Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Early Morning Sales

Thanks to the internet and a sale, I couldn't resist buying these items on sale at Pumpkin Patch this morning...



In red & beige & white - not pink

Thanks to their sale prices and a free shipping code from Reezy at Peanut Butter & Honey, all these items were only $103 delivered - see why I couldn't resist.

Note they are all in neutrals - we have decided (this week anyway) to go with a surprise and not find out the sex until bubba is born! I'm am still not sure how I am going to last and this decision comes with a disclaimer warning it is subject to change - S and I are taking it one day at a time :)

12 week scan this afternoon ... even though I'm already 13 weeks haha. Can't wait!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us

True or false?

I experienced a weekend of revelations . The biggest one being that maybe I want to be surprised by the sex of our baby. I know, I was super shocked too!

Being prone to a Type A personality, it went without saying that I would NEED to know the sex of bubba as soon as medically possible and S was all for it as it is top priority for him to start bubba's shoe collection (if you are a new reader, go back to an old post 'My husband is a shoe whore') and buy suitable Man U supporter gear and 'kits'.

Well, the waters got muddied on Saturday night and you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men - at least I hope you do?

So for the record, S' friends (and now also my friends) have all found out early on the sex of their bubbas bar one couple who had a surprise for their first and found out for their second. On my side, bestie C found out baby S' sex early on but everyone else has preferred a surprise, even in the case of their second.

Chatting to a few of these friends about surprise versus finding out on Saturday night has now got me thinking that maybe I do want a surprise. M had always encouraged the 'surprise' option and then my sister K entered the debate and let me tell you, that girl is one persuasive young lady, even heavily under the influence of champagne.

Just as I resolve the pram dilemma (we went with S' first choice, the Bugaboo if you're interested), up crops a new one! I always intended to be surprised at some stage, likely by my second but as one friend pointed out (she had 2 surprises and found out for her 3rd), what if I don't have a second bubba... I mean you just never know and then I will never get the option again. Also I have come to the opinion that there are so few surprises of this nature in life (I can only think of a marriage proposal in comparison) that we get to experience and it gives me an indescribably excited feeling to picture S walking out of the delivery room to our families waiting in anticipation and announce 'ITS A GIRL/BOY'.

S is yet to be wholly convinced but is wavering in his convictions and happy to support my choice although I can tell he is itching to buy bubba a suitable (read pink, blue etc) pair of Nike shox, Converse and anything else he can get his hands on.
So , do I go with Jane Austen ... “Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable” and find out or do I go with 'Surprise being the greatest gift...'?

Did you or would you find out what sex your bubba was or did you (would you) have a surprise?

Giveaway Winners

Thank you so much to everyone who follows and to everyone who commented and entered my little giveaway.

I apologise for not drawing the giveaway last night - there were a few little incidents that interfered with my plans so thank you for your patience.

So I wasn't really sure how to draw the giveaway but in the interests of fairness, I downloaded 'iChoose' from the app store, allocated each entrant a number depending on the order of their comment and then 'shook'.

The winners are...

Lush gift: SARAH

Dusk gift: ECLAIRRE

Tea: LIZ

Congratulations ladies

Please email me at miss_renee121@hotmail.com with your address so I can get your gifts in the mail.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Eenee Meenee miney mo

Prams... who knew there was so much choice, research and effort required? Not me that's for sure.

After endless browsing and research (this is not an exaggeration, I have put a lot of spare time into this over the past few weeks thanks to google and the local baby stores) we narrowed our short list to the Baby Jogger City Select, the Bugaboo Cameleon and the iCandy Apple (because the Cherry isn't available in Oz).

Although on my initial list, we ruled out the Striderplus because that thing is a monster and as S rightfully pointed out, I don't have a hope in hell of manage it or lifting it with my weak little arms. A helpful assistant also pointed out that the Bugaboo Donkey is still narrower than the Strider when set to 2 across - that is one big pram! I did like it though and it looks life it gives a pretty comfortable ride.

So our requirements became:

1. Light and easily manoeuvrable (S doesn't have a lot of faith in my strength as per above)
2. Must have bassinet and stroller seat attachment
3. Must have the option of facing in and out
4. Not too bulky when folded for easy storage
5. 4 wheels not 3

The three on our shortlist was narrowed to the Bugaboo and the iCandy due purely to aesthetic reasons - they have cuter/more colour choices than the City Select and the bassinet is a little lighter.

As the final two are about the same price, we are now leaning towards to the Bugaboo over the iCandy as iCandy is available from only one retailer that I can find in Oz and my concern (justified given the economy) is that if the retailer closes down, what becomes of our warranty. Therefore the Bugaboo seems the logical and sensible choice. S loves the red base with black or the grey base with red as Man U's colour is red however I am partial to the Missoni but realistically I don't mind the denim.



Now, just to cause a little more confusion, I could still go with my much desired ultimate choice, the iCandy Cherry in the Union Jack limited edition, as I could have my Mil bring it back when she goes to the UK for a few week's after bubba's birth but again, the warranty becomes an issue.

What would you go with or what pram do you have?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

We all need a laugh

Two things that had me laughing out loud this week that I simply had to share:


A friend's facebook update
Every night I sit in my wardrobe trying to work out what would be considered "appropriate" work attire... And every night I think to myself that it would be less painful to stab myself in the eye with a pen! Just saying.


This picture ... its the picture of 2011 for me!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

And while we're on the subject

of my Christmas list, let me add the most important item to it (apart from bubba's health):

that everyone will undertake to sponsor a child through World Vision

I started sponsoring my little friend Sara of Ethiopia in 2005 at the age of 24 after watching the Live 8 concerts held around the globe. The images broadcasted devastated me and I felt that given my lucky life and penchant for blowing my money on the most materialistic of 'things' (it was about then that I had a roaring obsession with Sass and Bide - at full price... $260 denim skirts anyone? - and high end makeup consumerism at its finest), I could certainly afford to improve the life of a child less fortunate.

My sponsorship is something I have never regretted and is a sense of personal pride - that I am able to help another human being. Its not something I am prone to publicise and most people who know me would probably have no idea I sponsor Sara.

I know that people have very strong opinions about World Vision and similar charities and I respect everyone's right to those opinions but if you can help a child this Christmas or even for the coming year, there are plenty of them out there who need it and would appreciate it.

My Grownup Christmas List

I borrowed the name for this post from my sister's second favourite carol
(her first is Silent Night in case you were wondering and if you weren't, well now you know anyway).

More than anything else this Christmas, I want perfect healthy 12 week scan results of our bubba on the 21st. Anything else I'm given will truly just be icing.

Of course this particular 'want' doesn't suffice to my beautiful family and friends (and husband) who are all hoping for exactly the same thing but would actually like to buy me gifts. So in light of this, I have had to put together a wishlist that they can select from... so here goes:
Seafolly Amazon Amari maxi
This Trenery dress if anyone can track it down at an outlet - item code FDR163C735
CR Midi skirt in Graphite IF the waist is stretchy
CR maxi skirt in black
Shoes like these from CR
These shoes from CR
A statement necklace like this (its from Oscar De La Renta so I dont expect this one)



Mission Impossible 1 & 3 - I'm a sucker for this series even though I don't like Tom Cruise
Glasshouse Candle in Miami - or Rockefeller if it can be found
Country Road Trilby to wear while on holidays at Lennox

To add to the baby's dvd collection

My Chanel No 5 from last Christmas still hasn't been replaced since Japan in March


Bossypants by Tina Fey -
its been on my read list for awhile but haven't gotten around to buying it


Oroton tote - I have one in pink but need one a little more neutral or just different for all those outfits the pink doesn't go with.



Its baby Missoni (Duh! obviously! I can hear you saying)
These are wishlist items that no one including me will buy though as I will seriously struggle trying to explain to S, or even my sister and M why I have spent upwards of $60 (on sale that is) on a romper for a baby girl when I don't even know the sex of my bubba and that's say something, especially for my sister who is usually my biggest guaranteed enabler)... dilemmas I know. Sis and M, if you're reading... please add these to the baby shower gift registry ha ha.

Throw in some anti-stretch mark cream, some maternity bras (with and without wire), soem books on pregnancy and or first time parenting and there you have it, my very glamourous Christmas list :)

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Christmas Gift...my first giveaway

Again on the subject of giving, I have decided it was high time I offered a gift as a way of thanks to all the lovely ladies (at least I assume you're all ladies cause S tells me he definitely wouldn't read my blog) who read and comment on my blog.

I really enjoy sharing the menial, mundane and big details of my life here with you and appreciate all the feedback, support, advice and more that you provide me with.

Now I would love to do a 12 days of Christmas theme giveaway but did you know that if you received all the gifts of the 12 days of Christmas, you would end up with 364 gifts and let's face it, I would go broke on Australia Post costs alone.

So moving forward, (after some useless consulting with S - disclaimer: he had nothing to do with the final gift choices) I would like to offer you the chance to win/be gifted with/receive:

$20 voucher to Dusk
with my mosaic burner and melts being one of my favourite ways to scent my home and as one of my go to presents for people this year, this seemed a fitting gift for the blog.

Lush Cosy Christmas pack

Whether you’re a nurse, gardener or ballistic demoing expert, everybody’s hands suffer in the cold so let’s turn that frown upside down and soften up everyone’s suffering mitts with creamy Snowcake soap and Tiny Hands hand serum. W

e all need to take care of our hardworking hands.

Champagne Truffle tea leaves
being pregnant really limits your champagne intake...ok, it stifles it altogether but this flavoured tea is a great alternative

In keeping it simple, all you have to do is be a follower of the blog and comment here on this post as to what your preferred gift is. Easy right?

Entries close at midnight on Saturday the 17th December and I will draw the giveaway on Sunday 18th December 2011.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A few home items on my list


A new BBQ.
S' parents are buying us this Weber for Christmas so we can get rid of our big bulky burner with rangehood - it just takes up too much space and is kind of impractical for 2 of us even when entertaining.

Copenhagen bookshelf for our bedroom (we have a huge master brm).
Copenhagen tallboy x 2 for our bedroom to replace the existing ones (we have the bedsides already).


Ezibuy - perfect for our front courtyard or back patio (if only I could keep flowers alive).


One of these trays in lime green for my Glasshouse candles - to be displayed on our dark wooden buffet.

Christmas is a time for giving


One of the things I love most about my workplace is the spirit of giving (and not only at Christmas time). We are diamond partners of the NBCF and at Christmas time each year we join forces with The Salvation Army over the festive season to provide much appreciated Christmas gifts for children and give back to the community. We know that this year with floods, fires and the price of food rising, this festive season will see a significant increase of families in need of assistance.

The Salvation Army expects to provide more than $10 million worth of goods to more than 350,000 people in need across Australia. This will include the distribution of over 100,000 food vouchers and hampers and nearly half a million toys!

Major Neil Dickson of The Salvation Army said, “Over the Christmas period, financial strain, relationship issues, alcohol abuse, mental health issues and domestic violence all peak and people often struggle to make ends meet.”

During this time of year synonymous with fun and celebration, children often go without many luxuries. We add a little bit of sparkle back into these children’s eyes by donating special gifts to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal.

We know it has been a real hard year for most but the events of 2011 have hit some people harder than others. We hope to give back by donating special gifts for children who may not have many luxuries in life. We want to help in any way possible.

We alternate between non-perishable food items and toys each year and I think we had a record number of donations this year - over 50 presents! We have been advised that this year's gifts will be going to women and children at the local Stillwaters refuge delivered Santa style in the dead of the night.

Why not make your office Christmas party extra special this year and make a donation to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal like we do - visit www.salvos.org.au

Monday, November 28, 2011

Spoilt

During the course of the weekend, it wasn't all about buying for others with a bit of buying going on for me by others - does that sentence even make sense?

Unfortunately I can't have any of it till Christmas but I guess its something to look forward to.

S has bought me these dresses from Country Road.
Light cotton and lined, I can't wait to wear them.
I went a size up to allow some bust and belly room and the good news is they will be perfect for the coming Summer weather and our break in Lennox Heads but will also see me through next Summer after BB is born.


My mum bought me these two pairs of Peter Alexander pjs ($80 down to $19 a pair) as she decided I need some nice pajamas for the hospital...NEXT YEAR. I did try to explain to her that there is still a few months to get organised but for this price, what was the point in arguing ha ha. She also bought me a beautiful PA black modal long line tailored jacket top that buttons all the way up and 'she says' will be perfect for breast feeding (it was 419 down from about $90 I think).


Then in bowing to her superior shopping prowess (no kidding, my mother is an olympic gold medallist when it comes to shopping), I let her talk me into inspecting a range of Mix clothing ... you know, the Coles brand? She has been raving about some of their pieces (namely, they do a cargo type pant just like Lorna Jane but a better fit and for only $20 or so).
Well, it turns out she may be on to something... I picked up (and she bought for me), this smock below in navy. I think it was the grand old price of $22 and it is in a beautiful crisp cotton and will be perfect for throwing over my swimmers - I bought it a size larger to cover any bump growth for Summer. Mum added a 100% cotton white smock top arrangement for the bargain price of $5 - I know, can you believe you can buy clothes brand new for $5? I tell you, I would have bought a stack if it hadn't been the only one left - and a modal type fabric knee length fully ruched and cowl-necked cream and black stripe dress that will suit me from current size to mid-bump ($25).

In case you cant tell, my mum was on a kick to get me appropriately kitted out in suiting my status to be of mummy. She picked some real winners but let me tell you, there were some horrors we argued over also. 'Too mumsy' I would say to which she would reply 'Well, you are going to be a mum' but then she took it a step further and I had to call time on the shopping explaining to her that she was now selecting items I could picture my grandmother having worn.

All in all, a successful adventure with my mum and I have to say, the Mix clothing range isn't bad for the price and something I will definitely keep in mind. They have a surprisingly big range as well and my mum tells me they happily refund anything you are not satisfied with - I gather she had a bit of a washing disaster with a white modal tee but they took on board her feedback and gave her an immediate refund.







Christmas shopping and treats

Saturday was a miserable day on the Gold Coast (think muggy humid weather and grey rain clouds but no rain). How are you supposed to spend days like this? Shopping and baking obviously!


My new Glasshouse candle - S tried to help me choose it... I say tried as the first 3 times he picked 'Night before Christmas' over 'White Christmas' then after browsing the store & finding the candles also displayed in a different section, swore black and blue he wanted 'White Christmas'. Me? I was happy with either. I think I have also given S a Glasshouse addiction as he also insisted in a Bora Bora purchase.


Christmas presents at work for the salvos - everyone brings in a gift and labels it with a sex and age range and we donate them all to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. A worthy cause and a way for our workplace to help those less fortunate at this time of year. We have been advised that the gifts are going to women and children at the Stillwaters Refuge this year.



S' birthday present. I don't drink coffee but he loves a good quality cup so I thought this would be the perfect gift for him... especially as it will no doubt come in handy once baby is here and sleep is a thing of the past.



S Christmas present (one part of). S loves basketball (has been inconsolable about the NBA lockout) and every year I buy him the latest pair of Kobe shoes. I had to go with this colour as despite liking Kobe as a player, he is not a Lakers fan and the other pair were white, purple and yellow.


I couldn't resist buying these books & a few others for S and my dad given our baby news:
FATHERHOOD DEMYSTIFIED! Finally-a manual for new dads that deciphers the immensely confusing world of fatherhood and gives crucial tips and advice from a man's point of view. No psychobabble, no warm fuzzies-just a hilarious (and surprisingly practical) military-style guide to surviving and thriving through even the queasiest moments of pregnancy, birth, and babyhood. Seasoned father and master infant-tamer Scott Mactavish breaks the Baby Code down and lays it out in straight-up guyspeak. The New Dad's Survival Guide includes declassified information on such topics as: * Cutting the Cord: The Moment of Truth * Feeding and Cleaning the NFU (New Family Unit) * Surviving Sleep Deprivation * Relieving Stress Without Booze * The Great Boob Irony * Pee, Poo, Hurl, and Snot: Getting Used to the Bodily Functions * Critical Survival Tips Never Before Revealed * Sex: Let the Games Begin Again...Finally * Dozens of Essential Terms Defined, Including Binky, Onesie, Diaper Genie, Passy, and Sippy Cup GRAB YOUR BOOTS AND STRAP ON YOUR HELMET! THE BABIES ARE COMING!
This series of reflections on the role of a grandfather will be an inspiration and a pleasure to all grandparents. Poignant and laugh out loud funny.


I also picked up Christmas presents for C, M and another friend on my travels along with a few parcels that arrived last week including my Oroton gift for my family secret santa but I can't share any details here as I know they pop by from time to time.

I then spent my afternoon baking cheese and herb scones and my mum's handmedown recipe from WW Beautiful Biscuits 'choc fudge slice' much to S bemusement - hey, whatever keeps my mind off that clod Sav Blanc from the old days lol.

What did you get up to on Saturday?