Thursday, 15 November 2012

Flash Blog Friday Linky Party


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Welcome to Flash Blog Friday!
In the spirit of flash mobs, this is a flash blog.
You're invited to flash your favourite post for the week.

Your Guide to Flashing

1.  Follow via Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, Facebook, Twitter or Google +
2.  Grab the Flash Blog Friday button and display it on your post or sidebar so others can flash too.
3.  Choose your favourite post for the week and flash by clicking on the link below. Make sure you use the URL for the post, not your primary blog address.
4.  Check out your fellow flashers and maybe spread some comment love.
5.  Come back next Friday and do it all again!

Featured Flasher

This weeks featured flasher is Danya for DanyaBanya. Danya writes a beautiful letter to her daughter, documenting her first month as a big sister, the joys and the struggles. It is a love story.




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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Peanut Butter Cookies


My mother used to make these as an after school treat. Easy to make, nostalgic little treats.


Ingredients

1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups of self raising flour
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Method

1. Combine sugar in a large bowl.
2. Add melted butter and combine. Add lightly beaten egg and combine.
3. Gradually add sifted flour and remaining ingredients. Mix well.
4. Place teaspoonfuls of mixture on a greased or lined tray, gently flatten with a fork making a cross pattern.
5. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes at 160 degrees celsius or until golden.

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Teaching life lessons in love


I wrote a post this morning about some of the aspirations I have as a mother. Those aspirations were centred around the special memories I want my children to hold in their hearts as they grow into adulthood.

Copyright Twinkle in the Eye

I'm not sure that I did not give some people the impression that I planned on being a fair weather parent. Not at all. I will be anything but.

To be a parent is to be gifted with love. Our responsibility is to requite that love in all its forms in the nurture of our children.

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you*.

Parenting is love in action. It is love made visible*. At times these actions will be joyous and fun but at other times fierce, heartbreaking, painful and frustrating. It is all necessary in gifting our children with the emotional intelligence they need not only to survive in this world, but to thrive in it and more importantly to give something back. Love.


You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth...Let your bending in the archers hand be for gladness*.

It is my belief that in every enchantment, in every positive memory we create there are life lessons to be learnt. In waving them off to school, we teach them to express love. In reading them 'just one more story' we teach them to support another's joy. By engaging them in sport, we teach them what it means to be in community. By helping them hunt for garden fairies, we instil a sense of wonder and a belief that the world is indeed a magical place. The most important life lessons can be learnt in joy and it is my priority to create these moments.

What are the lessons you want your children to learn?

How do you plan to teach them?

*Kahlil Gibran

What kind of mother do you aspire to be?


I'm in the honeymoon phase of packing lunches. It might sound silly but this is the kind of task I looked forward to in becoming a mother. It's mundane but in its own way its creative and it gives me an opportunity to love and care for my child in a very practical way.


I look forward to other things too. I look forward to dropping him off at school, waving him in and kissing him for as long as he lets me.

I look forward to taking him to sporting games, sitting on the sidelines and cheering him on, unless he chooses to play cricket - then it's all Dad!

I'm going to be the mother who brings the oranges, the bottle of 'Magic Spray' to fix bumps and bruises, the volunteer in the canteen and if need be write the minutes at the Club meeting.

I'm going to be the Mum that takes him on adventures to far and away places, like the local blueberry farm.

I'm going to be the Mum who reads books every night and reads "just one more".

I'm going to be the Mum who introduces him to classic films like Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, the Labyrinth and The Never Ending Story, because they're awesome.

I'm going to be the Mum who cooks with my son. We're going to make pikelets in the shape of rabbits and were going to add chocolate chips just because we can.

I'm going to be the Mum who plays endless games of handball, because I'm really good and I fancy whipping his little butt.

I'm going to be the Mum who makes hand made kites and then sits on the hill and sulks with my boy when they won't fly.

I'm going to be the Mum who helps him look for fairies in the garden. We're going to Google the best way to catch them.

And I'm going to be the Mum who dances in the rain, jumps in the puddles and pretends the off-cuts of timber in the shed are grand ships to sail down the overflowing gutters.

That's the kind of mother I'm going to be.

What kind of mother do you aspire to be?



Sunday, 11 November 2012

Bloggy mojo where art thou?


My bloggy mojo has gone AWOL, hence a couple of weeks of cooking posts and not much else.

I'm not sure if I misplaced my mojo, it was stolen or something more sinister is at play.

Admittedly, in the past couple of weeks I attended the funerals of my beautiful Aunt and grandmother, it's been a sad and exhausting time.

I have also been wrangling a feral child. The terrible twos have arrived early and my little ray of sunshine has morphed into a stubborn, wilful, whining child who saves his worst behaviour for his mother. I irrationally find his behaviour quite hurtful. I actually said to my husband "I don't think he likes me any more" *insert sad face here*. He laughed.

I tell myself the early arrival of the terrible twos is good, it is mark of his development, maybe even a sign of intelligence? Whatever, it's a pain in the arse and may well be robbing me of my mojo, blogging or otherwise.


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Or perhaps it is the fact that I am now reading the third book in the Fifty Shades series and the whole experience has sucked my creative brain out my ear hole. It truly is the worst writing I have ever exposed myself too. The co-dependency is claustrophobic, the unrealistic characterisation warrants repeated eye rolling and the extended internal monologue about who is going to wash her butt plug is revolting.

But I continue to read because I bought all three books before opening a page in the first and I feel wasteful if I don't. It's also mind numbing and sometimes we all need that. Do you think my bloggy mojo would return if I read War and Peace?

Whatever it is, I hope my mojo is found, returned or restored soon. I miss the process.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Flash Blog Friday Linky Party



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Welcome to Flash Blog Friday!
In the spirit of flash mobs, this is a flash blog.
You're invited to flash your favourite post for the week.

Your Guide to Flashing

1.  Follow via Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, Facebook, Twitter or Google +
2.  Grab the Flash Blog Friday button and display it on your post or sidebar so others can flash too.
3.  Choose your favourite post for the week and flash by clicking on the link below. Make sure you use the URL for the post, not your primary blog address.
4.  Check out your fellow flashers and maybe spread some comment love.
5.  Come back next Friday and do it all again!

Featured Flasher


Stolen from Knocked Up and Abroad for good and honourable reasons

This weeks featured flasher is Vicki from Knocked Up and Abroad. Vicki retells a Scottish legend about clan rivalry, blood thirsty ding dongs, a fair Scottish lass who misplaced her eyeball and a modern day blogger who does push ups into freezing Scottish waters in the search for eternal beauty. It worked by the way...

FLASH your favourite post for the week here

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Corn Chowder



Ingredients

1 onion
2 rashers of bacon
30g butter
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
2 cups of chicken stock
420g can of creamed corn
1 1/2 cups of milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

1. Melt butter in a large pan, add onion and bacon, cook on a medium heat for 3-5 minutes until lightly golden.
2. Add stock and potato and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Stir in creamed corn and milk. Simmer, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until potato is tender and chowder has thickened. Season with salt and pepper as required and enjoy.

Not a completely Wordless Wednesday - but I know you wanted the recipe!

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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Sour Cream and Blueberry Slice


Ingredients

1 x 340g packet butter cake mix
125g melted butter
1 x 300g container light sour cream
1 cup coconut
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups of blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Method

1. Combine cake mix, coconut and butter and press into a greased 30cm x 20cm slice tin.
2. Bake at 180 degrees celsius for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
3. Spread blueberries over base while still warm, combine sour cream and beaten eggs then pour over base.
4. Bake for a further 15-20 minutes.
5. Stand for 15 mins until set. Refrigerate and serve cold.

I'm linking up with Lisa from Mummy's Undeserved Blessings for the Weekend Cookbook.

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Thursday, 1 November 2012

Flash Blog Friday Linky Party


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Welcome to Flash Blog Friday!
In the spirit of flash mobs, this is a flash blog.
You're invited to flash your favourite post for the week.

Your Guide to Flashing

1.  Follow via Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, Facebook, Twitter or Google +
2.  Grab the Flash Blog Friday button and display it on your post or sidebar so others can flash too.
3.  Choose your favourite post for the week and flash by clicking on the link below. Make sure you use the URL for the post, not your primary blog address.
4.  Check out your fellow flashers and maybe spread some comment love.
5.  Come back next Friday and do it all again!

Featured Flasher

This weeks featured flasher is Danielle from 2 Little SuperherosDanielle has two Lego loving boys. Danielle made me realise I am not bound to space ship construction when bonding with Lego. I can actually create something awesome that is distinctly feminine! Now I just need Danielle to show me how to make a beater mix...



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Guest post: Tips for Themed Christmas Card Photos


Be creative this holiday season and choose a custom theme for your photo Christmas cards. You may select single framed cards or collages of photos in a tri-fold card, but whichever you choose, use a little imagination and people will look forward to your annual Christmas card. You may select a summer vacation, shot in contrast to the bleak winter where you live or, if you live in a warm climate, send a picture of the lighted boat parade or lounging beneath an illuminated holiday palm tree. Have your own faces photo shopped into the heads of gingerbread men for a home baked comical theme. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. 


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  • Summer Vacation – Add a holiday touch to your summer fun photos by posing on the beach, or at the lake in your ugly Christmas sweaters and Santa hats along with your swimsuit or shorts. 
  • Dress Up the Pets – Think of the best holiday outfit for the dog or cat but also for the rabbit or bird. You can try pet costume shops like Trixie and Peanut. The results will be hysterical! 
  • Family fun from the past year – A collage depicting a random assortment of activities over the past year is a lens for friends and families to view the big picture of your family life. 
  • Photoshop Madness – With today’s technology you can turn every member of your family into a Christmas ornament and hang them all on the tree. You can place them in the Antarctic with the penguins or posing with a polar bear at the North Pole. There is no limit to what you can create.
  • Choose a Religious Theme - Taken in a famous cathedral you visited; stained glass and Gothic architecture, as a backdrop, makes for an inspiring group photo. So do photos with significant art objects such as the Pieta. These can shot be on location or easily created online. 
  • Your Hometown – Every town and city decorates for the holidays. Showing others a glimpse of where you live, festively decorated, adds a sense of home to any photo card. 
This year send out a card that will be both appreciated and remembered. Begin a tradition that your family and friends will look forward to each holiday season. For some of the current designs and trends, check out the Christmas cards at Tiny Prints. They are easily customised to fit with your family’s current holiday theme. 

Christmas cards are not only a form of greeting, but also a way to catch up with those you may not always get to speak to. Have fun with this year’s card and it will surely be a treat for your friends and family!

Guest post supplied by Jen Lopez. This is not a sponsored post.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Truck, Dad, Love



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Christmas Desserts in a Warm Winter


Traditionally, a Christmas dinner is finished with a dessert. Where you live, and your cultural background largely determines what this dessert will be. In most European and Northern hemisphere countries, a rich, warm dessert follows a large roast meal, which might include several choices of roast meats or fowl. In Southern hemisphere countries such as Australia and New Zealand, we have tended to follow our cultural past, and adopted the same style of meal. 

In the case of the northerners, this makes sense. The celebration meal suits the cold winter climates. For us in the south, it makes no sense and in recent times there has been a change in the style of Christmas meal being prepared. Barbecues and light meals replace the stodgy, fatty traditional fare. 


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And of course, the dessert that follows these trends suits our climate and way of life much better than the Christmas pudding of old. Fruit salads and Pavlovas with ice cream and gelato are much better suited to hot summer days, and are the perfect accompaniment to a seafood lunch or a meal with cold slices of ham. Not only are they healthier, but also give the cook the opportunity to enjoy the meal as well instead of being locked in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove. 

Chocolate is a perfect addition to any of these deserts – either as part of the desert itself, perhaps shaved over the top of a pav, or as chopped up pieces in a fruit salad, or as just chunks on top of a bowl of ice cream. Buy Ferrero Chocolates online to get the best deal on great chocolate. After dessert, chocolate might be served along with coffee or tea, to finish off a perfect southern hemisphere Christmas dinner.

This post is sponsored by Ferrero Rocher Boutique, where chocolate gift giving is a passion.

Monday, 29 October 2012

10 budget friendly ways to decorate your house this Christmas


Decorating the home for Christmas is one of the joys of the season. The festive decor can brighten up everyone's mood and get them into the spirit. Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank to make this happen. Here are some budget friendly tips for decorating your home for Christmas. 


1. Utilise nature. Find pine cones or branches that you can put in a bowl or vase. They are completely free, and add a wintery touch to your home. If you want to spice up the arrangement, add a few red berries or flowers from a craft store for a splash of colour. You can also add these pieces of nature around a festive candle for a beautiful centrepiece. 

2. Make use of ribbon. A spool of ribbon can be extremely cheap, but you can do so much with around the house. Wrap it around a lamp post to mimic a candy cane. Tie it around some white candles that you already had in your house to add a Christmas touch. You could even wrap it all the way up a banister. 

3. Make a home-made wreath. Pre-made wreaths can be quite costly. Find all the materials at a craft store for a fraction of the price, and no one will be able to tell the difference. You can use pieces of fabric stuck in a wicker frame, flowers, or evergreen branches to create a custom made wreath. 

4. Recycle Christmas cards. Normally, Christmas cards get tossed or saved in a box somewhere. Use some of the more beautiful ones to decorate your home. Find a couple small picture frames from a discount store, and put them on a coffee table or counter. You can also recycle Christmas cards for labelling presents. Simply cut off the side with the old message, and stick the pretty cover to your gifts and Christmas toys that are under the tree. If you’re stuck for Christmas gifts, readers from Australian and New Zealand can visit Only Online for a huge range of new toys for Christmas

5. Take advantage of the red, green, gold, and white that you already have in your home. If you have red candles, put them somewhere more prominent. If you have green pillows, tie some ribbon around them to make them look like presents. If you have a gold platter, bring it out during parties to arrange snacks on. 

6. Decorate cans and jars in Christmas paper, bows, and ribbons. You can put them on desks to hold pens or on a counter to hold candy and kitchen items. 

7. Spray paint empty wine bottles in festive colours. You can even use Christmas-themed stencils to add snowflakes, stars, or phrases onto the bottle. For a two-toned look, spray the bottle with the colour you want the stencil to be. Allow it to completely dry. Then place the stencil and spray with the background colour. No one will be able to tell that it used to be a bottle of wine. 

8. For something more extreme, use the same method you used on the wine bottles on a large piece of canvas. It makes a large piece of art that you can put on the wall during the season that was cheap enough that you won't mind hiding it for the majority of the year. 

9. Find some cheap vases and fill them with water. Add a couple drops of food colouring to make them more festive, and top them with a floating candle. This entire project can be complete with a few bucks. If you have children or don't want full vases of water sitting around, fill the clear vase with cheap Christmas ornaments or with some Christmas lights. Readers from Australian and New Zealand can pick up some great Christmas lights online for a great deal. 

10. Let the kids join in on the fun. Teach them how to make paper snowflakes. They are great presents for them to give to family that visits, and they will look beautiful in the windows.

This post is sponsored by oo.com.au - The Joy of Shopping Online

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Flash Blog Friday Linky Party


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Welcome to Flash Blog Friday!
In the spirit of flash mobs, this is a flash blog.
You're invited to flash your favourite post for the week.

Your Guide to Flashing

1.  Follow via Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, Facebook, Twitter or Google +
2.  Grab the Flash Blog Friday button and display it on your post or sidebar so others can flash too.
3.  Choose your favourite post for the week and flash by clicking on the link below. Make sure you use the URL for the post, not your primary blog address.
4.  Check out your fellow flashers and maybe spread some comment love.
5.  Come back next Friday and do it all again!

Featured

This week I want to to draw your attention to something fabulous going on in the interweb: 

weheartlife.com

Do yourself a favour, go and grab a coffee or a wine, click on the link above, scroll down the bottom and find about 100 awesome posts by women, about their bodies and their desire to love them just as they are. It will make you all warm and fuzzy. You can read my contribution here.

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Do you heart your body?


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I don't heart my body.

I definitely head my body, but I don't heart my body. If I did, it would not have been as hard as it was to take a photo this morning.

There is nothing artistic about this photo. It is taken this way to omit the parts I find least flattering and given a filter to gloss over the parts I don't want you to see.


This makes me sad. 

My head tells me how fortunate I am to be gifted with a healthy body that carry's my soul, that carried and nurtured my son and allows me to live in the fullness of life.

My head loves the story board that is my body, the laughter lines that speak of joy, the wrinkles in my forehead that tell of grief, stretch marks from pregnancy, episiotomy scars from birth, surgical scars from five knee surgery's, the scar from my belly button ring, the tattoo on my ankle. My body has many wonderful stories to tell, my head knows it and I'm sure my heart does too, but for some reason it is reticent.

I am not obese but I am overweight. I have a paunch from pregnancy and a muffin top to match. My face is fuller than I like and I crave the extra energy that comes with feeling fit. Despite wanting to change this, I get in my own way and I don't know why. There have been times throughout my life where I have focused on my health and felt wonderful. I don't want to be perfect, I just want to be the best version of me, as defined by me.

So I'm not there. But my head knows something that it's going to teach my heart. My head is going to tell my heart that my body is a freakin' wonderland, it is a roller coaster of ups and downs, lumps and bumps and soft landings and its serves its purpose well.

Do you heart your body?

My one year old is holding a grudge - a big one


Who knew a 1 year old could hold a grudge - for three whole days!

I left the Squishy for the first time this week for two nights to attend my Aunt's funeral. On my return, my normally adoring boy has given me the cold shoulder.

I thought I might get an excited reaction when I came home - completely average.
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I offered up cuddles when he fell sideways off his rocking horse, he looked at me warily before running into the kitchen to find his Daddy.

Holding him in the kitchen, I got a grumpy look and a whack before he reached for his Daddy.

He now chants "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy" rather than "Mummy, Mummy, Mummy".

Reaching over to hold his hand in the car, he gives me a dirty look before brushing my hand away and moving himself out of reach.

Three whole days of grudgery! What the hell? Apparently 17 months of constant love and devotion counts for nothing. Little traitor.

Daddy is lapping it up, smirking at my crest fallen face each time I am rejected in lieu of his attention. Shit head. He has no sympathy for my broken heart. Although I probably shouldn't be too hard on him, I arrived home to a happy boy who was clean, safe, warm and well fed as well as a tidy home and dinner pre-prepared. 

I am begrudgingly thankful and will be more so when my one year old stops tromping on my heart.

Thankful Thursday

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Wordless Wednesday: 94 Wood Street


Last week someone very special to me passed away. It's been a sad and tiring week, but it's also brought joy, because this awful event brought us back to my grandparents home.

This home holds many happy memories, they are memories made by generations of family who love and support one another within its walls and beyond. Laughter and tears are all welcome here.

I hope your world holds such a place...


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Friday, 19 October 2012

Flash Blog Friday Linky Party


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Welcome to Flash Blog Friday!
In the spirit of flash mobs, this is a flash blog.
You're invited to flash your favourite post for the week.

Your Guide to Flashing

1.  Follow via Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, Facebook, Twitter or Google +
2.  Grab the Flash Blog Friday button and display it on your post or sidebar so others can flash too.
3.  Choose your favourite post for the week and flash by clicking on the link below. Make sure you use the URL for the post, not your primary blog address.
4.  Check out your fellow flashers and maybe spread some comment love.
5.  Come back next Friday and do it all again!

Featured Flasher

This week's featured flasher is Rebecca from Four Little Piglets. Rebecca is particularly good at coming up with fabulous activities for children. This week she shows you how to turn a doona cover into a giant inflated bubble that the kids can use as a temporary cubby house. Genius!


Image stolen from Rebecca at Four Little Piglets for the innocent purpose of flogging her awesome blog!

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Goodbye Fair Lady...



You're off and away and it's awful.

I'm so sad.

I love your beautiful face. 

I have only ever known excitement at the prospect of seeing you. You have only ever brought me joy and I am not ready to see you go. I want to see Uncle Phil drive too fast up the 94 Wood Street drive and see you both get out with a bottle of wine and some Camembert. I want to marvel at your gorgeous hair and clothes and hear you give Uncle Phil some much deserved cheek. I want to hear you laugh again. 

I suspect you were allowed to make an early exit because you got it right faster than most.

You gave love and wisdom and joy at every turn, your contribution was grand.

The pain we feel in losing you is bigger than words.

I want to find some meaning in your leaving, but I can't. It just feels wrong. This stupid fucked up disease picked the wrong person and it was too damn big to conquer - despite your most valiant efforts.

I just want you to know I love you. You showed me what it looks like to live fully, to love freely and to squash leftover Camembert on my toast in the morning. You made your mark on me.

So cheers you tremendous lady - may you have a sweet, sweet journey home. We will look after your gorgeous man and we will see you soon xoxo

Sunday, 14 October 2012

How to host a successful baby shower


Hosting a successful baby shower is easy, it's also fun, just find your inspiration, get organised and celebrate! Here are some useful tips when planning a shower for your mum-to-be...





  1. Plan well in advance. This will give you time to organise and your guests the best opportunity to attend.
  2. Consider the type of event your mother-to-be would like to attend. Some might enjoy a quite afternoon tea, while others will prefer an event filled with games and activities. Make sure your venue has adequate space and facilities.
  3. When styling the event take cues from the things your mother-to-be has already chosen, e.g. nursery colour and theme.
  4. Do some research. Check out sites like Pinterest and search baby showers. Find ideas you can replicate. 
  5. Search online party supply stores like Pink Frosting for suitable products and check out local craft stores for inspiration.
  6. Be consistent in the detail from start to finish and in every element consider styling. In the baby shower featured above the theme was red to match the nursery. Guests were asked to wear a piece of red clothing which was fun and added to the over all look of the event.
  7. Use what you have and borrow what you can. Events can become costly, save money by looking at the resources you already have. In the baby shower featured above, the lolly jars are Robert Gordon ice-cream bowls I borrowed from my sister and the white pail, when not holding message cards is actually my make-up container!
  8. Buy in bulk where necessary, consider your local wholesalers especially when buying things like confectionery.
  9. Planning to have games? Google web pages like Baby Shower 101 where you will find fun activities that are easy to organise. Be mindful not to over schedule activities, allow guests time to enjoy each others company.
  10. When the mother-to-be opens gifts, write a list of what she received and from whom. This will be useful if she wishes to send thank you cards after the event.
  11. Give someone the role of photographer. After the event, print the photos, arrange them in a display or scrapbook and give them as a gift to the mother at a later date, perhaps on the birth of her baby.
  12. Make sure the only responsibility of the mother-to-be is to have fun, celebrating with friends, the upcoming birth of her baby!

Follow these simple tips and you are sure to have a well organised, stylish, fun and memorable day.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Flash Blog Friday Linky Party


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Welcome to Flash Blog Friday!
In the spirit of flash mobs, this is a flash blog.
You're invited to flash your favourite post for the week.

Your Guide to Flashing

1.  Follow via Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, Facebook, Twitter or Google +
2.  Grab the Flash Blog Friday button and display it on your post or sidebar so others can flash too.
3.  Choose your favourite post for the week and flash by clicking on the link below. Make sure you use the URL for the post, not your primary blog address.
4.  Check out your fellow flashers and maybe spread some comment love.
5.  Come back next Friday and do it all again!

Featured Flasher

This weeks featured FLASHER is Matt from Dad Down Under.


Image stolen from Dad Down Under
Stay at home Dad, Matt lives life on the edge, seeking cheap thrills (and an extra long post swim nap) by taking Master Max, aka his Royal Podginess swimming while starkers.

Matt ponders his motivation, from the need for adrenilin to the sadistic desire to see a lifeguard scoop a poop as he once had to do.

Go over and check out Dad Down Under and have yourself a good laugh.





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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Wordless Wednesday: How does your garden grow?


We have a two acre block with grand plans for elaborate enclosed rotating garden beds. Unfortunately, we can't yet afford to build them. 

But not wanting to wait to start growing vegetables, we gathered up our empty pots, mounted them out of the reach of rabbits and planted lettuce, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, red spring onions and garlic. 

There is nothing like walking into your garden, pulling out fresh crisp vegetables, shaking the dirt off and throwing them straight into the pan. Priceless.


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Sunday, 7 October 2012

The Pinspiration Project - Envelopes and Seedlings


Welcome to the Pinspiration Project where I attempt to conquer some of the things I've pinned. 

I'm starting with handmade envelopes. The pin originates with Emily from Design and Nonsense.


And here is my effort, using up old scrapbook papers. It could not have been simpler, I did them standing at the kitchen bench while the Squishy had a nap. I plan on making a whole lot more and filling each with a hand written letter to send to family and friends.


The next Pin I brought to life came from Silvia, who posted in the Florida Gardening Forum on the iVillage GardenWeb. Silvia uses plastic crates as a cheap and effective greenhouse for garden seedlings.


And here is my attempt at planting cherry tomato seeds. I found this to be really effective, seedlings grown in the containers sprouted faster and are growing more quickly than those on the outside.


Have you created anything you've pinned? If you're a blogger and have a post link it here, or leave me a comment and share the link to your pin.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

The Pinspiration Project



I confess, I spend a little bit of time drooling over what I see on Pinterest. Ok, that's a half truth, I spend a lot of time drooling over what I see on Pinterest. They have phone apps for this thing people! The only problem is, other than my uber awesome Pinboards - I don't have anything to show for it. This is not how I roll, so I am going to set myself a challenge to conquer some of the wonderful things on my boards, from awesome recipes and craft projects to DIY home reno's, gardening ideas and health tips (fitness fanatics are hard core Pinners - go figure). As I already have a lot on my plate, I'm going to realistically strive for one thing per month and I'm going to post a linky with it, so if you choose you can join in on the project and share what you've achieved. 

I'm going to start by making envelopes from scrapbooking paper, I have so much left over I suspect I'm not going to use it. I'll post the results tomorrow.

So get Pinning, get inspired and I'll see you and your Pinspiration soon!

All image sources can be found via Twinkle in the Eye on Pinterest

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Flash Blog Friday Linky Party



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Welcome to Flash Blog Friday!
In the spirit of flash mobs, this is a flash blog.
You're invited to flash your favourite post for the week.

Your Guide to Flashing

1.  Follow via Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, Facebook, Twitter or Google +
2.  Grab the Flash Blog Friday button and display it on your post or sidebar so others can flash too.
3.  Choose your favourite post for the week and flash by clicking on the link below. Make sure you use the URL for the post, not your primary blog address.
4.  Check out your fellow flashers and maybe spread some comment love.
5.  Come back next Friday and do it all again!

Featured Flashers

This week I want to introduce you to two new bloggers who've hit the blogosphere... 


The first is Josefa from Always Josefa. Josefa is a passionate 30 something, wanting to live her best life, despite her fears. Her blog is a part of this journey, as well as an example to her children of how to live fully.








The second is Ainslee from Dirt Made Delicious. After twenty years, Ainslee returned to her home town, buying a white cottage in a small village. Here she charts her new journey into sustainable gardening and transforming her cottage into a productive haven and retreat.


Show these girls some love and follow along!





You can FLASH your favourite post for the week here:

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Cut from the same cloth


The little Squishy has never looked much like anyone. He has always been his own little man...until recently. Here is a photo of me (left) at 15 months of age and a photo of the Squishy at the same age. How groovy is that!


You can link up your Wordless Wednesday here:

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Blessed are the cheesemakers


Do you ever envisage yourself doing something else? 

In another life, I might have been a teacher, an academic, a television producer, a farmer, a cook, a wine producer, a travel writer, a graphic designer, a writer or an international community worker. I could live a thousand life times and not get bored!

In one lifetime, I can not be all these things, but I can dabble in the things that interest me, like cooking and cheese making...



At the Bent on Food Cookery School people come together to dabble in something new, in something engaging and fun and on this occasion it was cheese making. Parmesan, Mozzarella and Halloumi were on the menu.


At the Bent on Food Cookery School, Carole Willman from Cheeselinks shared knowledge gained from over 30 years of cheese making, including hygiene and sanitation, milk selection and the role of ripening cultures.



Those attending were committed foodies and even dairy farmers looking at options to develop new income streams. Past participants have developed successful businesses. Comboyne Culture learnt their cheese making skills at the Bent on Food Cookery School and now sell a beautiful range of cheeses including Washed Rind, Camembert, Bluembert and Lindsay Blue. You can buy Comboyne Culture cheeses at Bent on Food.



Bent on Food, the Bent on Food Cookery School and the beautiful Bent on Life gift and home wares store are located in the historical town of Wingham in the beautiful Manning Valley on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. The Cookery School is always running a variety of exciting new classes. Grab your girlfriends and make a weekend of it. For more information check out the Bent on Food website.

Oh did I mention the morning tea?





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