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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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To do: Annoy Mum – check.

Mum I’m bored. Yes of course the go to person for fun ideas, would definitely be the lady you find sorting laundry, she is having loads of fun. It seems that the plethora of toys and games strewn about the place, are unable to hold their attention for more than the time it took them to drop it on the floor, and leave there. My planning for these coming school holidays isn’t going so well, ok it hasn’t happened at all. I don’t think my nomination for parent of the year, is going to come through anytime soon.

It is clear that my time management skills need a serious review, so let’s examine them shall we?

The cornerstone of a good time management plan is the To Do list, and I have plenty on mine. The much touted essential, for getting stuff done. You can create a daily list of the things you’re never going to get around to, and you know why? This is because creating lists, and remembering what it was you were supposed to be doing, takes up time. The plus side is that creating lists, makes us feel like we’ve achieved something. Then comes the prioritising, and this is tough. What needs doing first? This can take up even more time, because it has to be absolutely right, right?

Once I have my finished to do list, I then need to find exactly the right kind of way to present it. Be it on paper or electronically, seriously the medium matters. Otherwise how will people know I’ve got a to do list as long as your arm, if I can’t show it off proudly on all forms of social media, for friends to gasp at and ask; how do I do it? I think we all know the answer to that one. I need to outsource.

I need a parental personal assistant, not just my spouse because he is as busy as me, but someone else. Someone impartial to create those lists, and tick things off after they’ve given you a little nudge to do so. Your own personal cheerleader, like we are for our kids, this would be the ultimate in motivation. This just might help us deal with some of that mother guilt too. Model parenthood here we come.

The thing is, our kids don’t care what is on our to do lists, they have their own set of priorities. Sure a lot of the time it may seem that their priorities are set at; eat everything, make mess and annoy mummy, but you know what? These are all cumulative towards their one and only goal, and that is having fun. I like a list with only thing on it to do.

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Ok, so things got worse before they got better.

You all remember the chaos of May, well unfortunately things just didn’t seem to settle down after that.  Things went from busy to crazy, and I got sick.  So I did what all mums of too many kids do in these circumstances, let it slide, took some painkillers and tried to get on with things.  Turns out I had a pretty nasty antibiotic resistant infection, and I was dangerously sick.  Luckily we have an awesome doctor who sorted me out very quickly, after I finally managed to limp into his office.  It was a scary way to receive a message about looking after myself.  Quite often parents do let their needs slide, mostly because you just can’t find the time, the money or the babysitters, to take yourself off to the doctor and get checked out.  This is what I did.  Dumb I know.  I’m still not quite back up my usual healthy self, but not far. I resolve to not let this happen again, hopefully not famous last words…

After all this the school holidays came along, I know…. groan…. and it is minus a witches tit here in Goulburn at the moment.  So I thought bugger it, lets go to the beach.  We discovered that the south coast of new south wales was experiencing some unseasonably warm weather, yay!!!!    I forced myself to be cheerful and what do you know, it rubbed off on the kids with fairly acceptable behaviour from most of them.  Even our big Autie boy kept it together for a three hour whale watching trip.  I can’t believe I even considered that boat ride, must’ve still been delirious.

We are frequent visitors to the South Coast and during the last couple of years, we have been trying to do or see something there, that we’ve not done before.  So far we’ve been pretty successful :)

Hope you enjoy these few pictures, I will pop some more of the region up in a later post.

 

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Didn’t we do the holidays already?

Something doesn’t feel right.  School goes on holidays at the end of the week, but we’ve had easter. We’ve eaten the chocolate and been to the beach, the holidays are a done deal right?  How can this be, how can it be May in a couple of weeks?

I need to come up with some suitable holiday entertainment and fast, and something that can be done sans Mr Candysfamily as he has to work (yeah he missed working out the holidays are after easter too).  We also still have two small boys going to preschool throughout the holidays (because at that price they’re bloody well not missing it!), so I wonder if it will feel like a holiday or just days at home with the kids.  I’m betting on the later. I better get out there and buy copious amounts of food, as these kids seem to need to eat for around twelve hours a day when they’re at home.  That is the single most expensive thing for us on holidays, feeding the crowd.

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