Conversations with my two year old

After 20 months of silence, Alexander now won't shut up.
Me: How old are you?
2yo: TWO! (Pauses and then looks up with a cheeky grin) Four?

Me: Let's count.
2yo: Two, four, two, four, two four

Me: What did your fish do?
2yo: Jump!
Me: And what happened?
2yo: Dead. (True story, by the way)

Me: What colour is the banana?
2yo: Yoyo .

Me, driving: What can you see?
2yo: Trucks!!! Big!!! More!!! Cooooool.


It started off one Sunday a couple of weeks ago when I noticed the rondeletia at the very back of my garden had burst into beautiful pink bush. With a bribe of chocolate in my hand, I placed Alexander on a chair and asked him if he would please smell the flowers for me in exchange for one piece of chocolate?
He obliged (of course) and thus my latest photography project was born. I've been obsessively looking out for big backdrops of flowers to photograph Alexander against; not a hard task since Spring has truly sprung in Sydney.
If you'd like to follow our botanical adventures, follow us on Instagram or search for #botanicalkid

Have you been smelling the flowers lately?

Fab five: body lotions

The cold dreary winter months are finally behind us and I'm ever so ready to swap my warm woolies for summer dresses, singlets and shorts. Luckily I've been diligently moisturizing my body day and night keeping it in tip top condition so I can bare some skin. Here are five of my favourite body lotions...
Burt's Bees Radiance Body Lotion - my pick for summer, this body lotion lives up to its name and provides a healthy summery glow to skin. Lightweight and fluid, it is readily absorbed by the skin and is great for the hot months ahead when heavier lotions just leave my skin feel like a greasy mess.

Urban Rituelle Equilibrium Hand and  Body lotion - the divine scent of mandarin, basil and lime was what first drew me to this product but it actually does so much more than smell nice. It contains argan oil which deeply nourishes the skin, leaving it hydrated, while cucumber and chamomile extracts help to calm and soothe the skin.

The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Lotion - I've been hooked on lotions from The Body Shop ever since I was a teenager and this one is my current favourite. It smells like fresh peaches and I like it so much I tend to use it after a shower with the Vineyard Peach shower gel to layer on the delicious scent. It glides on skin, leaving it soft and smooth.

Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturiser - I was stoked when Jergens first became available in Australia a couple of years ago. After reading about it on numerous beauty blogs, I just wanted to try for myself to see what the fuss was about...and I was not disappointed at all. My go-to product in the cold months when my skin is at its driest, this heavy duty moisturiser has a thick consistency yet is absorbed quickly so skin never feels flaky or dry.

Emma Organics Nourishing Body Milk - I keep this in the living room and use it on my hands all the time, when I'm watching TV or typing away on the laptop. It's non-greasy and effective in hydrating even the most sensitive of skins. Its vegan-friendly, cruelty, palm oil and gluten free formula makes it an ethical choice for those seeking a chemical free product.

The Old Dairy, Baerami

Alexander and I both turned a year older last week and we escaped to the country for a weekender...
Back in 2009, when Stu and I were newly in love, we spent a wonderful weekend at the Old Dairy B&B up North in the Upper Hunter Valley region. I must have been feeling nostalgic because that's where we headed for on the weekend and surprise, surprise, not much has changed.
It was like time has stood still all these years. We may have changed, but the Old Dairy hasn't; there's that same old rustic farm house, those gorgeous views, the lone dirt road, the familiar sense of seclusion, the sense of truly being away from it all.
Alexander was surprisingly comfortable in his new surroundings and was keen to explore the property and took much joy in pointing out the tractors and trucks we saw along the way. We enjoyed picnics in the sun and long walks in the countryside where we saw cattle grazing, wild kangaroos hopping and roadside wattle glowing in the evening sun.
I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our birthday weekend. I know there will soon come the day when Alexander will want his own 'big kid' birthday party but till then, I'll hang on to the peace and quiet of the weekend past.
What did you get up to on the weekend?

Kitchen cleaning tips

When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, I'm definitely more of a "clean as you go" kind of person. It literally only takes minutes each day to wipe down stains and surfaces, and the best part is, I get to enjoy a clean kitchen with sparkling appliances, which makes cooking and baking an absolute joy. Read on for my tips if you're interested...
Sink - A quick wipe down of the sink after every use keeps the water stains off. It literally only takes two seconds to do and more importantly it motivates me to keep the rest of the kitchen clean and uncluttered.

Dishwasher - Almost all my dirty dishes go in the dishwasher, as I find that to be more water and energy efficient than washing by hand. I use an all-in-one dishwashing detergent with a rinse aid so my dishes come out clean, dry and without any spotting.
Stovetop, microwave and oven - I find the best way to clean these appliances is to wipe it out with a damp cloth as soon as I notice food stains., rather than having to scrub stains off when they have hardened and caked. When using the microwave, I find it handy to use a microwave-safe lid over the bowl of food to prevent food from splattering.

Shelves and surfaces - Kitchen shelves and surfaces require much more than just a general dusting as it actually a magnet for grease, grime and other residue from cooking so I like to give exposed surfaces a quick daily wipe down so the dirt doesn't accumulate.

Dish cloth, sponge and brush - Bacteria will grow on anything warm and moist so all three are considered perfect breeding ground (lovely - not!), I wash my dish cloths together with the rest of my washing and air dry them in the sun. As for the sponge and brush, I simply place them in the dishwasher with the rest of my dishes everyday when I run it.

Do you have any kitchen cleaning tips of your own to share too?

Also, check out my bathroom cleaning tips and DIY multipurpose spray.