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#brunchclub Bloggers are all so different

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What I love is that #brunchclub Bloggers are all so different…and each one of us is diverse both in our Blog and in our lives.

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This is a fabulous bunch of women (men are welcome) whom I may not have ever met, in my normal daily life, because our lives lead such different paths.

But that is exactly why it is so cool.

I’m ‘old’, I have a teenager and I write about Parenting and a whole lot of other palava like random post about The Bachelor NZ and Mud Races

If I’m honest I’m old enough nearly to be some of these women’s Mother! NB: That’s a dig at just how old I am, not how young they are 😉

But with that said, that’s why it is so great – that we are all so different.

I find the conversations really interesting, engaging, varied and I learn a little something from each one of these talented writers.

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It doesn’t matter who we are, where we have come from or even really what we blog about, we are here for one common goal ~ our love of Blogging.

With that we all come to #brunchclub with our strengths and weaknesses.

Yes its cool when two similar types of bloggers come together as maybe that will mean they may be able to collaborate in future or share tips etc…

But I learn just as much from talking to a Makeup Blogger as I do off a Travel Blogger as I do off a Food Blogger :-)

That’s also what I love about the connections you make online with other Bloggers, sure some are in your genre, but often they are not, but something clicked and you get on like a house on fire.

drexels breakfast restaurant wellingtoThis months #brunchclub was at the famous Drexels Breakfast Restaurant on Waring Taylor Street.

A unique place as they serve Breakfast ALL DAY (well from really early in the morning til 2pm)… and have been around in New Zealand for 25 years with its roots in Christchurch.

They say they are an American Diner experience with a Kiwi twist and that’s a perfect way to describe exactly what you experience when you dine here.

Heading to #brunchclub this morning I was not quite the same Scardey Cat as I was last month, but if I’m honest I was still a bit nervous about it and made sure I was there nice an early (a tip from my previous post).

I head in and arrived at the same time as the lovely Dani from Dani Pohlod and we were quickly joined by Kahurangi from xox Bubbles whom I hadn’t met before but recognised instantly from her Facebook profile (which always feels a bit weird when you recognise someone, but don’t actually know them).

Drexels is unique, as you go in off the street and head down under street level to their Restaurant, something that doesn’t happen very often in Wellington!

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It was absolutely chocka block with people and they were spilling out the seams, they have quite a large seated waiting area and we filled that up and then some with around 15 people waiting.

There were kids and kids and more kids and even though I have a kid/teen myself, I wondered if this amount of kids would do my head in.

Morgan from Hyacinth Girl, Georgina from Baby Rebel Blog arrived and we were soon ushered to our table.

We were offered COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE pretty much as soon as we sat down.  Or in my case a Mango Fruit smoothie – yummo.


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I’m pleased to say that once seated we were all spaced out enough I didn’t even notice the kids anymore and even though the noise level of the place was quite high, it wasn’t too hard to talk.

Emma from Muffin Mum, Hannah from Mind the Crumbs, ZaretteJenna from The Adventures of Jenjaroo and Alice from NINETYNINECLUB soon joined us to complete our group.

We got to hear a little about the inaurgural Palmerston North #brunchclub that happened yesterday which some of the women had driven up for to attend and they had rave reviews.

It was exciting to hear that another #brunchclub is up and running and the idea that started not that long ago by these fabulous women is not only spreading its wings even further, but is helping bring together, network, build relationship and help inspire us all in our Blogging journey.

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I hope we may have some cross over Wellington / Palmerston North events in future.

If you want to join #brunchclub you can do so from their website here and then join the #brunchclub Facebook group also.

Our wait staff at Drexels were very really friendly, attentive and happily fueling our coffee drinkers habits consistently with the equivalent of a Coffee IV drip to their delight.

Like Loretta’s last month there were so many things on the menu I could have chosen, but settled on the Drexels Breakfast Treat with Pancakes, Fresh Fruit and extra side of Bacon and Real Canadian Maple Syrup.

My breakfast was excellent, super tasty and really fulling, the extra side of Bacon was delicious and well worth the add as there was lots of it, it had hardly any fat on it (that you normally need to cut off) and was cooked perfectly crispy but not burnt.  The pancakes were thick, fluffy and delicious.

Only feedback would be, if I’m ordering extra special Canadian Maple Syrup for an extra $2.50, I am going to expect a much larger jug than what came on my plate.  In my mind Pancakes need to be swimming in Maple syrup and this was definitely not enough for even 1/2 a pancake.  But I topped them off with the free Maple Syrup on the table and just simply wouldn’t bother with ordering the real Canadian Maple Syrup next time.

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Everyone’s food looked delicious, I saw a mix of waffles, French Toast and Omelettes.
A couple of our Bloggers are Gluten Free and they were well catered for being able to choose just about anything off the menu and be served it in a Gluten free way.

Our conversations at #brunchclub are very informal and truth be told aren’t particularly bloggy-fied. A little bit of light conversation around moving to self hosting, disclosure policies and working with brands, and topics that could maybe be covered on future #nzbloggers Sunday night chats.

But I don’t mind that.  Yes, I would be keen to do more workshop based metups too like they offer for #Laptopclub in Auckland, but I’m happy that #brunchclub is more about Networking and building friendships with other bloggers in a light informal way.  I find it just encouraging to my blogging to go along.

The place emptied out a little after a while and that made it easier to talk across the table, whereas beforehand you could only really talk to you neighbours and those across from you.

I’m so glad I was brave and went along to my 2nd #brunchclub and I know I will be keen and on the look out for the next one.

I look forward to meeting more and more bloggers whom I wouldn’t have normally met and forming relationships that are way beyond who you are just in our blogs.

Have you met people from different walks of life through Blogging…Twitter…Facebook etc…?

What do you love most about some of the groups you have joined?

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The Bachelor NZ Farts are Funny

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• Old School Sea Planes  • Farts  • Super Marble crashes  • Waiter summoning  • Stubble talking and even more Rugs!

The Bachelor NZ – Wednesday night

Any guy can take you on a date on a Helicopter…but how much cooler is it to go #OldSchool and get to your date in a Sea Plane!

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So pleased that Art picked Poppy to go on the 1st date, especially after Poppy was recorded saying she would be “…so jealous of the girl that gets to go on the 1st date…” and it was her anyway :-)

Art and Poppy’s first date (and first date of the Season) was a nice gentle way to ease into things.

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A true Kiwi Date of Kayaking, lounging on the Beach, Skimming Stones and hunting in Rock Polls.  Sure not glamorous or High end, but in all honesty a cool day out just hanging out.

Part way through the date as Poppy is walking up to sit down beside him she lets out a squeaky FART or two!

This was pure Gold!

Who knew that on The Bachelor NZ Farts are appreciated :-)

Love-love-loved it, love then how she owned it, how casual she was about it and had a laugh at herself.  Art took it completely in his stride and found it funny.

Farts are always funny!

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After last nights whirlwind of Evening Dresses, Cocktail parties and intense Rugs it was really nice seeing the Women more relaxed today, more casually dressed and overall seeming more natural.

The group date saw a plethora or colour, Race day outfits and floppy hats…so I was truly delighted to see they were then going to get thrown about in a Jet Boat and get their hair messed up a bit.

Anyone who has been on a Donut before with their brothers driving knows you can have some spectacular crashes on these things!  They can leave your head ricocheting for days and your body feel like its been through the tumble dryer.  But they are also a whole lotta fun.

This Super Marble inflatable was going pretty fast with Danielle. L and Crystal in it, but I’m also kinda glad they were wiped out as that is also 1/2 of the fun :-)

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I missed most of Dani’s one on one time on the Jetski with Art, but from the jist of things afterwards it seemed like it must have gone fairly well.

After playtime on the Launch while they were having a few drinks Kristie K took a risk by ‘summoning’ Art like a Waiter…while he was in mid conversation from across the deck to refill her glass.

Some guys might take this as confidence and messing around…but I didn’t get the feeling it went down to well.

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Art’s Stubble did the talking and came out for the first time at the Cocktail party before the Rose ceremony tonight and I for one will admit I appreciated its appearance 😉

Cue one super awkward interruption by Natalie, who I felt so bad for, as I really like her and I think she is so genuine and wouldn’t have intentionally interrupted at that time.

I’m sure I spotted even MORE rugs in the picture at the Rose ceremony!  Come on, how can you walk in heels on all those layers?

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Natasha, I was sad to see you go, as I liked you alot.

Loved the top part of Danielle. L dress she looked stunning in it and it really suited her.

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Both Miss 14 and I loved Poppy’s whole look for the ceremony of the slicked hair and ponytail together with her outfit.

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What did you think of The Bachelor NZ tonight?

Have you ever Farted on a 1st date or done something super embarrassing?

 

Other fab bloggers writing about The Bachelor NZ:

Moata Tamaira has a great tip using Mambo No.5 in her exceptional recap of ‘The Bachelor Beginneth’ here. and about last nights episode ‘Recap: The Bachelor episode 2’ here.

Lisa from All in the Daze continues to write about her thoughts on each show here ‘The Best Part of The Bachelor NZ EP 2 is..’ here.

♥ Kristy from Makeup Obsessives nails it with this epic post ‘The Bachelor NZ E02 Recap, or, “First dates in NZ are very different to first dates in the US’ here.

♥ Alex Kasey writes for The Spinoff and talks about who she thinks has the best chances in ‘The Bachelor Nz Power Rankings Week One’ here.

My favourite #TheBachelorNZ tweets tonight:

 

 

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The Bachelor NZ – Our Roses not Photoshopped

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Do you think our Roses missed out on getting the Photoshop treatment?

The American version of The Bachelor surely must Photoshop…CGI…or starch their near perfect Roses?

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But what I liked about The Bachelor NZ roses is they looked real :-)

Different sizes, some tightly woven, some in fuller bloom, some petals wilting a little and some even looking a little squished at the bottom of the pile.

It’s how I think of the awesome women of New Zealand, all of us so different from each other, but all still beautiful.
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A while ago, I would never have admitted to anyone that I liked watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette American TV show…but I seriously do.

The excitement of meeting someone new, dating, falling in love, a sprinkling of sensational dates in equally stunning locations…what’s not to enjoy!

Yes, I know, reality tv, drama, producers produce the tv outcome…ehhh so what, it’s entertaining.

Yes I know it’s not rocket science…but I like happy endings…and middles…and beginnings for that matter too.

I hoped that The Bachelor NZ would make a good job of reproducing it here.

Have to say I’m pleasantly surprised so far :-)

Being a sucker for twinkly fairy lights so maybe I’m blinded by them, but I think the production of the show has been done well.  It doesn’t look like it’s been done with No. 8 wire and a camcorder in Aunty Annie’s backyard.

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I love that they have a super quirky mix of women in the house that have such varied jobs, interests and talents.  Love that there is Acordian players, Rugby playing Dancers, Mum’s, Iron Man’ers and more that I lost track of.

Arthur Green – I like him…from what we have seen he comes across down to earth, genuine and loves his family.

He has 6 fabulous sisters so whats not to love about that!

He could pull off being Ido Drent’s voice double and he is rocking some really nice hands too… (that observation was way before he did his one handed clap thing! – weird!)

Art is younger than I thought they would cast at 26, but he’s pulling off 26 well and seems to genuinely know what he is looking for at this stage of his life.

Is it weird that I have never heard the name Arthur shortened to Art!  I think it’s kinda awesome.

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To the fabulous Women of the Show

I like sooo many of them.

Those that made the most impression on me were:

• Natasha
• Kristie K

Lisa (I remember liking her as the Wildcard on MoreFm)
Poppy
Matilda
• Michelle was funny

I think it’s great that Rosie was honest and knew it wasn’t for her and made her exit.

Being swayed easily by gorgeous sparkly things, there were some sensational dresses sashaying along the red carpet tonight.

Danielle rocking that super cute Red cross layered short dress.

Natalie’s gorgeous Navy dress that suited her so well with the subtle sheer crossovers, flowing skirt and diamond cut out back.

Amanda’s stunning sparkly Blue dress was just that, stunning.

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My biggest concern of the whole night…

…The trip hazards in the Rose Ceremony!

Now that’s the Mom and Health & Safety rep for my work coming out in me 😉

Multiple rugs overlapping and a red carpet on top…and candles on the edges!

Just look at that hooked up edge near the middle bottom of the photo…It’s just asking for a high heeled toe to snag it and down she goes…I wonder what burning roses smell like?

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I’m just itching to straighten it.

So I’m looking forward to next week.

Did you watch?
Did you find any other 😉 health and safety issues?
Will you be tuning in again?

I know a few other bloggers may be blogging along about The Bachelor, so will link them in when I find them here:

Lisa over at All in the Daze blogged about The Bachelor NZ here

Kirsty at makeup obsessives blogged about Art’s size 13 feet and Cats! here

 

 My favourite Tweets of the night:

NB: Image sources are all screenshots of The Bachelor NZ on demand which can be viewed here

Follow all The Bachelor NZ tweets here via the hashtag #TheBachelorNZ

   

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Trees, Scaffolding, Campbell Live, Toast & nearly Kissing…

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Crazy dreams – a mish-mash of:
• People in Trees • Scaffolding • Campbell Live • Flooded Houses • Toast • Drew Kenney & nearly Kissing an insanely good looking Man
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Do you have crazy mish-mashed dreams at night?

I sure do, but they keep my highly entertained and they seriously crack me up.

In this one…It started oddly enough with a couple sleeping in a ginormous tree.
…then suspended between two horizontal branches was a huge silver Tarpaulin / Hammock / Trampoline type set up.
The couple were fully ensconced in here and were curling up with another Tarpaulin as a blanket.
(I saw a flicker of the Tree protest news a day or two ago)

…it looked surprisingly comfy and cozy, but I was nervous for them that one tiny nick in the tarpaulin and riiipppp…followed by communal looks of terror passing between them and whoooop through they would go!

 

 

…beside the giant tree, the awesome team from Campbell live and 3 News had constructed this apartment building sized ‘Scaffolding’ (because they had to go so high, it had to go out wide also), so it would get them up horizontal with the couple in the tree, it even was partially covered in building wrap!
(I think I’ve seen too many episodes of The Block with the scaff and wrap)

 

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…they had their camera’s set on the couple in the tree 24/7 Big Brother style but without the bunny ears and were streaming it live to New Zealand, kinda Truman show style and all of NZ were riveted with this Tarpaulin wrapped pair.
(love me some reality tv)

 

 

…in my dream, the couple weren’t protesting, they were just hanging out in a giant tree, not doing anything in particular, just hanging out.

…then in my dream I woke up and stepped out of bed and my house was flooded, with like calf deep water, I went downstairs and it was also flooded, but there was no obvious reason, like it was normal and I was just wadding around in it.
The house was containing it also like a swimming pool, it wasn’t even pouring out the doors and it wasn’t even cold.

 

 

I made toast…yes I made toast standing in calf deep water using a possible electrocution device in my dream flooded house!
(I like toast, but don’t like the chance of electrocution :-( )

 

 

…then it went from less crazy massup to much-much more interesting…

…I was suddenly stuck in a really narrow confined space somewhere in my house and I was pressed up against this insanely good looking man

…He had a spectacular upper body that you couldn’t help but notice as my hand was up in front of me so the only place it could go was pressed up against his chest…

…you could completely feel it through his shirt…it was totally Drew Kenney’s shirted physique from The Bachelorette!!!

…but strangely his head wasn’t Drew (sorry Drew), but it wasn’t someone I had ever met before either!!

(yes I was watching a TVNZ on demand episode of The Bachelorette last night as I was writing before I went to sleep ;-))

 

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…it was extremely intense, as this insanely good looking man (who wasn’t Drew) and I talked quietly presse up against each other

…his face moved in closer to mine…millimetre by millimetre, goodness gracious me, it was sooooo hot…
(but still PG for this Mom)

…He was moments away from kissing me…

…He went 90…I went 9…
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…Hello…Then my dream stopped!…

…I have so many questions…

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(Mr 1% and I were a whole lot smoother and sexier than Alex Hitchens and Albert Brennaman! #hitch love that movie)

So many questions, like…

• Was it a 500 year old Kauri, or only a 70 year old Kauri?
…although it was ginormously bigger in my dream, so I think it was about 1997 years old truth be told!
• How did the tree couple eat…they had no food up there?
• Why did the tarpaulins look so damn cozy, even though they were hard crinkly tarpaulins – I wanted one?
• Did their Tarpaulins survive?
If not hopefully they would have been caught by the mass of Avatar type vines on the way down and could lower them selves to safety.
• How did Campbell Live & TV3 get consent for their ginormous Scaffolding structure?
• Who left the tap on and flooded my house?
…that wasn’t my real house, but was my house – you know what I mean.
• Did I daily have water flooding my house, or just on certain days of the year?  As I didn’t seem to perplexed by it.
• What spread did I put on my toast…was it a Nutella day or Banana?
Who was that #insanelygoodlookingman that I have never met before?
• Was it ‘he’ who turned my house into a a giant Toddlers pool?
• Why were we stuck in such a narrow space?
…were we hiding from the escaped Cheetah’s from Orana Park or was a Tornado coming?
…Tornado…not Sharknado…well it could have been Sharknado…escaped sharks from Orana Park’s merger with Kelly Tarlton’s that had been swept up by a South Canterbury southerly…and were now swirling around my house… that wasn’t my house
• Just where was Hitch in all of this?
• Did Hitch help #insanelygoodlookingman orchestrate this narrow spaced entanglement?
• 1% people…1%?
…what’s with that!

• …who know’s maybe I’ll meet Mr 1% somewhere today! 😉

 

I LOVE crazy mashup dreams and have such a giggle remembering them in the morning.

 

 

Tell me one of your crazy mashup dreams, I love hearing them :-)

 

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