Links we’ve loved #1

Kerry from The Simple Year has abandoned us, but for our own good, really. This week the Bridges started The Simple Year 2, taking over Kerry’s blog. Read about their project here. We’re excited!

Caitlin is talking food over at Born Again Minimalist. This post is not only thought provoking but also beautifully written.

Thanks to a guest entry on A Denver Home Companion Mama has discovered and devoured The Maiden Metallurgist. It’s love! (Also, interesting as there are so few metallurgists in the world and even fewer females in the field. Little Fearse’s Papa is a metallurgist, too.)

This is funny.

This is funny and disturbing and also…funny.

Great non-judgemental tips on how to reduce your impact if you’re using disposable nappies. By the same people some surprising facts about what your new clothing is coated with – even more reason to go second hand.

A link from a FB friend for a fabulous child-friendly garden feature.

A shoe collection to make the likes of BP weep.

A long time favourite for Little Fearse. Especially now that she has established that cows go ‘MMM’ and sheep go ‘bbbbb’.

We hope these give you some good weekend entertainment.

Love,
Big Poppa, Mama and Little Fearse xxx

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Liebster Award (and our somewhat dodgy acceptance speech)

liebster-awardAs you know, we are new to the blogging world. We have had so much great feedback here on the blog and in conversation with others in our ‘real’ life. It has really heartened us and made putting effort into regular writing well worth our while. This week Rebecca at The Dissocial Mom surprised us with a nomination for the Liebster Award. It means a lot to us that of all the blogs she reads Rebecca chose ours as one to honour.

Of course, being the Mama I am, I did a little research into the Liebster award. This article gave me the most information and also educated me on the constantly evolving nature of an award that has no real “winner”, prize or judges. It is really a cool way of blog rolling new blogs to your own readership. So, while it once began as a way of sharing blogs with less than 3000 followers, it is now a way of sharing blogs with less than 300 followers. It also, in its current form, asks for 11 facts about you, answers to 11 questions set by the person who nominated you, 5 or so blog nominations and 11 questions for your nominated blogs.

 

The thing is, we’re not always great at following rules. So we’re skipping the 11 facts about us, because you can find out most of the interesting stuff about us just by reading our blog. We’ve answered Rebecca’s questions below. Also, instead of nominating other new blogs we’ve included a list of blogs we love. Most of them don’t meet the criteria of having less than 300 followers, but each of them adds something to our day. This isn’t because we’re trying to buck the system, we just don’t read a lot of new blogs. Perhaps by perusing some more of Rebecca’s nominations we can rectify this.

 

What motivated you to start blogging?

After we’d discussed the possibility of doing Buy Nothing New this year Mama posted a query on her FB status asking if anyone had tried it, or something similar. Lots of people had tried different versions, or were able to share blogs with us by people they knew who had done it. Our friends asked us to please keep them up to date with how we go if we decided to BNN. Mama promised we’d blog about it and there it all began.

If you could ask only one thing of your children, what would that be?

Big Poppa says “Sit still for 5 minutes”. Mama thinks Noni Hazlehurst says it best.

What is your guilty pleasure as a parent?

Big Poppa – whiskey

Mama – Call of Duty

What is your best “go to” dinner when your imagination fails you and you don’t feel like cooking anything else?

Mashed potato. Sometimes with other stuff in it to make it healthier, sometimes just…loads of butter.

What is your most favourite thing to do during your “kid free” time?

Together we love watching Survivor – we’ve recently knocked over three old seasons in a row. Mama loves to read and drink good coffee when she gets a chance. Big Poppa writes music in his down time.

What is one inanimate object in your home that you just could not live without and why?

At the moment, our chest freezer. It is FULL of meals for those nights when we’ve both been busy, or Little Fearse is being a scamp, or it’s really hot. It’s saved us so many times (and so much money).

What is your favourite quote of all time?

Big Poppa reluctantly narrowed it down to JayZ’s You can pay for school, but you can’t buy class. Mama’s favourite “at the moment” quote is John Lennon’s Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can. She still can’t.

Who is your favourite author and why do you love them?

In her personal reading Mama is drawn to strong female writers such as Lily Brett, Margaret Atwood and Zadie Smith. At the moment, while she introduces Little Fearse to as many stories as possible she is rediscovering childhood favourites like Enid Blyton and has to admit that she still holds them very closely in her heart. Also, Maurice Sendak – who doesn’t love him?

Big Poppa loves Roald Dahl because he’s got so many classics from his childhood in his catalogue that it would be hard not to choose him. He likes that he’s a bit dark and nasty, but still a children’s author.

Little Fearse loves Dr Suess.

What is one thing that you used to love doing as a kid that you still secretly enjoy doing?

Big Poppa still loves watching Sesame Street, not so secretly. Mama still enjoys licking the plate after a good meal. Little Fearse has started to copy, which Mama inappropriately thinks is funny.

What is the best advice you can give other parents on how to cope with stress?

Big Poppa says whiskey. Mama repeats this mantra over and over in her head “This too shall pass”. It has helped her through a lot of long, tough days and nights.

On a scale of 1 to 10 how much did you enjoy answering these questions?

On a scale of 1 to 10 we zero want to answer this question. Hehe.

A few of our favourite blogs (technically speaking Mama’s favourite blogs, as BP and Little Fearse don’t read any):

 

The Simple YearKerry ‘s year of living simply is sadly coming to an end in April. If you are thinking of trying to live a little more simply for a year or longer you may want to consider taking over The Simple Year to blog about your journey. Check out her Hand Off link for the details.

 

Born Again MinimalistCaitlin became an overnight minimalist when she got rid of more than half of her stuff all at once. This is her story of sudden minimalism.

 

Make Do and Mend YearJen and her family made a commitment to make do, mend and buy nothing new from September 2012 to September 2013. She’s much craftier than me, so I find her blog very inspiring.

 

Inglorious PlasticsEva-Melina is going without plastic for the 40 days of lent. I’m hoping she will keep writing, because I enjoy her blog. It has really got me thinking a lot about the amount of plastic we bring into our lives through packaging.

 

Childhood 101Christie writes about all things child related. I love her learning through play activities, plus she has a daughter the same age as Little Fearse so I get lots of age appropriate ideas for fun times.

Cat versus HumanClick the link. You won’t regret it.

Honorary (or actual) Liebster Awards to you all.

Liebster Blog Award - Honorary

Honorary just means you can have the award without following the rules.

If you would like to officially accept an actual Liebster Award we are more than happy to ply you with thoughtful questions. Mwah!

Thank you again to The Dissocial Mom for her kind words and the surprise nomination. We’re stoked!

Mama xoxo (accepting on behalf of Big Poppa and Little Fearse, too.)

PS Notice how we’ve started a category titled ‘Awards’. One can only hope. Hehe.

To hoard: “Amass (money or valued objects) and hide or store away.”*

It’s official, BP and I are becoming hoarders. Mainly me, but he’s not immune. The thing about hoarding in our situation is that rarely are we hoarding anything of value.

It started when I put on a brand new pair of Christmas undies early in the new year. The bow fell off the front and instead of throwing it away I went purposefully and placed it with my sewing and crafting ribbons. Just in case… Admittedly, it is difficult to even imagine a scenario where a tiny, itty, bitty ribbon in a bow will become essential over the next year, but still!!

The hoarding continued when BP tried to get rid of a small metal case that a Christmas gift voucher came in. I…just…couldn’t…let…it…go.

Yesterday when I returned to work for the start of the new school year my hoarding came to a head. (I should be careful saying that, this may actually be the beginning rather than some kind of hoarding climax). Someone tried to throw away a small slice tin that is a bit burnt and a bit questionably stained and has probably been lying around the staff room for approximately 7.75 years. I collected it.

(I actually did think this one through. We’re hoping to make Little Fearse an awesome play kitchen and the slice pan was just the right size for a Little Fearse sized oven.)

Then I collected all the plastic wear that has been left behind by over worked, under fed staff over the years. Then I collected a huge tub of pencils and textas that probably all have broken leads and splayed nibs. Next someone offered me a roll of ten million thousand trillion gabillion freezer bags for my big bake up. A kind community member dropped off a stack of calendars for the teachers to use. Yoink. The boss gave me a diary and planner he wasn’t going to use…

Look. It didn’t end there. It took several trips to and from the car yesterday when I got home to get all of this stuff into the house.

It’s really hard not to panic and pick up every thing that could, just maybe help us out throughout the year. But really, a part of what we’re doing is trying to scale back on the junk we do no need, not build a huge mountain of other people’s discards just in case. We’re not preparing for the apocalypse. We CAN go and buy a calendar / slice tin / stupidly large roll of freezer bags. We just don’t want to.

My only comfort at this stage is reading in Kerry’s blog, The Simple Year, that these urges do fade and as the year wears on we’ll probably stop collecting all this junk. Or find a use for it.

Hopefully we’ll just stop collecting.

Wish us luck,

Mama xox

* Definition courtesy of Google. Thanks Googs!