Saturday, December 22, 2012

Slow Saturdays


On Saturdays I really wish I had a cleaner. I have lots to do and with children to attend to it can be difficult. It seems that there is no use to mopping because the floors only stay clean for a short while and I somehow have a never-ending basket of laundry and not Tim Tams :( But I have a bit of peace now that the youngest is going to sleep and there's some freshly micro-waved rice which will turn into lunch very soon.

Onto more exciting news though we have picked out three winners for the book give-away. Thankyou to all who commented or just popped in for a read. The winners are Karen, nessie and Lil. So please send me your addresses so I can get Scholastic to send your book!!! Congratulations!

I'm thinking of sewing today but can't decide which project. I just downloaded the Sorbetto top and perhaps I could have a crack at that but most of what's in my stash is quilting and not apparel so there goes that idea. Note to self: I should buy more apparel type of fabric.


Can you believe there are 3 more sleeps til Christmas??? I can't wait. We haven't broken our toy buying rule this year so none of the kids will get presents from us, only from their aunts and cousins (which will be rather abundant). I'm a bit late to the party but trying to instill St Nicholas into our home instead of Santa Claus.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and hope that you have a great time with your loved ones. God Bless.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Good Night, Sleep Tight - Review and Giveaway

After my first baby was born I did all the activities you did with your first child including reading to her. Once she could sit up it was wonderful to have her in my lap as I read her books. It was fascinating to watch her wide-eyed and point to the pictures or words. To this day I am very sure that reading to her at a young age attributed to her advanced reading skills. We have a vast collection of our favourite books and I have to say that I love reading books by local authors such as Mem Fox.

I was fortunate enough that Scholastic have sent me a copy of her book Good Night, Sleep Tight to review.Good Night, Sleep Tight was inspired by research suggesting that children who have learnt six nursery rhymes by age four will usually be in the top reading group by eight. The book revives seven classic nursery rhymes for new generations and highlights the importance of parents reading aloud to their children. She had written it many years ago but she has now revised it to include two children and the illustrations by Judy Horacek are marvellous.

Our bedtime routine starts off with brushing teeth, going to the toilet and then reading the children books only if they are in pyjamas. So they always get dressed and sit on my daughter's bed. They absolutely love this book because it includes well-loved nursery rhymes like round and round the garden and pat-a-cake, which I get them to sing to me.
There are lovely pictures in this book and I enjoyed getting the children to spot different things and asking them questions. They love being involved and getting into the book. My almost 5yr old son has dozens of questions when I am reading. He had a great memory bank so he was already saying things as there is some fun repetition as well. My 6yr old daughter's favourite part of the book is when the ladys' are trotting on their horses. I love that she can read and although I do try to correct her, it's best if we don't so that they don't feel like it's a test. My 3yr old daughter enjoyed the nursery rhymes and the tickling part. As you can tell this book suitable for all ages.

 Mem Fox has been a literary consultant in Australia, the United States, Taiwan, Guam, Singapore, Soth Africa, Uganda and Tanzania. She is a well-known writer of many best selling picture books for children and several non-fiction books for adults.

Here are her top-ten comandments for reading aloud to children:

Mem Fox’s Ten Read Aloud Commandments
1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.
2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.
3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.
4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.
5. Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again, and always read in the same ‘tune’ for each book: i.e. with the same intonations on each page, each time.
6. Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, or anything else connected to the book; or sing any old song that you can remember; or say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or be noisy together doing clapping games.
7. Look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books for young children, and make sure the books are really short.
8. Play games with the things that you and the child can see on the page, such as letting kids finish rhymes, and finding the letters that start the child’s name and yours, remembering that it’s never work, it’s always a fabulous game.
9. Never ever teach reading, or get tense around books.
10. Please read aloud every day, mums and dads, because you just love being with your child, not because it’s the right thing to do. 

I really hope that you'll share the joy of reading to your children and thanks to Scholastic for also having this same sentiment by having three (3) copies to Giveaway!!! Just leave a comment below to be in the running. I'll draw a winner on Friday, 21st December in the morning.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Two for me

 This is what happens, I get e-mails from on-line shops about their current sales and I have a bit of a browse and then I delete the e-mails. Sometimes there are quite good sales worth going to the shops and picking out an item or two. Target happened to be one of them as it's 40% off all dresses this weekend!!! I normally try on dresses when they have 20% off but I don't buy them. Call me stingy or whatever but I really only buy a dress when I feel it's worth it. That being said, I don't have many nice dresses in my wardrobe so I set about changing that this morning.

So with all the kids dressed I drove down to the shopping centre just after 9am to beat the crowds. I picked out about 5 dresses to try on and headed off into the change room. I had to let them all in with me in the change room and leave the pram outside. The 18mth old decided it was not for him and cried the ENTIRE time I was trying on dresses. The eldest, my 6yr old daughter was singing and my almost 5yr old boy was crying because I stopped him from opening the door. Let's just say it was rather horrid and loud and I couldn't wait to leave.

I picked out these two dresses though. The top one is a nice navy one which would be good for work. I did try the lace peplum one but she thought it wasn't colourful enough and I agreed with her. Miss 6 really liked the fake wrap one (pictured) and I will probably wear it tonight at a pre-wedding party we are going to. They ended up only being $35.40 each so what a bargain they were! I love you Target.

I grabbed the nearest food distraction (Cadbury Favourites) to tide over the little ones while I waited in line to pay for them along with a white Christmas t-shirt for our St Vincent de Paul Hamper drive next Monday. I like to look festive. I hope you found some goodies this Christmas season.

May God bless your weekend.

* Stay tuned for a book give-away next.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Small gifts

 It's that time of year again. I was going to buy myself a new diary from Target but they trashed the stationary area so I went to Typo instead. Lucky for me (and you) they are having 50% off diaries and calendars so I grabbed this pretty week to view diary for just $5.

 There were heaps of other choices but Little Miss said this one had more pink so it was the obvious choice. I tended to agree with her. I love how it has a monthly view at the beginning of each month so you can keep track of what's coming. I know people like to use their mobile phones or other devices but I like this method. That way, if my phone dies I still have a record of my appointments and I can scribble notes.

(Not-so) Little Miss got another award this term. They entered some Paint my Christmas Card competition for the local government and she got a commendation award. She makes me so proud. That being said, we don't need awards to make us feel proud about who we are but it's the things we do we should be more proud of and strive to achieve.

So it's a really busy time of year for everyone. I've bought some chocolates for the teachers and neighbours. I've yet to buy some toys for the Kmart Wishing Tree but will do that this week when I don't have so many little ones with me.

On the sewing end I found the Tulip Skirt pattern from Sew Daily. Talk about procrastination... 4 years to be exact since this pattern was released. I hope it works for me though as I'll be needing more skirts for this summer. We had a heat wave the past three days and it's finally subsided a little today with some rain.

In other news I have been completely humbled by doing two home visits for our St Vincent de Paul Conference. I was so moved by the lady who opened up her heart and life and talked about her struggles in life. Then when the Deacon told us of a story of a man who shared his sunset with his local priest because it was the only thing he had, I couldn't stop the tears from falling. I had asked to Lord to make me humble in he granted me those graces. I hope I am a good President for our conference and I hope we are blessed to continue to do the work of Jesus.

Aside: Are you wondering what's going to happen on the 21st? Me too......

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Christmas Gift for my Children.



This year I was adamant that I was not going to buy any more toys for my kids for Christmas. They will get toys from their aunts and uncles anyway so I didn't see a point in wasting money on something that they won't appreciate. I have always wanted to get them something that would be really meaningful to them. We always tell them how lucky they are to live in a country like Australia. They don't understand but I think their gift this year will open their minds and hearts. This year we sponsored a child!

I was walking in the shopping mall and was approached by a lady who worked for Child Fund Australia. I remember feeling a bit strange as I dislike being confronted by sales people but I knew I had to listen and I knew I couldn't say No. I knew what she was going to say as she held up the water bottle filled with dirty muddy water. I knew there were children who were dying from something as simple as not having drinking water and access to basic health care. In the back of my mind I tried not to cry as she went on about success stories etc. Wierd, I know but I knew I was going to be a part of something life changing, not only for my sponsor child but for myself; for my children.

So there we were, with my youngest daughter waiting patiently sprawled out on the floor of the shopping centre I signed up and in two weeks we will recieve news of a child that would be a part of our lives. I know hubby is a bit of a skeptic as some organisations do not use all their funds directly in aid to the families in need but he was fine with it. It is not up to us to judge what actually happens with our money. Jesus knows everything, you know. We are all accountable to Jesus.


I am confident that Child Fund Australia will use my money wisely. They use to be Childrens Christian Fund and before that China's Children Fund. ChildFund Australia is a member of the Australia Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. The Code requires members to meet high standards of corporate governance, public accountability and financial management. As evidence of this accountability, ChildFund Australia is accredited by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) to receive government grants. This accounts for around 10 per cent of ChildFund Australia's revenue.

So, if you are looking for a special gift this year then I suggest you sponsor a child. It will be the single most important and best decision you have made in your life.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hunting the Alternative and giveaway links.


 As I mentioned before, I've been making changes in my diet. I'm trying (emphasising on trying) very hard to eat non-processed foods so breakfast last week consisted of scrambled eggs, fresh tomato and steamed broccoli.
Other times it may be poached eggs with steamed asparagus but it's not always eggs. I find it filling and delicious and light. It doesn't leave me feeling bloated and I know it's really clean food that isn't full of artificial additives.

Speaking of clean foods check-out this lovely new blog : Hunting the Alternative. It's a site dedicated to helping mothers out there who are looking for healthier, natural food alternatives. You may have a baby that has an allergy to a certain type of food or ingredient and this is a great way to order through a local co-op. Right now they are having a Easi-Yo yoghurt maker giveaway so pop on over and have a browse.

  To prove that I am still a 'normal' human mother I made scones this morning. I had some wholemeal flour I've never got around to using so I used Fast Ed's scone recipe and made there beauties. My tip: if you want thick and high scones just press them lightly once you've mixed in the wet to dry ingredients and don't press down too deep. I made them pretty high already so that little bit of cooking brought them to the perfect height. That way you won't have flat scones.

And yes, we had jam and whipped cream (from a can, naughty, naughty)!!!

 p.s Those Baker's Delight vouchers were re-sent and I still have three to giveaway so please leave a comment on my Baker's Delight post to be in the running for a $10 voucher!!!! I'll definately be contacting winners on Monday and posting out as soon as you give me your mailing address. Make sure I can contact you. Some bloggers have left a no-reply on their profile.

*Karina - can you send me your address please so I can post out your voucher to you please.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Two different books

I love Martha Stewart. Who doesn't? She makes things look fabulous and easy. My sister let me borrow this book she bought from Lincraft. The sales lady let her buy it for $20. Isn't that ridiculously good? So I've been wide-eyed at all the projects and really wanting to carve out some time for a bit of sewing but with four kids we'll see how that goes.

This is the Girls dress from Man's Shirt project from Martha's book. I know we all don't have a lovely light chambray shirt at home but I'll have to see what I can dig out of hubby's closet. He wears casual stuff to work so he has a few shirts I can snip into. It looks really easy and cute. How cool would it be in my size??? Oooooh.


 This is a stack of pillows from her book. They look great and while I don't need pillows I still need cushions but at the rate my kids go with chucking them on the floor I am apprehensive about spending the effort on this.




 Don't hate me cos I'm dieting. I was going to make that the blog title. But I have put on weight around my middle section. I think it's from all the cakes and bakery items I've been indulging in lately and the last straw was when someone asked a friend if I was pregnant. Seriously, is that the worst question to ask when one is not! I felt compelled to do something about it and I found this book from Big W. James Duigan helps models like Elle and Rosie (the chick from the last Transformers) to keep their tummies flat. I did buy his Flat Tummy Fast book as well but it isn't pictured. I bought this one for just $19 a few days later. So far I've learnt just to try to eat Clean foods. That is, foods which are not processed. I've lost 1.5kgs and I really hope to just slim down. I'm not after model perfection but I would like to flatten out my tummy. I'll keep you posted.

 Cake anyone? James shares his wedding cake recipe with us in his book. What a diet book with dessert? How can this be? This is what made me buy it. Hee heee. It's a peanut butter cream chocolate cake. Actually, they say that a picture of a cake on a magazine increases the likelihood of you buying it exponentially. We just love cake. Just don't eat it often and eat small amounts. Enjoy it slowly and savour the flavour.

This looks really yummy. Chicken and quinoa. I've been eating more steamed vegies with every meal and less meat. I just need to exercise more. I only play basketball once a week and I try to get on the treadmill on Wednesdays. Apparently, the treadmill is a bit of a lazy way to train but it still gets my heart and sweat going.

On other fronts, I've fixed my Blogger picture uploading issue. I am using Mozilla Firefox as we speak and it's a hell of a lot faster than IE. My pictures loaded up in less than 2 seconds each and I am over the moon that I can inundate you with my pictures now!

Somehow the Baker's Delight vouchers have not made it to me. They are lost somewhere or someone has taken them from church and because they don't know who I am it's gone AWOL. I've called them a few times to ask if they've seen my envelope but they haven't so I'm sorry my readers but I can't give out any vouchers until they are found :(

I better get on the treadmill right now as the little one is asleep and I can get some lunch ready for the kids. p.s My eyesight is pretty excellent now. Two weeks ago she told me I had about a month to go until it was perfect and it was pretty clear and sharp at that point so I was really glad. It's the best to be able to jump into the car and not have to rummage for my glasses anymore. I love it.

Til later, ciao for now.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Morning tea with Bakers Delight!

Earlier this week I had the lovely opportunity to host a morning tea with some new treats from Bakers Delight. They have a new range of Lemon and Cream Cheese bakery items. They sent over some of them for my local playgroup, all nice and fresh.

Here we have two Lemon and Cream Cheese Swirls and 10 Lemon and Cream Cheese Scrolls. I had a bit of time to set up the table before all the ladies arrived and they all 'oooh'd and ahhhh'd' once they saw the table. I couldn't bring too many things with me, as I still had the kids and their luggage, but I used some of my nice plates with a matching tea pot for some Earl Grey tea and some Heather Bailey for a lemony touch.

Once we made our hot teas we tucked into the treats relaxed and enjoyed the lemon sensation. The Lemon Sweet Swirls/Scrolls are neither too lemony or sweet. There's a really nice balance and this wonderful scent of a bakery item that I loved. I think it could have been nutmeg? I couldn't tell so I just had to keep eating them. It could have been cinnamon ... but anyway, whatever it was it made me want to eat more. All the ladies enjoyed them as well.

 
The kids liked them too but admittedly the lemon and cream cheese frosting was a bit much for them so I took some off and they are the rest of it. In all seriousness, I had about one whole Swirl finished off by myself by the end of the day. There goes my diet.
 
They are a perfect treat to bring to a picnic or a friend's place. Here are some of the ladies enjoying the scones. A huge thankyou to Bakers Delight and of course we can't go without offering three $10 vouchers to Bakers Delight to my reader's!!!
 
Just leave a comment on what you like to serve as your morning tea and I'll draw a winner out next week.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Just another day.

Now that school holidays are over I can almost relax but the days seem to be busier than usual. During the holidays I didn't load too many activities as I like to balance relaxing and kids activities. Like last time we went to the movies again and watched Madagascar 3. Awesome movie. I loved it as much as the kids and yes, even the youngest enjoyed it and we didn't have one wet their pants! I had a good friend over and we made chocolate cupcakes with raspberry icing from scratch! They tasted so good we've planned to make more from my cupcake magazine!!!
 
If you had the day I had last week you'd be begging for a holiday. It included the kids locking the bedroom door and their brother in the cot so I was frantically using a screwdriver to open it up to make it in time for school drop-off. Then, at the shops the soy sauce bottle fell out the bottom of the bag and spilled all over the floor in front of Woolies. Then 5mins later my 3yr old decides she wants to go toilet after we only had a toilet break 5mins ago and wee's in aisle 12. It doesn't stop there, the baby has done a number 2 in his nappy and I'm in the carpark changing his nappy whilst trying to get out of Westfield before our 3 hours expires! Arghhh, but I DID IT! All with a smile and lots of patience and praying. Phew.
 
I finally got around to some gardening since Spring is finally in the air. Potting mix is really cheap and so there was no excuse for me not to start planting seeds. I bought a selection of Yates seeds both on-line at their ebay shop and from the supermarket. I've put some Freesia seeds in place of the dead tomato section which is near our shelter. I bought these Yates garden pot set which came with free Basil, Coriander and Parsley seeds (below). I hope they start to sprout soon. I've been diligently watering them every afternoon after I've taken in the laundry. Hubby probably thinks they won't last under my non-existent green thumbs and I'm determined to prove him wrong... this time.

 
I'd like to post some more pics but I'm having a bugger of a time with Blogger uploading my pictures lately. The kids have been back to swimming lessons since I've slacked off through winter. I've attended a new church Playgroup and will have a Bakers Delight hosted morning tea next week and a giveaway for my lovely readers again. So don't be shy and stop by next Tuesday, won't you.
 
Until then, it's full steam ahead for me.
 
p.s C is for Cookie, could you e-mail me your e-mail address. Your Blogger profile has a no-reply setting so I can't grab your address for the My Memories software you won. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My Memories Suite and giveaway!



One of the gifts I recieved after the birth of my first baby was a scrap book album. I still have it at home after all these years but it's stored away, empty and waiting for my to fill it up. I had always envisioned pages full of beautiful pictures and decorations that you would see in lovely scrapbooks with heart-touching memories. I've been collecting a few bits of scrap stuff here and there but it all seems too much work and effort for someone who really can't "scrap" and "design" things. Fast forward and I've got the solution. Digital scrapbooking!

My Memories is the perfect software for those of you who like the idea and want to scrapbook but don't have the time, patience or budget to collect all the fiddly bits you need to scrapbook. Plus, once you have it all done you can print it out and keep using those images and designs forever!


 
My Memories is not only for scrapbooking but I used it to create the cutest quilt label. This was a free 'Howdy Cowboy' design that I easily downloaded and put in some text (names removed in the picture) and a photo. I used a blanket stitch for the border. It was that easy and it looks great. You'll love the software even for the great designs in the freebies section. I made it a smaller album size and printed it on special fabric that feeds through my inkjet printer. You do have to set your printer settings first before you load the software or it won't recognise your printer settings.
 
 
I also made these food labels using the frame templates for my daughter's birthday party. They were printed onto paper and glued to cardboard and a long skewer. If I had embroidery scissors it would have come out more scalloped but they were really cute. There are endless possibilities to using the software like creating your own invitations, posters, thankyou cards, birthday cards... you name it.
 
 
How cute is he? I created this page from another free template using a picture from his Christening. I haven't got a baby book printed out for him [last baby syndrome :( ] so I really must do something to fix that right up. There are heaps of designs you can also buy from their website and you'll just want to do so many things with My Memories Suite. Once you start playing around with it you'll find it so easy to create pages of lasting memories which you will love to print and share with everyone you know.
 
As a special for my readers you can get $10 off the price of the software which brings it to only $29.97 plus a $10 coupon is included to use in the store! Just use this link to get this special: My Memories Suite. That's great value.
 
You can also win your own copy of the My Memories Suite right here! Just visit the site and leave a comment on what design you would pick or what you think you would do with the software and I'll draw out a winner next week.
 
You can check out more or My Memories at:
Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/pages/MyMemories/140359372717593
Twitter- http://twitter.com/#!/mymemoriessuite
 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I've been quilting!

This is some secret squirrel business that came to me out of the blue. A group of on-line friends whom I have known for a while now, almost 3 years as we came together from a pregnancy forum. Was that even a sentence? Who cares. I can't even read this properly.

Anyway, one of them had it tough with her second child who was ill since he entered into this world and I thought we could make a quilt for that special little boy. I don't think she reads my blog so it's safe to say this is not going to spoil the surprise. We chose the fabric and someone cut out the circles and I finished the quilt top. It was easier than I expected and more quickly than you'd think. Isn't it cute? Next I have to do the backing and binding.


For the backing we already have this stars and stripes from Spotlight and I am going to create a design for our special message on the back. That will be the next post which will host a giveaway of the software I used. So as usual, stay tuned.

And for those who are curious, my eyesight is still a bit blurry but clearing up especially for short distances. It does seem to fluctuate for long distance as I drive. I can see long distances but it's not 20/20 yet. It does feel so good not to wear glasses or to use my contacts but still annoying that I have to wait for clear eyesight another few weeks. I did play basketball on Sunday (which was the end of the two week ban) and I had the game of my life! I scored a career high of 16 points with my first 3 pointer in like, forever! So if anything the laser surgery had corrected my shooting skills, lol.

Now we're in school holiday mode so it's out to the movies today and a really busy time with all the kids at home with me. I might be needing that left over Xanax by the end of it.

So tell me, what are you doing these holidays?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Laser Eye Surgery

< feeling sleepy
Blogger doesn't like any of my camera pictures at the moment so I can't show you the pictures taken while I was having my eye's lasered. Here are the pics that Blogger decided it would upload of my eye surgery. I finally decided not to wait any longer and after I saw an advertisement at the local medical centre for the Sebban Eye Centre I decided to see if I was a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery. The check only takes 30mins and boy was I glad to hear that I was! I booked an appointment the very next day but I had to still wait 6weeks.
< during the laser!

A week has passed now and I still have slightly blurry vision since having TransPRK or Advanced Surface Laser. Sometimes when I use the saline drops I have clear vision even from the kitchen to the lounge which is fantastic. I just wish it would hurry up so I can get on with things. I have to have IE at 125% otherwise I find it hard to read and I haven't been on the net for a few days now.
< Dr Sebban holding my forehead

I can tell you that my experience, thus far, with laser eye surgery at The Sebban Eye Centre was fantastic. The Laser counsellor was informative and caring. She scared me a little when she showed us the schedule of when I should take all these eyedrops and pain relieving meds but I actually only used the eye drops from my post-op bag. The other ladies who checked my eyes were friendly too. The centre ran like clockwork with a handful of other laser clients waiting at the same time. Dr Ilan Sebban was really lovely and laid back. He was really making sure that my correction was going to be correct and tested my right eye a few extra times. Sure, lens 1 or 2 wasn't all that different when he switched them on my eye but he wanted to make sure I wasn't going to change my mind and I really didn't. I was probably on the table for about 10mins or so and lasering only takes 20secs per eye. Don't take my word for it cos I was a bit excited and sleepy. I did both my eyes and my script was only -1.00/-1.25 but I really dislike wearing glasses/contacts and all the rigmarol of finding them, putting them in, making sure the kids don't break them etc. It's all too much hassle for me.

I thought it was so awesome being lasered though and watching the white light lasering away. It could have been a bit of the drugs kicking in but man, laser technology is so so cool. You do smell the smoke and hear the laser like a static sound. I felt fine during and afterwards. I made hubby take some pics. I slept most of the way home while hubby drove us from the city. I don't recall looking at the pictures once we got home but the sleep was absolutely THE.BEST.SLEEP.OF.MY.LIFE! All mums should get some Xanax into them once in a while. That stuff freaking rocks. I slept from 4pm - 9pm, wokeup, had a sandwich and went back to sleep til about 7.30am.
The sunlight was way too bright so we kept the blinds closed and I even went with the older two to a birthday party with my sunnies on. I couldn't believe how my eyes felt fine.

Anyway, I can drive now although really I don't know if I'd pass a driving eye exam right now. Ssshhhhh. I can do normal things except read up close (which I had no problems doing beforehand) and I'll have fluctuating vision for a few weeks until my eyes heal. I would absolutely recommend laser eye surgery at Dr Sebban's but I can't guarantee your results will be like mine... so far. It was cheap compared to other eye centres and I paid $60 for meds but if you want to save a bit just buy your own Systane Eye drops for a cheaper price.

You will need a a carer to drive you back after 4 days to take out the contact lens they place over your eyes and you definately won't be able to see clearly for at least one week so take a few weeks off if your work requires you to drive or read close-up or further away. You'll need someone to drive to pick-up the kids, do groceries etc. for a week.

I'll upload some pics if Blogger decides to change it's mind and give me a valid responses from it's server, arghhhhh.

Normal blogging should resume pending my vision.

*This review is based on my own personal experience and I have not been paid for this honest review.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Fairy Party

Over the weekend we celebrated Little Miss finally turning 6 and Father's Day.
I had been planning this party for one whole month as it was the first party we've had at home. I was so happy but a bit nervous when the day arrived and kept thinking I was forgetting something on the day (it was the corn cobs!). But everything went to plan and I was so happy for her and all who attended. 


Here I am with a cheesy smile as we were cutting her cake. It was a home-made one made by her aunt and we had frosted it and decorated it on the day (a bit stressful but fun). Come 1pm, when the party was starting, I was worried that no-one would turn up. I mean, I could hear the birds and apart from my sister's family being there, she only had 1 friend from school turn up. I asked her during the two weeks prior "Are you sure you don't want to invite anyone else?" I had only got two rsvp's and was rather disappointed. Is this how mother's are suppose to feel? I felt sad for her but our other friends turned up and little cousins so eventually by 1.30pm we had a house full of little kids being entertained by the Fairy and I was relieved. Really, really, relieved.
 
I borrowed this cupcake stand and I found the cutest princess cupcake patty pans from the cheap store ($2.95 for a pack of 25). They were food grade so I could cook directly into them and came out really lovely. The fairy sprinkles really added that special flair to them. I made the cupcakes from scratch that morning (I had burned the choc ones the night before). I was told they tasted delicious though the day after they were a bit dense.

Here's the gang of little kids with the Fairy Mary. I had booked Fairy Good Times and she did a fantastic job with the kids. They all loved the show she put on. Even the boys were really involved. The kids laughed, recieved gifts and had their faces painted.

This was taken just before the fairy left and all the kids went outside. I was glad the kids had the lounge as it was a bit windy outside so the mothers sat in comfort with their little kids and watched the show. Although it was a little pricey I am so glad we had the fairy for her.

 We also got a jumping castle which arrived just on time. They had a few hold-ups with other customers and the castle is still at my house waiting to be picked-up. I loved it and the kids had fun on it too. It was a big Barbie one from Jumping Rascals.

My sister put on the bubble machine and you know it's always a huge hit. Something about bubbles draws the kids to them. They can play for ages trying to bust them. A good bubble machine is all you need for the smaller babies and toddlers.
 
 Here's the cake. I wrote the message on it with decorator gel. It is hard to write but I think it turned out nice. I wanted to buy some store cake and decorate it myself but my sis in law wanted to make one for her and I didn't want to argue with her so she went ahead and stressed herself out while making it and trying to get it frosted in time. I think it looks great. I ordered the Barbie fairy from e-bay and the pink sprinkles, little fairies and cachous from Coles.

My sister's put up butterfly wings around the place. My father-in-law (bless him) put up the streamers which made it look more festive. These were all last minute things but could have been done much earlier to save time.

This is the dessert stage where I was cutting cake and people were still pretty full from lunch! Haa haa. I didn't bring out tea and coffee but I'm sure not many adults would have wanted any and with kids around you don't want hot water just laying around waiting to be tipped over.

I made Mars Bar slice (pictured) and we cut up fruit onto serving plates. Looks delicious and healthy! I also made tiramisu which was made the day before to save heaps of time. We were really pooped by the end of the day but I loved every second of it. We're just not having another home party any time soon!!!