Every year I have said that I will make Dough Ornaments as a Christmas Craft. Naturally, every year it gets thrown into the too hard basket. But after seeing some gorgeous white porcelain stars being sold as Christmas ornaments, at a price way beyond my means, I was determined to try something!!!!
Traditionally dough ornaments are made using a “Salt Dough” recipe. This is an easy way to make the ornaments and you get a very natural appearance as a result. But I wanted WHITE!!!! After some research on google, and advice from the ever helpful “The Organised Nest” Facebook flock. I found a new recipe! I have adapted it slightly for Australians and this will create enough dough for about 16 small ornaments.
A WHITE glistening dough mixture great for making ornaments and keepsakes.
Once ingredients are combined place over medium heat, stirring constantly.
The mixture will bubble first and then begin to combine.
Once the dough mixture has formed one large ball in the pan, remove and place in a bowl to cool.
Cover the dough with a wet cloth as it cools.
Once cool, knead the dough with your hands. (this should only take a minute or two!)
It quickly comes a beautiful smooth dough.
Sprinkle a little extra cornflour on the bench and roll it out into 1cm high sections.
Cut it out into whatever shapes your heart desires!
Use a straw to press out a hole in the top of the ornaments (to allow for hanging)
If you want to stamp or carve pictures into your dough now is the time to do it!
Place each shape onto Baking paper and leave to air dry for at least 24 hours.
Admire your handy work!
You can bake these ornaments, but it will give them a golden baked appearance.
Like any dough, once hard they are quite fragile so be careful!
Use some ribbon or twine to create a hanging ornament.
These make great gifts!
* I used a "Cookie Stamp" to create personalised messages. These are available from kitchen stores and even large department stores.
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The personalised messages were created using a “Cookie Stamp” Kit from Big W.
Wiltshire – Sweet Messages Cookie Kit – From Big W
It was in the Cooking/Kitchen Utensil aisles. The kit contained some predesigned messages (Thank You, I Love You etc) and then a whole heap of individual letters for you to design your own messages. This is seriously one of my favourite purchases of the year and I think it was about $15! I am already imagining the ways in which I could use it!
NOTE: I personally am going to lacquer the finished product. For longevity and to hopefully make them look even better!
BUY the Homebrand Ingredients from Woolworths and this recipe costs you less than $2!!! I mistakenly bought the branded items and it cost me about $6 which still isn’t too bad!
We are wrapping these little stars as Christmas gifts for Master O’s classmates.
There was a time long, long ago, in a life now so unfamiliar, when we lived with two comfortable full time incomes. Oh how I miss those days and at the same time wonder what on Earth we did with all the money! It appears the more you have, the more you spend.
Luckily for us, around the time we were trying to have our first baby, I had a lovely friend who had just had her first baby. She told me about how she had stockpiled items in preparation for going onto one income. For her it was her expensive make up and hair products. She didn’t want to feel like she could not afford them, once the baby arrived, so she stockpiled enough to get her through the whole year.
What a great idea! That was it. I was hooked. Although stockpiling for us was originally a means to survive the first year of one income and not go without, 7 years later on one or one and half incomes, it is so much more than that.
So why stockpile?
Master O was delivered via emergency c-section. This combined with the complete sense of overwhelm with my first baby, meant I only left the house for the first 6 weeks if it was absolutely essential. I couldn’t drive, I was struggling just to move around and get up and down our stairs, and I had a spewy, refluxy, difficulty to breastfeed baby. My STOCKPILE saved me! I had enough toilet paper, nappies, wipes, sanitary items that if I needed to, I could just stay home. My stockpile meant I never ran out of anything essential, causing a mad dash, at an inconvenient time, to the shops.
To save money.
These last minute dash to the shops cost money. You often end up not only paying extra for the item at a corner store but more than likely you will grab a few non essentials at the same time (any one see that great deal on chocolate) When I stockpile I have a “stockpile” price. I do not add anything to the stockpile unless it is a really good sale. A good sale depends on the item. Cleaning/Toilet Paper/Pantry Staples the go to guide is 50% off or 2 for 1. Anything less than that (20% off etc) and you will find it at the price in another few weeks. For nappies and wipes, I buy in bulk so a great deal is $27-29 a box or $13-15 a box of wipes.
There are a million reasons to stockpile but for me these are the two biggest! I focus on stockpiling different items in different months, but generally we stockpile;
Pantry Staples (Rice, Pasta, Sauces, Juice, Long Life Milk)
Cleaning Supplies (Sprays, Dishwashing Liquid and Tablets, Blue Loo, Toilet Cleaner, Toilet Spray)
Handbag Items (Wipes, Hand Sanitiser, Tissues, Band Aids, Sunscreen)
Right now, our focus is on Baby goods. Mainly because those new babies need a lot of stuff and we have none of it!
I looked back at my children’s weights over time. Master O reached 5 kgs at 5 weeks, and Little Miss A reached 5 kgs at 10 weeks! What a difference! So I figure if I stock up on enough Newborn nappies for 7 weeks I should be right. I am using Huggies Nappies as an example. Newborn nappies are unisex so they are easy to purchase regardless of wether you are finding out the gender of your baby!
Newborn – For weights up to 5 kg – 108 in a box
Newborns use on average 8-10 nappies a day!!!! In the first few weeks it is closer to 10 then tapers off!
So 8 nappies a day, 7 days a week for 7 weeks = 392 Newborn Nappies!
Our hospital provides nappies and I will be there for at least the first four days so I’m going with…..
3 boxes of newborn nappies = 324 Newborn Nappies
THAT IS A LOT OF NAPPIES!
But wait! Realistically you could get away with 2 boxes as once they reach 4 kgs you could purchase Infant nappies. Because I really want at least a 2 month stockpile, I am covering all bases and also going to grab a box of Infant Nappies. Unfortunately Infant nappies come in either boy or girl specific nappies, but rest assured most major supermarkets will swap your nappies free of charge WITHOUT proof of purchase! Just ensure the box has not been opened! Handy if like us you dont know the gender of your baby until birth!
So our Nappy Stockpile will look like this
3 boxes of Newborn Nappies = 324 Nappies (7weeks) (we can always swap a box of the Newborn for a box of Infant size if we dont use them)
1 box of Infant Nappies = 96 (2 weeks)
TOTAL = 420 Nappies!!!!
A stockpile price for nappies is about $27 – $29 a box. They are often reduced at both Woolworths and Big W and at target during their baby sales. I do not buy bulk nappies unless they are on SALE!
But there is more to nappy changing than just nappies! We are also stockpiling Nappy Bags these were no where near as popular when I had Master O but seriously the best invention ever. They are often scented and especially great for when you are on the go!
So we need at least 420 Nappy Bags!
I grab a few extras as some require DOUBLE BAGGING! Nappy bags generally come in boxes and I find the cheapest and best ones are from the Dollar Stores!
You can NEVER EVER have enough baby wipes! We still use them in our house, car, bags without any babies in the house! For Kids and Adults we buy the Aldi brand in bulk or the Woolworths HomeBrand. They are a similar price. I also buy small packs form the dollar stores for my handbag and glove box!
For babies I have always used Huggies wipes. They have never irritated my babies and are by far the strongest and most effective! Which is especially important in those newborn nappy days! Huggies Wipes, like the nappies are also available in Bulk boxes.
These packets are sensational as they act as refills for the handy boxes.
Woolworths and Big W often have great sales on wipes and you can get a bulk box for as cheap as $13- $15.
I also have a mini stockpile of items like bath wash and nappy cream. I am waiting to trial these items on our baby before stocking up on them incase our baby has sensitive skin.
So there you have it an introduction to STOCKPILING! Don’t worry there is much much more to come!
Over the years one of my most common requests on the blog is for tips on better managing the Grocery Shopping. How to save money, How to save time and how to save your sanity. There are so many ways to do this but this is the system we have developed.
STEP 1. CREATE A SHOPPING LIST TEMPLATE
Feel like you write the same list out every week? Make a template! This is our weekly meal plan and shopping list template. On the left we plan our meals for the week. In the small boxes next to the meal plan we create a mini list of the items needed for that meal. On the right hand side is our own personalised “Staples” list. This list is written in order of the aisles at Aldi. This allows me to go down each aisle in order on my list. I made this template using “Word” It doesn’t matter how complex or simple your template is just make one NOW!
2. FREEZER CHECK
I now make alist of any foods we have left in the freezer. I am always surprised at how many foods didnt make it into the previous weeks meals. I make sure to incorporate these freezer items in to this weeks meals.
3. CHECK THE CALENDAR
Checking our family calendar our diary allows me to not only decide how many meals we will need to prepare, but which nights will need to be something quick and easy. I add those special events into the meal plan.
4. SEARCH THE SPECIALS
We are lucky enough to have both an Aldi and Woolworths at our local shops. I have a flick through the weekly online catalogue to see if there is anything that is on special. Th I dont just look for items to add to our meals but snack foods or stokpile items I could stock up on whilst on special. This week I found Nappies and Chips both on a great special so added them to the “Other Shopping” box at the bottom of my template!
5. PLAN THE MEALS.
With all this knowledge I can now plan 6-7 meals for our family making the most of what we already have and what is on special.
6. STOCK THE STAPLES
Using a highlighter I now go through the pantry highlighting anything that requires stocking up on. Than as I purchase each item I simply tick it off the list!
Be flexible! Whilst I was shopping I found a great special on Fresh Quiches! So instead of buying Beef for Fajitas (a more expensive item) I swapped it out for Quiche that was on special! Another saving!
Take Cash! we use a cash envelope system. This means I only have $150 cash on me. This forces me to not add any extra items to the trolley. If I see something extra (like those great extra items at Aldi) that I think I need, I take a pic with my phone, go home think about it and if I still want it the next day I go back.
It may seem like a lot of preparation for a grocery shop but after a few weeks you will find this literally takes you 10 minutes! It now takes me literally 20-30minutes to do the grocery shopping and we spend under $150 a week for a family of four.
It also helps to have some musical accompaniment whilst you are making all your lists. Keeping it real folks!
If you think this template would come in handy as a downloadable printable, let me know!
Skylanders are currency in our house. We have seen many trends come and go but we have seen nothing like Skylanders. To be honest I entered into this computer game craze rather blindly. They were all the talk amongst Master O’s friends at school and after much begging we bought him Skylanders Giants for Christmas. As with all things my children engage with, I thought I should educate myself about exactly what Skylanders is.
So here is
There are 3 different versions or series of the popular game that can be played on the following consoles
The original version is Skylanders Spyros. This is the game that started it all. For our family this was before we were really into computer games and I am now told that it “doesn’t matter that we don’t have it as it is not as good as the others.”
Second to be released was Skylanders Giants. As the name suggests the characters and lands were bigger than before. (The characters from this series can also be used in the new Swap Force game)
The latest and greatest version to hit the stores is Skylanders Swap Force. Cue 7 year old pandemonium as kids relentlessly nag their parents to try and buy the newest Skylanders. This new game allows you to “swap” characters. You can literally pull apart a character and mix and match their heads and bodies to create new characters. If you are new to Skylanders, Swap Force would be the best starting point.
The Swap Force Portal
To begin playing each game you will need to purchase a “portal”. This portal acts as the entry point for each character to enter the world. As you place a character on the portal it lights up (Both the portal and the character!) and comes to life before your very eyes on the screen. A portal can be bought as part of a “Starter Park”. The portal is what makes this game so unique in its interactivity.
Typical Starter Pack – Available from all Major retailers
Characters within the series explore the magical worlds of Skylands. The world of Skylands is built up of 8 elements. Eah character is part of its own element group.
The Elements that each character belongs to.
As you play the game and enter each realm, the game will tell you which character element is best suited to that realm. Different elements have more power within each realm. As you can see above these Swap Force characters belong to the water element.
Their are 100′s of characters! Some quick notes though.
Not all Spyros characters can be played in Giants or Swapforce. This list below is a cheat sheet to which Spyros characters can be played in Giants.
Not all Swap Force characters are swappable! Look for the little gold emblem on the character or the little wheel on the top left hand side of the box.
The Top two characters are “Swapable” this is identified by the small gold element symbol on the bottom. The bottom two are not swappable characters. This picture came from a site with great info! check out SKYLANDERS CHARACTERS.com
Only a limited number of characters are released at a time! Don’t go looking for all the characters you find on the poster in the starter kit. Only a limited number are currently available. As time goes on a few more are released etc. The “Swappable” characters currently available in Skylanders Swapforce are;
Characters are available singularly or in packs of three. They retail for anywhere between $14-$20 each
So why do kids love Skylanders? What is the attraction? The interactive capabilities of the game were something new for my children. As they place each charater on the “portal” the character comes to life on the screen. They love exploring the lands as different characters and there is always something new to discover. I think its also the whole “collection” aspect. Kids LOVE to collect things and there is a thrill they get out of being able to add to or complete a collection and this is exactly what Skylanders is. My kids spend hours looking at the poster, talking about which characters are the coolest and which characters they would love to get next.
There is so much we love about Skylanders and so much I am learning! As I learn more, I promise to share more so until then
Milo is such a part of many childhoods. Eating it straight from the tin, scraping it with a spoon off the top of icy cold milk and sprinkled on top of ice cream. I have always LOVED MILO! I have to say as a Mother not much has changed! We are big MILO drinkers (and eaters!) in our house. Everyone has their own favourite way to MILO in our family.
Little Miss A’s Favourite
Frozen Bananas or Berries
2 Raw eggs
Ice Cream or Youghurt
Simply place all of the above ingredients in the blender and whizz away! Trust me raw eggs sounds gross but you will not taste them!
In fact this recipe has become a necessity for our fussy eater Little Miss A. On days when we have had trouble getting her to eat we blend up a milo smoothie!
This drink is packed with calcium, protein, vitamins, minerals but best of all its the perfect way to keep a little tummy full overnight and the only way we can get her to have eggs or fruit! Whatever it takes to keep her healthy and get a good nights sleep.
Master O’s Favourite
Master O has a sweet tooth from way back so when asked to choose his favourite it was a cloose tie between simply sprinkling it on top of a big bowl of ice cream and these scrumptious…
Yep! How simple is that! Mix the milo with the milk pour into your favourite ice block moulds and freeze. The perfect Summer after school treat!
The Dad of this house is on a health kick. Like many people he has found meals easy but snacks impossible! It is so hard to break the habit of a cream biscuit with your coffee! After speaking to MILO’s nutritionist she recommended this MILO Meusli Slice as a sweet way to get in some much needed fibre and nutrients.
MILO MEUSLI SLICE
I warn you this slice is MORISH! I also cut some up for Master O’s LunchBox! Im going to experiment with freezing this as it will make great on the go treats!
I am a simple girl and especially whilst pregnant I have been craving ice cold glasses of MILO milk! But truth be told whilst checking out some new Milo recipes I stumbled on this mouth watering recipe for a MILO dessert.
Malted Milo Malteser Ice Cream from Baking Love
What is not to love about icecream AND Milo! This recipe looks exceptionally sweet, cold and delicious the perfect way to spend summer nights. Check out the Recipe HERE
It’s easy to sceptical that something so delicious could even remotely be good for you. I recently had the opportunity to meet with a nutritionist that works for MILO and her answers did surprise me. She was very upfront in acknowledging the assumption that MILO is full of sugar. In fact the sugar content in Milo is more about the added milk and the naturally occurring sugar in malt than added sugar.
MILO boosts the calcium of milk by 70%. So important when this generation of children are lacking in their calcium intake. Especially amongst teenage girls (and admit it Mum’s too) who fear dairy as a “fat food”
MILO also contains a whole lot of Vitamins and Minerals.
Especially for my picky eater I am unsure she would get some of these important nutrients in her food intake.
So how do you take your MILO?
To find out more about MILO check out their extremely informative webpage.
Disclosure: MILO paid for me to attend an information session about their products but did not pay me for my opinion or time to write this post.
Before the new school year has even begun, my house is rapidly filling with 2014 paperwork! With a child starting Kindy for the first time we have a mountain of lists, notes and forms that all need coralling and controlling. Lucky for this mumma I am now somewhat experienced in containing school paper clutter.
When Master O first started school I needed a quick and easy solution to filing and contianing the paper that came home with him. SO I created…..
Step 1. Gather Your Supplies
I found these cute coloured “Marbig – Vivid” folders at Big W!
You will need
A4 Ring Binder (one with an insertable cover and spine works best for decorating! )
Extra wide Tabbed Dividers
Scrapbook Paper (Optional)
Step 2. Create a Cover
School File It Folder
You will be looking at this folder a LOT, so why not make it pretty! Little Mis A chose a cute sheet of Scrapbooking Paper from Spotlight. 12 x 12 Scrapbooking paper makes the perfect cover as it the perfect size!
Cut about 3 cm’s off one side to create the front cover and use the offcut for the spine! Add the date and your child’s name and your ready to go!
Step 3. Create Dividers
The dividers are whats make this folder functional. Extra Wide tabbed dividers work the best as you can still view the tabs when the folder is closed making access easy. Although we have had a school folder before the same sections didnt really apply to Kindy. Some ideas are
Calendars and Rosters
Rules and Regulations
Lists (Uniform/Books etc)
Special Days (Excursions/Celebrations)
If you are creating a folder for school you might also want to add sections for;
Simply use a labelmaker (or your neatest handwriting!) to create labels for each divider tabs.
Step 4. Fill!
I use post it notes to help categorise the papers I already have. Then simply amke a divider for each category!
Time to say goodbye to the random paper piles! Firstly fill each category with plenty of plastic pockets, you dont want to be searching for more half way through the year. Now categorise your papers and start adding!
Step 5. Extras.
I also add a large clear plastic envelope with velcro closure into the front. I keep all of the kids name labels inside it! I am also on the hunt for some specific “certificate” plastic pockets!
End Of The Year.
At the end of the year, I go through the folder and cull whatever we no longer need and add reports and any other end of year extras to create a School Memory Folder. It is so nice to be able to grab a folder and look through everything your child has accomplished and experienced during the school year! I have even thought about creating a Project Life school album with all the folders contents!
Be warned having a folder doesnt ensure you will always be on top of the paper pile! You need a system!
First there is a system.
READ. Check for notes DAILY. Check bags, lunchboxes, communication books and if you can the school website.
WRITE. Write down ALL DATES immediately. We write them on our family calendar and in my Erin Condren Life Planner. Be sure to write in your diary a) when the note needs returning AND b) when the event is taking place.
ACT. What do you need to with this information?
Does it need returning? If it does, fill it out and put it back in their school bag immediately!
Do you need it for future reference? File it away in your “SCHOOL FILE IT FOLDER”
Do you need to tell anybody else about the event?
Organise different pick up arrangements or a day off work?
And now you are ORGANISED!
You have a storage place and a system to help you manage the school paper clutter!
This weekend Little Miss A attended Kindy orientation! KINDY! So some background
What is Kindergarten?
1. In Australia we have a “NATIONAL Curriculum” yet we still don’t all use the same language when it comes to the names of school years. Kindy in one state called be Preschool/Kinder/Preparatory in another.
2. In Queensland, Kindergarten is the first year of “non compulsory schooling” In their Kindy year children must turn 4 before 30 June. This is similar to Preschool in NSW. Kindergarten has seen some massive reforms thanks to the Queensland Government and as a result Kindy’s (as they are usually known) are popping up everywhere! When Master O started Kindy we had one fairly local Kindy (still not within our suburb) and now we have about 5!
Master O at his Kindy Orientation. He was all about outside play and the Obstacle Course!
3. Enrolment. Gaining a position in a Kindy is competitive. The new local Kindy’s are struggling with waiting lists as everyone clammers for the limited positions. Most Kindergartens will only offer between 40 and 50 places a year. Get in EARLY!!! Unlike the “State/Public” schooling system no Kindy HAS to offer you a place. It is first in best dressed. Your child must turn 4 before the 30 June during their Kindy year. Please tell me who changed this instead of using the calendar year and I will hunt them down! I have two children who would have been the oldest in their class who are now close to being the youngest! The following year (after Kindergarten) children start Prep which is the first year of compulsory schooling.
4. Kindergarden is generally attended on a part time basis. You do not HAVE to send your child to Kindergarden but it is great preparation for school. As a heads up I have not had a child in my Prep class for the past 6 years that has NOT gone to Kindergarden.
All registered Kindy Programs in Qld have this tick of approval.
5. Kindergartens are run by either The Creche and Kindergarten Association (C & K) (Probably the most common and the type Master O attended) Within some daycare centres and most recently by Private or Catholic Schools (The type Little Miss A will attend.) All Kindergardens in QLD are run by 4 year university qualified teachers (Thanks QLD government!) and although they have the same curriculum guidelines each “institution” will vary in their structure and expectations. Some will require uniforms, booklists, backpacks and include specialist lessons such as a language or music. Others will be completely play based and require nothing more than a hat and some lunch. Of course this means that fees will vary too! But all Kindergarten Fees in Queensland are partially covered by the Government!
Little Miss at Kindy Orientation. All about the books and inside play! So different!
So Little Miss A is now enrolled, has a confirmed place and this weekend attended her Kindy Orientation! She has met her teachers, wandered her classroom and started to become familiar with the routines and peers. It is all happening!
Later this week, Preparing Your Child For School – How to choose a Kindy/School!
and then..my favourite part!
Uniforms, booklists, name labels, lunch boxes, notes and HAIR ACCESSORIES!
For more info about Kindy in QLD you can check out The Queensland Governments KINDY PAGE.
School holidays have not only resulted in an unusually chaotic house but a very quiet blog. Our days have been filled with play dates, beach visits, the movies and quite frankly a whole lot of just staying home. After the most horrendous last school term, which truly seemed like an endless void of bad news and morning sickness, we needed it. We needed some quiet time.
Baby #3 at 15 weeks
I am now 17 Weeks pregnant and although the extreme morning sickness has subsided it unfortunately reminds me at the most inappropriate times that it is not gone for good. Think a whole plane flight to Sydney with two small children and a mother who can’t stop vomitting! This pregnancy has hitter me for six. My blood pressure has plummeted resulting in some quite embarrassing dizziness and feinting spells. Each day that I feel well I tend to run around and try and get everything done that I have missed in the previous days! The blessing in it all is that we have a perfectly healthy baby who loves to run away from the sonographer. Being pregnant for a third time is so different from the other times. This is the first time I have not worked whilst being pregnant, we are struggling to find time to talk about baby names and the nursery is in an absolute state of disarray. Fingers crossed we get our act together soon!
Just before his teeth fell out!
Has thorughly enjoyed school holidays! He now has less than 7 weeks of school left! How is that possible? They finish school the last week of November!
He is excited about going to swimming lessons at school this term, as well as a school excursion to the Museum. Yesterday I watched him perform with the other Year One students in a “Music Morning”. I can confidently say that his new school is no longer the “new” school. He really has just settled in and found his place. The school continues to impress me daily! From the amazing teachers, small class sizes, individualised attention, the school spirit, the way the older students look after the younger students and most of all the MANNERS!. We are hearing constantly from our boy “Ladies first, After you, Can I help you with that”
After swimming this week he came home to tell me all about “Big Al” “Who’s name is actually Allan, Mummy!” ”He finally taught me how to keep swimming and breathe at the same time!” This Year 12 Sport and Recreation student had a genuine interest in helping these boys learn to swim. Talk about establishing positive teenage role models!
Master O is also begging me to start the Christmas Countdown! I dont know what I would have done without him the last few months. He has been my messenger, looked after his sister, grabbed me buckets and ice packs, passed me the sick bags and been my right hand man! He loves to be told he is the man of the house when Daddy is at work!
Little Miss A
She sat on this little stool, nice and quietly, in The Sydney Botanic Gardens and watched her brother play cricket!
What can I say about this child. She is my constant companion and is absolutely hilarious! She laughs at everything and everyone, especially her brother. She dances or skips, instead of walks. She sings all day making up her own songs. Is slowly breaking through her shyness and on Saturday she goes to Kindy Orientation!!!! yep KINDY! I dont know how that crept up on me and I am currently consoling myself by buying cute hair accessories to go with her uniform instead of moping in my misery that my baby girl wont be at home at with me everyday. She “says” she is excited to go. But I know that “separation anxiety” is going to a problem for us in the beginning.
I dont think I have ever been this excited about Christmas. I am one of those nutty people scouring the Big W aisles for any signs of Christmas Accessories! I am dying to decorate the house and of course for the ELF TO ARRIVE!!!! I am working on the most MASSIVE SERIES of Elf Posts!!!!
We have had some extremely last minute changes to our Christmas plans! My sister is due to have her first baby the day before Christmas so we are trying to find a way we can travel the 1300kms t be with family, that is both cheap and sanity saving! Two days in the car, 6 months pregnant with two children may just be the straw that breaks the camels back but flying at the time of year will cost us thousands!!! Any ideas?
So that’s us and our life and where we are right now. With Christmas and summer holidays holiday’s viewable on the horizon, life is good. In fact, I don’t know if life gets much better than this.
My wardrobe needs a massive update! Not only am I in need of some new Summer fashion but am quickly needing some outfits to house my rapidly expanding baby belly! Baby Number 3 seems to have made my belly pop much sooner than usual.
Of course first on my list is a few dresses. I am a massive fan of dresses. In fact that it why I hate winter so much! Too many days of jeans and pants!
The first dress on the list is the
THE DAYTIME EVENT DRESS
I need something light and easy to wear that is a little dressier than my day to day school Mum wardrobe. Something to wear to work events, christmas concerts, church, lunch with the girls. I found three contenders, all colourful, cut in a flattering style and a great length to cover my horrendous knees! BONUS they are all under $100 and all from Birdsnest’s new brand “That Bird Label“ LOVE LOVE LOVE Every dress in their range!
I am leaning strongly towards number 1 and 2! What do you think?
The next contenders need to take me from school drop off to ballet lessons to grocery shopping. You know all of those glamorous places! A big bonus here would be a dress that would see me through the entire pregnancy and maybe even after the baby joins us too! So comfortable and stretchy are a must! These ones I don’t mind if they are sleeveless as I remember how hot it gets when you are in and out of the car all day, 6 months pregnant in the height of a Queensland Summer!
Anyone who knows me will see that first dress and say “that is so you!” And oh it is! I could literally buy it in every colour! Did I mention I love pockets! I actually love the patterns over the plains as it is easier to hide creases! The last two are not my normal styles but I think they would be a great throw on on stinking hot days!
Now that we got the big anouncment out of the way….let’s talk baby!
We announced our news to our family at 9 weeks! We wouldn’t normally wait that long but this time (for the first time!) we had the opportunity to tell them in person! It was a long 5 weeks of secret keeping and felt oh so good to finally spill the beans.
Spilling the beans. We printed off the picture above and put it in a card and envelope. As Mum gave some presents to the kids (as she always does when she visits) I gave her the envelope saying we had a present for her too! Of course their were squeals, hugs and lots of questions and instantly my brother and father were in on the secret too!
We were all together as a family for my sisters wedding, but I didnt want to steal her limelight so we told them to keep it a secret from my sister and our extended family until after the wedding. Except someone forgot to tell Master O that! Literally minutes later Mum had taken “my Pigeon Pair” for a walk when they ran into ALL of our extended family! Aunties, Uncles, Cousins, Friends of COusins, Great Grandparents EVERYONE. Of course in his excitement what does he say….
MY MUMMY’s HAVING A BABY!!!!
Note to self do not tell an overly sociable 6 year old anything you need to be kept a secret! Poor thing! In saying that he managed to keep it a secret form his much loved teacher until yesterday! Can’t believe he didn’t let it slip.
Of course once the news it out…….THE QUESTIONS BEGIN!
So for you all here is the low down!
When are you due? The end of March but I am guessing the beginning of April because “My Pigeon Pair” were both born a week late.
Will you find out what you are having? NO!!!! Despite it going against my Type A personality this is one of those surprises I love! After all that pain I love that moment of surprise! This does however pose some serious shopping issues!
Have you been sick? YES! I was slightly sick with Master O, very sick with Little Miss A and this time it has been the worst sickness of my life! All day, EVERY day, from week 5 to now. Vomitting, nausea, exhaustion and a general feeling of YUCK! I have lost whole days to bed. I literally could not function. Not move, drive, or some days even talk! Thankfully at the height of the sickness, I called on some advice form my lovely bloggy friend Leanne from Organising The Four of Us who also had extreme morning sickness! The Maxolon just wasnt working for me and she recommended another drug called Zofran. That stuff is like liquid gold. Not only because it is ridiculously expensive, but because I was actually able to move into a vertical position for the first time in days. I thankfully avoided any hospital visits, but have lost a bit of weight that I am sure will come back rapidly now that I am feeling better!
Is it twins? No I just seem to be showing much earlier this time. I take it that happens when it’s baby number 3! Just one little heartbeat in there!
Did I miss anything?
What was the most interesting question you were asked when you were pregnant?