Tuesday, May 31, 2016

baby jacob is 1

today we had a birthday party for the cutest one year old i know. baby jacob turned one last week and so i helped jen put together a dr. suess first birthday. jen as usual, pulled out all the stops with making this epic cake, with a hand drawn cat in the hat on top. winner!

baby jacob was in a fabulous mood, which is always good when you are dealing with a one year old and a long day, here he is, looking darling with his cat in the hat hat in our little photo booth

i just love him!

getting into the spirit of things

the macqueen family ♥

jacob and his car, laughing the afternoon away

cake time with mum and dad

happy birthday little one! what a joy it has been to get to know you and love you for the last year ♥

it may have been jacob's birthday but we got a gift too, these amazing cookies from petit cakes, worth every penny... they were awesome!

can't wait for the year ahead little man!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

you don't have to

i saw this quote online this week and i was so impressed by it. a simple sentence, that really meant so much more. it's no secret that i find it hard to let go of things and lately i have been really trying to focus on what's important in my life and by so doing, stay out of the dramas in others. i have been choosing not to attend arguments that i have been invited to in the past, that have continued on and choosing to not begin new ones... and the harder i am trying, the easier it is becoming. 

sometimes, we all just need a little reminder.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

the baby next door

a few weeks ago our neighbours had a baby... and this clucky little girl is forever nagging to go and "see the baby!" we went for a visit today and she was in her element, snuggling with him and chatting away. she is just the cutest and i am sure she is going to be the best mummy ever when her time comes around. ♥

Sunday, May 22, 2016

sunday, the best day

i really, really love sundays. in my humble opinion, it's the best day of the week. not that i need an excuse to dress up my children, but it helps that i always get to one day a week... cause dresses and bowties and button up shirts make me so happy.

i am loving being in relief society again after so much time in primary when we were in dianella ward... and am getting so much out of the lessons. we have some awesome teachers here and are so lucky to be taught by them each sunday.

hooray for sunday. the best day ♥

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

a very big plane

school sores are still lingering... and these kids haven't been the happiest, so i was so thrilled to have a few hours off on sunday morning, when nannaleah and aunty dom took joseph and maddie out, so that one of us didn't have to stay home from church with them. thank goodness for morning and afternoon church in our chapel...

the worlds biggest plane came into perth sunday morning with some mining cargo... so they went to an oval near their house and watched as it got lower and lower and joseph squealed with delight, as he does when he sees anything large that moves.

what a big plane

thank goodness for family... and a few hours off. we love you pinkers! ♥

Sunday, May 15, 2016

a baby sprinkle for jamie-lee

look at that belleh!

my friend jami-lee is having another (what i am 100% certain will be another stunningly beautiful) baby in a few weeks. so yesterday her clever mama threw her a baby "sprinkle" in honour of the little ones imminent arrival.

jamie-lee and her awesome mama deb ♥

deb is quite the pro at parties and threw one heck of a little bash, high tea style, complete with epic goodies (including this gorgeous chocolate sponge cake pictured above) and a multitude of other amazing things

i helped out a little bit by loaning someof my hire items, including the gorgeous vintage trio sets that mum and i have 

and snapping pictures as the day went on

seriously yum!

set up and ready to go!

some snaps jamie-lee shared at the end of the day

i am so excited to meet the new little miss v when she arrives and was thrilled to be a part of today. thank you to the hamon crew for inviting me! ♥

Thursday, May 12, 2016

the very best carrot cake

i love a good carrot cake... and have made this one a few times these past few weeks. it is definitely my favourite and you should give it a try! you can find the original recipe here, but here it is, translated to australian measurements and the likes for your convenience.

easy frosted carrot cake

1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp bi-carb soda
1 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups finely grated carrot

2 tbsp softened butter
55g softened cream cheese
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1. combine flour, sugar, bi-carb, allspice and salt. beat in the oil. add eggs and beat well, then mix in carrot
2. pour into a greased and lined, 20x20cm tin and bake at 155 deg cel for 40-45 min, until tester comes our clean. cool on wire rack
3. when cool, combine cream cheese and butter until smooth. gradually beat in icing sugar and vanilla. spread over cake. store in fridge.

yum yum yum yummmmmm ♥

Sunday, May 8, 2016

a day for mothers ❤️

sometimes being a mum is super hard. this past week has been a bit that way... joseph had school sores a few weeks ago (how we have no idea, as madeline's school had sent home a few notes warning about them and they are highly contagious, yet she never got them!) and although he had antibiotics and his face cleared up, after wiping his face and cleaning him up and trying to get him sore free, his face has become red, dry and raw. he doesn't want to be touched, he is cranky and just not himself. last night he woke up and wouldn't go back to sleep... then he spent most of today being pretty just, disagreeable. so mother's day was not as fun as it could have been.

but i am so, so blessed. i have two (generally) healthy kids, i have a family that loves me... an amazing mother in law and mother of my own and countless blessings, every single day!

this is pretty much the truest thing i have ever read... i know i would be completely and utterly lost without my mum. she is such an amazing woman and i owe everything i am to her. if i am lucky enough to become half the woman she is, i will certainly be doing well. she truly is the most talented, beautiful and kind person i know.

mothers day just wouldn't be right without some photos of the kids... so here you are... please excuse poor joseph's face! :( i love you my babies. thank you so much for making me a mother! ♥

Thursday, May 5, 2016

mother's day pamper morning

today i was pampered by my little madeline, during a mother's day pamper morning at her kindergarten. she is so blessed to have two beautiful, understanding women as her teachers who go out of their way to ensure the children (and mums!) feel special and loved.

we arrived to a sign on the gate as we enetered, wishing us all a happy mother's day

and a tea/coffee and muffin station (this mummy thought ahead and brought along a hot chocolate sachet haha) where maddie made me a drink

inside the classroom there were stations set up for our little ones to pamper us... madeline gave me a hand soak and massage

she painted my nails... (thank goodness for nail polish remover) we made a cute necklace for me to keep together (filing away the idea for future reference, patterned paper straws cut into pieces to make beads) and she gave me a three second shoulder massage. looks like her attention span is as long as mine hahah. (there was a hair styling and foot spa station too) it was just the cutest thing and i felt so loved!

and as we left, we each got some handmade bath bombs. this anti bath mama may just have to try them out because they look really cute. all of our childrens artwork was displayed by the door, thank goodness she said something nice about me! 

this mum gig can be pretty tough. but it's days like this that make it all worth while.

i love you miss maddie. thanks for making me a mummy! ♥

Sunday, May 1, 2016

hilltops hoods restrung

saturday night was like a dream come true. i have been majorly in love with the hilltop hoods for years, ever since the release of their restrung album, which was produced by using their music and instead of the regular backing music, it has been replaced by a full orchestra. doug loves hip hop, i love orchestral music, put them together? wow!

the show was incredible from start to finish, with so much energy from the hilltop hoods and that something different that was provided by the orchestra. no word of a lie, i could have listened for hours and hours if they had have kept playing. it was well worth every single cent and i just hope they continue to release more restrung albums along the way and keep doing the tours that way as they seriously have the wow factor.

such an amazing show. it was the end of the line for the tour (and five years of touring for the band) but seriously if you ever get the chance to see them live... do not miss it!