December 22, 2014

My Top 10 Summer Reading List for 2015

These are at the top of my Summer reading list – some are new while some have been on my list to read for a while - these are in not in any order and separate to the bookclub reading lists 

Sand by Hugh Howey

Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney

The Stars never rise by Rachel Vincent

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

After the End by Amy Plum 

Two Sisters by Mary Hogan

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

An Abundance of Katherine's by John Green

My Summer list has some classic novels from a few years ago to recently published books

What books are on your summer reading list? 

December 21, 2014

Nutella Brownie Bites

3 ingredient Nutella Brownie Bites


2/3 Cup Plain Flour
2 Eggs
3 heaped Tablespoons Nutella


1. Preheat Oven at 180 degrees
2. Mix all ingredients into a bowl until combined
3. Pour into a lined tin and bake for 15-17 minutes
4. Remove from the Romans place on a cooling rack
5. Cut into bite size pieces to enjoy

Makes 12 bite size brownies

December 20, 2014

5 simple tips to help out in the kitchen on Christmas Day

Christmas Lunch is just days away and the plans and preparation are key for the day to go smoothly.

Today I am sharing 5 simple tips to help out in the kitchen on Christmas Day

1. Lists and Timelines 

Create an extensive shopping list which outlines each meal and what is required.

Create a timeline which shows when certain dishes can be created ahead of time without spoiling

2. Clean out the fridge

Cleaning out the fridge is a must do, even if you a regular fridge cleaner it is essential to clean your fridge ready for the influx of Christmas Food and of course leftovers

3. Prepare as early as possible

There are so many shortcuts you can take to have fresh meals on Christmas Day with all the preparation done. Prepare baked veggies the night before ready to placed in the oven. 

4. Outsource

One person can not be solely responsible for a big layout. Outsource a couple of things to family members perhaps some seafood or salads to help you out on the day

5. Think Smart

Think smart about what you have to use. Use disposable baking trays for cooking so there is less washing up and clean up as you go throughout the day.

Christmas is a time to celebrate not be stuck in the kitchen. If you follow me on Instagram you can see my Christmas preparation as of today in the kitchen.

December 18, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide - Gifts for Kids

We have now done Gifts for Her and Gifts for Him and now we are onto the great gifts out there for kids

Country Road Floral Board Shorts

Summer Essentials for Kids is swimming and the beach so a gorgeous pair of board shorts is a nice present under the tree

Country Road Scallop Print Bathers

Summer Essentials for Kids is swimming and the beach so a gorgeous pair of board shorts is a nice present under the tree

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Long Haul

Such a popular series of book and will be popular reading material this summer

Elsa Musical Doll

With Frozen being one of the most popular movie of the year everyone will be anticipating frozen merchandise and what better than a musical doll

Hungry Caterpillar Cloth Book

Classic Book, Classic Present. Everyone loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Star Wars Light Saber

Star Wars is popular every year, why not be the popular gift giver with the Ultimate Fx Light Saber

Rainbow Xylophone

A gorgeous gift for a first christmas or beyond. Colourful and Playful it is a perfect and enjoyable musical instrument for early christmas morning 

Hide and Hug Olaf

A frozen fan in your family - why not take Olaf wherever you go

Little Miss Hug and Penny the Dog Book

This book is adorable and with all money going to the RSPCA it is a double gift. The traditional Mr Men and Little Books team up with the adorable logo of Peter Alexander, Penny the Dog

What is under your tree this Christmas?

*All prices are AUD and correct at time of posting

December 17, 2014

Budget ways to make over your kid's bedroom

This post is brought to you by MiniJumbuk

Budget ways to make over your kid's bedroom If you’re looking to recreate you child’s room into a haven that matches a new phase of their life, it doesn’t have to be a bank-breaking endeavour. Makeovers are about employing a little creativity for maximum effect, and here are five budget ways to get a transformation underway.

Spend where necessary

The best way to ensure you save in the long run is to invest in some good quality items from the outset such as a good mattresses, wool quilts, supportive pillows and a good all-round bed that will last your child into their teens. For a little inspiration, check out sites such as MiniJumbuk online. Then, once you’ve got the essentials down, you can make over a room at any point, spending only a little for a stunning effect.

Wallpaper and wall stickers

A room can be transformed from bland to mindblowing with only the assistance of wallpaper or wall art. Consider finding what inspires your child and wallpapering or decorating a wall to this theme. It might be a cityscape backdrop, clouds, planes or flowers. You can then work this into a theme for the room using other affordable items. The best thing about this option is that it’s easily alterable when your child finishes that phase of their life.
You could also consider creating your own wall stickers out of coloured foam matting and craft glue that’s readily available at any discount store. This is a great and fun project to undertake with your kids.

Soft furnishings

Fresh soft furnishings such as doona covers are a sure-fire way to reinvigorate any room. From cushions and throws to curtains and rugs, they can add colour, can work to your theme, or make the room more like a refuge. The best thing is they are often really affordable and available at your local discount and variety stores.

Recycled items

If you’re thinking budget then be sure to check out your local charity shop. There’s often a treasure-trove of decorator items and even funky furniture that could be put to great use in a kid’s bedroom. You may find the perfect wooden chair for the bedroom corner that you can re-style in an amazing bright colour to match the new rug and cushions. You may find old records that could be used as wall art for your teen’s room. Charity shops present great options, it just takes your imagination to do the work.

Themed decorations

Just a couple of small introductions can make a room feel entirely different. If your child loves planes, pick up an airplane mobile and then refer to the theme again with a plane-inspired bedside lamp, your cloud wallpaper and a plane themed doona cover. The same principle goes for fairies, nautical themes or whatever inspires your child at whatever age.
Giving your child’s room a makeover is a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience, and best of all it’s one that need not cost the earth.
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