Tuesday

It's..... book launch day! (And I'm giving it away for free!)

Today, I'm launching my book... the book I've been planning and dreaming about and writing for nearly a year.


Yes, I'm a slow writer. 

Lots of words have gone into the making of this book. So it's kind of strange that tonight, as I sit here in front of my computer trying to dream up the perfect post to share it with you for the very first time.... I can't find the words.

I could tell you how excited I am to have completed a project so large. That would be true. Between pioneering a blog, writing a book, parenting three littlies, moving house (soon to be twice in less than a year), dealing with trips away for medical appointments for our daughter, and just plain doing life.... let's just say "downtime" hasn't figured too large on my list of priorities this year.

I could tell you that it always seems impossible until it's done. That I'm thrilled to see this little dream of mine come to pass, and nervous about what people will think of it, and as vulnerable as if I'd taken my beating heart out of my body and handed it to you all quivering and bloody on my outstretched palm. 

All of those things would be true, but none of them seem exactly right.

So instead, I'm going to tell you a story.

Once, there was a girl.

She didn't believe she was beautiful. In fact, she spent many lunchtimes cowering in a toilet cubicle, trying not to let anyone hear her cry. She was hiding from the world, because the world had taught her that she was not good enough. The world ridiculed her for things about herself that she couldn't change. Taunted her. Laughed at her. Made her feel unworthy... rejected... less-than.

And so she shrank away from people, and turned her eyes toward the ground, and as the years went by and the girl grew into a woman, she never forgot the hard lesson she had learned as a child, which was this: you are not good enough, and people won't like you the way you are. 

It's hard to bandage wounds that are soul-deep, because how do you reach them? 

How can you ever take the ugly things, the hurtful things, and turn them into something beautiful?

That girl was me, and this book is my story... 

...but it's also your story.


It's a story about finding beauty in unlikely places; a story about celebrating home. 

It's a story about journeying to the beautiful life - a journey that has taken me out of the insecurity of my past, through rocky early motherhood, into a new understanding of what beauty really is, and what it is not.

It's a book that asks the question - what does a beautiful life really look like? For a woman, a wife, a mother, and a home-maker?

What does a beautiful life look like for you?

I hope you'll find this book inspiring and empowering. It's also very practical. My aim is to give you a vision for your life and home, as well as the tools to get there. 

Here's what you can expect to find inside:

FOR MOTHERS:
·      How to break free of the comparison trap
·      The GAP in your life when you become a mother – and what you can do about it
·      How to create the positive home environment you’ve always wanted
·      The single best preventative discipline strategy you will ever use: how to stop behaviour problems before they start!
·      How to experience measurable success in your role as a mother
·      My secret to creating enough time to meet your kids’ needs… AND your own!
·      How to plan your day with preschool-age kids
·      A proven method for getting your kids to go to bed without fuss and stay in bed until 7am – every day!

FOR HOME-MAKERS:
·      The two barriers between you and a beautiful home (Hint: money isn’t one of them!)
·      The hottest decorating trend that costs the least amount of money
·      One secret of top designers that will help you decorate your home with style and character… even on a tight budget
·      The two beliefs that will change your home environment forever
·      Inspiration to create a home you love
·      The secret to absolute contentment - right here and now!

So, what will this book cost you?

Nothing.

That's right. It's my desire to offer it to you for free. So please, spread the word, tell your friends, shout it from the rooftops.

When you sign up to receive your free copy of this book, you'll also be joining the A house full of sunshine community. Because finding your most beautiful life is not just a one-book proposition. It's a journey. 

Each post that I write on this blog aims to inspire you in that journey - whether I'm sharing a DIY project, a decorated room, a kids' activity, a recipe, or my thoughts on parenting and life. When you join with other women in community, creativity has room to flourish. We inspire and empower each other on the way.

Will you join me on the journey to a beautiful life? The story is not over yet... it's just beginning. If you want to be a part of it and get your FREE 100+ page e-book, just type your email address below.

Thursday

My secret project... revealed!

Things have been quiet around here lately. You'd be forgiven for thinking I was on vacay somewhere hot and sunny, swinging in a hammock with a cute little umbrella drink. Truth is, I've been working like a crazy person behind the scenes.

Soooo..... you know that secret project I've been hinting about mysteriously for months?

Well, it's time to let you in on what it is.

The secret is.... I've been writing a book!



If you follow me on Facebook, chances are you were the first to find out the big news. I ran a poll where you were able to vote for your favourite cover.... and this was the winner!!

Do you love it as much as I do??!

I'm seriously excited to be sharing this with you!

The book won't be available for sale. It's ONLY available to my blog subscribers, and I'm giving it away completely for FREE! It's my way of saying a huge "thank you" to my loyal readers for hanging out with me in this little corner of the internet, and making A house full of sunshine such an uplifting and encouraging place to be.

That means, if you're already subscribed, you will be the first to get your hands on a copy when it releases. It will be available as a digital download (PDF format), so you can read it on your desktop or export it to an e-reader.

The book launch is officially next Wednesday the 22nd, and I'll share more details then.... but current subscribers, be watching your inbox early next week, because you are going to get your copy delivered FIRST, before it goes out to the rest of the world!

Love you all!

Fall home tour.... downunder!

Welcome, friends! I have a treat in store for you today! I was invited to be part of a Fall home tour this week. And of course, I said yes, because well - home tour, right?! I've always wanted to be one of the cool kids doing a home tour. 

So then I started looking at all the beautiful homes of the bloggers participating in this tour, which kicked off on Monday. And guys. The thing about this home tour? Emphasis on the fall part. It is a very seasonal tour indeed. Let's just say there are a lot of pumpkins. Very, very, beautiful homes. With pumpkins.

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My regular readers I'm sure are having a good laugh right about now. Don't get me wrong - I love pumpkins. But, well, see, the thing is... it's actually spring here in Australia. 

So, this will be a fall home tour with a difference. Emphasis on the home tour part. You won't find any pumpkins today, but I think my moody colour scheme fits the autumnal theme perfectly anyway. I've been busy busy busy finishing off a number of spaces to show you today and so I'm super excited to welcome you inside! (And let's just say my husband will be glad to have his garage back - it's been completely taken over with DIY projects the last few weeks!)


We're standing in the entry at the moment, where you will experience your first taste of my cushion obsession. I've recently made-over an old, dated mirror into this stunning beauty. In fact, my regular readers will notice several new updates and makeovers since you last set foot (virtually speaking) inside this house. I've been so busy DIY-ing of late that I've done very little blogging about it. Full tutorials and before-and-afters to come in the weeks ahead. (Don't want to miss out? You can subscribe here to receive my posts by email!)


If you turn left after the entry, you'll see our living area. GASP!! Who noticed?? THE CURTAINS, I TELL YOU!! I finished them! Those stripes are actually hand-painted. (Tutorial coming up!) I love how much height and drama and elegance they add to the room. Very classic!



Look left, and you'll see the next change...


I have wanted a gallery wall in my life for SO LONG. As evidenced by the fact that I'm now going to take ten thousand pictures of said gallery wall and show them all to you. So much lovely.


Sources for all prints and decor items, plus a "how to hang a gallery wall" post coming up. So juicy, right? (Have you signed up yet?)



Are you feeling my excitement yet? I think you need a couple more pictures...




Alright, I'm tearing myself away from the gallery wall. Turn just a fraction to the right and there is other loveliness to see.


A keen eye may have already spied my brand-new DIY herringbone artwork. (You guessed it - tutorial coming up!)

 

On your left are my stencilled Ikea Billy bookcases.



Oooh, and what is that next to the bookcases? A gallery wall, you say?!


Sorry, sorry. Here we are, looking back towards the kitchen...




Let's zoom in a little closer. What's that you've spotted?


Yes, I made my pantry door into a giant chalkboard! It's so much fun to use it as a menu and tantalise people with dishes that may not actually ever be made.


Look at those lovely autumnal pears. (Have you forgotten it's spring, yet? Good, good.)


Tucked up next to the kitchen is my compact home office/ family command centre. I love how it's right in the middle of all the action! It's been the best design decision we made with this house. So convenient, especially with little kids to keep an eye on. You can read about how I made-over this unused corner of the room right here!


If we zoom in a little, you'll spot the most popular project on my entire blog - my DIY industrial wire mail baskets, made from $5 cleaning caddies.


I've recently added a technology charging station - just the right size to fit an iPad mini, an iPad and a couple of phones.


To the left of the kitchen is the kids' playroom. It's open to the living area so I can supervise the kidlets easily.


I've updated the window seat with a DIY upholstered seat cushion. I love it! Such a cosy spot to snuggle up with the kids and read a book.


You can read about my yellow stencilled wall here.


Another update I was really excited to make was this brand-new kids art gallery. (Simple tutorial coming up, of course!) I love having a place to display the kids' artworks.



I've also recently finished updating my daughter's doll's house - you can see the before and afters and an easy tutorial here!


Down the hallway, you'll find the main bathroom.



I added some leaf prints to the walls and some new striped towels.




Lastly, the master bedroom!


This room was crying out for some colour, so I thought I'd be daring! Coral linen Euro pillowcases mixed with turquoise, pink, and a bright yellow throw. I'm so glad I decided to be brave - this room makes me feel happy whenever I walk in!





Thank you so much for coming through my home today! I hope all my new guests felt right at home, and I'm smiling at the thought of how much of a transformation this has been for my regular readers. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Because this post was already so long, I stopped short at including my kids' rooms. But - another big upcoming room reveal - my son's bedroom is finally finished!! Woohoo! I'm so happy with how it turned out and can't wait to share it with you. (If you're new here and don't want to miss the big reveal, take a second and subscribe if you haven't already!) You can also follow me here:

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And of course, don't forget to take some time to have a browse through all these gorgeous homes by some of the most talented bloggers around! It's like a free magazine in your inbox. Ahhhhhh. Love it!

An Autumn Welcome Home Tour~ Day OneAn Autumn Welcome ~ Monday, September 22, 2014
An Autumn Welcome Home Tour 2014~ Day TwoAn Autumn Welcome ~ Tuesday, September 23, 2014

An Autumn Welcome Home Tour 2014 ~ Day ThreeAn Autumn Welcome ~ Wednesday, September, 24, 2014

An Autumn Welcome Home Tour- Day Four
An Autumn Welcome ~ Thursday, September 25, 2014

An Autumn Welcome Home Tour 2014 ~ Day Five

An Autumn Welcome ~ Friday, September 26, 2014



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