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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

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We've had the builders in. Late yesterday, I didn't think that I could bear looking any longer at those nasty security stickers that they are required by law to stick on large glass doors. I was envisaging a long night getting rid of them.....but then Google came to the rescue. In no time at all I had removed the firmly stuck on stickers and all of the gluey residue, using a secret pantry staple.....peanut butter.

So here's my housewife tip for the day:

To remove stickers from glass:

1. Scrape the stickers off with a flat blade as you don't want to scratch the glass....I used a Laguiole pate knife.

2. Smear sticky mess left behind with peanut butter. At this stage the baby toddled over and couldn't resist rubbing her fingers in it for an impromptu snack. Leave for about ten minutes while the peanut oil seeps in and then scrape off.

3. Wipe off peanut butter, Google suggested a tissue yet I used what I had to hand.....nappy wipes....and then finished off with a cloth.

Amazing. It took all of twenty minutes.

Last week I couldn't find a babysitter for Friday night. I tried all of the usual sources and they tried all of their friends. To no avail. So then, as things became more desperate, my husband went to work and tried everybody in the office with teenage children, while I asked around at the yoga studio and at the health food shop in the village. When no babysitter could be found, I went out for dinner with a group of friends leaving my husband at home on babysitting duty. Before you jump to the wrong conclusion and think that I was skiving off.....I did cook them all dinner before I left.....and I brought my husband home a takeaway tiramisu.

Dinner was with friends at the Italian Pantry in Federal Street in North Hobart. By day it operates as an Italian food warehouse/provedore/cafe and on Friday nights they fill it with tables and chairs and red and white checked tablecloths and have a restaurant:



I wore this:


And yes, my white Victoria Beckham Denim jeans were on their second outing between washes. The jeans and By Malene Birger jacket are from The Outnet. The top is Morrison......I actually went into a shop (Luxe) in Hobart and bought it.

I ate this, well actually we all shared the antipasti platter:


Rabbit, hazlenut and Frangelico risotto:


And the ladies shared the pistachio cannoli:


On Saturday, Mimi and I sported our colour block jeans:


Mine are JBrand, that I bought from Revolve, way back before they upped their prices to match Australian retailers, and Mimi's were $18 from Tarjay (Target)....and are one of the nicest shades of pink that I have seen. See, Target isn't all that bad......although I will admit that most of their tween clothes are designed to make your daughter look like a tart. You have to have the time and the inclination to sort through racks and racks and then there's also an element of luck involved. Occasionally, all the planets align, like on the day that I found my leopard print espadrilles for $14. Most of the time it's just too hard and I can't be bothered.

Milly wore this:


I fervently wish that I had a skirt like this. Back in February, I found a Dolce and Gabbana pale pink tulle ballerina skirt on Net -A-Porter. My heart started beating faster and my palms became clammy. I made haste and ran downstairs to get my credit card, only for them all to be sold out. Utter desolation. I live in hope......meantime if you have any leads.

Then on Saturday afternoon, the weather really set in:


So I did this:


I was facing the fire reading Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd. The rest of the family may have been facing the other way watching the AFL Grand Final. This is Hobart, after all.

Rx

20 comments:

  1. Target On-Line is great for sifting through the stock in the comfort of your own home....

    I have my Visa number memorised for internet shopping emergencies such as your ballerina skirt incident. It comes in handy on a far too regular basis...

    Take care.

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    1. Target in On-Line.....news to me...might have to have a look then need never set foot in the store again! I used to know my cc number off by heart but then my husband changed it.....maybe there's real incentive to make the time to memorise! Rx

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    2. You can just click on pick up at the store and you don't have to pay any postage!

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  2. Oh I'm about to put a new rego sticker on my car, I wonder if the peanut butter will work for that? Plus it will make my car smell delicious! Thanks.

    Holli xo

    www.twinsplusonemumma.com

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    1. It will work! And in minimal time! Rx

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  3. Love the idea for the deli / restaurant, looks delicious too. Nothing more frustrating than a babysitter shortage. Ironically, now we live in Mackay we have an au pair so a built in babysitter but now have no where to go!!!! By the fire with a book in uggs looks perfect.

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    1. I long for an au pair.....that speaks French....what does your's speak? Rx

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    2. German. It's no French but it's better than the local lingo of Mackay! She speaks to the tiny ones in German and they are starting to understand her, amazing to watch.

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  4. love Target, but agree tween clothes can be slutty and cheap looking. xxxx

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    1. Which is not the look I'm after.....I want my children to look like they've just stepped to of a Jacadi catalogue! Rx

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  5. oh I remember those baby siting days!! my husband and i had a date night 3 times a month..we paid a fortune for babysitters b/c we had so many kids we needed 2 at the same time..worth every cent. we paid so much in babysitters all we coukd afford was wings and beer now, my kids watch each other..a beautiful thing!!
    and dinner with friends also saved my santity!! have fun!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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    1. Thanks and welcome! I'm looking forward to my children looking after each other.....but I don't want to wish the time away! Rx

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  6. Milly really knows how to rock a pink tutu. You look fab in those white jeans, have always wonder what VB's jeans are like (i need the bum lifting types with big pockets). My kids are all out of nappies but need to buy some of those wipes. All my kids and my husband eat peanut butter and its all over the house.

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    1. Those wipes work miracles on leather jackets, upholstery and getting vomit out of silk curtains....you should definitely buy some! My husband and children are peanut butter addicts.....I buy it from the health food shop - it's just ground up nuts which makes me feel virtuous as they are eating something nutritious! Rx

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  7. So cross I threw out my 17yo Esprit jeans last year, just before the coloured jeans came back into fashion!, you look fabulous, restaurant looks fabulous!

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    1. Oh no, just goes to how that everything comes back into fashion sometime! Rx

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  8. Love all Boyd's books. Read them back to back late last year. Agree about Tarjay - although their boys gear is pretty good on the whole - as long as you get in quick!

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  9. According to my friend in my book group I've read two of this other books as well....I now have three more to work through! Yes, speed is of the essence when shopping at Tarjay! Rx

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  10. I love J Brand jeans too - love the minimal obvious branding and superior fit. MImi looks lovely in her Target jeans. I hate shopping at Target. The local one only ever has the tacky stuff left with appliqued awful things all over them. I've actually popped into country town Targets to pick up the good stuff that always sells out (like the imitation petit bateau tops that they sell for $6) when away on weekends. x

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  11. I'm a little late to this thread, but exactly the same thing happened to me with the Dolce & Gabbana skirt! Wheels & Dollbaby do a fairly good one, if you want to check their site out.

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