Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Catching Up Thoughts, Come And Chat

I love the school holidays!

The girls are back at school this week and I am enjoying having an extra cup of coffee after returning from dropping them at their classrooms. At the same time, I am not enjoying the lack of noise and girly chatter that is usually in the background when the girls are at home.

I know some of you are celebrating the quite and I totally get that but I have to confess I love the noise. Spending time with or around my girls as they play is one of life's delights. It's about connecting with these little growing spirits and seeing just where they are at from their skills right through to their thoughts. I love it!

On the holidays we like to play a game called "My Favourite Things" (yes after that song).
Here I ask the questions and they get to answer and they have to answer with the first thing that pops into their mind. Questions like: "What is your fave colour?" or "Name a place you would like to travel to?" and "If you heart had a face what would it look like - smile, sad, silly...?"
Giggles, cuddles and love usually fill up this game as we play and it lets me have insight into their tiny minds and where they are at emotionally as well as their individual interest that often surprise me.

I love the school holidays because for me it is a special time to connect with my girls. I love connection with my girls.

How do you connect with your kids? Do you play special games?

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Beautiful Food: Bubble and Squeak On Purpose

The recipe of the week is delicious!

I love Bubble and Squeak.

This seemingly old fashion meal is making me drool and I have added it to the family menu for October. It is best known as the recipe for using up leftover veggies, which I contest!!!
I am making this dish on purpose, from scratch and not an old, leftover vegetable is in sight.

For some reason, any meal that calls for using up those leftovers feels unexciting and even tedious to cook. Then, you can look forward to screwed up faces and moans at the table as you painfully force forkfuls of the food into mouths. Not anymore!

Bubble and Squeak is now a hero dish. In my house I am begged for more and then some from my girls and the moans come from there being nothing left - no leftovers!!! (Ironic.)
Made on purpose and served with fresh ingredient favourites this dish has gone from unappetising to delicious. On the menu for October it goes.

The Recipe - Bubble and Squeak On Purpose.

4 potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
3 carrots peeled and cut into chunks
2 parsnips peeled and cut into chunks (optional)
Finely sliced shallots or leeks.
1 teaspoon of turmeric or curry powder (optional)
Salt and pepper.

Boil the root veggies until soft, around 20 - 30 minutes.
Drain and leave to cool. Fry gently the shallots or leeks.
Mash "chunkily" the cooled root veggies (we are not going for smooth here).
Add the shallots or leeks, turmeric and salt and pepper to taste - I do recommend being generous. Mix all through.
Make round patties from the mash and place on a plate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to firm.
In a medium heated fry pan add a good splosh of garlic olive oil and a tablespoon of butter. Place patties in pan and cook on each side until a dark brown crunchy crust has formed.

Serve hot with: avocado slices, mung beans, baby spinach, a fried egg, garlic yoghurt dressing...

Too easy and so very yummy. Go for it on purpose.

If you cook it, share with me over on instagram with the tag #bubbleandsqueakonpurpose_atib
I would love to see your versions.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Beautiful - A Girl's Essential Mag

The Beautiful Book.

Dedicated to all primary school aged girls with love - You are beautiful - unique, special, individual, you! It's a cute handbook for girls as they navigate feelings, friends and the world around them. Super pretty, fun and easy to read, this magazine style book builds self confidence and healthy self esteem. There is heaps of ideas, tips and advice for making friends and getting past the bullies.

It is full to the brim of fun activities, games, party ideas and holiday fun in every season, with fashion, hair tips and all things glitter and gloss. There is even quizzes to giggle at and some yummy recipes to cook.

This book really is a girl's essential!

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Every girl deserves to know that she is uniquely and individually beautiful as she grows.
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Monday, 14 April 2014

Working Mum Collides With Holidays For The Kids

I love holidays.

Ok, so rather a silly thing to write because I don't know one gal who does not love a holiday any time but
these holidays are rather different for myself. For the first time in a long time I am working.

I love my job but as it's school holiday time it's important to me that my kids have their school break and enjoy their time off. Having happy kids is a huge thing for me.
Lucky for me I do have a flexible job where I can do some work from home and my kids are welcome at my office now and then. However, the real issue with working while the kids are on holidays is not so much doing the work but rather the distraction.
You see while your kids are on holidays their minds are in major play and fun mode. My mind has to still be on work. These two can clash and that can make for a pretty stressful holiday rather then that relaxed time out.


Balance, tips, and strategy are needed. I am learning real fast how to keep the holidays fun for the kids while still achieving my work goals.

For me here is my survive the holiday guide:

1. Accept that the week may be a little messy. By this I mean throw working structure out the window and let fun, interruptions and needs be ok.

2. Explain. I do explain to my children the holiday situation - "I'm still at work and you guys are having a break from school". Upfront communication with your kids is always a win and let's everyone know exactly what is happening. I found my children responded really well with understanding give or take a few little reminders of "mummy has to work at the moment". It has made for happy kids rather then confused kids.

3. Food - I still pack the lunch box - life saving!!! I find it easier to keep packing my kids lunches in the morning so they have food on hand and I don't have to worry about making food and snacks every 5 minutes. I double the amount I would give them for a school lunch on the holidays as they tend to want to snack more away from the class room.

4. Plan. I pick several planned self play activities each day for my kids to do. These are different activities each day so those "I'm bored" whines stays well away." i.e play dough, lego, barbies, bike riding on the driveway, colouring in activities... These activities keep my kids happy for an hour or so and me happy so I can focus on some work for a solid chunk of time.

5. Sacrifice. There are still fun outings that need to be had. I have arranged play dates. Some where I can leave my children with very trusted family and friends for friend or cousin catch up plays while I go into the office and then there are times when I  take a break to do an outing or activity with my kids. It's not fair to just leave your kids with self activities all day. They need your attention as well.
This means that I spread my working hours over the day and night. So once tucked into little beds I do some of my work in the evening or early mornings while the house sleeps. Some sacrifice hurts none (ok except if it interrupts Downton Abbey :) ). Great activities don't have to be taxing either, keep it simple - bake some biscuits, nail polish on those fingers, blowing bubbles, jump on the trampoline, read a book or two together. Just keep that contact up.

6. Balance. Don't stress. It's just a couple of weeks where work and  home fun are just meeting up. Talk to your boss up front too, most are fairly understanding of family commitments when it comes to holidays. Take each day as it comes, stay calm, give lots of cuddles (seriously works wonders) and most of all breath and smile, breath and smile.

I am sure that there are  hundreds of  tips for working with kids on holidays so I would love to know what your top tips are?

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Cardigan Love, Perfect For Spring Time And Autumn plus the One That Must Oooze Love!

I love a cardi or light wear jumpers.

The weather is changing but whether Spring time or Autumn the sunshine is still subject to cooling breezes and chilled evenings as, depending on where you are in the world, the warmth fades or is slowly coming.

Cardigans and light wear jumpers are the perfect wardrobe style for this time of year. They keep you warm while not being too heavy and keep you in that Winter or Summer wardrobe before you need to change it up for the hot or cold weather to come.

My cardigan tips:

When in cardigan season I personally like to keep my other clothing style to plainer colours or rather no bright. Black, white, greys, dusty pink/mauve, sliver, gold and dark blues are my faves. We are talking jeans, pants, skirts, shirts.
Next, I add a neutral coloured cardi or jumper over the top and leave the pops of colour to my jewels, accessories and lipstick. Gold or silver glitter threads and studs cardigans/jumpers are perfect for me too as long as the main colour is one of the above.

Keeping your cardigans or jumpers to a more neutral, plain colours makes them so much more versatile in my book and you can pair them with just about anything. Of course if there is a "pow" colour you just can't resist go for it and keep your other clothing plain so the colour of the cardigan does all the "pow" talking.

I have one exception and that is that everyone needs a rainy day, stay at home even fall asleep in it cardigan or jumper. It must be supper snugly, soft and oversized. Colour, old, printed, holes from wear are all positive when it comes to this cardi/jumper. It must ooze love.

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I would love to know if you feel the cold or hot weather or are you immune to temperature?
Do you have a very loved jumper/cardi that you reach for at home?
Are you after a particular colour for the new season for your wardrobe?

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

All That Is Beautiful Link Magazine March 2014 - The Best Blog Reads To Explore Right Here!

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My favourite blog reads for this month. Just click on the above mag what you want to read and your away.

I am just delighted to share that this months cover picture is by Naomi from Not Just A Mummy
Naomi is: Beautiful - Joyful - Inspiring
You can find her three articles in this months link magazine where we decided to show her off just a bit.

5 Natural Beauty Products Worth Writing About by Not Just A Mummy
Learning to Manage My Stress and Anxiety Levels by Not Just A Mummy
Dreams, Reality & Getting Stuck by Not Just A Mummy

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The Amazing:
Inspiration, Beautiful thoughts, Personal, Truths and Fun:
The Power of Prayer by With Some Grace
Quietly Inspirational by About A Bugg T
The Reality - Strain and Effects on Bullying can do to your Emotions by A Dose Of Dannie 
That's Not My Name by Babble On City
Food and Cooking:
The Very Best Chocolate Fudge Sauce by Honey and Fizz
The Soup Diaries: Pea and Ham Soup by Little Bit Of Thyme
Coffee Meringue Biscuits by Vintage Movement
Home Beautiful, Style, Fashion and Beauty:
Parisian Chic by Shoppe Girl
Two Minute Sofa Make-Over by Miss Sew & So
All That Is Beautiful

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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Getting Naked And It's So Pretty & Yummy

I love cake and right now I love a naked cake.

Wave a piece of cake in front of me and I'm not going to resist - nope, there is no resistance there.
Lately I have noticed all these "naked cake" getting around. Yes the humble sponge or butter cake has bared all and put itself out there.

Gorgeous, oh so pretty and natural. I am loving a cake in the raw. Cakes across the globe are coming out in a big way - feel the liberation.

So this week my Miss 4 turned Miss 5 she asked for a pretty birthday cake. What a perfect opportunity to get naked. We went for a more humble and easy version of this latest cake craze.

Rainbow marbled coloured inside, vanilla bean and blueberry flavours with a layer of pink and a layer of white cream cheese icing.

Too easy to do, just leave the sides of your cake un-iced and let the inside layers of icing oozze out in pretty waves. Decorate the top of your cake with a simple swirl, flowers, sparkles or sprinkles and you have a very gorgeous liberated cake.

Getting naked with cake is beautiful.