Wednesday, 19 December 2012

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.

Put your hand up if the thought of a white Christmas in New York just makes you weak at the knees? Ever since I can remember, I have been slightly obsessed with this city.  Before I went there for the first time in 2000, I had memorised the map of the city. I knew where every street was, understood the public transport system, and of course, knew exacccctly where to shop. :)
Macy's on 34th Street is a must see.
Then head uptown to the Upper East Side to Bloomingdales. 
(I can still remember the magical feeling of being in here with my friend Taryn 12 years ago!!)
Then we'll walk past these brownstone beauties.. 

..on our way to Central Park for some ice-skating. This rink is on the corner of 59th St and Fifth Avenue (riiiiiight opposite the Plaza Hotel... perfect!!)
Then we'll visit the famous Christmas tree in Rockerfeller Plaza..

And while we're there.. why not have another cheeky skate.. ;)
Then after a delicious dinner, we'll admire this stunning, snow covered city before heading back to The Plaza for a hot chocolate!
Have you been to New York at Christmastime? My brother and sister in law are going to be there this week! In fact I think they arrive there today! Lucky things! One day I know will be there for Christmas, but in the mean time, I'm pretty happy to dream over these beautiful pics. ;)

Have a fab day everyone.. 5 sleeps to go!

nat x

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Monday, 17 December 2012

Friendship. What a blessing.

This weekend I've been overwhelmed thinking about my wonderful friends. Friendship is such a treasure and a gift from God. It's not dependent on the amount of time you spend with a person, or how often you see them.. it's about the heart connection - and once you have that, months, even years can go by and you can pick up exactly where you left off. :) Do you know what I mean? Do you have precious friends like that? :)
Just as lotions and fragrance delight the senses...
A sweet friendship refreshes the soul. xx
So let your friends know how special they are to you... and have a wonderful week! 
Yay it's Christmas week!  8 sleeps to go yippee!!!

nat x

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Friday, 14 December 2012

5 Minute Vacation :: Croatia

Have you ever been to Croatia? I haven't.. but would LOVE to.
Here's a little taste..
Beautiful big, bright, red flowers make everything look better.
Time stands still in this little walkway.
And now take a deep breath.. as you look at this photo below..
Breathtaking isn't it? So when do we leave....?! 

Guess what.. it's the weekend! Wa hoo! What have you got planned? I am baking our traditional family Christmas Cake this afternoon with my Grandma and Mum. I'm reeeeeeally looking forward to it. Will  be sure to post some pics next week. ;)

Anyway... have a beautiful day whatever you are doing :)

Happy weekend!

nat x

Monday, 10 December 2012

The Prince of PEACE.

So Christmas is two weeks away today! Very exciting. Are you all organised!? Or are you like me, with many things still on your to do list? I love Christmas so much. I love celebrating the birth of our wonderful Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ, I love family time, I love the decorations, the music, the stores, the twinkling lights, the atmosphere that comes from sitting in a beautiful lounge room lit up with nothing but sparkling tree lights...
But after a busy few weeks, yesterday I realised I was suddenly becoming a little too focused on the "to do list" and not so focused on the ONE for whom this precious celebration takes place. So now, with fourteen sleeps to go, I now am determined not to fix my eyes on the "stuff", the "to do lists", the "gifts" and the "wish lists"... but on Him, Jesus... the reason for the season.
So let us look to the Prince of Peace today. Let us lift our eyes away from the hustle and bustle and busyness and stress, and look to Him, the author and perfecter of our faith. He has great joy for us in this season! :)
"The angel said, 'Don’t be afraid! 
I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide:- 
A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master'!!!"

I pray He fills you with peace and rest and joy today. :)

nat x

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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Share the love.

Think of the first two friends that come to your mind.
How long have you known them? What do you love most about them? You're life is better with them in it right? Well.... sometime today you need to either: call them, send them a text message, email them or drop them in a little secret gift... telling them how much they mean to you and why you love them. :) 
Just cos..

Don't you think? :)

Bless you heaps!

love nat x

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Sunday, 2 December 2012

Ask for it. Then take it.

When was the last time you had a massive belly laugh and couldn't breathe you were giggling so much? Now, let me ask you, did you like it or hate it? My guess is you liked it.. right?! Personally, I love to laugh. I like to say that laughing is my favourite sport, even though technically it's not a sport, however.. you do get quite a good ab workout don't you think? 
But seriously, how GOOD is laughing? Better than just laughing, is JOY. Joy is an internal emotion that wells up from within you. And it's a weapon. It is not dependent on any external situation or circumstance. Joy is supernatural. And it changes everything.
Think about it. When you're cracking up laughing, nothing's bothering you right? Everything is better when you are joyful. So when situations arise that try and overwhelm us, the bible tells us we have fruits of the spirit that are readily available to us. And JOY.. is one of them.
So how do we get this joy? 
We simply ask for it, receive it, and let it flow.
In His Presence, there is fullness of JOY.
So... who would like some joy today?!? Well, just ask for it and then take it. :)

nat x 

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