I’ve actually run out of space under my Christmas tree and have begun contemplating mounting the tree atop one of the larger gifts to reclaim floor space. Idealists often call it the season of giving and I can honestly say for me it’s about taking time to celebrate with family and to an extent the joy I get handing gifts over while simultaneously screaming “open it , open it!“. That’s one thing Santa got wrong, missing out on seeing the faces of people who get something they genuinely appreciate.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Easter is coming and every decade or so, my birthday along with it. I’m turning 30 and movies tell me I’m supposed to have some sort of 1/3 life crisis but I’m really looking forward to a chilled out birthday this year. As for gifts, my wish is a pretty basic list of don’ts
1. Don’t ask me any questions that require work, chores and planning
2. Don’t get me a red velvet cake (I’ve had far too many of those)
The above responses don’t go down too well when I get asked what I want so I’ve taken to making lists that will generally be ignored. Let the annual self imposed shopping ban commence!
Mac Film Noir lippy $17.00 | Dark, sexy, mysterious chocolate lips by MAC can’t be a bad thing.
Allbirds runners $95.00 | Wool, flexi and comfortable which is perfect since my current sneakers hurt
Books: How to be Parisian… or this $27 | I love reading and beautiful books. If it were an option I would spend days in a book store.
Jean Paul Gautier x Target leather jacket$?| Everyone needs a good leather jacket. Apparently I need two. (EDIT: My fam got me a pretty kick ass leather jacket to tide me over until I fall in love with another investment piece)
Mejuri silver evil eye ring $48.00 | My preggo sausage fingers need love and a little good will. All that tummy rubbing calls for an evil eye ring. (EDIT: I bought this for myself. Shopping ban fail but self 5 for a great birthday gift!)
iPhone 6s $1079 | Mat leave means giving up my phone to work. Can you go back after having good technology?
Fossil Sydney satchel $299.00 | A good classic bag is always a good idea. (EDIT: Purchased in seafoam thanks to some peer nominated awards at work resulting in a very large volume of Myer gift cards. Wouldn’t say no to a good everyday leather bag in this colour though)
Instax polaroid camera$88 | Pastel, cute and limited edition with lots of film! A perfect way to capture your birthday (EDIT: Maggie from La Petite Mademoiselle style blog got me the cutest candy pink version with two rolls of film & I got tears in my eyes. So unexpected!)
Clarisonic $295 | Why do always put of taking time for ourselves, particularly when we never grow out of bad skin days?
Gorman Gold rush skirt $119 | Shiny rad with an elastic waist means something to wear now and post baby. A celebration in a pleated skirt!
Babyology annual subscription $199 | Who doesn’t like gifts in the mail every three months? Subscription boxes curb my online shopping too so yay for long term savings!
Plantronics backbeat sense $270 | Because sometimes headphones are super annoying and I have too many podcasts to listen to! (EDIT: Hubby bought me the sport version of this. Comfy, great for work and great on the run, which i might have to do more of post baby)
Or you could just take care of dinner for me? Hope you’re having an amazing MARCH!
Gift guides are all over the place this time of year, many from stores all conveniently listing their brands boasting to have you sorted this father’s day. Today I bring you a collection of this I have considered getting the men in my life. Hopefully it hits a chord with the sporty, crazy, funny. men in your life who don’t really understand the point of cushions.
1.Triumph & Disaster. No this is not the succinct description of the way this gift is going to go down. Triumph & disaster are beautiful men’s toiletries including moisturizers, exfoliates and hair products from New Zealand. Seldom are men’s “beauty” products this considered and lovely. The stash box ($189 NZD) is a perfect idea for that facial hair’d dad.
2. Fitbit Charge $169 AUD.There are other trackers like Garmin that are great but if your dad is competitive go with the one that runs in the family. For us it’s the Fitbit and once the niceties of Father’s day is over, crush him in a work week challenge.
3. Jabra Move Bluetooth headphones $159 AUD. Bring dad back to the present and out of a tangled mess with these awesome wireless headphones. Great sound quality for those tech savvy dads constantly in front of their laptops, tablets or smart phones. Be warned, if your dad is none of these things but loves music, you are also investing in time figuring out how to get Abba onto whatever musically capable device while he explains the history of music technology in his lifetime.
4. Happy Socks $59.95 AUD gift box. Why mess with the classics when socks and undies have worked for so many decades? Besides, we all know dads aren’t usually the best at upgrading the hole-y necessities. Why not upgrade it for them?
5. The Horse watch $139 AUD. They might have the gold ones, shiny ones or the ones with a million dials, the purpose of which they have no idea. Occasionally they’ll need to attend weddings or wear slacks and look like classy human beings. Why not help with a beautiful watch that won’t leave a dent in your mum’s wrist when they hold hands. So many colors to choose from, all of which are gorgeous.
Hopefully one of our top five makes it to the top of your dad’s favorite gifts. Mine is getting a family photo shoot and looks like this year hubby getting a self watering vertical garden. Clearly the men in my life are oddballs, evidenced by the Typo cards I picked for them this year. Gotta love ’em!
It’s my birthday and I’ll buy if I want to. Actually that’s a damn lie and I won’t have it on this blog! “It’s my birthday and I’ll drop hints if I want to before people give up and get me something completely random which I have no space for and would have preferred they just gave me a hug” just seemed a little too long winded so I took some artistic license. Besides, I am utterly the easiest person to buy for. I am constantly wanting things, never waste them and can never justify spending the money on myself so you know I won’t already have it. Let’s face it, a good waterproof black liquid eyeliner and one less meal to cook will deliver you a happy girl.
Barring that, here’s whats on my wish list at the moment, in the order I desperately want it:
I do not know the meaning of this word lately but there’s nothing so motivational as new shoes or exercise gear to kick start my activity. After dropping my precariously propped pedometer on the floor one too many times, I gave up and have deluded myself into not thinking I’m being a lump ever since. I most often wear dresses to work so the Black Fitbit Charge in Medium $146 AUD is the perfect solution! To be honest, I can’t believe I didn’t invent it myself. That’ll teach me to settle for toppling pedometers
2. Colourful tips.
If you are looking for tips of some kind, I appologise for the misconception, I refer of course to the ends of my hair! Corporate life doesn’t really allow for candy color hair but I could probably get away with ashy blue/green/purple mermaid tips discreetly tucked away in a chignon if the timing isn’t right for crazy. Now to find a hair dresser with the confidence and experience to do it.
3.Frida is my spirit animal.
I’ve raved about Kitty Came Home bi folds before and here I go again. They are the best wallet of all time [or so I paraphrase from Kanye]. Perfect amount of card space, awesome fabrics, great quality and I always know how much money I have without ever having too much change. My favourite is this Frida Kahlo on at $52.15 USD. Totally worth it! Besides, my souvenir London one is sort of falling apart (sorry mum)
4. Everyone has baggage
And these days an 8GB usb stick just isn’t cutting it. 2 external hard drives later, I think it’s time to invest in a terabyte or 3. The Seagate Expansion 3TB desktop hard drive $139 AUD seems like a bargain and might keep me going for a little longer. It doesn’t help that I am holding on to every kids movie I have ever had on the off chance I will have movie obsessed children. So far kidlet only has interest in sports and cars (thank goodness!). To be fair though, I do revisit a few of them myself.