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Life’s Natural Highs

11 Apr

Falling in love

Hearing your favourite song on the radio

Lying in bed listening to the rain outside

Bubble baths

(Beautiful photo shoot from On To Baby)

Giggling

Long conversations late at night

Lazing on the beach

(Photo from Cazpix Photography – local SA talent!)

Running through sprinklers

(Picture Source)

Laughing at an inside joke

Laughing at yourself

Laughing so hard your stomach hurts

Friends

(Image from Tumblr)

Having someone tell you you’re beautiful

(Print originally seen on Pinterest)

Are you a mermaid or a whale?

30 Nov

I couldn’t have stumbled upon this at a more perfect time – just as I’ve headed to the shops to try and find something suitable to wear for the beach trips on our upcoming holiday to the sea! It’s been a traumatic few days as I go from hating what this body looks like in a costume, to saying stuff it, celebrate the love handles for what they are and who you are… It’s a constant debate I have for myself – I guess the proof will be in the pudding (ahem, I mean salad) as to whether I get this body in a costume to the beach.

Here’s the piece that I found that I’m going with for now….

“A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

Dear people,

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.

They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.

They sing incredibly well and are sometimes even on CDs. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?

They would have no sex life and could not bear children.

Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.

And, who wants a woman that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.

We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.

Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I?! “

Lego

19 Nov

(Via MyModernMet)

Band Aids all around

20 Oct

So you may have noticed that I didn’t have a post yesterday… well, that’s because my darling Macbook had to go in for repairs. Now you know me, I’m always a massive fan of colours… EXCEPT when the colours are your computer screen flashing from one very bright colour to the next! Hopefully it won’t need more than a band aid to fix it!

Then my little monkey had to go to the doctor on Tuesday as well, nothing serious, she just sounded a little like our neighbours dogs barking!!! Yuk, hate it when they’re sick… but again though, I have to be grateful cause we were sent home with a ‘call me in a week if she’s not better and I’ll prescribe antibiotics’ – love doctors who don’t throw antibiotics at these little ones at any opportunity.

And then I came across this lovely blog –  Love and Lollipops, and saw the very cute posts there done with band aids and play play first aid kits and I just knew I had to post about Band Aids today 🙂

(Image and some great posts on ‘Doctor Doctor’ playing for kids over at Love and Lollipops)

Also from Love and Lollipops is this very very cute handmade card – yup, you guessed it… made with band aids!

And then there are these that I reckon are just pretty cool!

(Image from Design You Trust)

How funky is this First Aid Kit available from Sisters Guild

And don’t you think these would suit my medicine cabinet….

Travel kits – A variety of medical help available here… I have a blister, I need to sleep, I have body aches etc…

And if all else fails, have a cupcake

(Image from Pinterest)

RIP Steve Jobs

6 Oct

I have to be honest, it’s been a frantic week and I didn’t have a post lined up for today. A sad day today with Steve Jobs passing – what a inspirational man.  Here’s a quote from him that I love…

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to…love what you do. – Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone else’s life“. – Steve Jobs

Here’s our tribute to this great man, in Colour Giggles style…

(Image source)

How cute is this apple carving – what a treat for a lunch box.. This and more ideas from Cute Food for Kids

How cute…

Image from Katherine Marie Photography

That’s all for today… R.I.P Steve Jobs

 

Santa’s Shoebox

28 Sep

Not my normal post today, but definitely one that is very close to my heart. I’m not going to start posting about Christmas just yet I promise, but the deadline for this amazing project / charity (Santa Shoebox Project) to support is the end of October…

“Santa Shoebox Project is an inspiring community initiative that co-ordinates the donation, collection and distribution of personalized gifts at Christmas time to underprivileged children; while at the same time helping parents teach their own children about the joys of giving.

Participating is a profoundly valuable and personal experience as the donor knows the name, age and gender of the child that he/she chooses to donate to and the name of the organization that cares for the child.”

I really do want to instill the value of compassion with our monkey. I think it’s so important for her to understand from an early age that our beautiful country is unfortunately full of people and family’s that are under priviledged. Families that don’t have an income, children who don’t own a pair of shoes, who don’t know the joy of owning a toy, let alone opening a stocking full on Christmas morning, and Mother’s who don’t know where the next meal is coming from for their families. I want Layla to understand this and my wish is really that as she grows up she has only respect and compassion for people that are less fortunate than us. For me, this project is just the most amazing gift we can give – not just a gift we can give to these special kids, but a gift we can give to our own family.

I ask you to please pledge a shoebox for a child this Christmas…

(All images are from the Santa Shoebox Website)

 

The first day…….

12 Sep

So last week I went to put my monkey’s name down at a gorgeous pre-school. It really does seem to be a special place filled with loads of very happy kidlets.  And seriously, how can you go wrong with sending your child to a school that goes by the name of Happy Days… Happy Days, now that’s what I’m talking about!

So I’ll admit that I was a little nervous, I put a considerable amount of time and thought into what I was wearing – my standard flip flops probably not going to cut it, and off I went feeling a little like I was going for a job interview.

I’m pretty confident that we’ll be ‘accepted’ and that I got the monkey’s name down on the list in time –  I mean hellooo – I was kind of proactive on this one (well, with a few nudges from special friends)… considering I sent the invitations out to our 1st birthday party about a week before the big day, I’m thinking that a year and a half (which is the time before the monkey will go to this school) is quite very on the ball.

So I know I’m getting ahead of myself… but couldn’t help it. Don’t get me wrong I’d keep my monkey at home forever if I could, but while we’re on the subject of first day at school…..

(Image from Sugar Bee Crafts)

Here’s a cute idea from Alpha Mom to record the day as well…

And in the mean time, while I have my gorgeous precious monkey at home with me, I’ll continue to try and do the following on a daily basis..

(Print available from Etsy)

Slides

25 Aug

Our little monkey discovered the joy of slides a few weekends ago and now it’s tough getting her away

(Image Source: We Heart It)

Can just imagine her coming flying down one of these with her dad!

(Image Source: Tumblr)

Imagine having this staircase /slide in your house!

(Image source)

Or even just a slide from your bed – would make getting up in the mornings a whole lot easier

(Image Source: Squidoo)

Thank you

17 Aug

For all the super kind words of love and support from my post on Monday. I so appreciate it and just wanted to say thank you. Every comment, every phone call, every thought and prayer really has helped, regardless whether it’s from a stranger or a best friend. Out of every bad comes good, and once again I’m overwhelmed by the kindness of people. x Onwards and upwards, I’m even feeling a post coming up soon 🙂

Just an update from me and what’s been going on in our world

15 Aug

I started this blog as a place to write some words for our beautiful daughter, to post some images of inspiration and I suppose as a general celebration of how much our monkey has brightened our world since the moment we found out we were pregnant with her. A little while ago, I also mention that I’ve had  a good reason for not posting much this last month. In my mind I had the post all planned out, I was going to share our amazing news that we were just over 12 weeks pregnant with our second monkey. I had some gorgeous pics saved of recording your pregnancy, announcing your pregnancy and cute new born pics, but sadly it’s not to be.

On Wednesday this week, we went for our 12 week scan and unfortunately, they immediately picked up a problem with the baby – our precious little baby was diagnosed with a condition called anencephaly. This is a fatal condition where basically the baby growing inside does not have any brain tissue and the skull hasn’t formed correctly. There is no chance for survival and for both Gav and I there really was no decision, but to terminate. The baby could feel no pain because he/she didn’t have that part of the brain. I know there are families out there that do carry these babies to term, but in our hearts we’ve made the right decision for both the baby and our family.

Making the right decision, still doesn’t make it any easier. It’s only been a few days and I know we’ll get this through, but for now, there is just an amazing sense of loss and sadness that comes from deep within my soul. I’m once again blown away by the love that we can feel for these little souls just a few months into a pregnancy. Our baby will always live in our hearts and will always be loved, God needed an extra angel this week and I know that my baby is up in Heaven, is comforted, loved and in a safe place.

My littlest littlest monkey, you will always live in our hearts. The reason you were taken from us so early will never be understood, but we trust and believe that God has a plan for us all. We know you are in a safe place, at peace and are as loved as you could ever be by your us, your family down here…

I will continue blogging, hopefully sooner rather than later. For now, my world just doesn’t seem the right place for  birthday party ideas and other cute things that I like to think belong in the Colour Giggles space. I’m sure it won’t be long before the brightness and fun returns, but bear with me for now and I hope to see you all back here shortly when I do start posting again.