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Get your jolly on…

It’s that time of year again, the fat bastard in the red suit is on his way. And since we all know that it is really not up to him to produce the all the jolly around the house, I thought a list of gift suggestions for those who really work tirelessly to make christmas happen was in order.  These are a few of my favourite things…. hehe.

Decided I had to have this on the first whiff...

 

Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette – this is a scent for boys and girls, trust me you will both love it. One whiff of it was enough to tell I NEEDED it. It’s not too badly priced either at $79. “Marrakech Intense is a woody oriental blend balanced by fresh floral top and heart notes, with a hint of the animalistic. In developing this evolution of our original Marrakech fragrance, we were delighted to collaborate with French perfumer Barnabé Fillion, with whom we share a passionate curiosity about the interplay between innovation and tradition, and a deep respect for the intelligent marriage of science and nature.”

 

Your watch says what?????The Pebble Watch. You can wear swears, I needn’t say more really, but it is also very useful. I have this, best watch ever and it’s probably a twenty times cheaper than the Apple watch will be.  ”Pebble connects you to your Apple iOs or Android smartphone via wireless Bluetooth so you get the information exactly when you need it. Pebble displays email, SMS, Caller ID and alerts from your favourite apps right on your wrist, allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket while you are in meetings, social events or on the go. Pebble alerts you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, meeting reminders and notifications. And because of the long running battery life, Pebble blends into your day to day activities without slowing you down while running, cycling, jogging or just going about your busy schedule.” Get one here.

 

Read everywhere!

Kobo Mini Ereader. I know we can read books on our phones now, but who really gets all the reading done they want to, if Facebook and Candy Crush are just a home key press away. This is why eReaders rock, no distractions and a new book is at your figure tips in seconds. This is another device I’ve gifted myself (I know, what is left for you to buy dear Husband?!) It the smallest reader on the market, but by far my favourite (and I have three Kindles, I know, addict). The text is as clear as a book and the screen size does not affect readability.

 

 

You know you want it...

It’s Darth Vadar hugging a unicorn on a cushion. Enough said.

 

 

 

 

I could get comfy on these.If you thought the Darth cushion was awesome, then prepare to be really impressed. Robert, Brad and Leo are waiting to comfort you.

 

 

 

 

Lush shop is as awesome as the Body Shop used to be. Remember when they were cool? Lush Bubble Bars – these smell fantastic, and if you happen to get a bath alone, so relaxing. You can get about five baths out of a bar, just break off a corner and crumble it into the bath. They colour the water and the kids love them, but really you don’t want to share.  Lush has some fab gift packs going for Christmas right now too.  This orange one is my current favourite, it has a fruit tingle smell to it that makes me happy.  Their handmade soaps and also gorgeous, and feel like a lot of luxury in the shower.

 

 

Kid proof your toyYou love your iPhone, admit it. And how devo are you when the kids dunk it or drop it, they are too expensive and you love it so. So it is worth investing in a Lifeproof case. Seriously, this case has saved my phones and iPads so many times I’ve lost count. They are really waterproof, don’t be nervous about that, I’ve been tumbled in the surf with mine and it lived. Get one.

 

 

 

Get your tea break onT2 teas are addictive. They’ve got just about every tea blend you can think of and a lot you haven’t. These kits with an ice tea jug and tea are on my list. Awesome for that elusive five minutes to yourself.

 

 

 

Happy Christmas shopping everyone!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. at Myer.

As much as I complain about how much work Christmas is for me, I just can’t contain myself once someone busts out the tinsel. So when Myer asked me to come to the opening of their Christmas Giftorium in Sydney, I tried to be all cool and mature about it. However inner me was going; Oh my yes, can I come right now? Can I, Can I huh??

Tomorrow Myer will kick off their weekend events celebrating the Christmas Giftorium.  In Sydney Guy Sebastian will perform in Pitt Street Mall, and in Melbourne Jennifer Hawkins will unveil the Christmas windows, followed by a performance from Harrison Craig from the Voice.  Myer plans to schedule in activities for the weekends leading up to Christmas in the Giftorium, check them out in store for the when & what. When you walk into the Sydney Giftorium you won’t be able to suppress a smile, it’s beautiful, glitter everywhere!  My kids were beside themselves with happy. 

Inside the Giftorium you’ll find some exclusive shopping is to be had.  Marvin’s Magic kits are now available only from Myer, and you can catch demonstrations from their trained magic specialists.  Mr Men and Little Miss customised prints, get your own Little Miss name print! I love mine, thanks again Myer.  Vistaprint have also opened their very first retail space, where you can go and physically check out their products and order them on the spot. There is also Plumm glassware, Dilmah Teas and Sodastream PLAY.

I'm a little miss!The Giftorium gifticians (yes a giftician is so a thing, I don the title every year at my house), can be booked if you want to avoid queues when you need help with your gift choices, or use the new iPad ordering system. Elf delivery is possible if you live or work in the CBD, and I think having elves turn up bearing gifts to your work Christmas party is a great idea.  You can also book online to meet Santa, again helping you dodge the busy shopping rush. Also from tomorrow you will find the Myer Treat Street in the Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth stores. This means roving assistants will give you lollies! Yeah, I know right? And Myers awesome community partnerships continue this year, and the Salvation Army will benefit again this year from the Power Of Give christmas campaign, and you can donate directly to it in store while shopping.

Now for my social media addict friends, here is some fun for you. Use the hashtag #giftorium on your instagram shots you’ve taken while shopping, and they will appear on a huge digital screen window in the Sydney City store. You know you want to. IMG_0281So much glitter!There are toys to test out!It's Christmas!!!!

 

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I’d like my walking frame in green thanks.

While I don’t like to conform, I think that a 2013 round up post is in order. It’s been a very crappy year, and feel you all need to hear why I’ve been a bit hard to find or get to do anything, or just be anything really.  I’m not quite sure how to lay it all out, an outright tally of the ugly would be an absolute bummer to read, but hey that what most blogging is about? Drama ;)  Although it could be cathartic to unload, out there to the cyberworld. Certainly cheaper than therapy. From what I hear 2013 has been a pretty crappy year for most people I know, and just when one shit event is done with another one comes along.  Karma it seems, has taken the year off.

We all have our crap threshold. However big or small, we all have limits. There is only so much a person can take before they crack  it. I have lost count of how many times this year I wanted to chuck an Eric Cartman, “screw you guys I’m going home”.

Flash back to February when I got the up the notion of obtaining some part time employment, I decided I wanted to be a firefighter. I lost a pot load of weight and got fit, and I got the job.  Dropped a ladder on my head during an assessment, and found out that I have neck bones that will no longer take a beating.  Bugger.  Back on went the weight while I tried to rest it, yeah even the doctor laughed at that idea of me ‘resting’.

Meanwhile I was working on the assessment stuff for our latest autistic addition, the paperwork just gets bigger and bigger as the years go by. I think I spent at six months sorting his stuff out alone. For our very first diagnosis we got one report and that was it, I miss the days when a paediatricians word was good enough.  Also had to get the Future Dark Overlord reassessed so he could keep his place at school.  I really need a PA just to keep a handle on all these assessments and reports for me.  It’s been a busy damn year for kid corro that’s for sure.

And then my doggies died.   Followed by a rather spectacular car smash, in which my mum and eldest son sustained head injuries and end up airlifted in different directions. Thankfully they pulled up ok, the car didn’t and mum learnt a valuable lesson about the insurance (that she really should have had some!).

The much narrower Ford

We carried on. We kept seeking out the good stuff. Taking the kids camping and looking for the fun stuff. As far as the kids are concerned this has been a rocking year, thank god the parental smoke screen is holding.  We even adopted another dog, a Greyhuahua (which is totally a real duel breed name).

And then I got sick.  Really sick with an antibiotic resistant infection, after being treated with the biggest anti’b tablets you’ll ever see I slowly got better.  But, and you saw that big ol’ but coming didn’t you, the treatment damaged my hearing permanently.   So before I turn 40 I’m wearing hearing aides, yes that deaf.  I knew I was having trouble hearing the kids, but I thought that was only because they all have to talk at once.  Interesting side note here is my audiologist can download the levels of noise I am exposed to while wearing them, she said she has never seen any patient with so much everyday noise. She no longer scolds me for not wearing them as much as I should.

In the background leg work for my autie kids continued.  Never ending and always keeping me busy, how did I think I was going to have time to do a job?!  I don’t think I can adequately convey just how much ‘stuff’ my kids generated this year, it was almost overwhelming.

We decided we needed to relax, the worst was over right?  And we went over to the coast and one day we had fish and chips at our favourite take away.  When I had an allergic reaction to fish. Having never reacted to it before, I was unprepared but lived to tell the tale.  Remember the big ass antibiotics?  Turns out they’ve messed with my bodies ability to process histamines and a whole bag of other really awesome foods.  Suddenly I can’t eat a lot of things. So I now have an audiologist and an immunologist. Uh huh.  But it was this or kidney failure, so you know…

Just today I bought myself some glucosamine for the arthritic joints, and made a mental note of what colour walking frame I’d like. A green one in case you’re wondering, it would’ve been red but that colour just gives way to the expectation that I can go faster and you and I both know with my luck I’ll have a hip replacement next year.

As a sense of normal finally seemed to settle on the house our eldest autie boy decided to spice things up with a seizure. A big one. So big his heart stopped. We are racking up the frequent flyer miles in the careflight helicopters.

Getting ready for his airlift. Poor Tom.

The pilot remembered us from the last trip, he didn’t even have to tell me how to work my headset. This time I kept my phone handy to take some aerial shots, as you do.

 

It had been a year exactly since he’d had one, so I’m not booking anything for this coming september just in case its a seasonal thing ;)   It took about a month to get him back on track and we are continuing to treat it as a seizure disorder.

We got home from the hospital just in time for the Husband to fly out to Vietnam, as it is his turn for a holiday this year.  Probably a good thing it was his turn, because I’m pretty sure had I had some plane tickets, you may not have seen me on these shores again for some time.  But things did settle, aside from the usual chaos, and we set off on holiday to celebrate fifteen years married. Rented ourselves a flash beach house at Narooma, and quite probably had the best time we’ve had all year, even if we did take all the children ;)

We saw a seal colony for the first time at Narooma. Loved it!

The very next day after we get home, I had a head on car smash with a lady who had decided to drive off her face on drugs, past a school.  Probably a good thing she ran into to me really, but still I really didn’t need my new car written off or my shoulder all hurty.

MY BABY!!!!

While the car was insured and replaceable, we encountered untold drama getting the paperwork sorted.  If something could be sent in the wrong direction, it would be. But the biggest drama was our autie kids dealing with the car being gone, I didn’t expect them to cry for days about it.  In the middle of all this drama, the Husband received an award for Life Saving from the Governor General, and we’re all just a little bit proud of that. And my eldest made it through his first lot of army training and is now an official soldier, I’m very happy he is such a together kid who reminds me everyday just how old I am getting.

My big boy :)

A month on we finally have cars in the driveway and money back in the bank, a very trying christmas looked to be on the cards.  However the one intelligent thing I did this year was lay-by the kids christmas gifts in March, Ms Santa came to one and all.  Even if she did get the parcels in the post a little late ;)

Our crowd, sans my eldest.

Now here we are it’s new years eve, the end of this yucky ass year, but we’re still all here!  I have expectations of 2014, and while they say expectation is the root of all disappointment, we all need to have something to hope for right? Even if it’s just for the year to be a none event.  So if the apocalypse could just hold out until 2015 that’d be great, I’ll be too tired to deal with it next year.

I’ll leave you all with this quote from Doctor Who to end the year on.  I think it fits us nicely.  Thank you all for reading this far, and to those of you who have supported us this year we thank you xxx

I'm sorry I don't know who to credit for this, please let me know if it's you're fabulous drawing.

It hasn’t been all bad, just bad enough to keep us too busy ;)

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Ho Ho Ho & stuff…

What kind of a blogger would I be, if I didn’t put up the standard moody emo Christmas post?  It would be so very easy for me to head down that path, so very easy indeed.  I mean come on, look at the shit I’ve got going on every day. 

However today I have nothing to complain about, Santa arrived and bombed the place with toys (OMG we have enough stuff to open a toy store!) and as luck would have the kids all slept in.  

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

 

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Christmas at Aunty Dales

 Uralla, it’s a small town in northern New South Wales Australia, and the scene of most of my childhood Christmas’s. There we’d spend the holiday at the home of my Aunty Dale and Uncle Jim, often joined by many more Aunts and Uncles and countless cousins.

 It would start on a sweltering hot Christmas eve, piling into Dads car I can remember holding my bottom in the air off the seat, to save scorching it on the roasting vinyl seats. The journey seemed to take all day, but it was really only an hour. Time would move in slow motion for two days, making it feel like we had spent a week at Aunty Dales.

 On arrival you had to line up for kisses. Uncle Jim used to give the biggest sloppiest wet kisses ever, on the lips. I used to cringe as kids do, which I’m absolutely sure he noticed, so would make sure I didn’t miss out, funny bugger. Thirty years on he stills gives me that big wet kiss, I no longer cringe, sloppy kisses are on the list of things that make Uncle Jim special to me.

 Then came the heaviest lunch you’d had all year, a warm up for the copious amounts of food eaten in the day to come. We probably should’ve fasted for a few days beforehand in preparation. The house was constantly in motion, food was always cooking, sport was being yelled at on the Telly, a game of cricket was being played on the road, while Slim Dusty blared out of a stereo in the kitchen.

I remember whiling away a happy hour seated at the kitchen bench with my Uncle Charlie, shelling peas and attempting to hold an adult conversation. Uncle Charlie was always smiling, even today I can’t picture him without a smile. It was probably all the home brew beer shining through, but ten year old me thought he was the funniest Uncle ever.

The Christmas tree was a dinky little moulded plastic number, I’m pretty sure you can’t buy them anywhere anymore, and probably haven’t been able to for at least twenty years. This was the first plastic tree I had ever seen, I thought it was awesome – like wow it was the shape I’d always thought a tree should be! I used try and sit in the seat closest to the tree on Christmas eve after dinner, mostly because I’d eaten so much I couldn’t move, but really I just wanted to look at that tree.

The sky was so clear at night in northern NSW, you could see every star in the Milky Way, my Dad and Aunty Dale convinced us one night that if we sat out of the front step and watched the night sky we would see Rudolph’s nose light as he flew over, and when we did we had to go to bed.

As luck would have it, a satellite drifted by with a red light and off to bed we went. Brilliant plan, I have to remember to pull that one out with my kids.

The years we had Christmas at Uralla are among my fondest memories, I can’t remember the gifts, just the family. My biggest hope for Christmas, is that my children end up with the same feelings about our family gatherings as I do.

This christmas story of mine, and a few more from some lovely contributors feature in the Monkeyshine Christmas eMagazine.  You’ll find a link to it at the top right of this blog :)

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