The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #123

The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #38

Well, today is an auspicious day and not just because it’s National Praline Day (more about that later,) today is our last rabbit hole adventure! Yes, as of Monday midnight when the link up closes, Jess, Shari, Paula and I will be hanging up our rabbit holing hats and closing the doors to the rabbit hole forever.

It’s not been an easy decision to make, because I’ve been loving on this Saturday morning link up from the very beginning.  The rabbit hole was Karin’s brainchild and then me, Shannon and Jess came along for the ride. Then when Jess and Shannon retired from piloting duties, Paula stepped up to the plate and when Karin, retired, Jess and Shari joined the team.

It has been SO much fun (and I am not sorry for shouting) but blogging is not my job, it’s my hobby and it’s time for me to redress ye olde blog-life balance and if I’m honest, I’m looking forward to getting my weekends back. I shall likely still hunt you down via the interwebs though, because I can’t be without my weekend reads!

The show must go on though! So let’s hop to it and check out all the lovely links! Today is National Praline Day! Can I tempt you with some White Chocolate and Macadamia Cupcakes, this Apple Praline Bread or how about this Pecan Praline Cheesecake? YUM!

If you love free stuff and more to the point, you love stuff that is going to add value, check out these awesome free printables  with everything from meal planning to school holiday rules, plus some value added rhyming animal expressions, there’s a printable that’s fun for everyone.

My trainer has just bought her first family home and this means she’s just “enjoyed”  first ever visit to IKEA at the tender age of 46. I saw her FB update yesterday and it said “lost in IKEA!” Been there, done that, and got the T-shirt! I should have sent her these 16 Creative IKEA Hacks – they’re just genius.

One of my all time favourite quotes is from Adlai E Stevenson, “it’s not the years in your life  but it’s the life in your years that count,” and since my cancer diagnoses, I’ve lived by those words.  I already have a list of 101 Things To Do in 1001 Days but after reading the story of Helen Fawkes, I’m thinking we could all do with a list for Living Life in Full. 

While we’re on the subject of  living life in full, let’s add living life in colour to the list! Our place is so brown, I have (un)affectionately named it Brown Town. I think I need to take some decorating tips from the woman who has such a colourful apartment, it would surely make unicorns jealous! I want to live in a rainbow apartment too!

Every time I exercise, irrespective of how hard or long I train, I always end up with a colourful face which ranges from tomato red to hot pink, depending on which day you catch me on. It’s quite embarrassing but it turns out that turning tomato after a work out could actually be a good thing! Who knew? (Obviously, not me!)

Talking of working out, have you seen the Squat Your Dog Challenge? I can’t think of a more adorable way to work out, although I think you’d need a pony sized pooch to see the results!

As it’s the rabbit hole’s last hurrah, I’m sharing some of last week’s lovely links first shared by my trusty co-hosts, Jess, Paula and Shari. Jess shared these 25 30 seconds ways to have a healthy morning, Paula shared these Simple Habits for an Organised Home and I think the 32 Best Netflix Original Series that Shari shared are going to come in very handy!

Before I sign off, I’d just like to give a massive shout out and a big high five to my trusty co-pilots past and present and all our bunny models, Oreo, Bubbles, Freckles, Hashbrown, Gatsby, Bowie Bonbon, Lord Carrot, Daisy, Ellie and Lola. I must also thank all you lovely linkers who have made the rabbit hole such a magic place to be. Thanks for sharing all your lovely links, cracking comments and sharing some of your weekend with us. It’s been amazeballs!

So tell me, what would be top of your Living Life in Full list? Do you like a pop of colour too? Are you a fan of IKEA too? Do you suffer from “tomato face” after working out too? What’s on your weekend agenda?

One last time, 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 and my awesome co-hosts. You can link up here or bob on over and say hello to Paula at  The Geeky ShopaholicJess at Confident Life and Shari at Good Food WeekIt doesn’t matter where you add your link because it will appear on all four blogs, as if by magic!  The link up will stay open until midnight on Monday.

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  • So sad to hear it’s the last Rabbit Hole link up! I’ve loved my Saturday morning routine of diving into the rabbit hole each weekend but I fully understand your need to reclaim your weekend. I’ll still be visiting your blog regularly for yummy recipes.


    • Thanks for all your lovely links and all the excellent Ellie photos! I’ll still be visiting your blog too for all the best health and beauty tips!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Morning Sammie! Oh no-the last Rabbit Hole! I love your lists but I totally understand you needing your weekends back as they’re such a lot of work! Thank you for including one of my recipes on your last one-I am honoured! Also I ADORE Amina’s unicorn house-it makes me happy just looking at it. 😀 Thank you for bringing rainbows to us Sammie for all these years with your Rabbit Hole posts x

    • I couldn’t not include one of your recipes, they’re just too good. I would totally move into the unicorn house in a heartbeat, if only she could come to our place and give it a unicornesque makeover. Thanks for bringing so much delicious to the rabbit hole! Happy Weekend!

  • Alas! The blogging landscape changes yet again! So sorry to hear it has all come to an end. Do enjoy your weekends from here on and thank you for all the weekend fun thus far! Xx

    • You know a change is as good as a rest, isn’t that what they say?! Thanks for partying with us down the rabbit hole! It’s been so much fun!

  • LydiaCLee

    Wow! I did not think I’d read that! Sorry to hear it’s going. So many of my regular haunts are disappearing! Enjoy your weekends! Maybe we should organise a real life lunch with the Sydney Rabbit holers…?

    • To be honest, I never thought I’d read/write it myself but you know what they say, all good things come to an end… Even our rabbit hole adventures! Thanks for being such a frequent visitor – I always love your posts and I’ll still be catching up with your posts. I think an end of Bunny Hole lunch sounds like a most excellent idea!

  • Sarah @sarahdipityblog

    Oooh no, so sad to read this but totally understandable. Thanks to you all xx

  • Well that’s very sad. I will miss the rabbit hole. I have posted a very apt recipe here for Praline with a little how to video to match. Sorry to see those bunnies go x

    • Now that’s what I call precision timing! I’ll miss your delicious recipes down the rabbit hole. Will have to subscribe to your posts via Bloglovin because the FOMO is real!

  • So sorry to see you leave the blogosphere!
    Best wishes to you all for a wonderful life!

    • Oh I would never leave the blogosphere but in my quest for life-blog balance, I will retire from my link up duties 🙂

  • merilyn

    sorry to hear that sammie!
    I googled you today because … love rabbit hole!
    anyhoo you can have weekends free and that’s a good thing hun!
    thankyou to you all for lots of good info and side splitting laughter!
    one door closes another opens
    I googled you today!!!
    much love m:)X

    • Oh you googled me! Go you! As much as I love the rabbit hole, I love freeing up some time on the weekends more. Life after all is all about balance! Hope you have a magic weekend x

  • Oh that is a shame that there will not be any more Ultimate Rabbit Hole but life is for living not sitting in front of a computer!

  • The 123 configuration really appealed to my OCD! Thanks for your continued support, I have so loved our weekend catch ups! I hope to be able to hop on over and see you some Mondays now that I have some extra time on my hands. Bon Weekend xx

  • Well done ladies for hosting the URH and giving bloggers the opportunity to share Theo work and visit others!

  • Thanks for hosting such a great weekend linky! So sorry to see it disappear – but totally understand the need to have your weekends back.

  • Dang, the last hole! That’s sad but appreciate the hard work that’s gone into it from you and the other hosts,you’ve all done a wonderful job and I hope you continue with a round up of things as I love the stuff you find!

    • I’m see some occasional round ups in my future because so often I find some links that are just too good not to share! Thanks for all your support and partying on down the rabbit hole. It’s been wild!

  • Thank you so much for all the support you have given to we other bloggers, it is very much appreciated. I hope you enjoy a little more balance in your life and I look forward to seeing you around the traps.

    • It’s been a pleasure, Jan and one of the best bit has connecting with and supporting other bloggers – that’s what it’s really all about! I cannot lie, I’m looking forward to a better blog/life balance and I’m sure I’ll see you around the blogosphere. Thanks for all your support down the rabbit hole x

  • Thanks for allowing me to be part of the Ultimate Rabbit Hole for the past 6 months and for letting me be your replacement prior to that on the weeks that you had off. I have loved sharing links and seeing other bloggers grow and change. I will miss it, but I understand why it must come to an end.

    • It’s been great to have you on board and big thanks to you for all that you have done for Team Rabbit Hole. It’s been a ball!

  • That squat your dog challenge is hilarious 😛 Farewell to the Ultimate Rabbit Hole series!!!!

  • I so appreciate all the time, love, support and encouragement you have afforded us all with the link up. Enjoy the space this decision will grant you. I’ll still be following you around – I’m not a stalker – really I’m not 😉😘

    • Thanks lovely, and I do hope I will still see you around the traps. For the record, you can stalk me anytime xx

  • I just popped over to join in – only because I haven’t blogged in ages – and read your news. I’m sad but I totally get it. Blogging does get in the way of life. I actually try not to use the computer at all now on weekends and made an exception to join what was probably my favourite linky. I hope the real world is going well for you all and I’ll still be visiting your blogs whenever I can. As for your questions: Yes I love a pop of colour, adore IKEA, and totes guilty of the red face after a workout. I’m usually a bit shaky now. Funny, never happened when I was young and fit! As for living life in full? I guess it’s being present and enjoying the moment.

    • I actually miss the rabbit hole and catching up with everyone but not as much as I missed having my weekends! I’m grateful for the good times we had and for all the wonderful blogs I found and bloggers I met (online and off,) via the link up. You’re so right about being present and enjoying the moment and I’m certainly able to do that a lot more now I’ve run out of the rabbit hole. Off to pop on over to your blog now to see what I’ve missed 🙂