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Friday Find: Mamaway Second Skin Seamless Maternity / Nursing Bra

Friday Find: Mamaway Second Skin Seamless Maternity / Nursing Bra

LScreenshot 2014-01-21 09.39.30ast week I was contacted by Mamaway to see if I would be interested in trying out and reviewing their Second Skin Seamless Maternity Bra. It was actually fantastic timing, as I need to get out my space bag stash of ‘maternity wear’ that I stored away after I had Ella. To be honest, I was dreading the day that I had to go back to wearing maternity bras. Last time, I found them to be incredibly boring and bulky. The straps were so thick, the clips dug into me and I just did not feel at all my best whilst wearing them. So I was really keen to try out their product and see whether or not it lived up to it’s name.

As soon as I put it on, I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. After wearing this bra for a week, I’d love to share my thoughts with you, and fellow Mums or Mums to be, who may be searching for a sleek, comfortable and silky feeling bra.

According to Mamaway, the features of this bra include:

‘It’s so comfortable it feels like you’re wearing nothing. The seamless design works to ensure comfort against your own skin and also like a t-shirt bra with minimal show through your layers of clothing.’

It’s Now available in bigger sizes for large busted women.

Wire free, with built in removable padding, this bra is comfortable and discrete.

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• Perfect as a maternity bra and a nursing bra.
• A great sleeping bra for women with large bust
• A great t-shirt bra that allows you to wear thinner clothes without revealing additional stitching or embroidery.
• Wide straps with easy one hand drop-down clips

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• Stretchy fabric that support changes in your cup size.
• Colours: Nude, Black, Taro, Pink

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• Easy sizing: S, M, L, XL, XXL, matching your top size
• Machine washable

In terms of my own review, I thought I’d share a few insights!

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Material: The fabric feels fabulous. Very silky with a microfibre feel.

Support & Comfort: It has t-shirt bra like comfort, and I can honestly say that my growing ‘ladies’ feel very happy!

Ease of care: I’ve washed it once and it came out looking and feeling like new! However this is something that I’ll keep tabs on after each wash, especially once I start breast feeding again!

Other features: What I like best is that it doesn’t dig or cut into my skin, especially around towards the back of my underarms. The wide clasps on the back, with varying lengths also means that there is lots of room to grow! It’s also low enough at my chest so it allows me to wear summer tops without the bra being seen.

The Mamaway Second Skin Seamless Bra is currently $10 off at $59.95. I think it is well worth the investment, as it will get you through your pregnancy and breast feeding stage. I may even order a few more so that I can keep wearing it post baby!

You can purchase the bra here. Best of all, once you get it in the mail, you can write a review about it and they will send you another one for free! Check out the details here.

Mamaway have also given me the chance to give one lucky Happy Ella After reader their own choice of Second Skin Seamless Bra. Stay tuned in February for this competition on via our page on Facebook here.

Happy Bra Shopping!

kate

Stuff your face with this pizza base!

Stuff your face with this pizza base!

Let’s face it, Pizza is the best. It’s tasty, easy to make and pleases almost anyone who eats it. As a working Mum, Pizza is a regular feature on the Korber menu. Especially on Friday nights, it is Ella’s Dad’s favourite meal, and there is nothing better than home made pizza. Any meal that is easy to make, cheap to buy and pleases the family has got to be on my menu. Well today, I’ve got a super easy recipe that has been tried and tested by family and friends. You can make it quite quickly and it turns out fabulous each and every time!

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This recipe makes two large pizzas, but you can cut into smaller sizes to make ones for the kiddies!

Ingredients:

2 packets of dried yeast (2 x 7gram packets)

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

1 teaspoon of castor sugar

half a teaspoon of salt

2 cups plain flour

2/3 cup luke warm water

Method:

1.In a bowl, combine the yeast, olive oil, castor sugar, salt and water. Stir to combine.

2. Leave the wet ingredients until the yeast activates and you see it foaming up.

3. Add the flour and combine until it forms a dough. If you have a food processor / kitchen aid with a dough hook, this is perfect. I use my kitchen aid for this part and it certainly helps!

4. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-10 minutes, until it forms an elastic like consistency. Basically do it for as long as you can stand!

5. Place dough in a warm / dry place, covered for about half an hour. The dough will double in size. After half and hour, punch the dough to deflate it. Ideally, if you can let is sit and rise again for another half hour, then do this. Otherwise it is still fine to use straight away.

6. Cut into two and roll out into circles. Cover in your favourite toppings. Place in a 180-200 Degree Celsius preheated oven and cook until your toppings are golden!

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Tips:

  • It really helps to use a ceramic plate or pizza tray as it will crisp up your base.
  • For real perfection, place in a pizza oven…one can only dream!!

Enjoy!!!

kate

Making more room!

Making more room!

Given the fact that we are expecting our second child in five months, the time has come to begin our epic challenge of making more room. We are lucky enough to live in our own home, my first ‘own’ home, in inner Melbourne. To be honest I never thought that I would be a home owner, it’s just so damn hard these days, so I am grateful and thankful to own our own little piece of Earth. Our two bedroom home, when we bought it, was what I thought was a palace. We moved here from a two bedroom apartment with no balcony, and when you are faced with your own patch of grass and an area big enough to actually use your dining table, it really does feel like you’ve hit the jackpot.

The thing is, I love my home. It might not be the biggest house, and we may not have a large backyard, but when you live in inner city, you give these things up to be close to the beach, parks and cafes which are only a two minute walk away. That said, we have had, over the past couple of years, always had the conversation about what we would do when another baby came along. Would we move? sell? buy another house? rent? leave things as they are? Each options has it’s own ups and downs. The fact is, however, that we love where we live, and unless we win the lottery, the chances of upsizing in this area are pretty tough. So we decided to invest our time and money into renovating our two bedroom house, and by adding some more space onto the back, we can get another bedroom and new living space. This new living space includes a new kitchen and laundry. I think I was sold on the renovation idea when we starting looking at ovens and island benches (oh how things have changed).

So after many months of talk, drawings and research, the time has finally come to pack up our belongings and move in with my (beautiful) in laws for 4?5?6? months, whilst our house is literally turned upside down. The challenge is to have it all complete by the time we meet Korber baby no. 2 (early June). Can we do it? We’ll wait and see! Over the last couple of days this has meant packing up our belongings into an endless supply of boxes (thanks to our lovely new neighbours who moved in next door and needed to offload their own moving boxes!). I knew we had a lot of stuff, but wasn’t quite prepared for the sheer amount of ‘crap’ that we have accumulated over the last four years. I’m up to 21 boxes and still counting. I haven’t even tackled the bedrooms yet!

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It all dawned upon me that this was really real on Saturday, when Dan and our good friend ripped up our beautiful deck. No going back now!

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This was before…

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and now!

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We are trying to get everything ready before I go back to work next week. I’m finishing up at the end of term 1, so then I’ll have time to rest, I mean Project Manage! Stay tuned to follow our crazy ride. I know that it will all be worth it!

Have you ever renovated your home? Wish us luck!

kate

Friday Find: Kmart Water & Sand Play Table

Friday Find: Kmart Water & Sand Play Table

For Christmas, Ella was given this fantastic table by her gorgeous Aunty Mon. Ella just loves the water and regularly comes home form Day Care in a new change of clothes, because her other ones are soaking wet from water play. I thought Ella would love this, but was actually so surprised how much she did.

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The table comes at the perfect height for a toddler and comes with lots of little obstacles and utensils for her to splash about. You can add water or sand to the table, but given the fact that we are in a heat wave in Melbourne right now….water solves everything!

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At $25 from K Mart, it is a great bargain that will give your toddler hours of fun outside! To purchase this product online, click here.

kate

 

Half way there! We’re having a……

Half way there! We’re having a……

It’s amazing to say this, but this week marks the half way mark of my second pregnancy. Amazing to say the least. It’s flown so quickly compared to my first. I guess you are just so busy with a toddler, and with work, the end of the year, Christmas etc. that you don’t have the time to stop and think about everything like you do when you are having your first baby. Everyone says it, but if you are experiencing your first pregnancy at this moment, then just enjoy the time to take care of yourself, and do all those things you love to do on your own. Whether it be watching an episode of Sex and the City, taking an afternoon nap, reading a book, or going shopping, do those things now, because it gets much harder the second time!

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Yesterday we had our twenty week scan and I’m very happy to report that everything looks great. A very active baby inside my tummy, which can only mean that he or she is a happy little Vegemite. That brings me to the topic of what you can find out at your twenty week scan, namely the sex of your baby. As I lay down on the bed, I was asked by the Ultrasonoligist what ‘we wanted to find out today’. As I looked at Dan, I replied ‘we don’t want to know what we are having’. She smiled and said that is all she needed to know. Don’t get me wrong, we would love to know if we are having a girl or a boy. If we have a girl, we wouldn’t need to buy a thing. The pink will remain and the bags and bags of clothes will indeed be put to good use. And if we are having a boy, well that would just make our day as well. It’s weird, but if we found out, there is just something in me that feels as though I’m cheating. Like I’m finding out what I’m getting for Christmas before hand.

In this day and age, most people tend to find out what they are having. To be honest, it has been my experience that most people I have come across did find out. Whether they were open about it, or kept it to themselves. It has actually been quite surprising how few people do not find out the sex of their baby. I guess this time around, it would be easier to find out, but I just feel as though there are some things that in life that a truly a surprise and I want to keep it that way. There was something so magical about discovering that Ella was a girl when she was born.

It’s like wanting to know your future. Of course, everyone wants to know…but I guess…in this case…it just feels right for us to leave it a mystery for a few more months. As long as we know that it is healthy and happy inside my tummy, then all is well. In life, there are not too many things that keep us guessing…and I look forward to the time when meet our little ‘dos’ (number 2) as Dan calls ‘it’.

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So when people ask me if I know what we are having….I say….’ We are having a BABY!’. Everyone is different, and whether you find out or not, we are just blessed that everything is going well.

Did you find out the sex of your baby, or did you wait? I’d love to know!

kate

Who ate all the cookies?

Who ate all the cookies?

Photo 12-01-2014 5 44 39 pmWell I can’t believe it’s 2014! My little family has been to Port Douglas and Noosa for a wonderful break with family and friends, and now it’s back to reality. Reality in Melbourne means a week of scorching heat, with four days above 40C. Hot!!!! With two weeks left of my summer holidays, we’ve got lots to do. I’m 20 weeks pregnant and this means our scan tomorrow (very excited). We are also finally starting our renovation, and this means moving out of our house for a while, whilst my Hubby works his magic. It also means that this is our last chance to catch up with friends before the school year begins. Ella is at such a beautiful age where she loves playing with friends, and today we are having two special little girls over, along with their Mums for a play date.

Whilst it’s not quite the right weather for baking, I saw this fantastic recipe for M&M cookies on Ian Hewitson’s show last week. His niece showed how to make them, and thy seemed pretty easy and fool proof. With only a few simple ingredients, they are also pretty cheap to make. A basic shortbread recipe, you simply adorn them with what ever you like. I stuck to yummy mini m&m’s and given the fact that Ella’s Dad took some to work with him today, they must be yummy! The best thing is, if your kids are a bit older, they will simply love making these with you. As a teacher, I’m always pushing the importance of cooking with kids. So much mathematics involved, and so much fun learning with you!

M&M Cookies (Original Recipe from Ian Hewitson here)

preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 Minutes

Cost? Cheap!

Makes: about 25!

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Ingredients

1 cup castor sugar
150 gm unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
2½+ cups self-raising flour
cooking oil spray
400 gm mini M&Ms

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan forced (200°C normal).
2. Cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy in an electric stand mixer. Then add the egg and stir until the mixture is runny.
3. Add 2½ cups flour, all at once, and briefly combine with the electric mixer, before kneading with your hands in the bowl and then on a lightly floured workbench.
3. Spray 2-3 large baking trays with oil and then line with baking paper. (I didn’t bother with the oil)
4. Roll the dough into golf ball-sized balls and flatten onto the baking paper with your hand, leaving plenty of space between each one. Then carefully press 5 M&Ms into each cookie and cook in the oven for about 10-15 mins until golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside for 5 mins to cool and set, before transferring to a cake rack and cooling for another 5 mins.

Tips:

*Make sure you leave a lot of space between the cookies as they spread and rise considerably.

* The trick is to make sure that you get the cookies out of the oven, just before they start to brown.

Given by the expression on Ella’s face….I think she loved them!!! I’m sure you and your kids will too!

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kate