• Jubly Umph Super Kitsch
    Just For Fun,  Product Reviews

    Super Kitsch – Jubly Umph

    *This is a sponsored post.*

    Do you love 1950’s and 1960’s kitsch?  Do you love supporting local designers and crafters?  If you do, the new Super Kitsch collection from Jubly Umph is just for you!  

    I have coveted pieces from Jubly Umph for a long time.  And then I saw her post on FB, wondering if any bloggers would be interested in reviewing her new line.  Uh, I’m a blogger and I would be tres interested!  So I emailed, fully expecting a polite, “we’ve met our reviewer quota”, you know, with bloggers who are actually cool and stuff.  To my super excitement, Tasha from Jubly Umph got back to me really quick, and sent some stuff asap.  Woo!

    Jubly Umph Super Kitsch

    Don’t you love the packaging?  I’m a sucker for cool packaging.  And when I opened it up – oh la la! Three awesome pieces, that I love!  The Tape Measure Bow Brooch is just fabulous – I love the size of it and anything sewing always gets under my skin!  

    Tape Measure Bow Brooch Jubly-Umph Rockabilly

    The Flamboyant Flamingo Pendant is just that – flamingo, cocktail umbrellas and pineapples.  What more could you want in a kitsch piece?  I have found myself wearing this piece all the time, and getting lots of comments on it.  

    flamboyant flamingo Jubly_Umph  Flamboyant Flamingo Pendant Jubly-Umph    

    The final is a super cute pair of Red Bow earring studs.  I don’t have a photo of these on yet, but check out the Jubly-Umph page for photos and details.  

    I really love these pieces, and I have purchased products from Jubly-Umph for my sister before.  I will definitely buy again – the quality and the pricing is fabulous.  Go check them out!

    * I received these pieces from Jubly-Umph in order to review them.  The opinions written here are mine and mine alone.  If I didn’t like the pieces, I wouldn’t have written about them. *

  • DIY library book shelves
    DIY,  Home

    DIY Reading Corner for Ms 2.

    DIY library book shelves So we all love Pinterest, right?  Well, here is a little DIY project we recently completed, inspired by Pinterest.  And when I say we completed, I mean I had the idea, I pinned some inspiration and sourced the products and the Mister actually did the DIY part.  With the help of Ms 2.

    I’ve been wanting to set up a reading corner for her for some time.  With her resisting the big bed though, her room has been rather crowded with the cot in there as well.  However, we’ve had a win in that department and the cot is gone – hurrah!  So now we had space to do a bit more.  When she was born, we were gifted with a beautiful vintage, child size armchair.  It was given to us by my mother’s cousin, and it was her chair when she was a small child.  It is gorgeous and perfect for a reading nook.  So I knew I wanted that in the corner and then saw some super simple book shelf ideas on Pinterest.  Ikea spice racks.  Awesome.  Simple.  And cheap!  $2.99 each, and are solid untreated wood.  So you can go ahead and paint/stain them any colour you want!

    DIY toddler reading corner

    We used a good old spray paint – a lovely bright yellow.  The Mister applied two coats and attached them to the wall.  Apparently, we need to use some different wall mounts, in case too much weight is placed on them (ie our 8 month old pulling the) so we are going to change those asap, but otherwise, it turned out just as I had wanted!

     

    DIY Library book shelves toddler vintage chair

     

    The first night, Ms 2 spent quite some time rearranging the books on the shelves and also decided that it meant we were going to read ALL of the books on the shelves at bedtime.  Ahhh, no.

    I have also spied her sitting on the chair and reading a book to her dolly – melt!  So there you go, a simple, quick and cheap little DIY project that actually worked.  Love Pinterest!  Are you on Pinterest?  Have you completed any projects or recipes that you have pinned?  Or do you just love to pin and dream?!  Leave your pinterest profile in the comments, and I’ll follow you!

  • Coconut
    Food

    Delicious Coconut. Or, Jumping on the Bandwagon! ;)

    Erm, who knew coconut could taste so good?!  Not me.  I thought I didn’t really like coconut.  I remember gnawing on hard pieces from the coconuts that my parents occasionally bought home, but I think the attraction was really in the process of breaking into it in the first place!  

    Coconut
    photo: Horia Varlan

    Any other experiences with coconut have mainly been the good old desiccated form, sprinkled on cakes and slices.  Although I do recall slices of banana rolled in desiccated coconut and served by my mum with her homemade curry.  Perhaps I’m making that up?!

    If you happen to follow Tully & Mishka on Instagram, you’ll have no doubt seen some posts that demonstrate my growing fondness for the humble little coconut.  I was seeing posts and photos all over the interweb, with people singing it’s praises.  And when I read Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar*, there was a lot of delicious sounding recipes and some information about it’s health benefits included.  So I decided to see what the fuss was all about.

    Loving Earth Coconut Butter Organic

    Now I have no qualifications when it comes to health/nutrition, and I know that some people feel that both coconut and quitting sugar is the latest fad that people are on.  So all I will say is do your own reading on both subjects and see what you think.  A lot of the information rang true for me, and I have decided to incorporate some of the priniciples into our family menu.

    And besides, coconut butter is delicious!  I use the Loving Earth variety, which you can buy here.* I’ve tried a few different recipes so far and really enjoyed them, and making my own adjustments to them.  I’ll post some of these soon.  

    But I’d like to know – do you use coconut?  Does it all seem just a fad to you?  Let me know what you think!

    * This post contains affiliate links.  If you click through and purchase, I’ll receive a percentage of the sales.  

  • Blogging

    A Photo A Day

    I stumbled across a cool challenge late last month – a photo a day. It was an idea by Chantelle over at Fat Mum Slim

    She has put together a list of ideas, one for each day of the month, with the idea being it inspires a photo. You then upload the photo to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or anywhere else. You also add the #tag that matches, ie #marchphotoaday.

    These are some that I have taken – I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of trying to think creatively each day.

    Has anyone else been participating? I’m looking forward to April’s challenge. Pop over to Fat Mum Slim to join in.