Humble Hilo

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Just the other day, I came across this gorgeous site, Humble Hilo, full of beautiful handmade and unique Guatemalan textiles. Including baby sandals, bags and clothing. Even better, by buying their products, you are not only supporting families in need of employment, but a portion of EVERY item you buy will go back to directly benefit those in great need by supporting projects.
Tempted to buy Henry a pair of those gorgeous sandals for summer!

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home finds on etsy- the natural look

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I love the natural look, I am a lover of natural fibres, wood, plants and ceramics. Things made from materials sourced from nature, rather than man-made. Here are a few recent etsy finds, for the home.

Rustic Tabletop Planter | Fresh Herb storage bag | Accessories Organizer |  Cheese markers | Wood desk Speaker  | Table centerpiece

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lost time

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Like most freelancers and business owners, I have experienced the ‘disappearing client’. They can come in many forms, the one who vanishes half way through a project and never gets back in touch (after lots of promises and begging you to do the job despite you being booked out), the one who takes months to get back to you and the project never seems to eventuate, the ones who let you almost complete a project and vanish and the worst, the ones who make you finish the job, ask for additional edits, make lots of excuses as to when they can pay (and still ask for more edits) and then despite everything never actually pay up.
The fact you lost money in the process is tough, and it hurts. But worse to me, is the lost time. It irks me the most. The fact I could have been spending that time doing a job that did pay, or spending time with family and friends or doing something for myself. To me they have stolen my time, time I can never get back.
Now that I am a mum, and only working part time, thinking back on the few clients that have stuffed me around, seems to upset me more now. Knowing that money could have been in my account, or that time could have been better spent.
I have lots of wonderful clients, and its only a small few who have done this, but each one is a small blow. Have you experienced this? How do deal with it?

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the lake

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I love that we have such a beautiful lake in our town. My husband was hesitant at first about moving here, because the town has no river (a country thing). But we do have the most gorgeous big lake, with lovely trees and park land around, it feels like you are in America.

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Easy flourless cookies

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This recipe came about when looking for healthy ideas for finger food for Henry. The original recipe used oats, which are also great, but I decided to get a little more creative and make a more ‘grown up’ version. These are soo easy to whop up and taste so good. No sugar, no eggs, no flour!

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Ingredients
2 Bananas
1/2 cup quinoa flakes (you can always substitute with oats)
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 cup of choc chips or other extra of your choice e.g sultanas

Method
1. Mash bananas
2. Add dry ingredients
3. Mix it all together.
4. Spoon onto lined baking tray, spread into cookie size.
5. Bake at 180 for 10 min.

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