The Plumbette is 31

31 Things I Know

Today is my Birthday. Yay! I turn 31 and so much has happened in those 31 years, although I feel like a lot of life has been lived in the last 18 months.

I was recently told I still looked like I was in my mid-twenties which means I’m ageing well despite the extra weight and lack of shut eye after having 3 kids in 5 years.

I always do a reflection post on all the things that have happened in the last year since my last Birthday. This time I’m going to write 31 things I know. I got the inspiration from Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim and I loved her list so much (you can read it here). I’m also holding giveaway with a few of my favourite things and one special thing that has been created just for my Birthday! I missed my blog anniversary back in February because I was so overwhelmed with life and new writing work. I decided to put together a giveaway post for my Birthday instead to thank you, my readers for hanging around despite my different opinions and life changes. My life is so much richer for having you read my blog. I couldn’t imagine life without my blog or the community that The Plumbette has here and on social media. I hope that my blog posts continue to help you or at least encourage you in some way.

It’s also my hope that my when my girls are older they will read my blog like a photo album. Memories that will be treasured from when they were little.

Here are 31 things I know.

  1. You are never too old to learn something new.
  2. It’s ok to change your mind.
  3. It’s ok to say no.
  4. Saying yes can lead to great things.
  5. Change in direction does not mean you’re a failure, it means you have a different focus and path to follow.
  6. You can still love someone, yet disagree with them.
  7. Failure is an opportunity to try again.
  8. There’s more to life than filling a house with things.
  9. A clean house keeps a clear mind.
  10. Embracing mess won’t kill you.
  11. You’re never too old to start something new but
  12. Don’t take advantage of your youth. The younger you are the more energy you have to accomplish your dreams.
  13. Having a baby will change you.
  14. Having a second baby will challenge you.
  15. Having a third baby will stretch you.
  16. It’s better to cry than to keep things bottled in.
  17. There will always be someone better than you.
  18. There will always be someone worse off than you. It’s not a chance to become proud, but simply grateful for what you have.
  19. It’s better to compare yourself with yourself than against others.
  20. Don’t believe everything you see on Facebook and Instagram.
  21. Risks don’t always pay off, but they give great lessons.
  22. It’s wise to regroup in your comfort zone.
  23. Life is better when you help others.
  24. Kids just want your attention. Nothing more and nothing less.
  25. You won’t lose weight after eating a block of chocolate for lunch.
  26. Friendship groups will change as the seasons of life change.
  27. You won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.
  28. Everyone can learn from your story no matter the tale.
  29. Embrace and celebrate the wins in life because there will always be a new winner the following year.
  30. Busyness does not create a full life.
  31. Actions always speak louder than words.

And with that comes my Birthday Giveaway. I have 4 prizes to giveaway and all you need to do is follow The Plumbette on FacebookTwitter or Instagram and answer this question:

What is one thing you know or have learned from living your life?

The most interesting and creative answer will win one of the prizes.

The first prize is a quote that I made up and got Kirsten from Kirsten and Co to design for me. It has a plumbing touch which I love. Kirsten designs prints which are stylish and look fabulous in your home. She can do custom prints here or you can purchase prints that she has cleverly put together for you. At the moment Kirsten is doing acrobat surfing drinking cocktails and eating cheesecake in Hawaii so any prints that you order from her store in the next week, won’t be sent out until after the 21st July. After the giveaway has ended, you are more than welcome to purchase this print. Just send a request to Kirsten and she will get onto it for you when she comes back. The print costs $30 including postage. The print does not come framed, but you can purchase a frame from Kmart to fit the print for $5.

The print subject to Kirsten & Co (c)

The print subject to Kirsten & Co (c)


This is the print framed. I have it sitting on my desk. Sorry for the bright lights and reflection in the background.

This is the print framed. I have it sitting on my desk. Sorry for the bright lights and reflection in the background.

The second prize is a Garnier Pack. As you know I was a runner up in the Garnier Smart Beauty Challenge. This week I received another box of Garnier products and I’ve barely made a dent in the last box, so it’s time to share the love and giveaway some product. Everything you see in the picture is what you will get. RRP $60


Garnier Cleansing Milk, 1 Clear and Sensitive Make Up Remover, Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner, Garnier Summer Body Nourishing Lotion & BB Cream in a Medium shade.

The third prize is a linen pack from I Love Linen. I have one Jadour cushion cover in Mint and 1 pair of Pompom Polka Dot Pillow Cases which are a new design from ILL. RRP $84.85

J'adore Mint Cushion

J’adore Mint Cushion


2 Charcoal Confetti Pillow Cases

2 Charcoal Confetti Pillow Cases

The fourth prize is a plumbing pack with 3 OneTouch Tap aerators and a set of 2 Ezydrain Fittings. RRP $174

One Touch Tap Set

One Touch Tap Set


2 EzyDrain Fittings to suit 100mm floor wastes

2 EzyDrain Fittings to suit 100mm floor wastes

When you answer the question, let me know which prize you would like to win the most. You can also email your answer. Send it via my Contact page and it will be sent through to my email.

Terms and Conditions

1. This is a game of skill. Each valid entry to be judged on creativity and originality, not by chance.

2. There are 4 prizes.  Kirsten and Co print. RRP $30, Garnier Prize Pack RRP $60, I Love Linen Pack RRP $84.85, Plumbing Pack 3 OneTouch Tap aerators and a set of 2 Ezydrain Fittings. RRP $174

3. Entries open from 6am Thursday 9th July 2015 6am to Friday 24th June 2015 6pm Brisbane Time.

4. Prize is not transferable or changeable

5. Prize sent out by The Plumbette & Kirsten & Co will not be replaced in the event it is stolen, lost or damaged in transit or virtually.

6. Entry is via leaving a comment or sending a comment via email to answer the question.

7. A valid email address must be included in your entry.

8. Entry into any giveaway or competition is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions

9.Entrants must be Australian residents and aged 18 or over

10. The winners will be notified by email and has 3 days to reply and claim the prize. The winner will also be announced on Facebook. This giveaway is not endorsed by Facebook.

11. The decision on the winner is final and no dialogue will be entered into otherwise.

12. These terms and conditions are subject to change at any time without notice.


  • Caroline Kelly

    To accomplish anything in life, one must first make a start.

  • Lauren Roney

    One thing I know.. I am a good person, not the best or brightest, prettiest or thinnest but I am a good human being with a true heart and that is the most important thing. A good person is better than trying to be perfect .

    Happy Birthday beautiful friend xxx

    • Thanks gorgeous. You are definitely a good person. xx

  • yolandi mallard

    Wisdom is the reward for a lifetime of listening….it’s hard to act unwisely when you’re too busy gleaning wisdom. Happy birthday beautiful mama, lovely friend and all round awesome lady!!!

    • Thanks gorgeous. And thank you for entering the comp. xx

  • shazillas

    Happy Birthday ~ Giving yourself permission to live free of judgment is the essence of Freedom

  • Karly

    No one gets a good nights sleep when a third little human joins us in the big bed. Best to give him a kiss, cover him up, and spend the rest of the night in his bed.
    The ezy drain pack pls

    • Baha Karly, you are hilarious… and wise. Thanks for your entry. 🙂

  • Happy birthday, Bec. What a lovely selection of prizes. You’re so generous. One of the biggest learnings in my life after a troubled period in my early twenties, is that you must respect yourself first and foremost. Self-respect is what sets the tone for how you treat yourself and how others treat you, without it, it’s all downhill xo

  • Simplify.Create

    Happy birthday. A lesson I learned last year when walking away from my career as a psychologist was that if you’re unhappy, take a risk on happiness and make a big change. You may end up somewhere unexpectedly wonderful!

    • Wow, that is like my life 18 months ago. Thank you for the Birthday wishes. xx

  • Lisa

    Hope you have an amazing birthday.

    I have learned a Mother’s love is unconditional – I may not like the behaviour but I will always love the little buggers 🙂

    • So true Lisa. Thank you for your Birthday wishes. 🙂

  • Cyndie

    Happy birthday Bec! Great post and generous giveaway (my favourite prize is the linen pack). The one thing i learnt is ‘great things happen to positive people’. Having a can-do attitude will change your life: your professional life and social life, you will be happier and make the people around you happier in the process.

    • Thank you Cyndie. I love being around positive people too. I hope that I am positive to those around me too. It works both ways doesn’t it? x

  • Happy Birthday Bec! I’m not entering the comp, but just wanted to let you know that the acrobatic surfing/cheesecake eating is going really well 😉 Hope you’re having a fabulous birthday and thanks so much for featuring the custom print in your fab giveaway x

    • Baha! I want to see a video of the acrobat surfing. Or atleast your hubby carring your shopping for you. Hope you’re having an amazing time and thank you once again for being awesome and doing my print. xx

  • Alison – Talking Frankly

    Happy birthday glitter girl. Have a wonderful day. The one that is massively resonating with me again and STILL is “Don’t take advice from golfers if you want to play baseball”.Big love and much cake xoxoxo

    • Oh, I love your quote. And thank you for your happy wishes. I don’t see the glitter but thank you. xx

  • Happiest of all the happies, Bec. I hope you are as spoiled as this yourself!! x

    • Thanks Bron. I definitely got spoiled. I got day spa vouchers, a magazine subscription, jewellery, a new jumper, flowers, chocolates and a whole love of serenading from my older two girls. xx

  • Thanks Mum. xx

  • Thank you and thank you for following my FB page as well. 🙂

  • This is a great list, happy birthday Bec xx

  • writeofthemiddle

    Happy Birthday beautiful Bec! You know a lot of stuff and you’ve learned well over your 31 years. Min xo

  • One thing I’ve learned is that if you have nothing nice to say, you should really consider saying nothing. by all means, challenge someone who says something you don’t agree with- but nastiness for its own sake benefits absolutely no one.

  • Some very wise words here Bec. Happy Birthday. xx

  • Happy birthday to you for yesterday! I came here via the post on My Brown Paper Packages. I’ll add two things I’ve learned: 1. We don’t remember days, we remember moments – so we need to be really present and enjoy those moments as they happen (and that was why I loved that you did your five favourite moments rather than things on Malinda’s post) and 2. You can never know what is going on under people’s exteriors, so always treat everyone gently and with kindness.

  • I love it Bec. So much wisdom in there.

    Something I’ve learnt… well I think I’m still learning it, but today I was thinking about how Jesus is the purpose, and life is better lived with that in mind. I just have to keep remembering it.

  • Karina Lee

    Happy happy birthday!! Thanks for the gifts (even though its YOUR birthday!). I would love the linen pack to add some colour to our boring couch!

  • Lndeang

    Happy Birthday Bec. My Dad would always say to us ” If your going to look over your neighbors fence, don’t look at what they have..look to see if they have enough” and when my mum would call us for school it would be “hurry up L, today is the first day of the rest of your life, make it a good one.
    I now say these to my kids. (plumbing kit)

  • Kathy Bowdlert

    One of my favourite sayings I tell myself when things get tough is, “There is always someone else worse off than yourself, so stop feeing sorry for yourself and go help someone else who needs a hand. ” I always say this to my kids when they start with the “why me’s?” I’d love the Garnier pack please and thanks for the chance. Happy Birthday Plumbette. 🙂

  • Nicole Kent

    Happy Birthday!
    I’ve learnt that things aren’t always as they seem. Most people like to show you a highlights reel of their lives – but the reality isn’t always the same. Sometimes the reality can even be better than all the smoke and mirrors.
    Love the I Love Linen pack!

  • Helga Grenkowitz

    Tell your family that your love them more often. Love and happiness is more important than all the money in the world. Live every day as it would be your last; because there might not be a tomorrow.

  • Hope you had a really lovely birthday Bec!! xxx

    Two things I’ve learnt:
    I shouldn’t worry so much what people think of me because, most of the time, I’m really not the topic of most peoples thoughts
    Obsessing about the things other people do or say only upsets me and lets them win. Let it go!

  • belle

    After moving overseas as a single girl 5 years ago, and coming home to Australia 6 months ago with a husband and 3 kids under 4, I’ve realized you never know what life will bring. I should have written a 5 year plan so I could look back at it and laugh!
    ETA- I love the Garnier pack the most. 🙂

  • Happy birthday Bec – you really don’t look your age {in a good way of course}.

    I think that I have learnt that you might not always be on the path that you thought that you would be on, but that path might just be an awesome adventure that you need {or were looking for}.

  • Happy Belated Birthday Bec!! Love this reflection post! I know and can relate to many of these points! Some new ones too, so thank you for the inspiration 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Sally

    Happy Birthday!
    I have learned a lot! Where do I start? Firstly I have learned that anything is achievable! For example I have lost 42kg’s in almost 3 years; something I would’ve never of thought I could do years ago since always being the big girl!

  • Happy Birthday for 9th – I learned that you can’t add days to life , but you can only add life to days – Make every day count and every trip aroud the sun count.
    Especially in light of 2 cancer diagnoses in 18 months.
    PS it was my birthday on 8th July – the I love Linen pack is my favourite.

  • Happy Birthday. I suppose for me it would be that life is just too short but that doesn’t mean you need to go overboard and live each day like it is your last.

  • Eva Kiraly

    Always believe in your gut instincts, the lies and stories some people tell you may deter you but your feelings will never lie! Happy Birthday! It was my birthday yesterday! 🙂

  • shewanders xo

    Happy birthday! 🙂 I have learnt that you have to truly follow your dreams and aspirations, leading to your ultimate happiness! I have recently changed careers, studying a different field and i’m so elated that I made the switch to something I can’t wait to do. I would just LOVE the I Love Linen pack please, it would be perfect to transform the space.

  • spog777

    Happy Birthday. That life creates many problems for us to face but is kind enough to also supply the answer if we look hard enough

  • Elizabeth

    Congratulations on your birthday – I just turned 30, so I too have been reflecting! The one thing I’ve learned is to never underestimate yourself – nor underestimate the power of a great pair of heels!

    • Elizabeth

      And I’d be incredibly grateful for any of the prizes x

  • janine gardiner

    One thing I’ve learnt and know is that no matter how old your kids are, from tiny babies to 30, 40, and more, they will always be your babies, you will still worry about them, and you will always want their hugs and kisses and touch. And they should wash their hands often with the one touch tap.

  • Kirstin Trehan

    One thing I have learned is to always keep that inner child alive, the more alive she is the more laughs and a longer, happier life you will have