Friday, 21 December 2012

FFS Friday - Miraculous Escape Ahead

Hello Friday! I hope you are all surviving the silly season with your sanity intact. How crazy is it at the moment? I had to go to the shops yesterday, not a good idea! 

Everytime I've gone out the last few weeks I have been car park stalked. FFS.

Wednesday a woman started following me from the moment I walked out of the shopping centre. FFS.

She could see that I had shopping, Chai and the pram to put in the car, but that didn't faze her. FFS.

Then she started getting impatient at how long it took me. FFS.

So I deliberately went even slower. FFS.

For those of you who don't watch it, this week was the last ever episode of Gossip Girl. Hubby and I were really looking forward to watching it (yes, we are sad). Before we'd had a chance to watch it, a very inconsiderate person posted on twitter who Gossip Girl is. FFS.

She didn't give any warning, just wrote 'I can't believe ... is Gossip Girl!' FFS.

FFS woman, if you are going to post a spoiler at least give people warning of it! FFS.

I unfollowed her straight away and stayed off twitter for the rest of the day. FFS.

The house next door was being painted this week. Tuesday the painters set off the smoke alarm and didn't bother turning it off. FFS.

It was going off all day, all night and all Wednesday morning until the turned up and turned the stupid thing off. FFS.

I was going to call the owner to let him know, however I lost his phone number when my phone died a few months ago. FFS.

I'm still discovering a whole pile of phone numbers that I lost when my phone died. FFS.

Wednesday the council came along and kindly trimmed the trees at the front of our house. We've tidied up the front of our house in preparation for selling it, put wood chips out the front and roped it off so that people don't park there. The council workers didn't give a damn about that, broke the wires that were roping it off and even bent one of the steel posts. FFS.

They also left a bloody huge mess of leaves all over the woodchips. FFS.

There is no way I can have it cleaned up before the home open on Saturday. FFS.

I've tried, but as I have Chai with me he thinks it's fun to run onto the road. FFS.

Given a choice of keeping my child alive or selling my house, I choose to keep my child alive. FFS.

Sunday the BIL arrives. FFS.

He's going to be here for ten days. FFS.

Staying with us. FFS.

I am so not looking forward to it. FFS.

Hubby is going to be working all the time, other than the public holidays, so it'll just be me and BIL. FFS.

I'm considering sneaking away in the middle of the night and pretending Chai and I have been kidnapped. FFS.

I'll make a miraculous escape once BIL has gone home. Bloody brilliant idea. Not FFS.

I might even get rich selling my miraculous escape story to the gossip magazines. Not FFS.

If you don't hear from me next week, you'll know what the deal is.

Dear Baby G

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

20 Questions Tag

I saw this on My Project Pan and as I've been considering doing more 'getting to know me' posts, thought this would be perfect.

1. Thing you cannot leave the house without?
My son and my handbag.

2. Favourite brand of makeup?

That's a tough one. I don't have one favourite brand. If I had to choose I'd say for budget brands my favourites are Physician's Formula and Models Prefer and high end brands Lancome and Chanel.

3. Favourite flower?

Roses and gerberas.

4. Favourite clothing store?

Hmmm, I don't have a favourite clothing store either.

5. Favourite perfume? 

Philosophy Falling In Love.

6. Heels or flats? 

Flats. I've never been a heels girl.

7. Do you make good grades?

When I was at school I did, but that was a very long time ago.

8. Favourite colour?


9. Do you drink energy drinks?

No. Due to the crohn's caffeine makes me ill, plus I don't like fizzy drinks. 

10. Do you drink juice?

Rarely. Again, due to crohn's I can't tolerate a lot of fruit. Plus, I really don't find juice quenches my thirst. I mainly drink water. 

11. Do you like swimming?

Yes, but only when it's hot enough. 

12. Do you eat fries with a fork? 

No, that's what fingers are for. 

13. Favourite Moisturizer? 

Gah, I can't pick just one! I use a bottle of moisturiser and then move onto another one.  

14. Do you want to get married later on in life?

No, I'm already married and I'd rather not get married again, having one husband is difficult enough, I couldn't cope with two of them.

15. Do you get mad easily?
No, I am very patient and calm. 

16. Are you into ghost hunting? 

Not at all.

17. Any phobias?

No but I'm considering developing some to make life more interesting. 

18. Do you bite your nails?

No. I used to when I was younger, but I stopped.

19. Have you had a near death experience?

Twice. Once I nearly went over a cliff on my motorbike and the other time was when I got Crohn's disease. If you want to know about the Crohn's Disease experience you can read the whole story here.

20. Do you drink coffee? 

Sadly, thanks to my Crohn's I can't drink real coffee, so I drink decaf. It's a sad, sad world. 

If anyone else does this tag, please post the link below so I can read it!

Friday, 14 December 2012

FFS Friday - Grass in the Driveway

Hello Friday! This week was a blink and you'll miss it week, I'm sure the weeks go faster as we get closer to christmas. 

Hubby had the day off on Saturday, which I was really pleased about because it meant that he could help me get the house ready for the home open. As he was home I didn't bother doing any of the preparations the day before. Saturday morning we got up and hubby started doing stuff outside whilst I was cleaning inside. I cleaned the whole house and he was still outside. FFS.

I have no idea what took him so long, he said that he was removing the grass from the driveway. FFS.

When I went outside I couldn't notice any difference. FFS.

Our driveway is not very long. In the time it took him to do that I mopped and vacuumed the whole house, washed, dried and put away the dishes, tidied up the spare room, both bathrooms, our bedroom, Chai's bedroom and both loungerooms, cleaned the toilets, both bathroom mirrors and had a shower. FFS.

The only thing hubby did that I'd normally do was wash the windows. FFS.

He then decided that he wanted to go out to breakfast. FFS.

To my great annoyance hubby refuses to eat any meals at home on the weekends, which I find totally ridculous and a huge waste of money. FFS.

The home open was at 11am, and yet we went out to breakfast. FFS.

By the time we got home it was 10.30am and we only had 1/2 an hour to finish getting the house ready. Fun. FFS.

By some miracle the house was ready by 10.50am which was good because the estate agent and people wanting to look at the house were early. FFS.

Later in the day hubby commented that I was lucky he was home to help with the home open. FFS.

I politely told him that he was no help at all as the only thing he did that I'd normally do was clean the windows. FFS.

Monday Chai was playing in my shower, which he does regularly. I was happy to let him play there for as long as he wanted, because it meant that I could put my make-up on in peace. After a while I realised that my bathroom smelt  unusually nice. FFS.

Chai had got my much loved Body Shop Moringa shower gel, screwed the lid off and tipped most of it down the drain. FFS.

On the plus side, my bathroom still smells lovely. Not FFS.

Tuesday I went down to Mandurah for the day. It took me two hours to get ready to go because Chai kept on whingeing and playing up. FFS.

When we finally got on the road, he complained non stop. FFS.

No matter what I did or gave him he wouldn't stop whining. FFS.

Ten minutes from our destination he asked for his bottle and stopped complaining. FFS.

Despite wearing sunscreen and reapplying it twice, I got sunburnt in Mandurah. FFS.

Chai was outside for the same length of time as me and I used the same sunscreen on him, he didn't get burnt. Not FFS.

How does that work? FFS.

Wednesday I was catching up with a few blog posts and waiting for the clock to hit 12:12. At 12:08 I got a text message from my estate agent telling me he was bringing people through the house at 12:30. FFS.

Naturally the house was a total mess. FFS.

I somehow managed to tidy it all up (threw heaps of stuff in the microwave and drier!), vacuumed and ready by 12:27. Call me superwoman. FFS.

Thursday Chai decided to start the day at 2.45am. FFS.

I gave up trying to get him back to sleep at 4.50am. FFS.

This meant that we missed out on his last day at playgroup and the party. FFS.

It was also the last time we would have seen everyone before we move so I didn't get to say goodby to anyone. FFS.

I've discovered that Chai is terrified of Father Christmas. Every time he sees him, even from a distance he gets really upset and starts crying hysterically. FFS.

I have no idea why as he's never been near Father Christmas, I haven't tried to get his photo taken or anything. Maybe he just thinks he looks strange. FFS.

That's the end of my whinges for the week. If you want to read more whinges, head over to Dear Baby G and you'll find a plethora of complaints :). Have a great weekend!

Dear Baby G

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

November Favourites

I'm a week late with this, but thought I'd post it anyhow. My November favourites are rather varied, I've been using a few different products to try and change up my routine and due to the strange weather we've had here, cold one day and hot the next. 

Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lipstick - I am all about long lasting lipsticks now that I have Chai. The only problem is that they are quite drying so I can't wear them every day, however Bobbi Brown's Creamy Matte lipstick is the perfect solution. It feels creamy (funny that) when I put it on, doesn't dry out my lips and stays put for most of the day. I was originally sent one to review, but loved it so much that I went and bought another one (with a gift card so I didn't break P100P). The colour shown is Razzberry.

Sukin Wellness Body Oil - This weather has been making my skin go crazy. It's all dry and itchy with scaly patches and eczema. Gross. My Sukin Wellness Body Oil has been a lifesaver. I put it on straight after my shower at night and wake up with soft, hydrated skin. It also smells amazing. This is a limited edition product so stock up whilst you can. As a bonus, it comes with a Sukin Nourishing Lip Treatment. I've already purchased two back-up bottles!

Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield Sunscreen - I am allergic to most sunscreens and have a terrible time finding sunscreens that don't irritate my skin. I'll use them for a week and then all of a sudden my skin gets really irriated and I can't wear it anymore. Thankfully this Dermalogica sunscreen is one of the few that I can use. It's light, not greasy and smells lovely. Winning.

Inglot Cream Blush - I dug this out when I finished my Becca Cream Blush. Compared to most of the cream blushes I own this has a drier texture and more intense colour. This means that it lasts longer and I only need to use a tiny amount so it will probably last forever.

Haus of Gloi Coconut Cream Lip Balm - Unfortunately I've finished this and as their lip balms are all limited edition I can't repurchase it, but I'll definitely be purchasing some more HoG lip balms, they are creamy, hydrating and all round lovely. 

Pana Chocolate - I am obsessed with this chocolate, it's amazing and the only chocolate I eat now. Unlike regular chocolate, Pana chocolate is filling so it's like eating actual food, not just having empty calories. I've found that since I switched to Pana Chocolate I no longer crave chocolate every day, I eat it a few times a week and really enjoy it when I do.

Revlon Kissable Balm Stains - All the hype about these is justified. They feel like a balm but wear down to a stain. The colours are beautiful and they smell like peppermint. 

Sukin Nourishing Lip Treatment - This is my new favourite lip balm. In fact I love it so much that it's one of my top five favourite balms. I misplaced it on Monday and was in a panic until I found it again. If I wasn't on P100P I would have gone out and bought two back-ups, it's that good. 

Friend Locator App - I know this is nothing to do with make-up but I am really loving this app. It lets hubby and I check up on each others location whenever we need to. Sounds creepy or stalkerish, but for us it isn't, it's more a convenience thing. I'm not normally a worrier but since I've had Chai I'm convinced that hubby is going to die in a car crash on his way to or from work. Friend Locator gives me peace of mind because I can see where he is and I know if he's still moving. 

You couldn't use this to stalk someone because both parties have to give their permission for the app to work and you have to leave your gps on.

I thought I'd also share some You Tube videos that I've been loving. 

Goss Make-Up Artist Blush Video

Michael Brown Bronzer Video

Monday, 10 December 2012

Current Obsessions

I don't know about everyone else, but I go through obsessions with make-up. I'll see a product or someone wearing a certain shade and then I'll be obsessed with finding it. I'll hunt high and low until I find the exact product I was looking for and usually pick up two or three different brands until I'm happy.

In view of this I thought I'd share my current obsessions with you all. Being on Project 100 Pan means that I can't buy anything so I've been shopping my stash and have been surprised at the products I already have. 

Since I no longer have plenty of time to apply my make-up in the mornings I'm all about products that are quick and easy to use. At the moment I'm loving cream blush and lip and cheek creams. I find cream blush a lot easier to use than powder blush, I can apply it with my fingers and only need to dab a little on then I'm good to go. Also, if I make a mistake it's easy to correct, I just rub it off with my fingers. 

I always have a lip and cheek cream in my handbag because it's a double duty product. I can use it to add more colour to my cheeks and use it on my lips too. Depending on the shade, I also use my lip and cheek cream as an eyeshadow.

This isn't make-up, but my other obsession at the moment is Pana Chocolate. It's amazing! Pana Chocolate is raw, organic, sugar free and the yummiest chocolate I've ever tasted!

Does anyone else get obsessed with products too? What are you recommendations for cream blushes and lip and cheek creams that I should try when I've finished P100P?

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Dear Chai

Today you are 21 months old.

To your delight you can now eat with a fork and love to feed yourself. I took a video of you feeding yourself which you love to watch over and over again. 

You have a potty now which you sit on when Dad and I are going to the toilet. You haven't used it yet but it won't be long. You can wee when we ask you to and you tell us before or just after you've done a poo.

This month you have started to like baths. You've hated them your whole life but now you like them and want to have two a day. You don't sit down in the bath but you stand in there and play and splash water all over the place. 

Lip balm is one of your favourite things at the moment, probably because you see me using it so often. You've got one of mine that you keep in your pocket then take it out, put it on your lips and then back into your pocket, it's so cute. 

Another one of your canine teeth came through this month so now there's only one to go and you'll have all your main teeth.

You are a beautiful, happy little boy and I am blessed to be your mother.

Friday, 7 December 2012

FFS Friday - Of Walkers and Lawnmowers

Hello Friday! I don't have a whole lot to complain about this week, but I came up with a few things to keep everyone happy. FFS.

Hubby didn't work last week as he was doing a training course. We were hoping that he'd get the weekend off so we could all relax together. He called the boss Friday and had to go back to work Saturday. FFS.

The shutdown has now been extended so he'll be working 13 day fortnights for the foreseeable future. FFS.

My poor baby is teething again. FFS.

He had a really restless night on Friday so he and I slept in the spare room. FFS.

Saturday morning I woke up a total mess.

I had eczema on my eyes and arms, my right eye was swollen and I had a swollen bottom lip. FFS.

If I hadn't slept in the spare room I would have blamed hubby for it, but as he was in our room I couldn't blame anyone. FFS.

My lip continued to swell for four hours, it got so bad that I was starting to think I would have to go to the Dr. FFS.

It had two huge blisters on it. FFS.

After four hours it stopped swelling and by the end of the day was back to normal. FFS.

I have no idea why I woke up in such a state. FFS.

Saturday we had another home open. FFS.

I am so sick of bloody home opens. FFS.

I did most of the cleaning on Friday so all I had to do Saturday was mop the floors and put away Chai's toys. I put him down for his nap, tidied up the house and was about to sit down for a rest when Chai woke up. FFS.

He woke up and hour and a half early. FFS.

The home open wasn't for another hour and a half either, but as I couldn't face the thought of spending that hour and a half trying to stop him trashing the house I decided to sink to a new parenting low. FFS.

I put him in the car, turned on his dvd, got into the drivers seat and we sat there in the driveway for an hour. FFS.

Just call me Mother of the year. FFS.

I'll do it again this week if it keeps the house clean. FFS.

Whilst we were sitting there a car pulled into the driveway behind me. I was sitting there wondering how I was going to explain us sitting in the car, when they drove off again. Not FFS.

As if chronic hayfever isn't bad enough, this week I've also got a cold, eczema and bad asthma. FFS.

Clearly something doesn't like me at the moment. FFS.

Monday I had to take our car to the panel beaters. FFS.

It had some very minor scratches that hubby insisted on getting fixed. FFS.

I dropped it off and they said it'd take 3 to 4 days. FFS.

The thought of being housebound all week did not please me. FFS.

Around lunchtime on Tuesday I got a phone call from the panel beaters telling me the car was finished! Not FFS.

Great work Platinum Smash Repairs. Not FFS.

Thursday I had to take hubby's car back to the mechanic. FFS.

There is a problem with the automatic transmission now. FFS.

It cost us $400 to fix. FFS.

We've now spent $1,000 repairing the stupid car and he's only had it a few months. FFS.

Add to that the $2,000 that he spent on rims and we could have got a brand new car for the same price. FFS.

My car (that he used to drive) never needed fixing and didn't use as much fuel either. FFS.

Thursday I take Chai to Rhyme Time and Playgroup. We both love spending time with the other kids and Playgroup gives me a chance to have some adult conversation. Thursday at Rhyme Time Chai kept on saying that he wanted to go home. FFS.

I didn't let him so he fell asleep in my arms, right in the middle of Rhyme Time. FFS.

I then had to carry him home, holding him with one arm and pushing the pram with the other arm. FFS.

He only slept for an hour and a half. FFS.

This week Chai has decided that slapping me in the face is hilarious. FFS.

He starts laughing hysterically before he does it, then he slaps me in the face, really hard. FFS. 

I have no idea where he got this idea from. FFS.

I asked him how he'd like it if I slapped him in the face, so he started slapping his own face. FFS.

Give me strength. FFS.

After being totally sick of carting Chai's walker everywhere with us, I hid it in the spare room. The next day hubby came home with a lawnmower, which now accompanies us everywhere. FFS.

That's my whinge for the week. Have a great weekend everyone!
Dear Baby G

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Bloom Organics Gentle Hand and Body Wash

Just after I had Chai I was given this as part of a beautiful care package. I decided to use it as a hand wash and put it in my ensuite so that I could use it all to myself cause I'm selfish like that. It lasted me 18 months! Prior to receiving this I'd never spent more than $5 on hand soap, but now I buy more expensive soap because it lasts so long and it's lovely to use something that smells amazing and doesn't dry my hands out. Plus, using it feels like a little bit of a treat which is nice.
It comes in a huge 500ml bottle and costs $38.00 (AUD). The scent is a beautiful mix of ylang ylang, lavender and orange which I found soothing and gorgeous. They also have a hand cream in the same scent which I'd love to try.
I'm a firm believer in using things that give you the feeling of having a bit of luxury in your day and this definitely falls into that category. I'm sure it would also be beautiful to use as a body wash and considering how large the bottle is it would last a few month and you'd smell amazing.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment

My hair is fine so I am very careful what products I use. If I use anything heavy it weighs my hair down so that it's limp and oily, which is never a good look. Due to this I have to be very careful with hair oils as they tend to be quite rich. 

I bought the smallest bottle of this possible to try out and was pleasantly surprised to find that I love it. It hydrates my hair without weighing it down and even when I accidentally use too much it doesn't make my hair heavy or greasy. In fact it's so light that I thought it wasn't doing anything for my hair at all, so stopped using it, whereupon my hair got dry and knotty. I always think the way to really tell if a product works for you is to stop using it and see if you notice a difference.

I only need to use a very small amount, about the size of a 20 cent coin. I mainly concentrate on the mid lengths and ends of my hair and then distribute the rest of the oil very lightly through the rest of my hair. It has a pleasant nutty floral scent that is not discernible once it's in my hair.

Whilst I still prefer Orofluido because it smells like chocolate, I will certainly buy Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment again. 

I purchased my Healing Oil Treatment from Hairhouse Warehouse for $5.95 for a 10 ml bottle. With once weekly use the bottle lasted me five months, which makes it a total bargain.  

Ingredients: dimethicone, cyclomethicone, tocopheryl acetate, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, argania spinose kernel oil, fragrance, benzyl salicylate, hexyl cinnamal, butylphenyl methylpropional, courmarin, linalool, limonene, ci 27755, ci 47000, ci 26100.