After I shared my experience at the Chipmunk Playland and Cafe in Underwood, a girlfriend suggested we should catch up for a playdate at Rainbow City Children’s Playcentre. She has been to a few and gushed how much she preferred this one over all the others she has been to.
Pablo has been one of our favourite breakfast spots and its original owners Michael and Amy Bates have now moved on to develop their new cafe, The Priory Kitchen or the Priory. They opened the doors to their new cafe in Woolloongabba’s new Trafalgar Lane on Monday 22 August 2016, so we waited a couple of weeks before visiting to let them settle in.
Disclaimer: The SmartBottle™ was provided courtesy of frank green for review. I am not financially compensated for this post. After my mishap […]
After repeatedly being tempted by Crave Gold Coast’s Instagram porn of Elk Espresso, we headed down there for breakfast on a mini weekend getaway down the coast. It was also conveniently enroute to Tallebudgera Creek, where we were planning to spend most of the morning.
I had such a great time making the first quilt with the Fat Quarter Shop’s Jelly Roll Jam II pattern, […]
Here’s an adaptation of my mum’s recipe for sambal tumis, which uses belachan and I use as a condiment. It works really great with fried chicken, omelettes and fried rice/vermicelli.
Trawling through Pinterest, I found a tutorial on how to sew a lovely wild flower pincushion, which also included the pattern. It took me awhile to work it out and I was lucky to find some additional tips from another blog.
I recently had to take prednisone, which is an oral immunosuppressant drug and wasn’t very good about the weaning off schedule. What happened afterwards shocked me – I have psoriasis.
“I know we think there’s no difference in packaged pasta, but there is. Trrrrrry.”, my girlfriend begged. Well, then… if I’m going to make a comparison, I might as well compare them all.
If you’ve been following me on Twitter and Instagram, you might have noticed an increasing number of photos about things growing in our balcony garden. So I was excited with Lizzie of Strayed From the Table asked if I would be interested in joining a Garden Blog Hop. I have said ‘yes’ and am looking forward to making regular updates about how well (and poorly) the garden is going.
This baked bean curry is literally one of the urgh-no-time-to-cook recipe I fall back on all the time. It is also mindbogglingly cheap to make and it was a regular menu item during my university days.
The SO visited Chi Mc several times through work and has been consistently impressed, so I had to try them for myself.
I went through a bit of a phase with Petrichor & Co, and visited them for breakfast almost every week for awhile. They ticked a lot of boxes for me and they might for you too.
There are numerous reviews on Elixir Coffee HQ, so I decided we should have breakfast there enroute to some errands […]
Smoked Paprika is not in our usual neck of the woods, which was precisely why we took a little drive to check it out for a late weekend breakfast.
If Low Road Café were a person, I would say it is that kooky Auntie who wears loud prints, swears like a sailor and probably drinks too early in the day, but is a tonne of fun and the most interesting person at any party.
After a long first day at the Problogger Conference, the SO decided we should try The Avenue on the Gold Coast, which was across the street from the Hilton hotel. Who was I to deny the man a decent dinner?
When a colleague learnt I could sew, she asked me if I would help take up her husband’s pants. I readily agreed and she brought in three pairs the very next day. And over the next few months, she would bring in several pants at a time for my alterations.
I was surprised, until I learnt how much alterations cost by professional seamstresses. Now I would never take in a wedding dress or work with a tricky material, such as chiffon – but mending a small hole or taking in a pair of pants can be easily done at home. And you can learn how for free!
Here are 10 sewing and mending tutorials for beginners to get you started.
- How to sew a button (video)
- How to mend a hole in a tshirt (video)
- How to mend small holes in jeans (video)
- How to mend a hole in socks (video)
Hemming and alterations
- How to hem fabrics by hand using the blind stitch (video)
- How to hem with sewing machine (video)
- How to hem jeans and keep the cuff (video)
- How to hem jeans – no sew (video – 0:00 until 4:07)
- How to downsize jeans (photo tutorial)
- How to downsize jeans (resizing waist and legs) (video)
And as a bonus, here’s a video on how to fix the most common problems with zippers.
Do you sew and mend your own clothes? Which do you do the most?
February is almost at an end and with it, hopefully the ridiculously summer heat! Are you over all this sunshine? Did you feel the burn?
What are you up to this weekend? Kick back and chill out at some of these events this weekend.
BrisAsia Festival 2017
The BrisAsia Festival has been running since 27 January, and will finish Sunday 19 February. This weekend will be your last opportunity to take the kids to check out Creatures of Mud, Sand, and Sea or Just Wing It at the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre, pick up some karate, taste some Chinese delicacies or watch a free screening of iconic Grace Chang’s work from the 1950s and 60s.
Brisbane Travel Expo 2017
Already dreaming of your next getaway? The Brisbane Travel Expo 2017 will be at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre this weekend. Get inspired and get all your research for fantastic travel deals with air, land, cruise and rail suppliers as well as tourism bodies, hotels and attractions form around the world.
Which reminds me, our little family are planning a trip to Los Angeles. Has anyone been and if so, please share your recommendations and tips! Especially if you know of great places for toddlers.
BBQ and Beer Festival
Got your tickets to the BBQ and Beer Festival at Doomben Racecourse? Check out some of Australia’s foremost BBQ crews and sip on some seriously good craft breweries showcasing their cold, golden brews!
A nanny once suggested I visit a playcentre.
“What’s a playcentre?”, I asked.
“It’s an indoor playground. Aircon, there’s food at the cafe. You pay per child. Adults go free.”
Well, blow me down! You learn something new every day in mum life.
We originally planned to go to the Rainbow City Childrens’ Playcentre in Underwood, but there wasn’t any parking available. Instead we went to Chipmunks Playland and Cafe around the corner and had a blast! It’s definitely an option if you have active kids and the heat is getting to you.
Chipmunks Playland and Cafe was a lot larger than I expected.
We went during school holidays, so there were a large number of kids with parents and grandparents in tow. There were still plenty of tables available, though the ones closest to main play area were prime vantage positions and were taken early.
The cafe offerings were pizzas (margherita, meat lovers and Hawaiian) , burgers, chips, wedges, chicken nuggets, etc. Pizzas and chips were the popular menu items, with most tables tucking into these at lunch.
- Reasonable rates without time limits: 1-2 year olds $9.90, 3-11 year olds $13.90
- Lots of free parking in the complex.
- Large play areas with various activities, including air-guns and two giant slides
- I wouldn’t consider the kids menu options particularly healthy.
- If you prefer to always have an eye on your kids (particularly if they’re younger), this playcentre might be too large for your taste.
Happy Chinese New Year!
I just realised I haven’t been back to Singapore for Chinese New Year in almost 10 years.
That is a seriously long time, and while I certainly miss all the goodies and treats associated with the occasion, I certainly haven’t missed the annoying questions from noisy relatives. No idea what I’m talking about? Here’s a sneak peek into what Chinese New Year with all the relatives can be like.
We invited the SO’s family to reunion dinner on the eve. Only his parents could attend, which was fine as I quickly realised it is impossible to plan a non-seafood and non-poultry Chinese New Year dinner for other family members.
Our Chinese New Year dinner menu:
- Yu sheng with smoked salmon (the inlaws seemed to enjoy this sweet salad)
- Steamed broccoli in oyster sauce
- Steamed bream with goji berries
- Steamed garlic prawns
- Long beans with pork mince in black bean sauce