Our Advent Calendar in all it’s glory!

Call me a Christmas Grinch (although that would be harsh) but I decided against buying the supermarket style chocolate Advent Calendars – much to the disgrace of my children!

I was trawling through Pinterest and came across a pin that took me to this blog post and I was instantly smitten.  After weeks of not being able to get it out of my head I decided that this would be our Advent Calendar this year.

Mum and Dad were heading off on a beach holiday to Yamba so I set them the mission of finding me the perfect piece of driftwood – pretty safe to say the found it (and a hundred other pieces that I can wait to get creative with).

I have filled the bags with notes from our Elf on the Shelf – Elwood.  The bags are filled with treats and activities for the kids like writing to Santa, Christmas crafts, trips to places, Christmas movies etc.  I sat up until 2.30am on Sunday morning getting this finished – I was determined to have it done when the kids woke!

Husband hung the driftwood using Command Hooks and it seems to be staying put!

The gorgeous patterned bags were from here, twine was from my collection and the numbers I had in my stash.

I am totally chuffed with how it turned out and will probably do a similar thing next year but with a bit more thought and planning.

Have you made your own Advent Calendar this year?!



Lattice Cheesecake Slice

Cheesecake Lattice Slice

This may shock some of you but I have taken to baking!  I never really understood why people bothered baking or cooking but it would seem that it is quite good therapy!

I posted the above picture on Instagram last week after I had been on a bit of a cookfest and had a few requests for the recipe so thought it was a good idea to pay this little blog of mine some attention and put the recipe here!

Here’s how it’s done…


  • 2 packets Lattice Biscuits
  • 4 tablespoons raspberry or strawberry jam**
  • 125 grams Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 125 grams butter
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons gelatine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a bowl mix together the cream cheese, sugar and butter. Beat until very smooth. Dissolve the gelatine in 1/4 cup of hot water and add to the mixture together with the lemon juice and vanilla.  Beat again until well combined.

Line a baking tray with non-stick paper and lay half the lattice biscuits down sugar side down.  Spread the jam evenly over the biscuits.   Make sure the baking tray has reasonable sides so that it will hold the biscuits together.  Pour the cream cheese mixture over the biscuits and top sugar side up with the remaining lattice biscuits.  Refrigerate until set (allow at least two hours).

**I don’t include the jam

Source:  Stay at Home Mum

The recipe and simple and delicious and reminds me of when I was little and my Aunty would make this on special occasions!  I can definitely say that it fixes any cheesecake craving and the kids loved it!

Happy Thursday!


I am very happy to shout it from the rooftops that that I am up to date with my Woodland Sampler and despite only just sharing the finished blocks on my blog now I was actually finished June before June ended! I know, who would have thought!

April completed!

April’s little Jackalope is quite cute!

May completed!!

I am very partial to Mr Gnome who takes centre stage for May – everytime I look at him I can’t help but think of the one and only Gnomeangel - or Gnomie as she is affectionately referred to in our house!

June completed!!

The little Lightening Bug for June is gorgeous!  I did make a few alterations with the colours in June.  There is supposed to be some sparkle floss in there but the sparkle floss and I don’t get along so some adjustments were essential!


Whilst I was on a roll I jumped ahead and got July and August’s borders out of the way.

I was also very excited to actually start stitching July’s block when it arrived in my inbox – it’s the small things that excite me!

Here is a sneak peek….

July progress

Hopefully I can now keep up and not fall behind!  From the look of the upcoming borders there are a few big months ahead!

Happy Monday!


Play Dough – my kids LOVE the stuff!  I didn’t think they could possibly love it any more until I made this Jelly Play Dough, pretty safe to say they are obsessed!

I had been wanting to give it a go since the ‘loverly’ Cat talked about it on her blog.  I decided to make a couple of batches for home and then make some extras to take along to Nate’s Kindy, why not share the play dough love!

I followed the recipe from Modern Parents Messy Kids, the only thing I changed was to add glitter into a couple of the batches for a bit of bling!


So I set about getting my first batch done and of course it got to the hard bit where you have to stir and stir and stir and it gets tougher and tougher and tougher – so I called for back up in the form of Husband!  Bless him!  So from then on I did the easy part of the measuring and combining all the ingredients and he stirred – something that he is used to doing….



I used Aeroplane Jelly – the real stuff not the one with all natural colours and flavourings - in Orange, Lime, Blueberry and Raspberry.  The colours were awesome and the smell was delicious!  The consistency of the play dough was amazing, I could have played with it all day!  So lovely and smooth!


The kids had a ball playing with it and it is still a daily activity whether it be for 5 minutes or hours.  They love it!


Nate said to me after making the above masterpiece ‘It’s nice and lovely chocolate Mummy.  It’s very friendly, touch it Mummy’.  Seriously where do they come up with this stuff!

So the verdict is that the Jelly Play Dough is awesome!  You really should give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!

P.S. If you decide to add the glitter, don’t used your best non stick pot – cause it will scratch the you know what out of it!  Lesson learned!


March progress

After the nightmare that was my February Block of the Woodland Sampler, I was so relieved to receive March’s pattern - cute, simple and a lot less stitches than February!  Hooray!

March progress

It didn’t take long for me to get into March’s pattern and it was a lot easier for me to pick up it up and get a few sneaky stitches in here and there without having to concentrate too much on the pattern.


I tend to check out the #woodlandsampler hashtag on Instagram before I start a new month as a lot of clever, crafty people tweak the pattern to add their own flair.  A lot of people added things to March’s pattern but I decided to leave mine how it came.

March - done and dusted!

And here it is, one lone little mushroom inside a terrarium!  As I said – cute, simple and a lot less stitches than February!

Now for April……..








Joining in here…..


You might remember that we had our Family Photos taken with Fo back in October 2011 and with the new addition (ok he’s not so new anymore, he will be one tomorrow!).  Fo was fabulous with the boys last time (helps that she has two boys of her own so she knows how crazy and unpredictable they can be!) she was the only option when it came to having our photos done again this time.

Here are the four photos that will be gracing our walls in the near future….





Fo has lots more gorgeous photos on her blog which you can find here.

I cannot recommend Fo highly enough and can’t wait for our next round of photos!

Do you have Family Photos taken often?


So the other day was a total disaster most days are.  Mr 4 and Mr 2 were doing their best to try and kill eachother and whilst I was trying to referee and negotiate I then found this…………….

{the ‘if you don’t lock it or bolt it down, I’m into it’ stage….}

After posting this on Instagram the very wonderful ‘sunshineinateacup’ left me a comment saying ‘I’d suggest some crafty food colouring paint activity using the cotton tips as brushes’ – genius!  So that is what we did!  I busied myself getting it all ready making sure they each had the same amount of colours each (so as to avoid any fuel for an argument) and let them go for it.  It is something Nate does at Kindy so he had great pleasure in showing Hamish what to do….



{concentration = quiet}




{just a few of the masterpieces…}

Although it only lasted ten minutes until they were over it, it was ten minutes of relative quiet with no bickering which at the moment is a constant thing round these parts, tell me they grow out of it to some degree….

Do you have a standby activity that you pull out when you are at your wits end?!?

** It must also be said and let’s just put it out there that I was also never going to bribe my children either but that happens daily


This week our baby boy turns ONE!  I know it sounds so cliché but I am going to say it anyway…….

It seems like only yesterday that we were welcoming him into our family, where has the time gone?!?

Anyway after much deliberation over what to do for his birthday we decided on an ‘Up, Up and Away…..’ theme with lots of hot air balloons in a colour palette of orange and blue…

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen the sneak peeks of the invitations.

Now that they have been delivered to all our family and friends I can share them here!





I hand cut and assembled all the little hot air balloons and my clever SIL did the wording design – I am sure there is some very technical word for this, but I don’t know what it is!

All in all they turn out how I had envisaged and I am more than happy with them.  Now to get all the other bits and pieces ticked off my ‘to do list’!

Happy Monday!


Can you hear that…….


And let’s just put it out there that I am definitely not upset nor will I miss it!

Here I set myself the challenge to try and finish February and March’s block by the end of March – quite clearly that didn’t happen!

February progress

To say that I have not enjoyed stitching this block is a major understatement. Not sure what it was about it, maybe it was the 514 little navy blue cross stitches or the 238 beaver grey stitches.  It may also be the fact that I have made a right royal mess of it which started right back when I first started stitching the word February in the wrong spot!  All went downhill from there really!

Woodland Sampler - February Progress

Not to mention a number of really dodgy late night stitches which stand out like you know whats to me and will annoy me everytime I look at them but at the moment I am just glad to have it finished.  Maybe I will unpick them and fix them at a much later date!  But for now they can stay!

Woodland Sampler - February Completed

{Ta Da!  Finally finished}

So bring on March, oh and April, oh and the new project (more on that later) that I have – sometimes I wonder why I do it to myself!!!

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