We have moved!

Hooray! Life, love & macarons has now become a .com! We can now be found at lifeloveandmacarons.com

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I’ve also started a new Instagram purely for all things ‘Life, love and macarons’, but you can still find me at @aemdavies if you want to.

To top it off, LL&M will have having a monthly giveaway called ‘My Paper Parcel’ which will contain a whole variety of different types of paper, card and adhesives for anyone who loves paper, craft and scrapbooking as much as I do. Due to all of the upgrades, January’s parcel will be available to win starting Monday. All you have to do is make sure you’re following @lifeloveandmacarons on Instagram and comment why you would love to receive My Paper Parcel.

The sad news is, all this means that lifeloveandmacarons.wordpress.com will shortly be gone. You can easily follow the blog at it’s new location or through bloglovin’. I can also be contacted via email at hello@lifeloveandmacarons.com

Thank you all for coming along on this wonderful adventure!

xx

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Our Singaporean Adventure

Singapore was quite incredible in so many ways and just so different to life in Australia. Everything was so clean. It was rare to see any rubbish lying on the ground and I certainly didn’t even see one piece of bubblegum on the footpath. The locals are incredibly polite and offer help when they can if they can see you’re looking a bit lost. Tropical flowers are everywhere which really makes it a very beautiful city.

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Singapore feels like being in a city in the middle of the jungle.

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I’ve never been to a zoo anything like the Singapore Zoo before. It is the only zoo that doesn’t actually feel like a zoo (if you get what I mean). The fences are low and made of natural materials, the animals are surrounded by a moats or small man made cliffs to stop the animals wandering from their enclosures. It’s surrounded by amazing bushy tropical plants and is just so inviting, wild animals (that aren’t really meant to be there) come to live there. It’s not uncommon to spot a rare bird, iguana’s and squirrels just roaming around the zoo. It’s an incredible experience and I highly recommend the Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and the Jurong Bird Park. 8592106113

Sentosa Island is the perfect place to get away for relaxation and fun! It’s home to Universal Studios, Singapore’s famous Merlion, stunning beaches, the luge, Segway tours of the Island and there so much more to see and do. 128144

Chinatown is also quite spectacular, it’s like a smaller city within a city as you can see with the skyscrapers towering down on the more traditional buildings.155179189

An incredible view of Marina Bay.193197213

Singapore was never on my list of places to travel to before, and I can only put that down to having such little knowledge of the place. Now, I’d recommend Singapore to anyone as a country that needs to be experienced.

Until next time xx

Singapore

It may not be France, but in its own way Singapore is beautiful. It’s like being in a city within a jungle. At first I imagined it to be just a sea of grey buildings, but I was certainly wrong. Streets are lined with bougainvilleas, jacarandas, tropical plants and the most beautiful flowers I’ve ever seen. I will post more photos when I return home.

  
For now, you can follow along via Instagram @aemdavies.

Xx

Reasons why I won’t be making any resolutions this year.

 
I’ve been one to make New Years resolutions for as long as I can remember, but this year I’m not. 

I often build things up in my head to be something they’re not and often get left feeling disappointed. It’s exactly the same with resolutions. I get this idea that the year will be amazing because I’ll lose weight or I’ll remember to blog a certain number of times a week or I’ll craft more. Then I build up anxiety over  whether or not I’ll be able to keep it up and it turns into a nightmare.

I’m too focused on the dream of “a perfect year” and don’t even take into consideration that sometimes, life just gets in the way. Things happen, and you might not get the time or the opportunity and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Good things can happen to distract you from those goals too. Things that are more important. 

I’m going into 2016 with one goal only. I’m going to do what makes me happy. If sometimes I fail at something, that’s ok because I tried, I’ve learned and things can only get better. 

2015 certainly wasn’t an easy year for me, so I’m starting 2016 pressure free and open minded for the journey that it will be.

Happy New Year xx

Spring Hill Peony Farm

This is the 3rd year that my friend Caity and I have gone on our annual peony picking adventure. Every year it’s different, but it keeps getting better and better. This year unfortunately we were right at the end of the season however, we still manages to find some lovely blooms.


To do: Pick peonies, take photos and have a picnic. (Our adventures always start with coffee)


They always have a cute set up for food and drinks, but this year we brought our own picnic.


The cute signs are adorable.


Normally the field would be full of peonies (and people).


After the harvest.


All of this was then followed by a cute picnic in the shade, while listening to live folk music.

This is definitely one of my favourite places on earth.

xo

Home.

  

So this is home. I grew up in a town much bigger than this, with parents who loved gardening but the climate was way too dry. It would go from freezing cold, to boiling hot with nothing in between. Beautiful plants struggled to survive and as a family, so did we.

My parents moved here at the last of last year, and they turned into completely different people. It was as if a huge burden was lifted from their shoulders. 

It wasn’t long before I followed. Moving and leaving the place I grew up actually changed my life. It’s like our own little slice of England in the Australian countryside. Maybe there’s just something magical about living near a mountain.. But everything is just better here. This is where I belong.

Until next time xx