Thursday, December 20, 2012

2013 - what's going to happen?

I thought I would share with you, what I hope, think, and will make happen in 2013. I have decided I need goals, I need determination, and something to strive towards. So here are the things I see for 2013, for my family.....

- Savings! I plan to get ALL our debts paid off, and to start saving for a car. Since I know I can't get away with having a zippy little coupe, I really really want a Hyundai iMax. These are not that badly priced and we wouldn't be looking at getting a brand new one (although that would be nice), so I think I can do this in 2013.

- Xavier starts school! My 3rd little baby starts school in 2013! So I plan to help all of them more with their homework, not take unnecessary days off school, and to keep up with everything better. Education is very important to hubby and I, and we want to instill this into our children. You work hard, you get what you want.

- In saying that 3 of my babies will be at school, I will still have little Mr Liam at home. I want to embrace this! I want to sit and play with him more, spend that one on one time with him, that I really haven't had much of a chance to have with him. I want to teach him, talk with him and cuddle him.

- I want to make my hubby happy, and hopefully, get married to him. He really is the man of my dreams. He loves me, he works his a$$ off for me and our children, he understands me and helps me when times get tough. He is my best friend and I can't wait to be able to call him my husband! (Note: We have been engaged since 2007!)

- I want a new couch. Pretty simple really, ours has had it lol.

- I want to loose weight, and to be fit and healthy! I don't want to be shy and have to work up the courage to take my kids to the pool, and struggle every day with finding something to wear that is comfortable.

- I want to get a new camera (the kids broke mine!!) and learn how to use it properly, and take lots of photos, all the time. I want time to stand still with photos, and all the memories that will pass us in the blink of an eye.

- I want to get in front of the camera with my kids! I avoid being in front of the camera often, as I don't like the way I look. (See 'I want to loose weight') lol.

- I want to be happy. I mean, I am happy, but I want to brush off some things that trouble me, and leave them in the past. I want contentment.

- I would like my blog to be bigger and better. I want to put my time and effort into it. However I will need a new computer, as I have to use hubby's and he is always on it for work. So, another thing I will have to save for - computer!

Well I think that is all at the moment. I am sure I will think of a hundred more, but in saying that, I have to have some sort of realistic number of goals and wants for one year lol.

What are your goals and wants for 2013? Feel free to share in the comments!

Merry Christmas everyone, and may your new year be happy, fun and everything you want it to be!

xx Tiff......

Thursday, December 13, 2012

All I want for Christmas is....

So I have had the great honour of being 'selected' by the one and only Dad Down Under to spread the Christmas cheer, and ditch the kids 'wish list' for one of my own.

I am a self confessed Christmas Junkie! I loooove Christmas and everything that goes with it! (I am sorry I am not religious so I don't do the traditonal stuff, but fully support those that do). I love the happiness it gives my children, the glow of excitment that radiates off their sleepy faces in the morning of the 25th. I love the shopping, I love the planning, I LOVE the decorating, I love the lights and I love being able to pig out! LOL.

I have not really given much thought to a Christmas Present for myself, real or hypothetical. So this might be a little bit challenging..... But here it goes.....

1 - I want .......... (I am stuck!!)

-----Insert thinking music here! ------

1- I want a Kitchen aid - In HOT pink!! I have always been a pink girly girl, but don't tend to splash it around the house as much as I don't think that majority of the household, being BOYS would appreciate that. But one of these I would display proudly on my benchtop!!

2 - I want a new car - but that's not going to happen HAHA!!
Idealy one of these    -->

3 - To own my own house. That WOULD be a dream come true!

4 - For my beautiful man, and my gorgeous kids, to forever be happy and want for nothing. They are my life, my world, and are more precious to me then anything!

5 - Lastly, the most important. I would like to live off a diet of Chocolate and Coffee, and it NOT be bad for me, and in fact make me skinny and toned! Surely that is not too much to ask for? Right? LOL!!

So now I pass this on to five other fellow bloggers, and let them release thier Christmas Wishes upon the world. You never know, Santa is ALWAYS watching!


Get on with IT already

Beccis Domestic Bliss

The Aussie Hausfrau

The Simple Mummy 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Honey and Cinnamon Christmas Trees

You can use a cookie cutter to cut these into any shapes, not just trees....


- 200g butter at room temp
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1/4 cup self raising flour
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons milk


- Line baking trays with baking paper. Use an electric mixer and beat butter and icing sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add honey. Beat until well combined.

- Place flours, cinnamon and milk in a bowl then add butter mixture. Mix until a dough forms. Put onto a well floured surface and knead gently until smooth. Divide dough in half and wrap each portion in glad wrap and put in the fridge for 15 minutes.

- Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Using a floured rolling pin, roll one portion of dough out until about 5mm thick (they don't rise very much).

- Using a cutter, cut out biscuits and place on the trays. Re roll the left over dough and keep cutting out until it is all gone. Do this with your other portion of dough.

- Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Cool on tray for 5 minutes before putting on a wire rack to cool completely.

You can ice these or leave them plain, they are yummy either way. It also depends how big your cutters are as to how many you will get, but I got 30 out of my batch. :)