How to get motivated about exercise. Again.

The time has come friends, it's here. Anyone care to hop aboard the mid winter health train? AGAIN? And for the love of all things carbs, can anyone tell me how to maintain a desire to eat well and exercise ALL THE TIME? Instead of just like how I am now when my jeans are a little … [Read more...]

Full Maggie update: 2 years 1 month

At 2 years and 1 month, Maggie is expert at drinking milkshakes and baby cinos. She's very busy, all day, every day and quite frankly is so cute I sometimes want to squish her until her head pops off. That's weird I know. M'lady likes to take to the couch of an afternoon with her dummy … [Read more...]

The take back

Last week I had a meeting up in the Big Smoke for some great upcoming work I have with Bupa. You might remember some of the stuff we did with them last year about the first 1000 days of being a parent, I'm excited about developing this further in the next few months and talking about just how … [Read more...]

I am

I recently did one of those Ancestry DNA tests where you spit into a container, send it off and a few months later it comes back with where your ancestry comes from. Have you done one? It's quite interesting I think, it came back with no surprises from me, backing up where I thought my family had … [Read more...]

Sunny Sunday celebrations

Yesterday we celebrated my dear Step father's 70th birthday. Saturday night I was sitting on the couch and shared a few words about how important he is to me, and to all of us and I was amazed at the response it had. Here's what I shared with a simple snap on Instagram... "My Mum met my Step dad … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Country classics

Such a glorious winter's morning here today. It's cold, but the sun is shining, washing drying in the gentle breeze and #maintenancemonday in full swing. When I thought about country life before we moved here, it looked a little like this. Here's some country classics for your baking this week. I … [Read more...]

Southern Highlands Guide: Who to follow on Instagram

I always get asked so many questions (plus it's the biggest search item on the blog on the weekends) about where to eat, drink, shop etc in the Highlands and recently I have found myself tagging friends in various Instagram accounts so that people know where to eat and drink and shop. There's no … [Read more...]

Winter wonderland: win a Circa Home pack worth $300

A winner has now been chosen for this giveaway: Sandra with this comment: "Over the years I’ve developed my own cold weather routine, it consists of most or all of the following * Everyone gets new slippers or bed socks or pyjamas for Easter * Late April I bring out the woolen and fleecy throws … [Read more...]

Get some Hygge in your home

Do you guys know about Hygge? It might look a little like this: Well to me at least. It's a Danish term defined as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” Pronounced “hoo-guh,” the word is said to have no direct … [Read more...]

5 reasons why I loved HBO’s Big Little Lies SO much

I’m feeling a little weary this morning as Rob and I stayed up WAY too late last night binge watching the last 4 episodes of HBO’s Big Little Lies. This recently screened on Foxtel (Showcase and you can still watch it on Foxtel Go) which I happily missed as it just didn’t seem to appeal. I’m not a … [Read more...]

Cleaning Tip: how to clean the glass door of your fireplace

We're only just over a week into "official" winter but round these parts "winter" and the need to have the fire on at some stage during the day usually lasts from about April to November. Yep. That many  months. And while the first few fires of the season are a joyous ritual by September or October … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Ocean treats

It's so easy to get into the same old weekly eating habits. I rarely choose fish when I am on auto pilot, and yet when I am really focused on eating well and trying to make good food choices, I always find myself choosing fish and seafood as a way to get delicious food onto plates with little … [Read more...]

The best of the June long weekends

Here we are at the start of the June long weekend. One of my favourites in the whole year and always a big one in the village. For years now the ball always falls on the Saturday night of the long weekend, with the fireworks on the Sunday night and it always means that we have had a house full of … [Read more...]

Comfort+ on a cold day: chicken & veggie soup

How's the weather been the last few days? Around these parts it's been called what is officially known as "bloody freezing" with yesterday not moving much past 7 or 8 degrees all day. We bunkered down fireside with Harps home from school with a cold and Maggie complaining "I sick too Mumma, sore … [Read more...]

Everyone’s a winner with BRINNER!

Last week I had one of "those" afternoons. Or maybe it was a stretch of days. Who knows when you have a 2 year old around. All I do know is that by 4.55pm it was dinner time, the kids were circling and I had NO idea what we were cooking for dinner, or how in fact I had created 3 extra humans that … [Read more...]

Matters of the head: What to put on your face & hair

I sometimes wonder how I am a grown up at all. I mean, I think there should be lessons on how to do all the things that we should know how to do by now. In a few months I will be turning 40 and I think that by now I would have figured shit out. But it's not the case. Now I know in matters of the … [Read more...]

The “Big 5oh my goodness how much fun” weekend!

I'm still recovering from the belly laughing, smiling, happy weekend (and perhaps the excess alcohol consumption) of the weekend gone past celebrating my gorgeous friend Nikki from Styling You's 50th birthday in Brisbane. The invitation came through when we were in New York I think, so at the … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: chorizo classics

There's nothing I love more than chorizo. Choirzo by itself, chorizo fried up and eaten as is, or with haloumi or in a salad or fried up onto of soup. I do believe that the addition of chorizo into a normal day can improve it by at least 45%, that's how confident I am about it. My friend Miss … [Read more...]

Winter is no longer coming, it’s here

Just like that. It's June! I know, I keep thinking it's mid March some time. But apparently May has come and gone and I can prove that it did, indeed, happen. There were some cute kids that turned 2. One slightly more feral than the other. So many great royal moments in fact. So … [Read more...]

BabyMac Book Club: Between a Wolf and a Dog

Just like clockwork I have found myself in a bit of a funk this week. The post holiday, school holidays, event craziness is over and I have found myself feeling a little meh. Of course I am! I know I need to exercise, I know I haven't been eating the best, I know I haven't been drinking enough … [Read more...]