Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Google remembered my birthday! Haa ha. I'm feeling older. You know that feeling. You kinda feel like something should be different and it is... just not what you were expecting. I recently took a week off because I required a hospital visit to emergency and a few blood tests. All is well though. Thank GOD for that. I am very thankful for all the good things and now even for the bad things.
My motto moving forward is going to be "What ever doesn't kill you makes you stronger." It's true.
So things are moving along. Kids are well and mostly doing good in school. I'm doing well both at work and at home. Not great but everyone says "How do you do it?"
We answer "We don't. We just get by." Lol. Seriously we just do the basics. Even those we don't always get right.
I've been itching to get back into sewing. I really want to do more than just sew up holes and tears. I was thinking of this pattern below:
If you have any suggestions please do let me know. It kind of means I do need to fabric shop though and I've not done that in a year or so. Wow, has it been that long?
Yeah, way too long. I must break the drought.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Hi there. My name's Kim and I've been so busy you may have thought that I've dropped off the planet. However, I am still here and still busy as always.
I made the insane decision the other day to take all the kids with me after school to the store to pick up groceries so they would have food for school. They seem to eat out the pantry quicker than I stock it. It was a bit chaotic but I managed to get what we wanted and the kids were happy. I tell you, having three in school and working 4 days a week plus charity work tires me out but I'm praying and taking these as they come. I need to plan/organise more often.
Summer has ended down here but we've enjoyed some gloriously hot weekends so we made the most of them and went to Wet N Wild cos we have season passes. I get to remove some tan lines while hubby takes the older two on rides. They really enjoy it and I enjoy it too. The weather is getting cooler though heading into Autumn/Winter.
So, School Holidays are coming up and I am wondering if I'll make any insane decisions to take the kids out to the city. I haven't done that since they were little and I only had the two of them. Now there's four I need to think about the hassle, stress and possibly drama that comes with an outing of this sort. Do you have any tips? See below on some ideas:
Hope you all have been well. Send me your holiday ideas!!!
Monday, January 11, 2016
Happy 2016. I hope it's a Sweet 16 for you all. NYE was spent eating more seafood at mums. It was fun. We danced the night away. In the dark. It was good times.
Yeah. That's me. Maybe it was the Moscato but it's yum and sweet and not like wine.
I drove up to Salamander Bay for our annual holiday but it happened to rain. Like torrential rain. I was scared while I was driving and doing about 100kms on the freeway. Barely able to see the road. But we made it and there were huge puddles everywhere. We had a big ankle deep one right in front of our apartment/townhouse. I was just glad to arrive. One of my sisters made banana fritters. I tell you they.are.the.bomb. I could eat them everyday. We pretty much sat and ate most of the time or did short trips to the shopping centre.
But rain didn't hold us back and we stayed in the warm spa outside. Oh man that was goooood. I wasn't brave enough to go in the cold water that surrounds the inside apartments but my sister said you get use to it. I'll just take her word for it.
I'm back at work. Can you hear the excitement in my voice. No, yeah. Cos there is none. So disappointed with the rain. We will probably book again for next year. Same place. Same time. But it may be more expensive. We shall see. Wish me luck.
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Merry Belated Christmas everyone and a very Happy New Year. If you were like me, you were flat out with holiday things and leaving everything last minute. We had a half day Christmas Eve so Missy came with me to work and enjoyed meeting my workmates.
I made some brownies and that was about it. I left my Christmas shopping for the last few days and went shopping practically every day to pick up bits and pieces. I don't recommend this method but hey, it worked for me. I avoided traffic and shopping queues by either going early in the morning or parking close-by and walking the rest of the way to the shops. Funny enough, I bought things for myself rather than for other people, lol. A bit of retail therapy goes a long way.
You can't live down here without feeling the heat and boy we had a few days of hot weather. I made use of our Wet n Wild passes for this season and the kids got to hang out with their cousins and have fun in the sun.
Christmas dinner is always at my mums and my sister made her scrumptious salmon bites again. Yummy!!! I got the recipe this year so I plan to make this on special occasions. There is always lots of food and too many sweets. It means that New Year Resolutions always includes "eat better"
I squeezed in sewing up a skirt for my eldest. She seems to have grown in many directions so she lacked shorts and skirts. I finally cut up my Flea Market Fancy fabric and just copied one skirt I picked up from Target. This even has pockets!!! It seemed to turn out pretty much the same size as the Target branded one which surprised me since I made-up the whole thing.
Spent New Years Eve at mums again and we danced the night away. Just the medicine I need for bouts of moodiness I've been getting lately. I must be getting old. Ha ha. We're heading up to Salamander Bay this week. The weather forecast seems to be pretty cool with some rain just to put a damper on things but we'll enjoy the time relaxing which is much needed. I do hope 2016 brings you much happiness and good things. Sweet 16 so they say!
Catch you later... I can think about school supplies in a weeks time.
Catch you later... I can think about school supplies in a weeks time.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
We had the best day at the Better Homes and Gardens show. Just me and the girls. It was sprinkling outside and hubby dropped us off. We were a bit late for the Masterclass but when we got there it was so much fun. There were two spots in the second row that Fast Ed pointed out to us and so my eldest girl got to cook too. I spent some time helping her out while the youngest ate the chocolate on the table.
Here is my cake. I was rushed at the end because I was helping Miss 9 and when Fast Ed came around to check our cakes, he looked at her lop-sided, half crushed cake and said "...Wo-ow" with a big surprised smile on his face. I think we may just stick to my favourite cake mixes like the Betty Crocker Irresistables.
Here is the lovely Corrie from Retromummy at the Brother stall. I was too shy to tell her that I followed her but I said hello and she asked if the girls had made Christmas cards yet and I said "Yes, they had." She looked really relaxed and so lovely and looking way too young to have 6 children, lol.
We walked around l a bit and had some lunch before we had to go back to do the Ryobi Masterclass with Jason Hodges. It was actually the Ryobi guys who were showing us how to use the drills and make our planter boxes. Jason hung around and just presented at the end when we were planting our herbs. Miss 9 also had a chance to make her own box while her younger sister pranced around and wore the glasses. One of the Ryobi helpers came over each time to help her use the drills which were kinda heavy for her but I helped her too. It was the most fun we've had together. We took a photo with Jason at the end and that's her herb planter box. She said it was the best part of the show.
Watch out. A woman and her power tool! The youngest girl took this photo of me and I like it alot.
We went to the Food Stage again to watch Fast Ed cook for dinner guests. Man this guy loves to cook and he had so much energy. He'd been cooking so much and he makes it look easy! Plus he's funny and we enjoyed watching him live.
Finally we got home and we took a few more pics of our planter boxes. We ate some cake and read our BHG magazines and just enjoyed reminiscing our wonderful day.
I think we will definately go again next year and maybe bring one of the boys with us to enjoy the powertools. Ryobi had some free sessions where you can make a tool box but you must book in early for a session. The food was a bit expensive so if you want, bring your own sandwiches and snacks.
Now, time to think about Christmas and holiday planning!!!
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
If you're ever around my house on a Friday evening, you'll catch the family watching Better Homes and Gardens for sure. We have been long time favourites of the show and I've got a great opportunity to share with you. The Better Homes and Gardens team have their annual Live show on 13-15 November 2015 at Sydney Olympic Park in the Showground and I've got 3 x Family Passes to giveaway! Yes, three!!!
I love how Adam has joined the crew and Joanna has been part of the team for over 20years now! Adam will be at the DIY Building Stage showing you the process on how to make a toolbox, lolly jar dispenser and a cheeseboard to impress your guests. Wow. I've been to a show a few years back and I really enjoyed the day. My tip is to get there early (doors open at 10am and close at 5pm) because there is so much to see and do. I haven't tried the DIY so I think I'll book for that this year and take my daughter with me. I saw Fast Ed (with Jo) and his cooking session which was so good and fun.
If you're into home improvements and decorating be sure to visit the Decorating and Craft Stage where the Deputy Editor of the BH&G magazine, Dora Papas, will let you in on styling tips to transform that cluttered bookcase.
You get to meet the team while you are there. Why not attend a High Tea or a cupcake making class. There's something there for homeowners, craftsters, creative cooks or green thumbs (brown thumbs if it were me). You'll have a great day out no matter where you end up. For more information head on over to the website : BHG Live
All you have to do is comment here and tell me why you'd love to go. For an extra entry blog this giveaway and post another comment with the link. Too easy. Giveaway will close on the 9th November and I'll announce the winner. be sure to check your e-mails and make sure you are NOT a no Reply Blogger or have a valid e-mail address. Hope to see you there.
* Open to Australian Residents only.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
|Braun TS745a texstyle 7 black with eloxal soleplate|
It seems to be that time again when some appliance of mine has broken down. At the beginning of the year it was my vacumn cleaner. It didn't really break down but we somehow lost the filter funnel in the barrell). This time around it's the iron (which it feels like I have only just purchased). I was doing a batch of school uniform ironing, turned it off and then tried to come back to it only to find that it was auto-shutting off and not heating up. So I found a scanned copy of my receipt and it was over a year ago when I bought it from Target. Hubby said to just get another one (this coming from a guy who wants to keep everything in case he can fix it!)
I talked to my friends at work and we checked some models online. My friend said to go for Braun or Tefal and my other guy said don't buy Phillips. My last one (pictured left in the photo above) was the Tefal Azur GC4865. I wasn't really impressed when I took it home and I have accidentally seen it go sliding off the ironing board once but it continued to work pretty well up until now. So I dashed to David Jones and bought the new Braun TexStyle 7 TS745a iron and hoped it would be all that I read about.
It certainly impressed me the moment I started ironing the clothes. One pass over shirts was enough for creases to be gone and a few passes over linen made it a breeze to use. I then compared it side by side with my Tefal and it's sole plate is wider. I plonked them on my small scale and there was a 100gm difference. The Tefal being heavier at 1404gms and Braun at 1303gms. Gees I was happy about that. My old Tefal was pretty heavy and I needed to keep refilling the water tank many times. The Braun has a 400ml tank which I still need to refill but I love that it's also bigger.
The Tefal Azur GC4685 is slimmer but heavier. The Braun ts745a is wider but lighter. Yay. The Eloxyl soleplate is scratch resistant.
* I was not paid in any way. These opinions are purely and solely my own*