sunday driving


We went for a drive into the hinterland and down south today.  We used to do these drives all the time when we lived with Mum but we haven’t since we moved to our own place.  This was partly because funds have been a little bit tighter but also because we don’t have the intense desire to get out of here like we did at Mum’s hahahah.  We just love where we live so much! 

Just over the border into New South Wales

I am itching to travel and our winter snow holiday is 6 months away so I thought we could all do with a mini adventure day drive to some of our favourite places.  It will give us that taste of travel without spending much money and it is something we can all do (pup included) without too much preparation or organisation.  I love feeling like a tourist in our area.  It makes you see the place so differently and helps you enjoy it so much more.  I also love seeing it through Lennox’s eyes.  She loves going on adventures and so does out dog Kaida. 

Kaida loves to travel too!

 

The only thing is I want the house clean for when I get back!  I hate walking away from a filthy house to have a great day only to have to come back to it all at the end of the day.  It is just something I have to do.  So before I go today I am doing the dishes, will sweep the floor and hang out the washing so when I come home it is all fresh and ready to make dinner and cosy up at home in fresh sheets ready for our start to the week. It doesn’t take long to do but it feels so good to come home to! 

Knox Park, Murwillumbah

It is so important to have good places for breaks on road trips – no matter how long the drive is.  As a mum I have found this so much more important than I did before having a child.  There are so many reasons a good place to break is important but one that has a play area, toilet and shade/shelter is a must. Even if the play area is just a creek, fountain or garden with some grass is fine, as long as it is off the road a bit so you don’t have to worry that your lil one will run off into cars. 

a monument to the original lumberjacks of the area.

When going on longer road trips it is so awesome to have good places to stop and recharge or have somewhere comfortable and pretty to make and eat food and for our little girl to run off some of the energy that gets built up by sitting in the car for hours.   Today we stopped in Knox Park Murwillumbah NSW.  We have never stopped there before but we will definitely stop there again as it was huge and the gardens were beautiful, it had a huge shaded playground as well as heaps of green space and also this cool lily pond with a duck and ibis island!  We had a great little picinic under a tree near the lake – even though there are tables and chairs I like sitting on a blanket under a tree.  

lily from the pond


We drove down through to Pottsville, we were planning on going further on but then saw this spot at the creek and had to stop.  We spent all afternoon here, it was magic.  We so needed a day like this and it didn’t cost us anything but $20 petrol.  I took food and water and we just had fun! 

Pottsville, New South Wales

a massive friend we met today in the creek. glad we just met the one!

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H O M E and H E A L T H

In my last post I mentioned our plan for buying a place of our own in May to save our sanity.  I chose to wait three more months instead of buying right away as we needed the extra savings to have 10% house deposit and so we could also have a great savings history and sort out some other things like desexing our dog.  We have been looking at different units and townhouses in the areas we like so we are more educated in what a good price is as well as what we want for our first place and what we are willing to compromise on.

At the start of this month I viewed a unit(condo) in Mermaid Beach that I could really see us being happy in, so we ended up making an appointment with the broker earlier than planned.  Since then, we have been in regular contact with the broker and the real estate agent as there have been several issues and setbacks towards getting pre-approval for a home loan.  Luckily the unit(condo) is still available but we might miss it as we are waiting for paperwork to come through for us.  Even if we miss this unit, I trust that the right one will show up for us, I am just really glad that we have begun this process as it takes way longer than I thought it would!  So if anyone out there is in the same stage and hasn’t talked to a broker about pre-approval yet and all the documentation you need, then I would get on to it!! We had talked to a broker earlier on but more as an enquiry into what deposits we would need and what our price range would be but apparently some bank criteria has changed and loans are harder to come by at the moment.  So many people that I have talked to have said that it seems so hard to get through the pre-approval process.

I have been keeping up with our 52 week savings game so we have cash for Xmas and also saving $100 a week for our snow trip in August as well as saving for our house.  I do have to go out today and buy our little girl some warm onsies for winter this year.  She is rapidly outgrowing all her clothes, so I have to get a few onesies, tights and singlets.  She kicks off all blankets so I don’t bother with them anymore so I have to make sure she is warm enough without them while she sleeps.  The onesies are also great under her snowsuit.  Our new car is still awesome too, and I am looking forward to driving down south to the snow in it!

In other news, I have been suffering from daily migraines for months, and it seemed to be getting worse.  I had an intuitive thought recently that giving up dairy may help and looking into it, dairy is a food that causes inflammation and all sorts of issues for a lot of people let alone the problems it causes the cows 😩….I do prefer a vegan life and I have always felt great when vegan – I had taken to drinking a lot of cows milk when pregnant and had kept this up during breastfeeding as I would crave it.  Anyway, I thought it was worth a try so gave it a go.  I seemed to go through a full on dairy detox and I had stomach problems and bad headaches for the first 6 days but am now feeling the best I have in a very very long time and I lost 1.5kilograms in that week!

My husband is also doing well without gluten in his diet and has had more energy and lost weight because of the change.  I also like gluten free eating although I am not as strict on this for me and our baby.  I definitely notice the difference but geez gluten free and vegan products really empty the wallet!  Although I have found that if you stick to mostly to wholefoods then it isn’t so expensive.  Hopefully when we are finally in our own kitchen I can try making some gf breads too!

I am so looking forward to having our own space again.  I belong at the beach and living away from parents!  Yesterday Lennox and I had the day to ourselves at home.  It has been ages since we got to do that and I had forgotten how important that time is to me and for her.  I loved it.  It will be so awesome to be back at our beach every day and spending time together.

I hope you all have a safe holiday season 🌞

 

 

 

things are looking up 🌞

My last couple of posts have been a bit negative nancy so I thought I should focus on and write about the great things that have happened lately.  Firstly, my husband and I have made a deadline for when we get outta here (my mum’s).  Its in 3 months – end of May-  as long as all goes well with getting a loan and finding the right place.  We decided that a deadline is what we needed to keep ourselves sane enough to continue being here and it allow us to plan and knuckle down to save enough for our new place.  Our relationship has definitely benefited from this and we are doing well.

Secondly, I sold a dreamcatcher I made on etsy!! It is my first sale and I am so excited and motivated by this.  It has spurred me on to make more pretties and work harder at getting new things into my shop more often.  Today I went and bought a few more hoops to make more dreamers as I didn’t have any to make new ones.  Here is a pic of my packaged and ready to send dreamcatcher.

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I added a handful of little crystals and a shell and silver mermaid to the package for something a little extra to say thankyou to the buyer.  I really hope she loves it, I put so much love into these and it is always scary to put yourself out there and be open to judgement.

Thirdly, and very excitingly, we traded in Brett’s mazda and bought a new(ish) car!!! It’s a 2012 Toyota RAV4 and it is in immaculate condition and very very low kms for its age and has 3 year warranty as well as lots of other little perks.  We are so happy about it and it is going to be perfect for all of the driving that we do and for going to the snow.  I am totally in love with it and so is Brett.  It also has enough room for another bub if we are lucky enough to be blessed again.  We decided to do this as the mazda was needing quite a bit of work and was getting quite old and had done over 300000kms. It kind of ends up cheaper for us just to buy this and spend only $80 a week on the repayments rather than spend thousands trying to fix up the mazda.  Anyway, here it is…..

new car

thanks for reading…. I will probably be posting pics of all our little trips in this baby from now on! hahahah ✌

wow,that was a bad day.

I should have stayed home, I even said to my mum that I didn’t want to go anywhere today but I did because today is swimming lesson day for Lennox.  So I leave the house and drive to swimming, I had trouble getting a park near the pool thanks to council works so I parked much further away.  I was not feeling very good so I thought I would pick up a coffee on the way.  Lennox was a bit whingey and I was trying to get her and her swimming bag out of the car and I locked my bag containing my car keys, wallet and phone in the car.  My head was just not right today.  So anyway, after some attempts to break into my own car by myself and some lovely strangers, I decided I would have to join up for roadside assistance $180!! and get them to come and open my car as I had no choice 😭. I did get to have that coffee though we didn’t make it to swimming unfortunately.

It is also my mum’s birthday today and my husband’s on saturday, so I wanted to pick up a nice present for them today…. I chose an expensive perfume for my mum and asked to have it gift wrapped – it looked really nice. I gave it to mum and she opened it, and it wasn’t the perfume I chose at all!!! Now I have to go back and try and get an exchange even though it has been opened.  OMG I should have stayed home. 🎻

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🌈✌

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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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!!😝