Tasty Tuesday {bye bye winter!}

Although it’s going to still be cool and raining this week, we bid Winter farewell and started Spring with a couple of gorgeous sunny days in Sydney.

Make hay while the sun shines, they say. Make ice blocks while the fruit is abundant and cheap, I say. Same same.

Who doesn’t love an ice treat on a warm day? These are chock full of healthy stuff, with none of the nasties – but oh, so good. And no ice cream maker required.

Fruity & Jaffa blocks

For the fruity blocks
1 punnet of strawberries {these are so tasty and super cheap at the farmers’ market right now}, diced
1 peach, diced
1/2 ripe banana, sliced
1 tablespoon Maca powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 cup plain greek yoghurt {optional}

Throw it all in a blender and zhoosh it until it’s creamy smooth. Taste it before you pour it into your ice cream moulds because now is the time to decide you’d like the flavour altered slightly. A little tip: if you want it creamier, addition of more super ripe banana will achieve that. Freeze until your tastebuds tell you they’re ready!

For the Jaffa blocks 
5 mandarins {or 3 oranges}, peeled and seeded
2 ripe bananas {medium-sized}, sliced
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon rice malt syrup

As with the fruity ones, throw it all ingredients in a blender and zhoosh it until it’s creamy smooth, then pour it in your moulds. Pop in the freezer and enjoy when the mood takes you.


Which is all the time for this mumma. I love ice cream!

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100 happy days again

Spring is here – woo hoo! Love Bug {who spent her first full night in her big girl bed last night, didn’t wake up once and slept past 6am for the first time in a month} asked me first thing if she could go outside to see her frangipani flowers back on their tree. She looked a little disappointed when I told her they needed time to grow.

What else is here today? The start of #100happydaysagain – our next photo challenge! For those who played along {or are still somewhere along the 100 days} in either #100happydays or #100morehappydays we hope you’ll join us again. Grab your friends and play along. Changing seasons, starting new chapters, turning new pages … there are lots of things to look forward to and share with us, using the #100happydaysagain hashtag.

To join in the challenge, all you need to do is:

  1. find one moment in each day that makes you happy {as significant or silly as you please and as in focus or capturing the moment as it needs to be too – it’s often difficult to be in the moment and try to capture it at the same time}
  2. take a photo of it
  3. load it to social media {follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest} with the hashtag #100happydaysagain

I’ll get us started …

100 happy days again


ps – Milo is still looking for a home {I know, I can’t believe it either!} so if you know anyone who needs to expand their family, this fuzzy love could be their guy.



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Silent Sunday {big girl bedroom}


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Last night in her cot

From this:



Via this:




To this:



Seemingly in the blink of an eye. Love Bug declared during the week that Friday would be her last night in her cot.

Exciting as that is, as with every milestone I may have shed a tear or two.

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Scary dream spray



With scary dreams seemingly plaguing Love Bug at the moment, I’ve taken drastic measures and made some extra special mumma recipe scary dream spray.

Scary dream spray


For parents who need a little of this in their lives, here’s how: I got a spray bottle from the Dollar Store, printed a cute label, washi taped the label to the bottle and filled the bottle with water, a few drops of essential oil {we used a blend of wild lavender and freesia} and the extra special ingredient which fixes almost everything: a whole lot of love.

At bedtime each night we spray the room.

Love Bug told me she thinks it smells beautiful but the scary dreams and monsters will think it smells yucky. Which means it will hopefully work.

You might need to spray an extra top up dose in the middle of the night occasionally, but it’s the best remedy so far.

Sweet dreams.

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Grandpa has dinosaurs in heaven

Of all the precious comments that come from the back seat of the car, I think this is my favourite.

Love Bug and I were talking about dinosaurs. She was being a friendly girl dinosaur, roaring and saying she would like to be pink {no surprises there really!} but she hasn’t seen any pink dinosaurs.

Have you seen any dinosaurs mumma? {Side note: better amp up the application of anti-aging creams!}

No Bubba, dinosaurs are extinct.

I don’t say that word essint mumma. Meaning she doesn’t know what that word means.

Extinct means that the dinosaurs don’t live any more.

They don’t live here, so where do they live?

They all died a long time ago Love Bug.

Aw, poor dinosaurs.

She was quiet for a full minute, then this gem.

Grandpa has dinosaurs in heaven.

Does he Love Bug?

Yes mumma, because he died and is in heaven and if the dinosaurs died they’re in heaven too. They must be having so much fun playing together. I think he has a lot of dinosaur friends.

Or maybe just one or two.


Grandpa has dinosaurs in heaven

I love how her mind works.

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Snuggle up pup

Hi mumma

I see you’re laying on the couch on your own.

How about I just lay behind your legs and tuck my snout over your waist?

Or maybe I could just smoosh myself right in behind you?

Snuggle up pup

Actually, smooshing behind you is good, but if I just nudge your arm up so I can get a little bit closer, then we will be super cosy.

Don’t move now okay?

{aka snuggle up pup: getting snugglier every day}

#InternationalDogDay #DogDay #FosterFail

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