Priceline make up haul – November 2015

Priceline Haul beauty make up

It’s that time of the year again when Priceline have 40% of their cosmetics. Even though there are plenty of online stores that you can get discounted make up, this 2-day Priceline sale always attracts loads of customers with the cosmetic aisles always packed. My two previous hauls can be found here and here.

I thought I’d use this opportunity to get some more of my Christmas present shopping done  so here is my haul for November 2015. The sale ends today so make sure you get in early to grab some great bargains! I think my favorite item in this haul is the Nude by Nature Complexion Wonderland set because it was only $29.95 with 9 items inside!

Max Factor lipstick Priceline haul

Max Factor Elixir Lipstick in Mystic Mocha 760 down to $12.57 – This lipstick goes on smoothly with a beautiful brown color. With a blend of conditioners, antioxidants and Vitamin E, this lip product actively moisturises for smoothe, fuller lips!

Models prefer lip and cheek tint priceline

Models Prefer Color Infusion Lip & Cheek Gel tint in Sugar High down to $7.79 – I’ve never tried this product before but thought it was a really pretty color and something that I could use during these summer months.Natio lip liner Priceline haul

Natio Long Lasting Mechanical Lip Liner in the color Nude down to $8.37 – I like that you don’t have to sharpen this liner and the color is a nice nude brown color which from first impressions feels like it will stay on the whole day.

Mini Velour Lips travel set Priceline Haul

Australis Mini Veloulips Matte Lip Cream in the colors “Darks and Reds” and “Brights” down to $8.97– These are so cute and such a great gift idea! You get five different colors in each pack with five different packs to choose from with the third pack consisting of nude colors. I haven’t swatched them here for you as I intend to give these away as presents. If you search for Velour Lips swatches in Youtube you’ll find heaps of beauty gurus and their reviews on this product!

Darks and Reds
Colors: Mel-Burn, Mum-Bai, Buda-Pash, Doo-Bai and NY-Cee

Brights
Colors: Tok-i-o, Shang-Hii, Mal-i-boo, Bar-tha-lona and Rio-D

Nude by Nature Complexion Wonderland gift set Christmas gift guide IMG_7466 IMG_7467

And finally the Nude By Nature Complexion Wonderland tin down from $49.95 to $29.95 – I love the packaging of the Nude By Nature make up sets because you can always use the sleek tins as storage for make up, stationery, ribbons, hair products etc! But it’s what is inside that counts. What great Christmas present idea! It has all of the following products inside from powders, illuminators and a brush. I bought a similar Nude by Nature set a few years ago and really enjoyed using the mineral finishing veil and natural mineral cover which is also in this set along with heaps more!

Airbrush mineral primer, Liquid mineral concealer, Limited edition mirror, Kabuki brush, Limited Edition Sheer Light Illuminator, Natural Mineral Cover, Mineral Bronzer, Mineral Finishing Veil, and Virgin Blush

Have you checked out the sales yet? The 40% off sale ends today!
If so what items did you pick up!? I’d love to see – I might go back today for more lol!

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Have a great Thursday!

Fusion lunch at Chu ManChu

   

Chumanchu – Cafe and Restaurant
2/4 Gilbert st, Preston

I’ve never really ventured out to eat in this side of town. My grandma, aunty and uncle live just off High street but since they’re such great bakers and really know how to smash out a spectacular home-cooked meal, we hardly need to check out the eateries in this area.

So when I had the chance to check out this Asian fusion place just off Bell street I was really excited (thanks for taking us out to this place Doan!). The collaboration between Nursing Mamas and Elk Accessories was the reason we took over one corner of this wonderfully styled restaurant. We sat down at the end of an all morning photo session to a fragrant and colorful spread of Asian dishes and can I just say straight out that the chicken satay skewers and its sauce were absolutely amazing! It was either that or I was just so hungry hehe! But seriously the satay sauce was a perfect blend of flavors that I wish they sold jars of them – I would’ve bought a whole box!

We Ordered:

– Fresh house made Rice Paper Rolls (we had the vegetarian and pork and prawn ones)
– Satay Chicken skewers served with Asian herbs and house made satay sauce (Oh so freakin’ good!)
– Vietnamese Spring Rolls
– Cappucino and Vietnamese iced coffee (the hubby had had two cappucinos! Must’ve been some smooth coffee)
– Com Tam Broken rice with grilled lamb steaks, marinated in lemongrass, Asian spices and topped with fried egg and Vietnamese kim chi
– Pho Viet rice noodle soup for the soul with free range chicken
– Warm black sticky rice with shaved coconut, milk and papaya (this looked so pretty and tasted just as nice! I’ll definitely be ordering this dessert when we visit this place again)

There are lots of other options on the menu such as green lentil dahl, Japanese okonomiyaki panckes and bircher muesli and other breakfast stars. Chumanchu is both stylish and welcoming at the same time. Perfect for a family lunch date, a romantic date or a coffee catch up with fellow mama friends. It is also kid-friendly and has a kids menu with lots of space for parents with prams to move around.

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Mama Mondays – 3 week post partum update

Hi everyone! I’m finally up to date with my post partum posts after posting two in a row and now this one. I will posting these updates on Mondays so if you’re interest in these kind of updates then keep reading. If this baby stuff is not your thing, then I’ll be posting my latest foodie finds, travel adventures, things to do in Melbourne and reflection type posts during the rest of the week 🙂 Let me know what type of posts you’d like to see.

Week Three

This past week the weather has been pretty wet and grey so we used the time to rest and fix up things around the house. It was Daddy’s last week on leave before going back to work and so I watched him make the most of it by spending quality time with Daniel. He’s such a natural with the kids and I wish he had a couple more extra weeks off – with Daniel he had five weeks off. It’s such a help with him at home. Even though at times I got so annoyed and irritated, it was still so nice having everyone together.

Baby
Same as last week Hannah is still feeding and pooping around the clock. This week we’ve seen outbreak of baby acne across the sides of her cheeks, and on her neck and shoulders. Daniel never had this so I didn’t know how to treat it. Apparently though it will just go away in the coming months. I’m wondering if there’s anything that aggravates it like the washing detergent we’re using? Or heat? etc. We’ve got another check up with the nurse tomorrow so I’ll find out more information then. This week Hannah has been staying awake from 5am onwards for the past three days. I’m not sure why she’s so unsettled but I’m thinking it may have something to do with the fact that I’m not getting a burp up from her every time she feeds. She was so good in the first two weeks going straight to sleep after a feed and a nappy change. Now it looks like she’s uncomfortable so I need to work on winding her effectively. Again I’ll ask the nurse tomorrow and see if they have any suggestions.
Bonds for baby girl HannaHow cute are these pressie Hannah received from our wonderful friends! I love the colours and the tutu!!! It’s so different to the clothes Daniel has heheh!
Green smoothieTrying to make myself feel better after the lack of sleep this week – super green smoothie recipe from the Facebook group Better Bodies – Fitness for Women

Mama
I’m feeling a lot better down there this week. I actually went outside for a super short and slow walk and felt really good afterwards. I haven’t expressed any milk this week – I think my milk supply has regulated. But I think I’ll start pumping again here and there just to keep the milk supply up and hopefully get enough into some bottles so that the hubby can have a turn at feeding.

We went to a couple of photo shoots this week…Mum made an exception to my four week “confinement”! The first shoot was for Nursing Mama and their super soft and comfortable nursing singlets. The second was with Incy Wincy Photography. We didn’t get any newborn shots done for Daniel but I thought it would be nice for Hannah to use on her upcoming baptism invites! They’re so precious and so tiny for just a short period of time that I wanted to capture her tinyness! The hubby and Daniel accompanied me on both outings which was a huge help. I was exhausted after both shoots but I met some amazing mamas and I can’t wait to see how everything turned out 🙂

I’ve been feeling irritated this week due to lack of sleep and every little thing has been bugging me…the hubby has been on the receiving end of my rants oops! Dirty laundry, unfolded clothes, messy benchtops, rubbish not being taken out on “bin night” etc, etc. Feels like there’s so much to do but I need to remind myself to let it go! I can’t help it! When I know visitors are coming I just want to clean up. It’s pretty useless though with a little boy constantly pulling out different toys and crafty things to play with. Thank goodness for my mum and family who come over to help out.

 Here is my 3 week post partum belly pic – it’s feeling a little less jiggly this week! 🙂
Daniel received some home made play dough as a gift for his birthday and made it into a stadium for some Monster Jam fun!
  My favourite moments – waking up in the morning to this squad right here. It was a Saturday morning and Daddy had been out dj-ing all night but still wakes up for cuddles with our bubbas.
Behind the scenes at Hannah’s newborn photo session with Incy Wincy Photography – how cute are the three of them!
  Behind the scenes with  these beautiful mamas and their bubs for Nursing Mama Essential Breastfeeding singlets and Elk Accessories
This cafe was amazing! – post on ChuManchu will be up on the blog soon 

Waiting for Daddy while he went back to the cafe to get some coffee to take away it was so yummy!  We woke up like this – my girl and I 🙂

Mama Mondays – 2 week post partum update

2 weeks post partumOur two week old baby girl – she makes so many different facial expressions

Week 3 post partum

Hi everyone! This is another catch up post that I was unable to post in real time. The second week home with a newborn was pretty hectic as we had the first of Daniel’s party celebrations and lots of visitors. It was so much fun seeing everyone meet Hannah for the first time! We also recently got a new pergola built and the hubby and cousins were busy painting it and also putting a new coat of oil on the decking.

Baby

Hannah has been growing so much and is looking different every single day! We had our second appointment with maternal child health nurse who was happy to see Hannah gaining weight. At 2 weeks Hannah weighed in at 3.48kg (she gained 176gms in 5 days) and was measuring 52cms long. She is still fitting into her 0000 sized onesies and we received some gorgeous new baby clothes from family and friends. Hannah is feeding well, every 2-3hours, and continues to just eat, sleep and poop!

Mama

As for me I’ve been trying to sleep when Hannah is asleep but it’s so hard sometimes because I just want to stay awake to play with Daniel or organize things around the house. I started breast pumping here and there this week just to relieve the soreness when my breasts got really full. I gained 21kg in this pregnancy reaching a weight of 81kg at the end of my pregnancy. I weighed myself whilst still in the hospital and found that I was down to 76kg. This second week my weight is 72kg. I’ve been eating so much in these first few weeks at home and haven’t been doing anything except breastfeeding and changing nappies. I won’t be getting into any heavy exercise until a few months down the track i think – I just want to focus on breastfeeding and looking after Hannah and making sure I heal and recover well.

Here is a wrap up of Week 2 post partum in pictures 🙂

 


Proud Daddy with his daughter – this was actually taken in the hospital straight after they did all the checks on HannahBaby's first bathBaby’s first bath – she loved it!
  My 2 week belly shot – lots of stretchies still visible and my skin was still feeling soft and jiggly
My battle scars! – A close up of my stretchy belly. I got a lot more stretch marks this time round than I did when I was pregnant with Daniel. How weird does my belly button look! I still can’t believe Hannah was in there and connected to me. Our bodies are crazy amazing in what they are capable of 🙂


She’s gripping onto me so tightly – my hope is that we always stay as close no matter how old she is (especially in those teenage years. Wishful thinking I know!)brother and sister 2 weeksMonster truck baby toddler giftSuch a loving and gentle brother, Daniel has started teaching Hannah all the names of his monster trucks!
Monster truck birthdayJust two of the many monster truck pressie Daniel was lucky enough to receive for his 3rd birthday! He was so stoked and started playing with the remote controlled Grave Digger even though he’s been scared of remote controlled toys in the past!
Kids Halloween costume ideas  Halloween dressups with his cousin Madison from Her Lust Palette Blog
Not quite sure what these three little monkeys were getting up to in the morning but Hannah totally wanted to join in! Daniel watching over Hannah as Daddy bathes her. Baby Hannah’s close up selfie 🙂

Milk drunk after being squirted by Mummy’s milk!  Our pretty baby girl. Feeling so blessed. 

Let me know if you have any questions or comments! I love hearing from you. We’re all caught up now so Hannah’s 3 week update will be out today! If you missed out on her birth story or week one update you can find them here and here.

Have a great Monday!

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Mama Mondays – 1 week Post Partum Update

Hi everyone! Now I’m on the other side of pregnancy here are my post partum updates! I want to keep track of how Baby and I are going throughout these first few months of getting to know each other and becoming a family of four. So if you’re interested in following along then stay tuned for my Mama Mondays posts! For now here’s a catch up post on the first two weeks with a newborn so far!

Post Partum Week One

In the hospital
We spent the first four days post partum in the hospital followed by the rest of the week resting at home. In my post about my birth story I mentioned how amazing all the midwives and doctors were…I was a little sad to leave our comfy private room with a double bed because we were looked after so well with the wonderful staff attending to our every need. On the other hand I was really happy to be heading home because I missed Mr D. He didn’t stay over at the hospital with us as it would’ve been too hectic, so Mr D was well-cared for staying with my family. Even though he did visit during the day time I missed hugging him to sleep and waking up to his loving little hugs in the mornings so I couldn’t wait to see him again.

Hubby stayed over at the hospital with me every night I was there. He was such a big help and it was comforting to know I wasn’t on my own. We had our own room and I never really left it as I was very sore and still had the catheter in during the first 2-3 days. I’d never had one before and it was amazing how I didn’t even realise I was pee-ing – I just saw this bag filled up with fluid which the nurse had to empty it once or twice a day.

The balloon and catheter
I was recovering well according to all the blood tests and hourly checks they did on me which was good to hear.  After the trauma of having so much happen “down there”, I was so scared when the doctor said it was time for the balloon and catheter to come out – I didn’t want anyone going down there at all, not for as long as possible! The doctor explained that they would deflate the balloon by taking out half of the water that was inside (150ml) and leaving me for half an hour. Then if all was ok they would take out the rest of the water and then slowly pull the balloon out. Before pulling the balloon out they had to pull out the really long piece of gauze and I thought it was going to be so very painful…it wasn’t! Phew! I was focusing on breathing in and out while the doctor and a nurse cleared it all out. They also pulled out the catheter the next day and finally I felt free – I wasn’t connected to any machines, I didn’t have to carry around my “handbag” of pee and the two cannulas in my right and left hand had also been taken out. ALLELUIA! Finally I felt free to try and get up for a walk around the ward.

Other
While we were in the hospital, Little Miss H had a few heel pricks to get her blood checked, she also received a vitamin K injection and Hep B immunisation. Her hearing was also checked and she looked like a mini dj like Daddy!

I attended a physio class whilst at the hospital and we were given some simple exercises to help get our tummy and pelvic floor muscles get back into shape. During the last night of our stay I also took Hannah for a walk around the ward. It was nice and peaceful walking up and down the dark corridors during the night. I could see other mamas awake in their rooms, nursing and cuddling their little ones and midwives walking around. We walked to the kitchen and made ourselves a midnight snack of toast and jam and filled up our jug of water with more ice from the machine. I was so grateful again that I wasn’t alone and that Hubby was there with me to share all these little moments.

Packing up all our belongings and clearing out our hospital room in which we spent our first few days with Baby H felt like the end of an era. Hubby thinks I get a little emotional or attached sometimes but I can’t help it lol! No more midwives checking in on me, no more meals being wheeled into our rooms…it was time for the real world now. We were off to start the next part of our journey together as a mummy and daddy and, as a husband and wife needing practice and experience on how to stay connected despite the attention needed by our two little ones.

I felt so special and so lucky walking through the hospital with our tiny, baby girl all bundled up and swaddled in my arms. Our precious little gift. As soon as we got outside I immediately felt the urge to shade Baby’s face from the bright but harsh sunlight. After four days inside the ward rooms it’s funny how you feel like you need to protect your little baby from every little thing! Some random people visiting the hospital stopped us as we got into our car to congratulate us on little Hannah, they seemed so excited for us and again, I said a quick little prayer to say thanks for our beautiful blessing. We also took the opportunity to ask them to take a photo of us standing outside the hospital (we didn’t look anything like Will and Kate when they presented Baby Charlotte to the world, but we both had the same big smiles, the smiles of proud, newly-made parents!).

 Body/Recovery: Mum made me stay home for the first month after I had Mr D – she strongly believed that it would help me get as much rest as possible and heal quicker, which it did! So the week after coming home from the hospital, Little Miss H and I stayed home except for a quick trip to the hospital into pathology to get another blood test done as Hannah had mild jaundice. During the first week, Baby fed, slept and pooped and not much else so I was able to rest up, didn’t lift a thing and basically caught up on heaps of movies on Netflix. It was still a bit sore down there and it felt good every time I had a shower and emptied my bowels (it’s funny how bowel movement becomes a popular topic of conversation in the first few days after birth – a milestone for mamas!).

There was healing down under, sore and engorged breasts and tired eyes as we settled into life at home with a newborn. So overall after feeling battered from the labor and birth, my body felt tender and soft in Week One but slowly healing.5 days post partum wrapTightening up my tummy with a wrap from the hospital’s resident physio.
5 days post partumMy tummy 5 days post partum – linea nigra still quite dark and noticeable stretch markts have turned from a reddish colour to a more brownish colour.
post partum week 1Baby Hannah and I five days post partum – she’s so tiny but I still can’t believe she was inside me!

Height/Weight: Little Miss H did extremely well with maintaining her weight gain in the first week. H was born at 3.09kg and left the hospital four days later weighing 3.02kgs which the midwives were really happy about. Then when the midwife came to visit us at home two days later, H was up again this time to 3.17kg. Another two days after that we had the maternal child health nurse also visit us at home and weighed H in at 3.31kg. Nice work Baby girl 🙂 Height or length wise, Little Miss H was 48cms long when she was born.1 week old Bonds peach TUMReally enjoying the bright, pretty colours of Baby’s new onesies!

Routine: Little Miss H feeds every two to three hours, poops and wees all day long (she has about 8 or more dirty nappies a day!) and sleeps snugly all swaddled up! The night time feeds were hard at the start but now it just seems like my body is used to the lack of sleep.

Sleeping: Little Miss H has a cute, little bassinet that Mr D used in his first three to four months of life so she has been sleeping in there. It is portable so we’re able to bring it upstairs or downstairs whenever we like. I’d forgotten how to swaddle but after a quick couple of tries, it all came back to me and the hubby!

 I forgot that newborns just sleep and eat. There’s no playtime yet and Daniel and cousin Madison can’t wait for playtime to come around! I also forgot how much milk comes out when it’s “let down” time – I just hear Hannah cry or think of her and I leak…our laundry load has more than doubled!

Eating/Feeding: “Breast milk is a living fluid containing antibodies to protect your baby from infection and disease, factors to help with gut and brain development and is easy to digest and absorb. Your own breast milk is uniquely matched to your baby’s needs so your baby doesn’t need any other foods or drinks for the first 6 months.” I breastfed Mr D until he was 13 months so I’m really hoping I’ll be able to do the same with Little Miss H.

Hannah has been a natural when it comes to breastfeeding so I feel lucky with the teamwork we have going and hope it continues. I didn’t get cracked nipples this time like I did with Daniel – with Daniel I was rubbing on the Lasinoh like no tomorrow! This time round my nipples are ok and it’s just the engorgement that hurts, which will get better as my milk supply regulates.

  Go team Mummy and Hannah! Enjoying the peaceful mid morning feeds despite the lack of sleep!

As for the family and I, we’ve been lucky enough to have all our relatives, especially mum and dad bringing us meals every day. I don’t know what I’d do without them – so very blessed to have a big family who love to visit. Hubby has been home too and he cooked up a vegetarian feast the other night along with my cousins – so yummy! We’ve been eating lots of soup type dishes to help get my water intake up – lots of Filipino dishes like nilaga, tinola and bulalo!  🙂 I love my family so very much.

Sizes: In Week One Little Miss H hardly filled up her onesies sized 0000. I remember with Mr D, he only wore size 0000 clothing for about a week or two, so this time round we didn’t really buy anything for H. When Hubby saw how tiny she was in the clothes we did bring for her, he went on a bit of a shopping spree while were in hospital and brought some cute tiny size 0000 onesies from the nearby Target!

 As for me, since my tummy and “down there” was still tender and healing in the first week, I just wore super comfy, light, cotton pieces. No squeezing into jeans or anything yet for me. And also because I was just at home, I felt much more comfortable not wearing constricting bras especially while my milk supply was still regulating. I did however wear those really, high and tight underwear to help bring my tummy together – the physio at the hospital also gave me a tight wrap wear.

Milestones: During the first week it felt like everything we did was a “first” and it was all so special!
– first time Little Miss H latched on straight after being born
– first time putting Little Miss H in a carseat/first car ride
– first time Mummy did a poo
– first time Hannah did a poo
– first bath time (the hubby is our bath expert!)
– first time Daniel met his Baby sister. He has been amazing with her! A few friends told us to get him a present from Hannah and the hubby secretly bought him a Monster Mutt Dalmation and he was so excited he gave his sister a soft his on the head! Mr D has been so gentle around his baby sister and loves showing her off to anyone who visits. He has also been really great playing on his own and during meal times and bed times. I love him so much and can’t wait for the day I can carry him again – I haven’t been able to do so since I got pregnant because he’s so heavy!

The Urban Ma pregnancy updatesWe missed Daniel so much while we were in hospital that we were grateful for Facetime as we were able to keep connected to him and say goodnight and “I love you” every night.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and all the well wishes so far. Let me know if you have any questions or comments and don’t forget to subscribe by leaving your email address. I appreciate every single one of you and hope you have a great week!

Good night!

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Pinoy Fridays – Ginatang Alimasag (Crab in coconut milk)

Crab in coconut milk ingredients recipe Crab in coconut milk recipe

Ginantaang Alimasag – Crab in Coconut Milk

This crab dish is so yummy served with rice and fish sauce to taste! We don’t cook it all the time at home so when we do it feels like a special treat 🙂

Such a simple dish packed with flavor and requiring some handy work in getting that fleshy crab meat out. Definitely a dish you can dig into and get your hands dirty with.

Ginataang alimasag recipe The Urban Ma ginataang alimasag recipe