Saturday, November 1, 2014

Frocktober Day 31

Well, I have made it through a whole month of dresses!

The last few days have been extremely hectic as I traveled to a family funeral, which was a 9 hour round trip, on the Thursday. I have had a sick 2 year old since Wednesday and he ended up in the observation unit last night for overnight monitoring, hence the lateness of my post. We just got home and he went downhill again, so today I will be keeping a close eye on him.

We have also had car issues and an exploding laundry tub, so this body is fueled on lots of coffee right now!

This dress was picked up at Cotton On for a grand total of $15. I love the shape of it, and it is so comfortable and stretchy. It feels like I am wearing pajamas, and the fabric is a soft textured knit that keeps me warm but is not heavy.

I tend to shy away from leopard print, but in a navy tone it keeps within my comfort zone and not as bold as a traditional brown leopard print.

I am linking this outfit up with The Fashionable Mum for her Fashionomics Friday link up, as this dress is such a bargain and it is still available online and in stores in a variety of colours and prints.

For more information about Frocktober and to make a donation to ovarian cancer research, please click here. Today is the last day to donate and I would really appreciate your support.

Friday, October 31, 2014

30 Day Mum Challenge

As one of my Pinterest resolutions, I resolved to do this challenge.

This printable is available here.

November begins tomorrow, and I am keen to make it my best month yet for connecting with my boys. Who is with me?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WCW Fresh Pumpkin Scones

Welcome to another week of What's Cooking Wednesday!

This week's recipe will probably benefit those of you who are carving Halloween pumpkins and need something to do with leftover pumpkin. Or, if you are like me and don't celebrate Halloween but still like pumpkin, I hope you will give this recipe a try.

You will need:
2 1/2 cups self raising flour
pinch salt
1 cup cooked, mashed pumpkin
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup lemonade
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 230 degrees C and line a baking tray.

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Mix the pumpkin and milk in another bowl, then add to the flour mix with the lemonade. Mix until a sticky dough forms.

Turn out and knead lightly, being generous with extra flour to dust. Cut into circles ad place on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

Bake for 15 minutes until golden.

The verdict- more like a bread than a scone, these still had a great flavour and my husband loves them (he loves anything pumpkin!). I really enjoyed these the next day, as the flavour was more pronounced.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Frocktober Day 28 and Under $50 Challenge

I decided to try the lace white dress trend- not sure I can pull it off with my winter pastiness but I put a jacket over top due to the wild and windy weather here today.

This post is a bit late today as I had an exploding tap then no water, a vomiting child and a cardmaking class to contend with - I am impressed that I managed to do it all it a white dress! Inking up stamps and dealing with water shooting everywhere in my laundry still left me with a presentable outfit at the end of the day.

My legs look so wonky in these photos- I do have one leg 5cm shorter than the other so in case you were wondering why my knees always look uneven, there is your answer!

I love these new sandals from Number One Shoes, so comfortable and only $34.99! In fact, these are the only things I paid for for my entire outfit, as the dress and jacket were both passed on to me from friends. I am entering this look in the Mystery Case Style Challenge- Outfit under $50.

For more information about Frocktober and to make a donation to ovarian cancer research, please click here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Beyond Our Planet

This month, the theme over at Poppins Book Nook is Beyond Our Planet.

Lucas has been enjoying the Winnie the Witch series lately, so the two books we have been reading this month are Faces of the Moon and Winnie in Space.

The boys loved looking at Faces of the Moon, with the great rhyming text and fun illustrations.

I used Oreo cookies to describe the phases of the moon, although I accidentally got chocolate instead of normal ones.

I decided to simplify the phases and take advantage of the weather by playing a game I call Moon Hop. I drew four squares on the driveway, and each square had a full moon, new moon, crescent moon or half moon. When I yelled out a moon phase, the boys would moon hop to the corresponding square. They loved this game and requested to play it multiple times during the week.

We also made our own fizzy stars from lime zest, 1/2 cup cornflour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 10 tablespoons of hair conditioner. This mixture allowed us to mould some stars in a pan, and then they boys squirted vinegar on top to make the stars go fizzy.

The boys loved the foam that this mixture created, and it was a fun science lesson.

Lucas also watched this Spanish video and played some games in Spanish such as Planet Memory and a Planet Puzzle. This website was a great resource for Spanish themed space learning.

Family fun night was a chance to make Galaxy jelly- ours didn't work out but I am still sharing the link so that you can have a go! I would suggest using half thew water suggested on tha packet so that the jelly will set with all of the sprinkles in it. We also watched Wall-E.

For our craft activity, we made a cheese grater star painting. We started by rubbing the side of a yellow crayon over the bumpy side of a cheese grater.

We then painted over it with blue paint and left to dry.

Here is a finished masterpiece.

The next messy activity was making our own swirly galaxies by mixing food colouring with milk in some jar lids.

This activity was a lot more popular than anticipated, and we ended up with a lot of galaxies!

We had so much fun reading and learning about space this month. Please feel free to link up below with your Beyond Our Planet inspired activities.

 Clip art by MelonHeadz.

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Frocktober Day 27

It is a public holiday here today, but the fun-filled family activities I had planned have all been put aside thanks to the weather. My husband is happily taking the pantry apart today though, as he decided I need new shelves and paint, so look forward to a pantry update on my blog soon!

This dress has been given a new look with a blue top underneath and paired with leggings and boots to keep me warm.

For more information about Frocktober and to make a donation to ovarian cancer research, please click here.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Papercraft Sampler

I have made up a Halloween inspired papercraft sampler, to match with all of my other seasonal and themed samplers.

This Halloween sampler matched in perfectly with the challenge over at Color My Heart.

I also used black as my neutral, and came up with this 12x12 layout for my home decor frame.

The outer white cardstock is 12x12, with the orange patterned paper at 11x11 and the thistle cardstock at 10.5x10.5 inches. The inner white squares are 2.5x2.5, with the coloured squares at 2.25x 2.25 inches.

I had a lot of fun working with different textures and layers for this, and the Thistle and Sunset together is such a striking combination.

Top left

Top right

Bottom left

Bottom right

I cut a few of the black die cuts from the Cricut, and the rest of the items were from the Scaredy Cat range or some old layered stickers I had. I also used the Halloween Greetings stamp set, some embossing folders, and the retired What A Hoot stamp set.

I would love to know what your favourite square is!
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