Ultimate valentine’s day breakfast

Nothing says’ i love you and appreciate you ‘ quite  like a breakfast served in bed. Try out these mouthwatering recipes and you will wish everyday was a special breakfast in bed affair.


Nutella Espresso mug  cake with raspberries/Double chocolate heart donuts/Hot chocolate with marshmallow hearts/Red velvet waffles/Eggs in clouds/Greek yoghurt dipped berries/Nutella french toast with strawberries/Valentines day egg in a basket

Happy valentines Day.


Edible Valentines

Valentines is the perfect day to celebrate with baked goods.Whether its your husband, children,friend ,neighbour,teacher show them some love with these edible treats. I have seen alot  great ideas  around the web and these are my favourite.

If you have kids, get them to help out with baking the treats  and you’ll definitely have one sweet day.


Pink hearts Chocolate sweethearts Cornmeal cookies Brownie heart cupcakes 

What are your favorite Valentine’s Day treats?  Feel free to link some up in a comment below!

Letter to my younger self


I thought it  would be fun to write a letter to my younger self. Not as a way to change anything that’s happened in my life, but as a way to let this younger me know that alot of good things  are  happening “behind the scenes”. It’s a really empowering exercise that I highly recommend. Here it is:

Dear Younger Self,

Hi it’s me, i mean you .. this is yourself from the future. I know it seems crazy but am here to encourage you and equip you for the road ahead.

Today is not a very good day,you havent got the grades that you were expecting but dont worry you will go to your first choice school. The next two years are going to be you trying to discover yourself, remember that it’s ok to make mistakes. What is important is that you learn from thoses mistakes and do better.

Everything you are praying for and that seems impossible right now will come to pass, you dont see how but there are lots of good things happening “behind the scenes.”

You worry too much about the future and are forgetting to enjoy and see the light at the end of the tunnel. Yes you are studying really hard and all those sleepless nights will pay off ,you will excel and get government scholarship  to university .

The first semester at university is almost here and you are so excited. You cant wait to decorate your hostel room and venture out on your own.  Your three years at university are not going to be easy but believe in yourself . You can do anything that you set your mind to. Your dreams are your possibilities so dream big and aim high. Surround yourself with positive people that lift you up and encourage you and not those that make you feel less of yourself.

As far as friends go dont stop going for fellowship ,its not very popular but you will meet some great friends there.Good Friendships are precious and  and hard to come by,they therefore  need to be nurtured by caring, sharing,listening .  Yes some of the friends you are making now will go on to be your friends for years to come.

You obviously have no idea but you will not attend your university graduation because you will get a job and move to the middle east.

The best lessons you will learn in your life are  not in high school  or university lectures. They will be in the daily lessons of life. Its important to forgive and let go. Yes its easier said than done but let it go and move on.

You dont deal so well with disappointment  Lina,  but  things will not always go according to your list, i know you have that list where you write all your plans and things you want to do. There will be lots of disappointments  along the way but you know what enjoy the process as these are springboards to bigger, better things.Trust me.

Believe mum and dad when they tell you that they love you and are so proud of you.

Be happy with yourslef and dont look to the people around  you to make you happy. Happiness is a choice. you can choose to have joy and peace in your heart and not let the situations around you determine or dictate your state of mind .

Life is a circle ,whatever you give you receive back, you reap what you sow. If you show kindness, peace,love you will receive the same. And if you nurture and continually sow good will will definately receive good in your life

One day when you get married remember to always love ,respect and cherish your husband.

Stop trying too hard to impress those boys, they will come and go and you know what dad is right when he says they dont just want to be your friends.  Instead focus on your family and friends and like i said that special boy will be there .

Thank mum and dad for all they do for you and tell them that you love them every single day. Spend more time with Will and Rokk because in a few years the three of you will live in three different continents thats what your always talking about –  how you want to travel and see the world , well guess what it will happen  and you will miss them so much but they will thrive and God will keep them.

Be humble  and count your blessings. Be grateful for loving freinds and family, opportunity to go to school and get a job immediately after university. Stop being so anxious,  Its exhausting to do what only God can do so let go and let  him direct your path.

Finally enjoy these years and treasure them as they are going to pass by so fast ,always remember everything is working out for your good. . You are beautifully and wonderfully made and you have a purpose , Pray always and never cease to be kind and see the good in others.


Older Self.

A New Year

Happy New Year.

Its been a couple of weeks since i last blogged and am happy to be back. Had an amazing Christmas holiday in Spain, i enjoyed every single day…giving and receiving gifts, drinking hot chocolate  by the fire place, playing board games till late in the night, watching spanish movies .

What a year 2013 has been filled with change, joy, opportunity, love, loss,new beginnings, all wrapped up in one. I married the love of life, moved to Italy. If there is one thing that i have learnt this year : If life gives you lemons make some lemon juice. I have learnt to focus on the positive and beautiful blessings in my life.

In 2014  am focusing on improving my Italian, i want to be more courageous and to  take more risks , continue to nurture my marriage , have longer phone calls to my parents and brothers that live far away, be more creative and adventurous.This end of year has been more of a time of reflection ,and looking back on how far the Lord has brought me . Am excited and really positive about what this year has in store for us.

Happy new year again.

Homemade Gift: DIY Lavender Sachets


Still in the spirit of DIY and christmas gift ideas, i made these really easy lavender bags.

Things you will need:

  • Material of your choice. I chose this pretty polka dot material that i cut from a blouse i never wear.
  • Some lace to decorate your bags.
  • Some dry lavender.
  • Thread and needle.
  • Scissors.
  • Using a sewing machine for these was great however you can also hand sew them.

There are so many tutorials online with step by step instructions. I found this helpful.

To begin cut out your material to the shape that you want your bags to be. I made small squares and a long rectangle. I honestly didnt measure these out , kind of just estimated and cut out.

Fold the fabric in half inside out and secure with pins

Sew a seam around only 3 sides leaving one side open .  Turn right side out.

Fold open seams inward and machine or hand sew shut. Position lace where you want it to be and hand sew.




Would you try these at home? If you do make these or any other DIY projects share pictures with us on instagram #momintsdiy. Would love to see what you come up with.

Happy Crafting.

Looking Forward To….

Hope you enjoyed your weekend. Over the weekend we attended a friend’s birthday party with my husband , it was a good chance for us to catch up with some friends that we hadn’t seen in a while. We also visited  family  and enjoyed an  Italian meal of homemade Picci (Homemade rolled Italian pasta) with ragu. Its eight days to Christmas ….I am almost done with my christmas exchange gifts and  super excited about our upcoming  trip to Spain. Looking forward to sharing photos when we get back.  Here are a some interesting things i came across around the net, thought i would share with you.

Very adorable Christmas greetings from this family.

This heartwarming gesture from Airline to Passengers.

Cute boy struggling to get hug. Here 

Movie treat: Hunger Games Catching Fire.

For the foodies : Baked Sweet Potato Sticks

Did you know that Frozen smoke is  the best insulator in existence.

Food for thought.

How did you spend your weekend ? What are you looking forward to..?

Big hug from me.


Christmas Playlist


Christmas is around the corner and i can’t help but share with you guys my selection of wintery songs.

Folk Angel-Angels we have heard  on High

Rascal Flatts-I’ll be home for Christmas

Diana Krall -Let it Snow

Brooke Fraser – Angels We have heard on high

Michel Bublè-Santa Claus is Coming To Town

Jason Mraz-Winter Wonderland

Burl Ives-Holly Jolly Christmas

 Michael Buble – I’ll Be Home For Christmas.

Hillsong- Born Is The King (Its Christmas)

Martina McBride – Silver Bells

Micheal W.Smith- Christmas Day

Clara Chung – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.

Josh Groban-Noel ( Full Album)

Do you have some favourites on this list.  When do you start listening to Christmas music ?

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