#amonthof favourites – Favourite Flavour {Day 3}

I had to think about this one; Cookies and Cream has been one of my all-time favourites, but now that I am quitting chocolate I realised that I would need a new favourite. So I thought about it and realised that I do still have a favourite flavour, that doesn’t involve chocolate. That flavour, you may be wondering is this:

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Rum & Raisin. Mmmm-mmmm.

I have loved it as an icecream flavour since I first discovered Wendy’s and after tasting rum and raisin fudge a little over a week ago, I can say that it isn’t just awesome in icecream.

What is your favourite flavour?

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#amonth of favourites – Favourite Colour {Day 2}

For as long as I can remember, my favourite colour has been purple. You know, the Cadbury purple. It looks like this:

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But after meeting a boy and having a baby, also a boy, things have changed. As I have gone through the process of setting up a home, I feel more drawn to light blues as opposed to purple. There is something calming about light blue to me. Take the background of this blog for example. I absolutely love the colour and the pattern. My blog is my happy place and I always feel at ease when it loads up on my computer screen. I am hoping to start buying some “home decor” soon, even if I have to put it on layby and pay it off over 8 weeks. You can bet your bottom dollar that there will be a lot of light blue in there. If the background of this blog can bring me such happiness, such calm, then that is exactly what I want my home to do too. So, I guess my new favourite colour looks something a little like this:

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Do you have a favourite colour? Has it always been your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

#amonthof favourites – Favourite Person {Day 1}

Today marks the start of Spring, personally my favourite season. With Spring comes a sense of “new”, new baby animals, new flowers, etc. So I thought, what better way to celebrate all this “new” than to join in with a new blog challenge? Hosted by the lovely Pip Lincolne, you can find all the details in the Facebook group here.

So September’s challenge is a month of favourites, starting today with Favourite Person. I’m sure it will come at no surprise to you when I say my favourite person is my son, Ryder. Not only do I love him as my son, I like him as a person. There’s a difference. He is by no means a difficult child to love and his personality shines through in everything he does.

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I think he is going to be a lot like me as he grows older in that he is very shy with people he hasn’t met before but quickly warms up to them and feels at ease. His smile lights up a room and his laugh is so infectious, you can’t help but laugh too.

I never thought it was possible to love someone so unconditionally until I had Ryder, from that first, albeit brief, cuddle I was smitten. When he runs towards me, hands outstretched calling “Mum! Mum! Mum!” I feel an enormous sense of pride. The late night snuggles let me know that everything is OK.

I don’t know how long the cuddles will voluntarily last, or when he’ll stop being so happy to see me, but for now all is well. And that’s just fine by me.

6 Parenting Tips For First-Time Parents

Bringing your first baby into the world is one of the most wonderful and exciting experiences you will ever have. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most confusing and exhausting experiences. When you utilize the following six tips though, you should have no problems getting through this hectic time in your life.

Take Turns Sleeping

It may seem as if newborn babies rarely sleep; however, this is not the case. Newborns actually sleep quite a bit but the problem is that they only sleep for two or three hours at a time. It goes without saying that this can lead to chronic sleep deprivation and exhaustion among new parents.

The solution to this problem is really quite easy. If you are with your partner, take turns sleeping and caring for the baby. In this way, you will both get a chance to sleep. If this is not possible such as in the case of single parents, try to sleep whenever the baby sleeps.

Take Care of Your Health

All too often, new parents are so focused on taking care of their babies that they forget about their own health. Make sure you eat and exercise properly after you bring your baby home and do not forget to see your doctor regularly. If you are not healthy, you will have an even more difficult time caring for your baby.

Ask for Help

Secondly, do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Caring for your first baby can be an overwhelming task but there are people who can help. While you are still in the hospital, ask a nurse how to properly hold, feed and burp your baby. Additionally, you may wish to inquire about in-home baby nurses as well.

If you cannot afford an in-home nurse, consider recruiting the help of family members or friends. They most likely will be more than happy to help you and spend time with the new baby. You may wish to hire an occasional babysitter or housekeeper to help out as well.

Take Time for Yourself

While it is important to spend time with your new baby, it is also essential for you to take time out for yourself. Have someone watch the baby and go to a movie or go out to eat. If you cannot afford a movie or restaurant, go see a friend, take a walk or simply take a long, relaxing bubble bath.

Maintain a Social Life

In addition to finding time for yourself, you also need to find time to spend with others. If you are with your partner, try to make some time to spend with him or her, even if it means just hiring a sitter and having a candlelight dinner together. If you are a single parent, make a point to spend time with old friends or join a club to make new ones.

Bond with Your Baby!

Perhaps the most important tip of all is to bond with your baby and enjoy every new milestone to its fullest. Your new baby will only be small once and now is the time to take pictures, cuddle and hug that bundle of joy. Create memories with your new little one that you will look back on fondly.

These are the top six parenting tips for first-time parents. If you follow this useful advice, you are sure to be able to get through that first hectic year with your new charge. However, above all else, just remember that you will only go through this time once in your life. So, enjoy every minute you have!

Lindsay Rodgers loves writing about family, parenting, and the lessons raising her two daughters has taught her. For more parenting tips she recommends visiting RaisingMy5Sons.com.

Giving Up

If you don’t know by now, I have a ridiculous fan-girl obsession with Kate from Kate Says Stuff. So when she posted this, I immediately wracked my brains to think of how I could fit in. From September 1 until December 31, Kate and her sister Kym will be giving up cigarettes and chocolate respectively. Being the obsessed fan-girl that I am, I am going to take the plunge too. Four months of no chocolate for me. One of the “rules” is that there is no pressure to quit forever, if I start the new year with a block of Cadbury in hand then that is OK.
Four months of no chocolate. Just the thought of it scares me. Though maybe that is why I need to “quit”. If just the thought of not having it is enough to make me anxious then maybe it has more control over me than I thought. I’d always prided myself on not having any addictions once I was no longer an alcoholic, but maybe I couldn’t see what was right under my nose the whole time. There is currently one lone Oreo in the house, so there is not even anything to tempt me. Oh, besides the chocolate mud spread. Damn, I’d forgotten that. Thankfully there is not much left and should easily be finished before September 1 rolls around.

So my darling readers, this is where I ask for help. I may not post very often, I may post some crazy deprived drivel or I may just loop out altogether for a while. But, I may conquer this with relatively little fallout. All I am asking is that you be patient with me, accept my decision and support me in making the changes I know in myself I need to make.

 

For those on social networks, you can follow along with the hashtag #katequitsstuff

Will any of you be joining in with this challenge? What vices do you have?

The Blogfast Club – Magical Fantasy Land

There is a place I like to go, when it’s just me and I’m all alone. This place it smells like cinnamon and vanilla, and someone always cooks MY dinner. It’s always warm but never too hot, I can always find a comfy spot. To sit and just think about this crazy world, in the distance I see a flag unfurled. I follow the flag and it leads me home, suddenly I’m not alone. There are friends I haven’t seen for years, they’re all crying happy tears. We hug and kiss and talk all night, until we see the dawn’s first light. As the sun rises it’s time to go, when I’ll be back I just don’t know. This place isn’t real it seems, for this place exists only in my dreams.

Thank you to Kate and Katie for letting me host this week’s Blogfast Club! Your challenge this week, should you choose to accept it, is to write a haiku with the prompt smileLink up your magical fantasy land posts in the comments below!

 

New Shoes

Off to the shops my Mum and I

For new shoes that I will try

There are red shoes, blue shoes, green shoes too

I don’t know which ones to choose!

 

Shoes with straps or shoes with laces

Shoes that fit in all the right places

Shoes that flash and shoes that shine

One of them will soon be mine

 

There! On the shelf, those up there!

I think I’ve found the perfect pair!

They are red and they’ll be great for me

New shoes, oh I am so happy!

 

 

A little late this week, linking up with the Blogfast Club, thanks Katie for hosting! Join me on Monday when I will be hosting!

Influence

Upon finishing his lunch, Ryder put his plate up on the kitchen counter and put his scraps in the rubbish bin. Without any prompting from me.

This may seem a trivial thing to be proud of, but my little man is only 20 months old. Just when I begin to feel frustrated at doing the same thing every day, over and over, something like this happens and I think to myself, “maybe I’m not doing so bad.” While I may not be actively teaching and explaining my every move to Ryder, he is still learning by watching. Observing.

While on one hand I am pleased as punch that he is picking up on good habits without being “taught”, it also gives me some food for thought. If he is picking up on my subconscious good habits, what bad habits is he also observing? Is he paying as much attention to my drinking habits as he is to my tidying? Does he register my constant snacking on the same level as putting things away when finished? This concerns me in the sense that, I’ve never thought of this before. It makes sense though, if he notices my positive actions then of course he’ll notice my negative actions too, though he will not know which are good and which are bad.

Instead of dwelling on the concerns I have, I am going to use this experience and the thought process it triggered as a learning experience. I am going to try to be more mindful of my actions, after all I am trying to set a good example for Ryder. I need to remember that he sees my good and bad habits but cannot differentiate between the two. By being more mindful I can ensure that the actions he sees displayed at home are a positive influence to learn from and model, even if they aren’t being taught to him directly.

 

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Have you had any experiences recently that have opened up a whole new train of thought for you? Please share below!

Livin’ La Vida Liebster

As I sat writing another blog post, up popped a notification. I had a new comment. Upon reading the comment from the lovely Wendy at One Of My Own, I stared at the screen in disbelief. I had been nominated for a Liebster Award!

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So what is a Liebster Award? The award is given to support and recognise up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers (on their blog) or likers (on their Facebook page). The word “Liebster” apparently has German origins and is reported to mean sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

By following some basic rules

  • answer 11 questions set by your nominee
  • write 11 additional facts about yourself
  • write 11 new questions of your own
  • pass the award onto 11 other bloggers to answer

it enables readers to get to know new bloggers and connect with a wider audience.

The 11 questions I was given are:

1. What is in the crisper drawer of your fridge right now? – cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli
2. Best housework/cleaning tip – fake it ’til you make it!
3. Last thing you took a photo of – Ryder sitting on the couch eating Shapes
4. Favourite TV show when you were a kid – Rocko’s Modern Life
5. Tea, coffee or hot chocolate? – Tea! Definitely tea!
6. Last place you stayed overnight away from home – My Mum’s house
7. A person who has inspired you – Kate from Kate Says Stuff, in more ways than she will ever know
8. Musical instrument. Do you play one? – Not for a lot of years, though in primary school I could rock a recorder!
9. What are you afraid of? – Uncertainty
10. Your most useful kitchen appliance/gadget – My chest freezer! The shoe-box sized freezer in my fridge just doesn’t cut it!
11. First concert you attended? – First and only, Parkway Drive in October 2010

 

11 additional facts about me:

  1. I am right-handed
  2. My hair is naturally dead straight
  3. I have been to Thailand
  4. I am ridiculously indecisive
  5. My mother and I have been mistaken for sisters
  6. I would love to meet my favourite bloggers in person, though I think I would be a hyperactive fan-girl
  7. I suffer from clinical depression and anxiety
  8. I have serious commitment issues
  9. My favourite colour is purple
  10. I love to learn, to me knowledge is power
  11. I wear size 8 shoes

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And without further a-do, the nominees are…

1. PoppyFox

2. Kitty Baroque

3. Guilt and Whimsy

4. This Grand Life

5. Dream Big Live Full

6. Syrenex

7. Memoirs of the Mind

8. Me and Mia

9. go mumma

10. All in the daze

11. Ittybittypolkadot

 

The 11 questions I have for you are these:

1. What is your most listened to song?

2. Shoes or barefoot?

3. What’s for dinner tonight?

4. If you had to go a week without internet access, how would you handle it?

5. Least favourite household task?

6. Favourite blogging inspiration?

7. Are you multi-lingual?

8. What is your favourite dessert?

9. Best blogging advice you’ve been given?

10. Where would we find you at 9pm on a Friday night?

11.  What is your favourite hobby (besides blogging of course!)