July 21, 2016

Hawaii - Flights and Accommodation to Honolulu

Hawaii.  Oh my beloved Hawaii.  Where do I even begin to tell you about our amazing family vacay in Hawaii?

July 13, 2016

{GIVEAWAY} World Glaucoma Awareness Month with Specsavers

July is World Glaucoma Awareness Month and Specsavers are encouraging New Zealanders to have regular eye examinations to prevent one of the leading causes of blindness. And yes, it is preventable if caught early enough!  I headed in to my local Specsavers to learn about glaucoma and have my own baby blues checked - for the first time ever!  Boy was that long overdue!

June 30, 2016

Arrived On My Doorstep - June 2016

This is the June installment of Arrived On My Doorstep.  I had a whole heap of packages arrive "on my doorstep" while we were away in Hawaii.  Hopefully you see something new that looks and sounds interesting xxx

Burt's Bees Lipsticks
100% natural from product to packaging!  Burt's Bees is the lipstick that loves you back.  Intense colour meets 8-hour conditioning and moisturising with Burt's Bees new 100% natural lipstick.  Available in 14 vibrant, full coverage colours and made from naturally moisturising ingredients including beeswax, moringa oil, raspberry seed oil and vitamin E to help hydrate and nourish your lips leaving them soft and smooth.  Available from Farmers, pharmacies and department stores.  RRP$22.00.

Palmolive Oil Infusions
Palmolive debuts their new Oil Infusions range inspired by the trend of using essential oils in both beauty and health.  The range include includes three unique essential oil and botanical extract blends each creating a nourishing formula to moisturise and rejuvenate - Jasmine with Avocado Oil, Citrus with Jojoba Oil and Rose with Macadamia Oil.  And, there are four products to the range - Body Moisturiser, Body Wash, Liquid Hand Wash and Body Bar.  Available from supermarkets nationwide.  RRP$1.99 - $9.99.

A public service announcement - It's time to go and check your fire alarms are working.  Many homes have smoke alarms but often people don't maintain or check them regularly.  There are 3200 house fires every year and at 80% of them there are no working smoke alarms.  Regularly check your smoke alarms (twice a year when you change the clocks for daylight savings is a good reminder), have a smoke alarm in every bedroom and living area on every level of your home and have an escape plan.  And in the event of a fire, get out and stay out!  We recently replaced all the smoke alarms in our house with these Cavius Smoke Alarms.  They are modern yet discreet looking.  They are the smallest thermal heat alarms in the world (the size of a golf ball) with a 10 year long life battery and man are they LOUD!

A pioneering oil-infused treatment for all hair types.  Conditions and instantly reduces frizz.  Enriched with antioxidant argan oil and shine boosting vitamins leaving hair smooth, manageable and healthy looking.  RRP$79.00 for 100ml bottle.

Both Earths Botanics Gardeners and Great Barrier Island Bee Co are made in New Zealand by Matakana Botanicals using premium quality, locally sourced ingredients.  The Gardeners range is made by Gardeners, for Gardeners to nourish and repair hard working hands using a unique formulation of New Zealand manuka oil and honey.  The range starts from RRP$12.00.

The Great Barrier Island Bee Co range is named after the source location of it's key ingredient - smoothing and nourishing manuka honey.  The range starts from RRP$9.90 and is extensive including sunscreen, after sun lotion and lip balm for extreme exposure as well as the usual hand & body washes and creams.

Both ranges are over 24 years old and are trusted, iconic kiwi brands.  Available from Matakana Botanicals.

Here are two books which arrived too late for us to take overseas with us...
Rainbow Magic fans will be ecstatic with this new addition to the extensive Rainbow Magic range.  Over 100 full colour pages of activities and 700 stickers will keep your little fairy happy for hours.  What I love most is that the sticker fun book is the same size as the chapter books so it will slot right in to the collection on your bookshelf and is an ideal size for travelling.  Available at booksellers nationwide from 12 July 2016.  RRP$19.99.

Oxfordshire, 1947.  Exhausted by the war and nursing a tragic secret, Kit Smallwood flees to Wickam Farm to recuperate.  There she throws herself into helping Daisy set up a charity sending midwives to India.  Daisy's plan in fraught with danger.  With newly-acquired Independence, many of India's people furiously resent the English for withdrawing so quickly, blaming them for the riots that left millions dead.  When Kit meets Anto, a handsome, complicated but charming trainee doctor nearing the end of his English education, she falls utterly in love.  Anto makes her laugh and marriage should be the easiest thing in the world.  But when he informs his family that he is shortly to return home with an English bride, his parents are appalled.  Despite being Anglo-Indian herself, Kit's own mother is equally horrified.  She has spent most of her life trying to erase the painful past and losing her daughter to an Indian man is her worst fear realized.  As the journey to a new life in India, Kit begins to realize the seriousness of what she has undertaken.  Available at booksellers nationwide from 28 June 2016.  RRP$34.99.

Two kiwi favourites are back together!  Iconic New Zealand Jaffas and Cadbury Dairy Milk are re-coupling to create this special edition shareable family chocolate block of choc-orange goodness!  The re-release of the Cadbury Jaffa collaboration comes just in time to celebrate the 15th annual Jaffa race down New Zealands steepest street in Dunedin!  Cadbury will shortly also be kicking off the "What's Your Flavour NZ" campaign by visiting towns across New Zealand and interviewing locals to find out what flavours best represent your town to inspire some delicious new combinations to be mixed in with Cadbury Dairy Milk.  Tour itinerary to be announced in early July.  Keep an eye on the Cadbury Facebook page for more info.  RRP$4.69.

June 28, 2016

Edmonds Macadamia Nut & White Chocolate Biscuits

New Zealand baking icon, Edmonds, have released a new edition of their classic Best of Baking cookbook.  In a new fully photographed format, Edmonds Best of Baking is full of all your tried and true favourites plus a few new additions which reflect New Zealand's evolving tastes.

I'm taking part in the Edmonds Blog Tour to share with you a newly added recipe to Edmonds - Macadamia Nut and White Chocolate Biscuits.  Macadamia nuts are everywhere in Hawaii and while we've only been home a few days, I'm pining for everything Hawaiian so this recipe was an obvious choice to share with you.

Here is the super easy, fail safe recipe which makes a nice variation on your standard Chocolate Chip!

Macadamia Nut and White Chocolate Biscuits
200g butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3 cups Edmonds standard flour
2 teaspoons Edmonds baking powder
100g chopped white chocolate
1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts

Cream butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in essence.
Sift flour and baking powder.  Stir in to creamed mixture along with chocolate and nuts.
Take heaped teaspoons of mixture and roll into balls.
Place on greased oven trays, allowing room for spreading.
Flatten slightly with a floured fork.
Bake at 180° for 15-18 minutes until golden.
Cool on wire racks.
Makes 40 biscuits.

I halved the recipe and got over 30 biscuits.
I used baking paper instead of greasing an oven tray.

{GIVEAWAY CLOSED} I have one copy of Edmonds Best of Baking valued at $34.99 to giveaway to one lucky reader.  To enter head over to the Little Housewife Facebook page and like our page.  Then find the original Edmonds giveaway post and comment to let us know your favourite ever Edmonds recipe.

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Recipe reproduced from Edmonds Best of Baking with permission from Hachette NZ, RRP$34.99, available nationwide.

June 20, 2016

Anchor Uno - More Than A Yoghurt

Like all Mums, I'm always on the lookout for new ways to keep my kids lunchboxes healthy, interesting and appetizing.  And, it's not always easy with so many options out there.  I've spent the last month learning all about Anchor Uno when I partnered with them to promote Ice Age Live! and I am rather impressed!  Anchor Uno is so much more than an ordinary yoghurt and man do the kids love it!

June 10, 2016

Nice & Natural Protein Nut Bars

I've always promised that I will only ever share products with you that I love and this lovely readers is definitely one of them.  With growing concerns about sugar, hidden sugars and clever packaging to make you think you're eating healthy, Nice & Natural have taken on board all of your concerns and created a fabulous new range of nutrition bars.

June 6, 2016

Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival

In less than two months the cast of Disney On Ice returns to New Zealand bringing with them a brand new ice skating spectacular - Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival.

We went along to Disney On Ice for the first time four years ago and I actually cried a little bit watching Madeline excitedly wave her chubby little three year old arms as her beloved Mickey and Minnie Mouse burst out on to the ice.  She couldn't believe "Gickey and Ninnie" were right there in front of her.  Her mind was officially blown.

May 26, 2016

Arrived On My Doorstep - May 2016

Hi Lovely Readers.  I've been quiet on my blog and social media over the last month but there are going to be some exciting changes for the better going on around here over the next month or so as I realign my blog with my ideals and lifestyle (more on that soon)!

May 21, 2016

Mermaid Party

In early May we celebrated Madeline turning 6 years old.  We still can't quite believe we have a 6 year old!  6 is still very little in my eyes but she is a long way from a baby now too.  Her two bottom teeth have just started wiggling.  She has such beautiful baby teeth and I don't want them to fall out.  It's just another step towards growing up.  But time marches on and I found myself scrambling to pull together this years requested mermaid party.

April 11, 2016

Beach Clean Up

We are "beach people".  My husband has surfed his whole life.  I love to play around on a longboard and did a degree is Coastal Geography.  Our girls love to sit on our paddleboard and explore the shallows.  We live on the North Shore of Auckland which has 141km of coastline.  If we're not down the road at our local beach, then we're off up north exploring those beaches.  You get it.  We love the beach.  We are so lucky to live in our clean, green New Zealand but we need to look after it!