Daisy is now 11!

Our sweet Valentine turned 11 on Wednesday, a simple celebration filled with all the things that she wanted: some new things for her grown up bedroom (she gave her room a little makeover after Christmas) and so asked for new bedlinen and odds and ends...including some succulents from her Grandma … [Read more...]

Number One

It's almost impossible to convey the absolute shift in the very essence of yourself that comes when having your first child isn't it? That first child, number one, who changed everything. What can you ever say to your first child that would let them know all that they have done to/for you? I always … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with bubbles and pre-birthday parties

Goodness me that weekend whooshed by didn't it? One minute it was Friday night (dead/exhausted etc etc) and the next thing it was 8.15am Monday morning and I had to wake up EVERY kid. Why don't they do that shit on the weekend I ask you? We had such a lovely weekend - lots of social catch ups … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

Is it just me who feels EXHAUSTED this Friday night? I looked at Daisy over dinner tonight, say the black bags under her eyes and knew that this FULL on feeling isn't just me. The adrenalin of a new year is wearing off, good intentions can be slipping as reality and back into routine that we … [Read more...]

Life Lesson #587: Setting yourself up for failure

On New Years Eve a few weeks ago, I had quite the epiphany about myself, and parenting and my ability to set myself up for failure (again) almost 11 years into this parenting caper. We were staying with Rob's Dad and step mum over Christmas and New Years for over 10 days, which we have done … [Read more...]

The January deep cleanse

As sure as there are chia seeds in my trolley, and yelling at my children to stop fighting because we are deep in school holidays, in January of each & every year there will be ALL of the nesting. Non pregnant nesting that is! It's an epidemic that I KNOW I am not alone with. In fact, when we … [Read more...]

A Holiday bucket list: How I went!

With the holidays over and done with I thought I would check in and see how I went with my holiday bucket list that I wrote when we were all literally throwing up in the bucket before Christmas. A few weeks later I must say I am feeling much more relaxed, a little more tanned and certainly … [Read more...]

The comforts of home

We're home. 24 days later. I know! So many days away. And it's just SO good to be home. And cold! Of course I have been acting like a CRAZY woman since the moment we arrived, unpacking washing, cleaning practically wanting to set fire to the joint and start all over again - despite my sister … [Read more...]

The tale of the wound-up woman

It's safe to say that by the end of last year I was a little tired and stressed out. I'm no different to anyone other Mum at that time of year, working and juggling school kids and end of year commitments and a toddler thrown in for good measure, you get the picture. I had been travelling a lot (so … [Read more...]

The digital detox: how I went

So as you may know over the Christmas break I decided to have a complete break from all online life where I spend so much of my days, weeks, years. I was feeling literally sick to death from it. Before Christmas when we were so busy Rob and I would collapse onto the couch and scroll, endlessly … [Read more...]

A summer pause

11 days later here I am logging back into my blog for the first time...my longest break from online world EVER. What a wonderful break it's been...from myself, and routine and bad habits...a complete recharge in every sense. We have been busy doing not much, and isn't that the perfect remedy for … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

A Holiday bucket List

It was the week before Christmas, and all through the house, Beth's family were vomiting, and she has about to lose her SHOUSE. Yep, we now have 3 down with 2 of us standing, the vom PHOBE and myself. It's been real. Actually, it's been OK, it's pretty quick so my calculations are if we go down … [Read more...]

The toys of Christmas Past

I have to pretty much do all the girl's Christmas shopping today. I know, I know. Despite best intentions to get organised, I have found myself YET AGAIN leaving things to the actual last minute. One day I will learn. I have vague recollections of my own Mum completely losing her shit this time of … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with ALL of the things

The weekend started out a little like this. Not ideal. Kids had finished the end of term/year and were extra delirious from the sleepover the night before. I didn't want to cook dinner, but ended up having to, and it was just a general shit fight of bad moods, tiredness, no talkies and CRANK. … [Read more...]

We made it! And A Christmas Cocktail

Today is the last school day for the year...we made it. Year 2 and year 5 done and dusted. So many hours of Mathletics, meltdowns over twisted winter tights, nerves over spots carnivals, hours of recorder practice and many presentations and so many, many notes. We did it. We all did. A school … [Read more...]

How you talk to yourself matters

I put up this quote on my Instagram last week and every day the words have been swirling about my head. Like a mantra over and over again, it's been popping into my head and it has had me thinking. Which is never a good thing really. Sometimes it is though... On Sunday we had our family do and I … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with family Christmas Catch ups

Anyone else exhausted from a weekend of Christmas socialising? Me too! Too many bubbles, not enough water but SO much fun to catch up with people all weekend. We had a Shed party on Friday night, then on Saturday night I caught up with BOTH sisters (we flew my big sister up from Melbourne as a … [Read more...]

The prettiest Christmas trees we have

Maggie had a busy morning pottering about in the garden this morning, and I was happy to take some photos of her along the way. The fairy garden that my Mum made Harper for her birthday continues to delight her...new flowers have started to bloom and the succulents thriving despite Maggie continuing … [Read more...]

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

I have been watching so many Instagram friends with their trees up, getting twitchy by the day, but patiently adhering to my 1st Dec rule. This morning was the day! I was up early and in charge of getting fresh trees for Luce and I at our local Harris Farm. I dropped kids here and there, got there … [Read more...]