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23/52

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Lily: You have habit of laughing at your jokes even though you still need to fine-tune your comedic skills…

Nyla: We are back to waking up twice in the night again!! This just proves that all kids are unique as I’m not doing anything remarkably different with Nyla than when Lily was a baby (who slept through the night at 4 months).

At the end of the day, I’m just grateful that I have these two little personalities in my life. Difficult it can be on some days (and nights)  it’s all worth it seeing them smile everyday…

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 23/52.

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Truffle Kerfuffle 2014 launch party

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I was about to try my first ever taste of truffle when I was simply told, “It’s the most delicious thing you’ll ever eat!” But after hearing virtually the same thing when I tried durian (vile) and another time when I tried natto (painful), I assumed it would be yet another much hyped up ingredient that I wouldn’t love.

And maybe because I had such low expectations that in turn I ended up getting hooked?! The aroma and taste is quite unique with a rich earthiness – perfect for a girl who doesn’t have a sweet tooth but addicted to hot savoury goods instead. I started using truffle butter on toast, shaving truffle on risotto and adding truffle oil to scrambled eggs. It’s quite a versatile ingredient and makes even the most simple of dishes uniquely powerful with just a dash.

So is it worth all the hype? Well in a way, yes…since it’s not the easiest thing to grow and harvesting involves specially trained animals (dogs and pigs usually) to track the truffle scent. But if you are curious to see (and taste) what the fuss is about you should make your way down to the Truffle Kerfuffle 2014 festival in Manjimup from June 28 – 29.

Tickets are selling out fast but the event includes truffle hunts and master classes with Matt Skinner and Kate Lamont.

I had a sampling on Tuesday night at the Truffle Kerfuffle 2014 launch party at Bib and Tucker. Head chef Scott Bridger served an assortment of truffle goodness with mini steak tartares, cheese pizza, seafood burgers and artichoke soup. So good!

Find out more about the festival on the Truffle Kerfuffle 2014 website. And if you would like to win two General Adult weekend passes (sadly I won’t be able to make it) for the festival ($30 value each), simply go on my Facebook page to enter.

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22/52

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Lily: You have been a bit grumpy this week as you transition off your afternoon nap and fighting a cold still with a lingering sore throat…

Nyla: You are happiest when playing but you don’t like being on your own so it’s not long before you start crawling back to me or climbing up on Lily.

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 22/52.

 

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LOTD – The Snowbird cape

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{Outfit}
Cape: Sass and Bide (The Snowbird)
Jumper: Topshop
Jeans: Frame
Accessories: Shoes (Chloe), Bag (Givenchy)

You know how everyone is swooning over pink coats this season? Well last year I gave my pink coat to an opshop after not wearing it for years (Perth just isn’t cold enough) so would feel foolish to buy another just because it’s on trend.

So instead I invested in something I’ve never had before – a cape! The Snowbird cape by Sass and Bide is structured and chic with an inbuilt waistcoat. It’s not too thick though – so is perfect for the milder winters of Perth and I’m just in love with the shape and the fit. It’s very tempting to just wear it everyday….

This is my second pair of Frame jeans after seeing this colour on sale a few weeks ago. Frame denim combines the quality and heritage of denim making from LA with the style and fit influenced from the streets of London. I find Frame ultra comfortable but they are quite a loose fit so I’m going to go down another size so I don’t have to wear a belt.

I put that last picture (with me and the kids) on Instagram but it was too funny to not to share on the blog too. It really proves that I do wear my outfits with them because I really do love clothes and they need to see the light of day. Even if we are all in our pyjamas for most of the day, it feels good to get dressed nicely once in a while don’t you think?

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

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21/52

 

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Lily: You weren’t happy after I told you not to jump in a puddle right before taking this picture. It didn’t take you long to get over it and that’s when I realised that you’ve grown since your toddler days (when you would have had a temper tantrum for half an hour) and that Peppa Pig has a lot to answer for with making kids wanting to jump in muddy puddles all time!

Nyla: You have been teething pretty badly with the constant drool and reverting back to being rocked to sleep because of all the pain. I just hope we get the worst of it now rather than in July when we will be on a plane!

My computer wasn’t working last week but a the trip to the Geniuses at Apple confirmed that it was my cable that was actually broken so was relieved that my computer (and all my photos and software) were all good. Hopefully I will get time to read and comment on my favourite blogs again soon.

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 21/52.

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LOTD – Cameo deer print top and Chloe Susanna boots

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{Outfit}
Top: Cameo via Zara Bryson
Jeans: JBrand
Shoes: Chloe
Accessories: Necklace (Katherine Dunmill), bag (Louis Vuitton)

Last time I posted a ‘Look of the Day’, I’m sure I was saying how long it had been and it’s been even longer this time! It’s like I’ve returned from the grave, but sadly I doubt this is a sign of a blog renaissance as I’m just so busy with work at the office and then at home I’m completely flat out with the girls. Reading a magazine for half an hour is a luxury to me at the moment.

I’m definitely feeling that it’s tougher with two kids but Lily is out of the toddler stage so most of the time she is as good as gold and I can reason with her. Nyla still struggles with sleep (hence this late post) and it’s awful going to work with only a few hours sleep. Hopefully end of June I can assess things a bit and then we go on our trip to the UK and a quick stop in Paris too. I can’t wait to show the girls around some of the beautiful parks of Paris and London.

The weather in Perth has gotten a bit colder (well by our standards anyway) but this weekend there was just a tiny bit of sunshine and warmth so I embraced it with a sleeveless top. Perth peeps – Did you know that Zara Bryson has a pop up store in the city (located in Enex 100)? I got this Cameo top on sale and thought their exclusive deer print was quite cute and different to the usual leopard and zebra.

Yes, the shoes are new and a very naughty purchase I made a few weeks ago with a 25% voucher from Saks. After lusting for two years I succumbed. I must be the only mother in Perth who would choose shoes over a Thermomix. Does anyone out there understand? Or am I just plain mad?

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20/52

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Nyla: You have taken a liking to playing in the sandpit but I still often find you eating the sand!

Lily: You told me last week how much you loved Nyla and it warmed my heart! I hope you two will continue to be close as the years go by…

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 20/52.

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19/52

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Nyla: It’s been a tiring week as you are up a couple times a night wanting constant feeds. I hope it ends soon!

Lily: While Nyla has been sick and moody, you have been an absolute dream. I’m getting stressed about our trips to the UK this year and it definitely isn’t because of you….

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Mother’s Day wish list

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Top (Left to Right): GingerLilly sleepwear, Pop and Scott’s pots, Roomba iRobot
Bottom (Left to Right): Butter Nail Polishes, Emily Green jewellery, Voluspa candles

Happy Mother’s Day for tomorrow…well at least for some of us anyway! This is probably too late to post for gift ideas for Mother’s Day but here are some of my favourite/wish list items at the moment. I’ve also given some of these things as birthday gifts recently and my friends seem to love it too.

I got gifted some GingerLilly sleepwear recently and can’t wait until it’s bed time to slip these on! It’s refreshing to find pyjamas which aren’t full of cartoon characters – just simple, good quality and affordable sleepwear for grown up women (separate post about this range coming soon).

What household won’t brighten up instantly with these fun Pop and Scott pots? And now since I’m back at work I have no time to vacuum all the crumbs my kids are constantly leaving everywhere so would love to come home to clean floors without lifting a finger.

I’m obsessed with any colour of Butter nail polish and it’s even better knowing they contain no Formaldehyde, no Toluene, and no DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate). And talking about colour, I also can’t get enough of the hand poured polymer clay necklaces from Emily Green. She actually studied in Perth before moving permanently to Melbourne where her colourful jewellery became staple pieces even in the typical black wardrobes of Melbourne’s most stylish.

And with the colder and wetter weather, I’m all about having candles at night once (and if!) the little ones are asleep. I’m really loving the crisp fruity scent fragrance from the three wicked Voluspa Branche Vermeil Grande Candle coconut wax candle. Coconut wax is an extremely clean burning candle as it burns at a lower temperature, clean’s up easily, and it also retains a higher amount of fragrance then soy.

Hope all mothers have a great day tomorrow!

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18/52

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”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Nyla: You started playing peekaboo this week. Disappearing in the tunnel, popping your head out and laughing as Lily says ‘BOO!’…

Lily: You got accepted in our kindergarden of choice even though you did a mini tantrum during the interview.

Linking up to Practising Simplicity’s 52 portrait a week challenge for 18/52.

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