Wow that month just flew by didn’t it..or do I say that every month? I think that it’s particularly due to the fact that we’ve had the ‘joyous’ school hols for the last two weeks here in New South Wales and so time feels, on one hand, like it’s just flown by with juggling camping, the boys and working and on the other hand, like a nail bitingly loooong fortnight. Anyhoo, they went back to school today, so all will be well with the world again!
So, what have I been up to and what have been my faves for April?
Let’s start with good old TV as you know I love a good series and there have been a few in play this month. I’m sure that I’ve mentioned before that I’m one of those people who will watch and re-watch (and re-watch ad infinitum) TV shows that I love. Last month I got my Gilmore Girls fix and this month I’ve devoured the three seasons of Gavin & Stacey again and it doesn’t matter how many times I watch it or how many of the lines I can recite word for word, I bloody love it and belly laugh/howl my way through it every time! If you haven’t seen it, I am SO jealous as you get to experience it for the first time, but more to the point START.WATCHING.IMMEDIATELY! It’s on Stan and Netflix (we have both..obvs) so choose your weapon and you will not be sorry, it’s glorious! It’s essentially a British comedy that is written by James Corden (yep the chubby bloke from Carpool Karaoke) and Ruth Jones and is about a Welsh girl from Barry and an English boy from Essex who fall in love over long distance conversations and then meet, have a whirlwind courtship and wedding. The cast is amazing, the script hilarious and watching it puts the biggest smile on my face. You’ve got to watch it!
Then on to an oldie but newbie for me, I’ve discovered (about 7 years after the rest of the world) the joys of Offspring. I love the kookiness of the characters and Nina’s Ally McBealesque fantasy moments and am really enjoying getting into it. And one for me and the hubbie (he flat out refuses to watch Offspring) is Stranger Things Season 2. I am a bit of a wuss so the first season, though awesome in its retroness, freaked me right out and I can see that this will undoubtedly be the same. I’ll just have to wear my big girl pants as it’s too good not to watch!
Right on to life and this month has been a lot about decluttering and simplifying in the Mad Life household and I’m loving it. My husband has devoured the Barefoot Investor, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck and watched a handful of docos on the minimalist movement and it’s spurred us in to action to focus on the way that we manage our money, live our life and really evaluate what adds value to our lives. And we’ve gone (and are still going to be honest ) through the house with a fine-tooth comb, decluttering and organising piles and piles of clothes, toys and stuff to donate or throw away and it’s been so freeing. We don’t have a large house (it’s not tiny by any means either) but we’d reached the point where it felt like we had stuff billowing out of every drawer, on every surface and squashed in the back of cupboards. Stuff that we didn’t use, didn’t need and had often forgotten that we owned. Finding a place for everything has pleased me the most as I hadn’t realised how much stuff had been bogging me down mentally and sorting out my wardrobe so that I can now see what I have, what I actually wear and fit into and start the beginnings of a capsule wardrobe, really appeals to me. Quantity over quality and all that!
I hadn’t realised how much I’d been hoarding; suits from my corporate – pre having my 6 year old – days; maternity clothes from said 6 year old – I’m 44 so think that we can safely say that they’re not going to be needed again; size 10 dresses that I last wore in 2010 and wouldn’t fit a bum cheek into now and actually don’t like any more. Why are they still in my wardrobe.? Anyway, you get the gist, I’ve still got my office, some cupboards and under the stairs storage (gulp) to tackle but things are moving in the right direction and I’m enjoying it muchily!
And simplicity has been very much the order of the day on the make up front as well. I’ve been very much in a ‘no makeup make up’ place, just focusing on simple, lightly bronzed skin (I found some corkers this month so have a read if you’re in the market for a new one) with a pop of highlight, natural mascara and lip balm.. or one of the 524 ‘your lips but better’ lippies that I own.
And to finish on a family note, one of my happiest moments of the month was walking into the boys’ bedroom one morning a couple of weeks ago to find my 6 year old lying in bed reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid..for enjoyment! Be still my book loving heart!
And secondly, my fave family moment this month was our weekend camping at Riverwood Downs. I’ve talked about my love for camping before and it’s still strong. This was our first time to this campsite and it was just beautiful. It’s in Barrington Tops so a stunning part of the state and different to the more beach front sites that we typically go to. It’s green and lush and just so pretty. And there’s lots to do which is obviously vital when you need to entertain little people. And the boys had a ball bush walking, playing football, playing with Jessie (our friend’s dog..did I mention it was pet friendly?!), playing 67 games of UNO a day, making secret hideaways, canoeing..there’s a games room, movie nights, a spa apparently (I didn’t realise otherwise would have been right over) and is all round fab. We’ll definitely be going back!
So that was April then. How was yours, what did you get up to?