Thursday, June 14, 2012

29 Weeks

Wow! 29 weeks already!  I have felt sooooo lazy and tired this week, just as if I have no energy.  The weather lately hasn't been helping either, it's been cold and gloomy, so we've basically been snuggled up inside next to the fire with one or two quick dashes to Woolies for basics.  Pickle and I haven't been out in the back yard or for a walk since last Friday :(

I have however finally managed to take a pregnancy photo of Jellybean at week 29 and here it is.

Before I got the lazy bug I did attend a breastfeeding class run by the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH), which was really really helpful and it has made me feel more confident about breastfeeding.  Even though Jellybean is our second baby, I chose not to breastfeed Pickle for well stupid reasons really.  So this time I am determined to at least give it a try.

Other progress on the pregnancy front is that I'm now changing care systems at the RHH from Know Your Midwife (KYM) to a new program where I see the two same midwives at each visit and they will be there for the birth as well as coming to see us at our house after Jellybean is born, it's a bit late in the pregnancy but I do prefer this option.
I'm also all booked in for my 36 week scan to check the placement of the placenta, so hopefully it has grown upwards with my uterus and I won't be needing a cesarean, because frankly that scares the crap out of me!

Have you or anyone you know had pregnancy worries or uncertainties and how did you deal with them?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Tips on Blog Design

A few weeks ago I attended a webinar on better blog design 'Better Design = Better Blog Webinar' hosted by Digital Parents and presented by Kate at Picklebums blog.  I had never done anything like this before but thought it wouldn't hurt to get some tips on blog design.  It was great in fact it really helped me see things from a design and user view.  Some of the tips that I took away from it are listed and I have also applied them to my own blog.

Some of the main tips are things like:
Setting goals for blog design such as short, medium, and long term goals.  I am still working on these, I have a basic idea of what I want for my blog but I'm always thinking of something new.

What you want your readers to do when they come to your blog, give them some direction and insight into how to use your blog.  This also ties in with who your reader is what things they like about your blog.

One of the main tips I learnt was to make sure the content is easy to read and to include the most important elements and content.

What to include:
  • Important elements in the header
  • Blog's logo
  • Make sure the header doesn't take up all the space above the fold
  • How it looks at different sizes.  Kate recommends checking this at 
  • Menu bar below header
  • Clear and easy to find
  • Easy way to find home page in the menu/nav bar
  • Links within text easy to find
  • Readable
  • Stick to 2-3 different fonts
  • Use sans serif fonts for easy readability 
  • Use a larger font size such as 14px or 16px
  • No light text on dark background
  • Use subheading, bold text, and lists
  • White or empty space around content to allow eyes to rest
  • Always link to source
  • Make images web friendly resize to fit width
  • Use online image editors such as Pixlr or PicMonkey  (these are both free and easy to use)
  • Make it easy for readers to comment
  • Comment form should be clear and easy to use
  • Less is more (the golden rule)
  • Keep 'About' blurb to a minimum include a link
  • Have a minimum amount of media icons
  • Figure out where you want the ads, and if private ad spaces can charge more for above the fold
  • Blogroll? If too much for sidebar include as extra page
Well that's about it, I hope you find the notes I took from the webinar as useful as I did.  Thanks to Digital Parents and Kate from Picklebums for sharing this great information.



Sunday, June 10, 2012

Totally Pinworthy Sunday

Today is Sunday and it's time for Totally Pinworthy with Amy from Mahlimoo Me and Three.  I'm still all baby baby brain so this weeks is pinworthy is all about baby girl nurseries (even though my Pickle and Jellybean will be sharing a room).

Source: Uploaded by user via K on Pinterest

Source: via K on Pinterest

Source: via K on Pinterest

No Egg Chocolate Brownies

Yesterday I was all ready and set to make some yummy chocolate brownies but... I had no eggs!!!  So I jumped on to Google and searched and came across this recipe.  I did change it a bit though because I wanted to add some dark and white chocolate to it.  Here is my version of the no egg chocolate brownie recipe.

No Egg Chocolate Brownies

1/3 Cup Plain Flour
1 Cup Water
125g Butter
50g Dark Chocolate
1 1/2 Cups Golden Caster Sugar (you could use caster)
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Plain Flour
2 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Salt
50g White Chocolate, Chopped

Preheat oven to 180C.  Grease a slice pan and line with baking paper.  
In a saucepan combine 1/3 cup of flour and water.  Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thick.  Transfer to bowl.  
In a small saucepan, melt butter and dark chocolate.  Set aside to cool.  Beat the sugar and vanilla into the flour mix.  Stir in the butter and chocolate mix until combined.  
Add rest of flour measurement, baking powder and salt.  Lastly fold in chopped white chocolate.
Spread into pan.  Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.  Cool before cutting.