Backpacking Photos

All I have ever really wanted to do is travel. When I was 18 I went backpacking for just over a year with my one of my friends, we went to Australia via LA and home via Thailand. 
We spent the first 2-3 months traveling the east coast of Australia. It was an amazing experience we went sky diving, scuba diving, met Harold Bishop, spent Christmas in Cairns, new years in Sydney, ate too much, drank too much! After traveling the east coast we took the train from Sydney over to Perth and then spent the next 3 months working in Shark Bay and we volunteered at the Monkey Mia wild dolphin resort. 

After working in Monkey Mia I spent some time in Perth and then ended up back in Brisbane for a few months and then eventually travelled the East Coast again while working!

There are not many chances throughout your life where you can just pack a bag and head off around the world. It is amazing seeing new places and really experiencing a different way of life. 

I had a look through my old posts and found some photos I thought I would share...

It is so nice looking back on these backpacking photos and the photos of various trips throughout the years. I feel lucky to have such lovely memories!

Christie x

Mexican Bean Bowl

I thought I would share our favourite dinner at the moment 'Mexican Bean Bowl'

It's quick to make, pretty healthy and absolutely delicious!


2 x Cans of Black Beans 
1 x Red Onion
2 x Cloves of Garlic 
Sour Cream 
Parmasen Cheese 
3 x Avocados 
Cherry Tomatoes 
Mozzarella Cheese
Brown Rice
  • Start by cooking your brown rice 
  • Heat up a pan and add butter
  • Dice the red onion 
  • Add half of a red onion to the pan and save the other half for topping (if you like it)
  • Fry the onion until it becomes translucent 
  • Add 2 minced garlic cloves to the pan and cook until browned
  • Add the drained/washed black beans to the pan 
  • Toss the beans to incorporate all of the ingredients 
  • Cover the beans with water, stir occasionally until the water has almost boiled away and you have a consistency like photo 4 above
  • Use a potato masher to mash the black beans with some sour cream, some parmesan, some butter and season to your desired taste
  • Mash the Avocados and add the juice of half of a lime to taste

Add the black bean dip, avocado dip, cherry tomatoes, rice and mozzarella to your bowl and you have a delicious dinner, perfect for all of the family!

I hope you have enjoyed this reciepe, see you next time :)

Christie x

Cotton Wool Painting

Today I thought I would blog another painting idea because this is how we have been spending our week! 

Cotton Wool painting is something really random that both my 3 year old and 18 month old love every time we do it. 

Just take some pegs and cotton wool and let them have a play! 

Cereal Digging

The sun has been shining again today so we have been able to play in the garden! 
I thought I would do another 'Mum' post to show another one of my childrens favourite activities 'Cereal Digging' 

I went through a stage of dying rice and we would use this for pouring/digging fun, but my daughter Millie would constantly just try to eat it! I now buy a multipack of cereal and pour this into a big tub, add some jugs and a few diggers and they absolutely love it!

I'm going to blog all of this week to get back into things so see you tomorrow for another post!

Ball Painting

I really enjoy doing crafty activities with my little ones and thought I would start to share a few of the things we do!
This is ball painting:

Put a sheet of paper in a roasting tray, add some drops of paint, a few balls and let your little one tip the tray back and forth moving the balls through the paint.
My 18 month old and 3 year old both love this activity, its worth a go if you have crafty little ones, its fun for them and reasonably mess free! 

Blog relaunch

Hi Everyone,

It has been a long time since I have blogged!
I started this blog before having any children just after I got married and its been really lovely reading back on everything I had written! I have removed most of it from the internet 🙈 but its still been lovely reading it!!
I stopped blogging after we had Ted because having a baby just took over my life. Now we have 2 lovely children who are both sleeping it is something I would like to get back to!

I am going to re launch and I'm still going to do posts about money saving, makeup reviews, life blogs but I'm also going to do Mummy posts too! 

Thank you for everyone who has still subscribed there is still over 100 of you!

See you tomorrow for my first re launch DIY :)