Blogmas Christmas Tag – 2018

One of the things I love most about blogging are the community events. I’m particularly fond of any kind of tag post, due to my nosey nature. I’ve spent all morning reading Christmas tags and it’s inspired me to write one of my own! I hope you enjoy!

  1. As a kid, did a sibling ever receive a present that you wished was for you?
    I grew up an only child, but, I have a cousin a year younger than I. Because we all gathered at our Grandmothers Christmas Eve to spend Christmas day together, she and I always received the same gifts, usually just in different colours. I don’t really remember any of them. One year though, both of my cousins received a Nintendo DS (complete with Nintendogs) and your girl was devastated. I do remember that one.
  2. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
    Giving – unless the receiver hates my gift – if you think you’re good at convincing me you love it just know that your face gives you away.
  3. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
    Of course I make them, but stick to them? Does anyone really?

  4. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
    No – my Mother rules with an iron fist (still). No presents until after 7:30am on the 25th. Preferably after she’s made coffee, but that one’s negotiable. 
  5. What tops your tree?
    Honestly, whatever Jason puts up there. I can’t actually reach the top of our tree to change his selection even if it is lame. This year, it’s a big glitter covered pink star. I’m a big fan.
  6. Have you ever made a snowman?
    No, I was lucky enough to live in Kansas and experience snow for the first time around Christmas time, but unfortunately, I wasn’t expecting it to be so cold so I scurried indoors to the warmth of the heater wasting my opportunity.

  7. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
    I was quite heavily pregnant on Christmas Day in 2017, and a lot of jokes were made when my Mother presented me with sparkling grape juice, so I retreated to the pool to escape the relentless bullying and needed to call for help after becoming trapped on my inflatable swan. Yes they took pictures, no I’m not sharing them with you.  

  8. How you decorate your house during December?
    We essentially just put tinsel on everything. The TV, the counter-tops, the cats scratchy-post, the microwave, you get the idea. Throw in the occasional ornamental Santa. We have a shirtless Santa holding a surfboard in the kitchen, it’s pretty comical.

  9. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
    It’s real white plastic. I’m not sure you can get real Christmas trees in Australia. I’ve never heard of anyone having one, at least. Wouldn’t a real one drop crap all over the floor? Aren’t they full of bugs? How do you dispose of them?

  10. Most memorable Holiday moment?
    My cousin and I were about nine or ten years old and we were swimming in her pool late near midnight as the celebrations were still ongoing, when a thunderstorm hit. It was a bad one that seemingly went on for hours so we hid – still in the water – in the overturned inflatable boat for “safety” (lol). No one came and told us the flaw in our plan until the following day when it was brought up at breakfast. We could have died. I’m not sure why this is my most memorable moment…

  11. Tell me about a person who makes your Christmas day very special?
    Previously I’d have said my Mother but now it’ll have to be my daughter Aubree – which I’m sure is my mums selection too, lol. I get to live vicariously through her, and that’s pretty great. 

  12. Of the two, which do you prefer? Christmas, or your birthday?
    Once I passed 21 I concluded I’m no longer a fan of my birthdays so Christmas is a clear winner here. That being said, it probably would have been Christmas anyway, as it’s about celebrating everyone and not just myself. 

  13. Use one noise to describe how excited you are for Christmas.
    Let’s gather some cattle! Yee-haw!

  14. What do you like to do on Christmas break?
    We go to the beach a lot (if you follow my Instagram you’re probably thinking “shut up about the beach already” so I’ll take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support). It’s hotter than the surface of the sun here during December so there’s really not a whole lot else to do, other than sit inside and eat the food meant for Christmas Day (currently me).
  15. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?
    Christmas barbecue Breakfast, it’s the greatest. We all sit around the table with a weird assortment of food and drink and talk absolute garbage. It’s my favourite part of the whole day! 

  16. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?
    This little animal thing kinda like Polly Pocket, but pets. Hold on, let me Google it.
    Okay, it was Littlest Pet Shop! It was the playhouse with the hamster wheel. They all had bobble heads too. It was pretty cool. 

  17. What is the worst present you’ve ever received?
    Don’t mean to throw anyone under the bus here but socks. Mum, socks are not a good gift. 

  18. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?
    Egg nog! The non-alcoholic kind you can get in Coles only during December. It’s amazing. I hoard cartons and freeze them like a total psychopath. It has to last me all year!

  19. What is your favourite Christmas film?
    The Grinch – the older I get, the more I get him.
  20. What is your favourite Christmas song?
    Anything Michael Buble – where is that man for the remaining eleven months of the year?
  21. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
    Probably Arkansas during a nice snow. I’d like to man up and build that snowman we talked about earlier, as well as spend some time with Jason’s family.

  22. When do you start getting excited for Christmas?
    …October.
  23. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
    At mums place, being an absolute pest.

  24. Who does most of the work in your family on Christmas day?
    I would say the women of the family, with the exception of cooking all of us breakfast. But the cleaning, drink serving etc is all us.

  25. You have been granted one Christmas wish…what will it be?
    Let me win the lottery, just once. If I can go into specifics, I’d like it to be the super Powerball jackpot with myself the only winner. I just don’t want to split that cool 100 mil. Could I live very comfortably with half of that? Sure, but this is my Christmas wish.

Christmas tag questions found here – though I modified them slightly;
https://www.rootreport.com/christmas-tag-questions/

Let me know if you’ve done a Christmas Tag this year as I’d love to give it a read!

PS; Merry Christmas for tomorrow!

Tiff x

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The First Trip Out With A New(ish) Baby

Good Lord was I nervous.  I was shaking in my $7 Kmart slip on sandals at the thought of taking a baby out in public. She was 6 months old. It’s been Winter. Much too cold outside of the cold (and sound) insulating walls of our home. Waiting this long definitely had nothing to do with the pure terror and anxiety I felt at the sheer thought of taking her to an event with thousands of witnesses to a potential melt down hours from home and at least a twenty minute walk from the car. Could you imagine? I could.

Taking her to a carnival was brave, but was it too brave? There would be a lot of noise, a lot of screaming. I didn’t know where the parent rooms were, and how long would we be gone. How many meals should I pack? Will she be able to nap, or will my sweet baby girl transform into an raging pint-sized T-rex right before my eyes? It was like mankind’s first journey to the moon, but a slightly bigger deal.

So I packed the diaper bag the night before, giving me time to (over)think about what I’d forgotten. I spent an extra hour trying to fall asleep, forget counting sheep tonight, we’re checking off baby supplies. Baby sunscreen (including second mental rant about why a tiny tube was $12 and furthermore, that I was willing to pay that)? Check. Binkie? Check. Six flavours of pre-prepared baby food in case she hates the first five? Check. Rainbow squeaky dinosaur of distraction? Check. I was ready.

How did this pan out, you eagerly wonder.
Well, kind stranger, let me tell you.
It was fine. I would even dare go as far as to say great. Bold of me, I know. She slept all day, save for the petting zoo (she was very keen on harassing the sheep and the goats…the chickens, not so much), she drank her room temperature bottle in front of the milk-a-plastic-cow tent and we left with the Very Hungry Caterpillar showbag that I was adamant we needed to get her. Seriously, I had this thing circled in the event magazine for days and I had to arrive first thing in the morning in case it sold out – sorry Jason, I know I told you we left so early to avoid traffic, minor detail.

I do suppose it’s totally normal to feel nervous taking your baby out in public for the first time but thankfully, the panic and anxiousness was all for nothing! I scolded myself for not having faith in my daughter behaving well, but with how I was as a child, you really have to be on the guard for the right-back-at-you-naughty-baby-karma. That being said though, she did loudly declare that it was time to go home at the very beginning of the event we’d just hung around for 3 hours to see, the only event I was overly keen on watching, but all things considered, she was her version of an angel, so I guess I could watch the replay at home on Youtube. Ah the days of the internet.

My advice to a new parent? Find a map. Locate, highlight and memorise every parent room or potential change table within walking (running) distance of the complex…Maybe that’s a bit extreme, but definitely have an idea of where they’re located within the vicinity. If possible, and if baby is predictable enough, leave after baby has taken a poop. Conveniently for me, it’s the good morning from Aubree that she graces me with as I drink my coffee every morning. If that’s not your luck, make sure baby has a clean bum before you leave the safety of home, even if it looks like a tiny toileting. One thing I’ve learned the hard way – always bring one more bottle than you think you’ll need. Traffic has caught me off guard twice before – you’d think I’d have learned after the first time but that’s not my style – and, finally, take a deep breath, it’ll be fine.

Happy exploring,
Tiff xx

Frugal Freebies Friday – New Mums Edition – Yes, I know it’s Wednesday.

Hi ladies – less of a blog entry today, just something I’ve found that may be of use to some of you!

These companies will send free samples of their products to your door if you register your information with them. No card details or anything crazy, just email address and your shipping information. I found this to be particularly helpful when it came to finding products for my daughter as unfortunately not every product will work for every baby, and I didn’t want to be stocking up on products that were inevitably going to irritate my daughters skin! I’ve not received any spam mail or news letters to my home address since using these links, which honestly wasn’t a huge concern of mine being money was tight at the time, and I was being sent product for free. But some of you may be bothered by junk mail – so I thought it was a note worth mentioning.

I’ve separated the lists into two – one for Americans, and one for Aussies (sorry if neither of those are you!).

The list of freebies available to those of us in Australia is listed here;

AUSTRALIA:

Your local doctors office and/or hospitals commonly provide bags of baby and pregnancy samples upon request.

If you don’t have the Flybuys app for mobile I recommend downloading. They have personalised offers as well as frequent bonus point deals. I spend $100 weekly on groceries and manage to earn $80-$100 flybuys dollars – so a free Coles food shop – once a month! Seriously, there’s no catch. I wish I’d discovered it much sooner, definitely check it out.

To my American ladies, your list is here;

AMERICA:

For American moms really doing it tough: http://nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/

Don’t forget to register at Walmart, Amazon, Target & Sams Club for a free box of samples and (usually) some full size products! Your local doctors office and/or hospitals commonly provide bags of baby and pregnancy samples upon request.

Happy browsing ladies!

Tiff xx