Homecoming Celebration

This sweet story is about Matthew’s Homecoming Celebration. A very special celebration for us, as new parents, to the most precious little boy.

On January 7, our amazing friends, Rocky and Geoff threw Matthew a homecoming celebration. We had no idea this was happening and oh boy, were we surprised! When we arrived at Rocky and Geoff’s house, there were blue balloons and decorations everywhere. Very festive and fun. Vince and I thought we had forgotten someone’s birthday, it took us a while to catch on that the party was actually for us!

All our close friends were there and we were showered with gifts. We felt so special. Matthew was an angel of course. He loved helping us open his gifts and was all smiles. Its like he knew that everyone was there to celebrate him. The best part was that he got to meet ALL our special friends. We are so blessed.

Here are some photos taken by our talented photographer friend (you can view her work on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HelennelPhotography/)

Living a balanced life

Becoming a parent is the most wonderful, amazing, beautiful thing in the world, but it has it’s challenges. Number one challenge = work/life balance. The struggle is real! Sometimes things feel tilted in the wrong direction, but we always manage to pull in the reigns. Vince and I both work toward creating a loving home with minimal work impact.

Weekdays are hectic for us and we barely touch sides. Luckily Vince and I have a good system in place. I take care of Matt and he does, basically EVERYTHING else. Yip, I hit the jackpot! He can cook AND clean. We find that sticking to a routine works amazingly well. It keeps our lives manageable and structured and I LOVE routine. Like completely obsessed. I thrive on routine. It makes me feel calm and in control. There are some days that are unavoidably chaotic, but thankfully, most days, we get it right.

Here are a few things that help us keep things on track:

  • We share household chores and responsibilities.
  • We clean up as we go and try not to let the house get too messy.
  • I cook Matthew’s dinner for the week on a Sunday and freeze it in containers, he eats as soon as we arrive home, the little man is ravenous by that time.
  • I do one load of washing a day to prevent a build up.
  • Multitasking is key! I often do a few things at once. For instance, when I make our morning tea, I prepare Matt’s breakfast, as well as food for our fur babies. I also feed Matt while I have my morning tea.
  • We leave for work at the same time, it helps when there are two of us locking up and loading cars.
  • Vince makes easy dinners, that are yummy and nutritious. He has mastered the art.
  • We do most of our shopping over weekends, so we only have to pop into the shop for milk and bread.
  • We allow Matt to watch one episode of Barney in the mornings, this gives us time to make lunches and get ourselves ready for the day.
  • I have started getting our outfits ready for work the night before, saving us time.

I’m sure there are ways to improve our schedule but all of the above seem to be working. Parenting is hard work but I am so proud that Vince and I are working so well and doing this 100% together.

And lastly, about our weekends, they are precious, we get to spend quality time with our boy. He loves one on one playtime, so we do that as much as possible. We also try to take him on a fun outing and stick to our routine as best as we can. Especially when it comes to meal times and nap times. Having a happy, healthy baby is priority number one!

 

Style Update

My closet is calling out for an update. This mamma has no style! Ok, so maybe I am exaggerating just a little bit. I have style, it just needs some attention. I always just throw on something comfy and it tends to be the same thing over and over again. I love relaxed, comfortable clothing that is practical. We’re always out and about, taking part in fun family activities, so for me, comfort is key. Shoes in particular. If my feet are happy, then I am happy. Flats only please :).

I’ve never really been into fashion and haven’t always had the greatest style. I really want to update my look with a NEW wardrobe. But that comes with a hefty price tag. So I have a game plan! I’m going to update my style by  purchasing key items that will work with my current wardrobe but also grow with my changing personal style.

I will start with a good base and build my closet up from there. Here are a few items that I need:

  1. Dark denim skinny jeans
  2. Black skinny jeans
  3. Basic grey long t-shirt
  4. Basic black long t-shirt
  5. Caterpillar boots
  6. Grey quilted parka
  7. Cropped denim jacket
  8. Leather sling bag

Hopefully I will get my style back on track soon! If I feel good about the way I look, I am so much more confident, so I’m trying to make good choices. I’m also starting to organise my closet into outfits, so that there is always something ready-to-go.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Kitchen Moodboard

We’ve been dreaming of a new kitchen for so long and we are FINALLY at the planning stage. Yippeeeeeee! A kitchen is a big investment so we want to be 100% sure of our choices. It has to be perfect. A warm, inviting and functional space. We have decided on a neutral base (white and natural wood), we will introduce colour with some vibrant accessories. At the moment I am totally obsessed with blue, all shades of blue.

So, this is where we are with our moodboard:

There are still loads of decisions that need to be made and so much more planning. The ceiling needs to be removed to expose the wooden beams, insulation and panelling needs to be installed AND we need to sand and paint etc. But before this mammoth task we need to demo, a complete demo. Everything out! There is nothing we want to keep. It’s a ton of work that we want to do ourselves. We are after a high-end look on a medium budget, so we will take on as much as we can. We would like new appliances, preferably all from the same brand but this depends on price and availability. Also, we need to decide on the cabinet style, we are leaning towards a cleaner look with simple lines.

All in all I am over the moon with the progress! It means that we are one step closer to a brand new kitchen. Whoop whoop!!!! Expect loads of updates!

Back after a loooooooong break

So, I’ve taken a break from blogging for about 4 years. 4 years!!! That is way too long! I didn’t think I would ever start blogging again, but lately I have been feeling a strong need to get back into it. So much has happened in 4 years. I have loads and loads of stuff to share.

I want to document the special events in my life and share my story. Hopefully I will inspire people, make a few people smile and most importantly keep myself super motivated and focussed. Blogging is a wonderful way to get your thoughts and feelings out into the great big world! It’s therapeutic. AND I might not be the best writer but I love writing. I love words, I love how expressive they are. I love the endless possibilities. I might not post everyday, in fact I will more than likely only post once or twice a week but it’s a start, and at the moment that’s all that I need. A start.

A design miracle

Have you ever had the feeling that you’re burning the candle at both ends? Well that’s me! Holding down a full-time job AND trying to get all the mosaic work done for my clients is no joke. But it will be worth it in the end. I’m also expanding my homemade decor items into wooden frames, furniture and much more. Vince is helping me work on my product range as well as a marketing strategy. I’m very blessed to have a sales manager as a husband :), his knowledge is priceless.

Surprise, surprise! I now have a logo. After months of putting it on the back burner, I finally bit the bullet and got busy designing. It didn’t come easy. Designing for yourself is the hardest thing to do and after months of sweating over this ever-so-important design, here is the final result. What do you think?

I also now have a facebook page. It looks a little bleak at the moment, but I’m hoping to build it up to something worthwhile. Follow this link to like my page www.facebook.com/pages/Creative-Living/77919063123?ref=hl

She looks so pretty

This past Sunday, Vince and I spent the afternoon cleaning house and moving furniture around. What a wonderful way to spend a lazy afternoon… note my sarcasm. It was hard work but at the end of it we enjoyed a lovely cup of tea together. Seeing our home looking sparkly clean was well worth all the hard work.

During all the vacuuming, dusting, mopping and moving of furniture, my little round table found a new home. It now lives peacefully in the corner near our front door, which is perfect because that corner was so bare before. And, BONUS, it hides the plug point that has been staring me in the face for the last few months. Now all I see my beautiful round table that was once an ugly duckling. I rescued her from my Dad’s workshop and gave her an extreme makeover. I wish I had a before shot, but trust me, she was REALLY ugly. Vince didn’t think it was possible to make her look good. But look at her now, I think she looks fantastic!!!!

Kitchen Demo

One day, I said to my hubby “Lets open up the kitchen to the lounge, we can just take out the counter and cupboards, and knock down that funny wall and remove the arch. It will give us a lot more space”.

Easier said than done. The cupboards and counter were a piece of cake to remove, and we saved all the wood to use on a different project. Score!!! Wood is expensive in our parts. Now, I thought that the wall and arch would be just as easy to demo. I was wrong, so very very wrong. Like a good DIY wife I was there helping, and oh-my-word, it was such hard work! I spent the next few days in agony, my whole body hurt. Here are a few pics to show you how the whole deal went down. I should have taken more pics to illustrate the whole process but in the midst of it all, I forgot.

My hubby starting demo on the brick wall :). My job was to carry the bricks to the wheelbarrow waiting outside the backdoor. It sounds like an easy job but man oh man was it tough. Especially for a small girl like me.

As you can see, my house was in a mess. I don’t like mess, I should have been born with a dust cloth in my hand, I just loooove wiping things and making them sparkly clean.  I think I got that from my mother (love you Mom). As you can see from the pics below, we now have a lot of patching up to do, like tiling and painting and moving one or two cupboards. Sigh… it never seems to end…

I will post some updated pics of the kitchen. We have done a little bit of the touch-up work but there is still a long road ahead. Nobody said DIY was easy.

Charlie Baby 2

In my previous post about my Charlie, I didn’t do him any justice. It was a rushed post just to get something online. Sorry my Charlie xxx. I will NEVER do that again, I am better than that and I’ll make an effort to put much more time and effort into my future posts. So now, more about my Charlie baby…

We adopted Charlie when he was seven years old, he was by no means a young man anymore. We loved the little guy from day one and he loved us too (he told me so, several times). He was this chubby little sausage dog with the most amazing little fat rolls on his paws. Too cute for words. I used to pick him up and squeeze him tight, he loved that. When little  Peanut arrived at our house, all fresh and new, Charlie was besotted with him. I mean TOTALLY obsessed. Peanut was wet for two solid weeks when he first arrived because Charlie would’nt stop licking him. They loved each other so much and used to cuddle in their little bed. Never you mind that they each had their own bed!!! They would squeeze into one just so that they could be together. So adorable.

Charlie hated squeaky toys. Anything that had a squeak was destroyed in seconds. And my Charlie used to hop when he was excited and he used to drag his blankie around wherever he went. I have so many beautiful memories, my Charlie still makes me smile and always will.