Five on Friday

28 November 2014

Friday is finally here!
Another two Friday link ups: Five on Friday with Christina and friends, and Oh Hey Friday with Karli and Amy.

1. Last day of School. It is a sad Friday as we say goodbye to SJ's first play school. SJ started at Jolly Tots in April and she has loved every day of school. Her teacher Jennie and assistant Khosi are the most wonderful, happy and friendly ladies. We have been so blessed with such a special school and we are very sad to say goodbye.

2. Teacher Gifts. Last week, I posted a few ideas for teacher gifts and I decided to get creative and use a few to spoil the special teachers at school. They loved them!

3. Class friends gifts. We can't spoil the teachers and not the little friends. We made little reindeer with red lollipops for SJ's little class mates - a thank you for being my friend this year and merry christmas.

4. Christmas Art. We received a big envelope of all SJ's art today - and such cute Christmas ideas that I'm sure she had lots of fun painting and decorating during her school days.

5. New beginnings. SJ will start Play Group at a new school in the new year. We have found a lovely private school close to home that starts from age 3 through to high school. She already loves it after spending hours playing at the Open Day and we are very excited for next year! How cute are her bags and hat?

Have a happy weekend

Blogger Secret Santa

27 November 2014

This years Blogger Secret Santa hosted and organised by Kelly Lubbee is going to be BIGGER and BETTER than previous years... I cannot wait to get shopping and wrapping and posting.

How to:
If you are a blogger (from anywhere in the world) then you should participate in the Christmas swap. In order to take part in the Secret Santa this year, all you need to do is email Kelly the following information and do the following steps:

1. Your name, cellphone number physical/postal address and blog link
2. Kelly will link you up with a swap partner (every year she tries to make fair so who you will be sending to will not be the person whom you will receive a gift from).
3. Check out their blog, follow them on social fronts and find out what they like.
4. Buy your blogger a gorgeous gift and wrap it up all pretty and send it off to them.
5. In return, when you r receive your prezzie, thank your Santa and do a blog post on the gift you received.

It may be short notice but we would love anyone and everyone who is a blogger to take part. Please email Kwlly as soon as possible with your information and she will start pairing you up.

The cut off date is next Monday, 1st of December and she will send out details of each of the partners on Wednesday, 3rd December so that we can all get cracking before it gets too chaotic!

Please email:

Whose joining in?

Chicken Soup: Love Notes

26 November 2014

via Pinterest

I cannot explain what this precious book: Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul does for my soul - so heart warming and genuine.

Love Notes

From the time each of my children started school, I packed their lunches. And in each lunch i packed, I included a note. Often written on a napkin, the note might be a thank you for a special moment, a reminder of something we were happily anticipating, or a bit of encouragement for an upcoming test to sporting event.

In early grade school they loved their notes - they commented on them after school, and when I went back to teachog, they even put motes in my lunches. But as kids grow older they become self-conscious and by the time he reached high school, my older son, Marc, informed he no longer needed my daily missives. Informing him that they had been written as much for me as for him, and that he no longer needed to read them but I still needed to write them, I continued the tradition until the day he graduated.

Six years after high school graduation, Marc called and asked if he could move home for a couple of months. He had spent those years well, graduating Phi Beta Kappa magna cum laude from college, completing two congressional internships in Washington DC, winning the Jesse Marvin Unruh Fellowship to the California State Legislature and finally, becoming legislative assistant in Sacramento. Other than short vacation visits, however, he had lived away from home. With his younger sister leaving for college, I was especially thrilled to have Marc coming home. 

A couple weeks after Marc arrived home to rest, regroup and write for a while, he was back at work - he had been recruited to do campaign work. Since I was still making lunch every day for his younger brother, I packed one for Marc too. Imagine my surprise when i got a call from my 24-year-old son, complaining about his lunch.

"Did I do something wrong? Aren't I still your kid? Don't you love me anymore, Mom?" were just a few of the questions he threw at me as I laughingly asked him what was wrong. "My note, Mom," he answered. "Where's my note?"

This year my youngest son will be a senior in high school. He, too, has now announced that he is too old for notes. But like his brother and sister before him, he will receive these notes until the day he graduates - and in whatever lunches I pack for him afterwards.

 - Antoinette Kuritz - 

Anyone else wiping the tears from their eyes?
I have always loved the idea of these lunch notes, and have packed a few for MC (back in the day). I cannot wait for my girls to be able to read so I can start writing lunch notes again.

Christmas Wish List: For Her

25 November 2014

I cannot believe it is almost Christmas time - time for decorations, Christmas shopping and silly season parties and events. I love the gift of giving and could easily be hired as a personal shopper... I spend ages shopping up a storm, wrapping everything with Christmas cheer and filling Christmas stockings! 

And if Father Christmas were to leave a gift or two under the tree for me (hint hint) - these would be on my list:

Christmas 2014

1. Monogrammed mug. There is nothing better than gold and personalisation to enjoy Christmas tea
2. Fossil tote bag. I am in love with these big tote bags in neutral colours
3. Triangl bikini. All the rage, amazing fabric and this cute colour combo
4. Ugg slippers. Heaven on my feet
5. Avon perfume. The smell I have been searching for
6. Clarisonic. Changing the way we wash our face
7. Fossil purse. Love this leather purse

What is on your Christmas list this year?

Summer is here...

24 November 2014

There is no season that makes me happier than Summer...
And no better feeling than the sun shining down on us...
Summer is here!

This weekend, I spent some quality time with SJ and EN in the sun - we swam and splashed, EN giggled in the freezing cold water and SJ hopped from the big pool to her little splash pool - so confident in the water. An awesome morning in the sun and then falling asleep in the breeze of the aircon smelling like sun tan lotion - a perfect Summer's Day.

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