Wish List Wednesday

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You know those weeks where you just run out of all of your essentials?  This week is one of those for me.  Here are a few or mine… It’s going to be an expensive week…

#one – Napoleon Perdis Pro Palette Concealer
#two – Clinique Liquid Facial Wash
#three – Maybelline Volume Express Mega Plush Mascara
#four – Diorshow Mascara.  If I COULD, I would buy it from Sephora.  LOOK AT THAT PRICE!
#five – Kerastase Shampoo

On a separate note, don’t you think beauty companies should NOT be allowed to show models wearing false eyelashes when they are advertising their mascara?  So wrong!

Quote of the Week – Tuesday, April 22

A late quote this week, because of the Easter Public Holiday.

We are watching Mad Men at the moment, a bit behind on the current season, but we are obsessed!  I love Joan and the quote from the episode last night was something I told people I did all the time – one of the reasons I loved my job.

Mad Men - Joan Holloway Quote

Wish List Wednesday

When I say Wish List Wednesday this week, I really mean it.  Some of the items on here are only for the Real Housewives of Melbourne, but I can dream…

Wish List Wednesday

#1. High Heel Leather Ankle Boots with Zips, from Zara.
#2. Decjuba Temptress Vest in Mocha.
#3. Dark Matter Leather Jacket, via theiconic.com.au
#4. Antonio Ben Chimol  Sterling silver laser snake bracelets via hardtofind.com.au
#5. Grab Featherprint Sweater, from Myer.
#6. Baux Signature Gather Tote, from Oroton.
#7. Rochas embellished metallic leather point-toe flats, via net-a-porter.

Recipe – Crispy Prosciutto Spaghetti

I adore this recipe, but it is very decadent so my hubby and I only have it a few times a year.  My girlfriend made it for all of us girls one night, and we were all in heaven, I remember wanting to lick to bowl.  Totally didn’t, I’m much classier than that…  Sometimes.

Since then, I contact her every time I make it to get the recipe, and I still seem to lose it every time.  So here it is, in a safe place.  It really needs to be shared with the world anyway :)

Crispy Prosciutto Spaghetti

Serves 4

Ingredients
1 small to medium sweet potato
250g Spaghetti Pasta
2 cloves garlic, crushed
8 slices prosciutto
8 medium egg tomatoes, quartered
1 sleeve (at least 1 cup) shredded fresh basil
1 sleeve (at least one cup) chopped fresh parsley
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup pine nuts

Method
- Peel and chop the sweet potato into 2cm cubes.  Place on a roasting tray and roast at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Add spaghetti to a large pan of boiling water, uncovered and cook for 8 minutes or as per the packet instructions.  Drain.
- Heat the garlic and prosciutto in a large wok or pan, and stir fry until prosciutto is crisp.  Remove from the pan using tongs, onto a paper towel or absorbent paper.
- Add tomatoes to the pan, stir fry until just soft.
- Combine the basil, parsley, oil, juice and vinegar in a jar.
- Add the sweet potato, pasta, prosciutto and basil mixture to the pan with the tomatoes, and stir fry to coat and heat.
- Add the pine nuts just before serving.

Let me know if you try it and what you think!

Crispy Prosciutto Spaghetti

Website Must Haves – Pregnancy

So most women are more than happy to dish out the advice when you fall pregnant, and between their questions (or judgement) on breastfeeding vs. formula, cloth nappies vs. disposable, the crying out method vs. rocking to sleep, cooking from scratch vs. packet… the list goes on and on… sometimes you just want to figure it all out for yourself.  There are so many websites out there which give great advice on the negatives and positives to your decisions.  Some have judgement that comes along with that too, but it’s a lot easier to scroll down or move onto the next window then to try to tune out a Mum on her high horse.

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So here’s a few websites that might help you, that you don’t always hear about:

Babycenter Australia: Receive free newsletters to track your baby’s growth, join a birth club to talk to other Mum’s, and search almost anything to do with your pregnancy, baby or toddler.  I love this site, but if I’m searching for something that I’m a bit worried about, I always take the advice with a pinch of salt.  Sometimes it can seem all a bit depressing, and that’s usually the worst case scenario.  (Similar to ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ which I’ve renamed ‘Let’s Expect the Worst When You’re Expecting!’  ‘Up the Duff‘ by Kaz Cooke is a much lighter and helpful read)

The Bump: Oh those crazy women who want to compare their baby to a piece of fruit or vegetable.  Trust me, it is not a helpful image when you feel the size of a whale and you get a notification to tell you the baby is the size of a pineapple.  If that doesn’t make you want to cross your legs, I don’t know what will.  But here is the link to that, if you want the visual!

Babies Online: I love the level of information you get, all in one place on this website.  When it can feel like you are hearing the same stuff week by week, Babies Online has information that is interesting and stuff I think you actually want to know, as well as a parenting community and lots of free online tools.

Parents.com Recall Alerts: You are already looking to buy a pram, car seat, high chair and cot while you are pregnant, so you might want to sign up to a website now that will let you know when products for children are recalled.  This site lists everything -  from furniture to food, toys to cars.

Along the lines of purchasing, you can’t go past The Cribsie Awards.  This website has been around for the past four years, getting votes from parents to give you the best services, websites and products for all your baby and toddler needs.  Over 150,000 votes have already been cast this year with the winners for 2014 selected in March.  So if you are expecting a baby soon, or if you have no idea what to buy when you go to your next baby shower, this is where you can go to find an amazing product.

A-List Mom: And finally, when all the other websites feel a bit frumpy and monotonous, along comes A-List Mom to save the day.  Get a daily email with must haves, chic pick me ups, and generally things to make you feel happy and excited about your new arrival and you becoming a Mum!

Fashion wise, my favourite affordable buys are via Asos Maternity and JeansWest Maternity. I live in my JeansWest maternity jeans and I will especially this pregnancy as it will be during winter.  Does anyone recommend the best place for stretchy maternity style leggings?  I love the Ambra range of stockings but I need something heavier duty this winter, and I don’t want to pay $900 via Nordstrom!  AND don’t forget the no underwire bra’s – although I didn’t do this often and still breastfed fine, so I wouldn’t stress too much if you choose not to – I like these from Fayreform / Bendon, as they have bra’s for real size boobs.

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Clockwise from top left: 20 weeks, 23 weeks, 39 weeks and 32 weeks.

Women spend so much time talking about what they can’t eat, and seem to forget that the products you are using on your skin can be just as harmful.  Want to protect your skin without any chemical nasties during pregnancy?  Ren provides an amazing range that does just that, and you can find via Mecca Cosmetica.

Don’t forget to do your research on where your cheapest multivitamins are at.  If you are taking Elevit, it can be pricey and looking at where the specials are will help, and if you can’t get to that particular store, but showing your local chemist the price another chemist is offering, will usually get you a price match.  Chemist Warehouse usually seems to be the cheapest in my opinion.

Gender Predictor!  Just a bit of fun, and the only thing I really like about the Parents.com website.  What do the old wives tales say you are having?

Do you have other websites that you can’t go past during pregnancy?  Please share, as I still have 23 weeks of browsing and research to go!!  :)