Valentines Day Giveaway ❤️

Hello 2017, unbelievably we are already down a month…what the!!

I’m so excited to be back for the year and kicking things off with a giveaway,

(But before ya’ll get too excited I have to break the news that this giveaway will be for Perth peeps only – I know, I know it’s not ideal but because part of the prize involves a home visit it just has to be that way!)

Don’t worry though I’ll be having more giveaways this year and I promise it won’t just be for my home town folk.

So let’s talk prizes shall we!

Back at the end of 2016 I was asked if I would like to team up with an amazing make up brand and be a part of their latest on line campaign……hmmmm let me think, getting makeup done professionally and being photographed, no brainer really so of course I said yes.

However…believe me when I say that this was definitely out of my comfort zone – but, I have decided that this year I will endeavour to try new things and go boldly ahead. I know it probably seems strange that a person who shares almost daily photo’s of themselves on the internet would have any hesitation but I did, in fact I was quite the bundle of nerves.

Lucky for me I was working with an incredibly talented, professional and genuinely lovely group of women.

One of which was Ruth Brophy – Intimo Bra Fit Specialist, otherwise known as @irishbralady on Instagram or you can contact her directly

Ruth is just gorgeous, so friendly and easy to talk to plus she really knows her stuff. After meeting Ruth at the photo shoot I had an at home bra fitting with her. I can’t express enough how much more enjoyable bra shopping is when done from the comfort of  your own home! Intimo consultants offer one on one fittings or you can get a group of your gal pals together and make a night of it. So good right, not to mention convenient. Below is the Bellini set that I chose, so lacy and a bit spesh!

Intimo has a great range of everyday bras plus the convertible and active ranges. There’s gorgeous slips and cami’s and even a menswear line! Check them out here

As part of the Valentines Giveaway you can win a $200 voucher to spend on the Intimo range as well as a FREE in home bra fitting with the fabulous Ruth!


I’m sure you all want to see how the makeup and photoshoot went, right? Or at least I’m hoping you want to see them!

But first a little background on Splash Alchemy – created by Jocelyn Derecourt.

Jocelyn has created a makeup line that is ethical and beneficial to skin wellness with antiaging properties. The Natural/Vegan Range of Splash Alchemy uses many certified organic ingredients where possible and is gluten free making it a great choice for people suffering from allergies to gluten.

One of the things I noticed after having my make up done by the lovely Jocelyn herself was just how great it felt on my skin. None of that ‘caked-on’ feeling. Even after I reluctantly washed off my makeup my skin felt beautiful!



{ Photography by Tanya Stapleton @tan_tanstapleton01 }

Below are the cosmetics included in the giveaway…

Natural Vegan Cream Concealer, Antique Penny Vegan Eyeshadow and Acid Pink Lip Tint that includes a lip brush cleverly designed inside the lid! (the lip tint is a bright hot pink so will look especially great on blondes) Worth over $100 and also cruelty free!


The last but certainly not least portion of the giveaway is a divine smelling Shabchique Pineapple + Mango Soy Bulb Candle. Pure indulgence and perfect for a little Valentines Day pampering! Shabchique is owned by Hayley and she offers a great range of soy candles, melts, gift boxes and personalised candles for your special occasions. You can find Shabchique on Instagram and Facebook and also at a number of local Perth markets, all relevant info is on the website!


Let’s recap shall we!

  • $200 Gift Voucher + Bra Fitting from Ruth and Intimo
  • $112 worth of Splash Alchemy Cosmetics
  • $20 Soy Pineapple + Mango Bulb Candle from Shabchique

I’d would say the lucky winner of over $320 dollars worth of products and service would be well on the way to having an amazing Valentines Day!

The giveaway as stated already is open to all Perth metro peeps.

You can enter by leaving a comment on my Instagram feed / Facebook page under this image


Or in the comments section right here on the blog, simply tell me what your ideal Valentines Day date would be!

Giveaway Terms

  • Competition opens Wednesday 1st February 2017
  • Competition closes Wednesday 8th February 2017 at 8pm AWST
  • Winner will be notified on Thursday 9th February 2017
  • Winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or a redraw will take place
  • Winner will be chosen by an independent third party
  • Giveaway is open to Perth Metropolitan entrants only

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Good luck everyone and please share the giveaway with your friends!

Until next time,

Malinda xxx

** Products were gifted for this giveaway **

Selfies after the photoshoot! Loved my make up x
Selfies after the photoshoot! Loved my make up x

Happy Mother’s Day! ( sort of )


Mum & I
Mum & I

It’s a funny business blogging…… sometimes you sit down to write one thing and something completely different comes out!

This is one of those posts….

For whatever reason, I’m not even sure myself why these thoughts just had to come out.

It’s 8.15pm Thursday night. Hubby is at indoor soccer, the kids have been fed and showered. I’m fresh out of the shower myself and have retreated to the lounge. I’m planning on drafting a post and shopping online  researching!

On my coffee table is a candle that I’ve had for a couple of years at least. It’s basically just a decorative item. But tonight as I glance at the candle I think to myself,  ‘I bet it smells really nice and yet it just sits there doing nothing’. Light the candle.

And then because the bloody candle is teasing me now ( light me, light me ) and because my thoughts have a tendency to run away from me I start to think about my mum. Maybe she’s on my mind with Mothers Day just around the corner. But that can’t be it because she’s in my thoughts most days. Something about tonight is…… different.

Tonight as I sit and stare at the candle I think of all the things my mum didn’t do. Sure she raised four awesome children, she worked and helped out many family members and friends. But what about the other things, like lighting the nice smelling candle?

She didn’t take holidays, or buy new cars. She never got her nails done or bought expensive clothes. She saved for a rainy day just in case something bad happened. And you know what something bad did happen, to her.

She died.

I don’t mean to be depressing or morose but tonight it’s bothering me, those ‘things’ she never did. And don’t worry she would have laughed at the ‘she died’ comment if she were here. She would also have loved Gogglebox, would have had a few choice words to say about Kim Kardashian and would definitely still be watching The Bold and The Beautiful!

Writing this post makes me think of the Alanis Morissette song Ironic.

‘An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay
It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late
And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think’

How funny and ironic life can be, how fleeting. It’s like the Sliding Doors movie….. choose this path or this path.

Maybe my mum is trying to tell me something. Something like, get on with your life or more likely get over yourself. Take the next step, rise to the challenge and believe in yourself.

Self doubt is such a massive time waster ( I’m guilty of it ). It robs you of experiences because you never take a chance, you think you can’t do it or worse still you think you don’t deserve it. Hello, that’s me!

But I think it’s time to burn the candle. Do more of what makes you happy, for me that’s blogging. Move to another country if that’s what you want. Show the doubters and most importantly yourself that you CAN do it.

I’m guilty of waiting. I had special occasion outfits that the kids never wore and then outgrew. What a waste, waiting for an occasion to be special enough when everyday is enough!

I don’t want to exist in this world I want to LIVE in this world. I want to eat the cupcakes, buy the shoes and wear the perfume just because.

I want to show my kids that it’s okay to stuff something up. Making a mistake doesn’t make you stupid, it makes you human!

So thanks candle for shining a light ( pardon the pun ) on all the ‘special’ things I have in my life. Thanks for showing me the way forward.

I think she’s there you know, my mum. In that flickering flame casting a beautiful glow, protective even all around me.

It’s funny how an evening can pan out. How something as banal as lighting a candle can answer all the questions I’ve been asking myself and silencing the critic in my head.

I’m sorry this wasn’t a typical Mother’s Day post but I know you guys won’t mind indulging me for just a little bit!

If your a mum like me I hope you know how appreciated you are, I hope you realize what an amazing job you are doing.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the gorgeous mummies, nana’s, great grandmothers and any other special women who deserve to be celebrated!

Finally for those after something a bit more upbeat pop over and visit Vicki from The Fashionable MumShe has written a lovely Mother’s Day inspired post complete with sponge cake recipe (yum!)

And there’s a GIVEAWAY!!!

Malinda xxx


This Is 40! ( The Aftermath )


Wow what a whirlwind couple of weeks it has been. Sorry for my lack of posts but time has just run away from me!

So here I am ready to spill the beans from the aptly named ‘Festival of Malinda’ ( as one gorgeous friend referred to my celebrations ) Even hubby asked why my birthday lasted weeks!

Continue reading “This Is 40! ( The Aftermath )”

Mr Magoo

Joshua Luke
Joshua Luke

You were born on a warm summer morning at 8.22 A.M.

Two weeks early thanks to a scheduled c-section, weighing in at 8 pounds 2 ounces. I held you in theatre, completely shocked that we had been blessed with a little boy as I thought for sure I was carrying another girl!

Continue reading “Mr Magoo”

20 Fun Facts and 10 Things That Make Me Happy!

Over on Instagram this week I was tagged by two lovely ladies to share some details about me! Rather than write a big paragraph on IG I thought I would turn it into a fun blog post because basically I like to talk about myself!

Continue reading “20 Fun Facts and 10 Things That Make Me Happy!”