For the things that no one else sees

A sponsored post for Dyson V8 Absolute cord free vacuum There are a few things I love with the passion of a thousand fiery suns. My kids, of course, but at this late stage of the year Maggie might be slightly ahead in the favourite stakes with an ability to smile and be genuinely thrilled to … [Read more...]

The unexpected joy

Yesterday I went to the Post Office and picked up all manner of stuff that had been there (man I hate going to the Post office and seem to get there way past when people have sent me stuff...soz!). In amongst all the packages was something that truly took my breath away. MY DIE. Uberkate had … [Read more...]

The sweetest smelling Christmas trees

Guess what happened this week? I'll give you a clue... The five ginormous star jasmine Christmas trees that come out every year on our side verandah are in full bloom. Cue choir singing! The smell when you open the door! THE SMELL FRIENDS. An absolute joy to behold. You can guess … [Read more...]


As much as I have tried to ignore it, and pretend it's not happening, it's apparently now the 6th day of December 2016, and there's nothing that we can do but bask in all her Decemberyness. Yep, that's a word. We got all the decorations and the tree up on the weekend and while it's all Yay! … [Read more...]

Sweet baby cheeses! A Christmas giveaway worth $500!

My email inbox on any given day is a lottery. I never know what is going to be in there. There's usually some comments from a post, emails asking questions about a recipe, or what to put together for a menu plan, maybe the odd tree change question, where to eat or stay down here and of course emails … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Shortcuts

And by GEORGE, don't we need them this time of year? We are running on empty here, kids exhausted and getting sick and fighting. We have SO much to get through this week: dentist appointments, hair appointments, school plays and presentations, family visiting and then, you know, school, work and … [Read more...]

Family time: 24 hours in the city

Was it really this time last week that Rob and I escaped a night without the kids? Where does a week go? Fast forward a week and now it was time for some wholesome family time. It's been a BIG year for us all. Rob has been the busiest he's been in a long time, with lots of travel. We now have this … [Read more...]

A Christmas Workshop

Today we held our first Christmas workshop with two of my best mates Mrs Munro and Yorkshire Kitchen in our gorgeous village hall. We thought a chance to spend the day creating, sharing, eating and meeting new people would be just the thing needed at this time of year...and lucky for us a few people … [Read more...]

One thing: Fans

I'll tell you something for nothing, the reason there has not been a #onething since MAY is because, I have not done ANYTHING from my #onething list. You see, somehow, the last 6 months of the year have disappeared before my very eyes. Winter came and went, and now Spring, here and tomorrow gone as … [Read more...]

Mum & Dad on the loose: 24 hours child free

It's not often that Rob and I get some time alone and together, without kids but that's exactly what went down over the weekend just past, and I have to say, boy was it good. You see, it was one of the beloved Gay Godfather's 40th's and so with a little organisation, a lot of juggling and  more … [Read more...]

BabyMac Book Club: Good wood {The discussion}

You guys! I did it! I finished a book. Sure I left it to the very last minute and literally finished it 10 minutes ago, but I finished a book. A Christmas miracle! What I have to note though is that I am really badly addicted to my phone. The amount of times I stopped reading, to check it, what for? … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: zucchini

After a weekend of excess eating and cough, drinking, it's time to get back on board this week with some healthy eating. Bonus for me is that Rob is away all week so it will give me a chance to eat LOTS of extra veggies without having to watch him push it around the plate. So what's the top of his … [Read more...]

Some Christmas prep you can do this weekend!

Ok, it's less than a month to go. And I do recall at the start of this term I was saying "I am really going to be organised this year and get all my shopping done well and truly before the girls are on holidays". Cough. Best intentions and all that, but still, here I am in exactly the same … [Read more...]

Things I like {the 25th November 2016 edition}

Good afternoon friends! How are you? It's a stunning Spring afternoon here, not too hot, sun beating down with a cool breeze drifting about. You can hear blow flies, and bees and of course mowers (always mowing around here). Mags is sleeping and I am enjoying the peace before the weekend … [Read more...]


Daisy has started the most gorgeous thing with her best BEST BEST friend (Mum you have never had a friend like this you don't understand!). You see, they go to different schools, but pretty much every afternoon, they get on the OLD SCHOOL telephone (like a home line, how novel!) and call each other … [Read more...]

#notafatmoleforchristmas: a 3rd update

So we are now into week 7 of my new outlook on life. Sure it's been about health and trying to lose a little weight before we head into the festive season that is heavy on booze and food, but it's been more about trying to look after ME for a change. By the end of a very long year raising small … [Read more...]

Tweens and sleep and hormones, oh my

Is this going to be another post about sleep Beth? Still? All these years on? Why yes, yes it is. I'm nothing if consistent, when it comes to sleep. You see, while I have a baby that wakes in the night and a 7 year old who FOREVER WAKES IN THE NIGHT DEAR LORD WILL IT EVER END I DON'T HAVE A … [Read more...]

A country wedding

Last week a group of my local mates down here set up for a wedding in the village that I thought you might like a look at? Who doesn't love a wedding?! The Bride and Groom are a lovely couple I had met a few times at various balls we have had here in the village and asked Mrs M to recreate … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Bananas!

No matter what lately, there are always bananas leftover in our fruit bowl at the end of the week. The very tough crowd I feed, seem to think if there is a slight discolour, then they are no good. And there they sit, unloved. That is, until they are magically transformed into a baked good and then … [Read more...]

Maggie is 18 months old!

Let's take a moment, shall we? That baby that was JUST born is now just 6 months off being 2 years old. Make it slow down or stop or something, just for a moment or two. Somehow. Please. It's been a busy month for our little lady. This big, bad world is opening up around her and she … [Read more...]