The unexpected expense

Anyone else sighing with relief that the Mercury retrograde is over? Me too. I always seem to break stuff, or things seem to break on me during that time so it came as no surprise when I arrived home at 9pm on Tuesday night that the first thing that happened to me appeared to be something broken. … [Read more...]

Mercury Retrograde: Is it all bullshit? Or is IT bullshit?

So Mercury is in retrograde right now until the 5th September. Say what now? I'm not sure if this is something that you are into or not, but it's definitely something I have become way more aware of over the past few years. Maybe it's now trendy like hygge? Or charging your crystals under the … [Read more...]

Help you need: Gather my Crew

As you guys would know all too well from experience, bad things happen to good people every day. Whether it's sickness or death, crisis can hit ordinary, good families in one quick moment and life is never the same again. I was talking to Megan about this recently when we caught up in Brisbane, … [Read more...]

Skin update: What I have been doing/using

I thought I'd do an updated post on one I wrote a few months ago about what's the best products to put on my face. There were SO many good comments and more than a couple that doubled and tripled up on what was good. So thought I would do a solid round up on what was suggested by lots of YOU and … [Read more...]

In my mind: Mental Health & Motherhood

A few months ago I had a camera crew from New Zealand come and spend a morning with us and have a chat about motherhood, sleep deprivation, post natal depression etc...and this morning it aired in NZ. Thought you might like to have a look: This series might get a run on SBS too - it's a great … [Read more...]

Begin Again

A sponsored post for TAFE NSW I’ve never been good at plans. Short term, long term, they always seem to elude me and whatever I tend to come up usually gets pushed to the side as life gets in the way. I was never one at school to know what I wanted to be when I grew up (man I AM grown up and I … [Read more...]

Who gives a crap? You should! {+ a giveaway}

I think I first discovered Who Gives a Crap by my mate Ruth and I instantly loved the ethos behind the brand as well as the cool style and sense of humour. Plus! Who doesn't love supporting an Australian business? For those who may not know anything about these guys let me give you a little … [Read more...]

Teeth: It’s all good until it’s NOT all good

A winner has now been chosen for this giveaway Emily with this comment: "I’m currently that weird adult with braces and they’re coming off in THREE weeks. Since getting braces my teeth have become extra sensitive. Thank you teeth gods for sensodyne! My beloved hot green tea and chilled savvy b have … [Read more...]

How to get motivated about exercise. Again.

The time has come friends, it's here. Anyone care to hop aboard the mid winter health train? AGAIN? And for the love of all things carbs, can anyone tell me how to maintain a desire to eat well and exercise ALL THE TIME? Instead of just like how I am now when my jeans are a little … [Read more...]

Matters of the head: What to put on your face & hair

I sometimes wonder how I am a grown up at all. I mean, I think there should be lessons on how to do all the things that we should know how to do by now. In a few months I will be turning 40 and I think that by now I would have figured shit out. But it's not the case. Now I know in matters of the … [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...]

Real Quick

I have got a WHOLE lot of stuff to get done in the next few days. Washing. Packing. Organising. List making. Documents to explain the quirks of things in our house, what the kids like, where they need to be etc. So OF COURSE I have spent Maggie's nap time today on Pinterest designing an imaginary … [Read more...]

Week 4 Update: #febulous (that’s a wrap!)

You guys! #febulous is done and dusted and despite having to use a Snapchat filter (I have three kids who can blame me?) I am all like THIS: Officially loving myself sick. I did it! And you can tell I did it! I'm feeling proud of my efforts and determined to try and keep the momentum … [Read more...]

A tide of flesh: getting fitted for a bra

This morning I had a spare moment and a feral toddler so thought what better than doing something I have been putting off for a LONG time: getting fitted for a bra! I know how to have a good time! It's been a year now since I stopped breastfeeding, and yet I found myself STILL wearing … [Read more...]

Week 3 Update: #febulous

This week should be called: PRODUCTIVITY EXPERT LEVEL UNLOCKED. It's been a BIG week friends. Filled to the brim every day and even with things added in as I went that I didn't even know I could do. Could all this be the effects of #febulous I ask you? I had a chat on the phone to my brother … [Read more...]

The Dead Wombat

I've been going for the odd morning or evening walk lately, and have been reminded what a thoughtful time it can be when you clear your mind and focus on the immediate one foot in front of the other thing. It's a wonderful time for self reflection, for creativity and ideas, for looking at the simple … [Read more...]

Week 2 update: #febulous

This week should be called: NERVES OF STEEL. The initial shock to the system has worn off and suddenly the novelty is the new normal. It's never pretty week 2, but I did it. Let's check in on some of the goals that I started out with at the start of the month: 1. Exercising every day I … [Read more...]

Week 1 update: #febulous

So here we are, a week into #febulous. And are you feeling it? I'm a little like this today: Tired Carmel, Tirrrrred. But all in all feeling good because I am a week down and I have STUCK WITH IT ALL. What's all you ask? Let's have a look at what some of my goals were: 1. Exercising every … [Read more...]

The 5:2 fast and how it looks for me

I had a few people ask me yesterday in my post about "fasting" for 2 days and what that means and what that looks like. There is a whole lot of information you can find online about it (just google 5:2 diet) as well as books and recipes and ideas so this is just a very rough version of what I … [Read more...]

February, I am not stuffing around here

You know that expression "begin as you mean to go on"? Well, it's February you guys. And enough is enough. Enough eating. And drinking. And making excuses. It's time to just bloody well get on with it (note this lecture is pretty much to Beth from Beth for the benefit of Beth). This morning I was … [Read more...]