31 December 2011

Fank F*ck It’s Friday! #2

Here is some of the coolest stuff I’ve come across this week:

This article on gender stereotyping is remarkable.

If you would like to buy these for me I’d be ever so grateful! So cute:

USB Pigs

I wish someone had of told me these life lessons before I hit adulthood. Though, lets face it, I probably wouldn’t have listened.

F*ck yeah! French onion soup and pretty nails!

I read this quote today and loved it. Unfortunately I’m unable to credit as I couldn’t find an author:

“When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin.
It works, not because it settles the question for you,
But because in that brief moment when the coin is in the air
You suddenly know what you’re hoping for.”

This spaghetti and meatball pot pie looks soooo scrumptious :-) Nom nom nom

Ever had a massive amount of stuff to pack but only a teensy little bag to pack it in? This guy’s uber impressive packing technique is for you!

I have been feeling a weensy bit fat lately, but with all my sleep deprivation and stress I NEED comfort food. What’s a girl to do? Martha Stewart to the rescue!

An interesting question:

Hmm... why indeed? Cinderella's glass slipper

90’s catch phrase quiz? Yes please!

OK, that’s all I’ve got for today… I have heaps more to crap on about but a tired sooky baby beckons!

29 December 2011

Le Weekly Love List #26

Well the Christmas crazies are finally over and I have 10 minutes to breathe and write a blog post! Here’s what I’m lovin’ this week:

Pay Day – Ahhh this Christmas business has sent me broke!! But HURRAH for TODAY IS PAY DAY!!! This means my little family and I will get to eat more than dust bunnies for a few days which is always nice.

Christmas – I love, love, LOVE Christmas! Who doesn’t though, really? Friends, family, food and fun! While a snuggly Christmas around a fire does have it’s own appeal, I think Christmas in Australia is the ultimate. Check out my Aussie Christmas blog post.

Return to Work Anticipation – A weird thing to be excited about I know but I’m seriously missing regular interaction with adults and, more importantly, wearing heels during the day!!!! I’m going to miss Ryan so, so, so much though and don’t know how I’m going to stand being without him for 8 hours a day, 3 days a week but I think it will be good in the long run.

Dream Shoes

Photos – In the past week I have created a framed photo wall, had two canvases printed, sat through a Santa portrait with a cranky baby and had professional photos taken of my little man. I just want to document as many memories as possible. I can’t wait until he is older and we can share them together.

YouTube – I’ve got soooo many ideas for videos that aren’t as boring as my current ones but absolutely no time to make them! Ahhh the frustration. I am loving watching other people’s videos through. Always a good way to kill time.

Other Little Things

moustaches ♥ soooo many Christmas presents ♥ Sailor Moon ♥ new shoes ♥ Pokemon ♥ New Years anticipation ♥ homemade pizzas ♥ learning to crochet ♥ making my gorgeous son laugh his little head off ♥ trying out new recipes ♥ boxing day sales ♥ having a nice clean house for the first time in ages! ♥ and of course, my perfect boyfriend and beautiful baby boy

I hope you've had a fabulous week!

28 December 2011

Wednesday Wishes #22

I wish upon a Wednesday…

…that I could go back to high school and
have a life as cool as Sailor Moon’s!

Sailor Scouts

27 December 2011

A Busy But Perfect Australian Christmas

Santa in Australia

Southern hemisphere Christmases are very different to northern hemisphere Christmases. I’ve never experienced a northern hemisphere Christmas for myself but from what I can see the main differences are as follows:

Our Friends Up There (i.e. northern hemisphere dwellers) Us Guys (i.e. southern hemisphere dwellers)
Spend the day indoors to escape the cold Spend the day outdoors in the sweltering heat, only venturing inside if there is no pool and air con is required to avoid heat stroke
Eat big fat turkey buffet dinners with Christmas cake and plum pudding Eat big fat cold ham buffet lunches with pavlova and wine trifle
Wear thick woollen jumpers with various Christmas patterns knitted on them Wear singlets and short shorts with various NRL team flags embroidered on them
Drink copious amounts of eggnog Drink copious amounts of beer

Of course there are also major similarities - family, fun, food and presents! Luckily, these are the most important and lovely parts of Christmas!

This Christmas I had such a fabulous time. In fact, this was by far the best Christmas season I have had since I was about 12. There were several reasons for this:

Santa photos – As it was my beautiful baby boy’s very first Christmas I just HAD to dress him up and take him to the shops for a Santa photo. No matter what I did he didn’t smile at all for Santa but it’s still a pretty cute shot.

Ryan all dressed up and ready for Santa (yep I'm one of those mums!) Photo 27 #365photos Ryan with Santa

The “Christmas lights” house – This year a house in Forrest, not 20 mins away from my own house, won the Guinness World Record for the most Christmas lights in a residential property. My little family and I went out to have a look and IT WAS AMAZING!!!! Over 330,000 lights made the place like a Christmas fairy wonderland. It got you into the Christmas spirit immediately when you walked in. There were soooo many people there that we had to park two streets away and walk up. It’s also a very inspiring story. It would have cost the family thousands and thousands for the entire set up and I can’t even imagine what their electricity bill is! They do it all for the people and only ask for a gold coin donation to enter. Even more amazingly, they don’t keep the money! Every single cent is donated to the SIDS and Kids foundation! Such lovely people.

Christmas lights with my beautiful baby boy

Christmas Eve party – This year my Super Mum had a party at her place for Christmas Eve. My boyfriend, Mitch; my baby, Ryan; my sister, Sarah; her partner, Ian; my brother, Ben; his partner, Amie; Mitch’s Mum, Margi; my best friend, Mell and her boyfriend, Michael were all there with me :-) We had a wonderful night eating, drinking, talking and playing games.

Christmas with Ian Christmas with Sarah   Christmas with Margi and I    Christmas with Mum and Ryan
Christmas with Ryan and IChristmas with Amie and Ben Christmas with Michael and Mell

Family and friends – Christmas Day was a mad rush around. My little family and I woke up at my Super Mum’s place, then after presents with the family and a quick breakfast it was off to Yass for lunch with Mitch’s Dad’s family and his little brother. Lots of beer, lots of food and lots of presents later we were on our way back to Canberra for Christmas dinner with my Dad and siblings. A day full of too much food, too much alcohol and WAYYYYY too many presents. It was exhausting but absolutely magnificent :-) I’m so glad that Ryan was able to spend his first Christmas with all of his grandparents too!

Having kids – Children bring a renewed sense of excitement to Christmas. Even though Ryan is only 5 months old and has no idea what Christmas is at the moment, seeing the smile on his little face as he played with relatives he doesn’t get to see enough and the way his little, chubby arms reach out for new toys makes an already wonderful day just that much better.

Ryan's Christmas Present

Presents – OMG! I was soooo unbelievably spoilt this year. I know that everyone says that every year but I really was. I don’t know anyone that got as many presents as I did… except maybe Mitch (he got more, I think). I also really love giving presents. I put a lot of thought into my presents and love the whole giving process. It is so rewarding to see someone unwrap the paper on a gift you gave them and watching their faces! I must admit, I do get really nervous that the recipient won’t like what I bought them. Even if they don’t like it though, seeing them act so polite about it is always a crack up!

I just love Christmas in Australia. It really is a perfect day. Everyone forgets all of their worries and troubles and differences and get together to make the day wonderful.

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas too!!!

Ryan Cooling Down

21 December 2011

Wednesday Wishes #21

I wish upon a Wednesday…

…that this Christmas is the best one yet –

Mean Girls Jingle Bell Rock

16 December 2011

365 Photos Update

I’ve finally got my 365 Photos page up and running! Drop by and have a squizz.

I know I’m not an uber awesome photography but I’m having a ball trying. If you are doing a 365 Project let me know and I’ll follow you!

Fank F*ck It’s Friday! #1

When I was younger I used to always say “fank f*ck it’s Friday!” I thought it was cute to have baby talk right next to a swear word (clearly I was a total bad ass – haha!). In hindsight, it really wasn’t that cute… However, I’ve decided to use it as the title of my new regular Friday posts. Basically I’m gonna sum up anything that I’ve found interesting this week and any other random crap I feel like sharing.

Since my regular readers rarely leave comments *hint hint* I’m only going to be able to talk about what I find interesting instead of what you want. If you’re feeling friendly, speak up! I’m happy to oblige.

I’m going to start this FFIF with a rant… my blog stats say that I get on average about 180-300 hits from different computers a day, mainly from USA and Australia. Why is it that you guys keep coming back and back to hear me crap on about my own life and stuff but you so rarely talk to me!?

In other news I have managed to do a whole heap this week. I’ve made a massive amount of triple-chocolate cupcakes and decorated them with an even more massive amount of biscuits, I’ve sat through two portrait sittings of my gorgeous baby boy AND managed to spend over $900 on the resulting photos (isn’t the one below just precious though?!), I’ve mounted nine picture frames, I’ve redecorated my Christmas tree, I’ve downloaded legally purchased *cough cough* what seems like a billion movies for my boyfriend, and perhaps most impressively, I’ve completed about 90% of my Christmas shopping!!!

My gorgeous child!

Anyways, enough about me, here are some things I’ve come across this week I thought y’all would find interestin’ (I’m feeling a little hill billy at the moment):

PickPunch – A great Christmas gift for all of those cool little brothers who play the guitar… well here is hoping anyway because it’s what I got my brother!

How cute is this little snail? Awwww….

Snail Mail

Bahahahaha, this post from The Frogman cracks me up

15 things white girls like to do on Facebook speaks the truth!

This guy in this clip is beyond amazing. So inspirational!

This post on clever ideas to make your life easier has some incredible solutions to every day problems. I can’t believe people didn’t come up with these earlier!

I want melted snowman cookies! Nom nom nom

This incredible photo is from kellyryden.com

Smiling Newborn Twins

That’s all I’ve got for the moment. Have a fantastic weekend!

15 December 2011

Happy Birthday Mum!

Happy 51st Birthday

to the happiest lady I know, my wonderful Mum :-)

Thank you for being the best Mum a girl could wish for. Your love and support has meant more to me than I could ever tell you.

My Mum and I

Le Weekly Love List #25

Having both arms and one hand almost constantly full of baby boy has made me fall ill. I now suffer from an all consuming addiction. I am hopelessly and shamefully addicted to online social networking.
I get soooo excited whenever I receive a notification that says SOMEONE has taken the time to talk to me on Facebook, leave a blog comment, tweet to me, etc.
So TALK TO ME!!! I’m on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Instagram (@missfabulousjess) and Path (Jess Kell). You don’t even have to follow me, just give me your details and I’ll stalk you!!

This week I’m a-lovin’:

  • Christmas time! -  Christmas trees, photos with Santa, buying presents and all of the anticipation for the big day! Christmas is the one thing that NEVER lets me down,
  • Being a Mum – Being a mother to such a gorgeous baby is getting more and more rewarding with each passing day. Ryan is FINALLY beginning to sleep a little better (so, in turn, I am sleeping a little better. More sleep = happy Mummy!) and he even lets me put him down for a little while and get on with my chores while he amuses himself. In the past two weeks he has learned to: crawl (only backwards, but still!!), sit unaided, laugh hysterically, feed himself a bottle and sing (well talk loudly while I sing). Profile Pic of Ryan and I
  • Organising stuff – I hate being unorganised. It makes me cranky. Mess and clutter also makes me cranky (you wouldn’t believe that statement if you saw the state of my little house though…) I just love coming up with new ideas on how to be organised. My only drama is I spend so much time coming up with these ideas and implementing them that I don’t have enough left to actually stick to them!
  • The Boys” – Until I fell pregnant my closest social group was a reasonably large group of guys. Other than the constant morning sickness, the very worst part of being pregnant was not being able to go out with my friends and have a few drinks and dance like a lunatic until dawn. Last weekend I finally got to catch up with them all and I had the most wonderful time. I miss them like CRAZY!
  • Rain – I’ve always loved the rain. I love how it calms you down. I love how it makes you want to snuggle up with your loved ones and watch movies all day/night. Ahhh, love.
  • New Years Eve (the movie) – Mitch and I were lucky enough to get this awesome deal where you get two cocktails and two tickets to the premier of New Years Eve. Loved it. Go see it. You won’t regret it.

  • And, as always, my perfect boyfriend and beautiful baby boy.

I’ve got lots more lovin’ to do but I’ve gotta run. I hope you’ve had a wonderful week too!

14 December 2011

Wednesday Wishes #20

I wish upon a Wednesday…

…that I could go back in time and start my life again having
learnt from my mistakes!
Time Travel

13 December 2011

My Fabulous Videos

Hi All,
I know my blog has been extremely boring of late but I’ve been uber busy with being a Mum and Christmas stuff. I'm loving Ryan more than I ever thought possible at the moment. He is at the cutest stage ever but he is definitely a handful!
This is a total cop out of a post but I’m gonna have to do it anyway as I have a friend coming over in 5 minutes and I have a kitchen to be cleaned before the ants get to it.
I’ve recently re-discovered youtube and, of course, have become utterly addicted. I’ve posted a few vids but they are all about my baby boy so unless you’re into cute little bubs you might want to give these a miss.
Thanks for reading :-)

08 December 2011

Bad Digits

It's a tough life not being able to trust one of my fingers not to mug another!

07 December 2011

Wednesday Wishes #19

I wish upon a Wednesday…

…that I could find the PERFECT Christmas gift for all of my friends & family!
My beautiful tree Photo 23 #365photos

Vietnamese Turmeric Chicken with Coconut Milk

The best meal I have ever cooked, bar none. I ate it too quickly to even take photos. Give it a whirl, I promise you won’t regret it.

Serves 4

500g chicken breast fillet, sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 onion, roughly sliced
2 lemon grass stems, finely sliced
1 long red chilli, sliced on a diagonal
1/4 cup peanut oil
2 cups coconut milk
300-400g stir fry vegetables (I used broccoli, capsicum, bamboo and snow peas)
1 1/2 tbs fish sauce
1 tbs oyster sauce
5 tsp caster sugar
2 tsp ground turmeric
1/3 cup roughly chopped roasted peanuts, optional

  1. Combine chicken, garlic, onion, lemongrass and chilli in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Heat peanut oil in a hot wok over high heat. Add chicken mixture and stir fry until cooked.
  3. Pour in milk, add asparagus and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 1 minute.
  4. Add sauces, sugar and turmeric. Stir fry for 2 mins or until asparagus is tender.
  5. Serve chicken with fried basil and a sprinkle of peanuts.

01 December 2011

Le Weekly Love List #24

It’s the first of December so that means…. CHRISTMAS TREES!!! Yay! At the moment this is our crappy tree:

Our crappy Christmas tree - getting a better one tomorrow! Photo 16 #365photos

But tomorrow my perfect boyfriend, Mitch is going out to buy this fabulous tree! WOO HOO!!!:

My DREAM Christmas Tree - Gonna Be Mine!

Other things I’m lovin’ this week:

COAST TRIPS! I recently went on a week long trip with Mitch, my beautiful baby boy Ryan and my fabulous mother. It was fantastic :) It was pouring rain and I didn’t even get to go to the beach but it was wonderful to have a break.

LOLLY SHOPS! Sooooooo over priced but still reminds me of a time when life was magical.

GREEK MYTHOLOGY! It’s just so uber interesting.


RYAN GOSLING! Love ♥ love ♥ love ♥

Ryan Gosling - Shirtless in Crazy Stupid Love

BEING 25! This is by far the most interesting point in my life so far. Over the past 18 months I have sold a house, bought a new house, left a fiance, started dating the love of my life, fallen pregnant, had a baby, lost a grandparent, been overseas, etc… utter chaos but I’m loving it all  :o)

RYAN IS FINALLY SLEEPING! Two thirds of the time I only have to get up once a night. Finally some sleep!

FEEDING MY BABY HIS FIRST SOLIDS! Bahahaha, hilarity follows every time. Check out this vid. He didn’t seem to like Chicken Noodle & Vegetable baby food very much

HOLIDAYING WITH MY MUM! Nothing but relaxation…. ahhhh.

HAVING TV! For the first time since May we got to watch TV. Gosh I missed the News.

JUNIOR MASTERCHEF! I’m so glad Greta won. I really wasn’t a fan of Jack. A bit harsh but geez I wanted to slap that little twat!

And as always, my perfect boyfriend and beautiful baby boy.