Footy, food and friends..

Some snaps of Noa’s Rugby/Sports party yesterday….A Beautiful Winters day for Sports games, cupcakes, Sausage sizzle and plenty of treats with his mates.

I Based the party around Kraft paper to match the colouring of a rugby ball and ordered Eco cups and bowls for popcorn and half time orange segments.

I used a rugby piñata for the table and a few balloons for decoration. It was a pretty simple outdoor party with boys being boys and girls doing craft.

The grassy NRL cupcakes and little pink bee cakes were a hit plus a very simple Sarah Lee banana cake decorated with rugby figurines and goal posts.

Everyone looked like they had fun and after whacking the piñata and singing happy bday, left with their Kraft paper party bag and likely passed out on their way home.

Noa kissed me goodnight and thanked me for the “best party ever”! Meanwhile, I need a drink! X b


Gone are the ugly wall charts hanging in kids rooms!!! Squared have created well designed, educational and aesthetically pleasing charts….from The Solar System to The Human Body, Time telling, Periodic Tables etc….you can also buy with these timber hangers that attach magnetically to the print! You can see more on their website.

Very happy having these hanging in our home! And of course fitting in with my minimal style whilst educating the kids!!! Thankyou Squared! I have been looking everywhere for something like this!!!


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Hotel Hotel / Canberra 


With husband very busy these School holidays, we took the one opportunity we had to drop the kids at the grandparents house and try out Canberra’s tres cool Hotel (so I’ve heard) that is Hotel Hotel

After booking our hotel room I Downloaded their App on iTunes for all the latest info and what’s hot in Canberra! Although you don’t really need to leave the hotel!

A very easy 2 hour drive from the Southern Highlands (3 from Sydney) and we were in our Nations Capital. 

We arrived just as it was getting dark, and were amazed with the architecture….particularly the wood panneling and vertical garden facade. Inside a very cool dark and moody foyer with open bar, library, cozy modern fire (screaming happy hour) and a very hip crowd (not to mention a hairdresser and Palace Cinema below). 

We checked into our equally cool and cozy room and headed down for dinner at the  quirky Monster Kitchen and Bar.  A few interesting items on the menu but we ordered really well! The Morton bay bugs with miso buttered cabbage and daikon was a total standout!

We had breakky across the road at A.Baker…more exposed concrete walls and cool lighting housing fresh pastries, coffee and yummy regional produce to warm our bellies from the 1 degree freezing morning!

We didn’t have long before we had to hit the road so we headed to Braddon to check out the 2 degree exhibition at the Gorman Arts Centre…quite a cool blow up palm tree but in all honesty not much happening here….so 5 mins away we parked on Londsdale street and enjoyed some cool shopping along here…I loved itrip iskip, The Hive and Timber & Tailor.  We grabbed a takeaway coffee from the small but hip Barrio Collective and that concluded our short but sweet Canberra getaway….next time I think we will take the kids for some touristy adventures!



Below pics of the sweetest lunch stop in Moss Vale called Highlands Merchant.

Five and Fabulous!

party loot
Five!!!! How did this happen??!! The little miss is growing up before my eyes!!  
We enjoyed a low key party yesterday. Sage and I made some little party bags and games to take along to kindy and then we had birthday cake back at nannys house.

I always think a party is made with a beautiful cake! I planned to make it myself until a week ago when I had a little shopkins inspiration and asked my clever friend Denin to create this amazing cake around the Five cake topper I ordered from Sophia Victoria Joy. I was blown away with the result and the coconut vanilla filling!!

I couldn’t resist the sweet fruity cushions from Kmart which can now sit on her bed and cookie balloons to add to the Shopkins theme.

Sage dressed as a princess in Seed Heritage and brought along her new fave doll.  Giggles, cake and glitter Party shoes made this 5 year old girls day! X b

Woodland Friends Party

Baby Woodland Friends party for Tate’s second bday. Such a cute theme! Toadstool mirangues, echidna cupcakes, chocolate log cake, handprinted animal invites and matching linen goodie bags….and the cutest balloons I have seen! The little critter himself rode his brand new scooter around and celebrated with his cousins and family. Such a fun day!

tired bday boy