The prettiest Christmas trees we have

Maggie had a busy morning pottering about in the garden this morning, and I was happy to take some photos of her along the way. The fairy garden that my Mum made Harper for her birthday continues to delight flowers have started to bloom and the succulents thriving despite Maggie continuing … [Read more...]

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

I have been watching so many Instagram friends with their trees up, getting twitchy by the day, but patiently adhering to my 1st Dec rule. This morning was the day! I was up early and in charge of getting fresh trees for Luce and I at our local Harris Farm. I dropped kids here and there, got there … [Read more...]

6 easy ways to get your shit together at home

After a weekend of non stop action around the house and feeling approximately 10,000% better about it, I thought I would remind myself (and maybe you too) just how a little effort can make you feel so much better about your living space. A little effort makes for HUGE results and can make you feel … [Read more...]

The most thoughtful present: A Melanie Lea Artwork

I was lucky enough to receive an email from artist Melanie Lea a month or so ago asking me if she could do me a little painting of the girls? Offers like these don't come up that often, so of course I jumped at the opportunity! I wasn't really sure of Melanie's style of work but quickly saw through … [Read more...]

Two times I fell down dead from gorgeousness this week

Exhibit A On Saturday when I was busily minding my mind own business browsing the shops with the Stitch & Bitch crew we walked into a new shop in Moss Vale called Bowerbird. Man was it love at first sight. Filled with delightful odds and ends I wasn't looking for anything in particular until I … [Read more...]

You guys, I’ve kept my fiddle leaf fig alive for 9 months!

You know what's Rob's least favourite thing is at the moment? It's feigning interest each and every night when we get into bed and I say "Rob! LOOK AT MY FIDDLE LEAF FIG. It's growing! Nay! THRIVING!" and then he rolls his eyes and says something like I'll look at your Fiddle Leaf etc etc... But … [Read more...]

Winter wonderland: win a Circa Home pack worth $300

A winner has now been chosen for this giveaway: Sandra with this comment: "Over the years I’ve developed my own cold weather routine, it consists of most or all of the following * Everyone gets new slippers or bed socks or pyjamas for Easter * Late April I bring out the woolen and fleecy throws … [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...]

Cleaning Tip: how to clean the glass door of your fireplace

We're only just over a week into "official" winter but round these parts "winter" and the need to have the fire on at some stage during the day usually lasts from about April to November. Yep. That many  months. And while the first few fires of the season are a joyous ritual by September or October … [Read more...]

Pep under my step: a rug rearrangement & new addition

You will remember last week when I was in Melbs I went shopping with Gourmet Girlfriend and my friend Zoe, aka Miss Rabbit. Whenever I go shopping with Ruthie, I find myself in places of exceptional taste and variety which means that inevitably my wallet keeps being opened up. Last time it was green … [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...]

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...]

My top 7 tips for making your house a home

In my clean out FRENZY this past week I have also had a serious case of the Suzie Homemakers...I have been cleaning walls and floors, cupboards and rearranging existing furniture and moving paintings around. So satisfying! And a change is as good as a holiday I reckon so perhaps this weekend you can … [Read more...]

Good things

Well, this for a start. Hilarious. (found via @phoodiegram) I have plenty to be negative nancy about at the moment, but where's the fun in that? There are always good things to see around you, and that's what I am focusing on today even though it's 1 million degrees and windy as fuck outside … [Read more...]

Caring for Fiddle Leaf Figs

So for Christmas my good friend Mrs Munro gave me this Fiddle-Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata). I had long admired these indoor plants but was completely hesitant to have one at home (despite seeing them in every home magazine for well over 3 years now) because every single person I actually know who has … [Read more...]

Girls escape aka: Mums on the loose

The biggest hand to play in my #notafatmoleforchristmas in terms of looking after ME and putting myself further up the chain this term came this week....a cheeky escape with two of my mates in the very last week of the School year. That's right, I engineered an escape in the last few days where … [Read more...]

For the things that no one else sees

A sponsored post for Dyson V8 Absolute cord free vacuum There are a few things I love with the passion of a thousand fiery suns. My kids, of course, but at this late stage of the year Maggie might be slightly ahead in the favourite stakes with an ability to smile and be genuinely thrilled to … [Read more...]

The sweetest smelling Christmas trees

Guess what happened this week? I'll give you a clue... The five ginormous star jasmine Christmas trees that come out every year on our side verandah are in full bloom. Cue choir singing! The smell when you open the door! THE SMELL FRIENDS. An absolute joy to behold. You can guess … [Read more...]

Sweet baby cheeses! A Christmas giveaway worth $500!

Update 9th Jan 2017: The winner of this giveaway has now been chosen and the lucky winner was Nadine with this comment: "Beautiful. I have to admit I would be a little selfish and keep it for myself. I am weeks into my pregnancy after a lot of fertility treatment. This past May I lost a baby boy … [Read more...]

Things I like {the 25th November 2016 edition}

Good afternoon friends! How are you? It's a stunning Spring afternoon here, not too hot, sun beating down with a cool breeze drifting about. You can hear blow flies, and bees and of course mowers (always mowing around here). Mags is sleeping and I am enjoying the peace before the weekend … [Read more...]