December 5, 2016

Easy Summer Entertaining with Regal Salmon

 
The chaos of the festive season is upon us with endless (but oh-so-fun!) end of year lunches, drinks and catch ups.  If it's your turn to host, but you don't want to be slaving over a hot stove in the heat of summer, then this is the recipe for you!  Easy to prepare in advance in a "throw it all together kind of way", absolutely delicious, light for a hot summers day yet completely satisfying - this Regal Salmon Summer Salad is the one for you!

December 3, 2016

Free Printable - I'm Soda-Lighted Gift Tag

 
It's always tricky coming up with interesting and different teacher gift ideas each year but this idea came together so easily that I knew I was on to a winner.

November 28, 2016

Christmas Toy Gift Guide

 
Want to know what's hot for Christmas in the world of six and three year old girls then look no further!  My girls have been scanning the toy catalogues and writing, revising, and rewriting their Christmas wish lists for weeks now but there are some items that are staying firmly at the top of their lists.  Read on for some amazing, easy to find gift ideas - straight from the source of what's cool - my girls!  And if you make it all the way to the bottom of this blog post there are details on how you could win some of these awesome goodies in time to pop under your tree! 

November 21, 2016

Summer Linen Refresh - Maisie's Room

 
Part two of my girls summer bedroom refresh.  Here are all the details about little miss Maisie's summery bedroom update.

Little Miss Enchanted

Last week Madeline and Maisie were invited along by Snow White and Aurora for a little private party at Little Miss Enchanted.  Now, I thought I knew most of the awesome kids party venues in Auckland but it turns out there are some amazing places tucked away that I don't know about and this was one of them!

November 17, 2016

Summer Linen Refresh - Maddie's Room

 
Summer is just around the corner.  It's (almost!) time to put away the flannelette until next winter in favour of crisp cottons and fresh colours.  Check out the summertime bed linen refresh I popped together for each of my girls.  First up, Madeline's bedroom...

November 14, 2016

Farmers Santa Parade

 
In the lead up to Christmas, one of the most anticipated events on the calendar is the local Santa Parade.  All over New Zealand people gather in their local town centre to cheer on local sports teams, kindergartens, clubs, plus a brass band or bagpipe for good measure as they walk the main street waving and throwing out lollies, ending with an appearance by the man in red himself!
 
One of the most iconic parades of them all is the Farmers Santa Parade.  This is the big one!  And in just under two weeks on Saturday 27 November (rain date Sunday 4 December), Auckland City will come alive with Christmas cheer as the 83rd Farmers Santa Parade takes to the streets once more.

October 11, 2016

Hawaii - Info, Tips & Tricks

 
My final Hawaii blog post (until next year anyway!) is sharing some of the info, tips and tricks I've learnt in the past 20 years of living and vacationing in Hawaii.  There are a few handy hints on dining out with kids, ways to save money plus a few things that you don't come across in New Zealand that might take you by surprise.  I hope you find the info helpful as you prepare for your own Hawaiian adventures.  Aloha!