The weekend that was…

Oh weekends. The time of the week we all crave for.

How was yours?

Our weekend was a time for me to study, Hubby mowed the lawn, worked on the cubby house and the usual washing/drying/folding/tidying/cleaning that NEVER ends. 


Sounds pretty typical?  Mr 3 got sick. He only wanted his Mummy. Whilst I didn’t get as much study done as I want to, I did get lovely cuddles with my boy. Silver linings?

I cooked up a yummy chicken and bacon pasta. 

  • 500 g chicken thigh sliced into cubes
  • Bacon sliced into pieces
  • 600 ml thickened cream
  • 1 brown onion
  • Garlic, crushed to taste
  • Handful of mushrooms sliced

Get a pot of water boiling and then add the pasta and cook as per packet instructions.

Whilst the water is boiling and the pasta is cooking, cook the chicken. Remove from pan. Cook the bacon. Remove from pan. Cook the diced brown onion until tender then add the garlic and the mushrooms. Once they’ve softened add in the cream and the cooked chicken and bacon.

This all came together at the same time. I drained the pasta and then added the chicken and bacon sauce to the pasta pot and served.  It was delicious. 

We also gave these a try


I don’t normally grab things like these from the supermarket but felt like trying something new. Quite tasty and Miss 6 liked the macaroni cheese balls the best. 


We decided to have a family movie night and we gave Moana a go for the first time. Miss six is very sensitive to movies and is easily scared. This was why we didn’t see it at the movies. With a few scary moments size, it was a movie that she really enjoyed. I thought it was fantastic. A good measure for me as to whether I really liked a movie or not is whether or not I blacked watch again. I’d like to watch this one again.

Sunday morning saw me in the studio Brighton early to get some study done in order that we could spend some time as a family out of the local food festival. Local restaurants come out to share their produce with the community. When joyed some loaded fries and a beef and pork slider from juicy goosy. It was lovely to run into my brother and his family and sit together to enjoy our lunch and vocal talents of a local performer. It was just beautiful weather and it was lovely seeing my niece nephew.



After naptime at home for my son and some more study for me, we then headed out to watch my hubby play football (soccer). I need a more comfy chair for this activity and I’m thinking I should get this:


I mean it may be a little OTT but when our kids start playing and their games are 8am in the middle of winter, I’ll be very grateful. Mothers Day is coming up…

So tell me about your weekend, pretty typical or did you do something out of the ordinary?  I’d love to know!

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Close your eyes it ain’t pretty!

Oh friends… I cleaned out my shameful cupboard recently.  It was bad, really bad.  I forgot to take a before photo but here is a photo of the cupboard empty and here is a photo of all the stuff on our dining room table and kitchen bench.

Pretty overwhelming, huh?

Knowing that this cupboard was in a bad state was causing me stress over Christmas, New Year’s and whilst we were away in Mollymook.  I wanted to tackle it between Christmas and New Year’s but got sick and didn’t have the energy.

One Saturday night I emptied the cupboard out so that I would have to deal with it on the Sunday.  I don’t mind one or two meals away from the table, but I wouldn’t have liked too many more than that so doing this would force me to deal with it.

As with all of us, the end of the year gets hectic.  Christmas presents were purchased and placed in here for wrapping.  School items were placed in here waiting to be sorted/discarded/filing.  Linen was used/washed and chucked in here, not put away properly.  The list goes on and on.

Funny story.  Whilst we were away my brother and his family were over for a BBQ and a swim.  They needed a plastic bag, knew that I stored them in this cupboard, went to grab one and were in shock when they saw the state of the cupboard.  Yep, it was bad! Lol!

So, step one:  Place like with like.  I gathered all the appliances I was storing in this cupboard and placed them together.  All our esky’s and food storage together.  All linen together.  All art supplies together. All party items together etc.

Step two: Now that you have like with like you can see how many items you have within the one category.  We had too many esky bags and picnic sets.  They’ve seen us from when we were just two and to now that there is four.  We decided to get rid of the two person sets, cooler bags that were too small etc.  I did this for each category that I store in here.

Step three: Think about what you want the space to do for you.  As I’ve mentioned before, we don’t have a garage or linen closet so all our miscellaneous items get stored in this cupboard.  I want to be able to open this cupboard and find exactly what I want, when I need it easily and be able to return the item easily.

Step four: Start putting everything back.

On the floor – I store our table linens, spare cushions for extra seating when we are entertaining a crowd, green bags for the supermarket, some plastic bags and my tools and DIY project items.

Shelf 1: – Party items, Gemma (dog) food/items, spare photo frames, sewing kit and sewing machine.

Shelf 2: Art/craft items and baking supplies, miscellaneous items.

Shelf 3: Wine, water, napkins and surplus toilet paper and paper towel (we buy these two items in bulk from Costco).

Shelf 4: Board games and picnic items.

Shelf 5: An “office in a box” for each kid with an “in”tray for each kid for me to place items for sorting/culling/filing.

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On the sides of the cupboard we store our spare shopping bags, herbs/spices, art supplies, gift bags and large lanterns which will go outside when we do up our pool area.

And the final picture:

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Look, it’s not perfect but it is decluttered.  It is organised.  I have maintained it easily over the past month.  Everything is easily accessible.

Another item to note.

Since commencing the KonMari method we have let so many items go and as a result of this, these containers are currently not required in our home.

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Pretty amazing, isn’t it!

So, do you have a disaster cupboard that needs looking at?  Does it cause you stress?  Tell me – maybe I can give you some tips!

Playroom

We are fortunate enough to have enough room in our home for a playroom. When Miss 5 was born, we kept everything in the lounge room but as she grew and received more toys, and then she was joined by her brother, I didn’t enjoy seeing the clutter all the toys brought.

The playroom has been moved around and tidied so many times. At Christmas time the kids received even more toys and whilst we are of course grateful, not everything gets played with and it was time for a cull.

I was unwell over the Christmas/New Year period so I asked Hubby to assist the kids on New Years Eve with completely emptying out the playroom and asking them to sort through and select what should stay and what should go to children who don’t have any toys.

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We have the 16 cube Expedit unit from IKEA (now called Kallax), a 5 cube Kallax and a 6 cube shelf (I can’t recall where we got it from).  I use square cubes to store building blocks, musical instruments, one miscellaneous box for each kid etc.

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On New Years Day after giving everything a dust/wipe down/vacuum, I spent the morning going through myself and returning the keep toys to the playroom and sorting out rubbish for the bin and toys to go to daycare. My son had a lot of toy cars and toy diggers etc so I selected a few of each and discarded the rest. Some puzzles were too little for them. We had double ups of some books etc.

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I think about a quarter to a third of our rubbish bin was filled with rubbish and the large blue IKEA bag was filled to go to Daycare. Costumes/dress ups that no longer fit were passed down to my niece.

Once it was all back and organised, the room felt better and the kids are now able to return everything to its proper place. Even 22 days later.

Do you have a playroom? Do you cull the toys regularly?

Summer Holidays – Mollymook

We came back last Thursday from a week in Mollymook. A full week of relaxation and swims in the ocean. 

Mum O arranged accommodation and the four of us, together with my sister-in-law and our friend, joined Mum O for a week of family time. 

Friday was all about checking in, heading to the beach and heading to the grocery store to gather supplies.  We were so lucky with the location of the house, 5 minutes from Woolworths in Ulladulla and 50 metres from the beach with access at the rear of our property.  Mum O was organised with dinner already made and just needing to be reheated which was great for our first night.

Our days were pretty much spent at our local beach, exploring other water destinations like Lake Conjola, the Bogey Hole and the Ulladulla ocean pool, following the kids on their bikes, eating out at local restaurants, eating, playing games, small amounts of shopping and napping.

Dining

We ate out on four occasions.  On Saturday night we headed to the Mollymook Golf Club for dinner in the restaurant.  The service was very fast (which is fantastic when you have little kids) and the food was delicious!  I enjoyed the Salt’n’Pepper Prawns and Squid.

On Sunday we ate lunch out at Cupitt’s Winery.  A superb location, with stunning views, live music, delicious wine and tasty food.  We shared a Pulled Pork Burger, Ploughman’s Platter, Margherita Pizza and a Rocket and Pancetta Pizza.

For dinner we headed to Bannisters Rooftop Bar and Grill.  I have to be honest.  We left feeling really disappointed with the service received here.  The food was absolutely delicious, the kids were happy drawing and colouring in (which we supplied ourselves) but the service with extremely slow.  My sister-in-law waited 40 minutes for a lemonade, meals were slow to arrive and empty plates stayed on our table for far too long.  Frankly, the wait-staff looked like they wanted to be anywhere but there.  As I said though, the food was delicious.  I enjoyed the Yoder Smoked Pork Belly Sliders for my entree and the Prawn Linguine for my main.  Due to the slow service, we didn’t have dessert.  A bonus that this restaurant had was that it was a two minute walk from our holiday house.

Tuesday night was a real treat.  A bonus of travelling with family is that you may get the opportunity for a date night.  When Mum O offered we jumped at the chance and I suggested to Hubby that we enjoy his favourite cuisine, Indian.  He initially booked the Mango Tree Restaurant which overlooks Ulladulla Harbour but when he called and subsequently visited to change the time of our booking, something had come up and the restaurant was to be closed that night.  Thankfully, just around the corner was another Indian restaurant called The Bay Leaf.  We shared Vegetable Spring Rolls, Malai Chicken Tikka, Prawn Paneer Pakora, Butter Chicken and Lamb Methi Masala with Garlic Naan Bread.  Everything was delicious, the service was very friendly and at a good pace.  We then enjoyed a drive to Warden Head Lighthouse and then over to Bannisters Head and took in the sunset.

Shopping

We headed to the Ulladulla Harbour Markets on Sunday morning. They had the usual jewellery, homewares, candles and bric-à-brac found at most markets. We grabbed some tea/coffee and donuts there for morning tea.

Mum O and I did the main street of Ulladulla. We looked in some boutiques and $2 store and made a few small purchases.

I guess the main thing to take from this is whilst there are some shops about, Ulladulla is a place for the beach, not shopping.

On our way home, we stopped at Berry for shopping and lunch. I escaped the family and tore off to fit in as much shopping as possible.

Haven and Space appear to be in the process of moving from one side of Albert Street to the other side and there was a sale in the old store. I picked up this beautiful vase for $20!


Maison & More is another store I always pop into. I purchased this little bird and bowl. 


The House

We stayed at this holiday house from Friday to Thursday.  It is in a superb location with beach access to the side of the property and only a 50 metre walk to the beach.  The decor is very dated, but we were very comfortable.  The sea breeze coming in the three sliding doors on the second storey ensured that the house didn’t get too hot.

As I said, the decor is dated, but a full renovation would be a lot of work for the owners and would mean that the rent for this place would have meant it was out of our price range.  I took a few photos of the interesting features/collections within the house.

Certainly very eclectic!

But you guys, the best thing of all was that I relaxed!  I slept well.  I got in the ocean.  I was so relaxed, I even sported a plait at the beach!  Who am I?

We got home about 3pm on Thursday and we commenced unpacking immediately and had the washing machine going. So good to just get it done straight away!

I am of course now planning our next Summer vacation. Suggestions please!  The beach is a must on the to do list. 

Did you get away over the Christmas break?  Any plans going forward?