Thomas Steam ‘n Speed

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Sponsored by Nuffnang Australia. Quite often an opportunity for Aidan to review a fancy new toy arrives in my inbox and I hover over the reply button, trying to decide whether or not I should. Will it help Aidan learn anything through play? Will it suck up too many batteries? Does he really need it? As soon as I got the email about the Thomas Steam 'n Speed I said yes with absolutely no hesitation. Aidan's not a Thomas fanatic but he loves his TrackMaster Train Set that he reviewed a few ... [ Discover More ]

Sunday Driver

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Sponsored by Nuffnang & Baskin-Robbins My sister Stephanie is going to be staying with us for a few months until Uni starts back up again in the new year. It's nice having her around and not just for a week, we'll really get to hang out and just be, together. Let it be said though, our house is tiny so on the weekend we decided to get out on the road and go for a Sunday drive. Disregard the look on Steve's face, he loooooves Sunday drives as does Aidan. They head out every Sunday ... [ Discover More ]

Dinner, a Birds Eye View

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Sponsored by Nuffnang Australia The last few months have been manic. In order for me to balance out my work flow, the housework, playtime and downtime a few things have had to slide... fancy elaborate meals at dinner time were one of them. I don't feel guilty though as I made sure they were still healthy. Coming into the warmer months has made it easier, lots of pasta salads, quick sizzling steak and fresh seasonal salads. We've also been eating a lot of steamed vegetables and fish so when ... [ Discover More ]

Chobani FroCHO Pops

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Earlier this week Chobani sent us a great big crate of yogurt awesomeness, this stuff is crazy good. They sent us a package around this time last year and Aidan was thrilled with it so I was keen to see what was in this one as they're always a surprise. In case you're wondering Chobani is an all natural greek yogurt company. Aidan and I knew straight away what we would make... FroCHO Pops! Aidan's confident in the kitchen so I let him make them, he was so pumped. I sliced up some ... [ Discover More ]

Canteen Bandanna Day

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Today is Canteen's National Bandana Day, the annual fundraising initiative which helps to support Australian youths with cancer. Canteen and Girls Night In are two my chosen charities so I'm always thrilled when they reach out and ask me to collaborate in raising awareness of their fundraising efforts. Even Steve and Aidan got in on the fun! In case you're wondering, Steve's making pirate noises... and this was the best picture I was able to capture of the two of them together. Steve rocked ... [ Discover More ]

The Ultimate TrackMaster™

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Sponsored by Nuffnang Aidan likes presents just as much as the next kid. You can probably tell from the gigantic grin on his face that he loves big presents more. In our house we have very limited battery operated toys. Working from home I just can't bear the inane noises and flashing lights from toys but when Nuffnang asked to send Aidan a Thomas & Friends Trackmaster "Risky Rails Bridge Drop" set to review I couldn't bring myself to say no. It didn't take him long to rip it all ... [ Discover More ]

Aussie Curves – Picnic

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Last week's 'Stripes' theme was fun, it pushed me a little bit out of my comfort zone and I'm not even 100% sure I pulled it off. This week's theme is 'Picnic' which basically means no rules so I was determined to keep my look laid back and simple, everyday Danimezza style. I packed 'the most beautiful picnic basket in the world' with lots of delicious goodies for us to eat in the late afternoon sun. I made a fresh batch of brownies just for the occasion and splashed out on some yummy cheese. ... [ Discover More ]

The Dark Door

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Aidan is amazing. Honestly somedays (even the tough ones) it's hard for me to believe I'm a Mumma, especially Aidan's as he's the coolest dude on the planet. I may be biased. There will be a moment everyday, without fail, when I will whisk him up into my arms, smoosh my lips into his chubby cheek and tell him how smart / clever / handsome / kind / funny he is. I sometimes wonder if he's missing out by not having a sibling. Aidan is three years old. He's curious, loves to dance and likes to ... [ Discover More ]

The Zoo and BIG W

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Sponsored by Nuffnang Australia. After splashing out on Aidan and giving my little dude some affordable quality kids clothes last week, BIG W also sent us a $100 VISA gift card to spend at Taronga Zoo on the weekend so we could really test out the clothes. Saturday just so happened to be Aidan's third birthday... perfect timing! Aidan and I have been to Taronga Zoo a few times now, usually with a group of people so I knew it was going to be a long day. This was Steve's first time and it ... [ Discover More ]

A is for Awesome

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I'm in denial that Aidan turns three today. That everyday he grows older, smarter, cuter. That soon he'll be travelling the world, falling in love and breaking hearts... ... but I may just be getting ahead of myself. Happy Birthday Little Dude. Always remember: "A is for Aidan, A is for Awesome." Love Mumma xx ... [ Discover More ]

Aidan’s BIG W Style

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Sponsored by Nuffnang Australia Earlier this year you might remember that BIG W gave Aidan a voucher for some boys clothes and then we all headed out and had a rough and tumble photoshoot with Rachel Devine. It was probably one of the more memorable family sponsored posts I've done so when they contacted me asking if I'd be up to doing it again... how could I refuse?! The giant baby catalogue may have landed in your mailbox by now and I'm sure you circled a fair few things like I did. ... [ Discover More ]

Dinosaur Haircuts

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Usually Aidan has no problem getting his hair cut but for the last couple of months he's been chucking up a fuss whenever we take him to the hairdresser. So I decided to take things into my own hands and bought a pair of scissors from the pharmacy, giving him one last chance to go the professional route before lopping his locks. Now cutting the hair of a squirmy wriggly toddler can be tough but I think I nailed it thanks to a parents biggest weapon... distraction. I filled the sink with ... [ Discover More ]

Room for Living

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So after yesterday's post I was feeling pretty slack. Really, there was no excuse for me to use use those grainy instagram photos to show you the living room in it's newfound state. So Aidan and I got to work snapping photos of our new space. The pink couch looks so good there bathed in sunlight. It's completely confirmed for me that my next proper couch will be colourful and preferably velvet or leather. Thankfully Steve is also out of his brown furniture phase and doesn't mind me ... [ Discover More ]

Embrace the Winter Sun

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This is a tired yet ecstatic me returning home from Blogopolis... post coming soon. ASOS Peppermint Swing Dress 17 Sundays Take Me Away Crop Jacket - gifted SWAK The Perfect Leggings - gifted Payless (USA) Gold Glitter Flats City Chic Bangles Forever21 (USA) Sunglasses Lane Bryant Neon Pink Nail Polish - gifted  The sun was still shining so we played outside soaking up the warmth of the sun. Steve's practicing taking my outfit photos so I pranced about the backyard for ... [ Discover More ]

So Many Ways To Play

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  Over Christmas break our playtime mainly revolved around Aidan's new found obsession with Duplo, something I was quite happy to indulge him with. If I'm completely honest, I'd been waiting for the day he'd fall in love with those brightly coloured plastic blocks just like I did as a child. As soon as he's old enough for Lego there will be no stopping me! I was a complete addict as a child. I'm happy to report, six months later, they are still the toys he plays with most. Since ... [ Discover More ]

Colour Correction at Stevie English Hair

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Over the Christmas holidays I did something very silly... I box dyed my hair. I know, I know, lots of people do it and I used to do it for years, it's an OK thing to do but my hair hates it now. I switched to Original Mineral hair care had a lot of luxurious salon colour treatments all last year, so after just one box dye application my hair felt like it had shriveled up and died. Yes, I'm very dramatic when it comes to my hair. My first mistake was picking one of those foam dyes, my second ... [ Discover More ]

Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50: Childhood

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 If you've voted, commented or shared any of my posts for the Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50 Competition, thank you so much. If you haven't there is still time, just click the link, click on my face and enter your email address to go in the running to win $5000 cash! This week's post is all about "childhood" so I decided to mix up parts of my past with parts of our present. I hope you enjoy the video and the little sneak peek into what it was like for me growing up, almost a total contrast to ... [ Discover More ]

Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50: Day In My Life

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On Tuesday 15th May 2012 I decided to film everything I did that day for my entry in this weeks Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50 Bloggers Competition prompt "Day in my Life". It was a huge day but an even bigger drama trying to get the video uploaded. I hope you enjoy the sneak peek into my life and yep, this was all done in one day. I love my life. VOTE HERE ... [ Discover More ]

Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50: Passenger

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As one of the (extremely lucky, like omg how did that even happen?!?!) Top 5 chosen from the Kidspot Ford Territory Top 50 Bloggers competition I'm required to write four blog posts on specific topics over the next few weeks. Who knows, if I do a good job I might get to drive this bad boy around for a whole year and maybe even land myself in New York in August for BlogHer alongside the likes of Woogsworld, Edenland and Styling You... as they say, it would be #totesamaze!!! A beautiful brand ... [ Discover More ]

Here Fishy Fishy

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Last month we added two more peeps to our family unit. Steve thought Aidan was more than ready to have his first pet, I on the other hand disagreed and knew that within a few weeks they would become my pets to care for. I sent Steve and Aidan out for dog food one Saturday morning and they came back with a fish tank set up as well as the dog food. I sighed and resigned myself to the fact that I was now the proud owner of fish babies. The tank was set up for almost three weeks before we eventually ... [ Discover More ]

Generations

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Yesterday my Grandparents "Poppy" and "Grandma" (my father's parents) came to visit us for the afternoon. We hadn't seen them since September and Grandma had been quite ill. Even though we only live a few hours drive away, Aidan's constant sniffles and colds made it difficult to visit for fear of making her condition worse. It was lovely to see her so well and playful. Aidan couldn't get enough them both, he loved them to bits and as you can tell they loved him right back. They played cars, ... [ Discover More ]

Funky Pajamas

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Aidan has been in the nude all summer, especially at bedtime so with winter around the corner we headed to the shops to find some funky new PJs. As soon as Aidan saw these brightly coloured dinosaur flannelette PJs at Target he jumped up and down like he'd won the lottery, it was so cute that people passing by stopped and said "awww how cute". Thankfully they were pretty cheap, sorry I can't remember how much exactly. I guess it didn't really matter how much they were because of that ... [ Discover More ]

Where I want to be

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My parents live in a beautiful place only 3 hours away from our house. Every Thursday night we look at each other, mentally doing our accounts and working out a timeline in our heads. Could we manage to steal away for a few days and give Aidan some downtime with his Grandparents? Could we manage to go on that elusive date night? Could the laundry be forgotten for one more week? More often than not we spend our weekends doing said laundry, mowing the lawns and catching up on domestic duties. It ... [ Discover More ]

My Rough & Tumble Dude

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Sponsored by Nuffnang  Last week I shared that BigW had sent me a $100 gift card to buy Aidan some new clothes (keep reading for the chance to win one for yourself!) and that we had gone out and picked up two spunky, affordable outfits that will see him into the cooler months ahead. What I didn't tell you was that the best part of all was yet to come! BigW had organised for Rachel Devine, a commercial children's photographer to meet us at a special location for a mini photoshoot with ... [ Discover More ]

Rough & Tumble BigW Style

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Sponsored by Nuffnang Last week was rough, actually the last few weeks have been. Our little family is adjusting to changes, we're growing, exploring and quite often we're tired too. I'm still getting used to my domestic routine and spending more time with my camera, Steve's trying to deal with new work challenges and Aidan is determined to do absolutely everything all by himself. Each of us is requiring a little more patience and a little more time to breathe, to play it cool. It had ... [ Discover More ]