Getting Closer to Christmas

Being Millie’s first Christmas where she will be interacting (last Christmas she was 3 weeks old) I am loving the lead-up. We have already done two Christmas shoots and I still have so many more ideas I want to try.

Here are a few from the shoots we have already done.

‘Merry & Bright’ onesie: Piper Bug

‘Pixie’ floral headband: Gracie Jane Designs

‘Australian Christmas’ Romper & Red Bow: Two of Four

‘M’ Christmas Wreath: Made myself

Lights: Kmart (who doesn’t love Kmart)

Hope you are all getting on top of your Christmas shopping early like we are. To be honest we have to be as Millie’s first birthday is only a few weeks before Christmas. Then the Wedding is a few weeks after. Organisation, is key for this chaotic time of year.

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Creating clean habits​

Having a clean house is important to me but unfortunately, we don’t always get a chance to clean up. Here are a few things we do each day to make our household that little bit less chaotic.

  1. MAKE THE BED – first thing I do every morning is make the beds. I don’t know why this one is so important to me. Maybe because even if I do nothing for the rest of the day (depending on Millie’s mood) I can say I did the bare minimum. Andrew gets up with Millie most mornings (when he’s not a gym) letting me sleep a little longer. Before I even leave our room I make our bed. I love getting into a made bed each night. This can only be made better by getting into a bed with fresh sheets (be still my beating hearts). Then Millie’s bed gets made on the way downstairs.
  2. DISHES – Andrew normally does the dishes in the morning and the evening. I love a clean kitchen, but I never get a chance to clean it. Those few time I do get a chance, everything is done. Windows, benches, cupboards. I start and just can’t stop. But I am so grateful when Andrew washes the dishes and wipes the benches.
  3. SHOES OFF – As soon as you walk in the door shoes come off in this house. Saves on vacuuming and since everything is going in Millie’s mouth at the moment this is a lifesaver. Plus the dirt up Buderim is red. I mean RED, RED. And since we have light carpets in the lounge room and bedrooms it’s a bit of a much.
  4. WASHING – We are lucking in our house as we have a laundry shoot in our bathroom, so I make a point each day to pick up the cloths from our hampers and throw then down the ‘shoot’. Even if I don’t get to put a load on every day, all the washing is in the same place and I’m not running up and down the stairs making sure that everything is there. I also don’t like the washing hanging on the back veranda too long. When in the kitchen you look straight out the window onto it and it makes me feel a little cluttered.
  5. CLEAN THE LIVING ROOM – Once Millie is down Andrew or I put everything back where it belongs. Toys in draws, pillows on couches, etc. I know it’s going to be a chaotic mess the next morning but I always feel a bit more accomplished when I know I am going to bed with a clean loungeroom. I also pick up and put things back where they belong when Millie has her naps during the day. When you walk in our house the lounge is the first thing you see, so I feel it needs to be at least somewhat presentable even to only create the illusion of a clean house.

Most people say don’t procrastinate when it comes to cleaning. However in my case when I procrastinate cleaning is the first thing I do. Just one of my habits I picked up when I was studying at university. Made it hard to get assignments done but at least the house was clean.

Hope this one has given you a minor glimpse into our cleaning time. The biggest thing I can say is; There will be days where your house is completely trashed, don’t judge yourself over these days cos we all have them. Just remember your house is your child/rens home, don’t make it a display house. Let the kids make a mess. It’s all about having fun and spending time with them. That what they will remember. The time spent making memories, not the mess.

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Wedding Plans

Well, it’s all booked.

FLIGHTS

HOTELS

DRESSES

RINGS

CELEBRANT

HAIR & MAKE-UP

It’s all booked. If you read my previous post a while back you could tell I was not enjoying planning our wedding. I just wanted it over with. But we found (well Andrew found) an amazing company that plans it all for you. Tracey from Pop Up Weddings Tasmania has been a dream to deal with. She has made the planning so simple and stress-free. Sending us links for photographers to choose from, Sorting out flowers, cakes, dinner bookings, hotels, etc.

I have my dress (just need alterations). Andrew knows what kind of suit he wants. And I just have to order Millie’s dress from the amazing Poppy Harper the label. We picked up our rings the other day. It’s all go. Needless to say, we are now excited about our big day.

No stress. No hesitations.

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Mikash Skincare -Baby Range

Baby Range Review:
Bottom Barrier Balm – We have never been big sufferers of nappy rash. However, when Millie is getting teeth we get a horrible Dribble rash. I have been using the barrier balm, for about a week, on her chin and not a sign of any rash. Normally it’s all over her chin IMG_9443and sometimes even down her neck and chest (so much dribble the bibs cannot contain) but since using the balm it has cleared up the rash she had and we haven’t seen it since.

Calming Baby Hair & Body Wash: this stuff has made bedtime a breeze. It smells amazing and helps settle Millie. For a little girl that normally fights bedtime, we have gone from a 40min minimum bedtime routine to 20min maximum. Not only is the smell relaxing but this wash has worked wonders on a horrible wind rash Millie has had on her cheeks, been using for about 2 weeks now. Her skin is super soft and she smells amazing. I’m not sure if it’s the wash or not but I have noticed that since using it her hair is growing a lot faster. Maybe a happy coincidence but you never know.

I’m sold. I thought this product line was great before but Mikash is now my go-to for all skin care need. Next on my list is the Soufle Skin Elixir.

Watch this space.

Mama’s Nappy Bag Essentials

We all know the usual stuff found in nappy bags for bub:

Nappies – wipes – spare cloths – change mat – sunscreen – toys – food – etc.

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What do you put in your bag for you? What are your day to day needs?

So I emptied my bag out. These are the contents of my nappy bag, that are for this mama.

Let’s start with the BAG itself. I choose a bag that suits our lifestyle. There are so many bags out there to choose from. I think when it comes to choosing a nappy bag you need to think about where are you going, does it match your style, can it fit everything? The questions go on. This bag is the ‘Wild‘ print from Bondi Beach Baby. It is huge. It doesn’t have many pockets (5 in total) but I personally hate rummaging through pockets trying Facetune_22-08-2018-20-21-54to find stuff. We have clear little zippy purses that I sort all our stuff out in. As we breastfed I didn’t have a need for an insulated bottle pouch. We live near the beach so I needed something that would keep the water and the sand out. The leather is vegan and the print is just stunning. This was an easy purchase for us.

I also always carry a WRAP. This can be used for Millie but I use it to sit on, or even that little bit of extra sun protection, when draped over my shoulders. This one is also a Bondi Beach Baby in the ‘Lemonade‘ print. It’s 100% organic cotton and is perfect for our many beach trips.

Wildeblend ESSENTIAL OILS. These two I have on hand at all times. For those stressful days and any bumps bruises or bites. ‘Calm Mama‘ has been a lifesaver for me during the last few weeks of teething. I roll a simple figure 8 on my wrist and inhale. ‘Skin Relief‘ is great for so many things, Eczema, Nappy rash. But for me personally, I use it for those little bug bits. They have a great range of oils but these are my must have ready to go at all times.

My next big one is my Ever Eco Cotton Net Tot BAG. We are a household that is always trying to be more sustainable and eco-friendly. With the plastic bag ban in Queensland, this bad has saved me on those many impromptu shopping trips to grab one or two things. They have a great range of sustainable living products.

For my SKINCARE, I always have my Garnier ‘Tinted BB Cream’ (with sunscreen) and a lip balm. They are great for those days you have to rush out of the house (because you’re running late again) and you just need to feel a little bit human. I also have a deodorant in my bag cos I have forgotten to put it on sometimes during that mad morning dash.

I also ALWAYS have a SNACK for myself. The amount of times I forget to eat is unbelievable.

For my own sanity, I have added Millie’s  Logan & Alice ‘TeePee Teether‘. This teething baby will probably be the death of me.

Then there are the usuals, Sunglasses, wallet, camera, phone and, keys.

This suits our lifestyle. I would love to hear what you put in your bag for you. So leave me a comment. If you think I could use something else pop it in the comments.

We love hearing your feedback.

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Recommendations from one Mama to another.

Since Millie was born we have been using so many new products. I have even added a few new ones to my beauty routine. Many of these products are small Australian businesses. I have started writing some reviews for the products I can not live without (this will be an ongoing thing).

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The two that this Mama would not be able to live without are as followed:

Wilde Blends

We have been using these oils for a little over a week now and the change in our little teething angel is unbelievable. They have been added to our nightly routine and have made a huge difference. Steph was so easy to talk to about any concerns and has a Main_Logo_360xwealth of information on her oils.

Little Miss has always been an amazing sleeper but the moment these teeth started coming through she went from sleeping all night to waking every 2-3 hours. With the help of the ‘sleep’ and ‘teething’ oils, she is only waking up once maybe twice a night at most. We just reapply the teething oil to her jawline and normally she goes back to sleep within 5-10 minutes.

I have never been a big ‘oil’ user and have always been very hesitant to believe in them. I can tell you now. I’m converted. If you are having trouble with a teething baby or need something the calm yourself on those hectic days, I can not recommend these oils enough.

 

MIKASH Skincare

After having my first child I found my skin looked so dull and lifeless. I tried so many products with no luck until I found Mikash on Instagram. So I bought their ‘I am radiant’ 8FC59D2F-7E62-4B65-A206-BCE008896ED4_360xface oil. Not even a month later my skin was back to looking as good as it did in my first and second trimester.

I may not have been getting much sleep but thanks to this oil the bags under my eyes were minimal.

I have since then recommended Mikash to anyone who will listen. Don’t waste another day not using these amazing products, grab some today.

Definitely pop over to their websites and check out their range of products. I have ordered a few others so I can guarantee that more of these products will appear in some upcoming review posts. So keep your eyes open.

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Planning our Wedding

How do I put this…

IT SUCKS.

I’m over it. At the moment I would be happy for a courthouse. I have since I was a little girl imagined what my wedding would be like, but never a big one. So when Andrew proposed we both knew elopement was for us.

For the last few months, I have been pricing elopements up and down the coastline with each being more expensive than the last. Last night I reached my limit. I turned to Andrew and said ‘Let’s just go to a registry office’. He turned off the TV looked at me and said, ‘Ok let’s have a look. You know if we do it that way you’ll regret it’. So off he went on his computer searching for something that would suit us.

Needless to say in under 20mins he found something that I would never have even considered but the moment he showed me a picture of the area I knew that was where we would be joined together, forever.

I will do a post a bit later when we have confirmed this location. Needless to say, we are now both excited for our Wedding. And since starting to plan, this is a first time for us.

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