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 🌞





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 😍.   🌊☀🌈


mermaid beach, queensland, australia (home)



Yesterday I had a baby shower to go to and these days I have quite a bit of stuff to prepare for leaving the house with Lennox (who is 11 months now) so I usually make no effort to doll myself up.  Its not that I don’t want to but rather that I don’t even think about it and usually end up checking myself in the car mirror and realising I didn’t even wash my face before I left.  So I tend to carry some mini make-up supplies like a BB cream with sunscreen and lip gloss in my bag to help me feel a little bit pretty and look less dull and sleepy.  But yesterday I wanted to make more of an effort as it was my besties baby shower and I wanted to look nice.  I thought I would write about it as I was quite proud of my five minute effort and I thought maybe some of you out there may benefit from my tips and maybe you have some to add!

I never really put on much make up when I do actually get the time to do it but the little bit I put on looks like heaps to me as I very rarely put anything on.  I had indulged myself a couple of weeks ago and painted my toes and finger nails but now my finger nails were all chipped from the endless handwashing and cleaning the house and I don’t have any nail polish remover to get it off.  I devised that no-one would be able to tell if I put another coat over my chipped polish so firstly I cut my nails shorter and then put a single coat over the top – focusing more polish on the the tips and VOILA! fresh painted nails looked awesome again ahaha.

I washed my face and put on my foundation cream while my face was still dewy and this totally works a treat to make your face look fresh without looking like it has any makeup on it, I put some illuminiser on the top of my cheekbones and top of my eye lids to help make me look bright and put on some mascara on my top eyelashes only.  I also penciled in my eyebrows as mine are so light you can’t see em.  All of this took about 5 mins and I felt great for putting in a bit of time.  It has been a while since I felt pretty or freshened up but I realised that I really need to put in more time thinking of myself.

As for my hair…. It has been 3 weeks and I still haven’t washed my hair with anything but water and it is looking great!  I even had comments from women at the baby shower that my hair looked lovely and I told them it was because I didn’t wash it anymore!  So far so good 🙂  I wish I had taken a before and after picture….. but I didn’t have time!

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

a stranger kissed my baby…. what do I say?

On the weekend I was attending a good friend’s baby shower and had brought along my 12 week old little girl Lennox to meet a few of our mutual friends and old coworkers.   Most of the people I knew and a couple who I didn’t know at all.  During the morning a few of my old friends had a cuddle with Lennox but none of them kissed her, I kind of think it is weird to kiss another person’s baby unless you are related or a very very very close friend to the parents…. anyway, towards the end of the baby shower a woman who I had only been introduced to that day asked if she could have a hold of my baby.  I actually did not want to let her but had absolutely no idea how to go about saying no without offending her and making it all a bit awkward.  After considering it for a few days I still don’t know how to say no to a person I don’t want to hold my baby!

This woman held Lennox for a little while and then kissed her a couple of times on the head!! I was freaked out and felt yuk in the tummy about it and got Lennox back off her.  This woman was also wearing some strong cheap perfume and Lennox reeked of it for 2 days!  AAARGH!!  It would not wash out!! EUGGHH!   Has anyone else had this experience? Does anyone have any advice for me on how to politely say no to people when they want to hold my baby? What do I say!!