Friday, 27 March 2015

Introducing Housewife to Huntress.

Hey everyone!!
So, I have a bit of an announcement for this post... 
An announcement I am super excited about...
I am sure some of you may have clued onto the fact that I am fairly keen on shooting & hunting from my last few posts (and especially if we are FB friends), but it's something I haven't ever had a chance to learn or do. 
But I have been given an absolutely amazing opportunity & I've partnered with my favourite gun store 'The Open Range' to bring you all an on going series of posts about my journey from being totally green with any sort of gun experience to being able to shoot well & hopefully eventually being able to go on a successful hunt (well, hunts...)
So I am very excited to introduce you all to my new series...
I am incredibly excited about this and it is truly something I've been wanting to do for a very long time and something I am passionate about and so determined to become very skilled in. And I am so excited to be working with 'The Open Range' to bring you this series! 
I am fully aware that I won't wake up tomorrow morning and be able to shoot perfect, this is a long term thing I've committed myself to & it will take a lot of practice not just with a gun but also fitness, which I am super keen to do! 
So you maybe asking, why guns? Why shooting? Why hunting?
Well...
I do have a reason besides being really interested in the sport, I would love to change the stigma & stereotypes associated with hunting. I am so sick of people looking at me like I am insane or cruel because I want to learn to hunt. 
And I know it's almost an impossible fight. But I'm willing to try.
But ultimately I do want to appeal to my female audience and explain it's not a sport that's cruel and senseless, it isn't scary or dangerous if you are smart & safe, you don't have to be rough or an overly tough girl to do it & that you can still do it & still look good ;) 
(and by good I mean classy, when I can, hopefully I can do some great hunting apparel hauls & reviews & hey, to make it fun maybe an outfit of the day post when I get to go hunting!) 
Shooting a gun isn't hard, anyone can do it - you pull a trigger. But it does take practice to have good control of a gun & shoot accurately. And you have to be responsible because you are in control of a firearm. Being safe is the most important part of learning to shoot. I know my accuracy isn't perfect & that's my first goal, to get that on point. And it can take years to get amazing, but let's pray I pick it up quickly. 
The other weapon I would eventually want to learn how to use is a compound bow. But we will focus on one thing at a time for now - maybe!
Going to a gun range and firing guns (like Trent & I did in THIS POST) is great fun & an excellent way to experience guns if you never have before, especially if you think it's a past time you could be interested in. You do not need a license to go & you don't even need to know how to hold a gun. If you go to 'The Open Range' (or somewhere similar if you aren't local to Toowoomba) they talk you through the whole experience, teaching you correct hand placement, they will load the gun for you & talk to you while you are preparing to shoot & even give you tips on how to aim better or how to improve your accuracy. It is done in their state of the art indoor firing range  which is a safe and controlled environment. I had such a great time shooting there, I love it and it is where I will be also doing a lot of my practice! And to make it better all the guys that work at 'The Open Range' are really friendly and offer great advice. 
Hunting is done with a specific purpose in Australia - it is used basically as pest control. Pigs, foxes, deer, hares, wild cats & dogs & kangaroos are pests. Yes, roos are native & you do need a permit to hunt them, but they are pest to farmers. I don't plan on going around slaughtering countless possums & koalas or other natives - because you don't shoot those animals - I would see that as senseless. But going to a property with permission of the owner and helping them cull the pests that destroy their farming land, kill their livestock, eat the crops & ruin fencing makes perfect sense to me. If you pest control your home you have no right to whinge & bitch and say that I want to partake in a cruel sport - the goal at the end of the day is to kill the animals humanely, responsibly & quickly. It's an added bonus that it is something I find interesting & fun. But ultimately it's about helping the farmers. 
Another field of shooting I also want to try is clay target shooting, it's a sport I've been wanting to do for years. But I have been told I'm much to little for the 12 gauge shot guns they use, but we will see... Hopefully I can do it! :) 
Yes I have lots and lots of goals!
Guns are dangerous, yes. That is why you need to take a firearms safety course before you apply for a gun license (I've just done mine with Downs Protection - look out for the blog post on that coming shortly!) & you need a license to purchase any firearm (I am in the process of applying for mine!). But when handled safely & intelligently they aren't dangerous & can be a lot of fun. 
So at the moment when I am practicing shooting it is done so under the instruction of either Trent, my Dad or brother or at 'The Open Range' in their fully licensed indoor range. 
My Dad has had guns my whole life, my brother owns guns, my Uncle does & Trent does too, so being around them doesn't make me uncomfortable or nervous, but that's because I am confident that we are all safe & smart when handling them. Guns in the hands of foolish or bad people however are dangerous, which is why we have a licensing system in Australia to own guns, in an attempt to filter out inappropriate gun owners. 
This of course doesn't stop bad people owning guns, but needing a drivers license doesn't stop unlicensed drivers driving cars & causing accidents. So you can't really judge good & safe gun owners for the irresponsible actions of a few individuals that use firearms in an unsafe manner. 
I know this series won't be for everyone, but I encourage you to continue reading & keep an open mind. 
And if hunting isn't necessarily for you I really encourage you to give target shooting a go - it is a lot of fun & a great hobby! 
And if you are currently in the same boat as me & just starting out to learn to shoot, share your tips with me & make sure you keep checking back because as I learn new ways to practice and new skills I plan to be posting them here! I'll also try my best to do a few videos when I can of my progress.
Please follow my new instagram account if you are specifically interested in my shooting adventures - 'Housewifetohuntress' 
And never fear, Mumma tips & housewife posts will still be here too!






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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Colourful Sensory play for toddlers... D.I.Y simple recipe!

Hello!
I come to you today with another boredom busting idea for toddlers. 
I always am searching for new and fun ideas to keep LuLu entertained because when Trent is working it's just her & I at home, she doesn't go to daycare - I am solely responsible for helping her learn & keeping her entertained during the days at this stage in her life, I came across this idea on good ol' Pinterest - because lets be honest here, everyone gets their ideas of this amazing website.
(If you aren't following me already click HERE to see my page!) 
Anyway onto the idea to keep your little one entertained...
Coloured spaghetti.
This is more of a sensory play activity but also can help in teaching colours and using utensils.
Now making it is super simple and really you just need some time to do it. 
I used a cheap packet of Homebrand spaghetti (less than $2 I believe!) & a few drops of some food dye I had in the cupboard.
  1. Cook it as you do pasta...
  2. Once cooked, drain/wash it & let it cool.
  3. Divide the spaghetti into separate zip-lock bags or if you don't have any bags, just use separate bowls.
  4. Add a few drops of food colouring to the bags and gently massage to evenly disperse the colour.
  5. Once all pasta has been coloured, I left it for an hour or so just to really soak in.
  6. Before giving it to LuLu to play with I rinsed off any excess food dye.
We just mixed 3 colours together in a giant bowl & I gave her a pasta spoon and some containers to scoop it into. As she picked up the noodles I told her what colour they were. This activity can be played inside if it is too hot or cold outside, I just laid down an old towel to protect my floor. Ideally though this would be fun outside, perhaps before some water play!
(I found the pasta lasts in the fridge for just over a week, but by 2 weeks I would be tossing it out - if it's been in the fridge for a few days I would just re-rinse it under cool water to help separate the noodles in case they've become a bit sticky) 

How do you keep your little one entertained? 
Let me know what you do to help your little one learn & have fun?
For more ideas please click HERE. 
Enjoy!


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Sunday Series; Let me ask you a question...

I read a question the other day that has really stuck with me...
"what would you do if you knew you were guaranteed to succeed?" 
That question honestly has not left my mind at all and at times it has made me a bit sad.
I feel I have so many goals & dreams that most likely will never be achieved in my life time, but at the same time the thought I may not achieve everything I dream of just pushes me to at least give them ago. 
So what would I do... 
Well...
  • Firstly and it's the thing I strive to do every single day - be the very best Mother in this world. I know that it is a fairly impossible task as I will never be my Mother, but I give it everything I have and I am determined to be the best I can. I also want to be the best wife to my ability. 
  • I want to be the best version of myself I can - we develop constantly. Our interests, attitudes, likes, dislikes are constantly evolving as we pass through each season of our life - but no matter what, I just always want to remain a good person. 
  • I would want to a great Australian female hunter or at least just be able to hunt, I have had this deep desire to learn to shoot & be a hunter (either with bow or gun) for what seems like the past few years. I've never had the chance to go because it's more of a thing my Dad, Trent & my brothers do - kind of a "girl free" event, but they are slowly working out I still want to go - so maybe one day I'll get to go. I know I need to work on my accuracy a lot more - but it is a working progress & something I'll be starting to work on very soon.
  • To go along with the goal of one day being able to hunt, I would also love to be able to skin my kills! If I kill a fox I know it may happen, as my Dad is great at it & will teach me! Ultimately I would love to learn how to do taxidermy - but not on pets (because that is creepy), just for hunting trophies! It is unlikely to happen as I don't have the time to commit to learn something that is so incredibly hard & detailed, but - it's a goal. (Also, I would love to learn to butcher my own meat).
  • I would move to America - I am not even joking. I have this very strong pull towards America, I honestly feel like I need to visit the South or even move there! The big touristy cities (L.A, L.V, N.Y etc) don't interest me that much, New York would be fun, but it's not a must see for me. Anywhere in the South would make me happy - heck I would even move to Texas. I love Australia I truly do and I know things in real life are different to how they appear online but I have a really strong urge to at least visit America - one day!! 
  • I would start a magazine. This has been something I've thought of for a little while, especially since becoming a Mum. No "Mummy magazines" appeal to me, I always want to buy magazines but not one jumps out at me or has anything I find interesting inside! Surely I can't be the only one who is sick to death of the boring Mummy magazines or the trashy magazines that are packed full of lies? How about a magazines that has a good mix of interesting articles about strong women, recipes, realistic interior design tips, great articles on child development, home making suggestions & tips and fashion that appeals to regular adults? Not midriff baring crop top style hideous looks - just classy & classic fashion. 
  •  And if we are really dreaming, heck I would be a surgeon. Science & the medical field really interests me. There is no way I could ever be a nurse & being a G.P wouldn't be ideal for me, but being a surgeon would be incredibly interesting, rewarding and would be a very respectful career. 
So they are my "unlikely to happen but hey you never know one day they might happen" goals. (Ok realistically the surgeon one will most likely never happen!) I have a few more goals that are starting but they are still developing in my mind at the moment. 
But just between you and I - I have already started work on one of these goals - I may not get to exactly where I dream, but at least I am starting!! 
(Did any of those goals surprise any of you?)
And I like to keep this thought in the back of my mind when I am doubting myself...

If you had asked me the same question back when I was 18 and fresh out of high school my answers would've been very different. They most likely would have been;
  • Travel everywhere, see & experience everything.
  • Be a photographer.
  • Be a journalist for either Rolling Stone or National Geographic (such a typical 18 year old dream). 
  • Or be a lawyer. 
And to be honest I did want to do journalism for a very long time, I did start it at university but surviving on your own in a town hours away from your parents & supporting yourself while dealing with a personal family matter was just too much, I couldn't do it and I quit. I kind of hate that I quit - but at the same time I feel everything happens for a reason. I ended up working very hard and worked my way through a dodgy job up into a better job with a better position that I feel I should've needed a degree to do and that was doing advertising & promotions for a large company. I ran all their promotions, redesigned their whole entire store & over saw the construction of that project & hosted a successful store reopening and did a lot of media campaigns for them. I am proud of the work I have done in a short amount time, even though I know compared to others it really isn't much. 
I also wanted to do law for what feels like my whole life, like since I was 7 & it is something I am still interested in! But the older I've got the more I've realised I don't think that field is for me. Yes I am fairly ruthless & can argue amazingly but to me it seems like a very high stress & at times corrupt job. Not meaning you have to be corrupt to do law, but like every industry there are dodgy people & I don't agree with that - especially when it comes to dealing with criminals. I just don't feel like I need a stressful job - I have enough stress already! 
And with travelling I still want to, but my expectations have kind of changed. I think more now about what will benefit LuLu better instead of myself, so that is why we are waiting until she is much older until we travel - so she will remember it better. I think paying an exorbitant amount of money for an overseas holiday with a 1 year old is kind of insane, I would much prefer to go when she is older, so she can actually remember the trip! 

I think it's great to look back at different stages of my life & see what I considered a "goal" at that point. I'm sure in 5 or 10 years my dreams will be very different again, but I guess that happens. As we mature we develop new interests & dreams - I think it all depends on the season of our life. 
But right now in this season for me, I am focused on being an amazing Mumma, wife & daughter! Anything else I achieve in during this time is an added bonus!

So what would YOU do if you knew you could not fail?
What are you dreams? 
Have a beautiful Sunday!!





Saturday, 14 March 2015

Our perfect date. {First time shooting handguns - March 2015}

A day spent wasting bullets is never a wasted day!
Hello!
The other day Trent and I went on a bit of a spontaneous date! 
We dropped LuLu at my Mum's house for a few hours so she could have some time with Ninny & we could have some time together. Initially we just had planned to go to lunch at The Cube. 
Entree & dessert. 
But after lunch we decided to head to our favourite gun store; The Open Range to look at some options for a 'first gun' for me. I am very keen to get a gun and I am on the look out for the "perfect one". 
Well, after looking at some awesome guns and talking to the always helpful staff, we decided it would be fun to try out a few handguns in the shooting range. 
So we were all set to go and argh!! We realised we didn't have closed in shoes on - so we rushed to good ol' Target and picked up some shoes and raced on back. 
This was our first time ever shooting handguns, Trent owns a really beautiful & big hunting rifle & is a very good hunter, I've shot my Dad's smaller rifles before, but never anything serious - just pointless shooting trees at the farm, so I've never done a lot of shooting. But that isn't by choice, I am so keen to go hunting! One day, one day I'll get to go! I also really want to learn how to shoot clay targets - I think that would be a very fun hobby. 
So anyway, this was our first time with handguns - Dave (from The Open Range) went through how to use the guns with us and then it was my turn! 
The first gun I got to try out was a 9mm handgun (the same gun the police use), it was a bit nerve wracking pulling the trigger the first time only because I had no idea how it would feel/kick back etc. But it was fine, that gun was really easy to shoot & handle. 
9mm handgun. 
Secondly was a .357 revolver - using a revolver made me feel like I was in the wild west about to have a duel! 
.357 revolver 
Then Trent tried a .44 magnum revolver and I also had a few shots with that gun, I really liked that one and it did '"kick back" a lot, but not once did I feel I was going to drop it or lose control of it. 
.44 magnum revolver. 
Trent finished off our session with a .44 magnum Desert Eagle, I didn't use this gun because I felt it was a bit to heavy for me but Trent liked it, on his very last shot with it he got a bullseye! 
Trent shooting the Desert Eagle. 
Trent's target looks a lot better and much more accurate than mine, but as I was reminded by Trent & also Dave - this was my first time shooting "at something" and also my first time with a handgun, so thinking of it that way I am very proud of my target and I think I did great! 
Trent's target is on the left and mine is the right side. 
Shooting those guns was such a fun experience for us both, we both are really into guns & hunting so it was perfect for us and an awesome ending to our date! 
If you are stuck for a unique date idea or even a gift for your partner (or anyone), I think a trip to the shooting range would be fantastic! Even if shooting isn't normally your thing, doing something to step out of your comfort zone is so great. It gives you such an adrenaline rush & you leave with such a buzz! I was so proud afterwards, I couldn't wait to tell my Dad what I had done & he was impressed I shot a .44 magnum handgun, it was once the biggest handgun in the world - it isn't anymore, but it's still a pretty big gun and I managed to hit my target with it! 

If you live in Toowoomba - I highly suggest you head to The Open Range, it is a business owned by a couple of local guys and their new store is awesome! It is so spacious and really well laid out & they have a huge range of stock and the staff are always very helpful and knowledgable. I say they are my favourite 'gun store'* in the area because last year when I was shopping around for Trent's birthday present (his gun, well actually I was just buying the accessories for it, he got to go pick the gun) not one other store in town would help me, but these guys did. They didn't make me feel stupid for not knowing exactly what I was looking for and they recommended really great products that Trent was very happy with. And they are always friendly to LuLu! She loves visiting The Open Range - they have some amazing trophies on the walls she loves to look at! 
So when I say they are my favourite store, I am not lying - they really are great!
I am hoping to go back and shoot a few more guns in the near future and hopefully I can convince one of my best friends to come with me!! :) 
(Also ladies, if you are worried about the gun hurting you or being to small or weak - I am just over 5ft & weigh just over 40kg - if I can do it - you can do it!!)

Below is a short video of Trent & I shooting the guns. 


  I hope you all enjoyed this post and it inspired you to go out and try something different! This truly was an ideal date for Trent and I, good food & guns! 
What is your idea of a perfect date?
Our souvenirs from our date!







*This is NOT a sponsored post - all opinions are my own & I am not being paid in anyway for this post. 

Monday, 2 March 2015

D.I.Y body scrub. {Very Easy}

Hello!
The other day I had the urge to make my own body scrub, so I did - with a few basic ingredients I had at home.

I thought I would share the recipe with you all... 

Ingredients;

  • Epsom salts (Some of its benefits are that it is great for relaxing the body & easing stress. It helps relieve muscle pain & cramps & also helps removes toxins from your body!)
  • Coconut oil (Very hydrating for skin - it has countless benefits!)
  • Essential oil (optional)
  • Rose petals (optional)

Directions;

(Once again I am hopeless and did not measure out my ingredients, I kind of just eyeball everything until I reach my desired consistency, so I did some research and found these measurements are commonly used in similar recipes, or you can just experiment and add bit by bit until you get the consistency you love!) 

  1. Add 2 cups of coconut oil
  2. 1  cup of epsom salts
  3. Add essential oils to your liking. 
  4. Mix together.
  5. Add in rose petals if you wish. (I had some rose petals from my Valentines Day flowers so I chopped them up and added them through the scrub! They don't really do anything in my opinion except make it look a bit pretty!)
  6. I actually blitzed my scrub through my stick blender for a few seconds just because I didn't have time to stir it all together by hand - it still has a good coarse texture, but be careful if you use your stick blender that you don't over do it because the salt could be broken down.
  7. Add to a jar or air tight container. 
  8. Pamper yourself!! :)
This recipe is great because you can make a ton of it and use them as gifts or even just make a new one for yourself every fortnight, that box of Epsom Salt is huge and lasts forever! 
I really loved this scrub and it totally surprised me how nice it made my skin feel! It was a totally random moment for me to make it & I am so glad I did. I have used it a few times since I made it and it makes my skin feel nice, I also found it helped clear up a few skin irritations I had. 
The salt exfoliates yours skin perfectly and the coconut oil leaves your skin feeling so incredibly soft and smooth.
You can use this just as a foot or hand scrub but I use it as an all over body scrub! 
So treat yourself, grab these super basic ingredients, throw it all in a bowl, mix together, pop it in the jar and treat yourself tonight! 
Enjoy.