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Operation Renovation - The Christmas Countdown (part 2)

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HelgatheHairy Tue 01-Oct-13 18:51:19

Our new home

bigkidsdidit Mon 07-Oct-13 09:06:51

Morning smile

Totally agree about underwear ineed, your list sounds great. My underwear drawer is shocking, I haven't bought anything new since I got pg with ds1 4 years ago. Then i was breastfeeding, then I got pg again, and now it is all totally the wrong size. But it is so expensive!

You have inspired me, today I'm going to clear out my whole drawer and keep only a few bits (it is overflowing and I have to stuff clean bits in blush ) then I'll ask for vouchers for Christmas and replace it all smile

Rockchick1984 Mon 07-Oct-13 10:43:13

Ineed that sounds fab, I'm very jealous! I used to have amazing underwear pre-DC so am very much looking forward to post-birth, post-breastfeeding overhaul of my entire underwear drawer even if it won't be for at least 12 months but am thinking about getting some more attractive big knickers to see me through until then.

Today's outfit looks reasonably nice - skinny grey maternity jeans, Breton top, just debating between ballet pumps or cowboy boots. Only off to playgroup with DS but am going to even put a bit of makeup on, this thread is inspiring me! Also plucked my eyebrows last night, and am going to paint my nails tonight. Any colour suggestions?

lucysmam Mon 07-Oct-13 11:57:08

Rockchick what colours do you have? I'm doing my nails in my rouge noir type one tonight smile They were unintentionally luminous pink the other week confused ....it doesn't look luminous in the bottle!

I am envy of all the underwear shopping going on....have had two new sets the past few weeks though & really need to start on Christmas (never a lot bloody left to do this though!).

HelgatheHairy Mon 07-Oct-13 11:57:59

DD slept long enough this morning to let me wash my face & brush my teeth in peace! She was so quite I resorted to poking her every now and again! She wasn't impressed!

In exciting news it's looking like we might be going to New York in April/May this year. DH and I were there 2 years ago when we decided we didn't want all the faff (and cost) of a wedding so went and got married in New York, just the 2 of us and a photographer as witness.

BIL moved over in May this year and won't really have the chance to come home anytime soon. We are sending PIL over next year as their Christmas present. Last night after chatting to his bro on Skype DH brought up the idea of us going too!

Slightly concerned with the logistics of taking DD but really excited at getting to go back so soon. It's not Definate yet but looking likely - provided BIL doesn't come home in the meantime.

lucysmam Mon 07-Oct-13 12:05:25

shock Helga NEVER POKE A SLEEPING BABY!!!! Take full advantage of the peace wink

That is exciting about going to New York! My oldest wants to go (We have a print of the Twin Towers on the wall at home....she is fascinated....I have a quid a week jar going towards it grin ). How old will your dd be then?

Rockchick1984 Mon 07-Oct-13 12:16:30

Lucy I have most colours as my toenails are always painted, am a bit of an addict when it comes to nail polishes grin

HelgatheHairy Mon 07-Oct-13 12:52:59

lucysmam she'll be 8 months. We still haven't made up our minds but I think it'll be nice to go while she's still portable!

bigkidsdidit Mon 07-Oct-13 13:02:04

If she's not crawling it'll be lovely. If she is it'll be hard on the plane but fun. Travelling with a toddler is a nightmare so go now!

JemimaMuddledUp Mon 07-Oct-13 13:26:28

Now I remember why wearing a bright/dark coloured nail varnish to work isn't a good idea. They are now chipped and look terrible. Will need to repaint them tonight in something a little more neutral.

lucysmam Mon 07-Oct-13 13:35:41

Rockchick how about a deep purple-ish colour? I'm going to have a look for one for my December box!

Helga I have never travelled far with my two.....would imagine it'd be easier while she's smaller though than when she's pootling about under her own steam and has her own ideas <eyes up stubborn dd2> grin

INeedSomeHelp Mon 07-Oct-13 15:40:43

Have been wearing one of the new bras today. Feel slightly self conscious as boobs seem very in your face but I think that's where they are meant to be rather than hanging by my waist somewhere!
Had a look in Superdrug today as really like the MUA make up range. It's cheap but I think it lasts well. They had some really nice coloured lip balms which I though would be perfect for a relaxed, not much make up day.
Until I realised they were One Direction lip balms and each colour is named after a different member of the band! Thank goodness I noticed before I bought one. At 40 something I am definitely too old for that!

Rockchick1984 Mon 07-Oct-13 16:03:19

Oooh, not used purple in ages, good call Lucy smile

Ineed you could have got one but just make sure no one sees you reapplying it! I like the Vaseline rosy pot thing, they've also got a limited edition red at the moment that I'm tempted to get - I love tinted lip balms as I always forget to reapply lipstick, and gloss annoys me.

petalsandstars Mon 07-Oct-13 17:36:41

helga do it, do it, do it!

We flew long haul when dc1 was just 12mo, it's a bit pass the baby etc with meals and loo visits but you can walk up and down the aisle and some airlines do bassinet seats so you have somewhere to put baby.

Out of our 10ish hour flight over half the time DD was asleep and the rest didn't seem too bad split between us.

<outs self>

On our flight back we were with lots of my family rather than on our own and baby cried for a bit as overtired - cue the man sat next to my DM bitching about babies on planes.... after she was finished tearing him a new one he had a blanket over his head for the rest of the flight "sleeping"

Protective grandma grin

control I've just stuck to level one as am soooo unfit.

Have stuck to routines today and eaten a nice risotto for tea

lucysmam Mon 07-Oct-13 18:05:42

Evening all smile

Just winding down for the day here, going to jump in the shower in a mo while the girls eat cake and ice cream with some of that magic sauce that hardens on the ice cream. They're fascinated grin

Going to have the last glass out of my weekend wine tonight while I watch Atlantis and paint my nails.

Repairs all done barring dd's jacket which needs the sleeves taking up and school cardi that needs new buttons picking up tomorrow.

Have carried on with house princessing today, toys are now tidy and back in groups/sets/whatever you want to call them. Bookshelf is done too. Hopefully this should help with clearing out before Xmas. And I need to get more storage boxes for it to live in.

Have a two piece suite sat doing not much too that I'll clean up and freecycle this week I think (am going to borrow MIL's staple gun so I can check there's nothing random in the bottom first though (bound to be a couple of quid in coppers at least confused )

Right, pud & shower.....

HelgatheHairy Mon 07-Oct-13 18:32:03

petals good to hear! If we go we'll be on the same flight as PIL so more hands to help!

LaFataTurchina Mon 07-Oct-13 20:00:48

Evening all smile

My good deed for today was turning down DPs offer of driving us to McDonalds for dinner (hangover from our uni days - whenever I'm a bit grumpy/stressed DP offers me a McDonalds) and making healthy veggie enchiladas stuffed with lots of kidney beans and veg instead.

I miss nail polish - I'm not allowed to wear it to work and I'm too lazy to put it on just for the weekends.

Paintyourbox Mon 07-Oct-13 20:11:27

Hi everyone!

I have restarted the challenge in earnest today, exfoliated, put a face mask on, applied body moisturiser and gave myself a mini pedicure this morning.

I went to asda and got myself some lovely burgundy jeans and a black dress for work- the dress was a bargain at £16, going to wear it for work tomorrow!

Painting my toenails now, then going to have an early night.

Karbea Mon 07-Oct-13 20:47:55

Evening all,

I treated myself to a very dark blue pair and a black pair of skinny jeans today, even got the shop to take them up so they'll actually be the right length.

Apart from that I plucked my chin ;)

How's everyone else getting on?

I went to harrods today, there are so many well put together women, I feel like skulking about when I see them sad I wish I could get back into wearing heels again...

lucysmam Mon 07-Oct-13 21:27:27

LaFata, paint your toes? smile Mine are currently burnt orange!

Karbea I can imagine a trip to Harrods would have me wanting to run the other way.....I feel that way walking through town though too when everyone looks so put together & I don't feel it!

Nails are done....dp rang half way through me top coating my right hand though so my thumb has a couple of hair marks. Will get dd1 to remove it tomorrow so I can fix it!

I was looking forward to heading into town for a brew in the morning with dp but he's working overtime now so may just go myself.

Karbea Mon 07-Oct-13 22:03:29

Oh and whilst I was there I noticed my leggings had a big hole in them at the ankle, in the bin when I take them off!

Rummikub Mon 07-Oct-13 23:13:27

Hi everyone.

Quick post re my achievements, shower, exfoliate and had my eye brows threaded. The price has gone up in super drug to £7! But I'd already committed to having it by then. And I swear one is thicker than the other...

HelgatheHairy Tue 08-Oct-13 06:01:36

78 days to go

JemimaMuddledUp Tue 08-Oct-13 07:54:20

INeed lol at One Direction lip balms, I'll look out for those for DD! She likes the little MUA nail so would probably love them.

Took my chipped nail varnish off last night and replaced it with clear (a base coat plus a glossy top coat). Is better than nothing for the time being, I didn't have time to do them with a colour.

Feeling a bit grumpy at the fact that my clothes aren't fitting me properly again. "Skinny" jeans that are baggy on the bum and thighs is really not a good look. I can't afford to replace them all again at the moment though, so I'm just going to have to put up with it. Thank goodness for belts.

lucysmam Tue 08-Oct-13 09:01:48

Morning smile

Well, am routine-ed up to my eyeballs this morning. My clothes are smart, make up immaculate and I remembered lippy/earrings....am off to see the council & try to nip my shitty neighbours behaviour in the bud....figured if I go in smart & tell them I don't want to spend another two years reporting them for nothing to come of it it might get me somewhere ....we'll see!! (they were launching stuff at windows last night....all vanished by the time the police actually turned up)

INeed I too will have a look for the 1D lippys for my dd....she is rather keen on them grin

HelgatheHairy Tue 08-Oct-13 12:21:58

Well this morning my fringe was getting on my nerves. It's a proper fringe but had grown out so was turning into a side swept one. Got the scissors and trimmed it myself and it looks good!

I REALLY need my hair cut and coloured but DD won't let me enough time to go to the hairdresser. I used to dye it myself when I was younger but the older I get the more I worry about wrecking the bathroom!

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