• Just For Fun,  Parenting,  Self Care

    Game of Thrones – A Well Timed Intervention.

    We’ve started getting into Game of Thrones.  Finally!  It’s surprising really, for those who know me,  that its taken so long!  It’s full of warriors, smart women, politics, complicated relationships and intrigue.  Oh and fighting and sex galore.  Yes, there’s enough eye candy in GOT to suit those of both persuasions 🙂  I have always loved ‘fantasy’, books and movies, so GOT covers all the bases for me really.  I think it has been a well timed intervention of sorts.  I’ve found myself getting into How To Train Your Dragon and Frozen! Ahhh!  Mind you, this has coincided with the kids getting into these movies, but really, it’s not good that I’m suggesting we watch them………

    How to train your dragon

    I was wondering how it had taken us so long and then realised, it was released around the time our first bub was born.  And then we had our little boy.  GOT is not easy to follow – well, not at first anyway.  We’re into season two now and it’s still complicated.  And by all accounts it stays that way.  So just popping it on every now and then, when the kids ‘might’ sleep properly, really didn’t work initially for us.  We tried.  But now, most of the time, when the kids go to sleep usually get at least one, maybe two episodes in.  And really, it’s not the type of show you want your three year old seeing accidentally! 

    Game of Thrones

    So it got me to thinking.   Game of Thrones is saving my brain.  Yep, true story.  It is a complicated, winding, intriguing and thoroughly adult story.  Hallelujah!  My brain sparks when I watch it and when I think about.  I’m going to read the books.  I’m going to read lots of books!  

    Kindle and tea

    What else have I been ‘late to the party’ on, due to the fact that I’ve got two small children?  And they all seem to be TV shows, but that’s fine.  Vikings.  Oh my god, that show is great, but we only just found it recently.  True Detective – That has completely gone past me, but sounds like something I would get into.  True Blood.  I was behind the times anyway with that one, but did some major catching up.  LOVE. IT.  

    What have you been ‘late to the party’ on?  Could be anything – movies, music, news, a food fad.  Hit me with them!  

     

     

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  • Jubly Umph Super Kitsch
    Just For Fun,  Product Reviews

    Super Kitsch – Jubly Umph

    *This is a sponsored post.*

    Do you love 1950’s and 1960’s kitsch?  Do you love supporting local designers and crafters?  If you do, the new Super Kitsch collection from Jubly Umph is just for you!  

    I have coveted pieces from Jubly Umph for a long time.  And then I saw her post on FB, wondering if any bloggers would be interested in reviewing her new line.  Uh, I’m a blogger and I would be tres interested!  So I emailed, fully expecting a polite, “we’ve met our reviewer quota”, you know, with bloggers who are actually cool and stuff.  To my super excitement, Tasha from Jubly Umph got back to me really quick, and sent some stuff asap.  Woo!

    Jubly Umph Super Kitsch

    Don’t you love the packaging?  I’m a sucker for cool packaging.  And when I opened it up – oh la la! Three awesome pieces, that I love!  The Tape Measure Bow Brooch is just fabulous – I love the size of it and anything sewing always gets under my skin!  

    Tape Measure Bow Brooch Jubly-Umph Rockabilly

    The Flamboyant Flamingo Pendant is just that – flamingo, cocktail umbrellas and pineapples.  What more could you want in a kitsch piece?  I have found myself wearing this piece all the time, and getting lots of comments on it.  

    flamboyant flamingo Jubly_Umph  Flamboyant Flamingo Pendant Jubly-Umph    

    The final is a super cute pair of Red Bow earring studs.  I don’t have a photo of these on yet, but check out the Jubly-Umph page for photos and details.  

    I really love these pieces, and I have purchased products from Jubly-Umph for my sister before.  I will definitely buy again – the quality and the pricing is fabulous.  Go check them out!

    * I received these pieces from Jubly-Umph in order to review them.  The opinions written here are mine and mine alone.  If I didn’t like the pieces, I wouldn’t have written about them. *

  • Parenting Is So Worth It
    Family,  Parenting,  Uncategorized

    The Little Things

    Parenting Is So Worth ItThey melt my heart.  We’ve had a bit of a rough fortnight here.  Colds, conjunctivitis, teething, upset tummies and lots of little kids parties.  It all amounts to tired toddlers and ratty parents.  Perhaps even the other way around.  

    Blocked noses and bubba’s who suck their thumbs, do not equal good sleep.  Mr 15 months had just worked out the sleeping through the night thing, when wham! Blocked nose, cold, conjunctivitis and a back tooth trying to come through all happened at once.  Urgh.  So one night, when I had settled him back to sleep for the fourth time, all before 3am, Ms 3 woke up and wanted me to come into her room.  Usually she comes into our bed and goes to sleep.  But the Mister was also sick, and this just wasn’t working.  

    So in I trudge, thinking I was never going to see sleep again.  She lay there, looking up at me as I sat down, then she patted the pillow and said “you want to lie down with me?”.  Heart melted.  Thoughts of sleep no longer matter.  God I love her.  She is so adorable.  Then she says “can you sing me a beautiful song to help me sleep?”  Good lord.  Cuteness overload.  I don’t really sing, it’s not that soothing really, but she requested twinkle twinkle, so I sang that and she nearly fell asleep.  Wow, this might be a winner I thought.  Her eyes popped open and she smiled at me again.  “Lie down a little bit mummy.”  Ok.  Why not.  An hour later she finally fell asleep and I went back to my bed.  Not caring one jot that it was only an hour and half before I was likely to be woken again.  

    It’s the little things sometimes, that make parenting so worth it.  

  • Getting mumma's mojo back.
    Parenting,  Post Natal Depression,  Self Care,  Womanhood

    Getting Mumma’s Mojo Back

    Getting mumma's mojo back. I have lost my mojo.  Well, that’s how I’ve been feeling for some time.  Clearly, things change enormously once you have children.  For men and women.  But being a woman, I’ll focus on what I know.  🙂 

    As I’ve blogged earlier, I experienced PND with my first bubba, and it has also made itself known this time around.  But I’m talking about something a little different.  I’ve lost ME, for a little while.  I think that it’s normal – after all there are massive changes after giving birth – physical and emotional.  My focus has completely shifted.  It is so easy to lose sight of yourself, as an individual, whilst mothering.  Perhaps it’s easier when not in paid work as well?  I’m at home, and not in the paid workforce at this time.  So you know, spending days at a time talking to small people who don’t understand a) what you mean and b) logic, can be exhausting.  Exhausting! 

    The relentless routine of feeding, cleaning, feeding, cleaning, and laundry.  So much laundry.  Every. Day.  Perhaps it’s not really surprising that the mojo disappears for a while.  I’m sure I’m not the only one.  Right?  Right?!  Hehehehe.  

    So i’m on a bit of a mission to get my mojo back.  And I’m not just talking losing weight and doing some exercise, although that will be a part of it.  It’s about finding me as a person again.  Or perhaps more accurately, easing some of my individual self back for me.  And for The Mister.  ‘Cos that’s a whole other issue – the evolving nature of the couple, once kids are added to the mix!  

    I’m starting with some obvious things – trying to improve the household diet, and add some regular exercise in.  But I’ve also thought I need to do some more interaction with adults.  So I’ve joined MOPS – Mothers of Pre-schoolers.  It’s a playgroup where the kids are cared for in their rooms – ie baby and toddler rooms, and the mums get to participate in conversation, some activities and listen to different speakers for a whole two hours, no kids! (unless they need their nappies changed, then you get paged….).  It’s really been interesting and has lead to another positive.  They held are little Market just prior to mother’s day, just for the MOPS mums.  We were encouraged to have a table there if we were starting up a new business, or if we already had one.  It kicked me into gear, an a little seed of an idea that we have been sitting with has sprouted!  The Mister and I are still working on it, but we are setting up an online store.  Once it’s active I’ll write about it a bit more.  

    It’s been a bit of a challenge, and a bit nerve wracking – I’ve not really done any retail or markets before, but I do feel it’s actually helping my energy as well.  We’ve got the office tidy and back in control, the same with changing out the pantry, and organising the kitchen.  All things we’ve been meaning to do for ages.  

    Tell me, what have you done to get your mojo back post baby?  Are you still looking for it?  Tell me I’m not the only one????!!!!!! 

    * I’ve linked this up to the Digital Parents Blog Carnival for May 2014!  Click through to check out some really excellent blogs. 

    photo by: MSVG
  • Dinosaur Adventures Giveaway
    Family,  Kid Friendly,  Parenting

    The Dinosaurs Are Coming! Dinosaur Adventures Giveaway

    Dinosaur Adventures Giveaway

    Oh my god! I’m so excited about this giveaway!  Do your kids like dinosaurs?  Do you like animatronics? Do you just love free stuff to entertain the kids??!!  Then this is for you.  

    Dinosaur Adventures is an exhibition coming to the Caulfield Racecourse in June and July.  You can explore a prehistoric world full of life-size moving dinosaurs! Woo! I don’t know about you, but I have two small people who love dinosaurs, all thanks to Peppa Pig.  They may be surprised when they see how big these dinosaurs are!!

    Dinosaur Adventures Melbourne

    As part of the experience,  kids will be get their own expert digger outfit and be a paleontologist for the day!  Also, there will be a whole lot of other dinosaur activities including dinosaur sand art, dinosaur library, fossil displays, dinosaur
    inflatable activity lands and rides, dinosaur sand pit, photographic souvenirs inside a
    life sized dinosaur egg and so much more!

    Dinosaur Adventures Giveaway Melbourne

    So to the prize itself!  I have one Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children) to the Exclusive VIP Opening Night of Dinosaur Adventures for Friday 20 June, 6:30pm.  You have to be able to make it to the Caulfield Racecourse (Victoria) to participate.  Please fill in the widget below to enter and feel free to share the comp around!  Good luck!

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  • Blogging,  Uncategorized

    eBay Collections Launch

    *This is a sponsored post*  

    ebay collections

    Have you heard?  eBay has launched a new way to shop on their website!  The new Collections function lets you collate items you love, covet and lust over, all organised according to theme, colour, occassion, whatever you like!  Thanks to Nuffnang, I was granted early access and have created several boards, with a few more to come.  For example, Handmade Bubba is a collection of gorgeous hand made pieces that I would love to give as gifts to little ones.  And Kitchen Dreaming is pretty self explanatory!  Man that black table looks good.  

    It’s a useful way of collating items you are interested in, instead of just one watch list.  It’s also another way to find items that interest you – eBay have featured collections and also trending collections.  And you can follow different boards which will allow you to see any updates in your eBay feed.  

    My first thought on hearing about it, was that I already have Pinterest!  But it is different in that all the items you put in a collection are there on eBay, available to purchase straight away.  It’s easy to use and smooth to look at.  If you’re like me and love this kind of thing, click on through and check it out.  And if you are on eBay and start your own Collections, leave a link to yours in the comments here so I can check them out and follow some more boards!!

    *This post was sponsored by Nuffnang.  All opinions are my own.