Something Decorative in the Bedroom

2 08 2012

074. Add something decorative to my bedroom wall [more info]

When I set this goal, I was thinking more along the lines of a painted feature wall or decals, but we ended up with simple shelving instead – mainly coming about as a result of trying to get things out of reach of a certain toddler! 😉

There are two shelves set above our bed, and a picture railing in the bedroom ‘nook’ (where our computer currently is), which houses some of my trinkets. Even though I am posting this today, it all happened a couple of months ago but I forgot to record it in here as a completed goal until now.

Here is the picture railing:

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Image(little hands like to get into my Vaseline and jewellery when they get the chance…!)

Here are the shelves above our bed:

These shelves are still kind of a work-in-progress. One shelf contains Rowan’s bedtime books (since we read to him in our room before he goes to bed). The stone giraffe bookends were an excellent find at an antique store in a rural town a little while back. The other shelf has a few trinkets on it and may change at some point (photo frames etc).





Meeting a New/Old Friend

2 08 2012

088. Meet five of my online friends in person that I’ve never met before (4/5) [more info]

There’s an online friend of mine who’s been through quite a lot in life, both ups and downs. She became a mother in her teenage years and has done it tough. She is really trying to move on from some of the crap that has happened and is starting afresh, getting out of an unfortunate housing situation, and starting off with nothing. 

I invited her around today to give her a few things we no longer needed at home (an entertainment unit, wooden chopping board, mugs and cups, etc). I wish that there was more I could have done, but it will have to do.

My friend was a lovely person, and seemed exactly like her online self (some people are quite different from the person they portray themselves to be online, I have found throughout the years), and her daughter is a kind soul too and played beautifully with Rowan. 😉

Four down, one to go before September…!





Non Sci-Fi Reads

6 07 2012

049. Read 10 books that aren’t from the sci-fi or fantasy genres (10/10) [more info]

Finishing up on my current read, Organic Crops in Pots (by Deborah Schneebell-Morrell) marks the completion of ten books read since 2010 that aren’t science-fiction or fantasy related.

Sure, it doesn’t sound like much but considering I’ve only read 30 books in that time, 10 is quite a significant chunk of that! I don’t normally read much out of my favourite genres so this was a stretch in parts. Here is my list

02. Inconceivable – Ben Elton (finished 6/05/10)
06. An Inconceiveable Notion: Stories of Infertility & Childlessness – Justine Davies (finished 15/08/10)
09. The Nanny Returns – Emma McLaughlin & Nicole Kraus (finished 30/11/10)
14. Hypnobirthing; The Mongan Method (finished 06/04/11)
16. Breastfeeding – Sheila Kitzinger (finished 15/04/11)
19. 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die
24. Baby-Led Weaning – Gill Rapley & Tracey Murkett (finished 04/10/11)
25. The Wonder Weeks – Hetty van de Rijt & Frans Plooij (finished 13/09/11)
29. Diary of a First-Time Mum – Nicole Hall (finished 24/03/12)

30. Organic Crops in Pots – Deborah Schneebell-Morrell (finished 06/07/2012)

I discovered that I don’t like ‘chick lit’ (ie, fluff reading for women), but parenting books are okay. I discovered a couple of new authors I’d potentially read again, but on the whole realised why I prefer sci-fi novels… for the escapism!

Another goal ticked off the list!





Must Cook ALL THE THINGS!

1 07 2012

017. Try out 50 new recipes (50/50) [more info]

I’ve been a busy cook/baker these past few months, despite it being a busy time. I’m now parenting a very impulsive(!) toddler and have returned to work after being on maternity leave for the past 15 months. Instead of individual posts for each recipe, I’ve compiled a quick collage with the new eats I’ve tried making since March:

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Row 1: Vietnamese Fried Beef Noodles / Chinese Soy Beef Stir Fry / Yakiudon / Chocolate Chip & Cream Cheese Muffins

Row 2: Corned Beef with White Sauce / Spinach, Pumpkin & Sundried Tomato Frittata / Chocolate Hot Cross Buns / Flatbread

Row 3: Beetroot & Fetta Risotto / Potato and Leek Soup / Pumpkin Laksa / Lamb, Spinach & Fetta Canneloni

Row 4: Peach slice / Oreo Biscuits / Rhubarb Pudding / Vegetable Soup with Swede, Potato & Fennel

Row 5: Orange Cake with buttercream icing / Moroccan Pumpkin & Almond Beef Tagine / Honey Soy Chicken Rissoles / Beetroot dip

NOT SHOWN: Carrot, Ginger & Coriander Soup / Peppermint Cheesecake

And now for the best part… collating these pictures makes me realise that I got to 50 recipes as part of my goal!! This is a HUGE accomplishment, especially considering everything that has happened in our family’s life since January 2010. I’m very proud of myself, and as a result we have tried new foods, used meat in different ways and as a result of our son refusing to eat meat protein for three months I learnt to cook a wider variety of vegetarian dishes.

There weren’t too many disasters along the way, with the exception of a few failed batches of muffins, savoury dishes over-spiced or over-seasoned, and using the wrong cut when making Chicken Fricassee.

All up it has been a foodie adventure and I’m inspired to continue to try new recipes to find new “favourites”. 🙂

P.S. – To see all my posts related to this goal, click the goal.017 tag below this post.





The Day Spa

21 06 2012

025. Get a professional massage [more info]
038. Visit a day spa [more info]

My husband’s family bought me a voucher for a hot stone massage from a day spa in the Yarra Valley for Christmas and I only got around to using it recently. From a Mission101 perspective, this was good for two reasons:

1. I had never been to a day spa before and it was on my list
2. I also made the goal of having a professional massage

On a personal note, I was thrilled because the relaxation part of this was perfect! (so it wasn’t obviously just goal-related glee :P).

Hot stone massage is exactly how it sounds… warm smooth stones (palm-sized) are dipped in essential oils and rubbed on your skin, it was brilliant and the masseuse did a wonderful job (she was fantastic!). I would gladly do this again, so relaxing and afterwards I got to have a solo shower – ie, no toddlers! – at the resort… bliss!

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(no photo opportunities inside the resort so this stealthy picture will have to do!)





Meeting New Friends

3 06 2012

088. Meet five of my online friends in person that I’ve never met before (3/5) [more info]

Gina, an online friend of mine from a blogging community, was in Melbourne in early May and we arranged to meet up with her family while she was here. She also arranged to meet with a mutual friend of ours also by the name of Bec (from the same community; we’d never met each other either despite being in the same city).

So, with 6 children under age 5 between us (and two partners), we all met for a cafe lunch on a rainy Melbourne’s day!

Picture evidence, right? 😉

There isn’t a picture with all of us in a shot together so this will have to do!

Gina took this sneaky picture of me shooting one of Bec’s children! (see, I was there too!!)





The Story of Bananas

2 05 2012

010. Eat a banana [more info]

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Okay, so when I set myself the challenge of eating a banana back in 2010 it didn’t seem like too much of a big deal. I’ve never enjoyed the taste nor texture of a fresh banana, yet will eat them cooked or baked within other foods (I’ve even been known to down a banana fritter on a drunken night out!). So no big deal, right?

Wrong!

This was one of the more difficult challenges and one over eighteen months in the making. As much as I tried to eat a mouthful here and there (even while pregnant), they just weren’t palatable despite knowing how good they were for my body. I wanted to model healthy eating to my son Rowan, and showing him how to eat banana was no exception. So I faked it for a while, here and there, making sounds of enjoyment even though they were anything but. And then came May 2012. I was struck down with food poisoning and was quite ill for a few days and, when my body was ready to start eating solid food again, the only food that didn’t make me feel nauseous at the thought of consuming it was a banana!

So what did I do? The only thing I could do… I listened to my body and ate that banana. Every. last. bite (see above). And do you know what? It was tasty.

Since that day, I’ve probably eaten at least two bananas per week. It was odd in the way that it all came about, but I can consider this goal done. 😉