a quick guide to the village...
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nb. this post was written in january and i literally just realised i forgot to post - whoops! pregnancy brain.

one of the many perks of my job is that i get to extensively travel the world. some trips there is no time to stop and smell the roses literally, its go-go-go, all our time in uber’s, airports, planes and hotels and other times we have a few days here and there to make the most of the many cities i get to visit to take some down time. this last minute trip to the usa was the latter and i was fortunate to get a weekend off.

its been a few years since ive been to new york and this last minute dot com trip got me a little excited to explore some of my favourite neighbour hoods and see whats new, whats happening and where the cool peeps are hanging. 

we based ourselves in the east village in a gorgeous apartment from the folks at one fine stay, which is, in my opinion, the way to do it if you are away for longer than a few days and want to have kitchen facilities to use.

you know how much i love eating my way around the various places we visit so here are some of the spots we frequented that were definitely worth the treks in the snow, sub-zero tempratures and the long waits, in some instances:

best for coffee: blue bottle coffee, plant shed and kaffe 1668.

best for breakfast, the standard east, the smile and the loyal.

best for lunch: ed’s lobster shack, jacks wife frieda and the smith.

 best for groceries: whole foods and the westside market.  

 some of my favourite shopping haunts: anthropology, urban outfitters, sephora, le labo, diptyque, glossier and the detox market.

where i look for recommendations: refinery29, thrilist.com, trip advisor, time out, goop and the gothamist.

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welcome miss sunny peaches...
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yes it may be 10 weeks late but she’s here. born on 2 april 2019. she arrived 17 days early and surprised us all but this little button has been on her own agenda from day one in the womb.

yes we’re obsessed. life been turned upside down. but we are so in love and wanted to finally let the world know, our little blossom has arrived.

the pic above was peaches at six weeks old. she’s healthy, gaining weight and very well behaved. we have recently been on our first trip o/s - to nz (more on that to come).

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our third trimester...
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well peeps its a bit late but better late than never. my third trimester was a rollercoaster of good days and bad days. the evenings were uncomfortable and looking back i wish i had made the most of a full nights sleep in the second trimester as i pretty much got zero in the final few weeks.

i had to admit defeat and purchase some actual maternity wear and ended up pretty much living in dresses and one pair of lulu lemon gym pants (yep the ones i blogged about in the first trimester) in the lead up to miss peaches parker arriving.

after looking back at my pregnancy it was pretty incredible to think that she’s already been to so many countries (singapore, malaysia, thailand, uk, france and the usa - some multiple times) so i really hope she’s got the travel bug.

a few sites and things that got me through my final trimester are listed below that may or may not come in handy if you are also cooking a bun in the oven.

sites

i knew pretty much as soon as we found out that we were expecting that i wanted to get her onto a feeding routing asap. i am not one to pass judgement on others as parenting is 100% different from couple to couple however i knew that we would function better as parents getting her onto a schedule from day dot. this site was recommended to us and its got some amazing info and scheduling routines on there.

clothing

adding on to the below post from our first trimester, i snapped up a few items from legeo heritage whilst on sale, i opted for some items that were cute and practical but also “feeding friendly” a term that multiple people started dropping once we got into the final trimester.

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some new pj’s and slippers that can also double up for when you’re in hospital. as i was wanting to ensure that i wasn’t going out to purchase too many new items that were only going to work whilst pregnant i made sure that these babies were going to work post-pregnancy. they are practical and pretty damn cute.

maternity bras are a must and if you havent already, go and get some bras that fit well and don’t have an underwire.

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our second trimester...
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ok we got through the second trimester… just. unfortunately i had severe morning sickness (read head in toilet bowel) right up to 20 weeks so its suffice to say i wasn’t loving being pregnant in the second trimester - even though most women say its their favourite time, i had no such luck.

now i am through the morning sickness, i am feeling a little more like myself and am even back to walking and have gotten back into the occasional yoga class which is doing a lot for my 2019 new years resolution of wanting to be more “mindful”.

peach, as we are lovingly referring to her as, is healthy and tracking along well, the doctor is super happy with how shes progressing and both kurt and i are loving feeling her cute little kicks in the evenings when we finally have a chance to slow down.

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i have started to get through a bit of a shopping list (this one is magic) and managed to kick some serious goals last week when i picked up the pram and finally decided on a car seat and even put it on lay-by. i mean - who am i even. haha.

beauty

i wanted to note a few things that i have been thoroughly enjoying now i am over the half way mark in the hopes it might get you thinking about potentially spending a little time on you.

i have been keeping my monthly facial appointments to ensure that elusive “glow” doesn’t fade but given the handful of changes your body goes through i have also upped my manicure and pedicures as my nails are one, growing insanely fast but two - my skin all over seems to be needed a bit of tlc at the moment.

I am also investing in a pregnancy massage once every six weeks and am also enjoying a few additional blow dries. whilst you are growing and stretching and feeling far from sexy, i personally don’t think spending a little on making yourself look your best, is going to hurt.

as mentioned above and in the previous post, i think its super important to stay active and move your body. weather its a walk after dinner, a light weights session or a few minutes meditation in the am to regroup and chill, both your body and the bub will love you for it.

books

finally - take some time to makes notes and maybe keeping a pregnancy journal. i have been reading through nurture, a gorgeous book which gives you well informed, holistic approach to the changes you will go through pre-during and post-pregnancy. but she highly recommends journaling throughout your journey not only to connect with your babe but also to take some time out of the day to sit still and actually think about the present.

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our first trimester...
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morning sickness is real and man oh man did i get it bad! now im not a vomit-er at the best of times (unless its self/wine-inflicted) so the “literal” projectile vomiting that comes with morning sickness was completely foreign to me. 

unfortunately, at this point, i don’t think i am going to be one of those pregnant women who says, oh i loved everything about pregnant – this is based on a few things… one being – the headaches, morning sickness and other uncontrollable things such as sleepless-ness, being completely out of your control.

second is the drastic change of diet based on the fact that you cant stomach anything, so i was basically living on plain pasta and cheese most evenings or vegemite on toast each and every morning.

fyi - we found out baby at around eight weeks so we were a good chunk of the way through the first trimester before things really started turning pear shaped, which i suppose is a good thing, we made up for it well and truely for the next six weeks.

so… i am absolutely not clued up on having a baby, i have never been one of those females who pictured themselves pregnant or wondered what their baby will look like… but – i am going to share some of the items/apps/miscellaneous things that have been a godsend since this new chapter began for us. 

apps 

both kurt and i are using the app, what to expect when you are expecting, its really educational with its weekly video as you progress. you get daily tips for you and the baby as well as its got a great search function if you have any questions and forums to get amongst if you want to chat with other mums-to-be.  

pregnancy+ is another one i am using which gives you cute little size guides each week about what your bub is. this week for example, on the size scale, we are either a peach, a duckling or a brownie. 

one for first time dads is, whos your daddy, one both kurt and i love as it puts everything into man terms. i.e. this week your baby is the weight of a fishing lure and the size of a floppy disk etc. 

clothing 

from around week eight i really struggled wearing pants, not because they didn’t fit me (i am currently 14 weeks and still fit all my clothes) but your become super sensitive as your tummy grows.

i have been living in bassike dresses (try david jones sale section), a couple of bae the label numbers and i also just received my first delivery of asos maternity wear – all are relatively cheap and bassike dresses aren’t maternity so can be used post-bub. 

get yourself a comfortable sleep shirt – i absolutely love my personalised one from jasmine and will – or a nice set of pj’s, you’ll be so tired, your favourite place will literally be your bed. 

i also invested at 12 weeks in some calvin klein briefs and crop tops which i am living in as the weather gets warmer, particularly to sleep in and given the fact that my boobs have nearly doubled in size, underwire bras wont be comfortable for much longer. 

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a good water bottle to keep you hydrated.

i have been treating myself to sparkling mineral water with a dash of lime cordial and fresh lime - its really refreshing and can be served in a wine glass with lots of ice when you are socialising so you don’t feel left out.

i have kept up training with my pt throughout pregnancy and have found it amazing even when i don’t feel like it - keeping your body moving is important - just make sure you let your trainer know how far along you are so they can modify your routine.

these lululemon pants are amazing if you are wanting to stay active and fit.

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well we have some news for you...
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you heard it here first… we are pregnant and having a little girl come april 2019, making us currently 14 weeks.

this week, she’s a peach, so we are loving referring to her as peaches and for some reason, its sticking, much to kurts dismay.

little poppet is a complete surprise and we have come to think of it as the universe having a bigger and better plan for us.

this being the case, i am determined not to let my resolution of visiting a new country each year from the age of 30 - and 2018 saw me add kuwait to the list, albeit by defaults it was a work trip.

i am currently going through the rollercoaster of emotions, some days its excitement and elation, other days its complete apprehension and anxiety as i am roughly three years off the age we were thinking of maybe talking about trying.

i am going to start compiling a list of all the things i have been using/avoiding through the up’s and downs of severe morning sickness and how we are coping with this new-found change of direction.

do you have any recommendations of things we should start looking at buying now that we are into the second trimester?

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top 30 by 30... i don't think so
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well fml!!!

vogue just released the top 30 countries you should have visited by 30 and i have heaps to go. to be honest, i am not doing too badly, but we still have a long way to go! i really need to get on to start to tick this shit off i tell you. i have highlighted the list below, perhaps you are doing a little better than me?

 

30. sri lanka

29. costa rica (phew – i have been here twice! loved it and cant wait to go back)

28. brazil

27. canada (have been here twice, but only in winter and only to snowboard so maybe i get half a point for trying…)

26. china (another one off the block; didn’t love it and probs wont be returning any time soon… #sorrynotsorry)

25. south korea

24. finland

23. ireland

22. portugal

21. the netherlands

20. germany

19. denmark

18. iran

17. morocco

16. argentina

15. the united states (yasss a tick for here, have seen a small amount of both the west and east coast and even called miami home for three months)

14. france (i can comfortably say oui s'il vous plait (yes, please) to paris and st tropez 

13. chile

12. greece

11. italy (i was in milan for 24 hours so i am not thinking this counts)

10. south africa

9. india

8. cuba (one of my fav places of all time – seriously, just go)

7. mexico (ok i am on a role here as i have spent time in all of the below. my absolute obsession and adoration for mexican food comes from our month spent all over this amazing country)

6. vietnam (a must visit in asia – really great for your first oe)

5. japan (love love love – a month here was no where near enough)

4. indonesia (well we lived in bali for almost a year and we have ventured to sumatra, nias and nusa lembongan but need to see more)

3. united kingdom (always a fav for both work and play)

2. new zealand (i was born here, its home when im not at home)

1. australia 9 (i am a little embarrassed to say i have only visited thee states in australia so i do really need to get my butt in to gear and see more of this great red land).

 

so how’d i do? 13/30 – ekkkkkkkk not even half way through. come on peeps – where should we go next? 

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life's good and all about family...
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2018 has gotten off to a great start. we are full steam ahead on the renovation and aiming to be in at the beginning of march, we have booked a few little weekend getaways in the coming months (a straddie getaway for our one year wedding anniversary and nz for easter) and things are ticking along for me at work, as well as for kurt who is building and managing two large scale renovation projects. 

my sister welcomed two beautiful identical twin baby girls (indi and isla) on jan 6 and its been so wonderful being about these two little babes over the past few weeks and my sister taryn and her family will be over to visit in the coming week - so 2018 for us has been very family orientated thus far. 

for those of you who have followed this blog since its inception since 2010, you would probably know how close i am with my family. my parents are not only parents, but great friends and fabulous mentors and my sisters are my best friends. 

i know how incredibly lucky i am to have some a loving and supportive family who are there for each other 24/7 (take for example my dad who shows up every weekend at our house ready to work or mum who drops take away coffee's off when she senses morale is a little low on a sunday afternoon when we've been working around the clock to get gyprock hung), no matter the up's or downs - and man... there were a lot of those in 2017. 

so looking at my 2018 goals from my last post, i am on track at the moment with numero tres (3) - getting through the reno and numero cinco (5) - making the most of weekends/long weekends etc. how are you going with your 2018 goals? given its the beginning of february, do you need to get back on track or are you still on the bandwagon? 

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new year - new me...
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when the clock strikes at midnight and we celebrate the start of a new year we are always banging on about new year resolutions. what are we going to do different. better. what are we going to do more or less of. its a revolving door each and every year and ill admit, i do jump onboard.

but this year, 2018 felt different to me for some reason. perhaps its age. perhaps it was that 2017 was full of life lessons. perhaps its that i feel like 2018 will be full of hope, wonder, joy and prosperity. well - at least thats what im hoping. 

january 1 2018, started off well - i was clear headed (read. not hungover) and we made the most of it by road tripping it down south for a lovely long lunch. our christmas and new years hasn't been the most "restful", to be completely honest, we have worked everyday we could without pissing off our neighbours. 

this being the case, i have some goals (i am not going to call them resolutions because that term is usually short-lived) for 2018 that i am going to write down here, in the space, to keep me accountable.


1. quality over quantity - my mission for 2018 is definitely to consolidate and surround myself with more like minded peeps that enrich my life rather than add drama

2. spend more time in/at/near the ocean (no explanation needed...)

3. finish our friggin renovation 

4. travel to at least one new country this year (this was something i vowed to do every year after i turn 30, visit a country i haven't been to before - in 2017, it was italy) 

5. make the most of long weekends and public holidays by pre-planning trips away or tacking on a few additional days here and there when i have to travel for work and making the most of the places we get to visit  

6. use eye cream religiously 

7. practise self love (slow down a little and go for a walk/pilates or mediate instead of a high-impact, cardio based, loud thumping music f45 class, don't beat yourself up for having a carb heavy, creamy meal instead of a salad, be more mindful and finally be present in the moment) 

8. learn more - i want to spend time learning new skills, be it a short language course, a pottery or art class or a few modules of interior design at university 

9. decide on a chosen career path and set some goals for the next 1,2 and 5 years 

10. purchase another property somewhere (nz, northern nsw or straddy)


just a little fyi peeps - a 2017 study conducted by pilot pen concluded that only 12% of australians stick to their new years resolutions...

so with that in mind; bring on 2018 i say. lets do this damn thang! 

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2017 has been...
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if someone could have told us, this exact time a year ago, that 2017 was going to be an incredibly trying year for kurt and i, i honestly wouldn't have believed you. we had just relocated back to the gold coast from a nine month stint of travel and work whilst living in bali (a bucket list item) and we were newly engaged. the world was our oyster and we were trying to find our groove after an interesting career change (read yachting) but we were positive and optimistic. 

one year on, 2017 has been tough to say the least and i am so hoping that 2018 will be bigger and brighter for us. as some of you fly-the-coopers would know, i am usually proactive-ish on keeping you up to date with our adventures, but alas, this year, our "adventures" have consisted of getting married, starting a business and taking on a full scale renovation whilst working full time. 

when i turned 30 in september, while in fiji on a belated honeymoon (i will get around to posting a few snaps of that soon), the unfortunate passing of my nan turned september into a bit of a messy month with plenty of travel back and forth between australia and new zealand to be with family at a very sad time. this being the case, i really wasn't able to take a step back and look at what 30 really looked like. 

what did i want to have achieved by 30? am i close? do i even know what i want out of this first year in my 30's? its suffice to say that there are a lot of looming thoughts floating around my head and i really cannot answer any of my own questions, let alone other peoples. 

two things i do know at this point in time are (relative to being 30 and 2018) i would like to endeavour to visit at least one country per year that i have never visited before every year from now on and two, that 2018 has got to be better than 2017. i mean, it can't be worse. so there it is. 

not to sound underwhelmed but it seems as thought my first goal will soon be achieved by a last minute whirl-wind trip to milan in early december - so bring on all the pizza and pasta i can eat in two days.  

how has 2017 treated you? am i alone on this or has this just been a really disjointed and random year? 

 

 

 

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