The Pillower’s 30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 2 – Ways to Win My Heart 

 

Healthy&Handmade gave me the idea for this blogging challenge when she posted it on July. Cheers Chelsea! x
I’ve already blogged about the greatest lessons I’ve learned so I thought I’d skip straight to Day 2 – ways to win my heart. 

  

If you follow my blog, you’ll know by now that I am married. So someone has clearly won my heart. Well done husband! I won’t give you all the gory details on how he managed to get me to marry him. That’s a whole story on its own. 

Having said this, just because I am happily married doesn’t mean that he gets off the hook with being romantic. As people we will be forever changing and evolving so we need to keep flame going. 

   
There’s 3 main ways to win my heart. And they are..

  1. Be a fantastic kisser – Yup. Straight up. If you’re not a great kisser that makes me feel like there’s fireworks all around us and a marching band on speed in my heart then you can hit the road. No one likes a dead fish flopping around in their mouth. No one! 
  2. Show me a good time – Dates with me to win my heart don’t have to be something out of a movie. Who has that kind of budget? Take me somewhere original. Keep it simple, keep it sweet. Like, for example, getting take away fish and chips and eating them on a secluded rock overlooking the ocean(a little nod to something that my husband did while we were dating). 
  3. Have good morals – Simply put, be a decent person. Look out for other people and animals. A kind heart goes a long way.  Don’t act like you’re all into me then secretly steal my ATM card and withdraw money from my account. That’s not ok. NOT OK. Don’t litter. That’s bad too. Pretty much if you take care of yourself, other people and the environment (to some degree) and you’re not a criminal, you’re doing alright in my book. 

Keeping it short and sweet today so that’s a wrap. 

Check in tomorrow for ‘5 people I want to meet for lunch’

Have a beautiful day! 

Love,

Amber-Jean xo 

How To Get To Work On Time

It’s that time of the week again. How To Tuesday! Even though the title says “get to work on time” the suggestions can really be used for any event that calls for you to be somewhere at a particular time. 

  
Take it from someone who was constantly short cutting in the morning (breakfast, hair washing etc) speeding to get to the train and then bolting across a park to make it on time. By the time I sat down I was out of breath and needed a nap. 

Once I moved to Darwin and started to become an adult, I realised that no one will do anything for me so I needed to step it up a bit more. After having my baby I really realised how nice it was to have things in order and the importance of routine. Without a routine, my life, my house and everything around me was chaotic! I then had an “ah-ha” moment and remembered a boss of mine once told me “Piss poor preparation leads to piss poor performance” and boy wasn’t that the truth! Without preparation, I always found I was two steps behind. 

Here’s the bit you’ve been waiting for…

  1. Prepare your gear – Get everything together the night before. Even if you’re super tired. Do it. You will be thanking yourself in the morning.   
  2. Choose your outfit – If you have issues deciding what to wear in the morning and it takes an hour to look good, choose an outfit in the morning that could have one or two pieces that can easily be changed if you are having an issue with it in the morning. For those of you worker bees that wear a uniform, make sure it’s washed and ironed and all the pieces are there so you’re not running around in the morning. My husband is a military man and they have lots of pieces to their uniforms, if he can do it, so can you.   
  3. Find your food – Take your food to work? Love your acai breakfast mason jar? Get it all ready the night before and out your car keys with it. Or your work ID. You won’t forget it then. This would be a good time to organise any other little extra bits like vitamins or tablets that you need to take. Portion them out so you won’t forget to take them.      
  4. Discover your beauty – The last you want in the morning is to wish that you had more time for your hair or make up or shaving your legs. When you’ve got some spare time, experiment with hairstyles that look good but take very little time. I love braids! It took me a while to perfect them but it’s fashionable to have them messy so it’s ok. They’re a great way to hide unwashed hair after 2-3 days. Otherwise, spray the sh*t out of it with Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Hair Dry Shampoo (or whichever you prefer) Use YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram to research quick and easy make up tutorials to make you look away and lively. I recommend watching Lauren Curtis for her ‘Work/Office Makeup Tutorial’ or ‘Sheets to Streets’.   
  5. Direct Route – Test out the best routes to work or public transport timetables to make sure that you have the easiest, quickest way to get to work (or wherever) on time. Remember to allow for traffic and incidents.     

That’s pretty much it. It took me a number of years to do these things but it helped so much. Hope it helps you too. 

Have a great day! 

Love,

Amber-Jean xo

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