Monday, July 1, 2013

Book Club: One for the Money (Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich)




Let's do a bit of a book club together shall we?

If you love reading but can't seem to find the time to do it, this book club will be perfect for you - we can motivate each other to find time to read!

So, book #1: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich:




You may have seen the movie come out last (or this?) year with Katherine Heigl. Loved it. But I have to admit I knew I would because I have loved this book (and the whole series) for years.

So whether you've read it before or it's your first time reading it, I'm inviting you to join me and get stuck into it on July!

Joining in is easy - just grab a copy of the book, from the library, your local book shop, or you can use my book depository affiliate link here for a paperback, hardback or audio cd copy.

Then make sure you've either liked the marissa writes a blog facebook page or signed up for email updates here at the blog, and we'll chat about the book throughout the month!

Also, comment below if you're joining in so I know you're here, and if you have any questions, ask away here, via email, or on facebook :)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Giggling, Hooting and Crafting with Sophie

Soph aka Hootabelle

The other day Soph and I had a great time with the new Giggle & Hoot magazine :)

We got sent a free copy to review here on the blog and we're already fans of Giggle & Hoot so it was an easy yes to the offer!

Here are a few pics of what we got up to:



  • Soph coloured in her own mask - I think it was meant to be Hoot but she's a Hootabelle fan ;)
  • We loved putting the felt Hoot together
  • Soph and I cut out the door hanger and she wrote her name on it
Plus there were stickers, drawing activities, and heaps more :)

This is a great magazine to take with you anywhere you need to keep the kids busy - I'd take it with me if we were going to a restaurant, doctor's office, or anywhere else I need to keep the girls amused without being too noisy.

If you're looking for your own copy, you can grab it for $5.95 - it's on sale from April 17 from ABC Shops, centres, online and newsagencies nationally.








Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easy Easter Bunny Craft!



We got into some very cute and very simple Easter craft today!

The girls loved it and I did too :)


Here's how we made them:

1. Grab a small paper plate and paint the inner circle pink (we also put glitter around the edge)


2. When it's dry, cut the paper plate in half (now you have bunny ears!)


3. Now take a large paper plate and draw your bunny face on in thick black texta



4. Then just staple your ears to the large plate and your bunny is done!


The girls painted theirs pink, purple & blue..




I think they look fantastic! Here's Soph with hers:


Happy Easter from all of us!

x Marissa

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Little Moments..

It always amazes me the beauty you can see in the little moments of every day life!


.. and then 5 minutes later one is yelling at the other one because she doesn't want to hold hands anymore ;)

Does this happen in your family?

x Marissa

Monday, March 11, 2013

Movie Review: Safe Haven

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Ok I have to say I LOVED this movie.

Safe Haven is fantastic! The storyline is great, it has great acting, the plot twists are awesome and the soundtrack makes me feel like I'm on holidays :)

There's a chance I've seen it twice already ;)

Here's the trailer from YouTube:



I haven't read the book yet but it's next on my list!

Have you read Safe Haven? Or watched the movie?

What did you think of it?

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Does anyone else feel like their kids are growing up way too fast?


On one hand, I'm loving that Georgia can walk, talk, feed herself, and play well with her sister.

On the other hand... I do miss those baby cuddles sometimes! And Soph is getting so independent!

But 2 children is enough for us I think, so I'll just have to embrace the fun stuff the kids do now that they're growing up, like:

Georgia learning how to do headstands (thanks Ben for teaching her that one!)


.. and Soph's growing obsession with craft (ok, I'll admit it, I love the craft too)


And it is nice not to have to sterilise baby bottles anymore!

How about you - do you miss the baby days in your family (or are you in them now?)

x Marissa

Friday, January 25, 2013

Getting crafty with The Wiggles

I love crafting with my girls, even though I'm terrible at it!

Nothing pretty about our craft, we just get the kit out, dig in, get messy and let ideas come to us as we go..

On this day, Soph asked if we could colour in paper plates, so I got some out, and some paint, and we just started to colour them..

Cut to 3 plates later and we realised we had a green, a purple and a brown plate - so we decided to turn them into friends of the Wiggles ;)

Henry & Wags at the top, Dorothy on bottom left and Captain Feathersword on bottom right

Georgia LOVED it - she's Wiggles obsessed at the moment - which I think is causing friction between me and the Husband, seeing he is team Greg and I am team Sam.. Soph is team Emma and Georgia doesn't seem to care as long as someone's wearing a yellow shirt ;)

Who's your favourite Wiggle?

x Marissa

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Who knew the Golden Globes had REAL couples in love!

I had a ball yesterday hanging out with some lovely ladies watching the Golden Globes!

In between sipping & snacking and chatting about the gorgeous dresses and how funny Tina and Amy were hosting, I noticed how normal some of the celeb couples were!

Just normal people who actually love each other: Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner,
Hugh Jackman & Deborra-lee Furness, Kristen Bell and Dax Shephard..

I haven't got permission to post pics, so head over to ivillage for a look!

It was nice to see some ladies dressing for their figure and looking incredible instead of just cramming themselves into whatever was on trend - Adele, Claire Danes, Jennifer Garner - beautiful :)

Did you watch the Golden Globes? Comment below and tell me your favourite couple, favourite frock of the night!

x Marissa


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Just a quick post today to say Happy New Year :)

We've had a stressful week with Sophie breaking her arm (falling off a swing) on Boxing Day and needing 3 days in hospital with surgery.. then poor Georgia burning her fingers last night on her mashed potato (I felt terrible - it was a lot hotter than I thought it was and she got them in there just as we were about to test it!).

Our local hospital is full of kind, understanding, helpful people - staff, volunteers and other parents - we are so grateful to them :)

The girls are in great spirits and handling it all really well - better than I think I would have in their shoes!



I do want to say a big thank you to Ben, our family, friends - all of you for your support and well wishes while all of this was happening - you are amazing xx

So, in light of the stressful week, the new year brings with it a sense of new beginnings and hope (aw, I sound like a movie) and I'm going to make the most of it!

Here are my resolutions for 2013:

I'm aiming for life to be:

  • Happy
  • Healthy
  • Balanced
..and of course I'll still be finding ways to make life easy as a busy mum :)

I'd love to know your resolutions! Comment below and let me know what they are - or if you don't do them, let me know what you are most excited about this New Year :)

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