CAN WE HAVE OUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO?

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This is something I think all women, especially mothers have asked themselves. Can we have it all? Damn right we can. But only if we all choose what’s really most important to our health and happiness and that of our family’s and simplify our lives by letting go of anything that doesn’t move us directly in that direction.

On that note I am going to be taking a break from Two Janes for a while. With my husband working overseas most of the year, and having two children by myself at home, another due in a few months and now studying towards my diploma in Interior Design, the time I spend on Two Janes needs to be spent studying. Gone are the days I can pull all nighters doing an assignment, I’m lucky if I make it till 10.30pm without crashing on the couch! (Especially when my nights will soon be full of two-hourly feeding!)

Yes we can have it all, but we need to be real with ourselves, sometimes we can’t do it all. Two Janes will be back, hopefully when I can share what’s going on in my dream career in interior design! Until then, thanks for being part of the fun xxx Abbie

(photo credit: yesterday’s afternoon tea, Ava’s left over birthday cake. Yes I made it, yes I’m kinda showing off, how good does it look!!! One of those moments you stand back and think, damn I’m a good mother! ha)

THREE BIRDS RENOVATIONS

When I first heard about these women, I thought to myself, I want to be just like them when I grow up! (Never mind the fact I’m already fully grown with almost three kids). I love that three busy Sydney mums who were already successfully ruling the corporate world decided to jump off the comfort of that corporate cliff and plunge into the unknown to create Three Birds Renovations. Now they are working together to buy and renovate homes in just 6/7 weeks before selling them and making a tidy profit. Hmmm yes dream job right there.
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They are currently renovating their third house, after two incredible results. We all love a before and after right, so feast your eyes…

Reno one, aptly named the Hoarders House
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Reno two, the Hamptons House
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Their style is inspirational, but attainable and they generously share their experience (right down to budgets and profit made) and design tips – who would believe these lights are from Bunnings?! 3 birds cheap lights
And this great idea for a laundry bench top, less than $100 also from Bunnings.cheap laundry bench

You can follow along their current reno on their new youtube channel, it’s must see viewing for me each Monday night, it’s so exciting watching their real time progress. It’s also brilliant to see three strong, talented women working hard together to create something amazing, their chemistry and humour is infectious and leaves you wanting to join their squad.

It takes a huge amount of bravery to follow your dreams, especially when you have already created a strong career in another field. I know many of my friends who are in their 30’s, having forged successful corporate careers and especially after becoming mothers are wanting something more. A job that will feed your soul as well as your bank balance. I’ve been going through the same process, with the knowledge that I will be going back to work next year and so have decided to take my own little leap. I am currently doing a Diploma in Interior Design, hoping to turn this passion of mine into a career. Watch this space! xx

Adore Magazine

Sometimes the best things in life really are free, like this stunning interiors magazine that I love reading every issue! Adore Magazine is an Australian online home and lifestyle magazine that can be delivered to your inbox every issue at no charge.
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Their latest issue is definitely one of their best, here’s a sneak peak at three stunning kitchens they have featured. The first is possibly my favourite. The mix of a simple subway tile laid to create a beautiful herringbone pattern pared with raw timber floating shelves. Ahhhh, kitchen envy is currently washing over me.
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I love the modern take on this farm style kitchen, black cabinetry is such a winner.
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Lastly a stunning coastal kitchen from the talented girls behind Three Birds Renovations (more on them on the blog later in the week), every kitchen should have an outdoor servery that looks like this!
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Grab a cuppa and click here to enjoy the entire issue of Adore xx