Bobby Pins – Inconceivable!

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Well things just got real!

It has come to my attention that for the last 3 decades I have been doing something wrong, I’ve been duped!

What you might ask has me in such a flap – well here it is – Bobby Pins go in wavy side down!!!!

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Some of you may be sitting there and saying “Yes, and?” and others may be thinking Just a Mums blog is now becoming top news journalism – what I can tell you is that I have had, as Oprah says, an “Ah-ha” moment!

Once I became aware of this a quick Google indeed confirms this……sort of.

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Apparently it began with an article in Allure Magazine that Bobby Pins were always intended to be worn wavy side down – it clings to the hair better this way, gripping it and holding it in place longer. And this the revelation appears to have lit up the net! Blogs, posts, photos and wonder are everywhere.

So here I am to share this with you, what I can say is for me it totally makes sense! I have always wondered what the purpose of these little bits of metal are – they ALWAYS slide out of the girls hair, so mostly we use them for buns or French rolls. Well today during a very scientifically controlled experiment (family hiking trip) we found that 2 wee gold Bobby Pins stayed in some lovely slippery 3 year old blonde hair for over 3 hours! Amazing breaking news!

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Now from what I can find out on the always truthful internet is that some people claim it doesn’t make a difference, others claim that in the ‘old’ days this is how they were always worn, but because they were made to be hidden it was never a big deal, and others feel deflated, cheated and grief stricken that they have been WRONG for years – ah well yes perhaps those people need to find a new hobby.

Anyway, if my blog today does nothing else but make you think twice next time you pop in a Bobby Pin then my work here is done.

Comment below and let me know which way you do yours?

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The Things You Do for Your Kids….

So its birthday time in our happy household, our eldest is turning 9 tomorrow!!! I cannot believe it and more so it makes me aware just how long it has been since I have had a ‘real’ job!!

Anyway, more to the point it means parties, cakes, gifts & me trying to find my arty crafty gene which I fear is sorely lacking.

The main party is in a weeks time at our local hot pools – they will have a blast and it will be easy for me, lollies, chips, cupcakes and sausages on the BBQ – the laziest party I have done to date but they are 9 yr old boys and will not care at all what I feed them after 49 times up and down the hydro-slide.

But tomorrow is the actual day and even though it will just be us I thought I would make him a cake to make it feel special, next week is all Lego Chima themed so I decided I would make the next best thing for him – a Pittsburgh Penguins NHL cake. Sounds easy right – I have the figurines and lots of photos to work from. All this sounds great, except one small thing – almost no experience or skills with fondant, a complete lack of the afore mentioned arty crafty gene and its late, I’m tired and its a cake that only 8 people will ever see – oh and you guys.

Anywho, as expected everything that could go wrong did go wrong – my husband was concerned about the slightly hysterical laughing coming from my direction – shall I share my disasters with you

1. The fondant kept sticking to the table…..did I learn….oh no I did not….it happened 4 times!
2. Once I got it on the cake – how on earth do you make fondant corners???
3. The red colouring would only turn the fondant pink….makes sense I guess
4. The red fondant was a pain in my &*( to try and cut & stick in the shapes I wanted
5. So I went to red gel…..ugh I do not even want to talk about this gel stuff.
6. I stupidly decided to use blue gel for the rest…..see #5
7. The brush I used to spread the gel shed bristles EVERYWHERE – using a fine needle I spent 20 minutes removing over 30 tiny brush bits!!!
8. The buttercream I made to pipe around the base to cover the bad fondant work would not turn black – at best a light grey before I ran out of black food colouring!
9. Then the final triumph was the piping bag burst at the seams and I ended up covered in yellow butter cream but determined to just get it done!

However, I finished it – I even took a photo for your amusement – not a close up you must understand I have some pride – but I feel it my duty to share with you so now you know that most Mums are just normal folk making bad cakes in a effort to make their kids happy & amuse random strangers on blogs.

Oh the shame – here tis’

Penguin Cake

 

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My Top Ten Cute & Funny Cat Videos

Ever found yourself randomly watching funny cat videos for longer than you care to admit?

Well prior to being a cat owner I didn’t understand what the hype was about. Oh but now I know!

I have done all the hours of watching for you and this is what I have come up with – this is MY top ten – given there are millions of videos out there I am sure you know of more!

Sit back and enjoy the extreme cuteness…….

1. Surprised little kitten…..all together now……awwww

2. Kitten + Hamster Ball = Total Cuteness

3. Nothing in the world like Mamma snuggles to make you feel safe…

4. Yep there…..no little to the left, to the right……ahhhh bliss…

5. Scaredy cat

6. Cat got your tongue? No – oh that’s HIS tongue…

7. Aww its a kitten in a cup – not sure WHY the kitten is in the cup but awwww

8. My one cat jump fail – sometimes they are a bit cruel but no cats were hurt in the making of this one!

9. Simply gorgeous – 5 cute kittens all together now….

10. And lastly it wouldn’t be Just a Mums blog if I didn’t include a cute baby and cat video to finish. Just Adorable!

Thanks so much for taking the time to have a nosy, an awww moment and a laugh at these cute videos.

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Happy Days 😀

Perfection Salad

Just in case you were wondering where the salads where on my blog – shall we start here…….

Vintage Recipe Cards

2 envelopes unflavored gelatine
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 can (12 oz) apple juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup finely shredded cabbage
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 can (4 oz) chopped pimiento

1. In small saucepan, combine gelatine, sugar, and salt; mix well.

2. Add 1 cup water. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar and gelatine are dissolved. Remove from heat.

3. Stir in apple juice, lemon juice, vinegar, and 1/4 cup cold water. Pour into medium bowl. Refrigerate 1 hour, or until mixture is consistency of unbeaten egg white.

4. Add carrot, celery, cabbage, green pepper, and pimiento; stir until well combined.

5. Turn into decorative, 1 1/2-quart mold. Refrigerate 4 hours,or until firm.

6. To unmold: Run small spatula around edge of mold; invert onto serving plate. Place hot dishcloth over…

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Oh My……So this happened……lol

Probably on the Top Ten list of things for any Mum is never assume your kids are where you think they are and silence is not likely to mean they are happily playing in their rooms!!

So I finish up the dishes and find this……

hallway snow

Apparently it is snow! Pretty isn’t it? The girls sure thought so! te he he

Things to be thankful for:

1. That it was a ‘light’ dusting of snow
2. That they used toilet paper as opposed to ACTUAL snow!
3. That they limited it to only the hallway
4. That they amazingly thought my idea about being snow plows to clear a path for Mamma was genius – tidy up in less than 5 minutes – Yay!

Admittedly my first 4 thoughts were probably not things I was thankful for but rather What on earth!!!!!

Ahh kids, god love em’

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Perfect quote for today!

Perfect quote for today!