well summer is sneaking up fast. This weekend it was a top of 18, next sunday is a top of 31! Im not prepared! I have only just worked out rues heater and layering technique. Now i have to work out how high the heater needs to be to not be too hot when he goes to bed but not too cold when he wakes up. Tonight its too warm on 2 at half temp but mornings have been quite cold so 1 turned it down to 1 at half temp. He is in shorts and a short sleeve top so hopefully he just snuggles with his blanket if it gets chilly. No idea what i will do later in the week when the over night low goes from 5 upto 12! Might have to even abandon the heater and leave the window open. Decisions, decisions. 

Trying to fix the house this year to avoid the scorching heat of summer. Getting blockout curtains installed for one because the metal blinds do nothing but the landlord wont let us take them down. Men. 

I also have a climber on my hands. We had one tumble tonight. Will have to keep a close watch on him to make sure he doesnt climb too high. You can see BDs hand in the first pic ready to catch him. He is so darn proud when he stands up though that i can help but smile with him. 


Spring cleaning

spring has sprung, well until tomorrow when its back to a top of 13. But it really makes me want to get up and give the house a spruce up. Its a rental so sprucing generally involves cleaning and rearranging furniture. But this year im going to take down the horrible useless metal venetion blinds and get some nice sheers and blockout curtains. Hopefully before the summer heat hits!! 

I also want to get a vegie patch started but discovered the bare plot i was going to use is now hip deep in grass so maybe a portible raised bed instead. 

Another project is rues big boy room ie cleaning out the spare room. Hope to be done by christmas, pic to follow. 

  This is another project…the worlds smallest pantry. Yeah wish me luck!

Fire season

fire season is creaping up on us again. Most people forget this as its also beach and christmas season. I feel alot better about this season than i did the last one. Rue is more self sufficient. I dont have to worry about how im going to get formula or bottles if the house burns down (we live next to a huge nature reserve). This year we have contents insurance, rue can drink and eat what ever he likes. But this is kind of a mixed post. The reason im thinking about this is that i just read my fave finance blog and last year he lost his house to bushfire and commented how a stranger saw him sitting at the bar, in his rural fire uniform having just lost his house and gave him a hug and $100 for food. Because you know what, he may have been financially well off, but right then he had nothing. 

Can you imagine. No clothes, no towels, no food, not even a hairbrush. Nothing. After the queensland floods a few years back another fave blogger retro mummy, got together and made a quilting drive to help those who had lost everything. A small gift maybe, but thats something handmade, something not brandnew bought with insurance money, its a new memory. Its more about the homely touches when you are rebuilding than the material things i think. Fingers crossed we arent in for a bad season, even though its forecast for one 😕

Where im not pregnant

no really. Several relatives have lately said to me ‘the next one cant be far off’ then look meanfully at my stomach. I would like to set the record straight. Im not pregnant, im fat. I mean seriously, if i was pregnant enough to be obviously showing i would be well past 12weeks and we would have told everyone. We arent trying, we arent even thinking of trying. BD is happy at one, i want another but not for another year or so. I dont want to have to start the baby phase from scratch but i also dont want to be diapering 2 babies and getting up twice as much at night. So another year at the least. 

But seriously, are we still accusing fat women of being two people in 2015. Have people not learnt to not assume?!? My stomach is large because thats how i store fat after having a baby. My abs have given up, and my stomach is now the same dimensions as my boobs. This does not make me pregnant. Please stop staring at my gut. 

From scratch

i made butter! I can hear you all saying would you just buy the damn butter woman. But its so darn simple to make i had to try it. 

4 cups cream into a mixer (i have a kitchen aid)(2ltr of cream cost me $2.99) beat the living day lights out of it. It will turn into whipped cream then Start to curdle and go yellow. Then you will notice it start to seporate into chunks and milk. Then strain out the butter milk. Pressing the butter to get as much moisture out as you can. Then knead in 1tsp of salt on a wooden board (wood draws out more moisture). Done!

Dont throw out the buttermilk. Put 2 cups cream and 2 tbls buttermilk into a jug and stir. Leave out for 24hrs. Know what we are making? Sour cream! Should be thick like custard after 24hrs then put in the fridge for another day and vola! And i still have enough cream left for scones or another batch of sour cream. Not bad for $2.99 and 10mins work. 

Feeding the masses

anyone get dreadfully depressed when a favourite, recently found blog stops blogging. I love the InnerPickle blog to bits. She is living my ideal life. Sadly hasnt posted since early last year. Still instagrams thank god. But today i was reading the archive to get my fix and was encouraged by her homemade philosophy again. Her children, like most children, react badly to preservatives and additives. Made me look up the nasty ones and i was suprised by the side effects of them! Asthma, chromosomal damage, headaches, and if course hyperactivity. Pritty scary that these are in everyday foods. Rice crackers are a pritty bad culprit that we feed alot to kids. Ready meals and biscuits are another culprit. The nasties?

  • E102 also known as Tartrazine. Causes asthma, hyperactivity, rashes, chromosome damage and migraines. Banned in Norway and Austria.
  • E110 sunset yellow. Causes gastric upset and allergies and kidney damage.
  • E104 quinolone. Hyperactivity, asthma and rashes. Banned in USA and previously Australia.
  • E211 sodium benzoate. Hyperactivity and asthma.

Really makes you think hey. I try and make as much of rues food as i can but time gets in the way and snacks are often prepackaged. Might have to check the label in some of them when i get home…

First shoot

first shoot over and done with. Went well, my 6yr old cousin refused to behave but i got some sneaky ones of her and i think the ones of her chucking a tanty are quite good too lol my issue now is that when i got them printed the colors are super over saturated. I tried two print places and both turned out the same. Not sure if maybe my screen colors are off or what is happening. Back to the drawing board on that one. For now im trying to shake a cough so that i can do a newborn shoot for my sister!


Photography 365

i have been reading alot online about pro photographers. Mostly a page called clickmoms. The first thing i realised is that EVERYONE had a Nicon or a Canon. I have an Olympus. But im assuming the theory is the same. I have a 48mm lens which seems to be a fave of most of them. Then i found that alot of them started with something called 365. Basically you have to take atleast one picture a day. I could really see alot of improvement by the end of the year for all of them so im giving it a go. 

I actually picked a good time because my sisters baby is due any day and my aunt has agreed to do a trial kids session with me and her 4 and 6yr olds tomorrow night, yikes wish me luck! 

The things i have learnt so far are that i dont have to go into my cameras menu to change the settings, all i have to do is press ‘ok’ and they pop up on the bottom of the screen for easy scrolling.

 I need to investigate the white setting. I found it but not sure how to use it just yet. And i am playing with the multi shutter function where it takes multiple pics a second. 

I have heaps of baby props on their way for my nephew so i hope to get some good practice in taking his pics over the next month or so. Stay tuned for the pics!


My little Rue is 13months old and i thought i would do an update on how he is going. I love seeing him learn and work things out everyday. 

He has just learnt to walk and rarely crawls now. 

He can hold two things in one hand and often spends time working out how to make them both fit. He likes putting things on top of shelves and things inside each other.

Tonight he came and got me then opened the recycling bin and pointed at a milk jug. Once i gave it to him he toddled off prowd as punch. He has worked out that i can get things for him that he cant reach!

He decided against using a sleeping bag for bedtime. He would kick and scream when i tried to put it on him so he went without and has been much happier with just a blanket. It amazes me how he just outgrows things before i have time to even try and wean him off them.

He has a tooth! One on the bottom has just poked through. Thank god i thought he would never eat crunchy foods…

He is ‘playing’ alot more. Making car noises as he drives cars around the floor. He interacts with the other kids at daycare, talking to each other and waving toys at each other and getting excited. 

He loves to dance and especially loves the Kmart commercial. He knows how to get on a bike and loves being pushed around.

If he drops something he knows that he needs to look for it, under, around, under his bum haha and he often looks for solutions for reaching things that are out of reach, moving around furniture or climbing on pillows. 

His babbling is sounding more like talking although i still cant understand more than mummy and dad dad. He said milk once but try as i may he wont say it again. 

He can wave and point and loves seeing himself in reflections. And he adores bathtime! 

So heres to you my little wonder, may you grow and learn for many years to come.