Over and out 2017

Here we are, almost end of the year, a slightly stressed, more grey haired version of ourselves than we were in January. And for me today, it’s the last post you will see from me until 2018 as I am well and truly signing OUT and OFF for a little while. And boy isn’t it needed….phew what a year!

An amazing year filled with LOTS of travel, so many special memories, a 40th birthday and right now at the end of the year some really BIG NEW things that will be kicking off in 2018. I need to reset and recharge.

I do love a bit of a recap episode though. Let’s take a look at 2017.

Personal space was a bit of an issue.

We swam in waterfalls on hot January afternoons.

The apples grew on the tree. We picked and ate them.

Daisy turned 10. She has grown up SO much this year.

These two made me smile. A lot.

I won a few ribbons at the local show.

I ate a burger at a diner in New York City with my husband on a rainy Tuesday afternoon.

We celebrated lunch with all my family for Easter at our place on a sunny April Sunday.

Dorothy May was born.

I hosted my first ever “At the Kitchen Bench” events and met some amazing women (and men, onya Dave)

Maggie turned two.

I celebrated a special 50th.

We took an old school family truckster road trip to Victoria.

Mrs Munro showed me how to make this thing.

We enjoyed a gorgeous Christmas in July dinner with my mates.

I turned 40.

We went away for the most magical weekend away and took an afternoon walk on a freezing August Sunday with the most beautiful light I had ever seen.

I hosted a Spring fling lunch and cooked a lovely lunch for some special people.

I ate some dumplings in Singapore.

I swam in the warm ocean in the clearest blue sea I ever have seen, a long way from home.

We enjoyed a long weekend with all my family by the beach.

Harper turned 8.

I was dropped off  by helicopter on the top of a snow capped mountain in New Zealand. For real.

We enjoyed a weekend of family female power for Stitch and Bitch.

I had the most delicious Gin and Tonic in a fancy bar with my husband in Hong Kong on a Tuesday night.

The tree out the front grew. So did the girls.

The Christmas tree went up.

We enjoyed so many special memories with our friends.

And the star jasmines flowered again.

And then around we’ll go again. Who knows where I’ll go, the people I will meet, the things I will see. I know there will still be personal space issues from a toddler, navigating our last year of Primary School for Daisy and Harper’s never ending goal setting and hard work and high standards she sets for herself. There will be travel adventures for me I am sure, work challenges for Rob and I and comfort zones pushed and really exciting opportunities to conquer.

Bring it all on.

Here’s to a new year. To being kinder to ourselves. Talking nicer to ourselves in our heads. Congratulating ourselves on the stuff we do, rather than the things we didn’t get around to. Here’s to new beginnings, and all the hope that comes with a new year. There’s nothing like a fresh start to make you feel like anything can happen is there? Maybe anything can happen.

I’m going to give myself a pat on the back for a year of hard work that I have done. Blogging can be a lonely existence, and yet I keep coming on here, pressing ADD NEW POST and writing down some stuff. I have pushed myself way out of comfort zones and had the most successful year ever since I have worked professionally on my blog. I am achieving all the things I ever wanted and so much more. A special thanks to Rob for all the work he does for me, my sister who works with me and friends and colleagues who always help me out with stupid questions and when I am freaking out or self loathing or just unsure about everything work or otherwise.

And lastly a HUGE thank you to you guys. For coming here and reading the blog, pressing like on social media, sharing a funny story, saying hello in the supermarket and hugging me at events. You guys make this place everything it is…I’m just a bit of it…so thank you. I hope you’ll stick around in 2018 because there are some REALLY good things coming. I can think of three big ones straight off the top of my head. You guys are going to LOVE it all. Promise.

So thank you.
Merry Christmas.
I hope you get at least 90 mins peace between now and the new year.
I hope you know what a good job you have done, we all have.
Be safe. Cuddle your kids & loved ones. Properly Talk to your partners. Be grateful for good health.
I’ll see you on the flip side friends.
I think I’m going to miss you.


  1. 2017 was a good vintage at Chateau Baby Mac! I can’t believe how much the girls have grown! Wishing you and yours the happiest of holibobs and hope that 2018 is full of good health, good fortune and good adventures! Catch you on the other side!

  2. Merry Christmas Beth and thank you for your humour and just being you – enjoy your down time and see you on the flip side.

  3. Polly McDougall says

    Merry Christmas Beth! Thanks for sharing all your adventures with us. We love your work xx

  4. What a year, Beth! I just know 2018 will be even more spectacular for you x

  5. Merry Christmas Beth. Thank you for sharing your amazing year xx

  6. Robyn Jokic says

    Merry Christmas to you and yours xx

  7. Merry Christmas Beth!
    Some pretty amazing adventures there!
    Thank you for doing what you do and enjoy your time with your precious girls.

  8. Merry Christmas Beth – thanks for being a constant in my 2017. It was a full on year for me and I enjoyed every time I entered your space! Here is to 2018, what ever it might bring. And to kindness – because we could all do with a little more kindness in our lives. xox

  9. Merry Christmas, Beth, and thanks for all the posts and fabulous pictures. Enjoy your vacation. See you next year!

  10. Merry Christmas Beth. Enjoy your well deserved break with your favourite people. I’ve been reading babymac for years now and this year really had it all going on. Congratulations on such a successful year. What a satisfying way to see off 2017 (apart from the gastro bug that’s not satisfying at all!). I’m already excited to see what next year brings.

  11. you certainly had a year jam packed with celebrations beth!
    thankyou for sharing your colourful journey with us!
    wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018!
    much love mxx

  12. Thank you, for having us along for the ride, your blog and Instagram are a part of my everyday, and I am definitely going to miss you for a bit! Enjoy your break, make it EPIC, see you on the flip side, Merry Christmas!!!

  13. merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Beth!
    May your cup overflow with happiness ( and prosecco or something French and fizzy! )
    Hope you know that you are a friend to many, thanks for the laughs, the insights, the wisdom, and fab recipes
    Your blog is the gift that keeps giving all year long.
    Best wishes,

  14. Merry Christmas Beth. This year has been fabulous and I’ve loved reading it all online. Hope you have a great break and look forward to reading more of your adventures in the New Year.

  15. Merry Christmas Beth, lovely post as always. Enjoy your break, I will miss you, thank you for sharing your life, your family and yourself.
    Best wishes.

  16. Thank you for sharing your life & family. Merry Christmas to you all, and here’s to something special for 2018 xx

  17. Congratulations on a sensational year Beth! Be proud. I look forward to seeing what 2018 brings for you & your family. Merry Christmas.

  18. Enjoy the time off, what a whirlwind of a year it has been. Thanks for yet another year of entertainment, insight, inspiration etc. I have been following your blog for several years now (stalker alert!) and like a good wine, I think you just get better and better with age! Your posts have honestly helped lift my spirits through a pretty awful year personally. Look forward to following your adventures next year. Merry xmas x

  19. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Always look forward to your updates and I hope to be at one of your events sometime down the track. Are you still planning to travel with them? The central coast would be a great spot for it.

  20. Merry Christmas Beth! Thank you for your lovely blog. I visit every day to get a dose of your life. It’s a cozy place! Happy new year, looking forward to 2018!

  21. Cassie Webster says

    Thank YOU for being you xxx

  22. Happy new Year chick – I have no doubt 2018 will welcome you with exciting opportunities and open arms. xx

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