Giveaway {closed} | Home Heroes Cleaning Packs

Thanks for all of your entries!  It sounds like there are a LOT of troublesome ovens out there.  Congrats to Andrea (comment #6) and Suzi Chisholm (comment #29) whose comment numbers were picked at random.  Have a great Christmas everyone!


Over a six-week period 1,161 Kiwi families clocked up an astounding 16,810 hours of cleaning, as part of the first ever Home Heroes online challenge.

To celebrate the success of the first ever year of Home Heroes, The Best Nest has two Home Heroes Cleaning Packs to giveaway to two lucky readers!

Valued at $200, this wonderful pack comes just in time to help you make sure your home is kept sparkling over the holiday period. Each includes products from top cleaning brands Dettol, Finish, Vanish and Bam as well as a cute kid’s superhero cape and mask.

To find out more about how you can get your family involved in the Home Heroes challenge visit

To enter just make sure you ‘like’ The Best Nest on Facebook and leave a comment below telling us which household chore you would love to get out of the way before Christmas! Good luck, two winners will be drawn at random on the 9th December. Giveaway open to NZ residents only.

Things I’m Loving

Contrary to some who are freaking out over how close Christmas is.  I cannot wait.  To not have to work, for a week at least is going to be amazing.  This week has been a good one, we celebrated Ethan’s eighth birthday and Thanksgiving, plus I made it to Friday afternoon and all I can think about is Burger Fuel!


This week I loved Wattie’s Spaghetti on Vogel’s toast,


I also loved Pheonix Sparkling Feijoa drink.  It’s that pesky ‘O’ word in there that makes this so expensive isn’t it?  Aren’t all feijoas organic or near to it?  I mean surely every feijoa in the world is gown on someones backyard tree, I can’t say I’ve ever come across a feijoa orchard, have you?


We had an amazing Thanksgiving dinner cooked by my sister-in-law with some help from her Assistant Dave.  They rustled up a to die for turkey, ham, stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and gravy, plus pumpkin pie, apple pie and Jo’s trademark fruity dessert cups.  Seriously good eating!

Happy Birthday Ethan

We had so much fun this year making sure E had ‘the BEST birthday ever’.  He adored his long-awaited MGP scooter and all the other bits and bobs he received.  I am actually waiting for he and Dave to get home from a fishing charter given to him by his Nana!  Lucky boys.


Loving what has to be Dave’s Best Ever leftover meal.  He made a bunch of chilli on sunday night, it went so far with the addition of beans and combined with rice that we had tonnes left over.  He stuffed cannelloni tubes with the mix, whipped up a tomato based sauce, grated some cheese on top, baked and served with a dollop of sour cream.  Amaze.

Acquisitions | Smiggle Advent Calendar

Ethan’s birthday is on Wednesday and he has been as notoriously hard to buy for this year as he is every year. Luckily his birthday is close enough to Christmas to be able to slide in this wicked advent calendar under the guise of a birthday prezzie.
E is a huge Smiggle fan so I just know he is going to love opening up 25 days worth of cute stationary treats.
RRP $30 from Smiggle stores.


Things I’m Loving

We have just returned back from a wee work trip (for me) up north to Paihia and I am feeling slightly better than I have been lately, at least well enough to focus on throwing a post together!

Summer Vege Garden

I am loving our summer vege garden, the last two weeks have seen everything go mad!  So much so that when I checked our courgettes today we have a triple-banger, somehow three courgettes have merged into one very strange looking oblong!  We have planted capsicum, guava, grapes, passionfruit, blueberries, blackberries, courgettes, tomatoes, spinach and lettuce.

Watching Obama Win!

 So stoked that my little American and I got to watch President Obama win his second election, the thought of an ignorant religious zealot getting voted in makes me feel stabby and quite sick to my stomach ::::shudder::::.

New Truck

Totally loving our new truck, which remained new for all of five days, when after that I reversed it into a parking guard rail. ?*#!!!!!!!!.  It’s very big, in my defence.


These two are just peas in a pod at the moment.  It hasn’t always been this way, Ethan has been very close to me his whole life but oh my the times are a-changing.  Dave woke in our hotel this weekend to find Ethan standing over him, desperate for him to wake up – fishing was on the agenda of course!


Also loving Dave’s amazing haul last week, by the end of the fish bounty I may just have had enough for a wee while at least (can’t believe I even typed that! slaps hand).


My big-little boy is turning eight this week and I can’t get enough of him at the moment.  He was so much fun to hang out with this weekend and has been so considerate and caring when I’ve not been feeling well.  I’m loving how his invitations turned out, we are going to have so much fun in the forest next weekend!

Cook Eat | Tortilla Recipe

Making my own tortillas has been on my to-do list since I moved to San Diego in 2003 and became forever addicted to Mexican food.
The gauntlet was laid on Friday night as Dave caught a shit-tonne of snapper and fish tacos were calling. There was nary a tortilla in the house.
It was time.
I did some googling, read some recipes and many reviews. The only way you can get a good feel for a recipe online is to read the reviews and take suggestions on board.
I found a good recipe and tweaked it as per reviews and my own experience with breads.
The result was authentic and amazing. These are like San Diego tortillas, not like Old El Paso. They are floury and flexible and taste like everything you want your carbs to be. We are hooked! I doubled this recipe and it worked like a charm.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup hot water
3 tablespoons olive oil (I used canola)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in hot water and oil. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10-12 times, adding a little flour or water if needed to achieve a smooth dough. Dough should be silky. Let rest for 10 minutes.
Divide dough into eight portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 7-in. circle. Shake off excess flour before putting in the pan.
In a large non-stick pan coated with cooking spray, cook tortillas over medium heat for 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned. Keep warm. Yield: 8 tortillas.



A small win for my big guy

When Ethan was a newborn one of our friends in San Diego quickly noted that he was not one of those ‘spaghetti’ babies. What she meant was, he was never limp or floppy. There was always tension in his wee body and he has always been strong, robust and above the 95th percentiles.
As he has grown nothing much has changed aside from my grocery bill. The child is built like a brick shithouse with shoulders like battering rams.
E may be very athletic and naturally good at sports but he ain’t built for speed.
And so, athletics day approached and Ethan’s face darkened every time I mentioned it. He was sure he would run last in his races and there is nothing E hates more than not being good at everything something.
As it turned out, Ethan came third in all of his races which thrilled us all no end. The icing on the cake however was the inclusion of shot put in the junior events! My boy was made to throw heavy objects! With the 10-15kg weight advantage he has on other kids in his class I’m surprised he wasn’t throwing one of them 13 metres.
So Ethan won the shot put and learned that you can’t measure everyone against the same yard stick. His big slow twitch muscle fibres are not as good at sprinting as others but come in handy when you are trying to throw metal balls like Valerie (whom he adores).
I hope he remembers this next rugby season and leaves his dreams of the back line far behind.


Acquisitions | Kathryn Wilson Dahlia Sandal

For real.  Every time I even look at these shoes I get a song in my head.  Remember Prince? or Symbol or whatever he goes by;

“Could you be, the most beautiful girl shoes in the world?.  I’m serious.

Too bad I’ve only worn them to a Tupperware party thus far, that is the problem about being a mummy and trying to justify beautiful/expensive shoe purchases.  I need occasions to wear these, schlepping at The Warehouse doesn’t really constitute a Dahlia Sandal outing does it?

Available from Precious Peg




Things I’m loving

So I am a bit late in posting but I wanted/needed to be thankful as this week has been rough.  Tears, frustration, anger, stress and anxiety  beat me down, almost.  We survived and I can think of many things that make me smile again.


Ethan forgot he was wearing his headband from a Samoan dance performance and sported it whilst we were grocery shopping.  He would never voluntarily do things like this so I couldn’t resist snapping a pic of my quickly disappearing little boy!


E has no problem dressing up for Halloween though!  We had an amazing evening on Wednesday walking around our lovely neighbourhood with some other great Mums.  There were so many safe houses, some of them decorated to the hilt!  We kicked things off at the Scout Den where a very scary House of Horror had been installed, so scary it was almost a bit much for our nearly-eight year old Trick or Treaters.



We love fireworks and Guy Fawkes but three out of our four dogs do not.  Poor Louie started off at the foot of the bed and inched his way up until he was sharing Dave’s pillow.  I love a cuddly Shi Tzu, even if the poor guy is shaking with fear.


 Loving a little lunch Date with Dave.  Bombay pizza from GPK has been my fave since I was 18 and it still has not let me down.  Banana on pizza is the business!  Also getting used to my iPhone 5, this is an unedited pic and i think it’s pretty amaze, though I have experienced the yucky purple halo that many critics have attributed to the lens in the new phone.


 Loving that our new truck is no longer our new truck.  We had it for 15 days and found out the odometer had been disconnected.  This was the cause of much distress this week.  Dave got it sorted and got our money back and we pick up our new truck tomorrow.  Buying cars is so stressful!


Loving the blue sky patches that are getting more and more common, we have had some fab weather the last couple of weeks, you can definitely tell as the water trucks have started returning to our neighbourhood {better go check the tank actually!}.


I am loving my wee brass animal collection that is growing, slowly into a full-blown ornament menagerie!  I have a family of pigs and a little bird arriving any day now via Trade Me.

Brass Animals