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!!  :)

Tracking My Baby’s Growth – Month Fifteen

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This month has seen…

- Judd is  tall, and 11 kgs
- Just fitting into 0 clothes, but 1′s are still too big.
- I’ve realised that he talks A LOT, so writing down all the new things he said this month is too much.  I was rapt to get an email from one of the Mum websites I subscribe to (pretty sure it was the Raising Children Network – SUCH a good site) that said that children this age will generally say 5 words, good talkers will say about 20.  I counted Judd’s words and he is 55+.  Very proud of my little chatterbox.
- My favourite saying at the moment though, is Down.  He says ‘Mumma Down’ when he wants to be picked up, as well as when he wants to leave the table or get off a chair.  I’m trying to explain to him about Up but he’s not getting it yet.  I think it’s clever to be saying Down anyway!
- 8 teeth.  I really hope that’s it for a little while.
- His climbing is out of control.  He is just a monkey with his feet.  We have gone from just climbing onto coffee tables and couches, to scaling the great heights of our kitchen bench top, the washing machine and desk.  He even pushes the coffee table places so he can use that to climb higher.  He is very quick, but I’m onto him now.  :)
- Loves to speak to Daddy when he is on his way home from work on the phone and tell him all about his day.
- Is ridiculously good at throwing the ball.  And he loves playing with the ball outside when Daddy gets home from work.
- Can’t work out if he is right or left-handed yet, he can throw with both, draw with both, and when he colours he puts one pencil in each hand and uses them both.  Time will tell.

Judd - 15 mo

Check out this time last year, it’s hard to believe the difference 12 months has made!

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Weekly Wrap

Highlights

My son has his own little personality now and it brings us so much joy.  Constantly entertaining us.  He is usually the highlight of my days, but I’ll try to think of a few more…

Getting my car back from the repairers to finally have FREEDOM, only to have the battery die and be car-less again.  Luckily that was fixed quickly, as Judd and I have not enjoyed being housebound for so long.

A night out with two girlfriends.  Long overdue and like therapy.  Makes me think of this SATC Meme though :)

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Each year I put together a ‘yearbook’ of photo’s and turn them into a book using iPhoto.  The number of photo’s we are taking and that I want to include is increasing as our family does, and so the cost is getting too much.  I have researched different options, including Blurb.  Do you create photo books using an amazing website and care to share?

All things Easter!  Wanting to get crafty and creative this year before the bunny comes, and especially wanting to try some ombre eggs, like these via Country Living.  What do you think?

Blog Love

Meet Me At Mikes.  I love the colour, the content and the cheerfulness.  Happy Blogs make me happy.  Especially, especially, especially this beautiful video Pip posted via RSA on Empathy and Sympathy.  Something I learnt last year is that when someone is hurting ‘at least’ is the last thing your response should start with, and this is a nice little reminder of why.

Feast

Making scones this weekend…  Should I Easter-fy them?

A perfect breakfast, morning or afternoon tea, how easy does this Thermomix Banana and Coconut bread look, via Alyce Alexandra?

Fashion Fix

I’m embarrassed to say I only just stumbled across DecJuba, a beautiful Australian fashion label, when Rebecca Judd posted this amazing outfit on her instagram and blog – Rebecca Judd Loves.  Someone get me a faux fur vest please.

Also, currently scoping out a leather jacket.  But where?  There are so many to choose from!

Recommending Reads

I’m currently reading Bellagrand by Paullina Simons, which is taking me awhile due to housework and naps taking a priority.  But, it’s a prequel to The Bronze Horseman series, which is epic and a MUST read.