I get asked a lot about what things I consider essential for what I do. That is a really hard question to answer as it is often changing with my moods and needs. Also, since “what I do” can be anything from writing, blogging and taking photographs to being a mother and an expat something-year old woman in Australia, I thought I would make this a regular post where on the last Wednesday of each month, I share with you the varied list of what we are loving lately…
So let’s Wrap(up)
I know I go on and on about this little camera, but it really is a gem to just carry around with you everywhere. Fuji and I just get along well…their cameras fit my style. Having a nice little camera with me all the time means I get to take pictures not just when I plan to, but when the kids have brilliant ideas for shots…like this one of Clover and her very own “dramatic full body lean into the fence” pose. I think I need to do a posing guide for kids photography!
Working my way into the world of podcasts and video means getting real with sound. Who knew you can’t really just use the earphone thingy that came with your smart phone?
ThinkTank Streetwalker backpack
While I am an Epiphanie camera bag girl through and through, I needed to take a lot of gear with me on the recent trip to Tasmania. Since I was going to be travelling alone with the kids, I required free hands, so I pulled down the ThinkTank Streetwalker Hard Drive backpack from the closet and proceeded to easily pack every single piece of tech and camera equipment the four of us could think to bring. That included one laptop, one external hard drive, three tablets, 2 cameras, a phone, an iPod, portable hotspot, two lenses, 4 memory cards, two microphones, an electric outlet strip, all power cords, batteries, a tripod and even a few notebooks (lest we feel the need to be all retro and use a pen…the pens fit in the bag too) and some cleaning cloths for good measure. This is a true hard working mobile office for the photoblogger. I can imagine it is what I will travel with when I head to Hawaii and Salt Lake City later in the year.
PARENTING & KIDS
Nude Food Movers lunch boxes and accessories
In an effort to be as rubbish free as possible with school lunches this year, I researched all sorts of reusable options. While I found many cool things online, in the end, I just went with what I could get easily at the local shops. I was thrilled to learn that in addition to the lunch boxes, this brand has fabric sandwich wraps and refillable juice boxes as well. We just rinse or wipe down each afternoon and then fill them up again in the mornings.
Our homemade Love Bite Sunflower Seed Spread
Can we talk skin care? Clover still has delicate and particular skin. I have tried lots and lots of products (from homemade crunchy hippie stuff to fancy and not so fancy store bought and boutique stuff), but recently after an accidental sunburn I rediscovered Mustela. The massage oil soothed her without being greasy and it smells beautiful. The whole line has now moved into our bathroom with the Stelaprotect Cleansing Gel for Clover’s showers (too rich for the other kids, but perfect for her eczema prone skin), the baby shampoo (no need for conditioner every time, her hair is soft after just this) for her hair and Dermo-cleansing as body wash for all the kids! I have even started using the Stelaprotect Face Cream as my night moisturiser and Stelatria Recovery Cream to help heal irritated spots (on me and the kids) faster.
Everyone is talking about kinetic sand these days, but there is another product from the same company that all three of my kids absolutely love. It is a fantastic dry feeling clay, light as air and soft. It is the perfect thing to calm Kieran and also great for his fine motor skills development. I am learning a lot about sensory toys and tools. I am sure I will have many more to share over the months
PERSONAL & LIFE
Flowers In The Attic
While Gemma is all about The Hunger Games and Divergent, I stumbled onto my own paperback series. Found a copy of Flowers In The Attic (with a really random and creepy inscription) at the op shop and made it mine. Disturbing, easy read and four more books to now track down! I love a good snack of junk food for my brain when I have a lot of work on. It is a nice break and I can’t believe I had never read it before.
Maths For Mums and Dads
Brushing up on what I’m not sure I actually learned the first time around. I married Alec for lots of reasons, one being his smarts. I need a tutor to help Gemma with her homework. Come to think of it, Gemma could tutor me.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
I signed up for lessons on a whim after my friend, Ruth, suggested we try it. I am so glad we did. It was one of the most peaceful forms of exercise I have ever done.
Grown Up Play Dates
Speaking of Ruth, my friend has a few months before she returns full time to teaching. The woman is not one to ever be idle, but currently is in overdrive ticking off a multitude of life list items. From vegan dinner out in the hip part of town to just riding our lovely bikes to the beach, I am just tagging along happily in her wake of fun activities! Read about her adventures on her blog. Moving to a new country as an adult meant that I left my treasured and established friendships back home. I arrived in a world where most of the adults I met already had their circle of friends. While most everyone was nice, no one needed me like I needed to be needed. I feel really lucky to have made dear friends here. Thanks Ruth.
Solyvia Essential Oils
Just getting into this whole “essential oils” thing, but I am surprised to find they are working for me. My skin likes oils…I have spent my whole skin-aware life getting rid of oil and what I really needed was more of it. I love these little roll-on blends that I happened to pick up on a whim at Christmas time and have been using daily since.
Cornerstone & Co
A little breath of fresh air in my corner of the world! Bright place, happy people, and gorgeous fare. My office away from home-office. And coffee. COFFEE.
and last but not least
The Intimo Miracle Smooth Contour Bra
It is a miracle for big racks. There, I said it. Hard to not notice them, so I figured, I might as well show them off. This bra is not cheap, but less expensive than a boob job and as close to that as I am ever going to get! It is also totally worth it and that is coming from someone who is still occasionally wearing some maternity undies because she can’t be bothered to buy new ones. I am not one to throw money into my lingere drawer, but I will be getting this bra in black soon because I wear the beige one every day. If you need an Intimo stylist, I can hook you up with my gorgeous friend, Katie.
Now, I am so excited to share that ThinkTank has generously offered up a prize for this inaugural post and it is a good one! The winner will get to select a Sling Camera Bag from the TurnStyle range! They have three different sizes so whether you are carrying around the little x10 or a monster like the Nikon Df I am currently testing, there is a bag in that range for you and your essential stuff!
Here is what you need to do to be in the running
Seeing that I feel friends are one of those life essentials,
comment below with your thought on this question:
Do you think that it’s easier to make friends at one time of life than at another?
This is a game of skill. The winner will be judged by me based on thoughtfulness, merit and emotion. Contest closes on Friday the 7th of March, 2014 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified by email (which is why you have to include a valid email in you comment registration) by Monday the 10th of March, 2014. No cash value.
This contest is just because. I like you.