Happy 3rd Birthday Violy!

Dear Violet,

Happy 3rd Birthday Baby Girl! I guess I’m going to have to stop calling you that now, because you are far from a baby these days! I find it hard to believe you are 3 today…but when I think about how much you’ve grown since your last birthday, It’s crazy what a big girl you’ve grown into!

Since your 2nd birthday a lot has changed! For one thing, you became a big sister! Ivy was born almost born 3 months and 4 days after you last birthday, and the two of you have been as thick as thieves since then! You love to kiss her head, and pat her bottom, and are constantly making her laugh. The two of you chat and giggle together constantly, and you affectionately refer to her as ‘Googie’. When Ivy wakes from a nap, you’ll put on your high-pitched Mama voice and say “Good Morning Googie! Hello Googie! Awwww Googie!!!” You’ll then announce to me from across the room ‘MAMAAAA! IVY AWAKE!!!!’ It’s pretty darn cute and I never get sick of hearing it.

As well as getting a new sister, you also got a new house! Mummy & Daddy finally got their act together and bought your ‘forever home’ at the beach. It took a little while for you to understand that we’d left the only home you’d ever known in Brisbane and moved to the Gold Coast, but your love for the sun, sand and sea quickly won you over and you regularly tell me you love this house, which makes us so happy.

And as if all of that wasn’t enough, you also started going to daycare for the first time. I realised that you were too smart and busy to be hanging out at home with me everyday, and with Ivy coming along that became even more apparent! At first we weren’t sure how you’d go, but you handled it like a pro and 6 months in you’re still smiling when we wave goodbye to you. Today you helped me make cupcakes with sprinkles on them to take into Kindy to celebrate your birthday with your friends. You got to sit with your besties Edith & Neve while you wore the Birthday hat and everyone sang happy birthday to you.

This year you’re having a big birthday party at home too! It will be Circus themed (cos you love the circus) and all of your family, cousins and friends will be there! We’ve also got a clown coming and lots of yummy food including popcorn cupcakes, dagwood dogs and toffee apples which I know you’ll love.

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Getting ready for your party

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Getting ready for your party

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Popcorn cupcakes 🙂

You’ve grown up into such a sweet, funny smart little girl and you are always surprising us. You love to help Mummy cook and clean and you love to help Daddy build things or just play games with him. You have a wicked sense of humour and you also have a strong stubborn streak that as difficult as it makes my life now, I know it will hold you in good stead when you’re a high profile lawyer or something equally important when you’re an adult!

Here’s a little snippet of Violet the 3 year old:

  • You still love your food, but your fave is Sushi! It’s your go-to treat. You also love burgers.
  • Every day you ask to dress like a ballerina…you love ballerina dresses/skirts/shoes and insist on pig tails in your hair.
  • You love to dance! you also love to colour-in, play with play-doh, and will spend hours a day playing with your dolls, Shopkins, your pretend kitchen and your farm animals.
  • You love picnics, and puppy dogs, and koala’s.
  • You adore Emma from the Wiggles (cos she’s a ballerina)
  • Your best friends are Edith & Neve, as well as your Sissy.

Happy Birthday Violet Mae, I hope you enjoy your special day and know how much we all love you!

xo Mama

My little Ivy is 5 Months Old

Ivy is 5 Months old!

Dear Ivy,

Hey Baby Girl! Today you are 5 months old…WHAAAAT?! I can’t really believe it! You’re growing up so fast so I thought it was time we sat down and told you how special you are.

Today was the first day you tried solid food.  I gave you the most beautiful avocado to try, it cost me $3.50 so it’d wanna be a good one too! You seemed more excited by the spoon than the avo to be honest, but you gave it a good crack and seemed to have fun so we’ll have another go tomorrow!

You are still a very easy-going baby, and you never whinge or ask for anything other than a feed or a cuddle.  Sometimes you cry because your big sister likes to lay on top of you, and you’re not a big fan of that manoeuvre but you will generally tolerate it for a little while because you love having your sister close to you. She also puts her feet in your face and is constantly waking you up from your sleep, but you know that if you pull her hair hard enough she’ll leave you alone.

You always smile whenever your big Sis comes near you.  She’s very funny and likes to make you laugh.  She’s dubbed you ‘Doo-Doo’ and likes to talk to you in a high pitched voice just like Mama does. She tells me that you’re her best friend and I have no doubt that as the two of you grow that won’t change as you already have a strong bond with your Sissy. Just a few nights ago we were trying to get Violet to go to sleep in her big girl bed and she was crying wouldn’t stop.  Even though you very rarely cry, you could here Violy in the next room and every time she cried, you cried too. We couldn’t do anything to settle or comfort you, but when Violy eventually calmed down, so did you!

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You are the most beautiful baby, and whilst you look a lot like your sister in many ways (especially when you smile) you are very much your own person. You like to be involved in whatever is going around you, and you smile at anyone and everyone. When you get really excited, you make a loud screeching sound. It’s such a shocking and unexpected from such a sweet little baby, however it always makes us laugh and can only be likened to the sound that a Pterodactyl might make!

You have the longest arms and you like to swing them about which is seriously cute. You’re also our ‘tall’ baby and I expect it won’t be long before you pass your big sister in the height department as she’s at the bottom of the scale and you’re at the top! You look a lot like your Mama, and you have your great-grandfather’s eye shape just like your sister.  You have the most stunning beautiful blue eyes and people constantly stop us to comment on how lovely you are. When you smile, you look just like your Dadda so you’re a beautiful genetic mix that’s for sure!

You’ve slotted into our little family so easily and you are a true joy to be around. I cannot believe you are already trying to sit up and crawl and that my little baby is not so little anymore! Luckily you’re still small enough to want your Mama’s cuddles and can’t tell me to stop kissing your face yet.

Thank you for being such an easy, low maintenance baby, and for making us all so happy! I dare say that you’re sweet nature and good temperament will be enough for Mama to convince Daddy that we should eventually have a third! (Good Girl!)

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Happy 5 Months Ivy Merle: Beautiful girl!

We love you times infinity.

x Mama

Our Sea Change

It’s happening.

You know that thing you’ve often wished for, talked about, dreamt about? That thing that always feels like it’s going to happen ‘one day’ or ‘down the track?’ I’m sure you guys know what I’m talking about….

For us that ‘thing’ was a desire to move away from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane, and settle our young family by the Sea.  For every holiday spent at the beach that inevitably had to end…we’d ask ourselves ‘Why don’t we just stay? Why don’t we just move here?’.  We told ourselves that ‘One day’ we would do exactly that. Move to the beach. And now, it’s ACTUALLY HAPPENING.

It might not seem like a big deal, as it’s technically only an hour down the road, but I gotta tell you: IT’S A BIG DEAL! Not only does it mean that we had to find somewhere to live (details….mere details) but the home that we’ve lived in for the last 7 years has been sold, and all of a sudden, shit’s gotten real!

When we first moved into our little brick house in the ‘burbs, I’ve gotta be honest, she wasn’t pretty! A boring brick home deep in suburbia, her interior had not been touched since she was first decorated in the 70’s. There was A LOT of brown and orange, There was A LOT of hideous wallpaper and some truly heinous carpet. Pretty much every surface need an overhaul and over the next couple of days and weeks, that’s exactly what happened!

Fast forward 7 years and we’re about to say goodbye to our first real ‘home’ as a couple, and as a family! It was in this house that we had our first pet as a couple, It was here that we celebrated many milestones: Getting engaged, getting married, and bringing home our first baby, and most recently our second baby! The garage was home to my very first car, and the lounge-room was where I sat and dreamed up my own business. Fair to say, there’s a lot of memories here, and I’m not sure how I’m going to feel when we leave this ol’ girl behind and move on to greener pastures in a couple of days time!

The plan had always been to move to the Coast once our second baby was born, however the original plan was to rent a cute little two-bedder by beach, and just live the simple life for 12 months while we figured out where we’d eventually settle.  Well fast forward a month or two, throw in a newborn baby and all of a sudden we’re about to reach settlement on our VERY FIRST HOME! I still can’t really believe it myself, but as of yesterday we now own our very first house, and it’s WALKING DISTANCE TO THE BEACH! BOOM!

Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t a rushed decision and it certainly wasn’t an easy one as it was made when I was very pregnant and full of crazy hormones, but as our moving day has now arrived, its starting to look like our ‘one-day’ dream is very quickly becoming our new reality! The process to get there was not a pleasant one, dealing with incompetent mortgage brokers, solictors and the dreaded bank….pretty much every deadline got stretched out and there were countless mistakes and drama’s along the way, but in three hours time there will be a removalists truck rocking up and removing every piece of furniture we own!

At the moment, I’m so sleep deprived its hard to know how I feel about it all – A mixture of excitement, dread, nostalgia…but most of all I have an overwhelming need to get my family settled.  Poor Ivy was born into an environment of disarray, and after having just turned three weeks old yesterday (what was supposed to be our moving day) I’m sure she’ll be excited to know that she’ll have an actual cot and a more permanent place to reside! Violet has also struggled to understand what’s going on and although we keep telling her we are going to live ‘at the beach’, it doesn’t seem to have sunk-in just yet!

Hopefully once we all arrive at our new home, it’s 45 year old charm (complete with a loft, spiral staircase, and trap door) will soothe us all into our new lifestyle and it will prove to be the best decision we ever made! Either way, I’ll keep you posted!

Have you ever made a Sea-Change? Tell me, was it was the best thing you ever did? (PLEASE!)

Welcome to the world, Ivy Merle!

Dear Ivy Merle,

Welcome to the world sweet girl! I can’t believe you’re really here! I feel like I was pregnant with you for the shortest time, and now you’re actually here with us on the ‘outside’ it just feels so surreal!

You were due on the 18th of September, but decided you’d wait a couple of days and make sure we were ready for you, and I gotta say after two nights in a row of contractions and labour pains, and not to mention zero sleep…your Dad and I could not have been more keen to finally meet you!

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You started to make your presence known at midnight the night before you arrived, but because we’d had a few false starts the previous night I just didn’t believe that you were really coming, so I tried my best to just sleep and ignore the niggles and pain. Eventually though, it all got a bit too much and your poor Daddy was at his wits end as to what to do….so he told me to get in the shower.  As soon as I did, I had this overwhelming feeling that despite not having regular, strong contractions that you were COMING! I got out of the shower, called Megan our lovely midwife, and she told us she’d meet us at the hospital.

At 4:30am, your Daddy and I drove to the hospital, and I remember thinking I mustn’t really be in labour as I felt so lucid and ‘normal’, making a point of warning your Dad about the speed camera as we entered the highway. The trip to the hospital was uneventful, and as we parked and then entered the hospital foyer I remember thinking how different I felt the last time I was there….I could barely walk and was having contractions every few steps. Poor Daddy had a look of terror like I was going to give birth right there in reception.  This time though, I was chatting to the admissions staff and trying to look more ‘in labour’ than I felt as I was too tired to go home and start the whole process again!

That said, I was given a quick once over by the midwives upon arrival and was told that we were good to go, and I could ‘start pushing if I wanted too’. WHAT?!?!?! That was a surprise but I was SO excited that you’d be with us in a matter of hours! In the end, we were only in the birth suite for 2 hours and at 6:28am you had
arrived!!!

I remember them handing you to me, and me marvelling at your dark hair! I also commented on how tiny you were, but that comment was met with laughter because you were 9lb 1 oz, which is hardly tiny! (But it was in comparison to you big sis!). You had a little blue face (a little bruised that’s all) and you hollered from the moment you arrived until you were able to have your first feed. I was instantly smitten, and so was your Daddy!

Because you were so efficient and healthy, we were excited to be heading home from the hospital before lunch time that same day, and then it was time for you to meet your sister! She seemed happy that you were here, but was more excited about the Wiggles book that you’d bought her and her doll’s new blankets and baby carrier! Sisters snuggling in bed ? photo 12019811_10153066774806957_829042767081768347_n_zpsc1hpy16w.jpg

Your Granny came and helped look after you for the first week you were at home as Daddy had to go back to work.  We quickly learned that you’re a cuddler like your sister, and that you liked to feed but for the first few nights decided to throw up every bit of milk I could muster! Despite that, you fit in to the family easily and without fuss, and we were all so happy to have you here finally!

As I write this, you are now 9 days old but it feels as if you’ve been with us forever. Here’s what we know about you already:

  • You love your food, and the only time you cry is when you’re hungry!
  • You are a happy baby! You already smile several times a day and its the sweetest thing EVER!
  • You look like your sister, but are also different in a lot of ways. Your hair is darker and you seem to have the european bloodlines because your skin is darker too!
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    u have a good constitution – Just as soon as I change your nappy, I’m needing to change it again!
  • You are low-maintenance, which I didn’t think was possible because your sister was the same, and we were warned we wouldn’t get two ‘good ones’ but it seems we lucked out because you’ve been an angel so far!

Despite it being early days, I just know that you are going to make the most beautiful addition to our family, and that your big sister Violet is going to be your bestest friend! She already insists on holding you all the time “I hold it, Mummy?” and she will plant a kiss on you any chance she gets. Your cousins are equally smitten by you and you’ve had no shortage of attention and cuddles from family and friends!

We are so happy to finally have you here with us little Ivy Merle and we look forward to watching you grow and change as the days, weeks and months fly by.

We love you!

xoxo Your Mama

Happy 2nd Birthday Violet Mae!

Dear Violet Mae,

First of all, I cannot believe that it’s been two whole years since I first laid eyes on that beautiful face of yours! Those two years have gone by so quickly, so before you continue to grow overnight I wanted to take a moment and write about who you are today, as a newly-turned-two-year-old!

When you were born, you were the size of a baby elephant. Seriously, I couldn’t believe it when the midwife held you up to me and you were all kinds of chunky! That being said, you quickly surprised us all when you turned out to be a bit of a midget (and I mean that in the nicest possible way).  You, my girl are petite, and are still wearing size 1 clothing! It’s funny when people don’t realise your age and just assume you are younger.  So many people think you’re advanced because you can walk/talk when you still look so young.  You’re just happy to be told how clever you are so I don’t think you’ll ever be bothered by your pocket rocket size.

Despite being small in stature, you are BIG on personality! You are by no means a ‘shrinking’ Violet, but instead a strong presence that is constantly surprising us! You have a big, booming voice and you like to be heard.  You like to talk (a lot), you love to sing, and it pleases me no end that you love to dance and perform for anyone who’s watching.

You are kind. You are generous. You know what you want. You are amiable and easy-going but when forced to do something against your will, you will not comply and instead protest loudly so that everybody knows about it. You’re almost always happy and your sunshine-y disposition means that you make friends with easily. You’re a social butterfly and that becomes more apparent every day!

You LOVE your food. You’ve always been a good eater and you like to try new things.  At the moment, some of your favourites are Sushi, mushrooms (raw or cooked), blueberries (you ask for them every single day!) and you’ve recently been introduced to the wonder that is ice-cream and cupcakes! So far, I’ve managed to convince you that Greek yoghurt is ice cream but you’re no fool and I know that I won’t be able to get away with that for too much longer! Sometimes you cry out for cheese in your sleep, and your love for pizza is so fierce that you’ll recognise the Domino’s logo from a fast moving car. I hope that your healthy obsession for food continues as both Mummy and Daddy are that way inclined too!

Despite all of your lovely qualities, you’re not all sweetness and light all of the time and you’ve certainly inherited a stubborn streak from both of your parents.  You’re fiercely independent and like doing everything for yourself. You get extremely frustrated when you’re unable to complete a task on your own and patience is something we’re still working on!

You have so many varied interests, and I can’t wait to see which ones stick as you continue to grow.  As I mentioned before you love to perform and have an excellent sense of humour.  You love nothing more than to ham it up in front of family and friends, and strangers are not immune to your charms either….you are always chatting to random people in the supermarket and flashing them your cheeky grin!

You love to swim, you love the beach and you love the park. You’re an avid picker-up-er of sticks, rocks, leaves and flowers and  it’s so nice to watch you explore the world around you. You love other kids but you are also happy with your own company and can play by yourself for hours. You are happiest when you are barefoot and outdoors running about, and you go stir-crazy if you’ve been cooped up inside for too long.

As your Mama, you know I think you’re the most beautiful creature on this earth but it seems everybody that meets you is just as taken with you as I am! I’m always stopped by people commenting on how lovely your blonde hair is, how cute your curls are you’re often complimented on the brightness of your sweet blue eyes (you get those from your Daddy).  And despite your obviously lovely outward appearance, I also know that your true beauty comes from within and that your soul is even more dazzling than that gorgeous face of yours! Before you were born a psychic told me that the reason I was so sick during pregnancy was because you’re a very old soul and such a strong little presence.  I fully believe this to be true as you have a sense of self that wouldn’t otherwise be attainable in the two short years that you’ve been here.
There are so many wonderful things about you and the best part is that you just keep getting better with every passing day! I hope that one day you read this and realise how much we love you and how happy you’ve made your Daddy and I. I’m so glad that you chose me to be your Mama and for giving me such a lovely sense of contentment. I never tire of up waking up to your sweet little face and I’m so grateful that I get to spend all my days with you!

So Happy Birthday my Honey Girl! Enjoy your special day today…Daddy and I are taking you to see your first ever Movie at the cinema (Minions) and then you’ll also get to celebrate with your family all over again on the weekend at your Sprinkles party! Woohoo!

Big love and kisses galore,

Your Mama xx

“I LOVE your Potato Salad” – Potato Salad

So I have been meaning to make this potato salad recipe that I found on the Thermomix recipe community for a while now, but I just didn’t have the time or inclination over the Christmas/Holiday period.

Today however, I decided that I was going to make the aptly named “I Love your Potato Salad” Potato Salad and see whether or not it lived up to the hype.

I was a little sceptical at first, as I’ve NEVER made a good potato salad in the past, but since the Thermomix makes everything better/easier, I thought I’d give it a crack.

Now despite being super easy, this recipe is by no means fat free. I mean, there are six eggs involved people! SIX! It says you can use less, but I figure go hard, or go home right? Six eggs it is.

I’ve also attempted making my own mayonnaise before but it was an epic failure, so I was pleased that the success of this recipe did not depend on being Martha Stewart-esque, and you could use the bottled variety.

With all my ingredients ready to roll, I got started. I’ve gotta say, prep-wise this recipe was a cinch and it wasn’t long before my completed potato salad sat beautifully before me.

I tasted it…and my brain exploded. Holy best potato salad EVER!!!! I’m not even exaggerating. This potato salad is the stuff ‘bring a plate’ BBQ’s are made of! I had to force myself to stop ‘tasting’ it and hide it in the fridge so that I wouldn’t be tempted to finish the bowl.

Please do me a favour: If you’ve been meaning to try this recipe, or if this is the first you’ve heard of it, do yourself a favour and GO GET A KILO OF POTATOES AND SIX EGGS. STAT!

You can thank me later.

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Easy Summer Fruit Pops

Summer Fruit Pops

This is my favourite time of year…

I’ve always loved the heat of Summer but this year it’s shaping up to be a real scorcher! In an effort to keep cool, I’ve been making these yummy Summer Fruit Pops and they’re so easy and delicious I thought I’d share the recipe here so you guys can enjoy them at home too!

These icy cold treats are perfect to make with the kids, And despite having originally made them for the little ones, as soon as the freezer opens the big kids (read: adults) will come running too!

Summer Fruit Pops

Ingredients:

  • Mango (two cheeks) sliced
  • Rasberries (a handful)
  • Blueberries (a handful)
  • Strawberries topped and sliced (half a punnet)
  • A Banana (medium sized – sliced)
  • Fresh orange juice (or any other juice of choice)

You’ll also need:

  • Ice-block moulds OR
  • Plastic cups and Paddle pop sticks

Method:

Now comes the really hard part: (I’m joking, you could totally make these bad-boys with your eyes closed)

  1. Divide the fruit up evenly amongst the ice-block moulds leaving a little space at top of each one to add your liquid (this helps the fruit bind together and freeze).
  2. Pour your juice into each mould until the fruit is covered and any gaps have been filled (careful not to overfill).
  3. Add the ice block handles to the mould, or if you’re using plastic cups slide your paddle pop sticks into the centre of each cup before adding the juice.
  4. Pop your beautifully made ice-blocks into the freezer and leave to set (takes approximately two hours depending on the size of ice-block).

And just like that, you’re done! These ice-blocks are so easy to make and are so versatile: You can add any fruit that you like and the combinations are endless! I’m a big fan of the banana and mango, but pineapple would also be divine! I made 6 ice-blocks with this mixture, but you can just add more/less fruit depending on your moulds.

I got my moulds from IKEA for a whopping $2.99

Summer Fruit Pops

Tell Me: What’s your favourite thing to make/eat during Summer?