Monday, June 11, 2012

Finding your way...

Hello bloggy land, & oh so sweet blog, I have missed you!

I guess I have been finding my way and lost you in the process. I never did forget you, I couldn't, you capture all my special memories and moments & I know there will be so many more...

For now, though, I have some fire in my belly... Something that excites me greatly, and I am dying to share.

Have you ever had that moment where you unknowingly make a decision that will change your life? That will I go, or are the stories in my head making it seem like the impossible? I know that I have had  many.

On the 9th May, I made a decision to attend a Direct Sales get together at a girlfriends house, at the time I was not particularly fussed, but I knew that the product would probably interest me in some way.
Actually the product and the message that was presented to me that day, was exactly the kind of thing I loved. So of course I purchased a few items to try.

Approximately 2 weeks later, I attended another Direct Sales get together for the same product. Again, it pleased me to no end! The fabulous woman presenting the demonstration, was just like me in so many ways. A busy Mama, Wife, Business Woman & someone that cared about the health and safety of her family & home. I expressed my interest in the company and from there, as they say "is history"....

I have been learning and working on getting outside my comfort zone, and learning some more!

I was offered to attend the Company's Annual Conference in Melbourne over the long weekend in June & was absolutely blown away!
The guest speaker was Lyndsey Baigent, who is a totally amazing women & could inspire the grass to grow, I'm sure!!! I left feeling totally ready to take on the world and share my gifts!!

On the 8th July, I will demonstrate my first ever show'n'go...... (she squeeeeeeeeeels with delight!!!!)
I have booked myself some other parties and will be bringing my best to each and every one of them. I am extremely happy to be able to share these products with my family and friends and anyone who is willing to listen.

Nature Direct is the name of the company who's products I will be distributing, so look out, here I come!

Head on over here and click Like to keep you updated on some great savings, and tips and tricks...

Mama Hick xx

Planet Saver, Healthy Home Creator!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

the 15 minute follow

Just today I decided to follow my toddler around for 15 minutes with my camera armed & ready to see just how busy his life can be. Here is the proof that he is one busy little guy!!

So quiet & nice, eating some apple??

Oh up there eating some apple... hmmmmm


Down from up there & trying to make a run outside..


The reaction to mean Mama, keeping him inside...

Couldn't you just throw yourself to the floor some days & kick and cry, when you don't get your own way?

Oh great, my high chair! Lets see what mischief this can get me into!!

I wonder whats up there??

Well I guess if I can't go outside, I will climb up here and see!

Nothing much yet...

hmmmm pretty boring..

 I'm bored, might try hiding in the cupboard from Mama!

I know when these days are long gone, I will miss the company & the cheeky little face that I see when he is getting into something, or climbing somewhere he shouldn't, but there is nothing like the quiet time I finally get when he is asleep! Big Love to my Little Dusty, little but very busy...

Mama xx

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pictures of you...

I watched some old video footage today of our kids. I love seeing how far they have come, their voices sound so young & they have sweet little chubby baby cheeks... Oh the memories, and the kids love to see themselves on the screen. We watched dozens of just little snippets, and one thing was so evident to me, well it was of course the lack of me!! I know when there is a camera around, I am usually the one behind it, but to be honest, I rather like it that way. I love taking pics of the kids and all the paople that I love, I mean who doesn't??

Here's the thing, some of the pics I love the most are of me with my family as a child. I love seeing me in Dads arms or hanging off Mums leg, or sitting on a warm cozy lap for a cuddle. I know that these little pics I cherish are also going to be some of my own childrens favourite too!!! So I am going to stop all the excuses about why I cant be in the photo... Yes you are all thinking that it sounds familiar, and that's because it most likely is.

I know that when I see a picture of my Mum & I, it never occurs to me that she might think she looks fat, her hairs a mess, or that she could do with some make up. I see an image of me and my Mum!!!

So from today I will try to be the Mama in the image, not the one wondering where I was...

Mama xx

Ahh there I am...

Summer 2011-2012 has all but gone ~ Here's what the Hicklings got up to...

Well Hello to all out there in Bloggy Land. I have been very slack at getting to update what has been happening at Mama's house....
The Summer holidays were great, we swam, played, baked, sleep-overed, rode bikes, got dirty, crafted, ate, slept, ate, ate, ate!
Well it sure did seem like I prepared a lot of food!! I guess with 4 kiddies I should expect no less! Did I mention washing, washing of all kinds, being dishes, faces, clothes, dishes, hands, dishes, clothes, clothes & more washing!

Did we have a peaceful, happy, laughter filled, fun time together?? Yes we did, well 98% of the time, I wont lie, by the end, Mama we were all extremely happy for the start of School & Kinder...

Well before I ramble on and most likely forget all the magic moments, here is a snapshot of the Summer of Hick 2011-2012!! Enjoy......



Summer hunter & gatherer crafting...

Swimming in the rain of course!

Fresh Baked Spelt Bread... nom nom nom!!

Just add some homegrown tomatoes...

Tractor drivin'...

Serenading the dog??

Garden Gnoming...

OK, so I have been pushing my Blogger luck with these pics, so until next time...


Sunday, January 8, 2012


A Snippet is a small memory I want to savour, captured in words, created by words....

4yo, " he's making a list, and checking his WIFE, he's gonna find out who's naughty or GOOD, Santa Claus is coming to town"....

Huh hmmm, yes something like that little one ~ LOVE


Monday, December 19, 2011

This Moment...

{this moment} - A weekday ritual. A single set of photo's - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember ~ SouleMama

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Mama xx

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mama's Top Ten School Holiday boredom busters revealed...

As the kids keep reminding me, there is only 13 more days until the end of School before Summer break.... Arrgggghhh!! Well to make sure that we don't get all cabin fevered and bored, I have been researching some activities that we could possibly do to help keep my sanity the boredom away!
Of course I turned to my trusty old friend Pinterest, to see what wonderful ideas other Mama's and Papa's have to help me out, and here are my findings of a few things that I think my 9, 7 & 4yo will enjoy!! No, I haven't misplaced the baby, but I will assume he will only eat anything given to him....

1. Homemade Chalk ~ Cannot wait to give this one ago, my kids love drawing with chalk, so I am sure this will be a hit.

Sidewalk Chalk (Homemade)

2. Tent ~ I just could not resist this, I have made a tee-pee for my little ones 1st Birthday & he adores it, actually so do the older kiddies, but this looks fabulous, and good way to keep him out of the sun. I think the bigger kids will also love this idea. I can already hear the questioning about sleeping outside on a hot night!! And why not??

Outside Tent for play

3. Branch Weaving ~ Isn't this just beautiful?? When I saw this, I knew it would definitely be added to the holiday list. We have loads of gum trees around, so branches will not be an issue, and most of us have that last little bit of wool left over on the ball that needs using. It also could take some time, so an activity that you could do bit by bit, in the car, camping, or just for some good old fashioned stress relief ! Good Lord, I may just need to weave up a few myself!!

Pinned Image

4. Rock Painting ~ Sweet little rock friends, I think that the kids could end up with a heap of these, you could do different animals and faces, but aren't these birds a gorgeous idea?

Owl rocks. Too CUTE

5. Homemade Facepaint ~ No explanation necessary!!

Homemade facepaint

6. Chalk Spray ~ Interesting, will let you know about this after we have given it a try!

Chalk spray!

7. Stick Painting ~ Cool, again no explanation necessary!

stick art

8. Silly Putty ~ How fabulous does this look, and I am sure the kids will love having this stuff around the house!

 Homemade silly putty!  FUN!!!

9. Marshmallow Building ~ Hmmm looks cool, but I am concerned for the safety of the Marshmallows!! Knowing my kids, they may eat the project before it begins!

Marshmallow kids craft

10. Colored Glue Suncatchers ~ Could be fun, again will let you know how I go!

Pinned Image

So there are my first 10 top picks to keep the kids entertained on the not so Summery Melbourne Days!! I would love to hear from you, if you make any of the above activities with your kiddies, or if you have any other fantastic ideas to keep the kids occupied!!
I will be popping back for some sanity updates and sharing our time with you...

Happy Holidays

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

With the big 'C' word looming, the kids are at fever pitch & Mama is slightly panicked about the gifts that still require much more thought, the gifts that need to be purchased & of course then there is the gifts that still need making!!!

So much to do, so much to do!

Again I hit the Net for some homemade inspiration and found  these wonderful ideas...

Classic Cocoa

Peppermint Stick Cocoa

Four Jars

If you head on over to Bakerella who is responsible for the adorable Cowgirl Cookies, you can also download the PDF label!! But be warned, you may lose hours just she has some fabulous recipes!! OK maybe you should give yourself the whole day... I think I have a serious crush!!!!

Aren't they a beauty? You could grab any of your favourite Cookie or Slice recipes, make up some lovely labels and layer them into jars. I think that it looks fabulous, and I know that I love receiving homemade with love gifts, & I am sure your family, friends, neighbours or Teachers would too! Click the link to see the recipe's and to get you started, then once you have made a few, you probably wont be able to stop!! Cookies are also very easy to manipulate, so by swapping choc bits for selected colored M & M's you could create your own Cristmassy ones!

Here are some other gorgeous ideas that I could not resist sharing!

White Chocolate-Toffee Crunch Caramel Apples Recipe


Feel free to pop back with your link for others to share, after all everyone could do with some inspiration at times!

You may want to make sure you are keeping all those empty jars, you never know when you may need them, you could just cover the lid with fabric, or some gorgeous printable!

Happy Baking & Gift Making!
Oh and don't forget to make some to leave out for Santa *insert Mama smirk here*


Driftwood ~ Oh how I love thee...

Thanks to Pinterest I have put together some images of Driftwood that make my heart beat a little faster... I love it, and there are some fabulous decorating ideas for your home too! Enjoy

light pendant



wire basket


Pinned Image

room divide




so adorable


Mama xx