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Sponsored by the Royal Adelaide Show

It’s Royal Adelaide Show time again!

And that means I have a family pass to giveaway.

Pop on over to my Bianca Wordley’s bigwords Facebook page, give it a like, tag the post or share it with your friends, and leave me a comment saying hi!

I’ll pick a winner out of a hat by 25 August and let everyone know on my Facebook page.

The best thing about the show is it is what you make it. You can spend the day visiting the animals, checking out the craft, watching the woodchopping and then stay for the fireworks. Or you can spend your time going on all the rides, eating fairy floss and watching the cars speed around the main arena, while checking out the contents of your showbags. Or do all of it!

One thing I know I’ll be doing, without a doubt, is eating a dagwood dog and hot cinnamon donuts. We’ll also go and visit the goats and the dogs, pop some balls down a clown’s throat and most probably have a fight in the showbag pavilion!

I absolutely love the show. My whole family does. It’s so much fun and it’s completely built on what we like doing most. We have our own traditions and every time it rolls around we look forward to our show day with pure excitement.

So, get to it and enter the competition for a family pass to the show. And I might even see you there.

Bianca x

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Sponsored by Just Bedding

We’ve been renovating our house for about four hundred years and most recently we finished our bedroom makeover.

When we moved into our cottage our now bedroom was our lounge room. We replaced the wall, knocked though into the dodgy lean-to and old laundry and converted the space into a walk-in robe and ensuite.

This is what it looked like before the renovations.

We painted our bedroom walls a deep navy blue below the picture rail and white above it and on the trim. Our floorboards are painted a light grey. We accessorised with gold, stone, glass and softened the look with deep navy curtains and a woven basket filled with a tall green indoor plant.

It’s been life-changing for us. It now feels like our own personal hideaway. It’s like we live in a hotel. When I close the doors and watch Netflix marathons or read a book with a cuppa tea or glass of wine – I feel instantly relaxed. And that’s saying something , with three children constantly asking me for something to eat.

Recently the lovely team at Just Bedding reached out and offered to gift us new bedding for our brand new space. And being a sucker for a good cushion and quilt covers, I immediately said “YES!”.

I had the pick of the bunch and spent ages “shopping” on their website. There is so much choice, so many awesome quilt covers, cushions, sheet sets and throws to choose from. I felt very spoilt.

I ended up going with the Lizette White Quilt Cover Set by Private Collection – it’s a white quilt cover so I could continue to indulge my love of cushions and swap looks on a whim. I wanted one with a bit of textural interest and when it arrived I was thrilled.

I also picked two gorgeous cushions: the Quay Navy – a deep navy one (also with beautiful textural elements) and the Salva Grey – a black, grey and natural cushion with super cool tassels. They look great on the bed and match the quilt perfectly.

We were also lucky to be gifted a super lush set of 1000TC pure Egyptian white sheets. They feel so silky when you get under the covers and I love getting into bed each night.

We are so happy with how our bedroom looks.

Here’s the complete look:

The best part about this clean, fresh look is we can easily change the colour palette – add more splashes of colour or even change it into a more bohemian vibe. That’s the bonus about renovating or making your own interior design choices – you can adapt to how you’re feeling.

Thanks to the team at Just Bedding for giving us that opportunity. Pop onto their site – there’s a great sale on at the moment and trust me you’ll find so many great bedding options you’ll adore. I challenge you to leave without buying a pillow or two. Bet you can’t!

Bianca x

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This post is brought to you by Nuffnang and Audible.com.au


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I have to admit I’ve never listened to podcasts or audiobooks before. I’ve always preferred to read books. If I’ve wanted sound, which is less these days since I’ve had three kids, I generally prefer to listen to music. When I was told about Audible.com.au, which is Amazon’s audiobooks website, I was keen to give it a go. Actually, you can too at the moment. You can sign up for a free one-month trial and you get your first book free. After this, members pay a monthly fee of $14.95 and get one book free per month. There’s a heap of books to choose from and you can play them on your computer, phone or iPad. For me, I think books with beautiful prose and children’s books would work best in this format.


 

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I knew exactly what I wanted to get – the Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: In Aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund. The audiobook goes for nearly four hours and features the dulcet tones of such British theatre icons as Dame Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons and Joanna Lumley reading some of my all-time favourite fairy tales – The Selfish Giant, The Nightingale and the Rose and The Happy Prince, to name a few. The recording is clear and the process to download it an easy one. And now I also have the Audible App on my phone I can listen to it wherever I am in the world or simply sitting in the car at the school run.

From the moment their voices began I was transported back to my childhood. My Mum resting the huge Complete Works of Oscar Wilde on her lap while she read to me. Her sing-song voice would always break at the same spots. Tears would always fill her eyes as she repeated Oscar Wilde’s words. Now I cry when I hear these words too.

“Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow,” said the Prince, “will you not stay with me for one night, and be my messenger? The boy is so thirsty, and the mother so sad.”

The beauty of audiobooks is you can also do other things while you listen. I popped my computer on the kitchen bench, while the kids played and Twiggy and I baked our first apple pie together. It was delicious.

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And then this enormous pile of clothes got folded and put away all while I was lost in the magic of the plum English voices reading some of the finest prose ever written. Words about love, death, sorrow, ego and kindness. Unsurprisingly, there are no stories written about the pain of having to wash and put away clothes over-and-over again.

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I’m definitely hooked and see great value in downloading a number of books for the children, for long trips in the car and for simply getting through the mundane of life. Next, I’m planning on getting a collection of Maya Angelou poems. What a sublime way to spend the afternoon.

Suddenly, the day-to-day drudgery doesn’t seem so bad. Go to the Audible.com.au website to view their amazing range of audiobooks. Do you have any good audiobook suggestions?

bigwords x

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