Sunday, October 23, 2016


The weeks have been flying by, It's hard to believe there is less than ten weeks until Christmas, but we won't think about that just yet. Instead we'll enjoy these first few weeks of Spring, even if the weather hasn't been very Spring like.

Here is a little of what we got up to this weekend...

Our veggies have been taking a beating with all the wind, rain and hail we've had lately, but they don't seem to mind.

We visited the gorgeous Entally Lodge for a coffee and a wander through their markets.

They played Jenga.

She played Lego.

We said goodbye to Tommy for the week.

We hit the Pinata at Rudy's birthday party.

He drank his beloved smoothies.

She hung around.

They swam in the rain.

Rory did the cutest drawing of him and I.

We also baked, rode bikes, flew kites, had a play date and did a little bit of crafting. 

Bring on another busy week.

Happy Sunday xx

Friday, October 21, 2016


 Happy Friday!! 

It was a student free day here in Tasmania today, we had plans to do a bush walk as it was also Tom's Friday off, but of course we woke to pouring rain. 

We headed out to Pop's house, and visited the chooks, collected some eggs and inspected some honey comb we found from his bee hive.

In the afternoon we went to the aquatic center to get rid of a bit of energy, only to find it was mostly closed for renovations, with the kids all togged up and ready to swim they decided the outside pool (in the rain) would be better than nothing. Hopefully we don't pay for that later with sniffly noses!

Now everyone is snuggled up on the couch watching a movie, Tom heads away for a week on Sunday, so he is enjoying cuddles before he goes a week without.

How was your Friday?


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Caramello Slice

This easy slice takes no more than 15 minutes to whip up and a great slice to make with the kids, mine love crushing the biscuits, mixing ingredients and pushing the mix into the tin.

What you'll need:
220g Caramello chocolate

1 X 250g packet of plain biscuits
¼ cup (60g) butter
½  tin (200g) condensed milk 
220g block plain chocolate for topping

What to do:

Crush biscuits in a food processor.

Break chocolate into pieces and melt with butter in the microwave.
Stir in condensed milk and crushed biscuits.
Press into a standard sized rectangle slice tray that has been greased and lined with baking paper.
Melt the block of plain chocolate and spread evenly over the top.
Refrigerate for a couple of hours or until completely set and hardened.
Cut into slices.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

 Ever since I started wearing prescription glasses about six years ago, I have been on the look out for a pair of prescription sunglasses that don't cost a crazy amount. On my last count I had 13 pairs of sunglasses in my car, so I'm not the type to wear one pair over and over, more the type to pick a pair to suit my mood / outfit. All though having all these pairs is great, it's not too great if I can't see clearly in them.

So last month when I got an email from I had a little browse through their online shop and found plenty of pairs of prescription, for about $40!! 

$40 for a pair of prescription sunglasses is amazing, all you have to do it pick the glasses frames, fill out your prescription details and in a bit over a week you'll have a new pair of sunnies, (or a few new pairs in my case!)

I seriously can not share my excitement enough, and just for reading this post I'm going to share the code GSHOT50 with you, which gives you 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses.

So what are you waiting for, stock up on some sunnies for summer now! I know I will be. 


Wednesday, October 12, 2016


 On the 9th of October Poppy turned 8. She had decided she would like to go rock climbing with her friends instead of having a full blown birthday party (phew!) and it was the perfect activity for my active girl.

The day before her birthday she met with six of her friends at our local PCYC where they giggled, rock climbed, jumped on the trampolines and did gymnastics. It was the perfect catch up as it was the end of the two week school holidays and all the girls were missing each other.

On the morning of her actual birthday Poppy had asked to go to McDonald's for breakfast, as she had never been for breakfast before, so all the children were very excited. She got the hot cakes and a juice and won two free sundaes on the Monopoly promotion stickers, so it looks like another trip to Macca's is to be had in the next few weeks before they run out. 

The 9th was a Sunday and also the day we go to a friends place to watch the Bathurst car race every year, there is always lots of our friends and children to play with so it was the perfect thing to do on Poppy's birthday, one of our friends Lily turned two a few days before, so both the girls had birthday cakes to share. Lily had a great "Dory" cake and Poppy had requested a 'Pinata' cake (where you 'smash' a chocolate dome and reveal a cake covered in lollies underneath!) 

Happy Birthday my gorgeous girl, I hope the year ahead is your best yet.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Taking Stock

It's been awhile since I've done a 'Taking Stock' post, so here is a Spring addition.
Making: Bread, and the house smells amazing.

Drinking: Peach Smoothies, using peaches we froze last summer.

ReadingA Sunburnt Childhood which I'm really enjoying.

Trawling: ASOS in search for some nice dresses with sleeves.

Wanting: Longer showers, we have a medium hot water cylinder and are in the process of upgrading.

Looking: At possible shack properties. 

Deciding: What cake to bake Poppy for her birthday. Poppy is leaning towards a Pinata cake. Eek!

Wishing: I hadn't broken the lid to my favorite butter dish earlier in the week.

Enjoying: Any sun we get, there has been spurts in between the rain.

Waiting: In doctors offices for hours each week.

Liking: Iced coffees, a little too much.  

Loving: Our new canvas in the lounge.

Pondering: Over the word 'pondering'

Listening: To The Beautiful Girls, always The Beautiful Girls.

Considering: Studying again. Big eek!

Buying: Prescription sunnies for $45!!

Watching: Trashy T.V. My favorite. 

Hoping: The rain hasn't bothered our baby veggie plants too much.

Cooking: Gluten free goodies for Alexis.

Marvelling: That people can be so creative (over here)

Cringing: At the amount of makeup that is plastered on already beautiful girls faces.

Needing: To clean out my bedroom cupboards, So. Much. Junk.

Questioning: American politics, Trump? Really?

Smelling: Rain in the air.

Wearing: Jackets one minute short sleeves the next.

Following: Turia Pitt on her journey to the Ironman World Championships. How bloody inspirational. 

Noticing: Fresh buds on plants I transferred in winter, they are alive!

Knowing: That I want every beautiful piece of Adore U jewellery.

Thinking: Of downloading the Beep Test and giving it a red hot crack as a base line for some Summer running. 

Admiring: Our renovation work, our home is slowly coming together.

Getting: Anxious about going back to work after 8 years.

Bookmarking: Lunch prep ideas.

Disliking: Popping health supplements three times a day to boost my immune system into fighting off any more melanoma cells.

Opening: Presents from my brothers trip to New York, he bought the children American cereal, so fun... and sugary.

Feeling: Excited to start in a new position next week. 

Helping: Rory hold his pencil correctly, over and over and over.

Hearing: The water rush down the flooded gorge, we've had so much rain lately.

Celebrating: Poppy's 8th Birthday on Sunday.

Pretending: Joking with Poppy That I have forgotten how many days to until her birthday, even though she tells me daily. 

Embracing: The crazy amount of eggs Pop's chooks have been laying, omelettes, baked eggs and vanilla custard all round.

When I read back, I see that the weather really features a lot, but it has been so crazy lately, as I write this the winds outside are insane, our whole state has had wind warnings and with snow on the mountains (Yes in October) the wind is freezing.

I'll take some Summer now please!

Happy Wednesday xx 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Brickman experience

When we heard Ryan McNaught and his fantastic "Brickman experience" exhibition was coming to Hobart, we knew we had to go and check it out. So yesterday we took the two hour drive to Hobart and headed to Princess Wharf 1 for our 2pm booking.
The children were so excited, and had been talking about it all week. We were met at the door by a lovely man who welcomed us and explained that there were little green Lego men hidden all over the exhibit and if the children could count them as they went through they could log onto the website later and enter a competition. 

The Lego creations in the exhibit were amazing, you could stand and look at them for hours, pointing out all the little bits and pieces, and funny little jokes put into the displays, like a block of buildings with shop names such as "Family jewels" and next to 'The Ritz' was the dodgy looking 'The Pitz".

Every display had a little write up, with information such as how many hours it took to make, why Ryan had made the particular piece and some other facts such as Ryan having to get a 'working with heights' certification to build one of the higher pieces.

The exhibition was very interactive with the children being able to make Mosaic Lego pieces and write their names on a block each, that Ryan will later make into a "Hobart" piece. 

The huge Lego flower is the largest in the world and just amazing see see in person.

Finally at the end the children could get their hands on some Lego and make some of their own creations, that they then displayed in the "Builders in training" wall.

The Brickman Experience is in Hobart at Princess Wharf 1 until the 9th of October, and would have to be my number one recommendation for children big and small these school holidays.

What have you been up to these school holidays?


(Tickets to The Brickman Experience are found here.)