Saturday, 1 November 2014


I'm so restless at the moment, I really want to pack up and move. Perhaps it's the change of seasons that's ignited my wanderlust. I often wonder why we live the way we do. What's the point of working all our lives to pay off a house? There must be more to life than than. It seems really pointless. I'd rather not own a house and travel the world.

I think about what I want for my boys. Do I want them to value possessions and work their whole life to pay off a house? No. Do I want them to value people and experiences and spend their days traveling the world and connecting with people? Yes. So why am I living the way I do? Why am I teaching my boys to value possessions and not people? How will they learn to live another way if I don't give them the example?

Then there are times that I love having roots and stability. I love having friends and family close by, I love having a house that's mine, knowing the people at the chemist, coffee shop etc. It'd be great if we could have both. And I think I could, if we had a more modest house. I'd be happy with a smaller house, Tiger would not. But maybe if I keep on trying I might convince him one day. 

Friday, 31 October 2014

FFS Friday - Tell me something

When Chai was little he loved being carried in the Ergo baby and I rarely used the pram. Eljay is the opposite, he loves the pram and doesn't like the carrier. This wouldn't be a problem if we hadn't run over our pram. FFS.

Yes, you read that right, we ran over the pram. FFS.

Thankfully Eljay wasn't in it at the time. Not FFS.

Tiger had put the pram in the garage whilst he went out to pick up a fish tank and when he got back home he drove straight into the pram. FFS.

Thankfully he only damaged one of the wheels. FFS.

We didn't think it'd be a big deal to get a replacement wheel, but we forgot that we live in the country now. FFS.

The replacement wheel is going to take at least two weeks to arrive. FFS.

Meanwhile I have no pram. FFS.

Think I'll just stay home for the next two weeks. FFS.

Thank goodness for online shopping. Not FFS.

Speaking of two weeks, that's also how long it's going to take to get spare keys for our house. FFS.

We have lockwood keys so we can't just go and get them cut, they have to be ordered from lockwood. FFS.

Too bad if we need them in a hurry. FFS.

This week I once again made the mistake of thinking that I can have nice things. FFS.

I got some stemless wine glasses.  

We used them once and as I was washing them I dropped one and it smashed. FFS.

I contemplated crying about it but it seemed like too much effort so I didn't bother. FFS.

I should have known better than to think I could have something nice. FFS.

Not sure if I mentioned it but Eljay has been giving me hell lately. FFS.

He's not sleeping, he wants to be held all the time and he cries constantly. FFS.

I had no idea what the problem was until Tiger notice he was getting molars through! FFS.

He only has two teeth on the bottom and his canines aren't through so I didn't even consider he could be teething. FFS.

I'd been worried about his teeth and considering taking him to the Dr because he hasn't had any teeth come through for around three months. FFS.

I'm still considering taking him to the Dr to make sure that the rest of his teeth are under his gums. FFS.

My crazy mind has decided that he doesn't have teeth and that's why he hasn't been teething. FFS.

See, these are the musings of a crazy mind. FFS.

Or perhaps it's just sleep deprivation, who knows. FFS.

Mum has reassured me that some children get their teeth out of order and it's nothing to worry about. Not FFS.

She also told me that these children seem to really suffer when they are teething. FFS.

My poor baby. FFS.

That concludes my weekly whinge. If you've had any FFS worthy moments tell me all about them. Alternately, if you've had any awesome moments, tell me about them too. Or just tell me something funny. Or not funny. I'm not fussy. Just tell me something. 

Have a beautiful weekend.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Thoughts of the month

1. I didn't watch The Block this season, in fact I've never watched it, but I do feel sorry for the people on there who didn't make much money. I know it's a reality show but they put a lot of effort in for very little reward. There's no way I'd go through what they did for 10 grand.

2. This man dancing on a train in Perth is awesome.

3. Sephora Australia has announced the brands that they'll be stocking. I'm excited.

4. After much umming and ahhing we got a puppy. A rescue puppy. We've had her a week and I really don't know why I was so worried about it. She's a beautiful, placid little baby and we all love her.

5. Eljay is getting his first molars through. It's reallly strange, he's only got two bottom teeth and his canines haven't come through, so I was shocked to see his molars. It explains why he's been giving me hell lately.

6. The Natural Supply Co is now open. I've placed my first order, can't wait for it to arrive.

7. I have a serious case of wanderlust at the moment, I want to pack up everything, buy a bus and travel around Australia. Or move overseas. Or over east. Or up north.  Anywhere really.

8. I've been in a very strange, melancholic mood lately. Not sure what's wrong with me. I keep looking at Chai and thinking about how quickly he's growing up. My little boy is getting older and whilst I'm happy it also freaks me out a little. He's going to kindy next year. I hate the thought of not having him with me every day. This is another reason traveling around Australia would be good, he wouldn't go to kindy.

9. How is it nearly November? WTF happened there? 

10. I bought some stemless wine glasses. I'm cool now.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Olay Regenerist Luminous collection

When I first saw the Olay Regenerist Lumious collection in store I thought they'd made a mistake as the prices were very high for a chemist range. 


The range consists of a Brightening Cream Cleanser ($15.99 for 100g), Luminous Tone Perfecting Treatment ($67.99 for 40ml) and Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream ($57.99 for 50gm). 

When I got home I did a bit of research and read very positive reviews online, so when I was offered the chance to trial the range I said yes. According to Olay I'll see more luminous skin in two weeks and my dark spots will be reduced in four weeks. I started using the whole range today, so will be very interested to see the end results.

In order to easily track how well the products are working, I'll only be using the Luminous products for the next eight weeks, with the addition of sunscreen as the moisturiser does not have SPF. 

This is how my skin looks today. You can see plenty of freckles and dark spots. I took these photos this morning before I had my shower.
(It's a miracle that I managed a smile for this photo. Eljay is getting his first molars through and they are giving us all hell. I would have been lucky to get five hours sleep last night.)
The dark spot next to my eye really annoys me, I usually cover it with concealer so would love to get rid of it or lighten it significantly.

These photos are after I've used the cleanser, serum and moisturiser for the first time. Maybe I'm imagining it but I think my skin looks a little brighter. I took the photos in the same location, with the same lighting.

What do you think? Am I imagining it or does my skin look brighter in the second photo?

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Nothing New November

As you may have guessed from the title, this year I'm doing Nothing New November. Emma I did it last year but I didn't blog about it. The more I think about it the more I realise that I am a consumer. I buy things. Things that I want, things that I convince myself I need, but really they are all things that I don't need and I buy them for the sake of buying things.

I think about this regularly and I think about the values that I want my boys to grow up with. Do I want them to grow up valuing things and not people? Do I want them to grow up always wanting things? No. So I need to teach them to value people and experiences instead of things. The best way I can do this is to lead by example. There's where No Buy November comes in.

For all of November I won't be buying anything I don't truly need. I will buy food, fuel etc but I will not buy: take away coffee, magazines, clothes (unless there's something I truly need), make-up, skin care (unless I run out of something), lip balm, candles and all the other unnecessary things I usually purchase. 

I'm thinking about doing this on a bigger scale too. The thought scares me but the more I think about it the more I want to reduce my frivolous spending. It's unnecessary and a waste of money. I read a blog called Inked in Colour. Sash has not bought anything new this year. She's going a whole year without buying anything new. Nothing new at all, no clothes, no presents, nothing. I admire her resolve.

My Nothing New project won't be so strict, in a way it will be similar to the Beauty Diet. I'm still thinking about how my Nothing New project will look and will post about it when I've decided. Meanwhile, for all of November I'm buying nothing unnecessary. Who wants to join me?

Friday, 24 October 2014

FFS Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you've all had a good week. I have had a relatively peaceful week, it's been lovely.

My hayfever is unrelenting. FFS.

It's driving me crazy. FFS.

I've used a large box of tissues in the last five days. FFS.

Because I'm breastfeeding I can't take anything for it. FFS.

Speaking of breastfeeding, Eljay is not showing any signs of wanting to stop. When Chai was the same age as Eljay is he was only having one feed day. Eljay feeds at least five times a day. Half of me is pleased about this and half of me is annoyed. FFS/Not FFS.

I love breastfeeding but there are times when I'm sick of having a child attached to my chest. FFS.

Eljay is not sleeping well at the moment. FFS.

He hasn't been sleeping well for the last four weeks. FFS.

I have no idea why. FFS.

I am sofa king tired. FFS.

He has also decided that he's a climber. FFS.

It terrifies me. FFS.

One day he just woke up and decided to start climbing, so he did. FFS.

He climbs everything. FFS.

He gets on the table, on the arm of his feeding chair, on the back of the lounge chair, anything he can climb he does. FFS.

He's really proud of himself and calls out to me so that I can witness his triumph. I'll walk into the room and see something like this. FFS.

Chai wasn't a climber so I have no idea how to deal with this. FFS.

Chai is totally obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the moment. FFS.

He spends all day pretending to be a ninja turtle. FFS.

I never know what to call him, he's never Chai, he's Leo, Donny, Raph or Mikey. FFS.

I regularly get in trouble for calling him the wrong name. It goes like this:
C: Mummy, I'm Raph.
M: Hi Raph.
C: No, I'm not Raph, I'm Donny, you're Raph.
M: Okay Donny.
C: I'm not Donny I'm Leo.
M: Ok honey.
C: I'm not honey, I'm Mikey.

I am so, so sick of pretending to be a ninja turtle and fighting baddies! FFS.

In other news, meet our new daughter Bella. Isn't she beautiful! We got her on Wednesday. She's a rescue puppy and she is gorgeous. She's a Shar Pei Heeler mix and eleven weeks old. We're in love. 
That concludes my weekly whinge. Have a beautiful weekend lovely people.
If you haven't had a great week, please tell me all about it in the comments.


Monday, 20 October 2014

Natural Supply Co

I'm very excited to tell you all the the Natural Supply Co is now open!

Natural Supply Co was born in 2014 after lifelong friends, Catherine Brooks and Celeste Fay, found that they couldn't find natural (yet delightful!) beauty, skincare and lifestyle products, along with meaningful information, in one place.

Devout lovers of all things natural yet luxurious, Celeste and Catherine are passionate about using products that harness the power of natural ingredients
and are beautiful to have in your bathroom, kitchen or home. Natural Supply Co was created to profile and share natural and low-toxic products that Catherine and Celeste love using themselves. An extra incentive was helping get the word out there about the amazing people behind the brands they stock and their stories, which led to such wonderful innovation.

The store is still evolving however they already stock some amazing brands such as Bite Beauty, W3ll People, Yard Skincare and Murchison-Hume. Use code FREESHIP to get free shipping on orders over $99.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

This weeks face

Another week, another very simple face. I really miss the days where I could take time putting on my makeup and trying different looks. Now I'm usually holding Eljay in my arms and trying to stop him grabbing whatever I'm using whilst hoping Chai isn't tearing the house apart.

I didn't get much sleep this week so I've been trying to get my glow on to fake a wide awake look. Not sure I fooled anyone but it was worth a try. I didn't bother including my mascara or brow pencil as I'm using the same ones every week.

My Olay Touch of Foundation is nearly finished. I'm doing my best to use it up, it'll give me another Beauty Diet empty. My Maybelline Lumi Touch Concealer floated to the top of my make-up bag so it's been my concealer of choice this week. It's great for hiding dark circles and it wear well with only minimal creasing. I'm going to endeavour to finish this by the end of the year, that should be achievable as it's only small.

Illuminator is a must for super tired people, my choice this week was my Revlon Skinlights. Do they still make these? I'm not sure. If they don't it's a shame as they are a gorgeous product. They give a glow without being glittery or highlighting all my flaws.

A skin tone eyeliner is the secret to faking wide awake eyes and this little gem by Models Prefer is perfect. It's the Infinite Colour Eye Pencil in Nude Appeal. The colour is just the right shade to fake the wide awake look without being too bright and obvious. 

Lips have been Nars Dragon Girl or L'oreal Infallible in Blossoming Berry.

I had wanted to finish my Inglot AMC blush as part of the Beauty Diet but clearly that's not going to happen. I was using it every day at the start of the year but then I got side tracked and forgot about it. In a way I'm glad I haven't finished it as it's a gorgeous colour and I'd miss it if it was gone.

My horrible eye rash has come back but I'm sick of not wearing eye make-up so I used my MAC Painterly Paint Pot. It's great for a nude wash of colour, it brightens my eyes but at the same time it's barely noticeable.

What were your favourite products this week? 

Friday, 17 October 2014

FFS Friday - In the air tonight

I don't know if it's the change of seasons or there is something in the air at the moment, but I'm ready to pack it in and move. FFS.

If Tiger told me he had a residential job somewhere I'd be there in a heartbeat. FFS.

Pretty stupid considering that I've just started building a support network here. I have a few friends that I see regularly, Chai has a friend and my family is close. Moving would be stupid. FFS.

I think about it constantly. FFS.

So far I've suggested to Tiger that we move to Dubai, Cananda, Melbourne, Karratha, Perth, Bendigo, Hobart and Queensland. He hasn't said no to any of these suggestions so I live in hope. Not FFS.

Selling everything and touring around in a bus is looking pretty attractive right now too. FFS. 

There are times I'm amazed that I'm allowed to be in charge of kids. FFS.

Wednesday night I put Chai to bed as per usual. About an hour later both boys woke up and when I was trying to get them back to sleep I realised that I hadn't put a nappy on Chai. FFS.

Thankfully he hadn't wee'd everywhere. Not FFS.

As I went to sleep that night I was thankful that Chai was wearing a nappy so that I wouldn't wake up in a pool of wee. Not FFS.

Must have been tempting fate or something because instead I woke up in a bloodbath. FFS.

Chai had gotten a blood nose during the night and there was blood everywhere. FFS.

All over the sheets, the quilt, the pillows, Chai and me. FFS.

By 8am I'd been awake three hours, done four loads of washing, changed two nappies, got myself and both the kids fed and dressed, striped and remade the bed and drank two coffees.

As I was hanging out the last load of washing Chai decided to smear food all over the clean quilt that was hanging on the line to dry. FFS.

Luckily I could spot clean it instead of having to wash the quilt again. FFS.

As he gets older I am seeing more and more of me in Eljay. Lucky boy. Heh.

He is a very strong willed little thing and gets extremely upset when he doesn't get what he wants. FFS.

Taking the lead from his brother he's started headbutting. FFS.

He has a permanent bruise in the middle of his forehead from headbutting things. FFS.

When I don't give him what he wants he headbutts me. FFS.

If he can't headbutt me he headbutts the floor, the wall or anything else that's in reach. FFS.

I alternate between being concerned and wanting to laugh. FFS/Not FFS.

That's the end of my weekly whinge. You probably won't hear from me next week as there is a strong chance I'll be dead. I'm going to start exercising again and instead of easing into it I've decided to do HIIT. I know it's going to kill me. If it doesn't kill me I expect I'll be totally incapacitated and unable to move my arms and legs. In light of my imminent demise, it's been lovely knowing you all, have a wonderful life.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Lanolips 101 Fruities Collection

You may recall me complaining a while ago about the Lanolips 101 Strawberry ointment being released in the UK before it was released here. You'll be pleased to know that it's now available here, along with a Peach and Apple version too. Together they make up the 101 Ointment Fruities Capsule Collection.

As with the regular 101 Ointment, the Fruities can be used all over the body. I use them mainly as lip and cuticle balms, plus I use the peach ointment on my boys for nappy rash and grazes. It's a great addition to my nappy bag because it's small and can be used for so many different purposes. 
As you can see from the photo below, they have a slanted applicator meaning that they can be applied directly to the lips.  

Each of the three fruits have been selected for their different benefits. 
Strawberry contains alpha-hydroxy acids to help exfoliate dead skin cells.
Peach sinks into the skin easily and revives due to the combination of vitamins and polyunsaturated fats. 
Apple is acidic, contains vitamins and antioxidants so acts as a natural environmental protection.

I love all my Fruities, as with the original 101 Ointment they are a great, versatile product. My only complaint is that they don't have a flavour, it'd be great if they tasted as good as they smell.

The Lanolips 101 Ointment Fruities Capsule Collection is available now from Mecca Maxima (instore and online). Each ointment costs $13.95. 

The disclosure for this one is a little bit confusing. I bought the strawberry balm from Victoria Health ages ago. Then I got the peach balm free with the November issue of Elle magazine. Then I was sent all three balms to review. So that's clear as mud.