{The Weekly Nest} This week we endured tantrums, bunnies and the evolution of Mondee Night Trackie Night

This week has been a beautiful one in our little nest. We have received many new ‘likers’ on Facebook and we send out a massive high-five to all of you for sharing the love!CentralNestBlogNew

In our personal nest we are eagerly counting down the days until our new little birdy comes to say hello. I swear the last month of pregnancy has about 474,096 days..

It has been a testing week with the toddler-bird this week, the hubby-bird and I have started a daily announcement of ‘and today’s tantrum proudly bought to you by…’ tantrum

Here are some of the fabulous discussions we have entered this week:

                And today’s tantrum is proudly bought to you by:

  1. Because mummy refused to ring the firetruck people and tell them to come to our house so we can sign ‘hi’ to a fireman.
  2. Because mummy wouldn’t stop the rain
  3. Because the toy phone rang and Gracie wouldn’t take the call. Gracie is the dog.
  4. Because mummy wouldn’t ‘re-wrap’ the banana
  5. Because we wouldn’t paint our 4wd red instead of black
  6. Because we weren’t allowed to play with the garden edger
  7. Because we used the green cup, not the blue one.
  8. Because we used the blue cup, not the green one.
  9. Because they baby didn’t ‘hatch’ yet.
  10. Because we ran out of grapes.
  11. Because the cat didn’t want a hug.
  12. Because the mailman went past too quick.
  13. Because daddy went to work.
  14. Because the dog licked the door.

In other news, next weekend is a LOOOONG weekend (thank goodness!) and while you are sha-lumping around in a sugar coma from all the chocolate you will inevitably devour we have found some Black and White Bathroom inspo for you! Make sure you wrangle your own hubby-bird and head to Bunnings and get some shit sorted! ASAP.

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Gorgeous Bathroom Inspo for you!

We found a really interesting article that proved to be quite popular on the blog this week. The 6 Signs You’re Done Having Babies really hit home with some of our beautiful  Nesters. Some said they had that ‘gut’ feeling that they were done and some said they were still waiting on that feeling to hit. We love hearing from you and appreciate when you take the time to share your feelings and experiences with the little nest community.

 We discovered some brilliant Non-Chocolate Easter Gift Ideas this week for you, everyone gives chocolate but how about thinking outside the chocolate box this year? There is something in there for everyone! Something to keep, something to remember, something to keep the blood-sugars level!

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If you are looking for a tear-jerker read while sipping your warm cuppa then our story on The Most Powerful Thing You Can Say To Another Mother really tugged at the heartstrings. It shows that underneath it all we are bound by this invisible ribbon that ties all mama-birds together.

Another great style-go-to we learnt about this week was Chi Khi. To say we LOVE this new brand is the world’s biggest understatement! Kick-started by the beautifully talented Natalie Bassingthwaighte they offer funky, unisex designs for the most precious cargo of all, our little birdies. Add this site to your favourites like yesterday!

Whilst perusing our calendar (because you know, we are cool like that!) we realised that school holidays are only a sniff and fart away! If you are looking for something fun to keep your little birdie entertained these holidays then check out the awesome timetable from Bathurst PCYC. Offering everything from Circus Skills to Rock Climbing they surely have something to keep your mini-me occupied!

Another article that really resonated with you this week was our story about sisters.  Sometimes Sisters are like Blisters, Irritating and Annoying, But The There Are Other Times. Whilst bloody frustrating sometimes they are your ‘people’ and will always be there for you. Share this with your people.

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This week led to our life-changing discovery of Spylight. Now, let me break this down to you, you can actually purchase the look of your favourite TV star and have it sent directly to your home whilst in your trackie daks on a Mondee Night! How bloody sensational is that. Basically as soon as the episode airs the site uploads the look for you to buy!

Early in the week we found an article that while it discusses a less-than-fun topic it is really something you should consider. The reason why you should read 7 Signs You’re In An Unhappy Marriage is because it may just save your own relationship.

If you are looking to get out and about this weekend why not check some of these out?

  • Gold Crown is galloping forward this weekend! For more information check out www.goldcrown.com.au
  • Check out the Pop Up Cellar Door at Crago Mill Emporium in Piper Street, Bathurst on Saturday 28 March 2015 at 11am. You can sample local produce and wine. Plus loads of cheese and antipasto share platters!
  • On Friday 27 March 2015 the finals for the Elephant and Castle DJ of the Year are being held. Check out some fantastic talent.
  • The pioneer picnic is on Sunday 29 March 2015 from midday in Stanley Street opposite Old Government Cottage.
  • The PCYC has a safe drivers Course for Learner Drivers running this Sunday 29 March 2015 at 10am. Contact 6331 2191 for more information.weekend

With love,

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{The Nest Easter} Give the gift of no chocolate

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EVERYONE knows that Easter can be over-kill on the chocolate front!

So, because we are nice and stuff, we have put together some brilliant non-chocolate ideas for you this Easter (but, you know, don’t get crazy and forget to have at least some choc!)

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1. This gorgeous Country Road Bunny Tote just screams happiness on Easter morning ($39.95)

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2. Ladedah Kids will make any little birdy smile with this cute as a button Rabbit Mask and Tail Set ($40)peter alexander

3. If you princess needs a little comfort heading into the cooler months then these Peter Alexander Stripe Bunny PJs are for you ($49.95)

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4. Down That Little Lane have these whimsical ‘Mr Bunny’ cushions available that will lighten up any room ($49)pippins girl

5. There are simply just not enough words to describe our love of this WordsETC Pippins’ Girl Art Print ($29)cotton on

6. For the little man in your life, look no further than the Cotton On Tribal Fox PJs ($29.95)

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7. The “Mr Hopkins” Cot Duvet Cover from Burrow and Be is fantastic and timeless ($95)

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8. For the perfect cuddles on Easter morning then look no further than the warmness of the Bashful Bunny from Lark ($21.95) You can be guaranteed this will be loved for a lot of Easters to come.

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9. We are dying over this Chinguliscreations (available on EtSY) ridiculously gorgeous Crochet Bunny Set to dress your tiniest bunny this Easter ($52.33)bunny onesie

10. Any little bunny is going to be warm and adorable in this Seed Heritage Bunny Onesie ($49.95)adairs

11. How stinkin’ adorable is this Adairs Animal Face Bunny? This is sure to to be a hit in any household ($29.95)

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12. For the big bunny in your life why not show your real love and grab them something special, personalised and made with love from JASITUP Hand stamped? We are in love with this bar necklace ($POA)

Happy Easter Nesters xo

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{The Nest Can Cook} How about some delicious Easter Bunny Bark?

Looking for something a little bit different this Easter? How about creating your very own Easter Bunny Bark?

Delicious, colourful and fun (and luckily because you are making it for Easter the calories don’t count right?!)

Easter Bunny Bark

You can find the recipe and how-to here -> Easter Bunny Bark

Happy Easter Nesters!

 

{Cook this} Roll me in sprinkles and call me chocolate balls

Let me start by making a public service announcement. These are not good for you. AT ALL. Not even in your wildest ‘but chocolate comes from cocoa which comes from a tree that makes it a plant, therefore is pretty much the same as a salad‘ justifications will this ever be good for you.

BUT. THEY. ARE. EASY. POPULAR. DELICIOUS. LITTLE. TREATS

The chocolate balls are super simple (like even I can make them, okay admittedly the three year old little birdie did most of the work) but we made them for a party we had and they went quicker than Miley Cyrus’ Disney Contract.

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You can find the original recipe here at the fabulous -> The Organised Housewife blog.

Feel free to live dangerously and perhaps even roll them in coconut.. or honeycomb… or more cocoa…. or milo…. or really anything that you think will add another 40bazillion calories.

Just remember Nesters that these are simply a sometimes food… Like sometimes you just neeeeeeeed them.

Happy cooking Nesters!

Hey, hey, Donna Hay

I have a slight obsession with a beautiful and clever brunette who is just the ants pants as far as I am concerned. She can turn everyday boring ingredients into a work of art and teaches somewhat average cooks (read: me) to make food to impress.

My girly crush is on non-other than Donna Hay, but what I didn’t know was that she was now solving my gift giving issues as well! What a superstar.

The Kitchen Starter Kit $129.75

The Kitchen Starter Kit $129.75

Donna Hay now sells hampers that you can send to your nearest and dearest (or to me). What a fabulous idea! Gift giving problem solved!

Brownie Baker Kit $49.95

Brownie Baker Kit $49.95

Get your cookie on

There is nothing nicer than the delicious aroma of baking cookies on a cold winters day. This is a recipe I find on the Taste website a while ago. It has definitely been a hit in our family.

Thank you TASTE for this delicious recipe

Thank you TASTE for this delicious recipe

You will need:

  • 150g softened butter
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate bits
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate bits

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick paper. Beat 150g softened butter, 1/2 cup caster sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extract for 1-2 minutes or until smooth and well combined. Beat in 1 egg.
  2. Stir in 1 3/4 cups plain flour in two batches. Stir in 1/2 cup dark choc bits and 1/2 cup milk choc bits until evenly distributed. Spoon tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place on the lined trays. Press down slightly.
  3. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until light golden and cooked. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

THE NEST NOTES:  You can substitute any additive to this recipe. On occasions when we have not had chocolate we substituted and gave them new names. We have added sprinkles (Princess fairy cookies) or sultanas (lumpy rock cookies) or even lollies such as smarties (clown cookies).

ENJOY!