{Keep Calm and Blog On} The Girl Has Sparke visited our Millthorpe

The Girl Has Sparke is our latest blog crush.

Written superbly from a lovely twenty-something Canberrarian named Megan it is classy and hilarious and simply good reading.

Our favourite article so far is this one -> Foodies Guide to Weekend in Millthorpe. Admittedly, we might be a little bit biased due to her obvious love of Millthorpe which is situated in our own backyard, but she is brilliant in her review of a perfect little weekend location.

Milthorpe through the eyes of The Girl Has Sparke

Millthorpe through the eyes of The Girl Has Sparke

Grab a cuppa and head over and check her out, because every girl has a little bit of Spark(e).

{The Nest Eats} All aboard the taco truck

This is a genius way to help your little-birdies eat tacos!

Such a simple idea that your little ones are sure to enjoy.

taco truck

At only $18.95 (two trucks) this is a fun, clever addition to any kitchen table.

You can get your own Taco Trucks from the awesome team at Lime Tree Kids

Happy Mexican eating Nesters!

{The Nest Can Cook} Steamed dot-dot cupcakes, just do it.

Cooking is for me, is what classical music is for smart people. Relaxing. Enjoyable. Escapism.

I really enjoy finding exciting, new ways to cook. Ways, that aren’t exactly the norm.

Steamed cupcakes – who-woulda-thunk-it?cupcakes

These little bad-boys look like little dreams I can’t wait to try out!

You can find the recipe here -> Steam cupcakes: Apam Dot Dot

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Enjoy cooking Nesters!

{Cook this} Quinoa for little-birds? Hells yes!

Look I am as interested in superfoods as much as the next person but when your kale tastes stale and your kids go mental when they see lentils, it is easy to lose heart and give the little-birdies nuggets for dinner again.

Rest easy nesters, help is at hand. Here is a fabulously easy way to introduce the power of quinoa to your fussy little-birds.

quinoa ballsOne Handed Cooks – Quinoa Balls

Trust me when I say these are easy, tasty and a real crowd pleaser. The toddler-bird helped make them, then scoffed 5 of them straight on the cooling rack. Certainly a hit.

Why not give these a try tonight?

Plus, I feel like a champion because my little-birds now eat quinoa!

{Food} Snack on this, and no it’s not a soggy pear or ‘gourmet’ Vegemite sanga..

Some days I am very motivated and my children eat the proper serves of fruit and vegetables a day, drink copious amounts of water and spend the afternoon snacking on organic hummus and carrots. Then, more commonly are the other days where a Vegemite sandwich is turned gourmet because I slap on a slice of Kraft ‘plastic’ cheese and cut it into triangles. one handed

Preparing healthy, delicious and nutritious meals some days is tough but is made easier by the fabulous team at One Handed Cooks.

I can honestly say they have saved my kids from a future of honey on toast and a soggy pear cut into quarters.

They make meals that are easy, practical and completely possible whilst holding a sack of potatoes on your hip (read: unhelpful, teething 10 month old) at the same time as negotiating with toddler bird on the pros and cons of wrapping the cat in toilet paper.

Plus, you now have less of an excuse for baby bird (and the whole family) to eat poorly when out-&-about or snacking. One Handed Cooks have provided a generous list of healthy snacks you can make and take with you. Some of the fabulous choices are:

  1. Edible necklace
  2. Kale chips
  3. Fruit skewers
  4. Roast pumpkin loaf
  5. Quinoa balls
  6. Muesli bars
  7. Apricot coconut balls
  8. Vegetable sausage rolls
  9. Mini spelt pizza
  10. Roast veggie tarts
  11. Meatballs

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I really recommend putting One Handed Cooks into your favourites, for in time your little birdies will thank you for it.

Happy cooking nesters!

{Raising Little Girls} Your words matter to those who matter most.

Daily Life recently published an article written by Kasey Edwards.

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This was a powerful piece written to her mother. It is worth reading – Especially if you have daughters.

I cannot actually stress how important this is to read if you have little girls in your life.

Do you realise the impact every single little word has upon their tiny, impressionable ears? Do you see what they see? What will they learn about themselves from you?

Please read this and share it.

Your words matter to those who matter most.