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ThermoMix heaven….

Easy, healthy cooking.

About a year ago something happened that literally turned things around for me in the kitchen. I met Caroline, my Thermomix consultant. She’s also a mummy with two young children so we clicked straight away over shared experiences.

Together she showed me how this one piece of equipment could help me in so many ways – not just making it possible to make healthy and tasty options but to do so quickly and easily, which of course meant I didn’t resort to store-bought yuckies. And having more free time was a bonus I didn’t anticipate but certainly appreciate.

Now I’m not big on selling things but seriously, this ‘thing’ she showed me, was about to turn my kitchen experience around.

Even better, I could get those nutrients into my littlies, especially my fussy young man, without resorting to a battle. Of course, trying new tastes often results in the reflex spit-out but a bit like the sleeping patterns persistence can pay off and it took less time than I imagined.

Yes, a Thermomix is a considerable investment, but for me it’s also been a Godsend and possibly one of my best purchases as a parent. They also have many options to almost ‘lay buy’ or ‘pay off’ this piece of kitchen equipment. I use mine almost every day and for everything from a smoothie, making porridge, chopping vegetables, cooking a whole meal at once, including steaming vegetable in the varoma, whilst making a pasta sauce in the jug!

This 1 item has eliminated so many from my kitchen. It chops, blends, steams, boils, stirs, cooks, poaches, purées and all on a timer. So no boiling over, burning pans or constant stiring. Best of all it comes with a recipe chip, which is amazing! It has hundreds of easy to make recipes, that takes no time at all to prepare and cook. Well actually this machine pretty much does everything. The LCD screen works a bit like an iPad. It prompts you all the way so you basically cannot stuff up! Easy!

Not only is Caroline always just a phone call away to help with cooking and recipe tips, but as well as a Thermomix consultant I’ve also gained a friend.

Your interested to know more, please feel free to contact Caroline direct. I’ve popped her details at the bottom of this post.

Or jump onto the ThermoMix website and check it out for yourself!

Here’s one of our favourite sneaky veg recipes:

Carrot and Zucchini Choc Muffins

Ingredients:
1 medium zucchini
1 medium carrot
30g raw sugar
130g chickpea flour
30g raw cacao
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
Pinch salt
30g almonds
30g macadamia nuts
70g grapeseed oil
2 eggs

Method
Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a muffin tray
Grate zucchini and carrot speed 7 for 2 seconds, transfer to a bowl
Add all ingredients from raw sugar to macadamia nuts and mix speed 5 for 6 seconds
Add oil and eggs and mix speed 5 for 20 seconds
Add back zucchini and carrot and mix speed 2 for 5 seconds on reverse
Transfer mixture to prepared muffin tray and bake for 20-25 minutes
Transfer to wire tray to cool for 10 minutes

I like to serve these with vanilla coconut custard…( one of Caroline’s recipes).

These can even be frozen so you always have a supply on hand!

If you would like to contact Caroline to arrange a cooking demonstration or purchase you own Thermomix you can contact her on 0402 483 803 or carolinesomma@hotmail.com

What’s your style?

As a qualified interior designer, I would have to agree on most parts of this blog.

Not to say that if you don’t have these, you are not stylish. Everyone has style in their own way, and much like art, I believe style is personal. Your home is your abode and reflects you and your personality and lifestyle.

Love the images provided.

I’m a bit of a monochrome lover at the moment. Also ‘industrial / Scandi / minimal’. Actually I don’t know that I stick to one specific style? My taste is blended pending on the room.

What’s your style?

http://blog.bloglovin.com/blog/7-things-every-stylish-person-has-in-their-house

A love like no other.

I love the honesty in this post. Again by one of my favourites. ‘Scary Mommy’.

I sometime feel like I’ve made many mistakes with my little guy, my first born and my first amazing unconditional true love. It’s amazing the love we feel fur our children. Well I know the love that I have for mine. It’s like nothing I have ever felt before, very overwhelming yet so satisfying.

I think I speak for most patents when I say there is no greater love than the love we have for our children.

As a middle child myself I always thought that my mother favoured my older sister and younger brother. One because my sister and mother get along more like sisters and are quite similar and my brother, well he is the baby of the family and a boy.

Much like my little man, my brother us a mummy’s boy. Not that there is anything wrong with it. However I used to curse it, but now that I have my own son, I totally understand and accept it.

I adore both my children but when I was pregnant with my little girl, I had similar thoughts. How can I love another as much? Well I have and I do.

Please read this blog, it hit home for me, perhaps it will also for you!
http://www.scarymommy.com/first-child-love-will-never-change/

 

 

Domestic violence.

Domestic violence

Domestic violence comes in many difference forms. It’s not always physical with having a black eye or broken ribs. It can be emotional abuse on any level and can happen at any age.

Recently Rose Batty won Australian of the year 2015 for her part in bringing more awareness into communities. Such a wonderful woman. Rose Batty lost her only child, her 11 year old son to the violent hands of her ex partner, her sons father.

The father who supposedly loved his son beat him with a cricket bat until he died in a public place in 2014. This is domestic violence.

I also recently watched a 60 minutes program on Jessica Silva. This strong, brave woman was in a horrible abusive relationship with an emotionally and physically abusive man did baby years and at one stage, they decide to face a child to help the relationship but as Jessica found out, it didn’t help at all. Not saying that she shouldn’t have had her child, however I personally don’t believe that abusive people can change easily.

This woman was in a relationship with a monster, he was also an illegal drug user and also used steroids which caused him to have ‘roid rage’ not that this is ever an excuse.

Jessica eventually ended the relationship only to have him make threats to kill her, their son and her family. Terrible behaviour by someone who again supposedly loves and cares for you.

Eventually when he tried, Jessica fought back and she ended up stabbing him to death.

Is this self defence or murder?

Jessica was jailed for 8 months and charged with murder. The charges were then dropped to manslaughter and the jury have handed her a lesser sentence as they had evidence of the abusive relationship and also his death threats.

Jessica’s phone had also been tapped by NSW police which also showed her fearful for her life and this lead to her self defence.

The psychologists on this case also called Jessica’s situation ‘battered wife syndrome’.

Definition –
Battered person syndrome is a physical and psychological condition of a person who has suffered (usually persistent) emotional, physical, or sexual abuse from another person.[1] It is classified as ICD-9 code 99
Battered person syndrome” not elsewhere classified (NEC).
The condition is the basis for the battered spouse defense that has been used in cases of physically and psychologically abused spouses who have killed their abusers. The condition was first researched extensively by Lenore E. Walker, who used Martin Seligman’s learned helplessness theory to explain why abused spouses stayed in destructive relationships.

When Battered Person Syndrome (BPS) manifests as PTSD, it consists of the following symptoms: (a) re-experiencing the battering as if it were recurring even when it is not, (b) attempts to avoid the psychological impact of battering by avoiding activities, people, and emotions, (c) hyperarousal or hypervigilance, (d) disrupted interpersonal relationships, (e) body image distortion or other somatic concerns, and (f) sexuality and intimacy issues.

Additionally, repeated cycles of violence and reconciliation can result in the following beliefs and attitudes:[8]

The abused thinks that the violence was his or her fault.
The abused has an inability to place the responsibility for the violence elsewhere.
The abused fears for her/his life, and/or, the lives of loved ones whom the abuser might or has threatened to harm (e.g., children-in-common, close relatives or friends).
The abused has an irrational belief that the abuser is omnipresent and omniscient.

Domestic violence is also not just stereotyped into lower socioeconomic areas or the uneducated. Domestic abuse / violence can happen in the most affluent homes and be inflicted by the most charming and intelligent of people.

It can start with name calling or bickering, then lead to a grab or a push.

There are many different forms of domestic violence and in most cases the abuser or person whom is the violent one, is suffering from a mental illness which has them feel or believe that what they are doing is fine and bit wrong in anyway.

When I say mental illness, I mean it can be self inflicted by taking illicit drugs or can be schizophrenic, bipolar, someone with anger management issues, low self esteem or even depression.

I’m absolutely not saying this gives them the right to behave this way as I personally condone domestic violence in all forms, I’m just saying that these people are generally not right themselves which in some occasions have them believe that they are actually not doing any wrong.

Domestic violence can also be called intimate partner violence.

It does not have to be within the home either to be classified as domestic violence. It can be a form of violence that can occur within any relationship (family or intimate partner). Domestic violence is about power and control and there are many ways this control can be expressed.

If someone is hurting you it can be very scary and it may be hard to know how you can stop it. It is important to remember that no one has the right to be violent towards you and there are people out there who can help.

When I was younger I was in a horrible relationship where my boyfriend at the time would emotionally abuse me telling me that I was fat, unattractive and he felt sorry for me which is why he continued our relationship as no one else would want me. I was 20 at the time and still quite vulnerable and insecure. He would constantly put me down and tell me to diet and exercise and nothing that I ever did was acceptable for him.

It wasn’t until the night that he slapped my face so hard tears rolled from my eyes like rain and he grabbed my throat that I fought back. I also don’t condemn violence but I kicked him in the face so that he would let me go. Needless to say he didn’t take that well and we ended up going out separate ways not long after but I also vowed that no man would ever belittle me or be violent towards me either emotionally or physically again.

Every day in Australia and across the world, abuse is happening. In Australia alone over 22 women have died at the hands of abuse this year alone – we are only the 4th month in.

This equates to approx 6 women per month or one per week, are loosing their life’s to domestic violence.

Such a high statistic that we don’t really hear about nor is it well publicised. Why?
Shouldn’t this be well reported?
Drug offences are recorded as is sport, why not domestic violence?

Below is a link that I happened to stumble across. Very sad and very recent.

http://m.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/woman-dead-after-horrific-domestic-assault-injuries-in-quakers-hill/story-fni0cx12-1227326073181

“Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence. A woman is most likely to be killed by her male partner in her home. Domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children.”

Some types of abuse are:

Physical – If someone is hurting you, or threatening to hurt you, a loved one or a pet, then you will need to take some action.

Emotional – This form of violence is often unrecognised and can be very hurtful.

Economic – Having money and being able to make decisions about it, is one means of being independent. If someone is controlling your money, keeping you financially dependent, or making you ask for money unreasonably, then this is a form of violence.

Social – Social violence occurs in relationships that often include other forms of violence. If someone is insulting you or teasing you in front of other people, keeping you isolated from family and friends, controlling what you do and where you go, then they are being violent and you may need to take some action.

Spiritual – This type of violence involves a situation where you are not allowed to have your own opinions about religion, cultural beliefs, and values, or your spirituality is manipulated to keep you feeling powerless.

If you or someone you know is in a situation or relationship that is abusive in any way, shape or form. There is help.

Never feel alone.

I know it can be scary and overwhelming but there is always help and you do not have to put up with it nor stay in that situation.

I’ve copied some links below that you may find helpful.

Remember to be strong and know that you don’t deserve to be treated that way, no one does.

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/domestic-violence-and-abuse.htm

http://au.reachout.com/what-is-domestic-violence

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/subjects/domestic-and-family-violence

http://www.dvrcv.org.au/support-services/national-services

http://m.whiteribbon.org.au/finding-help

http://lukebattyfoundation.com.au

Fathers

Fathers

There are many types of fathers, ones that adore and love their children others that would rather be at the gym or out with their mates having a few drinks or socialising.

I guess I always thought I would be with a man who idolises their children. My father wasn’t always around, he was often never home on a weekend choosing to go play bowls and after work on any given weekday he would come home, shower, change and go to the local RSL and be with his mates to drink and play snooker. He also played snooker in competition a few nights per week which meant he often had quite late nights resulting in us not seeing him as he left for work at approx 6am weekdays as he worked in the local sawmill.

My parents broke up when I was 11 so for me to remember my dad never being around, not only breaks my heart but shows me that from a young age he wasn’t ‘present’ in our lives.

I get that he worked to financially support the family however I don’t believe he ‘needed’ to go out socialising every afternoon after work nor every weekend. I don’t actually remember doing anything as a family with both parents and my older sister and younger brother. I think the only memory I have of a family unit is going camping with a few other family’s one year when I was about 5 or 6 years old, sleeping in tents, bathing in the river and having to use a ‘pit toilet’ which was basically a hole in the ground. Mind you I still enjoy camping but have not used a ‘pit toilet’ since that camping trip when I was only 5 or 6 years old.

Throughout my childhood I always thought and wanted a family that was a ‘unit’ don’t to speak. I saw many of my friends with their family’s and wanted to feel included and I guess was a little jealous that their dads were around and spending quality time with them and doing things as a family.

I know that some men find it hard to bond with children and I certainly understand that some men are just too selfish to spend time with their children that they believe it’s the mothers role to raise the children and run the house whilst the support financially. I also understand that majority of fathers are the main financial supporters therefore work longer hours. No disrespect to working mothers here, just making reference to my upbringing.

My dad was the kind of dad that as children, we were scared of. He was the disciplinary of the house although he wasn’t around much he was all too happy to raise both his voice and his hand at us for even the smallest things like not washing the dishes properly or being a few minutes late home from school. I guess he got this trait from his parents as I remember distinctively his mother chasing my sister and I with an electric jug cord threatening to ‘belt’ us with it as we were 5 minutes late home from School. Both our parents worked and majority of the time we were home alone after school until our father got home at approx 5pm or we had to go to his parents house if either of our parents were going to be late.

These days most fathers are still the main financial income however I also believe that most fathers still want to be part of their children’s lives. Many of my friends have wonderful husbands and partners who are actively involved in their children’s lives. This may include helping with dinner time, bath time, bed and also play.

I also have a handful of friends who’s partners / husbands dont do much with their children. They work late – by choice or go to the gym after work to avoid having to help with the children at dinner or bed time. Some fathers even choose to be out late and only come home after the children are asleep in bed.

These kind of fathers break my heart.

Why do they not want to spend this special time with their little ones?

I understand that children can be hard work but they are also so rewarding
and Children are so young and innocent for such a short period of time why not relish in any time that you can have with them?

Do they not cherish these little things? Or do they just not want part of it?

I once had a male friend say to me ‘I’m not a hands on dad nor will I ever be’ he then Proceeded to say that he and 2 of his other mates are the same and that their wives knew this prior to marrying them and their wives should not expect them to help out with the children. Quote ‘it’s just not in our DNA’.

I was taken aback and quite disgusted that he would say such a thing. Who says this, that isn’t a complete prick?

I would have loved my father to be around more and spend more time with me. Perhaps this is why I do my everything for my little guy and love and cherish every moment with him. I would never ever want him to think that I was a non existent parent. I will also make sure that I’m also very hands on with my daughter who is due in approx 3 months.

This then makes me think, why do men go either way with their parenting style?

Did they have terrible fathers which is why they feel they can behave this way also or that they think being non existent in their children’s lives is normal?

Or perhaps their fathers were that non existent that they are over compensating and being such hands on wonderful fathers to ensure that their children will not think of them in such a way?

There was once an article I read in a newspaper about fathers that suggested there are 4 types.

Enforcer Dad, this is the old-fashioned disciplinarian who is not involved with the day-to-day care of children, but sets clear rules and reprimands.

Entertainer Dad one who sees himself as the joker within the family, and chooses to be the friend rather than a parent.

Useful Dad, willing to help out with day-to-day childcare and household tasks, but still taking his lead from his wife.

Fully Involved Dads, these dads are equally involved with the daily running of the home and family, with the mother and father roles interchangeable.

Can you be both a parent and a friend to your children?

I know a few dads that don’t spend a lot of time with their children but spend a lot of money on them. This isn’t something I agree with as I don’t think gifts equal love. I understand it’s an expression of love however I don’t think anything can compare to your father actually spending quality time with you. Time doesn’t cost a thing but it’s so valuable.

I think yes you can. Children need direction, discipline and love but I think that they will respect you more for being a disciplinary rather than a friend when they are mature enough to understand.

I know that I’m the disciplinary with my little guy. His father works late most nights so I do all the dinner, bath and bed every night. Even on a weekend. I therefore am with him 90% of the time alone and have to be the disciplinary. It can be tiring as they are long days but I actually enjoy doing these things for and with my little guy. I get that this is a sacrifice that my husband makes, missing out on time with our little guy and it saddens me but I am trying my best to raise him the best I can. To raise him to become a gentleman and also a kind, loving, respectful person. He calls me his best friend but I also know that with his tears from the time out and being disciplined he still loves me and hopefully will respect me.

My little guy is 2 and is still learning and asserting himself but I believe in leading by example and if I can be a good parent, I’m hoping I raise good children.

 

2014

Reflecting 2014.

What a year!

An exciting yet busy year it was for me.

Where to start?

Hubby and I bought a house and did some minor renovations prior to moving in, I left my amazing corporate role to become a full time mummy, my mother had 2 heart attacks, we fell pregnant (planned) with bub number 2, my little guy turned 2 and let’s not forget I started this blog in February.

I met some amazing new friends, friends that I know will be life long. They are such wonderful women whom i admire and respect and although I’ve only known them since May – since our move, I know I can trust them with anything and rely on them for forever more.

Our children are of similar age and play well together and these people are wholesome and full of happiness and love.

Ive rekindled some lovely friendships that Id made back in either high school or my early 20’s – again with people I know are genuine and I can trust.

I think that as we get older we are more particular with whom we will and won’t share our lives with, this may be a maturity thing or it could be that we are more cautious. Either way, I know the people in my life now are my true friends with no ‘crap’ involved. Excuse the language. I’m grateful that they have re entered my life and our friendships are growing again.

Again these special people are wholesome and the type of people whom I know I can trust and rely on in whatever situation.

So in 2015 Im sure there will be many more exciting things happen which I’m looking forward to sharing with you including the birth of my 2nd bub due in May.

Stay tuned and I hope to hear your stories in 2015 also!

Occupying your toddler – for at least 10 minutes!

So today is a bit of a weird weather say, poured rain this morning, then the sun was shining beautifully now it’s turned windy and overcast. I was googling things to do with my toddler. Hubby is studying for exams so we are pretty much solo, what to do?

I found this pretty cool link that is using things that most of us would have around our homes.

Its a little crafty and defiantly will have your toddler concentrating and using their motor skills.

Pretty inventive and low cost with minimal mess! Fun!

Click this link for ideas on how to occupy your toddler – for at least 10 minutes anyway.

http://lemonlimeadventures.com/simple-2-minute-toddler-activities/#_a5y_p=2590730

Styling your home?

Styling your home!

Like our fashion our homes reflect our personality. Dressing or styling our home is very much like styling our homes.

We choose what we like and not always what we should ‘wear’ or ‘dress’ our homes in.

There are many different styles for our homes and the ideas and options are never ending.

Most people go neutral and keep it ‘safe’. That’s not always a bad thing but remember your home is reflecting your style. Express yourself.

Whether you want to break all the rules or remain true to your home’s specific architectural style, hopefully my tips below can help you decide what styles you favour and how to pull a ‘space’ together by incorporating one (or more!) decorating styles within your home!

Your style should really be a reflection of your lifestyle .

Do You Have More Than One Style?
People are complex, and so are design styles. Take tips from your favourite TV shows, watch renovation program’s and steal their ideas. Providing you like them 🙂 I also use Houzz app on my iPhone and Pinterest to gain ideas!

Even if you know your style, or the style that you want for your home, it’s easy to get side tracked and make rushed purchases or decisions that turn out to be a mistake. Keeping to what you really like is key. This will also help save money in those spate if the moment purchases.

I find that making a ‘mood’ board very helpful. Ask for fabric samples when you see something you like. Take photos where you can then stick them on your mood board to see if you do actually like it when it’s together and if the pieces you have chosen work well together in your space.

Making lists will help to keep you on track with decorating. Once you’ve defined the style you want, clarify your needs and evaluate your surroundings. Lists also help prevent purchasing too much furniture or accessories for your space.

Shopping online can be a great way to browse, learn and save. I prefer to go into stores so that I can feel fabrics and textures along with ‘testing’ the product for it’s comfort etc.

Ok, so maybe your moving in with your partner and sent to create a discs that works for you both, however your spouse is contemporary yet you love traditional. Or maybe you recently married and need to combine households.

Below are some tips can help both partners live in decorating harmony, even those with opposing likes and tastes.

Mixing Styles can be easy if you choose it to be. If you like a little bit of everything, or wish to combine elements of several styles, try to stick with a simple couloir pallet. Too much colour with too many styles can get messy and look like it’s ‘thrown’ together or rushed. You don’t want your home to make you feel uncomfortable. Yes styles can be mixed but if your mixing say eclectic and traditional, try to use similar colours to blend the styles. You want to choose furnishings and decor to create a room that flows and works together.

I’ve listed below a few different styles to help you define and understand your style a little better.

Coastal / Beachy
If you love the comfortable and airy feel of coastal homes, you can bring the beach home with you, add soft flowing fabrics, neutral colours with hues of blue, perhaps some yellow.
Think Ralph Lauren cross ship in the night.
Nautical with a twist.
Typical characteristics of a Coastal style :
Ocean and sky blue colour hues.
White as a predominate colour perhaps wall colour.
Light-reflecting materials such as glass or mirrors, these also help to make a space feel larger or give the feeling of openness.
Rattan, sea grass, bamboo, cane or teak, helps the space feel earthy and ‘holiday home’ like.
Nautical and natural or “found” decor
Natural fibers such as linen, sisal, jute, and cottons.
Easy-care floors such as tile or hardwood, think high traffic and easy to clean.
Weather-beaten or distressed woods, this helps to make the space feel as though it has character and that the piece has a story to tell.

Art Deco
Art deco design is traditionally formal and controlled, however at the same time is sophisticated and a bit flamboyant. The combination of these contradictory elements is what makes art deco so appealing and has endure the test of time.

Typical characteristics of an Art Deco space:
The use of rectilinear and symmetrical forms along with stylized shapes.
Sharp edges along with bold, accentuated curves.
Reflective surfaces and the use of mirrors.
The repetitive use of geometric shapes combined to make stepped designs and patterns, use multiple geometric fabrics on your chairs and it cushions but contrast them in either colour or shape – ie navy on white cushions with perhaps stripes or zig zag pattern.
Luxurious materials such as exotic woods, inlays, gold and chrome, also dark colour timber feels luxurious.
Aztec and Egyptian influences including the ziggurat, the sunburst and the electric bolt.
Evocative lighting that emits a sophisticated mood, dimmed lights or bold lamp shades.
Bold colors with sharp contrasts, though black and white and neutrals are also popular and easy to work together.

Traditional
If you like calm and comfortable and steer clear of flashy or cluttered decor, the traditional style may be for you. Timeless and classic in design, the traditional style is the most popular decorating and design style in many homes today.
Typical characteristics of Traditional space:
Warm or dark wood tones. Think cherry, mahogany, walnut stains on timber.
Soft, warm, mid-range color palette, rose pinks, greys, taupe and browns.
Focus on symmetry and repetition, keep the sane amount of cushions in each end of your couch.
Extensive use of moulding, on either your ceilings or around mirrors, kitchens almost like framing.
Semi-formal yet comfortable appeal, the space is comfy to sit in yet could also host a meeting.
Embellishments such as tassels, trims and skirted furnishings, but nothing baroque. Use these as accents for curtains and pillows.
Understated decor with classic, straight lines, not too much furniture in these rooms keeping it minimal and key the accents create the interest.
Windows are dressed with curtains or shades that are deep in colour and block out light.
Carefully controlled clutter such as books, family photos in classic frames, art and displayed collections of ‘trinkets’
Soft patterns or plaids again as accents perhaps used in a throw or cushions.

Cottage or Shabby Chic
This might be for you if you gravitate toward vintage and sentimental elements and are looking for a decorating style that will make a comfortable and family friendly home.
Typical characteristics of a Cottage space:
Slipcovered, overstuffed furnishings, big lounges that liked ‘lived in’ and it oversized.
Soft color palette using pale greens, pale pinks, pale blues, soft grays, creams and white.
Painted and/or distressed furnishings and decor. Again these look like they have a story to tell.
Fresh flowers and florals in Patel colours.
Vintage or handmade items, not too many vibrant colours but also try use a pop of colour.
Tea-stained or faded fabrics, think calico or raw linen colours.
Architectural detailings – moldings, columns, etc – often reused in unique ways.
Painted or rusted wrought iron furniture, chair backs, dining stools, vases etc.
Collectables

Contemporary
If you like bold furnishings or prefer a room with artistic flair, take a look at contemporary style. Sophisticated, clean lines and dramatic finishes are all elements of this style.
Typical characteristics of a Contemporary space:
Neutral color palette with “pops” of bold colour.
Clean lines and smooth surfaces.
Soft curves, but avoids the ornate or ornamental.
Reflective materials such as chrome, steel and glass. As stated before, using mirrors will also make your space feel larger as mirror reflects light and will appear more spacious.
Natural fabrics with a focus on texture and tone. Think raw linen with wool or knitted cushions.
Use of black and/or white.
Geometric patterns or shapes
Sleek cabinetry and lighting (built-ins, recessed). Beige, no mouldings etc.

Contemporary is often confused with Modern but actually the two are very different styles, although both tend to favour simple, uncluttered spaces with smooth, clean lines. The Modern style is an older style that originated during the late 19th century, but from whom Contemporary design derived some of its ideas.

Country
Country style may not be what you think. American flags, Shaker chairs and hearts make up only a small part of this vast style. This style was birthed in the high courts of European royalty, so country-style furnishings and decor are often quite refined.
These elegant but comfortable and utilitarian roots give basic varieties of country style decorating today. Though these varieties are considered distinctive styles, they share many of the same characteristics. Muted colors, handmade furnishings and accessories, and patterns such as chunky checks, stripes and florals or hand-woven fabrics are all elements of the country style.

American Country
There are quite a few fans of this decorating style, and quite a few variants within this class of decorating. A cluttered, Americana style is commonly thought of when one says “country style,” with emphasis on comfort, warmth and lots (and lots!) of charming decor items. The original American Country style was simple, and celebrated the idea of craftsmanship with clean lines and handmade furnishings. Think of Shaker, Amish, or Arts and Crafts style furnishings. This type of American Country style is still very popular today.

English Country
English Country is a more formal decorating style than American Country, but is still more relaxed than one would have once seen at court. The emphasis is on detailing and elegance, with a comfortable twist. Think of Chester sofas, traditional oil paintings, plaids and garden-inspired patterns, and carved detailing in furnishings and decor.

French Country
Also known as the French Provincial style, French Country appears, at first glance, much like the English Country style, though French Country has its own distinct elements. French Country furnishings appear “lighter” than English, with delicate curves. Though French Country may contain natural elements, it doesn’t incorporate nature as heartily as the English style. Think wrought iron, toile fabrics, plaster walls, roughened wood, images of roosters or other farm life, and natural stone.

Spanish Country
One of the boldest styles in country decorating, Spanish style focuses on vivid but earthy colors, natural woods and art. Think exposed beams, plaster or stucco walls, hand-painted pottery and tiles, soft curves and hand-carved furnishings and decor. Religious icons and shapes, such as statues or crosses, are also common elements of Spanish style furnishings and decor.

Tuscan (or Italian) Country
Currently one of the most celebrated styles of country decorating, the Tuscan Country style often melts the line between indoors and out. Think warm, earthy colors, terra cotta, exposed stone and brick, wrought iron, uncovered windows, natural woods and rough plaster walls. The main inspiration behind this style is found in the Italian people themselves – unpretentious, warm, comfortable and celebratory.

Eclectic Style Decorating
If you love to mix and match and have a flair for pulling it all together, check out the eclectic decorating style. If you love a variety of styles but have trouble making it work in your space, don’t worry – we can help with that too!
Typical characteristics of an Eclectic style space:
Calm mix of periods and styles
Neutral background colors
Unexpected use of materials and/or items
Uniqueness in art and furnishings
A “pulling together” through pattern, shape, texture, finish or color
Lack of clutter – everything has its place
Old easily mixed in with new
Handmade items or items with sentimental value

French Country
Casual elegance, sunny splashes of color, and an emphasis on natural and rustic accessories can remind you of your summers in France, or make you feel like you spent them there!

Global
Interiors that incorporate a global style – exotic colors, artwork, crafts and furnishings – evoke an eclectic, vibrant feeling. Think large artworks if famous buildings, national flag prints on cushions or throws, duvet covers in maps, taxidermy animals. Think ‘global traveller’.

Industrial
Industrial style in interiors is similar to what it sounds like – a look that celebrates the industrial aspect of our lives. Think raw materials, steel, rust, black, chunky, exposed ceilings, exposed brick almost like an old warehouse.

Mediterranean
Any style that has its origins along the Mediterranean coast has to be beautiful. If you love bright coastal colors and rooms with an exotic flair, Mediterranean style may be for you.

Modern
This is an often misunderstood style, but a beautiful one with its roots strongly grounded in the arts and architecture. The modern style is a perfect decorating choice for those who like simple, uncluttered spaces with clean lines and a lack of fussy adornments.

Tropical Island
One of the most misunderstood styles, a room decorated tropical island style is not necessarily filled with fake palm trees and Hawaiian prints. The tropical island style is actually an elegant style that celebrates the customs and colors of the Pacific Island people.

Typical characteristics of a Tropical Island style space:
Bright colors and patterns, especially tropical or woven.
Barkcloth, linen, sailcloth or canvas fabrics.
Native decorations such as masks and other carved decor.
Rattan, sea grass, bamboo, cane or teak.
Tropical plants and flowers inside and out.
Hardwood, concrete or tile flooring.
Sisal or jute rugs.
Dark or weathered woods.
Handcrafted items, think grandmas pottery vase hand painted.
Nautical decor.

 

Online shopping!

Favourite online shopping?

Weather your a stay at him mummy, tied to your desk or just love the online shopping experience, below I have listed a few of my favourite affordable online shopping favourites.

Let’s face it, who does like receiving a little something in the post right?

These links have something for everyone. Various styles and something for every budget! From resort wear at ASOS to evening and causal wear at nex direct, basics from cotton on. There is something for everyone. You will even find a few home wares on these websites but for artwork – that special piece, try United Artworks or even get something commissioned by a wonderful Sydney artist who is exceptional at his work. Very talented artist Alessandro LJUBICIC.

I often buy my little ones shoes from next direct and my workout gear from cotton on body which is a brand under the cotton on banner.

I’ve purchased a few evening gowns from ASOS and also work wear from next direct. Whatever your shopping needs, I hope you find something that you like in my top fav online stores

Transition into stay at home mummy.

Stay at home mum transition.

So as most of you are aware I became a stay at home mum – full time approx 2 months ago. After we moved home and intimations change our positioning.

I have had many inner demons questioning my decision.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my child more than anything in the whole universe however I sometime feel I’ve lost a part of me including my independence and self support.

Some of you may question this and ask why do I question it?

Because I’ve always been so Independant and never relied on anyone. Yes I’m married and yes my marriage is strong. In fact it was my hubby’s push for me to be a stay at home mum with his complete support both emotionally and financially that helped me make this very difficult decision.

I guess I’ve always had fear of being reliant on anyone so me giving this up was a difficult decision. I also felt that after a few years out if the work force who would want to hire me? What would I offer over someone who has continuously worked and is possibly younger? Well I know what I can offer and that may be life experience, motherly decisions / instincts, maturity, life knowledge, skill or happiness. I guess we will just wait and see how my life plays out and if in fact I do decide to re join the workforce.

I have however found many others in similar situation to mine. Here are a few of their stories that may also assist you. I know they have helped me to let go of the fear factor and know that no matter what, my hubby will always support my decisions even if I decide to never enter paid employment again.

After all why should we feel guilty about not working in a paid career? I believe raising a little person is the most rewarding career move I’ve ever made. It may not pay in cash but it certainly pays in unconditional love and every day I get to play, grow and learn from a beautiful human being that i made!

http://www.parentmap.com/article/making-the-transition-from-working-professional-to-stay-at-home-parent

 

http://www.care.com/child-care-6-tips-to-be-a-successful-stay-at-home-mom-p1017-q12632256.html

 

http://grownandflown.com/regret-being-a-stay-at-home-mom/

 

http://www.whattoexpect.com/blogs/theycallmemommy/transition-to-stay-at-home-mom-personality-required

Needless to say being at home everyday and getting to share special moments with my little man is the biggest and best decision of my life!

I hope I’ve been able to help you come to terms with your decisions also, if so please write me your story.