A new home!

We don’t have a new home… yet!!!

But guys.. we are totally knee deep in finding a new home and about to go to market with ours! You have no idea how absolutely giddy (and totally terrified) we feel! This is our first time selling but second time buying so we don’t know what to fully expect but we are trusting God throughout this whole process! We’ve met a great real estate agent and broker so we believe we have all the right tools – it’s just a matter of God’s perfect timing! I don’t know why but I have never had a hard time trusting God with big things like work or homes or big life decision- I guess I was raised to always know that He is in control and so I don’t need to worry about..

If you’re feeling overwhelmed today or not sure of what your future holds I challenge you to take 2 minutes and just release it to Him.. Trust that He knows the beginning from the end and will ALWAYS work things out for your good! I like to practice this on my way to work most days- I’ll spend a few minutes thanking Him for what we have and just out-loud committing our current situations we’re facing to Him. It’s freeing when you can commit the hard things to someone who literally holds all situations, all time, all the good and bad things in His hands.

I don’t know where that came from but moving right along.. Home Things!

We’re not sure if a brand new home or a newish home is on the cards but you guys, some of my pins from Pinterest may actually be coming to pass!! I wanted to share some of my favourites- I love looking at new homes and concepts. My dad is a carpenter so my love for homes and the construction of them totally instilled from my childhood! Even now I can recall the smell of fresh sawdust on my dad..

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Blessed..

img_8319If you follow along on Instagram you would have seen that I surprised my best friend of 25+ years at a hospital on the other side of the country on Friday. She had given birth 5 days earlier and wasn’t expecting me to fly in for a visit but thankfully we had a number of points that I could use- it was a beautiful (and very emotional) reunion. Her- just given birth and coming off the hormone high that comes with pregnancy and me- 25 weeks pregnant with a baby- we were blubbering messes for a few days.

The weekend was filled with time on the couch watching a newborn baby sleep and feed, kissing her every few minutes, changing itty bitty nappies that look like doll nappies and eating from a freezer full of leftovers from her mum! Liz has been an absolutely champion since giving birth- seriously- I am in awe of how well she has recovered and how well she is nursing Baby Adelaide!

Seeing this little baby brought back so many memories of when I came home with Ava- I was definitely a lot more emotional and uncertain that Liz appeared to be- I remember lots of tears and feelings of adequacy. With your first child you never really know if you’re doing things right- google became one of my most trusted advisories! Liz’s baby, Adelaide, is absolutely perfect. She has 10 fingers and 10 toes- she’s eating like a champion and filling up those nappies just as fast! She has a head full of jet black hair and really long fingers like her mumma! She is perfection..

I came home really early on Monday morning exhausted from the red eye flight but so so happy to see Greg and Ava at the airport! Ava came running to me yelling “mumma, mumma”- I was ready to burst into tears- blame it on the hormones and lack of sleep!

This week has been a pretty standard week for us- lots of cooking at home and family time- most of our church events are yet to start up- I have been reminded so often this week at how grateful I am for God’s many blessings- as lame as it perhaps sounds I seriously can’t count them…

I watched Greg and Ava play in the backyard yesterday- spraying each other with the hose to cool off in the weather- I made them dinner with food from a full fridge that they both loved! I followed a recipe for coffee choc chips cookies, I washed my dishes in a sink with running water, I picked a dress this morning from a closet full of clothes, I woke up to the sound of my daughter playing and talking…I drove to a job that allows me to balance motherhood and being a career woman.. I could go on and on..

Sometimes we don’t realise how blessed we truly are.

We have a large print in our lounge room which says “Count your many blessings”*- in 2019 I’m determined to focus more on what God has blessed me with and nurture and appreciate those then become blinded by what I don’t have.

* The print is from Caravan Shoppe- I’ve posted here before or you can go directly to Caravan Shoppe and purchase here– It’s part of their Woodland Thanksgiving Package.

 

Wall Decorating (without a lifetime of regret)

So sorry for the radio silence you guys- life has been so busy! I’m finally sitting down and catching up on blogging while Ava is napping.. let’s see how long I actually get to “work!”

I wanted to do a quick post about some ideas I had for people renting or people who are not wanting to put permanent “things” on their walls (bedrooms, nurseries even living areas). In our home we decided to use renters wall hanging hooks and removable stickers for pretty much everything so we wouldn’t have to commit to a lifetime of something (or holes everywhere) or have the need to re-paint a wall or room (because seriously who has the time). We rented for about 2.5-3 years so everything was “temporary” and that has very much translated into now- even though we own our home.

While I’m not game enough to do the wallpaper thing (I have many friends who do and they do it well!) I wanted to share some ideas for those who are okay with wallpaper or painting- there are so many amazing ideas out there- I couldn’t help myself.

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ONE- Anewall  Spring Floral Mural  |  TWO- Anewall Roke Ombre Mural  |  THREE- Oh Oh Blog Polka Dot Wall DIY  |  FOUR- Photowall Tropical Wallpaper (source of image)  |  FIVE- Little Hands Wallpaper  |  SIX- Chalkboard Wall (source of image)

Now that I’ve got that out of my system and I’ve reassured myself that:

  1. I would completely botch putting wallpaper up because I lack a lot of patience
  2. Greg would kill me for putting wallpaper up
  3. I can’t justify spending money on something that I will probably botch and told off for..

Here are some great ideas for temporary wall decor!

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ONE- Kilim Hanging Rug (source of image)   |  TWO- Clipboards of your kids’ drawings (source of image)  |  THREE- Hanging a Gathre Mat (source of image)  |  FOUR- Bunting! (source of image)  |  FIVE- Hanging Fun Items like a kite (source of image)  |  SIX- Haptic Lab Sailing Ship (source of image)

Wedding Gift Ideas

Our 8 year wedding anniversary is only a few weeks away and still, to this day, I can remember some of the gifts we received! From cutlery to a TV- it was all in there. Lately I have been coming across a few gifts that I think would make amazing wedding gifts. Some keep giving- a 12 month magazine subscription while others last a last a lifetime- personalised first home print. There are some great ideas if I do say so myself! There’s a few Australian companies thrown into the mix here too- let’s support small businesses people!

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Magazines- Homelife | Magnolia Journal | Donna Hay

Things- I Love us Print | Tajine | Artificial Potted Plant

Personalised- Chopping Board | First Home Print | Family Drawing

Ikea Favourites

Have you seen the new Ikea catalogue? They have some new great items! I’ve put together a little roundup of my favourites below!

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One- Stockholm 2017 Couch | Two- 24 piece black cutlery set |Three- Fejka Artificial Potted Fiddle-Leaf Fig| Four- Leather Handles | Five- Lisamari Throw Light Grey | Six- Hammock | Seven- 20 piece train set | Eight- Pudda Basket | Nine- Light Pink Napkins | Ten- Garland Flags | Eleven- House wall lamp | Twelve- Hourglass | Thirteen- Adum Rug Pale Pink |

Peony Garland DIY

Ava’s room is my favourite room in the house- not because it’s perfect, or has a beautifully designed symmetry to it, but because it’s her room! I try everything within my power to make it something that she loves! This was my latest project for room! I hope you love it!

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I bought two bouquets of peonies and a roll of twine from House 2 Home, Moorebank and simply tied each peony a short length from the next one.

Greg hung this for me from the canopy we already had in her room.

I am loving it!

A flare for the dramatic..

A few months ago I wrote a post about Ava’s nursery- we decided to go with pastel’s and whites.

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dsc_00541If you have seen our house you will notice that I definitely like whites and neutral colours. Our lounge-room and dining area are very Scandinavian- grey couches, timber and white dining set, white walls etc. Everyone has warned me that keeping our walls white is going to be a challenge when Ava gets bigger!!

While I love neutrals, I’ve recently come across a few nursery’s that are dramatic to say the least! I have to admit they are incredible even though they are totally opposite my normal style!

Below are some of my favourite’s I’ve found- maybe for our next baby I will be become a bit more adventurous with the nursery!!

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One- Unknown Source // Two- Annabella Charles // Three- SMP Living // Four- Barefoot Blonde // Five- A Cup of Jo // Six- Inspired by this // Seven- Bash Please // Eight- Baby Center (original source not working) // Nine- Domino // Ten- Wasting time wisely