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Our Festive Season Round-Up For 2014

festive season roundup feature

Hello and welcome back all you lovely people!

Happy 2015!

Hope the festive season was kind to you all and if it wasn’t know that I’m sending big cyber hugs your way, wishing that 2015 will be a healthy, safe and happy year for us all.

Taking a blogging break to be with my precious little family over the festive season was just lovely, we got to spend some great quality time together. Would you believe I gave up my iPhone for a day? I’m talking left it at home and went out without it for a whole day! (that’s huge for me) When we called into my parent’s house on our way home Mum asked if I got the message she had left me and I explained there was no phone with me, she said ‘what…. are you sick or something?’ I highly recommend trying it (just for a day), you won’t know yourself!

While I was on break I made sure I snapped up some happy pics I could share with you all.

I did mention some great quality time were spent together but with the great times also come the realistic, standard, run of the mill, family of 5, tantrums, melt-downs and timeouts (we All had a turn), I make no claims for 100% smooth sailing in this house, voices do get raised (mine a little too much according to Zadada), people cry (I do a good tear) and words that only 18+ people are allowed to say (that’s the rule in this house) get said occasionally by the 18+ occupants. All in all I think we’re pretty normal, that’s what I tell myself so I stay half sane 😉 The main thing I look at is that the good times outweigh those other times.

Now for those happy pics from the last couple of weeks (melt-downs don’t photograph too well so you’re in luck, only goodness today!)

It seems we have made a bit of a golden arches Christmas Eve tradition, dining in one of our local parks eating MacDonald’s before attending mass! Great option for when you’ve been working or Christmas feast preparing all day Christmas eve, last year it was cooking, this year it was work.

Christmas Eve 2014

After mass it was home to change into Pj’s, watch a few Christmas carols on telly, set up a plate for the big man in red, brush teeth and nighty nights for the little people. I think Zadada and I made it to bed by about midnight!

Christmas morning rolled around very quickly, the sun was up and we could hear little feet pitter pattering on the tiles up the hallway toward our bedroom (the signal for Zadada and I to rise and shine and grab a strong cup of tea!).

Christmas morning 2014

Now do tell me is it just me or do you find the packaging on children’s toys ridiculous?

How many zip ties, rubber bands, pieces of plastic and cardboard does it take to securely package a barbie doll or singing bird? Way too many for my liking!!

Packaging of toys

Zadada had his work cut out for him, Santa delivered a trampoline in its boxes, I secretly think he was happy to be outside creating while I was inside preparing for the day of visiting ahead.

Check out our furry Santa foreman.

Betty & the trampoline

And it wouldn’t be Christmas without a little bit of dress-up and affection!

Hound smooches

Lunch was spent with Zadada’s family at his Grandfather’s house, everyone brought a plate or 3 of something! I just love how food brings everyone together!

Christmas 2014 spread

Dessert I made a few things,  a special mention goes to Lucy from Bake Play Smile , I made a double batch of her turkey meatloaf with cranberry glaze, that way I had one for the lunch crowd and one for the dinner crowd (my family). My dad makes a mean turkey rissole with bacon so I couldn’t resist but to pop some diced, fried off bacon in the mix too.

Delish I tell you and very economical! Thanks Lucy xx

Lucy's Turkey Meatloaf


My gorgeous friend Jennifer recently steered me in the direction of a new couscous salad, I did road-test it during early December and it passed the tastebud/visually appealing test with flying colours, starring as one of my salad contributions for Christmas day. You’ll be getting the recipe later this week. Here’s a close up peek in the meantime.

Newest favourite salad

After lunch and clean up there was some time spent just sitting. One of those quality melt-down free moments!

Zadada and I

Christmas is huge with end of year parties, all the preparations, gift purchasing, the excitement, the stress (oh those meltdowns), the exhaustion, don’t get me wrong, I really do love Christmas but am glad it happens just once a year!

Speaking of once a year, Zadada (oh he’s such a great organiser of cupboards…….. really!) and I find this time of year a good time to declutter the kidlets  bedrooms, out with the old (donations were made) and in with some new!

Scary or what…… I’ve only just got rid of the last lot of clutter in the laundry this week! Clothing is next on the hit list!

Same time next year Zadada?

decluttering christmas 2014

Now the rest of the happy snaps are pretty well self explanatory. A few little notes, we are very fortunate to have our very own swimming hole on our property, I don’t often use it as I’m not a fan of walking through the paddock by myself with the kidlets to get to it. With Zadada home on break I made an exception and we spent a lovely afternoon/evening splashing and swimming. It was so nice to just sit and soak up what’s in our very own backyard and enjoy the company of the 4 most important people in my life.

Betty showed us all how much she loves the water and a body board too!

Then there is just the other stuff, playing at home, dinner on the trampoline, pretty flowers home grown and gifted to me by Zadada’s Nan, new bed linen, New Years Eve at the beach with lovely friends, drinks creek side, sparkler fun,

Swimming hole 2014

Just relaxing

surfs up Betty


Dinner on the tramp

Homegrown flowers

New bed set

New Years Eve 2014

New Years Eve 2014 2

drinks and snacks creekside

some sparkle


Betty & Blake Dec 2014

I was guilty of having cake as my second course of breakfast on more than one occasion!

2 lovely ladies at our local bottle shop introduced me to a sparkling Sav Blanc….. I’ll be buying it again very soon, loved it!

When you live on a farm there is always other work to do, I snapped the pics of the cows,  Zadada and his grandfather ready to do some delousing on my way to dropping Blake to a friends house.

cake for breakfast

Sparkling Sav

cows ready for their delousing

the delousers

And of course there was a touch of baking and family trip to the cinema, if you haven’t seen Paddington you need to, it was such a feel good family movie that everyone applauded at its end, I don’t think I’ve experienced that since watching Titanic at the cinema all those years ago.

a touch of baking


So how did you fare over the festive break? Were there any meltdowns at your place? Did you have fun freeing those toys from all their packaging? Do any decluttering?

Hope you got to enjoy some quality family time too.

So good to be back. Here’s to a gorgeous 2015!

Stay tuned for the couscous salad recipe later this week.

Until then…..






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Christmas Treasure & A Santa Visit

Christmas Treasure & A Santa visit feature

Christmas is getting closer and closer, I haven’t finished my Christmas shopping, I have started but I’d say I’ve still got two thirds to go! Before I get back to finishing it off I’ve got a market stall to hold this Sunday (which will be lots of fun, it was last year),  the kidlets last week of school (we’re almost there), my GIVEAWAY winner to announce (exciting!) and a work Christmas party to attend.

I won’t bore you with all the other in-between stuff I’m sure we’re all travelling on a similar path at the moment (sending you lots of Christmas strength and energy).

Quality time with my little family in a bit over a week is something I’m really looking forward too. I will be taking a little break from the blogging/social media world at the end of next week (I’ve still got a couple of posts to give you for 2014), rest assured I’ll be back in the New Year to continue on with lots more baking and creating adventures.

Did someone just mention Christmas?? (because I so haven’t mentioned it at all until now, kidding!), I can see you giggling & rolling your eyes at me! Well I thought I’d share a bit of what Christmas looks like at our house as well as a bit of ‘fly on the wall’ viewing of our Santa Visit from last weekend.

Front door Christmas

Days until Christmas

Christmas tree

Advent calendars

My favourite wall in the house!

Christmas creation wall

Silver sideboard

That’s home, well the good bits at least, I didn’t think you’d want to see the pile of unfolded washing sitting in my bedroom, our windows that need a good dose of Windex, or the ceiling that needs cob-webbing! Trust me, life is very crazy, normal in this house too.

Now for the ‘fly on the wall’ view of our Santa visit….

I love the set up Myer have for their Santa photo, it’s a lovely experience and what made it an even lovelier was the fact that we didn’t have to line up for ages to see the big man in Red. This year I took advantage of the book online option to see Santa, you can find it Here. Our wait was all of about 5 minutes, I’ll definitely being doing the same next year. The other lovely thing is that you get to see Santa in private, your only audience are 2 photographers and Santa.

We did have a slightly ‘wary of Santa’ 3-year-old in our presence, surprisingly she did come around by the end of our visit when Santa was handing out mickey mouse ears, she wasn’t going to miss out!

not sure Santa

Santa discussions

All I want for Christmas

making progress

And the closest we’re going to get to a professional family portrait this year……..

Blog santa picture

As we were leaving Santa’s room Zadada turned to me with a question “I wonder how much longer we’ll do this for?”

It got me thinking, I remember having my last childhood photo with Santa when I was about 13, I have a little sister 11 years younger than me so I think Mum tried to stretch out the Santa photo’s for as long as she could.

Can you remember how old you were when you had your last childhood Santa Photo taken?

Stay with me for another week of 2014 blogging lovelies I’ve got an easy 10 minute dessert involving SALTED CARAMEL coming your way next Wednesday plus another little treasure on Friday!

Until then……


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DIY Christmas Snow Globes

DIY  Christmas Snow Globes

Craft is something the kidlets love to do at home, and I love doing it with them when I have the time! What I don’t love is craft that ends up taking you longer to clean up then it does to set up! These DIY Christmas snow globes are my kind of craft, minimal fuss and lots of fun!

Last week I decided I’d organise a little Christmas craft project for the kidlets for the weekend ahead. You see earlier in the week I’d had a conversation with my lovely friend Cathy who told me about some DIY candle holders she’d discovered on Pinterest see here, I think they are just lovely, Cathy’s planning to make some for herself. I got thinking about how I could do something similar but adapt it to be a little more child friendly. My thoughts were for a kind of liquid free Snow Globe.

I took a trip in to our local Reject shop with a bit of a plan in my head and come out with some supplies I thought the kidlets and I could work with.

Saturday morning was a busy one (a weekend wouldn’t be complete for me without some baking and creating) , we started by making some  Christmas Jelly Pin Wheels I discovered from over at Just a Mum (if you like jelly do it!!). It was then time for a bit of baking for the kidlets Christmas Tableau Cake Stall (which was that night), I made some Butterscotch Blondies, you really should try them, if you haven’t already. Then it was time to get crafting.

We got set up (as you can see minimal mess supplies required)

DIY snow globe action

And here’s how it all ended up…..

Snow Globes elegant

snow globe single

Three little people proud of their efforts.

snow globes in hands lit

So proud that we dined outside with our new little creations on Sunday Night.

snow globes at dinner time

These little treasures really are straight forward and fun too make.

Here’s your How-To:

DIY Snow Globe bits

DIY Snow globes instructions

DIY Christmas Snow Globes
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • BluTack
  • Coloured ribbon or string (to tie around neck of bottle)
  • White and silver glitter (you can pretty much choose whatever colour you like, mine was from the reject shop)
  • 4 little Christmas figurines (I bought some cheap little cheese knife sets {form the reject shop} that were topped with little Christmas characters, I detached the knives from the tops leaving me with just the figurine)
  • An artificial Christmas branch cut up into 4 small pieces to resemble Christmas trees (reject shop)
  • 4 jars including lids (I got a 4 pack from the reject shop for $4 you could just upcycle some jars from home too)
  • candles (tea candles will work but for the kidlets I went with battery operated candles as a safer option, again purchased from the reject shop).
  1. Taking lid off jar, position figurine and Christmas branch inside lid with a piece of Blu Tack, squeeze some craft glue all over the figurine base covering Blu Tack too (see picture).
  2. Set aside to dry for at least 4 hours (we did leave ours overnight).
  3. Pour glitter into base of jar (you're looking for about a 1cm depth of glitter maybe 2-3cm if your jar is a little larger).
  4. Once figurine and little branch has set in lid, carefully push inside the jar. Fasten lid onto jar and simply turn the jar upside down, (a few little shakes and you should have a cute little Christmas scene).
  5. Tie some pretty Christmas ribbon around the neck of jar.
  6. Using some little balls of Blu Tack fasten the battery operated candle to the base (now top) of the jar.
  7. Hey presto, you've got your very own Snow Globe with a little light and without the liquid & mess!

Have you checked out my other craft project on the Blog here, here and here.

Do you get up to any craft at Christmas?

I’ll be back again towards the end of the week with some more edible Christmas treasure.

Until then…..


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Show Weekend Minus One Zadada

show weekend feature

Life has been hectic around these parts of late but I should add GOOD hectic!

When everyone is well and happy (which they are at the moment), I really have no complaints, no major ones anyway.

The weekend just past saw lots happening, here’s a little rundown:



Zadada took a well deserved break away beach camping on the Sunshine Coast with some mates (he had an early 2:30am start). He sent me a picture of the sunrise he woke up to and their camp site. Mother nature at her best!

Zadada's view

The kidlets had grandparents day at school which also entails a visit to our local agricultural show (the show just happens to be in close proximity to school and school just happens to hold Grandparents day the same day the show is on, all very convenient, the kidlets love it, not sure about the grandparents??? Thanks Mum, Dad, Uncle Brad and Aimee for taking them xx)

My brother and his gorgeous girlfriend got engaged!!!!! (very exciting)

The kidelts got taken trick or treating by Kaymac (my sister) Friday night (an extra bonus that was not in the program, I will say spoilt!)

I worked and after a full days worth of excitement  with all the above action we didn’t get home until after 9pm.

If you are a spider lover please skip the next paragraph.

Entering the family room on our arrival home I was quickly made aware (thanks Ella, you’ve invented some good dance moves) of a huntsman spider scaling its way along our ceiling, we haven’t had one visit for yonks (of course he had to choose the weekend I was flying Solo!!). It took drowning him with insect spray, a big whack with my shoe, my heart pounding and 3 kidlets hiding in the bedroom (they hate spiders!!) to get that spider sorted, phewwww ! Just call me Spidermama, it’s amazing what you’re capable of when you don’t have any Zadada’s around!

Then it was bedtime for the kidlets at least! I still had all the stock standard unpacking ahead of me (just another day hey!)


More show time!

It’s become a yearly tradition when show weekend rolls around, we go and when I say we, the kidlets usually go for a few hours with Mum and Dad on the Friday (Grandparents Day!), Zadada (who loves our agricultural show) has been known to go to the rodeo on the Friday night (that didn’t happen this year) and then when Saturday rolls around we usually go as a family!…… ‘Show Groupies’ I think we’d be classified as!

This year we were down one Zadada and he was missed (it’s just not the same flying solo!). To be honest I would have been quite happy to give it a miss this year but there was no way our 3 little munchkins were going to let me get away with that notion!

We hit the grounds of the show around 3 and caught the wood chopping final straight up,

Wood chop final

then found the snake show, we got to see a red belly black snake, a death adder and an eastern brown, after 5 minutes I’d had my dose of snakes for the decade, ‘lets move on’ I said.


I was so very grateful when an hour after our arrival Mum and Kaymac phoned and said they’d like to join us. Extra sets of hands are always warmly welcomed. We all went and checked out some much more pleasant creatures.

Animal nursery

Alani got to enjoy a lot more of the show this year, especially now that she has fully graduated from the stroller, becoming Miss independent and using that little pair of legs to walk everywhere, speaking of that little pair of legs, Alani had her sights set on the Bungee trampoline (that’s what the big kidlets call it), just check her out, not half proud!

Bungee Tramp

We then had a quick squiz at what the locals had been creating and it wouldn’t have been complete without viewing some baking!

Thinking maybe I should pop an entry in next year!

Display pavilion

Next up was a first time ride on the whizzer for Master Blake. Kaymac was happy to be the attending adult while I got to snap up their fun!

The first time whizzer rider

The rest, well it speaks for itself here you go…… (check out the happy threenager, a day out wouldn’t be complete without a little meltdown, this was the good picture)

A quick mummy snap


horse action


hooking ducks

Of course we finished on a high note……FOOD!!!!

Blake tried his first ever Dagwood dog with no ill side effects! The girls settled for some hot chips and a slice of Grandma’s Pizza!

Dagwood dog experience

I headed straight for some vegetarian food I enjoyed so much last year. When you’re on a good thing…….. and dessert was a must!

Zamama's food experience

We had a lovely afternoon and evening the only thing missing was our Zadada.

I managed to sneak us home before dark though I did have someone in tears because we missed the fireworks, and I did kindly and calmly explain you can’t get what you want all the time! Half way home that little 7 year old in tears was sound asleep.

Stay with me there’s still a bit more…….


You don’t think I’d let a weekend pass without creating in the kitchen do you?

We started with an experiment, a ‘Gummy Bear Ice Cream Slice’, Blake was my assistant. This little treasure will be starring on the blog later this week.

Ice cream slice

Then I moved onto my big project for the day a Number 1 birthday cake for a sweet little girl named Lyla. A double quantity  of butter cake later as well as a quadruple batch of butter cream icing and I had operation birthday cake sorted! I use the patterns in the original Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday cake book to shape out my numbers. Love that book, so do the kidlets.

During this little project Zadada arrived home and it was hugs all round! I know it was only 2 nights (actually 2 and 1/2) we just missed him lots and were so glad to have him home safe and sound.

someone special's number 1

And the last creation in the kitchen on Sunday was a round of homemade pizza’s for dinner! This time it was Ella’s turn.

Pizza making

Now to perfectly round a post like this off I thought we’d end things with a little pink tongue!

Betty just loves Locky and Locky has been so patient with Betty, it’s so much fun watching their little friendship unfold.

furry kids

And that my lovelies was our weekend.

How was your weekend? Do you like going to agricultural shows? Create anything in the kitchen? I’d  love to hear!

Until the next time……


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Betty’s First Week!

As a lot of you would be aware we recently decided to add  a new furry friend to our family, a little female Moodle. You would also be aware it has taken us quite some time to choose her name……..but finally we I have made a decision (Zadada said ok) and we’re going with ‘BETTY’.

Betty 28

Betty has now been a permanent resident for a whole week and I will say each day she has been with us a little bit more of her personality gets revealed, she’s just a little sweetheart who’s been welcomed with open arms (I will add here we still have one three-year-old adjusting to her presence, little puppy claws and teeth can be a bit scary at times, we’re getting there).

Betty 34

We’ve never owned a small dog before and I have to say we’re embracing it (as I said one little three year old will get there), as I type this post Betty is sleeping soundly on my lap and I’m loving every cuddle like this that comes my way ( my turn happens when the kidlets are all in bed), don’t get me wrong with the small dog thing, we love our BIG Zapuppydog with all our hearts and wouldn’t trade him for the world, being able to have both makes me feel very fortunate. As a little girl all I ever wanted was to live in the country and own a dog and now here I am living in the country happily married with 3 children, 2 dogs, a cat, 3 guinea pigs and  20 head of cattle give or take (there are some babies on the way!).

Betty 30

Now getting back to our newest little addition I couldn’t resist but to snap up every moment possible from her first week here with us. Apologies for the abundance of images, I just couldn’t cull them down any further than this.

Betty 22

Betty 25Betty 24

There’s been a few socialising lessons taking place and so far everyone has behaved. David the cat looks from a distance but hasn’t got close enough for a picture yet.

Betty 23

Betty 15

A certain little someone likes to spend quite a bit of time at my feet, she’s even had a little yap at me when I move away as if to say “please come back!”

Betty 29

Betty 32

Betty 31

And speaking of feet little Betty has a slight fetish with one Zadada’a ugg boots…..thank goodness I got rid of the old ones!

Betty 7

Betty 12

There’s been lots of playing……

Betty 18

Betty 20

Betty 21

Betty 17

Betty 16

Betty 11

Betty 19

Betty 6

And lots of cuddles and sleeping.

Betty 26

Betty 14

Betty 9

Betty 8

Betty 4

I will add there have been puppy poos and wees in the wrong places but also in the right places too, I’m very grateful for a house that has tiled living areas, I think the toilet training will just take lots of time and patience. All in all little Betty is doing just great and she’s added another dimension of happiness to our little family. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on her progress.

If  you have any puppy tips I’d love to hear them.

Stay tuned mid-week for a yummy baking post that involves lemons!

Until then……..



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Project Pretty Up & A Round Of Bubbles

Project pretty up

I’ve been wanting to do something with our front entry for ages and finally with the help of 3 little kidlets and one Zagrandma my wanting turned into some doing!

The inspiration

I’ve had this bowl (a very special bowl as it was my late Nanna’s Scone mixing bowl) of petunias and pansies growing since about April and they haven’t looked back, maybe just 3 or 4 times when I’ve forgotten to water them every now and then,  but a quick drink soon fixes that, they’ve bounced back every time! I make no claims to being any type of green thumb but I do love fresh flowers and plants growing.  Considering I’ve managed to keep these little treasures plugging along I thought I’d try my luck with a little bit more green thumbing, a ‘Pretty Up’ outside our entry!

The final straw to motivate me was last seeing this post last week here Of Babymac’s, that really got me wanting to do something with some plants and flowers. Gosh that girl can take an awesome shot and write a great post!

With it being school holidays I decided on Monday it would be now or never. I got on the phone to Zagrandma told her we were coming to town to buy some planting supplies and that if she wanted to we would love her to join us. She was up for the challenge.

We popped into a couple of our local shops JH Williams, The reject shop (love that shop so do the kidlets) and our palliative care op shop.

With supplies and kidlets (including a bag of hot chips) all packed into the car and one Zagrandma at the ready we headed for home for  ‘Project Pretty Up!’

I will note at this point that a pack of $2 bubbles was purchased from the reject shop, here’s the events of Monday afternoon.

bubble fun 2

chasing bubbles

Learning the art of bubbles

helper 2 on the trolley

helper 1 supervising helpe

helper 1 planting

a rare pic

project pretty up shaping up

waterer 2

some more treasures

one of my favourite pieces in the garden

One of my favourites

The finished ‘Pretty Up’. Not majorly fancy but better than it was!

I’d just love to find a happy welcome door mat now! Any suggestions?

Project pretty up complete

And I’m still not quite sure who enjoyed the bubbles more?

Thanks for all your help Mum! I’d be lost without you xxxx

Zagrandma chief bubbler

So lovelies any green thumb tips for the little plants would be gratefully taken on board. I’ll try to keep you posted on their progress!

What activities have you been getting up to these school holidays? I’d love to hear.

I’ve got a yummy old fashioned dessert post still to come this week and next week there’ll be a recipe post using m&m’s, fun and yum for the kidlets! So stay tuned…

Until then…….


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Car Chats……..Round 7

Car Chats with Zamamabakes

Well here we are almost at the end of another school term, the weeks just seem to be flying by.

It’s hard to believe it’s almost been 2 months since our Fiji holiday!

Regardless of the time that passes almost every day involves a trip to town, in the car and as you know these trips involve chats!!!!!

Here’s this weeks run down……

Alani was awfully concerned about a ‘dead’ horse in a paddock we drove past, I quickly reassured her it was just sleeping in the sun, though I did have to look twice!

Blake enlightened us all that there was blood in the car! Of course (thinking someone was scratched or had blown their nose too hard)  I asked “where?” And Blake responded with “It’s in all of us Mum”, “Oh yes of course Blake, you’re a thinker aren’t you” I replied, in a relieved thank goodness I don’t have a mess to clean up kind of way! But then we had Alani the threenager to contend with telling us there is not blood in our bodies “we have bones Mum”, trying not to confuse one 3-year-old anymore than what she already was I said “yes we do have bones Lan’s but we also have blood, it doesn’t hurt it’s just part of our bodies”, I’m certainly no scientist but we eventually got past the biology session.

On a musical note Ella has recently appointed herself as DJ of the car having CD’s at hand ready for our trips, instructing to me the number track it needs to be on for each person’s favourite song. We’re still banging on with “Hey Brother”, I really need to invest in a new ‘So Fresh’ album!

Now I’m not sure about the rest of you but we have had our germiest school term ever, we started with 3 rounds of the vomit bug (thankfully Zadada and I dodged that one) but after that we had snot viruses followed by more snot viruses and you guessed it more snot, in fact for the last 7 weeks we’ve had a large box tissues travelling with us and the antibacterial hand sanitiser has been close at hand too! I’m crossing all my fingers and toes that term 4 is a nice, healthy, snot free one for us all!

So lovelies…….what’s been chatting in your car this week?

Any science lessons happening?

Been through many boxes of tissues this term?

What’s the latest tune selection in your car?

Until the next time…….


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Car Chats……Round 6

Car Chats with Zamamabakes

So we’ve had navigation discussions this last week. Ella had to check in with me, “Mum is it don’t eat soggy weetbix?” and was quickly corrected by Blake “It’s never eat soggy weetbix Ella, never”. How times are changing, love how they help each other out all be it with a bit of tone Master Blake!!

It wouldn’t be a week complete without some enlightening from our precious 3-year-old. This came out on our drive home she and I shared one on one from a birthday party,…….”Mum I ate some cake and a lollipop at the party and it made my cough and funny throat all better”. If only her theory really did work I could cure her every time!

Tonight unfortunately we still have our little precious with her lingering evening cough. Last night I put the word out on FB for any home remedies as I had misplaced the Vicks that we usually rub into her feet and top with a pair of socks. I got some great feedback and tonight we’re testing out some of the theories, one being a warm little onion mixture wrapped in cloth resting against her chest and there’s an onion sliced in half beside her, her bedroom smells like a genuine kebab shop! The vicks is everywhere its allowed to go and the vaporiser is on. Fingers crossed she has a better night tonight!

I’d love to hear about any successful home remedies you use for coughs and colds!!

What’s been chatting in your car this week?

How did you learn your direction (cardinal) points? Zadada had no clue about the soggy weetbix phrase!

Until the next time…..


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Car Chats………Round 5

Car Chats with Zamamabakes

So this week conversations have been quite tame and very ‘G’ rated in the Zamama mobile, no mention of peanut butters or vegemites, thank goodness.

Ella was the main star of the show this week……throwing some panic and a pleasant announcement into the mix.

Monday was panic day,  5 minutes into our trip to school I had Ella telling me she had forgotten to pack her homework and we needed to turn around or she would be in sooooo much trouble! So we turned around (cue my huff and eye roll). Yes we were late to school, lucky it was assembly morning and the school gate was still open. Lucky!!! And lucky it was not one of my work days or she would have been left with the soooooo much trouble option!

Then later in the week there was Ella’s grand announcement…… ‘I’m going to try a little bit of every vegetable you cook Mum’. Well in shock I think I almost stopped the car to make sure it was my daughter sitting next to me. These words coming from my child’s mouth that up until now has only eaten a limited selection of vegetables were quite the revelation! I even questioned her  ‘so you mean things like broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, tomato and peas??????’, she said ‘yes Mum, just little bits’.  Blown away….. I have no idea where this healthy eating enthusiasm has come from but I’m happy to run with it! I can vouch she is following through on the grand announcement, tonight she ate some cooked spinach and over the weekend she let us put tomato on her hamburger!!!

Just to let you know we did see the stock standard, post preschool melt-downs from one little Alani but it wouldn’t be a normal week driving without being serenaded by our delightful threenager at least twice or more!

I can still remember pre-children days driving to work listening to my choice of music along with my own thoughts! How times have changed………. car travel is now so frustrating enlightening and if you asked me to choose one or the other it would be the now, the car chats, melt-downs and all!!!

What’s been chatting in your car this week?

Any panic U-turns for you?

Got any good tips on how to get threenagers to eat more vegetables or do I just go with the flow and wait for her 7-year-old revelation??

Until the next time…….


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Easy Butterfly Lolly Bags

Easy butterfly Lolly bags

It’s perfect timing for birthday themed posts this week because……….it’s my birthday today! If my Nanna was still around (bless her little heart) she would be telling me I was heading into my 37th year and celebrating 36 years of living life.  Definitely feeling extremely grateful for all my precious family and friends I have in my life as well as all of you, my gorgeous readers! Thank you xx

Now on with the show……

We’ve covered the birthday cake here, time for the lolly bags!!

When I was little, one of the great excitements of attending a friend’s party was to be sent home with a lolly bag to explore and eat your way through. I don’t think things have changed much in the 25+ years since I attended birthday parties except for the fact that lolly bags seem to be turning into something that is above and beyond my expectations as a parent.

Between the kidlets we’ve had our fair share of throwing parties and making lolly bags, I’ve probably gone a little bit overboard on a few occasions with helium balloons and bubble wands in the lolly bags but the bottom line is that we now have 3 little people to have parties for, we don’t do parties every year but when we do I’ve now decided the lolly bags don’t have to be crazy and costly!

Ella recently turned 7 and celebrated with a handful of friends and family. Of course lolly bags were a given but I wanted to stick with simple so I did a little investigating over at Pinterest for some inspiration and VOILA……. butterfly lolly bags are what I came up with.

You will need:

Snack size snap lock bags

Packet of pipe cleaners

Wooden pegs

Assortment of lollies (I used marshmallows, jelly beans, gummy bears and strawberries & cream)

Glitter balls for decorating

Some googly craft eyes

Craft glue

Butterfly lolly bag supplies

Take your sugar fix,

select your sugar load

Arrange them in the snap lock bag, so you have a space left in the middle.

place in snap lock bag

Take a pipe cleaner and twist around the centre.

Take you pipecleaner

Curl the tips to create little antennas.

twist twirl and curl

Position the peg over the pipe cleaner.

Lastly liven the butterflies up by gluing some eyes and little pom poms on the peg.

For the boys I used blue and green colours but failed to take a decent picture!!!! Whoops!!! I’m sure you get the idea you can create them for boys too!

Butterfly lolly bag

If you’re not comfortable supplying children with sugar why not try filling the bags with homemade popcorn or some pretzels??

My true thoughts are ‘YOLO, go the lollies!’ We’re not talking lollies everyday but as a treat!

For the record these lolly bags are the most budget friendly I’ve ever made and the reaction I got when I handed them out to the kids was just as rewarding if not better than the crazy costly ones I’ve handed out in the past………lesson learned!!!

I’m off to enjoy a birthday now!

Until the next time………..






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