Raising Miss Matilda :: San Diego Mom and Lifestyle Blog
27 September 2014


It's been a week since we touched down in Sydney town.  You might have seen from Instagram that our flight was ..... interesting.  Nope Matilda was great, in fact, she slept 12 hours out of the 15 hour flight (thank you for juuuuust fitting into the bassinet my lovely) but I had a severe allergic reaction about 45 minutes into the flight to who knows what so I spent the trip coming over with hives, trouble breathing and a lovely doctor who was with me the whole time working out what a 6 month pregnant woman could or couldn't take.
Touching down in Sydney was the most amazing feeling in the world.  We were home and my heart instantly felt happy.  After seeing our family the first order of business was the most delicious fresh bakery bread vegemite sandwhich (I'm a very plain eater FYI) some tim tams and then a nap.
We've brought a San Diego cold over with us but despite the the lurgy we've been so social - we've hosted a party (More on that soon) we've been to parties, dinners, lunches, camping trips and hang outs at people's houses.  Aaron's had his birthday here (more on that soon too) and we've visited some of our favourite haunts from when we lived here.  

Being home I realised I've missed family hangouts in the kitchen, Opporto's chicken burgers, Sydney fashion and style, episodes of The Block, girly nights with my BFFs and shopping days with my sister.  I've also realised how much Matilda thrives off being with her family - she is in HEAVEN. She walks around saying 'happy happy happy' all day while playing in a big backyard.  She's obsessed with her granny and nanna and follows them around everywhere.  It's really cute to see.

Stay tuned and I'll be back soon with an update from our baby shower and homecoming party.
26 August 2014


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It's not long till we go home to Sydney for a visit, and while we are there we are going to have a little party for our new little bubbaka.  I can't resist pulling together a look for the party, its sad but its an addiction that I can't get rid of (sometimes I even think about how to pull a look together for a weeknight meal. Ummmm......yea) 

We've got a great outdoor space and lots of kids coming so I wanted to play up the outdoor theme with a tee pee picnic.  I'm not into over the top pink baby showers the colour palate will be a modern black and white but we'll add a few splashes of soft pink, peach, gold an mint to keep it baby appropriate.  I'm going to accessorise the tee pees with some oversized balloons and some lanterns with ribbon in our colour palate.  The food is going to be simple but we'll have a decorate your own cupcake station to keep all the kids entertained when they aren't playing in the tee pees.  As for favours, we'll have crowns for all the kids to take home and I'll bring some American treats home for the adults.  That is, if I don't eat them all myself.  

Stay tuned, I can't wait to do a reveal shortly. 
25 August 2014


This is Matilda at 18 months.  As soon as she wakes she's full of beans, she's got nearly all her teeth and she loves to talk to her teddies.  She can make a happy and sad face and she claps her hands with force. She's started dancing in front of the tv and commercials make for the perfect toddler friendly 30 sec burst of music.  Her favourite food is avocado and she loves steak. She likes to pretend she's shopping by walking around the house filling up a paper bag with household items and she loves to help her mama cook.  She's warm and very patient and a true girly girl.  She can point to the new baby in mama's tummy and blows kisses over skype.  She's the light of my life and so loved by everyone she meets. 

PS - Matilda at 16 months, Matilda at 15 months
18 August 2014


Last week was a crazy one so I'm sorry for my absence from the blog.  Matilda came down with a fever and it was a high one - 39.9 degrees Celsius or about 104 Fahrenheit. When I picked her up after first discovering she was hot, I saw that she was shaking and breathing funny.  I try very hard to not panic when she is sick (yes this is a first time mum talking right now, please note I say TRY, hehe) but this time I knew something wasn't right.  The good news was that the shaking and breathing were a response to the high fever so after some Tylenol and a check over from the doc we put it down to a throat virus and we bunkered down for three days of high fever.  
After riding out what we thought was the worst Matilda woke up with a huge red bumpy rash over her.  Another trip to the doc and we found out she had roseola.  Now everything made sense!  The roseola is always preceded by a few days of high fever and then a rash comes out.  Oh man we were winning last week weren't we?  
Another three or so days and then rash went as fast as it came. It's pretty common for kids to catch roseola and the good news is Matilda is working on building immunity after her run of colds, roseola and hand, foot and mouth.  But 6 days at home left us a little ..... well stir crazy.  It's all done now and she is back to her normal bubbly non rashy self. And we can venture out into the big wide world again.  So lets crack into this week! 

07 August 2014


I'm 18 weeks pregnant now and my cravings are coming thick and fast.  So today I thought I'd share a few of my pregnancy cravings.

- Ice Cream.  Its my number 1 craving and if I could eat it all the time I would.
- Crisp and cold fruit. Cold apple slices, ripe raspberries and chilled grapes are rocking my boat.
- Cold Drinks of all kinds - Water, Mineral Water, Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice (or a combo of the three) and Diet coke are what I want all day.
- Slurpee's.  I feel like I'm 14 again but a coke slurpee hits the right spot.

- Big Juicy Hamburgers - A pre pregnancy favourite, just the thought of it now makes me want to hurl.
- Steaks - So strange but I craved these with Matilda but big hunks of red meat aren't doing it for me at all.

- All I wanted was sugar sugar sugar and as I mentioned steak with Matilda.  While I don't hate sugar I'm not indulging in a piece of caramel slice everyday. 
- The thirst.  I really wasn't that thirsty with Matilda but now all I want are things of the cold liquid variety.

05 August 2014


San Diego has had some super hot, sunny and humid weather in the last week so I jumped at the chance for Matilda to cool off with an awesome new swimming pool when Backyard Ocean invited us to take part in the Backyard Summer Challenge!  

They have a great range of all kinds of kids swimming pools and pool toys at a won't break your bank balance price point.  We chose the castle play pool - it had sprinklers that came out of the sides and the dragons nose (funny right?!) and it had a cute castle tower so we could really create a fun playtime mood. 

Matilda has become more and more of a water baby as she's grown older so for her to spend an afternoon playing in the pool was like hitting the jackpot.  She used the inflatable rings to play and I gave her a few clean gardening toys to splash away with as well.  I dipped my feet in the pool too while I supervised her so we both got a break from the humid heat which drives me bonkers by the end of the day.  I liked the quality of the pool too - it was thick and durable so I didn't have to worry about damaging the plastic at all.   So if you are ready to beat the heat check out Backyard Ocean.  

This is a sponsored post from Backyard Ocean.
04 August 2014


Happy Monday Friends.  Today marks the start of our third week of challenge to take it easier on ourselves as moms.  There's no point in being hard on ourselves and plugging away silently with a whole heap of mom guilt sitting on our shoulders.  

This week's challenge is an easy peasy one.  We're going to shift how much the kids fit into our day vs how much we fit into their day.  It is very easy, nay, almost instinctual to put our children first in how we spend our time but if we do that 100% of the time but before you know it you feel like you've lost your own identity, you're swimming in a sea of sesame street repeats and park visits and you don't do a single thing in the house that you want to do until those kidlets are in bed.

The world isn't going to fall down if you put a little more focus onto yourself in the day and while it may require some clever tricks or adjustments from the kids, getting the children to fit into our lives can be done.  Here are some simple thought starters for you
- Leave the kids at the gym creche and get a work out in for you
- Get your mind active and put a pod cast on to listen to in the background while you watch the kids play.
- When you start clock watching, get up, and do one task like clean the benches.  That simple task will take no more than a few minutes and to make yourself feel productive
- Go out and about to somewhere you've been wanting to go (The mall, a gallery, a cafe) and keep the kids occupied with a cheerio necklace or a busy pack.

So will you join me?  Lets make this week feel more balanced!  

01 August 2014


Here's what we've been loving for July.

Making: A tee pee dressing room in Matilda's new space.  
Eating: In and Out.  So. Good. 
Wearing: The most amazing polka dot clutch from Country Road. 
Reading: Vanity Fair.  Price George is on the cover.  It doesn't get much better.
Researching: Colour palates for Matilda's new room.  Love this colour palate reference from Apartment therapy on Violet's room.
Working Out: Just started activating my core again. This Pro Series ball is helping to keep those exercises pregnancy safe.

Making: Stacking and breaking down her IKEA Mula stack and nest cups. A steal at $2.99.
Eating: Fruit and Vegetable pouches - its been a while since she's wanted to have these. I love Plum Organics.
Drinking: Watered down milk.  We're weaning her off bottles.  This article was great reading on the matter.
Wearing: Her saltwater sandals.  Eeeeeeeverywhere. 
Reading: Daddy Cuddles.  Matilda wants to read it every day.
Visiting: Storytime at the Pacific Beach Library.
Wanting: The little dorm playhouse from Ferm Living.
31 July 2014


whimsical nursery ideas

The time has come to start on Matilda's new nursery.  After doing a sophisticated and chic newborn nursery and then colourful and polkadot infant nursery I know that I want to up the modern nursery and whimsical nursery feel of the room.  Matilda is growing into an awesome little toddler so I want a room that matches her growing age and personality.

The good news is the the room itself is a nice white shell.  It's small in size but it has a bathroom and walk in wardrobe attached so when you count all of that space together its actually pretty decent for one little lady.    

I know that I want to do one main feature wall behind Matilda's crib. It's the perfect way to create impact and create a focus as you walk into the room.  The question is which way to go.  So take a look and tell me which modern whimsical nursery direction do you like.

whimsical nursery feature wall ideas
whimsical nursery feature wall ideas
whimsical nursery feature wall ideas
Lots of fun idea's right?  My preference is definitely for idea 2.  It's fun and whimsical but the smaller size and hand placing of the dots make it feel modern and fresh.  And we all know that I am obsessed obsessed obssesed with polka dots.  I did think about the other options but as much as I love idea 1 its just not practical to last the test of time.  And as cute as idea 3 is, I could never ever ever feel comfortable having hanging things over Matilda's bed.  I'd worry too much!  

What are your thoughts friends?  Do you prefer a certain idea?  Do you have another idea I totally need to know about?
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