April 16, 2014

I'm wearing Leggings as Pants.

I know that I said I would never ever wear leggings as pants but something has changed in my genetic make up and I now think that it is okay.

I'm sorry fashionable people. 

I headed out to Morris Jones last week and as I like to peruse a menu before ordering, I had decided what I was going to order days before the event.

It wasn't a hard decision - the Prawn Risotto with crispy squid, avocado and Tangilimar
macadamia had my name written all over it, until it came out and I tasted it that is.
The only strong flavour was that of star anise. For me, it was inedible.

I ate all of the squid as that was on top and not contaminated and then took one bite of the risotto before deciding that surely it wasn't just me, this was not right and offering it to my friends who quickly agreed with me and called the waiter over.

I'm not the sort of person who sends back food, I would rather starve, pay for it and then go through maccas drive thru on the way home rather than potentially hurt a chefs feelings, but my friends told the waiter that there was something wrong with it and upon telling us that it was the star anise that I could taste, he sent it back to the kitchen agreeing that it should be on the menu, and the chef comped my meal and sent out the sea scallops with oxtail sauce and cauliflower which were divine. 
Seriously, they were delicious.

It was so nice of them to send out another meal and take the other off the bill as it was really just my taste buds that couldn't handle it - it wasn't under cooked, or off or anything like that.

The service at Morris Jones was brilliant, as were the cocktails.

Nelly knew that there was something up when I was doing my make up as The Husband bathed her and after I kissed her good night, strapped on my heels and walked out the door she literally threw herself at the door, screaming mum mum mum mum mum. I thought she was too young for that?

I could hear her as I reversed the car down the drive way and when I looked up at the house she was in The Husbands arms, banging on the window looking so sad. 

It broke my heart and made me never want to go out on a girls night ever again. 

Bardot blazer (minimum 5 years old)
Dotti top (pinned at the neck with a hair clip as otherwise it sits way too low on my bust)
Target heels
Lovisa necklace 
Cute wide eyed baby wearing bonds 
Greasy 5 day old hair - tick. 

So, do you send a meal back if you seriously can't stomach it or just grin and bear it? 

April 14, 2014

The Aquarium

A few weeks back we took the train into the city to meet my mum at Spencer Street Southern Cross Station as she had also caught the train in from the country for our girls day out in The Big Smoke.

The train ride in was fine, Nelly was happy enough to stay in her pram and then an old Greek YiaYia got on, sat next to us and gave me the ol' "You Greek? No? You look Greek. Maybe you are Greek." spiel and played Peek-A-Boo with Nelly who did not appreciate it and decided to cry.

I honestly had no idea what to say to this lovely little grandma so made up that she was a shy baby and didn't like strangers which is so far from the truth. So now her dislike count is up to two, our local lollipop man who makes Nelly cry every time he talks to her and the YiaYia.

My outfit:

Glassons jumper 
Zara jeans
Country Road sandals (I know, sandals and a jumper is not quite right but I have no other comfortable walking shoes that aren't runners or thongs)
Lovisa necklace

Whilst putting Nelly into her pram she pulled hard on my necklace and broke it. Woe is me. 

Hello chinny. 

Nellys OOTD:
Cotton On Kids top
Sprout vest
Big W leggings
Pumpkin Patch shoes
Country Road beanie 

I hadn't been to the aquarium for years and was a bit surprised at how expensive the entry ticket is for adults but they must spend a bomb on maintenance, and it really is beautiful so I suppose I can't grumble. 

Nelly loved the rock pool section and had a grand old time touching things and pulling them out of the water.

We were there for a good 10 minutes before the staff member gave us a stern look and we got the hint that she had probably handled things for long enough and moved on.

She was beyond mesmerized by the tanks and fish. It really is a fantastic aquarium and I can't wait to take her back when she is walking. 

Shark Bait, Hoo Ha Ha. 

Pinjarra, the resident crocodile is beyond huge. He's over 5 meters long and weighs in at over 750kg! Holy crap.
I wouldn't fancy meeting him in my local water way, that is for sure.

RAGH. I'm a big croc. 

Mum is totally giving her the side eye. 

I actually didn't see any water snakes this time. I wonder if they are still there and we missed them. I did jump a mile when I saw a lizard though. I'm just no good at scaly slithering creatures which makes no sense as my favorite part of the zoo is the reptile enclosure and my favorite pets are turtles.

Nelly may have put her hands in one of the mangrove enclosures, so when she put her hand in mums mouth here I couldn't help but laugh.

I kept waiting for someone to approach us, apprehend us and kick us out. 

Penguins are seriously incredible. I love them so much and want to take one home and keep it in the bath full of ice. 

We were lucky enough to see a baby penguin in it's mums pouch.

"I think that I have found my people!"

When leaving via the gift shop (yeah, I see what you did there Melbourne Aquarium) mum was looking to buy Nelly and Rory a gift (whereas I complained it was far too expensive) and she picked out two toys, one in blue and one in pink. Nelly immediately grabbed this blue penguin and would not let go.

She held on to it for most of the trip home and is still cuddling it today. The baby penguin comes out of the pouch and has a rattle.

Our train ride home turned sour when it started to fill up and Nelly wanted to explore. She ended up leaning over the school boy next to us and watching him play on his iPad and offering him sultanas.
To his credit, he didn't mind and every time I apologised he told me not to be silly. What a nice young man.

April 9, 2014

Ice Cream - Hot Cross Buns - General delicious food.

I bought this dress from K Mart for $7 a few months back but only remember that I have it when the weather is really hot, otherwise it just hangs in my wardrobe with it's fellow blue dress buddies. I have a problem and own way too many blue dresses but at least this one is spotty and not stripes.

The Husband calls it my Tennis Dress. It's probably about as close to a tennis court as I will ever get so that's okay - he can dream.

For a $7 dress it's not bad but the fabric is really thin so shows every single damn lump and bump. If I didn't just wheel it out on boiling days I would be inclined to wear spanx under it for a smoother look.

Albino in one photo and tandoori tan in the next.
How and why?

We were headed out to meet up with a friend (hi Roxy) and to go in search of nutella hot cross buns and ice cream. 

Search, recover and demolish. 

She may look innocent but fear not, she is fond of throwing pillows around. 

Actually, she is fond of pillows in general. Loves to hide under them and launch her self into them at break neck speed.

Pumpkin Patch sandals
Pure Baby dress & bloomers
Toshi Hat 

A bit of blue on blue with some bling never hurt anybody. 

We had brunch, because that's what we do these days, at the Pantry in Brighton. 

I had the Pancakes -  banana, vanilla bean ice cream, maple syrup, sweet almond and coconut crumble topped them off and they were freaking delicious. The only issue was that there was not enough of it and apparently it's unladylike to lick plates in public.

Fear not for we found the elusive nutella hot cross buns at Brumbys.

I think that the only way they could be better would be if they were baked like the chocolate hot cross buns at Bakers Delight and then the nutella was put in. They are basically white bread hot cross buns with nutella but they are still great. Heating up in the oven is a must. 

I was a bit cruel bringing these home considering The Husband was fasting which meant that I unfortunately had them all to my self... 

Nelly refused to get back in her pram after brunch (she also decorated the street with grapes) so I carried her while Roxy wrangled the pram which was weighed down with hot cross buns. 

Whilst walking, an older lady started talking to us, but not really talking to us, more talking in our general direction about a car who parked to close to another car, and then followed us a good 500 meters, into Woolworths and up to the ice cream section to talk to Nelly and tell me that Nelly was making faces at her. 

She really has a knack of attracting people who are a little bit over friendly, this kid of mine. 

Speaking of ice cream, these are the ticket. 

If you haven't tried them already, you must. 
After you try them, come and report back to me on your findings. You won't be disappointed, and if you are feel free to drop them off at my house. 

April 7, 2014

Tommee Tippee Review and Give Away

I was sent the items in this post to review by Tommee Tippee

We have always used the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles and Nelly took to them like a duck to water so Tommee Tippee is a trusted brand in our house and I am more than happy to be reviewing these items and hosting a give away!

Now that the Nellstar is growing up, and rapidly might I add, it made sense to trial some new eating utensils, even if she does just eat with her hands like a wild animal.

As you can see, no photos are safe from Nelly who insisted on dragging my singlet around the house this day and it even made it's way in to the post.

When I first saw these I was worried that the fork would be sharp and that they would be on the heavy side, however there is zero sharpness and they are quite light so my worries were pointless.

Nelly has only just started to use cutlery in the past month, and that is just a spoon or fork. I usually pre load the spoon, hand it to her and then she feeds herself... Well, some gets in her mouth I guess.

I like that they look more like adult cutlery than anything else that we have as it bridges the gap between her watching us use cutlery and her rubber stuff.

This case is fantastic. It fits perfectly in a small pocket in my handbag and I now know that Nellys spoon has not come into contact with any of the 1000 germs that float around my bag.

I've been known to give her spoon a quick suck if there was nothing to wipe the cutlery with after pulling it out of my bag and I am happy to not do that any more. If cleaning your childs cutlery with your mouth after it's been floating around in your germ ridden bag isn't love, I don't know what is. 

This is the best.

The suction base did leave me scratching my head for a moment before I actually read the instructions and didn't just try and wing it like I usually do but once I read them it was easy to figure out.  

The bowl is a pretty decent size - bigger than the bowl that I normally use for her and the loop spoon that is included is perfect for Nelly, once she got her mitts on it she didn't let it go. 

The Husband went to pick up the bowl a few nights back and looked at me with a shocked expression on his face "It's stuck?!!?". Yes, it's stuck. Why do you think it is still on the high chair and not on the floor! 

When I chose this I forgot that Nelly would be giving up the formula now that she is one but I have used these in the past and they are great for carrying around the correct measure of formula and keeping it safe inside the bottle, saving space in your already bursting bag. 

"Mum. I have a new spoon. Hang on, why can't I throw this bowl at you? I don't understand. WHY IS IT STUCK? MUM? HELLO? WHY ARE YOU SITTING THERE LOOKING SMUG WHEN YOU COULD BE SITTING THERE WITH MY BOWL ON YOUR HEAD?." 

That's what she was thinking. I will act as translator for you. 

"MMM. Yes. I do quite enjoy baked snapper. My new bowl however will not move and this does not please me, I don't care what my mum says because I am the boss at meal times and if I want to throw it, then I will throw it."

If you are so inclined to watch Nelly eat yogurt with her new spoon and looking quite proud of herself, watch the following video:

I'm pretty proud of her, she's mastering the spoon like a boss.

Now, for the fun part - all of the Tommee Tippee items you see in this post (Nelly not included) are up for give away

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post!
If you are commenting as anonymous please leave an email address or twitter username so that I can contact you.

As I will be using the random number generator, please only comment once. 

Terms & Conditions:
1. Competition only open to those with Australian postal addresses.
2. Competition will be drawn at 12PM on Monday 14 April 2014 using random number generator so this is a competition of luck. 

Good luck :)

April 4, 2014

VS Sassoon Salon Professional Curling Wand - Review & Video!

Alright, the next post in my 'I am slowly getting better hair and you are here to witness the train wreck' series is dedicated to the VS Sassoon Salon Professional Curling Wand (sent to me for the purpose of review). 

I was slightly iffy about it when it arrived and it had no clamp. What the heck am I meant to do here and what on earth is this little 3 finger heat protector glove for? It's also a conical shape which I am not used to. I am so stuck in the dark ages that it's not even funny. I'm like Brendan Fraser in Blast from the Past. 

My old school curler has a clamp, and a broken clamp at that which means that I manually hold the clamp down when curling resulting in burnt fingers and lots of swearing under my breath. Don't even get me started on the kinks that it leaves behind. 

This iPhone filter (chrome) is doing wonders for me. Thank YOU iPhone. 
I just showed The Husband this photo and asked if he liked my hair and he kind of snickered before saying yes....

There are five temperature settings:-

140c - Delicate, fine, bleached hair.
155c - Thin, easy to curl hair.
170c - Normal textured hair.
185c - Wavy, curly hair.
200c - Hard to curl, very thick hair.

I used both wands on 185c and it took 1:33 to heat up - brilliantly quick. When the light stops flashing, you are good to go.

The larger wand has 3 grips to keep your hair in place as you don't have a clamp, the grips worked but only if you have small amounts of hair on the wand.

I tried to use the little 3 finger glove for 2 curls but gave up, it just made it harder for me. A full hand glove would be ideal.

Both wands have a cool touch tip for you to hold on to. You will need to use it as this gets freaking hot. I'm not sure if VS are in the business of branding peoples scalps, ears and fingers but I can guarantee that there are a number of people out there with burns from the excellent heat in these products.

Here is the video:-

This video was filmed under the cloak of darkness whilst Nelly slept and I had to get up a few times so my position might move around a tad.

I'm wearing a Lovisa necklace and Dotti singlet.

This is my hair freshly washed and dried. I have naturally curly hair so this is far straighter than if it were to air dry. It's like a heinous crime on hair when it's completely natural.

Taa Daa.  The curls get the girls right?! Well. Hmmm. Never mind.

The left side of my head was curled with the large barrel and the right side was done with the smaller barrel. My hair has been brushed out in this photo.

Without brushing, the small barrel gives you excellent school formal/jazz dance hair. It's not my cup of tea but I did seriously have my hair like that for my year 12 formal. I'll try and dig up a photo.

After brushed, you have perfection.

I am loving this curler. It took longer to use than the Big Hair Styler so I don't think I would use it every hair wash as I currently am using the BHS but for occasions that require more effort, 100%.

The real test is seeing how your hair looks the next day without brushing and it was looking pretty good. I didn't use hair spray so I expected it to either fall out completely or be a matted mess.

I feel like I am really getting better at doing my hair. Perhaps I should embrace products more for maximum effect. What products do you suggest?

What do you prefer for hair in general, curls or straight?

April 2, 2014


Last week I had my first paranoid mother moment which saw us end up Sandringham E.R.

Nelly woke up from her nap at 11:30, like usual. However this time she was sporting a new addition to her pretty face, a second head practically growing from her forehead.

The Husband had just left so I ran down the driveway with her in my arms in a panic and he came home, swore a little when he saw her forehead and told me to call the medibank nurse line who then advised me to take her to E.R.

It wasn't the bump itself that freaked me out, it was the fact that she was being so quiet and I hadn't seen her bump her head so I thought she was concussed.

During the two hours that we waited in the E.R we chatted with other people, everyone wanting to play with Nelly who was getting chirpier as the minutes went by and by the time I took this photo of her the bump had practically gone. 

After two hours I decided that she was fine and as I went to tell the triage nurse to take her off the patient list, she told me that Nelly was still on the bottom of the critical list so it was good that we left. The nurse had definitely sniggered at me when we first got there but I am sure that I am not the only mum to take a baby to the E.R in a panic.  

Over paranoid mother moment  - check.

Look, it's better to be safe than sorry right?

We then headed out to meet Roxanne, a new friend made from this blog, and then on to the Maternal Health Nurse who Nelly hates. She hates being measured, weighed and having to put her clothes back on.

Nelly is 85 percentile for height, weight and head circumference. Go you good thing. 

I'm not quite sure what I was thinking when I bought these leather look leggings which don't really look like leggings but are definitely shiny.

I'm trying to step outside the plain box that is my wardrobe but I'm still a bit wary of new things, especially leggings when I don't have Cameron Diaz legs. 

I wore them out to lunch and The Husband approved but I haven't seen photos of myself in them yet and we all know that photos do not lie. 

If you never see them featured in an outfit post, you know why. 

Look what I found at Liz's house. It's baby me. 

Whilst The Husband was overseas I killed time during the evening on YouTube watching videos featuring babies dancing, funny cats and make up and beauty product reviews.

The Tangle Teezer kept popping up in these videos and under the word from my blog facebook page followers, I picked one up at Petra last week.

So far, it looks like a dog brush. I find it awkward to hold but it did brush my knots out with zero pain so I can't complain. 

I'll update in a few weeks on my thoughts.  

Hello Flo Rider. 
Isn't my new niece Florence just delicious? I look so awkward holding her, you would think I had never held a baby before - forget the fact that I have one of my own. 

We went to Jimmy Jamz in Elwood to celebrate Thomas' 4th birthday - I can't believe he is 4. 
The food is good and cheap, plus they have an outdoor playground for the youngens so it's a perfect cafe to take your spawn to. 

We are still going to the park most days and Nelly is now no longer afraid of the grass and bark. Success. 

She also keeps her hat on thanks to my rigorous hat training. 

I decided that every time she took her hat off, the pram would stop moving and I would stand there looking miserable. 
She cottoned on pretty quickly that if she left her hat on, our walk would continue and we haven't looked back since. 

Training a baby is easier than training a puppy. 

The Husband was not impressed that I had this lime v neck tee with a pocket on because he was wearing a navy round neck tee with a pocket...

I know, not even close.  

Dress her and pink and the 'what a cute boy' comments will stop. Eventually. 


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