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looking towards 2012

Hey everyone! 🙂

If you celebrate Xmas, how was yours? 🙂 Mine was quiet but also relaxing – I caught up with my parents and brother for lunch at their house. My grandparents also attended. Despite it being summer here, we had the “traditional” lunch of roast turkey etc etc!

Here’s Bonnie using her Xmas gift! 😉

For the remaining days (we had public holidays on the Monday and Tuesday) I was helping my Dad with the kitchen renovations.

Here’s the kitchen when we began to dismantle it – our first step was to take the doors off most cupboards (how 1970s is this kitchen?! :-/ )… Yeah the kitchen is pretty messy! 😮

Here are some step by step pics of what we’ve done so far….

hehe photobombed by Bonnie! 😉

…and this is how it looked when I returned from work today! (Yes I’m back at work already 😦 however I get a week off on the week of Australia Day – that’s 26/1! :-))

Hope that you have all had a great holiday weekend! 🙂 I will upload more pix of the kitchen as the renovations continue… Can’t wait till I have a functional kitchen again!

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I’m starting to think about my resolutions for 2012… Do you make new year resolutions? 🙂 I don’t do it every year but I try to do it most years as having some goals gives me focus! Health will be important in 2012 as well as career. I’m considering doing some further study but I’m not sure what area; also I must take into account that my Japanese classes restart soon so that will take up my Wednesday evenings (class) and Sunday afternoons (study)! Hmm and it would have to be an inexpensive course as I’ve had to spend a lot on the kitchen…

What are your resolutions for 2012? 🙂

A website that I find useful for goal setting but also other things is www.mindtools.com 🙂

~ GIVEAWAY COMPETITION!!! ~

***5/1/2012 -This competition has now closed. To read the winning entry check out my blog post here!***

Hi everyone!

My combined Twitter followers and Facebook page fans have now reached >100! 🙂 Due to this, and the upcoming Christmas and holiday season, I am running a giveaway competition. I want to thank my readers, visitors and supporters and I thought this would be one of the best ways to do it!! 🙂

This competition is open to ALL, WORLDWIDE!

The prize will be a package of beauty goodies, including but not limited to (I’m likely to add a couple of extra things between now and competition close):

  • AVON Personal Match Smooth Mineral Makeup Powder (SPF 10) in Almond (can be used as a blusher and/or bronzer if you have very pale skin);
  • REVLON Super Lustrous Lipstick in Ginger Rose, #131;
  • BURT’S BEES Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream & (mini) Coconut Foot Cream; and
  • SCHWARZKOPF Q10 Recharge SOS Hair Repair Treatment!

***How to win?***

1. Follow me on Twitter (beautstoryblog) or become a fan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/A-beautiful-story/112344835541832). AND

2. Comment on this post with your response to the following question:

What is the best health or beauty advice that you have ever been given?

3. Please include your Twitter name &/or Facebook name in your comment so that I can easily confirm that you are a Twitter follower &/or Facebook fan!

Competition will be open for 1 month – so from today 4th December 2011 until midnight 4th January 2012 Adelaide time (GMT +09.30). The winner will be judged by me based on what I think is the best response to the question.

Good luck!!!!! 🙂

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