Link Love - habits, kid's music and style

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It has been unbearably hot, for what seems like forever, but possibly just the last two weeks, with everyday over 38 degrees and a few days over 41. I spent last week knocked out by a virus. It seems as though my ankles might never deflate. Nick's work has been unbearable in the heat. We are all ready for this heat to end!

This weekend I have an early flight back from a work trip Darwin (the last for this pregnancy), then it is the three of us for the whole weekend, as Nick has a rare weekend off. Lulu and I are getting hair cuts - much needed as the last cut was back in December! How can that now be 3 months ago?!

Is it hot where you are? It seems like a number of places, not just Alice Springs, have had heatwaves recently. I hope you are staying cool in what might hopefully be the last big heat of the summer.

Catching my eye on the internet this week:

Good advice on a few simple work habits from The Upside

10 albums that help your baby sleep that aren't kids music on The Washington Post

Apparently pjs as real clothes is a trend - one I am very interested in - and Katy Hatch tells Domino how to pull it off

Kate and Kate's new winter collection on Design Milk - It's great that they are retaining the original x blanket, I love mine. The linen throw also looks fab!

You may have missed:
Weekend Adventures
Alice Springs and Running
Pink


Happy Weekend xx

Link Love - Tv, Dates & Indoor Plants

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This Australia Day was a lot more mellow than past Australia Days. For over a decade we have celebrated Australia Day at our friend's parent's house, with his dad cooking us all a wonderful BBQ and his mum made sure we all ate some salad. Our friend's dad passed away in October after a very short battle with cancer. When it came time for Australia Day plans we all weren't quite sure what to do. In the end his brother had a party at his place, but we all kept to ourselves. We invited a few close friends over at the last minute. Most already had plans to stay in so our gathering ended up small, but lovely. What did you get up to? The middle of the week day off really is a bit of a nothing day, hey? Best taken easy.

Catching my eye on the inter webs this week:

I do not have much success with indoor plants, so this guide on Cupcakes & Cashmere is extremely useful! Turns out I can have cacti inside IF the space has lots of light. Our bathroom ticks that box, yay!

Love these Date Night In posts by Bluebird

Time's most anticipated TV Shows for 2016 - looking forward to new Sherlock & the new show staring Rashida Jones - Didn't you just love her in Parks and Rec?

You may have missed:
Out of Town: Our Day in the West Macs
Beach Beers and Tents
Tips for Travelling with Kids - I'm going to be posting about travel each Thursday for the next three weeks, so stay tuned!
This weekend is the last chance to take the Girl in the Pjs Reader Survey. Have your say on what you would like to see on Girl in the Pjs this year. Thanks to all who have already taken the survey!
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Happy Weekend!

Returning home

Girl in the Pjs Home

Girl in the Pjs Home

Girl in the Pjs Returning Home
After a 2 hour drive to LA, a number of hours (too many really) waiting in LAX, then a 14 hour flight connecting to a 3 hour flight, we are now home! Lulu slept for about 8 or 9 hours on the flight from LA and 2 hours on the Alice Springs flight. Nick and I took Tylenol Nighttime and managed at least 5 or 6 hours each. 

Home looked vastly different from how we’d left it. Alice Springs was a hot dry dusty red town back in December. As the plane pulled through the clouds we found a waterlogged, cool green land! Yesterday was about 20 degrees for most of the day with rain. It was a lovely homecoming. 

Our backyard has grass. The rocket has seeded itself in the green pot that only used to hold what I thought were dried out seed pods and rocket has seeded itself on the ground next to our patio.  Amazing! Yes the pool may also be a little green and there are weeds everywhere, but we’ll sort that out soon. It’s a wonderful treat to have such cool weather in the middle of January. Although it does make drying washing a little difficult, but I’d pick the cool weather over quickly dried clothes, you?Girl in the Pjs Returning Home

PS Rain in the Alice

My Morning Routine

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I love reading about people's routines, so today I thought I would share my morning routine with you!

When you have a

3 year old, you don’t tend to need an alarm. Lulu wakes me up anywhere between

5:30am and 6am

. Nick and I alternate which mornings we exercise (You can read about how we fit exercise into our daily routine here). If it’s his day to go mountain bike riding* then I play with Lulu, make coffee and breakfast. For breakfast I love muesli and Lulu normally has toast.

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7am

Post breakfast is a scramble to shower, clothe, hair and make-up before getting Lulu ready. By the time I’m ready, Nick is normally home to help get Lulu ready. I then prepare her daycare things while he gets ready.  

7:35am

We leave Triple J on in the morning as a time keeping devise and because for the most part, they tend to play great music in the mornings. 

7:50am

Nick’s work is across town and takes longer to get to, so I drop Lulu at daycare.  We’re normally backing out of the driveway around 7:50am. The daycare drop off is usually a fairly easy process. She loves her daycare and her friends and is easily distracted as soon as she gets there.  I then drive to work. To get a little more exercise in my day I have been parking a little way away from my work and I normally arrive a little after 8am which I make up at the end of the day. 

What does your morning routine look like? It is all rushed or a little relaxed?

Please share in the comments below.  

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Saturday Mornings - Coffee and TV on the couch!

*I

f it’s my day to exercise then I head to the gym and shower there before heading home to help get Lulu ready for daycare. 

Ps

3 Ways to Fit Exercise into your Daily Routine

Catch up day

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The last few weeks have been so busy, at work and at home, that I finally bit the bullet and asked for a rec leave day. A catch up day for me to make a dent in the washing, catch up on blog posts & get back to the gym. Would you believe the gym sent me an email two weeks ago saying they missed me?! It has been a while...

I really am so lucky that my workplace is so flexible and that I was able to have time off at such short notice. I think it is so much better for the employer if you go to them and say that life is a little hectic and ask if you can have a day off to catch up, than just chucking a sickie. It gives them notice and time to work out whether the staffing levels can cope.

Let's face it. Working full time, being a mum and having a life in general is tough. Even with the best support there comes a time when you just need a break and a chance to catch up. If you have enough leave up your sleeve, I would encourage you to take a break too, you deserve it.