Acquisitions | Hello Little Deer Stamped Necklace

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I have lusted after these necklaces for years and figured that Nixon’s first birthday was the perfect occasion to finally order one; a gorgeous hand stamped necklace celebrating the two pieces of my heart.

I ordered the shortest length (16″) initial necklace with two charms in 14k gold filled $60.  I LOVE this necklace, it would be a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, a birthday, Christmas or just a wee treat.

Order forms available on FB

PS.  This is not a sponsored post, just sharing something I love x

 

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Juicing 101 | Doing it on a budget

There are certain things in life that I like to embrace early; fashion, home style, technology, apps, digital media……. but diving into the latest diet and nutrition phase as an early adopter is not something I’m into.

I’m not a paleo, raw food, protein only, vegan, organic, gluten free kind of person and no-one in my family is.  Simple fact is we all enjoy cooking and eating food far too much to survive on any kind of restricted eating plan.  That’s why I’m a little late to the party on the whole juicing front.

Also, I really, really do not enjoy smoothies and this had put me off trying juicing {two different end results I realise that!}.  Lumpy, bitsy textures are not my thing and I hadn’t realised that the new generation of juicers are just seriously amazing and pop out the most silky, pulp free juice there ever was!

So, enter two huge gifted bags of delicious winter oranges that I didn’t want to waste and one of those extremely rare Briscoes sales and hello we are juicing!

mummy-blog-juicingSo after an initial investment of $139 for a Breville Juice Fountain it was time to stock the fridge.  On Day 1 we used what we had in the house, whipping up a breakfast juice containing, kiwi fruit, spinach, oranges, apples, pears, grapes and celery.  Thank god……it was amazing!  I was totally surprised that I not just liked it, I loved it! Dave was totally on board after our first mish-mash juice, but we quickly realised we are going to need a lot more fruit.

I’m always on the lookout for bargain fruit boxes to use in cooking etc so I thought some of these would be a great option.  All the flesh is left behind in the juicing process so it really doesn’t matter if your fruit has a few bruises or is a bit too ripe.  I totally scored a box of 9 mangos for $1.99 and a box of mixed apples, pears and nectarines for $1.99!!!!  Henderson is crazy town I tell you what.

So Day 2 was much the same as Day 1 with the addition of mangos and carrot and increased quantities so E and Mum could have one too – everybody loves this juice.  I do have to get up early and get my chop on, but a big cup of this kept me going through a run and errands until my salad for lunch at 1.30pm, I also feel a wee bit peppy!

So, are we on board with the juicing hippies?  Yes indeed friends.  Bottoms up!

 

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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

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nixon: cheeky chops.  you were playing for ages with your trucks, quite independently.  i just sat and watched and took a thousand pics of you. just our standard morning really!  you are walking everywhere you can now, only crawling when you haven’t anything to pull up on, you are steady and getting faster by the day.  i think we have a toddler on our hands x player-of-theday-best-nest-mummy-blog

ethan: player of the day for the third time this season, a rare game when the sun was shining, it was warm and nix and i joined your dad on the sidelines to watch.  you have had a wonderful season {thank goodness}, your coach called you tony woodcock the 2nd and your proud mama’s heart went boom!  

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nixon: alongside all of the other things you do that your brother never did, you are a climber, especially fond of using your dump trucks as step ladders – you are a most determined baby.  you pulled your blankets out of your bottom drawer, then settled in for a good play – with more than a few cheeky glances over your shoulder to see if i was watching!  {i was, and yes concerned reader, he was safe from any furniture tipping}.

mumm-blogger-new-zealandethan: nothing much to say here aside from “damn we make some gorgeous boys dave jack!”  actually there is much to say, such as; may you never, ever fuss about a haircut as much as you fussed about this one and why must the best hair-cut you’ve ever had be from a kiosk in whangarei!!!!

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Kiwi Mummy Blog Review – Vitarium Sugar Free Drinking mixes

I’m not a huge milk fan, to be honest I really, really don’t enjoy milk.  This makes remembering to offer it to my kids a wee bit of a problem.

Problem now solved as I don’t have to remember – Ethan simply asks for milk {every day!} mixed with Vitarium Sugar Free Kids drink mixes.

These 100% natural mixes blitz the competition right across the board including being 99% fat free and low calorie as they are sweetened with Natvia (from the stevia plant);

  • No-added sugar
  • Aspartame free
  • Wheat free
  • Egg free
  • Yeast free
  • Gluten free
  • Nut, soy & dairy free

I have used the mixes in baking for a natural flavour boost – hello strawberry cupcakes! plus they are even Dad approved.  Dave knocks back a huge amount of milk and loves the really natural banana-y flavour of the Super Dupa Banana variety.

Honestly, I’m pretty stoked with this range from Vitarium, a commercially available alternative to Milo and Nesquik has been long overdue and even I can tolerate milk with these yummy flavour additions which is great for the state of my bones and my previously meagre calcium intake!

 

Vitarium product provided for my consideration but the opinions expressed are my own. 

Hello Friday | 9am.

I love 9am.

Everyone has gone to work, gone to school, gone to sleep.  

The PIA dogs are lazing their way through the morning, asleep on someone’s bed probably, but at least they aren’t barking or taking a dump on the carpet at this stage of the day.

At 9am I sit down with my bowl of gourmet microwave eggs {HA! I’m a creature of habit ok?}, some caffeine and I start MY day – even though I’ve been awake since 5am – Hello Nixon!

This has been a good week y’all.  Ethan headed back to school without so much as a whisper of complaint, the weather has co-operated somewhat so he has been able to ride to school most days, Nixon’s surgery has been scheduled for Aug 4th and I successfully met with a group of women in business and had a lovely morning presenting some ideas on social media and smartphone photography!  It was so much fun to step out of my comfort zone and prepare and execute something completely new and exciting, I highly recommend it!

SO….

I’m feeling > Grateful and happy and hopeful and mostly cold

I’m wishing for > Warmer climes and a vacation {maybe this might happen?}

I’m waiting on > News that is out of my hands, hence they call it waiting I suppose?

I’m trying to > Bake lots of things with lemons

I’m trying not to > Eat all the things I’ve baked with lemons, winter padding is in full effect : (

I’m hoping > Surgery waiting lists magically shrink so a friend’s life can go on happily and with full health for her family x

I’m going to > Be eating hangi for lunch today at Ethan’s school, but I’m terribly fussy so a bit nervous that I won’t like it eep!

I’m needing to > Take a shower asap before the baby wakes up, otherwise I’ll be eating hangi at school in yesterdays face and hair {A TERRIFYING SIGHT!!!!}

I’m proud of > My big for making the coolest claymation stop-motion dinosaur movies!  I love to see him being so creative.

 

What’s shaking with you guys? I’d love to know x

Have a great weekend!

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Acquisitions | Coastal Jewellery by Kingsway

 

I was totally one of those girls that avidly scanned the beach for the perfect shell ring, until I found the next one and then the reject was relegated to a pendent, strung on a leather thong around my neck……for years.

Luckily for me Kingsway Design have cast my fave shell rings in gorgeous stirling silver;  The Coastal Collection pretty much comprises my whole jewellery wish list right now.  My earrings are beautiful, I love them.

RRP $50

PS. This is not a sponsored post, just something I love x

 

Product Review | Citroën C4 Grand Picasso

I case you missed it, this mummy blogger {that would be moi!}, scored an epic review op over the school holidays and we got to cruise in the delicious Citroën C4 Picasso for two weeks!  Just to see if it was up to spec, put it through its paces you know…..  fun right?

So, me, the kidlets, brand new car, full tank of diesel, hit the road, cruised the mean streets of Auckland {read: we went shopping} and even went country and headed for the sticks in Waipu.  We were roughing it up there I tell you ;  )

This car is the business.  I would buy it in a heartbeat if I could,  It is seriously the most lovely vehicle to drive and be a passenger in.  That’s important as there are generally more passengers in your car than drivers {unless I’m in it and then I might as well be driving because you know, I’ll probably be telling you how to drive ’cause I’m better…gosh I’m awful}.  

So much room.  Room erry’where!  Leg room, head room, back seat room, third row room, boot space – oodles of that.  Individual back seats make such a difference when stowing cargo – fancy word for buggy and port-a-cot – you can fold down just one seat if you need to or all three.  Genius.

Anyway, my fave features are immortalized on video for you to enjoy over and over again.  You’re welcome.

And thank you Kidspot NZ and Citroën, it was a pleasure driving this most excellent car for you, happy to oblige anytime, for like a year???

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Cook | Meyer Lemon Cookies Recipe

We have an amazing little trooper of a lemon tree that is only two seasons old but has produced a bumper crop this winter.  So, lemon recipes are go!  

This cookie recipe is a winner, quite a different texture; lovely and soft and cakey but the backseat Master-chefs in the house all approve and I’ll be baking these again for sure.

Meyer Lemon Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  3. Zest of one lemon
  4. 115 grams butter, room temperature
  5. 1 c granulated sugar
  6. 2 large eggs, room temperature
  7. Juice of half a lemon
  8. 1/2 c icing sugar (for rolling)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Line pan with baking paper.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour and baking powder). Add zest and whisk it in.
  4. In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time and mix well.
  6. Add lemon juice. Mix again.
  7. With mixer on low speed, mix in dry only until just combined.
  8. Roll the dough into balls and roll in icing sugar.
  9. Place on baking sheet, leaving 2 inches of space between them.
  10. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until puffed and bottoms just golden brown.
  11. Cool on sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer onto a cooling rack.
Adapted from The Cooking Channel
http://www.thebestnest.co.nz/

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nixon:  typically, the most attractive, exciting place for you to be is where the big boys are.  when there are blankets and pillows on the floor for rolling in, hidden dogs snuggling to discover and harass, and game controllers and remotes to obsess over, there is no place you’d rather be.  of course it helps that the bigs turned around every thirty seconds to love all over you and shower you with kisses and tickles xx

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ethan:  we were housebound for the first five days of the holiday so when the sun came out we made the most of it.  i took you, your bestie and nix hiking in the waitakere ranges on sunday and we had a blast.  the recent rainfall made the waterfalls spectacularly deafening and the river was as high as we have ever seen it.  you have been such a pleasure to spend time with these holidays, it will be a very quiet house when you go back to school!

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