Monthly Archives: June 2015

Cheesy corn damper dip.

June 10, 2015

damper

This is a staple in my house, certainly not something for an occasion… although it is perfect for such things but it is also just as perfect for Sunday lunch or an easy dinner.

Super easy and seriously tasty.

Here’s what you need to do.

Preheat your oven to 180C and take the top off your damper and scoop out the insides and put it all on a baking tray and into the oven for around 15-20 minutes.

Next in a little olive oil fry off 3 rashers of chopped bacon, 3 chopped spring onions and a clove of garlic. Once all sweated down nicely add 1 tin of creamed corn and around 1/2 tsp curry powder. (I usually do this by eye, y’all know how hot you like things). Next add 1 cup of grated tasty cheese and 1 carton of sour cream. Add salt and a good crack of black pepper and let simmer through until all the cheese has melted.

Pull out your damper and put on your serving platter, add the dip straight in and arrange the other bread bits and away you go. You are very welcome.

Fashions New Wave.

June 9, 2015

So, obviously I am not a fashion blogger. No surprises there. I am a stay at home mother of 3.. (I laugh at this because I hardly ever stay at home) but I do try to stay in touch with what looks good and what doesn’t. Sometimes I have the time to put into my appearance, sometimes I don’t. Most mornings it depends on how fast my girls get ready as to whether I even get mascara on or not! I’m sure I’m not alone here.

Together with UK based fashion website Farfetch I am excited to bring you a series of gorgeous illustrations showing what’s next for all of us in the Southern Hemisphere. Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know I love a good illustration.. (especially Megan Hess). Of course those to our north are ahead of us in regard to fashion seasons , so we are getting the heads up for what’s on the way.

I’ve chosen the ones that I think are most suitable for us busy mums. First up we’re starting with how to do the “laid back” look well and what’s the next trend for make up.

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I think we’re all pretty laid back right? A shirt tied around the waste should be easy enough without feeling like a teenage boy.make-up-minimalism

 

 

 

I’m loving the minimalist make up look. For the base a good BB cream (I love Garnier) would be great rather than a heavy foundation.  I’m quite partial to a good nude lipstick. My favourite at the moment is ModelCo Party Proof in Nearly Nude.

 

 

 

CMV awareness month.

June 2, 2015

10479155_816816021720253_2585071917087123561_nHere is something that is very close to me. June is CMV awareness month. CMV stands for Cytomegalovirus, a condition which is fairly ordinary until it strikes a pregnant woman in the early stages of pregnancy. This is close to me as I contracted it around the 6 week mark of my last pregnancy. If you haven’t read my story about it before you can here.

Once CMV is contracted the patient will then carry it for life. It may or may not strike up again at any time without notice, usually with nothing more than flu like symptoms.

If it is passed from the mother to the unborn child it can result in some very serious and lasting problems. I was extremely fortunate enough to keep it to myself and my daughter was born 5 years ago completely fine.

Recently a mum contacted me after reading my story to let me know about her own experience with CMV. Her beautiful little boy Christopher did contract the virus whilst in utero and has been going  strong now for over a year and has recently just celebrated his very special 1st birthday. Christopher has his very own Facebook account so people can keep track of his progress. If you would like to keep track of this awesome little guy you can find him here.

So……. CMV is not a thing many people are aware of….. but it should be. It can be contracted by absolutely anyone and unless there is something a tiny bit strange about your pregnancy you won’t ever even know about it. I know I had never heard of it but now I won’t ever forget it, that’s one thing I do know for sure.