We made it! And A Christmas Cocktail

Today is the last school day for the year...we made it. Year 2 and year 5 done and dusted. So many hours of Mathletics, meltdowns over twisted winter tights, nerves over spots carnivals, hours of recorder practice and many presentations and so many, many notes. We did it. We all did. A school … [Read more...]

Two Festive Sides

Man it already feels like we have had Christmas with all the celebrations we have had this week. So nice to get a taste of it all before the big day plus it means that our quiet Christmas at the farm will be just that....quiet! I've made a few tasty sides at the two celebrations we have had … [Read more...]

Friends Christmas Dinner 2017

Somehow it's that time of the year where we catch up with our girlfriends for annual Christmas dinner. This year we were missing a couple who have already flown the coop over to snowy London for the holidays (lucky buggers) but we all caught up again for a delicious dinner. This year we went to … [Read more...]

How you talk to yourself matters

I put up this quote on my Instagram last week and every day the words have been swirling about my head. Like a mantra over and over again, it's been popping into my head and it has had me thinking. Which is never a good thing really. Sometimes it is though... On Sunday we had our family do and I … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with family Christmas Catch ups

Anyone else exhausted from a weekend of Christmas socialising? Me too! Too many bubbles, not enough water but SO much fun to catch up with people all weekend. We had a Shed party on Friday night, then on Saturday night I caught up with BOTH sisters (we flew my big sister up from Melbourne as a … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Brinner!

I know that it's not just me who is feeling a little weary this time of year. We have 5 more school days to get through, which we are all just going to make I think. We need to wear no shoes, read and watch movies. We need to do nothing and as soon we leave on the 23rd for the farm for Christmas, … [Read more...]

Shed Birthday Party

Yesterday afternoon we went around to our friends John & Zoe's flash new shed for a birthday party. It's almost the end of the year, some of the kids have finished at school for the year, they are heading OS on Monday to Europe and the UK for Christmas and there was a birthday to celebrate. I … [Read more...]

Pork & Chive Dumplings

I've had such a hankering for dumplings lately, actually, I have hankerings for dumplings ALL THE TIME but it's not often I decide to actually MAKE them. I think it was one of those recipe videos you watch on Facebook (maybe Tasty Japan?!) that made it look really easy to make dumplings so the last … [Read more...]

I’d like to thank…

It's end of School year preso time around these parts. Yesterday afternoon we went to the girl's award and presentation ceremony with 3 lots of Grandparents in attendance and thankfully this year, a cool afternoon when we usually sit sweltering under the whirring fans in our old village School of … [Read more...]

How to Build the Perfect Festive Platter

A sponsored post for Woolworths Do you have a signature Christmas dish or plate that you bring along to the endless soirees we all have coming up over the next few weeks? It might be those cute Christmas watermelon trees, your home made quiches or sausage rolls, or maybe like me, you get asked to … [Read more...]

The tale of the woman with no wriggle room

A few weeks or was it months ago now(?!) I was heading over to Honkers with Rob for work. We had Grandma lined up to step in for 4 days, things organised, diaries sorted and a tight schedule for our turnaround. I was talking to a mate at dance class about it all before we left, saying how we were … [Read more...]

BabyMac Book Club: The Choke

Can you feel and see the holidays? We still have quite a bit of "stuff" to get through until we are there...lots of end of year school things, a whole lot of family stuff but then we will be there! There will be down time, time to indulge in all the things that we can never usually do throughout the … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Bring a plate!

If there's ever a time to Bring a plate along, it's this time of year. There's Christmas catch up's, drinks, end of school functions, lunches, dinners to go to...and you may be asked to bring a plate along with you. Here are some of my favourites that I thought might give you some … [Read more...]

The prettiest Christmas trees we have

Maggie had a busy morning pottering about in the garden this morning, and I was happy to take some photos of her along the way. The fairy garden that my Mum made Harper for her birthday continues to delight her...new flowers have started to bloom and the succulents thriving despite Maggie continuing … [Read more...]

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

I have been watching so many Instagram friends with their trees up, getting twitchy by the day, but patiently adhering to my 1st Dec rule. This morning was the day! I was up early and in charge of getting fresh trees for Luce and I at our local Harris Farm. I dropped kids here and there, got there … [Read more...]

Never Stop The Journey: The nitty gritty of the OM-D E-M10 Mark III

A sponsored post for Olympus I was lucky enough recently to be a part of an excursion to Queenstown with Olympus for the launch of their new OM-D E-M10 Mark III camera. You can read about that AMAZING weekend in this post but I wanted to share with you guys a little of the nitty gritty of the … [Read more...]

Haz put a ring on it!

There I was sitting on the couch on Monday night, mindlessly scrolling through my phone when BAM! There came some deeply pleasing news...a Royal engagement...and better than that....a ROYAL WEDDING IS ON THE WAY. High five GIRLFRIEND. Yeah you did! I immediately went into overdrive as your … [Read more...]

Kindness and corn fritters

Is anyone else feeling like an overtired 2 year old at the moment? I am expert at dealing with such people, given that we have one living in our house, so if you are, you've come to the right place. Our little lady has taken to only sleeping every now and then, so the over tiredness combined with … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with sunshine and happy kids

How was your weekend? I hope you all had a good one...I know that we did here. It was simple, it involved lots of time in the sun and being at home, and as a consequence of that, lots of happy kids too. After so many months of travel and work and one or both of us being away, the fact that we have … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Getting prepped

It's December this week! It's true! Somehow we have almost made it to the end of the year...it's pure madness! Now if like me, you still have kids at school for a few more weeks I would urge you to use the time that we do have to enjoy coffee in peace, get you shopping sorted and try and get some … [Read more...]