Five of my daily essentials

Hello there! Let me begin by saying a very big heartfelt ‘thanks’ for all your lovely visits and comments of late, I really hope you know how much they mean to me … True to form, I’m a little behind in catching up with you all, but I also hope you know I eventually will!

The lovely Hila recently tagged me to share my five daily essentials … I had to think about this for a while, because as it turns out I seem to have a lot of daily essentials. I do however think that I’ve successfully narrowed down my very long list to the following five most important items.

  1. Coffee – This is probably my number one necessity. I just don’t function without it, and would never really care to try. I love the taste, the smell, its warmth beneath my hands … and of course the experience of coffee is best enjoyed when in the company of others. It has been my experience that this dark and mysterious liquid provokes honest and meaningful conversations of a very particular kind.
  2. iPad – Living within its custom felt ‘bunny’ case, this wonderful piece of technology means that I can achieve so much more when I’m out and about … (or even when sitting in front of the tv … shhh).
  3. Hand Moisturiser – For some reason this summer has left my poor hands feeling more dehydrated than usual (I blame you humidity), so hand cream has become an essential part of my day. This one by ‘Grown’ is wonderfully smooth, and fragranced with a delicious combination of vanilla and orange peel (making it almost good enough to eat).
  4. Mailbox Key – Checking to see whether any lovely parcels or letters have arrived overnight, is part of my daily ritual. However, the number of parcels that do arrive in any given week may demonstrate that I have a slight online shopping addiction (oh well). I picked up the wooden heart keyring it’s attached to from Biome.
  5. Bow – Is it weird that I always wear or carry something bow related with me? Sometimes it will be part of an outfit, and other times it will be a bow accessory of some description. This lovely brooch was made by the multi-talented Tabitha.

You’ve hopefully enjoyed this little peak into my day, perhaps you’d like to share your own daily essentials too? While there’s absolutely no obligation for them to get involved, I’ve tagged Debby, Kellie, Caz and Shine little light. Though I’d love it it you decided to take part too!


  1. Katie of Sweet Rustic

    What a lovely post & great gear too. and no I don’t think the bow thing is weird, I think its cute! I love bows too, very feminine & sweet!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Katie – I’m glad you enjoyed this post … and I’m particularly glad you don’t think that whole ‘bow’ thing of mine is weird. There’s just something sweet and wonderful about bows I think! 🙂

      Or perhaps I just have an obsessive personality!?!? 😉

  2. Fourth Daughter

    I saw that brand of beauty stuff the other day and thought it looked nice… my hands always seem to be dry too, must be all the work I do (haha). And your little butcherbird friend Pasta is a cutie, we have a family of them here too that we feed, along with all the other birds… goodness knows what generation we are up to now though as have been here for nearly 30 years!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fourth Daughter – ‘Grown’ do make some lovely products … I always try before I buy though (I’ve had some bad moisturiser experiences in the past … in that they didn’t work). The other great thing about Grown products is that they smell really lovely! 🙂

      Hey, I didn’t think of that … perhaps the both of us are working too hard and making our hands dry! 😉

      Pasta is a lovely bird, and I do always enjoy his visits … though you do have a wonderful range of wild visitors at your place too … it’s wonderful when you get to know the animals over the years, especially when they become a part of your family’s history (30 years is a long time in bird world surely).

  3. Debby

    I’m with you on the coffee Tracey……

    ….Ooh and that hand cream looks really nice…….lovely packaging…….

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – I just could not function without coffee … I know some people hate the stuff and that’s fine by me (just means that there’s more of it in the world for you and me!).

      The hand cream is really nice, and I love the packaging too – not too ‘showy’ or ‘pretty’ … but looks wonderful all the same.

  4. Sandrine

    I have been drooling over that hand cream for a while now…maybe you conviced me 🙂 I keep meaning to make an Ipad cover, your is very nice, and YES for coffee I think it must start my brain function i the morning 🙂
    Hope you get your Maleny fix soon too 🙂 x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – It takes me ages to commit to many purchases, and that’s definitely how I am when contemplating a new beauty product. I would highly recommend Grown products because they’re Australian, look wonderful and actually work. You should drop by Myer and give it a go before you buy (I think Priceline might stock it now as well).

      The wonderful thing about new technologies (apart from the item itself) is the industries that spring up around them, like handmade iPad covers … you should definitely make one! 🙂

      Coffee is a glorious thing and I can’t imagine starting my day with anything else.
      Yes, I’m hoping for a Maleny fix soon … after all, it’s not too far away from where I live! 🙂

  5. fairchildstreet

    :-)) Thanks for sharing. I love bows. I always say to my husband and son I would love a bow on my present but they are not very good at doing bows and the more I ask I am sure they won’t. Will have to think about my five daily essentials. Good idea for a post next week. Charmaine

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – Bows are just lovely aren’t they? There must be lots of us who love them.

      I love that you suggest your husband and son should put bows on your presents … perhaps one day they’ll surprise you? (fingers crossed) … I love bows on most things to be honest, I even look for them on vintage dresses … perhaps I was ‘bow-deprived’ as a child? Haha! 😉

      I can’t wait to see what ‘five daily essentials’ you come up with … I found it a challenge to narrow my list down.

  6. Galit

    One collection of sweet and stylish essentials you’ve got!!
    Enjoyed your post!!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Galit – Oh you are too kind! I’m glad you like my daily essentials … it was hard to limit myself to just five things though! 😉

  7. Caz

    I’d love to take part Tracey. School is back today so hopefully from next week I’ll have a bit more time to catch up on my blogging. Thanks for asking me.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caz – How lovely (I’m glad you’re going to take part). I look forward to seeing what essentials you come up with! 🙂
      I hope the return to school for the children, brings you more time to focus on all the other things you’d like to get done.

  8. louise

    I’m totally with you on coffee. I think it would have to be on top of my list too. xolj

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Louise – While I’ve considered giving up coffee on strange days now long since past, I just can’t imagine the two of us ever being apart from each other (especially in the mornings).
      I like tea, but coffee is the hot drink of choice for me! 🙂

  9. hila

    what a lovely collection of essentials you have! and I agree, I can’t function without coffee either.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Aww, thank you. Thanks so much for setting the ‘essential’ challenge for me (it was fun to do).
      Coffee is my No.1 best friend in the mornings.

  10. Mel

    Oh, how interesting to have this little glimpse into ‘you’! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    And can I please echo your first paragraph?! Here I am catching up again – better late than never, huh?! xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – I’m glad you enjoyed this little glimpse into my daily ‘essentials’ … I probably could have found quite a few more, or perhaps that just suggests I’m reliant on too many things?! 😉

      I’m always behind on things Mel so no worries there, and like you eventually I always catch up! 😀
      (most definitely it’s better late than never).

  11. Narnie

    My five daily essentials –
    my purse (always open with kids hands grabbing whatever is in there),
    my keys (they do everything for me and when I lose them (daily) I feel like I should stand and scream until they walk up to me – they have an attached pom pom and a weird cat like soft toy with button eyes, just so that they can run but never hide,
    a happy ring – I have lots and one usually matches my mood… my favourite is one with a pressed daisy inside it, which has the edges of its petals stained blue),
    my curl cream – its not worth stepping out of the door without it… I might as well just crawl into a corner and shrivel, snivel,
    a smile.

    I hope you get my parcel soon! It has to fight through floods and cyclones! Blimey! Stay safe okay?

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kiersty – I really enjoyed reading your daily essentials, and I really love how you beautifully describe the images for me.

      Yes, good point about the purse … and I know I wouldn’t get too far without mine each day (though sadly my mum doesn’t let me dig through hers any more!) 😉 … There is nothing worse than losing your keys … I try my best to be super organised with things like that, so when I do lose them I tend to completely freak! (perhaps I should just try and take a more zen-like approach?). I love that your keys ‘can run but never hide’ … haha! 😉

      A happy ring sounds like rather a grand thing to have with you each day … your favourite sounds particularly lovely (I love any connection with the natural world like that). My equivalent of your curl cream would have to be sunscreen … in the scorching Australian sun I feel quite naked and quite helpless without it! 🙂
      Most of all, I love that a ‘smile’ is one of your essentials … that’s so lovely Kiersty!! 😀

      I’m sure your parcel will arrive soon … have no fear, I’m staying safe and very much looking forward to your lovely poetry arriving (once again, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to buy!).

  12. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    Ooooh, vanilla and orange sounds like a really yummy combination! I love the name of the maker too – grown. I think your bow ‘thing’ is cute! I always have a little heart with me wherever I go….. I’ve a couple of heart necklaces and a heart on my keyring!

    Linda. xox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – Yes indeed, vanilla and orange go so very well together (in fact, surely that would be the basis for a delicious cake recipe?). I love the name ‘Grown’ too … it says so much, doesn’t it? (and draws on that natural connection).

      Haha, I’m glad you think my bow ‘thing’ is cute and not strange … how lovely that you carry a heart with you wherever you go (that’s so appropriate). My little wooden heart key ring is a favourite possession of mine, so clearly I’m getting in on the heart action too! 😉

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  14. Jan

    Hi Tracey
    Coffee is a definite must somewhere between finishing breakfast and morning tea! My partner and I love Colin James Fine Foods at Maleny for coffee and “whatever” when we are up that way. I will have to look out for the hand cream, I have chronically dry skin on my hands and apply it several times a day, but I have yet to find one that I really love as many of them seem to leave my hands greasy. My other essentials are my ACER computer which I love and I have just bought the Trust Your Vibes oracle cards and Ask Your Guides oracle cards by Sonia Choquette and love to pull one each day for a daily message, they are pretty spot on!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – I agree that coffee is a definite requirement in every day (like you I enjoy mine between breakfast and morning tea). Without coffee I just don’t function.
      Colin James Fine Foods sounds rather lovely … I may just have to drop in next time I’m around Maleny way.

      You should pay a visit to Myer and try out a few hand cream samples … Aesop also make some lovely examples (and you can often get a few free samples to take away and try).
      Oh, your daily essentials are lovely – thanks for sharing them.

      I hope you had a magical weekend! 🙂

      1. Jan

        Hi Tracey
        Wow you haven’t been to Colin Fine Foods! They make their own gelati on the premises every day so when David and I go to Maleny we have to visit at least once – yummo! They make it from fresh jersey cow milk and have won a few prizes. And also there is a great little bakery close to the ANZ Bank – not sure what it is called – and last time we were there they had these little 2-bite pastries – a really brilliant idea as you could try two or three flavours. And because they were so small they had less calories so you could have more, LOL.
        We don’t have any Myers close to where I live, I can go into Brisbane City or there is one at Carindale, but I hesitate to go there since they have expanded it into a massive centre and I fear to go in lest I will never get out. When it opened they recommended people to wear walking shoes and take water and I have a terrible sense of direction! I will have to see if David can come with me as he has that very male brain great sense of direction! My sister has it as well but I dipped out in that department.
        Well off for breakfast and should have time to make a cup of coffee before I go to work today – we bought a coffee grinder and coffee making machine a few years ago, and when we go on holidays we stay in cottages and it goes with us! How’s that for dedication?

        1. tracey (Post author)

          Hi Jan – No, I haven’t been to Colin Fine Foods … but I most definitely feel like I’ve been seriously missing out after your wonderful description. Homemade gelati is all I need to hear! 😉
          And oh my – those little pastries you describe sound wonderful … I like how tiny food like that is actually healthy because it’s so small! Haha! 😉

          Isn’t the Brisbane City Myers awful? I try not to go there very often unless absolutely necessary … and Carindale is even worse. That used to be my local major shopping centre, but it’s an awful place (as so many shopping centres tend to be). I would definitely recommend taking reinforcements for that journey! 😉

          PS. I love how your coffee grinder and coffee machine travel with you … that’s MY kind of holiday! 😀

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