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Cooking up a storm

This week I've grabbed a few good cook books from the library and decided to really make an effort of using the recipes instead of hoarding scanned copies. The first book drew me in from the lush red book cover, it was Nouha Taouk's Whispers from a Lebanese Kitchen. It sounded lovely and as I browsed through it I recognised a lot of the dishes that my mother in law serves. I had some yoghurt at home so I made up more laben. I also wanted to start with something very simple but tasty: the spinach pides or Fatayr as she has in her book. Now it's pro-nounced F'toyeh by my husbands side though. I guess it depends which village you are from ; )












This is how they turned out. I didn't brush these with milk but the second batch I did and so they were more brown. I also made some ham and cheese pizzas for the kids. They weren't too bad but not as flavoursome as mother-in-law's ones. He told her I made them but they were a bit thick and she said to make the balls of …

My Mother's Day weekend.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Mother's Day. Lucky me had breakfast sent to me in bed but I decided it best if we all ate at the table. My preschooler picked out the best gift ever. This cute little notebook was wrapped in clear plastic and I love it. He sure knows his mother well.












Inside it has two little white pads and a pretty pink lined pad.  Of course, it was a perfect match for my new handbag (I picked out myself) from Strandbags. My old one is 6yrs and whilst a great size it is tearing at the edges. It takes me forever to pick anything so I scoured bags online and then went instore to get it at 35% off so really, at $42, this bag is really a steal.
The brand is Laura Jones and it's a tote size but not overly huge. It has two zippered (a must!) compartments with a phone pocket but the best feature I reckon are the two side pockets which are big enough to hold my keys (you know how it takes for-ever to find keys) and I'll most likely put my mobile phone in the…

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Bellabox Mother's Day Giveaway!

On Sunday 12th May we will be celebrating Mother's Day. I am so happy to announce that you could be the winner of one of these boxes. Normally I do not buy many snazzy products for myself but when I do I try to make sure that only the best and natural ingredients are what touch my body. When Bellabox contacted me I was thrilled to know that their products are of the highest quality and it's a great way to try before you buy.
What is Bellabox? bellabox is an innovative concept in beauty sampling. Each product is handpicked and we apply stringent selection criteria to all of the products that are available in our online store.
 This is their exclusive Mother's Day box. It's jammed with perfect products such as Gatineau's Day and Night emulsion, Alpha-H's Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Mask, OCC Lip Tar, Ozotic Nail Polish, Baroque Perfumies perfume stick, MOR Lip Nectar and Pangea Organics Skincare Discovery.

If that sounds good enough to smother yourself…

Top and Jacket.

I was really sad when this Target jacket for my 2yr old was getting a bit snug. Today I was really happy when I found a look-a-like (ahem, knock-off) pattern from the Burda kids range so I bought it from Spotlight for $7 (it was just over half price). The size ranges from 3-7 so it's perfect for both my girls. I can't wait to get it started.



Last weekend I sewed up this top. It is Simplicity 3887. I've made it before and wasn't really happy with the fabric I chose but I really like this light cotton.
I made view D with the long arms but the sleeve are really billowy and I don't like that. I'm going to have to slim down the sleeves.


I do like the way the neckline sits and it's going to be really great for our cooler morning and evenings. You know I always find it hard to choose colours and fabric when I am out shopping. Nothing seems to jump out at me but I find I have a wardrobe full of navy, greys and light pinks. Next time I think I might shop at Tessuti…