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Easton’s Nursery

October 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

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I love colour! As much as I loved the surprise element of not knowing Jack’s gender until his birth, I really wanted to find out Easton’s gender so that I could design a nursery with all the appropriate colours. There’s not much to say about the room aside from wanting it to be light, bright and welcoming. This is our favourite room in the house. It used to be my husband’s study/junk room. I really wish I’d taken a before photo. There was about 6 1/2 years worth of junk thrown into this room and cleaning it out was no easy feat. All my suppliers are listed at the bottom of the blog post.

The biggest thanks goes to my stepdad for not only painting the base colour and the ceiling of the room but for also making the timber wall triangles. We love you!

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Cot – Mocka Australia

Drawers, Faux Fur Rug & Shelf Plant – Ikea

Letter Light – Little Letter Lights Co

Wooden E A S T O N Letters – Bunnings (painted by me)

Feature Wall – Valspar Paints & Frogtape purchased at Masters (painted by me)

Mini Stool & Pouffe – Kmart

Bunny Rugs & Cot Blanket – Purebaby

Timber Frames – Officeworks

Prints – Etsy

Armchair – Freedom

Cushion – Brands Exclusive

XO Blocks – Monkey n Mack

Onesies – Purebaby & Country Road

Book Unit – Aldi

Wooden ‘E’ Letter – Love Letters by Tillie

Shoes – Converse (gifted to me by my friend)

Brothers Figurine – Willow Tree

Swan Coat Hanger – Zilvi

White Photo Frame (with monthly pictures of baby) – Baby Co

Baby – Mothers Own (wearing Bonds wondersuit)

 

Have a great weekend everyone! I hope you all win a bet on the Melbourne Cup.

Belinda x

 

 

 

Healthy Eating

July 22, 2015 | 0 Comment

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Image from SheKnows.com

Guess what Jack ate for dinner last night?

I can’t help but giggle, I remember way back before I had a child someone on my Facebook posted a list of everything her child had eaten that day. It was in the context of “holy crap, how can a toddler eat this much?” and then went on to list each food at each meal. At the time, I swore I’d never be one of those mothers, especially one who talks about poo or toilet related behaviours. Yuck. That I’d strive to differentiate between what people want to know and will think is cute/interesting/funny about my kid, and what people sit back and think “really? who cares how much your kid ate, I’m trying to decide if I should buy those shoes for the weekend…?” To be fair, I admit it’s hard, and I’m sure I’ve had my parenting over-share moments but when you become a mother, you are just so darn proud and in love with your child that you can’t help but tell the world about all the cute and crazy things they do.

So back to what Jack had for dinner. I’m a health nut without actually being a health nut. I drink pau d’arco tea and brew my own kombucha at home, I heal everything from skin rashes to conjunctivitis with organic coconut oil and I’m so fascinated by healthy eating and probiotics and the relationship between a healthy gut and a healthy body. I’m one of those people that buys paleo or plant-based recipe books with all the best intentions of making a permanent change to the way we eat and then never properly making the full commitment it requires. It’s kind of frustrating.

Having said all that, one day I’m going to do it. Make the change for good. For now I’m trying to limit my gluten intake (my body is not taking bread well this pregnancy – which is why I’m considering this change) and introducing a piece of fruit a day. I never eat fruit, so this is a good step. The other thing I’d been meaning to do for a year or more is buy a spiralizer. You know, those little gadgets that turn zucchinis (or the like) into noodles? Well I finally got one and used it last night. Hubby was at parent/teacher interviews until after 8.30 so it was just my guinea pig (Jack) and I. I made my favourite tomato based pasta sauce, poured it over the zucchini noodles and Jack MONSTERED THE WHOLE BOWL. Did not even notice the difference, or if he did, he loved it. Parents, you have to try this!

Mum & Zucchini – 1, Jack – 0 (well, I should give him a point for health). Now to try it on my hubby.

Here’s some pictures I took. No, I don’t usually take photos of my child eating, these were purely for the blog.

I asked him to smile for me – I love how children exaggerate things. Note the empty bowl!

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Jack looking a bit more normal haha

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Happy Hump Day. I hope everyone is having a good week.

Belinda x

Nesting?

May 26, 2015 | 0 Comment

How early in a pregnancy can you start nesting? I swear, since I was about 8 weeks pregnant I have become this crazy neat freak. This is not normal for me. My house has always been moderately clean by a usual standard but nothing like it is now. I’ve always been a ‘holy crap my mother-in-law is coming over’ cleaner and I cram it all in the day of, then delight in how good it looks before letting it get a bit dishevelled again. Nowadays though, anyone can drop by whenever, without notice, and I don’t have to do the mad scramble. I’ll even have beautiful fresh flowers and a scented candle burning.

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You know how the longer you live somewhere, the more crap you accumulate? Although moving sucks, I’ve always enjoyed how ruthless I get with anything I don’t want to pack. If I cant be bothered moving it, its getting thrown out. I’m so looking forward to this new baby because it means transforming my husbands’ study into the amazing nursery that I have designed. Our study is currently the junk room. We all have one, don’t we? If you don’t, well done! I couldn’t be more excited about cleaning it out and getting rid of all the books we don’t read anymore, CD’s we have in iTunes and no longer need, and all my husbands Star Wars paraphernalia that he assures me are “collectors items, honey!” Ok, so I’m kidding myself if I think we’ll be getting rid of those but hey, I can assure you they’ll be moved and stored away somewhere else.

So, back to my crazy cleaning. I’m going to chalk it up to a few things;

  1. I’m so desperate to demolish our current house and build on this block (that’s our 3 year plan) that I do whatever I can to make this place look good.
  1. Trying to be more organised with a toddler around, because if I don’t I’ll find the keys in the toilet, my purse in the recycling and a brand new block of chocolate in the bin (yes, that has happened and was a very distressing and stressful time until I thought to check the rubbish and there it was. Haha).
  1. Pregnancy nesting. If I say on top of what needs to be done it helps with my sense of ‘holy crap I’m going to have a 2 year old and a newborn, what were we thinking?!?’

I’m currently just over 22 weeks pregnant now. This pregnancy is FLYING!

Belinda x

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