Nutella Day

Today being World Nutella Day, it was only fair that take the little brother to Doughnut Time to sample their amazing Nutella Doughnuts! I mean really, is there any better way to enjoy Nutella?

World Nutella Day is celebrated internationally on February 5th and in honour of this amazing chocolatey delight, Doughnut Time gave away FREE Nutella Doughnuts at their Central Park store in Sydney between 4-5pm.

Doughnut Time is always busy (and for a good reason!) and today was no exception. Everyone was keen to get their hands on the famous Nutella Doughnuts! Needless to say Hunty and I thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon treat 🙂

Find your nearest Doughnut Time store via http://www.doughnuttime.com.au/locations

IMG_3620 pixiedoughnut1

pixiedoughnut2 pixiedoughnut3

 

pixiedoughnut4

 

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Pixie’s Bows

There is nothing I love more than a celebration – especially when there is the opportunity to dress up! With Chinese New Year just a few weeks away I thought it would be only fitting to release a special, celebratory Pixie’s Bows offering.

Red, yellow and green are considered lucky colours in China, and are the colours used to celebrate Chinese New Year. I’ve pulled together 3 Pixie’s Bows packs featuring these colours – perfect for pairing with a traditional Chinese silk dress like I’ve done below!

Make sure you shop my Chinese New Year bow packs in time for the celebrations here.

Love Pixie xx

image2 image1 image3

Dinner Made Easy!

They say that fish is the ultimate brain food – so with just a few more weeks before the new year of pre-school kicks off, I figured it couldn’t hurt to get a bit more in my diet!
Once again, Annabel Karmel has come to the rescue with  delicious and nutritious fish pies that tick all the boxes.
Best of all there are two equally tasty ways to try it. If you’re in the mood to whip out your apron and impress the family with your culinary skills you can cook Annabel’s Family Fish Pie OR for those busy days when you can’t cook but don’t want to skimp on flavour and all the health benefits, keep a pack or 2 of Annabel’ s ‘Mummy’s Favourite Fish Pie’ in the freezer.
Annabel Karmel’s special children’s ready meals are inspired by her famous recipes (so you know they are going to be yummy!) and are snap-frozen to keep in all the goodness. Super handy to have a few in the freezer that’s for sure! Find all your favourites in the freezer aisle at Coles Supermarkets

AK FishPie3Dnew

Now for the fun part if you’re in the mood to get creative in the kitchen!

FAMILY FISH PIE

Ingredients

Potato topping

  • 800g potatoes
  • 30g butter
  • 7 tbsp milk
  • 4 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the sauce

  • 45g butter
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 45g flour
  • 450ml fish stock
  • 6 tbsp double cream
  • 1 ½ tsp chopped fresh dill or chives, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to season

    Salmon & Cod Filling

  • 250g salmon, skin removed and cut into 2 cm chunks
  • 250g cod, skin removed and cut into 2 cm chunks
  • 150g small cooked prawns
  • 70g frozen peas

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC
  2. Boil the potatoes in salted water.
  3. Drain and mash with the butter, milk and Parmesan and season to taste.
  4. To make the sauce, melt the butter and sauté the shallot for 5–6 minutes until soft.
  5. Add the white wine vinegar and boil for 2–3 minutes until the liquid has evaporated.
  6. Stir in the flour to make a roux.
  7. Gradually, stir in the fish stock and then cook over a medium heat, stirring continuously.
  8. Bring to the boil then cook stirring until thickened.
  9. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream and the chopped dill or chives. Season well as the fish is unseasoned.
  10. Divide all the fish and peas among four or six mini ramekins (depending on the size) and pour over the sauce.
  11. Brush the potato topping with a little beaten egg. Bake for 25 minutes.
  12. Freeze, assembled but uncooked.

Enjoy!

Love Pixie xx

Mini_Fish_Pies lowres

Delicious Zucchini Spaghetti

There’s no time like the New Year to kick off some healthy new habits and this year I’m all about adding new recipes to my repertoire!

It’s no secret my Mum is less than stellar in the kitchen. All I can say is thank goodness for Annabel Karmel! Not only does she create scrumptious ready-to-go meals, she also has the best recipes for kids that are fast, fresh and tasty.

I’ve heard a lot about zucchini spaghetti lately, all the cool kids are making it.  Naturally, I thought I’d better get in on the action! The perfect substitute for pasta, zucchini spaghetti is very tasty and a sneaky way to add more greens to your plate.

I’m sure you will love this zucchini spaghetti dish as much as I did!

Spiralized Zucchini Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

Spaghetti

  • 4 large courgette / zucchini
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • A knob of butter

Tomato Sauce

  • 750g fresh ripe plum tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar

Method

  1. Put the zucchini through the spiralizer to get long spaghetti style shapes.
  2. To make the sauce, heat a saucepan of water until boiling. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 2 minutes then refresh in cold water. Peel off the skin then chop each one into 4 pieces.
  3. Heat a frying pan until hot. Add the oil then onion and fry until soft. Add the garlic and fry for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the tomatoes and basil and heat until the tomatoes have broken down – this will take about 15 minutes. When the sauce is reduced and thick add the vinegar and seasoning.
  5. Heat a large wok or frying pan until hot. Add the oil, butter and garlic. Fry for a few seconds then add the zucchini. Toss over the heat for 3 – 4 minutes until just tender. Drain of any excess liquid.
  6. Season and spoon into a serving bowl. Spoon the sauce on top.

HF_Spiralized_Courgette_tomsauce1WorkLres

You can find more great recipes like this one at http://www.annabelkarmel.com

Family Dining Italian Style at Criniti’s

With the school holidays now upon us, it’s essential to find some great dining spots that are perfect for the whole family. When the opportunity to go out for lunch presented itself I was quick to suggest my favourite Italian restaurant, Criniti’s. After all, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I wasn’t sampling my restaurant suggestions!

Criniti’s offers a huge menu full of all the authentic Italian classics including pizza and pasta (my personal favourite) with lots options for the whole family. I opted for a delicious spaghetti and meatballs – which as you can see from the evidence on my face, I thoroughly enjoyed.

To round out the experience I finished with an incredible dessert, complete with sparkler! Then, after a quick sip of water I was ready for my oversized milkshake. Needless to say, I was in heaven with all the tempting sweet treats.

Criniti’s really is the perfect spot for a family meal, with generous servings of delightful food and amazing service. Definitely one to add to your holiday to-do list!

For restaurant locations, menus and more information visit www.crinitis.com.au

IMG_3319

IMG_3333

IMG_3335IMG_3343

IMG_3347

IMG_3348

Disguise and Surprise this Christmas!

With Christmas less than two weeks away, it was high time I make a start on my Christmas wrapping. One of the trickiest parts about wrapping presents is making sure they’re well disguised so that the present snoops (no need to mention who in my household!) can’t guess what their presents are before the big day.

This year I’m one step ahead with Australia Post’s Disguise Packaging, the perfect way to conceal presents and make wrapping awkward shapes easy. I stocked up on all their different shaped boxes, my favourite being the pyramid! With such a lot of wrapping to do I had to call in some assistance from Hunter and even my Dad joined in. Obviously you know who was ‘busy’ while we managed to get all our Christmas shopping wrapped and sorted!

Australia Post are running an amazing Christmas competition where you can win Load&Go pre-paid Visa cards (perfect for doing a spot of shopping for yourself in the post-Christmas sales!) just by sharing your cleverly disguised, wrapped Christmas presents using the Disguise packaging. Make sure you visit the Disguise & Surprise website for all the details.

Happy wrapping!

Love Pixie xx

 

IMG_2839 IMG_2838

IMG_2899

IMG_2896

Festive Season Pixie’s Bows

With Christmas fast approaching, I decided to create a special Festive Season Pixie’s Bows Collection. Naturally, I felt an accompanying photoshoot was necessary – I mean any chance to get dressed up and have my hair done!

I even managed to get Pixie’s Bow’s CFO (aka my brother Hunter) in on the action, talk about dedication to the job. We had such a fun morning and I’m so happy with the end results. You can see some of the final shots below along with an exclusive Behind the Scenes video.

I’m so thrilled with the limited edition Pixie’s Bows Festive Collection – I hope you love it as much as I do.  Christmas is just 16 sleeps away !!! So be sure to get your orders in soon.

Lots of love,

Pixie xx

2015-12-5-Pixie2-201643 2015-12-5-Pixie2-201621 2015-12-5-Pixie2-201512 2015-12-5-Pixie2-201430 2015-12-5-Pixie2-201410

Enchanted Forest with Lush

Yesterday I hosted ‘Pixie’s Enchanted Forest’ in conjunction with LUSH at The Royal Hotel in Paddington to showcase their Lush Fresh, Handmade Parties.
LUSH are famous for their deliciously scented, fresh, handmade cosmetics – my favourite being their huge range of Bath Bombs and Bubble Bars! So when LUSH asked me to invite my friends along for a morning of making bath bombs and soaps how could I resist?!
The Royal Hotel was transformed into an Enchanted Forest complete with trees, flowers and grass. There were several stations set up around the Enchanted Forest (even one for the Mums to keep them busy) where we could get hands-on with LUSH products and even try our hand at making our own.
As you can tell from the photos, we all had the best fun getting our hands dirty, or should I say extra clean! Even my little brother Hunter got in on the action. My approach to making bath bombs was bigger is better – with lots of colour for maximum effect. What a fantastic morning, thank you to all my friends for coming along!
Lush host parties and in-store events where you too can try your hand at making your own cosmetics and bath products, complete with fun games, quizzes and beautiful products to take home. Be sure to check their website here to get all the details.
Love Pixie xx

IMG_5836_R IMG_5841_R IMG_5844_R IMG_5848_R (1) IMG_5865_R

IMG_6020_R IMG_6516_R IMG_6490_R IMG_6476_R IMG_6335_R IMG_6245_R IMG_6146_R IMG_6089_R IMG_6061_R

Shoe of the Week – Ballet Flat

Every girl needs a classic ballet flat in their wardrobe and Betts Kids have 3 amazing styles for every occasion! The Verve Junior, Valentina Junior and Pirouette Junior are my picks for this week – cute and comfy ballet flats designed just for little feet.

Some days you just need comfort and practicality without forsaking style and that’s where the ballet flat is perfect. You can wear them with everything from a floral dress to a more casual weekend look. Plus, these styles have the added benefit of an across the foot strap which is the only way to go I say. It’s never a fashionable look to be slipping out of your shoes!

I’m sure you will love these Betts Kids Ballet Flats as much as I do. Be sure to mention this post, show my Instagram photo in-store or enter ‘Pixie’ when ordering any of the styles below online to get 20% off for this week only! Visit Betts KIds to shop online and find out more.

BETTS KIDS LOGO_2010_CMYK [Converted]BK_PixieBalletflats_16Oct2015

 

Shoe of the Week – Wink Junior

This week, there were so many beautiful shoes to chose from, I actually have 4 favourites! Each has a pretty print which is the perfect way to add a splash of colour to your summer ensembles.

Below I am wearing the very stylish Wink – which is the ultimate wedge. I love dressing up for a special occasion and these wedges are fun but also really comfortable!

My other favourites this week include Katrina which is great when there’s a lot of walking to be done but you still need to look your best, Santa Cruz Junior, summer’s ‘it’ shoe the espadrille and also Pandora Junior which is a embellished t-bar sandal, perfect for pairing with a sundress.

Be sure to mention this post, show my Instagram photo in-store or enter ‘Pixie’ when ordering any of the styles below online to get 20% off for this week only! Visit Betts KIds to shop online and find out more.

BETTS KIDS LOGO_2010_CMYK [Converted]BK_PixieCurtisWinkJeDM

Shoe of the week – Flower

As we head into the warmer months, the perfect pair of embellished flat sandals are a wardrobe must-have. My next Betts Kids Shoe of the week is ‘Flower’ – the summer sandal for something a little more dressy!

Flower features gorgeous, tiny, leather flowers across the toe strap while still having that famous Betts cushioning for comfort that I love. Ideal for the upcoming party season or a chic poolside look for summer holidays, Flower should be in every girl’s shoe collection.

Be sure to mention this post, show my Instagram photo in-store or enter ‘Pixie’ when ordering Flower online to get 20% off for this week only! Visit Betts KIds to shop online and find out more.

BETTS KIDS LOGO_2010_CMYK [Converted]

 

BK_PCFlower_30sep2015

Pixie’s Bows Fashionable Friends – Ella May, Dublin Ireland

It’s time for another Fashionable Friend profile! I get so excited hearing all about Pixie’s Bows fans in different countries, and my next new friend is a real little trendsetter all the way from Ireland.

Ella May is 5 and a half and lives in Dublin. Ella May told me that Ireland is such a tiny country you can hardly see it on the map! Ella May is an only child but she asks her mummy all the time to have a baby sister, as she would love to help feed her.

Ella May has had her Instagram for 2 years, where she loves to share her amazing ensembles with the help of her Mum. Her favourite outfit is her pink tutu, but often it’s too cold in Ireland to wear it. Ella May’s favourite Pixie’s Bow is the Medium bow in Cotton Candy Polka Dot – I love love love the way she paired this bow with those amazing pink boots!

Ella May’s favourite activities include riding her new bike which she got for her birthday, dressing up (and trying to wear her Mum’s high heels – something I love to do as well when Mumager isn’t watching!). Ella May also LOVES painting and drawing pictures. At school her favourite subjects include arts & crafts as well as learning her native language, Irish!

Ella May told me ‘Is breá liom tu Pixie’ which means ‘I love you Pixie’ in Irish – how special is that!? Thank you so much for taking part of my Fashionable Friends Ella May!

Lots of love,

Pixie x

ellamay ellamay2 ellamay3 ellamay4

Young at Heart

There’s nothing like a beautifully fragranced candle to make any room feel more homely and tranquil. I find it’s a great way to relax after a long day packing Pixie’s Bows orders! It’s even better when you know your candle purchase is going towards a great cause.

MOR Candles are releasing a limited edition candle called Young at Heart to support children’s charity TLC for Kids. The unique fragrance has been created to make you feel happy, warm and bright and comes packaged in a gorgeous, custom designed box.

TLC provide support to sick kids and their families while they’re in hospital. My favourite initiative is their ‘Distraction Box’ which is filled with fun toys and games to help take kid’s mind of their sometimes scary medical treatments. What a lovely idea!

The limited edition Young at Heart candles are available during October, with $5 from each candle purchase going to TLC to help sick children all around Australia. You can find out more and purchase via www.morboutique.com

PixieMOR

After a long day looking after my dolly, The Young at Heart candle was just what I needed to unwind!

Shoe of the week – Katie

Introducing my second Betts Kids Shoe of the Week – Katie.

As I was born into a family where the motto is why walk when you can run?, trust me when I say comfort is a huge factor when it comes to selecting my shoes! Katie is the perfect sandal for laid back summer style, but with loads of support and a flexible sole for maximum comfort.

I know you are going to love these shoes, which is why you’ll get 20% off when you purchase a pair this week and mention this post, my Instagram post or enter ‘Pixie’ at the checkout online. Get in quick before the offer ends at 11.59am next Thursday 1st October! Available in store and online at www.bettskids.com.au/pixiecurtis

Love Pixie xx

BETTS KIDS LOGO_2010_CMYK [Converted]

BK_PCKatie_22Sep2015

Shoe of the Week- Crystal

My very first Shoe of the Week for Betts Kids is Crystal – the perfect summer sandal!

With lots of cushioning, they’re perfect for playing in all day while still looking great. I love matching mine with a girly dress, like I did while in Fiji, for the ultimate summer vibe.

Because I know you’re going to love these shoes, I’ve managed to score all my friends a special deal! If you buy a pair of Crystal sandals between now and 11.59am 24th September (next week!) you can get 20% off in any Betts Kids store or online at www.bettskids.com.au/pixiecurtis

Simply enter ‘Pixie’ at the checkout while shopping online or show my Instagram post or the special email from Betts Kids about my Shoe of the Week, and the lovely people at Betts will give you 20% off. You’d better get in quick!

BETTS KIDS LOGO_2010_CMYK [Converted]BK_PCCrystal_16Sep2015

Tokyo

Just prior to my Fijian adventure, I spent a week in Tokyo, Japan working on some exciting developments for Pixies Bows! However, with the whirlwind schedule she’s had me working to recently, you’d be forgiven for wondering how do I do it!?

Well it really all comes down to ensuring you try and get some shut eye on the plane (although I can assure you that is near impossible!) as well as staying somewhere that makes you feel as though it is your home away from home. That’s why I love The Leading Hotels of the World. Their hotels are not only guaranteed to give you a one off experience, their service ensures everything always runs smoothly – which is important when you’re as busy as I am!

While in Tokyo we stayed at The Palace Hotel. You can check them out here. From the photos below, you can see I had the most fabulous stay. Tokyo and The Palace Hotel get a big tick of approval from me!

IMG_2471

Telling Mum to get a move on unless she wants to miss the flight!

pixtokyo4

IMG_2493

My kind of welcome! Sweet treats galore upon check-in at The Palace Hotel.

IMG_2502

IMG_2541

The Palace Hotel was the perfect place to kick back and talk business – I felt right at home!

IMG_2656

Shhhh! Time for some shut eye – in matching PJ’s no less.

IMG_2629

IMG_2634

With the amount of walking she had me doing, I needed all the energy I could get! Delicious treats at Palace Hotel.

IMG_2641

IMG_2727

My attempt at ‘the lip’s after a long day…

pixtokyo

Nothing I love more than a quick dip in the hotel pool!

pixtokyo3

I was most impressed by Tokyo’s shopping – can’t understand why she wouldn’t let me take home the life size Snoopy though?

IMG_2688

 

My adventures on Laucala Island

I’ve done a few Wanderlust Wednesday posts on my blog before, sharing some of my top holiday spots for families all over the world. This time, I was lucky enough to go and visit so I can now write all about it from firsthand experience!

Just last week I went to visit one of the very best resorts in the world with The Leading Hotels of the World – Laucala Island in Fiji.

Without doubt this was one of the most amazing adventures of my life! Laucala is so beautiful and relaxing even the Mumager slipped into holiday mode, and we all know how rare that is!

Never fear though, she was up to her usual antics with the camera phone in my face at every chance she had, the results of which are below for your viewing pleasure.

We arrived at Laucala Island via private jet and were immediately greeted by the lovely staff. They even sung us a traditional welcome song!

IMG_3814

IMG_3819

IMG_3829

fiji

I was so excited with my new home for the four days we were on the island, I was literally jumping for joy.

IMG_3838 (1)

IMG_3842

IMG_4283

Did I mention the views!?

FullSizeRender (4)

Lunching Laucala  style – by the sea.

IMG_4297

We were also given a tour of the island’s farm which is where they grow almost all of the produce used in their restaurants.

IMG_4303

On our final night we were treated to a traditional Fijian dinner and show – needless to say I loved the music and dancing!

IMG_4312

There is really no other place like Laucala Island – I hope to go back again very soon! You can find out more about this magical place via The Leading Hotels of the World here

Betts Kids

I have some super exciting news that I can now finally share with you all.

I’ve recently been chosen as a Betts Kids Cutie! I love, love, love Betts Kids Shoes for any occasion. From lovely sandals to match back with a dress, ballet flats and everything in between, Betts are my go to destination for the most comfortable and on-trend kids shoes.

Starting this Friday, I will be sharing my summer shoe wardrobe essentials from Betts Kids with ‘Pixie’s Shoe of the Week’ which you will be able to see via the Betts Kids site here and also on my blog.

Stay tuned!

Love Pixie xx

BETTS KIDS LOGO_2010_CMYK [Converted]

PIXIEBETTS

Bk_PCsocial_14Sept2015_2_1

Chocolate Fondue for Two!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It’s my new must visit dessert destination in Sydney – Oliver Brown Belgian Chocolate Café.

My brother Hunter and I visited recently and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Our pick was the Classic Fondue for Two with marshmallows, pretzels, bananas, strawberries and banana bread to dunk into delicious melted Belgian Chocolate. The perfect sweet treat to share!

Be sure to check out their website  www.oliverbrown.com.au to find your nearest Oliver Browns!IMG_5185IMG_5184IMG_5190IMG_5192