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Saturday, 30th January 2016

First birthdays are a major milestaone, and a really great reason to celebrate (I'll take any excuse for cake!).

My little Miss’s birthday is smack bang in the middle of the busiest time of year for us, so we ended up hosting a fairly fuss-free party at home. We used some great value-for-money rainbow partyware from The Warehouse and mixed it up with some special pieces made by Mums from Mum Made. Mika's favourite part of the day was eating possum poop off the trampoline (!) but here are MY highlights of the day:

                                                                                                      Moment captured by Photography by Evana
                                                                                                                 Rainbow bunting by Cara's Creations              

Goodie bags
Sprinkle-dipped Oreo-Pops - Oreo cookies spread with icing on each side and dipped into sprinkles
Iced Marshmallows - White marshmallows with a little blob of icing to hold a smartie/M&M on top
Plus some easy fillers - Mini Smarties boxes, Balloons & Temporary tattoos.

Fairy Bread
No party is complete unless there’s fairy bread! We cut ours out with unicorns and fox shaped cookie cutters just for fun.

Rainbow Jelly
6 colours of jelly, 2 packets of jelly with half recommended amount of water, ladled in even measures into babyfood jars and set for 2 hours between colours. It was definitely a little time-consuming but SO worth it. Really pretty and really yummy too. We topped them off with a little bit of instant whipped cream, and more rainbow sprinkles of course. 

I totally LOVED the rainbow themed party and the outfit that Mika wore on the day (I especially I love that it was all made by mums), so naturally, I wanted to capture this milestone professionally!

We had an amazing Cake Smash Photoshoot experience with Evana Patterson from Photography by Evana.
SO many amazing photos, we're not sure how we're going to be able to display them all! She came to us, was incredibly helpful and brought a bootload of props that I never would have thought of. She was brilliant with the kids, and just all-round enjoyable company - I absolutely recommend her!

Our cake smash cake was made on a post-Chrismas budget of $20 - find out how to HERE

This is my favourite photo - she literally has cake coming out of her ears HAHAHAHAHAHA!    
                                                                                                      Moment captured by Photography by Evana 

One Stupid cat.
The "one" gold foil bodysuit by Cara's Creations.
The rainbow pixie-cut tutu by Booti Tutu.
The gold crown headband by Sweet Pea Kids.
The gold ballet moccasins by MOX. and the rainbow barefoot sandals by Hooked on Crochet.
The wings were originally from Cotton On Kids, 'hacked' to suit. 

And I'm even in love with the behind-the-scenes moments caught on camera:
              "You want me to do what, with what, Mum?"                                Trying to 'fix' the broken cake.


THEN>>> OMG...If you want something really special, Hart by Hayley has an AMAZING digital service that FAIRY-FIES your images!!! I mean, seriously, how cool is that??? This was another shot from behind-the-scenes at the cake smash shoot, which Hayley has turned into a really magical keepsake. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
PLUS for the month of February, Hart by Hayley will knock 20% off their service fee so YOU can get your image FAIRY-FIED! All you have to do is contact Hayley and mention this blog. EASY! She'll work her magic, and you will be emailed your keepsake before you know it.

No photos to fairy-fy?
Photography by Amy S has an amazing introductory offer right now ESPECIALLY for Mum Made fans! Just mention this blog, and you can book an in-studio Cake Smash & Bubble Bath photography session for just $50!!! You will receive a minimum of 30 edited digital images plus all photos taken on the day saved onto a dvd. Offer expires 20th Feb, bookings taken until April, so get in quick! She has a stash of accessories from Mum Made, including the rainbow tutu in the photos above.


easy homemade playdough

Friday, 29th January 2016

I've experimented with several different versions of playdough over the years, and this one is by far my favourite. It's just so versatile - easy to customize and lasts a really long time.


2c flour
1c salt
2T cream of tartar
optional: 2T powdered spiced (such as cinnamon/nutmeg/ginger etc)

2T oil 
2c water 
optional: 5 drops food colouring, added into water measurement

In a mocrowave safe bowl, mix dry ingredients together really well.
Add liquids. Stir to mix well.
Microwave for 1 minute. Stir well.
Microwave for a further 4 minutes, making sure to stir again at 30sec intervals.
Leave to cool, then knead well.

Store in a ziplock bag or airtight container - our last batch lasted over 5 months :) 



Wednesday, 20th January 2016


2 eggs
1.5c milk
0.5c oil (I used canola)
1t salt
shake of paprika 
3c (350g) tapioca flour (I got this from my local asian grocer) 
1.5c grated cheese (I used 1c Parmesan and 0.5c Mozarella)

Blitz first 5 ingredients in a blender until well-combined.
Add the tapioca flour and blend again until well combined.
Add the cheeses, and pulse gently until just mixed through (you want to still see small chunks of cheese).

Grease a mini-muffin pan (I used a spray-oil).
Pour in the mixture to the top of the wells.
Bake at 200 degrees (celcius) for apporx 15min until golden (don't let them get too brown or they will be crunchy, rather than chewy). This batch made 48 mini-puffs :D

IF there's any left, I'll be serving these alongside my devilled sausages for dinner tonight.

You can experiment and add things like chopped cooked bacon (YUM) or I did a batch where I added a teaspoon of Marmite and used Tasty cheese (OMG - Cheesey-Mite Puffs).

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