Monday, October 27, 2014

Life as 5

"One, Two, Three, Four, Five people are in our family.
One, Two, Three, Four, Five people are in our family. 
We are best friends that love each other, that's our family, that's our family!"
Now sing it like Muno from Yo Gabba Gabba! My girls can be found humming or singing this to themselves of late! Quite cute really!

Our little lion cub has certainly made his presence known. 7kg of needy newborn! We've rocked and patted and shushed and muddled our way through the last 9 weeks! Thankfully he agrees to sleeping at night with mostly just one quick feed in the wee hours of the morning. 

Daytime is his trying time... Cuddles in the sling seem to be an all round solution for nap success and mummy still getting things done or playing with the girls. 

But how could you not give in to snuggles with those big blue eyes!?

So washing is taking a little longer to hang out! (And being done at 11pm!)
Dishes are dirty in the sink a few minutes more.
It takes advance planning and baby seating arrangements to water the veggie patch!
Dinner is cooked with little cub in the sling.
Dinner is sometimes yogurt. Or eggs. Or toast. 
Dinner is often cooked by hubby.
Dinner is awesome!
On the plus side - hubby bought me a Dyson Cordless Vacuum. It is amazing! Everyone should have one! It may even beat my dirty little secret that he gifted me last time we had a baby!!

Anyway, some days are rough. Some nights are rough. But we're persevering... and speaking of perseverance.. I stumbled upon these wonderful reminders to myself!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Recipe:: Banana Oat Slice

My mother in law made a yummy slice when we visited this week. She makes so many yummy slices and anything with dates is always a winner with me!

Today I decided to make it myself with a few substitute ingredients to allow hubby to enjoy it too!

It's a super easy, quick one bowl slice that is quite forgiving when it comes to measuring ingredients so it's a great one for little helpers!

I substituted coconut oil for the required butter and almonds with walnuts as it's what we had on hand! Here's my modified version of this yummy recipe for you to enjoy!

2 ripe bananas, chopped
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 Tbs black chia seeds
1Tbs flaxseed
1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped
1Tbs honey
100g coconut oil, melted
1 egg

Mix all ingredients until well combined. 
Let the banana get all smooshy as you do it!

Spread into a lined slice pan and bake at 200'C for 15 minutes. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A new(ish) kitchen

We've recently made a few changes... we sold our first home which was bittersweet. We drove past on the day of settlement which I thought would be a quick look-see... but as we drove away I looked back. The tears welled, the memories all flooded into my mind at once (as they are now) and I was saddened to see it go. We lived with an outside bathroom for just over 3 years. We renovated the bathroom, bedrooms and lounge ourselves. We polished floorboards, painted walls and built a big deck!!

We raised our fur babies there and had one or two (or 6) different cars while living there!

We brought our beautiful Daisy girl home to that house and she lived there, took her first steps and many other little milestones there. So naturally those memories will be cherished. And that house hold a special place in my heart.

But onward and upward... our bush abode has been our home for just over two years now. We've added two more beautiful babes to our brood and we couldn't be happier... well, that was until hubby suggested putting in a new kitchen - I did get a wee bit happier then!
We've compromised on the 'new kitchen' idea as neither of us likes to spend money unnecessarily... and have decided to replace the oven and cook top with whizz bang new appliances. And to paint the cupboards  (which are in good working order and a layout we're happy with) and replace the handles to achieve a new look. We're also thinking we'll replace the 70's orange bench tops... unless I can work that into our new theme!

If you follow me on Pinterest you'd have noticed an influx on my Home Sweet Home board over the last few days! Lots of ideas and inspiration and so many decisions to make.

Here's a little of what I'm loving...
Funky Retro Kitchen. love the color splashes w/ white cabinets, fun chandelier...color appliance?    Retro kitchen is a #retro #kitchen with a fun vibe.i think this is fun but probably wouldn't go for itThese cupboards are simple with no routing like ours. Painted they could work with some seriously expensive hardware.small sliding door in kitchen...Retro Kitchen - Kitchen Decor Ideas - Country Living
Smiths Sectric electric wall clock.I have a roll of the wallpaper which was on the walls in my Gran's kitchen which I would love to use! And I also have my Gran's wall clock which was in her kitchen (see left).

So my inspirations are a plenty! And now it may become a reality! The kitchen was the only part of our previous home we didn't renovate and it's all that we have left to do here as well. I'm getting excited!

We wish to pay cash so will spend the next few weeks saving our $$ specifically for this project and then get started! So watch this space for our progress!

What would your dream kitchen include? Do you have a kitchen inspiration board on Pinterest? I'd love to follow!! Leave me a link!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Homemade Crayons DIY from Broken Crayons

For some reason there has been an attraction for playdates to turn into crayon crushing! Once after mother's group and once after we had friends here I've caught Miss Daisy and Co. with a pile of crayon rubble after a game of snap the crayon!
I kept storing them away to one day make ourselves some new crayons with... and sure enough one day finally came after I found a silicone tray that was the perfect size for some easy to hold crayons for little hands!

How to make Homemade Crayons::

You will need:

- assorted broken or used crayons (paper removed and broken into smaller pieces)
- a silicone baking mould/mini muffin tray
- oven preheated to 180'C

How to:

1. The long and tedious job of peeling the paper from the crayons. We found the cheaper crayons in our collection had more glue on the paper. So I scored down the side of the paper with a sharp knife and Miss Daisy could then easily pick the wrapper off.
2. Now we broke the crayons into smaller pieces. We decided to group like colours so that we had some crayons in each colour. However, you could make rainbow crayons too!
3. Fill your muffin holes to the top...even a little over is fine. (See pic above) Now place the flexible silicone mould into a baking tray for stability.
4. Place in preheated oven for around 5 minutes or until melted. (Keep your eye on them!)
5. Pull out of oven and allow to cool and harden!
6. Enjoy your new crayons!