You scroll through your Instagram feed past picture after picture of gorgeous styled shots and rooms. You look down at your feral rental carpet or pile of washing or even at an item that is not white and Scandi and think ‘Dayum. These guys have it all.’ And you know what? Some probably do. Some are stylists. Some are rich as. Some don’t have children. Some are sent gorgeous items to style next to their cheap Kmart find. Some make these gorgeous items. But not everyone’s house looks like this 24/7. And not every picture is taken in a flawless room where their new piece is slotted in to the perfect shot. Furniture is moved, curtains are wide open, bodies are contorted to get a decent shot. Pieces are added and removed. In every one of the Bargain Mum photos you see on our feed, a child is just out of the frame and there is mess on either side. And sometimes, well most times, they get into the props. They pull things off the shelves at the shops. They walk in to every picture we try to take.
This was what was posted earlier this week. We were letting our followers know that ‘The Book With No Pictures’ was now available to purchase at Big W.
This was what was happening around it…
The bedside needed to go on top of the chest of drawers to get better light but it meant that the lamp was exposed and boy does Bargain Baby love that lamp. There still isn’t a globe in it. There is stuff all over the chest of drawers and toys all over the room. His whinge because I wouldn’t let him wear the lamp as a hat still haunts me.
If I could write a post that was just expletives, it would sum up how I felt about getting this shot. Life with a toddler makes me want to break things. So you can imagine how filled with joy THIS made me feel. All because I didn’t know there was an inner lining in the bleeping bean bag.
Even at the shops when I am selecting the items, I turn my back for about 18 seconds to turn around and find Bargain Girl having her own bargain shopping spree. Then telling me off when I don’t care that the jumbo pens are down to $1, BECAUSE THE LAST ONE I BOUGHT YOU ENDED UP ON THE ROOF OF A CAFE ON THE BOTTOM FLOOR OF CASTLE TOWERS.
It took me emptying the vacuum cleaner five times before the house didn’t resemble the North Pole. I am STILL finding those tiny white balls in the weirdest places.
So before you judge yourself and your home so harshly, we are here to tell you that we don’t have it perfect and there is almost always a screaming, nappy wearing, throwingcleanwashingfromthebasket toddler standing behind us. There are most certainly dishes in the sink and lunch thrown on the floor over the high chair. And probably, to the left or right of the picture you see, is a stack of paperwork or a Buzz Lightyear (yes both Bargain Baby and Bargain Girl are obsessed) that has been pushed out of the way to get that shot.
Love and craziness, Lisa and Jess.