Acquisitions | Monochrome Birkenstocks

 

After a short stay in customs jail my comfy, velvety, gorgeous {“super ugly hippy shoes” – Husband} black and white Birkenstocks have arrived!  I ordered from Amazon through a seller in Germany which actually took  f o r e v e r, but still worked out cheaper than purchasing here – even with the ridiculously exorbitant customs charges added on, hello revenue gathering : /

Anywho, I wore the White Gizeh sandals out the other night in a desperate bid to hasten Summer but Summer aint listening people!  Can.  Not.  Wait.  

The #wantneed conundrum

 

#need shopping today

Selley’s Liquid Nails: to fix the stupid handle on Nixon’s Mocka Wooden Trolley that refuses to stay stuck

Cheap nappies: Nixon poos like a champ now approx 7 times per day at least, expensive Huggies are now reserved for nights only

New Nursing bras:  After wearing the same dingy nursing bras for 13 months I decided to splash out at the Farmers sale and get a couple of new ugly bras.  Nix is showing no signs of ditching the boob so we will soldier on with the shoulder snaps

New swim pants for E: He blew the ass out of his old ones, cheers Farmers!

New Flippers for E:  My swim fins from my surf lifesaving days approx 17 years ago finally bit the dust so popped in to Stirling Sports to pick up a new pair

Plastic farm animals: Nix likes to moooo, or maaaaa if I’m being honest.  It’s a fab cow/sheep combo sound that he invented himself!  Maaaaaaa. Found these gems at The Warehouse.

{Not pictured but equally exciting were baby wipes, Dettol spray cleaner and three dog beds for the assholes.}

So, lets preface this post by saying, this is something I’ve been thinking about for a wee while, no, I’m not preaching to the choir as I’m fully aware that I’m the biggest shop-a-holic there is pretty much. So hello Pot, I’m Kettle.

If you’re an avid Instagram user such as myself, you would have undoubtedly come across the #wantneed hashtag at some point.  Basically 95% of my feed is images that I could classify as #wantneed; beautiful linen, $50 baby leggings, $600 hand-woven rugs, models with legs for days shopping for Chanel purses, underground Etsy crafters creating handmade masterpieces that would look so fab on my wall {if I had any room left on my walls to hang shit}.  Even my fave second hand store has an IG account, tempting me with Scandi Bloomingville wares that aren’t even second hand wtf?!!!

Instagram is rad and I seriously love it, but holy hell if it doesn’t make my credit card burn a hole in my wallet every time I see a Needle & Nail chopping board – not that they are overpriced, they are just gorgeous and gorgeous = #wantneed!  I keep thinking of this one IG account, a very stylish mama in Australia with a gang of cute kids.  If I unfollowed her there is a chance I would not know where to buy the hottest espadrilles this summer, I may not know that Kip & Co have a new linen range out soon or I may never have heard of Mini Rodini {GASP}.  

And would any of this matter?  

Not in the fucking slightest.

None of this matters if you have infinite disposable income or at least enough to be able to live with yourself for spending $69 on a baby onesie.  I guess what prompted me to finally get this post out of my head was that viral Momastery post about the lady and her damn kitchen – didn’t we all look appreciatively at our kitchens for about 3 hours after reading that, regardless of whether our backsplash had subway tiles or not?.  Surely this wondrous social media comprised SOLEY of images is doing our heads in, and perhaps our bank balances?  It’s natural for us to gravitate towards the trend-setters, the beautiful people with the beautiful children and designer decor, but maybe this 24-7 access to how the other half lives runs the risk of normalising excess and amplifying the rampant consumerism that we are already mired in?

Nixon’s poor bott is requiring a LOT of attention post-op, lots of time and lots of money are being focused on his nether region and I’m just so thankful that a) I am fortunate enough to be able to give him my time all day every day and b) that we have the money to spend on his medicine, most of which is non-subsidised.  It’s really given me a bit of a wake up call about what I spend money on to be honest.  So that is where todays pic comes from; a flat-lay not of lust-worthy clothes, shoes or accessories, but an image of everyday, normal mummy shopping.  No #needwant items to be seen but plenty that I’m grateful for xx

 

 

 

 

Cool Stuff | Little Ones Care Pack

It’s a fact.  I can’t resist mystery packs that arrive in the mail.

I spied these gorgeous Care Packs around and about on various social media over the past few weeks so when Little & Loved posted a coupon code on their FB page I had to jump on the bandwagon and get amongst the goodness.

Care Pack is a monthly subscription service, delivering a box of curated product to your door for a flat rate including shipping.  Choose between the Care Pack, The Little Ones Pack or The Mum to Be Pack, starting from $30 per month {subscriptions can be cancelled at any time}.

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The Little Ones’s Pack was tailored to Nixie’s age and gender and I was stoked to see a pair of Lamington Merino Socks (RRP$15.95) included, I have been wanting a pair of these for the Little General for ages!  The Rainbow Ribbon book is a wonderfully sweet board book and the Kiwigarden Yoghurt Drops are a hit with both my 1 year old and 9 year old – will be buying these again for sure.

So looking forward to trying out the other products in the days to come – how cute is that little wooden Hape boat?

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PS. NOT a sponsored post, just wanted to share x

What I Wore | Denim & Plaid

I have loved wearing this outfit today; slouchy, comfy, casual but perfect for the office.

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Wool Plaid Skirt: Max (thrifted)

Levis Denim Shirt: Trade Me $6 (BEST purchase ever…..after my antlers of course)

Braided Coral Belt: Macy’s

Gold crystal ring & earrings: Urban Outfitters

Brogues: Number 1 Shoes

Leather sharks tooth bracelets: Takapuna markets

Silver cuff: Gifted

Christmas Post #3: Secret Santa or little gift for that pesky Eco-hippy friend

When I was Christmas shopping for E the other day, I only bought myself ONE present and it was this little gem from Natures Window;

Purse Friendly Eco-Shopping Bag 2

Purse Friendly Eco-Shopping Bag

How cute is that!  $6.95 friends!  It’s one piece and so teeny, made from good quality nylon, it has a drawstring closure and clip so you can snap it onto your purse where you can find it in a hurry – like when you need to whip it out at the check-out and proclaim “NO BAGS PLEASE, I’ve got it covered”.  You will be the coolest girl for miles, or at least in The Warehouse which is where I usually find myself bag-less and alone and struggling with the moral dilemma of bag-or-no-bag.

Sorry about the hair, it’s been raining awhile and even the GHD’s are backing away terrified.

4pm

The nice flip-side of my darling boy growing up and starting school dawned on me today.  I mean, I realise that there are many flip-sides such as the confirmation that Dave and I have seemingly done a great job these past five years and have raised a pretty well adjusted little kid who after being at school for five minutes on his first day looked at me and told me ::very s l o w l y in case I might have trouble understanding:: that it was time for me to go now, he had school to do.

But today….Oh my goodness.  I haven’t had a hair cut in approx 6 months.  I have had my colour done but not a cut, so basically it looked like the remnants of a hay bale stuffed into a hair tie.  I was that girl who entered the salon wearing a hat.  But I left with the best haircut I have ever had.

I figured that it was my duty to go clothes shopping, you know, doing it for all the recently-separated-from their-kids-by-school mothers out there.  So I took one for the team and picked out a new outfit for the Pearl Jam concert tomorrow.  Let me tell you, if you are not a fan of your mid-section or if you straight up hate it like I do, GO AND TRY ON A MAXI-DRESS.  I did, I bought one and I am going to rock it tomorrow.  They are so slimming, the long full skirt just draws the eye down and of course there are no muffin-top-nasties anyway because you’re not being cut in half by your waistband!

After that I met Dave for lunch and we sat poolside at The Backyard and soaked up the sun.  Yes it was sunny.  I promise.  We enjoyed prawn and sundried tomato fritters and split a Backyard Burger.  So good!

Best day I have had in a long time.  And all because I can work three days and make the same hours I was previously doing over 5 days.  Bless you school, I am definitely Thankful for you!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  Here are some shots from Halloween / Thanksgiving 05

Cadbury, let's just put the past behind us shall we?

This is an awesome example of a major corporation putting things right;

Cadbury you have redeemed yourself in 5 ways I never thought possible.  You listened to me when  I told you I wasn’t down with you killing Orangutans (OK indirectly…) to make me fat happy and high on choccy.  I couldn’t believe it when you commented on my blog last week and said you wanted to make ammends, set things right and send me a present!  and then you found me on twitter and whispered the same sweet nothings.

And then today, you (OK  Courier Post) came through with the goods.

Yeah – Cadbury loves me AND DAMN-IT I LOVE YOU TOO CADS!

All is forgiven, I’m pretty sure that I can forget about that whole Palm Oil fiasco, just don’t be putting any more nasty shit in our chocolate again and things will be just fine.

Your letter was sweet though, don’t be mad that I am sharing  it, but I think everyone needs to know that you are truly sorry and are working to make it up to the chocoholics of New Zealand.

It’s nice to have you back Cads

Love Melissa, your BFF xxxx

You're back in my goodbooks Cadbury

Boring-ass Stuff I have Bought that Works Perfectly & Reminds me How Old I am Getting

Fact:  I have been in bed since 8.30pm

Fact:  I am eating hummus, with nothing, just my finger ::::::GASP::::::

Fact:  I have just finished reading the New Zealand Healthy Food Guide November Edition

Fact:  I purchased The Jack Family’s First Freezer today

Cumulative total of facts = I have definately hit the ground running into my thirties and it appears there is no return.

This is the guy that’s got my heart all a flutter.  I knew I had to do something when I came home from grocery shopping and realised there was no way on gods green earth that I was getting 2 loaves of bread, english muffins, pita bread, pastry, 2 packs of chicken and a size 16 chicken into my shoe-box sized freezer which was already bursting at the gills.  Enter Trade Me.  I found my freezer, it appears to be an incredible bargain, is less than a year old and lives in Remuera.  Hell, if you are going to buy second hand whiteware you might as well buy from the best right?  My parents freezer was purchased before I was born.  That’s right people, if you follow along and can do The Math, that means the freezer is at least THIRTY YEARS OLD.  And still freezing shit.  So, I look forward to sharing many fond family memories with my new freezer, fingers crossed he will be around to dish out Flavr Ice to my grandkids.

Another useful and boring thing I have bought lately is;

My Zyliss Can Opener.  After the third crapola can opener in a year refused to open my refried beans last month, I finally did it.  I spent $30+ on a can opener.  This guy was worth every penny, 5 stars.

So, the moral of the story is; avoid whiteware for as long as you can, but if the day comes when you need that bit of extra space to store your reduced meat bargains and your butter stockpile, embrace it, run with it and relish the fact that next time you see two size 24 chickens on sale for $12 YOU ARE FREE TO BUY THEM, no longer constrained by the small freezer, YOU CAN BUY IN BULK.  Finally.

Weekly Wrap-up

  • Best thing this week – watching Twilight in the hot tub with Dave on Tuesday night, I can NEVER sit through a movie, but the spa left me pretty much comatose by the end of the movie so I couldn’t move too quickly even I wanted to + that damn vampire is hot, pasty but hot
  • Worst thing – the pain of my hamstrings after netball on Monday, lets not dwell…..
  • I am proud of; maintaining my diet for 4 days with no cheating and NO alcohol.  Amazing I tell you.
  • What I have purchased:

Conair Glass Body Fat, Bone Mass and hydration scale.

I am on a diet.  Yes indeed, I want to lose 6-8 kgs (13-17.6 pounds).  God that’s a lot when ou write it down and convert it!  So I needed some scales, we have never had any before and these are pretty cool.  They zip electrical curents through your nether regions and tell you your weight (of course) but also your body fat percentage, bone mass and hydration level.  Plus you can set multiple profiles for each user in the house.  I picked these up from The Warehouse for $49.

Jungle in my Pocket Pets

I have purchased 13 of these bad boys this week.  Ethan is “In to Them”.  Whatever, they are kinda cute and it is so nice to see him take an interest in something other than sharks or fishing magazines.  Ethan actually purchased two of them himself with his pocket money (money he pilfered from his Nana’s car).

  • Most delicious thing I have eaten – well this is lame, but as my diet this week has consisted of; rice bubbles, sunflower seeds, pineapple, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, baked chicken, mixed veges and small potatoes, the Best thing I ate this week was……

OMG DAMN THESE TASTE GOOD!   Harraways Oat Singles in the Apricot variety are insanely yummy with only 128 calories per serve!  I had never tried porridge before this week and I can’t belive no-one told me what I was missing out on.  I seriously can’t get enough of these things.  I have been mixing a tablespoon of flaxseed oil with them for extra goodness and they still taste fab.  These oats are going to help me get through the next 28 days I am sure of it!