Some Christmas Goodies

Guess Rose Gold Watch

My mum and dad gave me a pretty new watch. It was both a Christmas present and thank you present (for looking after their chickens while they were away).

It is a Guess Sporty Watch (Rose Gold), and it’s really nice to wear. I’ve been wearing it non stop!

Press Here 2 by Sean

My 7yo son made me a book for Christmas! It was so clever and cute, that I promised to take a photo of it and show it off on my blog :)

He was inspired by the book “Press Here” by Herve Tullet. It’s a very simple, engaging and fun book, that is “interactive”, using only flat printed pages. It is perfect for kids with big imaginations, and my 7yo certainly loves it.

Press Here 2 by Sean

My son thought up and drew up 8 pages of brand new interesting and hilarious things to do with a flat surface and some coloured dots. Such a clever and funny kid!

Rebecca Minkoff

And lastly, I bought this for myself, as um, a Christmas present… a Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Clutch.

I love the size, the simple design, the gold hardware and that it’s perfect to take anywhere, day or night.

It also comes in 10 different colours (I’m stalking the almond colour one next!).

(Ok I did get a few more things this Christmas, but I’ll take photos of them some other time!)

Day To Night With Airflex (And Win A Free Pair Of Shoes!)

To celebrate the launch of the new Airflex Online Shop, the Airflex team are offering 5 of my readers the chance to win a free pair of shoes! Please scroll down for details.

They also sent me a pair of shoes (that I chose) and gave me a challenge: to style the shoes in a day time and a night time outfit.

Day to Night with Airflex

I gladly accepted the challenge and I selected the Cochella Sandals (yes they are named after the famous music festival).

I could have chosen a pair of nude patent leather pumps to style from Day to Night – but that would have been too easy :)

I was keen for a styling challenge! And sandals are a bit tricky!

Can you really wear sandals from day to night? Sandals to the beach, music festival, cafe lunch, yes yes yes. But to an evening cocktail party? After work drinks at a bar? Hmmm.

Anyway, I chose this pair because they were a bit different to the typical horizontal-strap sandals. And I also hoped that the silver made them more suitable for a night time event. If you are interested in quality footwear for you, you might wanna read the recently posted vessi footwear review.

Day to Night with Airflex

This is what I came up with!

For Day, I went for a more “smart casual outfit” and wore something that I’d be happy to wear while doing a bit of shopping in the city, or going out for lunch.

I’m wearing a cotton tank from Cotton On, a khaki mini skirt from Sportsgirl, leather jacket from Nabi.

For Night, I wore a slinky one-shoulder dress and channeled a bit of Grecian goddess. The shoes felt very right with the dress. I think it looked pretty good, especially when I matched it with silver accessories.

I would definitely wear these sandals with a dress to a bar/restaurant in summer. And I certainly would wear them from day to night because they are very comfortable and soft.

Best thing about the Airflex shoe brand – quality materials (leather uppers and linings), the shoes are designed for comfort and the price is quite affordable (for leather shoes).

They also have a nice range of fashionable styles and colours, for work and play.

Day to Night with Airflex

 

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks everyone!

xxx

Cycling Like a Normal Person

Cycling like a normal person

This morning I woke up early in the morning and took my 3yo out for a little bike ride to the river.

I rode on my old, rusty, 20kg mountain bike, with a 13kg kid sitting in the child seat. I wore my old Converse Chucks, dirty black skinny jeans and I carried a backpack full of preschooler snacks and bottled water.

I looked like a normal person on a bike, with a kid.

But 20 minutes of THIS KIND OF CYCLING – holy crap I almost freaking DIED FROM PAIN!!!

The bike was so heavy, my muscles were screaming in pain, my heart rate was off the charts, and I almost fainted from dizziness!

To think that (only 12 weeks ago!) I used to cycle 100km distances in ONE MORNING!! And still have enough energy for the rest of the day to go for a short run, maybe a swim at the beach, do some gardening, manage the children, and then cook and host an entire dinner party!

Sheesh.

I hope to be back on my bike in the new year and start getting fitter again!

(Oh and there’s a lot to be said for carbon frame road bikes people.)

Tis The Season For Stupid Cake

I hosted a modest dinner party at my place for Christmas Eve.

It was such a pleasure to make so much fancy food, to decorate the house, to decorate the table setting and to get my children involved.

Christmas 2012

While I was painstakingly preparing the Christmas ham, my 3 year old walked up to it and called it a “Stupid Cake”!!!

Haha it made me laugh so much.

I took a step back and realised that, yes, it does look rather stupid.

However, it tasted MAGNIFICENT!!

Christmas 2012

I also made Yorkshire pudding, with the turkey drippings, and we ate it with hot gravy. OMG it tasted freaking divine!!!

For those who haven’t tasted them before, they are like pancake muffins – a bit cakey and doughy on the inside, but sizzling and crispy (in a buttery way) on the outside. Perfect to eat with meat and gravy.

My mother used to make these all the time with her roast beef dinners, and this was the first time I made it. I’ll post up the recipe at a later date.

Christmas 2012

This was the whole Christmas spread!

We had a Christmas ham, roast turkey, Yorkshire pudding, prawns, roast potato and pumpkin, and a leafy green salad, a fancy coleslaw and char-grilled asparagus + broccoli + green beans.

Christmas 2012

My father-in-law got my 9yo and 7yo to help him make his traditional Christmas pudding from scratch.

He used suet (raw beef fat) instead of butter, mixed with sultanas, raisins, currents, mixed peel, flour etc… and boiled it for 8 hours. The result was amazing. Usually I haaaaaate fruit cake, or anything with cooked sultanas (bleh!) but this was soooooo goood. The sugars in the dried fruit mellowed out and it was like eating a sweet and mild merlot. Mmmm delicious.

The highlight for everyone was when we set the pudding on fire!

My father-in-law warmed up a tablespoon of brandy over a candle flame, then as he poured the hot brandy over the pudding, one of my children lit a match and set the brandy on fire. The whole top of the pudding caught on fire and was covered with with beautiful blue flame that burned for a few seconds.

It was mesmerising and so lovely to watch. We did it quite a few times, because the kids were really bad at lighting the matches – but we had to stop because we ran out of brandy haha!

Christmas 2012

Anyway, I really hope that you all have a wonderful and special Christmas, surrounded by family and loved ones!!

The Christmas Card Sweatshop

We’re pretty serious about The Making of Christmas Cards in our house.

And by “we” I mean “me”.

Usually I think of the card concept (Watercolour stars? Christmas tree cut-outs? Paper snow flakes? Satin ribbon patterns?) and then I instruct the kids on what THEY can do to help ME make the cards.

This year, I gave the Art Direction responsibility to my 9 year old son.

His idea: Oil pastel Christmas illustrations drawn by a preschooler.

I told him it was a great idea and that he had my approval to make it happen.

Little did I know, my 9 year old used this as an excuse to become an oppressive creative dictator.

He stood over and harassed my 3 year old into drawing these illustrations. I’m not exactly sure of the extent of the oppression, but to his credit (and my 3yo), the pictures turned out fabulous!

Christmas Card Sweatshop 2012

(It did make me ponder over my own behaviour – surely I’m NOT THAT BAD when I’m instructing my children on our art projects haha!!)

Anyway, I scanned in the drawings, cleaned them up a little in photoshop, I turned them into back-and-front printable cards, then I printed them out… and this was the result!

Christmas Card Sweatshop 2012

I was so proud of my boys… I think!