Things I have been loving lately

Yet another listy post, they seem to be all I have time for at the moment. So here goes with things I have been loving lately.

1. My water infuser. Mine was free with my spatone sachets. I load it up in the morning and refill through the day. I drink way more water and have noticed that I actually pee more with infused water than plain. My fave combo is lime, cucumber and mint!

2. Eggs- obsessed with eggs at the moment I am loving them!

3. Croutons- on everything please

4. Emerson at big w have really nice basic tshirts for $5. Long enough, nice fabric and a good neckline. Yes please.

5. Kmart had turquoise cake stands, sets of turquoise and pink tea cups with saucers and matching turquoise teapots from their Mother’s Day range down to $5 each. I bought up big and got a whole set. I can see tea party’s being a big part of my future.

6 speaking of teaparties I want to have one for the new princess. It will certainly involve this cake jamie Oliver created for her.

7. Cooler days means Woolies jumpers and ugg boots. I kind of love it kind of hate it.

8. Competitions, I have been the lucky winner of a few competitions. A cleanser from me, my best and I, a book and dove set from squish and a set of creams from indeed labs!

what are you loving?

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Tired days

Some days, especially towards the end of my husbands two week swing, I tire! I just don’t want to do much at all. Naturally with a toddler this is not possible. Today was one of those days so with nothing booked in for the morning we decided to pop to the shops.

A girls trip. We made it special and we had coffee ( i did), water ( she did) and a smarties cookie (we did). Milly sat beautifully and ate her food. I have been taking her to a cafe since she was little. At home we eat well but In a cafe she can share a treat with me. Generally she is pretty civilized as she knows she will have a nice time. We chat and look about and have fun and it’s a nice way to break up they day. For around $10 it’s a bargain way to pass some time and refuel myself.

We then went and spent her birthday money and a little more, if I am honest, and she was an absolute angel. I feel refreshed now and ready for this afternoon.

Sometimes a little treat and a Change of scene is as good as a holiday!

what are your tips for those kind of days?

Goals for end of May and June

I feel like writing goals on here really really helps! So here they are.

Read 5 books!
Move for an hour daily 5 x per week
Send off cv
Drop treats to two little treats per week and one treat meal
Eat veggies at breakfast
Listen to podcasts on an educational subject
Do a big clean and cull of the house!

what are your mid year goals?

Catch up

Once again it has been ages! It feels like life is rushing by and to be honest I have been tired, busy and at times a little flat. Anyway, things are on the up and evening out, as they always do, so here is a round up of late.

My baby is one year old. I have no idea how this has happened all I know is she is a delight and her party went by in a whirl of fun, games and pink sugar!

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I saw pitch perfect two for chicks and the flicks. It was a great night out and I loved the film!

My husband is now a permanent FIFO worker. In someways this is hard as two weeks alone is a long time, but every third week off is amazing. Also having structure to our lives means we can book stuff in. There is also some extra money which is needed for renovations and a few trips. I am trying to make it positive so have been enjoying long baths with some lovely products (l’occitane huile d’almond!) and early nights. I have been using a l’occitane pillow spray after my bath and reading ( so far I read the social diary and I am part way through a book with another ordered), it has been joyous. I was given an adult colouring book, for Mother’s Day, and find this really relaxing also.

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I have been panning and clearing out. Whilst I realise now Is not the time for a succinct capsule wardrobe it is worth being aware of what I do and don’t wear and not caring extras. I am happy with how I am travelling.

I have been using my new recipe books, meal planning and going fairly well. Particularly now milly eats adult food we often share. I would still like to get better at stopping incidental spending but this honestly doesn’t happen too much anymore! I also really want to make an effort to clean up my diet again. I have brought the good stuff in, now to get rid of extra treats, and keep it to occasional.

The gym has been out of the window the last few weeks also. I have just been tired and it was so wet! Now I plan to get my a game back on with gym, DVDs and walking!

We ( milly and I) had a trip to busselton with my dad and his wife. Despite the rain and milly on antibiotics it was really enjoyable. We have managed to book another weekend when my husband is home and are hoping that the jetty and observatory will be open this time! Milly loved where we stayed. Mama ducks is all I heard. There was a playground and swimming pools onsite and plenty of space to toddle about!

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Has anyone else tried roller lash? I think it may be the best thing ever. I want to buy a full size but am telling myself I need to pan all other mascara a to do so- this week I am having a final check of them and then I will bite the bullet!

My look fantastic beauty box was another winner this month. Twofold Infact, i Like the products and packaging was hours of fun! I am finding this monthly delivery really helps stop me purchasing all sorts as I get a little fix each month!

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I have had some people approach me about random part time work from
Home. It’s not in my field but is for friends so I am excited. I may also have some contract work in my area coming up and I have some places to send my cv. These are jobs I need to get done! I feel like doing a bit of work will help challenge my brain, I am starting to feel I have not much about me except being a mum right now. This is not a problem I am proud to be a mum, but, I think I need to do some work so an not to loose confidence in my ability. Anyone else felt like this?

what have you all been up to? Fill me in?

Holy grail items of 2015

well this is a big title but I really feel like I have found some great things this year. 
Nutrogena alpha and beta toner- this is an exfoliating toner I got after reading Sali Hughes pretty honest and I love what it has done for my skin. With limited time for treatments and masks a quick time has helped with radiance and skin brightness. I would like to investigate other exfoliating toners but for now I am happy with this.

Nuxe reve du miel- this lip conditioner is so good. I bought it last year for labour and didn’t actually need it. With the change in season I have been getting dried lips and a dose of this before bed has worked like a charm. Expensive yes but I would rather have one product which works than various cheaper that don’t. 

Liz Earle cleanse and polish- this is really my ultimate cleanser. I have sadly used this up and think my next purchase for after using the stash of cleansers I have will be the Emma Hardie cleansing balm. I love a balm or oil cleanser which removes makeup.

I have also made strides with my makeup and have a few new gems.

Bare minerals complexion rescue is everything I had hoped for. The coverage of a bb cream, a gel like texture and mineral product. Holy grail!

Max factor creme puff in lavish mauve. I really was so tempted by the sound of the ambient blush by hourglass but when I went to look at them they had too much glitter for my liking. When I read these were a dupe I got them and have been loving this. It’s subtle, warm and a little glowy.

Benefit roller lash. I swapped my old curlers for a decent sized trial of this and folks it is fantastic. I will be getting one once I have used my stash.

Do you have any new products which you love?

  

Minimalism- my rules for 2015

As I have been saying I have been watching heaps of minimalist youtube videos and also reading blogs. I love so many of the concepts within these. Life being less about owning and more about doing. Simplifying life. Making time. Making space. Feeling Free. I think I would like to take our own journey a step further. For us we are by no means minimal but we are a family in a , relatively small house, that has to be conscious of what we own. We are also a young (ish) family on a single income so all savings are welcomed.

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I have been thinking a lot as it seems becoming more minimal is a really personal journey. Everyone’s definition of minimal is varied and to what extent they want to follow the lifestyle is also varied. I do not think we want to rush on in. In fact I doubt we will ever become truly minimal. I tried this a few years ago and, honestly, it just made me a bit sad as choosing clothes, accessories and makeup for the day is one of my fun points. However I am also someone for whom to many belongings feels stifling. To clear out is cleansing for me and I would like to remain on top of this. Some of the areas I have identified which could be addressed are written above. I think this year my main goal is to limit spending, to find what works and to clear out as I go.

1.Tupperware- I freakin love this stuff and have acquired lots since Milly was born. I have gained without loosing the stuff which is stained and we don’t use. I need to have a clear out.

2. My Clothes- I have just done one clear and gotten rid of the breastfeeding tops finally. In a few months I need to clear through all the undies and get rid of breastfeeding stuff and see if the old stuff fits. This may mean a few new bras. I also need to look at my clothes, some of which I am so bored of, some of which are just not going to suit my new shape and some of which I just don’t wear. I am reluctant to rush in and do this as I don’t quite know what my post breastfeeding shape will be and have not quite reached goal.

3. My makeup and skincare- By my standards I have a LOT of this right now which I really need to work through and use, chuck or giveaway. I am not going to get rid of things I have not yet trialled I am going to give myself the time and space to try things and pass them on if they are not for me. I found limiting yourself to early on means you don’t try new things and can miss out on looks you may enjoy or products you may love. There is a fine line for me between minimal and stuck in a rut.

4. Jewellery- I love jewellery. I do not by any means have masses but there is plenty. I need no more. What I will do is pack away sentimental jewellery, which I do not wear, for storage and sell any unused costume jewellery.

5. Body products- I have a stash of this the size of Europe. Last year I culled all the creams as I really don’t like these and now I have a real stash of body oils to get using.

6.Nails- I have a gel nails kit and my regular nail stuff. I do use a lot of this but could lose a few colours which are not faves.

7. Pantry- I would really like to do another run down of our cupboards over the next month to use it up. Then I will do a clear out to get a good idea of what we actually like and use. I am still keen for a new recipe each week.

8. Millys stuff- I am pretty on top of this but with her first birthday approaching I may need to give her toys a sort out. As we are hoping for another baby we are loaning all her stuff to our friends who are expecting and once we are finished we will permanently pass them on.

9. Miscellaneous items- cd’s, dvd’s, knick knacks, books. I am going to work through all of this and get rid of things which are unnecessary.

10. Finally lifestyle- keeping it simple, keeping spending low, prioritising experiences over items and keeping life simple yet fun.

As a note I am subscribed to the look fantastic beauty box for a treat each month and I also have popbasic credit for new clothes which was part of my Christmas present so these are exempt

What are your rules of minimalism? Also, mums what are the rules for your children- it feels odd dealing with other peoples items?

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Project pan 50

it has been such a long time since I posted and I have been panning. This year I feel like I am really getting a good grasp on what I do and don’t like and what products work for me. 

Soap and glory hand food. This had separated and gone off. Whilst I did t mind this product for me l’occitane or Crabtree and Evelyn are holy grail hand creams.

Body shop lip butter- I think this was guava flavour. Although I did like this I prefer a stick as my nails get too long and gunky in pots. To be honest I do t really use lip balm and when my lips are dry I use the nuxe reve du miel at night and this fixes them. 

Antipodes avocado pear nourishing night cream- I think this is wonderful but I just am an oil person at night rather than cream so I am passing this and the full one I have to someone who will use them.

Origins ginzing eye cream- this is two years old. It’s nice, and feels refreshing, but aside from that I don’t feel it does much for me.

Dermalogica skin prep scrub. I hated the smell of this and just really think my skin does better on the exfoliating toners.

A mixed bag of makeup. This is as one as it wasn’t used up stuff but a lot was either past its date or I just had too many similar products so only kept my favorites.

Radox bath soak- we get through so much of this or Epsom salts in our house it really helps after a good exercise session or my husband uses it if he is sore after a day at work as his job is quite physical.

Dr bronners in rose liquid Castile soap. I love this stuff too much. It’s doesn’t irritate anyone’s skin, is cheap, has lovely scents and is my favorite shower gel and bath product for daily use.

Opi mini polish and top coat. This is a candy pink colour and just doesn’t go on nicely and the top coat leaves a purple hue which I just don’t like. 

  

Project Pan 50

Woah it has been ages since I did an update post and actually, but not shockingly, I have been terrible at taking pictures. I have purchased a couple of new items but have also given away a lot of makeup which is not listed so I feel pretty even about it all. I am going to go through it all again and get rid of so much more. I am heavy with product at the moment, half of which I will not use, so I want to really get to it. Anyway here are the items with my brief thoughts on them….

10. Eco store coconut and vanilla body wash- this was nice but we churned through it quickly. We got it on special and whilst it was not expensive it wasn’t cheap either.

11. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish- So so sad this is gone, nothing matches this in my opinion. I am trying other cleansers but will be asking my mum to bring me a stash. Great value, natural, smells nice, cleans my skin. This is my all round favourite cleanser – HOLY GRAIL

12. Wen hair care- To be perfectly honest I didn’t really get this. My hair did feel nice but I am yet to find a product which really rocks my hair in the washing department.

13. Mitchum deodorant- I always use this. Not natural, probably not the best for me but with all the walking about and chasing of a toddler I don’t want wet patches.

14. Herbal Essences shampoo- This was ok but as I said I am yet to find a shampoo which really, really works for me.

15. Laura Mercier Primer- I was so excited to try this and it did nothing for me. I wasn’t more radiant, didn’t notice longer lasting makeup and it just felt too liquidy and nothingy for me.

16. Derma sukin body wash- I got this bottle free with the other and thank god its gone. It was not a pleasure to use

17. Mitchum deodorant- I had two on the go and they both ran out

18. Herbal essences conditioner- same as the shampoo.

19. Banana shampoo- a random birthday gift from Thailand. I hated this and didn’t finish it. It made my head smell like banana medicine and my hair like straw.

20. Banana conditioner- I didn’t even open this,

Wahoo I am at twenty products. I am going to be clearing my products now and getting rid of items I just don’t really want to use or like. I will take some pictures of this and add comments if you would like?

Are you panning?

Life Lately…

Hello Everyone, its been a while hasn’t it? I thought I would do a round up post of life lately as you seem to like them and honestly I am not in the right place to know which way is up at the moment.

1. We went to sleep school. This is the reason I have been off-com. Finally at over 10 months of age my daughter has learned to sleep through the night and is only breastfeeding twice per day. Now I am actually getting some restorative sleep I am exhausted. More tired than I have ever known. I assume this is the massive sleep deficit catching up on me and my body is running off actual energy and not just adrenaline and stress hormones. Whilst I wasn’t feeling stressed I have not really accounted for the massive amount of stress my body had been under.

2. Following on from that I also had not realised until I was at sleep school just how much I had done alone in the first year of Millys life. Flying to the uk- alone with a 5 month old. Weeks on end of parenting with my husband working away and essentially very little help. Not through a lack of offers more through a baby who really needed me a LOT! Anyway this week at sleep school the art of self care was really drummed into me. As I am not working I don’t feel in a position to use a day care facility so instead my mother in law will have her one day a week when possible and I will join the gym and utilise the creche so I at least have 1 hour a day to myself when my husband is away. I am loathe to use the term SOLO parenting which seems to popular as it make you sounds alone. I am not SOLO, we are a team, but one half of our team has to work away at times to help bring in the money which affords me to stay at home- No I in that!

3. This led me to thinking about my plans for the future. I do want to start my business but i just don’t feel like i want to work all hours. This may be a truly indulgent paragraph but here goes. I have been watching lots of youtube about minimalism and many of the concepts are ones I love. One of the key ideas I have picked up is minimal outgoings equals minimal incomings required. Let us really question why I would be working? To keep busy? to be challenged? To create some income and to allow myself a balanced job. I can see that being self employed could easily get out of hand. Alison¬†talks a lot about creating your world and job and it really got my brain ticking. I need a flexible job. In my heart of hearts I would still love to follow my old career, there are just no vacancies currently that fit my lifestyle requirements, so I would like the flexibility to pick up those contracts as required. I would like a lot of my work to be what I can do from home, i.e. the admin side, accounts, orders etc. I would love to spend my baby free days doing some more work, e.g. building the business, sourcing, connecting with people etc. I don’t really want to spend my time doing deliveries or order picking I want the dynamic and creative portion as well as the more mundane bits I can do from home. As such, after lots of discussing with my husband, I have decided to try and structure the business so I can outsourced those bits from the off. It may mean less clear profit or perhaps more if my time is better spent business building… in fact we will never know but it will enable me to have the balanced lifestyle I would like, or at least I think it will.

4. More on minimalism. I have been watching all the videos and it has truly struck me how little of my stuff I use. My brain is ticking and I want to do another big clear out. Our house is small and clearing out often is vital. Its a little hard when I dont get time alone and my husband has limited time off but slowly and surely I will do it.

5. On the small house. we met a builder, who had fab ideas, and we are confident our house can become a 3 bedder quite easily. But it will cost a lot and right now that is not our priority so we are hitting pause and getting on with what we have.

6. Priceline has a 40% off sale and I bought three considered purchases. Two of the Max factor¬†creme puff blush and a bourjoirs healthy mix gel foundation. So far the blushers are both loved and the healthy mix feels quite nice on my skin. I struggle as I hate the feel of cream on my skin but this feels light and I don’t get irritated by it so far.

7. This week has been testing , to say the least, we are adjusting to new sleeping patterns, catching up on sleep deficits, teething like maniacs ( 6 teeth in 3 weeks and counting) and have a teething cold with secondary ear infection. All of this leads to a clingy baby in my lap and lots of ABC kids… which leads me to question what the hell is Yo gabba gabba? it reminds me of the groove is in the heart video?!?

8. Exercise has been truly out of the window. It feels like even getting out of bed and through the day is an achievement right now. I am trying to be kind to my body and let it rest but it has a deadline of this weekend.

9. Also weight watchers. I am counting points but I really need to clean up my act. I am pretty good at putting the good stuff in now I need to swap some less good stuff out. Morning snack for veg sticks and hummous and afternoon yogurt for natural yogurt and blueberries…. also, i bore myself just quit the diet coke!

10. On the subject of food. I have been thinking a ton about sugar. I loved the freedom I felt when my cravings left the building. I want this back so I am planning to cut it again following much the same guidelines I did before. Have you seen that sugar film? I want to go and get inspired.

Fill me in where are you all at? Also I am loving youtube, should i be vlogging my boring life? should i venture to videos? what do you all think- blogging or videos what do you prefer?

What am I?

I keep writing these posts which have absolutely no photo and often no real purpose except to empty my brain!

This week I have been In sleep school, more about this at another date, and one of the things which it really addressed was my thoughts about me. I had meetings with councillors and social workers as part of this week. Prior to this week I would have said I was fine with life. The thing is I am not quite fine. For many years I was a geologist, then I was pregnant, then I was on maternity leave with a small child who needed me 24/7. This week I have realised she doesn’t need me to this extent. She is ready for time away and she needs this to build her bonds with other people.

For me this is daunting, not because of missing her, but because I am currently nothing. I still know as much as a geologist who is employed but I am not one. I am also not pregnant, nor do I have a baby who needs me 24/7. I am in limbo and I find this hard! On one hand I really want to try my new business idea, on the other I am not ready to give up my career. Right now, though, there is literally no work for geologists.

I know I am more fortunate than most because I can have longer with my girl. Even though she doesn’t need me we enjoy these days. I am also lucky because my husband supports me in making options for myself. There is no real conclusion to this post except to say I need some extra purpose. I love being a mum but I am uneasy with being only a mum, once those intensive first months have passed. I wouldn’t want to work full time but once or twice a week it would be lovely.

when did you feel ready to work? Do you need to work for your sense of self?