Friday, December 31, 2010

Picture Attempt

I'm testing out different ways to upload pics to my blog today to see if I can get a nice big one up there. Wish me luck!

Had to pick a random photo to test with, so here's one of Sophie when she tried yoghurt for the first time:



Big thanks to Katrina at media mad for helping me out :)

New Year's Resolutions

image provided here



My New Year's Resolutions this year are to become:

  • Healthy
  • Calm
  • Organised
  • A good role model for my family

What are yours?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Colours


I was hanging little Sophie's washing yesterday and I couldn't help noticing how different her wardrobe is to mine.

Ok, I know it's considerably smaller ;) but what I really mean is all the colour.

Sophie's is all bright clours - blue, pink, yellow, purple, patterns & pictures.
Mine is mostly black.

I can't remember how old I was when my taste in clothes became more about what goes with everything & what is most slimming, but I hope for Sophie it takes a lot longer!

I better start role modelling and dress myself in more colours that suit my mood rather than worrying about the rest :)

Make Over!

So the blog has just had a make over by Katrina at media mad, and as you can see, it's gorgeous!

Katrina is fabulous to work with, here are some reasons why I love her:

  • Her designs are beautiful, it's like she can read my mind
  • She's really efficient, we communicated via email (on the week of Christmas!) and I never had to wait long for a reply
  • Her personality is just beautiful, so happy and bubbly, I felt like she was a friend straight away and we had never met before
  • You can tell she loves her work
  • She gave me great sugesstions on how to make the most of my blog when I didn't even know to ask about them
  • And the big one...she just made everything REALLY easy

We also gave my Twitter profile a matching design, so pretty!

Check out her site media mad and her blog if you are thinking about giving your website a freshen up or new look. You'll love it :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My handbag, Borne Naked style


I won this Borne Naked handbag organiser and I am in love with it.

Look at the before and after pics, my bag is so much neater, and I put the most important things in the organizer, so when I need to change bags quickly I just take that part out and put it in the new bag.








It takes 3 seconds. I love it :)

Check out their website at http://www.bornenaked.com/ if you're interested, or Sussan sells them too.

P.S. This post is not sponsored, I just really like them and think you would too :)

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Testing, testing...

Just a quick note today, have discovered BlogPress on my iPhone and this is my test run. Although I probably don't need to explain that seeing it will put an auto msg saying exactly the same thing at the end of this post ;)

xo Marissa


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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Awkward Chocolate Episode

Today I have a chocolate.... problem.

Let me explain.

Yesterday I had an opportunity to support one of the local schools (well, I think it was a school, or a charity, or something - all I could focus on was the chocolate) and buy some of their Cadbury fundraising chocolate. You know the ones - Caramellow Koalas, Strawberry Freddos, etc...Mmmm.

Being such a selfless person, and a great supporter of those in need, I bought 4 bars ;)

2 for me, 2 for the husband.

Aren't I a nice wife?

So we had one each for dessert last night and I'm pretty sure I was in the running for wife of the year.

Until now.

I just ate the 2 chocolates that were left for dessert tonight.

I couldn't help it, they were calling to me from the fridge!

So now I have 2 options:
  • buy 2 more this afternoon and hide the empty wrappers so the husband is none the wiser
  • make the house look like someone broke in and stole the chocolate, and come up with a really exciting story about how I tried to save them from the robber but had to put the safety of Sophie and I first.

Which one should I go with?

xo Marissa

P.S Whichever way I go, I should prepare for the fact that I will be busted once he reads this post ;)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Christmas DVD Review: "Phineas and Ferb: A Very Perry Christmas"


Ok this show cracks me up. I used to watch it on a Saturday morning before I even had Sophie.


Have you seen it? It's about these 2 kids who are on school holidays and cram as much as they can into each day - crazy, wacky projects on a HUGE scale that always turn out well for them and badly for their sister (who spends each day trying - and failing - to catch them in the act and dob them in to their mum).


So I received a review copy of the Christmas special from Porter Novelli through Aussie Mummy Bloggers (yep, these guys are really generous and very lovely) and set about the tough job of relaxing on the lounge and watching the show last Saturday afternoon.


You know what I loved from the start? They took the usual opening song and scenes and turned them into Christmas versions. Very cute. very funny - they had me from there :)


This is one of those kids DVDs that parents can handle (and even enjoy) watching. Perry the platypus is great and I love the bad guy in it (but I can't remember his name!), and lots of funny one liners as well.


And for the kiddies? The story is great - dramas when the whole town is put on Santas 'Naughty' list at the last minute, then Phineas and Ferb go into rescue mode and get everyone together to help save the day.


I also love that after the Christmas episode the dvd has other (non-Christmas) episodes to follow - that's getting your money's worth.


Have a look for this one in the shops this Christmas, it'll make a cute little stocking stuffer and will give you some time to relax on the big day while the kiddies are watching it :)


Now that you're in the Christmas DVD mood, I'll throw in some good news - I have a Christmas DVD to give away. Not Phineas and Ferb (sorry) but one that kids love anyway - this one's a "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - Mickey Saves Santa". Comment below and tell me your favourite Kids' Christmas movie or show of all time - I'd love to know!


I'll pick a winner and let them know in 2 weeks - so make sure you leave me some way to contact you!


xo Marissa


Christmas DVD review: "Handy Manny - A Very Handy Holiday"


Ok Handy Manny lovers (I know you're out there), this one's for you!


I received a copy of "Handy Manny - A Very Handy Holiday" to review from Porter Novelli via Aussie Mummy Bloggers and as soon as I put it on, Sophie was spellbound!


Soph's been a Handy Manny fan for quite a while now, and I have to admit, I love the show too.


The Holiday DVD has all the fun parts of the show - Manny (of course), the Tools, the citizens of SheetRock Hills (boy I hope I got that right!), the songs, the fix-it projects and I need to give a special mention to poor Mister Lopart, who is one of my favourites :)


I have already seen the Christmas episode on TV but the New Year's one was new to me. What I love about this DVD is they've kept all the good things about the Handy Manny show and added a holiday feel to it, not just Christmas but other Holidays celebrated as well, and it even has a Tigger and Pooh episode as a bonus feature.


I really like the extra songs in this episode too, adds a bit of Christmas cheer :)


In fact, I think I'll be playing this DVD repeatedly over the festive season. It's bright and happy, pretty to look at and lovely to listen to.


I haven't got a copy to give away, but in the spirit of Christmas giving I have a copy of "Disney's Christmas Favourites" up for grabs if you would like to own it - just comment below and let me know - what's your favourite kids Christmas movie / dvd at the moment?


I'll pick a winner and contact them in 2 weeks - good luck!


xo Marissa


Christmas Movie Review: The Search for Santa Paws

So I have been a very lucky blogger over the past few weeks and have received a number of products to review here on marissa writes a blog.

Very exciting!

I'm going to get right to the point when I do reviews and cover everything I would want to know as simply as possible and be honest about it - after all, that's what I expect when I read reviews on other blogs.

So here goes...

I received a copy of the Christmas movie "The Search for Santa Paws" (thanks to Porter Novelli and Aussie Mummy Bloggers for the review opportunity) and sat down to watch it this weekend, seeing it's almost November, and you all know I like to start my Christmas preparation and celebration early :)

My daughter is only just over a year old, so this movie is definately a bit old for her - I doubt she followed the story line ;) but she loves Christmas decorations and LOVES puppies so she was more than happy to give it a go!

I am definately old enough to follow the story and I really liked it. What's not to like? It has Christmas Spirit, a little bit of drama, the kids and dogs are cute (and the Jamaican dog cracks me up) and it even throws in a song or two.

It basically follows the story of Santa's friendship with puppy Paws, the dramas of their visit to New York and the stories of the people (and dogs) they meet and how they affect them.

I'm not telling you the ending, you'll have to see it yourself, but as far as kids' movies go, I thought it was sweet and will be happy to watch it again.

If you would like to watch The Search for Santa Paws, it will be available to own on November 10, and if you're feeling lucky, visit here again in a couple of weeks to see if you can win my giveaway copy :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Get your kids eating their Vegies..

It's no secret I love to cook - although i have been a bit of a slacker over the past couple of months and my husband has taken over for the time being.

I have started cooking a bit more lately though, thanks to Wendy Blume and her book "Vegie Smugglers - recipes that sneak the good stuff in".

I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Wendy's book via Stacey at Sunny Mummy (thanks Stace!) and was very excited when it came in the mail. I'm a sucker for any book, but books that are pretty to look at and make my life easy, those are my favourites, and this one is a winner.

Here's what I love about this book (besides the pretty factor):
  • There's a really big range of meals included, using different ingredients, so not boring at all
  • The recipes include handy tips such as how to prepare the meals bit by bit throughout the day when you have a minute or two spare - so that by dinnertime, it's 10 minutes and it's on the table
  • it points out which meals are good to freeze for an easy dinner another day
  • The recipes have adjustments listed to make it more interesting for adults to eat - I'm a big fan of just cooking one meal for the family, not different meals for adults vs kids, so I love this
  • The recipes are really easy and not expensive
  • There's a comment and rating box for each meal so you can remember later what was popular with the kiddies
  • It gives me the confidence to try new styles of food for Soph that I wasn't sure she was ready for yet - and she's loving it!

The recipe that's been the biggest hit with my daughter is the Vegetable Slice. Sophie's a great eater but loves her bread with dinner - she usually wants to eat all the bread first and then start on the meal. With this slice, she doesn't even look at the bread until it has all disappeared!

So if you're reading this Wendy, thanks for sending me such a great book, it has made dinnertime at my house very easy. Just don't ask for the book back - I'm keeping it!

Has anyone else tried this book? What do you use as inspiration when cooking for your family?

xo Marissa.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Christmas Gift Giving - How to avoid going crazy and broke this year..



Christmas is only 72 days away. Yep. Seventy-Two.


Have you bought any gifts yet?


If you have, do you remember where you have put them? Or is there a chance you will find them buried in the back of the cupboard next Easter and wonder who you even bought them for?


This is one of the reasons I love my Christmas Planner - It has a page for Gift Closet Inventory. At a glance I know what I already have and who it's for, which will save me time, stress and money as I know I won't be double buying.


So let's talk budget. I'm on a smaller one this year for a couple of reasons:


  • We have less money coming in while I am on maternity leave


  • We have more family members and friends to buy for as we are all in baby making mode!

    I wouldn't want it any other way - For me, Christmas is more about spending time and creating happy memories with loved ones than about presents. But I love giving gifts, and I still want to hand out some pretty packages over Christmas this year.

    So how will I cope financially and still make sure no-one misses out?

    Here's my plan:



  • Write out my gift list early - who am I giving to this year? Jot down the $ amount I would like to spend, and any gift ideas I have for each person.


  • Ask each person on my list if they would still like to swap presents this year. After all, maybe they're on a smaller budget too. If I ask early enough (i.e. before December), it's not an awkward conversation - it's giving my loved ones a say in how Christmas will be this year, rather than leaving them wondering whether we are exchanging gifts and possibly causing them last minute shopping stress.


  • Go through my Gift Inventory and assign any presents I already have.


  • Make a copy of my gift list and put it in my handbag - this way, when I am out and about running errands, I can look at my list and pick up one or two at a time when I see them at a good price.


  • Shop online whenever I can to save battling the Christmas Shopping Queues


  • Cross each person off my list as I buy for them - because I just love the feeling of accomplishment it gives me ;)


  • Label gifts as I put them in my gift cupboard so I remember who they're for in the coming months


  • Look at other ways to give rather than buying: Christmas cooking or craft, or using talents I have in everyday life - facials / pamper treatments etc (trust me, it's not a cheesy gift if you actually follow through with giving the treatment, and really focus on making them feel good).

    So that's my budget-conscious-but-still-in-the-spirit-of-giving Christmas Plan for this year.

    How do you organise your gift giving?

    xo Marissa.


    P.S If the picture above is yours and you would like me to remove it, please let me know :)


  • Tuesday, October 12, 2010

    The Kmart $20 challenge!

    So Kmart have issued us Mummy Bloggers a challenge: to take a look at their online catalogue and find items for our families that we can purchase with $20.
    I'll take that challenge - I love shopping, especially online!
    And perfect timing, I might add - I have a 3 hr car trip with the family this week, and let's just day my daughter is not fond of her car seat.
    I currently pack a HUGE bag of toys and sit it next to her in the car to keep her busy. She goes through it in about 10 mins, so that leaves 2 hours and fifty minutes of entertaining I have to manage on the road...
    So let's see if Kmart can help: Can $20 buy me something to keep Sophie busy in the car?
    .....
    The results are in!
    Here's what I found:
    • A travel Activity Set for $15: Perfect as Soph has just discovered a love for colouring in! Should keep her busy for ages...



    • Photo prints for 15c each: I can print out some pics of family and friends and pop them in a little photo album - we'll play a game of 'guess who that is?' - 10 prints should do it!



    • And for Husband and I... a couple of packets of lollies for $1 each: Nothing like a sugar rush to help you handle a family roadtrip ;)

    All up that's $18.50.

    Well done Mum, if I do say so myself.

    Now pass me the lollies and be quiet back there ;)

    How would you spend $20 on your family at Kmart?

    xo Marissa.

    Saturday, October 9, 2010

    Christmas is coming (sooner than you think)!



    77 days to be exact...




    See? Not that long to go!




    Not much time to organise:






    • Christmas Card List


    • Gift shopping


    • Menu Planning


    • Wrapping


    • Parties


    • Getting the house ready


    • Santa photos


    ... and that's just the start of it!



    How are you feeling? My guess is one of two ways - Happy & Excited (H&E), or Panicked & Frazzled (P&F).



    If you're H&E - WooHoo! Only 77 days till Christmas! Pretty lights to put up, parties to go to, bubbly and eggnog to drink, gifts to wrap - the fun is just beginning!



    If you're P&F - Whoa. Take a deep breath. Breathe in... and out. You're going to be ok. Really.



    How do I know this? Because I have been both of the above. I know what it's like to be P&F, but THIS year, I'm H&E all the way. With the help of Organised Christmas and 101 Days to Christmas.



    Just to be clear - I'm not being sponsered to write this post. I actually really adore both websites.



    This year, I have used Organised Christmas to build my Christmas Planner. It's a folder that has everything: monthly calendars, gift ideas pages, checklists, even a week by week To Do list starting in October designed to get me ready for the Big Day with minimum stress. And it's so pretty!





    I only discovered 101 Days to Christmas the other day and I love it already. It has daily messages to inspire and motivate you. This is where I go to get "In the Christmas mood" before I pick up my planner and get to work.



    So this year, I am well prepared. No more last minute rushing around, trying to get things done. I am going to spend my December relaxing, catching up with friends and family and enjoying all the pretty things Christmas has to offer.



    I also have to give a HUGE thanks to Tina from Tina Gray {dot} Me for inspiring me to blog about my favourite time of the year. Tina shares my love of all things Christmas and currently posts about it every Friday on her blog. She's also kindly agreed to let me do the same, so I'll be posting Christmas updates on Fridays as well...



    OK Fine. You got me. This week I'm late. but starting next week, I'll be doing it on Fridays, I swear ;)



    SO....



    How will you be getting ready for Christmas this year?



    xo Marissa





    Thursday, October 7, 2010

    5 steps to an easy bedtime - even with Daylight Savings

    I've noticed a LOT of comments online this week about how hard bedtime is now that Daylight savings has started.

    If you live in an area where Daylight Savings has begun, you may share this pain, or you may really enjoy having the sun out for a bit longer.

    Either way, Daylight Savings seems to have an impact on most of us - good or bad.

    The biggest problem I find with Daylight Savings is (obviously) that it's still light at 7pm when I put Soph to bed. Why would she want to go to bed when the sun is still up? There's still so much playing / crawling / laughing / reading / colouring / dancing etc to be done!

    What works for us? A consistent bedtime routine. Whether it's dark or light out, it works.

    So here's how I do it: Our Daily Bedtime Routine.

    1. 5pm: Dinner Time. I find an early dinner means no witching hour to worry about. We take our time, no rushing and I find she's usually finished around 5.30pm.
    2. 5.30pm: Quiet play before bath. I find this is works best when we have packed most toys away before dinner, leaving only 1 stuffed toy and a couple of books or blocks. Less toys means less chance of Soph getting a second wind and wanting to do noisy, lengthy play. And I have the TV on ABC2 - same show every night at this time, so it fits with the next part of our routine.
    3. 6pm: Bath time. After the ABC2 show's Goodnight songs, we have "Toys away" time - the rest of the toys go in the toy box, and Sophie helps put them in. The next step is really important - after "Toys Away", we close all the blinds / curtains and turn on a soft lamp in the lougeroom and her bedroom. I also turn on a lullabye cd in her room. Then we set out towels and pjs, and run the bath together. I like to do a bath every night because all the splashing and warmth uses up all her enegry and I find she's quite sleepy as a result. She listens to the lullabye cd while she's getting dried and dressed, and we never rush this process - it can take up to 10 mins.
    4. 6.45pm: Milk Time. She drinks a cup of milk, sitting with Mum, Dad or both quietly in the loungeroom. The tv is on really low, no toys out, no bright lights on - just the lamp with all blinds / curtains closed. It's not as dark as it would be at night, but it gets close. If we were going to read a story, this would be the time - in the lounge room, with 1 book, away from the bookshelf where she would be tempted to ask for another. After milk it's time to brush teeth, and then we are nearly done.
    5. 7pm: Bed time. Goodnights, kisses and cuddles, and into bed. No toys with flashing lights, no musical toys. No other chatting, just simple words - "It's time for bed, Goodnight, See you in the morning". Then door closed, and bedtime is complete.

    The added benefit for Mum and Dad is that after this routine, we are calm and relaxed as well!

    How does your bedtime routine run?

    xo Marissa

    Wednesday, October 6, 2010

    5 ways your family can actually benefit from having a cold

    Let me start by saying I am not a crazy woman.

    I hate having a cold, especially when the whole family gets one at the same time. It bites to be sniffly, achy and generally miserable and not be able to delegate the housework and child rearing to a healthy family member.

    But if we have to all suffer together, I think it's important to try to stay on the sunny side as much as possible - so here are 5 ways I have found having a cold benefits my family:

    1. Pyjamas are mandatory: Don't you just love the idea of staying in your snuggly pjs all day long? There's something warm and comforting about the idea of staying in your pyjamas all day. Well, that day has arrived! You can even step it up and add a Snuggie if you like - I won't tell anyone ;)
    2. Shrink your To Do list: Whether it be written mentally, on scraps of paper, a detailed checklist or typed on a laptop or iphone, most of us have a list of things we need to get done for the day. If you and your family have colds, I give you permission to Shrink That List. Here, let me help you. Cross off anything that needs to be done outside of the house. Yes, that includes work, school, errands. I know you are busy. I know you and/or your significant other should "really go to work anyway". But let me be really clear. Most of your workmates, teachers, and the general public does not want to catch your cold. And honestly, most will forget within 3 months that you had this day off anyway. So why struggle in? Next, Forget the Housework. Why make the bed when you'll be jumping back in soon anyway? And as for dishes? Not today. Get the leftover birthday party paper plates that you won't use again (after all, no-one has the same theme every year these days) and use them up today. And don't bother cooking. It's one day. This is where cup-a-soup and sandwiches belong. See? that's two big chunks of your list gone already! Bet you can find more ways to shrink that list if you try...
    3. Embrace Nap Time. If your children are small, this wil be easy. When they nap, you nap. No excuses. After all, it's not like you have anywhere you need to go, and there's no housework to be done!
    4. Now that you are feeling refreshed, round up the family. Everyone's sick which means no one can escape, so family time, here we come! Break out the board games, card games, puzzles etc. Tell your kids (and your other half) that it's not safe to use electronic devices when sick and that you need to find other ways to amuse yourselves. If anyone tries to smuggle in an ipod, put it in the freezer, they'll get the message straight away!
    5. You'll probably be tired after all this family bonding, so go ahead - be a tv junkie for the rest of the day if you want. (Although, you will have to explain to your kids that you lied about the electronic device safety rules.. but you're the boss, so don't let it trouble you).

    So there you go, 5 ways my family makes the most of those annoying, whingy, snuffly, croaky sick days. I'm sure there are many more options!

    How do you make the most of days like this?

    xo Marissa

    Monday, September 20, 2010

    Monday's Mission!

    I am on a mission this Monday to...

    Get my bills and banking in order!

    Here's how I currently file my banking and bill information:





    Needs work, huh?

    Any tips on how to organise it so that my bills get paid on time, and my banking is easy??

    xo Marissa

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    Busy Mum's Weekly Beauty Routine!

    I'm a busy Mum.


    When it comes to my beauty routine, sometimes I'm:


    • forgetful

    • tired

    • lazy

    • and of course busy!


    I like make up, beauty treatments, pamper sessions, etc.


    But I find it hard to:



    • afford them

    • fit them into my busy schedule

    • not feel guilty about using the time for myself


    So how do I make sure I get the time to take care of myself?


    (Go on, you all know me well enough by now.....)


    I make it ROUTINE!



    • Monday: Exfoliate Body (in shower)

    • Tuesday: DIY Manicure (after shower)

    • Wednesday: Pedicure and Eyebrow maintenance (after shower)

    • Thursday: At home Micro Dermabrasion (in and after shower)

    • Friday: Legs (in shower)

    • Saturday: Hair Treatment (in or after shower)

    • Sunday: Face Masque and Eye Treatment (after shower)

    As you can see, all of the above are completed during or after a shower.


    Why?


    For me, it's the best time. The family already expects me to be unavailable for a while, so an extra 10 minutes doesn't make a big difference to them..


    Plus, after (or in) the shower I am warm and relaxed, and my skin, hair etc is in perfect beautifying condition!


    I'm all for multi tasking and saving time, and this works beautifully for me :)


    What's your beauty routine?



    xo Marissa














    Saturday, September 11, 2010

    Tough days...

    A very quick ramble tonight..



    Have a loved one in hospital after a very close call yesterday, so am typing with one hand and crossing my fingers on the other in the hope that tomorrow will be the day it all gets better.



    One thought that has crossed my mind today - it's amazing how having a cute baby around can make the toughest days easier and bring a bit of sunshine in.




    Especially one that likes to high 5 herself in the mirror :)




    Big hugs and thank you's to our family and friends for their well wishes, support and offers of help with cooking, babysitting etc while we work out how to handle the week ahead xoxoxo



    xo Marissa

    Friday, September 3, 2010

    Kreativ Blogger Meme

    One of my favourite bloggers, Amelia from Weddings, Babies... Everything has passed me the Kreativ Blogger Meme this week, and I'm so excited to do it (thanks Amelia)!

    Here's how it works: I need to share 7 things about me that others may not know.

    Where should I start? Think I'll just dive straight in..

    1. I never buy the first item on the supermarket shelf: I always take the one behind it. To me, it's logical, because a) people test the first one to see if they like it (deoderant, anyone?).. and b) the longer use-by dates are always at the back, and I like to get value for money.
    2. If I can't sleep, I like to watch Nigella Lawson DVDs in bed. There's something so soothing about watching her cook, I drift off everytime.. which brings me to #3.
    3. I pretend I have my own cooking show when I cook. Oh yes - I talk while I cook, giving step by step instructions as I go. No, I don't set up a camera (although I may one day, you never know)
    4. I like going to the movies by myself. Don't get me wrong, I also like going with people. But when I am frazzled and need time out, I go see a movie by myself to chill out. I get there early, I always have Maltesars and a Diet Coke (although that will have to change now thanks to "Sweet Poison" and Sunny Mummy!) and I escape for a couple of hours. I don't mind which movie I see, I'm an equal opportunity movie goer. Ooh, and the less people in the cinema, the better. I like to pretend I've booked out the entire session for myself.
    5. I snore. Twice, I have woken myself up with my own snoring. Once when I was in the bath (Note to Marissa, drink less red wine in the bath), and once during a Uni Lecture. I did not stay at Uni very long after that ;)
    6. I love kid's music. No problem, seeing I have a young daughter. Except lately I am finding myself singing to a Play School or Justine Clarke cd in the car.... even when little Sophie's not there. I can't help it, they're so easy to sing along to, they are always happy songs (and I'm one of those happy song lovers - no melodrama for me unless it's in a movie or reality tv show - then I'm hooked)and I get excited when it's a new cd and I realise it has songs on it that I knew when I was a kid (and had forgotten about until now).
    7. I prefer washing dishes to drying dishes. Lucky for me, my husband prefers drying to washing. I married well. Although to be honest, I prefer not washing or drying at all. How old do kids have to be before you can make them do the dishes? I know, Mother of the Year ;)

    So that's my 7! PLEASE comment below if you have any of the above in common with me, I would like to think I am still normal :)

    Now I need to pass the Kreativ Blogger Meme on, a few less than I planned because a few of my favourite gals have already been tagged! Anyway, the lucky ladies are:

    A few guidelines to follow ladies:

    • Copy the award to your blog
    • Insert a link to the person who nominated you
    • Share 7 thimgs about yourself that you haven't told us before
    • Nominate other bloggers for the award
    • Link to their blogs
    • Tell the nominees about their award

    xo Marissa.

    Tuesday, August 31, 2010

    Ten on Tuesday

    Today's post is inspired by this idea.

    So here's my Ten on Tuesday for this week:

    10 websites I visit everyday: (and how / why I use them)**

    1. Twitter : Where else can I catch up on all the gossip fast and blurt out what's on my mind, all while practicing keeping it short and sweet in 140 characters or less :) Plus I also like to follow the celebs and pretend we're friends. Not in a stalker way, I promise!
    2. Facebook : I use Facebook in 2 ways: a) as my 'real life' version of Twitter (complete with pictures and games), and b) to make sarcastic (and hopefully funny) comments to my husband (usually while he is sitting on the lounge next to me), just because it's fun..
    3. Sunny Mummy : I go on and on about Sunny Mummy all the time. That's because she's that good. For a warm, friendly, influence on Motherhood, this is the place to go.
    4. the Sunny Mummy Sisterhood : For all of us Sunny Mummy fans who want more - we all love Sunny Mummy, and for the price of a take away coffee every week, we get to meet and chat online, meet up in person, share stories, ask for advice and chat as a group with the original Sunny Mummy herself every Wed night. Love it.
    5. My Nutrimetics Store : I love this stuff, so I buy it, and I sell it. I do parties for ladies in my local area, but I have friends and family who don't live close by, so they buy their beauty products from my online shop. Shipping is under $10 and it's open 24/7, so feel free to buy some too if you like quality products at a great price. This product in particular, is gorgeous.
    6. You Tube : I love the beauty tutorials. I know people make fun of them sometimes, but I'll admit it - I'm girly, I love learning new tips and tricks, and I really like the product reviews.. Plus you can subscribe to your favourite channels and when you don't have much time but want to veg out, it's like watching 10 minute tv shows so you can really make the most of your time ;)
    7. My Blog : Come on. You didn't really think I would leave this one out, did you?
    8. Hotmail: It's free and it links to my Iphone. Easy. it probably does more, but that's all I need it for.
    9. Netbank: So easy to do my banking now. I pay bills, send people money, nickname my accounts (I have one called Shoe Money), I even save the trees and get my statements online. And the security is amazing. If only I could insert cheques into the computer and have the money go into my account, then my banking life would be perfect ;)
    10. Google: Oh Google. What would I do without you? Aside from all the regular searches I perform in a day, you are so handy when I'm in the car with the Husband, listening to the radio and we are trying to win the "who sings that song" race against each other. He drives, I Google. So I win.

    Now, before you go, I should point out that some of the above are my own pages. Shameless plugs.

    I'm not sorry ;) I really do visit them every day!

    What are your top 10 most visited websites? Post it in your blog and link it to me, or just list them in a comment below :)

    xo Marissa.

    Sunday, August 29, 2010

    Scared of Technology?

    I am.

    Even though I'm addicted to Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, Email, my Iphone, and many more - I still struggle sometimes with technology.

    This week's struggle is my Blue Tooth Car System thing that my husband receievd with his new Iphone (who even knows if that's what it's called?)

    I know it's meant to make my life easier and should help me miss important calls, but to be honest it's just made me a bit paranoid and shy!

    You see, I'm what I like to call an "Easy Listening-In Transit-RockStar". I love songs I can sing to, including kids music at the moment - my daughter is 1 yr old and a big fan of Play School and Patsy Biscoe cds.

    So our car trips are usualy filled with Mum's slightly off beat, out of tune but very passionate singing. I belt them out. I even throw in a few "Sing it with me Sophie!" 's before the chorus of some songs to get my daughter to join in ;)

    Well, I used to do that.

    Since installing the hands free system in our car, I now worry that I'll accidentally a) ring someone using voice control or b)answer the phone using voice control while singing and not realise there is some on the other end.

    Now I worry enough that someone will hear me singing at traffic lights and laugh, so imagine how mortified I would be if my Blue Tooth nightmare was to come true!

    I know there's probably something built in to stop that from happening, but come on. I've seen Terminator. You can't trust technology 100%....

    Plus, I haven't read the instructions. If I had more time to read, I'd be keeping up to date with my online bookclub :)

    So I'm putting it out there for discussion.

    Have you had a bad technology experience? If so, what was it?

    xo Marissa.

    Sunday, August 15, 2010

    childproofing - and mummy proofing - the house

    I can't believe how grown up our little girl is getting!



    She picks up her cup and drinks from it herself, she chat chat chats all day long, she does the actions to our favourite songs - it's adorable.



    Sophie has also learnt how to open cupboard doors. Yes, this is adorable too. But also very cheeky ;)



    I'll admit it - I've been slow to childproof the house. I think I was in denial about how fast she is growing up (too fast!). So until this week, I haven't worried about putting child locks on our drawers and cupboards - which is odd for me, as I am normally the mum who hovers around, worried about potential injuries..



    Anyway, the time has come to child proof, as shown here by this photo I took of Sophie when she thought I wasn't looking:






    This is the moment where I said "What are you doing?" and she looked over and said "Uh-oh..."

    So on went the child proof locks.



    They work really well.



    Too well. I keep forgetting they are there.



    So currently the house is full of banging sounds, usually followed by "Whoops.."


    How embarrassing. My husband thinks it's hilarious :)



    Has this happened to you?

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    Laundry Issues...

    So, it's been raining a fair bit this week..

    Ok, don't quote me on that. It was quite sunny yesterday, but on and off over the past week or so, it's been raining enough to affect my washing.

    Notice I said affect my washing, not my washing day.

    I'm one of those lucky mums who has at least one load of washing to do every day. And there are only 3 of us living at my house. And one of them is a teeny tiny 1 yr old!

    Where does this washing come from, I hear you ask? Or maybe you aren't asking. Maybe you have the same amount of washing, or more, and I should just make peace with my 2 huge, almost always full, washing baskets, because it turns out it's actually normal ;)

    Well, I wondered where it all came from. So I sat down, with my Sunny Mummy Assistant (which I just adore, check it out!) and sorted out which day I would wash which laundry.

    Stay with me here. I know it sounds a little over the top, but it works for me:

    Mon: Bibs and Tea towels (together)
    Tues: Sophie's clothes
    Wed: Dark clothes
    Thurs: Towels
    Fri: Light clothes
    Sat: Sheets
    Sun: Dark clothes (yep, we have a lot of dark clothes)

    See? Totally normal :)

    Anyway, you would think I live in laundry heaven with this well organised, weekly washing schedule. Nearly, but not quite...

    Weather. So unpredictable.

    I hang my washing undercover. All the time. Even on sunny days.

    I do this for two reasons:

    1. Because I normally get distracted by everyday life, and forget it's on the line. And I'm worried something will happen to my washing (not sure why, I suppose there aren't that many people out there who would steal towels and maternity clothes. No, I'm not expecting, I just haven't quite lost the baby weight from Soph yet. Ok, I haven't actually lost any. That's a post for another day..)

    2. If the weather changes suddenly, I can't run out and bring in the washing quickly because it's hard to do it with Sophie (no offense Honey Bunny xoxo).

    So I hang it undercover all the time.

    My problem is, with the weather at the moment, it's taking forever to dry!

    And I can't just stop doing the washing until better weather, because I would be swimming in laundry. Not to mention the effect it would have on my ironing schedule ;)

    So I have been doing my best, taking off bits and pieces as they dry and replacing them with wet ones. It's not as smooth as I would like it, but hey, it could be worse. At least I have a washing machine.

    Imagine how long this post would be if I didn't!

    How do you handle your washing?

    xo Marissa.

    Thursday, July 29, 2010

    And the 'Husband of the Year' award goes too...



    I love a gorgeous bunch of flowers. They make my world so pretty :)

    I was inspired to post a floral pic tonight by my fantastic husband, although I don't think he knows yet... well, he gets my blog posts by email so he's bound to find out soon enough!

    Anyway, I was inspired because over the past couple of days I have realised how helpful he is. He baths the baby every night, cooks dinner AND lately has been helping with / doing the dishes afterwards while I play on the computer. And you know what he has asked for in return?

    Nothing. I don't even think he's keeping score. He's amazing.

    So back to my floral pic. The other day I bought flowers for someone to say thanks for their help. At the time I found myself looking wistfully at them, wishing I got flowers more often.

    How selfish of me, when I have something so much better.

    I don't mean that in a bragging way. I almost didn't write this post because I thought it would come across as showing off. But you know what? I am lucky enough to have a husband that loves me and takes care of our family, so why shouldn't he get credit for that?

    Husband of the year ;)

    Aww, I'm so romantic.

    xo Marissa.

    Wednesday, July 28, 2010

    Rainy Day musings....

    It's raining today.

    Not pouring, not storming, not hailing... just that slow, romantic drizzle that makes you want to curl up with a blanket and dream the day away..

    I love these days. Well, I love them in theory.

    You see, while all I want to do is relax, take it slow, and focus on my blanket and snoozing, I just can't seem to switch off my brain - and as a result I have about a hundred things I want to do to make the most of this rainy day.

    But I only have an hour of free time now while little Sophie sleeps, so instead of trying to cram all of the things I want to do into that hour, I have decided to list them here and simply imagine I have done them all.

    If you need some rainy day comfort, feel free to use these ideas yourself. Either do them for real or just imagine you have and enjoy how calm and content you feel 'remembering' those moments.

    So here we go: Marissa's Top 10 things to do on a rainy day...

    1. Sit down with a big cup of hot tea and a magazine and listen to the rain on the roof

    2. Give yourself an at home pamper session (my favourites are mani/pedi's and I love the Nutrimetics range)

    3. Catch up on your reading / napping (note: blanket and comfy lounge / bed required)

    4. Iron while watching your favourite rainy day movie (I recommend One Fine Day). Trust me, the soft, swishy sounds and heat from the steam of the iron along with the smug satisfaction of doing chores while relaxing will leave you feeling warm & fuzzy.

    5. Sit down with your To Do list and cross off anything that simply cannot be done on a rainy day (that extra load of washing, for example). And don't feel guilty about it - after all, you have still done the ironing ;)

    6. Plan an afternoon play session with your kid/s. Put down a big towel and get out the playdough.

    7. Pop on a cute apron and cook something gorgeous for dinner. I love risotto on rainy days - all that soothing, repetitive stirring that must be done slowly for a good result. And yes, if you want to, sip some wine from a beautiful glass while you stir and just get lost in the moment.

    8. Catch up on your social networking. You don't have to go out and get wet to stay in touch. And don't just have a quick glance on your phone when you get a spare second - really wallow in it if you want to. Pop ABC 2 on for the littlies if needed, then plonk yourself on the lounge with your laptop and open up your Blog, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and Sunny Mummy pages and get into it. If you're worried abut getting too into it and losing track of time, you can always set a timer to remind you when to finish. Ooh, and you can always open up a woolies / coles online page and do your grocery shopping at the same time. Another chore completed!

    9. Organise a drawer, desk or cupboard in your house. Just one will do. Then later on when the house is chaos and the kids are stir crazy from being inside all day, you can sneak off, peek into that drawer and feel the serenity wash over you. Try it :)

    10. Take off any binding clothes and put on your most comfy ones. Pyjamas will also work well here. Change the kids into theirs as well if you like. Then build a cubby with blankets and your lounge room furniture. How cozy is that...

    Ahh. I feel better already. What a great day.

    Please let me know what you do on rainy days at your house, I'd love to know :)

    xo Marissa.

    Saturday, July 17, 2010

    How can I get past 'Blogger's Block'?

    Tonight, I sat down at my computer all ready to blog.


    The setting was perfect:

    House clean and tidy

    Baby asleep

    Husband cooking dinner (thanks honey!)

    Glass of wine at the ready

    Hours of free time stretching out before me...



    So, just one problem: What on earth do I write about?


    Uh Oh. Blogger's Block.


    So, if there's anyone out there....


    What do I do now?


    xo Marissa.

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    Still learning about computer stuff...

    Today I am trying to add a "Subscribe via email" link to my blog.

    It's going ok so far - the link is there, and when people click on it they can add their details and they even get a confirmation email afterwards.

    So far so good. But I don't know if it will actually email them any blog posts yet because I haven't written one since I set the Subscribe link up!

    I guess this post will have to be the tester. I could do with some feedback, so please subscribe! And then let me know if it works. For now, both me and my mum are subscribers (aaww, thanks Mum!) so I'll let you know if we get this post emailed to us :)

    All this makes me think about how far this whole computer technology things has come! Our first computer was a Commodore 64. I used it to play games (loaded by cassette!). There was no email, no blogging, no Twitter, no Facebook, no online shopping. What did I do with all my time back then? And the printer paper had all these little holes on the sides so it could attach to the printer!

    Now it's not just computers, it's smartphones, T-Hubs, ipod touches... the list goes on. And I love them all, even if I don't really understand them :)

    What was your life like before all this stuff? Would you ever want to go back and try living without it all?

    xo Marissa.

    Monday, July 12, 2010

    Not enough hours...

    Do you ever get the feeling there are not enough hours in the day?

    I do. Just an extra hour or two would do.

    I wouldn't do anything particularly exciting with the time, but it would be all about ME.

    A long bubble bath, time to read a book, do my nails... anything really.

    Don't get me wrong, I do these things now - well most of the time.

    And my family is very supportive and would encourage me to do more of these things if it would make me happy - I'm very lucky like that.

    I think it's more the guilt that gets me. The guilt I put on myself. You know, the feeling of "Gee I love doing this but what I really should be doing is....."

    Even now - it's 11.23pm and while I am loving writing this blog post, there is a little voice in the back of my head going "Mariss, you should really be in bed now, you have a big day tomorrow and you need to get plenty of sleep..."

    So right this minute, I am going to just take a deep breath, and let that guilt go. I will enjoy this time I have to myself to do nothing but what I want to do.

    Aahh.

    You know what? All of a sudden I am happy I took this time out. Because now I'm ready to go to bed. I'm ready for my big day tomorrow. In fact, I'm excited about it.

    My two loved ones are already getting their zzzz's, and I miss them. So off I go to join them now.

    Goodnight!

    xo Marissa.

    Marissa makes over the blog

    Well, It's a make over in progress :)

    I have been wanting to pretty my blog up a bit but have no idea what works and what doesn't!

    So I'm trying a few different looks over the next week or so. Let me know if you like any?

    Big thanks to
    http://www.shabbyblogs.com/ for their free backgrounds, dividers, headers, buttons etc - just the style I love!

    xo Marissa.

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010

    marissa brings back the blog...






    marissa writes a blog about bringing back the blog...












    Hi Everyone :)





    I know, I know... it's been forever since my last blog post. I wish I had a great excuse for the big gap but to be honest, there have been a number of reasons, and they are just everyday life things: I've been busy, I was having trouble thinking of what to blog about, I've been tired (still happy, but tired!) and blah, blah, blah... I'm sure you've heard it all before ;)





    But here I am again, and you know what? I'm loving it. Even though I really haven't written about anything in particular yet, suddenly my fingers are flying over my keyboard again (although they are also hitting the back space key a lot due to my poor typing skills and the spelling errors it's causing) and I am feeling back in the swing of things!





    Here are the things that have inspired me to take up blogging again:






    • My husband: My #1 fan. Sorry Ben, yes it's cheesy but it's true. When you say I write a good blog it makes my day :)

    • My readers: I put a quick question on Facebook last week asking if I should blog again and was touched by the positive responses, so thanks guys, it's much appreciated!

    • Sunny Mummy and the Sunny Mummy Sisterhood (SMS): Attention Mothers: If you don't know who Sunny Mummy is, you need to go to this site: http://www.sunnymummy.com.au/ as soon as you finish reading tonight's blog. I mean it! Stacey (the Original Sunny Mummy) is a breath of fresh of fresh air in the motherhood community and inspires us mums eveyday. And the Sisterhood! So many ladies that are so supportive, warm and friendly and who make you feel like you have known them for years (even if it's only been a couple of days and you have so far only met them online!) There's a group of bloggers on there and I only hope I can be as good as them one day :)

    • This website I came across tonight called the blog stylist: http://www.theblogstylist.com/ I have been clicking around on this site tonight and it's so pretty, with so many "how to's" and tips that all I want to do now is give my blog a bit of a makeover :)


    So to keep this new found passion for blogging again up, I have decided to be a bit more relaxed about my blogging style. After all, I am a busy girl, and blogging should be fun. Not that I wasn't having fun before, I loved it - but I was a bit too rigid with it.



    I'll be breaking free of my blogging style 'rules': No more blogging every night, with the same writing style, same titles, pictures, etc - I'm just going with the flow for a while and seeing where it takes me. Hope you still like it!



    xo Marissa.

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