Start a new Christmas Tradition: How to glaze a leg ham

A sponsored post for Woolworths You know how there’s certain things that you think are things that grown ups should do? Like pay rates. Or make voluntary super contributions. How about getting your skin checked every 6 months. Well, I have news: we are now those grown ups. I know, as much as I … [Read more...]

Win a copy of Bistro Officina’s new cookbook: Farm to Flame

There's no question that the Southern Highlands we moved to 8 years ago has changed a lot from then until now (and for the better!) There has been such an improvement of shops and of course cafes and restaurants that are showcase our amazing local produce and producers. It's been exciting to watch … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Meatless Monday

Oh friends, we are getting to the pointy end of the year aren't we? We still have a week and a half of school left (HOW?!) and we are all limping to the end. It's hot. We're tired and overworked. There's a huge week ahead for us in the shop and also with deadlines and last minute work stuff too. Rob … [Read more...]

The surprising emotional end to Primary School

It's been a big emotional week here, and it's taken me surprise. Daisy has just over a week of Primary school left and it's really hitting me hard.  On Monday we had our high school uniform appointment where I had to go and spend an extraordinary amount of money on uniforms and then sob when I saw … [Read more...]

Christmas dessert hacks: entertaining, bring a plate or hostess gift!

A sponsored post for Woolworths As you guys would know, when it comes to entertaining, bringing a plate or working out a hostess gift, I have got you SORTED. Over the years, I have always tried to bring you ideas on how to do things easily and fuss free so it gives you more time to do the things … [Read more...]

A weekend at The Woods Farm

I was thrilled a few months ago now to be contacted by the good people at The Woods Farm in Jervis Bay asking if we'd like to come and stay with them for a few nights - who wouldn't?! And one look at their website and Instagram and I was sold. Cute, quirky accomodation that the girls would LOVE … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Bring a plate

Oh we have hit the home stretch now friends haven't we? It's madness time around here and I know that we are not alone in this! We have concerts and events most nights this week, we have assemblies and drinks and catch up with friends. It's crazy but SO good - I do love this time of year although it … [Read more...]

The Throne Rangers: A podcast for Royal Enthusiasts {Ep 11}

It's been a busy time in the British Royal Family so you can bet that this latest episode of The Throne Rangers is JAM PACKED with goodness. Where do we begin? Well let's start with Prince Charles 70th birthday birthday...a wonderful celebration! And this new family photo that had Veggie Mama and I … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with tutus and big skies

Can you still talk about the weekend on a Tuesday? Not sure if you can, but if you are anything like me you'll still be thinking it's about March, when "apparently" it's going to be December this week so anything goes I say! We had one of those busy weekends where all of a sudden it was Friday … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Getting some seafood onto your table

Last week I cooked some salmon for our dinner. All 4 of us (Daisy can't do seafood for whatever reason despite loving it when she was little) LOVED it and I wondered (again) why I don't cook more of it during the week? I know it might have a little to do with budget and practice but I am going to … [Read more...]

30 (more) brilliant books for Girls this Christmas

While I entirely DO NOT read during the school term I can assure you that my big two devour one book after another so when it comes to Christmas time, the one thing that I get early shopping on and will ALWAYS be given as presents are BOOKS. All of the books! SO MANY BOOKS. Who better to ask than Al … [Read more...]

Full Maggie Update: 3 and a half years old

So this happened. Maggie is now 3 and a half on the knocker. SOMEHOW. Although, look at her. This morning we are off to Preschool orientation and we have a few weeks left of this precious time together at home. It's been 3 and a half years of just her and I at home, doing our thing. I can't … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Getting organised for the month ahead

Good morning friends! Here we are at Monday yet again....and boy am I feeling a little weary today after a BIG weekend of driving around the countryside. It's so good to be home though, the sun is shining, the washing machine will be pumping and I will be throwing myself into Maintenance Monday with … [Read more...]

Girls on Tour: Day 2 (Orange to Young)

Another beautiful day yesterday as we travelled from Orange out to Young and back again for the second day of our Girls on Tour trip. You can read about this trip here and then here. We started our morning out with breakfast at Byng Street Local Store & Cafe which was pumping on a busy Saturday … [Read more...]

Girls on Tour: Day 1 (Bathurst to Orange)

Yesterday morning we hit the road for day 1 of our regional shopping tour : a group of business chicks who have customers based out in regional areas who wanted to showcase the great businesses out in these areas and encourage people to visit, shop online and follow these stores over Christmas and … [Read more...]

End of year ladies lunch for under $65 and less than 30 mins prep

A sponsored post for Woolworths Now that Melbourne Cup has been and gone, I think we are officially into “silly season”. Christmas parties will begin, end of year catch up and drinks and socially you will be busier than ever with school stuff, concerts…you name it! If you are like me, you will be … [Read more...]

Girls on Tour: NSW Drought awareness road & shopping trip!

It's been a few months now since the media attention for the drought that has hit so many parts of our country. We were inundated with information on how to help farmers and businesses doing it tough, and after we have seen some rainfall and can believe that Haz and Megs stopped the drought with … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

Hello friends! Thought we better sit down and have a proper catch up as it's been a BUSY week (isn't every one that way though?) and let you know what I have been up to over the pat few days.  I'm still adjusting to the new rhythm of life with the shop (shooting, packing, sending, re-ordering) and … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: mid week dinners packed with veggies

Good morning friends! Hard to believe we are back at the start of another week isn't it? They are FLYING by at the moment and we are hurtling towards the end of the year. I kind of wish everything would slow down a little...I'm not ready! The school weeks are so full at the moment too and are only … [Read more...]

On jumping out of your comfort zone

I always learn lessons from my kids and toddlers especially seem to be able to show us (very loudly and passionately) how our minds work without the filter of good manners. When Maggie is happy she is REALLY happy. When she is frustrated, man do we all know about it. There's very little in between … [Read more...]