The Laundry Lounge - Meet Crystal.

April 24, 2015

Each Month the beautiful, fabulous and amazing Bron from The Flat Bum Mum and I will interview a real life Mummy and share on our blogs.  We hope you love reading other yummy Mummies stories and experiences as much as we do... and don't forget The Laundry Lounge is open for business on the 25th so bring your washing, a whine and a wine and settle in for some fun and chats!!!

This Months real life Mum of the Moment is the lovely Crystal!!

Hello there :)

I'm Crystal. I am married to Sam and we have 2 active boys. Ethan is 9 (almost 10! eek!) and Tristan is 3.  We live in Central Victoria, around an hour to everything - airport, CBD, my sister's place. I'm currently a stay at home Mum. Before kids I had worked almost solely in the printing industry. I'm a self taught designer and I love to work with Work at Home Parents. Next year when my littlest is at 4 year old kinder I plan to focus on getting back to work.

Life with boys is a toss up between complicated and simple. I wing it... a lot. Life usually involves noise and dirt. Lego building, nerf battles, and tickle fights are a weekly occurrence in our house. Boys are messy... I have to remind them to look with "Mum eyes" rather than "boy eyes".

Feeding the family... Boys eat a lot... seriously! It's a good thing they are good eaters. My boys love anything with carbs. To keep things interesting and keep their tastebuds going I like to try a new recipe once a week. Like most families... some nights are just too hard and we have takeaway to give us all a break.

Dressing for motherhood. I've found my style has evolved as I've gotten older and more comfortable in my skin. I've always been partial to black but I like to mix it up with bright accessories.  I follow lots of fabulous women on Instagram for inspiration.
I pretty much live in Jeggings (thanks to @styleandshenanigans for the tip), leggings or shorts. I'm partial to dresses but they aren't always partial to me ;)   I love Melbourne's weather because I'm all about layers and I love to wear boots.
With boys I need to be able to move quickly so high heals are a thing of the past and saved for date nights.  

Looking after myself is important... so often we (mums) fall into the trap of not putting ourselves first and being a bit of a martyr.   If you don't make time to look after yourself, you can't be effective looking after little people.  Make time in the calendar and put yourself in time out - it can be something as simple as turning off the phone and having a long hot bubble bath or if you have more time, go out for coffee and cake with a girlfriend. 

So that's a bit about me :)  Thank you for reading!

C xoxo

Isn't she fabulous!!!

Now pop over to The Flat Bum Mum and see what she has been up to lately xxxx

Motivation Mondays

Tiny Tags Mothers Day Giveaway

I have a wonderful Mothers Day giveaway and I could squeal with joy that one of my amazing readers will win this beautiful 24c Gold Open Loop Necklace..

I came across the beautiful jewels from Tiny Tags last year and was lucky enough to receive a beautiful piece for Christmas. Its become a piece I wear everyday... I love having my loves names close to my heart everyday. The necklace is beautiful quality, shiny and timeless elegance.

Want to know a little more about the Tiny Tags brand?? Of course you do!!

Tiny Tags STORY

Tiny Tags is a company dedicated to “celebrating the love in our lives.” Our jewelry, and more importantly, our mission, is to celebrate children, and to give back to children and mothers in need. Tiny Tags pieces are classic and chic, and meant to be worn every day as a token and expression of one’s greatest blessings. Personalized with children’s names and birthdays or a loved one’s initial or anniversary date, each Tiny Tags piece is custom-made in our studio. I’m Melissa Clayton, and my greatest joy since starting Tiny Tags has been hearing from moms about what having a Tiny Tags necklace means to them: from new moms who are beaming with pride and love over their new bundle of joy, to moms who are wearing their necklaces in remembrance of their little ones or as a symbol of strength for those loved ones dealing with a personal struggle. As a mother of three beautiful, healthy children, I am deeply aware of life’s blessings, and I am passionate about giving back.

Visit, Tiny Tags and have a lookie... I guarantee you will have a shopping cart and wish list in minutes

and now for the amazing giveaway... Follow the Rafflecopter instructions and leave a comment.. xx

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Winner will receive 24c Open loop.  Open Internationally, any questions please contact me. xxxx

NFuzion Review, New Do means New Products

April 16, 2015

New Do Means New Products

My blonde hair can get a little brassy and dry so I need to be on my hair game to make sure that does not happen. 

Soft and bouncy and no brassy to be seen
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These have a vibrant purple hue that washes away any hint of brassy and leaves my hair feeling soft and smelling subtly of a masculine like perfume. 
The conditioner is light and also purple in color, its nourishing and not heavy and washes out to leave soft and bouncy hair. 

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and my favorite product.. The Hair Booster...
this stuff is amazing, it again has a soft masculine scent and with just one pump rubbed through damp hair my hair is soft and manageable, easy to style and feels and looks healthy. 

Now where can you get these fabulous products????

Salon Supplies To Your Door

and if you sign up today you get a $10 credit towards your first order, sweet...

The Lob

April 14, 2015

The Lob

The hottest haircut of the minute. A blunt cut that hits just below the shoulders, its universally flattering and suits most hair types with a few adjustments.

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I had 8 inches cut off of my hair and went from long and lank to full, bouncy lob length hair.

Ill post a how to style soon....

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Love it?? 

Motivation Mondays

April 13, 2015

I've had an unintentional week off, after being sick with gastro (ewwwww) and then getting a cold (gross, achooo) I have been in a funk and hardly have left the house...

So today's post is about focus

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Life's Little Luxuries

April 12, 2015

Luxury, what is it to you? My everyday little luxuries can be a simple take away coffee from somewhere swanky with a decadent biscuit, a new designer nail polish or lippy...

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On a grander scale I love a designer handbag or accessory, a luxurious hotel stay, a bottle of expensive bubbly, a glamorous car , beautiful flowers

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On a cost per wear basis this bag is excellent value for money and I should know I have used her everyday since I received her for a gift and not a single sign of wear..

When it comes to luxurious, I do expect quality and performance, I expect attention to detail and expert workmanship.

I also love the anticipation involved in a luxury purchase, the saving and considering... Do you splurge on luxuries or carefully consider your purchases?? Do you buy luxury goods because of the label or the workmanship?? Spill......

Current Wish list pieces

Josephine Wallet 

Chanel Chance

A Jaguar, any of them...... Dreaming I know

A night away at the Palazzo Versace 

What is on your luxury wish list? xx

This post is Sponsored by Jaguar in accordance with my disclosure policy. 

Natural Ways to fix your nails

April 11, 2015

Natural ways to fix your nails or your paws as I like to call them. 

Post baby and my nails are flakey and dry, all the time! I spend allot of time washing bottles and playing and there isn't much time for pampering but these steps have helped to improve my nails and hands ten fold.

 The below treatments have helped to get my nails back to beautiful at home and they don't take much time, give them a go and let me know if they help you.

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Treat your nails to a oil dip.... I either rub coconut oil or cuticle oil onto my nails and the surrounds nightly or if they need a really good treatment soak them in oil for 10-30 minutes

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Apply a nail treatment like Revitanail daily until nails are hard and the length you love

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Keep nails short and sweet, this helps keep them strong and stops them getting caught on anything.

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Massage your hands with a sweet smelling hand cream, this helps increase blood flow to your paws

What do you do to keep your nails and hands looking lovely? xxx

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