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Raising Will’s Cuppa A Day: the best excuse for a break!

So it turns out I’m not the only one that can rock taking a picture of my cuppa – it’s been great to see others getting in on the cuppaography (totes made up a new word!). And it’s been lovely to know you’ve all been taking a bit of down time with your cuppas.

Raising Will's Cuppa A Day

Cuppa A Day takes over the world!!

So there’s only one thing for it…… KEEP GOING! I know my weekly challenge has two days left, and you can keep on with that one – but if you like, take on the new challenge of taking a break every day FOR A MONTH!

And when your other half rolls their eyes at you taking a pic of your cuppa (again?!), you definitely have the best excuse.

I present to you Raising Will’s JUNE Cuppa A Day Photo Challenge:

Raising Will's Cuppa A Day - JUNE

The RW Cuppa A Day challenge list for JUNE!

The technical stuff? There aren’t any rules really, but try and get into the Cuppa A Day spirit:  include a cuppa in each of your pics. It can be coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water, wine in a mug; we won’t judge. Just take a break and be ok with it. Lordy knows we need breaks….. and cuppas.

Share your photos on Instagram or Twitter with the hash-tag #RWcuppaaday, or on the Raising Will Facebook Page….. Bring on the cuppas and I look forward to tuning into your cuppaography each day!

Now excuse me while I go make a coffee…

Will you be joining in? What’s your cuppa of choice?

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The easiest Photo-a-Day Challenge EVER!

I take a lot of photos, especially on my phone. So you’d think that all the photo-a-day challenges around would be right up my alley. And they are…. until approximately a week in when I forget to take the required picture or I come across something that draws a complete blank in my mind. And then I find myself doing something ESPECIALLY to take its picture for the interwebs………. nup.

On another note – I love coffee. Every day. Multiple times a day. Nom.

Coffee

Coffee – get. in. mah. belleh.

Enter my epiphany this morning. The easiest photo-a-day challenge ever. It only goes for a week (Hallelujah!) and it involves my only regular sanity-keeping device – a cuppa.

There aren’t many moments during the day where serenity can’t be found in a minute at the bottom of a mug/cup/fancy-schmancy glass latte glass/cardboard takeaway cup/shot glass/teapot.

And so I introduce Raising Will’s Cuppa A Day:

RW's Cuppa A Day

Join in with Raising Will’s “Cuppa A Day” Photo Challenge

So, starting Monday  27th May (tomorrow) –  if you’re just like me and finally want to complete a photo-a-day challenge without the inevitable sobbing at never being able to finish one, or you’re a cuppa addict of the tea/coffee/hot chocolate/champagne/hot lemony water variety, then get on board with #RWcuppaaday. Hashtag and post away and I’ll see you on the ‘gram, twitter or facey with your delicious moments of sanity…

And if you HAVE to make a cuppa especially to take a picture… Is that such a bad thing?

Are you a photo-a-day drop-out like me?

Will you be joining in #RWcuppaaday?


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My Week on Instagram…

*Disclosure: I have been gifted some items in conjunction with an event mentioned in this post.

My week on Instagram Jan 14-20

My week on Instagram Jan 14-20 2013

1. Pineapple. | 2. Officially the worst household job of all time. | 3. Selfie showing off some new style courtesy of Styling You’s Unlock Your Style Holiday Camp. | 4. Sunset. | 5. Starting my morning with a hint of Yellow. | 6. Brownie and Ice cream – NOM! | 7. Two things. | 8. On our road trip to Melbourne – Will getting ready for a snooze. | 9. A very welcome new addition to my make-up drawer. | 10. About to head into the city for the #Targetlovesbloggers PR event* with the cutest accessory in tow. | 11. Gorgeous new mobile available at Target*. | 12. New homewares coming to Target* in February. | 13. Shadow. | 14. Will loving a visit to the adventure playground at Braeside Park. | 15. Tiger at the Melbourne Zoo. | 16. At the start of the three hour drive home – bye Melbourne!

*Disclosure: I was gifted some items for my attendance at the Target PR event – however was not required to follow this attendance up with promotion of any kind. I mention their products here because I loved them and enjoy shopping at Target.

Linking up with Tina Gray {dot} Me for “My week according to Instagram”


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My Week on Instagram…

My Week on Instagram 7-13 Jan 2013

My Week on Instagram 7-13 Jan 2013

1. Selfie on the street where I live. | 2. A rare glass of wine over Project Life 2012 catch-up. | 3. Will, too cool for school, loves his Babiators. | 4. A selection of purchases from Sussan – inspired by Styling You’s Unlock Your Style Holiday Camp. | 5. Some quotey goodness from a sticker book I purchased. | 6. The new Seafoam Collection arrived from Becky Higgins this week – so excited for Project Life 2013 with such a beautiful core kit! | 7. Tried some new protein snacks this week – I give them a 3/10 | 8. I put together a custom notebook on Blurb to keep track of notes for Project Life this year – will come in very handy. | 9. Accessorising it up with the Unlock Your Style Holiday Camp. | 10. & 11. Saturday saw the BIGGEST day in the history of Raising Will – very exciting to have a post that was shared all over the place. | 12. Little Xav all tuckered out after a horrid 48 hours of screaming and growth spurts…. Unfortunately he was only asleep for five minutes then up for more screaming. | 13. Something beginning with ‘T’ from Fat Mum Slim’s #photoaday challenge.

*Note: This post contains no sponsored links – just stuff I love xx

Linking up with Tina Gray {dot} Me for “My week according to Instagram”


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Raising Will’s Happy Days in May: inspired by the beautiful Seven Cherubs

Seven Cherubs 'Happy Days in May' Project

There are many bloggers floating around on the interwebs inspiring me every day with their awesome-ness. The gorgeous Naomi from Seven Cherubs is one of these beautiful souls that sings to my heart every time she writes.

When Naomi posted about her Happy Days in May Project back in April, I was so in! I thought to myself ‘There is no way I’m going to be able to keep that up for a month, but I’ll give it a red-hot go!’

So I pulled out a gorgeous little journal that was begging for some thoughts to be written in. My little brother bought it for me last year and I swear it’s been waiting for this very purpose. And write in it I did.

But something happened in the first week of May while I sat up in bed at some un-godly hour jotting down the happy moments from my day. I had just completed the crappest day in history. You know, the one where nothing gets done, your child has turned into a gremlin, there’s a billion other things that need doing, your hubby comes home late from work, you break several nails and you have pregnancy heartburn to rival Krakatoa. How do you write about a happy moment on a day like that!? I panicked. I wasn’t even a week in and I’d ballsed it up.

My Fabulous Journal

My Fabulous Journal

Then I remembered a small glimmer from very early that morning, where Will had just about leapt of his change table to give me the squeeziest hug.

And I felt so much better about my WHOLE day. One moment of happiness rewrote that entire day for me. I went to sleep that night knowing my son loved me very much and that I was his favourite mum. It didn’t matter that the kitchen would look like a bomb in the morning or that my nails looked like I’d tried to trim them with the grater. I had love where some have none and that is always something to be happy about.

So without further ado, here are my moments of Happiness for May:

Tues May 1:  My little Will yabbered with much excitement at all the strange and wonderful people at the supermarket today, oblivious to the fact that his face was covered in chocolate tiny teddies. 

Wed May 2:  Happiness today was having hubster home all day and Will discovering my jewellery on the bedside table, after which I found my ‘lost’ earring sitting in the crook of his ear. We all laughed so much.

Thurs May 3:  Child-free today and loved being able to sit down with a HOT cup of coffee and a biscuit without being interrupted or grappled over or whinged at for the ‘big half’ of said biscuit.

Fri May 4:  Happy about being pounced on for cuddles all day today, and Will and I ate dinner at the table together tonight and he ate MOST of his plate for a change. Think he actually LIKED my cooking today.

Sat May 5:  Will almost leapt off the change-table this morning to give me a great big hug – remembering this moment turned my day from drab to FAB!

Sun May 6:  Happiness was sharing breakfast at the table together as a family and watching Will’s odd way of dancing to Yo Gabba Gabba – must’ve learnt those moves from his father…

Mon May 7:  Watching a tiny honey-eater flit about on the tree outside while I washed the dishes; listening to two girls sublimely sing Adele’s ‘ Turning Tables’ on The Voice tonight; bringing the week’s grocery shop in under $130 – all little moments of joy for me today.

Tiny Teddies Drive Tiny Tractors!

Tiny Teddies Drive Tiny Tractors!

Tues May 8:  Will giggling and walking towards me saying “tedeee tedeee”, then proceeding to show me his Tiny Teddy driving one of his little tractor toys.

Wed May 9:  Such a nice feeling to finish off my latest article for happychild.com on how friendships can help children manage stress. Also, flying through my MYOB course at TAFE. I like to be on top of things.

Thurs May 10: Watching Will demolish a bowl of two-minute noodles almost brought tears of laughter to my eyes today – so very funny. And the house smells of the divine Butter Chicken we had for dinner. Food is awesome!

Fri May 11:  We finally came to a decision on which bed to buy for Will and he was so very polite and well-behaved at the shops today, I could’ve eaten him. Also loving connecting with new peeps on Twitter lately.

Sat May 12:  Happiness today was seeing a flash of my own mischievous self in Will – example: him sprinting over to the off-limits freezer dial after peering into my face and deciding mum was ‘asleep’ on the couch (just had my eyes closed).

Sun May 13:  Mothers Day today and how could I not be happy with a mini-sleep-in, a lovely handmade card from Will and Hubster, beautiful tulips, cuppas with family and finally making a start on moving our office out of the nursery-to-be.

Mothers Day 2012

Mothers Day 2012: Tulips and Cuddles

Mon May 14:  When Will’s face lights up when his Nan appears at our door to watch him for the afternoon, I feel so grateful to have loving family support just around the corner.

Tues May 15:  I am floored every day by Will’s development. How quickly he adopts new words lately – ‘im-mim-mim’ could be heard when Will wanted a mandarin today. I’m sure one day I’ll want him to stop talking, but that day is definitely not here yet.

Wed May 16:  Appreciated a very tasty cappuccino and foccacia today while out shopping sans-child, but then loved returning to Will’s cheeky little face at his Nan’s place – melts my heart that boy.

Thurs May 17:  Soaking up knowledge from a local forum on early childhood brain development – feels like my own brain developed a little bit. I look forward to checking out lots of new authors now.

Fri May 18:  My sister-in-law and her kiddies came over for morning tea today and the house was full of laughter, smartie biscuits and ride-on tractors, bugs and cows. Time spent with family is time well spent.

Sat May 19:  A visit to the Toy Library today brought much joy to our house. It delights me to no end seeing how much Will loves playing with all the farm related toys and we picked up a Duplo barn to play with for the next few weeks.

Sun May 20:  So very lovely to cuddle up with Will on the couch before bed and read his new “Gobble Gobble Moooo Tractor Book”. Story-time would have to be one of my favourite moments of every day.

Crunchy Apple Crumble

Crunchy Apple Crumble

Mon May 21: Thanks to inspiration from the gorgeous Mummy Smiles, I cleaned the house entrance and our kitchen window today. It’s amazing what a clean window can do for your outlook on the day. Also enjoyed a deliciously crunchy apple crumble for dessert.

Tues May 22: After being told last week that my current Obstetrician was suddenly leaving at the end of the month, I finally found a new one today and just happened to run into an old friend in the process. It was lovely to see them again.

Wed May 23:  Feeling very chuffed for completing my MYOB course at TAFE today. Also had the house spotless at the end of the day – woohoo! I look forward to waking up to no mess – always a good way to start the day de-stressed.

Thurs May 24:  Browsed through the most beautiful shop today in Shepparton, it was like I’d walked straight into Paris. Now I lie here listening to a rare drop of rain; loving the smell and the sound.

Fri May 25:  Hubster and I managed to get Will’s big boy bed all set up today and the office completely shifted out of the spare room and the nursery furniture shifted in. Such a big day and an unexpected dinner provided at my parents-in-law’s place was very delicious and very much appreciated.

Will in his new big bed!

Will in his new big bed!

Sat May 26:  After a bit of a disaster day yesterday sleep-wise for Will, I was so happy that he took to his bed with not a problem in the world today. I also had a visit from a friend who I haven’t spoken to in ages. It was so great to be able to sit and chat like it was only yesterday that we last saw each other.

Sun May 27:  I put on a ‘face’ this morning and did my hair all lovely. Loved getting made up and not just pottering around the house in my everyday-ness.

Mon May 28:  Will and I went shopping at the Supermarket today, something we haven’t done for a few weeks because online shopping is finally available here now. Will LOVED it, and I love the way he puts smiles on people’s faces – it makes my day that I get to share his happiness with the world.

Tues May 29:  The smell of freshly dried, clean washing never fails to make me feel good and packing baby clothes for hospital today got me so lovey-dovey. Can’t believe we’ll have another tiny bundle of happiness soon.

Wed May 30:  A special birthday in our family today. I get so much joy out of giving gifts and making people smile with the thought put into them…

Thurs May 31: Small moments always bring the most joy for me – a walk in the Autumn sunshine with Will being curious at every little rock and leaf. I love that he is so interested in the world around him.

And those, my friends, were my Happy Days in May. I think I’ll continue this evening reflection. It brought me so much calm just before going to bed – almost like a sense of closure that I had done/seen/experienced something awesome every day. No more was my stay-at-home life feeling dull – every day is special and I can’t belive that something as simple as writing a positive, happy sentence a day helped me realise that fact.

Naomi, you are such a very clever lady.


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Raising Will’s Top 11 photos of 2011

Hmm…. Confession: my blog has been a bit inactive lately. Well, that’s not really a confession is it – it’s pretty bleeding obvious! Alas, I have been inspired by a lovely blog I follow – Click.Pray.Love. – to get back on that old horse again. How have I been inspired I hear you ask? By the linky party Click.Pray.Love is hosting:

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I couldn’t pass up this challenge, to choose my top 11 photos for the year, because you all know how I love to take piccies…
 
So, without further adieu, I bring you my cream of the crop for 2011:
 

MARCH  

Look at me! I'm a Lizard!
 Look at me! I’m a Lizard! : This shot was taken the day Will discovered that his tongue actually came OUT of his mouth. I swear no baby ever had a tongue this long – I was in stitches on the floor with him and the camera – It was like he knew it was hilarious and he was doing it to make me laugh. Just when you think you can’t love them anymore, they go and do something adorable.
 

MAY

Will and his Dad hiking up to Wineglass Bay Lookout
 Will and his Dad hiking up to Wineglass Bay Lookout – Tasmania: We had just walked up a million steps and were having a rest after being filmed by a Japanese film crew (yes that’s right, we’re big in Japan). The sun was about to set and the light played all over the rocks and trees and faces of the two most important boys in my life. I snapped away at them as Daddy played ‘peek-a-boo’ with Will. Such a beautiful place, on a beautiful holiday, with my beautiful family.
 
The family in Tassie
 The Family in Tassie: The very last day of our holiday, about an hour before we could board the Spirit of Tasmania, we checked out the light house at Devonport. My husband managed to self-snap this shot of us, and I think this is up there with my favourite picture of our family so far. I just love it love it love it!
 

JULY 

No mum, I didn't slobber on the windows...
No mum, I didn’t slobber on the windows… : Just like when he discovered his tongue, Will discovered what glass felt like to lick, and there was no stopping him then. I have never met anyone that cracks me up as much as this little guy. When you can’t hold the camera still for all the laughing – you know you’re onto a good shot! LOL… It still makes me laugh.
 

AUGUST

A Tractor for a Special Birthday Boy
A Tractor for a Special Birthday Boy: Will’s first birthday and I’m so very glad Hubby’s brother managed to snap this shot with our camera. The joy on Will’s face when we opened his tractor was so amazing it made me tear up – especially as we were two weeks away from moving house to rural Victoria so Hubby could work on the farm with his own father, driving tractors and the like. Now Will gets to ride in the real thing and his expression is still priceless – though this will always be where the seed was planted…
 

OCTOBER

More Cake Batter Please!
More Cake Batter Please!: We had been at our new place long enough now for me to finally do some baking – not that I bake OFTEN – but it was good to have things where they needed to be and not packed away in boxes (mind you – we still haven’t unpacked some stuff four months later). We were making chocolate muffins and Will, being the standard issue toddler that he is, was whingeing at my legs for attention, so to shoosh him up I gave him a bit of the muffin batter…. and BOY was that a mistake! If I thought the whingeing was bad before… Long story short – somebody ended up with a bowl and spoon to lick much to his delight.
 

NOVEMBER

But I really want a biscuit!
But I really want a biscuit!: Need I say more? I just adore his eyes in this picture. Many problems in the future will be allayed by those eyes…
 
Will-in-a-box
Will-in-a-box! : There is nothing more fun to a child than a cardboard box, unless of course you have a cardboard box…. and PACKING PEANUTS! He was having the time of his life bathing in those starchy-morsels, especially enjoying their ‘rustling-capacity’ – a feature he looks for in any good play-thing.
 

 DECEMBER

Father and Son and Header
Father and Son and Header: It was our first Wheat Harvest since our move and nothing excited William more than the big “bwoar bwoar bwoar” (or Header as it’s more commonly known). THere was no way he was staying in the car while Dad did the looking – always wanting to be part of the action our William.
 
 
Cuddles with his Gran at Christmas
Cuddles with his Gran at Christmas: This is my favourite Christmas time photo – I just love it. Don’t know if it’s because Will is looking straight at the camera, or because I finally have a photo of my Mum with a natural smile… who knows! But I love it and I know my Mum will too – this one’s for you Mum xx
 
 
So there it is – my Top 11 of 2011. Hope you enjoyed checking them out as much as I enjoyed selecting them for this great link up.
 
To all my readers – I wish you and your families a very sparkly 2012; may you achieve all you dare too and dream bigger than you have before. No promises as to my next post, but I really miss this blogging business so I’ll be back on board as soon as I can.
 
 


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Foto Friday #7

It’s that time of week again but this time it’s with a difference! Thought I’d share some photos with you all of our trip to Tassie. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and I’ll catch you Monday with a tasty meal plan. Enjoy the piccies!

First Day - checking out Waratah

First Day - checking out Waratah

Ready Set Go! Off to walk the Dove Lake Circuit at Cradle Mountain

Ready Set Go! Off to walk the Dove Lake Circuit at Cradle Mountain

Sleepy Will...

Sleepy Will...

The Majestic Cradle Mountain

The Majestic Cradle Mountain

Will getting rugged up to walk to Russell Falls

Will getting rugged up to walk to Russell Falls

Russell Falls - amazing!

Russell Falls - amazing!

Will and Jarrod check out the scenery - how's the serenity!

Will and Jarrod check out the scenery - how's the serenity!

Will squealing at everyone in the Port Arthur Coffee Shop

Will squealing at everyone in the Port Arthur Coffee Shop

The sculptural bench at the lookout to Wineglass Bay. I have no explanation for my antics...

The sculptural bench at the lookout to Wineglass Bay. I have no explanation for my antics...

Will and his Dad - good times!

Will and his Dad - good times!

Liffey Falls on our last day...

Liffey Falls on our last day...

Devonport Lighthouse: Staring across the sea to see what we could see...

Devonport Lighthouse: Staring across the sea to see what we could see...

What a fantastic holiday!

What a fantastic holiday!