After a truly lovely and very busy/productive day today I thought I would share one of my absolute favourite Instagram accounts that always cheers me up when things get a little manic. The absolutely stunning work above belongs to the very talented and lovely Laura Peach who owns easily one of the beautiful pastel themed French blogs called Pink et Cetera – it’s honestly my happy place and every time I take a peek at her work I want to drop everything and travel through France and Europe again and find only pastel inspired settings. For some truly magical pastel inspiration be sure to take a peek at her work here and of course follow her on Pinterest and Instagram – you won’t regret it. I hope everyone has had a wonderful day so far. x
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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 |
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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
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
With these truly beautiful, but bitterly cold winters days we’ve been having lately I’ve already started day dreaming for warmer days and delicious outdoor parties. You may remember a little while ago that I mentioned that Lauren has so kindly been sharing a few of my recipes on her beautiful blog – so I thought I’d return the favour today and share one of the most beautiful outdoor parties you’ll see all season. Her backyard bistro truly is everything you’d want from a stunning outdoor celebration, or wedding, with your closets friends and family, the styling, delicious food and attention to detail is so lovely and I already can’t wait for summer to arrive. Be sure to take a peek at the rest of this stunning backyard bistro here. x
Tablemakers originally created for Darling Magazine & published here
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With the always delicious and inspiring Food Show just around the corner where for three days this August you’re able to taste and buy the very best food, drink and kitchenware that New Zealand and the world has to offer in this wonderful foodie heaven – it’s easily my favourite show of the year and I can’t wait to attend and try all the new goodies on offer, and of course watch a few delicious cooking demonstrations. So to celebrate the upcoming Food Show, I thought I’d have a chat with the incredibly lovely and talented Nadia Lim about her truly stunning recipes, what inspires her and of course what she has planned at The Food Show this year – how divine does her Lemongrass Chicken recipe sound? Be sure to click read more for the interview with Nadia and her delicious recipe. x