Think Of A Hashtag and I’ll Give You A Lamp

Image of my lamp courtesy of Down That Little Lane

Who wants to think up an Instagram/Twitter hashtag for my impending European family holiday? Just for fun. Just for an excuse to have a long overdue giveaway here at my blog?  I started using #thegrandtour hashtag and it turns out that ‘Est Magazine‘ is using that hashtag for their fun ‘The Grand Tour’ Instagram Giveaway … which, by the way, I have decided to participate in, as I love their motto … ‘the finest things in life are often the simplest’. You can see their competition HERE.

How about I give away a fancy light? Like this one? (thanks to Tessa at ‘Down That Little Lane’ for the beautifully styled photo of it!)

I want a hashtag that reflects the magic of Europe in winter. Ok, so I’ve left it a little bit late to have a giveaway, seeing I’m leaving the country in a few days time, but we’ll fit it in. I’ll annnounce the winner when I get to Singapore next week …. say Tuesday 18th December? How’s that? If I don’t show up on that day, I’ll be back here the next. It’s all a bit casual here at the moment. So leave a comment below with your holiday hashtag suggestion and I will choose a winner next week.

And speaking of running out of time, I just want to mention that ‘French Navy’ have a ‘Buy 5 get the 6th for free’ box offer at present … HERE.

Gorgeous stationery … perfect for hostess gifts, colleagues, end of year presents for teachers … the list goes on (or you could even just keep them for yourself!). It’s not too late to order for Christmas, but time is running out.

How did the year go so fast?

Time is running out for me too. I am shipping the last of my light orders out over the next 2 days and then I am shutting up shop … well not really … my website is still available to purchase through while I’m away, it’s just that orders will not be shipped until I stagger out of jetlag, sometime around the 17th January, 2013.

Happy Tuesday night!

A-M xx



This is where I muse about home design, interiors, life with my boys and other stuff that stops my heart. I own my own Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia.

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  • Elements at Home
    December 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Love it A-M, ok I am in. How about #europeinwhite.
    I am a simple girl aren’t I.
    It wasn’t taken as far as I could tell as I wrote this and unless someone pops off and grabs it (just to be the fun police) its all yours.

  • Desire empire
    December 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    #ChocolatChaud. I’ve been to Europe in winter. Worked in ski resorts and travelled and believe me in many ways it’s all about the hot chocolate. Wishing you a wonderful trip.

  • Brismod
    December 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    A-M does Paris? Lol xx

    • Stylish Kylie
      December 13, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      ha ha – I like Anita’s suggestion.

  • Rebecca Horrocks
    December 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm


    Have a fantastic trip!!

  • Katy
    December 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    The Trip that A-M took!
    Have a FABULOUS time! You won’t be able to help yourselves!

  • Leah
    December 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    How about A-M’s European Vacation (a nod to National Lampoons), or an A-M in Paris (a nod to another classic, an American Werewolf in Paris).

    Have a great trip, whatever you decide!

  • Tammie
    December 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I can’t wait to see all the pictures! Gosh it will be magical!

  • Debbie van der Schyff
    December 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Have a fantastic time……..#Tour d’Europe.

  • Vicki
    December 11, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    #Postcard 🙂 An electronic postcard is a great way to let people know you are travelling! I look forward to hearing about your journey. Paris has a place in my heart and I love everything about it – the food, the architecture, the accent, lol!


    V x

  • Elise
    December 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    how about #oohlala ?! Have a glorious time!

  • Alicia
    December 11, 2012 at 9:27 pm


    oh only one? I could go on..

  • Kathy
    December 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    # keep dreaming.
    I hope you give us all something to dream about.
    Have a great family holiday.

  • Katie Tilley
    December 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm


    It sounds so exciting – I would love to go to Paris one day – have a fantastic time!

  • Holly
    December 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm


    Hello Christmas with your AM initials added for personalisation OR magic Christmas, again with your initials added. Who doesn’t love some personalisation?!
    Safe travels lovely family!

  • Katherine theoldboathouse
    December 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    It should be in French….# Lagrandetour or familleenEurope or #laviebelle xx

  • Virginia
    December 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Whatever you choose A-M, I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • Lee Mills
    December 11, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Oooh I am so jealous we took our beautiful daughters 15 and 13 years old so similar to you boys to Europe last Christmas seems like just yesterday as we made our way to the airport for our trip of a lifetime….first stop Paris! Have a wonderful time and enjoy creating special memories xxx

  • Mel G
    December 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Very straightforward #christmasinparis

  • Jules
    December 11, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    #the Paris Christmas with A-M
    #Mrs A-M goes to Paris
    #A-Ms French Christmas
    Have an amazing adventure xx

  • Glenda
    December 12, 2012 at 5:51 am


    I would like to add ultimate but felt it was getting long winded. Hope it is truly wonderful for all of you. Merry Christmas!

  • RuthBT
    December 12, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I am really feeling the romance of this trip so I would like to take you back at least a century or 2 and suggest #legrandtour. As far as I can see it is not used at all on twitter. It also then can include the men in your life becasue it is about them too!

    Have stacks of fun A-M. We are also off for a break and I can’t wait for a decent holiday.


  • Chrissy L
    December 12, 2012 at 6:12 am

    How about “Postcard from Paris”

    or “A-M Bon voyage”

    Have a wonderful time!!

  • Julie B.[Holland]
    December 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Happy Holidays !

  • Cattle and Cushions
    December 12, 2012 at 9:08 am

    What about #adventureawaits?

  • Nat
    December 12, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I thought of 4xFrancexMore

    Have a lovely trip


  • Alexandria Emporium
    December 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

    the first thing that came into my head was #theparisthatA-Mfrolickedin

    I don’t know how commercial that is but that’s the thought that flew into my head straight away! all so exciting!Mxx

  • Michelle Atkins
    December 12, 2012 at 10:37 am


  • Eleanora
    December 12, 2012 at 10:56 am


    Have a great trip.

  • Jodie aka Mummaducka
    December 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Ok what about #HAMparis or #frenchham something with #ham for house of AM. HAM is easy to let others know about and fun for the boys plus quirky too. And perhaps you could do a whole series of photos on eating French ham. I would be a bit worried about non French people being able to understand or find you on IG. Or #2012hamchristmasholiday #christmashamtour oh dear I could keep going on and on!! I am afraid I am stuck on the ham bit, perhaps as it lunch time!!

  • Jenny
    December 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    temps européen de famille

  • Grace @ sense and simplicity
    December 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Have a wonderful time – I can’t wait to hear all about it.

    How about: Francefunenfamille?

  • Priya
    December 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm


  • Wendy
    December 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Wishing you a wonderful trip , looking forward to being in Paris again through your eyes 🙂
    How about ParisParfait or NotreNoelBlanc

  • kexkez
    December 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    #baguetteinhand #enfamillieinParis #passageenfrance

    #frenchwonderland #achildsvision

  • JodieD
    December 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    How about #WinterWander or #AMsWinterWander? Have a blast. I am soooo jealous and starting to plan my own family adventure just like this one (I even have the 2 boys!)

  • Siobhan
    December 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    How about:


    Good luck xx

  • Est Magazine
    December 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Something good has come from us having the same hashtag! Thank you for your post announcing our Instagram competition with Canvas & Canvas, we hope you continue to post gorgeous photos as your adventure commences. Enjoy!

  • boomerang jane
    December 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I could continue…I really really like that lamp 🙂

  • Judy
    December 12, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    #enchantement en Europe
    #ici et la

  • Jessica
    December 13, 2012 at 2:58 am

    In thinking back to that letter to santa from your little boy…I think about his sweet innocence and belief that will probably fade throughout this next year and your oldest who while probably still has some childhood innocence which I am guessing is fading day by day. How about #innocenceonice, so you always remember this time in your life, with your two childhood boys roaming the streets of Paris as a family, because it will never be the same, not even next year. Enjoy everyday!

  • Fiona, Lilyfield Life
    December 13, 2012 at 5:22 am

    #joyeuxhiver (joyfulwinter because it will be joyful for you!)

  • Lisa
    December 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Ok I’m horribly behind as usual lol.
    How about:







    OK OK OK OK I know I am fixated by Christmas songs!!!

    just jealous really lol… enjoy
    Lisa x

  • Tracey
    December 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    My hash tag for our trip is #runawaytoparis mostly because the idea was born that we would just go, instead of just dreaming about doing it. How romantic is the notion of just up and going to such a beautiful city on the other side of the world?
    Hash tag for you? As you are a runner, how about #seinerunning or #parisrunning?

  • Engineer Mum
    December 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    #AMinParis. It has to be short and sweet so you have room to tell us stuff!

  • Julie B.[Holland]
    December 13, 2012 at 10:45 pm


  • Kitty
    December 14, 2012 at 6:29 am

    So many wonderful options!

    I am going for #ameneurope, #a-msgrandadventure #christmasbellsinparis, #awonderfulparisianchristmas #itsawonderfulchristmasinparis?

    Have an amazing time – you truly deserve it!

    Kitty xx

  • Michelle
    December 14, 2012 at 7:24 am


  • Christine
    December 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    How about #A-M’sWhiteChristmas
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday 🙂

  • Chris Taylor
    December 15, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Um, I suggest …….EuroTrek, or ETAM. Now to figure out following you on Twitter. Have a grand time.

  • Fiona Fitzsimmons
    December 15, 2012 at 7:34 am

    #AM-Northernlights…. Have a truly wonder-filled adventure!

  • Beck McRae
    December 15, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Magical memories tour – think that kinda says it all! Wishing you a truly magical tour, creating memories to linger a lifetime in all of your hearts. xx

  • Wendy Robinson
    December 17, 2012 at 1:29 am

    How about:

    Bon Voyage A-M et Joyeux Noel! Looking forward to reading about your adventures. BTW are you staying in the lovely “Margaux”?

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About ‘A-M’

This is where I muse about home design, real estate, interiors and life with my boys. I am starting my next house build, 'The Next House That A-M Built', and hope to have some action on site in January 2018. While I am building I will continue to run my Real Estate agency, 'Cape Cod Residential', through which I stage, style and sell beautiful homes all over Brisbane, Australia. I have an unrivalled staging inventory which enables me to present all manner of homes in their absolute best light for sale. It brings me such joy to be able to do Real Estate so differently and achieve great results for my clients. I am so grateful to be living such a creative and exciting life ... that I have created through blood, sweat, tears and physio appointments!
A-M xx

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