Weekly Gluten Free Coles and Woolworths Specials starts 10th July 2013

July 9, 2013 1 comment

Supermarket specials time again. 2nd week of school holidays here and I am not getting anything done. I always forget it’s like this during the school holidays. Well for me it is.

Aldi Special Mention

Aldi 10 July 2

I love this story, Spring Gully were struggling a little and Aldi stepped in and started selling their products at their stores. Spring Gully are made in Australia, love that. And they are gluten free. I get the pickles all the time, usually at Woolies but I did see them in Aldi last week and bought some there. They are yummy!

Weekly Coles Specials

Coles 10 July 5

  • Heinz Beans – $1
  • Moccona Freeze Dried Coffee 100g – $18
  • Dolmio Pasta Sauce – $2
  • Edgell Corn Kernals – $1
  • Leggo’s Tomato Paste – $2
  • Cobram Extra Virgin Olive Oil – $8

Coles 10 July 7

  • Nescafe Blend 43 100g – $10
  • International Roast 500g – $10
  • Kraft Peanut Butter – $3

Coles 10 July 9

  • Freedom Food Rice Flakes – $4
  • Goulburn Valley Fruit – $3
  • Freshfields Fast and Fruity Pourable Fruit – $2.29
  • John West Tuna or Salmon – $2
  • Moro Extra Virgin Olive Oil – $10

Coles 10 July 10

  • Black Swan Dips – 2 for $6
  • Kraft Singles – $2.95
  • Coles Finest Juice – $3.30
  • Bega Tasty – $7
  • Farmers Union Greek Style Yoghurt – $4
  • Yoplait Yoghurt – $4

Coles 10th July 2

  • Smith’s Potato Chips and Dorito Corn Chips (both original flavours are gluten free by ingredient – 2 for $5
  • Red Bull Energy Drink – $7
  • Berri Juice – 2 for $6

Coles Specials 10 July 1

  • John West Tuna – $1

Coles Specials 10 July 2

  • Condensed milk – $2
  • Caster sugar – $2

Check out Coles Weekly Specials here

Weekly Woolworths Specials

Woolies 10 July 1

  • Kraft Singles – Buy One Get One Free – $2.85
  • Twining English Breakfast – Buy One Get One Free – $2.10

Woolies 10 July 2

  • Smiths Multipack Chips – (original flavour only) – $2
  • Prima Drink – 3 for $6
  • Vege Chips – 2 for $12
  • Kraft Peanut Butter – $3
  • SPC Crush Ups or Fruit Jelly – $1

Woolies Specials 10 July 4

  • Bertolli Olive Oil – $7
  • Heniz Beanz – $3
  • Golden Fields Vegetable Oil – $10

Woolies Specials 10 July 5

  • Moccona Coffee 200g – $11
  • Sunrice Medium Grain Rice – $13
  • Rice Bran Oil – $13

Woolies Specials 10 July 6

  • Jalna Greek Yoghurt – $7.95
  • Mainland Tasty Cheese – $9
  • five:am Yoghurt – 6 for $6
  • Coon cheese – $3.80
  • Vaalia Yoghurt – $4

Woolies Specials 10 July 7

  • five:am Yoghurt Pouches – 5 for $5
  • Fruche – 2 for $5
  • Yoplait Yoghurt Squeezie – 7 for $7

Check out Woolworths Weekly Specials here

Have you see any good gluten free specials this week?

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The Week That Was 5th July 2013

July 5, 2013 Comments off

One week of school holidays down and we really have not stopped. We are looking forward to a few days at home next week. I hope we can get the chance to do that.

Artist at WorkMy eldest has been busy doing some paintings (when he can).

Country Drive From CarWe went to visit my brother and his kids who live a couple of hours away. We took the scenic route. I love a country drive!

Country DriveI love the trees

Country Drive Skyand where the sky just goes on forever

CurlsI found a new gluten free product at the supermarket , Delite Curls ($2). Not really value for money as they are a 80g pack compared to the 100g box the Fantastic Delites come in but they are really yummy. I may have tried the Sweet Chilli and Sour Cream flavour as well and they are sooo good.

Legally BlondeA couple of girlfriends and I went to see Legally Blonde the musical. It was really really good and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.

Legally Blonde DrinksWe had a grown up drink in celebration of being child free for a few hours. We are friends from high school and we tried to remember the last time we had child free time together, the sad thing is we couldn’t!

And despite it being a very busy week, there aren’t any more photos to share!

How was your week?

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Gluten Free Tomato, Bean and Chickpea Soup Recipe

July 4, 2013 Comments off

Winter means soup. Well for me it does anyway and I have been happily making up soups for my lunches. Last week I didn’t have too many fresh vegies left in the fridge so I reached into the pantry instead… result was a yummy, easy soup.

Gluten Free Tomato, Bean and Chickpea Soup


Soup Ingredients

  • 2 small red capsicum
  • 1 litre gluten free vegetable stock (I make it up from Massell stock powder)
  • 1 tin chickpeas
  • 1 tin diced tomatoes
  • 1 tin red kidney beans


  • Finely dice capsicum. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and red kidney beans.
  • Heat a little oil in a saucepan, cook the capsicum 2 or so minutes.
  • Add the chickpeas, beans, tomatoes and stock and stir.
  • Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Cook for 30 – 40 minutes.
  • Blend if desired. (I did).
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Gluten Free Soup

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Gluten Free Coles and Woolworths Weekly Specials 3rd July 2013

July 3, 2013 1 comment

The gluten free specials are a bit light on this week, still I have listed what I found.

Coles Weekly Specials
Coles Specials 3rd July 1

  • Ski or Nestle Soleil Yoghurt – $4
  • Berri Juice – $5
  • Yoplait Squeezie Yoghurt – 7 for $7
  • Vaalia Yoghurt 4 x 150g – $4
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese- $1.99

Coles Specials 3rd July 2

  • Smith’s Multipack Potato Chips 6 pack- $2
  • Real Food Corn Thins – 98 cents
  • Golden Circle Tropical Punch – $1

Coles Specials 3rd July 3

  • SPC Fruit 3 x 410g – $5
  • Nutella – $3.50
  • Ocean Spray Craisins – 2 for $5
  • Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain and Coco Pops Liquid Breakfasts – 2 for $7

Coles Specials 3rd July 5

  • Carman’s Museli Bars (some varieties are gluten free) – $4
  • Kraft Peanut Butter – $6
  • Moccona Coffee – $12

Coles Specials 3rd July 6

  • Country Ladle Soup (Butternut Pumpkin is gluten free by ingredient) – $2

Coles Specials 3rd July 9

  • Smith’s Potato Chips 45g – $1

Click here for Coles weekly specials online

Woolworths Weekly Specials

Woolies 3rd July 4

  • Edgell Beans and Corn – 4 for $5
  • Raguletto Pasta Sauce – 2 for $3

Woolies Specials 3rd July (2)

  • Chobani Greek Yoghurt – 4 for $6 or 10 for $10
  • Le Rice – $2.50
  • five:am Yoghurt – $5

Woolies Specials 3rd July 3

  • Devondale Cheese – $5.50
  • Devondale Dairy Soft – $3.50
  • Kraft Tasty Slices – $2.00
  • Bega Stringers – 2 for $8
  • Nudie Nothing But Chilled Juice – $4.95

Woolies Specials 3rd July

  • Smith’s Chips or Doritos (green packet) – 2 for $5
  • Berri Juice – 2 for $6

Click here for Woolworths weekly online specials

Remember to check all products to make sure they are suitable for you.

Have you seen any good gluten free specials this week?

Listmania – Favourite Movies For A Rainy Day

July 1, 2013 4 comments

There is really nothing better than a movie on a rainy day. This week the Listmania prompt is listing your favourite movies to watch on a rainy day and is being guest hosted at  Rachael’s blog – Hopeful Rae of Sunshine

Here is my list of Favourite Movies:

Pride and Prejudice – BBC Version

Pride and Prejudice

As there are lots of different productions of Pride and Prejudice, it’s important to note which one is my favourite. I cannot stand the other ones, they are just not the same. They don’t have Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and no one can do Mr Darcy like Colin Firth.

I have always loved this book and one of my oldest and closest friends introduced me to this version many years ago, we’d come home from uni with fish and chips or coffee and chocolate (or both!) pop it into the VCR and enjoy. Great memories and I still watch this at least once a month or two. I am not kidding. It doesn’t even have to be raining!

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Bridget Jones's Diary

I love this book too and the movie didn’t disappoint. Oh look, who do we have here? Colin Firth again… hmmm…

Such a funny movie that makes me laugh out loud every single time, perfect for a rainy night (as the kids shouldn’t be around for this one)

Notting Hill

Notting Hill

This is a funny movie, and ‘Spike’ (played by Rhys Ifans) is the funniest character I’ve seen in a movie for ages. Great feel good movie but again it’s one for the adults only.

You’ve Got Mail

You've Got Mail

This movie about books set in New York City? No brainer really. Another feel good movie perfect for those cloudy days.

And a special honorable mention has to go to…

Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls

They get a special honorable mention as Gilmore Girls is a TV series, not a movie but I don’t think that matters. I love this series and have watched it many times. So funny and  lots of feel good moments.

What is your favourite movie to watch on a rainy day?

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The Week That Was 28th June 2013

June 28, 2013 1 comment

It was the last week of term 2 for school this week.

It’s also ….

USA Countdownto our holiday! So excited!

24th June weather

It has been very chilly weather

Icy CarLook at the ice on the car! We had to leave it out as we were cleaning out the garage and had to store the ‘rubbish’ in there while waiting for hard rubbish day to come around. Of course it had to happened the coldest week of the year!

Bad Photo of SupermoonIt has been cold and frosty but it means the sky was clear to see the supermoon. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a decent picture of it.

I Read Book MummyWith our weekly trip to the library, my youngest decided, ‘I read book mummy’. Usually it’s me reading so it was good to see. He didn’t actually read it, just described the pictures.

Cat on LapSitting on the sofa doing some computer work and the cat decides to join in.Very awkward!

SoupI have been enjoying soup for lunch lately. This is yummy bean, chickpea and tomato. I am  thinking of sharing the recipe next week.

Rice Cakes Choc CoatedLook what I  found in Aldi! Choc coated Rice Cakes! There were other varieties and were about $3 a packet? I can’t remember the exact price.

Playing With BoxI bought some new suitcases online and they got sent in this big box. Of course a certain 3 year old spent ages playing with it.

Last Pick Up of term 2The last day of school pick up and the sun was beautiful, so nice there was no need for jackets. Lovely.

Stick Insects Close Up Stick InsectsWe have some house guests for the holidays. Not sure you can see what they are…. stick insects. The brown things with pointy things sticking out. They are the class pets and we were chosen to look after them. I never thought a class pet would be a stick insect!

That Prize Pack

And to end the week off on a great note, I joined in a chat with That! Dairy Snack team yesterday about fussy eaters and I was one of the random winners. Received a prize pack today, very quick. The boys are super excited and you can see youngest’s hand pointing to them as he is counting them.

How was your week?

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My Tips On International Travel with Children

June 27, 2013 6 comments


In 3 and a bit weeks my husband and I are taking our 8 and 3 year old boys on a 14 hour plane journey to America. We have done this journey before, well twice before if you include there and back. That was theirs (and ours) first ever international flight.

Like any good over zealous planner, before our first international flight with children, I searched the internet for tips and tricks and answers to the questions I had. I prefer actual blog posts as they tend to give the nitty gritty details and experience instead of the travel magazine’s standard tips of ‘take plenty of toys and snacks to keep them amused’

First, a shout out to those blogs that I read and got ideas from:

Preparing to Go

I am a big believer in preparing toddlers as much as possible for what’s ahead. If my little munchkin went straight onto a plane without hearing about it first, it would have been meltdown city.

Our Holiday Book

I made him up a book, very basic, just outline the steps we would take and what happens on plane. ie “when the plane goes up or down, we have to have our seat belts on. When the lights go out, it’s a good time to sleep” Then we read it to him many times before the big day.

This time around, we are using the book again but also using a countdown calender. Because he is into counting, this is a great tool to keep him from asking, ‘we go today on big plane?’


For my eldest, I got him a book from the library, ‘Not for Parents: New York City, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know’. It is a great book aimed for the primary aged children. There are a few different ones for different cities.

We also found some useful You Tube video’s that showed my eldest what the plane flight would be like. He loved watching it and a love affair with A380’s began.

The Airport and the Flight

Plane at Gate

We spent some time at the gate before we had to board, the boys got to see the Qantas A380 parked at the gate. There was also a little play area which is great for a certain 3 year old to have a play on before being confined to a seat.

For those with babies/toddlers still in nappies, there are baby change tables in the airplane toilets. For some reason I could never find the answer to this question online! I asked the flight attendants when I got on board which toilets they were as they aren’t in all of them. (well in economy, not sure about the other sections)

As for those stinky nappies (you are bound to get one) get the strongest smelling nappy bags you can find. Also fragranced nappy wipes and have extra. Wrap the nappy in wipes then double bag. It seemed to work for me. Also try some scenarios at home (with bagging the smelly nappies) so you know what works. You definitely don’t want to stink out the airplane toilet!

In regards to food, I ordered the special children’s meal for them. This is something you need to do while booking the tickets or if you have a travel agent, check yourself with the airline a few days before you leave. These meals come out first and gets them started.

Child Plane Meal

Generally they have pasta and sauce, (or similar simple dish) some sort of fruit, a sweet treat, juice box, bread roll, water and a couple of other things I cannot remember.

In regards to Qantas, they do bring around a couple of snacks and fruit at different points. The A380’s also have a ‘snack bar’ (again this is economy) at the back of the section which has soft drinks, water, fruit and cookies.

Entertainment wise we are lucky enough to have an iPad so I loaded it up with toddler apps/games on it before we went. Our youngest did play with it for awhile and played the little back of the seat tv’s as well. He also thought turning the overhead light on and off was heaps of fun . Hoping he has grown out of that one. He popped the tray table up and down too, as well as mine.

I did have some colouring books, pencils and cars for him to play with but the pencils went all over the floor and I had to keep reaching down to get them. Very hard when the people in front of you have their seat all the way back the whole trip. I think I’ll try a pencil roll this trip and hope that works better.

My 8 year old (then 7) managed to keep himself busy the whole trip, he loved it. He controlled his own tv, had meals, wrote in his book and read. We had to remind him to have an actual sleep. Which he did. They both did thankfully.

Remember that tip everyone says when you have a newborn? Sleep when the baby is sleeping? Do it on the plane too… sleep when the kids are sleeping.


A Cajun Down Under told me an awesome tip, as she has done many transatlantic flights, is to pick up the routine from the local time. When we arrive in LA it will be 6.30am, so act as if it is 6.30am, don’t worry about what time it is in Australia, just focus on the hear and noew. Of course if your kids are all over the place and need a nap, give them one! But it was a great tip that worked for us on arrival in the States as well as getting home.

Enjoying the Holiday

Kitchen Hotel Beacon

When planning the holiday and where we would stay, I needed to have somewhere with a kitchen, not only for me and my gluten free needs but also for the boys. It was great to have a kitchen and fridge to keep cereal, milk and yoghurt in for quick breakfasts in the morning.

I reminded myself to check my expectations of the boys. Don’t expect them to be on the go sightseeing from 8 am to 10 pm, it just won’t be pleasant for anyone.


Schedule a few free days or kids only days. Couple of times we took the kids to a playground or water park, of course we wouldn’t have done that if we were alone but it breaks things up for them.

The most important tip: have a wonderful time!

Have you got any other tips when travelling overseas with children?

Top image courtesy of potowizard / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

All others my own

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