What I wore

Two of my winter must haves have been fur vests, I posted many times about my love of stripes.. I wear stripes all the time , here, here and here

I love the classic combo of a stripe swing dress and fur vest. My gorgeous House of poly necklace finished the outfit perfectly x





My Laser Hair Removal Experience




I'm not a hairy lady but I do get the odd hormonal hair on my chin ( I suffer from Poly cystic Ovary syndrome). I also have some soft hair above my lip that drives me crazy. I used to wax it myself but life is busy now with a baby and I hardly have time for a shower some days. I walked past a Laser clinic in a shopping center and goggled it. I was pleasantly surprised by the prices and reviews and I decided to give it a go.

I booked a session and turned up for my appointment, after a 10 min information session about the dos and dont's, the hows and whys and the after care I was ready for my treatment.

I lay on the bench, was supplied with safety goggles and the treatment began, it took all of 5 mins. It felt warm, and hot in some spot and like a very light rubber band being flicked against the skin.

After my skin felt warm, but not uncomfortable, a soothing balm was applied and I was on my way. A few hours later there wasn't even any redness, there was a slight itching sensation but nothing unbearable and a day later you wouldn't even know I had had laser hair removal.

I am booked in for my second treatment in 4 weeks and I am hopeful for good results. I should need between 3-8 sessions to be hair free for life

xx

Motivation Mondays

Real Mum Series - Meet Lilly

Pop over to Flat Bum Mum and Meet Lilly from The Stylish Teacher . She is this Months Real Mum

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Not a member of The Laundry Lounge ? Join here before our next meet up. Which is this Saturday night in case you are wondering.
We are now meeting two Real Mums every month.  Here at the end of each month and on SCPC mid-month.  It’s double thee mum fun. 

What i wore - Mummy casual


Mummy style is a hard one, my life has changed dramatically since becoming a stay at home Mum. No longer am I dressing for the office, for nights out and after work wines. Now you are more likely to find me playing on the floor, having casual coffee dates and running errands and for this I have developed a whole new style. 

It took a little while to find my groove and really find my sense of style and comfort but I have embraced my new life and style and now love putting together outfits. 

My top tips for new Mums
Go easy on yourself, don't rush into putting together your new wardrobe ans style, let your life play out and see where your style heads. 
Don't sit in a rut, if you feel like getting dressed in the mornings is a torturous exercise call in a expert stylist, join in a style challenge, chat to your friends, get on pinterest. Start finding your grove, slowly but surely
















Stay at home Mums or SAHM Styling #sahmstyling



Are you a stay at home mum or a SAHM? I am and I love it. Its truly the best job in the World....But Its easy to fall into a bit of a style rut, to stay in your pjs all day everyday, but I really think its important to dress for the day. Obviously taking care of the house and the bebes and kids is most important but so is feeling like a adult, a fully functioning adult.


Building a budget wardrobe, that's casual and functional. individual and you is a challenge one that has to fit around all the jobs we do as SAHMs so lets share that challenge together. 



Bec from Styled by Bec and I am starting the #SAHMstyling hashtag, to encourage all the stay at home mums to share their style and challenge one another to get out of that style rut and feel wonderful. Lets help one another to develop a comfy, casual style and share our fabulous bargain finds! Not a SAHM, well share your style too and inspire us! We all have our stay at home days, our work days our nights out and casual style so share and inspire, encourage and have fun x


My Tips for Becoming a DIY Pro Around the House




If you want to become a DIY pro around the house, you’ll need to do a little work and research first. Nobody is born a DIY pro; it’s learned. I like to do things around the house as it helps to save us a little money. Obviously I draw the line at very difficult or dangerous jobs, but most of the time I can get things done fairly easily. Use my tips and you can do the same:


Start off With Simple Jobs


You can’t go all gung ho right off the bat and try to perform difficult DIY tasks. I admire ambition, but I totally think you need to take it slowly. You must start off with simple jobs so you can get a handle on the skills involved, and then work your way up to the harder tasks. Don’t be put off if you can’t get the hang of them right away; it takes practice to build up skills like this. It’ll be worth it in the end though! Painting is the perfect job to start with, pick a room and give it a go!!! I drive my husband mad painting furniture and upcycling..


Start a Collection of Tools


All good DIY enthusiasts need a collection of good tools. Having all of the tools you need is essential for getting the tasks done. They don’t necessarily need to be the most expensive collection of tools out there. However, you should have something for most jobs. Bear in mind the better the tools, the easier the job at hand will be (usually).


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Watch Tutorials


If you’re unsure of how to do something, no problem. Simply watch a few online tutorials and you should get the gist of it. It really isn’t difficult; you should be able to find pretty much anything you’re looking for online. You can learn so much, and it’s completely free!

Consider a Workshop or Course


There are a few workshops and short courses available you could take to help you hone your skills. You may get the opportunity to have one on one advice here, which can help you to improve. You’ll learn some valuable tips and you’ll be able to take on the DIY at home with a new outlook.


Download Some Helpful Apps


There are so many apps on the appstore that can help you to complete your DIY jobs with ease. Some of them will take the place of a spirit level, while others will help you work out measurements and sizes. Lots of them are free too! You’ll become known as a handyman around the house before you know it.


Be Sensible


The key to doing DIY around the house is being sensible. Don’t try to take on a job that is particularly difficult or that you’re confused about. Why? You could spend more in the long run having it re-done. Sometimes, you do just need to ring a professional and have them do it for you. There’s no shame in it!

I hope you enjoyed these tips and now you feel inspired to become a DIY expert around the house. Leave any tips of your own below - see you again soon!

Getting Jiggy with it...

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Pre baby me, 7 years ago


Now that title probably got you thinking.... What is she on about.. I'm not talking fashion or beauty today, I am talking personal health, of the contraceptive kind. I've had a history of lady problems, I have Poly cystic Ovary syndrome, painful periods, ovarian cysts and in the past have had Pre-cancerous cells on my cervix. A whole boat load of fun so my contraception journey has been for more than safe sexy time.

I've been on a million different contraceptive pills to try to avoid painful periods and hormonal fluctuations and obviously to avoid unplanned babies... and having had only a handful of boyfriends and a few flings I was always practicing safe sexy time with condoms.

Contraception isn't something that us ladies really talk to much about, I talked to my girlfriends when we all started our sexy time journeys about the what, when and who of safe sex but only recently has it come up again as a topic with my Mummy friends.

Me now, a Mummy and Wife 


Post baby contraception, its one of the first things my obstetrician wanted to know my plans for post baby. To be honest I hadn't given it a second thought, apart from I don't want to do that again in the near future. I knew I had a couple of weeks to think, and so I broached the topic with my Mummy friends. Most went back on the mini pill so they could continue breast feeding and some were taking the fun option and using condoms, apparently they have come along way since back in the day when they were colored, flavored and plain.  After 3 months I decided to give the Implanon a try, it lasts three years and I don't have to remember to take it each day and its ever so slightly more effective than the Condom.

A interesting topic and one we should all totally become more comfortable with, being safe is a responsibility and as a educated adult you should know the risks, side effects and benefits of all contraception methods. No-one wants to miss out on getting jiggy safely, there's no fun in that   xxx

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What I wore - The Denim Jacket

I love a denim jacket, I can remember as a child having a totally rad acid washed jacket with cute My little Pony patches on it, I also had the matching denim skirt but that is another fashion story. 

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Not actual jacket, he he

Now I am older and have far more refined taste in denim and I am still very partial to a denim jacket. I fell madly in love with this jacket from the Danni Minogue Petites range for Target as soon as I saw it, Its a relaxed style, slightly cropped (which is great for a short torso like mine) and a soft and comfortable denim. 


I have been wearing it non stop and here are a few of the ways I have worn it lately. Do you have a denim jacket? How do you style yours? x
















Make Getting Gifts For Your Pregnant Friends Easy!

Babies are lovely little bundles of joy. When a friend is pregnant, you can’t help but feel excited for them. So how do you show this excitement? You buy them a gift of course. Something nice for them or the baby. Maybe even both if you can find the right things, such as items that assist in breastfeeding. Still, it can be a little tricky to buy the right thing. You won’t be the only one getting them gifts. That said, babies need a lot of stuff. It’s likely whatever you get will be unique and not the ‘spare’. To make this buying process a little easier, we’ve put together a guide for getting the gifts easily.

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Make It Yourself

This should only be for those with significant sewing and knitting experience. There’s something more personal about making something for a friend’s baby rather than buying it. All the thought and effort that goes into making it just radiates love. Hats are perfect for babies because they can lose a lot of their body heat through the top of their head. It doesn’t matter if they’re covered from the neck to their toes. If the head is exposed, the baby could get cold. Knitting hats is quite easy, and very cost effective too. They don’t require a lot of material because of their little heads. You want to make a hat that can fit a large orange. Be sure not to make it too loose or too tight.

If you’re going to make clothes you have to accept that they may not even last a month. Babies will grow exceptionally quickly. That means they need new clothes pretty regularly. If you’re going to make a hat or a baby-grow, maybe do a couple in ascending size order. They’ll at least be able to grow into it fairly quickly.

Buying Online

If you’re not the type to sew or knit, there’s no harm in buying the gift instead. If you’re too busy to get looking around the stores to find the gifts yourself, buying online means you can do it even from your phone. To make it even easier, you can visit Boxt Gifts. They sell gifts that are already packaged into hampers. Meaning all you have to do is pick the hamper you want and buy it. You could even get it shipped directly to your friend if you wanted. Still, it’d be better if you brought it to them for the friendly personal touch.

Getting Assistance In-Store

If you decide to go to a store to buy the gifts, it can be a little overwhelming. If there’s so much to pick from the choice can be a little paralysing. That’s why you ask if a shop assistant can help you out. They’ll hopefully be happy to oblige. They know the store better than you do. So they’ll be able to direct you to all the essential aisles with the items you want to make a great little gift selection. It’ll save you wandering aimlessly around the store unsure what to look for. Make sure you have a little list of key items you want to get though. Just the essentials though.

Staying Organised When You Have A Little One

When you have a baby to take care of, all organisation goes out the window. Regardless of whether you were a neat freak before giving birth, once you have a little one, you will find it harder to stay organised.

It’s amazing how much having a baby to care for changes things, it isn’t just time that you loose, but also motivation. However, that being said, by making a few changes to how you stay organised, it is possible to be an organised mummy.

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To help you become an organised mum, here are a few handy tips and ideas to follow:

Share housework out

Instead of attempting to get all your housework done in one day, share it out throughout the week. When you have young children, it’s very rare that you will have long periods of time to dedicate to cleaning. That’s why assigning a task for each day of the week is the best way to keep on top of your household chores.

For instance, on Mondays you could clean the kitchen, on Tuesdays vacuum, and on Wednesdays clean the bedrooms. On Thursdays, you could do the washing, on Fridays, do the shopping, and Saturdays, wash the windows and bathroom. Then use Sundays as your day off, to relax and spend time with your family.

Get a calendar

When you have so many things to think about - work, babies, and other commitments, it’s easy to forget things. That’s why investing in a calendar is a must, as it will help you to plan out each day and ensure that you are organised with your daily tasks.

When it comes to choosing a calendar, pick something that motivates you. Such as a calendar of somewhere that you would like to visit, or maybe even of the area of where you live. If, for example, like me, you live in Australia, perhaps you could get an Australia calendar?  Or, if you like to travel, perhaps you could get a calendar that shows all the wonders of the world?

Invest in simple but stylish storage

If you don’t have enough storage, invest in some stylish storage containers that you can display around your home. Babies come with a lot of stuff, from toys and games to nappies and clothing, so it’s likely that you will have a few storage problems.

Things like oversized trunks, printed boxes and cute crates are all ideal for using for additional storage. Just make sure that whatever storage you opt for, that you label each container so that you know what is in there.

Get your baby’s food prepared in advance

Each Sunday evening, aim to prepare all the food and snacks your little one will need for the following week. Invest in seven plastic storage boxes, label each one with a day of the week and fill it with your baby’s food for that day.

By preparing your little one's food in advance, you will find it much easier to stay organised throughout the week. Plus, if you end up having to rush out one day, your little one's food will be prepared and ready to go.

Being a mum isn’t always easy, especially when your little one is young. It can be hard to stay organised, especially with so much to think about and do. But, by following the tips in this guide, you can make organisation much easier for yourself.












Keeping Your Home Neat & Tidy When You Have No Spare Time



We’re all busy people and none of us like cleaning and tidying up. Unfortunately, that’s a recipe for disaster. Here are some tips to help you keep the home neat and tidy when you don’t have a minute spare.

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Use the Best Appliances

A good workman never blames the tools. That’s how the saying goes. But when it comes to keeping your home tidy, the tools are pretty important. So, if you don’t have the right ones, feel free to blame them! Having the right home appliances makes keeping the home clean and tidy much less trouble.

There are all kinds of great gadgets out there nowadays that make the process of cleaning and tidying so easy. There are even little automatic robots that can vacuum the carpet for us. They whizz round the floor and do the work, so we don’t have to. Make the most of this great technology!

Clean as You Go

Cleaning in small doses is much simpler than cleaning one huge mess up. This is why I’d recommend that everybody clean up as they go along, rather than letting all that mess build up all week. If you tidy in small doses, mess simply won’t have a chance to build up, so you’re cutting off at the route.

We’ve all been there. We’ve been busy, and we haven’t had the chance to clean up for a couple of weeks. The home looks like a bomb’s hit it. The idea of having to wade through it all and spend time cleaning it up fills you with dread! This is the kind of situation we all need to avoid.

Assign Responsibility

If you make every single person in the home responsible for the mess that they create, you’ll spend a lot less time tidying up mess made by someone else. I know what you’re thinking: that’s easier said than done. And you’re right, but you at least need to give it a try if you’re struggling to find the time to clean.

This is especially difficult for those of us with small children. We all know they create a lot of mess, and they aren’t about to clean it up themselves. But once they reach a certain age, you should make sure they understood that it’s their responsibility to clean up the mess they create in the home.

Consider Using Help

If you’re a busy person with big career responsibilities, the last thing you want to be doing is spending your free time cleaning the home. Instead, you should be doing all you can to spend time with your family and friends. This is what’s important in life, so why not let someone else clean the home for you?

It won’t be the best option for everybody, but if you have the money, you should! You can have a maid clean the home once a week, or you could let someone take care of the things you don’t want to do. For example, window cleaning services are always available, and we all know what a hassle cleaning windows can be.

Keeping the home tidy is something we all struggle with, it’s not just you! Hopefully, these tips will make things easier for you.
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