How to follow your favourite blogs

How to follow your favourite blogs

My favourite blog stalking tool, Google Reader, is shutting down on 1 July 2013, so I’ve had to find other ways to follow my favourite blogs. I thought perhaps you all might like to know how you can follow your favourite blogs too.

Do I need to use a tool (RSS Reader or web based aggregator) to read blogs?

No, you don’t. BUT! … using a tool like Google Reader brings all your blogs into one place, no matter where you are. You can view your blogs from different computers, tablets and phones – all you need is your login. Most tools also have other cool features, like sorting your blogs into different categories, saving posts to read later, or easily allowing you to share them with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest.

Ok, so what tool do I use?

Like many others, I have jumped on the Feedly bandwagon… and I love it SO much more than Google Reader. It is much prettier to look at, it’s makes reading blogs feel like I’m reading a magazine.

How do I follow blogs using Feedly?

Over to clever peeps at CNET:

I have a blog – what can I do to make it ready for Feedly?

Just follow these super simple instructions from the guys and girls at Feedly.

I have no idea what you’re talking about!?! Are there other ways to follow blogs?

Sure. Many bloggers post their content on Facebook, Twitter, G+, Pinterest, email and Blog Lovin. Check for these social media icons on your favourite blogs. Or you can follow blogs using good old fashioned Bookmarks and Favourites in your web browser.

You can follow Octavia and Vicky using all of these tools :) Just click on the social media icons in the top right of this page and get ready for lots of fun things to play, make and eat with kids, delivered to you.

Now tell me, what is your favourite, never-miss-a-post blog?  

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

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Bumble Bee Treats

Bumble Bee Treats
We’re heading out to a picnic today. A picnic for bloggers! FOOD BLOGGERS! I hit a bit of a mild panic earlier this week when I realised that I needed to prepare food to share at a food bloggers picnic. All those fancy foodies with their fancy food. What on earth would I bring? I scoured my recipe books and googled my little heart out… and then I stopped. I thought “who am I?” I’m not fancy food blogger! The recipes I share are either great for kids to help cook, yummy for kids to eat, or good family friendly food. So I thought, lets stick to what we know. And what I know is kid food. That’s when I decided to make these cute little Bumble Bee Treats (among other things). So easy – and delicious too!

Bumble Bee Treats

  • 35g (1 cup) Rice Bubbles
  • 25 grams butter
  • 40g (1/2 cup) white marshmallows
  • Spray oil
  • 50g chocolate melts (I used milk, but for darker stripes use dark chocolate)
  • Approx. 40g white choc buttons (I used Milky Bar Buttons, as they were the perfect size)
  1. Melt the butter and marshmallows in a small saucepan over a low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 -3 minutes or until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Add the rice bubbles to the cooled marshmallow mixture and stir until well combined. Allow to cool for five minutes.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Spray a little oil onto your hands to help stop the mixture from sticking. Use your hands to roll heaped teaspoonfuls of the rice bubble mixture into oval shapes. Place on the lined tray. Use a small sharp knife to score the rice bubble shapes twice, lengthways. This will create a little space to insert the ‘wings’.
  4. Place the chocolate into a sealable plastic bag and the bag into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium/50% for 30 second bursts until the chocolate has just melted. Cut a small hold in one corner of the bag and use the hole to drizzle chocolate over the rice bubble shapes.
  5. Arrange two white chocolate buttons in the indentation in each rice bubble shape to make wings. Allow to set in the fridge for ten minutes.

Bumble Bee Treats

These truly were very easy to make, not as fiddly as they sound. I had some help from my seven year old niece, who did all the pouring, mixing and moulding. It was a very different experience  cooking with just one 7 year old! I am so used to one 2 year old (or twenty 5 – 8 year olds!). I took over for the chocolate drizzling and wing application. Inserting the wings is the trickiest part. We did lose a few bees! It’s easiest to attach them while the drizzled chocolate is still gooey.

These bees will be making a come back next week for Pebble’s third birthday party – a Teddy Bears Picnic! I have LOTS to tell you about that little event. Come back soon to find out more.

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

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Octavia and Vicky: Best of 2012

Happy New Year! I’m playing along with a fabulous group of bloggers who are all sharing their best activities for kids from 2012. Here’s my list of favourites from Octavia and Vicky:

Most Popular

Christmas Crazy! You guys loved these Christmas games.



Most Comments

The crowd went wild for I Heart My Body 2012!



My Favourite Arty-Crafty Kids Post

This was so much fun to create and write. It makes my heart sing.



My Favourite Kids Play Post

The Play Dough Cup Cake Party!



My Favourite Parenting Post

A lesson that Pebble and I are still learning with each stage of her development!



My Favourite Food Post

A recipe from my childhood :)



My Favourite Geek Post

One of the geek-techery things I use the most – podcasts! Plenty to choose from for kids and adults.



Please visit the Best of 2012 Co-Hosts:


52 Brand New ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ – The Magic Of Play ~ At home with Ali
B-Inspired Mama ~ Blog Me Mom ~Boy Mama Teacher Mama ~ Busy Kids = Happy Mom
Carrots Are Orange ~ Caution! Twins at Play ~ Coffee Cups and Crayons ~ Confessions of a Montessori Mom
Craft To Art ~ Creative Family Fun ~ Creative Kid Snacks ~ Creative Learning Fun ~ Creative Playhouse
Creative with Kids ~ Cute and Peculiar ~ De tout et de rien: Activités pour le Préscolaire ~ Dirt And Boogers
Edventures with Kids ~ Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ The Good Long Road ~ Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails
Glittering Muffins ~ Go Kid Yourself ~ Growing A Jeweled Rose ~ hands on : as we grow ~ Here Come the Girls
Home Learning Journey ~ Housing A Forest ~ Mama Smiles ~ In Lieu of Preschool ~ Inspiration Laboratories
Inspired by Family ~ It’s A Long Story ~ JDaniel4’s Mom ~ Kids Creative Chaos ~ Kid World Citizen
Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers ~ Kitchen Counter Chronicles ~ Laughing Kids Learn ~ Learn with Play at home
Lessons Learnt Journal ~ Life At The Zoo ~ Little Artists ~ Living Life Intentionally ~ Living Montessori Now ~ Love, Play, Learn
Loving My Nest ~ Mama Pea Pod ~ mama miss ~ Mamas Like Me ~ Mess For Less ~ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas ~ Momma’s Fun World
Montessori Tidbits ~ My Buddies and I ~ My Little Bookcase ~ My Nearest and Dearest ~ No Twiddle Twaddle ~ Nurturestore
Octavia and Vicky ~ One Perfect Day ~ ourfeminist{play}school ~ Picklebums ~ Play Activities ~ Playdough to Plato
PlayDrMom ~ playful learners ~ playing with words 365 ~ PragmaticMom ~ Putti’sWorld ~ RainbowsWithinReach
Rainy Day Mum ~ Raising Playful Tots ~ Reading Confetti ~ Red Ted Art ~ Royal Baloo ~ Science Sparks ~ Scribble Doodle and Draw
Small Potatoes ~ Smiling like Sunshine ~ Sun Hats & Wellie Boots ~ Sun Scholars ~ Teach Preschool ~ The Educators’ Spin On It
The Fairy and The Frog ~ The Freckled Homeschooler ~ The Golden Gleam ~ The Imagination Tree ~ The Iowa Farmer’s Wife
The Outlaw Mom Blog ~ The Pleasantest Thing ~ This Reading Mama ~ Toddler Approved ~ Train Up a Child ~ True Aim
Two Big Two Little ~ What Do We Do All Day? ~ Connecting Family and Seoul

Free Christmas Movies for Kids Online

It’s a very busy time of year, right? Everyone is rushing around and getting stressed out. Pebble and I have been enjoying some much needed down time with some of these Christmas movies on You Tube. We thought you might like them too.

The Bears Who Saved Christmas

The Berenstain Bears Christmas Tree

The Snow Man

Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

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Parenting Resources: Family Food, Podcasts and Apps

I am always excited to find new resources for parenting, especially if they involve geekery like podcasts, ebooks and apps. Just recently I have found three new online resources that I just had to share. None of these resources are sponsored, I just really like them, and thought you might too.

Family Food: The Dinner Edition ebook

Two of my favourite Australian bloggers, Christie from Childhood 101 and Kyrstie from A Fresh Legacy, have combined super powers to create this tasty and family friendly collection of recipes in Family Food: The Dinner Edition. We have already tried five of the recipes – they’re all winners so far and we’ll be using them again. We’ve tried the Chicken Pie, Tuna Patties, Tasty Beef Casserole, Easy Beef Burritos and Tuna Bake. I love that the recipes are easy to follow and are fresher, lighter versions than I might normally cook. The flavours are all child friendly, and Pebble particularly loved the Tuna Patties and Chicken Pie. There is also some good advice for cooking with children, growing your own food and encouraging reluctant eaters. Thank you to Christie for giving me a free copy of the ebook to try. The ebook is available for instant download for $AU11.95.

Raising Playful Tots podcast

Raising Playful Tots Index
I have recently found and become addicted to the Raising Playful Tots podcast after listening to an interview with fellow blogger and super mama Debs. The podcast has become a new favourite on long drives when Pebble is sleeping, or when I get my fortnightly cleaning day all to myself. I never thought I’d look forward to cleaning the house – but when it means that Grandma looks after Pebble AND I get to listen to my favourite shows, well, what’s not to love!? It’s SO much easier to clean without a toddler under my feet. Raising Playful Tots is produced by Melitsa Avila, a long time blogger, former teacher and mother to three boys. She features an interview with a play or parenting expert each week, and I am really enjoying all the  new ideas and different perspectives. I listen to Raising Playful Tots using Stitcher on my phone, but you can also subscribe through iTunes or download shows manually from the web page. Click here to find out more.

Baby Bump Pregnancy App

There are loads of pregnancy apps to choose from but what I really like about this one is the kick counter. My baby was particularly quiet from about 20 – 27 weeks, and it was very reassuring to use the kick counter to record fetal movements. When the time comes, the app also has a contraction counter (eeek!), baby name search, pregnancy journal, week by week pregnancy information, a photo journal, and a pregnancy forum. Not all of these features are available on the free version – I decided to upgrade to Pro for $2.99 purely for the kick counter. I love that the design of this app is really clean and easy to use, it’s not clunky or awkward like a lot of other apps. Available for iTunes and Android.

Have you found any new parenting resources lately? Please share!

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