Monday, June 18, 2012

Sugar and spice and all things nice...

I thought I'd share how I store Miss Matilda's hair accessories.  I do her hair in the bathroom so I wanted to store them where they were easy to access but also matched the decor.

It's not the cutest idea, but it's something I already had, it's so easy to clean and I can see everything I need.

I picked this up from Target a while ago just because I liked it and was planning on using it in the kitchen but our bench couldn't really take the width of it.  Then I realised it would be perfect for hair accessories. 

I bought the little white buckets from Pink Frosting for Miss M's birthday and had a few left over.  I've used them to separate basic hair clips, basic hair ties and pretty ties.

You can see she has a serious amount of headbands.  That would be because she was practically bald until she was 18 months old!

There are lots of ideas out there, and so many things you could repurpose, think pretty bowls, gift boxes, mini suitcases, hurricane vases.

Here are a few ideas I saved pre Pinterest;

One: Sharnel Dollar Designs
Two, Three, Four, Five - All Ikea
Six: Birdcage I found on clearance at Target

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rainy days..special moments

All this rain reminds me of a post a friend of mine wrote on her blog last year about letting kids be kids...not to worry so much about getting on with the endless jobs or rushing the kids to the next thing we have to do but to enjoy a moment.

"My dare for you this week... Let the kids splash in a puddle!!
No, not when you have planned it and they are in their play clothes and gumboots ... but in a spontaneous moment!... You may even join them... I wish I had!

Have a blessed day...and mums...its just a little mud and water!!"

The very next time it rained I let Matilda do just that (though I did put a raincoat & gumboots on her) and these are the beautiful photos I captured.  She had a fantastic time! She got muddy, she got wet, she was wrapped up in the moment and so was I.

Thank you Jess x

Friday, June 8, 2012

Thai Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup and Pea & Ham soup are Winter staples in our home.  Yesterday was supposed to be shopping day but I wanted to do some work around the house so we had a Happy Home Day instead.  Which meant finding something quick and easy for tea.  This was so easy and super yummy and seriously inexpensive so I thought I'd share, perfect for the arrival of Winter.

Thai Pumpkin Soup

I just googled for a recipe and thanks to I found this...

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 10g butter
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 4 brown shallots, chopped
  • 2 small fresh red Thai chilli, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped lemongrass
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 4 cups peeled and diced pumpkin
  • 1 cup fresh baby basil leaves
Preparation method
Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes

Lemongrass is available fresh or already chopped in a jar.  We are lucky enough that it grows in our herb patch along with the chilli's.  The coconut milk added a yummy flavour.  I'm not a fan of basil although we have copious amounts of both the regular and Thai basil, so I used the coriander we have growing.

I usually serve in bread bowls but I found some dinner rolls in the freezer and used those.

I also didn't use a blender, I just let it cook until it was super soft and used the potato masher instead..less washing up