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Oh, Hello there, #Liptember!

by Fiona on September 1, 2015 · 0 comments

So, as we know, September is awesome.

liptember

It brings Spring, and flowers, and blossoms and fairies.

But not everyone is in that good of a place all the time.

We have our moments. Whether we rage, or cry, or just dissolve.

Some people have worse moments. And need outside help.

liptember

One of the ways to get that is through Lifeline. Lifeline is a charity that provides some telephone counselling services for those at crisis or suicide point. They also have an online option for those needed to talk things out through chat.

So, they need money

One way is through Liptember – an excuse for girl who are a little loopy like me to pucker up in all sorts of colours to talk people into helping this important service.

I have some lippies…

liptember

If you wanna sponsor me … my link is https://www.liptember.com.au/fiona-moore.

I promise a kiss to all who do (virtual or IRL)!

liptember

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Birthday Cupcakes and BBQ for all the Kids!

by Fiona on September 1, 2015 · 0 comments

smiley people

My sister, her partner, and her two kids had a mega joint birthday party on the weekend, where there were awesome sausages, beautiful cakes, and lotsa crazy children!

we're down the back!
Hipster me with the chalk ;)

sugar table
Sugar table!

We were greeted with a sunny it’s-almost-spring-people kinda of day, and set up accordingly, with outdoor activities and toys that kept the kids so amused just playing there was no need for pass the parcel or anything adult run!

Beak and sons sausages

Bruce and I set to work on the BBQ we’d brought over by trailer, annointing it with the delicious tastes from these Beak & Sons sausages I’d received from a PR contact the day before. The three flavours were well received – I liked the beef best, followed by the unusual fennel in the pork – with the onion and salads. (The sausages are $6.49 / pack at Woolworths)

BBQ

beer holder neck strap
The stubbie holder from the Food and Wine show the day before came in handy for hands-free BBQ-ing!

numbers

A few of the kids amused themselves by seeing who could write up to the highest number. A few others kept taking turns with the toy vacuum cleaners…

minions hello kitty turtles nutella cupcakes

Before we knew it, it was cake time – time for these GORGEOUS cakes made by Aimee – There were Minions for Liam, Hello Kitty for Ezri, Nutella for Jen and Turtles for Daniel!

hello kitty cupcakes

Minions Cupcakes

hello kitty cupcake

No prizes for guessing which oh so sweet pink Hello Kitty cupcake I went for ;)

Pink Princess

Princess Anna with Makka

Happy Birthday Jennie, Daniel, Liam and Ezri!!!

Bring on Spring!

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Pretty Nail Minis – OPI Venice

by Fiona on August 31, 2015 · 0 comments

I received these O.P.I nailpolishes for review thanks to Coty

OPI Venice Collection nailpolish

I do love OPI nailpolishes – I just haven’t been able to justify their price lately for the full-sized polishes, which is where the mini collections can be great!

The Venice collection (for US Fall/Winter 2015) comes with a Peach (A Great Opera-tunity), Copper (Worth a Pretty Penne), Red (Amore at the Grand Canal) and Black (My Gondola or Yours?).

The black was a little thin so needed 4 coats to be opaque, but lasted well with a nice shine. The copper and red are gorgeous, I have the copper on my toes right now! The peach was nice and opaque and dried super-fast. Not my colour, but a good peach for you blondies out there.

What colour are your nails at the moment?

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Dumplngs!

It’s always good to catch up with bloggers, and I had the privilledge of orgranising a get-together with the Hunter Valley & Newcastle Bloggers last week, with Nuffnang spotting the cash for us to gorge on the best dumplings in Newcastle.

Pork Dumplings

The gorgeous people below made it along:
Kell from All Mum Said (that girl has some great giveaways!)
Lisa, formerly of “Madame Bipolar” and “Sawhole” fame &
Marissa who is Beautifully Organised!

John, Tammy, Kirsty, Bron and Denyse all had planned to be there, but with all the sickness going around (and a few injuries!) they couldn’t be there on the day :(

(next time guys!)

Duck Salad

The staff were incredibly patient with us waiting to see whether the stragglers would come or not, but then we got into the business of discussing life, blogging, and dumplings!

Chicken Dumplings

Pork and Chive dumplings

These pork and chive dumplings were everyone’s favourite!

Prawn Dumplings

I’m planning a couple more events this year – One a coffee meetup in October and a Newcastle Bloggers’ Xmas Party at the start of December! Join the Hunter Valley & Newcastle Bloggers FB group to stay up to date (we accept coasties too! :p)

Thanks again to Nuffnang for supporting this meet-up!

Nan’s Dumpling Time
4/79 Beaumont Street
Hamilton NSW
Ph: 02 4961 6350

Their current menu is here :)

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McGuigan Black Label Shiraz

There was wine samples of the updated Black Label range at our local IGA last Friday, and we were readily sold on this 2014 Shiraz. Bought the 2 for $16 and then got this bonus bottle and a few accessories for the road :p

crumbed camambert

This Crumbed Camembert from Aldi also goes down well on a cool nearly-spring evening.

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Latest Hello Fresh Meals

by Fiona on August 27, 2015 · 0 comments

Had some money sitting in my PayPal so thought I’d spend it on some healthy Hello Fresh meals. Use my code R3CDUQ to get $35 off your first order!

Oven Baked Ocean Trout

Oven Baked Ocean Trout with fennel and lemon

Za’atar Chicken Bowl

Za’atar Chicken Bowl

Chorizo with Spanish Chickpeas

Chorizo and Chick Pea

Vietnamese Pork Salad

Vietnamese Pork Noodle Salad

Steak with Field Mushroom & Purple Fries

Steak with the biggest mushroom in the world and purple sweet potato fries.

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Birthday Tastings in Pokolbin

by Fiona on August 26, 2015 · 1 comment

pokolbin wine and olives

So, I had a birthday (like we all do), and it won’t surprise you that I spent it eating and drinking, tasting and sampling, laughing and enjoying. I’d bought a Groupon for a wine a stuff tasting experience with a bottle of wine and jar of olives to take home, and insisted on that being my birthday do.

pokolbin estate olives wine

hunter organics

sauces

So much to sample, wines and dukkah, olives and oils, and all sorts of delish!

wine tasting

wine

We took home the delightful dry Riesling. Love me a nice dry white!

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Pokolbin Estate Vineyard
Address: 298 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Phone:(02) 4998 7524

hunter beer

Then off to the Brickworks for a couple of beers and an antipasto luncheon.

antipasto

Hunter beer co

Hunter Beer Co / Brickworks
Wine Country Dr & Fleming St, Nulkaba NSW 2325
Phone:(02) 4991 7922

Birthday sponge cake with Makka Pakka, Hello Kitty, Orange Frog

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Woolworth’s Select Asian 90-second Meals for One

August 25, 2015

These little microwave and go meals are super convenient for their $3.49 price, you eat it out of the bx once you microwave the pouches, plus there’s a plastic SPORK in the box for you! Perfect for my day a week at the school when I don’t know what time I’ll get to eat and […]

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Ez’s New Best Friend – Win a Ballerina & Me doll for your tiny dancer!

August 24, 2015

Ez received a Ballerina and Me doll for review Why not bring joy and imagination to a little girl’s world? So awesomely, we received a Ballerina and Me doll to dance with, get to know, and review. Ballerina & Me doll is a child life-size dancing doll. Fasten her elastic dancing straps to any little […]

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Op ’til you Drop!

August 23, 2015

Happy National Op Shop week!!! Red Cross, Salvos Stores and Vinnies are just some of the leading charity op shops involved in this year’s National Op Shop Week. Along with the rest of Australia’s charity op shops, they receive a large amount of donations to help them with their community work. In 2012 alone, over […]

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Flowers “Just Because”? Try Flowers for Everyone!

August 12, 2015

This post is in collaboration with FlowersforEveryone When was the last time you got given flowers? It’s been awhile for me, and while I’m personally not always a fan of cut flowers (I prefer them in the wild any day!) I do like to see the colours and perfume of flowers lighten up someone’s day. […]

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