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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

We Play: Let's Get Crafty with Paint

It's time to play with paint.

Funnily enough, I just finished writing up this post, then I suddenly thought that maybe I could link up with Christie from Childhood 101's weekly We Play and whaddya know...she's also talking about painting this week!

I'm not sure what your weather is doing in your neck of the woods at the moment, but here in Sydney the rain and wind continues and it's c-c-c-cold.

When the weather is like this, we get very crafty around here in the Ansted House, and painting is one of our favourite activities.

During some of our painting activities, I use old plastic dishes or various painting accessories to put the paint in, but another great way which helps to reduce the mess and quicken the clean up afterwards, is to use egg cartons (pictured). Keep your old egg cartons, then simply place your paint in them. They're easily thrown out afterwards. It also means you'll probably use just a little paint at a time. Bonus.

Now for some activities with your paint...

Recently, I purchased a packet of various sponges from my local Bunnings - ones usually used for specialty paint finishes. The 4yr old had a great time recently creating sponge paintings. It made such a nice change from using brushes (and hands!), he created about six separate pieces!

I was very fortunate to be sent a Pull Back Racers Wood Worx set by the imaginative Colorific for the kids to have a go with.

These are the Street Racers.
You can also get a Racing Cars set - the cars look just like Formula One cars!

We spent a good hour on Sunday gluing together, then painting and decorating a couple of the cars.

Gluing the top of the car on!

The 7yo adds the paint...some cool stripes for this car. 

The completed car. The 7yo could have added even more paint and there
were a TON of stickers he could have used, but he's a minimalist. ;)

Then the cars were ready for racing! They are pull-back cars and, oh my...they move SO fast! Each set comes with everything you need: car, glue, paint, paint brushes, stickers and instructions. RRP $24.99

Now, last year, during the school holidays, the 7yr old and 9yr old got stuck in to some canvas painting. I purchased a couple of canvases from one of those novelty type stores that stock really cheap crap stuff.

The 7yr old decided to freestyle it. He painted a forest and lake.

The artwork in progress

The 7yr old's completed piece

The 9yr old - being a bit of a Pokemon fan - decided to paint a picture of his favourite character...Pikachu. Firstly, he chose a picture off the Internet, and we printed it out.

Then the 9yr old drew the picture on the canvas with pencil, then retraced it with permanent marker.

Then it was time to paint.

The finished piece...

Both paintings now hang in the boys' bedroom.

We also occasionally paint rocks - which we have an abundance of in our back garden! They make great paper weights, or can just be displayed somewhere.

The finished product.

So there you go...lots of fun to be had with painting.

You can join in with Christie's We Play too!

What paint activities do you do with your kids? What other indoor activities do you do to fill rainy days with?

Monday, May 30, 2011

How to Fake It: Tips for Housewives - The Last Minute Visitor

Firstly, I'm not actually certain I like the term, 'housewife'. The title of this post is rather an homage to Desperate Housewives. (I love that show.) 

These series of posts are for people who, like me, just never quite pull off the whole perfect home thing - but would secretly like to. You either a) run out of time to get everything done; b) have days where you just get too distracted from other things to get your to-do list completed (ie, blogging) or just can't be bothered. (Come on - admit it - we all have days like that, right?); or c) you have young children, gosh darn it - you're not an octopus!

So, like me, you can't quite have the perfect home. Take heart. I'm happy to say you can always fake it when required.

In this instalment of How to Fake it: Tips for Housewives, I'm going to tackle how to give the impression to a last minute visitor that your home is more Bree Van de Camp than Lynette Scavo.

I am not a fan of the 'drop-in' visitor. Why? Because I like to have things in place when people come calling. I'm not a fan of my guests discovering my knickers still lying on the bathroom floor after that morning's shower, or the washing piled up on the couch in the family room waiting for me to fold it. (Patiently waiting. It's probably been sitting there for five days hours.) Nor would I like them to see the Wheetbix from that morning's breakfast still clinging to the dining table for dear life.

Now, if someone knocks on the door without having been invited - you know...all very last minute ("Surprise!") and the house looks like a bomb's hit it, there is only one solution, I'm afraid: Do not answer the door.

However, if you receive a warning in advance, ie the old, "Hi! Oh, good - you're home. I'm going to pop by. I'll be there in 10 to 15 minutes. Byeeeee!" phone call, then don't panic. All is not lost. Here's what you do.

1. Grab a laundry basket - then run around your home and put everything in that basket that doesn't belong where you found it (eg - those knickers on the bathroom floor). Then put the laundry basket somewhere your guest won't find it.

2. Go to your kitchen - and clean up like crazy. Chances are, you'll offer your guest a cuppa and he/she will follow you in to the kitchen whilst you prepare it. Any dishes on the bench and/or dining table either get them in to the dishwasher, or at the very least, pile them in the sink and fill it with soapy water (bubbles always appear clean)! Give the floor a quick sweep if the breakfast crumbs are still all over it, and if you're like me and use your kitchen bench as an extension of your study, then grab all your papers and put them...well, in your study (if they're not already in your laundry basket). Tomato sauce stain on the floor from last night's dinner? Grab a paper towel, dampen it, wipe it off and throw the paper towel away.

3. Get out the lavender spray - I use a Bosisto's Lavender Spray that makes the house smell all fresh and lovely - but you can also use a spray bottle and fill it with water and a little lavender oil. That'll work. Spray it around - especially in your bathroom.

4. Speaking of the bathroom - Just in case your guest has already been out for hours, and might require the use of your water closet, you had better spruce up the bathroom. Put clothes in the laundry basket if you have one (and they're not already in the other laundry basket) and put a new hand towel out - using the old one to give the bathroom basin and/or mirror a quick wipe. Keep bathroom wipes handy - like Pino Clean wipes or the like - because you can give the toilet a quick clean with those. Wipe the toilet over then dry it with some toilet paper and don't forget to flush!

5. Close doors - your the kids' bedrooms are an absolute disgrace? Close the doors. No one needs to see that.

6. Breathe - To be honest, if it's a good friend that's visiting - they won't really mind. In fact, their house probably looks the same way most days too, and they'll just feel better to know they're not alone. ;)

I'll be back with more tips on How to Fake It - Tips for Housewives again sometime soon!

Are you a fan of the 'drop-in' visitor? Have you ever been caught out with a really messy home when someone came a callin'?

Friday, May 27, 2011

This Week I'm Grateful For...Independence

One weekend recently, Hubby was away for work, so it was just the boys and I (and the dog). Which I don't mind, actually. When Hubby's away, it's not all bad, you know. ;)

However, as it seems to be the case whenever my husband is away on business, either I get sick, or the kids do.

On the Sunday, it was my turn.

I just couldn't get out of bed. I had all the symptoms of a gastro bug. (Ick.)

When I informed the 9yr old of this, he immediately snapped in to 'responsible one' mode. He asked, "Will I get breakfast for everyone, Mum?" I advised this would be preferable (rather an understatement), and off he went.

He made himself and his brothers breakfast. He had them brush their teeth (without prompting from me). I even heard him say to the 4yo, "Don't forget to wash your hands after going to the toilet before you touch your toothbrush." He organised some snacks for morning tea, and made everyone a sandwich for lunch. He put a DVD on for them to watch and he even went down to the chemist to collect some anti-nausea tablets for me (I'd called ahead to arrange them for myself - the Chemist is, fortunately, at the end of our street).

Thankfully, by mid-afternoon, I finally felt able to get up and move around. However, everyone was fine...thanks to the 9yr old, and it was then I realised something...

I'm raising independent boys.

Not only am I grateful for that, I'm grateful in general that the 9yr old was so helpful, mature, capable - all without complaint. Really, I couldn't be more proud of him (and I told him that a number of times, too).

Thanks to Maxabella for hosting the weekend grateful. Pop over to her blog to check out more grateful posts.

What are you grateful for this week? Do you have kids? Do you think you're raising independent kids?

On Mummy Mayhem This Week

Another busy week here at Chez Ansted.

I've been getting very organised at home this week. I kind of had to in one way, because I hosted a special morning tea on Tuesday (more on that in a min) and I needed to de-clutter some stuff.

We have a formal dining room that barely gets used, so unfortunately, it has become a bit of a dumping ground. For example, the spare single bed we intend to sell on eBay at some point sits in there, as does a couple of fold up chairs. Hubby's bikes have been known to park themselves in there at times too (yes - that's plural...'bikes' - the man has three of them, people). Then the kids will leave papers or artwork in there. I'll leave shopping I haven't had time to put away - that sort of thing. So I sorted it out the other day, but that has now forced me to sort other rooms where some of the stuff was moved to.

It's a good thing.

All in all, I feel like I'm slowly getting more on top of things.

One of the reasons I'm getting more organised these days is thanks to a book by a fellow blogger. I wrote a post this week about Taming the Laundry Beast. Have you got your laundry under control? I give some tips that I'm finding useful, and find reveal which book is helping me to get life sorted!

Earlier this week, I asked you to join me for my Australia's Biggest Morning Tea I hosted on Tuesday. Then I posted all about the day (the one that had me getting organised!), and revealed who was the inspiration for me holding a fundraiser in the first place.

I'm happy to announce I not only reached my goal of raising $500, but surpassed it - thanks to the generosity of those who donated! (It's not too late to make YOUR donation! Just click on the pic of the yellow tea cup at the top RHS of my homepage. It will take you two minutes of your time.)

Then I wrote about pregnancy dreams. I had some horrific ones when I was pregnant with the 4yr old. Have you ever experienced them?

Ok, it's time to tackle the study.

Happy Friday, ya'll!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Pregnancy Dreams

I am sitting in my car, my 4yr old and 2yr old in the back seat. My car is surrounded by yellow, desert sands as far as the eye can see. 

To my right sits a rusted silo, standing tall and cumbersome with nothing else to compete with in its surroundings. 

A tumbleweed rolls past the front of my car, and I realise at this moment I have forgotten something.

I step out of the car. I leave my car door open, anticipating my quick return. It is hot, but a gentle, cool wind greets me, and my hair blows out wide, giving me instant relief from the heat. 

The back windows are wound down. My two sons sit in their seats, t-shirts abandoned, their heads leaning out the windows to capture the cool breeze. 

I bend down to their eye level. "I'll be back," I say to them. "Just wait where you are." They smile and wave - happy and contented. 

I walk away from the car. I am searching for something, but I can't remember what it is. I look around. All I can see are the tyre tracks from my car - tracing our journey to this place. I stop, trying to recall what it is I have lost. It does not come to me. 

Eventually, I turn and walk back towards the car - more confused than frustrated at my lack of ability to find what it is I have lost - my decision made now to keep driving. 

I find the rusty silo and look towards the space in which I had left my car. 

It isn't there. 

I look around frantically. It was here. It was. Right. Here. Next to the silo. Where on earth could it be?! 

I start turning around, my eyes desperately searching for the car and my boys. I scream their names over and over. There is no answer. I look toward the silo. It stands over me, seemingly taller now and intimidating. 

"I left the car HERE!" I yell to the silo, crying hysterically now. "HERE! WHERE ARE THEY? WHERE ARE MY BOYS?!" 

There is no response.

*     *     *     *     *

I had experienced a few vivid dreams while pregnant with my first two sons. When pregnant with the 7yr old, I had a dream one night in which my baby boy arrived - sporting bright, orange hair and shining blue eyes. Imagine my surprise when the 7yr old arrived looking just like the baby in my dream.

But I had never had dreams like the ones I experienced during my pregnancy with the 4yr old. Dreams that invoked fear and anxiety within me. I would wake in tears, feeling anxious, asking myself, 'Is something terrible going to happen? Is there something wrong with my baby?'

In another dream following the one above, I was at the beach with my two boys. As we sat on our colourful, striped beach towels, the tide came in, washing the towels towards the ocean. I grabbed at them, calling for the boys to follow me further up the beach. After reaching where I thought we should sit, I turned around and the boys were gone. Just like the desert dream, I searched the beach frantically for them. Eventually, I spied a bright blue swim shirt, its owner under the surface of the water...not moving. The same shirt the 7yr old had been wearing just minutes before.

And then I woke up.

I relayed my dreams to my Obstetrician at my next visit. He smiled gently at me and asked, "Do you think you're worried about how you'll balance having three children to care for?"

I squirmed uncomfortably in my seat, realising for the first time that that was exactly what I was feeling and thinking.

My Obstetrician - a father of five himself - explained he'd had similar dreams when his wife was pregnant. His concern was not being able to give his children the time they deserved. His own father had always put work first, and my Ob didn't want to make that same mistake.

He assured me my dreams were probably my concerns about balancing a larger family, and that I shouldn't worry. It would all be ok.

It was.

I mean, yes. I struggled that first year after the birth of my third son. It was difficult for me trying to coordinate a new baby, a preschooler and a son in his first year at school. Then there was homework, cleaning, cooking sometimes three dinners at night (what a fool I was). My feet would hit the ground running each morning, and I didn't stop until my head hit the pillow at night. There were days I would cry with exhaustion. Completely overwhelmed with it all.

However, even during those difficult periods after the 4yr old was born, I recall a lot of stories being read to all three boys, and building Lego on the floor. And I didn't leave anyone in a car, or lose my children at the beach.

And once my baby was born, apart from getting up to feed my new son, I slept well. There were no more dreams that left me feeling anxious and fearful.

It all turned out ok.

If you've been pregnant before, did you experience any particularly vivid dreams? If you have more than one child, did you worry about how you would balance more children?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Morning Tea with a purpose...and it's not too late to donate!

As promised, here's my wrap up for my Australia's Biggest Morning Tea held this morning! 

It's always been important to me to make a contribution to cancer research. Not unlike many other families, the big C has hit my family in the past. My dear, Aunty Maun (pictured), died of bowel cancer when I was pregnant with the 9yr old. Just before I became pregnant, I had flown to Perth and visited my aunt then. The disease had taken over quite considerably by that stage. I'll never forget Aunty Maun's tears when I left at the end of that visit, promising I would see her again soon. She and I both knew that was unlikely to happen - even though I hoped and prayed a miracle would somehow occur.

Since my aunt's death, I've found a need to play a role in helping to support cancer research - albeit a small one. I started with donations here and there, but I've always wanted to do more. Today's morning tea was a good start.

Today was for you, Aunty Maun - as well as all those who have lost their lives to cancer. xxx

I tell you, I couldn't have been more fortunate to not only have fantastic, sunny weather for my morning tea, but to also be surrounded by a bunch of gorgeous gals.

Last night I spent a bit of time in the kitchen preparing for my guests' arrival.

My Chocolate & Coconut Slice (recipe)

Mum's Lemon Butter Tarts before their lids went on (recipe)

Then this morning, a special delivery arrived...

Ghermez Cupcakes....sigh...

As I'm not exactly a natural when it comes to baking, I approached Ghermez Cupcakes about the possibility of donating some cupcakes for my morning tea, with the promise that I would donate $1 for each cupcake donated to add to my original donation already made. They were delighted to help out, and sent over two dozen of the most gorgeous looking and - more importantly - DELICIOUS mini cupcakes! Thank you so much, Ghermez. A donation has been made. xxx

The gals & I took great delight in choosing our flavours from the 'menu' provided!

Because it was such beautiful weather this morning, I set up outside. (Before he set off for school this morning, the 9yr old asked where I was going to have my morning tea. When I told him I'd set up outside, he said, "Well, make sure you sweep up all those leaves out there, Mum." Thanks for that, buddy.)

Tasty treats for my guests. 

As I tweeted earlier, this was the nerve centre of the morning tea...

Thank goodness for my wonderful coffee machine (actually, it's Hubby's. I bought it for his birthday a couple of years ago). I easily churned out flat whites, lattes and cappuccinos galore!

Cappuccinos are my coffee drink of choice.

Some of the ladies enjoying a cuppa and a chat.

At last count (2.45pm Tuesday), donations had reached $360. I know some of my girlfriends are planning to make a donation later today, so hopefully I'll get closer to my goal of $500!

Thank you to those who have already donated to such a worthwhile cause. My donations are in honour of my beloved Aunty Maun.

If you would like to make a donation in honour of someone, I'd love that. As would the Cancer Council of NSW. ;)

You can donate HERE. Every little bit counts.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Join Me - Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Tomorrow (Tuesday 24 May) as I wrote in this post, I'm hosting a morning tea at home to help raise funds for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea (ABMT). I'm also inviting you to join me here on my blog.

If you're not hosting or attending a morning tea yourself at some stage, you are welcome to donate on my page.

(At this stage, I'd like to point out that even though there is a competition for ABMT hosts to win a trip for two to South Africa if they raise $500 or more, I have been in touch with one of the ABMT organisers to request that I not be included in this draw should my target of $500 be met. I am not doing this fundraiser for any personal gain whatsoever. I just want to raise money for cancer research.)

The morning tea commences at 10.30am, finishing up around 12.30pm. I'll be live tweeting throughout - using the hash tag #MMTea4Cancer if you want to check out my tweets and any pics I post.

Then, afterwards (hopefully Tuesday afternoon or eve), I'll be posting a wrap up of the morning tea here on my blog.

Fingers crossed we raise some money for cancer research! In any case, I'll have some fun in the process. ;)

If you think you'd like to organise your own morning tea, it's not too late! Even though the official ABMT date is this Thursday 26 May, you can host a morning tea any time during May and June. See the Australia's Biggest Morning Tea website for more details.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Taming the Laundry Beast

Recently, I've been motivated to get a little more organised again after about, er, *cough* four years of disorganised chaos. 

After the 4yr old was born, I somehow managed to abandon a lot of my schedules and forward planning, including, for example, my weekly meal plan. Which meant I'd arrive at Coles every Monday and stand there in the middle of Aisle 3 wondering what the hell I should make for dinner that week? I'd never end up with enough food for the week, and I'd also throw out a lot of food I didn't use. What a waste.

Fortunately - thanks in part to my iPhone that I acquired in January - I've been back on track with that for a while now. I wrote a post on my recipe blog about an iPhone app that helps tremendously with my weekly shopping. (But, of course, you don't need an iPhone to create a weekly meal plan.)

The other incredibly clever thing I've done recently is pick up a copy of blogger, Nicole Avery's, new book Planning With Kids (the same name as her blog). 

I'm only up to Chapter Two, and already I've picked up a swag of tips. Quite frankly, I reckon a mother of five kids, who can also maintain a successful blog, has to know something, right? Indeed she does. Here's the book:

Anyway, I was reading about Nicole's laundry tips (which also incorporates tips from others who have commented on her blog), and it got me thinking about my own laundry. (I wish I could say the image at the top of this post is my laundry...but, nope. Not even close, people.)

If there is one chore that I find the most difficult to motivate myself to do, it's the ironing. Washing the clothes is not such a biggy, but admittedly, there have been a number of times I've put on a load of washing and promptly forgotten about it, so I've had to re-wash. What a waste of time.

However, just like with my meals, I'm starting to get more organised on the laundry front. (Not so much the ironing...one step at a time and all that.)

Here's a few things I'm doing to tame the laundry beast:

1. Wash regularly
Which is also the point Nicole makes in her book. She has two set days per week that she must put a load of washing on, but suggests washing daily. I agree. With five people in our family, sheets, towels....it just builds up if I don't do it. I've also taken to doing two loads first thing on Sunday morning so I can make sure the school shirts and soccer gear are ready for that week. I can't tell you how many times in the past I've gotten to the end of the week and realised I haven't washed the soccer outfits yet. Gah!

2. Sort and fold as soon as clothes are dry
I have this terrible habit of taking clothes off the line or out of the dryer, then just throwing them on our couch in the study (which adjoins the laundry). Our laundry is essentially a cupboard in our spare bathroom, so there's absolutely no room in there to store clothes. 

Recently, I've taken to removing the laundry from the line/dryer, then immediately folding all the clothes, allocating them to their correct area such as:

Underwear & Socks
I have two shopping bags: one for socks, one for underwear. As I sort the dry clothes, I throw the items in to the correct bag, then later when I'm watching a fave tv show, I just grab one of the bags and sort the underwear or socks in front of the tv. Even if I don't have time to sort, at least I know where the socks and underwear are when Hubby asks for them. ;)

Kids' clothes
Whether the kids' clothes need ironing or not, I fold them and put them away in their drawers. At least then, I know where they are and can get them out and iron them if need be. Sometimes I'm lucky, and the clothes 'iron themselves' because of being folded straight away. When I set up the iron, I can simply go to the kids' drawers, grab their pile of clothes and iron them before returning them to their drawers. 

Adults' clothes
I have a laundry basket in the study in one corner of the room where I put my and Hubby's clothes ready for ironing. 

Towels, sheets, tea towels etc
I fold these straight away (well, mostly), then either put them away or leave them stacked on the couch in the study until I have time. At least they're tidy. I don't iron sheets - just pillowcases - but I iron my tea towels (the ones that wrinkle easily, anyway). 

3. I get the 4yr old involved
Sometimes, the 4yo is happy to match socks for me. We sit on the mat in the family room, and I lay out the single socks, then give him the remaining socks in a pile, and we try and find the matching pairs together. He quite likes doing this, so I'm TOTALLY taking advantage of it while I can. :) 

4. Ironing gives me an excuse to watch crappy tv
I buy tv series on DVD sometimes so I can watch them on the computer in the study whilst I iron. It makes the whole chore FAR more enjoyable, and I feel justified buying the DVDs. ;)

5. Save your back - invest in a laundry basket trolley
For years I've wanted a trolley to put my laundry basket on so that I wouldn't have to bend down to hang washing on the line. I finally bought one at Bunnings recently, and it's great. I can fold it up and put it away when I'm not using it. 

6. Get yourself a peg apron
I only realised recently that Thea of Sew Thea makes peg aprons! I've bought myself one like the one pictured below - but in blue:

Now I can easily reach the pegs as well! ;) 

So, there are my laundry tips. 

If I had a bigger laundry with cupboard space, I'd love some cubby holes that would fit a small basket in each, so I could allocate one for each family member and put their folded up clothes in each. That way, the kids could easily take it to their room and put their clothes away. I often give them an armful to do this anyway, but it's not the same thing.  

Do you have any tips for keeping the laundry under control?

Oh, and don't forget that on Tuesday I'm hosting a morning tea for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea to help raise money for cancer research. Check out all the details by clicking on the pic below...hope you'll join me!

Top image: We Heart It

Friday, May 20, 2011

On Mummy Mayhem This Week

It's time to find out what happened on the old blog this week. 

I'm currently having an early Spring clean in preparation for my Australia's Biggest Morning Tea contribution on Tuesday! I've even polished the silver, people.

Remember: you can join me, because I'll be posting about the morning tea on my blog, and live tweeting during it. You can either organise some pals to join you, or simply come on over and donate on the day. See this post for all the details. (You can actually donate now if you like - just click on the link at the top RHS of my homepage.)

On Monday, I posted a bunch of great stuff to look out for. I also had a giveaway, and the winners of that will be announced below.

Last Saturday night I went to a fabulous 1920s-themed party. Check out all the photos and read about all the details.

On Wednesday, I took a road trip with some gorgeous bloggers, and I made a video about it. Join in the fun.

Yesterday I asked you to consider wearing a white shirt. Find out why.

Now...the winners of the Bosisto's EucoFresh Laundry Powder are...

louby lou
Melinda Patrick

Congrats, ladies! Please email me your contact details so I can organise to have your pack sent off to you asap.

Finally...this month I've contributed a post to the Digital Parents Blog Carnival, which Colin Wee over at Superparents is hosting. (Thanks, Colin!) To check out some great posts from a bunch of other bloggers, just click on the pic below. Enjoy.

Happy Friday, all!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Why you should wear a White Shirt today...

Today is the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) White Shirt Day. 

In February this year, my friend Angela wrote a post for my blog about her decision to have genetic testing to determine her risk of breast cancer. Not only is she at high risk of developing breast cancer in her lifetime (80-90%), the testing revealed she also has a 40-60% chance of developing ovarian cancer. 

Angela will undergo a preventative double mastectomy in the near future, and she will also have surgery at some stage to remove her ovaries, as ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, and usually by the time it is found, the cancer is already at an advanced stage. 

Witchery has a history of working with the OCRF. This year, they have launched the 2011 White Shirt Campaign.

From Witchery...

"A key part of Witchery’s fundraising efforts is the White Shirt collection, a specially crafted capsule collection available in Witchery stores across Australia and New Zealand and online at witchery.com.au. Comprising of three shirts for men and seven shirts and a classic tote bag for women, 100 per cent of the gross proceeds from the sale of the capsule collection will go directly to the OCRF.

Witchery has also produced their signature Silver Gift collection to compliment the White Shirt collection, donating five dollars from the sale of each piece directly to the OCRF, making the collection a beautiful gift to share."

Funds raised will go towards advancing vital research into an early detection test for this insidious disease.  

Some well-known ambassadors are involved, including supermodel Pania Rose (pictured above), Michael Klim, Former Miss Universe Australia Rachel Finch, Melbourne radio host, Jo Stanley and actor Gyton Grantley to name but a few. Some of the ambassadors will be making in-store appearances today. 

So today, consider wearing a white shirt - with a touch of silver -  or pop in to your local Witchery store (or jump online) and purchase a shirt to support this incredibly worthwhile cause.

My thoughts and prayers with all of those who have been affected either directly or indirectly by this terrible disease. Including Nikki over at Styling You

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Help me to win a New Ford Territory for a Year and $5,000

Sometimes putting more gorgeously fabulous heads together is better than one. 

You may recall I announced making Kidspot's Top 50 Bloggers list this year. Well, I am in good company. VERY good company indeed, in fact, and a few of my fellow nominees (how cool does that sound?) and I got together to do a sort of...road trip around the blogosphere in a New Ford Territory. (Which is the car up for grabs for one lucky blogger from the Top 50 list...for a year, anyway.)

So please...pop over to my fellow road tripper's blogs some time today. Bianca at Bigwords Blog will give you a bunch of helpful road rules for such a trip with pals. Nikki of Styling You has put together a list of fashion must-haves you simply can't travel without. Carly of Tune in to Radio Carly has a list of songs you just have to add to your play list before leaving your driveway and Bern of So Now What wrote a post about road hazards you simply can't afford not to read.

My contribution? The following vlog.

Oh, and make sure you wait for the end credits. Truly worth the while. *cough*

I'd love your vote. So would my road trip pals!

Image: We Heart It