December 19, 2014

Trophy Wife

I haven't had my nails done since I was pregnant with Nelly.  No, that's not a sick joke.

How did I allow this to happen? I don't know either. 

I had my nails done by Sara-Jane Mackenzie at Trophy Wife in Richmond on Thursday afternoon.

Nelly and Ashleigh-Rose waited very patiently with the help of an iPhone, iPad and the birds in the salon. It was a risky move taking them both though.

Sara-Jane used to do my nails back when I was footloose and fancy free (read: living in the city with no child) so she knows my tastes very well.

She does crazy good nail art, but I wasn't ready for something crazy. She did subtle gold and pink, and it's perfect!

Thank goodness for gel nails.

The salon is a must visit, it's so cute.

I need to get my nails done more often. It's something that I have definitely missed and as I don't have a gel system at home, I don't bother as I know it will chip within a day.

I had never seen Shanghai Suzy stocked anywhere, but my friend Roxy thinks the range is great so I decided to give it a go when I saw it at Trophy Wife. 

Shanghai Suzy - Miss Sophia, Lilac. Matte Lipstick.

I haven't worn it yet but when I do I will be sure to report back. At $12.95 it's pretty hard to go wrong though. 

So, nail art - yay or nay?

December 18, 2014

Christmas is so close. Gah.

How is this possible?

I'm just not ready.

We only got our tree on the 17th, surely it's not only in a few days. Even worse, I only started my christmas shopping yesterday. Nothing is wrapped.

Speaking of trees, I  drove around the hood with Nelly in the back dressed as an elf, pumping Christmas carols but do you think that I could find a decent tree on a Wednesday at 3PM? No. I had a few people grumbling that their main supplier jibbed them of their order, selling instead to a large business who shall remain nameless but they do have great sausage sizzles, if that helps.

I complained to The Husband and he informed me that they were everywhere. He was then instructed that he was not to come home without a tree.

I can't reach the top of the tree, so ignore it's star-less nudity.

The 'stompy elf dance' is in progress...

I couldn't believe it when he sent me a photo of a massive 7 footer stuffed in our sedan. Nelly stood on our letterbox, still dressed as an elf, waiting for him to get home and was then confused as to what the heck that thing in dads car is.

Christmas dinner is going to be at our house this year. I'm a bit scared. 13 adults, 4 kids, 2 babies and 2 dogs. That's a big dinner.

I don't even own that many chairs. No joke. BYO chairs, family.

To take off a bit of the pressure, we've ordered a My Food Bag Christmas Bag. Lord knows that I need the help!! It feeds 8-10 adults, so I will still be pulling some form of dishes out of a hat but it won't be a total fail.

Are Fish and Chip shops open on Christmas evening?

We've been attending so many Christmas themed events lately, I might turn into a gingerbread man if I am not careful.

We went to the GAP workshop at Chadstone where Nelly decorated gingerbread men and made her first tree decoration; which of course has pride of position on our tree and will forever!!

She put on some entertainment of her own on the day, in the form of the ol' toddler tantrum. 

I have nothing on my wish list this year. I wonder what Nelly will buy me? I'm still hanging for a 'MUM' mug, 2 years on. Hope you're reading this The Husband Nelly. 

I love having two Christmases! What are you doing on the day (whether you celebrate, or not!). 

December 8, 2014

Santa's Magical Kingdom!

I was given the tickets to Santas Magical Kingdom for free.

I love Christmas! I really do!

I'm not sure what it is about Christmas that makes me so happy, is it the decorations? The carols? Family getting together? Trifle? I'm not sure. Maybe all of the above. 

I just typed OV instead of OF. So much for my edumacation! 

I recently attended Santa's Magical Kingdom and we made a real family affair out of it, with Mum, The Husband, Liz, Jo, Thomas, Henry, Nelly, Florence & Charlie all coming along for the sleigh ride!

I thought that we would be plummeted to bankruptcy with Caulfield Race Course parking prices but it was $4 for all day parking. Something small to some, but having cheap parking at the venue is a god send for families who have to wrangle toddlers, prams & nappy bags!

Nelly and I can't help but match. You know that we love it. 

That 5 minutes where she doesn't realise she has a bow in her hair... 

Excitement was seriously high across our respective households.

Christmas is great when you're a kid, but Christmas is even better when you have kids of your own and in your family to celebrate it with.

CHRISTMAS, here there & everywhere!!

As soon as we walked in, the kids were off. Running here & there, mouths open in awe.

Thomas was on the look out for magical elves, Nelly was spinning in circles and  Henry was clutching his letters.

Letters, you ask? Don't be mistaken as they weren't letters to Santa, but party invites that he made months back and has been clutching ever since! Kids!

I was a bit worried that Nelly would be afraid of the rides as she was at the melbourne show but she loved them. In fact, she threw tantrums when she had to get off. 

Warning, parents aren't allowed on all of the rides such as the below train. There was a lot of grumbling about this from parents of the little kids who probably couldn't go on it without them. 

I buckled the kids in and was slightly concerned that Nelly or Henry would jump out but they were having too much fun to even consider it. 

So not only were the rides galore, but a Lego Land, Ferris Wheel, Gigantic slide, gingerbread men decorating and of course Santa!

The carousel was huge and seemed to be a big hit with all the kids. Parents can join the kids on this one which was nice. 

There was another big top tent adjoined which housed a Christmas themed Silvers Circus! 

There were dogs, trapeze artists & lots of fun to be had. 

Things that really impressed me:-

- there are only a set amount of tickets available per session so it's not over crowded.
- temperature controlled. I know this sounds minor but it was a really warm day and it was nice to not even feel the heat. In fact, there's a 'snowing' attraction inside!
- lots of staff, no kids were likely to escape under the watchful eye of the staff. 
- when Jo asked if there was somewhere to breastfeed, she was told that there was a parents room but was also advised that the parents room is in essence a disabled toilet room with a feeding chair. The staff made a point of telling her that there had been a complaint earlier & if there was anything that could be done to help make things more comfortable then let them know. 
- huge pram parking bays in the circus tent.
- lots of healthy food options at the cafe. 

Remember, kids under 2 are free!

We had a really great morning (the session was 10am - 1pm) and will definitely be going back next year!! 

Has anyone else been? What did you think?



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