Starting out at Primary School

I published this post this time last year, but thought it might be worth re-publishing again given it's almost that time of year again. Somehow Harps will be in year 2! Daisy in year 5? Thank GOODNESS Mags is a few years off yet still. Do you have a little one starting? Original post … [Read more...]

It’s Monday, it’s hot and there’s 2 weeks of school holidays to go.

That just about sums up where I'm at this Monday afternoon. I think I have a raging case of PMT, Rob has been away for work for a couple of days (home tonight YAY) and it's going to be 36 tomoz. Bluergh-o-rama. But let me tell you about the last few days. When the weather cooled a little, and the … [Read more...]

The online years

Last night I was delighted to see another online friend Jodi announce her pregnancy with her 4th child. Strange as it may be, but another child I will get to see grow and flourish, despite the fact that we've never actually met. It's funny this online business, but it's such a part of my social … [Read more...]

Green Pig Pasta

I reckon I have about 1 more day left of doing nothing round here. The first few days were novel and fun! There were pj's on all day, too many movies watched to mention, resting on beds and relaxing and all round catching up on a huge 2 weeks. Then by Monday when I had to get back online and … [Read more...]

Back to it.

I've been trying to work out just why I feel as tired as I do from our holiday. And then I kind of worked it out. You see, we had my niece staying with us from the 8th December. Which was wonderful but it also meant later nights for the girls, especially at the end of the year and all the activities … [Read more...]

Not a motivational quote in sight

So it's 2017. And every time I peak back into the world to see what's going on I am seeing motivational quotes and theme words to practice and focus on. I see clean working spaces, motivational quotes and intentions and pumped up people ready to take it all on. Meanwhile I am being kicked in the … [Read more...]

2016: The recap episode

I've just trawled through every one of my posts for 2016 to have a look at the year that was. Always an interesting (and time consuming) task to reflect on all the good and bad things that have happened. I know that 2016 has been an incredibly difficult year for so many people I know and love, … [Read more...]

Make some legit bakery soft bread rolls!

We've been away here for almost a week now with 19 people (9 adults, 8 children, 2 babies) and I decided that I would have a crack at bread making for us all, which was perfect given that the shops are a  ferry and car ride away (not bovvered). So bread making I have been a doing! And the … [Read more...]

Christmas 2016

And there's Christmas done for another year...all that prep, planning been and gone. And for us? It couldn't have gone any better. A relaxing day filled with lots of memories that have been locked away for a life time. Christmas eve we had a stormy afternoon and evening as we sat under the verandah … [Read more...]

Where life begins and love never ends

A sponsored post for Bupa There’s no denying the fact that I come from a big family. And not just a big family, but a close one. Bloody Catholic breeders that we are, there’s a gazillion of us on both sides of my Mum and Dad’s families, with close to 20 first cousins and then you can imagine how … [Read more...]

Same, same

Right now there are many families packing up and getting their heads around Christmas or a holiday afterwards. For me, this morning, I walked around the chemist like a zombie trying to work out all the things that I needed to get before we head away on Thursday for a week over Christmas and then up … [Read more...]

Love, and hope.

Many of you that live in this online world would have heard the sad news this morning that Julia Watson passed away last night after a courageous battle with stage 4 bowel cancer. Shit hey? You will remember recently when you guys helped bid on an auction to raise money for her husband and 4 … [Read more...]

Maggie is 19 months old!

Another month gone? Surely not! Thank goodness there are cherry overalls and dimply knees to help us through this all. Any remaining signs of baby are fast disappearing, leaving us with a little girl. Still a very little (thank goodness) but growing like a weed nonetheless. … [Read more...]

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...]


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!

Update 9th Jan 2017: The winner of this giveaway has now been chosen and the lucky winner was Nadine with this comment: "Beautiful. I have to admit I would be a little selfish and keep it for myself. I am weeks into my pregnancy after a lot of fertility treatment. This past May I lost a baby boy … [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...]

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...]

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...]