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I often follow blogs because they're just so gosh darn pretty. The photography is sublime and perfectly captures the beautiful happenings of the blogger's life. And I am a BIG sucker for the pretty, the aesthetically pleasing. So those kinds of blogs get me right in the sweet spot.
And yes, in some small way, I aspire to that pretty life. Even though The Little Mumma has built itself on truth-telling, even though that is the number one reason people tell me they love this particular blog, I still yearn for the pretty. And scheme about the various pretty things I could blog about.
So I started taking photos when we went to get our Christmas tree this Saturday just gone. I thought there'd be lots of opportunity to get some really great shots of the family choosing our first real pine tree together. And actually, I did get some really cute shots. And then once again, when we decorated the tree.
A picture is worth a thousand words. This we know to be true. But did anyone ever bother to question whether any of those thousand words were even remotely true? Because I can tell you unequivocally that the photos you see above are out and out LYING. It looks like a family, four adorables, laughing and revelling in the holiday cheer. But really, if it had a soundtrack, it might begin to paint a very different picture.
"No, LD, you may not take the photos. Because the camera is very expensive and you're only three years old, that's why! Don't you dare hit the camera with that dinosaur. Don't make me send you to time out! B, Zee is eating the tinsel! Stop Zee from eating the tinsel, B! LD, don't wrap the tinsel around my neck. LD! I sa -aaccchhhhh, aaaccchhhh! Right, that's it, time out! Time out for choking your mother! No Zee, we just put those baubles up, stop taking them down. No, Zee! No! No, don't chew the electrical cord. B, unplug the lights! Quick, unplug them, Zee is chewing the cord. LD, they're called Christmas carols and we're going to listen to them and ENJOY it. I said ENJOY IT, damn it!"
Betty, my mum, called me today. She asked me how the tree decorating had gone. I told her it had been a hellish nightmare and that we'd quit half way through and only once the kids were safely tucked away in bed did we attempt to finish it. She laughed and said something along the lines of "Kids ruin everything. They're bullshit." That's my interpretation of it, in any case. And yes, many things I've so very much looked forward to doing with my kids and introducing them to for the first time have invariably descended into a whingeing, crying fiasco. With a couple of misleading photos to mark the occasion.
So, I think next time I'm looking at one of my favourite pretty blogs, I'm going to remind myself of what they're not saying. Because the pretty blog, the blog as art, has an important place. I definitely want to keep reading them. As long as I don't start beating myself up for not being them....
This week's giveaway is courtesy of the lovely Julie at Rascals and Ragamuffins. I recently bought some pants for LD and Zee (two of which are featured in the above pics) and was so delighted with the handmade quality and Julie's amazing customer service. Sourcing fabrics that are bright and unique, Julie makes all her pieces with easy care and easy wear in mind. I'm delighted to offer The Little Mumma readers the chance to win a Rascals and Ragamuffins outfit. I have two to give away - for a baby girl and a baby boy. Perfect for your little one or a gift for someone elses!
Visit Rascals and Ragamuffins Made It page here and then leave a comment below on your favourite piece. Also, indicate whether you would like to win the BOY or GIRL prize.
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The winner will be drawn at random next Monday 6th December. This giveaway is open to international readers.
the official chubby hand has selected the winner to be
Congratulations Jane! Please email or Facebook me with your mailing details so that I can send some sweetness your way.
Thank you to everyone who entered.
And a huge thank-you to the wonderful sponsors of Sweet November - Chocolatier Australia. And to Murray, too.
Have a great weekend and I'll see you again Monday with another fabulous giveaway to announce.
A new regular feature - which puts the fear of god in me because making something a 'regular feature' means I kind of have to do it...regularly. The pressure is on. But I think I can take it.
Lately, Zee is doing everything in his power to shake off the baby tag. His battle for independence extends to feeding time and so, less and less, I get to feed him my homemade purees. But at the beginning of the solids journey, these amazing freezer trays by mumi&bubi were a godsend. Recommended to me by a dear friend, The Ladybird, they made the task of freezing and storing portions of homemade baby food so easy. And added to that, the kit comes with a recipe book which does all the hard work for you, suggesting purees and required quantities. I made mushroom puree for Zee! I would never have thought to do that with LD. He was all pumpkin and carrot, apple and pear. Good stuff but not particularly adventurous. I think I'm paying for that now with LD's very limited diet. Anyhoo, the point is the trays are ace - and free of nasties like BPA and PVC.
We had Zee baptised two Sundays back. I was on the lookout for plain white cotton pants. Of course, I couldn't find a thing in the stores so I headed to madeit.com.au. I didn't find what I was looking for but I stumbled across some seriously cute pants which naturally, I had to buy anyway. While I was at it, I sent the seller an email with a custom order request for the white pants. Julie at Rascals and Ragamuffins was incredibly helpful and in less than two weeks, my little parcel of pants arrived. FIVE pairs. The white ones I had been searching for originally......... and the other four pairs I just had to have! Beautifully finished quality pieces that are unique and amazingly priced. Oh, how I love to stumble upon such finds. Handmade is just nice, don't you think? And the lovely Julie wants to give away some of her gorgeous clothes to two lucky readers - competition announced Monday! If I had a daughter, she would definitely be wearing this.
3. Crust Pizza
I have decided it is worth paying more for premium pizza. And this is some good shit. New store just opened in my 'hood. Radical!
4. Destination Weddings B and I are not married. It was by design. As in, we got engaged and then started the baby-making with plans to marry later when we had some spare dough. Ha! We were crazy dreamers, man. But seriously, time ticks by and we just want to be Mr&Mrs so bad. But what with the event planning anxiety of late, I'm starting to think eloping is the way to go. And B is all for that. We're thinking warm, we're thinking tropical resort, we're thinking little chapel by the sea.
5. MamaBake Best little revolution ever. Mummas get together and each one cooks a big batch recipe. Everyone goes home with servings of each for the fam. At least a few nights meals sorted in an afternoon. I'd probably have a little sippy sip of somethin' somethin' as I cooked! Now, to rally together my own little group of Mamabakers.....
6. Birthday Boy Happy 1st Birthday, my tiny love. Any time you want to grow some hair, you have my full and unwavering support. I love you, beautiful boy.