Monday, August 20, 2012

Winners Are Grinners with Funky Genes!

Thank you to Tara from Funky Genes for this AWESOME giveaway.  Check out her gorgeous range of Children's Clothes, PJ's and Accessories at

Camille in her "Books to Wear First Star" PJ's!  

Thank you to everyone who entered this competition.  What a fantastic response!  So many entries!  I wish I could give you all a prize... but that isn't how this works.  :)  However, Tara has been so very generous that she is giving all of my gorgeous readers: 

15% off storewide until midnight Sunday 26th August 2012.  

Just enter the Code 5Reasons.

So, without further adieu...

The Winners are...

Prize #1 - Size 2 Girls Rube & Harri PJ's

Prize #2 - Size 5-7 Boys Rube & Harri PJ's

Prize #3 - Size 10 Girls Rube & Harri PJ's

Congratulations girls!!!

Could you please shoot me an email ASAP to

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Here we go again.

Another Bipolar cycle.  Another mountain.  Another week of my life being turned upside down.  

I run a pretty tight ship here at the Five Little Reasons home.  I am very organised, I am very tidy, I am always up to date with things... except when Brett is in the midst of a Manic Depressive Episode.  

I don't sleep and my stress levels go through the roof.  The house suffers, which I have learnt to deal with - it is hard, but I have no choice - and everything is put on hold.  My schedule (to some degree) goes out the window and I have to live day by day.  

Last week, Brett had a very obvious Hypermanic episode.  Obvious to me.  He had no idea.  A girlfriend came over on Saturday for lunch and she had no idea.  She just thought he was "functioning".  He was cracking jokes, being loud, and running around like a chicken.  He spent the morning meticulously detailing both of our cars, playing with the kids, running in the street and burning a lot of energy.  Apparently he had been like this at work for a couple of days too.  Getting everything done in record speed, being loud and over "friendly". 

He was happy.  Very happy.  High as a kite happy.  And I could see right through it.  I don't tend to get worried about him during a hypermanic episode.  He has never done anything dangerous during a hypermanic episode.   With bipolar II, depression is the most pronounced feature - that is when I worry.  70% of Manic episodes are followed by a depressive episode and like clockwork, he then came down from his "high" yesterday.  

This time, he didn't crash so hard.  He has crashed harder before.  This time, he just walked around the house saying horrid things about himself and stood for 1 hour last night hitting his head on the doorframe.  He also had some hallucinations and horrid dreams.  He heard voices and was imagining his death.  He told me this morning.  

I worry that he hasn't taken his medication. 

I worry that he won't get to work safely.

I worry that he will just disappear.

I worry that he will hurt himself.  

I worry.  All.  The.  Time. 

And I get angry.  Angry at the universe for doing this.  Angry with the medication for not doing it's job this time.  Angry at him for not being "normal".  

But I can't be angry.  I have to fight the anger.  Because it isn't his fault.  It isn't my fault.  It isn't anyone's fault.  It is just the cards that have been dealt.

And I know... in a couple of days he will be back to his "normal".  He will be back on level ground.  

Until the next time...

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

{Review & Giveaway} Funky Genes

It is well known that I am not a fan of winter.  Brett calls me a "cold wuss".  I thrive in the sun.

The only thing that I love about winter is snuggling up with the Five Little Reasons in our PJ's.  There are more days spent in our PJ's in winter than any other season.

Pyjamas have to be comfortable and stylish.  Yes, stylish.  I am not a "grandma" flanny dress kind of a girl.  I like to have gorgeous pyjamas.  They make me feel special.  And the Reasons agree.

Funky Genes is a gorgeous online store for children's clothing, pyjamas, underwear, baby toiletries, blankets, soft toys and more.  And it is all so stylish.

I am totally in love with these gorgeous soft dolls, which are all the rage right now.  Camille may or may-not be getting one of these for her birthday coming up.

Anyway... back to the PJ's.  Tara sent the Reasons a pair of Rube & Harri Pyjamas each and they are just stunning.    They came beautifully wrapped (you can ask for gift wrapping!) and the Reasons thought it was Christmas.  

Check them out!

Oliver sporting "Archer" PJ's in size 3.

Lucy Loves her "Ruby" PJ's in size 8.

Joshua playing in his "Ned" PJ's in size 6.

I love Hayden in his "Charlie" PJ's in size 10.
He looks so grown up!

And the "Phoebe" in size 2 are just adorable on Camille.

There are many options including traditional soft flannel PJ's, to loose fitting PJ's and Knit PJ's with a fitted ankle (I find these are perfect for the little ones!).

If you register with Funky Genes you will receive 10% your order and you will always be the first to hear about their sales!

You can also find Funky Genes on FACEBOOK!

The gorgeous Tara at Funky Genes has kindly given me THREE sets of Rube & Harri Pyjama's worth up to $49.95 each to giveaway.

All you have to do is head to the Funky Genes website and tell me in a comment below what colours are used on the funky dots throughout the site!  Then tell me if you want to win a BOY's set or a GIRLS set and what size.

We have THREE sets to giveaway.

Boy or Girl in size 2, 3 or 4
Boy or Girl in size 5, 6 or 7
Boy or Girl in size 8 or 10

Competition is for Australian Residents only and closes Wednesday 15th August at 8pm.  Winners will be announced on Thursday 16th.

This Competition is now closed.  Stay tuned for the winners!

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