I Heart Music: The Wedding Edition

Ultimate wedding songs

Last week we celebrated 8 years of marriage. In case you missed the post, you can read it here.

So all week I’ve been listening to our wedding playlist… reminiscing and all that.

Music is such an important part of a wedding, for us it was right up there at the top of the list. I wasn’t too bridezilla precious about the cake or the table decorations, but the music HAD to be perfect! We had so much fun picking out the songs for all our special ‘moments’. It was hard to choose because we wanted them all, but in the end we went with these:

  • Walking down the isle song: ‘Happy Ever After In Your Eyes’ by Ben Harper
  • Signing the registry song: ‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys
  • After ceremony songs: ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole and ‘all you need is love’ by The Beatles
  • Entrance to reception: ‘Hey Ya’ by Outcast
  • Cutting of the cake: ‘What a wonderful world’ by Louis Armstrong
  • First dance: ‘Blowers Daughter’ by Damien Rice
  • Exit song: ‘Float On’ by Modest Mouse
Lyrics from one of our fave songs 'The Luckiest' by Ben Folds

Lyrics from one of our all time fave songs ‘The Luckiest’ by Ben Folds

We gave all our Wedding guests a CD with our special songs and a heap of our other faves {It seems funny talking about CD’s these days, but its so what you did 8 years ago}. Its amazing how often friends say to us things like ‘god we love your wedding album, we still listen to it all the time’. Gosh it makes me happy when I hear that! So I thought I’d share it with you too. {embedded playlist below}

And because you can never have too much wedding music, I also put together the Ultimate Wedding Songs playlist, with input from you wonderful people via social media this week. I loved listening to all your special songs, it really made me want to tie the knot all over again {to the same guy of course}.

So here they are! Follow the playlists on Spotify and pop them on if you’re feeling romantic over the long week end, or if you just want to feel happy and fall in love all over again! So much happiness here! Old classics, modern picks and everything in between {just no Celine Dion, sorry, I just can’t deal!}.

S&C’s Wedding Album Playlist

The Ultimate Wedding Songs Playlist

Married? I’d love to hear what your special songs were so I can add them to the Ultimate Wedding Songs playlist. Not married, what are your fave happy love songs? Tell me in the comments below.

  • Walking down the isle song:
  • Signing the registery song:
  • After ceremony song:
  • Entrance to reception:
  • Cutting of the cake:
  • First dance:
  • Exit song:

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I heart music: Workout Playlists

Hi Everyone!

If January is the month of New Years Resolutions, then February must be the month for breaking them.

Time to check in on all those health and fitness resolutions. How are you tracking?

To help you on your way, I thought I’d share my go-to running/workout playlists… the tunes that get me through those gruelling gym sessions, runs, yoga practice or simply help me clean the house.

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Music is an absolute MUST for me when exercising. If I don’t have a mix of fast, sometimes heavy, upbeat, mood boosting tunes right in my ear, I’m just not all that motivated and it all becomes a bit of a chore.

According to my Huz, most of my ‘Run to Paradise’ playlist makes him want to stop living. Yep, he actually said that! Ok, so it may contain some questionable pop tunes and um… wham. But this is a guy who likes to listen to slow songs that tell a story when he runs. He says he likes the distraction. And he also listens to the cricket sometimes… whilst running. Urghh, Snooze! It’s boring enough on TV!

For me, the right song at the right time can inspire me to sprint the last couple of minutes, or get me through that last set. Even if it is daggy 80’s pop or Taylor Swift.

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I also love listening to music during yoga and I’ve been loving the playlist {link below} from Strala Yoga. Tara Stiles is my yoga hero {and girl crush}, a model turned yoga instructor and founder of Strala Yoga in New York City with an awesome approach to yoga, of which music is a big part. She doesn’t follow any particular yoga discipline and focuses purely on its physical aspects and health benefits. Not that I don’t like the traditional and spiritual side of yoga, I actually really love that too, but I do find Tara’s approach quite refreshing.

So, here’s my Run to Paradise playlist and a few others I follow and listen to regularly:

1. Run to Paradise – featuring 46 songs {3 hours} to get you moving!

2. Pop sugar ab workout mix

3. Champagne Cartel Running Songs – The lovely ladies at Champagne Cartel put together this epic, 8 hour playlist. One of my current faves!

4. The Glow’s 20 most popular workout songs right now. About a year old but still a goodie.

5.  Tara’s Strala strong Summer 2013 – Yoga tunes with a difference.

6. And for a bit of girl power, you can’t go past this one, also from PopSugar – Single Ladies playlist.

If these don’t float your boat, try a quick search on Pinterest. There’s a workout playlist for everyone, and I mean EVERYONE! A country music fitness playlist, a Christian workout playlist, a pissed off workout playlist AND even a Disney workout playlist!

I’d love to hear what your fave work out tunes and/or playlists are.

Share in the comments below.

Shannon xx pink

I Heart Music: Aussie Aussie Aussie Playlist

Aussie Aussie Aussie Playlist

G’Day G’day,

Happy Australia Day!

I hope all you Happy Little Vegemites are enjoying your long weekend!

Inspired by the lovely Astrid at Adore Re Mi who put together this cracking Aussie playlist and Australia Day party ideas post, I thought I’d share my fave Aussie tunes.

I’ve always been a huge fan and supporter of Australian music. It’s been the soundtrack to my teens, 20’s and 30’s and this playlist includes 78 tracks –  The Aussie classics, the new and everything in between.

I’ve tried to keep it to one song per artist, which was so hard but it would be such a long list if I included everything. But do let me know if you think I’m missing something and I’ll add it in.

Whatever your plans for the day, I hope it involves fun, family, friends, a few snags on the barbie… and music!

We’ll be spending the day with friends, listening to the hottest 100, hoping the sun shines so we can get the slip n slide out. I’ll probably even skip the wine and have a beer or two. Oz as!!

Now for the music…

Enjoy the day… its a while until our next public holiday!

Shannon xx pink

Guest Post: Astrid from Adore Re Mi

Hello Hello,

Happy New Year! A bit late I know…  but I hope the start to your 2015 has been fabulous. I have a good feeling about this year already!

I had a great Chrissy and New Years here at home in Sydney and are completely sold on The Staycation! {more to come on that in the way of a blog post}. But for now, I thought I’d kick start the year with a guest post and introduce you to the lovely Astrid from Adore Re Mi.

I met Astrid last year during Clever Cookie School Of Blog. Soon after we met IRL {that’s in real life in blog speak} and have continued to inspire each other in blog land. She’s super lovely, a happy snapper, Tim Tam cruncher, music lover, creative maker and Latina mother from down under.

Her blog is full of visual and creative ideas to inspire you via home and the heart. And of course music! Her Flashback Friday‘s posts are my faves!

Because she’s so awesome, Astrid will be featured here from time to time, so let’s get to know her a little better.

Astrid from Adore Re Mi

1) What inspires you to blog?

As mums we easily lose our identity with the little time we have for ourselves. I wanted to keep my creativity going and with the birth of my daughter, I didn’t want to lose that part of me cause I would go ’loco’.

These days there is so much to learn about blogging and I enjoy it while being creative and meeting new bloggers along the way has been great!

2) Greatest Achievement?

(Chest puffed out) Besides being a mum; winning a painting competition run by Red Cross when I was 12 years old. Even got a feature in the local newspaper, that’s huge when your 12! Laughing now.

3) Favourite post by another blogger?

Shocking reaction to toddler on leash – The Thud

This post was aired on radio ABC 702. Fascinating to hear what Lauren had to say and the feedback on her post. Also she is damn funny!

4) Favourite holiday?

I love Hawaii! I’ve been 3 times and I will go back again. Love the culture, shopping and cocktails!

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Astrid's Hawaii Photo

5) What would you tell your 16 year old self?

Stop worrying about what others think of you. Let’s deal with your social anxiety; and learn computer and business or graphic design, you will thank me later.

6) Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Finally living in our own home with lots of posts on renovation and refurbishment and most importantly, watching my kids play with the family dog in our backyard.

Astrid's Super Cute Baby Announcement

Astrid’s Super Cute Baby Announcement

7) Describe your style in a few words.

My style depends on my mood. It’s edgy, minimalist, relaxed and even experimental (or schizophrenic?)

8) Favourite album?

Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. I saw them live in concert and they are still incrediable.

9) Finish this sentence. This year…

… will be an exciting year introducing my 4 year old to her new baby brother/sister this April and her new cousin late January! 2015 will be a family year for me and my friends. I’m super excited!

Thanks Astrid for visiting! I can’t wait to share more from you soon!

Pop over and see Astrid at Adore Re Mi and follower her on Facebook

Shannon xx pink

 

No More Tickets!

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I received an email from my Huz this week. A three word email that simply said “NO MORE TICKETS!”

You see, he had just transferred a truckload of cash to our friends to even out the ledger – the spreadsheet our group of friends {aka the culture club} keeps, detailing who has bought tickets to what shows and who owes who money.

It all starts with a group email being sent around, “Hey guys, who’se keen on Foo Fighters/Mary Poppins/Peppa Pig/random Cabaret Show?”  They’ll get the usual responses which vary from a simple “Hell Yeah!” to “Sorry it’s my uncles, cousins 50th that day so we can’t make it unfort”. And generally the email initiator will then buy the required number of tickets, add it to the spreadsheet and we all sort out the cash later. Delayed gratification!

Only this year, in the craziness of life, months passed by and we all kinda forgot to keep said  ledger and as a result, our ticketing tally sky rocketed.

So we finally fixed it up and it pretty much left us eating baked beans until the next pay day whilst our friends thought they’d won lotto. Damn aren’t tickets bloody expensive these days! But… damn we’ve seen some awesome shows this year!

Like The Lion king, Tori Amos with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Dirty Dancing, John Butler Trio, The Australian Ballet, Arj Barker, and The Gruffalo, to name a few. And we’ve recently purchased tickets to The Foo Fighters, Wonderlust and a Twilight Taronga Zoo gig all for next year.

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The Lion King was Miss 5’s first musical stage show and she still talks about it all the time, and how mummy bought her the Simba toy and a choc top and she got to stay up really really late. And for me, experiencing all that through my child’s eyes was quite special.

So it got me thinking, yes tickets to these things may be bloody expensive, but the value is not in the ticket cost at all… its in the fun, precious (and often crazy) memories the investment creates. Memories that no doubt will be reflected upon for years to come…

  • Like Dad driving me and three girlfriends Seven hours to the big smoke to see our first ever concert.
  • Like seeing your sneaker fly up on stage and later finding another one that’s not yours but happens to be the right size.
  • Like being bitten on the shoulder by a happy excited chick in the mosh pit.
  • Like standing next to a mate and realising he’s wearing the only white t-shirt at a Metallica concert.
  • Like crumping so hard you fall over backwards.
  • Like watching one of your favourite artists perform on a balmy summer night at The Opera House forecourt whilst the sun sets.
  • Like feeling the baby in your belly kicking like crazy at a Coldplay gig.
  • Like swearing you’re too old for a festival but somehow you still go back year after year.
  • Like seeing your first show together as a couple
  • And like burning one down at Blues Fest. (Umm… not me dad, someone else!)
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So Huz… I can’t promise there won’t be any more tickets. But I will promise my fellow culture clubbers that we will try and keep the ledger under control next year. In the meantime, the free local Carols by Candlelight is looking good! Who’se keen?

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Tell me about a fun/precious/crazy memory you’ve created at a concert/gig/show?

What have you had tickets to this year?

Have you kept or done something creative with your ticket stubs like this..?

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Miss 5’s Frozen Party

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Miss 5 chose to have a Frozen party to celebrate her 5th Birthday this year. It was right around the time the DVD was released and the whole wide world was in a complete Frozen Frenzy, with Frozen merchandise harder to find than gold.

Luckily we were able to buy a few things in Hawaii, but the one thing I couldn’t find was the Elsa Dress {the only thing she wanted for her birthday} so I had to buy on ebay where of course I paid through the roof. The things we do for our children huh!

Thankfully the cost per wear on said Elsa dress must now be close to zero, she has had that many Frozen parties this year. Seem’s no one’s letting it go just yet 😉

Elsa Frozen Dress Ups

Elsa and Anna came along thanks to the wonderful people at Fairy Crystal & Friends. Well… originally only Elsa was invited, however every single kid accepted the invitation, and with over 25 kids, we had to get an extra entertainer. {Note to self and new parents – 10% drop out rule when planning events does not apply to kids parties! Budget for 100% acceptance!} Can’t believe it has taken me 5 years to figure that out!

pic monkey editFood was kept pretty simple and thanks to Pinterest a few cute Frozen touches were added. My gosh, how on earth did our parents plan parties back in the day without Pinterest?

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Frozen Snowflake Cookies

Frozen Coloured Marshmellows

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As the cake is always my biggest stress, I outsourced… again. Luckily I have a very talented friend who has her own catering business, Sydney based {Something from Kate} and happens to specialise in creating amazing cakes. Once again, Kate did an incredible job.

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Frozen cake detail

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The usual party games were played, little faces were painted and the absolute highlights were a snowball fight with Elsa and Anna and one hell of an epic ‘Let It go’ sing-a-long with Queen Elsa which left one kindy mum saying “That one will go down in history”.

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Of course no party is complete without a cracking Kids Party Playlist. One can only put up with some much ‘Let it Go’ and ‘Do you Want To Build a Snowman’. You gotta throw in some ‘Gangnam Style’ and ‘I like to move it move it’.

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Of course Master 3 had to be part of the Frozen Frenzy, because FOMO!

It was an amazing day and one Miss 5 wont ever forget.

She’s already planning her big 6 birthday. At this stage she wants a ‘craft party’, but I’m sure that will change 67 times in the next 7 months!

So how many Frozen parties have you been to this year?

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I Heart Music: The Melancholy Playlist

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Music. Besides love, I don’t think there is anything in this world quite as powerful, that has the ability to connect people. No matter who you are or how old you are, it’s a language we can all understand.

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That feeling when you meet someone who loves your fave artist or song as much as you do = Instant human connection.

Since the late 90’s I’ve been to many a live gig and music festival. From my first real concert (Bryan Adams – thanks Dad for driving us country girls 7 hours to the big smoke to see him!) it quickly became a favourite pastime and I took great pride in growing my CD collection, and raiding Dads (except for Anne Murray. She’s all yours Dad).

These days I’m enjoying re-discovering my fave artists and exploring new music after years of being subjected to Justine Clark, Hi5 and the Wiggles. Toot toot chugga chugga big red car!

Music Streaming services have become my bestie with suggestions tailored to what I already listen to. Life changing! I currently subscribe to two services, because both have different functionality and I can’t decide which one I like better. (There’s that indecisive Libra thing yet again)

I love how we all consume music in different ways. For me it’s about being taken to a different place whilst on my morning city commute, it’s solitude when flying (what I’m doing right now whilst writing this), it’s company whilst cooking dinner, it’s a sing-a-long disco with my kids, it’s background during a yoga class and every now and then when we can get a babysitter, it’s the live experience or festival.

“There’s nothing to compare to live music, there just isn’t anything.”  Gloria Gaynor

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Friends of mine spend their time trawling record stores for vinyls, one plays in a band where music is his life, another is currently doing a sound engineering course such is her love of music, a cousin is completely obsessed with metal and another friend has a cool ritual when flying. Every take off and landing she scans for her perfect song. By doing this she can link her trips to songs. I love that!

However you choose to listen to music, one thing that’s clear is that music is an escape for us all.

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My taste in music is really broad, I pretty much like every genre, even the heavy stuff. Hubby almost fell over on our first date when I told him I love Rage Against The Machine and Metallica. Pretty sure that’s why he asked me to marry him!

But for some reason I find myself drawn to sad songs. Not because I’m particularly feeling sad (although we have had our fair share of sadness this year – that’s a whole other blog post) but because I find a certain beauty in them. Whether it be in their melody, the artists voice or the lyrics. Songs that no matter what your mood, have the ability to almost move you to tears or just make you want to sing-a-long.

So in the first of a series of music posts, I thought I’d share my Melancholy Playlist. Not to make you sad, but to share the beauty.

  • Spirit Bird by Xavier Rudd
  • Wish I never Saw The Sunshine by Beth Orton
  • Home by Michael Buble
  • 9 Crimes and Delicate by Damien rice (with Lisa Hannigan)
  • Winter by Tori Amos
  • The Scientist by Coldplay
  • Stop Crying Your Heart Out by Oasis
  • Everlong, (acoustic version) by The Foo Fighters
  • Walk away, Waiting On An Angel, She’s Only Happy In The Sun and The Drugs Don’t Work by Ben Harper (all time fave artist, I couldn’t just pick just 1)
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack
  • Brick by Ben Folds
  • You Were Meant For Me by Jewel
  • Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
  • Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen
  • Please Please Please Let Me Get What I want by The Smiths
  • First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes
  • I Will Remember You and Angels by Sarah McLachlan
  • Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley
  • The Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunckel
  • Everybody Hurts, by REM
  • Your Song by Ellie Goulding
  • Wish You Were Here by pink floyd
  • Mad World by Gary Jules
  • Miss Misery by Elliot smith
  • Nothing Compares To You, Seonaid O,Connor
  • Lamb by Gorecki
  • Unintended by Muse
  • You Are My Sunshine by Carly Simon
  • Fake Plastic Trees by radio head
  • Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by the Smashing Pumpkins
  • In The Living Years by Mike And The Mechanics
  • My Immortal by Evanescence
  • Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones
  • Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell
  • Purple Rain by Prince
  • Stay by Shakespeare’s Sister
  • Last Request by Paolo Nutini
  • Crying by Roy Orbison
  • Nothing Else Matters by Metallica
  • Colourblind and Walkaways by Counting Crows
  • Fade to Black by Metallica
  • Come Home by Ryan Adams
  • Stay with Me by Sam Smith
  • Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
  • Play Me by Neil Diamond
  • Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap

So over to you…

Tell me, what was your first concert?

What songs move you to tears?

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PS. I promise my next music post will be happier x