November 27, 2014
by Kylie Gardner
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Glittery White Chocolate Christmas Trees

Glittery White Chocolate Christmas Trees

Yo, this is how I do Christmas! Whatever is easy and fun, that’s my gig. Like these GLITTERY white chocolate Christmas trees. Pebble only eats white chocolate (personal preference, strange child), so she thought these were fabulous. The kids had fun stirring and pouring and licking and sprinkling. Here’s how to make these cute glittery trees (though they barely need instructions!).

Glittery White Chocolate Christmas Trees

You will need:

  • 250g good quality white chocolate (I buy it in blocks and break it up, but it’s up to you, melts are good too)
  • edible gold glitter
  • Christmas tree chocolate mould

Method

  • Melt your chocolate using your chosen method. I am a bit old school and put the chocolate in a metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. I’ve had mixed results with the microwave!
  • Pour the chocolate into the chocolate molds* and leave in the fridge to set. Or if you’re super impatient, like me, put them in the freezer.
  • Pop the set chocolates out of their molds and onto a plate then sprinkle them with the edible gold glitter.

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* I totes confused myself about the correct spelling of ‘molds’ and I hate getting spelling wrong. The internet says ‘mould’ and ‘mold’. Who knows? Help a girl out, please!

Note: if you’re thinking of colouring the trees green, like I was, be careful with water based food colourings. I used the squeezy bottle kind and we had to throw away a whole block of chocolate because it seized. Boo hoo! I hear that gels work well but I haven’t tried it. Good luck!

Don’t you think these would make a super sweet Christmas gift?

November 25, 2014
by Kylie Gardner
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Christmas Shopping Secrets

Christmas Shopping SecretsThis post is sponsored by Ozsale.com.au

I’ve been let in on a little bit of a secret that’s going to save you big bucks and lots of time and hassle this Christmas. Consider this post a bit of acommunity service announcement, ok? If you want to get your Christmas shopping done without the pain-in-the-butt of actually going to the shops (yes please!) and have access to fabulous sales, then I’ve got the shop for you. Pop on over to Ozsale.com.au and have a clicketty click around. They’ve got stuff for kids, women, men, home, beauty and even a clearance section for extra awesome bargains.

Ozsale.com.au gave me some spending money and let me loose in their online shop. Of course I clicked straight on ‘kids’ and found some awesome stuff. We were in dire need of some new pencils, crayons and chalk, as ours gets were looking pretty either lost, dried up or broken. I have always loved Crayola and there was an awesome sale on their products at the time. I snapped up one of everything, including some window crayons which the kids LOVED. Just check them out having a ball with this stuff!

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I even got a sweet crayon caddy for Pebble just like the one we had when we were kids. Oh and this tub of air dry clay which makes it so easy to make sculptures, Pebble made some to decorate her new desk. The final score was some phonics workbooks for Pebble who is asking me to do ‘school work’ with her every. single. day. Bless!

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The Ozsale.com.au specials are different every day, you never know what you might find. Right NOW you can grab Dermalogica for a steal, Redken up to 65% off, Ben Sherman gear from $9, Typo goodies for the Christmas stocking for next to nothing, Scanpan up to 75% off…. I could go on, but that would be taking up your precious shopping time! Go and get some presents organised, what are you waiting for?

Have you started Christmas shopping yet? I’m always a late starter :) 

Water Play Ideas for Kids

November 24, 2014
by Kylie Gardner
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Fun Water Play Ideas for Kids

11 Fun Water Play Ideas for Kids

Parenting fact #237: Kids love water play.

It’s SO easy to do and SO much fun. My kids spent an hour jumping up and down in a paddling pool yesterday. You know what I did? Sat with my butt on a garden chair and my feet in the water and relaxed. And got drenched! Well, I couldn’t really leave them alone in the pool now, could I? I HAD to sit there. Such a hard life.

Water play is definitely my go-to play activity, especially in the warmer months. We do indoor water play too though. Here are some of our favourite ways to play with water.

The Car Wash

Water Play Ideas for Kids

Set up a couple of buckets and some dish soap, chuck in a couple of rags and line up the bikes and cars for a wash. Easy peasy.

Mud Play

Water Play Ideas for Kids

This is not for the faint hearted. As you can see it gets rather messy. But it’s FUN!

Puddle Jumping

Water Play Ideas for Kids

A classic, this one never gets old. We had some fab storms over this steamy weekend that allowed for hot weather puddle jumping. Bliss! You could even try using sidewalk chalk in the puddles and see what happens. This pic is an oldie but a goodie – my fav puddle jumping pic ever :)

The Paddling Pool

Water Play Ideas for Kids

No brainer, right? Throw in some toys, see what floats and sinks ~ make a mini whirl pool ~ drop in some coloured ice cubes ~ just soak it up and have a splash.

Water Painting

Water Play Ideas for Kids

Grab any container, a bucket or empty ice cream tub, fill it with water, throw in a few paintbrushes of different shapes and sizes and away you go. Paint the walls, paint the pavers, paint the cubby house, paint the tree :)

The Water Table

Water Play Ideas for Kids

This one is an absolute favourite of mine because it keeps everything kind of contained. It’s perfect for days when I can’t quite cope with mud play or blowing up the paddling pool.

The Sprinkler

Water Play Ideas for Kids

There are so many awesome sprinklers you can get these days, like this wiggly caterpillar guy. Hilarious!

Bubble Play

Pebble and Rocky love to stand at the kitchen sink and play with bubbles left over after I’ve done the dishes (ok, maybe I make sure there’s a few extra there for them). My windows get thoroughly covered in bubbles but that’s probably the best clean they get all year, so who’s complaining?

The SUPER Sprinkler

Water Play Ideas for Kids

This is a crazy contraption I made last summer.

Coloured Ice Play

Water Play Ideas for Kids

A great one for indoors or even in the bath.

Bath Play

Water Play Ideas for Kids

 

I remember the early days with Rocky, during his first year, I often ran a bath twice a day for him, just to help keeps us both sane! Check out this snowy road bath play or this DIY bath paint. Some kids may not be so keen on bath time, we struggled with Pebble in the bath for years. Try out these ideas for kids who hate the bath.

Have you ever had a backyard mini car wash?

November 20, 2014
by Kylie Gardner
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Nourishing Lunch for One (Tired Mama)

Nourishing Lunch for One (Tired Mama} AKA Poached Egg Salad

This week has been ridic. There’s something in the air, I reckon. I’ve been feeling randomly teary and emotional, along with many of my mates, who all seem to be in struggle town with their emotions right now. And everything seems to be going wrong. I’ve lost stuff. I’ve broken stuff. I’ve forgotten ALL THE STUFF. Ok, those who know me will know that I do lost-broken-forgotten quite often. But this week has been off the charts. And everyone is sick! I’m sick, Rocky is sick, Paul is starting to get sick. Friends and their kids are sick. Hang on. Pebble is healthy! Yay!

Perhaps it’s just the end of the year, the end of something, the beginning of something. The C word looming large. All the pressure of all the things. Break ups and farewells and catch ups and charity gifts and present buying and event planning and…. wait. WAIT!!!!! I’ve been here before. I’m prepared for this moment. *wait right there, k?*

You GUYS! I just went and read my letter to myself from last year: How to have a merrier Christmas! Oh! Clever me! I just made myself LOL. I’d forgotten so much of what happened last year but there it all is. The best bit is the slap in the face to shut up and stop. bloody. moaning.

So. #endrant

If you’re feeling stressed and freaked and need something to fill up your guts without actually making your guts pop out of your pants, then try this. It’s DELICIOUS. And perfect when your fridge is full of eggs, as mine is right now (thanks, Dad).

Nourishing Lunch for One (Tired Mama} AKA Poached Egg Salad Nourishing Lunch for One (Tired Mama} AKA Poached Egg Salad

Nourishing Lunch for One (Tired Mama)

otherwise known as Poached Egg Salad

For the salad:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 -2 cups mixed salad leaves
  • 6 or so cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • handful of green beans, topped and tailed
  • a scattering of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, for crunch
  • dried chilli flakes (to taste)

For the dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • lashings of salt and pepper

Method

  1. Throw your salad leaves into your serving bowl along with the cherry toms.
  2. Pop a small saucepan on the stove top and pour in just enough water to cover two eggs – roughly 2 inches deep? I’m not sure why I’m writing in inches right now, but go with it, ok? Bring the water to the boil.
  3. Chuck the green beans into the boiling water and boil for about one minute, then remove from the water with some tongs and place them in a bowl of cold water. This stops the cooking process and avoids you getting limp beans. No one likes a limp bean.
  4. Bring the water back up to a simmer, then gently crack your eggs, one at a time, into the simmering water. Set a timer for three minutes (perhaps two and a half minutes if you’re using smaller eggs, I always use jumbo). This method works for me every time, I’ve been using it for about a year every since seeing my gorgeous friend Vicky (yes, really) do it. No swirling the water, no vinegar, no cling wrap (!), no magic tricks. Just keep the water level low, the eggs don’t have anywhere to go! Thanks Vicky!
  5. Whisk all your salad dressing ingredients together while your eggs are gently simmering away. Drain your gorgeous beans and throw them in the bowl with the salad leaves and tomatoes.
  6. When your timer beeps remove your eggs from the water with a slotted spoon. They should have bright yellow-orange yolks and have a little wobble in them, but the whites should be completely cooked. Plop your lovely eggs on top of the salad, drizzle with the dressing and finish with a sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and chilli to taste.
  7. Stuff your face!

p.s. If I hadn’t been farting around with making a pretty photo, these eggs would have been perfectly runny and make even better salady-dressingy awesomeness. See how I sacrifice myself for you guys? That’s love, I tell you.

What’s your favourite lunch, when you have time to make yourself something decent?

November 17, 2014
by Kylie Gardner
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These Days #4

Sit down with me, have a cuppa ready, let’s catch up on things. I tell you what, my kids are growing like weeds. So much growing. Rocky is changing before my very eyes. He slept through twice this past few weeks. All night. In his own bed. I never thought it would happen. But it is happening and it will happen more and more often. He does manage to sneak into our bed A LOT though. They say consistency is the key to winning at parenting (don’t they?) but sometimes mama-not-losing-her-mind is more important, and we all snuggle together. One day I’ll ache to have my little bubba in bed with me and miss his snuggles. I may as well make the most of it now.

These Days #4

Only two more sleeps until Pebble has her first school transition visit. Big School! She is super pumped for it, counting down and chattering about where she’ll sit and which friends will be there. I hope the day lives up to the hype! I may have some advice-in-hindsight for you all in a few days time…

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I’ve been cooking up a storm in the kitchen. I made this delicious chicken noodle soup. scrummy chicken and bean stir fry and I’ve been obsessed with sweet potato fries. In fact, sweet potato fries and I need to take a break or my jelly belly is gonna give Santa a run for his money. It’s not the fries, it’s the aioli I dunk them in! Mmmm aioli.

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Pebble, Rocky and I submitted our video for Edenland’s 1st Annual International Lip Syncing Awards 2014, in honour of her brother Cam, who committed suicide in October last year, the same month that my brother Ryan also committed suicide. It’s funny (shitty) how the crappest of circumstances bring people together. Pebble chose to lip sync ‘Roar’ by Katy Perry – we take a while to warm up but come into our own at about the 3 min mark. Sending big love out there to Eden, Cam and Ryan.

We’ve posted off our gift for the International Kids Gift Exchange. Pebble just adored choosing gifts for her recipient, who lives in South Africa. We’ve been learning about where South Africa is and a little about South African culture. We hope Isabelle loves her gifts! Thanks to Christie at Childhood 101 for running this amazing gift exchange, it’s no small feat.

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I’ll be keeping my head down and bum up to smash these last few weeks of school and try to squeeze out every last learning opportunity for our  class of five and six year olds. Then there’s the report writing… Not to mention that this is my last year teaching with the BESTEST teaching partner ever. She’s going full time next year, I’m going to miss sharing a class with her very, very much.

Aside from reports, this time of year also means lots of catching up with friends and I’ve been getting very… social. I had a fabulous afternoon out with the girls this past weekend and my head hurt for most of today because of it. It’s been a very, very long time since I had quite that much champagne in one go. What a start to the silly season! I rocked my new Big W neon and snake skin heels, very comfy and I think they’re just gorgeous. I love a good bargain. Thanks to Nat from Make It Look Easy for hosting a sneaky pre-party drink at her place x

These Days #4

How about you? Are your kids sleeping? Are they about to start a new adventure? 

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