We’re FINALLY riding bikes! (it only took 2 years)

You guys may recall that we bought the girls bicycles for Christmas 2 years ago. And you might recall me asking you guys for the best way to get the girls riding? (make sure you read the comments for some really great suggestions if you have struggled with this to). Yep. Some things take a little … [Read more...]

Starry, starry night

Last night was cold, probably too cold for late September, but a cold night usually means one thing: a clear night. And a clear night? Stars! How lucky we are in the country to see stars! And last night they put on quite the show. Rob headed outside around 9.30pm to take some in the backyard but … [Read more...]

I like food

It's true. I really do. Like a lot. I love to cook food, come up with different ways to make flavours work, but most of all I like to EAT food. And I am not one to be all shy and demure about my own cooking, you will often see me scoffing saying "Oh this is REALLY good" and then repeating 3-4 … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Great School Holidays Bake off!

Hello first full day of School Holidays for NSW! You are a little fresh but the sun is shining, the washing is blowing in the breeze and so far you are looking OK! Of course there has been "BUT WHAT WILL WE DO MUUUUUUM?" and so to that I say bake! They get busy and you get baked goods. The summer … [Read more...]

BabyMac’s Ultimate Travel Tips

I've been reminded this week (thanks to Facebook) that this time last year we were travelling through Italy. Well, this morning I went to the IGA and got some dylon stain remover to fix a white shirt of Rob's I ruined  that he had bought in Italy so same, same really. Sigh. I often get asked … [Read more...]

Homemade Monte Carlo Biscuits

Do you watch River Cottage Australia? I always seem to miss it when it's on but thanks to my devotion to watching cooking shows, I always seem to catch up. I did watch an episode recently where Paul made some biscuits that I KNEW that I had to make. I mean, who doesn't love the humble Monte Carlo … [Read more...]

Maggie is 16 months old!

So Maggie Macdonald is no longer a baby. It's time to admit defeat and realise that she's more toddler now than baby. That baby? She got big. Maybe it's the hair (one of the finest mullet's this side of Australia I think you'll find) or maybe it's the running around EVERYWHERE, or the … [Read more...]

Full & thorough reporting

You guys! It's been busy as ever around these parts AND I have been on a plane again! Best I give you all a full & thorough reporting on what's been going on - whenever it's something more glamorous than home and supermarkets I will report! Let's start here though. It would be remiss of me … [Read more...]

Local Spotlight: Tulip Time 2016

No prettier time of year down here than when it's Tulip Time. I popped in there this morning with Mum and Luce on a bleak and cold Monday morning but all that colour instantly lifted our moods. Everywhere you turned it was more blooms. I think tulips are right up there for me as my favourites. … [Read more...]

Arlington Milne high-end giveaway worth $329!

This giveaway is now closed and a winner has been chosen! Vanessa won with this great comment: "Because I would be so grateful firstly. Secondly, I have bags, but seemingly none big enough to carry my kids’ jumpers, toys, matchbox cars, lego and snacks because obviously no one else has bags or … [Read more...]

Baked Camembert

You know when you eat something and it's THAT good that it's all you can think about? And then you eat it AGAIN because you beg the person to make it again, because it was THAT good. And then you have to make it yourself because, well you know the rest. This is it. Something so simple, so … [Read more...]

Solving the big issues: the washing hang out

Thank you for your help in solving the issue of the pillow up/down thing. There's not much more I like discussing than the mindless, menial tasks that make up my day, dissecting the way we all go about out business in various ways. I've said it before and I will say it again, I never claimed to be … [Read more...]

9 Good Things

1. 15 month old Maggie. Occasionally cranky, but mostly the actual sweetest thing I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with. My favourite bit of this good thing? When I chase her down the hallway to her SHREIK'S of joy! The other two just roll their eyes at me and ask for food. Squealing … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: sensational sides

My mid week cooking is pretty much all about the sides rather than whatever protein we have. There could be some good sauso's on the BBQ, some chicken thighs, a roast something, but the sides are where its at. Here are some ideas for some sensational sides for your mid week cooking (which if you are … [Read more...]

To a Monday in Spring!

We went to a memorial service last last week for a friend's elderly Mother who had passed away. Our friend is very dear to us all and especially to the girls, so we took them along to pay their respects. They haven't been to many memorials or funerals before, we are very lucky to have both parents … [Read more...]

The joy of a hotel stay

Recently I have had the pleasure of a few stays in hotels. Honestly, it's one of my absolute pleasures in life. Is there anything better than crisp, white hotel bedlinen? Towels freshly stacked ready for use that someone else will pick up off the ground? Blinds that will shut until pitch … [Read more...]

BabyMac Long Lunch: The Debrief

Firstly I need to apologise for the fact that this post has been so long coming! All of you have been very patient waiting for it...but it's here at last! It's been over a month now since I held a BabyMac Long Lunch to celebrate 10 years of the blog and took the chance to host a lunch praying … [Read more...]

Full & thorough reporting

Time we had a full debrief over the past week as I have been actually doing stuff other than washing and hanging with the baby, so let's discuss that shall we? OK great, make a cuppa and pull up a pew. Last Monday I put the kids to bed, packed my bag and hightailed it up to Sydney for a week of … [Read more...]

Father’s Day 2016

Oh we have had some good Father's Days around here can anyone recall the "Happy Fucking Father's Day of 2009?" Oh dear lord I swear to God I still have an eye twitch from it. There's usually some kind of drama on these days of parenthood. They always involve someone spilling a coffee or children … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Spring time = Salad time

Have you (in the southern hemisphere that is) had a touch of some magnificent spring weather? Heaven help me...it's THAT good for the soul. Some warmth, the buzzing of bees, the greening of fdead winter grass and the blooming of buds everywhere you look...it's impossible not to get a spring in your … [Read more...]