July-Instagram-Roundup-Made-From-Scratch My gosh July flew by, I still can’t believe that it’s already August! How did that happen? To mark the end of another month and end of an incredibly busy week I thought I’d share a little roundup of my favourite photos that I’ve shared on Instagram during July. I really love that so many people on Instagram share round ups like this, it’s such a lovely reminder of a how you’ve spent your month. I hope July was a wonderful month for everyone and that August is just as lovely. Happy Friday everyone, I hope you all have a truly magical weekend planned. x

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Without noticing I’ve been following a very pretty pastel theme for the past few days with posts like this and of course my Instagram feed – it’s just so pretty but of course just from taking a peek at Made From Scratch you would know that I’ve a soft spot for these soft hues. So when I stumbled upon this gorgeous pastel kitchen with touches of copper I simply had to share it. My poor hubby is now worried that he’s going to come home to a pastel kitchen one day – I personally think it would be amazing and would make such a lovely statement piece for your home! What do you think? Would you ever be bold enough to have a pastel kitchen one day? I hope you have a truly lovely day planned, I’m off to the Food Show today to try some delicious goodies, you can follow what I’m up to here. x

 shop below to add some pastel touches to your kitchen and home

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I always find that Monday is the busiest day of the week, it’s a wonderfully manic day of catching up on emails, lovely social media comments, planning meetings and of course what I want to share on Made From Scratch. I’ve been asked by a few lovely ladies who have their own blogs what sort of ‘tips and tricks’ I have to keep on top of everything – for me, planning is key. And lists, I love to write lists. I’m known to have a notebook in every handbag, room in our house and at least two in the car at all times for whenever inspiration strikes. I also keep a “working document’ close by so that I can take look over it at the start of the week so that I know what projects I’m working on and what I have to do. It contains lists of ideas, people to get in touch with and who I am working with so that I never loose track of what’s going on – it takes a little time to set up but once it is, you’ll find it incredibly helpful.

Below is a small list of my favourite time management tools that help me stay sane, even on the busiest of days and above is a beautiful round up of some of my favourite office and paper goods to keep me inspired. I’d love to hear from anyone that does run their own business and what tips, tricks and tools you use to keep on top of everything. I hope everyone has a lovely and productive week planned. x

Evernote: a truly brilliant online note keeping tool that helps you make notebooks, save images and create notes and to do lists, plus the best part it links to all of your devices! 

Trello: My husband introduced me to this amazing online project management tool a a little while ago – it’s all about creating list’s for projects that you’re working on and cards for anything involved in that project. For example, I have a Made From Scratch board, and a list for blog post ideas and then cards inside that board cards for any new ideas I come up with. It’s so helpful and I wish I’d found it sooner! 

Reminders: I use the reminders app on my iPhone for anything I need to do/remember. It’s a great place to quickly type things that you need to do, and it’s so handy that you can set a location reminder! It’s one of the most used apps on my phone and I love it. 

VSCO: it’s not really a time management tool, but I use it to take, and keep, all the photos that I plan to share on instagram - you’d be surprised how much time it will save you knowing that all your photos are in one place and you don’t have to trawl through the countless photos on your phone. 

I hope these tips help a little with planning your day, I’d love to hear of how you manage your time best. x

kikki.k A5 notebook: follow your path| kikki.k roller pen | kikki.k leather notebook | ban.do iPhone backup charger | ban.do iPad sleeve | copper and white clock, let liv | grey acme & co flat white cup |

shop below for more office and paper good items

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Best friends really are some of the most important people in your lives, they are there for you during your lowest of lows and highest of highs, you laugh harder with them than anyone else and they’re the keepers of all your secrets. They really do make you who you are, and I can very proudly say that I’ve some of the best girlfriends who have been there for me through everything. Yesterday my best friend had major hip surgery, I’m not going to lie and say that we weren’t all scared, we were - I cried the happiest tears of joy and relief when her Mum text to say that her operation went well, is now recovering and is already cracking jokes {insert the proudest smile ever!} So today, I’m going to spend the day with my friend, shower her in gifts, crack silly jokes and make her feel better. Tell your best friend today how much they mean to you, you’ll never have anyone who will love, protect and laugh with you as much as they will. Have a lovely weekend everyone, I hope you have something beautiful planned. x

moodboard images:  flowers |parisian flan | cafebe the reason someone smiles | pilo linen wrapping bag | products: the horse watch | bunny vase | karen walker bow necklace | country road maija throw | metallic white and gold uashmama bagrifle paper co, better days print |

shop below for more beautiful gifts for your best friend

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Easily the most magical London wedding by the very talented folk at Feather and Stone to add a little glamour to your week – for all the beautiful brides to be, this lovely whimsical shoot has made me terribly jealous that you’re styling and planning a wedding. I’d love to know how the planning is going for your special day, I’ve no doubt it will be stunning, be sure to take a peek here for some beautiful wedding inspiration. x

| photography, Feather and Stone | gown, Jenny Packham |

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One of my absolute favourite parts about blogging is being able to stumble upon and admire the way that others style and design their home, and then of course share it with all of you. This lovely Melbourne home is one of those that will quickly inspire you to either redecorate a room, add some mismatched pattern into a bathroom or go on a massive cleaning spree – either way, it’s absolutely beautiful and such a stunning home. I love the blonde wood cabinets in the black white bathroom paired with a strong patterned tile on the floor, it’s just perfect. And of course the all white kitchen with the circle thumb nooks to open the draws – it’s such a clever idea and such a clean look. One of the things that we’re really wanting to achieve in our next home that we renovate is to add a more texture through wooden panelling on the walls, beautiful tiles and different materials throughout the home – and this beautiful Melbourne home that I spotted on Share Design is a lovely place to start daydreaming of out next reno. x

shop this scandi home decor look here

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There really is nothing more perfect than a slice, or two, of delicious chocolate and coffee cake topped with heavenly caramel buttercream?! I had the absolute honour and so much fun baking this cake with my amazing friend Emma from The Feature Wall last week for the opening of her brothers stunning new cafe bar, Deluxe. Emma and I had such a lovely afternoon/evening adapting Annabel Langbein’s stunning Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe and creating a beautiful two tier exposed layer cake that would be perfect for any celebration! If you’re out and about in Mt Roskill you really must take a peek at this fantastic new coffee bar that’s serving some of the best coffees in Auckland! I hope you have a lovely week planned, I’d love to know what you think of this cake if you give it a try. x

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