{The nest writes} Being pregnant is like being a toddler…

When you are pregnant you are growing a new human (der) but funnily enough you also tend to represent your toddler.

Not following?

Well, what I noticed when pregnant with my last little bambino is that suddenly my body had a lot more in common with my noisy little 2 year old sidekick.

1. Tears at the plenty

Pregnancy hormones are the pits! They play mind tricks on you and you go from a perfectly rational human being into a glorified load of jelly quicker than Oprah can give away a car.

I literally cried in Woolies one day because the hubs told me there were no green grapes. There were green grapes #jerk. I also cried in the Coca-Cola ad on TV because “all the people just look so happy and cheerful” #FFS.

The toddler is on about the same level of emotional maturity. Yesterday she cried because I asked her to put pants on, put her milk in a clear glass and because I told her she had to blow her nose.

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2. My clothes don’t fit

Toddlers grow so damn quickly! It seems like just yesterday those shorts that fit her perfectly well, are today booty shorts that can’t be seen in public. Her tees show so much belly she is essentially wearing a crop top. Toddlers they grow like weeds!

When pregnant there is no delicate or gradual growing, one day my pants fit, then next day they don’t come close. One day you can wear a belt, the next day you might as well try and find a 4wd snatch strap.

3. All of the tired

2pm sneaks around and preggos and toddlers alike need a couch holiday. Where there is some quiet time to some snores to be chasing.

No body likes an overtired 40 week preggo or an overtired toddler!

4.  Hungry Hungry Hippos

Toddlers are notorious from going from a hunger strike to world champion pie eater in under 3 seconds. Preggos are not much better. I remember waking up at 4am one morning starving and seeking out a quick jam on toast.

5. You pee we all pee

Did you pee your pants? I don’t know – are you a toddler or a heavily pregnant woman? who knows? Maybe I did, maybe I didn’t.

Being pregnant really is the greatest gift in life, even if it makes me hormonal, hungry and afraid to sneeze.

What have I missed?

 

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE – Mamas

It’s not long until Christmas and here are our favourite gift ideas for the mamas:

POTS & PLANTERS FROM GORGEOUSNESS HOME

These adorable planters from Gorgeousness Home Bathurst are a winner for sure.

They are quirky, cute and your key to being crowned favourite child.

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SOME LIP SERVICE AT THE LIP LAB

Personalised products are just that little bit more special and the ability to create a lipstick that is entirely designed for you, by you is a real gift.

Get your mama and head to Lip Lab Orange for a great day out colouring your own piece of the world. 43395180_313413546107815_8723578220311478272_n

PERSONALISED CROSS STITCH FROM LITTLE GLITZ BY AMANDA

Any mama would adore a personalised cross stitch from Little Glitz By Amanda. These gloriously hand crafted creations are one of a kind and capture each individual family perfectly.

Beware though, the waitlist is long so make sure you get it sorted soon! 36769002_1562600440528502_7410855229026992128_n

ROBERT GORDON BAKEWARE FROM BAKE, TABLE & TEA

All baker mamas would love some new bakeware and these minty tealy numbers from Bake, Table & Tea are sure your get you some mad brownies points (or at least brownies!) 41499515_1956382801325495_2564599606088302592_o

SOME SPA LOVING FROM BEAUTY 4 U

There is not a single woman in the world who doesn’t deserve a little more pampering so head down to Beauty 4 U Bathurst and grab that special mama a voucher for some loveliness. 1040116_537181543012047_849607778_o.jpg

STOCKISTS: Gorgeousness Home  | Little Glitz By Amanda | Bake, Table & Tea  |  Beauty 4 U  | Lip Lab Orange

Week 42 of 2018 – A review

It’s hard to keep up with what has happened in the last week – so here is your cheat guide for the week’s biggest stories.

A PRINCESS WEDDING

So cousin of the famous ones, Eugenie (pronounced “yoo-juh-nee”) got hitched this week. She married a fella named Jack Brooksbank who works for the tequila brand that George Clooney is part of.

Eugenie looked AHMAZING. Legit the most beautifully dressed royal to date IMO.

DRESSES:

1) Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos crafted the bridal gown and followed Princess Eugenie’s request to make a feature of her scoliosis scars. She had an operation at 12 and has two steel rods in her spine.

2) The Zac Posen gown was an absolute showstopper.

FUN FACT: She is currently 9th in line to the throne.

QUEENSLAND ABORTION LAW CHANGE

Abortion will now become legal in Queensland after the state’s parliament voted to erase a 119-year-old “morality” section of the state’s criminal code and instead introduce new changes allowing a woman to abort her unborn child up until 22 weeks gestation.

Apparently it will require the agreement/authorisation of two doctors.

To read more check this out – The Guardian – Queensland Abortion Law Reform

FACT: It was a conscious vote in Parliament and the end result was a vote of 51-40.

NEW FIDDY

A new shiny pineapple will hit your wallet soon.

The new and improved fiddys have a sweet new tactile feature that allow people with no or low vision to use the $50 note more confidently. 4939272100000578-5393275-image-a-3_1518653651144

FUN FACT: The new note features portraits of Aboriginal writer and inventor, David Unaipon, and Australia’s first female member of parliament, Edith Cowan.

CHEATER CHEATER PUMPKIN EATER

If you have a kid, or even know a kid about the age of 12 you will have heard of Fortnite.

This little entrepreneurial fella named Brandon Lucas ran a YouTube channel (with some 1.7 million subscribers) showing cheats for the game.

The makers of the game, Epic Games are pissed, so are suing him. fortnite-servers-1024x576

FACT: Apparently 40 million people play every single month!

ROYAL FEVER DOWN UNDER

Hazza and Megz have found themselves in the land down-under. They have been spruiking all things royal and charming and have even announced that their is a little gingernut in the oven.

The ginernut is due in Spring (actually autumn for us because we’re up-side-down-under) r0_0_800_600_w1200_h678_fmax

They kicked off their trip in Sydney catching zeds at Admiralty House (in case someone asks Admiralty House is the official posh place that the Governer-General resides when in Sydney – it overlooks Sydney Harbour).

They opened a new exhibit at the Zoo as well as heading to the Opera House.

They then went to Dubbo and bought the pommy rains with them, single-handedly making it look like we had been harping on about the drought for no good reason, but when you look closer you can see through the tiny shimmer of green dashed across the lawns.

Haz gave a brilliant speech about the importance of seeking help when struggling with mental health. He really showed again what a champion he is. a74abcd14a6e635ecee3f2bb41d46ee3

Fun fact: Megz baked bread at Admiralty House to take with her to Dubbo to share with some of the locals #WhatAStar #NeverTurnUpInTheCountryEmptyHanded

If you’re keen to try her bread here’s a link – The Tig Life Changing Bread (I hear she added choc chips and ginger)

Team Sussex will now head to Melbourne to continue their adventure.

See you next week!

 

 

{Locally Found} BECIS – Might just be the service you’re missing

I have lived in Bathurst just about my whole life and I didn’t know that this service existed. It’s a marvellous service that helps hundreds of local families. image002

Bathurst Early Childhood Intervention Service (BECIS) offers services for children aged 0 to 12 years. It means that you have access to a great community of support, without having to travel out of town.

BECIS offers a range of programs including:

  • Individualised. Speech, Occupational, Physio and Education sessions. These can occur at our service, at home, school and preschool, day care and education settings.
  • Leap into Learning Transition to school program
  • Art 2 Learn both free and NDIS session during school holidays
  • Food Fun a specialised feeding program
  • Squiggle Wiggle Jump movement program
  • Aqua play ( water confidence for children with sensory needs)
  • Social Skills education groups
  • Playconnect for children 0-6 with ASD or  like behaviours who need support during play ( Free to eligible families)
  • MyTime parents and carers support for children aged 0-18 years with a disability or chronic health condition ( Free to eligible families)
  • Consultation for staff and services

BECIS funding options include, NDIS packages, private health insurance, Medicare subsidised sessions (using an enhanced primary health care or mental health care plan) as well as offering fee for service options.

If you think this is something your little person might benefit from, contact BECIS directly for more information about medicare subsidised or fee for service options.

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{The Design Nest}Architecturally enhancing your open plan space

Architecturally enhancing your open plan space

It’s no secret that we love our open plan living spaces, who wouldn’t? They provide so many lifestyle options – spending time with family and friends, cooking together, yelling at the kids, telling off James at the office for eating all the Kingston biscuits. But I digress.

In architecture terms the issues we face with open plan is ending up with a soulless echo chamber. To avoid this, the best designs define the various zone by playing with changes in elevation, materials, natural light, furniture placement, etc etc. The point is design doesn’t happen by accident; by adding deliberate layers a space can become more interesting and enjoyable to be in (and ensures James and the Kingstons’ are within eyeshot).

Define Zones

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Think you can either have separate spaces or open plan? Nope, and that’s great news! The design of open plan can be manipulated into creating zones through various options such as floor level, floor materials, ceiling detail or as simply as your furniture configuration.

The beautiful home above shows a strong sense of separation even though the spaces are obviously in the same room – this has been achieved through the use of a sunken lounge. Originating from the 30s, the sunken lounge is making a comeback as the ultimate chill zone and space for intimate gatherings. But, be warned, don’t try it unless you make it a decent size. Anything small will come across as a pothole on the highway.

Create visual separation

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The Central West has some beautiful old homes, and many are being altered to suit modern families. When doing this, creating a clear visual separation between the old and the new can really enhance the sense of more space.

The image above with the cute photobomber shows the parquetry floors have been contrasted against crisp concrete in the new extension. Overall, this style of extension allows you to experience the best of both worlds with old world charm and contemporary living.

Use an island

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Kitchen islands are probably the most common design tool for defining zones, providing you have enough space.

Fun fact: most people don’t realise that open plan is so popular because of islands

A well-planned kitchen is not only functional, but give the added benefit of making people feel immediately at ease by knowing where they can and can’t be. A great example of this is any visitor will be instinctively aware of if they stay on the back side, they will be out of the way of the cook (and from being poked with any sharp objects).

Expert tip thanks to our favourite honey badger:

Remember the 7 P’s. Prior proper preparation prevents piss-poor performance

Christine Ghrayche, owner of One x One Interiors and lover of all things design, is a passionate interior designer, mother of 2, coffee addict, wine lover, and has called Orange home for

{The Design Nest} A more organised home

Tips and tricks for a more organised home.

Having the right storage without a doubt makes life easier and your home more enjoyable. But, doing it incorrectly can have the opposite effect, which sort of defeats the purpose.

Does this sound familiar? Overstuffed baskets that require a circus strong man to get off the shelf, kitchen drawers filled with utensils you haven’t touched since 2003, or the dreaded “man draw”. Here are some tips and tricks for a more organised home.

Think outside the box

Think about it, do you have any unused space in your home? Maybe a pokey corner, space under the bed, or even ceiling space? All of these things can be your friend and depending on your budget you can find solutions at iKea or via your favourite interior designer.

This fantastic floating shelf from the London home of Paul Benson and Paul West shows a variety of memorabilia on display but could easily be converted to be a smart bookshelf or a space to sit wicker baskets for holding anything from paperwork to cleaning products.Pinterest_home tour_paula benson and Paul west

Bigger is Better

Never underestimate the amount of space you need and when in doubt, bigger is better. A generously sized library wall, like this, is perfect for any sized space and can hold a large amount of books and other objects all in one location, reducing the potential for clutter in other areas.Pinterest

 

Deep Drawers

Now this is something I recommend to my clients 90% of the time. Moving away from the typical 600mm deep kitchen joinery and opting for 700mm instead, can make the world of difference in your kitchens functionality, with little impact on the overall flow of the space.

Yes, it’s a touch more expensive, but so worth it, your pots and pans will fit, your large plates can sit end to end without poking out, they can maybe even hide that cheeky bottle of wine.Gorgeous-and-Luxury-Kitchen-Design-and-Projects-16

It’s also easier to see the contents, making it more likely that you’ll keep things organised, including, should I even say it? The Tupperware draw, shock horror.

Don’t mismatch

With the advantage of cost effective and easily accessible homewares, it can be easy to get taken in by this seasons latest hot new thing. My advice, if you’re not prepared to do the lot, don’t bother. Yes, plain wicker might seem a bit unexciting, but it helps create order.

 

Expert Tip: Unfortunately common sense isn’t so common anymore, so before you decide to tackle any home organising (professional or not), remember to measure your space!

Christine Ghrayche, owner of One x One Interiors and lover of all things design, is a passionate interior designer, mother of 2, coffee addict, wine lover, and has called Orange home for

{Cook & Hack} Cookies for days

As a mum to four I am always on the lookout for easy ways to make lunchbox prep just that little bit easier. It not only means the kids are fed (WIN) but also that I maintain my sanity (Bigger WIN).

Today’s tip is for freezing cookies.

I often find myself going back to the same recipe and just altering it, depending what’s in the pantry. I have listed the recipe I use below, it is one of those recipes that has been changed over the years but seems to keep going through the years. Having said that, I imagine most cookie recipes would be adaptable to this method.

I will make this recipe, then plonk it onto baking paper ->

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Next roll into a long sausage and cut in half ->

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Roll the logs in baking paper, then surround with glad wrap ->

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Write on them (if you choose) then whack them in the freezer. I don’t know officially how long they last, but we are yet to find some that don’t unfreeze well.

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Simply pull them from the freezer about 30 minutes before you want to use them. The beauty of the freezer-roll-idea is that you can just cut little discs to put on the baking tray.

These little cookies made a great addition to the school lunchboxes.

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INGREDIENTS

250g butter (softened)

1/4 caster sugar

1/2 can condensed milk

2.5 cups of self-raising flour

METHOD

Preheat oven to 170º

Step 1: Beat together the sugar, condensed milk and butter.

Step 2: Slowly add (and stir) the flour.

Step 3: Mix in any additives you have in the pantry. (See hint below)

Step 4: Place teaspoon size balls onto a lined baking tray and slightly push down.

Step 5: Cook for approximately 10 minutes in preheated oven.

HINT: Our common additions are sultanas, sprinkles, chocolate drops.
We also sometimes plop a dollop of jam or nutella on top of the cookies before going in the oven.

Cookies cook VERY quickly.
They are ready once they start to change colour.