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In this blog I will write about everything that has to do with being a mum and a woman. It will be about my personal experiences as well as about things that I find interesting and which I want to share. It will also be about my faith in God. Please let me know that you visited my blog, by posting a comment.

Friday, November 11, 2011

After the rain

Saturday 1 October 2011

Today it is a very rainy day and I can hardly believe that the weather forecast for tomorrow seems to be sunny according to my husband.
We’ve had lovely summer days this week, in which I sometimes felt too warm.
But I enjoyed sitting in the backyard watching Yovannah splash around in the paddling pool and having great fun.






And sitting in the park while Ixora was feeding the ducks and watching the kids enjoy themselves on the playground.




















But it has been raining since yesterday now and everything is getting wet.
The double buggy in front of the house ,the little slide in the backyard, the bikes and everything else that has been left outside.

And we are getting wet when we go out of the house to do a few things.
But that’s okay. Those few rain drops falling on us won’t kill us.

I’m certain that some day the sun is going to shine again.
Just as I know, things will get better for us.

I hardly earn anything with my AVON business. I'm actually having some payment issues with a couple of reps. They haven’t paid for the products that they received and I’m left with their debts. Our Child benefit payment was suspended last month.
And although we had a reduction in the rent our house might be too expensive to keep since our housemate is moving out today
And there are bills and things the kids need, medical care for the kids.

But I have hope. Hope in the God Who promised to provide in all my needs according to His riches in glory. Hope in the God Who can do much more than I can pray or think.
He has an answer to all of our needs and I’m certain that He will take care of us like He promised that He would.

I’m certain that after a bit of rain. The sun will shine in our lives again
Because after today, there is always a tomorrow.
Glory to God !

Seek first His kIngdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.



Love and blessings,

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Missing in Action


My toothbrush has gone missing and I think I know where it is.
Someone took the ‘plug thingy’ out of the sink in the bathroom and there’s a good chance that my beloved toothbrush ended up in there.
I also think that I know who the culprit is. Of course I have no proof but there’s a certain someone in this household who is known for letting items disappear through the bathroom sink and there’s a good chance that she has been busy again.
I haven’t seen it for 3 days now and don’t expect to see it again and if I do, I doubt it will be usable.
Does this mean that I haven’t been brushing my teeth lately? Correct. I haven’t brushed them. Just for the idea probably I used my finger and a whole lot of toothpaste.
But since in the activity of tooth brushing there is an actual brush involved I haven’t really been tooth brushing, no.
So it’s really time to get a new toothbrush now.
I can’t believe that I have to buy another toothbrush again. My last one had disappeared as well and then I purchased this one.






I was planning to write about it after I first tried it, since I was so amazed by its qualities.
The package said that it had a massaging function and so I tried it out and used the brush to massage my gums. It felt wonderful and made me feel good about myself at once.
I felt healthy in a way. I felt great because I was taking proper care of myself, of my teeth to be precise. And I’m actually not someone who goes to dentists etc. (yeah I know really bad) so this really made me feel good and responsible, believe it or not.
It amazes me that a simple thing as a tooth brush can do all of that. LOL

Hmm so I got to try to get another one like this one. And remember to put it in the cupboard every time after I use it. Aaaargh…..

Maybe, I can better buy a few of them…

Just in case…..

Friday, August 12, 2011

Beauty Always

It's five minute froday again. Here's another try. We're writing about beauty.

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She was born with beautiful skin, a beautiful creation by God. But she must’ve been two/three months old when her skin started to change. She cried and scratched her face. We put her tiny hands in socks. It was heart breaking to see her cry. Nothing we could do.
Now 6 years later, we’ve passed the nights of waking up crying and scratching. She has used so many creams that her skin has become thin because of it.
And lately her skin is getting worse. We’re considering to relocate so she can have better medical care.
Her skin might still be in poor health but her beauty inside will always remain and one day I’m sure God will give her a beautiful skin again because there is nothing that He cannot do !
Stop





Yesterday I talked to my mother on skype. She said that she was worried about Ixora but that we need to keep believing and yes we will.
Gods grace is sufficient. It’s all in His hands and there’s nothing that He cannot do.
She loves princesses, tiara’s and beautiful princess dresses and to us she will always be our little princess.
Good skin or not.


(Ixora last Christmas)



Love you Ixora. May God bless you and heal you completely from every allergy, every eczema, every skin problem in Jesus' name. And may your hair continue to grow and may your life and your story glorify the name of God. Because you were created to glorify His Name !


Join me and others and write for five minutes and link back to The Gypsy Mama



Love,





No longer an employee

Yesterday I sent a resignation letter to my employer. This means that I will not be returning to work in September as I originally planned.
After I sent the letter I sent messages to two people whom I want to purchase things from for Nevaeh-Divine. LOL
I barely have any money coming in, but I believe that God will provide. Because He promised that He will.
I’m not sure what’s next but I know that it’s going to be good.
We’re thinking of moving back to the Netherlands for a while and so I’m probably going to work again next year.
I’ve seen an advertisement from the same company I work for but than in the Netherlands so I might apply but I don’t want to start straight away.
And we’ll have to look for a house but there are two houses from family which could be an option.
We don’t really want to leave here but there is probably better medical care for Ixora and there are a few other pluses like I can finally try to finish my law study, as my father would’ve liked me to do.
Even though he is no longer with us, I want to make him proud and I know he really wanted me to finish my study.

Also it will be good to be close to family and friends again. It isn’t definite yet, but now that I no longer really work here, the chance is very big that we might move back in a few months.
So we’ll be here for some more months at least. For a moment, I thought ‘oh no I’m unemployed now’ but I had to remind myself that I’m actually self –employed LOL even if I don’t see that much money coming in.(yet)
And oh boy, I am now joining all those other SAHM ‘s (okay rather WAHM’s) something I wanted so much but didn’t believe we could afford. Oh well, I didn’t really have a choice.
My employer couldn’t give me less hours. Not even 4 hours per week less, no parental leave at all, because they have a lack of personnel. And we would then need childcare for all three kids for a couple of hours in the afternoon.
So I didn’t really have a choice, but I believe that we’re going to be alright.
By Gods grace we will. Because He promised to supply in all our needs according to His riches in glory and I’m going to stand upon that promise and have all I need. Amen?
After my additional maternity leave started and I didn’t really have an income anymore, it was quite hard. I wasn’t used to not having money anymore, not being able to buy stuff, bills not paid.
I couldn’t wait to go back to work just to have money, especially because I wanted to buy things for the kids and wanted to be able to do things with them.
Now I’m more used to it. I’m taking it easy now, trusting the Lord.


Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.
And now that I’m not going back to work, I’m actually quite happy because if I’m honest I love being a mom and I’d rather have the chance to mother most of the time than to work 40 hours per week. So I’m happy I can do that for at least a few more months.


So what am I planning to purchase now?
Nevaeh is almost 6 months and we’re finally going to start spoon feeding her so I want to get her a bumbo seat with tray. I wanted a bumbo seat ever since Ixora was a baby but I found them much too expensive so I never got one but Nevaeh is already sitting even though she gets tired after a while and can’t sit for long so it would be ideal for her.




This baby reminds me of Nevaeh-Divine a little bit. (apart from the hair)



I can’t wait to start her on solids because she seems so hungry lately. Poor kid.
And then she seems quite bored as well. She grabs everything to try to play with it. So also something I never had for the other kids: I want to get her an activity centre or rather the Graco Fun rock Entertainer.





Well, I hope it works out. I’m buying them second hand of course.
I hope to have them both by next week and that she will really enjoy both of them.
(I will post the rest of my wish list soon.)

Have a great weekend.

Love and blessings,




Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Car boot sale

I have a baby bath on wheels! Yay!
After hearing from a couple of people how busy the car boot sale at the Tallaght Stadium is, hubby and I decided to give it a go last Saturday.
I had put together a few things which we no longer need and also took some Avon stock with me.
We arrived there before 8 o’clock and there were already people roaming around in search for bargains. They came straight to our car after we parked it, curious to know what we had to offer.
I hardly got the chance to unpack. It was really a bit crazy and funny.
Later on it was less busy. It lasted until 1 pm which was a quite a long time and I must admit that it is quite busy and even though we didn’t sell a lot, it was much more than I ever did. We must’ve sold about 65 euro.
I also got a few representative leads, which is why I started doing markets at the first place.
We sold more AVON than our own stuff.
Especially the perfumes and the fragranced deodorant rollers went quite well and then some other things like watches, hand creams and a manicure set.
There were people with crazy offers which I couldn’t agree with. There’s no way I would sell AVON stuff below the price that I purchase them but I did make a few deals with customers just as long as I didn’t really lose money on it.
There was one Bench watch though I had for some time and that one I really went below the price I bought it but that was because I just wanted it to go since no one was using it.
I was really excited to go to the Car boot Sale at the Tallaght Stadium, also because I hoped I would find lots of things that I have on my wish list.
We ended up getting a few toys for the kids. And I got a blouse for 50 cents. I asked hubby to check out the price for a castle I saw and he came back with the castle and a whole pony collection .So the kids have nothing to complain. (Ixora is currently playing with the pony’s)
I found a lovely skirt for Ixora and a set of Disney books. The skirt for 1,50 and the books 6 for 1 euro.
And then my biggest bargain and an item of my wish list : a bath on wheels for Nevaeh-Divine.
It’s a changing unit with storage at the same time but really light so it will be easy to get it in and out the bathroom. God is good ! I ended up paying 10 euro for it.
I can’t wait to use it. Since we don’t have a bathtub in this house I really needed a second bath as I prefer not to bathe the baby in the same bath as my bigger girls.

Now still a few more items to go. Hopefully Nevaeh’s child benefit application will be approved soon.

Because she wasn’t born here it took some time before I could apply and then they apparently lost the form and I needed to apply again.
So hopefully that is settled soon and that we’ll also get the payments for the past months.
Since I’m not really working lately (I’m not getting much out of my AVON business yet) I really need it to get some stuff for Nevaeh and the other kids.
But for now I can’t complain with getting one thing of my list. Yay !
I hope we’ll have lots of fun with it.
I just got to put it together now.
I hope there are no missing parts…..God please…


My camera is broken snd I don't know how to get images from our handycam on my laptop yet, so I searched for a picture online.

It looks like this one a bit




but is actually a Babylo so as this one but then with blue accesories like the one above.




I'm so happy with it. It's really a bargain looking at the price it normally would cost. Glory to God ! He knows just how to provide in our needs and gives us the wishes of our hearts.


Love,








Friday, August 5, 2011

He makes me Whole




It's been a while but today I decided to join The Gypsy Mama again, writing for five minutes without editing, just whatever comes up.

Today we're writing about ; Whole.

Here it goes.

Whole

Is a word which immediately makes me think of God as there is nothing and no one in the world that can make me whole the way He can.
He is my creator, He knows me deep within. He knows my flaws, my weaknesses and my strengths. He knows what to do to make me complete, to make me grow and excell above my own expectations.
By trusting Him and allowing Him to lead me always, I become that complete person, whom He has destined me to be.
I am apart of Him. He breathes His life in to me, moulding me each time to look more like Him. He is the gentle Friend, the Lover of my soul, the One who makes me whole.
He knows just what I need and will never stop to heal me, to deliver me, to nourish my soul.

Stop.

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Just follow the below rules.

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Love and blessings,

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Trying to find the balance

So I think it’s time for an update. After writing the last post my next thought was: I just need to have a better balance.
For some reason the nanny thing never worked out and I’ve given up on it for now. But we still have a cleaning lady who comes to clean now and then,(once a week or every other week) but she is on a holiday at the moment.
And I’ve decided to put family first as much as possible. So now I have days where I do nothing for my business or almost nothing, especially the weekends and then Tuesday and Friday as little as possible. `I can't say that it works perfectly but it is starting to work a bit better.
I still appreciate having a home business as you can choose your own hours and you are your own boss. You can put in as much or as little effort as you like and you can put your family first.
Now when a rep calls on Friday and asks if I can go by on Saturday, I say No but I can come on Monday. I think this is really an improvement. I don’t feel consumed by my business anymore.
I work mainly mornings when my husband is home and after that it’s cleaning, cooking and spending time with the children. Only some days there is still some admin work to do.
Still I need to work more on having a good balance, time management and routine but I’m feeling better about it now. Thank God!

Last week my oldest daughter and I made a chore list together. It’s wonderful because she likes the idea and it is useful help for me. She earned one hour extra tv time, an ice lolly and two sweets by doing 5 chores. She helped to clean the living and dining room, put toys in the toy box, put shoes in the hall and tidied up there, helped with the dishes and cleaned the tables. I hope we’ll keep this going. I’m really happy with it.

Still life is quite busy. I would love to have enough time to do things for God, have time for my family, earn money and still have enough time to do the things that I like like writing in my blog, scrapbooking etc. and really enjoy life. I’d love to have time for cute home projects like planting etc. Somehow I'm sure I'm going to get there. I just have to try to plan better.

And talking about doing things for God. I miss being in the praise and worship ministry in church, I miss leading the worship and teaching in the cell group but one Sunday I ended up doing kids ministry. We were a bit late and they didn’t have a lot of leaders and when I went in with Yovannah a boy stretched his arms out to me and I picked him up.
They said that they were planning to let parents stay with their kid when they came from a certain time and when I asked if I should stay they said ‘if you want to’.
But kids were crying and it seemed to be a lot to handle for the two leaders that were there vat the time so I decided to help out. Later another leader came.
It was a nice experience so I might volunteer to help out more often. A few kids somehow came to me and one leader said that I’m a natural. LOL
I will pray about it and will try to find a balance with everything else that I want to and need to do.
And by Gods grace, I know I will find it.

About earning money: the best way is by doing something that you absolutely love and that really fits you and fits well in your life.
I love to watch Kimora Lee, Life in the fab line. I like it mostly because of the parts with her kids. But I hope to become a fashion designer one day too. But mostly for kids clothes. But there is so much more that I like to do.
And right now it’s just about making the right choices. So I’m happy that I don’t have to choose alone. Because God knows it all and He sees the whole picture. He knows which step is best.
So I need to stay as close to God as possible and open to hear His voice so He can lead me to take the right steps.
Do you have dreams for the future? What are they?
Let’s not give up on them. They will come true …one day…..

Have a great weekend and Gods richest blessings….

Sunday, June 12, 2011

HELP... I need a nanny...

I can't believe it's been over three weeks since I wrote in my blog. Things have been so busy that I didn't even get to make time to blog.


A new season for me meant having my own business.
Yes, I already was an AVON representative but becoming an AVON Business Developer is something totally different. There's much more work involved: a lot of admin ,a lot of driving to meet reps and deliver orders and books to the reps and a lot of training, recruiting and searching for ways to grow my business.(since it's the only income I'll be having for now)
It's exciting but can be so consuming at the same time.
I'm still trying to figure out if this is really something for me.
Yes, ir does give me the opportunity to be home while working.
I can do my admin work with one child on my lap. I can take a short break just to change a nappy or make a bottle.
But on the other hand your home and work are all mixed up. You can't leave your work at the office and then come home to focus only on your kids like you do with a normal job. It's like you have your work with you all the time.
Even though I'm planning days off on which I don't work or do as less as possible. Somehow it stays on your mind sometimes.

And ofcourse there's even less time for house work and then there are times that I have to deal with deadlines and the kids have to wait.
So the truth is I can't do it all by myself.
I need a mommy helper, a nanny , a house keeper. Someone to mainly do the house work but also mind the kids when I have to work or at least help with one of them. Someone who can play with them and give them some love and attention when I can't for a little bit of time in a day.


I love searching on internet. If you search well and long enough you will normally find the answer or the information that you are looking for.
So lately I've spent a lot of time surfing and reading on the internet.
Especially for my current 'job' to find tips etc. And I've been searching for a nanny.


It's a strange idea and in a way I wish I didn't have to but I'm grateful that I don't have to work fulltime and put the children in a creche or with a childminder. Maybe one day hubby will earn so much that I won't have to work....We'll see.

But we also want to buy a house one day and so for now I 'm planning to seriously make an effort to get as much as I can out of my role as an Avon Business Developer and with the grace of God, I believe that I will be succesful.


I've found a website online and found a woman we are interested in.
I hope all goes well and that we can come to an agreement.


Then we have to get her room ready and get the girls room done and then I've got myself a mommy helper.

Sigh....

That will be such a relief, because it's hard not to get stressed nowadays.

So wish me luck.

Do you work from home ? Do you have paid or unpaid help ?

I'd love to hear about your experiences.

I still love writing so I'm going to try to squeeze in time to write on here regularly.

Have a great Sunday.


Love,

Friday, May 20, 2011

New things, new beginnings

It's time for five minutes of writing without editing again.
Joining The Gypsy mama.





Today we're writing about :

When seasons change
.

Thinking about this and writing for 5 minutes, this came out.


when seasons change something new begins.
No matter where we are in life, there's always a chance to start over again.
To be the person that we want to be, to start a new chapter in our lives.
We always get a chance to start over with God.
God Who with His loving arms is waiting for us to follow His perfect plan for our lives who makes room for our mistakes for the times that we choose our own path , our own plan and He is waiting for us to return with our hearts totally open and dedicated to Him to listen to hear what He wants to say.
What His plans are,. What 'His next' is...
Instead of our next.
He is faithful and will continue to guide us and promnpt us in to His perfect plan for out lives.
We gat the chance to miss the boat now and then but we through His grace get the chance to start over....
again...


Now it's your turn. Join us and write for five minutes and show us what you got.
Link back to The Gypsy mama when you're done.


Love and blessings,

Thursday, May 19, 2011

More than just a mum

Becoming a mum of three first only made me feel that I was really a mum more than anything else. I’m learning that to be a better mum you also have to make time for yourself though. Because as fulfilling as the job of a mum might be you’re always something more than just a mum.
And I think that that is something that we as mums should not forget.

I notice that I tend to feel a bit guilty sometimes if I do anything else than taking care of children,cooking and housework. But doing just that does make me feel less happy as well.

On Mothersday I watched the movie Motherhood which is about the struggles of motherhood.
The mum from the movie is also writing blogs in her free moments and is planning to enter into a writing competition which could result in her having her own income. But the story is actually about her planning a party for her daughter who is turning 6. In the end her husband who collects old books hands her over a check of 24000 euro so she can put her toddler son at playschool and buy a dishwasher or something just so she can have more time doing what she loves: writing. Because he realises that she needs a bit more than just being a mum to be happy.
I found the movie a bit boring not as funny as I’d hoped but I liked it that she makes pictures of her kids like I do and writes a blog as well and I got from the movie that you need to have a balance in your life to be happy and fulfilled as a mum and a woman.
So I’m planning to keep trying to be the best mum that I can be and also to try to get to a good balance so I ‘ll be a happy and fulfilled person.

Still for some reason I love the movie. Perhaps because I do recognise so much and because of what I got out of it.


I love what she says at the end:




'Motherhood is accepting limitations of time and energy which stretches beyond yourself, and sometimes it might seem as if it might consume you'

(from the movie 'motherhood')...


It's so recognisable.


Even though, some mothers have a calling to be SAHM's I believe it's always good to make some time for yourself even if it's just a hobby like writing a blog, going to the gym or a ministry in church like singing in the church choir.

So if you have a certain dream to do something,don't give up on it. go for it...

It doesn't make you less than a mum.

And for the rest : Find yourself something that you enjoy apart from children and housework to keep a balance in your life.

You're more than 'just a mum'.




Started as an Avon Business Developer this week to earn money from home.
Ix made this ugly picture of me with my reading glasses. LOL



Love and blessings,

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Money earning mum

Nevaeh-Divine is now 3 months old. Yay ! I'm scheduled to go back to work next month but I'm planning to take some additional leave so I can stay home longer. And I'm trying to look for opportunities to work from home so I won't have to go back fulltime. I'm becoming an Avon Business Developer and am looking for possibilities to earn money with writing but if I'm realistic I won't earn enough to be able to afford not going back to work next month.It's going to be a great challenge for our family to only live on one income for a while which brings tears to my eyes. I remember how hard it was last time I decided to take additional leave. At the other hand when I applied to become an Avon BD, I felt quite guilty because I felt- even though it would be working from home-it would be taking time away that is for the kids, not realising I'm due to go back to earning money so soon.
It kind of broke my heart because I love this fulltime mothering and Nevaeh is still so small.(I'm getting all teary while writing this)
I had to pray to God to give me peace over it to know that I was in His will and only later realised that it was the right time.
If I start up my Avon business now by the time my maternity benefit ends I could be making a bit of money.
So at the moment it seems inevitable. Even though I got a bit confused, wondering if I should work at all. Because I started to see motherhood as a fulltime ministry, a calling.
Though I must say that it would make me happy to do something else for me as well.I'm still trying to figure this out, what Gods perfect will would be for me.
But for now, I'm planning to try to combine motherhood with a bit of work.




Are you also a 'money earning mum' ? Do you work outside the home or are you privileged to be a SAHM ? What do you do to earn money ?

My next post is a something that I wrote when I started blogging again a few weeks ago and actually is related to the above.

Will posr it soon.


Blessings and love,

Friday, May 13, 2011

God knows and sees...




It's Friday again so it's time for Five minute Friday from the Gypsy Mama. Five minutes writing without editing.

So I had another try. Today we're writing about 'Deep breath'

Here we go.


Deep breath,

when I look at all my three children how they seem happy and content at a certain moment in time while just a few moments ago they all seemed to be crying out for me at the same time. A deep breath ,knowing these moments -when all or just one cries and there's nothing that you can do about it right away because you're already taking care of another sibling who needs you - will always pass away in just a little while.

A deep breath, knowing that the Lord is with you and sees you and watches over you and your children.
A deep breath, knowing that they will be alright even if they have to wait a little while and you have to let them cry.

For God knows and sees.

Your every step and every breath ,

also every time you take a deep breat
h....

Stop.


Well, again I felt time went very fast. Perhaps I have to type a bit faster. LOL

But it was nice to try and join in nevertheless.

Now it's your turn.

Write for five minutes see instructions on the blog of The Gypsy Mama.
When you're done, link back to her blog as I've done.




Good luck and happy blogging.

Blessings,

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My favourite Avon buy & Give away...(closed)

The Give away is closed and the winner is..... Debra
Congratulations Debra.
Thanks to everyone for participating.
Watch out for other giveaways coming up soon...
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As I mentioned before, apart from selling Avon I'm also a frequent Avon buyer. There are a lot of things that I love from Avon from shower gels and make up to jewelry and from time to time I will share with you my favourite products.

My favourite buy from Avon would be my cake stand from Country Rose. I love the pattern, the red with white polkadots. The top plate has a border with pink polka dots on white.


The sad thing about it is that the top plate broke the other day because something fell on top of it. So I' ll have to look for another one.
But here's a pic.


Yesterday I finally received a package from the company I work for as a present for the birth of Nevaeh-Divine.


Thank you UPS.

Because I know how nice it is to get gifts and this is my 20 th post I'm going to have a few give aways over the coming days.
The first thing I want to give away is a ring from Avon.



It's the Kenya ring.
Bold and stylish, silverplated ring with black epoxy animal print design and clear glass stones.
Approximately 2 cm wide.


I think this should be a size 8.
It comes in a small Avon box.


Okay, so here is all you need to do to have a chance of winning is :

1 Place a comment of at least ten words on my post; 'What are you wearing today ?' underneath the post on my blog.
(click on '.. comments')
2 Become a follower of my blog by clicking on 'follow' on the right side bar.

(There are no costs attached to the above)

You can do this until Sunday May 15th.
Please add your e-mailaddress so I can contact you personally if you are the winner.


Good luck !

Blessings and love,



BTW: do you have a favourite Avon buy ? Please share.
Do you live in Dublin Ireland and would like to become an Avon representative ?
(That way you can get discounts on your own purchases.)
Please let me know.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Treat yourself

Happy mothersday to all mums from all over the world.

Today I feel a bit of a sensation even though I live in one of those countries that don't celebrate mothersday today.
Here in the Republic of Ireland we already celebrated Mothersday in April
So it s strange to know that it is mothersday again
But being a mum I feel excited and happy for all the mums in the world.


As you might know I'm selling Avon products even though I'm on a short break now but I will be starting soon again, God willing.
In one of the books the reps get , I found a piece about how to do use mascara which I want to share.

We mothers often pay litte attention to how we look because we feel that we are too busy. I'm one of those mums. Lately I'm having bad hair days on a daily basis and I don't do much to change it and hardly take the time to put make up on Except for Sunday when I go to church. Most Sundays I try a bit harder.

I think it's important for us mums to take good care of ourselves. Those few minutes per day can make a lot of difference. It can make us feel good as a woman. Because even though we're mums we are still women.

We have to celebrate that we are women and treat ourselves from time to time. To a new hairdo, a nice dress, a pedicure, a spa, a shopping spree,a book, magazine. Orjust a piece of cake with a nice cup of tea from time to time...

Today I started the day with one of these and a cup of tea. mmmmm...



I looked online and found this video in which they also show how to put on mascara so instead of the tutorial from the book I decided to share this.




It's a tutorial for the Avon Spectralash Mascara.


Well, I'm going to try it today and will post on it again some other time.
I hope to go to the hair salon tomorrow morning and soon I will purchase a hair straightener to use in between salon appointments and hopefully my hair will look again like this for most of the time.



The baby was three weeks old at that time and quite a bit of my hair was cut off because at the back a part of my hair broke off during my pregnancy but I really felt great that day.



Then in short how my mothersday was this year ;Since becoming a mum of 3, I felt I really liked to get pampered with a few nice things.
I saw a lovely balloon with flowers on it, beautiful cards with flowers on them and I saw a book called mothersday and boxes of chocolate. And ofcourse a nice bouquet of flowers would've been nice.
So I already had told my 6 year old daughter what I would love to get and she was excited about going shopping for me for mothersday but since daddy needed to work I would have to take her.myself but then I lost my bank card.
So on mothersday I just went to church in the morning with the baby and afterwards took a small amount out of my creditcard and took my oldest daughter to Aldi's to buy some flowers and a box of chocolates and at home she gave them to me with the card she made at school, And I also got the art works with handprints and footprints from all of my girls we made the day before.This was another something I loved to have and decided to help the kids with.
And I was happy with just that little bit.







At the end of the day we watched the movie Motherhood together. Not really a family movie but I just liked to watch it on that day.






In my next post I will write more about this movie. I'm probably going to watch it again today.

I learned that I didn't need a lot to celebrate mothersday. I might deserve a lot like all mums do but a little felt just as good.



I loved the simple bouquet of flowers and the chocolate turned into 'mummy chocolates' to treat myself with when I felt I deserved a small treat after a hard dsy of cleaning up and taking care of the kids as a 'pat on the sholulder'.




I hope that you get a chance to feel special today. Because the truth is you are....whether you believe it or not.

And if there's no one else around to pamper you or your kids are a bit to small, pamper yourself. Because you deserve it.


Have a happy mothersday

Love,



Do you treat yourself from time to time and what is your favourite treat ?

I will be having a give away soon.

So watch out for that.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy to clean

31 Days to Clean - Having a Martha House the Mary Way


Sometimes I wish I was some kind of superwoman. That next to taking care of two kids under two and a 6 year old I also would be able to make the whole house spotless by myself every day and still have enough time to spend with the kids and enough time for me.
At the moment we're sharing the house with my husbands cousin so I've assigned a few chores to him and my husband but it doesn't really go so well yet.
And in a way I wish I could do it all by myself. Believe it or not I love cleaning even though there are nicer things to do. But I love having a clean house and it also makes me feel good about myself. At the moment I'm trying to get my house a bit more organised So I'm planning to buy laundry baskets in different colors for everyone to put their laundry in. I'm also looking for ideas to get more house work done. I'm planning to purchase an e-book for motivated moms (I will write about this in a future post) but have also come across this e-book.

31 days to clean.


It's supposed to motivate to clean and has assignmnets to clean and also focuses on getting a cleaner heart.
I'm not sure what to expect and whether I will like the style in which it is written or if it will be helpful at all but it doesn't seem as if you can view inside.
It's only $4,99 so maybe I should just try and purchase it. I love how it says :Having a Martha house the Mary way.

So I probably will get it and if I have and have read it, I will let you know what I think of it. Because maybe all I need is a little bit more motivation.
a little bit more love for cleaning. Maybe I should be even more happy to clean.

Here an inspiring video from her website.





Have you read it and has it helped you ? I'd love to hear from you.

Or join me and purchase it and let me know what you think.

Love,

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