Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Fit n Fast Gym's Female Billboards - Quickies 4 Sale

If you follow Peachy Keen Mumma on Facebook then you may have noticed the big froo-ha that happened last week when my husband decided to take on Fit n Fast gym for the slogan they have on their employees t-shirts, "Quickies 4 Sale."
My husband was waiting for the traffic lights to change on his way back from the office when he noticed that the woman next to him was wearing a Fit N Fast T-shirt with that slogan on it. After a quick discussion he discovered that she is an employee that receives unwanted attention from it at least 3 times a day. He could tell it was unwanted by the look on her face.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

20 Signs You Will Probably Never See in Australia

Yesterday was a very hard day for Australia. If you have been living in a hole and don't know what happened here's a link to the story

I'm not prepared to write anything about the topic above right now so I thought I'd bring you something a bit lighter that we could smile about.
(I must have signs on the brain since I wrote about misleading signs last week).

I give you "dah-da-da-dum"(drum roll) ...
 20 Signs You Will Probably Never See in Straya, C*nts

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Picture by Simone De Peak, Newcastle Herald
How was my weekend affected by misleading signs you ask? Well thanks for asking.

My husband and I decided that in our over-zealous bid to get healthy we would buy each other bikes for Christmas. Ho, ho ho - you fat! 
Being the bargain hunter that I am I promptly found a great buy on a heaven blue, second hand bike on Gumtree (a garage sale type of website). I just needed my husband to help me pick it up because a) I am extremely crap at deciding if a bike is really as good as it looks, and b) because I had no idea how to hook up the bike rack to the back of my car. Be impressed, the bike rack was also from the same seller, why not kill two birds I always say. Merry Christmas honey - Surprise, you're getting a second-hand bike! Literally, you are going to have to leave the house and go get your own gift. Because I am the best wife evvvvvvverrrrr (sung in a Marvin Gaye voice). 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Frank's Red Hot American Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip - EASY Recipes

I grew up in a large family so it was really special (and rare) when my mum would take me on a date night, just the two of us. I would always want her to take me for .25 cent wings at the Cactus Club restaurant in Vancouver.  Our wings always came with celery sticks and blue cheese dip. Every time I am back in Canada I go out for wings. It's not hard to get my Australian husband on board the wing train either and hit up wing joints with me when we are back there.
When discussing hot sauce with a co-worker one day my husband discovered that Woolworths grocery store brought Frank's Red Hot sauce to Australia! The same sauce used at a lot of the wing joints and restaurants in North America. So Aussies, if you have been longing to have American style wings now is your chance, and it's so dang easy to do at home. We have since discovered that Bibina (a wholesale supplier) stocks a 3.78Litre jug. That's HUGE! We use the hot sauce on anything we can think of, mexican, pizza, eggs and bacon, and certain soups.
If you don't like things too spicy hot then you will like these wings. I've been known to just sit and drip the sauce on my finger because I'm so obsessed with it, and NEVER end up with burning-mouth syndrome. However, if you do love very HOT wings then you will probably be able to find the spicier version of this sauce.

I found this old photo of me on the left. Duck face can also be translated as Frank's Red face

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Year On from Post Natal / Partum Depression

On Saturday I took my last (half) pill of Zoloft. I felt like a band should start up and go past with a victory march. Instead my husband and I high fived in the kitchen and resumed cooking breakfast. I'm okay with that because a year ago cooking breakfast with my husband would have felt like the biggest achievement, not because he's hard to work with. Ha, not at all! But because a year ago I was down a deep, dark hole and struggling to cope with the basics of day to day life and my 5 month old.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My First Blogger Event - Myer Giftorium

Kids Business  and Myer invited me along to hear their big announcement in the Myer department store, downtown Sydney. We (my family and me) stepped off the elevator and were swept into another world. It was a magic Christmas wonderland. Myer calls it their Giftorium. It seems to take alot the childhood nostalgia I felt about Christmas, *minus snow (this is Australia we are talking about), and pack it into this beautiful 6th floor display. You'd be hard pressed not to find a gift here for anyone in your family, even the person who doesn't like anything but sand -play (you won't know what I mean by that until you go to there) ...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Studio Cockatoo Geometric Art Prints (are in my house) + Giveaway

We recently renovated our bedroom ('before' photos here), and didn't have any artwork for the main wall of our bedroom. Before any of the renovations happened I did up a dream bedroom collage here and included some cactus artwork; but after the renovation some weeks went by and still we had a blank wall. I continued my search for something like that artwork in my collage but that was Australian. I was looking at a local store's photos on instagram, Blackbird Corner, and saw the gorgeous artwork featured there by Studio Cockatoo
Which look do you like more? 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lesson on Female Anatomy (Part 2): What's a Cervix?

Artwork Credit
I'm back with another lesson on female anatomy, this time (drum roll please) the cervix. Some of you may remember back in July when I wrote a lesson on female anatomy entitled 'You have 3 holes not 2' where I tell the story of a roommate who discovered that she does in fact pee from a separate hole to her vagina.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Make Your Own Beer - Brew By U Hunter

This is my husband David and I a couple years ago at the Little Creatures Brewery in Perth. One of our hobbies together is checking out breweries, and tasting craft beers together. It started when I bought a couple expensive European beers for Dave's Christmas stocking a few years ago, and now you'd be hard pressed to find a generic brand of beer in our fridge. Since we had our son and have gone down to one income the beer budget has been stretched as far as an ear on an Emo-kid; I had to come up with another way to keep cost down while still being able to enjoy quality craft beer. I hope you enjoy this guest post by David and the discount offered at the end of it - Jessica, PKM -

Having only spent time partaking in the consumption of craft beers, I have long been saying I would like to  spend time partaking in the production of beer. Queue awesome wife who decided that a gift certificate to brew beer of my choosing (or a least one from their list) at Brew By U Hunter would make the BEST Father's Day gift; she was right.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Coconut Crazy Banana Bread Recipe

I recently did a big shop at Costco in Sydney and became excited about all the coconut stuff I found there. I had some really ripe (and I mean black) bananas that I've been wanting to use up for banana bread. I decided at the last minute to set myself a challenge of using all the coconut ingredients in this picture (below) in the recipe today. It's my first time using coconut flour  and I learned rather quickly that it absorbs all liquids; so after some quick google research I decided to add more buttermilk and eggs to the Betty Crocker recipe I use. To my relief this Coconut Banana Bread recipe turned out nice and moist with a subtle coconut flavour. 
Note: Next time I make this I am going to use more coconut sugar than granulated. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What the? Personal Business Cards for Mums?

We are the most important people to know
Yes, you heard right. I am assuming that, just like me, you didn't know that their were personalised business cards for mums. I laughed so much when I came across these parent cards on Vista Print. I thought that's a bit uppity, a bit snobbish, and presuming. I pictured meeting a nice mum in the park, introducing ourselves and then (self-important) mummy-me saying "so we should catch up some time, here's my card." GASP! How would you react if another mum gave you her parent card? Would you think it was distasteful, and precious? Picture a similar scenario again but this time with the snobbiest english accent you can muster in your head: "If you'd like to have tea with me sometime and bring sweet little Andy to play with my Reginald that would just be so lovely. Here's my mummy-card. Call me darling." Right? Too Weird.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My interview with Ashleigh Ball from My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic, and Hey Ocean

We like the way you bend over - thank you photo bomber
A couple weeks ago I noticed my friend Ashleigh Ball (yes, that's officially a name - drop) from way back was coming to Australia, and I was stoked to find a message from her sitting in my inbox once she'd landed here. Growing up in Vancouver our paths eventually crossed at teen summer camp when Ashleigh's big sister Melissa introduced us. We got up to no good right away, which may or may not have included bleach and body hair. Shhhh. We won't ever tell.
While I took off to Australia at the ripe age of 20 to find myself in a kangaroo pouch or on a gorgeous beach, responsible Ashleigh took off on her career path to the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Now I will just have to live vicariously through her because she's doing my two dream jobs of singing and voice acting. That's what being responsible get's you.

SOOOOOOOO - She's kinda a big deal back home in Canada where she is the lead singer of the band Hey Ocean.

Lately though Ashleigh has been working as the voice(s) of Rainbow Dash and Apple Jack on the show My little Pony - Friendship is Magic.
Image credit

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

6 Tips for Beautiful and Affordable Maternity Style - by Laura

I hope you enjoy this guest post from Laura. I have loved following her on instagram (link at the bottom) and not only watching her baby bump grow but also seeing what great maternity outfit combinations and styles she will come up with next.  I found it hard to find 'cool' maternity clothes in stores (in Australia) so I hope her tips help. - Jess from PKM

When I fell pregnant I immediately had issues with fitting into my pants. Even by week 8 I had to unbutton my jeans and wear loose tops due to the bloat and the swelling of my breasts. I felt gross, ugly and not at all in the mood to show off my body. My only relief was that it was winter and could fortunately conceal myself under layers upon layers of clothing.

All I wanted in those first 12 weeks was to be comfortable. Being fashionable or the idolised 'yummy mummy' came second to ensuring I didn't pop out of my bras. The belly belt helped for about a week to extend the life of a few spandex-infused jeans but lets face it, anything that doesn't have elastic doesn't have a place in your maternity wardrobe. Coupled with the fact I felt like a whale, I would have to start investing in a few key maternity clothing that would last throughout the 9 months and even a change of seasons. 

I can't tell you how to dress, but I can tell you my secrets on how I appear to have "endless maternity clothes" and "bucket loads of money" as my mother puts it.

1. No one is going to check your tags.
Kmart. Target. Big W and ebay. The ranges available these days in the way of maternity clothing is really impressive. Nursing tanks, rouched tops and even a few nice dresses range from $9 to about $25.
Jacket: Cotton On. Non Maternity from 3 years ago. $30
T-shirt: Target $25
Jeans: Target $40
Shoes: Target $25

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Our Little Cottage - Master Bedroom Makeover and Renovation

A little while ago I did a collage of my dream bedroom. While this new bedroom isn't exactly dream material it's definetly a whole lot better than it was. Our old bedroom needed a make over so badly. I was like a child stomping my feet about it. It was nasty, the walls were spongy from moisture damage, and we were constantly trying to stay on top of the mould that went all over our furniture and walls. We have spent so many hours, even days, cleaning mould off things in our room. To make matters worse the walls were not insulated, which is very common in a lot of old Australian homes and makes total sense in a land famous for it's hot weather. In the summer our room was muggy and hot and we would have to shut the door so it wouldn't make the rest of the house that way too. In the winter it was very drafty and so cold.  Ever since we moved in 6 years ago we have wanted to rip out the walls, add insulation, vents in the ceiling, a new ceiling fan and of course - NEW WALLS! 

Our temporary digs (note: we were going to stay in a 5 star luxury resort but this idea seemed so much better): We moved our mattress into our lounge room for one and half weeks while our bedroom was  renovated. Very handy for WWF with your toddler.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mumma's Hearty Chicken Soup Recipe

I have delayed posting this for MONTHS. I am very reticent to part with this for some reason. I don't need it to be a secret but it feels less mine when I share it with the web. I worked so hard to perfect it.  I developed this recipe over the early part of our marriage (8 years ago). It makes a few meals. I buy one medium already roasted BBQ chicken from the grocery store. I use some of the breast meat for sandwiches, and the rest of the chicken for the soup.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Where's my invitation - How to stay good friends (off of Facebook)

Lauren and her wicked smile
Wonderful Facebook, where you find out who your true friends are. Right? Where people have the power to block you, see the post you only meant for your close friends, unlike your photos by not giving you a like in the first place, where stalking is prevalent, and gossip spreads faster than a hippo taking a dump. Where a whole lot can be assumed about a person you may or may not know, and you get away with jumping to the wildest, unfair, and idiotic conclusions about them.

Enter Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago. My husband and I were scanning our morning paper  newsfeed. Lo and behold what do I see, someone else partying with out me.
GASP! No, how could this be, this girl is my good friend, not my enemy? Immediately my mind goes through all the whys? (Read this in a really whiney voice)  - Why

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Peachy Keen Mumma's New Look

 I have a new look! No, it's not my hair this time, although you can see the before and after for that here . It's my website that's had a make over, a spring clean.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Olive Tree Markets Part 1 - The Passion Behind Hand Crafted & a Giveaway

I had a lot of fun on Saturday when I headed off the to ever-so-crafty Olive Tree Market, located in The Junction, NSW. As I got chatting to different stall holders I realised just how much The Olive Tree Markets have opened up this crafty homemade scene for Newcastle. The markets have given so many of them an opportunity to sell their uniquely made treasures.

I started by chatting to Brianna of Miss Lulu. She started making very sweet 1950's inspired clothing in 2007 for her little shop. The OTM was a launch point for Miss Lulu. You may remember seeing her elsewhere when she had a pop-up shop in the old DJ's building for Renew Newcastle.

Bri is ready to set sail with her nautical inspired Spring & Summer Collection, aptly named "Sail Away With Me."

 One of Bri's red tops above got me through many months of my pregnancy, and I can still wear it now.

Sugar Jones was started at the OTM 4 years ago by Anita with a little table of decorated biscuits in front of her sister's fabric printing stall,  Sketch & Jones. If you were to ask her when her baking passion really started she'd tell you it came from working in the kitchen at a very young age, in a big family, with a mother who was a terrible cook. "Love you mum." The 8 year old Anita won awards in the Newcastle and Maitland Show. Anita put down her camera after being a press photographer for 25 years to focus her creative efforts on baking for us at Sugar Jones.
Sugar Jones Caravan
Cheesecake Lemon Curd Meringue Jar
I've been sucked in by the homemade sweetness of Sugar Jones before, and this time it was the delightful cheesecake jar that tempted my taste buds. 

It was hard to go past Thirty Three Degrees South - Newcastle Soap Factory. Their soaps are so full of colour and their smell is delicious. If I were a kid again I could have tricked my mind into thinking I was sucking on something yummy if mum was washing my mouth out with this soap. That's how delectable they look.  Juanita started making soap around 5 years ago, and she's another one who started up with the OTM.  Her range is made of natural ingredients and 100% pure essential oils. I brought two of her soaps home with me and laid them on the dining room table. They filled the room as if I had lit a scented candle. Last night I tried the Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice soap and then sat watching TV and enjoying the scent of myself. Tonight I will be enjoying the mint soap and can't wait for shower time!


Walking by Snow Black Gourmet Food I was handed a sample of Priscilla Scanlon's Mandarin Pate. Myself and my husband have not been paté lovers in the past but we will be now. The quality was incredible and that something extra that we tasted was the mandarin liqueur that Pricilla has the Hunter Distillery make specially for her. She makes everything fresh the day before and sources all local ingredients. She couldn't do all of this without the loving help of her daughter Madison and mother-in-law Gillian. This is quite the change of pace for the woman who worked in Finance for 20 years. We couldn't walk away with out trying her Salted Caramel Panna Cotta. It was so smooth, and not at all watery. We'll definetly be back.
Priscilla's Panna Cotta

Next I met Kristie from the Big Toe Shoe Company. This wonderful single mum learned shoe making from Sydney Tafe, and now crafts these beautiful soft leather baby shoes; she cuts the pattern, hand punches the holes and then hand sews all of them. Quite the feat for a woman who has 3yr old twins and a 2 yr old at home. Kristie is thinking about making baby summer thongs as her next shoe project. Guess we'll find out how she went at the two Christmas Olive Tree market's happening this December.
David runs Feedback Organic Recovery. David will plant you an herb garden right on the spot. His price includes the soil, plants, planting and planters. He converts waste from Hunter Valley restaurants into the compost he uses, and his planters are made from reclaimed wood from Dad's old farm fence posts. David's project came from a desire to diversify his farm, where he runs a beef cattle company. I love the idea of making the old new again, and he has found a way to do this two fold.

The best part of Saturday's market was getting to know the history of some of these OTM stall holders, and their passion and heart for what they do. The next Olive Tree Market is on October 4th, and there will be 2 markets each in November and December as well.

GIVEAWAY TIME is our favourite time:
Hush Rumble Textiles & Design and Oscar and Matilda Jewellery have teamed up to do a giveaway for the next Olive Tree Market. Two lucky PKM readers will be walking away from the next market with either a hand printed cushion from Hush Rumble (valued at $25), or 3 pairs of hand crafted earrings from Oscar and Matilda's three for $25 range.

To Enter - You must be from Newcastle, NSW Australia or the Surrounding Areas

Step 1 - Use the Rafflecopter below to register you have entered
Step 2: and 'like' The Olive Tree Markets on Facebook
Step 3:  and leave a comment on this post telling us which giveaway you'd like to win - The hand printed cushion from Hush Rumble OR the hand crafted earrings from Oscar and Matilda.
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* Comments will be judged on their creativity so keep this in mind when you enter; this is a game of skill!
* Please read full terms & conditions listed in the rafflecopter.
* Full Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Olive Tree Market, but all opinions are my own.

THE WINNERS ARE Katie B for the Oscar and Matilda Earrings AND Siann E for the Hush Rumble Cushion!
CONGRATULATIONS LADIES, and see you on October the 4th at the next Olive Tree Markets to collect your prizes! 
Thank you to everyone who participated and commented!
The Judge for this competition was Kate from Hush Rumble (who knows none of the contenders).

Click here for PART 2 - Photo Safari