• my worst habit

    Leaving wet towels lying around, hanging things on door handles and running the car until it’s practically on fumes and breaking down becomes an actual possibility. … I’ve got some pretty bad habits. But my worst habit, by far. Mindless scrolling. You know what I’m talking about. Find yourself with two seconds of time where(…)

  • 11 & 12/52

    portrait of my son, once a week, every week for one year We’re rolling two into one here wee man. These are you’re photos of 21 and 22 weeks old (aka 5 months!). The transformation in you has been staggering during these two weeks. Honestly, it’s like you’re a real boy and not just a(…)

  • 5 of my favourite podcasts

    I’m in a music funk. It’s been quite a while since I’ve found any new music that blows my face off. Band of Skulls were perhaps the last band I discovered for myself. Which means there is a lot of same-same going on around here on the music front. And being a stay at home(…)

  • 10/52

    portrait of my son, once a week, every week for one year Ethan, you are 20 weeks old. We missed your weekly post last week, but Daddy was unexpectedly off work for a couple of days so we just soaked up some family time. We did get a telling off from some folks who missed seeing your(…)

  • first of the month free wallpaper

    The first of July. Here’s a sneak peek of the free wallpaper being released today in my newsletter. I’ll send you one for your desktop, phone and tablet… In both colours, so you can choose. There’s also a lovely note from me to you that includes some of my favourite learning resources… Click here to(…)

  • 9/52

    portrait of my son, once a week, every week for one year Ethan, you are 18 weeks old. (Actually you’re 19 weeks today, but this post was written last week… shhh). This week you have been keeping me on my toes with equal parts screaming and giggling. Often jumping from one to the other with(…)

  • witching hour inspiration

    You know how babies sleep all the time? No?! Yeah, me neither. So the four month sleep regression has well and truly hit. And although our sleep routine is still standing strong, I’ve been getting up several times in the wee small hours of the morning to feed, soothe, pat, shush and rock my little(…)

my worst habit

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Leaving wet towels lying around, hanging things on door handles and running the car until it’s practically on fumes and breaking down becomes an actual possibility.

… I’ve got some pretty bad habits.

But my worst habit, by far. Mindless scrolling.

You know what I’m talking about.

  1. Find yourself with two seconds of time where nothing is demanded of you.
  2. Open up social media feed of choice.
  3. Mindlessly thumb through the ever-scroll.
  4. Stop when you reach something you saw the last time you checked that feed.
  5. Wonder where the last 45 minutes have gone.
  6. Curse yourself for not being more productive.
  7. Repeat.

I’ve only really noticed how bad this habit actually is, now that Gavin has an iPhone. (He’s a late bloomer, only joined the bandwagon from a glorified flip phone this year). It infuriates me to see him spending time on the couch scrolling through his Facebook feed. It’s not a case of vying for his attention, because last night we both sat on our phones doing actual productive things with the fire on and a mug of tea and it was bliss. It’s the knowledge that he’s bleeding time looking at what’s going on in other peoples lives.
Yet I do the very same thing.

It’s like the new channel flicking. Massively annoying to see someone else do it, but an odd, zombie state that everyone finds themselves in with a remote control in hand and a TV to point it at.

And the thing is… I’m not quite sure what to do about it. I’ve heard of people deleting their social media apps, in fact, I know a few who have. But it doesn’t suit me. It feels extreme (Wow, I just said that and want to delete it but I won’t).

So what’s a tech addict to do?
How do I stop mindless scrolling?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

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11 & 12/52

Ethan&Gracie

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portrait of my son, once a week, every week for one year

We’re rolling two into one here wee man. These are you’re photos of 21 and 22 weeks old (aka 5 months!).
The transformation in you has been staggering during these two weeks. Honestly, it’s like you’re a real boy and not just a The Squishy Wriggler anymore.

THINGS ROCKING YOUR WORLD

1. Standing up. It’s your new favourite thing. And you will take every opportunity to do it. The proud look on your face when you stand surveying what’s around you is the best.
2. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. You love your food. Especially steak. And pear.
3. Daddy saying “Did you do a pumpy nappy? Did you? Did You?”. We’re not sure why, but this gets mega MEGA laughs from you.
4. Tickles from Mummy
5. Being in your Baby Bjorn facing out the way. Major excitement at seeing the world at this level.
6. Bath time. You’ve started shrieking when we turn the water on. In a good way. In an excited way. Your face as you do this is particularly hilarious!
7. Gracie, she was your very first up close doggie encounter and we couldn’t have asked for a better one. She licked your hands, you got really excited and then she licked your face and you got even more excited.

THINGS NOT CUTTING THE MUSTARD

1. Egg. You gagged and threw up and I spent the rest of the evening feeling bad about it.
2. Sleeping in your cot during the day. Pram naps it is then.
3. Sleeping at night… Last night you had me up at 10:30pm, 12am, 1:30am, 2:38am, 3:35am, 4:38am and then you got up for the day at 6:10am. Let these words be forever immortalised as the shit you put me through buddy.

But you know what? When you wake up in the morning, even if it’s only been an hour since I saw you last, your excited eyes and massive smile over a new day are the most incredible way to wake up.

I love you sweetheart.

Naomi (aka Mum)

xoxo

Joining in Jodi’s 52 Project at our own pace.

5 of my favourite podcasts

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I’m in a music funk.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve found any new music that blows my face off. Band of Skulls were perhaps the last band I discovered for myself. Which means there is a lot of same-same going on around here on the music front. And being a stay at home Mum at the moment (quite possibly the first time I’ve called myself a SAHM), I have many hours of silence to fill. I do still listen to music. In fact, I just had myself a solo kitchen dance party to some Queens of the Stone Age whilst putting the dishes away #rocknroll.

But mostly, I’ve been listening to podcasts. Usually on my morning walk with the little man.
7:30am is just not the time for music in my earholes, so this routine suits quite perfectly.
It’s also a pretty great way to get inspired and motivated for the day ahead.

The podcast I listen to depends on my mood that day, but here are a few of my favourites:

Good Life Project
Good for inspiration and awe.

The Lively Show
Good for motivation and determination.

The Joy the Baker Podcast
Good for a giggle and real talk.

You Need a Budget (YNAB)
Good for a making finances interesting (and manageable).

The Wellness Wonderland Radio
Good and wholesome.

I often find myself with an empty podcast playlist though, so I’d love to know…

What are your favourite podcasts?

Love and banana bread,

Naomi
xoxo

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10/52

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portrait of my son, once a week, every week for one year

Ethan, you are 20 weeks old. We missed your weekly post last week, but Daddy was unexpectedly off work for a couple of days so we just soaked up some family time. We did get a telling off from some folks who missed seeing your photo (oops!). You are one loved little boy.

THINGS ROCKING YOUR WORLD

1. Spoon feeds. Baby rice cereal and pureed apple are your faves so far.
2. Eating anything I put in your wee hands. A teething rusk and sliced up apple are the best for munching on!
3. Super Dad Sunday… Aka. The day Mummy gets a bit of a rest and Daddy becomes primary parent.
4. Daddy bouncing you on his knee and playing guitar. Actually, anything involving your Dad is sure to get a smile.
5. Mummy’s over animated eating noises that entertain you while she shovels food in her gob.
6. Watching the washing getting hung out. There’s something about a sheet being shook out that sends you into a wrinkle.

THINGS NOT CUTTING THE MUSTARD

1. Napping between the hours of 1pm and 5pm. You will not have a bar of it!
2. Having to lie down anywhere. You’re practically doing crunches to sit up.
3. Having your arms put in sleeves. Worst thing that ever happened to you.

You’re making Dad and I laugh so much this week little man. We love you oh so much.

Naomi (aka Mum)

xoxo

Joining in Jodi’s 52 Project at our own pace.

first of the month free wallpaper

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The first of July.

Here’s a sneak peek of the free wallpaper being released today in my newsletter.
I’ll send you one for your desktop, phone and tablet… In both colours, so you can choose.

There’s also a lovely note from me to you that includes some of my favourite learning resources…

Click here to get yours… It’s completely free.

Just some monthly love from me to you.

Naomi

xoxo