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G&T ♥

Hendrick's GinNow that James is more settled at night and feeding less frequently I am loving a sneaky tipple – a beautiful Gin & Tonic, with Hendrick’s Gin of course and lots of lime and ice!

Perfect for these balmy evenings.  XX

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Sneaky Peek : Inbox Inertia

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I have just popped James in his cot and grabbed five minutes to sort out my inbox, but have realised I need half an hour to deal with the overflowing email subscriptions!  Or maybe I will just make lunch and leave it for another day?

It has made me realise that perhaps I need to refine my subscriptions as l feel overwhelmed trying to read each email before yet another one ‘peeps’ in.

Est MagazineEach week I have a healthy dose of:

I scan my inbox each morning looking for lovely ‘personal’ emails from friends or family and to be honest, overlook the rest.  2014 is the year of the cull.  Now … who’s first?  I love them all!

Who do you subscribe to?

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MOFO

MOFO

MOFO

MONA FOMA is on yet again and last night Nick and I went out on a date and dropped by.  We didn’t actually see any bands but the atmosphere on the docks was alive!  Love it!

MOFO

MOFO

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Silver Sandal ♥

Today I am loving Poppy’s new silver Saltwater Sandals:

She had grown out of her red ones from last summer, and was wearing shoes that were too small for her.  So off we went to Charlie’s Bucket in Hobart and decided that the summer of 2014 was going to be the one of the silver sandal!

Mummy, I love my new silver sandals!

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Sneaky Peek : On Order …

Macbook Pro

After putting up with my trusty old MacBook that has never been right since my IT glitch last February, I have ordered a new MacBook Pro laptop!  No more waiting for ever for photos to download, webpages to open and a trackpad that only worked on one side.  Excited!

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Yum : Pink Eye Potato and Salmon Salad

Summer in Tassie is synonymous with our famous Pink Eye potatoes!  This recipe found in the fabulous Bream Creek Farmers Market – The Cookbook showcases this fine vegetable very nicely.

Pink Eye Potato and Salmon Salad

  • 8 medium Pink Eye potatoes
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 3 tbsp whole egg mayonnaise
  • 400 g salmon (smoked or tinned)
  • 1 small spanish onion
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 2 tbsp dill
  • 1 tbsp chives
  • Salt and pepper

Method

    • Scrub the potatoes and put them in a medium-sized saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil
    • Simmer for 15 minutes until the potatoes are cooked but firm.  Drain the potatoes.  When cool, cut into 1 cm cubes
    • Hard boil the eggs by bringing a small saucepan of water to the boil, adding the eggs and cooking for 10 minutes.  Cool, peel and cut into quarters
    • Combine the sour cream and mayonnaise in a small bowl
    • To assemble, arrange the potatoes, egg and salmon on a platter.  Drizzle with the sour cream dressing, sprinkle with the finely sliced onion, whole capers and chopped herbs
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Source:  Bream Creek Farmers Market – The Cook Book

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WaterWipes ♥

WaterWipes

I should make a disclaimer somewhere that this is a sponsored post … my first one!  I was contacted via my blog by a PR company in Sydney inviting me to try these WaterWipes and no sooner a little package had turned up in our letterbox.

I was a little skeptical at first as I have always been a loyal Huggies® Baby Wipes kind of girl, but I was pleasantly surprised with the WaterWipes, especially after reading about how many chemicals are lurking in other wipes.

I used the whole packet on James’ little derriere.  The proof was in the pudding when I resumed with the other wipes and he developed a nappy rash almost straight away!?

After reviewing the price comparisons, ironically you pay less for more chemicals!  A box of 384 Huggies® Baby Wipes cost $20.32 at Woolworths, whereas a box of 240 WaterWipes cost $21.99 from the Mighty Ape.  So it comes down to an ethical decision – a decision that is easily made when you really read the small print.  Look out Mighty Ape, here I come!

Water and Grapefruit seed extract confirmed best for baby bottoms

Here are also some interesting (and perhaps frightening) facts for you:

All other baby wipes contain harsh chemical ingredients – even the “sensitive” or “pure” ones. Check the back of the pack next time to see for yourself.

… We know that Parents need to change their baby’s nappy up to 10 times a day. Imagine wiping [these] ingredients on your baby’s skin 70 times per week and then locking them in with a nappy. There is no product that you would use that many times, even as an adult.

Parabens

Chemically manufactured preservatives. Parabens have been found in breast cancer tumours. Our wipes are made in a highly controlled sterile environment and we use grapefruit seed extract as a natural biocide to keep the pack fresh (in case your fingers bring some bacteria to the during the change of baby).

Lanolin

This is grease from animal fur, aka ‘wool fat’. It is used in shoe polish and rust-proof coatings. Needless to say, our wipes don’t have lanolin.

Alcohol

Babies’ skin is ultra thin, why would you want to put alcohol on their skin? Alcohol causes harsh skin sensitisation.

Perfume / Fragrance

It usually implies a mix of ingredients, possibly including phtalates. Babies need cleaning, not perfuming, We don’t use perfume in our wipe as it can inflame baby’s skin.

Phtalates

They are chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. Bisphenol A is the name to watch out for as well as DBP, DEP, DEHP, BzBP, DMP… No thanks!

Benzoates

A widely used range of chemically made preservatives (look for E211 & E212. The UK Food Commission qualified it as ” irritant to the skin, eyes and mucous membranes” – They are also linked to cancers and asthma. Not for our wipes either!

Triclosan

A cancer causing antimicrobial agent (when combined with chlorine). It causes hormone disruption… No, that’s not one for baby’ skin! Or mine for that effect!

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Deer Doona ♥

Deer Doona

I see you!

I have come to keep Poppy and my old mate Moosey company, after I was on sale at Norsu Interiors.  I like living here.

Deer Doona

Deer Doona & Cushion

Deer Doona

Deer Doona

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Wedge ♥

Toms WedgeToday I am loving these ‘red cricket stripe’ Tabitha Simmons Dessert Wedge:

A fun take on a lace-up boot, these striped wedge beauties designed by Tabitha Simmons for TOMS+ are chic, practical and oh so comfy. This style features waxed cream laces, custom grosgrain cricket stripe upper and cute contrasting polka-dot inner, cream piping and TOMS+ rubber outsole for added durability. The best part? Aside from your new fancy feet of course, for every pair purchased TOMS gives a child in need new shoes. It’s One for One, so embrace the giving and know that your purchase is doing far more good than any other shoe in your closet!

To read more about the amazing One for One TOMS Giving movement, click here.

Colour:
Red Cricket Stripe

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Happy Monday

Gnome BreadI am hoping this little fella will make you smile on this Monday morning!  Xx

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