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My 5 rules for living the best life & a Peeptoe Shoes giveaway

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When I was asked recently by the fun people at Appletiser if I’d like to share my rules for life, I kinda stalled a little and thought I didn’t have any ‘rules’ that I live my life by. I’ve never been a person to live on routine, but I’ve never been a rule-breaker either. I’m a good apple, from way back. Teacher’s Pet even. But after much thought, I realised we all do have some sort of unwritten rules we live life by. Do you agree?

You can see on the Appletiser Facebook page that they’ve been sharing their own sweet rules like, ‘Men are like buses, the right one turns up eventually’.Β They’re also asking bloggers and blog-readers what rules they like to live their life by. If you’re on Instagram you can check them out by searching the hashtag #appletisersparkle. {Feel free to share your own photos too}.


The first rule that came to mind what this one: If it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it. This is all about gut instinct. I find it hard to tune in sometimes and figure out what on earth my instinct is trying to tell me – but when I do and can – it’s always right.


Only a photo-taking addict could say this, right? If it looks good, snap it. I don’t mean snap the flower off, I mean take a photo. Nanna wouldn’t like flower stealers.


My bestie once said to me many years ago {she’s a chef} that life is too short for leftovers {personally I think leftovers are yummy}. Life is too short not to eat yummy food. Of course in moderation. I go by the rule that just a few mouthfuls of something delicious never hurt anyone. Thankfully I love my good food too, to even it all out.


If you love someone, show it. Simple. Tell them. Show them. Write them notes. Give them cuddles. Smile at them. Tell them, “Hey, I appreciate you!”


If you want something, find a way to get it. I mean really want something. I really wanted to work from home. I found a way to make it happen. And then I wanted to blog full-time, so I found a way to make it happen. Sometimes I want tangible things that are out of my budget. I save for them. Soon enough you figure out what you really want {and which things are just too much effort or money!}. It’s not always easy {actually I find it’s never easy} but it always seems to be worth it.


Good shoes will get you everywhere. Ok, this isn’t a rule. It’s actually a giveaway. One lucky person is going to win a $200 Peeptoe Shoes voucher. To be in the running all you have to do is leave a comment below answering the following question: What are the rules you live life by?

This is a sponsored post for Appletiser. We were sent an Appletiser hamper with sparkles, cupcakes and Appletiser as well. Appletiser has no artificial flavours, colours and no preservatives {and is rather delicious}. Find out more here. To read more about sponsored posts, check out my disclosure policy.

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  • divinity4258

    I’m gonna live my life to the fullest each day as if its my last..that means having clean underwear on as that when they undress you to do your autopsy..they don’t have anything nasty to say about you! #jussayin

  • thelifeofclare

    Do what feels right and what makes you smile/laugh! There’s no point if you’re not having fun.

  • Susan F.

    “If you don’t ask, you don’t get,” and “Remember that everyone is doing the best they can,” are two of my favorites.

  • Kristy Manton

    My dad always said “never think your not replaceable”. Harsh, but always made me work a bit harder.

  • “If you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got.” I often think abut this when I am trying to achieve something new!

  • samstone76

    The rules I try to live by are;
    “Live life to the fullest”
    “Don’t look back and regret”
    “Learn from the past”
    “Live in the today and try not to worry about yesterday or tomorrow”

  • Rules:

    -Live excellent in every way. Go above and beyond being average.

    “Wherever you are, Be there.”
    -Be where you are. You are there for a reason, and if you are supposed to be somewhere else, get there. But don’t waste your days wishing you were someplace else.

    “Feelings are the F word”
    -Don’t just live life based on the way you feel. Live smart, stay focused on what matters.

  • Listen to your conscience – it always knows best.

    Smile when answering the phone – the person on the other end will always hear it in your voice.

  • Karli

    What a great giveaway!
    I started this rule last year and basically it is: In ____ years, will you be proud of yourself? It has led me well the past few months and when I look back at the goals I made at the beginning of the year, I accomplished all things on that list with that thought it mind.

  • Don’t worry about what you can’t change, and make changes so you won’t worry.

  • Totally corny, but it all comes down to this: if you wouldn’t tell your parents about it, or you think they wouldn’t be proud of it, don’t do it. (With a few exceptions for bedroom activities…)
    Love your love rule. Love love love it. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  • Emma D

    Treat others like you want to be treated.

  • Rachel K

    To wake with excitement and know what I wanted to accomplish daily! To laugh louder, dance longer and live more extraordinarily than the day before!

  • Roz Bannan

    Don’t sweat the petty things…..(also don’t pet the sweating things)

    It costs nothing to be nice

  • Sabby

    Everything happens for a reason, you cant realise a good day if you never have a bad one

  • Be kind, caring and truthful.

  • Susan W

    Love these.
    Don’t judge others, try to be understanding and patient, as you never know what the other person is battling, treat others as you want to be treated, if you don’t have something nice to say then say nothing!

  • To be kind and loving to all living things

  • Anna

    Always find something positive in your day (even a bad one!)
    Delight in the simple pleasures of life.
    Wake up, Go forth & Be Awesome!!
    And all that you said as well πŸ™‚
    Thanks for this giveaway.

  • MIchelle Swan

    I love this post…thank you!!
    1. Always look on the bright side. There is something to learn from every situation
    2. Identify issues, but give energy to solutions.
    3. Be kind – show love and appreciation
    4. Be who you are – you’ve been given talents, creativity and personality traits for a reason…celebrate them!
    5. Surround yourself with people who make you feel good!!

  • Jess Kemp

    To remember that your parents are human and to give them a break, one day you will want your kids to do the same for you – lead by example πŸ™‚

  • Sez

    * If nothing changes then nothing changes
    * If you like what someone is wearing- tell them even a stranger
    * Laugh as much as possible
    * Eat chocolate πŸ™‚

  • Lianne

    If you can’t say something nice say nothing at all and if it looks like it’s too good to be true it usually is

  • Have a routine kids love routine and everything will be happy harmony

  • Kellie

    I love this
    I have no rules I love dancing like no one is watching , dream big huge dreams , be kind to others as they are to you , laugh every day and make the little things count with my little girls x

  • My rule for living is something my grandma always told me:
    “As a rule, a man’s a fool. When it’s hot, he wants it cool. When it’s cool he wants it hot. Always wanting what it’s not.”

    I will always try to be grateful for what is, and not stress over what isn’t. (But I’ll also remember that if I do want what isn’t, I’m in pretty damn good company!) πŸ˜‰

  • 1. Smile for no reason! A smile is a free gift you can give to friends and strangers πŸ™‚

    2. Be on time. Punctuality is a sign of respect; it shows the other person you recognize their time is valuable and precious.

    3. Don’t wait for the “right/perfect time” to do something important to you. If it’s important, make time to do it now.

    4. Give thanks every day, no matter how small or silly it seems. Gratitude keeps you focused on the blessings and good in your life.

    5. Show your family you love them every day. A kiss, a hug, a note, a sweet treat, a special dinner, or holding hands on the couch. Time can never be regained; use it wisely!

  • sarahbraaksma

    good friends and good manners will take you where money never will.

  • Sarah Morrison

    Treat everyone how you want to be treated in return

  • Claire

    My current one is – do something today that yoru future self will thank you for.

  • Claire

    *your !
    (I should also have a rule to always spellcheck….)

  • Nicole

    Never leave anything unsaid….my father is in the final stages of cancer so never has this sentiment meant so much to me.

  • Emma

    Dance like no one is watching! And take no notice what others think of you xx

  • Have realistic expectations, use the good china everyday, don’t try to control anyone’s actions but your own, don’t stress about things you can’t change, rely on only yourself for your own happiness

  • Easy! Make the most of EVERY day!! πŸ™‚

  • Sara Cooksey

    Don’t worry about what others think and always stand up for what is right.

  • KP

    The same as Coco Chanel…”in order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

  • Don’t eat, dont sh## you die!

  • 1. Just do it, I am the world’s biggest procrastinator!
    2.Keep on swimming – it will get better, when I am feeling blue.
    3. Karma …
    4. Smile.
    5. Try to tidy as you go (hahahaha rolls around laughing!)

  • joe

    Live every day as it is your last and you won’t have any regrets.

  • Melissa

    1. Life is short – never take it for granted.
    2. Smile. Laugh often. Always find the positive.
    3. Just do it – don’t over-think things!
    4. Make a list of what you want to achieve. Then take steps to do it.
    5. Give more than you think you can and you will get more than you ever expected.

  • Always find the positive… it’s the only way to live

  • Throw out the rule book.

  • Toni Crawford

    1. I treat others as I wish to be treated.
    2. I love and love being loved.

    3. Value each day with the ones nearest and dearest to me.
    4. Trust my instincts, do what feels right.
    5. Focus on the positives.

  • Siobhan

    Never underestimate the power of a cheese toastie

  • Erin

    Don’t lower yourself to other peoples levels

  • organisedchaos

    A place for everything. Everything in its place. If it doesn’t have a place. It doesn’t live here.

  • Lisa from Two Point Five Kids

    *If you see something you like, buy it, cos when you need it, you wont find it.

    *Live by your own good values and trust them because those who matter dont mind and those who mind dont matter.

    *the karma bus will come by so walk away from pettiness, you are better than that.

    *try and look at the big picture when your kids are pressing all the wrong buttons and you are losing your cool. What would you do if they werent there one day? Tell them off and then Cuddle them always!

    *When you are pregnant and people say eat for two – remember one of you is basically the size of a peach for half your pregnancy. Eat wisely.


  • Do no harm

  • Never leave the house on a bad note

  • Cat Bald

    1. Have an open mind…just not too open, otherwise my brain could fall out.
    2. Be open and honest with others but most importantly with myself.
    3. Always remember, I am entitled to have an opinion, but it says more about me than it does about anything or anyone else.
    4. A pair of shoes has the potential to change my life…look what they did for Cinderella.
    5. Make the most of every moment, because those moments quickly fade to mere memories.
    6. It’s cliche but love with all my heart. If I have no worldly possessions in the world but I have love, then I am the richest woman in the world.

  • midnight


  • Love. I believe that when you fill your heart with genuine unconditional love, everything else will fall into place. Your attitude, your actions and reactions, your needs and desires, your friends, how outside people treat you, where you go and where you end up. Unconditional Love. Always.

  • Stay positive, smile and make those around you smile, eat healthily (don’t restrict any one food group) and appreciate those around you.

  • Kim

    Slow down and listen. Really listen.

  • Emma

    Be Excellent to Each Other

  • The rules are simple that we live by :: Be truly happy – cause that way everything will fall into place πŸ™‚

  • Scatter kindness and spread joy.

  • Sanja

    Share as much as possible. Praise when it is deserved. Rejoice in everything beautiful. Be amazed whenever you can. Remember we are privileged. A hug is one of lifes constant joys.

  • Live with no regrets and always treat people the way you want to be treated.

  • Jodie F

    give gratitude.. if you say thank you to the universe for all the blessings you have in your life then more good things will come your way.

  • Julie

    My Grandmother was religious, she use to say to me that every religion has it’s own “do unto other”. I happen to think this is a pretty good rule, wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all treated everyone as well as we want to be treated?

  • Linda J

    I have hanging on my wall John Cage’s quote:
    “Be open to whatever comes next”

  • Tiia

    * YOU are the person who’s in control of your own life and happiness
    * Mistakes and hardships in life are to learn from, not to regret about
    * Always say “I love you”, but only if you really mean it
    * Never leave things unsaid, you might not get another change to say it
    * Treat others with respect, even if you disagree
    * Work for your goals, nothing comes for free

  • Annelee

    What goes around comes around. Treat others as you want to be treated.

  • Remember Karma!

  • AmberB

    Treat people how you would like to be treated. Look after your body, it’s the only one you have. Love lots. Dance often. Make good food and music a priority, not a luxury. Have fun whenever and wherever possible πŸ™‚

  • Renee

    Only you are responsible for you’re happiness!

  • Renee

    Oops mega typo – you are responsible for your own happiness!

  • Gemma K

    Don’t follow your dreams – chase them! This has been my rule for 2012 πŸ™‚

  • Laura

    1. Life is what you make it
    2. Smile
    3. The power of positive thinking will get you everywhere

  • Enjoy life while your young! Don’t grow up too fast πŸ™‚

  • If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. You can only do what you can do. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Expect more.

  • Kate

    treat others like you want to be treated

  • Secret Hipster

    Don’t be afraid to be yourself and don’t tolerate people making you feel otherwise

  • Caroline K

    Try to make a difference in someone’s life – it does not matter if you do not know the person.

    Be a good listener – sometimes, all a person needs is to be heard.

    My time is too valuable to deal with, “toxicity,” in relationships.

    Treat people with respect – this includes being honest with them. If someone’s butt is too big for that skirt, tell them that it is the wrong style for their figure – it beats being heckled at a nightclub.

    If you have a great time at a party, let the host/hostess know about it – good manners never goes out of fashion.

    Sometimes, it feels great to get out of my comfort zone – learn a new skill, re-education, and open your mind to new experiences and challenges. Changing oneself has to start from changing how you think.

    Be good to yourself – including looking after your body.

    Set goals at the beginning of the year, focus on how to achieve these goals, and check their progression on a monthly basis.

  • Dom

    trust my instincts / do at least one thing every day to make someone else smile / find a bit of sun and enjoy it / praise my children / try not to beat myself up about all the little things

  • Live for now as you never know how long you have got, And make moments count as they mean such a lot

  • Jasmine

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

  • be active every day,
    Or your health will fade away!

  • Rachel T

    I’m not really a rules kind of girl, but there are two rules I do live by.

    – Don’t hold in farts. They travel up your spine and into your brain – and that’s where shitty ideas come from!

    – If the kids are crabby put them in water.

  • Tess

    Wellness in spirit, body and mind,
    Best rules to live by, include all three combined
    Laughing out loud, loving a lot
    Be grateful for the things I’ve got!

  • Natalie Stoute

    Smile at a complete stranger once a day.

  • I tell my kids all the time, it’s ok to cry sometimes but wouldn’t you rather be laughing?

  • Micaela

    Treat others how you would like to be treated!

  • Why wait till tomorrow, when you can do it today and rest tomorrow.

  • Sandra

    one from my dad – the definition of insanity..doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result…Rule to live by is simply – go with the flow, life doesn’t often turn out how we “plan” so you have to make adjustments along the way.

  • Nic

    Be honest, laugh – LOTS, love those who love you, because they are the ones that mean the most and take massive pleasure in the small things, because those small things may just grow into big things

  • “Do today what others won’t, so you can be tomorrow what others can’t”.
    I don’t remember where I read this, or who said it, but it’s how I try to live… Especially when my procrastination brain tries to take over!

  • sam

    Not making a decision is making a decision – I will always actively make a decison.

  • 1. Don’t sweat the small stuff!! Life is too short to worry about things that just don’t matter!!
    2. Seriously do not worry about what other people think! A big one for me, I am 37 years old and have just realised that if I am happy and feel happy then that is all that counts!
    3. Be happy in your own skin! Again took me 37 years to get this one right!

  • If you see someone without a smile give them yours πŸ™‚

  • Kay

    Everything in moderation. Love hard. Forgive for the sake of your own heart. Never stop imagining. πŸ™‚

  • superpooc

    Live life to your satifaction , not everone elses expectations !They dont like it , TUFF TITTIES !

  • Live life to the fullest. You only get one.

  • Never, never, ever give up!

  • Chloe

    I live by the words of wisdom my grandma gave me when I was young – Always treat others as you wish to be treated

  • Kelly Ryan

    Smile even when you have nothing to say!

  • Always give 100% at work. 10% Mondays, 20% Tuesdays, 40% Wednesdays, 25%
    Thursdays, 5% Fridays!

  • joh

    If you do not go after what you want, you’ll never get it,
    If you do not ask, the answer will always be no,
    If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place.

  • bluberry

    Always do what you say you are going to,

    Dont stress over something that hasnt happened,

    You only get the one shot at life, so enjoy every moment.

  • Lisa

    7 days without saying you love someone, makes one weak!

  • Kirsten W

    Think first before opening mouth, sending email, tweeting tweet, posting post!

  • A bad day can be improved upon

  • Kallina

    Smile and the world smiles with you!

  • Be kind to others

    Family First

    The only person stopping you from reaching your goals is you

    Pizza Party every Saturday night with my girls and a Disney movie πŸ™‚

  • Smile it’s fun.

  • Faysie

    1. Enjoy today, it’s the only day you have.
    2. Smile, it’s the most important accessory.
    3. Say “I love you” to those you love..
    4. Remember, “please” and “thank you”.
    5. Show kindness as often as you can.

  • you are never too old to eat cocopops for breakfast

  • Lisa

    You only have one life, so live it the way you choose, not to please others.

  • Jenny

    Good food and plenty of it! Sums up everything- be generous, enjoy yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for the best life has to offer.

  • Always do a tasks list and complete the list everyday. Makes life simple and stress free

  • It’s okay to laugh at yourself.

  • My rules are pretty simple. Be silly. Be Honest. Be Kind.

  • always do more than whats expected.

  • Laura C

    You will always look your best if you have a smile on your face. (This motto came in handy when I was constantly covered in baby vomit and milk after having twins!)

  • Treat others how you wanted to be treated.

  • Do no harm – whatever you do, make sure you aren’t hurting the people you love, or unnecessarily harm others you don’t know.

  • Tania C

    It’s ok to say no.

  • Alicia Cleland

    Don’t sweat the small stuff
    Tell your children you love them every day
    Forget the housework – it will be there tomorrow, your children’s childhood will not

  • be nice and others will be nice to you and if not just smile and walk away

  • “If your gut says to, do it.” It’s worked well for me so far!