Taking Stock- December 2015

  

It’s crazy to think it’s already been 3 months since I did my first “taking stock” post as inspired by Pip at Meetmeatmikes & even more unbelievable that yet another year is drawing to a close. 2015, where did you go? 

This is what’s been happening in my little world of late: 

Making : chia seed pudding. It’s like porridge for the summer, but there’s no cooking required so I love it

Cooking : Christmas treats. Choc chip cookies are a favorite family tradition & I’m also making mint truffles

Drinking : lots of tea, always tea (I don’t do coffee) & I’m trying to drink more water but I struggle to get the daily quota 

Reading: besides bedtime stories do Facebook status updates & Instagram captions count? 

Wanting: health & happiness for all my friends & family in 2016. It might be cliche but it’s true.

Looking: At Christmas lights around the neighborhood. Magical. โœจ

Playing: trains & cars with the boys 

Deciding: whether to go away for a short family holiday or not. Hubby just needs to be able to get time off work 

Wishing: hubby didn’t work every other weekend

Enjoying: the warmer weather & longer days which mean alfresco dining & late afternoon trips to the beach  

 

Waiting: for online packages to be delivered

Liking: all the Christmas decorations around our home & at the shops, they sit in boxes for 11 months of the year so I’m enjoying them while I can.

Wondering: what 2016 has in store for our little family

Loving: All things unicorns at the moment like these cute Unicorno figures 

  

Pondering: whether to buy some jamberry nail wraps. There are sooo many amazing designs, I could see it becoming quite addictive.

Considering: going back to work Fulltime & hubby to stay home? I’m pretty sure I’m not ready to do that quite yet, but we’re throwing ideas around

Buying: too much. Using Christmas as an excuse to splurge & shop while I can! ๐Ÿ›

Watching: finally catching up on season 2 of Nashville

Hoping: that Pumpkin will eventfully learn to sleep through the night, going on nearly 15 months of broken sleep ๐Ÿ’ค

Marvelling: at the colours of the sunset, I love sky watching (it never gets old)

Cringing: At the rudeness & nastiness of some people. 

Needing: More sleep. Always Sleep.

Questioning: who I am besides “mummy” & what I want out of life (yes deep I know)

Smelling: the cucumber & basil candle I bought at our local markets recently. It’s sooo refreshing & yum!

Wearing: Maxi dresses. My summer uniform ๐Ÿ™‚

Following: The Notorious Mum. I’m a total fan & just love her honest & humorous parenting stories.

Noticing: All the work & little jobs that need doing around the house

Knowing: I need to make changes & better choices to live a healthier, happier life. The key is putting it into action.

Thinking: how awesome it is to be able to go & pick fresh berries from our backyard 

  

Admiring: creative types. I’m in awe of some peoples talent. 

Sorting: out the boys rooms, or at least trying too. Making room for all the new toys & clothes they’ll get this Christmas 

Getting: organised. New diary & calendar ready to go & filling up fast.

Bookmarking: Far too many sweet treats thanks to Sam over at The Annoyed Thyroid. Did someone say fudge? 

Coveting: the rose gold iPhone 6

Disliking: the long hours hubby works this time of year, especially as he doesn’t get paid overtime for it 

Opening: early Christmas presents from friends & strangers after participating in my 3rd year of the fatmumslim gift exchange. I’ve been totally spolit already!

 
Giggling: At my boys, their daily antics & cute crap they say

Feeling: festive but tired

Snacking: on cherries, cookies, Christmas treats & popcorn

Helping: to make the world a better a place by buying some charity gifts from oxfam

Hearing: Christmas carols. I love this time of year & love singing along, it makes me feel merry. 

                    LOZZIE X

Do you Take Stock? Let me know in the comments so I can come & have a read of your list or pick three words above & share what’s happening in your world, I’d love to learn more about you.

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Fan Girl Friday #5

Hello Bright Ones,

Wow only 1 more week til Christmas… I’m excited, although we already celebrated with one side of our family last weekend, complete with a visit from Santa to deliver presents to the kids. I love my big, crazy, “married” into family- complete with 5 brothers & sisters in law & 11 nieces & nephews. Hubbys mum & dad sure did create something special. It’s always chaotic when we all get together, but lots of fun! 

This week I’m highlighting two of my favorite Instagram accounts, both of which I’ve been following for quite a long time & one of them, is one of the first accounts I ever followed just after I joined Instagram back in 2011 & I’m still loving them as much now, as I did then.

First up we have Simone’s beautiful feed over at Honeyandfizz

  

I have serious house envy. Her home is just beautiful, it’s like it’s straight out of a magazine (& it has been featured in a few too ๐Ÿ™‚ I just love all the clean lines, the white with pops of colour, her styling, EVERYTHING!  I know I will never have a home like this (for a start I have too much clutter & am too messy) so I get my fix from her feed, along with photos of her 3 boys, her awesome pinterest inspired snacks,(I pin them too, but she ACTUALLY MAKES them) light box love & a linen collection soo amazing, they both have their own hashtags! ๐Ÿ™‚

#honeyandfizzlightbox

#honeyandfizzlinencollection

  

I love the simplicity, cleanliness & calmness of her photo’s & that’s what keeps me coming back for more. She also blogs & sells wall banners & prints on the side too. If you’re not already following her do yourself a favor & start, besides 24k followers can’t be wrong ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

 

Next up is the lovely Averil & her bright, happy, colourful feed at Sunshineinateacup

  

She’s a mummy to 4 beautiful kids, a runner & a writer, a lover of yellow & tea. She lives in what can only be described as a magical paradise. I love reading her captions as much as I adore her stunning pictures. She captures magic moments, with light & colours beautifully & anytime a photo of hers pops up on my feed I just feel happy…..
 

  
  

I mean just look at these perfect pics, what’s not to love? Life up in the tropics looks pretty sweet to me & her family have so much fun, you can’t help but want to be a part of it. I even asked her if she’d adopt me once ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

                         LOZZIE X

Do you have any Instagram feed crushes? Do you love lots of colour or prefer a crisp & clean palette for your home? 

Leave a comment here or come say hi over on Facebook or Instagram 


Flavor of the Month {Diaries}

Wow 2015 is almost over & what a year it’s been! Every year seems to go by in the blink of an eye these days & this one was no exception. 

Granted I spent most of it in a sleep deprived haze & hardly knew what day of the week it was most of the time, the days & weeks blurred into one but there were some big things that took place for me & my family during the year that will stand out in my mind as I look back on 2015. 

We bought a house!!!! In January this year we FINALLY found one that both hubby & I agreed on, that suited our families needs & budget & in March (on my birthday no less) we picked up the keys to OUR home. 

We celebrated our sons birthdays, 4 yrs- a superhero themed party shared with his cousin at our new local community centre. 2yrs- a low key family day with cake & champagne in memory of our special baby boy & then the annual picnic in his honor with the extended family. A rainbow themed 1st birthday party at our place for our Rainbow Baby.

I launched this little blog. After ummming & aahhing about it for ages I finally bit the bullet & jumped on in & published my first post in September. Finding the time to dedicate to it is hard at the moment but I’m enjoying the creative outlet. 

I lost a body part & said goodbye to my gallbladder with an unexpected operation. 

As I reflect back on the year that was I’m also starting to plan for the year to come & wondering what 2016 has in store for us.

What better way to prepare & organise for the new year than to get a new diary & start to fill in all the important dates, appointments & fun events planned. 

So for the final flavor of the month this year I’ve picked a handful of diaries/planners that I love the look of for 2016.

  

1. Believe in yourself diary– A simple but sophisticated diary, with inspiring quotes throughout. Perfect for the monochrome lover & those who want a little reminder & encouragement to follow their dreams. Black & white throughout with a fabric cover this diary is no fuss or would be perfect for personalizing with washi & embellishments if you like that kind of thing. If you like The Collective Magazine, you’ll like their diary.

2. The Big Family diary by Mums Office– this one is great for keeping track of everyone in the family. With a week view to a double page spread & grid format that accommodates up to 5 family members it’s the perfect companion for mums to keep track of everyone’s activities. It comes in a range of different coloured covers to suit all tastes. This is a large diary, perfect for the desk or an oversized tote or handbag. Don’t have a family of 5? No worries they make smaller versions too or just utalise the extra columns for things like meal plans, exercise, to do lists etc. Mums Office is a UK based company but they deliver worldwide. 

3. Frankie diary-if you love the magazine, then you’ll love this diary by the same folk. From the cheery yellow cloth cover, to the beautifully illustrated artwork throughout, each page is guaranteed to make you smile all year long.

4. On to it Rose Gold Polkadot diary – I’m loving all things rose gold at the moment & this diary is just lovely. Behind the stylish hardcover you’ll find everything you need to stay super organised: sections for meal planning & exercise, to do lists, a separate contacts booklet, refillable post it notes section & pen loop with pen included.

5. Sweet diary– you can’t go wrong with Kikki K, their products are all great quality & with a style & design to suit everyone you’re spoilt for choice, but this year I’m loving the sweet diary with its cute little images throughout, sticker sheets and space for your contacts. It’s a great compact diary perfect for the handbag. 

                      LOZZIE X 

What’s been the highlight of your 2015? Will you be using a paper planner or diary next year or do you prefer electronic calendars & digital reminders? Do you have a favorite diary from the list above or another?

Tell me everything in the comments here, on Instagram or over on my Facebook page. 

Fan Girl Friday #4

Hello Bright Ones, 

Hope you’re all well & have a had a wonderful week. What are you getting up to this weekend? Any exciting plans? A spot of Christmas shopping perhaps? 

If you read my last post, Gratitude & Gallstones you’ll see my week didn’t quite go according to plan & I’ve been resting up at home all week after my impromptu surgery but I’m hoping to get out on Sunday to the local Christmas markets & buy a few last minute gifts. 

If you also read my Flavor of the Month post earlier this week you’ll know I was highlighting all things Christmas & on Tuesday this week we had our very own Elf on the Shelf “Tinkerbell” as named by Mr 4,  come & join our family for the holiday season, so I thought for this fan girl Friday I’d keep it simple & highlight the Instagram hashtag 

#ELFONTHESHELF 

  Just some of the fun antics the elves can get up too.  

     Some of the MANY photos shared to the # on Instagram

So What is Elf on the Shelf?

It’s a family tradition where an elf sent by Santa comes to live with you & reports back to him your behavior during the lead up to Christmas. Your child must name your elf & then they can get to work. The elf is magic & will fly back to the North Pole each night while you sleep & take up a new hiding place or activity each day for you to discover when you wake. This is where the fun comes in & you are only limited by your imagination. The elf doll comes with a book that explains it all very well in a cute little rhyming story. On Christmas Eve they go back with Santa to live at the North Pole until they return to your home again the next year. 

 The hashtag is great to follow to get ideas & inspiration if you’re playing along at home with your own elf or it’s just fun to watch & see what elf antics others are getting up to & get into the holiday spirit.

 I know “Elf” can divide people as some see the doll itself as creepy & that you shouldn’t need a toy to help solve behavioral issues, blah blah blah….  But I’m totally on team FUN! It’s about creating memories & preserving that childhood magic & I’m not gunna lie, if a little toy elf makes the next 3 weeks of life here a little more peaceful then I don’t see that as a bad thing at all. You gotta do what you gotta do and besides who’s to say your Elf can’t help impart the messages you want to teach your children, like a little note telling them to be kind, to share a toy with a friend, bake cookies for a neighbor or reminding them to brush their teeth. 

Seeing the photos of all the other elves & their adventures brings a smile to my face & I’m loving watching Peanut search for Tinkerbell each morning to find out what she’s been up to. I’m looking forward to carrying on this tradition with my boys for many years to come.

Here’s some photos I shared to the #elfontheshelf hashtag of Tinkerbell’s arrival & the first two days she spent at our home. 

   
   

You can follow her daily adventures with us over on my Instagram account HERE

                     LOZZIE X

Do you have an elf visit your house at Christmas time? What’s the funniest or naughtiest thing your elf has done? If you have an elf, what’s their name? 

Tell me everything, here on the blog or Here or Here 

Gratitude & Gallstones

  
So this week was suppose to go very differently… The 1st week of December & I had all these plans lined up to do Christmassy (yes that’s a word ๐Ÿ˜‰ stuff & play date catch ups with friends etc but life throws you curve balls every now & again or in this case Gallstones. 

If you’ve never experienced the pain of a gallbladder attack consider yourself lucky. It is like no other… Honestly childbirth would be preferable & at least at the end you get something wonderful to show for it, but a gallbladder attack quite literally feels like you are dying or at least whilst going through one you feel like you want to, anything to make the pain STOP! It hurts to sit, it hurts to stand, laying down doesn’t help much, you feel like you can’t breath, your chest is being crushed, the pain in your back is unbearable & then there’s the nausea & vomiting & constantly feeling the need to go to the toilet. Yep, sorry, it’s not a pretty picture, but it’s what I was going through Sunday night & after a few hours of writhing around like some demonic zombie I finally agreed to waking the kids up so hubby could take me to hospital, because this wasn’t my first attack, but it was unlike any other attack I’d experienced & I just felt something wasn’t right. 

When we got to emergency I don’t think the nurse could believe I hadn’t taken anything for the pain, but we had nothing at home & usually I’d just ride out the 6hr wave til it subsided & then crash into a heap & finally fall asleep, but this was already 5.5hrs in & there was no sign of it subsiding so I was happy for them to give me the good stuff. 

Although even after 2 doses of morphin & many more hours passed, the pain, although much less than it was before, was still not completely gone. I had a chest X-ray, a ECG & then depending on results of an ultrasound later in the day I would either be having surgery then & there to remove the infected, inflamed troublesome organ or they’d make an appointment for it to happen within the next few weeks. 

I got the ultrasound around midday where it was confirmed I had 1 very large stone that was causing my problem & my gallbladder was inflamed. By 2pm I was being prepped & ready for the op. 

It hit me then that this was real & I was actually going to be put under (I’ve never had any operations where I’ve been put to sleep before & so then of course I started thinking what if I don’t wake up? Yes I’m a bit melodramatic but what if?) for some reason I thought I’d be awake for this keyhole operation so once I found out I wasn’t going to be, besides being nervous & scared, I had ridiculous thoughts of, what about the Christmas presents I have stashed all over the house? Hubby won’t know what is for who or where everything is. He’s not technically minded either & I thought of all the photos I have of me & the boys trapped inside my phone, on Instagram & Facebook & how he wouldn’t know how to access any of them to show the boys if the worst should happen. I also realized I didn’t even get to see or say a proper goodbye to them when I got whisked off to the emergency ward the night before & what if that was the last time I saw them? 

Sure it was a simple procedure & the stats were in my favor, but you just never know & that’s when I got a bit teary & asked my angel baby Ryan to look out for me, to make sure I’d be ok, that I’d wake up & be able to go home to his brothers & be there for them as they grow up. 

I don’t even remember being knocked out (there was no counting back from ten) & the next thing I knew I was jolted awake & a nurse was asking me if I knew my name & date of birth & telling me that the op went well. It had all happened so fast & I couldn’t believe it was over. You have to agree how awesome our healthcare system is that you can rock up to emergency at a public hospital at 2am, be admitted & operated on all by 5pm that same day & have it not cost you a cent (we really do live in a lucky country & I feel grateful as we don’t have private health insurance

After an overnight stay, I got to go home around lunchtime the following day, although it was so stinking hot I actually wouldn’t have minded staying in the air conditioned ward for a few more hours, terrible hospital food & all ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was instructed NO driving for a week & NO heavy lifting for four… I’m a mum so that’s not exactly feasible, but I’m lucky I have such great family support to help me out. It was also stressed NO vacuuming, but I told the nurse that wasn’t a problem as hubby does most of that suff anyway… Yes I am lucky to have such a good house husband ๐Ÿ™‚ 

So a few days later, I’m here resting at home, I’m sore & stiff, I’m tired & feeling a bit off, have 4 incisions in me & am missing a body part, but I feel extremely lucky & grateful. Knowing I’m not going to have to feel that pain ever again is a wonderful thing & there’s nothing like facing your own mortality to make you realise just how much you have to live for & to be thankful for (or to ensure you leave detailed notes & instructions on where all the hiding places are around the house & what we bought everyone for gifts this year ๐Ÿ˜‰

                        LOZZIE X 

Have you ever suffered a gallbladder attack? Have you ever had an operation? Do you have crazy thoughts go through your mind at times? 

I wanna know it all, so leave a comment here on the blog, over on Facebook or Instagram