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?

xx

(Tickets to The Brickman Experience are found here.)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lately...

We are in the first week of the term three school holidays. I can't believe the year has gone so fast! We are always so busy, so to spend the last few days of holidays with family has been lovely, here is a little snap shot...

We've been baking

Alexis has been "Super meow meow"

Poppy has been watching the veggies in her little garden grow, finding worms and relocating them here and watering, so much watering.

We watched Poppy dance in the all schools dance event in the last week of school.

They've been playing nicely so far these school holidays, they even weeded the garden for hours.

Tommy and I have been meal planning, especially healthy lunches.

We flown kites.

We stocked the fridge with healthy treats. 

We've enjoyed smoothies most days.

They've explored the 'junk yard' behind our sheds.

We walked, scootered and ridden bikes.

We enjoyed family lunch dates on rainy days.


I have been loving the gorgeous Adore U range.

I've enjoyed quiet baths after the children have gone to bed.

We've walked around the Seaport, stopping for coffee and chips.

We've swam at the Aquatics centre.

And we've pulled out a few board games and old favorites. 

We've been enjoying our own company and re-exploring the town we live in, our family usually has every day booked or double booked in the holidays, so it's been really nice spending time together. 

We are getting busier this coming week, but for now, I'll enjoy the slow paced days.

Happy Holidays! x

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Poppy

Poppy is seven for only 13 more sleeps, I know the exact amount of sleeps, because she keeps reminding me every day. Eight years ago I was blessed with my beautiful girl. 

The kindest, caring, most thoughtful little girl you will meet. Walking into school with her is like walking in with a famous person, "Hi Poppy" comes from every child, teacher and parent we walk past. She is the best friend you could have, she would offer you the last of her favorite treat (sour worms) before thinking of herself, she will leave me sweet notes on my pillow at night and take the twins quietly to the lounge of a morning if she sees I'm not awake yet.


She is an explorer, she loves riding her bike, going for walks, taking a basket to the farm to collect treasure, combing the beach for sea glass, rock climbing, motor bike riding, dancing and trying anything at least once to see if it suits her.




She is also silly, and cheeky and will pull faces when I ask for a pretty smile, dance around the lounge in her underpants and make up songs about wiggly old bottoms.
 
So in 13 sleeps when she wakes a year older, I know it's going to be her best yet, because she wouldn't have it any other way.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Muesli bars

Lately I've been trying to use what we have at home instead of popping to the shops every day(we live about a two minute walk away from a major supermarket). Our pantry, fridge and freezer are constantly full to the brim like we are stocking up for some sort of world ending event. When we run out of something I pop to the shops to get it and end up loading four more bags of groceries into the car. 

My first effort in doing this, has been preparing Tom and my lunch's on a Sunday, saving time and money and leaving out the option of a 'grab and go' not so healthy lunch (mine is usually toast with peanut butter!). I recently tried these Burrito Bowls and they were delicious.

So this morning when I realised I had run out of some school lunchbox bars, I had a poke around and found enough ingredients to make my own, they were a winner with the kids (and big kids) and so easy to make. 


What you'll need:

2 cups of oats
1 cup rice bubbles
1/2 cup of your choice, I had pretzels in the cupboard so I crushed them up and used those, but you could use nuts, m&m's, or dried fruit.
1/4 cup butter
1/4 honey
1/2 brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

What to do:

In a bowl combine oats, rice bubbles and extra of your choice (I chose pretzels as my children attend a nut free school).

In a small saucepan on high add butter, honey, brown sugar, stir until melted. Then simmer on medium for 2 minutes.

Pour butter mixture and vanilla into bowl and press firmly (really firm so the bars don't fall apart) into a slice tray lined with baking paper.

I topped mine with half mini m&m's and half melted chocolate. You could top yours with white chocolate, mini marshmallows, nuts, pretzels, sultanas or anything floating about in the pantry.

Place in the fridge to set. Mine took about 30 minutes.
Cut into bars, wrap in lunch paper and serve.

The bars we get at the shop can be priced up to about $1.00 a bar. This recipe made 12 bars and cost about $0.20c a bar, and I know exactly whats in them!

Now I just hope there is some left come Monday morning!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Burrito Boxes

Spring is in the air, and we have already been eating dinners outside, refreshing the garden and enjoying lighter meals.

I have been looking for some different lunch ideas for Tom and I, and found these 'burrito bowl' lunch boxes. I have put my own little spin on it, but they are so easy, so I thought I'd share.

In a baking dish (yes I used a foil one, don't judge me), I placed three chicken breasts, 1 green and 1 red capsicum, sliced and two sliced red onions.

I then covered the chicken breasts in fajita seasoning,

then salsa,

and baked in the oven at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked right through.

Then in the little lunch containers (plain pink is an upgrade on the usual 'Disney princess' containers Tom usually gets), I places two table spoons of brown rice, corn, kidney beans, the cooked onion, and cooked capsicum.

Then I topped with the sliced, cooked chicken and salsa and a slice of lemon. I'll also add a little container of greek yogurt to put on top.

I then stacked them in the fridge and voila! Lunches for the next few days.

They will last for four days in the fridge, and this recipe that I created made six lunch containers (I only photographed four).

I can't wait to tuck into one of these tomorrow.

Happy Tuesday! xx