Monday, 29 February 2016

The Lip Product declutter

This was a tough one. So tough that it's still in progress. I've decided I need to approach this in stages. So many times I got my lip products out to declutter, admired their prettiness and then put them away again. I have such a tough time letting go of lipsticks and glosses.

I have managed to let some go though. I got rid of 49 in my first round. That doesn't include the ones that I've put aside to give away or the ones that ended up in my Use it or Lose it pile. 

The next stage is to group them all into colours and get rid of dupes, I'm sure there will be plenty! I think that will be the toughest part, choosing my favourites and getting rid of the ones I don't absolutely love.

Friday, 26 February 2016

FFS Friday - Infested

I've been feeling really tired lately. I know a lot of us feel tired and think it's normal, but it's not. I've learned that fatigue can be a sign of an underlying illness. Last Wednesday I went to the Dr to figure out what's going on with me. He ordered a whole pile of blood tests. I went down to the pathology lab, the lady checked them all, said that she could do them all and told me to come back in the morning because one was a fasting test. FFS.

The next day I had to be at my friends house by 7am to get her kids to school. 6 kids and no coffee is not a good match. Thankfully her kids are great so it wasn't a problem. I got them all to school, got a tantruming Eljay into the car and we went to pathology. There was a huge queue. FFS.

I waited in the queue for 15 minutes. When it was my turn I handed over my forms (there was two pages worth of tests) and the lady started looking them up. Then she asked the lady who I'd seen the day before if they could do one of the tests and she said no! FFS.

They told me I had to go in to town to the main lab. FFS.

By this time Eljay had decided he wanted to go home, so he sang me the song of his people the whole trip in to town. FFS.

I walked into pathology with Eljay on my hip, got the forms out and walked up to the counter only to be told by the rude receptionist to "please wait back there, I'm still processing the forms from the person before you". She was so rude that two other people in the waiting room pulled faces at her. FFS.

There wasn't a sign or any indicator of where I was supposed to stand so I have no idea why she was so rude. FFS.

The Dr told me he'd have my test results by the end of the week. The pathology lady told me it'd be at least 3 working days and I probably wouldn't have them until Thursday. FFS.

Last Friday I had to be at my friends house again to get the kids to school. We slept in until 6.15am so I was running behind when we left the house. As we were getting ready for the kids to scoot to school I realised that I'd left Chai's bag at home. FFS.

That meant I had to get the kids to school, scoot back to my friends house to pick up the car, go home and then go back to school with Chai's bag. FFS.

Sunday. Well, where do I start? Let's start with Saturday night. Saturday night Chai started scratching his head. FFS.

I am paranoid about nits and check his head every few days. I checked his head and couldn't find anything. 

I noticed him scratching again whilst he was sleeping so I got the torch and checked again but still couldn't see anything. 

Sunday started out as it meant to continue. FFS.

We were having breakfast and Chai was sitting on my knee when he spewed. FFS.

All over me, all over himself, all over the floor and table. FFS.

He perked up after that so we headed out.    

We were in the supermarket when he scratched again. Mum and I pounced on him and found four large (about 4 mls) bugs in his hair. FFS.

We didn't think they looked like nits but we really had no idea what we were looking for. FFS.

We headed to the nit section but there were no pictures of nits to be found. Just in case, we bought a bottle of nit treatment. FFS.

When we got to my sisters house we found another bug. She didn't think it looked like nits either, but we decided to treat him anyhow. He was infested with the horrible things. FFS.

There were so many eggs and quite a few hatched lice, it was very, very gross. As if that wasn't bad enough, upon inspection of my hair we found eggs. FFS.

I left Mum and the boys at my sisters house and headed home to burn the house down. FFS.

I washed all the bedding including doonas and pillows. Next I tried to treat my hair but couldn't manage it myself. FFS.

Hours later I got back to my sisters house. Being the star that she is, she'd made tea for us. Not FFS.

We were just sitting down to eat our dinner when Chai spewed again. FFS.

It went all over the dinner table. FFS.

When we'd finally cleaned it up Mum and I gulped down a few mouthfuls of our now cold dinner and went home. FFS.

What a day. 

Monday Mum did my hair, we found one live lice and a few eggs. FFS.

Tiger did my hair again yesterday and there were only two eggs. FFS.

I can't stop scratching, I'm constantly thinking that I can feel things moving in my hair, I've got total nit paranoia now. FFS.

That's it. Tell me your stories of woe. Or good news, that'd be nice.

Peace out people.              

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The Mascara declutter

This one is long overdue! When I did my product inventory I was very surprised to discover that I have 41 mascaras. How? Why? I rarely buy mascara so I have no idea how it happened. A lot of them are gwp size which makes sense. 

I've only done one cull so far, however I plan on doing another one soon. For round one I went through and tossed all the old, stinky mascaras. Nine bit the bullet that time.
Next up I plan to try them all and get rid of the ones that I don't love. I'll post another update when round number two is finished. I'm quite tempted to toss all of the black ones, I prefer brown mascara, it's softer and suits me better. 

Stay tuned for my next update in a few weeks time. 

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. Hmm. I've got nothing this week. You'd think I could come up with at least one thought wouldn't you?

2. Hah! I thought of something! I got a new handbag this week, it's by Desigual and it's so cool. It's like this one, just in a different colour. I wanted the blue but it was sold out, which I'm happy about now because I like the colour I got even more. I've checked out their website and now I want all of the things.

3. I'm one of those people who others spill their secrets to. It's so bizarre, I can't believe the things total strangers tell me. For a while there I'd perfected my fuck off face so it stopped happening, but I must have lost that face cause it's started happening again. In the last two weeks one lady has told me about how her first baby died at 6 months and another lady has told me about when she had a stillborn baby. I can only imagine how awful those experiences must have been. 

4. I don't understand why people tell me intimate details of their life. What makes you tell a total stranger things that you'd normally only tell those closest to you? It's not like I ask them, I'm usually just sitting there and they'll start talking to me. 

5. I bought Vogue this week, what a waste of money. The first 42 pages are ads and the first article doesn't start until page 83. I thought I was buying a magazine not a huge ad brochure.

Friday, 19 February 2016

FFS Friday - Boobiana

I'm pretty sure that I'm scaring Chai for life. FFS.

I spoke to his teacher about how he's coping at school and she said that he's doing really well. Not FFS.

Then she went on to say that he gets quite anxious but he has good coping mechanisms. FFS.

He'll get upset then he takes deep breaths and tells himself that mummy and daddy love him and that we'll be back to pick him up soon. FFS.

He also gets anxious when they go to do music or sport and his main teachers don't stay with him. FFS.

They both think he's doing really well, I think that he shouldn't have to be dealing with this. He shouldn't be worried about where Tiger and I are or where his teacher is. He's too young to be feeling like this. FFS.

Pretty sure letting my child go through this is failing as parent. FFS. 

It's my job to shield him from things like this, not to place him in situations where he feels this way. FFS.

This supports my case for taking him and running away. I just have to convince Tiger.

The pool saga continues. FFS.

Last Friday they were supposed to be fiberglassing the patches. I left the gate unlocked for them and just for a change they didn't show up. No phone call or text message. Nothing. Fecking useless. FFS.

Saturday night I got a text message asking if they could come and do some work on the pool on Sunday. Naturally I said yes. They actually turned up Sunday and Monday and Tuesday! By Tuesday the pool was finished and by Wednesday evening it was ready to swim in. Yay!

Every now and again Eljay likes to start our day by singing me the song of his people. He figures that waking me up before 6am isn't torture enough, so he adds to it by singing me the song of his people to ensure that I'm blasted into consciousness. Last Friday was one of those days. FFS.

He woke up, told me to get up, slid out of bed and when I didn't immediately acquiesce to his demand, threw himself on the ground and started crying. FFS.

I hadn't even managed to pry my eyes open. FFS.

Have I mentioned I'm not a morning person? Well I'm not. Never have been, never will be. 

I stumbled out of bed and into my room to put on my dressing gown. For reasons unknown to me the boys started fighting and Eljay emptied the contents of his water bottle all over the bathroom floor in protest. FFS.

I mopped it up as best I could and stumbled out into the kitchen to start my daily duties. Normally in the mornings we'll chat, I'll get the boys drinks and breakfast whilst they play and the tv isn't turned on. Friday I turned the tv on and started making their morning drink as quickly as possible so they'd stfu. Just as I started making their drinks I got the urge to do a poo. FFS.

It was a dilemma. FFS.

Either I gave in to the urge and had them both in the bathroom with me screaming and fighting, or I held on long enough to make their drinks which would hopefully mean I'd get to do my poo without an audience. FFS.

I held off long enough to give them their drinks, by which time I was busting, so I ran to the toilet as quickly as I could. I managed to land my foot in the one tiny bit of water that I hadn't mopped up, my leg gave way and I fell down, boob first, onto the half wall the separates the toilet from the bath. FFS.

It fecking hurt. FFS.

My boob throbbed for three hours and for the next three days it hurt every time I moved my arm. FFS.

It's still sore and is now a lovely shade of yellow. Pretty. FFS.


Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Mummy Bag

Colorado satchel
When I had Chai I quickly realised that I needed a new handbag (what a shame!) I'd bought a nappy bag, but it was way too heavy to cart around on my shoulder. I didn't like to leave my purse, keys and phone in my nappy bag as I kept it either on the back of or under my pram which meant that I didn't hear my phone ring and it made it very easy should someone want to pinch my purse. The handbag I'd been using had short handles so when I had it on my shoulder and I leaned over bub, it kept on hitting him in the face, not a good look. It was also double handled so rather bulky on my shoulder.

Hubby and I hunted around for a while until we found a nice, roomy cross body bag. Best thing ever when you have little ones to run after. In the years since I had Chai and Eljay I've tried going back to a normal bag but it just doesn't work. Hands free is essential when you've got toddlers. For a while there I used a back pack which was great, but after a while I got sick of having to take it off my back every time I needed something.

For those of you who need to be hands free, here are a few bags I'd recommend.

Cabrelli Body Bag

Colorado large body bag

Colorado multi-pocket body bag

Lily Bloom

Monday, 15 February 2016

Interview with Minxx Lipsticks

Recently I discovered a beautiful range of lipsticks created by a fellow West Australian, Jo. Since I love supporting Australian companies (and because I'm looking for any excuse to buy a new lipstick or three), I hot footed it down to my local stockist and bought a few products to try.

I'll have a full review up soon, but in short, they're amazing. They're easily the most pigmented products I've ever used.

Jo kindly agreed to answer a few questions for me, so if you're keen to learn more about Minxx, read on. 

Why did you decide to create your own lipstick range?  
I was on the forever search for the perfect lipstick. 

What makes Minxx different to other lipsticks?  
Intense in colour and long wearing. Cruelty free. Paraben free. 

How long did the creation process take (from when you decided to start the range to when the lipsticks were produced).  
2 years from logo to launch. It was my creative 'side' project.  

I've noticed that your products are very pigmented, I only need one layer and they aren't drying, that's pretty amazing. Did it take long to perfect the formula?  
There were many couriers and months spent researching and trialling. 

What are you favourite colours in the range?
My favourite colour is 'Seduce'.  I do LOVE red! There are 24 creme lipsticks and 22 liquid lipsticks in the range.

Which colours do you recommend 
All of them ;)

Where can we buy Minxx products? 

What's next for Minxx? 
I would love to introduce a matte range to the collection...

Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?   
Thank you to everyone who has purchased my products, your support is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. Finally we're able to switch between multiple accounts on Instagram. Yay!

2. I've started thinking about what I'm going to do work wise when both boys are at school full time. I have no idea. How do people decide on a career? I'm struggling.

3. I'll be happy to see the back of this summer. Bring on Autumn and Winter. If only I could convince Tiger to move to Tasmania, I'd be a much happier camper. 

4. That's all I've got this week, it's been way too hot for my brain to come up with any coherent thoughts.   

Friday, 12 February 2016

FFS Friday - First world problems

For the last few weeks we've been getting our pool refurbished. FFS.

When we bought the house we knew nothing about pools so didn't think (and weren't advised) to get the pool inspected. FFS.

A few months after we bought the house we found out that the pool would soon need to be refurbished. FFS.

It's so expensive. FFS.

Initial quotes to get it re-fiber glassed were $11,000. FFS. 

Then the guy at the pool shop told us about a new finish that's environmentally friendly, has a 25 year guarantee and is a lot cheaper. Winning. Not FFS.

We arranged to get it done, sorted out our finances and waited. And waited. And waited. And waited. FFS.

The pool shop guy didn't return phone calls and when we did get hold of him kept on telling us we'd hear back soon and we heard nothing. Finally a few weeks ago we got a date off him. Not FFS.

Last Monday they came around and drained the pool. They said they'd be here at 8am and arrived at 1pm. FFS.

He told us that the pool would be sanded on Tuesday, Wednesday it'd have the resin applied then Thursday or Friday the Eco finish would be put on and we'd be swimming in the pool by Friday at the latest. 

Tuesday they said they'd be here at 7am. They arrived at 8.15am. They sent one guy over to sand the whole pool on his own. It was clearly a two person job. FFS.

He only got half the job done so they said that they'd be on our doorstep at 7am Wednesday and they'd have the sanding finished by lunchtime. FFS.

By this time it was pretty clear that the shop owner couldn't arrange a root in a brothel, so we weren't holding our breath. 

Unsurprisingly, Wednesday they arrived at 8.10am. Once again it was only one guy. FFS.

He worked until 3pm and still hadn't finished the job. FFS.

Thursday they didn't bother turning up at all. FFS.

They also didn't bother calling to let us know what was going on. FFS.

Tiger called them and they said they had another pool to do and that our pool should be finished by Monday. FFS.

Friday one guy spent the whole day sanding the pool. He got it all finished and said that they'd be back to patch it on Saturday or Sunday so that it could be sprayed on Monday. Saturday morning we were going out so we called the pool guy on his mobile to check if we needed to leave the gate unlocked. Unsurprisingly he didn't answer. FFS.

We called the pool shop and he told us he wouldn't be out Saturday as he was working in the shop but that he'd be on our doorstep no later than 6.30am Monday. Sure. FFS. 

Of course, a heat wave hit on Sunday. FFS.

Of all the times you want a pool, it's during a heat wave. FFS.

We just sat and looked at the empty shell of our pool while we slowly cooked. FFS.

Monday they arrived at 8.15am. FFS.

Tuesday they came around and applied the first coat of the finish. After they were done they spent a lot of time inspecting the pool and then hit us with the great news. FFS.

The finish was bubbling in several areas because there was moisture behind the fiber glass. This meant that they'd have to sand back all the bubbled areas and then start again. FFS.

Even better, they couldn't get back to apply the finish until next Monday. FFS.

So a job that was supposed to take five days will take at least two weeks. FFS.

First world problems!!!!!

It's been a long time since we tried to kill either of the boys, so to make up for it we decided to have a go at killing all of us. FFS.

Saturday morning we took the boys to the skate park in Busselton. We had a great time and headed home around 1pm. We hadn't had a late night or a bad night's sleep, hadn't been drinking, we'd had plenty of coffee etc. It was just a regular day. I was fairly tired so closed my eyes for a little while. A few minutes later Tiger mentioned he was feeling tired so I opened my eyes to chat with him. Just after he finished saying he was quite tired he started drifting across the road in to the other lane. FFS.

Luckily it was dual lanes and there were road works on the other side, so we were only doing 60. Unbeknown to me Tiger had fallen asleep. When he started drifting across lanes I yelled out "What are you doing!" which woke him up. Not FFS.

If it'd been a few minutes earlier I would have had my eyes closed and we would have been doing 110. Scary stuff. It certainly was our lucky day. Not FFS.

Despite us both being wide awake after that scare, Tiger pulled over and I drove us home. He spent the rest of the day freaking out at how close we'd come to crashing. It was so very fortunate that we didn't crash. It makes me think of all the times that Tiger has driven tired and how lucky we've been that something awful hasn't happened. 

Don't drive tired people, it's not worth it. 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

My MAC lipstick collection

Today I'm showing you my MAC lipstick collection. I've slowly whittled it down and am now pretty happy with the colours I've got. There are still a few I'm not sure about (Pretty Please is one of them), but overall I love the shades that I've kept.

Back row: Please Me, Rebel, Viva Glam Gaga, Creme Cup.
Second row from back: Stunner, Pretty Please, Viva Glam Cyndi, Syrup.
Third row from back: Snob, Full Fuchsia, Kinky, Chatterbox.
Fourth row from back: Pink Plaid, Blankety, Ruby Woo, Bare Venus.
Front row: All Fired Up, Up The Amp, D for Danger, Fast Play.
Front centre: Ladies Who Lunch.   

And the swatches:

Please Me, Rebel, Viva Glam Gaga, Creme Cup

Stunner, Pretty Please, Viva Glam Cyndi, Syrup

Snob, Full Fushcia, Kinky, Chatterbox

Pink Plaid, Blankety, Ruby Woo, Bare Venus

All Fired Up, Up The Amp, D for Danger, Fast Play

Ladies Who Lunch
If you'd like to see any comparison swatches or see something in more detail, please let me know in the comments.