{Locally found} Bianca Villa in Lithgow is where you should be..

Do yourself a favour and run (don’t walk!) into the gorgeous treasure trove that is Bianca Villa in Lithgow.

Located in Main Street, Lithgow they have wonderful pieces that will make your house feel more like a home and simply just make your heart sing.

Pretty. Practical. Perfect.

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I am personally lusting over the metal lockers. LOVE!

Happy shopping Nesters!

{Look} Play That Funky Music straight into my earbud

Whether its for working out, chilling out, zoning out or simply pimping out your look here are some of the sweetest earbuds around.

Play That Funky Music: 15 Earbuds

{Cook} Let us go go towards the VoVos

So this one time I stumbled across the coolest thing for you to make this Australia Day weekend. Homemade Iced VoVos is where it is at.

Get your little mini-aussies and get your bitchin’ self into the kitchen and cook up these bad boys.

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Yum. Delicious. Delightful.

Thank you Womans Day for this genius recipe.

Just remember these are a sometimes food…

Enjoy Nesters!

{Delicious} Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

Soooo, this probably, maybe, definitely isn’t likely to be the best help for any health new years resolutions you have made in the last few days but this was just too pretty/delicious/cute not to share.

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Buzzfeed has compiled 33 of the best cakes you are likely to see in a while. You can find the link here -> Buzzfeed – Cutest Cakes of 2013

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There is everything from cheesecakes to ombre to gummy bears.

As they say, “If you ever doubt that the world is a beautiful place, just remember: We’ll always have sugar, butter and flour”.

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Happy sugar loading 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.

{Review} Valco Zee Spark Duo

There is absolutely nothing better than local knowledge. Someone who has actually tried something before you want to buy it. Knowing the good, the bad and the downright annoying features of a pram prior to buying one can save many tears and hormonal tantrums.

Now add in the fact that you are buying for twins and everything gets just a little bit tougher.

Our pram reviews are one of the most popular sections of the blog and today Joanna tells us about the Valco Zee Spark Duo. valco dup

Family:

I have twins who are 11 months old.

The Pram:

I have a Valco Zee Spark Duo.

Why the Zee Duo?

I have had this pram for about 12 months now. I chose it because I wanted a twin pram that enabled me to have parent facing options. It was also the slimmest side by side that allowed this.

Also, I wanted a pram I would have from birth until I didn’t need it anymore.

I particularly liked that it came with bassinets that then turn into seats, so I didn’t need extra parts. Some other brands I would have to buy the bassinet attachment as an extra – costing quite a lot with twins. This pram was well priced as well, under $650.00

Additional attachments:

It has a drink holder section included on the back of the seats and a basket underneath.

It also comes with two boot covers, which was fantastic for my little ones in winter.

Favourite feature:

To me it looks to have all the features of a Bugaboo Donkey side by side, without the price tag!

It has fantastic canopy cover over the pram as well, which is great for keeping the sun of newborns and kids, but they can still see out!

Plus, it was handy to be able to remove the bassinet style seat easily to put a baby down to sleep if I was not at home.

Least favourite feature:

There are a couple of old buildings in this town where we don’t fit through the doorways – but generally I can go everywhere in town. It is large though, but I don’t know many twins prams that aren’t!

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Yes, a quick lift of the tabs and it collapses down. You can collapse it with the seats on also, making it super easy to set up again later.

Would you recommend this pram?

I definitely would, it’s been fantastic for me and I’d buy it again in a second. I know at least 5 other twins Mums that have it also!

It’s relatively new, only came out in August 2012 I think, but I’ve also found Valco to be amazing for customer service.

Pricing:

I paid $639.00 for it.

You can find more information about the Duo at http://www.valcobaby.com.au/product/spark_duo

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Thanks to the wonderful Joanna for taking the time to help review her pram – We appreciate your ongoing support of the Central Nest.

{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!