Thursday, May 31, 2012

What To Expect When You Are Expecting, The Movie.

A few weeks ago one of the lovely ladies on my mother's group Facebook page (yes they do exist, they are secret, all men beware!) shared a trailer for an upcoming movie; What To Expect When You Are Expecting.

I had a giggle and decided it would be a great mummy chick flick to go see when it came out.

A few days later I noticed a competition running on the Nova 969 website (local radio station) to win tickets to see an advance screening. These are the kind of tickets my husband wins all the time so I thought I'd try my luck....

Three weeks later I had forgotten completely.
I had gotten back from my farm trip and dreaded the thought of going through the 600+ emails waiting for me.
I finally decided to sit down, coffee in hand, and clear up my inbox.
Surprise, surprise, there was an email waiting for me saying I had won a double pass!
For that night!
The friend who shared the video sadly could not make it but I sent a message off to my mother in law, inviting her along. She accepted and I was ready for a girly night out!

We got to the cinema and flashed the free tickets, were ushered in and given free popcorn. Why, thank you!
The movie started and we settled in...

I really enjoyed this movie. It wasn't blow-your-mind-amazing, but it was closer to reality than most Hollywood soft focus rubbish. There were moments you laughed, moments you nodded your head in a big OH YEAH I HAD THAT and moments you almost cried.
It was a real mum movie. But some of my favourite parts were the dads...
No, not having a perve fest, they were just so funny!
And the moment that Chris Rock's character says a little speech about how they love being dads....
It was sweet, heart-warming, lovely.

After the movie we walked to the nearest watering hole (pub) for some delicious cocktails and a girly catch up. My mother in law had a drunk guy insist on high-fiving her, and I managed to talk the bartender into making me a cocktail with my own special twist on it. He was even nice enough to bring me the leftovers from the shaker. Hello free cocktail!
I love girl's night out!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

My Country Escape

I have spent the last two weeks in a rural time, relaxing, spending precious time with my parents and children.
It was wonderful.
Now I am home, I wish I could pack up the car again and drive straight back!
I would love to say how nice it is to be home again.
Home, sweet home...

But my home is looking, and feeling, and smelling, anything BUT sweet right now.
I guess this is what happens when the man looks after it alone for two weeks.
So today is going to be a washing, cleaning, scrubbing and airing out kinda day.
Not my favourite.....
Especially since my lovely children have kept me up since 4:30am.
And no, not the little fella, my big girl who refused to go back to sleep.


We did the 8hr drive, which took us closer to 11hrs with visits and stops along the way, and arrived at the tiny town of Bingara.

I took so many snaps with my camera, captured so many lovely moments with my family, it is hard to chose just a few to share! Each tells it's own story of our country escape....

Every day was full of playing outside with grandma...

A sad day when a little duckling died.
My girl wanted to cuddle it and never let go.
It took a few hours, tempting sweets, snacks and treats and finally we managed to relieve her of her companion.

Days before we embarked on our journey, I got my Learner's license.
This is the car I (properly, legally!) learned to drive in.

So many beautiful sights to see...

My girl made a friend at the local show.

My boy loved exploring in the yard...

And I was treated to a delicious birthday cake and lovely present from my mum...

I have so many more photos to come, the gorgeous animals and the beautiful scenery.
I am definitely a country girl at heart.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Happy Birthday..... To Me!

Well, today is my birthday (doesn't the title say it all?).
So I am giving myself a day off!
A day off from....
Hmm, well I have already done the dishes, cleaned my daughter's room and sorted through all her clothes, put some washing on and got meat out to defrost for the kiddies dinner.
I guess I'll leave the rest of the vacuuming for tomorrow?
Maybe bake myself a cake?
Whatever you are doing, have a lovely day!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Make Something! {Photoshop}

I am a bit of a Photoshop novice.
I usually use it for quick little things, like playing around with photos.
I download ridiculous amounts of free fonts, that I know I will probably never use.
While doing some late night perusing of the internet, I came across some handy links.

500+ Free Professional Photoshop Actions

I had a play around with some photos, here are the before and afters of just some of the actions I downloaded.







And a few others I tweaked...

Purple eyes!!

The easiest way to find Photoshop downloads is to search on Pinterest.
Explore, and have fun!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Saturday is for Sharing

There are some of life's simple pleasures that I really enjoy on a cold day.
Hot soup.
Fresh bread.
I love pulling out my slow cooker from it's Summer hiding hole and dusting it off for a soup like this.

I follow a recipe from one of my favourite cookbooks, Fresh From The Vegetarian Slow Cooker.
It is delicious, really delicious.
I love being organized in my day (not that it happens very often!), and the slow smell of hearty soup cooking on my bench top comforts me.
It makes me look forward to slipping on the wool ugg boots and oversized dressing gown when the chill hits at the end of the day.

So I thought I would share with you the recipe.
It is simple, yet fabulously flavoursome.

Minestrone Soup

Serves 6
1 tbspn olive oil
1 medium sized brown onion, minced
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 ounces green beans, ends trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes
1 medium sized zucchini
6 cups vegetable stock
salt & pepper
1/2 cup raw small pasta
1/4 cup basil pesto

Pour the oil into the bottom of your slow cooker. Add the onion, celery, carrot and garlic, cover, and cook on high while you gather remaining ingredients.
After they are prepped, add the gren beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, zucchini, and stock to the slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
An hour before it is ready to serve, add the raw pasta to the slow cooker and cover.
Just before serving, stir in the pesto.