What Mum wore…

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Being a stay at home mum to 3 kids means the days of making sure my heels match my earrings are long gone. Not only are those days long gone, but pretty much so are the heels!!

Now my best accessory is a child on the hip and a nice looking outfit is making sure said child hasn’t wiped chewed arrowroot biscuit on my top or the nearly 3 year old hasn’t wiped his nose on my jeans.

And while none of these things will change in the near future, what can change is my attitude to getting dressed in the morning and hopefully in turn, how I feel about myself.

You know, it’s amazing what kids can teach you if you take the time to listen… Every day my daughter, nearly 5, asks to wear a pretty dress or skirt. I say no for preschool but on the other days, why should I keep saying no. The old saying ‘you can’t take it with you’ is so true. And in Sophie’s case, she’ll probably grow out of those dresses next week, so why not wear them and enjoy them?

So here I am taking a leaf out of Sophie’s book. Why wait for somewhere nice to wear something nice. Because let’s face it… Sometimes those somewhere nice opportunities don’t come up very often. But why can’t that somewhere nice be a trip to the markets with your family or taking your daughter to swimming lessons!

So what is this all about… It’s about my new adventure.

‘What Mum wore’

'What will Mum wear?!'

‘What will Mum wear?!’

A 30 day challenge to post what I wear. Make an effort. Wear beads, wear earrings, oh and brush my hair!!

I’m not very good at challenges. I forget, get distracted, lose interest and usually have 3 kids hanging off me.

But I feel like I’ve hit the bottom of my clothing rut. I’ve pulled myself out a few times but it never lasts long & the usual trackies are worn in winter and the daggy shorts in summer.

Why? Because I’m a tired mum and just because.

But it only takes a few extra minutes along with the time it takes to ‘throw on’ something to add some nice earrings or some beads & bam you can transfer your outfit and how you feel.

A big issue for me about how I look and feel, is my hair. It’s fluffy and I don’t get time to wash and dry it very often. As in never. Unless we’re going out for something special. And that’s, well never! So if I feel better with what I’m wearing, then maybe no one will look at my hair!!!

I’ve long been a fan of the #everydaystyle posts from Styling You and think, I could do that. But I don’t. So now I am. Well sort of…

The 30 days ain’t going to be no Paris fashion week parade. No siree. I’m going to stick to the clothes I have, but just make an effort.

So here goes… 30 days of ‘What Mum wore’ will start on the 1st September!!

And there might even be some treats for you along the way!

Wanna join me…? Please do!!! Head to my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/whatmumwore and once we begin, upload your pics and use the hashtag #whatmumwore

Would love for you to come along for the ride!!

Everything happens for a reason…

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Everything happens for a reason…

I’ve heard myself say these words sometimes. Sometimes I’m a firm believer in the phrase and sometimes I think it’s a load of hogwash.

On Saturday afternoon, the baby moo woke from a nap around 3.45pm. The big kids were going nuts, but playing nicely, tearing around the yard and house.

Hubby said to me, why don’t we take the kids for a bike ride? I looked outside and it was a bit breezy and I said, maybe not as it’s getting cold and the middle moo and baby moo both have bad coughs.

So we went about our afternoon at home, then just before 5pm hubby heard a helicopter. This is not unusual for us as we live near the hospital and the kids often spot the rescue chopper flying over.

But this wasn’t the rescue chopper. It was the Police helicopter, Polair. At first the kids thought it was awesome, lights flashing and all. But it kept circling and then hubby heard it make an announcement which he couldn’t make out.

We shushed the kids and then hubby heard: stay inside and lock your doors. We are looking for a white male, 25 years, armed.

ARMED…. Kids inside, every door and window locked and double checked, and quietly freaking out on the inside while looking normal on the outside for the kids.

The pink moo, nearly 5, knew something was wrong so we explained to her the police were looking for a naughty man and we had to stay inside.

Numerous police cars then arrived at the corner of our street and my freaking out went from 5 to 105.

We searched online looking for details but had to wait for the 6pm news. Police were searching for a man, believed to be armed with a hand gun, seen just a few streets from where we live at 4pm after numerous altercations.

The street next to the bike track where we would have been walking around 4pm had we set out for the ride/walk after hubby mentioned it at 3.45pm…

It didn’t hit me until later that night that had I not thought, hmmmm it’s getting a bit chilly, we would have been there, right THERE at the same time as this alleged gunman.

So I guess on Saturday at 3.45pm, that minute, that decision, happened for a very very good reason.

(The search was called off around 7.30pm after Polair, ground police and the dog squad failed to locate the man. Its been reported he poses no threat to the community and the case has been taken over by detectives. Needless to say, on Saturday night, I still slept with one eye open.)

Bright Star Kids Room Makeover… And GIVEAWAY!

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UPDATE: The winner of the $100 Bright Star Kids gift voucher is…. drum roll please…. Sharee Lockhart!! Congratulations Sharee. I’ll be in touch via email soon. Thanks so much to everyone who entered. Don’t forgot you can still get 15% off until the end of September, just use the discount code: puffpieces when you spend $30 or more!

I’ve loved decorating our kids bedrooms, but when it came our youngest son’s bedroom I’ve been a little bit stuck.

I went with a red and grey theme, but once it was all together I’ve been thinking that it needed something else. And when you’re married to an architect who loves white walls (nearly as much as he loves me!) painting was out of the question!

So when Bright Star Kids* contacted me to check out the new products on their website, I thought what a fantastic opportunity to add the colour to Harry’s room that has been missing.

BEFORE...

BEFORE…

I set out to find something fun and bright, but there was one problem… I couldn’t choose!!!

I honestly sat in front of the computer searching through all their gorgeous wall art trying to work out how I could decide.

After thinking through what was already on the walls, (framed art & canvases) I decided to go with some wall stickers to break it all up. I honestly could have chosen so many different designs!

In the end I decided to go with something bright, colourful and age appropriate (Harry’s 10 months) that could still last him as he grows.

After seeing the combination of 2 wall sticker kits on the website, I chose the ‘Transport’ and ‘Sky High’ kits.

We’ve used the Bright Star Kids wall stickers before and know how easy they are to use, but they were quite large stickers and simple designs for the kids playroom.

This was my first attempt at something requiring a little more thought. Due to the fantastic quality of the stickers they was so easy to apply to the wall, stand back and check it out and if need be remove and reapply. (And there was a little of that, thanks to hubby and I ‘working together’!)

And here’s the result! We are thrilled with how they have brightened up Harry’s room. And of course the 2 big kids now want some for their rooms!

Ta da...! AFTER!

Ta da…! AFTER!

What I love most about the stickers are their versatility. You can arrange them however you like, if your child moves rooms or you move house just remove the stickers and stick them on some baking paper so you can reuse them! (A little handy hint I learnt when we moved house!)

Fantastic quality!

Fantastic quality!

So easy to apply!

So easy to apply!

And most excitingly, the awesome people at Bright Star Kids and I have an amazing giveaway** AND discount code just for you!!

If you would like to be in the running to win a $100 give voucher (yes ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS!!) just head to www.brightstarkids.com.au, check out their awesome range of products then head back here and leave a comment telling me your favourite Bright Star Kids product. It’s that simple!

The winner will be chosen by random.org. Competition is open from Monday 20th July and closes at 9am on Monday 27th July. The winner will be announced on here and contacted via email.

And if you’d like to purchase anything from the Bright Star Kids range, for a generous discount of 15% just use the discount code: puffpieces (a minimum spend of $30 applies. Code expires 30th September 2015.)

As well as all their gorgeous wall art, there’s so many great things to choose from including name labels, bags, and even clothing.

So off you go, run don’t walk! And be sure to come back and enter the competition!

Good luck!

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.

**T&Cs: Competition open to Australian residents only. Only one entry per person.