Friday, 18 April 2014

book review | fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I haven't read eleanor&park yet, so I was surprised when a review of fangirl had me running to amazon to buy it (it didn't hurt that I'd just finished reading 11.22.63 by Stephen king for book club, so I was looking for something else to read)

And it probably helped that the review was from my big girl, who has been writing a bit of fiction herself (although I confess to not having read any of it yet, a little hesitant to investigate and see how truly grown up my girl has become without me)

But back to fangirl - I really enjoyed it, finishing it in two days. I totally got the Cather & Wren reference the second I saw it, after all, that's my name, and it was interesting to watch the characters unfold over their first year at college.

I must confess, I was really happy that there weren't any heavy teen-love-scenes, although there is a bit of kissing, and plenty of confusion and teen-angst.

As I read books these days, I'm always thinking about whether I would let the kids read them - Chloe has always been a big reader, and Natalie is heading the same way, so I'm paying attention to the popular books, and as I finish good books I make a mental note to remember it. I would definitely let my teens read fangirl (and in this instance, my teen reccomended it to me)

Have you read any good young adult books lately?

Thursday, 17 April 2014

us right now

he doesn't have a job {long story}

he left to "fill in" a run for his previous employer

he had an interview yesterday for a job, and was short-listed

he is looking forward to Easter at home with the family

she loves food

she crawls around the house calling for dad when he's not here

she has no interest in toys, but the plastics cupboard is awesome

she loves her siblings, except when they're rough

he is a cheeky fella

he loves daycare, and is excited to see his friends each day

he watches too much YouTube

he loves playing minecraft with his brother and sister

she has moved up to cub scouts, and loves it

she still cries if mum takes her to school

she is way too cheeky at times

she misses dad

he is organising a scout camp as his leadership project

he is learning to embroider (particularly long stitch) for a school project

he has almost finished primary school

he loves to build things with lego
she is struggling with overwhelm these school holidays

she is looking forward to some Easter baking tomorrow

she is hoping he gets a job that keeps him home more

she is missing her big girl

she takes my breath away

in her words
I am looking forward to finishing school. No matter how daunting this feels I actually can't wait because there will be so many other prospects there for me to try. It'll be wonderful.
If I had $100 dollars to spend I would buy books.
My favourite cake is red velvet, caramel mudcake, anything sweet really.

she is missed by everyone

Monday, 14 April 2014

hello monday

hello, second week of school holidays, Easter is in view

hello, beaches, we're finally starting to explore our neighbourhood (after 8 years)

hello, scrapbooking, I'm inspired by this layout by Karen Grunberg

hello, Monday, you're already starting to overwhelm me

Thursday, 10 April 2014

review | treasures nappies

available nationally from IGA Supermarkets

I was sent one packet of nappies to test and review. All opinions are my own.

In a lot of ways, I'm classed as a crunchy-hippy mama - we co-sleep, babywear, do baby-led weaning. But I have used disposable nappies with each child; and not the eco-friendly kind, just the cheapest, bulk-buy that works best for sensitive skin. For the last two babies, and now for Sophie, this has meant using Huggies. So I was up for testing a new-to-Australia brand.

Treasures nappies have been available in New Zealand for over thirty years and have recently become available in Australia. We trialed them over the course of one week, and I have to say I was impressed with them!

They held everything in place (we were coming off a bout of gastro, it was messy!), fit snuggly and looked great. The only downside was the side tabs being a bit fiddly to pull out from under Sophie (you can see from the photo that they're quite long, and finish close to the back wasitband)

We have a history of sensitive skin in this house, so by the end of the week, Sophie was starting to get nappy rash, so I wouldn't use these every day, but they would be perfect for a quick weekend away when I just want to pack a small nappy bag. I'll definitely look out for them again.

Do/did you use disposable or cloth?

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

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