what i did while wordpress was outta my life

When I couldn’t access wordpress and I was going stir crazy with nothing to do with my limited free time and I needed a creative outlet, I made stuff and started an etsy store 💰 called Mermaid Militia .  I need to put more time into setting up my store and I have given gifts of most of the things I make, but I hope to make a bit of cash on the side to help with our savings.  Mostly I just really enjoy the meditation of tuning in and being creative.  Here is some photos of stuff I have made 😏

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orangedreamerI have had great feedback from what I have made but am yet to make a sale hahaha anyway, it’s fun.  Now I have to go and make dinner🌈✌

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i don’t care how broke i am, i am booking a holiday!

Ok, so we have lots of car repair bills and we have a house to save for, but I decided to book our winter holiday to the snow in 6 months anyway!  This way we have to make it happen.  Thanks to booking.com we don’t have to pay for it all today, but it is all booked and we can start budgeting for it.  I am so bloody excited as I was thinking we were going to miss out this year but I am determined to make it happen and now I have put it out there the universe will help us get there 😀.

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This is the boost we needed, we have been getting a bit depressed with our predicament and our relationship is really being tested here, but I know we can do this and it will all be worth it when we move in to our own place.  We have also booked 3nights away at Byron Bay for our 2 year wedding anniversary, We don’t get any privacy here so it will be so nice to have our own space for a little while.

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not quite fixed yet…

So yesterday I put the car in to be fixed, I got 2 new CV joints in the front and a service and a replacement door handle for the drivers side and I had him look into the thermal fan as it doesn’t work when the air con is off so it overheats.  Good news is most things got done, bad news is it cost $1042 and I have to take it to an auto-electrician as the fan problem is still not fixed and I also need new front tyres so need to get it to the tyre shop. OMG IT IS NEVERENDING!!!! So there goes even more savings waaaaaaaaaaaa 😭

I DID IT!

Yep, I cut my long long hair to a short short bob.  newhair

and I don’t regret it at all,  I LOVE IT!!!!!newhair2

i am so totally happy with my decision to this and I have had the most wonderful response from friends and family.  My long hair was such a part of my identity to everyone including myself that I guess it was a pretty big deal for me to cut it off but I was so ready to have a fresh view of myself and feel free again.  I really felt tied to an older version of me because of how long it takes to grow hair that long and the fear of ‘what if I hate it’!  My hairdresser had to sit down and listen to my reasons before she felt comfortable to do it as she has known me for years and didn’t want me to regret it, but once she knew I had thought it out she was all for it. I totally recommend it to anyone who feels the same and wants and needs the change.  Do some hair research for the style you want and think of plenty of reasons that it is a good idea and GO FOR IT!!!💙💛❤

tomorrow…i am cutting my long hair into a short bob.

That is the plan anyway, I am not sure if I will chicken out of it or not.  I haven’t had short hair since I was growing out my hair after cutting my dreadlocks off about 15 years ago.  I am so excited about it I might not sleep!  There are so many reasons that I am considering this, firstly I really need a big change with how I look – I really feel that my long hair is dated and does not suit me at the moment and I am always wearing it up anyway (mumlife).  Other reasons is that I would like to grow out my natural colour and that is easier if it is shorter; it is cheaper to maintain when shorter and I might get less headaches and neck pain too which would be a bonus.  I am hoping a fresh new doo will give me the boost I need right now.  Geez I hope I like it cos it will be a long time growing it out!

This is my hair right now….. excuse how terrible the selfie is please!

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and this is kinda the length I am considering….

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aaaanyway….lets hope I can look as good as them when I am done, I’ll post a photo – unless I totally hate and regret it! eeeeek 🙈

saving spending saving!!!

At the moment we are still stuck living with my mum and stepdad and all I can think of is how to save more money.   We will hopefully be meeting with a mortgage broker in the next couple of weeks to get pre-approval for a home loan so we will know exactly what we are working with but in the meantime I have a list of things that I need to spend money on.  My car needs the CV joint fixed and a tune as well as a drivers side door handle.  This little visit will cost me close to $1000 no doubt 😒.  I have put it off for a while but I use my car a lot (especially living at mum’s) so it has to be done before it gets even worse.  Next is my husband’s car- the air conditioning compressor needs replacing which will cost us about $1500! We have put this off for ages but it is so hot in the car that Lennox is wet with sweat even with the windows down so we end up driving my car more which is why the problems with my car became so urgent.  We need to get his fixed so I can drive less as it aggravates my neck problems…..it’s like a domino effect! Then there is car rego to pay for both cars which is about $1500 for a year. Oh my god so just when you think you are getting more savings you gotta go and spend it all on these un-fun things!!

Sooooo anyway, all this has made me think in even more frugal ways and I haven’t done a full shop in the supermarket for 3 weeks now just so I can save more and get creative with using what we have.  I have saved an extra $150 from doing this and we certainly haven’t been starving!  I have to say I do enjoy this kind of challenge.  I have only bought eggs, bread, milk, cheese and fruit for Lennox and I have been using the veges (fresh and frozen) that we had left – just being  more frugal with how much I use and using more of the staple items in the pantry.  I have cut out the prepackaged baby snack foods and I am baking more healthy yummy treats that we can all eat.  Today I made a very basic cinnamon slice.  I usually add apples or bananas to this but I didn’t have any to spare.  I just dust some icing sugar on to finish this off.  It is really yummy, gluten free and goes great with a coffee for me 😋.

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this is my basic cinnamon slice

I also made some quinoa ‘meat’balls (quinoa flakes, gf breadcrumbs, cheese, eggs, broccoli and herbs) and will be putting them in our pasta dinner tonight and mini protein pancakes for snacks for Lennox -she loves them and there is nothing bad in them, just 2 eggs, 2 bananas and half cup of oats – I blend the mixture and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours, then thin it out with some milk or water so it goes further and makes more! She must be having a growth spurt as she is eating constantly this week and is always saying ‘more’!

I have also just discovered the 52week savings plan, I can’t believe I have never heard of this before but now that I have, I want to make this a habit for life and teach this to Lennox.  So on top of our normal savings plans for house, holidays and the unexpected, we will be doing this and hopefully have a little cash nest egg for the end of the year with all of the festivities!  Thanks for reading through my babble!!😝

new year new beginnings

I have always been a person who loves to celebrate the new year and spend some time on new years eve reflecting on the past year and all that has been achieved and dreaming and setting goals and hopes for the new year.  This time I really struggled to relax and reflect as I have been feeling stressed and not sleeping well and I am finding it hard to have the distance in my mind to look back or look upon the future.  So I thought I would spend some time writing about this to help me through it.  It has been inspiring to read other posts on here and I am totally loving the little wordpress community.

This past year has seen us make some really tough decisions and live in a less than ideal situation just so we can get ahead and give our daughter and ourselves a better and brighter future.  I know that in the end I won’t regret these decisions but it has been a difficult year.  In saying that, we have got to have some amazing family time exploring our country while on day and weekend trips and we had a two and a half week driving holiday to see the snow and to visit the penguins.  We can say that we have swum in the southern ocean, bass strait, the tasman sea and the pacific ocean now too 😊.

I have also loved the time I have spent with my mum and watching the beautiful relationship between Lennox and her Nanna.  I definitely do not take my mum for granted as she has had a few health scares (including cancer) that has made me worry about her since I was six years old.  It is definitely a precious time to get to spend with her.

My dreams, hopes and goals for this year are based around my little family, my relationship with my husband and for my own personal development.  I hope we can find an affordable place to buy by the ocean – I don’t care if it is small, as long as it has some space for Lennox to play.  I dream about the life we will have when in our own place and I can’t wait to have more time alone with my husband.  Our relationship has really been tested this past year and I look forward to getting more snuggle time with him.  I look forward to enrolling Lennox in a kindy dance or gymbaroo type thing once we live at the coast again as I know she would love something like this and she is definitely ready to try it.

I will be working towards saving enough for a annual family holiday to the snow and my long term goal is an overseas trip in 5 years and another one in about 11 years! (i’ll talk more about these dreams in another post) With these trips, I estimate that we need to save about $50/week for each trip which is quite a lot!  Not to mention the other things I already need to budget for like house payments, water and rates and electricity, food and petrol….not to mention swimming lessons for Lennox as well as the gymbaroo class I would like to enrol her in!!! It is all totally doable but I have to be very savvy and frugal in many ways, but I love the challenge!

For me, I would like to continue to get as fit and healthy as I can.  I still have more weight to lose since having Lennox and I want to do more yoga for relaxation and to help with restoring my health and flexibility.  I am always striving to be a better mum and I am looking forward to Lennox and I getting to make a mess with more painting and drawing, and exploring the beach and all the fun stuff, we aren’t able to really make a mess here as my stepdad is funny about that so we contain it and clean up a lot! My dream is to have a place in the house for messy play and I can’t wait!!

I would also love to be able to read, write and create more and possibly get preggars with our second child if that is what is meant for us 😍.   🌊☀🌈

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