The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #78

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Greetings Bunny Holers! How’s your week been? Are you having fun yet? As you’re reading this, I’m probably knee deep in buttercream icing constructing my godson’s birthday cake – the train from the AWW Childrens’ Birthday Cake Book – or drinking copious amounts of wine trying to recover from the trauma of the experience!

Tomorrow is Raspberry Cake Day, doesn’t everyone love a spot of Sunday baking? I don’t know about you but my belly rumbles for crumble so I love the look of this Raspberry and Apple Crumble Cake. This Raspberry and Coconut Layer Cake is quite the showstopper and check out this Raspberry and Almond Upside Down CakeThe hardest part is deciding which one to make first!

The world seems intent to continue it’s ride on the Crazy Train and there’s no sign of it getting off anytime soon. I love my emotional raincoat and all, but we all need to learn how to hold onto our zen in our crazy world and Lisa has some most excellent tips.

Talking of zen, if you want to meditate but like me can’t sit still, then check out these 3 ways to find calm and peace without sitting stillall of which are much more fun than sitting atop a cushion with a timer!

Still on the subject of self care because you matter, here’s a list of 20 self care activities you can do in 10 minutes or less. So no excuses, take some time for you today! You know you’re worth it!

Keeping with the theme of positive and healthy habits, here are 7 small changes that will make a big difference in your life.  Which one will you try?

With 5 weeks to go, our holiday countdown is totally on. The weird thing about time zones is that we leave Sydney and arrive in LA at the same time on the same day  so I’m guessing these 10 quick ways to cure jet lag are going to come in very handy.

We’ve booked almost all our accommodation through Airbnb because it’s affordable, convenient and we do love to live like locals. If you’re looking to pop your Airbnb cherry these  5 tips for using Airbnb are a great place to start.

Still in holiday mode, I’m not planning on cooking gourmet dinners while I’m away but I did love these 6 easy recipes to feed a crowd wherever you may be, you know just in case 6 friends turn up for dinner at my holiday house. Stranger things have happened, right?!

And because a rabbit hole post isn’t a rabbit hole post without some puppy power, this week’s canine contribution has something for the dog and the cat lovers! Warm the cockles of your heart with the story of the dog who survived Hurricane Katrina and is now a “nanny” for kittens at a humane organisation. Lucky, there’s no such thing as too much cute because if there was, this would be dangerously close.

Before we part company,  tell me, what’s happening in your world this weekend? How do you hold on to your zen? Are you a good meditator? When you go on holi-yays, do you prefer hotels or self catering accommodation? Have you ever booked an Airbnb? Are you a cat or a dog person, or both?

Every Saturday morning, we will open up the rabbit hole link up for bloggers to add their link list posts or even just their favourite post (if you are not of the link list kind) for the week. Please link only one post. This makes it fair for everyone and allows more posts to be read. Talking of reading, do try and pop along to say howdee to some of  the other lovely linkers. Link up here, over at Calm to Conniption or The Geeky Shopaholic. It doesn’t matter where you add your link because it will appear on all three blogs, as if by magic!  The link up will stay open until midnight the following Monday.

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  • Oh good luck with the cake, I can’t wait to see pics! Liam is already asking me to make that cake for his next birthday and I’m scared already!

    • I’ll have to do a blog post on that cake, it’s a huge learning curve! But you’re such a class baker, it will be a walk in the park for you! Happy weekend xx

  • Any hot air bnb spots in Melbourne?? Hope your cake worked out well 🙂

    • The cake came out great. I had friends who stayed in a great Melbourne Airbnb. I’ll try and remember to ask them about it. I haven’t been to Melbourne since 2011, a visit is long overdue!

  • Good luck with the cake! I’m sure you can do it 🙂 All the cakes we have made for our little man have been simple easy round ones so far, haha! When he starts requesting more we might have to go down the complicated route…right now he’s just happy he got cake!

    Thank you for the link up!

    • Next year, we’re keeping it round and simple. It will take me until then to recover from the train cake, I’m a wreck 🙂 Hope you’re having a lovely weekend xx

  • I remember that cake when I was a kid, good luck, although no need, you will ace it.
    I love the anticipation of a holiday it’s part of the best bits, you need a few meetings to discuss all sorts of things before you go, all great excuses to celebrate the pending trip.
    Have a great week, we are resting this weekend, we’ve all had that terrible virus. Xx

    • Sorry to hear you’ve been poorly, I hope you’re all feeling heaps better! Hurry up and get well, you have your house award to celebrate! Congrats, lovely xx

  • Oh god, the bunny!! All the best with baking!

    • Isn’t Bubbles bunny the cutest? Thanks for the good luck cake wishes, we certainly needed them but all’s well that ends well 🙂

  • One of my favourite accommodations was when we stayed in an apartment in Queens, New York City, for a week. Shopped locally for groceries, used the laundromat etc. Subway for transportation. It really felt like we lived there for a week rather than just visited!

    • That New York apartment sounds a lot of fun and very similar to the stay we had in Chicago. We lived like locals rather than visited like tourists. Bon weekend x

  • Good morning Sammie! A wonderful bright, cool and sunny day here. I imagine you will have a similar one in Sydney. D xx

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Wooo hoo!! So excited (and jealous!) that it’s nearly your holiday! A baby is the best cure for jet lag… you don’t sleep anyway so you don’t even notice the time difference lol!!! You’re going to have the BEST time!!!

    • I think having a baby would be a bit of a radical step to cure my jetlag but yeah, 32 days and counting down! Squee! Hope you’re having an ace weekend! x

  • Love the 7 small changes. I’ve recently started taking myself on little walks every day. I’ve flared up an old foot injury so they’re more toddles than walks but the Vitamin D is awesome.

    Working at my workspace instead of the sofa helps too.

    I’m also decluttering like a crazy thing, and organising. My dream is for everyone to appreciate this and let me live my dream of a clear dining table in the middle of our open living space.

    As the Blokefolk can’t even put their shoes back in their baskets, or even on their designated shelves with brand new mini racks, I doubt it will ever happen!

    Still I’d rather have a full house and full heart – just wish it could be tidier!

    • I don’t think it matters how you move, just as long as you move, and yes, I’m all about the vitamin D! I need to declutter so bad and I my dining table is also a vast abyss of junk aswell as being my “office.” Hope you’re having an ace weekend x

  • jess

    Ooooh thanks for including my post of quick self care activities! I love Airbnb, its so great to really feel like you are living where you travel. Hotels just don’t have the same feel.

    • Loved your post – one of my favourite finds this week! I love Airbnb for the same reason and the hosts are local legends!

  • How do you know about all these World/National food days!!! If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t even know. And I wish my weekend was exciting. But it’s filled with sick kiddies and major blog catch up.

    • I have a list of national food days which I swot up on regularly! Hope the littlies are well on the road to recovery and feel happy and healthy very soon!

  • Man, I have had a tough week – and so I am off to check out the list of 20 self care activities you can do in 10 minutes or less. Wishing you all the best for the train birthday cake xox

    • Oh love, I hope your weekend gets better and that you find some Shari Time. The train cake was a huge mission but a huge success x

    • hope you have a better week this week. Yoga has been a game changer for me this week. I use Bettina Rae’s online studio which is for mums, she has preggy yoga on there too xx

  • You are a brave woman tackling that particular cake Sammie (although based on your baking history I’m sure it will be amazing!!). That train cake was always on top of my wish list when I was a kid. Can’t wait to see the pics xx

    • It was very rustic but very delicious. It didn’t end in divorce, just ruffled feathers. It will take me another year to get over it!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I always think that people really need to choose happiness and I will definitely be checking out your tips! Thank you so much for the shoutout. One day I hope to make you a birthday cake and she would of course be called Samantha! 🙂

    • A birthday cake named Samantha – that’s the stuff birthday dreams are made of! I totally agree, I think happiness is a way of life and although I’m really bad at decisions, happiness is the one choice I always like to make! Hope you’re having a delicious weekend x

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    We’ve booked a few getaways with airbnb and we’ve had great experiences so far – enjoy the countdown and obviously the holiday itself!

  • I recently booked an Air BnB in New York. It wasn’t the greatest I have to say. I love New York though so would put up with almost anything. I am getting ready to go to Taiwan this weekend Yay!!

    • Oh you lucky duck! I’d love to go to Taiwan. Sorry to hear about the Big Apple but you’re right, NY is pretty fabulous. Bon voyage!

  • I feel like the universe is trying to tell me something with all the self care posts I’m running into today! I’ll definitely be checking these out! 🙂 Hope you’re have a great weekend Sammie! 🙂

  • So there train… what is the sticky bit? Is it the cut out? I need to know so I don’t ever attempt the same. 🙂

  • You did such an AMAZING job of that cake this weekend, Sammie! I think you need to teach me your ways as I’m a pretty dodgy cake decorator 😛

    • I am the worst cake decorator in the world – David did most of the decorating so I can’t take any of the credit!