Sunday, 26 February 2012

Life, Play, Crochet&Knitting and Inspirational Pinterest


Piquing my Pinterest this Sunday are a few random pins from my Crochet&Knitting, Play, Life and Inspirational Boards on Pinterest.


If you would like an invite please send me an email.


Linking up with the lovely Tina.


Tina Gray {dot} Me














Take care everyone and have a great week!



Melanie

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Amazing Animals ~ Pinterest


It is Piquing my Pinterest with Tina Gray on Sunday! I thought I would share a few of the gorgeous animals and birds that we share this beautiful world with. These are taken from my Cute Animals, Amazing Animals and Birds Pinterest boards.
















Have you felt like this little bird at times?






Enjoy your Sunday and take care,




Melanie

Friday, 17 February 2012

Fleas, Rashes and Emergency Departments



Ok this has officially been the week from hell. I will be glad when it's over.


Are you ready for this? Because I have to write it all down in a mega explosion of words. Expulsion, purge, detox - all those words spring to mind and I hope that it helps.


Sunday - My sweet boy Angus, throws a rock at his brother and hits him just above the eye. I take him to hospital and thankfully all he needed was a surgical plaster with a touch of glue. There was so much blood though. My heart was in my mouth.


Monday - Get home after dropping the girls at school and running a few errands. There are feathers all over the floor, the bird cage is on its side on the floor and empty. I find my poor little Sunny Boy the Canary upstairs, dead on the mat. Snuggles the kitten, has been far too interested in him and we were going to move him somewhere safer. But we were too late.


Speaking of Snuggles. When she came to us, she bought with her some free loaders. I gave her a flea bath, combed her every day with a flea comb and bought a flea collar. All of which have proved useless. She passed them on to BJ our pup and Jamaica our 16 year old cat. Within days we were getting bitten on the ankles by the little blighters. BJ is now on a spot on treatment and I am saving up for one each for the cats too. Poor little Josh is getting the worst of it. Maybe because he is the closest to the ground! I am not sure if BJ is flea free because at the moment he is a little, white, scruffy, powder puff and in desperate need of a clip.


I thought that we would be ok, as we don't have carpet in the house. Only on the stairs. But it seems that they don't really mind about that and are breeding like, well, fleas. People say to make sure that you vacuum often. But we don't have a working vacuum cleaner at the moment. Hopefully at tax time this year we can afford one.


Also on Monday I received a whopper of an electricity bill, and other bills totally about $900.00.


Tuesday - We go to Playgroup. Half way through I pick Josh up and he is burning up. He has had a cold and I assume at the time that it is related to that. So we come home and dose him up and put him to bed.


On Wednesday Joshua is covered in a red rash. Very bad between his upper thighs and on the back of his elbows. He can't even walk properly the poor munchkin.


In the mail I get my car registration for $417.75.


On Wednesday evening I notice that one of the red sores of Joshie's wrist has formed a blister.


He was vaccinated against Chicken Pox when he was 18 months old and now he has only just turned two.


Thursday - More blisters have formed. Take Josh to the doctor. He looks at the rash and doesn't know what it is. I show him the blisters and he said it looks like Chicken Pox to him. He takes a swab and we will not know the results until next Tuesday. I am doubtful if this is indeed chicken pox. There is not much on his torso and a lot on the soles of his feet and palms of his hands. Which doesn't sound very ChickenPoxish to me. I think personally it is could be Hand, Foot, Mouth disease. While that is nasty enough, it is not as bad as the Varicella Zoster virus. But then I am not a doctor, but I am a Mum.


Then the doctor drops the bombshell. Just as we were wrapping it up and getting ready to leave, he asks me, you haven't come in contact with any pregnant woman in the last few days have you? Well, that would be a big fat Yes from me. At playgroup on Tuesday there were two pregnant ladies.


The doctor talks to the nurse, and then phones the Infectious Diseases department. They talk to me and get all my details. We were there for another 35 minutes. As we leave and people in the choca-block waiting room all scowl at us as one, large grumpy mob.


Friday - Get a call from a nurse at the Infectious Diseases place and he says he will phone the school and ask them to get in contact with these ladies and ask them to go and see their doctors and maybe get a blood test as well.


So that is where I am at the moment. It is swamping me emotionally and mentally. It is all too much, and I would like it to stop now please.


Can you top my bad week? Why do we get these weeks when everything seems to be against us?


I wish you hope when things are going bad, kind words when times are sad.
I wish you shelter from the raging wind, cooling waters at the fever's end.
I wish you peace when times are hard, the light to guide you through the dark.
And when storms are high and your dreams are low, I wish you the strength to let love grow.
I Wish You Peace ~ The Eagles, 1975



Melanie


Sunday, 12 February 2012

What has been Piquing my Pinterest this week.


Pinterest is a virtual pin up board. You can use it to keep recipes, home decorating ideas, motorbikes, flowers, animals, well the list is pretty much endless, and is limited only by your imagination!


If you would like to get totally addicted like me see what all the fuss is about, then just shoot me an email and I can invite you.


This week I thought I would show you some random pins that I found interesting during the past week.



How adorable is this? Since I pinned it about 3 days ago now, it has been repinned 58 times! Cute animal pictures are always a big hit.



I always love a good Marilyn quote. She was very wise.



All so very true...



Unfortunately this is also true! Hehehe!



Pretty and clever!



Never judge others. We do not have that right.



Sums it up, don't ya think?


Tina Gray {dot} Me


Have a great week everyone and take care!



Melanie

Friday, 10 February 2012

Ikea it's Swedish for Wonderful :-)


This post is RocketFuel sponsored.

I love Ikea. I especially love their restaurant! Do you remember this yummy breakfast photo that I posted for the January Photo A Day Challenge.



I am even a member of the IKEA Family. It is free to join and you get free hot drinks and other lovely things. Yes I am a fan!


I need to get there again soon. 


I know that my kids need these for their rooms to help them find their bedroom floor again.

Kid's Bedroom Ideas


Mum and Dad would love this. It would help declutter our bedroom and less stress means more restful sleep.

Adult Bedroom Ideas


Our laundry area could do with a few of these good ideas.

Laundry and Storage Ideas


Our computer area could do with this, so that we work on paper and not under it.


Home Office/Study Ideas


Have you got an Ikea near you?


Melanie

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Giveaway ~ Back to School with Bakers Delight


The start of yet another school year a short time ago and I have worked out that means about 186 lunch ideas to come up with this year. Scary thought! Do you find it as hard as me to come up with healthy, yummy, appetising ideas? Something that your children will like and won't get left to go soggy and stale in their lunch boxes or at the bottom of their bags.


As mums and dads we want to give our kids the best we can. Nutritious food that will keep their minds and bodies active, and ensure that they are productive and mentally alert in the classroom. Our kids use up a huge amount of energy in their day, and lunchtime is a very important meal for them. Without it they would run out of fuel in the afternoon.


Our school has some time in the morning when kids can bring in some healthy food to munch on while working. Some teachers call it Brain Food. My daughter's Grade 2 teacher calls it Mental Munchies! It keeps their brains charged and ready for learning.


I am fortunate all my kids love healthy food. They get quite excited when I buy a bag of carrots. With four children in the house, the time in the mornings spent getting ready for school, can be quite busy and sometimes stressful when a hairbrush or some homework goes missing at the last minute. Making lunches for the girls is a basic and quick job.


Is your morning the same as mine, with a bit of a rush job or do you take some care and make lunches that are works of art?

  • I will give my girls a few options for sandwich fillers and let them decide. Sometimes ham, cheese and tomato, or maybe tuna and salad. Their favourite seems to be cheese and Vegemite, which is fine with me.
  • They have a small bottle of juice, which I fill up each day. I find this to be so much cheaper than buying juice boxes or pop top drinks every day for them.
  • I make sure they have a piece of fruit.
  • Usually some sultanas and
  • Also some biscuits.
  • For their brain food I cut up an apple, or celery and carrot.

Personally I try to avoid muesli or fruit bars. They are ok occasionally but I find that they are so high in sugar, and with two at school and one starting next year, they just don't last. Two or three days and a packet is gone.


I remember when Bethany first started school. I carefully made a salad plate for her to take. I put ham, cheese cubes, cherry tomatoes, sultanas, lettuce, grated carrot, cucumber, a boiled egg. It all took far too much time. Yes it was super healthy, but when she came home that afternoon she said it took so long to eat, and everyone else had finished and was off playing and she was still munching away. Poor girl! I never did that to her or myself again.


When I went to school. A long time ago now! I was the kid with the smelly sardine sandwiches, that everyone made fun of. When I asked mum for something more socially (i.e. playground) acceptable, I remember mum saying, they are just silly and sardines are very healthy and I shouldn't care what other people think. She was right of course, but it didn't make it any easier for a shy girl like me. But then I think these were kids that would bring jelly crystals and milk powder to school. Does anyone remember that craze?




For the past week we have enjoyed some gorgeous, yummy bread from Bakers Delight. Their very popular High Fibre, Lo GI Bread and also their Chia loaf. They make such beautiful bread! I have never tried the Chia bread before. But now I am a fan. It smells divine and tastes even better. My whole family loved it. Their unanimous vote was 'Yummy'. It didn't last very long at our place and I will be buying some more very soon.




Giveaway Is Now Closed


The lovely people at Bakers Delight have given A Welcoming Hearth three vouchers for $10 worth of dough! Three lucky people can get the chance to pick $10 worth of freshly baked bread from Bakers Delight. 


To enter is simple. Subscribe to A Welcoming Hearth and leave a comment on this post. Tell me what you make your children for school lunch? Offer available in Australia only.


Do you knead some fresh bread? Will you rise to the occasion?  :P


Winners will be picked my Random.org and entries will close on Sunday 19th February, 2012 at 10.00 pm, so don't loaf around and get rolling! 


Which ones are you going to try?




Bakers Delight facebook page is holding a competition, Share Your Lunch and Win Free Bread for a Year! Please pop on over and vote for my school lunch idea or you can upload your own photo of your best school lunch idea using bread from Bakers Delight.


“Bread is the king of the table and all else is merely the court that surrounds the king. The countries are the soup, the meat, the vegetables, the salad, but bread is king.”
Louis Bromfield, American novelist (1896-1956)


Melanie



Sunday, 5 February 2012

Beautiful Memories

When I feel a bit down, I love to remember happy times. These are some of the most beautiful places that I have visited in the world. A long time ago now; seems like in another life. These pins are taken from my Favourite Places and Spaces board on Pinterest. If you would like an invite please just shoot me an email.


I love this place. Queenstown with The Remarkables in the background. The name of those mountains are so fitting don't you think? New Zealand is beautiful. The South Island in particular.



Ahh Clovelly in Devon, England. A more cute, picturesque village you will never find. It used to have donkeys travelling up and down the cobbles to the sea at the bottom of the hill.



Switzerland has to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world.



The Lake District in England.



Isle of Wight, Southern England



Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy



Pemberton, South Western Australia



Curtis Falls, Tamborine Mountains, Queensland. Coming back close to home. These lovely falls are in the rainforest about 30 minutes drive from where I live now.


I hope that you have enjoyed travelling with me to some of my favourite places.




Linking up with Tina for Piquing my Pinterest. Have a look and see what other lovely things people have been pinning this week.


Melanie


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