Sunday, July 22, 2018

Bees Wax Wraps

Hello, It's a rainy old Sunday here, we've had a few of these days lately, cold and dark, so any sun we get we have been making the most of, and in between we have been reading, playing cards and doing some activities I have saved up for afternoons like this. 

This afternoon we made some bees wax wraps, they're a bit of a 'thing' lately, and great for using instead of clear plastic wrap, which we don't use anyway (I'm more of a container kinda gal). These wraps are good for lunch boxes (wrapping up sandwiches, biscuits, fruit, veg), or using in the fridge to cover left overs and such.

I found some pretty materials in the sewing basket, and we had gotten some bees wax from Pop a few weeks ago, as he keep bees.

We grated the wax and then spread it over some of the material we had cut, Poppy then placed some baking paper over the top of the wax and with a warm (not hot) iron, we melted the wax onto the material.

I had seen someone try this method and thought it seemed easy, but it didn't seem to work how was had hoped, lot's of spots were left un-waxed and it was hard to spread out.

The second time around we thought it would be easier to put the material on a tray in a low oven (120 deg cel) and melt the wax onto the material that way, then when it was out of the over we spread the wax over the dry spots with a paint brush. This worked a lot better, and was less messy also.


We hung the wraps to dry, and they were done in about 15 minutes.



 They really do look pretty in the fridge, covering bowls of left overs, or wrapping up an open avocado.

When they are in need of a clean, you can do so with a warm cloth.

With school going back in two days, the children's lunch boxes will be looking very fancy indeed!!

Happy Sunday. xx

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Running

 On Sunday morning we all headed down to the city park where Poppy was going to compete in a 2k kids fun run. She recently practiced and competed in her school cross country which was 1.6k so I suggested that she enter this upcoming race and she was interested.

She had been practicing for the weeks leading up to the run and was very excited.  

Her run was at 9am so we got to the park at 8.30am for a warm up. It was a very fresh morning, but the fog that was about earlier had lifted and the sun came through just before her race.
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She had some before race nerves, lining up with all the other children.


Tom and his Mum went and found a spot about half way through the track to cheer Poppy on and Tom took some videos which showed her happy and waving as she went.


She did such a fantastic job, jogging the entire way.

When she completed the race she got a running medal and felt so proud of herself, and of course Tom and I were bursting with pride also. 

She said she felt so grown up doing the run all on her own, and is looking forward to entering the 5k next year.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Carrot Cake

This yummy, moist, easy to make carrot cake is perfect for school lunch boxes because it is nut free. Enjoy.

4 eggs
2 cups white sugar
1 cup oil
2 cups plain flour, sifted
2 teaspoons bicarb soda
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 packed cups grated carrot

Cake: Beat eggs, add sugar and oil.

Stir in flour, bicarb soda, salt and cinnamon. 

Add carrot and mix.

Bake 40-50 minutes at 180 degrees C or until it tests done.


Top with a cream cheese icing. 

Mix 120g cream cheese, 60g softened butter and 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar together.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Saturday

On Saturday we headed out to a friends farm to light some bon fires, collect a bit of wood and have a BBQ lunch.



The children have recently borrowed some binoculars from their Granny and Papa for a Star Gazing event we are going to this week, so they brought them along to the bush to do a bit of bird spotting.



We brought the kids quad bike along, and the children did a few laps around the wheat crop on that, as well as played on Pop's excavator, practicing digging up the dirt and moving along, the paddock is a great place to practice as not much can be harmed.





It was a perfect Autumn morning, I even going to pack the kites, but there wasn't any wind, it was perfect weather for lighting bon fires.


We lit a smaller fire in an old tree stump to cook our BBQ lunch on, we had chops, sausages and onion.






Alexis kept busy moving rocks, bark, sticks and logs making her own fairy house.



A lovely morning spent in the bush.

xx

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mothers Day 2018

Mother's Day was last Sunday, and once again I was showered with lots of love from my beautiful family.

The children had been busy at school making beautiful cards, coupons and even some drink coasters and they had all been to the mothers day stall at school and bought me some beautiful gifts.

In the morning we had Rory hop into our bed at 5.30am, because he was just so excited to give me the things he had made. Not too long after the girls came in and we opened presents and had lots of cuddles. I then had some delicious Vegemite on toast and a coffee made by the children. 

Through the day we went to Tom's parents house along with my Mum for some lunch and a catch up which was lovely. 


That night the children and Tom worked away at cooking me a lovely roast beef dinner, and to top it all off, they even cleaned up afterwards!

The best way to spend mothers day, with my beautiful family. 
xx

Friday, May 11, 2018

Portraits

With Mothers day around the corner, I thought I'd do an update on my three biggest achievements. My main purpose for being on this earth was to be their Mum, I enjoy nurturing them and watching them grow and be the best they can be. I'm so thankful that they are happy and healthy and that Tom and I can call them ours. The best gifts in the world.


Alexis - 6

She'll have at least three outfit changes a day, but folds and puts away the clothes she's taken off. She idolizes her big sister Poppy, and often copies her sayings and movements when Poppy isn't looking. 

She loves to read, gives the best massages, and is the most caring little girl you'll meet. She is softly spoken, so much so that I tell her many times a day to please speak up, because we can't hear her. 

She loves to do drawings for anyone and everyone, but they must be right, with the persons eyes, hair and other features having to be exactly as the person she is giving the drawing to. 

She is an amazing reader and writer and is always keen to better her learning. She enjoys gymnastics and we are often amazed by her muscle tone and strength, especially upper body, she flies through the monkey bars, can do chin ups on the rings and can flip over the bars with ease, she takes it all in her stride and we couldn't be prouder of our gorgeous girl.

Likes: Dancing, Gymnastics, Sushi, Tropical Juice, Mango, Raspberries, Blueberries, Kiwi Fruit,  Drawing, Writing, Sketching, Salad Wraps, Singing, Dresses, Anything her big sister does, Sleep overs with Grandparents, Lego and Shopkins.

Dislikes: Getting her hair done, Chocolate, Biscuits, and Bananas.

Poppy - 9

Our friendly, thoughtful, kind hearted girl. She takes any opportunity to turn everything in to a joke, and is always up for a laugh. She is also a sensitive girl, and if the jokes on her, it might not be as funny.

She loves to read, ride her bike, practice new tricks on the trampoline, and feels so proud of herself when she has achieved something she's been working hard at. 

She is sensitive of others feelings, and will always be the first to go over to someone if they look upset or alone in the playground. A true friend, that will be by your side through thick and thin.

Her math skills amaze us, she is in an extension group at school, and what she is learning in well over my head, definitely skills she gets from her Dad, which is great, because it's something they can work on together one on one.

I love how she gets excited to share special moments with her brother and sister, and is always the first to say "thanks for taking us Mum" when ever we leave the park, pool, bike ride or another adventure.

Likes: Kiwi Fruit, Hot Chocolates, Bike Riding, Gymnastics, Showing people her bedroom, Crafting, Dancing, Karaoke, Sleep overs with friends, "The Parent Trap" Movie, Painting her nails, Lego and Slime.

Dislikes: Reading out loud, Broccoli, Going to bed early, Sharing Mum with her brother and sister, and Tuna.


Rory - 6

Our kind hearted, caring, friendly little man. I know I say all the time how sweet our boy is, but I think I felt his sweet nature would change as he grew, but if anything it's gotten stronger. Like yesterday when Alexis broke her brand new necklace she'd bought, Rory came to me and said "I feel like crying for Alexis Mum, she saved all her money for that necklace".

He's the first one to hop into our bed of a morning, and bring in his 'woof woof' for everyone to share. 

He love to play Lego, and read superhero comics and books, play the play station and iPhone, do puzzle and learn new spelling words.

He isn't the greatest help around the house, and would much rather be playing than helping me set the table or put his clothes away, but when he is made to help, he soon turns his chores into fun by dancing or singing funny songs.

He is easy going, and doesn't let much annoy him, he is very tolerant of other people and doesn't get frustrated easily. 

Likes: Dried mango, Hot Chocolates, Any Screen he is aloud to play, Riding his bike, Doing Mazes, Blueberry yogurt, Superheros, Salmon, Lego, Baby Bell cheese and Soccer.

Dislikes: Chips, Going for long walks, Writing and Wearing jeans (which I make him do a lot).