skaterz be skating

Over the weekend we went skating at the Eltham Skating Rink ‘Skaterz‘. Matt’s niece, Sophie, got given rollerblades for her 4th birthday so we thought we’d all go for a skate together.

Do you remember the first time you learnt to skate?

I must have been only 5 or 6. We were living in Townsville and I remember a period of time where my parents would take us every Sunday afternoon to the local rink. I started by skirting the railing on the outside of the rink before one day, I just let go, and I could skate! I still remember that moment, finally not having that fear of falling and just going for it!

Skaterz is definitely a great place for kids to go and learn to skate. The floor was brand new and oh-so-lovely to skate on. The music was blaring with video’s being streamed on the big screens and there was even a smoke machine! A SMOKE MACHINE!!! Totally gave me flash-backs of roller disco nights of my teenage years!

By the end of it Sophie had a lot more confidence and was enjoying herself so much that she didn’t want to leave (me either actually, I was enjoying my skating time too!)

Skaterz is home to the Diamond Valley Roller Derby Club and I am enviable of their training venue, it is probably the best surface I’ve skated on (big call I know!). It’s a little further to travel to then some other rinks around the city, but I’d like to think we’ll head back there… even if it’s just for the groovy music and the smoke machine!

High-five to skaterz!

interested in pinterest

So I have been a little distracted in the past 24 hours, totally immersed in the latest craze that is Pinterest! It is a World of inspiration.

You can create themed boards where you “pin” images that take your fancy. Anything from beautiful images of wonderful interiors, to style inspiration, party ideas, DIY and dream holiday destinations. You can pin images you find on the net, or ‘Repin’ someone else’s image from their board.

You can find me here (or click the link on the right sidebar on the homepage) and I can always send you an invite if you’d like to join in the fun!

This is one of the many party inspiration photos I added to my ‘Party Ideas’ board… just makes me want to throw one right now!!

from The House That Lars Built via D.H on Pinterest

54 is the magic number.

54 Kilometres that is!!

So on Saturday I wanted to head down to Bayside Blades in Highett to buy myself some new knee pads. So Matt (in ALL of his wisdom) suggested we take the bikes for a ride. Hmm, ride you say? How about a 6 hour long “adventure”!

We set off in to town, through the CBD along the Yarra. We then headed towards St Kilda where we rode around Albert Park on Lakeside Drive so Matt could pretend he was Mark Webber (it’s the Melbourne F1 track). We rode along the foreshore of St Kilda and stopped at Luna Park to say hi to the creepy smile.

We then continued down the coast past Brighton before swinging inland up to Bayside Blades. We must have look a right treat when we walked in slightly red and sweaty from the heat. We cooled off in the air con for a bit while I tried on some knee pads and settled on the 187 Pro Knee Guards that I had my eye on and ended up getting some Gladiator Knee Gaskets along with some Powerslide Bearing Cleaner.

Loaded up with the extra weight we hopped on a train and headed back in to the city where we jumped off at South Yarra and met back up with the Yarra Trail. I was definitely feeling the heat, and the ride home had a lot more hills then I was enjoying.

There were some interesting sites along the way. As we came up one hill and around the corner we were confronted with the iconic Skipping Girl sign before crossing a wooden bridge over the river.

Riding behind and through the grounds of the Abbotsford Convent was also another highlight as it didn’t feel like we were in a big city at all, but felt like we were somewhere in the country where cows and sheep lazed on the grass in the shadow of magnificent old buildings.

We had plenty of rest stops on the way home, I was feeling it those last few kilometres. It was indeed a very long day, but totally awesome to see more parts of the city and explore more of the bike tracks.

I just have to work on my endurance so I can keep pace with Matt, and with long rides like this, it’s great training for it (also great to work those legs muscles for derby!). I’m just nursing a little sunburn at the moment, other than that, I’m feeling really good after our epic ride and looking forward to our next bike adventure.

high-five to World Nutella Day!

Yes, that’s RIGHT, Happy World Nutella Day everybody!

I’m not much of a chocolate eater, never have had that sweet tooth so many people complain about… but oh Nutella. Wonderful, wonderful Nutella.

I remember when I was younger (primary school age if I remember correctly) and I had one of my friends sleeping over. We would sneak out of my room and in to the kitchen to grab a spoon and scoop up a big serving of Nutella and run back to my bedroom. Oh sweet sweet hazelnut sin.

Who would of thought there’s actually a day you can celebrate this gooey spread? I think instead of devouring an entire jar of the stuff I would now prefer to wear it as ear candy!

via MerShannCrafts on

High-five to random days of celebration for chocolate spread! Huzzah!

Oh and PS: Happy Birthday to my Matt! xx

my feet need new friends

Hello new friend!Wittner

Oh hello hello!
Jeffrey Campbell via Solestruck

We should all get together next week.

We can all hang out here sometime.

I’d be happy to introduce you to my feet dear Antiks!

Antik skates via Back Alley Skates 

We could go hang out here for a bit, at a place where nobody dared to go…

High-five to hanging out with new friends!