Adventure awaits

Can you hear the sound of my deep breath? We're on our way. Well kind of. The girls are safe and happy with my Mum and Step Dad at home. There were many tears of course, but mainly due to the anticipation of all to come. Now that the bandaid has been ripped off and we are gone, we can all get on … [Read more...]

A letter to Lucy before her 2nd baby

Dear Lucy, Today we celebrated a little baby shower for you, because apparently you are going to have another baby. Real soon. I might even miss it which I am entirely NOT ok with. It was a small gathering with just a few friends at Mum's place on a cool autumnal day. The smell of … [Read more...]

Missed Moments

A sponsored post for Glaucoma Aware How seriously do you take the health of your eyes? I know for many people, it’s at the very bottom of the list of things we have to keep on top of. Our weight, exercise, skin, eating well, not drinking…being an adult is VERY grown up at times isn’t … [Read more...]

Being married for 12 years

This Sunday Rob and I would have been married for 12 years. Huh. While that wedding and life of doing whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted seems like a REALLY long time ago now and has been replaced with never ending planning, and noise and CHILDREN, it's been one hell of a whirlwind. What a … [Read more...]

Rainy weeks and goldfish brain

This morning I layed in bed and truly believed for about 20 minutes that today was Saturday. It was deeply disappointing when I realised it was 7.15am and that we had to run around for School. Anyone else feeling a bit like this at the moment? On Monday I picked some flowers in my sister's garden … [Read more...]

Little kid, big concert

I think I was in year one, so what? 6 or 7 years old when I went to my first ever "proper" concert. Mum's Uncle (who was married to Aunty June) had a connection with the Entertainment Centre so there were always free tickets for family, and we usually snapped them up. I remember so clearly getting … [Read more...]

Things I like {The 7th March 2017 edition}

Oh my, the sun shone briefly yesterday which meant that I got some washing done at last! Now if that won't put a pep in my Maintenance Monday step after a week of constant rain then NOTHING will. There's lots to like around here at the moment, thought I would share a few. The green, green growth … [Read more...]

BabyMac & Beef: the REAL 15 minute meal challenge

A Sponsored post for BetteronBeef.com.au I know that we all fall into the weekly dinner ruts. I mean it’s RELENTLESS. I have my go-to’s that seem to pop up every week. I want something tasty and quick and I want to make sure that it gets eaten. That usually means I stick with things that are … [Read more...]

Two

Two is a pretty cute age. Sure, there's tantrums and all the bits that go with it. But it's mostly sweet little people emerging with sentences and words and playing and innocence and joy. As for these two? Well. It's an absolute joy to have them here, growing up together. Two peas in a pod. … [Read more...]

Maggie is 21 months old!

Where does a month go?! I'm with you Mags. It's entirely NOT Ok that you will be 2 in just 3 months time. But despite all the protest and crankiness that we feel about the situation, here we are Miss 21 months old. Full of new words, an obsession with her older sister, a love for the dummy … [Read more...]

And now Daisy is 10

I had a lovely (and rare) moment this morning where I woke up before the baby told me to GED UP GED UP and I walked out to the lounge room where I got a quiet and big cuddle with my 10 year old Daisy. 10! I know it's the start of a big decade for her. One where she goes from a girl to a teen to a … [Read more...]

10 things parenting has taught me

Tomorrow marks 10 years since I went from being a woman, daughter, wife etc etc to a Mum. I remember so clearly waddling around the day before Daisy was born, I do believe Rob and I went out and celebrated our last day together as just us with a milkshake at the place we met for the very first time … [Read more...]

Keep it simple: family learnings over the summer

A sponsored post for Bupa I have to say, that so far over this summer the Macdonald Team Family game has been STRONG. School holidays, Christmas and New Years will do that to you when you are forced to spend many, many (MANY!) days in a row together and despite my feeling a little, shall we say, … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Lunchbox savoury baking

So here we are at week 2 of the term. My interest in the lunch boxes is already wavering. but I've got some ideas for baking some things for them - especially some savoury things. My girls are not huge sambo eaters, but they will tuck into crackers and cheese and olives, or any kind of home made … [Read more...]

Entertaining at home: some tips

I posted this originally a few years ago but thought it might be a good time to re-share, especially if you had planned to get back into your entertaining mojo in 2017. I know that entertaining can be quite overwhelming for people: what to cook, serve, decorate, the pre-clean up and post clean up, … [Read more...]

Looking for delicious, nutritious options? Wrap it up!

A sponsored post for Helga’s Wraps As you would know, I’ve been trying really hard over the past few months to change the way I eat: eating smaller portions, choosing more veggies and dropping the carbs. It’s been a bit of an adjustment, but now I am there, the better choices are coming easier … [Read more...]

Life goes on…

It's quiet here. Maggie is asleep, the big girls are at school, Frank and Kevin are asleep on the floor and I'm battling slow internet connection. It's hot and windy outside, and I'm vaguely hungry because I';m trying a new thing called not shovelling food into my mouth every 40 minutes. It's the … [Read more...]

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...]