to unpack some lovely gifts from last years birthday & Christmas such as the babushka doll stack coffee mugs & red polka dot tea cups. They were my two favourite things to unpack so far! Last year Luke & I lived in an interesting house that had a shed packed with previous tenants discarded belongings and amongst them was a triangular A-frame bookcase that was painted a horrible shade of green with black patches all over it. I really like the shape of the bookcase, and thought it would look better painted red. So we held onto it for a couple of years with the hopes of a colour change, and when we found our new flat that had recently been painted all white inside, we thought it would suit the space painted white. So while I was a work last week, my Dad painted it for us all white & snappy ready for our new flat. 

The first things we unpacked were our books, and let me tell you Luke & I have a lot of books. We couldn't open a library or anything, but we are definitely not in any shortage of them! There are a couple of things that I own way too many of and they are Jackie Collins' books, tea cups, coffee mugs & dust collectors. Our flat isn't a very big space, so its been interesting trying to fit everything in and arrange it so it doesn't look like a storage room. The most exciting thing of all was having a new lounge delivered yesterday! It is super comfortable, while I was waiting for Luke to have a shower so we could do more jobs I fell asleep on it & woke up a few hours later! Once our bed side tables arrive and we've fully unpacked and arranged everything, I'll post some more pictures.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Meet My November Sponsors / pt.1

Here is part one of my lovely November sponsors. 
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My name is Kelli and I love to be inspired. So, inspire me! Reader. Writer. Photographer. Learner. Lover. Fighter. Crafter. Collector. Dreamer. Believer. I'm a twenty-one year old student and blogger. Visit OohVelocityGirl  to get a sneak peak into my life. I write about ordinary and every day occurrences, rant and rave when I feel like it, share what I wore on certain days and create a 'Tattoo Tuesday' themed post every week. I'm always open to new ideas, so feel free to contact me. Don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you! 
Find me at Twitter / Facebook  / Flickr  <3 oohv

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Welcome to the Lost Cabin. Home to a Mr, Mrs and one damn cute baby.  A cosy place of gathered treasures, things that inspire, and all that makes life rosy. Remember all blog followers get 20% off at the Lost Cabin Etsy store. 

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I'm Melissa -
and I'm the face/creator/writer/photographer behind Simply, Melissa Ashley - a blog about everyday life, my little obsessions, photography + pretty much anything else I care to share! Currently I live in Boone, NC where I attend Appalachian State studying Public Relations with a focus in nonprofit organizations and a minor in Sociology, so it's only natural I like meeting new people, so don't be stranger!

If I'm not blogging, you can find me with my Nikons + Canons, thrifting, buying anything with a bow, "pinteresting," Netflix-ing everything, crafting, writing for Her Campus App State, writing for www.mycollegeroadtrip.com, hosting wine tastings for Shelton Vineyards, serving at Primo's Italian Restaurant and somehow managing to make room to practice graphic design, enjoy diy projects + travel.

Thank you for stopping by my blog :]
It's become my little baby and hopefully it'll grow as a blog.
Follow me on my journey!

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I am a twenty-something girlfriend to a wonderful man, James, finding her way through a new city and making a place we can call home in Virginia. I am a crafter, baker, planner, DIY-er and all around silly pants enjoying life in this new city and spending way to much time inside.

This is my online diary and scrapbook . A place to keep in contact with family and friends back home. A place to share recipes, ideas and my passions. And a place to make new friends because who doesn't love making friends! It is my "life" style blog :)  

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Hi! My name is Miranda! I am a Detroit native living in Chicago with my best friends. I am a college sophomore at Columbia College Chicago. I am currently studying fashion and loving it! More than anything my hobby is just creating. Among my favorites are lino-prints, embroidery, and sewing!

My blog started out as a way to archive my work for just me. I felt like I was making things constantly and never had anyone to share them with. My blog more recently has been a way to share my creative ideas, work, and inspiration. Blogs are such a big source of inspiration to me, I love to chat with other bloggers because i finally feel like I am able to share my work!


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 Welcome to Only A Flight Away . My little blog about my personal life, my long distance relationship, my friends, my family, and everything that revolves around me. You will find me having a margarita or baking a cake. Decorating the house or exploring new places. In three words my blog is MY ONLINE JOURNAL.

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Hi my name is Samantha and my Blog is Clumsy. I am a very creative person I love having a blog to able to get my thoughts down. I blog about lots of different things but mainly trends, art and crafts and my life. I love trying new things and meeting new people so feel free to drop by my blog and say hello.

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Go check out their blogs and say hello. They're all lovely little ladies!
Look out for part two of my November sponsors as I have more amazing bloggers to share!

Start Your Week Off With..


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ally McBeal Tuesday

I had quite an eventful day yesterday. I drove to Newcastle super early to pick Lara up for a 9 am morning adventure that was much like the premise of an Ally Mcbeal episode. It was an interesting way to spend a Tuesday morning. Afterwards we went out for lunch along Darby Street & had risotto balls + salad. I walked Lara back to her house like a gentleman & then went to visit my very talented friend Ally whom I hadn't seen for a couple of months. She answered the door with her ferret Taco, in hand. I have never met a pet ferret or actually seen one in person, so it was interesting! I was a little (a lot) scared to pat Taco, he had these cute little claws and had a hectic mouth full of teeth. They are the strangest little creatures, they're almost like little possum cats or something. I met her other ferret Nougat, and her boyfriend's new pomeranian Keba, and then we went for coffee and had a quick look through an antique store. After I dropped her back to her house I made my way back to the coast, and my mum & I went to visit my aunty & uncle at their holiday house they have on the coast. They were stopping through for the evening in between business trips, so we went over and had some drinks on their deck. It was a lovely way to finish off an eventful day!

Also yesterday I had some post spotlight over on Only A Flight Away's blog, Melina is such a babe so if you haven't already checked her blog out do it now! And while you're feeling adventurous, pop over to AdamAlexMommy and enter her amazing Chanel giveaway . Jas the blogger behind AdamAlexMommy is one stylish lady!

Tomorrow Luke & I get the keys to our new place, we're pretty excited! I went to the shops today to get some last minute things like a broom, drinking glasses, Beverly Hills 90210 season 2 & an orange juicer. I'm working tomorrow so Luke is going to be doing most of the last minute packing. Aside from living in a new place with lots of new things, I'm really excited about getting fast internet! So for the next couple of weeks I won't be blogging as much because I'll be watching Beverly Hills 90210 without internet.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Start Your Week Off With..


I don't usually set out to theme these posts, but I wanted to share some links to start your week off with a smile & some light hearted humor. These are some posts that lifted my mood over the past week, especially Melissa's dads comment! 

Harvest Festival

On Sunday Luke & I went to Harvest Festival at Paramatta. To begin with the day wasn't looking so good as it was quite over cast & hot, there was track work from the Central Coast through to Sydney, and we got a bad pot of organic yogurt for breakfast. 


We had to take a coach rather than the train, which turned out to be more enjoyable. It was air conditioned and quiet. We got to Sydney around lunch time & had quick burgers & coffee before we made our way to Paramatta. I had never been to Paramatta before, so it was nice to visit a new place & see my favourite band all on the same day. As we were making our way to the oval where the festival was being held, we were crossing at traffic lights and passed a middle aged man who went to grab me & then realised I wasn't alone & that I was with someone and snapped his hand back up and made a weird 'ohhhooh' noise. Apart from that, the midday walk to the oval was lovely!


I had no idea what to expect going to Harvest, it was the first time the festival had been held & the line up was incredible but usually new festivals always have a couple of hiccups. However, the day was all kinds of amazing. When we first walked in there was a huge 'Harvest' orange letter block sign, performance artists walking around, food spots with coffee vans, and lots of cute signs everywhere. It all looked really dreamy and whimsical. And to get into the festival there was a short walk over a bridge, and along a gravel road that looked like the set of romantic movie or something. All the stages were quite close so you didn't have to dash about all day, and most of the people that went were super chilled and friendly.


The first band we saw was 'The Family Stone', then 'Tv On The Radio', a few songs by 'Bright Eyes', walked around for a bit, ran into an old work friend of Luke's, & then watched a couple of songs by 'Mogwai'. I left their set super early to wait up the front for 'The National' because thats who I really wanted to see & it was so fantastic! It was my first time seeing them, I wish I got tickets to see their side show. They played a lot of their new stuff, and a good mix of their older stuff. They played 'Apartment Story' which is my favourite National song, so that was all that mattered to me! Afterwards 'The Flaming Lips' played and they had the most epic opening which involved walking out of a mystical womb, confetti, streamers coming out of a walking stick, balloons everywhere & the singer in a giant ball rolling around in the crowd. It was crazy! 


We left a little earlier so we didn't get to see 'Portishead' so we wouldn't miss a bus home as Luke had to work today. I didn't mind so much because I got to see 'The National' and a whole bunch of other great bands. It was such a bizarre, amazing festival!
1. Coffees on the train 2. Making our way through the oval to the festival 
3. Harvest sign 4. Tv On The Radion 5. Rene Magritte love trolls 6. The National 
7. The Flaming Lips 8. Late night ice creams and sunburn

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Dream Drawing


Last week Luke & I bought some dvds and inside one of the cases was an advertisement for a new all girl cast series. Before I went to bed I was writing a to do list on the back of it so it was the last thing I saw before I fell asleep, so I'm guessing that was the reason for my weird dream. 
I dreamt I went to this weird, lavish house party & everybody was super dressed up. And I was walking around completely confused and amused all at once, and I walked into a room at the party where girls were sitting in rows with obscure, long polka dotted pink sock type thing on their heads & blank faces. When I woke up the next day and told Luke about it, I thought it could make a quirky illustration. So.. That is how the obscure long polka dotted pink sock type thing on their heads looked like!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Little Lazy Day

Aside from the heavy heat today, I had a pretty lovely little day. Luke & I stopped by our new flat and measured the space for our new furniture and all that boring kind of stuff. Afterwards he had to go to work, and I had to go to the shops to get a pair of earrings I haven't stopped thinking about all week. I had to get them. And because we're moving, its usually the best time to clean out your clothes cupboard and rid yourself of horrible past purchases. So I decided to buy a couple of new things to replace a whole bunch of old stuff I'll be throwing out. Its fashion maths. I purchased some dark blue jeans cropped shyly around the ankle which I'm super excited about, I basically haven't worn jeans for almost two years. I wear stockings with dresses or skirts every single day. And in keeping with the denim theme I bought a denim skirt (as well as a blue & white striped plain tee). I've been needing some wardrobe basics, so I'm glad I actually stuck to purchasing plans and got them this time. I always go to the shops with basics in mind and leave with a dress I'll wear three times and tire of.

It was such a sunny day I sat on the porch with yogurt & cereal, coffee & Frankie for the better part of the morning. I started to clear out my cupboard & saw a big pile of pictures I'd printed out during my studies that I wanted to put into a inspirational book. So after collecting them for 3 years I cut them all out ready to glue into a book. I spent most of my afternoon drooling over magical forest scenes, felt tea parties, band posters from the 70's, whimsical illustrations & wall paper while watching 'Daria' with green tea and seaweed crackers. Then I picked Luke up for his break & we got slurpees and watched more 'Daria'. So its been a pretty lovely day, and tomorrow will be just as lovely because my friend Lara is coming to visit for coffee.

I hope everybody is having a lovely little week!