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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Weekends filled with good things

I'll tell you something for nothing, weekends go waaaay too quickly. Especially busy ones, like the one that we just had, as it was jam packed with good things. So many good things! Like this gorgeous bunch of flowers I picked up Friday morning for a mate...nothing this frustrated florist likes … [Read more...]

Friday

It's Friday afternoon and the day looks like this. Goes alright by me. I have my gold kicks on from NYC. And a bear ring on my finger. There's prolific pansy flowering happening on my side verandah. And the cyclamens out the front look happy and graceful. The … [Read more...]

Sunshiny Autumn mornings & date scones

How's this autumn weather at the moment? At home it has been SO good (despite a little extra wind yesterday blowing some cooler temps our way) but for the next week it's all sunshine, blue skies, warm days of 15 degrees and cooler at night. Ideal conditions for growing gardens, washing clothes and … [Read more...]

How I got my non-sleeping kid to sleep

If you've come looking for a miracle cure or solution for your kid that doesn't sleep, well, I'm afraid I don't have the answer. But what I can tell you is that I feel your pain, I can give you a virtual back rub, and I can tell you that you are most definitely not alone. I know that doesn't help … [Read more...]

Things I like {The being at home in May edition}

There's nothing like May, except maybe April. But in May the weather is a little cooler so let's say May. The days are starting to get shorter and cooler with a dusting of frost when you open the blinds in the morning. Always a delight to see when Jack has popped overnight for a visit. When … [Read more...]

Maggie is 2 years old!

Another whole year has passed. That sweet little baby girl, is now a little girl. A 2 year old girl. My how a year flies by. There's so much to say, and then nothing much at all. Rob said it to me today while we were watching her run about in the Autumn sunshine, free as a bird, happy as a … [Read more...]

A 3 celebration kind of weekend

From the moment that we got back from New York just over 5 weeks ago now, we have literally not stopped. We got in at 1am, up at 5am with the kids and it's been NON STOP. There have been family visits (lots of them) Easter and the fair and more visitors, babies being born, more family visits, school … [Read more...]

Just not right now…

This week has not been the best around here. Maggie has hit the terrible twos a week early and with the passion of one thousand fiery suns. Whilst a few weeks ago she would answer "Of course!" to questions, she now says no 23,000 times a day. She's doing that arched back thing when you try and put … [Read more...]

Welcome Miss Dorothy May Mitchell!

I've been a nervous wreck waiting on the arrival of Lucy's baby. It's been such a wait, and when you find out someone is preggers from the very beginning, well it seems like a VERY long wait indeed. There were plenty of false starts, but FINALLY yesterday afternoon one Miss Dorothy May Mitchell … [Read more...]

Round here: The School holidays edition

It's Friday of the longest (shortest) week of the year. Are you feeling like that too? I always get so confused after a long weekend, moreso after an Easter one, and while it's been short its been very long thanks to the school holidays. My week has looked like this: With gorgeous sunny … [Read more...]

Maggie is 23 months old!

Um, someone will be turning two next month. No more baby. No more liddle person. Just this BIG, adorable, BUSY little lady. Who is now 23 months old. It's also occurred to me that I forgot to do a monthly update last month on her (because: well busyness and getting ready for NY and perhaps … [Read more...]

Easter 2017

How good is Easter Monday when you don't have anywhere to be, no traffic to deal with and an empty house after days filled with people and feeding and things to do? Very good! While I have been busy washing and restoring order I can report that it's almost midday and my bra is still not … [Read more...]

Full heart, tired head

I thought that the jet lag was going to much worse than it really has been. Between never really properly sleeping when we were away (I think I got about 4 or 5 hours tops most nights) in between LOTS of walking, I was just in a constant state of adrenalin, and a little anxiety and excitement and … [Read more...]