Crisis of confidence…

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So hubby and I were going out last Saturday night. Saturday morning, I decided I had nothing appropriate to wear. As in NOTHING. We rarely venture out at night, let alone in (nearly) Winter. I had an hour up my sleeve between having friends over & taking the middle child to a birthday party. I walked into Westfield full of hope and was ready to tackle some speed shopping. I literally went into EVERY farking shop in the damn centre. I ended up back at the old faithful Country Road & spent too much time looking at striped tees. Put the stripes down Ami & back away. I tried on a few things. Nothing was right, so I left & wondered if I had some ‘dressy boots’ I’d feel better. Ventured into DJs and was overwhelmed with boots and people, took a deep breath and left.

Meanwhile I was doing what every gal does, I was madly messaging my BFFs. They were both so kindly throwing their wardrobes at me! I kept thinking I wish I had the time to go over & raid their wardrobes.

With no outfit plan hanging over my head, I took Ben to his party and tried to forget about my clothing dilemma for 2.5 hours. After the cake had been cut, and party bags handed out, we raced home, I threw Benny out at the bottom of the driveway and headed to Myer. I was going to find some boots & throw an outfit together at home.

Nothing grabbed me so I headed for the clothes. I grabbed a few dresses and went into change rooms. I tried them on. And then I cried. I sat in the Myer change rooms and cried. I cried because I was tired. I cried because nothing felt or looked right. I cried because over the past year I have put on 10kg. I cried because I actually feel really shitty about myself. I was out of energy and I was out of time.

Thank goodness for BFFs!

Thank goodness for BFFs!

It then dawned on me that one of my BFFs houses was between my place & mums. Emergency message to mum to collect some clothes on her way over to look after the kids.

I got out of the shower and held my breath. Dear god please let something fit me. And it did. I wanted to cry relieved happy tears, but I already make up on so I kept my shit together.

We ventured out, I felt pretty good and was comfortable. Downed a quick couple of Moscato’s and was feeling much better.

But it really dawned on me how important it is to feel good about yourself. My wardrobe has morphed 100% into a ‘mummy wardrobe’. And why shouldn’t it, I am after all a full time mum. But along the way I have completely lost myself. The weight has crept on, and it needs to bugger off. I’m an emotional eater… and the last 12-15 months have certainly been full of some overwhelming emotions.

No one but myself can kick my butt into gear. I get the polite comments, oh but you look lovely, there’s no way you’ve put on 10kg. Well meaning and lovely. But it’s how I feel in myself. Most of, ok all, my clothes are tight. It’s disheartening and frustrating.

I’ve started at least 4 times this year on a ‘weightloss journey’ (ugh hate that term!). And who knows if I’ll stick to it this time. Only time will tell.

Father’s Day Review: Bright Star Kids!

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Bright Star Kids t-shirts!

Bright Star Kids t-shirts!

If your household is anything like mine, you’ll feel my pain… 3 kids… 2 boys. 2 very active boys. Do your walls get a constant work out? Fingers run along them. Dirty hand prints all over them. CARS ‘driven’ with great gusto across them like they’re tearing down the freeway?

Stuck for a Father’s Day gift idea this year?

And what does that have to do with dirty walls?

Well thanks to Bright Star Kids the kids can give the walls a rest and ‘drive’ all over dads back (or play the drums if that’s more their style!) with their fantastic Father’s Day t-shirts!

What I love about this gift is that it involves the kids too!! John enjoyed chilling out and having a car massage! Despite the usual carry on between the kids!!

Crazy kids!

Crazy kids!

My daughters style is more quiet craft, than crazy wall car driving, so she loved chilling out with her dad in her very own personalised t-shirt too!

The great thing about the clothing is all the different options. From bibs, to onsies to t-shirts. Not to mention all the different designs and colours.

Plus they’re not just for dad! There are Grandpa options too! And because you personalise it, if your kids don’t have ‘Grandpa’ but maybe ‘Oupa’ or ‘Poppy’ that’s no problems at all. The hardest part is choosing!

I’ve been fortunate enough to do a few product reviews now with Bright Star Kids. And I’m very happy to report that they’re website is always easy to navigate and should you have any questions their staff are fabulous and friendly.

So stop trying to think of the perfect Father’s Day gift and run don’t walk to www.brightstarkids.com.au

Never work with children...!

Never work with children…!

The boys enjoying the race track t-shirt!

The boys enjoying the race track t-shirt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sizing information: I followed the guidelines on the website. John is wearing an XL and to be honest, it’s a little snug which is a shame.

I would have also liked to see the print slightly further down the t-shirt.

Sophie is wearing a 6 and it was perfect. She’s currently a size 6/7 in most kids stuff so this was a great fit!

Links to the products:

Father’s Day Clothing

Road Massage t-shirt

Sophie’s t-shirt

(This is a sponsored post, thanks to the lovely people at Bright Star Kids who provided us with the 2 t-shirts. All opinions expressed are my own.)

I heart Frankie

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If I was going to have another baby, I’d have a girl, and her name would be Frankie. Given that a fourth child is NEVER happening for us, I’ve bought a little Frankie into my life another way.

I’m always complaining of sore feet. I’m on them all day. Washing up. Making little people food. Standing up eating at the bench. Hanging out washing. And then there’s the school pick up. Our new routine. It’s a big school. K-12. That’s a lot of cars picking up lots of kids. Which means to get a park near the school you need to arrive ridiculously early!

And so the walk to the school, 5 days a week, has had my little feet aching more than usual. I know, cry me a river. But when you spend all your time in stupidly flat thongs, I’ve really got no one to blame but myself.

If only I got to put my feet up all the time!!

If only I got to put my feet up all the time!!

Enter Frankie into my life. Frankie4 Footwear that is. OMG. I’ve been eyeing these shoes off for months and months, reading others reviews and raving about them. And now I know why. Goodness, gracious me, are these Frankie’s comfortable!

I was originally going to get some sandals but the local podiatrist that stocks the brand only had shoes. And apparently comfy lace up shoes can be worn with shorts these days! Styling You and BabyMac say so, so it must be ok!

And so I’m now the proud owner of a pair of ELLiE’s!

I’m still contemplating a pair of sandals, if only I could choose which ones!!!!!

Honestly though, if you’re a busy mum, or just on your feet all the time and would rather stay in your slippers all day… Well these shoes are for you!!

For all the info and technical stuff behind the shoes you can check out their website HERE.

This is NOT a sponsored post, more a community service announcement.

You’re welcome. xx