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July 31, 2013 Comments off

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Wow how fast did those 10 days go between now and my last post? I think everyone knows that I am on my family holiday in the USA?

We are all having a blast and I have some highs and lows to share re my gluten free challenges but importantly I have not been glutened. Thank goodness.

We went to LA first for Disneyland and it was such fun. 4 days of go go go but the boys held up remarkably well and now we are in New York City. It is as amazing as we remember and having lots of fun. I shall be sharing photos and stories soon.

{The above image is a photo my husband took. It is a window display of a souvenir‎ store. Pretty much sums up how we feel about the place}

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The Week That Was: 19th July 2013

July 19, 2013 2 comments

Week One of Term 3 down…hard to believe half the school year is over already. I sent in enrolment forms for my youngest to start kinder next year. 4 year old kinder! (pre school some you might know it as)

Painted Place MatHubby had a birthday last week, this is what our oldest made him. He rolled tennis balls in paint and plopped them on. Then we laminated it. It is now Daddy’s place mat. He loves it.

Birthday Choc Cake

Hubby’s birthday cake – gluten free chocolate cake with ganache topping – yum!

Luna Park

We went to Luna Park (with thanks to Bupa’s Health Awards).

Luna Park Colouring In

Oldest loves colouring in, he did a great job.

St Kilda Beach

Luna Park is in St. Kilda, Melbourne so we went to St Kilda beach for awhile, doesn’t it look gorgeous?

Monsters Inc Cut Out

Youngest wanted to get a Monsters Inc student card but the cutout was a bit tall for him, just like Mike.

Testing out Bikes

Here he is testing out a proper bike with training wheels, no toddler bikes for him anymore.

Travel Pack

Found this great little travel pack at Kmart for $9. It has 2 packing cubes, laundry bag, washing line and refillable bottles. I thought it was cool and I love the packing cubes. Makes me think I need to invest in a whole set of them.

Mickey Mouse Mask

We were rapt to find a Mickey Mouse mask in Coles (for $2), you usually cannot get Mickey anything anywhere, and it was the only one there. Yay!

How was your week?

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Listmania: The current A to Z of me

July 15, 2013 10 comments

This week’s Listmania prompt is to talk about the A to Z of you. In any way you like so I thought I would talk about the current A to Z of me.

We have done this prompt before but it was ages ago, back in March so it’s good to update this like this every now and then. And I’ll try not to make it all about my holiday…

Anticipation – It’s high in this house, anticipation for the weeks ahead – it’s all good though.

Big – Big cups of coffee, my daily fix.

Book

Cottage By the Sea – My current read, it’s by Carole Matthews and I am loving it. It’s classic chick lit which is my favourite genre at the moment.

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Dog – My oldest is asking and asking for a dog. We lost our last puppy dog a few years ago and we all still miss him. We will get another one some day but dog ownership is a big responsibility, most of which will fall to me and I am not quite ready yet. This photo is of my oldest when he was 3 giving our late puppy dog a hug.

Excited – We are all very excited in our house. America next week!

Family time – just love it

Gluten Free  – A cheeky reminder about my Gluten Free Kids ebook.

Health – we are all healthy at the moment and for that I am extremely grateful.

Itinerary  – I have being having fun creating ours for the trip

Jammy’s  – I am loving popping my PJ’s straight after dinner these days – so comfy.

Kindergarten – I have to do the enrolment forms for my youngest this week for kinder next year (pre school in many states). Hard to believe he is ready for kinder.

List – My life is consumed with lists at the moment so I don’t forget anything

Musicals – Do you like them? I admit I do and I saw Legally Blonde a few weeks ago with my girlfriends, it was a great kids free day out. I am hoping we can do it again soon.

Hot Choccy

New York City – what more can I say?

Organised? Not yet but soon hopefully!

Plug – A shameless plug about my current giveaway – 2 lots of family passes for Melbourne families to see Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mystery in September. I am quite looking forward to it myself.

Quiet – I am looking forward to a little bit of peace and quiet this week with school and Little Kinder being back – those 90 minutes I get to myself are precious!

Report – My oldest got his mid year school report and it was excellent. So very proud of him.

Shower – I am going to my husband’s niece’s baby shower this week. (Hubby was an uncle at a very young age) and I am looking forward to seeing her and the family and spending some happy times with them.

Plane at Gate

Travel – It’s hard to believe that we waited so long to do any travel. I think my hubby and I have got the bug for sure.

Unique opportunities – that’s something about being a blogger, it can bring some pretty cool opportunities my way

Very proud – My husband is being promoted in 5 weeks and I am so very proud of him. He has worked hard and is reaping the rewards now.

Weather – as I live in Melbourne it is just cold. Sooo looking forward to summer days for a few weeks

Xtra sleep – I hope I can get some in soon. Every time I get to bed early, I get interrupted mid sleep.

You Tube – We have been watching lots of You Tube lately, checking out Disneyland’s rides so we can prepare the kids for what they are like. It’s been fun.

Zoom – That’s what this year has been like – zooming by fast.

I have almost finished my current read, would love a recommendation for a holiday read?

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Weekly Gluten Free Coles and Woolworths Specials starts 10th July 2013

July 9, 2013 1 comment

Supermarket specials time again. 2nd week of school holidays here and I am not getting anything done. I always forget it’s like this during the school holidays. Well for me it is.

Aldi Special Mention

Aldi 10 July 2

I love this story, Spring Gully were struggling a little and Aldi stepped in and started selling their products at their stores. Spring Gully are made in Australia, love that. And they are gluten free. I get the pickles all the time, usually at Woolies but I did see them in Aldi last week and bought some there. They are yummy!

Weekly Coles Specials

Coles 10 July 5

  • Heinz Beans – $1
  • Moccona Freeze Dried Coffee 100g – $18
  • Dolmio Pasta Sauce – $2
  • Edgell Corn Kernals – $1
  • Leggo’s Tomato Paste – $2
  • Cobram Extra Virgin Olive Oil – $8

Coles 10 July 7

  • Nescafe Blend 43 100g – $10
  • International Roast 500g – $10
  • Kraft Peanut Butter – $3

Coles 10 July 9

  • Freedom Food Rice Flakes – $4
  • Goulburn Valley Fruit – $3
  • Freshfields Fast and Fruity Pourable Fruit – $2.29
  • John West Tuna or Salmon – $2
  • Moro Extra Virgin Olive Oil – $10

Coles 10 July 10

  • Black Swan Dips – 2 for $6
  • Kraft Singles – $2.95
  • Coles Finest Juice – $3.30
  • Bega Tasty – $7
  • Farmers Union Greek Style Yoghurt – $4
  • Yoplait Yoghurt – $4

Coles 10th July 2

  • Smith’s Potato Chips and Dorito Corn Chips (both original flavours are gluten free by ingredient – 2 for $5
  • Red Bull Energy Drink – $7
  • Berri Juice – 2 for $6

Coles Specials 10 July 1

  • John West Tuna – $1

Coles Specials 10 July 2

  • Condensed milk – $2
  • Caster sugar – $2

Check out Coles Weekly Specials here

Weekly Woolworths Specials

Woolies 10 July 1

  • Kraft Singles – Buy One Get One Free – $2.85
  • Twining English Breakfast – Buy One Get One Free – $2.10

Woolies 10 July 2

  • Smiths Multipack Chips – (original flavour only) – $2
  • Prima Drink – 3 for $6
  • Vege Chips – 2 for $12
  • Kraft Peanut Butter – $3
  • SPC Crush Ups or Fruit Jelly – $1

Woolies Specials 10 July 4

  • Bertolli Olive Oil – $7
  • Heniz Beanz – $3
  • Golden Fields Vegetable Oil – $10

Woolies Specials 10 July 5

  • Moccona Coffee 200g – $11
  • Sunrice Medium Grain Rice – $13
  • Rice Bran Oil – $13

Woolies Specials 10 July 6

  • Jalna Greek Yoghurt – $7.95
  • Mainland Tasty Cheese – $9
  • five:am Yoghurt – 6 for $6
  • Coon cheese – $3.80
  • Vaalia Yoghurt – $4

Woolies Specials 10 July 7

  • five:am Yoghurt Pouches – 5 for $5
  • Fruche – 2 for $5
  • Yoplait Yoghurt Squeezie – 7 for $7

Check out Woolworths Weekly Specials here

Have you see any good gluten free specials this week?

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The Week That Was 5th July 2013

July 5, 2013 Comments off

One week of school holidays down and we really have not stopped. We are looking forward to a few days at home next week. I hope we can get the chance to do that.

Artist at WorkMy eldest has been busy doing some paintings (when he can).

Country Drive From CarWe went to visit my brother and his kids who live a couple of hours away. We took the scenic route. I love a country drive!

Country DriveI love the trees

Country Drive Skyand where the sky just goes on forever

CurlsI found a new gluten free product at the supermarket , Delite Curls ($2). Not really value for money as they are a 80g pack compared to the 100g box the Fantastic Delites come in but they are really yummy. I may have tried the Sweet Chilli and Sour Cream flavour as well and they are sooo good.

Legally BlondeA couple of girlfriends and I went to see Legally Blonde the musical. It was really really good and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.

Legally Blonde DrinksWe had a grown up drink in celebration of being child free for a few hours. We are friends from high school and we tried to remember the last time we had child free time together, the sad thing is we couldn’t!

And despite it being a very busy week, there aren’t any more photos to share!

How was your week?

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Listmania – Favourite Movies For A Rainy Day

July 1, 2013 4 comments

There is really nothing better than a movie on a rainy day. This week the Listmania prompt is listing your favourite movies to watch on a rainy day and is being guest hosted at  Rachael’s blog – Hopeful Rae of Sunshine

Here is my list of Favourite Movies:

Pride and Prejudice – BBC Version

Pride and Prejudice

As there are lots of different productions of Pride and Prejudice, it’s important to note which one is my favourite. I cannot stand the other ones, they are just not the same. They don’t have Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and no one can do Mr Darcy like Colin Firth.

I have always loved this book and one of my oldest and closest friends introduced me to this version many years ago, we’d come home from uni with fish and chips or coffee and chocolate (or both!) pop it into the VCR and enjoy. Great memories and I still watch this at least once a month or two. I am not kidding. It doesn’t even have to be raining!

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Bridget Jones's Diary

I love this book too and the movie didn’t disappoint. Oh look, who do we have here? Colin Firth again… hmmm…

Such a funny movie that makes me laugh out loud every single time, perfect for a rainy night (as the kids shouldn’t be around for this one)

Notting Hill

Notting Hill

This is a funny movie, and ‘Spike’ (played by Rhys Ifans) is the funniest character I’ve seen in a movie for ages. Great feel good movie but again it’s one for the adults only.

You’ve Got Mail

You've Got Mail

This movie about books set in New York City? No brainer really. Another feel good movie perfect for those cloudy days.

And a special honorable mention has to go to…

Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls

They get a special honorable mention as Gilmore Girls is a TV series, not a movie but I don’t think that matters. I love this series and have watched it many times. So funny and  lots of feel good moments.

What is your favourite movie to watch on a rainy day?

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The Week That Was 28th June 2013

June 28, 2013 1 comment

It was the last week of term 2 for school this week.

It’s also ….

USA Countdownto our holiday! So excited!

24th June weather

It has been very chilly weather

Icy CarLook at the ice on the car! We had to leave it out as we were cleaning out the garage and had to store the ‘rubbish’ in there while waiting for hard rubbish day to come around. Of course it had to happened the coldest week of the year!

Bad Photo of SupermoonIt has been cold and frosty but it means the sky was clear to see the supermoon. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a decent picture of it.

I Read Book MummyWith our weekly trip to the library, my youngest decided, ‘I read book mummy’. Usually it’s me reading so it was good to see. He didn’t actually read it, just described the pictures.

Cat on LapSitting on the sofa doing some computer work and the cat decides to join in.Very awkward!

SoupI have been enjoying soup for lunch lately. This is yummy bean, chickpea and tomato. I am  thinking of sharing the recipe next week.

Rice Cakes Choc CoatedLook what I  found in Aldi! Choc coated Rice Cakes! There were other varieties and were about $3 a packet? I can’t remember the exact price.

Playing With BoxI bought some new suitcases online and they got sent in this big box. Of course a certain 3 year old spent ages playing with it.

Last Pick Up of term 2The last day of school pick up and the sun was beautiful, so nice there was no need for jackets. Lovely.

Stick Insects Close Up Stick InsectsWe have some house guests for the holidays. Not sure you can see what they are…. stick insects. The brown things with pointy things sticking out. They are the class pets and we were chosen to look after them. I never thought a class pet would be a stick insect!

That Prize Pack

And to end the week off on a great note, I joined in a chat with That! Dairy Snack team yesterday about fussy eaters and I was one of the random winners. Received a prize pack today, very quick. The boys are super excited and you can see youngest’s hand pointing to them as he is counting them.

How was your week?

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The Week That Was 22nd June 2013

June 21, 2013 2 comments

Well this week wasn’t the best as my youngest was sick for most of it. I decided to stay home except for school drop offs and pick ups (can’t avoid those)

Coles Gluten Free

You may have already seen this photo if you read my Weekly Gluten Free Supermarket Specials posts as I snuck it in there. There are Coles Gluten Free products on shelves! I tried the Ancient Grain Chips and they were very yummy. I look forward to continue trying the new products as the weeks progress.

Exercise Try OutMy oldest boy and I were out checking out some gym equipment, this one would have to be one of my favourites from my gym days.

Cold Weather

We had our first couple of frosty mornings. As you can see, it’s a cold few days! I tried to take a photo of the fog but it didn’t work out.

PeakabooSo what do you do when it’s 1 degree? Play Peakaboo through the car window with your big brother.

Peakaboo 2

Peakaboo!

Fluffy CloudsThe good thing about some cold frosty foggy mornings, it usually means lovely blue skies with fluffy white clouds by the afternoon – although it’s still cold

Dinosaurs

Before youngest got sick we popped into the shops and the toys are invading the department store. The best part was my boys were only interested in these $1 dinosaur masks. We did buy them and they have had lots of fun with them.

Revenge Wears Prada

Who else loved Devil Wears Prada? I love the movie too and always watch when it’s on tv, cannot help myself. Then I found out there is a new sequel! Just picked this up from the library and it’s good and ah… a little surprising.

Disney Photo Pass

And today in the mail, this came. The Disney Photo Pass+. It’s getting closer!

How was your week?

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Listmania: My Ideal Day

June 17, 2013 10 comments

This weeks prompt with Listmania over at Home Life Simplified is to describe my ideal day. Gosh I could have a lot of fun with this one.

For example: if it was a fantasy day then it would have to be one where I could eat whatever I wanted with no consequence. Or get lots of money somehow. Or have the world’s biggest sleep in.

But then I thought about our upcoming holiday and realised that I will most likely be having my ideal day/s very soon.

Some holiday’s are just stuff you do at home except in a different location. Our American holiday last year wasn’t. Sure we did a little grocery shopping and laundry but to me that was fun. Because we were in New York City doing it!

This year, in 5 short weeks in fact, we will be heading back to America for a holiday and my ideal day/s will happen.

Fun with my 2 boys and hubby in Disneyland and then in New York City.

I cannot think of anything better.

Top of the Rock

Admiring the view from ‘Top of the Rock’. See the Empire State Building in the background there?

UWS walking

Walking the streets of Upper West Side. Love the brownstones.

walking central park

Walking in Central Park

The Week That Was 6th June 2013

June 7, 2013 3 comments

It wasn’t a particularly interesting week but thought I’d share my photos anyway.

Cobani and GF Museli

I have discovered a new breakfast, Gluten Free Nutty Museli (fruit free) and Chobani yoghurt. Very yummy.

Cookie Jar

A gift from the school for helping out with the Cadbury fundraiser. Its a cookie jar and it came with Roses chocolates which hubby ate.

Entertainment Book

A new fundraiser at the school is an Entertainment Book. Have you seen these? I’ve had them before and think they are a great idea. This years is so thick.

Sundried Tom Muffins

I made the Melinda’s Gluten Free Goodies Sundried Tomato and Spinach Muffins whic youngest boy and I shared for lunch a couple of days this week, very yummy.

GF Hot Chips

We rarely go out for coffee and milkshakes as a family but we did last week and we went to a gluten free cafe and I had hot chips. So very exciting – its the little things.

GF Vanilla SliceAnd to top it off, the best gluten free vanilla slice ever. Oh my this was so good.

Puppet

Eldest boy had a puppet making class at school this week – introducing Mr Microphone

Rachael Ray

I am also very happy Rachael Ray is back on Australian tv. Her show ‘Week in a Day’ is a cooking show (not her everyday chat show) but something is better than nothing. Here the show is on Lifestyle Food (Foxtel) everyday at 12.30pm


Wet Pick Up DayThis is looking out the windscreen at school pick up today. I am parked and getting ready to face the rain.

RainbowThis is a gorgeous rainbow we had one morning. I took this out by back door with the phone and there are no filters. It was huge!

How was your week?

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