Thursday, December 21, 2017

Day 2983 - The Lovin Life Linky - Christmas Edition

Merry Christmas! 

The "very special" ornament the model daughter hung on the tree this year
Many of my blogging friends will be writing "the year in review" posts over the next ten days, but I've decided I don't want to do that this year.  2017 has not been my favourite year and while there was lots to love about life, there was also a lot that wasn't so great which I won't reflect on today.

Which is why I like the Lovin' Life Linky so much.  Once a week we are encouraged to focus on the good stuff.  We don't have to think about the crappy things.

We see the world not as it is but as we are, and when we are in a state of love and positivity, life really does have so much to offer.

The 7 things I'm lovin' about life this week:

(1) That we held a gold and white themed Christmas party last weekend with 68 people in attendance, most of whom dressed in theme.  Numbers were down on last year which suited us just fine.  For the first time in years I was able to walk around the party and spend quality time with everyone there.

(2) Wrapping gifts in my gold and white themed paper.  Taking the time to add a ribbon, card and decoration to each.

(3) Taking time off as a family to go to the movies.  So far we've seen Justice League, Star Wars and Daddy's Home 2 and we're lovin' the fancy Hoyts recliners .

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(4) Catching up with friends I haven't seen in ages whether it be for an iced coffee, drinks, pizza, or at our party.  Being able to hug people and wish them well before the end of the year feels good.

(5) Spending time with the young ones in the extended family as they gear up for Christmas and get excited about Santa. I've been creating videos for them via Portable North Pole and watching the wonder on their faces as Santa talks to them via the personalised videos. Note: You can create one video for free or pay $10AUD to create as many videos as you like.  For that $10 I've created personalised videos for five different children and I promise you, it's $10 well spent. If you have young kids, you must check this out.    

(6) Having my teens under the same roof who are wanting to spend time with us during the school holidays.  This may be a different story come the end of January, but for now we're feeling very grateful and fortunate to have such a strong bond.

I should also mention here that I'm lovin' that our daughter's agency organised and paid for her new look because after 6 hours in the chair at Toni and Guy in Paddington I'm pretty sure the transition from brunette to strawberry blonde could well have broken the bank. They've also offered to handle the upkeep.  I hope it comes with the same zero price tag! Don't like my chances though. 

(7)  The fact that my Lovin' Life team members have created such a great bond via Facebook and that we can talk about life, the universe and everything as we get ready to host this linky each week.  When I created this link-up I originally did it alone, but having such a great team around me makes it all the more fun and gives it so much extra love.

And that my dear friends is what I'm lovin' about life right now.

What are you lovin' this week?

Has 2017 been kind to you?

Who else has discovered Portable North Pole?

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It's time to start linking! 

This is the last Lovin' Life Linky for 2017.  We won't be linking between Christmas and New Year but will be back on Thursday 4 January 2018. On behalf of the Lovin' Life Linky team I'd like to say Merry Christmas, thank you for spending time with us and see you next year!


  1. Leanne you are such a force for positivity and good. Warmest of wishes for a joyful Christmas and a 2018 that treats you so much better than 2017 has.

  2. Merry Christmas, Leanne! Glad all your family are home to celebrate over the summer.

    SSG xxx

  3. Merry Christmas and all the best in 2018, Leanne! You're off to a great start celebrating the holidays with family and friends. The gold and white theme is very classy.

  4. What wonderful things you have listed to love about life. I know it's been a very challenging year for you and your family Leanne. The latter part of this year has not been good for me and my family too. One thing we both have in common though is the ability to seek out the good and positive things to be grateful for and that helps us get through. I love your No. 7 - I am so grateful to be part of #teamlovinlife - such a wonderful group of ladies who are all very special to me - even if I'm yet to meet many of you in real life yet! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family! xo #TeamLovinLife

  5. I love your gold and white Christmas theme. Christmas is such a special time with family. I'm actually having Christmas on Boxing Day with both of my grown up kids in Coolum on the Sunshine Coast. We haven't been together for Christmas for years so I'm very excited. It's been a pleasure being part of the LLL team and I hope to bring more inspiring posts in the New Year. Merry Christmas Leanne.

  6. It's been a pleasure being part of the #LLL team & a pleasure connecting with you this year. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas - and continued upkeep on the strawberry blonde ;)

  7. I'd noticed Talia's new hair. Does she love it?

    You're so good... doing Christmas prep and celebrating with so much other stuff happening. And all so tasteful. White and gold is lovely together.

    And some quality family time sounds great. My brother came up last weekend and he had a day or so with mum and then I gatecrashed and it was nice to have that time together with just the three of us.

    Thanks for introducing and organising the #lovinlifelinky and I adore its positivity! xxx

  8. Thank you Leanne for a year of celebrating what is good about life via your lovin life linky. Having a team who are also so in keeping with your original theme is awesome too. I loved reading the stories today from you and look forward to catching up with the rest of the linkers later. Miss T's hair= wow. I guess as long as someone else is paying, why not indeed. You are such a good and loyal blogging friend and I do hope I get to catch up for a coffee sometime in 2018. Much love, Denyse xx

  9. What a lovely week and I love the gold and white theme but 68 people wow! I wish you and your family the happiest of Festive seasons. x

  10. Leanne, you would have to be the most positive person in blogsphere. It amazes me how you manage to look on the brighter side of life, even when the crappy stuff keeps happening. I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year.

  11. We used to always go to movie on Christmas too!! Sending tons of love and prayers and I love your positive attitude!!!

  12. Wow, those movie theatre seats look so comfy. We have an expensive theatre lounge here too, but I have never seen inside. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

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