Love Want Need 3

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Happy Fri-yay! Happy Halloween!

Do you get into Halloween? It seems every year it gets bigger and bigger in Australia and definitely in my neighbourhood.

I’ll be trick or treating with my2morrows tonight, dressed as a witch. {Smart arse hubby says I don’t need a costume!} Miss 5 picked it out, apparently I have no choice. Should be fun!

Halloween aside, here’s my latest Love Want Need list.

Now… where’s that money tree??

1. Colourful hand woven lampshade from Etsy $235

2. Witchery Shia leather skirt $299.95

3. Anthropologie Astra cocoon cardi $138

4. Etsy elephant tank $21.04

5. Freedom Eynsford a Floor Rug 160x230cm in emerald $199

6. Typo Tea-riffic travel mug $16.95

Enjoy!

What are you loving, wanting, needing lately? Share in the comments below…

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Liebster Blog Award

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The thing I’m loving the most about this whole bloggy thing is the amazing community. It’s completely blown me away actually. I’m loving the conversations, the recipes I’m discovering, and simply, how inspired I am through the connections I’ve made.

I’ve been a blog lover and reader for a long time but have only recently found the courage to actually become a blogger myself (It still feels weird even calling myself that!) So I was pretty excited to be nominated for a Liebster Blog Award from the lovely Fleur at Our Urban Box. Thanks Fleur!

The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers, by fellow bloggers as a way of recognising your blog and a way to connect and discover other fabulous blogs out there.

A few rules that come with the nomination are:

  1. Link back and recognise the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer ten questions given by the nominator.
  3. Nominate ten other bloggers for the award.
  4.  Create ten questions for nominees to answer.
  5. Notify your nominees.
  6. Get an award button and display it proudly.

So here’s the questions Fleur set for me:

1. What was the last book you read? Thrive by Arianna Huffington

2. Do you have any holiday plans coming up? 3 weeks off over Chrissy/New year and very much looking forward to a Staycation, being a tourist in our own city

3. If you could choose any era to live in, what would it be? 60’s… Flower Child!

4. What is your drink of choice? Tea. I love the ritual of a pot of freshly boiled tea!Black, green, herbal, rooibos… You name it!

5. Autumn or Spring? Both are amazing in Sydney but I’d have to choose Spring. New beginnings and all that!

6. What is one thing on your want list at the moment? Oh there’s always a few as you’ll see from my ‘Love Want Need’ posts. But if I had to pick one thing at the moment it would be a Roundie from The beach people.

7. What is the best thing that happened to you this week? I had a birthday and got to spend it with my2morrows!

8. If you had the chance to go see any band or performer (alive or dead) who would it be? MJ

9. Favourite chocolate bar? Chokito

10. If you had to give yourself a new name, what would you pick? Oh great question Fleur! If it was asked in the 80’s I totally would have said ‘Tiffany’ but hmm, now I’d go with India or Willow I think!

I now nominate these amazing bloggers. Be sure to click and check them out!

Krissy from Pretty Wee Things

Astrid from Adore Re Me

Mrs Bouw from Tied with a Bouw

Lisa from The Art Of Joy

Arlene from Starrtrekking

Abby from Two Janes

Heidi from Confessions of  a Celebrity Spray Tanner

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Gabbi from My Kind Of Chaos

Lisa from Single Mum With Swagger

Kristy from LouLouZoo

And here are your questions:

  1. Inspiration behind your blog?
  2. On your bedside table?
  3. Fave song/album?
  4. Fave Drink?
  5. What were you doing a decade ago?
  6. Fave quote?
  7. Describe your style?
  8. Most treasured possession?
  9. Favourite holiday destination?
  10. What is one random thing that most people don’t know about you?

Can’t wait to read your answers!

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The Circle of Life, Part 1: Scotty

I’ve never been one to wish time away. I try to always live in the present moment, but I have to say… I’m actually looking forward to 2014 being over.
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The year started out full of promise as most years do…  Fireworks, sparklers… a few champas with dear friends… happy kids running around with glow sticks. But it will be forever marred by 2 heartbreaking losses and with that, a reminder about what’s most important in life.
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Told in 2 parts, here’s part 1…

The Circle Of Life, Part 1: Scotty

Earlier this year we headed overseas for our long awaited family holiday to Hawaii, with a stopover in Fiji on the way home for our friends’ wedding. Precious holiday time in two of our favourite destinations, we were pumped!

Our three hour stop over en route to Honolulu turned into 6+ hours. That’s 6 hours in a confined space with two bat shit crazy kids aged four and under. Holidays with kids are fun right! This also meant we arrived in Honolulu at 3am. Damn those cheap flights!
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But all good… We may have been jet lagged as hell, smelling like vomit thanks to discovering our son suffers from air sickness, but Aloha… we were in freakin Hawaii! Nothing a hot shower and a good nights sleep in a fluffy white hotel bed wouldn’t fix.
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It took a couple of days to settle into holiday mode, then on day three we received a call from home, C’s brother had tragically died, aged 42.
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Scotty was disabled from a brain injury at birth. He was having a picnic in the park with his carers and house mates when he choked on his lunch and went into cardiac arrest. He didn’t make it to hospital.
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C’s parents insisted we stay on holidays and said they would be having a private burial with just the two of them. So we stayed, trying to enjoy our holiday as much as possible given the circumstances.
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We had just started visiting Scott more regularly earlier this year. We wanted the kids to get to know him and teach them about how their Uncle was ‘different’.
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The children at Miss 5’s preschool were so interested to hear about how uncle Scott “can’t talk and walks funny” that it spurred a whole topic for the next couple of weeks on disabilities. They had a visit from someone in a wheel chair and the kids learnt all about diversity and acceptance. It was lovely to know that a whole class of pre-school kids were learning all about this because of our Scott.
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For us in Hawaii, the days went on and it didn’t really hit us until we arrived on home soil and saw C’s devastated family. We still haven’t told the kids uncle Scott is gone, but will tell them when they are a little older and understand death a little better.
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We are grateful they got to meet him and we will always talk to them about him. About his boundless energy, how he loved strawberry milkshakes, walks by the sea, a swing in the playground, and doors. He loved doors. Opening them, closing them and listening to their hinges squeak.
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He taught us all so much and we will all miss our sweet energetic Scotty.
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A month or so after Scotty died, C’s older brother and his wife told us they were expecting a baby boy and we now have a gorgeous new Nephew.
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To be continued…
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Love Want Need 2

Hello Hello!
Hope you all had a happy, sun shiny weekend.
Here’s a few things currently on the ‘Love Want Need’ list…
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1. Mint Paper Origami Pendant Light by Studio Snowpuppe. $140 at Temple And Webster

2. Loving Country Road’s new active range, in particular this oversized mesh tee. Just can’t decide, white or aqua?

3. Converse All Star Rubber High  $99.95 at hype DC (via LaurenConrad.com) A super cool take on adult gumboots. But sold out 😦

4. Zhena’s Gypsy Tea – Coconut Chai and Green Tea. Certified organic and fair trade. $12.95 from theorganicstore.com.au  Combining 2 of my favourite things in the world, chai + coconut. Cannot wait for postman Pete to deliver this! Is anyone else on a first name basis with the parcel delivery guy?  😉

5. Cinnamon pull apart bread. Recipe from essentialkids.com.au Cinnamon anything and I’m there! I’m no baker but I must give this one a crack!

6. Gold Metallic foil print from Hard to find. Currently on sale $22.14. Purchased this to add to my photo wall which is currently in the planning stages. Now to find the perfect frame…

What do you ‘Love Want Need’ lately? I’d love to hear…
Share in the comments below!
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Dear Miss 5

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Dear Miss 5,

So you’re 5 and a bit now. Five. Snakes alive! Such a milestone age. I remember being five. I met my BFF, your Auntie Shell Bell at your age!

So I wanted to jot down some thoughts before I forget this magical age, just like I have forgotten bits and pieces from the previous years. “Mummy, you have a bad mem-em-ory” as you often tell me.

Actually the real reason I wanted to start blogging all those years ago was to do exactly this… write you letters. I was on maternity leave, had a bit of time in between your sleeps and feeds and had intended to just set it to private and start documenting your milestones and life as a new parent. But a few things got in the way of that happening, like having two babies in two years! Before we knew it your little brother came along and here we are, it’s 2014 and you are five. Blink. Of. An. Eye!

You start school orientation next week and it’s such a relief to your daddy and I to see you so excited. You are so so ready. If I could send you tomorrow I would. I think you’re getting a bit bored and it’s getting harder to keep you entertained these days. There’s only so much craft and Frozen watching this mumma can deal with!

Me? I’m equal parts excited and sad. Excited that you are going to learn so much so quickly. Excited to have some one-on-one time with your brother as I’ve never had that before. Excited to do the grocery shop with just one kid in tow. Excited that you will become that little bit more independent and excited that it’s one less meltdown we need to have in the mornings about what to wear. Hello school uniform!

But sad. Sad that it won’t be me teaching you all those new things. Sad that your newfound independence means you won’t need me as much. Sad that your brother won’t have his hero around to worship during the week. And sad that starting school really does signal the end of your early childhood years. Pass the tissues 😦

Gosh, I got teary doing the school tour and that was months ago! How am I going to handle big school?!  I’ll spend those first days/weeks wondering if you’ll be able to open your yoghurt by yourself, will you lose your new little glasses? Will you make friends, how will you deal with conflict? So much for a mamma to worry about. But it’s not about me, it’s all about you my big girl and I know you are ready.

You have been glued to my side the last five years, doing everything together. From the early days of mother’s group, play group and gymbaroo. To swimming lessons, sushi Tuesdays, playgrounds, shopping, craft, painting our nails, baking, reading, bouncing on the trampoline, sing-a-long disco’s and watching Frozen a gazillion times. I’m so grateful to have had this precious time with you.

I’m really going to miss it, as will your little brother. He will feel a little lost at first, he looks up to you and copies everything you say and do. Which is hilarious when you say things like “stupid poo poo head” and when he puts on your dresses and curtseys. On the other hand, I’m sure he will enjoy being able to watch Fireman Sam without being subjected to Disney princess everything!

You are showing so much interest in learning. Please, please always stay that way!

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You are so different to how I was as a kid and it blows me away how independent you already are.

You are also:

  • Inquisitive – you are always ALWAYS asking questions.
  • Creative – you do craft for hours, coming up with original works of art. image
  • Brave – at 4 you wanted to go on the vertical slide at the Disney resort in Hawaii. Darkness all the way down. I was reluctant, but you wanted to so bad I thought ok, you’ll only do it once. Wrong mummy! You loved it and I screamed like a 4 year old. All. The. Way. Down!
  • Eager to learn – You give everything a go. Ballet, swimming and you are about to start nippers. Your confidence just keeps growing and seeing how happy you are when you accomplish something new makes us so proud.
  • Strong – You stand your ground and don’t give in easily AT ALL! You can thank your daddy for this! Great life skill to have, (wish I had a little more of it actually) but frustrating as hell on the home front!
  • Smart – You write birthday cards with little help. You enjoy number games and are starting to read and understand the clock and money.
  • Loyal – You play with everyone and you don’t exclude. You have your favourites but you don’t cling to them, you involve everyone. A skill your teachers tell me is a good one to have. I love that you’re not afraid of a bit of rough and tumble either. Handy when you have a brother!
  • Sweet – Just this week you said “Mummy, you are wonderful” out of nowhere and gave me a big kiss. And this one “Mummy, you are the loveliest person inside the whole world”. Ahh, I melt!
  • Exquisitely beautiful – and more so everyday. I just cant even…

You love to dance, mostly to Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’, the Frozen soundtrack or ‘Gangnam Style’ with some graceful ballet moves thrown in and you skip everywhere you go because as you say “It’s just my favourite thing Mummy”.

You crack us up with the things you say and how you pronounce things like:

  • Mem-em-ory (memory)
  • Mother Guffle (mother Gothel from Repunzel)
  • Its a husband!! (A huntsman spider)
  • At the top of the hill on the way to swimming you always say “Mummy I can see the whole world from up here”. Its a bunch of houses and trees but to you its the whole world.
  • The way you sing “Everybody dance now, pull your brothers pants down”
  • And so many more that I wish I’d jotted down!! (New parents… document everything!)

And just so my ‘mem-em-ory’ doesn’t fail me, here are a few of your favourite things, aged 5…

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So Miss 5, good luck with school orientation, I know you will love it.

Keep skipping everywhere, dancing to the beat… or not, and just keep being you!

And remember…

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Clever Cookie School Of Blog – Freshly Baked Graduate

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I was scrolling through my Facebook feed back in August, when I came across this post…

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And it got me thinking…

Hmm, I should totally do that course and finally start blogging as my blog had just been sitting there idle for over five years.

And it wasn’t just any blog course, it was run by Chantelle of Fat Mum Slim fame. For those not familiar with Chantelle, she’s an uber talented, creative, successful Aussie blogger, voted 2013’s most clickable woman, founder of the famous #fmsphotoaday challenges and Little Moments App. Together with the equally talented and creative Rowe, an Australian natural light portrait and commercial photographer and co-founder of 3 Annie’s, creators of beautiful leather camera bags – these two creative souls who first met fifteen years ago while both working as nannies in Sydney had spent years brainstorming, dreaming and putting together this course.

So this wasn’t just any old course. If I was going to do a blogging course, this was the one for me. You see it was Chantelle who originally inspired me to want to start a blog all those years ago via her letters to Lacey.

I had just had my first baby, was on mat leave and wanted to start documenting life as a new parent and write letters to my new little miss. I only ever intended to set it to private, it would just be for me to look back on in years to come.

But life got in the way, two babies in two years and next thing I knew… five years felt like five minutes and although I thought about it an awful lot, I had still not started that blog…  And then I saw the Clever Cookie Facebook post, and not long after, I saw this one…

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And before I knew it, I had handed over my money and was enrolled in the first intake of The Clever Cookie School of Blog and was sitting on my couch with a glass of wine nervously thinking to myself “Crap… what have I just done? Now I really have to start that blog!”

I’d been wanting to do something like this for a while now. Something just for me, to inspire, to keep my brain active and ultimately gain enough courage to finally start that blog and what the hell… maybe even make it public. HUGE deal for me.

Some people choose Sudoku or crosswords to keep their mind active, I choose blog school.

I received my gorgeous clever cookie welcome pack in the mail and the next week was spent goal setting and learning how to use wordpress, chosing a template and getting the blog as ready as possible for blog school. Then the night before the course started I thought.. shit, it’s all well and good to have a blog, but I really should actually post something!

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Clever Cookie Welcome Pack and my original goals set.

Then the back and forth in my mind started. Well what should I do my first post on? It can’t just be on any random topic. Oh the pressure! It was Father’s Day that day and I though bugger it, I’ll just write and see what comes to mind and this is what I ended up nervously pressing publish on.

Short n sweet to start with and the feedback I received gave me a spring in my step for that entire week and from that point on, I think I had what they call ‘the bug.’ Yep, as I’d heard, blogging is rather addictive.

Since that first post, I’ve published five more posts and in four weeks I’ve learnt a truckload of stuff through this inspiring course. Everything from photography to finding your voice. I’ve heard first hand from super inspiring, creative successful individuals like Zoe Foster-Blake, Nikki Parkinson from Styling You fame, Hailey Bartholomew and many more clever contributors.

Being a marketer I thought I was pretty up with some of this stuff, but I have been blown away by the course content and now have a list longer then my leg of things to master and keep me challenged. Things like this…

Rowe and Chantelle have been simply amazing, sharing their knowledge with so much passion and have been there every step of the way to answer our silly questions and provide guidance.

I’ve been inspired more than I thought possible and I honestly never would have found the courage to start this blogging journey without this course.

The community of Clever Cookies have been so supportive and I can’t wait to meet the Sydney based Cookies IRL (that’s in real life in blog speak) when we get together for our graduation celebration in a couple of weeks.

So Chantelle and Rowe, thank you thank you for pouring your everything into this course and for being there every step of the way. What you have created with Clever Cookie is something very special and I’ve learnt so much from you both.

I’ll be forever grateful for the connections I’ve made with this awesome group of like minded Cookies who will no doubt continue to support and inspire each other for years to come.

In Chantelle’s words…

“Time to throw confetti and pop the champagne! The world is your cookie!”

School my be out, but this little blogging adventure has just begun!

If you think Clever Cookie School of Blog may be for you, check it out here. Highly recommend you do!

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I Heart Music: The Melancholy Playlist

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Music. Besides love, I don’t think there is anything in this world quite as powerful, that has the ability to connect people. No matter who you are or how old you are, it’s a language we can all understand.

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That feeling when you meet someone who loves your fave artist or song as much as you do = Instant human connection.

Since the late 90’s I’ve been to many a live gig and music festival. From my first real concert (Bryan Adams – thanks Dad for driving us country girls 7 hours to the big smoke to see him!) it quickly became a favourite pastime and I took great pride in growing my CD collection, and raiding Dads (except for Anne Murray. She’s all yours Dad).

These days I’m enjoying re-discovering my fave artists and exploring new music after years of being subjected to Justine Clark, Hi5 and the Wiggles. Toot toot chugga chugga big red car!

Music Streaming services have become my bestie with suggestions tailored to what I already listen to. Life changing! I currently subscribe to two services, because both have different functionality and I can’t decide which one I like better. (There’s that indecisive Libra thing yet again)

I love how we all consume music in different ways. For me it’s about being taken to a different place whilst on my morning city commute, it’s solitude when flying (what I’m doing right now whilst writing this), it’s company whilst cooking dinner, it’s a sing-a-long disco with my kids, it’s background during a yoga class and every now and then when we can get a babysitter, it’s the live experience or festival.

“There’s nothing to compare to live music, there just isn’t anything.”  Gloria Gaynor

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Friends of mine spend their time trawling record stores for vinyls, one plays in a band where music is his life, another is currently doing a sound engineering course such is her love of music, a cousin is completely obsessed with metal and another friend has a cool ritual when flying. Every take off and landing she scans for her perfect song. By doing this she can link her trips to songs. I love that!

However you choose to listen to music, one thing that’s clear is that music is an escape for us all.

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My taste in music is really broad, I pretty much like every genre, even the heavy stuff. Hubby almost fell over on our first date when I told him I love Rage Against The Machine and Metallica. Pretty sure that’s why he asked me to marry him!

But for some reason I find myself drawn to sad songs. Not because I’m particularly feeling sad (although we have had our fair share of sadness this year – that’s a whole other blog post) but because I find a certain beauty in them. Whether it be in their melody, the artists voice or the lyrics. Songs that no matter what your mood, have the ability to almost move you to tears or just make you want to sing-a-long.

So in the first of a series of music posts, I thought I’d share my Melancholy Playlist. Not to make you sad, but to share the beauty.

  • Spirit Bird by Xavier Rudd
  • Wish I never Saw The Sunshine by Beth Orton
  • Home by Michael Buble
  • 9 Crimes and Delicate by Damien rice (with Lisa Hannigan)
  • Winter by Tori Amos
  • The Scientist by Coldplay
  • Stop Crying Your Heart Out by Oasis
  • Everlong, (acoustic version) by The Foo Fighters
  • Walk away, Waiting On An Angel, She’s Only Happy In The Sun and The Drugs Don’t Work by Ben Harper (all time fave artist, I couldn’t just pick just 1)
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack
  • Brick by Ben Folds
  • You Were Meant For Me by Jewel
  • Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
  • Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen
  • Please Please Please Let Me Get What I want by The Smiths
  • First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes
  • I Will Remember You and Angels by Sarah McLachlan
  • Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley
  • The Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunckel
  • Everybody Hurts, by REM
  • Your Song by Ellie Goulding
  • Wish You Were Here by pink floyd
  • Mad World by Gary Jules
  • Miss Misery by Elliot smith
  • Nothing Compares To You, Seonaid O,Connor
  • Lamb by Gorecki
  • Unintended by Muse
  • You Are My Sunshine by Carly Simon
  • Fake Plastic Trees by radio head
  • Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by the Smashing Pumpkins
  • In The Living Years by Mike And The Mechanics
  • My Immortal by Evanescence
  • Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones
  • Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell
  • Purple Rain by Prince
  • Stay by Shakespeare’s Sister
  • Last Request by Paolo Nutini
  • Crying by Roy Orbison
  • Nothing Else Matters by Metallica
  • Colourblind and Walkaways by Counting Crows
  • Fade to Black by Metallica
  • Come Home by Ryan Adams
  • Stay with Me by Sam Smith
  • Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
  • Play Me by Neil Diamond
  • Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap

So over to you…

Tell me, what was your first concert?

What songs move you to tears?

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PS. I promise my next music post will be happier x