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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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.

first sale

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🌈✌

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