I have a slight addiction to non-fiction. When I first got into online shopping, I would go on Amazon sprees, and buy several lovely design books I has been eyeing off in one hit. Then I discovered the book depository, and started shopping with them. Getting my hands on books about design, baby care, cooking and DIY. It’s an addiction! More recently I have been hooked on booktopia, being an Aussie book store, it makes shipping fast and keeps the money in Australia (always good to support local). There is something about a beautifully designed book that teaches you something new or inspires you with ideas, that I can’t get enough of. It just brings my inquisitive designer mind great joy. I wish I had so much guilt free, free time to just sit a read and absorb all there loveliness and try out all the recipes, and crafts.
On the weekend, we decided we were feeling more confident to take little Charlie out and about, and so we went on our first relaxed family outing, we headed over to the lake, and I set up picnic rug so I could feed Charlie and let him play on the mat, and Dan and Henry went down by the water to look at the water, before coming to sit with us. Henry enjoyed playing in the bush and making bush ‘towers’ with sticks and pine cones.
I want to get back into blogging again, and also get this site finished off, but I have been in newborn haze, and as much as I feel I am neglecting my blog (which is almost 9 years old now!!) I know this time is about family and also easing back into life and taking care of myself. These early months of life are precious and beautiful, so I just want to enjoy it, and not pressure myself to get back to other things. Charlie is one month old today! He is such a sweet little thing, and puts up with his loud rough big brother. Being a mum of two now seems to be lots of juggling, but I am slowly finding my groove.
Just wanted to quickly say HAPPY NEW YEAR! And introduce our newest little family member, and my reason for not yet doing a ‘year in review’ post (might be rather late this year!)… Charlie Samson Bray. Born on the 29th December, he is so precious and sweet, a content little bubba bringing us much joy. Born 3.25kg and 48cm.
Back in October, I set myself the challenge to try lots of different recipes for making my own cereal. The store bought cereal (even some of the ones claiming to be healthy) often arn’t too good for you, and full of sugar. And even though there are plenty of other healthier breakfast options, they usually require cooking or night before prep, so to have some healthy homemade cereal on hand on mornings you just don’t have much time, and want something quick, is really handy, plus sometimes cereal is just nice, even as a snack at other times of day.
My little studio space is constantly changing and evolving, so I thought I would share how it is looking these days, as it has undergone a few changes over the last few months, and I havn’t shared my studio in a while! I simplified things, by cutting down furniture and storage to just 3 items, a shelf, desk and side cupboard. And I got them all in dark brown, so now it all matches better (before it was several tones of brown, white and plastic fabric draws).
It’s been a while since I shared a favourite etsy find. I came across this beautiful artists etsy shop a while ago, and can’t stop looking, the drawings are just so delicate and beautiful, and styled so lovely too.
This year, the plan of attack was.. keep it simple. We have a baby on the way, making this Christmas an uncertain one, we could have a tiny newborn to care for, or I could be in labor or even in hospital, or just very pregnant and tired. Either way, it needs to be easy to take down. But with a two year old who can now say ‘tree’ and loves turning the lights on, I still wanted it to be special. Plus, when it comes to special events.. I can’t help myself, I just love decorating and creating.
Featured Image From iamalchemy
Being due just two days after Christmas, my plan has been to keep Christmas pretty simple, I mean for all I know I could very well end up in hospital Christmas day. Plus this year has all about simplifying life, and Christmas is that time of year we all go over the top all out for just one day, so it’s the time to challenge the simple life ideals, and find a way to keep the festivities simple, about enjoying family time and some nice food and not getting too caught in the hype and spending way too much money.