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 🌞

 

 

 

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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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mermaid beach, queensland, australia (home)

 

the studio will take longer to build than we thought.

I think my stepdad was extremely optimistic about how long this will take to get built and I have resigned myself to the fact that we probably will be living in their house for another 6 months.  It has taken me a few weeks to stomach this but in comparison to renting in suburbia the positives of this situation far outway the negatives.  However, I packed our stuff into storage and only brought what I thought we would need for a couple of months and now the seasons are changing and Lennox is growing and I am shrinking (losing weight) so we are going to have to dig into the storage shed and fish out the rest of our clothes and blankets etc.  We are also going on a holiday to the snow and south coast in August so we need our cold cold weather gear.  Sooooo excited about our holiday!! Another positive of living here – we can afford a holiday and still have plenty saved for our house deposit.