A hundred small goodbyes

My Mum's brother, my uncle, who we were all very close with and was like a father figure to the kids in our family died very suddenly almost 20 years ago now. I have been thinking a lot about the people I have loved in my life that have died since my father in law died, about my friends who have … [Read more...]

I guess that’s why they call it the blues…

We sat around the table on Christmas Day and listened as this came onto my playlist. Rob and I both started crying, knowing what was ahead us the next few weeks as we left the next day up to the farm to spend some time with Rob's Dad. We knew that we were getting close to the end and that the time … [Read more...]

Christmas 2019

We have had the loveliest few days with family celebrating Christmas. After a busy time it's been lovely to change the pace a little and only worry about menu planning, seating people and making sure people had somewhere to sleep and full glasses of cold champagne. I got a little organised … [Read more...]

It’s the 23rd of December

Somehow. SOMEHOW! It's been a crazy week - of celebrations, work, end of school, terrifying fire conditions and weather and a little well needed rest yesterday. It's quite the rollercoaster around these parts at the moment - with emotions and weather and to do lists...I still haven't sorted out all … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

This time next week it will be Christmas Eve, and this morning instead of feeling overwhelmed about everything that has to happen I am choosing to feel excited about it, the magic of Christmas and how wonderful it's going to be over the next week seeing all of my lovely family. I actually can't … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Christmas entertaining

We are on the countdown now my friends...just three more school days to get through, things should be slowing down with the shop and next week...CHRISTMAS! I can't remember looking forward to having a break and slowing down more! I NEED to do so many things (like start my Christmas shopping) … [Read more...]

Girls Christmas Dinner 2019

Last night we had our annual Girls Christmas dinner - one of my favourite nights of the year as we come together to celebrate another year. I love this Christmas dinner so much - working from home there's no party to go to, so all of us go all out with great food, lots of bubbles, a sensational … [Read more...]

Give the gift of fresh this Christmas

A sponsored post for Woolworths One of my all time favourite gifts to be given from friends, colleagues or family over Christmas is something that has care and love put into it, some real thought and of course a little homemade touch. These gifts aren’t often the fanciest things that you will … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Easy mid week dinners when life is CRAZY

How are you guys? My goodness I am starting the feel like the last month or so is catching up on me...I am tired, in need of another weekend etc etc. Daisy has now finished school but we have plenty more happening this week with the other two: Maggie finishes preschool on Friday and then Harper has … [Read more...]

HAMXIETY: what’s your Christmas entertaining dilemma?

Sponsored post for Woolworths This year we are hosting Christmas at home and it’s the first time in 4 years that we will be in our own house. No packing Christmas presents in the car, no wedging our entire family into a room together, no stress, did I mention NO PACKING? I am so excited that … [Read more...]

Full and thorough reporting

My mornings seem to be getting earlier and earlier at the moment - Maggie has been up before 5 the last few mornings, I think in part motivated by the chocolates in the advent calendar. Nothing shows a Mum has given up more than allowing chocolate at 5am in the morning does it? At least I have new … [Read more...]

Surviving parenting the First year of High School

Tomorrow we reach the end of Daisy's first year of High School. It's done. Quicker than any year of Primary school by at least two times. GONE. DONE. How? First day of Kindergarten 2012 Last day of Primary school 2018 First day of High school 2019 I cannot believe how well Daisy has done … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Christmas prep for the weeks ahead

You guys, it's the 2nd December. It's hurtling towards the end of the year and there's nothing much ANY of us can do about it! Daisy finishes school this coming Thursday and for the other girls there is lots of presentations, info nights, rehearsals of this and that to go to...we're here, in the end … [Read more...]

The pre January deep cleanse

Call it getting older, call it self awareness, call it self CARE, but this week I decided that I would tackle something before the START of the school holidays: The DEEP CLEAN that comes in January. This clean has been well documented throughout the dawn the time. A Mum gets home from holidays … [Read more...]

Festive season Fas-hun

I had a bit of fun last week with the girls from Arlington Milne who came down with handful of clothes perfect for the party season ahead for me to share with you guys. You will know that I am huge fan of this great Australian brand for the past few years (remember our giveaway back in 2016) and … [Read more...]

Full Maggie Update: 4 and a half

It's been a while you guys since I have done an update on Maggie, 6 months in fact. She's here, she's big. She is FULL of attitude and ALL of the emotions and tantrums and boredom all in the space of 30 seconds. She's a lot. She's so big. She's still so small. Sweet Maggie, about to finish her last … [Read more...]

Mum rage in week 6 of term 4

How are you going guys? Really? It's a tough time of the year for us Mums and I know that tensions have been a little, shall we say, high around these parts. I know I can't be the only one, so thought we all better check in on each other. I'm feeling pretty tired. The tiredness has been from … [Read more...]

Round these parts

You guys! Apologies for not getting on here for like, a week, but things have been busy. And while there are no medals for the busiest, I have to say, Lucy and I have been right up there. I keep meaning to get on here all last week to do a post but just literally would run out of hours in the day. … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Get your Bake ON

Yesterday we had our first family Christmas catch up with my step Dad's side of the family. I know, early but necessary when bringing together over 30 adults and 20 children from all over. I had to whip up a couple of cakes (ginger fluff and chocolate sponge) and wondered why I was doing them why I … [Read more...]

The Throne Rangers: A podcast for Royal enthusiasts {ep 21}

While our last episode was all about Megs and Hazza, we have an entire episode dedicated to the Cambridges and their tour of Pakistan and more. So much going on with these guys! We cover of every angle and outfit of the tour...Cath (and Will) really trotted out some pearlers for us. … [Read more...]