10 non-chocolate Easter gifts


Stuck for Easter gifts that aren’t chocolate? It’s tough! Slippers and scarves are my normally very boring ideas! But this Easter I have put together a list that hopefully has something for everyone!

1.These play dough carrots are that cute and easy you could make these as class mate gifts or in a range of different colours for a little one! Check them out made to be a momma


2. How wouldn’t love these bunny ears! I would, even at umm 31! Easy to make and the perfect diy project for Easter!

Head over to the house that Lars built


3. Bunny Money! Cute, easy and suits pretty much everyone! The clever people at crafty journal have you covered!


4. Bunny tails! A cute jar full of fairy floss with a free printable label! Cute! Thank you lilluna


5. This cute library bag is a multi functional drawstring bag for all your needs, pop some books in it and your ready to go! Check it out on Etsy



6. The perfect gift for every little person you have ever met! Who doesn’t love dinosaur tails! Check it out at Two Little Feet’s made it store



7. How about this adorable bunny! It’s a DIY, so you will be able to personalise it to suit anyone! You can check out the template here the lovely people at eab designs have it all sorted for you!



8. Another great idea, especially if someone can’t enjoy chocolate because of allergies. These cute ideas, will keep everyone on a sugar high! Check these out here



9. The hungry bunny! Cute and practical, after Easter it is still useful! Full pattern and tutorial here



10. This awesome idea could be done to any bottles! An easy idea that would suit everyone and every drink! From chocolate milk to beer! Check them out here



I hope you have enjoyed my non-chocolate Easter presents! A little more exciting than scarves! These pictures and ideas are from the listed web sites, but they are on my list because I think they are awesome! >

10 Easy no preparation, on the go breakfasts!


Breakfast for me is my biggest downfall! As A Home Economics teacher I am constantly sprouting how important breakfast is to my students and how is should never be missed! But in reality I would much prefer spending an extra 5 minutes in bed in the morning than putting a piece of bread in the toaster (LAZZZZZY). But in the interest of becoming organised, saving money and getting healthy (blah blah blah) I have been doing some research online and this is my list of awesome easy, grab and go, and no preparation breakfasts for busy EVERYONE!

1. Refrigerator Oatmeal also called summer porridge. This is great!!! You can make a couple in advance and leave them in the fridge – they can be altered to many different flavours! The Yummy life – got me started on this, and I can’t and don’t want to stop!

Overnight Porridge
Easy Refrigerator Porridge

2.Peanut Butter and Oat Breakfast Cookies. Watch what I Eat – Bakes in advance and eat them for breakfast (or whenever) and extra points for the chocolate and peanut butter combination!!!

peanut butter banana oat breakfast cookies
peanut butter banana oat breakfast cookies

3. Egg Muffins – these last for a week in the fridge so that’s 1 cook a weeks worth of breakfasts!http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2006/10/egg-muffins-revisited-again.html

Egg Muffins
Egg Muffins

4. The Undressed Skeleton makes these On The Go Breakfast Cereal Bars and these are great for kids – can make them fun and easy for them to eat on the way to school head to http://undressedskeleton.tumblr.com/post/28420991764

Cereal Bars
Cereal Bars

5. The Pioneer Woman has these AMAZING! cheesy muffins on her blog and I don’t have to say why they are a winner (CHEEEESSSSSEEEEE!!!!) Check them out at http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/08/dairy-contest-finalist-recipe-cheese-muffins/

Cheesy Muffins
Cheesy muffins

6. Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Bars – WOW another winning combination! Check it out at
(you can thank me later!)

Oatmeal Bar
Oatmeal Bar

7. This zucchini Bread is a good option to mix it up from other breads! Check it out here

Zucchini Bread
Zucchini Bread

8. Pastry’s for Breakfast! Yes please! and it has orange in it – so you know it healthy and stuff…

Orange Rolls
Orange Rolls

9. Donuts for Breakfast! Donuts for Breakfast! enough said I think, donuts for breakfast!

Donut Muffins
Donut Muffins

10. Yogurt Banana Bread! Easy and healthy!

Bread Bread
Banana Bread

I hope you enjoy these recipes – I enjoy them every morning! All the images are from the corresponding blogs and sites but all thoughts are my own! Let me know which ones are your favourites!

Black and Gold Master Bedroom

Black and Gold Master Bedroom

Black and Gold Master Bedroom by monaandolive featuring mod furniture

Biba black home decor
$52 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Biba cream throw pillow
$52 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Fratelli Boffi mod furniture
$5,425 – progarr.com

Sunpan tufted furniture

Round nesting table

summer lounge

summer lounge

summer loungs by monaandolive featuring cottage furniture

Window curtain

Linea teal toss pillow
$33 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Beige throw pillow

Tree wall art

Wood home decor

Scented candle
$66 – uk.spacenk.com

Collins Hayes striped couch
$3,065 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Aqua dressing room

Aqua dressing room

Aqua dressing room by monaandolive featuring geometric area rugs

Jamie young lighting

Kate Spade fragrance candle
$74 – amara.com

OKA drawer furniture
$1,295 – okadirect.com

Two tone furniture
$965 – oliverbonas.com

The best chocolate brownie recipe!


This recipe comes from my sister – she uses this recipe for her son’s tuck-shop. It always sells out! It is an amazingly easy but delicious and moist recipe for brownies!

The moist inside of the delicious brownie
The moist inside of the delicious brownie

4 eggs
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups plain flour
250 grams melted butter
3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp bi-carb soda

Pre-heat oven
Melt butter, mix together all ingredients.
Pour into lined 20 x 20 cm tin. (I use a pyrex dish)
Bake 50-60 mins at 160 c
dust with icing sugar! EAT quickly before someone else does!

The whole baked slap - won't stay whole for long!
The whole baked slap – won’t stay whole for long!

I told you it was easy! and you won’t be disappointed! The best thing about this recipe is that it is so versatile, add nuts or choc chips or whatever you like! It is truly a lovely easy but moist recipe that you will keep coming back to! It makes for great school lunches but also great dessert with ice cream!

chocolate brownie dessert
chocolate brownie dessert

Easy fluffy piklets!

easy fluffy piklets
easy fluffy piklets

This is my grandmothers recipe, and every time we visited her when we were little she always had milky ways in the freezer for us and piklets freshly made! And we loved them, even towards the end when there was more egg shell than egg, we still loved them!… Here are Mona’s amazingly fluffy piklets!
fresh piklets
fluffy piklets – fresh from the pan

2 cups self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
5 tablespoons white sugar
1 cup milk with 2 teaspoons vinegar
2 eggs
2 heaped dessert spoons of melted butter

Sift together flour and bicarbonate soda
Add sugar, eggs, milk and mix
Fold in the melted butter
Spoon onto greased frying pan, once lots of bubbles appear flip over and cook on the other side.
Eat warm with jam and cream or serve as a dessert with ice cream and topping!

piklets with ice cream and topping
Dessert one night, lunch the next!

Easy Zucchini and Bacon Slice


Easy lunch box ideas
Easy and freezable zucchini and bacon slice

This recipe comes from my mother, but it is go to recipe in our whole family. Easy to make, small amount of clean up and although it is zucchini slice any vegetable lingering at the bottom of your fridge will do! It is always a crowd pleaser and it serves as a great lunch box filler!

4 zucchinis
1 onion
4 eggs
4-5 rashers of bacon, diced.
1 cup of vegetable or canola oil
1 cup self raising flour
1 cup grated cheese
Spray Oil

1. Dice onion and grate zucchini. Place in large mixing bowl.
2. Add oil, flour, bacon and cheese mix until combined.
3. One egg at a time, crack and whisk with fork before adding to mix.
4. Stir everything to mix.
5. Spray baking tray, pour mixture in.
6. Bake at 180c for 40 minutes.
7. Allow to cool before slicing up and wrap individually to freeze.

Easy Lunchbox Fillers
Quick and easy zucchini and bacon slice
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