10 Hilarious Parenting Memes / Quotes

Friday, May 10, 2019

 10 funny mum quotes and memes

I love memes,  if I could spend all day looking for funny parenting quotes and memes all day, I totally would! I love the ones that really make you chuckle out loud! And the best part is, they are mostly funny because they are oh so accurate! I thought I would round up some of my favourites, all ready to be used on your social media accounts  (and if you are feeling really nice, chuck a @yellowdandy on the end of your post to give us a shout out) because sharing is caring!

Barrabool Maze Estate Ceres Review

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Barrabool Maze Estate Ceres

A few weeks ago the kids and I thought we would go and check out the Barrabool Maze Estate, it is in Ceres, only about 10 mins from Geelong (depending on what side of Geelong you live on). With 3 young kids and a husband who often works away,  I'm always on the lookout for easy, fun local activities to do to keep them busy (and not whinging at me), so when I heard that the Barrabool Maze Estate had opened, we were keen to get down there and check it out! 

Isn't it great when people have a vision and work really hard on something that is different and fun for the family, thats what I really appreciated about the Maze Estate, clearly so much love and hard work has gone into restoring (a previously very run down) maze and property. The maze is great, my kids spent hours there running around, and playing hide and seek (with me of course). While there are parts of the maze that are still on the road to recovery, it didn't dampen the fun! I'd love to see them add a scavenger hunt or some added fun things to discover throughout the maze, I know my kids would love something like that they mark off on a sheet as they are running around like crazy! The gardens and the property are really gorgeous and would be a lovely place for a wedding or event, and of course just a morning coffee where you can relax and the kids can run off some steam!!

We also had lunch at the estate, they have indoor and outdoor seating options, and are definitely kid friendly with colouring sheets and pencils available as well! The menu is pretty simple, but the burger was big and jammed full of ingredients. The kids meals were on the smaller side, my 7 year old downed his small kids burger (just a bun, patty and sauce) and then proceeded to eat half of mine, and the kids fish and chips came with just one small piece of fish. 

Prices for Maze Entry are $12.50 for an Adult and $8.50 for children 3 and over. 
Or you can buy a family annual pass for $100, which is worthwhile if you plan on going regularly! 
You can find them here : http://barraboolmaze.com.au
They are open Thursday -Sunday from 10am-4pm

Lunch at Barrabool Maze Estate

Review Barrabool Maze Estate

How to Paint Laminate Kitchen Cabinets!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Cabinets AFTER being painted Dulux Misty Moore

Cream Laminate Cabinets BEFORE

We recently did a mini renovation on our kitchen, and as part of that we painted our cream laminate kitchen cabinets and drawers. The cabinets were in pretty good condition, but the colour was just dated and wasn't our style, so this was a relatively cheap update that made a massive difference to our kitchen. Its not hard to paint over laminate, but it is a bit tedious and if you want it to look good, you have to take your time and do it right! I was worried that I would really stuff them up! Its the worst when you have a vision in your head and your DIY goes totally pear shaped! Thankfully, it worked our great! So here are my tips for painting laminate cabinets:

First, its good to remove the cupboards from their hinges, remove the drawer faces from the drawer, and remove any handles

Then, you need to make sure its clean, so clean (scrub in some cases, ha) them all down both sides with a clean cloth and Sugar Soap and dry them off.

Then they need to be Primed, as regular paint will just peel and scratch off laminate. We did our research and the best Primer for the job was Dulux Precision Maximum Strength Adhesion Primer, that is recommended to use on laminate. It goes on really smoothly, and I found the best results when I used a roller (I used the Monarch Razorback Foam roller and found the results were really smooth and even)

Top Cabinets are Dulux White on White, bottom Dulux Misty Moore.

After one coat of primer, then its time to paint with the chosen colour. We did Dulux White on White for the high cabinets and Dulux Misty Moore for the bottom cabinets and drawers, plus any of the other laminate cabinetry that can be seen around the kitchen was also cleaned/primed and then painted for a uniform look. For the white cabinets we tried Dulux Aquanamel in 'Low Gloss', because I didn't want to have a glossy looking kitchen, but wanted the durability of Aquanamel. I actually didn't love using it, it was more difficult to mix all the colour in than I'm used to and no matter how much I stirred I still had specks of blue coming through, thankfully none of them showed up on the final coat, but it was a pain to have to continue stirring even in the mixing tray. We couldn't get the darker colour Misty Moore in the low gloss, and I'm actually so glad now, we opted for Dulux Semi-Gloss Aquanamel and it went on great! Really smooth, and doesn't have an overly glossy look when applied with a roller. I used the same Monarch Roller as mentioned above.

I used saw-horses to lay out the cupboards and carefully rolled each cupboard, one side at a time, starting with the back side, leaving ample drying time in between sides, and then did 2 coats of the top colour.

I recommend labeling or putting the cupboards/drawers in order so you know exactly where they need to go back because it can get confusing. We didn't paint the bottom edge for the lower cabinets and top edge for the higher ones, so that's where we wrote which position each cabinet or drawer was!

It takes about a week for the paint to really cure and harden, so you have to be a bit more careful with the cabinets during that time to prevent the paint from scratching or chipping off.

Painted laminate kitchen cabinets

Yellow Dandy Shop is Closing...

Monday, April 1, 2019

After 5 years of running my online kids fashion store, Yellow Dandy Shop... I have had to make the tough decision to close our virtual doors. In the last year and a half we have had some massive changes in our family life! We left our family and friends in Perth, and moved across the country to Geelong, Vic (where I knew absolutely NO ONE), as my husband got offered a great new role at his company! Its always tough moving to a new place, but moving with 3 small kids, a business to run and a husband that now travels A LOT, has made it tougher! Now that we are settled, we love it it here! I tried to keep the shop running for a while, but it is so hard when you just feel like you aren't able to give it everything it needs! And retail... well even online retail needs a lot of time, energy and planning, and I felt like it was just all becoming too much, and something had to give! I even took up drinking coffee at 35 years old, and sure it helped a bit! ha! I had so much energy for the first week!

We have cleared most of our Sale stock, and will remain open for a little longer, but soon our little shop will disappear. It is hard to say goodbye to something that you nurtured and thought about ALL day every DAY for 5 years! But, it does feel nice to have some slower mornings and not to feel the pressure to get to the post office every day or stress about making enough sales to be able to pay for all the incoming invoices!

On top of everything, a couple of months ago we bought a house in Geelong... and this new renovation project will keep me pretty busy for the next little while! So, you'll probably see me around this space more. Documenting our renovation, posting recipes and craft ideas again. At least I hope to be.

But, to everyone who supported us in our little biz, Thank You, we had the best customers and I am so grateful for all of your support! What an adventure it was!

Karen xx