Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Wordless Wednesday- Mother Nature's work

Double rainbow
Moon rising out of the ocean
Such a stunning sight.  This picture was taken roughly 5 minutes after the first one, it happens so quickly.  I wish I had a camera to take a better picture of it.  Thanks to daylight savings I can't see us seeing this again until April as it will happen way too late!!

Love this idea!!
Flowering Cacti

We spent a lovely morning at the Wollongong Botanical Gardens yesterday. They run a fantastic program in the school holidays. We explored the gardens looking for the flags to tick off in the passports, the big boys made some awesome craft (seed pod boats, paper explorers and terrariums), we learnt some interesting facts and we saw some absolutely stunning flower and plants.  Fact of the day for me was there are caffeine addicted goats in Ethiopia!!

That was our first time doing the school holiday program and we will definitely do it again, maybe next time I will be able to take some pictures instead of chasing the runaway 2 year old!!

Thanks for the photo opportunities this week Mother Nature, it almost makes up for the crummy weather we had last week!!

Linking up for the first time in ages with My Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesday.

Monday, 28 September 2015

All sorts #1

 All will be revealed soon about the origin of this picture.  In the meantime, do it.  Think outside the box!!

How cute am I as a Peanuts character!!  I so wish I had purple trackies!!  I also love the hair and am totally aiming for this particular style!!  Here is the link so you can waste a little time and make yourself peanutized!!

This weeks prompt for I Must Confess is "one year since...".

One year ago I was being forced to bust my hump over the long weekend digging out and prepping our backyard ready for concrete.  It was as per usual for this weekend unseasonably freaking hot and only after we had finished the majority of the work (and I will point out after I had suggested repeatedly that a small machine/excavator/dingo/bobcat would have been quicker and less back breaking) did the HOTH feel it necessary to bring in a digger.  FFS

Wow looking back I had forgotten just how much our yard has changed!!  Also standby as I have to give an updated pic of the little side garden!!

This long weekend will be spent, fingers crossed, chillaxing at home.  Should the weather be as warm as predicted I foresee a trip to the beach or pool but other than that some much needed kicking back is what the g.o will be.

Also don't forget that the bastard clocks change this weekend, on the plus side it will no longer be daylight at 530am, on the negative it will be daylight until 8pm so my kids will be harder to get rid of (more than they already are) at night time!!

Have a fab long weekend y'all!!

Linking up this post of all sorts with Kirsty for I Must Confess and Alicia for #openslather

Friday, 25 September 2015

Things I Know #77- Kicking it old school

Shout out to Mother Nature who has given us an icy wintry cold snap this week.  I swear it wasn't this cold in winter!!

The crap raining and windy  weather has been a blessing really.  It has forced a bit of rest time.  We have watched The Block 28 times a day, the kids have watched some dvds, there has been lots of lego building, some reading and some dancing to old school tunes.

Cut 'N' Move, 1993, where did the last 22 years go!!

Guess what dvds we have been watching!!

All in all week 1 of the holidays has not sucked!!

Friday, 18 September 2015

Things I Know #76- P.I.T.A

If you are like me and it takes you a few minutes to work out exactly what P.I.T.A is I will help you out with my P.I.T.As this week

  • Mother Nature, rain for the next week.  Really, the first week of school holidays??  Lift your game.
  • The three small humans who I gave birth to.  Massive P.I.T.As this week.  
  • People on the internet.  Not all people but a very large majority.  I firmly believe you should have a licence to use any kind of social media.
  •  Australian politics, enough said.
  • The broken cd player in my car, the bloody thing won't spit the cd out and won't play the one stuck in there.  This means I am stuck listening to the oldies channels constantly.  This is an issue because some of the music on the oldies stations is in fact not that old!!  
Which brings me to song of the week as chosen by a very funky 2 year old who for the last few days walks around singing go go go go.

Have a great weekend guys.

Ps I have a giveaway running at the moment, pop over and enter!!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Hellooooo Spring- Mortein review and Giveaway

You can WIN this awesome pack of products!!

Lucky me got another cool package in the mail a couple of weeks ago and I am excited to say that one lucky entrant can win this exact collection as pictured here!!

Without a doubt this is my absolute favourite time of year.  We have already had some gorgeous warm spring days and the forecast is for more of the same for the next week at least!!  I just love slow lazy warm days where we kick back and just relax.  I also only love daylight savings for the longer more chilled out nights, I definitely do not love it when it is still light at 8pm and the kids refuse to go to bed!!

It has been nearly 3 years since we moved into our knocked down rebuilt house.  Our house is smaller compared to most houses being built now but that was fine for us as we still wanted a backyard and so a compromise of sorts was reached with the necessary inclusion of a covered outdoor area.

I love our outdoor area, this year though I plan on making it a real outdoor room.  We have out there at the moment just a bbq and outdoor setting.  I really want to jazz it up a little, maybe with an outdoor lounge and some wall art.

We spend a great deal of time out there in the warmer months, it is nice and sunny in the morning and then when the heat of the day barrels the front of the house it is a great cool spot to hang out out of the heat.

There is one major problem with my little outdoor nook.  Farkin FLIES.  When the old place was standing we never had an issue but now it is deadset fly central.  I don't know whether the flies are loving the new bricks rather than the old asbestos but has driven me nuts for 3 years now.  The second the temperature gets even slightly warm the flies appear and do not leave.

I guess nothing says #straya like eating with one hand and batting flies off the food with the other but I may have found a solution.


I am going to pop this on the wall and switch it on whenever we have food out!!  Sounds a little too good to be true but after trying a lot of other tactics I am hoping this will be the answer to eating a meal with two hands!!

Bring on the October long weekend and the spring cleaning and set up of the outdoor area which is when I will be trialling this system!!

The other problem with flies in my outdoor area is that because we have a sliding door out to it which no one in my house can keep shut those pesky creatures just come on in to the house and buzz around like they own the joint.

This is where the MORTEIN NATURGARD FLY & MOSQUITO KILLER ODOURLESS spray can comes in very handy.  This was and has become again a feature on my kitchen bench.  I can assure you it works.  I love the odour freeness of it!!  Any fly stupid enough to fly in my house will be subject to a quick spray of this!!


The other insect I despise as much as flies is FLEAS and they are the one downside to pet ownership.  The first flea of the season was spotted last weekend (I have no idea why they love to bite me and no one else!!) and I have every intention of bombing the absolute crap out of my house just as soon as I can find a couple of hours when we are not home!!  I may be forced to head out for breakfast/brunch or something on Sunday morning just so we are all out of the house!!

Now for the fun part!!  I have 1 pack of these products to giveaway to one lucky person to try for themselves!!

To win a pack with all 3 of these products you simply need to give me your 

favourite spring time recipe 

Either leave a comment here or head over to the Help!! I'm Stuck!! facebook page and leave a comment on the pinned post at the top.  I have a mystery judge who has been enlisted to pick a winner!!  This is only open to Australian residents (sorry overseas readers!!).  Entries open 12pm 15/9/15 and close at 10am 29/9/15.  Winner will be contacted by email or facebook so make sure I can get in contact with you!!

Linking up all over the shop starting with Jess for #IBOT

Monday, 14 September 2015

A tale of bright green snot, jumping on bandwagons and tedious life.

Dettol hand sanitiser, no touch soup dispenser, bathroom cleaner and rapid foam.

About a month ago I received a pack of goodies in the mail from Dettol

I must confess I was a little excited by these products.  This is because I am quite the sad, boring person who finds new cleaning products a real joy.

Although I have actually been on the hand sanitiser bandwagon for over 10 years.  

You see before my delightful angelic children came along I worked in Home care and a container of sanitiser was an absolute must have in my work bag.  I had never even heard of it before I started working for Home care but fell in love with it and have continued my love affair ever since!!

When year 1 kid came along 5 weeks early I was an absolute hand washing followed by sanitising tyrant to anyone who came to visit him in the special care nursery in hospital.  Roughly when he was born was when hospitals introduced the bottles of sanitiser throughout the hospital for everyone to use, now I have noticed tonnes of people/businesses jumping on the bandwagon and you can find this stuff everywhere.  I wish it was readily available in schools #justsayin!!

Personally I have always had a bottle of liquid gold in every nappy bag I have owned plus you will find a bottle in my car and also throughout my house in the kitchen, bathroom, change table etc.  It is one must have with kids.

I was a little peeved to discover the HOTH did not in fact have a bottle in his car.  This was discovered when we went on a family outing and took his car and I did a bag swap.  I remembered the nappies and wipes but in my haste to get out the door neglected the most essential item!!

Typically for us an extremely gross nappy required changing in the front seat of the car, which should be considered  an Olympic sport with a wriggling 2 year old, after winning the gold medal for not only getting this feat done but without any mess I was mega cranky to not be able to complete my routine and sanitise the crap out of my hands!!  Needless to say he now has a bottle stashed in his car for the next time, because we all know it will in fact happen again!!

Hand Sanitiser, jump on the bandwagon people!!  If you do click on the link you will discover there are many different types of the Dettol sanitiser.  I will be trying to source some of them as they sound great and our local supermarket only stocks the original one!!

This brings me to the Dettol No Touch Hand Wash System

A couple of weeks ago I said something stupid out loud.  The stupid thing was and I am going to quote myself- "we have been really healthy over winter and not had any sickness at all"

Two days later I was in the midst of the great snot debacle.

I kid you not.  There was more snot coming out of children than could be humanly possible.  Not just snot but bright green like a fluorescent highlighter had been shoved up the nose!!

It was my job to chase the snot bucket around for over a week constantly wiping its nose.  When I say constantly I am not over exaggerating!!

After each nose wipe it was a requirement to wash my hands because even the thickest tissue was not able to contain the shear amount of green toxic slime!!  (Gross I know!!)

I am eternally grateful that I had access to the no touchy soap thingy during this traumatic time!! Total lifesaver, put your hand under the sensor, the soap squirts out and Bob is indeed your uncle!!

It has been a bit of a novelty item for the kids too, they have had a lot of fun washing their hands lately!!  It was all fun and games until they started filling different things with the soap.  After I washed my own mouth out with soap and cordial I had to ban them from using it unsupervised!!

Lastly I trialled the Healthy Clean Bathroom Rapid Foam and Healthy Clean Bathroom Trigger.  

As I mentioned I do love a new product in the cleaning aisle!!  I really need to get out more, I know!!

I loved the foam, it was so easy to use and did the job of cleaning a quite neglected shower really easily.  I squirted it on, attacked the rest of the bathroom with the trigger then went back and gave the shower a bit of a scrub and rinsed it.  (Just a handy hint- a shower head on a hose is a must have!!  They are not the prettiest things but make cleaning showers so damn easy!!)

I was really pleased with the results and the very little actual effort it took to get them!!  I also love the smell of the foam and trigger.  Nothing beats a nice smelling cleaner!!  (yep I really am that sad!!)

I will definitely be keeping my eye out for when these products are on spesh and grabbing some more.  (This is only because I am a bit of a tight wad and don't buy anything unless it is on spesh!!)

Overall I would have to say I am more than happy to give all four of these products a great big gold star and a friendly recommendation!!

Linking up with Kirsty and Alicia for a confessing slather!!

Friday, 11 September 2015

Things I Know #75- Friday yet again

And that y'all is what I know this week!!

Hang in there NSW only one more torturous week of term 3 then for us 2 1/2 weeks of school holidays (which will also be torturous but in a different kind of way!!).