Thursday, February 28, 2013

My Maternity Style Wish List

Seeing good, comfortable and stylish maternity clothing has been on my mind a lot lately, as I am quickly running out of clothes to wear that I actually like, I thought as I was perusing the inter-web I would make a collection of some of the clothes I would LOVE to buy for this pregnancy. Finding good maternity clothes can be such a challenge, and it can be really expensive. I try to avoid the huge price tags and just find stuff that I feel good in.  So here is my list. Number 4 I already bought earlier this week because Esther clothing was having a half price sale, and I am anxiously awaiting its arrival in the post. Number 1 I bought a couple of months ago and wore while we were on holidays on the chilly evenings, they are soooo comfy and I think they look pretty good too! 
(I'm also hoping Joel reads this, because my birthday is coming up next month too!!) 



1. Powder blue Maternity Skinny Capri's from Jeans West $29.99 (or 2 for $50)
2. Deena & Ozzy Sandals from Urban Outfitters $29.95
3. Sass Jordan Space Leggings from Myer $39.95
4. Esther Bambi Maxi Dress $39.00
5. Topshop Maternity Wing Burnout Sweat $42.00
6. MinkPink Dance till I'm Dead tank from Surfstich.com $44.99
7. ASOS Maternity Supersoft skinny jeans $39.42
8. ASOS Maternity Woven Singlet $26.22
9. Ecote Intarsia Cardigan from Urban Outfitters $69.00
10. Sparkle and Fade knit maxi skirt from Urban Outfitters $44.00
11. ASOS Maternity Skater Dress $36.13
12. Toms Silver Crochet Classics $58 (USD)





Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lentil and Haloumi Salad



We are all moved out of our house, and the new owners have officially taken the keys, it is a really good feeling to be all done with the hard stuff! I'll do a blog post on that soon, but, today a recipe, because it has been a while.

 Now that we are getting a bit more normality back into our lives, we are trying to get back to our regular healthy meals, rather than the last minute thrown together stuff we have been eating lately, plus our fair share of eating out. It feels good to have time to think about shopping and dinners again.

This is one of my favourites. When I'm feeling like something light and easy for dinner this is my go to meal. And, I love haloumi!!! Seriously cheese that you can fry in a fry pan, do I have to say more! Also, I know it isn't the typical toddler meal, but Ezra chows this down. He LOVES the haloumi too, and will eat big spoonfuls of lentils. Sometimes that kid shocks me with what he eats, but we have been feeding him a pretty wide variety of different foods since he has started solids, so I'm hoping he will keep his great eating habits! The strangest thing that he loves is the pickled ginger that you serve with Sushi!

Ingredients:

Green Lentils
1/2 Red Onion
Cherry or Mini Roma Tomatoes
Lemon
Bunch of Coriander
Olive Oil
Haloumi Cheese

Method:

Follow the instructions on the packet of Lentils for cooking, and I usually just estimate how much I need depending on the size of the group eating.

Halve the tomatoes and finely slice the red onion and pick a handful of coriander leaves and add them all to a large bowl

Squeeze half of the lemon and approximately 1/4 cup of Olive Oil into the bowl, and stir in.

When the lentils are almost ready, fire up a fry pan, add a teaspoon of oil and sliced haloumi. Cook the haloumi until it is crisp and golden on the outside.

Strain the lentils, and add both them and the haloumi to the bowl and serve.


So easy, so delicious.

Karen xx

As it is Tuesday, I'm linking up with Jess for #IBOT and Stacey at The Veggie Mama for Meatless Monday!


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Moving Week

We've entered the final week living in our house, and it's not without drama!! Of course, what big move happens without any drama. Our air conditioning isn't working, which is not awesome when your about to settle on the sale. The service company are being turd burgers, and the whole thing has turned into a debacle (and an expensive one at that), and I haven't been able to get as much packing as I'd like done because last week was full of 38-41 degree heat, and there was no way I was motivated to even move, never mind pack in that kind of heat!

It's not ALL bad though. Due to the heat we spent three really fun mornings at the aquatic centers new water playground, and hung out with my Mum's group friends. Who I am going to miss living really close too!

Now we are getting into the nitty gritty of packing, and seeing we are moving Saturday, I'm feeling the pressure of getting it all done. I keep thinking 'when did we get so much stuff', it's amazing how much you accumulates after 5 years, and how much useless crap you tend to hold onto, well at least I do.

I just can't wait for a little more normalcy in our lives again, we are in that awkard half packed but still need to live in the house stage. Once we are out of here our new lifestyle will take a little adjusting too, because did I mention we are moving in with my parents!! I think it's going to be a good thing, my parents are awesome and they have graciously allowed for all of us, including Angus the dog, to disturb their peaceful, empty nester existence, and I know it will be soooo nice though to have my Mum around, especially when we have our baby girl! I may even get some rest during the day.


I think Angus is going to miss this house the most. He has a huge front yard where he can watch the world go by. He sits and guards all day, on alert, but in the most comfortable place he can find. 

I hope your week is peaceful, and lovely, and not stressful like ours, and please pray we get this silly air conditioner situation sorted quickly!!

Linking up with Jess at Essentially Jess for #IBOT 

x Karen

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day



As much as I like chocolates, presents and flowers, I'm not a huge fan of Valentines day. But, something niggles at me every time it comes around. I start to feel the pressure of society to do something, if I don't, I feel guilty, which I hate having as my motivation to do something for the man I love. I would rather get or give a gift on a different day of the year, just because Joel thought of me, and wanted to do something special for me, not because of the date on a calendar. Still, that feeling that you missed out because everyone else got something special starts to make you wonder why you didn't get anything. It is so lame!!!

Saying all that, for the last few Valentines Days I have baked. I know that my husband really likes sweets and baked goods, and I almost never make things like that, as I have more of a savoury craving.
I have some old heart shaped cake tins from my Nanna, and so I like to use Valentines day as an excuse to use them.

Today was my first experience baking with a toddler (usually I do it while he's asleep). But, I thought it would be nice if we did it together, and so I let him try to destroy everything I was trying to make help. It was a bad decision. Not only was it impossible to stop him eating, dipping fingers in and sneezing in the cake batter, he was also desperate to put whole eggs, shell and all into the mixture. He wanted to control the mixer, and grab every item that I pulled out of the cupboard. Somehow though, we managed to finish it, and not only that, but it worked out pretty well. I mean, it looks good, I haven't tasted it yet though, so it could be disgusting.

I hope you had a lovely Valentines day with your love, your friends, your family and whoever makes you feel good about yourself, because I think that is the real point of the day, to let the people around you know that you love and appreciate them.



I'm off to relax, watch a movie with my love, and try not to think about the copious amounts of packing we still have to do.

The last picture is my gift from Joel, because I kept complaining he buys them for all the people he does presentations at work for, and never for me!!
Karen xx

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Girl or Boy: That is the question


I know, it has taken me forever to get this up here. I'm sure you have all been waiting with bated breathe, and desperate to find out (NOT ha).
Finally, we got through to Joel's folks last night and now we are free to spill the beans on the gender of baby number two.

And we are very, very excited to reveal that we are having a ....


Obviously we would have been really stoked no matter what gender baby #2 turned out to be, and we are so glad to know that everything is going as normal with baby's development and everything looks good. That is the main thing!

But, having a girl is very special. Joel is one of two sons, and I have three brothers, and their are two boy grandchildren only so far, so girls are few and far between in our families, so this is pretty exciting to everyone.

It took my Mum only one day before she headed to the shops to buy a pink pair of Paul Frank baby leggings! I am really excited about dressing up my little girl, there are so many gorgeous outfits out there for girls! I used to try to dress my little brother up as a girl when I was a kid because I was so desperate to have a little sister, so finally I get my chance with the girly stuff.

She will be a really lucky girl though, because she's going to have this amazing big brother to look after her as well. But she better be a tough little girl, because I'm afraid he is not going to be that gentle in the first part of her life on the outside.

Here are some of our photo out takes too! By the picture below it looks like Ezra was hoping for a brother. Who knows, maybe next time, if there is a next time!

Karen xx

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Sweet Lullaby

I put a happy toddler in his bed last night, rubbed his back, told him that I loved him and that I would see him in the morning, gave him a kiss said 'Night, Night', and left the room.

The second the door closed the crying began. First it was quiet whimpers. I thought, that's ok, he will go to sleep in a minute. But he didn't. The cries became louder, and more distressed. I left him for a few minutes, but it became pretty clear that he wasn't going to settle down.

When I entered the room, the screaming got worse. I picked him up, it didn't change. If I dared to even put him back in his bed all hell would break loose.

Joel, like the hands on Dad he is, had heard the cries and had come to help. I passed off the screaming child and quickly exited the room. I thought maybe he was just a little sick of Mum and needed some Dad time. The screaming continued. Joel talked to him, tried to settle him, but no, still screaming.

Then Joel opened his mouth and began to sing, before the first few words were out of his mouth the screaming stopped. Maybe it is all the pregnancy hormones, but I got all emotional. I really was amazed at how much he was instantly comforted by his Dad's singing. He didn't cry again, he lay down in bed, awake, listening, but still and relaxing more moment by moment. Joel kept singing. Finally, he left the room, and I heard no more cries.

Joel has an amazing voice, it relaxes me when he sings. I on the other hand am a terrible singer, Joel has tried to give me lessons but they haven't gone so well. I became a little sad listening to him singing,  because I don't hear him sing as much as I used to when he was playing in bands.

But, then I realised that his gift isn't wasted, not at all, the way that his little boy is so comforted by his voice is truly a beautiful thing. Of course, I would still love for him to have more opportunities to use his musical talents again, but these moments are just so special.

It also makes me so grateful for my husband, who is willing to jump in and help whenever its needed, he loves his little boy so much and their bond is so strong!


Also, in other news!! Stay tuned because we had out 20 week ultrasound yesterday, and we found out the gender of bubba #2, but we still have to get in contact with Joel's family, so I can't reveal just yet!! So exciting!! 

Karen xx 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Baked Oatmeal Recipe



I hadn't heard of Baked Oatmeal until we moved to the USA. Even then, I didn't get around to trying it until a couple of months ago. On this lovely morning, Joel graciously let me sleep in whilst he got up with Ezra. He must have been missing home and hence had a craving for Baked Oatmeal (sometimes he gets these cravings from home, and he has to make something, or just go out and buy a can of Root Beer or something American like that).

I was pretty impressed, it was really good. Even better, the kid who is now a little bit too busy with life to sit still and eat, ate two whole bowlfuls of this. Although it could be because of the delicious taste of the maple syrup spread throughout.

Ingredients:

2 Cups of Oats
1 Egg
2 Cups of Milk
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup (the REAL stuff)
1 Tsp Baking Powder
2 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Nutmeg
1 Heaping Tbsp Butter
Sprinkle of Salt
1/2 a Cup of Sultana and/or Walnuts optional

Method:

All of this should fit into a 9inch Pie Pan, or just a casserole dish like we used.
Mix everything thoroughly in a bowl and then pour into dish.
Cook at 190 degrees celsius for at least 30 minutes.
You know that it is ready when it is crunchy on top and is moist, but not too gluggy in the middle.

Serve it with milk in a bowl, and you have yourself a delicious breakfast. It usually lasts a couple of days around here as well!




I was trying to take pictures, and somebody could not wait for me to finish and through the lens of the camera I see a little hand, and a little spoon, helping himself to the oatmeal. I guess that's when you know you are on to a winner!


Is it just my family that was never introduced to baked oatmeal? Or is it not really that common here in Australia?

Check out some of my other family and kid friendly recipes  HERE

Karen xx 




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Sunday, February 3, 2013

On a Sunday

Today has been a bit of a hard day.
Not for any particular reason, apart from just feeling exhausted.
Camping holidays aren't that relaxing when you have a toddler, and are pregnant as well. They are fun. But it wore me out. Especially those treks to the toilet blocks in the middle of the night!
Today is our first day back at home and I am in a bit of a daze.
It is hot, our air conditioning fan broke and needs to be repaired. Joel and I are both a little grumpy at each other probably due to the heat, tiredness and pregnancy hormones. Ezra had a hard night last night and didn't get to bed until late because of either extreme over-tiredness or his other teeth coming through.
I think we all have these days, where all you want to do is veg on the couch and do nothing, but then you remember that you have lots of responsibilities and lazing about is not really an option.
So you get grumpy.
We are pining for the seaside holiday that we just left, and everyone is just a little bit on edge.
I'm trying not to stress about the next few weeks, and all the work we have to do with packing up our house. The thought of it is a little daunting. I will be really glad when it is all over and done with.

We finished the day on a good note.  Joel with his glass of wine, and I whipped up a watermelon, blueberry and yoghurt smoothie for Ezra and I. Joel tried his hand at making Philly Cheese Steaks for dinner and we sat outside, where it is a little cooler, and ate, and laughed.
The kid went to bed easily (although I've heard a few groans and hoping they won't turn into anything more), and soon we will sit down to watch a movie, before having a pretty early night.

I hope your Sunday went better than ours, but everyday can't be perfect!

Karen xx
We'd rather be here! 
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