MORNING PERSON

Dear Internets,

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I can be up when I need to be, but deep in my soul, I am not a morning person. I’ll take all then help I can get when it comes to waking up early, particularly now that hubs sleeps in too. Sure, a sleep in when you have a two year old is only 8am but until it becomes acceptable to arrive to work at 10am, that still puts me in a bit of a pickle, and not the delicious condiment kind. As the cold creeps into dawn, a cozy bed can be hard to escape.

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Fortunately, I occasioned upon this post for “wake-me-up coffee scrubbies” on one of the blogs I regularly read : exPress-O. At first the concept of an ice cold coffee scrub sounded as appealing as a bucket of cold water to the face but I did have have a propensity to make a big mess and a lovely packet of Frank body original sitting in my fridge waiting to be used. Having little single use bars in the shape of Easter island head seemed like a cute, mess free, dermal friendly solution for me, particularly since I love the feel of my skin after a good coffee scrub.

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Easy as pie I would say if a good pie wasn’t so challenging and time consuming to make. This took me 5 minutes in the morning and I have a batch that will last me at least a few weeks if I’m realistic. Now here are the ratios:

1/2 cup coffee scrub
1 tbs organic coconut oil
2 tbs olive oil

Stir it all up into an ugly goop, put it into your cutest ice cube trays you may no longer want to hold ice in, tap it a few times on the table to get rid of some air pockets, and freeze over night. It looks a bit ugly, but your skin will feel super pretty after you give it a shot. I don’t think I’ll use my coffee scrub in any other way ever again!

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The fact that it came straight out of the freezer didn’t seem to translate to a shocking temperature on your skin either which was a pleasant surprise. At the end of the day, natural oils on the skin are a great temperature moderator as well as moisturizer. Let me know if you give it a shot (oh the coffee puns!).

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LINKY LOVE.

Dear Internets,

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Mother’s day is coming up and since my mum occasionally looks at this blog, I can’t reveal what I got her and while there are a lot of gift guides floating around, how cute is this one from Elk accessories? I just love nanna’s, pastels and flowers!

BONUS TIP: we don’t want things for the house that need to be purchased anyway e.g. a replacement vacuum cleaner unless its a super fancy one mum has been circling in catalogs.

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Here’s are some other clickable’s I’ve liked lately:

A single serve chocolate cake that knocks a mug cake out of the park for a little extra effort.

How cute is this paper lei. Not sure hubby would appreciate it for his ceremony though.

Pins and shrink plastic. Two fun faves combined.

The polarizing ingredient I’ve been craving for breakfast.

As if SMEG fridges weren’t cute enough before they were works of art.

Ryan Gosling & Russell Crowe at couples therapy.

GIFT GUIDE : BUB STUFF

Dear Internets,

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Its 2am, the Late show with Stephen Colbert is over and I’ve been kicked awake from the inside so what better time to blog while “who’s the boss?” plays in the background.  These hours spent begrudgingly awake are often reserved for my nesting so it only makes sense that a baby wishlist appears here. Besides, shopping for a mum-to-be can be a daunting task. When I was younger, I was blissfully unaware, purchasing cute unnecessary plush toys, Johnson and Johnson products and season:size inappropriate cutesy clothing. Now I know what is actually useful, it’s strangely tougher. So much of parenting is about personal preference. Here’s whats on my (work requested) shopping list from which I am ironically banned from shopping.

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Tasman Eco Amore Bassinet in white  $199: CHOICE approved, safety tested, breathable fabric, complete with lockable castors, this bassinet sounds pretty good to me. the fact it suits the decor of my home is a perfect bonus. For bub #1, my neighbor lent me her bassinet since I was dubious about needing one. Thank god because after an emergency C section it was a god sent, particularly with the paranoia and concern that initially follows every normal night time baby squeak and gurgle.

Waterproof bassinet mattress protector $14 : I’m not too fussed about brand on this one, as long as it’s fitted and waterproof for all those little spills. An essential !

Fitted bassinet sheets $15x 2: Once again, brand and plain vs printed doesn’t particularly matter as long as its a healthy cotton or bambo/cotton blend. You’ll need a few of these, particularly when life feels like an endless cycle of washing and you need a day off.

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Comfort and Harmony Mombo Pillow $45: Consumer reviews are great and babies can surprisingly weight a lot. Give your lap the exercise and your arms a rest with a good curved pillow. They are often multi purpose too, helping you get comfortable in the later stages of pregnancy,  giving your back some support during feeding time and propping up bub when they are over tummy time but still alert.

Kinderglo fun safe portable nightlight $? : I love the new quarter moon shape with easy grip, soft lighting and recharge station. We had a different version of a portable night light the first time around but it just couldn’t handle the enthusiastic play of a toddler. It proved so hand for middle of the night check ins and feedings, I just know we’d use it til it’s end once again.

Cherub 4 in 1 thermometer $49 : Have you ever tried to measure the temperature of a squirming sick baby? Lets just say there’s a reason the pediatric ward in hospitals use infrared thermometers now. I really wish someone had told me about these amazing things earlier!

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If you need more generic + unisex gifts, Lanisoh for breast feeding mums (doubles as baby lip balm) , muslins (large ones which I collected many of), face washers, nappies (huggies!) and wipes (coles thick fragrance free) will seldom go unused in those early days.