Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Under the Sea dress up day at playgroup

Recently Joshua’s playgroup had an Under the Sea dress up day with ocean activities. We could choose from anything to do with the ocean - mermaids, crab, octopus, shark, fish and so on. I love the rainbow fish, so we decided to dress him up as a goldfish. The costume cost almost nothing, as I already had the clothes and materials.
Here is how I made his costume: 
I used orange pants and an orange top.
Then I cut scales out of 5 different scraps of coloured materials- 
white, black, turquoise, sea green and mint green.
Then I added some orange tulle material cut into zigzags (like fins) around the neckline, bottom of the top and along the top of the arms. 
I hot glue gunned all of it on to make sure it didn't fall off.
Important tip: Make sure that you hold the shirt front and back material apart when you glue things on either side. Or the hot glue can seep onto the back piece of material and glue the shirt together - I did this years ago during a craft activity - opps
Final product ready to go!

On the day:
The children got to do lots of under the sea activites and make a display.
Working very hard!
Their work was put on display once they had finished!
We even had time for a play. 
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Monday, 28 July 2014

Week 31: household tasks and cleaning checklist

Household tasks and cleaning
Spray and wipe benches, windex glass surfaces and mirrors. Wipe hand and pet prints from windows, walls and sliding doors.
Dust surfaces and sills, vacuum and steam clean floors.
Organise china and crystal in cabinets.
Organise cleaning supplies. Add to shopping list if low in stock. Make sure everything is out of baby’s reach.
Check and replace batteries in smoke detectors.
Check fridge and freeze for food past it’s used by date. Throw out any questionable foods. Clean any spills on inside and outside surfaces of the fridge and freezer.

Garden and outdoor care
Check weeds in lawn. Spray with weed and feed if needed. It will need dry weather for a few days.
Last chance to plant bare rooted fruit trees and bushes.
Prune raspberries, gooseberries, currants and blueberries.

Check out the local markets. Make list of fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit to get from next farmers market.
Make sure that there is something special or unique about each day.
Make time to research a topic I want to know more about  Buy some new clothes, shoes or underwear for everyone if needed for season
Do an op shop run. Look for books, clean toys, clothes and furniture.
Do Wii fit workout and walk dog. If cannot walk or Wii fit, then run up and down stairs 20 times.
Make meal planner for week
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Saturday, 26 July 2014

★ Happy 4th birthday Bella! ★

 Today is our golden retriever Bella's 4th birthday.
We just can't believe she is 4 years old already.
Here are some of our favourite shots of her!
6 weeks old at the breeder's house. My first cuddle!
Bella being a sook and asking for a tummy rub
 The famous sock thief!
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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Bella meets the chickens

Here is a video of the first time Bella was allowed off the leash with the chickens.
She is always watching them from the behind the wire screen of the chicken coop area.
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Chicken, ham, feta & spinach homemade pizza

Here is a super easy and delicious recipe to make homemade pizza.
  • Pizza base
  • 150g Tomato paste
  • Chicken chunks
  • Shaved ham
  • Feta
  • Spinach
  • Spring onion
  • Grated cheese
Step 1: You need a pizza base. I buy mine from a local bakery, as they use all natural ingredients and even make gluten free bases.
Step 2: Cover the base in tomato paste (above). If you want more flavour you can use mild tomato salsa instead.
Step 3: Cover the base with a layer of spinach.
Step 4: Cover the base with a layer of spinach onion.
Step 5: Cover the base with a layer of sliced ham.
Step 6: Cover the base with a layer of grated cheese.
Step 7: Cover the base with a layer of feta.  
Step 8: Cover the base with a layer of chicken chunks. Add more grated cheese if desired.
Step 9: Place onto a foil lined pizza tray and into a medium heat oven for 10 minutes or until baked.
Step 10: Remove from oven and let sit for 3 minutes to cool down.
Step 11: Serve while still warm to family and friends.
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Monday, 21 July 2014

Week 30: household tasks and cleaning checklist

Household tasks and cleaning
Change and wash towels, bath mats, hand towels and bedding. 
Hang up and iron all clothes in wardrobes. 
Check baby’s clothes for any that don’t fit. Organise clothes in drawers and wardrobe if needed.
Bleach toilets, bathtubs, showers, spa and sinks.
Change and launder sheets and pillowcases. Check throw rugs for marks and shake of dust.
Dust slat blinds and launder curtains and fabric shades. Take cushions outside and gently beat them by hand to remove dust. Clean any stains.
Wipe down laundry. Clean inside & outside of washer and dryer.
Give dog worming tablets and flea treatment. 

Garden and outdoor care
Top up worm farm with scraps. Use worm tea on unhealthy plants. Turn the compost heap.
Sow in vegie trays in the greenhouse: broad beans, early summer cauliflower, leeks, onions, peas, radish salad leaves and spinach.
Sow into the ground broad beans, fruit trees and onion seedlings. 

Have people over for visits on at least once a month. Friends take away night
Take dog to leash free park
Volunteer to help out at a charity or collect items to help them.
Go to butchers for bulk buy and freeze excess meat for next few weeks.
Make or create a new fun activity for grandparents to do when minding children.
Make meal planner for week. Try new recipes
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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Backyard garden update 2014

 Here are some updated photos of how our backyard is going. 
You can see below that last year it was a bit of a mess.
 The lawn is still recovering from a very hot summer in Melbourne with many days over 40 degrees C. The ornamental pears have grown lots of new leaves and are much taller now.
 The hedge trees have grown taller and thicker.

 Our creeper wall is about 90% covered now.
 Here is our new chicken enclosure. Click here to find out more:
Bella enjoying the shade on a warm afternoon. 
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