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Be who you portray yourself to be on social media.

I might not post pics of myself in dressing gowns or me being completely at ease with myself but I try to be honest on social media.That's still a pretty good policy.
Be who you portray yourself to be on social media. I might not post pics of myself in dressing gowns or me being completely at ease with myself but I try to be honest on social media.That's still a pretty good policy.
I can't believe our little monster, I mean sweet pea is 6 months old today. We love you baby girl.
I can't believe our little monster, I mean sweet pea is 6 months old today. We love you baby girl.
Pow.

What is confidence anyway? So many people misunderstand what it is, thinking that they have to alter their personality to become 'Beyonce bold.' Seriously, some of the most confident people I've met are actually quiet and hate the spotlight. Confidence is having faith in yourself, knowing that you can do anything. This is my struggle, it always has been. As humans we sometimes forget that we can do anything. Philippians 4:13 mentions that we need Jesus to give us confidence but  ultimately, although this is true, God did give us free will. We actually choose if we want to believe in ourselves too.
Pow. What is confidence anyway? So many people misunderstand what it is, thinking that they have to alter their personality to become 'Beyonce bold.' Seriously, some of the most confident people I've met are actually quiet and hate the spotlight. Confidence is having faith in yourself, knowing that you can do anything. This is my struggle, it always has been. As humans we sometimes forget that we can do anything. Philippians 4:13 mentions that we need Jesus to give us confidence but ultimately, although this is true, God did give us free will. We actually choose if we want to believe in ourselves too.
Sunday style.
Sunday style.
So worthy. #regram @biancaolthoff
So worthy. #regram  @biancaolthoff
Thursday's visit to the cute cafe @cafe1901jesmond not only saw Halcyon being the loudest chatty kinda gal (baby babble, no actual words) but because she's super curious at the moment, it's hard to get her to pay attention sometimes. There are just so many quirky elements to the cafe, I can see why she was easily distracted.

Yesterday we had play time at Tots. I don't know who had more fun throwing the piece of silver sparkly fabric around with the 3 year olds, me or Halcyon. I seriously think that having a kid is just an excuse for us parents to play more and watch kids movies more. Does anyone agree with me?
Thursday's visit to the cute cafe @cafe1901jesmond not only saw Halcyon being the loudest chatty kinda gal (baby babble, no actual words) but because she's super curious at the moment, it's hard to get her to pay attention sometimes. There are just so many quirky elements to the cafe, I can see why she was easily distracted. Yesterday we had play time at Tots. I don't know who had more fun throwing the piece of silver sparkly fabric around with the 3 year olds, me or Halcyon. I seriously think that having a kid is just an excuse for us parents to play more and watch kids movies more. Does anyone agree with me?
Saturday shenanigans.
What's everyone doing today?

Enjoy your weekend everyone.
Saturday shenanigans. What's everyone doing today? Enjoy your weekend everyone.
Coffee dates with my main man, little lady and mama-in-law. My gang and me walked to the ever-so-cute cafe in a converted church @cafe1901jesmond where I got to see my friend @annabelmarr who works there. It's her last day there tomorrow before she starts her new kick butt job on Monday. So proud of you. 
We had a good time at the cafe, Halcyon was even babbling away, chatting in baby language to herself. She wasn't disturbing anyone, well, only the man at the table next to us who put his fingers in his ears. Bahaha 😂. Ok, sorry my baby is loud but she was happy so no, I'm not really sorry.
Coffee dates with my main man, little lady and mama-in-law. My gang and me walked to the ever-so-cute cafe in a converted church @cafe1901jesmond where I got to see my friend @annabelmarr who works there. It's her last day there tomorrow before she starts her new kick butt job on Monday. So proud of you. We had a good time at the cafe, Halcyon was even babbling away, chatting in baby language to herself. She wasn't disturbing anyone, well, only the man at the table next to us who put his fingers in his ears. Bahaha 😂. Ok, sorry my baby is loud but she was happy so no, I'm not really sorry.
I am one of those people that sometimes get in a rut, you know, if they complain it can be tricky to get out of that cycle. 
But I've been getting out of that cycle a bit more lately and deciding to be more grateful. 
Today I am grateful for family. Yes, sometimes they do our heads in. But at the end of the day, I love my family because we're doing this thing called life together.

What are you grateful for?
I am one of those people that sometimes get in a rut, you know, if they complain it can be tricky to get out of that cycle. But I've been getting out of that cycle a bit more lately and deciding to be more grateful. Today I am grateful for family. Yes, sometimes they do our heads in. But at the end of the day, I love my family because we're doing this thing called life together. What are you grateful for?
The sweet pea blissfully unaware of her beautiful surroundings as she sleeps inside her raincovered cocoon. No it wasn't raining when I took this but had the cover already on, makes for a great wind breaker.

How amazing are autumnal colours? How posh does the word autumnal even sound! We don't use that word in Oz.

Today I am grateful for life. 
I am grateful for a beautiful planet as messed up and decayed as it is...it's still a creation to behold.
The sweet pea blissfully unaware of her beautiful surroundings as she sleeps inside her raincovered cocoon. No it wasn't raining when I took this but had the cover already on, makes for a great wind breaker. How amazing are autumnal colours? How posh does the word autumnal even sound! We don't use that word in Oz. Today I am grateful for life. I am grateful for a beautiful planet as messed up and decayed as it is...it's still a creation to behold.
Do it anyway, for the right reasons that is. 
Your character should be the very core of your identity and your 'works' should not be done to earn your way to the goodlife. 
It's funny, my parents always gave me good advice and examples of what it is to love, accept and forgive those who were cruel to me. I've been accused of being 'nice' one too many times. I don't care. Those people who were mean to me eventually saw that I showed them love and grace and that is an example of why we are even here on this planet. Love.
Do it anyway, for the right reasons that is. Your character should be the very core of your identity and your 'works' should not be done to earn your way to the goodlife. It's funny, my parents always gave me good advice and examples of what it is to love, accept and forgive those who were cruel to me. I've been accused of being 'nice' one too many times. I don't care. Those people who were mean to me eventually saw that I showed them love and grace and that is an example of why we are even here on this planet. Love.
This pic is from Saturday as opposed to today where there was 0% makeup because I actually like not wearing makeup most of the time, not just because I have less time because I am now a mama.

This afternoon I got to cuddle a cute little baby boy and say hi to his twin sister who are both as equally adorable as each other. @disastersofathirtysomething your little ones are so precious and you are doing an awesome job. I have trouble with one let alone two. I have no clue how you do it.
This pic is from Saturday as opposed to today where there was 0% makeup because I actually like not wearing makeup most of the time, not just because I have less time because I am now a mama. This afternoon I got to cuddle a cute little baby boy and say hi to his twin sister who are both as equally adorable as each other. @disastersofathirtysomething your little ones are so precious and you are doing an awesome job. I have trouble with one let alone two. I have no clue how you do it.
Playing and kicking back. Today I caved and bought Halcyon a toy. I'm definitely not anti-toy because I believe kids learn from these and it is also a source of amusement too. She's got soft toys but barely even engages. Now she's getting more excited about colourful stuff. I guess I've travelled a lot and have seen many kids be happy with little as their poverty does not reflect their happiness. I also know that massive toy companies want you to buy their products because if you don't, you're apparently a 'bad' parent. Anyhow, my views aside, I do believe in balance in life and fun and a happy baby so here you have her and her new caterpillar.
Playing and kicking back. Today I caved and bought Halcyon a toy. I'm definitely not anti-toy because I believe kids learn from these and it is also a source of amusement too. She's got soft toys but barely even engages. Now she's getting more excited about colourful stuff. I guess I've travelled a lot and have seen many kids be happy with little as their poverty does not reflect their happiness. I also know that massive toy companies want you to buy their products because if you don't, you're apparently a 'bad' parent. Anyhow, my views aside, I do believe in balance in life and fun and a happy baby so here you have her and her new caterpillar.
Coffee, couches and community. That's what my Sunday's are about. Yes, I am a Christian and I go to church but it's so much more than that. It's nice getting to spend time in the parents room because not only do we get to hear the message on the screen but it's good being surrounded by other mums who make you feel like you're doing a good job at mumming it. Thanks @hillsonguknewcastle
Coffee, couches and community. That's what my Sunday's are about. Yes, I am a Christian and I go to church but it's so much more than that. It's nice getting to spend time in the parents room because not only do we get to hear the message on the screen but it's good being surrounded by other mums who make you feel like you're doing a good job at mumming it. Thanks @hillsonguknewcastle
Such a little word which covers an array of many, many things. Sometimes it's about the big things. Sometimes it's about the little things. Sometimes it's hard to say "yay" when you're having an 'off' day and that is soooooo ok. I hate fakeness. But when you're having an 'on' day, what makes you say "yay"? Today, although I've been up since 5am and think I got up about 5 times in the night with Halcyon, I'm saying yay because with my good friend coffee, I actually got some housework done. That and I've discovered a 5th season of Prisonbreak on Netflix. I am yet to watch and critique, has anyone else seen the new season of it?
Such a little word which covers an array of many, many things. Sometimes it's about the big things. Sometimes it's about the little things. Sometimes it's hard to say "yay" when you're having an 'off' day and that is soooooo ok. I hate fakeness. But when you're having an 'on' day, what makes you say "yay"? Today, although I've been up since 5am and think I got up about 5 times in the night with Halcyon, I'm saying yay because with my good friend coffee, I actually got some housework done. That and I've discovered a 5th season of Prisonbreak on Netflix. I am yet to watch and critique, has anyone else seen the new season of it?
When your human alarm clock wakes you at 5am(Halcyon) and you decide to get 'dressed up' to go to the supermarket by 8am. 
I didn't really need to go but we were out of coffee and I've also been living in my dressing gown a bit lately. I can feel my cold shifting. 
I'm loving this faux fur coat that my mum @carolynritchie1 brought over from Australia recently. Sometimes it's ok to dress up for non-important occasions. It's like we think we have forever on earth. But we don't. Let's live it like it's our last.
When your human alarm clock wakes you at 5am(Halcyon) and you decide to get 'dressed up' to go to the supermarket by 8am. I didn't really need to go but we were out of coffee and I've also been living in my dressing gown a bit lately. I can feel my cold shifting. I'm loving this faux fur coat that my mum @carolynritchie1 brought over from Australia recently. Sometimes it's ok to dress up for non-important occasions. It's like we think we have forever on earth. But we don't. Let's live it like it's our last.
Sometimes we've just got to stop freaking out (I am speaking to myself here as well) and know that it's under control. 
Psalm 46:10
Sometimes we've just got to stop freaking out (I am speaking to myself here as well) and know that it's under control. Psalm 46:10
I don't think Halcyon was very happy with her daddy's kisses last week. Either that or she was sick of being on show in her cute snow suit.
I don't think Halcyon was very happy with her daddy's kisses last week. Either that or she was sick of being on show in her cute snow suit.