Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Toddler Recipe: Meat Balls

It can be so difficult pleasing picky eaters, especially when it comes to my daughter. Unlike my son she won't touch meat (unless it's ham from a pizza or Mc Donald's chicken nuggets). 
As a mother we all worry about our kid's nutrition, are they getting enough iron in their diet? The last thing I want to hear from my Dr is that I'm not feeding my kids the best food. 
So that's why I am sharing this recipe. Because unlike many other dishes I cook for my daughter she actually eats and enjoy these. 
These are iron rich meat balls that are freezable and so dang good!









 
 Ingredients:
  • 500g Beef Mince
  • 1/4 Cup finely chopped Onion
  • 1 tsp minced Garlic
  • 1/2 pack of frozen Spinach, thawed, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce OR you could use Teriyaki Sauce (lovely flavor)
  • 1 egg
  • Olive Oil

Method

Step One
Preheat oven to 175C. 
Heat your olive oil in a pan and saute onions and garlic until soft. 

Step Two
Add spinach and reduce heat to medium. Place the mixture into a colander and press the excess moisture out of the mixture. 

Step Three
In a large bowl combine all the ingredients including the mixture. 















Step Four
With wet hands, roll your mixture into balls and place onto a greased baking tray.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. 
















And there you have it. Allow them to completely cool before serving or placing them in zip lock bags and in the freezer for the future.




















Thank you so much for visiting guys and I'll see you all in the next one!
xx/Vanessa

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

DIY Make Up Brush Cleaner

Keeping your make up tools clean is a very important step when it comes to make up and skin care. 
I do a regular spot clean, but spot cleaning isn't enough. Without deep cleaning your make up brushes they will hoard and make the perfect home for bacteria - a big no no for your skins well being. 
Not only do you want a deep cleaning solution that will get the most deepest and stubborn of make up out, but one that is soft and gentle on the bristles. 

I am a huge fan of AprilJustinTV on youtube (yes this story is going somewhere) and she always talks about this home made solution she found on the internet and it works absolute wonders for her make up brushes. I had to google it. 
It turned out so great, cleaning my brushes has never been any easier. Takes less than half the time it use to. I just have to share the DIY solution with you guys!



 What You Will Need:
- Your brushes that need a good clean
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Soap (I prefer our gentle dish washing liquid)
- A small bowl



















Step One
In your small bowl insert parts of your extra virgin olive oil and soap. I did about 1/3 cup of dish washing and a few spoons of olive oil. 





















Step Two
Using your make up brushes mix the solution together, it will create a paste. Cover each brush with your paste and work them into the palm of your hand to ensure every bristle has been cleaned. 




















Step Three
Rinse them completely clean under cold water. The reason I say cold is because hot water may damage and soften the glue of the brush - creating a lot of shedding. 



















Step Four
Allow them to completely dry before use. I like to lay them on micro fiber towels because they absorb faster. 



















There you have it! An easy home DIY for your make up brushes. Since discovering this method I have never turned away! It works so well and leaves my brushes feeling so nice and soft.
Thanks so much for reading! Don't forget to visit my YOUTUBE CHANNEL where I upload an episode twice a week. 

xx/Vanessa

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

DIY Nail Polish Organization & Storage

On a recent episode of Vanessa's Corner I shared a Nail Polish Organisation & Storage DIY that's affordable and easy! 


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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Party Planning DIY - Cupcake Toppers

My little man is turning 1! Ya'll know what that means?! Party planning time! 
If you know me, you know I am very particular when it comes to my children's birthday parties, everything has to be customised and personalised - drives the Mr nuts!
And you all know that saying, if you want it done right - you gotsta Do-It-Yourself.
So on today's blog post I have documented my recent Party Planning DIY and decided to share it with you all - DIY Cupcake Toppers. 
Such a fun little element to add some jazz to your cake table. And who are we kidding? We could have the most horrible looking cupcakes, but as soon as you add that cake topper ... GAME CHANGE!

For This DIY You Will:
- Print outs of your designed picture - since my son is having a "Thomas And Friends" themed party I ran along with that. I sized the design in the dimensions of about 3cmx3cm
- Coloured Papers/Cardboard
- Double Sided Tape
- Tooth picks
- Scissors
- Stick Tape



1. Cut out your designs. This is the perfect time to sit down on the couch and watch a show, in my case... Orange Is The New Black.






















2. Using your double sided tape, tape down each designs onto your chosen coloured paper/cardboard. 
When doing this make sure you leave enough space between each design for cutting out later - I left about a 1cm gap between each design.



















3. Resume by cutting out the designs once again leaving a little outline between your designed picture and the coloured paper/cardboard. This creates a lot more dimension and interest - you really want that coloured paper/cardboard to be shown. 


















4. Using your sticky tape, tape a tooth pick to the back of each design. 






















There you have it, your own customised cup cake toppers, no need to spend $$$ on getting someone else to make them when you can make them yourself. Save that money on getting more food for the guests! hehe!
Thanks for reading guys, I hope you all enjoyed this episode and get creative!















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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Product Review: Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation

On today's blog post we will be reviewing Maybelline's Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation

On the Maybelline website Click Here the product claims are:
  • Lightweight
  • Perfect yet natural coverage
  • Blends well into the skin
  • Doesn't cake
Let's review it shall we?

PACKAGING
  • Comes with 20mls or 0.67FL. OZ of product.
  • Glass bottle
  • Tear Drop applicator

THOUGHTS: The packaging is a nice slim glass bottle which is great for storage and doesn't take much space. 
Not the biggest fan of the applicator. I understand the need for innovation - but the wand just felt too flimsy in my hand. I'd seriously prefer if all foundations just came with a pump. 









TRIAL
Before Application
Redness, scarring, hyper pigmentation and dark under eye circles - yup, lucky me. 

After One Layer Of Application
(no primers, powders or concealers applied)
What I noticed:
  • Hides redness, scarring and hyper pigmentation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Can still see freckles and skin underneath
  • Can build to a high coverage 
  • A very runny texture but as soon as you apply and blend it into the skin, it has almost a mousse like texture and finish.
  • Feels lightweight 
  • Natural finish
  • Doesn't conceal pores - I'd need a primer for that. 

After Applying The Rest Of My Make Up 
No setting powders or sprays applied

 3Hrs After Initial Application
 What I noticed:
  • Slightly oily along four head
  • No signs of creasing or caking
  • Everything remains concealed - redness and scarring
  • Doesn't feel uncomfortable or greasy
  • Still looks natural
 6Hrs After Initial Application
 What I Noticed:
  • Everything still remained concealed - Redness, scarring
  • Oily along four head
  • Still has a natural finish
  • Feels comfortable on skin
  • No signs of caking or creasing

Final Thoughts: Absolutely a fan! Even though the product does get shiny in areas through out the day, with a little bit of setting powder this thing will hold up just fine. 
The coverage is perfect and remained perfect through out the day.
I love how comfortable my skin felt with it on - didn't feel heavy at all!
... I think I found a new favourite!


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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

DIY: Cheap & Easy Easter Hampers

Easter is coming! Ya'll know what that means... chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! Oh! And did I mention chocolate?
On today's blog post I decided to document and share with you tips on how you can easily make a cheap Easter Hamper for your kids, your nieces and nephews, or whomever you want to spoil this Easter!














Supplies:
  • Baskets/Containers - Mine are felt baskets from Kmart.
  • Shredded Paper - Kmart
  • Chocolate Eggs (of course) - I bought a packet of 4 kinder surprises from Big W (What kid doesn't love kinder surprises?)
  • Knick Knacks - For random fillers that kids would enjoy the day of opening I purchased  a packet of 8 Easter themed bon bon's (Big W), Easter themed play dough (once again, what kid doesn't like play dough?) - from Woolworthes and a cute little wind up chick (Big W)


TIP: This may sound sneaky, but a good way to fill your hamper and make it look "fuller" is by getting some shredded paper for the base of your basket. 












Pack of 8 Easter Bon Bons
Pack of 2 Easter themed Play Dough

To make it more aesthetically pleasing, present your goodies where the larger and taller objects are in the back and the smaller objects at the front. 




























Complete the hamper by wrapping it with clear cello wrap (Dollar Store) and cute pastel ribbons.

























I hope you all enjoyed this easy and cheap Easter DIY. Hope you all enjoy your holidays and get the fun and rest you deserve!


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Thursday, 26 March 2015

DIY: Chevron Designed Canvas

Yes, I am back with another home decor DIY. This one is for a chevron designed canvas that I painted for my little collage mirror wall in our master bedroom.
Don't get me wrong, I love my little clusters of mirrors on my wall but I felt it needed a little break and interest so I made this canvas. 
















For This DIY You Will Need:
- Canvas - size is your choice
- Masking tape
- Scissors
- Basal Wood Design - this is optional, I chose a wooden anchor, purchased from Bunnings.
- Acrylic Paint - one for the chevron design and another for the basal wood stencil
- Paint Brush
- Strong Adhesive/Glue - I went with double sided tape.















1. Using your masking tape and scissors, mask your chevron design onto your canvas.
















2. Paint over your canvas and chevron design with your chosen acrylic paint. You can do one coat, but I went with three for a more solid colour. 














3. Allowing the canvas to dry, paint your wooden design with your chosen acrylic paint. I chose gold because it's the accent colour in our master bedroom.
Now, you don't have to have a wooden design, you could be as creative as you'd like, why not design your own template and use cardboard instead? Got something else that has caught your eye? Even better! 
















4. Once all is  dry use your Adhesive/Glue or in my case double sided tape and attach your wooden design to your canvas. 





















There you have it! Easy huh? I hope you all enjoyed this little DIY blog post! Don't forget to check back in soon and subscribe to my youtube channel subscribe here for more DIY blog posts and videos!
Thanks for visiting and I'll see you all in the next one!





















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