Nov 17, 2016

Lovin' Life 17/11/2016: This Time of the Year.

It's pretty hard not to be loving life at this time of the year, if you ask me.  There's just this feeling in the air and possibly even something in the water.  Summer, holidays and celebrations are so tantalizingly close.  Close enough to be looking forward to but not so close that you're a bit panicked at how much you have to do between now and the close of business for Christmas.


You can get both the laundry to dry on the line outside and a bit of sun on your bare legs as you take it in under the broad daylight of the late afternoon (thanks to daylight saving).


Christmas is just close enough to justify putting on your favourite Christmas albums as you make an early start on the gift wrapping.


It took me about four gifts until I realized that it was easier to write the post it note before wrapping the gift rather than wrapping first and trying to remember what was inside the paper.



Mid November is that sweet spot in the retail cycle where the stores are beginning to fill with things for summer and Christmas but they are still relatively empty of holiday shoppers. In other words, it's still a relatively nice time to be visiting your favourite shopping centre for a few hours of errand running and heat escaping.



We were at Top Ryde over the weekend to take advantage of its unique and winning trifecta of plentiful parking, K Mart and Aldi.  I managed to get all the goodie bag gifts for The Festival of Four in one hit at K Mart.  Don't worry, I'm not that mean and thoughtless - I thought twice about the finger paint set and put it back on the shelf.



Wouldn't you know it?  I was googling for an image of the Aldi sea salt dark chocolate I then stocked up on and my photo turned up on the first page.  If that's not a sign of my dedication to this chocolate then I don't know what is.



Thanks to the Asian grocer next door we also now have a freezer full of restaurant grade xiao long bao for the craving next hits Preschooler SSG.  Surprisingly,  he hasn't found them in the freezer yet...

Visiting Coles with a Woolies trolley....  always a good move.


Part of the excitement over the renovations at Top Ryde is over the super sized Coles on the first floor.  Sadly it doesn't have Mix Apparel in store though.




The Coles opens out onto an airy and spacious food court and fresh produce market style area.


The children's play area has been refreshed with two new and popular attractions taking up residence where shops used to be.


In addition to a mini golf course there was a room full of foam building blocks and it was these that were most popular with Preschooler SSG and his bestie.


Together they gathered bricks and built towers before eventually letting a third party join their team.  In this world of smart phones and tablets, it was great to see such a relatively basic toy engage so many children and their families for an active afternoon of interaction, problem solving and building.  Parents built elaborate arches and cars, the older children  made complex course through which balls could be rolled and 'the babies' (as the preschoolers hilariously referred to them) toddled amongst it all exploring with their hands.


I've been on about these yellow arrow tins for ages now and I'm not finished yet.  These are the only three cities available at my local Dan's.  I know. Where's Sydney?  Wouldn't it have made sense to ship cartons of tins packed by city... and possibly even to the namesake city?  Have you seen any Sydneys around Sydney?


23 comments:

  1. Love the positivity. I've bought ONE Christmas present, but as I only need to buy a few that's a pretty good start. #teamlovinlife

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    1. You'll get through your gift list in no time now!! The first gift is always the hardest..

      SSG xxx

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  2. Those foam blocks are amazing. (I'd play with those!)

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    1. I know! I'd love to see them in venues that are more adult orientated too.

      SSG xxx

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  3. Where is the Brisbane yellow arrow too?!! Your shopping centre renovations looks pretty awesome and very kid friendly! I am starting my Xmas shopping tomorrow, but I'm not a huge fan of shopping so wish me luck! :-) #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Best of luck with the Xmas shopping!

      SSG xxx

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  4. Damn it, that is a WAY cooler mini golf course than the one I've been building at home :(

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    1. LOL!! The one at home is more convenient, though and I bet it doesn't get too crowded :-P

      SSG xxx

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  5. No Xmas presents yet in the mutton household . We have a 22nd birthday first then we start preparing for Xmas. I must visit Aldi and look for that chocolate.

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    1. You won't regret buying the Aldi version. Walks all over Lindt's one.

      SSG xxx

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  6. Love your enthusiasm for this time of year. Matches mine to a tee! I noticed your cherries next to the chocolate. This time of year also means CHERRY SEASON! Woot!
    LOL re your post it notes.
    Where is the Canberra arrow? Come on, I know we're not that glamorous to some, but we are the capital!
    I have just started my Christmas shopping. I have a set of "kitchen appliances" for Lola which will appear under the tree on CHristmas morning in readiness for her visit. I have also bought a few things on line as stocking stuffers. Haven't bought the big stuff yet though. No idea what to buy yet ...
    #teamlovinlife

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    1. It's always so much fun buying Christmas gifts for the little ones!


      SSG xxx

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  7. Such a magical time of year you can't help getting excited. Can't wait to see my grandson's face on Christmas Day. Have a lovely day. x

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    1. I agree! My parents are coming over for Christmas this year and you're right, it's such a special time for extended family!

      SSG xxx

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  8. Impressed by your early Christmas shopping and planning. As someone who's nowhere near as organised, I'm definitely taking a leaf from your book and going to get out there and start early. Thanks for some great suggestions. #teamlovinlife

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  9. Oh my goodness, Christmas Carols and wrapping already SSG? You put me to shame! :) #TeamLovinLife

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    1. The moment it's even remotely reasonable to be getting those carols on, I'm onto it. Every year without fail!!

      SSG xxx

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  10. Sadly (but for the reasons of big changes and family moving on) there is no Christmas prep nor present buying for the first time EVER. However, I am sending the grandkids a lovely card and some Chrissy stickers and depositing a small amount in their parents accounts for the kids to buy something. I used to be the ACE Christmas shopper...and loved preparing pressies for the grandkids. However, with us no longer having connections on a regular basis and more of them now in teens and getting past the magic of Santa...it was time. I love reading your enthusiastic approach and it's such a magical time with little people!!

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    1. I'm sorry this had to be the year for change but I hope you have a fantastic and special alternative planned for yourselves instead.

      SSG xxx

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  11. I have not done one bit of Christmas shopping yet. I better get a wiggle on, if I want to beat the crowds. The play area looks amazing, a good stress reliever for parents or husbands that are over the Christmas shop.

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    1. May the force be with you for your Christmas prep! May I say once again how much I love what you did with your sewing room. Such lovely photos on your recent post.

      SSG xxx

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  12. Christmas? My goodness you are organised! Meanwhile, I'll just stick my fingers in my ears and start singing la la la very loudly ...

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