Enough & More. 10 Years of Marriage

Last night I got really, shitty, stabby, pissed off & annoyed at Dave.  He had cooked and served up an awesome dinner, beautiful chicken taco salads, and as we were cleaning up I noticed the avocado.

It wasn’t really an avocado – more so the remnants of one.  Half an avocado that had been meticulously sliced and portioned and arranged artfully on our salads and Ethan’s taco’s.  Except there was one slice left.  

What the hell?

Who serves up half an avocado and leaves one sliver left in the skin?  Were you really going to save this Dave?  Wrap it in glad-wrap and put it back in the fridge, only to open it again and spread that last sliver on quarter of a cracker?

Oh my god this irritated me beyond any sensible, rational bounds.  It wasn’t a once off, this happens all the time in our kitchen.  Dave will serve some peas and leave 5 peas in the bowl.  F I V E.  The reason?  He already had enough on his plate.  This was also the reasoning behind the orphaned avocado sliver; the perfect amount was already on our plates.  We had enough.  No more was needed.

I cooled my jets and got over being annoyed, but caught myself thinking about the silly situation this morning as we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.

Enough and More is the odd dichotomy that typifies our decade together as husband and wife.  A wonderful, amazing 10 years that have blessed us with many things, most importantly our two incredible boys.

Dave is enough.  He lives and breathes Enough.  He is always happy, always satisfied, always at the perfect level of psychological homeostasis, never wanting, never coveting, always seeking balance and just enough.

I am More.  Always pushing, driving, trying harder, needing to win, be the best, have More.  Dreaming big, setting lofty goals and ideals for everyone, getting more out of today than yesterday.

Dave had portioned out enough avocado, I would have added more.

I think these individual idiosyncrasies and difference in focus, plus our unwavering commitment to the success of our marriage is what makes us such a great team.  I personally am going to take a leaf out of Dave’s book over the next 10 years and start practicing Enough.  Because I already have more blessings than I deserve.

I love you so much Dave Jack, thank you for proposing, marrying and moving to the other side of the earth with me.  Thank you for the best 10 years I could ever have imagined and putting up with some of my worst days and helping me through them.  You are the most kind, generous and loving man any family could wish for and such a perfect example for your two little boys.  

Thank you xx.

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2015. Start as you mean to continue

2015 Resolutions Mummy Blog NZ

We’re not quite at the post-Christmas, New Year reflection period yet, but 2014 has been such a great year for me that I’m eager to keep the momentum going and launch into 2015 feeling focused, motivated and goal-directed. This requires a little thinking about what I want to achieve and how I’m going to get there.
I’ve used the four pillars of health identified by Sovereign as; exercise, eating well, sleep and happiness as my starting point for this wee introspective exercise that will hopefully set me on the right path to achieving my personal goals in 2015.

EXERCISE

Fitting this is first as it’s something I’m tackling  immediately in the New Year.  Training is underway for my first ever Triathlon!  Yes.  Running.  Swimming.  Cycling.  All in a row.  In one day.

So, I’m feeling good about everything except the cycle.  I don’t have a road bike so have been training on my mountain bike which is not ideal but it has wheels!  Looking further ahead, I need some yoga in my life and am hoping to achieve a touch more balance when Nixon eventually stops breastfeeding and becomes less dependant upon me in the evenings.  This will free me up to schedule some evening classes a couple of times a week and place more value on what I need to do for my body.

EATING WELL

Lets just clear the air here;  living on cashews and dates is just not for me, in fact it is so far from me it’s never, e v e r  going to happen.  I like food and I like cooking and I LOVE butter, bacon, chocolate and wine way to much to partake in any raw eating diet.  That said, I am invested in healthy, moderate eating.  There are a few tweaks to be made in 2015;

  1. Increase my daily water intake dramatically – somedays I only take in 500mls!  Eeek
  2. Reduce alcohol consumption
  3. Increase green, alkaline veges
  4. Eliminate my daily chocolate habit
  5. Celebrate guilt free eating and enjoyment of ALL food, when the occasion arises.
SLEEP

Lord, this one’s the easiest.  My husband and I must start going to bed earlier.  Not just landing into the actual bed, but beginning our sleep routine earlier; brushing teeth, getting the dogs settled, taking vitamins {+ in my case medication}, face cleansing routine, reading, playing on the phones………for how long?  Right.  Everything needs to kick off much earlier so we can eliminate this lights off at 11.35pm business.

HAPPINESS

This one’s the deal breaker; I want 2015 to be the year of happiness.  This year I quit an unfulfilling job that was stressing me out and eating in to my family time.  Since then, I have been able to focus so much more energy on building my own brand via my blog and just simply writing.  This makes me happy and it is this route to happiness that I intend to chase throughout the year in 2015.  

I also want to focus more on relationships; building those that matter to me, working hard on investing in quality family life and recognizing those friends that lift me up and make my heart sing.

So, obviously this is no list of resolutions but a fairly fast & loose road map of how I plan to tackle the year ahead.

#LifeTakeCharge, who’s with me?
 

 

Acquisitions | Our Grand Tour Mothers Only Gift Box

 

Last week when I was frantically co-ordinating a rather large giveaway series, I quietly won a lovely prize for myself!  

The beautifully presented Mothers Box from Our Grand Tour, RRP$100.  Full of perfectly curated, organic treats in a handmade wooden box, there couldn’t be a more flawless treat when you’re looking to celebrate someone special.  The Mark Antonia candle is divine, 2015 will be my year of burning all the beautiful candles and taking time to enjoy them and this baby is first on the list!

Thank you so much Lucy x

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Mummy Dilemma #77: Do I need to go to the doctor?

So.
I suffer from hideous seasonal allergies, usually resulting in massive sneezing fits but in particular it’s my eyes that are getting hammered this year. I’ve been making it worse by rubbing them when I get stressed and tired {which is a lot at the moment} and have woken up on numerous occasions over the past two weeks with a completely bloodshot, icky and crusty eye.
So, being the thrifty and time poor mummy that I am, I have tried antihistamines, ClearEyes, cold compresses…..and then I remembered that Nixon had been prescribed some antibiotic eye drops when he was a baby. I of course threw caution to the wind and have been self-medicating, not a thought to the fact that I was dropping expired medicine into my eyeballs! Pfffttt.
As long as I don’t have to go to the doctors office right? I would actually prefer to drop meths in my eyes then go to the doctor’s office with Nixon.
There are approximately 10 million pot plants in the waiting room, all in various stages of dehydration, making their pots perfect, lightweight baby bowling balls. There are about 103 shitty, germy old toys that Nixon thinks he loves more than he loves his brother, toys guaranteed to invoke instant tantrums the second you even motion towards the door to leave. There are also at least 3 hacking cough-ers, 2 grumpy seniors and one toddler who is primed to take an instant dislike to Nixon and any possibility of sharing the beloved toys.
You feel me? You’d stay home and use expired eye drops too right?
Tell me I’m not the only one.

Giveaway | Sesame Street Presents Elmo’s World Tour!

Gah!  I’m SO excited about taking Nixon to see this show next year!  His first stage show featuring all of our favourite friends from Sesame Street!

Elmo and friends are coming to New Zealand in March 2015, playing in Auckland and Christchurch.  In the show, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Grover, Zoe, Cookie Monster and Elmo use the letters of the alphabet to navigate a voyage through imagination that sees them visiting China, Zambia, France, India and Australia. They have fun learning how people sing, dance and say hello all over the world. However, things don’t go to plan when Cookie Monster eats the letter “C” . . .

Tickets are available now but are very limited so don’t miss out.

For tickets to the Auckland shows click here

For tickets to the Christchurch shows click here

Elmo has given us a Family Pass {4 tickets} to giveaway, so head over to our Facebook page to enter, good luck!

A Sunday Catch-up

Phew.

After the mega marathon that was the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway, I am SO excited to return to regular blogging!  Playing Santa was nice but it appears there are hordes of professional prizewinners in New Zealand at the moment, who are in to win errrything.  I hope some people won our prizes who genuinely wanted them or have little people to gift them to.  Thank you SO much to everyone who visited, and perhaps discovered this blog through the giveaways, 2015 is going to be a big year for the Best Nest and I’m so glad to have you all on board!


 PS.  This is totally NOT me getting back to regular blogging, more like a brain-dump and a virtual wave to my old blogging friends!

  • I know you’ve been on the edge of your seats with worry but……. My hair has been raised from the dead!  Yes I know everyone’s hair is technically dead, so maybe I should re-phrase, my hair has been saved from a mega-chop by my sensational hair dresser.  Knowing a full colour would help with the damage, but knowing I wouldn’t want to lose my ombré hair, she and another stylist applied a clear coat colour to my whole head, and then after a myriad of treatments and a small trim to get rid of the breakage I can now run my fingers through my hair again!  Indeed a Christmas miracle.  Jade at Servilles Albany is most definitely an angel x
  • Feeling unusually virtuous this morning, I harvested some spinach and silverbeet from our vege garden and whipped up a healthy green juice with some pear, ginger, pineapple and a few strawberries.  It was the most revolting juice I have ever made in my life!  I have never experienced such a juice cock-up before and fully paid for it.  Had to have some nice white bread toast with lashings of butter and avocado on it to get the putrid taste out of my mouth :::::shudder:::::  
  • We had a shared, family Christmas yesterday which could have turned a bit sour with personal grievances on all sides (aka Family Drama – that’s the nicest way I can think to put it?) but everyone played nice and the food was ahhh-mazing!  Particularly special was seeing Nixon lean in not once but twice to give my awesome Pop some very smoochy good-bye kisses as we left.

Poppa and Nixon

  • I may be the only person in Auckland who’s stoked it’s raining, but water in my tank = $$$ in the bank!
  • I went mental buying Christmas gifts for Nixon.  I realised this as I was wrapping everything this week.  So mental that I, serial over-gifter that I am, actually culled the gifts and we are now are set for his 2nd birthday as well as Christmas!  Dave is both shocked at my shopping prowess and stupefied at my new found sensibility on the gift count.  Just goes to show that after 10 years of marriage you cans till surprise your partner!
  • I requested and received the most obnoxious Christmas manicure this morning, Whore of Babylon Red Santa Red and Gold Glitter.  It’s actually hilarious and I kinda love it!

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I hope you’re having a lovely, relaxing Sunday wherever you are, take care of yourselves and let me know if you catch a glimpse of Summer hiding anywhere xx

 

{CLOSED} 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY | Hape All Season Furnished House From www.thewoodentoybox.co.nz

The Wooden Toy Box NZ

We made it! It’s the final day of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway and talk about going out with a BANG!

The Wooden Toy Box Company have been super generous with the Runna Mini Balance Bike we gave away yesterday and now today we have this beautiful All Season Furnished House from Hape up for grabs! 

Wooden Toy Box Furnished Doll House Mummy Blog NZ

The All Season Dolls house is great for pretend family play all year round. Arrange and rearrange the furnishings and even the roof to match the seasons. The doll’s house features six rooms, moveable stairs, and a reversible winter/summer themed, solar-panelled roof to inspire year-round activities. The furnished set comes with one master bedroom, bathroom, media room and kitchen. Or you can purchase just the shell and furnish yourself. (Adult assembly required. Dolls not included. Dolls sold separately)

Enter via the matching image on our FB page and head to The Bubbalino Kitchen for another chance at winning this incredible prize and making some little persons dreams come true on Christmas morning!

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The Wooden Toy Box NZ

Told you that the prizes were just getting better. How amazing is this one!?

The Wooden Toy Box is a Tauranga based business that prides themselves on being able to offer you a full range of quality wooden toys at permanently discounted prices. With over 400 products to choose from, for every age and stage of childhood, this online store is the business.

Every toy comes with the Wooden Toy Box Promise, ensuring that you and your little ones will have a beaming ear to ear smile with every toy we deliver. We are a New Zealand company and we play by New Zealand rules.

Not only that, The Wooden Toy Box has an environmental conscience too. Aware of their own carbon footprint, and that of their suppliers, they make every effort possible to do their part for the environment. As well as offsetting carbon emissions using Carbon4Good, they are also selective of their product offerings and the suppliers they work with. 

They offer FREE delivery on all orders over $150.00 and cheap as chips rates under that spend. Their website is organised in a very user friendly fashion and you are able to shop based on child’s age, price, brands or category which is a feature I found super helpful when trying to figure out what to buy my youngest child for Christmas this year!

Runna Mini Bike New Zealand

Today we are so excited to have this amazing Runna Mini Bike to giveaway. One lucky child is going to be grinning from ear to ear come Christmas morning! 

If you’re not already aware of the huge benefits that balance bikes give our kids – they teach young children to gain balance, maintain control and build confidence quickly. But more importantly balance bikes remove the need for training wheels allowing your child to progress straight to a two wheeled pedal bike.

Until now these benefits have only been available for children 3 years and over – but not anymore. This amazing bike starts off as a 3 wheeled trike this can get your 12 to 18 month toddler on their first set of wheels. Then from 18 months it will convert to a two wheel balance bike at just the perfect height to get all the benefits of a balance bike.

Then from 2.5 years on they move to the full size balance bike Then on to their first pedal bike to complete the evolution from walking to riding.

Please visit the website for all product details and information. Enter via the widget below. And remember, to visit The Bubbalino Kitchen to add to your chances of being picked for this awesome giveaway!

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{CLOSED} 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY | Nui Organics Kids Clothing & Nescafé® Dolce Gusto®

Here comes Santa!  Wow, wow, wow, today’s prizes are amazing right?

Having options about the food our kids eat, the toys they play with and the clothes they wear are important to us which is why we were SO happy to hear that Nui Organics have launched their New Zealand website  – www.nuiorganics.co.nz

In Maori, ‘nui’ means ‘big’ or ‘important’ hence the name Nui Organics because a clean start is a big thing for a little person. With that in mind Nui Organics uses only the world’s purest merino wools and cottons. No harsh chemicals for children or their planet.

After several years of spreading that message in the Northern Hemisphere, Nui Organics has finally come home, with a website just for NZ & Australia. Of the new Southern Hemisphere site New Zealand born Nui founder/designer Amanda Searancke states, “Our strong and growing Northern Hemisphere customer base has meant the global website was very much tailored for Northern Hemisphere seasons, heavy with winter woolies when kiwi kids need tee shirts and shorts. We are excited for the launch of our new site, providing choice and relevance to our growing NZ/Australian market.”

To celebrate this homecoming, Nui Organics NZ is excited to be part of The Best Nest & Bubbalino Kitchen 12 Days of Xmas. The Nui Cotton collection is clean, calm and simple using some of the world’s finest organic cotton and cotton blends, and we are offering two of our favourites. For girls – the Noemi Dress in our unique Kelp lines colour, and for boys – our Maclean V Tee in Ocean with seahorse print.

Nui Organic Kids Clothing New Zealand

Noemi Dress RRP $41.00

A favourite around the globe, this dress is made for easy living comfort.  Elastic at every opening accommodates limbs, other clothing, toys…..Wear it first as a dress then later as a tunic as the child grows.

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Maclean V Tee RRP $31.00

Easy wear smart V Tee for baby and child.  Nui 100% GOTS organic cotton is soft and breathable with no harsh chemicals to irritate sensitive new skins

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Website – New Zealand/Australia www.nuiorganics.co.nz

Website – USA/Canada/Europe www.nuiorganics.com

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Twitter – https://twitter.com/nuiorganics

Nescafé® Dolce Gusto®- A Christmas gift for coffee lovers

Struggling for gift ideas? The new Nescafé® Dolce Gusto® Jovia beverage machine is the perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life. Nescafé® Dolce Gusto® beverage machines offer a café-style experience in your own home. With a range of delicious flavour capsules the options are endless- from classic Cappuccino, indulgent Mocha, to the exotic Chai Tea Latte. It’s so simple to use- Just pop in a capsule and create your perfect beverage- hot or cold. The funky and fashionable Nescafé® Dolce Gusto® beverage machines are available from major retailers in a range of styles (RRP from $149).  The compact new Jovia machine is available exclusively from Noel Leeming. Nescafé® Dolce Gusto® capsules can be purchased from selected supermarkets nationwide. Be in to WIN! We’ve got a Nescafé® Dolce Gusto® Jovia beverage machine and flavour capsule pack (valued at $175) up for grabs, just in time for Christmas. Nescafe Jovia Coffeea Rafflecopter giveaway  

{CLOSED} 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway | Christmas Gift Cards at SUBWAY®!

Are you looking for a delicious Christmas gift that’s flexible and sure to be loved by all? Are you keen to avoid the Christmas shopping craziness and enjoy the silly season without the present hunting stress?

Subway® has the perfect gift option for you with their Subcards® which can be loaded with any value ranging from $10 to $500. Subcards® allow your friends and family to enjoy their favourite subs all year round. It’s a gift that you can feel good about giving!

If you’d like to simplify your Christmas shopping this year we have 4 Subcards® loaded with $50 to give away to 4 lucky winners. 

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ENTER VIA THE WIDGET BELOW.  FOR EXTRA CHANCES TO WIN, DON’T FORGET TO HEAD OVER TO THE BUBBALINO KITCHEN.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Prize winners must contact us within 24 hours via email at [email protected] otherwise we will redraw.

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