Friday, 29 April 2011


Isn't this time of the year great? So many holidays giving us the most wonderful long weekends....What more could we ask for, time with family and friends, and the weather has just been amazing!
I would love to know where families go with young children, family friendly hot spots. It can be so expensive to go on holidays, sometimes I guess it would be so hard to entertain the children. I am sure we will get to that as Bailey grows. I would like to find a place that is somewhat close but somewhere we could go to every year just as a mini get away. Suggestions very welcome!
We are off to the Gold Coast in a couple of weeks just for a two night stay. It may be a little chilly for the beach but we thought (providing the weather is nice) a trip to Currumbin might be a nice idea, I am sure Bailey will love the animals and all of the birds at feeding time!

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Happy Easter!

Well I have had the most rough couple of weeks of my life. Today I have tried so very hard not to think about it...I will explain later!

Its Easter, and happy Easter to everyone, I hope unlike me not too many people had to work. I don't mind going to work cause when I get home I am greeted with the biggest smiles and cuddles from everyone in the house. Every time I see my boy he melts my heart!

Justin took Bailey to his uncles house for a BBQ breakfast, there he met Dakota and Riley, Steve's niece and nephew on his wife's side of the family. He had a great day getting to know them. Nice to hear, so far he has a nice little stash of chocolate and more to come, we decided we would have our Easter tomorrow... eggs and may be a trip to the beach!

Isn't it funny, the older we get we still enjoy Easter eggs just the same?? Big kids at heart or just can't give it up, and it's the only time of the year that its acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast   : )  I am a sucker for an elegant rabbit...oh but it must be red tulip. They are the best!

We have a well stocked fridge which I am sure will take us a while to get through....

What eggs did you get and what are your favorite?

Friday, 15 April 2011

Quick and easy quiche...

I find sometimes life is just so hectic (especially with little ones at your feet)  that I thought I would share some quick and simple recipes with you. Life shouldn't be spent in the kitchen. Tasty and healthy food (that I guarantee the family will love) does not have to take hours...

This is such a simple quiche that can be served as a meal (lunch or dinner) with a side salad and some crusty bread....or a nice change from a sandwich in the lunch box.... a great summer dish using fresh ingredients!

I have kind of made this recipe up using bits and pieces of others I have come across in the past, so, I never really know quantities.... my measurements are usually a bit of this and a handful of that, so here goes!

4 Sheets filo pastry
6 eggs, beaten
100-150g fetta cheese, crumbled
250g spinach
150g ham, shaved
5 asparagus spears, blanched and finally chopped
5 shallots, chopped
cherry tomatoes, halved

Grease pie dish with canola spray and line with sheets of filo pastry, spraying with oil between each layer.
Wilt spinach in boiling water for 30 seconds, remove from water and set aside on paper towel to drain, squeezing out excess water then roughly chopping.
Blanch asparagus, chop finely, chop shallots and halve cherry tomatoes.
Roughly chop shaved ham.
Layer ingredients in pie dish, I like to layer first with ham, asparagus, shallots (reserving some for the top) then the spinach.
Crumble the fetta over the other ingredients and decorate with cherry tomatoes, pour over beaten eggs, sprinkle with remaining shallots. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook for 180degree oven for 35-40 minutes or until egg is set.
Serve warm or cold.

Enjoy : )

* If you would like to swap the ham for bacon I would recommend sauteing and cooling it before adding to pie dish. I also find this helps if using onion, capsicum or any other vegetable to start the cooking process. You could also replace the fetta cheese for regular tasty cheese!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

NIght Terrors

Last week we had Bailey at the hospital as he had an episode which really scared Justin and I. He displayed very odd behaviour not long after we put him down for the night. After review at the hospital the Doctor told us it was possibly a night terror.... OK I’ve heard of these but never really looked into them, who they effect and why. I never in my wildest dreams even thought about it when Bailey was having this episode nor did I ever think my child would have them, therefore there was never anything for me to worry about.
Wanting to find out more about night terrors I went to trusty old google and I found some quite disturbing information and scary re-enactments on utube!

Night terrors can be very serious in nature and parents are advised to understand the importance of safety when a child is having one.  There have been a few theories which have been thought to have an impact on night terrors, some of them diet, it was thought to have been believed that if a child was having night terrors they may be lactose intolerant, or there was a closely related link between the two.  Sleeping patterns were thought to be the cause at one stage, it was believed those children who had irregular sleeping patterns were at higher risk of having terrors, this, was found to be false.

It is now believed that night terrors are related to traumatic childhood memories, so traumatic that the only relief of night terrors is psychosocial therapy. A bit extreme?? I guess it would just depend on the traumatic event I guess...
I find this theory a little odd as Bailey is just over 13 months; I can be assured that he has had no traumatic event in his short life. There seems to be no definition of a traumatic event documented (which I can find) so....asking myself would a traumatic delivery or a night of controlled crying be classed as a traumatic event and if so would this even be remembered by a 13month old child? I found night terrors tend to occur in younger children (4-6yrs) and are usually outgrown by the end of primary school age. 5-15% of children have these. 

The only treatment for night terrors seems to be prevention.... I read that if they are happening frequently and at the same time every night then it is worth waking the child 15minutes prior to the usual time of the event and then put them back to sleep.  Also a trip to the GP is encouraged to rule out anything more sinister. It is stated that terrors occur in non-REM sleep so by waking them prior to an event you are starting the sleeping cycle over again, in hope that the child will avoid the terror. A consistent night time (prior to bed) routine should be encouraged. Quiet story time is a good idea and avoiding T.V and too much excitement is a must. There are usually no long-term psychological effects.

Safety is a great concern and parents are urged to lock all doors (as the child may run around in the event) sleeping on the ground floor is also recommended. Parents are encouraged to divert the child from harm’s way; it is advised that parents let their child ‘snap’ out of the terror on their own accord as the more they are disturbed the longer the terror could go for. Generally terrors should only last for a few minutes and following that the child should drift off to sleep with little or no recollection the next day.

I was told (at this time unable to find written info) that night terrors are genetic and can be indicators that the child may sleep walk etc in later life. I found this point funny as both Justin and I do some strange stuff in our sleep..... He likes to drive his truck, yep, he would sit up, steer like he had a wheel in his hands and use the foot peddles, and at times it would appear as though he is abusing the person in the car next to him, which is really me. By the time it gets to that I have woken, laying there looking at him, giggling, he snaps out of it. He says that he knows he does it but cannot stop himself from doing it (he would kill me if he know I posted this about him hehehe). I on the other hand have been known to sleepwalk, I have in the past locked myself out of the house all hours of the night and knocked on the door to get back in, apparently I have made coffee or sat in the lounge and read a magazine, I have absolutely no recollection of ever doing these things.... 

It is strange the way our minds work. I guess there is no hope for Bailey if both of his parents have sleeping issues? 

There is soooo much info out there on night terrors I could go on forever but I put it out there -Please post your thoughts and ideas, I would love to hear what others think or know about night terrors....

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Sunny days : )

Finally we have a Wednesday where we have sunshine! King country was great today, even a little on the warm side, for weeks we've been trying to get there but have had such little luck with good weather.  It's such a great, safe place to catch up, a bonus they sell great coffee!

It was nice to see some new faces, Gemma and Summer, Holly with little Asher and our regulars Natalie and Sophie, Anita with smiley Huon and myself and Bailey.  All of the kiddies seemed to play nicely together.... always nice to see! Unfortunately we missed out on meeting Belinda and Robyn and Mandi and Sharee had prior arrangements with their crew!

Maybe we should head to King country for our weekly dates? If not every week every 2nd with a park or play centre thrown in on the other weeks? Should we use play centres as a back up on a rainy day? Nat came up with an idea of a visit to the Springwood hotel (they have a great indoor play gym there) perhaps another great wet weather place to visit?? Might just get over that way one day soon and check it out!!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Butterfly tree markets

On Sunday I dragged Justin and Bailey off to the butterfly tree markets on the Gold Coast. It was a bit of a struggle for me as I had just done a night duty but nonetheless we went and they were lovely....

Again, more pretty things for girls but this time there were some stands selling boy's shirt and pant sets and the most funky little hats and shoes. I guess they were a little on the expensive side but divine!!

All up there were about 20-25 stalls, worth a look, I'll be heading back there : )

I ran into Dani who had a stand there, she does the most amazing photos of newborns, she is the most creative person I know and what a kind, caring gorgeous woman she is! If anyone is looking for some portraits of their babies or children I highly recommend her, we had some done when Bailey was just 15 days old and they are just superb!! She does live on the coast but is more than happy to travel to Brisbane! Her link 

  Here are some of our fav's of Bailey!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Change of plan!

After a rush to change plans for our meet up today thinking yet again the rain Gods were working against us, not with us it turned out to be the most delightful day. It would have been nice to spend some time outdoors after all of this up and down weather we have had in recent weeks! 

I don’t think today was a complete fail, we have enough toys at our place to fill a childcare centre (perhaps not the space) and I think the kiddies enjoyed themselves, I know I did....with all the yummy food that was baked, quiche, loads of yummy cookies, pumpkin scones and of course some healthy fruit! 

It was also nice to meet Anita and little Huon, what a cute smile that little boy has! I could see the envy of the other kids playing in his eyes; you could just tell that he wanted to be running around too! It’s so hard to believe our babies were that small? It only seems like yesterday that I would get so excited when Bailey would smile at me, or when I could make him giggle.... now 13 months on I can’t wait til he actually realises he is brave enough to let go and take those few steps that he needs to get going. Every day he makes me smile and every day he melts my heart, I love watching him grow  : )

I miss the weekend sunshine and wish more weekends had weather like this.... how nice to finally after 10 years of shift work to actually get some time off when everyone else gets time off? I can now actually have a semi normal life and spend time with my family and friends. I love it!