Full Maggie Update: 2 years, 10 months

Does Maggie move from toddler to Preschooler when she turns 3 I wondered the other day? How can that be when she was LITERALLY just born? And now? Well now, she's the one who makes up bedtime stories at night. Here's her the other week telling me a tale in the darkness. Once upon a … [Read more...]

6 little lessons learned this week

Is it just me, or has this week been the l  o  n  g  e  s  t? And of course now that it's Friday, we will blink and it will be Monday morning again. Sigh. But still! FRIDAY. I am feeling very virtuous as I have been exercising, eating well and haven't ONE drink since Sunday. I know, it's not much, … [Read more...]

Remember me? Trying to reconnect with your partner with a house full of kids

How's things with you and your significant other at the mo? Like if you were rating where would you sit? -5? 3? 9? Somewhere in between? It's hard isn't it? Sometimes when I am drinking milk out of the carton looking at the fridge and hiding from my family I see pictures of us and think "was that … [Read more...]

Lawn gazing & food grazing

How was your weekend? If you were lucky like us, you may have had some of the most beautiful summery early Autumn days that even though it feels hot, the lights is different and it's cooler at night so (to me) they just seem all the more beautiful. We had slow days at home on both days with lots … [Read more...]

I’m bringing Nanna back….yeeeeaaah

There's been many a sign along my journey to Nannahood since I turned 40. Actually, strike that. I have been a Nanna waaaay before then. But recently I have really felt closer to Nanna and further away from cool young thing more than ever before. I mean there's these on my table this morning that … [Read more...]

To a mundane last Tuesday in Summer!

Man have I been in a bad mood for the last week. Dead SET, I am even annoying myself don't worry about it. SO many complaints and eyerolls and WOE IS ME, it's been very exhausting for everyone involved, namely myself. It takes quite a lot of energy to be all cranky and teary and generally over … [Read more...]

Our move to the country

Today we are in the Sydney Morning Herald talking about our move from city to country life which we did almost 8 years ago now. You can read the article online here. Such a small part of the questions were published, so I thought I would share my long form answers in case anyone wanted to read some … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting

Is it raining where you are today? It's gloriously wet here, properly sodden, wet, soaking rain that has all the trunks of the trees dark with rain, the grass greening before our eyes and the cheers from farmers heard in the distance. It's been a long, hot summer and we have some Autumn rain! Even … [Read more...]

Daisy is now 11!

Our sweet Valentine turned 11 on Wednesday, a simple celebration filled with all the things that she wanted: some new things for her grown up bedroom (she gave her room a little makeover after Christmas) and so asked for new bedlinen and odds and ends...including some succulents from her Grandma … [Read more...]

Number One

It's almost impossible to convey the absolute shift in the very essence of yourself that comes when having your first child isn't it? That first child, number one, who changed everything. What can you ever say to your first child that would let them know all that they have done to/for you? I always … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with bubbles and pre-birthday parties

Goodness me that weekend whooshed by didn't it? One minute it was Friday night (dead/exhausted etc etc) and the next thing it was 8.15am Monday morning and I had to wake up EVERY kid. Why don't they do that shit on the weekend I ask you? We had such a lovely weekend - lots of social catch ups … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

Is it just me who feels EXHAUSTED this Friday night? I looked at Daisy over dinner tonight, say the black bags under her eyes and knew that this FULL on feeling isn't just me. The adrenalin of a new year is wearing off, good intentions can be slipping as reality and back into routine that we … [Read more...]

Life Lesson #587: Setting yourself up for failure

On New Years Eve a few weeks ago, I had quite the epiphany about myself, and parenting and my ability to set myself up for failure (again) almost 11 years into this parenting caper. We were staying with Rob's Dad and step mum over Christmas and New Years for over 10 days, which we have done … [Read more...]

The January deep cleanse

As sure as there are chia seeds in my trolley, and yelling at my children to stop fighting because we are deep in school holidays, in January of each & every year there will be ALL of the nesting. Non pregnant nesting that is! It's an epidemic that I KNOW I am not alone with. In fact, when we … [Read more...]

A Holiday bucket list: How I went!

With the holidays over and done with I thought I would check in and see how I went with my holiday bucket list that I wrote when we were all literally throwing up in the bucket before Christmas. A few weeks later I must say I am feeling much more relaxed, a little more tanned and certainly … [Read more...]

The comforts of home

We're home. 24 days later. I know! So many days away. And it's just SO good to be home. And cold! Of course I have been acting like a CRAZY woman since the moment we arrived, unpacking washing, cleaning practically wanting to set fire to the joint and start all over again - despite my sister … [Read more...]

The tale of the wound-up woman

It's safe to say that by the end of last year I was a little tired and stressed out. I'm no different to anyone other Mum at that time of year, working and juggling school kids and end of year commitments and a toddler thrown in for good measure, you get the picture. I had been travelling a lot (so … [Read more...]

The digital detox: how I went

So as you may know over the Christmas break I decided to have a complete break from all online life where I spend so much of my days, weeks, years. I was feeling literally sick to death from it. Before Christmas when we were so busy Rob and I would collapse onto the couch and scroll, endlessly … [Read more...]

A summer pause

11 days later here I am logging back into my blog for the first time...my longest break from online world EVER. What a wonderful break it's been...from myself, and routine and bad habits...a complete recharge in every sense. We have been busy doing not much, and isn't that the perfect remedy for … [Read more...]

Over and out 2017

Here we are, almost end of the year, a slightly stressed, more grey haired version of ourselves than we were in January. And for me today, it's the last post you will see from me until 2018 as I am well and truly signing OUT and OFF for a little while. And boy isn't it needed....phew what a … [Read more...]