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April

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This month really has gotten the better of me and I’m only just getting to lovetomtom same but different for April. Better late than never right? Because I’m slow to get going this month and the fact that I absolutely love the topic I’ve picked, I’m giving it the time it deserves so #lovetomtomSBD for April and May is going to be all about food!

It’s no secret I love everything about food. Cooking, eating, sharing and although those things are the same, it’s time to try something different and I’m starting with a bang! I was lucky enough to get the Moroccan Soup Bar recipe book for Christmas and I’m going to try my hand at a Moroccan feast. The Moroccan Soup Bar is well-known to Melbournians and it is always on top of my list of things to do on a trip home. Words cannot describe how exquisite, delicious and comforting the food is and now I have the chance to try to recreate their amazing dishes.

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The great thing about food for me is that it doesn’t matter where I am in the world, food means memories. Whether it’s the scent, flavour or taste, it’s like a magical power that transports me to the likes of my Nonna’s kitchen, so you can see why I’m so fond of food and everything associated with it! I am beyond lucky to have such wonderful memories and experiences and I hope this continues.

This is where you come into it. Got a favourite recipe you want to share? Send it my way. Sweet, savoury I don’t care. I like to eat both at the same time so the more the merrier. Don’t forget to tag your recipes with #lovetomtomSBD so we can all have a peek and you never know, your recipe might even make recipe of the month!

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xo

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March Wrap-up

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I have to try very hard not to start each #lovetomtomSBD wrap-up with the sentence, ‘Hasn’t this month just flown by?’ but until I find a different way to say it, that’s exactly how I feel about March. Although it has flown by, it has felt like a productive month with my same but different mentality. I didn’t get as much done as I’d hoped but I’m very happy with what I learnt or am learning.

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 Snapchat, Italian, learning to go with the flow, learning new makeup styles, learning to use new beauty products and learning to wear new combinations filled my month and I’m glad that I am going to continue with these beyond March.

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 There is one thing I had on the list which I never got round to but it has sparked April’s same but different theme and I’m very excited as it is one of my favourite things to do and talk about!

Until then, this just show how fun learning can be.

 

xo

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March so far

I was very excited about my same but different theme for this month and so far it is going well. I’m all raring to go and have started to learn a few new things and have revisited some old ones.

If you follow lovetomtom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook you would have seen me mention that I’m on Snapchat! Yep I’ve taken the leap and I’m giving it a go. I’ll be honest, I feel like I’m about one hundred years old when I try to use it and so far, my brain just doesn’t get it. I can hear my dad as he reads this, firstly saying ‘what is Snapchat?’ then saying, ‘now she knows how I feel about technology’. Mind you my dad is not one hundred but it has taken him a bit longer to get to up to speed with technology. It is very early days and like anything, practise or in this case snapping makes perfect so I’m going to stick with it and have a bit of fun. If you’re on Snapchat leave your username below so I can look you up and don’t forget to add me, lovetomtom1.

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Something else I’ve start this month is that I am re-learning Italian. It is probably the biggest regret not being fluent in Italian. Embarrassing really when I was surrounded by the language my entire life but sometimes fear can get the better of us so in the comfort and security of my phone I am practising my Italian daily thanks to Duolingo. I’m sure there are loads of language apps out there, I just happen to be using this one and it seems to be working. In a short space of time I feel I’ve been conditioned to the ding that sounds when you get an answer right, like one of Pavlov’s dogs and the desire to succeed makes me return day after day after day. If only there was food as my reward! Now I’m not starting from scratch but I have learnt some new words and so excited was I that one day on the bus I just happened to overhear a conversation in Italian and recognised one of my ‘new words’. I wanted to share my excitement with them but seeing as they were strangers I thought it best to celebrate in silence. What has made this so successful for me (so far) is that it’s easy. I don’t have to go anywhere, it’s not costing me any money and even if I only do five minutes a day I feel like I’m making progress. Here’s hoping this continues and the day I get to pack my bags and move to Italy I will be considered one of the locals. A girl can dream!

Italian Duo Lingo style

The other thing you may have seen pop up in some of my pictures this month is that when I can I’m learning to ‘go with the flow’. For some people this might seem a no brainer but for me in certain situations, I need to make the effort. I’m glad to say so far so good. Again, I hope this continues well beyond March.

Keep tagging your own #lovetomtomSBD as I love to see what you’re learning this month.

xo

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March

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A new month means a new focus for lovetomtom same but different. This month I am going to focus on learning. Don’t worry I’m not going to overload you with all the new things I’ve learnt each day. Instead I’m looking at learning as an investment in myself, big or small.

This all came about some time in January when I was reflecting on the year that was. I realised there were a few things I had intended doing but never did. Plus, one night I was out with some friends and everyone was talking about all the things they were doing. I was sitting there being rather envious of all they were experiencing, learning and getting involved in so I gave myself an imaginary slap across the head and to told myself to get on with it.

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I don’t know about you but when I hear the word learning my mind automatically takes me back to school where I was in a constant state of daydreaming, wanting to be somewhere else. As an adult, I’ve realised that learning takes lots of different forms and I guess that’s the exciting bit. So whether it’s learning a completely new skill, learning a new recipe, even learning a new makeup technique, I’m ready to go.

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Although my focus for the month of March is learning new things, I hope (like all my same but different ideas) that it will filter through the rest of the year and become eventually, not so different anymore.

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Remember to follow lovetomtom on Instagram for all the #lovetomtomSBD updates and better still join in along the way and use the hashtag #lovetomtomSBD so I can see all your own same but differents.

xo

 

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Same but Different

February’s lovetomtom same but different was all about love, celebrations, family, friends and the main man himself, the real lovetomom. I had so much fun discovering new ways to celebrate all these things the month just flew by. Before I get cracking on with March’s #lovetomtomSBD, take a look at the last few snaps of February’s #lovetomtomSBD. 

Don’t forget to follow lovetomtom on Instragram to see how I’m getting on each month. Stay tuned to see what I have in stall for March! I’m excited although I get the sense I’m going to say that every month.

xo

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February

It’s the first February post for #lovetomtomSBD and it should come as no surprise that I’m starting with the real lovetomtom. Don’t worry I am not going to spend the whole month talking about how much I love him – I may be the only one interested in that but it is the perfect way to kick off #lovetomtomSBD.

The reason I’m starting with the real lovetomtom is because this month he celebrates his birthday and that got me thinking about birthdays, celebrations, family, friends and love. These things are always on my mind, mostly because living away from home I miss a lot of them.

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Virtual taste test and he even wanted to share! Thanks Mrs P for letting me use this picture.

The difference this time round is that I’m going to ninja kick my homesickness and find lots of fun ways to be crazy in love with my amazing nephew, to celebrating all sorts of things and to stay in touch with loved ones, near and far.

Don’t forget to join in and tag all the ways you are going to enjoy your celebrations, birthdays, family, friends and love with #lovetomtomSBD

xo

Same but different

Same but different

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Don’t be scared! This is not a post about new year-new you but I am talking about the year ahead. It has taken me a while to warm up to 2016 and while I avoid making unnecessary resolutions, I have been rather reflective of late and find myself asking what do I want for the year ahead? It’s hard not to think of the new year as a fresh start. I think of every Monday as a fresh start so it’s only natural for me to want to get things going in January, or February for that matter. However, a new year does not mean a new me!

In January it’s hard to avoid reading about all the ways to change your diet, your appearance, your personality or even your shoe size and to be honest, they don’t interest me at all. The idea of a ‘new you’ makes no sense to me whatsoever. I like to think of the new year as the same me but different. Instead of making resolutions which might only last one week, I’ve asked myself (and will continue to ask) what do I want for the year ahead? I’ve already come up with a few answers and month by month I will share these with you (I’m already excited about February!) The same me trying different things, wanting different things, exploring different things, wearing different things, doing different things. See; same me but different.

It’s exciting to think of the year ahead in this way and I can’t wait to share it with you. Better still it would be great for you to join in each month. I’ll be posting updates here on the blog and don’t forget to follow lovetomtom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to tag your same me but different with #lovetomtomSBD so I can take a peek.

Happy new year everyone!

xo