Nice Day for a Picnic…

Nice Day for a Picnic…

Basil Bangs Picnic RugFeeling like a picnic?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re at the beach, in the garden or on the back deck, the Basil Bangs Love Rug from ‘Top 3 by Design’ marks your spot with very cool vintage style.

The Love Rug, a collaboration with “We are Handsome”, is perfect for a family picnic, at the beach or just relaxing on your favourite grassy patch on the back lawn – or if it’s raining, bring it inside for use as a play mat.

The Basil Bangs Love Rug features:
– A spacious family size 1.8m diameter circular size
– Internal urethane padding for comfort
– Underside lined with water-proof backing
– Topside features sublimation printed, water-resistant outdoor polyester canvas
– Hidden pocket for stashing your phone, wallet and keys
– Contrast colour edging
– Padded carry handle
– Adjustable shoulder strap

With Love
Mrs Jones x

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Some Wonderful Vintage Advertising…

Some Wonderful Vintage Advertising…

Friends, I’ve been super-busy in Mama Land lately, which is why I’ve not been blogging and sharing the love. Honestly, it’s not that I don’t adore you all, it’s just that I’ve had to make some difficult decisions…

Gorgeous, Mr Jones and I had a truly honest and thought-provoking conversation last week that made both of us think about our priorities and how we both put so much effort into parenting and family that we’ve been neglecting the depth of our relationship, as well as the time we give to it…

I’ve moved a little ahead because at the end of the conversation we’d only worked out that we both put our kids before us, as a unit, every time and we really needed regular time to just talk (really talk!) and clear the air of any niggling worries or problems and really enjoy being together like we used to when we were dating…

This then got both of us thinking and after we went off on our week and each discussed the matter with a friend (him), therapist (me… I sound neurotic, but in promise I’m not! It was just that I had my appointment on the Monday!) these fantastic people both spoke a great amount of truth to us.

We both adore our kids – true. We both adore each other – true. But… As husband and wife we really need to stop over-thinking every little kid thing – they will probably turn out okay with the love, support and skills we’re giving ’em – and just enjoy the moment! Ahh… Live in the moment and stop over-analysing, stressing, borrowing worry and most of all that perfectly true quote that applies here, ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’! We don’t compare ourselves and worry about other families, but more that we both worry and ‘compare’ what we could have or should have done, or should be doing.

Relax. Enjoy. Appreciate. The moments that are our life.

Kinda simple really. Easier said than done though, so we are now endeavouring to truly put this into practice and take some time for ourselves, alone, to recharge and not think this will damage our kids because we are being selfish; enjoy our days and the ‘bits’ of life they’re made of; enjoy and compliment each other on the great job we are doing just by being loving, caring and honest to each other and our little family…

Whew, again this plan for a quick post has turned into a thesis! My plan was to show you these awesome, and rather funny – looking back nowadays – mid-century advertisements that will give you a laugh, and pause to think about just how our society’s values have changed… Like I’m going to! Hopefully, I’ll look back and laugh at how stressed I used to get… Hopefully ;/

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On Being Thankful…

On Being Thankful…

I’m SO very much enjoying being a Mama second-time around! Not that I didn’t enjoy it with the boy in any way, I loved it! He honestly made me realise my own strength, ability to love and gave me insight and patience I never knew existed – not to mention showed me how it felt to have a piece of your heart walking around outside in the big ol’ world without protection! Scary, exhilarating and awesome…

Sadly, however, his early months coincided a very stressful marriage breakdown (aren’t they all) that involved alcohol abuse, threats and a great deal of fear and instability which resulted in a sudden lack of home for us. After having to move back in with my parents and start my ‘grown-up’ life all over again from scratch with not much more than our clothing and a car, meant I couldn’t relax and enjoy my sons early years. Money worries, concerns about his safety and our future meant that I could only concentrate on ensuring he was happy, safe and blossoming and I didn’t have time to actually ‘be’ in the moments of being a Mama for me.

This time, however, I have been gifted with the most blessed and happy marriage to a wonderful husband and father to both of my children, making this time around just wonderful. I am truly thankful for this truly amazing gift… a family of my own that is full of laughter, love and fun (don’t worry, we have crappy days too!). My own little family, my extended family, my wider church family and my friends truly make my days just awesome!

How about you? Are you able to enjoy the time you’ve got with your kids at the moment, or is there too much else on your plate? I’d love to hear where you’re at and how you find the headspace to enjoy your kids…

Love Mrs Jones x

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Happy Love Day…

Happy Love Day…

Depending on where you’re at in your life, Valentine’s Day holds a lot of power. Expectation, the bringer of unhappiness, is what does it.

Think about it… Expectations of how your day should be and how you should be treated/surprised/spoiled… If you put them out there most of the time expectations will reward you with feelings of worry, negativity, and negative comparison.

Expect nothing. Yep, seriously, don’t expect anything and everything will be a bonus. Yes, it may sound trite, but if you think about it, it’s true. So this Valentine’s Day turn your expectations around 180 degrees and give some love to those around you instead. Make somebody else’s day this year.

Use this day not to buy into the schtick the marketers of chocolate, flowers, tacky underwear and wrapping paper want from you, but to open your eyes and take a look around at those in your life that you love.

Appreciate the people in your life, even those that are difficult. The more difficult the person, generally the more they need love from you.
Good, bad or complicated; each relationship will grow you better, if you let it.
Life is about relationship – family, friends, partners, workmates, bus drivers – we are all in this together so you might as well make it as pleasant as possible.
Love for those around you makes your life richer… Truly, it does.

Go on, give ’em a little extra love today. All of those people in your life.

A smile, a hug or a kind word never go astray. You never know who might desperately need it and frankly doing good stuff for other people has the bonus of making them and you feel good… And you don’t have to buy into the mass commercialism of VDay to do it.

So whether your love is here or there, or perhaps your love is more about a place, people on a bigger scale or something much bigger than the commercials would have you believe, I heartily wish you love and hope you share it around today!

Enjoy, Mrs Jones x

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Some Lovely Words for Your Beloved…

Some Lovely Words for Your Beloved…

Stuck thinking of something special to get your mate? Perhaps you’ve left your run too late and now you’re starting to get a little hot under the collar thinking perhaps you should have purchased earlier?

Never fear dear reader, a solution is close at hand…

Pop into your closest art supply shop and purchase some heavy, good quality, archival paper plus a few ink pens or something else you’ll be handy at writing with and get writing…

Here are a few others prepared earlier than you for inspiration! Oh, and next year perhaps you can order one of these earlier and save yourself the stress!

Love, Mrs Jones x

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Pride & Prejudice Quote by heytheredesign on Etsy.com
I Love You Much, E.E.Cummings Quote by PrintRevolution on Etsy.com
Personalized Share Love Print from Shoppe by Scoutmob
Everywhere and Back Archival Print by lovelysweetwilliam on Etsy.com

Style Your Valentine’s Table and Wow Your Honey…

Style Your Valentine’s Table and Wow Your Honey…

If you’ve decided on a quiet night in, or perhaps you’re hosting your very own Valentine’s Soirée take a look at these food styling ideas that are bound to leave an impression!

No need to stick with red, white or pink – mix things up with warm tones of gold and peach or go cool with silver and pale rose for something just as romantic but with tonnes of flair!

Check out heaps of other table and food styling images and links to party design information on my Party Goodness | Food Styling and Table Setting Board on Pinterest!

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Some Vintage Valentine’s Fun!

Some Vintage Valentine’s Fun!

Here are some adorable vintage Valentine’s that are sure to inspire you to find an even cornier line for your beloved… It’s amazing just how innocent and sweet courting somebody you fancied used to be… A much easier and more simple time.

Enjoy!

If you’d like more vintage illustrations to inspire your mid-century obsession, head on over to my Vintage Goodness | Illustrations Board on Pinterest for many more cute and kitschy pictures just like these!

Love Mrs Jones x

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