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Promptly after declaring myself back from a self-imposed blogging break, I completely disappeared again. I’m a crappy blogger, I know. But in my defence there was another house move, a camping trip, and then well, the impending arrival of this new baby seemed to have siphoned what remaining brain power and energy I had left. Sheets have been washed and dried crisp in the sun. Tiny little singlets folded into neat piles. Breathing techniques practiced for birth.

Then there’s been the daydreaming about creating the perfect space for our sweet girl. And if I’m honest, this has taken up a good chunk of my time. Slowly her room is coming together, but while I wait patiently by the letterbox for the lovely little things to arrive, I’m excited to share with you my inspiration board.

the details – quilt – iviebaby / storage unit – freedom / dream big print – emma kate creative / storage basket – freedom / panda print – seventy tree / cane side table – vintage (find similar on ebay) / drawers – ikea / ‘scout’ cot – king parrot / geo shapes – the minimalist / triangle wall stickers – mur / hello baby cushion – iviebaby / customised birth print – hunter rose birthprints / cane rocking chair – vintage (find similar on ebay)

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Favourite Five Christmas Gift ideas for Mum

1. The Monarchy Necklace – Hard to Find
2. Mexican Otomi Pillow – Urban Road
3. Stackable Jars with Lid – Ferm Living
4. You are my sunshine beach towel and tote bag – Blacklist Studio Prints
5. Moroccan Market Basket – Down That Little Lane

You can find more gift ideas and Favourite Five collections here. Favourite Five collections are not sponsored in any way, they are simply things I have spotted and hearted and thought you might too.

Christmas gift ideas for toddlers

1. This wooden train set from Tiger Tribe packs into a neat little carry box making it a the perfect toddler travel companion.

2. Everyone needs a cape and mask, right? This gorgeous set by Udder will have any little person off to their next superhero situation looking oh-so-cool.

3. Tea parties are big in our house these days. This teacup stacking game is a little bit mad-hatter and a whole lot of fun.

4. The opportunity for creative play with these colourful building blocks is only limited by a toddlers imagination. Stacking, counting, sorting, building – blocks never get old.

5. A sweet little woodlands memory game from the brilliant Dwell Studio.

You can find more gift ideas and Favourite Five collections here. Favourite Five collections are not sponsored in any way, they are simply things I have spotted and hearted and thought you might too.

The Monster and Me: Fruit Bowl

The Monster and Me: Painting

The Monster and Me: Candles

The Monster and Me: Bottles and jars

The Monster and Me: Old Camera

I’ve been contemplating a house tour ever since I showed you through The Monsters room way back in the beginning of the year. But the thing is, his room feels quite ‘done’. I add bits and pieces every now and then and things change as he changes but for the most part the room has a consistent look and feel about it that I love, that I’m happy with.

The rest of the house feels like a work in-progress. And the progress is very slow because Troy and I can’t seem to agree on just about any style of furniture, decorating or otherwise. And now, with a two year old and hopefully another little one further down the track, we have to weigh up any new purchase against potential kid-trashing. So nearly all furniture buying adventures see us return home empty handed swearing never to bother again, especially if it involves Ikea on a rainy weekend.

Thankfully our house itself is quite lovely: full of light and white walls, timber floors and high ceilings. So no matter that our home looks far from a Real Living cover-house, it’s a pleasure to live here. And it probably is worth showing you through perhaps, even if it’s far from ‘done’.

Snippets above are:

//Fenn Moroccan Ceramic Bowl Hamimi // Painting by Melinda Harper a wedding gift from my god mother // Bronze tray from a local op-shop // Recycled cosmetic bottles by AESOP // Vintage camera, Troy’s grandmas//

What about you, are you happy with how your home looks or are you in a constant state of development? Can you and your partner agree on furniture or does it cause arguments for you too?

There’s a certain excitement that the change in weather brings. Anticipation of the long hot days ahead and thoughts of spending hours at the waters edge get me thinking of the fact that my tired bikini needs a desperate update. Here are my favourite five I’m deciding between. Not sure if I can bring myself to buy online though. Can you buy swimmers without trying them on? Any tips for me?

Women's swimwear collection summer 2012 2013

1. Zimmermann
2. All About Eve
3. We Are Handsome
4. Zimmermann
5. Anna and Boy

You can find some more collections of Favourite Five here.

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