Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Back to Natural

Recently friends of ours decided to – as much as they can, live a waste free life. Free from cheap plastic packaging that comes with almost everything you buy from the supermarket etc. and using containers that are healthy and easily reusable.

I really admire the journey that they are embarking upon. It really challenges the way I think about shopping and living our lives. Going down this path only means that food will be fresher and life simpler as it's clear cut what you can buy and what you can't.

It really appeals to me on a couple of stand out levels.

1. It's good for the world. No waste = no landfill and all that entails.

2. The lifestyle it evokes is simple and can be very aesthetically pleasing.

3. It's healthier.

Whilst I love this concept I can't say that I'm 100% on board. Not because I don't love the concept (because I do) it's just such a big lifestyle change to wrap my head around. But I can easily say I'm on my way. I think there's no harm in assessing and reevaluating the waste that I buy and how I can better implement this lifestyle into my life.

I have to say that talking with them about it has already set me towards this journey. I find my self unconsciously thinking about the things I'm buying and asking the question is there a better alternative? How I can reuse what we already have? Looking at my pantry and wondering how I can shop better to reduce the waste and in turn have a more functional kitchen/house. I can't help it, the seed has been planted. Whilst I'm a long way off the clear cut expulsion of plastics in my life I can't turn off this thought process and it's changing my decisions along my journey in buying already.

One such decision that I made lately is in my bathroom. As I mentioned above one of the reasons I love this concept is because it can be aesthetically pleasing. This is a big draw card for me as I hate clutter. And the bathroom is a place that clutter can build up in an instant. All those shampoo bottles and soap dispensers and refill bottles, the list is endless! We've already made the switch to bamboo toothbrushes. They just look so nice and uniform. But yesterday I made the switch to using a bar of shampoo and conditioner rather than bottled.

I got the bars from Lush, a shop that I've always loved. Their range is quite good. It's also very accessible to me with a shop at our local mall. As it's only the first option I've tried it's still on trial. Having used it this morning, writing this now my hair is still drying but I have to say it feels so super clean, light and has left no residue at all. I'm liking it so far.

The product is all natural (no hard stuff to try and understand on the label) and smells divine. All you need to do is keep it dry in between washes. I was so surprised by how much it lathered when I put it through my hair. With only a few rubs between my hands then through my hair, it almost foamed too much. I have to say environmental stuff aside this product is worth considering because it's pretty good. With up to 80 washes in a bar for $14.95 its pretty cost effective too.

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Fluid Home

I believe in a fluid home.

Life is too short not to change things up every now and again.

With baby number two on the way each passing month increases the nesting urges in me.

My mind is always thinking of new ways I can improve our home and stream line our process'. To make life easier, cleaner and ascetically pleasing.

As apartment dwellers space can be an issue so throwing unnecessary clutter out is always a must. Being flexible with moving furniture for more space or better seating solutions is always happening around here.

We also love having people stay over and hosting dinners, so making sure we can accommodate everyone is always exciting and creative.

Our spare room is now in a transition process. It's going to house me and the new baby until the baby is old enough to bunk with Poppy. I can sleep and BF the baby without disturbing Dan or Poppy during the early days. 

Its been so much fun creating a new space that is always looking new and keeps me busy nesting. It's always changing from day to day but I love it.

It's really taking on a minimalist feel which is calming and versatile. With a new Futon sofa bed it has the ability to feel like a bedroom and spare living space at the same time. Ready to change up in minute.

I'm so thankful we live in a big apartment with lots of sunrooms and traditional dining rooms that has allowed us to create these different spaces. Unfortunately we are only renters but right now it's perfect.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Creative Mojo

It's been awhile.

I haven't blogged in ages.

I can't quite put my finger on it as to why...actually if I'm honest I lost a little of my creative mojo.

Not sure why but I think it's just a season in my life.

Until recently I haven't touched my "good" camera in ages.

Which means the editing and styling and looking through my creative eyes just wasn't happening.

Maybe it's the rain, maybe it's because it's the new year and instinctively something inside me said get creative or maybe it's this baby growing inside me thats got me nesting and looking to the future to prepare that got me inspired today to write a post.

Either way I look at it I'm happy that I'm taking the time to write today and take photos in the last week or two.

It's like as soon as I picked up the "good" camera something stirred creatively inside me again.

This time of year is poignant for me and this blog too. It's been 4 years since I started this. Over those years it's been such a great outlet for me and I feel so happy that I did start it. Even if no one reads this it feels nice to put my thoughts and creativity out into the universe. And thats honestly enough for me.

Here's some photos that I've taken in the last couple of weeks with my "good" camera.

The first one is another dress I got from the talented Gray Girls. Well done girls to another great collection. Always love your work.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dancing Hippie

Poppy had the best day today. The past week she's been sick with fevers, nothing too bad but sick none the less. Today she was back to more her normal self and it was so nice to see her so happy. Got to take some snaps of her in a couple of the goodies she got from Indigo Babe in a beautiful park that she LOVED.

She's wearing Dance Little Hippie organic Tee available through Indigo Babe made by Sienna Moon LA. And a Black Faux leather hair clip also available through Indigo babe made by Bonnie & Harlo.

Also made a cheeky little video of her dancing because it's only appropriate that Poppy dance in a dancing t-shirt!

Poppy Dancing from Bonnie Maher on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dancing Queen

Got some goodies in the mail yesterday and I'm so excited about them.

Indigo babe sent through one of the cutest t-shirts and hair bow sets and I'm in love.

The shirt in particular is the best and suits so well because Poppy's favorite thing to do is dance. Literally. Whenever she hears music she starts to dance. Just yesterday we walked into a clothing store and she started dancing to the music. Most nights after dinner we put music on and she dances till she's too tired to dance anymore.

You can fine the t-shirt here and the hair bows here.

I can't wait to take some snaps with Poppy in them!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Some Sun and Head Wraps

Indigo babe sent me a couple of very cute head wraps. They're available for purchase through Indigo's website. They're made by the lovely Peace Love and Sandy Feet. They are so darn cute!

Took Poppy to the beach with some friends and had a picnic and soaked in some of this glorious winter sun.

Poppy isn't so sure about Tugboat the dog but they're almost too cute for words in the photos together.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Bapribap Clothing Via Indigo Babe

Indigo Babe has sent me this beautiful dress and bloomer set by Bapribap.

Bapribap hand-make clothing with African fabric and they are the cutest ever.

Poppy is in the Colette dress which you can buy through Indigo Babe.

Hope you enjoy pictures of Poppy's little adventure in Bapribap. :)