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.