Saturday, 19 April 2014

Easter Sunday Chit Chat

Did anybody else have Myspace back in the day and fill out these questionaries all the time? They filled in many a (cough cough) study break at Uni. No kids, I do not encourage you filling these in during your study breaks. Thanks Gold Coast Mumma for instructing me to do this! 

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6.45 - sleep in. 
2. How do you like your steak? Bloody. 
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The Great Beauty: 8/10.
4. What is your favorite TV show? I just caught up on the past few episodes of the RHOM on youtube. It is A+ tv watching!
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Happy here in Melbourne for now.

6. What did you have for breakfast? Porridge with strawberries and seeds. And then Tivoli Bakery hot cross buns with lots of butter! And a Haigh's choccy frog! It's Easter.
7. What is your favorite cuisine? I am really thinking about this..... you know what, I don't know! I like them all. I can't go past anything cooked in duck fat or butter or garlic, so let's say french.
8. What foods do you dislike? Aniseed. Bluuur! and parsley. So overpowering.
9. Favorite Place to eat? Way too hard a question. 

10. Favorite dressing? Garlic, lemon juice, mustard and olive oil.
11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? Wrangler! 

12. What are your favorite clothes? Anything comfortable. I hate uncomfortable clothes.
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? India.
14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Full. And filling.
15. Where would you want to retire? Never in one place.
16. Favorite time of day? Morning and Sunset. 

17. Where were you born? On the seaside. Mornington.
18. What is your favorite sport to watch? I love the equestrian in the olympics, but other than that I'm not a sport watcher.
19. Bird watcher? I would rather bird watch than sport watch. But no.
20. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning. Night. I'm just an all day kind of person!
21. Do you have any pets? 2 dogs. 2 fish. More than enough!
22. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? Not right this minute.
23. What did you want to be when you were little? A vet. My younger brother, he wanted to be a lolly pop lady. That joke never gets old in our family.
24. Are you a cat or dog person? Dog.
25. What was your last drink? Soda stream. I am hooked on it. Sometimes I think I just like the sound the machine makes.
26. Always wear your seat belt? Yes, and I always make sure everyone else is wearing one too.
27. Any pet peeves? Phone/laptop/ipad/camera running out of battery.
28. Favorite Pizza Toppings? 

29. Favorite Flower? Hydrangea. We planted about 10 baby hydrangea a few months ago in the front garden... pretty!
30. Favorite ice cream? Hokey Pokey.
31. Favorite fast food restaurant? I have to say my own, even though it won't be open for another couple of months!
32. How many times did you fail your driver's test? None. 

33. From whom did you get your last email? Likely an online store. I have signed up to way too many databases.
34. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Don't put ideas in my head.
35. Do anything spontaneous lately? Yesterday I spontaneously stayed in my pj's all day, it was lovely.
36. Like your job? Love it.
37. Broccoli? Yes.
38. What was your favorite vacation? Myanmar. Burma. Friends of ours charted a boat and 12 of us spent 2 weeks floating around the archipelago. I'd only known BB for a few months then and couldn't believe that is how people holiday, it was like a dream.
39. Last person you went out to dinner with? BB and the baby-sons. We had burgers on Chapel Street - nothing fancy.
40. What are you listening to right now? Peace and quiet because the kids are napping. 

41. What is your favorite color? Black, white, grey, blue and any shade of pink.
42. How many tattoos do you have? None. Not for me.
43. What time is it? It's time for lunch.
44. Coffee ?? Is kind of how I've made my living.

The end. 

You will never get the few minutes it took you to read that back. Sorry. I'm running off to the family egg hunt now. Happy Easter. Or if you don't celebrate Easter, happy holiday!

Friday, 18 April 2014


I went to Tokyo in 2011 not long after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan. A lot of people cancelled their travel plans at the time so it was very quiet. A few days was all I had there but it was enough for me to fall in love with the city. I need to go back!



Tokyo Museum: 

Fish market (hello squid):

Ramen at Chuka Soba Inoue at the fish market. We found it by accident but apparently it is where the serious ramen lovers go. Huge queue but so good!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Little Buddy

(legs like these shouldn't be covered up with pants)

I love this dress because it is long enough and stretchy enough to get down (and dirty). Can't even tell how much I stretched it out 6 months ago!

Shoes: Hobes

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Moose Toys Giveaway

Sponsored by Moose

Recently I went along to the Toy Fair in Melbourne and was given a tour of the Moose World exhibit. Much to my kids delight, I went home stockpiled with toys, crafts and games. Right in time for the Easter holidays! 

Moose Toy Giveaway

Here are my top 5 Moose toy picks based on what I have seen and tested, and a giveaway below!

1. Dobble. 
I love games that involve the whole family and this one has been getting a work out in our house since I brought it home.  Dobble is a card game sort of like Snap. It takes speed, observation and quick reflexes. 55 cards, 8 symbols on each, and only one matching symbol between every 2 cards. Won game of the year last year.

2. Glitzi Globes.
My Aunty gave Anika a Glitzi Globes Showcase set for Christmas and we've been using the 3 packs ($9.99) as an incentive for good behaviour and good school work (bribery gets you everywhere), so she loved the ocean themed globes I brought home. There are 6 themes altogether and they can be displayed, played with, or put on the jewellery pieces and worn. The Disney Princess Castle, which is the ultimate girly-girl display case, won licensed toy of the year this year and is available in August - we'll be looking out for that one!

3. Zelfs.
I bet I'm not the only one who collected Troll Dolls in the 90s? Zelfs are the new trolls. Like the Glitzi Globes, Zelfs are collectible and most kids love to collect things. New scented Zelfs are coming out later this year, in time for Christmas (yep it's April and I just said Christmas).

4. Microchargers
These are super fast, electronic race cars; and at Moose World I had a peak at the mini Grand Prix Formula 1 track with a pitt stop for charging up (out in June).

5. Ugglys
Kids love gross things don't they? This family of burping, farting pug puppies will be joined by a Monkey later this year. They are really kind of cute. I can imagine all kinds of practical jokes happening with one of these in the house! I think those kinds of practical jokes already happen here without an Uggly to blame...

Now, would you like to win a Moose toy pack valued at over $100 for yourself or a child you know? Oh, you would? Just leave a comment below with your email address/twitter/instagram handle so I can contact you if you win. 

Trashpack (bulldozer or series 6)
3 Zelfs (masquerade story)
Uggly puppet
and either a Glitzi Globes Megadome 
or Minilicious Workshop Bakery

*Entry is open to Australian residents only and will close at 5pm on Monday 28th April at 5pm. I'll update this post to include the winners name, as well as contacting them directly. If prize is not claimed within 3 days I will announce a new winner.

These blogs are also running Moose giveaways:
Mums Lounge
Tiny & Little

Friday, 11 April 2014

Sick Kids

I imagine there are few things more difficult than seeing a child hospitalised. In my case this week, it was two children. Nothing a tiny bit of medical intervention and a short period of time didn't fix, but still it was traumatic.

It was also a reality check. I walked away from the intensive care unit thanking my lucky stars that I had the healthiest baby in there and hoping it stays that way forever and ever. As one nurse pointed out, we were surrounded by the sickest of the sick kids in Australia and New Zealand. Heart and liver transplant patients. Life seems very unfair when there are children having to endure these things.

Our 3 nights there and the care we received for both boys, especially Baby M in the ICU, were a reminder that we are so, so lucky to live not only in a country with public healthcare like Australia but also only 15 minutes from one of the world's best children's hospitals.

The Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal is happening this week so a reminder to everyone to donate, even just a couple of dollars.

I'll leave you today with this Easter deliciousness: the best way to eat nutella hot cross buns.

Nutella Yogurt Berry Hot Cross Buns

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Big Dog Diner

Look what's been happening this week:

Big Dog Diner Frankston

We're putting Big Dog Diner on the corner of a very busy intersection in Frankston and took over the lease for the building on Tuesday, forward is the only way from here!

Big Dog Diner Frankston

It's still in the early stages so this is all I've got to show you at the moment. The Bear family motto is now officially: decisions first: details later.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Little Birdy Cafe - Mornington

Little Birdy is my Mum's new cafe (her third). Don't even say it. Okay go on, say it: the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. 

Little Birdy Cafe Mornington

Little Birdy Cafe Mornington

Little Birdy is on Wilsons Road in Mornington, just off the Nepean Highway toward the beach, and has sit down and takeaway lunches and all day breakfast. Think things like wraps, ficelles, bagels, salads, sausage rolls, lasagna and lots of little cakes to choose from. And the regular cafe fare: eggs, toast, and a kids menu too.

Little Birdy Cafe Mornington

Little Birdy Cafe Mornington
(falafel wraps)

Little Birdy Cafe Mornington
(flourless orange cake)

Little Birdy Cafe Mornington
(raspberry and yogurt muffin)

On Sundays there are specials like these balsamic mushrooms which I polished off in about 3 seconds flat (as well as two double shot flat whites... still up 2 days later!). 

Little Birdy Cafe Mornington

There are little birdy details all over the cafe...

Little Birdy Cafe Mornington

Little Birdy Cafe Mornington

...and loyalty cards for the regulars. 

Little Birdy Facebook Page (needs to be updated since the takeover).

94 Wilsons Rd, Mornington
Mon-Fri : 7.30am - 4pm
Sat: 8am - 3pm
Sun: 8.30am - 1.30pm