Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Birthday Week - H&M and Uniqlo haul

My birthday week is over and done with for another year. Hello late 20's!
I know some people don't enjoy being the centre of attention and loathe birthdays but I just love using it as an excuse to get friends and family together, and to splurge on myself a little.

So we started off last Sunday with a joint Mother's Day/birthday celebration with my family at Jinda Thai in Abbortsford. I'll do a separate review post, but I have to say the food was so good and I definitely recommend you go try it out if you haven't already.

Wednesday was my actual birthday and I started off with a bit of pampering, my SIL got me a voucher for lash extensions so I made use of that. I love having long lashes! I then went and had my haircut, it had been a whole year since my last cut (whoops!) so it was suuper long and I decided to get it chopped nice and short. Mum hair.

Hubby and I then made our way into the city so I could shop it up at H&M. I always love spending a good 2-3 hours in H&M whenever we go overseas, and the Melbourne store did not disappoint. We got there at 5pm and the store closes at 7pm, but we managed to get through it all in the 2 hours. I didn't bother trying anything on in the change rooms though. Here's what I got:

 A couple of basic tops and birthday Hello Kitty socks

One of my favourite pieces is the rose jumper. The fluffy sweater is nice but leaves fluff everywhere!

These are maxi's, hopefully the fit is OK post-birth!

My other favourite piece is this blazer. I somehow managed without a black blazer til now!

I love the cheap accessories at H&M

Close up of the rings - these came in a pack of 2 for only $4.99!

And couldn't resist getting a few things for baby. How cute are the penguin slippers?! Not knowing the gender has kept my spending in rein for now...

We finished off the day with a delicious dinner at Laksa Bar - two thumbs up. We both ordered the soft shell crab house laksa and it was amazing. The broth was thick and flavoursome and the bowl was jam packed full of soft shell crab, veggies, fish cakes, crab stick, egg, and of course noodles. Despite being absolutely starving after my 2 hour shop, neither of us were able to finish our bowls. My laksa craving is satisfied for now, but next time I'm hanging for a good laksa I'll definitely be heading back to Laksa Bar for more!

On Saturday we headed back into the city and checked into the Sheraton for the night. The hotel is only a couple of months old so the rooms are all still nice and new.

After checking in we headed down the road to Miss Fox for a couples massage. It was heaven. The girls were so lovely as usual, and my therapist always made sure to check that I was nice and comfy.

We floated back to the hotel after the massage to get changed for dinner at Cecconi's on Flinder's Lane. More about dinner in another post but in short, it was average. Boo. Or maybe my expectations were too high. Either way we were both a little disappointed.

After dinner we grabbed a gelati from the Spring St Grocer and went back to the room where I drew myself a nice relaxing bath. Ahh. One of the things I'm loving at the moment is watching my belly move as the baby rolls and kicks around in there. It's so weird but cool!

The next morning we enjoyed a lovely buffet breakfast at the hotel - no photos sorry! I forgot to bring my charger so I had to leave it up in the room charging on Ray's one. We then headed over to check out the new Emporium and have a squiz around Uniqlo. For some reason I never got around to checking out Uniqlo all the times we've been to HK and the Philippines so I wasn't really sure what to expect. They have a lot of basics, and the prices here are quite good.

I only ended up getting a couple of things - 

I already have a few totes but this one was half price, made of a thick sturdy canvas and I liked the graphic pattern.

The left one is a long tunic, the right was in the men's tees section. I prefer the fit of men's tees, especially at my current size haha

Ray also got some tshirts on sale and some heattech tops. I'm planning to go back and get some of their stretch jeans after I have the baby and hopefully get back to my pre-baby body. It's so hard going shopping when you are 10 times your usual size!

We finished off my birthday week by meeting up with some friends at the Merrywell at Crown as I heard they have great burgers there. It was a little bit awkward as they don't really have seating for big groups so we sat at a little lounge-type area which made it very hard to eat. I had the American burger which was pretty good, needed more BBQ sauce I thought. I was hungry and forgot to snap a pic of my burger before devouring it. Naughty blogger.

So that was my birthday week 2014. It was so nice to spend some quality time with just me and Ray, as when the baby arrives it won't just be the two of us anymore!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!!! 30 weeks!

Hello blog world! It has been too long between posts so lots to catch up on. I'm hoping I can get back into the habit of posting regularly again.

Hope all the mamas are being spoilt and having a lovely day. My thoughts are also with those who probably find this holiday a hard one, those who long to hold their babies but never will, those who long to hold the mums again but can't. 

Anyway, I can't believe that in 10 weeks or so I will be a mama myself!!! Sometimes I look at my belly and just can't believe that there really is a little person in there, and soon they will be out here with the rest of us! It really is mind boggling.

The pregnancy has been a pretty smooth one, we did have a little scare at the start with a large subchorionic haemorrhage found on the 7 week dating scan. I took it easy for the rest of the first trimester and thankfully by the time we had the 20 week scan there was no sign of the haemorrhage left. Yippee! I didn't suffer badly from morning sickness, just had nausea on and off in the first tri which disappeared and was replaced by a few weeks of severe posterior pelvic pain. I was limping around but luckily that sorted itself out and I've been on top of the world ever since.

Food-wise I haven't really had any strong aversions or cravings. In the first trimester I wasn't a big fan of coffee, but since then I've been enjoying a big cup of decaf every morning. I have been enjoying eating lots of carbalicious food, loving my cheesy pizzas (especially the ones from Costco - so good!).

Emotionally I think I've been pretty stable, just the occasional random cry. The last one being last week when we were watching Frozen. I cried at the start which I normally would anyway because it was a sad part, but then I started crying when she was singing "Let It Go" because I was so happy for the character which Ray found hilarious.

What has been really exciting for me is feeling the baby move. I first felt definite movements at around 18 weeks, and by 20 weeks Ray was able to feel the kicks as well.

Here's some pics of my belly growing progress so far:

Me at 6 weeks

12 weeks

21 weeks

24 weeks

30 weeks

We haven't found out the gender, it'll be a surprise! Although I've been having very strong girl feelings. Either way, I'm just hoping for a happy healthy bub!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Yarra Valley Smaller Wineries Shortest Lunch 2013

Last Sunday we spent the day winery hopping with Ray's parents and his aunty who is visiting from the Phillipines as part of the Shortest Lunch event. It is an annual event held on the shortest weekend of the year (winter solstice), with the funds raised from the entry fees ($10) going to the CFA. You get a wine glass with the entry fee, but I'm not that into wine so was more interested in the lunch aspect! We went to four wineries: Brumfield Winery, Seville Estate, Elmswood Estate and Seville Hill. All the food was delicious and apparently the wines were quite good too. The weather was just perfect for a relaxing afternoon out, looking forward to next year's event! Oh and please excuse the photos, I'm feeling very lazy at the moment and so none of them have been edited, just uploaded straight from the camera. 

Brumfield Winery: Brumfield burger with premium Yarra Valley beef in fresh turkish bread, Anda's tomato & red capsicum chutney, baby spinach, ripe tomato, basil pesto & yogurt sauce $15. I thought this was OK, would have been nicer if the bread had been toasted or warmed up. And why put the chutney all over the plate? I want it in my burger lol.

Seville Estate:
Slow cooked Chinese spiced duck pies with mashed potato and mushy peas $15. Probably my favourite savoury dish of the day, very tasty.
Sticky date pudding with toffee sauce and ice cream $8. This was quite good, Ray said the one I make is better #thingshusbandshavetosay

Elmswood Estate: Belgian waffle with ice cream and homemade berry sauce $10. This was nice, but would have been better if there was a bit more waffle to go with all the ice cream and sauce! The music at Elmswood Estate was the best of the wineries we visited, they had a jazz trio playing and so we stayed and had more wine out on the deck in the sun. It was lovely.

Seville Hill:
House made gnocchi served with a three cheese sauce and a hint of chilli $15. The gnocchi was nice and soft, but I wasn't a fan of the sauce.
Tomato, pork sausage and fennel seed ragu with house made gnocchi $15. I just had a taste of this one, and preferred it over the cheese gnocchi.
They had none of the advertised chocolate pudding cake left and so were serving sticky date pudding. It was nice, but I prefer my pudding with ice cream.

A few days later, I came out of yoga class and was curious as to what my weight is. WELL. Let's just say I am like the heaviest I have ever been in my life and so am now trying to make better food choices! A few weeks ago I got introduced to Arnott's Crown biscuits/Woolie's Toffee caramel biscuits (basically the same thing). I was eating like a pack a day. I think I ate nearly 10 packs in that many days. And I had swapped out drinking water for cordial. So baaaad! So no more chocolate biscuits, no more cordial. Hopefully that will help the weight situation!
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