Sunday, May 13, 2012

My Family

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Today I talked to my Mum, being mothers day and all she opened up to me about a lot of things that I hadn't heard before...and I loved this.

It was wonderful, even though I heard some things that were not so wonderful, the stories are true and are about my family history. Have you ever really sat down with your mother or father and quizzed them about their past and got them to open up about their lives?

I have on a number of occasions and although it must be at the right time and they must be in the right mood, when the time is right, the fortunes they can reveal are wonderful (well I think so anyway even if they are not so glamorous).

These stories have helped me connect better with reality and what life is really all about, both my mother and fathers families have had their fare share of challenges and lived much harder lives in comparison to mine. Split families back in a times when this was not looked upon favourably, scandals, harsh punishments, low incomes and living/working hard on farms or in single family units with a large amount of siblings...

I found out something really emotional this evening talking with my mother and it made me wonder just how many secrets may lay hidden without families knowing of them? I challenge you like I challenged my mother, to find out more.. this is our family history and we should know more about what has happened even if it is not so pretty.

I am blessed to still have both my Nana's alive and I called them both today for a Mother's Day chat and to have a wonderful catch up. I love talking with them regularly to see how things are and find out the friendly gossip of how all the family is going and connect with them again. I try to do this regularly but I need to do it more often as making an effort to connect is so important.. you don't know how much longer you will have the opportunity to do so.

Connect with your love ones. :)

Brenda :)


Friday, May 11, 2012

A Huge Hug for Us Mum's



Ok so I haven't been the best blogger and I probably wont continue to be for the immediate future either...I've been busy as most mums are; being a mum, working and doing all the other 101 million things that mums do...

But I wanted to take 5 to say; Mum's WE ROCK!!!

Because we do.. honestly only a mother could go unpaid each day and do the things we do, there is NO one else that could commit to the huge tasks we handle each and every day unless they were paid very well to do so.

I hope you are all spoiled rotten on Sunday for Mothers Day and are given some well deserved time off... I'm of course thinking breakfast in bed, followed by some QUIET time to read a book or favourite magazine in bed, followed by a lovely cup of tea in bed, followed by a movie in bed, hahahaha I think I'm in La La land really but dreaming of the most awesome day ever don't you agree??

I cannot even think of how long ago it was that I was ever so self indulgent and that's what I think needs to be recognised most about Mothers Day. We give up basically anything self indulgent to be a mother first but its also important for us all to put ourselves first sometimes too for the benefit of everyone in your family especially you and your kids.

I'm sure Mothers day is also a day when you look back over the last year and think about what you have to be thankful for and what has changed/developed in your family unit. Well there have been a few changes in ours, I took a couple of photos of my little girls over the last week and have welled up with emotions every time I look at them with such an overwhelming sense of joy and love for my little girls. This is when I think of how thankful I AM to be a mum and not the other way around.

Yes I do go above and beyond the earth to make sure my family is happy and they have everything they need even if we cannot afford it but I am the one who is thankful EVERYDAY, as they have opened my heart to a love and joy that I in no way could have known would have existed if I did not have children. My children and my family are the light of my life and I am so blessed to experienced such happiness.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY FOR SUNDAY

Brenda :) xx

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Do you hate washing your hair like me?


I wish I had time to wash my hair, dry it properly and then style it so that it looks nice.

Instead I'm lucky if I get time to wash my hair once a week.. I keep putting it off each night thinking "I'm soooo tired I don't feel like blow drying my hair now....I'll do it tomorrow" then that turns into the next day and the next, so on and so on. I wish I could have a routine that worked where I could do it twice a week but at the moment I rarely get around to it once a week and my hair ends up looking so disgusting/oily/yuk and up in a pony tail all the time.

I don't need to look wonderfully glamorous like this picture but I know I feel so much better about myself and far more confident when I take the time to wash my hair and dry/straighten more regularly. I just wish I could figure out a way to find the time to do it twice a week that works in well with the rest of the weekly routine when I don't feel so tired and exhausted before bed at night. I would love to be able to do it in the mornings but mornings with small kids are crazy and having them in the bathroom with me while I'm trying to do my hair would just drive me crazy.

Do you have the same problem? or have you figured out a good way to get your hair looking good without knocking out some of your precious sleep time? Would love to know if you have.

Brenda :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Frustration!


I feel like I'm falling behind in everything and its getting to me. We moved into our new rental a few months ago now and while everything looks like we've set up the house on the surface if you scratch it a little you will see there is still a lot to do. I've been trying to get on top of it all finally but I feel like its getting the better of me.

This was my list of stuff to start tackling along with the normal list chores:

  • Ironing - my pile of 'To Iron' clothes, has been growing and collecting dust for about 3 months now and it was really starting to annoy me as I was only ever wearing the wash and wear clothes over and over and wondering where all my other clothes were. Well I started on the pile but ironing is really only something you can do when the kids are not around for safety reasons in a small house as its just too likely an accident will happen. I did start one day when the girls were both having a rare nap at the same time but it wasn't long enough to get it finished so it is still unfinished and now growing again.
  • Time to go through all the clothes that the girls are growing out of and pack them away and dig out all the hand me downs for winter and the next size up. I did get into the shed on the weekend and go through all the clothes and pulled out a massive amount of clothes for both the girls for this winter and then started the huge job of washing, drying, folding and putting away all of these items....I am still working through this and re-organising their cupboards to fit all the bulky winter stuff in. Its difficult to fit everything in the draws and cupboards when its still a bit too early to put all the summer stuff away as the days are still warm.
  •  Trying to sort out a meal plan/routine for the month. I have been getting really annoyed with myself over the last month as I seemed unable to get myself together and organise something for dinner most evenings. I  think everything else was getting on top of me and dinner was just the last thing I felt like tackling and then had no ideas of what to cook when the time came around. So I made it my mission to sit down and go through all my recipe clippings and look through my cook books to get new ideas and be inspired to start cooking good meals again. This all started off well enough and I had a really good list going but then other stuff had to get done and its ended up unfinished sitting on the kitchen table for the last 2 weeks.
  • Work on my business - this is something that I am meant to do every Tuesday and Wednesday (minimum) when my girls go to day care but again life has had other plans and for the last 6 weeks I have had to deal with other urgent personal matters which I have had no choice but to deal with but this has only made me depressed as I have not been able to work and spend the time doing what I love and what I have worked so hard on. 
  • Finding a place for all those little bits and bobs - you know when you move house and you put a pile or in our case a few boxes aside to deal with later.. well I'm trying to deal with those now and find a home for all these things that need a cupboard to sit or wall to hang on etc...well they are still not unpacked. 
  • Then there are the stupid crappy things that happen which doesn't spell out 'The end of the world' but it sure does make things hard and annoying - like the other day when we snapped our car key off in the ignition and were left stranded at the kids day care with no way of getting home (we sorted it all out and were OK) but this sort of stupid stuff happens to us a fair bit and you just get tired of it - we just have to laugh about it.  
  • Add to all of this the endless amount of normal washing, looking after and keeping entertained my beautiful girls, putting together Indi's modern cloth nappies, cleaning the house, gardening and looking after the dog etc..etc...

I think this is all contributing to my current feelings of massive frustration. I know that I should just focus on one project, finish it and then tackle the next one but I'm one of these people who constantly feels annoyed if things are not settled and organised (I don't mean all prettily organised, I just mean everything has a place). I think that I have a better handle on things and I suppose more control over things when I'm organised and after living in temp or short term living arrangements for nearly a year now, I am really feeling the need to gain  back some control and feel like I have a handle on it all again.

Wish me luck :)

Brenda :)

Friday, March 30, 2012

What a week! - Kitchen Garden Update

Well its been one of those weeks, both kids were sick which meant neither went to day care (on their two registered days) which therefore resulted in me feeling like I achieved nothing. I have actually achieved heaps in relation to looking after the girls but with regards to getting the house cleaned and working on my business - no nothing was achieved really. Instead I tried my best to keep happy and entertained my two little grizzly bears who were out of sorts. I should be glad its Friday but now I'm flying solo with the girls for the next 3 days but at least the girls are on the mend and not so grizzly anymore.

We finally finished preparing and planting all our herbs and veges for our Kitchen garden last weekend, the girls and I have spent much of the week outside tending to it and have been so excited to already see sprouts appearing through the soil. I cant believe how much I have enjoyed the whole process of researching, preparing and planting our Kitchen Garden and then how even more excited I have been to see it growing already. It has also been really lovely to finally spend some nice time outside with the girls since all the rain has passed. Have a look at our progress.

Soil all prepared and ready for planting

Pearl and I starting to plant the seeds

Planting the seeds

All mulched and finished


We were super excited to see sprouts of broccoli, corn and zuccini plants after only 4 days!!



Brenda :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jam Drops - Baking Post

With all the rain that we have had over the last few weeks, I have spent many days inside with my girls trying my best to keep sane and them occupied :) Baking is one of the best ways to keep my 2 1/2yr old Pearl entertained/happy and busy. This is a great, simple, quick and easy recipe that tastes great!

Jam Drops





Ingredients
125g of soft margarine
1/2 cup of caster sugar
1 3/4 cups of self raising flour
1 egg
Vanilla
Your favorite jam - I highly recommend Bonne Maman's Raspberry Jam, so yummy :)


Method
Pre-heat your oven to moderate temp.
1. Beat sugar and butter to a cream
2. Add the egg and beat well then add cap top of vanilla
3. Gradually add sifted flour and mix into a stiff dough
4. Take small pieces of mixture and roll into balls
5. Place on greased baking trays and make a hold with your finger in the centre of each (to prevent sticking dust your finger in flour)
6. Fill the holes with a drop of your favourite flavored jam
7. Bake in a moderate oven until golden brown then cool on a cooling rack.




Yum!
Brenda :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Great looks right now at Forever New - Style Post

We are finally enjoying some cooler days after a very hot and muggy summer in Central Queensland, I for one am very happy that Autumn seems to be finally showing its lovely face. I love Autumn and Spring, cooler days and nights, the sun is usually out but not so intense, I just wish these seasons would last longer.

Now onto more important things - Fashion..I haven't done a style post in a while (sorry) so thought I better get cracking. Forever New used to be one of my favorite retailers (pre-babies) but since having my girls I found that every time I ventured into one of their stores, the hemlines seemed to get shorter and shorter.

It is well known to mums that short hemlines and small children just don't work. Even if you have great legs post baby/babies you would be kidding yourself to you think that you could get away with wearing anything too short (much above the knee) as you will be guaranteed to spend your entire day bending over picking up whatever your babies/kids have thrown on the floor, you need to clean up or constantly pick them up and put them down.....Its just not worth the risk of flashing innocent bystanders for the sake of feeling like you can still pull off a mini skirt.

As much as you may have hated to admit it, once you become a mum practicality has to come first when making fashion/style decisions. Once you come to terms with this, you can then move on and work out how to adapt your individual style to your new practical needs....I should talk about this more in another post.

Anyway back to Forever New, I was looking over their new collection and was pleasantly surprised to find many stylish and practical fashion options for mums this season. I do have a couple of dresses in the mix which I'm sure may be too short but the great thing with Autumn is that we can now wear stockings!! So grab yourself a few pairs of opaque stockings and you will be much safer wearing the shorter hemlines.

Forever New have a great colour pallet this season with navy/turquoise/tomato/cream/watermelon/cobalt/grey along with great pant styles, stylish loose jumper knits and tank tops, giving you great options for different combinations. These are all well priced too so you don't have to feel guilty about grabbing an new look for the season and spoiling yourself a little :)


















Happy Shopping!

Brenda :)