Taking Stock- February

Taking stock - February

And just like that, summer is gone. A new month, a new season, a new opportunity to take stock.

Inspired by Pip from Meet Me At Mikes, taking stock is a great way to look back at the month that was, breathe it all in, then move onto the month ahead.

February was such a busy month for us. So much going on! Forget Feb Fast {I would have been a big fat failure at that}, for us it was more like Feb Fest! All those tickets we bought way back when, finally got used and we also had a wedding, a baptism which included a quick trip to Port Macquarie and on top of all that, Miss 5 started school!

So here’s my taking stock February…

Making : This DIY shadow box. I just couldn’t part with Miss 5’s first ballet shoes
Cooking : Baking up freezer friendly muffins and lunchbox snacks.
Drinking : Too much! I really should have done Feb Fast!
Reading: Blogs, blogs and more blogs
Wanting: More hours in the day
Looking: Forward to a couple of upcoming blogger events and meeting some of my bloggy friends in real life
Playing: The school mum. It’s a whole new world!
Deciding: What to wear. Will it be hot or cool? Will be asking this question all Autumn!
Wishing: Dinner times were not so stressful
Enjoying: Family time on weekends. Now that Miss 5 is at school the weekends have become even more precious
Waiting: For our 8 year anniversary. We passed the 7 year itch. Yay us!
Liking: A new photography project I’ve joined. More to come soon…
Wondering: If I should have become a teacher instead of a marketer!?
Loving: My time with Master 3 on the days I don’t work, now that his sister is at school. I forgot how easy grocery shopping with just one kid is!
Pondering: Taking a trip to my home town to see my family
Considering: Buying new black sneakers
Watching: Revenge! It’s back.. Yay!
Hoping: Miss 5 continues the dream run she’s had since starting school.
Marvelling: At just how quickly she’s learning. It really is incredible.
Cringing: At the many measles stories I’ve heard recently. Just immunize people!!
Needing: A massage and a chiro adjustment
Questioning: Where has common sense gone? Blog post coming soon!
Smelling: Chocolate honeycomb I’m about to eat
Wearing: Peter Alexander PJ’s
Following: Working Mum’s Collective. It’s like a cheer squad for working mums!
Noticing: How much worse Peak hour traffic has become in Sydney
Knowing: That there’s more to know. Gotta keep learning!
Thinking: About the families of the Bali 9 ringleaders who are about to be executed.
Admiring: Morning people and wishing I could be one
Sorting: Through paperwork… Bills, school notes. It’s never-ending!
Buying: Actually not much lately. Strange for me but I’m sure it won’t last long.
Getting: Well into the swing of 2015
Bookmarking: these links from Jess on raising boys. Think I’ll need to refer to them as Master 3 seems to have reached the effing fours already!
Coveting: These Yoga pants
Disliking: The morning routine. Or lack of thereof!
Giggling: At My2Morrows. Always laughter in this place
Feeling: Tired. All the time!
Snacking: On a Chocolate Honeycomb. Yum!
Wishing: I could do more yoga classes every week
Helping: Miss 5 learn to read. Such a fascinating process!
Hearing: The Foo Fighters… on high rotation since we went to their concert last week!

So that’s me for Feb!

I’d love to hear from you… Pick a couple of prompts from the list above and tell me how you are taking stock?

Shannon xx pink

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The Link List 1

Link list

Hello hello!

Happy Saturday! There’s something rather lovely about Saturday mornings. The whole weekend ahead, so full of promise! I hope yours is shaping up well.

I have a busy one with three nights out IN A ROW! It’s been a while since I’ve done 3 in a row. Like, since the 90’s! Thankfully my little bro gave me some advice… Just go hard on nights 1 and 3 and you’ll be fine. Righto bro!

So today’s post is all about links! I love me a link list and can get lost for hours devouring just… stuff! So after being inspired by my Clever Cookie friends, I thought I’d give it a crack.

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I used to be the biggest magazine junkie. Working in media meant I was on pretty much every subs list (even those crazy niche publications). But it seems my magazine junkie days are pretty much over, apart from a few faves of course… Real Living, The Collective, the occasional Harpers. Oh, and the odd gossip rag when I’m in the hairdressers chair!

Besides these few, I actually enjoy reading blogs so much more anyway. Real people writing about real things is totally my cuppa tea. I love the variety of content on offer.

So with that in mind, here’s some bits and bobs I’ve spotted around the place this week that I thought you might like. Pop the kettle on…

  • Do you find it hard to throw away your children’s artwork? Bring them to life and turn them into 3D toys thanks to this Aussie mum. The cutest idea I can’t wait to try.
  • Remember flip books? Check out this proposal!
  • Inspiring Australian of the year, Rosie Batty has launched an app to help women avoid unhealthy relationships. Such important work she continues to do.
  • Been to Dubai? If not, you will want to after seeing this.
  • I’ve been completely hooked on the podcast, Serial and now that I’ve finished all 12 eps and read Smaggle’s discussion post, I’m wondering what to listen to next to fill the void. Any suggestions?
  • Ever wondered what’s in lipstick? Kristy from Loulou Zoo explains. Apparently the average lipstick wearer consumes up to 400 lipsticks in a lifetime! OMG!
  • Bad Mood? The lovely Jess from A Little Part Of The World will help kick it to the kerb with her tips.

So, there you have it. If you too love a link list, be sure to check out The Ultimate Rabbit Hole hosted by Karin from calm to conniption and her awesome Ultimate Rabbit Hole co-hosts – Sam at The Annoyed Thyroid, Jess at A Little Part of the World and Fleur at Our Urban Box.

Your weekend reading is sorted! Enjoy!

Shannon xx pink

The Circle Of Life: Part 2 – Maddi’s Daddy.

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.

It started out ok and full of promise as most years do… Fireworks, sparklers… 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.

Told in 2 parts, this is part 2. You can read about part 1 here.

The circle of life, part 2: Maddi’s Daddy

Maddi home

On our way home from Hawaii we stopped over in Fiji for the wedding of the year.

We arrived and met all our friends for sunset drinks. You know that feeling… You’re in a foreign country with your mates, no work, no mundane responsibilities of home where everyone is super happy and carefree. Yep. That!

The next day was the wedding. An idyllic intimate ceremony with Fijian singers followed by the reception in the sand. We made new friends, re connected with old friends, sang, ate, drank and danced.

Our mate Ash was a groomsman in the wedding and his wife Jayne (Jay) was almost 33 weeks pregnant with their first baby. They were as loved up as always, excited about becoming parents.

Their relationship wasn’t like others. Sure husbands and wives love each other but not like these two. They just adored one another. At the wedding Jay was telling us how proud she was of him and how lucky she was to be his wife. He was just one of those good guys… always looking out for everyone else. His students, friends and family meant the world to him. And he always had a smile on his face. ALWAYS! Even when competing in an ironman event only weeks earlier.

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We had a recovery swim the next day and said goodbye to our friends by the pool before we headed to the airport to fly home. We hugged and kissed them both, gave Jay’s belly a rub and told them that next time we see them they will have a little person and that their lives would change completely.

Little did we know what was to follow after that moment by the pool was a series of events no one could have ever predicted. Nor did we realise it would be the last time we would ever see Ash.

Only hours after we said our goodbyes, Jay went into labour and delivered baby Maddi in the back of a taxi en route to Nadi hospital, 7 weeks early. We woke the next morning at home in Sydney to a text from a very proud new daddy…

“ITS A GIRL!!! Gorgeous little Maddison Jayne Cazna Wren popped her head out in a taxi at front of Nadi hospital. Dad Ash cradling the head. Jay was amazing. V tired now. But both doing well under the circumstances. Here wiv my 2 angels”

He was so so proud. We were worried, as Maddi had arrived so early in a foreign country, but so thrilled that these two beautiful friends who had longed to be parents, finally were.

After 3 weeks of travelling to Nadi hospital every few hours for feeds, taking Maddi’s progress day by day, Ash and Jay finally flew their little bundle home with a paediatrician and oxygen tank and were transferred by ambulance to hospital in Sydney where Maddi was checked and observed, having all the normal tests newborn babies have when born on home soil.

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They finally spent their first night together as a family in hospital and were over the moon. Maddi was thriving and they were ready to be discharged, to start their new life as a family. I wish this is where I could end telling this story.

But sadly only days after arriving home with Maddi, Ashley had a heart attack and tragically passed away. He had spent just 27 days with his precious baby girl.

I was at the playground with my kids when I took the call from a frantic friend that sunny Friday morning in June. My first thought was that something had happened to Maddi so you can imagine the disbelief when I heard that Ash had died.

The next hour was a blur. Thank goodness the kids were busy playing. I was on the phone trying to get hold of my husband and calling our close friends to break the shocking news. I had lost all 4 of my grandparents, but this was different. This was a young fit, healthy 41 year old and he was our mate. How do you even deal with losing a close mate?

The crew gathered at our place Saturday night. We didn’t know what to do other than just be together. We drank Ash’s fave brand of beer and told stories. We laughed through tears and said cheers to our mate in the most appropriate way, with a drink on our heads. It was his party trick and not once did I ever see him drop one!

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His funeral was attended by over 700 people including his former students. His favourite song ‘Change the world’ by Eric Clapton was played as a slideshow of his life in pictures played.

Jays sister sang Amazing Grace, the same song she sang at their wedding just shy of 4 years earlier. Hard to believe that just 4 years earlier these two love birds were planning the rest of their lives together. Now Ash was gone! Beyond un-fair!

Beautiful tributes and eulogies were read and he was carried out by his best mates wearing Manly scarfs whilst Eagle Rock played. There was not a dry eye in the place.

My hubby with Ash who was Manly's Biggest Fan

My hubby with Ash who was Manly’s Biggest Fan

Ash would describe himself as quite an ordinary guy but he was actually quite extraordinary and had a huge impact on so many people. From the kids he taught, to the homeless people he gave food to, he was just one of those great guys. Taken way too soon. A teacher, a mentor, a mate, a brother, a son, an uncle, an ironman, a husband and a very proud father.

he was such a proud daddy

The absolute light of our friendship group. How can his light not be shining anymore?

How can this person with the permanent sunny grin not be there anymore to smile and light up our days? Our daughter called him ‘Uncle Ash’. It just doesn’t seem right, fair or real, even 4 months later.

Maddi & Jayne Fundraising Event

The boys felt it was their duty to look after Ash’s girls, so a few of us got together and planned a fundraising event. With a new baby to look after while grieving the love of her life, Jay was in no position to return to work anytime soon. This was something we could do to help.

It was 8 weeks of intense organisation and the event was a sell out with 240 guests attending. Dan Ewing from home and Away fame gave a moving tribute to Ash (Ash had coached him in soccer as a youngster). Des Hassler (ex manly now bulldogs coach) Ash’s former teacher also shared a video tribute. And former Wallaby Phil Waugh and Australian Cricketer Mitchell Starc shared some light-hearted stories.

Jessica Watson OAM told her inspiring story of sailing around the world solo and John Maclean OAM (paratriathlete, rower and motivational speaker) came along to share his incredible story. He was a hero to Ash, inspiring his ironman training. Johns accident happened on the 27th June, Ash had died on 27th June. Goosebumps! Because of this, John felt compelled to come along to share his story. As he was introduced, he stood up out of his wheelchair and walked to the stage. It was incredible.

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Top Left: Phil Waugh, Mitchell Starc, Dan Ewing. Bottom Left: John Maclean. Top Right: Jessica Watson. Bottom Right: Maddison Wren

Ashley’s Legacy

After returning from Fiji, Jay and Ash had discussed their desire to give back to the Fijian people who looked after them so beautifully and helped Maddi survive and thrive in those first precious weeks.

Through Jay’s story appearing on the Today Show, she was contacted by Karen from Fiji-oz Foundation. A registered non profit organisation that supports schools, hospitals, orphanages and villages in Fiji.

As part of Ash’s legacy, Jay has since been busy channeling her grief by gathering donations and packing boxes bound for Fiji, working with Fiji-oz to get the word out to secure corporate support to help with logistics and shipping to Fiji.

She’s hoping to one day put together ‘Maddi’s Daddy’ packs with everything new parents need after giving birth in Nadi hospital. And she hopes to take Maddi back for her first birthday to thank her ‘Fijian family’ and show them how much Maddi has thrived. It was something her and Ash had discussed doing and she’s going to make it happen.

Donated items being presented to Nadi Hospital on behalf of Ashley, Jayne and Maddison Wren.

Donated items being presented to Nadi Hospital on behalf of Ashley, Jayne and Maddison Wren.

Out of sadness comes love and strength

Things have changed in our friendship circle. We’re all telling each other we love each other, even the blokes in their blokey ‘love ya man’ kinda way. We’ve had the biggest reminder about what’s important this year and we’ve seen that out of sadness comes love and strength.

Monday mornings don’t seem so bad anymore. Because I’m here. Here to live it and lucky to live it the way that I do. I’m a little more inspired to run or get through a grueling workout. You just have to think of him, his smile, his energy for life and he inspires us all.

Grief is a strange thing. For many of us, the routine of everyday life goes back to some kind of normal. But for Jay, things have changed forever. Not only is she adjusting to life as a new mum but she’s doing it without the love of her life by her side. And that precious teeny tiny piece of Ash is what gives her the strength to get through the sleepless nights, the weeks, the days, the hours. She’s an incredible mumma, somehow managing to smile through the tears and we are all so proud of her, and know Ash would be too.

Jay & Maddi

Maddi will always know how incredible her Daddy was.

She will know about his energy for life, his famous smile that could light up anyone’s day, and one day when she’s old enough… She will know about her daddy’s famous party trick.

With his favourite song in mind… Ash, whether he knew it or not, did change the world.

And he was the sunlight in our universe.

RIP Maddi’s Daddy xx

Ash Hawaii

Untitled design (1)See more of Jays story here and see the follow up Today Show story with Fiji-Oz Foundation

John Maclean recently completed the Nepean Triathlon, the event he was training for at the time of his accident. Find out more about John Maclean’s incredible story here.

Read more about Fiji-Oz here

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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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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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Image Source: Pinterest

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

Taking Stock – September

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Inspired by fave blogger Mrs Woog who was inspired by the fabulous Pip from Meet me at Mikes, I thought I’d give Taking Stock September a crack.

It’s a new season and although it doesn’t really feel like it yet in Sydney, a new season brings new beginnings and is a great opportunity to check in with where you’re at, where you’re going and what your coveting, buying, listening to and drinking!

Have a read, then it’s your turn my lovelies!

Making : Time for me. Ashtanga yoga class yesterday, one of my fave things in the world!

Cooking : Urghh… Not a fan

Drinking : Geisen – Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc or Green Tea

Reading: My new bloggy friends blogs

Wanting: World peace

Looking: Forward to being in the hairdressers chair today and considering going back to blonde, or should I keep hedging my bets and stick with the balyage?

Playing: Mean mummy. Didn’t let miss 5 wear her Elsa dress to the shops yesterday. Melt down!

Deciding: Arghh, decisions are my weakness. Typical libra. Always indecisive!

Wishing: Hubby didn’t work ridiculous hours.

Enjoying: Friday = mummy and kids day

Waiting: For Christmas holidays

Liking: Spring

Wondering: How humans can be so violent. Wtf is going on in the world?!

Loving: Clever cookie school of blog course and never want it to end

Pondering: Whether to pour another glass of wine or not?

Considering: Buying new dining chairs. You like?

Watching: Becoming the Beatles doco

Hoping: Miss 5 takes to wearing her new glasses ok

Marvelling: At how it can be possible that my first born starts school next year!

Needing: My chiro

Smelling: My kids after a bath

Wearing: My new überkate Uberbanner freshly engraved

Following: My new Clever Cookie bloggy friends blogs lifeloveandlattescreatebakemakesimplejoysandsilverlinings and about a hundred more

Noticing: How much wine I drink!!

Knowing: That there’s always more to know and learn

Thinking: About what my next blog post will be. Suggestions welcome!

Admiring: The strength of a dear friend after losing her husband suddenly 3 months ago

Sorting: Kitchen cupboards… One at a time

Buying: If hubby is reading this… nothing. If not, a new wish dress

Getting: Inspired by the Clever Cookie School of Blog course

Bookmarking: Arinna Huffington’s book ‘thrive’

Disliking: The threat to our way of life in Australia

Opening: My iPad cover

Giggling: At miss 5 calling a huntsman spider  ‘a husband’

Feeling: Tired. All the time, tired!

Snacking: Tim tam bites and wishing I never discovered them!

Coveting: Besides the dining chairs… ShoesShoes and shoes

Wishing : I could see my interstate family more often

Helping: Master 3 drift off to sleep singing John Lennon’s ‘beautiful boy’

Hearing: My new yoga playlist

And a blank list for you below.

I‘d love to hear how you are taking stock in September.

Leave yours in the comments below.

All or just pick a few.

Go on, don’t be shy!

Making :
Cooking :
Drinking :
Reading:
Wanting:
Looking:
Playing:
Deciding:
Wishing:
Enjoying:
Waiting:
Liking:
Wondering:
Loving:
Pondering:
Considering:
Watching:
Hoping:
Marvelling:
Needing:
Smelling:
Wearing:
Following:
Noticing:
Knowing:
Thinking:
Admiring:
Sorting:
Buying:
Getting:
Bookmarking:
Disliking:
Opening:
Giggling:
Feeling:
Snacking:
Coveting:
Wishing:
Helping:
Hearing:

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