Look down, look up

Anyone else feeling a bit shit? Me too. It's a combo of back to school blues I think (that THANK GOD they are back and WHERE ARE MY BABIES?) after a really good school holidays and lots of quality family time. I'm feeling a bit fat and bluergh and my skin is absolutely shithouse again (has been … [Read more...]

9 things I do every day

I'm a bit of a homebody. And a control freak. So my daily habits are very predictable. There's something about daily routine though isn' there? We're all creatures of habit...I just wish that my daily list included things like meditation, drink 3 litres of water and go for a walk. Alas they just get … [Read more...]

Nine and six and one

We had a bit of a shocker yesterday afternoon. Nothing unusual at the start of school holidays when kids are exhausted, tempers frayed, adjusting to life back at home with Mums and Dads and baby sisters there, too much time on devices, gorging after not being able to do it in the school term, it was … [Read more...]

Country comfort

You guys I can't tell you how GOOD it is to have my family living down here now. Sure, Rob may disagree with me (ha!) but to have my sister 5 minutes away? It's been a GAME CHANGER. We can meet up for a coffee and have the kids play, we can come together and brainstorm work stuff, we can borrow … [Read more...]

The name that got away

This morning my sister and I took the kids to a local kinder gymnastics class. It had been a few years since I had been there with Harper, in fact, it was the place where I was when I realised I wasn't done with kids just yet. I wrote a little about it here, but I clearly remember seeing little … [Read more...]

Eating out with kids: what do you want to see?

I was grabbing a takeaway coffee yesterday and chatting to the owner about an idea she had and was asking me for some help on creating a good kids menu for dinner time. We were both lamenting (OK, maybe it was just me) about how there is just SO much fried options, and that's it when you eat out at … [Read more...]

Monday musings

Did you survive the weekend's storms? What a terrible time so many people had with flood, wind and general storm damage. We were hit on Saturday afternoon and it did not let up for well over 24 hours. No trees down here, just our normal flooding and flooded septic and a few black outs. The town next … [Read more...]

Tuesday morning

It's an ordinary kind of Tuesday morning. It's quiet because the bigs are at School, and the little one was delirious and had to be taken to bed early. It's cool outside, but a sparkling Autumn day, the kind that will always remind me of this time last year when I was in the fog of happy, … [Read more...]

Maggie is 1!

A combination of exhaustion and post everything stress sees me an emo wreck, and I'm not quite sure sure to start with this. But here we are, Miss Maggie, my sweet little baby girl, apparently is now 1. A whole year since she came here at 3.34pm on a cold but sunny Highlands Saturday … [Read more...]

Bert’s Bash

We did it! One 40th birthday party done and dusted and it couldn't have gone better if we tried. The weather was dead set perfect. Sunny! No wind! 22 degrees! The food was perfect (and even better not done by me). We had cocktails in the sunshine, an amazing spread of food and the most wonderful … [Read more...]

Good for your guts (and face and fur)

A sponsored post for Vaalia A winner has been chosen for this giveaway. Martine won with this comment: "We go through quite a bit of yoghurt in this house , I’m full time carer for my mother and she loves the stuff . In summer with fruit for breakfast and in winter on her porridge . And my live in … [Read more...]

Learnings from the dark

We had a big week last week. All of us. Rob was absolutely flat out with work, travelling and working most nights past 10 or 11. That meant that it was game on for me in here with the 3 girls, nothing in particular other than life and school and extra curricular stuff and party prep stuff. Plus, … [Read more...]

Quick catch up

Oh HI! Talk about crazy times over here. I am busier than a blue-arsed fly here at the moment and I have a spare 7 minutes so thought I'd drop in for a quick catch up. Sheesh. You see it's Rob's 40th next week and we are hosting a party here for him on Saturday (lunch, 70 odd people) and I am … [Read more...]

Long weekend-ing

You may have popped over here to have a look at some nice photos of our nice weekend. Because it was, indeed, nice. So here, let me get one of the way for you. Look! Hydrangeas! In April! Still flowering! But in reality, it's day 18 of the school holidays. So it's safe to say that things are … [Read more...]

An Autumn walk in the village

If you look out any of our windows at the moment you'll see that Autumn has arrived. My favourite and my best, glorious Autumn with it's magical light, shorter, warm days and cooler, dark nights. Our village does Autumn particularly well and yesterday the girls and I took a walk up to the … [Read more...]

Monday morning water cooler catch up

Sheesh that was a long morning wasn't it? Anyone else ready for School 1.5 hours earlier than usual? Or was that just us? The old change in time always keeps you on your toes, or your tired toes. All those people that talk of enjoying an extra hour of sleep obviously don't have children because it … [Read more...]

Easter 2016

Because our summer holidays were cut short with Perfuckuss I said to Rob some time in the trenches of late January that we would start the year again at Easter because by then, we would all be better, and we would just start the year over. So you can imagine how happy I was when last week Harper was … [Read more...]

Important days

Yesterday morning at 2.30am I was awake. Maggie still hadn't woken for a feed (sure 45 times for coughing fits while she still slept) but still asleep! Shit, don't tell me she's starting to work out this sleep thing? In any case, there I was...PING! Wide awake. I started thinking. Too much. About … [Read more...]

Let it all hang out

I recently had a chat with some friends about whether their house was a nudist one or not. Now, I'm not talking every chance you get, you're nude. Nor am I suggesting you fry off your schnitzels in the flesh, but more of a you let your kids see you naked kind of thing. We most definitely … [Read more...]

The first 1000 days

A sponsored post for Bupa When you think back to when you had a baby what were the most challenging times? When were the times when you needed support the most? Was it when you were pregnant, or trying to get pregnant? Sick as a dog and unable to do the most simplest of tasks? Was it … [Read more...]