Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The Simple Home by Rhonda Hetzel {Give Away}

'Being in charge of your own life, and making decisions based on what you want to do rather than what you have to do, gives you a rare kind of contentment and shows you that every ordinary day offers magnificent opportunities.' 
- Rhonda Hetzel.

Hello friends!
Today I come to you with a give away! 
A give away to celebrate being back at blogging and the new year... 
(Sorry I did plan for this to go up 1 month ago, but life is a bit busy!) 
So we will make it the start of February competition. 

For this competition I am giving away a book. 
The Simple Home by Rhonda Hetzel. 
I love this author/blogger and get so much inspiration from her, I've been following her for years!
This is her latest book and I just bought myself a copy & one for someone else - one of you!

I briefly saw Rhonda last year at the Toowoomba Library when she was on her book tour and she was so incredibly encouraging to listen to. She was honest about why she made certain lifestyle changes and why she has chosen to live a more simple life.
To me she is so wise & she has such a kind & warm charm to her - kind of like an old neighbour or grandmother you could listen to for hours & learn so much from. That's what reading her books are like, advice from a wise friend. I really admire her and her practical approach to living. 
The message she promotes of simplicity, frugality, back to basic living, family, kindness & the importance of home is something I love & to me it makes sense.
I strive to live a simplified life, a life that is more focused on enjoying moments and each other instead of things. 
During her speech last year, she said something that resonated with me - that everyone's idea of simple living is different. And I absolutely 110% agree with this, there is no one or right way to live simply. I like to think I live a little more simply than others but I know I don't live as simply as others do. If that makes sense. 
We are all on our own journey and doing things at our own pace.  My goal with my version of simple living is making my own cleaning products to eliminate the need for harsh chemicals in our home, making more food from scratch to reduce the number of preservatives & additives in our diet, trying to be more frugal & live with less and to declutter our home. And to eventually live a life where we are growing our own produce & maybe raising our own protein and if we are dreaming big - maybe even be self sufficient to an extent. (The last point is a long term "dream goal", but for now we try to harvest our own venison when we can.) 

This book is a year long guide broken down into months. 
"A month-by-month guide to self-reliance, productivity and contentment." 
There are chapters on organising your year, finances, growing & preserving your own food, recipes for not just food but also cleaning products, sewing & crafts, cleaning, health and slowing down plus much more. 
This book is full of beautiful images and crammed full of so much knowledge and wisdom for life & the home and I'm sure you will love it!
I have owned Rhonda's first 2 books for years and find them incredibly helpful & inspiring to living a more slow & simple life - the type of life I aspire to. I regularly use them as guides to flip back to for advice.
If you think you would enjoy this book, which I think most of my readers would, I encourage you to enter this give away! 
There is an entry form below with multiple ways to enter & you can gain extra entries for sharing on Facebook & Instagram about the giveaway! 
I highly recommend this book (as well as Rhonda's first 2 books; Down To Earth & The Simple Life. 

Just so we are all clear, here are the T&C's;
  1. You must be a follower of this blog, either subscribe via Google, bloglovin or by email!
  2. Please comment on this blog post. Either tell me why you like ModernWifeLife31, what you would like to read more of or how you have simplified your life. 
  3. Please share this blog post.
  4. Please LIKE ModernWifeLife31 on Facebook
  5. Please follow ModernWifeLife31 on Instagram
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  7. You can receive an extra entry by sharing the competition post from my Facebook page & also sharing the image on Instagram - remembering to tag @Modernwifelife31 in your post. (I will manually add an additional entry for every share)
  8. Australian entries only.
  9. Competition starts 12am February 1st 2017 and ends February 8th 2017 at midnight.  
  10. Winner will be announced by lunchtime the following day.
  11. 1 prize only. 
  12. Winner and prize are final.
  13. Winner has 48 hours to contact with me their postal addresses & I will post out the book as soon as possible by standard tracked post. 
  14. Prize was purchased by me and this competition is not sponsored. RRP of book is $45. 
  15. This competition is in no way affiliated or endorsed by Facebook, Instagram or Rhonda Hetzel.
  16. By entering this competition you agree to this terms & conditions.  

Please enter by this entry form...

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Thank you so much for your ongoing support over the last year when I have been a little absent - I truly appreciate every single one of my readers. 
Thank you for entering & good luck! 

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Hello, let's catch up!

Be thankful for everything that happens in life, it all adds to your story. 
Hello - how are you?
It's been a while - I know.
I haven't posted on here since August last year. That is 5+ months!!! I am sorry!
I kept posting regularly on social media though, so what happened last year is documented in many posts over there. But basically 2016 was crap right up until mid December, when our little man made his arrival.
Our Tommy was born at 6pound 9.5ounces, very furry and looks just like his Daddy - he is amazing.
Tommy is the sweetest little man and the 3 of us are head over heels in love with him!
I am not going to heavily focus on last year, but basically my pregnancy was a little bit rough thanks to an auto immune health issue I was diagnosed with mid way through my pregnancy. It isn't pleasant and it is ongoing, but compared to how I felt last year - I am feeling much better now! 
2016 made me stronger, my marriage stronger, it showed me who truly cares & is there to support us in life & it gave us our wonderful little man. So despite it being a very, very hard year - I am thankful for it and the end of the year was absolutely wonderfully memorable & that is what we will take away from 2016. Not the sickness, hurt, stress & fear. 
In the last 6 weeks since Tommy's birth we've celebrated Christmas and New Year and just enjoyed life as a family of 4.
LuLu is an amazing & loving big sister - just like we knew she would be. She is so proud & very protective of her "baby brother" & is a great big helper. 
Tommy thankfully has been a very easy & relaxed little man. He is very strong and sleeps & feeds very well. 
Our children.*
Trent & I are enjoying being parents to 2 kids. I feel we work great together as a team, I can't imagine doing this parenting journey with anyone else - he is such a hands on Dad - he does just as much as I do with the children. He is truly such a brilliant husband, I am so thankful that I am his wife, he always takes such good care of me, especially during 2016 when I was so unwell & we felt deserted by almost everyone else. I'm so lucky to have him. 
We revisited the sunflower fields again this year! 
So that is a very brief & mini update on our life. 
Moving forward - I will try to get back into the swing of blogging now. I am hoping to get back to 1 post a week, but forgive me if I don't manage that. 
I have a give away I am hoping to get up very shortly, so stay tuned! I was hoping to have that up earlier in the month, but sometimes life comes first.
In other big news, Highfields/Toowoomba locals keep an eye out for the February/March edition of Highfields' Own magazine - I'll be on the cover & be the feature inside. So that is all kinds of exciting & I am still in a bit of shock that I was asked to do that!  
In the meantime if you want to keep up with my regular little posts please check out my social media accounts;
Snap Chat; Bindy_30
So we will talk soon - ok. 
I've missed this, I hope you are all well.

* To maintain our children's privacy we will continue to show limited images of them & the images we will share we try to make sure they aren't very identifiable. As much as we would love to share them with you, sadly the internet isn't an innocent & safe place. Thank you for being understanding. 

I am thankful for my struggles, because without it - I wouldn't have found my strength.