Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Good on you Nathan...

We had a proud family day today as we went along to see Nathan be inducted as a senior student for 2014 as well as house captain for his sporting house at school. 

So I wanted to show some photos of our morning.

Nathan receiving his senior badge from his teacher

Receiving his house captain badge from our local member










We are really proud of Nathan for his achievement, great work mate!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Christmas 2013… something a little different

Our Christmas was very different this year, we left home mid December for our holiday so we didn't have a tree or any decorations up at home.  

We were on a cruise over Christmas itself and with very limited space we were only able to have a little tree with a few presents.  Being overseas meant that presents had to be minimal and practical.

This is what our little tree looked like.



With just a few presents under it to open Christmas morning.


We left early Christmas morning to cruise the beautiful Halong Bay in Vietnam. It was really breathtaking.






When we got back at lunch time we had our present opening time.




Emma and I also went down to see Santa and get a present from him and the ship.



We celebrated Christmas really differently this year.  It wasn't a favourite Christmas as we love all the hype that goes with it at home and we missed that but it is always good to try something different.  We are looking forward to getting the tree up and celebrating at home next year.  

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Peak and Peak Tram take 2

We had another trip up to Victoria peak in the tram, this time on a sunny day.  You can read all about it HERE.





Friday, January 17, 2014

Hong Kong - Victoria Peak and The Peak Tram



We've been on holiday and now we are back.  We visited 5 countries in 4 weeks and had an amazing time.  I've written about it on the travel blog you can read about it HERE.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Little Bit of Pinterest Christmas…my favourite pins for the season

Thought I would share a bit of Christmas love today with some of my favourite pins from Pinterest for the holidays. 


I love this idea for spreading a little bit of happiness.  Link HERE


If your kids like to give candy canes to their friends, here is a super cute way to make them look more interesting.  Link HERE


The link for this snowman doesn't work although I got one of these off a friend last year and he is super super cute and really easy to make with just 2 socks!


Every year we make reindeer food and this year Emma is giving reindeer food to her friends with their Christmas cards instead of sweets.  This is the cutest and easiest way to present it.  Link HERE


Are you going looking at lights this year?  Here is a printable you can take for the kids to cross off.  A Christmas lights scavenger hunt - perfect for an advent calendar activity.  Link HERE


I often get stuck on gift ideas and I use this list all the time to help me.  They have all age groups at the link.  Link HERE

I've discovered that I have lots of favourite Christmas pins so I might be back with some more before Christmas arrives.  I hope you find these helpful. 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Advent Calendar 2013

Every year the countdown to Christmas from December first in our house is an exciting time. We usually have a hand sewn advent calendar that I fill with all different types of treats and activities to make this time special. You can read about our past Advent Calendars here.  This year I was faced with the challenge of two children who still really wanted to count down til Christmas and an overseas holiday for the last half of countdown.  So this is what I came up with - brown paper bags decorated with paper doilies cut in various ways and some printed numbers from Pinterest (link here) on the front.  I chose paper bags because they are big enough to hold something of a decent size but can be thrown away too.  My list this year involves more sweet treats than we would usually have but I did what I could and what was easiest for our circumstances.

So this is what our bags ended up looking like.






And below is the list of what we have in each bag each day:
  1. A Christmas play date with friends
  2. A coupon for 1 app each from the app store
  3. Chocolate
  4. Popcorn
  5. Chocolate
  6. Chocolate
  7. Chocolate
  8. A coupon for a movie rental
  9. A coupon for an afternoon ice cream from the local shop
  10. A book about Asia
  11. Going to see 'The Nutcracker' ballet in the city
  12. A magazine each for our trip away
  13. Sweets and chewy for the flight
  14. Hong Kong dollars for spending
  15. Deoderant each
  16. Chocolate
  17. Grinch Pills
  18. A $1 scratchie each
  19. Hand Santa-tizer
  20. Sweets
  21. A coupon for a mocktail on our cruise
  22. Sweets
  23. Snowman poop
  24. Vietnam money for spending
I used Pinterest a lot for this advent calendar this year.  So below are the links for the coupons I printed and other things I made that were from there.

Coupons (link HERE) I printed them out and just used the ones that were relevant to us.



Our book on Asia is this kids one from Lonely Planet.  I got ours at the Book Depository (link here)



The Grinch Pills were from Pinterest (link here) and they look like this (just using Tic Tacs)



The Snowman Poop was very similar using Tic Tacs again and was from Pinterest (link here).



And finally the hand Santa-tizer was from Pinterest too (link here) and they look like this using just a small hand sanitizer bottle.




Enjoy your Countdown to Christmas!


Monday, November 25, 2013

Handmade Christmas Gifts

Every year I have a number of people who I always give a small handmade gift to so I have been busy getting some made ready for giving very soon.

This year I decided to make travel mugs.  I bought some clear ones in my local craft store and then went about inserting fabric into each one to make them look lovely before screwing them altogether ready for drinking out of. 

This is what the finished product looks like.




 (this is what they look like from top view)

These were easy no sew presents.  They came with a template which I traced onto stiff interfacing and fabric, applied some stop fray to all the edges and then inserted into place.  I used Moda Bake Shop's tutorial on how to make them (link here) which was easy to follow.  

Hopefully the recipients of them will be happy.