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Small Happies: Friday Edition

It’s Friday!

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Some random happy things.
1. Open windows.
2. Mint nail polish. Still going on about it. Still awesome.
3. Two photo shoots coming up over the weekend.
4. Flowy yellow dresses.
5. The return of Offspring. You heard it here first, folks. Unless you’ve already heard it. Whatever. (I love you, Leo.)
6. My dear, dear, dear friend is finally pregnant after years and years and years of failed attempts and heartbreak. (May we all pop some champagne and toast to her tonight.) The day I get to hold her baby in my arms is the day I’m buying shares in Kleenex.
7. Aforementioned nail polish on my boy’s toenails (whoops).
8. Accidental (ish) twinning shoe buy for my girl yesterday while I picked my fixed camera up from the city.
9. Mint mojitos planned for the after-dinner special tonight.

And on and on I could go…but pictures say a thousand words so a few more Small Happies snapped this past week:

Pizza Night

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Billy was so happy to get to roll out his own dough. Ella, on the other hand, is learning the art of sharing.

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Spring.

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Lucy.

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Joel bought an old Dodge (because every family needs a tip truck) a few weeks back and the thrill of it parked outside our house is still registering high.

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I should say her, pardon me. The thrill of her parked outside our house is still registering high. Her name is Lucy. Joel actually has a key ring for her which says ‘Lucy’. Anyway, it is especially thrilling when it’s storming outside and we all clamber into it to ‘play trucks’ which means letting the kids ‘drive’ and playing the radio really loud.

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Billy’s speech development so far has gone first word: da-da, second word: food, third word: truck. I kid, I kid, but the point is it’s a serious love affair.

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Freshly bathed and jammied babies tucked up in my bed watching Pingu before bedtime. I love it.

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Spa Day.

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Where cucumbers are replaced by zucchinis but a little girl I know could not care one bit because spa days are pretty much the coolest things ever.

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The horses and library combo: Get out new library books (even though we could probably buy them with all the overdue fines we get), and take a little trip out to see the horsies.

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This is her “I like you horse, but do not for one hot second come any closer to me” face.

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Sister can scan her own books, thank you. Don’t even think about helping her.

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Yoga babies.

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He looks up all “are you watching me?” and then falls to the floor giggling. We cheer accordingly.

Fresh fruit and veggies delivered straight to our door.

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I love our Sunday market ritual but it’s quite a trek to get there. We’re switching some things up a bit and enjoying the gift of online ordering.

Father’s day prep.

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We’ll still do our annual let-Ella-choose Father’s day card buy, but you can never have too many cards, right? Plus, Ella gets a little high on life when I mention the word ‘craft’.

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Washing Dishes View

There’s not much I like about my kitchen but its window. Especially when kids are playing happily outside and I wash the dishes to a symphony of them cracking each other up.

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Location scouting for a wedding I’ve got coming up.

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The trees at Old Petrie Town have magic coming from the oxygen they give off, I swear. The whole place is beautifully quaint with this rich, historic feel and we had so much fun exploring.

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Highlight: jumping in above muddy puddle, getting soaked, stripping off and driving home with muddy nappies. “That was so fun, mum!”

Also, didn’t you know? It’s Craftastic Friday. A cute little batch of home-made shaving cream, perfect for the dads this Sunday and super easy to make.

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Home-made Shaving Cream

You will need…

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-2/3 cup Shea nut oil or Shea butter (I bought ours from Handmade Naturals in West End for Brisbane locals)
-2/3 coconut oil
-1/4 cup olive oil or grapeseed oil
-10-20 drops of your favorite essential oils/oil blend
-2 tablespoons of baking soda or 6 tablespoons baking powder

Directions

Melt 2/3 cup of coconut oil and Shea butter together, and then turn off the heat and stir in 1/4 cup of olive oil or grapeseed oil.

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When melted, add in 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil (we used lavender and lemon).

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Pour it into a container or leave it in the bowl (if you were using a double boiler.) Give it a good stir, and then set it in the fridge to harden. Once it has solidified, remove and let it soften slightly.

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Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda (or 6 tablespoons of baking powder) to an electric stand mixer (or use an electric hand beater, or a lot of elbow grease) and beat until it’s super light and fluffy and looks like you could spread it on a cupcake.

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Pop it in a cute jar and you’re done!

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Store in a cool dark area when not in use and it can keep up to a month.

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A quick Friday Photo Dump to take us out (@theredtent on Instagram if you want to follow the feed), and a big Happy Father’s Day for Sunday. I hope you all have fun celebrating your dads and those lucky men by your side who father your precious babies.

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Happy Friday.

5 Responses to “Small Happies: Friday Edition”

  1. meetmeonamountaintop

    loving the craft instructions, rach. and you have done BIG THINGS in helping me make a decision about the old arched “secret garden” style door we have planned for the garden stone wall at the very front of our new house (building due to start next year). i have been umming and ahhing whether to keep it rustic natural timber, or paint it shiny black, or do the red thing. the red thing is currently winning, thanks to you. red doors. red tents. keep bringing sunshine into our lives. big hugs from over here. x

    Reply
    • The Red Tent

      yes, red arched door! A rich, earthy red colour would look awesome. (There is a red front door on my dream home, too). And so cool about building your own house. Are you moving far or still in the same town? x

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  2. Life, kids and a glass of red

    I love random happy things! And news of babies after struggles with fertility just makes my heart sing! Will toast your friend tonight, been there ourselves, so news like this always hits close to home.

    Reply
  3. confessionsofachristianmomma

    Just followed you on Instagram. Beautiful feed. I love getting the chance to see life through your eyes- you have a great photography style. I really enjoy these snippets from your life! =] It looks like you have a lot of fun with your sweet kiddos and hubby.

    Reply
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