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!

October 10, 2016

Arrived On My Doorstep - September 2016

Better late than never, here's the September 2016 installment of "Arrived On My Doorstep" chock full of new to market goodies that might take your fancy.

Recipe - Apple Slaw

Summer is just around the corner.  It's time to get inspired by some crisp, raw salads for your upcoming alfresco dining.  Here's a fresh twist I created on your old fashioned coleslaw, made by adding a sliced apple and a zesty chia seed dressing.  It's totally delish and a perfect accompaniment to your summer dining.

October 4, 2016

Wallpaper Inspiration for our Laundry

We've just about finished renovating our laundry.  It's taken a wee while.  My husband is very clever and has done it all himself so the work has been limited to after hours and weekends.  But it is looking so sleek and clean and I absolutely love it.  One of the last things left to do is wallpaper a small left hand wall to add a fun pop of colour to the otherwise white and stone space.  I'm having a tough time narrowing it down.  I want to go something retro (of course!) with a bold print.  The great thing is, as it's only a small wall, so if I get tired of whatever design I choose, I'll easily be able to replace it.  Below are some of my narrowed down choices.  I seem to lean towards botanical, floral and avian designs :)  Do any of the ones below stand out for you?  Are there any amazing designers I've overlooked?  I'd love to hear what you think x

August 31, 2016

Arrived On My Doorstep - August 2016

Here is the August installment of "Arrived On My Doorstep".  I hope you see some lovely new to market items that tickle your fancy x

August 29, 2016

Ocean Books & Allen's Sea Stretchies

Spring is just around the corner which means our little beach babes have started dreaming of summer holidays and  planning out our coastal adventures.  Last weekend they took over our playroom with their teepee, all their favourite beach books plus a little Allen’s ocean themed treat to plot and plan out about our summer adventures.  Check out the cozy nook they created!

August 16, 2016

Hawaii - Things To Do

So, you've finally booked your flights and accommodation to Hawaii?  Now it's time to start planning your stay!  There is so much to see and do that whether this is your first or tenth time visiting Oahu, whether you're staying for five days or three weeks, you won't even scratch the surface of things to do and see on Oahu.  My husband and I put together a list of what we think are must do activities when visiting Oahu.

August 9, 2016

The Food Show 2016

The Food Show is an event I look forward to every year.  I was grateful to attend the preview day again this year and meet so many passionate New Zealand foodies making such amazing and innovative products.