All work and no play makes me super sad, after all we do spend so much time at work you want to have a good time while you are there! The past few months my lovely lady work mates and I have been making the most of our inner City office location and ducking out for girly lunches, pre-work breakfasts and of course a shopping expedition or two whenever we can.
One such lunch date led us to Manchester Press, tucked away down a little lane way (as all the best places in Melbourne are), it has a reputation for good coffee and great brunch. The menu keeps it simple, all day breaky or lunch bagels. All of us opted for a bagel and between the four of we managed to tick off four different varieties all of which received two thumbs up.
I had the bacon, tomato and mozzarella bagel (pictured above), it was fresh and yummy and really hit the spot for baby Evans and I. Although I didn’t try the girls lunches, they all looked delicious so I am happy to vouch for the tuna (tad messy and unattractive but I am told it was nice), avocado and feta smash (pictured above) and salami, pesto and boccocini bagels on their behalf.
Manchester Press is the quintessential trendy Melbourne cafe, great coffee, delicious food, eclectic atmosphere and of course no bookings. If you don’t have time to line up for a seat, then definitely try stop by for a takeaway coffee and check it out, I am sure you will be charmed enough to want to return and line up next time around
A couple of weeks ago I shared with you some of my favourite nursery designs (here), hubby and I have been slowly chipping away at Baby Evans’ nursery but it’s not quite ready to share yet. Instead I decided to whip up a nursery inspiration board, a lot of these items I have already purchased for the nursery but some of them are still on my wish list.
The room is slowly coming together, a fresh coat of white paint has really helped to brighten things up. I am currently in the process of transforming a free standing pine wardrobe as there is no built-in and we are eagerly awaiting the installation of some new blinds. Once all these big things are ticked off I can finally get my hands on the fun decorating stuff and then share some happy snaps with you all
Last weekend my girlfriends and I decided to escape the big smoke and head to Dayelsford (aka spa country) for some fresh air and pampering! The past few months seem to have flown by in a blur of baby preparations, home DIY projects and catch-ups with friends, so it was lovely to take a day out to relax and be a little indulgent.
We hit the road in the morning (freshly baked banana & raspberry bread in tow of course), and made the very easy drive from Melbourne to Dayelsford. The first priority of the day was food (obviously!) after a little bit of research from the lovely Tres Confucius, we hit up the Larder in the main street of Dayelsford – the food and service did not disappoint.
In preparation for our afternoon of blissful pampering, we walked our food off with a bit of window shopping in the quaint homewares and gift stores. But by far the highlight of our day trip was our visit to the Mineral Spa located just outside of town. There really isn’t much that a cosy robe, a herbal tea and relaxing massage can’t fix in life. The mineral spa was beautiful, we each enjoyed our treatments and left feeling relaxed, content and ready for a nap
We couldn’t resist a little change room robe happy snap (photo credit: Tres Confucius)
Unfortunately there was no time for exploring the surrounding countryside, so I will definitely be adding Dayelsford to my ‘must return to’ list. Now that Baby Evans is on the way, I think hubby and I will be forfeiting our international travels in lieu of staying close to home and exploring more of what Victoria has to offer us.
Choosing what to wear every morning can be tricky at the best of times, but dressing a baby bump presents a whole new set of challenges! I have to say I am now very thankful that my bump has ‘popped out’ a little bit, my belly now looks more like a baby bump and less like a pasta belly.
Anyone that has been pregnant knows that dressing a bump can be expensive. I have found it difficult to find clothes that are both stylish, comfortable and within my budget. Let’s face it, no one really wants to invest a fortune into a wardrobe that you only wear for such a short period of time.
When Eve of Eden* approached me to take a look at their website, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. I love the great range available for all stages of pregnancy and even nursing wear for when bub arrives, but best of all the prices are reasonable and won’t break the bank.
For me the key to styling your bump is to invest in some basic pieces that you can easily style with your standard wardrobe, so here are a couple of my bump looks for work, rest and play.
Working a desk job, I am sitting on my tush most of the day so I want to be comfortable and not be wearing anything too tight or restrictive. This shirt dress is great for all seasons. I am sure I will get loads of wear this winter teamed with tights and boots plus after baby is born as the button up front will make feeding a breeze.
On the weekends I pretty much live in jeans (loving Jeans West maternity jeans as they come in long lengths!) so I love having lots of T-shirts that I can just throw on without having to give it too much thought. I am already living in this stripey number and think I will need to stock up on a few more long sleeved T-shirts to get me through the winter.
Every now and then it’s nice to get all dolled up for a night out with the hubby. This simple 3/4 sleeve body con dress is super stretchy and comfortable and can be easily dressed up or down. It even has a special front that allows for easy breast feeding access when bub is born.
Head on over to maternitysale.com.au and check out the full range of Eve of Eden Maternity wear. See something you like? Get $10 off your purchase when you spend over $60 by using the code EVAN2014 - happy shopping!*
Basically the very moment I found out baby Evans was on the way I started the hunt for nursery inspiration! I have always thought that preparing for a baby and decorating a nursery would be fantastic fun, and it certainly has been just that!
Initially it took a little while for the news to sink in, we’re having a baby… wow… game changer! While hubby was instantly thrilled and excited, I was a wee bit overwhelmed. Of course I was happy, we had planned to start a family but when it actually happened it took a little while for the reality of the situation to set in. I found all the obstetrician appointments, hospital visits and scans a bit hard to comprehend, it all just seemed surreal.
Planning the nursery really helped me to get in the zone, it was something I could control. It was tangible and I could see changes in our house that were a result of the pending arrival of baby Evans at a time when my belly hadn’t yet started to show such signs.
Over the past few months I have been scouring the internet for inspiration and pinning away to my hearts content, above are just a few of my favourite gender neutral nurseries. There are plenty more over on my pinterest page, but I think you can get the idea of my theme or lack there of… grey, beige, neutral, calming and cosy.
I look forward to sharing photos of the finished product in a couple of months time when all the finishing touches are done. Hopefully it will look equally as lovely as the rooms I have been mooning over.
I am officially the worst blogger ever… almost a month since my last post, eek! I guess as they say time flies when you’re having fun and there has been LOTS of fun things happening at the House of Evans.
In fact, today I have some pretty exciting news to share with you all which might help to explain why I have been MIA recently… As of August of this year hubby and I will be welcoming a baby Evans to our family!
20 week baby bump
Baby Evans lives here
Getting bigger every day, 12 week scan vs 20 week scan
We are absolutely thrilled to be growing our family and we can’t wait to introduce the newest member of our family to you all when the time comes. Today we had our 20 week scan and although baby Evans was less than cooperative, after a bit of walking, coughing, poking and drinking, we managed to get enough angles to confirm everything is looking good and progressing nicely.
We have decided not to find out the gender which only adds to the suspense and excitement. The first half of pregnancy has gone really smoothly and has flown by, so I am sure the second half will be over before we know it and we will finally get to meet our little Blueberry!
I think it is safe to say that my baking hiatus is well and truly over! the last few weekends I have managed to find time to whip up a bunch of new recipes all of which have been a great success. I hate to waste food, and turning something old and ugly like over ripe bananas into something delicious and sweet like these banana muffins makes me super happy!
Some of you may have already worked out that I am a 28 year old trapped in the body of a grandma, I was up bright and early on Sunday morning and decided to whip these beauties up before I’d even tackled breakfast. I have had this recipe earmarked to try for a few weeks and it turned out wonderful. The muffins are full of flavour and were yummy and moist. Because I am especially glutenous I enjoyed mine warm with a good smattering of butter… heaven.
Banana Muffin Recipe
Makes 12 smallish muffins or 8 generous sized muffins
75 grams melter butter
2 large ripe bananas
250 grams self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
115 grams caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon honey
2 medium eggs
125 ml milk
Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius
Melt butter and set aside to cool
Mash the bananas
Sift flour, baking powder, bicarb soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into a bowl. Add sugar and mix well.
In a second bowl beat eggs, vanilla, honey, butter and milk.
Add bananas to egg mixture and stir to combine
Make a well in dry ingredients and add the wet mixture. Stir until just combined, but be careful not to overwork the batter as it will become tough
Divide evenly into muffin tin lined with cases and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown
Allow muffins to cool and then lightly dust with icing sugar