Monday, January 30, 2012

And the Winner is... {Smash & Nude Food Mover Competition}

Let me first thank you all for entering the competition.  We had over 50 entries.  We had a lot of fun deciding on a winner!  So. Much.  Fun!

Lucy and Hayden went through each entry, writing down their favourites.  They narrowed it down to THREE different sandwiches, which Brett then made for them.

First up...

Peanut Butter, Banana.


Next up...

Nutella and sprinkles.

To. Die. For.


Peanut butter, banana AND honey.

They wanted MORE!

But the favourite was unanimous!

I told them to shout out their favouite.  They jinxed each other!

"Nutella & Sprinkles."

Let me just say that this was their very first taste of Nutella.  I have never bought it before.

We had TWO entries with this combination.  Myra and Liz.

So, we wrote both names on a piece of paper and Joshua did an old school draw out of his hat!

So without further adieu, the winner of the Smash Lunch Bag and Nude Food Mover Muffin Taker is: {excuse my high pitch voice this afternoon!}

Please email me at with your details to claim your prize.


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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Camille. 16 Months.

You don't need a fancy camera to take gorgeous photos.

Just sayin'.

This was taken on my 3GS iPhone.

Wanna see more of my iPhone photos?  Follow me on Instagram - @fivelittlereasons

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Five Little Reasons go to the Big City.

During the holidays, Brett and I kept saying we wanted to take the Five Little Reasons to GOMA, the Gallery of Modern Art.  Finally, one Sunday morning, a clear schedule meant that it was the day.

As we packed the Five Little Reasons into the car, we didn't tell them what we were doing, or where we were going.  We do this for a couple of reasons.  Firstly, it stops the constant questions of time.  There is nothing worse than a couple of children, who don't understand the concept of time asking millions of questions about "Are we going yet!".  Anyone who has told their child of a fun event ahead of time, will understand what I am saying.

Secondly, it means that Brett and I can take the adventure with the wind.  We didn't really have a "plan".  We just knew that we would be going to see the Yayoi Kusama: Look Now, See Forever exibit.  What happened around that, was up to the day.

This is generally how we run our adventures.   We find that having a general plan, but going with the flow, makes for a less stressful and more enjoyable outing.  

As we arrived in Brisbane, we parked in the QLD museum carpark and made our way up the elevator.  We walked along the Brisbane river side past the Museum, the state Library, and the Art Gallery, before finding the Modern Gallery of Art.

We stumbled upon a holiday workshop where the kids made some Robots from paper cups and bits and pieces and some rocket ships from cardboard and cellophane paper.  We looked through the big glass windows at the Children's section of the State Library.  Mental note - another day out.  

GOMA was fantastic.  So.  Much.  Fun.

After wandering around for a few hours, we decided to walk to Southbank for some afternoon tea.  As the kids played on the play ground, Brett and I sat on the grass with a coffee and a muffin.  

Brett decided to take a ferry across the river into the City.  We had to convince Joshua.  I think he thought it was going to be a ride.  He isn't a fan of rides.  So, after a little chat letting him know that he could sit on my lap the whole time and that we would sit inside the cabin, we boarded the city cat.

"This is fun mama.  Not scary at all!"

We wandered through the city, taking in the sights and sounds.  As we walked past Myer, Lucy reminded us that "This is the windows that we saw the Christmas Decorations.  That was my favourite day ever!"  My heart skipped a beat.  This is what it is all about!

After looking around for somewhere to have dinner, we decided on burgers and noodle box and with full bellies, we started walking again.  Without plan, we ended up at the Botanical Gardens.  It was dusk and as the Five Little Reasons danced around the flowers, the sun started going down.

As the sun set, we walked along the Brisbane River towards the story bridge.  Every now and again, a Reason would stop   -    "Take a photo of me here Mama".  

We ended up at the Riverside ferry station and decided to catch a smaller Ferry back to Southbank.  This was a magical, epic movie moment for me.  As we sat on the open top of the ferry, I sat in silence taking in my gorgeous family.  

As we placed our feet back on dry land, we could tell that the Five Little Reasons were becoming tired.  So we slowly made our way back to the car. 

This day out was one of those moments where I remembered what life is all about.   I am so blessed to be sharing this adventure with the best explorers in the world.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Back to Basics

If you have read my blog before, you would already know that I am not a hoarder.  At all.  I hate clutter.  I hate things "lying around".  I hate having something because.

If it isn't functional... it goes.

If it isn't useful... it goes.

If I am keeping it for "one day"... it goes.

Now that the kids are back at school, I have time to get my house back into order.  I mean, it is usually very organised... but the mess has been piling up, and some of the "chores" have been pushed aside.

I started today with the bathrooms.  I pulled the cupboards out and threw away any bottles that we no longer needed.

This is our ensuite.  This is the bathroom we mainly use.

 I hate having things on the counter.  Everything has a place.  It is easy to pull the deodorant out of the cupboard, spray under your arms and put it back.  No need to have a counter covered in ugly bottles!  :)

Top Shelf has spare soaps, toothbrushes, shavers and overnight bathroom bags.  
On the bottom we have spare toilet rolls, Brett's deodorant and moisturiser.  The Purple and pink bag has our "nail station".  The Green one next to it has the hair clippers.  
The black box is all my "lady items" and the basket has my hairdryer, straightening, curling wand and my crimper from when I was a little girl.

There is nothing in this cupboard that we don't need.

Nail Station.  Take the whole bag with you... use what you need and bring the whole bag back.  Brett knows that if he wants to clip his nails to take the whole bag.  It means that the nail clippers don't get lost or left around the house.

 Bottom drawer is my drawer.  Make up, face cleansers, moisturiser, deodorant.  Again, nothing in here that I don't use.

Top drawer is the hair station.  The little wooden box was bought in San Francisco when I was 16.  It holds bobbie pins.  I clean this drawer out regularly.  
Vacuuming out the fallen hair and tossing broken bands.

We only use the kids (main) bathroom for washing hands and having a shower/bath.  As you can see... there is NOTHING in their bathroom.  This saves on children playing with toothpaste and creams. The mornings and nights have a production line in our ensuite to brush hair and teeth.

  Bubble Bath.  All on its lonesome.

So, go now and empty your bathroom cupboards.  Be truthful about what you REALLY use.  If you are holding onto a bottle of mosturiser that your grandmother gave you 3 Christmas's ago...

Let.  It.  Go.

If you don't use it... loose it.

And my final thought for today.  Remember to take the toilet seat off once a week to give it a REALLY good clean.  If you have boys...  you will be HORRIFIED.

Just sayin'

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Friday, January 20, 2012

{Back To School} Lunch Box Storage, a Review and a GIVEAWAY!

Back to school for us QLDers is only days away, and the Southern states are no far off.  As I contact books, sort lunchboxes and wash and iron uniforms ready for the day, I also use the time to create a peaceful working environment.

When the Five Little Reasons are eating their breakfast, I make the school lunches.  I have never been a "make them the night before" kind of a girl.  I would rather take 15 minutes in the morning to put it all together.

I like to give the Reasons a little control over what they would like in their lunch box.  I make a healthy sandwich of ham and salad or a yummy wrap.  They then choose a piece of fruit, a snack and a dessert.

This is how we store our lunchboxes and containers.  This is actually our laundry cupboard - which is off the kitchen.  Everything has a place.  Bottom shelf stores sandwich boxes, drink bottles and insulated bags.  One of each for each of the Reasons.  Top shelf on the right is a range of snackcups and containers.  And on the left is our snack box.  In here I put portion control biscuits, crackers, muesli bars, sultanas and other semi healthy snacks.  I keep desserts which are  portion controlled cakes, slices and short life biscuits in the bottom drawer of the freezer.

We have been road testing some Smash and Nude Food Movers products this week and this is what I thought.

I am totally in LOVE with the Smash insulated bags.  They come in a huge range of colours and types. They have a good, thick insulation and they are tough.  They fit a good range of items inside.  One thing that I look for with a large family is a good range of colours.  I need at least 5 different designs to make distinguishing the bags easier.  Smash have a great range of different colours, patters and designs.

 How cute is this?

I next put the Nude Food Mover Cool Tote to the test.  I am on the fence with the Nude Food Movers range.   I love the concept, however I found them limiting with what you can put inside them.  Oliver had to take a 2nd lunch bag to kindy as it didn't fit his muslie bar, banana, his yoghurt or his popper.

I think this pack is perfect for a picnic lunch or a quick trip.  I didn't find it suitable for a whole day pack.  I even tried taking the snack cups out to put the popper in, but the bag didn't fit anything else.

I also road tested the new Nude Food Movers Muffin Mover.  This product I am in LOVE with.  It is a perfet size as my kids have outgrown their little tupperware snack containers.  They have a rubber seal, which makes them perfect for juicy fruits like watermellon or yoghurts.

I love that both the Smash and Nude Food Movers range are 100% BPA free, 100% Phthalate Free and 100% Lead Free, totally food safe and easy to clean.  The fact that  they are 100% Australian owned is a bonus.

To celebrate the end of the holidays and the kids going back to school, I am giving away a Smash Insulated Lunch Case with Drink bottle (in either boy or girl) plus a Nude Food Muffin Mover.

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what your favourite sandwich was as a child.  I personally loved Vegemite and potato chips sandwich.

The judges will be Hayden (9) and Lucy (7) so make them as creative as you can!

Entries close 6pm on Friday 27th January 2012 and a winner will be announced on Saturday 28th.

Competition is open to Australian Residents only.

This competition has now closed!  See how we decided on a winner HERE!

{Disclaimer}  I received a Smash Jungle Bugs Insulated bag, a Nude Food Movers Cool Tote and a Muffin Mover to review, as well as a Smash Insulated Bag and Muffin Mover to giveaway.  I am not associated with either Smash or Nude Food Movers and all opinions on my blog are totally mine.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I am... OK.

I have had a couple of days away from the computer.  Some days to just sit.  Think.  Wonder.

Let me tell you something about me.

I am a control freak.  I thrive on order.  I thrive on structure.  I thrive on schedules.  And I am a little OCD when it comes to the way I *do* things.

I need to do things, namely chores, in a particular order.  And if it isn't done in said particular order, then... well... I can't go onto the next task.

It is something that I love about myself, but it is also my biggest flaw.

I am learning to let go a lot more in my 30's.

The school holidays have gone so quickly, however, they have also been really long.  We didn't go anywhere these holidays, instead, hanging around the house.  Catching up on home time.

The Five Little Reasons are really good kids.  I mean, they are ratbags at times, but on the whole, they are really good kids.  They tidy up when asked, they go to bed on time, they watch their manners.

However, as the school holidays come to a close, I am left more exhausted than before they started.

They have thrown my "order" out the window.  I haven't been able to finish A N Y T H I N G.  And I HATE not finishing things.

So... last week... I snapped.  After a loooonnnggg day with a little boy who is clearly going through the terrible threes (I have always said.. there is no such thing as terrible twos... it is terrible threes!), Brett walked in from work to find my head spinning and I ended up exploding on him!

99% of the time... he knows it isn't about him.  He lets me vent, usually bashing him as well, knowing that it isn't about the BBQ that hasn't been cleaned or the towel that he left on the floor... again.

But this time... after a really rough day at work... he bit back.  Hard.

I went into shock and retreated.  For TWO days!

But that is how I roll.  I sat in a dark room.  I listened to soppy music.  I cried myself to sleep.

It was just what I needed.  And 2 days later, I am back.  Stronger than ever and ready to start the school year.

I received so many kind messages, texts, emails and comments asking me if I was ok.  Telling me I was normal.  A few, hinting that I had depression.  I wanted to clear the air with my gorgeous readers.  I do not have depression.

I want to thank you all for being so supportive and understanding.  Your thoughts really mean the world to me.

I am glad you asked... but I am ok.

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