• BabyBanz Noise Reducing Earmuffs Review INSM

    BabyBanz Noise Reducing Earmuffs Review

    Ever since I first met DH, we had a mutual interest in flying & planes – in particular WW2 era warbirds.  There is really nothing quite like sitting at our favourite spot at Ardmore, drinking coffee, listening & watching the planes go out & around. If we’re lucky we often got to see the WW2 era warbirds going out on flights. Fast forward a decade, or so 😝, and we’ve definitely passed on this interest to both our kids.  I still remember the first time my son saw a plane take off and the look of utter amazement on his face.  His favourite plane has always been the yellow Harvard…

  • Food Show Auckland Survival Tips - INSM

    Surviving The Food Show

    If you haven’t guessed from this blog already, I love food! Be it trying new stuff or experimenting in the kitchen, I love it all 😃  Thankfully, my kids have picked up on this and I don’t usually have many issues with them trying new things (eating on time is a different story tho O.o).  Of course, buying a whole jar of something to find out the whole family hates it, can get quite expensive so going to The Food Show Auckland is the best thing ever! So yesterday was the Preview Day for The Food Show Auckland, and leaving one monkey at school and the other with her Gran…

  • Dinosaurs in the Garden

    Dinosaurs in the Gardens – Auckland Botanic Gardens Event

    ​Yes, you’ve read that right! 😛 Dinosaurs have arrived in Auckland & we went to investigate 😜 In typical Auckland fashion, neither the traffic or the weather came to the party, but we arrived with plenty of time before our 3pm session.  The Dinosaur Encounter is done outdoors, so don’t forget to carry a rain jacket or umbrella just in case 🙂 Thankfully for us the rain held off until we were on our way home. The encounter starts with the lovely lady, who was enthusiastic despite the weather, introducing the concept of going back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed.  It is very interactive for the kids, but…

  • One-pot Banana Cake with Spicy Chai Icing

    One-pot Banana Cake with Spicy Chai Icing

    This is my go to recipe when we have bananas that are just too far gone for the kids n hubby to eat without complaining, but are perfectly fine to eat. TBH, I think they just complain so I do make this cake 😛. It can be done quickly with minimal dirtying of dishes – hence, one of my favourite recipes 🙂   Banana Cake Ingredients: 150g butter 3/4 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup milk 1 cup mashed banana   Method: Preheat oven to 180* In a pot on the stovetop, melt butter.  Turn…

  • kid friendly ardmore airport & cafe

    Ardmore Airport & Café

    Ever since I can remember, this has been a favourite spot for my husband and I. It combines fresh air, airplanes, photography opportunities & good coffee. Always said to my husband, I would love to buy a hanger out there to create a weekend place 🙂 One can only dream aye? So of course, when my son was born it became one of his favourite places. I still remember the day he saw his first airplane take off. It was priceless! 🙂 Even though things are way busier now with two kids, we always manage to make it out here at least once a month; even in winter! You can…