Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Birthdays, Easter and Holidays

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The last few weeks have been manic. I have been on a trip and 2 work conferences. Have organised a birthday party for my son as well as Easter celebrations. And everytime I start to think it is OK to come up for air, something else hits us.

We had my son’s 7th birthday party recently. I cannot believe he is 7 already. Soon he will be into the double digits territory. I was originally only going to invite a handful of kids from his class, but in the end decided to invite the whole class. Luckily only about half RSVPd yes, but we still had about 24 kids show up once the rest of my son's friends got added to the mix. 

I left the cake to the very last minute... again! And unfortunately the lady that I normally go to for cakes was on holidays so I did a search online and ordered a cake 3 days before the birthday. Picked it up the day before. It was a rainbow velvet cake. I can't say I was overly happy with how it looked, the superhero signs were made of rice paper instead of fondant and the bits at the top were made of paper/carboard, but it did taste fantastic, but that is the price you pay for placing orders at the last minute and having to beg people to take you order! *LOL*

We had a Superheroes themed party at home with face painting and balloon twisting. It rained the day before and for a moment there, I thought I would be stuck with 24 kids indoors, but the weather really did come through for us because it was a beautiful day.

It seems 7 is the age when parents start dropping their kids off at parties. What about you? What age did you start leaving your child (or children) at parties? When is it still acceptable to continue to stay with your kid at birthday parties? I am a paranoid parent who watched way too many episodes of Law & Order SVU so at this rate it's looking like I am planning on sticking around at birthday parties with my kids until they're 18???

You can tell by the last photo above that my flower corner has become a bit of a "jingle jangle jungle" as my son likes to call it. It's suffered about 6 months of neglect so far but my rose bushes seem to be persevering. They're like the gifts that just keep on giving. I thought I had seem the last of my roses until spring a few weeks ago but those continuous rains following by a lot of sunshine are great for roses.

I am currently waiting for everything to go into their winter hibernation so I can rearrange the garden.

On the fashion side of things, for some reason lately I have become obsessed with white jeans. But it is impossible to find any decent ones here in Australia. And by decent ones I mean the ones that are 98% or higher cotton denim. None of this jegging material with a ridiculous amount of lycra, nylon, spandex or some other stretchy material (that make your jeans scrunch up as if they were a pair of Sass & Bide Rats leggings) when you put them on. A lot of my jeans which I have had for around 10 years or more have been slowly dying on me over the last 12 to 18 months and I have been replacing them as I go but I have found myself reverting to the old brands that I grew up with. Like Lee Riders and Levis which still have die hard lines with almost nothing but cotton. The old school jeans that I used to have to wear in, but once worn in, I'd find that my jeans would mold to my legs and bum and feel like a second skin on me. Or maybe I am just weird, because this is how my friends describe this new wave of stretchy jeans/legging like denim (jeggins?), I don't know why but these stretchy jeans just don't seem to fit me the way I like my jeans to fit.

Nothing like a good pair of Levis 501s if you're after the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans. 501s have been around since forever, I think over 100 years, and the latest 501s seem to have been modified slightly to reflect a truer fit according to size. 

This bow necklace was given to me last Christmas by my in laws. It can be worn 2 ways as the front has tiny swarovski crystals and the back and setting is rose gold. It's quickly become one of my favourite pieces of jewellery. 

Christian Louboutin Pigalle 100 shoes, Balenciaga bracelet, Yves Saint Laurent arty ring, rose gold bow necklace, jugsaw belt, Target t-shirt, Crumpet cardigan

We are all recovering from what I could only describe as 3 weeks of non stop black plague like conditions. My husband, myself and my 3.5 year old Chubster. My 7 year old Bubster on the other hand as per usual, got the sniffles and then was good to go. Whoever said kids who were breastfed for longer have a stronger immune system than kids who were formula fed forgot to tell that to 7 year old son who was on formula from the time he was 5 weeks old but has an immune system that is tough as nails. I breastfed my youngest until he was about 22 months and he gets sick all the time. I guess as they say... You can't win them all!

Easter has now come and gone. Hope everyone has enjoyed their Easter celebrations. 

Enjoying the spoils of their Easter Egg Hunt.

We'll be eating chocolate for weeks.

I am taking a week off work this week so i can spend it with my kids. My mother's 60th birthday is also coming up in a few days and I am yet to decide on what to get her for her birthday. So if you have any suggestions, feel free to send them my way.

Cheerio everyone.

P.S. No part of this post is sponsored as per the rest of my blog.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Another week

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Hello everyone, hope all the bad stuff stayed away from you last Friday, which happened to be the 13th. I actually like the number 13. It is quite a lucky number for me. Case in point, I got to see the last red rose in my back yard. Half the petals were gone the day after...

And did you all enjoy Valentine's Day? Mine was really nice. For one my husband was not traveling this year. I got a sleep in, then woke up to this.

I am a very big fan of the colour turquoise, so imagine how happy I was when I opened the box to see these!!!

I'm so in love with my new rockstuds. They go very nicely with this pucci dress too.

Photo sourced from Net A Porter

I loved the flowers too of course. 

And did you know that Costco sells these in 1.2kg bags? It's mad. But I stocked up on it for my Bubster's birthday party.

I got the shock of my life when I found out yesterday that there are 26 kids in his class. So any plans I had of inviting his entire class to his party have been promptly thrown out of the window. As I still feel my blood pressure rising when I cast my mind back to when I invited his pre school class of 20 and got 60 guests. 

These 2 always look so cute when they're snuggled up to each other. I just don't know how they do it, with this heat, all that hair, snuggled together, on top of a furry blanket...

I found this pic on my phone of my Chubster jumping up and down with joy at seeing this giant minion at the hospital when he broke his arm several weeks ago. His arm had just been put in a cast and he was jumping up and down and laughing like a maniac. 

In motherhood related news, I have started potty training my 3 year old recently. We have had some success. He consistently goes to the toilet just before his bath and first thing in the morning. Now, I just need to get him trained on the rest of the time. We started getting some success after I started watching potty training videos and reading potty training books with him. His favourite video is this one. Granted, it's about potty training girls, but I'm not one to complain if the end result is the same.

Speaking of videos, one of my friends shared this video on their Facebook wall, and let me tell you people, I turned into an absolute mess at the end. Tears falling down my cheeks uncontrollably, the works! This video is such a fantastic tribute to all parents who make sacrifices for their children so that they may have the best opportunity to succeed in life.

Hope you've all been well.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


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2015 is going to turn into the year of many changes for us:

Both my kids started Portuguese lessons this year.I have procrastinated on this for a long time but it has gotten to the point where my Bubster is starting to forget Portuguese. So it's time to get on with it.

My Bubster's reading, writing and maths was at year 2 level at the end of last year, and the good thing is that his school reshuffles some of the classes for the new year so they ended up lumping all the advanced students in the same class. My Bubster is actually in a class that is made up of year one and year two students and they'll be doing year 2 work. So depending on how this year goes for him, our plan to hold him back one year so he could be one of the first kids to turn 18 in his class may end up going up in flames.

My Chubster officially started his 3-6 Montessori program this year. He was supposed to start with only the morning class 8.30am to noon, Monday to Friday, but we have had to put him in to the afternoon care program as well so he will be in preschool from 8.30am until 3.30pm. 

Which leads me to the next big change. My Mum won’t be able looking after my sons anymore while we are at work. I have been very lucky and blessed to have been able to rely on my Mum up until now and my kids have benefited a lot from her care, her love and her dedication. But as it is, I am now a lot more anxious and mindful of finish times at work. 

So this year my hours of work have changed as well, I now start at 7.00am and finish at 2.30pm and then do an extra 30 to 60 mins worth of work once the kids go to bed. MrBB will do all drop offs and I will do all pick ups. And we are currently in the process of hiring a nanny for a couple of days a week for after school care, for the holidays and also for when either MrBB or myself travel. 

The one blessing in disguise in all this is that starting super early and finishing work at 2.30pm has made it easy for me to run errands with both of my kids in tow, take them to their extra curricular activities after school and say yes to playdates more often.

This week we made some herbs and spices bread at home.

Grilled some capsicum, added prosciutto, jarlsberg cheese and some green leaves and made some pretty good looking sandwiches.  

Then my husband ruined them by toasting the whole thing so he could call them paninis. They did not look as nice as before, and I felt robbed because I'm dead set sure they fell short in the taste department as well.

And while we're on the subject of food, this lamb meatballs and chorizo bolognese pasta was absolutely delicious!

Managed to get my hands on these heavily discounted before they disappeared off Target shelves. 

And added two more YSL arty rings to my collection. I know! I need help.

The Bubster turns 7 years old in March and we haven't even decided on a birthday party theme yet... It's a toss up between Lego Movie and Lego Superheroes at the moment.

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