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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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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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)

 

it’s been so long!

hey wordpress peeps! I have missed you immensely.  I have not been able to access wordpress to write or even view what is happening due to my outdated technology.  My macbook is ancient and it doesn’t show any of the images and the formatting is all over the place (i have no idea how to fix this so if anyone knows please tell me!) and my iphone 4 app just doesnt open at all anymore :(. I love my old stuff but I am unable to do much so I am currently using my husband’s microsoft surface.

So much has happened in almost a year but I don’t know where to start, but I can tell you that we are still not living in the studio that we were meant to be in a year ago….. It is still not built and it is so frustrating as we are still living in the house with my mother and stepdad! Living with mum is fine but my step dad is driving me nuts.  Not having our own space is driving us crazy the most and not living where we love -at the beach.  Living in the country means a lot of driving to get anywhere and I am really starting to hate driving.  Geez listen to me whinge! Obviously I am finding it difficult to cope at the moment but writing about it helps.  We are super grateful to my parents of this opportunity to save money and buy our own place back at the beach -which will be soon I am happy to say.  It might not be our dream place but it is a foot in the door and a beginning 🙂 … It is very exciting!

This stay at mums has has taught me a lot about myself and given me a lot of time to think and plan and implement how I would like to live and given us great freedom financially to be able to have a family holiday (last winter we went to the snow).  Lennox (our daughter) has learnt a lot too, she helps us in the vege garden, and loves bushwalks, she loves to paint and draw and she loves her time with her Nanna, she goes to swimming lessons and she got to go tabogganing in the snow.

All in all, life is good.  I hope to write more and read about what everyone has been up to lately now that I am online again😍 HAPPY NEW YEAR

i am bored….i need to write more.

i am getting pretty bored about the place as we are living in limbo at my mother’ s house and all our stuff is in storage.  My husband works full time and is helping build the studio we will live in on his weekends so I spend my time playing/changing/feeding/settling our almost 9 month old little girl.  I have taken to doing some gardening here but most of the property is bushland, and I am trying to do more exercise in the mornings when my mum can watch Lennox, but other than that I have no clue what to do with my time.  I have baked a few cakes, made up a weeks worth of baby food etc do the cooking and washing blah blah blah but I am bored.
The whole purpose of being at mum’s is to save money to buy our own place so I don’t really want to start up a hobby that costs money, and although I would like to paint and do pottery (and have the stuff to do that here) I can’t really get into that stuff with a toddler toddling about.  So therefore, my only conclusion is to write more.  This could be a warning to everyone, or a blessing 🙂 but either way – watch this space! x

its time to bunker down, lose weight and save money

Over a year ago, when I was 5 months pregnant with our baby girl, my mum and stepdad offered us a way to save money for a house deposit.  My stepdad was going to build my mother a studio for her to do her art in and they asked if we would like to live in it to save for a deposit and then mum can use it for her studio afterwards.  We jumped at the opportunity as we had been renting for years and although we had kept our dream alive of owning a property one day we knew that it would be quite a while off as rent takes up so much of your savings.

this is the trench dug around the outside of the studio for a walkway

this is the trench dug around the outside of the studio for a walkway

not a bad place to live :)

not a bad place to live 🙂

So anyway that was January 2014 and my stepdad said it would probably be ready by August that year.  It is now February 2015 and although we are not in the studio yet, we have moved in to their house and are occupying the upstairs rooms while it is built.  We have left our gorgeous beachside living and are now in the valley near a river and mountains on acreage.  I am already struggling with the differences as I am very much a beach girl, but am staying positive at the savings we can make and that we are now able to afford some things that were difficult to save for while renting!  Hopefully the studio is only a couple of months off being finished as we have no privacy and all of our stuff is in storage – if it isn’t completed by winter then we will have to spend a day digging through the storage to the back where all of our clothes and blankets are!

Lennox and her Nanna

Lennox and her Nanna

Lennox (our little girl) is now 8 months and is loving the extra attention and love she gets from her Nanna and Pop Rocket.  She is so keen to start walking and is getting into all sorts of trouble around the house.  It is so great for her to have so much love and for my mum to see her everyday growing up.  We are so lucky to have this opportunity to save with no financial stress at all and hopefully one day own our own beachside property for her to continue growing up in.

there is a lot of wildlife out here - so many spiders! but also kangaroos and possums, moths, butterflies and snakes.

there is a lot of wildlife out here – so many spiders! but also kangaroos and possums, moths, butterflies and snakes.

While we are here, away from everything and everyone I am going to work on losing the baby weight I gained while pregnant. I put on so much weight! I was doing personal training on the coast but don’t want to drive an hour to go to it so I am doing my own program of walking/hiking around the yard and up and down the long steep driveway as well as weights and situps etc. I have lost a kilo since moving here two weeks ago so that is great 🙂 I am also doing the gardening and cleaning up of the yard to help out here. Mum and I are also putting in a vege patch. It is great fun to do and it also keeps me busy and active otherwise I do get a bit bored as I am not in my own house and don’t have any of my stuff around me.  I will keep a log on all of the progress with weight loss and yard clearing – there is so much to do!!

garden cleared of weeds and vines, ready for our vege patch!

garden cleared of weeds and vines, ready for our vege patch!

my mum spreading the manure around the vege patch.

my mum spreading the manure around the vege patch.

And now I must go and get packing for a night of privacy, tomorrow is our wedding anniversary – 1 year of being married and we are going to go spend a night in a mountain lodge! So excited! ahaha  We have come so far since we met in 2012 – life has changed so much for us and we feel like the universe is totally supporting us and helping us on our way to achieving our dreams!  WOOOOHOOOOOOO

sunset over the valley.

sunset over the valley.