Thursday, October 8, 2015

Lazy beach days

We're counting down the last few days of school holidays here. The Sept/Oct holidays are always my favourite because the weather is beautiful but mild and we don't have to worry about Easter and ANZAC day like in the April school holidays. 

We spent the day at the beach today and the weather was just glorious! We had originally planned to head to another beach but the beach next to it was closed because of a shark attack so we thought it better to visit this safe little alcove. 

I'll be back to regular blogging soon but for now, I'm soaking up the sunshine with my favourite little people :o) 

Laura xx 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


I nearly had the fright of my life on the weekend! 

The children and I had just been to a little friend's 3rd birthday party and were heading home. I was putting the pram into the back of the car when I heard something bounding up behind me!! A kangaroo had come halfway between that big tree and me, before turning around and jumping back down into the scrub. 

Adult male kangaroos can and will disembowel you if they feel threatened so  it was a little scary. Luckily it was just a mama kangaroo and an almost-adult/teenager. I think I was parked where they normally exit the scrub because after coming towards and away from me a few more times, the mama finally bounced up the other side of the tree and bounded down the road and around the corner. 

The teenager soon followed suit 

People have some funny ideas about Australia; that we ride kangaroos, have pet koalas and everything tries to kill us. Although there are heaps of kangaroos and we never have to go too far to see evidence of them, it's very unusual to see them out in the daytime, especially on semi-suburban streets, bounding along under a street sign! 

If I didn't have the photos, I'd think I had imagined it ;o) 

Laura xx 

Tomato on toast

This has to be one of my favourite breakfasts, especially in summer. Whenever we have spinach&ricotta cannelloni i make sure I leave a little ricotta so I can make this the next day. 

I use low-fat ricotta and find its much cheaper at my local Italian grocer than at the supermarket. The basil is from my garden and I prefer to use homegrown tomatoes but we don't currently have any tomato plants (dropping *heavy* hints for my birthday, though!!) so these are regular supermarket tomatoes. I top the whole thing with liberal sprinklings of salt and pepper then slice it into little bite-sized pieces to eat. 

The whole thing came in at just under 300cals, making it suitable for people doing the 12wbt too! 

Monday, September 21, 2015

My week 38/52

Monday, Monday....

Last week was another week of sickness- this time for baby, hubby and I! Eek! Thankfully we all felt better by the weekend. 

I really like this washi combination, I think it's super cute and fun! It's probably my favourite. 

Also just thought I'd show you one of the ways I use the clear plastic flyleaf in my planner (its actually a Becky Higgins Project Life photo overlay with holes punched and then the holes slit so I can pop it in and out without opening the rings). This time it was a running shopping list and a medication tracker for bubs and myself.

I'd love to see your most recent layout, please leave me a link below

Laura x

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Monday, September 14, 2015

my week 37/52

Woohoo! Monday linky time!

What a busy week! The girls took turns being sick all week and we ended up with three doctors appointments in one week! They spent lots of time laying in my bed watching Netflix... well, when the internet wasn't cutting out (upgrade work in our area). 

I'm definitely switching to a plain diary insert next year. The only detail on this week's spread was a sliced sausage. 

Umm, what, Kikki-K? I don't know if there's something of significance that I'm missing? National sausage day? Polony week? Is it scratch-and-sniff? Haha :o) 

Anyway, as usual I kept it pretty simple with some strips of cute sheep tape. And no, your eyes are not playing tricks, there are two sizes of the same design! 

The linky below is open all week so please feel free to leave a link and share your week. 

Laura xx 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Picking our own strawberries in Bullsbrook

It's strawberry season :o)

Last year my sister and I took the girls to a pick-your-own strawberry farm in Gnangara, Perth. It was so much fun and such cheap entertainment. You can read about it here.

Well, this year I have been waiting patiently for strawberry season to start. I knew it must be starting soon so I was checking websites and facebook pages. Then on Friday night I saw a FB post about the Bullsbrook strawberry farm opening up for the season on Saturday. So I messaged my friend Hannah and invited her along with us. We picked her up Saturday morning and were there within an hour of the season starting. Keen, much? lol 

We had a great time and the rain thankfully held off long enough for us to collect a full tray and fill our bellies too (which is allowed, don't worry). Then on the way home we stopped off at Whistler's chocolate for a delicious lunch, some chocolate taste testing and some last minute Fathers Day gifts.

For those of you in Perth who are looking for something to do with the kids, here is the website for the farm It is $10 per tray and $2 entry per 'trayless' visitor. So for us, 2 adults and 2 kids, it was $16.

Monday, September 7, 2015

My week 36/52

Monday.... another 'my week' linky! I kept it really simple this week, just some central border washi and some washi highlights. 

I find the Kikki-K Pages a little difficult to decorate because I don't want to clash with the background colours or images already on the page. It's great for non-decorators, I guess. Next year I'll be going back to plain white! 

I hope you'll share your planner (or other) layout with us in the linky below 

Monday, August 31, 2015

My wk 35/52

Monday link-up time! 

Variations on pink this week. I made my own little checklist flags which is something I've seen around lately, especially in Eric Condren planners. 

I wasn't sure if I would use them but I did, it's a much cuter option than my usual checkboxes. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

My Week 34/52

Happy Monday!

Well, great news, I have set up the linky so everyone can share their weekly recap. Unless you can't see it below, which means I've stuffed up somewhere, haha!

Baby N had his 8 week checkup this week and he's growing well, he's strong and healthy, so that's great! On the weekend I went and signed up to the local cash&carry. It's like a big warehouse where you can bulk-buy things cheaply. 

Like 3kg tubs of Nutella!!! And after that we went to the airport to watch the planes take off and land. 

Hope you had a great week, please feel free to leave a link to your blog post, YouTube clip or Instagram with your weekly planner/project life layout or recap

xx Laura

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Fashion Friday- pop of purple

Hi folks, 

Another miserable, wet day here in Perth. We had Baby N's appointment with the child health nurse this morning and I had to cover him with a blanket to dash from the carpark to the health centre which made me think of Michael Jackson's kids. You'd think with all that money and all those connections, he would have come up with a better way of keeping their identities secret.... 

Anyway, this is an outfit I wore earlier in the week when it wasn't quite so cold! I like to wear skirts when it's wet because all my pants are long and they get damp walking across the grass at school or at home and then my legs are damp all day. The necklace is from Ashloc Designs and the hairstyle is a ponytail, not a mullet which is kind of how it looks in this photo, haha! 

I'm hoping the weather clears up a bit this weekend because we have an outdoor play date plus I have Konga in the park again. But if it rains, we'll manage. :) 

xx Laura 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Kikki K trip

There are a lot of fallacies about life as a WAHM but one thing that *is* true is that we usually get to choose how we structure our day and therefore can sometimes include fun little side trips. 

Today is an errands day for me but I chose to run my errands in an area where I knew I could also duck into Kikki K. 

Ahh, isn't that a beautiful sight? KikkiK is a Swedish-inspired Australian paperware store which has fans all across the globe.

It's not really a stationery store, more like journals and planners and folders. 

Plus accessories like pens, stickers, pencil cases, erasers, paper clips and sticky notes 

A lot of stuff isn't cheap (compared to other sources at least) but it's great for gifts and there's plenty that's cheap and fun to treat yourself with (pens or stickers, for example). 

I used to pass a KikkiK store on the way to and from work each day when I worked in the city but nowadays I don't get much opportunity to visit 

Of course, I know some of you don't have the opportunity to visit a store at all so I hope you enjoyed this little vicarious peek into a Kikki K store. And if you'd like to see what I bought, find me on Instagram  @laura_twenty5seven

xx Laura