Saturday, January 6, 2018

Long time, no see...

Wow, I opened my emails this morning to find one about this here blog so I thought I should open it up and low and behold I find out that I haven't posted a single thing on it in over 18 months! And hasn't life changed a lot in those 18 months.

The biggest change would be that we are now a family of SEVEN as we welcomed baby number 5 into our family in November 2017.

But honestly, I never meant for the blog to sit unused for so long, life just got really really busy and I guess it just slipped away from my list of priorities.

But I think 2018 will be the year when I get back into it all. It will be a year of big change for us all and I can't wait to share it with you all.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Winter Warmers

With the change of seasons always comes a change of colours in my bedding. All summer I had bright doona covers in greens and blues and winter seems to bring out the more muted tones of greys, but I do usually throw in some bright accents with colour throws. But I haven't decided which colour to use for my new Florence Broadhurst doona cover from Just Bedding.

The kids have declared this doona the most comfiest one EVER and I am forever prying them out of my bed and reminding them that they have there own.

And now they are insistent that because I have new bedding that they need some too.

Mahli has added these to her wish list:

Caden wants this one -

And Ethan thinks these two might be nice ;)

What bright colour accent should I use in my room? Anyone have any suggestions?

Do you change your colour scheme in your bedroom depending on the season? 

*I was gifted the doona cover for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own. 
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Zipper Pouch Sewing

Over the weekend I crossed a small project off my to do list and that was to make myself a zipper pouch big enough for my Jamberry mini heater, deluxe tool set and a few jams. 

I picked a purple geometric print fabric so it would all colour co-ordinate (of course) and in less than 20 minutes I had a zipper pouch that was the perfect size. 

I can even fit my application kit and a few extras in there too.

Now to figure out another way I to combine my love of sewing AND Jamberry....

Have you been crafting lately? 
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Monday, April 18, 2016

monday gratefuls

Happy Monday!

I've missed a few weeks of Monday gratefuls because our internet has been shocking but it seems to be going working again! So I guess that's my first grateful. Working internet FTW!

We are now into our second week of school holidays and I'm loving it. Have I told you how much I love school holidays? Easy breezy mornings, the kids playing outside together all day. In fact they haven't played on an electronic device all holidays. It's been fabulous.

I'm also grateful for my decision two months ago to join Jamberry, it's been fabulous. I've been having so much fun and I've met some truly awesome people.

So that's it for my gratefuls this week.

What are you grateful today?
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Beehive Catch up

Yesterday I actually had time to sew! It was like an Easter miracle, I got up in the morning and B asked if I wanted to sew today? Did I want to sew? Heck Yes! No need to ask me twice.

First up I had to finish of some Wanta Fanta blocks for our January Queen Bee. Yes I am soo late in getting these done, but they are done now and they will be in the mail today.

Then it was onto this month's Queen Bee's block and she picked Tic Tac Toe in Aqua's, Navy's and Low Volume. I love the tic tac toe block, it is SO EASY to put together I don't even need to refer to the cutting or piecing instructions anymore. I can put this baby together with my eyes closed, well almost!

And since I was on a roll I thought it was about time I pieced together my blocks from last years Beehive. I still need to make four of those blocks, but the 12 I already have are pieced into rows so that they are ready for my last four blocks that I am hoping to get made this week.

And with that, I am all caught up with my required sewing! We for the next three days anyway, before I start on next month's Queen's blocks. I've had a sneak peek of her block and it's one I haven't made before. I excited to give it a go.
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Monday, March 28, 2016

monday gratefuls

Monday is almost over but I thought I'd pop in to share my gratefuls.

1. Thanks to B I had time to sew today.
2. We had a lovely quiet Easter and home and the kids didn't consume too much chocolate
3. Darcy is starting to talk more and it's pretty cute.

What are you grateful for today?
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Monday, March 21, 2016

monday gratefuls

I haven't done a monday gratefuls post in a while and I think it's time to start doing them again.

We've had a busy few months but right now I have a lot to be grateful for and it's good to take a moment and acknowledge those thing.

1. I'm grateful for our health. B had a knee op just under a fortnight ago and he is recovering well and everyone else is fit and healthy and that is awesome.

2. Visitors- We just had my Mum stay with us for a fortnight and she was a great help. She looked after C and E when we had to go to Perth for B's knee op and M's orthodontist appointments.

3. I'm grateful for new friends. I recently became a Jamberry Independent Consultant and I've met a wonderful bunch of ladies that I'm now pleased to call my friends.

What are you grateful for today? 
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Planes, Trains, Hospitals, Orthodontists...

Last week we headed to Perth for some medical appointments. We had to leave two of the boys at home with my Mum who travelled over to look after them for us.

So I spent a whole 5 days only being responsible for two kids. Man that was easy! Whilst our time away was filled with hospitals and orthodontists offices I still made sure that we fitted in some fun stuff. We took the train to Fremantle for fish and chips and a play in the park, we went shopping in the city and went swimming.

It was great to spend some time with Mahli without the bigger boys around, I hardly ever get to have one on one time with the older three kids so it was great to chat with her and she talk to me a lot last week.

Don't get me wrong, I missed the boys like mad but even with B being in hospital it was a relatively stress free week.

But we are home now and it's back to parenting 4 kids and all that it entails. And with B recoverying from surgery things have been very busy.

Did I mention that I've also become an Independent Consultant with Jamberry? I'm loving it and have met loads of great ladies and my nails have never looked this good!

Let me know if you want to try a sample :)  

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

What's in a doTERRA Essential Collection kit

The Essential Collection Kit is a collection of ten nurturing essential oils, including six single oils and four blends. It Iincludes 5 ml bottles of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Oregano, Frankincense, Ice Blue®, Easy Air™, DigestZen®, and On Guard™.

What are some of the uses for these oils?

• Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet at bedtime.
• Keep a bottle of Lavender on hand to soothe occasional skin irritations.
• Freshen your linen closet, mattress, car, or the air by combining Lavender with water in a spray bottle.
• Take internally to reduce anxious feelings.* • Use in cooking to soften citrus flavors and add a flavorful twist to marinades, baked goods, and desserts.

• Take internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.*
• Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces. Lemon oil also makes a great furniture polish; simply add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes.
• Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.
• Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.
• Diffuse to create an uplifting environment.

• Use a drop of Peppermint with Lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.
• Take one to two drops in a Veggie Capsule to alleviate occasional stomach upset.*
• Add two to three drops to your favorite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist.
• Place one drop in palm of hand with one drop Wild Orange and one drop Frankincense and inhale for a midday pick-me-up.

Tea Tree
• For occasional skin irritations, apply 1–2 drops of Melaleuca essential oil onto affected area.
• Add 1–2 drops to water, citrus drinks, or veggie caps to support healthy immune system function.*
• Combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving.
• Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and keeps nails looking healthy
• Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.

• Take one drop daily to maintain healthy immune function. *
• Add one to two drops to a veggie capsule to support healthy respiratory function. *
• Put one drop in place of dried oregano in spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or on a roast.
• Put 10 drops in a 16-ounce spray bottle with water for a surface cleaner.

• Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening for a warming and soothing effect.
• Reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.
• Can be applied to the bottoms of feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.
• Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to support healthy cellular function.*

Ice Blue
• Apply on feet and knees before and after exercise.
• Massage Deep Blue with a few drops of carrier oil onto growing kids’ legs before bedtime.
• Rub Deep Blue on lower back muscles after a day of heavy lifting at work or during a move.

Easy Air
• Diffuse, inhale directly from palms, or rub on chest or feet when seasonal and environmental threats are high.
• Use when outdoors to minimize the effects of seasonal threats.
• Diffuse at bedtime for a restful night’s sleep.
• Diffuse or inhale directly from palms, or rub on chest when environmental threats are high.

• Add a few drops to water to take internally or rub on the stomach before flying or taking a road trip for a calming aroma.
• Have DigestZen on hand when enjoying heavy holiday meals to promote digestion.*
• Take DigestZen with you when traveling or trying new foods to soothe occasional stomach upset.*
• Add to water or tea to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.*

On Guard
• Add two to three drops in a veggie capsule for a quick immune boost.*
• Add to water for an effective all-purpose surface cleaner.
• Soak sliced apples in water and a few drops for a healthy, immune-boosting snack.*
• Combine a few drops of dōTERRA On Guard with Fractionated Coconut Oil for a natural hand cleanser

I have the Essential Collection + Slim and Sassy and a diffuser and I can and will use most of those oils on any given day. It's a great start to your essential oils collection.

If you are interested in buying this kit you can find them by going here and selecting either of the options of Shop or 'Join & Save' (see image below).

To find out more about the different ways to purchase read this post.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These product are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wordless Wednesday

He's finally started getting into all the cupboards. It was good while it lasted...

Nap of doom!

They've gone mad!

My first four blocks arrived in the mail from my beehive x

Ethan has started getting homework

It's not going well....

I gave myself a jamicure.

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