Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Mumma has moved!

Mumma has moved!

Virtually, of course.

The time has come for me to move to Wordpress so please come and visit me at my new home where the content will be the same but it will look a little different

Mummas New Home

Recipe: Pacmans Muffins

I'm one of those lucky parents who has been blessed with a toddler who will eat anything - vegetables, prawns, sushi, olives, tofu - anything.
As much as I'd like to think it's due to my parenting (always offering a variety of food, cooking different things, limiting sweets etc), I'm sure it mostly comes down to luck.

Despite Pacmans terrific eating habits, I'm always looking for ways to sneak in an extra veggie or two and provide him with yummy but healthy snacks. A favourite is savoury muffins. Easy and quick to make and you can easily sneak in two serves of veggies.

Recipe -
2 1/2 cups of self-raising flour
1 1/13 cups of milk
1 egg
90 grams of butter (melted)

Half a bunch of spinach or 150g of baby spinach
1 cup grated cheese
1 finely grated zucchini

Method -
Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease muffins pans (this recipe makes 12)
Cook spinach and zucchini in a fry pan (I usually add garlic too) until spinach is cooked then chop finely.
Sift flour into a bowl. Add cooked spinach and zucchini. Stir.
Use a fork to whisk together milk, butter, cheese and egg until well combined.
Make a well in the flour mixture, then add milk mixture.
Stir until just combined - over stirring will result in muffins not rising properly.
Spoon mixture into prepared pans (you can sprinkle extra cheese on top if you like)
Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

I usually make one or two batches and freeze them individually. Defrost in microwave for twenty to forty seconds (depending on microwave) and serve plain or with cream cheese.

You can make a variety of muffins using the first four ingredients and alternating the last three. Some of our favorites are -

Spinach, Fetta and mushroom
Ham, Cheese and Zucchini
Zucchini, Corn and Ricotta
Pumpkin (roasted then mashed), and Ricotta.

If you're wanting to make them a little more friendly to adult taste buds, simply add salt, pepper, chilli and herbs.

Enjoy the weekend dolls,
The Mumma in Heels.Xo

Monday, 16 May 2011

Budget Beauty: Face of Australia Expert Finish Mousse Foundation

So last week I decided to start a series of Budget Beauty posts, because why should it only be the expensive products that deserve praise?

Following on from a budget primer, today's post is brought to you by Face Of Australia's Expert Finish Mousse Foundation.

Image from here

The most important thing to remember when wearing mousse foundations, is moisturise and blend. Compared to other mousse foundations I have used, the Face of Australia foundation seems to blend easier.
The mousse texture allows you to build up the product to get the amount of coverage you want without looking cakey and it doesn't leave skin feeling suffocated either.

The only downside I can see to this foundation is that a lot of product is used for each application. This would be a problem if it had an expensive price tag but for a mere $12.95, you certainly won't have debt collectors chasing you anytime soon.

To find out more about Face of Australia or search for a stockist near you, visit here.

Wishing you all a fabulous day,
The Mumma In Heels.Xo

This product was sent to me by Face of Australia.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

It's a 10 Carat Diamond For Rachel Zoe

Seven weeks ago, Rachel Zoe and her husband welcomed baby Skyler to the world (don't let the name confuse you, he is a baby boy).
As if baby Skyler wasn't a gift on his own, the new mum was gifted with a 10 carat diamond ring as a 'push present' from her husband. This whopping diamond ring is valued at around $300 000.

Now call me old fashioned, but to me, the gift at the end of pushing is your new bundle of joy. Although after Pacman was born, the midwives also bought me coffee and a toasted sandwich - but that's not quite the same as a diamond ring is it?

Perhaps I missed out on a great excuse for Mister to buy me a new gift, and if that's the case let me be clear that I'm putting a holiday to Hawaii and a pair of Louboutin boots (see here) on my 'push present' wish list. But if I don't get a new pair of shoes or my dream holiday, I'll be just as thrilled with cuddling up to my new baby and eating another toasted sandwich.

Did you or someone you know get a push present? And if so, what was it?

Happy Tuesday Dolls (and sorry for the lack of posting lately)
The Mumma In Heels.Xo

Image from here

Friday, 6 May 2011

Budget Beauty: Rimmel London Fix & Perfect

Now, hopefully due to my scheduled posts, no one has noticed that I've been MIA lately. I was without Internet, then without a computer and then without Internet again - all while trying to keep up with the growing pile of assignments I have due. But never fear, Mumma has returned. And until I return to Brisbane, I've got my trusty iPad2 to blog on.

Now that I'm a proud owner of an iPad (as well as an Angry Birds and Epic Win addict), I'm on a serious budget. I have textbooks to buy, a very hungry Pacman to feed and Winter clothes to shop for. So expect a short break on the OPI and Benefit posts and sit back and enjoy a new series of Budget Beauty posts, starting with Rimmel London Fix & Perfect Primer

The iPad is many things, a quality camera it is not

This little baby is available at Priceline for $13.95 for 30ml of product.
Warning - unlike most primers (that I've used) it isn't white, it's orange. Don't be scared off, but if you have beautiful ivory skin, I'd apply a much smaller amount. The good news is after applying foundation, you can't detect any of the orangeness and it leaves your skin with a nice 'glow'.

The tube says it minimizes pores and it's not lying. I have hideously huge pores on my nose (thanks for that Mum) and usually apply Clinique Pore Minimizer prior to my foundation. While the primer doesn't cover them as good as the Clinique, at less than 15 dollars, I can't complain.

As far as making your makeup last, it does a good job. My makeup looks fresh and lasts for about 6 hours with this primer. Not as good a result as you would get with Smashbox or Napoleon Perdis, but once again, for the price, 6 hours is brilliant.

Image from here

If this post is slightly messy or a bit all over the place, I apologise. Still trying to work my way around BlogPress (is there a better way to blog on the iPad?)

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mummas out there,
The Mumma In Heels

Guest Post: Alexandra Kerr of Elke Writes

When I saw that the lovely author of 'Mumma in Heels' was taking a holiday and needed a guest blogger, I jumped at the chance! I didn't even have to think long and hard about what I would write, I've had my thoughts brewing in my mind since I read her blog post Five Ways to Make a Young Mum Feel Inadequate". I was upset that some people had opened their mouth to openly judge a person they had never met nor even spoken to. But I was not shocked. I have come across obstacles because of my "age" or even the fact I look young. Let me explain.

At 19, I was promoted to Manager of a retail store. I was one of the youngest in the company, but it was my hard work, commitment and (great) sales that helped me progress so quickly. I was flying on cloud nine. Until certain people felt it necessary to comment. I remember one day in particular. I was explaining to a customer that unfortunately her worn (smelly) top without a receipt and without tags could not be refunded. I, simply, was following the company's policy. She turned around and said, "Is this a joke? You don't look old enough to run a clothing store. It's people like you that make retail a joke." I could NOT believe it! I was shocked! Not only had I been completely professional and helpful, but my age had NOTHING to do with the outcome of her refund. Nor how I ran my store. I remember for a split second, I doubted myself. But then I thought "heck no!", this customer has no idea who I am or how hard I work. Plus, secretly I thought, I could be 49 and just look really, really young. Am I right?

But on a serious note, it is unfortunate that people believe age is what makes or breaks a person. Age to me is nothing but a number. It is the person on the inside that counts. The person who chooses to get up every morning and lovingly raise her little Pacman, or the person who at 19 who had one goal in sight and that was to work hard and move as far along in the company that she could.

My partner of three and a half years is 4 years older than me. To him or I, this was no issue. But certain people found it necessary to point it out. Mentioning things like, "When we (particular person and Shaun) were your age...blah blah..." MY AGE? I'm only four years younger.

So lets all make an effort to remember that age is nothing but a number and that is really is the person on the inside that counts.

And Melinda for the record, you are doing an amazing job raising your son (and baby in the belly) and I wish you nothing but happiness!

*Please note: This topic goes for any aged person as well, we are all capable of anything. Also, I tell you what is ironic, I'm 23 and at uni they consider me a "mature aged student". I'm now considered old?? What??

Alexandra Kerr is the author of ‘Elke Writes’ (www.elkewrites.blogspot.com), she is 23, stepping into the PR world and owns four cats.