Acquisitions | A Gift for Dave

Acquisitions | A Gift for Dave

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Dave is the most giving-ist giver I’ve ever met in my life.

The man loves giving presents (I really enjoy this aspect of our relationship!!), but never asks for anything or expects gifts…..ever.

Which makes him super hard to buy for as he’s just so damn content all of the time – I cannot even imagine what this would feel like, but I imagine it to be peaceful and quite lovely – must work on my zen.

Anyway, this little blog sees a lot of lipstick, lotion and snack food head our way (which we are eternally grateful for btw!), but not nearly enough MAN things and certainly never before has Dave received anything quite so awesome as his new tungsten ring from Simply Suave.

Top Mummy Blog new Zealand Top Fashion BloggerDave’s already quite a fan of alternative metals when it comes to rings.  His wedding band is titanium which has been such a great choice as skateboarding and his former career as a marine engineer have been pretty brutal on his hands.  

Like titanium, tungsten carbide is super hard wearing, one of the hardest metals in existence and incredibly scratch resistant – the prefect metal for a right hand ring for Dave.  

This ring is hot.  It looks so good, Dave is stoked and I’m loving having found such a perfect gift for the guy that swears he has everything!

There were many styles available that we liked but were both initially drawn to the Juggernaut and it was an amazing choice.  The wide, classic band has a lovely weight to it and definitely makes an impression.  Dave rarely wears a watch (I should probably quit buying them for him!) so he was surprisingly stoked on having some new bling to wear.  I was surprised too, I would never in a  million years have thought to buy him a right hand ring as a gift!  

The ring arrived super fast the day after we placed our order, in a ‘manly’ gift box and was even better in person than it looked online – plus the sizing guide was spot on!

Definitely remember Simply Suave when you’re looking for a special gift for the man in your life this holiday season.  The quality and service are both excellent.
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FASHION CHALLENGE AUTUMN 2015 | Husband Styling 101

A little chill in the air at night is certainly hinting that Autumn is here, meaning it’s time to think about ditching the sandals, lowering the hemlines and starting to add a couple of layers to our summer wardrobes.  I’m super excited to be taking part in The Warehouse’s Fashion Challenge this season, meaning I will be heading in store as an official blogger to dress our family head to toe in the latest trends for $200 or less!

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1.  Match Long Sleeve TTC Shirt $20

2.  Match 5 Pocket Jean Green $39

  3.  Urban Equip Wills Shoes $30

My husband is a bit of an odd mix when it comes to styling.  Off the clock he is a skateboarder, always has been always will be.  He likes one brand of skate shoes and one brand only {I can understand this as when you’re flying around a concrete bowl you need to be able to feel and trust your feet}, and his clothing aesthetic hasn’t really changed too much over the 15 years I have known him.  His jeans have gotten a little tighter – thank goodness – but his basic old dude skate attire is pretty simple and doesn’t follow fashion trends.

Work is a different story.  Dave works for a major global corporation, so smart-casual is pretty much always required.  A classic plaid shirt is such a great office staple and does double duty off the clock when wearing it untucked is an option.  We were stoked to find these great 5 pocket pants in a deep olive green, these are totally Dave’s style and would work dressed up for the office or dressed down with a tee for after-hours and weekends.  Not as casual as jeans but the slim cut keeps them on-trend and relevant.  

We were looking for a comfy sneaker-based shoe in a contrasting colour to lighten up Dave’s look for Autumn.  The Wills shoe from Urban Equip was a no-brainer, totally office friendly and crosses-over easily for an after work drink or BBQ. 

So total cost, $89, easily reduced by shopping on sale.  I think Dave looks hot!  Most importantly to both of us he looks like DAVE.  He won’t wear clothes he doesn’t like so I’m feeling good about our shopping trip to The Warehouse and so is he.

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Enough & More. 10 Years of Marriage

Last night I got really, shitty, stabby, pissed off & annoyed at Dave.  He had cooked and served up an awesome dinner, beautiful chicken taco salads, and as we were cleaning up I noticed the avocado.

It wasn’t really an avocado – more so the remnants of one.  Half an avocado that had been meticulously sliced and portioned and arranged artfully on our salads and Ethan’s taco’s.  Except there was one slice left.  

What the hell?

Who serves up half an avocado and leaves one sliver left in the skin?  Were you really going to save this Dave?  Wrap it in glad-wrap and put it back in the fridge, only to open it again and spread that last sliver on quarter of a cracker?

Oh my god this irritated me beyond any sensible, rational bounds.  It wasn’t a once off, this happens all the time in our kitchen.  Dave will serve some peas and leave 5 peas in the bowl.  F I V E.  The reason?  He already had enough on his plate.  This was also the reasoning behind the orphaned avocado sliver; the perfect amount was already on our plates.  We had enough.  No more was needed.

I cooled my jets and got over being annoyed, but caught myself thinking about the silly situation this morning as we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.

Enough and More is the odd dichotomy that typifies our decade together as husband and wife.  A wonderful, amazing 10 years that have blessed us with many things, most importantly our two incredible boys.

Dave is enough.  He lives and breathes Enough.  He is always happy, always satisfied, always at the perfect level of psychological homeostasis, never wanting, never coveting, always seeking balance and just enough.

I am More.  Always pushing, driving, trying harder, needing to win, be the best, have More.  Dreaming big, setting lofty goals and ideals for everyone, getting more out of today than yesterday.

Dave had portioned out enough avocado, I would have added more.

I think these individual idiosyncrasies and difference in focus, plus our unwavering commitment to the success of our marriage is what makes us such a great team.  I personally am going to take a leaf out of Dave’s book over the next 10 years and start practicing Enough.  Because I already have more blessings than I deserve.

I love you so much Dave Jack, thank you for proposing, marrying and moving to the other side of the earth with me.  Thank you for the best 10 years I could ever have imagined and putting up with some of my worst days and helping me through them.  You are the most kind, generous and loving man any family could wish for and such a perfect example for your two little boys.  

Thank you xx.

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Cook Eat | Oaty Muffins with Dates & Cranberries

Cook Eat | Oaty Muffins with Dates & Cranberries

Oat, Date and Cranberry Muffins

Dave whipped up these amaze muffins on gloomy, cold Sunday afternoon and let me warn you – this is not a recipe for your thighs but your mouth.  These guys are SO good!


1 cup rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped dates
1/3 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
½ cup butter, melted and cooled
1 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
½ teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Grease a standard 12-cup muffin pan or line with paper baking cups.

2. In a large bowl whisk together the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir in the dates and dried cranberries. In a separate medium bowl whisk together the butter, milk, egg and vanilla.

3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Use a rubber spatula to gently stir together just until the ingredients are mixed and moistened.

4. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the muffin pan for a few minutes and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from The Brown Eyed Baker

Cook Eat | No Bake Muesli / Granola Bars Recipe

Cook Eat | No Bake Muesli / Granola Bars Recipe

Dave disappeared for a while on Saturday and when I found him again he was in the kitchen whipping up the first batch of what I’m sure will be a regular on the baking circuit – or non-baking actually!
See that pile of packaged muesli bars in the background? We have no less than five different varieties in our pantry at any one time! Ridic. I am probably the biggest consumer of the humble muesli bar in our house, yet they are always a super quick go-to snack for any of us in a hurry.

No Bake Muesli / Granola Bars



1 cup honey
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
6 cups rolled oats
2 cups of extras (eg coconut, choc chips, dried fruit)

In a large saucepan bring honey and brown sugar to a boil, constantly stirring. Turn heat to low, add peanut butter, mix until smooth.
When smooth remove from heat, add dry ingredients, mix until evenly coated.
Line 9 x 13 pan with baking paper and press mixture evenly into pan.
Refrigerate until firm then cut into desired size. Store in an airtight container.

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Monday….after a clumsy weekend

On Friday afternoon as I picked E up from school I was expecting him to be riding his scooter down the hill toward the truck, flushed, hot and happy after an afternoon of playtime at school Rewards Day.  Instead he was limping, making his way slowly and his face was trying its hardest not to crumple before he made it to the car.

It wasn’t a major, a collision with a kid on a bike, but the sharp angles of handlebars and the perfect shin-high height of pedals delivered some very painful bruises that have punished him all weekend.  When your 8yo cries and needs a hug it’s easy to remember he is still a little boy.

Saturday morning dawned bright, hot and dry of course.  Dave had some DIY planned, got the ladder out and promptly broke a $400 window.  It was dodgy old plate glass and broke inwards right onto the couch where E had been sitting not five minutes before.  Everyone was unhurt {yes the most important thing}, it was however just what we didn’t need after a month filled with rates, truck rego, RUC, sickness, doctors appointments, prescriptions and a summer of purchasing water……yadda yadda.  I was so mad I was driven to dusting.  That is a rare event in our house indeed.

Sunday at the skatepark Dave bailed hard.  Twice.  Once on a hand rail falling on his back, and once in the bowl smashing his head.  Skating when you’ve been knocked out with man-flu for two weeks and your ears are blocked – read your balance is shot – is a hard, painful lesson learned.

I am so hoping for less bruises this week!

My husband is a Skateboarder

My husband is a Skateboarder


He was a skateboarder when I met him (I skated too actually, fairly well) and he will be a skateboarder long after the wheels have stopped spinning I’m sure.  As is always the way when all of a sudden you can’t do something, I secretly have major skate envy at the moment as the influx of beautiful concrete bowls in and around Auckland has amped up all skate related activity in our house.

Dave and E are heading out whenever they get a chance, spending hours finding lines in the bowls at Botany and Victoria Park, meeting new friends and learning new tricks; relishing in this very special father and son hobby that couldn’t have peaked at a more opportune time.

So, I lose them for most of a Saturday or Sunday, they come home happy, scraped, bruised and exhausted.  Ethan’s legs ache when wakes but he always asks if they can do it all over again.  Did I mention the NOFX?  Ethan is slowly being converted to American punk.  Sigh.




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Just before Christmas Dave and I celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary. Eight years of married bliss!
Who can honestly say that cheesy line is 100% true? We have done so much in the past 8 years, we have moved 6 times – one of those from San Diego to Auckland, raised a strapping boy, collected two Shi Tzus, been to Tonga, back to the states twice, purchased a house, leapt our fair share of hurdles and heartbreaks and are now expecting baby #2. I can honestly say that our marriage is one of my proudest achievements, squabbles and all.
Love you Dave Jack.



Dave. Is. Home. Huzzah!
Ethan planned a disco to celebrate. At 5.30pm we met in the lounge, E served drinks, he made sure everyone {Dave, Mum and I} had chips and dip, and then we played games. Hide and seek, indoor boomerang champs, limbo. We had homemade pizza for dinner and Shi Tzu cake and strawberries for dessert – menu by E of course – and way too many Swiss chocolates!
It was exhausting. But cute. Life might soon return to normal.

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