App-tastic! 

Ever since the beginning of smart phones, tablets etc were around I think I jumped into pretty deep water with the whole app thing. Always having things recommended to me and downloading whatever looked good. 

Over the years I’ve slowly dwindled down the list, added and removed and mourned the loss of apps no longer available. 

I feel like whenever I pick my phone up I’m constantly going from app to app and checking what’s going on in the world. Each time I see one of my friends or talk to my husband it’s “Have you heard about this app?” I swear all I talk about is my son, food and apps. Is that such a bad existence? It may be a bit boring for those around me though. Sorry y’all. 

As you may know, I’m all about lists, so, here are my top 5 apps and why. 

1. Instagram

I probably don’t really need to explain this one BUT I will anyway. I love, love, love Instagram. It is so much fun. It’s the easiest way to share what’s going on in your life by taking cute pics or creating word art. Instagram is quick and snappy and a great way to follow anyone you like (without being a stalker) 👍

2. A Beautiful Mess

I have only recently come across A Beautiful Mess but it is SO MUCH FUN! 

 

Very easy to use. You can edit photos, create collages, put in emojis, borders, text. It really feels endless. And then they get saved straight to your camera roll OR you can share them directly to your favourite social media apps (like Instagram!) I spend a lot of time using A Beautiful Mess. 

3. Stocard  

Another one that I’ve only recently stumbled across. If you’re the kind of person that says yes every single time a sales assistant asks “Do you have a loyalty card?” Then this is a MUST HAVE app for you.  A handy dandy place for all your loyalty cards. 

It can take a little bit of time to add in all your cards but it all depends on how many store loyalty cards you have. Once this is done, it’s super easy to use, doesn’t bulk up your purse AND it tells you offers and gives you an option to view the current catalogue. Winning!

4. Enlight

Enlight is another app that allows you to edit and create fun types of photos but I feel like this one has a bit more choice rather than just your standard edit with filters type of deal. Not that I don’t like the ease of that because I totally do. 

You can also get totally pro with it and adjust light, contrast, shadow, exposure etc levels. 

5. Ovia 

This one is a little girly, of course, but it is very helpful if you use it properly. This app is super detailed to help you track ovulation, diet, weight, vitamins, moods and the list goes on. The app also reminds you to enter your details about the day and sends you an email with a report as well. These notifications can be turned off but if you’re rather forgetful, leave them on and you’ll never leave a day without a data entry.  I found this helped heaps when I was getting back on track after having Curtis and I know it’ll help when my husband and I decide to have another baby. 
Let me know what kind of apps you like using. Either comment on this post (click the title and comment below) or follow me on Instagram and comment. Don’t forget to use the #handmadefromtheheart 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Love,

Amber-Jean  

So She likes to Sew!

Hello Readers,

  
As some of you may know I’ve taken a little trip away from Darwin to Brisbane with my son to visit my parents. 

I have started up a business, titled the same as my blog Happy. Healthy. Homely. Link is here (www.facebook.com/happyhealthyhomely)Selling handmade items for mums, bubs and homes. 

 

(Trio of Bibs $12) 
 
(Nappy Wallet $25)

I have been sew (see what I did there?) busy learning from my mother and I’m looking forward to coming home and creating so many more things to put up for sale! 

  
(Bib & Shorts combo $30)

What items would you like to see? 

Comment below or send my a message on Facebook. 

Have a beautiful day!

Love,

Amber-Jean xo

13 Things I’ve Learned 

  

  
The great thing about writing is that it gives me a chance to reflect. Whenever I am feeding my son it is a wonderful time where I can let my mind relax but it is always met with “I can write about this!” And then my mind goes a million miles an hour thinking how I will structure my post. 

I was thinking today about how much my life has changed since becoming a mother and how much I believe that this is the one job I was born to do. It suits me so well. I decided that the best way to realise how much I have altered and morphed into this new me, would be to make a list of everything that I think I’ve learned. 

Here we go. 

  1. Becoming a mother gave me patience. 
  2. I like lists. A lot. I even write lists of lists to write.  
  3. Braided, blonde hair should be my only style and colour. 
  4. The truth hurts. A tonne. 
  5. I do not enjoy confrontation and avoid it all costs. 
  6. Nutella is great but the world needs to just calm down about it. 
  7. Mothers ALWAYS know. Whatever it is you’re hiding. They know. 
  8. Humans have been given the gift of speech. However, sometimes we use it rather poorly. 
  9. No two relationships are the same. 
  10. Co-ordinating things by colour is a weakness of mine and it probably will never change. 
  11. Dessert is the best kind of meal. 
  12. Love is VERY powerful. 
  13. Money can buy what you think is happiness but without happiness, health and a home, you have nothing. 

Thank you for reading. 

Have a beautiful day! 

Love, 

Amber-Jean 

How To Tattoo! 

If you think this is a blog tutorial on how to do your own tattoos, it isn’t, so look elsewhere. If you’d like to learn more about the process of getting one and taking care of your tattoo…read on! 

As I have quite a few permanently inked pieces, I believe that I am somewhat qualified in giving advice on this topic. 

I’m not covered head to toe but I have been through the process enough to know a few cardinal dos and don’ts. 

  
Let’s jump right in. 

  1. Do your research. Look into reviews of your tattooists, licences, cleanliness of parlour etc. Make sure it’s an established business. Most of the time you’ll need to book a consultation or at least speak to the artist before committing. 
  2. Discuss your design. This step is rather important. You need to make sure it’s something that you’ll be happy to live with for as long as you live, or decide to have it lasered off. Placement and size are two key elements that you need to be aware of. You don’t want your very expensive piece of artwork to bleed out and mesh together because it’s too small. 
  3. Aftercare. A tattoo is a wound. A very pretty, meaningful wound. You need to treat it like so. Putting an ointment on it for a few weeks after is important in the healing process to protect the colour and your skin. Be careful not to drown the tattoo otherwise the ink can leak out.  It will get itchy but this is a phase and it to shall pass. Just pat it, don’t scratch or rub. Once it’s healed rub all you like. 

Hopefully this has answered some lingering thoughts about tattoos for you! 

Have a fun day! 

Love, 

Amber-Jean xo

 

•GIVEAWAY•

  
This post will be short and sweet. I’m starting out my business making handmade bits for Mums and Bubs. Nappy wallets, bibs, shorts, scarves, notebooks and more!

I believe that something handmade from the heart can make you feel on top of the world, especially when your days can get tough, regardless if you’re a mother or not. You don’t necessarily need to be a mother to enjoy what I make though 😊

I  having a giveaway over on my Facebook page. Here are the steps to enter:

  1. Head to http://www.facebook.com/happyhealthyhomely
  2. Like the page
  3. Comment why you love winter

(Entries close Tuesday August 18 2015 AEST) 

Have a wonderful day!

Love,

Amber-Jean

Positivity Tag

Thanks to Lavender, Life & Everything Nice I’ve decided to do the positivity tag! I nominate Healthy&Homade next 😊

  
I think I’m generally a pretty positive kind of person, but just like anyone I have my down days where I could eat my entire weight in chocolate and want to watch Bridget Jones’ Diary until I’ve learnt every word and even the accent. Here are the things in my life that help me stay positive. 

Name three things in your life that’s positive (I’m going to skip over generic “friends and family” because that’s a given) 

  1. If it’s not life or death, don’t sweat it. My husband taught me that the only person that the small things matter to are me and if there’s no danger to anyone, it will all be ok. Like when I needed to bring a pavlova for dessert one night and I wasn’t happy with the meringue. It still tasted delicious but I ended up sobbing about how much of a failure I was! 
  2. My health. I try to stay healthy as much as I can because I know how much it affects my moods. I’m just not myself when I’m hungry. Snickers has it right! I used to think “health” was just diet and exercise but it encompasses a whole range of things. Skincare, haircare, dental hygiene, sleep etc. Maintaining my health helps me stay positive and happy. 
  3. My purpose. Without a purpose I feel lost. As long as I know I’m doing something good for the people who are most dear to me it all makes sense. 

What do you do to try and be more positive?

Focus on the end result. When I go to sleep at night I close my eyes and visualise it. Whatever it is, I focus on what it looks like and feels like and I imagine myself in that situation. Not only is it calming but it helps me stay positive about any situation. It definitely helped when I knew I had to have a c-section to deliver my son. 

What do you do to relax?

Write. I feel like I operate a lot inside my head so I write things down. Thoughts, ideas, lists so it’s like I take the burden off myself for trying to keep calm inside my mind. Being a busy mum with a 7 month old and trying to start my own business plus keeping a household together can get overwhelming. Once I write things down I can focus on enjoying the moments in life. 

And shower. Nothing says relaxation like being clean. 

Have a beautiful day,

Love Amber-Jean xo

25 Facts About Me tag

  
  These types of blogs are always a good, fun read because they are quick and simple. 

So let’s get right to it! 

  1. My middle name comes from my Nanna, Muriel Jean. 
  2. I have a son
  3. I have never been out of Australia 
  4. My favourite dessert is lemon meringue pie
  5. I have lots of tattoos
  6. My eyes changed from blue to green when I was 9
  7. I love Starbucks
  8. My favourite holiday is Christmas 
  9. I drink black coffee
  10. My mum is the best sewing teacher
  11. I hate it when people don’t come through on a promise 
  12. I had braces for 18 months
  13. I’m learning German
  14. My favourite colour is orange
  15. I prefer dresses over jeans 
  16. My favourite thing to bake is brownies 
  17. I believe I was born to be a wife and a mother 
  18. The best scent is peppermint 
  19. Always wanted to meet Sir Christopher Lee
  20. I’m a little nerdy at heart
  21. I love the idea of candles but rarely burn them
  22. Never liked sport but I can dance 
  23. My husband got me slightly obsessed with NRL 
  24. I really like being in my pjs 
  25. Every Saturday my family and I have pancakes for breakfast 

I hope this gave you a fun read and let you know a little more about me 😊

Have a beautiful day. 

Love,

Amber-Jean xo

How To Feel Connected in a Long Distance Relationship

   
In order for me to write this I needed to enlist some assistance from my husband to remember the things we did together to make sure that we still felt like we were in a relationship, even when we were apart.
We were living in separate states on the East coast of Australia when we decided that our friendship was getting much more serious and we didn’t want to be anyone else’s. We agreed that we needed to set a few ground rules to make it work. The worst part about a long distance relationship (especially a new relationship) is not truly knowing what the other person is thinking and feeling at any given time. That’s of course until you get to know them better and then you’re constantly saying “Stop finishing my sentences!” Or “I was LITERALLY” about to say that. Not that I don’t love it, my husband is amazing and I am thankful that sometimes he does the thinking for both of us.
For us, the best thing was that we felt unbelievably comfortable with each other and neither of us was afraid to say what we really thought. At any time if there were a scenario that could potentially occur, we would simply text each other and ask how it’d play out. Having the ability to open up, communicate and ask questions is important with any relationship and its ongoing. That’s the part that we forget and things can turn sour very quickly. 
Below, I have listed out probably the most important steps that I believe truly helped me with the heartache of long distance. It made me feel just as connected even though I was one thousand kilometres away. 

  1. Communication and the “serious zone” (as mentioned in my previous blog) this is the most important element to any relationship but long distance definitely.   
  2. Make time for each other – set aside time to call/video call to talk about how your day was and what happened. Even if it’s just for 15 minutes. Even if the most exciting part of your day was finding out that tuna is on special, 5 cans for $3.50. 
  3. Date nights – organise a movie or TV show to watch at the same time and text/email/snapchat/tweet/whatever your preference is, to talk about what you’re watching. This gives you something to look forward to. Especially if it’s the same night every week. 
  4. Plan for your next visit – keep a count down timer day by day. Again this will give you something to look forward to and organise leave from work, money to save, clothes to buy, places you can go to together etc
  5. Don’t be afraid to ‘sext’ – get creative. Get mysterious. Send photos and videos to keep your partner interested and intrigued until you meet again. 

I believe that because I didn’t have the luxury of seeing my partner every day, the long distance forced me to open up and communicate with him. It became the foundation of our relationship which turned into our marriage. Now I’m not saying that if you follow those five steps you’ll end up happily married but I do hope that it helps you through the difficulty of the distance, just a little bit.