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Love the ugly mugs (look closely)!

This morning on the way to drop tribe off at work, I was thinking about how easy it can be to drift through the days and never quite be present in the moment. Days can become a trudge, with every day feeling the same. Life can start to feel a little beige. One of my best tricks to keep life in technicolour is to make a conscious effort to be in the present. Back to this morning where I found myself in the midst of a couple of awesome moments, brief but tiny moments of love, happiness and fun:
  • Singing (very badly) along to the Miss L’s playlist on Spotify – a fantastic insight into an 8 year old’s mind.
  • Getting a giant hug and hearing Flashdance (now a super-cool 11) say ‘ you Mum’ as I dropped him off.
  • Getting a delicious coffee from the tiny Coffee Shed (part a super cool Co-Op place in Sunny South Brisbane) and having chat to the ever lovely barista.
A very good start to the day. Any little moments of joy in your day? Enjoy xx
Thank you Birdsnest  - love the hand-written note!

Thank you Birdsnest - love the hand-written note!

Ok, so call me a late bloomer, but I have only recently embraced the concept of shopping online.  Starting with books (I love Book Depository), I moved onto t-shirts (Threadless), and that was pretty much it. Then I hit a speed bump in the form of a dodgy knee, and I needed to give the online retail world another shot, at least temporarily. My two big dilemmas (and yes, well aware these are first world problems), were groceries to feed the tribe, and a quick wardrobe update (skirts and dresses only with a dodgy (ok slightly fat and swollen) knee. Enter Woolworths for the grocery part, and well, I am sold!  I placed my order while sitting on the couch, and then right on time my entire order turned up the following night, including delivery to the kitchen (thank you kind delivery man).  Winner!  And in case you're wondering this is NOT a sponsored post. I was just blown away with the simplicity and ease of online grocery shopping. So, I am converted (albeit temporarily). Moving on to my wardrobe dilemma. So the dodgy knee means I can't drive or walk far. Being a mum of four kids mean even if I could, with tribe in tow, nobody is having fun, let alone making great wardrobe choices. Enter Birdsnest.  I have been a fan on Facebook for a while now and love the daily styled outfits, but the furthest I got filling my cart/ wish-list and then signing off (does anyone else window shop online?).     Now it was time for the real online shopping deal.  After about an hour of browsing (again on my comfy couch), I picked a couple of 'dodgy knee' friendly selections, and hit checkout.  This afternoon, right on time, my gorgeous hand-wrapped purchases were delivered right to my front door, including a sweet hand-written note from Alex, one of the Birdsnest girls. Easy peasy, and oh so beautifully delivered! While I will always love a gorgeous bricks and mortar store, I am now a huge fan of online shopping, especially when my life gets busy and sometimes a little complicated/crazy. Next up I am going to try fresh fruit and veg ( thinking of trying Aussie Farmers) Have you embraced online shopping? Enjoy xx
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Saffron...a culinary con?

Saffron...a culinary con?

Have you ever used saffron in a culinary creation? Was it really essential to the recipe? Did it cost an outrageous amount of money for a tiny little smidge of yellowy/orange? (try $6 for o.5g... OUCH) Would the recipe have been the same without the saffron? Could I substitute with something else (turmeric?) All this raced through my mind as a I pondered making this recipe... What do you think? Is saffron an enormous culinary con? Enjoy xx
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O is for Oliver! trying out a 15 minute meal tonight @ This Grand Life

I've always had a soft spot for Jamie Oliver, from his first forays as a tv chef, to his crusade for healthy eating and to bringing cooking top notch food to the masses. Then there's his gorgeous wife, and gaggle of cute kids with kooky names. *Sigh* So I am really excited by the lovely Mr Olivers latest offering. It's the 15 minute cookbook and cooking show. Simple, and ready in only 15 minutes! Perfect! Inspired by a talented foodie friend, who regularly regales me with tales of the delicious treats she has whipped up in the kitchen, I have decided I need to take to the kitchen to whip up a culinary creation of my own. You know, rather than the stand fare. Not that there is anything wrong with potato bake, casseroles, and steak and salad (yes, yes, I know, very fancy). I have been warned by my talented friend, who after two recipes from the book, scoffed '15 minutes my a$#@ Jamie Oliver, more like 45!' So tonight we are trying this recipe... I hope you aren't leading me up the garden path lovely Jamie... Wish me luck! Enjoy xx PS this is NOT a sponsored post, in fact if it does indeed take 45 minutes to cook this recipe, I reserve the right to re-gift my 15 minute book...
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I love coffee.  Lately though, I have been waylaid in my morning pursuit of caffeine goodness by the spicy delights of a chai latte. Have you tried a chai?  My lovely husband (Big A) has previously renamed the chai latte as a 'why bother', declaring it is nothing more than a warm milky drink, therefore...why bother? I wholeheartedly disagree. Which brings me to the second part of my 'c' entry today, chia seeds.  Chia seeds are meant to be a 'superfood', so I guess that means they are super good for you. It may not mean (though I am always hopeful) that I will gain superpowers from eating them.  Anyway, back to chia seeds.  My absolute fave GF (gluten-free) beads at the moment is Chia Seed Loaf from Lifestyle Bakery. Two pieces toasted with a smidge of peanut butter is a perfect way to start the day. Add a chai latte and you have a brilliant brekky! Enjoy xx
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A montage of cider recommended by This Grand Life

For many years now, the weather taking a turn for the warmer equalled tucking into a glass of rose (or two). I think the times may be a changin'. Cider, in all its sparkly fresh glory has stolen the crown as the king of spring drinks, and most likely summer too. Have you sampled a cider lately? There’s a super choice now, with a cider for everyone, even the littlest members of the tribe, not to mention my lovely preggo friends.  Here are some choice ciders to sample…
  • Monteiths Pear or Apple Cider. Delicious and crisp.
  • Rekorderlig Pear or Strawberry and Lime Cider. Sweet and a perfect sub for a cocktail!
  • Pipsqueak Best Cider. Fresh, bubbly and far too easy to drink.
  • Dr Pilkingtons makes the cut because it is Movember and we LOVE Movember!
  • Bickfords Applemaid Sparkling Applejuice (the littlies and preggo friends - non-alcoholic served in a wine glass)
 Do you love a good glass of cider? WHat is your favourite? Enjoy xx
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Beetroot bonanza from This Grand Life

Over the weekend I took the tribe to our local farmers markets (, one of our favourite regular foodie-inspired outings.  For the past few days we have been eating our way through our produce: swiss brown mushrooms on home-made pizza, zingy sweet ‘rosey’ blood oranges – delicious stand-alone, tonight Cajun spiced cord-on-the-cob… The last of our tasty treats is a big bright bunch of beetroot.  I searched high and low and have found three delish recipes for inspiration: What do you think?  Salad, soup or salsa? Enjoy xx
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