PLANNING A GIRLS’ NIGHT IN

Not strictly related to planning a girls’ night in, but have you seen (or tried) the new cocktail-inspired Tim Tams? I keep seeing them pop up all over the place, not just in advertising, but in fabulous recipe creations that fellow sweet-lovers are dreaming up. Number 1. on my want-want-want list is this Chocolate Martini Baked Cheesecake featuring the Espresso Martini Tim Tams. It is basically a chocolate layer, on a chocolate layer, on another chocolate layer, spiked with espresso. OTT? I don’t think so… A close second is this creamy, syrupy Espresso Martini Tim Tam Freakshake. Would it be ridiculous to

BEST BITS OF THE WEEKEND – 12 & 13 MARCH

Hi and happy Monday! How was your weekend? Were you one of the lucky ones who got to put their clock forward an hour this weekend? Lucky because it means summer’s coming obviously, not lucky because you had to get up an hour ‘earlier’ this morning! We still have a few weeks of ‘summer’ time left here in NZ, but the days are definitely getting shorter – boooo! Anyone else on this side of the world feeling a near paralysing sense of lethargy at the moment? I don’t know if it has something to do with the colder, shorter days,

FAILING THE ATTITUDE TEST

How do you feel about testing for job applications? Do you generally perform well in exam situations or do you do better on the interview side of things? Have you recently undergone any aptitude or attitude testing for a job and been dying to know the outcome? I have and I was dying to know! The feedback given (if any) is so limited, it’s natural to wonder where you failed if a job offer doesn’t eventuate. I’m about to reveal how I failed an attitude (psychometric) test and how I plan to beat the system next time! You might have read

SOFT OAT COOKIES WITH CRANBERRIES AND WHITE CHOCOLATE

Well, the name for these cookies may be a bit of a mouthful, but so are the cookies themselves. A mouthful of soft oat cookie, crunchy white chocolate and chewy dried cranberries. A mouthful of wholesome-seeming decadence. Let’s be real though, these cookies are not the sort you take a mouthful of and are done with. Grab a handful unless you want to keep popping back to the biscuit tin. You know some cookies are just like that, you finish one and immediately start thinking you wouldn’t mind another. And you’ll keep thinking that until you actually have the second

EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Guys, how is it March already?! There’s been a definite shift in seasons where I am, as of this week, and the only upside I can see at the moment is that the stores are full of Easter eggs – hollow bunnies, Cadbury creme eggs, squidgy marshmallow ones. I’ll have one of each, please! Which makes my healthy habit all the more important this month – I’m aiming to eat more fruits and vegetables. Using the national guidelines in NZ, I’m aiming for 5+ serves a day. I’ve made myself a list of 12 healthy habits to introduce into my lifestyle

BEST BITS OF THE WEEKEND – 5 & 6 MARCH

Good morning friends, and happy Monday! I hope you had a fab weekend. Despite it now being officially autumn down here, summer held its own for one more week, and we had quite a lovely weekend; a no-shoes, no jumpers kind of weekend. Long may it last, I for one am not ready for autumn yet… 

THE MIGHTY JOB HUNTER

For the past several weeks I’ve been job hunting, scouring the endless plains of job boards, observing the herd and picking out the juiciest looking opportunities. I’ve been sharpening my CV, taking aim with carefully worded cover letters and watching the herd scatter leaving a select bunch of viable options. Interview days have dawned with a sense of nervous anticipation, and I’ve prepared for the chase with camouflage and armour. The camouflage is to hide the spots, bags and wrinkles which would be seen as weaknesses by the alphas of my pack. My heels and handbag are my armour, not

LOVELY THINGS ABOUT TODDLERS

Not so long ago, I wrote a post on lovely things about babies, or things I miss now that we’re past the baby stage and well into toddler territory. Even while writing the post I knew it was a bit unfair to write as though coming out the other side of babyhood was a huge loss, and that there were no parental rewards in toddlerhood. In the interest of fairness I’ve been giving some thought to what the lovely things about toddlers are, so that I can remember to enjoy these things without the benefit of hindsight!

GOING CAFFEINE-FREE WITH RED SEAL + GIVEAWAY

Regular readers might know I’ve recently had a pretty tough time going caffeine-free. In fact, the first time I tried to quit caffeine, I was caffeine-free for half a day before a morning at playgroup left me with a banging headache which nothing but a cup of coffee and a lie-down could cure! After that I decided to wean myself, cutting down to one cup of coffee in the morning, and then making it gradually weaker until I could cut it out altogether without any side effects.  But even once I didn’t need caffeine to function anymore I still REALLY