Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The Winner...

Well done Jenny Young from Mend and Make New!! Hope you enjoy your awesome flowers! Bet they will look lovely in your home somewhere.
No-one better be allergic...

Thanks to everyone who entered!!

Monday, 25 February 2013


Happy Birthday our beautiful sensitive wonderful 10 year old!! 

Your dad and I love how you are so caring and considerate... how you are purposeful in your decisions... how you love your siblings and are so willing to share... how you give the most gorgeous hugs and how you make the most delicious cup of tea!!

Thank you for being such a blessing to our family and we hope you have the most wonderful day.
(thank you Mollie for the use of your gorgeous photos.. xx)

Saturday, 23 February 2013

A beautiful giveaway


My lovely friend Jacqui has just started a new business selling bunches of flowers from a few local places ( click here and here for details)  She is offering one lucky person a bouquet for free!! Yahooo! All you need to do is share this link on facebook and be follower of this blog for a chance to win.. (scroll down the page and click  on join this site)

The winner will be announced next Wed.
( this giveaway is only be open to NZ residents)

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Muesli to die for!!

I am in love with my mamas  muesli at the moment.. I made some for myself the other day and its SOOOOO good!! I thought I would share it  so you can enjoy it too!! 

6 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup natural almonds
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 cup honey ( I used a mixture of honey and molasses)
3/4 cup canola oil

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Place the oats, seeds, almonds and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix to combine. Stir the honey and oil in a saucepan over low heat for 2 mins or until melted and combined. Add the honey mixture to the dry ingredients and mix to combine.

Divide the muesli between two baking trays lined with baking paper and spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 mins, stirring occasionally or until golden. 
Makes 8 cups.


Allow to cool completely before storing.
When cool it will be a solid mass. Break it up into small clusters to store.
Add dried fruit once it has been cooled and broken up
Try replacing 1 cup of rolled oats with 1 cup of coconut


Sunday, 17 February 2013

Our Weekend

This weekend was the first full weekend we had enjoyed as a family since Theo was born... Tim has been working 80 odd hours a week lately and its been just crazy!!

We enjoyed a romantic dinner under the veranda at home on Friday night.. complete with fairy lights and candles.. it was blissful and so much nicer than going out!! We enjoyed the most delicious scallop and prawn risotto thanks to this recipe from Sophie Gray - yummo!!!!

On Saturday night we celebrated Theodore's 6 week birthday with a fish and chip dinner up Te Mata peak where we watched para-gliders and enjoyed a gorgeous sunset. 

Sunday we spent enjoying the wonderful Art Deco weekend in Napier... such a delightful experience!! Next year we are determined to dress up and enjoy it properly!!

How was your weekend?


Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Our Place

My best friend is a florist... I know right! How lucky am I!!! Especially when we go to the flower market together and I pick up a few blooms super cheap... she did the most fantastic arrangement for our front entrance..  Thanks Jaqui.. Love you!!

 I thought I would snap a few stills of around home at the same time...

Two of my favourite things..Vernon Ward print and swan vase.  

I recently discovered the delightful Audrey Fitzjohn from Hello Paper and fell in love!!
This 'Live Simply' sticker was a favourite - along with 'Hello Sunshine' at the top of the page.

An old cast iron toy car Tim found buried in land he was cultivating 
Tims old 'Fun Ho' bulldozer sits alongside a tin number six sign I found when Theo was born

Finn reading in everyone's favourite sunny nook

old books

Mollie's room - she wrote this to remind herself not to be obsessed with how she looks!

(as most of my photos turned out to be an epic fail I handed the camera to Mollie - these are hers..)


One Month already???

Can you believe that ONE MONTH has already gone??? I am enjoying every single minute with this boy.. he is a delight.

It has been a lovely month... I have taken it quietly, enjoying a precious babymoon snuggling this (not so wee) bundle and getting to know our 6th child.

On that note, I have to thank everyone who has enabled me to do this.. Firstly my big kids and my precious hubby - you have all made things easier for me..wonderful family members who took the older children for the odd night and the family and friends who made meals. THANK YOU!!!

I am slowly venturing out and returning to my normal routine and it feels good.

We are truly blessed...

STATS:  5kg,  57cm and utterly scrumptious.

Happy 1st month birthday Theo.. you are treasured beyond words.