Portrait of my child once a week for 52 weeks
Smily happy sun cream laden face, so happy playing outside on our driveway one cool morning.
Joining the talented girls over at Jodi's
I am finding it a little hard to write these days. The hot weather, events in life and etc. I feel that the blog has been a little neglected. I need inspiration, I need ideas. How do beautiful women like (this, this, this and this) find the inspiration, and beautiful photos to boot, to write? *sigh* They are beautiful photos aren't they? These ladies are my current inspiration. They are so passionate about their lives. I need to find something that I am passionate about this year. :)
So, taking heed from Steph @ This Brown Wren, I am going to reflect on my current life...
connecting - lately, I have been connecting with a great bunch of mums. they are so passionate about the little ones. we learn a lot from each other and hopefully, our kids will grow up together. these women are currently my rock. they give me so much encouragements and advise.
nourishing - we have been cooking more at home since the beginning of the year. every week, I sit down on our dining room floor with my trusty cook books and plan our meals for the week. 6 dinners, 2 lunches.
reading - sadly, this has stopped since end of November. I ran out of series to read. I am such a picky reader, only reading paranomal romance, and books in the series that I am reading are still being written. I manage to read a total of 18 books last year. that is by far the highest and best record for me.
playing - not much outdoors play this time of year. the heat does not go well with either the Lil' Tiger and I. the heat triggers her eczema and it triggers my migraine. we have been playing a lot indoors. currently her favourite is playing doctors and nurses. she of course is the doctor.
creating - meals in the kitchen. I love that now, I can come home early and start making meals for my family. I feel so at home in the kitchen. It's the heart of our home. Will share some of our family favourites soon.
nurturing - learning how to be thankful for little things this year. Everyweek over on Instagram, I will post something that I am thankful for.
Growing - beetroots shoots have started to come out from our little veggie patch. Just when I thought I have lost them for good. Also chillies waiting to harvest soon.
Listening - Sara Bareillies - Brave.
It's that time of the year again where all school parents start to panic a little. The kids will be back to school in just 2 weeks and parents are frantically trying to organise uniforms, booklists and etc.
Though the Lil' Tiger won't officially go to school until 2016 (pre primary), her new day care, has a Montessori teacher coming in everyday from 9am to 3pm and she goes in full time, so it is kinda like "school" (actually they do address themselves as a school). I was given a list of things that she needs for the year and off I trotted to my nearest Officeworks.
Have I mentioned before that I love Officeworks? When I was childless, I use to go to my nearest one and just look at stationery for hours. Those were the days where there was no one tugging on my shirt telling me they need to go to the loo or telling me that she is hungry for the 50th time that hour. Now I would be lucky to even go in for 15 minutes. :)
Thankfully, Officeworks offers "School List Service", where you can drop off your school list and come back the next day to just pick up and pay. In and out in less than 5 minutes (unless there is a super long queue because everyone is also buying school supplies). Its a One Stop School Shop! Owh yeah!
Unfortunately, luck was not on my side today, there was a long queue and one family had 4 kids and 4 school lists to pay!! Eeekks. I overheard a mum telling another mum about her experience last year on how she left it too late and almost everything was sold out and how she had to go to 6 different KMart and BigW only to find things from half her list and she said she didnt even care how much they cost and probably would even buy some stuff on her list for twice the amount becuase she desperately needed it. Owh dear.
So for the month of January, Officeworks is offering every parents their "Parents' Price Promise**". This means that they will beat any identical quoted school item on the list by 10%. That means, you do not have to pay premium price on identical school items.
Lesson learnt. Don't get supplies from your child's book list late AND don't pay premium price. :)
I left Officeworks happy and relieved that I got everything on the list. Now for show and tell. This is what I got. I am pretty excited that the Lil' Tiger will be able to learn more in this "School" than her old daycare. She is all set to go now.
The lovely people at Officeworks is giving you a chance to win a $50 gift voucher for you to shop for school supplies with them. :) All you have to do is tell me your version of School stationery (or work or personal) list disaster story?
I will draw the price on 1 February 2014 at 8pm (Western Australia Time) and the winner will be announced on 2 February 2014. Unfortunately, the competition is only open to Australian residents BUT you can still tell me your story. I love a good read.
**Valid on identical stocked or Officeworks-deemed equivalent items where identical products are not available. Excludes competitor out of stocks, categories or items not ranged and items available only for customer order at Officeworks. Offer available from 01/01/14 to 31/01/14. Cannot be used in conjunction with Officeworks 5% Lowest Price Guarantee.
It's been really hot here lately and I have been craving cold teas more than ever. I went to a store opening before Christmas and was introduced to "Cold Brewed Tea". I thought the concept was BRILLIANT and so simple. Perfect for those hot summer days.
The concept of a "Cold Brewed Tea" is that you do not use hot water at all. Room temperature water is all you need is to set it in the fridge. Cold Brewed Teas are usually milder in taste and the down side of it is that you have to brew it for at least 3 hours in the fridge.
So I came home, gushed about it to M and experimented with teas that I have at home. I found out that fruity teas works best and green tea, a definite no no because green tea is bitter when it's cold.
Here is one of my favourite concoction
Add tea, sweetener and water in a jug. Let it chill in the fridge for 3 hours. Enjoy with a slice of lemon or as it. That is it! Simple!
*I was given Norbu Sweetener in exchange for a series of recipes. To read more about this natural sweetener, please go to their website. It is made from the Monk Fruit, also known as Lo Han Guo in Chinese. Growing up and even now, I still brew Lo Han Guo when I have tonsillitis. It cools the body down.
//my Mount Laundry. The chore I loath to do. Sigh... It's got to be done though.
//mid morning snack.
//My kit is here. Now all I have to do is go for the training with my Manager and we are all set to go.
Not many photos this week. It was to hot to even move! Sigh. No excuses though right? I promise I will be a little better this week.
Linking up with Em from The Beetle Shack.
Late to the party as usual, my first two photos for the 52 Project this year. Better late than never I think.
//new year sparkles
At her best friend's birthday party.
Apart from my youngest sister being engaged last year, there was another joyous occassion in my family. I am a proud AUNT. I spent most of December smelling the top of my newborn Nephew's head. Isn't that the most glorious smell ever.
// for 2 weeks now I have been menu planning, I have to say, it's the best thing! Will share more in another post. My life is simpler now.
//on the hottest day of the year, we stayed indoors with our air conditioning on and she peels the paper off her crayons for hours. Bless.
//the number of suppliments I have to take everyday. I plan to be as healthy as I can get and hopefully these will help me.
//a very scruffy Pixel. I need to learn how to trim his hair better.
//our very full fruit bowl for the week.
Late last year, my family received exciting news. My youngest sister got engaged with her partner while on holiday in Europe. Exciting times.
When she got came back from her holiday, my mum told her to set the date straight away. She did and now we are in the midst of planning her wedding. First thing we have to do is send out Save the Date cards.
I was asked by Minted to review their Save the Date Cards (such a coincidence!!). I have seen a review of Minted on another blog (can't remember which one now) and I thought at the time how good the designs were.
There were a lot to choose from. We didn't know where to start. These were my favourites though.
All of the cards on Minted, you can personalised to your liking. You can change the colours and fonts. You can choose to use own image or pick out simple ones like above. You can also change the shape of the cards! How cool is that?
Picking which design you like is the only difficult bit. Everything after that is a breeze. You choose the type of paper you want, what you would like the back of the card to say and etc. You get the idea.
And after card design is done, you get to choose and personalise the envelopes! Now that is something new to me. When I got married, the envelopes were either those boring white ones or beige. You can pretty them up with gold foil stickers or maybe an embossing stamp. With Minted, you can design your envelopes (you can even add colour to the INSIDE of the envelopes, ooooo). Proofread and pay for your cards and you are done! Simple, easy and most importantly, stress free. ;)
Minted ships internationally to over 200 coutries using FedEx. So you always have a tracking number to see where your cards are, very important if you are pressing for time.
So now all my sister has to do is just sit back and wait for her beautiful card to arrive. YEAY! I love weddings, don't you?
*All reviews are based on my opinions. I was offered store credit in exchage for my review. No payments were offered or received.
Hi, my name is Feli. I am mum to a beautiful daughter and a hyper Bichon. I live in sunny Perth, Western Australia. Runner, positive thinker and green smoothie drinker.