Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Winner - Nestle Giveaway

Wow, I loved the food pictures you have all sent to me. I've been getting some really great ideas for dinner options for my fussy eaters. It was hard to pick but I chose the best pics/recipes that I could replicate at home. The winners of the Nestle Healthy Active Kids are Sophie, Michelle and Kou!!!

Above are Sophie's Spinach and Feta twists. They look amazing and so easy to make. I think my kids would love them too. A great lunch box filler or afternoon snack.

Here is her Kale and White Bean soup. Looks amazeballs!! Perfect for our Winter weather although my kids would smirk at the green stuff but we just have to keep trying don't we? I tell them they will just starve if they don't eat what I make for dinner.

I am loving this plate of snowpeas and broccoli. It would be something hubby and I would devour. My kids would only eat the peas inside but it's a start. I am liking the addition of sesame seeds and what is that yummy stuff in the back? Gyoza's? Yum.

This is how Michelle makes food exciting for her girls. She draws funny faces on the eggs! Awesome.
I've been doing that on the kids lunch packs. I think they enjoy it a lot more when food is fun. Good tip.

Michelle's Banana attack. Take that! Un-real banana peel.
There is nothing more healthy than taking your kids for a nature walk. Thanks Michelle for sending me those marvellous pictures of your healthy, active family.

I am loving this lasagne Kou sent me. Now a full-time stay at home mum she enjoys spending more making delicious home made dinners and baked good. Looks great.


Also, getting really hungry looking at her Thai Chicken Curry. I love curries because they don't take long to cook so long as you have organised the ingredients you need. They are too spicy for the kids so I'd have to make a milder fish soup for the kids. I make this sweet and sour Tom Yum Soup on Fridays and it goes down really well with the kids. Also, a cheaper cut of fish like Ling fillet is budget friendly to use and I add a few vegies in there.


I made these Nutella scrolls the other day. I was given some dough from my sister in law who works at the church bakery so I smothered Nutella and cut the log out to make these scrolls which did not last very long once they were out of the oven!!!!

Nestle will be sending out these Prize Packs to you. I hope you continue to live Healthy Active lives and thanks so much for sharing.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mother's Day


 
If you're anything like me, you've only just realised that Mother's Day is this Sunday. I figured this out as they mentioned it at church. Then my sister texts me to tell me that we're having dinner at mums on Saturday and to bring in a plate. Above is a really old picture of my parents, me (in pink) and my youngest sister. Don't you love our hair! I don't know where the rest of the family are but this is at my grandparents place in the early 80's.
 
I haven't decided what to get mum yet. Last year it was boring robe and slippers. This year mum deserves something more lovely and thoughtful. She's been through a loss of her eldest daughter and she needs some pampering. She never asks for anything and always wonders why we spend our money on her. I have to get her flowers I think to start with.
 
 
 
I did, however, pick up this bag for myself from Strandbags. They are having sale right now. I needed to replace my green BlueBird one that my sister bought for me before as it was worn down and the clasps were not working properly anymore. This Laura Jones one is perfect and has a zillion pockets. It's easy to put in my essentials and off I go. It was also 30% off so only cost me $22.
 
 
Then I was at Kmart and I found this on the shelf. It's by one the MasterChef contestants Samira El Khafir. I had to get it as I really like the recipes inside it and it would impress my husband if I cooked more like his mum use to. It has won the Australian Mediterranean Cook Book Award 2014 so it's sure to be a hit in any household who likes Lebanese food.
 
 
I really hope that all you mums out there have a wonderful Mother's Day. I know the kids are getting excited about the Mother's Day Stall tomorrow. It's really cute and my kindy girl will surely bring me back something I love. So have a relaxing weekend and stay tuned to this space for some more regular posting. Don't forget to send in entry in the Giveaway below!!!
 
 
Apologies everyone as I previously said there would be two giveaways but alas there will be just the current Nestle Healthy Active Kids one open (below) until 15th May.
 


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Healthy Active Kids plus Nestle Giveaway


What's on your plate kids? You may remember that my kids were offered to take part in the Healthy Active Kids session which was held by Nestle at the Royal Easter Show. We couldn't say no to kids cooking and it was their first time at the Show. They made these easy Rice Paper Rolls and Yummy Apricot Balls on specially designed plates which shows the kids how much food they put in each section. Too easy.

As a mum I know we are always looking for a fantastic resource which gets kids involved in the kitchen and promotes awareness of what foods your kids should be eating and trying new things. Nestle have teamed up with the Australian Institute of Sport to raise awareness and promote physical activity among primary school age children.

As part of the program, the website www.healthyactivekids.com.au is an interactive resource for parents and teachers, to educate children to lead healthy, active lives.


Recently we made these ANZAC biscuits in honour of our heroes who fought in WWI. All the kids were involved and although it was tricky getting the balls made and a few tears were shed by my son we eventually got these delicious bikkies in the oven. I love, love, love these biscuits and the kids ate them and knew exactly what went into the product.

Most days I have these on the chopping board as part of the school lunch box. It's good to start healthy eating habits early and keep trying instead of going for packaged foods all the time. I really suggest you check out the Healthy Active Kids website as it has resources for families, teachers, and of course kids to start a healthy lifestyle.

We also made these Hazelnut balls as a sweet treat because you can have some sweetness in your life. My 8 yr old daughter enjoyed making these so much and they just include rice bubbles, hazelnut spread, hundreds and thousands and dessicated coconut.

** Now for the extra fun part, the Giveaway: Nestle have kindly provided some packs which includes 2 of the Healthy Kids plates, 2-3 aprons, two adult plates, and some lunch box stickers.

What you need to do: I'd love to see some recipes, pics and things you've done with your kids to promote a healthy active lifestyle. Please e-mail them to me at allthingsmum@hotmail.com and include any links to your own blog if you'd like. We'll choose a winner on 15 May 2015 and send out an e-mail.


**These views are the personal views of Kim of All Things Mum and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestlé

Thursday, April 23, 2015

While we were on holidays


Oh the memories of the recent Easter/School Holiday Break brings me so much joy. It was magical, fun-filled, steady paced and enjoyable. We went to the show for the first-time (well for the kids anyway) and the kids loved it.

Look at that smile. Pure joy. Elijah was a bit scared at first but I held onto him and then as he got use to it he relaxed and enjoyed himself. You just have to go on the carousel when you're at The Show. The last day was great as it was Kids Day so rides were two for one until 5pm. Some Showbags ran out but we managed to get 3/4 that we wanted so it was great. I even got a bargain on the Womens Weekly bag as they ran out of stock but used the bags to put in spare items and sold it for $10. Awesome!


The older two kids attended the Nestle Active Healthy Kids session in the Food Farm. What a fantastic session which got a lot of kids cooking something healthy that they would eat themselves. My kids are use to rice paper rolls. We must have them at least once a week in the warm season. They were a bit wary of the apricots in the protein balls but they did try them.

Here is the lovely presenter who had done all of the sessions through the duration of the show and fed 2800 participants. Amazing job. Well done to her and her team.

Here are the kids next to the Super Slide (niece in the middle). I loved how the lights illuminated the darkness and everything felt so alive and magical. We didn't want the day to finish. It was perfect.

Now I'm trying to slide into the groove of things now that school has started and I'm back at work three days. My phone died so I was not contactable for a day (not fun). I'm still in the process of getting myself back up and running and with good friends who happen to have spare phones I am back on-line (but have lost some data etc etc.. go and back up your phone and contacts today!) Thankfully I did ask hubby to back up my pics from my phone last week so not all was lost.

Source:Fred Nile Democractic Party FB Page

We had (literally) torrential rain for three days. If you live in Sydney (see pic above) you know how bad it is. Rivers were overflowing, car parks and basements were flooding and our SES (State Emergency Service) volunteers had heaps of calls to attend to. Well done to them for their efforts. Today was the first day the sun shone down so I've got loads of washing to put out today.

I've got some fun giveaways coming up so please come back regularly to check them out and add me to your blogfeed ( I use Bloglovin').

See you soon peeps! xox

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Clever crafting with CleverPatch

We have been busy at home doing all sorts of things and with school holidays coming up I have to find some boredom busters. There's nothing that will make you crazy than to hear "I'm bored!" all day long. You can't go past anything that's crafty for the kids. They love to be imaginative and CleverPatch understands how important it is for a child's development. In short CleverPatch are about craft that helps kids to explore ideas and understand their world. They have an online craft store bursting with soooo many good things that are also inexpensive ready for you to keep those little hands busy with great things. Did I mention it's Free Freight?? Winning!






Since Easter is just around the corner my daughters really got stuck in to making these Easter bunny and Chick decorations. My little 3yr old boy decided to help out with the sticking part as they are self adhesive which makes craft easy. Aren't they so cute? Each project comes with it's own instruction sheet that's easy to understand and follow.

These felt love-hearts took a bit more time to piece together and require some sewing (yay for that!). My 8yr old daughter needed only help with threading the wool into the plastic needle but it was childs play for her finishing and gluing on everything else. I love them and she'll be giving to a few friends at school. 

She surprised me while I was cooking dinner the next day with these Felt Mirror Owls. I think they are adorable and they have a hidden mirror in the back. All the crafts are pretty easy to put together and they are not only visually pleasing but also when you have them in your hands they feel great.

We still have one last package that I have stashed away for the holidays. Edited *rolls.eyes* The kids opened up the last package over the weekend. They were drawn to the glittery pens and paint, which required outside the house crafting but ended up with fantastic pieces that's awaiting the paint to dry. Even Daddy got into the action and that's a lot for me to say when he gets involved as he normally does not.



CleverPatch have a wide range of crafts for all the kids to enjoy. You may like their cardboards Sea Animals or the Terracotta Flowerpot. They have a fantastic range of markers and crayon silks. I'm loving the wooden clock making kit too. Pretty much anything you can think of, they got it for you to create. Such an awesome site.

I pretty much want to order everything on the web site. My daughter has chosen the clay items. Don't stress too much about picking the perfect item, whatever you choose it's all about the experience. In CleverPatch words: We're about the doing stuff. So go on and have a browse. You'll be so glad you did.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Seeing spots - Library Bags



Howdy there. I realised that I have everything for school except library bags for the kids. Last year I bought some small Disney un-inspired bags which aren't going to do the job this year. So, I spent the last two days wondering and agonising over library bags/totes. Finally, I settled upon the Purl Bee 20 minute tote, except that as I was cutting, I decided that I wanted to line the totes. So it ended being the 40 minute tote, which was probably more like the 50 minute tote as I wrestled with my overlocker. I already had the 1 inch herringbone webbing in my stash as well (just enough for all three bags). I vaguely recall buying them from ebay.


In fact, as I finished each bag they got progressively a little smaller in size. This is going backwards but I made Michael's bag last. I had this Japanese fabric in my stash from when I made the toddler bag. So I lined his bag with some black Michael Miller dots. I didn't have enough width to make it as wide as the others so I went with the panel width. It's the same picture front and back.



I also had some Matilda's own Printable fabric so I printed out some name labels on the front of each. The specifics: Go to Word, insert a rectangular shape, insert a text box using the font High Tower Text in size 48. Add another such as star or love-heart or whatever takes your fancy and when you're happy print it out. You'll have to play around with the text box so it has no outline. Maybe print it out on paper first to see how it will eventually look like.


These are the girls bags. Jacquie starts Kindy this year! I lined hers with some linen that I bought from Daiso ($3.80) and the fabric is Tanya Whelan, TW23 Dots (Grand Revival).


Mariah's one was the first one I made. It's about the size of the Purl Bee Tote and I used a basic pink spotty cotton print from Spotlight. I actually ironed on some hard stabilising fabric I bought yonks ago as well. It's rather stiff and it almost killed me to get the tension correct on my overlocker. I had loose thread everywhere and I couldn't figure out for the life of me how to adjust it properly. I eventually finished hers at night and finished the other two on Australia Day. word of caution: make sure the sticky bit is facing the fabric or you'll end up with sticky gluey stuff on your ironing board. (How am I going to iron the clothes from now on?)


I just did a standard blanket stitch around the name label. I really like the way they turned out.


It turns out I am quite the slow sewer. I tend to umm and arrgh about specifics so to cut things short I sewed up both the outside and lining fabrics separately, then I placed the lining inside the main fabric and sewed up the tops together with the overlocker. Then I sewed on the handles (yup, I twisted one of them but Jacquie won't notice, shhhh) and then turned the top down 1" and sewed the top line first and then the second line from the inside. I really love the way they all turned out. It beats buying a $3 bag from Kmart anyway, although the kids will need to bring a plastic bag to protect the books from any spills. You may like to line your bags with oilcloth (why didn't I think of that earlier? Doi!) instead.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my bags. I haven't sewn for a while but I did make Mariah some shorts from the Dana's MADE pattern. I'll show you that next. It was fun. It's been pretty hot down under but today was a cool and sprinkly day. We are celebrating Australia Day today and I am thankful to be in a country where we have freedom to be who we are and live with respect with each other and where we are safe. God bless our country.

Thanks for stopping by. School end of this week. Yayyy!



Monday, January 12, 2015

Where I've been

 We stayed here in Salamander Bay last week and it was awesome.
 We spent a few days beaching and soaking up the sun. Perfect weather and waves.
 This was Fingal Beach. We had a bbq and there was a little play area for the kids next to it. Awesomeness I tells ya. We went back on our last day but it was but more wavier.
We ate home made food: my sisters curry,  my quinoa salad and baked drumettes. I'm going to miss being on holiday. Guess I'll have to book now for next year.

Where do you recommend in nsw?