Inspiring Little Interiors

We are absolutely addicted to Inspiring spaces for little ones here at Polished Purposeful Pretty.We Know how important it is to surround little minds with empowering, inspiring spaces that each child feels connected to and can let their beautiful minds run wild.

 

As parents we have a wonderful ability. It might even be the most important ability we have. We are able to catapult our kids into their best life by creating the best version of their childhood possible. Inspiring Little Interiors

Their space is a really important part of that. As you know, children are  little creative rockstars. They imagine, mentally design and create everyday, making up and playing games. If only we had some of that conviction and enthusiasm!

This Inspiring Little Interiors post features Mama and founder/owner of stunning children interiors store Lulu & Lo,  Lauren!

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Lulu and Lo is THE place to go for some of the sweetest decor, toys, clothes and interior styling bits and bobs!

 

Who are you and what do you do lovely Mama?

My name is Laura and I’m the owner/creator of Lulu & Lo. A place I created for mums to come to, to find inspiration for their littles interiors/decor/clothing.

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What are your tips and tricks for making the space feel personal for your little person/people?

I have one little poppet who is one, her name is Harlow Jae. She is the inspiration behind lulu & Lo & the reason I started my little bizz.When it came to planning Harlow’s nursery, I wanted it to be a place full of colour & fun & somewhere she felt comfortable to play but also calm enough for sleeping

Your current Favourite styling piece of the room (the one you put in all the flat-lays and vignettes)?

My current favourite piece would be our crochet donuts, they add a pop of colour to any room or flat lay & add the sweetest touch. AND they are calorie free! Winning!.

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What colours combinations are you loving at the moment?

Colour combos I’m loving right now is pale shades of pink/Aqua/grey. So soft and girly.

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All time. On trend. Must have. Right now?

All time on trend piece right now…..hmmmm, oh there is so many but if I’d have to pick one, maybe wooden toy cameras. Hours of fun for the little photographer & look great as decor!
Have you found a sneaky storage trick for adding shelf/cupboard space?

I always love ikea for storage, we have both their book shelf and cupboard in Lo’s room where I cram all of her books!

The perfect wall décor?

The perfect wall decor is our gold dot wall decals!!

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Always Dreamt of becoming a Mum but terrified of Birth? This one is for you.

This is for the not-yet-a-mum-but-born-to-be-one women who have been counting down the days to meet their first born for as long as they can remember but are not yet pregnant. I know the thought of pregnancy terrifies you and any mention of giving birth has you crossing those legs tight as hell doesn’t it? I know so many of you and I have some information for you.

I decided, last Thursday night, while out to dinner with my girls and knee deep in birth stories that it is high time that someone speaks for the beautiful parts. The incredible, no-words-for moments, that are all apart of the process of getting baby from belly to world.

Birthing a small human with a deceivingly large head out of your fan is obviously not the most comfortable feeling in the world but to be honest, IT ISN’T THAT BAD. In fact, it is all kinds of beautiful. Of course it is painful, but the trade-off is more than worth it. You built a whole human, elbows and brain matter people! How bloody clever are you! I bet you never thought you would read the word beautiful in a sentence that also included the words vagina and head, hang in there.

All you hear about is how horribly painful giving birth is, how horrific pregnancy can be and how hard having a newborn is so I just wanted to tell you that it is actually NOT THAT BAD. The positive parts, like the squeaky sounds your newborn makes as he nuzzles into you boob for the first time all slimy and warm, far outweigh the negatives like the back pain that accompanies carrying said baby around in your tum for 9 months. Yes sometimes having a newborn sucks, the whole no sleep and having to put clothes on each day to entertain visitors thing is shitty, BUT LOOK HOW CUUUTE HE IIIIS! oh and it gets easier, people bring you freezer dinners and gifts and you get to eat like a ravenous pig which you can blow off with a cute ‘breastfeeding makes me so hungry’ comment and everyone nods in acceptance.

Another cool part is; when you first find out that your body is building a little human, a human that is half you and half someone you completely adore, whether it hits straight away or a few weeks after that double line appeared before you, the whole thing completely blows your mind. I remember with my first born I was alone in our apartment I had done a pregnancy test and instantly my body surged with tingles, they flowed through my entire body and wrapped themselves around this new little blip in my tummy. I swear I could feel it. I cried and cried and cried with this feeling, I still don’t know how to explain it. It was the most incredible, intense feeling. Instant love. Heart warming, soul shifting love for this little tingle in my tummy.

Then at about 18 weeks you feel your baby moving around in there and holy shit does it become all kinds of real. With my first I didn’t know what it was because it was a really strange butterfly, clicky feeling. I don’t know why but I didn’t connect the two, I just never had the thought ‘oh the baby moved’. It continued happening and took me weeks to understand what was going on. I explained it to my midwife at the 20 week appointment and when she said ‘oh good so you have started feeling some movements’ that sentence hit me like a bloody train. I bust into psycho pregnant lady tears and bawled it out for solid 10 minutes. MY BABY IS MOVING! How frigging clever. This realisation connected me like nothing else to the little person inside my tummy.

Truthfully pregnancy gets crappy toward the end. The uncomfortable-ness and insomnia but you have heard all of those parts. What you may not know is that towards the end, when baby is big, you can actually SEE her moving. Elbows and bottoms poking up. My baby girl used to poke her bottom out the side of my tummy, it was the strangest of feelings, like she was going to poke through and climb on out herself (I wish). My son would often push up on the inside of my tummy with his feet. You can really see hands and feet! It is truly incredible. The realisation that your baby is soothed by the sound of your heart-beat and the sway of your walk, no words.

Okay lets go there. Labor. It is bloody painful I would never discount that for my fellow Mamas. With my first contraction I had I instantly power-chucked in response to the pain. Yep the glory. But the feeling of knowing you are literally about to meet the love of your life is the most exciting and wonderful thing I have ever felt. Then there is the zone you go into to get through the birth. I wish someone told me about this. There is this point in labor that you literally focus your entire body and mind on pushing through and delivering bub, in those few minutes you could conquer the world. You could also kill anyone who breaks your zen but I am not even sure it would be possible to break it. Giving birth to this baby becomes a challenge accepted, bring it on! Then seconds later there he or she is. Plain as day in your arms, your whole heart and world in your arms, by this time your mind has already left what you have just been through and is completely and utterly on your new baby. So the entire process is over. You are no longer a pregnant lady and now a fully fledged legit MUM! and you would do it a million trillion times over if you had to just to hold this little human.

 

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Inspiring Little Interiors – with Talented Mama Rebecca

inspiring little interiorsWe are firm believers and huge supporters in the abundant benefits of surrounding children with inspiring, positive spaces that encourage and . We aim to inspire creativity and Individuality here at Polished. It is so important that we as Mums focus on raising confident, independent young adults. Inspiring Little Interiors is a blog series that celebrates the Mamas out there doing exactly that.

Introducing the ever so lovely Bec! from @_madebybec_

Who are you and what do you do lovely Mama?

Hi! My name is Bec and I am a mother of one gorgeous little girl named Evie. I work part time at Aldi and in my spare time make and sell concrete decor and other items. I am in love with styling and decorating.

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How many mini humans have you created and what ages are they?

I have one daughter, Evie who is 3 and a half.

What are your tips and tricks for making the space feel personal for your little girl?

When choosing products for my daughters room I choose items that she loves and that I know she is not going to grow out of anytime soon to make it worthwhile. I usually show her photos of bits and pieces to make sure she likes them and let her ‘help’ me decorate so that she feels involved in the process and the room more ‘hers’.

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Your favorite styling piece in the room?

I am loving my Pretty In Pine fruit shelves! They are super cute and a great price too. Check them out at @pretty.in.pine on Instagram

What colour combinations are you loving at the moment?

I love mint, pink, lilac and gold for girls and black, white and grey for boys.

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All time. On trend. Must have. Right now is…

Anything watermelon, ice cream or doughnut themed for girls and monochrome is definitely in for boys right now.
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Have you found a sneaky, stylish storage trick?

I am loving my IKEA shelves.

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The perfect wall décor on a budget? 

Using framed prints to match the colours and theme of the room is a cheap and easy way to decorate along with some nice shelves or a shadow box. I also love my tassel garland from Flossy Flamingos (@flossyflamingos).

Evies special space is certainly one that Inspires. Talented Mama Bec has put so much heart into the space and it has absolutely paid off! Bec also sells the sweetest concrete decor bits and pieces so be sure to check her out in Instagram @_madebybec_ and is behind the original concrete donut!

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Inspiring Little Interiors – The Mama Bare

This Inspiring Little Interiors is all about wonderful mama, Jessica Douglas-Monks. Jess is a busy working mum with a penchant for interior styling, once you see her work you will most definitely agree that she has found her inner creative while creating beautiful spaces for her two beautiful daughters Evie and Arya.

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Who are you and what do you do lovely Mama?

I am Jess Douglas-Monks and I am currently a full time working mum. I work as a dental assistant/receptionist at a busy local dental practice.

How many mini humans have you created and what ages are they?

I have two beautiful daughter’s.  Evie Delilah is four years old and Arya Ruby is three. They are fourteen months apart – no, it wasn’t planned that way!

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What are your tips and tricks for making the space feel personal for your little person/people?

 To make the space feel personal for the girls I try to combine what I feel is on trend right now with older, more personal items and I also let them have a say in it. They are always going through my phone which has thousands of screen shots of potential bedroom items and I always try to add things that they have picked out because it is their room after all!

Your current Favorite styling piece of the room (the one you put in all the flat-lays and vignettes)?

Right now I can’t go past the LaDeDah Kids unicorn and mermaid that Arya was given for her birthday. I’m in love with them and they have featured heavily in my feed of late!

What colors combinations are you loving at the moment?

I’m loving monochrome right now, which shows in the girl’s living area. Other than that I’m still in love with soft pink and gold- I just think it’s stunning

All time. On trend. Must have. Right now?

Copper and marble. Give me all the copper and marble.

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Have you found a sneaky storage trick?

Storage is something I’m not good at! I wish I lived near an Ikea. Unfortunately I’m presently storing a lot of stuff in their sliding wardrobes but it’s something I’m working on!

The perfect wall decor is…

the Perfect wall decor for me is any decal from Vivid Wall Decals. I love how easy they are to use and how they can transform a room. That said, I would give my left arm to put up some Mrs Mighetto wall paper in the girl’s room!

Jess Is looking to create beautiful spaces for others down the track, Keep your eye on her! To check out some more of this Lovely Mama’s wonderful work follow her on Instagram @themama_bare

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Life Quotes

It Is A Beautiful Life and at the risk of sounding like a complete mush I am sharing my all time favorite quotes with you. They empower me and encourage me. They also quite simply, remind me that all is happy and lovely if I can push through on those tough parenting days, writing block and creative ruts. enjoy xo

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“I have no idea why it is so hard for me to confess, I have stretchies.”

I have feared this day for SUCH a long time but it is well and truly overdue, so here goes nothing.

I need to get over my body concerns and GET INTO BATHERS. I love swimming. I adore the beach. I also have stretch marks from bearing two beautiful little humans. So, you can see my dilemma. I am all too aware that this seemingly huge problem is merely a superficial, internal conflict over what denotes ‘beauty’. I am also very aware of an existing pressure that is often placed on mums, to look a certain way after bearing children. As much as I am ashamed to admit it, I put more pressure on myself than I should.

I have no idea why it is so hard for me to confess, I have stretchies. I have absolutely no regrets, I don’t even hate them but I am scared of revealing them. Terrified might be more accurate. If one other Mum read this post and felt confident to throw on her bathers and go for it I would be so happy. Mums in media have a responsibility to make the lives of our fellow Mums easier and better by getting rid of this crappy pressure to ‘get back to normal’ after childbirth. WE ARE ALREADY NORMAL, a new kind of beautiful, complete, in-love NORMAL.

It makes absolutely no sense that I am so conscious of my body now. I have the man of my dreams who may I add, adores my body and wouldn’t change any part of me for all the money in the world and two beautiful children who wouldn’t exist if I didn’t have marks on my body. I have had children. If I didn’t have stretchmarks I wouldn’t have those incredible children. They are the facts. My insecurity isn’t reflective of what I think women should look like post baby either, to me we are all different and we are all beautiful, I just had a ridiculous need to look like I did pre-baby. I literally drowned my self in bio-oil from the day I found out I was pregnant with both children fully expecting that to remove any chance that I, like my own mother, would get stretch marks. It Didn’t.

So summer has well and truly arrived and I WANT TO SWIM AND BEACH AND WHAT NOT. So I have set myself a challenge to GET OVER IT and start living without the superficial stuff. It really is quite simple.

I realised very soon after that there is no way I could purchase bathers online, I don’t even know what size I am having not purchased bathers since I was 19 and the thought of hauling two kids into the city to try on pair after pair of unrealistic options for my body, just about sent me running for the hills. I left it. Sad and sorry that I would again miss the beach this summer but also kind of relieved that I didn’t have to go through with it all. Pheww.

I came across Sirens swimwear.

An Australian label. Tick.

Designed for ALL women. Tick.

And their styles! Tick.

The best part is that they have developed an easy way, to order bathers online. The process is called SHIP THE SHOP. Basically, you can order up to five sets of bathers, pay for one and return the ones that didn’t suit. I chose. I ordered. I received my bathers and the free return shipping, post-bag within the week!

I was super excited to get this mum-tum into their stunning and flattering bathers!

I honestly could not be happier with my experience! The benefit of being able to try on the items within the comfort of my own home was huge! I Was able to get an honest opinion from my family and didnt have to worry about which child was going to loose it first in the change room! The process was so simple and with the return shipping bag included It didnt cost me to shop this way!  I am very IMPRESSED. Check out the sets I chose and let me know your favourite!

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“we all have bits we dont like, lets celebrate being real”.

This morning as I am tidying, packing nappy bags and getting ready for the day I switch over to mornings on nine and the first thing I notice it Sonia. She is different this morning, insecure and distracted. But still killing it in her Anchor role. My heart breaks for her as I watch her cover her mid section with her papers she moves around to carefully hide a few stray lumps and bumps.

Sonia Kruger, you are gorgeous Mama and lets be honest how many women would feel comfortable in a skin-tight white outfit? My guess, not many. How many new mums who have had a beautiful baby in the last year would feel comfortable in that outfit? None.

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Dearest Sonia, Baby Maggie is not yet 9 months old and you are back in exceptional shape, you very clearly are passionate about health and fitness and have absolutely nothing to worry about gorgeous woman.

A note to your wardrobe team – NO ONE FEELS GOOD IN SKIN TIGHT WHITE. You are an absolute inspiration to so many women, put those papers down and show off what you’ve got. We all have bits we don’t like, lets celebrate being real.

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Ever thought about moving interstate with the kids? NO.

So here we are.

The last week has been a borderline nightmare, in an organised-chaos kind of way.

We moved to Victoria, Melbourne-Craigieburn-Ballarat, almost 5 years ago in search of a job for the boyf-turned-fiancé. We stayed. We had babies. It was fun mostly but we had to come home. Oh and he got that job.

Home to family and friends. Home to the trees and fresh air and quiet supermarkets (with no bloody shopping bags). It is so strange; the air has an incredible smell here. A smell of fresh and homely-ness and frost in the sun. It is so recognizable and familiar. It’s almost tangible.

After being away and seeing the beauty in other places, I now know that there is NO WHERE as beautiful as home. We are so lucky to call this place home.

So anyway, we are home.

After a horrid moving weekend and a horrid, stressful three weeks before that, a fun drive and a shitload of stuff and boxes, a sad day with many, many tears and ultimately the closing of our, having babies-building careers chapter. HUGE. we are finally all unpacked and somewhat settled in.

We moved back in with Mum, which you’d think would suck, but it doesn’t at all. It is actually wonderful.

Mum has, for lack of a better description, a ‘granny flat’ so we get to live like we always have, on our own. With of course a few more drop-ins, RENT FREE. So we can figure out our next move without being under the financial pump. WOOO to the first time in years we won’t have to constantly think about tha dollas.

Our Ballarat home, our Cali Bungalow, is still ours. As it turns out, we are rather attached to it. So we are putting tenants in and hanging on to our first space.

Needless to say, we are stuffed. We needed to do it so we did it and it was hectic but we are here. Pheww. Just a bit of advice – DO NOT MOVE INTERSTATE WITH TWO BABES UNDER THREE without using a removalist company. or at all. dont do it at all. Spend the dosh. It is not worth not doing that – my brain is still in Ballarat with the kids Christmas lay-by. YEP.

Here’s to building our life, basically from scratch again, with our babes and each other and our granny flat. On another note I have been receiving some wonderful opportunities of late in relation to this wonderful little place here at Polished Purposeful Pretty!

here’s to happiness and wholeness xo

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SHINE CHASERS

Shine Chasers, are people who work their bum’s off In pursuit of their happiness, their wholeness, their polished life. You know, live very day chasing their SHINE.

I am so lovingly passionate about YOU my fellow chasers, my kindred, life living, soul hugging spirits. You do your thing wholly, unapologetic-ally and genuinely while raising babes and running your family or whatever else life has offered.

You, beautiful soul, inspire the hell out of me. With your ferocity and ability to do your thing, whatever it is, while being so genuine and beautiful and encouraging. It is impossible to avoid the awe, the wanderstruck – but not of your travels, OF YOUR JOURNEY, The jealousy and the love. All of the love.

I find it an incredibly beautiful thing when we, the ones who have direction, a Purpose a ‘something bigger’, can support each other through our creative journeys. I have met so many wonderful women that have helped me get to where I am today on my own journey. Being in the virtual presence of these women is just so damn inspiring that it’s impossible to feel anything but empowerment.

THIS is where our ‘SHINE CHASERS’ blog series enters the proverbial room.

Here, you will find inspiring stories and the adventures of incredible, polished, inspiring, wonderful, shine-chasing-women. If you would like to share your journey feel free to drop me a line at jordan@polishedpurposefulpretty.com or leave a comment here at www,polishedpurposefulpretty.com

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11 Examples of How My toddler is a Tiny Emotionally Unstable Adult.

Max just came in bawling. He told me that Percy had hurt his finger. Yes Percy his tiny wooden train. Apparently Percy bit him. So as you do, I told Percy off and put him for time out on the tele cabinet. (I’m probably an enabler)
Anyway this got me thinking about all the things that Max, at 2.5 years of age, comes up with and I realised that he is basically a tiny, mentally unstable, probably drunk, adult.

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