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18.4.14

Weekend Rewind XXII: That holiday feeling


The sun is shining (at last!) and we're down the coast annoying the grandparents and cousins. It's beautiful here.

What are you up to this weekend?

That's it from me... I'd much rather you read each other's posts than keep you here reading one of mine.

THANK YOU for joining the Weekend Rewind list, hosted by Maxabella lovesLife, Love and Hiccups and Sonia Styling. To be part of this week's reading list, link up your favourite post from the week just gone (or posts if you were particularly on fire!). Then settle in to read some wonderful stuff from your fellow bloggers: no pressure to read, but it's always worthwhile.

Happy, happy reading and happy, happy easter!

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16.4.14

Other People's Parties: DIY Lego Party

In honour of The Lego Movie being out all over town for the holidays, I thought I'd kick off my new mum-party-tastic series (obviously featuring Other People's Parties) with Emma's brilliant Lego Party.

I've been mates with Emma from Frog, Goose and Bear for years now (it's funny how it sneaks up on you!). You could call it an online meeting of like souls - just like me, Emma loves to make a fuss over her kids' parties, like me she likes them to look good, but like me, she also knows that the good looks are just for 'us'. Kids don't care about aesthetics; they just want it to be so much fun that they get hysterical and scream a lot.

Invite

Emma wrote the details of the party on Lego blocks, built a tower, photographed it and yippee! It's a Lego party and you're invited!

Decorate

Emma made the cutest drink bottles by adding a coloured label and then stick the circles on using mounting tape. The tape gives it the 3D effect. The bunting was made the same way. You've just got to have bunting at a party, or a garland or something stringy. It' a must.

I love the number 6 on the Lego board and the coloured stripey straws. Little details make such a difference.

See these Lego temporary tattoos? Emma made them. No, she really did. If you follow her tutorial, you too could be making your own tattoos. I wanna!

Eat
These are marshmallows with edible pen faces! Just add food colouring to water and dip the marshmallows in, allow to dry and then draw on the sweet faces. Nice one, Emma.

Jelly pots are so easy to make - you just have to be patient! Make the first colour and pour it in, allow to set. Make the second colour, allow to cool and pour it on top of the first colour and so on... allow for lots of fridge space!

Lego sambies were made by cutting out small circles and buttering them onto the top of the bread.

Using red, yellow and blue (and orange!) as the foodie theme, Emma and the kids made Lego biscuits by icing store-bought bickies and adding some Smarties on top. Fun party food doesn't have to be complicated!


Such a divine cake for this theme, although Emma did mention that the red cake nearly did her in. Red food colouring is so hard to work with - it's always pink, pink, pink! The circles are iced Oreo cookies (again, not something Emma recommends tackling!).

Play
Pin the mouth on the Lego man. "Pin the" is such a great game for any party - you can always come up with something needing pinning. Kids love the whole blindfold / spin me around / pin the mouth on my friend instead thing ( note to self: use sticky tape!).

Obligatory Lego free-play area.

Like me, Em knows the power of a good party colouring in competition. I always have this going as the activity when kids are first arriving, so everyone is occupied while they wait for all comers and the party is off to a nice start.

A "guess the number of Lego pieces" competition.

Lego Toss! I'll be this one was great fun. Any game that requires kids to throw stuff is guaranteed to be a hit. Emma was brave having this one inside...

Thank
A small packet of Lego and some Lego sugar lollies (which Emma packaged neatly into a clear tube) were the guests' take-home gift. For prizes for the games, Emma made Lego chocolates using a Lego mold purchased on eBay. I love that even the prizes are handmade at Emma's house.

Thanks for sharing your Lego party with us all, Em.

Are your kids Lego mad? Reckon you could make a Lego party now?



Emma is mum to three kids called Frog, Goose and Bear. She is happiest when being crafty and creative. Her blog is full of really special activities for kids, including crafty projects, recipes they'll actually eat, games to play and so much more. 

It goes without saying that her parties are simply extraordinary



If you have a partylicious DIY party you'd like me to feature here, please get in touch!

Pin of the Day: Pumpkin ravioli with brown butter sauce and pecans


When I first clicked on this image in Pinterest to see where it led, I confess that I thought the blog URL was called Julia's Bum. This is not the case.

Julia's Album has a fantastic list of delicious-sounding recipes all neatly organised so you can actually find things. I like that in a food blog. I've spent so long trying to find stuff on food blogs that I was beginning to wonder if the internet was easier than a book after all...

Aside from all the chocolate recipes Julia has conjured, I especially like the sound of this pumpkin ravioli - it's got pasta, it's got butter, it's got nuts and it's got pumpkin - so it's good for you. I don't care what they say, brown food is just so much yummier than other coloured food.

Visit Julia's Bum, sorry Album or click on the image above to repin the pin!


What colour is your favourite food...?


15.4.14

A morning in the life of Auburn


The old guy outside the Turkish pizza shop wanted me to take his photo. "You take one of me in front of the mosque?" he asked, gesturing to the mural behind him.

"But why do you want me to take your photo?" I asked, secretly thrilled that I didn't even have to ask.

"I want to spread my beauty to all," he said and laughed and laughed.





Auburn is that kind of place. I took the old fella's photo and then all the other regulars wanted their photo taken too. Then a strong Turkish coffee appeared, "sit, sit, you sit!" they all commanded. So I sat.

"You're a very beautiful woman," one septuagenarian leered.

"Yeah, thanks," I shrugged.

"Very, very beautiful. So beautiful."

"You know, one beautiful is kind of nice, but more than one is totally creepy, you know that, right?"

"Creepy? What's this creepy?"

"She means back off grandpa or she'll have you arrested," the young guy at the table behind us guffawed.





Fevzi runs the delicatessen next door. He's been there for twenty years, but he changed the name to Elif Market when his grandaughter Elif was born ten years ago. From under the counter he produced a 2007 Who magazine and flipped to the page marked with a Post-It. "This is Elif," he said, pride spilling from his face. "She used to be a little model but she doesn't want to do it anymore."

"She's very beautiful," I said, eerily echoing the old timers from next door. "Very beautiful."

"But my grandson is my real pride and joy," Fevzi added, pulling a framed portrait of his grandson from under the counter. "Can you take my photo with him?"

I snapped the shot of Fezi holding the photo of his grandson and took Fevzi's email address to send him a copy. "I do it all," he said. "Email, internets, searching with the Goggles. I'm keeping up with my grandson."

As I was leaving, Fevzi pushed a small bag of cashews across the counter towards me. "A gift!" he exclaimed merrily.

"You are too kind, I love cashews."

"For you to share with someone you love," he said simply.







Over by the shopping mall is a huge muralled staircase, rising up like a rainbow in a dank grey sky. The colour draws you in and I stopped to watch kids race each other to the top and back down again and up to the top once more. Grocery carts, prams, trolleys, wayward toddlers, shopping bags - all life was hauled up and down those kaleidoscope steps.







"I hardly notice the steps anymore," the lady behind the sweet counter laughed. "I suppose they're fun, but I'm too busy walking up them to see them."

"We're spoiled with colour every day here in Auburn," her colleague added. "Everyone loves colour here."






 "The young girls, all they want is to wear black - like you!" Ahmed mused as he folded rainbow scarves in his clothing shop. "But they still like the bling!"

"They like no such thing," his customer disagreed. "My granddaughter's dress more conservatively than me! No style whatsoever! They get around looking so drab."

"Not if they come into my shop, right?"

"Never in here," she agreed.







When I walked past the pizza shop on my way back to the car, another Turkish coffee was pushed towards me. "Go on! It's your last chance!"

"Oh, I'll be back," I said. "This suburb feels like a holiday."

"Of course! Why travel when you can go to Auburn?"






What suburb feels like a holiday to you?




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