Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Dear Eljay

My beautiful boy. Today you are 13 months old! You're now walking 95% of the time. From the day you turned one you decided you'd walk all the time. You're really fast, I can see that you'll be running soon.

You are a nature lover and love to be outside. As soon as you wake up you'll point to the door and want to go outside, then get really upset when I say no. Speaking of which, you've got my stubbornness and just like me you are very strong willed. Sorry about that.

If left to yourself you'll happily spend ages in the sand pit, you dig around and have a great time in there. You're starting to stand up for yourself more and will scream or react when Chai upsets you. You also tell on Daddy. If Daddy doesn't give you what you want you come to me then point to him and show me what you want that he won't give you, it's so cute. 

You have beautiful big eyes with long eyelashes, so I'm regularly getting asked if you are a girl, even though you are usually wearing blue.

You are a beautiful, happy, cheerful little soul.

My precious boy, you are my reason for living, I'm so lucky to be your Mum. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

I finished a concealer!

Yes, this does warrant a post. How many other people do you know who've finished a concealer? Lots? No! 

In my whole make-up wearing life (which is around 20 years) I've only finished two concealers. The first one was by the long discontinued Prescriptives, I think it was called camouflage or something like that. The second concealer is my beloved Models Prefer Professional Anti-Wrinkle Concealer. If you haven't tried this, you need to. It's amazing for under eye circles. Even better, it's only $9.99 from Priceline.

That is all. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thoughts of the month

1. I saw a nutritionist this month and it was really helpful. Whilst I've always had a healthy diet, I know very little about nutrition. She told me that I'm vegetarian, which, as stupid as it sounds, I didn't realise. She also told me that I don't eat nearly enough protein. Trying to get enough protein in my diet is proving to be rather difficult, but I'm working on it and I have so much more energy!

2. Being told I'm vegetarian has made me more strict about not eating meat. I don't like meat, never have, so I was only eating it when Tiger was home because he eats meat with every meal and it's easier to eat it than to cook two meals. But when I thought about it I realised that I really, really don't like meat and that it doesn't make me feel good. So I've stopped eating it.

3. Robin Williams dying was really, really sad. Depression is a horrible illness. One of my beautiful friends has depression, it's heartbreaking to see her suffer.

4.  Another WA FIFO worker suicided this month. I feel so sad for him, his family and his friends. Companies really need to rethink the FIFO lifestyle. Take a person away from their family, friends and support network, put them in an environment where the common attitude is "toughen up princess" and you have a recipe for disaster. It's time more was done to stop this happening.

5. I've heard people say "but they don't have to do FIFO". Not always true. Look at our situation. There are no jobs locally. If we want hubby to stop doing FIFO we have to move to another town. Sometimes that isn't affordable. When hubby was doing a 4 and 1 swing and I'd had enough, it took 2 months for him to find a local job. People doing FIFO often do not have any other choice. 

6. Sephora is finally coming to Australia. I'll be very interested to see what happens. If they bring US prices here it will have a huge impact on a lot of retailers from the big department stores to chemists etc. Why would people buy the chemist brands when they can get high end brands for the same price. I will be watching with interest.  

7. We spent an afternoon at my Dad's house with my brother, sitting around a bonfire whilst the kids played. It was magical and reminded me of why we moved down here. 

8. Having spent some time in the city this month, I miss it a bit. There are lots of things that I don't miss, but I do miss having lots of things to do. In the country there are not many things to do with the kids.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FFS Friday - Sleepless in the city

Hello! How are we all? Good? That's great. You may notice that I'm posting my FFS Friday whinge on a Saturday. It's becoming a bit of a habit. FFS.

This week has been pretty good. Hubby came home early, we've all been happy and I was wondering what I was going to write about in my FFS Friday post. Then Thursday night happened. FFS.

The FIL is still in hospital so we went to the city again to see him. I'm so over the city. FFS.

Clearly Chai is too because when I told him we were going to visit Grandad his response was "we have to visit Grandad again?" followed by a huge sigh. FFS.

The BIL has been here visiting so Thursday morning we all piled into the car and headed for the city. We were spending the night in a 2 bedroom hotel room with BIL and MIL. So we get to the city and go straight to the hospital to see FIL.

As you'd expect, after spending two hours in the car all the kids wanted to do was run around screaming, not the best thing to do in a hospital. FFS.

We stayed for about half an hour then left BIL there and headed to the hotel. The first thing I saw when we opened the door was stairs. FFS.

Stairs and babies are not a good combination. FFS.

Eljay thought they were great fun. FFS.

I did not agree. FFS.

Thankfully I came up with the genius idea of putting two chairs over the bottom step so that Eljay couldn't climb them. Not FFS.

The evening was uneventful and we went to bed. Eljay decided to wake up constantly, between 9pm and 11pm he woke up 3 times. FFS.

Then BIL came home from the pub and came crashing into the room, waking me up for the fourth time. FFS.

About half an hour later he needed to go to the toilet so came stomping down the stairs and into the bathroom. FFS.

A herd of hippo's would have been quieter than he was. FFS.

After being woken up five times in three hours I couldn't get back to sleep so lay there until I finally fell asleep around 4am. FFS.

Eljay decided that 4.30am was a good time to start the day. FFS.

I managed to get him back to sleep and lay down again. I was nearly asleep when BIL went to the toilet again. FFS.

After that I gave up. Who needs sleep. Everyone knows that mothers don't need sleep. FFS.

As per usual, MIL was coming out with her usual stupid comments. FFS.

Friday morning Chai spilled water on the carpet so I mopped it up with the tea towel. Later I had to use the same tea towel to dry the dishes. MIL had a fit and told me that I shouldn't use the cloth that I'd used on the floor because the next people who stayed in the hotel would get diarrhea because the tea towel had been on the floor. FFS.

When I told her I didn't care she hid the tea towel and rewashed all the dishes. FFS.

So I found the tea towel and dried them all with it. FFS.

Friday night she stayed with us again and I heard her telling Tiger not to drink too much water because it might drown his heart. FFS.

You have to be joking, where does she get this crap from? I'll bet she ends up dehydrated because she's too scared to drink water in case she drowns herself. FFS.

That concludes my FFS Friday whinge. If you've had any FFS worthy moments please tell me all about them. 

If you'd like to read more whinges head over to Sarah's blog.  



Monday, August 25, 2014

Get the glow

I just had to write a quick post to tell you about three products that I'm totally in love with at the moment. 

Subtle Energies Facial Blend - OMG, this smells amazing. I don't just mean nice, I mean truly amazing. It's one of the nicest scents I've ever smelled. I wish they made it in a perfume. It smells so good that I put it on my hands, put my hands over my face and breathe it in for a few seconds before I apply it. Not only does it smell great, it makes my skin feel lovely and soft.

Subtle Energies Mogra and Indian Rose Gold Cream - This is one of my two holy grail moisturisers (the other one is Clarins HydraQuench Cream). Like the Subtle Energies Facial Blend it smells heavenly and it's a beautiful, rich moisturiser that I love to use in winter. Despite being very rich it's not at all oily and it absorbs very quickly. I used it all winter and didn't have one single dry spot, where I'd usually have them constantly. I've sadly finished my bottle but I'll definitely be repurchasing it for next winter.

ECO. C Serum  - Used in combination with the Subtle Energies products, my skin has been glowing. I've been very hesitant to use a C serum as my skin can be sensitive, however I haven't had any problems with this. It's an oil and is super gentle, I didn't get any irritation, stinging or redness. Within a week I noticed that my skin was glowing and it just looked so healthy. When I ran out and started using a different serum my skin started looking sallow and dull, so I quickly went and purchased another bottle to get my glowing skin back again. 
If you have sensitive skin, I definitely recommend giving this a try.

Note: Subtle Energies Facial Blend and my first bottle of ECO. C Serum were provided for review.

Friday, August 22, 2014

FFS Friday

Good morning! Look, I'm on time with my FFS Friday post, yay me!
So I've been wondering lately, why does nobody talk about the crap stuff that happens? I don't get it. Life isn't all roses so why can't we talk about it? Surely knowing about other people's crap makes us feel better, like we aren't the only ones going through it?

Case in point, Chai has been driving me crazy lately. I spoke to two friends and mentioned that Chai has turned into a horrible beast of a child and they both told me they have been going through the same thing. It made me feel better to know it's just not me who's struggling. So for all of you out there who are struggling, you aren't alone.

My FIL is still gravely ill. FFS.

Trying to get a straight story about what's going on with him is proving impossible. FFS.

FIL tells me one story, MIL tells me another. FFS.

Neither of them make much sense and I really don't know who to believe. FFS.

It's times like these I wish we were still living in the city, that way I could go to the hospital and speak to the nurses and Drs myself. FFS.

Monday I spoke to FIL and he told me he'll be in hospital for another few weeks. FFS.

I spoke to MIL a few hours later and she said he'd be out in a few days. FFS.

MIL insists that FIL is getting better, but he doesn't sound better, he sounds terrible. FFS.

He also says that he's feeling terrible and he's one of those people who never admits that he's not well, so for him to say he's feeling terrible it must be bad. FFS.

I suspect that MIL is in denial. FFS.

Which is a whole other issue. I really don't think she's coping and yet there is sweet FA that I can do about it. FFS.

When I ask her how she's doing I can hear that she's near to tears. FFS.

I don't know how much longer she can cope with this without falling in a heap. FFS.

My once lovely Chai has turned into a horrible child. FFS.

Not to be outdone, I have turned into a horrible mother. FFS.

Chai screams, hits, headbutts, hurts his brother, doesn't do what I ask him to and is a general nightmare. FFS.

Saturday when we were out he stealth attacked me with a running headbutt. FFS. 

It takes all my willpower not to smack him. FFS.

Or strangle him. FFS.

Or tell him to shut the f@#$ up. FFS.

Or all of those things at once. FFS.

Not to be outdone, I am also screaming. FFS.

Monday I yelled so loud at him that I hurt my throat. FFS.

Yesterday, in an effort to show him why he shouldn't headbutt his brother,  I headbutted Chai. FFS.

He thought it was funny. FFS.

I should have headbutted him properly instead of doing it very gently. FFS.

Because he's constantly being attacked by his brother, Eljay has now started attacking other children. FFS.

As soon as he sees another baby he pulls it's hair, headbutts it and tries to bite it. FFS.

Anyone want to catch up for a play date? Hahahaha.

That concludes my weekly whinge. If you'd like to read more whinges, head over to Sarah's blog. If you've had any FFS worthy moments, please share them with me to make me feel better. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

For the love of the chub

It's no exaggeration to say that I am obsessed with chubby lip crayons. I want them all. Did you know they've been around for years? No? Well let me tell you. The first chubby lip pencil I owned was by Clinique and it was around 20 years ago. The second one I got was by Bonne Bell and that was around 20 years ago also. So they aren't a new thing. For years and years I couldn't find any chubby pencil style lip products and now they are everywhere. This delights me no end.

Unsurprisingly, I have amassed a rather large collection of chubby lip pencils so today I'm going to show them to you. I have so many that this won't be an in depth post, so if there is something you'd like to know more about, please let me know. 

Once again I couldn't get the photo below around the right way. I'm not sure why blogger is doing that at the moment, it's very frustrating.
Revlon, Clinique and Face of Australia.
Models Prefer, Covergirl and boe.
NYX, Lipstick Queen, Hourglass, Beauty Attitude, Pop, Bourjois, Sisley, Natio, Eyes Lips Face, Inglot, elf and DB.
This is the first time I've done a "show off my collection" post. Is it something you'd like to see more of? If it is, what products would you like to see next?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Beauty Diet Update

It's been three months since I've done a Beauty Diet update so you could be forgiven for thinking I'd fallen off the wagon but I haven't. Vita, Norlin and Sophie are all still on the wagon too, so check out their blogs to see how they are doing.
I finally have some empties to show for the beauty diet. I've barely been wearing make-up lately so it's taking me ages to finish things. If only I was counting lip balm, I'd be set, but that'd mean that I couldn't buy lip balm and that's never going to happen. 

I know the Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer is a sample, but it lasted me four weeks of daily use so I'm counting it.
The David Jones Cream Foundation has a little bit left in the bottom but I'm sick of it so out it goes.  The Ardell Brow Gel is just gross, so that's out too.

My current Beauty Diet tally is:

Finished - 14
Culled - 42
Purchased - 6
Number of products I'm allowed to buy - 6 

Here's a sneak peak of what I bought. I'll be doing a proper review once I've used both products for a while, but so far it's love.

Friday, August 15, 2014

FFS Friday - Shocker

Hello Friday! It is Friday isn't it? I keep thinking it's Monday. FFS.

Yesterday I asked someone if they'd had a good weekend. FFS.

She looked at my like I was crazy, I probably am. FFS.

The last two weeks have been a shocker. FFS.

FIL is really, really unwell. FFS.

When I say really, really unwell, I mean he's been on deaths door. FFS.

Just when we thought he was on the mend he took a turn for the worse. FFS.

It's no secret that I rarely get any time out. FFS.

Tuesday I'd arranged to catch up with Kirsten for a few hours. I'd accidentally stood her up the week before as we'd been in Perth seeing the FIL, so this week I was really looking forward to it. I was on my way in to town, only about 1 minute away from Kirsten, when I got a phone call from Tiger telling me I had to come home cause FIL was really bad so he had to go to Perth. FFS.

I was so close to freedom but it just didn't happen. Story of my life. FFS.

I got home, we threw some things into a bag, packed the car and headed to Perth. FFS.

I had a load of washing on the line and another in the washing machine that I just had to leave. FFS.

I hadn't had breakfast so we stopped at a roadhouse for food. Tiger went in whilst I stayed in the car with the kids. I asked him for something vegetarian like a salad sandwich. He came out with a curry pie and a ham, cheese and tomato sandwich. FFS.

We went straight to the hospital to see FIL. Because he was in the coronary care unit only two people were allowed to see him at a time, which meant we spent most of our time standing in the hallway. FFS.

Standing in a hallway is not much fun, standing there with two bored kids is even less fun. FFS.

As it was all last minute we had nowhere to stay and we'd forgotten to pack all sorts of things. FFS.

Tiger packed 2 cans of shaving cream and only one tshirt. FFS.

I forgot my deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste. FFS.

By the time we left the hospital we were all exhausted, it was 5pm, peak hour traffic and we had no accommodation. FFS.

We managed to find a hotel, for $209. FFS.

The next day FIL hadn't made any progress but we decided there was nothing we could do and nothing to be gained from standing around in the hallway so we went home. FFS.

The washing I'd left was all stinky so I had to do both loads again. FFS.

It's going to take me a week to get back on top of the washing. FFS.

Tiger delayed his return to work by a few days, but even with those few extra days I still feel like I've barely seen him and I'm not ready for him to leave. FFS.

I'm totally exhausted. But what's new. FFS.

I have some good news though! After having gastro three times in the last six weeks I was worried it might be my crohn's flaring up. FFS.

I went to the Dr who suspected the same thing so I had a whole pile of blood taken. FFS.

The good news is that it's not my crohn's, I've just been really unlucky. FFS/Not FFS.

There concludes my weekly whinge. Please tell me about all the crappy things that have happened to you so that I can feel better about my week.

If you'd like to read more whinges, head over to Sarah's blog

If any of you can find the FFS Friday link button on Sarah's blog, please let me know as I have been unable to find it for weeks now, I think I must be going blind. FFS.

I've often wondered this so now I'm going to ask it. To all my regular readers, does crap happen to you to? Like the toilet versus dressing gown cord incident I wrote about last week. No-one talks about stuff like that but surely I'm not the only person it happens to?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

July Empties

July was a great month for empties.At the same time it was sad because I finished two products that I really love.
Sukin Purifying Body Scrub - I really don't know why I keep on buying scrubs that aren't salt or sugar scrubs because I never like them. I like a good exfoliation which I don't get from non salt or sugar scrubs. This isn't a salt/sugar scrub so I didn't find it effective. It smells nice though.

Subtle Energies Mogra and Rose Gold cream - I am in love with this. If I didn't have heaps of other moisturisers to finish I would repurchase this in a heartbeat. I'd happily only ever use this moisturiser for the rest of my life, it's amazing. 

Suigo Shampoo and Conditioner - These were supposed to provide volume, which I don't think they did. Having said that, they were nice to use.
Cutex Moisture Guard Nail Polish Remover - What can I say? It's nail polish remover and it works. 

ECO. C Serum* - This is the other product I was sad to finish. It really made my skin glow and I can notice the difference since I stopped using it. Once I've finished my backlog of serums I'll definitely be repurchasing this one.

Soap and Glory Flake Away - Long time readers will know of my love for Soap and Glory body scrubs. I've gone through countless tubs of Flake Away and will continue to do so. You can read my full review here.
Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel - Even though I had two sample tubes, it really wasn't enough to form an opinion of this.

Savi Minty Exfoliating Soap - I really like this. It's got enough gritty bits in it to give a decent scrub, and yet not too many to make it scratchy. They got the balance just right. Plus, it smells gorgeous.