It's the little things that we celebrate around here...
1) An empty laundry basket - just for a moment. 2) A pretty serious effort from our little hen. 3) Watching a fussy toddler break her hunger strike. (ok that'a a big win) 4) Finding a pretty picture for my doorway. 5) Two clean (and hillarious) kids. 6) Leaving the house without little feet in tow.
*This little post was sponsored by SunRice Wholegrain Mini Bites - Something Scout will actually eat, hurrah! All opinions and images are my own.
I used to not use my pretty things,
I had a candle that looked exactly like a cupcake in my room for basically my entire childhood. It smelled like strawberries, it was glittery, pink and really fancy. My friends would ohh and ahh over it and ask me if it was real, whilst marveling over its beauty…in the first few years.
By the time I was eight years old it was showing signs of decay, there were white dents where it had been knocked, a thin layer of dust was imbedded into it’s sticky surface and it was decidedly less perky after a few summers on the window sill.
Ok, how many of you are Christmas shopping? Sweet. Now how many of you are also looking for a charity to support this Christmas? Ok not so many but still a few. Who would like to kill two birds with one stone?
If you want to buy ethically this Christmas or you just want to buy some super cool stuff, listen up. Go to this ebay page, spend some money and get some good Karma (and fab Aussie designed stuff.)
Images: Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville
I posted a pic on Instagram last week of this Merry Christmas bunting I made and a few people asked if I would post a free printable for it, so here we go.
I'm not usually this organised but this year we are hosting Christmas and Dec the 1st was the only day everyone was completely available. The joys of having a massive family.
I bought blank cards from K-mart and cut them in two along the fold - making ten cards into twenty rectangular pieces of cardboard that each measured 10.5cm by 14.8cm. I used natural brown paper coloured card but you can do any colour you like.
Here is the PDF for the Merry Christmas Bunting Printable - you should be able to just press PRINT and change your paper size to MANAGE CUSTOM SIZES then type in 10.5cm in 'width' and 14.8cm in 'height'.
After they were printed I used a hole punch to make the two holes in each card and threaded though this cool striped yarn-like-stuff, then I stuck it to the wall with electrical tape. Then I made this matching wrapping paper.
I'm new to this free printables game so please feel free to post as much feedback in the comments section as you would like.
Geometric bunting, black and white, neon cuckoo clocks, clean edges, natural textures, handmade toys, tribal influences, raw floorboards, antlers and a freakin skateboarding baby hedgehog. If anyone needs me I'll be at Pinterest, you should join me. *none of these pictures are mine - follow my pins to their rightful owners.
I find myself being really fascinated by how much power our spice racks hold. There was a time when herbs and spices were precious, rare items. They were used for medicinal purposes and there was also all sorts of superstitions connected to their use. My strange little interest has led me to write a mini-series on medicinal and magical properties of herbs and spices. Today class, we will be talking about Black Pepper so take out your pencils and note books, or maybe just pin it. This is one of my favourites. Enjoy xoxo babs
Medicinal: Black pepper is said to help all sorts of belly issues, it alleviates gas, helps constipation and improves digestion. Pepper is also known to have anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant effects but most importantly it breaks down fat cells, yey!
Magical/ Superstitious: Like I said, it breaks down fat cells. It is also said that if you spill pepper it means you are going to have an argument with someone.
Random: In the middle ages, when someone wanted to cure grey hair, they mixed up a potion with half a cup of curd, the juice of one lemon and a table spoon of ground black pepper. This reportedly helped the hair pigments restore themselves. Best not to hold your breath though, you need to do this once a week for 6 months before any changes appear. It is, as you can imagine, far from scientifically prooven but similar recipes still do the rounds.
Check out the rest of the series here.
Some days there are only so many times you can put Peppa Pig to bed in the dolls house, (about 27) before you go all Bell Jar and want to put her head in the tiny oven. I really like tea, almost as much as I like coffee (and that’s saying something) but about three and a half minutes into the tea party I’m about ready to stab myself in the eyeball with a 5cm long pink wooden spoon.
I’m not even going to give the obligatory “I love my kids more than anything ra ra ra,” disclaimer.
It’s ok that I think playing with my kids is boring - it’s mutual. If I were to choose my ideal activity she would be equally as bored. Wanna watch mummy blog? No. Scout also doesn’t want to watch Q&A with us and she gives about as much of a crap about the election results and I do about what the residents of her toy box are up to.