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...]

That home from holidays clean..

It started about 2 days before we were due to come home. Those first thoughts about the state of the garden while we had been gone for three weeks, knowing that it would be out of control. Then I would think about the piles of shite that the girls bought home from school at the end of the year that … [Read more...]

Putting the BE into Beth

I've been trying this new thing where I actually sit quietly with a notebook in hand and have a think about the new year. I am not someone to do this, I am not a goal setter (well not really, I definitely have plans and goals but I am not a print it out with pretty pictures and whack it on vision … [Read more...]

Slow, summer days at the start of the year

Happy New Year friends, not sure if I have said that yet? And if I have, there's no harm in saying that again now is there? We are still on the road between family homes and visits, catching up with cousins and siblings and doing lots of not much in between. We had a wonderful week as ever at the … [Read more...]

Pork Belly Salad

Because any salad that has pork crackle in it, is alright by me. I know that it has been the season of indulgence: lots of food, lots of drink, lots of cheese but last night I made a cracker of a salad that I just have to share with you guys. If, like me, you have been eating LOTS of the same … [Read more...]

2018: The Recap episode

As we hurtle towards the end of another year I can't help but be reflective and think about the year that was. All the things I got done, the things that I didn't. I hate this "set new goals & intentions" that come at this time of the year that inevitably just make you feel a bit shit about … [Read more...]

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...]