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23 September 2014

Stitchin' & Fishin'

The car has been packed (to almost bursting point). Everyone has been bundled into the car and we've travelled 2.5 hours down the highway to a sleepy seaside village on the NSW south coast.

One of the main things which I prepare before traveling is MY entertainment. We come to these places where FlyBoy enjoys fishing and the kids ride their scooters, play in the playgrounds and swim in the (too cold) pools/lakes/ocean.

Magazines for a little lite reading. Doesn't that spinach and cheese pull-apart on the cover of taste look delicious?


My kindle filled with romance novels. Yes, I admit it. I like to read Mills & Boon and Harlequinn romance novels. 



A stitchery project to keep me entertained in the evenings.


And a few more stitchery projects, just incase I finish the first one and need more hand sewing projects to keep me going.


What about you? How many projects do you take away with you? What sorts of projects? What else do you take along to keep you entertained while the rest of the family communes with nature?

22 September 2014

Happenings #3

FlyBoy and I spent a child-free weekend in the city. We were free for 48 hours, to explore the city, WITHOUT KIDS! 

It has been such a long time since I'd been away, without children, that I was almost giddy with excitement at the thought of going where we pleased with having to deal with whinging, boredom, demands.... you know what I mean, right?

Here are a few of the highlights:

Kinokuniya : where I spent ages looking at all of the craft books.




I was restrained and only bought these 2 books. Have I mentioned that I love appliqué lately?

Dinner was a selection of Asian dishes.



The next morning we visited The Sydney Tower Eye or as I still call it, Centrepoint. We went up to Observation Deck which is 250m above the city and enjoyed the 360 degree views.

Can you see the Sydney Harbour Bridge?




It was quite lovely up there with a beautiful floral display to celebrate the arrival of spring. 



I love Daiso stores and sadly (or perhaps it's fortunate) that we don't have one near home. Again I was quite restrained and only spent around $30 on some goodies.


My best buy was a 3-pack of lace zippers. As everything in Daiso is $2.80, they were an absolute bargain and I am kicking myself that I didn't buy more.



That evening we (and thousands of other people) walked down to Darling Harbour for the fireworks display. 

When it comes to fireworks, I'm like a big kid and ooooh and aaaaah at all of the prettiness.


Sadly, Sunday came along all too quickly. We had some more delicious Asian delights for lunch,



... and went to see Wicked (again).


If you have the opportunity to visit Sydney, go for it. Sydney is definitely worthy of a space on your bucket list. 

There is so much to see and explore, so give yourself more than just a weekend.

18 September 2014

Disney Junior {GIVEAWAY}


When my children were little, we decided to subscribe to Foxtel. Not necessarily for them, but for us – my husband and I. Being up at all sorts of hours throughout the day and night, it was nice to be able to switch on the television and have something on, which we liked while being forced encouraged to stay awake with unsleeping children.

As the kids got a little older, they discovered the cartoon channels and it’s been the main “go-to” set of channels since. Admittedly, they now mainly enjoy watching the Disney Channel, but it wasn’t so long ago that Disney Junior was the absolute favourite.

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Disney Junior is the #1 Preschool Subscription TV channel that brings Magical Storytelling into the homes of young children. The stories are engaging with the much loved Disney Junior characters delivering their stories of generosity, kindness to others and teamwork. These stories touch the hearts of both parents and pre-schoolers alike.

Disney Junior is accessible via Foxtel & Fetch, but with short TV episodes also available via the DisneyJunior.com.au website and iTunes.com/disneyjunior. Core TV shows, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Doc McStuffins are also aired on Free To Air TV (Ch. 7, SUN 6-7am, 7mate, weekday mornings 7-9am, from 6th Oct).

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a look at the Disney Junior website and was pleased to see the array of content available including short episodes and sing-along songs, games and activity print-outs for craft, colouring-in etc.

My little lady is a craft addict (much like her mother) and we’re always looking online for colouring pages and craft print-outs, so this will be a wonderful resource for her to explore.
 
Sofie the First Colouring and Activities
 
One of Disney Junior’s most popular characters is Jake from Jake and the Never Land Pirates; this follows the adventures of a crew of kid pirates; leader Jake and pals Izzy, Cubby and Scully, as they work to outwit the infamous Captain Hook and Mr. Smee. The show features lots of good guys vs bad guys teamwork action that both boys and girls love, and Jake portrays strong positive values to preschool children that their parents trust and admire.

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Talk Like a Pirate Day will be celebrated tomorrow (19 September) and Disney Junior will be celebrating Jake and the Never Land Pirates throughout the month of September, including an all day marathon of Jake episodes on the Disney Junior channel.

Get your little people involved in Talk Like a Pirate Day with some other fun activities including:

Get Crafty: Print up some Jake and the Never Land Pirates colouring and craft pages.

 
With thanks to Disney Junior, one lucky Samelia’s Mum reader will win a Jake and the Never Land Pirates prize pack. The prize pack includes:

1 x Jake’s Musical Pirate Ship Bucky (RRP $99.99)


Which are your children’s most favourite characters on Disney Junior and why?
 
Please ensure that your email address is included in your entry. This giveaway is open to Australian Residents ONLY and closes at 17:00 AEST Friday, 26 September 2014. Please read all of the Terms & Conditions HERE.


WONKA Fudge {Slow Cooker Recipe}

I’ve been having a little love affair with my slow cooker (also known as a Dutch Oven in some countries) of late. The cooler months are perfect for slow cooking. The other day, I was out grocery shopping and saw some super cute little slow cookers – only 1.5 lt – and I I just HAD TO HAVE ONE!
Compared to my other one, it’s teeny tiny, so I needed a teeny tiny recipe to put it through it’s paces. My children had been asking when I’d make fudge again, so that was just what I did.

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This time, rather than use chocolate melts, I used bars of chocolate. I had 2 bars of the new WONKA Mudpuff Caramelstuff in my pantry, just begging to be eaten. Have you tried these new chocolates? YUM! I am such a chocaholic.

WONKA Fudge recipe

To make my WONKA Fudge, you will need
1 x can of condensed milk
2 x bars of WONKA chocolate
1 x tbsp butter (or margarine)
6 x jelly lolly snakes (all chopped up into little pieces)

Turn the slow cooker to high. Break up the chocolate into squares and place into the SC along with the butter and the condensed milk.

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Put the lid on and return to the SC and stir the mixture every 15 minutes. It should be all melted and combined after approximately 45 minutes. If not, just leave it a little longer and continue stirring. The WONKA Mudpuff Caramelstuff has little crunchy bits, which won’t melt.
Line a small dish or baking tray with baking paper.
Spread a layer of the chopped up jelly snakes and then pour the chocolate mixture over the top.
Allow it to cool before refrigerating for a couple of hours (until it’s set).

Wonka Fudge Recipe 2
Cut the fudge up into pieces and serve. Your kids will love the rainbow jelly surprises in the bottom of the fudge.
Do you like fudge?
What is your favourite flavour?
Are you slow cooker obsessed like me?

17 September 2014

OZSALE {GIVEAWAY}

Home Decor.

Shoes.

Toys.

Tableware.

Clothing.

Oh My Goodness! What to choose? I was sent a credit to OZSALE to give it a try and tell you all exactly what I think about it. In all honestly, I signed up to OZSALE quite a while ago and have bought quite a few things from their various sales. I’ve loved every purchase and have been very pleased with the service and especially the savings.

So I sat down this evening, to choose something with which to spend my credit. I have been going back and forth for a couple of hours, trying to decide what to buy.

I think I’m going to choose this artwork….

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Or possibly this art work…

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Or I may just buy both of them to decorate different rooms in my house.

But then again, I could buy some earrings…

 

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Or these sandals for the upcoming summer months…

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It really is very difficult to choose! With thanks to OZSALE, one lucky Samelia’s Mum reader will win a $100 credit in their account, to buy anything they like from OZSALE.

If you’re a member, excellent! If you’re not a member, it takes about 2 minutes to sign up and begin shopping the sales.

What would you buy with a $100 OZSALE credit?

 

Please leave a link (or however many items you’d buy) in the comments section, with what you’d purchase.

 

The winner/s will be announced on the Samelia’s Mum Facebook Page, so be sure to follow along to see if you are a the lucky winner.

For updates on all of the latest sales, “Like” OZSALE on Facebook.


Terms and Conditions: Giveaway is open to Australian Residents ONLY. Giveaway will close on Friday 26 September 2014 at 17:00 AEST. The prize will be sent by the promoter/s. Samelia’s Mum will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winner. Winner/s will be announced on the Samelia's Mum Facebook page and/or contacted by email. The winner has 7 days to claim the prize. If it is not claimed within this time period, it will be forfeited.