The summer that was

Summer is hydrangeas and thick green grass that you cannot tame or keep up with. It's big leaves, growth and colour all around the garden. It's end of year exhaustion with school events and assemblies and sweaty legs stuck to chairs under fans in school halls. It's parties and catch ups, too … [Read more...]

When our mothers were where we are now

Yesterday I was up in Sydney to farewell one of our oldest family friends who had lost her battle with cancer. At 70 she seems too young to have to leave her 4 children behind, her 11 grandchildren that are still so young and have their whole lives ahead of them. It was a bittersweet day to … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Bread baking (for lunchbox or not)

The fact that I started to write this list about 4 hours ago and still haven't written anything shows where I am at this Monday morning. Chasing my TAIL! We are into week 5 of the school term and the new year excitement of change has been replaced with exhaustion and a little despair that there is … [Read more...]

Full Maggie Update: 3 years, 9 months

It's been QUITE the month for Maggie Macdonald, what with starting school (Preschool AND Family daycare) for the first time in her 3 years and 8 months of life. Was she ready? Yes! Is she loving it? Kind of. Will it get better? Of course! Are there LOTS of tears? SO MANY TEARS YOU GUYS. I am … [Read more...]

20 hours in Brisbane for the launch of Styling You the Label

This time last week I was lucky enough to escape my normal life for just under a day to celebrate the launch of my friend Nikki's new label: Styling You The label in Brisbane. This label has been a long time coming for Nikki who has worked championing fashion brands for REAL women of all … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: mid week mince

You know what's going to be sitting in my fridge each and every supermarket shop? A humble packet of mince. It's cheap, it's easy and can be made into so many different things. And before you think rissoles or spag bol, here are some other ideas to help you with your mid week cooking. Beef … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting (with added 12th Birthday)

Friday morning and the house is filled with only the sound of my busy hands typing on the laptop, some loud tunes playing (our wedding CD which never gets old even 14 years later) and a very long to-do list before me. The time from school drop off to pick up sure goes fast and I tend to spend them … [Read more...]

DIY Date night: Creating a restaurant meal on a budget using supermarket products

A sponsored post for Woolworths Right now with 3 kids aging from 3 to 12, settling back into the school year (hello exhaustion, freak outs, tiredness and meltdowns) with a little separation anxiety thrown into the mix and not a lot of extra cash (hello BAS and electricity bill and rates and … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: One pot cooking

My all time favourite way of cooking is a throw it all in and roast one pot wonder. I love the magic that happens from a hot oven, and everything all combining to add to the flavours. Not to mention how fast it is to prepare, or the fact that there is just one thing to wash up at the end of it! That … [Read more...]

Quick and easy potato salad

This is one of those mid week salads that can be whipped up in no time at all - or better still get those potatoes cooked early in the day and whacked into the fridge or set aside and then bring it all together at dinner time. Last night we had this with a simple green salad and a piece of salmon … [Read more...]

What I’m watching, reading & listening to

You guys how ARE you? Like really? I am EXHAUSTED. Like I have hit some sort of an emotional and mental capacity and am feeling truly out of it. I think the whole back to school stuff is hitting hard for me this year - so much change and new stuff to get my head around to then support the girls who … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Lunchbox baking with fruit

Good morning Monday morning...our first full week back at school and time for things to get a bit more serious. I am already feeling a bit woozy about what lies ahead but also keen to get into it. So much driving. So many diaries to think about. It's time to get organised...for my mental wellbeing … [Read more...]

Barn by Biota

Last Friday on a searingly hot Highlands afternoon Rob and I were lucky enough to be guests of James Viles at his newest baby not 10 minutes from where we live in Kangaloon, the wild sibling of Biota: Barn by Biota. It was an unusually hot afternoon, moreso when all the cooking for the … [Read more...]

The tale of the Mum who made 34 million lunches: my top 7 lunchbox tips

A sponsored post for Woolworths I can’t quite figure it out, but by the time all 3 girls have finished school, I think I would have been making lunches for 22 years. 22 YEARS. Really rethink that age gap thing between kids you guys, THINK ABOUT IT. This year we have the girls going into … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Easy back to school mid week cooking

And so the school holidays are coming to a close for us here. They have gone fast haven't they? Sure there have been endless days and like most of our holidays not a great deal going on...but here we are ready to head into a busy year and I can't help but think it went so fast. We have got some … [Read more...]

The January Lament of mothers everywhere

I started my day at 3.30am this morning. I woke with Maggie calling out, wanting to go to the bathroom and while I hopped straight back into bed and willed myself back to sleep my mind had already started. "She's going to freak out at drop off today.""I'm going to have to be brave and strong and … [Read more...]

Full Maggie update: 3 years, 8 months

Oh Maggie, how can it be that tomorrow you start preschool? You are ready, so ready, MY GOSH ARE YOU READY but are any of us? I don't think so! Somehow we have gotten to the point where Miss Maggie will be flying the coop and heading out into the big, wide world. It seems a LIFETIME ago now … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Mid summer salads

When it's too hot to eat anything BUT salad and you are trying to move on from the overindulgence of the festive season, a salad is the perfect one stop meal for lunch or dinner. I make it the main event - no need for anything extra with the amount of flavour in these. Cucumber, dill & … [Read more...]

A visit to Red Cow Farm

Ever since we moved here over 8 years ago, I have wanted to visit Red Cow Farm in Sutton Forest and over the weekend I FINALLY got around to it. I know, it's not OK. And I have NO idea why it took us so long to go here! I will be back for sure. This garden is truly a delight, 2.5 hectares outside … [Read more...]

Some Good things

You know what's going to be REALLY good? A cool change that is due to hit us early tomorrow morning. It has been SO hot all week and I am thrilled at the prospect of a southerly change. Because I am 41 and that kind of thing really floats my boat. Lots of other good stuff happening around here … [Read more...]