ALEC Bilbies and Bunnies Soiree

Monday, March 30, 2015

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The Arid Lands Environment Centre lost all of it's operational funding this year and is now fully reliant upon community support. ALEC has been part of Alice Springs for 35 years, one of the only independent environmental protection bodies in the NT. ALEC monitors proposals, government policy and inappropriate development applications as well as running a range of community programs such as the community garden and the anti-fracking campaign. It is so important that this independent voice continues to be heard.

What can you do to help?
Become a Desert Defender & contribute on a weekly or monthly basis.
Come along to the Bilbies and Bunnies Soiree fundraiser this Thursday night at Epilogue. This is a family friendly event, so bring your kids, get dressed up and start the Easter weekend in style!

Your support does make a difference. See you there x

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Friday, March 27, 2015

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On the mantle
Wow, what a week! Work has been extra busy this week. You know that kind of week where you bound from one thing to the other & should have already finished the next thing? Well that was this week.

Onto the weekend. A quiet night in with a giggling toddler tonight, followed by gym tomorrow morning, catch ups with friends, a baby shower, more work on the house and before you know it it will be Monday!

Catching my eye on the interwebs this week:

Kip & Co have released their winter 2015 collection & it includes pjs for kids and adults - I can totally see me & Lulu in a matching pair!

I'm profiled on Working Mums Collective this week! Thanks Sarah

We haven't had to deal with nits just yet but when the time come I am using this little trick of Jayde's from Little Beauty Lane

Drooling over this coconut cake on CrumbBums

Hope you have a relaxing weekend xx

Painted Easter Eggs

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Ok so if you were thinking that this is a DIY you are sadly mistaken. Just a beautiful bunch of painted eggs that I have collected from various sources. I know where my skill set lies & looking at photos on the internet is exactly where it is! More here.

Source Miss Renaissance, Shop Walk In Love, My Poppet, Pencil Shavings

Renovation Update

Monday, March 23, 2015

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Early morning light over the weeds and rubble. 
Have you renovated? Was there a sudden burt of activity that slowly petered off? It was all go for those first few months there and now not much at all.

I am itching to show a few photos of our renovation but like all renovations, things have stalled a little since we moved in. Christmas hit, then January, then February holidays and now we are closing in on the end of March. There isn't one complete room that is 'finished' that we can photograph to show you.

While the kitchen is in, new flooring is in, the bathroom is useable, the inside is painted, we are still waiting on bench tops, kitchen splash back, towel racks, a bench top outside and painting the outside of the house. Plus furniture updates for our room, hanging artwork and landscaping outside. Of course consolidation of money is always a factor. We'll get there, slowly! I'd love to hear about your renovation timelines, please leave a comment below. 

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

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Our front porch. 
I may have spoken too soon last week when I welcomed the cooler autumn weather. This week the heat has been back with a vengeance! Over forty for 4 days in a row - ugh! Yesterday was cooler and fingers crossed the cool is here to stay. This weekend we have a few Lulu social events but other than that it's just a time for us to clean the house, catch up on washing and maybe finish watching House of Cards Season 2. Have you got a packed weekend or are you taking it easy? Hope whatever it is, its fun.

Catching my eye on the interwebs this week:

How to make cold drip coffee on Of the Kitten Kind and speaking of coffee, EmmaKate Co lists 12 freelance friendly cafes in Adelaide.

The Nappy Collective's Moran Divr writes about life with 4 children, yep 4 kids, over on the Mummy Confidentials

So no publishers fact check anymore? The stories around these books are fascinating and tell a lot about society today.

and in local news
Cancer Council NT Relay for Life is on tonight, so get down to OLSH and show your support, alternatively you can donate here

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Cactus babies re-potted from the big cactus a few weeks ago. They seem to be going ok.

House of Cards Season 2

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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We are currently stuck into Season 2 of House of Cards and oh my god we are addicted. Have you seen it? You probably have, because I don't think anyone is as slow as us at watching tv shows as we are right now. It took us 6 months to get through True Detective, true story. Most nights by the time we get to turn the tv on all I can stay awake for is a half hour (well, tv half hour) comedy show. Makes it a little hard to get though full hour dramas.

Anyway House of Cards Season 2, by golly it is good. I had read that it isn't as good as Season 1 and it does have a different pace to it. It's not as obvious where things are heading & why things are happening, but it is still gripping. The audacity of this couple and the lengths they will go to get what they want, it is unbelievable & that is what makes good television. Clare's character has a little more depth to her & with her bill, it's hard to believe that they are actually fighting for something they believe in and not just something that will take them to the next level. Frank continues to come out with great ruthless quotes & my favourite thus far (other than the one above, of course, is this one:
'If we never did anything we shouldn't do, we'd never feel good about doing the things we should'

If you haven't got stuck into Season 2 then you absolutely should and if you are already up to Season 3 then please, no spoilers over the next 6 months while we finish Season 2. Just kidding, we are going to finish by the end of March for sure!

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

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So I didn't notice the half scratched off sticker on the Inside Out Mag till I had already uploaded the photo. I have had so little blogging time that I cannot retake this photo. Please forgive this photography faux pas. 
Wow, full-time work and social commitments (sleep) do not leave much time for blogging. We've hit the weekend and Nick has today off work so I've had a little bit of time to take a quick photo and surf the web. The giant stack of magazines that have piled up can wait a little longer.

I love this quote from Victoria Beckham 'I used to feel famous, but now I feel successful' - she's working hard and it's paying off. I really warmed to her in this article and respect her work ethic.

Love the tiles in this bathroom

This piƱata cake and this super easy cake

Jen has a new advice column

As for weekend plans? We have so many jobs to do around the house it's hard to know where to start! Paving, putting up paintings, installing the new shower head and general housework. What ever you might be up to I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

A DIY dinosaur party

Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Lulu turned three at the end of February and when we asked her what kind of party she wanted she said a dinosaur party. Many other times before this she had said a Frozen party but this time she said a dinosaur party so we latched onto that idea and didn't ask again. The party date was set for the Sunday afternoon after we returned from holidays and it may have been a little ambitious to throw a party the day after returning from holidays. I would not recommend it. We had a list of decorations and food to make and it was all a little overwhelming until my mother-in-law offered to make the cake. Thank you! On the day a close friend came over and helped us ice cookies and cupcakes and make fair bread - a lifesaver!

Dinosaur Party Decorations
For the party decorations we had the following:

Party hats for dinosaurs - I bought a mega pack of dinosaurs from Kmart and the night before Nick and I made party hats for the dinosaurs.

Bunting - No time for home made bunting this year. Kmart had cheap bunting in great colours so I purchased the bunting, table cloths, straws and paper plates from there.

Blow up dinosaurs - I spotted these on clearance at Kmart and snapped them up.

Party hats - from Woolworths

Balloons - I had bought some from Kmart but they couldn't stand the heat & popped. The ones from Woolies went the distance.

Party bags - I really don't like getting party bags full of lollies, so our party bags included a tiny tub of play-doh, a bag of prehistoric pizza shapes and a party blower. Kids have enough treats at the parties without filling party bags with lollies. Lulu helped put the party bags together.
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Dinosaur Party Food
My mother-in-law had two reasonably sized dinosaur cookie cutters. We borrowed them and made:
Sugar cookies - using this recipe and this icing recipe.
Cupcakes - white wings packet cupcakes with Dollar Sweets Sprinkles Magic Jurassic Blitz
Fairy bread - the cookie cutters fit neatly on the diagonal, making two dinosaur shapes for each piece of fairy bread. Unfortunately I do not have a photo but you can get the idea here.

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And there you have it - a Dinosaur Party. To be honest I was so focused on getting everything ready for the party, it wasn't until near the end, the relaxing time, when I realised we'd need to do a clean up! If one parties, one must clean up. 

Full-time work

Monday, March 2, 2015

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Stuart Highway, North of Alice Springs
Last week I started back full time at work. It turns out that I haven't worked full time since 2010! How had it ended up being that long? Well, in 2010 we left for our grand Canadian adventure. While we were there I became pregnant. We returned in September 2011. I did a brief stint of full-time work in October and November of 2011 (does that even count?) before being engaged as an Anthropological Consultant two days a week. I then went on Maternity leave. I was offered an Anthropologist position at my current workplace when Lulu was three months old and so I went back two days a week and slowly built up my days from there. And here we are in 2015 back to full time.

Have you gone back to full-time work after a big break? How did you find it? I found that the week went really quickly. I may have combined starting full time work with hitting the gym hard for the first time this year and by the weekend I was a little sore and tired, but feeling great. And Lulu was a champ. Her daycare have started a pre-school program for the big kids making the days more stimulating. She's learning so much. She also has Wednesdays with her Grandma, giving her a nice mid week break.

And the photo above? An early morning rescue of a mountain biker stuck out of town!

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

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Stuart Highway North of Alice Springs. 
We made it to the weekend again! I think we all deserve a pat on the back, especially us, first week back from holidays. What are you up to this weekend? The mother's group party circuit continues this weekend with a party Friday night and one tonight. Nick's participating in a 24hr mountain bike race. Tomorrow I have a Nappy Collective Team meeting. It's all go. No quiet February.

Catching my eye on the interwebs this week:

I love a post on skincare routines - here's one on Hey Natatie Jean

Review of the Oscars by Hadley Freeman

Rachel Zoe has a new maternity line

I stand with Gillian - The treatment of Gillian Triggs & the zero attention our government has paid to the finding of her report is appalling. History will not be kind to us and more importantly something need to be done now to get the children (and all refugees) out of detention centres.

Happy Weekend x
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