Friday, July 31, 2015

Canvas Factory - Review

I've never been able to keep up with printing out photos of our kids. We have a couple of illustrated portraits and some snapshots on our fridge and that's it.  Partly this is due to laziness (or busyness, whatever you want to call it), and partly because I just don't know what to do with all those photos.

I no longer have the patience for photo albums (photo books, I'm down with - just... time consuming), and often don't get round to properly framing prints.  Plus, smaller prints are a little more annoying to find homes for.  The majority of the time I slap random pics on the wall with some washi tape and call it a day, a look that I'm getting pretty sick of now.

So the arrival of this canvasfactory print was kind of a revelation.  Within about 2.5 seconds I had it hanging, and I LOVE the way it looks.  Part of me is already thinking about the fact that canvases are so much easier to pack, when that day comes, and much easier to bang up on the walls in a new place.

This print is so fun and bright (one of my all-time favourite pics of the kids) and I would happily hang it in any of the rooms.  I originally wanted it in one of the bedrooms, but it arrived so bold and bright, it kinda felt wrong to hide it away.  Our new living quarters are such a random mix of colour and decor (I have no well-defined style), and the canvas just fitted right in.  

At the time of ordering, this print (30 x 45cm) it was on sale for $26.70 down from $89, which is very reasonable (this deal is still running, fyi).  It would be totally worth keeping an eye on the canvasfactory website for similar deals.

We were more than happy with the quality and it arrived super promptly.  We would definitely order through them again.  I'm thinking we need a little series of family portraits, I have a few ideas...

Many thanks to canvasfactory who provided us this print free of charge, in return for an honest review.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Winter adventures...

We've been getting a bit of cabin fever with all this brutal winter weather, so the minute the sun came out we headed to one of our favourite bays.  Garland spent most of the time climbing a sand bank with a pinecone as his ice pick, while Eleanor collected treasure and built sand castles.

I must admit I don't take them to the beach nearly enough, I think I need to start packing a book when we go...  

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Just Now

So the holidays are drawing to a close now.  I've officially had my last sleep in before term begins.  This break was great for us, the perfect balance of adventures and rest.  I was able to tick off a bunch of To Do's, and the kids got to play in some snow, perfect.  

Reading: 'Into The Still Blue' - Veronica Rossi
Drinking: Decaf (whaaaaat... It's actually okay, I can totally handle it... I think)
Listening to: Teddy Thompson - 'Separate Ways'.  Old fave.

Watching: Vikings (so gory)
Eating: home made quesadillas
Planning: A family trip to Aus later in the year #funs

Celebrating: Overcoming a huuuuge writers block
Missing: My sweet neph
Loving: Lincoln Logs - hours and hours and hours of kiddo entertainment

I feel like we should somehow celebrate our final day of hols, but I suspect we will spend it in much the same way as every other this week.  In our pjs, building log cabins and reading books.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Mamacita - Havelock North

During our recent Hawkes Bay holiday we were treated to a meal at Mamacita, a Mexican restaurant based in the cute Havelock North.  I am a huge fan of Mexican cuisine, not to mention margaritas, so this was kinda the ultimate treat for us.

Mamacita's definitely has a relaxed vibe, with high quirk factor.  All mismatched and colourful and filled with fairy lights.  This is my favourite restaurant style, fyi.  Perfect for a cosy date night with my guy.

First up we ordered some Calamares (crispy, with a bite), quickly followed by Braised pulled pork quesadillas (delicious, but a little too spicy for my tastebuds), Gambos Cancun and De Pollo soft shelled tacos.  Hands down, best tacos everrrrrr.  They were doing a two-for-one taco thing (I heard the waitress say '2-4-1 Tuesday' so I'm guessing it's a regular thing), and honestly we could just have ignored the rest of the menu and ordered all the tacos. They were supreme.  I'm still dreaming bout the De Pollo (crispy chicken with jalapeño and coriander mayonnaise & toasted almonds).

Mamacita's margaritas came highly recommended, so we tried the Loco Rojo (black plums, lime juice and agave) and the Palermo Sunrise (campari, passionfruit and pink grapefruit).  Loco Rojo won my heart, but they were both pretty epic.

And even though we were pretty stuffed, we had to at least try one desert...  We ordered the agave and vanilla ice-cream (so good!) with fried chocolate and coco chimmi chunga.  No regrets.

Such a great dining experience; lovely staff (one asked me where I was from, assuming I was a tourist due to the excessive photo-taking - lol), epic food, and a warm, relaxed environment.  Recommend!