Wednesday, 29 November 2017

I had seen barely any Christmas movies before this year, until I decided to watch all the ones that looked interesting and were available on the Australian Netflix and STAN (review post on them all coming soon), but How The Grinch Stole Christmas is one that I first watched many years ago.

Granted, the last time I watched it hasn't been for many years either, but I do remember adoring it. I particularly enjoyed the soft, almost rose-y look that each scene had, if that makes any sense. It was like the entire movie had a magical, glowing filter to it. 

Anyway, when I saw these super cute Grinch sugar cookies floating around on Pinterest, I fell in love with them. The simplicity of their design meant that I could actually make them, and I love that they say so much by doing so little. Everyone can look at them and instantly know what movie - and, even more specifically, what scene - they are referencing, and I love that. 

I knew I had to make them, but I've already made sugar cookies quite a few times and wanted to try making brownies again since I enjoyed them so much the first time, so that's what I did! I tried out this recipe for chocolate brownies and they were ah-ma-zing.

I decided to make buttercream for my icing as it is easily one of the most delicious things in the world, but I didn't have any red heart sprinkles, so I dyed some white ones with red food dye! I'm super happy with how they turned out. I made sure to let them dry for quite a while before pushing them onto the buttercream icing as I was worried the red dye might bleed into the buttercream. I am so glad it didn't!

When it comes to Christmas movies, I think it's safe to say that How The Grinch Stole Christmas is pretty much a classic - and one that I actually like, too! You'll see what I mean when I post my other Christmas movie reviews. I also really like the Santa Claus trilogy; they're some of the very few movies I actually own on DVD. What are some of your favourite Christmas movies?

Until next time,
Indya xx

Monday, 27 November 2017

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Stockings are one of my favourite things about Christmas (then again, what isn't?) and I love that you can fill them with fun, often silly items that don't usually cost too much, but are still guaranteed to put a smile on the recipient's face.

I love novelty items that you know you don't really need, but still want regardless. My favourite type of Christmas gift guides to read are the ones about stocking stuffers, so I knew I had to eventually write my own. 

There's not much of a theme to these items, they're all just fun and random things that won't break the bank, but also aren't too cheap-looking either. Enjoy!

More fun stocking stuffers:
Rainbow scratch art sticky notes.
 Wonder Woman pencil case.
 Cat cheese grater.
 "Be Nice" patch.
 Willa Wonka Bar journal.
 Justice League paperclips.
 Star Wars Light Saber chopsticks.

What are you hoping to find in your stocking this year?

Until next time,
Indya xx

Friday, 24 November 2017

I'm going to tell you guys straight up that I've never really cared about dragon fruit. I still haven't eaten one to this day, but I just love how bright and pink they are! Every time Studio DIY shares a project or recipe that features dragon fruit I swoon over the colours, so I knew I had to eventually make something dedicated to this gorgeous fruit!

Enter: National Cake Day! November 26th has the wonderful title of being National Cake Day, and I knew I had to celebrate. I love making batches of cupcakes and playing around with decorating them. It's always fun to see what I manage to come up with, and these babies are some of the best results of my spontaneous decorating so far! 

I am always up for some pink buttercream, plus I always seem to have coconut lying around (I never realised how fun and useful it can be when baking! I'm thinking about writing a post listing all the ways you can use it to decorate 😂), so it didn't take me long to figure out that I wanted to make dragon fruit cupcakes.

The only issue was figuring out how to do the black seeds. I first tried to break up some chocolate melts, but that was far too tedious and messy. I contemplated using black fondant, and to be honest I'm not sure why I didn't go with that option as I love fondant, but in the end I found a very-nearly-empty jar of chocolate sprinkles and decided to use those.

Honestly, these guys are so easy to make it almost feels like cheating to write it out as a tutorial for you guys, but I know I prefer reading instructions that are actually written like instructions rather than a slab of text, so I have listed all the ingredients and required steps for you all below!


♡ 6 cupcakes of your choice

♡ Buttercream icing
♡ Pink food dye
♡ Desiccated coconut
♡ Chocolate sprinkles
♡ Pink cupcake liners
♡ Small or medium circle cookie cutter


1. Whip up your preferred cupcake recipe and bake them in pink cupcake liners. When they come out of the oven and are set to the side to cool, make some buttercream icing and mix pink food dye into it until it matches the cupcake liners as much as possible. Once your cupcakes have cooled, ice them as you normally would.

 Sit your cookie cutter lightly in the middle of your cupcake, trying not to mess up your buttercream icing. Pick up a small pinch of coconut and sprinkle it inside the cookie cutter. Keep doing this until you've got an even layer and can't see any buttercream under the coconut (or, at least make sure you can't see much). You'll notice that some of my coconut decided it wanted to sit outside the circle, but that's just how life goes!

3. Continue to cover each cupcake with coconut circles and then grab your chocolate sprinkles and scatter them across the coconut. If your sprinkles are smaller than mine I would recommend using more than I did, but if they're larger I think the "less is more" approach works best.


That is all! I told you these were insanely easy, which really makes me want to make cupcakes look like fruit more often. Although I could just be nicer to my body and have some actual fruit, but who wants fruit when there's cake to eat?! 😜 Hope you enjoyed this super simple tutorial!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

I'm not going to lie, as soon as it hit September and we were officially in the "ber" months, I was already in the Christmas spirit. September was also my birthday month so I focused more on that, but once those celebrations died down, I started planning for Christmas.

I actually had my Christmas shopping done in October (granted, I only shop for Daniel), but will continue to pick up more things here and there as I think of them up until Christmas. Daniel and I are usually really good with our shopping - we had all our presents before December last year, as well - but I started extra early this year so that in the later months I could save for our holiday in January.

Whilst Christmas has been on my mind for months already, I feel like now is the appropriate time to really start getting into the Christmas spirit and actively planning food, decor and the actual day. I never had a routine growing up. Some Christmases were great, whilst others were non existent due to our rocky home and financial situation, but since Daniel and I moved out on our own, things have been a lot more stable.

We are starting to establish traditions that we will hopefully continue for a long time to come, and this year I've got a couple of new ones to add to the list as I have been looking up popular Christmas traditions to try and see if we enjoy them. Without further ado, here are all the ways I plan to bring the Christmas spirit into our home these holidays!

This is the most obvious one, but it's one of my favourites nonetheless. Putting up the tree and decorating it on the first of December has been our tradition for a few years now, and even though I certainly wouldn't mind putting it up earlier, I know that then is a good time to do it. It really is the perfect way to start off the month of Christmas!

If you're from Melbourne, there's no doubt that you would have heard about the Boulevard Christmas lights in Ivanhoe. It's got to be the most popular place to go see Christmas lights as everyone in the neighbourhood goes all out. Daniel and I have been for the last few years, but it's an exhausting feat. It takes hours to see it all and get through the basically stationary traffic, which means it's a huge fuel sucker. I absolutely love the lights and think it's worth it all, but we'll probably try somewhere new this year. I really do recommend seeing them if you haven't yet though!

All throughout primary school and a little bit into high school, I was a huge card giver. I loved buying Christmas cards to give out to everybody I knew - and I loved getting them from fellow schoolmates as well - but I haven't done that in quite a while as no one else that I know does it. I really enjoy making Christmas cards for Daniel though, so I am looking forward to doing that!

We all know that I love candy and Christmas, so of course a Christmas-themed candy would be something that I adore - and it is. I actually have candy canes in my house all year round because I always buy too many during Christmastime, but that doesn't stop me from buying more each December! I love using them as decor - and eating them, of course. I might make some candy cane-related crafts this year as well.

From the use of the word "try" in the title, it's obvious that this is one of the new ones that I wish to add to my list this year. Eggnog and Christmas seem to go hand in hand, and even though I don't think I'm going to like it, that's not stopping me from giving it a try! If I like it, it will be one more way to celebrate Christmas throughout December.

My Christmas movie knowledge is severely lacking. Sure, I saw the Grinch Who Stole Christmas and the National Lampoon Christmas Vacations a bit when I was a kid, but that was basically it. Last year I bought Daniel all the Santa Claus movies, so I'll probably give them another watch sometime soon, but this Christmas I want to see all the Christmas movies that I haven't seen yet. I've got a huge list of ones that I apparently have to see, and I might even review them on here! I am really looking forward to this part of Christmas.

This is another brand new item on the agenda. I have never made a trifle before - I can't even remember ever eating a trifle before - but since I've fallen in love with being in the kitchen this year, I thought I'd give it a try. Trifle bowls are popping up all over the place so it won't be hard to track one down. I'm really hoping to fall in love with trifles - and making them - so that I can add this to one our yearly traditions. I'll be sure to update you on whether or not mine turns out like a disaster, so keep an eye out for that!


Is there anything that you do every year at Christmastime that you always look forward to? Is there anything that you'd like to start doing? I love hearing about how everyone spends their Christmas!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Monday, 20 November 2017

I mentioned - both on here and Instagram - that Daniel bought me the entire set of Sailor Moon manga for our fourth anniversary, and I was over the moon. After blasting through the first five volumes and loving them, I happened to read something about the two volumes Codename: Sailor V, and how they really make you see Venus in a different light - and that you should ideally read them before you read Sailor Moon. 

So, I ordered myself both volumes of Codename: Sailor V and put off reading any more of the Sailor Moon manga until I had learned about Sailor V's backstory. Whilst I will go into more explanation below, I am just going to start off by saying that I was more let down by these two volumes than I was impressed. 

I had no idea they were so similar to the anime, and I honestly just didn't care to see Minako acting the same way as Usagi. I know that my opinion is heavily affected by the fact that I saw the 90's English dub of the anime first, then read the Sailor Moon manga, and then finally read the Sailor V manga, when they all came out in reverse order, but it is what it is.

Everyone says that Codename: Sailor V makes you see Minako in a different way due to the fact that you're getting to see her backstory, how she became a scout, and how she find out what her destiny was (I'll get to that), and yes, the ending of the second volume was pretty shocking. Minako found out a lot about herself, her past, and her future that forced her to grow up real quick, and I admire her for that, but I still can't shake away the memory of who she was throughout the entire manga.

When I picture Minako/Sailor Venus, I do not see her as a lazy, boy-obsessed, hungry, tired, crybaby - but that's exactly how she is in this manga. Once again, this is purely because I am used to Usagi being this way, and Minako being a calm and mature person who has always seemed to be wise beyond her years. Even with everything she went through, it's difficult for to me to imagine her going from being an Usagi-clone, to the Minako we know and love.

However, in the grand scheme of things, I can forgive Minako for being that way as she is only a 13-year-old girl, and 13-year-old girls can be childish and annoying - but they don't have to be rude. Some of the things Minako said to Artemis, and the times she made him cry, really didn't sit right with me. At one point she said, "That thing doesn't even belong at our place", to which Artemis replied, "Am I lower than a pet to you?" I'm a huge animal lover, so that kind of hurt me, but I may just be splitting hairs here.

Something else that surprised me about this book was the appearance of Usagi and the other Scouts. I was under the impression that Naoko Takeuchi had written Codename: Sailor V, and then later decided to re-work the story so that Minako was part of a group, but it's evident that that was her plan all along. Which makes me wonder: why did she make Usagi so similar to Minako? Why not make Minako the main character? She had all the same characteristics - her best friend even looked like Ami!


I know I've spent this entire post complaining about what I didn't like about this manga, but don't get me wrong, I did actually like it. I love this universe and Naoko's writing. I do wish we had gotten some insight on why Minako chose to wait until all the Scouts had been found before joining them; it seems as though she could have lent a hand at rounding them up!

My absolute favourite part was the end, when it was revealed to Minako that her destiny is to be Sailor Venus, and nothing else. Even though Artemis had mentioned earlier that she was prohibited from falling in love, I don't think Minako really understood what he was saying: her duty is to protect the princess, not fall in love - despite being the Guardian of Love. Whilst she took the news quite well, as if that's what she had expected all along, I still think that would have been a tough pill to swallow.

Until next time,

Indya xx

Friday, 17 November 2017

It's no secret that donuts have taken over the world; people just can't deny their delicious, circle-shaped goodness anymore. 2016 was the year I discovered just how much I love these little treats - inspiring one of my friends to get me 24 of them for my birthday - and it certainly hasn't gone away.

From beanbags to money boxes to pen holders, my house is slowly filling with adorable donut-shaped items, and I'm certainly not going to complain about it! I have already shared my ice cream and candy home decor pieces, I'll have to share all my donut decor with you at some time as well.

Since so many people have fallen in love with these delicious treats, I thought I would create a donut-themed gift guide for those wanting to increase their donut decor this Christmas - okay, it's also partly my own personal wish list, but we'll just ignore that fact 😜  Now let's move onto the good stuff!

Other items that deserve a mention:

♡ I honestly think this desk donut with pushpin "sprinkles" is one of the greatest inventions ever.

♡ This donut toothbrush holder has been on my wish list forever - despite the fact that I have an electric toothbrush so it wouldn't even fit 😂

♡ Twinkle lights are some of my favourite things ever, and having them shaped like donuts makes them even better.

♡ These donut tea candles are way too cute to use, but that wouldn't stop me from buying them.

♡ A donut neon sign so you can blind your guests with your love of donuts.


Which one of these items would you love to wake up to on Christmas Day? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Yes, I just may be addicted to making piñatas. I'm not even sorry about it either, they're just too much fun! Having them around my house makes it feel like a party 24/7, and I love that you can make them to suit any situation.

I thought my most recent Pokedex piñata was my favourite, but I think this one takes the cake - or, more accurately, the fries. Whilst this blog is full of things that I love, I've realised that I haven't yet spoken about my deep affection for fries. Believe me, this is one love affair that's been around for many years, and certainly isn't going anywhere soon - and since it's National Fast Food Day on the 16th, I thought a fries piñata would be a perfect way to celebrate 🍟

As healthy as I try to be on a day-to-day basis, one of my biggest weaknesses is fries. I love it when they are perfectly soft (I am NOT a crunchy chip kind of gal - I don't even like my toast crunchy!) and extra salty; when they're just right, I could honestly eat them every single day. I don't though, I promise!


♡ Cereal box
♡ Red wrapping paper

♡ Red streamers
♡ Yellow paper
♡ Sticky tape
♡ School glue

♡ Scissors
♡ Ruler (optional - I didn't use one, but I bet it would come in handy!)


1. Cut out each section of your cereal box so that the large front and back rectangles, as well as the bottom, top and side strips are all separate from each other. On the plain cardboard side of one of the rectangular pieces, draw your desired chip box shape. I wanted to include the curved top so it looked like the fries boxes that we all know and love, but having a straight line would look just as good, as well as make the later steps more simple.

2. Once you're happy with your chip box outline, cut it out and use that piece as a stencil on the second large rectangle piece, and cut that one out as well. Try to be careful with your cutting and not waste your excess cardboard as we'll need it for the later steps.

3. Get the strip of cardboard that was previously on the bottom of the cereal box, and sticky tape your two new cut out pieces to each side, so that it ends up being on the bottom once again, and your two rectangular pieces are standing up on it, just like they were before we cut the cereal box up. I like to face the plain brown side of the cereal box on the outside to ensure that the pictures on the cereal box don't show up underneath your streamers.

3. Use the strips of cardboard that were on the sides of your cereal box as sides once again by taping them to the bottom and two outer cardboard pieces, trimming any unneeded cardboard as you go along. After this step you should have a 3D chip box minus the lid. Ideally, you would fill the box with candy before you move onto the next step, but don't fill it up too high or it will be difficult to fit the chips in.

4. I wanted my chips to sit inside my piñata rather than just sit right on top, so that it looked as though the box is actually "filled" with chips, so I would recommend getting a strip of cardboard and sticky taping it a few centimetres - or even inches - inside the piñata. This might seem a little too tricky, but just keep adding tape until you're happy with it. Remember that no one will see this part, anyway.

5. With your yellow paper, measure how long you want the chips to be, keeping in mind that they need a few extra centimetres or inches to sit inside the piñata as well. The thickness of your chips is completely up to you. When I was making mine I sketched how thick I wanted them and then cut out four times that size so that I could fold them into 3D chips (this is where a ruler would have come in handy!). Once I had cut one out, I folded it in half twice before taping the two edges together to make a 3D chip.

6. Now you need to decide whether you want to cover the top with yellow paper so that you can't see inside them. It's completely up to you if you want to do this part since the piñata will be high up anyway and therefore no one will be be able to see the top of the chips. If you do want to cover it up, measure the perimeter of the end of a chip onto some yellow paper and cut out double that size. 

7. Fold in both ends and add some tape to them, then slide that piece of paper carefully into the top of the chip. You could also keep one of the tabs on the outside so you can make sure the tape actually sticks, it just depends on how you'd like it to look.

8. Squeeze some glue into the area where the chips will sit and place them inside. Once the glue is dry, cover your chip box portion of the piñata in red paper by taping or glueing it down. This step isn't a complete necessity, but I like to do it to make sure that no cardboard will show up underneath the streamers.

9. Starting from the bottom of the front of the piñata, unroll a strip of streamer that is the same length of the piñata from left to right. Cut it out, fringe the bottom 2/3 of it, then tape onto the piñata. Continue doing this all the way up your piñata. If you don't want to see any sticky tape when you get to very top piece of streamer, use a very light layer of glue instead.

10. Repeat the above step for the back, two sides, and bottom of your piñata, remembering to always start from the bottom of the side you are looking at. Once the glue is all set, you're done! The perfect piñata for a fast food fanatic such as myself 😜

Until next time,
Indya xx

Monday, 13 November 2017

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I have always been thrifty, which is really just a nicer way to say that I have always been stingy. I go to the clearance section in shops first, and I always click lowest price and shipping first whenever I'm browsing eBay. I always look for a good deal, and if there's a way to pay less for what I want, you can bet I'm going to find it. 

I understand why some people aren't like this, though. People don't say "you get what you pay for" for nothing; that can be very true, but not all the time. I believe there's a time to splurge, and a time to hold back.

Whilst I do have plenty of favourite brands that I know and trust, I hate how prices on really simple items are always increased purely because of the brand's name - especially when it's not worth it. Today I am going to share some really cheap and awesome baking tools that I have bought, so other baking novices like me know what items you really DON'T need to splurge on to get a good result.

When I Google cake stands, five pop up in the sponsored shopping section at the top of the page. They're all white or clear, and they range from $25-$100. That is ridiculous. I understand if you want a pretty, fancy one with a nice base or patterned edge then you'll have to pay a bit more, but you can get the same plain white cake stand that someone is selling for $100 from Kmart for $5, and it's going to do the exact same thing. That's not being cheap, it's being smart with your money.

Yes, it's true, I am a disposable piping bag kind of gal. I own one reusable one and it's a nightmare to use and clean. In fact, I've only used it less than a handful of times because it just never feels clean. I am also someone who uses multiple icing colours and tips at the same time, so I need lots of piping bags on hand. I used to buy packets of five piping bags for $3.50 which seemed like a great day, until I checked eBay and realised that I could get 50 for $3.69. I haven't looked back since.

The amount that some shops sell their spatulas for should be illegal. $30+ for some wood and silicon? No, thank you! I would never pay more than $5 for one, unless it was a certain theme or shape, but I've even seen a Frozen themed spatula for $5, so there's no reason that a regular spatula should be anymore. Big W and Target have some for $2, and Kmart has them for $1.50. They all have different colours too, so don't think that you have to compromise on appearance just because you're paying less, just make sure you shop around!

These are another example of some truly overpriced items. I've seen these things for $30 before. They're just tiny plastic or metal rectangles! I'm sure you could use many items around your house and get a similar result, so there is no way you should be spending that much on them! I bought my smoother for $1.59, and my scraper for $1, and I love them. There's no way you should be paying anymore than that for these items! (Also, here's eight fondant tools and cutters for $1.67. You're welcome.)

eBay really is my best friend, I'm not going to lie. I think I buy an average of 10 items off of it every month, but that's a whole other story. Cupcake liners aren't usually that expensive anyway, but if you like to bake cupcakes a lot - and they're definitely the things that I make the most - it's best to buy in bulk, just like piping bags. I bought 100 pink liners for $2.26 because I love pink and always seem to use pink liners, but for that price I'm thinking of stocking up on liners that are all the colours of the rainbow!

These are a little more tricky than cake stands. I bought a $10 one from Kmart, but it's also a tilt table - and quite a flimsy one at that - and part of the stand snapped off after a few uses. It still works perfectly fine so if you're thrifty like me I'm sure you'll enjoy it, but for an extra $5 Wiltshire have a nice looking one that doesn't look like it will fall apart straight away. Keep in mind that I haven't actually used this one, but Wiltshire products haven't let me down before!

Cake tins are something that you should really shop around for before you buy. I wanted a plain, round cake tin and I went to four different stores to make sure I was getting the best deal. I just don't understand how some stores can justify selling something for $30 when a shop nearby is selling the exact same thing for $5. Are people really that focused on brand names? 

I understand if you're looking for a really obscure shape or mould that they may start becoming a bit pricier since the demand for them isn't that high (although in that case, once again, eBay is my best friend!), but for your generic cake and cupcake tins, don't spend more than $10-$15 - and even that's pushing it. If you love visiting thrift stores, it's always a good idea to look for cake tins there as well, that's where I found some of my really unique ones - just don't get the really dirty or dusty ones. If you're anything like me, no matter what you do, they will just never feel clean....

Is there anything that you refuse to splurge on, even though most other people seem to insist that you should? Or is there anything that you will only buy if it's a certain brand because no other brand compares? I love discussing what items to splurge on, and what items to hold back on. Sometimes a high price doesn't always equal quality, but other times, paying that extra money is so, so worth it.

Until next time,
Indya xx

Friday, 10 November 2017

I am constantly inspired and in awe of how creative other people are. Ever since I started blogging, a day hasn't gone by that I haven't seen something or read a post that's made my heart skip a beat from just how purely amazing it was. 

Blogs like Studio DIY, Aww Sam, Lovely Indeed, Oh Happy Day and so many more are constantly blowing me away with their passion, positivity and drive, and I hope to be a fraction as talented as they are one day.

I've been looking up Christmas DIY projects and recipes for months now. I really wish I could test out every single one I find, but I couldn't possibly find the time, money or skills required to do so, but I still really want to show my love for some of the amazing ideas and tutorials that other bloggers have come up with.

Which is why I decided to compile a list of some of my favourite projects that I have found. Some are new and some are older, but they're all things that I would absolutely love to try out sometime. I hope you find as much happiness and inspiration from these posts as I did!


🎅  Pineapple pinecone ornaments
🎅  Disney Princess-inspired ornaments

🎅  Snowman tea light ornaments
🎅  Scrabble tile ornament
🎅  Ice cream cone ornaments
🎅  Fruity ornaments
🎅  Salt dough ornaments


🎅  Reindeer piñatas
🎅  Pizza tree skirt
🎅  Emoji ornament wreath
🎅  Ice cream cone stocking
🎅  Ornament pillows
🎅  Christmas tree party hats
🎅  Enamel pin decorated tree
🎅  Pink-tipped Christmas tree (this would look especially gorgeous on a white tree!)
🎅  Santa hat and beard wreath
🎅  Christmas lights sweater


🎅  Pink Gingerbread Car
🎅  Snow Globe Cupcakes
🎅  Holiday Peppermint Cake
🎅  Santa Belt Surprise Cake
🎅  Christmas Lasagna (it's not what it sounds like!)
🎅  Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites
🎅  Flamingo Christmas Cookies
🎅  Snowflake Cupcakes
🎅  Christmas Cheesecake
🎅  Holly Berry Cupcakes


🎅  Take-Out Box Advent Calendar
🎅  Paper House Advent Calendar
🎅  Star Garland Advent Calendar
🎅  Ski Resort Advent Calendar
🎅  Bonbon Wreath Advent Calendar
🎅  Minimalistic Advent Calendars
🎅  Vintage Ladder and Pail Advent Calendar
🎅  Lego Advent Calendar
🎅  Hexagon Advent Calendar


Woo! That was a lot to get through, but I promise you that every single project or recipe that I listed is worth checking out - in my eyes, anyway. I love seeing what other people come up with, it's honestly so inspiring. I've never thought about making my own advent calendars or wreaths before, so I am definitely going to have to do some brainstorming for the future.

Which of these projects and recipes caught your eye the most? Is there something that you've seen online that you think belongs in this list? Leave a link below! I'd love to check out more Christmas content. This is my absolute favourite time of the year!

Until next time,
Indya xx