Friday, 27 December 2013

52/52


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Little P: Your very first trip to "The Ballet"... Cinderella, the Australian Ballet; You may be one of the luckiest 3 year olds I know!

Sunshine: You sit here everyday when I put the washing out; watching, waiting for a push from your big sis!




Are you taking part in the 52 project? I would love to see!!! 
I'm linking up with Jodi here. 

RECIPE: mixed up Mojito



The Festive Season calls for a bit of relaxation. And there is something great about sitting in the sunshine sipping on a cocktail! Mojito's are one of my all time favourite drinks; they are sweet yet refreshing! This is my version of a mojito, there's nothing much traditional about it, it's just simple, clean and delicious! 

INGREDIENTS: 

1 Lime 
5-10 mint Leaves
1-2 teaspoons of raw honey OR 5 drops pure stevia
1 cup sparkling mineral water
30 ml vodka (optional)
Ice

METHOD

Throw everything in a shaker and shake shake shake!!!
Let steap for a at long as you would like to get the most flavour and then sip in the sunshine!

Happy Feel Good Festive Season!!!

Cass x x

Thursday, 19 December 2013

51/52




 "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."



Little P + Sunshine: such good friends... So much mischief to come!!! 


Are you taking part in the 52 project? I would love to see!!! 
I'm linking up with Jodi here. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


We are in full swing of our Christmas break here, but I wanted to take a moment to say a big thank you to each and everyone of you that has hit on this little blog of mine. This year has been a huge roller coaster ride and all of you have kept my head above water, as well as encouraged me to keep doing what I love by just being here! I truly appreciate the conversation and I am really looking forward to what the future holds (hopefully some sleep?!?!?)

THANK YOU!!

Enjoy your break, get outside and give lots of big cuddles to your family! 

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

* got to love a family Santa photo.... Haha! Traditions... 

An Introduction...










Last weekend, in the heat of the Sydney Sun, we hit the beach. Little P is absolutely in love with the water, she is at the perfect age now and is keen to give anything a go. Making our way to a local beach that has the perfect little baby shore break, we thought it would be the perfect day to give her an introduction to something we love so much; SURFING! 

Everything is so much easier to pick up when your young; as we get older it's not as easy to get out there and do things. Age brings more fear, more inhibitions, less confidence (if only we could be young and fun forever) and Surfing is hard work! Believe me, I know this because I got on a surf board for the first time as a late teenager and I had a terrible time! I haven't tried for years now but I don't mind a paddle around, just don't ask me to show you how I ride a wave bacause you may have to wait another 10 years while I practice... Hah! 
We would love to teach our children to surf at a young age so they just "have it." 
Then, living on the coast, they can enjoy the water with their buddies. It's such a fun sport! 

Last week, whilst I sat on the beach attempting to stop Sunny eating handfuls of sand, Mr A had a ball in the water, pushing P onto waves, picking her up out of the water when she went under and chasing her when she would run away. She wasn't too sure about it, "a little bit scary" she told us but the smiles and laughing we got throughout the morning were enough to confirm that she was loving it! It was such a fun morning! 
Can't wait to play in the waves more this Summer! 

Are there any sports you want to or have pass/ed onto your kids?? Would love to hear about them. 

Cass x x


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

And then you were 3... A letter from us to you on your Birthday!


Dear P P... 

Today you are 3! 

For three years you have filled our hearts and our home with happiness, laughter, joy, jokes, fun, crazy, attitude, bounce, histerics, love, tears, running, jumping, cuddles, kisses, dancing, singing, ballet moves and more ballet moves! 

You are our little tower of strength, our pocket rocket, our princess, our mover, our bounce in our step, our corrector, our objector, our darling, our fun, our "big sis", and our ballet girl!

Each and everyday you drive us crazy and bring us so much joy all at the same time! You are the most amazing big sister and protector! You really are such a special little person, we are so proud of who you are and excited for what the future will bring! 

We love you! 

Happy 3rd Birthday! 

Love Mummy and Daddy!

X x x

Monday, 16 December 2013

Working Mum's Masterclass Christmas eBook (I'm thrilled to be a contributor!)


Announcing the Working Mum's Masterclass Christmas eBook!

I am so unbelievably excited to share with you an ebook that I had the pleasure of contributing too... An ebook that is sure to help you survive this crazy time of year! 


My fellow working mum mentors and I have shared our tips to bring you a new eBook focused entirely on that busy time of year: Christmas!

With more tips and tricks than you can poke a candy cane at, the eBook includes articles on:
  • How to kick Christmas butt
  • How to get organised for Christmas
  • Staying healthy over Christmas
  • How to wrap like a ninja...
  • and more!
Written by mums, for mums, this eBook is what you need to get through the  final days of the silly season!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

50/52





 "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

AND WE ARE WELL! Yes, the sickness has said farewell! Happy happy happy !!!

Little P: The watcher... GIve her 5 minutes to get comfortable and then she will be sure to take over!

Sunshine: The mover... Bah... Bah Bah Bah! Baaaaaahhhhhh! 



Are you taking part in the 52 project? I would love to see!!! 
I'm linking up with Jodi here. 

Friday, 13 December 2013

WEARING: Sahara Fleur



I welcome you with another few and far between wearing post. I've been in the "sick babies and over it" phase for a little while now and the ever growing weight gain just keeps on growing but thats another story to tell soon. My wardrobe has once again consisted of the loose pants and easy breastfeeding top, very boring but very comfortable.
This week though, I was delivered a little ray of sunshine when I was invited to an exclusive local mums shopping day at Sahara Fleur in Mona Vale. This women's wear store; I have walked past many times and looked through the beautiful windows to see the most glamourous outfits and accessories that I thought would never fit around these womanly curves, a shop for "young" people.
When I heard there would be an instore nanny, stylist, goodie bags and lucky door prizes at this Sahara Fleur mums day out, I just couldn't refuse. So on thursday, I packed up my entourage and we had the most fabulous morning of browsing, styling, shopping, chatting and laughing! This shop is amazing! So many beautiful things for everyone and I mean EVERYONE! Teenage Girls, right up to Grandmas would love this store; sizes range from itsy bitsy to a ladies size 16. These clothes fit woman and they look good! The owner and designer; Lisa is just wonderful and she gives you the best customer experience. I came out with some fun summer outfits and it has inspired me to get dressed out of my trackies and into something a bit more fun!
So I put on some Eco Tan last night and have got my legs out! HOORAY! Now we're off to 4 birthday and Christmas parties over the next 2 days... ARGHHHH!!!!


Wearing:

Shirt Dress c|o Sahara Fleur
Neon Beads | Sahara Fleur
Sunglasses | Sports Girl
Tan Wedges c|o Rubi Shoes (these babies are on sale at the moment too)
Cardigan | From the back of my wardrobe

Sahara Fleur also sells online so be sure to check out their collection here; 



Saturday, 7 December 2013

49/52




 "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

The Snot Diaries... As I mentioned here; life has been full of snot, coughs, fevers and more coughs this week. All nighters and lots of cuddles, spending the week in isolation we are slowing coming to end of this dreaded bug and the kids have been little troopers!

Little P: Never too sick to party... On the couch! Bless her snotty nose and barking cough!

Sunshine: Such a trooper!!! You WILL be fighting fit before you know it!



Are you taking part in the 52 project? I would love to see!!! 
I'm linking up with Jodi here. 

Friday, 6 December 2013

HOMEMADE CHEST RUB


This week our house is full of cold... If you haven't realised yet already, I don't do sick very well simply because we don't do it very often. The odd cold comes and goes but never anything major. Thankfully I have fought this one off but the children haven't been as lucky! Sunday night P was up all night with fevers, coughs and drippy eyes. By Wednesday, she had so kindly shared it with her little brother. Seeing a big kid cough is just part of being around bugs but seeing a baby coughing just freaks me out and it's not something that I can brush off! 
So I took the plunge, I took my kids to the doctor for the very first time!!!! I have found the most amazing local doctor; she has a very natural approach, is a GP and a Nutritionist so she knows her stuff. She checked them over, reassured me it's just a virus and sent me home with a whole heap of supplements and a prescription of "chill out mum! Your kids are going to survive".

After some echinacea, probiotics, olive leave extract, a veggie juice and some bone broth on the side, I got out my Doterra oils to mix up a chest rub that is all natural, safe on the skin, will help to assist the kids in breathing through their little noses again and get rid of some of the congestion. This mixture is so easy and really works so you will never buy the store bought toxic stuff again! 

What you will need;
- Clean empty Glass Jar
- 1/2 cup Coconut oil
- 20 Drops Doterra "BREATHE" essential oil

What to do; 
- Gently melt the coconut oil. 
- Add in your essential oils (You can also use individual oils like Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Peppermint, etc)
- Mix mix mix!!!
- Pore mixture into glass jar
- Place jar of chest rub into the fridge to set.
- Use it !!! Rub onto your children's chest, back and bottom of feet when feeling under the weather with colds, conjestion, etc.

About Doterra "BREATHE

The Doterra "breathe" oil is a mixture of 
This essential oil blend contains laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon and ravensara. These oils are all thought to be helpful to open airways and give relief to many respiratory problems – common colds, congestion, allergies, bronchitis, etc. All doTERRA essential oils are 100% pure CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and are extracted using low heat steam distillation. Breathe is safe to take topically, and aromatically (I have been also diffusing it throughout the house and children's bedrooms at night). 
So give it a try, I would love to know what you think? 
Cass x x


Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Summer time starts now!



 Cant you believe it??? Last week I took both the kid-lets to the beach, it didn't last long, but it was lots of fun and got us out of the house and into the sunshine.

We are lucky* enough to be living next to a renovation blitz. It has been a long time coming but the drills have now started drilling and the knockers have started knocking down... Yes, our place is not so nice to be at at the moment and the never ending loud noises are starting to get to me even though its only the beginning.
Last week they let us know they would be removing some toxic stuff so we packed up our bags and ventured out for THE WHOLE DAY! Yep, feels like packing to go away for a week when you head out of the house for a whole day with children.
The kids put on their new swimming gear from the Kids Store and we headed to the beach to meet our buddies. I am pretty much in love with the kids store at the moment; you can find some awesome buys for the little ones... Their new Summer swimwear collection is amazing! Look at that fluro cosy on P??? Isn't it amazing??? Everyone asks where we got it from. And that neon rash vest, I just love it.
I am far from even thinking about getting into a pair of swimmers yet but the kids had an awesome time splashing in the water and getting dumped by the waves. Sunny had his first sand eating experience, he was so excited he just couldn't contain himself, look at his little smiley face... haha!

So now I know I can do it; get to the beach that is, we may have to get our acts together and get out to play in the sand more often. Bring on Summer time!

Cass xo

* NOT SO LUCKY!!! ARHHHH!!!





Sunday, 1 December 2013

MY BIRTHDAY CAKE: Donna Hay inspired Carrot Cake


An almost all nighter with a sick little girl, a few feeds in between for the baby and a wake up call full of fevers at 3am has sure started this day off wonderfully! Today is my Birthday! I have overcome the night we've had and focussing on the quiet day that is today, a day with my little family!  So the little girl has been telling me for weeks that I need to have a carrot cake. Little P's birthday is pretty close to mine so she tells me its her birthday today too and she needs a chocolate cake. Ohhhh don't you love it how children think? She will slowly work out that I am only running one cake today but I will let her blow out the candles because thats what good mums do.
I have made this cake a few times now and it is so delish! I was introduced to the Donna Hay version at a friends baby shower months ago and it was love at first bite so I set out to make a more whole food healthy version; wheat free, refined sugar free and totes yummy... And that it is! So a Big happy birthday to me; I am headed out for lunch with my Mumma bear and Sis and then home to cut up this delicious number! You must try it. ENJOY!


 INGREDIENTS:
1¼ cups coconut sugar
 ¾ cup melted coconut oil
 3 eggs
 1½ cups Spelt Flour
 1½ teaspoons baking powder
 1 teaspoon baking soda
 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 ½ teaspoon ground ginger
 2½ cups grated carrot
 ½ cup chopped walnuts
 ½ cup sultanas

Cream cheese frosting
 250g cream cheese, softened
 ⅓ cup coconut sugar
 1½ tablespoons lemon juice

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the coconut sugar and coconut oil in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 2–3 minutes. 
  2. Add the eggs gradually and beat well. 
  3. Sift the spelt flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger over the coconut sugar mixture. Add the carrot, walnuts and sultanas and mix until just combined. 
  4. Pour into a greased cake tin lined with non-stick baking paper and bake for 55–60 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. 
  5. Cool in tin.
  6. For the cream cheese frosting, process the cream cheese in a food processor until smooth. Add the coconut sugar and lemon juice and process until smooth. Spread frosting on the cooled cake and sprinkle with walnuts. 

48/52



 "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Sun time... 

Little P: WOOOOOOOOOO!!!! 

Sunshine: So Smiley... ALWAYS! 


Are you taking part in the 52 project? I would love to see!!! 
I'm linking up with Jodi here. 

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