Archive for November 2009

 

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Making Baby 3: The 8 Month Update

30 November 2009

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My little baby Liam is 8 months old. Within a week, he went from commando crawling, to a little hand-foot shuffle, to crawling on all fours. He is creeping along like a little lizard, happily exploring every nook and cranny of our house.

So it is now time to make the house BABY PROOF.

We have set up a play pen around our TV and electronics corner. Put away books, games and DVDs. Fitted kid-safe door locks on cupboards.

I have painstakingly picked out and packed away every single small-sized object and toy that could fit into a baby’s mouth.

Everything that is precious or breakable has been placed on higher shelves. Pot plants have been moved outside.

I guess it’s not such a big shock to me. I’ve already done this vertical migration twice. But it’s just funny to notice how our surroundings and living habits have changed over the years, as kids grow up.

Another big milestone for Liam is his eating. Ever since I introduced him to lumpy, chunky food, he has not looked back. He retches at pureed foods now.

If he eats a spoon of pumpkin puree, the next spoonful I offer him, he will actually look at what is on the spoon, and then decides whether to keep his mouth shut and turn his head away.

Sometimes I’ll try to trick him by putting a pea on top of the pumpkin puree, but he works it out pretty fast. I don’t remember my other two kids learning this quickly. And I don’t remember enjoying the humour of baby-feeding-time so much.

I think most of my pleasure comes from me being very relaxed about what he eats. It’s all very experimental and spontaneous.

He basically eats what we eat for dinner, just chopped up into tiny bits.

If I cook pasta for dinner, I’ll cut some up and spread it out on his high-chair tray. I might add some cooked peas, cooked cubes of potato, carrots, broccoli and grated cheese.

It all just sits on his table in one huge mess, and he will happily pick it all up piece by piece and pop them into his mouth.

It really is such a cute age!


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Politically Incorrect…But So Funny!

27 November 2009

I remember back in the day, my mail box used to get filled up with mostly lame email jokes. I would always SELECT ALL and DELETE.

Now my mailbox fills up with marketing emails and press releases – so it was actually kinda nice to receive something that made me laugh.

A girlfriend sent me this email, and like all e-mail forwarded jokes, I have no idea who wrote it.

Yes, it is SO WRONG on so many levels… it’s rude and politically incorrect… but damn it is so funny. And I’m Chinese, so I feel like I am allowed to laugh.

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A young Chinese couple gets married. She’s a virgin. Truth be told, he is a virgin too, but she doesn’t know that.

On their wedding night, she cowers naked under the sheets as her husband undresses in the darkness. He climbs into bed next to her and tries to be reassuring.

‘My darring,’ he whispers, ‘I know dis you firss time and you berry flighten… I promise you, I give you anyting you want, I do anyting – juss anyting you want. You juss ask. Whatchu want?’ he says, trying to sound experienced and worldly, which he hopes will impress her.

A thoughtful silence follows and he waits patiently (and eagerly) for her request.

She eventually shyly whispers back, ‘I want to try someting I have hear about from odda girls….. Numbaa 69.’

More thoughtful silence, this time from him.

Eventually, in a puzzled tone he asks her… ‘You want…Garlic Chicken wif snow peas?’

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Fashion Find: Rootote Bags for Christmas

26 November 2009

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I thought I might review some affordable gift ideas, in particular, casual totes from Rootote Bags.

On the left I’m showing off the Medium Luxe Sprout design – which features a faux leather base and trim, and has a magnetic clasp. Love the design!

I actually already own a bag from the Luxe range, and after a year of using it, the other day I decided to give it a clean.

I scrubbed it quite hard all over with a damp sponge scourer and some soap to get rid of stains and dirt scuffs.

I hung it up in the shade to dry, and it looked brand new!

It retained it’s shape very well and didn’t buckle or sag or stretch.

So I must admit, I was pretty impressed with it’s quality – especially for an affordable, casual, canvas bag.

The Medium range has some nice designs, including cutesy Japanese designs and stylish European-esque floral designs.

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What is new to the Rootote range are the Thermo Keepers in 3 different sizes. I tried out the Lunch Sized (Bouquet) and so far it has been really handy.

They are lined with a kind of foil thermal lining – to keep things warm or cool. And they feature several inner pockets and a big zip up the top.

When I go out with my baby, I usually throw everything all in one huge bag – his meal things, nappy changing things, spare clothes, and blankets. Things often get jumbled around by the end of the day and I’m usually a little scared that a container might pop open and spill. And sometimes it’s very hard to find things!

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So this is a nice way to keep all my food stuff separate. Especially the little pieces like spoons, tissues, bibs, wipes etc.

When I ask my mother to babysit for an hour or so, it’s great to have a little meal and milk kit all ready and packed for her.

It’s also great to take on picnics with my bigger kids. The other day I threw in all my little containers of cut fruit, 2 sets of sandwiches, biscuits, water bottle and an ice pack. It was so useful!

In the photos above, I didn’t pack the bag until it was completely full. I probably should have, just to show how much you could fit in it. So best to check out the measurements before you make a purchase.

Rootote are having a sale $10 off orders $50 and above, and a special AU$3 flat rate shipping Australia-wide.

Enjoy!

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Fashion and Shopping Directory.


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Central Institute / Central TAFE Fashion Graduate Show 2009

25 November 2009

It’s Fashion School Graduate Show Season again in Perth!

One of the most well-known and longest running grad shows in Perth is held by the Central Institute of Technology (formerly known as Central TAFE).

This year it was held in His Majesty’s Theatre, an immaculately restored Victorian era theatre right in the middle of the Perth Central Business District.

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As we waited for the show to start, I was admiring the amazing ceiling that evoked another, grander, colonial time in history. Looks like a descending UFO!

There were 16 graduates, each with their own collection, and the full show was tied together with a theatrical theme,  with choreography and dramatic lighting to match. This meant that the show was not like a standard catwalk with models walking in a straight line down the runway – the models were dancing, running in circles and walking zigzag across the stage.  This certainly kept the dozen or so photographers on their toes all night.

The best thing about graduate shows, is seeing the work of young designers who are working with a freedom they may not have in industry. So it’s usually very exciting, inspiring and interesting. This evening there were the usual eclectic mix-up of runway couture that looked more like art, moody-urban edgy designs and quirky interpretations of classic looks and current trends.

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I think my favourite for the night was (above) Catherine Mancini’s collection. It was very 70s rock glam/punk, yet with glamazon styling, and boasting great shape and forms. I was not surprised when Catherine won the award for Garment Construction Award at the end of the night.

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Monnica J Marwick’s collection (above) was really eye-catching too. The recurrent face prints, palette and mood of her pieces were quite powerful, and I’d love to see them developed into a more wearable range.

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I felt that the collection by Natalie Fardella had the most consumer-appeal, on-trend, ready to wear garments of the evening. Lots of ruffles! The stage lighting doesn’t do justice to the gorgeous colours – they were neutrals, pale blues and pinks. I’d love to see these clothes up close!

Other industry awards were won by Ashley Reader (Textiles and Print Awards) and Chloe Jones (Xpress Media Award).

So congratulations to the Central Institute / Central TAFE Fashion school on another year!


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Checking Out Hot Guys in the Skate Park

24 November 2009

The other day I brought my sons to a local skate park.

My boys dragged their scooters along, and they rode up and down the concrete ramps at various speeds while I grated my teeth in dread that they might slip and crack their heads open, and their body fluids might add to the graffiti that gives the park such an interesting urban patina.

But you know me. Calm blue ocean. Calm blue ocean. Look away.

My gaze fell upon some young guys hanging around doing some tricks with their skateboards. They had their shirts off, looking all tan and buff, with their jeans hanging low, and without thinking too much about it, my brain went “Whoa, he’s quite hot!”

And a split second later, SIRENS WENT OFF IN MY HEAD.

“HOLY CRAP KAREN DID YOU JUST CHECK OUT A 17 YEAR OLD??”

Come to think about it, has there been a recent off loading of well toned young guys into our society? Why is everyone around me all so young and hot looking! Dentists are 25. School teachers are 24. Soccer coaches are 23. Personal trainers are 22. Guys working at the bottle shop are 21.

And how old is Zac Efron??

Oh. I get it now. I’m just noticing them more recently.

I guess my hormomes are still re-adjusting post Baby Three!

Then one of my sons shouted over at me, “Mum are you ok?”

“Yes I’m fine. I’ve got a headache. That’s all.”


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Major Fashion Tip: Find a Good Dressmaker!

23 November 2009

Daily Outfit - 23 Nov 2009So I bought a dress at a designer clearance sale a few weeks ago.

It had this gorgeous silver, vintage-looking sparkly beading at the shoulders and I totally fell in love with it. And it was only $20!

Unfortunately it was made for REALLY TALL PEOPLE ( which I am obviously not), so the skirt came down way past my knees and I looked like a nun. A sparkly nun, but a nun, nonetheless.

So I resolved to turn this nun’s habit into a mini-skirt dress. And while I can use a sewing machine, the garment was made from silk and well, I didn’t want to stuff it up.

Not to mention that I am so busy being mum, it would probably have hung in the “clothes to alter” section of my wardrobe, and I never would have gotten it done!

So I found myself a lovely home-alteration lady – who worked some magic. $12 of alteration later, I’m happy as can be.

I teamed it up with my fierce Betts shoes, which just completed the whole So-Not-A-Nun look, don’t you think?

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Fashion and Shopping Directory.


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Perth Designer Clearance Sale: Treasure Box 2009

22 November 2009

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I do believe Treasure Box is one of Perth’s biggest designer, end-of-year, clearance sales, featuring West Australian Designers.

Organised by Ali Cotton from fashion label Joveeba, this event is your chance to pick up designer gear from $10 and support the Breast Cancer Foundation of WA.

Sunday, November 29, 2009
One day only
Royal Park Hall
Corner of Vincent and Charles St, North Perth
10am – 4pm

50 – 75% off brands like

Joveeba, Zanthus, Generics, Aelkemi, Abi and Joseph, Story by Tang, Katya, Tu, I67, Justin Unicorn, Katou, Empire Rose, Adam Wore Short Pants, Cvs Fashions, Brag Bags, Soul Sisters, Carly Paiker, and a selection of great vintage clothing and jewellery.

Gold coin donation for entry.

For more info go to the Treasure Box Facebook Page.


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OMG I Made Ice Cream

20 November 2009

OMG I Made Ice Cream

I was a little bored last weekend, and I happened to find an easy ice cream recipe.

Ice cream has always been in my “I’m too lazy to try it” category.

I don’t have a fancy ice cream maker. I’m not particularly interested in separating eggs, or shaking zip lock bags of ice or splitting vanilla beans. It all sounds like hard work. And I’d rather just pay $5 for a tub in the supermarket.

But this one was SO EASY! And the texture was amazingly the same as normal ice cream.

The funny thing is that I don’t usually give ice cream to my children. They probably only eat it once a fortnight, when they go out with the grandparents. They might have it when we are at a party or have it for a very special treat when we go out. So the portion I made was probably a little too much for us.

Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

600mL of pure fresh cream
200mL of condensed milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

1. Use an electric mixer and whip the cream until soft peaks form.

2. Slowly stir in condense milk and vanilla with a spoon.

3. Pour into an empty 2L ice cream container (or a lay baking tray lined with baking paper).

4. Freeze for 12 hours. Then ready to eat!

Recipe Notes

The original recipe was for a 300mL can of condense milk, but I used 200mL instead. The result was still pretty sweet. I think I might use even less next time.

This recipe makes just under 2L of ice cream. I probably should have halved the portion to make a smaller batch of vanilla, as my first test. Next time I want to make smaller portions and experiment with fruit, berries, chocolate chips or nuts.

If anyone is going to experiment with this recipe, please let me know! I’d love to see the results!


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That time of the year again

19 November 2009

The Dreaded Christmas Photo

That’s right! It’s that time of the year where I dress my children up and bribe them with chocolates in order to take The Dreaded Christmas Photo.

It’s my fault really. I like to make photo calendars and framed photos for the grandparents and great-grandparents for Christmas.

Anyway, taking photos of children is so bloody hard. I seriously don’t know how professionals do it.

My kids are like squirrels with rockets up their bottoms. They can’t sit still!

They wriggle and jiggle, they poke their tongues out, they make googly eyes, they open their mouths so I can see their tonsils, grin so hard that I see all their gums, they stick fingers up their noses, scrunch up their faces, bring their knees up, twist their legs around their necks… GAH!

So this was the best one of the lot. Turned out ok.

I also avoided dressing them up in red and green Christmas colour theme. Instead I bought cool t-shirts from Threadless, when they were having a sale. I bought 5 tees for $9 each! I’m sure they’ll have another sale closer to Christmas, so check them out!


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Birdsnest Online Shop. So. Much. Stuff.

18 November 2009

Clothes from Birdsnest

I think I may have found one of the best kept secrets of online shopping.

It’s like a massive online department store – jammed packed with so much good stuff!

I desperately wanted to feature them here and share the site with my girlfriends, so I wrote to them… and they said yes, they would love to advertise on my site! Yay!

So I’m happy to introduce to you all, www.birdsnest.com.au.

They are an online shop that sells women’s fashion, accessories, shoes, bags, jewellery, maternity wear, kids wear, lingerie, sleepwear, shoes and men’s clothes.

Best things about them: Their massive range of clothes and accessories, they stock lots of familiar brands, they have lots of sale items, they have a wide range of styles, and their styles cover different ages from 18 – 45.

Not to mention their website is very well designed, so the shopping experience is excellent.

I picked a few things to try out – also testing out their sizing charts, the shopping cart, the number of images they display etc. It was all good.

Above I wearing a black tutu skirt – I’ve always wanted a tutu skirt! It’s super cute! Everything else I’m wearing is my own.

Clothes and Accessories from Birdsnest

I also ordered this sequined shoulder dress, which was just so cool and simple.

It’s kinda understated, has a touch of trend, made from a slinky jersey material (very comfy) and it looks a little dressed up without looking TOO dressed up. It’s very me, I think.

The jewellery and shoes are just other bits and pieces that caught my eye!

Clothes by Birdsnest

And here I’m going for a casual look, wearing a neutral silk ruffle top, a two-tone deep pocket skirt, and a gorgeous silver chandelier necklace.

The items on the side are some nice dresses I found which were priced under $100.

Do check out their sale items here, and their huge list of dresses here!

Or check out their whole range of tops here.
Whole range of skirts here.
All their jewellery here.

Happy shopping everyone!

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Fashion and Shopping Directory.


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Today My 4.5 Year Old Found God in a Puddle

17 November 2009

God in a Puddle

I said, “Are you sure it’s God?”

“Yes! He holds a walking stick. And he’s like, surrounded by green stuff. Didn’t you know?”

“I think he looks more like Noah? Doesn’t God usually have a white beard?”

“Neh. That’s Santa.”

Apart from making me realise that I need to teach my kids that God is not just an old guy with a beard,  this conversation reminded me of all the other hilarious things my boys have said + done. I did a quick search on my site and these are some goodies:

Hey Dude Wants Some Pizza?

The One About The Spray Bottle

Callum and Calamari

Parents Can Never Be Cool

Callum And His Scary Photographic Memory

Sean and a Stethoscope

Sean and His Imaginary Friend


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The Colour Purple, Sexual Frustration, Rock Royalty and Breast Cancer

16 November 2009

BCFWA Melb Cup 2009

I couple of weeks ago I was invited to a Melbourne Cup Charity Event to celebrate the Spring Racing Carnival. It was a lunch on behalf of one of my favourite local charities, the Breast Cancer Foundation of WA.

I’m here pictured with the founder of BCFWA, Ros Worthington, and the Marketing Manager of BCFWA, Vanessa Bradshaw. I had such a lovely time!

BCFWA Melb Cup 2009Purple is the signature colour for the BCFWA. It just so happens that I love wearing the colour purple, and in my wardrobe I have 5 purple dresses! I have often been told that purple is the colour people wear when they are feeling sexually frustrated. Another theory I have heard is that purple is the colour that glam rock stars wear as a sign of their status.

Well, I am glad to say that I don’t fit into either of those categories. I like purple because I think it is so confident a colour. It stands out like red, but without the “look at me” factor, and it is so womanly in a way that pink is just too girly to be. So purple is the perfect colour to raise awarness of an important cause.

I decided to wear with this shoulder dress from Fashion Junkee, because it was more appropriate for a cocktail/day event.

It is quite traditional to wear a hat or a head piece with your outfit to the Melbourne Cup – and this year I saw so many amazing designs, some serious, and some frivolous.

I believe each year the head pieces are becoming more fashion forward and edgier. It’s very cool to sit and watch all the variations go by.

However, for me, spending $150 for a feathery hat that I will only wear once a year, and probably will end up in my children’s craft box, is not my kinda thing.

So I just wore a silk flower clip which I could happily wear to a wedding or some other function.

Shoes and sequin clutch from Betts, necklace by Kelly McIntyre.

(Oh, and a horse won the race, which we watched on TV. As you can tell, horse races are not really my thing.)


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Anzac Biscuits

13 November 2009

Anzac Biscuits

I absolutely love the taste of Anzac Biscuits – especially when they come out of the oven! Ahh, the smell of oaty, buttery caramel is just incredible.

For those who don’t know what they are, Anzac biscuits are traditional Australian biscuits, made famous when they were sent to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers (so, ANZACs) who were serving in the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War.

I grabbed this recipe off my son’s Kindergarten teacher. It’s a nice simple one, with quick and easy measurements and steps. And very, very tasty!

Anzac Biscuit Recipe

1 cup sifted plain flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar (I used ½ cup, and they still tasted great!)
½ cup dessicated coconut
125g butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 tablespoon water
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1. Combine oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a large bowl.

2. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the golden syrup and water. Stir the bicarbonate of soda into the liquid mixture.

3. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

4. Place walnut-sized balls of mixture on a greased tray and bake at 175C for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

5. Biscuits will harden when cool.

Note: I made my biscuits smaller than usual, and they were done in 12 minutes. It’s best to check in on them at 10 minutes and gauge how much longer they need.


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Going Bag Crazy

12 November 2009

Bags from FashionJunkee

Now, there’s always a place for cute, fun, on-trend bags – and at these prices from Fashion Junkee, heck you may as well buy 3 or 4.

In the photo above, I went to an afternoon event at some designer handcraft markets to take some photos. I have the Cream Kooba Inspired Bag and can you believe I fit my DSLR camera + case + extra lens AND a bit of shopping in that bag?

Other cute bags shown from top:
Navy Quilted Chain Bag (inspired by Marc Jacobs).
Metallic Oversized Satchel
Dusky Pink Messenger Bag.

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Fashion and Shopping Directory.


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Carrot Juice and Other Goodies

11 November 2009

Carrot Juice and Other Goodies

There are some aspects of my family’s day-to-day life that I’m a little embarrassed about.

One of these things is that every alternate day WE MAKE CARROT AND CELERY JUICE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.

There I said it. Does that instantly ring alarm bells in your head? Does that make you go, wow – that Karen chick is so bloody healthy. She must spend her days in multiple yoga positions listening to wind-chime meditation music, sipping freshly brewed ginseng tea, while snacking on her zero-fat organic salad.

I guess I’m a little embarrassed about it because people get the impression that I’m REALLY PAINFULLY HEALTHY.

And I’m not that healthy!

I’m the kind of girl who has naughty fantasies about rich, homemade strawberry cheesecake. And triple-decker chocolate mud cake with double cream and blueberries. Or golden crust pecan pie with French vanilla ice cream.

Anyway, it’s quite a feat to make vegetable juice everyday. It’s a team effort for us.

We have to drag all the veges from the fridge, cut it all up, juice it up, pour it out, drink it, THEN disassemble the juicer, clean out the discarded fibres, throw it into the compost, wash all the parts of the juicer, dry it, re-assemble it and put it back into the cupboard.

We’ve even made Drinking Of The Juice as a kind of ritual.

We’ll all sit down on the kitchen floor, including the kids, drink the juice with a “BOTTOMS UP!!”, then make sure we wipe off our orange moustaches – because kids + carrot juice on their faces, stain the furniture.

Today, with my tummy full of juice, it happened to be my turn to disassemble the juicer.

I took it apart, yanked off the spinning, juicing part and – to my horror – I saw a family of cockroaches mashed against the side of juicer.

Mummy and baby cockroach were squished in one corner, daddy cockroach was flung off to the other side, and various delinquent cockroaches were wedge between some seals…

So with the rest of my family still sitting on the floor, I DIDN’T SAY A THING AND KINDA JUST WENT ON TO CLEAN THE REST OF THE JUICER.

But my darling husband, who knows me too well, must’ve noticed my left eye twitch, spoke up saying, “Something wrong honey?”

“NO! NOTHING WRONG! NOTHING TO SEE! CARRY ON! BE WELL!”

I excused myself, ran to the toilet and tried to hold down my lurching stomach with “IT’S ALL JUST PROTEIN! ADDED PROTEEEEEEEIN!”


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Gosh for Spring

10 November 2009

Clothes by Gosh Celebrity Fashion

These last few weeks, Australia has been celebrating the Spring Racing Carnival with lots of horse racing, luxury lunches and fashion parades featuring lots of pretty frocks and fancy headpieces.

In the spirit of Spring, the lovely people at Gosh Celebrity Fashion sent over a few goodies for me to play with.

Above, I’m having a bit of fun in a Silk Electric Feather Dress – which is just gorgeous! I love the bright colours on it and the print – it definitely brightens up my skin colour. The flirty cut and silk layers are really nice to swish around in too. It’s a great day dress, and nice enough for an evening party too.

I’m also wearing a very yummy white and gold Leather/Gold Bracelet and a pair of blue Hollywood Bracelets. I didn’t think that the beady bracelets would go with the chunky bracelet, but it all looked great in the end.

Clothes by Gosh Celebrity Fashion

Another lovely dress! This Sheer Top Dress is made of a soft, stretchy, jersey-like material, and it feels so comfortable to wear. I love the back!

Do check out some of the other dresses and accessories in the shop – lots of pretty (and affordable) stuff!

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Fashion and Shopping Directory.


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Quick Family Update for November 2009

9 November 2009

I can’t decide which of my children entertains me the most.

Liam at 8 months

My 8 month old, Liam, sits up like a cute little chicken and crawls like a caterpillar.

He’s a real observer and likes examining things, be it patterns on a dress or the texture of a dried up leaf. He’ll also chase a slater bug across the kitchen floor, catch it in his hands and look at it very closely – WITHOUT PUTTING IT IN HIS MOUTH!

Sean at 4.5 years

My 4.5 year old, Sean, has begun his career as a professional comedian. He jokes around all the time. He loves silly word play, daggy puns, slapstick humour and just hams it up for any keen audience.

When the boys play “pretend” sword fighting, he likes to get “stabbed” so that he can perform a 5-minute dying sequence full of sound effects, eye-rolling and body twitching.

Callum at 6.5 years

My 6.5 year old, Callum, is the brainy, quirky one. He’s sharp as a tack and he’s full of in-depth conversations and questions about Star Wars.

He loves all his subjects, but most of all sports. Every evening, we play a bit of tennis, soccer, basketball, or bike riding in the park – trying to keep up with him is tiring, but I love it!

As much as they are wearing me out and driving me crazy, I’m really enjoying my kids at the moment.


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Linky Links

8 November 2009

After a few weeks of piecing together a list of my favourite blogs, I finally have something to put up!

It’s still a work in progress, and I’m so so SO sure that I’m missing some – sorry, I’m working on it!

Please drop me a line if you have a super-duper site I might fancy!

Enjoy!


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Daily Outfit: Designer Clearance Sales

6 November 2009

Daily Outfit - Designer Clearance SalesThe other day I went to a designer clothes clearance sale, organised by a few friends of mine.

You know how sometimes you meet a girl who looks absolutely incredible, and then she tells you that she bought the designer dress she was wearing – on sale – for $10 and the jacket for $20… and you walk away thinking.. OMG how does she find those sales???

Anyway, I’ve recently found the answer – FACEBOOK!

So I popped over to one of those elusive clearance sales on a sunny Saturday morning.

Today’s sale was held at an old, but charming, local community hall. I turned up nice and early and joined the very long queue that had already formed.

At 10am on the dot, they opened the doors and everyone poured in. There were dozens of racks and tables covered with STUFF! Dresses, jackets, jeans, shoes, bags, accessories, you name it.

The markdown prices were REALLY incredible. From $250 down to $50. And tonnes of $20 and $10 items. It was look, grab, look, grab, LOOK, GRAB, GRAB, GRAB.

Then with arms full of clothes, people slowly made their way to the change rooms.

Now I suspect that this is a norm for these kind of sales – the temorary change rooms. It was just a room, for changing in.

In fact, it was just a big store room, with chairs and a couple of mirrors.

Everyone, with their bundles of goodies, found a corner, created a little haystack of clothes on the floor and just got on with it.

Off with their clothes – thighs, boobs, legs were flying everywhere.

The room was jam packed with women on a mission.

The room was humming with chatter. It was like being in a cloud of random girl speak – Do I look fat in this? Is this see-through? This makes me arms look huge! Can you see my bra? This would look great with jeans. I’m so wearing this to Sharon’s party! Neh it looks crap. I don’t know where I would wear this. It’s only $5 so I may as well buy it.

It was the oddest thing ever.

And I found some spectacular bargains! Can’t wait to share with you all!

Anyway, if you’re in Perth and you’re interested in finding info on any more designer clearance sales, join Tu’s Facebook Group!


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Baby Food Beginnings

5 November 2009

I have had lots of people asking me what kind of foods I feed my 7 month old baby. At the moment, it’s been very simple. Pureed vegetables and rice.

I’ve forgotten the strange pleasure of turning lumps of hard vegetables into velvety, soft, creamy mush, then filling up freezer bags of colourful ice cubes.

And at the risk of sounding like a complete nerd, I just have to say – vegetable colours are so beautiful.

So without further ado, I hereby introduce you to baby food porn and all its pureed goodness!

Baby Food Beginnings

This is raw pumpkin, chopped, ready for steaming and pureeing.

Baby Food Beginnings

Pureed pumpkin. I find it hilarious that it looks the same coming out of the baby, as it does going in.

Ok move along, don’t look and think about it for too long.

Baby Food Beginnings

Chopped carrots. Just check out the colour of the orange!

Baby Food Beginnings

Broccoli, green beans and mushy white rice. Doesn’t the deep green just scream CALCIUM!

Baby Food Beginnings

I slop all the goop into ice cube trays. When it’s all frozen, I transfer them into labelled freezer bags.

Then before feeding time, I defrost various combinations of green mush and orange mush, or mix it with mashed banana, apple puree or pear puree.

When I make apple and pear puree, it always turns out too tart, or just funny tasting. So I buy ready-made fruit purees and mix it with my own vegetable mixes.

I’ve been making baby food by the truck load these last few days. Liam is soooo hungry!

I’m sure there’s a growth spurt on the way. Or maybe just a very big pumkin coloured poo.


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Scary Motorbike Wench says to Princess Bitchface…

4 November 2009

New shoes for me!

I went shopping the other day and picked up two new shoes from Betts.

I plonked them on the floor and had a good laugh.

Can you say MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES?

(Black ones are called Galaxy, cream ones are Society.)

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CiaoBella Travel Accessories

3 November 2009

Ciao Bella Travel Accessories

With a family of young children, I never thought myself to be a regular jet setter.

However last year, in July I flew to Singapore for 4 days for my birthday. Then in August I flew interstate to Melbourne for 5 days for a blogging trip. Then in October I took another interstate flight to Adelaide for 3 days to interview Lance Armstrong.

Prior to each trip, I was very rushed and busy. And in terms of travel accessories and belongings, I was very ill-equipped.

I threw things in plastic shopping bags, I bundled up my papers with rubber bands, I used a lot of zip lock bags, I used cheap bottles to store my face and body washes (which of course, leaked and spilled everywhere) and I put all my jewellery in a little cloth bag (which made everything get tangled up.)

I guess I see myself as a very inexperienced traveller, and sought to find some good quality travel accessories – so I could at least be more equipped the next time I travel.

I came across CiaoBella Travel, an online shop that stocks all kinds of handy bags, luggage tags, travel pillows, beauty products, travel clothes and more, for a stylish traveller.

I loved their site, contacted them, received some goods to review, and yay, it was ALL GREAT STUFF!

Pictured above, I tested out this very stylish, silver mesh jewellery pouch. It features 2 pockets, a necklace clip, and you can poke your earring studs through the material if you want. They have some other very cool jewellery cases too.

Ciao Bella Travel Accessories

Ok so I don’t know about you, but by the end of my trips, I end up with 3 or 4 bags in my suitcase. Some bags for rubbish, some for new clothes, some for shoes, some for wet clothes, and I get them all mixed up, and I’m always terrified that I might throw away the wrong bag, so I always spend a lot of time opening up this bag and that bag to check check check.

Anyway, I thought these laundry lingerie & shoe bags were such a cute and simple idea. They can definitely fit more than what I have photographed here.

Ciao Bella Travel Accessories

Another fab idea, is this Wash Me Wear Me Bag! Basically two cloth bags (with lining) sewn together. You put your fresh undies in one pouch, and the worn ones in the other!

Ciao Bella Travel Accessories

Here’s something I have always needed – a travel wallet to keep all my important documents in one place, with a buckle.

And I think my favourite of the lot are these super stylish and practical Fold Out Bath and Cosmetic Bags that fold out and hang vertically!

Anyway, even if these things are not for you, travel accessories make excellent gifts for Christmas.

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The Curious Case of the Missing Boot

2 November 2009

On the weekend, we drove out to the Swan River for a stroll. We went to a quiet part of the river, where there were little deserted beaches, small fishing jetties bushy thickets and muddy banks.

We stopped by a jetty and noticed that the tide had gone out.

The boys looked at each other, looked back at us, then RAN AND JUMPED OFF THE JETTY INTO ANKLE DEEP MUD!

They looked for treasure and all kinds of goodies hidden in the black sludge – collecting old bottles, bottle tops, cans, drinking straws, chip packets, tipping the muddy contents out on the jetty and smearing it all over themselves.

My husband and I stood there thinking – Is there something wrong with us? How on earth did we manage to raise such feral kids, who celebrate over a pile of rubbish? Other parents must think we deprive our children of childhood necessities like Ben10 and soap.

They were SO dirty by the end of it. Their jeans, t-shirts, hands, faces, and hair were covered with mud and sand! And they smelt SO BAD – like dead fish and seaweed! Gah! BOYS!

The Curious Case of the Missing Boot

They looked for messages inside the bottles. And my oldest boy kept saying hilarious things like, “Mum what’s a bottle of COLD? Do they mean that the bottle is cold? But what if it’s warm? And why would someone buy a bottle of LITTLE CREATURES, and do you actually drink the creatures??”

The Curious Case of the Missing Boot

Then we noticed that our 4.5 year old, Sean, had a missing boot. He said it flew off somewhere, and I was quite annoyed that he failed to notify us about it, when it happened.

We searched and searched and eventually found it stuck in the mud, several paces off the shore. Sitting like a lonely, washed up sea animal.

The Curious Case of the Missing Boot

What was more interesting, was how me managed to keep his sock so clean!