The Cook’s Cooking School

A long time friend of ours from my teenage years, Anna Phillips has recently started up an amazing cooking school down here in Bowral. The Cook's Cooking School is an amazing facility owned by charity Your Angel which helps create community cooking classes for those with disabilities and those in … [Read more...]

We’ve just made the NBN switch: here’s what you need to know

A sponsored post for iSelect As you’d be aware of, the NBN is rolling out across the country right now (with full rollout expected to be completed by 2020). Being in a rural area we weren’t sure how long it was going to take to get to us connected but we were thrilled to discover a few months … [Read more...]

One Thing: Tick Tock

Yesterday morning I saw an opening in the morning so decided to conquer ALL of the things on my very long #onething list. For those of you not playing along, #onething is where I do just ONE THING from my to-do list, but not your every day to-do list. Oh no, this is the list of non essential … [Read more...]

Full Maggie Update: 2 years, 5 months

Let's call this: the month of fiery temperament. And swimmers. Oh man, the swimmers. Maggie was reminded that swimmers were a thing when we went away for Rob's Mum's birthday. She didn't want to swim per se, oh no, this is just a wear them, change into a different pair and rinse and repeat … [Read more...]

And we wonder why we’re tired…

Monday's are always big days for me. There's a weekend tidy up to do, an overflowing inbox, work and planning the week, plus life with a 2 year old and big kids. I'm not alone, I'm just one Mum, having a crack, like millions of others out there. Want to know what my day looked like? It's not … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Light & warm spring food

I'm not quite sure what day or time or where I am but apparently it's Monday? And here we are at the start of a new week?! Sheesh what an adventure I had on the weekend in NZ....still spinning from all that learning and beauty! Of course after being so focused on eating well and getting back into … [Read more...]

Saturday in Queenstown

My head and heart are FULL this Saturday night my friends. What a day I have had. Exploring the most gorgeous part of the world (seriously how is this 3 hours from Sydney and literally SO other the side of the world breathtaking?). I have learnt SO much. Out of my comfort zone, learning, … [Read more...]

Old dog, new tricks

I love taking photos. It's not something that has come naturally to me, but it's something I love so much. Over the years and over thousands and thousands of photos I think I might have gotten a little bit better at it. I still kind of wing it on manual, all my photos are straight out of the camera … [Read more...]

Visiting the Southern Highlands? Read this.

Every week I have so many people visit my blog looking for what to do when they come and visit this gorgeous part of the world. I thought I'd put together a list of all the things that I have from around here, from the blog that you might find useful. A little one stop shop if you will. Lots … [Read more...]

Sweet lovers love the Spring

And why wouldn't they when it looks this good? Spring time in the village sure is a sight for sore eyes. We've had the Manchurian pears flower first with the daffodils, jonquils and hellebores and then the tulips come, the bluebells, forget me nots, the irises and the wisteria, the clematis, … [Read more...]

First Date

This morning I got a notification that Robert Macdonald had tagged me in a post. Thinking it would be something silly I was surprised to see a public declaration of his love. Nothing says I love you like a Facebook status update. You see, today it's 14 years since our first date. At the … [Read more...]

The toddler theory

It's safe to say that right now, Mags is something else. I could use the word fezza, but let's go with special as it seems a little more loving. When right now, at times, I am feeling so much less than that. She's been waking at night. That's fine. But the crying not really awake, cannot be … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Mum food

Well hello there term 4, it's kind of good to see you although I am dead set still trying to work out how it's time for you to be here. Honestly? It has to be the fastest year EVER. But I am happy to be heading back into some routine and order, to try and get some more work done and generally get my … [Read more...]

Girls night in: a Chinese banquet

What better time to have a girls dinner than at the end of the school holidays when everyone could use a little adult time and let off some steam? Last night we did just that when we came together for a delicious dinner at my friend Melissa's place. Usually it's a pot luck, everyone bring something … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

We're home. And unpacked. Order being restored with excessive sweeping and swiffering on my behalf as well as watering. Geez we need some rain. Don't get me started on the pile of washing I have to get through too. We had such a lovely few days away at the beach with all the … [Read more...]

A visit to the Bohemian Traders Boutique

What do you do when you are holidaying nearby the Bohemian Traders Boutique up here on the Cenny Coast? You call Em and say meet me there in 30 mins is what! I have been wanting to visit here in forever having long been a huge fan of Em and her amazing label and business that she has built up over … [Read more...]

It takes two: Sharing your pregnancy & baby experience with a friend or loved one

A sponsored post for Bupa I don’t know if you have been lucky enough to share a pregnancy or been due around the same time as a friend or family member, but there is certainly something very special about it. When I fell pregnant with Daisy, my bestie from High School (and bridesmaid and … [Read more...]

Long weekends filled with kids & sunshine & School holidays

We have escaped the Highlands this long weekend for the final (PROMISE, I really mean it this time) bit of my birthday with my sister from Melbourne and Brother in Sydney and their kids. The sun has been shining and we have been happy to have a few days in each other's company again. It's pretty … [Read more...]

You guys, I’ve kept my fiddle leaf fig alive for 9 months!

You know what's Rob's least favourite thing is at the moment? It's feigning interest each and every night when we get into bed and I say "Rob! LOOK AT MY FIDDLE LEAF FIG. It's growing! Nay! THRIVING!" and then he rolls his eyes and says something like I'll look at your Fiddle Leaf etc etc... But … [Read more...]

Moments to remember: September

As we head hurtling towards October (how? HOW?) I thought I'd take a moment to reflect on all the goodness that happened this month...every month really. I truly can't believe how fast time flies we are again at this time last year when #notafatmoleforchristmas started. A year, just like … [Read more...]