Friday fives – movie edition

My fave movies of all-time, no apologies for the chick-flick and kids movies tone, that’s me!

  1. The wedding singer (Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler are two of my fave actors; and ‘I wanna grow old with you’ was played at our wedding!).
  2. Shrek (The first one, not such a fan of the others. So many great lines “In the morning, I’m making waffles!”).
  3. Love actually (Cheesy yes, and so many story lines and characters to keep up with, but a lovely story. Still waiting on the next one though LOL).
  4. Minions (Possibly the most anticipated movie ever by my family, and thoroughly enjoyed it).
  5. I am Sam (Cried all the way through it on the plane over to USA, and that was before I had my son!).
  6. Breaking rules today, I just want to add another one Bootmen (Was the first real date my son’s father and I went on, great story too).



Friday fives – pizza edition

Hi all,

It’s Friday again and that means it’s time for #Fridayfives 🙂

  1. BBQ Chicken and bacon
  2. Cranberry chicken and camembert (or brie)
  3. Hawaiian (yep I’m one of those who likes pineapple on my pizza)
  4. Homemade leftovers (roast potato and kumara makes extra yum)
  5. Meatlovers

There you go a quick and easy post today


School holidays

Now that my son is older (almost 14) there is not so much of the panic of what he is going to do all holidays. He is also now into reading (librarian/teacher mum sings hallelujah!) so is happy to sit in a corner and read.

But I understand that for many of my friends, and others around the country, these two weeks can be a real pain in the neck to organise.

For working parents there is the do we take leave vs expensive holiday programmes.

For stay-at-home parents there is how do we entertain them all day vs keeping peace in the home.

So a mix of day trips out, play dates, and planned activities usually get us through.

If you are in Wellington and want some info on things to do check out the Toddlers in towEventfinda, and Tots to teens websites.

Birthday #twinning

I just did a little online quiz about how popular my birthdate is, and being a spring baby I already knew it was going to be pretty popular, but 10th?! Wow!

How popular is your birthdate? See below for NZ or UK can check here, USA check here.


From Statistics NZ

Apparently I share my birthday with approximately 14,000 other people in NZ alone. So I suppose that is a lot more worldwide!

I grew up with 2 other birthday ‘twins’ in my classes through school, although they were both a year older than me as I had skipped a year when I was younger.

How about you? Are you a birthdate twin with anyone you know?

Or me?

Incorrect lyrics

I saw this funny video a few times on FB recently which reminded me of some incorrect lyrics I had picked up off some new songs out.

In Future’s new song Mask off I put a librarian spin on ‘Percocets, Molly Percocets’ which I made into ‘Reference it, gotta reference it’ bahahaha. I just read what the correct lyrics are just now and wow that’s not what I ever would have thought he was saying! I had discussed this one with mr13 and hubby and they thought it was ‘represent’.

Another new one is Rihanna’s ‘wild thoughts’ sounded to me like ‘white sauce’ LOL which I knew wasn’t the right words but now every time I hear it, I sing my words not hers.

Here are some others you may have been getting wrong!

LOL enjoy.


USA #4thofJuly

Last year on #4thofJuly I wrote about my trip to USA for summer camp in 2002. It’s lovely to still keep in touch with a few campers and other staff from camp too.
Last November my family did the ‘dream holiday’ to Disneyland in California. So now I have a different perspective on life in the USA.

The summer camp trip was mostly in rural New England, with only a couple of days in New York, Rhode Island, and Los Angeles on the way home.
This time we were based in Anaheim for the whole trip, with day trips down to Legoland in San Diego (my fave day), and up to LA for Universal, LA Zoo, etc.

What I was surprised with on this trip was the mix of people we saw/heard. I was expecting a wide range of cultures from all around the world, when in fact we mostly saw ‘white’ Americans, and ‘hispanic’ Americans, not much else. There were no large groups of Asian tourists, (like we get in NZ) only met a couple of British people, etc.
It felt quite unusual to be in such a ‘touristy’ town that mostly was filled with American tourists. Maybe it was the time of year, maybe it’s always like that? Anyway that was one thing I remember from our family trip to USA.
We also ate some great (and some not so great) food, that you can see here. I miss pretzels!


Happy 4th of July 🙂