Friday, July 27, 2012

Lots a lovin'

Loving girls who cook dinner..
Miss 11 is a Masterchef fan and the latest series here in Aussie has only just finished this week.
I didn't even need to buy anything because they told me it was a pantry challenge. Bonus!
Miss 6 was great at peeling apples but cleared out at 'peel the potatoes'
When I asked her what do Masterchef's do when they finish cooking (hint: clean up) she quickly came back with 'step away from the bench' .. funny kid!

we ate Potato topped mince pie.. the rear one is allergy friendly!
and for dessert... a deconstructed apple crumble!
with fresh banana icecream!

The girls peeled, cooked and pureed the apples and made the crumble.

So impressed they could do all this from scratch... so FULL!!!
(so hoping this happens every Friday night!)

Loving that my little Masterchef is taking after her mother....
Finishes cooking and jumps on the couch to do a spot of crochet!

Loving HAPPY mail.. my FAVOURITE NZ magazine
from the lovely Louana at NZ Green Buttons, thanks Louana, it made my day!!

And Loving that this afternoon I found out I won this fabulous giveaway from one of my all time favourite blogs! Check out her fab craft suitcase tutorial, I recently made one for Miss 11's birthday - will blog about it ...soon. Thanks Megan!!!

And we are still LOVING this crazy kittencat Tosca
She had a lot of 'boy' cats hanging around waiting to woo her last week... so this week she had her little 'operation'.
The vet said - keep her quiet, don't encourage her to run, play etc. Um. yeah sure. She is a KITTEN and she's crazy. She's climbing walls, leaping over tables ...all with great big stitches up her tummy! And she's trying to pull out the stitches.. I am seriously considering yarn bombing the cat!

But when she does have a rest, she likes to practice yoga...

phew (huge loving post!!)

Linking up with the lovely Meghan

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

11 years ...

Today this beautiful, kind, funny, creative, empathetic, crazy girl is 11.

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl... and please stop growing so fast (at 155cm & size 8 women's shoes! already!)

I love your sense of adventure, you compassion and the kindness you show to others. I love that you are YOU and that you don't want to be a copy of anyone else.

At 11 you are loving 
: : polka dots
: : owls
: : kombis
: : netball (and what a great defender you are!)
: : rainbows
: : kittens
: : One Direction
: : Masterchef

Stay strong in who you are sweetheart, because you are amazing!


Monday, July 16, 2012

Guest Post: Sisterhood LOVEBOMB

Today I am so excited to introduce my first ever guest post on Kiwi At Heart. 
Let me introduce you to the very lovely Sophie, the mastermind behind The Sisterhood. The Sisterhood is something I feel so passionate about and I love what Sophie is doing.
Sophie is a Mum to a beautiful little girl, a wife and crafter, she blogs over at Sophie Slim
Here's Sophie's post to tell you all about The Sisterhood.

a LOVEBOMB destined for a special birthday celebration

Hello Leonie Lovers!

It is so nice to be joining with you today, I am Sophie Slim, and I run a little something called The Sisterhood which is what I'm here to share with you. I'm here because I think everyone should know about The Sisterhood!

It started in January 2012, this year, through a late night thought I had when I was thinking about all of the people I knew in Blog-Land. Amazing ladies who I had conversed with, laughed with, shed tears with and grown with. Ladies who I admired, looked up to, and also wanted to extend a helpful hand to.

Theres a little problem with blogging though isn't there? Most of us only know each other through our computer screens, but I'm sure you'll agree with me, you can really know someone through their blog.

So that night I mustered up all the courage I had, I put out the call, and asked other bloggers to join me in blessing a few people. I had a particular blogger in mind. She was a new mum, struggling with sleep, and I thought if we sent her a thing or two in the mail it might just make one night a little bit easier to cope with.

The Sisterhood was born.

Over the last few months I have watched it explode in front of my eyes - ladies all across New Zealand, and even the rest of the world, have jumped into it head first as they have become Sisters. 

We have had the privilege of being involved in a lot of smiles over the last few months - Gifts, date money, novels, warm clothing, and most recently birthday gifts to a solo Mum and six "Love Bomb" parcels to deserving ladies around the country.

The media got wind of that last one and we have been on the front page of kiwi mummy blogspublished in 3 newspapers, talked about on radio and have a magazine article due out soon.

We're planning more Love Bombs again, 10 of them are going out shortly thanks to the generosity of complete strangers!

I'm here today telling you all of this to encourage you, whatever side you are on: If you are in need of a helping hand, if you are feeling alone, struggling, hurt: Know that there are people out there who care. You. Are. Not. Alone.

Also know that there are incredibly generous people out there spreading love. This amazes me everyday! Strangers blessing other strangers just because they can. Just because they care. It blows my mind and makes me swell with pride. Women looking after other women. Beautiful. I am so blessed to be a part of The Sisterhood!!

So I just want to thank you: Thank you for getting up each day. Thank you for doing whatever it is you do to the best of your ability. Thank you for smiling. Thank you for loving your family, or your job, or your pets, or whatever it is you spend your time on. Thank you! I think you are worth celebrating. You make this world a better place.

Thats what The Sisterhood is here to do: Celebrate you! If you would like to find out more about us, head to my blog or join our facebook page.

Leonie, thank you so much for letting me share your space in the internet world and thank you for all of your support for The Sisterhood! You are one of our loudest cheerleaders xx


Friday, July 13, 2012

Loving the rainforest

Mt Tibrogargan

This past weekend we explored a little further afield from where we live on the northside of Brisbane.

We visited the quaint little Sunshine Coast Hinterland townships of Maleny and Montville.

We went for two rainforest walks through the Mary Cairn Cross Park and Kondilalla Falls.

We visited a wonderful Organic shop and marvelled at the Glasshouse Mountains and Mt Tibrogargen which was covered in mist with a rainbow touching it... beautiful.

We are embracing the beauty of where we live.

Linking up with

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Their Creative Space

It's school holidays here, and that means its all about the kids getting their craft on!

A friend's daughter carefully machine sews for the first time - her sewing was perfect.
The completed Owl Softies... using this tutorial here (mostly)

The younger girls made these beautiful softies using the pattern in one of my sewing books Sew Darn Cute

What crafting are your kids doing these holidays? Do you like to sew with them?