Friday, December 19, 2014

The Festive Season

Ah yes! It's another jolly Christmas season which also happens to be Cheli's first.



She celebrated the beginning of the festive season (DEC 1st) by licking all the glitter off the baubles.

 (Ahh! those cheeks, those dimples.. that smile!)


Boy celebrated by dressing up in 'that guys' hat and wearing stockings as socks. Which totally makes sense..

(It really does, who has big socks just for hanging.. not me!)

Secretly I think Boy is an absolute legend. ( So full of spunk) 


Then with a bit of team work (Cheli quality checked each bauble by taste and Boy hung them) we had finished the tree.


And then of course came the presents. This one is from Boy to Cheli x 

In an attempt to get him into the spirit of giving rather than getting we took a stroll to the local toy store but alas I'm not sure the 4 year old in our house has quite grasped the concept since he keeps suggesting we swap Nora's present with one of his old toys so he can have the new present.

Maybe next year?

Merry Christmas! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Co-Op we decided to start.



Aunty R, Aunty J and I got to talking about starting a Co-Op the other week...

Essentially the aim was to be able to purchase organic products at a price which is approximately the same as the current non-organic brands we are purchasing (and hopefully cheaper) so that we can stretch our weekly budgets further and feel good about eating organic products.

So the Geelong Organics Co-Operative was born..

A Co-Op or Co-Operative is: 

A democratic organisation, owned and controlled by its members for a common benefit. 
Co-operatives are traditionally based on values of self-help, self-responsibility, equality and solidarity.
Members of a co-operative can benefit from economies of scale through the combined purchasing, distribution or marketing power or influence of the group. (definition found here)

We are currently investigating options for boxes of organic fruit and veg in the Geelong area (less food miles) but I have managed to find some non-perishable organic items elsewhere at prices which I think are pretty awesome:

Coconut Sugar ( $8 for 1kg)

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ($15 for 1L)

Raw Cacao Powder ( $16.50 for 1kg)

Desiccated Coconut ( $8.80 for 1kg)

If you want to be a part of the Co-Op or have any idea how to start one - drop me a line x


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The ball is slipping..

School/Exam

Moving

A Wedding..

The blog ball is slipping - but just so you know we are still alive - here is a picture taken by the lovely Julia Archibald

I asked for her to document an afternoon with us as a family - my favourite type of photographs of us are always leisurely and uncontrived - we seem to seize up when we remember there's someone down the barrel of a lens staring at us..

She didn't disappoint. She never does.


We went down the the boat house in Melbourne a few weeks back now to spend some time with our Melbourne Besties (cause we miss them a lot)

It was a blast. I love having creative and free-spirited friends - it's always going to rock when you get Adam in a boat .. (wink)



And even the geese put on a show for us (think special geese cuddles)

*We have moved three times in the last three years and it was really hard to say goodbye to 3056, it's the hardest decision I've made in the last almost 6 years since getting married - even harder than deciding to move out of Tassie 5 years ago and even harder than choosing when to have babies.

I can only hope that the choices we are making now are the right ones not only financially (our main reason for moving away from the beautiful city of Melbourne) and that we will soon find somewhere to settle which leaves us with memories which are just as vibrant and long lasting.

We are now on the hunt.

If you think your town has affordable housing prices, excellent quality education, a friendly community and lots and lots of good food, hit me up for ideas...