Friday, 31 May 2013

Converting a Nursery in to a Toddler Friendly Bedroom

Ahhh tell me where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday we were eagerly awaiting the arrival of our first child, setting up a nursery and counting down the days until we met our bundle of joy.
Fast forward to right now and Mr B is turning 18 months in June (please tell me how to make the clock stop!). So a little project I have had on the backburner for a while is  tweaking his little nursery in to something a little more toddler friendly. We are not going the whole hog and doing a big boys room style makeover complete with a bed just yet - I don't know if I will ever be ready for that big step!!

The Nursery as it is now
When I created the existing nursery, it was intended to be a little bit gender neutral as we didn't find out the sex of the baby (you can read and see the pictures from the nursery in these earlier posts here).
So I have decided to work on changing up the colours a little and adding a few things to be a little bit more suitable for a toddler boy. We are aiming for something boyish, budget friendly and beautiful!
Here are some of the pieces that I will be injecting in to the room....

The results? Stay tuned and I will share these as I work on this mini makeover during the weekend (all going well!!).
What projects are you working on at your place?

Monday, 27 May 2013

Healthy Parmasen Polenta Chips Recipe

My husband is addicted to chips. When I mention his addiction to chips, I mean that we have considered taking out shares in our local fish and chip shop because he frequents it so often!

Now my husband may be slim, but sadly chips and his cholesterol levels just don't mix. So I have recently been making a healthier version of his good old fried favouries - a parmasen and polenta chip.
These are much easier on the waistline (and the cholesterol) but still absolutely delish served with steak, grilled chicken or fish in place of your fried favourites. Perfect for the little people who just love chippies too.

  • 2 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 Garlic Clove Crushed
  • 1/2 Cup Instant Polenta
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Parmasen
  • Optional - Herbs such as Rosemary
1. Grease a small square cake pan (approx 6cm deep and 19cm in length) and line with greasproof paper

2. Place stock and garlic (and any other herbs if using) in to a saucepan on a high heat

3. Bring mix to the boil, then reduce the heat down to low

4. Add polenta to the saucepan (slow and steady here!) and stir contantly

5. Continue to cook and stir for approx 5 minutes or until thick. Stir in parmasen

6. Pour in to prepared pan and smooth flat. Place tray in the fridge for 3 hours (or until set)

7. Remove from fridge and cut in to chips - pick your desired thickness here!

8. Place on baking tray and give them a light spray with cooking oil.

9. Pop in an oven pre-heated at 220/200 degrees (fan foreced) for 10 - 15 mins (or until golden and crisp and enjoy!!!

Because the method involves cooking and stirring the polenta at the same time - you had leave this to a female, because we know a male cannot do two things at one - haha! 
Love to know what you think of these...

Friday, 24 May 2013

Sometimes it is just the little things...

Sometimes it is just the little things that put a smile on our dial.
For me, it is the new Pinterest Feature where you now are notified if you have already pinned an item - hooray - because I am prone to double and triple pinning!!

It is a week of Melbourne Winter sun allowing me to get outside with this little man who hates to be indoors and not outside playing.

It is knowing that today is Friday - our family movie night - and a day that I look forward to all week.

What little thing is it for you today?

PS: You can follow me here on Pinterest if you'd like to!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The Humble Shopping List: Saving you time & Sanity! And some Free Printables too....

I must admit that in my pre-baby days, it was never too much of a hassle for me to pick up something at the shops after work, or dash out on the weekend for an item needed for a recipe that instant. I used to quite enjoy a leisurely stroll down the aisles looking at all the pretty products on the shelves (sad hey?!).
However with a little one, heading out for a 5 minute trip to the shops usually takes me 40 minutes to pack the baby, nappy bag, and every other baby accoutrement under the sun before I can even start the engine in my car!! This means that I try and make my trips to the shops as infrequent as possible; it is just too hard otherwise.
For busy people (or those that just hate the bright lights of a supermarket!), I cannot stress enough the importance of a shopping list. Sure it sounds simple, but it amazes me the amount of people that head to the shops unarmed with such an important article!! These days I cannot live without it.       
The shopping list has multiple benefits for you. Firstly (and most obviously) it ensures that you don’t forget anything (ultra helpful when you get mid way through making a lasagna and realise that you don’t have any pasta sheets etc!).
Secondly it reduces household waste as you only purchase what you need and have planned meals for (a bit on meal planning soon). It can definitely help tighten the purse strings as if you are disciplined and don’t wander over to the  ice cream aisle (Magnum anyone?!).

It can also ensure that you stick to a healthy diet and save you money by only buying what is on the list and hence budgeted for. This simple tool also avoids wasting time wandering aimlessly as you just go straight to the aisles of the products on the list.
Preparing a list is not a time consuming task at all. I find that the best place to hang my list is on the fridge, which means that it is clearly visible and accessible for all family members to add to the list as they use the last of any one item (last roll of toilet paper anyone?!)
My pick is the Kikki K shopping list. It has a magnetised back, so goes straight on the fridge, comes with a pencil and looks pretty too in my kitchen too :-)

It is easy enough to DIY a shopping list using a freebie template from the net. If you head to my Pinterest page, I have kindly put together a folder of free printable versions. Simply print off your favourite, clip to your fridge and away you go!!

Enjoy the saved time by putting your feet up, flicking through a trashy magazine and enjoy being Utterly Organised! I know I do…..

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Long Time , No Blog...

I can hardly believe that two whole months have passed since I last blogged. Two whole long, difficult and painful months.
Sometimes in life you can be cruising along beautifully, then all of a sudden with the blink of an eye, everything changes and knocks you for six. I am sure that most of us have experienced hard times and can very much relate.
Thank you so much to so many of you that contacted me via email and Facebook to say that you missed me (!), it really put some sunshine back in to my day.
I am now back blogging and I thank you for your patience and support while I had a little unexpected break.
I hope that the past few months have been nothing short of wonderful for each and every one of you that continue to stop by my blog every now and then. Your support, readership and advice really does mean so much to me!
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