Snugbags – THE Bags of the future πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

I am going to start with a few bits of information that you may not already know about Snugbags – in terms of ethics and a few facts about them as a company.

Snugbags products are manufactured exclusively in New Zealand to ensure an ethical product that is made to a very high standard.

They only use merino wool, and even this comes from non-mulesing certified suppliers (a choice that is taken because they know about industry practise and truly CARE about animals).

All of their Organic Merino and Organic Cotton is spun, knitted and dyed here in NZ. You will struggle to find a more transparent company ! I was in love because of all of this before we even tried the products and they certainly lived up to (actually they exceeded) my expectations both times we have used their products (Beck had an Organic cotton Sleeping bag when he was smaller from Snugbags) .

As you can see here – this bag that Beck is wearing (which is the SNUGnGO sleeping bag with feet and arms ) has a heap of room for him to grow into further (he is three and turns four in a few months).

This is Cora wearing it (she has just turned five) she has heaps of room in it too ! So it is an investment that will serve you well.

With a dome system that means you can shorten and lengthen the bag it mean you only have to buy one as it grows with your child, it I super snuggly and warm and the super soft feet are so cute πŸ™ˆ as well as being practical.

Incredibly warm and cosy (so good if you live in the South Island especially!) the merino fleece and the snug-spot keep your toddler snuggly and warm 😍 Beck has actually been sleeping with his feet out but you are able to have your child sleep with it as a sleeping bag and then just use the feet in the morning when it is get up and go time.

Full length zip with protection all the way up and covering the neckline beautifully.

These beautiful bags are all machine washable.

Yet another positive thing to mention about this company is that for every bag sold they fund a birthing kit for some of the most vulnerable mothers in the world. They have partnered with Birthing Kit Foundation Australia (BKFA) you can read more about that Here.

Snugbags have won numerous awards for their innovative earth friendly products and also offer free worldwide shipping.

I am so proud to be associated with a company who has high values when it comes to manufacture and how they give back. It is refreshing and so worth supporting ❀️

And just look at the cuteness 😍

Sue xxx

Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding

Easter at Countdown is pretty deliciousπŸ˜‹
I don’t know about you but we have had a fair few Hot Cross Buns already and will certainly have more before Easter Weekend has finished!

For us Easter means making the most of one of the final long weekends of the year and spending time with family, indulging in lots of food and a few extra sweet treats. I often buy way too much when catering for a few extra mouths so there are always leftovers! Rather than considering throwing away delicious morsels like Hot Cross Buns away, I love recreating them into recipes and I’ve teamed up with Countdown to share this Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding. It’s a must if you have any spare Hot Cross Buns lying around this year!
You will need:
6 Hot Cross Buns (they can be leftover ones)
1 Cup of Milk
2 Eggs
1 T Castor Sugar
75g Chocolate Chips (we used Easter eggs instead so be creative with whatever you have ❀️)
25g Butter
Method:
Step 1. Butter the Hot Cross Buns and pop the tops of the buns to one side and roughly chop the bottom half of the buns and pop into a oven proof dish, sprinkle half of your chocolate component onto the roughly chopped buns, then place the ‘tops’ of the buns on top neatly and sprinkle the rest of the chocolate on the top πŸ˜‹
Step 2. Whisk the milk, eggs and castor sugar together.
Step 3. Pour the mixture evenly over the top.
Step 4. Put into the oven and bake at 150 degrees Celsius for 30 mins πŸ‘ŒπŸ»
Serve with custard and enjoy ! 😊
Countdown has a great Easter range this year, with heaps of products on price lockdown to help keep things easy over the break  – I saw some Chocolate bunnies for $1 each in store! Just remember, stores are closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday (with reduced hours on the Thursday and Saturday evening) so it pays to be organised over Easter in the grocery department.
We are heading over the Easter Break to visit with family – I hope you all have a safe and tasty Easter!

Sue xx

Cool Kiwi Kids

When Beck and Cora opened the box with their new helmets in, I knew they were going to be excited, but I wasn’t so prepared for them to want to wear them the entire time πŸ˜‚

It isn’t a problem of course, my first impression was of course the very cool design – the looks being the first thing you notice 😍 Both Cora and Beck were absolutely besotted with their new helmets. I loved the looks of course, but I was also amazed at the feel and weight of them, very light but with great coverage where you want it in a helmet ! Also the fit ( now this is where I think I was really sold…..) once I fitted them both properly they didn’t have to touch their helmets again. Perfectly fitted they just carried on comfortably never having to readjust them.

Designed and made in Denmark – these helmets are very well made and of course the safety standards are top notch too (they meet/exceed NZ safety standards) . A couple of features I am a huge fan of are…….

1. The LED light on the back of helmet on the retention wheel (multiple light settings for extra awareness of small people on dimmer days or dusk)

2. The Retention system – so I loosen them to take off and then when put back on I tighten them again for the perfect fit. I want to mention the softness of the straps also and the chin pad which protects the chin when doing up the clip πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

3. The RAD designs available and the matching accessories 😍 SO COOL πŸ‘ŒπŸ» matching gloves, bike/scooter locks, and matching bells.

Now that Beck is rather fast on his bike (I admit to keeping three wheels on his wishbone bike for ages to cut down on accidents πŸ™ˆ) but now he is on two wheels and very fast with hardly any fear a good helmet he loves is important. Plus we now venture to the skate park and BMX track so…………he also looks like this now 😭😍

Cora is not as confident as Beck but enjoys her wee scooter – she is getting a new bike for her birthday at the end of April as she has outgrown her wee bike now.

Cool Kiwi Kids LTD is based in Auckland, New Zealand and was launched in June 2016 by the lovely mum of 2 Claudia, you can check out the Cool Kiwi Kids website here .

Enjoy !

Sue xx

 

Natural Instinct

In October last year I was sent some Natural Instinct products to try out………… I was under no obligation to post about them or anything like that. So please don’t assume this ! I had a routine initially (which I strictly stuck too for 8 weeks) I have loosened up on it for sure since then πŸ™ˆ but I still use the products in my daily routine just not as strictly !

The reason I wanted to do a blog post about it is because of its affordability whilst still being good for your body check this out! πŸ‘‡πŸ»

My two favourite products from the range are pictured below

Facial scrub – RRP $10.99

Foaming Cleanser – RRP $10.99

The foaming cleanser I use daily and the scrub once or twice a week, I won’t go into ridiculous detail about how it makes my skin feel πŸ˜‚ but it feels clean !!!!!!! And post scrub it feels soft πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

I have always had pretty good skin – but it has never been better than it is now πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I cannot put it entirely down to this product (my eating has certainly improved since my weight loss surgery!) but I can definitely say it has helped it along !

I am 36 – this is non filtered and bare faced today (04/03/2019) I am ok with it !

When I was doing my regiment regime (morning and night) my skin was certainly more hydrated than it is today. The Restoring Night Cream (RRP – $23.99) helped those wrinkles on my forehead HEAPS.

And the Plump & Renew Serum is my best friend πŸ˜† I swear this is what let’s me leave the house make-up free these days !!

Plump and Renew Serum – RRP $22.99 (comes in the box pictured below)

Also pictured below is the Dark Circle and Wrinkle Correction Eye Cream – RRP – $23.99 which I also use frequently.

Just to reiterate I do not have to do this blog post πŸ˜† I really enjoy these products that are of a realistic price point for most people and are free of toxic sulphates, petrochemicals, Parabens and more (as per my first image!) Vegan and NOT tested on animals so all in all awesome ! πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸŒΏ

Lastly the Skin Refining Cleansing Oil that I received a few weeks ago and showed on my Instagram stories – This stuff is liquid gold!

Skin Refining Cleansing Oil – RRP – $24.99

I had people ask about oil cleansing and whether it made me break out (being an oil and presuming it may block pores?) but I cannot stress how wrong that perception is. And also how easily it removes make-up !! Even waterproof mascara πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

My before and afters aren’t that remarkable to be honest but I definitely have softer healthier skin and I am smiling in my after photo πŸ˜† And it is all about angles team πŸ˜† I think it appears more hydrated and happier πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸŒΏ

Natural Instinct products can be purchased from selected Countdown Stores , Pak-n-save Stores and New World Stores and also online through Pharmacy Direct.

This is not a sponsored blog post the product has however been gifted to me but I was under no obligation to share it ❀️ But as I love it and I would buy it without hesitation I have shared the love with you ! 🌿

Beck’s New Room

Here we go !

I am so excited – After almost 16 months of being here the ‘office’ / spare room / ‘room of shame’ it was dubbed that on IG πŸ˜‚ is finally painted and styled for our son.

Cora and Beck have shared a room for the entire time we have been here but recently they have been little monkeys at bedtime and have been keeping each other awake 😬 So separate rooms it is ! Cora now has Lily’s bed in her room for when she stays. But otherwise not much has changed in there for her.

Beck has a Devine Liewood Mustard coloured canopy above his bed which was purchased from So Beau Baby. On his bed he has a gorgeous linen bedspread from Foxtrot Home (his Rust coloured linen pillowcase is also from here).

The beautiful Rainbow plaque from Moth & Co is a perfect addition to his room!

His bedside table (the tree trunk) is from Mocka. And the wee hippo friend that sits beside his bed is from Little Whimsy.

The gorgeous Rainbow pillow that sits beside his Bigfoot Stuffie is from Little Teapot Creations and it couldn’t be more perfect !

The gorgeous Quilt from Foxtrot Home is reversible and the quality is second to none ! Beck loves it !

My favourite wooden storage boxes from George and Willy have of course stayed in use !

Filled with random toys that keep little people entertained (Thomas tracks, trucks and cars and one for soft toys) His dresser is an oldie that we have had for years (not refurbished or anything – just normal marked, scratched wood πŸ˜†)

The πŸ™…πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Grow Up picture is hung up in here again (it always will be a fave of mine !) and the watermelon Heico lamp I purchased second hand a few years ago has come out of storage for this space, along with my favourite Giraffe Head I purchased from Tea Pea Home at least five years ago. The $5 hanging pot from Kmart houses a ‘Wandering Jew’ plant I propagated from my mammoth mother plant πŸ˜†

The rug is a $29 Faux Mongolian skin from The Warehouse.

His gorgeous Homeday mini mod is from Dapper Mr Bear and is another classic piece we will have for ever.

The blinds (roller and Roman) are from Spotlight and super affordable.

The bookshelf I purchased secondhand years ago from friends and I have always held on to it – I adore it.

His toys are on display and easy to see so they get played with FAR more than when I stored them in a box his faves Thomas and friends and Duplo CARS.

And his Playmobil collection (with his ever special PJ Mask figurines πŸ˜†)

As you know we are big on play around here and we have a fabulous wee selection in these wee felt baskets !

Below we have (from top left clockwise)

Magnetic tiles from Kmart

Mirror Blocks from The Creative Toy Shop

Magnetic Wand and Metal rimmed counting chips from The Creative Toy Shop

Wee builders belt with tools and screws from a garage sale for $2

Grimms forest pieces from Little and Loved

Puzzles and puzzle holder from The Montessori Shop

I still have and will always have Beck’s gorgeous name plaque from Arlo & Co (pictured below) along with his Llama embroidery hoop from Arch & Co

His stunning print from Design By Morris & Cois chatted about frequently – his love of all things sea related makes this a perfect addition to his room.

I think he will know his name πŸ˜†

Gorgeous Birth cube from Stitchaholic (gifted to us by Katherine when Beck was born 😍)

Gorgeous personalised Birth Print from First Milestone

Personalised flag from This Paper Book.

Another embroidery hoop from Arch & Co.

Bunny Planter and succulent from The Warehouse.

Big Letter ‘B’ from Little Letter Lights Co a few years ago.

Fun fact ! Beck was almost an Arlo (I still love that name!) But Beck won for us in the end and he totally suits his name. We are both Beck fans (he was the original hipster – like before hipsters were a ‘thing’ ) look him up and have a listen if you are in your 20’s and have no idea who I am on about πŸ˜†

I hope you have enjoyed seeing Beck’s room ! I have had so much fun putting it together and it is a perfect space for our wee man. I love dreaming up a new space – I never tire of Cora’s bedroom (at least a year on I still LOVE everything in her room) and Beck’s will be no exception. One of my favourite things about social media is seeing how people style spaces, I don’t believe you need perfection to make a great space – well loved and old items feature in all the spaces in our home, and our house is not brand new nor perfect by any means. Along with higher end items we have Kmart and op shop finds in our home. A bit like my wardrobe πŸ˜‚

Love and light ✨

Sue

Back to School

This year Cora is starting school, her school visits start in a few short weeks and then we will have a school kid on our hands. I remember from when Lily started school that we will be met with one very tired, over stimulated little girl while she settles in.

It is hard after the long leisurely summer to get back into the routine of school lunches and packing bags to get out the door on time. Countdown is here to help with their affordable range of products perfect to pop into the school lunches.

Like a lot of families, our children have bento-style lunchboxes. We use a Planetbox for our school lunches, so they’re almost rubbish free nowadays. Our kids are reasonably good eaters – we do struggle a little with fruit and vegetables, but on the most part we think they do ok. What we do put in the lunches each day has to stay fresh and new otherwise it gets left behind (I feel a collective sigh in agreement πŸ˜†) .

At the moment our kids are enjoying picking and eating the cherry tomatoes we planted for the summer, we also have been long term fans of both Mother Earth Baked Oaty Slices and Healtheries Potato Stix. These are both on price lockdown at Countdown to help fitting into the weekly back to school budget. Knowing how much a product is going to cost is peace of mind for families with big outlay costs for the start of the school year – new bags and stationary and uniforms, it all adds up.

Countdown also have a range of cheap stationary essentials so you can stock up in one go with your grocery shop.

What is your favourite β€˜go to’ lunchbox filler? My kids love sandwiches and they aren’t into elaborate fancy food (yet……). So, a piece a fruit, a sandwich, some crackers, a Mother Earth Oaty Slice bar, and some yoghurt is pretty much standard. Well it has been whilst they have been at pre-school, time will only tell πŸ‘πŸ»

 

 

Christmas Brandy Snaps

The lead up to Christmas is upon us and with it just around the corner, I’ve already started thinking about some of my go-to recipes to help make the big day easier. I’ve partnered with Countdown to share one of my favourite Christmas dessert’s. This one is an absolute classic and is an easy and affordable option – especially for larger families!

Introducing my special Brandy Snaps with passionfruit pulp infused cream. This one’s a real hit in my family!

I’ve included a couple of sneaky hacks to make preparation just that little bit easier.

The first is to use Countdown’s pre-made Brandy snaps, you can pick up a pack of 8 for just $3.50!

Then you whip cream and add Countdown’s canned passionfruit pulp in syrup (draining most of the excess liquid from it first)

Pipe into pre-made Countdown Brandysnaps!

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Delicious and stress-free! (the added bonus is that it’s super affordable)

Β Make your Christmas a lot less stress free and relaxed by having everything ready to go for after Christmas Lunch (or dinner) by shopping at Countdown this ChristmasΒ πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Also another wee tip – every week from now on add a Christmas treat in with your weekly shop so the β€˜Christmas Food Shop’ isn’t as big!

Let me know of any easy hacks you have.

Sue xxx