Saturday, 1 August 2015

Inspired by: More and Co

I thought I would start a semi-regular series sharing things, be it art, music, shops, food etc that I am inspired by.

Today it is the wonderful store More and Co (I highly recommend following them on instagram because their photographs are always very lovely). I have long been a follower of 3191, probably since before I started this blog, and MAV is one of the partners in More and Co, so there is a very similar feel to 3191. The store has such a great curated mix of clothes, homewares and childrens toys.

I love images and think I am a very visual person, but there is just so much out there that I can become a bit overwhelmed. I want one of everything, even if I know ultimately I will grow tired of it. I figure I need to start really understanding what my 'style' is, and I think More and Co sets a good example of how to keep things simple and useful, while being beautiful.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015


Two firsts in this weeks photograph, Elroy wearing his little cord overalls I brought from Country Road months ago (thinking surely he wasn't going to ever fit in those), making him look so much older, and a first time sitting in the high chair, which he really seemed to enjoy for the short time he was there.

I am feeling as if this time is going by very very quickly, and I am excited for his  developments, but also a bit sad, because Elroy is really lovely at this age. Fortunately his sleeping has returned to a more manageable routine for me: he is usually in bed asleep by 6:30pm, we wake him ever so gently for a dream feed a little after 9pm and then he is sleeping through until a little after 4am, with another shorter sleep to around 7:15am.

Monday, 20 July 2015


Toes! Initially just the left toes in the left hand but now it's both...and a bit of an out-of-sorts baby this last week, waking up in the night for a feed he hasn't needed for a while now, a bit more clingy and generally not himself. I hope this phase passes quickly.

Linking up with Jodi's 52 project.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Winter List

Making: so many lists and plans and slowly getting my brain into gear. I'm looking forward to the lighter warmer weather, and to re-planting my herb garden, to spending time outside with Elroy while he plays/eats his toes and cleaning out the clutter in the house.

Cooking: a sweet treat once a week for our morning teas, so far I've made brownies, coconut raspberry slice, our old school lunch box chocolate cake and melting moments. I don't know if it is breastfeeding, or just being home a lot more, but I am really craving sweet things at the moment. Also we just got a KitchenAid and I cannot wait to give it a try.

Drinking: warm lemon and honey drinks, I started a while back when I had a cold and still do every now and again.

Reading: the Bodysurfers by Robert Drewe, well I am three chapters in and started it maybe a month ago, I really should pick it up instead of my phone.

Thinking: how much blogging has changed over the last few years, and where I might fit in. I have made a conscious decision to keep going as I always have, because I figure this is my space and I like having it as a place to record things that happen.

Wanting: to go and see the new film version of Far From the Madding Crowd, I'm sure I read the book when I was a teenager and enjoyed it. I just can't remember it. Unlike Jude the Obscure, which was just so tragic and upsetting and rather unforgettable.

Playing: lots of the same music, I need something new, any suggestions?

Enjoying: the mornings, when Elroy has his first nap (which is usually a pretty decent one) and I can tidy the house for the day and then sit and think and pause for a few moments, generally with a hot water bottle held close.

Needing: to get back to the gym, I activated my membership again, it's definitely time, but it is a matter of finding the time too!

Wearing: lots of layers, and i brought a pair of these shoes from country road and they have been so good, very comfortable.

Buying: books for Elroy, but really for me, because there are only so many times you can read Where's Spot? without going a bit crazy, and because I have a very soft spot for children's books. I know there is a box of my old ones somewhere at my mum's so I really should dig that out.

Getting: ideas together for our renovation, because after a slight (try year) delay we are back in that space and I think it is going to be pretty exciting.

Feeling: fed up with winter and anticipating spring.

Monday, 13 July 2015


I don't have a lot of photographs that show it, but Elroy is a very happy baby, he smiles at everyone and really likes to see people's faces and to interact with them. He also smiles with his eyes and it is really lovely to see.

Linking in with Jodi's 52 project

Friday, 10 July 2015

Seven things: for me

A few things on my list for me right now:

1. Aesop hand balm and parsley seed anti-oxidant hydrator  - because I've almost run out!
2. Bateau Stripe Tee - for everyday wear, I like not having to dress for work.
3. Sound and Color by the Alabama Shakes - I played this album on spotify so many times when Elroy was tiny and so I think it will be nice to have in on vinyl for the future as a reminder of that time.
4. Gorman socks - because well, I love socks!
5. Abby Seymour stacking rings - with a baby I've found it is impossible to wear necklaces, earrings and even a watch. But nice simple, and beautiful stacking rings, I could get away with that.
6. Rachel Castle 'You + Me' print - see socks, I love Rachel Castle.
7. Design Letters eggcups - because sometimes I just want a soft boiled egg for lunch to dip toast into and we don't have any egg cups.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015


A cheeky, smiley face that frequently greets me when he wakes from his  sleep, he is such a happy boy this baby of ours. Also he has moved from his bassinet to cot now. I feel a bit sad about that, the bassinet was the same one my mum used for me as a baby and has been used throughout her family over the years, but Elroy had grown too big for it so we had to move him on. Fortunately that has been a smooth transition.

I'm slow posting this week because it's been tough. Maybe the toughest one so far, Matt has had the flu and I've been trying to keep things going, but I am tired and cranky. I am so glad to have such a wonderful, caring partner to help me with Elroy and the house. I had not realised how much he supports us. Hopefully we have turned the corner and we can have a nice weekend together.

Linking in with Jodi's 52 project