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Posted on October 25, 2016 by Olga Grueva | 1 Comment

TFTCo_Blog_Top 10 Baby Names 2016

“Hello…I can see…Samantha…Rachel…Sarah…Michael…Adam…Matt…Elizabeth…” the names that your hear come from a popular culture show called 'Play School,' remember this show? 

Growing up I was always bemused at the amount of Belinda’s, Kate’s, Michelle’s and Rachel’s in a single class. You were either Belinda with an R or Michelle with a B. I, on the other hand, was like spot the European in a very Anglo-Saxon school.
We are brought into this world without the slightest opportunity to select our names, well of course!

Judging by my name I clearly didn’t  choose my name, I would have gone with Carmen or Ashleigh.No, I got stuck with Olga, I was named after my mother's mother, keeping with European tradition. My grandmother was named after the Queen of Russia.

I grew up with the very unoriginal nick names, yet they would stay with me for years. My nic names plural now consists of Oggsie, Olgs, Ogs, Oga  (as one cousin still calls me), Ollie and Olé as my parents call me. I did however suggest to my parents in a fit of rage that I was going to change my name at depole (that golden child again).Great way to disrespect my mother was to suggest a name change - not a good idea considering
I was named after her mother after all.

I've grown to live with my name, even if it does sound like I’m some Russian spy. For the record I’m not a spy just your regular suburban girl, living with four characters. Our names shape our personality, and our parents take one look at us at birth and say she looks like an Emma or a James, I mean how is that even possible to look like a name?!
It got me thinking how over the years how there are trends with names depending on what year you were born.

Here are the top 10 names for 2016 for both boys and girls according to,  Emma, and Noah were the winners.

Top 10 Girl Names 2016
1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Ava
4. Sophia
5. Isabella
6. MIa
7. Charlotte
8. Amelia
9. Harper
10. Abigail

Top 10 Boys Names 2016
1. Noah
2. Liam
3. Ethan
4. Mason
5. Lucas
6. Oliver
7. Aiden
8. Elijah
9. James
10. Benjamin

What names were trending while you were growing up, I’d love to hear from the Michelle’s and Belinda’s especially.

Thanks for reading.

O xx

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Posted on October 18, 2016 by Olga Grueva | 0 Comments

I’m a big stickler for all things monogram to the point where I have considered buying a Singer XL400 Futura so I can embroid monograms til my heart's content.
As a kid growing up I always had a monogrammed handkerchief for special occasions, white with lace edges embroiled with a script font. I think my obsession comes from my mother's obsession.
My mother is quite ‘proper’, or a ’snob’ as my sister and I put it jokingly. My mother was sent off to finishing school and thinks it’s important to have one’s initials visible when the need to blow one's nose. That and the fact that she did grow up in an aristocratic house where the wallpaper was hand painted and heirlooms were monogrammed, oh how times have changed.

Whether you have royal title, have dreams of becoming the next princess of Denmark, I loving seeing people’s insignia, whether it be on personalised stationery, a luggage tag, an embodied cuff, it leaves my guessing. 

So go forth and give yourself the royal treatment in either single, double or triple characters.

Here are my top 5 websites to add the royal touch:

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Posted on October 05, 2016 by Olga Grueva | 0 Comments


TFTCo - Blog Chocolate Crackles

Hi, my name’s Olga and I’m a chocoholic, there I said it.

Yes, I am one of those people that could eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner, gosh even cooking chocolate looks good at 2 am in the morning.

I don’t know where my addiction to chocolate started, what I do remember is being in primary school and we were given individual tasks of cooking a sweet treat. Guess what I got Chocolate Crackles. Colour me happy did I hear chocolate.

For the rest of the day all I heard was chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

Now here’s what’s wrong with this task clearly, my 6-year-old self-had no idea about.

  1. Judging my by surname my parents are not Australian born 

  2. I wasn’t a contestant on Junior Masterchef actually, it didn’t even exist back then, I’d never cooked a thing beside toast. Push a button and wholah ! 

  3. The look on my mothers face when I said we have to make Chocolate Crackles was a Mastercard commercial - priceless. 

  4. My parents could barely speak English let alone cook some dish they couldn't pronounce. “What is them Chocolate

    Krakles?” “What do you do with these?”. Eat them that’s what you do with them. 

  5. Parents offer to make some European delicacy as a replacement - yeah cos that so going to win every 6-year-old over at school. Was my name not weird enough!

  6. Mum refuses to make them (insert visual of a small child with a bowl haircut kicking, screaming and a bucket load of tears, I was the perfect child really). Well makes sense when she has no idea what this child of her’s is asking in the first place. This is a common theme growing up, that blank look of, what on earth is this child talking about! It's still there today. I’m sure she thinks where did she go wrong with this one.

  7. I had no idea what Chocolate Crackles were either. All I heard was chocolate.

Brainwave, next door neighbour is a Girl Guides leader, after a persisting doorbell ring I had a handwritten recipe in my hot little sweaty hands on the proviso I would join GG’s (Girl Guides) as I called it, and yes I did join only because I got to make stuff. I was like Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I had my golden ticket.

In 48hrs I had thrown a few tantrums, almost broken the next door neighbours doorbell, joined girl guides and manipulated my dad to buy all the ingredients to make my Chocolate Crackles.

So the kid with the weird name and European parents goes to school with wonky looking Chocolate Crackles and an addiction to chocolate continues.

In all things caring is sharing, please see the recipe for Chocolate Crackles below, who said you had to be a kid to enjoy Chocolate Crackles. And for those that are not chcolahilics, the Anya Hindmarch Rice Bubbles-esk clutch is warrant enough to purchase to hold onto those childhood memories.


Anya Hindmarch Kellogs Rice Krispies The Family Tree Co. Blog 


4 cups Kellogg's® Rice Bubbles®
1 cup icing sugar
1 cup desiccated coconut
3 Tbsp cocoa
250g copha®* chopped In a large bowl, mix the Kellogg's® Rice Bubbles®, icing sugar, cocoa & coconut. Slowly melt the copha® in a saucepan over a low heat. Allow to cool slightly. Add to Rice Bubbles mixture, stirring until well combined. Spoon mixture into paper patty cases and refrigerate until firm.

Thanks for reading our second blog post, I’m really looking forward to sharing more things about myself, family, celebrations, nostalgia.

– Check out that bowl haircut

– Neat handwriting for the creative child who barely knew how to spell Chocolate Crackles.

– Look at me sharing, pretty proud as punch.

Disclaimer: This was not a paid post by Kellog’s, Mastercard, Junior Masterchef of Girl Guides. Girl Guides kinda rocked anyway, I still have my uniform.

Thanks and much love.

O x

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