Monday, April 14, 2014

Sydney



















As a nominee of the Kidspot voices of 2014 I was invited to attend a blogging "school" and the official launch party in Sydney over the weekend. So I stuffed as much as I could into a tiny carry on bag, and headed to Sydney on Friday morning. I had a little time to look around the beautiful (yet very muggy and drizzly) city before settling into the hotel, going out for dinner and then getting a good nights sleep (that's right, no waking up through the night for the twins) before a big day on Saturday.

The school went for four hours with a couple of breaks for lunch and to mingle with the room full of amazing bloggers. Some of the speakers included Katrina from The Organised Housewife , Beth from BabyMac,  Sneh from Cook Republic, Jaclyn from The Blog Society and of course many more. We took notes (boy did I take notes), had a fantastic lunch, chatted with other bloggers and left with a huge goody bag. The perfect way to spend a rainy Sydney day.

That night we all got dressed up and headed to the official launch of Voices 2014. The cocktail party was in a beautiful studio in the city and as Ford is the major sponsor of Voices there were three beautiful Ford's in the room for us to check out, we heard of Ford's plans to work with bloggers to "Paint the town Ford", which I'm sure you will hear more about in the coming months. We enjoyed delicious canapes and cocktails and I enjoyed every minute of talking to like minded Australian bloggers.

I had a fantastic weekend but I was looking forward to flying home (even though our flight was first thing in the morning) to see my family, as it's not often I am away from them all.


Most of the photos are from my phone, sorry for the grainy quality. x



Saturday, April 12, 2014

15/52




A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014

Alexis: Always in a dress.  
Rory: Not to sure about his new hat.
Poppy: Drawing quietly.  

Joining in with Jodi.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

14/52




A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014

Alexis and Rory: Bath babes.
Poppy: Butter wouldn't melt.  

Joining in with Jodi.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Apple Tea Cake

This easy tea cake is lovely and moist, and perfect for lunch boxes, or morning tea on a rainy day.


What you'll need:

80g butter
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup self-raising flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
2 small apples, thinly sliced (I used red skinned but any would be fine)
20g melted butter
1 tbs sugar

What to do:

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and line your cake tin (20cm round).

Using beaters to beat butter and caster sugar until light and creamy add egg and vanilla and beat until combined.

Sift flour and cinnamon over butter mixture, add milk and fold in with a spatula until just combined. Spread cake batter into tin and smooth on top.

Arrange apple sliced on top of cake batter and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and firm to touch.

Brush warm cake with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.

Happy Baking. x

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hollybank





















About twenty minutes from where we live is Hollybank forest reserve, the most beautiful area to spend the day. We always find ourselves there on chilly days, rugged up and exploring what the forest has to offer. This Saturday while Tommy was at work I took my three for a little adventure, in the morning we made banana choc chip muffins and when they were done, we wrapped them up so they kept nice and warm and headed to Hollybank. We kicked the ball, found spots where we thought fairies might live, sang songs, "cooee'd", collected forest treasures, walked the beautiful tracks and finally stopped for our morning tea. 
After another explore and play we headed back home with fists full of Autumn leaves and tired little legs.

A lovely way to spend a chilly morning.

Happy Monday! x

{Hollybank is also the home of the fantastic Treetop Adventures, if you're visiting Tassie its a must!}

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekly Stills

We made delicious Apple Tea Cake

We dried grape juice


We explored a local forest reserve.

We demolished cheese platters in the sun.

Our egg heads hair grew and grew.

We baked for lunch boxes.

We played in the park to celebrate Playgroup Tasmania.

This week was full of appointments, and alots of coming and going. We made the most of any time we had to ourselves, going to the park, exploring local forests, spending time with family, crafting and baking.

This week coming is also filled with a bit of hum drum, Doctors appointments, Specialist appointments, School appointments, Interview appointments and perhaps we can sneak in a date night appointment. 

I hope you have a date night on your horizon.

Happy Sunday! xx

Joining in with Em.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

13/52 {Sleepy head edition}




A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014

Alexis: It's unusual she's not asleep on the change table, under her bed or on the ground.
Rory: Holding on tight to his hat.
Poppy: Totally out of it after a week of school. 

A bit of a difference to last years Sleepy Heads Edition, all though Poppy still has the hands above the head pose.

Joining in with Jodi.