Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fiddle dee dee

A few years back Dan gave me the best Valentines day gift so far. A fiddled leaf fig. (Ficus Lyrata)

He knew that I had been wanting one for awhile and rather than flowers got me the ficus and I loved him for it.

He got my good sized one for $60.00. Now the price of them has sky rocketed! You can pay hundreds for a good sized one.

So I decided to see if I could get some cuttings from the one Dan gave me. It was in need of a prune but I couldn't just cut away the precious branches! 

Anyway, I wasn't confidant doing it myself so I called in Dan's Dad who's a horticulturist to help me out. He air layered the ficus and it worked a treat.

2 months later and my ficus had babies!

Here's a website that can help you out if you'd like to make some cutting from your plants.

Air layering

Now to keep them alive. 





  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Happy Fathers Day to Mr. Daniel

Today is the very first Fathers day that Daniel has ever experienced as a Dad. 

So I just have to rave about why he's the best Father (so far) ever.

Poppy smiles at everything so she's not the most accurate judge of whats good. All she knows is that she's happy or she's not and if not, she'll cry and we fix it somehow. Not that she doesn't love Daniel. She's just young and still getting to know the world and us.

So at this stage being a father - and Mother is really the support that we show each other in parenting Poppy.

And as far as that goes Daniel is the best. It's not about big gestures of Fathering that make him special but all the little things he does.

 Just to give you an example. The other night when I was feeding at 3am in the morning. I felt someone staring at me, other than Poppy and looked up into our room to find Daniel sitting up in bed waiting for me to see him (through my blurry eyes) and when I did he simply said "I love you" and went back to bed.

Sure, he drives me up the wall sometimes but thats just because we have different ways of doing things and we'll disagree but thats great in a relationship to challenge each other. Thats just real life. But when it comes to Poppy and me, I know he'd try moving heaven and earth to make us happy and in his own way he's already doing that, starting with saying I love you in the middle of the night.





Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Shout out to Oxfam

I was looking for a basket like the one below for ages!

Then it came to be that Oxfam might have them. I was looking on other sites
but the price was so out of this world for what it was it was robbery.

Oxfam on the other hand being the charitable organisation they are had them for $15.95! Bargain!

They have tons of the other great things so check them out and support this great charity.




Thursday, August 21, 2014

List of things I'm loving right now

Just thought I would list a few things I'm loving ATM.


Lets be honest I'm loving anything thats of the Ficus family. We now have three variations of the ficus in our house and I'd gladly add more.

Uashmama are the best, you can pretty much do anything with them. Put a plant in it, put food in it, put anything you want and automatically its trendy.

Bolga baskets are the best, similar to the Uashmama you can do anything with it and it looks good around the house. I love how earthy they are.

As an Aesop enthusiast I love all their products but I'm particularly loving this body Balm I picked up the other day. So scrumptious on my skin!

Oh and always loving my Mister Daniel! 




Monday, August 18, 2014

We made it to three months

We made it. 

It's been 3 months since Poppy was born. Not that I thought we would suddenly implode one day and never exist again - although at times it did seem like it could be a reality. Three months was one of my milestones that I wanted to get to and I'm loving being here.

I was assured to give it 3 months. I logically knew this was the case, as I was told this and had seen both my sisters go through it. But when the rubber hits the road, man its tough to get your head around. In the moment you sometimes just can't see that light at the end of the tunnel.

Don't get me wrong it was really the first few weeks that was the hardest and everything slowly lost its edge over the following weeks. The anxiety of when she would cry next and how to handle her or when she would wake up in the middle of the night just suddenly isn't as big a deal anymore. You learn together how to meet her needs slowly but surely.

What I mean by "we made it" is that we made the transition between not having a child to having one and it feeling like normal. I know it's not over yet but it feels nice for things to be getting back to normal feeling. My sister was right when she said that it was a bit of an anti climax. She said it was like one day you you just go, "oh, ok we're doing this now and doing it without freaking out."

You must think I'm a terrible Mother as I'm painting this whole becoming a Mother thing so badly. Poppy is the best, bestest thing ever. But the transition is hard, very hard. She's one of the best things thats ever happened to me and she's honestly one of the best babies which has made this transition thing so much easier than most. 

Life now is much more normal. We still do most if not all the things that we did before Poppy was born. We still go to cafes and restaurants at night. This stage - after to you wrap your head around it, is really good. She can't run away from us!

Couple things though. For me, breast feeding was one of the hardest things ever. It just didn't happen for me and Poppy for about 8 weeks. Get as much help as you can! Now we're good but it was very, very hard. Don't be fooled by the lovely picture of me and Poppy below feeding. Before this it was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Take it easy. Babies pick up on your every move and mood. If you're chill you're baby will most likely be pretty chill too.

Ok, this post was way too long but I'm just so happy with where we are now from where we have come.

P.S She just started making these goo goo ga ga noises this weekend as if she's having conversations with us (that make no sense) but I think they do to her. She's the cutest and I love her and my Daniel to the stars and back.





Monday, August 4, 2014

Online Goodies!

I've said it before but I love online shopping. You can find so many good things, which are cheaper, trendy and find things that you otherwise couldn't find in a shop.

Today I got some goodies in the mail from two online shops that I'm loving.

Farrah's Stone makes these great prints from her artwork which are way cool. I got a flamingo for Poppy's room and I love it. I still have to find a frame for it but thats easy enough.

I also got a new fitted sheet from an etsy store called CreamEmpire. I love polka dots so I got a black and white one. It's perfect.

Poppy is loving her goodies too. ;)



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Creative storage

So Poppy has a small room. You literally have to walk through our room to get to hers. It's an older style apartment and it has a couple of these sunroom type spaces and one is off our room.

It's the perfect nursery. It means that we can co-sleep without having her right in our room, we can still close the door if we need to! It also means that she gets her own space without taking up a spare room.

But it's small. As she grows we're getting things for her here and there which means we need more storage space. I don't want to clutter her room with more furniture but I need more storage!

When we moved and set Dan up with an office at home we went to Ikea and got a shelving unit and along with it Ikea also had these great little boxes that you can make up for storage and I thought they would be a perfect solution for Poppy's room and only $1.99 each!

BUT they're a bit plain so I made them a bit more appealing by painting them with triangles, white for now but you can easily painting over it later with something more colourful.

I really love these boxes because if you tire of them you can easily recycle them because they're cardboard! Cheap storage that you can change when your style changes or when your space grows. 

I've been trying to figure out how to arrange them as I'm loving them in every corner! You can put them anywhere!

When Poppy gets older she can be as rough with them as she wants and maybe she can paint new ones when these wear out.