Thursday, 13 February 2014

Valentines Day!

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who love valentines day and those who totally hate it. Since I'm a lover of valentines day I'm just going to go ahead and assume my readers are too ;). 

While I know us girls would love to be wined, dined a romanced everyday we secretly know that its not humanly possible. I'm not saying everyday isn't special but lets be real some of our schedules barely give us time to eat much less go to dinner everyday. 

I love Valentines day because it gives us a day to stop in the daily "hustle n bustle" of our lives and not only show our loved ones how much they mean to us but remind us of what we love about them. With our hectic jobs and super energetic kids we sometimes forget that "He" exists. 

So now to the good stuff. What do you do for Valentines day? 

Well I have always believed that the best outings are those that don't cost a penny or the ones that actually have some thought put into it.

Here are some unique Valentines Day outing ideas:

Picnic - Make a few appetisers, a sexy dessert like chocolate dipped strawberries  and a bottle or two of your favourite wine or champagne pack them up in a bag and head out to a nice park or beach for a nice dinner under the stars. How romantic is that? Now you can partake in as much PDA as you like without other restaurant goers giving you the stink eye. 

Dinner at Home - Decide on a more extravagant dinner menu than normal with at least three courses. Trust me he will love you for it, you've saved him the stress of deciding on a restaurant and the bedroom is that much closer after you have finished that bottle of wine. 

Heres what I did last year. unfortunately I wasn't working during the month of love last year so I had no money to spend on nice gifts or dinner and another issue was my husband worked late nights so he wasn't going to be home until after 1 in the morning. So this is the brilliant idea I came up with I cut out some note sized paper and wrote little love notes and instructions on each one, starting at the front door leading straight to the bedroom. I had a bottle from our wine rack chilled some candles lit a there you have it probably our most romantic Valentines day  to date. 

This is another idea that my husband pulled off flawlessly one year. I got home from work and when I walked in the bedroom this is what I found:
UGH... needless to say this was better than any store bought gift because he actually took the time to do this himself before I got home from work. Total WIN! 

I hope these few ideas get you excited about Love day or spark your imagination to do something different this year for your special someone. 

Please comment and share what you have planned I would love to hear it!

Happy Valentines Day!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

10 Things Your Newborn WONT Need

So you are expecting, and if you are anything like me you are one of two things (or both):
1. On a budget and don't want to buy anything that you wont really need
2. Totally overwhelmed and just want to buy everything

I was both of these things coming closer to the arrival of my baby boy. Yes totally confused. I really didn't want to go crazy buying things that I would never use neither did I want to spare any expense and deprive my baby of anything he may need.

Now that he is here this is my list of things that you really don't NEED and what you can do instead.

1. Bottle Warmer - Seriously just heat some water in a pot over the stove and stick the bottle in the hot water for a few minutes. Voila warm milk.

2. Baby Powder - Your paediatrician will probably tell you not to use powder. Studies have shown that babies who use powder develop lung issues.

3. Desitin - Leave that thick goopy mess on the shelf. Vaseline works just fine maybe even better, or if you are more the "organic" freak like myself you can use a mixture or Shea and cocoa butter.

4. Nursing Cover - All you need is a couple nursing bras and nursing friend tops and a thin receiving blanket. Or pump your milk when you are heading on the road, some moms find it easier to use the bottle instead of having to pull their boob out while out and about.

5. Crib - I'm not saying never buy a crib but honestly the pack 'n' play will do for the first few months. Trust me your new bundle of joy will be in your room for at least the first 3 months so if you aren't able to buy the crib you want before baby arrives don't worry you have plenty of time.

6. Baby Monitor - While you will need this eventually for the first few months your baby will stuck to you or maybe its more you will be stuck to your baby like white on rice.

7.  Bassinet - I find these to be a waste on money as your baby will not fit into them for a very long time. Instead buy a pack 'n' play that comes with a bassinet piece inside that way you don't spend an extra $50-$300 and you can just pop the bassinet piece off when baby gets to big for it.

8. Manual Pump - Don't even waste your time. Not only is pumping manually annoying but its also time consuming. An electric pump is one investment you will be happy you made.

9. More than 4 Bottles - Really how many babies do you have, and how many bottles can he or she use at the same time?

10. A completed nursery - Finishing my babies nursery before he got here put a tremendous amount of stress on me until I realised , he wont really be in there for the first few months and secondly ..... he wont notice.

I hope this list helps you stress a little less in your final moments preparing for baby. I know it can be so overwhelming at times but when you are trying for everything to be perfect just remember all your baby will want and need is you!

Until tomorrow!

Monday, 10 February 2014

New Year, New Mom ,New Blog!!

I know I'm  little late but HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! It's a New Year and there is so much that I have to share with you all this year! I had beautiful baby boy on December 17th 2013 and although it has its ruff moments, I am enjoying motherhood to the fullest! There are still moments where I am in disbelief that I'm a mom. I look at my baby and think "geesh is he really mine?" "I'm somebodies mommy?? Whaatt in the woorrllddd?!?!" Any new moms out there feel the same way? 

Anywho ...... I am so excited about starting my blog again! I will be sharing all of my daily life experiences with you and I am starting two Vlogs!!! One of my daily life experiences with family and friends and one sharing my journey to loosing 50 pounds! 

I hope you guys keep checking in and share! What's more fun than chatting about babies, beauty, and fashion?? Ummm nothing!!! 

Until tomorrow! 


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