22 February 2017

Mum'nSon Roadtrip


I've just returned from an awesome weekend away with my eldest son in Tauranga (aka - my son was driving to Tauranga and he graciously let me hitch a lift to visit a friend and have a mini holiday!).



I've visited the Tauranga/Mt Maunganui area over 20 years ago when on a surf road trip with mates to Gisborne, so it was awesome to explore these areas again all these years on.



I had fun exploring the local shops and cafes... and after receiving a few cafe recommendations (thanks Laura!), got a bit carried away on a cafe crawl!


Our Auckland stop usually includes Bubble Tea on Queen Street and the best coffee supplies from Coffee General in Birkenhead!  In Tauranga, I'd highly recommend checking out Patio Rose Cafe for the most delicious (and beautiful looking) food.  Love Rosie Bakery has amazing baked good and delicious coffee as well.  If at the Mount, make sure you check out Cafe Eighty Eight where I had the most delicious Acai Bowl while Chelsea Winter sat at the table next to me!  If you are in Matamata, you have to visit Paddock - oh wow, such delicious goodies.



Apart from crawling all the cafes, my time in Tauranga included a bit of crochet whenever we were in the car...



Checking out some cute shops and markets at The Historic Village...



Catching up with these lovely friends in Matamata (these girls are seriously amazing - thanks Leonie, Meghan and Anya for the fun time)...



I was constantly blown away by our New Zealand landscape during the weekend!  We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful country (and it's a pity I only had my mobile phone to take photos with!)...



Highlights also included checking out Curate Church (formally Mosaic Church) - loving this new song of theirs, hanging out with this guy (he's pretty awesome if you ask me and a great driver)...



Our accommodation for the weekend was at Studio48 Accommodation in Tauranga.  If you are heading to Tauranga or the Mount, make sure you check these guys out - we loved staying here!



To top off our trip, on our way home we made sure we took the classic "when in Paeroa" photo with the L&P bottle - only in New Zealand!


So here's to fun roadtrips that serve as an amazing mental health holiday.  Here's to husbands and parents that don't mind you abandoning your adult responsibilities for a few days while they mind the kids back at home.  Here's to catching up with precious friends, and admiring our beautiful country while at it.  Here's to getting to the point where those tiny wee kids that you pour your life and soul and time and energy into while young, end up growing into fine young adults who even let you hang out with them for roadtrips.

Can't wait for the next one!


16 February 2017

Softies...


It's felt like ages since I've sat at my sewing machine - and I've missed sewing dearly!  With a couple of friends having new babies here/on their way soon, I got my softie making mojo on recently and whipped up these two softie bears...


 


Here's hoping there are more moments at the sewing machine or doing a bit of crochet this year - crafting truly is my therapy!!


For more crafty makings, go here.

13 February 2017

Minecraft Birthday Party!

Our baby turns 10 today - which mean no more kids in single digits!!  Time has definitely flown by.







Our girl desperately wanted a birthday this year, and since her and her friends are obsessed with Minecraft, it seemed the perfect theme for a party!

There are some great ideas and free printables online for throwing your own Minecraft Party.  

My daughter invited 7 friends over for the afternoon.  The fun thing with Minecraft is the food and items that you use to create things in your worlds.  We were able to use these ideas to base our food on.  For example, 'potato' was our potato chips and for 'coal' we used licorice and for 'sticks' we used pretzel sticks! 






We also had cupcakes and Minecraft toppers...



Even the drinks got in on the action...



Minecraft also has it's own unique cake in the game, so we made a replica of it as her birthday cake!



I found these great Minecraft plates online here.  Perfect for the party!



And also perfect for party photos...




For games we decided to play Minecraft Bingo (free printable here), Pin the tail on the Minecraft Pig, Pass the Parcel and Symon made an amazing Creeper Pinata which we hung as a decoration until it was time to attack it!







Pass the parcel was fun - Boo loved it too!



Pin the tail on the Minecraft Pig was great fun as well...



It was a wonderful party spent with beautiful friends.  Happy 10th birthday to our sweet girl, the cherry on the top and our bright ray of sunshine!






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