Friday, December 2, 2011

Making an Aquarium

With all the rainy weather we've been having I have had to come up with some indoor projects to keep Annabelle amused. So far my favourite is a mini aquarium made using a soft drink bottle - it kept her amused for hours!

I drew sea creatures on a sheet of cardboard and gave Annabelle paint to colour them...

 ... as well as paint Annabelle also used pencils, she seemed particularly heavy handed with the black!

When the paint was dry I cut out the animals and Annabelle and I stuck them 
inside a  clean soft drink bottle, which I had turned upside down.

The finished product - my no water, no mess aquarium!

Friday, November 25, 2011


I showed Annabelle how to pick a dandelion and blow the little seeds into the air... watching them float away on the breeze.

It seemed a cute little thing to do but now she is obsessed with them and every time she sees one she insists on stopping to pick it - whether we're late for the bus or not!

Friday, November 4, 2011


There are some donkeys in a paddock near where Annabelle and Evelyn go to day care and Annabelle often asks me if we can stop so she can pat them (bit difficult when you're on a bus).

We've had some rainy weather lately so when the sun came out I finally took the girls up to see the donkeys.

It didn't take long for the donkeys to realise we had carrots and they slowly trotted up to the fence to get them - the closer they got to us the further away from the fence Annabelle got!

It took some coaxing but eventually she came back to the fence and patted the donkeys, although she was too scared to feed them. Annabelle kept asking me about the talking donkey and I had no idea what she meant and then I realised she'd been watching Shrek with my Mum and was referring to Donkey!

Evelyn fell asleep in the stroller just before we got to the donkeys and didn't wake up again until we were almost home, which is typical of her, but Annabelle really enjoyed herself - and keeps asking when we can go back!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Strawberries, glorious strawberries

We've had funny old weather lately.

One day it's well into the 30s and so hot you can't sleep at night and the following day it's back to winter woollies.

The upside is that the sunshine and rain combo is doing wonders for our garden, particularly our strawberries.

The downside is that Annabelle doesn't always wait until they're red before picking and eating them.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Busby Pure Tissue Oil - Review and Giveaway

For the past few weeks I have been testing a product called Busby Pure Tissue Oil and I'm happy to report it's fabulous!

I only reveiw products that I think are relevant to my readers and this definitely fits the bill.

Busby Pure Tissue Oil helps improve the appearance of:

Stretch Marks
Ageing Skin
Dehydrated Skin

What I really like about Busby is that it contains natural nourishing ingredients including Avocado, Grape Seed and Rose Hip oils - and most importantly no petrochemicals, animal products or harmful ingredients.
I have dry, sensitive skin and after using Busby for three weeks I can see and feel the difference in my skin. My face feels more moisturised and my wrinkles seem less obvious - and that can only be a good thing!

My Mother has been using Busby on her face and hands and there is definitely a visible difference to marks caused by sun damage - her blemishes are paler in colour and it has also improved the texture of her skin.

Not only does Busby have 5 times more Vitamin E than other leading brands but it is also backed by clinical research where 70% of participants confirmed an improvement in stretch marks and scars. The natural ingredients don't clog the pores like parrafin and petrochemicals do so the critical vitamins and nutrients are easily absorbed into the skin.

If you're ready to say goodbye to your mummy tummy then I suggest you try Busby Pure Tissue Oil.

Busby comes in a 100ml bottle with a pump and is available from selected pharmacies for $17.95 AUD.

More information can be found at their website and they have a Facebook page too.


Thanks to the team at FGB I have 3 bottles of Busby Pure Tissue Oil to give away.

This competition is open to Australian residents only and closes at 5pm on the 4th November. Winners will be chosen by random number generator so make sure I am able to send you an email!

All you need to do is leave a comment telling me what one beauty product you never leave home without.

**** 9th November 2011 - Phil, Joan & Michele will be receiving a bottle of Busby Tissue Oil shortly.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Here we go round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush.
Here we go round the mulberry bush
On a cold and frosty morning

Despite what the nursery rhyme says mulberry's actually grow on trees.

Lovely big trees.

On a beautiful sunny day there's nothing better than picking them off the tree and popping them straight in your mouth.

Just remember to wash your hands afterwards!

Friday, September 23, 2011


Annabelle loves the little owl, Hoot, from the ABC TV show Giggle and Hoot.

When she turned two recently her day care Mum made a Hoot cake topper for her birthday cake - and she did a fantastic job!

Hoot cake topper by BellaBoo Cakes

I decided to try my hand at making Annabelle a soft toy inspired by Hoot and I'm quite pleased with how he's turned out - she must like him too as she takes him to bed at night!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

May the Force be with you

Most little girls use pretty dolls in their dollhouse.

Not mine.

Mine uses Star Wars figurines.

While I do let her play with this Leia figurine I put away my original Leia's which I've had since 1979.

Yep, I'm such a nerd!

I hope she grows up to like Sci Fi like her mama.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sleepy Head

Annabelle normally goes to bed at 7pm, straight after the goodnight song from Hoot, and then we read her a book (or two) and then it's lights out.

Once Annabelle is in bed we normally have some play time with Evelyn before her last bottle, except for a few nights ago when Evie was obviously more tired than I realised.

I read Annabelle a story and came back into the lounge room to find Evie fast asleep in her bumbo seat - thank goodness she didn't fall out!

Doesn't look real comfortable does it!

Evie is now sitting up by herself and I'm sure it won't be long before she's crawling as she keeps rolling herself onto her tummy - she puts her arms and legs in the right position but she just hasn't got momentum yet.

My babies are growing up so quickly!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My big girl!

At the end of August Annabelle turned 2 years old.

Two already.

I can't believe it!

I opted for a morning tea at her day care rather than a weekend birthday party.

On her actual birthday she had a play date in the morning with her cousins followed by cake in the evening with the family.

We had a lovely day.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A one year old, 90 seconds and an unopened packet of washing powder!

She's quick.

I mean super quick!

I left her strapped into her booster seat eating her dinner.

I left her for all of 90 seconds - 2 minutes max.

This is what I returned to:

You should see the mess on the floor!

Don't even mention the fact that she's squatting on my dinner table.

I know that at almost 2-years old she doesn't realise that what she's doing is naughty - that doesn't make it less frustrating though as I had to clean up the mess.

I also owe my Mum a box of washing powder.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Feed the Birds

My Mum often throws stale bread over her balcony to feed the birds, and Annabelle loves watching them eat the crumbs. Normally it's only sparrows, doves, honey eaters and willy wagtails that appear but over the last few days she's been visited by some lovely rainbow lorikeets - who made their first appearance looking water logged after several days of heavy rain.

Today Annabelle threw some bread out for the birds (some of which didn't get any further than her mouth) and was rewarded with the lorikeet's landing on the railing only a few feet away from her.  I managed to hand-feed one of them but the other one was too shy to come that close to me.

It would be lovely if they became regular visitors to the yard.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Happy Ninth Birthday Belle

Today my beautiful angel niece Belle would have turned nine. I wish with all my heart she was here to celebrate her birthday with us, instead she will eternally be a lovely 3 year old dancing in her pretty dress.

I miss you Belle.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Slow Cooking

As far as seasons go this is my favourite time of year.

The oppressive heat of summer has passed and we're not yet into the really cold winter days.

Although the mornings are chilly the days are mostly still filled with sunshine, making it a good time to be outdoors.

Another one of my reasons for loving this time of year is the change in what I cook, gone are the light summer salads to be replaced with heartier meals.

Hello slow cooker!

I find one of the main problems of cooking is the timing - between 5 and 7 is pretty hectic in our house as there are meals to cook, (ours and Annabelle's), then there's bath time, story time and finally bed time - and somewhere in the middle of that Evelyn normally needs a bottle!

About 7 years ago I became a vegaquarian - no meat but occasionally fish - so the slow cooker was packed away in the cupboard. When I became pregnant with Annabelle I craved meat and by the end of the pregnancy I was once again eating meat.

A couple of weeks ago I dug out my slow cooker and now I remember why I like them so much - everything is so easy.

As we are moving in a few weeks time my days are spent packing up the house, leaving little time for anything else. I love being able to throw everything into one pot and leave it to cook itself, it's simple, tasty and the whole house smells yummy.

I picked up some slow cooker recipe bases at the supermarket and so far we've tried four different meals - two we would definitely try again.  I've also used the slow cooker to make a chicken and barley soup, which even Annabelle enjoyed, so if anyone has any good slow cooker recipes they'd like to share feel free to pass them on to me.

Mmmmmm, this is yummy!

Look Mum, I can feed myself. Sort of.

Here you go, I've had enough now.

There's even enough for our cat!

5.7.11 - Not only have we finally moved house but the chilly winter weather has also arrived - and looks set to stick around. We've been without the internet for more than 2 weeks so it was a relief to be back online today (and I discovered this post still sitting in draft format).

Wordless Wednesday - love

More Wordless Wednesday at My Little Drummer Boys and faith hope and a whole lotta love

Sunday, May 15, 2011

On the Road Again...

I'm going mad.

I'm sure I am.

Why? We're moving. Again.

Quick recap for the newbies: Bought a bigger house when I was 8 months pregnant (what fun it was to pack/move), sold bigger house after less than 12 months after Aaron was made redundant. Decided to rent for a while to have a break from mortgage stress and now 12 months later we are moving again...

There's a big difference between moving when you're single, moving when you're a couple and moving when you have children.

We have stuff. We have so much stuff.

We have toys. Lots of toys.

We have toys that you ride on, toys that sing songs, toys that make noises, toys that have buttons to push, toys that get pulled along and toys that you slide down!

Our girls have been spoilt by our lovely friends and family but now all of these gifts have to be boxed and moved to a new (as yet undecided location).

Packing with a toddler present is a trial in itself. I put things in the box, Annabelle takes them back out again... I keep finding things that I have 'packed' in the oddest places and things that aren't being packed are found in boxes as I am sealing them (so that's where my toothbrush has gone).

With a few short weeks to go we haven't found a new home nor are we anywhere near being packed!

Just seal everything up and move it as is says my Mother, which would be great if it was feasible but our kitchenware are in cupboards that get left behind, same goes for our clothing, which are in built in wardrobes and all the linen in the linen press! I know she's trying to be helpful so I bite my tongue and for once don't respond with any sarcastic comments.

So now that my coffee break is over I'm off to try packing up some kitchenware - my last attempt ended with Annabelle breaking 2 mugs after clinking them together while saying cheers.

Ah well, it's 2 less to pack I guess!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

30 Day Song Challenge - Day 6

30 Day Song Challenge

Day 6: A Song that reminds you of somewhere

I have some good memories of seeing Wet Wet Wet in the UK and whenever I hear one of their songs I always think of the UK.

Monday, May 2, 2011

30 Day Song Challenge - Day 5

30 Day Song Challenge

Day 5: A Song That Reminds You of Someone

Another song that Isabelle used to sing - it evokes happy memories of her.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

30 Day Song Challenge - Day 4

30 Day Song Challenge

Day 4: A Song That Makes You Sad

My 3 year old niece Isabelle used to like singing this song (she obviously had good taste in music) and her father and elder sister sang it at her funeral, I don't know how they had the strength to sing it but when I hear it I always think of that day.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

30 Day Song Challenge - Day 1

30 Day Song Challenge

Day 1: Your favourite Song

I just love this song from Ben Folds, fantastic lyrics.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

One of those days

I love being a mother.

In fact I really, really love being a mother.

I waited a long time to have my girls and I cherish every moment I have with them but some days it can be such hard work.

Today was one of those days.

When Annabelle put a chunk of her hot cross bun in my tea  I stared at the floating sultanas and I immediately knew what sort of day it was going to be.

I wasn't wrong.

Aaron accidentally left the bathroom door open so while I was making a fresh cup of tea Annabelle snuck in and decided to go through the drawers of the vanity. Luckily she wasn't alone for very long, just long enough to pour liquid foundation on a pair of my pants!

Annabelle normally goes to day care 3 days a week but for different reasons she's only been twice in the last 4 weeks so we've all been suffering a bit of cabin fever. Unfortunately our backyard is small and sloping, which is not great for toddlers as they tend to fall over all the time, so I've had to come up with ways to entertain while staying indoors (we were quarantined for a week as we had been exposed to whooping cough).

Over the past couple of weeks we've done lots of drawing, made Easter cards for the grandparents and had fun stamping our hand print on paper - all very messy but fun! Today though Annabelle didn't want to do any of those things and I seemed to spend the whole day picking up after her as she went from one thing to another.

I thought I'd get a coffee break when Annabelle had her lunch time nap but Evelyn woke up for a feed as I was putting Annabelle to bed and then Annabelle woke up as I was putting Evelyn back to bed!

It really was one of those days!

The hours between 5 and 7 are always a bit chaotic as Annabelle has a routine of dinner, bath and bed. I love the time just before bed when she's in her pyjamas ready for her bedtime story and we get lots of kisses and cuddles. It's a lovely time.

With Annabelle in bed I get to spend some time alone with Evelyn before she settles for the night around 10pm and if I'm lucky I can have a shower and some 'me' time.

Not tonight though.

No sooner had I stepped under the lovely hot water when I heard Evelyn crying - she had wind pains again.

It's almost midnight and the house is finally quiet, so now I can read my emails, catch up on blogs and see what's happening on facebook.

One of the blog posts I came across tonight is from a lady named Romina Garcia and her post made me chuckle as her day was worse than mine, mind you she has three young children and is pregnant with her fourth! I don't know how she does it. Her very funny blog is called  Martyr-hood and is definitely worth a read.

I'm off to bed now for tomorrow it starts all over again.

cuddles before bed

Don't be fooled by the cuteness of the picture - 2 seconds after 
this was taken  Annabelle reached down and bit Evelyn on the arm!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Baby Love

When I read that Blog This had a photo challenge - to share a baby or toddler photo -  I couldn't resist sharing this picture of me as a toddler as it's always been my favourite childhood photo.

Despite looking like a brat my mother claims I was a very good child! I'm just hoping Annabelle and Evelyn don't pull faces like this when they're this age!

I'm very excited to say my photo won the Baby Love challenge and I get to choose an outfit for one of the girls from the lovely MeGuy Designs