Sunday, August 30, 2015

'Stray' Blog Tour

So this starts tomorrow, eeeeeee!  This book is def one of my top picks for the year and I can't wait to share my thoughts with y'all!  Rachael answered some burning questions for me too, so keep an eye out for those - Sept 7th xx

Stray Blog Tour

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Port O Call

Port O Call is a perfectly whimsical and completely over-the-top cafe & design store situated in Ahuriri, Napier.  If you are visiting Hawkes Bay and want a quirky and fun place to take your kids, this is the perfect spot.  

They offer a mean High Tea, with everything served on vintage china (choose your own tea-cup - #win).  While you wait, there is a pile of dress-ups to rummage through, you know, to get ya in the mood for tea-drinking.  The store is also jam-packed with vintage inspired items, and even some handmade beauties, def worth hunting through for treasures.

I imagine this place is pretty busy during Art Deco weekend, though the cafe is at a sufficient distance from Napier CBD to offer an uncrowded and peaceful dining experience.

Located smack bang in the middle of Ahuriri Beach and Napier Port, you can walk off your macarons with a salty-air stroll afterwards.  Find Port O Call at 2/9 Nelson Quay, Ahuriri, Napier, or check out their website here.  

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

If you are visiting Auckland and you are strapped for time, I totally recommend a quick visit to Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar.  This cute little eatery has the best cookies (in some pretty epic flavours), and won't eat into your time (pun intended) if you are in the CBD already.  They are just up the hill from the Civic, and not far from IMAX, so if you are heading in to catch a show then you really have no excuse not to drop in.  Why you would even want an excuse, I do not know.

We stopped by on our way back to our hotel and they had only just opened for the morning.  Our cookies were fresh out of the oven and so divine!  They offer a decent selection of drinks too, though we stuck to cookies this visit.  The prices didn't dent our budget much either, and cured our kids of their constant 'treat' requests for quite some time afterwards.

Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar is situated at 12 Wellesley St, in Auckland if you wanna check them out.  Which you do :-)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Canvas Factory - Review

I've never been able to keep up with printing out photos of our kids. We have a couple of illustrated portraits and some snapshots on our fridge and that's it.  Partly this is due to laziness (or busyness, whatever you want to call it), and partly because I just don't know what to do with all those photos.

I no longer have the patience for photo albums (photo books, I'm down with - just... time consuming), and often don't get round to properly framing prints.  Plus, smaller prints are a little more annoying to find homes for.  The majority of the time I slap random pics on the wall with some washi tape and call it a day, a look that I'm getting pretty sick of now.

So the arrival of this canvasfactory print was kind of a revelation.  Within about 2.5 seconds I had it hanging, and I LOVE the way it looks.  Part of me is already thinking about the fact that canvases are so much easier to pack, when that day comes, and much easier to bang up on the walls in a new place.

This print is so fun and bright (one of my all-time favourite pics of the kids) and I would happily hang it in any of the rooms.  I originally wanted it in one of the bedrooms, but it arrived so bold and bright, it kinda felt wrong to hide it away.  Our new living quarters are such a random mix of colour and decor (I have no well-defined style), and the canvas just fitted right in.  

At the time of ordering, this print (30 x 45cm) it was on sale for $26.70 down from $89, which is very reasonable (this deal is still running, fyi).  It would be totally worth keeping an eye on the canvasfactory website for similar deals.

We were more than happy with the quality and it arrived super promptly.  We would definitely order through them again.  I'm thinking we need a little series of family portraits, I have a few ideas...

Many thanks to canvasfactory who provided us this print free of charge, in return for an honest review.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Winter adventures...

We've been getting a bit of cabin fever with all this brutal winter weather, so the minute the sun came out we headed to one of our favourite bays.  Garland spent most of the time climbing a sand bank with a pinecone as his ice pick, while Eleanor collected treasure and built sand castles.

I must admit I don't take them to the beach nearly enough, I think I need to start packing a book when we go...  

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Just Now

So the holidays are drawing to a close now.  I've officially had my last sleep in before term begins.  This break was great for us, the perfect balance of adventures and rest.  I was able to tick off a bunch of To Do's, and the kids got to play in some snow, perfect.  

Reading: 'Into The Still Blue' - Veronica Rossi
Drinking: Decaf (whaaaaat... It's actually okay, I can totally handle it... I think)
Listening to: Teddy Thompson - 'Separate Ways'.  Old fave.

Watching: Vikings (so gory)
Eating: home made quesadillas
Planning: A family trip to Aus later in the year #funs

Celebrating: Overcoming a huuuuge writers block
Missing: My sweet neph
Loving: Lincoln Logs - hours and hours and hours of kiddo entertainment

I feel like we should somehow celebrate our final day of hols, but I suspect we will spend it in much the same way as every other this week.  In our pjs, building log cabins and reading books.