Friday, September 30, 2011

Things I'm Loving

Today I am so loving that B gets home tonight after a week away. We have all missed him and Caden has told me that he isn't allowed to go away again...

I am also loving that I actually got to some time to sew this week.

It did mean Caden and Mahli 'helped' me, but that is starting to work out okay as I love that they are interested it creating. Caden love s it when I increase the stitch length as far as it can go and increase the tension, put the machine on 'turtle' and give him some scraps to play with!

I am also loving this

It came in the mail yesterday and Caden and Mahli have been picking out which ones we are going to make first!

And you know what else I am absolutely loving this week. I had a sale in my Made It store. I had completely forgotten that I set it up to sell my market stock as I haven't had time to do markets for months. And I sold two of these on Monday.

I may or may not have done a happy dance as B as been asking to me clear out my stock for ages. So yesterday I actually started updating the store in the hope I can clear it all out soon.

Do you love Adele? I do and have been listening to her all week. This song gives me goosebumps.

What are you loving this week? I am playing along with Paisley Jade today (as like most Fridays!) Pop on over and check out her fab blog. Be sure to check out the awesome crochet blanket she is putting together for her sons birthday. I am loving that too!


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

{Winner} Handy Manny Movie Night DVD

 I have drawn the winner to the Handy Manny Movie Night DVD and it is....

Congrats Caz! I will be in touch very soon!

Also don't forget the the AWESOME (if I do say so myself) Koolaman Designs giveaway ends tomorrow at Midnight.

If you haven't already entered DO IT TODAY! If you have entered, don't forget that you still have a chance for more entries. You can tweet and facebook share once each day for additional entries!

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My Creative Space

So after getting jack of not actually making anything for AGES I put Ethan to bed last night and dragged the two eldest down to my sewing area and gave myself 30 minutes to make something, anything! I settled on two pillowcases for some narrow cushions on my bed. And 30 minutes later I ended up with these:

I would show them to you on the bed properly, but there is still one child asleep in it!

I felt so much better for completing something and not neglecting Jan the Janome (original name huh?!)

So I thought I would list all my uncompleted projects (that I can remember) in the hope that it spurs me on to finish them!
  • Dream On quilt
  • Give a hoot quilt top
  • Twisty snood- knitting
  • Tea Cosy- Knitting
  • Hoot in the Forest Quilt top
  • Cadens Bit of Whimsy John Doll
Projects I need to start and finish in the next week are:

  • Dress for Mahli
  • Pair of Shorts with matching top for both Caden and Ethan
I am also taking part in Diary of a Flutter.Kat's Scrappy Swap so have to commit some time to that soon too!

So for the first time in about a month I am linking up to Our Creative Spaces. Hopefully all the craftiness spurs me on some more!

Have you made anything lately?

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Budgeting= The Bane of My Existence.

In our household, it is my responsibility to handle all our incomings and outgoings. It is something I hate having the full responsibility for, but as much as I try to include B he just doesn't get it. So at the moment he just asks how much he has to spend per week and my response is usually nothing...

Well not always, but with me currently being a stay at home mum that is kinda how it is working...

Some things we I do to keep the budget in check are:

  • Menu Plan and create a shopping list from things (and stick to it)
  • We use cloth nappies
  • I was making my own laundry powder for a while, but this year I was lucky enough to win a years supply of Radiant through Digital Parents
  • Use Vinegar and Bi-carb to clean with
  • Bake snacks instead of buying them
  • Make a lot of things from scratch eg.bread and yoghurt
When planning our meals I like to see how far I can stretch say a Roast Chicken. So for example our Meal Plan could look like this:

  • Sunday- Roast Chicken and Vege
  • Monday- Chicken and Corn Casserole using leftover chicken

Then on Monday I would also use the chicken carcass to make a stock and either freeze it if we are over chicken by that stage or make chicken and vegetable soup on Tuesday.

We are also a fan of lentils in this house. I love them because everyone is getting their protein and they are cheap, cheap, cheap. And well B loves them because they make him, well fart... all together now EWWWW! Yes, he is childish like that!

At the moment our goals are to pay off our credit card (yes we have one of those evil things!), and to pay as much of our mortgage in the next 5 years that we can. It is our goal to purchase another property at that stage and keep this one as an investment.

To do this I have to create a wizz bang super dupper budget AND stick to it as I don't plan on working much in the next 5 years. Ethan will only be in grade 1 by then and I would still like to be more at home with them than at work. So that there in itself is my motivation for sticking to the new budget that is currently being drafted.

What things do you that save you money? Do you budget or do you just wing it? Do you have any tips to share?

I am wanting to follow up on this topic in the next few weeks, so if you have any tips you would like to share I would love to include them in the follow up post.

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{Winners} Country Style Magazine

I have drawn the 3 winners of the Spring Edition of Country Style and they are:

Congrats to Leimay, Jessie and Di from Max The Unicorn!

I will be in contact with Leila and Di soon as both have provided their email addresses, but Jessie can you email me to claim your prize by the end of the week or I will need to redraw.

Thank you to everyone who entered and don't forget to enter my other giveaways that are still running.
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Wordless Wednesday

He was really excited about his jocks...

I am linking up with My Little Drummer Boys  and Faith Hope & a whole lotta love today. Pop on over and say hi!
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

{Guest Post} Lessons in Cooperation Help Children Learn to Share

Submitted on behalf of Primrose Schools: day care services and early childhood education by Emily Patterson (@epatt1062)

Learning to cooperate with others is an essential life skill that we typically learn at an early age, and certainly, your children should not be an exception. Because infants are not inherently born with the knowledge of how to successfully cooperate, they will learn through their interactions and experiences with parents, caregivers, and other instrumental people in their life. Beginning to teach your child how to cooperate around age three is ideal.

Sharing and taking turns is one of the first methods of cooperation that most children are exposed to, and over time it becomes a natural function to them. This skill will allow them to form stronger and more enduring connections with their peers. Sharing toys while in group play is a great source of natural instruction, and will help establish a solid foundation for children to build upon concerning building strong cooperation abilities. Additionally, there are hosts of other methods that parents and caregivers can utilise to help children strengthen a child’s character that establishes cooperation, generosity, and compassion as an instinctual response to others.

Family Projects: Including children in family functions are essential to making them feel like they are a part of the big picture. Letting them participate in creating a garden, planning a family trip, or making decisions concerning an outing is a great way to include them in the daily aspects of family life. This helps them learn how working together can achieve common goals more quickly and efficiently, while reaping substantial rewards.

Cooperation Soup: Getting children involved in culinary projects is a unique way to bond with a child while teaching them essential cooperation skills. Find an age appropriate task that they can easily accomplish, and praise them for their contribution to a family meal.

Be a model of cooperative behaviour: As the primary instructor for your child, understand that they will have tendencies to mimic your behaviour. If you are modelling appropriate cooperation skills, then they will be likely to follow. Seeing you in action allows them to see how important it is that they follow suit. Consider a reward-based lesson that exhibits how working together on a task allows free time for more fun and exciting pursuits like a trip to the park.

Make Music: Listen to a piece of music with your child, and then discuss with them how each individual instrument creates an important part of the overall music they hear. Introduce your child to a simple instrument of their own, and then ask the family to record some music as a group. When children hear the completed sound, they can have an even greater understanding of the amazing things that result from cooperation.

Book Club: Reading books to your child about characters that work together to achieve a common goal is a great way to start an open discussion about the benefits and necessity of cooperation. Ask our child how they would react if put in the same situation as the characters in the story. Stone Soup and the Little Red Hen are great examples of this concept, and they are excellent stories to boot.

Editor: I just wanted to thank Emily for sharing these tips with us. It is a timely read for me at the moment as I am having some trouble with Mahli not sharing and snatching things from her brothers!

Do you have any tips for teaching your children to share? What has worked for you?
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3 and a half days down...

I'd rather be here!

and 3 and a half days to go!

B had to go away for work last Friday. He doesn't get back till Friday night this week and let me tell you I want him home now!

Things were going great guns until this morning. The house has been cleaner (thus confirming my suspicions that he does create a lot of mess, even though he denies it!), we have had no fights between Caden and him over what they are going to watch on TV, I have even had way more room in the bed when the kids inevitably climb in to join me. But I have been grossly outnumbered, 3 to 1. Ethan has been waking more at night and I can't just ask B to help with this, so I am TIRED!

But back to this morning. I was woken by the garbage truck. Then came to the quick realisation that I forgot to put the bins out! So out Caden and I dashed to put both bins out and then I discovered it was the recycling truck which usually comes in the afternoon, so I have everything crossed that it has switched routes with the normal rubbish and it comes this afternoon or I am stuffed, that bin is FULL and STINKY! Oh and I should also mention that I was wearing my bright pink Elmo pjs and really bad bed hair! I apologies to my neighbours for that sight!

Fast forward about half and hr and I was putting on a load of washing when I heard something smash in the kitchen. Caden had left a cupboard open and Ethan helped him self to some bowls... lets just say the bowls didn't make it.

Then we have the fact that when I went to hang out the washing there is a family of magpies hanging out on my clothes line... That load is now drying on my airer inside! I really don't feel like getting swooped today.

Caden and Mahli have also been annoying each other so so much today and if I hear one of them scream followed by the other one saying it was an accident again, I think I will be the one screaming!

And just to top it off I just got Ethan up from his nap where he has taken of his nappy and peed right through the cot! So another load of washing to be done today and no clothes line to hang it on unless the peksy magpies fly away.

So as I said 3 and a half days until I can get a break, that is unless I go crazy before hand. Please let the day get better. The last three days have been really good! Can't it just be like that again??? Please.

I bow down to all single parents and those of you that hubby's work away! B does shift work (a day/night roster) and that is bad enough for me.
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Music Monday- Pete Murray

I love Pete Murray. I could listen to him for days and not get sick of him. I do seem to prefer his 'older' stuff compared to what he has just released, but I still do love his new stuff too.

What music have you been listening to lately??

You can find a few of my favourites here.
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ooh! that's

I thought I would play along with Tina and share some of my pins from Pinterest this week. If you haven't heard of Pinterest you MUST go check it out!

This week pretty much all my pins have been birthday party related. Caden's birthday party is in two weeks since his birthday fell on the school holidays, so I have two weeks to create a non tacky Cars 2 themed party!

How cool are these?!

Have you seen anything like these drink dispensers in Oz? They are from Bed Bath and Beyond and they don't ship here :-(

He won't be getting a cake like this! But how cool is it??

Do you think his party will be non tacky enough if I use these pins as inspiration?

What have you been pinning this week? Pop on over to Tina's to check out what everyone has been lusting after this week!
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Little Dude!

Caden turned 5 today! I really cannot believe it. It feels like only yesterday that we welcomed him into this world. Really where has the time gone??? He is off to school next year!

He woke up this morning and told me he was a big boy now that he is 5. And he has really grown in leaps and bounds this year. We are so proud that we are his parents.

He has gone from this-
Excuse his misshaped head.That is the result of a failed vacuum extraction. In the end he was born via c-section...
To this-
  In five VERY short years!

We love you to the moon and back Caden. Happy Birthday you Little Dude! xxxx
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

My Not So Creative Space

Usually on a Thursday I would be linking up with everyone over at Our Creative Spaces, I haven't done so since before we went on holidays, probably about a month has gone by without me linking up and I am really not liking that fact at all. I haven't really done any creating or crafting since we left for holidays, sure I did some knitting in the the car, but that's it. This makes me sad. I have a HUGE pile of WIPs and a huge list of things I want to make and just no time to do it.

Yeah I have time to write this blog post right now. But I am doing it whilst sitting at the dinning table while the kids eat lunch, I can hardly sew while they eat lunch, a food fight would probably ensue if I left them unattended with food.

So all you crafty folk out there how the bloody hell do you find the time? Especially those of you with young kids! I am thinking sacrificing sleep will probably be the universal answer to that question!

And you know what makes me even more sad, B is flying out tomorrow for a week of training in Brissie, so this means even less time for me!

Sorry for the pity party. I promise it will be over soon. We are all turning into birthday mode as it is Cadens 5th Birthday tomorrow! Man that has gone fast!

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Wine, Books & Spring- Three of my favourite things {giveaway closed}

Have I ever told you that Spring is my all time favourite season, not only do the flowers start blooming, the weather warms up (some say a little to quickly in my part of the world!) but it is also the season that I celebrate my birthday! Oh Spring, how I love thee. And this gives me even more reason to love this months issue of Country Style it is a whole issue dedicated to my fav season!

As always there are some great articles this month and plenty of house and garden porn to drool over and dream about. But I want to focus on just two of the articles right now.

First of it is Melissa and David from Moombaki wines grabbed my attention. I do like to indulge in a nice wine, but I am totally clueless how to select the right one. I usually stick to a sweet sparkling wine and really admire anyone that has the skills to not only select the right wine, but to actually craft one. These two people certainly know their stuff! David and Melissa started their vineyard from scratch by regenerating their 42-hectare property that was overrun with weeds. 17 years down the track, Moombaki is teaming with life and their vineyard has won a string of awards. I am completely blown away by that. They did all this whilst raising their sons!
"We've won our share of medals but we don't really chase that," David says. "I wake up every day and feel blessed to live in this part of the world. Our kids are growing up in a great environment. I don't think I would trade it for anything."
Then just turn the page and you are greeted by the smiling face of Sarah Taylor. At first glance you would think she is sitting in her living room, but no it is her small little book shop in Port Elliot, SA. The photo alone makes me want to visit Port Elliot even if it has nothing else to offer me. If you are a long time reader of this blog you would know that I love books, and if you know my geographical location you would also know that my closest bookstore is over 120kms away! It is also a large retail chain so the feel would be completely different feel to South Seas Books and Trading. Oh how I would love to walk into a book store like that.

Other stories that might interest you are:
  • ON THE RIVER – Returning to Tasmania, a chef finds space for her children to grow by the Tamar river (this is a fantastic story for decorating on a budget, and running a small business while having children also);
  • GROWING FRIENDSHIP – Kyneton, Central Victoria: When two women move to a Victorian country town they discover a mutual love of flowers; and
  • SIMPLE GUIDELINES FOR MATCHING MEAT TO WINE: Country Style magazine’s Rob Ingram takes a fresh look at matching meat to wine (perfect for those spring/summer BBQ's!!).
To stay up to date with all this Country Style why not check out their Facebook page. Or check out the website for some stunning eye candy of the house and living description.

 And thanks to the lovely folks at Morey Media I have copies of the Spring Edition of Country Style to giveaway to three lucky readers.

Simply comment on this post telling me:
What is your favourite season and why?
For additional entries you can share this giveaway on twitter and facebook. Please use the handle @MahliMoo to tag me so I can keep track. Thank you!

Entries will close 27th September 2011 and will be drawn via on the 28th of September 2011.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the Spring Issue of Country Style Magazine. No financial payment was offered nor accepted for this post. All opinions expressed are purely my own.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

CLOSED {Review & Giveaway} Disney Juniors Handy Manny- Movie Night

I have told you before that my kids LOVE Disney Junior and another saviour to our recent road tripping sanity was the addition of Disney Juniors Handy Manny- Movie Night to our DVD Collection.
It was on high rotation on our recent holidays where we racked up just under 5,000kms... that is A LOT of driving let me tell you.

Caden has recently told me that we are missing a few of the tools. You see we only have Rusty, Felipe, Turner and Squeeze. He has asked that Dusty, Rusty and Stretch come live with us too... But you know what is really sad about all this. I know exactly which tools he is talking about! Me thinks, we have been watching to much Handy Manny!

Have you met Manny yet? Well he is all about saving the day for the people of Sheetrock Hills and this DVD is no different-

Popcorn? Check! Movie? Check! Broken Projector? Uh-oh! When the whole town of Sheetrock Hills gathers for a fun-filled movie night, they don’t expect their only projector to break down in the middle of the film. It’s our favourite handyman Manny Garcia to the rescue but when Manny reveals that the problem will take some time to solve, it’s up to his mismatched talking tools to keep the crowd entertained while he gets to work.
Proving that sometimes the warm-up act is even better than the main attraction and that everyone has a special talent that makes them a star, the latest Handy Manny instalment will make you laugh and warm your heart.

A bonus episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is also included on the DVD.

Anyhow, thanks to the lovely folks at Porter Novelli and Disney Junior, I have one copy of Handy Manny- Movie night to give away.

  • To enter simply comment on this post.
  • For additional entries you can share this giveaway on Twitter, 
  • Facebook
  • Or even blog about it. 
 Just be sure to pop back here and leave another comment for each. Please tag both the twitter and facebook shares with @MahliMoo. Ta muchly!

Entries close 28th of September 2011 and the winner will be drawn on 29th of September 2011 at random using

And sorry entry is only open to those with Australian Postal Addresses.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary DVD review copy courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Porter Novelli. No financial payment was offered nor accepted for this post. All opinions expressed are purely my own.
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Wordless Wednesday- Bubbles and Bathtime

I am linking up with My Little Drummer Boys  and Faith Hope & a whole lotta love today. Pop on over and say hi!
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Back in the Olden Days...

On the weekend we ventured north to Mackay to celebrate the 21st birthday of one of B's cousins. It was great to catch up with B's extended family, but there was one thing, or rather person that was majorly pissing me off. That person was B's Grandmother... don't get me wrong, I do love her, but one this occasion I couldn't seem to do anything right. Apparently B doesn't get enough rest and relaxation and I as his wife and mother to his children need to be doing everything imaginable to make his life as easy and comfortable as possible. And me being me, I did bite. I asked her when exactly was I supposed to get any rest and relaxation. She let me know that my time would come when the kids left home, until them I lived for them and only them. No time is to be had for myself for at least the next 18 years...

This went down like a lead balloon with me and I told her is was now 2011 and that just isn't how we live anymore.

As a side note when we were having this 'conversation' B was sitting on the couch with a beer in hand watching V8's. I was holding one child and the other two were being tickled by there great grandfather... Prime example of his regular rest and relaxation if you ask me!

She of course went on to tell me how hard she had it when she was at home with her 5 children and her husband worked away. She then went on to question why I wasn't back at work yet... I don't know when I am supposed to have time to work seeing as B isn't allowed to parent his children according to her.

B is heavily involved with our day-to-day life, as he should be. I am not a 1950's housewife, we are not a 1950's family. He is welcomed home by 3 very excited kids, they are always seen AND heard. He does the majority of the bathing of children in this house AND he hung out two loads of washing today! OMG Slap me now for allowing and expecting my husband to assist in the running of the household.

B's grandmother reflects on this in stark contrast to my grandmothers (I am lucky enough to still have both my grandmothers with me) they praise his input and hands on parenting. My Nanna who we just stayed with recently in Canberra couldn't believe just how much he does do with the kids and praised him for it and told me how lucky I was. Not once did she criticise me or him for the way we share our parenting duties. She did continually compare him to my grandfather and how Pop would of never did anything like what B does. He never changed a nappy, never bathed a child, well you get the picture. She did tell me how lucky I was, but never once told me that we should change anything.

Do you get the back in the olden days type stories for your 'elders'? Are they positive stories or do you get crucified like I was over the weekend?
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Monday, September 19, 2011

{Guest Post} Hazel from Assiting U Virtually

Tonight I have Hazel from Assiting U Virtually, guest posting for me. She asked if she could share some tips for small business to take control of their businesses and be on the right track to success. I know many of you do have small business so thought I would share Hazel's tips with you.
Keeping your Business Focus
Assisting U Virtually ‘Outsourcing’
Preparing your business

Whenever you commence a business it takes a lot of know-how to make it successful. You
may have a great idea but how do you back-up that great idea with the resources needed to
make it a success?

The kind of resources needed for any small business include:

- administrative & secretarial support
- bookkeeping & accounting support
- a marketing/business coach
- graphic designer
- legal support

The above resources can be obtained by small business without the need to employ
personnel on a full time permanent basis.

How does this assist your business?

Hiring full time staff can be very expensive for a new business owner, as can taking the time to
teach them "your ways".

Use specialist individuals who can assist you with those cumbersome duties so that you can
move forward and make your business a success.

You should always remain the forefront of your new business venture and have other qualified
individuals focus on ensuring the success of that business.

Costs are an important factor when starting or continuing a business and these costs can be
cut when hiring individual businesses to assist you.

Outsource the administrative, bookkeeping, graphics and more instead of doing it yourself or
hiring someone permanently to do it.

Once your business is up and running, you can then feel more comfortable in hiring someone
to assist you.

© Hazel Theocharous
Assisting U Virtually
Our 3A Admin Principles
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How To Get A Clean House.

Invite your grandparents over for afternoon tea... Then spend the following three hours before they arrive furiously cleaning. Alternatively you can replace grandparents with friends or other relatives.

This was the trick I used to ensure I actually stuck to the task at hand last week. And let me tell you it works.

Do you have any tips to keep your up your motivation when having to do boring jobs, like cleaning, folding clothes, ironing etc? Or are you goddess like in the house cleaning department and breeze through all tasks with ease??

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Did you know...

... that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month? You didn't? Well you do now!

Recently I was contacted by the lovely folks at Children's Cancer Institute of Australia (CCIA) to see if I could help get the word out about them, their cause and what we can all do to help. I jumped at the chance to help any way I can. This post is just one of the ways that I can help right now.

First of CCIA are the only independent medical research institute in Australia dedicated to research into the causes, prevention, better treatments and ultimately a cure for childhood cancer. Their vision is to save the lives of all children with cancer and eliminate their suffering.

Prior to the 1960s, childhood cancer was practically a death sentence. Today, as a result of enormous advances in medical research, the survival rate has risen to well over 70% (on average). However, three out of every ten children with cancer do not survive. These are the children that CCIA is dedicated to saving.

You can read more about them on their website: and on their facebook page:!/ChildrensCancerInstituteAustralia

Also this month is their Spring Appeal and unfortunately they are behind on their target of $100,000. 

For more information on the Spring Appeal and to donate click here.
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Random Road Tripping Thoughts...

Road signs near Mackay
Do you think of random things on the LONG drive home from holidays? I do! We have just arrived home from an overnight trip to Mackay and today whilst driving home some strange thoughts popped up in my head and I thought I would share them with you:
  • What kind of road kill do they have in the UK, or anywhere other than Australia really?! - I thought this after seeing the 1 millionth dead kangaroo... we also seen 1 pig, 1 eagle and a few things two small to be able to figure out what they originally were. Whilst down south we seen a lot of wombats and a few sheep. Roadkill makes me sad :-(
  • Next time we are flying!
  • Man that's a huge bull- It was massive and scary looking!
  • Why do Brahmans have humps? 
  • I also spent hours dreaming about moving off my small suburban block and onto acreage. B just did his usual and rolled his eyes at me.
See nothing overly thought inspiring. We are all over travelling now for at least the next 12 months. The kids really didn't want to get into the car yesterday and were rather painful on the trip home today.

And anther nagging road sign...
On a side note I also have a late grateful for this week. I am grateful that they have finally started widening the Bruce Highway north of us! If they hadn't off we probably would have witnessed or been involved in a very bad accident. A big ass truck just in front of us decided to overtake a small ass truck just as a 4WD was coming in the other direction. Thankfully the shoulders were wide enough on both side to accommodate all the vehicles or it could of been nasty!
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Grateful And Loving

We are all still recovering from our AWESOME (if I do say so myself) family holiday and are about to head off on a quick overnight trip up north for a 21st Birthday but I wanted to share a few things that I am grateful for this week and some things I am totally loving!

How about these!

My new fuchsia Keds and my bone coloured Therapy Heels.

And I was certainly loving this hot chocolate when we were at Perisher last week!

I am grateful that I got to spend almost a whole week with my Nanna and that my kids got to spend time with their Great Nanna M.

I am grateful for the fresh snow that feel the night before we visited the snow. 

I am grateful for the confidence that Caden found to goof about on a toboggan for 5 hrs straight. It was like he was a different kid! His fears all disappeared and he had a ball! Every time he came downhill on the thing he would be yahooing, shouting out how awesome it was, or how cool. It made me smile from ear to ear.

I am grateful that Mahli had a ball building a snow man with her Dad and brother. 

She thought it was the best thing since sliced bread!

I am grateful that they will remember that holiday for a long long time!

What are you loving today? What are you grateful for?

I am playing along with Maxabella Loves (who is actually taking a wee holiday so the linky is over at Mira Narnie , did I confuse you?? )and Paisley Jade

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

R U OK? I'm not...

 Today is national R U OK? day. What is R U OK day?, well the website says this:

Thursday 15 September, 2011 is R U OK?Day. It’s a national day of action which aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones.
On that day we want everyone across the country, from all backgrounds and walks of life, to ask family, friends and colleagues: "Are you OK?".
Staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing. Feeling isolated or hopeless can contribute to depression and other mental illnesses, which can ultimately result in suicide. Regular, meaningful conversations can protect those we know and love.
It's so simple. In the time it takes to have a coffee, you can start a conversation that could change a life.

Whilst I like the ideas behind R U Ok? day and I like the fact that it's exposure has got everyone talking about mental health and suicide, I am not really sure if I like it...  I wasn't going to post anything about it at all to tell you the truth. I wasn't sure (and I'm still not sure) how I feel about it or if what I say will be misconstrued. But I can honestly tell you that there are only two people in this whole world that I would tell the absolute truth to if I was asked this question, well maybe not two, but B would get the whole truth and one other would get most of the truth. But I hardly see her face to face, so it would be a rare occurrence.

Really in how many instances have you felt like absolute shite and someone has asked how you are and you flippantly replied, good thanks and you?

What do you think of R U OK day? Have you asked anyone if they R OK today? What did they say?

I guess I will leave it at that. I spilt coffee on my keyboard this morning and my keys are sticking so it is a real pain to type any more than this...
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Online Shopping, Oh How I Love Thee!

We have just arrived back from our holidays and spent part of the time in many places that we would call "the big smoke" I indulged in a little bit of retail therapy and you know, as much as I like shopping in an actual retail store, I was still left thinking how much easier it is to just shop online in the comfort of my home.

I was in Jeanswest in Canberra last week where I was spending up big as I was lucky enough to win a $500 gift voucher as a part of a Jeans for Genes day promo over at Digital Parents. There were two retail assistants in store and not once was I approached whilst browsing. The only time I was spoken to was when I approached the counter to leave some stuff there whilst I continued to look. This assistant was friendly and pleasant but another walked up and said to me wow that's a lot of stuff, and your still going?! It was said in an abrupt tone, it made me feel embarrassed and I quickly finished up and left. I did mention to her that I had a voucher for my purchases and she just nodded at me, no smile no nothing, but I still felt like I had to explain myself to her why? who knows, but it really reminded me why I liked online shopping. I can browse freely, there is help if I need it via email in most cases and I don't have to wrestle with the kids whilst doing it.

Places like Birdsnest have really embraced the online shopping world and I buy from them regularly, in fact I purchased from them yesterday and just received an email saying my items where posted yesterday and I should have them tomorrow (damn you 2 day express network!)

I also shop at Just Jeans, Sportsgirl, Country Road even Jeanswest online.

Do you shop online? What do you rather, online or in-store? Have you shopped at Birdsnest? If not you have to check it out! I was majorly peeved at Hubby last week when we were driving through Cooma and he wouldn't stop. It is one store that I would think would be even better in-store. They go out of there way to make online shopping a really pleasant experience, so I can only imagine how great they would be if you where in-store!
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{Winner} Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Super Silly Adventures and A Reminder

Thanks to everyone who entered the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD giveaway. I have drawn the winner via and it is....

Congrats Oh Gorgeous Baby! I will be emailling you shortly.

Also a reminder to anyone that enters any of my giveaways, please make sure I have a way to contact you. I have been receiving some Anonymous comments on my Koolaman Designs giveaway and I have no way of contacting you if you win. Also many of you have no email address attached to you blogger profile, so that makes it hard also.
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday- Holiday in Photos

Mahli thought it was real...
Have you been to Dubbo Zoo? If not you have to go! It is amazing!!!

I have loads to share with you about our holiday! I just need to the time to write about it!

I am linking up with Trish from My Little Drummer Boys. Pop on over and say Hi.
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