Christmas with my family 2018

It's hard to believe that Christmas for another year has been and gone...all that planning and craziness done and dusted all of us feeling a little weary for it all. Every second year my family get together (my siblings and families) for Christmas together and this year was at my brother and … [Read more...]

Ladies Christmas Dinner 2018

Last night I hosted our annual Christmas dinner with our mates, a much loved event on the calendar where we all get to frock up, enjoy a few glasses of bubbles and have a laugh with our secret Santa. This year I was lucky enough to have the house to myself as Rob took the girls away for the night … [Read more...]

Holiday Reading Stack

We are almost there my friends...holidays are in sight and I am SO excited at the prospect of sitting and reading and doing NOTHING for at least a week. Besides my visions of early nights and sleep ins (compared with the reality of entirely not enough sleep and early mornings with kids) my all time … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with Christmas catch ups & storms

(Cue singing): It's the most social time of the year! Isn't it just though? I do love the panic that we are never going to see anyone again and we HAVE to get it in before the end of the year and this weekend was exactly that. Lots of catching up with people, eating and drinking our way through … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: CHRISTMAS entertaining & cooking

You guys, it's almost here. I still haven't started any shopping, maybe this will be the week (it better be) and this time next week it will be Christmas Eve. Sheesh. We still have a bit to get through this week...school until Wednesday (heaven help us ALL), Melbourne cousins staying on Tuesday … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting: the “I’ve been a very busy girl” edition

I'm the kind of gal who rarely sits still. I will only sit once the house is sorted and my chores done and then and ONLY then will I be able to sit and relax. Which is quite funny really don't you think given that a Mum's chores are ever sorted....particularly this time of year. So there has been … [Read more...]

Start a new Christmas Tradition: How to glaze a leg ham

A sponsored post for Woolworths You know how there’s certain things that you think are things that grown ups should do? Like pay rates. Or make voluntary super contributions. How about getting your skin checked every 6 months. Well, I have news: we are now those grown ups. I know, as much as I … [Read more...]

Win a copy of Bistro Officina’s new cookbook: Farm to Flame

A winner has now been chosen for this giveaway - thanks for entering! There's no question that the Southern Highlands we moved to 8 years ago has changed a lot from then until now (and for the better!) There has been such an improvement of shops and of course cafes and restaurants that are … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Meatless Monday

Oh friends, we are getting to the pointy end of the year aren't we? We still have a week and a half of school left (HOW?!) and we are all limping to the end. It's hot. We're tired and overworked. There's a huge week ahead for us in the shop and also with deadlines and last minute work stuff too. Rob … [Read more...]

The surprising emotional end to Primary School

It's been a big emotional week here, and it's taken me surprise. Daisy has just over a week of Primary school left and it's really hitting me hard.  On Monday we had our high school uniform appointment where I had to go and spend an extraordinary amount of money on uniforms and then sob when I saw … [Read more...]

Christmas dessert hacks: entertaining, bring a plate or hostess gift!

A sponsored post for Woolworths As you guys would know, when it comes to entertaining, bringing a plate or working out a hostess gift, I have got you SORTED. Over the years, I have always tried to bring you ideas on how to do things easily and fuss free so it gives you more time to do the things … [Read more...]

A weekend at The Woods Farm

I was thrilled a few months ago now to be contacted by the good people at The Woods Farm in Jervis Bay asking if we'd like to come and stay with them for a few nights - who wouldn't?! And one look at their website and Instagram and I was sold. Cute, quirky accomodation that the girls would LOVE … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Bring a plate

Oh we have hit the home stretch now friends haven't we? It's madness time around here and I know that we are not alone in this! We have concerts and events most nights this week, we have assemblies and drinks and catch up with friends. It's crazy but SO good - I do love this time of year although it … [Read more...]

The Throne Rangers: A podcast for Royal Enthusiasts {Ep 11}

It's been a busy time in the British Royal Family so you can bet that this latest episode of The Throne Rangers is JAM PACKED with goodness. Where do we begin? Well let's start with Prince Charles 70th birthday birthday...a wonderful celebration! And this new family photo that had Veggie Mama and I … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with tutus and big skies

Can you still talk about the weekend on a Tuesday? Not sure if you can, but if you are anything like me you'll still be thinking it's about March, when "apparently" it's going to be December this week so anything goes I say! We had one of those busy weekends where all of a sudden it was Friday … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Getting some seafood onto your table

Last week I cooked some salmon for our dinner. All 4 of us (Daisy can't do seafood for whatever reason despite loving it when she was little) LOVED it and I wondered (again) why I don't cook more of it during the week? I know it might have a little to do with budget and practice but I am going to … [Read more...]

30 (more) brilliant books for Girls this Christmas

While I entirely DO NOT read during the school term I can assure you that my big two devour one book after another so when it comes to Christmas time, the one thing that I get early shopping on and will ALWAYS be given as presents are BOOKS. All of the books! SO MANY BOOKS. Who better to ask than Al … [Read more...]

Full Maggie Update: 3 and a half years old

So this happened. Maggie is now 3 and a half on the knocker. SOMEHOW. Although, look at her. This morning we are off to Preschool orientation and we have a few weeks left of this precious time together at home. It's been 3 and a half years of just her and I at home, doing our thing. I can't … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Getting organised for the month ahead

Good morning friends! Here we are at Monday yet again....and boy am I feeling a little weary today after a BIG weekend of driving around the countryside. It's so good to be home though, the sun is shining, the washing machine will be pumping and I will be throwing myself into Maintenance Monday with … [Read more...]

Girls on Tour: Day 2 (Orange to Young)

Another beautiful day yesterday as we travelled from Orange out to Young and back again for the second day of our Girls on Tour trip. You can read about this trip here and then here. We started our morning out with breakfast at Byng Street Local Store & Cafe which was pumping on a busy Saturday … [Read more...]