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...]

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 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...]