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Fun Things: A Little Catch Up…

Fun Things: A Little Catch Up…
Carly Jacobs

Every now and then I like to do a little check-in. Because it’s fun!

This is a little question template I use from Pip at Meet Me At Mikes.

Making: Chicken soup. We’ve been REALLY sick in the Smaggle house for the last week so I’ve been making coconut chicken soup full of fresh garlic, ginger and turmeric in the pressure cooker. So good, I swear it it cut our sickness time in half. My fingers are stained yellow from grating the turmeric but it was totally worth it.

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Cooking: Mexican taco bowls! Beef mince with burrito seasoning, sour cream, avocado, shredded cheese and taco sauce served over roast broccoli and cauliflower. Best low carb Mexican you can get.

Drinking: Milk. Actual glasses of milk. I’ve been obsessed with dairy the last few months because I’m pregnant (check Instagram if you missed the announcement!) I can actually have as much of it as I like. I usually avoid dairy because it gives me horrendous period pain but I won’t be getting one of those for a while so I’ll have a large glass of ice cold milk please… make it a double.

Reading: A Man Called Ove. It’s just lovely so far. Highly recommend it! If you’ve read Eleanor Oliphant Is Perfectly Fine, you’ll really like this.

Trawling: Through op shops looking for cotton sheets to make a huge rag rug out of. We have polished concrete floors that are a little chilly in winter so they need covering up.

Wanting: To sleep better. I’m struggling a bit to get to sleep at the moment. I wake up every hour on the hour, the whole night. Must try to get that sorted.

Looking: For a good body moisturiser. I’ve never had dry skin on my body until last year and now it’s a whole thing. So annoying. Anny recommendations? I’ve been scratching my shins in my sleep because they’re dry and itchy and I actaully draw blood sometimes. It’s getting to be a weirdly serious problem.

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Deciding: On what car to buy in a few months time. Mr Smaggle’s car only has two seats so we obviously need something a bit bigger. I’m not super into cars so I’m not really sure what to start looking at… any thoughts?

Wishing: I wasn’t finding this winter so brutal. I usually love winter but I’m just constantly freezing. My body fat percentage is lower this year than last year so maybe that’s it? Better hit the Tim Tams and get some of my padding back!

Enjoying: Quiet weekends spent pottering at home. Tonight I’m making caulirice fried rice and we’re going to watch Cast Away because it’s on TV. Simple, lovely life is nice isn’t it?

Waiting: To see Cher in October! I’m so excited!

Liking: Led Zeppelin. I’ve always liked them but I’ve been listening to their London concert album and it’s bloody good.

Wondering: If I actually look pregnant. Every day it’s totally different. I’m like ‘Whoa! I look SO pregnant!’ and other days I’m like ‘Isn’t that kind of always my stomach looks like?’.

Loving: Full fat Greek yogurt. I’m trying to diversify my gut bacteria (I think that’s just about the wankiest thing I’ve ever written) and this stuff is the bomb. Except I have issues with stopping… can you OD on yogurt?

Pondering: What series to watch next. I’m waiting on Better Call Saul and Luther for more episodes so I’m at a bit of a loss. Suggestions welcome! Especially true crime docu-series.

Listening: Apple playlists. They’re bloody good. They also know me so well, it’s like a curated little list of Songs Carly Likes. Bonza.

Considering: Writing a play. I’ve had an idea cooking around for a while, just have to find the time to actually write the damn thing.

Buying: Not much… except underwear. The last few pairs I bought haven’t lasted very well and I’m a bit grumpy about it.

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Watching: Detectorists. I discovered this show a few years ago and just realised another season was released last year and I totally missed it. It’s a great show and it’s on Netflix ATM, so definitely watch it. 

Hoping: My sleep issue sorts itself out this week. It’s really annoying.

Marvelling: At how different my hair is in humid and dry climates. The perils of curly hair.

Cringing: At Leyonhjelm. What a tosser.

Needing: To go to the dentist. Yawn. Can someone have a party and I’ll just go to that instead?

Smelling: Peppermint. I’m a Dr Bronners junkie and I smell minty all the time now.

Wearing: Lots of layers, merino and my ugg boots. It’s a cold wee winter here in Melbourne this year.

Noticing: An increase in engagement on the old blog here. I’ve mixed up the format and all my old commenters are coming back. It’s just lovely to see you all.

Thinking: How nice being a grown-up is. I love pottering around in my house, cleaning, cooking, snuggling down into my crispy sheets and making lovely healthy meals.

Admiring: The patterns and classes at Sew Good. I’ve always wanted to learn to sew properly. I’m not very good at it but I’d like to change that.

Getting: Mad at people who put bananas in plastic bags at the supermarket. They have a protective skin you peel off! Come on people, get with the program.

Bookmarking: Handmade by Caroline. Cannot get enough of her, she makes her own clothes but not in dowdy stole-the-curtains kind of way, everything she makes is so stylish. Love her.

Opening: Lots of parcels for Crochet Coach – so much yarn and so many projects coming up!

Closing: A few loose ends in my life. Nothing drastic, just sorting some stuff out.

Feeling: Good. Things are good. Working hard, sorting some business things out but all in all, things are good.

Hearing: Possums tap dancing on the roof in the middle of the night. Scares the shit out of me.

Celebrating: Mr Smaggle’s birthday, Mama Smaggle’s birthday and lots of other lovely things. It’s a good time of year.

Pretending: I don’t miss drinking wine. To be honest, I don’t even feel like it but I miss feeling like it if you know what I mean?

As always this charming little list is from Pip Lincolne at Meet Me At Mike’s. If you want to do your own be sure to credit her if you do! You can even just do it in the comments if you like!

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So how are you? What have you been up to? Pick a few questions (or all of them!) and let me know!

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  1. Reannon 5 years ago

    CARLY!!!! A huge, mega congrats to you & Mr Smaggle!!! I love people having babies, I am team procreate until your heart is content (obvs, I have 4 kids so I must love it right?!), I am so freaking excited for you! I had to force myself to read the rest of the post because I just wanted to write how excited I was for you! How you feeling? You good? I hope you’re good 🙂

    We have also been sick all damn school holidays. Not fun but it has ensured we’ve had a super slow, super low key 2 weeks which has actually been lovely.

    And I also love being at home & just pottering. My favourite days are the ones where my house it totally clean, I get to spend time in the kitchen & garden & then cap the night off with a good book. I sound like a nana but I don’t care, that’s what I like.

    I am also a huge fan of apple playlists & I love that they put together a playlist of the stuff I play most. It’s my happy music!

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      Thank you so much! I’m trying to be conscious of not talking about it too often but I figured I needed to mention it here so readers who don’t have social media would be all caught up! I love clean house days too! I almost had one yesterday bit then it all fell through when I started prepping for a market I have a stall at next week. Yarn EVERYWHERE!!!

  2. Karen 5 years ago

    Try Skin boss by blogger Kirsten & Co.Kirsten & her husband Scott developed it after she had really dry skin. I’ve tried the nourishing night face oil and it hydrated my skin really well.

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      Her night serum is next on my list after I finish my current bottle of serum!

  3. Leah 5 years ago

    The milk drinking made me laugh. I remember in an episode of the sweet teen club podcast you talking about how crazy it was that Jessica came home and had a glass of milk and that you thought it was a bit gross. Then when I was pregnant all I wanted to drink was glasses of milk- definitely needed when the heartburn kicks in!
    I’ve just started taking magnesium to help with sleep- not sure it works for me yet but it was recommended by several people.
    So happy for you and looking forward to Mum productivity posts!!

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      It was totally gross! But now I’m like ‘Hook me up mo fo!’. Not sure there is such a thing as mum productivity but gosh darn it, I’ll try to make it a thing!

  4. Amanda 5 years ago

    Ahh, have you watched The Sinner on Netflix? SO good. And Killing Eve!

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      Oh I haven’t! Will add that to my queue.

    • Jen 5 years ago

      I haven’t watched The Sinner, but Killing Eve is so good!

  5. Kelly 5 years ago

    Congratulations to you on your pregnancy!! Wishing you all the best with it!

  6. Evie 5 years ago

    If you haven’t watched it already, Forensic Files on Netflix is good. Also, Gold Bond lotion is very excellent. Any of them, but the CoQ10 one especially. I had breast surgery, and the skin got so thin underneath the dressing that little chunks were coming off when I changed the bandages. This stuff fixed it up in a matter of days. If you need something unscented for super sensitive skin, I am currently ising CeraVe Renewing SA lotion.

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      I LOVE Forensic Files – There’s so much of it! That’s sounds crazy painful.. will add Gold Bond to the list!

  7. Skye 5 years ago

    Two things! Congratulations on the family expansion and Boody undies. They tick all the boxes and are so so SO comfy!

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      Thank you and I’ll look up Boody undies. The comfort factor isn’t the problem it’s that they’re falling apart too quickly!

  8. elliescarf 5 years ago

    In my experience the best body moisturiser is the QV Brand body cream. Not the lotion! The cream. You can try it in the small – but I buy the 1L pump bottle. The price will make your eyes water but it is worth it. No fragrance and good for sensitive skin so we use it for our small person also 🙂

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      I’ve tried QV in that past and it’s great! I love no fragrance lotions.

  9. Wendy Williams 5 years ago

    Body cream: Cetaphil in a white jar with a green lid. Priceline/chemist and under $20 for a big jar. Not natural unfortunately but very, very effective.

  10. Vanessa Keen 5 years ago

    Moogoo full cream moisturiser is amazing!
    Also, any chance of getting the soup recipe – sounds divine.

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      I’ll publish the recipe soon! It’s a mash up of a few different ones! I LOVE Moo Goo everything, their shampoo literally saved my hair.

  11. AJW 5 years ago

    Wow, very carefully placed announcement……….congrats!!!!
    Chicken soup recipe would be awesome – it was -7 in Orange over the weekend, so comfort food is on high rotation.

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      I’m trying to be conscious of not talking about it all the time! Will publish chicken soup recipe soon!

  12. Fiona 5 years ago

    Congrats! I recently enjoyed Manhunter on Netflix, 10 part series about the Unabomber. I also loved Killing Eve on iview. Avene moisturiser is good.

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      Manhunter was so GOOD! Can’t wait for more! Will add Killing Eve to the list!

  13. We have all been sick too and I also swear by chicken soup. It really does help!! I must admit I haven’t been feeling too warm this winter… I think it’s the hot flushes!! Congratulations too!!!

  14. Mary 5 years ago

    Ha, I’m commenting all over the place on your blog tonight! I’d been thinking about the smaggle-mobile and how you will need a new one. We went from the mighty magna to our glorious Honda Odyssey when our second bub had been around for a few months. Yes, the people mover that looks like a wagon. I bloody love it. Fits in any extra kids or adults so easily. Have fun with the car hunt Mr Smaggle!!

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